From Anaria’s ‘Sessions’ series, symphonic metal band Anaria releases their stripped-down acoustic version of “Leaving You Behind”. Anaria’s power ordinarily finds itself exploding into their full orchestral delivery but there are times when the band likes to take their full sound and peel back all the layers. This allows the band to offer their listeners a taste of Anaria music from the heart of uncomplicated truth. A pure and simple truth. “Leaving You Behind” is such a clear vision presented to really hear everything Anaria brings.
‘”Leaving You Behind” was the second single released off our 2020 album. Lyrically, the song speaks to the feelings of regret in remembrance of a past lover. We wanted to strip this song down to just two acoustic guitars, some keyboard strings, and Jess’s unprocessed voice. What is left is a very raw and genuine sound that helps us to engage with the listener on a more intimate level. The video was filmed at our old rehearsal space in Manchester, NH.”‘ – Anaria
“Anaria has always loved doing acoustic versions of our music. Our studio work tends to be dense and jam-packed with all manner of orchestration. We like to occasionally strip away all the bells and whistles to the melody and chords. This allows us to really focus on portraying the heart of the piece and hone in on the lyrical content, too. The result is an intimate experience between us and our audience and we love being able to offer that experience in addition to a thoroughly produced work.” – Jessica Jackson Salvucci
Anaria classes itself as a genre-defying band hailing from New England, who experiments with symphonic metal, modern rock, cinematic scoring, and pop arrangements. They have shared the stage with numerous national acts such as Lacuna Coil, Flyleaf, John 5, and Powerman 5000. After operating as a three-piece studio project for a few years, releasing an EP in 2017, “Invocation” and a full-length studio album in 2020, “Exile,” they are getting ready in 2021 to come back to the live circuit, COVID allowing.
Anaria began its life in 2011 as a symphonic metal band in the vein of Nightwish under the project name “Evince Ethos.” This was changed to “Anaria” in 2014 when Jessica Jackson began working with Dan Spinney on new material. They went on to release a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” on YouTube which garnered half-a-million views and a robust following in the fantasy and gaming community. After many shows, releases, a few lineup changes, and a prolonged hiatus, Sergio Salvucci joined in 2017, resurrecting the project. The trio has been hard at work in the studio, building a sound and style that defies boundaries and takes the listener on a fantastical experience rooted in human emotion.