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Tolerance's debut album called "When Time Stops" is OUT NOW! To buy it you can visit Musea Records official website, Amazon.com , emusic.com or Itunes Store


REVIEWS:

Progarchives. (April 12, 2014)

Made in Metal. (January 28, 2014)

Beowolfproductions. (November 30, 2013)

ProgNaut. (November 04, 2013)

Arlequins (October 31, 2013)

Music Street Journal (Interview). (September 27, 2013)

Music Street Journal (Review). (September 27, 2013)

NOIZZ Webzine (September 26, 2013)

Hip Rock Magazine (Tolerance Interview) (September 12, 2013)

Sea of Tranquility. (June 18, 2013)

DangerDog Music Review: Tolerance Melodic Progressive Rock. (May 24, 2013)

Tolerance Reviewed by Lady Obscure Music Magazine (April 26, 2013)

Descubre LA CAJA DE PANDORA- EL NUEVO PROGRESIVO DEL FUTURO3 (April 19, 2013)


To Venezuelan Fans:

El album debut de Tolerance se encuentra disponible en Caracas en las tiendas: Rock Plaza del centro comercial Plaza Las Americas, Acantus San Ignacio del centro comercial San Ignacio, Ariah Records en el Boulevard de Sabana Grande y PPM Records del CCCT.

Para el resto del país, pueden solicitarlo enviando un correo a nuestra dirección toleranceprog@gmail.com a través de la sección CONTACT.


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The Band

Tolerance is a Progressive Rock band formed on April 2003 by Ricardo Figueroa (vocals) and Rodrigo Nuñez (drums). After several line-up changes and ten years of hard work the band finally record their debut album called “When Time Stops“ which is a blend of hard rock, funk, metal, classical and electronic sounds. Tolerance’s debut album is full of musicianship defined by overwhelming drumming, powerful guitar riffs, clever keyboards arrangements and remarkable vocals. Their lyrics are related to topics such as existence, science, politics and environmental issues. Some of the most important band’s influences are: Deep Purple, Rush, Steve Vai, Magellan, Planet X, Living Colour and Dream Theater among others. “When Time Stops“ was recorded and mixed in Caracas, Venezuela and mastered in Nashville, TN, USA. Some Venezuelan guest musicians took part of this recording including three bassists. Tolerance’s current line-up is: Ricardo Figueroa on vocals, Carlos Cabrices on guitars, Antonio Ramirez on keyboards and Rodrigo Nuñez on Drums.

TOLERANCE IS:

Ricardo Figueroa (Vocals):


Ricardo Figueroa is a professional singer, composer, arranger and
music producer. He is a well known singer in the Venezuelan musical scene and a self-taught musician. He has done original music with some important Venezuelan bands and has been featured in several Venezuelan cover bands. In January 2012 he was invited to be part of the opening act in Caracas for the Latin American tour of the Finnish metal band Apocalyptica. He has also composed and recorded jingles for commercials. As a music producer, he has written and arranged for some Venezuelan musicals and has arranged and produced for some independent artists as well.



Carlos Cabrices (Guitars):


Carlos Cabrices is a guitarist, composer, arranger and music producer. He has done a large number of recordings and has played with many Venezuelan and international artists of different genres. He has played guitar since he was 14 years old. After finishing high school he attended Simon Bolivar Musical Conservatory to study classical guitar. Afterwards, he attended I.U.D.E.M, a Venezuelan musical college where he got his musical degree and he majored in composition. He also studied modern jazz harmony with Gerry Weil, who is a famous Venezuelan jazz maestro.



Rodrigo Nuñez (Drums):



Rodrigo Nuñez is a drummer, composer, arranger and music producer who has been featured in a large number of Venezuelan bands and has also worked as a session musician recording for a variety of independent artists in the Venezuelan musical scene. He attended “Ars Nova School of Music”, a Berklee oriented school where he got his musical degree. He also studied improvisation with professor Luis Tomas Garcia, who is a well-known Venezuelan teacher with a music degree from New York University.



Antonio Ramirez (Keyboards):


Antonio Ramirez is a well known keyboardist, arranger and composer in Venezuela’s music scene. He attended Los Teques Musical Conservatory for two years. Later, he became a self-taught musician. During his years at the conservatory, he studied with professor Juan Bautista Carreño who is an outstanding Venezuelan composer. Antonio has been part of several Venezuelan bands and has worked as a session musician for independent artists. Also, he has composed and recorded music for Venezuelan Television.




Timeline

April
The band is founded by Ricardo Figueroa, Rodrigo Nuñez and Enmanuel Najul.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Enmanuel Najul: Guitars,
Luis Miguel Sanabria: Bass.


June
Enmanuel Najul leaves the band. Rodrigo Nuñez recruits Demian Mejicano on Guitars.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Demian Mejicano: Guitars,
Luis Miguel Sanabria: Bass.

January
Luis Miguel Sanabria leaves the band. Demian Mejicano recruits Miguel Vilches on Bass.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Demian Mejicano: Guitars,
Miguel Vilches: Bass.


June
The Band enters the studio to record a three-song demo.

July
Tolerance’s demo is released. The band books a few gigs in Caracas.

August
Miguel Vilches leaves the band.

February
The band recruits Abel Acevedo on bass.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Demian Mejicano: Guitars,
Abel Acevedo: Bass.


July
Demian Mejicano leaves the band..


August
Rodrigo Nuñez recruits Carlos Cabrices on guitars and Alejandro Guerrero on Percussion.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Carlos Cabrices: Guitars,
Abel Acevedo: Bass.
Alejandro Guerrero: Percussion.


October
Antonio Ramirez is recruited on keyboards.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Carlos Cabrices: Guitars,
Abel Acevedo: Bass,
Antonio Ramirez: Keyboards
Alejandro Guerrero: Percussion.

February
Abel Acevedo leaves the band.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Carlos Cabrices: Guitars,
Antonio Ramirez: Keyboards
Alejandro Guerrero: Percussion.


May
Alejandro Guerrero leaves the band.
Line-up:
Ricardo Figueroa: Vocals,
Rodrigo Nuñez: Drums,
Carlos Cabrices: Guitars,
Antonio Ramirez: Keyboards


August
The band begins pre-production of their first album.

September
The band begins recordings of their first album called "When Time Stops".

























When Time Stops

Our debut Album!


"When time stops, some people will understand
they can’t escape from consequences while others
will find opportunities and new horizons.
Some will figure out who they are, where they are
and where they are heading. When time stops and
reality shows a different face, their challenge
will be to make the right questions for the answers
they truly need, not what they have always been told,
so they can make the right choices in life there upon."




Lyrics
1 Lutin (06:58)
[ Lyrics: R. Velasco / Music: R. Figueroa ]


Good evening Ladies and friends, always be welcome to this everlasting play
We'll dream in middle of time, waste a small life through the eons of time.
Now that it has begun, just pay the price and you will be entertained.
Listen to this small Lutin, because he's the guide in the journey to your inner self.

Relieve your soul from the dark age hours
Le Monde is now a place that’s spinning on an empty shinning rail
Realms of men haven't seen yet the meaning of these signs of time.
Don't let your smile ever fade behind this law of sightlessness

Now please only take my hand, Walk through the shadows and break the fraise
At last you will comprehend, And learn the real name written on your face
It's your moment of life, don't be a stupid man, just don't let it go
This is my gift to you, It was mended by the old man
Don't let your answer be: good bye.

Relieve your soul from the dark age hours
Le Monde is now a place that’s spinning on an empty shinning rail
Realms of men haven't seen yet the meaning of these signs of time.
Don't let your smile ever fade behind this law of sightlessness

“I've been the lonely man, the forefather of your feelings”
Returned by you on liquid days to answer all your prayers…
You instead are small court jesters, been betrayed by your own laugh
Listen to me, I am the word, with a black liquid mask
“Just look at me, Reflect yourself”, Facing oblivion.

You instead are small court jesters, been betrayed by your own laugh
Listen to me, I am the word, The word that contains your rebirth...
Failure is your name and nothing else,
I'm who I am, the betrayer of your feelings,
I'll be the winner at last.

2 When Time Stops (05:13)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Nuñez, R. Figueroa ]


This unexpected landscape, this version of my self,
Where did it come from?
I can’t even figure out the signs.
Cant’ believe this situation, this turning point in life,
What should I do now?
I played by the rules every time.

I believed I was going home, I was unbreakable.
But I’m here dealing with a maze inside my head.

When time stops I’ll laugh at my wounds
and let the wind own my mistakes.
I know there’s room for a heart that begs for a chance.

I feel I’m disconnected, Unable to react
I’m becoming a witness to my collapsing dreams.
Can’t believe this situation, these ashes in my hands,
What should I do now?
I played by the rules every time.

I believed I was going home, I was unbreakable.
Here I am trying to get around insanity.

When time stops I’ll laugh at my wounds
and let the wind own my mistakes.
I know there’s room for a heart that begs for a chance.

I believed I was going home, I was unbreakable.
But I’m here dealing with a maze inside my head.

When time stops I’ll laugh at my wounds
and let the wind own my mistakes.
I know there’s room for a heart that begs for a chance.

3 Different Skies (09:14)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Figueroa, R.Nuñez ]


Bored, Unfulfilled, he finds himself confined to his humanity.
Frail, obsolete, he yearns to exceed the limits of reality.
Thinks it’s time to make amends to evolutionary flaws.
Time to redefine ourselves and embrace an underrated truth.
We can make a brand new world, go beyond our skills and forms
Grand designs, technologies, think about our possibilities…

We’re walking insecure. Still getting used to the toys we made.
We’re like kids wearing adult skins
Reliable, yet careless,
We’re cautious, but hungry…

These are different skies, full of roads to survive.
Wisdom is required as we read between the lines.
These are different skies, overflowed, full of trials.
Sharpness must prevail, too many dreams running wild.

Thrilled, soaked in dreams, he’s eager to fulfill his posthumanity.
Never turning back , he’s sure about the power in his hands.
I’m not only flesh and bones, he must know I’m so much more.
I’m voracious, unrestrained, I’m absurd, an idiot filled with pride.
Can’t believe he’s unaware of the pitfalls in my head.
Grand designs?, technologies?, will he deal with my stupidity?.

We’re walking insecure. Still learning about the world we made.
We’re like kids wearing adult skins.
Reliable, yet careless,
We’re cautious but hungry…

These are different skies, full of roads to survive.
Wisdom is required as we read between the lines.
These are different skies, full of thorns, full of trials
Sharpness must prevail, too many dreams running wild.

Deep inside lies a hopeful man, struggling to go on,
looking for a sign of a future with a smile.
Promise me there’ll be no excuse, we’ll learn humility
Tell me we will mend our ways, Tell me we won’t fail.

We’re walking insecure. Still getting used to the toys we made.
We’re reliable, yet careless,
We’re cautious, but hungry…

These are different skies, full of roads to survive.
Wisdom is required as we read between the lines.
These are different skies, overflowed, full of trials.
Sharpness must prevail, too many dreams running wild.

4 Drifted (05:57)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Figueroa, C. Cabrices. ]


Overwhelmed by the sights in my mirror,
I’ve found out, I must confess.
I must pick up the pieces, let them know I regret.
Explanations, I cannot give,
But I suppose someday I’ll figure out the reasons.
I’m so sorry, but I must have been driven by an impulse of my primitive self…

Calm down, don’t say a word, there’s no reason to speak
Consequences, cannot be stopped, do not heed your disgrace
Understand your mission is unique, must survive at any cost
Trust me, I’m not disturbed, I’m just being driven by your primitive self…

I remember when it used to be a whisper,
When it was something I overlooked.
Now I feel I can’t keep on feeding my indifference.

I have told them life is like a playground to be wrong,
But it’s not that simple for them cause’ I had meant to give them hope.
Now I’m just a great example of a decadent man ,
who's too helpless and too foolish to avoid the fall.

I have told them life is like a playground to be wrong,
But it’s not that simple for them cause’ I had meant to give them hope.
Now I’m just a great example of a decadent man,
who's too helpless and too foolish to avoid the fall …

I remember… I had meant to give them hope
Now I’m just an example of a foolish man,
who's been crawling, who's been hiding to avoid the fall…

5 Blind Spot (04:35)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Figueroa, R.Nuñez, C. Cabrices ]


Here I am dealing with hypocrites,
Dealing with some nasty ways of mind
Here I am, understanding rules, going through this mediocrity
Neither forms nor questions at all, you will find in this place
Relax, insanity does the job
Hunting, taking, somebody puts me down
Once again, I’m a victim of my world.

Why must I hear the laughter of history ?, I’m just a consequence of evolution.
Why must I bear this distress and remain exposed to foolishness ?
Everyday I feel I get to a dead end, I ’m longing for horizons, longing for
something to hold, what’s beyond the wall?

Here I am, looking for a name
Sitting at the peak of my decay
Here I am, scraping faces off
Watching how my fingers start to bleed
There’s no name, just a silly game no one gets out sane
Sucking in is the order of the day
No pain, no gain, this is the heritage
Emptiness has become our reality.

Why must I turn on myself and keep my mind underground ?
Why must I give up my feelings to play someone else’s role ?
Everyday I feel I get to a dead end, I ’m longing for horizons, longing for
something to hold, what’s beyond the wall?

“I’m trapped among routines, staring at deceit and waiting for the ultimate
doom, this is what it’s all about, isn’t it.
I’ve tried to keep myself away but it’s been tough because I belong to the
circle, And the circle is mine
I’m paying the price and I just can’t help it
Exits are hard to find… What if there are no exits, what if exit is I,
that possible?”

what’s beyond the wall?

6 Meeting The Path (05:51)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music. M. Vilches, D. Mejicano, R. Figueroa ]


Looking at the pages of my memories, I hear a calling.
Breaking in the silence of my inner space, so suddenly.
I walk to the mirror to meet an old friend of mine.
He claims for me, feels my weakness… He’s come to explain.

Hello I’m here once again
I hope you understand I’m just a way.

Years have passed, and doubts are coming into view, it’s time to balance.
I’m so frightened of this feeling haunting me…uncertainty.

My deeds seem to lose their meaning, going through disarray.
Don’t let my life hanging on the edge, please get me out.

Life is not an infinite trap
You must know the path is long.
Show me no regret, Let me know you’re facing reality.
Show me confidence and find shelter in your heart, it’s a fleeting world

Life is not a shaped paradise
You must know the path is long,
“at the end, there’s always a light…”

Hello I’m here once again
I hope you understand I’m just a way.

Show me no regret, Let me know you’re facing reality.
Show me confidence and find shelter in your heart.
Show me no despair, Let me know you’re willing to go on.
Show me you can feel the chance to follow all your dreams.

7 Beware Of The Birds (05:23)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Figueroa ]


Breathe...What do you feel?
Power.
Search…What do you see?
Resources.

Think…

Breathe...How do you feel?
Sick…
Search….What do you see?
Pollution …

Breathe...
Search…

Acid Rain, Global Warming, Toxic Waste, Ozone depletion,
Species extinction, Ocean Dead Zones, Deforestation, Overpopulation,
Pollution…

Think…

8 The Greatest Plan (09:22)
[ Lyrics: R. Figueroa / Music: R. Figueroa, R. Nuñez, C. Cabrices, D. Mejicano ]


Call my name, and I will serve you well.
I’ve been so long without a face but now I’m real.
Lost and found, it’s how I feel today.
A dream fulfilled, new ways reveal before my eyes...idealized...

It’s your time to get more than leftovers off a plate.
Follow me up into the dawn of a new life, I’ve got the key in my hands.
No more excuse, cross the line, break the system.
Yes my friend, I know what has been running through your head.
Hunger’s coming to an end…Look around! …

My fears are gone. now I will find a way.

Don’t call my name, I will not be around.
I realize I’ve been a puppet all this time.
Futile words, it’s all I’ve got today.
That worn-out veil can’t hide your faking anymore…that trick is over...

Feed the lie to feed the hope, the greatest plan of all
Hope is your cover to deceive for a new life. I’m the key in your hands.
I’m the pawn, I’m the sheep, I’m weak.
Yes, at last I know what has been running through your head.
This mocking is coming to an end… Look around!.

My fears are gone, now I will find a way. A way of my own….

Bow your head, there’s someone there to celebrate control.
Let your vice satisfy the mind, it’s calling to us all.
I might say this is our fate but truth remains on the sly.
Who will kneel, who will raise their voice?, we choose a line to stand.

Foolishness has taken me to submission, your sweet vision.
And it’s such a gift; you’re living it, the thrill of power…
Feed the lie to feed the hope, the greatest plan of all,
For all…To hold.

Bow your head, there’s someone there to celebrate control.
Let your vice satisfy the mind, it’s calling to us all.
I might say this is our fate but truth remains on the sly.
Who will kneel, who will raise their voice?, we choose a line to stand.


Credits

Produced by Ricardo Figueroa and Carlos Cabrices.
Arranged by Tolerance.
All lyrics by Ricardo Figueroa except “Lutin” by Raul Velasco.
All Music by Ricardo Figueroa, Rodrigo Nuñez and Carlos Cabrices except “Meeting The Path” written by Miguel Vilches, Demian Mejicano and Ricardo Figueroa and “The Greatest Plan” written by Ricardo Figueroa, Rodrigo Nuñez, Carlos Cabrices and Demian Mejicano.

Additional Musicians

Henry Paul: Bass on “Blind Spot”, ”Drifted” and “When Time Stops”.
Enrique Perez: Bass on “Beware Of The Birds”, “Different Skies” and “Lutin”.
Pepe Perez Rivero: Bass on “Meeting The Path” and “The Greatest Plan”.
Valter Izzo: Violin on “Lutin” and “The Greatest Plan”.
Mariangela Travieso: Cello on “Lutin”.
Strings Arrangements on “Lutin” by Ricardo Figueroa and Jorge Rojas.

All drums recorded by Juan Carlos Socorro at Recording House Studios except “Beware Of The Birds” and “Different Skies” recorded by Luis Vasquez at Rock & Folk Studios.
Henry Paul’s bass recorded by Henry Paul at The Hole Studio.
Pepe Perez Rivero’s bass recorded by Gregory Seabra at StudioSonica.
Enrique Perez’s bass recorded by Ricardo Figueroa at FutureSound Studio.
Henry Paul and Enrique Perez’s bass reamp by Greagory Seabra at StudioSonica.
Electric Guitars Recorded by Carlos Cabrices at C7 Studio.

Acoustic Guitars Recorded by Juan Carlos Socorro at Recording House Studios.
Keyboards recorded by Ricardo Figueroa at FutureSound Studio.
Cello and Violin recorded by Gregory Seabra at StudioSonica.
All vocals recorded by Gregory Seabra at StudioSonica.

Mixed by Juan Carlos Socorro in Caracas, Venezuela.
Mastered by Steve Corrao at Sage Audio Studio in Nashville, TN, USA.

Art Direction and Design by Vicente Velasco, Simple 7.
Illustration by Adriana Orellana.
Photography by Emilio Mendez.

Tolerance would like to thank

Our families and friends for their support, Juan Carlos Socorro, Gregory Seabra, Jose Luis Morenza, Pepe Perez Rivero, Henry Paul, Enrique Perez, Rafael Moreno, Keli Davidson Pisano, Mariangela Travieso, Josue Rodriguez, Valter Izzo, Maria Fernanda Izaguirre, Vicente Velasco, Philipp Scheer, Raul Velasco, Jorge Rojas, Susana Vanessa Gonzalez Nexans, Javier Landaeta, Antonio Silva, Rafael Sequera, Alfredo Ovalles, Miguel Angel Moline, Jorge Villalobos and Emilio Mendez.

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