Adagio is a French neo-classical progressive band hailing from Montpellier, France, formed in 2000. Stephan Forté, the band’s guitarist, is considered the creative force behind Adagio. Adagio’s music is characterized by technical precision, dark, dense orchestration, complex lead work, and a driving rhythm section. On the group’s 2006 release Dominate, they added harsh vocals to their sound. The band’s 4th album, Archangels in Black, was released on 02/02/09, and is the first album to feature their new vocalist, Christian Palin.