Stéphan Forté is currently writing material for an instrumental solo album. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=140917
"It's been a very long time since I wanted to do this," Forté said in a statement. "I've started to work on the first ideas a couple of years ago and am now spending 100% of my working time on it. So far, seven songs are composed and today I am in the middle of the eighth one. It will be around nine songs, I guess. Musically, it's very shred, dark and neoclassical oriented. The metal influences goes from shredders such as CACOPHONY (Becker and Friedman) HAJI'S KITCHEN, Derek Taylor, Scott Stine, etc. to bands like MESHUGGAH, DREAM THEATER...There's a lot of Middle Eastern, Indian and Japanese traditional music elements mixed with a classical influences, going from romantic (Chopin, Liszt, et..) to some more contemporary composers such as Bartok, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Penderecki, etc. And, of course, it's massively heavy! My Lâg is tuned down to A, and I might now use this for ADAGIO as well!!"