|NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS
Release Date: 23 October 2015
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Avatarium The Girl With The Raven Mask Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
Limited Edition Double Gatefold Vinyl Album.
AVATARIUM formed barely 2 years ago but already word is spreading rapidly about this unique band and it's special blend of heavy adventurous music. Jethro Tull….Blue Oyster Cult…Sabbath…Rainbow…. It's all there together with some delicate moments of beauty and fragments of pop and 60's psychedelia. It all began last winter when the mainman of seminal Swedish doomsters Candlemass,Leif Edling needed help to demo a couple of songs he was working on. Weeks turned into months and a few songs became a full length album with Lars Sköld, a good friend of Leif and skinbeater extraordinarie, being recuited on drums. However, if you think AVATARIUM is a band of just young untried musicians, you are very wrong. Plenty of road wear here! Leif has of course been writing and playing with Candlemass (and Krux) since the dawn of time, and Marcus has played guitar with acts as Evergrey and Royal Hunt. Dr Carl is the man behind cool prog bands like Jupiter Society and Carp Tree, and Lars works with Tiamat when not in Avatarium. Completing the band are the stunning, crystal-clear vocals of Jennie-Ann, who gives the band's songs an epic, ethereal edge.
2013's self-titled debut garnered slavering praise with Kerrang! noting that the band "manage a sense of progressive grandeur while maintaining bludgeoning weight", while Metal Hammer dubbed it "a classic at the first attempt". Selected dates in 2014 saw the band building a reputation for epic live performances too with Jennie-Ann enchanting audiences through mainland Europe.
'The Girl With The Raven Mask' retains the same team that delivered that stunning debut, with guitarist Marcus Jidell producing. Once again drawing it's inspiration from the cream of '70's rock, but adding some tempo and vibrancy into the band's doom, riff-based roots, the album veers from the pacy, driven title track to the subtle beauty of 'Pearls And Coffins'. Bassist Leif Edling is really content with the result: "I think we have created something unique this time with AVATARIUM! The songs are more written to be just songs and there are some really nice moments on the record that I personally love... the straight forward title track, the beautiful 'January Sea', the riff in 'Ghostlight' and the groove in 'Run Killer Run'. The organ and the Rhodes piano are ridiculously loud in the mix at times, but i think it gives even more edge to the songs."
1. Girl With The Raven Mask
2. The January Sea
3. Pearls And Coffins
2. Run Killer Run
3. Iron Mule
4. The Master Thief