13 May 2016
Witherscape: Announce new album "The Northern Sanctuary"; Artwork unveiled!
WITHERSCAPE, the progressive Death Metal outfit consisting of Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Dan Swanö (ex Edge Of Sanity/Bloodbath, Nightingale, etc.) as well as fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, have announced the worldwide release of their sophomore full-length album "The Northern Sanctuary" for July 22nd, 2016 via Century Media Records.
Following up on the refreshing impact of 2013's much acclaimed debut album "The Inheritance" ("Album of the month" by Germany's Rock Hard magazine and position # 97 in the official German sales charts) and 2014's complimentary "The New Tomorrow" EP, "The Northern Sanctuary" is yet another mesmerizingly dense conceptual album, enhanced by breathtakingly powerful artwork courtesy of Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák / www.hjules.com (Nightingale, Destruction, Tyr, etc.), which can be seen above.
Once more lyrically supported by Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom), WITHERSCAPE continue the storyline launched with the debut album, as Swanö explains: "The theme picks up where we left off with the "The New Tomorrow" EP. There is a 50 year jump in the time line from the 1st album and the main character "Mannen i vitt" (The man in white) has purchased the house where all the horror initially happened. He's restored it and rents out rooms to people from the big cities, who are aiming for some peaceful northern Swedish silence. But the entity still haunts the house and "Mannen i vitt" is possessed by it, so consequently he/it does terrible things to the "patients". Since the house is built on one of the gates to hell, there's a ritual taking place, opening the hellish dimension from where the evil entity once came, so it can go back there..."
Musically, "The Northern Sanctuary" manages to seamlessly blend the best elements of the band's 70's/80's Prog/Hardrock and even AOR roots with contemporary, yet always atmospheric and subtle extreme Metal. Its infectious catchiness will doubtlessly appeal to the passionate followers of Swanö's diverse artistic catalogue, but also to fans of bands like Opeth, Amorphis or Symphony X.
Look out for further album details and first song samples for "The Northern Sanctuary" to be revealed soon...
But in the meantime you can check back on music from the previous WITHERSCAPE releases:
"Dead For A Day" lyric video: youtube.com
"The Math Of The Myth" song stream: Soundcloud
"The New Tomorrow" song stream: Soundcloud
“Astrid Falls” song stream: youtube.com
In related Swanö news, look out for a special festival appearance by his Progressive Rock group NIGHTINGALE this very weekend at Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. NIGHTINGALE will perform on Sunday, May 15th between 2:05 - 2:50 PM and will also have a signing session between 3:30 - 4:15 PM. More details here: www.rockhardfestival.de
Also, don't forget to check out the "complete works" collection with 40+ tracks by Swanö's former brutal US-style Death Metal project INFESTDEAD released last week as "Satanic Serenades" on 2CD, 2LP and Digital Download via Century Media Records.
Two songs from INFESTDEAD's "Satanic Serenades" can be heard here:
"Re-Resurrection" (from "JesuSatan" album): youtube.com
"Angeldemon" (from "Hellfuck" album): youtube.com
Visit CM Distro for copies of the release in your format of choice: CMDistro
Dan Swanö - Vocals, Keyboards and Drums
Ragnar Widerberg - Guitars and Bass
The Inheritance - 2013
The New Tomorrow - EP 2014
The Northern Sanctuary - 2016