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Terrorizer.com, the online portal for Terrorizer Magazine, is now streaming "Storms of War," the newest album from Swedish traditional heavy metallers Katana. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, "Storms of War" is scheduled for North American release on June 19th. Visit Terrorizer to hear the album in its entirety. (Note - a link to the stream can be found on the right side of the main page and will appear in a pop-up window).
Swedish traditional metal band Katana recently premiered the new track "Kubilai Khan" from its upcoming album "Storms of War." Katana is now streaming another song from the album, "The Gambit," which you may listen to below. "Storms of War" will be out on June 19th and was produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. After Katana's debut album "Heads Will Roll," the band toured with Where Angels Suffer (the band featuring former members of W.A.S.P. Chris Holmes and Stet Howland) and Lizzy Borden.
Katana has issued the following announcement about streaming the new song "Kubilai Khan" online:
"To make sure that everyone in the world has a chance to hear some new Katana stuff before the release of the new album 'Storms of War,' the song Kubilai Khan is now available on YouTube. Check it out!"
"Storms of War" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque and is set for release on May 14th in Europe and June 19th in the U.S.
Katana has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album "Storms of War," which can be viewed below.
"Storms of War" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque and is set for release on May 16th, 2012. For more details on Katana, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Guitarist/songwriter Tobias Carlsson of the Swedish traditional metal band Katana issued the following update on the band's forthcoming sophomore LP "Storms of War," which is expected for release in May 2012 through Listenable Records:
It was once again recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. We were very focused and determined right from the beginning to create a sound that no one had heard on an album since the 80s. To accomplish this, we and Andy listened a lot to albums produced by Martin Birch when mixing and setting the sound. Mostly Rainbow, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath, Killers by Iron Maiden and Assault Attack by MSG. It became almost our motto in the studio to ask "How would Martin have done it?" whenever we had doubts about something. The songs are mostly completely new, mixed in with some very old ideas and stuff that weren't finished in time for the last recording.
The band has been around for nearly ten years now, and for the first album we had that long to write the material. This time, most of the songs were written and rehearsed over a period of a couple of months. This has been a challenge, but a positive one that has forced our song writing to its best, and beyond.We have broken new ground with this album and played around with things that we have never done before, thus widening the range of what we are capable of musically. But at the same time, we feel that we have come a long way in defining a unique style and sound for Katana. I would say the album is as diverse as the first one musically, yet more uniform.
The Japanese influences are there, especially in the epic song about the great Mongolian emperor Kubilai Khan who twice tried to invade Japan, and failed miserably both times. It is a grand story of Japanese history and mythology. But we are not limited by the Japanese influences and there are songs on this album that explore both other mythological subjects as well as themes taken from popular culture and everyday life.
Katana has revealed the cover artwork online for the "Storms of War" album, which was created by Dimitar Nikolov and can be viewed below. Katana also commented on the upcoming album:
"Hey folks! Exactly one year ago as of right now, we hosted the release party for our first album 'Heads Will Roll' here in Gothenburg. It was a huge success and we´ve enjoyed a fantastic year since the release of this album, all thanks to you wonderful people who keep supporting us!
"So today, we felt it was fitting to give you guys the first peak at the brand new album we´ve been recording the past couple of months. You will have to wait until May to actually hear 'Storms of War' but we will be uploading the fantastic cover artwork in just a few moments..." More...
Katana has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the studio and record a second album:
"We are very happy to announce that we will once more enter Sonic Train Studios, starting November 7th, to record our next album.
"It's been a busy year, which has seen the birth of our debut album 'Heads Will Roll' across the globe, but we've been eager to write new material and have been working hard for the past six months to create what we now feel confident will be a worthy sequel.
"It feels great to be working with King Diamond guitarist and producer Andy La Rocque once more - We have met with him a couple of times during this fall and shown him some demo recordings, and him and us both are very much looking forward to creating this as of yet untitled album!
"On November 7th we will also start publishing a video blog exclusively on Facebook! Everyday of recording we will post a new entry, giving you a unique insight into the creative process behind a heavy metal album!
"So spread the news people, and be sure to check back, because next week we start writing the next chapter of Katana's history!"
Katana has checked in with the following update about releasing "Heads Will Roll" in Japan:
"That's right, people - Come May 25th, the Samurai will come home at last. Katana has signed a deal with the biggest heavy metal label in Japan - Marquee/Avalon Records - and thus, the entire world will finally be Katanized, right down to the very heart of Tokyo!
"In light of the current situation for those of you who live in Japan, we offer our condolences for all the losses that you're experiencing and hope for a speedy recovery. We believe in your strength! Always remember: Whenever you want to cheer yourselves up with some classic heavy metal, be it now or in the future, Katana will be there!
"The Japanese edition of 'Heads Will Roll' will, of course, feature a special bonus track. More info on that at a later date!"
Katana has issued the following announcement about signing to Listenable Records:
"In case you haven't heard: We recently signed a deal with Listenable Records and on April 25th, 'Heads Will Roll' will be available internationally!"
Listenable also commented:
"Listenable is announcing the signing of Swedish heavy metal band Katana. Katana is the next big thing in traditional heavy metal. They deliver a show that is 100 percent pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early eighties. The music of Katana is heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept.
"They definitely show that the genre is more alive than ever and the newly recorded debut album 'Heads will roll' will set a new standard for what classic heavy metal is supposed to sound like in 2011. 'Heads Will Roll' entered the official Swedish sales chart at No. 42 and at No. 3 on the metal chart the first week."