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Below is our complete Artlantica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
For our 2013 year-end awards we included a category for best “newcomers” – those bands that released debut albums worth hearing.
To help get you acquainted with the best new talent releasing albums you may have missed, we’ll be looking at each of the bands nominated for the “best newcomer” category by our staff. Today, writer/reviewer CROMCarl covers Avatarium, Bane of Winterstorm, Artlantica, Heavatar, and the previously mentioned Gloryhammer. Here's what he had to say:
Just when you thought Leif Edling was done making Candlemass albums - relegating the epic doom pioneers to live duty only - the man goes and reinvents the genre again with the creation of Avatarium. Backed by powerhouse guitarist Marcus Jidell (Evergrey), drummer Lars Skold (Tiamat), and keyboarist Carl Westholm (Krux/ex-Candlemass), the band was bursting with talent and vast doom pedigrees.
All initial trepidation of how vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith would fare was cast aside on the album's first spin. Her haunting and gorgeous vocals showed as much immense power as it did frail honesty. The band laid waste to all doom that came before them with one of the best debut albums since Candlemass' "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus." The band was not only my top newcomer of the year, but came in second in my overall Top Albums of 2013 (see the review here).
Artlantica, the band formed by Artension/Angel of Eden guitarist Roger Staffelbach, keyboardist Mistheria (Angel Of Eden/Rob Rock/Tommy Vitaly) and vocalist John West (Artension/Emir Hot/Ex-Royal Hunt), is streaming the new track "Devout." The song appears on the band's upcoming debut LP "Across the Seven Seas," which is scheduled for release on May 24th (Germany), May 27th (EU) and June 4th (North America) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
"Across the Seven Seas" also features guest stars: drummers Dani Löble (Helloween) and John Macaluso (Malmsteen/TNT/Ark) along with former Artension member and bass icon Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), as well as guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
The track listing for "Across the Seven Seas" is as follows:
3. Across The Seven Seas
4. You're Still Away
5. Ode To My Angel
6. Fight For The Light
7. Demon In My Mind
8. Return Of The Pharaoh, Pt. III
10. Nightmare Life
Check out "Devout" here: More...
Artlantica has signed a worldwide deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The debut album "Across The Seven Seas" will be released in Germany on May 24th, in Europe on May 27th, and in North America on June 4th as CD and digital download (incl. 1 bonus track "Stormbringer"). Guitarist Roger Staffelbach says about the signing:
"After all the blood, sweat and tears we've put into making that album, we're more than happy and excited to see our album getting released by one of worlds finest companies, SPV/Steamhammer. It's a true pleasure to work with Olly Hahn and all at SPV and we're confident that this is only the beginning. A big hello and thank you go out to Olly Hahn, all at SPV and Peter Knorn from our Management (UTM) for sharing our vision and making this happen."
A&R Steamhammer Olly Hahn ads: "What do we have here: great melodies, awesome guitar virtuosity and a tight band which knows how to play melodic metal how it should be. We are more than happy to welcome Artlantica to the SPV family!"
The following press release was also issued about the band and coming album:
"Great vocal melodies with anthemic potential, virtuoso guitar and keyboard passages including spectacular solos, in addition to a blistering rhythm section which gives the songs their pace, groove and dynamics: the very ingredients which guaranteed seven brilliant releases in ten years from the American-Swiss cult act Artension and caused a global stir on The End Of Never, the only album by Artension's successor Angel Of Eden, also inspire listeners on Artlantica's debut album Across The Seven Seas.
"Which doesn't really come as a surprise: after all, Artlantica features three of the most important driving forces behind Angel of Eden in guitarist Roger Staffelbach, frontman John West and keyboardist Mistheria. In addition, Staffelbach and West (Artension, Royal Hunt) belonged to Artension (together with Vitalij Kuprij (now Trans-Siberian Orchestra), among others), and Mistheria has made a name for himself with his collaborations with Bruce Dickinson and Rob Rock. All three are without a doubt real masters of their trade who have combined their talents to present ten brilliant new songs. Staffelbach describes the result as 'powerful, heavy occasionally majestic, grooving, melodious and timeless. Each instrument has its place, none of them sound too dominant, everything has only one purpose - to serve the song.' A perfect description of Across The Seven Seas." More...
The driving forces around acts Artension and successor Angel of Eden: guitarist Roger Staffelbach, keyboardist Mistheria (Angel Of Eden/Rob Rock/Tommy Vitaly) and vocalist John West (Artension/Emir Hot/Ex-Royal Hunt) have joined forces to form the new band Artlantica. Joining them are drummers Dani Löble (Helloween) and John Macaluso (Malmsteen/TNT/Ark) along with former Artension member and bass Icon Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament) and guest guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra). The band is set to release the debut LP "Across the Seven Seas" in the USA on May 21st, in Germany on May 24th and in Europe on May 27th as CD and download (incl. 1 bonus track).
"Great vocal melodies with anthemic potential, virtuoso guitar and keyboardpassages including spectacular solos, in addition to a blistering rhythm section which gives the songs their pace, groove and dynamics: the very ingredients which guaranteed seven brilliant releases in ten years from the American-Swiss cult act Artension and caused a global stir on 'The End Of Never', the only album by Artensions successor Angel Of Eden."
Staffelbach describes the result as...:"powerful, heavy occasionally majestic, grooving, melodious and timeless. Each instrument has its place, none of them sounds too dominant, everything has only one purpose, to serve the song."
The album consists of ten tracks and was mixed and mastered at Tommy Newton's (Helloween, Gamma Ray, among others) Area 51 studios. More...