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Formed: 1991
From: Bollnäs, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

With so many active epicenters for quality metal, it's inevitable that the global music scene would have its fair share of criminally underrated bands. As Sweden's reputation for producing monumental bands is longstanding, TAD MOROSE can proudly lay claim to their Swedish heritage and rank among the bands many critics praise and more people should discover.

Matters Of The Dark marks TAD MOROSE's seventh career album and their second for Century Media featuring the same musicians, showcasing their sophisticated song structures, their shifting musical moods and their masterful sense of drama that is prominently articulated by the impeccable singing of Urban breed. "A majestic piece of work, Matters Of The Dark is a bludgeoning heavy platter featuring riffs more infectious than the common cold," writes Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. "More than anything, the album belongs to singer Urban breed, his rich and powerful vocal performance allowing TAD MOROSE to fly higher than they ever have." Self-produced, engineered by Per Ryberg (Lefay, Wolverine) and recorded at Studio Soundcreation in their hometown of Bollnäs, Sweden, with artwork by Jan Meininghaus, songs such as the resounding "Another Way," the groove of "New Clear Skies," and the absolutely haunting "Ethereal Soul," grace the new album with all the necessary components for a noteworthy power metal offering.

First emerging in 1993 from relative obscurity and undergoing various changes in their line-up, the quintet soon debuted in North America with their year 2000 release, Undead. Having finally been brought to the attention of a wider audience, their bold exhibition of Swedish melodic metal transcribed by Per Ryberg at Studio Soundcreation led Metal Maniacs to proclaim: "The power metal scene may already be overfull, but there's always room in the world for an album as intense, and intensely good, as Undead…" With a sound akin to an exciting amalgamation of Savatage and Dream Theater, their North American debut album proudly proclaimed the band's unswerving determination to forge their way through the soundscapes of their genre on their own terms.

Matters Of The Dark is for fans of Jag Panzer, Nocturnal Rites and early Fates Warning who can quickly recognize that TAD MOROSE have found their stride and rest comfortably within their own evolution and maturity. With thick, harmonious twin guitar work from Christer Andersson and Daniel Olsson, a tightly unified rhythm section, and featuring a guest appearance from Lefay vocalist Charles Rytkönen on the title track, TAD MOROSE's deep-rooted accessibility has never been timelier.

Tad Morose Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Tad Morose.

Interview

Tad Morose Explains The Meaning Of "St. Demonius"

For years, Tad Morose has been a mainstay on the Swedish metal scene, revered for the band's stellar combination of power riffs enveloped in progressive overtones. Albums like "A Mended Rhyme" (1997), "Leaving the Past Behind" (1993) and "Modus Vivendi" (2003) are only some of the critically acclaimed masterworks.

Over the years, the band has brought forth some of metal's strongest vocalists with Kristian Andrén (ex-Bloodbound/ex-Wuthering Heights) from 1993-1995 and Urban Breed (Serious Black/Project Arcadia) from 1995-2005 leading the way. From 2004 until 2013, the band activities were minimal and then with the addition of Ronny Hemlin (Inmoria/ex-Steel Attack) the band re-emerged from its slumber with a more stripped down metallic riff assault on 2013's "Revenant" (see review here).

Now less than two years later - and along that same path - the band presents its newest studio offering "St. Demonius" (available August 28th via Despotz Records). Metal Underground.com caught up with guitarist/songwriter Christer "Krunt" Andersson to talk about the new album and the meaning behind its ominous name. More...

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