Naglfar Sign With Century Media
Band Photo: Amoral (?)
Sweden’s blackest of the black, Naglfar, have signed a new worldwide record contract with Century Media Records. Their new album, tentatively titled “Pariah”, is currently being recorded at Ballerina Studios in the band’s hometown of Umea. A wise decision as both preceding albums, “Diabolical” and “Sheol”, had been recorded in this studio and gave the band’s razor sharp sound its keen edge.
“Pariah” will be released in Spring 2005 and the new material promises to solidify Naglfar's reputation as one of the best – if not the best – bands in their musical genre. The expectations are of course high as the band’s last masterpiece “Sheol” received excellent feedback without exception all over the globe, i.e. achieving the highest praise from the press - Album Of The Month in Legacy (D) and Heavy, Oder Was!? (D), or 10 out of 10 points Rock Hard (D), to name just a few -- and climbing to top ten positions in the reader’s year-end polls of various magazines.
Naglfar, who had rewritten the rules of black metal with their debut “Vittra” in 1995 (this album ranks amongst the 300 best metal albums of all time in Rock Hard magazine) and have released the most brutal album of 1998 with their second output “Diabolical” (featuring immortal classics like “The Brimstone Gate” or the infamous “Horncrowned Majesty”), have always had a high standing in the black and death metal scene, which fully manifested itself with their last album “Sheol”, gaining the band many more fans than ever before.
According to this history, it is no surprise that “Pariah” is one of the most-awaited albums in the metal scene this year. But from a band that has always delivered the highest quality, one can expect that “Pariah” will again be a damn classic of pure melodic Swedish black metal that will break the competition’s neck.
Although the final tracklist is still to be announced, “Pariah” will contain the following tracks:
A Swarm Of Plagues
Revelations Carved In Flesh
And The World Shall Be Your Grave
Suffering To The Conquered
Carnal Scorn & Spiritual Malice
The Perpetual Horrors
Additional info on the other songs will follow soon.
Both band and label are very happy about the new deal. In order to give the cooperation a perfect start and also to pre-promote the new album, Naglfar will tour together with Finland’s off-the-wall heroes of Finntroll in April 2005. Everyone who missed Naglfar on their last tour with labelmates Into Eternity will soon have the opportunity to fill this gap of cultural education.
At this point Naglfar would also like to mention that there has been a change in the line-up. As singer Jens Rydén has to focus on his studies in the next two years, bass player Kristoffer Olivius will take care of vocal duties. To meet the requirements of a vocalist and front man, Kris will pass on his bass to Morgan Lie, a friend of the band, who will play the complete tour with Finntroll.
A statement about the current situation from the band’s side as well as from Jens will be posted on the new Naglfar website, http://www.naglfar.net, very soon.
As you can see, a lot is happening in “The Cold Voids Of Eternity” of Umea. Just a bit more patience is required until the next black metal storm will be raging above this world. Until then we will keep you updated on the news.
Naglfar on tour with Finntroll and Amoral. Tour dates:
Apr. 07 (D) Jena - F House
Apr. 08(D) Berlin - K17
Apr. 09 (D) Giebelstadt - Turnhalle
Apr. 10 (D) Rosenheim - Lokschuppen
Apr. 11(CZ) Praha - Blach Pess
Apr. 12(SL) Nitra - Stara Peraken
Apr. 13(H) Budapest - Mega Club
Apr. 14(A) Vienna - Arena
Apr. 15 (A) Linz - Posthof
Apr. 17(I) Roma - Alpheus
Apr. 18 (CH) Arrau - Kiff
Apr. 19 (F) Montpellier - Rockstore
Apr. 20(E) Barcelona - Mephisto
Apr. 21 (E) Madrid - Ritmo & Compas
Apr. 22 (E) Granada - El Tren
Apr. 25 (E) Irun - Tunk
Apr. 27 (NL) Eindhoven - Effenaar
Apr. 28 (NL) Amsterdam - Melkweg
Apr. 29 (NL) Groningen - Vera
May 04 (UK) London - Underworld
May 05 (UK) Milton Keynes - The Pitz
Source: Century Media Records
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