Vreid Issues Band Activity Update
Vreid has checked in with the following update about a new album and the band's upcoming activity:
"Allrighty then, we are now ready to give you some info on the next Vreid album. The album will be entitled V, and is set for a worldwide release through Indie Recordings February 7th 2011. The album consists of 9 songs including titles such as; The sound of the river, Welcome to the asylum & Wolverine Bastards. Complete tracklist & artwork will be released soon. I started working on the album during the summer of 2009. After the North America tour in November 2009, I put all my focus into the new album, and pretty much disconnected from the outside world for 8 months.
"First of all I rebuild my Studio 1184, with good help from our foh & studio janitor Dr.Bentsen. We set up a completely new recordings system. After 4 months of setting up the new studio & working on completing the songs & lyrics, we started the recording in March.
"Steingrim recorded drums on his brand new kit in record speed and with his usual rage & aggression. The drums sounded killer from the start, so we have tried to keep as much of the natural recorded sound as possible in the mix. As usual there were no triggers or replacement involved with Mr. Steingrim. Just pure raw skinbashing. Next up was the bass recording. I spend 3 intense days alone in the studio, and that was that. Less (people in the studio) is moreJ.
"In April-June Sture & Strom did their guitar work & Sture did his vocals. Both did extraordinary work. Sture presented some fantastic guitar arrangements, and as usual he hammered down the rhythm guitars rock solid. His vocals performance is without a doubt the best he has ever done. I am still stoked by how great his vocals sound for this album. Strom entered the band just 4 months before we started the recording. He is as you all know an absolute guitar maestro, and he has certainly added an extra dimension to the band with his ravaging guitar leads. With Strom back in the band we are back to the posse that started to play together in 1996. Things do actually go in circlesJ
"In the period of June- September I worked on the mixing of the album. This is absolute my favourite process of working with music. Back and forth, this & that, and finally a great howling yeeeeeeeeeeeees. The pregnancy is over, the baby is born and ready to get the chorda umbilicalis cut by the Greek masterminds at the mastering studio 210 in Berlin.
"So how does it sound? In many ways its feels like a new chapter. Whereas Milorg felt like the crowning of an era, V feels like the dawn of a new one. It definitively sounds Vreid, its not like we have abandoned the fundament that we are standing on. Rather we have kept building. There still are obvious elements of 70ths rock and 90ths Norwegian black metal in Vreid, but more than ever there are guitar based metal inspired the period of 1985-95 where bands such as the big 4, Death, Carcass, Sepultura etc.. were paving the way.
"Lyrically we ended the last album with the concept of liberty seen through the acts of the resistance movement in Norway during WW2. Liberty is the also the keyword for the new album but viewed through different times & thoughts. What are the values in today’s society versus the values lived by of for instance the ancient greeks, the romans or the norse vikings? Is there a link between these times and today’s world, or are we completely alienated from our past? As always, history is the keyword for a Vreid album. This time around the songs are fuelled by thoughts of great innovators such as Hamsun, Munch, Sartre, Golding, Rosseau etc…
"We are now starting to prepare our live shows for 2011. There will be a lot of touring that’s for sure. We are working on tours for Norway, Europe, North America, and looking into other continents as well. 3 of the major European festivals have already been booked, while we are in contact with many more. More info on this will follow soon.
"Last weekend we went to Wroclaw in Poland to record a music video for the song 'The sound of the river.' Grupa 13 produces the video. They have done some amazing videos before, and we are thrilled to work with them. The shooting went extremely smooth, and we are excited to see the final result."
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