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New Album "Katharsis" Announced By Shear; Jens Johansson To Guest

Finnish metal/rock upcomers Shear have revealed the album artwork cover and title of the forthcoming sophomore release. "Katharsis" is set to drop via Lifeforce Records on March 24th in Europe and on April 1st in North America.

The artwork for the new effort was handled by Remko Tielemans, who is also known for his position as bass player in Textures. "Katharsis" was recorded Sound Supreme Studio, Mökkitie and 5by5 Studio (also mixed) between April-October 2013. Mastering was handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios. The album will feature a guest appearance by Stratovarious keyboardist Jens Johansson.

According to the press release: "the Finnish sextet impresses with a mature and beneficial designed sound, that is catchy and heavy at the same time. Just as important: Shear are playing authentic and honest music that is based on deep-seated emotions and a latent slope to great hymns. This is their 'Katharsis.' The chosen style is of subordinate importance for the effect of the perfectly balanced songs. Metal and rock come to fruition to create a Scandinavian heavy sound with a fresh approach and a convincing self-conception.

"Listening to 'Katharsis' you will fall in love with the charismatic voice of Alexa Leroux. But keep in mind: Shear is more than a female-fronted fairytale. Somewhere in between melodic metal, symphonic power and classical rock the Finns are heading for well-written and – simply – beautiful music with a unique charm."

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