DAN SWANÖ Discusses WITHERSCAPE Debut Album

WITHERSCAPE, the stunning new dark metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanötogether with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, will release its debut album, “The Inheritance”, on July 29 in Europe and August 6 in North America via Century Media Records.

A comprehensive interview with Swanö about how the band got together, the CD concept as well as how crickets happened to end up on the album can be seen below. witherscapecd2013 “The Inheritance” track listing: 01. Mother Of The Soul 02. Astrid Falls 03. Dead For A Day 04. Dying For The Sun 05. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams 06. The Math Of The Myth 07. Crawling From Validity 08. The Wedlock Observation 09. The Inheritance “The Inheritance” is a pretty thick concept album split into different episodes and very briefly, the WITHERSCAPE story takes place in a remote village in northern Sweden in the late 1800’s. The central character lives in Stockholm and comes from wealth, and upon the death of his family he’s informed by the family lawyer that he has inherited a large estate up north. Having been oblivious to the estate’s existence, he decides to investigate, and once he’s there “all kinds of weird shit happens,” according to Dan Swanö. The hauntingly beautiful cover artwork for “The Inheritance”, which can be seen above, was created by Travis Smith of Seempieces, who has previously worked with such bands as OPETHNEVERMOREDEATH andKATATONIA. Swanö staes: “Both me and Ragnar are fascinated by old, abandoned buildings and it was pretty clear from the start that we would have the estate our main character inherits on the albumcover. We used Travis Smith as a ‘medium’ for our visual ideas and he did a spectacular job transforming our written wishes into a real image.” WITHERSCAPE marks the long overdue return as active composer and recording artist for Dan Swanö in the world of extreme metal, after having mostly been involved on the studio mixing end of things in these past years. Granted, “The Inheritance” is not purely a death metal release, but it smoothly showcases both the heavier and the mellow sides ofSwanö‘s creativity and should consequently not only please fans of his earlier efforts like “Moontower” or the EDGE OF SANITY catalogue, but also attract friends of progressively atmospheric contemporary metal in the vein of OPETKATATONIA and AMORPHIS. According to SwanöWITHERSCAPE has been in planning for a long time, spawned as a result of his working relationship with Widerberg, which began at a Swedish music store. The two multi-instrumentalists discovered that they had so much in common musically that brainstorming for a full-on metal project of their own was the next logical step. Widerberg cites acts like early JUDAS PRIESTRUSHKING CRIMSON and MERCYFUL FATE as far as his inspirations in regards to WITHERSCAPE and Swanöelaborates his list to also include JUDAS PRIEST (1975-1989), VOIVOD,QUEENSRŸCHERUSHMARILLION and MERCYFUL FATE. Most dedicated metalheads will not only be able to call themselves owners of certain releases by one Dan‘s many outstanding bands/projects (EDGE OF SANITYNIGHTINGALE), but also the work at his own Unisoundstudio will surely have left a mark in everyone’s record collection at some point: OPETHKATATONIADISSECTIONMERCILESS59 TIMES THE PAINDARK FUNERALHAIL OF BULLETSMARDUKMILLENCOLIN andNASUM, to name but a few. Swanö has been no stranger to Century Media Records: He was originally involved with the death metal supergroup BLOODBATH (also featuring members of OPETH and KATATONIA), who released the“Breeding Death” EP as well as the amazing first two albums,“Resurrection Through Carnage” and “Nightmares Made Flesh”, viaCentury Media. Most recently, Swanö has been heavily working again as producer and mixer of albums, including releases by Century Media artists such as ASPHYXGRAND SUPREME BLOOD COURTODDLAND andMORGOTH. witherscapeband Reference Link: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=191463

KATATONIA To Release ‘Dethroned And Uncrowned’ In September – June 17, 2013

In August 2012, Swedish dark rockers KATATONIA released “Dead End Kings”, their ninth studio album. The CD was the band’s most successful to date and cemented the Swedes’ position as masters of sorrowful metal. In September 2013, the band returns with “Dethroned And Uncrowned”, their first release on KscopePeaceville‘s sister label.

Many of the ecstatic reviews the “Dead End Kings” received commented on the fact that the album marked another step in the band’s journey towards a more progressive sound. “Dethroned and Uncrowned” allows them to explore these elements of the record further as they have reworked the album, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the songs.

“Dethroned And Uncrowned” will be available on double LP, download and as 2 disc (CD and DVD-AV) digibook set, which also features a 5.1 surround mix of the album.

“Dethroned And Uncrowned” track listing:

01. The Parting
02. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
03. Hypnone
04. The Racing Heart
05. Buildings
06. Leech
07. Ambitions
08. Undo You
09. Lethean
10. First Prayer
11. Dead Letters

“Dead End Kings” sold 3,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 138 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

KATATONIA has returned with a special triple-LP vinyl release featuring an epic set of classics from the band’s catalogue. “Last Fair Day Gone Night” features the Swedish dark rock/metal master at its glorious best with this electrifying set from London’s esteemed Koko venue during a series of special celebratory shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary during 2011’s “Last Fair Day Gone Night” tour. Set for a June 17 release on Peaceville Records“Last Fair Day Gone Night” is presented on triple heavyweight 180gm vinyl in a deluxe box, with a 12-page, 12-inch book.

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October Tide – The tunnel of no Light 2013 RELEASED!

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Tracklist

01. Of Wounds To Come
02. Our Constellation
03. Emptiness Fulfilled
04. Caught In Silence
05. The Day I Dissolved
06. Watching The Drowners
07. In Hopeless Pursuit
08. Adoring Ashes

An intro to Dionysus

From their Last Released EP "Hymn to the Dying"

From their Last Released EP “Hymn to the Dying”

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About

Dionysus is a Death/Doom band from Lahore, Pakistan. Debut EP A Hymn to the dying released in physical (CD) format by Salute records from Sweden! Order now: saluterecords@gmail.com . Re-released by Total Annihilation records from Holland.
Biography

A 3 piece Death/Doom band from Lahore, Pakistan.

Description
“I’m really impressed with the whole style of music they play and glad to see that Pakistan has produced some quality and not quantity bands. The band is already Professional in every manner and sound like Legends on record.” – Fraz Erebus (Erebus Doom zine)”Their album “A Hymn to the Dying” can be regarded as one of the finest release in the South Asian region in recent years. The album is a pure journey to the heart of darkness with intelligently shifting speed, inspiring compositions, clean acoustic approaches and a multi dimensional assault.” – Sandip Gurung (dontshutupnepal.com)”Thankfully, Dionysus has some lush tones that are fully capable of calling upon folk, black, and even the aforementioned death-doom genres that capture the simplicity of the merged styles, yet embellishes the point(s) nicely throughout.” – Chris Pratl (Metalpsalter.com)”A 5 song and 28 minute collection of hard hitting riffs that show what a truly talented band Dionysus actually are.” – Sludge lord”Creating a heavy sound with a soothing atmosphere is why Dionysus makes people fall in love with them. Cannot wait to get hold of their copy soon!” – Rupsa Das (Indianmusicrevolution.com)For our music and stuff.
http://www.youtube.com/user/dionysuspk?feature=mhumA Hymn to the dying EP download link.
http://www.mediafire.com/?9pq6i5bcv8i1522

Interviews:

With blackened Horde zine:
http://blackenedhorde.com/dionysus

With Iron Markhor:
http://metalseinen.com/blog/2012/09/07/dionysusinterview/comment-page-1/#comment-2475

With Core of brutality blog spot:
http://thecoreofbrutality.blogspot.com/2012/07/dionysus-interview.html

With Metalindia Magazine:
http://www.metalindiamagazine.com/interviews/interview-with-dionysus

With Pakistan Today:
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/08/28/news/entertainment/‘metal-was-never-meant-to-be-mainstream’/?printType=article

Reviews:

A Hymn to the dying EP review by Erebus doom zine:
http://erebusdoom.blogspot.com/2012/09/dionysus-hymn-to-dying-ep-review.html

A Hymn to the dying EP review by dontshutupnepal:
http://dontshutupnepal.com/2012/07/15/1066/

A Hymn to the dying EP review by Chris Pratl on Metal Psalter:
http://www.metalpsalter.com/review_dionysus_hymn_to_the_dying_ep.html

A Hymn to the dying EP review by Sludgelord:
http://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2012/07/dionysus.html

A Hymn to the dying EP review on Indian Music Revolution:
http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/Reviews/Album-Reviews/Dionysus-The-Hymn-To-The-Dying-E.P.html

Band Interests

DOOM/DEATH

Artists We Also Like

Painful Quandry, Foreskin, Multinational corporations, Marwolaeth, Lohikarma, Dormant Inferno, Ilhaam, Myosis, 4 days of night, Dusk, Symptom, Shroud of heretic

Basic Info

Joined Facebook 07/18/2010

Genre Death/Doom

Members Waleed Ahmed – Vocals/Guitars/Bass/Producer
Sheraz Ahmed – Guitars/Drums
Umair Ahmed – Guitars
Waqar Haider – Live backing vocals
Sam Morbid – Live Drummer
Rauhan Lasharie – Flute/Synth/Violin
Creative team: Amar Ali, Umer Ahmed and Waqar Haider
Credits to Agha Majid for his lyrics on our song “Valor of the Phoenix”

Hometown Lahore

Record Label Salute Records

Influences Anathema, Katatonia, Saturnus, Amorphis, Dismember, Opeth, Bloodbath, Edge of Sanity, Asphyx, Death, Agalloch, Uaral, Ulver, Empyrium, Forest of shadows, IRON MAIDEN, Yngwie malmsteen, Cacophony, A mournful gust, officium triste, wine from tears, october falls, Bathory, Dissection, Cardinal sin, Vinterland, Doom:VS.

Current Location Lahore

Our First track has been released from our upcoming EP Album “Sublimity” First #FuneralDoom #Metal band from Lahore! Also check out the logo of the band.

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The cover art for the Album.

Logo

So here is the cover art for our debut EP, its called ‘Sublimity’. The first track called Orcus will be released on 30th April. Look out for it!

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“About”

A funeral Doom band from Lahore
Biography

The band was formed in the January 2013. Having great music influences from all across the globe. We actually won’t like to limit ourselves in genres but our major focus will be on producing quality Doom Metal. As for how we came across each other is quite a story. The guys composing the type of music they wasn’t even aware of and it wasn’t a long ago. But yes we do believe the Listening actually does count when it comes to compose music. So we have great influnes as they are mentioned down there.

“Artists We Also Like”

Opeth, Bloodbath, Barren Earth, Dionysus, Foreskin, Satyricon, Mayhem, Behemoth, Agalloch, October Tide, Edge of Sanity, Hypocricy, Death, Morbid Angel.

Basic Info

Founded January 2013

Genre Funeral Doom Metal

Members Ahsan Shahid: Guitars/Vocals/Growls
Farid Munir: Guitars/Lead
Waqar haider: Vocals/Clean
Sheraz Ahmed: Bass/Drums (session)

Influences Funeral, 1000 Funerals, Saturnus, Ophis, Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Untill my Funerals began, Doom:vs, Forest of Shadows, Anathema, Mournful Gust, The fall of Every Season, My Dying Bride, November’s Doom.