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Devil You Know featuring Howard Jones reveals track from forthcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 6th March 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Devil You Know, which is the creative union of former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato of All Shall Perish and John Sankey of Devolved, have released the first single from their upcoming debut album which will be released via Nuclear Blast. Seven Years Alone can be heard below.

The track will also be released as a digital single on the 23rd March via iTunes. The Beauty of Destruction can be pre-order at this location.

Devil You Know‘s highly-anticipated debut album, The Beauty of Destruction, will be made available in both physical and digital formats on 28th April via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The record was produced by Logan Mader (Five Finer Death Punch, Gojira) and mixed by none other than acclaimed producer and mixer Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris (Hatebreed, Chelsea Grin). Artwork was created by noted painter and illustrator Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend). Howard Jones commented:

When Travis Smith presented us with the initial sketches we were blown away. He captured the concept of the album perfectly. It’s hugely different than anything that’s out there and will be immediately recognizable as Devil You Know.

The band have also been confirmed for Sonisphere, with the likes of Collibus, Iron Maiden, Carnifex and more. More details of this year’s Sonisphere Festival can be found at this location.

Devil You Know online:

http://facebook.com/DevilYouKnowOfficial
http://twitter.com/DevilYouKnow
http://youtube.com/DevilYouKnowOfficial
http://instagram.com/devilyouknowofficial

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Witherscape reveal artwork and tracklist for debut album The Inheritance

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 6th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Witherscape, the stunning new dark metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, will be releasing their debut album The Inheritance on July 29th 2013 in Europe and August 6th 2013 in North America via Century Media Records.

After having recently launched a first song sample for Witherscape to much online acclaim, it is now time to reveal the artwork and tracklisting details for The Inheritance:

1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls
3. Dead For A Day
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6 .The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8 .The Wedlock Observation
9. 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, who has worked with bands like Opeth, Nevermore, Death and also Katatonia before.

Dan Swanö also checked in to comment about the artwork as follows:

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 album cover. 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 of Swanö’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 Opeth, Katatonia or Amorphis.

According to Swanö, Witherscape 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 quotes acts like early Judas Priest, Rush, King Crimson and Mercyful Fate as far as his inspirations in regards to Witherscape and Swanö elaborates his list to also include Judas Priest (1975-1989), Voivod, Queensryche, Rush, Marillion and Mercyful Fate.

Witherscape’s The Inheritance is the first release under a longterm worldwide recording deal signed between Dan Swanö and Century Media Records earlier this year.

Witherscape online:

http://witherscape.com
http://danswano.com
http://facebook.com/witherscape