After leaving SABATON last year, the four ex members – Daniel Myhr, Daniel Mullback, Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén soon decided to start a new band. They very quickly completed their line-up with vocalist (Nils) Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION’S SHARE) and bass player Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson ( VOLTURYON) and CIVIL WAR was born.
The band are due to release their first full length album “The Killer Angels” via Despotz records on 11th June. The album name is borrowed from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg and the band have released two singles, ‘I Will Rule The Universe’ and ‘St Patricks Day’. Just today (16th may) CIVIL WAR have released the third and last single, ‘First To Fight’ before the upcoming album release.
Blackdiamond recently spoke to keyboard player Daniel Myhr about the band and new album. Some excerpts from the interview can be read below and the full interview can be listened to on the audio player:
Daniel described details about the band name and new album as follows:
“The whole historical theme of course comes from SABATON, but even before we decided on the name CIVIL WAR, we thought that maybe we should move away from the war theme a little bit. But when Patrik came into the picture, it seems he’s really interested in history himself. It doesn’t have to be as detailed as it was with SABATON, so we kind of flipped back to the history/war theme a little bit, even though we didn’t plan to. But some of the songs aren’t about war at all, we’re trying to keep a little bit of distance from it.
The sound is more traditional heavy metal, now we have Patrik he likes to write stuff that sounds a little bit like DIO. Then we mix it together with our style; a bit more typical power metal style, a bit of fusion between the older SABATON before Coat Of Arms and influences from power metal.”
Discussing the change from being in SABATON and moving on to CIVIL WAR, Daniel expressed:
“It felt really good to do something that was more ‘us.’ In SABATON, we were directed with what to play because Joacim wrote the songs. Now we work out all the material together, instead of just having material presented to us. We went from the basic to the finished material really easily, there was never any fuss about anything.”