METAL BLADE has issued the following:
Swedish Viking Metallers KING OF ASGARD made an astonishing impact on the scene with their debut album Fi’mbulvintr, released in 2010. After playing a bunch of festivals and club shows in 2010 and 2011, KING OF ASGARD have now finished recording their second album …to North at the infamous Sonic Train Studios with engineer Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at the helm.
…to North will be released July 27th/30th via Metal Blade Records as a Digi-CD and on vinyl!
The album will feature two guest musicians. Comments the band: “First out is female vocalist Heléne Blad whom did a guest appearance on “Fi’mbulvintr” as well. This time around she’s present on the album opener, “The Nine Worlds Burn”, doing an epic folk inspired vocal part. She’s been a longtime friend of the band and is a professionally schooled folk singer et cetera. She was also once, for a short while, the keyboardist of the KING OF ASGARD predecessor Mithotyn. The second appearance on “…to North” presents the extremely talented guitarist Jimmy Hedlund. Yet another friend known from bands such as Falconer and Supreme Majesty. He shreds two guitar solos on the song “Gap of Ginnungs”. Least say, amazing stuff and truly breathtaking!”
Check out the first video trailer for …to North at THIS location!
Comments bassist Jonas Albrektsson on the recording process and what to expect from …To North: “The “…To North” master just arrived and it sounds astonishing! Andy LaRocque made a great job on the production and the mastering along with Olof Berggren. It’s upright and powerful. We feel very proud of what we achieved on this recording and merely the sound of it makes it a worthy follow-up to the firstborn “Fi’mbulvintr”. Songs and sounds came out much as of what we planned, with power and a great variety. “…To North” takes off pretty much where “Fi’mbulvintr” left off so to say, with a natural development, more varied songs and structures. It’s a development of our sound which will be recognized by old fans as well as bring some new ones to the horde. This time around I’ve been more involved in the writing process along with Karl, which kind of shines through, giving the songs a wider perspective. Expect some very strong songs on “…To North”, where epic meets with brutality! The lyrical theme this time is basically in the same vein but has different twists. Not as obvious as before. “…To North” will make The Nine Worlds Burn… and Varberg was just left behind.”
First song titles include ‘Gap Of Ginnungs’, ‘Plague-Ridden Rebirth’, ‘Nordvegr’, ‘Upon The Mountain’ and ‘The Nine Worlds Burn’.
…To North – the first KING OF ASGARD album featuring second guitar player Lars Tängmark – will be released July 27th/30th via Metal Blade Records in Europe!
KING OF ASGARD is:
Karl Beckman – vocals/guitars
Lars Tängmark – guitars
Jonas Albrektsson – bass
Karsten Larsson – drums