Swedish doom metallers BELOW have released a new video for “Bid You Farewell” from their critically-lauded Metal Blade Records debut album, “Across the Dark River“. The video was filmed by Emil Björkroth (www.pemil.se) and edited by Vince Edwards from Metal Blade Records. This is the band’s first ever music video and properly encapsulates the band’s bleak and melancholic doom sound – this is a way for the uninitiated to expose themselves to top-notch, classic doom! Watch the video now at: invisibleoranges.com
“The sense of sadness is palpable, the melodies infused with towering grandeur, the sheer weight of the riffs utterly crushing…” Zero Tolerance
“With a sound based on three specific albums: Nightfall (Candlemass), Headless Cross (Black Sabbath), and Conspiracy (King Diamond), they most certainly deliver on their promise of epic doom metal.” About.com
“Navigating the nebulous waters of Below’s doom brings the perfect balance of darkness, slowness, hypnotic atmosphere, strong and heavy riffs and a crushing devastation.” Metal-Rules.com
In the fall of 2011, Below was formed in Sweden by three wicked minds. After a discussion about why doom bands of today either lacked melodies or tried to sound as retro as possible, they decided to start a doom band that would pay tribute to epic and dark sound of: Nightfall by Candlemass, Headless Cross by Black Sabbath and Conspiracy by King Diamond. Below recorded their debut album in early fall of 2013 at Andy LaRocque’s (King Diamond) Sonic Train Studios. The full length was released in April 2014 through Metal Blade Records. Below offered up the following comment on recording:”To have the opportunity to work with Andy La Rocque and Olof in Sonic Train Studios is amazing. It will be a truly epic album that will leave its mark in the history of doom.“
Epic doom metal band BELOW spent the end of 2013 at Sonic Train Studios in Sweden with none other than Andy La Rocque (King Diamond) to record their debut full-length album. The band is finally prepared to unveil the album title, art, and release the first single from the record. “Portal” is streaming now on metalblade.com/below, where fans can also pre-order copies of “Across the Dark River“. The album will be released on April 15th in North America, and April 14th/11th in UK/Europe, via Metal Blade Records.
Below offers a brief quote about the first single, “Portal”: “It’s a song about being in the presence of spirits, entering another dimension, a portal to the dead.”
Below, hails from Sweden and music has influences from late Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and King Diamond, so going with Andy La Rocque as the producer was a clear choice for the group. La Rocque added; “this is one of the heaviest bands I have worked with in the studio in a very long time. And always great to work with great musicians!”
Not much is known about the Swedish quintet, however they are working with Tobias Rosén—bass player of fellow Metal Blade Records artists Noctum—of Howlin’ Owl Productions. Below started writing songs and in November of 2012 and a 4-track EP was recorded at Deep Blue Studios in Sweden. By this time, Tobias of Howlin’ Owl Productions heard them and asked to act as manager for the band. The EP was sent to various magazines, labels and people in the business and was praised by everybody who gave the songs a listen. Metal Hammer Germany awarded the EP a 9/10 rating.
Zeb – Vox
Hedman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc – Drums