The new POWERWORLD album proves unmistakably: What was considered as Orwellian fiction back in 1984 has become reality in 2013 – the surveillance society. In times of Facebook and Skype, true privacy seems to exist only where exposure through the media is consistently rejected.
“There’s almost a kind of hysteria when it comes to the Internet and digital pseudo-realities,” Powerworld mastermind Ilker Ersin explains the background of the band’s latest album title, Cybersteria, a combination – you might have guessed it – of the terms ‘cyber’ and ‘hysteria’.
“Our new songs aren’t a concept album in the narrower sense, but as usual the whole album is held together by a central theme. This time the leitmotif is emotional impoverishment which is increasingly supported by the new media. At the end of the day, social networks have the opposite effect of what they suggest: they make people grow lonely.”
Stirring words by a musician who has composed an album which is stirring in every respect, because Cybersteria presents that typical intelligent mélange of melodic heavy metal and progressive elements that we’ve come to expect of Powerworld.
Ilker Ersin produced and mixed Cybersteria at his MusikundWeb studios in Hirschaid near Bamberg, the album was mastered by Tommy Newton (VICTORY, UFO), and the instruments were recorded by Ersin, guitarist Andreas Rippelmeier, keyboardist Marco Grasshoff and drummer Guido Gallus. The biggest surprise: the vocal parts were recorded by Michael Bormann (ex-JADED HEART), who stepped in at short notice for David Reece (ex-ACCEPT, BANGALORE CHOIR).
Ersin: “It transpired during the recordings that David and I have different approaches which cannot be combined under the moniker of Powerworld. As a result, we decided to end our collaboration. There were no hard feelings between David and me, it was simply a decision by two grown men who agreed to follow their gut instincts.”
In Michael Bormann, Powerworld have found an ideal replacement, particularly since Bormann had already successfully filled in during their most recent tour for former Powerworld vocalist Andrew McDermott, who suffered from ill health (he died in August 2011), and had also been scheduled as a choir singer on Cybersteria.
“Michael did a brilliant job and even rewrote the lyrics with me. We’re not only totally thrilled, but also very grateful for his support.”
‘Children Of The Universe’
‘Slave To The Powerworld’
‘Back On Me’
‘World Knows Your Secrets – Virtuality’
‘You Gotta Hold On’
‘Am I Digital? (Intro)’
‘Coast Of Tears’
‘Like A Shadow’
‘You Will Find A Way’
‘Not Bound To The Evil’
Cybersteria will be released in Germany on May 24th, in Europe on May 27th and in the US/Canada on June 4th through SPV/Steamhammer as CD and download.
Michael Bormann – vocals (ex-BONFIRE, Jaded Heart)
Ilker Ersin – bass (FREEDOM CALL, ex-MOONDOC)
Marco Grashoff – keyboards
Andreas Rippelmeier – guitars
Guido Gallus – drums
For more details visit Powerworld.org.