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STRATOVARIUS: New Video Interview, Stripped Down Performance

STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson recently took part in an interview and stripped down, piano-and-vocals performance with the German edition of Metal Hammer magazine. Check out video footage below.

STRATOVARIUS‘ new album, “Nemesis”, will be released on February 22 via earMUSIC. The CD will be made available as a standard 11-track edition as well as 13-track special edition. A taste of the new studio album can be enjoyed with the limited-edition EP “Unbreakable”, released on January 25.

STRATOVARIUS are hailed as one of the most influential and successful symphonic metal bands in the world and they have managed to establish themselves as one of the metal scene’s heavy names. The new album, “Nemesis”, unites all the best traits of the band’s melodic, powerful, fresh and technically elaborated metal, all spiced up with an incredible sense for melody.

The album was produced and mixed by Matias Kupiainen and mastered by Mika Jussila from Finnvox studios, who has a long history with the band.

“Nemesis” has a dark and more modern sound compared to the band’s last album, “Elysium”. It clearly shows how much the band has matured and grown as songwriters. At the same time, the band focused all their attention and work into creating and recording “Nemesis”. Singer Timo Kotipelto spent three weeks recording the vocals in a cottage in the Finnish countryside.

“Nemesis” track listing:

01. Abandon
02. Unbreakable
03. Stand My Ground
04. Halcyon Days
05. Fantasy
06. Out Of The Fog
07. Castles In The Air
08. Dragons
09. One Must Fall
10. If The Story Is Over
11. Nemesis

STRATOVARIUS in June 2012 announced the addition of drummer Rolf Pilve to the group’s ranks.

STRATOVARIUS: New Video Interview, Stripped Down Performance 

New details on the upcoming release ‘Epitome of Torture’ from German thrash masters Sodom

SODOM Reveal Details About New Album Epitome of Torture

   

Germany’s most eminent thrash metal band SODOM have announced the arrival of their new studio album Epitome Of Torture on May 7th in North AmericaDuring the past monthsvocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper, guitarist Bernemann and their new drummer Markus “Makka” Freiwald recorded a total of twelve new tracks (plus a Motörhead cover) which present Sodom as more diverse and multi-faceted than ever. Epitome Of Torture features not only your typical Sodom fare, but also two or three numbers which are slightly more moderate and melodic than what people have come to expect from us,” Tom Angelripper explains, “so wait and see!”

 

Epitome Of Torture was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, whose expertise as a sound engineer and audio magician thoroughly benefitted Sodom’s 2010 release In War And Pieces. Tom Angelripper: “Waldemar is a true authority. He doesn’t let you get away with anything, he knows all our weak spots. Which occasionally makes working at the studio a little demanding, but at the end of the day it’s all worthwhile, as the result shows.” The Sodom frontman describes the sound on Epitome Of Torture as “hard-as-nails and contemporary, without ignoring our tried-and-tested old-school attitude.”

 

The new album will be available in four different formats: as a limited-edition DigiPak including two bonus tracks and a poster, in a regular jewel case, as a double gatefold vinyl including three bonus tracks and for download. The cover artwork featuring SODOM‘s popular “Knarrenheinz” logo was developed by graphic designer Meran Karanitant, who has caused a stir with his work for Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Dimmu Borgir, among others.

There will also be a video clip to support Epitome Of Torture: together with the ROAX team (SODOM Lords of Depravity Vol 1+2, Volbeat, The BossHoss, W:O:A – to name but a few), SODOM are about to start shooting a video for their new album song ‘Stigmatized’ in Berlin. SODOM haven’t had an official video clip for some time, so it’s about time we did one,” Tom Angelripper confesses. “That’s why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!”

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