The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Progressive metal act Persefone releases an animated video for the song "Prison Skin". It´s the first single out from the already critical acclaimed album "Aathma" that will be in stores, worldwide on February 24.
Persefone´s own words about the song:
"It's been some time since we finished and mixed the album. Although we couldn't wait to share this music with everyone, some steps have to be followed before the release. The wait is almost over. During this time we have had the chance to witness a highly appreciated feedback from media and now we are ready to finally show you the first single from "Aatham". The single "Prison skin" is the first full track of the album and makes a musical statement about how the album will develop musically and sets the mood for the lyrical concept. It was supposed to be a lyric video in the beginning, but the people behind this creation did such a great job that we decided to go with just the animation part. But please, make sure you read the lyrics as you listen to the music, because one part meets the other to bring this concept to live. Thanks for the patience, love and support."
Watch "Prison Skin" here:
"Aathma" was mixed and mastered by legendary producer Jens Bogren in his Fascination Street Studios (Sweden). The album includes the epic 20-minute title-track, with guest appearances from vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Leprous guitarist Øystein Landsverk. "Aathma"is set for worldwide release on February 24th, 2017 through ViciSolum Records, and will also feature Cynic's Paul Masvidal, appearing on the song "Living Waves", as well as on "An Infinitesimal Spark". The amazing cover art is created by none other than Travis Smith, who shouldn't need further introduction.
"Aathma" will be released as double vinyl, digipak, CD and digital via ViciSolum Productions.
Aathma European Tour 2017
Special Guest: Poem
07.04, 2017 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain w. Poem
08.04, 2017 Changó, Madrid, Spain w. Poem
09.04, 2017 Garaje, Murcia, Spain w. Poem
11.04, 2017 Barrio's Cafe, Milan, Italy w. Poem
12.04, 2017 Backstage, Munich, Germany w. Poem
13.04, 2017 Z-7, Pratteln, Switzerland w. Poem
14.04, 2017 La Boule Noire, Paris, France w. Poem and Daturha
15.04, 2017 La Ferrailleur, Nantes, France w. Poem
16.04, 2017 Underworld Camden, London, UK w. Poem
17.04, 2017 Turock, Essen, Germany w. Poem and Samsara Circle
18.04, 2017 Podium Duycker, Hoofddorp, Holland w. Poem
19.04, 2017 Merleyn, Nijmegen, Holland w. Poem
20.04, 2017 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany w. Poem
21.04, 2017 Forbraendingen, Copenhagen, Denmark w. Poem
22.04, 2017 Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden w. Poem and Loch Vostok
07.23-29.2017 Metal Days, Slovenia
Almost four years have passed since Persefone unleashed to their highly acclaimed album “Spiritual Migration”. An impressive album that took both the press and the listeners by storm (1,2 million clicks on Youtube!). When the calendar shows February 24, 2017 it´s finally time to experience the evolution of Persefone with their new album “Aathma”! The album will contain 10 new songs and it´s mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street. The artwork is once again created by Travis Smith. “Aathma” will for sure set the standard for progressive metal in 2017!
Persefone´s own words about “Aathma”: "It’s only once in every three, four years that we can express ourselves with freedom as musicians, by making music under the name of Persefone. Each album is a picture of our lives and the way we're experiencing this journey. It’s the first time we feel there’s someone out there, waiting for the album and we are doing our best to make honest music that shows the spirit and essence of the band. It’s not about releasing albums. It’s all about the music."
“Aathma” will be released on CD, 12” double vinyl, a limited digipak edition and of course as digital download. Persefone is releasing a crowd-funding campaign in conjunction with these news, in order to finance the album, and keep people informed and on-track towards the big date in 2017. The crowd-funding campaign can be viewed here: http://vkm.is/persefone
Intromental, Vicisolum and Metalized present:
Persefone European tour 2017:
Persefone is the new rising star on the European progressive melodeath scene. Having released 4 critically acclaimed albums, and about to deliver the 5th album of extreme technical skills and fantastic songwriting, this band has climbed from being an unknown band from Andorra to claiming headliner status in Europe.
Persefone has previously toured the continent, as support for Obituary and Leprous, until they - in 2015 - co-headlined alongside Loch Vostok. The 2015 tour proved to the band, that it was high time, to do their own headliner tour, and with the new album in the luggage, they are more ready than ever, to shred the stages to a pulp.
As support, Persefone is bringing along the most interesting band to emerge from Greece for many years: The progressive sensation Poem. The band has released 2 albums, and 2016's "Skein Syndrome" is a tour de force in how to combine Tool, Pain Of Salvation and Opeth to perfection. Poem toured all over Europe in the spring of 2016, as support for mighty Amorphis, with loads of new followers.
The 2017 Aathma tour schedule is as follows:
07/4: ES - Barcelona, Razzmatazz www.salarazzmatazz.com
08/4: ES - Madrid, Changó www.changoclub.es
09/4: ES - Murcia, Garaje www.garajebeatclub.es
11/4: IT - Milano, Barrio's Cafe www.barrioscafe.it
12/4: DE - München, Backstage www.backstage.eu
14/4: FR - Paris, La Boule Noire www.laboule-noire.fr
15/4: FR - Nantes, La Ferrailleur www.leferrailleur.fr
16/4: UK - London, Underworld Camden www.theunderworldcamden.co.uk
17/4: DE - Essen, Turock www.turock.de
18/4: NL - Hoofddorp, Podium Duycker www.duycker.nl
19/4: NL - Nijmegen, Merleyn www.doornroosje.nl
20/4: DE - Hamburg, Markthalle www.markthalle-hamburg.de
21/4: DK - Copenhagen, Forbrændingen www.forbraendingen.dk
22/4: SE - Stockholm, Göta Källare www.gotakallare.com
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