Avatarium to play Roadburn Festival

Avatarium To Redefine Doom at The 2014 Roadburn Festival Afterburner
The crushing doom of Candlemass may be prevalent through the album, but Avatarium’s 60s / 70s feel is also trippy, with a creepy and haunting vibe that makes space for moments of beautiful tranquility before pummeling you with surgically precise riffs of sheer Edling brilliance.
Foremost among Avatarium’s not so secret weapons are the haunting vocals of Jennie-Ann Smith — they infuse the introspective, quiet passages with goosebump-inducing emotional power, and propel the heavier moments into a cathartic juggernaut of inspired doom intensity.
”Roadburn 2014 will be the first time ever I do gigs with two different bands in the same weekend”, says Leif Edling, ”But playing with Avatarium at the Roadburn Afterburner show will be exciting as it will be one of our first gigs outside Sweden, and a rendezvous with the international press and fans. I hope we can pull it off! The album has received great reviews – it feels like I’m 20 and about to make my live debut again. What’s cool is that many of the songs from the first album are written for a live situation, specially arranged to grow and become something more than the recorded versions, and now we have the opportunity to play them as we thought they could be played… or fail completely doing it, hehe. Well, guess we’ll find out at Roadburn! Anyway, I’m thrilled, stoked and honoured about the whole thing. ‘Moonhorse’, ‘Boneflower’ and ‘Lady In The Lamp’ are songs that have the potential to capture an audience and it will be a thrill to present Jennie-Ann’s voice to the RB crowd as well! See ya soon!”
In collaboration with Roadburn’s 2014 curator Mikael Åkerfeldt, we can’t wait to welcome Avatarium to the 2014 Roadburn Afterburner on Sunday, April 13th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Mikael Åkerfeldt comments: ”At another metal talk / wine session Leif once suggested we should write music together. I said ”of course”, not really aware that I had little time for anything apart from my current business. Leif is a workaholic and all of a sudden he texted me saying; ”I’ve got 2 songs ready! Come on!” I got somewhat stressed out and gradually it was understood between the both of us, that I would not be able to find the time to participate. However, Leif soldiered on, found an amazing line up, fronted by the charismatic genius vocalist-ess, Jennie-Ann Smith and has now released a 12” single as well as their debut album. Hearing some of the early demos made me go ”What the fuck?!” Wishing I’d shuffled my priorities around. It was/is so good. So fucking good! Is it doomy? Goddamn right it is! Avatarium got a sound that is both traditional metal and something ”new” that I can’t put my finger on what it is. I think it might be the elusive ”magic”! They’ve got it.”
By the time Avatarium hit the main stage on Sunday, April 13th, we’re certain that you’ll be enchanted and mesmerized by the band’s psychedelic atmosphere, classic-yet-timeless doom and perfect production.
Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from Thursday, April 10th to Sunday, April 13th 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Boneflower (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

AVATARIUM is out now in EU and will be out on Monday in North America!

Our brand new self-titled album, AVATARIUM is out now in EU and will be out on Monday in North America!
Here’s where you can get it worldwide:

Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/AVATARIUM-Album
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AvatariumAmz
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AVATARIUMiTUNES

Avatarium Landing Page: http://bit.ly/avatarium

Foto: Our brand new self-titled album, AVATARIUM is out now in EU and will be out on Monday in North America! Here's where you can get it worldwide:</p>
<p>Nuclear Blast: http://smarturl.it/AVATARIUM-Album<br />
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/AvatariumAmz<br />
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/AVATARIUMiTUNES</p>
<p>Avatarium Landing Page: http://bit.ly/avatarium

Stream Avatarium’s Debut Album In Full Exclusively With Terrorizer

Swedish doom titans Avatarium are streaming their stunning self-titled debut album in its entirety, exclusively with Terrorizer.

The band’s all-star lineup (featuring legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling (Candlemass) on bass, Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) on guitar, Carl Westholm (Candlesmass) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (Tiamat) on drums and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith) have struck gold with this one, a powerful and progressive doom journey that will have fans of Blood Ceremony and Jex Thoth foaming at the mouth.

Guitarist Marcus Jidell had this to say about the making of ‘Avatarium’:

“We had been looking for feeling rather than trying to make everything technically perfect. Everything really came together the first day Jennie-Ann came in the studio and sung ‘Moonhorse.’ She had everything we looked for in a singer:  Rock ‘n’ Roll attitude, Jazz and Blues feel, a big and powerful voice, and yet so able to be fragile and extremely tender in her interpretation of the songs.”

Check it out below…

http://www.terrorizer.com/news/streams/stream-avatariums-debut-album-exclusively-terrorizer/

John Gaffney from the Candlemass Chronicles fanzine had a chance to ask a few quick questions to Marcus, Jennie-Ann and Leif about their new band Avatarium.

Tell us how Avatarium came to be?
Marcus-Leif contacted me one day and asked me if I could help him to record some demos. We met a few weeks later and he played Moonhorse for me. I was totally blown away by the song and we started to record the demo. Both me and Leif are very big fans of 60′s and 70′s music and we wanted to catch that kind of vibe when we arranged and recorded it. I brought in a 12 string guitar for example and played a slide guitar solo in the end. When we listened to the final result I think we both felt that we were on to something very special and unique. When we should record demo vocals we brought in Jennie-Ann since we wanted someone to sing on it with the same approach towards music the we had. She wasn’t supposed to sing on the album but when we heard her vocals there wasn’t any question about if she should or not. I couldn’t sleep that night because I was so exited about how the music sounded with Jennie-Anns vocals on it.Leif-It was going to be a doom band first with Michael from Opeth and Nicke Andersson on drums. Then Michael started the work on the new Opeth album and I had a couple of really good songs that I wanted to do something with. I started demoing with Marcus and it all came together so well that we tried out Jennie-Ann, and AVATARIUM was born

Jennie-Ann Smith, your name is new to people in the metal world, please tell us a bit about your musical history

Jennie-Ann-I’ve been working with music since an early age and have been involved in many different musical projects as a freelance musician over the years here in Stockholm, both in studio work and in live touring. Nowadays I mainly work, part time, as a psychosocial counselor in one of the major hospitals here in Stockholm. It is a choice that gives me the opportunity to grow in many ways and that enables me to take on musical projects that I really feel for.How did you come to be involved with Avatarium?
Jennie-Ann- Marcus asked if I would come down to his studio in Stockholm, I met Marcus many years ago when we  both worked together with a Swedish artist. I know that Leif and Marcus initially were looking for a male singer with a more bluesy kind of feeling for Avatarium and had discussed different alternatives. I was asked to sing on the demos and obviously they liked what they heard :)

Your voice is amazing, to my ears your voice has a very romantic, soulful quality, I could have mistaken you for an American blues or soul singer,who are your vocal influences?

Jenni-Ann- Thank you so very much! As you very well noticed I do come from a jazz/blues/soul and rock’n roll influenced background. The list of musicians that have inspired me is of course long, I grew and became a grown up listening to: Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Robert Plant, Donny Hathaway, Tom Petty, Little Richard, Mavis Staples, Joni Mitchell, …Honestly I have never really listened to metal but I do like rock/hardrock and as a teenager, playing in my first rock band we listened a lot to bands like Rainbow and Deep Purple so I guess it also would be appropriate to also mention singers such as Joe Lynn Turner  and Ronnie James Dio on this list as well.

How would you describe the sound of Avatarium?

Marcus-Heavy, Dark and Poetic

Leif-Big….heavy….epic…..

Jennie-Ann- All of the  arrangements on the record have been so well worked through and I would say that it, for the genre, has a very sophisticated sound.  All of our individual contributions gives this record an interesting  musical level, I think that Ronni Lahti did  a great job with mixing it and he really accentuated a very natural flow between and through all the mood, temperament and ”genre-crossovers” that it holds.

Marcus, were you involved in the songwriting?

Marcus-I like to put it like this: Leif brings in a painting, almost finished, in black and white. I help him to finish it and to bring in the colors. smile

Marcus, did you approach your guitar playing any different in Avatarium then in Evergrey?

Marcus-I play the way I play but in this process we were very concerned about not being to technical and to make it very emotional. I always try to do that but this time I think I got closer then ever before.

Jennie-Ann, How did you approach singing the different songs?  Did it take you a while to get the feel of the music or did it come quickly?

Jennie-Ann- I would say that it all came very natural. Leif is such a smart composer, the melodies are great and inspiring and most of the lyrics felt quite easy to relate to for me. Marcus, Leif and I worked together  with both the musical and vocal arrangements and that creative freedom makes it both inspiring and easy. The whole process of making this album was so creative and fun, stay tuned for more material!

What inspired the band to do an acoustic version of ”War Pigs”?

Leif-It was Marcus and Jennies idea…..you have to ask Marcus, but it sounds really really great I think!

Marcus- We wanted to do something special for the EP for a start and since Jennie-Ann is a new name and voice for most people I had this idea of doing an acoustic recording with a very ”tight” feeling. I wanted to record and mix it so that you really felt that you where in the same room as us playing and singing this piece of music. Jennie-Ann suggested that we should do War Pigs and me and Leif thought that it was a good idea so I started to work on an arrangement that would suit the song in this format. There is always a big challenge to do a cover of such a great song but I think that we managed to do our own version of it and I hope that others
will feel the same.

Vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith has an amazing soulful and beautiful voice, how was it writing songs for her voice Leif?

Leif-Well…I didn’t at first. The verse to Moonhorse was written for Michael Åkerfeldt, but Jennie did a wonderful job with it. Songs like “Bird of Prey” and “Pandoras Egg” where written for Jennie-Ann. She really got an amazing voice and I think she can sing pretty much anything and do wonders with it! It’s great to play with a bunch of so talented musicians!

Marcus, your solo in ”Lady in the Lamp” is beyond amazing! definetly one of my favorite songs, the slide guitar parts reminded me of classic Ritchie Blackmore, do you have a favorite song or solo on the record?

Marcus-Thank you! I have had different favorites at different times. Every song has been a favorite at one time during the recordings but I think that maybe the ending of ”Tides of Telepathy” is one of my favorite solos anyway. ..and being mentioned in the same sentence as Blackmoore is always a great compliment..

Will Avatarium be playing live?

Marcus-Of course we will be playing live. We are talking about it at this very moment and I can’t wait to do that!!

Leif-AVATARIUM will definitely play live. When the album comes out we will play in Stockholm and other places. Hopefully some international gigs too. A bunch of summer festivals would be nice as well smile

Boneflower (Lyric Video)

MOONHORSE (Lyric Video)

Moonhorse WHITE VINYL

1000x1000Moonhorse White Vinyl Ep.

Limited white 180g-vinyl in gatefold. 45rpm.

Now available via Nuclear Blast online-shop.

Track list:

Side A:
1. Moonhorse

Side B:

1. Boneflower
2. War Pigs (Black Sabbath Cover)

 

Avatarium

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AVATARIUM, the new project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, will release its self-titled debut album on November 1 via Nuclear Blast.

In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jidell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards and Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals.

AVATARIUM’s first release will be a 12-inch mini-LP, ”Moonhorse”, featuring the title track, the B-side ”Boneflower” as well as an acoustic cover version of BLACK SABBATH’s ”War Pigs”. It will arrive on on September 20. The cover artwork for ”Avatarium” was Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä, who has previously worked with CANDLEMASS.

Commented Erik: ”As opposed to many contemporary artists eager to express their inner emotional turmoil, my ambitions as a painter stand first and foremost from a lifelong love of hard-rockin’ music and the inherently darker iconography of that genre. ”I’m seldom one to channel personal experiences in my art but rather view my work as part of the heavy metal tradition forged by likes of Derek Riggs, Ken Kelly and many more. ”In the specific chase of AVATARIUM, my sources of inspiration have come to include the heretical idolatry of the pre-Christianized cults throughout ancient Europe and esoteric allegories of the late medieval secret societies.”

Jidell has the following to say about the birth of ”Avatarium”: ”We are very proud to present the first, but not the last, AVATARIUM album to you. ”When we started to demo the songs on this album, we had one thing that we thought was extremely important: we wanted to make music that was heavy, dark and poetic. Also, we had an urge to make an album with a very organic sound and no fixing and trixing in computers but just try to make great emotional music. ”During the whole process, we have been looking for feeling rather than trying to make everything technically perfect. ”I think that everything really came together the first day Jennie-Ann came in the studio and sung ‘Moonhorse’. She had everything we looked for in a singer: rock ‘n’ roll attitude, jazz and blues feel, a big and powerful voice and yet so able to be fragile and extremely tender in her interpretation of the songs. ”If you like heavy, dark riffs and big guitars, emotional, raw and bluesy vocals, thunderous and groovy drums, I am quite sure that you’ll like AVATARIUM.”

AVATARIUM – REVEAL COVER ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM!

The front cover was created by Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä (CANDELMASS).

mall_konvolutCommented Erik: “As opposed to many contemporary artists eager to express their inner emotional turmoil my ambitions as painter stand first and foremost from a lifelong love of hardrockin´music and the inherently darker iconography of that genre. I’m seldom one to channel personal experiences in my art but rather view my work as part of the Heavy Metal tradition forged by likes of Derek Riggs, Ken Kelly and many more. In the specific chase of AVATARIUM my sources of inspiration have come to include the heretical idolatry of the pre-Christianized cults throughout ancient Europe and esoteric allegories of the late medieval secret societies”

Guitarist Marcus unveils an insight on the birth of »Avatarium«: “We are very proud to present the first but not the last AVATARIUM album to you. When we started to demo the songs on this album we had one thing that we thought was extremely important, we wanted to make music that was heavy, dark and poetic.
Also we had an urge to make an album with a very organic sound and no fixing and trixing in computers but just try to make great emotional music. During the whole process we have been looking for feeling rather than trying to make everything technically perfect.
I think that everything really came together the first day Jennie-Ann came in the studio and sung ‘Moonhorse’. She had everything we looked for in a singer: Rock n’ Roll attitude, Jazz and Blues feel, a big and powerful voice and yet so able to be fragile and extremely tender in her interpretation of the songs. If you like heavy, dark riffs and big guitars, emotional, raw and bluesy vocals, thunderous and groovy drums I am quite sure that you’ll like AVATARIUM.”

The tracklist of »Avatarium« reads as follows:

CD:
01. Moonhorse
02. Pandora’s Egg
03. Avatarium
04. Boneflower
05. Bird Of Prey
06. Tides Of Telepathy
07. Lady In The Lamp

2LP:
Side A
01. Moonhorse
02. Pandora’s Egg
Side B
01. Avatarium
02. Boneflower
Side C
01. Bird Of Prey
02. Tides Of Telepathy
Side D
01. Lady In The Lamp