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    After seeing Charger and TYR66 discussing this band, I checked them out and think they desrve their own thread... so other Sab lovers can enjoy, they have the perfect blend of classic Ozzy Sabbath with Dio Sabbath woven in... great sound great vocals female singer... who can handle the weight of the music, in a Dioesqu fashion...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owG-xdlBEv4

    An “avatarium” is - in the words of legendary Swedish doom metal pioneer Leif Edling - “a place anywhere, of any size, where you can worship your demi-gods. Could be a singer, a politician, [Black Sabbath guitarist] Tony Iommi, an actor, a historical figure, porn actress, etc."
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    AVATARIUM: DEBUT ALBUM DETAILS REVEALED

    2013-09-12 00:00 - New Swedish doomsters AVATARIUM - featuring legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS) on bass, Marcus Jidell (EVERGREY) on guitar, Carl Westholm (CANDLEMASS) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith - have revealed the cover artwork and track listing for their upcoming self-titled debut album, due out in the North America on November 26th.

    “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,” states Swedish artist Erik Rovamperä (CANDLEMASS), who created the album artwork. “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 [IRON MAIDEN], Ken Kelly [RAINBOW, KISS], and many more. In the specific case 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 Jidell unveils an insight on the birth of Avatarium:

    “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. We are very proud to present the first but not the last AVATARIUM album to you. ”



    The track listing for Avatarium is:

    01. Moonhorse
    02. Pandora's Egg
    03. Avatarium
    04. Boneflower
    05. Bird Of Prey
    06. Tides Of Telepathy
    07. Lady In The Lamp
    "Music is so sacred to me that I can’t hear wishy-washy nonsense just played for the sake of selling records."
    R. Blackmore

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    Awesome WC that you started this...I was actually thinking about starting a thread about this too..

    I'm sure most of us Sabbath fans would find this project intresting. So please check them out.

    Like I've said on other threads this is a great album and there is a lot going on musically...lots of real heavy doomy stuff like Sabbath and Candlemass and then there is a lot of acoustic softer stuff like Blackmore's Night thrown in. A really interesting and fresh mix of sound.

    I'm really loving it.

    Jennie-Ann's voice is angelic, but she also has a tougher side which she brings out when needed. She does have some Ronnie in her I think...in her delivery...and I know Leif is a huuuuge Sabbath and Dio fan so you know that's a factor that surely influenced this album a lot.

    They also did a very interesting version of WAR PIGS for the Moonhorse single...I don't think you've ever heard War Pigs done like this before!

    Last edited by Charger; 12-05-2013, 04:16 PM.

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    • #3
      I remember hearing about this band through Candlemass' facebook page. I listened to the song Moonhorse and was very interested. I am listening to the album on Spotify and I will be buying the album at my next trip to the local record shop!

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      • #4
        It is great that Edling again decided not to label the non-Candlemass-sounding-music he release as Candlemass again. The Avatarium album is really fun to listen to. Some of the stone crush guitar riffing is pretty generic and we heard them all before but the melodies and the more mellow parts are great.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Charger View Post
          Awesome WC that you started this...I was actually thinking about starting a thread about this too..

          I'm sure most of us Sabbath fans would find this project intresting. So please check them out.

          Like I've said on other threads this is a great album and there is a lot going on musically...lots of real heavy doomy stuff like Sabbath and Candlemass and then there is a lot of acoustic softer stuff like Blackmore's Night thrown in. A really interesting and fresh mix of sound.

          I'm really loving it.

          Jennie-Ann's voice is angelic, but she also has a tougher side which she brings out when needed. She does have some Ronnie in her I think...in her delivery...and I know Leif is a huuuuge Sabbath and Dio fan so you know that's a factor that surely influenced this album a lot.

          They also did a very interesting version of WAR PIGS for the Moonhorse single...I don't think you've ever heard War Pigs done like this before!

          Yea Charger, I never imagined an acoustic version of WP's...and it works... I have to get this album... Still haven't heard Tides Of Telepathy it's the only song of the 7 not uploaded....

          Yes, Jennie-Ann's vocals are truly great, I wasn't even sure it was a woman singing, thought it might be a male voice with a higher register, her delivery is very Dio-ish... and she doesn't fade when the music gets heavy, great find buddy!
          "Music is so sacred to me that I can’t hear wishy-washy nonsense just played for the sake of selling records."
          R. Blackmore

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          • #6
            Can't stop listening to this fantastic album !
            as I 'm reading the booklet during the listen , I must say the lyrics are so inspired and poetic . And yes , War Pigs cover truly works !
            A special mention to the drum sound of Lars Sköld (Tiamat) , so seventies , so Ward-ish ....
            Pandora' Egg is growing on me more and more

            Last edited by TYR66; 12-06-2013, 07:06 AM.

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            • #7
              The outro part of Moonhorse reminds me alot of Sabbath's "Too Late" and Rainbow's "Stargazer". Boneflower is a real catchy jem too...
              "Music is so sacred to me that I can’t hear wishy-washy nonsense just played for the sake of selling records."
              R. Blackmore

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              • #8
                I like the sample song posted at the top. I'll have to investigate this band further as I have time. I'm a huge Candlemass fan. This project seems like an interesting next step for Mr. Edling.

                ---------- Post added at 11:18 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:07 AM ----------

                But I didn't like the acoustic rendition of War Pigs. The performance and delivery was fine, I just did not like the concept. Some things are best left 'plugged.'
                How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
                --Benjamin Franklin

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                • #9
                  I just discovered this too and I'm very much enjoying it- I downloaded the EP via iTunes and will be buying the album on CD before Christmas. "Moonflower" sounds so much like RJD-era Rainbow it's incredible- the guitar solo is very, very Ritchie Blackmore of that time. I too wouldn't normally go for acoustic covers of BS songs but "War Pigs" is kinda cool...
                  Follow mens' eyes, As they look to the skies, The shifting shafts of shining, Weave the fabric of their dreams...

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                  • #10
                    Just found a great interview with Jennie-Ann! Check it out!

                    http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/inte.../#.UqM5quKn7jc

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Charger View Post
                      Just found a great interview with Jennie-Ann! Check it out!

                      http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/inte.../#.UqM5quKn7jc
                      Nice artcle interview Charger... she's definitly been listening and singing the right stuff! I think her inner Dio definitly comes out, she has his style, and like I said earlier, her voice can handle the weight, when she kicks it in durring the heavier parts... my only gripe with Moonhorse is the blatant copy of the SBS riff, but then when the later part of the song changes and kicks in, the part that reminds me so much of Dio, that same but slightly altered riff works extreemly well... I can't blame them for putting it in, it's such a great riff that we hear so seldom... I think instead of a guitar solo that we use to get in the old days from Sabbath, Iommi should do a medley of his great riffs that Ozzy can't or won't sing any longer...
                      Last edited by Wicked Cricket; 12-09-2013, 08:17 AM.
                      "Music is so sacred to me that I can’t hear wishy-washy nonsense just played for the sake of selling records."
                      R. Blackmore

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                      • #12
                        I'm really enjoying this album, I spun it twice on each journey to and from the folks for Christmas over the last couple of days. Great songwriting and playing, a modern but not too modern production, and it's a perfect amalgam of RJD-era Rainbow with Blackmore-esque solos and both Ozzy and RJD-era Sabbath riffing (the SBS riff reference is cool, it's hardly a ripoff seeing as it's only two bars long or whatever). Jennie-Ann Smith somehow manages to sound like, or remind me of RJD, and I also like the fact that doesn't do the standard female operatic metal vocals, I think her vocal "understatement" makes it even heavier than if she was wailing like a banshee.

                        Avatarium and Triptykon are both playing the Roadburn Afterburner on the same day in April- I'm seriously considering a trip to Tilburg for the weekend...
                        Follow mens' eyes, As they look to the skies, The shifting shafts of shining, Weave the fabric of their dreams...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MJD2013 View Post
                          I'm really enjoying this album, I spun it twice on each journey to and from the folks for Christmas over the last couple of days. Great songwriting and playing, a modern but not too modern production, and it's a perfect amalgam of RJD-era Rainbow with Blackmore-esque solos and both Ozzy and RJD-era Sabbath riffing (the SBS riff reference is cool, it's hardly a ripoff seeing as it's only two bars long or whatever). Jennie-Ann Smith somehow manages to sound like, or remind me of RJD, and I also like the fact that doesn't do the standard female operatic metal vocals, I think her vocal "understatement" makes it even heavier than if she was wailing like a banshee.

                          Avatarium and Triptykon are both playing the Roadburn Afterburner on the same day in April- I'm seriously considering a trip to Tilburg for the weekend...
                          A great festival fot the next year , sure ! may be Mr Fischer 'll play the epic triptych Triumph of Death/Synagoga Satanae/The Prolonging

                          .... and Candlemass 're programmed two days before


                          Avatarium , Tryptikon, Candlemass : A dream comes true

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                          • #14
                            As a follow-up, I have been listening to this album a lot recently. It's become my favorite 2013 release. I absolutely love the combination of the quiet, more plaintive moments with Jennie-Ann Smith's emotional vocals, intermixed with Leif Edling's crushing instrumental sections. Anybody that hasn't checked this out yet ought to.
                            How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
                            --Benjamin Franklin

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                            • #15
                              Most interesting, thanks for sharing! You can definately hear the different blends of the two classic Sabbath lineups in their music.

                              And the vocalist is not too hard on the eye
                              "The consequence of conscience/Is that you'll be left somewhere/Swinging in the air"-Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) R.I.P. King Of Metal
                              "Just take a look around you what do you see/Pain, suffering, and misery/It's not the way that the world was planned/It's a pity you don't understand" - Geezer Butler
                              "If god is in heaven/How can this happen here" - Phil Lynott (1949-1986)

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