WITHERSCAPE, the stunning new dark metal outfit formed by Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö together with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg, is releasing their debut album “The Inheritance” NOW in Europe.
Here are the exact release dates by country:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / FINLAND / NORWAY / AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, July 26, 2013.
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, July 29, 2013.
SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
North American release date for “The Inheritance” is August 6th, 2013.
“The Inheritance” is receiving amazing press feedback and has amongst others scored the “Album of the month” honors in the current issue of Germany’s Rock Hard magazine with a fantastic 9,5 out of 10 points review. The album also came in on soundcheck position # 2 in The Netherlands’ Aardschok magazine with a 80 out of 100 points review, position # 4 in Germany’s Legacy magazine with a 14 out of 15 points review and position # 8 in Germany’s Metal Hammer magazine with a 5 out of 7 points review.
In the light of the release, WITHERSCAPE‘s Dan Swanö has checked in with a comment as follows:
“Hey everyone…”The Inheritance” is being released now at last and we are super excited about it! The reactions from media and people who heard the album so far were really fantastic and also very encouraging for me and Ragnar as the composers. Thanks for that! I have also now launched a quick video in order to explain the enhancement section featured on the CD…check it out in case you were wondering ;-)”
Here is a link to view Dan Swanö explaining the content and background of the CD enhancement section featured on “The Inheritance”: www.youtube.com
WITHERSCAPE‘s debut album is available in the following standard tracklisting:
WITHERSCAPE – “The Inheritance”:
1. Mother Of The Soul
2. Astrid Falls
3. Dead For A Day
4. Dying For The Sun
5. To The Calling Of Blood And Dreams
6 .The Math Of The Myth
7. Crawling From Validity
8 .The Wedlock Observation
9. The Inheritance
Additionally to the standard jewel case CD and the digital download version, “The Inheritance” will also be available as limited edition Mediabook CD including two special bonus tracks as well extended artwork with a 32-pages booklet featuring the full shortstory concept for this album and also as LP (plus full album on CD as bonus). The 2 bonus tracks cover versions are the following:
10. Last Rose Of Summer (Judas Priest cover version)
11. A Cry For Everyone (Gentle Giant cover version)
All physical formats of WITHERSCAPES‘s “The Inheritance” album (Including a shirt/cd bundle offer) can be purchased from CM Distro in Europe HERE!
A lyric-video for the WITHERSCAPE song “Dead For A Day” can be seen HERE!
Another WITHERSCAPE album song, “Astrid Falls“, can be heard HERE!
An introductory interview with Dan Swanö about WITHERSCAPE can be seen HERE!
WITHERSCAPE marks the long overdue return as active composer and recording artist for Dan Swanö in the world of extreme Metal, after having mostly been involved on the studio mixing end of things in these past years. Granted, “The Inheritance” is not purely a Death Metal release, but it smoothly showcases both the heavier and the mellow sides of Swanö’s creativity and should consequently not only please fans of his earlier efforts like “Moontower” or the Edge Of Sanity catalogue, but also attract friends of progressively atmospheric contemporary Metal in the vein of Opeth, Katatonia or Amorphis.
Here are some comments from other musical peers in regards to WITHERSCAPE‘s “The Inheritance”:
Anders Nyström (Katatonia / Bloodbath): “Edge of Swanöty is back to prog-death your ass off!!!”
Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars / Candlemass): “Dan Swanö always delivers quality music and Witherscape is no exception, this time blending progressive rock with his classic death metal roar!”
Maik Weichert (Heaven Shall Burn): “The planets Nightingale and Edge of Sanity as well as the comet Moontower have collided and consequently formed an extremely protean and large new central star in the Swanö solar-system! In Swanö we trust!”
WITHERSCAPE‘s “The Inheritance”, which comes packaged in artwork by Travis Smith / Seempieces (Opeth, Nevermore, Death, Katatonia, etc.), is the first release under a longterm worldwide recording deal signed between Dan Swanö and Century Media Records earlier this year.
Dan Swanö – Vocals, Drums and Keyboards
Ragnar Widerberg – Guitars and Bass
More details on WITHERSCAPE‘s “The Inheritance” will be revealed in the coming weeks…