Avatar is a Swedish heavy-metal band identified for its stage make-up.


Hunter Gatherer

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These followers who took to the offbeat sensibilities of 2018’s Avatar Nation and 2019’s The King Stay in Paris is likely to be a tad shocked once they spin Avatar’s 10th launch. Listeners with an extended relationship to the Gothenburg, Sweden, quintet will be aware the similarity of a few of the new materials to the thrashier content material of 2006’s Ideas of No Tomorrow. In fact, producer Jay Ruston (Stone Bitter, Slipknot, Anthrax) retains all of it sounding clear and clear.

In different phrases, the band is again with one other serving of full-on melodic loss of life metallic.

What makes Avatar stand out in a crowded style is the band’s razor-sharp preparations and singer Johannes Eckerström’s spectacular supply. Over the brand new album’s 10 tracks, the band — Eckerström, guitarists Tim Öhrström and Jonas Jarlsby, bassist Henrik Sandelin and drummer John Alfredsson — showcases spectacular musical chops and power. For a band that’s quickly getting into its second decade collectively, these hard-rocking Swedes appear poised to grow to be one of many style’s greatest acts.

Listed below are 5 issues to learn about Hunter Gatherer:

1: Silence within the Age of Apes. If Avatar Nation toyed about with imaginary lands and rulers, Hunter Gatherer posits an image of a less-than-smiley-face future. This whip-snap opening tune simply pummels at you want Grasp of Puppets-era Metallica. With its crowd-chant vocals and relentless cost, the music units a tone that carries by the album. Plus, the group headbanging within the video RÜLEZ!

2: A Secret Door. OK, there are loads of necessities to be a heavy-metal vocalist, even together with as much as yodelling. However whistling is a brand new one. But with out the darkish, whistled hook that runs by this moody tune, it wouldn’t be almost pretty much as good a music. Because it stands, the album’s one longer tune (six minutes) comes throughout like a live-concert signature.

3: Scream Till You Wake Up. The wall of noise driving this music is sort of extra post-punk than metallic (the Cult got here to thoughts). Nevertheless it lives as much as its title with the vocals turning into more and more panicked and determined till the refrain harmonizes right into a raw-throated howl. Some superior sludge-laden rhythm guitar interaction actually can’t cover the truth that this can be a music that would have hit prime 10 for any variety of Sundown Strip acts within the hair-metal period.

4: Justice. As acknowledged earlier, this can be a very, very tight band. No observe in all probability higher demonstrates this than this one. When the guitars begin a rhythm on their very own over the lead vocal, the way in which the remainder of the band brings itself again in is delightfully exact. The most effective guitar solos on the album hits at across the four-minute mark.

5: Gun. If the twang of Avatar Nation was a shock, so too will this breathy piano ballad. It’s a tragic lament for shedding kids to warfare, to weapons and their aftermath. So, yeah, it’s not going to make any love-song compilation. Black Sabbath acquired away with Adjustments proper?

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