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If you haven't already heard, Avatar has announced their upcoming seventh album, Avatar Country, and it's unpredictable sound will not disappoint in the least.


Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström (vocals), John Alfredsson (drums), Jonas “Kungen” Jarlsby (guitar), Tim Öhrström (guitar), and Henrik Sandelin (bass) have once again created another Avatar signature album, Avatar Country. This happens to be the follow-up album to their 2016 album Feathers & Flesh. Fans new and old can expect it to be fully available on Jan 12, 2018, out on the Entertainment One record label.

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Track Listing For: Avatar Country
01. Glory to Our King
02. Legend of The King
03. The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country
04. King’s Harvest
05. The King Wants You
06. The King Speaks
07. A Statue of the King
08. King After King
09. Silent Songs of the King Pt 1: Winter Comes When the King Dreams of Snow
10. Silent Songs of the King Pt 2: The King’s Palace

Before the confusion sets in about this record, for the record, consider the entire marketing and theme with this storytelling album to go hand in hand with one another. Jonas “Kungen” Jarlsby either has some interesting photos of the other band members or no one else wanted to volunteer to be the “King” for this Operation: Mindcrime meets Antichrist Superstar with a splash of carnival sideshow creation from the Göteborg, Sweden, fellows where, “whether somebody gets their rocks off listening to Satyricon or System of a Down, they’ll find something suitably deranged here.”

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And that my friends is no understatement just for the braggart’s rights. At right around 44 minutes long the CD has ten tracks. We dig the the two instrumental tracks at the end and “The King Speaks” has its tongue in cheek humor. The iGnite Central Command can only hope that the intro track with the “skit” track don’t bum out the faithful for not having another two fresh songs to relish until the new music cycle comes around again from the band.

The video for “A Statue Of The King” is a perfect reflection of the band and its energy and style and not far off from a live show if they could get a bigger insurance policy for the next tour. We loved the changes in “King’s Harvest” with the tempos and vocal styling throughout the song. Alfredsson’s drums get your head moving from the first kick. Eckerström goes from tortured soul to sad, soulful demented clown and back again without losing the energy this offering has from beginning to end.

The Avant-garde guitar play on “The King Wants You,” is delicious to listen to. With Sandelin’s bass play, it adds the perfect balance to the song’s groove, which is not by any means over played. Sandelin with Kungen and Öhrström are well oiled parts of the Avatar sound and compliment each other nicely. The small spritz of cowbell only helps, in our fine opinion.

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And least we forget to mention the fact, we have a decent idea that the good fellows will be busy after the holiday season is over. As a statement for the band entailed, “The King and His Band will go on a series of state visits all over the world this winter and spring with honorary citizens, The Brains, and sideshow extraordinaire, Hellzapoppin. Patriots may remember Hellzapoppin from the King’s 2012 music video for their single “Black Waltz.” North American dates will kick off in Columbus, OH on January 06, 2018 at the Newport Music Hall and stretch coast-to-coast before coming to a theatrical close at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. European dates start in Utrecht, Netherlands on March 13, 2018 and will be concluded in Avatar Country twin city Gothenburg, Sweden on April 7, 2018.”

If you’ve been a fan, if you’ve seen them live and loved the show, or you’re really into gasoline drinking clowns after the reboot of IT, grab this latest effort from the “King”. As a side note, if you want to hear a spot on AC/DC scream of sorts by Johannes, check out “The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country” and tell us we’re not crazy. Or, maybe we are. The hours are long at the office bringing you the best in new rock and metal afterall.

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About Erich Morse (11 Articles)
Photographer, writer, and interviewer in the world of music. Guided by the sage like wisdom of my German Shepperd, Ezra, we look to give you something to read and say, "That's cool!"

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