Last year, Swedish-American power metal supergroup NORTHTALE released their successful debut album “Welcome To Paradise” via Nuclear Blast. Today, they have to announce the departure of their singer Christian Eriksson.
Guitarist Bill Hudson states: “As if 2020 couldn’t get any more weird…
We have to officially announce that Christian Eriksson is no longer a part of NORTHTALE.
“Musical differences” seem to be the go-to reason you read on statements when bands part ways with members. This does apply to this situation, although it is just the tip of the iceberg. We have dealt with several issues from the beginning, just like with every band, but we’ve been able to work through most of it rather smoothly. However, when it came time for the writing of the new album, it became clear that Christian and I did not want the same thing, and were no longer seeing eye to eye on basically anything. Several attempts were made to mend the situation, but at the end of the day, we could not reach an agreement.
Christian was relieved from his duties from the band back in February.
Since then, we have kept quiet about the matter, while auditioning some of the best vocalists in the world, hoping to find a suitable replacement before having to drop the bomb on the fans. This process is now nearing its completion and we are down to my favourite 2 candidates, both of which are amazing vocalists with solid careers in the genre.
I will forever be grateful to Christian for his contributions on our debut album. He truly is a master vocalist and one of my favorite singers of all time. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.
As for the rest of us, the writing for the new album is about 70% done and we should be starting pre-production in the next couple of weeks.
I can truly say some of the best music I’ve ever done in my career! I know every musician says that about their new work, but I truly can’t wait to get in the studio to record it!
We would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that the postponed shows we had, which include the appearance at ProgPower USA and some European festivals (which had not yet been announced) will STILL happen, whenever shows are allowed to happen again. No cancellations will take place on our part.
We would like to thank Christian for his time in the band. In a weird way, the fans will actually benefit from this, as they now will have a new project to listen to, also featuring Christian’s amazing voice, and perhaps even with some NORTHTALE members, so be on the lookout for that!“
Get an impression of NORTHTALE‘s live shows by watching their very first live gig, here:
Order »Welcome To Paradise« now, here: http://nblast.de/NorthtaleWTP
More on »Welcome To Paradise«:
‘Higher’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Shape Your Reality’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Sirens’ Fall’ OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO:
‘Sirens’ Fall’ OFFICIAL GUITAR PLAYTHROUGH:
‘Bring Down The Mountain’ OFFICIAL GUITAR PLAYTHROUGH:
‘Everyone’s A Star’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1gX6t66RH4
‘Time To Rise’ OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/yLUwS9OlSJw
‘Shape Your Reality’ OFFICIAL GUITAR PLAYTHROUGH: https://youtu.be/mh8QAb39lgE
»Welcome To Paradise« – Track Listing:
01. Welcome To Paradise
03. Follow Me
04. The Rhythm Of Life
05. Time To Rise
06. Way Of The Light (Bonus Track – CD only!)
07. Shape Your Reality
08. Everyone’s A Star
09. Sirens’ Fall
10. Bring Down The Mountain
11. Playing With Fire
12. If Angels Are Real
13. Even When
NORTHTALE – behind this illustrious name lies nothing less than a Swedish-American power metal supergroup! Formed by guitarist Bill Hudson (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, I AM MORBID, ex-U.D.O./DIRKSCHNEIDER), vocalist Christian Eriksson (ex-TWILIGHT FORCE), and drummer Patrick Johansson (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-W.A.S.P. etc.) in late 2017, the line-up was quickly completed by Mikael Planefeldt (bass) as well as keyboardist Jimmy Pitts.
Delivering a load of (largely) fast-paced anthems, imbued with Eriksson‘s soaring vocals, the band’s 13-song debut album »Welcome To Paradise« will not only please fans of titans such as HELLOWEEN, SONATA ARCTICA, GAMMA RAY, STRATOVARIUS among others, but draw new fans to the genre too. The record was produced by NORTHTALE themselves, whilst Jonas Kjellgren (Blacklounge Studios, Sweden) took care of mixing and mastering duties. Its artwork was designed by renowned rock/metal artist Felipe Machado (BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOR, BRAINSTORM, KAMBRIUM etc.).
Christian Eriksson | vocals
Bill Hudson | guitars
Mikael Planefeldt | bass
Jimmy Pitts | keyboard
Patrick Johansson | drums