SVALBARD announce new label details ahead of the imminent release of ‘When I Die, Will I Get Better?’

Photo credit: Tim Birkbeck

Following recent developments at Holy Roar RecordsSVALBARD have today announced new release details for their upcoming album release, When I Die, Will I Get Better?. With all ties severed with their previous label, they will now release their third full-length album via Church Road Records – the new venture of former Holy Roar label manager, Justine Jones. The release date remains 25 September; pre-orders are now available via Church Road Records. Translation Loss will release the album in North America, and with the label having no affiliation to Holy Roar, all aspects of their release remain unchanged.

The band have issued the following statement:
“We are fortunate to have worked with Justine for many years, her passion, dedication and label knowledge has been instrumental in our growth as a band. She’s a person in the music industry who genuinely cares. We are proud to be releasing this record on Church Road Records.

“Justine is doing everything she can to keep the release on track, however please be patient if minor delays occur along the way or if things continue to appear online under the Holy Roar label during the transition period – we will keep everyone informed via our socials of all developments. 

“We will be donating a portion of each record sale to Rape Crisis. We have chosen to support this charity as their centres, helplines and campaign for change against sexual assault are so desperately needed in these times.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to our fans for being understanding, supportive and patient – and to Justine and Sammy at Church Road Records for all their hard work ensuring our album still gets released.”

In addition, Justine Jones commented:
“I am very excited to announce that I have joined my husband (Sammy Urwin) and will be releasing bands under our label Church Road Records. With the help of former Holy Roar staff members, Wil and Sam, we will be bringing you the best heavy music that the world has to offer. 

“I have worked and toured with SVALBARD over the last seven or so years and am delighted that I will continue working with them, as well as donating money to a brilliant cause. All hail the riff.”

Pre-orders that have been made via Holy Roar will still be fulfilled, however if customers feel more comfortable requesting a refund they can do so via £1 from every CD or LP sale of When I Die, Will I Get Better? via Church Road will be donated to Rape Crisis.

When I Die, Will I Get Better? is SVALBARD’s third full length studio album; the band have redefined post-metal and delivered an emotive opus for the ages; an eight track anthology of personal and societal highs and lows. Album opener and the first single, Open Wound sets the tone for an album that retains all of SVALBARD’s gut-punching energy, drenching it in melancholic melody. 

Artwork by Steven Kingscote.

When I Die, Will I Get Better?

1. Open Wound
2. Click Bait
3. Throw Your Heart Away
4. Listen To Someone
5. Silent Restraint
6. What Was She Wearing
7. The Currency of Beauty
8. Pearlescent

Serena Cherry – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Liam Phelan – Vocals, Guitars, Rhodes
Mark Lilley – Drums

Lyrics by Serena Cherry

Produced, Engineered and Mastered by Lewis Johns.  Recorded at The Ranch Production House, February 2020.

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