Sweden’s HORNDAL have today released their sophomore album, Lake Drinker, via Prosthetic Records. Accompanying the album release, the band have shared a new music video for the single Growing Graves. Lake Drinker tells the tale of the eponymous town of Horndal – and how it is on a cursed path to destruction for the second time in forty years, thanks to American big tech.
Speaking on the album release, the band comment “The day is finally here, as we unleash the big Lake Drinker! It’s been a year of carving out riffs, gathering stories from our hometown, following local news, enlisting local death metal legends, horn players, and tubular bells players, recording old protesters from the shutdown in 1977 and the list goes on. We’ve never put so much work into anything before. So, here’s to Horndal and other rusty hometowns around the world. Drink up!”
Praise for Lake Drinker:
“Ultimately, when mammoth-sized music and impassioned stories meet as well as they do on Lake Drinker, it’s hard not to be bowled over in appreciation.” – New Noise
“The new songs are heavier and more overtly metallic than those on Remains. The grinding, sludgy thrash riffs and Levahn’s bellowing vocals bring to mind Chicago underground legends Lair of the Minotaur…” – Bandcamp Daily
“Surely one of the strongest features of Lake Drinker is its wealth of impressive riffing.” – Distorted Sound
Lake Drinker is the heavy soundtrack to a true horror story about a small industrial town in Sweden being brutally murdered, left to rust away, and then fooled into believing in the false hope of prosperity, promised by big American tech. The follow up to 2019’s Remains, Lake Drinker is a cautionary tale about making a deal with the devil. But this story of urban decay is not a fairytale or fantasy, it’s rooted in the real lives of the citizens of Horndal, retold by a band whose own lives are umbilically linked to the town itself.
Recorded in the iconic Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Crippled Black Phoenix) taking care of recording, mixing and mastering, Lake Drinker is a worthy follow up to their debut. The songs are captured in a raw, organic form, making the album come alive as it weaves its tale, incorporating elements of sludge, death metal and furious punk attitude. The album features some guest contributions courtesy of Pelle Jacobsson from Sweden’s National Radio Symphony Orchestra (classical percussion), Christer Falk and Daniel Johansson (horn arrangements), Johan Jansson of Interment and Dreadful Fate (guest vocals), and last but by no means least the voices of Horndal’s own protesters.
This is a story about the town of Horndal, but there are many others just like it out there.
Lake Drinker tracklist:
2. Horndal’s Blodbad
3. The Uprising
4. The Black Wheel
7. Growing Graves
9. Thor Bear
10. Town Burner
Pontus Levahn – Drums
Henrik Levahn – Vocals / guitar
Erik Welén – Bass / vocals
Fredrik Boëthius Fjärem – Guitar