The Stranger Streams New Song “Divine Intervention”

Brisbane prog-metal band The Stranger is today carving a mark in the Australian heavy music landscape with the release of new single “Divine Intervention.” This is the first salvo of an assault-via-album due early 2017 and sets the tone sonically and thematically for the release.

The Stranger formed in 2013 as the brain child of Kalen Austin and Daniel O’Brien, with the goal of exploring expression by leaving no musical stone unturned. The Stranger has since made a presence in the Brisbane music scene by developing an eclectic mix of progressive metal, djent, folk, and acoustic.

Adam Merker (Aversions Crown, Lagerstein, Disentomb) from Anderz Debeerz Studio recorded the single and album with David Castillo (Katatonia, Bloodbath, Opeth) from Ghost Ward Studios on mixing duties and Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Caligula’s Horse) from Fascination Street Studios doing final mastering.

Drummer Daniel O’Brien said of the new track: “‘Divine Intervention’ is the story of an aggrieved deity whose apathetic pantheon’s tenacious destruction of evil drives him to question his own morality and the very nature of good and evil itself.”

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Candlemass Recording New EP With Mats Levén

Candlemass is back to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP. Four studio tracks featuring Mats Levén on vocals are being recorded during for a special anniversary release early next year on Napalm Records.

The band is also happy to announce that Mats Levén, a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish doom squad. Mats commented:

“20 years ago, Leif invited me to the project Abstrakt Algebra. 10 years ago, I started helping Candlemass with their demos. Today, I’m happy to say that I’m the new singer of Candlemass. I truly believe that 2016 will be one of the best years in a long time for Candlemass! Big thanks to my brothers of doom: Janne, Lasse, Leif & Mappe.”

Per Wiberg is today also an essential part of the Candlemass live shows with his keyboards and filling in for Leif on bass until he’s back in shape again. The band is currently recording the anniversary EP in Ghost Ward studios in Stockholm together with David Castillo.

“The new songs are more like the material on the ‘Nightfall’ album than what we did on ‘Psalms For the Dead,'” says Leif Edling. “Lot’s of guitars, and cool riffs but also really good songs that I hope and think our fans will dig!”

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