On August 24th the new Wisdom album “Judas,” originally released back in 2011, will now see an official release via NoiseArt Records as a limited digi pack version including an exclusive bonus track coming off the EP “At The Gates.” The band has now also released an official album trailer for “Judas,” which can be seen below.
In addition, Wisdom has posted a track-by-track commentary with explanations of each song, which can be found after the jump.
Fallin’ Away From Grace: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” /JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU/ This song had many forms and we managed to finalize it only after months. This is about the man that can do anything although his life is in the hands of bigger forces that he cannot control. Moreover, there are some aberrant who kill and destroy in the name of naive ideologies.
Somewhere Alone: “Look around you, remember that you are mortal.” /TERTULLIANUS/ These kinds of marching songs are the best for gigs. Feels great to play and make the audience move. It is about a story of a man whose coming has been predicted a long time ago and who is the sole survivor of a battle. Surrounded by bodies he starts to think about the point of the killings and sufferings. He wishes to have died with the others but there is another fate written in his book of life – he is the chosen one.
Age Of Lies: “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” /GANDHI/
After the album release of the Words of Wisdom, the first song written was Age Of Lies. At the time, we were thinking of a drastic tune-down for the next album and this song was made in H tuning. Later we decided to tune down to D only but we could not move the vocal melodies higher so currently it is a bit harder to play. Originally, the song was about the witch-hunts but later it changed completely. Nothing changed in the last thousand years, as somebody always wants to have power over others. These rulers cannot be stopped and there is no stopping them.
Live Forevermore “The soil of their native land is dear to all the hearts of mankind.” /MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO/ This is a sweeping song with neoclassical influences. We added a little Hungarian history into the lyrics. After our conquest – one thousand years ago – and many hardships since then, our nation still exists and we are ready to do anything for it to exist forevermore. This song gave way to the first video shooting for the album.
Wander The World “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” /ANATOLE FRANCE/ It is an easy built-up triplet song, about the sense of wandering without any aims, rules, or liabilities. There is a feeling of freedom and happiness on this track.
Heaven And Hell “Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.” /THOMAS A KEMPIS/ This is one of our favourite tracks and the second video clip of the album. It is probably the most emotional song from Judas both in music and in lyrics. It is about a man who feels that he is in the deepest hell sometimes but in heaven at other times. As time goes by, he cannot bear this and he would like to make a change in his life now and forever.
Silent Hill “Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.” /LORD BYRON/ It is a lighter track with a terrifying narrative. This is the only track on the album where the message of the lyrics is not really contributing to the sense of the music. Separately both are good but not together. However, we like this song about the bloodcurdling legend of this small town.
At The Gates “All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” /DANTE ALIGHIERI/ This was the title song of our EP in 2007. Then it was produced for the promotion of our next album, which we planned to release in 2008. Unfortunately, it released much later but we put this track on the album because we love it pretty much. It is about the story of our cabbala figure, Wiseman. Actually, this is the story of Judas – the traitor – when he was tempted by the devil to betray Wiseman.
The Prodigal Son “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying… that he is wiser today than yesterday.” /JONATHAN SWIFT/ This is an easy middle tempo song; about the well-known biblical story of the prodigal son who had arrived home and received forgiveness after he had repented. This story has many cover versions almost in every genre and here we tried to do it according to our imaginations.
Judas “Sin goes in a disguise, and thence is welcome; like Judas, it kisses and kills; like Joab, it salutes and slays” /GEORGE SWINNOCK/ This is the title track of the album about the story of Wiseman. This is at the point when the traitor tries to kill him, as it is depicted on the cover art. There is a lot of music styles met in this song from thrash riffs and power themes to folk melodies and lyrical vocals. Nevertheless, one of its strengths is that it could keep its uniform feeling from the beginning to the end. And above all the voice of Judas is Mats Levén, who gives many emotional nuances to the song.
All alone “All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone” /BRUYÉRE/ This is the bonus track on the album with lyrical elements emphasized. It was made when we had a huge downturn with the band in 2007. The song has two concepts. The first concept is about a man who needs to be alone for some time but the second concept deals with the man, Wisdom. With this song, we asked the audience to have a little rest and to be patient until we get our ducks in a row.
Wisdom is confirmed to play an upcoming European tour with Sabaton and Eluveitie from September through November:
07.09.2012 DE Hannover, Capitol
09.09.2012 NL Tilburg, O13
10.09.2012 DE Osnabrück, Hyde Park
12.09.2012 LU Luxembourg, Rockhal
13.09.2012 DE Saarbrücken, Garage
14.09.2012 DE Berlin, Kesselhaus *without Wisdom*
15.09.2012 DE Gießen, Hessenhalle
17.09.2012 CH Vevey, Rocking Chair
18.09.2012 CH Pratteln, Z7
19.09.2012 IT Milano, Alcatraz
21.09.2012 DE Geiselwind, Music Hall
22.09.2012 DE Munich, Backstage
23.09.2012 DE Lindau, Club Vaudeville
26.09.2012 AT Wien, Arena
27.09.2012 AT Wörgl, Komma
28.09.2012 DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
29.09.2012 BE Torhout, De Mast
30.09.2012 FR Paris, Alhambra
02.10.2012 FR Lyon, CCO
03.10.2012 ES Barcelona, Razmatazz
04.10.2012 ES Pamplona, Totem/Barakaldo
05.10.2012 ES Madrid, Arena
06.10.2012 PO Porto, Hard Club
09.10.2012 FR Rennes, Lètage
10.10.2012 FR Strasbourg, Laiterie
12.10.2012 DE Stuttgart, LKA
13.10.2012 DE Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit
14.10.2012-NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
15.10.2012 BE Brussels, AB Club
16.10.2012 DE Köln, Essigfabrik
01.11.2012 UK Norwich, Waterfront
02.11.2012 UK Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
03.11.2012 UK Manchester, Ritz
04.11.2012 SC Glasgow, Garage
06.11.2012 IR Dublin, Button Factory
07.11.2012 IR Belfast, The Limelight
09.11.2012 UK London, HMV Forum
10.11.2012-UK Cardiff, Great Hall 2
11.11.2012 UK Sheffield, Corporation
13.11.2012 DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle