U.K. black metallers EASTERN FRONT have inked a deal with Candlelight Records. The band's debut album, "Blood on Snow", will be released later in the year. This CD features a track by Les Smith (ANATHEMA) and Brian Moss (DFA) titled "Dvenadtzat Kilometrov ot Moskvy" and "is sure to take U.K. black metal to the next level," according to a press release.
Commented the band: "EASTERN FRONT are very proud to have signed to the well-respected Candlelight Records. Candlelight Records have always been our target label for our album releases due to the number of great artists and albums they have unleashed on the world, which includes EMPEROR, OPETH, ENSLAVED, OBITUARY, ABSU and 1349. To now be part of this ongoing army of successful artists is a great achievement for our band. We feel that Candlelight Records respects and understands our artistic outlet and goals and with this new alliance we hope to take EASTERN FRONT and U.K. black metal to the next level."
Holocaust and Krieg formed EASTERN FRONT at the end of 2006. With an interest in the Second World War, and its effect on Europe, they were interested in exploring the history, through music; and from a subjective, personal and emotional, point of view.
EASTERN FRONT takes a new approach to black metal — which has been labelled "war torn black metal." Musically, they retain a traditional black metal sound but experiment with other genres, like doom, death, folk and classical, to create a range of different atmospheres in their songs. Each song evokes the emotional experiences of battle, encompassing hope, pride, comradeship, misery, sorrow and victory.
Within a few months of forming, EASTERN FRONT recorded a demo CD, "Promo 2007", to get other people's opinions about the music. Due to the decision to ‘release' the tracks and market the CD online, the CDs (limited to 350 copies) quickly sold out and the overall response was extremely positive.
This encouraged the band to start working on further material to create a live set and tour. In the meantime, the demo tracks, and the further release of the track "Blood on Snow" raised the band's profile to the extent that they beat over 150 other bands to be voted the metal underground's "Best Unsigned Metal Band 2007."
"Blood on Snow", the title track from the forthcoming debut album, was inspired by Gunter K. Koschorrek's book "Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front". The song was recorded on Remembrance Sunday (November 11) 2007 and, along with its promotional video that has been played on American TV channels, has been responsible for generating considerable interest in EASTERN FRONT.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/easternfrontuk.