Swiss rockers GOTTHARD will release their 13th studio album, "#13", on March 13 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official lyric video for the disc's second single, "Bad News", can be seen below.
"Bad News" is not only the opening track of the new album, it's also exactly what fans and critics alike have grown to love about the band — white hot rock 'n' roll with the finest songwriting, a.k.a. classic GOTTHARD at its best.
"Bad News" sees singer Nic Maeder at his most direct, showcasing his most vibrant and exhilarating characteristics. Empowered by wild, screaming guitars and thundering drums, his voice is a statement to what the album is all about.
"We wrote this one with Eric Bazilian, a song about how people love to be around you when you're successful and love to kick you when you're down," says Maeder. "It has a great classic rock riff."
Among the usual straight-up rock and roll that GOTTHARD is known for, "#13" offers remarkable variety between songs — such as the fast hard-and-heavy "Every Time I Die", the straight-to-the-point lyrical message of "Man On A Mission", old-school blues-rock with "Another Last Time", epic ballads like "I Can Say I'm Sorry" and unbridled '70s psychedelia with "Rescue Me".
Aside from the obvious standout of the record, the cover of ABBA's world-famous hit "SOS", the first single "Missteria" confidently displays the band's passion for experimentation that is on show throughout "#13". The eccentric track, whihc was written in collaboration with none other than Francis Rossi himself, combines an unmistakeable rock structure with flourishes of oriental instrumentation and is a perfect basis for the video, recorded at the Madi-Zelt in Berlin. Exotic mysticism, the sense of illusion and sensual dancers that remind the watcher of Salma Hayek's legendary appearance in "From Dusk Till Dawn", frame the band's performance between velvet, deceptive mirrors, fog and fascinating LED effects.
After 16 No. 1 albums, over three million records sold worldwide and more than 2000 live shows, "#13" proves that GOTTHARD, even after 25 years, still knows how to provide its fans with exactly what they love about the band. "#13" was produced by U.S. producer Paul Lani, while Leo Leoni upheld the role of co-producer for the album. The recordings of "#13" took place at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano, while the mixing was done in Los Angeles and the final touches were added by the renowned Darcy Proper at Valhalla Studios in New York.
"#13" will be available on CD (jewelcase) with 13 tracks and as a special edition collector’s box (including a digipack with two bonus tracks, a bandana and a poster-booklet) as well as a double LP with two bonus tracks.
"#13" track listing:
01. Bad News 02. Every Time I Die 03. Missteria 04. 10,000 Faces 05. S.O.S. 06. Another Last Time 07. Better Than Love 08. Save The Date 09. Marry You 10. Man On A Mission 11. No Time To Cry 12. I Can Say I'm Sorry 13. Rescue Me
14. No Time To Cry (Demo Version) 15. I Can Say I'm Sorry (Piano Version)
GOTTHARD kicks off its German tour this April, joined by MAGNUM as special guest, before returning to Switzerland with old friends from SHAKRA.