GRAND MAGUS, the three-piece Swedish heavy rock band featuring "JB" Christofferson (guitar, lead vocals),Fox Skinner (bass, backing vocals) and Sebastian "Seb" Sippola (drums),entered 301 studios outside of Stockholm in December to begin recording its fifth album, "Hammer Of The North", for a spring/early summer release via Roadrunner Records. The group says, "The big room we use for the drums have unique and fantastic acoustics; we are talking some of the most punishing natural drum sounds since [KISS'] 'Creatures Of The Night' or [BLACK SABBATH's] 'Mob Rules'.
"It'll be extremely exciting to present some real stuff in this world of triggered and doctored drums and what else. We are confident that the real deal will taste better!"
During the band's 10-year history, GRAND MAGUS has released two demos, one split EP and four full-length albums, and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews throughout. Their last opus, "Iron Will", was voted "Album of The Month" in the German Metal Hammer and Rock Hard magazines.
Drawing hefty influences from the hand-on-heart grandeur of the NWOBHM and the inspirational mythology of their forbears, GRAND MAGUS is steeped in pre-Christian tales of triumph, vengeance, betrayal, wisdom and death. But GRAND MAGUS also stands for energetic live performances, as seen at last year's European festivals such as Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken, Summer Breeze and on tour in Europe with bands like AT THE GATES, CATHEDRAL, CANDLEMASS, TYRANT, SERPENTCULT and ELECTRIC WIZARD.