Multi-national thrashers NIGHTRAGE will release their fourth full-length album, "Wearing A Martyr's Crown", on June 22 (Europe) and August 4 (USA) via Lifeforce Records. The CD was tracked at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES).
According to a press release, "Wearing A Martyr's Crown" finds NIGHTRAGE more mature than ever, but present is also a distinct will for experimentation and fresh ideas — though always inside the boundaries of what made the NIGHTRAGE name from the beginning; sheer brutality, swirling and soaring melodies and acoustic guitar work to evoke scenes and emotions of the deepest melancholy. Delving into a multitude of musical and lyrical vistas, this fourth opus from the international melodic death metal martyrs deals with a multi-layered journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche, the futility of human behaviour and the most dimly lit corners of the untold arcane. Expect to have these eleven incantations burn your soul, yet leaving you wanting to come back for more."
"Wearing A Martyr's Crown" track listing:
01. Shed The Blood (4:13)
02. Collision Of Fate (5:13)
03. A Grim Struggle (5:03)
04. Wearing A Martyr's Crown (4:30)
05. Among Wolves (4:29)
06. Abandon (4:30)
07. Futile Tears (5:18)
08. Wounded Angels (4:00)
09. Mocking Modesty (4:29)
10. Failure Of All Human Emotions (4:36)
11. Sting Of Remorse (5:21)
12. Holier Than Thou (METALLICA cover, Japanese bonus)
13. Failure Of All Human Emotions (demo version, on Japanese + European digipack)
The song "Wearing A Martyr's Crown" is now available for streaming on the band's MySpace page.
Check out the cover artwork below.
Guitarist Olof Mörck previously stated about the group's new material, "For NIGHTRAGE, the style of this record represents a journey back to the first couple of albums, but it's in no way a step back musically; there are some quite interesting arrangements on this album, the songs are straightforward and in-your-face, and it features both searing melodies and sheer brutality. All in all, it's a clear nod back to when the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound was at its peak, in '94-'98 (something we think a lot of people will agree with us on). "
NIGHTRAGE's third album, "A New Disease Is Born", was released in April 2007. The CD was recorded at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, MERCENARY, FEAR MY THOUGHTS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN).
NIGHTRAGE in 2007 recruited singer Antony Hämäläinen to replace Jimmie Strimell.
Antony Hämäläinen - Vocals
Marios Iliopoulos - Guitar
Olof Mörck - Guitar
Anders Hammer - Bass
Johan Nunez - Drums