January 18, 2008

Finnish melodic and melacholic metallers THE CHANT have signed a deal with Shadow World Records. The group's long-awaited debut album, "Ghostlines", will be released in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on February 6. Release date for the rest of the world is March 10.

Before signing the contract with Shadow World, THE CHANT recorded four demos, the last two of which received the "Demo of the Month" honor in Inferno (the largest metal magazine in the Nordic countries), (the leading Finnish metal portal) and With "Breakdown" (2006) the band also won YleX's demo contest, and was granted plenty of nationwide airplay.

THE CHANT's music has been described as a powerful yet catchy combination of KATATONIA, ANATHEMA and HIM.

Commened THE CHANT guitarist Jussi Hämäläinen: "Brilliant! The collaboration with Shadow World Records is like a reward for nine years of had work. We are ready to start a new chapter in THE CHANT's history."

"Ghostlines" was produced by MOONSORROW vocalist-bassist Ville Sorvali, who has previously worked with PROFANE OMEN and DAUNTLESS, among other bands. Mikko Herranen of RUST and MISERY INC. fame was in charge of mixing, and Chartmakers' Svante Forsbäck (LORDI, SONATA ARCTICA, APOCALYPTICA) took care of the mastering. The cover booklet was shot by Ville Juurikkala (NIGHTWISH, HIM, AMORPHIS),who was recently named the Best Rock Photographer by the immensely popular City magazine.

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