Album Review: Avatar – Avatar Country (Century Media Records)
Swedish metallers, Avatar will release their seventh full-length album, “Avatar Country”, on January 12 via Entertainment One in North America and Century Media Records. The melodic metal band have really been making a name for themselves over the last few years with high-profile tours & slots at festivals.
The followup to the successful, Feathers and Flesh. The expansive & narrative driven, Avatar Country was produced by Jay Ruston at Spinroad Recording Studios in Gothenburg Sweden. The first single, “A Statue of The King” has been released & you can check out the accompanying video below.
The band have also announced a huge number of tour dates across the US & Europe which you can also see at the bottom.
Opening with Avatar Country’s national anthem, Glory to Our King before erupting into up-tempo metal. Legend of the King’s grandness comes from the shrieking riffs, thundering beats & blazing death metal vocals. An 8-minute heavy but tuneful effort that clings to the brain.
Things take a curious different direction with the country-western rhythm of The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country, a bouncy & fun number. Jammed in between the opener & the upbeat head-banging inducing King’s Harvest it defiantly stands out. The sense of epic-ness that Avatar bring with Avatar Country is devilishly exciting.
The likes of The King Wants You, A Statue of the King & King After King are toe-tappingly catchy filled with bags of metal rhythm. Avatar have crafted an exhilarating record, one that closes out with melody (Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 1 – Winter Comes When The King Dreams Of Snow) and one final hard & heavy push (Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 2 – The King’s Palace).
Avatar have started 2018 off strongly, delivering a hard-hitting & heavy release that is filled with epic metal melody. This is going to be a huge year for them so make sure you’re on board & take a trip to Avatar Country!
Avatar – Avatar Country Full Track Listing:
01. Glory To Our King
02. Legend Of The King
03. The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country
04. King’s Harvest
05. The King Wants You
06. The King Speaks
07. A Statue Of The King
08. King After King
09. Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 1 – Winter Comes When The King Dreams Of Snow
10. Silent Songs Of The King Pt. 2 – The King’s Palace
AVATAR ON TOUR:
supports: Old Kerry McKee, Hellzapoppin
13.03.2018 (NL) Utrecht – Tivoli Vredenburg(Grote Zaal)
14.03.2018 (FR) Paris -Le Trianon
15.03.2018 (FR) Lille -Le Splendid (Les Paradis Artificiels Festival)
16.03.2018 (UK) London -Islington Assembly Hall
17.03.2018 (BE)Sint-Niklaas – De Casino
18.03.2018 (DE) Cologne -Luxor
20.03.2018 (FR) Remis -La Cartonnerie
21.03.2018 (FR) Nimes -Paloma
22.03.2018 (FR) Cognac -West Rock
23.03.2018 (ES) Bilbao -Sala Santana 27
24.03.2018 (ES) Madrid -Sala Mon Live
25.03.2018 (ES) Barcelona- Sala Bikini
26.03.2018 (FR) Lyon – LeTransbordeur
27.03.2018 (CH) Geneva -L’Usine
28.03.2018 (CH) Zuerich -Dynamo
29.03.2018 (IT) Milan -Alcatraz
31.03.2018 (AT) Vienna -Szene
01.04.2018 (DE) Munich -Technikum
02.04.2018 (CZ) Prague -Lucerna Music Bar
03.04.2018 (DE) Berlin – Bi Nuu
04.04.2018 (DE) Hamburg – Gruenspan
05.04.2018 (DK)Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
06.04.2018 (SE) Stockholm- Klubben Fryshuset
07.04.2018 (SE)Gothenburg – Tradgarn
Head over to Avatar’s website to order the album & pick up merchandise! It will also be available via all major outlets & streaming services. You can check out their earlier album below via Apple Music.
Avatar - Avatar Country (Century Media Records)
The Final Score - 8/10