Swallow the Sun released a single from their upcoming album, Emerald Forest and the Blackbird. Labyrinth of London is an eight minute forty one second opus that bobs and weaves through some rich musical tapestry. The vocals change from growly intensity to melodic beauty with ease. The music is both ethereal and doomy. The composition has elements of classical music that draw the listener in before coalescing into a more doom and metal laden fare. Five minutes in there is a wonderfully done spoken word over a basic waltz. This leads into a very metal guitar solo with bombastic drums and an impressive wall of sound.
Listen to the track here: Labyrinth of London (Horror pt. IV)
The album itself entered the Finnish charts at #2 on its European Release. Emerald Forest and the Blackbird was recorded by Mikko Karmilla who was also responsible for the aural pleasures of Children of Bodom and mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa whose work you can hear on the most amazing albums of Apocalyptica and Moonspell. The album drops in the USA on September 4th via Spinefarm Records.
In conjunction with Emerald Forest and the Blackbird’s street date, the Finnish band will tour stateside this Fall supporting German metal legends Kreator and Accept. The North American Teutonic Terror Attack will commence on September 5, 2012 in Washington D.C. and ravage its way through 23 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.
SWALLOW THE SUN – Teutonic Terror Attack 2012
w/ Kreator, Accept, Blackguard
09/05/2012 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
09/06/2012 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
09/07/2012 Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
09/08/2012 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
09/10/2012 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
09/11/2012 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC
09/12/2012 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
09/14/2012 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
09/15/2012 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
09/16/2012 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
09/18/2012 Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
09/19/2012 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
09/21/2012 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C.
09/22/2012 Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA
09/23/2012 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
09/25/2012 The Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
09/26/2012 The Avalon – Hollywood, CA
09/27/2012 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
09/28/2012 Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
09/30/2012 Emo’s East – Austin, TX
10/01/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
10/02/2012 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
10/04/2012 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC