瑞典旋死:Avatar《11CD》2006-2020/FLAC/BD

Avatar是瑞典的重金属乐队,成立于2001年,位于哥德堡。乐队发行了八张录音室专辑,最近的一张专辑是2020年的Hunter Gatherer(专辑)。该乐队在美国摇滚电台中也取得了一些成功,尤其是在他们的歌曲“ New Land ” 在2017年5月在Billboard 主流摇滚歌曲排行榜上排名第20位。

形成和早期发布(2001-2010年)

乐队是由鼓手John Alfredsson和吉他手Jonas Jarlsby于2001年成立的,当时他们是分开的乐队。经过几次阵容变更,乐队在2004年发行了两首四首歌曲EP演示:2004年1月18日发行的《个人观察》和2004年11月19日发行的《死亡的四个理由》。阿凡达的第一张录音室专辑,Thoughts of No Tomorrow,于2006年1月25日发行,并在瑞典专辑Top 60上排名第47。乐队完成了几次欧洲巡演,作为Impaled Nazarene,Evergrey和In Flames的辅助表演。

他们的第二张专辑Schlacht于2007年10月24日发行,在瑞典专辑榜上排名第27位。来自In Flames的BjörnGelotte 在“ Levers From Neverend” 单曲中贡献了吉他独奏。随后的巡回演出看到他们在2008年瑞典摇滚音乐节上演出,并在shows 告(2008年1月至2月)和铁杆巨星(2009年10月至11月)的支持下进行演出。乐队的第三张同名专辑《Avatar》于2009年11月在瑞典发行,在全国专辑排行榜上排名第36位。2010年1月,乐队的网站上发行了歌曲《刀锋女王》的音乐视频。大约在那时,乐队与Sony Music签约,于2010年3月26日发行了德国和瑞士的最新专辑。同年4月,与日本唱片公司Art Union签署了交易,于5月19日发行专辑的 然后,他们进入了一个雄心勃勃的巡回演出时间表,出现在2010年的Storsjöyran上,以及Warrior Soul(2010年3月至2010年4月),Dark Tranquility(2010年10月至11月)和Helloween(2010年12月至2011年1月) 。

黑沃尔兹和冰雹启示录(2011−2015)

2011年12月,吉他手西蒙·安德森(Simon Andersson)离开了乐队,由蒂姆·奥斯特罗姆(TimÖhrström)取代。2012年1月25日,专辑“ Black Waltz ”在欧洲发行。它在Avatar的家乡瑞典的专辑榜上排名第25位。该专辑于2月14日在美国发行。 黑色华尔兹标志着Eckerström现在经常使用的“小丑”面漆的首次出现。为支持美国发行《黑瓦尔兹》,阿凡达于2013年2月与Lacuna Coil和Sevendust一起进行了首次美国巡回演出。

2013年8月,在Device and Disturated主唱David Draiman的妻子生下并且Draiman选择退出他的巡演时间表后,Avenged Sevenfold挑选了Avatar 来代替Device并继续与他们和《五指死亡拳》一起巡回演出。接下来的秋天,乐队在泰国度过了一个月的录音,准备录制一张新专辑,该专辑计划于2014年3月发行。2014年3月11日,宣布阿凡达的第五张专辑名为《冰雹启示录》,并于2014年5月13日发行通过eOne音乐。专辑的第一首单曲,标题曲,于2014年3月17日发行,并附有视频。新专辑由Tobias Lindell制作,由Jay Ruston混音。自《冰雹启示录》发行以来,《阿凡达》已在美国和欧洲进行了数次巡回演出,作为支持和头条新闻,并在诸如2014年《Rock on the Range》和首届Louder Than Life之类的音乐节上进行了表演。 ‘Vultures Fly’的音乐视频在2015年1月26日首播,并在Loudwire的Battle Royal视频倒计时以及2015年的投票中连续五周获得第一名,从而赢得了殊荣。最佳摇滚录像。随后,阿凡达(Avatar)于2015年4月开始了美国巡演,其中包括标题表演和支持五指死拳和蘑菇头。

2015年5月6日,宣布将《阿​​凡达》纳入《Shiprocked 2016》阵容。阿凡达(Avatar)于2015年8月至9月带着双子座综合症(Gemini Syndrome)和第一法令返回美国,并于2016年1月至2月再次赴美巡回演出。9月哀悼,然后返回瑞典完成有关《冰雹》的后续工作的写作。西尔维亚·马西(Sylvia Massy)被宣布为该专辑的制作人,随后在欧洲的三个工作室中进行录制。到2015年底,宣布《阿凡达》将定于2016年在多个音乐节上亮相,其中包括《 Rock on the Range》和卡罗来纳叛乱。

羽毛和肉肉(2016−2017)

在为2014年的《冰雹启示录》提供支持的几次巡回演出之后,Avatar于2015年12月进入录音室,开始录制当时未命名的后续录音室专辑。乐队将时间分散在三个欧洲工作室之间- 德国罗尔斯多夫的Castle工作室,芬兰赫尔辛基的 Finnvox工作室和瑞典 Lindome的Spinroad工作室。备受赞誉的制片人西尔维亚·马西(Sylvia Massy)因与Tool and Red Hot Chili Peppers合作而声名远播,称赞阿凡达“无情”,并指出歌手约翰内斯·埃克斯特罗姆(JohannesEckerström)具有“狂野的能量和魅力”。录制会议的开始还与乐队的Instagram进行了多次更新记录他们在工作室的时间。录制完成后,阿凡达参加了Shiprocked 2016,然后与September Mourning和Saint Diablo 一起在美国南部巡回演出。在2016年1月30 达拉斯,德克萨斯州,阿凡达演唱歌曲“对于群”的第一次,第一个原创歌曲,因为他们以前的专辑发行。

2016年3月3日,Avatar 通过其官方网站和社交媒体透露了新专辑Feathers&Flesh的名称。还宣布了发布日期2016年5月13日,以及几个预购商品套装,这些套装将于2016年3月17日开始订购。其中一个套装提供60页,109诗的精装本这本书在乐队的Facebook上被描述为“一个故事,对于任何一本小册子来说都太广泛了”。发行第一首单曲“ For The Swarm”,以奖励那些在iTunes上预订专辑的人。一个音乐视频这种单一的也被发布。正如《虫群》所证明的,粉丝对新歌和录像带的好评很高在截至2016 年3月11日的一周中被Loudwire的 Royal Royal 票选为第一名。2016年3月17日,单曲“ Regret”和“ Eternal Hunting”发行,以帮助羽毛商品订购开始& 肉。发行了由约翰·卡伦(JohanCarlén)执导的视频,其中两首歌按顺序播放,随着一个黑暗的美术馆周围的景色平移,上面有许多鸟的绘画,主要是猫头鹰,反映了乐队为专辑中的每首歌创作的一些艺术品。乐队将“遗憾”作为专辑的开场曲,将其描述为“经历史诗般的艰辛历程”,以及“……迄今为止我们写过的最不一样的专辑简介”。这首歌介绍了专辑的主人公猫头鹰(The Owl),她快要死了,回想过去。乐队将“永恒的狩猎之屋”描述为“ 金属的定义”,开始了《猫头鹰》的故事,据埃克斯特龙说,猫头鹰是“统治天空的掠食者”。第一首正式单曲“ The Eagle Has Landed”于2016年3月25日发行。与之前发行的单曲一样,该曲目也成为订购Feathers&Flesh的即时满足感。这首歌介绍了老鹰乐队,“……闯入了对手的世界”,据Eckerström说。尽管该乐队的确将歌曲上传到了其官方YouTube频道,但没有发行任何新的音乐视频,但该视频与发行“ Regret”和“ House of Eternal Hunt”相同。

2017年6月12日,《阿凡达》获得了金属锤金神奖的突破乐队奖。

阿凡达国家(2017−2020)

2017年10月24日,Avatar发行了新单曲“国王雕像”,并宣布他们将于2018年1月12日发行第七张专辑“ Avatar Country”。还宣布了新的Avatar巡演日期,称为“阿凡达乡村之旅”,于2018年1月在北美开始,并于同年3月到达欧洲。12月13日,歌曲《国王想要你》在SiriusXM Octane广播中发行,并很快在数字平台上发行,这是专辑“ Avatar Country”中的第二首单曲。官方音乐录影带于12月19日发行。

2018年1月12日,《阿凡达之乡》在全球发行,既可以通过Spotify等流媒体服务获得,也可以从世界各地的音乐商店以物理格式获得。在2018年10月29日,该乐队为《阿凡达乡村传奇》发起了Kickstarter活动,该活动被描述为“由Avatar乐队根据专辑Avatar Country拍摄的电影长片。” 乐队需要筹集到50,000美元的资金,截至2018年10月31日,该乐队为这部电影筹集了超过110,000美元的资金。

Hunter Gatherer(2020至今)

在2019年12月上旬,《阿凡达》宣布他们已经开始在洛杉矶的Sphere Studios录制他们的下一张专辑。与采访Loudwire在一月和后来paywalled由乐队本身的视频显示,活结和石酸酸主唱科里·泰勒在歌曲“秘密门”中客串。同一次采访还透露了尚未命名的专辑中其他几首歌曲的名称:“巨人”,“儿童”,“尖叫到虚空”和“沉默的猿猴时代”。说到专辑的基调,埃克斯特伦告诉Loudwire“阿凡达国家,我们想看看我们是否可以做喜剧……这很有趣,我们想看看我们是否可以做出有趣的事情……但这对我们很幽默,现在对我们来说,做一些不受欢迎的事情很重要从幽默的角度来看,这没有什么可开玩笑的,它把我们拉回了现实。它更多地涉及黑暗,悲伤,超脱,疏离和对整个世界思考的焦虑。” 在2020年5月1日的YouTube视频和推文中,乐队宣布了“阿凡达之乡”时代的结束,并用“你愿意和我们一起狩猎吗?”的问题嘲笑即将发行的专辑。 。

“ Hunter Gatherer”的名称和2020年8月7日的发布日期是通过2020年5月5日的另一个视频宣布的。

“猿猴时代的沉默”音乐视频于2020年5月14日发行,并于第二天在流媒体平台上发行。

音乐风格和影响力

Avatar已被描述为重金属乐队,更具体地说是旋律死亡金属和凹槽金属。乐队也被称为“涂了油脂的瑞典死亡 / 工业 / 进步金属合奏”。最初是纯粹的旋律死亡金属乐队,后来Avatar开始演奏不同的音乐风格,转而采用更前卫的金属风格。

阿凡达的影响,包括在火焰中,黑暗的宁静,闹鬼,玛丽莲·曼森,教育部,时空悍将乐团,德文-汤森,ABBA,铁娘子,稀薄的Lizzy,RAMMSTEIN,贝多芬,Helloween的,甲壳虫乐队,奥兹奥斯朋,米肖格,戈吉拉和克里及托普赛。

Avatar is a Swedish heavy metal band, formed in Gothenburg, in 2001. The band has released eight studio albums, the most recent being Hunter Gatherer (album) in 2020. The band has had some success on US rock radio as well, notably with their song “New Land”, which peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in May 2017.

Formation and early releases (2001−2010)

The band was formed in 2001 by drummer John Alfredsson and guitarist Jonas Jarlsby, who at the time were in separate bands. After several lineup changes, the band released two four song EP demos in 2004: Personal Observations released on 18 January 2004 and 4 Reasons to Die on 19 November 2004 Avatar’s first studio album, Thoughts of No Tomorrow, was released on 25 January 2006 and peaked at #47 on the Sweden Albums Top 60. The band completed several European tours as a supporting act for Impaled Nazarene, Evergrey, and In Flames.

Their second album, Schlacht, was released on 24 October 2007, reaching spot 27 on the Swedish album chart. Björn Gelotte from In Flames contributed a guitar solo on the track “Letters From Neverend.” The subsequent set of tours saw them perform at the 2008 Sweden Rock Festival as well as shows in support of Obituary (January–February 2008), and Hardcore Superstar (October–November 2009). The band’s third album, the self-titled Avatar, was released in Sweden in November 2009 and reached the 36th position on the national album chart. In January 2010 the music video for the song “Queen of Blades” was released on the band’s website. Around that time, the band signed with Sony Music for the German and Swiss release of their latest album on 26 March 2010. In April of the same year a deal was signed with the Japanese label Art Union, for a 19 May launch of the album. They then launched into an ambitious touring schedule appearing at the 2010 Storsjöyran, and also with Warrior Soul (March – April 2010), Dark Tranquillity (October–November 2010), and Helloween (December 2010-January 2011).

Black Waltz and Hail the Apocalypse (2011−2015)

In December 2011 guitarist Simon Andersson left the band, being replaced by Tim Öhrström. On 25 January 2012 the album Black Waltz was released in Europe. It reached position 25 on the album list in Avatar’s native Sweden. The album was released in the US on 14 February. Black Waltz marks the first appearance of the “Clown” face paint now worn regularly by Eckerström. To support the American release of Black Waltz, Avatar embarked on its first ever U.S. tour alongside Lacuna Coil and Sevendust in February 2013.

In August 2013, after the wife of Device and Disturbed vocalist David Draiman gave birth and Draiman opted to bow out of his tour schedule, Avatar was picked by Avenged Sevenfold to replace Device and continue to tour with them and Five Finger Death Punch. The following fall, the band spent a month in Thailand recording for a new album, planned for release in March 2014. On 11 March 2014 it was announced that Avatar’s fifth album would be titled Hail the Apocalypse and was released 13 May 2014 via eOne Music. The album’s first single, the title track, was released 17 March 2014 and was accompanied by a video. The new album is produced by Tobias Lindell and mixed by Jay Ruston. Since the release of Hail the Apocalypse, Avatar has conducted several tours of the U.S. and Europe as both a supporting and headline act, as well as performing at festivals such as Rock on the Range 2014 and the inaugural Louder Than Life. The music video for ‘Vultures Fly’ premiered on 26 January 2015 and earned distinction by being voted #1 for five weeks in a row in Loudwire’s Battle Royal video countdown, as well as their 2015 Best Rock Video. Avatar then began a U.S. tour in April 2015 consisting of headline performances, and supporting Five Finger Death Punch and Mushroomhead.

On 6 May 2015 it was announced that Avatar would be included in the lineup of Shiprocked 2016. Avatar returned to the U.S. for another headline tour in August–September 2015 with Gemini Syndrome and First Decree, and in January–February 2016 with September Mourning prior to returning to Sweden to complete writing on the follow up to Hail The Apocalypse. Sylvia Massy was announced as producer of that album, which was then recorded in three studios across Europe. Towards the end of 2015, it was announced Avatar would be scheduled to appear at several festivals in 2016, to include Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion.

Feathers & Flesh (2016−2017)

After several tours supporting 2014’s Hail the Apocalypse, Avatar entered the studio in December 2015 to begin recording a then unnamed follow-up studio album. The band split their time between three European studios — Castle Studios in Rohrsdorf, Germany, Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden. Acclaimed producer Sylvia Massy, noted for her work with Tool and Red Hot Chili Peppers, praised Avatar as “relentless,” noting singer Johannes Eckerström as having “wild energy and charisma.” The start of recording sessions also coincided with multiple updates via the band’s Instagram account, chronicling their time in the studio. Once recording finished, Avatar took part in Shiprocked 2016, then toured the southern United States with September Mourning and Saint Diablo. On 30 January 2016 in Dallas, Texas, Avatar performed the song “For The Swarm” for the first time, the first original song since the release of their previous album.

On 3 March 2016, Avatar revealed the name of the new album, Feathers & Flesh, via their official website, and through social media. A release date of 13 May 2016 was also announced, as well as several pre-ordering merchandise bundles that would be available to order on 17 March 2016. One bundle offers a 60-page, 109-verse poem hardcover book described on the band’s Facebook as ‘a story too extensive for any booklet’. The first single, “For The Swarm,” was released as a reward for those pre-ordering the album on iTunes. A music video of this single was also released. Fan reception of the new song and video were high, as evidenced in For The Swarm being voted #1 in Loudwire’s Battle Royale for the week ending 11 March 2016. On 17 March 2016 the singles, “Regret” and “House of Eternal Hunt” were released to help kick off pre-ordering of merchandise bundles for Feathers & Flesh. A video directed by Johan Carlén was released featuring the two songs playing sequentially as the view pans around a darkened art gallery, with many paintings of birds, primarily owls, mirroring some of the artwork that the band has created for the individual songs on their album. “Regret,” as the opening track on the album, is described by the band as “an intense journey through epicness” and, “…by far the most different album intro we ever written.” The song introduces The Owl, the protagonist of the album as she lays dying, reflecting on her past. “House of Eternal Hunt,” described by the band as “the definition of metal”, starts the tale of The Owl, a “predator ruling the sky” according to Eckerström. The first official single, “The Eagle Has Landed,” was released 25 March 2016. As with the previously released singles, this track was an instant gratification reward for pre-ordering Feathers & Flesh. The song introduces The Eagle, “…crashing into the world of his adversary”, according to Eckerström. No new music video was released with this track, though the band did upload the song to its official YouTube channel with the same video featured for the release of “Regret” and “House of Eternal Hunt.”

On 12 June 2017, Avatar were awarded the Breakthrough Band Award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

Avatar Country (2017−2020)

On 24 October 2017, Avatar released a new single called “A Statue of the King”, along with the announcement that they will release their seventh album, Avatar Country, on 12 January 2018. It was also announced the dates of the new Avatar tour, Called “Avatar Country Tour”, which starts in January 2018 in North America and arrives in Europe in March of the same year. On 13 December the song “The King Wants You” was released on SiriusXM Octane radio, and soon available on digital platforms, being the second single from the album “Avatar Country”. The official music video was released on 19 December.

On 12 January 2018, Avatar Country was released worldwide, available both through streaming services such as Spotify, and in physical formats from music stores throughout the world. On 29 October 2018, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign for Legend of Avatar Country which has been described as “A film featurette based on the album Avatar Country by the band Avatar.” The band needed to meet funding of $50,000 and as of 31 October 2018, the band has over $110,000 raised for the film.

Hunter Gatherer (2020−present)

In early December 2019, Avatar announced that they had begun recording their next album at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles. An interview with Loudwire in January and later a paywalled video by the band itself revealed that Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has a cameo in the song “Secret Door”. The same interview also revealed the names of a few other songs on the yet unnamed album: “Colossus”, “Child”, “Scream Into The Void”, and “Silence In The Age Of Apes”. Speaking of the tone of the album, Eckerström told Loudwire “Avatar Country, we wanted to see if we could do comedy … It was funny and we wanted to see if we could make something funny … But it was humorous for us, and now it’s important for us to do something devoid of humor, there is no joking around with this and it pulls us back into reality. It deals more with darkness, sadness, detachment, alienation and the anxiety of thinking of the world at large.” In a YouTube video and a tweet on 1 May 2020, the band announced the end of the “Avatar Country” era, and teased the upcoming album with the question “Will you hunt with us?”.

The name “Hunter Gatherer” and the release date of 7 August 2020 were announced through another video on 5 May 2020.

The music video for “Silence in the Age of Apes” was released on 14 May 2020 and was released on streaming platforms the following day.

Musical style and influences

Avatar has been described as a heavy metal band, and more specifically as melodic death metal and groove metal. The band has also been referred to as a “grease-painted Swedish death/industrial/progressive metal ensemble”. Originally a pure melodic death metal band, Avatar later began to play a different style of music, moving to a more avant-garde metal style.

Avatar’s influences include In Flames, Dark Tranquility, The Haunted, Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, ABBA, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Rammstein, Beethoven, Helloween, the Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne, Meshuggah, Gojira, and Cryptopsy.

专辑列表:
2006 – Thoughts Of No Tomorrow
2007 – Schlacht
2009 – Avatar
2012 – Black Waltz
2014 – Hail the Apocalypse
2016 – Feathers & Flesh
2018 – Avatar Country
2018 – Avatar Country (24-48)
2019 – The King Live in Paris
2019 – The King Live in Paris [Hi-Res]
2020 – Hunter Gatherer [Hi-Res]

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