Photographer Linda Åkerberg


Avatarium have a sound almost impossible to describe, but fortunately when Hurricanes and Halos arrives on May 26 you can hear it for yourself.

Guitarist Marcus Jindell says the key to the band’s drive has been the contributing artist’s passion to create a sound they aspired to achieve.

“We’re very happy with the album, but of course if you don’t think the last album you did is the best, you should stop doing music haha,” Marcus says.

“We achieved something we’ve been trying to reach sound and feeling wise, if you listen to the first album then the second, you hear the natural steps.”

Sweden is known for delivering when it comes to rock and metal and Avatarium have shown quick promise after forming in 2012.

The wide spectrum their sound covers can be attributed to their diverse tastes within heavy metal, but also other notable classic artists.

“I’m a fan of Mountain, Leslie West and Neil Young, Crosby and Nash… I’m a big fan of these sort of guitar tones,” Marcus says.

“I started as a cello player and I want every instrument to sing, that’s more interesting to me and expresses creativity better.”

“I want heavy, big and fat guitar sounds, but I also want warmth… that’s what Avatarium is all about, we want light and shadows.”

Medusa is one of the more unique tracks on the album, which says a lot for how unique the album is to begin with.

The track is a creepy, haunting journey that is built around it’s crushing riff and contrasting hook; it’s one that requires a few listens to appreciate.

“The lead hook of the beginning of Medusa we came up in the studio when we first started writing the album,” Marcus says.

“I had to work with the arrangements to make that song really work, and it’s the one we had to put the most time and work into.”

But that’s what the band was always going to be about: breaking new boundaries and doing whatever it takes to create what they truly wanted.

“Avatarium started with Leif and I, we just wanted to do something that we really liked, so we met up and recorded songs,” Marcus says.

“We thought no one will probably release it, but we’ll try and find an obscure American label that might do 500 vinyls.”

“We had done an album we were very proud of, but then we got a record deal from Nuclear Blast and a lot journalists and people started talking about us.”

You can pre-order the album here.

By Nutman

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