The debut EP from CIVIL WAR
— the new Swedish metal band featuring former SABATON
members Rikard Sundén
(guitar), Daniel Mullback
(drums), Daniel Mÿhr
(keyboards) and Oskar Montelius
(guitar) alongside singer Patrik Johansson
, LION'S SHARE
) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson
) — will be released on November 13 via Despotz Records
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. Rome Is Falling
02. Civil War
04. Custers Last Stand
05. [Bonus Song]
You can pre-order the EP at this location
. "Rome Is Falling"
is available for free download at PledgeMusic.com
(e-mail sign-up required).
According to Sundén
, CIVIL WAR
's sound is "more old-school hard rock," with "a little less keyboards" than that of SABATON
. He says, "With Patrik
's vocals on top, it becomes a different thing, but there are some parallels [to our previous band]."
Regarding how CIVIL WAR
came together, b>Mullback told the Swedish-language newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar
), "It came pretty naturally. We always thought Patrik
had a good voice and he accepted our offer when we asked him to join the band."
"I had no hesitation about getting involved," Patrik
said. "ASTRAL DOORS
certainly has a solid fan base, but we are a little more underground. I see this as an opportunity to reach a wider audience."
The four ex members of SABATON
were never involved in the songwriting process with their former band since those duties were usually handled by vocalist Joakim Brodén
. But in the new group, everyone is contributing ideas.
"This has been a reawakening of sorts," Mÿhr
said. "I have never been in a situation where there has been so much creativity."
On the topic of whether CIVIL WAR
will continue SABATON
's tradition of focusing on war-related themes in its lyrics, Mÿhr
said, "No, we won't. Now the lyrics can be about anything. [CIVIL WAR
was just] a good name that sounded good."