Singer Andy B. Franck of the German melodic metallers BRAINSTORM has issued the following update:
"Together with our producers Sascha Paeth and Miro we created the most intense and diverse album in our history. 'Downburst' shows a very different side of us and on the other hand listening to the album is like meeting with an old friend. All the songs have so much power and such a deep atmosphere I really never expected it could get that far. The songs are bigger and better than anything we have done before and we stretched our musical borders even more than we ever thought. 'Downburst' is by far our heaviest but most beautiful album as well as it is the album where we discovered ourselves in a new way!"
BRAINSTORM's new single, "Fire Walk With Me", recently entered the Hungarian chart at position No. 1.
"Fire Walk with Me" (cover artwork) was released on October 19 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and October 22 in the rest of the world via Metal Blade Records.
"Downburst" is scheduled for release on January 25 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and January 28 in the rest of the world via Metal Blade Records. The track listing for the effort is as follows (not final sequence):
01. Falling Spiral Down
02. Fire Walk With Me
03. Stained With Sin
05. End In Sorrow
06. Redemption In Your Eyes
07. How Do You Feel
08. All Alone
09. Surrounding Walls
10. Crawling In Chains
11. Protect Me From Myself
Commented the band: "We have spared neither trouble nor expense to deliver you the best-sounding, state-of-the-art BRAINSTORM album to date, can't wait to let you hear because this one will leave you with your jaw dropped, I'm sure! We are almost done with the mix and all I can say is that everything sounds f*#%ing amazing."
In other news, BRAINSTORM has been confirmed for the ProgPower UK festival in Bristol, UK on Saturday, March 29, 2008 and the Metalcamp festival on July 5, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
A European co-headlining tour with EVERGREY will kick off on February 29 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Metal Blade in June released the first-ever BRAINSTORM DVD, "Honey from the B's (Beasting around the Bush)". The box set was released in digipack format "with special metal effect." The disc entered the Hungarian Music DVD chart at position No. 18.
BRAINSTORM recently parted ways with longtime bass player Andreas Mailänder and is currently seeking a replacement.
Watch BRAINSTORM's video for the song "All Those Words" (taken from 2005's "Liquid Monster"):