"The Killer Angels", the full-length debut 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 (ASTRAL DOORS, LION'S SHARE) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (VOLTURYON) — was certified gold in Sweden by the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 20,000 copies.
(Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry [IFPI] in Sweden has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach gold status in the country twice in the last 11 years — from the pre-2002 level of 40,000 to the current 20,000.)
"The Killer Angels" was distributed in Sweden via the June 2013 issue of Sweden Rock Magazine and each copy of the magazine containing the CD was counted towards the certification; the album was also sold separately.
The members of CIVIL WAR were presented with their gold plaques before headlining the Metal War festival in Budapest, Hungary last weekend.
Commented the band: "Selling 20,000-plus in our home country is something none of us could ever imagine when getting into the sessions leading up to the album. Even though we felt we made a solid record, getting these numbers was still something we couldn't predict upon our wildest imagination."
"We at Despotz are incredibly proud to have reached gold status in Sweden with the band CIVIL WAR," added Despotz Records founder, Ömer Akay. "The band has received great international support from their fans, and it shows with growing sales and upcoming tours as a result. This is just the beginning of a brilliant career. We will rule the universe."
"The Killer Angels" track listing:
01. King Of The Sun
02. First To Fight
03. Saint Patrick's Day
04. Rome Is Falling
05. Sons Of Avalon
06. I Will Rule The Universe
07. Lucifer's Court
08. Brother Judas
09. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March Across The Belts (bonus track)
CIVIL WAR's debut EP was released on November 13, 2012 via Despotz Records.
Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels" was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player Daniel Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren's The Abyss in Pärlby, Sweden. Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist Lukasz Jaszak.
CIVIL WAR is:
Nils Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Rikard Sunden - Guitars
Oskar Montelius - Guitars
Daniel Myhr - Keyboard
Daniel Mullback - Drums
Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson - Bass
Photo credit: Michael Asplund