Swedish metallers have NARNIA have reached an agreement with the German label Massacre Records to release the band's new studio album, "Enter the Gate" on April 21. "We also worked with Massacre for the release of our live DVD in 2004 and we are very excited about stepping into the future together with them," the group write on their web site.
As previously reported, Attic Arcade/Gencross has set a March 23 Japanese release date for "Enter the Gate". The CD is being described by the band as "the most well-sounding and well-performed NARNIA album to date." The follow-up to 2003's "The Great Fall" features backing vocals by Mats Leven (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AT VANCE) and contains "the most melodic and catchy songs since 'Long Live the King' from the late '90s but in a brand new sound and approach," according to the band.
In other news, MCM Music has just released a CD version of the band's 2003 concert performance ay Owener Rocknacht in Germany. The show, which was previously released on DVD under the title "At Short Notice....Live in Germany", was edited and remastered for the CD version.
Upcoming NARNIA shows:
Feb. 04 - Venue TBA - Malung, SWE
Apr. 21 - Elements Of Rock - Uster, SWI
Apr. 30 - VappuGospel - Kouvola, FIN
NARNIA's fourth full-length album, "The Great Fall", was released in April 2003 through Nuclear Blast. The CD, which was produced at The Dream Factory in Jönköping, Sweden by Carl-Johan Grimmark, featured guest appearances from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current HAMMERFALL drummer Anders Johansson and SAVIOUR MACHINE singer Eric Clayton.