PLATITUDE Announce Japanese, European Record Deals

Swedish progressive power metal band PLATITUDE have inked a deal with Germany's Metal Heaven and Japan's King Records for distribution in Europe and Japan, respectively, of their third full-length CD, "Silence Speaks". The album is scheduled to be issued in Japan on December 21, with the European release tentatively slated for February 2006.

The follow-up to 2004's "Nine" was recorded at Panicroom Studios in Sweden and Jailhouse Studios in Denmark and was produced by Tommy Hansen and PLATITUDE. The mixing and mastering duties were handled by Hansen at Jailhouse.

"Silence Speaks" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Tell the Truth
02. Nobody's Hero
03. Silence Speaks
04. Empty Inside
05. Fear (It's Over Now)
06. Don't Be Afraid
07. Falling Down
08. After the Storm
09. Walk with Me
10. You

As previously reported, PLATITUDE recently parted ways with keyboardist Andreas Lindahl. Andreas left the group in order to "fully [concentrate] on his other projects, mainly LOCH VOSTOK as well as his session work with WUTHERING HEIGHTS and MANTICORA," according to a posting on the band's web site.

PLATITUDE's sophomore album, "Nine", was released in April 2004 through Italy's Scarlet Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Secrets of Life" was recorded at Jailhouse Studios with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY MAIDS) and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.

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