Melodic metallers SUSPERIA have taken their heavy sounds to the masses in their native Norway with the release of their new EP, "Devil May Care". The band entered the single chart for the first time in their career last week when the EP made its debut at No. 21 on Norway's official "Hit List." The EP has climbed a further two places to No. 19 in the past seven days. As a result, the band have created history by becoming the first homegrown act in the metal genre to achieve a Top 20 hit in the country. In the process they have caused a stir among the pop-orientated releases that usually dominate the Norwegian charts. The band currently lie between MARIAH CAREY and KELLY CLARKSON on a chart that also contains DEPECHE MODE and ROBBIE WILLIAMS.
Bassist Memnock commented with a wry grin that "It's nice to be the thorn between two roses. On a serious note though, this is a great achievement for SUSPERIA and it's good to see that Norwegian metal acts are being recognised by a wider audience. It's nice to make the popstars feel a little uncomfortable once in a while."
"Devil May Care" was released in Europe through TABU Recordings as a special-edition CD. The EP features a combination of original and cover songs that have been drawn from various recording sessions. Tracks appearing on the release are the "Unlimited" album track "Devil May Care", new song "Venting the Anger" and three covers, "Lack Of Comprehension" (originally recorded by DEATH), "Wild Child" (originally recorded by W.A.S.P.) and a version of "The Sun Always Shines On TV" (a worldwide hit for fellow Norwegians A-HA). As an added bonus, the release contains the promo videos for "Chemistry" and "Devil May Care" as well as screensavers, wallpapers and booklet picture gallery. The EP was completed at StrandStudio in Oslo, Norway. Production duties were handled by the band and engineered by Marius Strand.
SUSPERIA have gone from strength to strength since the release of 2004's critically acclaimed album "Unlimited", which was recognised with a nomination in the "Metal" category of Norway's prestigious Alarm Awards. Sales of the CD have gone on to exceed those of the band's previous albums which were released through the Nuclear Blast label. A tour with Bay area thrash legends TESTAMENT on their "Reunion" tour earlier this year further boosted the bands profile.
The band — Athera (vocals), Elvorn and Cyrus (guitars), Memnock (bass guitar), Tjodalv (drums) — have a live show lined up at the John Dee, Oslo Norway on Saturday, October 22. Support comes from MINDGRINDER. A European tour is currently being lined up for December to promote the release of "Devil May Care". Details will be announced shortly.