Norwegian melodic thrashers SUSPERIA release their new studio album, "Cut from Stone", on April 2 April in Norway and April 9 in the rest of Europe via the Tabu label (a division of Tuba Records, Norway). Release details for the USA are expected to be confirmed soon.
"Cut from Stone" was recorded at Strand Studio, Oslo, Norway during 2006. The mix was completed by Daniel Bergstrand (IN FLAMES, MESHUGGAH, SOILWORK) at Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden, whilst the production was handled by SUSPERIA and Marius Strand.
The Oslo-based five piece — vocalist Athera, bass guitarist Memnock, drummer Tjodalv, guitarists Elvorn and Cyrus — has assembled a collection of aggressive, hard-hitting metal songs with a melodic edge. A maelstrom of vicious riffs and melody lies at the heart of the bands powerhouse performance on the eleven new songs that make up "Cut from Stone". The full track listing is:
02. Lackluster Day
03. The Clone
04. Distant Memory
06. Life Deprived
07. Between the Lines
08. Bound to Come
11. Cut from Stone
The band has once again collaborated with Rune Tyvold for the sleeve design and cover artwork, which features a hybrid of the bands faces as its main theme.
Speaking about the new album, guitarist Cyrus said: "We're really excited about this record. I think it's our best album so far. I know it's a cliché to say that, but I genuinely believe it. Working with Daniel Bergstrand was awesome, he taught us so much. He has given our songs a human touch, still really heavy and powerful but warmer and more organic. It has an analogue feel to it, which is how Daniel likes to work."
Having battled professional demons during the recording, the band is once again ready to push forward now that the album is complete. Commenting on their ups and downs, bass guitarist Memnock said, "Being in SUSPERIA is like a marriage, except we have five wives. There is constant bickering, disagreements and even arguments but we have a strong bond and always make up in the end. We all believe passionately about what we do and always want the best, so it sometimes leads to some very uncomfortable situations."
Though constantly underrated and often overlooked, SUSPERIA has delivered on the promise shown on their last album, "Unlimited". Their new recording represents a further step forward for the band as they continue to carve out their own niche in the metal fraternity.
"Cut from Stone" is the follow-up to the band's 2004 Tabu debut "Unlimited", which has become their best-selling release to date. Their first two albums were released through Nuclear Blast. SUSPERIA subsequently released the "Devil May Care" EP in 2005 which reached No. 19 on Norway's official "Hit List," making the band the first homegrown act in the metal genre to achieve a Top 20 hit in the country.