THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, will release their debut album, "Tales From Midgard", on June 7 through Italy's Scarlet Records.The first part of a trilogy based on the fantastic story of Tolkien's first part of "Lord of the Rings", "Tales From Midgard" will feature "magnificent" cover artwork by JP Fournier (EDGUY, AVANTASIA, IMMORTAL, DRAGONFORCE). According to an official press release, "the members of THE RING set out to interpret the great trilogy with their songs and vision, producing and mixing the whole work themselves. With a sense of Dio-era-SABBATH soundscape epic, and their own inherent gift for melody, THE RING have created a soundtrack for the imagination that is fired by a reading of Tolkien's work on long winter nights, when the fires crackle and stories are summoned for the telling. When Elder days are close once more, and there is a whisper of magic on the air, when one dares to believe." "Tales From Midgard" will be released in Japan through King Records.