Swedish "death 'n' roll" band HEARSE, featuring former ARCH ENEMY singer Johan Liiva, have finished recording their third album, "The Last Ordeal", for a summer release through Karmageddon Media.
The follow-up to 2004's "Armageddon Mon Amour", "The Last Ordeal" was recorded and mixed at Stockholm's The White Chapel Studios by Jonas Edler, who had previously worked with the group on their first two albums and who was also involved in several ENTOMBED productions.
Commented drummer Max Thornell: "So we finally stand here with the recording that'll be the third HEARSE album. This time we really came out with a sound very close to what we wanted. It's natural and organic, heavy and rough, no bleep blop trigger drums or other polished sounds. Just pure and natural! As usual, there's a lot of groove, riffing, ripping solos and rough vocals, but this time I guess that mine and Johan's hardcore/punk background is a bit more obvious than before. There was a lot of reviewers that referred to ENTOMBED and MOTÖRHEAD when our last album was released. Those comments will most likely not be less numerous this time so to speak. OK, we're up for another rock 'n' roll adventure in death metal land."
As an appetizer for their upcoming third full-length album, HEARSE will also release an extended EP, "Cambodia", on January 31.
The EP will contain the band's sublime cover of KIM WILDE's classic "Cambodia", two brand new songs exclusively recorded for this EP, two songs taken from the long out-of-print 7" EP "Torch" and, last but not least, four previously unreleased "raw" demo songs. All in all, nine tracks with a playing time of over 40 minutes that will be sold as part of a fan-friendly mid-price campaign.
"Cambodia" EP track listing:
01. Cambodia (KIM WILDE cover)
02. The Accused (new song)
03. Wheels of Misfortune (new song)
04. Torch (7" version)
05. Avalon (7" version)
06. Well of Youth (demo version)
07. Raptured in Twilight (demo version)
08. Dominion Reptilian (demo version)
09. So Vague (demo version)