Now that the original members of SILVER MOUNTAIN have taken time out from their various musical projects to record their first CD in 18 years, the question remains if they will tour to give the fans who have waited more than 15 years for this moment a chance to see the virtuosos play live. According to guitarist/vocalist/producer Jonas Hansson, it's a definite possibility.
"Being in the studio together after all this time was really an amazing experience for all of us," Jonas explains. "For 'Breakin' Chains' we simply tried to recapture the feel and the sound of our heyday." Rather than write and record brand new material, the band pulled out stacks of tapes to find the best of their previously unreleased material, update it to a 21st century sound, and record songs that have been sitting in vaults for almost two decades. "Obviously, the fact that we've all been working on such a diverse range of projects over the years brought new things to these old songs, so none of them sound dated or old-school. What I'm most proud of is how this material holds up all these years after first being written."
After working with such luminaries as Ritchie Blackmore, Allan Holdsworth, Ginger Baker and that other Swedish guitar god, Yngwie Malmsteen, the members of SILVER MOUNTAIN are currently all involved in other projects. The Johansson brothers, keyboardist Jens with STRATOVARIUS and drummer Anders with HAMMERFALL, are now part of two of Europe's top metal bands. Bassist Per Stadin has his own band, SNAKE CHARMER. And Jonas has re-located to Los Angeles where he has a successful producing, writing and recording career as a solo artist. "If the album does well," Hansson promises, "we will definitely find time to do some dates. After the recording went so well, we're actually all anxious to play together some more."
"Breakin' Chains" was released on November 18 through Reality Entertainment.