Available June 2nd in North America on Metal Blade Records
“Driving in every sense of the word, Duende could be another standard for progressive metal compatriots striving to attain new heights in the genre.” -Dead Rhetoric-
“Duende is full of catchy rhythms, riffs, and vocals that will ensnare your mind and come back to you again and again, playing over and over in your subconscious.” -The Grim Tower-
“…They swoop brutally over a raw, dramatic, cinematic and multi-colored canvas where not a single space left to chance” -Sweden Rock-
Sweden has been a fertile ground for metal of all varieties for multiple decades, and there appears to be no sign that this will change anytime soon. The variety and quality of bands is staggering, and Metal Blade Records is prepared to help add THE GREAT DISCORD to the list of one of Sweden’s finest new groups. The band’s cornerstone is with the enigmatic vocals of Fia Kempe. Her tone and delivery is immensely emotive and is augmented by a band whose sound is impossible to describe. It’s technical, heavy, and yet not so much to overwhelm those not anointed in metal. What’s important is that THE GREAT DISCORD offers a truly unique twist on both metal, and what is to be expected from a female-fronted band.
Duende will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on June 2nd in North America, June 1st in the UK / Europe, and May 29th in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Garnering critical acclaim worldwide, THE GREAT DISCORD are almost ready to release Duende to the public. As the release date draws closer Duende is now available to stream in its entirety at metalblade.com/thegreatdiscord. After listening to the album, be sure to pre-order a copy there as well.
One of the most unique things about THE GREAT DISCORD is their visual presentation. This has been showcased so far in a series of video teasers. The fifth and final installment entitled “Ire (Selfæta)” along with the first four clips can be viewed HERE.
The band’s video for the song “The Aging Man”, which was directed by Philip Kullgren and edited by Joakim Sjöholm, both from Pellen Productions, can be viewed HERE.
The relationship between Fia Kempe and drummer Aksel Holmgren has stood for many years, connecting on a deep personal level when it comes to music, though it was only when they came together to form THE GREAT DISCORD in 2013 that their collaboration began. Sharing an interest in progressive music, they count the likes of Genesis and King Crimson as well as contemporary acts such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan among those who have inspired them.
While music pundits and critics will fall over themselves trying to label the unique and intriguing sounds contained within Duende the band are more interested in presenting their music to the world, with the hope of making a profound musical connection with the like-minded. Having been working toward the completion of the record for nearly two years the band have perhaps only just arrived at the beginning, and the ambitiousness of their music is further reflected in their goals. “We obviously want to take over the world,” Kempe smiles. “We really believe in our vision, we really believe in the concept behind everything that we do. We want to entertain people. We want them to come to our shows and experience everything that we have visualized for this band, and we want them to relate to the emotion that we’re putting into our songs, to be able to find something in THE GREAT DISCORD that they cannot find anywhere else.”
THE GREAT DISCORD is:
Fia Kempe – vocals
Aksel Holmgren – drums
André Axell – guitars
Gustav Almberg – guitars
Rasmus Carlson – bass