Watch AVATARIUM Guitarist Play Along To Band’s New EP

Friday, 14th November 2014

Stockholm, Sweden-based gloomy metal outfit AVATARIUM have released their All I Want EP on vinyl/digital via Nuclear Blast. In a new official teaser, Marcus Jidell jams long to songs from the EP.

It all began in winter 2012, when Leif Edling (Candlemass) needed help to demo a couple of songs he was working on, and Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) offered to help. Weeks turned into months and a few songs became the first full length album, Avatarium, mixed by well-known Swedish engineer Ronny Lahti.

Enter 2014, AVATARIUM feel the need to break new grounds musical wise and after listening to some old vinyl records, the desire to get closer to this kind of material was born. With a new demo track at hand, bassist Leif Edling was joined by guitarist Marcus Jidell to work on the song that would be called “All I Want”. While the two musicians got deeper into exploring where they want to take the music of Avatarium and how they can keep things interesting for themselves and for the fans, yet another song was created, and the idea to make a new EP was fully set.

The old spirit comes even more alive, with psychedelic percussionist Michael Blair, who has worked with Tom Waits and Lou Reed among others, guesting on “All I Want”.

Commented guitarist Marcus Jidell: “He showed up at the studio with a big “bag of tricks” with metals, crashers, shakers and a lot of strange things which he made sound like if you throw in a punkrocker at Woodstock and feed him with psychedelic pills!”

About the new songs, he adds: “We tried to keep things simple and spontaneous during the recordings, something I hope people will be able to hear. Also I think that Jennie-Ann Smith has reached new levels with the way she sings on both of the new songs!”