The Quill to release their ninth full-length album »Earthrise« today via Metalville Records
Active since the early 90’s, Swedish hard rock veterans The Quill are back with their ninth full-length album, »Earthrise«, out today, March 26th via Metalville Records. »Earthrise« is available in different formats including CD/clear vinyl/digital with special bundels.
The band comments: “Today is the day – our ninth album »Earthrise« is finally out! It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally able to share what we’ve secretly been holding on to for quite a while. We’re immensely proud of it and hope to bring some positive energy, good vibes and kick-ass rock n’ roll to all of you is these troubled times.
Cheers to you all, stay safe and hope to see you on the road soon!”
02. Keep On Moving
03. Dwarf Planet
04. Left Brain Blues
06. Evil Omen
07. 21st Century Sky
08. The Zone
09. Dead River
The dynamic interplay between original vocalist Magnus Ekwall (ex-Mountain Of Power), drummer Jolle Atlagic (ex-Hanoi Rocks, ex-Firebird, Electric Boys), guitarist Christian Carlsson (Cirkus Prütz), and bassist Roger Nilsson (ex-Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firebird, ex-Arch Enemy) creates The Quill’s unique, deep ’70s heavy rock. No frills – just real rock at full throttle!
Once again recorded in 491-Studios in Oskarshamn the band cut close to 20 songs with 9 making the finished product.
The band released three singles and videos for »Keep On Moving«, »Hallucinate« and »Dwarf Planet«, which are available on all major streaming platforms.
From Metalville Records:
After a lackluster and dull 2020 – it’s time for an »Earthrise«!
What do you do when the entire world shuts down and everything comes to a sudden stop? For The Quill the only option was to stay creative and continue working to keep a sane mind. Once again reuniting with Erik Nilsson in the 491-Studio in Oskarshamn they set out to produce a worthy follow-up to the much praised »Born From Fire« (2017).
Roger about recording: “Working with Erik is a smooth ride – he knows us and we him. He works fast but doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to performance and sound.”
Building a sound based on a broad spectrum of influences The Quill have over the years proven to release one high-quality album after another since their debut in 1995. By now a well oiled machine the writing- and recording process for »Earthrise« once again proved really fruitful with close to 20 songs finished and recorded.
Christian on choosing the songs: “One of the harder things this time was to decide what should go on the album and what we should leave behind. But when it was time to make decisions we all agreed surprisingly fast on which nine songs should make it on the album.”
New songs »Hallucinate« and »Keep On Moving« oozes confidence and adrenaline well suited for the stage, »Left Brain Blues« and the title track »Earthrise« reeks of Black Sabbath in their hayday whereas cuts like »Dwarf Planet« and »Evil Omen« dips into the same pool as the heavy psychedelic sides of early Led Zeppelin or Uriah Heep.
Jolle adds: “Several of the songs were road tested on our trek with US Stoner legends Nebula and went down a storm even though no one had heard the songs before which gave us confidence we were on to something special.”
»Earthrise« tells tales of alienation set within the confinements of space and time. Maybe not a surprising subject given the state of the world in this day and age but it’s also a theme that transcends through the history of mankind.
Magnus on lyrical themes: “The lyrics deal with different types of alienation which I see as a rising problem in the world today. Be it on a grander level, in politics and between us as a human race – but also on an individual level with growing problems with social alienation, mental disorders and illness.”
With »Earthrise« being their ninth album over a 25 year period The Quill are now well respected veterans in the scene with an impressive history and back-catalog receiving recognition not only from their fans and peers but also from more surprising outlets. Awarded the 2020 Culture prize of their Sweden hometown Mönsterås gave recognition to an impressive career with no signs of slowing down.
The Quill is:
Magnus Ekwall – Vocals
Christian Carlsson – Guitar
Roger Nilsson – Bass
Jolle Atlagic – Drums
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