Finnish metal/rock act SHEAR
will release its second album, "Katharsis"
, on March 24 in Europe and on April 1 in North America via Lifeforce Records
. The artwork for the CD was created by TEXTURES
bassist Remko Tielemans
Another song, "Hollow, Black & Cold"
, from "Katharsis"
can be streamed in the YouTube
was recorded between April and October 2013 at Sound Supreme Studio
and and 5by5 Studio
, where the effort was also mixed. The mastering was handled by Mika Jussila
at Finnvox Studios
. The CD features a guest appearance by STRATOVARIOUS
keyboardist Jens Johansson
According to a press release, SHEAR
"impresses with a mature and beneficial designed sound that is catchy and heavy at the same time. Just as important: SHEAR
are playing authentic and honest music that is based on deep-seated emotions and a latent slope to great hymns. This is their 'Katharsis'
. The chosen style is of subordinate importance for the effect of the perfectly balanced songs. Metal and rock come to fruition to create a Scandinavian heavy sound with a fresh approach and a convincing self-conception.
"Listening to 'Katharsis'
, you will fall in love with the charismatic voice of Alexa Leroux
. But keep in mind: SHEAR
is more than a female-fronted fairytale. Somewhere in between melodic metal, symphonic power and classical rock the Finns are heading for well-written and — simply — beautiful music with a unique charm."
in 2012 parted ways with bassist Eerik Purdon
and replaced him with Silver Ots
(DEAD SHAPE FIGURE
, THE NIBIRUAN
released its full-length debut, "Breaking The Stillness"
, in March 2012 via Lifeforce Records
guitarists Mikael Gronroos
and Lauri Koskenniemi
, and keyboardist Lari Sorvo
have played together since 2001.
* Alexa Leroux
* Mikael Grönroos
(CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Guitar
* Lauri Koskenniemi
(THE NIBIRUAN, ELENIUM, CRYSTAL BLAZE, ex-IMPERANON) - Guitar
* Silver Ots
(DEAD SHAPE FIGURE, THE NIBIRUAN, AMORAL) - Bass
* Lari Sorvo
(CRYSTAL BLAZE) - Keyboards
* Juhana Karlsson
(AMORAL, CRYSTAL BLAZE) – Drums
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