Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mythical Swedish Heavy Metal Project Master Massive signs record deal with ViciSolum!

Metalnews Power of Metal.dk
ViciSolum Productions has inked a record deal with the mythical Swedish Heavy Metal Project Master Massive, led by Jan Strandh. The concept album “The Pendulum” is set for worldwide release on May 29. “The Pendulum” provides 70 minutes of epic heavy metal of the highest caliber, musical firmly anchored in the eighties and conceptually in the 70s. The album is filled with guest artists such as: Peo Pettersson (Axia,Leviticus), Katarina Lilja (Therion), Erik Forsberg, Öivin Tronstad  (Jupiter Society), Tony Yoansson (Masquerade), Tony Niva (Niva, Lion´s Share), Petter Karlsson (Therion).
Two new tracks "Time out of Mind" and "Wishing Well" are streaming for free at Bandcamp:

Tracklist:
01. The Pendulum
02. Time out of Mind
03. Aadham, you will not stand alone
04. Four Dreams
05. The Monastery
06. I am the Prior
07. Eye of Silence
08. Dear Aadham
09. Sovereign Power
10. The Media Palace
11. The One Chosen by the Gods
12. Hymn to Yellowhawk
13 .Wishing Well
14. Broken Hearts
15. Dark Prophecy
16. Showdown
17. Elegy

Present line-up:
Jan Strandh- lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
Yngve Frank- guitar
Anders Ericson - guitar
Max Warnby - Bass
Fred Warnby - Drums

Jan Strandh about “The Pendulum”:
“While working with The Pendulum we wanted to experience the anxiety that comes with the knowledge of the negative changes taking place in the world. Fear felt by common people far from the centre of power and therefore in no position to make major decisions and changes. This feeds the feeling of hopelessness of living in a non-working civilization where necessary political decisions are not possible to make. To seize power over our own fear and to get out of this relentless emotion we decided to create a personal legend in the form of an opera. In this opera – The Pendulum, one single individual is given the power to change the fate of the Earth. Impossible in real life, but totally viable within the aesthetic framework of opera as an art form. In our opera the human being chosen for the assignment is a normal person, not a hero character. His only weapon in the fight for the Earth’s survival is his ability to refrain from the thoughts, feelings and habits hitherto a natural part of him.”
The MASTER MASSIVE biography goes as far back as 1993, when guitar player Jan Strandh released a 6 song cassette with singer Erik Forsberg, bassist Johan Wijkmark and drummer Petter Karlsson. Later that year, bass player Karl Nyhlin was recruited. The spot for a second guitar player was altered between Anders Ericson (BEYOND TWILIGHT and SECTU) and Yngve Frank (ZANITY and MEAN STREAK). With the urge of doing something different, Jan initiated the idea of making a heavy metal opera. Together with Ninitha Maivorsdotter the libretto of “THE PENDULUM" was created.

With line-up Jan, Yngve, Petter and Karl and hosted by a long list of singers from the hometown of Skövde, the opera was recorded. Different constellations of the band have come and gone. Despite the bands medial obscurity and absence from the recording industry, MASTER MASSIVE is well connected in the Heavy Metal community. Jan has been a member of both TWILIGHT and NOTRE DAME and Anders has two other obligations in BEYOND TWILIGHT and SECTU. Petter went on to THERION. Karl changed his musical direction and is now a professional lutenist.

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