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"Some of the best songwriting I've heard in a long time, fantastic!" SABATON, Joakim Brodén
"FOLLOW THE CIPHER's debut album is an odyssey in amazing songs and great musicianship." ASTRAL DOORS, Nils Patrik Johansson
"It's so god damn good, it pisses me off!" TAD MOROSE, Ronny Hemlin
Forget everything you thought you knew, because FOLLOW THE CIPHER are ready to herald in a new musical era and crash through the dimensions of our universe to steal your breath. Despite their stylistic diversity, the Swedish metal act from Falun creates a very cohesive ambience, mixing a first class sound with magical charisma, an innovative concept, live presence and an incredibly talented singer.
FOLLOW THE CIPHER will finally release their self-titled debut album next Friday, on May 11th, through Nuclear Blast. Its cover artwork was created by no less than SABATON's Chris Rörland.
After revealing a string of album trailers, it's time to unveil another track from Follow The Cipher. Check out "A Mind's Escape" over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eft_X_EZdHg
Guitarist Viktor Carlsson commented: "The track portrays the thoughts of someone who has realized our human mistakes. The only way to survive the circumstances is to picture the never ending beauty above the clouds. That's a mind's escape." Pre-order Follow The Cipher now, here: nblast.de/FollowTheCipherFTC Pre-order the album digitally to receive "Carolus Rex," "Valkyria" and "The Rising" instantly or stream both tracks, here: nblast.de/FTCValkyria Pre-save the album via Topsify: tools.topsify.com/follow/6829/pre-save-the-album-follow-the-cipher-by-follow-the-cipher Listen in the NB Novelties Playlist: open.spotify.com/user/nuclearblastrecords/playlist/6aw9wiedFzzhJiI96DhNhw
Follow The Cipher - Track Listing: 01. Enter The Cipher 02. Valkyria 03. My Soldier 04. Winterfall 05. Titan's Call 06. The Rising 07. A Mind's Escape 08. Play With Fire 09. I Revive 10. Starlight 11. Carolus Rex
Bonus DVD 01. 'Valkyria' - Music Video 02. 'Carolus Rex' - Music Video 03. 'A Mind's Escape' - Lyric Video 04. 'The Rising' - Lyric Video 05. 'Enter The Cipher' - Live from Masters of Rock 06. 'My Soldier' - Live from Masters of Rock 07. 'A Mind's Escape' - Live from Masters of Rock 08. 'Winterfall' - Live from Masters of Rock 09. 'I Revive' - Live from Masters of Rock 10. 'My Soldier' - Live from Falkenberg w/ studio sound 11. 'Carolus Rex' - Live from SOA w/ camera sound 12. Presentation - Ken Kängström 13. Band Interview 14. Masters Of Rock - Vlog 15. Sabaton Open Air - Vlog 16. Behind The Music Videos - Vlog
Let's take a little look into the past: FOLLOW THE CIPHER‘s story started in May 2014, when Ken Kängström decided to start a band with the intention to be different from everything else in the music scene. The idea itself had been haunting his mind for years, but the catalyst to finally put his thoughts into action was the result of a longtime collaboration with the internationally acclaimed metal giants SABATON, with whom FOLLOW THE CIPHER maintain a close friendship. Ken Kängström is definitely not a newcomer in the Scandinavian music scene, since he co-wrote and co-produced some well-known SABATON songs with Joakim Brodén, such as the monumental anthem "Carolus Rex". It was this track which got the ball rolling for Ken: "I think the song sparked the first inspiration in me – in particular, it was responsible for me starting to trust my own abilities and judgment," Ken reflects. "When me and Joakim wrote this track, I felt deep inside that it was time to put my plans with FOLLOW THE CIPHERinto action." Therefore, the band has also included a version of this important track, ‘Carolus Rex’, on their debut album.
Something unique was born, growing to become a mixture between NIGHTWISH, IN FLAMES and SABATON, yet creating something completely different and innovative. "I consider our music as both visual and cinematic," says Ken. "The sound is large-scaled and multi-layered - each element plays an important role within the overall concept. You can listen to our music in two different ways; either by focusing on the individual, versatile elements like the keyboard melodies or Linda's powerful voice, or you can indulge in the whole package. Both type of listeners will get what they look for in our very own CIPHER METAL!“
The CIPHER crew consists of five talented members; Linda Toni Grahn, a fantastic and highly talented singer, with long pinkish red hair and emerald eyes, equipped not only with a powerful and characteristic voice, but also outstanding charisma. When taking to the stage, all it takes are a few seconds for Linda to capture everyone‘s attention. "Linda is unique - she stands out from the crowd, not only as a great singer, but also as a charismatic personality! Immediately after meeting her, I knew she would be the right person for us!” Ken Kängström (guitar) recalls the first meeting with their female captain of the CIPHERworkforce. Other crew members include Karl Löfgren (drums), Viktor Carlsson (guitar) and Jonas Asplind (bass).
To cut a long story short, the CIPHER crew is more than ready to take you on an exciting journey through the darkest galaxies of metal. It's time to open a new chapter of heavy metal history – it's time to FOLLOW THE CIPHER!
FOLLOW THE CIPHER - Live: 01. - 03.06. CZ Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air 21.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting