Jul 22

WITHERSCAPE – ‘The Northern Sanctuary’ out NOW!

The sophomore full-length album entitled The Northern Sanctuary by Swedish progressive Death Metal duo WITHERSCAPE is now available today at select stores throughout the country and online at major digital retailers.

iTunes – http://smarturl.it/NSiTUNES  & Apple Music

Amazon Digital Music – http://smarturl.it/NSAMAZONMP3

The Northern Sanctuary has received amazing press reactions thus far with some of the highlights being:

“Album of the Month!” – Sweden Rock Magazine (SE)

“Album of the Month!” – Aardschok Magazine (NL)
# 2 Soundcheck – Legacy Magazine (DE)
# 2 Soundcheck – Rock Hard Magazine (DE)
# 3 Soundcheck – Metal Hammer Magazine (DE)

“Both very accessible and still a good bit on the heavy side, Witherscape’s The Northern Sanctuary is a disc that you might not be able to stop listening to for days or even weeks on end. Without a doubt, this is Dan Swano’s catchiest album yet.” – New Noise Magazine

“The Inheritance is an unreasonably good debut album, but man… The Northern Sanctuary just sounds unreal!” – Alternative Press Magazine

“This will be on many a year end list so don’t miss out.” – Angry Metal Guy

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Dan Swanö (ex Edge Of Sanity/Bloodbath, Nightingale, etc.), who partners up with fellow Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg in WITHERSCAPE, checked in to comment about the album release and the reactions so far as follows: “We are truly amazed by the response so far! We knew we had something special going on, and it is such a reward to see that so many people agree with the evolution of our sound. Makes all the hard work in the past years worth while”.

Check out two tracks from the new album here:

“In The Eyes Of Idols” (lyric video): https://youtu.be/Fcj2w4R0cz4
“Wake Of Infinity”: https://youtu.be/yYC0MWb3aFo

The track-listing for WITHERSCAPE’s “The Northern Sanctuary” album reads as follows:

WITHERSCAPE – The Northern Sanctuary (46:59):

1. Wake Of Infinity (04:38)
2. In The Eyes Of Idols (03:58)
3. Rapture Ballet (04:25)

4. The Examiner (05:03)

5. Marionette (04:37)
6. Divinity (03:02)
7. God Of Ruin (05:32)
8. The Northern Sanctuary (13:44)
9. Vila I Frid (01:54)

In addition to the standard jewel case version, the LP version comes as Gatefold 180gr vinyl release in its “full dynamic mix” and includes a poster (see above for the design) and the full standard album on CD as bonus.

The LP format is available in the following vinyl options:

Black (unlimited)
Transparent Red (limited to 100x copies, EU webshop)
Clear (limited to 200x copies, EU webshop / CM Distro EU)
Neon Orange (limited to 200x copies, CM Distro USA)

Various options and T-Shirts available at CM Distro: http://smarturl.it/NSCMDISTRO

Following up on the refreshing impact of 2013’s much acclaimed debut album The Inheritance (“Album of the month” by Germany’s Rock Hard magazine and position # 97 in the official German sales charts) and 2014’s complimentary “The New Tomorrow” EP, The Northern Sanctuary is yet another mesmerizingly dense conceptual album, enhanced by breathtakingly powerful artwork courtesy of Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák / www.hjules.com (Nightingale, Destruction, Tyr, etc.).

WITHERSCAPE’s The Northern Sanctuary seamlessly blends the best elements of the band’s 70’s/80’s Prog/Hardrock and even AOR roots with contemporary, yet always atmospheric and subtle extreme Metal. Its infectious catchiness will doubtlessly appeal to the passionate followers of Swanö’s diverse artistic catalogue, but also to fans of bands like Opeth, Amorphis or Symphony X.


Dan Swanö – Vocals, Keyboards and Drums
Ragnar Widerberg – Guitars and Bass

WITHERSCAPE Discography:

The Inheritance – 2013
The New Tomorrow – EP 2014
The Northern Sanctuary – 2016


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