Sweden’s HORNDAL have today announced their sophomore album, due for release via Prosthetic Records on April 9. Titled Lake Drinker, the album tells the tale of the eponymous town of Horndal – and how it is on a cursed path to destruction for the second time in forty years. Alongside the album announcement the four-piece have released the single, Rossen, named after the lake in Horndal. The accompanying video features a five star tour of Horndal and its many and varied amenities.
Of the single, the band comment “First the devil slaughtered Horndal’s factory. Now he plans to drink the lake. Rossen is a furious little banger that tells the whole story of the album in one single breath. A given album opener and first single in our ears. The music is inspired by the sounds of the filthy sounding bands rehearsing at the local youth centre in the nineties. So we had to enlist the filthiest voice of them all as guest vocalist, namely Johan Jansson from Interment.”
Lake Drinker is the heavy soundtrack to a true horror story about a small industrial town in Sweden being brutally murdered, left to rust away, and then fooled into believing in the false hope of prosperity, promised by big American tech. The follow up to 2019’s Remains, Lake Drinker is a cautionary tale about making a deal with the devil. But this story of urban decay is not a fairytale or fantasy, it’s rooted in the real lives of the citizens of Horndal, retold by a band whose own lives are umbilical linked to the town itself.
Recorded in the iconic Studio Gröndahl in Stockholm, Sweden with producer Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Crippled Black Phoenix) taking care of recording, mixing and mastering, Lake Drinker is a worthy follow up to their debut. The songs are captured in a raw, organic form, making the album come alive as it weaves its tale, incorporating elements of sludge, death metal and furious punk attitude. The album features some guest contributions courtesy of Pelle Jacobsson from Sweden’s National Radio Symphony Orchestra (classical percussion), Christer Falk and Daniel Johansson (horn arrangements), Johan Jansson of Interment and Dreadful Fate (guest vocals), and last but by no means least the voices of Horndal’s own protesters.
This is a story about the town of Horndal, but there are many others just like it out there. Here’s to all rusty hometowns out there. Drink up.