Swedish metallers TUNGSTEN, formed by Anders Johansson (ex HAMMERFALL), was recently unveiled to the world and announced their signing to Arising Empire. Today, they have released their brand new single ‘The Fairies Dance’ off their forthcoming full-length debut album ‘We Will Rise’, which will be available on the 20th of September 2019! For their new music video, TUNGSTEN teamed up with video producer Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film Company).
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Mike Andersson states: “I love the vibe and atmosphere of this song! How it combines melodic, modern metal with the classic and ancient feel through the melodies. It’s heavy and straight forward, a perfect headbanger tune if I may say so. The lyric is about a guy that ended up in a coma after a serious accident so, the lyric is his ”coma dream”. This song needs to be played LOUD on the stereo!!”
TUNGSTEN was formed in 2016 by drummer Anders Johansson (ex HAMMERFALL, ex YNGIEW J. MALMSEEN’S RISING FORE) after his sons Karl and Nick Johansson had let him listen to some songs they had composed together. Anders: “I really liked the songs. My sons are of course younger than me, and the songs were modern metal, like something I could never come up with. At the same time, I could hear melodies that reminded me of Nordic folk music that made me think of the past. The overall impression was catchy heavy metal with both past and future present. I asked Karl and Nick if they wanted to join me in a band and play these songs with me, and I’m happy that they accepted”.With drums (Anders), guitars (Nick) and bass (Karl), and newly composed songs, TUNGSTEN asked Mike Andersson (CLOUDSCAPE, ex PLANET ALLIANCE, FULLFORCE) to do vocals. Mike has a powerful voice and a varied style of singing and was a perfect fit for TUNGSTEN’s music.
The recording of TUNGSTEN’s debut album ‘We Will Rise’ took place in the Summer of 2018. Drums were recorded at Heptagon Studios and guitars and bass at Harm Studios, with vocals and choirs later added by Mike. ‘We Will Rise’ was produced and mixed by Nick Johansson.
The music on TUNGSTEN’s debut album has influences from the different backgrounds of the members. Anders Johansson is one of the most skilled and experienced drummers in the metal world, with a background listening to DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but also has strong influences from jazz having played upright bass previously. This musical talent was passed on to Karl and Nick who both praise bands such as RAMMSTEIN and MESHUGGAH. Being from a later generation, they bring modernity and current trends to TUNGSTEN. Mike enjoys a wide variety of bands, from BEE GEES to MESHUGGAH, and listens to lots of different singing styles which contributes to the melodic and varied singing on ‘We Will Rise.’ The lyrics on TUNGSTEN’s ‘We Will Rise’ also deal with both the past and present. Some of them are about fiction and fantasy and tell stories of ancient wars, knights and heroes, whilst others are more realistic and describe everyday life with drama, passion, and sorrow in today’s world.
ARISING EMPIRE and Markus Staiger, who is responsible for the success of many bands, loved the album ‘We Will Rise’ and a contract between ARISING EMPIRE and TUNGSTEN was signed in Spring 2019. The record company decided to launch ‘We Will Rise’ later in 2019.
The artwork for ‘We Will Rise’, as well as the TUNGSTEN logotype, was made by the legendary Andreas Marshall who is known for being the creator behind album covers for bands such as Blind Guardian, Obituary and Hammerfall. Andreas also created “Volfram”, the man on the album cover who holds a guiding lantern and a battle axe. The layout for the ‘We Will Rise’ album was put together by Rainer Kalwitz. TUNGSTEN recorded three music videos with well-known music video creator Patric Ullaeus, and the first one to be released was the title track ‘We Will Rise‘.