ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘SIDE BY SIDE’

ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘SIDE BY SIDE’

16th January 2020 0 By John Deaux
Manchester-based melodic metal band Absolva announce the release of their fifth studio album ‘Side by Side’ on 17th April. This follows on from their previous albums ‘Flames of Justice’ (2012), ‘Anthems to the Dead’ (2014), ‘Never a Good Day to Die’ (2015) and ‘Defiance’ (2017).

With drums recorded in Belgium in November 2018 and all other parts recorded at Rocksector HQ in Manchester during 2019/2020, this album is certainly a labour of love. The band has enjoyed the time to develop the songs compared to previous tight studio schedules. Production has been handled by frontman Christopher Appleton, whilst mastering comes from Ade Emsley who is noted for his work with Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Air Race, Voodoo Six and Tank. The stunning front cover art is by Akirant Illustration (Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Star Wars).

Absolva is fronted by Christopher Appleton (lead vocals / lead guitar) and his brother Luke Appleton (rhythm guitar / backing vocals) who is also notable as long-standing bassist with US metallers Iced Earth. The rhythm section is Martin Mcnee and Karl Schramm on drums and bass respectively. All four members are experienced professionals with an impressive pedigree recording and touring as the band of Blaze Bayley (formerly of Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane) and have also toured as support artist with Iced Earth, Saxon, Michael Schenker and Y&T. 

The band follows no trend, instead writing and performing from the heart and ‘Side by Side’ is a collection of melodic metal compositions, founded on traditional British heavy metal with massive hooks. At the same time, Absolva has never been scared to mix things up and listeners will find the new album includes different textures which refreshingly take the listener into more modern, slightly progressive territory from time-to-time. The album contains ten new original Absolva songs plus two bonus tracks which are covers of ‘2 Minutes to Midnight’ (Iron Maiden), plus ‘Heaven and Hell’ (Black Sabbath), both of which have featured from time-to-time in the band’s live set.

In addition to the UK, Absolva has developed an audience in Europe, with an emerging fanbase in Germany, France and Belgium especially enthusiastic. A South American debut tour begins 16th January, followed by a headline show at Spirit and Friends Festival, France and a slot at Burrfest, London (in memory of former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr). In April the band will play a European Tour including a headline slot at the inaugural Piano Fruhlings Metal Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, plus club shows in Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands.

A variety of pre-order options are available now.

 

For more information please visit the band’s official website www.absolva.com

The album will be mastered and available for review towards the end of January.

 

Track listing….

1.     Advocate Your Fate

2.     Burning Star

3.     The Sky’s Your Limit

4.     Side by Side

5.     Living a Lie

6.     Legion

7.     Eternal Soul

8.     End of Days

9.     Heart Let’s Go

10.   From This World

Bonus Tracks….

11. 2 Minutes to Midnight (Iron Maiden cover)

12. Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath cover) 

Tour dates….

January

16 Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Kubrick

17 Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Underground Pub

18 Brazil, Brasilia, Toinha Rock Show

19 Brazil, Londrina, Cativeiro Bar

23 Brazil, Limeira, Bar Da Monthana

24 Brazil, Vila Velha, Correria Bar

25 Brazil, Pomerode, Wox Club

26 Brazil, Sao Paulo, Manifesto Bar

February

14 Netherlands, Emmen, The Spot

15 France, Calonne Ricouart, Spirit and Friends Metal Fest

March

7 London, Tufnell Park, Burr Fest

April

18 Germany, Dortmund, Piano Fruhlings Metal Meeting

19 Belgium, Lens, Titans Club

22 Germany, Oldenburg, MTS

23 Netherlands, Geleen, De Meister

24 Germany, Siegen, Vortex

26 Belgium, Deinze, Café Elpee Fest

29 France, Lyon, Rock n Eat

May

1 Germany, Konstanz, Backstage Rock Café

2 Germany, Balingen, Sonnenkeller

July

9 Denmark, Fredericia, Metal Magic Festival

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