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Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:35

Covenant - «The Blinding Dark»

Now we have all details about upcoming new Covenant album «The Blinding Dark» set to release on November 4th, 2016 via Metropolis in the USA and via Dependent in Europe. It will available in the USA as CD ( MET1055), Deluxe 2CD ( MET1060) and Vinyl ( MET1055V), and in Europe as 2CD+BOOK ( MIND275), 3LP Vinyl ( MIND276) and Complete Box Set ( MIND277).

«The Blinding Dark» is definitely not Covenant's most easily accessible album. It does not contain as many hits as their classics like «Northern Light» or «United States of Mind», and it is surely less pleasant than Covenant's most striking earworms «Dead Stars» and «Happy Man». But «The Blinding Dark» is exciting not only because of its interesting title, but also since it shows a remarkable development in style, something that band definitely wanted with this record. Of course, dancefloors will still shake during «Sound Mirrors», «Immortal» or «I Close My Eyes», in the same time album focuses on such suppressed tracks as the Kraftwerk and Jarré inspired «Dies Irae» and the Lee Hazelwood cover «Rider On A Wild Horse», a 1977 country anthem that has been turned into a sombre, sluggish electro requiem with heavy acoustic drums.

Eventually «The Blinding Dark» offers a lot to discover, probably because long-standing Covenant member Joakim Montelius has once again taken more responsibility in the studio than on their previous works and due to the fact that Daniel Myer (Haujobb, Architect) has returned as a permanent fixture in the group's live line-up. So «The Blinding Dark» may hark back to one of Covenant's less hit-heavy records that turned out to have more depth and longevity just because of its raw character. Mood on «The Blinding Dark» continue their «Sequencer» (1996) soundscapes with such slower numbers as «Tabula Rasa» or «Flux». Real Covenant fans will be happy for sure!


01. Fullwell

02. I Close My Eyes

03. Morning Star

04. Cold Reading

05. A Rider On A White Horse

06. Interlude

07. Dies Irae

08. Sound Mirrors (Fulwell)

09. Interlude

10. If I Give My Soul

11. Summon Your Spirit

Bonus CD («Psychonaut»)

01. The Blinding Light

02. Death Of Ideology

03. Death Of Identity (excerpt)

04. Death Of Superstition

05. Death Of Spirituality

06. Death Of Belief

2CD version features «Psychonaut» EP - over an hour of improvised and experimental music by Covenant, recorded directly to 2 channels. All tracks improvised and performed live (without the aid of computers) by Andreas Catjar, Daniel Jonasson, Joakim Montelius and Eskil Simonsson at a private session in Osterlov forest on September 4th, 2015.

Complete Box Set features 2CD hardcover book, 3LP, photo prints and signed certificate.

Exclusive Digital Content:

01. Death of Identity (full version)

02. Wolf Hour

03. New Dawn

Info submited by official Covenant web-site.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2016 11:35

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