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Keep of Kalessin, ‘Reptilian’ — New Album

Norwegian extreme metallers Keep of Kalessin will release their fifth album, ‘Reptilian,’ on June 8. Like its 2008 predecessor, ‘Kolossus,’ the new album was recorded at the band’s studio in Trondheim, Norway. Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Behemoth, Meshuggah) mixed the album.

“We’re very happy with the result of the new album,” said guitarist Obsidian C. “Working with Daniel Bergstrand was great and he really helped us gain a more powerful production. This album is more direct and in your face than before, and we hope that our fans will like it. We have also started to play some of these songs live now and they work better than any of our earlier material. We also see that the crowd react very well to these new songs and we’re looking forward to playing them for the American fans in October and November when we will be touring with Nile.”

Added drummer Vyl: “The new album is intended to go straight for the kill. With more power and edge than before. We wanted a more contemporary sound without losing the organic feel to it. I feel that the title ‘Reptilian’ is a statement and describes the album rather than proposing a concept. We hired Daniel Bergstrand for drum-recording and mix. You know you’ll get results when he goes ‘that was a world-class fill’ or ‘that beat f—ing sucks.’ His honesty and flair for detail really raised the level of our sound. And he had a great coffee machine.”

‘Reptilian’ track list
1. ‘Dragon Iconography’
2. ‘The Awakening’
3. ‘Judgement’
4. ‘The Dragontower’
5. ‘Leaving The Mortal Flesh’
6. ‘Dark As Moonless Night’
7. ‘The Divine Land’
8. ‘Reptilian Majesty’

Keep of Kalessin tour dates

10/31 — Volume 11 — Raleigh, NC
11/1 — Headliner’s Music Hall — Louisville, KY
11/2 — Sonar — Baltimore, MD
11/3 — Crazy Donkey — Farmingdale, NY
11/4 — Rocko’s — Manchester, NH
11/5 — Club Hell — Providence, RI
11/6 — Peabody’s — Cleveland, OH
11/7 — Blondie’s — Detroit, MI
11/8 — Reggie’s Rock Club — Chicago, IL
11/9 — Station 4 — St. Paul, MN
11/12 — El Corazon — Seattle, WA
11/13 — Hawthorne Theater — Portland, OR
11/14 — Slim’s — San Francisco, CA
11/15 — Ramona Mainstage — Ramona, CA
11/16 — Key Club — Los Angeles, CA
11/17 — U.B.’s Bar — Mesa, AZ
11/18 — The Rock — Tucson, AZ
11/20 — Emo’s — Austin, TX
11/21 — The Warsaw — Houston, TX
11/23 — Club Firestone — Orlando, FL
11/24 — Culture Room — Fort Lauderdale, FL

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