Sunday, July 21, 2024

Vola’s Friend Of A Phantom Album, UK Tour & New Single Announced

Vola has announced their new studio album Friend Of A Phantom will be released via Mascot Records on 1st November. Concurrent with this news is the release of their new single ‘Break My Lying Tongue’ and the official video to accompany it.


The band will also play festivals over the summer and their headline European tour will begin the same day as Friend Of A Phantom’s release. In the UK they will be playing London (Heaven) on 22nd November and then Nottingham (Rescue Rooms), Glasgow (G2), Manchester (Club Academy) and ending in Bristol (SWX) on 26th November. They will also be playing RADAR Festival, Manchester on 27th July.  Tickets are available here.
 
It has been three years since the release of Vold‘s Witness album. It was a sonic assault that captured their signature blend of labyrinthine narratives with crushing riffs, elements of tech-metal, progressive alt-rock, electronica, and stadium-sized choruses. 
 
They’ve since wrapped up two tours of the US with several venues upgraded due to overwhelming demand, as well as sold-out shows in New York, Chicago and the iconic Troubadour in Los Angeles, where the band struck up a friendship with In Flames‘ Anders Fridén – Who features on the new album. Their first tour of Canada resulted in sold-out shows in Toronto and Montreal, and they rounded off the continent with triumphant South American shows in Mexico, Brazil, and a sold-out show in Chile.
 
The Danish-Swedish quartet – Asger Mygind (vocals/guitar), Martin Werner (keyboards), Nicolai Mogensen (bass), and Adam Janzi (drums) – are now, ready to set free their fourth studio album.
 
Talking about their evolution, Janzi said. “We have had the time to internalise Witness and let its aftermath sink in, which has shaped how we approached Friend Of A Phantom. Our personal tastes have changed, the way we approach our instruments and songwriting has changed, our lives have changed, time has passed, and adventures have been had. Whatever piece of melancholy that Witness had, has just grown and become a central part of this new album. I feel that Vola has grown and reached a new moment in its life, maturing.”

With the announcement of the new album, they have revealed the video for Break My Lying Tongue’. The song showcases the band’s signature blend of introspective lyrics and intricate soundscapes, offering a deep dive into themes of misalignment and emotional vulnerability.

Last year they released the first taster of new material when they dropped ‘Paper Wolf’. Talking about the song, Mygind offered, “We never put boundaries on our songwriting but merely search for a direction that feels unexplored and exciting to us. With ‘Paper Wolf’, we suddenly found ourselves in a territory where an old-school metal atmosphere crept into our blend of sounds. We liked what we heard and then ran with it at full speed.”

‘Cannibal’ kicks off Friend Of A Phantom. Featuring In Flames’ Anders Fridén on vocals, it plants a marker in the ground for what you’re about to experience as the album navigates around the hypnotically ethereal ‘We Will Not Disband’ through to ‘Hollow Kid’, with Mogensen “Frankenstein riff,” as he explained, “I wanted to blend the essence of Metallica‘s ‘Enter Sandman’ with the low tuning and polyrhythms of Meshuggah. The song’s intro riff was the result, and it inspired the rest of the track.”

Vola has been one of Europe’s most exciting metal bands in recent years, catapulting them onto the international stage. They’ve become a formidable live draw that has seen them also tour with Devin Townsend – including playing the Royal Albert Hall London; they’ve opened for Evanescence and played festivals such as ArcTanGent (UK), Graspop (Belgium), Tuska (Finland), Roskilde (Denmark), Copenhell (Denmark), CL Prog (Chile) and more.

Talking about the touring, Janzi opened up:  “It is very tough with all the travelling, short nights, and intense work. But it is so rewarding! Playing music, meeting nice people from all over the world, and seeing these places. Culture is important!”
 
Known for their innovative approach to progressive metal, the pressure doesn’t consume Vola. “There is always the pressure of continuing to climb the mountain,” reflected Janzi. “Embracing change and whatever new chapters may wait around the corner is a way to make life more enjoyable.”

You can order Friend Of A Phantom here. UK tour tickets are available here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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