Swedish Heavy Metal commando LANCER will release their fourth, new studio album Tempest worldwide on August 11th, 2023. Today, the band reveals their first single and lyric video, called Fan The Flames.
“You will recognize all the elements LANCER stands for, but also hear a new intensity and execution in the music. Being the first new song released with new vocalist Jack Stroem, it will of course bring a totally new feeling as well. The topic of the song tells about a person putting up a facade covering up his own living hell“, comnments guitarist Fredrik Kelemen and adds: “We have developed our sound, it’s a bit darker, especially lyrically. Production-wise, more dynamic and gritty. A bigger picture of sound, with elements we have never used before.”
Tempest will be releases in the following formats:
CD Digipak incl. 2 bonus-tracks
2-LP Gatefold Vinyl incl. 4 bonus tracks (purple, limited to 300 copies)
2-LP Gatefold Vinyl incl. 4 bonus tracks (orange, limited to 300 copies)
At the Atomic Fire Records Records Webshop you can also order any format along with an exclusive bundle t-shirt
LANCER invaded the metal scene in the spring of 2012 with their debut EP Purple Sky. The EP got a warm welcome from all around the world and gave the band a record deal with the Swedish label Doolittle Group AB, owned by the famous metal vocalist Christian Liljegren (NARNIA), and they also signed a deal with Japanese label King Records at this time. In early 2013, LANCER‘s self-titled debut album was released worldwide. Produced by Tommy Johansson (SABATON, MAJESTICA) and Ronny Milianowicz (SHADOWQUEST, ex-DIONYSUS), Lancer received great reviews from all around the world, including “Sweden Rock Magazine”,naming the band “a new hope for European power metal”.
LANCER‘s sophomore album Second Storm was a lesson in melodic metal and followed a long tradition of outstanding Swedish metal bands, like HAMMERFALL, MORGANA LEFAY, DREAM EVIL, TAD MOROSE and many more. The album was recorded in the famous Leon Music Studios with producer Gustav Ydenius (ENFORCER, SISTER SIN a.o.). Being released on Despotz Records in April 2015, Second Storm earned amazing reviews from metal press all over the world, naming the band “future successors to the throne of melodic metal”. During the fall of 2015 LANCER joined German power metal band FREEDOM CALL as support act on tour and received a fantastic reception from the fans! When LANCER announced that they would start the recordings of their third album in summer 2016, the renowned German metal label Nuclear Blast Records reached out to the band, and a new record deal was signed. LANCER entered Leon Music Studios once more with producer Gustav Ydenius. This time the band chose to let the world famous mastering engineer Miro Rodenberg (AVANTASIA, RHAPSODY, KAMELOT) of “Gate Studio” in Wolfsburg/Germany, master the album. Following the signing to Nuclear Blast, LANCER went to Japan for the first time and performed at a sold-out show at the Astro Hall in Tokyo. The third album Mastery was released worldwide in January 2017, and the band immediately embarked on a European tour supporting HAMMEFALL and GLORYHAMMER. Back home, LANCER made their debut at renowned Sabaton Open Air festival, before singer Isak Stenvall and drummer Sebastian Pedernera announced their departures from the band.
After recruiting singer Jack L. Stroem (VANDOR) and drummer Pontus AndrénLANCER‘s line-up is yet again complete and stronger than ever! “Finding both Jack and Pontus seems like a one-in-a-million hit! Jack with his powerful and diverse voice, and Pontus‘ technical brilliance and groove made them a perfect fit for the band”, comments Fredrik about the new members. “Words cannot describe how excited I am to unveil the music on the new album, my Lancer brethren have pushed my abilities as a singer tenfold and I am so happy with the end result”, says Jack and his new bandmate Pontus sums it up: “It feels great to be part of this next chapter for Lancer. Tempest is an exciting new direction for the band, while it still keeps some of the elements of the old material which I love.”
Tempest will be released on August 11th, 2023, be prepared for a powerful metal strike – made in Sweden!
Jack L. Stroem – Vocals
Per-Owe “Ewo” Solvelius – Guitar
Fredrik Kelemen – Guitar
Emil Öberg – Bass
Pontus Andrén – Drums