Inimitable singer Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and acclaimed Swedish guitarist, songwriter, and producer Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) have collaborated successfully on three critically acclaimed albums where Russell dueted with Norwegian singer, Jorn Lande. After a break in their collaboration on said albums, where Timo Tolkki stepped in and oversaw an album, Magnus has returned to the fold, but with an exciting new twist to the formula. This time, Russell and Magnus welcome none other than the amazingly talented Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish, The Dark Element) to the fold as Allen’s vocal partner and offer up an unbelievable new duets album.
If you love Allen/Lande’s first three albums, but also Delain, Within Temptation, Nightwish, and the like (but with a slightly heavier edge), then this is simply going to be your album of the year for 2020!
I’ll Never Leave You
What If I Live
No Sign Of Life
One More Chance
Who You Really Are
Who’s Gonna Stop Me Now
Vocals – Russell Allen, Anette Olzon
Guitars, Bass & Keyboards – Magnus Karlsson
Drums – Anders Köllerfors
Imagine you could send your latest favorite rock record on a journey through time and into the past – what would it sound like? That’s exactly what A Life Divided had in mind when creating their new album “Echoes”.
“It was during the 80s when we first came into contact with music. At that time I bought my first Adidas Allround sneakers, let my hair grow and played the songs of my metal heroes on guitar”, recalls vocalist Jürgen Plangger. Songwriter and producer Erik Damköhler was more of a synth-wave fan back then. “That’s how we came up with the idea of mixing our A Life Divided-style with the typical synth-sounds of the 80s. ‘Echoes’ as a result was something completely new: 13 songs that combine our dark alternative rock with the zeitgeist of the 80s.”
After German radio hits like “Feel”, “Space” and “Heart on Fire”, an award for the best newcomer from one of the biggest radio stations in Germany, tours with Apocalyptica, Eisbrecher, Unheilig, and Oomph as well as sold-out headliner club tours, it is without a doubt that A Life Divided and their blend of rock music with electronic elements are known across all scenes. The band currently consists of vocalist and songwriter Jürgen Plangger (also guitarist for Eisbrecher), guitarist Tony Berger (ex-Lacrimas Profundere) and bass player Tobias Egger as well as songwriter Erik Damköhler.
The songs on the new album “Echoes” revolve around the theme of finiteness and the echo that is left from all of us. “Finiteness is threatening when we love and live, but it can also be comforting when we grieve, experience hurt or have been disappointed. But there is always an echo, a quiet reminder, of what was.” – Jürgen Plangger (A Life Divided) “Echoes” will be released on January 31st via AFM Records.
Tracklisting: 01. Hello Emptiness 02. Dry Your Eyes 03. Addicted 04. Confronted 05. Enemy 06. Rock ’N’ Roll Star 07. Far 08. Anybody Out There 09. Push 10. Servant 11. The Ordinary 12. Circles 13. Forevermore (Digipak Bonus)
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