Swedish Viking metal pioneers HEAVY LOAD are back with a late 40th anniversary album06.09.2023
Riders of the Ancient Storm coming October 6th / Pre-Order starts now!
The band that started the Swedish wave of heavy metal is back: HEAVY LOAD! Four decades have passed since HEAVY LOAD released their latest album: Stronger than Evil (1983). Years before the rest of the northern world, their songs ventured into Viking themes and existential lyrics, spearheading a movement way ahead of its time. The compositions are dramatic and render a great variety of moods, while passionate innovation and creative fervor are always shining bright in every song on the album – pioneering 101!
HEAVY LOAD’s comeback album Riders of the Ancient Storm rings of their well-known sound and songwriting. Thanks to an epic pact between the band and No Remorse Records, the band’s whole back catalog is brought back as high quality re-releases. After releases in 2018 and 2019, more will follow. The records come with bonus tracks and old recordings never before heard by the public, and extensive booklets. It’s a release long awaited by people all over the globe – and it will be followed by many concerts to come. HEAVY LOAD is back!
Riders of the Ancient Storm will be available on October 6th, early birds can pre-order it right now on www.noremorse.gr. More stores and main distributors will follow.
But there’s more: Singer, guitarist, keyboarder and producer Ragne Wahlquist – who is also an avid author – will release a special edition of his soon-to-launch Wahlgaard Saga, a Viking family saga in a series of novels, along with the band’s new album. Adding to the gravitational pull of this overarching theme, Riders of the Ancient Storm, which references passages of the Wahlgaard Saga on numerous occasions, will also be available as a Luxury Box including the English version of Wahlquist’s book. In addition, this crazy package (limited to 300 hand numbered copies) contains the digipak CD, coloured vinyl, a t-shirt and a poster – a heavy load indeed, ain’t it?
Riders of the Ancient Storm:
Ride the Night
We Rock the World
Slave No More
Raven Is Calling
Butterfly Whisperings (Bonus Track)
Good news also for all fans at Keep It True Rising festival in Würzburg (GER) next month, as Heavy Load (Styrbjörn and Ragne Wahlquist) are looking forward to meeting you at a signing session on the day of their album release. Check the festival website and social media channels for details.