Avatar Unveil New ‘Avatar Country’ Album, Issue ‘A Statue of the King’ Video + Key Disc Details
Killer news for all fans of Avatar's take on epic, melodic metal! The group has just announced their upcoming seventh album, Avatar Country, due out Jan. 12. In celebration of this new announcement, they've unveiled their first video off the upcoming disc, "A Statue of the King."
One wouldn't be wrong to call "A Statue of the King" maybe the band's most ambitious looking video yet. The Johan Carlen-directed clip plays into their character, establishing Avatar as not just a band but an entire country of followers, bound to every note and riff they play. It opens with a soaring, operatic call to action, showing the band playing an enormous festival in front of their followers. The song plummets into a total frenzy, as the story of the actual unveiling of this statue takes place in a fun, energetic video.
In keeping with the theme of the music, the group has issued a corresponding statement that reads as follows:
As art is eternal, so is Avatar Country, and so is our King. These laws of the universe results in an audiovisual masterpiece which is eternal squared. In agreement with the Royal Television (Kungliga Televisionen, KTV), we have chosen to let this be accessible to non citizens through the ”Youtube.” Glory to our King!
The Chamber of Digital Delights and Downloadable Data Dedicated to Decidedly Done Depictions of the King has agreed with the Royal Court to release “A Statue Of The King” as an iTunes instant gratification track. Potential Citizens who pre order Avatar Country on iTunes will receive the song as an immediate download. A Statue Of The King is available on all streaming services now.
Avatar the band, featuring His Royal Highness The King and his elite backing orchestra will release their seventh full length, Avatar Country on January 12, 2018 via Entertainment One in North America and Century Media rest of world. A staff member of the Court comments:
We see this as our opportunity to finally show the world the glory of ‘Avatar Country’ and our King. The album contains the expected superior examples of how metal should and must sound today and for all eternity. Plus, also included is a new rendition of our national anthem and audio recordings from some of the finest moments of the King’s history of public speaking.
'Avatar Country' will also serve as the highly anticipated followup to 'Feathers and Flesh,' which debuted at #5 Hard Music, #7 Indie, #12 Rock, #31 Current, #9 Overall and #88 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. It was produced by Jay Ruston at Spinroad Recording Studios in Gothenburg Sweden.
The King and His Band will go on a series of state visits all over the world this winter and spring with honorary Citizens THE BRAINS and sideshow extraordinaire HELLZAPOPPIN. Patriots may remember Hellzapoppin from the King’s 2012 music video for their single “Black Waltz.” North American dates will kick off in Columbus, OH on January 6th at the Newport Music Hall and stretch coast to coast before coming to a theatrical close at The Intersection in Grand Rapids. European dates starts in Utrecht March 13 and will be concluded in Avatar Country twin city Gothenburg on April 7.
GLORY TO OUR KING!
Avatar have also revealed the cover art and track listing for the album, which can be seen below as well as digital and physical pre-order information. They've also booked a whole slew of tour dates both in North America and Europe to kick off the New Year. See those dates listed below and for additional ticketing info, click here.
Avatar, Avatar Country Album Art
Avatar, Avatar Country Track Listing
1. Glory to Our King
2. Legend of The King
3. The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country
4. King's Harvest
5. The King Wants You
6. The King Speaks
7. A Statue of the King
8. King After King
9. Silent Songs of the King Pt 1: Winter Comes When the King Dreams of Snow
10. Silent Songs of the King Pt 2: The King's Palace
Avatar 2018 North American Tour
Jan 06 - Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall
Jan 07 - Toronto, Ontario @ The Opera House
Jan 09 - Montreal, Quebec @ Astral
Jan 11 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Jan 12 - Boston, Mass. @ Brighton
Jan 13 - Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Soundstage
Jan 14 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of Living Arts
Jan 16 - Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
Jan 17 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Buckhead Theatre
Jan 18 - New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues
Jan 19 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan 20 - Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
Jan 21 - San Antonio, Texas @ Aztec
Jan 23 - Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee
Jan 24 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Regent Theater
Jan 25 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Ace of Spades
Jan 28 - Seattle, Wash. @ Studio Seven
Jan 30 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Complex
Jan 31 - Denver, Colo. @ The Summit Music Hall
Feb 01 - Lincoln, Neb. @ Bourbon Theatre
Feb 02 - Chicago, Ill. @ The Bottom Lounge
Feb 03 - Green Bay, Wis. @ Sand Lot
Feb 05 - Lawrence, Kan. @ Granada
Feb 07 - Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrew's Hall
Feb 08 - Cleveland, Ohio @ House Of Blues
Feb 09 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Deluxe
Feb 10 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave II
Feb 11 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Intersection
Avatar 2018 Europe / U.K. Tour
March 13 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
March 14 - Paris, France @ Trianon
March 15 - Lille, France @ Lille / Le Splendid- (Les Paradis Artificiels Festival)
March 16 - London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
March 17 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
March 18 - Köln, Germany @ Luxor
March 20 - Reims, France @ La Cartonnerie
March 21 - Nîmes, France @ Paloma
March 22 - Cognac, France @ West Rock
March 23 - Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain @ Sala Sanatana 27
March 24 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala Mon Live
March 25 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Bikini
March 26 - Villeurbanne, France @ Le Transbordeur
March 27 - Genève, Switzerland @ L'Usine
March 28 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
March 29 - Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
April 1 - Munich, Germany @ Technikum
April 2 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
April 3 - Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
April 4 - Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
April 5 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
April 6 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben Fryshuset
April 7 - Göteborg, Sweden @ Trädgår'n
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