“Sworn To Obey” a brand new song from German thrashers DEW-SCENTED, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band’s new album, “Icarus”, which will be released on July 31 in North America via Prosthetic Records (one day earlier internationally through Metal Blade Records).
DEW-SCENTED vocalist Leif Jensen previously described the “Icarus” main theme as “a modern-times, very apocalyptic adaption of elements of the Icarus myth, using a lot of its symbolism while interlinking with several other personal or observant subjects in true DEW-SCENTED fashion.” While the album — recorded at Soundlodge Studio and produced by Jörg Uken (NIGHTFALL, SUICIDAL ANGELS, GOD DETHRONED) — is not quite a concept album per se, Jensen said “Icarus” “has a pretty coherent lyrical flow, and that helps to enhance and also to intentionally enlarge the atmosphere and vibe created by the music.” The “Icarus” cover artwork was once created by Björn Goosses of Killustrations.
DEW-SCENTED‘s new lineup is as follows (pictured from left to right in photo below):
Rory Hansen – Guitar
Marvin Vriesde – Guitar
Leif Jensen – Vocals
Joost van der Graaf – Bass
Koen Herfst – Drums
Commented Jensen: “The new lineup re-introduces Marvin Vriesde (SEVERE TORTURE, BLO.TORCH) as main guitarist and songwriter. Not a stranger to DEW-SCENTED‘s path of life, Vriesde‘s ties with the band go as far as back as 1996, when he played lead guitars for DEW-SCENTED on the band’s first-ever proper tour (with EDGE OF SANITY, LAKE OF TEARS and SADIST), as well as for some additional shows supporting MORBID ANGEL. He later returned as the session guitarist for a European tour with CANNIBAL CORPSE in 2002 or also for various other dates in Europe, Japan and North America all throughout 2005, as well as to appear as a guest guitarist on the “Issue VI” album and in the “Turn To Ash” video.
Added Jensen: “I’m truly happy to have finally managed to team up with my buddy Marvin in DEW-SCENTED. Being one of my closest friends in music and the band’s ‘longest-running companion,’ it’s amazing to be able to finally put the band’s musical present and future in his hands, giving our music a new safe home with his talent and dedication. I can’t wait for you all to hear the great start-up results we achieved with ‘Icarus’!”
Drummer Koen Herfst (I CHAOS, EPICA) and bassist Joost van der Graaf (I CHAOS, CREEPMIME) rounded off the “Icarus” lineup organically, as Vriesde explains in regards to the pre-production process for the new album: “The writing process went really smooth and focused. Me and Leif were bouncing all these awesome ideas around. We realized that these songs deserved to be recorded in the best form possible. That’s why I asked a good local friend of mine, Koen Herfst, to handle the drums. On his turn he brought in Joost van der Graaf to handle the bass duties for the album. Both are amazing musicians… and that’s what sets ‘Icarus’ apart for me. I think everyone brought something extra to the table, which really took the album to a higher level. ‘Icarus’ is a really heavy album, but it somehow has a darker feel to it in comparison to the previous DEW-SCENTED albums.”
The new DEW-SCENTED lineup will make their debut shows on July 20 at Metalsplash festival and July 21st at Queens Of Metal festival.
Photo by Ester Segarra