On September 10, 2013, Swedish electronic group Covenant will release their eighth studio album, Leaving Babylon on Metropolis Records. Featuring a range of content spanning as far back as the demos from their 2002 release Northern Light to present day creations, Leaving Babylon promises new direction from the well-established band.
Beat-heavy yet introspective, Leaving Babylon is Covenant’s sonic exploration into uncharted emotional waters. It’s the feeling of memory made sound—the melancholy of Sweden in the wintertime, the strange beat of electric hearts, and the longing for forgotten parties.
Balancing a return to their early EBM roots of modern electronic soundscapes, Covenant digs deep into their history and incorporates threads from each of their previous releases and weaves it into Leaving Babylon. From the industrial shimmer of the opening title track to the midnight dancefloor beats of “Prime Movers” and emotional heft of “Not To Be Here”, this album shows the band expanding the peaks of their abilities while creating a new chapter for their already storied career that the band describes as “electronic passion from the cold of Sweden.”
The album’s first single, “Last Dance” shines in how it starts the album release off. Built around a structure of majestic synths, quirky noises, unexpected harmonies, scary singing machines and fog horns, massive beats and Eskil’s signature vocals, the track’s dark and atmospheric vibe sets the tone for the overall feel of the album. “The stars shines brightest when it’s dark” says Eskil Simonsson, the bands singer and frontman, about the feel of the new album and the troubled world we all find ourselves in.
Formed by three school friends in a small town in Sweden, Covenant has taken inspiration from the 80’s new wave and industrial music and mixed it with the newer stylings of techno and dance. Following the releases of multiple albums, Sequencer would be praised as “the best electro-album of the year.” Their most current release, the Last Dance EP, which launched in June 2013, lingered at #1 on the German Album Charts for 8 straight weeks. The band will take that momentum into the release of Leaving Babylon.