Uppsala, Sweden’s Noctum are preparing to release their Metal Blade Records debut in late 2013. In advance of the release, the band has unveiled a brand new track, “Liberty in Death,” on soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords and noctumofficial.com. The track is also one of 19 songs to appear on the Metal Blade Records Summer Sampler 2013, which is available FREE at the Metal Blade Records booth on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest and at The Black Dahlia Murder booth on Van’s Warped Tour.
The album title, as well as artwork, will be revealed in the coming weeks at metalblade.com. Until then, make sure to follow Noctum on facebook – facebook.com/Noctumofficial
Listen to “Liberty in Death” now at soundcloud.com/metalbladerecords.
Uppsala, Sweden, 2009: Tobias, David, and Gustaf form a brand new band called Séance. The band moved incredibly fast – they formed in September, recorded a two song demo after adding guitarist Per Wikström to the lineup in October, and by November had changed their name to Noctum. Within those three months, the band signed an LP deal with High-Roller Records, and a CD deal with Stormspell Records.
Noctum’s debut album, The Séance, was released in September 2010 via High-Roller and in December by Stormspell. The band finally embarked on their first European tour in July of 2011, and followed that up with a new EP, The Fiddler.
By August of 2011, Noctum created enough buzz in the underground to gain the attention of Metal Blade Records, which led to a new worldwide record deal. It was also during this time that Per Wikström left the band and Daniel Johansson took his place. Noctum toured Europe again in 2012, and then welcomed the addition of drummer Fredrik Jansson after Gustaf’s departure. Jansson, who spent time in Witchcraft, Count Raven, and Abramis Brama, was added to the lineup in time to record the new album in April 2013.
With a new record deal in place with a global label, Noctum spent the majority of 2012 refining their sound and writing new songs. Their search for original and interesting material led them to a heavier and darker sound. The progression came very naturally for the band and differs from the typical 70’s vibe. The new material successfully evokes a heaviness and emotion one might not expect from a “retro” sounding band.