The band Persuader was formed in 1997.
In the wake of 2004 release ’ Evolution Purgatory ’ and after a handful live appearances at festivals and concerts, Persuader found themselves going through some changes…
They switched the label to newly formed Dockyard 1and added a second guitarist, so Jens can fully concentrate on his role as a front man. They found a new wingman to Emil Norberg in longtime friend Daniel Sundbom.
Besides that Jens and Emil got asked to join, together with Piet Sielck, Thomen Stauch´s new Band Savage Circus.
After months of songwriting, recording and promotion the highly acclaimed Savage Circus debut album Dreamland Manor got released and it was finally time to start writing new songs for the follow-up to Evolution Purgatory .
` When Eden Burns ´ takes off where Evolution Purgatory left off and sometimes feels like a mixture of the bands two earlier efforts, with passages reminicent of older trash and speed metal bands without sacrificing melody. So what has evolved since last time? This album has more diversity rythm and tempo-wise, the occasional growling vocals we heard on EP is more frequently used and it actually adds a nice flavor when used. Besides that there has been made a big step production-wise with crystal clear mixing and a rawer feeling to the sound.
Songwriting duo Emil Norberg and Efraim Juntunen found themselves mixing all kinds of styles varying from black metal riffings to sweet piano interludes, Kreator-ish guitars and modern sounding choruses into the the unique Persuader sound the band has always strived for. And what about the Blind Guardian influences we heard on previous albums? Yes, they are still there but with a seemingly not so appearant and more personal touch to it.
„We´ve always wanted to incorporate different sounds, structures and ideas we have and have it make sense somehow. Thats what we have always enjoyed doing and will continue to do with Persuader“, guitarist Emil says.
For the recordings Persuader opted for a different solution this time recording guitars and bass themselves, vocals at Piet Sielcks Powerhouse and drums and final mixing/mastering in their hometown studio Toontrack. This proved to be a working concept allowing the band to work a lot with the sound on their own before the final mixing stage where every separatly recorded thing was assembled together.
So, in conclusion, is this a step forward for Persuader as a band? Most certainly, if you give this album your attention you will know what I´m talking about. Catchy choruses, agressive riffs topped with Jens Karlsson trashy raw vocals.