Swedish tech metal supergroup NONEXIST, featuring former ARCH ENEMY and current HEARSE vocalist Johan Liiva and ANDROMEDA / SKYFIRE guitarist Johan Reinholdz have made a free cover of MEGADETH’s 'In My Darkest Hour' and an album teaser for their new album, From My Cold Dead Hands, available online. Check the material out below:
Reinholdz: "Dave Mustaine and Megadeth has always been one of my biggest influences. When the time came to pick cover-songs I thought 'In My Darkest Hour' would be a very good choice. I figured it would fit Liiva's voice perfectly - the lyrics and the mood; I could really hear in my head how great it would sound. And boy - Liiva sure delivered it superbly! Also - it's not a track that has been covered that much, at least not by any bands I know. Liiva's vocals, the addition of the blastbeats, the very calm, atmospheric first verse (where I actually sing myself), the detuned guitars plus the added solos make it sound like a Nonexist-track I think. Which is the whole point of doing a cover in my opinion - to make it sound like your own song."
Earlier this summer, Nonexist inked a deal with Pivotal Rockordings. From My Cold Dead Hands was recorded at Multipass Studios and will feature nine blistering new tracks to be released later this year through all major digital retailers. From My Cold Dead Hands will also be accompanied by cover songs that Pivotal Rockordings will release for free on YouTube. More information on the exact cover songs will be revealed shortly.
Reinholdz commented: “I'm really excited about unleashing the second assault of Nonexist! Even though Deus Deceptor came out ten years ago, Nonexist never died. It has always been alive in my heart and I've written songs for it every now and then. Because I love it, I love this kind of music which I grew up with. A couple of years ago the Nonexist song-writing became more frequent and I came up with the title – From My Cold Dead Hands and I started to focus on getting the album done. I also began dabbling with cover-songs, something I've never really done before but it's great fun! Some of these song choices might surprise you - but they're all done Nonexist-style! I then asked Johan Liiva if he wanted to join Nonexist again and was pleased when he said yes. He is one of the great singers in extreme metal and I'm proud to work with him again!”
Liiva also commented: “It’s been like ten years now since the debut came out. I actually had this ‘fantasy’ ever since to make a sequel. For various reasons (like for example ‘life’ haha) it took us all this time to finally get there. Thankfully, Johan and I stayed in touch every now and then... and now *kazaam!* - the time has come! Filled to the brim with new and fresh ideas – as well as retro ones, for sure! Let’s hope you people out there who digged and asked for another one appreciates this new one. Hailz and salutes – it’s time... metal to the very bone!”
Nonexist’s debut full-length record Deus Deceptor was released in 2002 via Century Media/New Hawen Records and the lineup at the time included Johan Liiva, Johan Reinholdz, and DEFLESHED / DARK FUNERAL drummer Matte Modin. Deus Deceptor was produced by Tommy Tägtgren and Johan Reinholdz at Abyss Studios and featured a musical direction described as a cross between early Arch Enemy and CARCASS (circa Heartwork).
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