MetalSucks has premiered new single "Zephyr" from UK-based melodic death metal band COUNTLESS SKIES. The song comes from forthcoming album Glow, which will be released November 6 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Willowtip Records.
"Zephyr" (song premiere)
"This isn’t your typical melodeath band. Great stuff."
"There are quite a few new(ish) melodic death metal bands that are leading the genre into the future, but I’m not sure if most of them are as adept as COUNTLESS SKIES. With Glow, they have discovered their sound and set themselves on an unstoppable path."
- Metal Temple (10/10)
"They erupted onto the metal scene in 2014 with their self-titled EP. Glow is the follow-up to 2016’s full-length debut, New Dawn, and takes the band’s progressive brand of Melodeath metal to a new level. There has been a lot more creativity put into these masterpieces, the results are positive."
- Ever Metal (10/10)
"One of the most emotional, powerful masterworks I’ve ever heard."
- Breaking Necks Metal Blog (5/5)
"It’s a virtual masterpiece in so many different ways, and if you don’t check it out then I am truly sorry for you."
- Head-Banger Reviews
"Countless Skies continued to push themselves throughout the entire release. As the album progressed each track seemed to get better and better, yet when you look at the entire album you realize that the band did a stellar job writing an impressive tale from beginning to end."
- Rock and Metal Temple
"Countless Skies are an interesting UK band who are blending a lot of sounds into their music. This is not a million miles removed from later-period Enslaved, though much more cleaned-up and almost glossy in places."
- The Metal Crypt (4/5)
The follow-up to 2016’s full-length debut New Dawn, Glow takes the band’s progressive brand of melodeth to new heights with richly-layered instrumentation, superb musicianship and raw emotion. Thematically, Glow is based on the album’s epic title track, a 20-minute opus split into three parts.
The bulk of the album was recorded in the home studio of guitarist James Pratt. James had this to say about the process:
“It took a lot of learning and some expensive purchases, but it did have its upside. Not under the normal time constraints of being in a studio, we could take more risks, and get better performances from everyone. We also spent a lot of time adding more layers, harmonies, and even some extra instruments.”
Glow was mixed and mastered by Juho Räihä of SoundSpiral Audio.
COUNTLESS SKIES burst onto the metal scene with their self-titled EP in late 2014. Blending progressive and darkly intense music influenced by their Scandinavian melodeth heroes, the EP received acclaim worldwide and began a flood of shows up and down their native UK with multiple highlights including an invitation to Bloodstock Open Air 2015.
Building upon their rapid momentum, the band soon caught the attention of Kolony Records, a deal was signed and the band began work on their debut full length.
New Dawn was released June 2016 and was praised “as an effortless display of bravado and musicianship in ways that I can’t soundly describe,” by USA’s New Noise Magazine and an impressive debut from the UK’s Metal Hammer. “Countless Skies have what it takes to really blossom in to something original and beautiful... a band with great skill and even greater potential,” stated Zero Tolerance Magazine.
With applause the world over following the release of New Dawn, the band embarked on a UK tour with Finland’s 'Whispered'. Several shorter tours followed including their first stints abroad, appearing at multiple European festivals such as Dark Troll Festival, Skaldenfest, and MetalDays.
5 Glow part 1
6 Glow part 2
7 Glow part 3
COUNTLESS SKIES is:
ROSS KING – Vocals and Guitars
JAMES PRATT – Guitars
PHIL ROMEO – Vocals and Bass
NATHAN ROBSHAW – Drums
Arianna Mahsayeh – Cello (Track 2 & 5)
Marcello Ciciriello – Piano (Track 1, 4 & 5)
Anthony Trimming – Choir (Track 2)
RJ Learmouth – Choir (Track 2)
Vicky Harley – Choir (Track 2)
Drums recorded by Forbes Coleman at Audiobeach
Studios | audiobeachstudios.com
Choir recorded by Chris Stroud | chrisstroudbass.tumblr.com
Everything else recorded by James Pratt at Cinnamon
Studios | jamespratt.co.uk
Mixed and Mastered by Juho Räihä at SoundSpiral
Audio | soundspiralaudio.com
Artwork by Carl Ellis | carlellistration.co.uk
All music and lyrics by Countless Skies | countlessskies.com