Beauty and darkness, heavy guitars and fragile ballads, vintage blues rock and modern doom – the sound of Stockholm’s AVATARIUM.
It all began in the winter of 2012 when Candlemass founder, bass player and songsmith Leif Edling needed help to demo a couple of songs he was working on, and guitarist Marcus Jidell (Soen, ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt) offered to help. Weeks turned into months and a few songs became the eponymous full length album that was then released into the world in late 2013.
This marked the international debut of singer Jennie-Ann Smith – whom Leif has dubbed ”a female Ronnie James Dio” – and whose voice is perfect for AVATARIUM… deep, bluesy… and with a special timbre that will make your neck hairs stand on end. Two of Leif’s good friends complete the line-up: skinbeater extraordinaire Lars Sköld (Tiamat) on drums and Carl Westholm (Krux, Jupiter Society, Carp Tree) on a wide variety of keyboards and theremin wizardry.
Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals
Marcus Jidell: Guitar
Andreas ”Habo” Johansson: Drums
Mats Rydström: Bass
Rickard Nilsson: Organ
In May 2017, the band releases »Hurricanes And Halos«, via Nuclear Blast the outstanding successor to the critically-acclaimed »The Girl With The Raven Mask«.