Avatar Country

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Avatar Country
Avatar Country Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released12 January 2018
RecordedSummer 2017
StudioSpinroad, Lindome, Sweden
GenreHeavy metal[1]
Length43:18
LabelEntertainment One, Century Media Records
ProducerJay Ruston
Avatar chronology
Feathers & Flesh
(2016)
Avatar Country
(2018)
Singles from Avatar Country
  1. "A Statue of the King"
    Released: 24 October 2017
  2. "The King Wants You"
    Released: 19 December 2017
  3. "The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country"
    Released: 23 May 2018
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Blabbermouth.net7/10 stars[1]
Metal Injection8/10 stars[2]

Avatar Country is the seventh studio album by Swedish metal band Avatar, released on 12 January 2018.

Background[edit]

The band recorded their seventh studio album throughout Summer 2017 at Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden. The album was produced by Jay Ruston, noted for working with Stone Sour, Anthrax and Steel Panther.[3]

Avatar took part in the Avatar Country World Tour 2017, touring the United States from January to February 2018, and various countries in Europe from March to April, with The Brains and freakshow attraction Hellzapoppin'.[4][5] Just one night before the album's release, in New York City, Avatar performed six songs from the album for the first time, along with songs from their previous albums.[6]

Song information[edit]

Avatar released music videos for three songs on the album; "A Statue of the King" on 24 October 2017,[5] "The King Wants You" on 19 December 2017,[3] and "The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country" on 23 May 2018. All three videos were directed by longtime collaborator Johan Carlén.[7]

Avatar also called the opening track, "Glory to Our King", the album's "national anthem".[8] Notably, every song on the track listing has the word "King" in its name.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Glory to Our King"0:51
2."Legend of the King"8:17
3."The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country"5:36
4."King's Harvest"3:55
5."The King Wants You"4:20
6."The King Speaks"3:17
7."A Statue of the King"3:44
8."King After King"5:07
9."Silent Songs of the King Pt. 1: Winter Comes When the King Dreams of Snow"3:34
10."Silent Songs of the King Pt. 2: The King's Palace"4:37
Total length:43:18

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 90
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 161
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 87
US Billboard 200[13] 132
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[14] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Avatar Country – AVATAR". Blabbermouth.net. 15 January 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ Collins, Dillon (9 January 2017). "Album Review: AVATAR - Avatar Country". Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Avatar Releases Music Video For 'The King Wants You'". Blabbermouth.net. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Avatar Official Website". avatarmetal.com. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Avatar announce new record Avatar Country, debut new single "A Statue Of The King"; reveal North American, European, and UK tours". Metalnerd.net. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Avatar Transport New York City Fans to 'Avatar Country'". Loudwire.com. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Avatar: 'The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country' Video Released". Blabbermouth.net. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "AVATAR's Johannes Eckerström: "Avatar Country Is a Very Magical Place, and I Dare Say a Very Metal Place."". Metalinjection.net. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Avatar Introduce You to a World of Theatrics and Metal on 'Avatar Country'". Loudwire.com. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avatar – Avatar Country" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Avatar – Avatar Country" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Avatar – Avatar Country". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Avatar Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Avatar Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 January 2018.