Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Swedish hard rock band Sparzanza has just issued the official video for “Vindication“, which you can view below. The track itself hails from the band’s eighth studio album, ‘Announcing The End’, but which is their first for Despotz Records. It was officially released on Oct. 13th.
The band themselves have firmly set their sights on breaking into the U.S. music market with the new release. Sparzanza felt they might be on the verge of stagnation within the processes of the past, the formulaic writing, and the recording of their music. The approach to ‘Announcing The End’ is slightly magical and completely unexpected. The latest album is an emergence of a new form, looking towards a new future. Sparzanza has come to the time in their existence to embrace taking on a new form.
“We left for Spain and worked on the album under a strict work schedule,” says bassist, Johan Carlsson. “Instead of piecing all the ideas afterwords, we wrote everything together. It was 9 to 5 everyday and it felt like a competition to produce. We met in the morning and divided into groups which then worked on writing together. In the evening we met up and went through everything together. The next day we would switch groups and it continued so for the whole week. Very relaxed and unbelievably creative.“
“To do something completely new with Announcing The End was a real challenge,” continues drummer Anders Åberg. “Horrifying but at the same time enormously inspiring. To speed up a process that took forever to only a week really turns up the pressure to deliver. For our fans and ourselves. To push yourself daily with a clear cut deadline was extremely cool and created new ideas both expected and unexpected.”
“Thus became ‘announcing the end’ and the result was unlike anything we had done before.” finishes up Carlsson. “Take the title track for example. No one would believe it was written with a view of the Mediterranean. Fans however need not be worried, a great view didn’t tarnish the darkness that is to be expected.“
That approach and resulting new way of looking at things, and the recording itself, shows on ‘Announcing The End’. Check it for yourself with “Vindication” below, along with the previously shared tie-in tribute clip to this year’s Bladerunner: 2049 film, the title track “Announcing The End“.