The ninth studio album of the Swedish hard rock institution.
What do you do when the whole world stands still and everything suddenly comes to a sudden stop? For THE QUILL, the only option was to stay creative and keep working to keep a sane mind.
Once again working with Erik Nilsson from 491 Studio in Oskarshamn, Sweden, the band set to work on a worthy follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed “Born From Fire”. Like before, the writing and recording process proved to be very fruitful, with almost 20 songs completed and recorded.
Christian – “One of the harder things with this album was to decide what should go on the album and what we should leave behind. But when it was time to make decisions we all agreed surprisingly fast on which nine songs should make it on the album.”
With a sound based on a wide range of diverse influences, THE QUILL have released one quality album after another since their debut in 1995. Packed with catchy riffs, pounding bass lines and a fantastic frontman, “Earthrise” will once again delight all fans of honest hard rock.
The dynamic interplay between original singer Magnus Ekwall (Ayreon, Mountain Of Power), drummer Jolle Atlagic (Hanoi Rocks, Electric Boys, Firebird), guitarist Christian Carlsson (Cirkus Prütz) and bassist Roger Nilsson (Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, Arch Enemy) creates THE QUILL’s band-typical deep 70s heavy rock. No frills, just real rock at full throttle!
The new songs like “Hallucinate” or “Keep On Moving” are bursting with confidence and adrenaline. “Left Brain Blues” as well as the title track “Earthrise” are reminiscent of Black Sabbath in their heyday, while tracks like “Dwarf Planet” and “Evil Omen” resurrect the heavy / psychedelic sides of early Led Zeppelin or Uriah Heep.
Jolle – “Several of the songs were road tested on our trek with US Stoner legends Nebula and went down a storm even though no one had heard the songs before which gave us confidence we were on to something special.”
“Earthrise” tells tales of alienation set within the confinements of space and time. Maybe not a surprising subject given the state of the world in this day and age but it’s also a theme that transcends through the history of mankind.
Magnus – “The lyrics deal with different types of alienation which I see as a rising problem in the world today. Be it on a grander level, in politics and between us as a human race – but also on an individual level with growing problems with social alienation, mental disorders and illness.”
Now 25 years on , THE QUILL are respected veterans of the scene with an impressive history and a back catalogue that has been well received, not just by fans and peers. For example, the band received the 2020 Culture Award from their Swedish hometown of Mönsterås in recognition of an impressive career.
01 – Hallucinate
02 – Keep On Moving
03 – Dwarf Planet
04 – Left Brain Bluest
05 – Earthrise
06 – Evil Omen
07 – 21st Century Sky
08 – The Zone
09 – Dead River
– Magnus Ekwall – vocals
– Christian Carlsson – guitar
– Roger Nilsson – bass
– Jolle Atlagic – drums