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*STEAMHAMMER / SPV - NEW CD RELEASE*
Release Date September 29th, 2017
Territory: World
JAG PANZER "The Deviant Chord"
Format: CD
Packaging: Digi + Poster
Format: 2 LP
Packaging: Gatefold, transparent tourquise with black swirls, 180 g, printed
inner sleeves, CD in paper sleeve
Tracklisting:
CD Digi:
1. Born Of The Flame 4:00
2. Far Beyond All Fear 3:49
3. The Deviant Chord 5:37
4. Blacklist 4:19
5. Foggy Dew 3:20
6. Divine Intervention 3:30
7. Long Awaited Kiss 6:16
8. Salacious Behavior 4:07
9. Fire Of Our Spirit 4:37
10. Dare 5:17
INFO / BIO:
For Jag Panzer, team spirit is more important than anything else. Without team spirit,
guitarist Mark Briody would no longer see any reason for continuing the band. “We’re
like a family, we’ve all known each other for many years,” he says and looks back at
the years between 2011 and 2013 when Jag Panzer were on the brink of calling it a
day. “Two band members quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and
starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to
disband.” But then the American power metal act’s strong fan base made itself heard,
causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody: “We had a lot of interest in our early
albums, so my band mates soon noticed that people were still listening to Jag
Panzer, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and
more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together.”
What a stroke of good fortune, after all now the public can look forward to an
accomplished comeback album. The Deviant Chord is a veritable metal manifesto,
scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on 29 September 2017, and consists of
ten awesome songs featuring all those typical Jag Panzer strengths that the band’s
fans have come to appreciate.
As on previous albums, Briody & Co. have steered clear of any short-lived trends and
fashions: “We write the music that we want to listen to and play, we don’t write music
of any style just because that style happens to be popular,” Briody explains. “We’ve
always done that in Jag Panzer and we continue to do so on The Deviant Chord. The
biggest difference in The Deviant Chord is the wide range of songs on this album. We
worked hard to introduce different key signatures and tempos for each track. We
wanted each number to have its own unique sound and character.”
Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry ‘The Tyrant’ Conklin (vocals),
Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the
fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits
from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. “John does our ‘quality
control’, meaning that he makes sure every song we do is the best it can be. Harry is
a musical genius. He’s been singing since we were kids, he’s very skilled in vocal
arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big
contributor in the songwriting. Rikard is all about drumming. He’s been drumming
since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the
world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every
sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage
presence. His playing makes every song better.”
Briody is referring to the mesmerising album opener ´Born Of The Flames`, which
sets the lyrical and stylistic direction of the new recording and warrants, together with
the more traditional ´Far Beyond All Fears`, Jag Panzer’s picture-perfect comeback.
In addition, there are impressive tracks such as ´Salacious Behavior` and ´Divine
Intervention`, as well as a ballad written in waltz time (´The Long Awaited Kiss`) and
´Foggy Dew` (“a very old song that been covered over 200 times, but never like we
are doing it”), which hints at main composer Briody’s comprehensive knowledge of
musical history: “I probably wrote seventy to eighty songs before we decided on the
ten that made up the new album. Harry then joined me and both of us did demos for
every song. Rikard took what Harry and I did and made every song better. He would
often make suggestions about enhancing the rhythm of the song flow. John and Joey
would then take this second round of demos and rearrange and make various
improvements to the songs. By the time every member finished adding his input, the
songs were very different from what I had originally written.”
The Deviant Chord will be available as a CD Digipak (including poster) and double
LP version as well as for download and streaming. The cover artwork was created by
Serbian artist Dusan Markovic and reflects the album’s haunting atmosphere
perfectly. There can be no doubt: the spark has rekindled the fire in Jag Panzer and
it’s burning brightly. Briody: “The mood in the band is very focused. This album was
the first time we did multiple demos for every song. So everyone has been very
involved in every step. Each band member got to see a song grow and change with
time. That’s very exciting for us. And we’re all excited to unleash The Deviant Chord
unto the world.”

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