Today, FOLLOW THE CIPHER reveal the cover artwork for their self-titled debut, which will be out on May, 11 on Nuclear Blast. Guitarist and founder Ken Kängström commented: We were privileged to have the amazingly multi-talented Chris Rörland (SABATON) doing the artwork. Myself and Chris sat for many hours together with this project, and it was a very easy process getting to where we wanted thanks to Chris‘ ability to exactly read our minds and know what we were going for. We decided to go for a black/red color theme along side a more serious approach towards the 'war zone‘ of a destroyed future world. This fits in with the sorrowful and aggressive themes of the whole album, and also the vocal anger Linda displays in some of the songs. It all melts together in our view, and we are more than pleased with this piece of art."
FOLLOW THE CIPHER also reveal their first album trailer, which gives an insight on their origins and the past years since their foundation in 2014.
You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/83Gxxds-gjY
Also check out the lyric video for "The Rising": https://youtu.be/vJqc7NR1mTM
Let's take a little look into the past: FOLLOW THE CIPHER‘s story started in May 2014, when Ken Kängström decided to start a band with the intention to be different from everything else in the music scene. The idea itself had been haunting his mind for years, but the catalyst to finally put his thoughts into action was the result of a longtime collaboration with the internationally acclaimed metal giants SABATON, with whom FOLLOW THE CIPHER maintain a close friendship. Ken Kängström is definitely not a newcomer in the Scandinavian music scene, since he co-wrote and co-produced some well-known SABATON songs with Joakim Brodén, such as the monumental anthem "Carolus Rex". It was this track which got the ball rolling for Ken: "I think the song sparked the first inspiration in me – in particular, it was responsible for me starting to trust my own abilities and judgment," Ken reflects. "When me and Joakim wrote this track, I felt deep inside that it was time to put my plans with FOLLOW THE CIPHER into action." Therefore, the band has also included a version of this important track, ‘Carolus Rex’, on their debut album.
Something unique was born, growing to become a mixture between NIGHTWISH, IN FLAMES and SABATON, yet creating something completely different and innovative. "I consider our music as both visual and cinematic," says Ken. "The sound is large-scaled and multi-layered - each element plays an important role within the overall concept. You can listen to our music in two different ways; either by focusing on the individual, versatile elements like the keyboard melodies or Linda's powerful voice, or you can indulge in the whole package. Both type of listeners will get what they look for in our very own CIPHER METAL!“
The CIPHER crew consists of five talented members; Linda Toni Grahn, a fantastic and highly talented singer, with long pinkish red hair and emerald eyes, equipped not only with a powerful and characteristic voice, but also outstanding charisma. When taking to the stage, all it takes are a few seconds for Linda to capture everyone‘s attention. "Linda is unique - she stands out from the crowd, not only as a great singer, but also as a charismatic personality! Immediately after meeting her, I knew she would be the right person for us!” Ken Kängström (guitar) recalls the first meeting with their female captain of the CIPHER workforce. Other crew members include Karl Löfgren (drums), Viktor Carlsson (guitar) and Jonas Asplind (bass).
To cut a long story short, the CIPHER crew is more than ready to take you on an exciting journey through the darkest galaxies of metal. It's time to open a new chapter of heavy metal history – it's time to FOLLOW THE CIPHER!
FOLLOW THE CIPHER - Live:
01. - 03.06. CZ Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air
21.06. B Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting