The poignant track arrives just dayd before the band begins their Europea trek with Cult of Luna and Russian Circles.
Bristol outfit Svalbard are set to begin a formative 2023. While hard at work on their fourth full length studio effort, the band is also set to begin a touring slate that will see them supporting Cult of Luna and Russian Circles on a European stretch that begins mid-March.
Kicking off what will no doubt be a busy year, Svalbard has unleashed a poignant, powerful tribute to their musical linage – offering tribute to heavy legends lost on the emotive track, “Eternal Spirits”. The track showcases the next chapter of the band’s musical breadth, following the showcase of songwriting prowess on the 2020 full length, When I Die, Will I Get Better.
Svalbard vocalist/guitarist Serena Cherry further explained the genesis of the track and the homage that weighs heavy throughout. “Eternal Spirits is one of the most tragic songs we have ever written, yet it is also a celebration of the legacy and musical heritage. It is a song about late metal musicians who sadly passed away too soon and the loss we feel within the metal community without their presence. This song is a heartfelt tribute to our metal heroes who are gone but will never be forgotten because their legacy lives on in the millions of hearts they have touched with their music. It’s crushing when your heroes die, but with this song, we want to commemorate our late heroes’ glorious music and the legions of bands they have inspired. That inspiration will never die.“
Cherry added the personal nexus of the single, connecting the start of her musical journey with fallen powerhouse gone too soon in founding Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison. “On a more personal level, Joey Jordison was the person who inspired me to pick up an instrument. I started learning drums when I was 12 years old because of the energy and passion he exuded from his playing. When I listened to his drumming, every hit gave me a surge of motivation. His creative spark lit a fire within me that will never be extinguished. I’d like to dedicate ‘Eternal Spirits’ to his memory.“
Svalbard begins their European trek on March 17th in Copenhagen, DK and rounds out at the end of the month in Warsaw, PL. The band has also been confirmed for a plethora of international festival dates including appearances at Hellfest in France, Inferno Festival in Norway, as well as 2000trees and ArcTanGent in the UK.
See a full list of live dates below.
EU Tour w/ Cult Of Luna & Russian Circles
17 Mar – DK Copenhagen, Store Vega
18 Mar – DE Berlin, Huxleys
19 Mar – DE Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
20 Mar – NL Utrecht, Tivoli Ronda
21 Mar – BE Brussels, AB
22 Mar – FR Paris, Olympia
23 Mar – DE Stuttgart, Wizemann
24 Mar – CH Lausanne, Les Docks
25 Mar – SI Ljubljana, Kino Siska
27 Mar – AT Vienna, Arena
28 Mar – DE Munich, Muffathalle
29 Mar – CZ Prague, Roxy
30 Mar – PL Krakow, Studio
31 Mar – PL Warsaw, Progresja
08 Apr – NO, Oslo, Inferno Festival
27/28 May – UK, London, Portals Festival
17 Jun – FR, Clisson, Hellfest
23-25 Jun – DE, Löbnitz, With Full Force Festival
05-08 Jul – UK, Withington, 2000Trees Festival
04-06 Aug – CH, Gränichen, Gränichen Open Air
11-13 Aug – BE, Kortrijk, Alcatraz Festival
16-19 Aug – UK, Compton Martin, ArcTanGent