Stefan Lindholm: vindictiv - Cage Of Infinity - the new album

Release date: 10th May 2013
Cat No: ESM252
Bar Code: 5 031281 00252 5

Track List:

01. The Chosen
02. Cage Of Infinity
03. Down In A Black Hole
04. Choices
05. Astronaut
06. Human Emergency
07. Resistance
08. Orphans
09. Son Of Fate
10. The Encounter

The Band is:
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalley Pahlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

Produced by: Stefan Lindholm
Mixed and Mastered by: Lars Chriss

Every brilliant musician feels the need to push the envelope further. To progress, to find new challenges and outlets for his or her talents. Swedish guitarist Stefan Lindholm (Phenomena, Tony Martin) has now reached such a defining moment in his career. As the founder and musical backbone of Vindictiv, he's responsible for some of the most exquisite examples of contemporary neoclassical metal. However, the Stockholmian constellation's newest effort Cage of Infinity marks a certain departure from the progressive leanings of their two previous albums, Vindictiv (2008) and Ground Zero (2009). This time around, Vindictiv have challenged themselves to get their point across not through complexity, but through forthrightness.

– I'm no longer the same person as I used to be, so now I'm going for a simpler approach, more in your face, Stefan Lindholm explains. Cage of Infinity definitely contains a lot of immediate hooks and choruses. At the same time, I think it just may be more metallic than previously. Possibly a tad Judas Priest-ish, but I'll leave that for the listener to decide. Still, it's unmistakably Vindictiv.

It is indeed, albeit a new and exciting Vindictiv. Stefan's guitar playing is as stellar as ever and the core of the band is intact, featuring the exceptional talents of keyboard player Pontus Larsson and bassist Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Last Autumn's Dream). There are, however, two new faces to the lineup. Drummer Henrik Hedman is an excellent addition to the Vindictiv family tree, but the man with the biggest shoes to fill is undoubtedly the new lead singer. Who has dared to accept the torch passed on by legendary journeyman Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Glory, John Norum)?

The answer is: Marco Sandron, the Italian vocalist from multinational power metal sensations Eden's Curse. A man whose vocal skills have turned an apparent suicide mission into a raging triumph. Marco's performances on Cage of Infinity are nothing short of spectacular, comparable even to the great Jørn Lande and marking the beginning of a new era. Vindictiv has turned over a new leaf, a more predominantly song-based one, without sacrificing any of their defining characteristics. Including the blistering guitar solos, perennial favorites of shredding enthusiasts.

– I made an effort to make the album cohesive, but as a notorious shredder I couldn't restrain myself completely, laughs Stefan.

Which of course he shouldn't. In that case, his faithful fans would have had every right to feel – dare we say it? – vindictive.

Track 1-  The Chosen
Track 2- Cage Of Infinity
Track 3- Down In A Black Hole
Track 4- Choices
Track 5- Astronaut
Track 6- Human Emergency
Track 7- Resistance
Track 8- Orphans
Track 9- Son Of Fate
Track 10- The Encounte