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Skyfire - New EP In The Works

Swedish extreme power metal band Skyfire has entered the studio to record an EP that will be released in digital format later this year.

Founding member Martin Hanner (bass, orhestral arrangements) and Johan Reinholdz (guitar) have uploaded 5 videos focusing on the solo sections that will be futured on the EP.

Stay tuned for more info and updates!


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 06.07.2011 by donelli | Comments (6)

Skyfire - New Album Details

Swedish metallers Skyfire have issued the following update on their MySpace blog:

"After 5 years of computer failure, illness, lineup-changes and countless other obstacles, Swedish progressive death metallers Skyfire will triumphantly return to unleash their long awaited 4th album "Esoteric" this September 8th in North America, 14th in the UK and 18th in Europe via Pivotal Rockordings. Bassist Martin Hanner comments on the band's new album which features 10 epic new songs, some of which utilizing up to 70 individual tracks each:

"For this album, we were heavily inspired by bands like Symphony X and Bal-Sagoth; bands that write epic and catchy songs at the same time. We really thought long and hard about how we can make this new record as epic as possible without it coming off as cheesy and we then carefully began writing the subtle choir and orchestra parts to accompany the already bombastic music. This took quite some time, but we are pleased with the final result. The writing and overall planning for this CD took years and we literally weren't finished writing until right after all the recording was done.

When the album was finished, we had a long discussion with our label regarding what to do about bonus tracks. Both parties agreed that the songs we wrote for this album are too special to be broken up for different territories. So instead we decided to include the old "Within Reach" demos as bonus tracks. These are literally the first legitimate Skyfire recordings ever, and as you'll soon see, the first and only time you'll hear Skyfire with a clean singer. Even though the songwriting and especially the lyrics are immature, we think these songs will be cool for a lot of fans who might have wondered what we sounded like all those years ago. These tracks were never made available to the public until now."

Hanner also reveals the concept behind the stunning artwork for "Esoteric", which was designed by by Pär Olofsson (The Faceless, Psycroptic, Spawn Of Possession) with layout handled by Cult Of Luna's Erik Olofsson:

"The cover is basically a guy who is being initiated by a cult. You can choose to interpret the guy in pain as he is being burned alive by the cultists just so he can join, or you can interpret the guy as having achieved the power he sought, and he is screaming out of bliss and not pain. It relates to the title because a lot of us would think that what he is doing is kind of ridiculous- why would anyone want to join a cult? But people do strange things and they have their own subjective, esoteric sense of understanding that to the rest of us, is strange or crazy. I think we all in some shape or form have esoteric practices that a lot of other people don't 'get', whether it's believing in something or even listening to metal music."


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 30.06.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (9)

Skyfire - New Song Online

"The Entropy League" poadcast via Metal Injection has premiered "Esoteric", the new song from Swedish metallers Skyfire (note: the song is played between the 10-minute and the 14-minute, 32-second marks).

"Esoteric" comes off the band's forthcoming album, entitled "Esoteric", which is scheduled for release in August/September via Pivotal Rockordings.


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 12.05.2009 by White Winter Sun | Comments (0)

Skyfire - New Album Update

Swedish metallers Skyfire have issued the following update:

"Some good news and some bad...

First, the bad: We expected the recording of this album to take a while, but unfortunately things took longer than we thought. Because we are working with lots of keyboard tracks as well as orchestra and choir samples (this was the big secret we were keeping from everyone, but since things are taking so long it's only fair to let you guys know!), recording this album will obviously take longer than usual.

The month of July was especially tedious for us. As a result of the delays, we had to book the mix for next month, so we will hopefully be able to post some new music in October or November. This also means that the album itself will have to be released later than expected. We don't want to make any promises we can't keep, so we will just say that the new album will come out sometime early next year. We know this might come as a disappointment to many, but if you guys were able to wait since 2004, a few extra months should be nothing.

Now, the good: Because we are just as sad as you are due to the delays, the band and the label have decided to reveal our amazing new artwork, as well as a cool clip from our recording sessions located here. Check them out!

We can also report to you that the music is 100% completed as far as tracking goes. We are just finishing up writing lyrics before we record vocals, which will probably happen within the next few days. As we stated, we will post some new music for you guys almost immediately after we receive the final masters. That's all for now, take care!''


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 30.08.2008 by Abattoir | Comments (8)

Skyfire - New Album Title Announced

Swedish metal band Skyfire have posted following at their official myspace page:

"Swedish progressive death metallers Skyfire have set "Esoteric" as the title of their fourth album, due this fall via Pivotal Rockordings. The cover art, which can only be described as "epic," was created by Pär Olofsson, who has previously worked with Brain Drill, Psycroptic, Spawn Of Posession, and Persuader.

The recording process for Esoteric is nearing completion at Powernest Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. Studio blogs can be viewed at

The follow-up to 2004's "Spectral", Esoteric is scheduled to be mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Scar Symmetry) at Black Lounge Studios..."


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 21.04.2008 by WinterChild | Comments (8)

Skyfire - Parts Ways With Singer, Announced Replacement

The following message was posted on Skyfire's Myspace page:

"We've gotten many e-mails and questions over the last few years regarding the status of Skyfire and now it's time to give you an official update.

As some of you may know, our brother Henrik, who has been with us for all 3 albums and has contributed so much to the band, has chosen to leave Skyfire and concentrate on his own project Favilla. We want to stress that there are no hard feelings on either side and wish Henrik the best of luck in all his future endeavors. The band will always look back on the great times with him when he was with Skyfire.

The good news however, is that we have found an amazing replacement for Henrik in Elohim vocalist Joakim Karlsson!

We are very excited to hear his voice in Skyfire on both future recordings and on all the old classics which we are itching to play live. We're also excited to announce that Andromeda's Johan Reinholdz is officially a member of Skyfire now. Johan helped us out big-time on our tour in Spain when Jonas left and Martin had to take over on bass, so we are all extremely excited that he is now a fulltime member of the band.

Speaking of the new record, we've all been hard at work writing and demoing new material to release on a new, up and coming label and has proven to be perfect for Skyfire. We've been given the go-ahead to announce our new home soon!

We´ll start officially recording the new album as soon as possible and it will probably be mixed later this year by someone who many of you should be familiar with by now in the metal scene.

To all our fans who have been loyal and patient: Keep it up guys, it will be worth the wait. We can assure each and every one of you that this next release will be the strongest in Skyfire's history!".

The permanent lineup now stands as the following:

Joakim Karlsson (Vocals)
Martin Hanner (Bass, Keyboards)
Andreas Edlund (Guitars, Keyboards)
Johan Reinholdz (Guitars)
Joakim Jonsson (Drums)


Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 12.06.2007 by White Winter Sun | Comments (7)

Skyfire Signs With Arise Records

The Swedish melodic death metal band Skyfire signs with Arise Records, after two albums released through Hammerheart Records "Timeless Departure" (2001) and "Mind Revolutions" (2003), the band will record their third album in February/March 2004 at Los Angered Studios & Underground Studios (Sweden) to be released in May 2004.

Band profile: Skyfire
Posted: 15.01.2004 by Deadsoulman | Comments (0)