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Neptune - "Northern Steel" (2021 version)

From the ground he built, all he need
Through the harvest he will rule and lead
Never ever they, will let him down
Even now when he's without the crown
Lost without the soul, trying to live and grow
The kingdom will not fall
Believe it when you hear his call

Feel the force, strong he stands
Last he is, of the Northern land
Hear his name, across the sea
Hear the sound, of broken steel

Through the heart he felt, an arrow lace
The pain is growing, to an endless phase
Then he reaches for, his handmaid steel
But it’s not there, it’s gone, and all may fall
Lost without the soul, trying to live and grow
The kingdom will not fall
Believe it when you hear his call

Feel the force, strong he stands
Last he is, of the Northern land
Hear his name, across the sea
Hear the sound, of broken steel

Break

Northern steel

Feel the force, strong he stands
Last he is, of the Northern land
Hear his name, across the sea
Hear the sound, of broken steel


Οι Neptune μας έρχονται από την Σουηδία. Δημιουργήθηκαν το 1979 (ως Warriens μέχρι το 1980) και δραστηριοποιήθηκαν στα 80s. Τέσσερα demos ο δισκογραφικός τους απολογισμός, ενώ το 1986 ηχογράφησαν στα Sountrade Studios ένα LP, το οποίο δεν κυκλοφόρησε ποτέ. Tο 2017 επανασυνδέθηκαν και (το επόμενο έτος) κυκλοφόρησαν δίσκο - συλλογή.

Τιτλοφορείται "Land of Northern" και περιλάμβανε όλα τα ηχογραφήματα της Σουηδικής μπάντας. Τον Σεπτέμβρη του 2019 κυκλοφόρησαν ένα ep τεσσάρων τραγουδιών ("The Last Flight of the Rafven") και πλέον έφθασε η στιγμή για τον πρώτο ολοκληρωμένο τους δίσκο. "Northern Steel" ο τίτλος και "βγήκε" προ τριμήνου.

Το βίντεο του ομότιτλου τραγουδιού που παρουσιάζουμε σήμερα αφορά την νέα εκδοχή του "Northern Steel" κι όχι εκείνη που βρίσκεται στον δίσκο. Όπως λέει και η ίδια η μπάντα:

«It has now been 3 months since we released our album Northern Steel. The lack of being able to play live in front of an audience is massive. One way to replace our gigs for the moment is to create some videos. Today we release the video for the song Northern Steel, the title track from the album, and to make it a little more exciting… we decided to make it slightly heavier and more intense… hope you like it.»

Bio: «The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Neptune – Killer majestic steel from Sweden.

The history: In 2018, Neptune released the long-awaited aggregate back catalog of collected demos and recordings from the 80s. Neptune looks at themselves as one of the earliest pioneers during the NWOSHM era. The band started already in the late 1970s or if it was the early 80s. Even though the band had a solid foundation, they underwent a few member changes where names such as Jan Granvik (Glory, Grave) and Björn Melander (Mogg, Gotham City) appeared. After several demos that unfortunately never saw the light of the day, the band decided to make a slightly more professional recording. With that recording, one had intended to raise record labels and pump them on a pleasing record deal. The recording took place in the prestigious Soundtrade studio with Alar Surna (Roxette) behind the mixing desk. Several meetings were held and one of the record companies thought it was so interesting that they paid for the entire recording. For several reasons, it all went down the drain and the recording was put on the shelf for good… they thought. The band once again underwent some member changes and recorded a few more demos. After a while, the band split up and the singer Ray Alex was sought out by the former member Jan Granvik and the seed of the band Glory was born.

The aftermath: After the split up, Ray Alex recorded vocal on more or less the whole Glorys first album but eventually was replaced by Peter Eriksson. Row Alex joined the band Backdraft (later Backdraft Evolution) and Anders Olsson started his own studio together with an old friend - Tosh Ason. They had recorded bands on a daily basis and one day when they were in the middle of the recording of Unanimated's debut album "In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead", Ray Alex called them up and told them that he was eager to start something again. This project ended up with the full-length demo "In Truth We Trust" under the band name JAR.

A seed is sown: One can think that the story of Neptune ends at this point, but oh so they deceived. Without the band's knowledge, in 2003 one of their old demos of "Enemies" was released on a collection record called "Metal Knights - The Resurgence of Swedish Steel". This is considered to be the seed of something that took another 15 years before it broke out. In addition to this, a couple of the band's old demos had leaked on YouTube and over time a sigh of more songs was created on a number of "fan sites". Late autumn 2017, a Greek record company managed to get hold of one of the members of the band and asked if they would like to release the old recordings on both CD and vinyl. Of course, the band was not late to step up and 30 years after the band entered the studio, they finally got to keep the desirable vinyl in their hands. The band has since then released a digital EP and as guest guitars on the recording, they used Janne Stark (Overdrive, ex Grand Design). The first gig after the reunion took place at The Abyss... thanks to faithful fans who have more or less managed the booking. The band's first festival play took place at Muskelrock in June 2019. The band today consists of Row Alex - vocal, Tosh Ason - bass, Anders Olsson – guitar, Johan Rosth - keyboards and Jonas Wikström – Drums and on the album Northern Steel they invited a couple of their friends as well.

The future: After the original singer Ray sadly passed away back in January 2019, the band took a break to gather. The grief and the uncertainty were total but eventually, Rays brother Roland decided to take over the role as a singer. It felt like the most natural solution... and they were, after all, brothers.

Stronger than steel: Northern Steel is the band's first real full release and it consists mainly of newly written songs. To make it even fiercer, they decided to invite some of the best string benders from the Nordic to make it even stronger - hence "Northern Steel".»

Band: Neptune
Country of origin: Sweden
Location: Botkyrka
Formed in: 1979
Genre: Heavy Metal
Lyrical themes: Battles
Years active: 1979-1980 (as Warriens), 1980-1987, 2017-present

Ο δίσκος των Neptune "Northern Steel"
Video: "Northern Steel"
Album: "Northern Steel"
Type: Full length
Release date: November 6th, 2020
Label: Melodic Passion Records
Format: CD, Vinyl, Digital

Track listing:
01. The Prophecy
02. Viking Stone
03. Last Man Standing
04. Fallen Nations
05. Angels
06. Northern Steel
07. Black Rain
08. Run For Your Life
09. Land Of Northern
10. Seriously
11. Ruler Of The Sea
12. Vanheim

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