The Undiscovered Country

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In 1998, we finally came to witness the emergence of a new Destiny album: The Undiscovered Country. It has been seven years since its predecessor was released. Since then Destiny, weary now of bogus record companies, have been biding their time, waiting for the right deal as opposed to any deal. The right deal eventually came, and Destiny are now signed to Gothenburg Noice Works.

Naturally, it was rather exciting to plunge into Destiny’s latest effort. What would it be like? Would it stick to the Destiny formula and steadfast evolution? Or would the band tread the wide path that so many metal heroes of old had already gone down: that of changing the music according to the whims of musical trends? It came as no surprise, though, that Destiny are still standing their own ground.

The Undiscovered Country is yet another logical progression for this unrelenting band. It is, as one would expect, their finest to date. The songwriting is stronger than ever, and with the help of Jörgen Cremonese and Christian Silver in the studio the sound is amazingly good. It sounds contemporary without paying tribute to any trends, be they aggro, death, black, grunge or what have you. This is an album that says: ”Hey! We invented our brand of metal! Like hell we will abandon it because of what is presently and shortly in vogue!”

Credits
• Zenny Gram – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals and Harmony Vocals
• Knut Hassel – Electric and Aucustic Guitar
• Stefan Björnshög – Bass and Strange Voice
• Håkan Svantesson – Drums

• Produced by J.Cremonese and DESTINY
• All songs arranged by Stefan Björnshög and Knut Hassel
• Published by Misty Music
• Mixed by J.Cremonese
• Engineered by J.Cremonese and Christian ”Bullen” Silver
• Recorded 1995 at STUDIOMEGA, Bollebygd, Sweden
Notes
• Zenny Gram is the same as Zenny Hansson. He just changed his name when he got married.
• Marianne Bäckström: female lead vocals on The Devil in the Dark.
• Jörgen Cremonese: extremely male backingvocals and hand-floor-Supa Wah.
Courtesy of WHIPPED CREAM and MNV Records Group
• Daniel Heyman: backing vocals courtesey of Ruin
• Glen Sandgren: harmony vocals
• Bengt Olsson who wrote part of the music for Dagger Of The Mind was a guitarist with Destiny for a couple of years between Nothing Left To Fear and The Undiscovered Country.
• Coverpainting by Johan Holm
• Photo of coverpainting by Kenneth Johansson, Hasselblad, Gothenburg, Sweden
• Bandphotos and coverdesign by Bengt Grönkvist
• Airbrush of F.Ö.S. and Lyrics Illustrations by Caroline Kratschke
If you are intreasted in Art by Caroline Kratschke, you can reach her through DESTINY

Songs

1. DEVIL IN THE DARK
Music: S Björnshög
Lyrics: Z Gram

2. BALANCE OF TERROR
Music: K. Hassel
Lyrics: Z. Gram

3. A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON
Music: K. Hassel
Lyrics: Z. Gram

4. WINK OF AN EYE
Music: S. Björnshög
Lyrics: Z. Gram

5. DAGGER OF THE MIND
Music: B. Ollson/K. Hassel/S. Björnshög
Lyrics: Z. Gram

6. BY ANY OTHER WAY
Music: S. Björnshög
Lyrics: Z. Gram

7. TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY
Music: S. Björnshög/K. Hassel
Lyrics: Z. Gram

8. THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
Music: K. Hassel/S. Björnshög
Lyrics: Z. Gram

 

”… Destiny combines the best of several metallic worlds and in” The Undiscovered Country ”have delivered one helluva comeback album. Awesome. ” (Terrorizer, 4.5 / 5)

”It sounds heavy, intense power metal with sometimes very progressive elements.” (Bright Eyes 8.5 / 10)

”We are talking about the metal that is worth taking seriously. Old is definitely the oldest, but also the hardest and toughest. ” (Close-Up)

”… The group forces forward with solid the powerful power metal of American-style (ie more than Savatage Hammerfall).” (Expressen, 3/5)

”Classic hard rock that leaps of joy and where Zenny Gram’s special voice fully come into his own in the long hearty songs.” (GP, 4/5)

”This is a strong album, with variations and some very good songs.” (Scream Magazine, 4/5)

”This is Destiny’s by far the best and certainly one of the strongest tiles on the metal scene.” (Rockzine, 5/5)

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