Dark melancholy gothic rock/metal band Outshine (Gothenburg Sweden) has had one of the rockiest histories you could imagine. The band has released 4 albums starting 2007, done 7th US tours between 2005-2018 among a lot of things but has also had some sort of curse following them from the very start in 1995.
They released "Prelude to Descent" fall 2013 with great reviews (see further down), did a Scandinavian tour with Gothic Metal icons Paradise Lost but got robbed when arriving back home from the tour that created a turmoil of issues, deceptions and fights that didn´t end until 2016.
During 2015 a new album “1313” started to take form but numerous re-recordings and band members changes pushed the release date nearly 4 years.
The new album entitled “1313” was finally released in February 2018 (GAIN/SONY) after years of lawsuits with Swedish tax authorities (won in court spring 2017), band member deceptions, murder threats and trials concerning lost property. A mayhem of anxiety was finally over? No quite...
The release of “1313” got amazing reviews (see further down) and was followed by a new tour, this time in the Ireland & UK in February 2018 again with Paradise Lost.
But after a few months bad luck/the curse of Outshine struck again. It became apparent that the newly recruited vocalist was not the person that he presented when joining the band. The departure went ugly and there was no other way out then to cancel the "1313" release and start over.
Finally, at peace, the band is now releasing a new single and video for the song "Love Is Dead" and founder and guitarist Jimmy Boman (Ex-Norberg) has taken on the vocals.
"Love Is Dead" is marking a direction back to the dark, gothic metal roots Outshine once came from and the re-build has now started.
The new single is recorded in Grand Recordings, Gothenburg, Sweden, the same studio which recorded the "1313" and “Prelude To Descent” albums.
The new single is produced by Jimmy Norberg and Svein Jensen and mastered by Philip Granqvist.
-Statement about the new single "Love Is Dead"-
Jimmy Boman (Ex-Norberg) (founder, vocalist and guitarist) statement about the upcoming new single "Love Is Dead", the cancelled album "1313" and the direction in which Outshine is heading:
“Well, this is perhaps a bit harsh, but I really don´t like how the world is developing as of now and I got a firsthand look with the latest recruitment in Outshine that ended in total disaster.
My feeling is that mankind is more and more similar to a plague, just trying to take advantage of everything that comes our way, very similar to any locust that is draining all resources then moves on. Egoism is spreading like a wild-fire, everybody gets offended by everything and everybody claim their rights rather than thinking about their responsibilities.
All the lies, fake news, jolly and fast excitements that "please" people in TV, social media, commercials are corrupting critical thinking.
Obscene consumption is leading to depression, obesity, poverty, making people stupid and it creates bigger gaps between wealthy and poor. This is in my mind also generating the right-wing motion and ultra-liberal lefty movement we see all over the world.
We need to start questioning the system, the "reality" which is just polluting us as strong individuals and making us weak and easy to manipulate. But together people can make a difference.”
Jimmy Boman - vocals, guitars, electronica
Niklas Ingvarsson - bass, backing vocals