“Applause Of A Distant Crowd saw them strike a winning balance between djent, pop and prog and Witness continues that marriage” – Metal Hammer
“Everything is pulled together with a masterful sense of craftmanship, and this record possibly more than any other in their catalogue exemplifies that there is no boundary to where VOLA might take things.” – Distorted Sound
VOLA – These Black Claws (Feat. SHAHMEN) (Official Music Video)
The Danish-Swedish quartet VOLA will be taking on a headline tour of the UK and Europe between 9 September and 2 October. This will include three shows in the UK – Bristol, Manchester and London. Support comes from Voyager and Four Stroke Baron. Tickets available HERE
For the one-year anniversary of Witness, they released a digital deluxe edition with bonus tracks in May this year. When the album was originally was released, the album was a critical smash, surpassing an incredible 14m streams already, it picked up international acclaim from Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, Distorted Sound and Kerrang Radio & TV in the UK, reaching #7 in the Rock & Metal Charts. They were picked up by SiriusXM for multiple tracks and Metal Radio in the US which saw the album reach the Top 20 in the Current Hard Rock Charts and Top 25 in the New Artist/Heatseekers Album Chart. It also received rave reviews across Europe in Aardschok (The Netherlands), Rock Hard (France), Metal Hammer (Germany) and throughout the press and national radio in their native Denmark. Tracks from the album were also added to numerous playlists across Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.
The Deluxe digital edition features the special bonus tracks of beautifully tender acoustic takes on “Napalm (Re-Witnessed)” and “Straight Lines (Re-Witnessed)” as well the stunning piano instrumental interpretation of “24 Light-Years (Piano Session)”.
The band have recently wrapped up a run of three shows supporting the legendary Devin Townsend in Dublin, Glasgow and London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. They will be spending the summer playing festivals, including Roskilde, before they head out on a European 20-date headline run in September and finish at Euroblast Festival on 2 October.
Witness came nearly three years after the release of Applause of a Distant Crowd, which saw the band go deep into the rabbit hole, exploring society’s distractions from thoughtfulness and examining how human relationships have evolved. Witness went a step further, shining a light on the subject of failed relationships on a societal scale—the friction between leaders and followers caused by the misuse of power. They released several videos from the album for “Straight Lines,”“24 Light-Years,”“Head Mounted Sideways”, and “These Black Claws” ft. SHAHMEN.
“If I zoom in,” guitarist-singer Asger Mygind says. “The failure is born from unrequited love, grief, manipulative behaviour and insecurity. Connecting it with the album title, one could view the characters portrayed in the lyrics as witnesses to the dissolution of the bond they have created with people in their lives.”
After returning from their successful 2019 headline tour across Europe, VOLA wrote the songs for the album. The tour had a string of sold-out shows along the way. It capped off an incredible two years of seeing them also tour with Dream Theater, Anathema, Katatonia, Haken, Monuments, and show-stealing performances at Euroblast, Ramblin’ Man Fair, Radar Festival, Bloodstock, Damnation Fest, Tech Fest and more.
VOLA are Asger Mygind (vocals/guitar), Martin Werner (keys), Nicolai Mogensen (bass) and Adam Janzi (drums).
VOLA – Straight Lines (Official Music Video)
VOLA – Head Mounted Sideways (Official Music Video)
Witness Tour Europe 2022
09.09.2022 DE Munich Feierwerk
10.09.2022 DE Hamburg headCRASH
11.09.2022 DE Berlin Cassiopeia
12.09.2022 PL Krakow Zaścianek
13.09.2022 PL Warsaw Hydrozagadka
14.09.2022 AT Vienna Chelsea
15.09.2022 HU Budapest A38
16.09.2022 CZ Prague Rock Café
17.09.2022 IT Milan Legend Club
18.09.2022 CH Aarau KiFF
20.09.2022 ES Barcelona Bóveda
21.09.2022 ES Madrid Moby Dick
22.09.2022 FR Toulouse Connexion Live
23.09.2022 FR Lyon CCO
24.09.2022 FR Paris Backstage 27.09.2022 UK Bristol Fleece 28.09.2022 UK Manchester Rebellion 29.09.2022 UK London Garage
30.09.2022 NL Tilburg 013 KZ
01.10.2022 NL Amsterdam Melkweg OZ
02.10.2022 DE Cologne Essigfabrik (Euroblast Festival)