REVAMP, the Dutch metal band led by multi-talented frontwoman Floor Jansen (former AFTER FOREVER & current touring NIGHTWISH vocalist), has crowned their sophomore album Wild Card, scheduled for North American release on September 3rd, 2013.
“This album became the most aggressive album I’ve ever made,” shares Jansen from her home in the Netherlands, “and in the lyrics I tell a lot about my personal experiences of the last years. This resulted into some heavy stories and some openhearted ‘screams’ I needed out of my system. It matches the violence of the music in a great way. We wrote as a great team but not one sentence or word can really cover the contents of this album – its variety in all its ingredients makes it almost impossible. A wild card is an unpredictable and unforeseeable factor. You don’t know what you’re getting, or when. That’s this album! It’s 100% REVAMP and it’s your wild card!”
On the theme of the album artwork – created by Richard Stark of NI Concept & Design – Jansen elaborates:
“I am the queen of hearts on it, who is a wild card herself. You see a ‘nice’ and a ‘nasty’ queen. The nasty one has a cracked lip, cuts in her face, and a bleeding heart in her hand. The other queen looks nice even though queens of hearts never truly are… again, what is it you’re going to get? In that respect, the artwork visualizes the music, from aggressive and nasty to melodic and pretty. This theme has been important to me personally throughout my career and also in this album I played with it to the max. I used my voice in so many different ways – the music invited me to do this! I am super proud of the amazing guitar riffs, the versatile and groovy but mega tight drums and the keyboard sounds and arrangements that bring something new to the table. We hope you like our wild card!”
Check out video footage from REVAMP’s time in the studio & listen to a snippet of a brand new song here: http://youtu.be/eTRu7wENzIA
ABOUT REVAMP: Vocalist/lyricist Floor Jansen decided to continue her career and return to the metal music scene when her first band AFTER FOREVER – founded in 1999 and named after the Black Sabbath song of the same name – officially disbanded in 2009 after releasing five studio albums. Jansen joined forces with two additional songwriters to first compose then record the tracks which became REVAMP’s 2010 self-titled debut album, featuring guest appearances from Russell Allen (SYMPHONY X), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK), and George Oosthoek (ORPHANAGE, PLEURISY). A live band formed soon after the CD’s completion and performed in Europe, which restored Floor Jansen back to her rightful position on-stage.
The REVAMP track “Head Up High” is available for free download here (e-mail sign-up required).
For a dose of sophistication, watch Floor Jansen perform “O Mio Babbino Caro,” a soprano aria from the 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Pucchini: http://youtu.be/UeTyAZtV5wI
View the fan-created video for AFTER FOREVER’s “Equality Destructive” in honor of Earth Day: http://youtu.be/UhyTr9xKx04
Floor Jansen fronting NIGHTWISH: http://youtu.be/3brcfttchzA