The Daniel William Bones directed performance video continues the bandâ€™s use of apocalyptic imagery as featured on their latest album, Attitude and celebrates the return to action of vocalist Athera who was sidelined earlier this year from a near-fatal heart attack that stemmed from a previously undiagnosed heart defect.
Released in May, Attitude was recorded in Norway and mixed at Studio Fredman in Sweden. The album features guest appearances by Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir). Attitude entered the official Norwegian charts at 28, the bandâ€™s highest placement to date. “Ten years and still the same five guys,” exclaims vocalist Athera with regards to the bandâ€™s long commitment to their music. Working for the first time worldwide with Candlelight Records (previous albums only saw release by the label in the US), bassist Memnock notes, “We now have the backing of one label worldwide and this is going to make life a lot easier for us. And we hope that finally we get to play to our American fans.”
Formed in 1998 by drummer Tjodalv (then of Dimmu Borgir) and guitarist Cyrus (then of Satyricon/Old Manâ€™s Child), SUSPERIA released its debut, Predominance, via Nuclear Blast in 2001. The band’s much-acclaimed second album, Vindication, followed in 2003. After signing with Norwegian label Tabu Records in 2004, the band released its third album, Unlimited, later that year.
A powerful live act, the band has consistently remained focused to the stage. With numerous high profile support, headline and festival appearances, one of the band’s most cherished experiences thus far remains supporting the newly reformed Testament in late 2005. The dates would culminate in the release of the band’s Norwegian charting mini-album Devil May Care, followed by the group’s fourth album, Cut From Stone, in 2007. Unfortunately due to financial constraints two tries to visit the US to support the Daniel Bergstrand-produced album during 2007/08 would set back the album’s overall sales target but the band remained committed. Touring Europe including numerous dates with W.A.S.P., the band’s ambitions stayed and continue to remain in tact.
SUSPERIA recently completed a run of Norwegian dates; the shows followed the bandâ€™s appearance at Norwayâ€™s Steinkjer Festival which served as the return of Athera to the stage. Commenting just prior to the June festival Athera noted, “I can’t wait to get back on the road again. It’s something that at one point I thought I would never experience again, so I’m grabbing this opportunity with both hands.”
Attitude is available in stores worldwide. SUSPERIA currently includes guitarists Cyrus and Elvorn, bassist Memnock, with drummer Tjodalv and vocalist Athera.