Swedish metal band Avatar will release its ninth studio album, “Dance Devil Dance,” on Feb. 17, 2023, via Thirty Tigers. Pre-order it here. The NSFW video for the title track, directed by longtime collaborator Johan Carlèn, is available now; watch it here.
“I woke up to the truth one day,” vocalist Johannes Eckerström said. “With my heart pounding, and a heavy breath, I knew for sure. I am Satan. The snake and forbidden fruit with a longing for knowledge, freedom and agency. My feet were moving. I thought I was running, but I was dancing. A celebration. Yes, I am the devil, and I believe that one day you can be the devil too. It is my hope and ambition that this song will help you find your way there. As such, it’s a celebration of love, lust and democracy.”
Avatar enjoyed productive summer, traipsing North America on a headline tour and supporting Iron Maiden in stadiums in Brazil. The band also played arenas supporting Sabaton and secured slots at major festivals globally, including Inkcarceration, Cadott Fest, Summer Breeze and Bloodstock.
Avatar recently added Veil of Maya to its U.K. and European tour in February and March 2023. All dates are in the graphic below. More U.S. touring will be announced soon.