“Breaking The Surface” is the second album from Danish band Meridian and it was released on 16th September via Mighty Music (part of the Target Group). I must admit that I’m not familiar with their 2013 debut album “Metallurgy”; but the new album is definitely worth checking out. I played the lead-off single from the album called “City of Holy War” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st July and again on 16th September.

The band formed in 2005/06 with the aim of delivering “classical heavy metal with power and melody” and released a couple of EPs over the next couple of years before starting work on their debut album in 2011, signing with Might Music for its release in 2013. There were a few different guitar players over the years, but the bass, drum and vocalist slots have remained constant throughout.

Meridian are Lars Märker on vocals, Martin J Anderson and Marco Angioni on guitars, Peter Bruun on bass and Klaus Agerbo on drums. However, Angioni is a recent replacement for Steffan Pederson who plays guitar on the album. The two guitarists certainly get plenty of opportunity to display their skills throughout the album.

There are just 8 tracks on “Breaking The Surface” and all of them are worthy of a mention, so I’m not going to try and highlight 3 or 4. However, it is worth saying something about the track “The Bravest Face” which was originally written in 2008 about Klaus Agerbo’s nephews fight with leukemia. It was later released as a digital single in 2014 following his death - as a fundraiser for the Danish Cancer Foundation.


For more info check out the band’s website - http://www.meridianband.dk/

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