Swedish multi-instrumentalist Per Wiberg, known for his work with Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, and Candlemass, has released his new single, "The Serpent's Here." The track is the first from his upcoming album of the same name, set for release on February 9, 2024 via Despotz Records.
Wiberg's solo work is known for its unique blend of progressive rock, dark metal, and experimental sounds. The new single is no exception, with its heavy guitars, haunting vocals, and cinematic atmosphere.
"The music has a strong familiar identity I'd say," notes Wiberg. "It's heavy in its tone but this time a little braver, uptempo, loose, and 'rock' n' roll' compared to the previous two albums. Overall, this is the most epic sounding of my stuff so far. Things are more defined. I worked hard with lyrics and vocal arrangements this time."
On The Serpent's Here, Wiberg is joined by drummer Tor Sjödén (Viagra Boys) and bassist Mikael Tuominen (Kungens Män). The album was recorded at Studio Gröndahl by David Castillo and mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studios.
"All songs are built from rough song sketches that I showed Tor and Mikael," elaborates Wiberg of The Serpent's Here's writing process. "The idea was that they could improvise. All basic tracks were recorded live in an afternoon to give it that extra spontaneous energy, and then I'd layer keys, guitars, and vocals on top of what we recorded. Overall, there are more guitars this time as well as two basses on the majority of the tracks."
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