Young Canadian melodic metal act Borealis has returned with the fourth studio album called “The Offering." Although Canada might not be the first country one would think of when it comes to high class melodic metal, Borealis has once again proven its potential with strong melodies, tasteful instrumentation and a unique blend of modern metal riffs, classic power metal and progressive elements. The album drops on March 23rd via AFM Records. Pre-order it now over here. Despite being a fairly young band, Borealis already has quite an impressive history. After self-releasing the debut album in 2008, the five-piece opened for several metal greats (a.o. Kamelot, Epica and Sonata Arctica) in Canada. With 2011’s “Fall From Grace,” the well received follow up, Borealis was able to attract even more attention, which led to invitations from festivals in the U.S. (f. ex. ProgPower, Atlanta), Europe (f. ex. PPM fest, Belgium) and a North America tour with mighty Saxon, making the band known to a bigger scene audience. The release of "Purgatory" in 2015 saw the band on a tour supporting Sweden's Evergrey throughout North America and marked a preliminary climax for the bands discography so far. 2017 saw the full re-recording of the debut album “World Of Silence” and “Fall From Grace” in revised and fresh sounding editions, released by current label AFM Records. "The Offering” now marks the return of the five Canadians with an album full of new material. But it is also a premiere for the band in a different way. As singer Matt Marinelli explains “The Offering” describes a story concept resulting from an interest in cults sparked by his fascination for horror movies. “The album follows the creation, rise and ultimate demise of a cult who practices human, more specifically child sacrifice. They believe this method of belief, sacrifice and devotion will bring an end to the suffering of humanity, as well as bring back the innocence of mankind that was lost to greed and industrialism. However, due to their lack of respect to powers greater than themselves, they unwittingly create a deity out of the sacrificed kid, whom ultimately delivers punishment due to their injustice. The men in the cult are too self-consumed with their righteous quest, they've completely overlooked the fact that children are the true key to restoring and preserving lost innocence.”
Underlined by this story concept the album again delivers forceful, sometimes progressive metal riffs which are accompanied by epic melodies and Matt Marinelli’s expressive voice which elegantly guides through the twelve songs. The dense atmosphere Borealis creates with this mixture adds a depth to “The Offering,” which only few others can achieve and which will amaze fans of bands like Evergrey, Kamelot or Nocturnal Rites. “The Offering” was produced and mixed again by the bands Drummer Sean Dowell, who was also responsible for mastering this time.
The cover artwork and track listing can be found here:
1. The Fire Between Us 2. Sign Of No Return 3. The Offering 4. River 05. The Second Son 6. The Devil’s Hand 7. Into The Light 8. Scarlet Angel 9. The Awakening 10. The Path 11. Forever Lost 12. The Ghosts Of Innocence