Triumphant follow-up “A signal in the noise”released at the end of 2021, PRIESTthe synthwave act featuring former members of the Grammy Award– winning Swedish rock band PHANTOMjust released a next single, “Techno Girl”. The piece swaps the distorted guitars of PRIESTthe old concert of icy synths and haunting drums to create a memorable melodic ode to female badassery.
To promote the song, the group decided to create their biggest and most elaborate music video to date, in collaboration with an in-demand filmmaker and videographer. Vicente Cordero (industrialism films), who made videos of CRADLE OF DIRT, SKOLD, 3TEETH, QUEENSRŸCHE and others. Cordero makes every effort to “Techno Girl”saturating the screen with neon colors and retro graphics to bring the song’s central character to life, a renegade who plays video games, rides a motorcycle, and has no problem defending himself Corderothe quasi-futuristic hyper-violent world of . The video showcases the cinematic quality of PRIEST‘s, which has already been tapped by major Hollywood producers for inclusion in the upcoming Mel Gibson movie “Saddle”.
As the band members themselves declare, “It’s a high-octane bop with instant hooks that mark the futuristic mindscape of PRIEST. Vicente masterfully achieves this vision and we only wish the song was longer so we could see more of it. Fasten your seat belt correctly and enjoy “Tech Girl”!”
PRIEST will embark on a European tour, “Euro Tour 2022”with special guests SJOBLOM and COWARDLYend of March.
Hailing from the same frigid darkness of the Scandinavian interior that gave birth PHANTOM, PRIEST consists of a trio of musicians — singer Mercurywhich was known as The water when he played bass for PHANTOMkeyboardist Saltformerly known as PHANTOM keyboardist Airand programmer/keyboardist Sulfur – who reunited in 2017 and began releasing their own unique brew of electronic music that bears little resemblance to their old band while still sharing the same creative DNA. But while PHANTOM borrowed their theatrics from old school horror and 80s rock, PRIEST is steeped in cyberpunk and industrial music.
PRIESTnext full album by, due later in the year via Records of Cleopatrawas produced by another PHANTOM old students, Simon Soderberg (PHANTOM guitarist and producer/engineer of the first album “Eponymous Opus”).
In 2020, PRIEST release a new album titled “Cyber Head”following his debut, “New Flesh”. “Cyber Head” was the first album since the original singer Tom Asberg (also known as Ginger Khan) left the group to pursue other projects. PRIEST brain Linton Rubino took over on vocals, which is performed by a masked character they call Mercury.
In 2017, PHANTOM chief Tobie Forge was sued by four former band members after being fired by the band’s founder the previous December. They accused the singer of defrauding them of their rightful share of profits from the band’s album releases and world tours. The lawsuit was filed in the District Court of Linköping, Sweden, where PHANTOM was originally based. She claimed that there was a partnership agreement between Forge and the four former members, all of whom played anonymously in the band as Nameless Ghouls. Following the trial, Forge was forced to reveal his identity after years of performing under a mask as Dad Emeritus. He maintained that “no legal partnership” ever existed between him and the other members.
In May 2018, Lintonwho played bass live in PHANTOM from 2013 to 2014 as the Nameless Ghoul The waterblasted the band’s 2018 album “Prequel”saying he was “ashamed to have been a part of this” and calling the music a “joke” and “traditional shit”.
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