Following their captivating first single “Unstoppable” – which captured nearly 100,000 YouTube views within 24 hours of its debut – AD INFINITUM are back with another addictive new single, “Afterlife”. The track, which features magnificent front-woman Melissa Bonny performing alongside fellow vocal powerhouse Nils Molin of modern metal front-runners Amaranthe and power metal outfit Dynazty, has premiered today with a cinematic music video. Watch it below.
Ad Infinitum comments on the new single: “‘Afterlife’ is one of those songs that was an obvious candidate to introduce and represent the sound of our second album. We are proud to present a darker, heavier AD INFINITUM and we are thrilled to share “the stage” with one of the greatest voices in metal nowadays, mister Nils Molin.”
Nils Molin adds: ”AD INFINITUM is one of those few bands that with their second album go beyond delivering upon the great promise established by their first release and instead shatter expectations with Chapter II – Legacy! I’m hella excited to contribute with my voice and be featured on the haunting and devilishly delicate track and second single release – ‘Afterlife’!”
Ad Infinitum are no stranger to the scene. With their spellbinding debut album, “Chapter I – Monarchy” (2020), brought to life in the middle of a global pandemic, the foursome reached millions of plays on streaming platforms. Furthermore, frontwoman Melissa Bonny is consistently drawn to exciting musical collaborations, as she recently unveiled the brand new band The Dark Side Of The Moon and their bittersweet reinterpretation of Florence & The Machine‘s Game Of Thrones soundtrack song, “Jenny Of Oldstones”. In addition, Bonny‘s exciting feature with Feuerschwanz on the song “Ding” (Seed-cover) has already gained over 2.6 million views on YouTube since its release. Now, she sets her focus back to her main musical force as Ad Infinitum – with Adrian Thessenvitz (guitars), Korbinian Benedict (bass) and Niklas Müller (drums).
“Chapter II – Legacy” surprises with a melting pot of different influences and a contrast between super heavy riffs, sometimes even djent/metalcore-like touches and catchy hook lines and melodies, giving the band’s sophomore album a modern and equally timeless touch. The lyrics have, just like on their debut album, been inspired by a historical figure: the paradoxical life and afterlife of Vlad The Impaler, also known as Dracula, inspired the themes and questions of this album.
Ad Infinitum adds: “Chapter II – Legacy holds a very special place in our heart. It represents months and months of hard work of four bandmates, for a result that we are proud to call “self-produced”. For this record, we decided to work without the influence of an external producer during the songwriting process and to team up with Elias Holmlid for the beautiful and epic orchestrations and of course with Jacob Hansen who recorded [vocals], mixed, mastered and participated to the post-production. A younger and heavier sound that defines Ad Infinitum like never before.”
“Chapter II – Legacy” once again showcases the indispensable creativity of Ad Infinitum – featuring twelve complex, marvelous tracks highlighting their sonic development and undeniable symphonic strength. Such talent can be witnessed with opener “Reinvented”, lurking with lovely piano tunes and erupting in intense riffage in the blink of an eye. Right away, the music reflects the extremely multifaceted voice of Melissa Bonny – ranging from crystal clear vocals to impressively powerful screams and menacing growls. Hailing from hell, hard-hitting “Afterlife” features the vocal power of Nils Molin (Amaranthe, Dynazty), merging in perfect harmony with Melissa’s incredibly haunting delivery. Songs like “Your Enemy” and cinematic grand finale “Lullaby” leave no scope for weakness and unveil the heaviest side of Ad Infinitum to date. This grasping hymn is far from lulling you to sleep, as the eclectically versatile sonic world of Ad Infinitum immediately induces you to listen to “Chapter II – Legacy” again, right from the beginning.
Chapter II – Legacy will be available in the following formats:
- CD Digipak
- 1 LP Gatefold BLACK
- CD Digipak + Patch (limited to 200 copies worldwide)
- Digital Album
Pre-order it here.
“Chapter II – Legacy” Tracklisting:
- Your Enemy
- Afterlife (feat. Nils Molin)
- Into The Night
- Son Of Wallachia
- My Justice, Your Pain