VOLA announce new album Friend Of A Phantom

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Danish/Swedish prog rockers VOLA have announced that they will release their latest album, Friend Of A Phantom, through Mascot Records on November 1. The band have also shared a video for their brand new single Break My Lying Tongue which you can watch below.

The quartet teased the name of their upcoming fourth album, the follow-up to 2021's Witness, when they announced their Friend Of A Phantom European tour back in April. The tour, which kicks off in Århus in Denmark on November 1 includes a run of English and Scottish dates, including the band's biggest London show at Heaven on November 22.

"We have had the time to internalise Witness and let its aftermath sink in, which has shaped how we approached Friend Of A Phantom," explains drummer Adam Janzi of the upcoming album. "Our personal tastes have changed, the way we approach our instruments and songwriting has changed, our lives have changed, time has passed, and adventures have been had. Whatever piece of melancholy that Witness had, has just grown and become a central part of this new album. I feel that VOLA has grown and reached a new moment in its life, maturing."

The band released the anthemic single Paper Wolf last August, which serves, they admit, as a taster for the direction of the new album.

"We never put boundaries on our songwriting but merely search for a direction that feels unexplored and exciting to us," says vocalist/guitarist Asger Mygind. "With Paper Wolf, we suddenly found ourselves in a territory where an old-school metal atmosphere crept into our blend of sounds. We liked what we heard and then ran with it at full speed."

You can see a full list of VOLA's European tour dates below.

Pre-order Friend Of A Phantom.

VOLA - Break My Lying Tongue (Official Music Video) - YouTube VOLA - Break My Lying Tongue (Official Music Video) - YouTube
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VOLA Friend Of A Phantom Europe Tour 2024

Nov 1: DEN Århus Voxhall
Nov 2: SWE Gothenburg Pustervik
Nov 3: NOR Oslo Vulkan Arena
Nov 5: To Be Announced
Nov 6: To Be Announced
Nov 8: SWE Stockholm Fryshuset Klubben
Nov 10: GER Berlin Columbia Theater
Nov 11: POL Krakow Hype Park
Nov 13: To Be Announced
Nov 14: AUT Vienna Flex
Nov 15: GER Munich Backstage Halle
Nov 16: SWI Zurich Komplex
Nov 17: ITA Milan Live Club
Nov 19: GER Cologne Kantine
Nov 21: FRA Paris Petit Bain
Nov 22: UK London Heaven
Nov 23: UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms 
Nov 24: UK Glasgow G2 
Nov 25: UK Manchester Club Academy 
Nov 26: UK Bristol SWX
Nov 27: LUX Esch-Sur-Alzette Rockhal
Nov 28: NED Eindhoven Effenaar
Nov 29: GER Hamburg Markthalle
Nov 30: DEN København Store Vega

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.