A good song has to work in whatever environment it is staged – be it in a full-blown stadium or intimate acoustic setting. Swedish dark symphonic metal high-flyers Eleine have internalized this little piece of wisdom and rooted it deep within their artistic integrity. There’s no other way to explain their effortless shift between their bombastic side and the deeply spellbinding acoustic guise they present on their brand-new EP “Acoustic in Hell” that will be released on October 14th via Atomic Fire Records – right in time for their anticipated acoustic tour with metal veterans Sonata Arctica.
“We had never done acoustic versions of our music before, so approaching this challenge was something new to us,” says Madeleine. “The main thing we had in mind for these versions was to keep the essence of our metal, to keep it raw and authentic. There is weight to our music, and it’s important not to make it overproduced and cute when you get this opportunity.”, Rikard adds.
Graced by a stunning cover artwork created by Nestor Avalos and Madeleine Liljestam herself, “Acoustic in Hell” sees the Swedish hopefuls take songs from their three lauded full-lengths, “Eleine” (2015), “Until the End” (2018) and 2020’s genre favorite “Dancing in Hell”, strip them down and extract their raw, dark essence. “It took a lot re-arranging. We wanted to keep it raw and authentic but still give the acoustic versions their own identity” Rikard says. “Yes, and as I always say to the guys: I have to feel it in my hips!,” Madeleine adds. “This applies to the acoustic versions even more.”
Recorded within only a week in January 2022 in their dear friend Thomas “Plec” Johansson’s The Panic Room Studio in Skara, “Acoustic in Hell” gets elevated by a stellar performance courtesy of Madeleine Liljestam who recorded all her vocals in just under three hours. More than anything, this shows the determination and the sheer will power with which things are done in camp Eleine.
The pre-order for “Acoustic In Hell” – available as digipak, coloured vinyl plus exclusive photo book, and stream/download – will start on July 29th, but you can already pre-save the first single ‘All Shall Burn (Acoustic)’ that will see the light of day on the same date: https://eleine.afr.link/allshallburnPR
The EP will contain these eight Eleine classics in a raw new acoustic gown: 01. Whisper My Child 02. Enemies 03. Memoriam 04. Ava Of Death 05. All Shall Burn 06. Death Incarnate 07. Break Take Live 08. Hell Moon
Eleine is: Madeleine Liljestam – Vocals / Rikard Ekberg – Guitar & Vocals / Jesper Sunnhagen – Drums