The music was now leaning towards the obvious death/blackmetal with an original touch. Meanwhile in the studio Mattias came up with a new band name, EMBRACING. The demo was named "Winterburn" and was recorded in the studio of Jan Andersson (brother to the original drummer of Nocturnal Rites). They sent the demo to a couple of record labels and got answers from many of them, but chose INVASION because of the deal. After a little time in the rehearsing room 10 songs were finished and it was time to enter a studio called Dunkers. Mattias was sick during the drum recording, but still manage to perform well.
Jens Kidman from the famous MESHUGGAH was behind the recording buttons most of the time. He did some of the producing on the album while the other engineer (Stefan), for the most part had wicked (read stupid) ideas. Like at the mixing stage when he came up with the "brilliant" idea that we should have a fader going up and down several times during a scream at the beginning of a song. He must have been into acid or some other kind of shit, coming up with those fucked upp ideas. After putting down all our main instruments we wanted to add some cold atmosphere to the production, so I found an old synth (can't remember the brand...maybe a shitty Casio...) at the corner of the studio and just improvised some simple melodies and chords throughout the album. And the final result was great! The album was named "I bear the burden of time" and got great respons from distributors and other labels. For example it got 8,5 out of 10 in ROCK HARD. Pretty well for a debut album. Mattias Holmgren & André Nylund After the record was released, the guitar player Rickard quit the band because he had other things to do.
The bass player Ola changed from bass to guitar and so they took in a close friend called Mikael Widlöf on bass. He had for a long time wanted to play in the band. One year later after their first release they once again entered the studio XL, and recorded a new album with 11 tracks called "Dreams left behind". Just a few days before the recording the singer Henrik had to leave the band because they didn't like that he never showed up on rehearsals. The music was now very variated with alot of changing vocal styles and spookie riffs.
All the unique mixtures is there in the songwriting and they are now turning to a very progressive and high skilled musical level. After the release of "Dreams Left behind" the band played some gigs in Stockholm and Umeå and recorded one more promo called "Inside you", where the music turned more towards the technical metal area and less black/deathmetal. A few months after this recording session most of the members left the band. Everyone except Mattias and Mikael... Due to the fact that Mikael also moved away to another part of sweden (Malmö), Mattias was forced to continue and write some new songs all by himself.
Stranger, Chased by a shadow, Precious Discovery and Rift was written and he found some new members to add to the lineup before entering the studio and record the new stuff under the demo title "Rift". The lineup looked like this: Vocals, drums & keyboards: Mattias Holmgren Lead guitar: Ulph Johansson Rhythm guitar: Markus Lindström Bass: Mikael Widlöf Some years later Markus quit the band and Ronnie Björnström took his place as the rhythm guitarist of Embracing. Mikael also left the band due to some personal problems Mikaels replacement was found in the bassist Peter Uvén who was an old friend of Ronnie and Mattias from the music acadamy. The new lineup looked like this: Vocals, drums & keyboards: Mattias Holmgren Lead guitar: Ulph Johansson Rhythm guitar: Ronnie Björnström Bass: Peter Uvén In 2002 Mattias brother Nicklas joined forces with Embracing for a small tour in the north of sweden. Mattias was able to front the band as keyboardist / vocalist for those gigs where his brother Nicklas took care of the drums. Two years later (2004), Embracing was asked to re-issue "I bear the burden of time" & "Dreams left behind". The labels of interest was Khaosmaster records and Thrashcorner who offered a great deal. Ronnie remastered the old albums and Embracing also included a few bonus tracks from "Rift" and "Inside You".
Mattias also made brand new layouts for both re-issues, and rearranged the old song "My Dragon banner" as a bonus. During 2007 Mattias also joined forces with Supreme Majesty as a keyboardplayer and played with them at Sweden Rock, Tivolirock and some other gigs in sweden. 2008 the lineup of Embracing is: Mattias, Ulph Johansson and Peter Uvén. Currently Embracing is producing the songs for the next album "Neptune". Labels with interest in releasing this album should get in touch with us TODAY! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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