MAYAN reveal new album details and explain the controversy behind the artwork

Dutch symphonic death metallers MaYaN have confirmed the release of their new album,  Antagonise‘, for early 2014. The band describe the theme of the album as  “dealing with the current state of the world in which a small group of elites have all the power and try to dominate humanity. The tension is rising and the outcome yet unknown.”

The album will feature 11 tracks and will be released on February 3rd 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at ‘Sandlane’ studio and was produced by Joost van der Broek REVAMPSTREAM OF PASSION.

The cover art for ‘Antagonise, was created by Stefan Heilemann, who was already responsible for the artwork of the debut album ‘Quarterpast

Mark Jansen explains: “The cover is based on the lyrics for our upcoming album ‘Antagonise‘. Stefan doesn’t need any directions, he reads the lyrics and comes up with a phenomenal piece of art. That’s why we love working with this guy! When Snowden revealed the information about the mass electronic surveillance data mining program called PRISM, what quite some people already thought became a proven fact. We all have been spied on for many years and all our data has been backed up and safely stored. It can be used anytime it’s needed. All of this in the name of ‘war against terrorism’, which, in fact, basically is a cover up and a way to bring fear to people in order to get them under control. This trick has already been used many times in the past. History just keeps repeating itself. The media were covering the story, but politicians around the world, and in Europe in particular, didn’t know how to react and remained silent. America is an ally, and not just a little one.

Since it became clear that the NSA (and let’s not forget about their British partners in crime of the GCHQ) have also been spying on many world leaders, things have changed. Now it’s finally all over the news! Is this the beginning of a turning point in history? Or will we allow a small group of elites to take all our freedom away for their own benefits? 

The constitution, the basis of our democracy, is not being respected. Don’t get yourself fooled, this is not in our interest. If you want to see the truth, you’ll see the truth. We are what we eat!? A bunch of chickens, imprisoned and fully under control with no freedom whatsoever. This is what we will possibly become. If we let it all just happen… George Orwell, eat your heart out.”
Guests on ‘Antagonise are: Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISHREVAMP), Marcela Bovio (STREAM OF PASSION) and the Greek virtuozo violinist Dimitris KatsoulisHenning Basse (LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA) and Laura Macri have joined MaYaN as permanent members.

The new MaYaN line-up consists of:
Mark Jansen – grunts & screams
Henning Basse – vocals
Laura Macri – soprano
Jack Driessen – keys
Frank Schiphorst – guitars
Rob van der Loo – bass
Arien van Weesenbeek – drums

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