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Incomparable (2011)

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Incomparable is the second studio album by Swedish metal band Dead by April. Production for the album took place after a lineup change of guitarists and vocalists for the band following the release of their self-titled debut. Incomparable was released on September 21 in the United States and most countries, and on September 26 in the United Kingdom, making this the first album by the band to be released in the US in the same time frame as it's European release. The album's first official single, "Within My Heart", was released on May 16, 2011 as an EP containing two additional tracks to be featured on the album. The second single, "Calling", was released on September 4 with an accompanying music video released October 6. The third single, "Lost", was released on September 19, 2011 following the delay of the "Calling" music video.

Like the bands debut album, Incomparable included re-recorded demos as well as brand new tracks. On their debut album, only two out of 16 tracks were new, and the 14 others were re-recorded demo songs. Incomparable, however, has only one re-done demo (which is one of their earliest written tunes: "Lost") while the other 12 songs on the standard edition are new. Two other songs "Painting Shadows" and "Unhateable", were also remade during the production of the album, the former was made the bonus track and the latter did not make it on the track list but was featured on the B-side on "Within My Heart". Incomparable charted at number two on the Swedish Albums Charts.

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Following the release of their self-titled debut in 2009, Dead by April toured extensively throughout Europe to promote album sales until mid-2010. On April 23, 2010, it was announced on the band's official MySpace page that founding member Pontus Hjelm had officially left Dead by April because he wanted to focus on his songwriting. Although Pontus would no longer be an official band member, he wanted to continue writing music for Dead by April, telling the fans that "nothing is different in the songwriting department". The replacement for Pontus Hjelm became Zandro Santiago. Although Zandro only provides vocals, the band felt that it did not change much of the sound to continue with only one guitarist. However, the last remaining guitarist, Johan Olssen, would leave the band in late 2010 for personal reasons, wanting to work on his clothing line. With the lineup changes, Pontus returned as a "session" player for the album and upcoming promotional tour, though plans to have Pontus rejoin the band are in talks.

The album began mixing in the second quarter of 2011 and concluded on April 19, 2011. On the 4th of July, the band announced the title of the new album to be "Incomparable", and it was announced on July 11 that it would be released on September 21, though it was rumored to be delayed in early August to a possible November 7 release date. The album cover was originally going to be released by the band on Facebook once they reached 230,000 "likes", but other sites leaked the cover so the band released it early. The cover features a sky blue back ground with the same "Dead by April" logo as their self-titled album. The center shows a Japanese girl with blood and a black substance coming out of her mouth, similar to scenes from The Grudge. The album is said to be heavier and more dynamic than their self-titled album. Zandro Santiago commented on the band's genre, stating that, " metal and boyband pop. Metal fans might not handle it properly."

The album was finalized in August, where the band announced more details about it. It was confirmed that the album used executive producer Jacob Hellner along with mixing by Stefan Glaumann, both of whom worked together on every Rammstein album to date. The band commented on the album and its production, saying, "The new recordings are now complete, and we're delighted with the way they've turned out — they are WAY beyond anything we've done before, smashing our debut! Jacob Hellner has given us the heaviness we've always craved... we are super-excited, and can't wait for our fans, and everyone else, to hear the results!" The album was accidentally leaked on September 3, 2011, with Universal Music Group working to remove all leaks.

production
  • Jacob Hellner - executive producer, recording, programming, mastering
  • Stefan Glaumann - mixing, additional production
  • Peter Mansson - mixing, additional production

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  Tracklist   

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Dreaming Dead by April       04:15
1-2 Real & True Dead by April       03:06
1-3 Within My Heart Dead by April       03:25
1-4 More Than Yesterday Dead by April       03:30
1-5 Calling Dead by April       03:37
1-6 Two Faced Dead by April       03:04
1-7 Crossroads Dead by April       02:56
1-8 Incomparable Dead by April       03:23
1-9 Too Late Dead by April       03:14
1-10 You Should Know Dead by April       03:46
1-11 When You Wake Up Dead by April       03:44
1-12 Lost Dead by April       03:34
1-13 Last Goodbye Dead by April       03:19

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