THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Less than a year after their self-titled debut EP, Sweden’s 10,000 Years are back with their first full-length effort, aptly titled II. Picking up right where the EP left off, II continues the story of the ill-fated Albatross mission and its exploration of time and space through a skullcrushing mixture of stoner rock, doom and sludge metal.
Having previously played together in the original lineup of Swedish underground heavyweights Pike, Erik Palm (guitars) and Alex Risberg (bass/vocals) found their way back to each other musically in early 2020. The creative fire reignited and stoked to a burning inferno and through a mutual love of heavy riffs and thundering rock, 10,000 Years were born. Finding a drummer would prove to be an easy task until Espen Karlse arrive to put the final piece firmly in place. The groove they fell into during the first rehearsal hasn’t stopped rumbling since.
The story behind II: After narrowly escaping the confines of the strange planet and its surrounding dimension, the Albatross and its crew finally return home to Earth. The re-entry is rough and the ship crash-lands in a forest. The Earth that greets them is vastly different from the one that they left. When the ship travelled back to Earth through the wormhole it created a rift in the space-time continuum which propelled them far into the future, as well as allowing the Green King and other ancient gods from the other dimension to cross over to our dimension. They have since taken control of not just the Earth, but the entire solar system.
After various harrowing experiences and encounters, the truth finally dawns on the surviving members of the crew: They are indeed back on Earth, but 10,000 years in the future from when they started their journey. And to make matters worse, they find evidence that the Green King has been known and worshipped by secret cults and societies on Earth for millenia, since before what we today know as humankind even existed. The surviving members of the crew come to the conclusion that the only way to set things right again is to repair the Albatross and take it back through the rift again in order to close it.”