Multinational folk-metal quintet Sojourner — whose members hail from New Zealand, Sweden and Italy — are prepping their new, third album, Premonitions, for release on May 8th via Napalm Records. Majestic, heartfelt and progressive, the band’s sweeping, cinematic music brings to mind the likes of Moonsorrow, Saor, Cruachan and Primordial while managing to be uniquely Sojourner at the same time. One of the sextet’s secret weapons is vocalist-guitarist Chloe Bray, whose soulful singing and shredding bring a singular depth to their sound. We recently caught up with her to find out what albums she loves that might surprise fans of her band — she had some great outside-the-box picks.
Sum 41 – Chuck
Whenever I listen to this album now, I’m surprised how much genuine despair there is in many of these songs! It was one of my favorite albums when I was around 13, and unlike much of what I listened to back then, I still love it.
Evanescence – Fallen
This was probably the album that prodded me towards gothic metal before I knew that gothic metal existed, and Amy Lee is probably is the reason I started singing.
Placebo – Black Market Music
Post-grunge forever. I think I stole this album from my dad.
AFI – Sing the Sorrow
This album is so dark and sad! This is my early high school soundtrack.
Nekrogoblikon – Welcome to Bonkers
I’m not sure if this one is surprising, but Sojourner and most of my music taste is usually pretty serious and brooding, and this is the opposite. This album is awesome and always puts me in a good mood.