Sweden’s most creative and exciting export, Avatar, debuted their documentary titled “Scaling The Mountain” that follows the band throughout the creation of their critically-acclaimed, new album “Hunter Gatherer.” Spanning over two years and multiple countries, “Scaling The Mountain” gives some of the deepest insight to the band and their process that fans have seen yet.
Out now via Entertainment One (eOne), “Hunter Gatherer”, marked the darkest and most thought-provoking release of the band’s near decade long career. A striking and bold manifesto, the album is an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future, furthering the reach of the band’s always expanding dark roots. In 2019, Avatar reunited with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax) at Sphere Studios in Los Angeles, California, where the foundation for each song on “Hunter Gatherer” was laid with the band performing altogether, as they’d done only once before, on “Hail the Apocalypse” (2014). The old-school method of playing as one in the studio, more akin to how they are on stage, captured the essence of Avatar. Recorded entirely to two-inch tape, “Hunter Gatherer” exhibits everything that makes Avatar standouts in the vast, rich landscape of heavy metal’s past and present.