Jerome Reuter, frontman for Luxembourgish folk noir outfit ROME has had a busy twelve months. Following on from last year’s duel releases, “The Dublin Sessions” and “Hinter den Mauern der Stadt” he appeared on the new Me And That Man record “New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.1” alongside Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy and Shining (NO) frontman Jørgen Munkeby.
Despite a hectic schedule, Reuter recently completed work on two releases; the split 7” “Ächtung, Baby”, is out now and new full length album “The Lone Furrow” which will be released on August 29th, both through Trisol Music Group.
Though to this day, the dark folk band remains one of the best kept secrets of the European underground, Reuter is well respected as a songwriter’s songwriter, whose work has been known to inspire and influence a variety of musicians from all across the musical spectrum. For this first single from the upcoming album “The Lone Furrow”, which will feature a range of interesting guest appearances, ROME has teamed up with metal legend Alan Averill of PRIMORDIAL, whose vocal timbre and delivery complement Reuter’s vocals perfectly.
The title “Ächtung, Baby!” (Ächtung being German for “ostracism”) with its MOTÖRHEAD-style umlaut, is a tongue-in-cheek reference to U2’s 1991 hit album “Achtung Baby”, although it is needless to say that ROME’s musical world is considerably darker in nature. The B-side “Any Other Grey”, is not your average B-side waste management, but a full-fledged rebel anthem with a yet surprisingly nonchalant vibe.
Reuter had this to say on the upcoming split:
“Alan and I have been friends for a while, so I am really glad to finally get this collaboration out into the world. I love this song, actually! And I think our voices work really well together! The dude sure can sing.”
With a new album not far behind the stunning split, some surprises on the horizon and even in troubling times, ROME continue to push on.
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