Austrian crossover legends KONTRUST are finally back after nine long years with a highly awaited new studio album, entitled madworld. The massively energetic full-length will be released on November 3, 2023 via Napalm Records. On the successor to the unit’s previous masterpiece, Explositive (2014), KONTRUST also introduce their new vocalist Julia Ivanova and drummer Joey Sebald for the first time on record. In 2022, both already presented their eruptive live potential on the main stages of some of the biggest European festivals – like the Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Open Air, Barcelona Rockfest or Resurrection Fest. In addition, vocalist Julia is already known for her frenetically celebrated performance at the Ukrainian TV show “X-Factor” and is now presenting her matchless talent on the new 11-track offering. On madworld, the chart-storming unit sticks to their lively, playful and experimental signature style, ready to entertain old and new audiences alike. Rousing album opener “i physically like you” kicks the riot right off, followed by extremely danceable “madhouse” and “rock to outer space”, which feature heavy riffs and party pop vocals. The latter showcases that, despite the overall positive attitude and party mentality, KONTRUST don’t shy away from focusing on serious themes, like escaping the devastation of earth to possibly aim for a new beginning. That feeling goes on with the standout track “the end”, slowing it down halfway through madworld, while still providing massive rhythms and a sing-along chorus. With heavy and catchy “lederhosen overkill” the Austrians tap into their well-known stage attire. Electronic influences on closing track “i can’t control it” absorb the listener before the album fades out. Without a shadow of a doubt, KONTRUST are one of the most extravagant and exciting acts on the scene and have enthralled fans and critics alike with an inimitable sense of fusing various genres like reggae, pop and dance with heavy hard rock riffs, spliced with their very own way of representing the roots of their home country. This synthesis of styles has brought them not only notable chart entries for several releases, but also high recognition in the form of the “Austrian Newcomer Award” for their debut album, as well as the “AMADEUS Austrian Music Award” - Austria’s biggest and most important prize for national bands and artists – for their second album “Time To Tango”. Throughout their career spanning more than two decades, the Austrian based outfit has gained millions and millions of views on their exciting music videos on YouTube, with over 15 million video views on the electrifying hits “Hey DJ!” and “Bomba” alone. With their new album, madworld, KONTRUST prove their standing as an unpredictable force in the scene – always hungry, wild and full of surprises, and ready to exceed everything they have achieved so far!