Icelandic alternative rock band Of Monsters and Men (OMAM) performed seven new songs from their upcoming sophomore album at “an intimate gathering” for select journalists and music industry representatives at Henson Studios in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
Each of the songs “drew applause” from the audience, billboard.com reports.
“The songs ranged from a great pop/rocker to a lush ballad with strings and gorgeous vocals by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir,” billboard.com wrote. “There was also a U2-esque rocker featuring vocals by Ragnar Porhallsoon [Þórhallsson] with a huge climax perfectly suited for music festivals around the globe,” billboard.com writes.
The first single from the new album will be released this month and the album itself—“one of 2015’s most anticipated rock releases”—is scheduled for release later this year.
OMAM’s first album My Head Is An Animal was released to great success in 2011, selling 2.1 million copies, placing sixth on the Billboard Top 200 and being nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards.
Four of the tracks from the album topped the Alternative Charts: ‘Little Talks,’ ‘Dirty Paws,’ ‘Mountain Sound’ and ‘King And Lionheart.’