German heavy metallers RAGE have announced a new studio album!
The upcoming album, titled Seasons of the Black, follows last year’s The Devil Strikes Again and is scheduled to be released in July this year. The upcoming album was recorded in February and March this year at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). The production was handled by RAGE, whilst Dan Swanö (MARDUK, OPETH, KATATONIA) took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios in Grefrath, Germany. Speaking about the new album vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner says, “our fans are getting RAGE metal of the very first grade. We’ve been able to bring the band’s typical trademarks into eleven new songs, and we’re sticking to the course that we forged on the last album! This means hard and very catchy compositions that also sound thrash, aggressive and epic. Since the reorientation of 2015, the three band members have now fully adapted to each other and the lost harmony has been fully restored. We are even better matched with each other. We offer new ideas to each other like we’ve never done something else before! It also happened that we created a whole new song within just two hours from start to finish, from scratch! Regarding the production we were also able to prevent some complications, which had been an element of the last album due to a lack of experience. This time, everything worked perfectly.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, the band has also revealed the artwork which has been created in the same vein as 2016’s The Devil Strikes Again by graphic artist Karim König. Speaking about the artwork, Peavy says, “we developed the idea together. In this way we want to show that both albums belong together in their own way. I modelled the sonically inspired sculpture that dominates the cover on my own. As a basis, I used a very rare skull from my collection, which I poured myself and then re-modelled. Karim created the gloomy landscape with the Golgotha Hill.”
Seasons of the Black is set for release on July 28th via Nuclear Blast Records.
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