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Tyrants Blood Talks Vinyl Re-Issue, New Album, And More

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Originally released in 2013, a new vinyl edition of "Into The Kingdom Of Graves" from Tyrants Blood is due to drop via Tridoid Records.

Coming very soon (December 23rd), this vinyl edition features liner notes from guitarist Marco Banco along with a digital download of the "Coven" compilation release.

We had the pleasure of originally premiering music off this classic extreme metal record three years back, and can't wait for the new version to hit the hands of a hungry fan base.

With that re-issue just about here, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Tyrants Blood also has new material in the works and lots to share about what's been keeping the band busy lately. Read on for a full new interview with Marco Banco about all things Tyrants Blood!

xFiruath: “Into The Kingdom Of Graves” is seeing re-issue at the end of the month. What's different from the original release and this new one, and what's staying the same for fans of the first version?

Marco: It's the same release in its original format. Vinyl is a popular item in metal, as it should be really. The visual art plays along side the whole complexion of the style. I believe so anyways. Personally, my vinyl collection is and has been a large part of my music experience. Especially the old analog recording.

xFiruath: How did you get hooked up with Tridoid Records for this re-issue, and will you be on the label officially going forward for future releases?

Marco:I met Curtis Dewar on line. He has always been a great friend and promoter of us and the groups he enjoys. So when he had us hooked up with Tridroid for the release of "Into The Kingdom of Graves," we agreed.

xFiruath: We did an article recently on the best metal cover art of the year, which prompted me to revisit some of your discography and that “Into The Kingdom Of Graves” cover is just killer. Who was the artist and how closely did the band work with them on creating the concept?

Marco: The great Paolo Girardi from Italy. Vinnie Borden had a rough sketch as the concept. We sent it to Paolo. He was very charged with the idea of the painting behind the title as it fit so well together. The man stayed up all night painting the piece. He recorded the whole process which was a fantastic experience for us. I have this original. Very proud to own it.

xFiruath: In between the album's original release and now, has Tyrants Blood been busy and are you guys staying active in the live scene?

Marco: We have been performing and writing since then. It's our club, so it's what we do for sure.

xFiruath: As someone in the U.S. getting press releases about Canadian bands all the time, it seems like Vancouver has a thriving metal scene – what's your view of the metal scene there from the ground level, and are there any particular venues or promoters working hard to keep heavy music alive there that fans should look out for?

Marco: Our city had grown quite exponentially over the last ten years I will say. A good variety and well talented musicians are everywhere at the moment. We have a few promoters doing a fantastic job bringing in talent and exposing our people to excellent music and quality performances these days. Constant waves of shows entertaining this city.

xFiruath: I saw you had a lineup change not too long ago on the drummer position. What happened there and how is the new member fitting in so far?

Marco: Matt had finished his time with us. He did a great job, but alas, he'd finally run his course. With the burden of a young family, and lack of time ,it truly was a moment to move on. Which is OK with us, Steve Sinned, Stephen Shaw, is a massive talent. We've written excellent material with him, performed really professionally and are very excited to release our next album.

xFiruath: If I recall correctly you guys had a split release a few years back as well – is anything of that nature in the works again for the future?

Marco: We've done 3 now actually, and we are always open to doing more.

xFiruath: Other than this re-issue, what's happening as far as releases for Tyrants Blood? Is a new album being written/recorded at this point?

Marco: Album's written, demo for the new material is almost finished. A few final touches and we're ready to crawl back into the dungeon to record. Looking forward to it.

xFiruath: What's been your favorite album this year, and what's coming out soon you can't wait to hear?

Marco: Destroyer666's "Wildfire" is my favourite this year.

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to discuss?

Marco: Nope, you've covered it well.

xFiruath: Thanks for your time!

Marco: Right on.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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