Xerath Reveals "III" Album Release Details
Xerath's "III" album will be released via Candlelight Records this Autumn on September 15th in Europe and September 16th in the U.S.
Producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica) returns to work with the band on the near 70-minute, 14-song recording. It features artwork by Colin Marks (Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Oceano). Official pre-order for the album will begin August 5 via ITunes, Amazon and other physical and digital music outlets.
Continuing to expand the band's seasoned sonic complexity, "III" welcomes new guitarist Conor McGouran, who states: "I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of Xerath. I was real nervous initially as I was replacing such an amazing player (Owain Williams) but thankfully we immediately gelled as musicians and have become good friends in the process."
"We branched out more and enlisted the help of various live performers, such as a live string quartet, classically trained altos and sopranos, to give this album the level of production it required," shares drummer Michael Pitman. "As we always have, we recorded at multiple studios to capture the sound we were looking for. The biggest addition to the sound this time around is Conor. He had some huge shoes to fill and the first thing we looked for in a guitarist was that he was able to keep that real, soulful element. Conor got this straight away and in him I think people will hear a guitarist who can give you those special moments but then floor you in an instant with savage speed and outright technique. There is a real danger to his playing."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. I Hold Dominion
3. I Hunt For the Weak
5. Bleed this Body Clean
6. Death Defiant
10. Demigod Doctrine
11. The Chaos Reign
13. Veil Pt. 1
14. Veil Pt. 2
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