Kansas City's self-proclaimed "only death/thrash metal band" ARES KINGDOM are scheduled to release their new CD, "Return to Dust", this week through NWN! Productions. Gatefold LPs will follow later in May and include a poster. Also, limited-edition "Die Hard" picture discs will include a bonus 7" EP featuring the band's acclaimed 1997 demo, poster and an embroidered patch. The band has also released a special edition gold bullion embroidered logo patch, available through their web site.As a follow-up to January's "Firestorm Redemption" 12", a second single, entitled "Failsafe", will appear this summer and feature three non-LP bonus tracks — "Vultures in the Sky" (originally recorded by L.A. thrashers DÉTENTE in 1985), "Solis Lacus", "Imperium" — and other extras. In other news, vocalist Alex Blume has taken over bass duties and Doug Overbay has switched to rhythm guitars. The band are preparing for live assaults this summer. Also on the ARES KINGDOM-related front, guitarist Chuck Keller has written a special tribute to BATHORY mastermind Quorthon for the book that will accompany BATHORY's "In Memory of Quorthon" box set, and has been working with Boss and Black Mark on the book itself, set for release June 3 — two years after Quorthon's passing.
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