San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will release their seventh album, "The Dream Calls For Blood", on October 11 in Eorpe (except for the U.K. where it will arrive three days later) and October 15 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Relentless Retribution" was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), and once again features cover art by Brent Elliot White (JOB FOR A COWBOY, CARNIFEX, WHITECHAPEL).
Commented White: "Rob [Cavestany, DEATH ANGEL guitarist] contacted me early on about doing this cover. He wanted a continuation of the work we did on 'Relentless Retribution'. Kind of a complimentary piece that featured the wolf in sheep's clothing again, only this time in some sort of frozen environment.
"I love it. I guess he's come to be known as 'Wolfie.' Perfect!
"As the concepts for the album grew, so did the details and various elements for the album cover. For example, it started as a single lone wolf, though Rob thought it important to add his pack. I guess they're somewhat symbolic of the band. The wolves look like they've come a long way. I can relate.
"I don't want to try to dictate the meaning of the cover art. Suffice to say the main elements depicted in the piece are representational of the core thoughts and themes Rob poured into the album. Solar eclipse, lunar mirage, lighting from the coming storm, the killing field , blood, death, decay...those things.
"Though, at times, this one was a struggle, the album title actually pushed it to where it needed to be. I love the title, a perfect representation of the lyrics and DEATH ANGEL in general."
Added Suecof: "Once again, my metal brothers have put out an album that truly captures their live energy and originality as a band. DEATH ANGEL has not only maintained their classic thrash element, but they've taken every aspect of what they can do as musicians to the next level — writing, playing and maintaining an intense vibe throughout all the tracks! I believe this is an album that will stand the test of time — not just for DEATH ANGEL fans, but for fans of all genres of metal. Enjoy!"
Stated Cavestany: "'The Dream Calls For Blood' is the wicked stepsister to our last album, 'Relentless Retribution' — but even more cruel and sinister than her! It's the first time we connected two records — created and produced by the same team in the same studio as 'Relentless Retribution', yet this release is more furious... probably because so much of it was written on the road.
"Brent did an amazing job with the cover art, again capturing the natural brutality of the hunted becoming the hunter... as territorial instinct turns into bloodlust! Down to the last detail, his art depicts a visual that matches our music and lyrics — making a complete package that we are so proud of!
"Can't wait for you all to hear, see and feel it. Now we prepare to bring it live!"
DEATH ANGEL will celebrate the release of its new album by performing at Slim's in San Francisco on October 18. Also scheduled to appear are 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, BATTLECROSS and REVOCATION. Tickets include a copy of the new CD.
"Relentless Retribution" sold 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 10 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200. The band's previous album, "Killing Season", opened with around 2,300 units back in March 2008. This number was in line with the performance of its predecessor, "The Art of Dying", which registered a first-week sales tally of around 2,100 back in May 2004.