Painkiller Records (a sub-label of Apollon Entertainment UN Limited) has announced the signing of U.S. metallers DRAKONUS for the release of the band's new, self-titled album, tentatively due later this year.Formed in 2008 as a studio project by former H.P.D. guitarist Jonathan Smith, DRAKONUS quickly grew into an active band. The group's current lineup includes vocalist Scott Webb (formerly of SPIRITUAL WINTER and PLAGUE), James Murray on guitars and drummer Kris Ardolino (both ex-DIRT), and William Gernand (ex-DARK QUIET) on bass. The Houston, Texas-based quintet is currently putting the finishing touches on the material for its new CD. Smith says, "Having known the guys personally from around the scene and through other projects throughout the years, putting together this band was easy, and signing with Apollon has meant that five old friends can bring our love of metal to the world." For more information, visit www.myspace.com/drakonusband.