German metallers FREEDOM CALL, whose current lineup includes GAMMA RAY drummer Daniel Zimmermann, will release their new album, "Legend Of The Shadowking", in Europe on February 1, 2010 (except in Germany where it will arrive three days earlier) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Out Of The Ruins (4:21)
02. Thunder God (3:31)
03. Tears Of Babylon (3:38)
04. Merlin – Legend Of The Past (4:17)
05. Resurrection Day (3:34)
06. Under The Spell Of The Moon (5:08)
07. Dark Obsession (4:45)
08. The Darkness (5:06)
09. Remember! (4:21)
10. Ludwig II – Prologue (2:19)
11. The Shadowking (5:13)
12. Merlin – Requiem (2:34)
13. Kingdom Of Madness (3:59)
14. A Perfect Day (3:58)
A trailer for the album can be viewed at this location (MPEG-4 file).
According to a press release, "stylistically, 'Legend Of The Shadowking' is a successful liaison of the group's basic strengths and new, contemporary influences." Or, as Dan Zimmermann puts it, "Even if the two predecessors, 'The Circle Of Life' and 'Dimensions', took very different directions, both albums had a number of strong moments. 'Legend Of The Shadowking' combines the most successful elements from both albums. In other words, we included our penchant for fast and very melodic numbers from 'Dimensions' with the more contemporary, bombastic components of 'The Circle Of Life'."
The fourteen new numbers were recorded at the FC studios in Nuremberg, while the drum parts were cut at the Area 51 in Celle by Dan Zimmermann with the help of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, VICTORY), who also mixed and mastered the effort. The cover artwork, which can be seen below, was designed by the young Bavarian artist Jens Reinhold.
"Legend Of The Shadowking" is said to be a concept album about Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. He had a close connection to the composer Richard Wagner.
FREEDOM CALL was moved and inspired by King Ludwig's extravagance and his passion for musical theatricality.
The band will embark on a European tour with GAMMA RAY around the album's release. Summer festival appearances and a headlining tour in the fall of 2010 will follow.