Reunited Thrash Legends BELIEVER: Three New Pre-Production Snippets Posted Online

Reactivated late '80s/early '90s technical-thrash metal band BELIEVER has posted three brand new "pre-production" snippets on its newly launched MySpace page.

Commented guitarist/vocalist Kurt Bachman: "It appears that the big questions are 'Where have you guys been?' and 'What's up with the new material?' To make a long story short, following the release of 'Dimensions' we decided to take an indefinite break and this had nothing to do with Roadrunner's support. They were very generous to us and we have nothing but fond memories of the work we did together. I decided to pursue another interest in biomedical research, particularly cancer genetics and therapy while Joey [Daub, drums] pursued other musical interests that resulted in FOUNTAIN OF TEARS. I was quite honored when asked to help out with the FOT production and it was great hanging with them in the studio. During this time, Joey and I began throwing around the idea of getting together at his studio, just for fun. Needless to say we had a great time and came up with some cool riffs. The next several months we would only get together a few times because of travel distance and busy schedules. I then decided to take a new research position that brought me closer to the studio. This is when the writing really started. We set up in my basement (shown in the video) and also moved some of my equipment to Joey's. The result will be a new BELIEVER recording.

"We have completed most of the pre-production on the new tunes and are planning to start recording in November. We are very excited and interested to see how you enjoy the new stuff. We are also developing a web site (www.believerband.net) and are designing some new merchandise to coincide with the re-release of our past records on Metal Mind Productions, due November 5."

BELIEVER's albums "Extraction From Mortality" (1989), "Sanity Obscure" (1990) and "Dimensions" (1993) will each be made available in a new digipak edition on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and limited to 2,000 numbered copies.

According to a press release, "In the entire history of the thrash metal genre, there was never a band as unique as BELIEVER. While their music showcased thrash influences from the rawest sort, delivering fast and violent sounds, the message they incorporated into their songs was the exact opposite of the typical thrash metal attitude. Through their music BELIEVER preached the word of God — each lyric is a testimony of faith and commitment to the Christian community. The band made sure that their message was properly introduced by supporting it with a heavy dose of brilliantly arranged melodies and thrashing riffs.

"Their debut album, 'Extraction From Mortality', easily shows the most brutal side of Christian metal, musically being comparable to thrash giants such as SLAYER and OBITUARY. Includes nine tracks filled with furious riffs and catchy melodies, sewn together with religiously inspiring lyrics. 'Sanity Obscure' is BELIEVER's second album on which the band takes on a more technical approach. Thrash metal origins progress into a more sophisticated and spiritualized form, conjoining both an aggressive sound and a meaningful message. It features catchy and expressive songs, with some impressive highlights as 'Stop the Madness', 'Non-Point' and the breathtaking symphonic/orchestral masterpiece — 'Dies Irae'. New edition includes liner notes written by the band. Their third and most impressive album, 'Dimensions', presents a band fully aware of its possibilities, able to create a one-time masterpiece, which this LP undoubtedly is. The 20-minute long track 'Trilogy of Knowledge' is one of the most extraordinary songs ever created by a metal band. New edition includes liner notes written by the band."

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