RISE TO ADDICTION, the British band featuring former BLAZE members John Slater (guitar) and Steve Wray (guitar), will release its debut album, "A New Shade of Black for the Soul", on May 14 in the U.K., May 18 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and May 21 in the rest of Europe via the legendary Belgian metal label Mausoleum Records. Audio samples of the songs "Falling as One", "I Follow" and "One Sweet Minute" are available at this location."A New Shade of Black for the Soul" (view artwork at this location) was produced by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, TRIVIUM, MEGADETH). Always willing to push musical boundaries, RISE TO ADDICTION enlisted the help of avant-garde pianist Mike Garson on one of the songs. Mike, who is known for his work with greats such as DAVID BOWIE, SMASHING PUMPKINS and NINE INCH NAILS, wrote and recorded the piano interlude for the song "Fessonia".
Commenting on the recording, vocalist Leigh Oates said that "We've really pushed the envelope on this album. It's been a long time in the making and we're all beyond proud of the end result." Speaking about Mike Garson's involvement, guitarist John Slater added, "I've been a massive fan of Mike's ever since I heard his work on DAVID BOWIE's 'Aladdin Sane' and to have him play on this album is just fantastic! I can't wait for you all to hear it!" "A New Shade of Black for the Soul" track listing: 01. A New Shade
02. Cold Season
03. Moth To A Flame
04. Falling As One
06. One Sweet Minute
07. This Ride
08. Everlasting Wave
09. I Follow
10. To A God Unknown
12. The Hive RISE TO ADDICTION, whose music is described as a distinctive modern sound with melody and slab heavy riffing, released its self-titled EP in 2005 through Madman Records. Also produced by Andy Sneap, it featured three tracks — "Falling as One", "Everlasting Wave", "To a God Unknown" — and also included the promo video for the EP's opening track.
RISE TO ADDICTION has been confirmed as the support act for legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE on their upcoming European tour beginning in late May.