The official video for "Slaves Of The Southern Cross", a new song from the Dutch thrash/death/black metal outfit LEGION OF THE DAMNED, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming comeback album, "Slaves Of The Shadow Realm", which will be released on January 4, 2019 via Napalm Records. The follow-up to 2014's "Ravenous Plague" was produced by Andy Classen and merges the unadulterated fury of the early LEGION OF THE DAMNED years with the sophistication of a veteran band.
Vocalist Maurice Swinkels comments on the track: "Next to 'Dark Coronation', 'Palace Of Sin' and 'Warhounds Of Hades', this is one of my favorite tracks on the album. 'Slaves Of The Southern Cross' is heavy as hell and sometimes reminds me of INFERNAL MAJESTY. It has a great atmosphere and I cannot wait for the fans to sheer with me 'Slaves Of The Southern Cross'. For the video, we rented the big hall of the Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen and kept it relative 'simple'. Spend the entire day in fire blasters and filmed the band that captures the essence of LEGION OF THE DAMNED: aggressive and heavy!"
"Slaves Of The Shadow Realm" track listing:
01. The Widow's Breed
02. Nocturnal Commando
03. Charnel Confession
04. Slaves Of The Southern Cross
05. Warhounds Of Hades
06. Black Banners In Flames
07. Shadow Realm Of The Demonic Mind
08. Palace Of Sin
09. Priest Hunt
10. Azazels Crown
11. Dark Coronation
Swinkels says: "With our seventh opus, entitled 'Slaves Of The Shadow Realm', we tried to take it a little further as where 'Ravenous Plague' ended in terms of melody, but we definitely maintain the heavy songwriting and rawness that LEGION OF THE DAMNED is known for.
"Simplicity is the key with LEGION OF THE DAMNED and less is more. With 'Slaves Of The Shadow Realm', we go full speed ahead with heaviness, but we took it a bit farther by bringing in melody and atmosphere.
"I think this is LEGION's best album to date: It crushes, it is fast, it has atmosphere and it is raw! In terms of lyrics, this is our darkest album, written by Tony 'Skullcrusher' Manero, who was also responsible for the lyrics and concepts of the albums 'Malevolent Rapture', 'Cult Of The Dead', 'Feel The Blade', 'Ravenous Plague', 'Sons Of The Jackal' and 'Descent into Chaos'.
"We are really excited to be back after four years and hope that the true LEGION fan digs this album — I am 100% certain that they will love it!
"This is LEGION OF THE DAMNED — without the bells and whistles. The wait is over and we are back!"
LEGION OF THE DAMNED is:
Maurice Swinkels: Vocals
Twan van Geel: Guitar
Harold Gielen: Bass
Erik Fleuren: Drums