Washington, D.C.-based metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER have entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (SHINEDOWN, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, RAVEN) to record their third full-length album entitled "Time's Arrow". Due in early 2013, the CD will feature the same band lineup, producer and studio that created 2012's acclaimed "Out Of The Darkness" release (Nightmare Records).
"Time's Arrow" will contain 11 new songs "combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production," according to a press release. The centerpiece of the album is the nine-minute sci-fi-themed title track. Guitarist and composer Josh Schwartz describes the song as "a high-octane headbanger with an unforgettable riff and an engaging story. Stylistically, it's IRON MAIDEN meets RUSH with a bit of MEAT LOAF thrown in for bombast." The tale begun in the lyrics is expanded in a short story by drummer Chris Haren, available in the limited box-set edition of "Time's Arrow".
On August 20, A SOUND OF THUNDER started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of "Time's Arrow". The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band's Kickstarter.com page contains the first clips from the new album.
The band has also announced a second new release, "The Queen Of Hell" EP, due out in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line with Gutierrez, it contains four new tracks and is only available via the band's Kickstarter.com campaign. The cover art was provided by Serbian artist Dušan Markovic.
"We've always wanted to do an homage to classic swords-and-sorcery-themed metal album covers," says lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. "As you can see, we've gone horns up with 'The Queen Of Hell' art...I finally have the throne of skulls I've always wanted!"
"The Queen Of Hell" track listing:
01. The Queen Of Hell (album version)
02. The Queen Of Hell (Two Queens Mix)
03. Trashed (BLACK SABBATH cover)
04. Let's Start A Fire
* Red vinyl
* Download card included
* 12" full color sleeve
* 2 new paintings by Dusan Markovic
* Exclusive "Legion of Thunder - The Queen's Guard" embroidered patch
* Limited to 250 copies worldwide