Orange County-based quintet EYES OF FIRE have just completed work on their as-yet-untitled highly anticipated sophomore album, currently set for a late summer release via Century Media Records. The recent additions of keyboardist Pete Traux and drummer Nicky Bernardi helped them become a more dynamic and focused group, and their maniacal ambient savagery has reached an all-time high on this album.
EYES OF FIRE recently completed a highly successful U.S. tour alongside DANZIG and KATAKLYSM. Matt Fisher (vocals, bass) checks in with his thoughts on the new album and tour: "Our new album has 10 songs and works out roughly to be one hour. The first 5,000 copies will include a slipcase with a special bonus disc featuring one-song clocking in at just under 25 minutes. Yes, you heard right... a one-song, 25 minute bonus CD!! PINK FLOYD would be proud. No title as of yet, but that's not saying it doesn't have a direction, which is very solid and present in every song. It was produced by us and mixed by Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, NORMA JEAN). The drums and bass were tracked at the legendary Grandmaster Recorders (TOOL, NINE INCH NAILS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) in Hollywood. Additional tracking was done in our studio in Santa Ana and the record was mixed at For The Record (18 VISIONS, THROWDOWN, DEATH BY STEREO) in Orange.
"The DANZIG tour was amazing. We would like to thank all the fans who came out and gave us such a warm welcome. DANZIG has a diehard fanbase who are dedicated like no other. It was great to meet so many new people as well as the people who have been backing EYES OF FIRE from day one. It was also really cool to meet MINDROT fans and actually get to thank them for the years of support. Watching DANZIG and Doyle play the shows they did was a great experience and we felt honored to be a part of it. KATAKLYSM were great to see every night as well. It's good to see some old-school heads there to deliver true death metal the way it was intended. The guys in TRIVIUM were really friendly and had a great response from the crowd. I'm sure after this summer they will be huge.
"We are currently working on setting up a West Coast tour with a couple of other California bands. This should most likely take place in late April/early May. I can't announce the bands, as it's all tentative for now, but I can tell you it's gonna be a heavy lineup. There should be anything from 7 to 14 shows. There is another tour possibility in June as we are trying to get a certain U.K. atmospheric metal band out here for their first U.S. tour. Again, we can't mention who as it's not scheduled yet. I can say you will be amazed to see them, as they have a long career in the industry with at least six full-length records out. If this tour happens, it will be a monumental experience that nobody in the metal/heavy rock world should miss. Until next time tune in, turn on and burn out."