New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have signed a new worldwide deal with Indecent Media. The group's sophomore album, "Cycle of Pain", is scheduled for release on March 15.
"We had been in contact with other labels and they all offered us more or less the same things," stated guitarist Freddy Ordine. "Indecent assured us that we are going to be a priority for the label. It is a small up-start with more of a team/family vibe, and with great distribution in the States. For me, these two things are the most important."
Jurgen Korduletsch, president of dance and pop label Radikal Records, established Indecent Media in the fall of 2004 with a focus on finding, releasing, and developing rock and alternative artists.
HAVOCHATE is one of the label's first signings. The group caught Korduletsch's ear with their 2003 debut, "This Violent Earth". Impressed with the group's level of musicianship and the guitar virtuosity of Ordine — HAVOCHATE's founder and leader — he convinced the group to start working on a new album immediately.
"I almost fell out of my chair when I heard the album for the first time," said Korduletsch. "It is a tremendous collision of great songs and brutal force playing."
The follow-up to "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, "Cycle of Pain" is being described as a "marked growth" from its predecessor, brought on partially by the band's revamped lineup. Joining Ordine are vocalist Tim Bouchee, who joined the band early last year; Mario Rodriguez, who was added as second guitarist after the recording of the first album; Christian; and drummer Ovie Rodriguez. Handling the drums during the "Cycle of Pain" recording sessions was former HADES skinsman Ron Lipnicki.
"I think that this record was just a natural growth that had to happen," Ordine said. "We changed a lot over the past year and tend to look at things a whole lot differently now. The writing process was a team effort. When we started to write, we had no predetermined idea of what we wanted. The only thing we knew was every song had to be real. This record was written purely from the heart."
Added Mario Rodriguez: "It's the first time Freddy and I have collaborated in a recording process, so it was great to bounce off ideas and create. It's like our last record was in black in white and 'Cycle' is full of colors and textures."
01. Cold Embrace
02. Cycle of Pain
05. Speak No More
06. Rotting Hour
07. Crack in the Sky
09. Still Alive
11. Buried in Lies
Audio samples of all 11 tracks are available for download at this location.