MASTERS OF METAL, the Los Angeles-based thrash metal outfit launched by seasoned veterans and members of AGENT STEEL — Juan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars, vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass, backing vocals) and Rigo Amezcua (drums) — will release its full-length debut, "From Worlds Beyond", in North America on September 18 via Metalville Records. The eleven-song opus follows the group's self-titled EP, released independently in 2013.
The song "Evolution Of Being" from "From Worlds Beyond" can be streamed below.
Said Garcia: "'Evolution of Being' was originally recorded in 2013; we've been working on this entire upcoming album for many years and encountered a few obstacles along the way; the most recent of course being Bernie Versailles aneurysm last October. The song features elements of thrash metal and melodic vocals fused together with very energized lead guitar work; it starts off as a thrash metal idea and from there the tune discovers life of its own."
MASTERS OF METAL originally entered the studio last year to begin the recording process for "From Worlds Beyond", and just as the album was being finished in October, Versailles sustained a brain injury, which led to a coma.
With Versailles unable to perform, producer and friend Bill Metoyer, who has worked with stalwart names such as FATES WARNING, TROUBLE and GWAR, attentively stepped in to help complete the album and in the process also tracked the last song "Vengeance & Might", which features lead vocals by James Rivera (HELSTAR), along with HELSTAR guitarist Larry Barragan and ex-DARK EMPIRE guitarist Andrew Atwood.
Since his unfortunate accident, Versailles has made a miraculous recovery with the help of friends, family and fans.
MASTERS OF METAL co-founding guitarist Juan Garcia (AGENT STEEL, EVILDEAD), who recently returned from a successful European tour with BODY COUNT, comments: "The music on this new album captures the integrity, and dedication of the band. I think everyone involved raised the bar on songwriting, performance, execution, and brought their best to the table."
The "From Worlds Beyond" cover artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, ANGRA, FIREWIND).
"From Worlds Beyond" track listing:
02. World Left In Cinders
03. Third Eye
04. Tomb Of Ra
06. The Mindless
07. M.K. Ultra
08. Into The Vortex
09. Doors Beyond Our Galaxy
10. Evolution Of Being
11. Vengeance & Might (feat. James Rivera)