ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ, the new band featuring former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno alongside members of Paul's longtime German touring backing group THE PHANTOMZ, will release its debut album, "The League Of Shadows", in North America on July 24 via Metalville Records.
Joining Di'Anno in ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ are Joey Siedl (guitar), Andreas Ballnus (guitar), Christoph Lücker (bass) and Dominik Fox (drums).
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Martin Buckwalter (DESTRUCTION, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA), the songs on "The League Of Shadows" follow the tradition of classic New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), including influences of modern power metal.
"The League Of Shadows" track listing:
02. How Many Times
04. Switched Off
05. Erase The World
06. Dead Eyes
07. Architects Of Chaoz
08. When Murder Comes To Town
09. Obsidian Black
10. Angel Of Death †
11. Apache Falls
12. Soldier Of Fortune †
† Limited-edition bonus tracks
ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ is scheduled to perform at the Wacken Open Air festival on July 30.
In an interview with Songfacts, Di'Anno stated about ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ: "This is my German touring band. We've been friends for so many years and we just decided that we've had enough of this, let's become a band. We still play some of the MAIDEN songs, but we started writing and it's all going very, very well. We had an EP we put out to try and get a record deal, and somehow, Metal Hammer got a hold of it and Rock Hard magazine have both made us the 'EP Of The Month' in August. And the vibe on us is going absolutely crazy, so we're loving it. So we're just going to see what happens with this now."
Di'Anno is scheduled to undergo knee surgery in June. He said in a recent interview: "I should have done this seven years ago. And now all the ligament is gone and all it basically is is bone rubbing against bone. And, oh my God, it's so painful some days, it's unbelievable. And through my mother, I caught osteoporosis [a progressive bone disease in which the bone density reduces over years] as well. When you get to a certain age. And [I can't be] buggered with that. [I'm like], sod this; I can't be dealing with it. So [fixing] the knee will make it a lot better."
Paul Di'Anno's April 9, 2014 performance at Lizard Club in Krakow, Poland as part of the Doładowanie festival was professionally filmed for a DVD, "The Beast Arises", which was released on October 6, 2014 in Europe through Metal Mind Productions and October 7, 2014 in North America via MVD. "The Beast Arises" was also made available on CD, digital and vinyl.
Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.