British power metal mercenaries TANK have extended their record deal with Metal Mind Productions, the label that re-released the band's back catalogue and issued their recent albums "War Machine" (2010) and "War Nation" (2012).
TANK is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording its as-yet-untitled new album for a March 2015 release.
Joining guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on the group's's new CD will be former DRAGONFORCE frontman ZP Theart, who has been a member of TANK's touring lineup for the past two years. Also featured will be new recruits Bobby Schottkowski, formerly of SODOM, on drums, and current BLIND GUARDIAN member Barend Courbois on bass.
Evans comments: "We are very pleased to announce that we will be continuing our successful relationship with Metal Mind Productions, who will be releasing our new studio album planned for March 2015.
"Since originally signing with Metal Mind in 2009, they have released two of our best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums, 'War Machine' and 'War Nation', and were instrumental in the production of our very first official DVD, 'War Machine Live'.
"We enjoy working with an established metal label that understands what needs to be done to make a successful album release and we look forward to many more future collaborations.
"After our recent successful tour of Brazil, we're excited to be heading into the studio with our new band members to start creating and laying down some serious metal tracks.
"Joining Mick Tucker and myself on the new album will be vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE), drummer Bobby Schottkowski (SODOM) and bassist Barend Courbois (BLIND GUARDIAN). These guys are the 'big guns' who will help to push the limits of TANK to a new level. Their pedigree speaks for itself.
"We'll soon be announcing the album title along with studio updates and teasers. We will also have the pleasure of playing songs from the new album for the very first time at our performance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January 2015.
"European shows and festivals are now being scheduled for the New Year and we will also be returning to South America later in 2015."