Washington, DC-based heavy metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER have begun work on their third full-length album entitled Time’s Arrow. The band has entered Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven). With the same band line-up, producer and studio that created 2012’s acclaimed Out of the Darkness (Nightmare Records), Time’s Arrow features 11 new songs combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production. Time’s Arrow will release in early 2013.
The centerpiece of the album is the 9-minute sci-fi themed title track. Guitarist and composer Josh Schwartz describes the track as “a high octane headbanger with an unforgettable riff and an engaging story. Stylistically it’s Iron Maiden meets Rush with a bit of Meatloaf thrown in for bombast.” The tale begun in the lyrics is expanded in a short story by drummer Chris Haren, available in the limited box set edition of Time’s Arrow.
On August 20, 2012 A Sound of Thunder started a Kickstarter.com fundraiser campaign for the recording of Time’s Arrow. The campaign will run for 30 days and offers fans a chance to pre-order the album, have their name printed in the album booklet, reserve an ultra-limited box set edition of the album, and acquire unique and rare items from the band. Video at the band’s Kickstarter page contains the first clips from the new album. The Kickstarter campaign can be found here.
The band has also announced a second new release, the Queen of Hell EP, due out in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line Studios with producer Kevin “131” Gutierrez, the Queen of Hell EP contains four new tracks and is only available via the band’s Kickstarter campaign.
The cover art for Queen of Hell can be seen below. “We’ve always wanted to do an homage to classic swords & sorcery themed metal album covers,” says lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. “As you can see, we’ve gone horns up with the Queen of Hell art…I finally have the throne of skulls I’ve always wanted!” The cover art was provided by Serbian artist Dušan Marković.
“The Queen of Hell” track-listing:
01. The Queen of Hell (album version)
02. The Queen of Hell (Two Queens Mix)
03. Trashed (Black Sabbath cover)
04. Let’s Start a Fire
– Red vinyl
– Download card included
– 12″ full color sleeve
– 2 new paintings by Dusan Markovic
– Exclusive “Legion of Thunder – The Queen’s Guard” embroidered patch
– Limited to 250 copies worldwide
“The Queen of Hell” is available exclusively as a reward for donors to the band’s Kickstarter campaign.
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In support of their upcoming release Out the of the Darkness A SOUND OF THUNDER have announced a string of North American tour dates, including a special CD release show, an MS Benefit concert, and appearances with Sabaton and Virgin Steele. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Vocalist and frontwoman Nina Osegueda commented on the upcoming tour:
“The guys and I are excited to finally bring our mayhem around the US! We’re sharing the bill with great bands in every city, and are honored to be playing with acts like Sabaton, Virgin Steel, Brocas Helm, and Skull Fist along the way. We promise to play at full blast and full intensity every night…the only challenge will be playing with hangovers and sore necks!”
Relatively new faces in the metal world, A SOUND OF THUNDER is fronted by
powerful lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. Lead guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren founded A SOUND OF THUNDER in 2008. Nina joined in 2009, and was followed by bass and keyboard player, Jesse Keen, in 2010. In less than two years, A SOUND OF THUNDER recorded and released an EP, a charity single benefiting the West Memphis Three, and a full length self-produced album. They have performed throughout the US, and opened for such high profile bands as Accept, Sabaton, Firewind, Primal Fear and Doro.
The songs for Out of the Darkness were written and arranged by Josh Schwartz and the rest of A Sound of Thunder, with lyrics written by Nina Osegueda and Chris Haren. Legendary Raven front-man John Gallagher also appears, performing a duet with Nina on the title track Out of the Darkness.
Head over to http://www.reverbnation.com/asoundofthunder and get a free download of the non-album version of the song “Out of the Darkness”. This exclusive version features all vocals by Nina Osegueda. The album version features a duet with Raven vocalist and bassist John Gallagher.
Noisecreep is hosting a stream of the song “The Day I Die” HERE.
A SOUND OF THUNDER will embark on a tour to support Out of the Darkness in the spring. Confirmed tour dates are below, with more to be confirmed soon:
A SOUND OF THUNDER Live
3/17: Jacksonville, NC @ Sywanyks (“Dominate Your Fate” MS Benefit)
3/31: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (CD Release Party)
4/14: Johnstown, PA @ Ace’s
5/12: Pittson, PA @ Diane’s
5/14: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/15: St Paul, MN @ Station 4 (With Sabaton)
5/17: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
5/18: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s (Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse)
5/19: Nashville, TN @ The Limit
5/21: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (With Sabaton)
6/16: Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s Music Hall
A SOUND OF THUNDER lineup
Nina Osegueda – Vocals, Lyrics
Josh Schwartz – Guitars, Keys
Chris Haren – Drums, Lyrics
Jesse Keen – Bass, Keys
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