Italian "extreme epic metal" act STORMLORD have completed work on their third album, "The Gorgon Cult", at The Outer Sound Studios in Rome with engineer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE, NECRODEATH, DGM, THY MAJESTIE).
The follow-up to 2001's "At The Gates Of Utopia" was recorded and mixed over a two-month period and was mastered at the The Mastering Room in Sweden (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, OPETH, SOILWORK). A February 25 Japanese release date through Soundholic Records is expected. The album is scheduled to arrive in Europe in early March through Scarlet Records.
"The Gorgon Cult" track listing:
01. The Torchbearer
02. Dance Of Hecate
04. Under The Boards (195, M.A.)
05. Oath Of The Legion
06. The Gorgon Cult
07. Memories Of Lemuria
08. Medusa's Coil
09. Moonchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)
11. A Sleeping River (bonus track, Japan only)
The CD will also contain a special multimedia section featuring the following:
- 10 unreleased tracks in high-quality mp3 format for over 43 minutes of extra songs. The material is taken from four of the members' side projects (RUN WITH WOLVES, OUTBREAK, VALAR, .0+1)
- The "I Am Legend" video clip in high-quality movie format. The song is taken from the previous album, "At The Gates Of Utopia"
- Tons of live and studio pictures
- Full detailed biography and members profiles
Cover art will be handled by J.P. Fournier, the talented artist behind the covers of such acts as IMPALED NAZARENE, IMMORTAL, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, YEARNING, MYSTIC CIRCLE, EDGUY, AVANTASIA, AXIS OF ADVANCE and IMPIETY.
According to the band, "The Gorgon Cult" will be "the most obscure and extreme work of our career. Basically you'll find two different sides of STORMLORD in the new album: from a side, you can expect the typical STORMLORD fast and majestic songs, in their best expression ever! From another side, you'll travel to the darkest realm of the Gorgon with obscure, fast and atmospheric songs."
Pictures from the recording sessions can be viewed on the band's web site at this location.