German metallers FREEDOM CALL
will release an anniversary album, "Ages Of Light"
, on April 26 in Germany, April 29 in the rest of Europe and May 7 in North America via SPV
. "Ages Of Light"
is a best-of double album filled to the brim with 18 of the most important songs from the band's history, plus a bonus CD entitled "Masqueraded"
, featuring six FREEDOM CALL
tracks in a new, unusual guise. The stylistic range includes folk, reggae, rockabilly, ska and swing! "Ages Of Light"
combines not only the essence of the best songs from the seven FREEDOM CALL
studio recordings to date, but also marks a meeting of various former and current band members. Along with Chris Bay
and guitarist Lars Rettkowitz
, three different drummers can be heard on the bonus tracks: founder member Dan Zimmermann
, along with his successors Klaus Sperling
and Ramy Ali
, whom fans know from the most recent FREEDOM CALL
tour. The two bassists, Samy Saemann
and original bandmember Ilker Ersin
, and guitarist Cédric "Cede" Dupont
, who was part of FREEDOM CALL
between 2001 and 2005, are also featured.
"It was great fun to work with old and new friends alike at the studio, turning previously typical FREEDOM CALL
numbers into unusual songs," Chris Bay
explains, stressing that the group will commence working on a new studio album after the tour in spring 2013. "But first we want to celebrate our anniversary in style!""Ages Of Light"
CD 1 "Ages Of Light"
01. We Are One
02. Tears Falling
03. Freedom Call
05. Metal Invasion
07. Land Of Light
08. Hunting High And Low
09. Mr. Evil
10. Far Away
11. Blackened Sun
12. Thunder God
13. Tears Of Babylon
14. A Perfect Day
15. Hero On Video
16. Power & Glory
18. Back Into The Land Of Light
CD 2 "Masqueraded"
01. Metal Invasion - Metal Folk Version
02. Mr. Evil - Melodic Reggae Version
03. Hero on Video - Speed Ska Version
04. Rockin' Radio - Killerbilly Version
05. Freedom Call - Camp Fire Strumming Version
06. Age of the Phoenix - Power Swing Version