September 7, 2012

Washington, D.C.-based heavy metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER have entered Assembly Line Studios in Virginia with producer Kevin "131" Gutierrez (SHINEDOWN, WHILE HEAVEN WEPT, DECEASED) to begin recording their third full-length album, "Time's Arrow". Due in early 2013, the CD will feature 11 new songs combining rousing and catchy traditional metal with crushing modern production.

"Time's Arrow" will feature a guest appearance by Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE),who will perform a duet with A SOUND OF THUNDER vocalist Nina Osegueda in the track "My Disease".

"Blaze is a legendary figure in the history of metal, but more importantly he brings incredible power, passion and sincerity to his performances, and that's exactly what we needed on this song," said A SOUND OF THUNDER guitarist Josh Schwartz. "Musically it has little in common with MAIDEN, and sounds more like a cross between BLACK SABBATH and Blaze's first few solo albums... and, of course, A SOUND OF THUNDER."

Commented Bayley: "It has been a real pleasure to work on this song. Filled with passion and intensity, it has an edge. I wish A SOUND OF THUNDER the very best of luck with their project, but with a song this good, I don't think they will need luck."

On August 20, A SOUND OF THUNDER started a 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.

A SOUND OF THUNDER will release the "Queen Of Hell" EP in November. Also recorded at Assembly Line Studios with Gutierrez, the effort contains four new tracks and is only available via the band's campaign.

A SOUND OF THUNDER is offering its "Queen Of Hell" EP exclusively through The EP serves as a follow-up to the 2012 studio album, "Out Of The Darkness", and teaser for the band's next studio CD, "Time's Arrow", due in spring 2013.

The cover art for "Queen Of Hell" was created by Serbian artist Dušan Markovic and can be seen below.

"We've always wanted to do an homage to the classic fantasy and swords & sorcery themed metal album covers," says Osegueda. "As you can see, we've gone all horns up with the 'Queen Of Hell' art... I finally have the throne of skulls I've always wanted!"

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