San Francisco power/thrash metallers IMAGIKA will release their fourth full-length album, "Devils on Both Sides", in the U.S. this fall via Mausoleum Records. The End will be handling distribution for the release. The band are currently planning West Coast tour dates in support of the CD. The album was released March 21 in most European territories.
Work on "Devils on Both Sides" began in early 2003, with producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE) originally slated to handle the whole CD. The addition of new vocalist Norman Skinner meant that the group were forces to re-write the songs and re-cut vocals which were originally done with their previous singer, causing a conflict in Neil's schedule, which resulted in the group bringing in Juan Urteaga (VILE, SKINLAB) to finish the CD. "Things worked out great as Juan is pure metal and has a passion for all things heavy!" the band write. "The new material has some surprises as we were able to bring in some more melodic aspects due to Mr. Skinner's killer vocal range. No worries there’s plenty of metal going on and we’re still laying out the killer riffs!" Final cover artwork for the CD was produced by IMAGIKA drummer Henry Moreno.
In other news, IMAGIKA will hit the studio in January 2006 to record the follow-up to "Devils on Both Sides", with a spring 2006 release expected in Europe. The band is currently considering a suitable producer for the CD.