German power metallers PARAGON have inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band's tenth album, "Force Of Destruction", will be released at the end of October. The CD was produced by Piet Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOUR) at Powerhouse in Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song "Blood & Iron" were laid down by Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, UNISONIC) and Sielck.
PARAGON bassist Jan Bünning previously stated about "Force Of Destruction", "Piet Sielck has done an awesome job. To me, it sounds like a heavier and more 'life' version of 'Revenge' mixed with the guitar sound of 'Law Of The Blade'. Just perfect!
"Our guitar player Wolle [Wolfgang Tewes] wrote a album full of PARAGON classics and our 'newbie' Jan Bertram shredded a whole bunch of great lead guitar parts. And Buschi [Andreas Babuschkin; vocals] seems to be like wine — he's getting better and better and has delievered the best performance he has ever done."
The track listing for the new PARAGON CD is as follows:
01. Last Day On Earth (intro)
02. Iron Will
04. Gods Of Thunder
06. Blood & Iron
07. Blades Of Hell
09. Rising From The Black
10. Demon's Lair
The cover artwork was once again created by Dirk Illing (SCORPIONS, RUNNING WILD), while the photos are being handled by Stefan Malzkorn (GAMMA RAY, SAXON) and the cover layout is being overseen by Claudia von Bihl (Auburn Records, ACCEPT, ANVIL).
Jan Betram previously played with PARAGON's drummer, Chris Gripp.
PARAGON 2012 is:
Andreas Babuschkin - Vocals
Wolfgang Tewes - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bertram - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bünning - Bass, Backing Vocals
Chris Gripp - Drums, Backing Vocals
PARAGON's last album, "Screenslaves", was released in November 2008 via Massacre Records. The CD was produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) at Black Solaris Studio in Frankfurt.
Bünning quit PARAGON after the recording of 2007's "Forgotten Prophecies" because of "musical differences" but rejoined the band in 2009.