Los Angeles based WARBRINGER are back with their 4th studio album effort, programmatically entitled, „IV: Empires Collapse” and have now confirmed a new/corrected street date for the release on October 28th, 2013 in Europe and October 29th, 2013 in North America via Century Media Records.
„IV: Empires Collapse„, the studio recording debut for former Mantic Ritual members Jeff Potts (Guitar) and Ben Mottsman (Bass) rounding off WARBRINGER’s five-piece line-up, was recorded with producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence), mixed by Brett Eliason (Pearl Jam, Heart, BoySetsFire) and mastered by Alan Douches / West West Side Music (Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Converge). The album’s cover artwork, which can be seen above, was designed by Adrienne Rozzi.
The band checked in to comment about the artwork as follows: „The artwork for „Empires Collapse” came about from wanting to take a much more focused and simplistic approach. Previous WARBRINGER album covers are extremely detailed, busy works, so it was a conscious decision to have art that was the antithesis of what we had done before. John Laux came up with the concept, so we had our friend Adrienne Rozzi make up a sketch, which led to us having her follow through with the final piece. It’s incredibly different from what most fans would expect for a WARBRINGER album cover, but we wanted the art to visually reflect the music. The piece reminds me of a Tarot Card illustration and sets a very cryptic, somber vibe which associates well with the music that ties into the album’s title.”
The album’s tracklisting reads as follows:
WARBRINGER – „IV: Empires Collapse”
2. The Turning Of The Gears
3. One Dimension
5. Black Sun, Black Moon
6. Scars Remain
7. Dying Light
8. Iron City
10. Off With Their Heads!
11. Towers Of The Serpent
WARBRINGER have documented the recording process for and the studio updates can be seen here:
Episode #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMzz1PiX9VQ
Episode #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNRb7JOCCY8
Episode #3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gguX72LRyxQ
Upon release of „IV: Empires Collapse”, WARBRINGER will be touring North America with Kreator and Overkill between October 27th and November 29th, 2013. Additionally, WARBRINGER have just been announced to appear at Iron Maiden’s „The Battle Of San Bernardino” event on September 13th, which will also feature performances by Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Sabaton and Overkill, making it a night to remember for fans of Heavy / Thrash Metal.
The band further commented on this opportunity as follows: „It’s an honor to be able to perform alongside one of Heavy Metal’s most influential bands and we want to thank everyone who has given us their support in order to achieve this opportunity. It will be a monumental concert for us and all attending. Up the Irons!”
Stay tuned for more details and first music samples on WARBRINGER’s „IV: Empires Collapse” soon…
WARBRINGER Line-Up 2013:
John Kevill – Vocals
John Laux – Guitar
Jeff Potts – Guitar
Ben Mottsman – Bass
Carlos Cruz – Drums