Polish death metal vets Vader are slated to release The Empire on Nuclear Blast Records on November 4. Their 13th album, it was recorded in Hertz Studios in Bialystok, Poland, and it was produced, mixed and mastered by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski. Cover art is by none other than Joe Petagno who has also created artwork for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Marduk, Illdisposed and Sodom.
Frontman Piotr “Peter” Wiwczarek states, “Here is the cover art for The Empire created by Joe Petagno himself!!! The whole design includes many details connected to the main theme influencing me before and during the process of recording: war and the “cold crisis” around us today… There are also links to couple of famous movie series, which influence the generations and erupt with violence, hate and “imperial tendencies”… Is this just a fantasy or maybe a sign of the 21st century generation? You have to answer that in Your own… and the future will show us , how real that feeling is? Enjoy The Empire and …. join us on tour soon.”
Today, Vader release the first track-by-track for The Empire, which talks about “Tempest,””Prayer To The God Of War,” and “Iron Reign.” Watch it below, and pre-order The Empire here!
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