Sacred Oath with new albumJan 21st, 2009
Sacred Oath has long been recognized in the heavy metal underground as one of the pioneers of the American power metal movement that began back in 1985. Their debut album, ‘A Crystal Vision’ (1987) has become a cult-classic, and established the dark, progressive sound of the band that many have imitated.
Then the band split up for almost 17 years. What some fans don’t know is that Rob Thorne reformed Sacred Oath in 2007, and released ‘Darkness Visible,’ putting the band back into full active status with a subsequent European tour (including an appearance at Keep It True Festival) and a live album, ’Till Death Do Us Part,’ that was featured on iTunes as one of the top live Metal albums of 2008.
Says Thorne, “We wrote, tracked, and mixed this record in 12 weeks, about one-fifth the time we spent with Darkness Visible. The band is just on fire, riding on the high we experienced with the successful tour and the release of the live disc.”
The line-up is in fact the same that appears on the live album ‘Till Death Do Us Part ”(2008) – Kenny Evans on drums, Bill Smith on guitar, Scott Waite on bass, and Rob Thorne on vocals and guitar.
There are 14 songs on the new disc. Evans and Waite make their song-writing debuts this time around having written 5 of the tracks. Thorne, who has been the primary songwriter in the band from the beginning, wrote the remaining 9.
Songs are as follows: Paradise Lost / Blood Storm / Buried Alive / Voodoo Dolls /Counting Zeros / Caught In the Arc / Mistress of the Setting Sun / High and Mighty / Wings of Salvation / Order of the System Lords / Sacred Oath / What the Dark Will Undo / Scourge of Sin / Hunt For the Fallen Angel
Running time on the disc is 72:49. Favorite track on the album? “Ooooh,” says Thorne, “I love so many tracks on this disc, but I’d have to say Counting Zeros is my choice TODAY (laughs). We’ve always been a concept-oriented band, and that song really sums up the lyrical theme of this record.” When pressed on whether this is a concept-album, Thorne smiles. “Two powers could be at it again.”
The band is giving away a free download of the first single from the new album – “Blood Storm.” Simply register at www.sacredoath.net.
The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York and the graphic design and artwork was handled by Ioannis for Vivid Images Creative.
Publicity for the band is being handled by Chip Ruggieri for Chipster PR, and Dan Russo is on board as managing consultant for the band.
Global release dates and support tour spring/summer 2009 to be announced soon.