Vader‘s new EP “Thy Messenger” has now been slated for a May 31st release date through Nuclear Blast. The outing will feature four of five songs the band tracked during a session at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland this past January/February. Furthermore, a new full-length album tentatively titled “…And Then There Was Only Pain” will be tracked this spring with plans for a fall release. Speaking of the EP, the band commented:
“We decided to record this EP because we knew that the full length new album won’t be released before the end of 2019. We’re back on the road in June and we plan to have some new tunes ready for our fans throughout the summer – before that we’re due to start the recording process for the new Vader LP in April in England.
For the time being we’ve named the album: ‘…And Then There Was Only Pain‘ and it should be completed by the end of May – when ‘Thy Messenger‘ EP is due to be released worldwide. The EP includes three new tracks – mostly really vicious and aggressive tracks, even for Vader. ‘Emptiness‘ is more groovy in the main riff but really heavy at the end.
All of the songs are fast and short, but pretty intense. We’ve also added a new version of our classic title track from ‘Litany‘. It is 20 years since we recorded that album at the Red Studio. ‘Litany‘ – as a song – and many more from that album have never been performed live. This album is still one of the fan favourites in the Vader discography and we will resurrect this whole record as part of our touring this autumn.
Another bonus is the absolute classic cover of ‘Steeler‘ which has always been one of my all time favorite Priest songs.”