Australian black death metallers Deströyer 666 have announced that their album Cold Steel.... For An Iron Age will be re-released on December 9th by Season of Mist.
Season of Mist released the official statement: "With 2002's Cold Steel... For An Iron Age, Black/Thrash metallers Deströyer 666 continued their steep climb in the favour of fans and critics alike. On next December 9th, this modern classic will be re-released in an irresistible package. The new version not only includes the bonus track "The Dragon", but the Australians also treated their masterpiece to a spectacular brand-new graphic design with liner notes. This is clearly a must have for all Deströyer 666 fans!"
Bay Area thrashers Heathen will be replacing Deströyer 666 on the upcoming North American Reckoning Tour headlined by German thrash metallers Destruction.
Deströyer 666 will be unable to travel due to guitarist/vocalist Keith (K.K. Warslut)'s upcoming surgery for a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
Bassist & vocalist Schmier comments on the new touring bill, which still includes Warbeast from Texas: "Destruction wishes Keith a safe and quick recovery! In the meantime, we are really happy to announce their old friends Heathen as a replacement for Deströyer 666! These Bay Area thrashers are one of my favorite thrash bands of all time and we will be sharing the European stages with them in some weeks on the Killfest Tour. It's fantastic to have an opportunity to tour with old friends on both sides of the globe! German & Bay Area Thrash together on tour - how much more kick-ass can it get?! I can't wait to hit the road again now, hope to see you all out there!"
Destruction will be returning to North America in support of their new studio album, Day Of Reckoning, due out in the US and Canada on March 8th, 2011 and on February 18th in Europe. Special guests on the tour are Australia's Deströyer 666.
Destruction bassist & vocalist Schmier shares the following on the upcoming trek: "It feels fantastic to return to North American shores for the first time after our return to Nuclear Blast with a new album as brutal as Day Of Reckoning on our backs. This is the strongest material we have written since The Antichrist and we are burning to present these shredding songs and introduce our new 6.6 foot tall drum animal Vaaver (UnSun, Indukti) live! Of course, all the Destruction classics will be there; we know what our faithful fans want and we will serve them well! You will feel the force of the strongest line-up we have ever had. Experience the true power and the rigorous precision of German Thrash Metal live this spring! Can't fuckin' wait!"
Australian warmongers Deströyer 666's fourth album "Defiance" will invade European stores on next June 22nd. The album will be released in the USA on July 14th. Here are the artwork and tracklisting:
01. Weapons Of Conquest
02. I Am Not Deceived
03. Blood For Blood
04. The Barricades Are Breaking
05. A Stand Defiant
06. A Path To Conflict
07. A Thousand Plagues
08. Human All Too Human
09. A Sermon To The Dead
According to frontman KK, "the artwork for the new album was inspired by the idea of resolute defiance in the eye of the spiral downwards".
Deströyer 666 have now recorded and mixed their new album and are currently waiting on the artwork to be finalised. Release dates and the track listing for "Defiance" are expected soon.
The following tour dates have also been confirmed by the band:
May 24 - Maryland Deathfest, Baltimore, USA
May 29 - Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 30 - United Metal Maniacs Festival, Bitterfeld, Germany
June 6 - Magic Metal Festival, Fredericia, Denmark
Aug 7 - Partysan Festival, Germany
Sept 5 - NIHIL Extreme Festival, Milan, Italy
The Australian tour announced by Deströyer 666 some months ago has been cancelled. Dates for the tour hadn't been posted yet, but the tour has been postponed until further notice. The reason for the postponement is the untimely death of drummer Mersus' uncle. The band has however been confirmed for the United Metal Maniacs Festung Festival 2009.
In other Deströyer 666 news, the upcoming new album from the band originally titled "Siege" has now been renamed to "Defiance".