The cover art (see below) was painted by Wes Benscoter, who previously worked with VADER on the De Profundis LP and has collaborated with such bands as Slayer, Kreator and Sinister. A new full VADER album will be recorded this year for a tentative autumn release.
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 are 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 favourite PRIEST songs.”
Stay tuned for more info…VADER have one UK show currently scheduled for 2019 as follows :
June 29th – Hop Fest, Black Prince, Northampton