Vader is planning both an EP and a full-length record for this year. While the details regarding the LP …And Then There Was Only Pain are still unclear, Vader has given us everything we need to know about the EP Thy Messenger. The EP features three new tracks, a rework of their 2000 track "Litany" from the album of the same name, and a cover of Judas Priest's 1980 track "Steeler" from British Steel.
“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.”
Thy Messenger was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland and is out May 31.