Greek epic/power metal band Battleroar are currently putting the finishing touches on their fifth full-length album, Codex Epicus, which is set for a June 15 release. The follow-up to 2014’s Blood Of Legends was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and will feature a guest appearance from Manilla Road guitarist/vocalist Mark Shelton.
“The title symbolizes that in order to create something that will stand the test of time, something epic, you need to fight and struggle for it,” says guitarist Kostas Tzortzis. “We drew our inspiration from the ‘Codex’, a book written by worthy men well before our time. We wanted to portray that after gaining knowledge from the ‘Codex,’ you could now create music that is epic and fitting of the book.
Musically speaking, the album has some new elements to present. But, overall, it’s definitely melodic, powerful, doomy and most certainly epic! We worked really hard on the songs and tried to come up with some new twists and turns while properly representing the history of Battleroar.”
Codex Epicus is their second album with vocalist Gerrit Mutz (also of Sacred Steel). Mutz, who can also be heard on the band’s 2017 split with veteran U.S. band Omen, is described by Tzortzis as someone who “sings with great passion and strength.”
Battleroar will support Codex Epicus with a string of live dates.
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