British melodic metallers CODE OF SILENCE — who are fronted by Brazilian vocalist Gus Monsanto (REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, ADAGIO, SYMBOLICA, LORD OF MUSHROOMS) — recently signed with Mausoleum Records and Rubicon Music. Produced by Paul Logue (EDEN’S CURSE) and mixed and mastered by Italian producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (EDEN’S CURSE, HARDLINE, LIONVILLE) the band’s full-length debut, “Dark Skies Over Babylon”, is described in a press release as “a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the legendary Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades.” The CD was released on January 23 in Japan, and is due on February 25 in Europe and April 9 in North America.
A track-by-track “Dark Skies Over Babylon” album breakdown video by CODE OF SILENCE leader and bassist James Murray can be seen below.
Alongside the experienced Monsanto, CODE OF SILENCE features young virtuoso guitarist Ben Randall (POWER QUEST) who turned heads when he won “The Most Promising Young Guitarist” award at the 2008 inaugural Guitar Idol competition in London at just 17 years old. With a field of over 750 international entrants, Randall wowed judges who praised “his level of technical virtuosity at such a young age, coupled with a level of phrasing beyond his years,” a hallmark of his playing throughout the CODE OF SILENCE debut. The rest of CODE OF SILENCE consists of keyboardist Scott McLean (FALLOCH, CONCEPT OF TIME), drummer John Clelland (THE CROWS, THE JACK, KARMA, THE TROUBLESHOOTERS), and bassist and band leader James Murray.
“Dark Skies Over Babylon” track listing:
02. Bitter Sweet Paradise
03. Sky Is Falling Down
04. Tame The Tempest
05. Dark Skies Over Babylon
06. Seventh Seal
07. Witches Of November
08. Black Abyss
09. Knights Of The Crimson Cross
10. Midnight Cathedral (Veritas)
11. Here To Heaven
The “Sky Is Falling Down” video can be seen below. Filmed in the derelict Lansdowne Parish Church in Glasgow, Scotland, on a freezing cold December day, the clip was captured by director MJ Dixon of Mycho Pictures.