German power metallers PARAGON will release their tenth album, “Force Of Destruction”, via Napalm Records on the following dates:
October 19 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland
October 24 – Spain, Finland, Sweden, U.K.
October 26 – Benelux
October 29 – Rest of Europe
November 6 – USA, Canada
The CD was produced by Piet Sielck (GAMMA RAY, BLIND GUARDIAN, IRON SAVIOUR) at Powerhouse in Hamburg. Guest vocals on the bonus version of the song “Blood Iron” were laid down by Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY, UNISONIC) and Sielck. The cover artwork was once again created by Dirk Illing (SCORPIONS, RUNNING WILD), while the photos were handled by Stefan Malzkorn (GAMMA RAY, SAXON) and the cover layout was overseen by Claudia von Bihl (Auburn Records, ACCEPT, ANVIL).
PARAGON bassist Jan Bünning previously stated about “Force Of Destruction”, “Piet Sielck has done an awesome job. To me, it sounds like a heavier and more ‘life’ version of ‘Revenge’ mixed with the guitar sound of ‘Law Of The Blade’. Just perfect!
“Our guitar player Wolle [Wolfgang Tewes] wrote a album full of PARAGON classics and our ‘newbie’ Jan Bertram shredded a whole bunch of great lead guitar parts. And Buschi [Andreas Babuschkin; vocals] seems to be like wine — he’s getting better and better and has delievered the best performance he has ever done.”
The track listing for “Force Of Destruction” is as follows:
01. Last Day On Earth (intro)
02. Iron Will
04. Gods Of Thunder
06. Blood Iron
07. Blades Of Hell
09. Rising From The Black
10. Demon’s Lair
A five-and-a-half-minute YouTube clip featuring audio samples of all the tracks that will appear on “Force Of Destruction” is available below.
Jan Betram previously played with PARAGON‘s drummer, Chris Gripp.
PARAGON 2012 is:
Andreas Babuschkin – Vocals
Wolfgang Tewes – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bertram – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jan Bünning – Bass, Backing Vocals
Chris Gripp – Drums, Backing Vocals
PARAGON‘s last album, “Screenslaves”, was released in November 2008 via Massacre Records. The CD was produced by Uwe Lullis (ex-GRAVE DIGGER, REBELLION) at Black Solaris Studio in Frankfurt.
Bünning quit PARAGON after the recording of 2007’s “Forgotten Prophecies” because of “musical differences” but rejoined the band in 2009.