Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor
The traditional heavy metal inspired German band BLOODY TIMES are preparing to release their sophomore, full-length album next month.
‘On A Mission‘ was mixed and mastered by OGrego (Winter’s Dawn, Necrorgasm, Emerald), contains artwork by Stan-W Decker (Ross The Boss, Primal Fear, Masterplan), and will arrive on January 11th. The album features guest contributions from some incredible, well-recognized metal artists, including the former (and a founding member) Manowar guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman. Also present are former Iced Earth members Raphael Saini (drums) and John Greely (vocals), as well as Inexhibit guitarist Marco Cossu.
Today, BLOODY TIMES are sharing the ‘On A Mission‘ details including the album artwork and track-list, along with a new single, “Fort Sumter“, via a lyric video clip. The album is available to pre-order now at this LINK.
“Die In A Hole”
“Curse Of Genevieve”
“The Warning (Until Blood Boils Pt. 1)”
“The Revenge (Until Blood Boils Pt. 2)”
“Day Of Collapse”
BLOODY TIMES first came to be in 2014, when bassist Simon Pfundstein began recording some riffs and demos for a fun hobby, more or less. Things quickly escalated, coming together and culminating with the 2016 release, ‘The Fire Of Immortality‘, where all instruments were played and recorded by Simon, save for the drums provided by Raphael Saini.
Since that initial release, ‘Night Of The Stormrider‘ era Iced Earth singer John Greely (Seventh Servant), contributed vocals to several re-recordings of those earlier song offerings. Work on a second album began in late 2017, with John on vocals, Simon on bass, and Raphael on drums, while different guests were recruited to provide the guitar playing.
Five different guitarists contributed their skills and were partly involved in the songwriting process, which was primarily done by Pfundstein. One of those is the aforementioned Ross The Boss, the guitarist whose contributions to several landmark Manowar albums, from ‘Battle Hymns’ to ‘Kings Of Metal’, makes him an ideal collaborator to BLOODY TIMES.
Ross Friedman – Rhythm / solo guitar
John Greely – Lead / backing vocals
Raphael Saini – Drums
Marco Cossu – Rhythm / solo guitar
Rainer Pfundstein – Rhythm / solo guitar
Balasz Fleischhauer – Rhythm / solo guitar
Simon Pfundstein – Bass / backing vocals