Veteran Chicago rock n' roll metallers BIBLE OF THE DEVIL have issued the following update:
"We have completed the mastering for our fifth studio album, 'Freedom Metal', due to hit the streets in September. Artwork is currently in production by well-known Chicago rock n' roll graphic artist Martin Cimek. This is our follow-up to 2006's 'Diabolic Procession', and our second full-length release for Rome, Italy-based Cruz Del Sur Music.
"The much-anticipated BIBLE OF THE DEVIL / VALKYRIE split 7" is currently be being pressed and should see the light of day in time for our tour of this Midwest, South, and East this fall. It comes to you courtesy of Heavy Birth Records out of the Netherlands."
According to a press release, "Freedom Metal" "marches beyond the epic concept" of BIBLE OF THE DEVIL's previous release toward an effort "simply overflowing with cranium-bludgeoning classics-in-the-making." Collaborating again with acclaimed Chicago engineer and producer Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR) for the recording of "Freedom Metal", BIBLE OF THE DEVIL's fans can expect shit-hot and throttling production values for the new material that are the standard at Parker's Semaphore Studio in Chicago.
Having completed the "Freedom Metal" sessions in May 2008, BIBLE OF THE DEVIL has spent the two years since their last full-length release honing the new material live and even discarding songs that the band felt would not make the cut, a luxury that they had seldom been afforded before in the band's history. Vocalist and guitarist Mark Hoffmann said, "This is a true heavy guitar-lover's album. One for people who would rather actually plug a real Les Paul into a Marshall and just lay waste than those who would merely simulate shredding on their Playstation 3. Although, they too are invited to the party." And before the jingoist, big-dumb American implications of including "Freedom" in the title come flying at the band whose cryptic moniker continues to attract endlessly redundant inquiries about Satanism, Hoffmann had to say, "We ain't talking about the perverse concept of 'Freedom' in Dubya's sense. We're talking about 'Freedom' in the purest, Hobbesian sense, 'a free man is he that is not hindered to do what he hath the will to do'. And metal."
BIBLE OF THE DEVIL performing live – July 2007: