Singer and guitarist Rob Thorne of Connecticut metallers Sacred Oath will talk about their new Ravensong CD, the video shoot for the track “Taken”, and much more on WVOX’s Metal Mayhem with host Matt O’Shaughnessy, via WVOX.com and 1460 AM locally this Friday, September 4th at 9:15 PM, EST.
Sacred Oath recently launched a lyric video (see below) for “Taken”, their new single and a track from their upcoming seventh studio album, Ravensong, out on September 18th via the Angel Thorne Music label. This is the band’s first worldwide release under their new distribution deal with ILS/Caroline/Universal.
“We got adventurous on this one,” says singer-guitarist Rob Thorne, “but it’s still very much an Oath record – melodic and dark. I’d have to say it was the best experience I’ve had making an album since we did the Sacred Oath album in 2009.”
Ravensong is a return to the same lineup that recorded World On Fire in 2010: Bill Smith (guitar), Brendan Kelleher (bass), Kenny Evans (drums), and Rob Thorne (vocals, guitar). The band’s last album Fallen (2013) featured the original members from their 1988 debut A Crystal Vision as part of a 25th anniversary celebration.
Cover art for Ravensong was illustrated by the band’s drummer Kenny Evans, who also did the cover for A Crystal Revision back in 1998. “Rob called me about an idea of a raven silhouette for the cover and I asked him if I could take a crack at it,” said Kenny. “It worked out very well. I guess we’ll hear what people think soon enough. It’s certainly a different kind of cover for Sacred Oath, but that was what we were going for.”
All 10 songs were written by Thorne, which is not typical for the band, though he has been the primary songwriter since the beginning. The album clocks in at over 52 minutes in length.
“Live And Burn”
“Culture Of Sin”
“When All Is Said & Done”
“Brighter Than The Sun”
“Taken” lyric video:
Ravensong will be available worldwide via Caroline/Universal as a digipack CD with 12-page booklet insert, mp3 download, and also “Mastered for iTunes” with PDF booklet download.