Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The idea for a covers EP came about after playing the Kansas song "Carry On Wayward Son" during tour. We each selected an additional song and decided to record as a fun interim between albums. We went to a local home studio run by an engineer friend of ours, Jason Schelp, and knocked it out pretty quick. We also snagged a couple of guest spots by Tyler Loney (Spellcaster) and James J LaRue (White Wizzard/Holy Grail/Vindicator). Art was done by our previous artist, Lauren Gornik. We are very happy with the release! 

How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
It is an album of classic hard rock/heavy metal songs played in a more intense style. The melody and heart of the tracks remains but we added a bit of speed and style of our own.

Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
It was recorded in Kansas City, Kansas on weekends over the span of a few months. We knocked it out pretty quickly so I don't have too many crazy stories, although we had a lot of fun trying to recreate some of the effects and textures from the originals. There was a sort of jet plane sound effect on Judas Priest's "Riding on the Wind" that Zach (guitarist) ended up creating with a lighter as a slide, and then we dumped effects on it until it sounded how we wanted!

What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
The art was done by Lauren Gornik in St. Louis. The concept is sort of us being beamed through time by a wizard. It's all older songs so we thought it fit the concept, and it's a lot of fun and looks great.

What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
This release was a fun bonus for fans, and a fun project for us. We wanted to get something out quickly in between tours while we continued to write for our next album.

Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
It is available on CD as well as digitally, and streaming is available on most major services.

Where and how will you promote this new release?
On tour! We've hit the west coast with it last year and plan to tour around the Legions of Metal Festival in Chicago this year.

Where can we order it from?
www.vanlade.bandcamp.com


March 2017

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