Sacramento-based power metal band Hellion Prime release their sophomore album Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster on August 31st. Ahead of that comes ‘Silent Skies’, the album’s first single and you can watch the music video for it here at Ramzine.
Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster features nine tracks and continues the band’s theme of blending science fiction with science fact. Raging out in grand finale is the seventeen minute long title track.
The album was mixed and mastered at LSD studio by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer). Ironically, itl marks the first time the full band line up is joined together on a release and also the debut of Sozos Michael as vocalist. Alongside him and founder member Jason Ashcraft on rhythm guitars in Hellion Prime is lead guitarist Chad Anderson, bass player Jeremy Steinhouse and drummer Alexander Bosson.
“I wasn’t sure where I was going when writing this album,” said Ashcroft “As fans who follow us closely know, it’s been a bumping two years for us since the release of our debut. We are back and fully inspired. This album focuses more on human nature and our battle with the good and evil within ourselves. I did not plan this when starting the album but that is where it naturally evolved. I am very pleased with the result and hope you are all as equally excited.”
While the singer remarks: “Working on this album has been an incredibly rewarding experience. While Jason had a clear vision as to what this album would shape up to be as the principal songwriter, he was always open to my ideas on vocal lines and lyrics. Our collaboration went very smoothly and it definitely shows on the final product.”
Ashcroft also commented on Sozos joining the ranks: “He is the kind of singer I have always dreamed of working with. Not only are his vocal skills top notch but he understands and knows what the music needs. Writing together for this album was a breeze and I hardly had to ask for any rewrites. Often he would send me ideas that were exactly what I was thinking. I am thrilled to work with someone like that and can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”
Out on August 31st through AFM Records, Marc Whisnant returns as cover artist (having also been responsible the band’s self-titled debut) Terror Of The Cybernetic Space Monster is available for pre-order by clicking here.