Recently praised by their hometown LA Weekly as Los Angeles’ “best new old-school metal band,” the upstart traditional heavy metal quintet BLADE KILLER will release their debut album, High Risk, on Nov. 23 via M-Theory Audio. A lyric video for the album’s anthemic title track can be seen now on Bandcamp, while the song is available for download on streaming platforms starting today.
Featuring a strong NWOBHM (and particularly, Di’Anno-era Iron Maiden) influence, “High Risk” is an eight-track, 29-minute ripper sure to please fans of pure heavy metal. The album was recorded by Allen Falcon at L.A.’s Birdcage Studios and mixed and mastered by Enforcer vocalist Olaf Wikstrand (Tribulation, Cauldron). The cover art, seen above, was designed by noted tattoo artist Alex Matus.
High Risk is available for pre-order on CD, cassette and limited-edition black-and-white vinyl. Digital pre-orders, which will include an instant download of the title track, are underway now on Bandcamp and will begin elsewhere today.
BLADE KILLER has earned a strong following in Southern California through their energetic live performances and classic-minded metal anthems. The group has shared the stage in recent months alongside the likes of Raven, Night Demon, Eternal Champion, Sumerlands, Thor, Evil Dead, BAT, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Grim Reaper, Voltax and Spell. In addition, the group recently performed the inaugural Los Angeles Strikefest and the Swedish festival Muskelrock.
On Sunday, BLADE KILLER will play the Frost & Fire festival’s “Bangover” after-party at Que Sera in Long Beach, California, which also features Screamer, Grinder, Road Rash and Bewitcher. Additional live appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
Blade Killer is: Carlos Gutierrez on Vocals, Kelsey Wilson on Bass, Jonathan Rubio on Lead Guitar, Jay Vazquez on Lead Guitar and Peter Lemieux on Drums.