US power metal band Dire Peril, made up of guitarist Jason Ashcraft (Helion Prime) and vocalist John Yelland (Judicator), have released their first single, “Heart of the Furyan”, from their long awaited debut album The Extraterrestrial Compendium, to be released worldwide via Divebomb Records on November 9th, 2018.
Check out “Heart of the Furyan” below.
Jason Ashcraft comments: “I know the album doesn’t come out for roughly four more months but we have a few things in the works that I really wanted a song out to showcase how the band sounds now and who we currently are. Also I’m just to excited to not share this album with everyone that I really couldn’t wait any longer.”
The album will consist of twelve full length tracks each inspired from a different science fiction movie. It will feature guest perfomances from Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) and Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers).
The album was mixed by Carlos Alvarez at Dirty Viking Audio Productions and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio. Cover art for the album was done by Gwen Vibancos.
The single “Heart of the Furyan” is based on the character Riddick from the The Chronicles of Riddick series that started in 2000 with the film Pitch Black.
Ashcraft comments, “I have been biting my tongue, mostly, for about three years now that we got Arjen to perform on one of our tracks. Those who know me understand that this is a dream come true for me. Arjen is a huge inspiration to myself and my music, and to have had the honor to work with him is something that will be a main highlight throughout my career. He is very humble and great to work with. I hope everyone is as pleased with the outcome as I am.”
Each of The Extraterrestrial Compendium’s 12 tracks is based on a sci-fi film. “I always loved the idea behind Iced Earth’s Horror Show—making each song based on a famous monster film. If it isn’t obvious from the music, I’m somewhat of an Iced Earth fan,” states Jason, “so when coming up with ideas for this debut, I thought it would be cool to take a similar direction, but with something that I’m passionate about. As you can see by the final result, we get an album based on some of my all-time favorite sci-fi films. It was certainly hard to choose, as I could probably make Dire Peril’s entire career on favorite films alone.”
Together, the duo—through many obstacles—is prepared to present The Extraterrestrial Compendium to the world, as well as the friends and fans who have waited so patiently.
Yelland notes, “Working on this album was a joy. I had always admired Jason’s material, so the opportunity to collaborate with him was irresistible. I am so proud of what we have accomplished, and can’t wait to share this—and more—with the world…”