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  EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN TO NEW STUKA SQUADRON SONG, 'THE WEEPER', RIGHT HERE
20th October 2017



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Stuka Squadron are currently embroiled in a studio creating their new masterpiece, the as-yet-untitled second album and follow-up to their 2011 debut, 'Tales Of The Ost'. The new album is expected some time in 2018 and the first release, 'The Weeper', premiered on the Steve Göldby Talks Metal radio show last week.

Stuka Squadron leader Lord Pyre was special guest on the show and talks candidly about the forthcoming release and tells all about the band's history and origins in one of the most entertaining interviews ever to air on the show. You can listen to the whole interview, which includes snippets of almost every song from 'Tales Of The Ost', in the player here.



And you can listen to 'The Weeper' right here...



Lord Pyre has the following to say about 'The Weeper':

"'The Weeper' is the new Stuka Squadron song which was played as a world exclusive on the Steve Göldby show. The tune itself is based on an English folk song I remember was quite popular in the reign of Harald Harefoot. I haven't heard it much since so I am not sure it still gets played.

"It tells that familiar old story. Boy meets girl. Girl doesn't want to meet boy. Boy brings all his mates and they do terrible things to girl. They make the usual fatal error of hanging girl from The Old Tree. They are all killed under The Old Tree by other warriors. The boy is cursed. He lies under the ground tied to his earthly remains. He sees, hears and feels everything, but can he move? No! He is but a skeleton, denuded of sinew and muscle.

"The girl meanwhile inhabits the tree. She has become a malevolent dryad. As the boy's bones sink into the dank, moist earth she pursues him with the roots of the tree to torment his body. Trees move slowly and she can only go at the speed of the growing roots, so the whole process takes a millennia. Her mind is gone almost entirely beyond the burning thought of revenge. His existence is one of terror and pain. I would love to make a video of all this. If anyone out there wants the job, let us know!

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"People ask me how I think these things up. Actually we vampires aren't particularly imaginative. It happened to a mate of mine. He was called Seawolf. The girl might have been called Gudrun. Forgive me if the details are a bit hazy. He's just a skeleton and was a berserker back in the day so he doesn't make a lot of sense.

"'The Weeper' was originally written for what became the Iron Knights' 'New Sound Of War' album, which happily I didn't play on. Fortunately the band were too dysfunctional by that point to try something this ambitious and a departed member didn't like it, so it was never used. That's good news for us now because it is back in our arsenal.

"The song is based around a folk pattern because I had developed a vampire obsession about Pentangle, Steeleye Span and the darker of the 1970s folk bands (the songs about elves and so forth - not the ones about putting things in their hats).

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"Originally I wanted this to be a duet between Duke Fang and Emily Ovenden, my favourite Mediaeval Baebe, who is also the original singer of Pythia. We had the gold for that from the 'Tales Of The Ost' album. Unfortunately that went into the coffers of our record company at the time, so for this recording, an affiliate Squadron member, Gerhardt Blitzkrieg, stepped into the breach. He arranged the harmonies on 'Tales...' and has performed with us on occasion. His performance on this was terrific - listen for yourself and see.

"The song also highlights Duke Fang's versatility as a performer. He performs most of 'Tales Of The Ost' using his character voice, but then we broke out his operatic skills for 'Zabulon's Inferno'. Here he uses a much softer singing style, which really showcases his voice.

"People have variously asked us if this is a new direction, told us to do more like this or never do this again. The answer is that this is a one off. The next couple of songs are quite different. 'Pit Of Fire' is in our traditional Stuka Squadron style and is about our famous torture chamber for former members and our wartime exploits. 'Tell Me Strange Things' is written by Gravedigger Cox and is different again. Where 'The Weeper' is an exceptionally complex piece, 'Tell Me Strange Things' is far more basic and elemental. The music is in the vein of Ron Asheton from The Stooges, or maybe like The Kinks. The story is about our nemesis, Montague Summers, who staked Duke Fang last year.

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"So why did do this song now? Because we can. We love the New Wave Of Traditional Metal and were one of the first of the NWOTM bands. We have played with a lot of the bands in it - great acts like Toledo Steel, Seven Sisters and Dark Forest. The standard of musicianship in all these bands is amazing and we love them all. What we would say though is 'push the bar higher'. 'The Number Of The Beast' wasn't a great album because it sounded like what went before. It was great because it did something new with the sound. Let your imaginations run free.

"This week we are doing Folk Metal. Next week Stooges-era punk. The week after trad Metal. The week after that we could be doing early Metallica type stuff, industrial or who knows what - and it is all still Stuka Squadron.

"The new album will break new ground every song, because that's how we like it. Still. It could be that we do have a bit of an advantage. We've been going for over four hundred years.

"Some people have asked what the whisper at the beginning of the song is. Well that's an Anglo-Saxon spell - real of course. If you feel anything when you hear it please contact us at stukasquadron.com. It could be important - particularly with Halloween coming up."

You can next see Stuka Squadron live at The Unicorn in Camden, London on Saturday 18th November as aprt of a two day Retribution Alive extravanganza. It's free entry on both nights as well.

The next new Stuka Squadron track will premiere on Steve Göldby Talks Metal in November. The show is broadcast every Wednesday at 4.00pm at TotalRock. All back editions are available right here. Stuka Squadron wrote and performed the theme music for the show, which you can listen to here.



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MONSTERS OF ROCK IN FULL FLIGHT SURE TO BECOME FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.












 


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