Two years after the release of their booming album “Apex”, Canadian power metal band Unleash the Archers announce a new EP due out this fall. “Explorers” will be released on October 11th via Napalm Records and contains two cover songs. Read more below.
The first single o the EP will be “Northwest Passage” originally by Stan Rogers in 1981, and premiers on August 30th. The band comments: “This song means a lot to us as a band, we like to put it on during those long drives on tour and it always brings us right back home. We originally recorded it to be a bonus track for our last full length album Apex, but we loved the track so much we knew it needed special treatment. We held on to it for a bit and eventually decided to release it as its own 7″ vinyl EP with another Canadian cover song as the B side. The song “Northwest Passage” is all about touring through Canada, which Stan Rogers did a lot, and how it equates to being an explorer looking for the passage all those years ago. It really hits home with us, we’ve toured through Canada too many times to count, so we know just how Stan was feeling. That’s where the name of the EP came from too; every time we hit the road on tour it’s like we too become Explorers, with the great big unknown stretching out before us.“
The second song is from the rather unknown Canadian hair metal band Teaze and is called “Heartless World”. The song was originally published in 1979 on their album ‚One Night Stands’. “The song “Heartless World” has a really interesting arrangement and can’t seem to decide if it’s a ballad or a rock opera. Unlike Northwest Passage, where we played around with it quite a bit, we left “Heartless World” almost completely as is, and only changed a few small things like solos and vocal melodies. We thought it would be a great companion piece to “Northwest Passage” and really round out the moody Explorers vibe.” states the band.
Unleash the Archers are very happy with their artwork, which was created by Dusty Peterson: “We feel it captures the essence of seeking the “Northwest Passage” perfectly. If you have ever read ‘The Terror’ by Dan Simmons or watched the show you’ll know exactly what we were going for. This EP has darkness written all over it, but the songs themselves have a slightly uplifting undertone as well. One can only imagine how exciting it must have been to explore this unknown continent back in the day, but also, how terrifying.”
“Explorers” will be available in the following formats: 7″ Vinyl Single Black – limited to 300 issues, 7″ Vinyl Single Silver – limited to 100 issues, 7″ Vinyl Single White – limited to 100 issues, digital EP.
Also, the band will take place in the 2020 Full Metal Cruise, which starts in Kiel, Germany on September 23rd alongside colleagues like Sonata Arctica or Legions of the Damned.