Codex Epicus will be released June 8 in North America (June 15 in Europe) via the mighty Cruz Del Sur Music. Compact Disc and Vinyl LP pre-orders are available via the Cruz Del Sur Music Store.
The follow-up to 2014's Blood Of Legends was recorded at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and features a guest appearance from MANILLA ROAD guitarist/vocalist Mark Shelton on the song "Sword of the Flame", reprising a role he first took on with "The Wanderer," which appears on BATTLEROAR's 2005 album, The Age of Chaos. The Codex Epicus album art was created by Vagelis Petikas of Revolver Design
Comments BATTLEROAR guitarist Kostas Tzortzis: "Mark is one of my biggest musical influences, my mentor and my brother. I am lucky enough to know him personally for more than 16 years and we have shared many experiences in many different places on this planet! So, during the creation of this album, I found myself drained of inspiration, with a nice song on my hands half-finished, but with absolutely no idea how to get it done. Time was running out and I was getting desperate, so I thought of asking Mark for help. Mark has never failed me and this time was no different. He wrote the lyrics, created the vocal lines, sang them and he even added a guitar solo in the end of the song. The rest is history..."
BATTLEROAR will support Codex Epicus with extensive live shows across Europe.
Originally formed in 2000, BATTLEROAR's self-titled debut album was released in 2003. The band followed it up with The Age Of Chaos in 2005 before joining Cruz Del Sur for the release of 2008's To Death And Beyond...
"On Codex Epicus, Battleroar put an epic spin on power metal. For a band that's approaching the two decade mark in their career, Codex Epicus shows no sign of slowing down. If anything, it shows the band still evolving as they write new music."
"Battleroar is right between the old and new crops of epic metal bands, but Codex Epicus will appease fans of both generations and beyond.A mandatory listen for anybody who enjoys groups like Solstice, Atlantean Kodex, and Lunar Shadow."
- Indy Metal Vault, A-
"Codex Epicus is everything you expect and more from Battleroar: epic melodic power metal. That's what they do. Recommended."
- Dangerdog Music Reviews, 4/5
"Epic and monumental!"
- Streetclip.de, 9/10
"A perfect disc!"
- Mundo Rock & Heavy Webzine, 9.2/10
"Some bands try calling themselves epic and can commission the most Conan-like looking cover art, but others just have epic in their blood. Battleroar belongs to the latter group."
- MetalReviews, 85/100
"BATTLEROAR are back with personality and style; a band not less than epic metal masters!!"
- Hard Rock Heavy Metal, 85/100
"The band has grown a lot throughout the years and makes an excellent job to produce its signature sound."
"A brilliant album!"
- The Median Man
"One of the records that will be a must this year in terms of Heavy Epic Metal."
- Metal Brothers, 8.5/10
"Battleroar have sharpened their sound for the epic hymns."
- Flight of Pegasus
"Greece's leading Epic band goes back into battle!"
- Bleeding 4 Metal
Cruz Del Sur Music titles are distributed by:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland : SOULFOOD MUSIC
UK: CODE 7 / PHD
Benelux: SONIC RENDEZVOUS
Usa / Canada: MVD
Rest of Europe: SOULFOOD MUSIC