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Thu, Mar 26 2015: GEORGE KOLLIAS

Latest release: "Invictus"

Release date: Mon, May 18 2015, US Tue, May 19 2015

NILE drummer extraordinaire GEORGE KOLLIAS is now unleashing the first new track taken from his forthcoming debut solo-album 'Invictus'. The crushing song "Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead" (featuring George Emmanuel from ROTTING CHRIST) is exclusively streaming via the official media partners below.

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'Invictus' is slated for release on the 18th of May (one day later in North America) and already on pre-sale via the Season of Mist shop.

GEORGE KOLLIAS comments: "My song 'Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead' hits home at the 260bpm range", explains the multi-instrumentalist. "It is not too easy, but a lot of fun to play and one of my favourites from my album. I really like that tempo range, which I always thought fits my drumming style well, but I also love the aggression that comes out of this song. It is not just the drumming that does it, but the riffs... the vocals…. or all as one. The percussion is really important for 'Shall Rise' and the rest of album as well. I spent plenty of time to find exactly what fits each composition. For this song, I went with big war drums to make it as epic as possible! I am very happy how this song turned out exactly how I envisioned it while writing. Yet having George Emmanuel from Rotting Christ adding a guitar solo made this one of my personal highlights. George nailed it!"

In addition to the previously released artwork, GEORGE KOLLIAS has unveiled the tracklist. Both are shown below:

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  1. Echoes Of Divinity
  2. Invictus
  3. The Passage
  4. Aeons Of Burning Galaxies
  5. Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead
  6. Voices
  7. Treasures Of Nemesis
  8. Apocalypse
  9. Epitaph
  10. Through Empty Eyes Of Light
  11. Buried Under The Flames

Regarding 'Invictus', the drummer, who is regarded as one of the world's best by his peers, says the following: "This solo project contains exactly what the word 'solo' describes: one musician writing all music and lyrics as well as performing all the instruments, while inviting some guests to join. At first I composed some songs in order to support my 2 drum DVDs, but thanks to the support and demand from all the fans out there it turned into a full album over time. I can honestly say, the only reason I have recorded this album is the fans asked for this to happen. I am happy that I did it and more excited than ever for the future of this project! I enjoyed recording it more than anything. I have got some great plans for my project. I want to get out there and play this album live as soon as possible too! I also had to pleasure to have some really important guests, which made this album even more special to me. I guarantee that this is only the beginning!!"

GEORGE KOLLIAS has previously released a teaser, which you can check out here.

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