That material will appear on the forthcoming three-song Paint the Sky With Blood EP, which is due out on April 23rd via Napalm Records.
Today (March 30th), the band — which also features Laiho's COB co-guitarist Daniel Freyberg, drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (Paradise Lost), bassist Mitja Toivonen (ex–Santa Cruz) and live keyboardist Vili Itäpelto — have released the first listen of that material with the EP's title track "Paint the Sky With Blood." The ripping song arrives with an intense performance video featuring the late shredder.
"I think we started to write and rehearse those songs in summer 2020," Freyberg told us about the project. "So yeah, it took a while. You know, Alexi is a very old-school type of guy to work with. He usually came to the rehearsal room with riffs or melodies and he would show everybody. He doesn't do any demos beforehand, so he would show everybody their parts and we would go from there. So yeah, it's very back to the Nineties type stuff — but then again, it's pretty efficient.
'Paint the Sky With Blood' was the first song we wrote ... Everybody had some say when we were arranging those songs. I had a little bit of input on it. Alexi would give us some leeway for ideas but a lot of it was already written to existing harmonies for two guitars. So you've got to follow what he's doing."
Paint the Sky with Blood Tracklist:
01. Paint the Sky with Blood
02. Payback's A Bitch
03. Where Dead Angels Lie (Dissection Cover)