Italy’s traditional heavy metal warriors SIGN OF THE JACKAL first gained praise from the international metal community during late 2009 with the release of their debut single, Haunted House Tapes. Gearing up for a busy 2011, SIGN OF THE JACKAL have returned with The Beyond, a five track Maxi EP to be released by HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in advance of the band’s appearance at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival alongside label mates ENFORCER and VEKTOR in April. A collection of rare studio tracks and obscure cover versions for die-hard heavy metal maniacs, The Beyond will be released in a limited edition of 2000 CDs and 500 vinyl MLPs on March 8th in the USA and March 14th in Europe. Vinyl version also includes an exclusive bonus sixth track. SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s female fronted melodic metal attack fuses influences from classic Italian horror films from legends such as Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava and Dario Argento with pure heavy metal for fans of Warlock, Doro, Iron Maiden, Acid, Bitch and Blacklace or, more recently, Enforcer, RAM, White Wizzard and Cauldron.
Catch SIGN OF THE JACKAL live at KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL XIV:
April 29th-30th 2011 Lauda Koenigshofen, GERMANY
Born in the frigid winter of 2007 in the Rovereto, Italy four friends were brought together by a mutual passion for classic heavy metal and horror movies. These four friends sought to create a band that paid homage to such 80’s metal legends as Warlock, Black Knight, Taist of Iron, Black Lace, Judas Priest and Lizzy Borden-that band became SIGN OF THE JACKAL. The core of the band was formed with Bob on rhythm/lead guitar, Sergio Mate on drums, Kill on bass and lead vocalist and front woman Laura on vocals. The bulk of gigs in their first year found SIGN OF THE JACKAL covering their favorite classic metal songs, opting to avoid the hits and instead keep things interesting with a set list full of rare b-sides and obscure album tracks. However, the band desired to write their own songs and have a fuller sound so in April 2008 rhythm guitarist Max was added to complete the line-up. With the line up complete, SIGN OF THE JACKAL quickly found their own sound, meshing together classic metal and horror influences to create a buzz for themselves amongst European underground metal fans. By Winter 2008 SIGN OF THE JACKAL’s debut two track demo, the aptly-named Haunted House Tapes, found its way across the Atlantic to American underground metal fans and ultimately to HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS which gave Haunted House Tapes the vinyl treatment. Shortly after the release of the single, original bassist Kill was replaced by Roby Knife. With their new and improved line-up, SIGN OF THE JACKAL will be appearing at Germany’s KEEP IT TRUE festival in April and are currently working on their full length album In the Mark of the Beast which will see release later this year on HEAVY ARTILLERY.