Today (Sunday, 10.04.2005) the Chinese record company AreaDeath Productions released the debut album by Estonia's leading heavy metal combo Herald. The album, titled "Heavy Metal Wakes the Beast" includes six remastered tracks from the band's self-released demo and four new, previously unreleased songs. A special version with an extra booklet in Mandarin was released for Chinese, Taiwanese and Hongkong markets only.
"As far as we know, we're the first underground rock band in Estonia and possibly in Europe to release their debut album in Asia," comments the band's vocalist M. Kalvet. "Hopefully now that we got a foot in the door, it will be easier for others in the same line of music to get to the Asian music market. Interest in metal music is startlingly big there right now."
A summer festival-tour through 20 Chinese cities partly organized by AreaDeath Productions is currently being discussed.