aKING have released a special edition version of The Red Blooded Years – their 2011 album. The new title includes two new tracks, new album artwork and a discount voucher from clothing brand adidas Originals.
"It was time for a reprint and we wanted to switch distribution channels," vocalist Laudo Liebenberg told Rolling Stone. "So instead we thought of throwing on a couple of new, self-produced tracks, a remix, and all the videos we've made for the album so far. So actually the first batch will turn into a limited edition.
The band has indicated recently that it wanted to get back to its hard rock roots. Liebenberg expands: "I think we just want to be in control of the production side again. Make it sound the way we want it to sound and be the best songwriters we can be without compromise. We are a rock band and we want to stay one.
"We're currently writing as many pieces of music and lyrics to chose from," Liebenberg said about album number four, which is currently in planning stages, and due in 2013. "Getting the sound and themes to develop and see which ideas compliment each other and deserve to be turned into songs. No point in rushing it, but staying creative with a realistic deadline in mind is crucial. Looking forward to a fresh sounding album."
The Red Blooded Years SE is out on Rhythm Records.