After months of teasing fans that a slew of good news was heading their way in the near future, Eighteen Visions has kept their promise by unveiling three huge announcements. On Thursday (April 20), the California-founded band revealed that they will be releasing their sixth studio album this summer through their new record label home. The upcoming record, which has been titled XVIII, is set to be released on June 2 through their new home of Rise Records.
In addition to the new record announcement, the band has also unleashed the first single off the upcoming release; a track titled “Oath.” The music video for “Oath” can be seen above. Pre-orders for XVIII are currently available here. The band is offering a total of eight bundles as well as the record in CD, vinyl, and digital forms.
As if a new album, song, and record label home was not enough, the group has also revealed that they will reunite on the stage for the first time in ten years. The group’s official on stage reunion will double as a record release show at The Observatory in their hometown of Orange County, California. If the reunion’s time and place sounds familiar, it’s because the band’s last performance together took place in late April 2007 in Orange County.
Back in February, rumors of an Eighteen Visions’ reunion began when James Hart, Keith Barney, and Trevor Friedrich launched an Instagram account for the band. The first post on the new account was an image with a message that read “the countdown begins.” In what was not a coincidence, Hart, Barney, and Friedrich uploaded the same exact image on their social media accounts.
Igniting more rumors of an inevitable reunion and new record, the trio shared some footage of them in a studio as well as a 15-second clip of a new song. Soon after, they confirmed that Mick Kenney was tapped to produce, mix, and master the impending release.
According to the band, one of their new songs will be titled “Live Again” and is dedicated to their late bassist Mick Morris who passed away in 2013 due to a pre-existing heart condition.
XVIII is the follow-up to the group’s no-longer-final album, 2006’s Eighteen Visions.