Bat Out of Hell III due out on Halloween (Mania.com)
By:Randall D. Larson
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006
On October 31st Meat Loaf is releasing BAT OUT OF HELL III: The Monster is Loose the final piece of the BAT OUT OF HELL trilogy, on Virgin Records in North America, and Universal Records outside of North America.
"Meat Loaf holds such a unique place in pop culture," said Virgin Records Chairman/CEO Jason Flom. "His name, voice, and artwork have come to symbolize great American pop/rock music. We are excited to be involved with Meat Loaf and BAT OUT OF HELL III because good things always come in threes -- and the only thing better than BAT OUT OF HELL is BAT OUT OF HELL II, and the only thing better than BAT OUT OF HELL II is BAT OUT OF HELL III!"
The album was produced by hit-maker Desmond Child (Kiss, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher) with additional vocal arrangements by Todd Rundgren (producer of the first BAT OUT OF HELL). "Bat Out of Hell albums are really renegade records; when they come out they are never like anything else," observed album producer Child. "(In this project), Meat Loaf saw a door open to a new style that is the future of Bat Out of Hell. He wears all of his emotions on the outside."
Meat Loaf agreed: "I took all the songs a little more personal; I became more internal on this record, (and) there were less character studies."
Prior to the release of BAT OUT OF HELL III, Meat Loaf held a special one off show at London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall last Monday, October 16th.
This special event saw Meat Loaf perform tracks from all three BAT OUT OF HELL albums, including a duet with Marion Raven on the first single from BAT OUT OF HELL III, "It's All Coming Back To Me Now."
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