Dress The Dead (Ex-Forbidden, Witch Mountain) Premiere “Promises And Kisses” Lyric Video

Dress The Dead (ex-Forbidden, Witch Mountain, etc.) have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Promises And Kisses.” You can check that out below:

Craig Locicero (ex-Forbidden) commented:

“Back when my last band was coming to a close I immediately wrote a pile of new riffs and the music came in a creative flurry. Never thinking about what I was doing, just riffing. Some of it was heavy, aggressive and thrashy while other things were more melodic and in some cases very beautiful.

One of the first things that poured out was the clean intro to Promises and Kisses. It sounded like water to me. Rain, oceans, rivers and storms in my head.

When I first approached Peter Dolving about helping me form Dress the Dead, P&K was in the first batch of riffs. Once Mark, James and Dan got involved our sound quickly started developing into something pretty cool and unique. We felt the potential was farther reaching than originally anticipated.

Peter eventually came to the Bay Area and we put our heads together with Robb Flynn for the recording. Peter had the outline of something special and we were all excited. Unfortunately when we played P&K for other people, some of them didn’t connect to the emotion he was conveying. They only thought of him only as the singer from the Haunted. Their minds were already made up.

Once Peter unexpectedly left the band a couple of months later, he made it clear he wanted us to continue to play the 3 songs we wrote together. Easier said than done. I told him only if we could find somebody who could do them justice. One came close, but nobody made it their own until Kayla Dixon.

Promises and Kisses was the first song that Kayla auditioned with back in October. She sent me a demo two days after we spoke and added elements that Peter’s original version didn’t have. Kayla took liberties with it and the result was amazing.

She takes the P&K to another level. Commanding and vulnerable at the same time. It sounds perfect coming from her female point of view.

Kayla has the rare ability to do what the greatest singers can. She not only writes her own lyrics and melodies, but expounds and re-imagine others’ songs to make them her own.

Once we got Kayla into the studio with Robb, the real magic happened. Robb suggested she sit down and think about what these songs meant to her. Most importantly he captured an amazing performance. Kayla was pretty much limitless in the studio. As a result, everything she recorded has a tangible connection. What we’ve been writing since then is equally as strong.

We feel we must give Peter the deserved credit for his artistry. The stuff that made me want to be in a band with him in the first place. He set the bar so high that we couldn’t find the right person to replace him. Not until Kayla Dixon walked through our door and rocked us to the core.

Nobody saw it coming.

Dolving left us some almost impossible shoes to fill until Kayla came in and stomped down her own footprint.”


Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain) Joins Dress The Dead

Dress The Dead, the band featuring ex-Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero, have announced the addition of singer Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain) to the group. She is taking over for Peter Dolving (ex-The Haunted) who left the band in March 2017. A new song with Dixon on vocals, titled “There Goes The Sun,” can be heard below:

Locicero commented:

“We are happy and proud to announce Kayla Dixon as our new singer in Dress the Dead!

It has been a long and bumpy road getting to this point for a lot of reasons. The main thing is finding the right fit after losing Peter Dolving so unexpectedly. That took us by surprise, to say the least.

After many months of listening to submissions and not feeling we had the proper replacement, Kayla literally dropped out of the sky with a random text to me on October 9th. She basically said she was turned onto DtD through a mutual friend and loved our song ‘1969.’ She wanted an audition.

I had actually witnessed Kayla playing with her other band Witch Mountain almost a year to the day she texted me. I had literally walked away from watching her perform that night and thought to myself ‘That girl is going to be a STAR!’

At that same time, we’d already had Peter so there was no thought of ever having a chance to play and write music with Kayla. In fact, I never even saw myself being in a band with a female lead vocalist. Let alone a super Bad Ass like Kayla. We all could not be happier that it happened!

Fate is a strange beast and we can not always see what’s coming around the bend.

Needless to say when she arrived at our studio from Portland (where she lives) a few days later to audition, it completely knocked us sideways! From the very first note she sang with us every one of us played better. There was the excitement and chemistry we’d been looking for! Kayla was our new front-WOMAN and we had all found each other in the most appropriate and organic way possible. Through the appreciation and love of music. That’s what it’s ALL about.

Our first show with Kayla will be supporting the Killian on Command (All Bay Area thrash stars VIO-LENCE tribute) for the Sean Killian benefit at the the Midway in San Francisco on January 20th. It’s an honor to be included in such an important event to help our Bay Area Brother.

The first song we are releasing is called ‘There Goes The Sun.’ Produced by Robb Flynn and recorded by Zack Oren at Sharkbite Studious. It seemed appropriate as our first selection because it shows how massively diverse Kayla is. This girl can hit ALL the gears, intensity, emotion, guttural, melodic and every register. Kayla simply has it all and TGTS shows it.

Now DtD can finally be a band again. Grow together, play shows, record our music and find the home that best fits us.

It’s really all we ever wanted and it’s an exciting time.

Please share ‘There Goes The Sun’ with all of your friends. Let them know Dress the Dead is alive and well!


Craig Locicero”

Dixon added:

“A mutual friend reached out to me about Dress the Dead. One of my first thoughts was, ‘I don’t know if I’m ready or even at an appropriate talent level to be replacing someone like Peter Dolving for these guys.’ I’d battled with the idea in my head for several months before finally reaching out. I had listened to and loved 1969 but what really hit me hard was when I heard the other songs that are still unreleased that they sent me. I had no idea how musically diverse this band would turn out to be!”