Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance) To Release New Covers EP “All The Pretty Little Horses”

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance, ex-Scar The Martyr) will be releasing a new covers EP titled “All The Pretty Little Horses” on July 3. The title track, which is a cover of a traditional African American folk song, will be released on June 19 via Bandcamp. Notably, that company will be donating 100% of their share to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on that day.

“All The Pretty Little Horses” Track Listing:

01. “All The Pretty Little Horses” (traditional folk cover)
02. “Dancing With Myself” (Billy Idol cover)
03. “Heart Of The Devil” (Danzig cover)
04. “Alabama Highway” (Steve Young cover)

Elis said the following about the title track:

“‘All The Pretty Little Horses’ was the first song I recorded for this EP. It’s a track that’s been covered by several artists I admire such as Nick Cave, Current 93, Laura Veirs, Joan Baez and Coil. It’s always been one of my favorite folk songs, but it was important for me to make it my own.”

He also added the following about the other songs:

“I’m a huge fan of these artists and cover songs in general. My goal wasn’t only to rerecord the songs in my style, but also to represent them in an original way. I initially reworked them acoustically and played around with different arrangements to find the right vibe.”

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance) Streams New Album “The Devil Is My Friend”

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance, ex-Scar The Martyr) is streaming his new dark folk solo album “The Devil Is My Friend” in full via Brooklyn Vegan. That effort will officially be released on October 26.

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance) Premieres “Sing For The Dead Man” Video

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance, ex-Scar The Martyr) has premiered a new video for his new song “Sing For The Dead Man.” This track is from his new dark folk solo album “The Devil Is My Friend,” which will be released on October 26.

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance) To Release New Solo Album “The Devil Is My Friend” In October

Henry Derek Elis (Act Of Defiance, ex-Scar The Martyr) has revealed the details for his new dark folk solo album “The Devil Is My Friend.” The effort will be released on October 26 and a trailer for it can be seen below:

A press release offered some more insight into the album:

Tragic themes and a folk-tinged Southern Gothic Americana sound form the basis of The Devil Is My Friend, the haunting full-length solo debut by Henry Derek Elis, with contributions from Aubrey Richmond & John Schreffler Jr. (Shooter Jennings), Jarboe (Swans), Tara Vanflower (Lycia) Neal Tiemann (DevilDriver) and many more.

In a marked stylistic departure from his persona as frontman for heavier rock acts, Henry has crafted a poetic and deeply personal solo debut, steeped in memories of his childhood in Milledgeville, GA, the same place Blind Willie McTell and Flannery O’Connor made their death beds; “the kind of small town with a haunted past that can swallow you up whole if you let it,” says Henry.

Dynamic rock arrangements reflect Henry’s encyclopedic knowledge of dark folk, classic country, traditional blues and classical music, resulting in an atmospheric, apocalyptic landscape, where lonely sonic highways are littered with the detritus of misfortune and the soft glimmering of something that might be hope.

Henry Derek Elis’origins are about as strange as his career in the music business. Raised by his grandmother, Henry grew up next to Central State Hospital, once known as the largest psychiatric facility in the world. Throughout his childhood, Henry observed the ravages of illness, addiction and suicide first hand.

Henry came to prominence upon moving to Atlanta, playing in mostly rock and metal bands before joining The Sweet Meat Love & Holy Cult, a folk collective with legendary artist Jarboe (formerly of the influential band Swans). This inspired him to create acoustic-based folk music under the moniker: To The Boy Elis, a reference from the work of Austrian born poet, Georg Trakl.

Henry moved to Los Angeles and recorded demos with various bands, including members of Gorgoroth, Type O Negative and Anthrax. In 2013 he joined the band Scar The Martyr with drummer Joey Jordison of Slipknot fame. After releasing one album on Roadrunner Records, Henry went on to help form the extreme thrash metal band Act Of Defiance, featuring former members of Megadeth and Shadows Fall.

“The Devil Is My Friend” Track Listing:

01. “No Skin”
02. “The Devil Is My Friend”
03. “What’s Left Of Us”
04. “Sing For The Dead Man”
05. “Weeping Willow”
06. “Corpse Carver”
07. “If It’s Not Too Late”
08. “Only Bones”
09. “M.O.M.”
10. “Graveyard Country Blues”

[via BraveWords]