Overkill, Ex-Machine Head, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Working On New Project

It looks like Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) are working on a new project. Demmel and Portnoy confirmed the news in the below posts. It’s worth noting that Demmel and Ellsworth previously performed with Portnoy and Menghi in Metal Allegiance.

[via The PRP]

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Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) & Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf) Have Been “Talking About” Starting A New Project Together

Benjamin Burnley recently confirmed that Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) will be guesting on Breaking Benjamin’s new acoustic album and now it looks like they may collaborate even further in the future. During an interview on Cutter’s RockCast, Burnley revealed that the two have been “talking about” starting a new project together.

Burnley said the following:

“I don’t know if she’d be mad at me for saying anything about it, but me and Lacey have been talking about doing another band, putting a band together. We just wanna do, like, a record… We’ve been talking a bit here and there about it. It’d just be something different. I think that’d be really cool.”

He went on to say that he has been friends with Sturm for over 10 years:

“One of the first tours, I think, they [FLYLEAF] ever did — not the first, but one of the first tours they did ever — was with us. And it was a lot of fun. It was a lot different back in those days. Enough success to have fun, but not overboard, and it was all new and everything. And she was always really cool; the whole band was always really, really cool.

When I first heard them, FLYLEAF, I was really blown away by her inflection and her style. If you think I’m unique [as a singer], she is one hundred percent unique — but in a good way. Sometimes singers that are unique, for me… I don’t wanna put anybody down, but sometimes people are different just to be different — it’s not really good; it’s just different. But she’s different and… [she’s doing] her own thing.

She’s a really positive person and she does put off a positive vibe, which is really refreshing, especially for me — [since] I can be a negative person. She’s just a really nice, sweet, genuine person. Singing-wise, I really respect her.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Matt Snell (Ex-Five Finger Death Punch) Launches New Project Unveil The Strength

Matt Snell (ex-Five Finger Death Punch) has teamed up with Mark Wölfe, Andy James, Matt Guillory, and Tim Hassemer in a new band called Unveil The Strength. The group have shared the below introductory video, which features their upcoming track “War Inside Us All”:

Snell commented:

“We want to put the grown man back in metal — that spirit is being lost in the shuffle. We’re going back to the roots, to real fucking metal.”

He also added the following about their album release plans:

“The landscape has changed so much regarding how to successfully get music to the public, so we’re going a different route. Right now, we’re halfway through the album and we have video concepts for every song. Instead of releasing all 10 songs at once that will just be put up on the Internet to be stolen, our idea is to constantly release new songs all the time. We want to unveil this record to the public, with a video to go along with each song.”

The band have been working on the album with Rob Kukla and Henrik Udd. Snell added the following about the production team:

“The production is amazing on the new album. It accentuates that we’re an active rock band — but we’re a little bit heavier, a little bit edgier. It illustrates that we can write, and that we have an ear for metal.”

He also talked a bit about Wölfe’s “real” lyrics:

“Mark has had an amazing life. He is a Marine; a veteran. He’s lived on the streets, ya know? He’s seen and done a lot. He writes from his core being and writes real songs that relate to the band’s message.”

Unveil The Strength’s first single “Foundations” is expected to be released soon.

Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) On His New Project With Corey Glover (Living Colour): “It’s Just A Conglomeration Of Styles All Melded Into One”

During a recent interview on the Talking Metal podcast, Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) talked a bit about his new project with Corey Glover (Living Colour). According to him, the music will be “a conglomeration of styles all melded into one.”

Orlando said the following:

“[The music is] just straight-up rock. It’s heavy rock. Of course, it’s just one hundred percent chock-full of Corey Glover and my guitar styles. [It’s] bluesy [and] funky. There’s a little RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE in there. There’s a little bit of soul in there. All the stuff that I love kind of just melded into one melting pot. It’s just a conglomeration of styles all melded into one. There’s no one particular thing that it screams. It’s just heavy, hard rock kick in you know what. [Laughs]”

He went on to say the album is “one of the best things [he’s] have ever done” and that Glover “is not only the coolest cat going, but he is one of the greatest singers on this earth.” He continued: “It’s such an amazing experience to play with Corey and to be doing an album with him.”

Orlando also added:

“It’s everything you would imagine from Corey, and I add my element to it, which is different than I’ve ever done. It’s not ADRENALINE MOB, it’s not SONIC STOMP — this is something really cool and different for me, so it’s even that much more special for me.”

The duo have already recorded nine songs and may do a few more. The effort is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, despite their busy schedules:

“[Corey] has a big schedule, and I’ve been doing a lot of stuff and working behind the scenes, redoing my entire recording studio and just getting really back into this now. So, yeah, it’s just basically [a matter of] scheduling.”

Orlando and Glover will perform at the Iridium in New York City on September 9.

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Hammerfall & Firewind Members Join Forces In The Sign

Bassist Magnus Rosén (ex-Hammerfall, etc.) and vocalist Chitral “Chity” Somapala (ex-Firewind, etc.) have launched a new ’70s classic rock/’80s hard rock inspired project called The Sign. The group, whose lineup is rounded out by session guitarist Jörgen Alnevall, are planning to release a new song titled “The Land Gone Dark” in the near future. The track will appear on their upcoming debut album.

[via Blabbermouth]

Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Etc. Members Join Forces In Zealot R.I.P.

Blake Harrison (Pig Destroyer), Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour), Jason Hamacher (Frodus, Decahedron), and Peter Tsouras (Olympia, Fairweather) have joined forces in a new band called Zealot R.I.P. The group are currently planning something for May 20 and are also scheduled to open for Pig Destroyer and more at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore, MD on September 14.

[via MetalSucks]

Ex-Sodom, Assassin, Etc. Members Join Forces In New Band Bonded

Bernd “Bernemann” Kost (ex-Sodom), Markus “Makka” Freiwald (ex-Sodom), Ingo Bajonczak (Assassin), Chris Tsitsis (ex-Suicidal Angels), and Marc Hauschild have joined forces a new band called Bonded. You can find a video for the demo version of the group’s new song “God Given” below: