Former Judas Priest Members Join Forces In KK’s Priest

Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing (guitar), Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals), and Les Binks (drums) have launched a new band called KK’s Priest. The group, which also features bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) and guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile), plan to perform Judas Priest tracks as well as new songs. They are currently working on their debut album, which is expected to be released later this year. Downing commented:

“Forging ahead with KK’s Priest was not only inevitable, but was essential for me to perform and deliver everything that is expected from me and KK’s Priest. Due to the massive demand and overwhelming support from fans around the world, I feel this is where I belong, and a set combining the true, classic songs and sound of Priest, together with great, newly forged metal tracks, is what fans can expect when KK’s Priest is taking to stages.”

James LoMenzo (Ex-Megadeth) & Chris Adler (Ex-Lamb Of God) Are Working On A New Project

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth) revealed that he is working on a new project with Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God). He went on to say that their new material is a “perfect blend of modern music and classic metal music.”

LoMenzo said the following:

“I’m making some music with [Chris] right now and a couple of other really talented fellows. And we’re actually putting together music as we speak. And it’s more metal-oriented, which I didn’t dip my fingers in that for a couple of years. So that’s exciting.”

He also had the following to say about playing with Adler:

“He’s an extraordinary drummer. Not only is he a modern metal drummer in that he has speed and he has accuracy and, obviously, energy, but he’s got a lot of soul, too, in his playing. He’s able to kind of pull back on the beats in a way that some other drummers these days don’t even consider. He’s got a wide variety of music that he likes. And he’s a wonderful guy. I first met him when I was in Megadeth on the Gigantour, and he was a swell guy. And my jaw hit the floor when I saw [Lamb Of God] play and saw his drumming. So I was really delighted to get to know him this year and play music with him.”

He also explained how the project came together:

“Chris and I got off tour [with HAIL!], of doing this overseas thing [last October], and he called me up and he asked me for some numbers of musicians. I said, ‘What do you wanna do?’ He goes, ‘Well, I’m doing some music, so I thought I’d try a few things.’ And I said, ‘Well, don’t forget I play bass.’ And he was, ‘Oh, I didn’t wanna ask you. But, of course.’ And so he started sending me some tunes. This fellow Pat plays guitar. Another fellow he ran into in India, a guy named Girish [Pradhan] — an amazing singer. He’s just been tripping over these things. So I think his path is kind of putting this all together. We’ve been demoing music together, and we’re just seeing what it is.”

He also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“What I think it is right now, I think it’s a perfect blend of modern music and classic metal music, which I think is just based on the elements that are put into it. So I’m really excited about it. I think it’s really exciting music. I think it’s accessible music. A lot of older metal fans and younger metal fans will be able to grab on to both parts of it. And so we’re gonna see if we wanna take it any further right now. We’re still just making music and seeing how it sounds.”

He also added the following about the “vocal sound”:

“I can tell you straight away, this singer can sing like Paul Rodgers or like Ronnie James Dio or like Judas Priest. Chris, he was doing a clinic, and they set him up with these guys to play with. He immediately, like a little kid, he didn’t call me, but he texted me to keep it on the low, and he goes, ‘I found this singer who’s just amazing.’ And he sent me some stuff that the guy was doing. And I was going, ‘Yes!’ And then he sent me a photo, and I go, ‘My God! He doesn’t even look horrible or anything.’ That still matters, folks. So, anyway, we have all that together. Let’s see if anything happens. You never know. But, musically, I’m very thrilled about it, and I know Chris and the other guys are as well.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tim Sköld (Ex-Marilyn Manson, Etc.) & Nero Bellum (Psyclon Nine) Launch New Project Not My God

Tim Sköld (ex-Marilyn Manson, etc.) and Nero Bellum (Psyclon Nine) have launched a new project called Not My God. The duo’s self-titled album will be released on February 14 and a video for the first single “Fiction” can be found below:

Track Listing:

01. “Fiction”
02. “Until The Pain Is Gone”
03. “Sowing Discord”
04. “Murder Suicide”
05. “Equalizer”
06. “Birthright”
07. “Decay, Decay”
08. “First Blood”
09. “Nevermore”
10. “Right Now”
11. “Persephone”
12. “Cold Black”
13. “13”

Ex-Children Of Bodom Bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith Joins Moon Shot

Ex-Children Of Bodom bassist Henri “Henkka T. Blacksmith” Seppälä has joined Moon Shot. That group also features vocalist Ville Malja (Lapko), guitarist Jussi Ylikoski (Disco Ensemble), and drummer Mikko Hakila (Disco Ensemble).

Seppälä commented:

“Dearest COB-fans, friends and supporters,

Few weeks have passed now since our emotional final show in our beloved Helsinki, Finland.

Children of Bodom and all you great people I have had the pleasure to play for, work with and become friends with, will always be a big part of me.

I am – and I will always be – grateful for that.

When the decision to quit with Bodom became real in the end of spring 2019, I wasn’t determined to do anything new as a musician.

This might sound naive, but I always thought I couldn’t play anything else than Bodom, I was pretty sure nothing would inspire me enough.

But then the most unexpected thing happened; the news about my situation reached these certain three guys who were brainstorming in Helsinki to find a perfect fit for bass in their brand new group.

For me the classic “one door closing blah blah ”- quote felt now very much on point.

The idea of a new band felt scary, not only musically but also because it came so quickly after the biggest and scariest decision of my life.

At the same time I saw it as a gift, new chance to do music with friends, musicians whose careers I have had the pleasure to follow with admiration.

I didn’t wanna miss this rare chance.

Things came together quite quickly, as you might know, my plans for life after Bodom…well, actually there was no plans really…

So here I am, introducing Moon Shot to you. MOON SHOT is far from melodic death metal. It’s a blend of alternative rock, some crossover elements, lots of melodies – but like always in music; you judge it and define it yourself.

Thank you for reading all this,

thank you again for all the years together,

all the best,

Henkka“

Lingua Ignota, Full Of Hell, & The Body Members Join Forces In Sightless Pit

Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Dylan Walker (Full Of Hell), and Lee Buford (The Body) have launched a new project called Sightless Pit. The group’s debut album, “Grave Of A Dog,” will be released on February 21 and the first single, “Kingscorpse,” can be streamed below:

“Grave Of A Dog” Track Listing:

01 “Kingscorpse”
02 “Immersion Dispersal”
03 “The Ocean Of Mercy”
04 “Violent Rain”
05 “Drunk On Marrow”
06 “Miles Of Chain”
07 “Whom The Devil Long Sought To Strangle”
08 “Love Is Dead, All Love Is Dead”

Walker said the following about the new record:

“[It is] about the anonymity of struggle, the darkness of a lifetime wasted warring against nature, god and everything else, only to be defeated… nothing… the end.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Original The Dillinger Escape Plan Members Ben Weinman & Dimitri Minakakis Collaborate On New Project

Original The Dillinger Escape Plan members Ben Weinman and Dimitri Minakakis have reunited for a new project. The duo released a new song titled “Choir Boy” exclusively through Weinman’s Patreon. That track also features Organ Dealer‘s Eric Schnee.

Hinder Members Launch New Project Dangerous Hippies

Hinder drummer Cody Hanson and frontman Marshal Dutton have launched a new project called Dangerous Hippies. You can find an official video for their debut single “Whoa” below:

According to the duo, the project kind of started in 2011 when they were approached about writing a song for a commercial that was similar to The Black Keys. Hansen said the following:

“We were very inspired and were having a blast, so we decided to write more in the same style. It seemed to come naturally and since it had a more raw feel, we could spend more time on writing and less time polishing in the studio.”

“Dangerous Hippies was never intended to be a replacement for Hinder. Hinder will continue to tour. However, Marshal and I feel that we have grown as songwriters and producers. We don’t want to be stuck in the box of the ‘active rock’ genre forever. We feel that it’s time to get some of the music that we’ve been working on for so many years out to the world.”

“We don’t want this to be just another side project that releases a song/album and then disappears. We plan on taking the time to build this the right way and to build the fan base that will appreciate this new style of music.”