Ex-Guns N’ Roses, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Join Forces In Sons Of Apollo

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, etc.), guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art Of Anarchy, ex-Guns N’ Roses), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs), keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) have joined forces in a new band called Sons Of Apollo. The band’s debut album “Psychotic Symphony” will be released on October 20, and a teaser can be found below:

Portnoy commented:

“This is a real band. This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break.

Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Former Type O Negative, Agnostic Front, Etc. Members Join Forces In Silvertomb

Kenny Hickey (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig, Seventh Void), Joseph James (ex-Agnostic Front), Hank Hell (Seventh Void), and Aaron Joos (Empyreon) have joined forces in a new band called Silvertomb. You can find a teaser of their music below, and catch them live on August 26 at Ride For Dime at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

In Motive (Born Of Osiris, Etc.) Premiere Two New Songs “Revival” & “The Disconnect”

Awhile back, Sumerian Records put out a call to find a singer for a new project, and now that group has officially been revealed. They are called In Motive, and they feature guitarist Lee McKinney (Born Of Osiris), guitarist Nick Rossi (ex-City In The Sea), drummer Conor White, and vocalist Devin Barrus. You can watch a new video for their track “Revival” and find a stream of “The Disconnect” below. Nick Sampson produced the instrumentals and played bass on the band’s debut album, while Korn’s Jonathan Davis produced the vocals. Rossi said the following about that:

“We’re super comfortable with Nick Sampson. He’s really tight with us and even played bass on the record. We’re all Korn fans, and working with Jonathan was just incredible. To be able to hang with him and get insights into what he’s seen throughout his years in the industry and hear his opinion on our songs was unbelievable. He took our vision and helped us get to where we need to be.”

letlive., The Chariot, & Night Verses Members Join Forces In The Fever

letlive.’s Jason Butler, The Chariot’s Stephen Harrison and Night Verses’ Aric Improta have joined forces in a new band called The Fever. You can see footage from their first show, which took place at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, CA on July 4, below:

[via The PRP]

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt On Possible Side Project With Devin Townsend: “If It Happens, It’s Not Gonna Be Anything Big”

Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt recenlty talked a bit about his possible side project with Devin Townsend during an interview with Rock Hard Magazine. He is unsure if it will actually happen, but if it does, he says it will be a project that focuses on vocals, and that “it’s not gonna be anything big.”

Åkerfeldt said the following:

“Well, actually, if I say anything about it, people are gonna be expecting something to be released. Some of these… I don’t know how many projects I’ve been in, and all of them have been talked about when you’re drunk. I had a band with Jeff Loomis, from now Arch Enemy. [We were] like, ‘We’re gonna have a band.’

And a band with Brent from Mastodon. And I was gonna have a band with Yngwie Malmsteen, even if I never met him. But [there was] talk [of] a lot of shit—a lot of shit. But this one, and since [Devin] already mentioned it, yeah, I talked to him about doing something. Not [just] me and him… If it happens, which it may well not do, it will be like a band of musicians.

I came up with the idea, talked to one guy from Sweden that I love his voice. I talked to him, and he’s, like, ‘If you’re doing it, if you’re in, I’m in.’ And then I met a keyboard player, asked him and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m in.’ I talked to a drummer, ‘I’m in.’ I talked to Devin, ‘I’m in.’

The idea for this—again, if this happens—is to have a band consisting of lead singers. So the vocals first and instruments second, because that’s been gone missing in music, I think, now. So people that are comfortable singing lead vocals. And then if they are a bass player or a drummer, that’s great. But the singer is the most important thing, that they have a lead-vocal-type voice, if you know what I mean.

So the band, if it happens, it’s not gonna be anything big — [we’ll] just do a record for the fun, if we get there, and, like I said, focus on singing and harmony vocals. Like, one takes the lead and the other guys are singing harmonies. Because I love vocals and I’ve been missing that in the rock scene.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Josh Todd & The Conflict Sign With Century Media

Josh Todd (Buckcherry) has launched a new project called Josh Todd & The Conflict, and has signed a new deal with Century Media Records. Joining Todd in the group is his Buckcherry bandmate Stevie D, as well as Sean Winchester, and Greg Cash. The band’s new album “Year Of The Tiger” will be released this fall, and they have been booked for KISW’s Pain In The Grass.

Todd commented:

“It was time for me to make a record. It has been two years since I put out new music and that’s a long time for me.

“I am a student of the game and this was an opportunity to not just make a traditional-sounding rock record like I have been doing in the past.

“The Conflict stuff is heavy, melodic and honest, with a lot of risk taking and these are the records that bring out the best in me.

“Stevie D and I wrote all the songs and it was a long time coming. He also co-produced the record with Eric Kretz and we had a lot of fun doing it.

“After working with Stevie beating a lot of songs into shape, we started understanding our songwriting language.

“Stevie is a well-rounded musician and we are in the zone on this one. Both of us are in the same boat in every aspect of our lives and have been friends since I was 19.

“This record is a divine intervention with a lot more to come.

“The record is called ‘Year Of The Tiger’ and we are coming to every nook and cranny of the world to pulverize and mesmerize, put it on turn it up and go kick some ass!

“These guys are great people and amazing players and it comes off live in a BIG way. You don’t want to miss it.”