Fates Warning Singer Ray Alder Reunites With Former Drummer Mark Zonder In A-Z

Fates Warning singer Ray Alder has reunited with the band’s former drummer Mark Zonder for a new project called A-Z. The group, which also features bassist Philip Bynoe (Warlord, Steve Vai), guitarist Joop Wolters (Steve Walsh, Simon Phillips), and keyboardist Vivien Lalu (Steve Walsh, Jordan Rudess), have already signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. Zonder commented:

“When we were looking for a deal, Metal Blade was number one on the list. First worked with Brian Slagel about 40 years with ‘Metal Massacre II’ and Warlord. No question that they do a great job and we are very excited and proud to be back at MB.”

Sons Of Metallica & Stone Temple Pilots Members Reunite In Blu Weekend

Former Suspect208 members, Tye Trujillo, the son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and Noah Weiland, the son of late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, have launched a new project called Blu Weekend. The band recently performed during the iHollywood Film Fest afterparty at the Woman’s Club Of Hollywood and they also took part in an interview on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show.” You can check out the latter below:

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran Have “Done An Album’s Worth Of Material” For Their New Project

Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran are working on a new project, which they are tentatively calling Envy Of None. Notably, the band have already finished “an album’s worth of material.”

Lifeson told Sweetwater the following about the project:

“Andy approached me about four years ago, shortly after the last Rush tour, about just adding some guitar on some of the things that he was doing. And I did that. A few months later, he sent another one, and did that. And then we started getting more serious.

And then we found a great singer, Maiah Wynne, from Portland, Oregon — just a fabulous, fabulous voice and a really smart songwriter and vocal performer. So we’ve basically done an album’s worth of material that we hope to release sometime soon. I’m really excited about that.”

He also added:

“We’re just working on that part of it. All the music is recorded. We are mixing currently. We’re in a good place, but it’s very challenging. The industry is so, so very different than it was certainly 10 years ago, never mind last year. We’ll see. Hopefully late summer, early fall we might have something. But we are very, very excited about it. It’s pretty cool stuff, I think.”

[via Metal Injection]

Fuligin (Ex-Revocation) Release New Song “Thin Mountain”

Fuligin, the new project featuring Phil Dubois-Coyne (ex-Revocation), Anthony Buda (ex-Revocation), and Pat Faherty (GA-20), have released a new song titled “Thin Mountain.” The band commented:

“We’re very happy to begin to share our music with the metal community. We’re eager to hear what people think, and we hope for a lively connection with our audience. Find us on social media and crack some dumb jokes with us.”

Alex Varkatzas (Ex-Atreyu) Announces New Project Dead Icarus

Alex Varkatzas (ex-Atreyu) is getting ready to launch a new project called Dead Icarus. The frontman made the announcement in the below video. This news comes as his former band Atreyu are releasing their new album “Baptize“ today (June 4).

Former Ill Niño Members Officially Announce New Project Lions At The Gate

Former Ill Niño members, vocalist Cristian Machado and guitarists Ahrue “Luster” Ilustre and Diego Verduzco, have officially announced their new project Lions At The Gate. The band, which also features bassist Stephen Brewer (Westfield Massacre) and drummer Fern Lemus, will release their first single “Not Even Human” on June 4.

Ilustre told Rock Talks the following about the group:

“I can’t even explain how happy I am with how this came out. It sounds, in my opinion, better than anything that Cristian and I have ever done together, and that includes all the Ill Niño records that we’ve done together.”

He also added the following about the band’s sound:

“It’s a very polished sound, similar to… I don’t wanna say it sounds like ‘Confession‘, but there’s a lot of singing on it, there’s a lot of production. But at the same time, there’s heaviness to it. But the songs are better than anything we’ve written. And the crazy thing was the process of writing ’em was way easier than it has ever been for us. Usually an Ill Niño record would take us three to six months to finish. We finished this record in 20 days, and we believe it sounds better than anything we’ve ever done in the past.”

Ilustre also confirmed that Lions At The Gate’s debut album was produced by Kyle Odell:

“He’s worked with Bad Wolves. I think he may have co-wrote with them. But he has a huge resume, and he’s had, like, five Number One hits last year. And he was amazing to work with. I’ve worked with Ross Robinson, I’ve worked with Johnny K, I’ve worked with Terry Date, as a mixer, and I’ve worked with some other big names in the industry that have all had platinum records, and I’ll say, hands down, Kyle Odell is amazing. I would say, second to [Machine Head’s] ‘The Burning Red’, it was an amazing experience. It was a different way. As far as Ross Robinson was really into the emotion and getting the emotion out of the players and the music, Odell is very musical and he’s really able to help with the songs, and he has a great ear and a great vision.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Smackbound And Battle Beast Singers Join Forces For New Project Laurenne/Louhimo

Netta Laurenne (Smackbound) and Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast) have joined forces for a new project called Laurenne/Louhimo. The duo’s debut album, “The Reckoning,” will be released on July 9. An official video for the effort’s first single, “Bitch Fire” featuring Samy Elbanna (Lost Society), can be found below:

“The Reckoning” Track Listing:

01. “Time To Kill The Night”
02. “The Reckoning”
03. “Tongue Of Dirt”
04. “Striking Like A Thunder”
05. “Bitch Fire”
06. “Hurricane Love”
07. “To The Wall”
08. “Viper’s Kiss”
09. “Walk Through Fire”
10. “Dancers Of Truth”

Laurenne commented:

“With this album, I wanted to capture the essence of classic heavy metal and hard rock and combine it with great melodies and lyrics that have value. It was clear from the beginning, having two strong voices on the album, that this album was going to be full of power, energy, attitude and emotion. I envisioned it lovingly kicking everyone’s ass, my own included, and I think it does just that. It’s pushing us to do better and evolve, yet having great empathy towards the struggles we all face as humans.”

Louhimo added:

“My inspiration was definitely the thought of empowering and the songs giving a feeling of strength and sensitivity. And us interpreting the songs from our hearts and souls with full force, leaving no question about how passionate we are as vocalists and artists.”

Rob Zombie, Nikki Sixx, John 5, And Tommy Clufetos Announce New Project L.A. Rats

Rob Zombie, Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe, Sixx:A.M.), John 5 (Rob Zombie, ex-Marilyn Manson), and Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) have teamed up for a new project called L.A. Rats. The group have recorded a cover of Geoff Mack’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” for the soundtrack of a new Liam Nissan movie called “The Ice Road.” That track will officially be released tomorrow (May 21). The film will be released on June 25 via Netflix.

“The Ice Road: Music From And Inspired By The Netflix Film” Track Listing:

01. “All I Do Is Drive” – Jason Isbell
02. “Rubber Meets The Road” – Brantley Gilbert, Tyler Hubbard
03. “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses” – Carly Pearce
04. “I’ve Been Everywhere” – L.A. Rats
05. “We Got Fight” – Gary LeVox
06. “I’m Movin’ On” – Miranda Lambert
07. “Six Days On The Road” – The Cadillac Three
08. “Don’t Come Lookin'” – Jackson Dean
09. “Hurricane” – Luke Combs
10. “Heart Made Of Steel” – The Assassinzs feat. John Carter Cash, Robin Zander
11. “All Coming Down” – Mark Collie, Allison Moorer
12. “Drive” – Tim McGraw

Rancid, Pennywise, & Suicidal Tendencies Join Forces As The Crew, Release New Benefit Single “One Voice”

Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Pennywise‘s Fletcher Dragge and Byron McMackin, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Mike Muir have joined forces in a new band called The Crew. The group have released a new benefit single titled “One Voice.“ The track is available digitally and can also be pre-ordered as a limited edition 7 inch with proceeds set to go towards Musack, an organization that works to “give kids and teens a voice through music by providing musical instruments and support for teachers.” The 7 inch will also include a track, titled “One In A Million,” by Rippy And The Sillyettes, who feature kids from Musack. Dragge said the following about “One Voice”:

“Collaborating with Tim Armstrong, Mike Muir, and Matt Freeman has been an awesome experience, obviously Byron Mcmackin and I go way back. Byron and I had a demo of ‘One Voice’ laying around for couple years, and I thought it would be cool to bring a couple old friends on board to breath some new life into it. Watching these guys lay down their own personal trademark styles on this song was nothing short of amazing! I think it’s safe to safe we’re all pretty fucking stoked on the final product, and being able to donate proceeds to Musack feels pretty awesome as well. Find it, crank it up, and enjoy!”

Phil Labonte (All That Remains) And Nik Nocturnal (Termina) Are Working On “An Early 2000s Metalcore” Project

Nik Nocturnal (Termina) is working on a new metalcore project with Phil Labonte (All That Remains). He tweeted the following about that: