Skillet’s John Cooper Announces New Metal Project Fight The Fury

Skillet’s John Cooper has announced the launch of his new metal project Fight The Fury. The band, which also features Skillet guitarist Seth Morrison, along with drummer Jared Ward and guitarist John Panzer III, are planning to release their debut EP via Atlantic Records later this year.

Cooper commented:

“I am so pumped about the release of Fight The Fury. This is a side of me and my music that I don’t get to show very often. It takes me back to when I first heard metal and the reason I fell in love with music. It’s raw and unfiltered and emotional.”

“Fight The Fury is for all of the fans out there who like the heavy side of Skillet, but want a super-heavy album. I hope they feel the emotion of the songs that we have put together because this project is for them.”

The group currently have a Russian tour booked. Cooper added the following about that:

“I am so thrilled to announce to Russian fans that Fight The Fury will be playing our first show ever, on our very first tour ever, in Russia. I’m happy about that because Russian fans are some of the very best in the world. I believe that Russia will embrace Fight The Fury and I look forward to performing! We will have many surprises for you!”

Tour Dates:

12/02 – Moscow, Russia @ Glavclub Green Concert
12/03 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Cosmonavt
12/05 – Novosibirsk, Russia @ Podzemka
12/06 – Tomsk, Russia @ Teatro
12/08 – Kaliningrad, Russia @ Vagonka
12/09 – Minsk, Russia @ Re:public
12/11 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Atlas

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Ville Valo (HIM) Records Album Of Previously Unreleased Songs By Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki

Following the disbandment of HIM, Ville Valo will be returning with a new project called Ville Valo & Agents. The band, which also features guitarist Esa Pulliainen, will be releasing a new covers album featuring previously unreleased songs that were written by late Finnish musician Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki. The effort is expected to be released early next year and the first single “Orpolapsi Kiurun“ will be released on September 21. Pulliainen commented:

“This story begins three years ago. Upon finding three demo cassettes in my drawer which had been sent to me by Badding back in the day, I knew I had to contact Ville right from the get-go. I was aware he knows his Badding inside out. I’m really happy that we were able to finalize this project. Badding meant for these songs to be recorded and even if it took us 30 years to make that happen, I feel I’ve kept my promise.”

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol, Etc. Members Join Forces In Azusa

Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Christer Espevoll (Extol), David Husvik (Extol), and Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air) have joined forces in a new band called Azusa. The group’s debut album “Heavy Yoke” will be released on November 16 and a video for the first single “Interstellar Islands” can be found below:

The band said the following about the upcoming album:

“This album is special for all of us and we’re currently feeling the same excited feelings we got before we debuted any of our previous efforts. We are really fortunate to have been able to create these songs together and to be able to share them with fans of our former and current bands, as well as new fans.

It has been such a relief crafting music without having any outside expectations placed on us. Turning to creative playfulness with a more relaxed and intuitive approach to songwriting, we feel that this collection of songs will hold a unique space in the atmosphere of heavy music.”

“Heavy Yoke” Track Listing:

01. “Interstellar Islands”
02. “Heart of Stone”
03. “Heavy Yoke”
04. “Fine Lines”
05. “Lost In the Ether”
06. “Spellbinder”
07. “Programmed to Distress”
08. “Eternal Echo”
09. “Iniquitous Spiritual Praxis”
10. “Succumb to Sorrow”
11. “Distant Call”

Tim “Ripper” Owens, Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin, & Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck Join Forces In The Three Tremors

Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth, etc.), Harry “The Tyrant” Conklin (Jag Panzer), and Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck (Cage, etc.) have joined forces in a new project called The Three Tremors. The group, whose name originates from a proposed project that was supposed to feature Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), and Geoff Tate (ex-Queensrÿche), are expected to release their self-titled album on September 20. Pre-orders are available via PledgeMusic.

Track Listing:

01. “Invaders From The Sky”
02. “Bullets For The Damned”
03. “When The Last Scream Fades”
04. “Wrath Of Asgard”
05. “The Cause”
06. “King Of The Monsters”
07. “The Pit Shows No Mercy”
08. “Sonic Suicide”
09. “Fly Or Die”
10. “Lust Of The Blade”
11. “Speed To Burn”
12. “The Three Tremors” (Bonus Track)

Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Joins Forces With Die Krupps & Leæther Strip Members In DieKlute

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) has joined forces with Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps) and Clas Larsen (Leæther Strip) in a new industrial band called DieKlute. The group recently shot a video for the song “All In Vain” with director Vincente Cordero of Industrialism Films. The clip features footage from the upcoming indie film “The Relic” and behind-the-scenes footage fron it can be seen below:

Howard Jones (Light The Torch) & Peter Wichers (Ex-Soilwork) Finish Recording Sessions For New Project

The recording sessions for Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage) and Peter Wichers’ (ex-Soilwork) new project, which is apparently called King Fighter, have officially been completed. Wichers posted the following:

[via The PRP]

Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo) To Launch New Solo Band BillyBio

Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo) has revealed that he is working on a new solo project called BillyBio. Graziadei said the following about that:

“I’m psyched to release my new music this fall as BillyBio. Launching the band in Europe on tour with my family in Life Of Agony couldn’t get any better! We shared childhood memories and grew up more in our teens, seen hard times and broken dreams and we are all still doing what we love…. that’s what it’s all about… I can’t wait to take this on the road! More news to follow on the release.”

Tour Dates (with Life Of Agony):

10/12 Papenburg, GER – Kesselschmiede
10/13 Dusseldorf, GER – Zakk
10/14 Leeuwarden, NET – Nueshoorn
10/16 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-saal
10/21 Salzburg, AUT – Rockhouse
10/23 Budapest, HUN – A38
10/24 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
10/26 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
10/27 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA – Rock Planet
10/28 Munich, GER – Technikum
10/30 Sint-Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
10/31 Leige, BEL – Reflektor

[via The PRP]