Avenged Sevenfold, Fozzy, Etc. Members Launch New Project The Wheelblocks

Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and Strauss’ boyfriend Josh Villalta have announced a new project called The Wheelblocks. The band’s first single, a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High,” will be released on August 6.

Earth Crisis, Magnitude, Undying, Etc. Members Join Forces In Tooth And Claw

Cameron Joplin (Magnitude, Ecostrike), Scott Crouse (Earth Crisis, etc.), James Chang (Undying, etc.), and Daniel Austin (Die Young) have joined forces in a new project called Tooth And Claw. The band said the following:

“Formed during the shelter-in-place orders of Spring 2020, we’re here to explore new realms of aggression through music.”

Ways Away (Stick To Your Guns, Boysetsfire, Etc.) Release Debut Album

Jesse Barnett (Stick To Your Guns, etc.), Sergie Loobkoff (Samiam, ex-Knapsack, etc.), Jared Shavelson (Boysetsfire, The Bronx, etc.) and Ian Smith (Racquet Club) have joined forces in a new project called Ways Away. The band launched earlier this year and released two EPs in March before releasing their self-titled debut album last Friday (July 17). You can check that out below and head to punknews.org to read a recent interview in which Barnett and Loobkoff discussed the project.

[via The PRP]

Baroness, Windhand, Etc. Members Join Forces In Darling

Gina Gleason (Baroness), Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand), and Leanne Martz (Misstallica) have launched a new project called Darling. The band’s first single “Baptists” can be purchased on Bandcamp with proceeds set to go towards For The Gwols.

Cottrell commented:

“So Gina and Leanne and I have been playing and writing songs together for a little while now just having fun and trying to live out our childhood “all girl band” fantasies haha This is one of the songs we have been working on and we are nervous but excited to share it with you all!

Its an honor and a blast to play with these two extremely talented women who I am very lucky to consider two of my best friends. You can pay what you want for the song on our Bandcamp and we’ve decided to donate all the proceeds to the @forthegworlsparty fund for black trans people that helps with rent and gender affirmative surgery, as this song is about someone I loved a lot who was a part of the trans community but who sadly is no longer with us as a result of the difficulties she faced just trying to be herself.

This song is the first of many more to come, hope you guys like it!”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Former Absu Drummer/Vocalist Launches New Project Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû

Former Absu drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern has launched a new project called Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû. The band, which also features bassist/vocalist Ezezu and guitarist Vaggreaz, will be releasing their self-titled debut album through Agonia Records later this year.

“Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû” Track Listing:

01. “Amenta: Accelerando: Azyn including Hierophantasmal Expounder”
02. “Esoterically Excoriating The Exoteric”
03. “Quasaric Pestilence”
04. “Mirroracles”
05. “In-Betweeness Gateway Commuters”
06. “Jupiter In Capricornus”
07. “Dedicated To Thoth, But Azathoth Wasn’t Listening (A Necroloquy)”
08. “Caliginous Whorl”
09. “The Coagulating Respite”
10. “Prana: Therion: Akasha”
11. “Tantrums Of Azag-Kkû”
12. “Every Watchtower Within Is The Axis Of A Watchtower Without Including Totemic Thresholds”

Proscriptor commented:

“I want people to know that I disbanded Absu to form Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû with underpinning intention, despite the inclusion of my name, as an armorial bearing to pay tribute to the former sanctuary. I do not consider myself the band’s leader, but more of an administrator. I may be an oppressive commissioner, but Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsû is an equal, collective unit.”

“This album is written for those who are curious and unwearied in their quest of arcane knowledge. I have (with vast exertion and detriment of time and space) collected knowledge deemed, in regard to my subject theories of ‘mythological occult metal:’ from Thelemic Magick and The Zos Vel Thanatos Formula to Fractal Ontology and (obviously) Near East Mythology.”

Matt Heafy (Trivium) Finishes Tracking Vocals For His Mrityu Project With Ihsahn (Emperor)

Matt Heafy (Trivium) has finished tracking vocals for his Mrityu project with Ihsahn (Emperor). He recently confirmed the news during a Twitter exchange with e-sports reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau:

[via Metal Injection]

Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) Launches New Project Black & Red

Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) has collaborated with Ondrej Smeykal on a new project called Black & Red. Their debut single, “On The Day The Earth Went Mad,” is available digitally and on 10-inch vinyl.

Coleman said the following about the project:

“The Black & Red project was born in Australia in 2010 when I set out to find the greatest virtuoso of the didgeridoo, only to find the maestro of the instrument resided in Prague where I lived. Upon my return to Czech Rep, I was introduced to Ondrej Smeykal. We ended up not just developing an ancient instrument but recording the Black & Red project (adding only Indian Harmonium) and an explosive duo was formed which could recreate the recording live perfectly. The funny thing is Black & Red only made sense after lockdown.”

He also added:

“A complex geometry was discovered in the shape of a dodecahedron linking major sacred sites around the world, which I considered appropriate considering the project’s development of the didgeridoo — a 20,000-year-old instrument used by the Australian aborigines to activate the earth grid (referred to as song lines). The aboriginal people were amongst the last cultures to follow the song lines and literally sang the power places alive up until 1944. Secondly, the project title perfectly encapsulated my personal homage to Pythagoras who did not hesitate to influence the mind and body in what he termed as ‘musical medicine’ (expounded on in detail in his seminal work ‘Music Of The Spheres’). Thus the hermetic tradition was adopted as a logical approach to the aforementioned challenge as it is most likely that the Pythagorean mystery school derived its knowledge of the healing power of music from the Egyptians who attributed the God-form Hermes (Thoth) as the founder of their art (the Egyptians confined their sacred songs to the seven primary sounds and planets, forbidding any other to be uttered in their temples).”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun) & Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Working On New Project

“Orange Is The New Black” actress and Alekhine’s Gun frontwoman Jessica Pimentel has revealed that she is working on new music with her fiancé, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake. The couple are planning to release the material anonymously through Bandcamp.

Pimentel said the following on the “Behind The Vinyl” podcast after being asked if her and Haake would ever work on music together:

“That’s a very funny thing. [Laughs] We have been wanting to jam for a long time. It’s, like, you know the ‘meeting your heroes’ situation? We are both, like, ‘God, I love the way you play. It sounds really great.’ ‘Oh, I love the way… You wanna jam?’ ‘Yeah. Yeah.’ ‘Eh, tomorrow.’ [Laughs]”

She continued:

“It’s kind of just been the two of us for the last two months here, so we both really need to play, and so we’re gonna do some of that. We also have the honor and luxury of having some nice, new Korg keyboards here, so maybe what we jam out might not be metal at all. He’s actually picking up the wires for that right now — all the cables that we need — and we’ll see what comes out. We already have our anonymous band name to release stuff on Bandcamp. We’re not gonna tell you what it is, you’re not gonna know what it is, but it will be out there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ex-Lamb Of God Drummer Chris Adler Launches New Project Firstborne

Drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God) has joined forces with vocalist Girish Pradhan (Girish and The Chronicles), guitarist Myrone, and bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.) in a new band called Firstborne. The group’s debut EP was released today and it can be purchased on Bandcamp. Notably, the effort is being released on the same day as Lamb Of God‘s new self-titled album, which happens to be their first without Adler.