Refused Members Launch New “Death Jazz” Project Backengrillen

Refused vocalist Dennis Lyxzén, drummer David Sandström, and bassist Magnus Flagge have launched a new project called Backengrillen. The band, which also features saxophonist/flautist Mats Gustafsson, is said to be “anti-racist, anti-fascist free form Death Jazz.”

Lyxzén commented:

“Like I wasn’t busy enough we decided to start a new band.

There’s some familiar faces like me on vocals, David on drums and Magnus on bass. You know, most of Refused

Joining us is Mats Gustafsson free jazz genius on saxophone and flute and noise.
It’s wild and improvised and tons of fun.”

The group currently have the following dates booked:

01/25 Stockholm, SWE – Fasching
01/26 Uppsala, SWE – Uppsala Konstmuseum
01/27 Goterborg, SWE – Folkteatern
01/28 Orebro, SWE – Kavarteret & Co

Dave Lombardo (Ex-Slayer, Etc.) And His Wife Sign With Three One G For New Project Venamoris

Venamoris, the new project featuring Dave Lombardo (Testament, ex-Slayer, etc.) and his wife Paula, have signed a new deal with Three One G. Dave commented:

“Several months after meeting Paula in 2010, she hesitantly shared with me her past decade-long career as the lead back up singer for Wayne Newton. She later played me some of the demos she recorded throughout the years and I was floored by her sonically soothing, rich tone and natural, instinctive ability to harmonize. I was determined to persuade her to return to her creative self. It’s been a deeply gratifying journey witnessing this music come to life.”

Attila, Lorna Shore, Fit For An Autopsy, Left To Suffer, Etc. Members Reveal Official Name Of Their New Project

Chris Fronzak (Attila), Will Ramos (Lorna Shore), Joe Badolato (Fit For An Autopsy), Taylor Barber (Left To Suffer), Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator), and Tyler Shelton (Traitors) have confirmed that their new project will be called The Big Six. The band’s debut EP is expected to be released in 2023.

7D7D (Rage Against The Machine, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Capitalism”

7D7D, the new project featuring Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine, Wakrat), Mathias Wakrat (Wakrat), and Johnny Polonsky, have premiered a new song titled “Capitalism.” You can check that out below:

Judas Priest, Pantera, And Rainbow Members Join Forces For New Project Elegant Weapons

Guitarist Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest) and singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) have announced a new project called Elegant Weapons. The band have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records and are planning to release their debut album, “Horns For A Halo,” in spring 2023.

Faulkner said the following:

“It’s exciting to be part of a label like Nuclear Blast that has such a rich history and level of respect among fans and the music industry. Monte Conner [Nuclear Blast VP A&R] knows [producer] Andy Sneap well, and Andy has always held Monte and label in very high regard. Monte has loved the record from the very early demo stages. It’s very valuable and important to me that the label I sign with understand and connect with the music. This record represents for me more of my DNA as a guitar player and a songwriter. Heavy, but moving slightly outside the realms of ‘heavy metal.’ Those roots are obvious, but I wanted to reach in a bit and see what else came out that wasn’t necessarily ‘expected.’

I’ve always wanted to make a record with Scott outside of Priest. Add to that Rex Brown’s unmistakable tone and attitude is something special. Having those guys as the rhythm section is a guitar players dream. The icing on the cake was Ronnie Romero. One of the new breed of instantly classic vocalists, Ronnie brought a character and a swagger to the songs that is instantly iconic, making these songs his own.”

He went on to say that the new material is “a mix of Jimi Hendrix, Priest, Sabbath, solo Ozzy and Black Label Society”:

“[It’s] heavy, catchy, and with melody. Sort of old school and modern at once if that makes any sense, and actually down-tuned a whole step. The Marshall Plexi basically does one thing, but you’ve got to crank it to 11 for it to have that distorted sound. It hasn’t got a lot of bells and whistles on it or different channels and effects. It basically does one thing and does it very well. But again down-tuning creates more of a modern sound, and by using the classic sound of the Marshall Plexi, you get that juxtaposition, that contrast. All told, there are a lot of guitar solos and the songs are on the heavier side. And even though there’s a lot of melody, it’s still going to shake your bones.”

He also added:

“Me and acoustic don’t really get along, so there’s only one mellow song on it, a sort of smoky, haunted, New Orleans kind of tune called ‘Ghost of You,’ with de-tuned 1920s piano on it. That one is about a memory, or ghost of a lost love. But that’s about as acoustic as it gets. I’m not really attracted to acoustic guitar in general. It’s mainly kind of heavy and full-on, really. There’s a song called ‘White Horse,’ plus ‘Horns for a Halo’, which is like Tony Iommi crossed with Alice in Chains. That’s about the way we justify the bad things we do. When we turn up on Judgement Day, will the angels kind of confuse our horns for halos, if you know what I mean.”

Monte Conner commented as well:

“I am such a huge fan of all the players involved, especially Richie. As a diehard Priest fan, I have enjoyed watching help breathe new life into the band and add to their incredible story and legacy. What an amazing player he is. People always focus on leads, and of course Richie is a master in that department, but I can listen to him play rhythm guitar all day long! His rhythm playing is just so tasteful and magical. I can’t wait for fans to hear this album and discover how multi-faceted he is.”

Host (Paradise Lost) To Release Debut Album “IX” In February

Paradise Lost’s Gregor Mackintosh and Nick Holmes have launched a new gothic dance-pop project called Host. The band’s debut album, “IX,” will be released on February 24 and a video for its first single, “Tomorrow’s Sky,“ can be found below:

“IX” Track Listing:

01. “Wretched Soul”
02. “Tomorrow’s Sky”
03 – “Divine Emotion”
04. “Hiding From Tomorrow”
05. “A Troubled Mind”
06. “My Only Escape”
07. “Years Of Suspicion”
08. “Inquistion”
09. “Instinct”

Digipak Bonus Tracks:

10. “I Ran” (A Flock Of Seagulls cover)
11. “Hiding From Tomorrow” (Lustmord remix)
12. “Tomorrow’s Sky” (GosT remix)

Mackintosh commented:

“Host is something that I had in mind for a few years but never had the time to do it justice until now. It’s taking the concept of what we attempted to do on the Paradise Lost album ‘Host‘ but approaching it in a modern context. It’s part 80s goth, part electro , part rock but none of them specifically. The emphasis is on hooks and atmosphere. It’s quite a challenge to make miserable music catchy and hopefully we’ve achieved that to some degree.”

He also added:

“We always stood by ‘Host‘ as an album. This project is not totally connected to that album, but some of the ideas are extrapolated. We’re taking the basic premise and trying it out now. And, really, it was something fun and interesting for us to do. We’ve been doing Paradise Lot for a long time and got an itch to try something different from where PL is now. I could take PL down this route again. Who knows? It may happen if we live long enough, but I thought, ‘Why not now?’ I had the time to do it.”

Halestorm And Lit Drummers Announce New Project Kemikalfire

Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale has joined forces with Lit drummer Taylor Carroll for a new project called Kemikalfire. According to Hale, the band will be “much more aggressive than Halestorm.”

Hale told “Thunder Underground” the following about Kemikalfire:

“[Taylor and I are] old friends. I’ve known him back when he was playing drums for a band called PILLAR. And we met at the Mall Of America in Minnesota when he was in his bus and we were in our R.V. And he just came over and knocked on the bus and he was, like, ‘Hey, you guys are in a band?’ And we were, like, ‘Yeah. You guys are in a band too? Cool. Come on in. Have a beer. Let’s hang out.’ And we just never lost touch. We both lived in L.A. for a little bit, so we would hang out there. And then the pandemic hit and we got back in touch and we just wrote… Honestly, we were just looking for anyone that wanted to write with us. We had to stay busy, so a lot of Zoom writing sessions with other writers. And we just realized, ‘Man, we have a really good chemistry writing music together,’ and we both kind of pick up where each other lacks, in a sense; we have a great creative partnership. And not only that, but he’s also a really talented producer as well — and multi-instrumentalist. So, as a songwriter, I just felt really glad that I could just put on my creative hat and let him do more of the mechanical work with the song ideas that I would present to him.

He went on to discuss the songwriting sessions:

“We’re still writing, but we are planning on releasing some music soon, because everyone is chomping at the bit. We launched our social media platforms because, obviously, in this day and age, one of the main goals is to just kind of build your online following, but we quickly realized that as soon as we launched the social media platform, sure enough everybody said, ‘Where’s the music? Where’s the music? I wanna hear it.’ The demand for people to wanna hear music. We were, like, ‘Oh, okay.’ [Laughs]

So, we are still in the process of putting an album together and we’re still writing the album, but we have a couple of songs that are already finished,” he explained. “So we’re thinking, like, well, we have some strong material. Why don’t we just put it out there, just to kind of satisfy the curiosity, while people are really curious, before it kind of starts to cool off. So that’s our goal now, is to get a song out hopefully really soon. So I’m excited.”

He also commented on the musical direction:

“It’s different. It’s much more aggressive than HALESTORM. I’m doing a lot more singing and a lot more crazy drumming. It kind of throws back to our punk roots; there’s punk elements in there… There’s moments where it’s heavier; there’s also moments where it’s a little bit more melodic, a little more soaring. And there’s moments where it has really stark punk roots start to kind of show through, which is kind of what Taylor and I were raised on. We love punk drummers, so when we’re writing the stuff, a lot of that comes out just because that’s just kind of really fun stuff to write for us.

Yeah, it’s different than HALESTORM, but it’s also easily digestible. I think the average HALESTORM fan could hear it and be, like, ‘Oh, okay. I get it. This works.’ ‘Cause obviously your personal writing style seeps into everything that you’re a part of, so you’ll probably hear HALESTORM elements in there as well, from my end.”

Hale continued when asked which instruments him and Carroll play in Kemikalfire:

“He’s playing guitar and singing, and I’m playing drums and singing. But we’re thinking maybe… We both can play both, so we’re, like, ‘Maybe we should trade off and do some…’ He’s also an insane drummer; he plays with LIT now, the band LIT, and we love LIT. But we also have a couple of songs where he was, like, ‘Hey, you wanna play piano?’ And I’m [like], ‘Sure. Why not?’ So we might switch some things up for our live show, which we’re excited about. That’s the dream. He and I personally are just, like, ‘Man, I can’t wait until we can play a live show. It’s gonna be so much fun.'”

He also added the following when asked about release plans:

“Well, here’s the frustrating part, is that COVID and the lockdown, we’re still feeling remnants of that — on the business end, behind the scenes, which a lot of people don’t see. And everything takes a lot longer now; what used to take three days now takes three weeks. So it requires an incredible amount of patience for us to get anything out there.

We’re hoping that we’ll get something out this year. Realistically though, I feel like it’s probably no later than next year, I’m hoping. And I hope we get to put some live performances on the books, just so we’re able to also broadcast to the Internet that we’re a real band and ‘here’s what we fucking do.’ [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dieth (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Decapitated, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

Dieth, the project featuring David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), Guilherme Miranda (ex-Entombed A.D.), and Michał Łysejko (ex-Decapitated), have signed a new deal with Napalm Records. The band’s debut album will be released through the label on 2023.

Dieth commented:

“We are stoked to announce that we’ve signed a multi-album international record deal with Napalm Records, who will release our debut album in 2023. Their approach to music and devotion to metal made Napalm the perfect, most suitable place for us and our music. Last but not least, we would like to thank each one of you that are giving us this massive support. More info and details about the album will follow soon. Stay tuned!”

Sebastian Münch, A&R at Napalm, added:

“The term ‘supergroup’ feels overused nowadays, but with the formation of Dieth, it correctly and justifiably describes the coming together of these three extremely talented musicians. The first single, ‘In The Hall Of The Hanging Serpents’, underlines that the debut album could become a death-thrash metal masterpiece. Napalm Records is pleased and proud to partner with Dieth, to establish the band and make the new album a success. Personally, as a lifelong Megadeth fan, this signing is a dream come true.”

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor And Jim Root Are Talking About Doing A New Side Project

It looks like Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Jim Root are discussing the possibility of “doing some [new] stuff on the side.” If it materializes, the venture will be the duo’s first project outside of Slipknot since Root was fired from Stone Sour in 2014. Taylor told Metal Hammer the following:

“He and I are very different people and we were both going through our own shit in life. We reconnected, and we’re actually talking about doing some stuff on the side, outside of Slipknot and Stone Sour. It’s cool to find your friend again and realize that you can find your way back to people that you care about. Honestly, I can’t sit here and say that I wasn’t responsible for some of the bad feelings. That can only come with self-reflection, and the fact that the things that were going on in my life rippled and affected other people. Once you own up to that, you can start to mend bridges by showing people that you are truly sorry.”

My Chemical Romance, Thursday, Coheed And Cambria, & Circa Survive Members Launch New Project L.S. Dunes

Anthony Green (Circa Survive), Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), Travis Stever (Coheed And Cambria), Tim Payne (Thursday), and Tucker Rule (Thursday) have joined forces for a new project called L.S. Dunes. The band’s debut album, “Past Lives,” will be released on November 11 and a video for its first single, “Permanent Rebellion,” can be found below. The group said the following about that:

“After the shock of the pandemic shutdown – None of us lifelong musicians really knew if we’d ever be able to play music for a live audience ever again. ‘Permanent Rebellion‘ is about taking back what is rightfully yours. We wanted to do something where you can hear all our bands in it and yet, not have it sound like any one in particular. Our roots are punk rock and hardcore, and the vibe is hope for all the lost souls.”

“Past Lives” Track Listing:

01. “2022”
02. “Antibodies”
03. “Grey Veins”
04. “Like Forever”
05. “Blender”
06. “Past Lives”
07. “It Takes Time”
08. “Bombsquad”
09. “Grifter”
10. “Permanent Rebellion”
11. “Sleep Cult”

Tour Dates:

09/16 Chicago – Riotfest
10/08 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
11/12 Garden Grove, CA – Garden Amphitheater
11/13 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
11/14 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
11/18 Mexico City, MEX – Corona Capital
11/22 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
11/25 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
11/26 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11/27 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
11/29 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/30 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar