Testament, Ex-Obscura, Etc. Members Join Forces In Quadvium

Steve DiGiorgio (Testament), Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-Obscura, etc.), and Yuma Van Eekelen (Our Oceans, etc.) have joined forces in a new band called Quadvium. DiGiorgio and Thesseling commented:

“About ten years ago, we already had the idea in mind to form a group together. Using two fretless basses in one production is a different concept; we often discussed it in the past. Further completion of the lineup is in progress. Soon we start writing, collecting ideas for a debut and expect to announce a fourth member on short notice.”

Matt DeVries (Ex-Chimaira/Fear Factory, Etc.) Joins 93 (Ex-Vital Remains, Etc.)

93, the new project featuring Brian Werner (ex-Vital Remains), Tim Yeung (ex-Morbid Angel/Divine Heresy), Rithiya Khiev, and Chris Joao, have announced the addition of Matt DeVries (ex-Chimaira/Fear Factory, etc.) to their lineup. Werner commented:

“Big news of the day, Matt Devries (Chimera/Fear Factory) officially joins 93!!!! This has been in the works for a long time, Matt is a very close friend and absolutely amazing player and it’s an honor to have him on board. Music is coming along very fast and bringing Matt on board is going to add a totally new dynamic to it. APKD 93/93″

Her Chariot Awaits (Adrenaline Mob, Ex-Sirenia) Sign With Frontiers Music Srl

Her Chariot Awaits, the new band featuring Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Ailyn (ex-Sirenia), have signed a new deal with Frontiers Music Srl. The group’s debut album will be released through the label in early 2020.

Ailyn commented:

“After a two-year break from the scene, I am pleased to announce my new collaboration with Mike Orlando on Her Chariot Awaits. I’m very honoured and thankful to be part of it. I’m looking forward for everyone to learn about this new adventure, which allowed me to experiment and explore a new side on my singing, working together with a great musician. Her Chariot Awaits is a new step forward on my music career and I can’t wait to share the beginning of this journey with all of you.”

Orlando added:

“It was a pleasure to write and perform an album with a singer like Ailyn with music that is geared more towards the commercial side of rock. Ailyn has a beautiful voice and was great to work with in and out of the studio, as was as Jeff Thal on drums! I’m very happy with how the album is coming out. It’s a great collection of hard-hitting-yet-melodic commercial rock tracks, which I hope you all enjoy.”

Lacey Sturm (Ex-Flyleaf) Confirms That Her And Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) Are Talking About Starting A New Band

As previously reported, Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) recently said that he was talking to Lacey Sturm (ex-Flyleaf) about starting a new band. Now, during an interview with CCM Magazine, Sturm has confirmed the news herself.

Sturm said the following:

“There’s definitely things we’re thinking about, like a new album. There’s been talk about starting a band with the singer from BREAKING BENJAMIN, Ben Burnley. That’s exciting… I saw Ben and his wife on the road, and we had a conversation. I actually showed him ‘Reflect Love Back’, the soundtrack, the acoustic album, and he loved it. Then he talked with me about singing on his acoustic album, which just came out — singing on ‘Dear Agony’, which I think is one of their best songs… when I listened to the lyrics, I just was like, ‘This is Jesus in the Garden,’ and I just started crying. That’s how I knew I should do it. When I was in the studio with Ben, I was like, ‘Let me tell you about your song.’ He goes, ‘Are you going to preach to me?’ I’m like, ‘Do you want me to preach to you?’ He’s, like, ‘Yeah.’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m not going to preach to you. You preached to me. Let me show you the lyrics in your song,’ and I went through the lyrics and showed him what it said to me. He goes, ‘How’d you turn my rock song into a Jesus song?'”

[via Blabbermouth]

More Details Revealed For New Project Featuring Overkill, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members

During a recent interview with Underground’s Voice, Overkill’s Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth talked a bit about his new project with Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance). He said the following:

“It was a fun project. It was kind of a summertime hobby project. Phil, Mike, Mark Menghi from Metal Allegiance did a record called ‘Made In America – The 1970s‘, so we took American bands that were done in the ’70s and thrashed up the approach. Grand Funk [Railroad]’s ‘[We’re An] American Band‘; Mountain; Cactus; Blue Öyster Cult. We put the Machine Head, Sons Of Apollo, Metal Allegiance, Overkill spin on the whole thing. It’s a cool project.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Vocalist Brian Werner Quits Vital Remains

Brian Werner has revealed that he has left Vital Remains. With this news, the vocalist has also confirmed that he is working on a new project called 93.

Werner said the following:

“This has been coming for a min but today I have made the decision to leave Vital Remains. This has been coming for a little while now, there are things going on that I’m really not happy with and life is too short to have the one thing you love most in this world cause you the most stress and aggravation.

I’m not going into any other details nor will I engage in any drama or shit talking of any kind. I still have nothing but love for everyone in the band and I wish them continued success in whatever direction they go. I’ve given the last 7 years of my life to the band but now I need to focus on much bigger things in my life from new music and business ventures to my personal life as well.

Thank you all for the love and support from all over the world, it was truly one amazing ride and I’d be lying if I said this was an easy decision to make, but it’s a necessary one.”

He also added the following in a separate post:

“Thank you all for the massive outpouring of support yesterday with my decision to leave Vital. Truth is I’ve been working on a new project behind the scenes for a while now with Rithiya Khiev and Chris Joao and 2 others who will not be named yet.

The is being called 93. 93 is representation of both Love and Will as written by Aleister Crowley in The Book of the Law, “Love is the Law, Love under Will.” Which is exactly where my head is at these days, I’m ready to get back to loving what I do. The dudes are flying down this weekend to being tracking for the album that will be out early next year.

I was apprehensive about saying anything about this but this is the right time to give you guys a very small taste of things to come. This will be getting deleted later today as it’s not finished yet and just a small teaser.”

[via The PRP]

Overkill, Ex-Machine Head, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members Working On New Project

It looks like Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (Metal Allegiance, ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) are working on a new project. Demmel and Portnoy confirmed the news in the below posts. It’s worth noting that Demmel and Ellsworth previously performed with Portnoy and Menghi in Metal Allegiance.

[via The PRP]