Watch Halestorm, Judas Priest, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine performance of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The cover finds the guitarist joined by Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains). Demmel commented:

“First in a series. After Marta and I had so much fun covering [Alice In Chains’] “No Excuses”, I invited my buds Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez and resident Bad-Ass Lzzy Hale to hang on one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Mixed by Paul Fig, Vid Edit by Todd Shuss. More “Collab-A-Jams” coming soon and look for a Guitar Breakdown/Playthrough show coming as soon as the Shelter in Place rules allow.”

Phil Demmel Offers Update On New Vio-lence EP

During a recent interview with Exodus frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza on “Zetro’s Toxic Vault,” Vio-lence’s Phil Demmel offered an update on the band’s new EP. The guitarist said that the band already have “two songs done” and that they have “ideas for two more.”

Demmel said the following:

“We’ve got two songs done. We’ve got ideas for two more. I come up with the riffs. But Perry’s [Strickland, drummer] there while we’re structuring. He took some time off from playing, and he’s now getting to a point to where, especially last week at practice, to where now he’s going off of muscle memory again and he’s not having to think about [all the parts anymore]. He’s better when he doesn’t have to think about stuff.”

He also continued after being asked if the band have a timeline for the release:

“Not really. We’ve been talking with the people at Metal Blade. When [the songs are] ready, they’re ready. This [coronavirus pandemic] has given us more time. But still, it’s gotta be fucking killer. I had a riff that the [other] dudes were kind of digging, and I’m all, ‘I don’t got a boner with this one.’ I want a 10-foot boner with everything that we’re doing now. It’s gotta be better, it’s gotta be fucking kick-ass, and there’s parts of it that wasn’t… I don’t wanna put out some crap.”

Demmel also added that the songs are “hard to play”:

“I set the bar kind of high in the riffs and wanting them to be difficult. And working with Perry, I bet he goes home cursing me at night, just because they’re fucking hard songs, the structures. There’s hard parts and a lot to ’em, but they’re gonna be fucking kick-ass.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Bleeding Through, Shinedown, & Ex-Machine Head Members Cover Alice In Chains’ “No Excuses”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), and Eric Bass (Shinedown) have shared footage of themselves covering Alice In Chains‘ “No Excuses” in quarantine. You can check that out below:

Phil Demmel commented:

“No Excuses is song I had been wanting to cover with our cover band “The Merkins“. On the anniversary of Layne‘s passing (April 5th), I asked Marta if she would want to record it in our home studio where it would be the 1st vocals I’ve recorded there and her 1st time recording a lead vocal track.

It was a fun learning experience so we asked our friends, Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, MH) and Eric Bass (Shinedown) to help complete the track. We’ve decided to share that experience with you all knowing that its far from perfect, as we all as humans are.

I’ll be adding a ton of video content in the coming weeks. LOTS of cool things on the docket.

Thanks to Scott Kirkeeng for the Vid edit and to Juan Urteaga for the quick mix.

Much love and respect to Jerry, Mike, Sean and Layne for creating such a beautiful song. RIP LS.”

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Share Video For Cover Of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic”

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have premiered a new video for their cover of Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic.” This track is from the band’s new covers album “American Made,“ which is set to be released on June 12.

Bobby Blitz commented:

“I remember waaaaaaaaaaay back when Overkill formed, we were cutting our teeth on covers as I was finding my way around the mic. The Aerosmith covers were right in my wheelhouse, so when Mike [Portnoy] picked ‘Toys’ to cover, I was like… ‘Hell Yea’!”

Phil Demmel added:

“It was tricky because Aerosmith have two guitarists, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, playing different things. So, as one guitar player, I had to pick a medium place between the two that sounded good. I thrashed it up a little by adding a lot of down picking and some gallops and triplets.”

“American Made” Track Listing:

01. “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” (Ted Nugent cover)
02. “Toys In The Attic” (Aerosmith cover)
03. “Evil” (Cactus/Willie Dixon cover)
04. “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” (ZZ Top cover)
05. “Saturday Night Special” (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
06. “Tattoo Vampire” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) (feat. Buck Dharma)
07. “D.O.A.” (Van Halen cover)
08. “Walk Away” (James Gang cover)
09. “Never in My Life” (Mountain cover)
10. “We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover)

BPMD (Overkill, Vio-lence, Etc.) Sign With Napalm Records

BPMD, the band featuring Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), and Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance), have signed a worldwide deal with Napalm Records. As previously reported, the group’s debut album, which is tentatively titled “American Made,” will feature covers of tracks from the 1970s.

Menghi commented:

“We’re super excited about our first BPMD record. Last summer, I was inspired and came up with this crazy idea and here we are, not even a year later, and it’ll see the light of day in these very trying times. The planet needs something to feel good about, and I 100% whole-heartedly believe these tunes will do the trick. Buckle up and make way for BPMD…”

Ellsworth added:

“The BPMD sessions were very fun. They took us all back to our roots and even pre-roots. As it developed, we all realized it was something special, as did Napalm Records, with one listen!”

BPMD are currently scheduled to make their live debut at the Old Bridge Elks Lodge in New Jersey on May 30 as part of “Bulldozer Bash 5.” That event will benefit the Old Bridge Militia Foundation.

Mike Portnoy, Phil Demmel, Bobby Blitz, & Mark Menghi To Release “American Made” Covers Album Under The Name BPMD

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) revealed that his new project with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) will be called BPMD. The group plan to release a new covers album titled “American Made” later this year.

Demmel said the following:

“It’s called BPMD. So it’s Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel — BPMD. It’s all cover tunes from American bands of the ’70s. It’s called ‘American Made‘, [and it’s got songs from] ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Gang, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad — all these cover tunes that we modernized them and not really thrashed them up, but we made kind of metal versions of them.

And we think we found maybe a label home, and we’re looking to put the record out here probably at the end of the first quarter, maybe beginning of second quarter. It’s all up in the air right now.”

He then added the following after being asked who came up with the idea:

“Mark Menghi did. He said he was around his campfire listening to a Skynyrd song, and he’s all, ‘Hey, I wanna record this and get some guys.’ And he called us up. I flew out to Portnoy’s house, and we had the songs we picked. Each of us picked two, and then we had two songs that were kind of band picks that we needed to do. And we flew out to Portnoy’s house in Pennsylvania. I flew in one day, did tracks, flew out the next day, went home and recorded guitar tracks and solos in a day. And the guys did their other tracks. We got it done pretty fucking quick.”

Demmel also revealed his favorite track from the effort:

“I’m gonna have to say… There’s a sleeper track. It’s a Blue Öyster Cult song called ‘Tattoo Vampire’ that I picked. And Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult actually played on the song. And it’s got kind of a punky feel. ‘Cause the original track is kind of rock and roll, but Menghi or Portnoy had this idea to make it kind of a Ramones feel. So we picked it up. So, ‘Tattoo Vampire’ is my favorite.”

[via Blabbermouth]