Former Members Of Megadeth, Fates Warning, And Firewind Working On New Project

Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth), Joe DiBiase (ex-Fates Warning), and Henning Basse (ex-Firewind) have joined forces for a new project. Shawn Drover recently confirmed the news on the “Nothing Shocking” podcast.

Shawn said the following:

“We started working on some music probably a couple of months ago now. It’s been a couple of months. We’ve been talking about doing something. Glen owns his own studio up in Canada, so why not utilize the fact that we don’t have to go and pay huge studio costs and et cetera, et cetera, and get some friends together that we admire and that we respect and work on a record. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We have Glen and myself, of course, and we have a bass player named Joe DiBiase, who was in a band called FATES WARNING out of Connecticut for years and years and years. A great player; a friend of ours. So he’s gonna play bass on it. And we have a singer from Germany who was in a band called METALIUM for a number of years, and his name is Henning Basse, who is a fantastic melodic singer. So that’s what we’re doing currently.

It’s a slow process, because life gets in the way. We all have things that we deal with, so we do that. But when we have the time, we work on it, and so far it’s turning out to be really exciting. We’re pretty happy with the material we’ve done so far.”

He also added:

“It’s been really similar to the first band that Glen and I did years ago, which was a band called EIDOLON. We released, actually, five records on Metal Blade in the early 2000s, right before we both got into MEGADETH. And the dynamic of that was that I write most of the material. Although Glen does contribute to some of it, I usually have the main germ of ideas, and, of course, he records all that stuff. So he’s kind of a studio guy. He’s the guitar player, but he handles all of the studio recording affairs, and I just kind of take on the job of creating most of the music. And we finetune it — he tweaks it and kind of makes it his own in a way. But that’s kind of the working relationship we have with that. Because if Glen wrote all the music, I’d basically be doing nothing, and he would have to tackle all the work on his own. So we made a decision years ago — that was back in the mid-’90s, actually, when we put out our first bit of music, before we got signed to Metal Blade — that’s always been the working dynamic, is I create most of the material, and he handles all the recording affairs with that. And it’s worked out quite well. So that’s what we’re doing this time as well. At this point, we’re on song four. I think we’re gonna do eight or nine songs, and so far I’ve written all of them. It’s just kind of how it worked out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

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Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Act Of Defiance (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Scar The Martyr Etc.) Stream “Birth And The Burial” In Full/Announce Tour With Allegaeon

Act Of Defiance, the new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, along with Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) are streaming their debut album, Birth And The Burial, in its entirety via Metal Blade. The effort will officially released on August 21.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

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In other news, the band will also be hitting the road with Allegaeon:

10/22 Las Vegas, NC – Count’s Vamp’d
10/23 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
10/24 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
10/25 Pomona, CA – Glass House
10/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Area 51
10/30 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/31 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
11/01 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
11/03 Danville, IL – Vintage Villains
11/04 Chicago, IL – Double Door
11/05 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
11/06 Lakefield, OH – The Foundry
11/09 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
11/11 Montreal, QC – Petit Campus
11/13 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/14 Holyoke, MA – Waterfront Tavern
11/15 Providence, RI – Providence Metal Fest

Act Of Defiance (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Scar The Martyr Etc.) Premiere “Legion Of Lies” Music Video

Act Of Defiance, the new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, along with Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) have premiered a new video for their new song “Legion Of Lies,” via YahooMusic. This song is from the band’s debut album, Birth And The Burial, which will be released on August 21.

Act Of Defiance (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Scar The Martyr Etc.) Premiere New Song “Refrain And Re-Fracture”

Act Of Defiance, the new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, along with Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) have premiered a new song titled “Refrain And Re-Fracture,” via Rock Hard. This song is from the band’s debut album, Birth And The Burial, which will be released on August 21.

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Act Of Defiance (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Scar The Martyr Etc.) Premiere “Throwback” Music Video/Reveal New Album Details

Act Of Defiance, the new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, along with Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) have premiered a new video for their new song “Throwback.” This song is from the band’s debut album, Birth And The Burial, which will be released on August 21.

Birth And The Burial Track Listing:

01. “Throwback”
02. “Legion Of Lies”
03. “Thy Lord Belial”
04. “Refrain And Re-Fracture”
05. “Dead Stare”
06. “Disastrophe (A New Reality)”
07. “Poison Dream”
08. “Obey The Fallen”
09. “Crimson Psalm”
10. “Birth And The Burial”

Act Of Defiance (Ex-Megadeth, Ex-Scar The Martyr Etc.) Sign To Metal Blade/Share New Song Snippet

The new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, along with Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) officially has a name. The band is called Act Of Defiance and they will release their debut album, this summer, via Metal Blade. You can check out a preview of their track “Throwback” below:

Broderick issued the following statement about the group:

“I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal.

It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.”

Matt Bachand Joins New Broderick / Drover Band

Looks like the new band featuring former Megadeth members, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, is coming along nicely. The band previously announced that Henry Derek Bonnor (ex-Scar The Martyr, Thrown Into Exile) would be handling the vocal duties and now Drover has revealed that Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) has been added as the band’s bassist.

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Drover told BraveWords the following:

“I am leaving on Saturday for Hartford, CT, to begin drum tracks on the new record I am doing with Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and our new bass player, Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall). I have known Matt for 15 years now and he is a great musician, songwriter, singer and all around GREAT person. To say I’m jacked up about having Matt with us is an understatement!

All the songs have shaped up nicely and there is a lot of metal dynamics on these songs, overall. Some of them are flat out thrash-speed metal, others are up tempo, but I can assure you it is all 100% HEAVY METAL. Those who know me know I have always been an advocate for the more aggressive metal stuff, so if you’re expecting anything to the contrary on this record, you would be dead wrong.

Anyways, Matt Bachand will be in the studio with me, as he lives not too far from the studio, as does the Producer/Engineer who will be recording drum tracks with me. As I write this I cannot reveal WHO he is yet, nor the record company we are signing with, etc. That’s for the press release, which you will all see very soon. Believe me, this dude is a full on METAL PRODUCER/ENGINEER (I would never have anybody but that to do this kind of music).

That’s about all for the moment, ALOT more information is coming your way real soon.”

Shawn Drover Offers More Details About New Band With Chris Broderick & Henry Derek Bonner

In a new interview with BraveWords, Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth) offered more details about his new project with Henry Derek Bonner (ex-Scar The Martyr) and Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth).

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Drover and Broderick have written enough material for their debut album and Bonner has already tracked vocals for six demos. Here’s Drover’s full statement:

“Happy Holidays, everybody!! It seems time for an update, don’t you think…

At this point I can reveal to you that Chris Broderick and myself have the music for our debut record written. Henry Bonner is our singer, who has sang on six songs in demo form at this point, to which its all sounding 100% HEAVY METAL. Some of the songs are very aggressive and fast, others are more accessible to the average heavy metal listener.

I don’t like to label everything into the 100 sub-genres of metal. To me, Accept is pure heavy metal, yet so is King Diamond and Gojira – do they sound the same?? NO, but they are all METAL!! Chris, Henry and myself are all fans of all kinds of heavy music, which is great, as we are not putting any musical parameters on what we are creating here, which is very liberating, I must say.

There is still a TON of great things going on that we cannot reveal at this point… Just know that we are all working hard to bring you the best heavy metal music we can. For the time being, I hope all of you have a great Holiday season.”

Dave Mustaine Says Megadeth Fans Would Be “Very Happy” To Know What’s Going On

If anyone was having doubts about Megadeth, since the departure of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick, fear no more. Dave Mustaine has recently tweeted and said fans of the band would be “very happy,” if they could know what was going on.

This news comes after Mustaine’s son, Justis, posted teasers of a mysterious drummer.