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DevilStar - "Beyond The Realms Of Death" (Judas Priest cover)

DevilStar μας έρχονται από τις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες και -κατά δήλωση των ιδίων- είναι η πρώτη διαδραστική μπάντα παγκοσμίως ("Worlds 1st interactive band"). Αυτό σημαίνει ότι δεν υπάρχουν μόνιμα μέλη στο σχήμα και μπορεί να λάβει μέρος ο καθένας αρκεί να επικοινωνήσει με το συγκρότημα.

Μέχρι στιγμής έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δύο singles (μέσα στον καλοκαίρι). Το πρώτο αφορά την διασκευή στο τραγούδι "Beyond The Realms Of Death" και το δεύτερο την προσέγγιση στο "Dazed and Confused" των Led Zeppelin.

Στο πρώτο, που θα μας απασχολήσει στην παρούσα ανάρτηση, βρίσκουμε τον Tim "Ripper" Owens (βλ. The Three Tremors, Charred Walls of the Damned, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, ex-Winters Bane κλπ) στο μικρόφωνο, τους K.K. Downing (των Judas Priest) - Paul Crook (βλ. ex-Sebastian Bach, Belladonna, M.O.D.) στις κιθάρες, τον Joey Vera (των Armored Saint - Fates Warning μεταξύ άλλων) στο μπάσο και τον Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Tytan) στα τύμπανα...

Το single των DevilStar "Beyond The Realms Of Death"
Band: DevilStar
Country of origin: United States
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Status: Active

Audio: "Beyond The Realms Of Death"
Album: "Beyond The Realms Of Death"
Type: Single
Release date: June 1st, 2018
Label: M-Theory Audio
Format: Digital

Tim "Ripper" Owens - vocals
KK Downing - guitar
Paul Crook - guitar
Joey Vera - bass
Les Binks - drums

Δελτίο τύπου: «The all-star hard rock and heavy metal group DevilStar, which founding producer / guitarist Paul Crook (Anthrax, Meat Loaf, Sebastian Bach) and executive producer John Madera describe as the world's first interactive band where fans can email in musicians / vocalists they'd like to see perform together... dream teams for covers & also original content. DevilStar has NO permanent members & was created specifically for fan interaction / participation.

“Beyond The Realms Of Death” was covered to commemorate the 40th anniversary of “Stained Class,” the legendary album on which the song originally appeared. In addition to Crook, DevilStar's rendition of the song features performances by three former members of Judas Priest – vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens, longtime guitarist K.K. Downing and drummer Les Binks, who co-wrote the track with Rob Halford – as well as bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning).

According to Crook, the idea of covering “Beyond The Realms Of Death” originated from a shared love of Judas Priest between himself, Madera and Vera. “I was speaking with Joey about the thought of DevilStar reaching out to Binks,” he recalls. “He was in before I could even finish the sentence.”

From there, Crook and Binks willed the project to fruition. “It took some time to get this song together.” Crook says. “I live in New Jersey. Les and K.K. both live in the UK. Ripper is in Ohio, and Joey is in L.A. Les was the key, as he kept us all 'talking.'”

Recording commenced in October, Crook remembers. “I did some simple due diligence to figure out a working key center and tempo,” he says. “I then recorded all the rhythm guitars and Glenn’s solo parts and fired the project over to Les. I remember calling John when I received Les’ files – 'We have Binks and he is playing great!'”

The next steps were to add bass, vocals and Downing's solo. “I dropped a stereo drum mix into the project and fired it to Joey,” Crook says. “He sent back two huge sounding tracks with beautiful bass tones. Receiving the isolated solo from K.K. was also very exciting for me. Thinking about it now, my arm hairs are standing. Then Ripper’s files arrived – wow! He really put in the time and sent me several tracks to work with. I comped his vocal then carefully mixed the song.”

Crook believes that DevilStar did the song justice. “I feel confident that all fans of metal and hard rock are going to love this 40th anniversary rendition of 'Beyond The Realms Of Death,'” he says. “We all put in the love, making sure Priest fans wouldn't be disappointed. K.K. was very vocal about this point. He had final say on the mix. I can't wait for everyone to hear it.”

“Beyond The Realms Of Death” will be followed by subsequent DevilStar single releases in the coming months, which will be a mix of covers and original material that feature other notable hard rock/metal names, with Crook handling production and mixing in addition to playing guitar. While several tracks have already been recorded for release in the coming months, fans are invited to email devilstarmusic@gmail.com to propose potential “dream team” lineups and/or suggest cover songs to tackle in the future.

Crook first rose to prominence as lead guitarist of thrash pioneers Anthrax in the mid-1990s, when he performed on and toured in support of the group's albums “Stomp 442” and “Volume 8: The Threat Is Real,” the latter of which he also co-produced. In 1999, Crook began a five-year stint as lead guitarist for former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach.

For the last 15 years, he has served as lead guitarist of Meat Loaf's Neverland Express and also produced the iconic vocalist's two most recent studio albums. Still, Crook – who over the years has also collaborated with artists ranging from Glenn Hughes to M.O.D. – remains a hard rock and heavy metal fan at heart, and he founded DevilStar to serve as a supercharged vehicle through which he'll exorcise.»

2 σχόλια:

  1. Worlds 1st interactive band; Το μάρκετινγκ έχει ξεφύγει!

    1. Εδώ έχουν ξεφύγει τα πάντα. Το marketing θα... μείνει στην θέση του;