Originally recorded for the forthcoming Snake Sixx album 'ITZ ALL ABOUT THE RIFF' it was decided to be put out as a single on its own aswell as on an E.P. of th same name with artsts like HNY ROLLINS, RICK ROZZ from MASSACRE and DEATH and of course the original drummer from CELTIC FROST himself Steve Priestly OUR -all star- "DEFINITIVE version" of DETHRONED EMPEROR is THE ULTIMATE expression of power
After conversing with ex-Hellhammer/Celtic Frost original drummer Steve Priestly about playing on the 'ITZ ALL ABOUT THE RIFF' album (out December due to recording schedules of members on the album) and playing on 3 tracks (which he recorded in Zurich, Switzerland then sent the via the internet), I couldn't help myself and asked if he would play 'Dethroned Emperor' one last time on this recording after I heard how heavy Tom G. Warrior has made it sound in TRYPTIKON (slowed right down and tuned down to 'B' it is so much heavier) and promised Steve WE will make it even slower, chunkier and heavier, and he totally agreed.
One of the most covered metal tracks of all time by everyone from ANTHRAX to OBITUARY in which he originally played on the legendary Celtic Frost album 'Morbid Tales' helping solidify Celtic Frost as pioneers of a cross between black metal, punk and straight up chunky as hell, thanks to Tom G. Warriors unique sound.
So I got to work here in my studio, tuned the axe down to 'drop A' slowed it down so the chunk sustains even more, sent Steve the dummy track and asked one of the only other guitarist in the world who could respect and understand the vision and power of what I was trying to achieve cause he himself has done the same, my good friend and pioneer himself of death metal with CHUCK SCHULDIER, RIFFMASTER - RICK ROZZ in 1982 when they started a band called MANTAS...later changing the name and becoming DEATH and releasing the album that defines and is the template from which everyone goes off today - Death's album 'Leprosy'.
Rick loved the idea and not only agreed but was honored himself to be playing with a member from the original 'Morbid Tales' line-up. So we had the guitar sound that could stand tall with Warrior and the skinsman himself...
Next was pretty obvious for me, first hearing DAMAGED cover it on there pioneering 'Hate-Core' debut album in 1992 'Do Not Spit' is one of the most legendary metal albums to come out of the country and still stands up tall today, Luddy (Jamie Ludbrook) was natural selection as was the man who, in the words of ex-Rose Tattoo bassist himself - Steve 'Kingy' King, has the most bottom end coming out of an amp hooked to 4 strings ever in Australia, Zoran Mrakic (Killrazer/Assaulter/Devine Electric) with whom I played with in Dark Order in the late 90's
And to top off this apocalyptic assault on your ears, Adam Agius, who use to sing the track when he was in ALCHEMIST many moons ago asked to sing it aswell...so I decided on the 'twin vocal attack' which just is the icing on the cake really...
Recorded in 3 months over 3 continents (Switzerland, Florida - U.S.A. and Australia and all connected to the 'RIFF' as ONE on that track.
So it is all our pleasure...especially me, to give you my first ever 'single' and the most 'Definative' POWERFUL and HEAVIEST version that will go through the ages(Steve Priestly's words himself) long after we are dead and gone...on CD and digital format itunes, Amazon etc. (with 3 bonus tracks only available on CD or the Quarterpipe Records page, one with metal legends Marc Grewe from MORGOTH, one with Henry Rollins and the other one is the tribute I did with metal as fuck spunk Michele Madden) released internationally just now....SO GET IT INTA YA...and enjoy \m/
Official track listing -
1. Dethroned Emperor
2. When 2 Worlds Collide(feat. Marc from Morgoth)
3. Torniquet(feat. Michele Madden)
4. The Konspiracy Theory(feat. Henry Rollins)