What you should know about Geezer Butler’s new supergroup Deadland Ritual
Both Butler and Stevens posted teaser clips of new music on their Facebook pages and if we go by that then Deadland Ritual is going to turn up the dials all the way to 11.
In February 2017, just a year shy of celebrating their 50th anniversary, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath performed their final live show in Birmingham, England, bringing an end to a legendary 49-year touring career. Three of the group's founding members - singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler were present at the emotional gig and a month later, Black Sabbath officially announced that they were disbanding.
“I felt relief that it was all over, that it was done with, that we’d done a good show, and quite sad in a way to think that we’d never do it again," Butler said of the final show. "It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, actually. It just felt right. We’ve been around for 49 years now, and it’s time to call it a day.”
But it looks like Butler, who was the primary songwriter for Sabbath is not quite ready to hang up his ax yet. Ward did admit that Tony Iommi’s cancer diagnosis played a significant role in Black Sabbath's decision to call it quits. “If it was up to me," Butler said, "I would have toured for the next five years because I love touring and traveling."
Now, after a few teasers hit Butler's social media pages, the legendary songwriter/bassist has confirmed that he will be returning with an all-new band and the lineup is one for the ages. Calling themselves Deadland Ritual, the supergroup is comprised of former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica vocalist Franky Perez.
Both Butler and Stevens posted teaser clips of new music on their Facebook pages and if the 60-second clip is anything to go by, Deadland Ritual is going to turn up the dials all the way to 11! The short clip features the breakdown of a new song. The clip sets an eerie mood, featuring Stevens' signature guitar licks and Perez's howling vocals, driven by the tight rhythm section courtesy of Butler and Sorum. The clip also features the text 'Down In Flames' under the band's name, which could be the name of a new single or even possibly the supergroup's debut album. Check out the teaser clip below:
In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Butler said he had “about 120 riffs written down and I’ve just got to pick a guitarist and sort through them.”
Well, Butler seems to have picked Stevens as the right choice, who gave us undying hits like 'Rebel Yell' and 'Eyes Without a Face' alongside Billy Idol. Meanwhile, Sorum stepped away from another supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, earlier this year to explore new projects. He's already performed with Velvet Revolver for a while, which Sorum has described as “one of the highlights” of his career, and it looks like the drummer is now going to contribute his skills to Deadland Ritual.
While there's still no official word on new material emerging, it's worth noting that the French rock festival Hellfest has confirmed that Deadland Ritual will take the main stage on June 22, 2019. So it wouldn't be out of line to expect a new album to drop around then to coincide with the supergroup's debut headlining gig. For now, here are some other snippets that have been teased on the internet via an Instagram account that bears the band's name.
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