In a statement to radio broadcaster Eddie Trunk, bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) has reported details about his new project called Deadland Ritual.
In addition to the legendary Sabbath bassist, the band features guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), drummer Matt Sorum (The cult, Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and vocalist Franky Perez (Apocalyptica).
“Well, I retired after the last Sabbath show, I traveled and did everything I wanted to do for a year, so I got tired of watching TV every day, I started writing again, after all, I usually do it for fifty years. It’s in my blood.I cannot stop, especially when it’s also a hobby. And Matt got in touch with me talking about Deadland Ritual.”
The new metal supergroup already has dates scheduled for 2019.
The band will play in festivals in Europe this year:
- 06 Jun Sweden Rock Festival AB Sölvesborg S, Sweden
- 14 Jun Download Festival Castle Donington, United Kingdom
- 21 Jun Azkena Rock Festival Vitoria-gasteiz, Spain
- 22 Jun Hellfest Clisson, France
Deadland ritual released their first song “Down In Flames” and also the official video.
Geezer Butler about the new project
Last year, Geezer told Rolling Stone he had “about 120 riffs written down” for his next musical project, adding he just needed “to pick a guitarist and sort through them.”
Earlier this year, when Black Sabbath came to an end, Geezer Butler had revealed his upcoming plans. At the time, he said he wanted to write an autobiography and make a solo album. Butler apparently changed his mind about solo career and opted to remain in a band.