California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are set to begin performing showcase gigs beginning in early October with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a CD in early 2003.The band, which is based in a small town three hours north of Los Angeles, came together when "[guitarist] Dragon left a note with a waitress at a small breakfast place where [Dez's girlfriend] Anahstasia and I eat in the morning when I'm off tour," stated Fafara. "We became friends. After about a year, we started writing together, then recruited the best of the best from all the bands around town. [Guitarist] Sleeper and [drummer] Junk played in a band together and [bassist] Shak was also in another band. We all just kind of hit it off. The one common unity in all of us is we wanted to do something ultra-heavy and try if we could to form a new sound. I think we've done it." So far, DEATHRIDE have completed nearly two dozen cuts for their forthcoming debut, which will reportedly feature a more aggressive and more technical direction than that of Fafara's main outfit. Among the tracks set to appear on the band's upcoming CD are the following: 01. Devil's Son
02. Swinging The Dead
03. Revelation Machine
04. Driving Down The Darkness
05. The Misery
06. What Does It Take To Be A Man
08. Give It
10. The Darkness When asked about the rumors that PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo would be making an appearance on DEATHRIDE's full-length debut, Dez stated: "Phil's one of my closest friends. I'd be honored if he'd sing on [a] DEATHRIDE [album], and of course I'm going to ask him. We have the perfect song for it. It's called 'What Does It Take To Be A Man'."