Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair, heavy metal cellist Tina Guo and esteemed Swedish actor Stefan Sauk ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") have recorded new music for "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera" at Stagg Street Studio in Los Angeles. More sessions to continue next month in Stockholm, Sweden, with the addition of MOTÖRHEAD's Mikkey Dee on drums.
On January 20, Sauk recorded the voice of the role of Father Iwanicki in a new song for "Dreams In The Witch House: A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", a hard rock concept album, jointly produced by Swedish and American music producers, based on HP Lovecraft's 1933 horror tale of the same name.
A CD with the same title, "A Lovecraftian Rock Opera", also featuring Kulick, was released in October 2013 and was lauded as a "dark, evocative musical journey" by American horror publication Fangoria and "a masterpiece" by XXL-ROCK. Sauk joins the production as the concept album is now being developed into a motion picture in Hollywood.
The new song is composed by Swedish music composer Anders Ringman. Titled "The Refuge of Penitence", it covers a plot point not present in the current rock opera adaptation of the source story. Sauk, portraying a Polish catholic priest, sings a cautionary tale of mankind's temptation with technological advancement, rejection of faith, and their negative consequences leading to an impending doom; thematic subject matter quite familiar to heavy metal. Kulick and Blair provide lead guitar work which mutates from a faith-based acoustic lead-line (Kulick), into something much more sinister and trans-dimensional (Blair on electric). Rounding out the L.A. session was Tina Guo, with over 40 Hollywood film score credits, as well as performances with the FOO FIGHTERS, SLAYER and Carlos Santana. A separate track from the rock opera, titled "Signum Crucis", already featuring Bruce Kulick on lead guitar, will include Mikkey Dee on drums.
For more information on the rock opera, go to WitchhouseRocks.com.