It's official... NITRO has reunited!
Joining founding members, legendary guitar virtuoso Michael Angelo Batio, and glass-shattering vocalist Jim Gillette, is one of today's most respected and revered metal drummers, Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD).
"I'm not sure who keeps giving my phone number to the most talented musicians on the planet, but I couldn't be more thrilled!" says Adler.
"I used to wonder what a metal band would sound like with all the cheat codes unlocked, and, well, I don't wonder about that anymore.
"I'm blown away by the modern sound and groove in the material. The chaos has been harnessed and it's incredibly heavy."
States Batio: "I can't wait to get onstage with these guys! Inspirational is an understatement."
Adds Gillette: "I'm honored to be surrounded by such insanely talented musicians. I mean, Michael and Chris are the best of the best. So yeah, it's very exciting, humbling and even a little intimidating. To be honest, I'm less intimidated when I get in the ring with a 300-pound monster that wants to tear my head off!"
NITRO is currently writing and is scheduled to start recording next month with Grammy-winning producer Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN, MEGADETH, HATEBREED). A spring 2017 release is expected, with a world tour to follow.
Back in 2008, Michael Angelo Batio dismissed the idea of a NITRO reunion, telling Ultimate-Guitar.com: "Jim doesn't want to do any of the old songs. Jim's idea is for a [modern version of] NITRO, not the NITRO from the past. He doesn't want to redo NITRO, he just wants to get back up onstage again and do what he's doing now. But for me to do a NITRO reunion and not do any of the old songs, I don't think it would be the same."