As exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on December 19, ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner has joined the new band launched by former MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar).
Earlier today, Drover posted the following update on his Facebook page: "Good progress this week for myself, Chris Broderick and Henry Bonner. We finally picked the name of the band, close to choosing our bass player, selected the artist for the record and are very close to choosing the producer as well. Much more info real soon!!!!! Stay tuned!!!!!!"
Drover recently revealed that the new group has demoed six songs so far, with the drummer describing the material as "100 percent heavy metal. Some of the songs are very aggressive and fast, others are more 'accessible' to the average heavy metal listener." He added: "Chris, Henry and myself are all fans of all kinds of heavy music, which is great, as we are not putting any musical parameters on what we are creating here, which is very liberating, I must say."
During an interview with SiriusXM's Jose Mangin on the December 17 edition of Liquid Metal's "666-LIVE" call-in show, Broderick stated about how his new group came together: "Through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer — he's awesome — and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go."
Regarding whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions, Chris said: "Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I'd be, like, 'Oh, this isn't appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.' I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I've gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it's not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back."
Bonner released a statement in April 2014 claiming that he was leaving SCAR THE MARTYR "due to personal differences, artistic direction and a slew of business decisions that I cannot simply ignore." He added: "I've given it a year of my life and now it's time to move on. I will continue making music in many forms."