On the heels of the recently announced collaboration with SAVATAGE and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitar virtuoso Chris Caffery, New York-based outfit THE INFINITE STAIRCASE has added a few more recognizable names in the hard rock and heavy metal community to its forthcoming EP, this time in the form of the album's producer/drummer Morgan Rose's longtime bandmates, SEVENDUST guitarist Clint Lowery and frontman Lajon Witherspoon. Lowery plays on a song called "Can't Control It", while Witherspoon sings alongside THE INFINITE STAIRCASE frontman Lenny Cerzosie on "Just To Meet You There" and the CD's projected first single, "The Things We've Done".
These collaborations mark the finishing touches on the band's forthcoming EP, which is expected to be released by summer's end, with the first single hitting radio within the next few weeks.
THE INFINITE STAIRCASE has made a habit in recent years of collaborating with some of the most respected musicians in hard rock and heavy metal. In 2009, the band's debut album, "The Road Less Taken", featured guest appearances by Blues Saraceno (POISON) and Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). Saraceno also mixed the record.
In 2012, THE INFINITE STAIRCASE began work on the follow-up effort, with Rose producing as well as taking charge behind the kit. Early sessions brought in collaborations with Sean Memphis Hennesy (CANDLEBOX, THE GRACIOUS FEW), John "JD" DeServio (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, CYCLE OF PAIN) and Troy Cromwell (CYCLE OF PAIN).
On October 22, 2012 came Hurricane Sandy and THE INFINITE STAIRCASE's Cerzosie brothers found themselves organizing an all-star collaboration to raise money for the victims of the storm; a collaboration which consisted of, in addition to Rose and DeServio, guitar god Zakk Wylde and CANDLEBOX frontman Kevin Martin. What resulted was "The Pride", a melodic mid-tempo rocker with blazing solos and screeching vocals.
"The Pride" was released digitally on February 5, 2013 via Vanity Music Group, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Carl Vincent Bini Memorial Foundation. The song was recorded at Architekt Music, the state-of-the-art recording facility in Butler, New Jersey where SEVENDUST recently tracked "Black Out The Sun". It was mixed by house engineer Mike Ferretti (SEVENDUST, CALL ME NO ONE) and mastered by Alan Douches (FLEETWOOD MAC, YES) at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York. The song is available via digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.