VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Germany's Visions magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl.
"It was very, very strange," Cronos recalled about the first time he heard from Grohl. "I didn't know what to expect at all. Would this shit be hard or not? Until now I've only done the hard sound — and that won't ever change! But when I got Dave's package and heard the tape... Fucking hell! This was heavy shit! I sang three versions over it. Three songs, you see? So Dave could choose one. I wanted him to be happy.
"At the beginning," Cronos continued, "Dave sent me an email, in which the first hundred lines he was talking about how much he loves VENOM and how often he's seen us play live. A real fan letter! Back then he was only playing with the idea of recording a metal album with all his metal heroes and VENOM having a part in it. He wrote that he'd have to get something off his chest. I answered instantly: 'Of course, man. Send this shit over! Let's fucking do it!' I'm not preoccupied. I'm open for everything. And Dave's cool. I can remember the first NIRVANA song very well — it was kind of like METALLICA: [tries to sing] 'Here we are now! Entertain us!' That was fucking great, very heavy!"
Click here to view a photo of Grohl, Cronos and CATHEDRAL/ex-NAPALM DEATH frontman Lee Dorrian (who also contributed to the PROBOT album).
As previously reported, PROBOT's much-anticipated self-titled debut album will be released on February 10 through Southern Lord Recordings. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will precede the album release and will contain the cuts "Centuries Of Sin" (featuring Cronos of VENOM) and "Emerald Lies" (featuring Wino).
PROBOT's debut features Grohl, ex-ZWAN guitarist Matt Sweeney and FOO FIGHTERS producer Adam Kasper accompanying some of metal's most celebrated and respected frontmen, including Lemmy, Wino, Snake (VOIVOD), Cronos (VENOM), Max Cavalera (SOULFY, ex-SEPULTURA), Tom G. Warrior (CELTIC FROST), Eric Wagner (TROUBLE), King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND), Lee Dorrian (CATHEDRAL, ex-NAPALM DEATH), Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), and Kurt Brecht (D.R.I.).