WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.) has parted ways with guitarist Randy Piper (ANIMAL, W.A.S.P.) and has replaced him with Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN, HEATHEN).
WHERE ANGELS SUFFER's current is rounded out by Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Steve Unger (bass; ex-METAL CHURCH), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.).
Video footage of the new WHERE ANGELS SUFFER lineup performing the song "Don't Wanna Die" this past Friday, May 6 at Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida can be viewed below.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Eye of the Storm
02. Crying Eagle
03. Wild Child
04. Judgement Day
05. Morning After
06. Cardiac Arrest
07. Gods of Wrath
08. Don't Wanna Die
10. L.O.V.E. Machine
11. Blind In Texas
12. I Wanna Be Somebody
13. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
WHERE ANGELS SUFFER's debut album, "Purgatory", was released on October 31, 2010.
The band is currently working on material for its second album while also scheduling East Coast dates for June and West Coast shows in July.
According to a press release, the members of WHERE ANGELS SUFFER "embrace their metal history while simultaneously astounding their fans with groundbreaking original songs that could only be created by the exceptional chemistry and passion these professional musicians discovered when they came together again."
Holmes has etched out a stellar career which can be traced back to the early days of the metal scene that infiltrated L.A. and the Sunset Strip. A California native himself, Holmes is also well known for his role in "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years" and other projects, both in film and music, having played with the "A" list of metal musicians.
Longtime drummer of W.A.S.P., Howland was featured on ten albums (studio and live) and has toured with all the top metal acts, including BLACK SABBATH, a personal highlight during his W.A.S.P. years. Aside from W.A.S.P., the ever-active Howland's resume includes TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, RUN 21, KILLING MACHINE, BELLADONNA, BLACKFOOT and LITA FORD, just to name a few. Howland resides in Florida, where he has a recording studio to keep him busy on a variety of projects.
Steve Unger, who played with METAL CHURCH, is a talented bassist in his own right: his contribution to WHERE ANGELS SUFFER completes the dynamic of the band.
Unger, who comes from Seattle, Washington, has had a long career with METAL CHURCH and has been a key contributor to their success over the years. He believes WHERE ANGELS SUFFER is one of the best culminations of talent the metal scene has seen in a long time. Unger commented that the music is so relevant today because it is "a high-bred cross-breed between old and new."
Lewis was a natural choice for WHERE ANGELS SUFFER frontman and has become a key component to this venture. He has been compared to greats like Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson and Lawless, but his signature style has blended with the dynamic sound of his bandmates that sets this album apart from the rest.