Florida-based heavy metal band the BEN JACKSON GROUP is set to release its new album "All Over You" on March 29, via Screaming Ferret Wreckords. "All Over You" is the band's second album.
Vocalist/guitarist Ben Jackson created his own band to further expand the musical direction explored by his previous bands CRIMSON GLORY and PARISH.
Joining Jackson on "All Over You" are guitarist Mark Borgmeyer, bass guitarist Dano Binz, drummer Rich Tabor and backing vocalist Rose Sexton. Special guest Midnight, who worked with Jackson in CRIMSON GLORY, contributes backing vocals. Binz left the band after the album was completed. His replacement is Fabrizio Fulco, a CRIMSON GLORY fan who read about the band's bass guitarist vacancy and moved to Florida from Rome, Italy, to accept Jackson's invitation to join.
"The mood was electric while we recorded 'All Over You'. The creative sparks were flying and the attitude and emotion are very evident in the finished work," says Jackson. "With the release of 'All Over You', this feels like a fresh start for me and I have an amazing band backing me on this project."
The 10 songs on "All Over You" include:
01. Turn It On
02. Mean Machine
03. All Over You
04. Falling Down
05. Ghost In The Mirror
06. Eyes Of Ice
07. Far And Away
08. Heavy On My Mind
09. Break It
10. Rock 'N' Roll Heaven
"The record kicks ass from start to finish. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite track as I love all the songs," Jackson says.
"All Over You" was recorded in Tampa, Florida, at Morrisound Studios, owned by brothers Jim and Tom Morris. CRIMSON GLORY and PARISH recorded their albums at Morrisound.
"The reason I formed my own band in the first place is so that I could step up as the singer. When a singer leaves a band, I believe the band loses something creatively and the fans are disappointed too. After about four years of work, that's what happened with PARISH. So much relies on the singer I thought the best way to avoid that problem was to become the singer!" Jackson says.
Jackson compares his musical role to that of METALLICA's James Hetfield and MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine.
2001's "Here I Come" was the first BEN JACKSON GROUP album. Jackson was pleased with the results, but he is much happier with "All Over You".
"That first album was recorded as a power trio. It was really cool and really raw, but I missed having another lead guitarist in the band like it was in CRIMSON GLORY. We're definitely a better band now, especially with Mark and Rose on board," says Jackson.
" 'Here I Come' was kind of an experiment and I was a little unsure of myself. 'All Over You' was not as nerve-wracking to make. Everything just exploded. I was more confident and aggressive. I just envisioned what I wanted to do."
"We are pumped over this new record and I believe the fans of my work with CRIMSON GLORY will love this one as well. For the CRIMSON GLORY fans who have been waiting a long time for someone in the band to put out a record of this style and dynamic again, your wait is over!"