Legendary NWOBHM act CLOVEN HOOF has announced the addition of singer Ash Cooper (pictured below) to the group's ranks. According to the band, "Ash's vocal delivery is brutal and aggressive, yet he can tackle ballads with great sensitivity and emotion. Ash sings with his heart on his sleeve with great power and passion."
An audio sample Cooper singing the new CLOVEN HOOF song "I'm Your Nemesis" can be streamed below.
Regarding singer Russ North's departure from CLOVEN HOOF, the band said, "After much soul searching and respect to CLOVEN HOOF's future aspirations, Russ can no longer be part of the band on a full-time basis. Commitments in his personal life have made it impossible for him to continue singing heavy metal. Last year he helped the band out on a temporary basis for which they will always be eternally grateful. His great legacy will always live on in re releases such as 'Dominator' and the much-awaited re-release of 'A Sultan's Ransom'. Fans will be pleased to know there is still archive live recordings featuring Russ and unreleased demos that will see the light of day at some point in the future. Russ will always be a proud part of the band's history."
CLOVEN HOOF is:
Lee Payne - Bass
Joe Whelan - Guitar
Mark Gould - Drums
Ash Cooper - Lead Vocals
CLOVEN HOOF last year released a five-song EP entitled "Throne Of Damnation". It contained three new songs "Prime Time", "Running Man" and "Freak Show" along with reworked versions of "Whore Of Babylon" and "Night Stalker", the latter of which is featured on the Brtal Legend game.
CLOVEN HOOF re-recorded 24 of its classic songs for a two-part "best-of" compilation, "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two".