According to several posts on various social media platforms, former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel is working on a new project with drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) and bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE).
On July 21, Portnoy posted a picture of the quartet with the caption, "Look who stopped by Camp Portnoy for a day or two... hmmm, wonder what we're up to?"
Demmel re-posted the same picture the following day, adding a comment of his own. "Somethin's cookin' and it's NOT what you think," he wrote.
On August 5, Demmel then posted a picture of his guitar with a caption saying, "10 songs tracked all rhythms last Friday on this BadAss." He added that a "soon to be announced project with Portnoy/Blitz/Menghi" would be "coming soon."
Another recent post by Demmel noted that he was tracking guitars with producer Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, CATTLE DECAPITATION) at Trident Studios in Pacheco, California. The pair previously collaborated on the MACHINE HEAD albums "Unto The Locust" and "Bloodstone & Diamonds".
Demmel, Portnoy, Ellsworth and Menghi have previously performed together in METAL ALLEGIANCE, the all-star collective that is anchored by Menghi, Portnoy, MEGADETH's David Ellefson and TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick. In addition to their semi-frequent live appearances with the group, Demmel played on three tracks on METAL ALLEGIANCE's 2015 self-titled debut, while Ellsworth contributed vocals to one song on the project's 2018 sophomore effort, "Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty".
Incredibly productive day hanging and jamming with these boys...working on something very kewl...details coming down the road...Posted by Mike Portnoy on Monday, July 22, 2019
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