Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper has responded to accusations that the debut album from his new band, WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.), consists entirely of previously released recordings from his earlier group, RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL.
In a statement released to BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today by former RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL guitarist Chris Laney (real name: Ulf Larsson), the Swedish songwriter/producer/artist said that the material that he co-wrote and produced on the first two RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL albums — 2006's "Violent New Breed" and 2008's "Virus" — is being re-released on WHERE ANGELS SUFFER's debut CD, "Purgatory", "without being re-recorded or remixed." Laney added that he "owns the mastertape and copyrights on 'Violent New Breed' and 'Virus'" and that the "Swedish record label who released 'Violent New Breed' and 'Virus' owns the license rights on those two albums." He concluded by saying that he "deeply hopes the songlist and songsamples for 'Purgatory'" that were provided on the Amazon.com web site "is a giant misunderstanding."
After Laney's comments were published on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Piper released the following statement in an attempt to clarify the situation:
"Look before you leap, peeps. Credits on both albums read as follows: songs are written by Chris Laney, Randy Piper and Rich Lewis.
"Rich Lewis and I felt the fans deserved to hear these great tunes here in the USA.
"Chris Laney is a great songwriter and we hope to collaborate with him on another project in the future."
"The WHERE ANGELS SUFFER 'Purgatory' CD is a preliminary album to our new lineup of band members. We are working feverishly on our new songs. In fact, we are gathered together here in Florida as we speak.
"A lot of our fans have never heard 'Violent New Breed' and 'Virus' by RANDY PIPER'S ANIMAL, released on Locomotive Records, so we decided to release it now.
"We will be performing some of the songs from the 'Purgatory' album live in concert on our current tour.
"Locomotive Records closed their doors soon after they launched the record in the European market. Subsequently the record was not released in the USA."
WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (W.A.S.) features Chris Holmes (guitar; ex-W.A.S.P.), Randy Piper (guitar; ANIMAL, ex-W.A.S.P.), Steve Unger (bass; ex-METAL CHURCH), Rich Lewis (vocals; ANIMAL) and Stet Howland (drums; ex-W.A.S.P.).
"Purgatory" track listing:
01. Cardiac Arrest
02. Can't Stop
03. Don't Wanna Die
04. Crying Eagle
05. Unnatural High
06. Judgment Day
07. Zombie (CRANBERRIES cover)
09. Violent New Breed
10. Morning After
11. Eye of the Storm
WHERE ANGELS SUFFER tour dates:
Oct. 30 - The Viper Room - West Hollywood, CA
Nov. 04 - Clifton, NJ - Dingbatz
Nov. 05 - Patchogue, NY - Karma
Nov. 06 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov. 07 - Greensboro, NC - Arizona Pete's
Nov. 12 - Fairfield, OH - Charlie's
Nov. 13 - Imperial, PA - Grim's Roadhouse
Jan. 07 - Seattle, WA - The King Cat Theater
Jan. 08 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater