Former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (bass), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY, have formed a brand-new project tentatively dubbed UNEARTHED. The group have just completed a two-song demo containing the tracks "Fire In the Sky" and "Unearthed" and are preparing to begin shopping around for a record deal.
Commented Gene in a posting to the ICED EARTH fan site Iced-Realm.de: "The band is called UNEARTHED because me, Dave and Bill have been away from this whole scene for so long. Well now we have resurfaced, like being unearthed. Also this name ties in with the concept of our songs."
Although Mark played drums on the group's demo, UNEARTHED will likely utilize a different drummer during the band's upcoming live appearances.
"Mark is a great drummer and has a great studio," explained Gene when asked how Prator came to be involved with the project. "We had been working on this stuff long enough and wanted to get it recorded, and this was the perfect situation. [Mark is a] great drummer and producer/engineer.
"If and when we do tour we would love to have Mark play. However, he is very busy with his RedRoom studios and his work at Morrisound. There are other drummers to pick from and ex [ICED EARTH] band members are a possibility as well."
An official web site for UNEARTHED will be launched soon. More information as it becomes available.