Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens recently spoke to MetalForever.com about his new solo project, which currently remains unnamed. Several excerpts from the interview follow:
MetalForever.com: I know that ICED EARTH is your main band and we'll get into that later in the interview. You and guitarist John Comprix have been working on demo tracks for your new band at ex-WARRANT guitarist Billy Morris' Lava Room Recording studios. Have you selected a band name or should fans continue to send their choices to your website?
Tim "Ripper" Owens: "I haven't got the name yet! It looks like Bobby Jarzombek on drums and John Comprix on guitar will both be in the band. I'm looking at a few bass players at the moment! What people should know is that this is a band, not just a solo thing! I will go on tour and totally support it!"
MetalForever.com: Tell me about the musical direction you're heading in with this new project. How is it similar and how is it different, from both ICED EARTH and JUDAS PRIEST?
Tim "Ripper" Owens: "It's not like ICED EARTH. It is a little more straightforward! Not too complex. To me it is basic, classic heavy metal that is not too dated! I like DIO and SABBATH and early JUDAS PRIEST! So that is how I draw a lot of influence! And I like a lot of the modern bands guitar riffs! If I could write guitar riff like Jon Schaffer it might be closer to ICED EARTH!"
MetalForever.com: I know you're itching to get out on the road again. What are your plans for playing live with this new band?
Tim "Ripper" Owens: "I will play as many as I can! Whatever label I sign with will get full support! I want to get out there and PLAY!"
MetalForever.com: Tell me about your efforts trying to find a record label and marketing a new project in today's music marketplace.
Tim "Ripper" Owens: "It is all good! My manager Carsten is handling it! We will see. Like I said, they have got to know that I'm serious and that this isn't just some side project, and I will do anything the label wants me to do to get it out there! Yes, ICED EARTH is my main band and I love working with Jon. But I want to get out there and PLAY!!"
Read the entire interview at this location.