DEADLAND RITUAL members Geezer Butler (bass; BLACK SABBATH) and Matt Sorum (drums; GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) were interviewed by Paul Anthony of Planet Rock at this past weekend's Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the "supergroup" tag that has been attached to DEADLAND RITUAL — which also features guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA) — Butler said: "We don't class ourselves as a supergroup, 'cause… I don't know. It's a bit of a vacant term for me. We're just four blokes getting together, having fun at the moment and writing some good stuff. But so far, because Steve has been still on tour with Billy Idol, we've been having to write stuff in between these tours with Billy Idol at the moment. So we'll have more time to get everything together when his tour is finished."
DEADLAND RITUAL's setlist consists of several original tracks alongside classic songs from the members' previous bands, including BLACK SABBATH's "Symptom Of The Universe", "Neon Knights" and "Sweet Leaf", VELVET REVOLVER's "Slither" and BILLY IDOL's "Rebel Yell".
DEADLAND RITUAL recently released its first two songs, "Down In Flames" and "Broken And Bruised". Both tracks, which were produced by Greg Fidelman (METALLICA, SLIPKNOT), were made available via Sonik Riot Records/AWAL powered by Kobalt.
"We're basically an independent band right now — no record deal yet, but there's some labels talking to us," Sorum said. "It's great we're out playing these new songs, 'cause once we go in and record them, they'll be live-tested, if you will, and then hopefully will go down on record as a really cool version of what we've been doing live."
DEADLAND RITUAL made its live debut on May 28 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California.