Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "Baptized In Blood", available on streaming services and digital service providers.
LION'S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss commented: "When Ronnie James Dio so sadly passed away in 2010, we were hired to be the house band with guests from AMON AMARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, KING DIAMOND etc joining us at Sweden Rock's Ronnie James Dio tribute that fall. We were rehearsing songs from his amazing cataloge by BLACK SABBATH, DIO and RAINBOW for weeks and got inspired to write this song, which later became 'Baptized In Blood', as a tribute to our favorite singer of all time.
"In November and December of 1999, LION'S SHARE had the pleasure of opening up for DIO, MOTÖRHEAD and MANOWAR on the 'Monsters Of The Millennium' tour, so I knew him pretty well and his death took us all real hard."
LION'S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson added: "Obviously, we did a pretty good job at that show, because a couple of weeks later the stage manager called us up and asked if we wanted to be the backing band for DIO and BLACK SABBATH drummer Vinny Appice at his drum clinic in Stockholm. It was very cool to play with such a legend and I remember Vinny called us BLACK SABBATH junior, which, of course, was a huge compliment."
In late 2018, LION'S SHARE released a new five-track EP, plus its complete catalog — remastered with new artwork — on streaming services and digital service providers for the first time. The band have since released a few more digital singles, some of which will and some of which won't end up on the forthcoming full-length album.
Both Johansson and Chriss remark that they have always worked very well together, and at this point it feels the most natural to keep LION'S SHARE as a duo, with friends helping out wherever needed.
"We are aware our fans want a new album and the plan was to release one in 2020, but we all know what happened then," they said. "We had just started playing live again with a couple of headline shows in Germany in March and were gearing up towards a new album and tour. Since we think it's very important to tour behind a new album, we just have to wait until things go back to 'normal' again. Until then, we plan to release a new single every 2-3 months and keep building our fan base."
The LION'S SHARE catalog features appearances by members and ex-members of KISS, MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND, HAMMERFALL, SYMPHONY X, CHIMAIRA, THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CANDLEMASS, etc. Mixers include top engineers such as Jens Bogren (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH, SYMPHONY X, AMON AMARTH), Niklas Flyckt (one-time Grammy Award winner and four-time nominee) and Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, EUROPE, Glenn Hughes).
LION'S SHARE has toured with bands like MOTÖRHEAD, MANOWAR, DIO, SAXON, ICED EARTH, NEVERMORE, U.D.O. (ex-ACCEPT), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and has played many of the major rock and metal festivals.