MOBY Goes 'Heavy Metal' With DIAMONDSNAKE

Moby — whose solo music spans the genres of ambient, techno, punk, house and electronica — has announced the formation of a "heavy metal" band called DIAMONDSNAKE with "world-class entertainer" Dave Hill (VALLEY LODGE), Phil Costello (SATANICIDE, VALLEY LODGE) and Tomato (THE SOUND OF URCHIN).

"Combining such disparate influences as rock, hard rock, metal, and heavy metal, New York City's DIAMONDSNAKE was borne out of a shared love for entering a small, dark, and musty room, plugging into a few amps, and playing as loud as possible for a seriously long time," reads the band's official bio.

In a "journal" post on his web site, Moby explained that DIAMONDSNAKE was formed after a conversation he had with Costello in January. Later the duo enlisted Hill and Tomato.

DIAMONDSNAKE entered Headgear studios in Brooklyn last month with engineer Scott Norton and recorded a total of 15 songs, seven of which can be streamed on the band's Facebook and MySpace pages.

"From the molten riffage of 'We Wanna Love You' to the relentless pop attack of 'What the World Needs Now is Rock', from the crushing lament of 'Wrong Woman to Love' to the heartrending majesty of 'Lady of the Morning' and beyond, the men of DIAMONDSNAKE somehow managed to address every topic and emotion worthy of honoring through song," according to the band's bio. "Love, lust, good women, bad women, the power of rock, and predatory sea creatures they are all here, celebrated in words and music by DIAMONDSNAKE."

DIAMONDSNAKE will make its live debut on June 17 at New York's Highline Ballroom.

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