Los Angeles industrial rock band OPIATE FOR THE MASSES recently teamed up with former DRAIN STH vocalist Maria Sjöholm to record a new track, "Anybody Else". The song marks the first time that Sjöholm and OPIATE bassist Anna Kjellberg performed together since DRAIN STH disbanded over eight years ago. The Stockholm, Sweden-based quartet DRAIN STH was one of the first all-female acts to break out in the metal genre and paved the way for numerous others.
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Commented Anna: "Ever since DRAIN STH broke up in 2000, we have all stayed in touch over the years. Maria spends some time here in L.A. every year, and the idea came up to record something together again. We (OPIATE) had the song 'Anybody Else' lying around and we thought it would be a cool duet, so we rewrote the lyrics for that. Maria and I had a blast working together again and it felt like no time had passed. Maybe, just maybe, we'll do it again. I don't know about you, but I've missed hearing her voice!"
Sjöholm added: "I really liked what OPIATE FOR THE MASSES was all about, and when Anna asked me to sing on one of their songs I thought it was a great opportunity to get back in the studio again. It's been awhile since I sang anywhere, but in the shower, haha. It was a lot of fun, and I love how the lyrics turned out to be not your typical love song."
OPIATE FOR THE MASSES drummer Chris "Seven" Antonopoulos is featured in the November 2008 issue of Drum! magazine, which is on stands now. The in-depth, four-page article takes a look into the beast behind the kit, breaks down how to play segments of OPIATE OF THE MASSES song "Dead Underground" and explains how dedicated the man is to his craft.
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