One of the most instantly recognizable voices in all of heavy metal, OVERKILL's Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth has for the first time in his career momentarily stepped out of his full-time band. With the launch of THE CURSED, Ellsworth is joined by guitarist Dan Lorenzo (ex-HADES and NON-FICTION), bassist Job the Raver (MURDER 1), and drummer Mike Cristi (ex-NON-FICTION). Ellsworth and Lorenzo began collaborating together in late 2005, and came up with a style that while still heavy, is a departure from the intense metal of OVERKILL.
"Dan and I always 'fit' on a personal level," explains Ellsworth. "We've been friends since NON-FICTION toured with OVERKILL in '93 — professionally, he's a riff-monster. I always thought, 'If I could get my hands on one of those riffs...' Well, now I can and the result is by all means cursed." The New Jersey-based group soon caught the attention of Screaming Ferret Wreckords, who recently signed the quartet.
"Being a long time fan of Bobby's and Dan's work, I'm both excited and honored to be launching their new project," Screaming Ferret president Tim Koukos points out. "This band has a powerful, fresh sound. Listening to their demo was like getting hit with a sack of bricks — simply killer! I look forward to a long relationship with Bobby, Dan and THE CURSED."
Screaming Ferret Wreckords plans an early 2007 release.
Songs from the forthcoming yet-to-be-titled THE CURSED debut include:
02. Evil, in the Bag
03. Breaking Her Down
04. Best of the Worst
05. Native Tongue
06. Serpentine Slither
07. All's Right
08. Leven Als God in Frankrijk (English translation: God in France)
09. One Time
10. Queen of the Down
11. Generate Her
THE CURSED lineup:
Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) - Vocals
Dan Lorenzo (HADES) - Guitar
Mike Cristi (NON-FICTION) - Drums
Job the Raver (MURDER 1) - Bass
For more information, visit www.the-cursed.net.