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:

01. Sweeter
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.


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