PROBOT, the much-anticipated metal side project of FOO FIGHTERS frontman/former NIRVANA drummer Dave Grohl, will release their self-titled debut album on February 10, 2004 through Southern Lord Recordings. A two-track 7" single, limited to 6,666 copies, will precede the album release and will contain the cuts "Centuries Of Sin" (featuring Cronos of VENOM) and "Emerald Lies" (featuring Wino of ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN, and PLACE OF SKULLS). Photos from the PROBOT video shoot for the track "Shake Your Blood", which took place on November 15 and 16 in Los Angeles with director Bill Yukich (JAY-Z), have been posted online at this location. Along with guest singer Lemmy from MOTÖRHEAD and Wino, the "Shake Your Blood" clip features the SuicideGirls' burlesque troupe.
PROBOT's debut features Grohl, ex-ZWAN guitarist Matt Sweeney and FOO FIGHTERS producer Adam Kasper accompanying some of metal's most celebrated and respected frontmen, including Lemmy, Wino, Snake (VOIVOD), Cronos (VENOM), Max Cavalera (SOULFY, ex-SEPULTURA), Tom G. Warrior (CELTIC FROST), Eric Wagner (TROUBLE), King Diamond (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND), Lee Dorrian (CATHEDRAL, ex-NAPALM DEATH), Mike Dean (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY), and Kurt Brecht (D.R.I.).
"It's been about three-and-a-half years for this record to really happen," Grohl told MTV. "The logistics were nuts, getting all the different vocalists in the studio. ... Meanwhile, I was out on tour with the FOO FIGHTERS and coming home after eight months, the last thing I wanted to do was get on the phone and start rounding up tapes."
After several meetings with higher-profile labels, Grohl ultimately decided to go underground and release the album with stoner-rock kingpin Greg Anderson's Southern Lord, home to releases from bands like GOATSNAKE, PENTAGRAM and THORR'S HAMMER.
"This whole project has a certain vibe and spirit," Grohl explained. "There are certain boundaries that you have to stay within. The vocalists are all from a specific era. I found myself having to explain to people at record companies [why these singers are cool]. I realized that if I have to explain it to someone, they are just not going to get it. It's just not going to work."
"I grew up listening to hardcore and underground metal," he continued. "That's how I learned how to play the drums. Those are the shows I would go see when I was 14. My hardcore band, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, opened up for THE OBSESSED."
"I am paying tribute to these people," he said. "But beyond anything, I just wanted to make a record with some great songs, with some great singers."