Another track from the upcoming ROADRUNNER UNITED "The All-Star Sessions" CD, entitled "Annihilation by the Hands of God", has been made available for streaming at Roadrun.com.
This full-length release, in stores on October 11, 2005, is a "master class" in hard rock/metal. Boasting 55 artists from 42 of Roadrunner's past and present bands, the album will contain original tracks that are collaborations between numerous Roadrunner stars.
Four central musicians were originally chosen to produce and write the songs. Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT), Dino Cazares (ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA), Robert Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Matthew Heafy (TRIVIUM). These four musicians play on the songs they have written and have also assembled a unique team of artists to appear on each track. In order to cover as wide a spectrum as possible, no musician has played for more than one writer/producer and each song features a different vocalist.
Written and produced by Jordison, "Annihilation by the Hands of God" features Glen Benton (DEICIDE) on vocals, Matt DeVries (CHIMAIRA) and Rob Barrett (CANNIBAL CORPSE, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION) on rhythm guitar, James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) on lead guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS) on fretless bass, and Jordison on drums.
Commented Jordison: "I had the idea of using Glen Benton on the song before even writing anything. However, instead of writing a typical death metal song, I wanted to do something a little more structured, even hooky, while still maintaining death metal and blast beat aspects."
The result is a technical piece of death metal filled with the individual personalities of members from the bands DEICIDE, CHIMAIRA, MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEATH, and SADUS...and of course, SLIPKNOT, as Joey himself had written the song prior to the members from the above bands coming to town to record.
"Steve comes out of left field, he's one of a kind," Joey explained. "Rob (guitar) contributed greatly to a black metal tone of the song with his guitar parts over the blast beat sections, and Matt with his picking style. Each guy had their own staple on how their parts of the song should go, all of which helped with the overall feel of the song."
When asked for a favorite part of the song, Joey had no comment. "I write songs as a whole, with sections that move from one part to another and all make sense together in some way," he said.
"I couldn't be happier with it," Jordison concluded. "Probably the favorite song I did...though, hard to pick as each of the four are so different from one another."
For the complete details on "The All-Star Sessions" CD, click here.