Greg Giles of the "Metal" show on Grand Rapids, Michigan's 107.3 WKLQ radio station conducted an interview earlier this month with SEVENTH VOID/TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer Johnny Kelly. Listen to the seven-minute chat below.
"Heaven Is Gone", the debut album from SEVENTH VOID, the band featuring Kelly and TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey, sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 21 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
SEVENTH VOID held a release party for "Heaven Is Gone" on April 21 at The Clubhouse, the Dallas nightclub founded by HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and his late brother, PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Check out a slideshow from the event at DallasObserver.com.
"Heaven Is Gone" was released on April 21 via Vinnie Paul's Big Vin Records.
"We sent [Vinnie] one song," Hickey told DallasObserver.com, "and he really liked it. So we never really took it anywhere else. We wanted someone who believed in it. And Vinnie does."
"From the moment I first heard them, I full-on loved it," Vinnie said. "It's a new band, but when other people hear it, they'll know too. It's just an old-school sound with a new attitude. Something different than all the LINKIN PARKs and HOLLYWOOD UNDEADs out there right now."
Rounded out by bassist Hank Hell (INHUMAN) and guitarist Matt Brown (ex-SUPERMASSIV), SEVENTH VOID continues TYPE O's tradition of slow, heavy riffs and existential lyrics, but with a slightly sludgier, "stonier" flavor.
For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.