DEVIL'S HIGHWAY, the new "supergroup" featuring vocalist Kyle Thomas (TROUBLE, EXHORDER), Ralph Santolla (DEICIDE, OBITUARY, DEATH), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS), guitarist Matt Brunson (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, NILE), has begun recording its debut album at Vulture Lounge in Tampa, Florida and DDT Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana. Santolla is handling all production duties on the CD, which is expected to be completed in December for an early 2015 release.
DEVIL'S HIGHWAY's sound is described in a press release as "a mixture of classic metal and hard rock with nods to BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS, vintage SCORPIONS and early OZZY OSBOURNE.
Thomas had the following to say about the formation of DEVIL'S HIGHWAY: "I met Ralph on tour when ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY was doing main support for OBITUARY. We hit it off perfectly from day one and have been close friends ever since. On that tour, he played me some songs he was writing and asked if I'd be interested in working on it with him. I immediately said yes, because I thought it was fantastic.
"After going to Japan with Ralph, Tony and Steve [as the DEATH METAL ALLSTARS], we decided it was so much fun that we should make a real band.
"Although we've been working on the songs bit by bit for quite some time, it will be well worth it when it's done. Some of my closest friends say this could be the best material I've ever been involved with. I'm honored to be in the mix."
Added Santolla: "This debut has certainly been a long time coming. Steve and I have been planning to do a record together for ages. I couldn't get psyched unless there was a world-class singer involved and then I met [Kyle], so that was that. We all have an awesome musical and personal chemistry, and the songs, arrangements and playing are very strong. I think a lot of people are really gonna love this. Plus, the artwork is bitchin'."
DEVIL'S HIGHWAY is:
* Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY) - Vocals
* Ralph Santolla (OBITUARY, ICED EARTH, DEICIDE, DEATH) - Guitar
* Matt Brunson (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW) - Guitar
* Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, 1349, NILE, ACHERON) - Drums
* Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, ICED EARTH, DEATH) – Bass