Fan-filmed video footage of AMEN, the band led by frontman Casey Chaos, performing a brand new song on October 25 at Knotfest in Devore, California can be seen below. Sitting in on drums at the show was former SOULFLY and current STONE SOUR sticksman Roy Mayorga.
AMEN recently recorded a new album with producer Ross Robinson (KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SEPULTURA) for a tentative early 2015 release. Joining Chaos, bassist John Fahnestock and guitarists Duke Decter and John King in the studio was former SLAYER and current PHILM drummer Dave Lombardo.
Said Lombardo: "I am very proud to have been asked to be part of this amazing production with Casey Chaos and Ross Robinson.
"My career in thrash was created from my love of the punk genre. There is an excitement in this particular style of music that's vital for me. It's aggressive, honest and needed."
Added Casey Chaos: "It's great to be working again with Dave, this time in AMEN. He brought so much power, aggression and passion to the music on the new record, in a way only he could only deliver. Without question this is THE most important album I've ever made."
AMEN's last collection of new studio recordings, "Death Before Musick", was released in 2004 through EatUrMusic — a Columbia Records imprint owned by SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian.
Asked what he has been doing for the past few years, Casey told Kerrang!: "I took a break, and had a lot of medical issues. I had to be put back together. I have a couple of other projects, too. Last year, I recorded with [ex-SLAYER drummer] Dave Lombardo, [former QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist] Nick Oliveri and [EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist] Gary Holt for a soundtrack to a movie about Phil Anselmo's [haunted attraction] House Of Shock. That'll hopefully see the light of day."
Maxwood Music Limited, a British publishing company which was assigned the rights to Casey's works, sued SYSTEM OF A DOWN in 2008 claiming that Casey co-wrote the SOAD song "B.Y.O.B." with Malakian.
In May 2010, a United States District Court judge ruled that Malakian and SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian are the sole authors of the song and denied Maxwood Music Limited's claim of ownership rights.
Casey announced in August 2008 that he was making "much-needed and overdue changes to his lifestyle" and checking himself into Hollywood's Wonderland rehabilitation center.
For over a decade, Chaos claimed, he had been prescribed various meds for pain and treatment of his various health issues. These, combined with grueling touring schedules and heavy drinking while on the road, had worn on Chaos and caused his health and state of mind to deteriorate further.