Vocalist Wade Black (CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES, LEATHERWOLF) has left DEUXMONKEY, the project led by former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz. Wade says in a statement, "I've searched the world for musicians that possessed the talent and shared vision to bring you a band like no other. I have found it in BLACK REIGN! During my quest for the ultimate band lineup, I did a short stint with Dan Spitz for his DEUXMONKEY project, thinking this might be the band that would be the answer to my quest. I quickly realized it wasn't! I gave Dan a verbal cease-and-desist on all my lyrics and vocals. I felt the songs were not up to my standards, and they were not to be released with my vocals. He agreed. Now, almost a year later, he's trying to release those songs with my vocals. Further, he is making misleading statements, saying that I'm in that band. The reality is that he is lying to all of his fans and mine, stealing my voice, lyrics and likeness — all to serve his own needs. I say it one more time so the world can hear me as well: Dan, cease and desist from using any of my vocals, lyrics, and likeness. Otherwise, the use of my name and likeness and any unauthorized use will be regarded as what it is: stealing! Dan, let's keep this out of the legal system and settle this issue quickly so we can both move on."
In addition to Spitz, DEUXMONKEY features ACCEPT bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Patrick Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P. ).
In a December 2010 interview, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine revealed that he helped fine-tune the songs on DEUXMONKEY's debut album after hearing some of the material in its early stages of development.
"[Dan] was working on a little side project, and I'd heard it a while ago and it kind of went by in passing 'cause he was just starting it," Mustaine said. "And I heard it about three weeks ago; he was almost done. And I said, 'Man, I love this record.' I said, 'And do you think it's done?' And he goes, 'Yeah.' And he goes, 'Why? What do you think?' And I said, 'Well, I would kind of do this and that.' And he goes, 'Really? Go ahead.' And I went, 'Really?' So I rolled up my sleeves and I completely dedicated myself to Danny's record for the last three weeks, working tirelessly in my studio on this record with him. And it's that good. I heard it and I just went, 'Oh my God!' It's like a cross between, say, DISTURBED, SOUNDGARDEN and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE kind of thing. Little bit of some smatterings of ANTHRAX because of the speed stuff, but it's much more modern and much more heavy sounding."
For more information, visit the DEUXMONKEY MySpace page.