Hard-rock supergroup Deadland Ritual — featuring bassist Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), guitarist Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Vince Neil), drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and singer Franky Perez (Apocalyptica) — have premiered the new Michael P. Blevins-directed video for the song “Broken and Bruised.” See it below. The release follows up December’s “Down in Flames,” which, like the new single, was produced by Greg Fidelman (Metallica, Slipknot).
Sorum spearheaded the group’s lineup. “Steve and Franky were the first guys I called,” he explained. “We knew we wanted to create a heavier rock sound, but when I contacted Geezer and he agreed to play, I knew this could be a great band. Not long after we connected with producer Greg Fidelman, Deadland Ritual was born.”
“I was working on a new solo album when this came to light,” Butler commented. “It was appealing for me to work in a band environment because that’s what I’m used to, so [it] feels really natural.”
For Stevens, the biggest reward of Deadland Ritual was getting to play with Butler. “There’s a lot of times in the studio as a guitar player, you get a guitar sound and you’re trying to make it work, tweaking it,” he explained. “There was none of that bullshit. It just fit against his bass sound and it was really exciting to me. I get to hear my guitar against a bass guitarist that I’ve idolized forever.”
Deadland Ritual made their U.S. live debut earlier this week (May 28th) at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. A European tour is set for June.