Guitarist Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) recruited his ex-band mate drummer Dave McClain (ex-Machine Head) alongside bassist David Ellefson (Megadeth) and vocalist Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) for a brand new song called “The Permanent Decay.”
The song is out January 7, but more importantly is that we might have an amazing new thrash band on our hands.
Here’s what Demmel had to say about the song and the potential band:
“I had some tracks I had written and submitted for a previous band, that were never used, and I really liked them. Dave McClain and I had worked some of them up, and I kept thinking of who would be perfect to sing on it. My wife plays in Bleeding Through with Brandan, he ended up writing all the vocals, and singing on it, and it came out killer. Ellefson and I had been talking at NAMM last year about doing something together, so when this came up, it was the perfect opportunity to do that as well. We don’t know if we’re a band, we don’t know what we’re doing, other than that we all played on this song, and that we dig it. No one knows what the future holds.”
McClain adds that the “previous band” was Machine Head:
“Originally when me and Phil were in Machine Head, and it came time to start writing stuff for the next record, Phil had some ideas and riffs, and I’m always down there practicing all day. He just came down one day, he had these riffs, we started messing around. I mic’ed up everything in the room on my laptop, and we recorded this stuff live, and then it ended up not being used for anything. Fast forward to all this time later, when we’re both out of Machine Head, and Phil was going out on this guitar clinic tour, and he was like, ‘Let’s record some of the riffs and songs I had.'”
So here’s hoping this becomes a thing, right? If only to hear what ended up being left off Machine Head’s 2018 album Catharsis.