DEATH DEALER, the band featuring MANOWAR and the DICTATORS guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman alongside vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Steve Bolognese (INTO ETERNITY), will release its sophomore album, “Hallowed Ground”, on October 2 via SMG. The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains “massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and singalong headbangers,” according to a press release.
“Hallowed Ground” track listing:
02. Break The Silence
03. Plan Of Attack
05. Llega El Diablo
06. The Way Of The Gun
08. I Am The Revolution
09. Total Devastation
10. The Anthem
11. Corruption Of Blood
12. Skull And Cross Bones
The official video for the song “Break The Silence” can be seen below.
Said Ross The Boss: “‘Hallowed Ground’ satisfies from start to finish… It is what metal should sound like!”
Regarding the formation of DEATH DEALER, Peck told Bonavox: “Stu and I came up with the idea to put a band together as we were doing a lot of writing together and had become close friends. There is a back story I may reveal one day, but, basically, one night on Skype we decided to do a band with this name and I called up the band one by one and introduced myself and everyone jumped on board. It was really weird how it happened.”
DEATH DEALER’s debut album, “War Master”, was released in August 2013 through Steel Cartel Records.
“The DEATH DEALER sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explained Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.”
DEATH DEALER in 2013 parted ways with drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl (MANOWAR) and replaced him with Bolognese.
A former drummer for INTO ETERNITY and a Berklee College Of Music instructor, Bolognese is often spoken of as “the drummer’s drummer,” having received mentoring from drum prodigy Mike Mangini (DREAM THEATER).