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LA thrashers Anger As Art have completed the recording of their 4th album "Hubris, Inc." Mixing is currently underway, and the band is looking for a late spring/early summer worldwide release.
Says mainman Steve Gaines: "We approach every album like it might be our last, so we put everything we had into it. It is a 14 song epic. 2 of the songs we consider to be bonus tracks – in that they illustrate the history of where Anger As Art came from.
"One is actually a song called 'Speed Kills' that was written for Abattoir in 1984 by Dan Oliverio and me. This was while we were still finishing the Vicious Attack album. Juan Garcia had just left to join Agent Steel, and Dan was a new member. He had the basic riff, and I added music and lyrics to it. Fast forward 28 years, and Mark 'the Shark' Caro (Abattoir lead guitarist) contributed the solo for this song. Nonetheless, this is an Abattoir song performed by all Abattoir members. A nice capstone for a band that had a hand in shaping what thrash became.
"The other one is a song originally done by Pagan War Machine. PWM was a short-lived band featuring myself and Jim Durkin (Dark Angel). It is actually the band that Anger As Art evolved from. Anyway, the song is called 'Rage And Retribution'. Jim was kind enough to offer the guitar solo for the song. In addition to Jim, bass guitar was played by my brother Timothy Gaines from Stryper! This is the first time he and I have ever worked together musically. And… the lead vocal is a trade off between me and Betsy Bitch. While on tour as Bitch last year, Betsy offered 'If you need female vocals, I am your gal.' Seriously, did you ever think you'd see the day when members of Dark Angel, Stryper and Bitch would appear on the same song? Somewhere, Al and Tipper Gore are choking.
"Also, Winterthrall / Semtex Vest/ Evil Dead vocalist Steve Nelson came in and dropped some epic black metal growls and screams on the song 'The Evil You Create.' A complete honor to be able to share this album with such luminaries in the metal world."
L.A. based act Bitch (led by front woman Betsy Bitch) will do a short tour of 3 countries in Europe this spring, culminating in the band's featured appearance at Germany’s Keep It True Festival on April 29th, 2011. Anger As Art will support as both warm-up act on a few dates, and as Betsy’s backing band in Bitch (Anger As Art will not be performing at the Keep It True festival).
"Planning this tour has been bitter-sweet" says Betsy. "We lost our drummer/founding member Robby Settles to Leukemia last year, and it took the wind out of our sails. We already had KIT booked before Robby passed, and other members were less than enthused about going over to play the show. When I spoke with our bassist Steve Gaines, he had just played Keep It True with Abattoir in 2009, and was adamant that it was an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Steve offered that if we couldn’t find anyone to fill in that Anger As Art would be honored to perform as Bitch. The rest is history."
Says Steve Gaines: “Bitch was a huge influence on me, and I have been honored to be a member for the past 5 years. Needless to say, this has been a very hard time with Robby’s passing. However, I can say that there are no better guys to ‘be’ Bitch than AAA. We all used to see each other at Bitch shows in LA back in the 80’s, and respect Betsy and their heritage – and that is what we plan to do. Give metal fans in Europe Bitch in full effect.”
Also on the tour package will be Netherlands based metal band Persistense. The dates are as follows:
Friday 22 April: Little Devil, Tilburg - Holland
Saturday 23 April: The Rambler, Eindhoven – Holland
Sunday 24 April: De Vinger, Den Haag – Holland
Monday 25 April: Metro, Waarschoot – Belgium
Wednesday 27 April: De Rots, Antwerp – Belgium
Friday 29 April: KIT Germany
Anger As Art has issued the following statement about the recent death of Bitch drummer Robby Settles:
"There seemed to be a lot of losses of people who were influential in the month of May. But, one that really hit me was the passing of my friend and band mate Robby Settles. Robby was a huge influence on me and on the way I conducted myself over the years – even today. It was about the approach to your craft – to never go half assed. In 2004, I was asked to join Bitch as their bass player – a gig that I have relished. While I was not there for the glory days of the 80’s (I was in a couple of other glorious bands at the time), the impact they had on me still held true. He was a kind hearted gentle giant.
"I have played with a lot of drummers in my career. There is a certain standard that I look for – one that very few can hold. Robby certainly held it. He had a consistent solid approach that was somewhere between John Bonham and Buddy Rich. There was an extreme confidence to perform with Robby – just seeing him behind the kit in complete control while the mayhem and theatrics were going on was a great feeling. Every fill was consistent and solid, and he was a human metronome. The mark of a great drummer is when you can tell who it is simply by the way they hit their snare drum. Robby was one of those guys. His influence on Bitch is such that it bears questioning whether or not the band continues without him. Those shoes cannot be filled. More...