Jed Simon Updates on Side Project 'Tenet'
Band Photo: Cradle Of Filth (?)
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has issued the following announced regarding his TENET project:
"It's announcement time! There are some new faces in the TENET camp. It's my pleasure to introduce them.
"I welcome to the fold Adrian Erlandsson on drums.
"Adrian, as many of you may know, had spent the last seven years with CRADLE OF FILTH. Previous to that he was on the first THE HAUNTED album, 'The Haunted'... Fuck, I love that album, and of course, he played in the mighty, legendary, AT THE GATES.
"Adrian brings an enthusiasm to the table that is infectious. I respect his talent greatly, and after hearing what he has done with some of the demo tracks, I'm beyond excited. Perhaps we'll put some of the demo stuff up with him playing soon, although I may just save it for the album, hehe.
"Of course, you are now wondering why Gene [Hoglan; STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ex-DARK ANGEL, DEATH] is not playing. I felt that after 10+ years in THE LAD it was time for a fresh start. And to be honest, I really needed to just 'step away' for a bit, and do something completely on my own. None of this reflects on my and Gene's relationship as friends... we will always be thick as thieves. Silly, pranking, metal-loving thieves. He IS my brother for life, as are the other SYL cats. That's about the best way I can explain it without getting too long-winded. OK? OK!
"On lead guitar I am very pleased to announce that Glen Alvelais will be doing the honors. Y'all know Glen from FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, and currently LD-50. This guy is simply one of the BEST guitarists I have ever heard. I remember when SYL did the TESTAMENT tour back in '97, and every night I'd just stand there with my jaw on the floor watching this guy play. I'm really stoked to have him on board.
"As for vocals, many of you are reading that Rob Urbinati from Canadian thrash legends SACRIFICE would be singing. This is partly true. Truth be told, I'm gonna give it a shot on vocals. I have to try, 'cuz this is all coming off of my sleeve, ya know? Rob will be singing, we're just not sure in what capacity yet. Stay tuned. Rob's voice is so good that it would be a shame for him not to appear, so don't worry...you'll hear Rob's 'Homicidal Breath' somewhere..."
Three demo tracks from TENET's upcoming "Sovereign" debut album — "Crown of Thorns", "Indulge Me" and "Unnameable" — have been posted on the official TENET MySpace page. "These are new demos that I did as practice so I would have my chops up when I hit the studio," Jed previously said. "No vocals, no bass, but I think they are a little better than the older demo stuff that was up."
"Sovereign" is scheduled for release later in the year via Century Media Records.
Jed will appear at the Bernie Rico Jr. Guitars booth during this year's NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention, which is going to be held in Anaheim, California in late January. "I'll be there representing Bernie, and you can check out one of my new BRJ customs, as well as some of his amazing custom creations," says Simon. "Gary Holt (EXODUS) and Jerry Only (MISFITS) will also be there representing Bernie."
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's latest CD, "The New Black" was released in July 2006 via Century Media.
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