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Published on Jan 2, 2012
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and former SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman have joined forces for a brand new studio project called Primal Rock Rebellion.
Primal Rock Rebellion is the meeting of different minds, different mentalities and different musical backgrounds, but the end result is very much a cohesive, self-produced whole... albeit one that reflects the individual talents of the musicians involved: Adrian provides the guitars, the bass and the advanced song-writing skills.
Adrian : "It was interesting doing this album with Mikee not least because we have quite different influences. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It has a really fresh feel to it. It was great working at my own pace and in my own studio with no time constraints. I think during the making of this album I went around the world twice with Maiden, working on the project in between. In the process, it allowed for a bit more of an experimental approach.""
Mikee : "This album takes you on a really deep and colourful journey, lyrically and musically. Adrian and I were both very open to experimenting with each others' musical styles and influences, which we feel created something new and exciting. Adrian inspired me in many ways. I learnt the importance and the power of choruses in songs. Adrian also gave me a lot more belief in myself melodically. I think we pulled each other out of our comfort zones, creating something fresh and exciting along the way. We co-produced the album together, and the whole recording process was very relaxed - no deadlines, just honing the songs naturally as we recorded them, a new experience for both of us."
Musicians who also contributed to this forthcoming album include Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes on violin plus original SikTh member Dan Foord on drums, amongst others. The album was produced by Adrian and Mikee, and mixed by Simon Hanhart, whose previous credits include everyone from Tin Machine to Saxon. The album features 12 tracks top to tail, and it will be available on digi-pak CD, digital download and double coloured vinyl in gatefold sleeve. The track-listing runs as follows:-
1. No Friendly Neighbour 4.53 2. No Place Like Home 3.06 3. I See Lights 4.59 4. Bright As A Fire 6.21 5. Savage World 3.38 6. Tortured Tone 5.08 7. White Sheet Robes 5.16 8. As Tears Come Falling From The Sky 0.47 9. Awoken Broken 4.58 10. Search For Bliss 4.13 11. Snake Ladders 4.43 12. Mirror and the Moon 5.04 The resulting album, is due for simultaneous worldwide release on Spinefarm Records on 27th February 2012.