TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider is currently in the studio working on a new solo album, which is being produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta. The as-yet-untitled disc will feature contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE),Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD),Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW),and is tentatively due out in the spring.
On Sunday (November 12),Jasta shared another video clip from the sessions on Instagram. He wrote: "I'm fired up about this full-on metal album we're producing. People are gonna lose their minds when they hear this! I pitched the idea to Dee on my podcast and now it's becoming a reality. I did some co-writes with Nicky and Charlie as well as Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Also Mark Morton and Howard Jones have pitched in riff and lyric ideas we are using on the album.
"Dee is one of the best vocalists of our time. His voice is up there with Ozzy [Osbourne], [Ronnie James] Dio, [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford to me, and it's as powerful as ever!
"Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set with 'We're Not Gonna Take It', 'I Wanna Rock', 'Burn In Hell', 'We Are The Ones', 'So What' and others. Can't wait for everyone to hear this!"
In an interview with Poughkeepsie radio station 101.5 WPDH on October 31, Snider discussed how his pairing with Jasta came to be. "I decided to do a very aggressive metal record — a true metal record. I start recording the album today for release next spring," he said. "Jamey is a fan of mine, and I was on his podcast, and he literally challenged me on the air. He said, 'Dude, you're iconic. I think you need to do a true metal record. Think Rob Halford's 'Resurrection', think in that direction. I go, 'Well, what do you got in mind?' He goes, 'Dude, I will produce it, and I've got songs, and I've got people stumbling over each other to write a song for Dee Snider.' Then he just started sending me music. The new stuff is powerful; it's great; and I'm excited about the next tour, which will start next spring."
Earlier today (Monday, November 13),Snider shared his excitement about how the project is coming along on Twitter, writing: "Talk is cheap, but action is rare. 'I woulda/coulda/shoulda' is all bullshit! Jamey Jasta challenged me, I accepted his challenge and we are well on the way to a spring album release! Songs written, demoed and recording process started! NO B.S.!"
Snider's last solo album, "We Are The Ones", was released in October 2016 via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as "an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS." He added: "Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I've abandoned my past to move forward."
TWISTED SISTER called it quits last year after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.