May 22, 2008

'80s metal pioneer Willie Basse has launched his new label New Empire Media with the release of his new album "The Money Grind". The LP is now available in stores and on iTunes, with a European release slated for September, followed by a European a tour in October/November 2008.

Basse is best known for his role as bassist/frontman for the legendary L.A.-based metalheads BLACK SHEEP (the metal version, not the rap version who bought the name from him in the '90s). BLACK SHEEP and Willie Basse were mainstays on the Los Angeles sunset strip during the '80s metal explosion. The group has boasted members that reportedly include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.

Staying true to his his metal and rock roots, Basse flexes his abilities as a songwriter on "The Money Grind" with 12 ear-crunching, classic metal songs that will bring him back to the forefront of the genre.

"The term classic metal doesn't really make sense to me," says Basse when describing his new album, "because that implies that there isn't anything current about metal music, which isn't true. Alternative, grunge, punk, emo, etc. they all have their basis in the same metal music that I've been playing for years.'

Despite taking a hiatus to pursue real estate, Basse has remained active during his absence from the music scene. In addition to his own label, Willie has built several state-of-the-art recording studio facilities. He's worked for years as a pro audio equipment specialist and technology consultant.

Samples from Willie Basse's new album "The Money Grind" can be heard online at www.myspace.com/williebasse.

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