FIREBIRD — the British power trio led by CARCASS/ex-NAPALM DEATH guitarist Bill Steer — has officially recruited Greyum May (formerly of THE BLACK HAND and OZRIC TENTACLES) as its new bassist. The band states, "He's already got a handful of shows with us under his belt — and we eagerly await our upcoming dates in Germany and the Netherlands, particularly the Stoned From The Underground on July 10th."
FIREBIRD last fall parted ways with bassist Smok Smoczkiewicz "due to personal reasons." Following his departure, Australia's Tom Sutton was drafted in to play bass with the group for a landmark appearance at Loud Park festival in Tokyo. A week later FIREBIRD performed on the main stage at Damnation Festival in Leeds, this time with Terry Waker handling bass duties. The year was rounded off with a Swedish tour, featuring initially Tom Sutton on bass and then Greyum May.
"For Crying Out Loud", a brand new song from FIREBIRD, is available for streaming using the audio player below. The track comes off the band's new album, "Double Diamond", which will be released in July via Trooper Entertainment. The CD features ten songs recorded at Graveland studios in 's-Graveland, Holland during January. According to the band, "this recording heralds a new chapter for the band, seeing [guitarist/vocalist Bill] Steer and [drummer Ludwig] Witt draw inspiration from some of their earliest metal favourites such as BUDGIE, FIST and TANK."
"Double Diamond" track listing:
01. Soul Saviour
03. Bright Lights
04. For Crying Out Loud
06. A Wing & A Prayer
07. Pound Of Flesh
09. Lose Your Delusions
Deals for Europe and the USA have yet to be confirmed. The band welcome any interested parties.
FIREBIRD's fifth album, "Grand Union", was released in the U.S. on June 23, 2009 via Rise Above Records' new North American distribution deal with Metal Blade. The CD, which came out in Europe on April 20, 2009, was recorded and mixed over a two-week period in May 2008 at Berno studios in Malmö, Sweden where FIREBIRD's second album, 2001's "Deluxe", was conceived.
For more information, visit the band's MySpace page.