Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS Completing Work On Solo Demo

November 23, 2004

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is in the process of recording his first solo material with a view towards landing a record deal. "My demo is gonna be either three or four songs!" Owens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Mixing it at Morrisound [studios in Tampa, Florida] right now with [producer] Jim Morris, then we will shop it [to record labels]. But it is gonna be a pretty raw demo — I will re-record everything when I get a deal at Morrisound and a local studio in Akron, Ohio. [Musically] it's like the old SABBATH stuff with Dio, so kinda going between that and heavier metal. Problem is that the newer songs I've written are heavier then the first five songs, but I think that will make for an even cooler CD. A little basic old school and then some PANTERA riff stuff... we'll see! To me, this demo is more of a basic heavy metal, not rocket science and a million notes being played. All I want is people to remember and be able to sing it — like the metal I grew up listening to."

ICED EARTH are currently on hiatus while mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer tends to his ongoing back problems and awaits the arrival of his first child. The band are tentatively scheduled to perform at several European festivals next summer.

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