The new band featuring former MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar),alongside ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner, has recruited SHADOWS FALL guitarist Matt Bachand (pictured) as its bass player. The new group is scheduled to begin recording its debut CD this coming weekend at a studio in Hartford, Connecticut for a tentative late 2015 release via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.
Says Drover: "I have known Matt for 15 years now and he is a great musician, songwriter, singer and all around GREAT person.
"To say I'm jacked up about having Matt with us is an understatement!
"All the songs have shaped up nicely and there is a lot of metal dynamics on these songs, overall. Some of them are flat-out thrash-speed metal, others are uptempo, but I can assure you it is all 100% HEAVY METAL.
"Those who know me know I have always been an advocate for the more aggressive metal stuff, so if you're expecting anything to the contrary on this record, you would be dead wrong.
"Anyways, Matt Bachand will be in the studio with me [in Hartford], as he lives not too far from the studio, as does the producer/engineer who will be recording drum tracks with me.
"As I write this I cannot reveal WHO he is yet, nor the record company we are signing with, etc. That's for the press release, which you will all see very soon. Believe me, this dude is a full on METAL PRODUCER/ENGINEER (I would never have anybody but that to do this kind of music)."
During an interview with SiriusXM's Jose Mangin on the December 17, 2014 edition of Liquid Metal's "666-LIVE" call-in show, Broderick stated about how his new group came together: "Through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer — he's awesome — and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go."
Regarding whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions, Chris said: "Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I'd be, like, 'Oh, this isn't appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.' I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I've gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it's not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back."
Bonner released a statement in April 2014 claiming that he was leaving SCAR THE MARTYR "due to personal differences, artistic direction and a slew of business decisions that I cannot simply ignore." He added: "I've given it a year of my life and now it's time to move on. I will continue making music in many forms."