DEVIL YOU KNOW — the creative union of Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Francesco Artusato (ALL SHALL PERISH) and John Sankey (DEVOLVED) — has released its cover version of the classic "Rocky" movie series anthem track "Eye Of The Tiger". This is a rousing, hard rock rendition to the SURVIVOR hit song, which is available as a bonus track on DEVIL YOU KNOW's second studio album, "They Bleed Red", due out November 6 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Comments DEVIL YOU KNOW drummer John Sankey: "One day when we were in the studio working on our new album, 'They Bleed Red', Howard Jones turned up in a shower robe and started shadow boxing in the vocal booth while doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation. It was so impressive that we immediately knew we had to do a cover of the infamous 'Rocky' soundtrack theme. 'Eye Of The Tiger'. We had already been discussing the possibility of recording a cover, but had no idea what song we would do. In that moment when Hojo literally transformed himself into the Italian Stallion right in front of our very eyes, we knew it was the perfect choice!"
He continues: "Our biggest challenge would be adapting the original song into our own style, so we decided each of us must take on the persona of a different cast member to best capture the performance necessary to do such an iconic song justice. Howard lived and breathed the role of Rocky for a full week, Francesco Artusato (guitars) became as a slightly shorter Ivan Drago, Ryan Wombacher (bass) was the perfect fit for a modern-day Mickey and I of course was a 'way too Australian' not quite as ripped version of Apollo Creed. We entered the studio swinging wildly in all directions with our respective instruments and there was blood, sweat and many many tears, mainly of uncontrollable laughter. Hours later we emerged victorious and super slow motion high-fived each other in classic 'Rocky' fashion as we listened back to the sweet metal sounds of a reformed SURVIVOR classic. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do."
Produced by Josh Wilbur (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, LAMB OF GOD, KILLER BE KILLED), "They Bleed Red" is a breakneck paced trip through DEVIL YOU KNOW's broken psyche, struggles with anxiety, and ultimate triumph against adversity, all laid upon a foundation of high-level artistic achievement and vitriolic full throttle heavy metal fury.
"They Bleed Red" track listing:
01. Consume The Damned
02. The Way We Die
03. Your Last Breath
04. Stay of Execution
05. Break The Ties
06. Shattered Silence
07. Let The Pain Take Hold
08. Master of None
09. Searching For The Sun
10. How The End Shall Be
11. Broken By The Cold
12. Eye of The Tiger (cover)
13. I Am Alive
14. We Live
DEVIL YOU KNOW's debut album, "The Beauty Of Destruction", sold around 6,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 45 on The Billboard 200 chart.
DEVIL YOU KNOW's lineup is completed by BLEEDING THROUGH bassist Ryan Wombacher.