Three days before the release of CASSIUS KING‘s 2nd album Dread The Dawn, vocalist Jason McMaster got a phone call asking him to fill in for Accept‘s vocalist Mark Tornillo who was sick.
McMaster said, “It was honor to work with ACCEPT this past week as fill in vocalist. To play the east coast, where Cassius King hails from, and even on the new album’s release date! I am feeling blessed this month overall. Dread the Dawn is a great record that I am very proud of.”
Vocalist and Talk Louder Podcast co-host Jason McMaster has been a diehard fan of heavy metal legends, Accept, since their debut album in 1979. In 2022, he got an out-of-the-blue, last-minute phone call to join the band on tour when their singer was suddenly sidelined due to illness. In a blur, he hopped a plane, devoured lyrics, barely slept and was soon onstage raging through a set of metal classics for four consecutive gigs. In this exclusive edition of the Talk Louder Podcast, Jason shares his balls-to-the-wall story of a lifetime.
Jason talks about the experience at length on his podcast Talk Louder in their newest episodes below.
Doom/stoners CASSIUS KING released their new album “Dread The Dawn” last Friday, October 21st! The band, featuring well known Dan Lorenzo (ex-Hades, Non Fiction, Patriarchs In Black), exceptional singer Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys), Ron Lipnicki (ex-Overkill, Hades) and Jimmy Schulman (Hades/Dreams of Venus), offers an emotional rollercoaster ride of poignant, catchy melodies on these 10 songs, highlighted by the distinctive vocals of Jason McMaster, which give the overall sound an authentic depth.
With “Abandon Paradise” there is now a video for the opener of the record on the MDD Youtube channel. You can listen to the album at a streaming platform of your choice. The album is released on MDD Records (USA: Nomad Eel Records) and available as CD in stores. Check it out!
Just recently, Jason McMaster filled in for Mark Tornillo on some dates of the ACCEPT US-Tour, Jason sang the entire Accept set by himself the first night, and when Mark Tornillo feeling better he came out for about half the set the last few nights dueting with Jason on some songs.
Dan Lorenzo shared, “I’m so proud of Jason with the job he did on such short notice with Accept and of course Jason crushed on the brand new Cassius King album Dread The Dawn”
Watch a short clip from the Debonair Music Hall in Teaneck, NJ, filmed by Dan Lorenzo:
Jason McMaster (Watchtower/Broken Teeth/Dirty Looks etc.) has multiple things going on simultaneously with regards to music. Cassius King released their 2nd album on Friday October 21st, “Dread The Dawn” as McMaster finds himself filling in as the lead singer for the band Accept.
McMaster said, “Strange things happen. Never in a million years, would I ever think I would be doing this. It’s an honor to be asked to fill in for a few days for great singer and super nice guy, Mark Tornillo. I spoke to him on the phone and he sounded good, healing up from a bad upper respiratory infection. I’ve been a fan of his and of course, Accept , since high school. Interesting side note, this happening when the new Cassius King record, Dread the Dawn, comes out today. Cassius King hailing mostly from New Jersey, is where the bulk of these Accept shows are and where I sit now . Again, strange things happen”.
In addition to McMaster on vocals, Cassius King is Dan Lorenzo ( Hades/Patriarchs In Black) guitars, bassist Jimmy Schulman ( Hades/Dreams of Venus) and drummer Ron Lipnicki ( Overkill/Vessel Of Light) Dread The Dawn is out today in America on California’s Nomad Eel Records and in Europe on Germany’s MDD Records. The band’s new video/single for the track Abandon Paradise will be out Tuesday on MDD’s YouTube page.
In advance of their 2nd release “Dread The Dawn”, CASSIUS KING have just released their video for the Paul Stanley cover song ‘Wouldn’t You Like To Know Me’.
Guitarist Dan Lorenzo said, “My wife was surprised I wanted to cover this song because she told me it reminded her of a cute/happy song she would like from the 80s. And guess what? It is a happy song, but I’ve always loved it. It makes me happy! Everybody in Cassius King (Jason McMaster vocals, Ron Lipnicki drums and Jimmy Schulman bass) loves and I mean absolutely LOVES old Kiss.”
‘Wouldn’t You Like To Know me’ will only be available on the American version of “Dread The Dawn” on California’s Nomad Eel Records on October 21st. Germany’s MDD Records version of Dread The Dawn will feature different bonus tracks.
Vocalist Jason McMaster produced the video and said, “Being a big Kiss fan, I was still reluctant to record a vocal track, or even like the idea of recording this song. I thought “Why can’t we do God of Thunder or something like that?” I started to cut the tracks for it, and revisiting the original version, and holy shit….I fell back to 1978 and in love with the song all over again. Totally excited to throw this video out to rock fans”.
The new album from the stoners of CASSIUS KING, entitled “Dread The Dawn” will be released on 21 October on MDD Records!
The band with the incarnate riff machine Dan Lorenzo (ex-Hades, Non Fiction, Patriarchs In Black), exceptional singer Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys), Ron Lipnicki (ex-Overkill, Whiplash) and Jimmy Schulman (a.o. Vessel Of Light) has not rested after last year’s debut and presents a convincing successor with “Dread The Dawn”.
You can expect 10 songs with dragging, touching melodies, authentic depth driven by merciless grooves. Be prepared!
The album can already be pre-ordered at some retailers. In the USA, the album will be released via Nomad Eel Records. With “Bad Man Down”, to which there is also a lyric video on Dan Loranzo’s YouTube channel, the band already released a sample of the new material at the beginning of the year!
Last summer CASSIUS KING – (Jason McMaster vocals, Dan Lorenzo guitars, Ron Lipnicki drums and Jimmy Schulman bass) – released their debut album “Field Trip” on California’s Nomad Eel Records. A mere 6 months later and Cassius King grace us with a brand new single and lyric video for easily their catchiest song yet; ‘Bad Man Down’. Guitarist Dan Lorenzo co-wrote the single with Jason McMaster.
“I remember how long it took me to write the music to the first two Hades albums in the 80s. I literally had no music left after each album. Songwriting started to get much easier for me when I started Non-Fiction in the summer of ’89, but it’s never been this easy.” Lorenzo said. “I’m not doing this for the money, but it’s as fun or more fun than it ever was honestly.”
When asked what the lyrics to Bad Man Down mean, McMaster said, “This takes me to a place where we don’t have much control. We can get cozy and feel good, because we did it all ‘safe’, and politically correct, etc….but, you cannot stop the bus just because you pull the chain. I am not a young man anymore, I am not trying to be, so these things we do to try and live longer, healthy diet, etc..they work, but still…the bus won’t stop. Bullets fly by that were not meant for you….your doctor misses things in your visits, next thing you know…. This lyric is about who’s ’round the corner. I have tried make friends with him, and the black cat crossing my path.” Cassius King plan to release 10 new songs ( plus you can always expect a fun cover song or two) later this year Nomad Eel in America-MDD Records Europe. The world is in a very strangle place right now, but it’s hard to keep these bad men down. Jay Bones from Space Based made the video.