Acclaimed documentary filmmaker David Hoffman has more than 150 national TV shows and 10 CLIO advertising awards to his credit. Hoffman’s work has received Emmy’s, CLIOs, Golden Globes, and an Academy Award. Hoffman’s most recent documentary is with DAN LORENZO, founding member of the bands Hades, Non-Fiction, Vessel Of Light and now Cassius King. Cassius King (featuring Jason McMaster on vocals) are set to release their debut Field Trip next month on California’s Nomad Eel Records.
Hoffman spoke with Lorenzo in May of 2021 and juxtaposes that with older footage of Lorenzo.
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Both Austin’s Jason McMaster and New Jersey’s Dan Lorenzo have been in many bands over the years. Lorenzo most notably in Hades and Non-Fiction and McMaster in Dangerous Toys and Broken Teeth to name a few, but up until now the two have never written together.
McMaster has sung the covers Mr. Speed and Sight For Sore Eyes under the moniker CASSIUS KING (Lorenzo, Lipnicki, Schulman and different vocalists and guests), but the two have just released the single Traveler along with Jimmy Schulman and Ron Lipnicki who both play with Lorenzo in his doom band Vessel Of Light.
“The last 3 years is the most music I’ve written in my life”, Lorenzo stated. “I’ve become obsessed with Vessel Of Light, but I have always had an eye to writing with Jason. We both have a shared love for 70s era Kiss, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick…of course you would never know that listening to the first song we are releasing. It’s more in a Sabbathy direction.”
CASSIUS KING are speaking with several labels about a full release and hope to have their debut LP out by the end of this year.
HADES‘ founding member Dan Lorenzo has issued the following:
After breaking up at the completion of their first European tour in 1989, HADES would occasionally reunite for a one off show. In 1999 the band got back together and released three albums in three years for Metal Blade Records. Hades performed at Wacken in 2000 and released their final album in 2001. The last Hades release DamNation included the return of bassist Jimmy Schulman and was also the first release for drummer Ron Lipnicki who spent a decade in Overkill after Hades. Hades DamNation CD included a DVD attached to the first 1,000 copies printed in Europe. Vintage Hades footage is included plus interviews with founding member Dan Lorenzo, vocalist Alan Tecchio, lead guitarists Scott Lepage and Ed Fuhrman.
VESSEL OF LIGHT have two releases on Italy’s Argonauta Records. Dan Lorenzo (Hades and Non-Fiction) and Nathan “Opposition” Jochum played everything on the two releases, Lorenzo handling both guitar and bass and Jochum all vocals and drum duties. VESSEL OF LIGHT played their first show September 28th opening for Life Of Agony in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom. Former Overkill drummer Ron Lipnicki played drums while former Hades bassist Jimmy Schulman played bass. After that show Lorenzo and Jochum decided to recruit Lipnicki and Schulman to join Vessel Of Light permanently for both live and studio performances. The four have started working on tracks that will become the 3rd Vessel Of Light release.
Jochum said, “I was introduced to Jimmy and Ron by Dan. I saw their rehearsal videos that Dan sent me.Then at our first show with Life of Agony they both killed and I knew right away that they were the perfect fit for VOL. I’m grateful to have them as friends and now VOL bandmates!”
Schulman stated, “For me, it was a no-brainer. Dan and I have played in bands together and been buds for over thirty years. Same with Ron for almost twenty. When I heard the Vessel of Light EP and Woodshed I thought it was genius stuff. I was honestly amazed”
Vessel Of Light will perform live for three shows in May including the New England Stoner and Doom Festival in Jewett City, CT.
For more on the band visit their Instagram @VesselOfLightMusic
Former HADES members Dan Lorenzo, Ron Lipnicki (who also played drums for Overkill for ten years) and Jimmy Schulman have just recorded the KISS cover “Larger Than Life”. A video for the recording can be seen below:
Schulman commented, “When I was a teenager people would say, Gene Simmons sucked as a player. I didn’t think so.. but it wasn’t until I saw a candid photo of him tuning his bass to a strobe tuner unaware, no posturing, no tongue.. I then knew he was a real musician.”
Lorenzo, Lipnicki and Schulman recently released Cassius King Kovers Kiss (*Plus one for Lemmy) which included former Exodus frontman Rob Dukes singing Strange Ways and God of Thunder. The cover CD had no bar-code and was not for sale. The trio have also recently recorded covers by AC/DC, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at JROD Productions in Somona, NY.
Schulman said, “I’m recording songs I grew up listening to as teenager in the ’70s. What a fuckin’ blast! I didn’t know how to play them then.. it only took 40 yrs to finally learn how to play them!”
Massachusetts’ Dark Symphonies recently released a 30th anniversary edition of Hades If At First You Don’t Succeed as well as Resisting Success with 12 page booklets included full of rare photos and band member comments.
“It’s amazing that we have two albums that were released 30 yrs ago.. shit, Kiss has 40th year anniversary albums out, what the fuck?”, Schulman said.
Cassius King’s video for Larger Than Life was produced by Noah Buchanan.