Interview By Ali Blackdiamond
As part of our Tribute To Ritchie Blackmore week, we have invited well known names in the world of rock and metal to share their thoughts about Ritchie. For the next in the series we have Mike Sabatini, drummer with New Jersery thrashers, ATTACKER. The band have had a recent addition, bass player Brian Smith and are currently working on new material for their next album which will be the follow up to “Giants Of Canaan.”
You can read some excerpts from the interview below and listen to the chat in full on the player:
Mike expressed his some of thoughts about Ritchie and his career:
“He basically brought Dio into the world – would we have known about Dio if Ritchie hadn’t taken him and other members of ELF and brought them in as his band in RAINBOW?
A lot of the guitar players in the late ’60’s into the ’70’s were blues based. He brought more of that classical thing in. You probably wouldn’t have had an Yngwie without Ritchie Blackmore.
That’s what Ritchie did, I think he brought that neo-classical style into rock music and influenced a lot of people.”
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER recently entered the studio to begin recording their as-yet-untitled new album for an early 2013 release. The CD will feature recently recruited singer Bobby “Leatherlungs” Lucas (SEVEN WITCHES, OVERLORDE, MORBID SIN) and bassist Jon Hanemann, who replaced Lou Ciarlo in April.
Tracks to appear on the forthcoming ATTACKER album;
01. Giants Of Canaan
02. Trapped In Black
03. The Hammer
04. Born Into Battle
05. Black Winds Rising
06. Steel Vengeance
07. Curse The Light
08. Sands Of Time
09. Washed In Blood
10. Chronicle 1 (The Reformation)
A rough-mix version of the song “Curse The Light” can be streamed below.
Commented drummer Mike Sabatini: “We’ve had requests form people wanting to hear some new stuff with vocals, so here ya go. The song is still missing guitar solos, but they are coming very soon as well!”
Lucas in April laid down his vocals on the track “Steel Vengeance” (formerly “Condemned”). The song, which has never appeared on an ATTACKER album, was previously released as an extremely limited-quantity single for the band’s 2008 Keep It True X festival appearance.
New Jersey metallers ATTACKER have posted a seven-minute video clip featuring snippets of several songs which will be featured on the band’s as-yet-untitled new album. The tracks were recorded live at the group’s rehearsal studio on July 29.
Commented drummer Mike Sabatini: “Since we have not had a lot to share lately, we figured, why not put some stuff up so people who are interested can see what we have been up to for the last few months? It also features for the first time on any recording our new bassist Jon Hanemann. Check it out!”
ATTACKER recently recruited Bobby “Leatherlungs” Lucas (SEVEN WITCHES, OVERLORDE, MORBID SIN) as its new vocalist. Lucas is still a member of OVERLORDE, which is currently working on a new album.
Metal Shock Finland’s Mike Paradine has conducted an interview with ATTACKER ‘s original member and drummer Mike Sabatini at Sundance studios in Jersey City, New Jersey on, Tuesday, May 6th which can be heard on the Youtube player below:
ATTACKER is a Classic/True Heavy Metal band formed in 1983 in the lovely state of New Jersey, US of A. Attacker is working on their 5th album.
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