Cassius King featuring Jason McMaster and Dan Lorenzo presents their debut album »Field Trip«, out now via Nomad Eel Records
US hard rock/doom metal band Cassius King featuring vocalist Jason McMaster (ex-Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor) and guitarist Dan Lorenzo (ex-Non-Fiction, Hades, Vessel Of Light) presents their debut album, »Field Trip«, which was just released on July 23rd, 2021 via Nomad Eel Records.
01. King Of Lies
02. Cleopatra’s Needle
03. Below The Stones
04. Join The Exodus
05. Traveler (The Long Road)
06. Apocalyptic Nations
07. I Move With The Moon
09. Leave Of Absence
10. This Side Of Forever
Guitar solos on »King Of Lies« and »I Move With The Moon« by Scott LePage.
Guitars, drums and bass recorded by Jon “Jonny Rod” Ciorciari at JRod Productions.
Mixed and mastered by Jon “Jonny Rod” Ciorciari.
Vocals recorded at Self Studios Lockhart, TX.
Cover concept by Jimmy Schulman, Jason McMaster and Claudio Bergamin.
Cover art by Claudio Bergamin.
Layout by Josephe Timmons.
From Nomad Eel Records:
Former Hades founding member Dan Lorenzo has been using the Cassius King moniker for years. From his debut solo album to his endless cover song CDs with various lead vocalists. But it wasn’t until 2021 when Lorenzo decided to make an all-original album with vocalist Jason McMaster (Watchtower/Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth/Howling Sycamore/Ignitor). Lorenzo released four albums in three years with his doom band Vessel Of Light when Coronavirus prevented any more live shows.
“I had music to probably eight or nine more songs after VOL released »Last Ride«,” Lorenzo said. “I didn’t think the world was ready for a fifth Vessel Of Light album when we couldn’t even play shows to support »Last Ride«. Jason sang multiple Cassius King cover songs with me and I had some music that was maybe a bit more like Hades plus a bluesy song I sent off to Jason. I was shocked how quickly Jason wrote and sang the first few songs, so I recorded a few more brand new tunes. I asked Jason if he needed any help with melodies and he told me he did not. Jason said he could use some lyrical ideas though. I told that to Jimmy Schulman (Hades/Vessel Of Light) and he and Jason ended up collaborating lyrically on three songs.”
“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.”
Schulman commented, “When Dan mentioned Jason needed some lyrical ideas, I was excited to be part of that process. Jason and I came at it a few different ways. Sometimes it was just texting back-and-forth with a line or two at a time until it took on shape. Another time, a long poem was crafted into a song. However it went, though, it proved to be a cool and interesting collaboration.”
McMaster stated, “It was the kind of material I had been wanting to do for a long time. It feels a bit like Ozzy and Dio playing poker over some leftover Sabbath material. The melodies came to me quickly, as well as some of the lyrics. Things I already had fit the visions I had upon first listen and it all flowed immediately. I would not call it a full ‘doom’ application of terms, but its heavy, it reminds me of what I love about Sabbath and Dio songs.”
Drummer Ron Lipnicki (former Overkill current Vessel Of Light) said, “I think this new album’s got something for everyone. It’s like the fruits all line up on the slot machine.” That includes fans of Hades’ seminal release »Resisting Success«, as Scott LePage plays leads on the songs »I Move With The Moon« and »King Of Lies«.
Cassius King’s »Field Trip« will feature cover art by Claudio Bergamin (Judas Priest’s »Firepower«). Nomad Eel Records have already released a vinyl single »Traveler« by Cassius King. The CD is set for release in July and vinyl to follow.
Cassius King is:
Jason McMaster – Vocals
Dan Lorenzo – Guitar
Jimmy Schulman – Bass
Ron Lipnicki – Drums
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well