03.Don`t wanna Die
09.Shoot to Kill
Since having left W.A.S.P. to its own device, Piper has survived hair bands, grunge and nu-metal. Always true to his vision of a 21st century Animal he has constantly refined the band, looking for the perfect line-up to realise this vision. In Rich Lewis he found a soul mate as well as a vocalist with total feel. Other former W.A.S.P. members may have come and gone, but Rich and Randy have been the core of the band since day one. Thunderous left-hand bassist Jackie Livengood makes a welcome return to the band. Also a jack of all trades, hes made Pipers tattoos and built the onstage version of Screamin Leamins original Animal logo.
However, its safe to say that everything fell into place when noted Stockholm-based producer, platinum songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Laney (Zan Clan) contacted the band. A longtime fan of the guys classic stuff he initially offered to remix Animals previous album for free. A Scandinavian Rick Rubin, Laney was a fan who also had the skills to provide the missing piece. Inevitably, the guys got on like a house on fire. Even without having met him in person, it ended up with Animal asking Laney to join the band. And before long he was coming up with the core of the songs for a new album: Violent New Breed.
ANIMAL, the band led by former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, will release its new album, "Virus", on September in Europe and October in the U.S. via Locomotive Records. According to a press release, the CD contains "ten astonishing songs" produced by the group's guitarist, Chris Laney.
The recordings took place at Platform Studio and the legendary Polar Music Studios (LED ZEPPELIN, GENESIS, ABBA). To up the ante, the band decided to make the album both more aggressive and more melodic. It takes just one listen to realize that that's exactly what they've done. In short, "Virus" combines the wrath of 2006's "Violent New Breed" with a majestic metal feel (including Laney's trademark backing vocals), while adding some new tricks and a unexpected cover for good measure.
Heavy riffs demand heavy topics. In times when metal is usually about either devils-and-darkness-for-the-sake-of-it, silly escapism or sappy love songs, ANIMAL takes on real issues while keeping the merciless in-your-face attitude.
Several songs are about being unable to change a lifestyle that you know will kill you in the end, whether it's about dangerous habits ("Can't Stop", "Unnatural High" or working yourself to death ("Cardiac Arrest". The re-interpretation of THE CRANBERRIES' hit "Zombie" is a comment on political wars, while other songs depict a society that creates mass murderers, and how to deal with your own personal regrets.