Legendary Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has announced a new supergroup, Deadland Ritual, which features three other big-name musicians: former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, and Apocalyptica singer Franky Perez.

Band members dropped the news by posting a few teasers of the new outfit’s music on their social media pages. Deadland Ritual will perform on the main stage of France’s Hellfest in June.

Butler performed his last show with Black Sabbath in February of 2017, putting an end to the metal godfathers’ touring career.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Butler said he had “about 120 riffs written down and I’ve just got to pick a guitarist and sort through them.” Well, it looks like he found the right guitarist in Stevens, who penned such classics as “Rebel Yell” and “Eyes Without a Face” with Billy Idol.

Take a listen to some clips of Deadland Ritual’s music below.

 

Butler‘s last solo album, “Ohmwork”, which was released under the band name GZR, sold less than 900 copies during its first week of release back in May 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScanGeezer‘s first project under the GZR banner was 1995’s “Plastic Planet”. 1997’s “Black Science”, which was credited to GEEZER, featured vocalist Clark Brown, who also performed on “Ohmwork”.

A founding member of BLACK SABBATHButler is also the lyricist of such SABBATH classics as “War Pigs”“Iron Man”“Paranoid” and others.

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My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.