Featuring Four Takes On Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax
THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT, the musical meeting of minds between Grammy-nominated STONE SOUR guitarist, Josh Rand and PARALANDRA vocalist/guitarist Casandra Carson, are set to release a new 4-track EP, titled ‘Big F.O.U.R.’ on March 18th via Bloodblast.
The collection features a clutch of cover versions, one each from heavy music’s pioneering icons; METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. The duo’s take on Anthrax’s ‘Caught In A Mosh’ is revealed today, to coincide with the EP’s pre-order/pre-save here. In addition, the single’s sleeve artwork was designed by none other than ANTHRAX drummer, Charlie Benante.
Discussing the release, Josh Rand tells us:
“Recording a Big F.O.U.R. cover EP is something that I have wanted to do for a very very long time, and last Fall I decided to finally do it with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT. Without these four bands (METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, and SLAYER) my musical career wouldn’t be where it is today. In some ways you could say this project is paying homage to them or, how I see it, a return to where it all started in my parents house as a teenager trying to learn just a piece of the music. Each of the four songs that I picked were pivotal in my development as a musician. Whether it was learning the intro to ‘One’ on guitar, drums on ‘Symphony [Of Destruction]’ or bass lines in ‘Caught in A Mosh’. This EP was a true love and passion project for myself. I feel I captured the vibe and the spirit of the original but with THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT sound. Hopefully you hear it too!”
Rand continues; “‘Among the Living’ is a top three album of all-time for me, so covering ‘Caught in A Mosh’ was a no brainer for us to do.”
Casandra Carson also elaborates;
“‘Caught In A Mosh’ has an infectious energy to it, and I’m absolutely stoked with how it turned out.”
Meanwhile, ANTHRAX‘s own Frank Bello comments;
“Casandra sounds great and Josh did an amazing job nailing all the parts on ‘Caught In A Mosh‘ – great job guys!”
Stylistically, THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT is a fluid combination of classic metal sensibility and Rand’s penchant for pushing the boundaries of contemporary heavy. Released last summer, THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT‘s debut self-titled EP can be streamed here, with physical CDs and vinyl options available exclusively through the band’s webstore or via the Nuclear Blast store.
Josh and Casandra’s debut single, ‘The Nothingness‘ was featured on several major playlists across streaming platforms including Rock Hard on Spotify, Breaking Metal on Apple Music, Break Through Rock on Amazon and Metal Radar on Deezer. ‘The Nothingness’ was also included on SiriusXM Octane’s Test Drive show on release.
Expect more from THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT in due course.
Arriving at the intersection of time and circumstance, multi-instrumentalist, veteran songwriter, and long-tenured guitarist of the Grammy-nominated rock outfit STONE SOUR, Josh Rand, found himself at a proverbial fork in the road.
Rotating back to real world after an extensive two-year run on the road with STONE SOUR’s Hydrograd album cycle, Rand resumed his routine of immersing himself in his craft, songwriting with clear intent, breaking new ground and exploring new sounds. Shortly thereafter, a series of events would prompt Rand to make some significant professional decisions. The pivot would find Rand continuing to push his creative pace as a songwriter, while devising a brand-new outlet that would feature his stylistic signature throughout. Accustomed to working with the kind of vocalist that is equally commanding and versatile, Rand knew he wanted to maintain a standard of a dynamic lead, while bringing something new to the space of hard rock and metal.
As chance would have it, just a few degrees of separation stood between Rand and vocalist Casandra Carson. THE L.I.F.E. PROJECT introduced themselves with a five-track debut EP that offered a succinct presentation of a songwriter asserting his stride after more than two decades steeped in his craft. Building off the sonic stamp he established during his six albums, twenty-year tenure with STONE SOUR, Rand’s current iteration holds true to his track record, without relying on it.