As exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on December 19, former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has now confirmed that ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner has joined the as-yet-unnamed new band launched by Drover and former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick.
Says Drover: "At this point, I can reveal to you that Chris Broderick and myself have the 'music' for our debut record written. Henry Bonner is our singer, who has sang on six songs in demo form at this point, to which it's all sounding 100 percent heavy metal. Some of the songs are very aggressive and fast, others are more 'accessible' to the average heavy metal listener.
"I don't like to label everything into the 100 subgenres of metal. To me, ACCEPT is pure heavy metal, yet so is KING DIAMOND and GOJIRA. Do they sound the same? No, but they are all metal.
"Chris, Henry and myself are all fans of all kinds of heavy music, which is great, as we are not putting any musical parameters on what we are creating here, which is very liberating, I must say.
"There is still a ton of great things going on that we cannot reveal at this point... Just know that we are all working hard to bring you the best heavy metal music we can."
During an interview with SiriusXM's Jose Mangin on the December 17 edition of Liquid Metal's "666-LIVE" call-in show, Broderick stated about how his new group came together: "Through talking with Shawn Drover, we've talked about how we had all this material that was never gonna get released, all these killer, heavy riffs that we had written and stuff, and so we just decided, 'Hey, why don't we put the stuff out? Why don't we form a band and get out these killer riffs, just to see what people think?' So we formed a band, we're working with a killer singer — he's awesome — and we've got record labels that have made some good offers on the table, and we're really excited about where that's gonna go."
Asked whether the new band has a name, Chris said: "Here's the funny thing: we have many names. But the problem today is that there are so many bands out there that the first thing we've gotta do is run them by trademark and make sure that we can get… We don't wanna run into the 'GHOST' and the 'GHOST B.C.' issue, right?! So we're looking into trademarks on the names, and I would love to tell you, but we wanna save some of it for our official press release, and we'll talk about the singer then, and we'll have the record label on board by then."
Regarding whether the musical ideas that are being used in the new band are things that were originally presented to MEGADETH and were turned down or if they are brand new compositions, Chris said: "Some of them were presented, but then some of them also… I'd be, like, 'Oh, this isn't appropriate for MEGADETH, their sound.' I have a tendency to write very complex stuff, and so I've gotta watch it when I write and submit for MEGADETH under that kind of… I wanna make sure it's not too complex and too crazy and all over the place. So those are the things that I would have held back."
Bonner released a statement in April claiming that he was leaving SCAR THE MARTYR "due to personal differences, artistic direction and a slew of business decisions that I cannot simply ignore." He added: "I've given it a year of my life and now it's time to move on. I will continue making music in many forms as well as pursuing a new band with King (GOD SEED) and Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE)."
SCAR THE MARTYR's self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1, 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
In addition to Bonner and former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, SCAR THE MARTYR's most recent touring lineup included guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).