Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, Vio-lence) has decided to consolidate his many projects under one name. That name, Echoes Of Reckoning, will be the “music umbrella” for all of Demmel’s solo projects and collaborations regardless of genre.
“I look forward to collaborating with my friends and capturing these little auditory snapshots on ‘tape,’ Demmel told Blabbermouth. “Really excited to trap some lightning in a bottle and share it with the digital world.”
The first single from Echoes Of Reckoning, “The Permanent Decay,” has already hit the internet and is set for a digital release this Friday (1/31). Originally written for Machine Head’s 2016 album Catharsis but rejected, the song is a collaboration between Demmel, Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through) on vocals, David Ellefson (Megadeth) on bass, and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head) on drums. Said Demmel of the song:
“I had some tracks I had written and submitted for a previous band, that were never used, and I really liked them. Dave McClain and I had worked some of them up, and I kept thinking of who would be perfect to sing on it. My wife plays in Bleeding Through with Brandan, he ended up writing all the vocals, and singing on it, and it came out killer. Ellefson and I had been talking at NAMM last year about doing something together, so when this came up, it was the perfect opportunity to do that as well.”
“We don’t know if we’re a band, we don’t know what we’re doing, other than that we all played on this song, and that we dig it. No one knows what the future holds.”
Since leaving Machine Head in 2018 to “step away and do something else musically,” Demmel has had his hand in several projects, including reuniting Vio-lence, playing with supergroup Hail and filling in for Gary Holt on Slayer’s final European tour. Demmel will be touring Australia and New Zealand at the end of February with Vio-lence. Though they have been playing together all year, there are currently no plans for the band to record new music.