Halford guitarist and Guitar World columnist “Metal” Mike Chlasciak is streaming his new album, The Metalworker, for free, and you can hear it below.
The album will be released June 4 through C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC. Fans can buy an exclusive pre-sale package including a signed CD and postcard, plus a guitar pick, at metalmike.net.
“I am excited to finally release The Metalworker," said Chlasciak, who also has worked with Testament and Sebastian Bach. "I am very proud of it. I must confess it is everything I wanted it to be not only as a musician, but also as a fan of heavy metal. It was an ambitious undertaking because I wanted to make the absolute best album that I could make with no compromises or filler.
"I also did it old-school, meaning nothing is pro-tooled to death or auto tuned, no direct guitar sounds, no re-amps or studio ninjas making a song out of a 20 second guitar riff. What you hear is Marshalls cranking and me striving to make the best release that I can.
"Ultimately, I believe I was able to paint a great picture of who I am as a metal player and songwriter in a context of what I hope others will find to be a great, beginning to end, very likeable and great sounding record.”
The Metalworker features a guest appearance by former Outworld vocal siren Carlos Zema, plus a superb rhythm section — Kevin Talley (Daath, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under) on drums and Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass.