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Posted on February 12, 2008

Roadrunner United are set to release ‘The End’ on 7th November, the first single taken from their unique 25th anniversary ‘The All-Star Sessions’ album project. CLICK HERE to view the ecard for the single. The album, which is in stores NOW, came together under the eye of Roadrunner Records’ longtime A&R man, Monte Conner. The staggering project combines 55 artists from 42 different Roadrunner bands, all collaborating on a selection of brand new songs written by 4 appointed ‘team leaders’ í¢ä‰åäóì Slipknot’s Joey Jordison, Machine Head’s Robert Flynn, Trivium’s Matt Heafy and former Fear Factory man, Dino Cazares. ‘The End’ is one of the tracks written and performed by ‘Team Dino’. Here’s Dino to tell you the story behind the songí¢ä‰åŒ_ “It was conceived in 2001 in Germany backstage in a dressing room at a club. My guitar was plugged into a practice amp, listening through my headphones. I was still on tour with Fear Factory, but writing songs for another project because I knew the breakup was inevitable, and this is what I was feeling at the time. Then earlier this year, Monte Conner called me and asked if I’d be a team captain for the Roadrunner United All Stars. I was honoured. He also asked if I would re-record the song. I was hesitant at first because it’s more mellow than my usual work, and it’s unique because it’s not something I would normally write. Monte saw the bigger picture for the song, and him being a good friend I trusted his judgement. So I decided to re-record it.í¢ä‰åŒ Other featured musicians on the single include former Coal Chamber bassist, Nadja Peulen, former Soulfly drummer, Roy Mayorga, keyboards are handled by Front Line Assembly founder, Rhys Fulber, while Dino Cazares handles guitars along with former Machine Head guitarist, Logan Mader. The track was also produced by Cazares and mixed by Mader. “Now that the music was recorded, picking the singer was the hard part. Monte Conner asked what I thought of Matt Heafy possibly singing on this track. My response was, Matt who? I had the Trivium CD, it’s killer, but I wasn’t familiar with Matt himself, him being a new kid on the block and me being a veteran. I sent Matt the track and he just felt it. He said he had always wanted to sing a song like this. After he recorded the vocals, he sent Monte and me the song. I didn’t know what to expect, after all he’s only 19. I played the track and my jaw dropped. I was blown away by this kid’s talent. Not only can he sing brutal but he has an amazing melodic voice…and I’m honoured that Roadrunner picked this track to be the first single and the first video. This song cannot be compared to any of my other work because it’s totally different, but in itself it’s an amazing song.” The promo video for the track was shot in downtown Los Angeles and can be found on a music channel near you soon. Be sure to check out ‘Scuzz’ and Kerrang! TV over the coming weeks. CLICK HERE to view the ECARD


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