Following his spectacular enlistment by exceptional Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and his awesome vocal performance on the most recent Malmsteen album, Perpetual Flame (2008), American metal vocalist TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS (BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) is set to surprise the public with the release of his first solo album, Play My Game, in May.
The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (Beyond Fear, RINGWORM).
The list of guest musicians featured on Owens solo debut is even more spectacular: along with Bob Kulick and Chris Caffery and the others, he was supported by the guitarists Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE), Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL), bassists Marco Mendoza (ex-Whitesnake), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, ex-DAVID LEE ROTH), Dave Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), Rudy Sarzo (DIO, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, ex-QUIET RIOT), James Lomenzo (Megadeth), Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER), Dennis Hayes (Beyond Fear) and drummers Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC, Dio), Vinny Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL), Ray Luzier (KORN), Bobby Jarzombek (RIOT, ex-HALFORD), and Brett Chassen. Fans and experts alike will love this sensational all-star line-up and may rest assured that the haunting songs will effortlessly live up to this illustrious cast of musicians: Tim Ripper Owens has never sounded more impressive, melodic and multi-faceted!
“I’ve gotten better as a songwriter,” Owens explains. “And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach.”
Release Dates for Play My Game on Steamhammer / SPV:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th
I have been a Ripper Owens guy since he joined Judas Priest and I have enjoyed most of his projects since but I wish the guy would just continue the excellent Beyond Fear project instead of doing a solo album. That said, I’ll bet that this will be a solid record especially with all the collaborators that have contributed. Another good record to look forward to…..