HALESTORM singer Lzzy Hale is one of many guests appearing on the self-titled debut album from DEVICE, the new industrial rock act led by DISTURBED frontman David Draiman. Hale, who reportedly duets with Draiman on a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford song “Close My Eyes Forever”, told The Pulse Of Radio how she felt about being asked to sing. “I’m humbled,” she said. “My brother [HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale] was freaking out because my brother and I have been huge DISTURBED fans since [their 2000 debut] ‘The Sickness’ came out, you know. So this is a huge moment for him and I, like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is actually happening.’ Got a little fangirl for a second.”
In addition to Hale, the lineup of guests on the DEVICE disc includes AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows, SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler and ex-DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.
The set is due out on April 9, with a first single called “Vilify” slated to arrive at radio stations in mid-February.
The touring lineup of DEVICE will feature EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt and DOPE guitarist Virus, in addition to Draiman and guitarist Geno Lenardo.
In a recent video interview with Artisan News Service, Draiman spoke about how DEVICE came together. “I was first approached by Geno Lenardo, who was working on a number of tracks for the ‘Underworld’ soundtrack for the last ‘Underworld’ film that came out… and he asked me if I would be interested in being a part of one of the tracks and I asked him to send me the music that he had in mind and I was able to make a really compelling and powerful song,” he said. “[I] found that working with him as a songwriting partner was very easy and fluid. He’s a very strong songwriter in his own right.”