By and large, collaborations work out as well for the artists involved as for the fans. After many years spent charting success as part of a particular musical combine or an idea, an out-of-the-blue collaboration is probably something that can help them regain the creative edge and fight off the rust.
All of that seems to have rung true for Iron Maiden guitarist, Adrian Smith, and SikTh frontman, Mikee Goodman, who have joined forces in the studio and revealed an idea called Primal Rock Rebellion.
While the world knows Adrian Smith’s talents for harmonizing guitar chords, on this debut album they will be met halfway by Mikee’s own signature dark, guttural vocals to make something greater than the sum of its parts.
The unholy mesh is a salivating proposition, and Adrian Smith admits as much when he observes “It was interesting doing this album with Mikee not in the least because we have different influences. I was really pleased with it. It has a real fresh feel to it”.
Mikee Goodman saw the same opportunity. “Adrian and I were very open about experimenting with each other’s music and styles, which we feel created something new and exciting”.
Upon hearing their single “I See Lights”, which has been posted online for all to hear and share, there is a definite urge to rejoin a ‘Hell Yeah’ to those claims.
It probably has a lot less metal than one would have expected, pushing more into progressive rock territory. But it’s an adrenaline-pumper alright – what with the tear away guitaring and Mike Goodman throating out “I-I-I see laa-ha-ights” with the demon in his voice.
The song will make the final cut on the debut album, which will be released worldwide on Spinefarm Records on 27th February 2012, as per plans. Besides the two, other sessionists will play on the album too – like Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes and SikTh’s original drummer, Dan ‘Loord’ Foord.
Don’t queue up just yet, but start getting itchy.