The L.I.F.E. Project, the musical meeting of minds between Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand and Paralandra vocalist/guitarist Casandra Carson, will release a new four-track EP, titled “Big F.O.U.R.,” on March 18, 2022, via Bloodblast.
The collection features covers of songs by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The duo’s take on Anthrax’s “Caught in a Mosh” is available now to coincide with the EP’s pre-order/pre-save here. In addition, the single’s sleeve artwork was designed by Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante.
“Recording a Big Four cover EP is something that I have wanted to do for a very very long time, and last fall I decided to finally do it with The L.I.F.E. Project,” Rand said. “Without these four bands (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) my musical career wouldn’t be where it is today. In some ways you could say this project is paying homage to them or, how I see it, a return to where it all started in my parents house as a teenager trying to learn just a piece of the music. Each of the four songs that I picked were pivotal in my development as a musician. Whether it was learning the intro to ‘One’ on guitar, drums on ‘Symphony [of Destruction]’ or bass lines in ‘Caught in a Mosh.’ This EP was a true love and passion project for myself. I feel I captured the vibe and the spirit of the original but with The L.I.F.E. Project sound. Hopefully you hear it too!”
Regarding the first song released, Rand said, “‘Among the Living’ is a top three album of all-time for me, so covering ‘Caught in a Mosh’ was a no brainer for us to do.”
“‘Caught in a Mosh’ has an infectious energy to it, and I’m absolutely stoked with how it turned out,” Carson said.
“Big F.O.U.R.” EP track listing:
- South of Heaven (Slayer)
- Caught in a Mosh (Anthrax)
- Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth)
- One (Metallica)
Anthrax’s Frank Bello said, “Casandra sounds great and Josh did an amazing job nailing all the parts on ‘Caught in a Mosh’–great job guys!”
Stylistically, The L.I.F.E. Project is a combination of classic metal sensibility and Rand’s penchant for pushing the boundaries of contemporary heavy. Released last summer, The L.I.F.E. Project’s debut self-titled EP can be streamed here, with physical CDs and vinyl options available exclusively through the band’s webstore or via the Nuclear Blast store.
Josh and Casandra’s debut single, “The Nothingness” was featured on several major playlists across streaming platforms including Rock Hard on Spotify, Breaking Metal on Apple Music, Break Through Rock on Amazon and Metal Radar on Deezer. “The Nothingness” also was included on SiriusXM Octane’s Test Drive show on release.