BPMD is another super band consisting of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of Overkill, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance and Phil Demmel of VIO-LENCE and former Machine Head. The band was created in the summer of 2019 to pay tribute to some classic rock songs giving it a heavier character, while the participants duly entertained it.
“We’re super excited about our first BPMD record. Last summer, I was inspired and came up with this crazy idea and here we are, not even a year later, and it’ll see the light of day in these very trying times. The planet needs something to feel good about, and I 100% whole-heartedly believe these tunes will do the trick. Buckle up and make way for BPMD…”
Blitz adds: “The BPMD sessions were very fun. They took us all back to our roots and even pre-roots. As it developed, we all realized it was something special, as did Napalm Records, with one listen.”
The first information on the album came from an interview with Phil Demmel recently with Eric Blair where he revealed that they were recording covers of American ’70s bands such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, James Gang, Aerosmith, Grand Funk Railroad, Cactus, Mountain. As for his favorite song? “I’m gonna have to say… There’s a sleeper track. It’s a Blue Oyster Cult song called ‘Tattoo Vampire’ that I picked. And Buck Dharma from Blue Oyster Cult actually played on the song. And it’s got kind of a punky feel. ‘Cause the original track is kind of rock and roll, but Menghi or Portnoy had this idea to make it kind of a Ramones feel. So we picked it up. So, ‘Tattoo Vampire’ is my favorite.”