NWOBHM legends CLOVEN HOOF have re-joined forces with singer Russ North. The band recently announced a brand new line-up also featuring singer Ash Cooper, who turns out to have only been a temporary replacement for North.
North comments: “The fans and musicians in the group deserve nothing less than 100 percent commitment, and until I could give that, I had to take time out away from music. It was imperative that the band had to tick over until I could sort private matters out that made it at the time impossible to front Cloven Hoof. Lee [Payne, bass] was a really good friend whilst I was going through a difficult situation and gave me his full support as ever. He gave me space and time in the knowledge that I would return better than ever.
“I am now delighted to say that I am in it for the long haul and firing on all cylinders. Lee and I have promised each other another 10 years of making metal mayhem together.
“I would like to thank Ash Cooper for doing a terrific job on the vocals whilst I was away. He is a true professional and the band wish him well in all his future projects.
“We are looking forward to playing as many shows as possible next year and I can’t wait to play in Greece and Cyprus. I promise the best Cloven Hoof set ever.
“I am currently putting down vocals for the new studio album and it will be an absolute killer.
“It is great to be back where I belong.”
The video for the track ‘I’m Your Nemesis’, which earned the band the worst feedback of their career, can be seen HERE
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