Following the release of single March Of The Insane in February, Dave Grohl has confirmed that Studio 666 fictional band Dream Widow will be releasing their full self-titled record digitally this Friday (March 25).
The mysterious thrashers made their "lost" debut in the same spooky mansion as the Foo Fighters did in the excellent recent horror-comedy Studio 666, though it never saw the light of day because… well… all sorts of grim shenanigans happened. But it's now got a proper release date, with a physical version coming in 2022, too.
Speaking to Variety about the record, Dave explained: “When we started writing the script, we had the idea of there being this epic metal opus that – once completed – would release the demon in the house. I said, ‘Oh, fuck, I’ve got a million riffs.’ So I recorded this 13- or 14-minute long instrumental just by myself that’s very metal, and it’s meant to be from the [fictional] band Dream Widow. Then, I furthered that idea by making a whole record by Dream Widow that would be their lost album that they recorded before they were murdered.”
In a recent interview with Kerrang!, the frontman dove into his love of all things thrash by detailing: “I discovered underground thrash the same time I discovered punk rock music, so 1982/83. I fell in love with both genres because of the energy of the music, the intensity of the music. When I was a teenager I was really into Venom, Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, Mercyful Fate and all of those bands from that era. I’ve always loved that type of music. Even a newer thrash band like Power Trip, I love those bands. But I’ve never been in a thrash metal band, I’ve always played in hardcore bands, punk rock bands or rock’n’roll bands. Years ago, in 2000, I made a record called Probot where I had all of these legendary vocalists sing over instrumentals I recorded, and I ticked off all of my favourites – Max from Sepultura, Lemmy, Cronos from Venom, Eric from Trouble, Kurt from DRI, King Diamond, Tom G Warrior…
“My love of that type of music is pretty well-documented but I don’t practice it with Foo Fighters, so it was my idea to make this Dream Widow record and, of course, because it’s a horror film I wanted to scratch that thrash metal itch. But you’ll hear it, so I don’t want to give [too much] away.”