A-Z, the new band formed by Fates Warning icons Ray Alder and Mark Zonder, has released the second single from their upcoming debut album. Check out the new music video for “Trial By Fire” below.
Speaking about the new single, the band comments: “We always felt that ‘Trial by Fire’ was going to be a big song for us. Classic arena rock style song, big intro, great groove, memorable chorus, and a classic vocal-oriented ending. All of the elements that made the 70’s and 80’s the greatest era for rock.”
In early 2020, famed former drummer for Fates Warning and Warlord, Mark Zonder, began working on new material with the vision of beginning a new, full-time band that would offer something distinctly different from his previous work. The mission was to deliver straightforward, no-frills hard rock that speaks to a broad audience. The end result, which sees Zonder reunite with Fates Warning lead vocalist Ray Alder, along with bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Warlord), guitarist Joop Wolters, and keyboardist Vivien Lalu, is A-Z!
Featuring the singles “The Machine Gunner” and “Trial By Fire”, the band’s self-titled debut will see an August 12, 2022 release via Metal Blade Records.