WHO IS BPMD?
For the last few months we’ve heard rumblings of a nameless new super group. We’ve seen pictures Overkill’s Bobby Blitz Ellsworth, Winery Dogs/Sons Of Apollo ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Metal Allegiance bassist Mike Menghi, and Vio-lence ex-Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel together in various photographs. And people have been wondering since, what exactly is going on? So BPMD, Blitz, Portnoy, Menghi and Demmel are BPMD. The has just signed with Napalm Records, and will be releasing music shortly.
Blitz has appeared many times over the years on Talking Metal. His most recent appearance was to promote Overkill’s 2019 album The Wings Of War. You can find that interview here.
Could the seeds of this band been laid over a decade ago thanks to Talking Metal? Who remembers the Turtle Head Jam?
Here’s the information sent to us about BPM:
Supergroup of Heavy Metal Icons Signs Worldwide Contract with Napalm Records + Hints at New Album Details
They’ve been teasing their formation and the arrival of new music for months, and now the wait is nearly over! BPMD – the new heavy metal juggernaut featuring icons Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo), bassist Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) and guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) – is pleased to announce that they have signed a worldwide contract with Napalm Records, joining the label’s growing roster of premier talent.
Featuring Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel
The members of BPMD first came together in the summer of 2019 with one goal in mind: to pay homage to some of their favorite classic rock tunes, give them their own heavy twist, and to have a blast doing it. We all could use a bit of fun, and that’s what BPMD is here to provide – a party on wax performed by some of the greatest musical talents in the world!
BPMD will officially announce the release of this music – arriving in the form of their first full-length album – very soon. Stay tuned for more details and music, coming soon!
BPMD bassist Mark Menghi says:
“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…”
BPMD frontman Bobby Blitz drops a few more hints:
“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!”
BPMD will make their performance debut at Bulldozer Bash 5 in Old Bridge, NJ on Saturday, May 30! The event, which will take place at Old Bridge Elks Lodge, is a benefit show to raise funds for the Old Bridge Militia Foundation, a 100% non-profit 501 C3 charity foundation. Show details will be announced soon, but for now, visit https://oldbridgemilitia.org.
Keep your eyes (and ears) at the ready – new music from BPMD is just around the corner.