It was 30 years ago that JESTERS OF DESTINY‘s Fun At The Funeral debut was released on the short-lived Metal Blade subsidiary, Dimension Records. A year later, they released the all-covers record In A Nostalgic Mood, after which the band was unceremoniously hacked from the Metal Blade stable and, unable to land another deal for their third album, No Laughing Matter, they quietly disappeared, with all the main participants going on to other pursuits.
All these years later, JESTERS OF DESTINY are back with The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown, an all-new record of the kind of hard rock/metal that only they made. This poses the question: Why? Bruce Duff and Ray Violet, the co-band leaders and production team behind everything the band recorded, are as perplexed as everyone else. Now is your chance to hear the record before it comes out tomorrow on Ektro Records. Pop Matters is hosting an exclusive full album stream of The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown HERE.
Bruce Duff commented on the album to Pop Matters: “It’s been 30 years since the release of the Jesters’ Fun at the Funeral. This is our third record — we took 30 years off. Wasn’t like we were just sitting around though. We’ve been working on these songs for a while and we think it connects with the same stream of consciousness we previously mined without looking back to ’80s sounds. We think it’s pretty current. It also required a lot of current.”
The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown is being issued on vinyl, and digitally on CD and download/streaming. The vinyl and digital versions are different from each other. The CD has different mixes of two of the songs, and three songs not on the vinyl, including a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Two Minutes Silence”. “It took some work for us to get that one just right,” confirms Ray. The album is available for purchase HERE.
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