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By Christopher Gray, May 18, 2007, Music

The Mouths that Roared

After courting fire-breathing local quartet Lions for nearly a year, Roadrunner Records suddenly didn't hear a single. But instead of wondering when the home of such ear-blistering bands as Cradle of Filth, Hatebreed, and Soulfly went pop, frontman and guitarist Matt Drenik sees a bullet dodged. "Our A&R guy over there was the guy who signed Nickelback, so I don't know exactly what they were looking for," he says. Now close to a deal with NYC label Rock Ridge (like Roadrunner, a Warner Music Group subsidiary), Lions have lately been retooling the follow-up to 2005's Volume One in the Bubble. "It's a little more ambitious," says Drenik. "But still real heavy." Some of the new material will come out on an EP this fall, he adds, with a full LP to follow next spring. Guitar Hero addicts, however, will be rocking out to "Metal Heavy Lady" even sooner. Lions landed the Volume One track on the shred-worthy video game's third installment (also due this fall) when an Activision executive thought the band berating the Bourbon Rocks staff to let more people into their South by Southwest show was, relays Drenik, "the fucking coolest thing I've seen all Festival." Even better, since the song wasn't part of the Roadrunner deal, it was good to go. "I gave him the Roadrunner demos thinking he's going to take one," chuckles Drenik, "and of course they chose the shit we recorded above Trophy's." Lions play Emo's inside Friday with Portland pals Red Fang.

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