Ross The Boss comments on each song on the album New Metal Leader (2008):
- The letters stand for Infinite Lost Horizons. I often wonder
what I could have accomplished during my career. It has not been bad,
but it also has not been great. Maybe if I continued playing the same
type of metal [after departing Manowar,] things would have turned out
differently. Unfortunately, I was not in the right mindset. There was
no way I could; not after how my time with Manowar came to an end.
Of Knives - The song is a declaration of war. The lyrics are self-explanatory.
I wrote most of the song and singer Patrick Fuchs contributed to it.
Got The Right - Its obvious what this song is about. Its
biographical. Its about me leaving Manowar, but there is nothing
negative. I think it includes one of my best guitar solos ever, which
I played using the slow-hand style.
& Glory - Its about the crew of a German U-Boat during
World War II told from the German perspective. Everything sung, performed,
written and filmed about WWII depicts the Germans getting their asses
kicked. They are the bad guys; they are the criminals. But most of those
soldiers were fighting for their country, just like the Americans were
fighting for our country. The deeds of the Nazi hierarchy were another
thing, but the German soldiers were brave and amazing fighters.
Of Lies - Its a song I composed with [former Blue Öyster
Cult drummer] Albert Bouchard, while I was a member of The Brain Surgeons
NYC. It puts down the politicians, whose plagues of lies are never ending.
It seems like as soon as you begin to like a politician, they become the
center of a scandal; they get caught with their pants down.
Of Dying - The albums first epic, it was written in the tradition
of Manowars Gates of Valhalla. It is a beautiful, epic
The Gods Be With You - The title was inspired by the film classic
Ben Hur. It is a rock n roll anthem thats
dedicated to Kerim aka "Hell" from the Italian Army of
the Immortals (the unofficial Manowar fanclub).
Sword - Another song I composed with Albert, it has a catchy chorus.
Ive been told that it sounds like something Marilyn Manson would
Will Kill - The first song The Ross The Boss Band wrote, it is
our party line; our mission statement. It also includes a few historical
facts about me.
- I love the songs subject matter and that the bull doesnt
die. I am so proud of my guitar work on this song, both the electric parts
and the songs climax where I play nylon-string flamingo guitar.
It is one of my shining moments on this record. I have always loved flamenco
guitar. When I told the guys I wanted to do it, they were shocked. But
the more we worked on the song, the better it got. I really think our
Spanish fans are going to go berserk over it. It is a tribute to their
Son - The official closing song, its dedicated to my son,
Jesse. The first time he listened to the song, he said, At first,
I wanted to cry and now I want to kill. Its an epic song that
the band composed together and it is meant to touch any man with a son.
One By One and RosnRoll (the bonus tracks) - Just when I thought
we had finished recording the album Patrick said, Okay Ross, now
we have to come up with two bonus tracks. It was in our contract.
Patrick and bassist Carsten Kettering both had songs ideas, so they headed
into the Reichenbunker [the bands rehearsal space], demoed them,
and sent them to me. I thought the songs were great, so the guys headed
went into Achim Köhlers studio and record them. I recorded
the guitar parts in New York. I wish I was in the studio with the band,
but I cant always make that happen. I wasnt the one who came
up with the title RosnRoll, it was Patrick.
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