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Joe Lynn Turner shares heavy new song and album – and a new look

Listen to 'Belly of the Beast' now

Legendary singer Joe Lynn Turner has announced a new album, Belly of the Beast, due October 28 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group. In advance of the record’s release, Turner has shared the aggressive, shred-heavy title track. You can check out the lyric video above.

Produced by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, Lindemann), Belly of the Beast is Turner’s eleventh full-length offering and arguably his heaviest to date.

Regarding the subject matter behind the record, Turner explained, “Belly of the beast is a phrase we’ve heard over and over again in history. You can trace the cults and corruption all over the world back to prophecies in the Bible. It feels like it’s coming to fruition these days. When you look at the book of Revelation, there it is. I’ve always dipped into esoteric knowledge, Hermeticism, Occultism, Bible research, Eclectic philosophy. I’ve been fascinated with discovery of hidden mysteries. We are in a true spiritual war right now. It’s Good versus Evil. We’ve all got an Angel on one shoulder and a Devil on the other. We’re in the belly of the beast, trapped in the System, and there’s no way out of it. The album addresses this.”

Joe Lynn Turner - Belly of the Beast

The title track, meanwhile, is “all about the ritual and the Serpent God of Fear, which is Lucifer,” Turner said. Who creates the spell upon Mankind. If you believe in good, you must believe in evil. It’s the Yin and Yang of life. They must co-exist, it’s simple physics. This track had an evil flavor, so upon listening, the story line was obvious to me. Peter sprang the double-time chorus on me, and we went for it.”

Turner’s five-decade career includes legendary stints with Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Dee Purple, as well as work with Mick Jones, Lita Ford, Michael Bolton, Cher, Michael Schenker and many others. This time out, Turner is quite possibly revealing more of himself than ever, and in more ways than one. Diagnosed with alopecia at age three, the singer began wearing a wig at 14 to deal with “emotional and psychological damage from cruel bullying in school.” For the first time in his career, he has done away with it.

“In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse,” he says. “I have nothing to prove, and I can wear a wig – or not. I am free to do what I want. I’m a grown man, and I’m getting to be an older man. Many men in this business eventually come to the decision to continue to ‘wear hair’ or shave their head which is very fashionable today. Either way, it takes a lot of personal courage. Assholes in high school trying to kick me around made me stronger and gave me the necessary motivation and strength to rise above the rest. Anger and pain are a great tool. If applied correctly, it could develop you to become the best version of yourself. Instead of running away, I was ‘hiding in plain sight.’ ”

Summing up Belly of the Beast, Turner said, “Rock ‘n’ roll is about entertainment of course, but I hope you hear the message as well. It seems like everyone has sold their souls to major corporations. Once people are rich and popular, they become a part of the establishment. Where are the rebels? Who’s going to say, ‘Fuck you! We aren’t going to take this shit?’ I am.”