Legacy Recordings have announced the stateside release of 'Hell In A Handbasket', the new full-length studio album from Meat Loaf, the iconic frontman whose 1977 breakout album, 'Bat Out Of Hell', defined the arena rock genre and remains as one of the world's five top-selling albums of all-time, with more than 43 million copies sold to date.
Performing with Meat Loaf on 'Hell In A Handbasket' is The Neverland Express, his long-time backing ensemble, featuring John Miceli (drums, percussion), Patti Russo (lead and backing vocals), Paul Crook (electric and acoustic guitars), Randy Flowers (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals), David Luther (saxophone, vocals), Justin Avery (piano, organ, keyboard, vocals), and Danny Miranda (electric and upright bass).
The new Meat Loaf tracks on 'Hell In A Handbasket' include 'All Of Me', 'The Giving Tree', 'Live Or Die', 'Blue Sky/Mad Mad World/The Good God is a Woman and She Don't Like Ugly' (special appearance by Chuck D), 'California Dreamin'' (duet with Patti Russo), 'Party Of One', 'Another Day', '40 Days', 'Our Love And Our Souls' (duet with Patti Russo), 'Stand In The Storm' (special guest appearances from Trace Adkins, Lil Jon and Mark McGrath), 'Blue Sky', and 'Fall From Grace'.
"'Hell In A Handbasket' is the most personal record I've ever made," said Meat Loaf. "It's really the first record I've ever put out about how I feel about life and how I feel about what's going on at the moment."
The album, produced by Paul Crook, is an expression of life's metaphors, driven by excellent musicianship, and of course, the passionate vocals of Meat Loaf.
"Making this album was a great experience," said Meat Loaf, "and I hope my fans enjoy hearing it as much as I did making it."