Randy Holden To Release Sequel To Doom Metal Forerunner ‘Population II’ After 52 Years

Los Angeles-based guitarist Randy Holden has revealed that a sequel to his legendary 1970 album Population II, set to arrive 52 years later, titled Population III will arrive via RidingEasy Records on July 1st, 2022. The ex-Blue Cheer guitarist’s new album was recorded as a trio with members of Cactus and Black Sabbath. The first single “Swamp Stomp” has been released as a preview.

The new album has been described as “a tastefully modernized reinterpretation” of Population II’s sound. Population III picks up where Holden‘s 1969-recorded solo debut left off, updated with several decades worth of technological advances and personal development. On Population II, along with drummer/keyboardist Chris Lockheed, Holden created what many say is one of the earliest forms of Doom Metal.

Troubles with the album‘s original 1970 release bankrupted Holden, who subsequently left music for over two decades. It was given a wider, more formal release in 2020, on RidingEasy Records. In 2010, the guitarist/vocalist was convinced to record a followup album by Holden superfan and Cactus member Randy Pratt. Joined by drummer Bobby Rondinelli (who has played with Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow), the trio cut the 6-song collection Population III. The recording was then ultimately shelved for over a decade.

Holden comments:

A year ago, in 2021 I listened to the songs and was delightfully surprised. I think it‘s the best album I‘ve ever done.


  1. Living End
  2. Sands Of Time
  3. Land Of The Sun
  4. Swamp Stomp
  5. Money‘s Talkin‘
  6. Outside Looking In