Originally slated for September, "Twisted Forever," a 16-track tribute to 1980s pop metal band Twisted Sister, has been bumped up to Aug. 14. As previously reported, the Koch Records set features cove

Originally slated for September, "Twisted Forever," a 16-track tribute to 1980s pop metal band Twisted Sister, has been bumped up to Aug. 14. As previously reported, the Koch Records set features covers of the Dee Snider-led act's songs by Lit, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and many others.

"Twisted Sister has actually been a part of my musical world since I was 7 years old," says vocalist John Hampson, whose band Nine Days covers "The Price." Elsewhere on the album, Lit tackles the anthem "I Wanna Rock," while Chuck D contributes a remake of "Wake Up Sleeping Giant," and Joan Jett takes on the enduring classic "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Others appearing on "Twisted Forever" are Motorhead ("Shoot 'Em Down"), Sevendust ("I Am (I'm Me)"), Nashville Pussy ("The Kids Are Back"), Overkill ("Under the Blade"), Cradle of Filth ("The Fire Still Burns"), Vision of Disorder ("Don't Let Me Down"), the Step Kings ("Burn in Hell"), Fu Manchu ("Ride to Live (Live to Ride)"), former Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach ("You Can't Stop Rock'N'Roll"), and Hammerfall ("We're Gonna Make It").

"All of the artists on this album felt that we made some impact on them," Twisted Sister founding guitarist JJ French said in a statement. "I can honestly say that I am humbled at the work of all of them." Although the band has been inactive for several years, Twisted Sister itself also appears on the album, closing out the set with a cover of AC/DC's "Sin City."

In related news, Twisted Sister will be the focus of an upcoming episode of VH1's "Behind the Music." The episode will premiere Aug. 19, according to the band's official Web site, and will feature interviews with band members plus rehearsal footage shot last month.