DR15: BELLADONNA-Night Shade CD £13 (LIMITED TO 300 COPIES - TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS SERIES)
Obscure Melodic Metal/Hard Rock band from Texas with a shelved album forgotten since 1990. The tape with the album songs was rescued recently to digital treatment and added a few bonus tracks from rough demos. All of this material was recorded between 1989 and 1990. The CD is accompanied with an 8-page booklet with lyrics, band photos and band history.
Belladonna was formed in January of 1989 in Houston Tx by Mike Conde , Rude E. and Robert Hampton. The name was given by Robert and they wrote the bulk of its songs by the spring of ’89. Mike and Rude (childhood friends) had known of Robert through a guitar student of his, Kevin Lockler. They would go see the band Robert was in at the time (St. Kelly) whenever they were playing. The songs were great and they had a lot of admiration for Rob in that regard. As Roads twist and turned the 3 found themselves forming Belladonna a couple years later. Charles Prescott joined after answering an ad for a bass player in a local magazine. They hit it off, had great chemistry and became fast friends. By that winter the band had moved to Nashville for a production deal that went sour. The experience inspired the writing of Watching You, Power Surge, and Once Again. Upon returning to Houston the band began playing out, getting radio airplay, gaining a strong following, and by the summer of 1990 recorded a live video concert for the TV show Metallurgy. By the fall of 1990 the song Once Again caught the ear of Rick Chavez (producer and leading member of the band Drive (Rampage/Rhino Records) leading the band to be courted for a recording deal. Tensions had been brewing towards the latter part of the year and the band inevitably split up with Mike and Rude leaving for Los Angeles to record "Once Again" for Drive's "Diablero" album and eventually joined forces with Drive.
File Under: Melodic Heavy Metal, Glam Metal, Hard Rock.
For fans of: Seduce, Odin, St. Elmo's Fire and World War III.
DR14: LIC-Just a Taste CD £15 (LIMITED TO 300 COPIES - TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS SERIES)
One of the top club acts in Houston during the years 1976 through 1979 was undoubtedly LIC. They built a reputation for high energy performances and in 1979, they recorded their lone album and one year later the "Bomb Iran" single. Like so many great bands of the late 70s, they quickly vanished, leaving a short but impressive legacy. Presented in a revamped cover, on a 6-panel digipak with rare photos and band history, remixed and remastered from the original tapes. Includes the rare single "Bomb Iran" as bonus tracks.
File Under: Hard Rock, High Energy Rock & Roll.
For fans of Ted Nugent, Rex, Teaze and Diamond Reo.
PROGAOR14: HEYOKA-Secret Rarities 1978-86 CD £15 (LIMITED TO 300 COPIES - TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS SERIES)
The music you are now listening to represents the best of the remaining previously unreleased Heyoka recordings both live and studio. The original 1979 studio sessions were first presented as rough mixes to various people very close to the band at the time, and one of those people fortunate enough to have received one of the demo cassettes was living in Louisiana and was able to preserve that tape over the years. That cassette is the source for the 1979 studio sessions (released on Spirit of Revelation in their final form) herein, and provides a different perspective on the core songs of Heyoka as far as how they were mixed, the lead guitar takes, etc. The track “Moods” is quite the rarity, only recently re-recorded by the band, this song could be considered the last great prog-rock epic written and performed live but never properly recorded in the studio. This live recording of the track is the only surviving example of it from the active period of the band. The other tracks are gathered from various sources and give you more of a clear picture as to what the band was about both in the studio and live– playing their top caliber originals mixed with select covers, usually cuts by artists such as Pink Floyd, Rush, or Jethro Tull among others. Presented in a digipak with foldout mini poster-insert, limited to only 300 copies, all songs and alternate studio versions, are for the first time released on CD. First one in the Texas Rock Dyamonds Series.
File Under: Pomp Rock, Melodic Hard Rock, Progressive Hard Rock.
For fans of: Prism, Trillion, 70s Kansas, 70s Styx.
DR13: TALAN-Retroxxpective CD + 7" Vinyl SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACK - 100 Numbered Copies!
£25 (LAST FEW COPIES!)
Talan were formed around 1988, when Craig Ridsdale split from Samurai and Phil John from Preyer (and earlier, from Nightime Flyer). They recruited Steve Palmer on guitar, Adrian Bamford on bass and Paul Burnette who was in various Cardiff bands including Ashmata and a stint in Tredegar. That lineup stayed together for a couple of years, one demo tape was recorded which included invasion and 2 other tracks. Paul left and was replaced with fellow Cardiff singer Dave Evans who sung on the single. The band played mostly around the South Wales area but also played a few gigs in England. Dave, Adrian and Steve left after a year or two and were then replaced with Wayne Harding on vocals, Steve Cole on bass and Shane on guitar. This lineup recorded a few demo tapes over the next couple of years but also was playing quite a few covers in the set by then. The band split around 1992. Craig and Phil were playing in a covers band up until 2 years ago, called Joe Public.
Pack includes original rare 7" single and a CDr presented in card-wallet hand-numbered to 100 with the 7" songs and the 10 demo songs all remastered.
File Under: Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock.
For fans of: Excalibur, Cloven Hoof, Slander and Samurai.
DR12: JOSEFUS-Not Dead Yet (Unreleased 1978 Studio Sessions & Live) CD £15
(LIMITED TO 300 COPIES - TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS SERIES)