Blind Vengeance was a short-lived heavy metal band that formed in the middle of the '80s. Talented teen singer Harry Hess was the strength of the endeavor, along with experienced drummer Darren Smith. In 1984, Blind Vengeance signed with Attic Records and finished work on a debut album, Taste of Sin. When no other recordings came about, Hess and Smith put a quick end to Blind Vengeance and formed a new band, Harem Scarem, with bassist Mike Gionet and guitarist Pete Lesperance.
"Mark Of Vengeance" is a killer album of classic heavy metal with great guitar riffs and epic vocal lines melted in a perfect combination between power and feeling. The record takes inspiration from the rock monsters of 70s mixed with the powerful sounds of the 80s school, making an original and effective sound.
THE RODS are marking their 30th Anniversary as a band with their first new album since 1986. VENGEANCE will be released on May 10 via Niji Entertainment Group. The first single from the album entitled The Code features guest vocals by RONNIE JAMES DIO, in one of his final recorded performances. Dio's cousin David 'Rock' Feinstein fronts THE RODS.
This disc is another installment in the Naxos Barber series, conducted by Marin Alsop. It has some interesting, little-heard music: Die Natalie, variations on Christmas carols, and the Commando March. Both show Barber's versatility and Die Natalie contains some deft counterpoint as Barber creates some remarkable music on those themes. The Piano concerto is well played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the soloist, Stephan Prutsman.
Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant is back for their second album, although with a completely different lineup (besides Dunn, of course). Adam Levy and Kenny Wollesen are gone, replaced by Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ches Smith on drums. The music they play is not so much a fusion of styles as it is a collision of styles. Almost straight-ahead jazz noodling gives way to hardcore blasts and crunching power chords, then completely devolves into Derek Bailey territory, but the band is always together. You can tell that some of it is quite composed, and that other sections are most likely entirely improvised.