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Damien Steele - "Damien Steele" (album stream)

Στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του ογδόντα δημιουργήθηκαν στις ΗΠΑ οι Damien Steele. Συγκρότημα τεχνοκρατικού λυρικού power metal στο ύφος των Queensryche και των Fates Warning. Το 1991 κυκλοφόρησαν το ομώνυμο demo και λίγο αργότερα διαλύθηκαν. Στα τελειώματα του 2005 η εταιρεία PMM πήρε τα πέντε τραγούδια του demo προσέθεσε κι άλλα τέσσερα ακυκλοφόρητα και το (ομώνυμο) ντεμπούτο των Damien Steele κυκλοφόρησε έστω και μετά την διάλυσή τους. Προ ημερών η Heaven and Hell Records το επανακυκλοφόρησε σε cd (μόλις 500 αντίτυπα)...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Damien Steele built a following from the ground up, renting halls, putting on concerts, and hammering out red hot, molten metal tunes, playing music that was called "the bridge between Queensryche and Fates Warning". Lead guitarist Steve Matusik and bassist/vocalist Paul Staub co-founded the band around 1982, and many musicians came and went over the years.

The core line-up with Steve, Paul, drummer Ben Tomlin, vocalist Mark Hopkins, guitarist Mike Learn is the one that most people remember, the one that packed regional rock clubs in the late eighties. Despite continued interest from hometown fans in Erie, Pennsylvania, the band nearly drifted into obscurity.

In 2005 Pennsylvania based label PMM would release a CD compilation including the band’s original 1991 five-song demo tape, plus four unreleased tracks that would induce one of the best U.S power metal bands of their time to a broader audience when at the time the climate for heavy metal was at an all-time low.

The guitars work of Learn and Matusik delivers catchy riffs, beautifully synchronized duel harmonies and searing solos. Meanwhile, the rhythm section bassist Staub and drummer Tomlin create a solid and precise foundation for the band's unique progressive power metal stylings.

All this complemented by the ear-splitting falsettos, and vibrato filled mid-range vocals of Hopkins. The band would originally form in the early 1980s and make it into the coming decade. But as with many other bands in the early 1990s, Damien Steele would call it quits and all go onto other endeavours.»

Ο ομώνυμος δίσκος των Damien Steele
Band: Damien Steele
Country of origin: United States
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Status: Split-up
Formed in: 1982
Genre: Prog Power Metal

Album: "Damien Steele"
Type: Full length
Release date: December 28th, 2005
Label: PMM
Format: CD

Re-release date: December 20th, 2019
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Format: CD
Limitation: 500 copies

Band members:
Mark Hopkins - Vocals (lead & harmony)
Steve Matusik - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Ben Tomlin - Drums, Vocals (backing)
Mike Learn - Guitars, Vocals (backing)
Paul Staub - Bass, Vocals (backing)

Miscellaneous staff:
Brenda Trevethan - Graphic Design
David Yost - Mastering
Mike Learn - Artwork (1990)
Bob Michel - Photography
Keith Veshecco - Producer, Recording, Mixing
Chris Rodler - Executive Producer

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