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Platinum - "Iceman" (album stream)

Ο δίσκος των Platinum "Iceman"
Οι Platinum μας έρχονται από τις ΗΠΑ. Δημιουργήθηκαν στο πρώτο μισό της δεκαετίας του ογδόντα και πρωτοπαρουσιάσθηκαν στο μουσικόφιλο κοινό το 1989 με το demo "Here to Fight". Σίγουρα όχι και η καλύτερη περίοδος για (νεοεμφανιζόμενο) Αμερικάνικο heavy metal συγκρότημα.

Το επόμενο έτος κυκλοφόρησε το ντεμπούτο τους ("Iceman") κι έβαλαν "μπρος" για το δεύτερο album. Το ηχογράφησαν, αλλά δεν πρόλαβαν να το κυκλοφορήσουν καθώς το συγκρότημα διαλύθηκε. Τελευταία τους κυκλοφορία ήταν το ομώνυμο demo του 1990.

Όλα αυτά μέχρι και πέρυσι. Η Heaven and Hell Records αρχικά επανακυκλοφόρησε το "Iceman" κι εν συνεχεία συγκέντρωσε τα ακυκλοφόρητα ηχογραφήματα της μπάντας και το album "Vanitas" (με την υποσημείωση "The Lost Recordings") βρήκε τον δρόμο του τον περασμένο Νοέμβριο έστω και με τριακονταετή καθυστέρηση...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Formed in 1983 after singer Vincent Jiovino (Vincent James) and drummer Donald Siudmak (Don Versailles), wanting to go a different direction musically, would split from their previous band SS Steele.

The duo would take the band's bassist with them and later add lead guitarist Mitch Ryzuk (R J Mitchell). Siudmak and Jiovino immediately started collaborating full time on original material. The band would begin to gig throughout the Tri-State area presenting a glam metal image typical of the time, full of pyrotechnics and spectacle.

As buzz grew throughout the circuit Platinum would decide to add rhythm guitarist Dean Ferriola in 1987, becoming a five-piece squad. Around this time the band would replace their bass player Mike Paradisis (Mike Michaels).

The band would soon record their first demo. They would also film a promotional video for the track ‘In the Middle of the Night’. Platinum continued writing, gigging, and paying dues for the next several years playing well-known venues such as L’Amour in Brooklyn and The Cat Club in Manhattan while shopping their demo to labels gaining the attention of Atlantic Records but no deal was signed.

In 1988 Platinum entered Penny Lane Studios to lay down new tracks, the following year they would self-release their 4-song debut EP “Here to Fight”. Relentless promotion would follow seeing the EP sent out to magazines and fanzines around the world, soon fanmail would begin to pour in with glowing reviews following.

Platinum would then see a line-up change with the exit of lead guitarist Ryzuk just a few months before them getting signed to German label Rising Sun Productions. He would be replaced by Vic LeCar for the debut album “Iceman” recorded in December of 1990 at Chalet Studios in Ontario, Canada.

The album would be released by Rising Sun Productions on vinyl and CD in the US, Europe and by King's Ind. on cassette in Indonesia. Much promotion would follow both in the U.S and abroad seeing the band doing radio interviews and live shows throughout Europe. During this time the band’s image would also be evolving to more coincide with the power metal directions the band had always been going. »

Band: Platinum
Country of origin: United States
Location: Bloomfield, New Jersey
Status: Split-up
Formed in: 1983
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Album: "Iceman"
Type: Full length

Release date: 1990
Label: Rising Sun Productions
Format: CD, Vinyl

Release date: November 27th, 2020
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Format: CD, Digital

Band members:
Don Versailles - Drums, Keyboards
Vic LeCar - Guitars (lead)
Dean Afrett - Guitars (rhythm)
Vincent James - Vocals (lead)
Mike Michaels - Bass

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