Metal Heaven has announced the signing of heralded US melodic metal masters, DRIVER, featuring powerhouse vocalist ROB ROCK and acclaimed guitarist/producer, ROY Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson). Based out of Los Angeles, CA, DRIVER was one of the top local acts at the height of melodic hard rock in the late 1980′s and issued a widely circulated 5-song cassette EP in 1990 that garnered the band a dedicated worldwide following. The band was ultimately denied by major labels with the emergence of the grunge rock scene that dominated the musical landscape during the early 90′s, yet DRIVER’s cult status as one of the most underrated HR acts of their time held steadfast over the years.
With Metal Heaven stepping in and inking the band to a deal, DRIVER will finally get a chance to release the album they intended to deliver back when. The new CD will feature re-recorded versions of songs that were written by ROY Z and ROB ROCK during the band’s 2-year bi-coastal existence spanning the years 1989 and ’90, including those on the original demo and some new songs as well. Original drummer Reynold “Butch” Carlson will perform and some other special guests including Mat Sinner on bass. Stay tuned for more details and keep your eyes open for a Spring 2008 release!