Jimi Jamison (ex SURVIVOR singer) and Bobby Kimball (ex TOTO lead singer) are joining forces together in a duet album produced by Mat Sinner from the German Heavy Metal band Primal Fear. Jimi and Bobby are currently putting their finishing touches on the recording of the lead vocals in Los Angeles, while the musical tracks have been recorded in Germany.
The songs on the album, which promises to be one of the highlights of 2011 in the Melodic Rock scene, have been selected from several songwriters including Richard Page (Mr Mister), Randy Goodrum (Toto, Steve Perry), Robert Sall (Work of Art), John Waite and more melodic rock luminaries.
Jimi and Bobby can be seen in this videoclip on Facebook presenting the album: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1756792922076#!/video/video.php?v=1756792922076
The release is currently pencilled for spring 2011. More details to be announced shortly.
I love it when people turn me on to new music. In the case of Atlanta, Georgia’s Biters, my friend Jeremiah turned me on to these guys in his best of 2010 list here. Check out the kick ass tune, “Melody For Lovers” below!
Long before Marty Friedman made his name in Cacophany, and later Megadeth, he was in a metal band called Hawaii. The one thing I love about heavy metal music is discovering rare releases like The Natives Are Restless. I had zero expectations when I purchased this CD. I have always been a fan of Marty Friedman, and he was the reason that I tracked this disc down.
What I was surprised to find is a band that has a sound closer to Judas Priest than Megadeth. It may not be fair to compare the band to Judas Priest, as they are no where near as good, however if you like Judas Priest, you may like this. Even in 1985 when this originally released, Friedman had plenty of guitar chops, and his guitar work stands out on The Natives Are Restless. Edward Paul Day has a coarse vocal style that sounds like a blend of Stephen Pearcy & Rob Halford.
The songs on The Natives Are Restless are definitely catchy, but I can see how the band never became any bigger than they did. The music is good, but only slightly above average for the time. For me, this CD is a guilty pleasure. I love 80’s metal, and there tunes are just catchy enough to keep me entertained.
Edward Paul Day – Vocals
Marty Friedman – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Tom Azevedo – Rhythm guitar
Joe Galisha – Bass, vocals
Jeff Graves – Drums