BANGALORE CHOIR is reuniting with four original members, plus the addition of kick-ass guitarist Brynn Arens, known for his work with FLIPP and OBSESSION.
It has been 16 years since the band’s only release “On Target” on Giant Records in 1992, which came out on the same day as NIRVANA‘s “Nevermind”. Shortly after, BANGALORE CHOIR dismantled after being released from the label.
After several years under the radar on a ranch in Montana, lead vocalist David Reece (ex-ACCEPT, DAREFORCE) was contacted by Escape Records in 2007 to see what the chances would be for him to go to Sweden to sing on Swedish band GYPSY ROSE‘s next release. Soon after that David found himself in the studio for the next year recording and writing for the new GYPSY ROSE CD, “Another World”, to be released June 20.
While touring and doing the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2007 and opening for AEROSMITH in Europe, Reece regained his passion for music, deciding he wanted to put BANGALORE CHOIR back together. Reece contacted former bandmate John Kirk. Upon returning from Sweden the process was put into motion. David found himself on his way to Northern California to Kirk‘s studio EVP Productions to start laying down tracks with a catalog of new material.
Pre-production is almost complete with a CD release planned for mid-summer 2008. Excitement was a buzz and with new management on board talk about doing summer festivals came up.
Lance King at Nightmare Records got word of this, and we contacted the band immediately about them playing the Tri-Label Stage at this year’s Rocklahoma festival.
The original rhythm duo of bassist Ian Mayo and drummer Jackie Ramos have cleared their schedules and are on board for the reunion.
BANGALORE CHOIR is set to perform July 13 in Pryor, headlining the Second Stage North, and leave a permanent imprint on those who attend.
Don’t remember Bangalore Choir? Watch the video below!
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Back in 1989 when Udo Dirkschneider was pursuing a solo career, the band Accept carried on without him, recording a new disc with the mostly unknown David Reece ( who would later form Bangalore Choir).
Most Accept fans will cuss and swear that this isn’t real Accept music. Personally, I think David Reece is a hell of a singer, and I got a lot of enjoyment out of this disc. His vocal style is about 70% Rob Halford and 30% Paul Stanley. Eat the Heat is more of a melodic effort than the Dirkschneider efforts, and sounds quite similar to the other hard rock and hair metal bands in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
This disc should have been much bigger than it was. Take a listen to Love Sensation and you will totally understand what I mean.
This disc rarely gets any mention today, and zero airplay from any of places that I listen to hard rock and metal. There are several stand out tracks on this disc including: X-T-C, Prisoner, Love Sensation, Hellhammer, and Break the Ice.
I think this disc will appeal to most fans of 80’s Hard Rock, Judas Priest fans, and Accept fans with an open mind. This disc is available in wide circulation still, including Amazon.com, and ITunes. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
- Love Sensation
- Chain Reaction
- Generation Clash
- Turn the Wheel
- Stand 4 What U R
- Break the Ice
David Reece – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Jim Stacey – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass Guitar
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums