· Produced By: Produced by Roberto Priori Co-Produced by Jody Gray
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· Release Date: November 2
· Genre: Hard Rock
· LabelLink: avenue-of-allies.com
· ArtistLink: www.dangerzoneweb.com
Engineered by Roberto Priori at PriStudio, Bologna, Italy
Additional recordings engineered by Frank Di Minno and Jody Gray at Studio Z, Brewster, NY and Gray Noise Studios, New York City, NY, USA.
DANGER ZONE are : Giacomo Gigantelli : Vocals Roberto Priori : Guitars Roberto Galli : Bass Paolo Palmieri : Drums
Acoustic Guitars: Antonio Capolupo
Keyboards: Roberto Priori and Jody Gray
Cellos: The Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Ensemble
Additional Orchestrations / Arranging and Programming: Jody Gray
Background Vocals: Frank Di Minno, Jody Gray and Danger Zone
When guitarist Roberto Priori started the Italian band DANGER ZONE in the early 80s a long hard road lay ahead of them. During their early days the band recorded various demos and went through several line-up changes, eventually releasing the LP "Victim Of Time" in 1984. But it wasn't until 1987 when they gained bigger attention in Italy from audiences and media alike, followed by live performances on some Hard Rock festivals.
In the spring of 1988 DANGER ZONE eventually opened up for Heavy Metal legends Saxon in
Verona, Italy and following the performance promoter and manager Francesco Sanavio offered
DANGER ZONE a production deal. The plan was to break into the US market with an album
recorded on an highly professional international standard.
To get a first taste of the American Rock scene the band tested the waters on the US shores with
a successful gig at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles in the summer of '88.
Almost a year later in May 1989 an album began to take shape when executive producer Stephan Galfas, who had previously produced albums by Meat Loaf, Savatage, Stryper, John Waite and Saxon, got involved and his colleagues Jody Gray and Mark Cobrin, both successful with the Japanese Hard Rock outfits Loudness and EZO, took over the production duties. From June to October 1989 the recording sessions took place in Venice, Italy with the mix to be handled by Stephan Galfas in New York City with Noah Baron (Winger, Blackfoot) and Mark Cobrin.
The songs for the album "Line Of Fire" were chosen from the DANGER ZONE demos with some
new tunes being written for the record as well.
Following the studio recordings DANGER ZONE began rehearsing for live shows and the guys eventually moved to Los Angeles to make it in the USA. But due to various circumstances DANGER ZONE was forced to give up their big dream, call it quits and return home to Italy.
The finished album got shelved, but as the years went by "Line Of Fire" reached an underground cult status when Rock magazines, fanzines and dedicated fans of the band continuously demanded its release.
Finally in 2011 the "Line Of Fire" CD saw the light of day through Avenue Of Allies, carefully remastered from the original source by Roberto Priori and packaged as a Special Limited Edition.
The band already got back together in 2010 working on new material and rehearsing for live shows. During 2011 the guys worked continuously on new songs and played several gigs in Italy.
Before original DANGER ZONE band members Roberto Priori (guitars), Paolo Palmieri (drums) and Giacomo Gigantelli (vocals) entered the studio they added new bassist Roberto Galli to their line-up.
Out of the 15 demos they did, 12 were picked to be recorded for the upcoming album. Most of them newly written songs, but also a few reworkings of previously unreleased tunes from the period after the "Line Of Fire" recordings.
First sessions took place in Roberto's PriStudio in Bologna, followed by a trip of singer Giacomo Gigantelli to New York, where he met Jody Gray, one of the key members of the production team of the "Line Of Fire" album more than 20 years ago. The two worked on the lyrics for the songs and also Grammy award winning composer Don Rollins added his writing skills to two tunes.
During the fall and winter of 2011 / 2012 the work on the record continued on both sides of the Atlantic with Jody Gray adding various details to the arrangements and assisting Roberto Priori for the vocal production.
After the recording sessions were completed Roberto mixed and mastered the album in the spring of 2012 and the guys decided to call their work "Undying".
Full of catchy melodies and powerful guitar riffs and firmly build on DANGER ZONE's musical roots of the 80s while adding a slightly modern edge and using today's state-of-the-art production techniques, "Undying" brings out the very best of the band members and the production team, a big anthemic Melodic Hard Rock album to die for.