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Fri
08
Dec

DRIVE Tribute Compilation Out Now

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Drive was a five-piece progressive, power metal band formed on the northside of Houston, Texas by Rick Chavez. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992).

The band initially came together in the early 1980’s when its original members were barely out of high school. After making a name for themselves in their home state of Texas they made the move to Los Angeles, CA which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the rock music scene. The band took to the World Famous Sunset Strip and quickly made a name for themselves and signed on with Rob Gordon and Vince Hans of LA’s Flash Management.  After winning a radio contest with their song “I Need The Nights,” Drive landed on the KNAC Radio Best Of The West compilation released by Rampage Records, the hard rock division of Rhino Records.

Impressed with their intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics and signature sound, Rampage Records executive Bob Cahill signed the band, and in July 1988 Drive released their debut LP, Characters In Time. The album received rave reviews from the industry’s hard rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine. The album also received airplay from hard rock stations around the country as the band toured across the USA.
At the beginning of the next decade, Zoo Records’ Lou Maglia made the Rampage owners an offer they couldn’t refuse and purchased the band’s contract. In 1992 Drive released the sonically advanced 

Diablero on Zoo Records. Sadly, a shake-up at the label along with the dawn of the metal-killing “grunge” scene left the album without much of a push, and although Chavez had already written and recorded demo tapes for what was to be the bands third album, title IDEFI, recording was put on hold and the band members moved back to Texas.

On June 30, 2009 vocalist David Taylor passed away after a fatal car accident on a San Antonio Interstate.

On February 25, 2017 founder, guitarist and songwriter Rick Chavez passed from an internal bleed that went undetected until it was too late.

Now, IDEFI, A Tribute to Rick Chavez and David Earl Taylor.  The album includes, 15 unreleased songs with both Taylor and Chavez taking the lead on vocals. The bands signature style is intact with a sound that brims with pride, an unrelenting fighting spirit, and fierce determination.  Although these songs were recorded over 20 years ago, the intelligent lyrics still resonate today with Taylor's dynamic vocals and a musical backdrop that roars with power and precision. 

 
Mon
13
Nov

LION 'Dangerous Attraction' CD Reissue Due

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20TH CENTURY MUSIC DELIVERS A TRIO OF REISSUES AND RARITIES IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
 
DRIVE'S 'IDEFI', ALISTAIR TERRY'S 'YONGE AT HEART' AND LION'S 'DANGEROUS ATTRACTION' ALL SEE LIMITED RELEASE
 
New German / American reissue label 20th Century Music is set to release three long lost and out of print titles to make anyone's upcoming holiday season better than expected.  

December 8th sees IDEFI, the material that should have made up Houston based progressive metallers DRIVE's third album, finally hit the streets in a proper release.  Working very closely with the band members and their families, IDEFI is not a reissue, rather, a celebration of singer David Earl Taylor and founder member / guitarist Rick Chavez, lives.  The album features a huge 24 page booklet, liner notes from Chris Leibundgut, heartfelt tributes to both Chavez and Taylor and the first 100 orders will also include a Rick Chavez guitar pick replica. The album is limited to 500 copies.

On December 15th, both ALISTAIR TERRY's Yonge at Heart and LION's Dangerous Attraction will be rolled out.  TERRY's Yonge at Heart (a reference to his favourite street in Toronto, Yonge Street) is a power pop / melodic rock slice of heaven and was recorded after the Pet Hate frontman's former band had called it a day.  The album features a deluxe 16 page booklet, lyrics, liner notes written by Rob Lane and is limited to 500 copies.  LION's highly sought after Dangerous Attraction is considered a hard rock masterpiece of the highest order by many fans of the genre.  The album, the band's first full length, was originally issued by Scotti Bros in 1987 and featured a reworking of their independent hit "Powerlove."  The remastered reissue also includes the "Transformers" theme song as well as a 16 page booklet, extensive liner notes detailing the band's history written by Chris Leibundgut and is limited to 500 copies.  

All three albums can be pre-ordered now from vanitymusicgroup.com/store

 
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