Red Dragon Car­tel

Red Dr agon Car­tel

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Fron­tiers Records

Af­ter pres­ti­gious times with Ozzy Os­bourne and Bad­lands, Jake E Lee seemed to dis­ap­pear from the scene. Now, thanks to a lot of per­suad­ing by friend, ses­sion player and pro­ducer, Ron­nie Man­cusco, Lee is back with his new band, Red Dragon Car­tel. The al­bum was recorded at The Hide­out stu­dio in Las Ve­gas and mixed and mas­tered by Kevin Churko, who worked along­side Ron­nie to turn the riffs that Jake had stored up over the years into songs. And great songs they are too, packed with ex­cite­ment, strong melodies and hook lines. With Ron­nie in on bass, a search was made for a vo­cal­ist and a drum­mer, and from the mass of ap­pli­cants DJ Smith came in to sing and Jonas Fair­ley to drum. There’s a healthy smat­ter­ing of guest ap­pear­ances here too but it’s Lee that stands out from start to fin­ish. Fast and fu­ri­ous in most part, check out Wasted, Big Mouth (with vo­cal­ist Maria Brink), the Sab­bath-like War Ma­chine and the solo on De­ceived. It’s all strong ma­te­rial and marks the wel­come re­turn of a rock leg­end.

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