Red Dragon Cartel
Red Dr agon Cartel
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.