DEAD CALM – BIOGRAPHY

Dead Calm from Ottawa, Canada released back in 1991 a limited -in 1000 copies only- LP tape called “No Way Out” including 9 tracks of magnificent Power / Prog Metal in the vein of old Queensryche / Lethal / Hittman. The musical trademarks of Dead Calm are with no doubt the unbelievable vocals (ala Tate / Malicoat), the powerful riffing and the brilliant guitar leads that are enforcing their music with a special touch of strange and beautiful steel.
The original multi-track master tapes have been lost forever as they were destroyed by a fire on the band’s studio. Fortunately the one and ONLY stereo master tape that was used by the band back in 1991 to duplicate the album was saved and was digitally transferred into CD on one of Canada’s finest studios. The digital product was re-mastered from the scratch by Arkeyn Steel Records mastering main man Mr. Kostas Scandalis at Infinity Studios.
44 minutes of complex, catchy and melodic steel touch by the magic Canadian Metal spirit. Presented under completely new artwork -by Kostas Athanasoglou-, full lyrics and inner notes. Finally this album is released the way it deserved. Here we got an unbelievable musical experience for sure not to be missed.

MANIFEST – BIOGRAPHY

Bobby Hicks joined this Baltimore, Maryland, US based band on 1994, one year after his leaving from the Gods Mystic Force. In 1995 they originally released the tape “Yes Or No” in 1000 copies with CD edition to follow in another 1000 copies some months later. Both editions sold out very quickly and this treasure remained buried into dust until today. Moreover the band split in 1999 and their signs were completely lost until Arkeyn Steel brings them back in the light of the day. Do not miss the chance to grab this anthem that will be re pressed for last time on 1000 hand numbered CDs. As bonus on the 6 tracks included in the original there are 2 pre-production rehearsal tracks from 1998, so we got 8 tracks in total and more than 45 minutes of melodic, Power / Prog Steel in the vein of Mystic Force / Queensryche / Lethal / Sacred Warrior. It comes digitally mastered from the original master tapes, in completely new artwork by Kostas Athanasoglou plus booklet with lyrics, unreleased photo and info as well. This is THE must for all the fans of the bands mentioned and everyone into high quality, shinning US Steel.

ENCHANTER – BIOGRAPHY

From Jackson, Michigan, USA, Enchanter released back in 1988 one jewel of US Epic / Power Metal. Defenders Of The Realm was the beginning of their saga that consisted of two more releases: Time Gone Past Nevermore (1989) and Ethereal Quarter (1990). From Power Metal pounding attacks to Epic Metal mysterious anthems this band carried a unique spirit. This release is a compendium of every piece of music ever released by Enchanter. Completely re mixed in USA by the main man / guitarist James Shellberg himself (former of the glorious Longings Past). Available in strictly limited CD edition of 1000 featuring unreleased photos and complete biography. This is your first -and last- chance to grab this mystic treasure of Steel. NO re–pressings!

SCARLET RAYNE – BIOGRAPHY

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Scarlet Rayne has released a magnificent private piece of Power / Prog Metal -ala early Queensryche-. Focused in melody and enforced with apocalyptic but still catchy guitar themes and crystal clear vocals this is for sure NOT to be missed. Brilliant compositions, Christian lyrics. In its original form this is one of the rarest private pressings of the 90s. Available again on CD & LP fully re-mastered, new artwork, complete lyrics, unreleased photo plus an in depth biography and feature four never released before bonus tracks.

TRAMONTANE – BIOGRAPHY

Tramontane began many moons ago in the year 1986. I was still in high school playing with drummer Dan DeMeo. As fate would have t my mother met Michael Morris at his work and immediately saw an opportunity and got his number for her aspiring musician son and Dan and I called Michael. We ended up meeting and jamming (Michael brought along long time friend and bassist Kurt Tholken) and Tramontane was born (after an exhaustive search for a name with Certain Fury and Another Life being discussed we settled on Tramontane after Kurt jokingly mentioned the song from Foreigner’s “Double Vision” album). Our search for a vocalist took quite some time until we finally acquired the vocal services of Wolf some years later.

In 1989 we recorded what became our second demo (our first demo was horrific and best forgotten). Jeff Strahle had replaced Dan DeMeo on drums and we had written a bunch of new songs. We were really excited about the project, especially with the prospect of getting “The Passage” and “Eve Of Destruction” on tape (“The Passage” was completed just prior to recording). The recording was fairly uneventful. I remember all of us being thrilled with the sound of Wolf’s spoken word intro for “Eve” and how cool we thought it sounded. The growth between the first and second demo were quite significant and we finally started to come together as a band. Unfortunately it was short lived as Jeff Strahle would leave the band shortly after his recording was finished and the ever revolving drum slot would need to be filled again.

Many shows followed and after we replaced Scott Brooks (drummer number 3 for those keeping score at home) with Brian Hutchison we recorded our 1992 demo and the “Cast In Glass” demo a year later. Brian had to be the most amazing drummer I’ve ever seen record as he typically did all his tracks in one or two takes. Too bad I couldn’t say the same for the rest of us. Peter Stanley did a great job with the production and once again we felt the band was really growing. We would go on to get great write ups in such magazines as Burrn!, Metal Forces, Rock Hard and perform shows with such acts as Savatage, WASP, Armored Saint and White Zombie which significantly increased our fan base. Unfortunately the onset of grunge would kill all of our momentum and eventually tear the band apart as we would lose both Wolf and Brian Hutchison in the following years when it became apparent that we were severely out of style and all the clubs we had played began to close down.

Michael Morris and I soldiered on, eventually recruiting the last version of Tramontane with drummer Walter Massenkoff, singer Norman Skinner and bassist John Naas and recording our first (and last) CD “December Dark” We would remain together even performing at the Los Angeles date of the (in) famous Metal Fest, until 2000 when we finally decided to call it a day and end the group.

I hope you will enjoy this record. It brings back a lot of memories for me and I’m glad they are seeing the light of day in another format. We always seemed like the band that didn’t fit in. In our early years we were too melodic for the thrash fans of the Bay Area and too heavy for the hard rock fans that dominated the club scene. Later on we would become even more odd while we continued to stick to our guns and play heavy metal instead of jumping on all of the trends that would come and go. Hopefully we’ll be remembered (if we’re remembered at all) as a band that was honest and true to what they played.
John Antonioli -Tramontane-