FALSE WITNESS – BIOGRAPHY

From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada False Witness started their journey into the paths of Speed / Power Metal in 1989. Their music is a powerful mixture of Exciter and Agent Steel enforced by storm taking riffing, power screaming vocals by the one and only Michael Rieger -who unfortunately murder by gunshot in 2006- and magnificent lead guitar themes. The band has recorded a lot of stuff but only four tracks were officially released on their 1991 one and only demo tape simply entitled “False Witness”. Well it is a fact that many of you have been searching for this tape like maniacs but now your agony is over. After many discussions with the band Arkeyn Steel Records managed to create a grand plan of a release including their 1991 four track demo plus lots of bonus material: a brand unreleased track from 1993, their unreleased 3 track demo from 1995 plus a demo from 1989 kept unreleased in the bands personal files for almost 20 years! Of course everything is re-mastered from the scratch at Infinity Studio by Kostas Scandalis and the final package comes with lots of photos, in depth biography and brand new artwork by Kostas Athanasoglou. CD is out from fall of 2008 so be prepared for another Metal Storm by Arkeyn Steel Records!

LONGINGS PAST – BIOGRAPHY

After the success of the re-release “Meadows Of Maseilya”, here is the second album of the band “An Angel’s Tale”. This album was released in 1994 in 500 tapes and 500 CDs and today is considered to be one of the rarest epic metal gems, for many collectors. Together with “M.O.M” release, comes also the leaving of Jerrad Miller (Drums) and Jon Sayles (Bass), who actually have never felt Longing’s Past as a band to be devoted to. As a result, the tiring recordings of “M.O.M”, make them move on to another direction before the next record. So, right away it comes to Jimmy’s mind an old friend –from Enchanter- named Rich Copeland (Drums). Bass’ place takes on Kevin Rynes, who is found through a mutual friend. Longing’s Past’s music has now become dreamy and lyrical and a bit less heavy. This happens because Jimmy except for the vocals (which in “M.O.M” are his exclusive activity because of a tendonitis problem) does most of the guitar work. Lyrics are dreamier now, so it comes up the need for the music to have a different rhythm in order to follow the lyrics. Generally, Jimmy tries to be cinematic and paint pictures with sound like a classical composer! In fact, the “An Angel’s Tale” is the second part of “M.O.M”, with two extra songs, the two bonus tracks that are irrelevant to the concept. For these two tracks a second guitarist named Brennan Baylis is brought to light, who later tours also with Longing’s Past. The fact that “An Angel’s Tale” recordings go on for so long, make all the members be so tired that after the release of the album, no one has the zest to continue in the band. The only thing that Jimmy manages to do is to send 50 copies to various indie labels. Unluckily, all the answers are negative under the pretence of Longing’s Past not being right for them. The stunning thing is that, although all these labels are surprised with the capabilities of the musicians and make positive remarks, they are not quite sure if the band could sell as they have strange music! Since 1994, Jimmy has been working as a producer in his own studio named Sonic Landscapes and he does recordings for some bands. Moreover, in 2000 he releases an album titled Jimmy Shellberg’s Groove with funky and experimental sounds. Since 2002, he has formed The Love Gypsies, who have released three jazz albums. Arkeyn Steel Records with this release completes Jimmy Shellberg’s and Enchanter/ Longing’s Past’s chapter and wants to thank the metalheads all over the world for supporting every reissue of the company and for making them almost sold-out!
Kostas Athanasoglou

LONGINGS PAST – BIOGRAPHY

The original plan of James Shellberg was for Arkeyn Steel Records to release the demos of Enchanter and for him to create an independent label in order to release the two albums of Longings Past. Nevertheless, after the really professional and amazing result of Arkeyn Steel Records with Enchanter’s CD, there was no other choice but entrust once again to our label the releases of Longings Past. In the age of 12 James found himself very attracted by music, as he was listening to bands like Rush, Black Sabbath and Foghat. Initially, he started as a guitarist and then he was involved with vocals and lyrics. His first group was a cover band of AC/DC and other hard rock bands, named Abraxas and was consisted of young guys. The second one was a cover band mainly of Black Sabbath and its name was Atomic Sunrise. His third band was Enchanter and when he joined them there were already 40 completed original tracks. That gave him the bug to write original material for the first time. Enchanter’s split up rang the curtain up for the beginning of Longings Past. So, in the summer of 1992 James met with Jon, who together with Jarred and Keith (the guitar player from first line up) were playing in a college band. James had in mind a concept about the internal battle between Good and Evil, which by the way was written somewhere in 1991. In other words, in a few months they started recording the first album “Meadows Of Maseilya”, which was actually the first part of the concept. Unfortunately, Keith leaves the band just before the recording and his decision to play only some tracks, left them high and dry and made them take Aaron Riddle to finish some of the guitar parts. They also enlisted some more guests in order to have a great album. However, some serious problems with tendonitis allowed James to play no guitar at all but this did not stop him from doing his best, as all the vocal parts and the lyrics are his. “Meadows Of Maseilya” was pressed in only 500 tapes and this is why it remains an invaluable item for every collector. “Infinite Productions”, which was James’ company, was established with the intention of promoting better the album. Unhappily, except for some ‘zines in Detroit, Michigan that made a reference to it, there was no other interest. Besides, there was no reaction from Europe or anywhere else. At last, for the first time this real gem of US epic/prog metal is released in CD, with a total digital mastering by James. The story will be continued in the second release of Longings Past “An Angel’s Tale” that is coming soon! Be there…
Kostas Athanasoglou

OMEGA POINT – BIOGRAPHY

In the late 1988 somewhere in Baltimore, Maryland Jeff Grove, Troy, Dale and Mike form Immortal Reign. From the first moment appears the need for a second guitarist, so in no time Michael Donahoo becomes a member. Three months later having no official composition Mike, Troy and Dale decide to leave the band in February of 1989. Jeff and Michael continue searching for a new band. They both meet Mark Champlin, the original singer and guitarist of a group that do not have a name yet. The first song that they write as a new band is called Immortal Reign (To Reign…). Soon comes the first loss for the band when Chet leaves them in April of 1991. The same time they pick up Rodney McGlothlin (Bass).  Finally, they decide to leave the name Immortal Reign just before the battle of the bands competition in July of 1991. Without losing their guts, they choose the name Omega Point. In October of 1991 Omega Point enter the Falling Sound Studios in Baltimore, Maryland with producer a young man called Drew Mazurek (at the same studio and the same producer three years later Manifest would write their one and only work “Find A New Place”, another release of Arkeyn Steel Records) and they record the 5 tracks of the demo/EP. The demo tape “Infinite Rhyme” releases in 1500 copies in December of 1991. Lastly, in the late 1993 they enter again the studio to record their first album with 13 tracks, titled the same as their demo “Infinite Rhyme”. Omega Point are in the midst of recording a full length album when the bass player they have at this time, Rodney McGlothlin, leaves. With all they have they try to audition people for almost a year but cannot fill his position properly. The sad is that when the work is completed, someone enters the band’s studio and steals. The worst of all is that who committed the theft was a friend of the band that had access to the band’s account. He takes all the money kept for the recordings of the full album and he disappears! Unfortunately, nothing is found, the thief leaves the state. So, with a ‘no found’ bassist and with a whole Omega Point album being missed, they split up in September of 1994.
We searched through land, fire and ice to discover the forever lost signs of this band and finally we are able to offer you an official and legal re-release of this anthem re-mastered from the scratch at Infinity Studio by Kostas Scandalis and packed with a bunch of first time seen photos and an in depth biography and as usual the artwork is brand new made by Kostas Athanasoglou. We got five tracks in total playing time of 25 minutes, no bonus tracks as the band had never recorded anything else apart from this demo tape, so this will be the first Mini CD by Arkeyn Steel Records. Well, leave to dust the cheap and illegal bootlegs and enjoy the dreamy music of this band finally released the way it deserves.

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-