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Persia - 1991 Persia [4 track EP]

ARTIST: Persia
ALBUM: Persia (4 track EP)
LABEL: Ironworks
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Rik McCoy - vocals * Mike Reid - guitar, vocals * Anthony Picone - bass, vocals * Dave Wrenn - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tonight * 02 Chains Of Love * 03 Live Fast Die Young * 04 In For The Kill

Here's a New York band with very little in common with the Middle East. I'm sure if these boys ever played over there they'd be locked up and the keys thrown away! Persia had been knocking around during the mid-late 80's, releasing a very hard to find 6-track EP called 'Ready To Rock'. By the time the 90's came around, the band's style had fallen out of favour, with grunge coming up over the horizon. A pity then they weren't signed earlier, but remember also the hair-metal/AOR scene was very competitive back then. Just ask Charlie Cayte and the boyz from Tour De Force! Persia have a White Lion, Babe Blu and Agentz flavour about them. Black guitarist Mike Reid comes from the Vito Bratta school of hard knocks and even harder riffs, while singer Rik McCoy could have successfully auditioned for Agentz and got the job hands down.

The Songs
With only four songs, there ain't much on quantity, but a heap on quality. Leading off with the acoustic intro, 'Tonight' soon turns into a massive hard rock performance. The professional sounding production would leave many major signed artists to shame. Featuring big chant-along choruses, 'Chains Of Love' has a quality about it that features attributes of those three aforementioned bands. The brooding power of 'Live Fast-Die Young' is a wicked slice of melodic hard rock, with stalking, near snarling vocals, riff-tastic guitar runs in the vein of primetime Ratt and big choruses. The last track on this fantastic EP is the extreme hair-metal ditty 'In For The Kill'.

In Summary
The band continued on well into the 90's. Larry Atello, who formed his own band at the end of the decade, even sang with this outfit for a time. Though Dave Wrenn is credited as playing drums and even appears on the cover-jacket, apparently he is not the guy doing the hard yards. A point of contention perhaps. Whatever, Persia is a superb EP that must be tracked down at all costs, if not, one of the better EP's to make it in the 90's decade.

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