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Danger Zone - 2011 Line Of Fire



ARTIST: Danger Zone
ALBUM: Line Of Fire
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11 02 0022
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Giacomo Gigantelli - vocals * Roberto Priori - lead guitar * Stefano Peresson - guitars, keyboards * Stefano Gregori - bass * Paolo Palmieri - drums

Guests: Jody Gray, Mark Cobrin, Stephan Galfas, Grace Jones - backing vocals * Jody Gray - additional keyboards, acoustic guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Line Of Fire * 02 Children Of The Revolution * 03 Walk Away * 04 Fingers * 05 State Of The Heart * 06 Hardline * 07 The Hunger * 08 Let Me Rock * 09 That's Why I Fell In Love With You * 10 Love Dies Hard

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.dangerzoneweb.com


Background
Here's an Italian band whose monniker will appeal greatly to GDAZE writer Alun (a.k.a dangerzone). Though recently released as part of Avenue Of Allies pending January 2011 batch of albums, Danger Zone are in fact an old 80's band, who had resources behind them to crack the big time in the USA, but ultimately got worn down by the industry. The band were formed by guitarist Roberto Priori back in the early 80's, and after many lineup changes and demos, they released a 6 track EP during 1984 called 'Victims Of Time' for the Subrecord label. However, it wasn't until 1988 that the ball got rolling. Italian promoter Francesco Sanavio signed the band to a production deal, with the intent of getting Danger Zone into the American market. During that year, Danger Zone ventured over to Los Angeles to play at the famed Whiskey A-Gogo, and within the following year, the material for their debut album would take shape, with production/mix to be handled by Stephan Galfas. With songs at the ready, rehearsals taking place, and an eventual move to L.A imminent, things began to go pear-shaped. Constant haggling with the American record label did not resolve itself. Some of the band members departed out of frustration, and money dried up. Finding their way to L.A eventually, Danger Zone toured around the SoCal circuit for a few months, but the changing musical landscape (a.k.a grunge) forced the band to give up their dream and return to Italy.


The Songs
The material we have here on 'Line Of Fire' is what was readied for their 1989 assault on America. Interestingly, there are three cover tracks here. Let's attend to those first.. T-Rex's 'Children Of The Revolution' is a great cover, heavier than what you'd be used to hearing, but the chorus brings it all home. The other two covers were done out of financial necessity. Eddie Rabbitt's 'That's Why I Fell In Love With You' sounds kinda cool without having heard the original, which incidentally appeared on Rabbitt's 1988 album 'I Wanna Dance With You'. It certainly has a southern rock/AOR feel, a la Van Zant. Chequered Past's 1984 song 'Let Me Rock' also gets a reworking. It's slightly faster tempo than CP's version, and is more chant-along melodic than the Zep styled original from Michael Des Barres boys. Elsewhere, the DZ team are quite capable of turning out quality tracks themselves, typically melodic rock, though the rough-edged vocals of Giacomo Gigantelli is not as smooth as I'd like to hear in this genre, probably Marc Storace from Krokus is a good comparison. With songs like 'State Of The Heart', 'Walk Away' and the rather tasty 'Love Dies Hard', this band had some good material to work with, but considering also what was out in the L.A scene during this timeframe, Danger Zone would've had their work cut out trying to match the very best that Los Angeles had to offer during that 1988/89 era.


In Summary
Though this is a retrospective CD, we have it on good authority that Danger Zone are about to be resurrected once again, with impending gigs on the way, plus a brand new album in the works! Depsite all the years out of the limelight, Roberto Priori still has some unfinished business to attend to. Watch what happens with Danger Zone, here at GDM.


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