US Metal legend DRIVER feat. guitarist Roy Z and vocalist Rob Rock will unleash their new masterpiece “Countdown” on May 25 via Metal Heaven.
As with every other AOR Heaven/ Metal Heaven label release, the promotion set-up currently looks like this:
UK: Mike Exley
France: Eric Coubard
Italy: Elio @ Frontiers Records
Switzerland: Non Stop Music
Everybody else located in Europe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact your local publicist for your promo request! The promo CD’s will be available in ~ 7-10 days from now.
Album: DRIVER – Countdown
Label: Metal Heaven/ Soulfood
Originally formed out of the ashes of short-lived super group M.A.R.S. in the late Eighties and reaching cult status based on the strength of a widely circulated 1990 five-song cassette EP that garnered the band a dedicated worldwide following, DRIVER came back to life with a bang in 2008 via their appropriately titled debut album, ‚Sons Of Thunder.‘ Containing newly recorded versions of the classic EP cuts in addition to seven brand new compositions, the band resurrected their unique brand of melodic yet hard-hitting style of metal that made DRIVER one of the most underrated heavy rock acts of their time.
Centered around powerhouse vocalist Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Warrior, Joshua, Avantasia, Axel Rudi Pell) and acclaimed guitarist/producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Tribe Of Gypsies) and featuring original drummer Reynold ‚Butch‘ Carlson (Jag Panzer, Joey Tafolla, Tribe After Tribe), along with seasoned players Ed Roth (Glenn Hughes, Ronnie Montrose, Impellitteri) on keyboards and Aaron Samson (Odin, George Lynch, John 5) on bass, Driver was welcomed back with open arms by the hard rock community, culminating in the band’s first ever European live appearance at Germany’s prestigious Bang Your Head!!! festival in the summer of 2009.
In the fall of 2011, main writers Rob Rock and Roy Z renewed their long standing creative partnership and commenced work on a follow-up to ‚Sons Of Thunder.‘ As was the case with its predecessor, ‚Countdown‘ is a mixture of brand new material and several rescued-from-the-vaults demo gems, including ‚Destiny‘, ‚Thief in the Night‘ and ‚Always on my Mind‘, which interlock seamlessly for a classic Driver-style album, aided by Roy Z’s emphasis on vintage production values that harken back to the glory days of early 80’s heavy metal.
Chiefly recorded and mixed at Roy Z’s California-based studio, the duo once again brought in Carlson, Roth and Samson to cut the bulk of the tracks, with additional contributions coming from bassists Ray Burke (Life After Death, Bruce Dickinson) and Daniel Cordova (Shades Of Crimson, Vengeance Rising), as well as veteran vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt). Mastering duties were again handled by Maor Appelbaum (Halford, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen).
Track list:01) Return to the Sky 02) Rising Son 03) Countdown 04) Hollywood Shooting Star 05) Thief in the Night 06) Cry of the Wounded 07) Always on my Mind 08) Feel the Fire 09) Destiny 10) Running from the Darkness 11) Babylon (exclusive European bonus track)
Sound clips in advance:
DRIVER – Countdown (Edit)
DRIVER – Return To The Sky (Edit)
DRIVER – Thief In The Night (Edit)