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Vardis Issues "Paranoia Strikes" Lyric Video

Reunited NWoBHM act Vardis released a lyric video for the new track "Paranoia Strikes." the song will appear on the band's new release "Red Eye," the band's first album in 30 years. "Red Eye" is set to drop on may 20th via SPV/Steamhammer Records. . Guitarist and singer Steve Zodiac commnets about the signing:

Vocalist Steve Zodiac stated: "Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in '76. SPV/Steamhammer have a deserved reputation for high quality releases, but it was their passion for the future of Rock and Metal as well it's heritage that meant they were the label we wanted to work with. Together we can push boundaries on the most heartfelt, hard-edged Vardis record yet, with that same rock n roll spirit at the centre of everything we do.!"

The track listing for "Red Eye" is:

1. Red Eye
2. Paranoia Strikes
3. I Need You Now
4. The Knowledge
5. Lightning Man
6. Back to School
7. Jolly Roger
8. Head of the Nail
9. Hold Me
10. 200 M.P.H.

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Vardis Reveals "Red Eye" Details

Vardis was forged out of glam, punk, heavy metal, blues and rock 'n' roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England. In March 2014, Steve Zodiac began remastering the "Vigilante" album, and to coincide with the re-release on Hoplite Records, Vardis reunited to headline Brofest II in England, going on to perform at festivals in the U.K. and Germany before an emotional homecoming show at Unity Hall, Wakefield, where it all began.

After the warm reception of fans at the reunion shows, Zodiac and bassist Terry Horbury not only felt at the top of their game, but that they had more gears to hit, and so decided to continue. Recruiting the dynamic powerhouse drummer Joe Clancy, who had spent the previous ten years in Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith's side project Blues Band, Vardis set to work on the first new material in nearly 30 years.

Founder Steve Zodiac comments: "Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in '76."

The cover art for "Red Eye" was painted by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, who has previously produced artwork for Hammer Studios and posters for Nightmare on Elm Street, Basket Case and The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II.

After the tragic death of bass player Terry Horbury last year, the band recruited Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox, Entire Population of Hackney) and played a first successful show with the new line up at this years' Up The Hammers Festival in Greece. More...

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Vardis Signs With SPV/Steamhammer

SPV/Steamhammer is proud to sign one of the true veterans of the NWoBHM: Vardis. Guitarist and singer Steve Zodiac commnets about the signing:

"Reuniting after a 30 year hiatus was a leap in the dark, but the response has been tremendous. Terry, Joe and I have hit upon a creative chemistry that makes me as excited to be recording the 5th Vardis album today as I was cutting our first demos in '76. SPV/Steamhammer have a deserved reputation for high quality releases, but it was their passion for the future of Rock and Metal as well it's heritage that meant they were the label we wanted to work with. Together we can push boundaries on the most heartfelt, hard-edged Vardis record yet, with that same rock n roll spirit at the centre of everything we do.!"

Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer adds: "I am a child of the New Wave of British Metal and I remember well when I bought the 'Quo Vardis' album back then. The band combined certain styles like Boogie, Glam and Hard Rock and created their own musical brand. I´m very proud that Steve and the band decided to sign with SPV/Steamhammer. The band is on fire and when you saw their gig at last years Keep It True festival in Germany you know what I mean!"

New Vardis album "Red Eye" will be released in 2016. Stay tuned for more info within the next few weeks.

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Dark Angel Reunites With Don Doty For Keep It True

Organizers of the Keep It True Festival in Germany have announced that the Saturday headliner will be the reunited Dark Angel, with original vocalist Don Doty, Eric Meyer (Guitars), Mike Gonzalez (Bass) and new guitarist Justin Zych. Thought not officially confirmed, the announcement hints that drummer Gene Hoglan may return as well.

Dark Angel joins another reunited act to appear at the festival: Jag Panzer, who will play with guitaris Joey Tafolla. The roster announcement reads:

"We are extremely proud that we can announce the big Saturday headliner for Keep It True 2014.

"Thrash Metal legends Dark Angel will play their very first show with original singer Don Doty at KIT 2014. Also in the line up are Eric Meyer (guit.), Mike Gonzalez (bass) and Justin Zych (guit.). The drummer is not confirmed yet, but will be announced very soon. Looks like it will be a famous person from Dark Angel history, too.

"With 'Darkness Descends' Dark Angel recorded a milestone in Thrash Metal and at KIT you will see AT LEAST three musicians from that record performing. It will be legendary!!

"The festival is already COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. Thanks for your outstanding support!"

Here is the billing so far:

Dark Angel (USA) (First Time in Europe with Original Singer Don Doty)
Jag Panzer (USA) (Special Early Days Show for the first time in Europe with Joey Tafolla)
Flotsam & Jetsam (USA) (Exclusive “No Place For The Deceiver” Show)
Warrior (USA)
Lethal (USA)
Hexx (USA) (special old school show)
Sinner (GER) (Special Old School Show)
Vardis (UK)
Atlantean Kodex (GER)
Persian Risk (UK)
Deceased (USA)
Iron Cross (USA)
Masque (UK)
Deep Machine (UK)
Night Demon (USA)
Ranger (FIN)
Iron Kingdom (USA) More...

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