Speed metal band formed in California in the late 80's. Members have included George Ochoa (guitars), Vett Roberts (vocals), Mike Grato (bass), John Christianson (drums) and Eddie Starline (ryhthm guitars). The band broke up shortly after the release of Behind Enemy Lines with George Ochoa joining Deliverance shortly after the release of their first, self-titled cd. Later bassist Mike Grato and drummer John Christianson would join Deliverance as well. Deliverance guitarist/vocalist/founder Jimmy Brown also has co-writing credits on "Behind Enemy Lines" as well as plays guitar solos on a few cuts. The band reformed in late 2000 and played together again at the Cornerstone 2001 in Bushnell, IL as well as a handful of other festivals in the years to follow. Rod Dickenson replaced Vett in 2002. The band has written new songs and has performed some of these songs live. Hopefully someday they will pull it together for a new CD.
Recon - Live at Cornerstone 2001 (M8) 2001
Hmmm, this cd is for die-hard fans and collector's only. The band's performance is good overall, but Vett's vocals sound very strained and his voice cracks quite often. It's actually quite disappointing. I'm not sure if Vett is just out of practice or not feeling well, but he almost never hits the high notes and is quite often flat. I guess something could be said of the fact that this disc is recorded live without any overdubs, but sometimes I think I'd rather have the overdubs than hear all the mistakes. Certainly this is one instance where I would have prefered for a band to go in and correct a poor live recording in the studio. As with most M8 releases, the packaging is rather cheap, but at least unlike the Deliverance Cornerstone insert, there are a few black and white live photos from the show. The bonus tracks are from the band's 1989 demo, which are a nice bonus.