Vocalist Mandy Lion (WWIII, WICKED ALLIANCE) will perform at the Key Club in Hollywood, California on February 21, 2009. Also scheduled to appear is DC4, the Los Angeles-based hard rock band featuring former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson alongside brothers Jeff Duncan (ARMORED SAINT, ODIN) on lead vocals and guitar, Shawn Duncan (ODIN) on drums and Matt Duncan on bass.
Mandy Lion's new single, "The Ride", will be officially released within a week or so. According to the singer, "The new stuff is a major step away from my last full-length CD, 'When God Turned Away'."
He added, "I always wanted to do a pure hard rock CD and now I am happy to say I did just that. What prompted me to take that step now was because I am a little bored with all the downtuned guitars and similar sounds most metal bands seem to gravitate to. All of the great bands I like do not have to tune down to sound heavy. They are heavy because of their great songwriting ability, talent and delivery.
"I have always made sure that my albums were honest. I would never record anything on a CD that I could not reproduce live 100 percent. But as I am sure many of you noticed, most artists and bands these days are way overproduced. Since there is no way to reproduce 50 guitar tracks, 80 vocal tracks and all the effects that go along with that sort of thing, most bands will resort to using backing tracks. Many will even stoop as low as lip-syncing in order to sound more like their product. This is a truly sad state of affairs.
"Since production has become more of a factor in music than song writing these days I decided to stick to my old guns and go completely the other way. No effects, two guitars, drums and vocals recorded without any edits or polish. The new stuff is balls-to-the-wall, honest-to-God rock 'n' roll with no effects and zero production.
"This is the most fun I ever had recording and I hope you guys will love the new direction."
Lion recently collaborated with music producer Mickey James (of CRISS ANGEL fame) on some of his new material.
WWIII's first album in 12 years, "When God Turned Away", was released in 2003. The CD featured Lion, co-producer Joe Floyd on guitar, Geezer Montez on bass and Sledge on drums.