In the midst of an extraordinary career as drummer for multiple heavy metal legends such as FIFTH ANGEL, HEIR APPARENT and NIGHTSHADE, Jeffrey McCormack was thrown a curveball. It was suggested that Jeffrey hum some melody lines on demo material he had been working on with Seattle guitarist Craig Church. It was immediately and overwhelmingly decided that Jeffrey would become the lead vocalist for the band. Once the material had solidified, they recruited Jeffrey's longtime friend, Kai Chinn, to take over the drum duties, followed shortly after by bassist Anthony Rivera, rhythm guitarist Rollie Fisher, and former HEIR APPARENT bandmate Op Sakiya on keyboards, all veterans of the historic Seattle heavy metal community. Though the band seemed complete, Church became increasingly busy with his other musical endeavors, including guitar duties with Pamela Moore ("Sister Mary" from QUEENSRŸCHE), so he resigned his post. Enter the brilliant Alan Nesbitt on lead guitar, and the band was ready to bring its energetic brand of melodic power metal to the masses! SCREAMS OF ANGELS then wowed audiences with its live shows, opening for such legends as LOUDNESS, LYNCH MOB, SAXON and WHERE ANGELS SUFFER (featuring Randy Piper and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.), and they received worldwide acclaim through reviews of the demo recordings.
Skol Records CEO Bart Gabriel states: "Skol Records started as a label that would support bands and artists related to Gabriel Management. Some time later we decided to focus on reissues of forgotten and classic heavy metal albums from the past, as the truth is all guys from Skol Records crew are dedicated metal fans, you know, bunch of die-hard maniacs in leather, surrounded by piles of vinyl records, who wear old OMEN, MERCYFUL FATE and AGENT STEEL t-shirts. We didn't plan to sign any current bands. But after we heard SCREAMS OF ANGELS' demo, our jaws landed on the floor, and we had no other choice: we knew we have to sign them, or someone else will do it. They are the real deal: great, strong vocals, massive riffs, and first of all good songs. It's all there."
SCREAMS OF ANGELS' debut album, "Into The Warzone", will be released on December 27. The CD is a collection of high-energy metal anthems such as the title track, a fast-paced homage to Marvel comics The Punisher, the galloping epic "Cycle Of The Moon" and the snarling metal monster "Eyes Of The Serpent".
"Into The Warzone" — like all other Skol Records releases — will be distributed in North and South America via Shadow Kingdom Records.
On November 15, Skol Records will release album's title track as free download single.