Although the San Francisco Bay Area is primarily known as the home of thrash metal, it gave birth to several classic heavy metal bands as well, including DAMMAJ.
Formed in 1978 by vocalist Greg Hill and bassist Steve Gilbert, DAMMAJ's original lineup included two other Gilbert brothers — Mick and Richie — on guitars, and drummer Bob Newkirk. After several demo recording sessions, the group entered the studio with producer Dan Johnson (SAVATAGE, DEATH) and sound engineer Jim Morris (CRIMSON GLORY, NASTY SAVAGE) and recorded its debut LP entitled "Mutiny", released in 1986. The music stood its own ground as a strong reminder of what made for good, solid heavy metal out of the San Francisco scene. It got rave reviews in Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and various European magazines and still to this day gets good praise as a classic and solid metal album.
Now, more than 20 years later, DAMMAJ is back, having recently inked a deal with the Polish label Skol Records, founded by producer Bart Gabriel (JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, CRYSTAL VIPER, SACRED STEEL). The cooperation will start with the re-release of "Mutiny". The album was remastered from the original master tapes, and the CD package will include not only thick booklet with lot of classic photos and all the lyrics, but also bunch of ultra-rare bonus tracks.
The "Mutiny" re-release will have its premiere on April 27 at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany.
For more information, visit www.skolrecords.com.