MTM Music has announced the signing of WARRANT, one of the most popular and successful rock bands of the late '80s and early '90s.
The band was formed in the mid-'80s and its first official lineup featured vocalist Jani Lane, guitarist Erik Turner, guitarist Joey Allen, bass player Jerry Dixon and drummer Steven Sweet.
In 1989, the band released their classic debut "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich", which immediately entered the charts and launched the hit singles "Down Boys" and the power ballads "Sometimes She Cries" and "Heaven", which climbed up to No. 2 in the U.S. charts. The band then started touring with other artists and bands such as PAUL STANLEY (KISS), CINDERELLA, POISON, QUEENSRŸCHE and MÖTLEY CRÜE.
In the summer of 1990, their second album "Cherry Pie", produced by legendary Beau Hill, was released and featured popular guests such as members of POISON, DANGER DANGER and FIONA. The album turned out to be an even bigger success, featuring the Top Ten hits "I Saw Red" and the rock anthem "Cherry Pie", which was receiving massive airplay on MTV.
With the arrival of grunge in the early '90s, WARRANT turned to a harder-edged sound and released their third album, "Dog Eat Dog", in 1992. Although the album also went gold, the fans were confused about the new musical style.
Now, after some changes within the band's lineup and three more albums, WARRANT is back to rock you again featuring all the original members from the first two platinum-selling albums except original singer Jani Lane, who is currently pursuing his solo career.
The album’s title, "Born Again", is perfectly describing the band's current
state: With their new singer, Jaime St. James, who is famous for being the vocalist of BLACK 'N BLUE, and internationally acclaimed producer and engineer Pat Regan (KISS, DEEP PURPLE, MR. BIG, L.A. GUNS) at the mixing desk, WARRANT have recorded an album that will surprise their old fans and definitely attract some new ones.
"Born Again" delivers classic '80s hard rock with the band's trademark touch of poser and sleaze metal or as the band itself puts it: "It's the classic hard rockin' 'Born Again' sound that we all want to hear. 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich' and 'Cherry Pie' with a new twist!"
MTM Music managing director Mario Lehmann had the following to say about the new high-priority signing: "It was a German journalist who told me WARRANT had been working on a new album. So I managed to get in touch with Erik Turner, before waking up the sleeping dogs and interest somewhere else … When I called Erik for the first time, his wife picked up the phone, and it surprised me a lot, Mrs. Turner talked to me in German fluently! Talking to Erik, he realized that he just got in touch with the managing director of MTM Music, a devoted, longtime fan of WARRANT! After a few minutes, both parties agreed on releasing the new album [on February 17, 2006]. Remembering all the great songs by WARRANT, especially 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', I'm even more proud of the new cooperation!"
"Born Again" track listing:
01. Devil's Juice (mp3)
02. Dirty Jack (mp3)
03. Bourbon County Line
04. Hell, CA
06. Love Strikes Like Lightning
08. Roller Coaster
09. Down In Diamonds
10. Velvet Noose
12. Good Times