It's been a very long time coming since guitarist Roberto Priori started the Italian band DANGER ZONE in the early 80s. The band recorded various demos and went through several line-up changes
during the following years. In 1984 they released "Victim of Time " on vinyl, but it wasn't until 1987 when they gained bigger attention in Italy from audiences and media alike , followed by Iive
performances on some Hard Rock festivals. In the spring of 1988 DANGER ZONE eventually opened up for Heavy Metal legends Saxon in Verona, Italy and following the performance promoter and manager
Francesco Sanavio offered DANGER ZONE a productìon deal. The plan was to break into the US market with an album recorded on an highly professional international standard.
To get a first taste of the American Rock scene the band tested the waters on the US shores with a successful gig at the Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles in the summer of '88. Almost a year later in May 1989 the album began to take shape when executive producer Stephan Galfas, who had previously produced albums by Meat Loaf, Savatage, Stryper, John Waite and Saxon, got involved and his colleagues Jody Gray and Mark Cobrin, both successful with the Japanese Hard Rock outfits Loudness and EZO, took over the production dutìes . From June to October 1989 the recording sesslons took piace in Venice, Italy with the mix to be handled by Stephan Galfas in New York City with Noah Baron (Winger, Blackfoot) and Mark Cobrin. The songs for the album "Line or Fire" were chosen from the DANGER ZONE demos with some new tunes being written for the record as well.
The band also recorded a Hard Rockin' version of the T. Rex c1assic "Children or the Revolution" and business reasons led them to record two more cover versions, "Thet's Why I Fell In Love With
You" by Country singer Eddie Rabbitt and "Let Me Rock" from the 1984 one-off release by Chequered Past, a band featuring singer Michael Des Barres, ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones and Blondie's rhythm
section. The band members own cornpositions showed their great talent to write catchy Melodic Rock songs with a harder edge with equally great instrumental performances of Roberto Priori on lead
guitar, Stefano Peresson on guitars and keyboards, Stefano Gregori on ba55 and Paolo Palmieri on drums. The rough vocals of Giacomo Gigantelli fit tracks Iike "State or The Heart", "Hardline",
"Love Dies Hard " and "Fingers" perfectly. On the latter one singer and model Grace Jones can be heard doing background vocals.
Following the studio recordings DANGER ZONE began rehearsing for Iive shows and the guys prepared their move to Los Angeles . But due to endless negotiations with an US label the band began to fall apart and money started to run short, forcing the remaining band members to sell part of the equipment to finally make it across the ocean. When DANGER ZONE finally started to build up a good reputation by touring the Club circuit in Southern California for several months the L.A. Scene was hit very hard by the Grunge wave, forcing DANGER ZONE to give up their big dream, call it quits and return back home to Italy.
As the years went by “Line of Fire”reached an underground cukt status when Rock magazines fanzines and dedicated fans of the band continuosly demanded its release.
In 2011 the album finally sees the light of the day carefully remastered from the original source by Roberto Priori and packaged as a Special Limited Edition in a jewels case with an Individually numbered slipcase. Even more good news can be announces as DANGER ZONE is back together with plans for live gigs in the making and a brand new album to be recorded subsequently.Stay tuned and step into the “Line Of Fire”.
September 2012 DANGER ZONE announce the signing of their brand new album “Undying” to the German Avenue of Allies label.
“Undying” is the highly anticipated
follow up to “Line Of Fire” (Avenue Of Allies, 2011). The band already got back together in 2010 working on new material and rehearsing for live shows. During 2011 the guys worked
continuously on new songs and played several gigs in Italy. Before original DANGER ZONE band members Roberto Priori (guitars), Paolo Palmieri (drums) and Giacomo Gigantelli (vocals) entered the
studio they added new bassist Roberto Galli to their line-up.
The album has been produced by Roberto Priori at his PriStudio in Bologna, while Jody Gray, one of the key members of the production
team of the “Line Of Fire” album more than 20 years ago, added various details to the arrangements and assisted Roberto Priori for the vocal production.
“Undying” is set for release on November 2nd 2012 and it brings out the very best of the band members and the production team, a big anthemic Melodic Hard Rock album to die for.
(Text Gregor Klee)