Roses Are Rare Violence Is True
Formed in 1988 by vocalist Randy Blake II and guitarist Marcus Lorde after the demise of Brideshead, the duo retained the services of Kevin DeMello on drums and Roger Dumas on bass. In 1988 they recorded their EP "Briar Rose" with producer Joe Moody. 1991 saw the release of the band's debut album "Dark Tales of Optimism" that brought the band sales outside of the New England area and into the United Kingdom and Germany. The rock magazine Kerrang! Reviewed their debut album, noting in part: 'The production has captured some of Briar Rose's hopes and aspirations with surprising clarity. The music is a surprisingly articulate grind core of early Iron Maiden with just a hint of Black Sabbath, and technically, mechanically there is nothing really on 'Dark Tales Of Optimism' that would offend the likes of Battlezone or Mercyful Fate.' The second album, "Win if You Can, Lose if You Must but Always Cheat", was released in 1992 and distributed to many overseas labels who showed an interest in signing the band as well as Elektra Records showing a renewed interest from a previously offered development deal. By 1994, most of the band had left to pursue other musical styles. Blake II pursued musical styles in his Celtic heritage along the lines of folk rock and began a magazine publishing venture. It was through his working with overseas editors in 2000 that he learned the band had acquired a cult status and both albums were widely bootlegged. After requests for new material from overseas fans, he released "Detention", a bootlegged styled recording of the band's benefit show from 1991. On June 23rd, 2007 the band returned to the stage at the Music For Middlesex 5 festival that had previously featured acts such as Aerosmith, Boston, New England and The Fools. On August 23rd 2008, the band released an EP to it's fan base called 'Party Favor' that collected previously released singles since 2007 and two new tracks. It was on Halloween 2008 that the band left the USA for Kent, England to begin recording their third studio album 'Roses Are Rare, Violence Is True'. The album was produced, recorded, mixed and in places performed with the band by Chris Tsangarides who described the reborn group as, '...[A] real band with some heavy duty tunes..." The first of three proposed singles from the album was released on January 20, 2009. 'Astral Groover' takes the form of a heavy '70's influence with a modern approach. Along the lines of T.Rex melding into Cathedral while maintaining the band's own style and identity. The middle of the track morphs into a cosmic jazz section featuring a sampled 'explosion' from Steppenwolf's 'Earschplittenloudenboomer' track from that band's album '7'.