This album came together by combining the talents of 5 mature musicians from the Waikato area of New Zealand. Rik Bernards (Knightshade) Simon Elton (The Furys) and Ritchie Pickett (Think), teamed up with South African imports Alf Pinfold and Steve Mitchell, to create a band that would put the emphasis on original material, vocal harmonies and studio recording. The result is 'The Rattler'. Ritchie Pickett has since retired from playing live, leaving Rik (vocal/solo guitar), Steve (vocal/rhythm guitar), Simon (vocal/bass guitar) & Alf (vocal/drums). They played live in December 2009 at the Cambridge Christmas Festival on the big stage, to an audience of over 10,000 people. This set was videoed for future release. Reviews: '.... The experience and pure passion for music is evident.... there's a real mix of feels here but overall, a timeless, laid back lazy Sunday kinda groove. Silky smooth, classy, captivating and very cool.' The Axeman. 'Rip It Up' magazine. April 2009. '.... (The Rattler) is firmly placed in the classic rock arena.... The band's harmonies add a country rock component into the mix.... there's certainly a feeling of 'lighter in the air' stadium balladry in what they do.... nothing contemporary or experimental about 'The Leaving' then, but that's probably intentional from this bunch of musical veterans.' Tony Parker. 'NZ Musician' magazine. May 2009. '.... There are moments of musical brilliance evident in the album's 11 tracks.... The Rattler music can be described as classic kiwi soft rock with a hint of country.... this group of music enthusiasts, who write all their own songs, obviously know what they are doing and they don't do it for fame and fortune.... well done!' Katrina Lintonbon. 'Cambridge Edition' newspaper. 4th March 2009. '.... Cambridge based rock 5 piece The Rattler have a unique sound and have delivered a fine debut album.... with a personnel mix of local music icons, great singers and great writers, the talent is in ample supply.... 'The Leaving' is country-rock with a touch of blues and great catchy hooks.... The Rattler have successfully mixed a hybrid of styles into a melodic and sophisticated collection of songs worthy of comparison to The Eagles finest moments.' 5 stars. Stu Edwards. 'Waikato Times' newspaper. 9th April 2009.