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7th July 2017


New Wave Of British Heavy Metallers Vardis will have their classics albums, '100 MPH', 'The World's Insane' and 'Quo Vardis' remastered and re-released on CD and vinyl via Dissonance Productions and Back On Black Records.

Steve Zodiac told us:

"It's a thrill to finally hear these records as I remember them sounding in the studio. Dissonance Productions and Back On Black Records have done a fantastic job and produced the definitive editions of these albums."

The CD digipaks, featuring exclusive bonus tracks, are to be released on September 22nd with vinyl copies due for release on October 20th 2017.


The Vardis comeback album, 'Red Eye', was released in 2016 via SPV/Steamhammer.

Vardis was forged out of glam, punk, Heavy Metal, blues and rock'n'roll in the crucible of 1970s northern England and the band are a product of rock music across three generations: inspired by the great rockers and electric bluesmen of the 50s and 60s, learning their trade rubbing shoulders with the young guns of hard rock and punk in the 70s and achieving prominence in the 80s as part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

The hard, ferocious attack of their sound directly influenced the development of thrash and Speed Metal across North America and Europe, cited by Metal giants such as Metallica and Megadeth.

Never losing sight of the melodic, boogie sensibilities of their earliest influences, Vardis' brand of hard rock retains a unique heavy groove and has endured as something truly original.

Vardis are:
Steve Zodiac
Joe Clancy
Martin Connollay

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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