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Cortland, NY’s hard rockin Heavy metal trio from the 1980’s and former ELF bandmates of Ronnie James Dio have released a brand new studio album. It’s their first since 1986 and it’s a welcomed return.

“Vengeance,” is set to be released next week.

Comprised of members David Rock Feinstein (guitar/lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass/vocals), and Carl Canedy (drums/vocals), The Rods would go on to open arena shows for such renowned groups as Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne (the Blizzard of Oz tour), the Scorpions, Rainbow (Joe Lynn Turner era), and during the mid 80s, even had a then-unknown Metallica opening a headlining tour for them.

Add to it the fact that Feinstein is the cousin of the late, great Ronnie James Dio (both played together in Elf) and Canedy is an acclaimed metal producer (having worked on classic early releases by Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, etc.), and it makes it even more baffling why The Rods never got their due.

But this appears to changing quickly, as the trio has signed on with the Niji Entertainment Group, a label that was created by Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager, Wendy Dio. The band s seventh release overall (and sixth release overall for Niji) is titled Vengeance, and will be released on March 24, 2011.

The release comes hot on the heels of Feinstein s recently-released solo album, Bitten by the Beast.

The first single off Vengeance will be The Code, which features vocals from none other than Ronnie James Dio (one of the very last songs that Ronnie ever recorded, before his untimely death in May of 2010).
This aforementioned Rods line-up has been rocking and rolling for nearly 30 years, and the group has been officially invited to play SXSW this year in Austin, Texas.
More info and tour dates will be announced soon, so get ready to rock once more with The Rods!

Eleven hard rockin tracks featuring one with Ronnie James on one of his last recordings, “The Code.”

Watch promo video below:

Rob Cavuoto of Guitar International has just conducted an interview with legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKENLYNCH MOBSOULS OF WE). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Guitar International: I really thought the reunion [of the classic DOKKENlineup] was going to happen when you went on Eddie Trunk‘s “That Metal Show”. I assumed, as most fans, that this was a done deal.

George Lynch: I feel like a fool because I got played again for the last fucking time! Like an idiot I went along with it but looking back I see what he was really doing. He was blowing wind in his sails by creating the impression that there was a reunion pending. That people were going to wake up and pay attention, that his guarantees were going to go up, and people are going to show up to his shows thinking I’m in the band. If we did reunite we would all be working for him. He’s a miserable guy and he will stay miserable in his own skin. I wouldn’t want to have 100 million dollars and live in that guy’s brain and skin. He is just a piece of shit.

Guitar International: I’m not sure Don has a lot of credibility these days and think most fans realize that.

George Lynch: When the band was intact, he had to maintain a certain level of professionalism. He had to maintain his voice, his behavior and what he said. He didn’t like that. He is a very lazy person. He doesn’t have a good work ethic and he surrounds himself with himself. He will never be happy. What he will never get, and I told him, it’s not about the money and success, though you want people to hear the music. It’s about giving the fans something they would like and enjoy. It’s not about you, we are just the conduits. It comes through us but it’s not about us. He doesn’t get it. When musicians start to take themselves too seriously that’s when it gets ugly in believing all the hype. My heroes are blue-collar people that work for a living. Not assholes like him who take credit for shit they don’t do and expect everything handed to them on a silver platter. Have some respect for the people who are paying your bills.

Read more at Guitar International.

Don Dokken‘s latest comments on the possibility of a reunion ofDOKKEN‘s classic lineup can be found at this location.

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