|Genres:||Heavy Metal Pop / Rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
This San Francisco power metal band formed in 1979, making their debut on US Metal III after linking with guitar guru Mike Varney. However, by the release of Soldiers Of The Night, only one of the original line-up, guitarist Geoff Thorpe, remained, alongside bass player Dave Starr, drummer Larry Howe, and vocalist Gary St Pierre. Unable to find a suitable guitar partner, Thorpe drafted in Vinnie Moore, and his blistering guitar solo contributions brought the band considerable attention, although he never became a permanent member, with Terry Montana joining for live work. However, Digital Dictator saw the line-up stabilize with the addition of guitarist Mark McGee and vocalist Carl Albert (13 May 1962, d. 22 April 1995) in place of Montana and St Pierre, respectively, and the new guitar partnership gelled superbly to produce a more song-based record. The band duly signed a major contract with Atlantic Records, producing two albums of high-quality power metal in...