One band that many veteran metalheads feel should have hit the big time was New York’s THE RODS. 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 Ozz” tour), 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 made available on May 24 (postponed from the previously announced March 29). 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).
“Vengeance” track listing:
01. Raise Some Hell
02. I Just Wanna Rock
03. Rebels Highway
04. Ride Free Or Die
05. The Code (feat. Ronnie James Dio)
06. Livin’ Outside The Law
07. Let It Ripp
08. Fight Fire With Fire
10. Runnin Wild