Thursday, April 27, 2006

Hawk-s/t, 1986

As I wrote in yesterday's Hit Parader topic, this was the band featuring Doug Marks of the Metal Method instructional videos fame. Doug Mark's had a band called Hawk from 82-85 and it also featured drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Fight and Racer X) and bass player Lonnie Vincent (Bulletboys, King Kobra). However this version of the band never got signed and they broke up. About a year later it was suggested to Doug that he record an album to show his ability and sell it on the same ads he used to sell his videos. He hired vocalist David Fefolt (who later worked with Alex Masi) and drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, G-n-R, the Cult) to play with him. Doug handeled both guitar and bass duties. This used to be sold on cassette and album only from the Metal Method ads. I believe it went out of print and just a few years ago Metal Mayhem records picked up the rights to release it on cd and that is the version that I own. Metal Mayhem always descriptions on their ebay write-ups where they name bands that their artists sound like. Their description of this album listed it as being like Dio and Dokken. David Fefolt sounds a little like Ronnie James Dio and the music is a little like Dokken at times, but it's still overall different. The music is competent, but a bit too safe and really lacks emotion and spirit for the most part. It has it's moments for sure, but ultimately it's really just a novelty because of the fact that Doug Marks appeared in ads in Hit Parader for years. If you pick it up cheap then it may be worth it, but otherwise it's just a semi-interesting story and an okay album. I have to wonder what the original Hawk sounded like because I believe these songs were written just for this album and were never performed by the first version of Hawk.


Blogger Vicious Steve said...

Metal Mayhem stills has this available & a check of Ebay shows a sealed mint original cassette is up for grabs.

I'll have to check it out.

6:13 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

If it sounds like Dio and Dokken then it can't be all bad.

6:34 AM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

Dio was a great band...I don't remember Hawk at all.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

V and D- It is always avaliible from Metal Method as an ebay seller and from their site. I can vouch for them as being a great ebay seller.

Fuzz-It sort sounds like these bands, but not near as good as either one.

Phoenix-I doubt very few people knew of them. My Hit Parader post from yesterday tells some about their background and their leader Doug Marks.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Vicious Steve said...

Metal Mark - I've bought from Metal Mayhem both on Ebay & the webstore. They have some good releases, I keep meaning to buy the 2 Trixie CDs.

2:38 PM  

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