Los Angeles, CA-based Heavy Metal band LIGHTNING STRIKES have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Legend Records, a division of Pure Steel Records, for the release of their forthcoming eponymous debut album.
“All can say is that we are excited to be part of the Pure Legend Records roster worldwide”, states LIGHTNING STRIKES founder/drummer, Karpis Maksudian. “I think Pure Legend know the market very well and the people at the label will work hard to get “Lighting Strikes” the attention it deserves and needs. We can’t wait to get this album out to all the metal heads who appreciate classic Heavy Metal.”
Originally formed in 1985, LIGHTNING STRIKES were briefly part of the bustling L.A. scene, releasing a now highly collectable 7” single in 1986, before the band went their separate ways in late 1987 despite drummer Karpis Maksudian’s attempts to carry on with a new line-up. Fast forward to 2011 when Maksudian began to assemble a new version of LIGHTNING STRIKES, featuring bassist Cat Tate (SNEW, RED AGAIN) who was part of the original band, guitarist Rob Math (LEATHERWOLF, PLAYER), and vocalist Nando Fernandes (HANGAR). Adding to the band’s fire power, Maksudian brought in a trio of guest players, keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, KISS), as well as Tony Martin (BLACK SABBATH) and Japanese visual kei star Noah (AVANCHICK) on lead vocals.
“Lightning Strikes” was mixed by Roy Z (JUDAS PRIEST, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN) and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ANVIL).
LIGHTNING STRIKES lineup:
Nando Fernandes (HANGAR) - Vocals
Rob Math (LEATHERWOLF, PLAYER) - Guitar
Cat Tate (SNEW, RED AGAIN) - Bass
Karpis Maksudian - Drums