was an American speed
band, active in the 1980s and considered to be a pioneer of the genre. It was formed by Matt Vinci, Anthony Truglio and Frank Cortese.
Reaching cult status in the Metal world with their three releases, the band featured Joe Comeau
, who would later go on to play with thrash metal
. Guitarist Anthony Truglio went on to play in the band Gandhi with Page Hamilton from Helmet
, and also played in the new version of Helmet
. Guitarist Paul Nelson received a Grammy
nomination as guitarist and song writer with Johnny Winter
on Virgin/EMI, and he reached Billboard
chart's top 200 with the band Halifax. Nelson did guitar work for WWE
(then WWF) on nationally broadcast television specials.
- 'Master Control' was recorded from 3/22 to 4/11/1988. The album was produced by Terry Date and Liege Lord.
Liege Lord was originally a Judas Priest
cover band named Deceiver (after the JP song of the same name). Judas Priest's influence can be heard in the early vocals and guitar riffs of the Freedom's Rise album.
Liege Lord first signed on with the French record label Black Dragon after Christian Logue of Savage Grace
recommended the company to the band. Freedom's Rise was released in 1985 on Black Dragon in Europe, and on Ironworks in America.