RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, will release its sophomore album, “Patina”, on November 9 via Frontiers Music Srl.
The follow-up to RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s eponymous 2014 debut, “Patina” marks the group’s first release with drummer Phil Varone (SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW) and bassist Anthony Esposito. The band’s current lineup is rounded out by singer Darren James Smith.
RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s new album was recorded at Esposito‘s Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and was reportedly mixed by legendary producer Max Norman, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE, and LOUDNESS, among others.
The track listing for the disc is as follows:
03. Crooked Man
04. The Luxury Of Breathing
06. Chasing Ghosts
07. A Painted Heart
08. Punchclown (bonus track)
09. My Beautiful Mess
10. Ink & Water
The official music video for “Havana” can be seen below.
“I chose ‘Havana’ as the first song to be released from the new album for a few reasons,” Lee told Guitar World. “First off, it begins with a lone guitar playing the riff, promoting the idea that this is a guitar-heavy record. The song’s production is about as straightforward and basic as it gets on this album and I wanted it to be apparent that, overall, it’s more of an old-school approach, as opposed to its predecessor [RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s self-titled, 2014 debut album.] And, it’s just a cool riff I couldn’t wait to share with anyone interested in what I’m doing!”
Lee also told Guitar World about RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s newest members, saying: “Anthony Esposito is on bass. I first met him when he was a part of the original LYNCH MOB. He brings with him not just the solid, groove-oriented style he’s known for, but a very lyrical and inventive, not unlike John Paul Jones, presence to the tracks. Phil Varone is the drummer. He was originally in SAIGON KICK (one of the best band names ever) and, like Ant, is a very solid and groove oriented player, who is not afraid to turn things upside down to give the song a more unique flavor.”
Back in September 2015, RED DRAGON CARTEL was rejoined by Darren James Smith after a period of several months during which the band played shows with a number of other vocalists, including former JONES STREET frontman Shawn Crosby, Canadian singer Paul D’Eath(CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL), Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG) and Michael Beck.
Issued in January 2014, RED DRAGON CARTEL‘s debut CD sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart.