EPs [Heavy / Power] » Mark Edwards (US) - Code Of Honor [EP] (1985)
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    Artist: Mark Edwards
    Release: Code Of Honor (12" EP)(1985)
    Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal/Instrumental/some Progressive & Fusion elements
    Country: USA
    Bitrate: 320 kbps
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    MARK EDWARDS - Code Of Honor 12" EP (1985) USA
    Metal Blade Records ‎MBR 1049

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    Drums – Mark Edwards (STEELER, 3rd STAGE ALERT, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, EXORCIST, RIOT, KUNI, LYON, LION)
    Keyboards – Claude Schnell (MAGIC, HUGHES/THRALL, ROUGH CUTT, DIO, HEAR 'n' AID, IMPELLITTERI, GARY HOEY, NEIL TURBIN, LAST IN LINE)
    Guitar (Tracks 1-3) – Bill Lisegang (DAVID BOWIE, THE SHOTS, XERO, NINA HAGEN, LIESEGANG, ATOM GOD, LIESEGANG/WHITE, JOHN WETTON, HARLAN CAGE, 101 SOUTH, ZEN GANGSTERS)
    Bass (Tracks 1-3) – Tim Bogert (THE PIGEONS, VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, BECK BOGERT & APPICE, BOXER, PIPEDREAM, BEN SCHULTZ BAND, LESLIE WEST, DERRINGER BOGERT & APPICE, SCHENKER PATTISON SUMMIT, VBA)
    Electronic Drums (Tracks 2 & 4) - Gregg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH, JOE SATRIANI, KEITH EMERSON BAND, LANNY CORDOLA, JUGHEAD, RICHIE KOTZEN, GLOBUS, TAB BENOIT, THE MUSTARD SEEDS, MARTY FRIEDMAN, DAVID BENOIT TRIO, ANDY SUMMERS, RAISING LAZARUS, GARY HOEY, THE GRANT GEISSMAN QUINTET, ROBBY KRIEGER, ROCKET SCIENTISTS)
    Guitar (Track 4 only) - Kal Swan (TYTAN, KUNI, LION, BAD MOON RISING, BMR)
    Bass (Track 4 only) - Eric Scott

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    'Code Of Honor' is the lone release by Los Angeles based drummer MARK EDWARDS, a four song 12" EP released by Metal Blade Records in September of 1985.
    Edwards had first come to prominence playing alongside YNGWIE MALMSTEEN & RON KEEL in STEELER, appearing on their well regarded self-titled 1983 album.
    After Steeler split Edwards moved on to 3rd STAGE ALERT, who made a self-titled Mini LP for Metal Blade in 1984 featuring guest appearances from Malmsteen & HELLION's Ann Boleyn.
    Somehow or other Edwards then assembled a sterling cast of players to record the four instrumental tracks which made up the 'Code Of Honor' EP.
    English guitarist Bill Liesegang, (ex-DAVID BOWIE, XERO & NINA HAGEN), veteran VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, BECK BOGERT & APPICE bassist Tim Bogert & DIO's keyboard player Claude Schnell all played alongside Edwards on the first three tracks.
    On the 4th song, a remake of COZY POWELL's 'Dance With The Devil', only Schnell remains from the supporting cast, with he & Edwards joined instead by the Scottish ex-TYTAN/future LION vocalist Kal Swann (on guitar), bassist Eric Scott & future DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Gregg Bissonette on the electronic traps.
    The result was four perfectly executed slabs of instrumental Heavy Metal (with a tinge of progressive/fusion), with upfront drums, but also plenty of space for the other players to showcase their considerable talents too.
    The record was released by Metal Blade/Enigma in the U.S. & the following year it emerged in Japan on the Far East Metal Syndicate label.
    After this release Edwards found himself very busy indeed, he joined RIOT during their 'wilderness years', playing with them between the 'Born In America' album & the release of 'Thundersteel'.
    By the time the band had signed a deal for the release of 'Thundersteel' Edwards had left the band, but appears on four of the albums tracks.
    That same year he also played on KUNI's 'Masque' album & the 'No Turning Back' LP by JACK STARR's BURNING STARR.
    In addition to those, as 'Geoff Fontaine', he also played the drums on EXORCIST's 'Nightmare Theatre' LP, an album project undertaken by members of VIRGIN STEELE, with all concerned plying their trade behind pseudonyms for legal reasons.
    He also somehow found the time to form the band LION, (originally as 'LYON'), with the aforementioned Kal Swan, future DIO & WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich & future FREAK OF NATURE bassist Jerry Best, releasing the 'Power Love' Mini LP in 1986.
    The group also had their song 'Love Is A Lie", featured in the film, "Friday The 13th : The Final Chapter".
    In a further movie tie-in Lion then recorded the theme song to the 1986 animated film "The Transformers : The Movie".
    1987 saw Lion record their full length debut, 'Dangerous Attraction', which, although it sold in respectible numbers at home, was particularly successful for them in Japan.
    In 1989 Lion released what would prove to be their final album, ' Trouble In Angel City'.
    That September, following the album's touring cycle, Edwards suffered a broken neck & spinal injuries whilst competing in a motocross race, in an accident which resulted in him going over a cliff.
    Though his injuries unfortunately ended Edwards' drumming career, he was incredibly fortunate to survive the fall at all.
    Deciding that Lion should not continue without Edwards, the band called it a day in October of 1989, with Swan and Aldrich going on to form BAD MOON RISING.
    Nowadays Mark Edwards works at a major PR firm in Texas, and is no longer involved in music.

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    01. Kamikaze
    02. Code Of Honor
    03. Snakebite
    04. Dance With The Devil
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