PROGAOR05: SNOWMEN-Rock and Roll Communication - Studio Recordings 82-83  CD 


With their chilly white faces and hair, originally attacked the heavy rock scene from the icy heartlands of Pennsylvania. The core of the group, singer DALE LEE, guitarist KEVIN DEVER and the drummer only known as ANIMAL, formed a band in Erie, Pennsylvania called SPEEDQUEEN. With this band, they toured the East Coast and Canada. After a considerable number of performances, the band members decided they wanted to be more visual and theatrical so as to give full value to their audience. Hence, the SNOW MEN were born, with a full blown stage production including state of the arts special effects and the Snowmen's outlandish makeup and costuming.
The Snowmen came out for their first official gig on Christmas 1977 at the Roadhouse in Jamestown, New York. After making their presence felt on the East Coast, the Snowmen moved to sunny California. That's not to say that they've forsaken their original fans, in fact the Snowmen have toured and continue to tour extensively. They have played clubs and concert halls in New York, California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada. They are currently preparing to embark on a nationwide tour to promote not only themselves, but a good cause as well. The Snowmen are turning all the profits over to the YMCA in each local area they play.
The Snowmen have also been active in the recording studio. The Snowmen's self-titled debut LP on ICE RECORDS is being followed-up by the single "TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT YOURSELF" b/w "ONE DAY AT A TIME". Both tracks will also be featured on the group's follow up LP, as yet untitled.
Whether it's recording their stage shows or TV appearances, such as the NBC NEWS segment "SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK'N ROLL STAR" which featured them, the group always strives to entertain to the fullest and to bring maximum enjoyment to their audience.

(80s band biography)

File under: Hard Rock, Melodic Rock, 80's Rock. 

For fans of: Loverboy, April Wine, Night Ranger, Autograph. 



This privately pressed mini-album released in 1987 by North Carolina Melodic Metal/AOR band BLIND TAXI is now a cult rarity among melodic Metal and Hard Rock/AOR fans. 

Never before released on CD, PROGAOR proudly presents in for the first time on digital format. 

Produced by local studio legend Jamie Hoover, these 5 songs make up a gem of superbly crafted melodic Hard Rock that never got the recognition it deserved. With the advent of the internet, particularly youtube, BLIND TAXI are finally getting interest worldwide with a copy of the original record costing more than 100 usd and the uploads of the EP being hit daily from Rock & Metal aficionados around the world. 

File under: Melodic Metal, Melodic Hard Rock, AOR. 

For fans of: Night Ranger, Dokken, Urgent, Giuffria, Metalwolf, Shire. 

PROGAOR03: BRIAR-Reach Out - The 1988 lost album CD 

Jan. 2018

Unreleased 1988 album that was planned to be released by major label CBS (now Sony Music) sees finally its release after being archived for 30 years! 

This is BRIAR's finest hour, the band was at the top of their game with superb songwriting skills creating a collection of 9 songs that all melodic Rock fans should have in their collection. If you liked Crown of Thorns from 1987, you will love Reach Out! Released for the first time on CD, this will include a detailed band history, rare pictures of the era and the lyrics. Like if wasn't enough we also offer as bonus tracks the 1990 demo and 4 live tracks recorded in 1991 and 92.  


1. Gimme All You Got

2. Stop Me Foolin

3. Everybody Needs

4. Show Me The Way

5. Gettin Stronger

6. Reach Out

7. I Wanna Know

8. Stop Me Now

9. Party All Night

Bonus Tracks:

10. Love Comes Down (cleveland House Demo December 1990)

11. Someone For Everyone (cleveland House Demo December 1990)

12. Take On The World (Cleveland House Demo December 1990)

13. To The Moon (cleveland House Demo December 1990)

14. All She Wants (live at Cardiff Bogiez Sept 1992)

15. Show Me Now (live at Cardiff Bogiez Sept 1992)

16. One More Chance (Live at Coventry General Wolfe June 1991)

17. Some Day (live at Coventry General Wolfe June 1991)

All songs Written & Performed by Briar.

All Produced by Strida (George Bond).

Tracks 1 to 9 recorded 1988.

Briar 1988 line up:

Kevin Griffiths (Bass & Lead Vocals).

Dean Cook (Drums & BV's).

Daren Underwood (Guitar & BV's).

Dave Fletcher (Guitar & BV's).

Recording Information:

Tracks 1 & 2 Recorded at Soundcheck Studios by Strida & Mel.

Tracks 3 to 9 Recorded at SCR Studios by Strida & Den York.

Tracks 10 to 13 Recorded at Cleveland House by George Bond & Den York.

Tracks 14 to 17 Recorded Live by Various Sound Engineers.

Bonus tracks Information:

Vocals by Kevin Billington

except track 14 by Kevin Griffiths.

Guitars on bonus tracks by Daren Underwood & Dave Fletcher

except tracks 14 & 15 by Mark Carleton.

Keyboards on all bonus tracks by Jez Prosser.


Released for the very first time on CD, this American Hard Prog Rock rare LP finally sees the light of day! WHITE WING were the band pre-ASIA (U.S.), formed by the multi-talented Mike Coates. This reissue was carefully remastered by himself and will fill the gap in many 70s Prog and Hard Rock collections. Released originally in 1976, we can already see the band into the musical territory that ASIA explored specially on the first album.  

Features a 12-page booklet with archive photos, lyrics and band history. 

(BIO by Mike Coates):

Lead vocalist/bassist Mike English and I had long been members of a Rapid City art rock band called WhiteWing (1968-1976) and had recorded an eponymously titled album with a Minneapolis- based record company called ASI in 1975. ASI released a single entitled, "Hansa," off that album, which received spotty national and international airplay and made the BILLBOARD Top Singles Picks list. Album sales were weak, however, because distribution to the hundreds of small Midwestern towns we typically toured were very poor and difficult to coordinate with airplay. ASI also chose rather foolishly to promote us as "the next Moody Blues," when, in fact, we were much heavier, much to the surprise of many promoters, booking agents, and club owners. After considerable album promotion touring and countless radio interviews, ASI chose not to pick up the contract option for our second album (which was fully composed and in demo form) primarily because they were in the midst of a belt-tightening stage after the mid-Seventies recession. However, company president, Dan Holmes (left), who had produced our album, strongly encouraged me to release the WhiteWing rhythm section, hire guest vocalist Larry Galbraith (from another Rapid City band called FREE FLITE), and to stay in close contact with ASI for future recording projects. I took his advice and made those hard decisions, although leaving WhiteWing and my old friends was very painful and I questioned that move and my motives for many years to come. Those same ex-band members were reluctant to sell the WhiteWing name (which was a corporate holding), so Mike, Larry, manager Mike Chambers, and I set out to form a totally new band and image. After a series of auditions we landed Nebraska- based drummer John Haynes and the new line-up was complete. Larry coined the name ASIA, and, because we all loved the mystical, exotic and expansive implications, the name stuck. 

File under: Prog Rock, Hard Rock, Pomp Rock, AOR.

For fans of: Rush, Kansas, Styx, Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Yes. 

PROGAOR01: ASIA-Armed to the Teeth/Asia CD £12


Out of Rapid City in South Dakota, from the ashes of the defunct band Whitewing (one very rare album much desired in Prog collectors circles), came ASIA, which recorded two independently released albums in 1979 and 1980 respectivelly. The band gained some momentum for a while, opening for major acts like Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Molly Hatchet, etc. Unfortunatelly the demise of Asia came with the dellusion of legal battles for the name with the British Pop-AOR Asia. The band legacy these days relies mostly on their cult masterpiece "Armed to the Teeth", released in 1980. An album that predates the Epic Progressive Metal genre later pursued by bands like Warlord and Dark Quarterer, but also pleases any Pomp/AOR/Prog Rock fan. 

The only Asia CD release dates back from 1995 on the Wild Places label, but since the CD edition is very sought after now, we decided to team up with band leader Mike Coates and repackage again the two albums on one CD, but this time with an even bigger booklet of 32 pages, where the full band history is presented, as well as the projects pre and post Asia, rare pictures and the lyrics to both albums. 

Blood & Iron proudly presents the first release of our PROGAOR Series, and none better than the American Asia to celebrate it!

"Early 1970s-influenced progressive guitar and mellotron rock in a Deep Purple/Captain Beyond-school from a band formerly known as White Wing; no relation to the more famous Asia, naturally." (Acid Archives)

File under: Epic Heavy Rock, Pomp Rock, Progressive Hard Rock. 

For fans of Rush, Kansas, Uriah Heep, Captain Beyond, Legend (U.S.), Warlord.