SIREN - Metro-Mercenary 7" (1984) USA
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Tampa Florida based Progressive Heavy metal act founded in 1981 by vocalist Doug Lee.
The 1984 self financed "Metro-Mercenary"single found SIREN with a line up of Lee, guitarist Ron Phillips, bassist Ben Parrish and teenage drummer Ed Aborn.
Following the single release Parrish made way for bassist Edward Amyx and recording the January 1985 four track demo tape 'Iron Coffins'.
Songs include the title track, 'Over The Rainbow', 'Before The Storm' and 'Shadow Of A Future Past'.
This exposure prompted Pennsylvania based Sanaty Records to include the SIREN track 'Over The Rainbow' on their 'Start To Stardom' compilation album.
Following their 1986 debut album, "No Place Like Home", SIREN revamped their rhythm section adding Gregg Culbertson on bass and drummer Brian Law.
Lee completely rebuilt SIREN for their second outing, 1988's "Financial Suicide", drafting in guitarist Brian C. Hendrickson, bassist Les Talent and drummer David Smith.
This line up would prove unstable however, and the Siren name was put to rest in 1989.
Lee would later front strange German Art/Prog/Thrash Metallers Mekong Delta for four albums between 1990 and 1997.
Not to be confused with the other Florida band SIREN, who were based in Miami.