Vixen … Hawaii’s First & Marty Friedman’s Second Metal Band (Heavy Metal) [Music/History]

Year: 1983
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Azra Records

Made In Hawaii” EP or Mini LP from 1983 by Marty Friedman – Guitar, Kim La Chance – Vocals, Jeff Graves – Drums and Kimo – Bass

Vixen was formed in 1981, and changed their name to Hawaii in 1982. Among the members where guitarist Marty Friedman who later became a big name together with Jason Becker in Cacophony and later Megadeth.

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This is the story of one of the biggest names in heavy metal. This lady was quite well known, especially in the underground scene. Names like ALOHA, VIXEN, HAWAII, MALISHA may sound familiar to some of you readers. This is the story of KIM LA CHANCE. It starts in September ’81, when Kim joins Hawaï’s first heavy metal band VIXEN (not the Janet Gardner outfit) together with Jeff Graves-drums, Paul Escorpeso-bass (ex-MANICA) and Marty Friedman on guitar (who came from the Washington based band DEUCE). Friedman’s name will also return in bands like ALOHA, HAWAII, CACOPHONY and today MEGADETH. They record a 5-track demo tape after two months containing “Angels From The Dust”, “Secret Of The Stars”, “Lady Savage”, “Living In Sin” and THE ANIMAL’s cover “House Of The Rising Sun”. April ’82 brings a second demo, again with “Angels From The Dust” and “Escape The Night”. In that same year, Mike Varney (boss of Shrapnel Records) selects “Angels From The Dust” for his compilation album “US Metal II”. He choose the version from the second demo, because it’s much faster and better. And VIXEN records another demo containing “Angels From The Dust”, “Living In Sin”, “Beg For Mercy” and “Escape The Night”. This also leads to the departure of Paul Escorpeso, who soon was replaced by a guy named Kimo. In ’82 the band recorded the 5-track mino album “Made In Hawaii”, which was released by Azra Records in ’83. It’s a shame that this masterpiece only came out one year after its recording. On the one-sided EP, we find the songs “The Young And The Reckless”, “Living In Sin”, “Escape The Night”, “Rocking Me Hard” and “Beg For Mercy” (with a short interlude of “Aloha EH” at the end). The first and the last song are instrumentals. Kim’s vocals are high and therefore very recognizable. Sometimes, she even sounds like an opera singer.

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