February 6th will see the release of two Cloven Hoof rarities CDs via Metal Nation Records, the label owned by ex Neat Records boss and original Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist, Jess Cox. "The Definitive Part One" and "The Definitive Part Two" will be distributed by Plastic Head Distribution (and Rock Inc - Netherlands). "The Definitive Part One": Active throughout the 1980's the band folded in 1989 but reemerged in the mid 'Noughties.' Aware none of the four albums were available, bassist and founder Lee Payne, together with long time vocalist Russ North recruited drummer Joe Brown and guitarist Ben Read and re-entered the studio to record a new unreleased track together with unavailable classics from the back catalog. Only previously available from band gigs ten years ago, the CD has been repackaged and given a professional release with distribution for the first time. The booklet has been extensively overhauled with new sleeve notes by the band and personal photos added plus full lyrics. "The Definitive Part Two": The second part of this series consists of rare and unreleased tracks recorded by Cloven Hoof in recent years and highlights four great vocalists associated with them during that time. The first five tracks are the 2010 band self financed EP "The Throne Of Damnation" - a short run private pressing featuring vocalist Matt Moreton, who had appeared on two previous Cloven Hoof albums. This EP was never made available commercially again, only sold via the band.
The other six tracks are unreleased gems featuring one song each from the vocal talents of Ash Cooper and recent frontman Joe Whelan, who now tours as a featured vocalist in Jeff Wayne's Arena musical of "War Of The Worlds."
The final four songs feature talented vocalist Lee Small (Lionheart, ex-Shy, Phenomena and Skyscraper). A full explanation of this period is included in the D booklet by Lee Payne.
Check out the covers and track listings in the images below: