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Brian Danter former front-man of 70’s/80’s local rock sensation Teaze, has re-emerged with “Traitors' Gate”, a new album written in conjunction with Jael, Brian’s long-time friend and collaborator. Teaze released five albums between 1976 and 1981 and was voted Canada’s hardest rock band in 1976. Their album “On the Loose” went gold in Japan in consequence of their hit single “Sweet Misery” and the band toured Canada and Japan before dissolving after Danter left the band in 1980.

Traitors' Gate picks up where Teaze left off, featuring a classic rock sound with modern trimmings. The album is thematically dark, featuring tracks such as “Strange Fascination With Evil”, “Black-hearted Lady” and “Bathing in Blood”, but offers light at the end of tunnel – following a pattern that mirrors Danter’s own experience in his early years as a rocker. A lot of attention is paid to symbolism and art. In keeping with the dark theme, the album runs 66 min, 6 sec. and is accompanied by a full spread of accompanying images. Other creative spin-off projects are also in the works, as well as a Canadian tour in 2011.

Since leaving Teaze, Danter has produced an album for the band Legion in 1985, recorded two albums with Wind-Soar, and written over a hundred songs with Jael. Traitors' Gate represents just one of the approaches explored by Danter & Jael with more projects planned to follow. Though the door remains open, Danter recently declined an opportunity to reunite with the original band members of Teaze for an oldies reunion tour in favour of completing Traitors' Gate. Danter & Jael intend to release the album internationally and are currently engaged in talks with an Australian label. Concert promoters are being sought in 14 Canadian cities. - JLT Records


Discography

This is the North American Discography

1976 Teaze (Self Titled)
1978 Teaze - Tour of Japan
1979 Teaze - On the Loose
1980 Teaze - One Night Stand
1980 Walter Rossi - Diamonds for the Kid
1981 Teaze - Body Shots
1983 Preflyte - Raw
1984 Jael - The London Sessions
1986 Legion - Evening Dance (Producer and BG vocals)
1991 Teaze - Best of Teaze
1999 Wind Soar - Live Praise and Worship
1999 2Fish - Little Boys Lunch
2000 Wind Soar - Moving On
2007 Jael - Political By Necessity
2010 Danter - Traitor's Gate

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Retro-Rock powerhouse "Danter" is brand new to the Canadian stage, but it's mentor, creator and frontman has enough history to make a classic rock enthusiast's ears tingle. Brian Danter has played on the same stages with Kiss, April Wine, Loverboy and a host of others, while leading the band Teaze. The current Danter band is a floating roster of musicians available to the project, which may at any given moment contain up to five second generation Danters.

Teaze was once labeled Canada's hardest rock band and Danter carries on in the same tradition using instrumentation sparingly but effectively. Strong melodic vocals are superimposed on dominant guitar oriented rock music. Lyrically and conceptually, though, the new band is breaking old paradigms. Teaze was a bit of a schizophrenic mix of songs. Some were an enthusiastic endorsement of the worst of rock culture, and others were thoughtful challenges to that culture. Wisdom seems to triumph in the new Danter band, while still acknowledging that the worst exists. The new approach is a return to the concept album, with brand new artistic spin-offs to make it attractive as a whole package.

There is more cohesion in the new approach, and Danter believes they have found enough creative alternatives to do for album sales in the digital world what album cover art once did to convert a world of 45 rpm singles. The first installment of this project has just had a soft release to radio of the first single while the first promotional campaign is still really being assembled. One does not break new ground without some surprises and delays. The project, which begins with an album, is called Traitors' Gate. It is now available on the label website, iTunes, and through indie distribution in Canadian retail outlets, usually by special order. The video for the first single, "Strange Fascination," is gaining traction on YouTube as well.

Whether you're already a fan of Brian Danter, or are just discovering the group now, you'll soon relate to what one North Carolina fan said, "That voice has been missing from the public for far too long!"