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"Kevin Delaney releases "The Awakening" on Manic Records"

“Kevin Delaney showcases his musical chops like Shaggy snags a Scooby Snack,” says Sean Coulter of the East Coast Rocker. Translated, that means Delaney’s six-string prowess is displayed effortlessly and often. Kevin Delaney is the guitar prodigy whose work with Out’ve The Box, Sugar Love Honey, Kreep and Grayson Manor earned such accolades.

With the release of The Awakening, Delaney unleashes a collection of well-crafted, melodic instrumentals that bear the torch of such legendary guitar players/songsmiths as Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen. The Album Network’s Virtually Alternative magazine once professed that Delaney’s music could “straddle the fence comfortably between the ‘Alternative’ and ‘Active’ rock worlds...” On The Awakening he does something similar, creating a delicate balance between showmanship and song craftsmanship.

Handling all of the instrumentation as well as engineering and production duties, Delaney had this to say about the new release: “It’s my first instrumental record and I’m very excited about it, it’s a very song driven record with the lead guitars playing a more melodically defined role, some shredding definitely takes place, however it isn’t one long guitar solo from beginning to end in the traditional sense”.

Delaney started production on “The Awakening” in 2007 in his downtown Los Angeles recording studio and finished mixing and mastering in New York City this past fall. The first single from the “The Awakening” titled “Awaken” is available as a free download on the Manic Records website ( and Kevin Delaney’s official website (

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Manic Entertainment
Phone: 212-340-1184, 323-957-4610
- Manic Records


"The Awakening" - (April 21, 2009) - Manic Records



Guitarist KEVIN DELANEY comes from Long Island, NY, the musical hotbed that spawned such virtuosic guitarists as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Al Pitrelli and John Petrucci. He started playing guitar at the age of seven after hearing Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen and in 1981 he was turned on to legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads for the first time. “He immediately became my biggest influence,” says Delaney.

In 1984 at the age of twelve, Kevin formed his first band Hit-N-Run and played his first live show a year later at the now-legendary Sundance on Long Island. Delaney seemed destined for great things at an early age and in 1988 he started production on his first professional recording, working with producers Mike Ricciardella (Alice Cooper, Barnaby Bye, Aviator) and Saul Zonanna (Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Crash Test Dummies) on Hit-N-Run’s debut. In 1989 they released Hit N Run on Rising Star Records and cultivated an underground following on the east coast. After Hit-N-Run, Kevin played in other regional acts, including 1992’s Top Heavy who garnered national press and radio airplay with their single “Rock You.”

In 1994 Kevin tapped into what would become the hallmark of his career: DIY. It is an irrefutable fact that Kevin Delaney became a DIY artist way before it was fashionable. First he wrote, produced, and played all of the instruments on his first solo project, Out’ve The Box, where he was also the lead vocalist, then he formed Manic Records and Manic Entertainment. In 1995 Out’ve the Box released Broken Water on Manic Records.

Kevin’s abilities as a writer and producer were front and center on Broken Water, but his guitar playing continued to raise the eyebrows of his peers and in 1996 he was asked to join Narcotic Gypsy, a Long Island-based band that would eventually be handpicked by Sharon Osbourne to open for Ozzy on the 1996 Ozzfest tour. Kevin and vocalist Brent Petterson would go on to co-write the single “Madly Laughing,” which garnered national press and airplay.

In 1997 he and Narcotic Gypsy frontman Brent Pettersson formed Sugar Love Honey (SLH) and moved to Los Angeles where they wrote the band’s debut CD, Explode Like Sun. SLH released the single “Honeydrip” on Manic Records in 1999 and garnered a spot on Virtual Alternative’s Album Network compilation CD, setting off a huge buzz within the Hollywood record industry. Virtually Alternative said: "Sugar Love Honey is a band that can straddle the fence comfortably between the "Alternative" and "Active" Rock worlds, and that means a resounding "cha ching" for record labels!"

Though Kevin’s prowess as both a guitarist and writer did not go unnoticed in Los Angeles - he soon found work with Chromazone, which was co produced by Critter (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses), and Grayson Manor (two of Kevin’s songs are on the Grayson Manor release Back On The Rock) – it wasn’t long before he was back in DIY-mode, writing, producing and playing guitar on Kreep’s debut Spooky Chick, as well as their follow-up, Carpetride. Kevin issued both releases on Manic Records and joined the band on guitar for an extensive US tour with Skid Row. Following this nationwide trek, Kevin played guitar on Grayson Manor’s Children of the Manor, which was produced by Grammy award winner Robert Carranza (Beck, Jack Johnson, Luscious Jackson) and released on Bad Reputation (UK) and Cassette Recordings LLC (US) and was followed by another multi-city US tour.

In 2006 Kevin created what would become the world-renowned Heavy Metal Guitar workshop series “Shred Like A Metal God” in Los Angeles, CA. In 2007 Kevin brought the “Shred Like A Metal God” workshop on tour to 55 US Cities and started production on a DVD series for “Shred Like A Metal God” Guitar Instruction. Kevin also contributed to the Manic Noize, Manic Beatz and Manic Muzic compilations for TV, Film, Video Gaming and Advertising as a songwriter, producer and mastering engineer.

Kevin recently finished recording his debut instrumental record The Awakening in New York City. Like Out’ve the Box, he played all of the instruments himself (in addition to handling all mixing and mastering duties). It is, however, his foray into the “instrumental” realm, but make no mistake, though he “showcases his musical chops like Shaggy snags a Scooby Snack,” according to Sean Coulter of the East Coast Rocker, The Awakening is also a testament to his abilities as a writer and composer. This is not some mindless shred-fest, but rather a collection of well-crafted songs that pay homage to the progenitors of American guitar rock: Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen. Think Blizzard of Ozz sans vocals. The Awakening will be released on Manic Records April 21, 2009 with a US tour to follow.