February 6th 2018 see’s the release of two Cloven Hoof cd by Metal Nation Records , the label owned by ex Neat Records boss and original Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist , Jess Cox.
Both distributed by Plastic Head Distribution ( and Rock Inc – Netherlands )
The Definitive Part One ( MNR020 )
Active throughout the 1980’s the band folded in 1989 but reemerged in the mid ‘ Noughties ‘ . Aware none of their four albums were available bassist and founder , Lee Payne together with long time CH vocalist Russ North recruited drummer Joe Brown and guitarist Ben Read , re-entering the studio to record a new unreleased track together with unavailable classics from their back catalogue.
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 ( MNR021)
The second part of this series consists of rare and unreleased tracks recorded by CH 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 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 song featuring the talented vocalist Lee Small ( Lionheart and Ex Shy,Phenomena and Skyscraper frontman.) A full explanation of this period is included in the cd booklet by Lee Payne