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Thursday, December 04, 2003

Dean's December article in progress

Si Marco Kenneth Herrera e vocalist ng Mere Mercy--sayang at di sila nakapaglabas ng album. May tinutugtog silang original sa live performances nila--"Which Side?"--pero as far as I know e the band was unable to record it nor release a demo of it. Am I right, Marco?

You're right--Binky Lampano was the vocalist. Formed in 1985, Dean's December was able to release independently one full-length album, 'Chemical Wedding,' in the following year, 1986, which contained the WXB staple "It Doesn't Snow in Manila." The band was also included in the compilation album '10 of Another Kind' (1989), with the songs "Healing" and "I Read the News." The group disbanded after the commercial failure of the compilation album. Lampano went on to record the solo album 'I Heard the News' in 1991; and then he met new musicians and they formed in 1992 the Blues-styled NIC (Newly Industrialized Combo) but they were unable to release any material as Lampano went to the United States. 

When Lampano returned to the Philippines in 1996, he and his former NIC bandmates formed Lampano Alley. It took them six years to release a full-length album, 'Songs from the Alley' (2002).

There--another article in the making.

ADVENT CALL article in progress

Advent Call was able to release albums but only beginning in the 1990s. Also, Reujen Lista (original) was no longer the vocalist at the time. Karl Roy replaced him. Advent Call was Roy's first band.

With Karl Roy as the next vocalist, Advent Call was able to release around 1993 only a single (intended for the FM radio station DWLA 105), "Puting Ilaw."

By the time Advent Call released its d├ębut album, 'Alterednatives' (1996), Roy was no longer the vocalist; and the version of "Puting Ilaw" included in that album was a re-recorded one, featuring the new vocalist, Basha Aguilar.

In 1999, Advent Call released its second album, 'Planetang May Flying Soser,' still with the same vocalist (Aguilar) and still led by longtime keyboardist Henry Vittali (a cousin of mine). All the members of Advent Call after the first album were no longer original.

The third and final album of Advent Call, 'Local Recall,' was released in 2004. It was comprised mostly by covers including songs by Urban Bandits ("Nagpapapansin"), Private Stock ("Future Generation"), Sake ("Prisoners of Darkness"), Dean's December ("The Healing"), and Silos ("Things Within"). This selection of songs was most likely the idea of their manager Nitto Palacios, who is a veteran in the Philippine Alternative Rock music scene since the 1980s.

On the other hand, original Advent Call vocalist, Reujen Lista, became active again in the music scene in 2007, when he replaced Arnel Pineda as the vocalist of The Zoo. This was the year Pineda became the lead vocalist of Journey. Lista stayed with The Zoo only until 2008.