Hard Rock - Great Britain
Stormzone is a hard rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band was formed in 2004 by ex Sweet Savage, Emerald and Den Of Thieves vocalist John “Harv” Harbinson when asked to support Danger Danger at the Empire Music Hall, Belfast.
Harv was fronting a Whitesnake tribute at the time and decided that it would be best to perform original material from his Den Of Thieves days as opposed to someone else’s work for the support act.
With the success of the Danger Danger gig, more support slots followed for bands such as Danny Vaughn and Jeff Scott Soto.
A band name was needed and this name came from two phrases “going down a storm” and “in the zone” – STORMZONE was born.
Money raised from the support slots meant that the band could finance an album under the Stormzone name to sell at gigs and online with no aspirations with regards to securing a record deal.
Stormzone spent a month at Homestead Studios recording an album which consisted of songs previously released by Harv’s old band Den Of Thieves which he had writing credits on.
The album was produced by Mudd Wallace who had previously worked with Van Morrison, Therapy?, Mamas Boys and Thin Lizzy.
Once recorded, produced and mixed, they made copies for friends and relatives who were in unison with one demand – for them to ‘get the album out to record companies’ as it needed heard further afield than those who would just buy it at future gigs.