Metal Blade have bolstered their hard rock roster with the signing of LA crew DC4 – boasting former Armored Saint frontman Jeff Duncan and ex-Dio guitar hero Rowan Robertson.

The band will release their third album, Electric Ministry, this summer and plan to tour on the back of the record later this year.

The Duncan-Robertson alliance should be one of the biggest draws on the live circuit and the latter explained: “Jeff and I met when a local promoter named Happenin’ Harry asked us both to be in his backing band for a few shows in the LA area and in Chicago. 

“When we got back to LA he just flat out asked if I wanted to join DC4 and we got along so well and played so great together that I just had to do it.”

Duncan added: “I wasn’t into the whole idea of auditioning guitarists – I thought wee would know the right one when he came long and that’s exactly what happened. He was looking for the sort of situation we had to offer and as it turned out we were looking for him!”

Having spent time in such bands as the legendary Dio, metal heroes Armored Saint, the short lived Violet’s Demise and Odin, a band who had reached cult status by the end of the 1980’s without ever leaving Hollywood, DC4 is much more than just your average hard rock act.

And on their new deal Robertson said: “It’s an honor to be on Metal Blade records! I feel that we made a very honest and powerful record and to have it released by a label that shares our love for hard music is a blessing!”

His views were echoed by Duncan who added: ”I am thrilled and honored beyond belief! I have been in the Metal Blade family as a member of Armored Saint for most of my career so to have DC4 welcomed into the fold is about as good as it gets!”