More of a studio project than a band, ARC ANGEL main man Jeff Cannata assembled a host of session playing buddies to create an extraordinary example of Pomp Rock that probably had more of an interest from European based import buyers than in the American market. The band was initially conceived alongside a project being put together by one David Wolff based around a Marvel Comics concept tentatively christened HUMAN FLY. Wolff had contacted Cannata to play drums.


Growing up in Connecticut, Cannata had started bashing the skins in his early teens, finding himself in a band called JASPER WRATH in 1976, by which time Jeff had taken up the guitar and would soon move on to keyboards, teaching himself to become a seriously accomplished, all-round musician.


With the HUMAN FLY project failing to get off the ground, Wolff helped Cannata kick start ARC ANGEL by playing Jeff's demo tapes to Portrait Records' Lennie Petze who agreed that ARC ANGEL should be signed to the label. The resulting album was mixed and then remixed by Tony Bongiovi, much to Cannata's chagrin. Session bass on the album came from future BON JOVI man Hugh McDonald.

 James Christian (House of Lords) sung on backing vocals on almost all tracks.

CANNATA would not resurface until 1988 with his second album, although the ARC ANGEL tag had been dropped in favour of Jeff Cannata's own surname.

Guitarist Jay Johnson formed part of the 1989 supergroup DEADRINGER for their 'Electrocution Of The Heart' album. Johnson worked in collusion with ex-TED NUGENT, VICTORY and HUMBLE PIE singer Charlie Huhn, former BLUE ÖYSTER CULT man Joe Bouchard and the erstwhile ALICE COOPER and BILLION DOLLAR BABIES rhythm section of bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith.

A third ARC ANGEL album was issued in 1993. Cannata gained engineering credits on SECRET SMILE's 'The Road Less Travelled' album in 2003. -



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