Todd Michael Hall had been absent from the metal music scene for almost eight years when in 2004 he learned that guitarist, Jack Starr, was searching for a new vocalist for his new CD set to be released on Magic Circle Music, a record label owned by Joey DeMaio, the bass player and main creative force behind Manowar. Jack Starr was a founding member of Virgin Steele, playing on their first two CD's, as well as releasing many solo CD's under his name and the Burning Starr name.
Todd had purchased Jack Starr's Out of the Darkness solo album way back in 1984, so he was aware of Jack's work. In addition, Todd had been a fan of Manowar since 1984, so he figured if anyone could appreciate his vocal style, it would be Jack Starr and Joey DeMaio.
Todd sent in a CD with a few of the songs he had recorded over the years. A few weeks later, he was contacted by Magic Circle Music for an interview. After the interview and a quick trip to meet Joey DeMaio at the Magic Circle Music headquarters in Auburn, New York, Todd was officially selected to be the next lead vocalist for Jack Starr's Burning Starr.
Burning Starr members, Jack, Todd, and Ned Meloni (bass), along with drummer Kenny "Rhino" Earl have since released two full-length albums. Defiance was released by Magic Circle Music in June of 2009 and Land of the Dead was released by Limb Music in November of 2011. Todd has recorded vocals for a third album, Stand Your Ground, which is slated to be released in 2017.
For more information, please visit the band's Facebook page facebook.com/jackstarrsburningstarr/.
|Above, Land of the Dead CD Cover
Photo right, Ned Meloni, Jack Starr, Kenny "Rhino" Earl, Todd Michael Hall
Magic Circle Festival II
Bad Arolsen, Germany
"Land Of The Dead"
Taken from the "Land Of The Dead" CD (c) 2011 Limb Music
Produced by Bart Gabriel & JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR.
Edited by Marta Gabriel.
"Sands Of Time"
Keep It True Festival
April 20, 2013
Directed by Oliver Barth, Produced by Bart Gabriel
From the "Land Of The Dead" album
(CD 2011 Limb Music / LP 2013 Blood And Iron Records)