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UNITED KINGDOM, South Glamorgan, Cardiff

Date Formed 1979

Categories: Hard Rock, NWoBHM


A Cardiff based Heavy Metal band with a reputation for delivering melodic quality songs. PERSIAN RISK was formed in 1979 by ex-ROCKTOPUS guitarist Phil Campbell, a musician who had previously plied his trade from the age of 13 as a drummer backing strippers! PERSIAN RISK's first line-up comprised of Campbell, guitarist Dave Bell, vocalist Jon Deverill, bassist Nick Hughes and drummer Razz.

Deverill left to join the higher profiled TYGERS OF PAN TANG in 1981, necessitating the recruitment of former LEADING STAR vocalist Carl Sentance. SPHINX guitarist Graham Bath was added in late 1983 at the same juncture as Razz was replaced. The band allegedly sacked the drummer because he asked for an extra £3 petrol money. Razz was superseded by erstwhile LONE STAR, WILD HORSES drummer Dixie Lee and the band contributed a track to the 'Heavy Metal Heroes Volume 2' compilation album.

Campbell left to enter the big league by joining MOTÖRHEAD in 1984 and this move gained PERSIAN RISK the valuable British support slot to MOTÖRHEAD later the same year. The group added ex-SHY and CHINATOWN drummer Steve Hopgood and ex-MAX HAVOC band, TYRANT and WRATHCHILD guitarist Phil Vokins in late 1984 although by 1986 Hughes had fled for pastures new in IDOL RICH and Bath had left the fold too. Sentance also departed and would lend guest lead vocals to the debut TREDEGAR album in 1986. Sentance would also front TOKYO BLADE for their 1986 European tour. He was briefly replaced by ex-SATAN snd BLIND FURY vocalist Lou Taylor, but this effectively tolled the death knell for the band. By the time the 'Rise Up' album was released PERSIAN RISK had split up. Taylor created TOUR DE FORCE.

Whilst Phil Campbell travelled the world in MOTÖRHEAD Steve Hopgood was to journey through many acts. The drummer formed a union with former McCOY vocalist Nikki Brooks, ex DUCHESS guitarist Dave Kilminster and ex-AIRRACE and TRAITOR bassist John Alexander in a new act titled WILD in early 1987. The drummer later turned up in BATTLEZONE, JAGGED EDGE and KILLERS.

Carl Sentance journeyed to America to join a band put together by BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler suitably billed the GEEZER BUTLER BAND before touring as a temporary vocalist in TOKYO BLADE. Sentance was to later join MONROE, based in Germany, prior to a return to Wales and a stint with TOKIO ROSE. Travelling to America next, the singer formed GHOST with the LONE STAR, UFO and WAYSTED credited guitarist PAUL CHAPMAN. The singer actually reformed PERSIAN RISK in Florida with American guitarist Mark Lanoue and drumming compatriot Fred Wendal where the band gigged until their demise in 1993. Sentance then fronted Atlanta act PSYCHO CIRCUS until 1995.

During 1996-7 Sentence was working on a solo album as well as assembling a band project with ex WRAITH and PHANTOM BLUE bassist Kim Nielsen. This project was put on hold in late 1998 as the singer was offered the frontman position with Swiss rock institution KROKUS, he duly appeared on their 'Round 13' album. Leaving KROKUS after just one album, Carl Sentence re-emerged in 2004 fronting WHOLE LOTTA METAL, alongside co-vocalist TONY MARTIN of BLACK SABBATH repute, a seasoned cast of British Metal session musicians assembled for a touring cast of cover versions.

Sentance returned in 2006 fronting the POWER PROJECT with the 'Dinosaurs' album. This Anglo / American quartet comprised seasoned players of high repute with delegated to QUIET RIOT's Carlos Cavazo, the DOKKEN and DIO credited Jeff Pilson on bass and BLACK SABBATH and DIO man Vinny Appice on drums. The singer would also head up the XXX BAND.

During 2006 Phil Vokins returned to the scene with PSYCHOWRATH, a union with erstwhile WRATHCHILD members bassist Marc Angel, drummer Eddie Starr and BEYOND RECOGNITION vocalist Gaz Harris.

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