a dragon’s birth
It is official now, our first EP A Dragon´s Birth is out of print! We did a rerun a couple of years back, but those have sold as well.
Still, there are a few options for you to still lay your hands on it:
* digital downloads. Many sites offer those, for instance at our label, Rock Company. But also Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, etc.
* some record stores might have a copy somewhere. Just ask and try your luck
Though not very recent, here is the mini-cd from Dutch band Chinawhite, produced by the leader of Terra Nova, Fred Hendrix. An album which holds 4 portions of nice class rock, with progressive influences. First track Rock and Water is filled with keys and brings the commercial moments of Magnum to mind. It also has a Rush like solo passage, which works beautifully. Next song The Revolution by Night sounds heavy, full of Demon influences mixed with Spock’s Beard and Everon, with a hymne like chorus. The titletrack starts with 30 seconds of keyboard intro <note; it’s a guitar thing!>, the prelude to the pompous track Big Money (the same pace as the immortal track from Rush) though the melodies are never forgotten. One ends with a track called The Lurker, the most prog oriented of the 4, that underscores the intelligent ads of keyboarder Rolf Vossen, further enhanced by the guitar playing of Peter Cox. We have to wait for a complete album, but even this result could well lead to a contract for this band. (Andrea Bertamino)
This Dutch band recorded this EP about three years ago. So this isn’t really a brand new release. New or not new isn’t important because this CD smokes. This band was founded eleven years ago and is operating since ’93 with the same line-up. China White is a hard rock band that delivers very catchy tunes. They have an excellent singer and also the other musicians are top-notch performers. The guitar solos are mesmerizing and the rhythm section is as tight as a duck’s ass. They also incorporate some progressive elements in their hard rock. Negative point like with all EP’s from talented bands is that this CD is way too short. But if I am not mistaking the band is almost finished with a brand new full-length CD. (8) (Bruno van de Velde)
CHINAWHITE – Dragon’s Birth – (MCD – Self Produced) – Here a CD that gives us a lot of pleasure to listen, CHINAWHITE makes an arena hard rock in VAN HALEN”s line with progressive influences that turn its very accessible and pleasant music. Everything works very well, of the vocal ones inspired of Don Feltges to Peter Cox’s melodic soles, a true hero of the instrument. The music overflow feeling and energy, with feelings of 80’s hard rock. Certainly it will be a surprise to all lovers of the style. (Edgar Franco)
CHINAWHITE: A Dragon’s Birth CDEP£6.99 The opener of this is just superb, with a vocalist hollering out a song that has a chorus somewhere between Rose Tattoo and Men At Work, so addicitively catchy that you’ll be humming it for hours afterwards as synths, guitars, bass and drums provide a solid backup and a lead guitar solo fires off mid-song to excellent effect. A great start. Track two continues this full-sounding theme with more great harmony vocals and a similarly sounding musical content, the vocalist still hollering away when on his own, while the song takes all sorts of twists and turns in the music to dramatic effect on a sort of harder AOR trip, but , while more complex than the opener, without any sort of hook, it’s still a great track with excellent economic arranging and the guitar solo in the same place. Track three takes a harder, more metallic approach, admittedly with the use of synths and organ fleshing out the sound, but the song itself Is, again, taken at a sort of Rose Tattoo pace with grungy guitar riff, soaring synth, harmony vocals but somehow the lead vocal fails to transmit the excitement of the rest of the band, although I have to admit that after a couple of listens, it is improving.(Andy Garibaldi)
CHINAWHITE – A Dragon’s Birth HOLLAND Rating: * * * ½
1997 INDEPENDENT, Time: 19:56
Chinawhite is: Peter Cox: guitars and vocals, Don Feltges: lead vocals Paul Roefs: bass, Rolf "Fuchs" Vossen: keyboards, Hans in ‘t Zandt: drums and vocals
Tracklist: 1. Rock and Water (5.07) 2. The Revolution by Night (4.15) 3.1 A Dragon’s Birth (0.27) 3.2 Big Money (5.03) 4 The Lurker (4.59).
Dutch band Chinawhite was formed in 1989 out of the ashes of Jester’s Tear and Trouwens. After some demo tape releases they finally released their 20 minutes debut four-track mini CD "A Dragon’s Birth" in 1997. The music on the debut is a blend of AOR, melodic heavy power rock and progressive rock with strong compositions, catchy choruses and good musicianship. You can imagine a mix between Asia, Dokken, Foreigner, Marillion, Rush, Saga, Savatage, Toto, Uriah Heep and Van Halen. The highlights are the opening sing-a-long power metal song "Rock And Water" and the closing "The Lurker". "The Revolution by Night" is a very good song too. My least favourite is "Big Money". The music isn’t that original, but overall it’s a good and promising debut CD. It would’ve been really interesting to hear a full-length album from these guys. They have been working on a new album, "Breathe Fire" since 1998. Check it out. (Greger Rönnqvist)
It is a fact that among several other genres, AOR experiences a significant growth and only time will tell us who’s to stay. Holland-based Chinawhite have many chances indeed. Since 1989 they have released 3 demos, a sampler CD and this 4 track EP. It is true that despite their undeground route so far, they are well known in their homeland and in countries such as Germany and Belgium where they often play gigs. Out of the 4 tracks in A Dragon’s Birth, "The Revolution by Night" is the most dynamic, energetic and mature. It’s a brilliant piece that if it had been released 20 years ago, would have been one of the greatest hits around and definitely in the American charts for a long time! Full album is under construction and if you are into this stuff you can invest 10$ . rating: 4 out of 6
What a very interesting hard rock this great small band from the Netherlands shows on their self financed debut cd, "A Dragon’s Birth". This album is very good, and it could be even better if it lasted longer. It lasts about 20 minutes, but they are all great. The most visible influences are probably Royal Hunt and other bands that follow that style. The first track, "Rock And Water" is very good, with a great chorus and nice guitar/keyboard duels, done by Peter Cox and Rolf Vossen, respectively. Don Feltges’ vocals are very good. Then you have "The Revolution By Night", also very well performed. Then there is "A Dragon’s Birth", a short instrumental track, and "Big Money", also with great guitars and chorus. The last track, "The Lurker", is perfect, with a special highlight to the bass, done by Paul Roefs. In the overall, all the instruments are great, including Hans in ‘t Zandt’s drums. The vocals are also very unique and interesting. Chinawhite is worth checking out. Let’s just wait for their new work, coming out pretty soon. (Gabriel Carregal)
There are a few bands going around under the Chinawhite banner, these guys are from Gabor’s homeland of the Netherlands, and what I can tell you is that if you like bands like Balance Of Power, Dokken, Kings X and Spocks Beard then this band will warm up your rock chops with their gratifying mix of melodic and progressive rock. "A Dragon’s Birth" is a four track mini cd, or ep if you like that gives birth to some great songs, top of which are "The Revolution By Night" and "Big Money" which oddly sounds like a progressive Bon Jovi mainily due to the commercialised keyboards, and nice chorus. Overall this isn’t bad and I would very much like to hear more material from them. Email them for more or visit their website. Rating 7,5/10 Review By Nicky Baldrian
In 1989 Chinawhite evolved from two other bands (Jester’s Tear & Trouwens). The popularity of the band grew and several (acoustic) performances on radio stations followed. In May 1995 the band recorded 5 tracks in 3 days, which were mixed in one additional day. The band was not 100% satisfied with the result and the project was put on ice for a while. In 1997, after about 100 gigs since they were founded, the band remixed the 5 songs and finally released them on a mini CD called A Dragon’s Birth.
Chinawhite plays melodic heavy rock with progressive influences. Sometimes it leans more towards AOR, but there’s more than enough subtle bits and pieces in the tracks to keep the open-minded prog fan happy. At the same time the compositions are quite accessible. At times it reminds me of Asia, while Peter Cox’s howling guitar often reminds me of Frank Usher’s work for Fish. Saga and Rush influences seem to be present as well. The song Rock and Water first appeared on the Southern Comfort compilation. It is a very catchy track, accessible and perhaps the best one on the album. It’s got a great drive and must be wonderful when played live. The Revolution by Night is originally from the A Thousand Thoughts tape. The starts reminds me a bit of the Goede Doel classic Nooduitgang (sorry for all the non-Dutch). The track evolves in a nice rocker with interesting rhythm and mood changes and fine multi-vocals. A Dragon’s Birth is basically just a half minute instrumental with some keyboard chords (hardly a real song) that leads into Big Money, which was also first released on the Southern Comfort compilation. A nice rocking track with some fine multi-vocals. Lurker is the last track on the album, and probably the one that is the least accessible. I find it a bit harder to get into this one, compared to the more energetic other tracks on the album. The bass and guitar solos are great though ! The ballad section in the middle of the song sounds a bit forced into the track. A bit too many ideas in 5 minutes perhaps ? The guitar solo’s are very good. Bass and drums lay a solid rhythm, although some of the songs contain some weird ticking percussion that gets on my nerves a bit. Keyboards play an important supporting rather than a soloing role. Finally the vocals are okay, although Don has the tendency to overdo it at times with some needles cries and occassional grunts. The nice CD cover was done by Don as well. All in all, Dragon’s Birth is a fine debut CD with lots of great melodies by a band full of energy and drive. Not the most original thing I’ve heard but certainly highly enjoyable. Check it out. Since 1998 Chinawhite has been working on their new album Breathe Fire, which should be available later this year. I’m looking forward to hear it. Conclusion: 7.5 out of 10. (Ed Sander )