Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: 80's Metal
Last update/review: August 10, 2004

Sound Barrier

Sound Barrier formed in the early eighties and gained some notoriety for featuring all African-American members (Black Death was one of the very few others at the time). They signed to MCA and duly released Total Control, a competant if dated slice of hard rock/metal. Despite some decent reviews, it didn't sell well and MCA soon dropped the band. They managed a self-financed EP and later a second full-length album Speed Of Sound, by which time they were no longer an all-black band as they had recruited a Romanian bassist. Some time after that release, Italian guitar prodigy Alex Masi joined the band (a joining facilitated by their mutual record label, Metal Blade), and through a series of lineup changes, Sound Barrier effectively ceased to exist and Masi the band was born (two SB members here, Dave Brown and Bernie K., appeared on the first Masi release Fire In The Rain in 1987).

Last Lineup

Bernie K.


Spacey T. (Tracey Singleton)


Emil Lech


Dave Brown


Former Members/Guests

Stanley E.



Total Control  
1983 MCA
  1. Other Side
  2. Total Control
  3. Rock Without The Roll
  4. Mayday
  5. Second Thoughts
  6. Nobody Cares
  7. Don't Put Me On Hold
  8. Hey U
  9. Rock On The Wild Side
  • Bernie K.
  • Spacey T.
  • Stanley E.
  • Dave Brown

Born To Rock  EP
1984 Pit Bull
  1. Conquer The World
  2. Born To Be Wild
  3. Raging Heart
  4. Born To Rock
  5. Do Or Die
  • Bernie K.
  • Spacey T.
  • Stanley E.
  • Dave Brown

Speed Of Light  
1986 Metal Blade
  1. Speed Of Light
  2. Gladiator
  3. On The Level (Head Banger)
  4. What Price Glory?
  5. Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)
  6. Fight For Life!
  7. Aim For The Top
  8. Hard As A Rock
  9. On To The Next Adventure
  • Bernie K.
  • Spacey T.
  • Emil Lech
  • Dave Brown

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