This guitar-orientated, hard rock outfit was formed in Venice, Italy, in 1984 by six-string virtuoso Alex Masi and drummer Sandro Bertoldini. With the addition of vocalist Gable Nalesso and bass player Al Guariento, they released a self-titled mini-album that showcased the talents of Masi, a classically trained guitarist in the style of Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. State Of Rock, another mini-album, followed, and saw the arrival of new bass player Randzo Zulian and vocalist Emanual Jandee. Masi left and relocated to Los Angeles soon after the album’s release, joining Sound Barrier, who later became Masi. After two years of inactivity, Jandee and Bertoldni re-formed Dark Lord with Paolo Mufato (guitar) and Alex Favaretto (bass). It’s Nigh’ Time was the result, but it lacked the sophistication and experimentation of Masi’s era, and consequently made little impact outside of Italy.