BlackLace at Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, The Netherlands – 1985.
BlackLace was founded in New York, around 1981, by the brothers Carlo (Guitar) and Anthony (Bass) Fragnito. With the addition of vocalist Maryann Scandiffio and a drummer, the female-fronted heavy metal band started playing in clubs and recorded a demo. This gained the attention of the Belgian record label Mausoleum, who signed the band. Prior to the recording sessions of their debut album “Unlaced”, co-produced by former Manowar guitarist Ross the Boss, drummer Steve Werner joined the band. The album got noticed and the band toured intensely, opening for Twisted Sister, Manowar, Zebra and many others. After the tours, they were quickly back in the studio recording their follow-up second album “Get it while it's hot” in 1985. In between all of this Maryann got involved in the "Trasher" album project, produced and written by former Rods drummer Carl Canedy. Despite the extensive support from Mausoleum in Europe, BlackLace couldn't unfortunately achieve a major record deal in the States.