The Rods

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The Rods
OriginCortland, New York
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1980 (1980)–1986 (1986), 2008–present
  • David "Rock" Feinstein
  • Garry Bordonaro
  • Carl Canedy
Past members
  • Steve Starmer
  • Rick Caudle
  • Craig Gruber
  • Shmoulik Avigal

The Rods are an American hard rock band formed in 1980 by David "Rock" Feinstein (guitar and vocals), Steven Starmer (bass guitar and vocals), who was later replaced by Garry Bordonaro (bass and vocals) after the first two albums, and Carl Canedy (drums and vocals).

Feinstein had first come to mainstream attention after playing in Elf, with his cousin Ronnie James Dio.[1] The Rods sound differed considerably from Elf, adopting a more traditional heavy metal sound compared with the blues-rock sound that Elf preferred.

Their first album was originally released independently as Rock Hard in 1980 and the following year the band was signed by Arista Records, who reordered the album tracks and released it simply titled The Rods. Their second album Wild Dogs followed in 1982 and was re-released in 2004.

The Rods' third album, released 1983, was entitled In the Raw. In 1984 Canedy and Bordonaro played on Jack Starr's album Out of the Darkness with Rhett Forrester of Riot and Gary Driscoll of Rainbow. Then in 1984 The Rods made their fourth studio album Let Them Eat Metal and recorded the album The Rods Live. Their album Heavier Than Thou was originally released in 1986. An album was also released the same year, entitled Hollywood under the name of all of the band's members, "Canedy, Feinstein, Bordonaro, & Caudle". Following poor sales of their final two albums the group split up.

Canedy is also a producer of heavy metal bands, and his credits include Anthrax's Armed and Dangerous and Spreading the Disease, Exciter's Violence & Force, Overkill's Feel the Fire, Possessed's Beyond the Gates and Roxx Gang's Love 'Em and Leave 'Em.

In 2008 the Rods announced that they were reuniting with the line-up of Feinstein, Bordonaro and Canedy, and in August 2008 they played at the Metal Rock Fest in Lillehammer, Norway. The album Vengeance was released in 2011 to positive reviews,[2][3] and The Brotherhood of Metal is scheduled for release in June 2019.[4]


  • Rock Hard (1980), reissued as The Rods (1981)
  • Full Throttle (EP) (1981)
  • Wild Dogs (1982)
  • In the Raw (1983)
  • The Rods (Live) (1983)
  • Let Them Eat Metal (1984)
  • Hollywood (1986, reissued in 2015) – released under the name "Canedy, Feinstein, Bordonaro & Caudle"
  • Heavier Than Thou (1986)
  • Vengeance (2011)
  • Brotherhood of Metal (2019)


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Rods – Biography". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Dome, Malcolm (July 20, 2011). "The Rods: Vengeance". Classic Rock. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  3. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "CD Review – The Rods – Vengeance". Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Rods To Release 'Brotherhood Of Metal' Album In June". April 10, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2019.

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