Cave Of Swimmers Talk About New Album ‘Reflection’

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Cave Of Swimmers - promo band pic - 2015 - #04COSMO99

With the release of Reflection drawing near, it could appear quite apt that the Miami based duo talk about their forthcoming album in more detail. Originally from Venezuela, vocalist and multi instrumentalist G.E. Perez and drummer/percussionist Toro explain the recording process, lyrical content and influences.

Recorded at Weeks Recording Studio in Coral Gables and Crossbridge Studio in Pinecrest, Florida, all the music for Reflection was tracked in a mere 4 days!

“We rehearsed a lot prior to entering the studio to record”, G.E. Perez begins. “So when we finally went into it, we were very focused, rehearsed, tight… we recorded basic tracks (drums, rhythm guitars) in only 2 days. We took 2 more days to do solos and vocals. So the whole album was recorded in only 4 days.”

Speaking about the writing process in terms of anything being pre-empted or whether the album was written more organically G.E. Perez states that “there are spaces for improvisation in our music… the mid section of ‘The Skull’ is a great example… ‘Reflection’, the instrumental, has some improvisation in it as well… Especially from Toro’s part. He played his ass off on this record… In any case, for the most part, we rehearsed and composed in our practice room.” Toro adding that the way they write is very organic. “We get together in a small room and just start playing. Whatever comes out… Then we start following the train of thought into wherever the music takes us.”

Cave Of Swimmers - Reflection - promo album cover pic - 2015

G.E. Perez goes on to talk about the lyrics: “For me particularly, it was very cathartic to write about how my father neglected my family when I was very young… He just disappeared from the face of the earth. Going from that premise, I thought it’d be cool to draw a parallel with certain bible stories, even though I’m not particularly religious. However, if you want to interpret it that way, like we’re singing about ‘El Diablo’ and stuff, I guess that’s cool too.”

On influences G.E. Perez says: “As individuals, it may sound clichéd, but our influences are certainly very eclectic. Toro plays in jazz groups, I play Flamenco guitar… I also have a whole new appreciation for the piano. I love Jaco and Wes too. Having said that, when we come together in a room, what comes out is what we listened to when we were in school, which is rock n’ roll. We also love 80’s and early 90’s merengue. As far as bands; everything… all the usual suspects, from AC/DC to ZZ Top.”

Toro adds: “We obviously listen to a lot of different types of music. The fact we grew up in South America sets us apart in a good way because we were exposed to Latin music. Right about when G and I started playing rock and metal we also played salsa in a school ensemble. We were only 16 and we got to play all over town. As we grew musically we started exploring other instruments and jazz, classical, American folk music… You name it. When we get together in a room our most primal instinct is to play heavy music, however, we can’t deny our mixed background of eclectic influences.”

Cave Of Swimmers - Reflection - promo album cover pic - 2015

Heavy Metal, 70’s Hard Rock, Doom, Stoner, Sludge… Miami duo Cave Of Swimmers are a band that well and truly whet aural senses. Seamlessly weaving an expanse of styles Cave Of Swimmers ARE a band like no other, and reactions from the media and fans alike to their self-titled 2013 debut is testament to that.

Packing the van and hitting the dusty trail, Cave Of Swimmers furthered their name even more throughout 2014, earning them a reputation for a band that’s real with a live show like no other, out of control and full of raw energy.

Following numerous bouts on the road in support of the record, the band headed back to Florida and recorded a brand new album, Reflection, which see’s the light of day on 04th May 2015.

Artwork (as seen above) was completed by Bryan Olson.

Stream Single ‘The Prince Of The Power Of The Air’ Here!


  1. The Prince Of The Power Of The Air
  2. The Skull
  3. Still Running
  4. Reflection (Instrumental)



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On This Day In METAL History – April 26th… From MACHINE HEAD To HALESTORM

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Discografía Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

On April 26th, 1986Van Halen reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the first time with their seventh studio album: 5150. This was Van Halen’s (or Van Hagar, if you like) first album with the dynamic Sammy Hagar as their vocalist. 5150 spent three weeks on top of this chart. By the way, this 5150 album stirs up some really cool and good-times memories for me! Whoa.

Judas Priest -

On this day in 1986 – Metal legends Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their tenth studio album: Turbo. This album went on to sell one million (plus) copies in the United States, alone. By the way, this is my least favorite Judas Priest album and yet I do “like” it. The song Parental Guidance is featured on Turbo and it is one of the lamest Judas Priest songs ever recorded, in my Metal opinion. The title track is just plain strange. Whatever.

Halestorm - The Wild Life - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #HMO0526

On April 26th, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s very own Hard Rock ambassadors, HALESTORM, have their third studio album, Into The Wild Life, debuting at #5, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Congratulations, HALESTORM! Yeah!

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits large promo album pic!

On this day in 2015Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits makes a return to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, ranked at #151. This fantastic compilation of Aerosmith hits was originally released back in 1980, spending 44 non-consecutive weeks on this chart and peaking at #43. Folks, this album has spanned 4 decades of being a hot seller! Did someone say, timeless Hard Rock? Whoa and holy Metal!!

Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds - promo cover pic - 2014

On April 26th, 2015 – The eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, from the mighty MACHINE HEAD, is ranked at #33, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. MACHINE HEAD kicks METAL ass like there’s no tomorrow, on this album, by the way. If you don’t own this MACHINE HEAD album, you are a closet Bay City Rollers fan. Whoa!


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Eddie Van Halen – Is Cover Feature For Guitar World June 2015 Issue

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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From Guitar World:

Guitar World’s June 2015 issue features Eddie Van Halen. In this exclusive interview, Eddie chronicles the making of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Van Halen’s first official live recording with David Lee Roth. Also, EVH resurrects Ed’s mysterious Star guitar as part of its Stripe Series.

Get your copy today for $7.99!





On This Day In METAL History – April 25th… From SWEET To JIMI HENDRIX

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Sweet - Little Willy - promo 45rpm - cover sleeve - #1973SMO

On April 25th, 1973Sweet received their first Gold single in the United States for their hit Little Willy. This song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Led Zeppelin - Classic Logo - band symbols - #2015RPJP

On April 25th, 1977 – The incredible Led Zeppelin performed at the Kentucky Fair And Exposition Center, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Queen - We Are The Champions - We Will Rock You - 45rpm - front cover sleeve promo pic

Above: Front cover sleeve for 45rpm of Queen’s We Are The Champions w/ b-side of We Will Rock You

Queen - We Are The Champions - We Will Rock You - 45rpm - back cover sleeve

Above: Back cover sleeve of 45rpm

On April 25th, 1978We Are the Champions from Queen was certified Platinum after reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell - promo cover pic!

On April 25th, 1980Black Sabbath released their 9th studio album, Heaven and Hell. This was the first Black Sabbath studio album with the great Ronnie James Dio as vocalist. Ronnie James Dio replaced the legendary Ozzy Osbourne the previous year. Heaven and Hell went on to reach #28 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, selling one million (plus) copies in the United States alone. Whoa!

On April 25th, 1990 – The Fender Stratocaster that the super iconic Jimi Hendrix used to perform the Star Spangled Banner during a performance at Woodstock in 1969 is auctioned off in London. This iconic Fender Stratocaster sold for a whopping $295,000. Wow and Jiminy Cricket!






On This Day In METAL History – April 24th… From Alice Cooper (Band) To Jack Blades

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Eighteen - Alice Cooper - promo - 45rpm - photo - #1971MOACTB

On April 24th, 1971 Alice Cooper (The Band) hits #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, with their hit: I’m Eighteen. This grand song is featured on the third studio album from Alice Cooper (The Band), released back in 1971: Love It To Death.

Rush - Counterparts - promo album cover pic - #1993RMO

On this day in 1994RUSH performed at The Hartford Civic Center, in Hartford, Connecticut. RUSH were touring in support of their 15th studio album, released in October of 1993: Counterparts.


On April 24th, 2010RUSH’s documentary, RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage, premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City; this documentary film was also the winner of the 2010 Heineken Audience Award. Whoa, man!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Jack Blades - Italian CD - promo cover pic - Frontiers Music - 2004

Above: Jack Blades (2004 – Frontiers Records)

On April 24th, 1954, Jack Blades was born in California. Happy Birthday, Jack Blades! Whoa and hell yeah! Jack Blades is a world-class bassist, singer and songwriter. Jack Blades is known as being a member of the following bands: Night Ranger, Damn Yankees, Revolution Saints and Shaw-Blades.

Night Ranger - Jack Blades - promo band cover pic - #332404NRMO

Above: Night Ranger, with Jack Blades at front/middle.

Jack Blades - Tommy Shaw - Hamer Guitar promo ad - 1990

Above: A 1990 promotional print ad for Hamer guitars. Jack Blades is on the left, Tommy Shaw is on the right. Whoa!

Shaw Blades - Influence - promo album cover pic - #2404MOSB

Above: The second studio album from Shaw-Blades titled: Influence. This amazing studio album of cover songs is highly, highly recommended by Stone! Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades are unreal great as a musical and singing duo! Whoa!

Revolution Saints - Doug Aldrich - Jack Blades - promo band pic - 2015 - #240415MORS

Above: Revolution Saints – L to R: Doug Aldrich, Deen Castronovo and Jack Blades.


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WIZARD EYE – Signs With Black Monk Records For Upcoming Vinyl Release

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on April 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Philadelphia-based stoner/doom band, WIZARD EYE, recently announced its partnership with emerging Philadelphia-area label, Black Monk Records, for the release of its upcoming self-titled album.

WIZARD EYE is thrilled to be working with Black Monk Records,” says bassist/vocalist, Dave. “As a Philly-based label whose owners have been fans of ours since day one, we can’t imagine a more ideal partnership for our first release on vinyl. Black Monk Records has empowered us to bring our titanic wizard riffs to the masses in exactly the format they need and with complete artistic integrity.”

The newly formed label, started by the owners of Philadelphia record store, Vinyl Altar, will focus on releases from local artists who share their love for high-quality albums with strong aesthetics.

WIZARD EYE has been one of our favorite bands from Philly for some time now,” Christopher Mazeika, one half of Vinyl Altar, explains. “When Black Monk Records was ready to put out its first release, it was only natural that we approach WIZARD EYE. Black Monk Records is all about local pride with worldwide appeal and WIZARD EYE is all that and more!”

The band and its management see this pairing as natural and highly advantageous for all parties involved.

“Just visit Philadelphia’s Vinyl Altar once, and you’ll know the heart that Chris puts into making it one of the best record shops around,” says WIZARD EYE manager, Scott Harrington of 313 INC Artist Management. “It makes sense that his passion would lead him to starting his own label. And that passion is just one of the many reasons we are extremely excited to announce WIZARD EYE‘s partnership with Black Monk Records for this album.”

The nine-track album, Wizard Eye, was recorded in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, at Gradwell House Recording Studio and is slated for mid-Summer release. This collection will be initially made available at a release show to be held at the Vinyl Altar store location, but it will be also be distributed internationally via web and mail order. Further info to be announced soon.


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AUTHOR & PUNISHER – One-Man Industrial Doom Unit To Kick Off US Tour; Trek Includes Stop At Stump Fest + Psycho California

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on April 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey


Following a recent march through Europe alongside Atari Teenage Riot, one-man industrial doom sorcerer, Tristan Shone, more commonly known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will quake the stages of sixteen North American cities with his tectonic-shifting sound conjurings. Slated to embark today in Portland, Oregon at Stumpfest, Shone’s latest live incursion concludes with a stop at Psycho California Fest and serves as a precursor to the release of AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s new full-length.

The as-yet-untitled long player, and first for Housecore Records, was captured at famed Nodferatu’s Lair in North Shore, Louisiana with label-founder Philip H. Anselmo and follows the critically adored Women & Children full-length, released in 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings and currently available in a color vinyl configuration mirroring the AUTHOR & PUNISHER crest colors of yellow and black limited to 100 copies at THIS LOCATION.

4/24/2015 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
4/25/2015 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
4/26/2015 Barboza – Seattle, WA
4/28/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
4/29/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
4/30/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
5/01/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/03/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/07/2015 Fat Baby – New York, NY
5/08/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
5/09/2015 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2015 Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
5/13/2015 Low Spirits Bar & Stage – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/17/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA

Shone’s fabrication and industrial environment and processes reveal emotions, anxieties and elements of bliss inherent to the specific human/machine choreography. All aspects of AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s sound begins with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a true amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him, “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his, “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as, “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.”

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