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On This Day In METAL History – March 30th… From SAXON To KISS

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Ramones - Classic Band Logo - #900870RMOPNYC

On this day in 1974Ramones perform their first live show at the Performance Studio in New York City. Whoa!!

Sanctuary Records - Logo - black on white - 2007

On March 30th, 2000Castle Communications was sold to the Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. for £40 million. Castle owned the rights to all The Kinks back catalogue. Sanctuary Records dissolved when it later became a subsidiary of Universal Music Group in 2007.

Kiss - 2012 - Final Four Block Party - Mens NCAA - basketball - promo banner

On this day in KISSTORY – March 30, 2012: KISS rocked over 35,000 fans at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, during the AT&T NCAA Final Four Block Party! Long live KISS!

Saxon - band promo pic - band logo - 2013 - #47

On March 30th, 2013 – The mighty SAXON performed at Estacionamiento del Poliedro de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela. This was one of numerous dates on SAXON’s Sacrifice World Tour, 2013. Long live SAXON!

HATEBREED - Large Logo - B&W!

On this day in 2015 – The great HATEBREED are performing at Re:Public in Minsk, Belarus. Long live HATEBREED!

ACDC - Rock Or Bust - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #12

On March 30th, 2015AC/DC Rock Or Bust is holding steady at #2, on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. Rock Or Bust has spent 16 consecutive weeks on this chart. Long live AC/DC!






JOAN JETT – Is Guitar World Cover Feature For May 2015 Issue

Posted in classic rock, Guitar, guitars, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 29, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Joan Jett - Guitar World Cover Promo - May 15 - 2015 - #030578JJMO

As reported by Guitar World:

Guitar World’s May 2015 issue features the queen of noise Joan Jett! She’s been banging out some of rock’s greatest power chords since the age of 15. With her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s only one thing you need to know- she still loves rock and roll. Special Rock Riffs Lesson: Andy Aledort examines the essential riffs and licks that define true rock and roll guitar, from Chuck Berry to Joan Jett.

Then, just over 30 years ago Judas Priest recorded the heavy metal call to arms, Defenders of the Faith. Here, guitarist Glenn Tipton and singer Rob Halford recall the making of their masterwork.

Get your copy today for $7.99!






On This Day In METAL History – March 28th… From RUSH To KISS

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - promo album cover pic - 1973 - #0328LZMO01

On March 28th, 1973 – The super-duper legendary Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio album: Houses Of The Holy. This studio album features such song classics as: The Ocean, No Quarter, The Rain Song, Dancing Days and The Song Remains The Same.

Rush - Moving Pictures - promo ablum cvr - #1977GLNP

On this day in 1981RUSH peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with their eighth studio album Moving Pictures. This album spent three consecutive weeks at #3. Moving Pictures has since become a multi-platinum selling album for RUSH, in the United States alone. Yeah!

Scorpions - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #03282015MOS

On March 28th, 1982 – The mighty SCORPIONS performed at Palazzo del Ghiaccio in Bolzano, Italy. This was one of numerous dates on their Blackout tour. Blackout, the eighth studio album from SCORPIONS, was released the very next day, on March 29th, 1982. Whoa, man!

Skid Row - Subhuman Race - promo album cover pic - 1995 - #0328SRMO003

On this day in 1995SKID ROW releases their third studio album: Subhuman Race.

Queen - Classic Band Logo - #339770328MOQ

On March 28th, 2005 – At London’s Brixton Academy, Queen began their first tour with vocalist Paul Rodgers of Free, Bad Company and The Firm fame. Rest in peace, Freddie Mercury.

RUSH - publicity pic - #1 - 2011

On this day in 2010RUSH was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, at the Toronto Centre For The Arts. Whoa!

Eric Singer - Tommy Thayer - Monster Mini Golf - Las Vegas - 3rd Anniversary Celebration - 03282015

On March 28th, 2015 – Monster Mini Golf Presents KISS, Las Vegas 3rd Anniversary Celebration takes place today!

RUSH - 2112 - promo album cover pic - #2112MORHLP

On this day in 2015 – The iconic studio album, 2112, from the legendary RUSH, returns to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart!! 2112 takes #149 on this chart! Originally released back on April 1st of 1976, 2112 has spent 36 non-consecutive weeks on this chart, while peaking at #61. Right on, RUSH! Whoa!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




BAILEY “Long Way Down” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, classic rock, Hard Rock, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Bailey - Long Way Down - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #4466BMO - 03

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


Bailey Long Way Down was released back on December 9th, 2014, via Frontiers Music SRL. This is a solo project for Nigel Bailey, the frontman for Three Lions. As a songwriter and guitarist, Nigel Bailey soars on Long Way Down; his vocals are contagious and melodious, while being reminiscent of a Lou GrammJohn Parr and Joe Lynn Turner style. Maybe it’s unfair to compare Nigel Bailey to the three aforementioned vocalists; still he is an excellent vocalist in his own right. Frankly, every singer is unique, in my Metal opinion.

Musically, this album’s songs are so enjoyable for me to take in, time and again. Both Bailey’s vocals and the music makes me feel so damn inspired. Very, very melodic is the Hard Rock on Long Way Down. This is an album that should appeal to a vast array of Rock music fans, from Classic Rock to Hard Rock with AOR in-between. I could easily see Bailey open for Foreigner, Styx and the like; this is quality here, my Hard Rock brethren.

Nigel Bailey - publicity photo - 2014 - #007731MO

Bailey unearths the glory days of Classic Hard Rock with this album. A key word I use often when writing album reviews is memorable and Long Way Down has it from start to finish. This is such a splendid guitar-driven album too. Bailey’s vocals sound so perfect on top of the music, it’s nothing short of amazing. I am very impressed at how Bailey could take an 80’s Hard Rock sound and make it all sound so relevant.

My favorite songs on this album are Bad Reputation, Feed The Flames and Stay; they are such outstanding songs! Heck, there are so many favorite songs of mine on this Bailey album! Once again, melodic, memorable and top-tier quality songs, vocals and musicianship are the makeup of this solo Bailey album. I 100% recommend this Bailey album to any Rock or Hard Rock fan looking for a new album they can enjoy listening to countless times over for years to come. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track List: Feed The Flames, In The Name Of The King, Dirty Little Secret, Bad Reputation, Stay, Somewhere In Oslo, Long Way Down, Spend The Night, Love Falls Down, Ticket To Yesterday, Dirty Angel

Bailey - classic logo - 2014 - #77733MOB

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THE SHRINE “Waiting For The War” 12″ – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

The Shrine - Waiting For The War - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #0327TSMO

4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


A 3 song 12″ that I have discovered to be damn good is Waiting For The War from The Shrine. This ultra cool slab of vinyl is available over at Tankcrimes:

The title track for this EP is in general terms Punk, in the vein of an aggressive Ramones and not Sex Pistols. Maybe some will call this song Crossover Thrash or Skate Punk. Call it what you will, the title track ROCKS and that’s the main concern. The second track is Rare Breed and it’s Stoner Metal, with spirals of golden sonic psychedelia. Do not think The Sword, instead think early Uriah Heep meets Tony Iommi; or something like that. If you visit The Shrine’s Facebook page, they list their genre as: Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll. ‘Nuff said.

The third track, Waiting For The War, is Metal. The fret work tells me so. This song is an instrumental and it jams, baaabbbyyy! Playing out at 4:22, I wish Waiting For The War had another 5 minutes added on to it. Really. Good stuff. I recommend The Shrine to any fan of kick to the arse underground Metal. Metal be thy name.

Track List: Waiting For The War, Rare Breed, Waiting For The War (Instrumental)


* For more info on THE SHRINE:

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On This Day In METAL History – March 26th… From Oceano To Steven Tyler

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

Golden Earring - Twilight Zone - 45rpm - cover sleeve promo pic - 1983 - MO

On March 26th, 1983Golden Earring had their hit single, Twilight Zone, sitting at #10, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Golden Earring’s 1982 studio album: Cut.

Def Leppard - 80's band publicity photo - band logo - #0326777DLMO

On this day in 1988 – The illustrious Def Leppard had their hit single, Hysteria, ranked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Def Leppard’s fourth studio album from 1987: Hysteria. Sadly, Hysteria would be the last studio album to feature guitarist and songwriter Steve Clark. Rest in peace, Steve Clark.

Youth Gone Wild - Heavy Metal Hits of the 80s - promo cover pic - 1996 - #032696MO

On March 26th, 1996Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits Of The ’80s, Volume 1 was released. This series of compilation albums featured enormous Heavy Metal hits of the 80’s golden era. Featured songs include: Street Of Dreams by Rainbow, The Last In Line by DIO, Ace Of Spades by Motörhead, Blind In Texas by W.A.S.P. and Balls To The Wall by Accept. There are 14 songs on Volume 1. No, Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row is not on this compilation. Go figure.

Oceano - Ascendants - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #010326MO

On this day in 2015 – The #1 Heavy Metal album on the iTunes Top Heavy Metal Albums Chart is Ascendants by Oceano. This album was released via Earache Records. Home base for Oceano is Chicago, Illinois.

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Steven Tyler - People Magazine - cover promo - #7767STMO26


On March 26th, 1948, Steven Tyler was born in New York. Happy Birthday, Steven Tyler! Whoa! Steven Tyler is known across the Universe as the lead singer and co-founding member of the super legendary Aerosmith. Back in 2001, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Long live Steven Tyler and Aerosmith! Metal be thy name.

Aerosmith - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #11077


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – March 25th… From Van Halen To Saxon

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

Van Halen - You Really Got Me - Atomic Punk - 45rpm cover sleeve promo - #1978VHMOTK64

On March 25th, 1978 – The amazing Van Halen had their hit single, You Really Got Me, at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on the first studio album from Van Halen, commonly referred to as Van Halen I. Ray Davies of The Kinks originally wrote this song and it was released by The Kinks back in 1964. Whoa, man!

Saxon - classic band logo - #820325SMOBB

On this day in 1982 – The might SAXON performed at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


On March 25th, 1989Vixen had their memorable hit single, Cryin’, standing at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Cryin’ is featured on the 1988 debut and self-titled album from Vixen.

STEELHEART - logo - large!

Bulletboys - promo band photo - logo - #80SBBMO0325

Great White - large classic logo

On this day in 1991 – The great Steelheart, BulletBoys and Great White performed at the Towson Center Arena in Towson, Maryland, USA. Very cool!

Nickelback - No Fixed Address - promo album cover pic - #201417

On March 25th, 2015 – Yes, the latest studio album from Nickelback is still holding its own, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Spending 17 consecutive weeks on this chart, No Fixed Address is at #143 for this week.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1





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