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U.D.O. “Decadent” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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On February 3rd, Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from Germany’s legendary U.D.O. was released, via AFM Records. I’ll readily admit that this is one of the finest U.D.O. albums ever, with what I consider a whole lot more melodic interplay going on between the guitars and rhythm section. My favorite song on Decadent is Mystery and it’s a melodic Heavy Metal classic already, in my Metal world. This entire Decadent album sounds classic to me and makes for a formidable follow-up to 2013’s Steelhammer studio album.

Drummer Franceso Jovino is an awesome presence on Decadent and has since parted ways with the band. Udo Dirkschneider’s son and band drum tech, Sven Dirkschneider, has since been hired on as the new drummer.

As with AC/DC and Motörhead, fans of U.D.O. are gonna know what they’ll get from this band. With that said, there is a more open spaced vibe about Decadent than previous U.D.O. albums; where the songs sound as if they’ve been crafted for a more widespread consumption of Heavy Metal fans. No worries, this new U.D.O. album is no commercial ticket to Hollywood’s good old boys club. The big guitar sounds on this album are equivalent to an endless bottle of psyche-you-out elixir!

Below. check out the fabulous song Pain:

There’s more rhythm than crunch on Decadent and the great Udo Dirkschneider sings with an enthusiasm that I noticed quickly from the start; this is not a Heavy Metal legend that is forcing his vocals for the sake of making the record. Udo sings as if he is prepared for a world-wide arena tour and his band shall take a back seat to no one. Honestly, this Decadent album plays out that fantastic. It only takes a couple of thorough listens to Decadent for me to realize that Udo Dirkschneider is not interested in resting on any Metal laurels. I respect that to the fullest!

Throw in the fact that all twelve songs are worthy of their own music video and I do declare this being an album of SONGS. Decadent is a grand example of how a Heavy Metal band should leave all the artificial flavors and fillers behind and focus on composition and lyrics. The title track, PainSecrets In ParadiseUnder Your Skin and Untouchable are five other standout songs that really soar for my Metal soul. Very well done, once again, U.D.O.! Metal be thy name – Stone.

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U.D.O.

Udo Dirkschneider – vocals

Andrey Smirnov – guitar

Kasperi Heikkinen – guitar

Fitty Wienhold – bass

Sven Dirkschneider – drums

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* For more info on U.D.O.

Facebook: U.D.O. (official)

Website: http://www.udo-online.de/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. – Welcomes Harrison Young As New Touring Keyboardist

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the U.D.O. Facebook page:

U.D.O. is very proud to present our new tour keyboarder Harrison Young. The band is currently rehearsing for the tour. Harrison already became fix part of the U.D.O. family and everybody is highly motivated to kick ass on tour. This is the best U.D.O. ever with a great NEW setlist!!!!

Harrison Young is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer from just outside of New York City, currently living in the Netherlands. In addition to touring and recording with his own two bands, Earth Minor and The Harrison Young Quartet, he has also appeared on numerous albums including Metal Queen Doro Pesch’s latest release, “Raise Your Fist” and NYC Hip Hop Legend Talib Kweli’s album Gutter Rainbows, for which Harrison provided the iconic piano riff on the #1 iTunes single, Cold Rain.

For the past several years, Harrison has been touring the world with Doro as her keyboardist, appearing at festivals like Wacken, Graspop, and Sweden Rock, in addition to countless headline shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Moscow. In 2013, he sang the official anthem of the inaugural Full Metal Cruise alongside Doro in front of hundreds of thousands of people, at Hamburg Germany’s 824th Harbor Celebration.

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He also recently released a new album with his long time rock band, Earth Minor entitled Across The Atlantic In Record Time, which is now available worldwide at his website, www.harrisonyoungmusic.com.

Harrison is thrilled to join the U.D.O. team as of this upcoming European tour and looks forward to rocking with you in your city.

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The spectacular new U.D.O. studio album, Decadent, is available now! Decadent was released via AFM Records, back on February 3rd, in North America.

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* For more info on U.D.O.

Facebook: U.D.O. (official)

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE HARRISON YOUNG.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

RABID ASSASSIN – Horror Metal Act Joins HighVolMusic

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Horror heavy metal band RABID ASSASSIN has signed a worldwide deal with HighVolMusic for the release of their debut CD ‘Eliminate the System’. Formed in 2013, RABID ASSASSIN is comprised of Thane Farace (Ghost of War) vocals/guitar, Chad Bedsaul – guitar, Dan Delaney – bass, and Corey Brooks – drums.

Plotting their course of mayhem, RABID ASSASSIN gave fans an early taste of what was to come during their live shows. The band has already shared the stage with metal acts such as Raven, Generation Kill, Metal Mike Chlasciak, Michael Angelo Batio, Reverence and Resistence. After cutting their teeth in the mid-atlantic and fine tuning their sound, the band entered the studio with renowned producer Drew Mazurek to record ‘Eliminate the System’.

RABID ASSASSIN has already gained the attention of strong industry players such as Epiphone, Wornstar Clothing, Jagermeister, Pig Hog Cables, Red Beard Leather, Steve Clayton, Ernie Ball, and Deville Ink Tattoo who are all endorsers and/or sponsors of the band.

Strong believers in the U.S. Constitution, ‘Eliminate the System’ takes on the challenging issues that plague the world today. “The songs are straight forward and hit on topics that everybody can relate to but which most are scared to talk about. It runs the gamut of everything that is messed up in the world today. The CD is a testimony of all the hard work that the band has done.” says frontman Thane Farace.

“This project is something very different for HighVolMusic and I was excited that Thane contacted me about working with him. RABID ASSASSIN in its simplest form is just great heavy metal and diversifies the label.”Bill Chavis CEO HighVolMusic

‘Eliminate the System’ is set for a late May release but the band is holding a special private CD release party April 11th at The Ballroom in Waynesboro, PA.

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Track listing:

  1. Presidential Lies
  2. Eliminate the System
  3. Taker – listen
  4. War Machine
  5. I Hate
  6. Message From The Devil
  7. The Deal
  8. In For The Kill – listen
  9. Ass, Gas or Grass
  10. Everybody

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Source:

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www.highvolmusic.com

* For more info on RABID ASSASSIN:

www.rabidassassin.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE RABID ASSASSIN.

LONG LIVE PENNSYLVANIA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

KISS – On This Day In METAL History – February 18th, 1974 – KISS Released Their Legendary Debut / Self-Titled Studio Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On this day in KISSTORY – February 18, 1974KISS released their self-titled debut album, via Casablanca Records. I have to pinch myself, realizing that this KISS album is 41 years old! This was a phenomenal debut album from the iconic KISS, a launching pad to eventual world super stardom that continues to this very hour. Here was a debut Heavy Rock album that featured three singers. How many bands of any Rock genre pulled that off back then or now? The great Ace Frehley didn’t even sing on this album; how crazy is that?

Black Diamond is my favorite song that the awesome Peter Criss has ever sung, even though I will always dig his power ballad, Beth, from 1976’s KISS album Destroyer. The fascinating aspect about this KISS album is that it gave Rock fans three singers that did not sound alike. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss were and still are so unique, vocally, that it’s alarming in a grand way.

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This album features such KISS classics: Strutter, Firehouse, Cold Gin, Deuce, 100,000 Years and Black Diamond. These are songs that have remained relevant to this day, in my Metal opinion. Strutter and Black Diamond are two KISS songs that I couldn’t live without, for Metal sakes! To this day I love the rawness of sound that this KISS debut radiates. This was not a polished album, by any stretch of the Metal imagination. To remaster this KISS album is a Metal sin.

I was only eight years old when this KISS album was released. I had absolutely no idea KISS even existed at that tender age. At eight years old, all I cared about was the Saturday morning cartoons, coloring books, bugs and my Matchbox car collection. Back then, it was a different culture in America, with (of course) no internet, cell phones or social networks. Little kids like myself were able to enjoy childhood and not be rushed into pre-adulthood; little kids of today cannot even be seen in the toy aisles of Super Walmart. Instead, I have to navigate myself around little kids swarming the computers, cell phones and accessories at Best Buy; and these same little kids are crabbing at their parents, while wearing Slipknot tee shirts and $200 sneakers. You get the point, hopefully.

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Is it accurate for me to state that both KISS and their debut album were ahead of their time? I lean towards thinking so. From reading those early album reviews of that time period, I don’t believe the early Rock critics knew what to think or write about KISS. Back in 1974, Rolling Stone magazine was still in a full-throttle state of Flower Power. Heck, the Summer Of Love was only six or so years prior to this KISS album’s release. Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, The Who, Cream, Free, Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper already introduced the world to the building blocks of Heavy Metal, thus KISS realistically did get in line when it came to Hard and Heavy Rock. Still, the pioneering Hard Rock and Heavy Metal credentials of this KISS debut album cannot be overlooked.

KISS did break loose with an original sound of melodic heaviness and their stage makeup, image and costumes were and still are stuff of marketing genius. The influence of KISS upon other bands to this day cannot be disputed and it all began with this seminal debut album. Would KISS have been embraced any less by Rock fans if there were no makeup or costumes involved? I guess we’ll never know. Thank God for that.

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The first time I ever owned this terrific album was my sophomore year in high school and I obtained it through a trade with a fellow classmate. Whenever an iconic album such as this KISS debut comes up for discussion, I cannot help myself from being nostalgic about the past. For me, remembering the past is celebrating the past. It is albums such as this KISS debut from 1974 that enabled our Hard Rock and Heavy Metal communities to grow and persevere these past four decades. KISS, along with their select peers, paved the way for us all to enjoy the heavy music we embrace today and the KISS debut album will always be a treasure in my Metal world. This KISS album I could never take for granted. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on KISS:

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www.kissonline.com

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LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

TNT “30th Anniversary 1982 – 2012 Live In Concert” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 METAL Fists Out Of 5!

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Norway’s legendary TNT released a live 19 song album and its full proper title is: 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert With Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. This album was released back on November 10th of 2014. With the legendary Tony Harnell being such an important member in the history of TNT, it is only fitting that this symphonic Heavy Metal concert features him on vocals. Anytime Tony Harnell rejoins TNT, it’s fine to me! With the uncertainty of TNT’s future with or without Tony Harnell aside, this live album is a steel-solid must for every TNT and Classic Heavy Metal and Hard Rock fan.

This album marks the third official live album from TNT and each one features Tony Harnell on vocals. Tony Harnell was the lead singer and co-songwriter on eight consecutive TNT studio albums, from 1984 to 2005. If you are unfortunate to not have experienced TNT in concert (like myself) then this live album (and its live predecessors) will be as close as you can get in taking in a TNT concert. It took me many listens to this album to confidently give it such high praise; the more I listened, the more I have absorbed the details.

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Photo credit: TNT Facebook

Above: Tony Harnell fronted TNT

The grandiose element of featuring all three lead singers from TNT’s legendary Hard Rock history on this album, makes for fantastic fraternity. Original vocalist Dag Ingebrigtsen and post-Tony Harnell era vocalist Tony Mills are also featured during this recorded concert. The great Tony Mills remains an outstanding vocalist and had carried the vocalist torch with TNT for more than a few years, singing on TNT’s last three studio albums.

We are always at the mercy of the live recording and rely on a conscientious and true production. With this live TNT album, there are many musical aspects to this concert; the symphony, the band, vocals, backing vocals and guitar solos. That may be nothing new, however, when listening to a live album such as this, everything needs to come together in close to perfection sonically, as if I was actually sitting in the arena where it all happened. I believe TNT succeeded in delivering a memorable live experience to my ears, anyways.

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Above: L to R: Tony Harnell and Ronni Le Tekrø

Tony Harnell is (per usual) top-tier vocally and these TNT vocalists could be considered to be unknowingly dueling with the symphony orchestra at times. In reality, this is still a recording and capturing for digital download or CD every vocal nuance spot-on, with so much spectacular music being performed, is not going to be an easy task. TNT as a unit are nothing short of fabulous, these are incredible musicians that seem to fit perfectly with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, this is the Electric Light Orchestra meets TNT, if you will, only super better. After so many listens to this album, it just all makes 100% sense to me.

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Rest assured, TNT rocks-it-out on this album and the captured sounds of the fans in attendance only elevates the rockin’ psyched out mood and atmosphere. When the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra kicks into Sabre Dance on track #11, it’s as if the musical magic can still be non-Metal at times in my life. My favorite songs on this live album are, in no particular order: Invisible Noise, Northern Lights, My ReligionEddieIntuition, Magica Lanterna, the swingin’ June and the insane grand guitar solo by the great Ronni Le TekrøNorthern Lights, Eddie and Magica Lanterna are songs that create goose bump city all over my face and arms. Yup. I will enjoy this TNT 30th Anniversary live album for the rest of my Metal life. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on TNT:

Facebook: TNT

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE TNT.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

Ann Boleyn Of Hellion To Perform: Jam Night At The Lucky Strike In Hollywood – February 18th

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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From Ann Boleyn:

Dear Friends:

If you are in Southern California this Wednesday, February 18, 2015, join Simon and I at the Lucky Strike in Hollywood!  Simon WrightRowan Robertson, Chuck Wright and myself will be performing a song you all may know well (and that I have not sang in decades!). The sound system is awesome and there is NO COVER CHARGE! The music starts at 8:00 pm and continues to about 11:30 pm.

See you there!

Best Witches,

Ann Boleyn

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* For more info on ANN BOLEYN:

Facebook: Hellion

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ANN BOLEYN.

LONG LIVE SIMON WRIGHT.

LONG LIVE CHUCK WRIGHT.

LONG LIVE ROWAN ROBERTSON.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – February 16th – A Led Zeppelin Edition!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On February 16th, 1969 – The fabulous Led Zeppelin performed at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Led Zeppelin was a supporting band for the legendary Vanilla Fudge.

Led Zeppelin - Subiaco Oval - Perth Australia - ticket promo - 1972 - #33LZMO

On this day in 1972 – The sensational Led Zeppelin performed at Subiaco Oval, in Perth, Australia.

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On February 16th, 1975 – The legendary Led Zeppelin performed at The Arena in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

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On this day in 1978Robert Plant was featured on the cover of Circus magazine. The date on this magazine’s front cover is February 16, 1978. This was issue number 175. The gal pictured is Linda Ronstadt. If you’re not familiar with who Linda Ronstadt is, then click on the link below:

http://www.ronstadt-linda.com

Led Zeppelin - Fool In The Rain - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #1980LZMO

On February 16th, 1980 – The iconic Led Zeppelin had their hit, Fool In The Rain, sitting at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on their eighth studio album from 1979: In Through The Out Door.

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On this day in 2015Led Zeppelin’s compilation of timeless hits and songs, Mothership, is at #188, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This album has spent 193 non-consecutive weeks on this chart, peaking at #7.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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