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On This Day In METAL History – October 22nd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, movies, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin II - promo cover pic - original cover - #LZ4

On October 22nd, 1969Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. This iconic album would go on to sell over 12 million (plus) copies in the United States alone. Led Zeppelin II reached #1 in both the UK and United States. Led Zeppelin II would later unseat The Beatles Abbey Road album from the #1 position in the United States, as well.

KISS - Hotter Than Hell - promo album cover pic - 1974 - #74K

On this day in KISSTORYOctober 22nd, 1974 KISS released their second studio album: Hotter Than Hell. This KISS album has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

Foreigner - debut album promo pic

On October 22nd, 1977 - Foreigner hits #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their single Cold As Ice. This song is featured on Foreigner’s debut and self-titled album, released in 1977, via Atlantic Records.

Van Halen - classic band logo - #77797

On this day in 1982 – It’s Van Halen Day in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the band began a three-night performance at the Worcester Centrum.

Pearl Jam - band logo - B&W - #45090PJ

On October 22nd, 1990Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they performed at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle, Washington. On this Rock historic night, Pearl Jam went by the band name: Mookie Blaylock.

Neil Peart - Modern Drummer Magazine - promo pic - #773NP - Rush

On this day in 1993 – The future Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, was interviewed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart on Much Music.

Journey - Trail By Fire - promo album cover pic - 1996

On October 22nd, 1996Journey released Trial By Fire, their first album in ten years, which went on to peak at #3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Trial By Fire went on to sell a million copies in the United States. This was the last Journey album with vocalist Steve Perry and drummer Steve Smith.

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On this day in 2000Pearl Jam performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first live performance.

Paranormal Activity 2 - movie poster promo pic - 2010 - #PA2

On October 22nd, 2010 – Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Paranormal Activity 2 was released in movie theaters at midnight in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, Poland, Brazil and Ireland. With a budget of 5 million dollars, this horror classic grossed just under 200 million dollars at the box office.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

LESLIE WEST

Leslie West - Got Blooze - promo album pic - 2005

Born on October 22nd, 1945 was the legendary Leslie West. As a founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Mountain, Leslie West helped forge a path of Heavy Rock for other bands to follow. Leslie West has also achieved a very successful career as a solo artist. Pictured above: Leslie West – Got Blooze album from 2005.

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Posted in books, Death Metal, Metal, metal music, movies, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, weather, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Carnifex - Die Without Hope - promo cover pic - 2014

That CARNIFEX album cover is atop this post for a reason. I bought this new CARNIFEX CD, Die Without Hope, on Tuesday, March 4th. It’s the only CD I’ve bought in the past two weeks. Yes, this new CARNIFEX offering scorches, blazes, burns and tears apart my Metal soul, blah, blah, blah. I highly recommend it too.

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As it stands now, I do solemnly believe we live in a world that is runneth over with countless governments and Hollywood fat cats that can give two shits about the people that continue to make them filthy rich. Let the U2 bands of the world sink in the same pitiful ship of arrogant fools that bow at the altar of the billionaires club. Those bands are far too gone; they can only relate to red carpets, narcissistic thought patterns and the plastic societies that they’ve succumbed to.

With so much bullshit going on around us, all over the planet, I hereby plead for all of us Metalheads, Hell Rats, Punks, Children Of The Damned, Bottom Feeders, Classic Rockers, Underground Dwellers and Fiends to UNITE like never before!

Music is our universal language and our passion; therefore, let’s continue to get along like we have been doing and show the artificial idiots of the world how real civility is conducted! Music inspiresMusic heals. Music unites. Music is a mystical force that can never be contained. Hallelujah and ring the Metal bell for peace.

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With all of that said, I’d like to share with you all this very cool QUIET RIOT concert flyer for their June 13th, 2014 show:

Quiet Riot - St. Louis Mo - June 13 - 2014 - promo flyer

I love QUIET RIOT and appreciate this concert flyer. For those who might be offended, I make no apologies for being a red-blooded dude who digs art. Just take a long look at the endless line of violent and smutty movies coming out of Hollywood for the last several decades and this concert flyer pales (light years) in comparison. QUIET RIOT RULES.

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This USA Winter of 2014 has broken countless weather records for freezing temperatures and snow totals; with many, many death related stories due to this Winter’s wrath. To tally all these bizarre Winter records here would probably take me 24 hours of non-stop keystroking. Electric, gas and fuel bills do not lie about non-stop freezing weather. From this Winter forward, the words greenhouse affects and climate change are filthy rotten words to me… and to think I practically jumped on board that dumb-ass bus of unfounded science!

Certainly, there will forever be meteorologists, scientists and misinformed individuals that live in the mild southern regions and Tropics that cling onto the idealistic view that Mother Earth is losing her polar caps. Everyone, build a bunker! Relocate to a base on the Moon! Maybe, perhaps, they should ALL read that classic children’s book about jumping to conclusions:

Chicken Little - childrens book - promo cover pic

Or these same champions of ozone depletion can watch the animated film:

Chicken Little - Walt Disney - movie poster - animated - #33908

Thank you for visiting, reading or hardly reading this post. Regardless, your visit will make the site stats increase on Metal Odyssey; resulting in my (hopefully) not being fired by my boss. Metal be thy name.

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* For more info on QUIET RIOT:

Website: http://www.officialquietriot.com

* For more info on CARNIFEX:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/CarnifexMetal

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LONG LIVE QUIET RIOT.

LONG LIVE CARNIFEX.

F*$K OFF, WINTER.

Stone.

Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, Death Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, movies, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Zero Tolerance - Glen Benton - promo cover pic -

Jiminy Metal Cricket! I haven’t written a Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts post, since March of 2013! As Frank Sinatra and David Lee Roth have sung… That’s LifeBy the way, That’s Life was written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon; while originally recorded by American born Jazz singer: Marion Montgomery. There’s some non-Metal trivia for y’all. Whoa.

The Zero Tolerance magazine cover (above) has DEICIDE’s (legendary) Glen Benton staring at not just me… he’s also staring at you! One look into those eyes of Glen Benton and all I see is… METAL. Okay, someone may see, (maybe) a tad of evil. Evil is Metal. Cool. However, the glaring eyes of Glen Benton can be open for interpretation and still one Metal fact remains: those eyes of Glen Benton have undoubtedly seen it all.

I bought this December/January issue of Zero Tolerance at my nearest Barnes & Noble store, yesterday. Yes, I’m psyched. I cannot give this magazine enough Metal praise. It’s released every two months and costs $9.99 (U.S.). This mag is a UK publication and also comes with a CD of 18 songs; real songs that y’all won’t hear on American Idol.

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L to R: Ghostbusters – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.

Yesterday, the sad news spread across the world that the legendary Harold Ramis, a comedy filmmaker, director, writer and actor passed away. Man, have I been a lifelong fan of Harold Ramis! I have thoroughly enjoyed, time and again, every movie that Harold Ramis touched! Beginning back to my middle school/high school years, the comedy films that Harold Ramis was responsible for included Animal House (1978), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), the Ghostbusters franchise, National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day from 1993 and many more. An American comedy film icon, Harold Ramis shall forever be. His ability to make me laugh will forever remain and that’s a Metal fact. May Harold Ramis rest in peace.

KISS - Frisbee Pic!

Above: That’s the KISS frisbee I own. Pretty cool, huh? I bought it at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Yup.

Apparently, KISS will not play in any band lineup for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. It would have been extremely cool if every available member of KISS (past and present) could perform together onstage, for one kick-ass jam medley of KISS classics. A video backdrop showing the late Eric Carr and Mark St. John during this “fantasy” performance would have been an ultimate fan experience and profound moment in Rock history. Alas, what the hell do I know? Right?

Regardless, anyone who follows KISS on a daily basis, via their Facebook and website, will surely agree that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have NOT forgotten about their past. Their roots are what made them the icons they are today and both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have openly acknowledged (via their recent press release) they want to celebrate the history of KISS. Read it by clicking the link below:

KISS – Will Not Play In Any Lineup For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

The above link is for a press release featured on Metal Odyssey, on February 23, 2014.

Disc Exchange - large store logo - #3390 - 2013

I’d like to now give a HUGE Metal plug to my local indie CD/vinyl record shop: Disc Exchange. This (Dayton, Ohio) whiz-bang store covers it all, from music, movies and games to pop-culture collectibles too! True professionals (Mark and Kevin) you’ll find at Disc Exchange. Album collector’s will find LOTS of great vinyl, both new and used! Just take a look at their store logo above for more info! If you stop by Disc Exchange, tell ‘em Stone sent you. Metal be thy name!

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* For more info on ZERO TOLERANCE:

Website: http://www.ztmag.com

* For more info on DISC EXCHANGE:

Facebook: Disc Exchange Dayton

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL.

Stone.

STONE SAYS: HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL OF YOU METALHEADS, GHOULS AND FIENDS!

Posted in halloween, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, horror, Metal, movies, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Misfits - Devils Rain album promo pic

MISFITS – The Devils Rain (2011 – Misfits Records)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2013!

To ALL of you gouls, fiends, hell rats, maggots, Metalheads, Punks, children of the damned, underground dwellers and evil ambassadors from the dark side…

Pinhead - Hellraiser - promo pic - #1 - 2013

PINHEAD FROM HELLRAISER

MAY THIS HALLOWEEN TEAR ROCK YOUR SOUL APART!! 

DON’T FORGET TO…

PULL OUT YOUR VINYL AND/OR CD’S OF THESE POWER METAL PIONEERS:

Helloween - Classic Band Logo - #119 - 2013

DON’T FORGET TO PLAY THESE ICONIC BANDS LOUD:

Iron Maiden - Large Classic Logo!Venom - Large Classic Band Logo - B&W

AND… CHECK OUT A 1950’S HORROR FILM CLASSIC OR TWO!

I married a monster from outer space - promo movie poster - 1958

I Married A Monster From Outer Space – Original 1958 Movie Poster (Paramount Pictures)

SOME METAL ODYSSEY HALLOWEEN TIPS:

1. Crank up some MISFITS.

2. Crank up some KING DIAMOND.

3. Crank up some WEDNESDAY 13.

4. Crank up some SIX FEET UNDER.

5. Crank up some SATYRICON.

6. Crank up some KISS.

7. Eat as much damn candy as you wish and party safe.

8. DO NOT be a fool and drink and drive.

9. Watch super scary-as-hell slasher movies.

10. Go outside at/after midnight and look for Bigfoot, ghosts and/or UFO’s.

AND… NOW… BELOW… FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN LISTENING ENJOYMENT… HERE’S DEMON IN THE MIRROR FROM THE LEGENDARY… WITCH CROSS!! METAL BE THY NAME!

Witch Cross - Classic Logo - Large - B&W!!

OKAY… SINCE Y’ALL WANT MORE, Y’ALL CAN GET PSYCHED OUT BY AND PLAY VERY LOUD… THE NEW, TERROR FILLED MUSIC VIDEO, VOICES OF THE DEAD, FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO’S VERY OWN: PHANTOM 13! WHOA!!

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STAY SAFE!

LONG LIVE HALLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

LONG LIVE PHANTOM 13.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

Rock Super Group The Wondergirls Reunite With Iron Man 3 Soundtrack Single “Let’s Go All The Way” Featuring Robbie Williams

Posted in Hard Rock, movie soundtracks, movies, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Wondergirls - large logo - silver & black

Iron Man 3’s Ashley Hamilton Leads Star-Studded Group to Explosive Comeback

Los Angeles, CA –Appropriately packed with adrenaline rushing action, like its corresponding famous superhero movie Iron Man 3, is the latest single Let’s Go All the Way from rock super-group The Wondergirls. Included on the Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall movie soundtrack, the single was inspired by the movie and is available for download now on iTunes. The track features British superstar Robbie Williams as well as band members, actor Ashley Hamilton, Chris Lloyd (former VP/ A&R executive at Flip Records), Jay Gordon (Orgy) and Doug Ardito (Puddle of Mudd). Complete with a star-studded lineup, the group is back to showcase a fresh new image and pick up where they left off – with fans screaming their names.

The recording of “Lets Go All The Way” was recorded over several years, numerous times and every location possible. “We’ve recorded at some of the best recording facilities available, as well as rehearsal rooms, houses, garages, you name it” says Gordon. The song itself has brought this band of friends through unchartered territories and unpredicted experiences. While recording the vocals with Robbie Williams on Super Bowl Sunday, Gordon went to root for his team only to find Adele making tea and watching the game, piercing him star-struck. It’s this type of untraditional structure of recording and experiences around the song that have all influenced this power packed track.

WALT DISNEY RECORDS HEROES FALL MARVEL IRON MAN 3

“The original 80’s (Sly Fox) version has its unique character and signature…(but) everyone is loving this version” answers Gordon.  The band charged the track with an electric beat that is driven by classic rock drums, crunchy guitar licks and raging synths all supported by refined vocal chops. The superhero anthem stirs up the perfect inclination of raw emotion and energy, which in turn is infused into the listeners. Opening with subtle intensity in the verses, leading to an explosion in the chorus that holds until the end of the song.

In its beginnings, The Wondergirls, who are based in Los Angeles, included numerous notable names such as Scott Weiland and Mark McGrath. When the group first formed, politics held The Wondergirls back from truly capitalizing and flourishing. While filming Iron Man 3, Hamilton felt it was the perfect storm for The Wondergirls to be revived and bring his initial plan into fruition. The Wondergirls recently signed to Across The Universe Records, with an expectant EP out soon.

Wondergirls - large logo - Silver & White

The Wondergirls have made it clear that they are back and here to stay with music to excite and tantalize their huge and still-growing fan base. Keep up with the super-group by visiting their Facebook page and downloading Iron Man 3’s “Let’s Go All The Way” now on iTunes.

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(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

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LONG LIVE THE WONDERGIRLS.

LONG LIVE IRON MAN.

Stone.

George Lynch Launches Fundraising Campaign For Documentary Film – “Shadow Train: Under A Crooked Sky”

Posted in documentary films, Hard Rock, heavy metal news, movies, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

George Lynch - Shadow Train - promo pic - #1 - 2013

Rock legend George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Mark Mclaughlin are currently working together on Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky, a stirring documentary that explores a hybrid way of life merging modern society with the ancient practices of people who have lived in harmony with the land for thousands of years; native American Indians.

The film follows Lynch and drummer/activist/artist Vincent Nicastro as they visit different reservations around the American Southwest with a trailer full of gear and group of musicians to get a firsthand look at effects of modern consumerism on our native population and the steps they’re taking towards sustainability.

While the documentary is nearly complete, the filmmakers are now seeking help in seeing their collective vision come to fruition. In order to see “Shadowtrain” become a reality, Lynch and Mclaughlin have launched an IndieGoGo Flexible Funding campaign where contributions can be made towards the completion of the film in exchange for autographed copies of George Lynch’s most recent release Legacy, guitar lessons, a signed guitar and more. To donate to the making of “Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky” visit the following link below:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shadowtrain-under-a-crooked-sky

A trailer for the film, featuring Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine. The Nightwatchman) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), can be seen below:

For more clips from the film and to learn more about the message behind “Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky” and what you can do to help, visit http://www.shadowtrainmovie.com.

When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty…

Shadow Train - Under A Crooked Sky - large logo

“Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky” will illuminate the cost of the destruction of the Native American community; to both the indigenous population as well as to their European conquerors. The documentary will reveal the qualities inherent in indigenous people’s world views that should be recognized and adopted if we all, collectively, intend to not only survive, but to find a way to live happier, more meaningful lives. While engaging a wide variety of opinions from notable activists, authors, artists, elders and shaman, politicians and government officials, clergy, teachers and everyday people, the film will reveal its message through a powerful music-driven road trip.

The journey begins as renowned guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), drummer, artist and activist Vinnie Nicastro and a musical band of politically engaged musicians climb into an old station wagon in the southwest desert. They pull a vintage horse trailer, retro-fitted to carry band equipment, solar panels, generators and camping gear.

Shadowtrain - promo pic - #1 - 2013

They travel the back roads, searching for a truth that can speak to power. They visit the Apache, Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona, Zuni and Tewa in New Mexico, Shoshone in Nevada, Utes in Utah and Colorado and then on to the Dakotas to visit the people and places that were (and still are) the epicenter of conflict between the native peoples and their European conquerors.

The people they visit on the reservations will share how they have created sensible environmentally sustainable solutions that work in today’s world. Simple and proven practices like passive solar water heaters on the Paiute reservation, active community gardens and other ideas will be explored. Then as Shadowtrain moves on to other reservations, they will help to integrate these workable procedures, pick up more ideas and carry them further.

Shadowtrain - Under A Crooked Sky - promo banner - #1

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on SHADOWTRAIN – Under A Crooked Sky, click on link below!

facebook: ShadowTrain-Under A Crooked Sky

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LONG LIVE ALL INVOLVED WITH SHADOWTRAIN – UNDER A CROOKED SKY.

Stone.

MONSTERS RULE! Wanna See My 12 Creature Feature Trading Cards From 1973? They’re Really Cool…

Posted in Heavy Metal, horror movies, metal music, monster movies, monsters, movies, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CREATURE FEATURE TRADING CARDS – Monsters rule. Monsters are Metal. Don’t believe me when I say Monsters are Metal? Just ask Rob Zombie, Glenn DanzigJerry Only, Wednesday 13, Skeletonwitch, Lizzy BordenOrange Goblin or the mega-legendary KISS, Iron Maiden, King Diamond and Alice Cooper if Monsters are Metal! Monsters are to Metal, what hops is to beer. They just go super swell together.

Back in 1973, Topps Chewing Gum released some very scary and very cool trading cards called Creature Feature. I remember vividly, watching Creature Feature on Saturday mornings with my sister. We both were psyched out of our minds to see the black and white film classics of: Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Wolfman, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Invisible Man and ALL the King Kong and Godzilla flicks too! Whoa!

Okay, I’ll throw in the original War Of The Worlds film from 1953 and The Blob from 1958 as being childhood favorites of ours as well. In my opinion, the special effects seen in any of these old-time Horror films deserves an applause! Hell, there were no computers back then to assist in any SFX, like we all know exists today.

Night Of The Living Dead – Original Movie Poster (No, I don’t own this poster… wish I did though).

If I had to name my favorite Horror film stars from the golden years of Hollywood, they would be (in no particular order): Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Sr., Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and of course Boris Karloff. Horror film icons all. My favorite Horror film of all time? Why, it’s a tie. Here they are: The Phantom Of The Opera (1925 silent film) and George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead from 1968.

I would share these cards with my sister and we would laugh at the corny jokes that are printed on the backsides of them. The “sayings” on the card fronts are a hoot as well! Here are 9 of my Creature Feature trading cards:

The Frankenstein card in the center reads: “Would Somebody Tell Me A Scary Story?”

Grand memories these Creature Feature cards produce for me. I so often wish my sister was still alive; I miss talking about ghosts, monsters and the paranormal with her. My sister was never at a loss for words when it came to these scary topics! My sister also had a small quantity of Creature Feature cards too. While growing up, we weren’t surrounded with money, therefore, building a complete set of Creature Feature was not even a thought to us.

Here are 3 more of my Creature Feature trading cards:

Here are the backsides of my Creature Feature cards:

On the back of card #93 (shown above) reads the joke:

“Why are you so surprised that I shot a werewolf last night in my pajamas?” 

“I didn’t think a werewolf could fit in your pajamas.”

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I’d like to give a BIG thank you to my Metal Buddy over at ATOTHEWR.COM for prompting me to write about and show off my Creature Feature cards. Please check out his very, very cool site! From movie reviews, books and music to running, you’ll be in for a surprise by stopping by there! Plus, I believe he’s a KISS fan too! Tell ‘em Stone sent you. Now, to end with a quote from ATOTHEWAR:

“Metal And Monsters Be Thy Name”

LONG LIVE LEGENDARY MONSTERS.

Rest In Peace, Christine. I Miss You So Much.

Stone.

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