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JONNY HETHERINGTON Of ART OF DYING – Reveals What Album He Cannot Live Without!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Jonny Hetherington, shown above in center.

I recently asked the very talented  Jonny Hetherington (vocalist, lyricist, songwriter) of Canada’s (amazing) Hard Rock band Art Of Dying: what is the one album you cannot live without? Excluding his own music (as a requirement), this is what Jonny Hetherington had to say:

“Cool man. Pearl Jam Ten is the album I could not live without, It changed my life and influenced my musical path! The flow, the rawness, the trip that Eddie and the boys take you on never gets old for me.”

Visit Jonny’s Blog: www.JonnyHetherington.com

Pearl Jam - Ten - promo cover pic

PEARL JAM – TEN (1991 – Epic)

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ART OF DYING:

Jonny Hetherington – Vocals

Greg Bradley – Guitar

Jeff Brown – Drums

Cale Gontier – Bass/Vocals

Tavis Stanley – Guitar/Vocals

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ART OF DYING – VICES AND VIRTUES

(2011 – Intoxication Records / Reprise)

Stone Says: Vices And Virtues is an incredible album of songs! Songs that inspire the soul and touch on the human spirit. These songs speak in ways that have gotten me through some difficult moments. I cannot be more honest than that. Metal be thy name.

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* For more info on ART OF DYING:

Facebook: Art Of Dying

http://www.artofdyingmusic.com

http://www.youtube.com/artofdyingmusic

http://www.twitter.com/artofdying

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LONG LIVE JONNY HETHERINGTON.

LONG LIVE ART OF DYING.

LONG LIVE PEARL JAM.

Stone.

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PUSCIFER SET AUGUST 27th RELEASE DATE FOR “ALL RE-MIXED UP”

Posted in alternative rock, experimental rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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CONDITIONS OF MY PAROLE REMIXERS INCLUDE SIR MIX –A-LOT AND THIS MORTAL COIL’S JOHN FRYER

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June 3, 2013, Jerome, Ariz. – Puscifer have set an Aug. 27th release date for All Re-Mixed Up, a track-for-track remix album of the band’s sophomore release Conditions of My Parole.

All Re-Mixed Up is the continuation of the Puscifer tradition to release alternate versions, reworks, and remixes of what we consider initial thoughts,” explained Maynard James Keenan.  “For instance, Carina Round was nervous about how to approach her version of ‘Telling Ghosts.’ Mat Mitchell put her at ease by asking her to think of it as a song half written, advising her to ‘now write the other half.’ It’s extremely liberating in the digital age to approach composing and creating in this manner. Infinite paths to explore, reinterpret, and re-present.”

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All Re-Mixed Up Track Listing and Remixers:

1. Monsters (Deconstruct) remixed by Mat Mitchell

2. The Green Valley (Verde River Maestro 507 mix) remixed by Rani Sharone   (Stolen Babies)

3. Monsoons (JLE Motorik mix) remixed by Josh Eustis

4. Telling Ghosts (Giorgia O’Queef mix) remixed by Carina Round

5. Horizons (Dream of a Lie remix) by John Fryer (This Mortal Coil)

6. Man Overboard (11AD remix) by Alain Johannes

7. Toma (Burn Out remix) by Five Knives

8. The Rapture (JLE Needs Service mix) by Josh Eustis

9. Conditions of My Parole (F.U.B.A.R. remix) by Sir Mix-A-Lot

10. The Weaver (Virtual Vacuum remix) by Aaron Harris (PALMS)

11. Oceans (Green Mussel Mix) by Zac Rae

12. Tumbleweed (Delusions of Grandeur mix) by The Beta Machine

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All Re-Mixed Up comes on the heels of an incredibly busy period for the electro-rock outfit.  The band recently released the seven-song EP Donkey Punch The Night, which features covers of Queen’sBohemian Rhapsody” (see the video here: http://youtu.be/LjCu0UwDMNM) and Accept’sBalls To The Wall” as well as new songs “Breathe” and “Dear Brother.”

Puscifer, who are known for their all-encompassing live performances that integrate a variety of on-stage props and pre-recorded video pieces, performed at Coachella 2013, and made their first international outings at Australia’s Soundwave Festival and enthralled South American crowds at Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on PUSCIFER, click on the links below!

facebook: Puscifer

http://www.puscifer.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE PUSCIFER.

Stone.

FAREWELL MY LOVE – CURRENT NEWS ALL RIGHT HERE!

Posted in Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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FAREWELL MY LOVE

The fast rise to the top is currently on high for Arizona’s FAREWELL MY LOVE and there is BIG news in their Theatrical Rock camp! Check it all out below! Whoa!

NEW EP “Mirror, Mirror” is out NOW! Buy it HERE:

http://merchnow.com/products/153948/mirror-mirror-cdep

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FAREWELL MY LOVE – WILL BE FEATURED ON THE BAD BLOOD TOUR THIS FALL! CHECK OUT THE TOUR FLYER BELOW! WHOA!

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FAREWELL MY LOVE:

Ryan Howell – Vocals
http://Twitter.com/_RyanHowell

Röbby Creasey – Guitar/Piano
http://Twitter.com/RobbyCreasey

Chad Kowal – Drums/Vocals
http://Twitter.com/_ChadKowal

Charlee Conley – Bass
http://Twitter.com/CharleeConley

Logan Thayer – Guitar
http://Twitter.com/LoganThayer

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For more info on FAREWELL MY LOVE, click on link below!

facebook: Farewell, My Love

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For more info on STANDBY RECORDS, click on link below!

www.standbyrecords.net

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LONG LIVE FAREWELL MY LOVE.

Stone.

The Pretty Goodbyes – Illuminates Alternative Indie Rock On Their Debut Demo EP “Now We Run”

Posted in alternative rock, alternative rock bands, indie rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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THE PRETTY GOODBYES – The 3 song debut demo EP, Now We Run, from the Loughborough based 4-piece band The Pretty Goodbyes was released back on August 6th, 2012. When very, very cool Alternative/Indie Rock crosses my Rockin’ path, I’m gonna bellow about it; right here on Metal Odyssey. This unsigned UK band would be signed by me in a micro second, if I had the (prestigious) ability to do so for a (knowledgeable) record label.

This Now We Run EP has unveiled 3 songs to my senses and ALL 3 are remarkably memorable, well written and downright (gulp) fun! I always appreciate the way a talented band like The Pretty Goodbyes can coalesce the beauty of 80′s New Wave, late 80′s College Radio and Early 90′s Alternative while still maintaining a balance of Post-Punk and Modern Indie Rock/Alternative sound and vibes; all the while keeping the flames of Indie Pop to a tolerable minimum (if any). Phew! I got that off my chest!

I’m digging this band and the vocals of George Evans are nothing short of terrific. Any serious fan of Alternative and Indie Rock will embrace the music from The Pretty Goodbyes. The Pretty Goodbyes have obviously learned at a very early stage, quality songs are their ticket to success; and I see nothing less happening for this band in the future. Check out The Pretty Goodbyes right now, right here: theprettygoodbyes.bandcamp.com

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NOW WE RUN – Track Listing:

Dirty Hands, Dirty Minds

Green Light District

It’s Not Cheating If You Don’t Get Caught

The Pretty Goodbyes - Band Promo Pic - #1 - 2012

George Evans – lead vocals

Jacob Leeson – lead guitar

 Spike Wright – bass

 Sam O’Neill – drums

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For more info on THE PRETTY GOODBYES:

facebook: The Pretty Goodbyes

http://www.theprettygoodbyes.bandcamp.com

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LONG LIVE THE PRETTY GOODBYES.

Stone.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS “OCEANIA” – Some Thoughts On This Significant Album

Posted in alternative rock, alternative rock albums, alternative rock bands, Music, Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS – I didn’t include Oceania from The Smashing Pumpkins on my 2012 Best Of Lists for Metal or Hard Rock for good reason. This 9th studio album from The Smashing Pumpkins accentuates the genius musical mind of Billy Corgan and it isn’t Metal; nor is it Hard Rock. Rock and Alternative Rock is The Smashing Pumpkins and I just didn’t compile a list of Top 10 Rock Albums for 2012… yet. I might still. Who knows?

While being in the heat of relocating my life from one state to another, writing original posts (album reviews, random blab and lists) is not entirely easy. I just had to get my thoughts out to the universe that I thoroughly enjoy Oceania; so much so, that I can easily sum up this important album by The Smashing Pumpkins in one simple word: beautiful.

If I did or was to compile a Top 10 list for Rock Albums released in 2012, Oceania would be #1.

Oceania is an album that must be heard and appreciated all the more, with the earphones on. Oceania is an album that must be heard to understand why I tag it as beautiful. The unique richness of sound and vibrant instrumentation is absolutely breathtaking. Lyrically thought-provoking is Oceania, regardless if that sounds cliché or not. Yes, Oceania does Rock like there’s no tomorrow; only this album Rocks in such a majestic way that it feels too damn special for me to overlook in writing about or acknowledging.

Sample, borrow and/or buy Oceania. Stone would never steer you wrong. Metal be thy name.

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For more info on THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, click on the links below!

http://www.smashingpumpkins.com

facebook: The Smashing Pumpkins

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LONG LIVE THE SMASHING PUMPKINS.

Stone.

PUSCIFER – TO RELEASE DONKEY PUNCH THE NIGHT ON FEB. 19, 2012

Posted in alternative rock, experimental rock, Hard Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Photo Credit: Tim Cadiente; Left to right: Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl, Maynard James Keenan, Carina Round, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis

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RELEASE FEATURES TWO NEW SONGS, QUEEN AND ACCEPT COVERS AND REMIXES

Nov. 19, 2012, Jerome, Ariz. - Puscifer, the Northern Arizona-based band helmed by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), will release an eight-song EP titled Donkey Punch The Night on Feb. 19 via Puscifer Entertainment.

“While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time,” explained Keenan. “I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls To The Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’  And scratch them we did.”

The collection features two new songs written by Keenan and Puscifer cohorts Mat Mitchell, Carina Round and Josh Eustis: “Breathe” and “Dear Brother” as well as two covers: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Accept’s “Balls To The Wall.” Donkey Punch The Night was recorded in Jerome, Ariz. in Keenan’s Caduceus Cellars (www.caduceus.org) with the same roster from 2011′s Conditions of My Parole (Keenan, Mitchell, Round, Eustis, Matt McJunkins and  Jeff Friedl) and guests Zac Rae (piano), Juliette Commagere (vocals), Josh Morreau (bass) and Claire Acey (vocals).

Remixes of the four songs round-out the release with contributions from Los Angeles techno wizard Drumcell, Big Black Delta (aka Jonathan Bates, formerly of Mellowdrone and touring guitarist for M83), Sonoio (Italian multi-instrumentalist Alessandro Cortini of Modwheelmood and touring keyboard player for Muse and NIN) and Central American DJ, Silent Servant, who is well known for his mash-up of post-punk and techno.

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Donkey Punch The Night – Track List:

1.  Bohemian Rhapsody “O.G. Mix”

2.  Breathe

3.  Dear Brother

4.  Balls To The Wall “PIllow Fight Mix”

5.  Breathe “Drumcell rework”

6.  Dear Brother “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta)

7.  Balls To The Wall “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix”

8.  Bohemian Rhapsody “Sonoio rework”

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Puscifer recently announced their first tour dates outside of North America with the band performing three shows in Australia as well as performances at Lollapalooza Brazil and Lollapalooza Chile.

February 22     Brisbane, Australia     The Tivoli

February 26     Sydney, Australia     Enmore Theatre

February 28     Melbourne, Australia     The Palais Theatre

March 31     Sao Paulo, Brazil     Lollapalooza Brazil

April 6 & 7     Santiago, Chile     Lollapalooza Chile *

*Puscifer performance date TBA

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Conditions of My Parole was released in October of 2011 and was quickly followed by a storied Halloween performance on The Late Show with David Letterman complete with Keenan in costume and a keyboard solo by Paul Shaffer. The band returned to late night television in February with a Jimmy Kimmel Live performance that was equally unique, featuring Keenan and Round singing behind video monitors a la human bobbleheads.  Puscifer has completed two North American tours behind the sophomore release including a stop at this summer’s Bonnaroo Festival.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on PUSCIFER, click on the links below!

www.puscifer.com

www.facebook.com/puscifermusic

www.twitter.com/puscifer

LONG LIVE PUSCIFER.

Stone.

New TOMAHAWK Single “Stone Letter”, Streaming Via SPIN.COM

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

BAND’S FIRST LIVE DATES IN NEARLY A DECADE THIS MONTH

Oct. 4, 2012, San Francisco — Tomahawk, the alt-rock super group featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas), John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) and Trevor Dunn (Melvins Lite, Mr. Bungle), give fans an early listen to Stone Letter, the first single from Oddfellows (Jan. 29, Ipecac), via Spin’s website (http://www.spin.com/articles/tomahawk-first-lp-in-six-years-stone-letter).

The band’s first live dates in nearly a decade kick off later this month with a half-dozen performances including stops at the Voodoo Music Experience and Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Tour dates are:

October 27    Nashville, TN     Exit/In
October 28    New Orleans, LA     Voodoo Music Experience
October 29    Memphis, TN     New Daisy Theatre
October 31    Dallas, TX     Granada Theatre
November 1    Houston, TX     Fitzgerald’s
November 2    Austin, TX     Fun Fun Fun Fest

Stone Letter” will be released as a limited edition 7″ on Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on Nov. 23.  The digital release is set for Dec. 4.  The b-side will be an original etching by famed cartoonist and comics scholar Ivan Brunetti.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on TOMAHAWK, click on the links below!

www.facebook.com/tomahawkband

www.facebook.com/ipecac

LONG LIVE TOMAHAWK.

Stone.

KEYCHAIN – Alt Rock/Metal Band From Serbia Releases First Single; Offered Up As A Free Download! Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Metal, metal music, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KEYCHAIN – With influences ranging from Nickelback to Pantera, coupled with a very memorable and relevant sound, the Serbian Alt Rock/Metal band known as KEYCHAIN has released their first single: These Empty Skies.

Clean and modern vocals, combined with obvious musical talent, can surely get KEYCHAIN noticed around the world very quickly, especially in our age of social networking. Releasing such a terrific song right out of the Rockin’ gates will no doubt have Heavy Rock fans anticipating much more (by way of a full-length album) from KEYCHAIN. I know I can’t wait to hear more!

Get your FREE download of These Empty Skies by clicking on that cool link below!

http://nocturnemagazine.net/vest/1672/keychain-preuzmite-numeru-these-emty-skies

Take a listen (and look) to the official video for These Empty Skies below! Hope it Rocks as cool for you, as it does for me! Metal be thy name.

KEYCHAIN:

Milos – Vocals

B.P. – Guitars

Novelja – Bass

Dzoni – Drums

Session Musicians:

Lukas – Guitars

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KEYCHAIN – Biography:

Originally started out as a cover band playing Nickelback, Godsmack & Shinedown songs, Keychain was formed in Novi Sad (Serbia) in the year of 2009 by B.P. (Guitars), Uros (Vocals), Dusan (Drums), Leo (Guitars) & Cure (bass).

The band disbanded less than a year later, just when they were about to start working on their own material.

In the year of 2012, a fresh new start for Keychain is made with a full new line-up. The band released their first single “These Empty Skies” on 20.09.2012 via Nocturne Magazine, and is currently working on their first full-length album which is now in pre-production mode.

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Front cover design & band logo by B.P.

For more info on KEYCHAIN, click on the links below!

http://www.facebook.com/keychainofficial

http://www.reverbnation.com/keychainoffi…

http://nocturnemagazine.net/vest/1672/keychain-preuzmite-numeru-these-emty-skies

LONG LIVE KEYCHAIN.

Stone.

Swimming In Fire – Featuring: Greg Hampton, Danny Saber, Eric Dover & Chris Collier

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, experimental music, experimental rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SWIMMING IN FIRE – The dynamically Rockin’ duo of Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, 9 Chambers, Lita Ford, The New Czars) and Danny Saber (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson) have founded and are currently collaborating/producing a new project they’ve called: Swimming In Fire.

With Eric Dover (Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper) and Chris Collier joining on, Swimming In Fire is a potent supergroup of seasoned songwriters and multi-instrumentalists to keep your ears and eyes on today and tomorrow!

Two words to know: Alternative. Experimental. Yes, Swimming In Fire are playing cutting-edge music and it’s still radiating some hard and heavy persona that Heavy Metal and Hard Rock diehards scream for. Expect the electronic gates of sound to open up and introduce you to what Greg Hampton and Danny Saber have created here with their project.

Incorporating driving guitars and melodic vocals into their songs is only just the beginning, with this creative band. There’s plenty of Alternative and Experimental nuances happening musically; this all makes the music from Swimming In Fire a true Rock ‘N Roll delicacy in the making.

I’m looking forward to hearing the eventual debut album from Swimming In Fire, these guys are onto capturing a sound that is both highly relevant and contagious. Metal be thy name.

Take a listen to three songs that are already streaming on Swimming In Fire’s facebook and Reverbnation sites, by clicking on the links below!

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For more info on SWIMMING IN FIRE, click on the links below!

Swimming In Fire – facebook

http://www.reverbnation.com/c./poni/129482770

LONG LIVE SWIMMING IN FIRE.

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN “Who Killed Amanda Day?” – EP Flourishes And Skyrockets With Its Melodic & Modern Rock

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic rock, modern rock, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – While the Modern Rock world jumps up and down for the likes of Daughtry, Shinedown, Cavo, Sick Puppies and Halestorm, (and rightfully so), there is another band that deserves the same treatment: Nashville, Tennessee’s Fools For Rowan. Here’s the slick groovy part: Fools For Rowan have even outshined their last full-length Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled. and I LOVE that album. Who Killed Amanda Day? is a whole new era for Fools For Rowan and they best strap themselves in for a high-speed Rockin’ road of continued success.

If an already seasoned and multi-talented band can maximize their songwriting and musicianship to a higher level than they were before; then Fools For Rowan is such a band. Yes, Fools For Rowan have recently opened for the legendary Evanescence, while also sharing the stage with the mega-famous Candlebox; only it’s a matter of time before Fools For Rowan will own the marquee on different shores and you’ll remember Stone told you so.

Led by the dynamic Erin Mullins on vocals, the melodic driven songs on Who Killed Amanda Day? are insanely memorable and relevant… and I’m an Extreme Metal loyalist who has been kidnapped by this band’s glowing Modern Rock tonality. Among my six favorite songs (on this 6 song EP) is Crave. Kelly Clarkson (my favorite AI winner ever) holds nothing over Erin Mullins when it comes to vocal resonance and prowess. Throughout Who Killed Amanda Day?, Erin steals the show and her band steals it right back… it’s incredible to hear.

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The closing track is Leave, which has Erin dialing into some Stevie Nicks juju. A mellow and still dramatic vocal performance Erin gives on Leave. Back to Crave… Metal Odyssey’s Rock Song Of 2012? Just saying. I’m just enamored by Erin’s vocals and the band’s total musical output; for the simple reason I have never heard a hint of anything superficial from them on any of their songs… ever.

Refuge, Chameleon, and You Can’t Stop Me are Modern Rock charms that rise to the top; all three songs carrying their own flash and color of sonic appeal. The lead single, Killed A Man Today, is easily a song to narrow down as showcasing everything great about Fools For Rowan since the very beginning. There is a Rockin’ drive about this band that I hear and feel in their music which is without dispute; Killed A Man Today just solidifies this drive I’ve been hearing from Fools For Rowan.

Fools For Rowan has an ace in their box of talented tricks and it’s called Rockin’ passion. I hear it. I feel it. It flows through my veins. I’ve now told the world about it and I’m better off for it. Metal be thy name.

Who Killed Amanda Day? was released on July 3rd, 2012, via Lava Lamp Records. Who Killed Amanda Day? is available on iTunes and at Amazon.com.

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FOOLS FOR ROWAN:

Erin Mullins – lead vocals

Rachel Brandsness – lead guitar

Ryan Nanney – rhythm guitar

Jordan Cullen – drums

Andrew “Gib” Williams -bass

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Who Killed Amanda Day? – Track Listing:

Killed A Man Today

Refuge

Crave

Chameleon

You Can’t Stop Me

Leave

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For more info on FOOLS FOR ROWAN, click on the links below!

http://www.foolsforrowan.com

http://twitter.com/foolsforrowan

http://www.youtube.com/foolsforrowan

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

SPIDER ROCKETS “BITTEN” – Strap Yourself In… For One Hell Of A Hard Rockin’ Ride With Plenty Of Bite!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SPIDER ROCKETS – The new studio album, Bitten, from New Jersey’s Spider Rockets was released on June 5th, 2012, via P-Dog Records. Better strap yourself in for this bevy of Hard Rockin’ songs that shoot out from Bitten! Spider Rockets have raised their own bar of musical accomplishment with their new album and it undeniably Rocks from A to Z! Admittedly, I was expecting a great Spider Rockets album with Bitten; only I wasn’t expecting a standout album of this magnitude.

After my initial listen-through of Bitten, I realized these 10 songs kicked my ass. After reality settled in and several more listens, I also realized that Bitten is one of the BEST albums I’ve listened to across ALL Rock genres thus far in 2012. Crisscrossing Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock/Metal and Hard Rock, Spider Rockets take their sound to a level of fun and excitement that I’ve always yearned for from a band. Any band. You know, like Anthrax and Misfits fun.

If your unfamiliar with Spider Rockets you absolutely must take Stone’s word here: Spider Rockets are the missing F’n link in today’s American Heavy Music. Spider Rockets sound LOUD even when the volume is down. Spider Rockets spread an infectious energy into my senses upon the opening note of Better When It’s Loud. Yes, as vocalist Helena Cos sings, it’s “better when it’s loud, it’s better when it’s fast” and I’ll confidently state: this Spider Rockets band is built-to-last!

Helena Cos illuminates the song, she has a vocal identity unlike no other female front woman I’ve heard in my 100 years of living. I state this due to the similarity factor that too often seems to come into play within the world of Rock. Helena accentuates the lyrics and sings with the confidence and attitude that any aspiring singer should emulate. Did I mention this band can play? With Bitten as proof, this band is as solid as a newly forged set of railroad spikes.

The cover of Golden Earring’s 1982 #1 hit, Twilight Zone, makes the news here. Spider Rockets spray paints more Rockin’ relevance on this (decades long) over played song… that I actually like it again! The tempo is turned up a notch and the curled-lip vibe from Helena’s vocals makes Twilight Zone a brand new and welcomed listen to my ears. If you have already heard and dug the lead single Scream (which was aired all over the internet months ago), you’re in for an enormous treat: there are songs on Bitten equal to and even better than that single!

Spider Rockets will make you move… and if you don’t move to the fist-pumping, headbanging, carefree, riff-infested, melodic, rhythm saturated, bass thumping, Alternative Hard Rock inspired style of songs on Bitten, then forget about it cause you obviously have no pulse. Album opener Going Down sets the party mood and who-gives-a-shit vibrations afire; while album closer Bring Me Around has me wishing there were 2, 3, 4 or 5 more songs to flow through my Rock ‘N Roll hungry eardrums and veins.

Seriously, Spider Rockets have declared the status quo of Hard Rock as public enemy #1 with Bitten. Collectively these songs play-out so fabulously that Bitten is an album that ends way, way, way too soon. Ring that Spider Rockets bell and tell all the people in the streets… Stone has been Bitten. And I want to get bitten again… and again. It’s now your turn to get bitten by Spider Rockets. Metal be thy name.

SPIDER ROCKETS:

Helena Cos - vocals

Johnny Nap - guitar

Dan Prestup - drums

Timmy Tobin - bass

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BITTEN – Track Listing:

Going Down

So High

Scream

Don’t Need You

Break

Gasoline

Twilight Zone

Better When It’s Loud

Nothing Left

Bring Me Around

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For more info on SPIDER ROCKETS, click on the links below!

http://www.spiderrockets.com

https://twitter.com/SpiderRockets

http://www.youtube.com/SpiderRockets

http://spiderrockets.buzznet.com/

LONG LIVE SPIDER ROCKETS.

Stone.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE – This Soundtrack Rocks! Why? I’ll Tell You Why…

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, movie soundtracks, movies, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SOUNDTRACK – Yes Virginia, there are movie soundtracks that Rock and Avengers Assemble is one of them. If you were unfortunate enough to have recently purchased the chicken crap Rock Of Ages soundtrack, you can toss it in the recycle bin and get your ears into a real Rock/Hard Rock soundtrack such as this one. Plus, unlike Rock Of Ages, the original artists are singing and playing on their original songs! Not one (overpaid and whining) movie actor sings on Avengers Assemble! Metal hallelujah!

Avengers Assemble is bookended by two songs that I can’t get enough of: Live To Rise (Soundgarden) and Shake The Ground (Cherri Bomb). Firstly, Soundgarden is super-duper legendary and Chris Cornell could sing Boxcar Willie songs and I would still buy it. Is Live To Rise the greatest Soundgarden song ever recorded? No. Only here’s the kicker: Live To Rise is an incredibly written and inspiring song that I cannot shake out of my head. This song’s tempo is simply perfect; Soundgarden found no need to go over the top. I guess that tells you how I feel about Soundgarden and their legacy.

Cherri Bomb. Stone is a fan. Cherri Bomb can play at my backyard barbecue on any day of the year, including snow-covered and sub-zero Winter days too. The gals of Cherri Bomb essentially put a Rock ‘N Roll exclamation point to the conclusion of this Avengers Assemble soundtrack. Just a super damn fine, melodic Hard Rockin’ song is Shake The Ground. It has shook my ground. Metal be thy name.

I admire the thinking that went into choosing the songs and artists for this soundtrack. Rock diversity is evident, with Rise Against, Five Finger Death Punch, Bush and Evanescence all appearing on one plastic CD; all with the one common goal to… Rock. This soundtrack serves to give Rock fans a taste of what each band and/or musician sounds like; in the event one is unfamiliar with an artist. Compared to last year’s Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, I find myself a bigger fan of this soundtrack, due to its song selection and overall Hard Rock vibes.

Black Veil Brides must love movie soundtracks for they have yet another installment on one, with their heavy hitting number: Unbroken. Yes, I dig Black Veil Brides. I won’t be a closet Black Veil Brides fan any longer… how’s that? The energy level and chorus that this band puts into their songs is contagious. Unbroken, like so many other Black Veil Brides songs, is very memorable and melodically heavy. Count Me Out by Pusherjones is ridiculously fun, cool and serves for a Rockin’ contagious listen to take in. Whoa. Ring that Pusherjones Rock ‘N Roll bell and tell all your stuck up neighbors they can all to go to hell!

Scott Weiland sounds brilliant on Breath. What a compelling song. Coming in at track #6, I couldn’t think of a better choice of song at the midway point of this soundtrack. Breath is sung with an emotion from Scott Weiland that I find real and makes for a repeated listen for my ears. Comeback by Redlight King and Into The Blue by Bush gives this soundtrack its muscular boosts of Modern Rock relevance; both songs are an excellent reminder to me that Rock diversity is a grand thing to cherish. (I thank the Rock Gods that ABBA and Tom Cruise aren’t on this soundtrack though).

Avengers Assemble was released on May 1st, 2012, via Hollywood Records & Marvel Music.

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE – Track Listing:

Live To Rise – Soundgarden

I’m Alive – Shinedown

Dirt And Roses – Rise Against

Even If I Could – Papa Roach

Unbroken – Black Veil Brides

Breath – Scott Weiland

Comeback – Redlight King

Into The Blue – Bush

A New Way To Bleed (Photek Remix) – Evanescence

Count Me Out – Pusherjones

Wherever I Go – Buckcherry

From Out Of Nowhere – Five Finger Death Punch

Shake The Ground – Cherri Bomb

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For more info on AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, click on the link below!

http://marvel.com/avengers_movie/

LONG LIVE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE.

LONG LIVE SOUNDTRACKS WITH ORIGINAL ARTISTS.

LONG LIVE SOUNDTRACKS THAT ACTUALLY ROCK.

The words “super-duper” were used in this post.

Stone.

Melvins Lite “Freak Puke” – I’ve Listened. I Dig It. I Highly Recommend It. Will It Really All Matter? I Hope So…

Posted in alternative rock, experimental rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

MELVINS LITE – The irrefutable legendary band known across Earth as The Melvins are Melvins Lite with their new studio album Freak Puke. This ten song offering from Melvins Lite will be released on June 5th, 2012, via Ipecac. For loyal and new fans alike, I’ve decided to list some excerpts from past press releases that sheds more “lite” on why The Melvins are Melvins Lite on Freak Puke. Here we go and enjoy:

The Melvins unveil the latest twist in their 29-year history with Melvins Lite, an additional incarnation of the band that finds founders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover partnering with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk) for a 10-song release titled Freak Puke.

Buzz Osborne has stated, in a prior press release:

“The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that’s what has kept us relevant for so long,” explains Osborne. “Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins triangle.”

The Melvins have decided to release an album called “Freak Puke.” AND they’ve decided to call it Melvins “Lite.” It’s still the Melvins of course but the “Lite” moniker comes from the fact that they’ve recorded the entire record with the always busy and fabulously talented Trevor Dunn playing a stand up double bass and it sounds really cool! It’s new musical territory for the Melvins and it works like a charm…”

Stone says, about Freak Puke and other related stuff:

My curiosity for The Melvins came to a boil back in 1993, when Houdini was released. This was the fifth album from The Melvins, so I knew I had some catching up to do with their back catalog. Houdini did it for me and the rest is (who gives a crap) history. I’m guessing once you listen to The Melvins once, you’re sucked in by the uncanny way they make their music different.

Fast forward to 2012 and Freak Puke from Melvins Lite. Wether it’s Houdini, Freak Puke or any other album from The Melvins that’s in-between, I’ve come to the belief that The Melvins follow no musical path but their own. As I write this epic album review, that classic line from (Bill Murray) who played Tripper Harrison in the 1979 comedy film, Meatballs, comes to my mind: “It just doesn’t matter.”

What doesn’t matter Stone? Well, I’ll tell you since you’re pondering. Trying to declare what genre The Melvins or Melvins Lite belongs to… it just doesn’t matter. Caring if anyone out there gives a crap that I really dig Freak Puke… it just doesn’t matter. Telling the world that Freak Puke ranks as a high recommendation from Stone… it just doesn’t matter.

What does matter is The Melvins musical existence. This Freak Puke album from Melvins Lite doesn’t follow a flavor-of-the-month blueprint for gratitude; that slimy gratitude from the snotty hierarchy that manipulates the mainstream. From the onset, Mr. Rip Off reminds me that this band is not ripping off anyone (no pun intended). Besides, I could sit for a month of Mondays and still not be able to name another band that sounds like this. Yes, that’s a grand statement to make, especially when soundalikes are more abundant in the music world than there are synthetic additives found in one Hostess Twinkie.

For those who truly need to know, Freak Puke is a heavy album. You’ll hear heavy guitar, heavy beats and clean vocals. Eccentric vocals at times too. With that said, Freak Puke is also a listen into what’s not heavy and still comes across as… heavy. Experimental. Alternative. Heavy. Sludgy. That’s Freak Puke and yes, I did throw out some damn Rock genres after all. Then again… it just doesn’t matter.

Wait, what does matter is my persuasiveness in prompting you to buy Freak Puke. Don’t follow the robotic crowd of cheerleaders for America’s Got Talent or any other plastic Pop Culture crap on a plate, try to be different. Be very different. Melvins Lite won’t bite. Hey, that rhymed. Still, it just doesn’t matter.

Let your ears become saturated with some Melvins Lite and be introduced to Rock ‘N Roll the way it was meant to be played; Rock ‘N Roll that shoots straight from the hip, without any predetermined obligations to those Rock historian morons that push out 50 pound coffee table books and vote at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Freak Puke, courtesy of Melvins Lite, aims and succeeds to spread some messed-up fun and madness, on a sonic ride that is an instant remedy for Rock ‘N Roll status-quo-itis.

At the end of my semi-boring day, I surely hope my blab for Melvins Lite and Freak Puke does matter. At least a little bit. Metal be thy name.

Freak Puke – Track Listing:

Mr. Rip Off

Inner Ear Rupture

Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out

Worm Farm Waltz

A Growing Disgust

Leon vs. The Revolution

Holy Barbarians

Freak Puke

Let Me Roll It

Tommy Goes Beserk

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For more info on THE MELVINS, click the links below!

www.themelvins.net

www.facebook.com/melvinsarmy

www.ipecac.com

LONG LIVE MELVINS LITE.

LONG LIVE THE MELVINS.

Stone.

PAPA ROACH – Summer 2012 U.S. Tour Dates & Venues Listed

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

PAPA ROACH – California’s Alt/Rock and Hard Rockin’ PAPA ROACH will be on tour once again this Summer! Check out the tour dates and venues listed below for a location nearest you!

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June 23rd – Green River, WY @ Evers Park (Flaming Gorge Days)

June 25th – Minot, ND @ City Auditorium

June 26th – Aberdeen, SD @ Ramkota Exhibit Hall

June 28th – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s

June 30th – Rock Island, IL @ Daiquiri Factory (Rock The District)

July 3rd – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theater

July 5th – Bangor , ME @ Bangor Waterfront Pavilion

July 6th – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena

July 7th  - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues

July 9th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

July 12th – Oshkosh, WI @ For Festival Park (Rock USA Festival)

July 13th – N. Lawrence, OH @ Clay’s Park Resort (Rock The Resort)

July 15th – Sarnia, ON @ Centennial Park (Bayfest 2012)

July 20th – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

July 21st – Cadott, WI @ Cadott Festival Grounds (Chippewa Valley Rock Fest 2012)

Time For Annihilation – On The Road & On The Record - Released in August, 2010 on Eleven Seven Music

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(Source: Papa Roach.com)

For more info on PAPA ROACH, click on the links below!

http://www.paparoach.com

http://www.youtube.com/paparoach

http://www.twitter.com/paparoach

LONG LIVE PAPA ROACH.

Stone.

MALICE IN WONDERLAND – Video Teaser For Upcoming Album “The Royal Brigade” Plus More Band News

Posted in alternative rock, alternative rock bands, Hard Rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Remember Malice In Wonderland?

The Norwegian Rock band burst onto the Scandinavian Rock scene with their self titled debut album in 2005. Led by hit single Lucifer’s Town the band was quickly labelled as one of the most promising underground Rock acts and their fan base grew quickly with fan clubs and supporters in every corner of the world.

The quartet, renowned as a great energetic live act, toured in Norway and Europe and even played some very successful shows in China. In 2008 and 2009 the band lived partly in Finland were lots of concerts and TV performances were held. In 2010 the band withdraw from the spotlight, built their own recording studio and concentrated on writing and recording their sophomore album entitled “The Royal Brigade”.

“We had to take a step back and figure out what direction we wanted with the new album and with the band as a whole” frontman Chris Wicked reveals. “It`s been a long time since our debut. We also have a new line up now so there were several things we had to sort out, but I’ll tell you we are extremely pleased with how things have been progressing lately.”

Check out the video teaser for The Royal Brigade below!

Malice In Wonderland recently finished recording their sophomore album entitled “The Royal Brigade” and the band will now start looking for a suitable label to release the CD. Chris is positive about the future: “There is a whole new energy within in the group now! New music, new line up and a new area for Malice In Wonderland in general. The new album is filled with catchy, killer tracks that we are positive will please both new and old fans. We can’t wait to show people what we have been up to lately!”

If Rock n’ Roll is dead, someone must have forgotten to tell these Norwegians. With a new record full of bombastic high energetic quality Rock songs, these guys are eager to prove that they indeed are a force to reckon with.

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(Source: Malice In Wonderland)

For more info on Malice In Wonderland:

www.malice-in-wonderland.com

 http://www.youtube.com/MaliceInWonderlandOf

http://www.reverbnation.com/MaliceInWonderland

http://www.twitter.com/MIWofficial

LONG LIVE MALICE IN WONDERLAND.

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – “LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH FOOLS FOR ROWAN”

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Tune in every Tuesday at 9pmEST starting February 28, for a NEW episode!

Los Angeles, CA – Fools for Rowan, the Nashville based rock band is set to release an eight-part web series called “Life On The Road With Fools For Rowan,” on February 28, 2012. Every week, the web-series will debut a new segment of behind the scenes footage from their summer concert with the bands Evanescence and Art of Dying, put together by super fan and videographer, Beth Barbaglia.

Beth Barbaglia, a videographer from Mequon, Wisconsin and graduate of Concordia University, was eager to put together the remarkable video footage after seeing them in concert last August with Evanescence and Art of Dying.

The series will include the pre-show party with fans, including guest appearances Lzzy and Joe, from Halestorm, plus scenes from the dressing room with Art of Dying. Also included is footage before, after, and during their show with Evanescence. The eight-part series will also feature the Fox 17 Nashville’s interview segment, live performances, fan footage, pre-show load in, and a sound check rehearsal at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.

Fools For Rowan is a powerhouse rock group defined by their soaring vocals, powerful guitar licks and intense personal lyrics. Thanks to the support of their amazing fans, the band successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to record their highly anticipated sophomore album. The band is also planning another nationwide tour for 2012.

If you have ever wondered what really goes on in the life of your favorite rockstars, then don’t miss the band’s eight-part series premiering February 28, 2012 at 9pm EST/8pm CST. You can catch the series on Fools for Rowan’s official website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. The series will provide a real, inside look to the people behind the music.

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(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

For more info on FOOLS FOR ROWAN, click on the links below:

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official facebook Fan page

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official Website

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

PUSCIFER – To Perform On Jimmy Kimmel Live On February 16th, 2012

Posted in alternative rock, avant-garde music, comedy, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Photo credit: Tim Cadiente

Left to right: Matt McJunkins, Jeff Friedl, Maynard James Keenan, Carina Round, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis

BAND EMBARKS ON NEW NORTH AMERICAN TOUR FEB. 23rd

Jerome, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2012 – Puscifer, the eclectic music-meets-comedy troupe helmed by Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle), will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Feb. 16.

Puscifer released their sophomore album, Conditions of My Parole, in October and quickly followed with a North American tour that The Boston Globe referred to as “musical theater” and the Philadelphia Weekly described as an “engaging performance with hilarious pre-recorded between-song skits featuring MJK alter-egos Major Douche and white-trash hero Billy D.

The second leg of the band’s North American tour kicks off on Feb. 23 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Tex.  Tickets for all shows are on-sale now at venue box offices and via Ticketmaster and Live Nation’s websites.  The Mar. 17 Riverside, Calif. performance at Fox Performing Arts Center is on-sale this Friday, Jan. 27.    A limited number of VIP packages, featuring wine tastings and VIP experiences are available via http://puscifer.frontgatetickets.com.

Audience tickets for the band’s Jimmy Kimmel Live performance are available on Thursday, Jan. 26 via http://www.1iota.com.

Puscifer’s touring band members are: Maynard James Keenan, Mat Mitchell, Josh Eustis, Carina Round, Matt McJunkins and Jeff Friedl.

February 2012 Tour Dates:

Feb. 23 – Austin, TX @ Long Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 25 – Baton Rouge, LA @ River Center Theatre

Feb. 26 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre

Feb. 28 – Nashville, TN @ Andrew Jackson Hall

Feb. 29 – Louisville, KY @ Brown Theatre

March 2012 Tour Dates:

Mar. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre

Mar. 03 – Cincinnati. OH @ Taft Theatre

Mar. 04 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre

Mar. 06 – Kansas City, KS @ Kansas City Music Hall

Mar. 07 – Omaha, NE @ Omaha Civic Auditorium

Mar. 10 – Edmonton, AB @ North Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Mar. 11 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Mar. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts

Mar. 14 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Mar. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts

Mar. 17 – Riverside, CA @ Fox Performing Arts Center

Mar. 18 – Escondido, CA @ California Center for the Arts

(Source: Speakeasy PR)

LONG LIVE PUSCIFER.

Stone.

The Black Keys ‘El Camino’ – An El Boring Listen Into What’s Already Been Done In Rock ‘N Roll

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, rock album reviews, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The Black Keys – Yes, I blindly purchased the new CD from The Black Keys (nonesuch) and it’s for some reason titled El Camino. I pay dearly sometimes for making a “blind purchase” when it comes to music. To sum it up, this El Camino CD is boring. It sounds as if Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are not just huge fans of 70′s Rock… they obviously are both stuck in the “it’s been done already” school of Rock ‘N Roll and are a long way from graduating.

A fuzzy guitar sound with raw and unnecessary fuzzy production is pure nonsense when it comes to this genre of Rock in 2012. The Psychedelic, Stoner, Doom and Black Metal genres can utilize the “fuzz” in their respective sound brilliantly, only a Rock group like The Black Keys should stick to some clarity in their presentation of sound and maybe they won’t come across like a 1977 garage band playing to just their cousins.

Too numerous are the moments on El Camino where I recognize that IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE! The Black Keys are not pushing the Rock ‘N Roll envelope here folks and that’s what makes this CD such a waste of time. Where’s the relevance? Listening to this band is like listening to a severely slow-paced Wolfmother with a hangover. The worst song on El Camino is hands down: Little Black Submarines. This song is so annoying, that upon my first listen I wanted to break down and cry, fearing that it made me constipated.

The one and only “bright spot” on El Camino is Sister. This song rocks like there is no tomorrow. Mind Eraser ends this CD on a cool note, still it’s too late. If only The Black Keys stuck to this Rockin’ blueprint of Sister and Mind Eraser throughout all 11 songs… and they didn’t. The digipak and liner notes are equally repetitive and humdrum as the music. Do we really need to waste paper like this? The liner notes are 16 pages which dedicate 15 of these pages to photos of what else? El Caminos. The digipak is a four-fold that features… 8 more photos of… El Caminos! Laugh out loud and Metal be thy name!

By now you realize I’m not a fan of what The Black Keys are trying to accomplish with their Rock sound. If you’re looking for a memorable and original sounding Rock CD you are better off picking up the newest CD from The Trews. Trust me, a thorough listen into Hope & Ruin from The Trews is a quantum leap forward compared to El Camino. The Black Keys surely won’t care about anyone who doesn’t dig their music. Why? They made the cover of Rolling Stone! Life goes on…

El Camino – Track Listing:

Lonely Boy

Dead And Gone

Gold On The Ceiling

Little Black Submarines

Money Maker

Run Right Back

Sister

Hell Of A Season

Stop Stop

Nova Baby

Mind Eraser

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Launch Kickstarter Campaign, To Release New Album & Music Video In 2012

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, CA – Fools for Rowan, the Nashville based Rock band, is set to release a new album and music video in 2012. It has been almost two years since the band has released new material. Fools For Rowan has written most of their record while on tour over the last year and recently started recording the new songs. In order to achieve the aforementioned goal, the group needs the help of their dedicated fans. The band has launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist in their efforts.

The powerhouse rock group, Fools For Rowan, is defined by their soaring vocals, powerful guitar licks and intense personal lyrics. The band has grown a large committed fan base partly due to the success of their first album, Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled. The album’s first single, “Burnt Around the Edges” received acclaim from the college-age demographic in both the U.S. and Canada.

In addition, the second single, “Dead” received spins on Top 40, College and Modern Rock radio. In addition, the video for the song was featured on Fuse TV. Due to their zealous live performance, Fools For Rowan has recently had the privilege of sharing the stage with such artists as: Evanescence, Trapt, Halestorm, and Sick Puppies.

Kickstarter is an online pledge system that funds creative projects. The Kickstarter campaign, that will raise money for the band’s new album and a music video, has already been initiated online. Fools For Rowan offers a fantastic array of different prizes such as an autographed drumstick, a concert set list, band merchandise, arm wrestling contests, and even a dinner date with members of the band!

“It’s been two years since our last album, so we’re really anxious to get our new music into the hands of our fans,” says lead vocalist, Erin Mullins. Fans will have until January 2st to help the band meet its goal. As always, the group is looking ahead. Fools For Rowan will continue to tour the U.S. in hopes of spreading the power of rock ‘n’ roll!

To learn more about Fools for Rowan’s Kickstarter campaign visit here.

Check out the band’s website here.

(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

THE TREWS – Colin MacDonald: An Exclusive Metal Odyssey Interview

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, interviews, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock interviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

THE TREWS

L to R: Jack Syperek, John-Angus MacDonald, Sean Dalton, Colin MacDonald

THE TREWS – Back on August 5th, 2011, I posted an album review for THE TREWS newly released studio album Hope & Ruin. The 4th full-length from this Canadian Rock band impressed me so much that I listened to it constantly since early Summer. Now that Winter has settled in, Hope & Ruin has never lost its edgy Rock luster with me. I have listened to many other Rock albums during 2011 and none seemed to enthuse me as the way this new album from THE TREWS has done.

THE TREWS seemed to have captured an old spirit of Rock that I once heard from early R.E.M. and U2, back when these two iconic bands really did care about their songs and fans. A flirtation of retro college radio meets modern Rock vibe overflows with Hope & Ruin. I simply love that. Back on August 18th, I did not fully realize, that this album would eventually stand out amongst the rest of its 2011 Rock album peers in such a special way for me.

It was also back on August 18th, when I had the golden opportunity to interview Colin MacDonald, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for THE TREWS. As my sincere appreciation for Hope & Ruin grew stronger by the week, I eventually decided to savor the moment, an eventual moment when I would launch this exclusive interview with Colin MacDonald simultaneously with naming Hope & Ruin by THE TREWS… as Metal Odyssey’s 2011 Rock Album Of The Year.

If the late and legendary Ed Sullivan were to come back to life for just one day, I’d love to hear him say: Ladies and Gentlemen… THE TREWS! Instead, I’m announcing this band at this moment and I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to interview Colin MacDonald. From album reviews to opening for Robert Plant, here is what Colin had to say:

Stone: In the July (2011) issue of Classic Rock AOR Magazine, Hope & Ruin received a nine out of ten review. Taking a quote from this review: “Man, there isn’t a flawed track. Indeed, it’s one of those rare albums where every song could easily become a hit single. It’s rare feat for an album to be so consistently powerful.” How does this type of praise make you feel?

Colin: Awesome. It feels amazing. It’s like Sting had put it: “If you believe the good stuff, it doesn’t make you want to work as hard and if you believe the bad stuff, it only makes you work harder. It’s always great to be recognized for the work we do, especially by a big magazine like that.

Stone: On a personal level, which song on Hope & Ruin means the most to you?

Colin: I really like Hope & Ruin. This song really seems to take on a life of its own live.

Stone: In your music video for Hope & Ruin, there are many scenic backdrops. Where in the world was this footage shot?

Colin: It was shot in Toronto for the city. It was done on the coldest day on record too and I was really freezing out there while I was singing! We also went to the East Coast and Nova Scotia. We created a contrast of city, coast and countryside and it made for an amazing result with this video.

Watch and listen below to THE TREWS – Hope & Ruin, it is an incredible song!

Stone: With The Trews, which is written first, the music or the lyrics?

Colin: Always the music. We’ll come up with a riff, a melody, a little idea and work on it until it becomes a big idea. We take a melody idea and then a line comes with it. You then work your way back from there.  I never try to over think the lyrics. I try to balance things out and let the lyrics compliment the song.

Stone: With The Trews being for all intents and purposes, family, what is it like for you guys to sit down, write and record music?

Colin: It’s the only way of life we’ve known for such a long time. I really don’t have anything else to compare it to. We are a tight group of guys. Sure, we have heated arguments, although they can simmer very quick. That’s what has kept us together for so long.

Stone: How important is it for a Rock band today, compared to a decade ago, in adapting to changes in how they promote themselves?

Colin: It’s really important. A band has to always garner new fans. It’s hands on now. There’s not a lot of mystique or mystery to promotion anymore. Our main priority is to always make good music. You must never lose sight in making music that the fans like. You must keep up the musical content. There’s twitter and facebook to reach out to the fans with. Those bands that keep all of this in mind will do well with the new model.

Stone: Is the record industry today more hope or more ruin?

Colin: It depends on who you ask. There are lots of bands getting through today that probably wouldn’t have decades ago, like, Mumford & Sons. Bands are selling out big venues, so that’s hope for sure. The days of signing big money record deals and getting big contracts up front are no more. So that’s ruin.

Stone: Which country has the toughest music market for The Trews to tap into and do you want to conquer that market?

Colin: Right now, we’re doing great in Australia and the UK. We’d like to get bigger in America because it’s close and easy to tour, so obviously we want to break into that market. Any band that are making good music and stays true to themselves will do well and that’s what we try to do.

Stone: What band or which musician would The Trews be honored to share the stage with, where you haven’t shared the stage with before?

Colin: We’d love to play with Neil Young. That would be awesome! We’d love to open for AC/DC. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We’ve opened for The Stones. We’ve also opened for Robert Plant across Canada.

Stone: Where did you open for The Rolling Stones?

Colin: We opened for them in Toronto and Phoenix back in 2005. They were secret club gigs.

Stone: Where did you play with Robert Plant?

Colin: It was all across Canada for his entire tour here.

Stone: Is Robert Plant a nice guy?

Colin: Robert Plant is a super cool guy! He’s always interested in new music and never rests on his laurels. I find inspiration in that and it sticks with us. As a lead singer, Robert Plant is always moving forward and that’s a quality about him I admire most.

Stone: As a band, do you guys want to continue experimenting and maturing musically or have you reached a level of self-contentment of where you are now?

Colin: Never man. We keep pushing forward. We have more in us. There’s so much more music in us still and so much more to come. I still feel we have not made our best record yet.

Stone: Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans?

Colin: Thank you for supporting us and for so long! When the fans come out to see us live, it really means  a lot to us.

* For more info on THE TREWS, click on the links below:

THE TREWS – Official Website

THE TREWS – myspace music

LONG LIVE THE TREWS.

Stone.

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