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STRIKEFORCE “Elegant Steel” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 METAL Fists Out Of 5!

STRIKEFORCE are a Classic Hard Rock band that formed back in 1982. Lead by founding member and guitarist Duke Jackson, Strikeforce also features Jim Burdette on drums, Daryn Unterbrink on vocals, and bassist James Murphy. The newest studio album from Strikeforce, Elegant Steel, was released back on December 9th, 2014, via HighVolMusic. Duke Jackson is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and serves as a founding member, writer and producer of Strikeforce.

This five song album (EP if you will) is jam-packed with many hooks and high energy Hard Rock songs, all guitar driven and I’ve been reeled in! This is an album that is tailor-made for good-times, whether you’re partying or hitting the open highway; these are songs that have succeeded in making me feel that Classic Hard Rock goodness!

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My favorite song on this album is Let Me Rock U, a song that can stand head-to-toes with many (historically untouchable) Mötley Crüe songs and I’m not talking junk here at all. Live Action is a freaking refreshing way to dropkick any dumbass mood I might be in. Yeah, Strikeforce is a tried and true Hard Rock force, from their songwriting to their musicianship, with Duke Jackson shredding away in many eye-popping moments!

Daryn Unterbrink’s vocals are memorable and melodious; this guy can sing! The rhythm section does a bang-up job and everything just comes together so ideally, on Elegant Steel. This album from Strikeforce essentially comes at me like a bonus for 2014; sometimes special Rockin’ surprises do come in small packages! Metal be thy name! – Stone

Elegant Steel – Track List: All About The Money, Falling Down, Live Action, Doomsday, Let Me Rock U

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE STRIKEFORCE.

LONG LIVE ASS KICKING ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

PINK VELVET KRUSH “F.S.O.A.” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists! Whoa!

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Supergroup Pink Velvet Krush originate from Long Island, New York and they released a marvelous EP of five songs in the latter part of 2014, via HighVolMusic. If this EP from Pink Velvet Krush, F.S.O.A., is an indication of what’s to come from them, then I am holding my spot as first in line! Everything about this EP is BIG sonically and makes me feel freaking amazingly great!

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I cannot help hearing the passion that Pink Velvet Krush has towards their own music and the Rock ‘N’ Roll legends that have influenced them. This band is so grand to listen to on this E.P. that it’s downright stunning. Make no mistake, Pink Velvet Krush are an original group and are/would be an asset to any open-air festival of Hard Rock and/or Metal. Pink Velvet Krush ROCK so damn fine that Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest, Def Leppard and KISS should be knocking down PVK’s door to be their opening band. I’m not talking shit here, I put my Metal reputation on it. All five songs on F.S.O.A. rain down with that glorious 80’s Arena vibe and chills. I love that. I NEED to see this band live!

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If you take the classic Hard Rock atmosphere (aka) 80’s Arena Rock, Bon Jovi’s New Jersey album with Salty Dog and mix it all together, you get… Pink Velvet Krush. Maybe I’m getting too nostalgic or something, still, Pink Velvet Krush come packaged with enough relevancy and talent to challenge many current and well-known Hard Rock bands on the scene today. Metal be thy name. – Stone

PINK VELVET KRUSH includes former Gene Loves Jezebel drummer Joe Larsen, former Steelheart/Britny Fox guitarist Greg Polcari, former Dust and Bones guitarist Sean Quidgeon, former Vaudeville vocalist Doug ‘Savage’ Ramey, and former Sacred Edge bassist Shane West.

F.S.O.A. – Track List: 1. Nothin’ To Lose, 2. Take My Life, 3. F.S.O.A. (Fifty Shades Of Anything), 4. These Chains, 5. Obsession

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE PINK VELVET KRUSH.

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Stone Picks His Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 31, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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I truly enjoyed trying to stay on top of many, many Hard Rock releases that 2014 had to offer. From the dozens or more Hard Rock albums I listened to this past year, this Top 10 represents the titles that psyched me out the most; these are my choice albums that excel from start to finish.

Music creates vibrations that are unique, mystical and timeless. Music is a universal communication that brings us all together, from all walks of life, unlike anything else. Hopefully you’ll appreciate one or many from my personal Top 10 list. Metal be thy name.

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#1

MICHAEL SWEET

I’M NOT YOUR SUICIDE

Michael Sweet has, for me, delivered what I consider to be one of the most inspiring Hard Rock albums I’ve ever listened to. If last year’s Stryper album, No More Hell To Pay, wasn’t enough to lift me into the Milky Way of hope and positive reinforcement, then Michael Sweet’s new solo album has put triple asterisks on my will to overcome my personal fears and mistakes. I’m Not Your Suicide is a powerful and sincere album from a musician, songwriter, lyricist and singer that I believe to be an American music treasure.

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#2

CHEVELLE – LA GÁRGOLA

Kyng - Burn The Serum - promo cover pic - 2014

#3

KYNG – BURN THE SERUM

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#4

ACE FREHLEY – SPACE INVADER

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#5 

KXM – (Self-Titled)

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#6

FUEL – PUPPET STRINGS

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#7

TESLA – SIMPLICITY

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#8

HELIX – BASTARD OF THE BLUES

J.Rad - Sick Fantasy - promo album cover pic - 2014

#9

J.RAD – SICK FANTASY

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#10

JEFF LABAR – One For The Road

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Check out Metal Odyssey’s other TOP TEN lists for 2014 below! Whoa!

Metal Odyssey’s Scott Coverdale Picks His Top Ten Hard Rock/Metal Albums Of 2014

METAL ODYSSEY’S TOP TEN METAL ALBUMS OF 2014

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LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Scott Coverdale Picks His Top Ten Hard Rock/Metal Albums Of 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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For me, 2014 came in like a bear and went out like a lamb. Each year time seems to go by faster and faster, while finding the time to put together my 2014 Top 10 list, once again, seemed like an impossible task for me. Finally, I hunkered down in my bunker and got’er done. Here is my 2014 Hard Rock/Metal Top 10 Albums Of The Year!! – Scott Coverdale

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#1

BILLY IDOL

“KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND”

Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls - promo cover pic - #2014JPMO

#2

JUDAS PRIEST

“REDEEMER OF SOULS” DELUXE EDITION

Shaman Harvest - Smokin Hearts & Broken Guns - promo cover pic - #2014SCMO

#3

SHAMAN HARVEST

“SMOKIN’ HEARTS & BROKEN GUNS”

Ace Frehley - Space Invader - Promo cover pic - #2014AFMO

#4

ACE FREHLEY 

“SPACE INVADER”

Stormwarrior - Thunder & Steel - promo cover pic - 2014

#5

STORMWARRIOR

“THUNDER & STEELE”

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#6

RUBICON CROSS

“RUBICON CROSS” DELUXE EDITION

Helix - Bastard Of The Blues - promo cover pic - #2015HBMO

#7

HELIX

“BASTARD OF THE BLUES”

Starset - Transmission - promo cover pic - #2014SSMO

#8

STARSET

“TRANSMISSION”

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#9

SIXX A.M.

“MODERN VINTAGE”

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#10

RICHIE KOTZEN

“THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN”

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Scott Coverdale.

URIAH HEEP – Australia Tour Dates Announced For March 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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The legendary URIAH HEEP will be touring Australia, this coming March! Check out the tour flyer above for dates, cities and venues.

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URIAH HEEP released their 24th studio album, Outsider, via Frontiers Records, in mid 2014. Check it out, cause it ROCKS like hell!

For more info on URIAH HEEP:

http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/index.php

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Cover art for the Outsider album by Igor Morski.

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE URIAH HEEP.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

AC/DC “ROCK OR BUST” – Releasing December 3rd; Title Track Streaming Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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AC/DCRock Or Bust, the highly anticipated new studio album from Australia’s legendary band, will be released on December 3rd, 2014, via Columbia Records. It will be the band’s fifteenth internationally released studio album and the seventeenth to be released in Australia. This is the first studio album of new AC/DC magic, since the multi-platinum Black Ice, which was released back in 2008.

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Rock Or Bust was recorded in the Spring of 2014, at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia and has AC/DC once again teaming up with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser. Founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young did not play on Rock Or Bust, due to his heartbreaking struggle with dementia. The nephew of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar on the new album.

Crank UP The Volume For Rock Or Bust!

ROCK OR BUST – Track Listing:

  1. Rock or Bust
  2. Play Ball
  3. Rock The Blues Away
  4. Miss Adventure
  5. Dogs of War
  6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
  7. Hard Times
  8. Baptism By Fire
  9. Rock the House
  10. Sweet Candy
  11. Emission Control

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Pre-order “Rock Or Bust” digitally and get downloads of “Rock Or Bust” and “Play Ball” instantly: http://smarturl.it/RockOrBustMP3

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AC/DC on Rock Or Bust:

Brian Johnson – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums, percussion

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

STAY STRONG, MALCOLM YOUNG.

Stone.

SOUNDGARDEN – “Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path” Releases November 24th, Via UMe

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Includes Seven Unreleased Tracks

Recognized as one of the world’s most influential bands in Rock music, Grammy-winning multi-platinum selling band Soundgarden started a musical transformation that inspired a generation in its record-breaking career, leaving an indelible mark by helping redefine Alternative and Hard Rock. Hard on the heels of the 20th anniversary deluxe re-release of its chart-topping, five-times-platinum 1994 album, Superunknown, earlier this year, Soundgarden’s latest release is a 3-CD rarities collection, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path.

Among the seven unreleased tracks is a brand-new recording, “Storm,” recorded in May with producer Jack Endino in Seattle. The new collection was curated and hand-selected by guitarist Kim Thayil. Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path is the first time an official Soundgarden release has included more than 26 years of rarities that have appeared as B-sides, album bonus tracks, EPs, soundtracks, compilations and live recordings, a must for any fan of the band. The package features three separate thematic discs in a clear plastic slipcase with three separate mini-jackets, each sporting its own unique art, a booklet and inserts, allowing fans to mix and match, personalizing their own album graphic layout.

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* For more info on SOUNDGARDEN:

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SOUNDGARDEN.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

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