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On This Day In METAL History – February 5th… From SLADE To DROWNING POOL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, movies, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Slade - Look Wot You Dun - promo 45rpm cover pic - #MOILMFD990909

On February 5th, 1972 – Glam Rock/Hard Rock pioneers SLADE had their huge single, Look Wot You Dun, ranked at #1 in the UK. Whoa and whoa again! By the way, this SLADE song is very, very cool.

KISS - publicity band photo - red white blue Kiss logo - 2014

On this day in KISSTORY – February 5, 2002 – The sensational ‪‎KISS kicked off the New York City Fashion Week with a rockin’ performance at the Lane Bryant Fashion Show. The band performed Shout it Out Loud, Lick it Up, Love Gun, God of Thunder and Rock and Roll All Nite. Yup.

Drowning Pool - Hellelujah - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO339969ILMFD

On February 5th, 2016 – The newly released studio album from DROWNING POOL is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album has a most Metal appropriate title too: Hellelujah.

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction - promo cover pic - 1992 - #MOILMFD993366

On February 5th, 2016MEGADETH’s fifth studio album from 1992, Countdown To Extinction, is ranked at #26, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. The Earth begins to rumble…

United Artists - original logo - 1919 - #MO99ILMFD066


On February 5th, 1919:

United Artists Was Created! Read all about it with link below:


Stone - 2011 Photo #1



On This Day In METAL History – February 2nd… From IRON MAIDEN To NELSON

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 2, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Killers - promo cover pic - large!

On February 2nd, 1981 – The iconic IRON MAIDEN released their second studio album, Killers, in the UK. Yes, the legendary Paul Di’Anno was still the lead singer for this studio album and would be his last with IRON MAIDEN. If you don’t own this album, you are obviously not a legitimate Metalhead.

Nelson - After The Rain - #1990NMO - promo album cover

On February 2nd, 1990NELSON had their huge hit single, After The Rain, sitting at #6, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. NELSON Forever. So there.

Don Dokken - Rock Beat - magazine cover promo - 1988 - #MO3993ILMFD9

On February 2nd, 2008DON DOKKEN performed at House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Shown above: April, 1988 Rock Beat cover feature of DON DOKKEN. Freaking whoa!

Overkill - classic band logo - green - #90OKMOBE

On February 2nd, 2013 – The mighty OVERKILL performed at House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, USA. Dig it.

Avantasia - Ghostlights - promo cover pic - 2016 - #MO33ILMFD909

On February 2nd, 2016Ghostlights (Bonus Version) from Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA is ranked at #3, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Yup. Very cool.

Primal Fear - Rulebreaker - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO9933ILMFD0004

On February 2nd, 2016 – The new studio album from Germany’s PRIMAL FEAR, Rulebreaker, is ranked at #15, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. By the way, this new PRIMAL FEAR offering kicks enormous Metal ass. Yes, it does.

Manowar - band classic logo - silver - black

On February 2nd, 2016 – The powerful MANOWAR are scheduled to destroy at Konserthus in Stavanger, Norway. This is one of many dates on MANOWAR‘s Gods And Kings World Tour 2016. Hell, yes and Hail MANOWAR!


Nelson & Stone at M3 2010 pic #1



On This Day In METAL History – January 30th… From LED ZEPPELIN To MEGADETH

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 30, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - classic band logo - #071385MOSLMNMS33

On January 30th, 1971 – The iconic LED ZEPPELIN had their hit single, Immigrant Song, ranked at #16, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Immigrant Song is featured on the 1970 studio album: LED ZEPPELIN III.

KISS - Debut Album - promo cover pic!!

On January 30th, 1973KISS performed their first live show at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. Ten or fewer people witnessed this historic Rock event. Yes, you can look that up for yourself, if you don’t believe me. The rest is KISStory.

Stryper - Honestly - promo 12 inch single - cover art - #1987SMO777

On January 30th, 1988STRYPER had their power ballad Honestly ranked at #23, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Holy moly!

Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death - World Tour - 2003 - 2004 - promo tour program pic

On January 30th, 2004 – The unbelievable IRON MAIDEN performed at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, USA. This concert was during IRON MAIDEN’s Dance Of Death Tour. Hail IRON MAIDEN!!

Megadeth - Dystopia - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #3300MOSMMSOT66

On January 30th, 2016 – The fifteenth studio album from MEGADETH, Dystopia, is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Killer album!! Buy it or else!!

Megadeth - Greatest Hits - Back To The Start - promo cover pic - 2005 - #MO339ILMFDO

On January 30th, 2016MEGADETH Greatest Hits: Back To The Start is ranked at #19, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This compilation album was released back in 2005.

Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 28, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

The Dead Daisies - promo band pic - Doug Aldrich - 2016 - January - #MO339093ILMFD




From The Dead Daisies newsletter:

New York, NY (January 28th, 2016) – The Dead Daisies are proud to announce the addition of Doug Aldrich to the lineup as lead guitarist of the powerful music collective. Guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be stepping aside to be a part of a momentous project in 2016.

Aldrich is currently in Nashville with the Daisies working with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) on their follow-up to the album Revolución, released last year following the bands trip to Cuba, where the classic rock group were part of a cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. The still untitled album will be released globally on SPV Records later this year.

Aldrich joins bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) on vocals and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) on drums.

“I’m very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of The Dead Daisies,” proclaims Aldrich. “I love the band and I’m looking forward to getting busy on the new record. This band is bringing back a raw, back to the bones sound that a lot of groups go for but The Dead Daisies are looking to nail. At this point in time, we are looking to have a kick ass Rock ‘n’ Roll album in the can by spring 2016.”

Fortus couldn’t be happier, saying: “When we started speaking about finding someone to replace me, the first suggestion I had was Doug Aldrich. It doesn’t get any better than Doug in my book. I am so happy that he is able and willing to step in and take over. I think that it will elevate the band to the next level. Thanks to everyone that has supported the Daisies over the last couple of years. Stay tuned to see what they come up with next. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!”

David Lowy, one of the original founders of The Dead Daisies said: “We’re really going to miss Richard and Dizzy. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to write, record and perform with such talented world-class musicians and all-around great guys. I’ve personally learnt so much from both of them. We’re very excited to announce Doug Aldrich will be joining The Dead Daisies in the lead guitar role. Doug was Richard’s first pick to replace him. He’s a highly accomplished musician, performer and songwriter and we’re really looking forward to Doug joining us as the Dead Daisies adventure rolls on.”

Marco Mendoza couldn’t be more excited as well, of course: “Doug and I shared the stage for many years with Whitesnake and have been involved in many recording sessions and projects. He is a powerful guitar player and performer, can’t wait to bring him in on our next efforts in the studio and on the road. VIVA LA ROCK!”

Since exploding onto the scene in 2013, The Dead Daisies have taken the Classic Rock world by storm, releasing two albums to date & touring with the biggest names in rock including: ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Judas Priest, KISS and Def Leppard.

2015 was a banner year that saw the band release their 2nd album, make a historic visit to Cuba, join the line-up for some of the biggest European Rock Festivals including Download and Graspop, tour around the globe with Whitesnake and KISS as well as play a sold out triumphant headline show in Paris. The band then returned to the UK for the first time in two years to play a series of Sold Out club shows, including the special guest slot at Planet Rock Stock in Wales.

With the year having just started, The Dead Daisies are well underway to continue to rewrite the book on Classic Rock. With a killer new album in the works, massive touring being booked and fueled by their ever-growing fan base, the band is showing no signs of letting up.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!


“The Dead Daisies’ all-star cast do a sterling job of banishing hangovers
with slick-as-a-vaselined-otter Classic Rock.”
– Kerrang!





JIMMY BAIN – Legendary Rainbow And DIO Bassist – Rest In Peace

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on January 25, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

JIMMY BAIN – Distinguished bassist Jimmy Bain passed away over this past weekend. Jimmy now reunites with his former legendary bandmates Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Gary Moore and Phil Lynott; an unbelievable list of musical greats that are now performing on another heavenly plane. Born in Scotland, back on December 19th, 1947, Jimmy Bain was only 68 years old.

Jimmy Bain was a long-time member of DIO, being featured on several of DIO’s studio albums. Jimmy Bain also recorded and toured for Rainbow in the mid 70’s. He later co-founded in 1978 the British Rock supergroup: Wild Horses. Before his passing, Jimmy Bain was the bassist for Last In Line; an all-star band of past DIO musicians.

Metal Odyssey expresses condolences to the family, bandmates and friends of Jimmy Bain. Rest in peace, Jimmy Bain.





Posted in Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on January 14, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Evilyn Strange - Evilution - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO33ILMFDSP993993

The ‘Evilution’ of Evilyn Strange will be released on March 7th through Thirteen772 Music. Featuring five tracks, the EP precedes a new 11 track album to be released later in the year. As well as announcing the release date the band have also revealed the artwork (above).

Frontman Phillip Strange and guitarist Mikael Johannesson have written a hard rocking follow-up to their debut album Mourning Phoebe. Says Phillip: “We’re definitely rocking a lot more this time out even though it wasn’t what I would call a conscious decision. We sat down and threw all sorts of influences into the mix with no restrictions. Mike’s playing on ‘Evilution’ is phenomenal, he’s on fire!”

Each of the five songs brings a unique flavour to the table. Continues Phillip: “The opening track ‘Let It Rain’ deals with the inevitable bumps in the road that life throws at you. The message is simple, do what’s right for you and yours; don’t let anyone hold you back or put you down… believe in yourself! ‘Invisible Man’ is about the side to you that you lock away from the rest of the world, where internal battles can make or break you. It’s about fighting your demons and keeping your head above water. It’s something most of us struggle with but is rarely discussed openly.”

Evilyn Strange - band logo - banner promo - #MO33ILMFDSP9939

Track three ‘Storm Clouds’ is perhaps the heaviest that Evilyn Strange have ever sounded. Says Phillip, “Mike wrote this insane riff with a thunderous rhythm part. I got really excited by it and we ended up with ‘Storm Clouds’, a real headbanging anthem. The subject matter is about getting yourself in a spot of bother by not thinking things through. It’s that common trap of being so focussed on one thing that the important things pass you by. I’m sad to say it’s very autobiographical, ha, ha!”

“The last two tracks, ‘ Never’ and ‘Stay’ are possibly the most obvious links to ‘Mourning Phoebe’. ‘Never’ is about struggling against the odds and trying to achieve the seemingly impossible. It’s often on the eve or succeeding that you feel at your lowest… hang in there!”

Of the final track ‘Stay’, Phillip concludes, “Some situations are so painful it’s all too easy to bury your head in the sand or run away. Of course, you can’t run from reality so eventually it’s gonna bite you on the ass one way or the other. Sometimes it’s better to stand and fight, however painful that may be.”

Produced by the band, ‘Evilution’ will be available to pre-order, from January 27th, in the CD format and digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other popular providers.

Track List:

  1. Let It Rain
  2. Invisible man
  3. Storm Clouds
  4. Never
  5. Stay

Band Members:

Phillip Strange (All Vocals)

Mikael Johannesson (All Guitars)

The Ghost (Drums, Keyboards)


Evilyn Strange - Evilution - promo album cover pic - 2016 - #MO33ILMFDSP993993

For more info on EVILYN STRANGE:

Facebook: Evilyn Strange




WISHING WELL – Band Features Legendary Vocalist GRAHAM BONNET On Lead Single From Their Forthcoming Debut Studio Album

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Wishing Well - Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul - single cover art - Graham Bonnet - 2016 - Inverse Records - #MO33ILMFD99

I’ve had the pleasure to listen to the first single, from the forthcoming debut studio album from Wishing Well, courtesy of Inverse Records. I’ll have to admit the song Hippie Heart Gyspsy Soul is a bonafide blast of Classic Hard Rock that has made my week! Wishing Well ROCKS this song to the Moon and back!

One all important reason this song soars is that Graham Bonnet shows off his distinctive and memorable vocals like the tried and true Hard Rock legend he is! Wishing Well features the great Graham Bonnet on this one song for their debut album and that alone makes this band very, very lucky indeed. Metal Be Thy Name – Stone


From Inverse Records:

Wishing Well are a Hard Rock band hailing from Helsinki Finland. “Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul” is the first single taken from the “Chasing Rainbows” debut album to be released on 5th of February via Inverse Records. For the single the band joined forces with legendary Hard Rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz) and came up with a catchy and melodic Hard Rock song.

“We wanted something extra to boost the album and when we wrote “Hippie” we instantly realized that Graham would be a perfect vocalist for the song in many ways. I’m a lifelong fan of Graham myself and it’s fantastic that we made it at the end of the day. Pete (vocalist Peter James Goodman) had no problem with it since he’s a big fan too! I’m proud and pleased with the result and it’s just amazing that at 68 he’s still delivering the goods” says Anssi Korkiakoski, the song writer and guitar player of Wishing Well.

Wishing Well - Hippie Heart Gypsy Soul - single cover art - Graham Bonnet - 2016 - Inverse Records - #MO33ILMFD99

Graham Bonnet will be very busy this year since he’s releasing a new album on Frontier Records and an authorized biography later on this spring, written by Steve Wright. He’ll also play live in Finland in April after his Australian tour. “The guys got in touch and after I heard the song I was immediately ready to give it a go. It’s a catchy tune and perfect for my range. I like the lyrics too. We recorded my vocals in LA and the guys took care of the rest of it in Finland. I’m always ready to cooperate if it’s a serious band with a good song. I wish the guys all the best.”

The band is now promoting the single and CD with plans to play live as much as they can later on this year. The band consists of Anssi Korkiakoski (guitars), Rip Radioactive (drums), Richard Becker (bass) and Peter James Goodman (vocals), all experienced musicians who have cut their teeth in many other bands before Wishing Well.


Inverse Records - logo - #2015IRMO






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