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BAILEY “Long Way Down” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, classic rock, Hard Rock, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


Bailey Long Way Down was released back on December 9th, 2014, via Frontiers Music SRL. This is a solo project for Nigel Bailey, the frontman for Three Lions. As a songwriter and guitarist, Nigel Bailey soars on Long Way Down; his vocals are contagious and melodious, while being reminiscent of a Lou GrammJohn Parr and Joe Lynn Turner style. Maybe it’s unfair to compare Nigel Bailey to the three aforementioned vocalists; still he is an excellent vocalist in his own right. Frankly, every singer is unique, in my Metal opinion.

Musically, this album’s songs are so enjoyable for me to take in, time and again. Both Bailey’s vocals and the music makes me feel so damn inspired. Very, very melodic is the Hard Rock on Long Way Down. This is an album that should appeal to a vast array of Rock music fans, from Classic Rock to Hard Rock with AOR in-between. I could easily see Bailey open for Foreigner, Styx and the like; this is quality here, my Hard Rock brethren.

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Bailey unearths the glory days of Classic Hard Rock with this album. A key word I use often when writing album reviews is memorable and Long Way Down has it from start to finish. This is such a splendid guitar-driven album too. Bailey’s vocals sound so perfect on top of the music, it’s nothing short of amazing. I am very impressed at how Bailey could take an 80’s Hard Rock sound and make it all sound so relevant.

My favorite songs on this album are Bad Reputation, Feed The Flames and Stay; they are such outstanding songs! Heck, there are so many favorite songs of mine on this Bailey album! Once again, melodic, memorable and top-tier quality songs, vocals and musicianship are the makeup of this solo Bailey album. I 100% recommend this Bailey album to any Rock or Hard Rock fan looking for a new album they can enjoy listening to countless times over for years to come. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track List: Feed The Flames, In The Name Of The King, Dirty Little Secret, Bad Reputation, Stay, Somewhere In Oslo, Long Way Down, Spend The Night, Love Falls Down, Ticket To Yesterday, Dirty Angel

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THE SHRINE “Waiting For The War” 12″ – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


A 3 song 12″ that I have discovered to be damn good is Waiting For The War from The Shrine. This ultra cool slab of vinyl is available over at Tankcrimes:

The title track for this EP is in general terms Punk, in the vein of an aggressive Ramones and not Sex Pistols. Maybe some will call this song Crossover Thrash or Skate Punk. Call it what you will, the title track ROCKS and that’s the main concern. The second track is Rare Breed and it’s Stoner Metal, with spirals of golden sonic psychedelia. Do not think The Sword, instead think early Uriah Heep meets Tony Iommi; or something like that. If you visit The Shrine’s Facebook page, they list their genre as: Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll. ‘Nuff said.

The third track, Waiting For The War, is Metal. The fret work tells me so. This song is an instrumental and it jams, baaabbbyyy! Playing out at 4:22, I wish Waiting For The War had another 5 minutes added on to it. Really. Good stuff. I recommend The Shrine to any fan of kick to the arse underground Metal. Metal be thy name.

Track List: Waiting For The War, Rare Breed, Waiting For The War (Instrumental)


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On This Day In METAL History – March 26th… From Oceano To Steven Tyler

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Golden Earring - Twilight Zone - 45rpm - cover sleeve promo pic - 1983 - MO

On March 26th, 1983Golden Earring had their hit single, Twilight Zone, sitting at #10, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Golden Earring’s 1982 studio album: Cut.

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On this day in 1988 – The illustrious Def Leppard had their hit single, Hysteria, ranked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Def Leppard’s fourth studio album from 1987: Hysteria. Sadly, Hysteria would be the last studio album to feature guitarist and songwriter Steve Clark. Rest in peace, Steve Clark.

Youth Gone Wild - Heavy Metal Hits of the 80s - promo cover pic - 1996 - #032696MO

On March 26th, 1996Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits Of The ’80s, Volume 1 was released. This series of compilation albums featured enormous Heavy Metal hits of the 80’s golden era. Featured songs include: Street Of Dreams by Rainbow, The Last In Line by DIO, Ace Of Spades by Motörhead, Blind In Texas by W.A.S.P. and Balls To The Wall by Accept. There are 14 songs on Volume 1. No, Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row is not on this compilation. Go figure.

Oceano - Ascendants - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #010326MO

On this day in 2015 – The #1 Heavy Metal album on the iTunes Top Heavy Metal Albums Chart is Ascendants by Oceano. This album was released via Earache Records. Home base for Oceano is Chicago, Illinois.

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On March 26th, 1948, Steven Tyler was born in New York. Happy Birthday, Steven Tyler! Whoa! Steven Tyler is known across the Universe as the lead singer and co-founding member of the super legendary Aerosmith. Back in 2001, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Long live Steven Tyler and Aerosmith! Metal be thy name.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – March 25th… From Van Halen To Saxon

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Van Halen - You Really Got Me - Atomic Punk - 45rpm cover sleeve promo - #1978VHMOTK64

On March 25th, 1978 – The amazing Van Halen had their hit single, You Really Got Me, at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on the first studio album from Van Halen, commonly referred to as Van Halen I. Ray Davies of The Kinks originally wrote this song and it was released by The Kinks back in 1964. Whoa, man!

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On this day in 1982 – The might SAXON performed at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


On March 25th, 1989Vixen had their memorable hit single, Cryin’, standing at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Cryin’ is featured on the 1988 debut and self-titled album from Vixen.

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On this day in 1991 – The great Steelheart, BulletBoys and Great White performed at the Towson Center Arena in Towson, Maryland, USA. Very cool!

Nickelback - No Fixed Address - promo album cover pic - #201417

On March 25th, 2015 – Yes, the latest studio album from Nickelback is still holding its own, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Spending 17 consecutive weeks on this chart, No Fixed Address is at #143 for this week.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Wanna See My DON DOKKEN Autographed Trading Card? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Don Dokken - 2008 - Upper Deck Spectrum Of Stars - Autographed Trading Card - #0803DDMO

That’s it above! That’s my cool looking Don Dokken autographed trading card! This unbelievable piece of Rock ‘N’ Roll history was seeded into packs of Upper Deck Spectrum Of Stars trading cards, which were initially sold around 2008; that’s the date printed on the back of this card, anyways. There were many Rock and Metal celebrity musicians featured on these trading cards. Two other of these autographed trading cards that I own are Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart vocalist) and (the late) Jani Lane from Warrant and Saints Of The Underground fame.

Below: the backside of this spectacular trading card:

Don Dokken - Autograph Trading Card - 2008 - Spectrum Of Stars - #0803DDMO - Back Side Of Card

I did not purchase a single pack of these Upper Deck trading cards, due to the high price point. I bought this gem as a single card, from a private seller, back when I was living in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Good times. I looked this Don Dokken autographed card up on ebay today, it was recently listed for $14.99. I don’t recall spending that much money on mine; I believe I paid under ten dollars. Metal be thy name! – Stone

If you’d like to read about and see my stunning Miljenko Matijevic autographed trading card, just click on the link below! Whoa!

Wanna See My Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) Autographed Trading Card?








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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On This Day In METAL History – March 3rd… Good Times!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize - promo 45rpm picture sleeve - 1973 - #73SMO0303

On March 3rd, 1973 – England’s legendary SLADE reaches #1 in the UK with their hit song: Cum On Feel The Noise. I remember never knowing that SLADE originally wrote and recorded this song, until I heard the Quiet Riot cover version on Metal Health, back in 1983. I remember some DJ on WHCN, WCCC or WPLR (FM) up in Connecticut, speaking about the history of this song, when it first released. Good times.

Foreigner - Blue Morning Blue Day - 45rpm cover sleeve promo - 1979 - #79FMO0303

On this day in 1979 – The great Foreigner is at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit song: Blue Morning, Blue Day. Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, this song is featured on Foreigners amazing second studio album, from 1978: Double Vision. The Double Vision album is my favorite of all Foreigner albums! I remember receiving Double Vision as a birthday gift from my mother, back in January of 1979. God rest her loving soul.

Metallica - Master Of Puppets - 1986 - #860303MMOCB

On March 3rd, 1986 – The mighty METALLICA released their third studio album: Master Of Puppets. This happens to be my favorite METTALICA album of all-time! This is THE studio album, that without a doubt, launched METALLICA into the legendary stratosphere of Thrash Metal and ALL of Metal!

Master Of Puppets raised the Metal bar for ALL other Thrash Metal bands too. Unfortunately, this would be the last studio album that features classic member, co-songwriter and bassist Cliff Burton. Man I love this Master Of Puppets album! Battery!! Rest in peace, Cliff Burton.

Warrant - Sometimes She Cries - promo 45rpm  cover sleeve - 1990 - #90WMO0303

On this day in 1990Warrant reaches #20, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit song: Sometimes She Cries. This song is featured on Warrant’s debut studio album, from 1989: Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. I remember buying the album on vinyl and I later bought it (used) on cassette; this way I was able to listen to it in my car. Good times. Rest in peace, Jani Lane.

Nickelback - The Best Of Volume 1 - promo album cover pic - #2014AL

On March 3rd, 2015Nickelback – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1 moves up five notches and is sitting at #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart. This greatest hits has spent 57 weeks on this chart, peaking at #2. Long live Nickelback!

Nickelback - No Fixed Address - promo album cover pic - #201417

On this day in 2015 – It’s Nickelback again, sitting at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart, with their eighth studio album: No Fixed Address. This album moved up from being last week’s #4 and has spent 14 weeks on this chart. Whoa!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1





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