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On This Day In METAL History – October 18th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - promo poster - 1967 - #67JH

On October 18th, 1966The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed their first concert as a band, supporting French pop star Johnny Hallyday, at the Paris Olympia in France. The original lineup was: Jimi Hendrix on guitar & vocals, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. All three of these legendary pioneers of Metal are no longer with us, still, their music and influence will carry on forever.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along The Watchtower - single cover sleeve promo - 1968JHE

On this day in 1968 – A Jimi Hendrix cover version of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower is released. This song is featured on the 1968 iconic double-album: The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland.

Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz - promo single cover sleeve - 1975BC

On October 18th, 1975Sweet hits #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the United States, with The Ballroom Blitz. This song is featured on the third studio album from Sweet, released in 1974: Desolation Boulevard.

Star Wars - Classic Logo - Yellow & Black - #1977GL

On this day in 1977 Star Wars, George Lucas‘ record breaking and iconic Science Fiction adventure, is released in theaters. Metal Odyssey’s very own Stone claims: Star Wars is so freaking cool that it’s Metal. Metal be thy name!

Guns N Roses - Classic Logo - #551966GNR

On October 18th, 1989 – During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting from the band. On the following night, Axl Rose apologized for saying that he would quit and proceeded to deliver a five-minute anti-drug speech.

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Chuck Berry - The Ultimate Collection - promo cover pic

Chuck Berry - Greatest Hits - promo cover pic - #20145CB

CHUCK BERRY

On October 18th, 1926 – Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Happy Birthday Chuck Berry! Whoa! The super-duper legendary Chuck Berry is aka: The Father Of Rock & Roll. Chuck Berry is famously known for his 1950’s hits: Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music and Johnny B. Goode. A true Rock & Roll pioneer is Chuck Berry and his influence has touched many generations of musicians, across the globe!

Reo Speedwagon -  Playlist - The Very Best Of - promo cover pic - #2003REO

GARY RICHRATH

On October 18th, 1949 – Gary Richrath was born in Illinois. Happy Birthday, Gary! Yeah! Gary Richrath is most famously known for being a founding member, guitarist and backing vocalist of REO Speedwagon, from 1970 to 1990. Gary Richrath was also a songwriter and producer for REO Speedwagon. Gary has sung on several REO songs, including Find My Fortune from 1973 and (Only A) Summer Love from 1976. Gary is shown in top photo, (circa early 80’s), in the left top corner.

Richrath - Only The Strong Survive - Gary Richrath - 1992 solo album promo cover

 In 1992, Gary released a solo album: RichrathOnly The Strong Survive.

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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TWINGIANT – To Release New Album

Posted in Music, Hard Rock, rock music, rock music news, music news with tags , , , , on October 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Devil Down To Be Released This Winter

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Phoenix Sludge masters TWINGIANT are set to release their new album Devil Down this winter. Devil Down is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album Mass Driver and was engineered and mastered by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) at Arcane Digital Recording.

The band had the following to say about the new album:

“We’ll be releasing our 2nd, full-length album entitled, Devil Down, by the end of the year. We’re really happy with how it’s coming along and it’s been nothing short of awesome working with Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon) of Arcane Digital Recording. Since Tony (guitars) joined the band last summer, our sound evolved as you would expect. We have more of a 70s/Southern Rock feel now and it’s really evident on Devil Down, more so than when we were flirting with that sound on the Sin Nombre EP. The vocals are probably the most noticeable change from the prior two releases. You can actually understand 75% of what Jarrod is saying and there are more of them now. Devil Down still has all the elements that you would expect from Twingiant, but you can definitely tell that we’ve matured and found our stride. We can’t wait to release it.”

Further details about the album, including track listing will be announced shortly.

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(Source: Dewar PR)

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LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – October 12th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

New York Dolls - debut album cover promo - 1973

On October 12th, 1971 – New York Dolls are formed, in New York City. The roots of Glam Metal are planted. (Pictured above: the 1973 debut & self-titled New York Dolls album).

The Who - Its Hard - promo album cover pic - 1982

On this day, in 1982 – On their farewell tour, The Who performed the first of two nights at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Queens, New York City. The Clash was the opening act for The Who, at both concerts. (Pictured above is the tenth studio album from The Who, It’s Hard, released in 1982).

Dee Snider - The True Meaning Of Hair Metal - promo pic

On October 12th, 1987 –  Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider announced that he was leaving the band. Twisted Sister reunites ten years later, with Dee Snider leading the pack.

Bill Graham - Presents - biography promo cover

On this day, in 1991 – The final Day on the Green festival was presented by famed promoter Bill Graham at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Bill Graham passed away 13 days later, from injuries sustained in a Helicopter crash in California. Metallica was the headliner and this legendary bill also included Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden.

Nirvana - Nevermind - large promo album pic!

On October 12th, 1991 – Nirvana’s Nevermind becomes the #1 album in America. This was the second studio album from Nirvana and first to feature Dave Grohl on drums.

Metallica "The Black Album" x-large album pic!

Metallica – (aka) The Black Album – front cover

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Metallica (aka) The Black Album – back cover

On this day, in 1991Metallica hits #16 on the Billboard singles chart with Enter Sandman. This song is featured on the 1991 self-titled Metallica, aka The Black Album.

Jimmy Page - Robert Plant - Unledded - promo dvd cover pic

On October 12th, 1994 – The live documentary Unledded, airs on MTV, where legends Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reunite in song and on stage. Unledded features four live acoustic versions of Led Zeppelin classics, along with eight new Jimmy Page and Robert Plant collaborations.

Tommy Lee - Sesac Magazine - cover promo - spring 2012

On This day, in 2005Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion, while being suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage. Tommy Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face. (Pictured above: Sesac Magazine/Spring 2012)

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS AND FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – October 10th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Black Sabbath - Paranoid - promo cover pic - #BS667

On this day in 1970 – Black Sabbath were at #1 on the UK chart with their second album: Paranoid. This seminal album includes the timeless Metal songs War Pigs, Iron Man and the title track.

Aerosmith - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #11077

On October 10th, 1978 – Guitarist Joe Perry and vocalist Steven Tyler of Aerosmith are injured in Philadelphia, after a dumb-ass in the crowd tosses a cherry bomb onstage.

Europe - Carrie - vinyl single cover sleeve art - promo

On this day in 1987 – Europe peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their power ballad: Carrie. This song would become Europe’s biggest hit in the United States. Carrie is featured on Europe’s third studio album: The Final Countdown.

Whitesnake - promo album cover pic - #DC50

On this day in 1987 – Whitesnake hits #1 with on the Billboard Chart with their power ballad: Here I Go Again. This song is featured on Whitesnake’s self-titled album from 1987.

Kiss - Psycho Circus - back cover promo - #K4

On this day in KISSTORY, October 10th, 1998 – KISS entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart, at its chart peak of #3, with Psycho Circus. This album was the first studio album by the original lineup of KISS, in nearly twenty years.

Pearl Jam - Backspacer - promo cover pic - #PJ003

On this day in 2009 – Pearl Jam went to #1 on the US Billboard album chart with their ninth studio album: Backspacer.

KISS - Promo band - classic logo - pic promo - 2013 - #3

On this day in KISSTORY – Oct. 10, 2012, KISS performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. After their appearance, KISS performed a concert in the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater, celebrating the 50th webcast of CBS Interactive’s award-winning live webcast concert series Live On Letterman.

OCTOBER 10th BIRTHDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Eric Martin - (Mr. Big) - Promo Photo - #1

Photo Credit: Frontiers Records

Eric Martin – solo artist and Mr. Big lead vocalist, was born on this day, back in 1960. Happy Birthday Eric! Whoa!

David Lee Roth "Skyscraper" large promo album pic!

David Lee Roth – solo artist and lead vocalist for Van Halen, was born on this day, back in 1955. Whoa, man!

Sharon Osbourne - Survivor - promo book cover - 2008

Sharon Osbourne – the wife of Ozzy Osbourne, was born on this day, back in 1952. Yup.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

KHAØS – Reveal Debut Album Details For ‘Risen’

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Khaos - promo band pic - 2014 - #KAS

Swiss/US rockers Khaøs have today revealed more information regarding the release of their much-anticipated debut album ‘Risen’. Recorded by Rolf Munkes at his Empire Studios in Germany and mastered by music legend and award winner for Adele’s ‘21’ Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound in New York; ‘Risen’ follows the bands revered 2012 ‘Rising’ EP and will be released on October 20th via Plastichead Distribution/MRR Records.

‘Risen’ – Track Listing:

01) After The Silence

02) Crisis Factor

03) Exalted

04) Loaded Question

05) End Of Daze

06) Merchants Of Khaøs

07) Ride The Chain

08) Hung The Moon

09) Imagined Danger

10) Static Windows

11) As Far As We Go

12) The Breathing Room

Check Out The Album Trailer Below:

Guitarist Mark Rossi comments: “The subject matter transcends individual boundaries, hearkening to darker scenarios yet striving for resolution. The lyrical approach follows a trend of maintaining hope while facing difficulty and conflict. All the evil of mankind cannot suppress the people if they won’t let it. Aside from the lyrics and tone, the project’s unifying element is one of hard rock expression, which defies definition with every song.”

Frontman Chandler Mogel (also of Outloud & Chrome Public) adds: “Musically and lyrically ‘Risen’ is a continuation from ‘Rising’, which was just a taste but began to touch on some of the deeper subject matter that I wanted to develop further into my writing; I had also been writing some Outloud songs with deeper meanings but for me it wasn’t really working in that setting. I knew I needed a different approach musically for it, and Khaøs seemed like the right fit so I channeled this focus there. I wanted an outlet to really convey problems with society, personal struggles, mental mechanisms, and the reasons for all of this. As always I leave the lyrics open to interpretation from the listener as each person will take something different from them, but these are general themes that are prevalent here.”

Khaos - Risen - promo cover pic - 2014

Mark who designed the artwork himself discusses the cover art: “As a first full-length album, ‘Risen’ is a sort of baptism of fire for this band. The visual concept of the artwork tries to accentuate this primordial aspect, in a manner of speaking the birth of Khaøs and its origin. We used symbols like a faded version of Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man for the background, a theme I was dealing with before starting this project. This picture reflects somehow many of the topics treated in our songs. It is static in structure but dynamic in its presentation of a moving, living man. A bit like our music”

“I had different ideas for the album cover first. I started with an orb but decided it was maybe too simple and too generic for this type of album. Finally I used that idea for the design of my guitar pic. Then I switched to the griffin theme. Chandler liked my very first sketch and we ended up using that exact picture for the album cover.”

‘Risen’ will be released via Plastichead Distribution/MRR Records on October 20th.

Check Out The Lead Single Video ‘After The Silence’ Here:

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Source: Future PR

* For more info on KHAØS:

www.khaos-risen.com

www.facebook.com/khaos2012

www.twitter.com/khaos_rising

www.youtube.com/khaoschannel

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LONG LIVE KHAØS.

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

Stone.

STRIKEFORCE “Elegant Steel” – Release Date Set!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Strikeforce - Elegant Steel - promo cover pic - 2014

‘Elegant Steel’ was recorded at Saw Horse Studios in St. Louis, MO, produced by Jason McEntire, and mastered by Michael Voss at Kidd Room Studios in Munich, Germany.

Track listing:

  1. All About The Money
  2. Falling Down
  3. Live Action
  4. Doomsday
  5. Let Me Rock U

A sample of the track ‘All About the Money’ is streaming here.

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STRIKEFORCE will hit the road to support ‘Elegant Steel’ and has a series of dates to wrap up 2014:

SEPTEMBER 27TH , ROGERS THEATER, POPLAR BLUFF, MO. – STRIKEFORCE AND SHOOTING STAR

OCTOBER 5TH, THE HOGPIT BARN, GRAFTON, IL – RAT RUN

OCTOBER 25TH, STOCK CAR CONCERT – HIGHLAND, IL

NOVEMBER 1ST, THE KEYS – CARLYLE, IL

NOVEMBER 28TH, EDDIES – GRANITE CITY, IL

NOVEMBER 29TH, COBETTOS TAP – TAYLOR, IL

DECEMBER 20TH, THE KEYS – CARLYLE, IL

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Source:

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Additional information can be found at www.highvolmusic.com and www.sweetsounds.us.

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE STRIKEFORCE.

STRIKEFORCE KICKS HARD ROCK ASS.

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

Stone.

JEFF LABAR – “One For The Road” Debut Album Is A MUST Buy! Commendable First Week Billboard Chart Positions!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Jeff Labar - One For The Road - Billboard Charts - promo flyer-2014

Jeff LaBar’s solo debut album, One For The Road, was released back on August 26th, via Rat Pak Records. This is one Hard Rock CD I picked up on its release date and I cannot get enough of it in my system! One For The Road demonstrates the vocal, musical and songwriting talents of Jeff LaBar; from heavy hitting songs as No Strings, Asking For A Beating, One For The Road and Nightmare On My Street to the mellow acoustic instrumentals of Muse and Ode To Page. Hello Or Goodbye is a mid-tempo track, one that is musically and lyrically one of my favorite of favorites on this terrific album. Whoa!

This debut from Jeff LaBar is chock-full of Hard Rock relevance and loaded with juicy slices of how admirable Classic Rock sounds when recorded in present day! The guitar tones of Jeff LaBar are clear as day and darn fun to absorb! Jeff LaBar plays all guitars and bass, with an all-star cast of guest drummers. Cinderella fans rejoice! Classic Rock, 80’s Arena and Hard Rock fans of any generation should dig what Jeff LaBar has created on his debut. I sure have!

I declare this Jeff LaBar debut as A MUST BUY! Jeff LaBar has done good… real good… so good that his debut album landed in the Billboard charts on September 4th! Metal be thy name! Here is the Rockin’ roll-call:

* #130 Billboard Top 200

* #1 Heatseekers

* #38 Top Rock Albums

* #21 Top Indie Releases

* #14 Top Hard Rock Albums

* #110 Top Current Releases

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On iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id900525848

Or on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LVFH6Y6

And you can also grab a cool T-Shirt & CD bundle at: http://www.RatPakRecords.com/JeffLaBar

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ROCK OUT to the video for “No Strings” below… Whoa!

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* For more info on JEFF LABAR:

Facebook: Jeff Labar

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LONG LIVE JEFF LABAR.

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

Stone.

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