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On This Day In METAL History – February 9th… From DEEP PURPLE To ABBATH

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 9, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On January 9th, 1985 – The great DEEP PURPLE peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with their studio album Perfect Strangers. This was DEEP PURPLE‘s first album with their Mark II lineup in eleven years. Perfect Strangers went on to sell Platinum in the United States.

Iron-Maiden-The-X-Factor- tour lineup - promo band promo card - #1996XMO

Above: IRON MAIDEN (circa 1996) – From L to R: Dave Murray (guitar), Steve Harris (bass), Blaze Bayley (vocals), Janick Gers (guitar) and Nicko McBrain (drums).

Iron Maiden - Classic Band Logo - RWB - #33MMGMSAS31

On February 9th, 1996 – The masterful IRON MAIDEN performed at Auditorium de Verdun in Montreal, QC, Canada. This date was on The X Factour, with Blaze Bayley as lead singer of IRON MAIDEN. Whoa.

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Above: ABBATH – L to R are King (bass), ABBATH (vocals & guitar) and Creature (drums)

Abbath - promo cover pic - 2016 - #MO99ILMFD99

On February 9th, 2016 – The debut studio album from ABBATH is ranked at #46, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. HAIL ABBATH!!

Abortion - Termination Redux - EP cover promo pic - 2016 - #MO9900ILMFD99

On February 9th, 2016 – The new studio EP from Belgium’s ABORTED, Termination Redux, is ranked at #70, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Freaking hell and yeah!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1



THE NEW BLACK “A Monster’s Life” – Releasing On February 26th, 2016, via AFM Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on February 8, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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From AFM Records:

“This time for real.” Everybody’s using this phrase generously, nobody really means it, but it sounds good. Not for The New Black, though. When a band like this is saying “this time for real”, it comes from a bunch of musicians that released three records since 2009, that played Wacken and Rock am Ring and that shared stages with the likes of AC/DC, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. So what that hell has not been “for real“ before?

So this time for real. For these Heavy Rockers it means: Working their asses off with a real producer in a real studio. Harder than ever. “We’ve reached a limit after self-producing our first three albums,” guitarist Christof Leim explains. “At some point you just go in circles, sound wise and with the songwriting.” The New Black however did not ask just any producer for the sake of it. They recorded with Danish icon Jacob Hansen, a proven master of kick ass Rock, the guy Volbeat committed to ever since their first album. Naturally, The New Black and a producer like that get along like a house on fire. Working on the album together in The New Black’s hometown Würzburg and in the Danish city of Ribe is what rocketed the band onto an entirely new level. “The cooporation was totally worth it,” main songwriter Fabian Schwarz agrees. “They’re still our songs, but they’re better and they sound better, too. At some point, you lose focus, you are too close. Some tracks are two years in the making or have been played live already which makes you focus on your own parts naturally. That’s why even the biggest bands work with producers.” Now, also The New Black did, in order to get that important outside perspective.

The results? They jump right at you. “A Monster’s Life” sounds like an album should sound that starts off with a smasher called “Long Time Coming”. As if the three years since the last record steered the band to this singular point. The New Black are still The New Black. Only much bigger. The trinity of heaviness, melody and groove has new kings, the songs are built to last and highly explosive, the production is massive on an international level. Hansen neither gave the band a typical Metal edge nor a classic Hard Rock sound, but chose to take the middle way. The nonchalant, too-cool-for-school Heavy Rock kick in the ass is still in full effect. The music has just put on a new black shining leather jacket, if you will – and still works fine with a few cans of beer.

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“Ten tracks, no bullshit, no dead weights”, vocalist Fludid sums up the fourth album’s fundament. By now, The New Black can offer more than enough unique bravado to fearlessly step into any ring. Said opener “Long Time Coming” is self-confidently sowing the fields of Heavy Rock with enthusiastic uptempo riffing and a boldly anthemic chorus, “Blockbuster Life” convinces with breakneck speed and gang shouts. “With A Grin” is stomping through town like a monster only to erupt into a capital XXL chorus before the atmospheric “Send In The Clowns” throws in some epic hooks. Talking about epic: “That’s Your Poison, Not Mine” delivers a chorus written for stadiums. Seriously. In the loose rocking “Dead In The Water”, The New Black even sing about all those who claim that the band won‘t go anywhere anyway – and how much fun the five-piece has regardless.

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The New Black put all their hearts as well as an incredible amount of time and energy into this record. They went for broke, all in – and now they reap what they sowed. Aside the enviable thick guitar sound and the ballsy drums, Hansen‘s production is predominantly highlighting Fludid’s impressive vocals. “He’s our trump card anyway”, bass player Günt Auschrat and drummer Chris Weiß add with quite some understatement. This time around, they have more than one trick up their sleeves. Just like the huge lizard on the album cover that can’t wait to trample down Tokyo, “A Monster’s Life” will gather momentum and will shake our floors – on the record as well as on their tour early 2016. This time for real indeed.



Fludid – Vocals

Christof Leim – Guitars

Fabian Schwarz – Guitars

Günt Auschrat – Bass

Chris Weiß – Drums



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THE LAST VEGAS “Eat Me” – Releasing On March 18th, 2016, via AFM Records

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on February 7, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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From AFM Records:

“Eat Me” is a mash-up of full-tilt boogie Rock, droney Zeppelin-esque riffs, and alt-psychedelic acoustic ballads. Equal part American bluesy riffs and Swedish production technique, the album balances grit & polish.

“This is truly an American hybrid album” quotes guitarist Adam Arling. “Some may call it ‘rock’, however its more ‘pop trash’. There’s even a song entitled “Hot Fudge” w/ a nasty Moog riff just waiting to rule a dance floor. It’s ridiculous”.

“Eat Me” was recorded in near lightning pace, in advance of singer Chad Cherry‘s relocation to Los Angeles over the summer.

“I was over in Sweden on a reality TV show for 2 months, when the guys decided to do another album. We had less than 3 weeks to write songs, rehearse, then schedule recording before Chad split.” quotes drummer Nathan Arling. “We wanted to capture the energy of a tight deadline and approach the material without looking back or over-thinking anything”.

The Last Vegas tracked “Eat Me” at Johnny K’s hit-making Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, a spot familiar to the band where they recorded critically acclaimed ‘Bad Decisions’ and 2013’s ‘Sweet Salvation’.

The fast pace worked to the band’s favor; as they adopted a “first-thought, best-thought, only thought” approach.

“We gathered some favorite demos lying around, added a few fresh ideas and rehearsed the hell out of the songs for about 8 days” says singer Chad Cherry. “We were tracking vocals up through the night I left for LA. We recorded like 12 songs in about 11 hours at Groovemaster, and it felt like we were making our first album again. It was awesome”.

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The Last Vegas initially decided to self-produce ‘Eat Me’, after working with some industry heavyweights (2010’s ‘Whatever Gets You Off’-Nikki Sixx; 2012’s ‘Bad Decisions’-Johnny K; 2013’s ‘Sweet Salvation’-Roy Z).

And luckily TLV’s vision was perfectly complimented by a musical contact Nathan Arling came across while in Sweden filming the ‘Allt For Sverige’ TV series; Engineer/Producer Chris Laney. Mr. Laney mixed the album “Eat Me” in Stockholm, Sweden, song by song, as The Last Vegas fed him sessions built-in Chicago at the TLV studio space.

“We chipped away at each track’s session, layering guitars, Moog synths, bongos, bells, wind chimes, and even an old-school talk-box” says guitarist Bryan Wilkinson who makes his debut on “Eat Me”. “Chris’s mixes just kept blowing us away. Chris asked if he could go crazy in the mixes, and we demanded he do so.”

“Eat Me” is the first time The Last Vegas have collaborated with a European production team (Sweden’s Grammy-nominated Classe Persson is mastering). Being long-time fans of Scandinavian rock production and influenced by records from The Hellacopters, Turbonegro, Nomads and more, The Last Vegas were thrilled with a new approach in making an modern-day album; and the results of the inter-continental experiment.

“There’s a lot of feeling in this record. It’s fascinating what you can express musically when you record songs quickly, never second-guessing your gut instinct. We found the soul in Rock’n’Roll; from both Chicago and Stockholm” says Adam Arling. “But let’s not get too serious, I mean the album is called “Eat Me” after all. Catch you on tour in 2016.”



Chad Cherry – lead vocals

Adam Arling – guitar

Nathan Arling – drums

Bryan Wilkinson – guitar

Danny Smash – bass

Facebook: the LAST VEGAS


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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…

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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

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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!






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