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Rock Pioneer Sam Andrew (Big Brother And The Holding Company) – Rest In Peace

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

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“Big Brother and the Holding Company was a prime example of a band where the chemistry was right, where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. You cannot buy or manufacture the natural feeling that was in that band. Big Brother played from the heart and soul with the goal of achieving a direct connection with the innermost feelings of the audience.” – Sam Andrew

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Psychedelic/Blues Rock legend and innovator, Sam Andrew, passed away on February 12th, 2015, at the age of 73. Sam Andrew was a founding member and guitarist for Big Brother And The Holding Company, which featured the late and great Janis Joplin on vocals. Sam Andrew was also a singer, songwriter, composer and artist. Metal Odyssey extends condolences to the family, friends and bandmates of Sam Andrew.

Below is the statement regarding Sam Andrew’s passing, which was posted on the Big Brother and the Holding Company Facebook page:

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He died peacefully in Elise’s arms at 5:15 pm. There will be much more to say about him in the days to come and there will come a time when we will gather together to remember him. Now is a time for Elise to re-gather her strength after the long vigil she has kept and the vital role she played in overseeing Sam’s care. For now we can all remember him in our own ways until we can remember him together. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.
John Byrne Cooke February 13, 2015.

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Big Brother And The Holding Company – Classic Era Discography:

Big Brother & The Holding Company - - promo cover pic - #2015SAMO

Debut & self-titled studio album – 1967

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Cheap Thrills - promo album cover pic - #7733SAMO

Cheap Thrills – 1968 – Cover art by Robert Crumb

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Be A Brother – 1970

How Hard It Is - #2015SAMO

How Hard It Is – 1971

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Sources:

Above Sam Andrew quote:

http://www.bbhc.com

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MetalOdyssey

Rest In Peace, Sam Andrew.

December 18, 1941 – February 12, 2015

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ACID KING – TO RELEASE “MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, CENTER OF EVERYWHERE” ON APRIL 14th

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on December 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Acid King - promo pic - by Raymond Ahner - #2014AK

Photo credit: Raymond Ahner

SAN FRANCISCO, December 2014 – Acid King, pioneers of the San Francisco Doom scene and one of the genre’s first bands to be helmed by a woman, return from their self-imposed 10-year recording hiatus on April 14 with the release of Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere.

“We had several songs in the works over the years that we spent most of our time touring Europe but in between working our day jobs, we didn’t put the effort into recording,” explained singer/guitar player Lori S. “I really wanted to accelerate the process and get new music out. It’s time. This music that we’ve been playing for so long, that was initially obscure and underground, seemed to grow over these past 10 years and the timing was right to release this now!”

Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere was recorded at both Sharkbite and Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, mixed at Different Fur Studios and produced by Acid King and Billy Anderson. The digital release will be released independently via Acid King while physical copies, both CD and vinyl, will be available via Svart Records.

Acid King bubbled up from San Francisco in 1993 through a fog of revved up riffs, thunderous drums, and a hypnotic vocal howl. They unleashed three EPs and three full-length albums, starting with Zoroaster in 1995, the 1999 full-length Busse Woods, and their most recent release, Acid King III, coming in 2005. Their seismic chemistry transfixed audiences everywhere from high-profile festivals such as Hellfest and Roadburn to now iconic shows alongside peers such as Sleep and Mystick Krewe of Clearlight.

The band recently confirmed their participation in Desertfest, April 24 to 26 in the UK. North American tour dates will be announced soon.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For more info on ACID KING:

www.facebook.com/AcidkingSF

www.acidking.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ACID KING.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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CREAM -1966 – 1972 (6 LP box set) Releases On December 15th, Via UMe

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Cream - vinyl box set - 1966-1972 - promo pic - #2014

Universal Music Enterprises is proud to present Cream: 1966 1972, which brings together this epic band’s six, career-spanning studio and live albums together in a vinyl box set for the very first time. Each LP retains authenticity with original artwork and will be pressed on 180 gram, heavyweight audiophile vinyl. All are housed in a structured slipcase box.

This British rock supergroup was formed in 1966 and their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock as performed by Eric Clapton’s innovative blues guitar, Jack Bruce’s operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and Ginger Baker’s jazz-influenced drumming. Cream soon evolved further, creating a trademark approach built around each musician’s virtuoso playing. The band’s imaginative lyrics were often written by poet Pete Brown.

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Sources for all above: UMe, Amazon.com

* For more info on CREAM:

Facebook: Cream – Band

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF CREAM.

REST IN PEACE, JACK BRUCE.

Stone.

THE SOCKS – French Psychedelic Fuzz Rockers To Release Debut Full-Length Via Small Stone; New Video Now Playing

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

The Socks - promo debut album cover pic - 2014

French psychedelic fuzz rockers, THE SOCKS, recently joined the Small Stone Recordings family for the release of their self-titled debut full-length! Slated to drop this Spring, The Socks was recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France, mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and features nine tracks of road-tripping goodness where thick, glassy-eyed, jams swell into kaleidoscopic riff torrents, gristly vocal serenades and magnetic grooves.

Elaborates THE SOCKS in a collective statement, “The sound and identity of the band have been shaped through the years to become this psychedelic hard rock, meant to be played live. We’ve recorded all together in a room with analog tapes to focus on the energy and to make it sound real and raw. Now it’s time to take it with us on the road and share it with everyone!”

The Socks will be released via Small Stone Recordings on March 18, 2014. Further info, including preorder links, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out THE SOCKS‘ video for second track “Some Kind Of Sorcery” below:

The Socks Track Listing:

1. Lords Of Illusion
2. Some Kind Of Sorcery
3. Next To The Light
4. New Kings
5. Holy Sons
6. Electric War
7. Gypsy Lady
8. We Live
9. The Last Dragon

Some bands simply sound like they were born to do it, and listening to the classic heavy rock groove of THE SOCKS, there can be no doubt it’s what they’re made for. They’re naturals. The duel-guitar French foursome formed in Lyon in 2009 and began surprising audiences almost immediately, eventually settling down to pump out their debut EP the following year. 2010’s Side A offered up five well concentrated songs from a band still finding themselves. Inspired by the teachings of Sabbath and Zeppelin, THE SOCKS supported the release by playing with an array of national and international acts, boasting intensely energetic gigs while continuing to develop their style. The next two years drove the band to write darker, heavier, songs that were more calculating and less frenetic. The resulting 2012 EP, Bedrock spouted a pseudo psychedelic, neo-grunge moodiness that proved captivating upon first listen.

The Soda Shop dubbed it “some pretty epic fucking stoner rock,” while Church Of The Riff opined, “The entire EP shows that THE SOCKS know how to write damn good songs. Everything sounds fleshed out and exciting, without ever getting repetitive or redundant…The riffs, vocal harmonies, tasteful solos and keyboard work show a band that knows exactly what they are doing.” The record eventually caught the ears of Small Stone Recordings. During the Fall of 2012, THE SOCKS completed their first European tour. Drawing on experience garnered from festivals and gigs alongside Karma To Burn, Red Fang, Truckfighters, Horisont, Mars Red Sky, Black Rainbows and many others with whom they share various elements while still maintaining a personality all their own, they were instant crowd pleasers.

As the band continues to thrust themselves into Europe’s next generation of heavy rock ‘n’ roll beside acts like Abrahma, Deville, Asteroid, Isaak, Black Rainbows and Mother of God, Small Stone is pleased to bring their debut full-length to the masses this March.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on THE SOCKS:

Website: http://www.thesocks.fr

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesocks

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Website: http://www.smallstone.com

(Source: Earsplit PR)

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LONG LIVE THE SOCKS.

Stone.

Black Space Riders – To Release “D:REI” On January 24th

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, psychedelic rock, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Black Space Riders - DREI - promo album cover pic - 2014

German extraterrestrial heavy rockers BLACK SPACE RIDERS are proud to announce the January 24 release of their third album, D:REI, on the band’s own BSR label with distribution through Cargo.

On the new opus BLACK SPACE RIDERS are even more colorful, louder, softer, harder, atmospheric, gripping, and above all exalted! D:REI is an exciting journey through rock, metal and psychedelia; the soundtrack to your very own sci-fi epic. The riffs are heavy, inspiring and enduring. The songwriting is classic, the arrangements full of devotion. The two lead vocalists play off each other without seam, interlocking and assuring that the music will lodge in your memory. D:REI is groovy! Sometimes slowly dooming, sometimes oppressively rocking, then irresistibly funky…and suddenly you are dancing around the warp core. And it is all wrapped up in a sound that is natural, transparent, open, yet powerful, and elegant, as it timelessly circumnavigates the retro-trap.

Is D:REI a concept album? Form your own opinion! Read more about this story of retreat, outbreak, total destruction, escape, transformation and new beginnings at www.blackspaceriders.com/drei.

BLACK SPACE RIDERS have traveled farther than ever before and want you to join the trip! Check out the lyric video below for album track The GOD-Survivor:

Critical Praise:

“Black Space Riders always play a mixture of sounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s, but with a view towards the future. A really good album.” – Nachtaktiv

“Psychedelic space Witches Kitchen: The doomy heaviness of Black Sabbath covers rocking riffs and swirling structures. Like it very much!” – LIFT Magazine

“The Münster space, psychedelic, doom and stoner rockers Black Space Riders …in top form, the quintet delivers a philosophically flavored, wonderfully heavy concept album.” – EMP

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BLACK SPACE RIDERS are:

JE: Lead vocals, guitars, melodies, riffs, words

SEB: Lead vocals, melodies, words

CRIP: Drums, vocals, additional songwriting

SLI: Guitars, additional songwriting

SAQ: Bass guitar, additional songwriting

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

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You can order BLACK SPACE RIDERS´ new album D:REI now in the band’s new webshop:

http://www.blackspaceriders.com/component/shop/products

* For more info on BLACK SPACE RIDERS:

Website: www.blackspaceriders.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlackSpaceRiders

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/blackspaceriders

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LONG LIVE BLACK SPACE RIDERS.

Stone.

GRAVEYARD – Norwegian Tour With Special Guests SPIRTS OF THE DEAD, Commences This November!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, psychedelic rock, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, stoner rock with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Graveyard - Spirits Of The Dead - tour flyer - November 2013

Gothenburg, Sweden’s very own GRAVEYARD will be on their Norwegian Tour in November 2013. GRAVEYARD’s special guests will be Oslo, Norway’s SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.

Here Are The Dates!

6.11 KRISTIANSAND, KICK

7.11 STAVANGER, FOLKEN

8.11 HAUGESUND, BYSCENEN

9.11 BERGEN, KVARTERET

11.11 VOLDA, ROKKEN

12.11 GISKE, OCEANSOUND STUDIO

13.11 TROMSØ, DRIV

14.11 TRONDHEIM, BYSCENEN

15.11 OSLO, ROCKEFELLER

16.11 LILLEHAMMER, BINGON

17.11 DRAMMEN, UNION

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GRAVEYARD:

Joakim Nilsson – Guitar & Vocals

Jonathan Ramm – Guitar

Rikard Edlund – Bass

Axel Sjöberg – Drums

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SPIRITS OF THE DEAD:

Ragnar Vikse – Vocals

Ole Øvstedal – Guitar

 Kristian Hultgren – Bass

Geir Thorstensen – Drums

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* For More Info On GRAVEYARD:

http://www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial

http://www.twitter.com/graveyard

* For More Info On SPIRITS OF THE DEAD:

http://www.thespiritsofthedead.com

Facebook: Spirits of the Dead

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LONG LIVE GRAVEYARD.

LONG LIVE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.

Stone.

Hawkwind Legend Nik Turner Releases New Single & Video “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” From His Forthcoming New Album

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock news, Music, psych-rock, psychedelic rock with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Nik Turner - Fallen Angels - promo cover pic

Los Angeles, CA – In the spirit of such classic tracks as Master Of The Universe and Silver Machine, legendary Hawkwind member Nik Turner will be releasing a new single Fallen Angel STS-51-L digitally on July 2, 2013 and a limited edition 7-inch vinyl (only 500 pressed) on July 14th. Making this event even more exciting, a mind-bending video will accompany the single featuring footage from Nik’s recent performance at The Echoplex in Los Angeles! The single begins the countdown to the launch of Turner’s highly anticipated full-length album, Space Gypsy, which will feature guest appearances by Steve Hillage of Gong and former Hawkwind bandmate Simon House!

Nik Turner was a founding member of Hawkwind during what has been considered their most commercially successful and critically acclaimed period from 1970 to 1976. He wrote/co-wrote some of the group’s most popular songs such as Brainstorm and Master Of The Universe, which was recently used in an ad campaign for Ford’s new B-Max car. Turner also made a rare U.S. appearance at this year’s SXSW festival with his new band, which includes former UK Sub Nicky Garratt and Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. The band entered the studio to record the new full-length album shortly after.

Listen to and watch below, the music video for:

 Fallen Angel STS-51-L:

Of the first offering from the new album, Nik Turner says: “This single is the epitome of epiphanic, orgasmic, cathartic embodiment of my space dreams, become one man’s reality, exploding into space. Expect lots more on this awesome album”.

Nick Deriso of Something Else Reviews says: “ ‘Fallen Angel STS-51-L’ is prog rock for those who want to go to the very edge of the universe, then peer so far out that you risk falling ass over teakettle into inky blackness.”

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iTunes pre-order:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fallen-angel-sts-51-l-single/id652712834

Nik Turner’s ‘Fallen Angel STS-51-L’ single will also be available as a limited edition hand-numbered 7-inch vinyl (only 500 pressed on special translucent colored vinyl!)

Nik Turner’s official website:

http://nikturner.com/

Booking/Tour info:

Nanotear Booking Agency http://knowwave.com/nanotear/

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE NIK TURNER.

Stone.

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