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Queensrÿche – With Ronny Munroe And Pamela Moore Supporting, At Snoqualmie Casino In Washington, January 3rd – Info You Need!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Queensryche - pamela moore - ronny munroe - concert flyer - january 3 - 2014

As reported on the Queensrÿche Facebook page:

It looks like the January 3rd show just got a little bit bigger and better!! Pamela Moore and her band will be opening up the night for us at the Snoqualmie Casino and will also be joined on stage by Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe!! It’s going to be a great night….so don’t miss out!!!

VIP tix here: http://tinmanmerchandising.com/index.php?cPath=417_443&sort=3a&gridlist=grid&tplDir=Queensryche

Snoqualmie Casino Info:

Facebook: Snoqualmie Casino

Website: http://snocasinoexpress.com/

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Queensrÿche

Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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* For more info on Queensrÿche:

Website: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: Queensrÿche

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Long Live Queensrÿche.

Long Live Pamela Moore.

Long Live Ronny Munroe.

Stone.

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ROCK IN RENO! Vince Neil, Queensrÿche And Great White On December 13th, 2013 – Event Info!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock bands, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Rock In Reno! - queensryche - great white - vince neil - promo flyer - 2013

As the show flyer above states:

Friday, December 13th, 2013, at the Reno Events Center, it’s ROCK IN RENO! With Rock legends: Vince Neil, Queensrÿche and Great White! 

Reno Events Center, 400 N Center St, Reno, Nevada

For more info on Reno Events Center, event & tix info:

http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/meetings-c…

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* For More Info:

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

http://GREATWHITEROCKS.COM

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LONG LIVE VINCE NEIL.

LONG LIVE QUEENSRYCHE.

LONG LIVE GREAT WHITE.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

Queensrÿche “Fallout” (Official Video): Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Queensrÿche – At year’s end, the ever legendary Queensrÿche are poised to have their new and self-titled album on Metal Odyssey’s Best Of 2013 lists and for legit reasons: Queensrÿche has been rejuvenated with newfound (and very welcomed) passion and vibes of Heavy Rockin’ electricity, which I hear and feel within their new songs; and Fallout is just one fantastic example!

With new (and accomplished) lead vocalist Todd LaTorre, the energy and sound of Queensrÿche has been refueled on their newest release; while my Metal expectations for this new incarnation of Queensrÿche have been unbelievably satiated at least two-fold! A memorable Queensrÿche album it is, so I’ve been convinced. Metal be thy name!

Queensrÿche Fallout Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

Queensryche - S:T - promo cover pic - 2013

Queensrÿche was released on June 25th, 2013, via Century Media Records.

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* For More Info On Queensrÿche:

Facebook: Queensrÿche

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Century Media Records - logo - B&W

Century Media Records:

http://www.centurymedia.com

http://www.cmdistro.com

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Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

Queensrÿche Will Be Featured Guests On ROCKLINE – July 24th, 2013

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As Reported On The Queensrÿche Facebook Page:

We will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn Wednesday July 24, 2013 at 8:30pm PDT / 11:30pm EDT.

Fans are encouraged to call to speak with us toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast, go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast!!

Queensryche - New Album - Todd LaTorre - band - promo banner

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Queensrÿche:

Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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* For more info on Queensrÿche:

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Facebook: Queensrÿche

Facebook: Todd La Torre

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Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

Queensrÿche – Self Titled Album Debuts At #23 On Billboard 200

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Queensryche - Todd LaTorre - Billboard - #23 - 2013

Queensrÿche - The self-titled studio album from Seattle’s legendary Queensrÿche debuted on the Billboard 200 at #23! A Metal congratulations to Queensrÿche! Metal be thy name!

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 Queensrÿche:

Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

Queensryche - S:T - promo cover pic - 2013

Queensrÿche was released on June 25th, 2013, via Century Media.

For more info on  Queensrÿche, click on the links below!

Facebook: Queensrÿche

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

Century Media Records - logo - B&W

CENTURY MEDIA:

Facebook: Century Media Records

www.centurymedia.com

(Below Photo Credit: Tom Coderre)

Michael Wilton & Stone

Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

Queensrÿche – Self-Titled (New) Studio Album Releases In 19 Days!

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Queensryche - Self-Titled Album - promo flyer - 2013

A Metal Odyssey public service Metal announcement, regarding the legendary Queensrÿche:

Today is June 5th, 2013. 19 days from now…

The self-titled and already (widespread) critically acclaimed Queensrÿche album will be releasing, via Century Media, on June 24th in Europe and on June 25th in the USA and Canada. So let it be Metal written, so let it be Metal told… and… Metal be thy name.

LISTEN TO FALLOUT, TAKEN FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM!

WARNING: THIS SONG ROCKS. WHOA.

Queensryche - Todd LaTorre - band pic - 2012 - #9

Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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For more info on Queensrÿche, click on the links below!

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

facebook: Queensrÿche

Michael Wilton & Stone

Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

SABRINA SABROK – Opening For The Legendary Queensrÿche In Mexico, On Thursday, June 6th!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Punk rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SABRINA SABROK and her band will be opening for Queensrÿche! Metal be thy name!

Sabrina Sabrok shared this with Metal Odyssey:  “I am very happy to play along with Queensryche, they’re a band with a great career and now coming to Mexico, which is where I am, I like that the promoters invite me to play with the best Rock bands!”

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When: Thursday, June 6th at the Jose Cuervo Salón!

Where: Lago Andromaco #17 esq. Moliere, Col. Ampliación Granada, 11529 Mexico City, Mexico

Ticket Info:

http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/event/14004AA4A30FAACB?camefrom=CFC_JUEVES2x1

Sabrina Sabrok - Queensryche - concert banner flyer - june 2013

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SABRINA SABROK BAND:

Sabrina Sabrok – vocals

Scarecrow X – guitar & back vocals

Axe DamnShark – bass & back vocals

Inferno Vampir – drums & back vocals

Zohan Wolf – bass

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Sabrina Sabrok - Welcome To The Human Race - promo cover

Sabrina Sabrok “Welcome To The Human Race” is available on iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/mx/album/welcome-to-human-race-single/id646508734

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Listen To Sabrina Sabrok’s Music On:

https://soundcloud.com/sabrina-sabrok

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For more info on SABRINA SABROK, click on the links below! Whoa!

http://sabrinasabrokband.com/

facebook: Sabrina Sabrok

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Queensrÿche:

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

facebook: Queensrÿche

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LONG LIVE SABRINA SABROK.

Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

Queensrÿche – ‘Frequency Unknown’ Hits the Billboard Charts!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Queensryche - Frequency Unknown - promo album pic - Billboard Charting - 2013

Queensrÿche - The legendary Geoff Tate fronted Queensrÿche has debuted on the Billboard Charts at #82 on the Billboard Top 200 and at #25 on the Rock Albums chart! A Metal congratulations to Geoff Tate and his Queensrÿche band! Metal be thy name!

You can purchase Frequency Unknown by clicking the links below:

http://www.cleopatrarecords.com

Also available on iTunes

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Queensrÿche:

Geoff Tate

Rudy Sarzo

Simon Wright

Robert Sarzo

Kelly Gray

Randy Gane

Cleopatra - Record Label Logo - promo - 2013

(Source: Cleopatra Records)

For more info on Queensrÿche, click on the links below!

http://www.queensryche.com

facebook: Queensryche

Geoff Tate & Stone

LONG LIVE GEOFF TATE.

LONG LIVE QUEENSRYCHE.

Stone.

Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CHERRI BOMB… ROCKS.

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Say it isn’t so, Queensrÿche. With all the feuding going on in the Queensrÿche camp right now, I am not even going to elaborate nor will I take sides. I’m loyal to Geoff Tate, which makes me a “tater” and I’m loyal to the members of Queensrÿche, which makes me a “rÿcher”… or something like that I guess.

Am I taking the easy way out here with writing about the whole Queensrÿche fiasco? Nope. I’m just not going to run Metal Odyssey like an F’n tabloid, that’s all.

Here’s living Metal proof that Stone is a “tater”!

Here’s living Metal proof that Stone is a “rÿcher”!

(Both above photos credit: Tom Coderre)

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I did receive the new CHERRI BOMB CD as a Fathers Day gift today. Yes, I dig ‘em.

CHERRI BOMB – This Is The End Of Control was released on May 15th, 2012, via Hollywood Records.

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That’s really the extent of my Metal and Rock ‘N Roll thoughts for Sunday, June 17th, 2012. I have to spend time with my family and didn’t want to get too long-winded, you know? There’s some grillin’ & chillin’ to enjoy before Fathers Day is over with! Thanks a Metal ton for stopping by to read this, it’s appreciated. Metal be thy name.

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HAPPY METAL FATHERS DAY! WHOA.

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LONG LIVE METAL & ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Rest In Peace, Rodney King.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s ‘Best Of The Rest’ Awards For 2011! Queensrÿche Live, Best Metal Cover Song, Album Art and More!

Posted in album covers, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal concerts, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Queensrÿche – live at The Crocodile Rock Cafe, August 2nd, 2011

(Photo Credit: Tom Coderre)

Best Of The Rest Awards For 2011 – Now that the Metal Odyssey “Best Of 2011″ lists are posted for Rock, Hard Rock and Metal albums, along with Hard Rock and Metal Songs respectively, I turn my attention to Metal Odyssey’s Best Of The Rest Awards. What exactly are the Best Of The Rest? Scroll down, read on and enjoy! Oh… and…. Metal be thy name.

BEST METAL COVER SONG

AS I LAY DYING – HELLION / ELECTRIC EYE

(Metal Blade Records)

Tim Lambesis vocally made this Judas Priest classic his very own. Electric Eye being sung in Death Metal tones is, well, F’n fun to hear! As a Metal bonus, this band gives a 100% effort in giving Hellion / Electric Eye their deserved Classic Metal respect. To be street about it, As I Lay Dying kicks Metal ass with this classic intro and cover song.

BEST ALBUM COVER ART (TIE)

PENTAGRAM – LAST RITES

(Metal Blade Records)

ARTIST: MO MOUSSA

Choosing the best album cover art is, like music itself: subjective. There are many, many album covers from 2011 that I adore. I chose the PENTAGRAM and HAVOK album covers due to my staring at them for semi-long periods of time. Does that sound funny? I don’t think it’s funny. Okay, maybe a tad funny.

The Grim Reaper has always been the dark and sinister mascot of Metal. Mo Moussa captured that old school Metal look with this Last Rites art and I extend my Metal appreciation for that.

HAVOK – TIME IS UP

(Candlelight Records)

ARTIST: HALSEY SWAIN

The skull on this macabre skeleton is chilling! The attention to detail is incredible on this HAVOK cover, with the lightning outside the window and other skeletons in the backdrop adding to the overall horror appeal. From what lead vocalist & guitarist David Sanchez told me, (during a Hard Rock Hideout interview), Halsey Swain actually put brush to canvas for this ultra-fabulous Time Is Up album cover. Old School strikes once again! Hey… if it wasn’t for Old School, there would be no new school.

BEST BOX SET

DORO – 25 YEARS IN ROCK … AND STILL GOING STRONG

(Nuclear Blast)

Whoa what a box set this is! A 16 page, full color, hardcover concert photo book. Two DVD’s, (1 concert & 1 documentary) with 16 pages of more incredible concert photos & cool liner notes. 1 live CD. It’s all DORO, The Queen of Heavy Metal, her amazing voice and her band!

This amazing DORO package features the celebration of her 25th Anniversary concert on December 13, 2008, at the ISS Dome in Düsseldorf, Germany, (Doro’s hometown). Pure quality, from beginning to end, with both the DVD’s and live CD. The concert photo book is so hard to put down. A timeless and priceless DORO box set for me.

The following Queensrÿche photos credited to: Tom Coderre

Geoff Tate & Stone

Michael Wilton & Stone

Scott Rockenfield & Stone

BEST PERSONAL METAL MOMENT

Queensrÿche

When I received the assignment from Rob Rockitt, over at HARD ROCK HIDEOUT, to cover Queensrÿche live at The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania… I was psyched out of my Metal mind! Metal Odyssey staff photographer Tom Coderre and I had a blast on this evening of Queensrÿche Metal.

Yes, this was my Best Metal Moment Of 2011, however, this was the Best Metal Moment Of My Life as well. To personally meet Geoff Tate and each member of Queensrÿche, back on August 2nd, 2011, made for Rock ‘N Roll dreams to come true. I personally thank each member of Queensrÿche for their being incredibly professional and polite. This band kicked ass onstage that night too! Metal be thy name they did.

I also thank Tom Coderre for being my Metal Buddy on that momentous evening and documenting so professionally this Queensrÿche concert and personal Metal moment. Thank you Rob Rockitt and Hard Rock Hideout for the golden opportunity to cover & meet the legendary Queensrÿche.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL & LONG LIVE METAL \m/\m/

Stone.

For more cool “2011 Best Of Lists” of Rock, Hard Rock and Metal, click on the links below and visit these fantastic blogs/websites!

All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/

Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/

The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr. – http://www.rayvanhornjr2.blogspot.com/

Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/

Hard Rock Nights — http://hardrocknights.com

Heavy Metal Addiction — http://heavymetaladdiction.com/

Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/

Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/

Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/

Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.com/

The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/

Stone.

Queensrÿche – 10 Great Songs CD: A Potent Compilation Spanning A Legendary Discography

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Queensrÿche – A brand new greatest hits compilation spanning the legendary discography from Queensrÿche was released on June 14h, 2011, via Capitol Records. This new Queensrÿche compilation is titled 10 Great Songs. I won’t argue that these are truly, “10 Great Songs” from this iconic band! 10 Great Songs is a running series on Capitol Records, where many other bands are having their greatest hits compiled and released as well. This is a cool compilation series that Capitol Records has embarked on, especially if you want those 10 songs that a band is most famously known for.

I stumbled upon this CD while conducting my weekly walk-through of the CD aisle at my local Super Walmart. I already own The Best Of Queensrÿche: Sign Of The Times (Capitol/2007) along with each of their studio albums, therefore did I buy this 10 Great Songs CD? Um, okay, yes I did buy it. You see, once I saw it on the rack, with a $5 (U.S.) price sticker on it, I grabbed it. $5 new! Heck, the cover photo of Queensrÿche on this 10 Great Songs has never been on any other album of theirs… to the best of my Metal knowledge. Throw in that fact that I am very weak at saying “no” to purchasing any CD of a core favorite band of mine and I’m cooked. Just stick a Metal fork in me.

Queensrÿche has 12 studio albums in their storied discography, (with 2007′s Take Cover being a cover song album). When deciding upon which songs best represent the legendary Metal career of Queensrÿche, compilation producer Michael Murphy has nailed it down… and the track listing here is very impressive. (See track listing below). Queen Of The Reich and The Lady Wore Black will always be my sentimental favorites, for these are the two songs that kick-started the career of Queensrÿche, both appearing on their debut S/T EP from 1983.

I’ve seen this Queensrÿche CD selling new for $6.97 (U.S.) on Amazon.com. That’s practically $2 more than what Super Walmart is selling it for… plus you have to pay a shipping cost on Amazon.com too. Yes, Stone is a Metal bargain hunter, even if I do buy CD’s with songs that I already own on them. Metal be thy name.

* CD cover photo by: Ross Halfin

Queensrÿche – 10 Great Songs: 

Warning

Queen Of The Reich

Walk In The Shadows

Eyes Of A Stranger

Empire

Silent Lucidity

Sign Of The Times

I Don’t Believe In Love

The Lady Wore Black

Jet City Woman

* For more info on Queensrÿche, click on the links below:

 QUEENSRYCHE – facebook

QUEENSRYCHE – Official Website

Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

Queensrÿche RULES! ‘Nuff Said.

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo Credit: Tom Coderre)

Queensrÿche – Back on August 2nd, 2011, I and staff photographer Tom Coderre went to cover the Queensrÿche concert at Allentown Pennsylvania’s Crocodile Rock Cafe for the ultra cool  HARD ROCK HIDEOUT. When HRH’s Rob Rockitt gave us the assignment we were overjoyed! Why not head over to Hard Rock Hideout and read for yourself, the concert review I wrote while checking out some very cool photos of “live” Queensrÿche… courtesy of Tom Coderre. Just click on that big header link below to take you there! Metal be thy name!

Top photo: To the right is the legendary vocalist, Geoff Tate, of the also legendary Queensrÿche. Geoff and each member of Queensrÿche are class acts. The dude to the left, well, you’re looking at a happy Stone.

Click that link below!

Queensrÿche – Concert Review: Live At The Crocodile Rock Cafe, August 2nd, 2011

Long Live Queensrÿche.

The words “overjoyed” and “happy” were used in this post.

Stone.

QUEENSRYCHE – Dedicated To Chaos: New Studio Album Releases On June 28th, 2011!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

QUEENSRYCHEDedicated To Chaos, the twelfth studio album from American Progressive Metal legends – Queensryche, will be releasing on June 28th, 2011, on RoadRunner/Loud & Proud Records. A “Special Edition” of Dedicated To Chaos will also be released on June 28th, which contains 4 extra songs (see track listing below).

There’s always that cool Metal feeling I get, knowing that a new Queensryche studio album is on the way… I can’t explain it away and won’t begin to try. Metal be thy name.

Dedicated To Chaos Track Listing:

Get Started

Hot Spot Junkie

Got It Bad

Higher

Wot We Do

Around The World

Drive

At the Edge

I Take You

Retail Therapy

The Lie

Big Noize

* The Dedicated To Chaos (Special Edition) contains 16 songs. The 4 (Special Edition) songs are: Broken, Hard Times, I Believe and LuvnU.

* For more info on QUEENSRYCHE, click on the links below:

QUEENSRYCHE – Official Website

QUEENSRYCHE – facebook

LONG LIVE QUEENSRYCHE.

Stone.

My Least Favorite Ozzy Osbourne Song Ever Is…

Posted in 1980's heavy metal albums, 1980's heavy metal ballads, 1980's heavy metal hits, 1980's classic rock music, 1980's heavy metal bands, 1980's heavy metal music, 1980's heavy metal songs, classic heavy metal, classic heavy metal albums, classic rock music, cool album covers, creepy album covers, guitar legends, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal albums, heavy metal albums 1983, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 1983, heavy metal solo vocalists, heavy metal songs 1983, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Metal Reviews, Music, old school heavy metal, rock music, scary album covers, spooky metal album covers, vintage heavy metal albums, vintage heavy metal songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

MetalOdysseyOzzy Osbourne, the Heavy Metal Prince of Darkness. Ozzy Osbourne – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Black Sabbath. Honestly, I revere the living hell out of this Heavy Metal legend. I did get to see Ozzy Osbourne live in concert twice during my lifetime. For me, those two concerts were unbelievable, with Metallica opening up for Ozzy in New Haven Connecticut, (at the spooky New Haven Coliseum) – it was The Ultimate Sin Tour for Ozzy and Metallica was promoting their legendary Master of Puppets album. The other Ozzy concert I saw had Queensryche open for Ozzy in Springfield, Massachusetts, (at the Springfield Civic Center), on this same Ultimate Sin Tour. Alright, so it is obvious I think the Metal world of Ozzy Osbourne… fine. However, by process of elimination, there has to be my least favorite Ozzy Osbourne song out there and there is one. I do not think much of the song, uh, ballad So Tired from Ozzy’s Bark At The Moon album. This song, ugh, ballad is responsible for my distaste of most Heavy Metal ballads ever released since, by any band. This album was released on December 10, 1983. Don’t get me wrong here, the Bark At The Moon album as a whole, is unreal good. Three songs on this album are incredible for me… Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel, You’re No Different and of course – Bark At The Moon. These three Ozzy songs I can hold up on a Metal pedestal forever. Plus, Jake E. Lee on guitar is a Metal bonus to listen to.

So Tired is a song that in my Metal opinion, is overwhelmingly dull and depressing and does absolutely nothing but annoy me beyond belief. Who exactly is supposed to be so tired in this song? Is it Ozzy himself? Someone that Ozzy knows? I really do not care in the darn least who is tired. I get tired too, yet I never whine about it like Ozzy did in this song. Sure, maybe the tired theme was about waiting around for a love lost… who cares. So Tired is a perfect example of what happens when a Heavy Metal icon decides to go the Pop and Bubble Gum Music route with a song. Sappy city is open for tourists with So Tired. Get out the kleenex, So Tired is now playing… sniffle, sniffle, I am so moved. The orchestration in this song only annoys me more.

To me, So Tired just never seemed to fit in with the Bark At The Moon album. So Tired is a downer in the midst of some riveting Heavy Metal songs, a huge let down, like the depressed dude at a party trying to bring everyone else down with him. The video for So Tired, (which was on MTV too often back in the day), was so ridiculous that even I felt embarrassed for Ozzy. When the Bark At The Moon album was reissued, So Tired should have been omitted from the track list… it is that lousy – for me. In my Metal opinion, So Tired is the lowest moment of Ozzy Osbournes unparalleled and ultra legendary Heavy Metal career.

Ozzy Osbourne "Bark At The Moon" Large album picture

Ronny Munroe “The Fire Within” – Metal Church vocalist roars on solo debut

Posted in Album Review, Century Media, century media records, classic metal, cover songs, current heavy metal albums, current heavy metal music, dio, essential heavy metal albums, Guitar, guitar solos, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal solo albums, heavy metal solo artists, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, Metal Church, metal music, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, old school heavy metal, rainbow heavy metal band, ronnie james dio, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

30649First of all, I am a fan of Ronny Munroe, the current lead vocalist for Metal Church. I just happen to gravitate towards the Old School Metal sound, both vocally and musically. Ronny Munroe in my Metal opinion, has the unmistakable Old School Heavy Metal vocals… and in no way do I subscribe to the opinion that this sound is dated. This brand of Old School Heavy Metal has been proven successful for decades now. For me, it is another Metal genre that lives on. With that said, I have obtained a copy of the new Ronny Munroe debut CD… The Fire Within, (released 2009), I am impressed by the total package of music here. This is Heavy Metal made the old school way, no frills, bells or whistles get in the way of the straight ahead approach that Ronny Munroe has taken on with “The Fire Within”. Honestly, Ronny Munroe comes with his Metal Church – front man credentials… he delivers a mightily solid twelve tunes alongside some talented friends. Rick Van Zandt of Metal Church, plays lead and rhythm guitars superbly throughout, with Michael Wilton of Queensryche delivering a solo on two tracks I will mention.

“Across The Sea Of Souls” is the song I feel Ronny Munroe is at his finest, his vocals sound sharp, as if he has been singing this song his entire life. The Michael Wilton solo on this song is cool, I cannot ignore or resist his guitar talent. “Ivory Towers” and “Evil Genius” are tracks that showcase moments of the higher extreme of Ronny’s vocal range, (yes, think of Rob Halford), these songs are groove laden with images of 1980′s Arena Metal concerts in my mind! “Ride Me” is a Metal-macho tune that rocks heavy, the lyrics are tailor made for a Hair Metal band… Ronny makes this song work, Randy Cooper kicks in with a lean & mean solo, a Heavy Metal tune with plenty of swagger. “What You Choose To Call Hell (I Call Home)” comes across to me, as the signature track for Ronny on this album. It is dark, heavy, moody and effectively bridges the gap between Metal Church and Ronny Munroe’s solo career. Michael Wilton appears again here, providing another memorable solo.

After listening to “The Fire Within”, it is my Metal opinion, that Ronny Munroe places Old School Heavy Metal high on a pedestal. I hear while listening to this album, the influences of Judas Priest, Dio and Dio era Rainbow. My opinion could not be better solidified, after listening to “Man On The Silver Mountain” (a vintage Rainbow song), covered by Ronny Munroe. This being the last track, it fittingly closes out a fine Heavy Metal album of creative tunes. Ronny does a terrific cover of this song, I really enjoy this version a whole bunch. This cover version found here, is a fine tribute to an everlasting, Heavy Metal classic of a song. Ronny’s vocals at times, do have comparisons to the legendary Ronnie James Dio, especially on this classic Rainbow cover. I will say, my favorite will always be the original “Man On The Silver Mountain” as sung by Dio himself. In summary, “The Fire Within” will be an album that I will tune in to on a regular basis, it is what I like. I was looking forward to this solo album from Ronny, I have not been disappointed. I recommend Ronny Munroe’s debut solo effort to any fan of Old School Heavy Metal, 1980′s Heavy Metal, Rainbow and of course, Metal Church. New fans should just dive in… this brand of Metal needs to be passed on!

Upon searching for “The Fire Within”, I did locate this CD on the worlds greatest online record store… Century Media Records… aka… CM Distro.com. (I highly recommend CM Distro.com). “The Fire Within” is on an independent record label called Ratpak Records. *Not to leave out the cool musicianship of the following on this album: Izzy Rehaume on bass guitar, Rick Pierce on rhythm guitar, Johnny Ringo and David Van Zandt on drums.

Ronny Munroe "The Fire Within"

Queensryche “American Soldier” is Metal that honors those who serve.

Posted in Album Review, Drums, Guitar, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Reviews, Metal, Metal Reviews, Music, Rock, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

9241091-1Queensryche has done it, done it very, very well too. “American Soldier” is a Progressive Metal achievement, in my Metal opinion. This is a concept album, that was written from the words spoken from those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. This release brings Queensryche back to where they belong, at the top of the Metal heap, reminding me of the “Operation Mindcrime” days. This is an album to really follow along to, with the lyrics that are inside the liner notes. Each song does lead itself into the next, both with it’s time line and lyrical content. 

Geoff Tate has the vocals that are shearing with pure emotion, hitting the high notes and making it sound like it was done effortlessly. Michael Wilton on lead guitar does not steal the show, nor does he have to on a splendid Metal creation like this. Michael Wilton plays guitar with exactness, creatively lending his unique sound of his playing the six string do the talking. Ed Jackson on bass and Scott Rockenfield combine for as cohesive a rhythm section as can be, all the while giving each other the flexibility to shine in their own musical identity. Emily Tate (Geoff Tate’s daughter), lends her talented, soft and decisive vocals on “Home Again”, an inspirational song that offers hope, that a solider will come back home. You will hear musical elements that have that Middle East ambiance, something we have been hearing every so often now among many recent Metal releases, (Ozzy Osbourne’s “Black Rain” album for example). “A Dead Man’s Words” will definitely let you know, what I exactly mean on this point. You are not going to hear anything close to “Jet City Woman” here, the pumped up Metal this is not. What should or could pump you up about “American Soldier”, is it’s musical tone and lyrical content, which just might set you straight on a Metal reality check about the value of life.

“American Soldier” is better than I expected, bigger in it’s message than I anticipated, this is the pinnacle of the Queensryche Metal music catalog. Reading through the liner notes, listening to the lyrics, I am convinced that Queensryche made “American Soldier” not for a quick buck, nor for stardom. This band already has both. Queensryche created “American Soldier” as a tribute to the men and women who have served the United States Armed Forces during war and peace time, an appreciation for freedom that comes with a price. Anyone who reads these liner notes and lyrics will walk away with this same opinion, it is impossible not to. In my opinion, this is far from being a political album or statement, I judge it as the liner notes state, that these songs are the voices of the soldiers, of their experiences, in their words.

Queensryche – where it all began for this superior Metal band.

Posted in Album Review, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Metal Reviews, Rock, Vocals with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

5513456It was 1983 when I first heard Queensryche on the radio, I heard them on an FM station of course, on a radio show that aired on Saturday nights that was called “Metal Shop.” The very first song I ever heard from Queensryche was “Queen of the Reich,” I was hooked by this band ever since. Geoff Tate, in my opinion, has always had just as powerful and prolific vocals as any other singer in the history of Metal. Queensryche can and has fit right into a few different Metal genres, Heavy Metal, Metal and Progressive Metal. With their debut EP “Queensryche” released in 1983, I easily embraced this great Metal band and remembered telling anyone who would listen that this band was for real. Only 4 songs were on the “original” Queensryche EP, – “Queen of the Reich”, “Nightrider”, “Blinded” and “The Lady Wore Black”. These four songs paved the way of the Metal future for Queensryche, without a doubt, an important and historical Metal EP this is. 27 years of recording and touring, Queensryche proved to the world just how real they are! You can still buy this EP, it has since been re-released, (2003), with the addition of 10 bonus tracks. Now, that is far more tunes than the original 4 song, vinyl record I bought back in 1983!

On March 31, 2009, Queensryche will release their brand new studio album, a concept album, titled – “American Soldier.” I have heard bits and pieces of the songs from around the internet already, tremendous and emotionally moving Metal is what I can honestly say at this point. I simply cannot wait to own this album and listen to it time and again! Once I get my copy on March 31, I will listen with Metal glee, then I guarantee a “must buy” review for “American Soldier” right here, on Metal Odyssey.

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