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Metal Odyssey Celebrates Its 6 Year Anniversary Today! Metal Be Thy Name!

Posted in classic rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Ozzy - Metal Odyssey - 6 Year Anniversary - promo banner - 2015 - March 1

Metal Odyssey Headquarters – My pup Ozzy (above) isn’t kidding, it’s been 6 years! It is March 1st, 2015 and it’s the 6 year anniversary of Metal Odyssey. Whoa! Shut the front door! Gather the villagers! My, how fast 6 years can fly by! Metal Odyssey was launched back on March 1st, 2009 (MMIX).

Back in 2009, The Walking Dead and Finding Bigfoot were not on television yet. Wow! In 2009 a pound of bacon cost $3.19 and a U.S. postage stamp cost 42 cents. Unreal! Six years ago, after an eleven year wait, the iconic KISS released a new studio album:

KISS "Sonic Boom" large promo album pic!

KISS Sonic Boom was released on October 6th, 2009.

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During 2009 I was new to the blogosphere, thus I used about 200 or more “tags” with every post that was published on Metal Odyssey. I was such a nerd. Oops. I still am. Um, anyhow, take a look for yourself, as to how “tag crazy” I once was:

Metal Odyssey - too many tags - funny pic - 6 year anniversary

After 6 years with Metal Odyssey in my Metal life, I’ve learned quickly that there is always room for improvement and I don’t know everything. There are no laurels to rest on here. Each day I am grateful that other humans actually visit Metal Odyssey and hopefully it brings some kind of Metal joy to their lives; as Metal Odyssey has brought immeasurable Metal joy to mine. My love for Metal and Rock ‘N’ Roll hopefully shows, throughout these past 6 years of Metal Odyssey.

I thank every visitor (both random and loyal) and each subscriber to Metal Odyssey; you are ALL the reason why Metal Odyssey’s Metal wheels keep moving. To ALL the kick-ass Twitter followers, you RULE too! Each respective PR agency, PR rep, record label, musician and band I tremendously applaud for delivering to me the invaluable promotional materials and/or insight that are so necessary in the proper execution of Metal Odyssey. You ALL know who you are and you ALL ROCK!

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I placed the Witch Cross Axe To Grind album cover (above) for the reason that I can.

I especially thank Nilla, Scott Coverdale, Megy, Sara, Kev Moore, my guardian Metal angels, WordPress.com and my fellow blogging peers for any and all support, these past 6 years. Metal Be Thy Name!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

WITHIN THE RUINS – Flips Van And 
Forced To Miss First Two Shows On Current Tour

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Within The Ruins - van crash - February - 2015 - #777WTRMO

Within The Ruins - band car crash - 2015 - February - #33WTRMO

As reported on the Within the Ruins Facebook page:

(New York, NY) – Massachusetts Metal act WITHIN THE RUINS flipped their van and trailer off an interstate in Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon. While no one was hurt, their van, trailer and gear were completely destroyed. “We rolled about three times from what I can remember and landed on the median. Our van and trailer are totaled.” says guitarist Joe Cocchi.

The band had set sail from their hometown in MA on their way to California to begin a month-long tour with SUICIDE SILENCE alongside label-mates FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Despite the near death experience and loss of gear, the band will push on and make the third show scheduled at El Corazon on Friday, February 20th in Seattle.

Within The Ruins - band van trailer crash - Februry - 2015 - #77WTRMO

Cocchi continues, “All I can say is that we’re happy to be alive. I don’t know how, but none of us were injured. We’re on the road touring because this is all we know and love, and we want to continue. Help us get back on our feet by picking up a shirt. Thank you all for the continued support.”

The band has set up a GoFundMe page to make up some of gear lost in the wreckage: http://www.gofundme.com/withintheruins

Within The Ruins - Phenomena - promo album cover pic - #2014MOWTR

SUPPORT WITHIN THE RUINS

PHENOMENA is on-sale for $5.99 on iTunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/phenomena/id886821030

PHENOMENA is the fourth studio album from WITHIN THE RUINS and was released on July 22nd, 2014, via Entertainment One.

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* For more info on WITHIN THE RUINS:

Facebook: Within the Ruins

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AND STAY STRONG, WITHIN THE RUINS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Some METAL And Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, movies, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - 2015 Inductee - Rock And Roll Hall of Fame - promo photo

I know I am in line as one of the biggest critics of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; however I do want to congratulate artists that do get elected in and that I dig beyond all belief. One such artist/band is Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. I realize this is rather old news in today’s up-to-the-second information chain; yet I still wanted to give Joan Jett & The Blackhearts their proper due on Metal Odyssey for achieving what seems to be the impossible: impressing the voters of the Rock Hall.

2015 - Rock And Roll Hall of Fame - Inductees - promo banner - #2015SRV

It almost seems as if this Power Pop meets gritty Rock ‘N’ Roll gal and her band have quietly persevered over the decades, never reinventing the wheel and just staying true to their sound and style that I grew to love very quickly as a young lad. I’ve stated this before on Metal Odyssey and I’m proud to state it again: I had a wicked crush on Joan Jett when I was a freshman and sophomore in high school. Whoa. I did see Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in concert once, back in the late 80’s and I remember it being a very cool show. Good times.

Ringo Starr - You're Sixteen - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #777RSMOCS

Without question, it was long overdue for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble to get inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The late Stevie Ray Vaughan was and forever will be one of the greatest in Rock ‘N’ Roll history, for me. Man, if you ever want to perk yourself up and shred away negativity around you, just listen to Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. For real.

Speaking of the great Ringo Starr, it’s hard to believe it took this damn long for the Rock Hall to induct him as a solo artist. Unreal. I can still see my late sister’s 45rpm of Ringo Starr’s You’re Sixteen, spinning on the old turntable. Man, it seems like yesterday, to me. Pictured above is the cover sleeve for the 45rpm of You’re Sixteen. Good times.

Music Outlet - Enfield CT - Metal Odyssey PIC - 2014

Last Summer (July) I ventured up to Connecticut and was able to hang out with my Best Metal Buddy and Metal Odyssey contributor/researcher Scott Coverdale. One of our to-do boxes was checked off when we went to Music Outlet in Enfield, Connecticut. If you look closely at the above photo, you’ll notice that Scott Coverdale has a psyched-out look on his face, cause he is about to buy a couple of new CD’s. Good times!

Wedding Crashers - promo CD cover pic - #777MOCM

Above: The CD soundtrack cover for Wedding Crashers, released back in 2005. I do not own it, nope.

This may be off the Metal topic, still, here is a question to ponder: What are your five favorite movies of all time? It seems as if my top five movies change around every now and again. Even so, here are my (current) top five movies of all time and in no particular order: They Live, Escape From New York, Field Of Dreams, Night Of The Living Dead (original black & white) and the super hilarious Wedding Crashers. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale insisted I watch Wedding Crashers, several years ago; I nearly split open from laughter, while watching it the first time! No, Fried Green Tomatoes doesn’t make my list. Metal Be Thy Name!

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* For more info on Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: 

http://www.joanjett.com

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

FAILURE SHARE IN-STUDIO VIDEO, ANNOUNCE PRE-ORDERS FOR “FANTASTIC PLANET” FOLLOW-UP

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , on January 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Failure - promo band photo - #2015FRNR

LAUNCH PLEDGEMUSIC CAMPAIGN

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2015 – Failure, who are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album Fantastic Planet, are giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at their progress with a new video released today in tandem with the kick off of the band’s PledgeMusic campaign (pledgemusic.com/failure).

PledgeMusic supporters will receive early access to audio clips as well as ongoing video updates from the band.  A variety of packages are available, offering mementos from the recording sessions, ranging from hand-scrawled lyrics to effects pedals and vocal mics. All pre-order bundles include the as-of-yet untitled album, which will be available in a variety of formats: digital (mp3/flac), cd, vinyl and USB drives.

Explained Ken Andrews: “Obviously we are not the first band to do this sort of thing, but I do think our fans are uniquely qualified to make this a very satisfying experience for all who participate.”

Failure returned from a 17-year hiatus in early 2014 with a riotous hometown show at the El Rey Theatre and performances at Fun Fun Fun Fest, Riot Fest, the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Cinquanta, an outing with old friends Tool, and the band’s own Tree of Stars tour.

About Failure

Failure formed in Los Angeles in the early ‘90s, releasing Comfort, their debut album, in 1992 via Slash Records.  Magnified followed in the spring of 1994 with the band’s final offering, Fantastic Planet, released in 1996.  Fantastic Planet earned a perfect 5-star score from Alternative Press with the magazine saying the album was able “to breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock,” adding that the band was “willing to stretch the definition of both their instruments and their songs.”  The 17-track album is considered one of the era’s most influential and enduring rock records.  Failure is Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards and Kellii Scott.

About PledgeMusic

PledgeMusic is the world’s leading online, direct-to-fan music community, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience while interacting with PledgeMusic’s global community of music fans.

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

* For more info on FAILURE:

Facebook: Failure

Website: http://failureband.com/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE FAILURE.

Stone.

KID ROCK “First Kiss” – New Studio Album Releases February 24th

Posted in Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kid Rock - First Kiss - promo album cover pic - #02-2015KRUSA

The tenth studio album, First Kiss, from KID ROCK releases on February 24th, 2015, via Warner Bros. Records. This is KID ROCK’s first album with Warner Bros. Records. Below is the track list and other info for the album.

First Kiss – Track List:

  1. First Kiss
  2. Good Times, Cheap Wine
  3. Johnny Cash
  4. Ain’t Enough Whiskey
  5. Drinking Beer With Dad
  6. Good Time Lookin’ for Me
  7. Best of Me
  8. One More Song
  9. Jesus and Bocephus

Explicit Bonus Track: 10. FOAD

Clean Bonus Track: 10. Say Goodbye

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Pre-order the new album “First Kiss” and be eligible for pre-sale ticket access (after fanclub) to the 2015 US headlining tour. Get all the info and get your copy here: www.kidrock.com

Kid Rock - First Kiss - promo album cover banner - #2015KRR

* For more info on KID ROCK:

Facebook: Kid Rock

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KID ROCK.

Stone.

KISS – Japan Tour Dates 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Japan Tour - promo flyer - 2015 - #122014

The super legendary KISS will return to Japan with five concerts in February and March of 2015!

KISS Japan Tour Dates:

Feb 23 @ Nippon Gaishi Hall – Nagoya

Feb 25 @ Osaka Castle Hall – Osaka

Feb 26 @ Hiroshima Sun Plaza – Hiroshima

Feb 28 @ Sekisui Heim Super Arena – Sendai

Mar 3 @ Tokyo Dome – Tokyo

Visit http://udo.jp/Artists/Kiss/index.html for full details.

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Source: Facebook KISS

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE JAPAN.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

THRONE OF VENGEANCE – Need Help To Find Their Stolen Trailer

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

Throne Of Vengeance - promo band pic - #33 - 2014

Some pretty bad news to come out of the Throne of Vengeance camp with the band’s trailer stolen from their storage unit just east of Calgary, AB last week.

Please share the following pic below of the trailer/RV storage and keep your eyes peeled and call the police if spotted.

Description: The trailer has TOV lettering spray painted in red on the passenger side, a chrome checker plate splash guard on the front, a white roof vent, and an interstate shield decal on both sides at the rear. License plate #4DC181.

Throne Of Vengeance - Stolen Trailer - 2014 - December 4th

Throne Of Vengeance – Hands Tied (Live At The Ship & Anchor Pub)

Throne of Vengeance – Live Evil

Throne Of Vengeance – Black Eye (Compilation Music Video)

ALSO:

Soundcloud – Live Evil - https://soundcloud.com/throne-of-vengeance/live-evil

Soundcloud – Black Eye – https://soundcloud.com/throne-of-vengeance/black-eye?in=throne-of-vengeance/sets/live-evil

About TOV: Bridging the gap between metal and rock with help from dual guitar harmonies, pounding drum lines and wide-ranging vocal harmonies, Calgary’s Throne of Vengeance released their EP ‘Live Evil’ on October 19, 2013 that echoes the band’s signature thrash-tinged rock.

“‘Live Evil’ is “a collection of songs based on our experiences in the last two years, covering everything from a close friend’s imprisonment for a victim-less crime to the realization of humanity’s demise to the contrast between good and evil and life and death,” says drummer Trevor Cobb.

Throne Of Vengeance - Live Evil - promo cover pic - 2015

“If there’s anything we would like people to take away from the record, it’s that you should be your own person, do what makes you happy, be aware of your world and be real. We have the power to control our own destiny. Together, we are more powerful than any world leader.”

Having shared the stage with numerous legends over the years, including Kill Devil Hill, 3 Inches Of Blood and Stephen Pearcy of RATT, Throne of Vengeance is ready to take things to a whole new level with Live Evil. Are you ready for a major ‘bangover’?

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Track Listing: Throne of Vengeance – Live Evil

  1. Black Eye (4:10)
  2. All In The Way (4:22)
  3. Hands Tied (3:32)
  4. Live Evil (4:58)
  5. Terminal Velocity (4:26)
  6. Impact (From The Top Of The World) (5:55)
  7. Congregate (As One) (4:10)

Total Time: 31:33

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Source: Asher Media Relations

For more info, please visit: www.ThroneofVengeance.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THRONE OF VENGEANCE.

THRONE OF VENGEANCE KICKS LEGIT, 100% METAL ASS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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