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STARZ – Signs To Frontiers Music SRL

Posted in Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, hard rock bands with tags , , , , on March 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Frontiers Music Srl:

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the signing of US Hard Rock legends STARZ who will release a new album in the second half of 2015!

Although not as commercial successful and well-known as a lot of their peers, STARZ has proven to be a hugely influential band for those musicians who were aware of them. Several massively successful U.S. artists, like Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue cite STARZ as a primary influence. Magazines like Kerrang! and Hit Parader have included STARZ albums on lists of the most important heavy metal albums of all-time!

All together STARZ recorded four studio albums in the second half of the 70’s: “Starz”, “Violation”, “Attention Shoppers” and “Coliseum Rock” and gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the smooth with the hard. “We loved pop melodies,” admits guitarist Richie Ranno, “and we also loved heavy guitars. We liked to combine hooks with a harder edge. Our singer Michael Lee Smith had a great sense of melody. In the course of four albums, we only used orchestrations or keyboards once, preferring to mix heavy rock productions with melodic overtones.”

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STARZ are now returning with a lineup featuring original members Richie Ranno on guitars, Michael Lee Smith on vocals, Joe X Dube on drums and new faces George DiAna on bass and Alex Kane on guitar.

“We are absolutely psyched to be writing and recording an album of new STARZ songs for the Frontiers Label. We’re really excited about the new songs we’ve come up with – SUBWAY TERROR 2015 – here we come! Our sincere thanks go out to the staff of Frontiers Records for giving us this opportunity,” says Ranno.

STARZ appeared live in Europe at the HRH Festival in Wales, on March 13th.

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Frontiers Music SRL - logo - #2014FM

Website: http://www.frontiers.it/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE STARZ.

LONG LIVE CLASSIC HARD ROCK.

LONG LIVE FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL.

Stone.

HOT LUNCH RELEASE SLAPPY SUNDAY EP, VIA SCION AUDIO VISUAL – TITLE TRACK AVAILABLE NOW FOR FREE DOWNLOAD; FULL EP AVAILABLE MARCH 31

Posted in Music, rock music with tags , , on March 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Torrance, Calif., March 16, 2015 – Hot Lunch, the San Francisco-based band whose music Thrasher described as “a blast of ‘60s acid rock seemingly unearthed after decades of rock ’n’ roll mediocrity,” releases the Slappy Sunday EP on March 31 via Scion Audio Visual.

The EP’s title track, “Slappy Sunday,” is available now for free download via Scion Audio Visual’s Soundcloud page: (http://www.scionav.com/2015/03/16/download-hot-lunch-slappy-sunday-brand-new-track-release).

“We always welcome the opportunity to work with bands early in their careers,” explained Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions at Scion. “Hot Lunch is exactly the type of artist we like to align ourselves with: smart, talented and hard working.”

Hot Lunch’s history with Scion Audio Visual extends back to the band’s origins with the quartet having played Scion Rock Fest 2013, Scion Rock Show in Los Angeles and Scion Rock Fest 2014.  The Bay Area band was also part of the recent Riley Hawk curated Northwest Blow Out EP, with the song “Uprooted” (https://soundcloud.com/scionav/hot-lunch-uprooted?in=scionav/sets/riley-hawk-northwest-blow-out-ep-scion-av) and previously offered up the song “There’s Nothing Like Revenge for Getting Back at People” (https://soundcloud.com/scionav/theres-nothing-like-revenge?in=scionav/sets/a) via a limited edition 7-inch single.

“We’re beyond stoked about this latest batch of tunes,” said Hot Lunch drummer Rob Alper. “Both structurally and sonically they’re true to Hot Lunch form, but we can’t help feel that this five-headed beast is of a new breed. Born of an all night rock ‘n’ roll house party? Or following a ferocious Sunday curb-skating session? We know not from whence it came. We’re honored to continue working with Scion A/V to bring high-energy punk ‘n’ roll music to the people! The Slappy Sunday EP is up-to-the-very-minute Hot Lunch in all its fuzzy, monstrous glory!”

Hot Lunch’s Slappy Sunday EP track listing:

  • Slappy Sunday
  • Expectations
  • China Banks
  • Pot of Gold
  • Living the Nightmare

About Scion Audio Visual:

Scion Audio Visual (AV for short) is a creative enterprise of Scion devoted to the discovery, nurture, funding and distribution of compelling music and arts programming. Scion AV has created and championed projects for over 100 underground musical artists, supported tours and special events, created film documentaries, curated art installations, and produced a collection of ‘zines. In addition, Scion AV executes the annual Scion Music(less) Music Conference and operates 7 broadband radio stations via Scion Streaming Radio. For more information, visit ScionAV.com

About Scion:

Scion continues to be the test laboratory division for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. From its start in 2003, Scion’s goal was to offer products and processes that stand apart from the crowd.  With a model line-up that includes the iconic xB urban utility vehicle, the tC sports coupe, the FR-S rear-wheel drive sports car, the premium micro-subcompact iQ and the xD urban subcompact 5-door, Scion offers distinctive vehicles that reflect owners’ passions and aspirations.  Scion also appeals to a youthful audience by offering a simple, no-haggle buying experience and by engaging with potential customers in meaningful and creative ways.  For more information, visit www.scion.com.

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Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HOT LUNCH.

LONG LIVE SCION AV.

Stone.

DIAMANTE – To Support WHITESNAKE On Select U.S. Dates This June; New EP “Dirty Blonde” Releases April 7th!

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Teen Rock sensation, vocalist and songwriter DIAMANTE, will be supporting the legendary David Coverdale and his spectacular band WHITESNAKE, on select U.S. tour dates, this June. Whitesnake will be embarking on The Purple Tour, in support of their new studio release: The Purple Album. Diamante will be touring in support of her forthcoming EP: Dirty Blonde.

I am very proud of Diamante for earning this exciting supporting role for Whitesnake; Diamante’s hard work and old school dedication to Rock ‘N’ Roll is admirable and widely known. Her many musical achievements these past few years are obviously only just the beginning. Metal be thy name! – Stone

Supporting Whitesnake In June:

02 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center

04 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint

09 – Beverly Hills, CA @ Saban Theatre

11 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

15 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Pikes Peak Center

20 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

DIAMANTE – Dirty Blonde EP Teaser:

Pre-Order “Dirty Blonde” EP on iTunes, by clicking link below! The title track (and second single from this EP) will be an automatic grat track when you order this EP on iTunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dirty-blonde-ep/id964667524

DIAMANTE – Bite Your Kiss

(#3 Billboard Single)

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Other recent DIAMANTE related news on Metal Odyssey:

FLYLEAF TO HEADLINE REVOLVER’S HOTTEST CHICKS TOUR!

Above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on March 7, 2015.

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DIAMANTE originates from Boston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Hollywood, California.

* For more info on DIAMANTE:

Facebook: DIAMANTE

http://www.diamanteofficialmusic.com/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE DIAMANTE.

LONG LIVE WHITESNAKE.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

Stone - 2011 Photo #1

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

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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.

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