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KIX FRONTMAN STEVE WHITEMAN RELEASES FIRST EVER SOLO ALBUM, YOU’RE WELCOME ON JULY 2, 2021

Posted in Metal with tags on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

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KIX CURRENTLY ON THE ROAD PLAYING DATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND HEADLINING M3 ROCK FESTIVAL JULY 2

New York, NY – June 18, 2021 – For the first time in his 35+ year history of as the lead singer and front man of KIXSteve Whiteman will release his first ever solo album, You’re Welcome, on July 2, 2021.  The 12-song album was co-produced by Whiteman along with his trusted collaborators Brad Divens, Jimmy Chalfant, and Bob Paré; it was recorded and mixed by Divens at Fixintogetmixin Studio.

Though the recent pandemic essentially derailed the last year-plus of KIX’s touring plans, it gave Whiteman the chance to settle in at home for a critical period of time and vocal rest, the results of which he was able to channel directly into writing and recording You’re Welcome.  “Not being able to play for over a year gave me the opportunity to get together with some friends and make an album of these songs,” said Whiteman. “It was great having something to do during COVID. We all had a great time making this record and I’m very proud of it!”

You’re Welcome is chock full of hard-rock gems. “I knew pretty early on this music wasn’t KIX music and that it was definitely going to be for my solo thing,” says Whiteman. Whether it’s the harmonica-splattered conflict of “Bad Blood,” the bluesy strike of “Lightning Bolt,” the instantly catchy “Do Me Like You Done Me Before,” the heartfelt and somewhat melancholy “Kid Dynamite,” a tribute to Ronnie Younkins [KIX guitarist], who’s been going through another bout of rehab, or the lusty wink-nudgery of “Tug of Luv” (one of the artist’s personal favorite tracks), You’re Welcome adds yet another exciting chapter to Whiteman’s storied recorded legacy. 

If Whiteman’s loyal KIX fanbase feels like the album title sounds familiar, they’d be right.  “It comes from a bit I do during KIX shows where I ask our crowds for a response. I demand they reply, ‘You’re welcome’ every time I say, ‘Thank you,’” Whiteman explains.   And if the cover art gives them an incredible sense of déjà vu — it depicts Whiteman’s signature at the top, and a large, self-drawn stick figure underneath it, they’re exactly right. “Yeah, that started when KIX’s first album came out and the label had us do all these local in-stores,” Whiteman recounts. “It was madness, because we would be sitting there for like two or three hours just signing albums. People were always saying things like, ‘Write something special to me’ or ‘do something special,’ and I just ran out of ideas. Finally, I just started doing this little stick man as a portrait — and it kinda stuck. When people ask for my autograph now, they want my stick man — and now everybody can get it on the cover of my album.”

Cover Art: Steve Whiteman

KIX has released seven albums over their career including last year’s Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit, released on the 35th anniversary of the release of Midnite Dynamite.  KIX will be on the road for the rest of the year, including headlining the M3 Rock Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on July 2.  See all KIX tour dates HERE

You’re Welcome Track Listing:

1.  Easy
2.  Talking Bout Luv
3.  Get The Wild Out
4.  Shock
5.  Prick Teaser
6.  Bad Blood
7.  Kid Dynamite
8.  Lightning Bolt
9.  Strip
10. Tug of Luv
11. Do Me Like You Done Me Before
12. Shook Me In My Shoes

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Black Donut Records To Release “World Without End: An Underground Tribute To Samhain”

Posted in Metal with tags , , on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Black Donut Records is pleased to announce that they will release “World Without End: An Underground Tribute to Samhain” on July 9th 2021.

While celebrating well-known legends is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, sometimes the underdog deserves a tribute. In that spirit, it’s high time for the unholy Samhain to enjoy a little bit of the limelight. Black Donut Records–in collaboration with twelve underground bands unified by a singular passion for Danzig’s lesser-known work–is pleased to present their inaugural release: a compilation album dedicated to the finest purveyors of gritty occult deathrock. World Without End: An Underground Tribute to Samhain will be released on July 9th, with a pre-order available now.

From a curatorial perspective, Black Donut Records seeks to shed some well-deserved love on an act regrettably neglected by the fickle tides of fame and fortune. Wedged in the timeline between the beloved horror-punk of Misfits and the blusier doom of Danzig, the legacy of the ghoulish Samhain has been regrettably lost in the fray. Their catalog has been out of print for decades, and is unavailable on streaming services–a death knell in the modern era, if e’er there was. With the small-yet-dedicated fandom left to scrounge YouTube’s dark corners for a modicum of access to their discography, the unfortunately inaccessible Samhain are long overdue for some attention.

While the bands collected herein deliver a wide array of sonic styles and aesthetic approaches, a singular passion and an instantly recognizable rough ‘n’ tumble Samhain spirit serves as the glue that holds the compilation together. Take, for example, Night Goat’s bombastically highoctane take on “Moribund,” DemonScar’s faithfully gritty “November’s Fire,” or Spellgrinder’s slick and sleazy interpretation of the intrinsically jubilant “All Murder, All Guts, All Fun.” A project larger, by default, than the sum of its component parts, this compilation will undoubtedly appeal to any fan who holds the source material in high regard.

Pre-order: https://samhaintribute.bandcamp.com/album/world-without-end

World Without End Tracklist
1. “Black Dream” – Atomic Kavemen ft Marron Chaplin
2. “All Murder, All Guts, All Fun” – Spellgrinder
3. “Horror Biz” – Dead Eye Doll
4. “The Shift” – Rift Valley
5. “Archangel” – Energy
6. “Moribund” – Night Goat
7. “I Am Misery”- Bovine Nightmares
8. “Mother of Mercy” – Dead Rites
9. “To Walk the Night” – The Zenith
10. “Let the Day Begin” – The Red Edges
11. “November’s Fire” – DemonScar
12. “Death…In Its Arms” – Matte Martin

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF SAMHAIN.

STONE.

MORDIAN TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE

Posted in Metal with tags , , on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

January Moon’, the new single from Alternative-Gothic artist Mordian, is to be released July 2nd. Produced by Evan Graham Dunn, it’s a haunting offering meant to carve the path for the next era of music; Mordian is eager to release more material after a period of rumination.

‘January Moon’ follows her debut EP ‘Romance in Disguise’ which released in May 2019 and contains three distinctive sections which explore contrasting moods and atmospheres. Opening with serene entwining of vocal harmonies and clean guitar chords, this section has a personal feel with a strong uplifting atmosphere. Soulful vocals produce a beautiful sound before thundering into heavily distorted metal instrumentation and melodic elements. Emerging from the depths, the concluding passage brings a delicate melody performed on classical guitar with a haunting spoken narrative.

Journeying through intense moods, the distinctive musical style of each part delivers its own powerful impact. Mordian’s overarching Gothic themes and ethereal sounds are certain to evoke a whole world of feelings within.

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mordian_official/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mordianofficial
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0t655475M2ZrGOHKmYnUjV?si=jduwqesjTNSiw1pnK_8AoQ&dl_branch=1
Bandcamp: https://mordian.bandcamp.com/

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE MORDIAN.

STONE.

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