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OUT OF THIS WORLD – Releases New Video For “In A Million Years;” Self-Titled Debut Out Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, melodic rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Ralf Oude Hendrikmann)

Melodic hard rock supergroup OUT OF THIS WORLD featuring legendary names such as Kee Marcello (Europe), Tommy Heart (Fair Warning), Ken Sandin (Alien), and Darby Todd (Devin Townsend, Gary Moore, The Darkness), have officially unveiled their self-titled debut full-length, out now on Atomic Fire Records!

In celebration of the record’s release, the band is pleased to deliver a video for the hugely epic “In A Million Years.” The track was originally written by Kee Marcello for Europe’s Prisoners In Paradise and spent the past thirty years in his drawer. “But with this voice, it was just perfect,” Marcello raves of his vocal force Tommy Heart. “To me, it’s one of the highlights of the album.”

View OUT OF THIS WORLD’s “In A Million Years” video at THIS LOCATION and below:

View the band’s previously released video for “Hanging On” HERE.

Out Of This World is available now on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find ordering options at the Atomic Fire webshop HERE.

It’s no coincidence that Marcello’s latest endeavor bears the name of that legendary multi-platinum Europe album released back in 1988. “When I told people about my new project, someone suggested I call it something like Kee Marcelo’s Europe. But that’s terrible,” he laughs. “I hated it. Tommy suggested to call it OUT OF THIS WORLD, simple as that. Just as the Black Sabbath guys and Dio did with Heaven And Hell.”

The same vibe, the same ear for melody, the same hooks permeate an album that was brought to life with the vigor and passion you wouldn’t exactly expect in a rock star who’s seen it all and done it all in the past forty years. “I’ve always concentrated on music, and my passion for that never changed,” he says. “I’ve never changed style; I’ve never tried to do anything I’m not doing well.”

Out Of This World beams with a freewheeling and overflowing sense of fun, musicianship, and togetherness. It’s an effortless flux that’s just not normally found on a debut. “You have to remember that Darby, Ken, and I go way back,” the legendary axe-man notes of his rhythm section. “We did hundreds of gigs together and are as tight as a thumbscrew. Same thing goes for Tommy and I. We clicked instantly when working together for the first time a couple of years ago. We have this almost brotherly connection. We’re literally reading each other’s minds, man. There was no stumbling block, it was all a self-playing piano.”

It’s the same for vocalist Tommy Heart who’s been around in this game forever as well. “You meet, you play, and sparks begin to fly,” he describes the chemistry between the members. “We don’t even talk that much. We simply let the music speak. We touch our hearts when we play which is something that’s incredibly rare to find. Nobody has to explain himself; everybody is doing just what anybody else would do at that moment.” Heart was instantly hooked when he realized that OUT OF THIS WORLD was more than a one-off thing between bored musicians in lockdown. “I don’t like these temporary projects,” he muses. “This here is the real deal.”

“With OUT OF THIS WORLD, though, it never felt like a project,” says Marcello and he admits: “It felt like a band from day one. This is why the album turned out so well. It has a genuine band feel to it.” At their very first rehearsal session in Marcello’s hometown of Gothenburg, they sketched a couple of songs that would later wind up on their debut, namely “Twilight,” “Lighting Up My Dark,” and “In A Million Years.” “We actually found ourselves right in the middle of our first recording session without even knowing it,” he marvels. “Everything felt so natural and so good that writing the rest of the songs was a walk in the park.”

Graced by additional key wizardry courtesy of Deep Purple’s very own Don Airey and embellished by a Ron Nevison mix (Kiss, Bad Company, Ozzy Osbourne, Meat Loaf, Heart, Chicago, Damn Yankees, etc.) who reunited with Marcello for the first time since producing Europe’s Out Of This World a staggering thirty-three years ago, the songs masterfully transport the bygone era of melody driven, anthemic hard rock into the present. From uptempo rocking first single “Hanging On” via “In A Million Years,” originally written for Europe’s Prisoner In Paradise, to colossal anthem “Lighting Up My Dark,” and prog-rock playground “Staring At The Sun,” OUT OF THIS WORLD solitarily resurrect a genre we thought was lost long ago.

OUT OF THIS WORLD:
Tommy Heart – vocals
Kee Marcello – guitars, keyboards
Ken Sandin – bass
Darby Todd – drums

http://www.outofthisworld.se

http://www.instagram.com/ootwtheband

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

LONG LIVE OUT OF THIS WORLD.

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER – To Release New Album “My Way” On April 22nd Via Atomic Fire Records

Posted in classic rock, classic rock music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is THE constant among the German metal scene. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of Accept, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER outfits. Remaining true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, Dirkschneider consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart and his most personal and extraordinary album to date will be released on April 22nd via Atomic Fire Records.

Titled My Way, the record contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Dirkschneider. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout.

Udo: “Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs,” he recalls. Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of an era long past. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits” is also on the album reveals a secret rarely told until now, “What hardly anyone knows so far: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and especially Tina’s voice. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the early days. It was one of the mainstays of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Regrettably, there is no recording of it.”

With Wolfsheim’s “Kein Zurück,” Dirkschneider sings in German for the first time in his career, “I immediately felt like the words understood me. It seemed to me that the lyrics were telling the story of my career, of my highs and lows and all the good and bad experiences that life has. There simply is ‘no going back’ for those who choose to live as a musician.”

The cover album also makes one thing clear: Just how many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is still here.

My Way Track Listing:

  1. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
  2. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
  3. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
  4. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
  5. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
  6. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
  7. No Class (Motörhead)
  8. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
  9. The Stroke (Billy Squier)
  10. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
  11. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
  12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
  13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
  14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
  15. We Will Rock You (Queen)
  16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
  17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)

http://www.udo-online.com

http://ww.instagram.com/u.d.o.official

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

LONG LIVE UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER.

STRYPER – World Premier Of “Soldiers Under Command Live From Spirithouse” Happening On December 18th – Ticket Info And Details

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

From: Stryper newsletter

Hi Stryper friends….

Coming this Saturday December 18, at 8pm ET is a very first for Stryper. It is the WORLD PREMIER of Stryper performing their iconic album Soldiers Under Command. Some of these songs have not been performed live in over 30 years. This is a multi-camera professionally recorded in-studio concert performing the album in its entirety. This is also the first event Oz Fox played after his first of two successful brain surgeries.

Stryper has NEVER performed Soldiers Under Command in its entirety until now.

The band will be live before the performance as well as after the performance with a Q&A. Also – during the performance the band will be in the chat room chatting with fans.

Can’t watch at that time? That’s okay – We have 2 options for you. 1) Purchase now before the show and re-watch it for 48 hours or 2) Upgrade and for just $8 more watch it as much as you want for as long as you want with our Lifetime Viewing option.

This is truly a rare event. Tickets are only $12. Get yours now.

Get your tickets for this special event at Stryper.Veeps.com

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

“Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story” Hardcover – Releases December 28, 2021

Posted in books, classic rock, Guitar, guitarists, Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The first full-length biography of Eddie Van Halen—a searching, affectionate, and in-depth look at the remarkable life of a genuine musical virtuoso who changed the course of rock ’n’ roll.

“The game changing guitar legend gets the biography he deserves…. Diligently researched, perceptive and well-written.” —Classic Rock

Arriving in California as a young boy in the early 1960s, Edward Van Halen and his brother Alex were ripe for the coming musical revolution. The sons of a Dutch, saxophone-playing father, the brothers discovered the Beatles, Cream, and other icons as they bound together as musical partners, forming identities for themselves in their adopted home along the way.

“Affectionate and unflinching portrait of heavy metal’s Mount Everest…. Paul Brannigan goes deep here, his detailed…biography probing Van Halen’s psyche as well as his music.” —MOJO

From the moment their hugely influential 1978 debut landed, Van Halen set a high bar for the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, creating an entirely new style of post-’60s hard rock and becoming the quintessential rock band of the 1980s. But the high-flying success was fraught with difficulty, as Eddie struggled with alcohol and drug addiction while simultaneously battling David Lee Roth over the musical direction of the band, eventually taking the band in an entirely new direction with Sammy Hagar and scaling new heights, before that iteration of Van Halen disintegrated.

Acclaimed biographer Paul Brannigan tackles the dramatic story with respect and affection for one of rock’s greatest musicians, pairing original interviews with meticulous research to bring the story of Eddie Van Halen completely up-to-date. Unchained: The Eddie Van Halen Story is a remarkable account of determination, genius, and single-minded commitment to the music.

AUTHOR BIO:

Paul Brannigan is a former editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine, and a current contributor to MOJO, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and Louder. He has previous written books on Dave Grohl, Metallica and much-missed Motorhead legend Lemmy. Born and raised in Ireland’s Six Counties, Brannigan lives in North London.

LINKS TO PURCHASE:

AMAZON: bit.ly/Unchained_EVH_AMZ

BARNES & NOBLE: bit.ly/Unchained_EVH_BN

VAN HALEN STORE: bit.ly/Unchained_EVH_VHStore

Source: Jody Best / Best Bet Promotions

REST IN PEACE, EDDIE VAN HALEN.

VANILLA FUDGE – Release Remastered Version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Ramble On’

Posted in classic rock, classic rock music, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on December 1, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

VANILLA FUDGE throws out another re-worked Led Zepclassic, this time it’s ‘Ramble On’ to go with the recently released ‘Immigrant Song’ and ‘Rock and Roll’. All 3 tracks come from the soon to be released album Vanilla Zeppelin.

This is Led Zeppelin done ‘’Fudge’’ style. This remastered version of ‘Ramble On’ will be released digitally via Golden Robot Records on 30th November.

A great ode to one of the most respectable and best bands of all time, by one of the most respectable and best bands of all time. VANILLA FUDGE add their own slant to Led Zeppelin’s‘Ramble On’, including some amazing organ interludes. This version definitely has a life and identity of its own.

Listen to ‘Ramble On’ HERE
Listen to ‘Immigrant Song’ HERE
Listen/ Buy ‘Ramble On’ HERE

ABOUT VANILLA FUDGE:

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many off shoots, eventually morph into heavy metal.

Although, at first, the band did not record original material, they were best known for their dramatic heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs which they developed into works of epic proportion.

Originally, Vanilla Fudge was a blue-eyed soul cover band called The Pigeons, formed in New Jersey in 1965 with organist, Mark Stein, bassist, Tim Bogert, drummer, Joey Brennan, and guitarist, vocalist and US Navy veteran, Vince Martell. They built a following by gigging extensively up and down the East Coast and earned extra money by providing free lance in-concert backing for hit-record girl groups. In early 1966, the group recorded a set of eight demos that were released several years later as “While the World Was Eating Vanilla Fudge”.

The East Coast, in particular, New York, and New Jersey, created a sound all its own. Inspired by groups such as The Rascals and The Vagrants (fronted by guitarist, Leslie West of “Mountain” fame).The Pigeons reworked many of their own existing arrangements of covers to reflect their unique interpretation of this “East  Coast Sound”.

In late 1966, drummer, Joey Brennan, moved out to the West Coast; The Pigeons immediately drafted drummer and vocalist, Carmine Appice, a disciple of the renowned Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Band) and a seasoned veteran of the club scene. In early 1967, The Pigeons manager, Phil Basile, convinced producer, George “Shadow” Morton (producer for The Shangri-Las and Janis Ian), to catch their live act. Impressed by their heavy-rocking, trippy and psychedelic version of The Supremes’ ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, Morton offered to record the song as a single. This resulted in a deal with the atlantic subsidiary Atco, which requested a name change.

The band settled on Vanilla Fudge. Vanilla Fudge celebrated their 50-Year Anniversary in 2017 and is still rocking the world as hard as ever.

Source: Golden Robot Records

On-Line:
https://www.facebook.com/VanillaFudgeOfficialSite
https://www.facebook.com/goldenrobotrecords/

LONG LIVE VANILLA FUDGE.

QUIET RIOT’s Longtime Bassist CHUCK WRIGHT Releases First Official Single & Video “ARMY OF ME” From His Debut Solo Album, CHUCK WRIGHT’S SHELTERING SKY!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on November 28, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, CA – Long-time bassist for multi-platinum rockers Quiet Riot, Chuck Wright, proudly presents the release of the first single from his new solo album. Wright has also worked alongside such rock music luminaries as Alice Cooper, Greg Allman, Ted Nugent, various members of Guns N’ Roses and Kiss to name a few, and now embarks on his first-ever solo excursion.

The first single is a hard-rocking, intense interpretation of Björk’s 1995 hit “Army of Me” and is accompanied by a video that represents Wright’s exploration into disorder and parallels with the recent chaotic state of world affairs. The visuals include a 3D animation of an “army” of Ruth Bader Ginsburgs, the late Supreme Court Justice, feminist icon, and steadfast advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. “I chose to recognize the late Justice Ginsburg in this video as she was such a formidable presence on and off the bench. She challenged the status quo knocking down legal obstacles to women’s equality and inspired an army of believers.”

The track “Army Of Me” features several of Wright’s musical peers including the late Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) on drums, guitarist Lanny Cordola (House of Lords), and Sven Martin (Jonathan Davis Band) on keyboards along with songstress Whitney Tai, the recent “Best Vocalist” winner at The Intercontinental Music Awards.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/BeORufRPfVo
(Mixed by Tim Janssens)

Stream/download the single:https://orcd.co/chuck_wrights_sheltering_sky_army_of_me

The full-length album from Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky, coming in 2022, features over 30 guest performers including members of Mr. Big, Skid Row, Tesla, Dream Theater, Great White, Asia, Jefferson Starship, acclaimed solo artists Allen Hinds, Toshi Yanagi, and many others. Wright is finally stepping out on his own with a wide range of genres, from Jazz Fusion, Prog, Funk to in-your-face Hard Rock, which was in itself one of the things that led him to want to forge his own way and create this unique collection of songs within his “Sheltering Sky” project.

Photos:
Top photo: Mari Kawaguchi
Bottom photo: Tim Janssens

For more information:
www.chuckwright.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChuckWrightOfficial

Source: Glass Onyon PR

LONG LIVE CHUCK WRIGHT.

L.A. Guns’s New Album “Checkered Past” Review by Tanis Enos

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Editor’s note: Metal Odyssey proudly introduces Tanis Enos to our staff. She embodies the talents of being a writer, photographer, concert aficionado and interviewer. Enjoy her review below! Welcome aboard, Tanis!

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Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis have joined forces once again to give fans another electric album. They teamed up yet again with the Vampiric Shredder, Ace Von Johnson, and “Stud” Johnny Martin. Checkered Past was released on November 12th, 2021. Before the release, the band gave fans a taste of the new album releasing not only 3 singles (Cannonball, Knock Me Down & Get Along) but also 2 new music videos for Cannonball and Get Along.

Checkered Past has a beautiful mix of both the fast pasted Sleazy sound that fans have come to love and slowed-down emotion invoking melodies and lyrics. The day of the release, If It’s Over Now was part of Apple Music’s Best New Songs list. This song alone leaves fans wondering “Who hurt the writers”. The slower-paced guitar paired with the low vocals and emotional lyrics makes for a truly theatrical experience that gives fans the ability to picture their own story. The same can be said about Let You Down. The feeling of this track can be compared to “a heartache in the rain” scene in a movie. Even though it can’t be seen the feeling of sadness can be heard.

On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, LA Guns have turned out another group of hard rock in-your-face songs that will make you want to grab your leather pants and even your pirate hats. Cannonball is an explosive way to start the album with heavy drums and fast riffs. Living Right Now is special because of its punk-sounding undertone during the verses and Blues Rock sound for the rest. If you didn’t know Phil was British you did after listening to bits of that song.

Though the band has gotten older, Phil’s voice hasn’t changed a bit. Just listen to That Ain’t Why and try to say that it doesn’t sound as clear and clean as listening to Electric Gypsy on their debut album. Tracii Guns will never not have flair, showing off his Jimmy Page like abilities on lead guitar. Now take the talent and grit of Tracii and add the style and skill of Ace Von Johnson and you have the dynamic duo that every band needs.

What is that old saying? “A band is only as good as its bass player”? Well, good thing they have Johnny Martin slapping the bass on this album. You can really hear him shine in songs like Living Right Now and Get Along and he adds the deep groove with the drums in Dog.

The diversity of songs in this album alone is incredible and truly makes it hard to skip any song. Checkered Past will continue the musical high that was given to fans by the release of their 2019 album The Devil You Know. Fans are already crazy about the album, making it the number one best-selling Blues Rock album on Amazon the day it was released. – Tanis Enos

Vocals: Phil Lewis

Lead Guitar: Tracii Guns

Rhythm Guitar: Ace Von Johnson 

Bass: Johnny Martin

Drums: Adam Hamilton / Scot Coogan

Track List: 1. Cannonball, 2. Bad Luck Charm, 3. Living Right Now, 4. Get Along, 5. If It’s Over, 6. Better Than You, 7. Knock Me Down, 8. Dog, 9. Let You Down, 10. That Ain’t Why, 11.Physical Itch

LONG LIVE L.A. GUNS

Metal Merch – DEE SNIDER Autographed Photo

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

First thing, my respect for what Dee Snider has accomplished for our community of Metal is steadfast. Dee Snider has DEFENDED METAL and Rock ‘N Roll his entire life and his discography has proven to be timeless. Seriously, a gold life-size statue of Dee Snider should be created and erected at the entrance of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I don’t give a rats shit about who disagrees with me on that last sentence either. My belief. My blog. My life.

This past Summer, I bought this incredible Dee Snider autographed photo from the Martyr Hardcore Metal Online Store. This website is also the home to all the merch for HATEBREED. Dee Snider had tweeted about his autographed photo being available at this site mentioned; thus how I found out about it!

The cost for this historic piece of Metal history was $30 plus a few bucks for shipping. Compare that to how much other bands/musicians charge for autographs and you’ll agree this is an extremely fair price! C’mon, $30 for an authentic autograph of Dee Snider!!

Man, there are many unbelievable deals you can find by just shopping around! My autographed photo also included a DEE FUCKING SNIDER patch and sticker! Metal Be Thy Name!! – Stone

LONG LIVE THE METAL WARRIOR DEE SNIDER.

STEPHEN PEARCY’S FREE VETERAN’S DAY CONCERT ROCKS THE HOUSE!!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

From: officialstephenpearcy.com

Stephen Pearcy and his Ratt Bastard’s Rocked the House at Quechan Casino Resort for the Veteran’s Day Concert that was originally slated with Vince Neil.

After Vince Neil’s recent fall, he cancelled the Veteran’s Day show dated November 11th, 2021 but showed up on a yacht to play a private show the day before on November 10th, 2021.

Pearcy and his Boys ROCKED the house then stayed after to meet and hang with the many great Rock n’ Rollers that have served this Country. “This was an Important show” Pearcy said “It was an honor to be here”.

Pearcy played a 14 song Powerhouse set that included a mix of all things Stephen Pearcy, from early RATT “You Got It” (written by Pearcy in “78-“79) to Arcade’s “Nothing to Lose”

LONG LIVE STEPHEN PEARCY. A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT.

KIX CELEBRATES 35-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1985 ALBUM, MIDNITE DYNAMITE, WITH THE RELEASE OF MIDNITE DYNAMITE RE-LIT

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

RE-MIXED & RE-MASTERED VERSION OF MIDNITE DYNAMITE

OUT NOVEMBER 20, 2020

NEW YORK, NY (November – 2020) In a year full of bad news, KIX is excited to bring some good news to their fans. On the 35th anniversary of the release of Midnite Dynamite, Maryland hard rock icons, KIX will release Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit (track listing below), on November 20, 2020. For Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit, KIX partnered with long-time collaborator and the album’s original producer, Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant, KIX), for a blistering update of the fan-favorite album. Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit is available for pre-order now on the band’s webstore where fans can also purchase special commemorative merchandise including T-shirts, hoodies, keychains, and more.

KIX’s third album of their career, originally released October 7, 1985, Midnite Dynamite reflected the band’s true essence, as the popular musical landscape of the mid 80’s had shifted in their favor. From the slash-and-burn riffing of the album’s title track and the high-speed antics of “Layin’ Rubber,” to the Aerosmith flavored groove of numbers like “Cold Shower” and “Sex,” to the heart-break melancholia of the album’s sole ballad, “Walkin’ Away,” Midnite Dynamite is packed with material that delivers not only attitude in spades, but also pummels the listener with hook after hook.

Thirty-five years after its initial release, Midnite Dynamite remains a fan and band favorite, and Hill (who also remixed KIX’s hit album Blow My Fuse to mark its 30th anniversary in 2018) relished the opportunity to return to the original 1985 multi-track tapes.

About the new mix, Hill says, “The guitars don’t have as much schmutz on them as the original, and Steve’s vocal just jumps off the page now without all the bulls**t that I was putting on it then. I guess that’s what happens when you mix and produce for an additional 35 years.”

“Back in the 80s, everything had way too much echo, way too much reverb,” recalls vocalist Steve Whiteman. “It was so muddy that sometimes you would lose some really dynamic performances. Beau cleaned all that up on the Blow My Fuse re-release, and he’s doing the same thing on Midnite Dynamite, so it sounds incredible.”

Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit also includes original demo recordings for seven out of the ten songs, plus one early album mix of the song, “Walking Away.”  “We chose to include a demo disc, like Fuse 30 Reblown, even though we were missing two songs,” says bassist Mark Schenker. “Nobody had a copy on either cassette or two track stereo quarter-inch tape. I searched high and low and couldn’t find the demos of ‘Scarlet Fever,’ or ‘Bang Bang.’”

In 2014, KIX released their seventh full-length album, Rock Your Face Off (Loud & Proud Records) their first studio effort since 1995’s Show Business. The album debuted at #1 on Amazon’s “Hard Rock and Metal “chart, in the Top 50 on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, #5 on the “Independent Albums “chart, #11 on the “Top Internet “chart, #17 on the “Top Rock Albums” chart, #27 on the “Indie/Small Chain Core Stores” chart and #33 on the “Physical” chart. 

KIX last released Can’t Stop The Show: The Return Of KIX on October 21, 2016, a two-disc DVD/CD set that entered the Billboard Top Music Video Sales chart at #3, and rose to the #1 position, the band’s highest charting debut and first #1 ever in their 35-year history.  The 71-minute film offered an in-depth look into KIX’s decision to record their first new album, 2014’s Rock Your Face Off, in almost 20 years.

In 2018, KIX celebrated the 30th Anniversary of their biggest album, Blow My Fuse,with Blow My Fuse Re-Blown, a two-disc set with a remixed/remastered version of the album, along with the original demo recordings for all 10 songs. The reunion with Beau Hill for this remix sparked the initiative to revisit Midnite Dynamite and take a similar approach to updating KIX’s legacy.

KIX will hit the road in 2021 playing select deep cuts from the album Midnite Dynamite to celebrate the release of Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit. All tour dates can be found on the band’s website.

MIDNITE DYNAMITE RE-LIT

DISC ONE: Re-mixed by Beau Hill; mastered by Jay Frigoletto

  1. Midnite Dynamite

 

  1. Red Hot (Black & Blue)

 

  1. Bang Bang (Balls Of Fire)

 

  1. Layin’ Rubber

 

  1. Walkin’ Away

 

  1. Scarlet Fever

 

  1. Cry Baby

 

  1. Cold Shower

 

  1. Lie Like A Rug

 

  1. Sex

 

DISC TWO: Original Demo Recordings

  1. Midnite Dynamite (Demo Version)

 

  1. Red Hot (Black & Blue Demo Version)

 

  1. Layin’ Rubber (Demo Version)

 

  1. Walkin’ Away (early album mix)

 

  1. Cry Baby (Demo Version)

 

  1. Cold Shower (Demo Version)

 

  1. Lie Like A Rug (Demo Version)

 

  1. Sex (Demo Version)

Source: 37-Media Press

 

LONG LIVE KIX.

STONE.

 

EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE – Launches New Video

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Memphis, TN rockers Every Mother’s Nightmare (EMN) launched the second video, ‘Here’s To The Ones’ from their dynamic new album ‘RESURRECT THE FAITHFUL’.

Released on October 23rd, ‘RESURRECT THE FAITHFUL’ is impacting radio around the globe and continues to gain momentum. The album is being hailed as the best in the band’s career. Click the link below to hear and see the video:

‘Here’s To The Ones’ is inspired by a fan and Veteran ‘Mighty Mike’, who met the band at a previous show. He waited all day to meet the band and when he finally did, he asked them to sign his prosthetic leg and take pictures. ‘Mighty Mikes’ actions had a profound affect on lead vocalist and EMN founder Rick Ruhl. “He’s seen some shit and it really got to me. When telling this story in recent interviews, it still chokes me up everytime. We owe our military who put themselves on the frontline to protect the freedoms of everyone in the U.S.. Freedom at cost, Blood’s what we pay.” says Rick Ruhl

LONG LIVE EVERY MOTHERS NIGHTMARE.

STONE.

DON’T SLEEP – COVER TOM PETTY’S “RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM”

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

East Coast hardcore torchbearers DON’T SLEEP are celebrating the life and times of Tom Petty, with their previously unreleased cover of the legendary songwriter’s track “Runnin’ Down A Dream.”

Listen To “Runnin’ Down A Dream” Now.

“Tom Petty is a musical treasure,” admits frontman Dave Smalley. “His music is one of those rare things that nearly everyone vibes on – everyone from hippies to hardcore hoodlums. When DON’T SLEEP was talking about what cover song we wanted to do, there were lots of great ideas but there was always one guy saying “yeah but…” But when our lead guitarist Tom McGrath suggested Tom Petty, and specifically this song, there was zero hesitation from anyone. To make a cover great, you need to feel it. And everyone felt it. We tracked this in The Green Room studio in Harrisburg, PA with producer Matt Holmes, and it was done super late in the evening, after midnight. Energy levels through the roof, karma bright. I had a ton of fun singing it, and the words are freaking phenomenal. We salute you Tom!”

DON’T SLEEP’s chemistry is made up of hardcore vets fronted by Smalley, known for his lung-emptying exhales with Dag Nasty, ALL, Down By Law, DYS and others. The band released their debut album Turn The Tide earlier this year (September 4th), produced by Brian McTernan (Be Well, Battery) and Gorilla Biscuits / Youth Of Today member Walter Schreifels. The album follows their two EPs – Don’t Sleep (2017) and Bring The Light (2018). No stranger to the stage, DON’T SLEEP has toured with Shelter, Sick Of It All, Madball, Face To Face, and performed on the final Vans Warped Tour in 2018.

Source: Mission Two PR

LONG LIVE DON’T SLEEP.

STONE.

On This Day In Metal History – October 15 – From Jimi Hendrix To Van Halen

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

October 15, 1965 – Rock icon Jimi Hendrix signed a recording contract with Ed Chalpin. The contract was for three years.

October 15, 1984 – An EP of previously released songs, 74 Jailbreak, was released by the invincible AC/DC, via Atlantic Records.

October 15, 1987 – Guitar wizard Joe Satriani released his second studio album, Surfing With The Alien, via Relativity Records. This proved to be Joe Satriani’s breakout album, with the title track receiving world-wide commercial success.

October 15, 1988 – Hall Of Fame band Bon Jovi saw their fourth studio album, New Jersey, reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Whoa.

October 15, 1995 – The mighty Van Halen performed at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Los Angeles California. Van Halen were touring in support of their tenth studio album: Balance.

Rest In Peace, Eddie Van Halen.

Stone.

Eddie Van Halen – Forever

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 8, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

 

Guitar World – February 2009

I express my condolences to the family, friends and fans of Eddie Van Halen. What else can be written about Eddie Van Halen which has not already been written or said? He was beyond incredible playing the guitar, writing songs and pioneering entirely new and wondrous sounds to Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal combined.

The Van Halen albums are like baseball and apple pie, to me. American made, West Coast Hard Rock. Historically speaking, Van Halen dominated Hard Rock during those very late seventies and stretching well into the early nineties. A music icon, is Eddie Van Halen. I, like countless others, have accepted the sounds of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar like it is an appendage. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing always sounds so familiar, comforting, inspiring, exhilarating, personal and monumental, all rolled up together like a sacred security blanket.

Rest and Rock in peace, Eddie Van Halen. Thank you for sharing your musical magic with the world; to be enjoyed by generations forever.

I still cannot wrap my head around this year thus far; it has been a nightmare directly from hell. – Stone

SCORPIONS – ‘Wind Of Change’ Exclusive Box Set Releases October 3rd!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From Scorpions facebook:

The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Celebrate 30 Years of “Wind Of Change” with this exclusive Box Set featuring an 84-pages hardcover book with rare and previously unseen photographs, vocal and piano arrangements, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and 5 versions of the iconic song on CD and 12″” LP.

Available October 3. Pre-Order Now at https://theiconicsong.lnk.to/WindofChange

For more info: Scorpions

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

STONE.

SCORPIONS – ‘Big City Nights’ – A Look At A Terrific Greatest Hits CD From 1998

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Many years ago, I bought this cool Scorpions CD: Big City Nights (Rebound Records). I remember buying it new and it was pretty cheap; the price was around $5 or so. I believe it was Walmart that had this CD too; sometimes my memory amazes me, despite not remembering what I ate for dinner yesterday. Truth. Here is a one-sentence rant before I continue: Scorpions should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!!

Okay, I shall continue onward. I love this band. Every era of Scorpions I love. I was fortunate to see them headline the M3 Rock Festival back in 2010, with my great/best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale. What a fun time. Just about every song on this Big City Nights compilation was performed by the Scorpions at that M3 Rock Festival; at least to the best of my (once again) amazing memory. Chuckle, chuckle. I’ve presented the tracklist for this CD below, no worries.

I have grown extremely tired of Still Loving You and I’m certain I’m not alone. That song never really hit me. No big deal for it’s the only Scorpions song out of their iconic catalog that I just skip over. Rock You Like A Hurricane is teetering on the edge of being tiresome for me. What saves this song for me at this point is the guitar solo. Enough negativity! I do get psyched out of my cranium by Can’t Live Without You, No One Like You, Big City Nights and Rhythm Of Love. All these songs I’ve mentioned in this post are on this CD.

I’m happy I bought this Scorpions CD when I did. I have no plans to get rid of it either. That’s a good thing, due to my selling off of many CDs in recent years. As you look over the tracklist on the back of this CD, you’ll see there are 4 songs that are live versions. The live songs are from the stupendous World Wide Live from 1985, with the exception of Wind Of Change which is from Live Bites (1995).

Granted, this CD compilation is missing many classic Scorpions songs; heck, it’s only one CD and I’m certain it was never meant to be a definitive Scorpions greatest hits package. Thank you for visiting Metal Odyssey, I truly appreciate it. Please stay safe out there, help out one another and… Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

NO, THANK YOU, KLAUS!

STONE.

DORO PESCH – Announces Spring USA Tour!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From DORO Facebook:

USA, here we come! Here’s the next bunch of US dates for 2020! So much looking forward to this! Hope to see y’all! Love you!!! Cheers, Doro

April 16.2020 – Phoenix, Arizona (USA) Club Red
April 17.2020  – San Diego, California (USA) Brick By Brick
April 19.2020 – Los Angeles, California (USA) Rainbow 48th Anniversary Party (free show)
May 02.2020 – Columbia, Maryland (USA) M3 Festival
May 03.2020 – Poughkeepsie, New York (USA) The Chance
May 04.2020 – Sellersville, Pennsylvania (USA) Sellersville Theater
May 06.2020 – Cleveland, Ohio (USA) The Winchester
May 07.2020 – Chicago, Illinois (USA) Reggies

For more info: DORO

LONG LIVE DORO PESCH, THE QUEEN OF METAL.

STONE.

PRETTY MAIDS – “Maid In Japan – Future World Live 30th Anniversary” Releases On April 10th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on January 29, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From Pretty Maids facebook:

We will release “Maid In Japan – Future World Live 30th Anniversary” on April 10, 2020 (CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, LP, & Digital) via Frontiers Music srl. More details to be released in the coming weeks, but as you’ll see from the tracklisting, the release includes a performance of FUTURE WORLD in its entirety!

Tracklisting CD / DVD / BR:
1. Fw30 (Intro)
2. Future World
3. We Came To Rock
4. Love Games
5. Yellow Rain
6. Loud ´N´proud
7. Rodeo
8. Needles In The Dark
9. Eye Of The Storm
10. Long Way To Go
11. Mother Of All Lies
12. Kingmaker
13. Bull’s Eye
14. Little Drops Of Heaven
15. Sin-Decade

DVD and Blu-Ray:
– The videos:
+Little Drops Of Heaven
+Mother Of All Lies
+Nuclear Boomerang
+My Soul To Take
+A Heart Without A Home
+Kingmaker
+Face The World
+Bull’s Eye
+Last Beauty On Earth
+Serpentine
+Will You Still Kiss Me (When I See You In Heaven)
– Balingen Documentary
– Japan Documentary

For more band info: Pretty Maids

LONG LIVE PRETTY MAIDS.

STONE.

SHAKRA – Releases New Single “Turn The Light On”

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on January 28, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From AFM Records:

Shakra just released their new single “Turn The Light On” on all digital platforms today!! Play it loud now:

https://fanlink.to/ShakraTurnTheLightOn

Truly, this definitely is going to be one of our Shakra all-time feel-good-favorites and will appear on their new album “Mad World”, which is going to be available on February 28 2020.

LONG LIVE SHAKRA.

STONE.

BLACK SABBATH – 5 Fast Facts About The Fathers Of Heavy Metal

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

Fact #1: The only effects used on the Black Sabbath debut album from 1970 are the thunderstorm and eerie tolling bell, as heard on the intro to the title track.

Fact #2: Bassist Geezer Butler was influenced by Frank Zappa.

Fact #3: The second studio album from Black Sabbath, (1970) Paranoid, peaked at #12 in America, while continuing to chart for 70 weeks.

Fact #4: Back in 1978, the mighty Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath on their Never Say Die! tour.

Fact #5: Ted Nugent opened for Black Sabbath on their Technical Ecstasy Tour, back in 1976.

Source used: http://www.blacksabbath.com

LONG LIVE BLACK SABBATH.

STONE.

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