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THE DEAD DAISIES – Announce 2023 World Tour

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

From The Dead Daisies newsletter:

Can’t wait to get back on the road with our “BEST OF” in 2023!

The incomparable John Corabi returns joining David, Doug and Brian, and for the first time, renowned Bass player Michael Devin (of Whitesnake fame) joins the gang!

Late summer sees us wing it to the US East Coast to tear up Mickey’s Black Box and return to see our friends at The Landis Theater in Vineland New Jersey. Canada, we’re thrilled to be heading your way for a string of dates from the east to the west coast before returning to the US to bring in the fall with half a dozen ball tearing shows from Portland to LA.

Japan, we’ve been hanging to return to your shores with a mega dose of rock and we’ll see you guys on October 31st, in Osaka and November 1st, in Tokyo!

In November & December we’ll bring some heat to the start of the European winter, fully pumped and ready to rock your sox off with two runs from Switzerland to Germany and everywhere in between!

Together we’ll keep Rock alive!!

THE DEAD DAISIES – ‘BEST OF’ Releasing on August 18th

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, hard rock news, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Above: vinyl version

From: The Dead Daisies newsletter:

We’re putting out our “BEST OF” Album on CD & Vinyl on August 18th! So put June 2nd in your calendar and pre order your copy:

We’ve rocked with you guys for a decade now and to celebrate we’ve pulled together a collection of songs from the six studio albums! This upcoming “BEST OF” Album release will include some of our favourite tracks and others that have become a staple part of every Daisies Touring Set List.

We hope we’ve included some of your favourites as well!!

We’ve also added two previously unreleased tracks from the last recording session as an added bonus!

Above: CD version

Disc 1:

  1. Miles In Front Of Me
  2. Lock N’ Load
  3. Face I Love
  4. Mexico
  5. Midnight Moses
  6. With You And I
  7. Something I Said
  8. Fortunate Son
  9. Long Way To Go
  10. Song And A Prayer

Disc 2:

  1. Make Some Noise
  2. Resurrected
  3. Rise Up
  4. Holy Ground (Shake The Memory)
  5. Unspoken
  6. Bustle And Flow
  7. Hypnotize Yourself
  8. Born To Fly
  9. The Healer (Unreleased track)
  10. Let It Set You Free (Unreleased track)

A MASSIVE THANKS to you guys for your love and support over the last ten years, there’s certainly been some hot and sweaty nights rockin’ out together which have been truly amazing! With a lot more to come, there’s still Miles in Front Of Us!

U.D.O. To Release New Album, ‘Touchdown’ On August 25th Via Atomic Fire Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Martin Häusler

After touring Australia and Japan as well as kicking off this year’s festival season by introducing new bassist Peter Baltes last month, U.D.O. — the iconic heavy metal five-piece led by legendary vocalist Udo Dirkschneider — today announces their massive, thirteen-track album, Touchdown, set for release late this Summer through Atomic Fire Records.

The band has been very productive recording at various locations in between live activities throughout the year. Crafted with producer and mixing engineer Martin “Mattes” Pfeiffer at Redhead Studio (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio (Solingen, Germany), with bass tracks recorded by Baltes, Touchdown is scheduled to land in the end zone of the heavy metal world on August 25th. The record includes a guest appearance by violinist Stefan Pintev on the closing track. Artwork was provided by Martin Häusler who is also responsible for shooting band photos in support of the new album campaign.

First single, “Forever Free,” as well as album preorder options will become available on Friday, June 23rd. Presave “Forever Free” now at:

Touchdown – Track Listing:

  1. Isolation Man
  2. The Flood
  3. The Double Dealer’s Club
  4. Fight For The Right
  5. Forever Free
  6. Punchline
  7. Sad Man’s Show
  8. The Betrayer
  9. Heroes Of Freedom
  10. Better Start To Run
  11. The Battle Understood
  12. Living Hell
  13. Touchdown

View Udo Dirkschneider’s videos for “We Will Rock You” HERE and “Kein Zurück,” where he sings in his native language for the first time ever, HERE.

Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
Andrey Smirnov – guitar
Sven Dirkschneider – drums
Fabian Dee Dammers – guitar
Peter Baltes – bass


Japan’s Alt Rockers THE UNDERTAKER Announce New Shows in Tokyo + Kyoto

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, japan, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Japanese alternative rockers THE UNDERTAKER have announced their new shows, taking place in Kyoto and Tokyo! See the details below.

May 20, 2023 (Sat) @TRUST in Kyoto
June 30, 2023 (Friday) @HEIST in Tokyo
July 14, 2023 (Friday) @SCIENCE, HEIST in Tokyo
July 22, 2023 (Saturday) @SCIENCE in Tokyo
August 11, 2023 (Friday / Holiday) @HEIST Tokyo
September 15, 2023 (Friday) @HEIST in Tokyo

The band is currently working on their full-length album, coming out in 2023. More details TBA. Their sound is unique, drawing influences from rock, blues, country, hardcore and punk.

Check out the band’s earlier releases at:
– Tunecore:
– YouTube:


Formed in 2021 as a “big old rookie band” including members of veteran bands such as SURVIVE and AGGRESSIVE DOGS a.k.a. UZI-ONE that are active in Japan and abroad. The band’s first EP, “The Undertaker,” was released in 2022 and ranked in the top 20 on the iTunes store, an unprecedented accomplishment for an underground heavy band. The band’s worldview is truly one-of-a-kind, ranging from old-school Japanese hardcore, which has long been respected in the international scene, to extreme metal, and lyrics that incorporate Japanese poetry. Their unparalleled sound is sure to take the scene by storm.

Nemo – Guitar & Vocal
4410 – Guitar
Gun-Chang – Session bassist
Hon-D – Drums

Source: Splitscreen Management

THE SIGIL – Announces New EP ‘Argante’

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Esoteric melodic rock outfit The Sigil is preparing to unleash their mesmerizing new EP Argante on June 16th. A tour de force of attitude and energy, with electrifying guitar riffs, pounding drums, and a driving bass lines, Argante features intense vocals and captivating lyrics; a modern classic in the making.

The Sigil‘s trademark sound is on full display, with a raw and unapologetic approach to rock that’s both timeless and contemporary. A new sense of urgency and purpose propels the band to new heights of creativity and expression.

Just as the alchemists of old spent ages trying to uncover strange and arcane secrets, The Sigil have spent years of creative exploration to bring forth the music of Argante. From dynamic rock scorchers like “The Shape of Shadows” to the foreboding doominess of brand new track “Absentia”, Argante takes the listener on a journey. Will you come?

The Sigil came about as a no-holds-barred expression to combat the musical fatigue of the founding duo. A shared interest in folklore, history and the occult set the tone for both music and lyrics: melodic and memorable, yet often melancholy and haunting. In 2023, three new members were added, turning the project into a full fledged band.

Argante brings together all of the elements the band has been teasing with previous singles. A force to be reckoned with, The Sigil is here to leave their mark on 2023.

Argante Tracklist:
The Shape of Shadows
Sanguine Spirits
The Ailing Hour
Spirit of the Wild


Thomas Clifford – Vocals
Tomas Göransson – Guitars
Henrik Albinsson – Guitars
Daniel Börefelt – Bass
Joakim Bergman – Drums

Connect with THE SIGIL:


Source: C Squared Music

STITCHED UP HEART – Releases Hard-Hitting New Single “To The Wolves”

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles hard-rockers STITCHED UP HEART have returned with an unapologetic new single, “To The Wolves.” A harbinger of things to come and one of the band’s heaviest songs to date, the anthemic new track serves as an inspiration to stand up and fight back, as vocalist Mixi Demner reminds you: “You’re f*cking with a wolf!”

“Incredibly excited to finally unleash our first single ‘To The Wolves,’” Mixi elaborates. “We didn’t play it safe on this one. We were more ourselves than ever and had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create.”

Featuring Craig Mabbitt and produced by Kevin Thrasher from ESCAPE THE FATE, the invigorating new track is accompanied by a first-bitten video, which can be viewed HERE. Showing the band, as well as Craig, surrounded by a frozen forest, the biting cold of the scenery furthers the biting message of the track.

“To The Wolves” is also available across all streaming platforms HERE.


STITCHED UP HEART is an American rock band known for their powerful and emotionally charged music. Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010, the band has captivated audiences around the world with their unique blend of hard rock, alternative metal, and industrial influences. Led by the talented and charismatic vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner, STITCHED UP HEART has gained recognition for their intense live performances and deeply personal songwriting.

Mixi began assembling a lineup of musicians who shared her passion, dedication, and vision. Solidifying the core members James Decker on drums, Merritt Goodwin on guitar, and Randy Mathias on bass in 2016 upon signing with Century Media Records. They released their album titled “Never Alone,” which debuted in the Top 10 of both the Billboard Heatseeker and Hard Rock charts. With their single “Finally Free” organically gaining hyper rotation on active rock radio the band paved the way to success for the next two singles “Monster” and “Catch Me When I Fall”.

With a growing fan base and relentless determination, STITCHED UP HEART has toured extensively, touring with renowned acts like GODSMACK, HALESTORM, and IN THIS MOMENT. Their live performances are known for their high energy, infectious hooks, and Mixi’s captivating stage presence, leaving audiences mesmerized and craving more.

In 2020, STITCHED UP HEART released their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Darkness.” Produced by Matt Good. The album delves further into the band’s introspective songwriting and showcases their growth as musicians. Tracks like “Lost” featuring Sully Erna of GODSMACK and “My Demon” highlight the band’s ability to blend heavy guitar riffs with anthemic choruses, making a lasting impact on the rock genre.

STITCHED UP HEART continues to push boundaries and evolve their sound, refusing to be confined to a single label or genre. With their unwavering passion for music and their ability to connect with audiences on a profound level, STITCHED UP HEART is a force to be reckoned with in the rock music landscape.

Source: C Squared Music

Happy Birthday To Ian Astbury (The Cult) And C.C. DeVille (Poison) – May 14th

Posted in birthdays, celebrity birthdays, classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Above: Ian Astbury – The Cult – Rebirth Of The Phoenix – CD (KTS) (Live in USA 1992)
1991 Brockum Rockcards #286

Walkin’ Away… KIX Announces Retirement + Final Show Set For September 17th

Posted in Hair Metal, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

From KIX Newsletter:

Dear Friends,

It is with heavy hearts that KIX have announced their retirement from performing live. Lead singer, Steve Whiteman made the announcement from the stage at M3 Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 7. Watch Steve’s announcement here.

KIX’s final performance ever is set for September 17 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. “KIX…Walkin’ Away, The Final Show” will see the original band members Steve Whiteman, Brian Forsythe, Ronnie Younkins, Jimmy Chalfant, and longtime bassist Mark Schenker take the stage for the very last time. The night will also include some very special guests. Tickets for the show are on sale now HERE.

“We wanted to do this show for our fans,” says Steve. “We owe a lot to them for their never-ending support over our long 45-year career. It was tempting to just fade away and stop booking gigs and ride off into the sunset, but we wanted our fans to be part of a local farewell show and give them a chance to see the band one last time.”

Read more in Steve’s interview with Metal Edge Magazine, who broke the news wide to the rock ‘n’ community on Monday May 8th.

KIX formed in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1978 and have enjoyed a lasting 45-year career as one of hard rock’s most notable groups. The band’s retirement signifies the end of an era as KIX was one of the last touring bands from the 80’s rock scene who were still at the top of their game. Highly respected by fans, peers, and critics, KIX is deservingly very proud of their long legacy.

In typical Steve style, he concludes, “I just want everyone to end up on their feet and celebrate all the good times we’ve had over the years. It’s a party and you are all invited!” 




BAD AS – International Heavy Metal Act Sign With Wormholedeath Records/Warner For Release of New Album “Fight The Demons”

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

International heavy metal act BAD AS have signed the worldwide deal with Wormholedeath Records/Warner for the release of their upcoming album “Fight The Demons”.

The band members are thrilled about the collaboration and have expressed their excitement about the new album, which promises to be an outstanding work of art. “Fight The Demons” contains 11 catchy rock/metal songs that will leave fans wanting more.

BAD AS is known for their ability to cross over different genres, combining hard rock, metal, and prog to create a unique sound that sets them apart from other bands. The collaboration of the singer John Jeff Touch with Alberto Rigoni and the rest of the band has given a new vibe and modern sensation to the band while maintaining the power and aggressiveness of their previous albums.

“We are excited to be signing with Wormholedeath Records/Warner for the release of our upcoming album ‘Fight The Demons’,” said the band in a statement. “We are proud of the new direction we’ve taken with this album and can’t wait to share it with our fans.”

“Fight The Demons” tracklist:

1. Fear
2. You Better Run
3. The War is On
4. Fight The Demons
5. Nemesis
6. Where Did The Love Go
7. Inside A Dream
8. Awake
9. As I Walk Away
10. The Answer
11. Free

Watch “Fight The Demons” trailer at:

BAD AS was formed in 2016 by world-renowned musicians, including rock vocalist Titta Tani, metal bassist Alberto Rigoni, guitarist AlessioLexTricarico, and drummer DenisDenzyNovello. Since then, they have released three albums and have caught the attention of journalists and promoters alike.

A special mention goes to the musical career of bassist Alberto Rigoni, who is also a composer and producer, worldwide known for his work as a solo artist and as a member of various metal bands such as Natural Born Machine, TwinSpirits, and Vivaldi Metal Project. He has released 12 solo albums spanning from progressive rock to fusion, featuring collaborations with notable musicians such as Jeff Scott Soto, Jordan Rudess, Marco Minnemann, etc. In addition, he has played live with various artists and recorded for international artists.

With the addition of new members, John Jeff Touch (winner of various European Artists Awards and collaborations with bands such as Deep Purple, VISION, S.I.N., COSMICRAY, Sanny X, etc) as new vocalist, and Marco Andreetto as the new drummer, BAD AS is ready to take their music to the next level. Their future plans include playing their music live to bigger audiences and festivals after the release of their new album.

“We are looking forward to hitting the road and playing our music for our fans,” said the band. “We hope to see you all out there.”

John Jeff Touch – vocals
Alberto Rigoni – bass
Alessio ‘Lex’ Tricarico – guitar
Marco Andreetto – drums

Earlier Releases:
Crucified Society – Album, Released: March 17 2020 via SlipTrick Records, Mixed and Mastered by: Michele Guaitioli
Midnight Curse – Album, Released: November 30th 2019 via RockShot Record, Mixed and Mastered by: Alberto Rigoni
More Pain, More Gain – Album, Released: April 15th 2016 via Lion Music, Mixed and Mastered by: Federico Solazzo

Source: Split Screen Management

BIG RED FIRE TRUCK – Release New Single “Love Bite”

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Australian hard rockers BIG RED FIRE TRUCK have released their new single “Love Bite“. The song is from their upcoming EP Trouble In Paradise which is out on August 4th, 2023.

The band comments: ” ‘Love Bite’ is a personal reflection of my experiences in the music industry and its comparison to the highs and lows of a place like Vegas. It’s easy to get caught up in the glittering facade of success and become fixated on the idea of making it big. I read an article recently that helped me come to realise that the industry is in fact a lot like a casino – a few win big, a few even win small and those that don’t are kicked to the curb and left to fend for themselves. This song is a reminder to myself and others to enjoy the journey, no matter what the outcome may be.”

Watch the lyric video:

BIG RED FIRE TRUCK began in 2016 as a project by Digby to write some fun heavy metal and hard rock songs and fulfil his need to hear new music in the style of his beloved bands. Taking inspiration from the likes of VAN HALEN, RECKLESS LOVE, THE DARKNESS, AEROSMITH, SUM 41, and CRAZY LIXX, the quartet pay homage to previous generations of hard rock while delivering their own distinctive character.

Digby (Guitar and Lead Vocals)
Ben Frank (Guitar)
Pete Grant (Drums and Vocals)
Nick Frazier (Bass)


Track Listing:

  1. Neon Sunsets
  2. Trouble In Paradise
  3. Love Bite
  4. Psychotropic Thunder
  5. Miami Skies
  6. Hot Summer Nights

Source: C Squared Music

TUMBLE – Announce New EP ‘Lady Cadaver’ And Release Show

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Canadian psychedelic heavy rock trio TUMBLE, will be celebrating the release of their debut EP Lady Cadaver on Sunday May 14th at Handlebar Toronto, ON, Canada. Bringing groovy riffs, high-energy rhythms and drum solos, TUMBLE‘s new offering delivers a vintage rock ‘n’ roll vibe.

Thrilled to unleash these two heavy hitters into the wild for all you hard rock lovers. I hope you play these songs LOUD, and enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoyed recording them. We’ve only just begun… turn on, tune in, and TUMBLE.” – (Liam Deak, Guitarist/Vocalist)


Liam Deak – Guitar/Vocals
Tarun Dawar – Bass
Will Adams – Drums

“Lady Cadaver’”, explain TUMBLE, “is about the big bad trip… sometimes surreal but not always imaginary, while ‘The Plague’ is a psychedelic heavy rock instrumental for your hip shakin’, head banging pleasure.”

The opener is a catchy track with wide spread appeal, combining rhythmic instrumentation with guitar licks and giving their percussionist the spotlight. An immersive experience is found in the instrumental track “The Plague”. Leaning into the heavier side of the band’s sound, this song dives into the otherworldly with alluring guitar leads and eerie sounds before building into a high-speed multi-textural frenzy.

Track Listing:

  1. Lady Cadaver
  2. The Plague

TUMBLE is a power trio inspired by the heavy bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Their retro hard rock/psychedelic sound is influenced by bands such as BUDGIE, BLUE CHEER, CACTUS, MC5, PENTAGRAM and THE GROUNDHOGS. TUMBLE formed in Toronto, ON, in early 2022. They started out cutting their teeth in the city’s open mic circuit, and quickly began gathering the attention of the local music scene. By the end of 2022, TUMBLE was opening for bands such as CROWN LANDS, ECSTATIC VISION, and WITCHROT.

In January 2023, they caught the attention of legendary Canadian-rock musician/producer, Ian Blurton who agreed to spend a day recording with the band in his studio, ProGold. He managed to capture the band’s live energy, raw power, and ferocious attack in the studio, which resulted in Tumble’s debut EP Lady Cadaver, set to be self-released on May 5th, 2023.

Produced by Ian Blurton and TUMBLE.
Recorded/Mixed by Ian Blurton at ProGold.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Artwork by Leesa Westwood.


Source: C Squared Music

Can We Stop Already With This Album Cover Art? Enough!

Posted in album covers, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Here are three examples of an album cover showing a woman’s face behind a see-through cloth. I’m certain there’s more out there. I believe this idea of an album cover needs to retire. For good. Please. Stop.

The Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup (1973)

I’ll give The Rolling Stones a pass due to my thinking this was the first time this idea was used for an album cover. I could be wrong. Besides, it’s The Rolling Stones.

ScorpionsRock Believer (2022)

C’mon Scorpions. This album cover of Rock Believer is so bad it’s the reason why I didn’t buy the physical CD. I didn’t want to see it laying around my other CDs that have quality album art. Besides, I listen to Rock Believer on Spotify.

Halestorm – Back From The Dead (2022)

I’ll bet that Halestorm and Scorpions never expected to have nearly the same album cover released in the SAME YEAR!! Some people might say that’s glass covering over the face of Lzzy Hale. Is it Lzzy Hale though? Hard to tell maybe, with the violent screaming face. Anyways, I believe this is cloth covering her face. I always felt the Halestorm debut album cover art from 2009 was bizarre and cringey; yet this album cover takes the prize for unoriginal disaster.

Thank you for reading my semi-useless rant. Please feel free to comment! Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

EXTREME – Announce “Thicker Than Blood Tour” – New Studio Album “SIX” Releases On June 9th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

From EXTREME Twitter timeline:

We are very excited to announce the Thicker Than Blood US Tour w/ special guest LivingColour. Pre-sale tickets for all dates are now available at (Use code SIX) 👊

Come celebrate this album with us. It’s been way too long & we can’t wait to see you.

EXTREME “SIX” Releases on June 9th



ALCATRAZZ – New Studio Album ‘Take No Prisoners’ Releases On May 19th via Silver Lining Music

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles-born heavy metal icons ALCATRAZZ will release their new studio album, Take No Prisoners, via Silver Lining Music on May 19th.

ALCATRAZZ is determined to make up for lost time, roaring forwards at warp factor ten to deliver Take No Prisoners, their sixth studio album and the third in three years. Comprised of ten cracking, charismatic tracks, with each containing the unique fusion of classic American rock with the full grain hard-rocking attitude of British heavy metal, Take No Prisonerssees ALCATRAZZ energetically soaring and exploring melodic progression with road-warrior riffs. “Little Viper” rides a scything guitar into a thunderous, Dio-like assault, whilst the band also show their calmer, more expansive side with the epic “Strangers,” but when an album finishes at the burn point of “Bring On The Rawk,” there can be no question that ALCATRAZZ’s collective boot is repeatedly kicking serious ass!

Comprised of Doogie White (vocals), Joe Stump (guitars), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards), Gary Shea (bass), and Larry Paterson (drums), with Giles Lavery and Waldo producing, Take No Prisoners is a loudly, and proudly classic rock album which draws on the ALCATRAZZ traditions of technically excellent screaming guitars, thunderous rhythm, and the sort of vocals and overall aura that evoke prime Dio and Rainbow. And of course, a primed and fully tuned-up ALCATRAZZ, whose career is fast taking on Benjamin Button proportions.

Take No Prisoners will be released on digipak CD, 12” Black vinyl, digital download, streaming and special D2C bundles. Preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.

Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
Gary Shea – bass
Doogie White – lead vocals
Joe Stump – guitar
Larry Paterson – drums


MR. BUNGLE – Announce First Eastern North American Tour Since 2000

Posted in avant garde music, avant-garde metal, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , on April 12, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

April 11, 2023, Eureka, Calif. – Mr. Bungle, who venture out on their first post-pandemic tour dates this May as part of the Ipecac Recordings’ Geek Show, have added an eastern swing to their slate of 2023 outings, with new performances added for several cities including New York, Boston, and Toronto.

The dates, which mark the band’s first shows on the East Coast (with the exception of New York City) in 23 years, find Mr. Bungle once again featuring their The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo line-up (Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, Trey Spruance, Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo).

Tickets for the newly announced performances are on-sale this Friday at 10 am est. Joining Mr. Bungle for the September outings is Battles, reuniting Patton and Dunn with their Tomahawk bandmate, John Stanier.

Ipecac Geek Show featuring Mr. Bungle, Melvins and Spotlights:

May 10 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
May 11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium
May 13 Las Vegas, NV Sick New World Festival
May 14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
May 16 Denver, CO Mission Ballroom
May 17 Salt Lake City, UT Union Event Center
May 19 Seattle, WA Showbox
May 20 Seattle, WA Showbox
May 21 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
May 23 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
May 24 Oakland, CA Fox Theater

Mr. Bungle with special guests, Battles:

September 5 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
September 6 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
September 8 New York, NY Terminal 5
September 11 Boston, MA Roadrunner
September 12 Montreal, QC MTelus
September 13 Toronto, ON History
September 15 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit

Photo credit: Buzz Osborne

Mr. Bungle was formed in an impoverished lumber and fishing town by a trio of curious, volatile teenagers. Trey Spruance, Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn beget the amorphous “band” in 1985 up in Humboldt County, Calif., sifting through a variety of members until 1988 when drummer Danny Heifetz and saxophonist Bär McKinnon joined the group. In 1989, Mr. Bungle signed to Warner Bros. Records. No one really knows how this happened and it remains a complete mystery that even the algorithms of the internet can’t decode. Up until 2000 they released three albums (Mr. Bungle in 1991, Disco Volante in 1995 and California in 1999), toured a good portion of the Western hemisphere and avoided any sort of critical acclaim.

Some argue that the band subsequently broke up but there is also no proof of this. What is true is that they took 20 years off from performing under said moniker while they pursued various other musics that, in contrast, paid the rent. In 2020, a different iteration of Mr. Bungle emerged, pairing the original trio of Dunn, Patton and Spruance with Anthrax’s Scott Ian and former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo for a proper release of the Eureka-bred band’s unreleased demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny. /

Source: Speakeasy PR

Some CDs I’ve Bought So Far This Year – April 11, 2023

Posted in classic rock, Death Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Yngwie Malmsteen – Parabellum (2021)

Over the last several years I have sold many CDs that I no longer listen to and were just taking up space. It’s all about managing the physical space that I have. No regrets and the money I made was useful.

However, once a collector always a collector! Since January of this year, I have steadily purchased new CDs to add to my collection. Here are a handful of the CDs I’ve purchased this far in 2023. Please feel free to comment on mine and your CD buys.

SINISTER Aggressive Measures – (1998) – Legendary Death Metal from the Netherlands

I LOVE DEATH METAL!! With that said, SINISTER was a must purchase. I never owned SLAYER LIVE UNDEAD on CD, crazy as that sounds. I did own it on cassette and had it for decades. Anything MISFITS and take my money! The first ever JERRY ONLY solo album really, really ROCKS!! Holy shit, it ROCKS!!

I haven’t kept up with buying all of the Yngwie Malmsteen releases over the decades. There are so many too. So I decided to buy the Yngwie Malmsteen CD box set to re-energize my loyalty to his mind bending guitar virtuosity. Man, back in the 1980’s Yngwie was my ultimate Metal hero. Metal Be Thy Name – Stone

RATT – Releasing On June 9th, “The Atlantic Years 1984 – 1990” Limited Edition 180g 5LP & 7″ Single Box Set!

Posted in classic rock, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, vinyl with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

All Five Atlantic Albums Newly Remastered by Andy Pearce! Includes Replica Tour Book, Poster, Bumper Sticker & More! With (2) RATT “Best of” records gone platinum plus over the years, this is by far the coolest representation of the records all on vinyl 6/2023. To be released by BMG.

“The Atlantic Years” limited edition box set, celebrating RATT’s massively successful period where all five of their studio albums were certified GOLD, PLATINUM or MULTI-PLATINUM (for combined album sales of over 20 MILLION).

The LP set includes all five albums remastered on 180g black vinyl, plus rare “Nobody Rides for Free” 7″ single which is a rare track from the film Point Break (Exclusive to the LP Box), 12-page replica tour book (featuring rare and never-before-seen photos from Ratt’s personal archives), 11″x17″ wanted poster, bumper sticker, replica backstage pass, and guitar pick in a custom lift-top box.

All albums feature the classic lineup of Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitars), Robbin Crosby (guitars), Juan Croucier (bass), and Bobby Blotzer (drums). Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by frontman lead singer songwriter Stephen Pearcy.

Limited to 4,000 Units in North America All Five Atlantic Records Albums: Out of the Cellar (1984), Invasion of Your Privacy (1985), Dancing Undercover (1986), Reach for the Sky (1988) & Detonator (1990)

“Dancing Undercover” on Vinyl for the First Time Since 1987 – “Reach for the Sky” on Vinyl for the First Time Since 1988 – “Detonator” on Vinyl for the First Time Since 1990



Some METAL Thoughts From Stone – April 9th, 2023 – Mötley Crüe, Rainbow And Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, movie soundtracks, movies, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

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I’m thrilled that Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3 is hitting up theaters on May 5th. Yes, I’m a fan. I’ve watched the first trailer for the final installment of this amazing franchise at least a dozen times already. Marvel Studios is mandatory escapism for me.

The Rainbow classic cover song “Since You’ve Been Gone” (from 1979’s Down To Earth) is played throughout the trailer for Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3. I’m ecstatic over this! I’ve had this song on my Spotify playlist for a long time and have forever loved this song. Kudos to Rainbow and especially Graham Bonnet for this immense return to worldwide exposure; it’s been long overdue! For all the fact nerds out there, this song was written and performed back in 1976 by Russ Ballard.

In case you’ve been living on the dark side of the moon this past week, legendary guitarist Mick Mars was sued by Mötley Crüe and he thus counter sued. The short story is: Mötley Crüe believes Mick Mars quit the band once he quit touring. Mick Mars believed he never quit the band and only resigned from touring due to health reasons. Ugh. It’s a hot mess. Just google this story for all the mud slinging details. If I’m picking sides, based on what I’ve researched, I’m in the Mick Mars camp.

Metal Be Thy Name – Stone


Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2023 by Metal Odyssey



“This is a journey, an adventure, and a mission.” – Hawthorne Heights

April 7, 2023, Dayton – Hawthorne Heights, who brought the inaugural year of “Is For Lovers Festival” to three cities (Wichita, Denver and Cincinnati) in 2022, have expanded the Summer extravaganza to eight locations for 2023: Hawaii (April 29), Lake Tahoe (June 24), Denver (July 22), Manteo, N.C. (July 29), Council Bluffs (Aug. 19 & 20), Cincinnati (Sept. 9), Pelham, Tenn. (Sept. 10), and Mansfield, Mass. (Sept. 17).

“In year one, we got to go to a few of our favorite cities, with bands that are our friends, and some bands that we simply love,” explains JT Woodruff, Hawthorne Heights’ vocalist and co-curator of the “Is For Lovers Festival.” “We want to give fans an inclusionary place to go that features a wide variety of bands from all walks of life, and we want to do it with a smile on our face, because we have chosen to work with people who we love and respect. The most important part for us is to make sure that the fan experience is equal to the band experience. We just want everyone to have fun, and have an easy day together.”

Artists, which vary from location to location, include Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Alkaline Trio, The Story So Far, 3OH!3, Bayside, Underoath, State Champs, Mayday Parade, Thursday, and more. See below for line-ups by location.

“Is For Lovers Festival” also makes a point of incorporating local businesses, both via the food options on site but also featuring an adjacent marketplace and activities area showcasing local makers and creators. There will be onsite activations designed to give the fans a fun and unique way to enjoy their time in between seeing their favorite artists. Back for the second year will be a coffee booth, which is partnered with a local coffee shop, and helped run by the band. JT adds: “I had a lot of fun masquerading as a barista last year and serving Hawthorne Heights themed drinks like ‘Oat-Hio is for Lovers, which was a crowd pleaser… so why not run it back?”

Tickets for all dates are on-sale with VIP options available simultaneously. Visit for additional info and ticketing links.

“Is For Lovers Festival” dates:

April 29 – Hawaii Is For Lovers – Wet n’ Wild Water Park
June 24 – Lake Tahoe Is For Lovers – Outdoor Arena at Harveys
July 22 – Colorado Is For Lovers – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 29 – OBX Is For Lovers – Roanoke Island Festival Park
August 19 & 20 – Iowa Is For Lovers – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
September 9 – Ohio Is For Lovers – PNC at Riverbend Amphitheatre
September 10 – Tennessee Is For Lovers – The Caverns
September 17 – Massachusetts Is For Lovers – Xfinity Center

“Hawaii Is For Lovers”: Bayside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Hawthorne Heights, Emery

“OBX Is For Lovers”: Thrice, Bayside, Hawthorne Heights, 3OH!3, Four Year Strong, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, and Frontside.

“Iowa Is For Lovers”: The Story So Far, Thrice, Bayside, Mayday Parade, Silverstein, Anberlin, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, The Forecast, and Proper.

“Ohio Is For Lovers”: Jimmy Eat World, Alkaline Trio, Underoath, State Champs, Saosin, Hawthorne Heights, The Starting Line, Relient K, KennyHoopla, Four Year Strong, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, Motherfolk, The Missed, Sign Language, Slutbomb, Skye Wallace, Proper., Nox Novacula, Knavery, Life In Idle, Xanny Stars, and Lost Henry.

“Tennessee Is For Lovers”: Underoath, Bayside, Mayday Parade, Thursday, State Champs, Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, Winona Fighter, Proper., Khamsin, Skye Wallace, and a special acoustic performance by Hawthorne Heights in The Cave.

Line-ups for “Colorado Is For Lovers,” “Lake Tahoe Is For Lovers,” and “Massachusetts Is For Lovers” will be revealed soon.

Photo credit: Courtney Kiara

Hawthorne Heights formed in Dayton, Ohio in 2001. The band has released seven albums over the past 22 years: The Silence in Black and White (2004), If Only You Were Lonely (2006), Fragile Future (2008), Skeletons (2010), Zero (2013), Bad Frequencies (2018) and The Rain Just Follows Me (2021). Alternative Press dubbed them “the kings of writing knockout choruses,” Rolling Stone hailed them as the “grassroots chart kings,” in a nod to the band’s many impressive Billboard debuts including four of their seven albums in the Top 100, and New Noisedescribed their music as “effortless joy.” Hawthorne Heights is JT Woodruff (vocals/guitar), Matt Ridenour (bass), Mark McMillon (guitar), and Chris Popadak (drums).

Source: Speakeasy PR

Horror Punk Act DARKER DAYS Premieres Single Of Upcoming Debut Album, “The Burying Point”, Feat. TB Monstrosity Of BLITZKID!

Posted in Hard Rock, horror, horror punk, horror rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

Cover Design by Argyle Goolsby (Blitzkid)

April 28, 2023 sees horror punk act DARKER DAYS release their much-awaited, first full-length album “The Burying Point”on Fiend Force Records, licensed by Massacre Records!

Hailing from the Halloween capitol Salem, Massachusetts, the band poured everything they had into this record and pulled inspiration from some of their favorite bands: AFI, The Misfits or Blitzkid. Lyrically, DARKER DAYS touched on things like their favorite horror movies as well as real-life hardships. Needless to say, that the dark history of their hometown Salem and all of New England – with Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, H.P. Lovecraft in Providence and Stephen King in Bangor – along with the bleak countryside had a big influence on them as well.

Today, DARKER DAYS are premiering a first single taken of their upcoming debut, feat. TB Monstrosity of BLITZKID! T.B. Monstrosity is the co-singer and songwriter of Horror Punk legendes Blitzkid, probably the most popular band in the genre besides the forefathers The Misfits. Blitzkid and Darker Days have been friends for years, so this collaboration has naturally grown out of their shared history. TB’s unique voice gives the song its very own atmosphere and harmonizes impressively with the melancholy of the track and Darker Days singer Mason’s vocals. Both the classic horror theme and the musical realization, as well as the guest appearance of the Blitzkid singer make “1818” an instant hit in the horror punk community.

Watch the new DARKER DAYS video for “1818”, now premiering HERE

“1818 is an ode to the work of one of our favorite authors Mary Shelly- being told from the perspective of ‘Frankenstein’s monster’ and the feelings he has of wanting to find happiness even though the world views him as a monster“, the band comments.

Mason Eaton – Vocals
Nick Sullivan – Guitars
Travis Hunter – Guitars
Ron Bailey – Bass
Randy Mason – Drums

Their upcoming album “The Burying Point” was produced by Chris Curran and Kyle Blamy, and was mixed and mastered by Chris Curran. Slated for a release on April 28, 2023, the album pre-sale is available at THIS LOCATION!


  1. Devil’s Night
  2. Killing Time
  3. The Hunt
  4. 1818 ( feat. TB Monstrosity of Blitzkid)
  5. Siren’s Call
  6. From The Depths
  7. Moonlight (feat. Rod Usher of The Other)
  8. Funeral
  9. Empty Glass
  10. Maniac
  11. Curse

Source: Massacre Records

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