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JORN “Heavy Rock Radio” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

Die-hard and casual fans of Jorn Lande know he can sing lights out. I love the vocals and discography from Jorn Lande, both with Masterplan and solo as JORN. Jorn Lande is a world-class singer of Heavy Metal and he has nothing to lose by releasing Heavy Rock Radio, an album of 12 cover songs… or does he? JORN sings very well on songs: Stormbringer, Rainbow In The Dark and Don’t Stop Believing; only the vocals of David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio and Steve Perry, respectively, made their songs magical and timeless, whereas JORN is better off at being a fan of these three songs.

Certainly, there are slight differences musically with each song on this album, compared to the original song; for me to get into each and every nuance regarding such differences would make me look like I have nothing better to do. Seriously. I’ll try to give you all the scary details about this album; so strap yourself in for I’m not being Mr. fanboy right now.

JORN fails miserably with the cover of the iconic Queen song: Killer Queen. It’s so stale both vocally and musically that if I was producing this album it would have been left off. Hotel California is no better. Sorry, this song should never, ever, ever be covered by nobody. All that JORN did with the Eagles Hotel California is make it into a second-tier, county fair, who cares, (let’s make a) Heavy Metal cover song. The electric guitar brilliance of Eagles legends Don Felder and Joe Walsh on the original Hotel California song is breathtaking to me, especially their extended dual-solo; why JORN messed with this is beyond me.

Above: Jorn Lande

JORN even (gulp) covers I Know There’s Something Going On by (gulp) ABBA member Frida. Oh my God is this song a disaster. WTF!? JORN? What were you thinking, dude? Why pick this song? JORN’s cover of this early 80’s bubble-gum song should not be. I’m not sorry for saying that. It’s that seriously awful. It just sounds like Jorn Lande was not pumped up for this album at all. I won’t even mention the cover of the Black Sabbath classic: Die Young. Forget about it. Not worth our time here.

The two huge highlights on this album are Jorn Lande and his band knocking the Paul Stanley song, Live To Win, right out of the park. JORN also excels with the cover of John Farnham’s song: You’re The Voice. Jorns’ vocals are powerful on these songs, the way it should be. I honestly love these covers of two such inspirational songs and JORN actually gives them both a jolt or two of extra inspiration. Unfortunately, minus the two aforementioned songs, this album as a sum of its parts is absolutely not very good at all and I am shocked as hell by it all. – Stone

LONG LIVE JORN.

Stone.

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STYX “The Mission” – New Studio Album Releases On June 16th!

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

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STYX – “The Mission” is the 1st studio album of new music in 14 years. This will be the 16th studio album from the great STYX. Available June 16 on CD, LP, Digital and Streaming. Pre-order “The Mission” now at http://www.styxworld.com!

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Stone Says: I am absolutely psyched outta my skull to hear this new STYX studio album! STYX forever! Whoa! I can care in the least that Dennis DeYoung is not with STYX anymore. No offense to Dennis DeYoung at all; he’s been doing his own gig for years now very successfully. For God’s sake, those that complain about Dennis DeYoung no longer being with STYX: GET OVER IT. Take some EX-LAX. That’s life.

It’s been how many years now that STYX has survived (very well) without Dennis DeYoung? KISS has survived without Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. It’s the way the Rock ‘N’ Roll world turns. ‘Nuff said. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE STYX.

Stone.

RAVENEYE – Announced As Special Guests On KISS EUROPEAN TOUR

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

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Raveneye / Shot in Camden Town, London / Rob Blackham / http://www.blackhamimages.com

UK Rock trio RavenEye are thrilled to announce they have been invited to tour Europe as Special Guests of KISS, one of rock’s most notorious and influential bands. They have also been added as Special Guests on the Hellyeah UK tour in April.  The band was recently added to the Download festivals in Spain and France, as well as Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Festival.

Since releasing their wildly successful EP, Breaking Out, and debut album ‘NOVA, RavenEye has toured globally, supporting Slash, Deep Purple, The Darkness and Halestorm amongst others. The band has headlined their own tours through Europe and America as well as performing at major international Rock festivals such as Download Festival (UK), Hellfest Open Air Festival (France), Azkena Rock Festival ARF (Spain), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Louder Than Life (U.S.), Aftershock Festival (U.S.), Maximus Festival (Brazil and Argentina) and  most recently the Shiprocked Cruise 2017. Their incendiary live shows have captivated crowds and put them on the map as a ‘must see live’ band.

“This could be the start of something very big indeed” – Classic Rock

“Blues rock riffs that slither their way into your brain” – Kerrang

“Hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck hard rock epic you’ll thank yourself for finding” – The Sun

“Keep an eye on Raveneye. They are organic, raw and I hear a real ‘70s influence with these guys.  When a band like this nails it, you never forget it. Wait for that riff in the middle of the song.”     – Nikki Sixx

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When RavenEye formed two years ago, the then 25-year-old, Oli Brown, singer and multi-award winning guitarist, had already released four solo albums and toured the world for 10 years with legends such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Joe Satriani, and been hailed by Mojo as “the hottest young pistol in British blues” and Classic Rock Magazine describing  him as “one of the best and brightest guitar heroes performing in the world today.”  RavenEye’s live performances take their present and future fans on a journey to the next level.

RAVENEYE CONFIRMED DATES 2017:

April 7 – Manchester, UK (Club Academy)*

April 8 – Glasgow, UK (The Garage)*

April 10 – Leeds, UK (Leeds University Stylus)*

April 11 – Norwich, UK (Waterfront)*

April 13 – London, UK (O2 Islington Academy)*

April 14 – Bristol, UK (Thekla)*

April 15 – Nottingham, UK (Rock City)*

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May 1 – Moscow, Russia (Olympiski)**

May 4 – Helsinki, Finland (Hartwell Arena)**

May 6 – Stockholm, Sweden (Tele2 Arena) **

May 7 – Oslo. Norway (Spektrum)**

May 10 – Gothenburg, Sweden (Scandinavium)**

May 12 – Dortmund, Germany (Westfallenhalle)**

May 13 – Stuttgart, Germany (Schleyerhalle)**

May 15 – Torino, Italy (Pala Alpitour)**

May 16 – Bologna, Italy (Unipol Arena) **

May 18 – Munich, Germany (Olympiahalle)**

May 20 – Brno, Czech Republic (Bvv- Outdoor)**

May 21 – Vienna, Austria (Stadthalle) **

May 23 – Frankfurt, Germany (Festhalle) **

May 24 – Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy)**

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June 9 – Download Festival, Paris France

June 22 – Download Festival, Madrid, Spain

June 30 – Plovdiv Music Fest, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

*Special Guests of Hellyeah

**Special Guests of KISS

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RavenEye are:
Vocals, Guitar – Oli Brown
Bass, Synth, Vocals – Aaron Spiers
Drums – Adam Breeze

Album is available now:

http://radi.al/NovaRavenEye

http://radi.al/NovaiTunes

http://radi.al/NovaAmazon

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Website: raveneyeofficial.com

* Source: MAD Ink PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE RAVENEYE.

Stone.

Ron Keel’s Heartfelt Statement On His Wife Renee’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis – How We Can All Help

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, world news with tags , , , on January 9, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

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photo credit: http://ronkeel.com/index/

As reported on http://ronkeel.com/statement/ on December 30th, 2016:

Many of you already know my wife/partner/best friend Renee Keel has been diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. She will undergo 4-6 months of chemo which begins next week, followed by extensive surgery including a mastectomy.

We are so very thankful for all the kind words, support, love and outpouring of prayers and well wishes that have come our way.

Renee is the strongest and toughest woman I’ve ever known, and we both remain positive as we begin this battle together. Since we met, she has been my strength and inspiration – if she hadn’t come into my life when she did, there would have been no KEEL reunion, no “Streets of Rock & Roll,” no Metal Cowboy. Now I have the opportunity to prove myself worthy of her love and support.

I plan to aggressively apply all my energy and resources to her treatment and recovery. Obviously I have adopted a new hairstyle to show my support and as a physical and visual representation of what this means to me.

In the weeks and months to come I will be doing everything I can to generate revenue to help pay the massive medical expenses that are quickly piling up. I will be liquidating most of my primary assets, from our Nevada property (10 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains) down to every last $5 autographed 8×10 photo I can sell – and everything in between. I will be launching and releasing new musical products, merchandise, and selling unique vintage memorabilia from my career collection. So when you see me online pimping my products and personal items, you’ll know why.

Our dear friends at Hoy Trial Lawyers, where Renee has been working part time these past few months, have stepped up to lead the charge by establishing the Renee Keel Benefit Account/Cancer Fund for those who wish to help. They’ve made it super easy: you can donate by PayPal directly by CLICKING HERE (or login to your PayPal and send to reneekeelcancerfund@yahoo.com) – and you can walk into ANY US Bank in the country, coast to coast, and just deposit directly into the “Renee Keel Benefit Account” – you won’t need the account number or any other details. Scott and Char Hoy have generously offered to match the first $5000.00 with a donation from Hoy Trial Lawyers and Renee and I are forever grateful for their friendship and compassion.

I also plan to work my ass off on stage and off, doing every gig, session, or appearance that makes sense. I will carefully juggle any travel dates around Renee’s condition and treatment. So whether it’s BHB, solo acoustic shows, Keel, or the Metal Cowboy serving as DJ for your wedding reception, I’m going to do whatever I can do. The music will not stop, because she wants me to do what I do – it makes us money and it makes me happy, which in turn makes her happy.

I will also of course be continuing as your Master of Mid-Day Mayhem on KBAD 94.5 Monday-Friday at 10 AM CST, rocking your radio harder and better than ever. I will miss time here and there to be with Renee on the tough days – like next week when her chemotherapy starts – and I thank my amazing co-workers at KBAD for their support and for covering for me on those days.

My endless appreciation goes out to all the fans who have given me the chance to entertain you while living my dream and finding the love of my life. It’s good to know you’ve got my back while Renee and I begin this fight.

MetalOdyssey

God Bless Renee And Ron Keel.

Stone.

A METAL ODYSSEY Update And Hello 2017…

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on January 2, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

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Happy Metal New Year to all! 2016 was an exceptionally busy year for me; I changed my day job along with moving with the family once again. I also grieved for the loss of my Dad; he passed away on December 19th of 2015 and the carry-over of sadness was difficult. Our family move this time however, was to the city where we feel most comfortable and our new (1902) house instantly felt like its’ arms had wrapped around us with welcoming comfort and joy. Our last house felt like it hated our guts and I’m not fooling around by stating that.

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2016 kept me busy with many personal challenges to tend to besides the previous mentioned, subsequently I did have to cut back on posting for Metal Odyssey. It happens to the best of us. I look forward to posting a TON MORE than last year, with no life changing obstacles in my path as 2016 had… none that I can see at the moment, that is. Whoa.

As during previous years, I look forward to spreading the Gospel of Metal and Classic Rock in 2017. The 8th year Anniversary of Metal Odyssey will be on March 1st and you’re all invited for the Metal ride! I wish all my loyal subscribers and casual visitors to Metal Odyssey the very best of everything in 2017. Stay true to Metal and it will stay true to you. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BLACK STAR RIDERS – New Studio Album Releases On February 3rd, 2017

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on December 22, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – The third Black Star Riders studio album, Heavy Fire, will be released worldwide on February 3rd, 2017, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

CD, Vinyl: nuclearblast.com/bsr-heavyfire
Digital: nblast.de/DownloadHeavyFire

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BLACK STAR RIDERS:

Ricky Warwick – Vocals/Guitar
Scott Gorham – Guitars
Damon Johnson – Guitars
Robert Crane – Bass
Jimmy DeGrasso – Drums

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Source:

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http://www.nuclearblast.de/en/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BLACK STAR RIDERS.

Stone.

ROCK THE ARENA II – March 25th, 2017 In Toledo, Ohio – Featuring Cheap Trick, Lou Gramm, Autograph, Tom Keifer & More Info

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on December 12, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Check out that concert flyer above! ROCK THE ARENA II will be at Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio, this coming March 25th, 2017! What a kick-ass lineup of legendary bands, all together for this event! Let me tell you this much, Cheap Trick is an amazing band to experience live! Metal Be Thy Name!

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* For more event info:

http://utsavagelive.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.

Stone.

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