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Posted in classic rock, Guitar, Hard Rock, Metal, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2016 by Metal Odyssey



Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2016) JOE SATRIANI reveals the details for Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA. Packages are available at the camp’s official site starting today—

For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of SATRIANI’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien – one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.

SATRIANI will be joined by longtime co-conspirator and Surfing with the Alien co-producer John Cuniberti in addition to other special guests. His original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.

About Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary, SATRIANI says, “To this day, every fan conversation ends up referencing Surfing with the Alien. We thought the best way to celebrate its 30th birthday would be to devote the 2017 G4 Experience to all things Surfing. It’s such a special moment for me, and I can’t wait to see everyone there so we can relive this album together and create new memories in the process.”

Sign-up is encouraged immediately as the event will sell out soon!






MURASHITA Debut EP ‘Inescapable Damnation’ Is Out Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on October 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Inescapable Damnation, the debut EP from Thrash Beast MURASHITA, is out now. Order it at:

The title track, which features contributions from MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson and drum guru Kevin Talley, is streaming at this location or below:

The official lyric video for opening track “Retribution,” featuring Talley and bassist Kelly Conlon (DEATH, MONSTROSITY), is available here.

MURASHITA is the new project masterminded by renowned guitarist, producer and engineer Masaki Murashita Inescapable Damnation features performances from David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity) and Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent).

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Critical Praise:

“Fun, bouncy and unafraid to tear your fucking throat out Inescapable Damnation gets at the beauty of heavy metal…” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

“Kings are born kings, so don’t waste your time and pay homage to Murashita. Now, you mortal!”  Dark Souls United

“The EP as a whole is the definition of thrash, but brings different elements into the mix which creates Murashita’s own signature sound.” – Metal Nexus

“…Masaki brings his lead guitar and scorching vocals back to the forefront with his solo debut and I am left completely jubilant at what I’ve been listening to…” 5/5 – Metal Odyssey

“The production is great, the music is good and the guest musicians are handpicked with great care.” – Lords of Metal

“From start to end, very much an artistic wonder. They have something sick and unique here.” 10/10 – Taste of Khaos

“With outstanding guitar work, great lyrics and a complete lack of conformity to industry expectations, Inescapable Damnation is a metal manifestation.” – Full Metal Rock

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Masaki Murashita first showed his scorching riffs and powerful songwriting, along with his blistering and aggressive vocal style with the critically acclaimed modern thrash band Hemoptysis in 2007 and he has been clawing his way to the top ever since. Combining elements of melody, thrash and modern extreme metal, Masaki has molded his own razor-sharp brand of metal that is moving into the next stage of metal evolution.

MURASHITA is now releasing the debut solo EP, Inescapable Damnation, which features some of the top players in metal – including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity), Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent) – and mixing by award-winning producer, Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX).

Early previews of the new MURASHITA release performed on EMGtv were met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The international tour to support Inescapable Damnation began in Japan this past September.


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Source: ClawHammer PR





Wanna See My “Essential Michael Schenker Group” CD? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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That’s it at the top! That’s my Essential Michael Schenker Group CD! Is that really cool or what?


The Essential Michael Schenker Group was released back in 1992, via EMI Records Group / Chrysalis. I bought this CD as part of the same bundle of used CD’s that my DIO Anthology CD was in:

Wanna See My DIO “Anthology” CD? It’s Really Cool…

Whoa! Once again, the collector side of me cannot pass up a Michael Schenker greatest hits title, regardless of already owning the songs. Besides, when it comes to these used CD bundles, I always pay a really, really good price!

What I find interesting is that I’ve always LOVED the MSG ballad: Never Trust A Stranger. This song’s music and lyrics have always chilled me out in such a grand way, it’s amazing. I know what y’all are thinking: c’mon, Stone, Michael Schenker has TONS of better songs than that!

When I come across older CD’s or vinyl records (that I don’t have) of my Metal and Hard Rock heroes, while Metal hunting in public, I begin to sweat profusely and feel like I’m high. I cannot control it, it’s the way my body and brain are wired. TRUTH. Metal Be Thy Name!

Track List:

1. Armed And Ready, 2. Cry For The Nations, 3. Bijou Pleasurette, 4. Into The Arena, 5. Attack Of The Mad Axeman, 6. On And On, 7. Never Trust A Stranger, 8. Assault Attack, 9. Rock You To The Ground, 10. Samurai, 11. Desert Song, 12. Captain Nemo (Single Version), 13. Rock Will Never Die (Live At The Hammersmith Odeon), 14. Still Love That Little Devil, 15. Don’t Take It Out On Me


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MASAKI MURASHITA – Featured On Providence Cables Advertising

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Masaki Murashita –  Lead Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Lyricist And Founder Of Hemoptysis


Check out Providence LTD cables and pedals if you haven’t heard of them before. I’ve been using their cables for over 5 years and I can’t use other cables. I am honored to be on one of the posters they have!

Masaki Murashita


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Acclaimed Guitarist JOHN MCLAUGHLIN Announces Release Of “Now Here This” Set For October 18TH Release On Abstract Logix

Posted in Guitar, guitarists, jazz, jazz fusion, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

(Los Angeles, CA) – It has been nearly two years since world-renowned guitarist John McLaughlin released To the One, his highly acclaimed, first studio recording, with The 4th Dimension. The veteran guitar aficionado celebrates his 70th birthday year with the announcement of Now Here This (Abstract Logix) set for release on October 18th as he ups-the-ante even further with greater fire, finesse and freewheeling interplay.

McLaughlin’s musical influences carry over to many of the musical elite also declaring him to be “the best guitarist alive,” as Jeff Beck mused in 2010. In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and in the summer of 2007, McLaughlin performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroad Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Chick Corea remarked to DownBeat Magazine that “…what John McLaughlin did with the electric guitar set the world on its ear.  No one ever heard an electric guitar played like that before, and it certainly inspired me. John’s band, more than my experience with Miles, led me to want to turn the volume up and write music that was more dramatic and made your hair stand on end.”

McLaughlin’s latest creative venture with The 4th Dimension reflects a slight, yet significant, alteration of the dynamic, specifically the recruitment of powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot.  Cameroon-born/Paris-resident bassist Etienne M’Bappe is back from To the One, as is keyboardist/drummer Gary Husband. This 8-track set of McLaughlin originals, recorded at Studio 26 in Antibes, France, testifies to the guitarist’s decades-long fascination with Indian music, through his effortless virtuosity, and relentless lyricism, even when the guitarist is shredding at near-light speed.   As John himself simply states, “Now Here This is the culmination of my life’s work till now.”

The critical praise for McLaughlin’s previous musical venture cascaded forth immediately; John Fordham of The Guardian declared, “…this tight 40-minute document hums with a collaborative energy.”  There is little doubt that McLaughlin’s return to the electrified fusion he first innovated more than 40 years ago in groups led by trumpet icon Miles Davis and drum legend Tony Williams – and, of course, with his own earth-shattering Mahavishnu Orchestra – is as electrifying and exhilarating as ever. And for those new to the genre, Now Here This is the perfect introduction – one that will surely encourage them to also dive, head-first, into this legendary guitarist’s lengthy and groundbreaking discography.


(Source: MAD Ink, PR)

Long Live John McLaughlin.


SIX FEET UNDER – Announce Dean Markley Endorsement; Additional Dates Added To European Summer Tour

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Bassist Jeff Hughell and guitarist Steve Swanson of American Death Metal giants SIX FEET UNDER are pleased to announce their recent endorsement with Dean Markley strings!

Comments Hughell: “Dean Markley are the only strings that can handle my finger domination! I’ve been using Dean Markley strings for almost 20 years and they are the only strings that have the brightness to cut through especially in Metal!”

Adds Swanson: “I would like to thank all at Dean Markley for representing us with strings, as they are awesome! I’m happy to be part of the Dean Markley family!”

In related news, SIX FEET UNDER recently added additional show to their upcoming European tour where the band will play some exclusive festival gigs as well as selected club shows.

SIX FEET UNDER Undead Euro Tour 2012:

8/05/2012 Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, DE

8/06/2012 Progresja – Warschau, PL

8/08/2012 Posthalle – Würzburg, DE

8/09/2012 Baroeg – Rotterdam, NL

8/10/2012 Buze – Steenwijk, NL

8/11/2012 Brutal Assault Festival – Jaromer, CZ

8/12/2012 Postbahnhof  – Berlin, DE ***

8/13/2012 Backstage – München, DE ***

8/14/2012 Galerie – Pratteln, CH ***

8/15/2012 Turock – Essen, DE ***

8/16/2012 Rock Temple – Kerkrade, NL ***

8/17/2012 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE

8/18/2012 Grünspan – Hamburg, DE ***

*** w/ Dew-Scented, Deadborn

SIX FEET UNDER will be touring in support of Undead, their latest platter of merciless extremity. Crowned “the best thing SFU have recorded since Maximum Violence,” by Decibel, “an album on which this new level of musicianship adds value without tarnishing SIX FEET UNDER’s legacy of brutality,” by Outburn and simply a “kickass SIX FEET UNDER record,” by Revolver, Undead entered the Billboard Heatseekers Chart at #5 upon its first week of release!

In addition, Undead landed at at #30 on the Billboard Top Independent Album Chart, #22 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums Chart, #14 Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #183 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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JOE WALSH “Analog Man” – Some Fun & Random Thoughts From Stone (Part Two)

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JOE WALSH – I’ve been listening to Analog Man, the new solo album from the legendary Joe Walsh and decided to write my random thoughts on it. It has been a couple of decades since Joe Walsh released a solo album and Analog Man is a dandy. These fun and random thoughts will be posted in a series of parts.

Here is Part Two:

I am going to discuss in Part Two, the title track: Analog Man. What a song. (What an album for that matter and that is a topic for another time). Analog Man is an autobiographical song (and album) about Joe Walsh; only this title track represents how some of us old schoolers feel about the rapid ascent of the digital world; especially when this same digital world has tried to send analog into extinction. I lived the majority of my teen years during the 80’s and I still hold quite an affection towards analog.

Joe Walsh lyrically describes himself as an Analog Man and justifiably so. With so many generations that grew up with vinyl (45’s, LP’s & even 78’s), 8-tracks and cassettes, the digital revolution took us all by surprise in the early 80’s and I for one was never prepared. (Despite my being the first dude in the old neighborhood to own a Realistic CD player from Radio Shack). What I learned in college for computer technology was obsolete one year after I graduated! Plus, I, like Joe Walsh, have had a ten-year old show me how to use functions on a laptop and cell phone for that matter! That is absolutely not a lie.

When I first listened to this song, I kept nodding my head to both this song’s rhythmic beats and (agreement) to its lyrics. Joe Walsh nailed it when it comes to (the widespread social change of) movie ratings; with murder and violence getting the PG more often than R. Heck, I can remember when the Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th movies were rated R at the theaters. Now, these same slasher films are shown on Saturday afternoons (with little to no editing), on numerous cable networks.

The “new age” of television is touched upon by Joe Walsh so well in Analog Man. “With 100’s of channels and nothing being on” referenced, I can surely understand Joe’s point here. I find it amusing that there are numerous 24/7 news networks to begin with. We live in an era of information overkill and still advertisers flock to hock their products on these redundant networks.

The “digital dream” that Joe Walsh references throughout this title track is never going away anytime soon in our now global social network culture. Maybe I’m living the digital dream with Metal Odyssey? I’m also guilty as charged experiencing instant gratification of mp3 downloads… and it’s a necessary function of being a part of the music blogosphere.

In short summary, Analog Man is a lyrically genuine and super fun song that I definitely relate to. It’s as if Joe Walsh took the words right out of my mouth. Oh… this song without question Rocks my ears off too. Metal be thy name.


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