Archive for hard rock albums 2011

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Watch Their Gig From The Knit Reno, via Livestream on August 11th!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, rock bands, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

THEORY OF A DEADMAN – Watch their LIVE gig at The Knitting Factory in Reno, Nevada, August 11th (tonight) at 11pm EST! To view and hear the Hard Rockin’ good-times, click here:

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Theory Of A Deadman – The Truth Is… was released on July 12, 2011, via Roadrunner Records.


For more info on THEORY OF A DEADMAN, click on the links below!



Wanna See My Autographed NIGHT RANGER Photo? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

NIGHT RANGER – That’s it at the top! That really cool (and authentic) autographed photo of Night Ranger came to me, courtesy of Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale. Back in 2010, he went to see Night Ranger perform at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Coverdale had a blast seeing Night Ranger live; he said they were pretty amazing that night. I believe him. I’ll also be thanking Coverdale for this really cool autographed photo, until I’m in my 90’s. Metal be thy name.

Night Ranger, from left to right in the above autographed photo: Christian Cullen, Kelly Keagy, Jack Blades, Joel Hoekstra and Brad Gillis.

Back on June 21st, 2011, Somewhere In California, the tenth studio album from Night Ranger was released via Frontiers Records. I can admit without hesitation, that this Night Ranger album is one of the best from their catalog; if not the very best. Somewhere In California is a Night Ranger album that pumps up my Rock ‘N Roll adrenaline; what more could I possibly ask for from any album that I listen to? Metal be thy name.


For more info on NIGHT RANGER, click on the link below!



LO-PAN: Ohio Fuzz Purveyors Kick Off Spring 2012 Tour

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, heavy metal news, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Ohio’s primo fuzz purveyors, LO-PAN, are kicking off their Spring 2012 in top form. The heavy rocking four-piece will embark on a trek starting March 1 that will find them hitting the East Coast and the South sharing the stage with some of rock’s finest, including Freedom Hawk, Sistered, Truckfighters, and Small Stone Records labelmates, Wo Fat!

Touring in support of 2011’s epic Salvador, LO-PAN are said to already have new material in the works and will take part in Small Stone’s annual SXSW showcase, set for March 16 at Headhunter’s in Austin, Texas, where they’ll perform alongside Suplecs, Dixie Witch, Gozu, Dwellers and longtime tour comrades, Backwoods Payback, among others.



3/01/2012 Lava Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ EYE, Sistered, October

3/02/2012 The Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC w/ EYE, Kohoutek, Ambition Burning

3/03/2012 Thumbs – Virginia Beach, VA w/ EYE, Freedom Hawk, Constrictor

3/04/2012 The Union – Athens, OH w/ EYE

3/08/2012 Springwater – Nashville, TN

3/09/2012 The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN

3/10/2012 The Roadmap – TexArkana, AR w/ Truckfighters

3/11/2012 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR w/ Truckfighters

3/12/2012 Ridglea Bar – Ft. Worth, TX w/ Hands In The Honeypot

3/13/2012 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX w/ Wo Fat, Mothership

3/14/2012 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX

3/15/2012 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX

3/16/2012 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX – Smallstone Records Showcase w/ Tia Carrera, Dixie Witch, Suplecs, Gozu, Backwoods Payback, Dwellers

3/17/2012 Happy Hippie – Lake Charles, LA w/ Backwoods Payback, Large Marge, Survive The Musical

3/18/2012 Tsunami Bar – Monroe, LA w/ Backwoods Payback, Electric Sermon, Large Marge


(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on LO-PAN, click on the links below:



House Of Lords – ‘Someday When’ (Official Video): From 2011 Album ‘Big Money’

Posted in aor, classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic rock, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

HOUSE OF LORDS – Released back in September of 2011 on Frontiers Records, Big Money is the eighth studio album from House Of Lords. The Melodic Hard Rock and AOR flavor of Big Money boils over, reminding me once again, what a tremendous listen this album is. Someday When is a song from Big Money and is enriched with a symphonic sound from the keyboards, elevating the mood and feel of this song.

Hard Rock, as with any music genre, is presented in countless styles. House Of Lords is no exception. Someday When exemplifies House Of Lords capturing their unique musical creativity and style, while allowing it to soar. Take a look and listen to Someday When below. I hope you enjoy this song and video as much as I do!


James Christian – vocals

Jimi Bell – guitar

Chris McCarvill – bass

Bj Zampa – drums

HOUSE OF LORDS – BIG MONEY (Frontiers Records/2011)

* For more info on HOUSE OF LORDS, click on the links below:

HOUSE OF LORDS – Official Website




Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011 – I have listened to many Hard Rock albums released during 2011. There seems to be quite a few Hard Rock albums that are of standout quality, this past year for me. With that said, my “Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011” simply cannot represent the totality of Hard Rockin’ thrills I’ve experienced with my ears these past 12 months.

What my Top Ten list does represent are the Hard Rock albums I turned to most often to play… LOUD! I lean towards the “complete” album of songs, an album that goes further than just 4 or 5 great tracks. I gravitate towards the Hard Rock albums that psyched-me-out and made me feel very damn good inside. These are the Hard Rock albums that made a difference to me. A personal list it is and hopefully there are a few here you may agree with. Thank you for visiting Metal Odyssey in 2011 and supporting Rock ‘N Roll! Happy Holidays, Rock Steady and Happy New Year to all!



(Ripple Music)






(Frontiers Records)



(Scarlet Records)



(J&R Adventures)



(Frontiers Records)



(Samson Records / eOne Music)




#2 (TIE)


(Frontiers Records)

#2 (TIE)





(Frontiers Records)

Yes, the return of MR. BIG left a big Hard Rockin’ impression on my ears. If ever there was an album that grew on me, over the course of time, then said album is What If… and it has served me right. Eric Martin’s vocals have never sounded better. Sound cliche? Not in my mind. On What If… Billy Sheehan (bass), Paul Gilbert (guitar) and Pat Torpey (drums) all sound as if there was never a recording break of ten years. Their seventh studio album may just be their best Hard Rock creation, in my honest opinion.

My favorite song from What If… is Undertow. Check out the music video of MR. BIG below, hopefully you’ll enjoy Undertow as much as I do!

THANK YOU to all of the bands above and Long Live Hard Rock!



* For more cool “Best Of 2011 Lists” of Rock, Hard Rock and Metal Albums, click on the links below and visit these other fantastic blogs/websites!

All Metal Resource

Bring Back Glam

The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr. –

Hair Metal Mansion

Hard Rock Nights

Heavy Metal Addiction

Heavy Metal Time Machine

Imagine Echoes

Layla’s Classic Rock

Metal Excess

The Ripple Effect


SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy LIVE – Made In Stoke 24/7/11: 5 Reasons To Buy This CD

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, live rock albums, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy LIVE – Back on November 15th, SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy LIVE / Made In Stoke 24/7/11 was released via Armoury Records. SLASH has a storied career with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and his own SLASH’S Snakepit on his enviable Rock ‘N Roll resume.

This set of live songs from the certified Rockin’ career of SLASH is essentially listening to a mandatory chapter of Rock history. I purchased the double CD version, (a 2-CD with a DVD version is out there as well). Check out below my 5 reasons you should BUY this SLASH CD!

1. – This is SLASH, you know, the former and REAL Guns N’ Roses guitarist playing some classic Guns N’ Roses songs. The live versions of Paradise City and Mr. Brownstone (for example) are embellished with the trademark guitar tone and licks of the legendary SLASH. Truly one-of-a-kind is SLASH. Accept no substitutes for I sure as hell don’t.

2.- Myles Kennedy. Yeah, yeah, yeah… Myles Kennedy is no Axl Rose only Axl Rose is no Myles Kennedy either. Myles sounds amazing on this live album and he is a top ten Heavy Music vocalist for my ears any second of any day.

3. – The entire band ROCKS so fluently together on all 21 songs. Seriously, to think otherwise you must be constipated. Todd Kerns (bass, lead & backing vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Bobby Schneck (guitar, backing vocals) play tight and sound like they’ve been together with SLASH and Myles for decades.

4. – This live SLASH CD has put me in a good F’n mood each and every time I’ve listened to it. The Rockin’ energy that these live songs give off is contagious to my senses. It’s like I’m getting hit in the face with a psyche-you-out bat, every time I play this addicting CD.

5. FUN. Oh, oh… I just used the “F” word. If you’re not into FUN then this is not the CD for you. For the rest of us who like to jump around and go crazy while listening to our favorite bands and songs, SLASH has kept the F’n FUN in his R&FN’R!

Bonus Reason To Buy: It doesn’t sound like there was an over abundance of production tweaking going on for this live concert recording. Okay, so we live in a digital age, still, the overall RAW Rock ‘N Roll Thunder that SLASH and his band dishes out here is evidence to me, that less is more when it comes to producing a live album in 2011. When I play this live SLASH CD extremely loud, I swear I’m actually there that evening in Stoke… and I wish I really was.

Track Listing:

CD 1

Been There Lately



Mean Bone

Back From Cali

Rocket Queen

Civil War

Nothing To Say



CD 2

Doctor Alibi

Speed Parade

Watch This

Beggars & Hangers On


Godfather Solo

Sweet Child O’ Mine


By The Sword

Mr. Brownstone

Paradise City




IRON CLAW “A Different Game” – Metal Odyssey’s Comeback Band and Album Of 2011

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , , on December 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

IRON CLAW – Many bands and solo musicians make comebacks in the world of Rock each year. Notable acts the likes of Alice Cooper (The Band) and KING KOBRA made their impressive comebacks for certain in 2011. Anthrax made an album comeback (Worship Music) with Joey Belladonna returning to the forefront. BIOHAZARD is back. Beggars & Thieves are back too. The list is impressive as it is long. No, Black Sabbath can’t really count until next years album and tour. However, the one comeback band that amazed me beyond belief with their story during 2011 was: IRON CLAW.

IRON CLAW are in my mind, Heavy Music pioneers. IRON CLAW was a band on the scene when Heavy Metal was growing roots from Hard Rock. This band calls Scotland home and released an album of Classic Hard Rock in 2011 that you should know about (if you don’t know already). A Different Game made IRON CLAW the topic of conversation in many Hard Rock circles this past year. Released on Ripple Music, A Different Game was the first taste of new music from this band in nearly 4 decades!

I never, ever heard of IRON CLAW until this past year. I’ll tell you this much, IRON CLAW has served me right. Congratulations IRON CLAW on being named: Metal Odyssey’s Comeback Band Of 2011! Plus having: Metal Odyssey’s Comeback Album Of 2011! Metal be thy name!

See below the timeline of IRON CLAW posts featured on Metal Odyssey during 2011. Everything you’ve ever needed to know about IRON CLAW is right there for you! Feel free to become informed on the series of events leading up to the release of A Different Game, along with the intriguing Hard Rockin’ history (both past and present) of IRON CLAW. Each large link in this timeline will take you directly to that respective post!

Posted on June 29th, 2011:

IRON CLAW – “What Love Left”: Free Download From Ripple Music! This Song Is On Hard Rockin’ Fire!

Posted on July 6th, 2011:

IRON CLAW “A Different Game” – Long Awaiting and New Studio Album From Heavy Rock Pioneers: Releases October 4th, 2011!

Posted on July 15th, 2011: (A Different Game album review)

IRON CLAW – “A Different Game”: Bluesy, Classic Hard Rock That Points To The Past And Leads Us To The Present

Posted on July 17th, 2011:

IRON CLAW – A Metal Odyssey Interview: Part One (The Early Days and The Comeback)

Posted on October 21, 2011:

Gordon Brown – Former IRON CLAW Vocalist Reflects On His Tenure For “A Different Game” Album, Discusses Departing The Band

Posted on October 24th, 2011:

IRON CLAW – Guitarist and Founding Member Jimmy Ronnie Comments On Band’s Lead Vocalist Transition


From L to R: Gordon (vocals), Ian (drums), Alex (bass) and Jimmy (guitar)

IRON CLAW – 2011

Jimmy Ronnie – Founding Member, Songwriter & Guitarist

Gordon Brown – IRON CLAW vocalist, lyricist on A Different Game

(All IRON CLAW photos are courtesy and by permission of Jimmy Ronnie)

(Gordon Brown photo courtesy of Gordon Brown)



BEGGARS & THIEVES – “We Come Undone” Official Video!

Posted in aor, classic rock, Hard Rock, melodic rock, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Beggars & Thieves – The comeback album from Beggars & Thieves, We Are The Brokenhearted, has recently been released on Frontiers Records in North America on November 29th and in Europe on December 2nd. We Are The Brokenhearted brings back the AOR, Classic/Melodic Rock sound that Beggars & Thieves are so solid at creating. Louie Merlino (vocals) and Ronnie Mancuso (guitar) are once again proving their songwriting and musicianship belongs heard and enjoyed by their fans of yesteryear and new fans of today.

Check out the official video below for  We Come Undone. Also check out the special guests on this video: Ron Keel, Jake E. Lee, Paul Shortino, Blas Elias, Sunset Thomas and quite possibly… Gene Simmons. We Come Undone is a great song from a fabulous band. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

We Are The Brokenhearted – Track Listing:

We Come Undone

Oil & Water


Never Gonna See You Again

Beautiful Losers

Seven Seconds


Wash Away

Midnight Blue

We Are The Brokenhearted


* For more info on this album, click on the link below:



Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Hard Rock Songs Of 2011

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Top Ten Hard Rock Songs Of 2011 – Welcome to Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Hard Rock Songs Of 2011! These ten Hard Rock songs are the ones that I turned to most often throughout 2011, to get psyched-out and inspired by. Yes, I listened to many Hard Rock albums during 2011, all containing such a wide assortment of excellent songs.

Narrowing down ten of my favorites was a nail-biting endeavor for me. I actually have a “tie” in this top ten list, an event that is not unprecedented in Rock music lists at all. Hopefully some of these Hard Rock songs you dig as well. Thank you for supporting the following bands and Metal Odyssey. Now, onward with the list!


URIAH HEEPNail On The Head

(Frontiers Records)

The Uriah Heep Rockin’ Train just seems to keep right on rollin’ in 2011, with the legendary Mick Box leading the way. Nail On The Head from their Into The Wild studio album nailed me from the very start, with its infectious thump and stump and less is more style of Hard Rockin’ bliss.



(Frontiers Records)

An inspiring Hard Rock song from Sweden’s The Poodles this is. I can’t get enough of the uplifting spirit that I Want It All supplies to my senses. Hard Rockin’ and so deliciously melodic, this song is the intense beacon from an album of star-studded songs. Don’t let their name fool you, this band plays Hard Rock like bad-ass backyard guard dogs.


Black Stone Cherry – Killing Floor


With Black Stone Cherry, the Classic Rock meets Modern Rock wall of sound is electrified on Killing Floor. Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea accentuates the maturation of Black Stone Cherry and this song seemed to reach out and grab me from the opening note. Truly a standout song from an album that is loaded with standout songs.



(J&R Adventures)

Glenn Hughes sounds so unreal legendary on this song it gives me the chills. The threads of old school are intertwined with a hefty dose of Hard Rock relevance, within the music of Black Country Communion. There is Deep Purple mystique about this song, which comes courtesy of the keyboards. Joe Bonamassa is an incredible listen on guitar and should be put upon any guitar aficionado’s pedestal.


CHICKENFOOT – Different Devil

(eOne Music)

Sammy Hagar never sounded better and Michael Anthony proves once again his backing vocals are a secret Hard Rock weapon. Different Devil from III is the direction that I prayed Chickenfoot would take on this album and my prayer was answered. A retrospective nod to the past and still boiling over with relevancy, Different Devil showcases the unique vibes of these Rock legends with ease.


JOURNEYAnything Is Possible


Journey blew me away with Eclipse in 2011. With that said, my favorite song from this wildly memorable album is: Anything Is Possible. Once again, an inspiring Hard Rock song carried me off into the Rockin’ sunset this past year. If music is supposed to touch you, then Anything Is Possible did just that, in more positive ways than I can count. Arnel Pineda is a grand vocalist and the musicianship is superior on this song (and the entire album for that matter). Neal Schon sounds perfect on guitar, what else could I expect from such an authentic legend?


KING KOBRA – Midnight Woman

(Frontiers Records)

What Midnight Woman bestows is a melodic trip down Hard Rock goodness lane. This song is heavy where it should be, with legendary drummer Carmine Appice’s beats and kick-to-the-teeth guitars ablaze. Paul Shortino gives this song (and entire album) the vocal coolness that King Kobra deserves. Yes, King Kobra returned in an impressive way in 2011 and it’s a song like Midnight Woman that reminds me that Hard Rock is one of life’s golden necessities.


SEETHER – Here And Now


Shaun Morgan knows how to tug at my sentimental side. His songwriting and lyrical messages are stuff of legend. Here And Now would probably be my #1 pick if it hadn’t made me cry so many damn times. An emotionally charged song, which realistically can be interpreted in many different ways. From the musicianship and song structure to Shaun’s vocals, this song is already a SEETHER classic in my Hard Rock world.

#2 (tie)

DAUGHTRY Outta My Head

(RCA / 19)

Okay. Alright. If Chris Daughtry wanted to impress Stone, well, he done did it with Outta My Head. Metal as my witness, this song psyches me out in ways words can’t describe. Daughtry tapped into some old school mojo while combining it with plenty of modern feel and vibe, that in turn has Outta My Head soaring with its unbridled and potent Hard Rock energy. Chris Daughtry sings lights-out on this song. So let it be Metal written, so let it be Metal told.

#2 (tie)

SEBASTIAN BACH – One Good Reason

(Frontiers Records)

Holy Hard Rock crap this is a damn great song. Sebastian Bach has become registered with Metal Odyssey as having a lethal set of vocal cords, all due to his lifetime contributions of making my eardrums the scorched flaps of flesh they really are. One Good Reason is dominated by Sebastian’s beyond amazing vocals. Hard, heavy, melodic and undisputedly powerful is this song, from start to F’n finish. Metal be thy F’n name.


9 CHAMBERS – Indeed The Sun

(Samson Records/eOne Music)

If I had to sum up in six words, the Hard Rock vision of Greg Hampton (guitarist, songwriter, producer of 9 Chambers) it would be: Keep It Real, Let It Rock. Alongside guitarist Ed Mundell, these two guitarists seem to feed off each other like long-lost guitar soul-mates. The guitar solo in Indeed The Sun gives me goose-bumps the size of tennis balls. This song comes across with the real and feel that Hard Rock was built upon so many decades ago, when creating a complete album of songs was practically a mandate.

Indeed The Sun never relents in its Hard Rockin’ momentum, it just takes off at the onset and never subsides with its contagious, melodic driven and hard-edged sound. When a Hard Rock song such as Indeed The Sun makes my face tingle out-of-control then that said song is #1 for me. I salute Greg, Ed, Jorgen and Vinny for keeping it real. Music is an art-form and a song like Indeed The Sun is indeed… a work of Hard Rock art.

* Check out Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Metal Songs Of 2011 (posted on December 1st) by clicking on the large link below!

Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten METAL Songs Of 2011



DAUGHTRY “Break The Spell” Album & “Outta My Head” – Here’s What Stone Thinks…

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic rock, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Okay, I’ve listened to the new & third studio album from DAUGHTRY, Break The Spell, several times over now. It ROCKS. Damn it ROCKS. Memorable songs. Damn memorable. That’s fine. The only thing is, I had to ring that Rock ‘N Roll bell earlier this afternoon and blow a Rockin’ kiss to the F’n sky. For Stone cannot tell a Metal lie. Why?


Outta My Head

Has Made Me

Psyched Out Of My F’n Rockin’ Mind!


Metal Be Thy F’n Name.



NICKELBACK – New Album “Here And Now” Currently Streaming On iTunes

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

NICKELBACK – On November 21, 2011 aka NICKELBLACK MONDAY, the new studio album Here And Now from NICKELBACK will be released via RoadRunner Records. You can listen to Here And Now streaming in its entirety over at iTunes right now! (Streaming in U.S. and Canada only).

* For more info on NICKELBACK, click on the link below:



DAUGHTRY – New Studio Album “Break The Spell” Releases November 21, 2011

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, metal odyssey, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news, rock vocalists with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

DAUGHTRYBreak The Spell, the third studio album from Daughtry, releases on November 21st, 2011, via RCA Records. Chris Daughtry has proven he is a premiere songwriter and Rock/Hard Rock vocalist with his band’s two previous studio albums Daughtry (2006) and Leave This Town (2009). The skilled musicians that round out Daughtry have solidified this band’s sound around Chris Daughtry’s unique and powerful vocals. Industry wide respected, embraced by countless fans, multi-platinum selling and chart topping, Daughtry looks to continue forward while never resting on their laurels with Break The Spell.


Chris Daughtry – vocals

Josh Steely – guitar

Brian Craddock – guitar

Josh Paul – bass

Robin Diaz – drums

Break The Spell – Track Listing:


Crawling Back To You

Outta My Head

Start Of Something Good


Break The Spell

We’re Not Gonna Fall

Gone Too Soon

Losing My Mind

Rescue Me

Louder Than Ever


Deluxe Edition – Additional Tracks:

Who’s They

Maybe We’re Already Gone

Everything But Me


* For more info on DAUGHTRY, click on the links below:

DAUGHTRY – Official facebook

DAUGHTRY – The Official Website



BRAND NEW SIN – Announce CD Listening Party For: United State

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Brand New Sin are hosting a listening party for their upcoming new album United State. Set for Friday, October 14th at 7:00 PM, the party will take place at SubCat Music Studios in Syracuse, NY. Those interested in attending should register at Come out for food, booze and Brand New Sin! United State will be out on October 25th via Goomba Music.

Brand New Sin has risen to new levels with their latest recording and is ready to unleash the disenfranchised roar of United State; out 10/25/11 on Goomba Music.

The enduring trio of Kris Wiechmann (Vocals/Guitar), Chuck Kahl (Bass), and Kevin Dean (Drums) are joined by the new blood of Tommy Matkowski on lead guitar. Tommy’s playing is truly the finishing piece to this already powerful puzzle, lending a fresh and deeply rooted hard rock style to the Brand New Sin sound. This line-up spent much of 2010 on the road together defining the terms of United State, including opening shows for Slash & Myles Kennedy.

United State expands on their 2009 independent release, Distilled, delivering some of the most accomplished and self-defining tracks of the band’s career. It’s clear that the lyrics of these autobiographical songs resonate in the state of mind of so many today. United State is a time capsule of the struggle to survive and overcome in our current society. Many of the songs are about self-reflection. Wiechmann taps into the psyche of the masses: the moments that define each of us. “Infamous” and “Elbow Grease” animate the thoughts of a listener pondering their own past. The rage of songs like “Goddess Of War” and “Bed Of Nails” call out those that try to take advantage of the plight of others, while the anthemic “All My Wheels” tells a story of the struggle to live life never looking back, never regretting, uncompromised.

United State sees a determined and confident Brand New Sin voicing the rage of the world, through fiercely developed statements in lyrics, riffs, and powerfully crafted guitar solos, backed by a driving rhythm section that continues to define strength.

Blue collar, beer drinking, Rock N’ F’n Roll!

United State is currently available for pre-order at: GOOMBA MUSIC.bigcartel

UNITED STATE – Track Listing:

The Lord Came Down

Know Yourself

All My Wheels

Rotten As Hell

Elbow Grease


Groups Of 5

Your Song And Dance

Goddess of War

The Cup and The Lip

Bed of Nails

Travel Well

What Do You Do For Money Honey

CD Only Bonus Tracks:

Glory Days

Sad Wings (Acoustic 2011)

The Wizard

(Source: Clawhammer PR)



KING KOBRA – Turn Up The Good Times: Official Music Video and Words To Live By

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KING KOBRA – We unfortunately live in a world that could use a ton more peace, love and Rock ‘N Roll. You don’t need to be a Deadhead and follow psychedelic bands to understand that. Being a Metalhead, I can relate quite well to peace, love and Rock ‘N Roll and why wouldn’t I? There already is enough hate, envy and mean people around us all, so why shouldn’t I spread the Hard Rockin’ and positive vibes of the legendary KING KOBRA today, with their music video: Turn Up The Good Times.

The self-titled comeback album (and fifth studio album overall) from KING KOBRA, has reminded me once again that there still are Hard Rock bands that want to write and record a feel-good album. KING KOBRA is led by founding member and ultra legendary drummer: Carmine Appice. Rounding out KING KOBRA is: Paul Shortino (vocals), David Michael-Philips (guitar), Mick Sweda (guitar) and Johnny Rod (bass).

* KING KOBRA was released on April 15th, 2011 in Europe and May 5th, 2011 in North America on Frontiers Records.


Directed by Mario Ruiz/Spain

* For more info on KING KOBRA, click on the links below:

KING KOBRA – Official facebook





NICKELBACK – Release Full Track Listing For “Here And Now”, Album Releases November 21st, 2011

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

NICKELBACK – On Monday, November 21st, 2011, the new NICKELBACK album Here And Now will be released on RoadRunner Records. This date known as “NICKELBLACK MONDAY” will usher in the seventh studio album from this legendary Hard Rock band!  Two singles have already been released to Rock radio from Here And Now:  Bottoms Up and When We Stand Together.

You can listen to both new NICKELBACK songs streaming by clicking on the link below:

Head on over to iTunes to pre order Here and Now and automaticallly receive an instant download of one of the new singles, “When We Stand Together.”

Here And Now – Track Listing:

This Means War

Bottoms Up

When We Stand Together

Midnight Queen

Gotta Get Me Some


Kiss It Goodbye

Trying Not To Love You

Holding On To Heaven

Everything I Wanna Do

Don’t Ever Let It End

(Source: Nickelback/RoadRunner Records)

* For more info on NICKELBACK, click on the links below:




9 CHAMBERS – In Stores Tomorrow, September 27th, 2011

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news, stoner rock with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

First Single –“Know Your Enemy”- Impacting at Active Rock Radio Now

U.S. & European Tour Dates Announced Soon

(Los Angeles, CA) 9 CHAMBERS is the collaboration between respected Hard Rock veterans: producer/singer/guitarist Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Tommy Bolin), former Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell, Gov’t Mule virtuoso bassist Jorgen Carlsson and Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven & Hell drummer Vinny Appice.  The self-titled, debut album is set for release tomorrow, September 27th, via Samson Records/E1 Entertainment.

(Photo credit: Rockframe Photography)

Their first single, “Know Your Enemy” is impacting at Active Rock Radio now. The first 50 lucky fans who pre-order the album on will receive a FREE copy of “Stashed Gems” – an unreleased 9 CHAMPERS EP.

Fall/Winter U.S. and European touring dates for 9 CHAMBERS will be announced shortly.  European fans will have to wait until November 28th when the debut album is set to be released through Earmusic/Edel and will feature a special version of the album for that territory. More details to be announced shortly.

(Source: MAD Ink, PR)

* For more info on 9 CHAMBERS, click on the links below:

9 Chambers – Official Website

9 CHAMBERS – Official facebook

9 Chambers – Reverbnation!/9chambersmusic




Posted in classic rock, cover songs, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

PUDDLE OF MUDD – Cover song albums have been and forever will be a debatable topic. Is it a “good move” on the part of a band or individual musician to cover a “particular” song or (gasp) record an entire album of them? As I see it, at the end of the day it’s all about the music and cover songs are (supposed) to celebrate the original song without destroying it’s structural foundation. That’s my Metal opinion on the Metal matter and it is an endless discussion for certain. Lead guitarist Paul Phillips states it perfectly within this album’s liner notes: “Our goal in interpreting these songs was to pay more tribute rather than reinvent”. With that gabby intro of mine out-of-the-way, Puddle Of Mudd released an 11 song album of covers back on August 29th, 2011 via MRI/Arms Division that’s called: Re:(disc)overed.

Actually, the title of this cover song album is quite fitting for me, for Puddle Of Mudd has made me rediscover these songs that are undisputeded Rock classics. Over time, as I’ve read and conducted many an interview with musicians, the undeniable truth is that they are fans of music too. Musicians are artists and they can unquely re-package an already established Rock song, which in turn (hopefully) brings new life to such established songs. Making younger generations of Rock fans aware of the classics is so important, the roots of Rock can never be forgotten. Puddle Of Mudd have not only paid tribute to songs that mean something to them here, they have also given these 11 songs a substantial relevant vibe that I cannot resist.

This cover song album has grown on me like there is no tomorrow and I’m very glad I decided to buy it. I bought Re:(disc)overed without hearing a single sample or track beforehand, knowing that Puddle Of Mudd has no choice other than to deliver the goods. Honestly, I never expected to like all 11 songs and deep down inside of me I feel relieved that Puddle Of Mudd pulled this one off! This is an album that makes me feel so damn proud to be infatuated with Rock and Roll. As I listen to T.N.T., I really do hear a sincere admiration that Wes Scantlin has for the late and legendary Bon Scott.

After hearing the recent Redlight King cover of Neil Young’s Old Man, albeit with a sample style, I was blown away to realize that Puddle Of Mudd has also rediscovered such a monumentally historic Rock song too. I don’t know how Puddle Of Mudd did it here, yet their cover of Old Man doesn’t seem to be as depressing as it was originally meant to be by Neil Young himself. Maybe Puddle Of Mudd made Old Man sound more reflective than just plain sad? My hands down favorite cover here is Shelter Me. The Rolling Stones should send Puddle Of Mudd a congratulations card in the mail for the way they present and play their iconic song. Just fabulous.

I feel Billy Squier has too often been overlooked for his legacy of Hard Rock. With Everybody Wants You, Puddle Of Mudd makes certain this Rocker gets his proper Hard Rockin’ due. It’s funny, how hearing this cover of Everybody Wants You, it all reminds me of when I used to jump around the house to the original song as a banana brained young teen. Rocket Man has Puddle Of Mudd stamped all over it and still this band did not insult one single note of Elton John’s creation. Just an extraordinary Rock classic among the 11 others I am continuing to enjoy on Re:(disc)overed. In my Metal opinion, you should discover Re:(disc)overed, especially if you love and cherish the roots of Rock like I do. Puddle Of Mudd has proven to me, with this album, their reverence for Rock’s classic songs and artists.


Wes Scantlin – vocals & guitar

Paul Phillips – lead guitar

Doug Ardito – bass guitar

RE:(DISC)OVERED – Track Listing:

Gimme Shelter

Old Man


Stop Dragging My Heart Around


Everybody Wants You

Rocket Man

All Right Now

Shooting Star

D’yer Mak’er

Funk #49

* For more info on PUDDLE OF MUDD, click on the link below:

PUDDLE OF MUDD – Official Website




GOTTHARD – “Homegrown – Alive In Lugano” Trailer! A Live Album Of Sentimental And Historic Importance For This Band

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

The release of GOTTHARD’s live album “Homegrown – Alive in Lugano“ is coming closer and with that also the unavoidable ending of an era within the band’s history – the era of Steve Lee.

The recordings of the concert which took place on the 17th of July 2010 in Lugano – the band’s home town – portray one of the last shows with the charismatic exceptional singer before his tragical accidental death later that year and will occupy a special position in GOTTHARD’s complete works always and evermore.

Bassist Marc Lynn puts the album’s magic into moving words: ”Lugano was where it all began and so the circle is closed of all that we’ve experienced with our friend Steve Lee. The memories of the past 20 years on stage with Steve are brought again to life intensively with this album. They reflect the memorable times that we were able to enjoy on the Mount Olympus of Rock’n’Roll.“

The enclosed bonus DVD shows chosen recordings of another historical concert of GOTTHARD: On the 31st of December 1999, the rock group played a gig over the course of the millennium – which also took place on the local piazza in Lugano and can be seen as one of the band’s most exceptional shows to date.

The album will be released on September 30, on Nuclear Blast Records!

Currently, GOTTHARD are still in search of a new singer, but soon a new chapter of the band’s history will be opened…

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

* Homegrown – Alive In Lugano will be released on October 11th, 2011 in North America.


Rest In Peace, Steve Lee.


9 CHAMBERS “Swept Away” – Exclusive Listen To Non-Album Track Streaming On Metal Odyssey Now!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock songs, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo Credit: Rockframe Photography)

(L to R: Ed Mundell, Greg Hampton)

9 CHAMBERSGreg Hampton (producer, vocalist & guitarist) of the Hard Rock supergroup 9 Chambers has recently given Metal Odyssey an exclusive opportunity to stream a brand new, non-album track: Swept Away. Take a listen (below) to the dual guitars of Greg Hampton and Ed Mundell, with Jorgen Carlsson (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) supplying the rhythmic thunder. Go ahead and treat yourself to the Hard Rockin’ ear candy of 9 Chambers! Greg delivers a standout vocal performance once again on this song. Swept Away is a scorchin’ example of the Hard Rock crunch that 9 Chambers unleashes.

Swept Away can be heard on the 9 Chambers EP: Stashed Gems. This EP was an limited giveaway for pre-ordering the debut and S/T 9 Chambers album. Stay tuned for another opportunity to land Swept Away for yourself, the 9 Chambers web-store will be selling EP’s and other very cool stuff starting around October of 2011! Make certain to check in quite often at: 9 Chambers – Official Website

CLICK on the audio player below and get ROCKED OUT from Swept Away by 9 Chambers!

(Photo Credit: Rockframe Photography)

* 9 CHAMBERS will be seeing their debut and S/T album released on September 27th, 2011, on Samson Records/E1 Entertainment.


Greg Hampton – vocals & guitar

Ed Mundell – guitar

Jorgen Carlsson – bass

Vinny Appice – drums

* For more info on 9 CHAMBERS, click on the links below:

9 Chambers – Official Website

9 CHAMBERS – Official facebook

9 Chambers – Reverbnation



9 CHAMBERS – “Know Your Enemy”: Impacting Active Rock September 13th! Plus Free EP Giveaway To 50 Lucky Fans With Pre-Order Of Debut Album!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey


(Los Angeles, CA)  9 Chambers is the collaboration between respected hard rock veterans: producer/singer/guitarist Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford, Tommy Bolin), former Monster Magnet guitarist Ed Mundell,  Gov’t Mule virtuoso bassist Jorgen Carlsson and Black Sabbath/Dio/Heaven & Hell drummer Vinny Appice.  The album is set for release on September 27th via Samson Records/E1 Entertainment.

First single, “Know Your Enemy” is set to be released to Active Rock radio on Tuesday, September 13th.  For 50 lucky fans who pre-order a copy of the album on, they will receive a FREE copy of “Stashed Gems” – an unreleased 9 Chambers EP.  Details on how to obtain your free EP can be found on the band’s Facebook page here: 9 CHAMBERS – Official facebook

Fall 2011 touring dates for 9 CHAMBERS to be announced soon!

(Source: MAD Ink, PR)

* For more info on 9 CHAMBERS, click on the links below:

9 Chambers – Reverbnation!/9chambersmusic



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