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ZEX Begins European Tour This Week; Band Confirms Japan Tour For September

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on April 25, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Ottawa, Ontario’s ZEX begins their latest wave of touring this week with a massive invasion of Europe, as the band also books a tour of Japan for September, continuing their nonstop live attack in support of their Magic Bullet Records-released debut LP, Fight For Yourself.

For the past year and a half, ZEX has been touring across the globe, with several regional tours of their native Canada, a massive tour through the South Pacific, a full-on US invasion, and most recently, an extensive tour through Brazil in February.

ZEX now kicks into back full-on road-ravaging mode, having plotted a widespread tour of the European continent for five months. Beginning this Friday, April 30th in Berlin, Germany, the tour will run through Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, and Norway, the final show taking place at Muskelrock in Alvesta, Sweden the weekend of June 3rd through 5th.

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September sees ZEX traveling back to Asia, this time with a four-city tour of Japan on the roster. From September 2nd through the 5th the band will play Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and again in Tokyo, alongside Malice Panic.

View ZEX’s video for “Wanderlust” at THIS LOCATION, “Fight For Yourself” HERE, “Savage City” HERE, and the band’s tribute to fallen drummer Vassil Mester HERE.

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ZEX European Tour 2016:
4/30/2016 Kopi – Berlin, DE
5/01/2016 Dortheavej 61 – Kobenhavn, DK
5/03/2016 Gaussplatz – Hamburg, DE
5/04/2016 Stumpf – Hannover, DE
5/05/2016 Bambara – Groningen, DE
5/06/2016 OCCII – Amsterdam, NL
5/07/2016 Den Bristol – Ghent, BE
5/08/2016 AZ – Mulheim, DE
5/10/2016 La Comedia – Paris, FR
5/12/2016 Trokxon – Lyon, FR
5/13/2016 La Jungla – Barcelona, ES
5/14/2016 Sabotage – Mallorca, ES
5/15/2016 La Machine A Coudre – Marseille, FR
5/19/2016 XM24 – Bologna, IT
5/20/2016 Tetris – Trieste, IT
5/21/2016 Eleven Club – Brno, CZ
5/22/2016 Arena Beisl – Wien, AU
5/23/2016 Boss Bar – Podebrady, CZ
5/24/2016 TBA – Praha, CZ
5/25/2016 Heartbreak – Dresden, DE
5/26/2016 TBA – Jena, DE
5/27/2016 Z – Leipzig, DE
5/28/2016 Cassioppeira – Berlin, DE
5/29/2016 Harem – Malmo, SE
5/31/2016 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
6/01/2016 Cyclopen – Stockholm, SE
6/02/2016 TBA – Oslo, NO
6/03-05/2016 Tryolen – Alvesta, SE @ Muskelrock
ZEX Japan Tour 2016 w/ Malice Panic:
9/02/2016 Noshiogikubo Pitbar – Tokyo, JP
9/03/2016 Red Dragon – Nagoya, JP
9/04/2016 Hokage – Osaka, JP
9/05/2016 Earthdome – Tokyo, JP

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Channeling Traditional Heavy Metal leads into their classic early Punk Rock approach, ZEX‘s Fight For Yourself drops ten insatiably infectious and fully unruly anthems, the album recorded at Meatlocker Studio with Paul Yogi Granger in Ottawa and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland. With a solid fan base and buzz already going for them due to heavy widespread touring and a diehard worth ethic, the band independently released Fight For Yourself in Canada, which caught the attention of Magic Bullet Records, who officially re-released Fight For Yourself with proper distribution to the international masses.

Fight For Yourself is available worldwide through Magic Bullet Records on CD, LP, and digital download; physical copies can be obtained HERE, and the digital HERE.

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For more info:

http://www.zexzexzex.com

http://www.facebook.com/zexzexzexofficial

http://www.zexzexzex.bandcamp.com

http://www.magicbulletrecords.com

http://www.facebook.com/magicbulletrecords

Source: Earsplit PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ZEX.

Stone.

WHITFORD/ST. HOLMES: BRAD WHITFORD & DEREK ST. HOLMES – ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘REUNION’ AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JUNE 3RD via MAILBOAT RECORDS

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

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Fiery First Track “Shapes” To Be Released May 9th

U.S. TOUR WITH WHITESNAKE THIS SUMMER

Stops include, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Philadelphia, NYC and beyond

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(Los Angeles, CA – April 12, 2016) The dynamic duo of Whitford/St. Holmes are ready to reunite and reclaim the rock magic they first produced over thirty years ago! Featuring Aerosmith guitarist, Brad Whitford and Ted Nugent vocalist/guitarist, Derek St. Holmes, the duo of Whitford/St. Holmes is back together and ready to release their exciting new studio album this June, with a nationwide tour immediately following.

It was 1981 when Whitford, who had left Aerosmith, first teamed up with Derek St. Holmes to release their self-titled debut. Tracks like “Sharpshooter” and “Whisky Woman” carried on the stadium rock n roll style that made them famous. The album received critical acclaim and they did a successful round of tour dates before returning to their respective bands and shelving the duo. Until now!

Recently, the two friends found themselves living in the same town on the outskirts of Nashville. While working on some catch up time, they decided to revamp their collaboration. After writing a number of songs, the duo recruited bassist Chopper Anderson, keyboardist Buck Johnson and on drums, Tesla’s Troy Luccketta to record the album. Self-produced by Whitford and St. Holmes, the album was recorded at The Castle Studios in Franklin, TN.

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Whitford and St. Holmes, who have collectively been part of 10s of millions of record sales as part of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent, know the true purpose of their art. “It’s hard to believe we first jammed over 30 years ago,” states Brad Whitford. Derek St. Holmes adds,“ We are excited for this record to get out there, we want to share it with our friends, all those hardcore rock ‘n’ roll fans… Like our fans and good Whiskey we all seem to get better with age. These new cuts are bold, brassy and ballsy we can’t wait to play them live.”

The band will head out on tour this June with Whitesnake. The tour launches on June 3rd in Dallas and continues on through Texas, Indianapolis, Ohio, Detroit, Boston and more. This leg of the tour will conclude on July 1st with a headline show. More Whitford/St. Holmes headline shows are expected to be announced shortly.

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For up to date tour info and more, visit:

http://www.whitfordstholmes.com

@WhitfordStHolms

facebook.com/whitfordstholmes

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Whitford/St. Holmes On Tour with Whitesnake This Summer:

Fri 06/03/16 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory

Sun 06/05/16 Houston, TX Revention Music Center

Mon 06/06/16 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre

Wed 06/08/16 Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre

Sat 06/11/16 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

Tue 06/14/16 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion At Riverbend

Wed 06/15/16 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center At The Heights

Fri 06/17/16 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre

Mon 06/20/16 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

Tue 06/21/16 Montclair, NJ The Wellmont Theater

**Wed 06/22/16 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894

Thu 06/23/16 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Sat 06/25/16 Boston, MA House Of Blues Boston

Sun 06/26/16 Portland, ME Maine State Pier

Tue 06/28/16 Lewiston, NY Artpark Amphitheater

Wed 06/29/16 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore Silver Spring

Fri 07/01/16 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall

**Headlining Show

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Source: MAD Ink PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE WHITFORD/ST. HOLMES.

Stone.

KISS – ANNOUNCES 2016 SUMMER AMERICAN “FREEDOM TO ROCK” TOUR

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 9, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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36+ CITY TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 7TH IN BOISE, IDAHO – TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING FRIDAY APRIL 15TH – at: http://www.kissonline.com/tour

America’s # 1 Gold Record Award Winning Group of all time KISS, has announced its 2016 Summer American “Freedom To Rock” Tour and will visit 36+ cities nationwide with more markets being announced soon. The long-awaited & highly anticipated “Freedom To Rock” Tour will kick off on July 7th in Boise, Idaho and will travel the country throughout July and August and will close September 10th in Huntington, West Virginia.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday April 15th for all concert dates (The Grand Rapids, MI and Youngstown, OH shows go on sale Monday April 18th).

A KISS ARMY Fan Club Exclusive Pre-sale will begin April 12th.

The KISS “Freedom To Rock” Tour will bring epic rock to 25+ cities it hasn’t been to in over 10+ years and four brand new cities as well. KISS specifically wanted to take the “Freedom To Rock” Tour to its fans in markets that haven’t had the chance to see them in some time or ever at all. This 36+ city tour will rock those markets and allow fans across the country to see America’s favorite rock band of all time, KISS.

Opening for KISS will be Recording Artist Caleb Johnson (American Idol Season 13 winner) for shows July 7 – August 10 while the All-Star rock band THE DEAD DAISIES will open for KISS for shows August 10 – September 10. The “Freedom To Rock” Tour is produced by: National Shows 2 (nationalshows2.com), Frank Productions (frankproductions.com), and CMoore Live (cmoorelive.com).

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“Freedom To Rock” Tour Dates Include:

July 7 Boise, Idaho – Taco Bell Arena
July 9 Eugene, Oregon – Matthew Knight Arena
July 10 – Kennewick, Washington – Toyota Center
July 15 – Spokane, Washington – Spokane Arena
July 16 – Bozeman, Montana -Breeden Fieldhouse
July 18 – Colorado Springs, Colorado – World Arena
July 20 – Independence, Missouri – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
July 22 – Lincoln, Nebraska – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 23 – Springfield, Missouri – JQH Arena
July 25 – Wichita, Kansas – Intrust Bank Arena
July 27 – Sioux City, Iowa – Tyson Events Center
July 29 – Cheyenne, Wyoming – Cheyenne Frontier Days
July 30 – Minot, North Dakota – North Dakota State Fair
August 1 – Mankato, Minnesota – Verizon Wireless Center
August 3 – Duluth, Minnesota – Amsoil Arena
August 5 – Moline, Illinois – iWireless Arena
August 6 – La Crosse, Wisconsin – La Crosse Center
August 8 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – BMO Harris Bradley Center
August 10 – Green Bay, Wisconsin – Resch Center
August 12 – Fort Wayne, Indiana – Allen County Memorial Coliseum
August 13 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Van Andel Arena
August 15 – Saginaw, Michigan – Dow Event Center
August 17 – Springfield, Illinois – Illinois State Fair
August 20 – Rockford, Illinois – BMO Harris Bank Center
August 22 – Dayton, Ohio – Nutter Center
August 24 – Toledo, Ohio – Huntington Center
August 26 – Youngstown, Ohio – Covelli Centre
August 27 – Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Insurance Arena
August 29 – Rochester, New York – Blue Cross Arena
August 30 – State College, Pennsylvania – Bryce Jordan Center
September 1 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Great Allentown Fair
September 3 – Worcester, Massachusetts – DCU Center
September 4 – Portland, Maine – Cross Insurance Arena
September 7 – Bridgeport, Connecticut – Webster Bank Arena
September 9 – Richmond, Virginia – Richmond Coliseum
September 10 – Huntington, West Virginia – Big Sandy Arena

** Additional markets to be announced soon

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KISS.

Stone.

AC/DC – Any New Singer Now Would Make The Band DC/AC

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Let’s skip over all the he said/she said baloney and get right to the Metal point here. A new lead singer for AC/DC, at this stage of the game, would be nonsense. Give me a fu*%ing break, please. Back when the legendary Bon Scott passed away and Brian Johnson came on board, the band was young, dynamic and had decades ahead of them to take over the world; as they eventually did. Back in 1980, the Hard Rock world was still evolving by the day, where now Hard Rock has stalled with creativity like a 1972 Ford Pinto.

Without the great Brian Johnson on the mic, AC/DC is over, Angus Young, whether you want to admit it or not. Guest vocalist doesn’t cut it here; it would still be a new vocalist whether we all like it or not. There comes a time in life when you realize it’s over and even Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter figured that out. It is what it is and AC/DC pretty much was.

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Drummer Phil Rudd got himself in hefty legal trouble and is no longer with the band, while Malcolm Young has health issues and is no longer with the band too. To top it all off with a brand new singer, AC/DC would just become DC/AC. Sure, there was Van Halen having Sammy Hagar step in; only any fan knows that band was really Van Hagar. Van Halen III was an anomaly and (good guy) Gary Cherone is certainly not at fault for that. Queen has proven to me that they are just a super all-star band without the iconic Freddie Mercury. Brian May couldn’t leave well enough alone, in my Metal opinion.

I absolutely love Queensrÿche and when super-talented Todd La Torre replaced the enigmatic Geoff Tate I was stunned. Still, that lead singer change made perfect sense (IMO) due to the surrounding circumstances of that time and Queensrÿche is not Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Who or The Rolling Stones either. Queensrÿche have more than paid their dues and are back stronger than ever. Again, it was different circumstances. A new lead singer for AC/DC in 2016 would equate to the New York Yankees moving to Nebraska. It’s just not a good idea at all.

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I could go on and on with comparisons of world-famous bands changing lead singers; only it would not change my mind about AC/DC saying adios to Brian Johnson. I have my incredible memories of seeing AC/DC live and own their entire (U.S.) discography. I grew up with AC/DC and this band’s music has done wonders for me, through thick and thin! I am not about to embrace an AC/DC Part III now, even if the lead singer were to be someone famous and that I respect dearly. In the end, a new/guest singer for AC/DC would make this iconic band into a revival band of themselves. How do you feel about this? Leave a comment or a rant. Get it off your Metal chest. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF AC/DC.

Stone.

Kaotoxin Records To Reissue Debut Album From THE ERKONAUTS

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on November 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Kaotoxin Records has announced the signing of Swiss rockers THE ERKONAUTS and worldwide re-release of the band’s full-length debut, I Did Something Bad.

Mixed and mastered by SAMAEL‘s Drop at the Downtone studio, I Did Something Bad was independently released in January 2015. The demand for the album was so high, the band had to repress it twice. After tours in the USA, Asia and Europe, the Swiss Rock machine signed to Kaotoxin Records. In August the band, which features two ex-members of SYBREED, recorded two brand new tracks for the album’s reissue.

Stream album track “The Great Ass Poopery” at:

soundcloud.com/kaotoxin/the-erkonauts-the-great-ass-poopery

The Kaotoxin Records reissue of I Did Something Bad drops February 12th.

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Along with 6:33, DRAWERS and THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK, THE ERKONAUTS are part of Kaotoxin’s heavy rock dream team. THE ERKONAUTS bring something fresh to the table with a sound that lies somewhere between mid-90s SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, early SYSTEM OF A DOWN, and PRIMUS, with a smart, Progressive, Alt-Rock / Metal / Punk fusion of their very own.

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Track listing – I Did Something Bad:
The Great Ass Poopery
Tony 5
All the Girls Should Die
Nola
Dominium Mundi
Hamster’s Ghosthouse
Gog
Your Wife
9 Is better than 8
Machine*
Culbutos*
*Exclusive to Kaotoxin reissue

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The first run of the Kaotoxin reissue will come as a limited edition deluxe DigiSleeve CD and digital dowload, with preorders starting on January 18th. Kaotoxin Records is currently offer copies of the band’s limited edition 10″ picture EP, All the Girls Should Die. Order at:

www.kaotoxin.com/shop/erkonauts-the-all-the-girls-should-die-ep-picture/

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Source: ClawHammer PR

For more info:

www.erkonauts.com

www.facebook.com/theerkonauts

youtube.com/theerkonauts

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www.kaotoxin.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE ERKONAUTS.

Stone.

A MESSAGE FROM SERAFINO PERUGINO, President of Frontiers Music srl

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, news, rock music with tags , , , , on October 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on Frontiers Music srl | Record Label website:

I have seen that some people are commenting with their disappointment that a few of the “so called” supergroups are not playing live and that this somehow diminishes the relevance or quality of these releases. A lot of negative vibes and preconceived notions are made before a note of music has even been released. This is not a new issue to us and we of course respect people’s opinions, but in these times of social media where direct communication to the fans is available, I thought I’d make a direct statement to explain how we, Frontiers see things.

Since the moment I put the label together, I saw this as one of the most exciting jobs that I could ever have imagined in my life. It was something that for years I was only able to dream of. The idea of working with the artists that for years and years I had been listening to on record was truly exciting. And after almost 20 years (yes, next year Frontiers will turn 20!), I think I have not lost one ounce of that initial enthusiasm! I was, and still am primarily a MUSIC fan and I have always interpreted my role as A&R director of Frontiers in a creative way. I have always been relentless in trying to find and expose GOOD MUSIC to the fans. And considering that when I started the label a lot of the classic bands that I grew up with were disbanded or not active, I think that I have really helped in creating some interesting pieces of music to fill the void left by those legends.

Since the days where – together with artists like Kevin Chalfant, Mark Mangold, Jim Peterik, Billy Greer or Tony Harnell to name a few – we created the concepts of Two Fires, The Sign, Seventh Key, Pride of Lions and Starbreaker, Frontiers has been the “brain” behind these new band projects which were greeted warmly by the public and the media. Now as to WHY those bands have never played live? Well to begin with it is not completely true that none of these projects have ever played live. In fact, The Sign, Two Fires, Seventh Key, The Magnificent, W.E.T, Angelica, ISSA, and I am certainly forgetting others, have all played live shows. And also, it needs to be said that there is nothing in principle that prevents these bands from playing live. In most cases, unfortunately this has to do with a lack of interest from tour promoters and/or with scheduling conflicts among the members or even certain contractual obligations that the artists might have to their main band. However, I am pleased to say that there will be more and more efforts from our side to bring these projects to life on the stage moving forward – and you will soon see what I mean.

So, yes, I think I am creative and again, what still preoccupies me the most, after all these years, is to keep releasing GREAT records that keep Classic Rock, Melodic Rock, and Hard Rock alive and well with a constant flow of quality releases. This – I think – allows everyone to keep ENJOYING new and exciting music while allowing me to keep building on my personal dreams thanks to the art, talent and skill of all these amazing musicians we are so fortunate to work with. Just think about all the amazing records from the likes of ALLEN LANDE, FROM THE INSIDE, ISSA, KHYMERA, KISKE SOMERVILLE, PLACE VENDOME, FIRST SIGNAL, SUNSTORM, VERTIGO and all the others…

I really hope that people can welcome with open arms the music we release and give it a fair chance, regardless of who is involved, if the artist is touring, etc. Moreover I wish to say one final thing: If it wasn’t for some of those projects, we would have had a lot more difficulties in launching new talents. The most shining example is probably W.E.T, whose success immensely helped the exposure for two of the most EXCITING new bands we have on the roster, Eclipse (Sweden) and Work of Art. But, I could obviously mention Revolution Saints for Alessandro Del Vecchio, Allen Lande for Magnus Karlsson, Starbreaker for Fabrizio Grossi, Find Me for Daniel Flores, and of course all the work we did during the years with Dennis Ward and so on. These groups are also a really important tool to expose new songwriters, producers and real musical talents to the world.

Talking about new bands, you may have noticed some “young blood” coming in. I am very proud of these new guys and I hope you will follow and give them a chance, exactly in the same way you would do with a new Whitesnake or Journey record.

Long Live Rock n’ Roll!!

Serafino

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For more info on Frontiers Music srl:

http://www.frontiers.it

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SERAFINO PERUGINO.

LONG LIVE FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL.

Stone.

Robert Trujillo Of Metallica To Appear At Bass Player LIVE! 2015

Posted in bass guitar, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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LOOK WHO JUST GOT ADDED TO BASS PLAYER LIVE! 2015

The artist list keeps growing for Bass Player LIVE! in Los Angeles on November 7 & 8, with newly added performers, presenters and clinicians including Robert Trujillo, Mike Watt, Mike Inez, Rex Brown, Steve Bailey and more!

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be presenting a Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award to Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at the Bass Player LIVE! Concert at Musicians Institute on the evening of November 7.

Don’t miss the bass event of the year!

Click here to check out this year’s line-up and get tickets now!

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BASS GUITAR.

Stone.

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