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RUNNING THE RISK – A Rock Band From L.A. Teeming With A Modern, Edgy Sound & Contagious Vibes

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, modern rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

RUNNING THE RISK – Founded in 2011, L.A.’s edgy and vibrant Running The Risk is a Rock band that’s brimming with musical talent and praiseworthy songs to match. Signed to In Flight Music Group; a record label & publishing company based in Los Angeles, California. There’s no doubt in my mind that Running The Risk will very soon (if not immediately) be on many (if not all) a Rock journalist’s list of “bands to get in touch with and write about.”

Regardless of this years departure of bassist Curtis Corwin, Running The Risk is moving forward writing new music, conducting bass auditions; while promoting themselves on social networks. With vocalist Nicki Taylor, guitarist Nick Bell and drummer Aaron Cohan, the future of this band appears from all angles to be 100% solid.

What’s any better for a Rock band than having your own edgy sound, obvious credibility and super memorable songs? What could be any better than having a proficient lead vocalist that also gives such band a heaping dosage of stylish identity? This is Running The Risk and the Rock Music world will take notice. After I’ve listened to their The Monster and Because We Can EP’s, I’ve become a fan. Because I can.

Nicki Taylor

Nicki Taylor’s vocals conjures memories of my lifelong appreciation towards the voice of Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles coupled with Debbie Harry’s mystique; all the while Nicki stands-up as a true original. The all-inclusive sound of Running The Risk is Hard Modern, only they have apparently captured a retrospective slice of Rock history as well; one that reminds me of those days when mainstream Rock didn’t all sound the same.

The newly released, Because We Can (2 song EP) bestows the cover versions of: Black Sabbath’s War Pigs and Talk Talk’s Talk Talk. When a band messes with an ultra classic from the sacred past of Heavy Metal history, I can get a bit uneasy; this is not the case with Running The Risk covering War Pigs. Instead, this is Running The Risk celebrating (admirably) a Heavy Metal treasure of a song and band.

I very much dig the way Running The Risk covered War Pigs. This band breathed a young, fresh and still heavy life into a timeless Sabbath song. I also appreciate hearing Nicki’s vocals pouring over the lyrics to War Pigs. No… this is not Ozzy. This is Nicki. This is Running The Risk and they’re Metal on War Pigs. Take a listen for yourself:

The Monster EP is a collection of 4 demo songs. If these 4 songs are demos then I’m the next editor for Quilting and Knitting magazine. Monster, Mayday, Good Kind Of Evil and Backfire are a delicious listen into the future Rockin’ success of Running The Risk. There really is no risk at listening to The Monster EP at all! All you have to do is download this EP for FREE right here: http://www.RunningTheRisk.com

You can purchase “Because We Can” which includes the cover songs War Pigs and Talk Talk on iTunes: http://tiny.cc/iTunesRTR

Closing out my Rockin’ recommendation of Running The Risk, I’d like to share some live footage of them! Check out below, Running The Risk “Live At Starline” in Fresno, California! Metal be thy name.

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For more info on RUNNING THE RISK, click on links below!

http://www.RunningTheRisk.com

http://www.InFlightMusicGroup.com

LONG LIVE RUNNING THE RISK.

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN “Who Killed Amanda Day?” – EP Flourishes And Skyrockets With Its Melodic & Modern Rock

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic rock, modern rock, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – While the Modern Rock world jumps up and down for the likes of Daughtry, Shinedown, Cavo, Sick Puppies and Halestorm, (and rightfully so), there is another band that deserves the same treatment: Nashville, Tennessee’s Fools For Rowan. Here’s the slick groovy part: Fools For Rowan have even outshined their last full-length Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled. and I LOVE that album. Who Killed Amanda Day? is a whole new era for Fools For Rowan and they best strap themselves in for a high-speed Rockin’ road of continued success.

If an already seasoned and multi-talented band can maximize their songwriting and musicianship to a higher level than they were before; then Fools For Rowan is such a band. Yes, Fools For Rowan have recently opened for the legendary Evanescence, while also sharing the stage with the mega-famous Candlebox; only it’s a matter of time before Fools For Rowan will own the marquee on different shores and you’ll remember Stone told you so.

Led by the dynamic Erin Mullins on vocals, the melodic driven songs on Who Killed Amanda Day? are insanely memorable and relevant… and I’m an Extreme Metal loyalist who has been kidnapped by this band’s glowing Modern Rock tonality. Among my six favorite songs (on this 6 song EP) is Crave. Kelly Clarkson (my favorite AI winner ever) holds nothing over Erin Mullins when it comes to vocal resonance and prowess. Throughout Who Killed Amanda Day?, Erin steals the show and her band steals it right back… it’s incredible to hear.

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The closing track is Leave, which has Erin dialing into some Stevie Nicks juju. A mellow and still dramatic vocal performance Erin gives on Leave. Back to Crave… Metal Odyssey’s Rock Song Of 2012? Just saying. I’m just enamored by Erin’s vocals and the band’s total musical output; for the simple reason I have never heard a hint of anything superficial from them on any of their songs… ever.

Refuge, Chameleon, and You Can’t Stop Me are Modern Rock charms that rise to the top; all three songs carrying their own flash and color of sonic appeal. The lead single, Killed A Man Today, is easily a song to narrow down as showcasing everything great about Fools For Rowan since the very beginning. There is a Rockin’ drive about this band that I hear and feel in their music which is without dispute; Killed A Man Today just solidifies this drive I’ve been hearing from Fools For Rowan.

Fools For Rowan has an ace in their box of talented tricks and it’s called Rockin’ passion. I hear it. I feel it. It flows through my veins. I’ve now told the world about it and I’m better off for it. Metal be thy name.

Who Killed Amanda Day? was released on July 3rd, 2012, via Lava Lamp Records. Who Killed Amanda Day? is available on iTunes and at Amazon.com.

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FOOLS FOR ROWAN:

Erin Mullins – lead vocals

Rachel Brandsness – lead guitar

Ryan Nanney – rhythm guitar

Jordan Cullen – drums

Andrew “Gib” Williams -bass

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Who Killed Amanda Day? – Track Listing:

Killed A Man Today

Refuge

Crave

Chameleon

You Can’t Stop Me

Leave

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For more info on FOOLS FOR ROWAN, click on the links below!

http://www.foolsforrowan.com

http://twitter.com/foolsforrowan

http://www.youtube.com/foolsforrowan

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Debuts Second EP “Who Killed Amanda Day?”

Posted in Hard Rock, modern rock, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Nashville-Based Rock Band Release EP and Video Following Kickstarter Success

Los Angeles, CA – Electrifying Rock band Fools For Rowan is back to hit fans with a second EP, Who Killed Amanda Day? debuting on iTunes on July 3rd and accompanied by a video for the lead single “Killed a Man Today.” The group has been touring nationwide while performing hits from their first release, Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled. and growing their loyal fan base. With an unquestionable fierce stage presence and musicality nothing short of top-notch, Fools For Rowan is vying to knock fans’ socks off with their most honest project to date.

Based in Nashville, Fools For Rowan is fronted by vocal powerhouse Erin Mullins with Jordan Cullen on drums, Andrew “Gib” Williams on bass, Ryan Nanney on rhythm guitar and Rachel Brandsness on lead guitar. Having played together for over three years, the fivesome’s high-caliber live performances have landed them gigs with industry heavy-hitters Evanescence, Halestorm, Trapt and Sick Puppies, among others.

The band’s first single “Burnt Around the Edges” received acclaim from college radio in the US and Canada, while the follow-up single “Dead” received spins on Top 40, college and modern rock radio and the video was featured on Fuse TV’s On-Demand. On the heels of a Kickstarter campaign where the band’s fans pledged to donate money towards the completion of Who Killed Amanda Day?, Fools For Rowan is ready to premiere the baby that fans personally helped conceive. “I think it’s just another cool way to get the fans even more involved in the music!” said Erin of the campaign.

Kicking down the doors of adversity, FFR has come back with a six-song compilation packed with authentic lyrics, powerful vocals and high-strung beats that stay true to Rock genres of the past and present. Who Killed Amanda Day?, a clever play on the title of the lead single, was produced by hit-makers and co-writers Shaye Smith (Jewel, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney) and Ken Harrell (Stacie Orrico, Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers) and mixed by Beau Hill (Grammy winner – Ratt, Winger) and Rory Rositas. “Killed A Man Today,” a passionate story about breaking a lover’s heart and figuratively “killing” them, features enticing guitar riffs and infectious drums that dominate the track. According to Erin, the EP is “a great blend of soft Rock, Pop Rock, Hard Rock with real lyrics… it’s just fun, emotional, and real.”

Resembling an epic drama flick, the video for “Killed a Man Today” shows a young woman breaking up with her man via a hand-written note and ironically dies shortly after in a car crash. The video is currently playing on the band’s Youtube channel. With such a compelling track list and captivating video, “Fools For Fools” will be racing to the stands for another dose.

For more updates on the band’s tour and forth-coming projects, visit the official website at www.FoolsForRowan.com.

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(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

STONECOLLAR – Releases New Single: ‘Swallowed By The Sun’ – Listen To It Streaming Here!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock songs, Heavy Metal, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

STONECOLLAR – Cape Town, South Africa has a do-it-yourself Hard Rock band to boast about. They’re called STONECOLLAR. This band has already delivered a fantastic debut album back in 2011: Trial By Fire. Now, STONECOLLAR has released a new single, Swallowed By The Sun, which has ready for radio oozing from its every Rockin’ note. This song is from their latest project: Online Overlord.

States (rhythm guitarist) Clinton Jurgens: “The song is a large-scale Rock ballad telling the epic tale of a loved one’s self demise. Fans of Alter Bridge, Shinedown and fellow countrymen, Seether (and a host of similar Hard Rock bands) will be sure to love this song”.

Clinton Jurgens adds: “To assist the release, we launched our official fan club, Airheads (hosted on the www.airbornemusic.com platform) and it basically works that a fan pays $1 a month to us and they get any content that we release for free. And we intend to release stuff on a weekly basis so that there is a real value to being part of the club”.

Artist page is here: www.airbornemusic.com/stonecollar

I really dig Swallowed By The Sun, it’s a Hard Rockin’ ballad that showcases the quality of songwriting and musicianship that STONECOLLAR bestows. Vocally, Leshem Petersen sounds as passionate for the song as Chris Daughtry… and you can take that to the Metal bank and tell ’em Stone from Metal Odyssey sent you. Metal be thy name.

I was won over by the debut album from STONECOLLAR, now I’m convinced this Hard Rock band MUST be taken seriously by “both” indie and major record labels. STONECOLLAR is happening… is Modern with their Hard Rock sound… they’ve created some serious Hard Rock and they’re a MUST band to catch onto NOW.

Listen to Swallowed By The Sun below! This is one damn good Hard Rock song!

STONECOLLAR:

Leshem Petersen – Bass and Vocals

Sean Tait – Lead Guitar

Clinton Jurgens – Rhythm Guitar

Bryan Nicol – Drums

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

STONECOLLAR – Official facebook

STONECOLLAR – myspace music

* To read my review for Trial By Fire, (posted on June 10th, 2011), click below!

STONECOLLAR – “Trial By Fire” Debut Album Is Ablaze! Two Tracks To Hear Right Now!

LONG LIVE STONECOLLAR.

Stone.

Abused Romance – Announces Upcoming Tour with: Alien Ant Farm, Plus Free Album Download of “Shine”!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Set to take the Rock world by storm, Hollywood, CA Rock Stars ABUSED ROMANCE have unveiled that they will take a part in ALIEN ANT FARM’s Upcoming ANTicipation Tour 2 sponsored by Keep A Breast, which kicks off on Sept 6 in Lancaster, CA @ Bex. Hot off their heels with their latest Rock masterpiece Shine (which is FREE!), ABUSED ROMANCE looks to bring their brand of catchy Pop/Alternative Rock to the masses.

You can download ABUSED ROMANCE’s latest album, Shine, for FREE here:

http://www.abusedromance.com/.

The band has been receiving rave reviews so far – don’t miss your chance to check out one of the freshest bands out right now.

In addition, ABUSED ROMANCE also recently shot a music video for their hit single “Overcome” with Robby Starbuck (Asking Alexandria, Smashing Pumpkins, Silverstein). Robby hypes the band, “In the clip Abused Romance absolutely punishes their performance and it was such a good time to work with them on this.”  You can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlsTSak0h40

Be on the lookout for more ABUSED ROMANCE dates to surface soon…

Upcoming ABUSED ROMANCE Shows As A Part Of ALIEN ANT FARM’s ANTicipation Tour:

9/6 – Lancaster, CA @ Bex

9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

9/9 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater (Official Re-opening Date!)

9/10 – Cheyenne, WY @ Bananza

9/11 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway

9/13 – Kearney, NE @ The Garage

9/15 – Mankato, MN @ Buster’s

9/16 – Chicago, IL @ Guinness Oysterfest

9/18 – Bowling Green, OH @ Cla-Zel

(Source: 3THIRTEEN Entertainment Group)

LONG LIVE ABUSED ROMANCE & ALIEN ANT FARM.

Stone.

ELECTRIC TOUCH – To Perform At This Year’s ACL FESTIVAL – Plus More ELECTRIC TOUCH news!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BRAND NEW SONG – “DON’T STOP” – NOW IN ROTATION AT SIRIUS-XM – ALT NATION

SOPHOMORE ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON ISLAND RECORDS

(LOS ANGELES, CA – August 25, 2011) – Fresh off of their success at this summer’s WARPED TOUR and Lollapalooza, Austin-based rockers Electric Touch have once again been selected to perform at this year’s Austin City Limits (ACL) Festival. The band will take the Austin Ventures Stage on Friday, September 16th at 3:45pm.

Electric Touch appeared at last year’s critically acclaimed ACL Festival, in addition to the last two Coachella Festival’s, and at some of the biggest radio-sponsored festivals of the summer, including Edgefest in Dallas, Buzzfest in Houston and Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK.

After their second critically-praised Coachella appearance at this year’s festival, Jim Fusilli from the Wall Street Journal noted, “Coachella was a level playing field for talented musicians, and attendees were best served by considering the experience an opportunity to prospect the likes of Electric Touch, which brought to mind Oasis without the condescension.”

In other exciting ET news, Sirius-XM’s popular Alt Nation station has started spinning the bands new song, “Don’t Stop” without solicitation.  The band completed their as yet untitled sophomore album, produced by Grammy-nominated Producer of the Year, Howard Benson, last year and are awaiting release on Island Records shortly.

Starting off in ’08, Electric Touch has had an impressive run by anyone’s standards.  After the successful release of their self-titled debut album, they confirmed their growing popularity with spots at Coachella and the SXSW festival.  They also appeared at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, V-festival, Mile High Festival, Buzzfest, and Austin City Limitsfestivals. Electric Touch toured that year with The Fratellis, The Airborne Toxic Event and Filter.  The rockers made such a musical impression in the freshmen outing that Austin.com went, “out on a limb to call Electric Touch the best set of the (ACL) fest.”

With members hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, this exciting 5-piece delivers their own original brand of British-American Rock music. In this case, the result is Electric Touch, the type of unbridled rock band that’s been missing from the scene for quite awhile — a monster of a group whose sound is big enough to fill an arena. The band delivers a pounding beat, punctuated by killer bass lines.  Dynamic guitars bring angular melodies, refreshing in simplicity, one moment then exploding into frenzied fury the next.

ELECTRIC TOUCH is: Shane Lawlor (vocals), Louis Messina, Jr. (drums), Christopher Leigh Messina (guitar), Isaac Strycker (Guitar/Keys/Vocals) and Portland Musser (Bass/Vocals).

(Source: MAD Ink, PR)

* For more info on ELECTRIC TOUCH, click on the link below:

www.electrictouchmusic.com

Follow at: Facebook.com/ElectricTouchMusic & Twitter.com/ElectricTouch

LONG LIVE ELECTRIC TOUCH.

Stone.

THE TREWS – Play The Viper Room, West Hollywood, CA: August 23rd, 2011

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

* To read the Metal Odyssey album review for THE TREWS new album Hope & Ruin, (posted on August 5th, 2011), click on the big header link below:

THE TREWS – “HOPE & RUIN”: A Rock Album of Solid and Memorable Songs

* For more info on THE TREWS, click on the links below:

THE TREWS – Official Website

THE TREWS – myspace music

LONG LIVE THE TREWS.

Stone.

Fair To Midland – “Arrows & Anchors”: In Stores Now! Tour Dates and More Info…

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

IT’S HERE. Our new record Arrows & Anchors is available now. We are so excited that after 3 years of writing, recording, wrecking our van, touring the country with Karnivool and Flyleaf, then finding a new label that we are finally reaping the fruits of all of our hard work. But know this… we could not done it without you. You spend your hard earned money on our concert tickets and merch. You tell your friends about us. You call radio stations and request our songs. You are the reason that we keep fighting this hard to keep this train a rolling. So… THANK YOU!

Not heard Arrows & Anchors yet? Try it before you buy it at our AOL SPINNER LISTENING EVENT

THEN go purchase a copy (or four) at:

Band’s Official Merch Page

iTunes ($9.99 w/ 2 bonus tracks)

Best Buy ($9.99)

Hastings (only $8.99)

Amazon – CD  /  MP3

Walmart

We are also taking off tonight for a whole slew of US tour dates. Do not miss it. We will be playing lots of new songs plus some old favorites. It’s going to be a blast. After a week of headline CD release shows we head out west with one of our favorite bands ever… DREDG. Then we will be hitting the road for a full US tour with The Damned Things and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster for the Inked Magazine Music Tour. Then we finish it off with another week of headline dates.

Here’s where the album is charting at iTunes today:

Rock Albums: #4
Overall Albums: #19

HEADLINE CD RELEASE SHOWS

July 12 @ Curtain Club in Dallas, TX

July 13 @ The Marquee in Tulsa, OK

July 15 @ The Machine Shop in Flint, MI

July 16 @ Station 4 in St Paul, MN

July 17 @ Segredo in Madison, WI ***NEW VENUE***

July 18 @ The Wheelhouse in Cedar Falls, IA

SUPPORTING DREDG

July 22 @ Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR

July 23 @ El Corazon in Seattle, WA

July 24 @ The Venue in Boise, ID

July 26 @ Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO

July 27 @ Launch Pad in Albuquerque, NM

July 28 @ The Rock in Tucson, AZ ***This is a headline show. Dredg and Trophy Fire will not be playing.***

July 29 @ Nile Theatre in Mesa, AZ

July 30 @ The Lounge at Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, NV

July 31 @ Soma Sidestage in San Diego, CA

August 3 @ SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA

August 5 @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, CA

INKED MAGAZINE MUSIC TOUR w/ The Damned Things and Maylene & the Sons of Disaster

August 12 @ The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA

August 13 @ House of Blues in San Diego, CA

August 14 @ House of Blues in Anaheim, CA

August 16 @ House of Blues in Dallas, TX

August 17 @ House of Blues in Houston, TX

August 19 @ House of Blues in Chicago, IL

August 20 @ Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH

August 21 @ St Andrews Hall in Detroit, MI

August 23 @ House of Blues in Cleveland, OH

August 24 @ The Stone Pone in Asbury Park, NY

August 25 @ Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY

August 26 @ Gramercy in New York City, NY

August 27 @ TLA in Philadelphia, PA

August 29 @ The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC

August 30 @ Revolution in Ft Lauderdale, FL

HEADLINE SHOWS

August 31 @ Firestone Live in Orlando, FL

September 1 @ Handlebar in Pensacola, FL

September 2 @ Zydeco in Birmingham, AL

September 4 @ The Parish at HOB in New Orleans, LA

More shows to be announced soon.

CALL AND REQUEST “MUSICAL CHAIRS” ON YOUR LOCAL ROCK STATION THIS WEEK. LET’S DEMAND THAT THEY START PLAYING NEW MUSIC!

Check out “Musical Chairs” here:  http://youtu.be/VsDJih0yYgk

Join our STREET TEAM

(Source: fair to midland – arrows & anchors official newsletter and eOne Music)

* For more info on Fair To Midland, click on the links below:

http://www.ftmband.com/

http://www.myspace.com/fairtomidland

http://twitter.com/fairtomidland

http://www.facebook.com/ftmband

eOne Metal

eOne Music – facebook

LONG LIVE FAIR TO MIDLAND.

Stone.

POP EVIL – Signs To eOne Music: Shoots New Music Video, Debuts Another New Single + Tour Dates Listed!

Posted in alternative metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, modern metal, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo Credit: LeAnn Mueller)

(New York, NY) — POP EVIL will be shooting a new music video for their brand new track “Monster You Made” today in Chicago with critically acclaimed director Robby Starbuck“We are very excited to release “Monster You Made” as the follow up single to ‘Last Man Standing.’ This song depicts what ‘War of Angels’ is all about! Nothing puts a bigger smile on our face then getting the chance to say July 5th marks ‘War of Angels’ release day!” says front man Leigh Kakaty.

LISTEN TO MONSTER YOU MADE HERE.

POP EVIL have recently signed a world wide record deal with eOne Music. Their new long awaited album “War Of Angels” will be released on July 5, 2011. Grammy Award nominated producer/engineerJohnny K is producing.

The band even went as far as to tear up their old record contract on stage during their performance at Rock On The Range festival earlier this month before announcing their new home. Watch the video of front man Leigh Kakaty doing so HERE.

SPIN.com hailed it one of the “10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range.”

The band has enjoyed early success with their hit single “Last Man Standing” which peaked at #5 on the active rock charts. That single can be heard HEREWar Of Angels will be the follow up to Lipstick on the Mirror which was released in 2008. The band will continue their co-headline run with CROSSFADE. Click HERE for tour dates!

POP EVIL is Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) Dylan Allison (drums) Davey Grahs (guitar) Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass).

POP EVIL – 2011 TOUR DATES:

6/9 – Fayettville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
6/10 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
6/12 – Lafayette, LA @ Nite Town
6/13 – Ruston, LA @ 3 Doc’s Bew House
6/14 – Montgomery, AL @ Rock Bottom
6/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
6/16 – Johnson City, TN @ Capones
6/17 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
6/18 – Louisville, KY @ Pheonix Hill Tavern
6/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
6/22 – Cincinatti, OH @ Yeatman’s Cove Park
6/23 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
6/24 – Toldeo, OH @ Headliners
6/25 – Jackson, MI @ County Fairgrounds
7/1 – Muskegon, MI @ Heritage Landing
7/3 – Great Lakes, IL @ Great Lakes Naval Station
7/7 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/8 – Aberdeen, SD @ Aberdeen Music Festival
7/9 – Rochester, MN @ Wicked Moose
7/12 – Chesaning, MI @ Chesaning Showboat
7/16 – Rock Island, IL @ Rock The District
7/29 – Neenah, WI @ Mo’s Ridgeway
7/30 – Madison, WI @ WJJO Band Camp
8/6 – Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
8/7 – Moorehead, MN @ Bluestem
8/9 – Casper,WY @ The Venue
8/27 – Waterloo, IA @ Rockstock Festival

* (Source: eOne Music)

* For more info on POP EVIL, click on the links below:

POP EVIL – Official facebook

POP EVIL – Official Website

eOne Music – facebook

eOne Metal

LONG LIVE POP EVIL.

Stone.

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled: Steady Rockin’, Alternative and Absolutely Can’t Miss!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic rock, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – They’re hip. They’re now. They’re Steady Rockin’ and Alternative. They’re a Modern Rock band that will eventually be more famous than they could ever probably imagine. They’re: FOOLS FOR ROWAN. Let me say this, this band isn’t foolin’ around with their contagious and legit Alternative-Rock meets Hard Rock sound and style. Originating from the grand and Rock historical city of Nashville, Tennessee, this five piece is commercially accessible while still bestowing a blue-collar appeal. Fools For Rowan released their debut album Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled back in 2009, via Lava Lamp Records and it is a can’t miss of it’s genre.

It’s very difficult for me to not be impressed by the vocals of Erin Mullins, she is a show stealer. Erin’s range is head turning and she comes across as so damn natural that it’s scary. Nothing sounds forced as I listen to Erin sing on this entire album. Just a true vocal talent is she. Not to overlook the rest of this band that makes Fools For Rowan sound so inventively Rockin’, this young group of musicians sound as if they’ve been together for a decade.

As I listen to Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled, I hear a vocalist and band that doesn’t seem to hold nuthin’ back. When Fools For Rowan are playing full-tilt with Tangled, Burnt Around the Edges and Living Dangerously, they’re high octane energy to let it all Rock is infectious. Metal be thy name. There are ballads on this album and they showcase Erin’s provocative crooning skills, she could probably make a pissed-off copperhead snake transform into vapors… yeah, she’s that good. No and Dead are two well written ballads that don’t light up the sappy meter, both fit right into the diverse Rockin’ mix I hear on Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled.

If forced to choose my favorite song from this album, then that song is: It’s Alright. I cannot help being reminded of the legendary Joan Jett as I listen to Erin Mullins vocals on this Rockin’ and boppin, free groovin’ strewn song. Rachel Brandsness on lead guitar and Ryan Harrison Nanney on rhythm guitar both dish out some creative licks that are guaranteed not to go unnoticed. A refreshing Rock sound and originality sure does go a long way, Fools For Rowan have both qualities.

Fools For Rowan have created quite an impressive sound, incorporating Rock and Hard Rock with a blend of Alternative stylings. Rock fans who want to catch onto a band that is rising faster than a thermostat in the deep South, in the middle of July, should take notice here. I sincerely look forward to witnessing Fools For Rowan continue their climb on the ladder of Rock ‘n’ Roll success.

* Take a look and listen to Burnt Around the Edges below:

FOOLS FOR ROWAN:

Erin Mullins – vocals

Rachel Brandsness – lead guitar

Ryan Harrison Nanney – rhythm guitar

Aaron Elliott – bass

Jordan Cullen – drums

Twisted. Tied Up. Tangled – Track Listing:

Burnt Around the Edges

Take Me Down

Dead

Tangled

Light Me Up

No 

I Don’t Have the Strength

It’s Alright

Isn’t It Enough

Living Dangerously

Burnt – Remix

* For more info on FOOLS FOR ROWAN, click on the links below:

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official Website

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official facebook Fan page

LONG LIVE FOOLS FOR ROWAN.

Stone.

AVEDIS – Red Sea EP: Alternative Rock With A Slice Of Punk = It ROCKS!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, Music, post punk, Punk rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

AVEDIS – Originating from the area known to mankind as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, there is a three-piece Rock outfit that is stirring up quite a buzz recently with their newly released 4 song EP titled: Red Sea. Since January of 2011, this EP has been available to feed your ears. I strongly suggest you DO give this Red Sea EP a valid listen and take in what AVEDIS is creating here. Diversity in style and sound is key with this band, they don’t appear to be stuck in any particular Rock genre.

AVEDIS doesn’t spread themselves so thin that there is an identity crisis either… they just flat-out can write and play some memorable songs. Bound Together is a soothing acoustic and keenly orchestrated song that carries with it some mid to late 70’s elegance in it’s vibe. The vocals of Corey Nietupski gives Bound Together it’s strong Alternative relevance, therefore, this becomes a listen that fuses together a Rock feel of yesteryear with the ever present day.

Mer de Mesonges glides along on a steady path to Alternative Hard Rockin’ bliss. Melodic guitar and an up-tempo pace gives this song it’s strong character. Corey’s vocals just come across so damn natural too that I’m freakin’ jealous. Throw in some very cool backing vocals that revive my very fond memories of The Alarm and this song spells out: winner. There’s a whole lotta’ Rock to this band’s Roll and I’m buying into it. The overall Modern appeal that seeps from this EP is what should drive AVEDIS to the top… or pretty darn close to the top.

Mega Ditz exemplifies just how grand Punk Rock can sound when a band feels it. The wha-wha guitar licks on Mega Ditz come with a warning label: Extremely Addicting To One’s Ears. If I could make one plea to AVEDIS, it would be: don’t stray too far away from this Punk flavor you have added into your Alternative repertoire. It’s the edgy Punk vibe of AVEDIS that revs me up most. I have never fallen victim to the “Punk is dead” school of thought from the mindless. AVEDIS obviously hasn’t either.

Walk Alone combines Alternative Rock and Punk, resulting with a thump and stomp, “rip up the club until closing” attitude laced experience. As I listen to Walk Alone, I realize that I do have some pent-up slam-dance energy left in my old bones after all. AVEDIS blends their own brand of Rock, Alternative Rock and Post Punk into this Red Sea EP with impressive attention to details. If AVEDIS is an unsigned band as advertised, then there has to be a record label out there for them. I couldn’t emphasize more loudly, as to how real and relevant the Rock sound of AVEDIS is.

* AVEDIS was formed in 2007 by Corey Nietupski (lead vocals, guitar & songwriter). Total Control was released at this time, the debut full-length from this Rockin’ trio.

* As stated by Corey Nietupski (in regards to the Red Sea EP) in the Official Bio of AVEDIS: “It’s a concept album that uses the color red to depict the different emotions one can feel when being in a relationship or in love”.

AVEDIS are:

Corey Nietupski – vocals & guitar

Josh Lisiecki – bass & vocals

Chris Lehman – drums & percussion

* For more info, videos and streaming music on AVEDIS, just click on the links below:

AVEDIS – youtube

AVEDIS – Official Website

AVEDIS – REVERBNATION

AVEDIS – facebook

AVEDIS – twitter

LONG LIVE AVEDIS.

Stone.

MADDAM INK – Live At The Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, PA, March 19th, 2011: Exclusive Photos and Overview

Posted in alternative rock, concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Left: Adam Burke/vocals & guitar, Right: Steve Benecke/bass)

(All live photo credits: Tom Coderre)

MADDAM INK – Back on March 19th, 2011, Maddam Ink closed out the evening of Hard Rock at The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This night featured the Alt/Modern Hard Rock legends COLD on their: A Tour Of The American Dream. On this Hard Rockin’ bill, the other supporting bands for COLD were: Oceans Divide, Kopek and Egypt Central.

Once Maddam Ink took the stage the crowd of fans certainly did thin out quite a bit. It’s a shame for Maddam Ink played a set of songs that Rocked with cool, melodic vibes. The hooks, riffs and head-turning beats were abundant in Maddam Ink’s songs and not one song was a yawner. Tom Coderre (Metal Odyssey’s staff photographer) and I were more than willing to stick around to catch Maddam Ink’s set, we actually were in no big hurry to get home! I’ve always said: it’s not over until the last band plays.

What I like about Maddam Ink isn’t so much that they’re from my home turf of Eastern Pennsylvania, it’s that this band knows how to play accessible Rock and Hard Rock, with a shimmer of Alt and a thick coating of Modern flavor to their overall sound. Adam Burke’s vocals are not sugar coated. Adam’s edgy Hard Rock delivery is unique and downright cool. Maddam Ink is currently playing many a gig to support their sophomore release: Inklination. These guys weren’t pounding their chests on stage, they were four musicians displaying their impressive and credible talents while paying their dues, as they have been doing for several years now.

Before this night of Hard Rock bliss, I never listened to Maddam Ink. I’m listening now though. This is a band that kicked out any annoying Rock Star attitude out the window. It may be just my opinion, still I can see Maddam Ink supporting the likes of Daughtry or even Alter Bridge on an extensive tour… right now. They’d fit right in. Maddam Ink may have something to prove, they proved it to me that they have the sound and style within their well written songs to go as far as they dare to dream.

(Left: Matt Scott/lead guitar, Right: Adam Burke/vocals & guitar)

(Kyle Young – drums)

MADDAM INK:

Adam Burke – lead vocals and guitar

Matt Scott – lead guitar &  backing vocals

Steve Benecke – bass guitar & backing vocals

Kyle Young – drums

MADDAM INK – INKLINATION

Maddam Ink’s sophomore release Inklination was produced by Grammy nominated engineer/producer David Ivory (Halestorm/Atlantic Records, SilverTide/Sony/BMG and The Roots). Inklination was released back in May of 2010.

* Inklination can be purchased on iTunes, cdbaby and the Maddam Ink online store at their official website: MADDAM INK – Official Website

* Maddam Ink have performed many high profile concerts and festivals. One such high profile festival was the Heaven and Hell Tour/LocoFest at The Tweeter Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, back in 2007. Sharing the stage and an audience of 50,000 fans, Maddam Ink supported legends Heaven and Hell, Alice Cooper and Shadows Fall at this amazing festival of Heavy Music. (Source: Maddam Ink – Official Website)

* For more info on MADDAM INK., click on the links below:

MADDAM INK – Official Website

MADDAM INK – facebook

MADDAM INK/Adam Burke – twitter

MADDAM INK – REVERBNATION

MADDAM INK – myspace music

LONG LIVE MADDAM INK.

Stone.

SEETHER – Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray: Releases May 17th, 2011!

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SEETHER –  Following their incredibly successful 2007 studio album Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, Seether will be releasing Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray on May 17th, 2011, via Wind-up. With 12 new songs on this hotly anticipated Seether release, the deluxe edition includes 4 bonus tracks! Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray features Country Song and you can currently purchase this new Hard Rockin’ slice of Seether on iTunes!

Stone says, about Country Song:

Country Song re-establishes Seether as an Alternative Metal/Hard Rock band that leaps away from the Rock norm, while leading by example. The flirtatious Country Rock vibe gives way to the heaviness that is Seether. The combination of Shaun Morgan’s vocals and heavy guitar, with foot stompin’ and fist raising rhythms, inventively elevates Country Song into a stratosphere of Modern Hard Rock perfection. Great music happens, with great song writing.

SEETHER:

Shaun Morgan – lead vocals, guitar

Dale Stewart – bass, backing vocals

John Humphrey – drums

Troy McLawhorn – guitar

Track Listing – Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray:

For Cue

No Resolution

Here and Now

Country Song

Master of Disaster

Tonight

Pass Slowly

Fade Out

Roses

Down

Desire For Need

Forsaken

* The Deluxe Edition includes the following bonus tracks:

Dead Seeds 

Yeah

Nobody

Effigy

* For more info on SEETHER, just click the links below:

SEETHER – Official Website

SEETHER – Official facebook

SEETHER – myspace music

Wind-up

LONG LIVE SEETHER.

Stone.

OCEANS DIVIDE – Concert Overview: The Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 19th, 2011

Posted in alternative rock, concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(All Photo Credits: Tom Coderre)

OCEANS DIVIDE – I went to the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania, back on March 19th, 2011, to catch A Tour Of The American Dream. This tour is headlined by Modern/Alt Rock/Hard Rock legends COLD. Oceans Divide, Egypt Central and Ireland’s very own Rockin’ juggernaut known as KOPEK, each took the stage that night in support of COLD. Pennsylvania’s local favorite and steadily rising Maddam Ink. capped off the evening of Hard Rock noize.

And what a night of Hard Rock it was. I remember turning to Tom Coderre (Metal Odyssey’s staff photographer) and saying: “this is like a mini-indoor Hard Rock festival tonight”. Tom agreed and was stoked to get his camera into Rockin’ gear. The mood among the huge crowd of Hard Rock lovin’ fans was laid back and friendly. Once the Hard Rock was played on stage though, the mood of the fans quickly shifted into psyche-out mode. Oh, there is nothing more exhilarating than standing among a crowded club of fellow Heavy Music fans, all with one common goal to… GET ROCKED OUT!

Chris McCoy – vocals

Chris McCoy – The vocalist for Oceans Divide bestowed complete confidence onstage, with a touch of swagger in his step. Chris also has the vocals to back it up. Harmonious and still hard edged, Chris’s vocals gives an identity to the band he founded and leads.

Oceans Divide can take some hefty credit for psyching out their fans in attendance. Their hook laden and melodic style of sound, coupled with the high energy level they exhibited, convinced me Oceans Divide has something very cool and now going on. My Metal perception told me Oceans Divide looked and played comfortable on stage, exhibiting signs of a band that plays tight and gets along. I’ll say this much: I went to the Crocodile Rock that night familiar with a few songs from Oceans Divide… and left as a jubilant believer of this band.

Anyone unfamiliar with Oceans Divide should get acquainted with their self-titled debut album, which has the subtitle: the ep. Oceans Divide plays Rock and Hard Rock, fused with some Modern style relevance, at a level of quality I’m used to hearing from bands such as Creed, Alter Bridge and CAVO, to name a few. Yes, these guys from Spokane, Washington are new… and they’re really good. Melodically driven songs carried out through stellar musicianship and head turning vocals, are what makes Oceans Divide a band worth listening to and watching play live.

Silas McQuain – On drums, Silas was letting his beats be known and felt, as he kept the live rhythmic pace of Oceans Divide moving and the fans grooving.

Left: Dan Goodman on bass with Chris McCoy. Dan’s twin brother John plays lead guitar for Oceans Divide, (not shown).

Morgan Mallory on rhythm guitar

I had an opportunity to chat with rhythm guitarist Morgan Mallory after their set. Filling in for Eric Varnell on this tour only, Morgan (more than) appeared to fit right in with Oceans Divide, both onstage and off. Morgan proved to be a friendly, outgoing and very likable guy. Morgan is also the frontman for LUCID, a Rock/Metal band from the state of Washington. You can find out more about Morgan Mallory by clicking here: Morgan Mallory.com

(Left: Stone “that’s me”, Right: Chris McCoy/vocalist)

Chris McCoy, as with every member of Oceans Divide, is a class act. Chris stopped to chat with fans all night long. Signing autographs and posing for pictures for his fans seemed like a call of duty for the Oceans Divide frontman. As COLD later took the stage, Chris motioned to Cold’s frontman Scooter Ward and said to me: “It’s because of Scooter Ward and Cold that I’m doing what I do today. I was listening to Cold when I was fourteen years old. He and that band paved the way for bands like ours, he is an inspiration to me”.

OCEANS DIVIDE – ep (Released February 2011) This 7 song ep was released via UEG (Union Entertainment Group, Inc.) * This OCEANS DIVIDE ep comes with: The Metal Odyssey Hard Rockin’ stamp of approval.

This is the “lit-up” signage above the merch table for Oceans Divide.

Here is a cool cymbal that was for sale at the Oceans Divide merch table. Notice it is autographed by the band too! I didn’t buy it, um, I had already spent my limit on CD’s and beer. Metal be thy name.

* For more info on OCEANS DIVIDE, just click the link below:

OCEANS DIVIDE – Official Website

LONG LIVE OCEANS DIVIDE.

Stone.

Ed Kowalczyk – 2011 Tour Dates Listed!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock tours with tags , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ED KOWALCZYK – Former lead vocalist and guitarist for Alternative Rock/Hard Rock band LIVE, Ed Kowalczyk, has released his first and critically acclaimed solo album ALIVE, on Soul Whisper Records, back in the Summer of 2010. Tour dates are posted below for Ed Kowalczyk, which begins on May 6th, 2011 in Irvington, New York.

Ed’s vocals have never sounded better, as one listen through of ALIVE will attest. An album of eleven songs that touch on the human spirit, faith and moving forward, ALIVE is a quality listen into the Rock that makes Ed Kowalczyk stand tall once again.

ED KOWALCZYK – 2011 TOUR DATES:

05/06/11 – Irvington, NY @ Irvington Town Hall Theater

05/20/11 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Backstage Party Pit at Showboat Casino (Free Show)

05/27/11 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi

05/28/11 – Noblesville, IN @ WRZX May Day

06/30/11 – São Paulo, Brazil @ HSBC Brazil

07/01/11 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Vivo Rio

07/03/11 – Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Pepsi On Stage

08/06/11 – Gilford, NH @ Soul Fest

08/14/11 – Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest

08/20/11 – Bodo, Norway @ Parkenfestival

(Source: Ed Kowalczyk.com)

* For more info on Ed Kowalczyk, click the link below:

ED KOWALCZYK.COM

LONG LIVE ED KOWALCZYK.

Stone.

KOPEK – ROCKED LIVE & LOUD! Concert Review: The Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, Pennsylvania, March 19th, 2011

Posted in alternative rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock and roll, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KOPEK – Through the years (or is that decades?) I’ve always been a believer in the small club setting for seeing a live night of Rock, Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Most of my greatest experiences of seeing live concerts have been at small clubs. Seeing KOPEK live, on March 19th, 2011, at The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was no exception to my long list of memorable, small club, Rock experiences. If anything, as I stood there bopping my head up and down to Kopek’s live set, I understood I was watching an electrifying band that I’ve felt all along will be HUGE one day.

As Kopek played through their set of several songs, taken from their insanely addicting debut album White Collar Lies, I had to redirect my view on this band becoming huge one day. Kopek is already HUGE. What was I thinking? Finally seeing Kopek play live was a validation in my believing in this band from day one. Kopek is as blue collar and unique as any of the “greatest” in Rock Music history. If the world of Rock needed a rejuvenation of itself in 2011, then the world of Rock should thank Dublin, Ireland’s very own… Kopek.

I am not bashful in stating that Kopek is a band that only comes around every fifteen years. The “vibe” I love most about Kopek is the “Rock and Roll mystique” they give off through their music and overall style, a mystique legends such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Motörhead, Metallica and Nirvana (to name a few) are historically and famously known for. Kopek took this mystique I hear from their Hard Rock sound and style to an entirely different level for me, on this Saturday evening in mid-March of 2011. Seeing and hearing is believing. Kopek’s live set proved to me, that Rock Music history isn’t an open and shut book after all. Kopek is now. Kopek is HUGE.

KOPEK – White Collar Lies (Religion Music/SIN)

Kopek is currently on a massive tour throughout the U.S. and eventually Europe, which runs throughout the course of 2011. If you have never listened to Kopek’s Alt/Modern/Hard Rock debut album White Collar Lies, I strongly suggest you do. Being left out of the Rock Music history loop is not a cool thing to experience.

* On this night of Rock at The Crocodile Rock Cafe, Kopek played alongside Oceans Divide, Egypt Central, Maddam Ink. and the legendary… COLD.

* All the live photos you see here are taken from the talented lens of Metal Odyssey’s staff photographer Tom Coderre. I’d like to say: A Metal job well done Tom!

Daniel Jordan, the lead singer and guitarist for Kopek, gave a tremendous performance live. His almost stationary presence on stage had me realizing to myself, that you don’t need to carry on like a Rock Star to be a real Rock Star. No theatrics. No selfish or plastic image to be seen, while my eyes were affixed on Daniel Jordan on this night. As Daniel broke into the vocals for Fever, it gave me the chills… his vocals are that uniquely amazing for me. As soon as Kopek broke out Love Is Dead, I was in Hard Rock la-la land. Hearing Kopek play this song live was an instant Rockin’ high!

I especially appreciated the moment when Daniel dedicated the song White Collar Lies to the United States Troops that are scattered around the globe, protecting our free societies each and every day. Thank you Daniel for acknowledging and remembering our U.S. service men and women. I told Daniel it was difficult in restraining my urge to jump around and go crazy during their set. Daniel understood the dilemma I went through and he added: keeping it cool is the better rule. Sometimes I just feel like a kid. Metal be thy name.

Brad Kinsella on bass was always aware of the crowd! This is a musician that shows he feels the music he is playing, with his fun and cool on-stage mannerisms. Never pretentious, just legit personified. This is a guy who loves what he does for a living. Brad had the fans up front instantly initiated into his Kopek world… and they were all loving every second of it. I had fun just watching Brad perform… plus he plays a thumping bad-ass bass.

Shane Cooney is not easy to ignore, especially when he was laying down the hard hittin’ beats that made it difficult for me to not move. Shane is another non-egotistical member of this amazing band. As a bonus, there was never a “look-at-me” drum solo to be heard from Shane. This is a drummer who does it the old-fashioned way, keeping it simple, keeping it real.

Daniel and Stone finally meet! After a year of knowing who each other was, Daniel and I were able to exchange conversation about the band, touring, the fans and the night’s show. Daniel is a Rock musician who is proud by all the success and attention that Kopek has received thus far. Kopek deserves every bit of success that comes their way. They are earning it. To say Daniel is happy about Kopek is an understatement. When I asked him if he’s had a good time touring America, Daniel never hesitated to give an emphatic – yes! Daniel eagerly signed for the fans all night long. There was nary a moment, the entire night, when Daniel wasn’t accessible to speak to or hang out with.

Stone finally meets Brad and Shane! As with Daniel, Brad and Shane knew my name, only getting “a face with the name” makes it all the better… and my face is not that pretty either. Brad had nothing but kind words to say about America, the fans, the bands they’ve toured with and the people behind the scenes. Brad is especially pumped up to play at this years Rocklahoma. Shane was the ever polite Rock and Roll drummer. Brad and Shane thanked me for the past promotion of their album on Metal Odyssey. (!) I in turn, thanked Brad and Shane for the music they are making.

Luc Nyhus is a touring guitarist with Kopek. Luc’s presence and guitar playing was strong and confident, while he trekked about the stage. In my Metal opinion, Luc fit right in with Kopek. Off the stage, Daniel, Brad, Shane and Luc got along like a brotherhood. Luc is one big dude, so I’m speculating Kopek has a body guard to watch their backs while on tour too! Luc was a cool and friendly guy to meet as well.

It’s always a thrill, to meet musicians like Kopek that I hold in high regard. Hearing Kopek thank me (!) for writing cool stuff about them this past year will forever be remembered by me. Their understanding of how it “gets done” in todays record industry, along with their friendliness, work ethic, grueling tour schedule and of course, musicianship is above admirable. It’s even a more immense thrill to realize that Kopek are fantastically good guys, they know where they came from and where they are going… which is straight to the top.

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

KOPEK – Official Website

KOPEK – MySpace Music Page

KOPEK TV Official Channel – YouTube

Visit The Crocodile Rock Cafe here: Crocodile Rock Cafe

THANK YOU KOPEK.

LONG LIVE KOPEK.

Stone.

KOPEK, OCEANS DIVIDE, EGYPT CENTRAL, MADDAM INK. and Legends COLD… A Night Of Hard Rock at the Crocodile Rock!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KOPEK: Daniel Jordan (front), Shane Cooney (back left) and Brad Kinsella (back right)

A NIGHT OF HARD ROCK – Last night (Saturday, March 19, 2011) Metal Odyssey’s staff photographer Tom Coderre and I took in a LOUD and HEAVY night of Hard Rock at Allentown Pennsylvania’s world popular Crocodile Rock Cafe. Oceans Divide, KOPEK, Egypt Central, Maddam Ink. and Modern Hard Rock legends COLD all performed on this one night. It was like a mini Hard Rock festival, if you will. The entire evening was filled with enormous Hard Rock songs, from these bands that played their Rockin’ hearts out.

This night of live Hard Rock was overflowing with Rock n Roll camaraderie by both bands and fans, while friendships were being made. I, along with Tom, walked away from the Crocodile Rock Cafe last night feeling Rocked Out and wanting more of it. I would not have predicted it any other way, for the culture of Heavy Music is second to none.

Look for a series of posts in the coming weeks, documenting the sights, sounds and experiences of this fabulous night of Hard Rock… by yours truly. Tom Coderre’s stellar photo’s documenting the evening’s Rockin’ festivities will be featured in every post as well. His talented eye for capturing the “live” moment of Rock n Roll, through the lens, is a tremendous addition to Metal Odyssey.

(COLD self-titled debut album 1998)

* For more info on these outstanding bands, click the links below:

COLD ARMY.com

COLD – myspace music

KOPEK – Official Website

KOPEK – MySpace Music Page

OCEANS DIVIDE – Official Website

EGYPT CENTRAL – Official Website

MADDAM INK. – Official Website

LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

Stone.

KOPEK – “White Collar Lies” Releases March 1st, 2011!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KOPEK – Ireland’s increasingly embraced, Hard Rock trio KOPEK will be seeing their debut album White Collar Lies releasing on March 1st, 2011… that’s tomorrow!! If you are a fan of Rock, Hard Rock or Modern Hard Rock that isn’t representative of the status quo club, then you will absolutely NEED to get your ears into this KOPEK album! Since January of this year, KOPEK have been touring the U.S.A. and are receiving rave reviews for their live shows!

Stone says this KOPEK album is a MUST buy! I very rarely state these words and I’m laying all the Hard Rockin’ cards out on the table, especially when I endorse a band’s album this highly. KOPEK is going to be HUGE.

* White Collar Lies is being released on Religion Music via SIN/Sony Independent Network.

KOPEK:

Daniel Jordan – lead vocals & guitar

Brad Kinsella – bass guitar

Shane Cooney – drums

Track Listing For White Collar Lies:

Cocaine Chest Pains

White Collar Lies

Fever

Love Is Dead

Floridian

Sub Human

The Easy Way (D.B. Cooper)

Bring It On Home

Love Sick Blues

Bigger Than Us All

Sin City

* To read my complete album review on White Collar Lies, just click on the large header link below:

KOPEK “WHITE COLLAR LIES” – DEBUT ALBUM IS A PRESENT & FUTURE STANDOUT OF MODERN ROCK

LONG LIVE KOPEK.

Stone.

KOPEK – “Cocaine Chest Pains” Music Video Is Out!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal odyssey, modern rock, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KOPEK/Cocaine Chest Pains – From Dublin, Ireland, comes the three piece Mod Rock Band famously known as KOPEK. With their critically acclaimed debut album White Collar Lies released digitally back on June 29, 2010, the Hard Rockin’ momentum of KOPEK is carrying right into 2011 with no end in sight! The physical CD of White Collar Lies will be released this March 1st, 2011. Both digital and physical releases of White Collar Lies are released on Religion Music via SIN/Sony Independent Network. * You can currently purchase the single Cocaine Chest Pains on iTunes.

This week, the music video for KOPEK’S hot Rockin’ single Cocaine Chest Pains, from White Collar Lies, has been released on the official KOPEK sites below. I won’t tell a Metal lie, KOPEK flat out ROCKS in their new Cocaine Chest Pains music video! Just click on either KOPEK’S Official Website or TV Official Channel – YouTube links below to view Cocaine Chest Pains for yourself. (Checking out all 3 KOPEK links below is super cool and recommended!)

Be forewarned: KOPEK will ROCK you like there is no tomorrow!

KOPEK – Official Website

KOPEK TV Official Channel – YouTube

KOPEK – MySpace Music Page

For more info on KOPEK’S 2011 U.S. Tour Dates, click the header link below:

KOPEK – To Tour With HINDER, SAVING ABEL and MY DARKEST DAYS Starting January 21, 2011

KOPEK ARE GOING TO BE HUGE.

LONG LIVE KOPEK.

Stone.

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