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Charity Spotlight: Music Saves Lives

Posted in charities, Music, news, world news with tags , , , , on September 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Music Saves Lives builds blood drives, educate and connect life saving acts with music. Support their cause encouraging over 100,000 blood donations and help them raise over $200,000 to reach their goals. No wasting funds, no expensive offices. They spend funds where it’s needed. Donate here:





Rabid Assassin’s Thane Farace Severely Injured In Accident

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 13, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Guitarist/Vocalist Thane Farace of RABID ASSASSIN was severely injured in an ATV accident on April 24th, 2016 sustaining major damage to the left side of his body.

His injuries include:

Compound/Shattered collarbone
Broken shoulder-blade
Broken upper rib
Partially collapsed & bruised lung
Head laceration
Lacerations on back of shoulder

Thane Farace - injured - April 24 - 2016 - Rabid Assassin - #MO99099ILMFM

Dealing with the aftermath of his accident, Thane, a telecommunications subcontractor, has health insurance but due to his extensive injuries Thane is out of work for an extended period of time and needed to file for Short Term Disability. Upon filing, he found out that his Short Term Disability was never renewed for 2016. This poses a tremendous problem now as Thane has NO income to cover his current living expenses much less the new medical bills already rolling in.

Go Fund Me (Help Thane Farace) account has been setup for anyone who would like to donate to help Thane’s situation. [Click Here]  No money means no bills paid & potential loss of everything he has ever worked for. Whatever anyone can contribute will help tremendously. Please keep us all in your prayers.

Thane is back home on the mend and is providing daily updates on his healing process along with his struggles. Stop by and say hello and/or wish him well at







PRINCE – A Music Icon Now Rests In Peace

Posted in classic rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on April 23, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Prince - Purple Rain - promo pic - #9900PF33

Over the past day, I’ve given much thought about the loss of PRINCE to the world of music. Little did I realize I would write this post in the manner I did. I live for Metal and still I live for music. As I began to break it all down, I realized how immensely important PRINCE really, really was to popular music. Below, I have attempted to look at the Popular Music world with the sad omission of PRINCE, as a bystander and not a fan.


Such amazingly sad news to know that PRINCE is no longer alive. Unreal. I truly enjoyed the music videos of PRINCE, back in the day. There was always so much going on in every PRINCE video; they were colorful in both the spirit of his songs and visually. MTV must have made tens of millions in advertising revenue from the PRINCE music videos too. Warner Bros. sure made a ton of money from PRINCE.

Like so many pop culture legends of the 80’s, the songs from PRINCE always make me reflect back to those days when all I had to worry about was myself and where I was going to party next. Like Whitney Houston, the songs from PRINCE were constantly played on the radio; avoiding them was impossible and I subsequently became a quiet fan of both of these music icons. These were the FM radio days and not the instant gratification of satellite radio (of the here and now) where stations are stylized down to a single artist.

Prince - 1999 - promo album cover pic - #MO0999INABJ

When I stop to think about it, there is absolutely no mainstream Pop or mainstream Rock artist alive today that has the talents, musical diversity, uniqueness, image, impact and charisma that PRINCE embodied. Michael Jackson and David Bowie are gone, so unfortunately cross them off your list. Please excuse me if I don’t consider Madonna as our crowning glory of present day popular music. Some may make the case for Usher, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars having the same impact as PRINCE; only I feel they all fall just short of PRINCE. American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice never discovered anyone light years close to PRINCE. Nadda.

Lady Gaga is a bona-fide legend; only she copied from PRINCE, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna. Carrie Underwood is an unenergetic singing statue. Metallica just hibernates now and Van Halen are a pale ghost of what they once were. KISS is an iconic band in their own right, only they’ve had plenty of songwriting help over the years and suffered through an identity crisis during the 1980’s. Now you see my point? Seriously. All those boy bands that pop their immature heads out for every generation just plain suck. PRINCE was… PRINCE.

Prince - The Very Best Of - promo album cover pic - #MO099INH

PRINCE may have had his musical influences, still, PRINCE copied no one. Unlike today where it seems as if every mainstream Pop artist (and Country artist for that matter) is feeding off of each other like robotic copycats. Certainly, the Hard Rock and Metal worlds have their copycats too. Who is really left, in the mainstream world of Popular Music that leaves us all in both (original) entertainment and musical awe? The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Paul McCartney are well past their prime and God bless them for still going.

The Who lost their luster back when bassist John Entwistle passed away. Bruce Springsteen? Jon Bon Jovi? Nope. No comparison when it comes to the complete musician and songwriter that PRINCE was. With that said, comparing PRINCE to those aforementioned is comparing apples to cucumbers, in my opinion.

If I had to pick my 2 favorite PRINCE songs, they are: “Raspberry Beret” and “Little Red Corvette”. PRINCE truly was the total musical package. Growing up in the 80’s, PRINCE was an enormous part of American Pop Culture and his songs seemed to be played just about everywhere; from the video arcades to the roller rinks. I learned a long time ago that we cannot take our musical heroes for granted, they are just as human as we and share this planet with us for such a brief period of time. Rest In Peace, PRINCE. – Stone

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1958 – 2016.


Metal Odyssey’s Stone Has Several Very Brief Rants…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on April 7, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Stone - Metal Odyssey - biting pillow - 2015 - #MO990099

Guns N’ Roses are having a reunion tour! Who gives a shit!? Not me.

GHOST won a 2016 Grammy for “Best Metal Performance” and… who gives a shit!

AC/DC are gonna tour with “guest” lead singers. AC/DC might as well see if Jim Nabors and/or Anne Murray are available to sing for them too.

What the freak is Baby Metal? NO, I don’t really give a shit.

IRON MAIDEN is still NOT in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, while Madonna was inducted into the hall back in 2008. What a bunch of stupid, stupid shit.

Supposedly, man walked on the moon. Guess what? I’m a billionaire.

Ted Nugent - President - 2016 - #MO99099ILN

A neighbor of mine still has their Christmas tree lit up at night, outside their front door. For real. Now, that’s some crazy shit.

My local Best Buy has Sunday store hours of 11:00AM to 8:00PM. Now, that’s some messed up shit. By the way, my local Walmart, Marathon and Kroger are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone should remind Best Buy that it’s 2016 and NOT 1980.

In the USA, the minimum wage back in 1988 was $3.35 per hour. In 2016, the minimum wage in Ohio is $8.15. You do the math and then look up what our USA politicians are worth. It’s bullshit.

Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone




Wisconson Hardcore/Metal/Punk Bands To Release Compilation In Protest Of Governor Scott Walker

Posted in Metal, Music, news, politics, rock music with tags , , , , on March 3, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

Unintimidated - wisconsin musicians against scott walker - promo banner - 2016 - #MOILMF996969

A group of local Punk, Hardcore, Metal and Indie musicians have teamed up in protest against governor Scott Walker. Led by DJ Hostettler (of IfIHadAHiFi) and Anthony Webber (of Heavy Hand), the bands have gathered together to release UNINTIMIDATED: Wisconsin Musicians against Scott Walker – a compilation CD/DVD that will raise funds for issues that Governor Walker reportedly detests. The compilation will also include an old-school cut-and-paste zine, and all proceeds will go to soup kitchens and Planned Parenthood.

DJ said about the compilation: “We’ve worked on this project for about a year now, hatching our scheme in February 2015 and moving from gauging interest in the bands, to securing a studio, to convincing an absolute murderer’s row of musicians, engineers, cameramen, editors, and gruntworkers to donate their time to a project that, in today’s political environment in Wisconsin, runs the rest of being little more than a cathartic scream into the wilderness. But hopefully it’ll be more than that.

If this collection of songs can raise money for some solid causes that help those whom Scott Walker refuses to help, then this is a success. If this collection of songs provides a soundtrack for a political revolution in Wisconsin that leads to motivated progressives taking back our state from the tyranny of the rich and power-mad, then holy shit, that’s amazing. But at the very least, we will have provided a document of artistic work that will hopefully stand for generations and show Wisconsin, the country, and the world, that no, not everyone in Wisconsin was satisfied to sit and let Scott Walker and his corporate overlords ruin our state.

There were at least 16 bands’ worth of progressive punk rockers that said, “we are ANGRY and we want the world to know it.” If all this project achieves is a mighty, violent scream of outrage, well, at least we managed that and hopefully someone heard us.”

Unintimidated - wisconsin musicians against scott walker - promo banner - 2016 - #MOILMF996969

Track Listing:
1) “285 Feet Tall” – Haunted Heads
2) “Too Tired to Riot” – FowlMouth
3) “Right to Work” – Body Futures
4) “Starving” – Drillers
5) “Wrong” – Volunteer
6) “Open for Strabismus” – Soup Moat
7) “A Bad Man” – Lady Cannon
8 ) “How About ‘No,’ Scott?” – Holy Shit!
9) “White Power Norah Jones” – Heavy Hand
10) “What’s Wrong With the Right (2 Work It?)” – Midwest Death Rattle
11) “Bring Back the Guillotines” – IfIHadAHiFi
12) “Three Point Program to Destroy Wisconsin” – Tyranny is Tyranny
13) “Walk(er) Against Us” – Donoma
14) “Left Mitten” – Venus in Furs
15) “Scott Walker, You’re a Piece of Shit” – Damsel Trash
16) “Bad Wolf” – Testa Rosa

Learn more about the project here:



UNINTIMIDATED: Wisconsin Musicians Against Scott Walker is a group of Wisconsin bands who convened in late August, 2015 to record a rapid-fire series of protest songs condemning Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Each band had a two-hour block of time to record their song at Howl Street Studios in Milwaukee. The end results will take form as online videos, music, and a physical CD/DVD/zine release in Spring 2016.

Proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Milwaukee soup kitchens in the interest of assisting the lower-income citizens most threatened by Scott Walker’s regressive policies.


Source: Dewar PR



On This Day In METAL History – November 28th… From THE KINKS To DANZIG

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on November 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kinks - You Really Got Me - promo single 45rpm - cover sleeve - #1964DD

On November 28th, 1964THE KINKS peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their super legendary song: You Really Got Me. This was the first top ten single by THE KINKS in the United States. Whoa! I was not born yet, when this song was first playing on the radio. Whoa, again!

The Who - See Me Feel Me - 1970 - promo 45rpm pic - #MO3333SSNM

On November 28th, 1970 – THE WHO hits #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with See Me, Feel Me from their Rock Opera studio album: Tommy.

Iron Maiden - Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour - promo tour program pic - 1988 - #MO7773366NSSMSC

On November 28th, 1988IRON MAIDEN performed at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. This was the band’s Seventh Tour Of A Seventh Tour. IRON MAIDEN Forever!

Danzig - Skeletons - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MO777338NSSMM

On November 28th, 2015Skeletons, the newly released cover song album, from DANZIG is ranked at #2, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Man, someone should have told Glenn Danzig to put a shirt on, for this album cover photo. Once you start growing man-boobs it’s game over, you know?

Solution 45 - Nightmares In The Waking State Part 1 - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MO11133SSMMMSCTAO

On November 28th, 2015Nightmares In The Waking State, Part 1, the newly released studio album from SOLUTION .45 is ranked at #100, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Yup. This album was released via AFM Records. Hey, that’s some kick-ass album cover art! Whoa, man!


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Posted in news, world news with tags , , on November 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr.




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