Dead On Arrival: NY Metal Marvels...

2013 release from the NY Metal marvels. Rick Ferrusi is the drummer, musician, songwriter, producer and founding member of D.O.A.(Dead On Arrival) the heavy metal rock band from N.Y. The group issued Alive and Kickin’ on the independent Polo label in 1996. Rick Ferrusi founded the group in his home state of New York, and provided most of the spirituality tinged songwriting direction. His music is capable of altering the listener’s mood and transporting them into a separate reality. Dead on Arrival (alternately and confusingly also known as D.O.A.) is a heavy modern progressive, psychedelic tinged hard rock band with influences by the likes of, Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, Vanilla Fudge, and Deep Purple with the flavor of today s hard rock sound. The album, Alive and Kickin’ had done extremely well on radio and was charted as one of the top Indi albums of its time. Track Listing: Disc 1: 1 Hell To Hell 2 Time And Time Again 3 Pressed For Time 4 No More War 5 Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues 6 The Deceiver 7 U.S.R.C. 8 The Mage’s Rage 9 The Mage Speaks 10 Rest In Peace Label: MRI-RED-SONY Format: Compact Disc Members Rick Ferrusi, Drummer and Percussionist. Donald Shickle, Vocalist. Gary Cappuccio, Guitarist and Keyboardist. Mahlon Groom, Guitarist. Ray Scavo, Bassist. Dead On Arrival Websites http://www.myspace.com/newyorkdoa http://www.facebook.com/NewYorkDOA Music Samples on Google Play “No girly glam boys here”!...

Ode To Orpheus: On The Darkside Of The Sun...

“On The Darkside Of The Sun” by Ode To Orpheus has a lot of meaning behind it. Morally speaking the Earth is “On The Darkside Of The Sun” because of it’s inhabitant’s and the way they conduct themselves making it a very dark place to live. This 11 song concept album starts out with a song entitled “Road Rage” with all the events that are take place every day building tensions between all of mankind and their issues they have between each other. One day out of the blue… BOOM! “((The Coming, The Beginning, In The Act of, and the end…. of the Third World War))”. The title of the last track, “Darkside Of The Sun”. A 20 minute anthematic Rock Opera. This album is like a great Movie. 1 Road Rage 2 Aggression 3 Creator 4 I Told You So 5 Stop 6 Garden Of Sin 7 Come Home 8 Nightmare 9 Peacemaker 10 Destiny 11 Darkside Of The Sun Label: MRI-RED-SONY Format: Compact Disc Members Rick Ferrusi, Drummer and Percussionist. Donald Shickle, Vocalist. Gary Cappuccio, Guitarist and Keyboardist. Mahlon Groom, Guitarist. Ray Scavo, Bassist. Ode To Orpheus Websites http://www.myspace.com/odetoorpheus http://www.facebook.com/OdeToOrpheus Music Samples on Google Play “No girly glam boys here”!...

System of a Down: Armenian Metal Proprietors...

One thing about popular music is that it is catchy.  The messages are often simple and fun.  The music more of the bubble gum variety rather than metal.  And pop music rarely, if ever, contains politically charged and controversial lyrical content and ideas.  Pop music almost always is settled into well defined genres as well.  Justin Bieber is undoubtedly R&B.  Lil’ Wayne is squarely rap/hip-hop.  Nickleback is assuredly alternative rock.  Shania Twain is unmistakably country.  But there are always exceptions to every rule.  System of a Down is the exception to these rules. They dated their roots back to 1992 in a band called Soil, which featured Serj Tankian on vocals and keyboards, Daron Malakian on vocals and guitar, Dave Hakopyan (who later played in The Apex Theory/Mt. Helium) on bass and Domingo “Dingo” Laranio on drums.  Soil hired Shavo Odajian to be there manager and he eventually joined the band as a rhythm guitarist.   In 1994, after only one live show, and one jam session recording, Hakopyan and Laranio left the band, feeling that it was not going anywhere. After Soil, Malakin, Tankian and Odajian formed System of a Down (a.k.a. SOAD or simply System).  Odajian switched from guitar to bass and the band hired Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group to handle their managerial duties.  Ontronik “Andy” Khachaturian was recruited to play the drums; he, along with System’s other members, were alumni of Rose and AlexPilibosArmenianSchool.  System of a Down made two demo tapes that never saw commercial release, Untitled 1995 Demo Tape and 1996’s Demo Tape 2.  These tapes were released to the masses via file sharing networks.  In 1997, they released final demo tape, Demo Tape 3.  In mid 1997, drummer Khachaturian left the band because...

HIM: Love Metal Crooners!!!...

Love songs.  We just gotta, well, love them…right?  Across all genres of music, love and the relationships between a man and a woman is a prominent theme.  Whether they are of the sappy ‘without your love I would surely die’ variety or the dark and brooding ‘if you ever leave me I shall surely destroy you and everything you stand for variety’ love songs hold a special place in the hearts of musicians and fans alike.  Some musical acts have based their careers on a few of the greatest love songs they have released.  Others have completely skewed the topic of love in their music.  One band who has seemed to set out to write about the topic of the heart exclusively is the Finnish band HIM. Formed in 1991 in Helsinki, HIM is composed of Ville Valo (vocals), Mikko “Linde” Lindström (guitar), Mikko “Mingé” Paannanen (bass), Janne “Emerson Burton” Puurtinen (keyboards) and Mika Karppinen (drums). HIM released the demos Witches and Other Night Fears (1992) and This Is Only The Beginning (1995).  The former was never released and the sole copy resides with Valo.  In 1996 they released their debut EP 666 Ways to Love: Prologue only in their home nation of Finland; just 1,000 copies were pressed.  It has been said that the woman adorning the cover of their debut EP is Valo’s mother. On November 20, 2007, HIM released their debut studio album Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666.  The album featured a predominately gothic metal theme, full of down-tuned and heavily distorted guitar tracks, dark and haunting atmospheres, and what would become Valo’s trademark dramatically lamenting lyrics of love and death.  For a conceptual theme of the album HIM chose to focus on the numerical value...

Marilyn Manson: Controversial Superstar...

What does it take to be a very much talked about metal band in our generation?  A unique mixture of sonic influences?  Controversy?  Elaborate stage personas and costumes?  The religious and political right waging war against you?  Controversy?  In-band turmoil, including an onstage fight?  More lineup changes than you can remember?  Catching the blame for one of the nations most infamous mass shootings?  Did we mention controversy?  These things, at least not all of them, are necessary to be a successful and talked about metal band.  Just don’t tell Marilyn Manson. Marilyn Manson, the band, trace their origins back to 1989 when they were known as Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids.  Fronting the band was Brian Warner, who went by the stage name of Marilyn Manson.  The band members combined the first name of iconic female sex symbols (i.e.: Marilyn Monroe) and the last name of an iconic serial killer (i.e.: Charles Manson).  They did this in order to demonstrate laudatory appraisal of the United States and its peculiar culture.  After dropping the Spooky Kids moniker and releasing the first version of their debut album, then titled The Manson Family, Marilyn Manson released Portrait of an American Family in July 1994 on Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records, along with Interscope Records.  It was met with mixed reviews, with Rolling Stone stating that “Manson’s debut […] isn’t the sharply rendered cultural critique of America he’d like you to think it is. Most of the record comes off like some low-budget horror movie.”  The debut album peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and has since been certified Gold by the RIAA. In late 1995, Marilyn Manson released Smells Like Children, produced by Manson and Reznor.  The album...

Rage Against the Machine: Rap Metal in the Name Of…...

Since the earliest beginnings of rock-n-roll, American music has been an avenue and conduit for artists to get their personal, spiritual and political views heard by the masses.  By the 1960’s this was such a prevalent them in music pop culture that the term “protest music” had been coined.   As record sales, royalties and commercial greed began to dominate and shape the mainstream music in the 1980’s and 1990’s it seemed as if the honored practice of utilizing one’s music to get important social messages heard had fell, if not completely fallen.  For one such this was never the case.  For one such band their political messages and activisms was the fuel that burned their influential, if all too brief, career bright.  That such band was Rage Against the Machine. In 1991, guitarist Tom Morello (guitar) left his band, Lock Up, looking to start another band.  During a visit to a local Los Angeles club he heard a MC/vocalist by the name of Zack de la Rocha freestyle rapper.  Being impressed, Morello asked de la Rocha to join the group that he was forming.  Morello then recruited drummer Brad Wilk.  Morello knew of Wilk because he a previously auditioned to drum for Lock Up.  When de la Rocha convinced childhood friend Tim Commerford to play bass for the band, Rage Against the Machine was officially born. After cutting a twelve song demo tape Rage Against the Machine was coveted by several major record labels.  The band decided to sign with Epic Records, of which Morello said, “Epic agreed to everything we asked, and they’ve followed through…. We never saw a[n] [ideological] conflict as long as we maintained creative control.” Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut album on November 3, 1992. ...