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”!...

KISS: Controversial Rock Icons!!!...

One of the great things about being a rock musician or a fan of rock-n-roll music is that the live shows are unparalleled in comparison to other genres.  The energy, volume and aggression can leave those in attendance and on stage equally drained emotionally and physically, yet yearning for more.  Many rock bands, especially metal bands, have striven to provide larger than life live shows that will their audiences breathless, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on elaborate costumes, stage set-ups, even pyrotechnical fire.  One band that many consider to be the fore fathers of the truly over the top stage performance is KISS. KISS can trace their beginnings to a New York based rock group from the late 1960’s to early 1970’s called Wicked Lester.  Needless to say, Wicked Lester was not a very successful group.  But the band did have members Gene Simmons (vocals/bass) and Paul Stanley (vocals/rhythm guitar).  Simmons and Stanley quit Wicked Lester in 1972 and set out to form a new group.  They two bandmates came across an ad in the East Coast’s version of the then San Francisco based regional publication Rolling Stone.  The ad was placed by veteran New York City drummer Peter Criss, who had previously played for the bands Lips and Chelsea.  The three musicians formed a newer, harder version of Wicked Lester.  They also began to experiment with makeup and outfits, being inspired by the theatricality of acts such as Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls.  After trying to land a record deal, the group added lead guitarist Ace Frehley in early January 1973.  A few weeks after the addition of Frehley, the band dropped the Wicked Lester moniker and changed their name to KISS. As is well...

Ozzy Osbourne: Godfather of Heavy Metal...

  When you think of heavy metal one name will usually come to mind rather quickly.  Ozzy Osbourne.  And when it comes to names, Ozzy Osbourne may be associated with more heavy weights than any other man in metal.  Tony Iommi.  Randy Rhodes.  Geezer Butler.  Jake E. Lee.  Bill Ward.  Zakk Wylde.  He’s married to the reigning first lady of metal, Sharon Osbourne.  His family is heavy metal royalty in and of itself.  His namesake is the most recognizable tour in metal history.  He has sold over one hundred million records world wide.  The title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal suits him well, don’t you think? As most know, Osbourne began his music career in Aston, England along with bandmates Geezer Butler (bass), Bill Ward (drums) and Tony Iommi (guitar).  In 1968 they were originally known as Earth and played heavy blues music.  Due to a scheduling conflict with a band of the same name they changed their name to Black Sabbath.  They got darker and heavier, even drawing form the occult and personal supernatural experiences. Black Sabbath would forge on to become metal pioneers, selling millions of records worldwide and going down in history as arguably the best heavy metal band of all time.  They placed number one atop MTV’s Top Ten Heavy Metal Bands and two on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.  Their wrote heavy metal classic hits like “War Pigs”, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, “Sweat Leaf” and “Iron Man”, the latter of which was ranked number one by VH1 on its 40 Greatest Metal Songs countdown.  Black Sabbath’s early releases are considered to be breakthrough albums in the realm of heavy metal. And Sabbath also had a taste for the debauchery of rock-n-roll.  Every member...

Led Zeppelin: Rock Music G.O.A.Ts?...

Before there was hard rock, grunge or alternative, there was Led Zeppelin.  Before there was heavy metal, there was Led Zeppelin.  Before there was Creed or Soundgarden, Korn or Slipknot, Metallica or Megadeth, Black Sabbath or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Led Zeppelin.  Led Zeppelin is widely considered one of the, if not hands down the most successful, influential and innovative bands in rock history.  Perhaps the Greatest Of All Time!  Their early use of Jimmy Page’s razor sharp guitar riffs and solos, John Bonham’s thunderous, polyrhythmic drumming, John Paul Jones’ deep, heavy and technically diverse bass lines and Robert Plant’s soulful and versatile vocals as the first foundations to heavy laden rock music.  Led Zeppelin is recognized as the progenitors of hard rock and heavy metal.  Without their masterful contributions, who knows what the state of metal, rock-n-roll and music in general would be today. Formed in 1968, the band was originally as the New Yardbirds, due to Scandinavian concert commitments needing to be honored by Plant’s old group, the Yardbirds.  Before Led Zeppelin was formed, Plant tried to put together a supergroup featuring fellow Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck and Keith Moon and John Entwistle of the Who on drums and bass respectively.  Perhaps very fortunately for rock music as we know it, Page had to “settle” on what would become Led Zeppelin.  Though the supergroup never formed, Page, Beck and Moon did record a song together in 1966 entitled “Beck’s Bolero” featuring John Paul Jones as a session bassist/keyboardist. After the Yardbirds called it quits in 1968. Page and bassist Chris Dreja received permission from the other members of the Yardbirds to fulfill the bands Scandinavian tour dates under the moniker the New Yardbirds.  Terry Reid was Page’s...

Jimi Hendrix: Rock Guitar Golden God!!!...

Many musicians put out great music throughout their careers.  Some even gain a legendary status.  But a chosen few, the true musical gods, change the landscape of music forever with their breakthrough innovations and musical gifts.  Jimi Hendrix was one of these individuals.  The mark that he made during his all too brief career still holds resonance in rock-n-roll and popular music today!  In fact, Hendrix is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. James “Jimi” Marshall Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.  Hendrix has a deep a storied genealogical background; containing African American, Irish and Cherokee ancestors, even possessing an illegitimate son of a black slave woman. As a young child, Hendrix would carry a broom to school with him, emulating a guitar.  When a school social worker noticed that this was a security blanket for the young boy for more than a year, she attempted to acquire school funding for underprivileged children insisting that leaving him without a guitar might lead to psychological damage.  Her efforts were in vain and Hendrix’s father refused to purchase his son the instrument.   In 1957, while helping his dad with a side-job doing cleaning, Hendrix stumbled upon an old ukulele amongst garbage they were removing from a wealthy woman’s home.  She told the young Hendrix that he could keep the ukulele, containing only one string.  He used the one stringed instrument to self teach himself how to play Elvis’ cover of Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog”, among other Presley songs. At age 15, Hendrix aquired his forst acoustic guitar for $5.  He soon after formed...

AC/DC: High Voltage Rockers!!!...

Hailing out of Sydney, Australia, electric rockers AC/DC have been bring high voltage riffs, beats and vocals since the early 1970’s.  Their status in the pantheon of hard rock is of high regard, as AC/DC is still to this day one of the most recognizable acts in all of music.  Their music has been featured in blockbuster Hollywood films, television commercials, sitcoms and dramas, professional sporting events, video games and much, much more.  People young and old, from all walks of life, religions and musical backgrounds have at least heard of, if not thoroughly enjoy, the music of AC/DC. In November 1973 Malcolm (guitar) and Angus Young (guitar) formed AC/DC and recruited bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans, and Colin Burgess, ex-Masters Apprentices drummer.  The inspiration for the band name came from the Young brother’s sister, Margaret Young, saw the initials on a sewing machine.  AC/DC stands for “alternating current/direct current” electricity.  The brothers felt that this name symbolized the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances of their music. The brothers convinced a local entertainment manager, Gene Pierson, to play at a nightclub he was working at, the popular Sydney joint Chequers.  Pierson agreed to allow the band to perform a set on New Years Eve of 1973.  The band was so loud that club managers complained about the noise; but Pierson took an interest and booked the band to perform at other areas clubs as the refined and crafted their signature sound.  It was around this time that Angus Young adopted his signature, and now iconic, school boy on stage persona.  This idea was another brainchild of his sister, after trying many other costumes and personas; including:  Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, and a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang.  By 1974, the band finalized their...