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”!...

Choppers Apparel Opens Up With Black Label Society...

Black Label Society was opened up with Zakk Wylde at the helm one of the lead guitarist for the more popular Ozzy Osborne but now Zakk has his own band named Black Label Society and is now most affiliated with hard heavy metal music as well as Motorcycle Bikers. These heavy metal type guys really rock a house and they have incredible energy that the fans and music industry recognize as dark, evil, and fantastic. Choppers Apparel a biker website has a number of different manufacturers from OCC, West Coast Choppers, Exile Cycles and more has some of the original merchandise produced by Black Label Society such as the original 4 piece patch of the logo, bandannas, arm band gauntlets and more. You can get all of your favorite Black Label Society Gear by Clicking...

Sonata Artica: Finnish Power Metal proprietors...

Sonata Artica is a Finnish power metal band that blends elements of symphonic metal, hard rock and progressive.  The band consists of singer, keyboardist and songwriter Tony Kakko, guitarist Elias Viljanen, bass guitarist Marko Paasikoski, keyboardist and keytarist Henrik Klingenberg, and drummer Tommy Portimo.  They originally formed in late 1995 as Tricky Beans, which later became Tricky Means.  Early in their career they released three unsuccessful hard rock demos.  After this failure, Paasikoski (then a second guitarist) and original bassist Pentti Peura left the band.  Tricky Means decided to continue as a group despite these departures, choosing to go on with just one guitarist and recruiting Janne Kivilahti to replace Peura.  It was at this time that the band decided to drop the Tricky Means moniker and adopt the name of Sonata Artica. During all these changes the band worked on changing their sound from 1997 through 1999.  The band adopted a sound that heavily emphasized keyboard melodies and an easily distinguishable rhythm line that was carried by both bass and guitar.  This was a stark contrast to previous hard rock sound.  After the name, musical style and lineup changes, Sonata Artica recorded a demo entitled FullMoon, their first metal recording.  A friend of the band sent the demo to Spinefarm records with soon gained the band a record deal. In late 1999, the band released their debut album, Ecliptica.  They album had mixed reviews.  Allmusic states that “Sonata Arctica continue the tradition of their Finnish contemporaries, like Stratovarius… Too bad that they just re-sample way too much of the others in their genre. What Sonata Arctica have [sic] to offer is just a bunch of interesting solos and melodies, but as a whole Ecliptica fails completely. The songs lack diversity, and it is almost impossible to listen...

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...

Slayer: Trash Metal Gods...

Not many bands came lay the claim that they were at the forefront of a musical movement.  Music is more often imitated rather than innovated.  In the copy-cat profession of songwriting, the majority of music creators, distributors and performers would rather stick with their current time’s proven blueprint for success, instead of boldly forging a sound of their own or expanding on a fresh, new genre.  It is clear why so many songs are created in this fashion; the allure of the almighty dollar.  Many musical acts resign genuine personal creativity in order to ensure that the bottom line is as lucrative as possible.  Not all bands and musical acts are as such.  Count trash metal behemoths Slayer as on of those acts. In 1981 guitarist Kerry King met drummer Dave Lombardo.  Both musicians shared the same taste in music and aspirations for a professional career.  Soon after, King recruited guitarist Jeff Hanneman and bassist Tom Araya to the fold.  Araya had played previously with King in a band that went by the names Quit, and formerly, Tradewinds.  The earliest incarnation of the band played Iron Maiden and Judas Priest songs and relied on a Satanic influenced image for early shows.  When seeing Slayer at a show at Anaheim’s Woodstock Club, former music journalist and founder of Metal Blade Records Brian Slagel was impressed and asked Slayer to record an original song backstage to the show for his Metal Massacre III compilation album.  Slayer recorded “Aggressive Perfector” for the record and was eventually signed to Metal Blade Records. The self-financed debut album, Show No Mercy, was released in December 1983.  it generated a good underground buzz for Slayer, which the band took advantage of by embarking its first national...