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...

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...

Pantera: Power Groove Desperadoes!!!...

Being in a professional rock band is very hard work.  It involves sacrifice, countless hours in the studio and on the road, personal and collective evolution and the constant temptations that come with being a rock star.  Once a person decides to dedicate his life, time and energy to this profession, they do so knowing that their may be great rewards for their efforts, but there also may be failures and even tragedies along the way.  One band that knows these facts all too well is Arlington, Texas based ‘power’ groove rockers Pantera. Formed in 1981 by brothers Vinnie and Darrell, Pantera was a glam metal outfit originally known as Pantera’s Metal Magic.  The band consisted of Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), “Diamond” Darrell Abbott (guitar), Terry Glaze (guitar), Tommy Bradford (bass) and Donnie Hart (vocals).  In 1982, the band shortened their name to Pantera, Hart left band for ethical reasons, moving Glaze to vocals and making Darrell the lone axe-man.  Later in the same year Bradford also decided to leave and the band recruited Rex Brown for bass duties.  In 1983 Pantera released their independent debut Metal Magic.  The album was more akin to KISS and Van Halen, rather than the groove and trash influences the band would implement on later major-label releases.  The band would continue to release three more independent glam metal releases: Projects in the Jungle (1984), I Am the Night (1985) and Power Metal (1988). Before the release of Power Metal, Pantera decided that vocalist Glaze, who had by then changed his name to Terrance Lee, did not fit the new direction they wanted to take creatively.  Being heavily influenced by the trash metal releases of 1986 and 1987 by bands such as Metallica and...

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...