The Monsters of Rock Cruise made their final artist announcement today, and it is a good one!
Rhinobucket, Night Ranger, Helix, Odin, DC4, Flametal, and Luc Carl were added to the final bill which already has, Tesla, Cinderella, Kix, Stryper, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, John Corabi, Black n Blue, Keel, Bang Tango, and XYZ.
Please visit the Monsters of Rock website for ticket info!
Big news for fans of 80’s metal… Odin, the classic LA band featuring Armored Saint’s Jeff Duncan, is releasing a new compilation in January 2009. Much of the material on the album has never been available on CD before and all of it has been completely remastered by Roy Z. You know Roy Z… the producer behind recent albums from Judas Priest, Helloween, Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Sebastian Bach and Yngwie Malmsteen. Yeah, that guy!
Not only that, but the CD is now available through a special pre-sale promotion directly through Odin’s Myspace page.
If you order a copy during the pre-sale you pay just $15, plus shipping AND your copy will be autographed by the band. Pre-sale orders will be shipped in mid-January and then it goes on sale though places like CD Baby and iTunes. Now, you can wait until it becomes available through retail, but then your copy won’t be signed and you’ll get it a month after everybody else. Why wait? Seriously, people!
Here are some more details about the music:
– Don’t Take No For An Answer will be included… the first time the entire EP has been available on CD.
– The best tracks from Fight For Your Life, The Gods Must Be Crazy and Caution like “Shining Love”, “The Writer”, “Little Gypsy” and “Twelve O’clock High”.
– Special bonus track “Let The Show Begin”, a brand new song recorded just before the band’s appearance at Rocklahoma 2008.
Oh, I almost forgot… check out the badass album cover. A more modern version of the classic cover for Don’t Take No For An Answer.
After ODIN slit up in the late 80’s, singer Randy O was able to secure another record deal with Atlantic Records, for his band, Lostboys. Lostboys also included former ODIN guitar player, Jeff Duncan.
Lostboys played a fairly typical brand of hair metal, that was quite common for 1990. At times Randy O sounds quite a bit like, Drew Hannah from the band Wildside. Some of the songs on Lost and Found are hit and miss, but there are a few good tracks including Crying Out, Right on Track and the title track, Lost and Found.
Lostboys sound certainly doesn’t set them apart from so many of the bands of the early 90’s, and are one of the more obscure bands of the era. The guitar work by Jeff Duncan is very good, but Randy O’s vocals can often go from cool to annoying very quickly. With that being said, I am not crazy about this CD. If you like the CD, Under the Influence from Wildside, you might find a few songs that you enjoy here. Some songs are decent, and others are quite bad.
The cost of admission makes this one that might be worth exploring for you. You can find copies of this disc on Amazon.com for less than a dollar. Tread at your own risk!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Cryin’ Out
2. Right on Track
3. Lonely Man
4. Cool Me Down
5. Seaside Lover
6. Lost and Found
7. Flying Free
9. In the Middle
10. Shot Song
Randy O – Vocals
Jeff Duncan – Guitars
Patrick Gainor – Rhythm Guitar
James Tavis – Bass
Dorian Matson – Drums
If the three tracks on the Human Animal EP is any indication of the kind of tunes that Odin has in store for us in 2008, sign me up now.
Jeff Duncan’s guitar work on this record is very similar to his heavy licks on the Armored Saint records on which he appeared.
Randy “O” has a one of a kind, earth-shattering scream that is extremely cool.
As a whole, Odin has a heavy sound that falls somewhere between Dokken and DIO. It is a great metal sound that I can really get into. My only problem with this EP, like so many of them is, it is too short. The three songs on this disc, only left me wanting to hear more.
Once this CD starts to circulate, fans will be demanding more Odin, without a doubt.
You can get your own copy of this EP through Odin’s website.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Human Animal
3. Let The Show Begin
Randy “O” -Vocals
Shawn Duncan – Drums
Jeff Duncan – Guitar
Aaron Samson – Bass