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Titan Metal makes its radio debut

Titan Metal made its worldwide radio debut from Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. We played the lead single "Achlys" before it went on sale online at 7 p.m. Band mastermind Dayton Keel along with bandmates: guitarist Dakota Hooper, singer Ricky Warren, and bassist Wes Morin stopped in the studio for the momentous occasion. Warren provided the song title's inspiration.

"(Achlys) is an old Greek goddess," he said. "She loves pain."

The single was produced by Everybody Panic! guitarist Provo Provenzano but with one listen you hear a Keel creation at first listen. Describing what they do is best left to Keel.

"It's a unique brand of metal, incorporating many different styles to annihilate your ear holes," Keel said. 

It's all that and then some. Video snippets from the band's Facebook page offer hints of what's to come from this powerhouse project. The lineup's bona fides make it a veritable super group. Keel (DeadCore, Nacho Cart, Beauty in the Suffering, Some A**holes) handles guitar and drum duties on the recording, along with Hooper's (Nacho Kart) riffage. Keel's bandmate in DeadCore, Morin is tackling bass duties and Warren (Cut-throat Bastards, Day of the Sick, Shark Repellant) is the voice. "Achlys" introduces something new and unique to the heavy music soundscape, not just locally but with the special sauce to impact on a large scale. Warren, the go-to hardcore singer around these parts, hits all his core aggro-points within the song but what sets it above is his singing. It epitomizes the band's sound  a stretch above and beyond what you hear everyday. 

"The project originated in my head over the past 12 years," Keel said. "I've always wanted to write some ridiculous music. But the bands I've been in have had their own sound, and the music I've written wouldn't fit properly. So I decided to create a band of my own. And do it all from scratch. Some of these songs we have, have been in my own personal vault for quite quite sometime."

Another single due to drop in August was written in 2006. For Keel, the project had to come together at the right time. He's been cultivating these ideas for a lifetime. Plans are for a full album to be ready by the end of the year. By then a "live drummer" should be up to speed for some live shows and music videos, Keel said. It will be good to see and hear him back on the guitar in a live setting. A dynamic and consummate metal guitarist, he's also one of the best drummers in the region.

"We probably won't play any shows until early 2019," Keel said. "Everything has to be just right." 

Over the years, Keel has been putting back money and plotting Titan Metal's course. Over the past 1-year he's invested in lights, gear and equipment to take plans from paper to practical. 

Keel said the project began to come together during DeadCore's opening show for Mushroomhead in October 2015 at the Great Plains Coliseum. It was then he sent out the sticky hands to begin crafting his perfect lineup. When it came together and with the spirit from that lineup, his personal project became a creative collective.

"I've decided to recruit some very talented and very entertaining musicians to help write these songs," Keel said. "So, pretty much ever since then we've been writing music, really trying to put a lot of thought into every song. We've been trying to write some very diverse and different music with no boundaries  that's the goal anyway  and eventually we plan on unleashing an insane, very entertaining live show. That's honestly the ultimate goal."

Keel said there's a lot still planned out for 2018. Along with releasing songs and lyric videos, he said a couple of music video productions may be on the horizon. 

You can stream or purchase "Achlys" through all the online music stores: Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami and MediaNet.

Keep up with the band via its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Titanmetalband/.

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Saturday night's is going to be a showcase of some young local music making its mark at the Summer Music Bash at Chuckies Toys, 2415 N. Sheridan, featuring Parlor Trick, Bassment House Records, 1GCrew, and Curbside. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.It's gonna be all ages and free to the public so bring out the family for some fun.

This will be a real showcase of up-and-coming talent that features a little bit of something for everyone and should be a great way to beat the heat. If you've been keeping up with the radio show, you've heard from Parlor Trick, 1GCrew and Curbside and know they're something special.

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Don't forget a couple of great live music events coming up this weekend. First is Rockin' the Park Saturday and Sunday night from the Medicine Park Main Stage. It's pretty cool that you have Next Halen closing out the 10 p.m. set Saturday and Back in Black at that time Sunday. Nothing rocks more than Van Halen or AC/DC  but a pair of premiere tribute bands will come close.

And before the big kaboom of fireworks in Elmer Thomas Park at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, check out performances at the Lawton-Fort Sill Freedom Festival from Kourtney Smith, 2017 Texoma Idol and 2018 American Idol Top 50, followed by the 77th Army Band

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Last weekend's death of Vinnie Paul Abbott was a devastating one to hear about. The legendary drummer died from a massive heart attack in his sleep June 22 at the age of 54, according to reports. He joins his late-brother and guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell in the memories of heavy metal fans for their star turns together in Pantera and, later, Damageplan. When Darrell Abbott was shot and killed on stage in December 2004, it hit home for many metal fans  especially locally. The hurt compounds with the latest death.

Pantera had first earned its reputation through constant touring throughout the 1980s, often with stops at Lawton's then-heavy metal Mecca Hard Roxx. Following his brother's death, the drummer took some time before returning with his band Hell Yeah, along with collaborations with Zakk Wylde.

You can relive the experience from the old days when the Abbotts performed in Lawton about 34 years ago: nPantera  "Seek & Destroy" 1984 (at the Hard Roxx)  https://youtu.be/B38uiYpIsbs.

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We're continuing to beg for any and all the performers who've been a part of the radio show or who will be in the future to send us your best funny covers, originals and mash-ups for the LLOLAF End-Of-SummerSpecial Mix Tape. Make your musical moment and send it our way, either contact Steve Carr or the columnist via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/; or email our email: soundemoniumgmail.com.

Here's some classic inspiration: nWeird Al Yankovic  "Eat It"  https://youtu.be/ZcJjMnHoIBI.

Many thanks to the mighty Titan Metal for stopping in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. I think it was an introduction to something special. Thanks to the Railhead Saloon for hosting a listening party Thursday night. Judging by the reactions to the song premiere, I think that introductory thought is shared.

Jokey kept with the bovine inspiration for the set-up to this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"The meat ball."

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/. 

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemoniumgmail.com.

#Sundaymonium  Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week's show followed by this week's show: 6 p.m., Tito Lindsey, Frank Ryan and Ronnie Harrison; 6:30 p.m., Titan Metal. 

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