Combining the musical styles of alternative, hard rock, classical, progressive, and heavy metal, F.H.O.D. has become a band with a sound for everyone. From hypnotic drum rhythms in the vein of Tool and Rush to old school metal bass lines reminiscent of...
Combining the musical styles of alternative, hard rock, classical, progressive, and heavy metal, F.H.O.D. has become a band with a sound for everyone. From hypnotic drum rhythms in the vein of Tool and Rush to old school metal bass lines reminiscent of Iron Maiden and Sabbath, F.H.O.D. borrows from the old classic rock and combines current trends and modern hooks to create a sound uniquely their own. Together with dynamic guitar roar and powerful, emotionally charged vocals, this Chicago band is receiving great reviews as a live band with a huge sound and endless musical potential.
Their newest 2008 release "My Great Escape" has been noted as “snarling, chest-pumping, knock-you-on-the-ground heavy-metal” (Dustin Shoof, Express-Times), “material and a level of songwriting and production that makes it hard to believe this is not a "signed" band (Shelly Harris, KNAC.com “The Hunt”), and “an album worth throwing into your music library.” (Bernie Gay, freelance music critic). It is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Fandoodle.com, Zoomoozik.com, femmemetalstore.com and many other digital download sites
It can be described as somewhat of a dark hypnotic journey, that is sometimes treacherous, but filled with hope. There’s an emotional element to each of these songs that the listener will connect with, and make them their own. From the epic song of survival in “Against the Odds,” to more melodic sounding “In My Shell,” to the upbeat tempos of “False Prophet” and “Kings and Queens,” this album clearly does not leave any stone unturned. With story telling, thought provoking, and deeply personal lyrics, the listener will surely connect to the music. There is a warm classic-like sound to this CD that gives the songs character, A modern sound mixed with an old school feel, skilled musicianship, and credible songwriting abilities, My Great Escape will be an album of which people will take notice
F.H.O.D. was recently selected to be included on Deep South Entertainment's Compilation #4 in 2010 which has launched the careers of 19 major label artists. They were also selected as a “featured band to watch” in No Cover Magazine’s March 2007 edition, along with “Unashamed” being selected to appear on No Cover’s Groupies Suck #10 Compilation available at all Barnes and Nobles stores. IN 2007, F.H.O.D. also signed a music licensing agreement with MTV/VH1. F.H.O.D. recently won Rock 105.5 Public Exposure Battle of the Bands to perform at 2007 Summer To Ride Festival in Terre Haute, IN. They also appeared as featured artists in ChicagosRock.com Magazine, Intense Ink Magazine and Rock Scarz magazine and compilation CD. Opened for national bands Cage, Sponge, Doro, Warrant, Flaw, Jackyl and Chubby Checker
Some other notable past/future performances achievements include: MECA Midwest Music Conference (Chicago), 100.7 Mix FM's Dr. Dashboard/Summer Kick Off Concert (Indiana), MOBFest (Chicago), Rock'N' Ride Music Festival at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Illinois State Fair Stage X (Springfield), IMC2004 (Philadelphia), Chicks on the Road (Chicago, Milwaukee), Emergenza Music Fest (Chicago), XMG International Label Showcase (Chicago), DiMBY Mardi Crawl (St. Louis), Rock 105.5 Summer to Ride Festival (Terre Haute, IN), Xtreme Midwest (Woodstock, IL), Summerstock 2008 (Colorado Springs) Girls of Metal (Chicago) Take Back the Night Violence Against Women Benefits (Chicago) and Six Flags Great America (Gurnee)
Musical influences: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Skunk Anansie, Tool and Tori Amos
KNAC.COM-The Hunt by KNAC.COM by Shelly Harris THE HUNT: Chicago's Majestic and Melodic F.H.O.D.I first caught Chicago-based F.H.O.D. live at a local Southside club on the night the band was debuting its new album My Great Escape. [See: ...
Express-Times CD Review by Express-Times by Duston Shoof My Great Escape," F.H.O.D.With a name like The Flying Hamsters of Doom, there are really only two possible outcomes: cheesy, Spinal Tap pseudo rock or snarling, chest-pumping,...
KNAC.COM-The Hunt by KNAC.COM by Shelly Harris THE HUNT: Chicago's Majestic and Melodic F.H.O.D.
I first caught Chicago-based F.H.O.D. live at a local Southside club on the night the band was debuting its new album My Great Escape. [See: http://www.myspace.com/kkfhod]
And, much to my own astonishment, there were many moments during the band's set when my hair stood on end and shivers went up my spine - not from fright, but from the sheer emotionality induced by the power, drama, and conviction of the music and its spellbinding delivery via front-woman K.K. and Company (bassist Dimitri Kontos, guitarist Tom Howell, and drummer Jason Stiltner).
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Express-Times CD Review by Express-Times by Duston Shoof My Great Escape," F.H.O.D.
With a name like The Flying Hamsters of Doom, there are really only two possible outcomes: cheesy, Spinal Tap pseudo rock or snarling, chest-pumping, knock-you-on-the-ground heavy-metal.
My Great Escape" falls into the latter.
The album meanders in and out of chunky speed metal ("False Prophets") and distorted hard rock ("Kings and Queens," "You Can Only Tell (From the Accident))" without becoming too overindulgent.
Front-woman KK's siren wail is the most dominant sound in the band's arsenal as she spouts off against former lovers and anyone else foolish enough to get in her way.
Guitarist Tom Howell, bassist Dimitri Kontos and drummer Jason Stiltner provide a beefed-up backbone and solid rhythm section -- holding back just enough to let the music do most of the talking.
Pod picks: "Kings and Queens," "False Prophets.
F.H.O.D. Puts it All Together with New Release by By Bernie Gaye (freelance) Imagine you could take Godsmack back in time, to the late 1970’s. Imagine then that Getty Lee was taken from the rock mogul Rush, named lead singer of Godsmack and thrown into a pool of rock riffage, where he didn’t play bass and was greeted with a jungle of drums. If you can imagine that, then you can understand F.H.O.D.’s newest album “My Great Escape. Whether you’re into operatic vocals or explosive guitar riffs, “My Great Escape” is an album worth throwing into your music library.
Lead vocalist KK is commanding in her effort to shine through eloquently over a storm of hard rock music that will make your ears bleed. Her approach to delivering lyrics is somehow intimidating, forceful, sexual and subtle all at the same time. Listening to “Unashamed” forces the listener to pay careful attention to what could be a piece in a modern rock opera.
Bass guitarist Dimitri Kontos has a way of laying down a bass line that makes you quiver for what is to come. From the soft yet powerful lines in “State of Mind”, “You Can Only (From the Accident)”, to the psychodelic introduction in “Peacemaker”, this bassist knows his role in the great circle of life that is hard rock and plays it well.
Throughout “My Great Escape” the percussion is constantly in syncopation with the rest of the band. In an age where most drummers play a steady beat, Jason settles for nothing but the best. There is a great example of this in “Peacemaker” when the guitar is playing the main riff, very soft and Jason’s drums are matching the rhythm to a T. Unlike some drummers of the age, Jason Stiltner knows when to let other instruments shine through. “Waiting to Change” has a great mix of syncopation as well as subtle playing to grab the listener’s ear and then let it wander just a moment later.
Arena rock progressions combined with progressive lines create a sense of stability that all guitarists struggle to create. The chord choices that guitarist Tom Howell uses are both ambient and powerful without taking too much from the vocal. KK and Tom share the spotlight in this effort to create a balance that some bands can never achieve.
Overall, this album is a collective effort. Not all bands can achieve making an album sound like a coherent unit without every song sounding the same. “Unashamed” is the obvious radio hit, but “False Prophet”, “State of Mind” and “Great Escape” could see their day in the spotlight.
Pick up your copy of F.H.O.D.’s, “My Great Escape”, available in stores and online on March 18th, 2008.