Bob Katsionis

Tue
18
Sep

OUTLOUD - Virtual Hero Society (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Release Date: 
Out NOw
Released: 
Worldwide
Categories: 
 
 
OUTLOUD, the international melodic hard rock sensation consisting of Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and NYC-based singer Chandler Mogel has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, since its debut released on Frontiers Records in 2009, has appeared in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc.
 
They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on YouTube. Their songs appear on a handful of reputable compilations such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer & Classic Rock AOR and their track ‘We Run’ was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine. The band has toured in Europe and in its home-base country of Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication. The band begin a new chapter of their career with their fourth full-length album, ‘Virtual Hero Society’ (aka VHS) on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, a new, on-the-rise hard rock label out of Greece.
 
This is their first full-length since 2014’s ‘Let’s Get Serious’, and their second release on ROAR, the first being Destination: Overdrive - the Best of Outloud, which featured their popular cover of the Pointer Sisters' hit ‘I’m So Excited’, in 2015. This time, with the album title, theme and title track and first single, "Virtual Heroes", Outloud abandons their general "playful" approach and goes toward deeper subject matter, tackling what could be called the "double-edged sword" of technology in today's society, as evidenced by the album cover.
 
Chandler Mogel, the American lead singer of the band, comments on the albums concept: "I know that Outloud of course is known for all our good time rock and roll and party vibe and all that, however this is a very important subject that needs to be addressed to the masses. "Cell phones and social media in general are very convenient and allow us to communicate to a broader audience , however they have some negative aspects which stem from misuse that not all people may realize. We hope to do some good for the society at large by giving back an important message in that we really want people not to abuse them nor do we want people to lose their humanity for one another, because they are so "zoned out" by their phone screens, etc. Take the time to reach out and touch someone - for real."
 
According to Bob Katsionis: ‘This time we tried to achieve the most difficult task of all: to have a personal sound that reminds of no other production in the genre, by combing the best of the analog world with the big disco snare drum sound and the analog mixing with the virtues of the new age with synthesizers, distorted basses and metal guitars! Same thing we did with the title of the album: the nostalgia of the VHS tapes-era that also translates to the harsh reality of the Virtual Hero Society we live in!’
 
Outloud is:
Chandler Mogel - All Lead & Background Vocals
Bob Katsionis - Lead Guitars & Keys
Sverd - Bass
Jim Scordilis - Guitars
Thanos Pappas - Drums
 
 
 

 
Tue
24
Jul

OUTLOUD 'Virtual Hero Society' out September 14

Artist: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Categories: 
 
OUTLOUD, the international melodic hard rock sensation consisting of Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and NYC-based singer Chandler Mogel has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, since its debut released on Frontiers Records in 2009, has appeared in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc.
 
They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on YouTube. Their songs appear on a handful of reputable compilations such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer & Classic Rock AOR and their track ‘We Run’ was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine. The band has toured in Europe and in its home-base country of Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication. The band begin a new chapter of their career with their fourth full-length album, ‘Virtual Hero Society’ (aka VHS) on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, a new, on-the-rise hard rock label out of Greece.
 
This is their first full-length since 2014’s ‘Let’s Get Serious’, and their second release on ROAR, the first being Destination: Overdrive - the Best of Outloud, which featured their popular cover of the Pointer Sisters' hit ‘I’m So Excited’, in 2015. This time, with the album title, theme and title track and first single, "Virtual Heroes", Outloud abandons their general "playful" approach and goes toward deeper subject matter, tackling what could be called the "double-edged sword" of technology in today's society, as evidenced by the album cover.
 
Chandler Mogel, the American lead singer of the band, comments on the albums concept: "I know that Outloud of course is known for all our good time rock and roll and party vibe and all that, however this is a very important subject that needs to be addressed to the masses. "Cell phones and social media in general are very convenient and allow us to communicate to a broader audience , however they have some negative aspects which stem from misuse that not all people may realize. We hope to do some good for the society at large by giving back an important message in that we really want people not to abuse them nor do we want people to lose their humanity for one another, because they are so "zoned out" by their phone screens, etc. Take the time to reach out and touch someone - for real."
 
According to Bob Katsionis: ‘This time we tried to achieve the most difficult task of all: to have a personal sound that reminds of no other production in the genre, by combing the best of the analog world with the big disco snare drum sound and the analog mixing with the virtues of the new age with synthesizers, distorted basses and metal guitars! Same thing we did with the title of the album: the nostalgia of the VHS tapes-era that also translates to the harsh reality of the Virtual Hero Society we live in!’
 
Outloud is:
Chandler Mogel - All Lead & Background Vocals
Bob Katsionis - Lead Guitars & Keys
Sverd - Bass
Jim Scordilis - Guitars
Thanos Pappas - Drums
 
TRACK LIST
Digipack CD:
1. Fools' Train
2. My Promise
3. Virtual Heroes
4. I Am The One
5. Share My Dreams
6. World-Go-Round
7. We Got Tonite
8. Borrowed Time
9. Live With It
10. ...And I Tried
11. Fallen Love
12. Fight On!
 
Black Vinyl / LTD. Red Vinyl:
 
SIDE A:
1. Fools' Train
2. My Promise
3. Virtual Heroes
 
SIDE B:
1. I Am The One
2. Share My Dreams
3. World-Go-Round
 
SIDE C:
1. We Got Tonite
2. Borrowed Time
3. Live With It
 
SIDE D:
1. ...And I Tried
2. Fallen Love
3. Fight On!
 
 
Thu
09
Nov

Bob Katsionis Announces SYMMETRIC RECORDS, Signs TERRA INCOGNITA

Categories: 
 
'Bob Katsionis announces SYMMETRIC RECORDS, signs TERRA INCOGNITA'
 
After 25 years playing music, recording, producing, performing and touring, Bob Katsionis decides to make the next big step in his musical endeavour.
 
As a musician he is best known as a keyboardist/guitarist of FIREWIND, with whose he has been touring the world for the past 14 years, has also released multiple albums with OUTLOUD and SERIOUS BLACK as well as 4 instrumental solo albums, plus he works with KAMELOT as a co-songwriter and has guest performances in more than 50 albums worldwide.
 
As a producer he started SOUND SYMMETRY STUDIO back in 1996 helping his guitar and keyboard students record their demos, later evolved as a recording facility for his main bands and now he is producing a large variety of artists and bands spanning from Pop/Rock to Heavy,Power and Extreme Metal.
 
Also responsible for the image of the artists he worked with, he personally takes care of photoshoots, cover artwork and booklet design and through his own video making company PROGRESSIVE VISION GROUP he has directed more than 120 videoclips since 2002.
 
'Having all this experience in the music making and music business but at the same time being a performing musician myself I always wanted to help the people working with me to achieve their dream. To avoid the common mistakes of a newcomer and make their music heard as much as possible. Recording and finishing an album has become the easiest part of the process. But going out in the 'jungle' of the Music Industry and Media seems to be the hardest one. That's when I decided to found SYMMETRIC RECORDS; to give a helping hand to all of these great people I'm working together in my studio and trust their music on me.'
 
So, newfound SYMMETRIC RECORDS debuts with the release of Heavy Metallers' TERRA INCOGNITA full length album called 'Fragments Of A Ruined Mind'
 
The quintet from Athens led by the charismatic frontman Billy Vass, delivers a solid, straight, simple & pure Heavy Metal album where everything sounds so familiar yet so inspired and powerful. On a musical background which combined the straight metal influences of Iced Earth & Black Sabbath and the lyricism of Sanctuary and Fates Warning , Billy Vass sings the story of the main character of Strahd: a story of betrayal, love, loyalty, death and in the end...the eternal damnation.
 
Terra Incognita's second album is a milestone both for them and SYMMETRIC RECORDS and producer Bob Katsionis states:
 
'I loved their music from the very first note. I met them at a festival where they grabbed my attention with both their heaviness and their sensitivity. It was a very easy and fun to make album and I think it features something that it's missing a lot these days: the ability to play for yourself and not to surprise anyone.Really glad I'm debuting my label with them!'
 
Recorded and Mixed by Bob Katsionis at Sound Symmetry Studio, Athens,GR.

Mastered by Nassos Nomikos at VU Productions
 
Thu
01
May

OUTLOUD - Let's Get Serious

Artist: 
Friday, May 23, 2014
Let's Get Serious
Produced By: 
Outloud
Release Date: 
May 23
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 

OUTLOUD is back with a vengeance! The Greek kings of melodic hard rock featuring Bob Katsionis (Firewind) and American singer Chandler Mogel announce the release of their long-awaited third album Let's Get Serious, a blaze of melodic bliss once again mixed and mastered by the great Tommy Hansen and releasing this summer on the AOR Heaven label.

Internationally, Outloud has sold over 8,000 CDs since its acclaimed debut released in 2009, and has become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on Youtube, with over 400,000+ views.

Their song "We Run" appeared on a handful of reputable compilations and also was named 'Track of the Day' in Classic Rock Magazine in June, 2009. The band has toured its home country multiple times, has appeared on national TV there and also on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country's biggest rock publication.

The album features 11 brand new songs, plus a cover of OMD's Enola Gay - "Outloud" style!

Also featured is very special guest George Kollias (Nile) who played all the drums on the album, and a special appearance by guitar god Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) on probably what could be called the heaviest Outloud track to date, Toy Soldiers.

Stay tuned for more info and look for Let's Get Serious on May 23rd, 2014 at a store / on a computer near you!!!!

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