Thriving on Chaos - Press Release
The Hollywood Monsters release their third album entitled; "Thriving On Chaos" with Vinny Appice, Glen Drover, Greg Godovitz, Tommy Denander, Steph Honde, Danko Jones, Ronnie Robson, Jim Crean, Don Airey, Fred Mika, Alexis Von Kraven, and the late, great Ted McKenna.
This 12 track album is to be released on December 20, 2019 - being signed on with Voice Music (Brazil) and Bickee Music (Japan).
The album was written and recorded over 14 months, after French songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Steph Honde enlisted Canadian session and touring bassist Ronnie Robson as a partner for the new Hollywood Monsters project. During the recording process they once again invited various international recognized musicians to perform for the 12 track album, everyone involved collaborating via file sharing.
Thriving On Chaos consists of eight originals and three cover songs, adding an exciting original bonus track in the eleventh hour.
Upon the albums launch, the Hollywood Monsters plan to release three separate videos for the albums launch - a social media marketing video, a studio/drum/recording video and a lyric video for the song "Numb".
The Hollywood Monsters are:
Vinny Appice - drums
Steph Honde - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass
Ronnie Robson - bass
Guest musicians are:
Don Airey - hammond solo "Scream Looking For A Mouth".
Ted McKenna - drums on "Running Up Hill".
Jim Crean - backing vocals on "I Don't Need No Doctor".
Tommy Denander - lead guitar on "Drop Dead (That's Who)".
Greg Godovitz - vocals on "Drop Dead (That's Who)".
Fred Mika - drums on "Fortune Teller".
Danko Jones - vocals on "Cold Sweat".
Glen Drover - lead guitar on "I'm The Best You Can Get".
Alexis Von Kraven - drums on "I'm The Best You Can Get".
The Hollywood Monster talent base, with curriculum vitae can be found at : https://www.hollywoodmonstersmusic.com/talent
Hollywood Monster official promotional video for "Thriving On Chaos".
Various Points of Interest:
The album features the late Ted McKenna (Rory Gallagher, Michael Schenker Group). on drums for the song; "Running Up Hill". Steph Honde approached Ted a few years back to record a demo for another song, which was never released. Another song was written around Ted's drum track and added to the album, after Ted's unexpected death. This was done to pay tribute and respect to Ted's amazing talent and career.
Thriving On Chaos was produced by both Steph Honde and Ronnie Robson. Danko Jones was produced by Vic Florencia (Toronto).
The mixing and mastering was completed by Tommy Denander in Stockholm Sweden - who has worked with; Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, Rob Zombie, Paul Stanley, and Alice Cooper, just to name a few.
Glen Drover and Ronnie Robson had worked together previously on a few recording projects including; Sophia Radisch (Beautiful Sin), Hollentor, and a cover of Pat Travers song "Untitled" (from the Radioactive album) . When Ronnie heard the demo for "I'm The Best You Can Get", he knew Glen would fit perfectly for the lead sections.
The Hollywood Monsters Cover Songs:
The Monsters covers the great Canadian cult band Goddo's song "Drop Dead (That's Who)", from the "Who Care's" album that was released in 1981. Ronnie Robson has been friends with the members of the band for years and noticed when this song was played live, the crowd would reacted ecstatically. It was decided to cover this song and have Greg Godovitz (Goddo and Fludd), perform a duet with Steph Honde. Ronnie stated "Greg Godovitz's vocal track was done in one take.''
Steph Honde created a demo for Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat", and it was decided to cover this song with Ronnie Robson on bass and Vinny Appice on drums. Steph knew that Danko Jones was a huge fan of Thin Lizzy and contacted Danko who worked with the Hollywood Monsters on a few projects in the past. Ronnie met up with Danko in a downtown Toronto studio to record the various vocal tracks.
One of the first songs Steph Honde, Ronnie Robson and Vinny Appice recorded together was "I Don't Need No Doctor", in the Humble Pie tradition. Steph brought in New York State vocalist Jim Crean to do backup vocals for the song. Steph, and Ronnie have recently worked on a double album release for Jim Crean, with an amazing lineup of musicians.
Steph Honde, Jim Crean and Ronnie Robson have also recorded a cover of Deep Purples "Sail Away", which will be released as a single at a later date. The rendition of this song has piano, guitar, vocals and bass, at a medium tempo and much different from the original
Please see the EPK, with current song examples at https://www.hollywoodmonstersmusic.com/epk
Wiki history for the Hollywood Monsters at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Monsters_(band)
Official video for the original composition; "Numb", with Steph Honde, Vinny Appice, and Ronnie Robson. Animation video by Instagood Promotion.
For further information or interview inquiries, please contact Steoh Honde / Ronnie Robson at or by cell at; 416-616-5549 (country code +1).
We appreciate your time and assistance in getting the word out, and we thank you all once again.
Steph Honde and Ronnie Robson