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Mr. Battle ready to be ‘King of the Wasteland’

Terry Battle, a.k.a. Mr. Battle bounded into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to world premiere a new single off his Halloween release, “King of the Wasteland.”

The new single, “Found What’s Mine” is a real burner. It’s got elements of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album melded with mid-90s Marilyn Manson at its crossroads. That’s a pretty legit combination.

“This song is unique to the overall album sound, because most of the album is more on the heavy side,” Battle said.

Battle has a lot to be proud of with this single-handedly recorded collection of a dozen songs. He world premiered the title track last year: •Mr. Battle — “King of the Wasteland” — https://youtu.be/P5NcR-H6ZHk.

“I kind of see a little bit of the world as a wasteland,” he said.

Here’s a link to download the single for free: https://bit.ly/2JHy2ak.

With an old school Metallica riff that careens into old school Ministry/Nine Inch Nails territory, Battle is honing into the sound of his influences while directing it into a modern direction. He’s been growing as a self-contained artist over the past 2 to 3 years of recording.

“I’m excited to finally have it out, have more catalog available,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get everything perfect. I learned a lot on the recording side. I’m glad to finally have it done.”

From recording at his home to his friend’s home studio, both in Indiahoma, the isolation has allowed Battle to tap into his core and focus on making his mark with his musical voice

Battle’s come a long way since his days on stage with Crosswire. He’s played with other bands but they never held together long enough to make a name, he said. He’s still having a hard time finding the right people to form a band proper but he said he would love to be out performing.

From the studio canvas, Battle said he made it up as he went for the album. In the end, the core of the album is found in groove metal, he said.

“It took a little bit of trial and error,” he said. “A lot of songs are built over time.”

Battle’s looking to put together a cover of the Tears for Fears original version of “Mad World.” I think he could make sense of the wasteland and take the song into a cool area and I look forward to hearing it.

Until then, you can find him at Mr. Battle Official on YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and most every other digital outlet.

Many kudos to the mighty Titan Metal for blowing the doors off the Railhead last Saturday night. If you were there, you know about it.

Check out a couple of choice cuts, beginning with this original: •Titan Metal — “Beautifully Dead” — https://youtu.be/C1B3YqGO9a0.

The band closed with a fierce DevilDriver cover: •Titan Metal — “End of the Line” — https://youtu.be/VjtlxBDPrLk.

I really tried to stay up for the DeadCore set to close the night but old age got the best of me. Next time, gents, I owe ya!

Halloween is a time for live music and a fun night out. With the holiday’s falling next week, many venues are taking advantage with events this weekend. There’s going to be costume contests at all these events.

Drop Dead Dammit kicks things off with its local stage debut Friday night at Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road. Cover is $5 and they’ll be jamming from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.

The Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, will have no cover for the 21-and-up perennial party Saturday night. Along with frightening feasts from Electric Eclectic Eats, Backwash, Southern Highway Band and We Are Band Nerds will be providing the night’s soundtrack.

Chuckie’s Toys, 2415 N. Sheridan, will have fun for the family from 5 to 9 p.m. when they host the pre-Halloween Costume Party with 1GCrew and more acts to be announced. All ages are encouraged.

There’s going to be a lot more Halloween-themed bashes with knockout performances slated next week. Look for the roundup!

Battle’s visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist proved to be a pretty fun time for our 149th show in a row.

Jokey McJokerson’s Halloween-themed joke was probably unsolicited but elicits a laugh with the punchline:

“Because they don’t like random people coming to their door.”

Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.

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: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this latest show: 6 p.m., Wes Brown; 6:30 p.m., Mr. Battle.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

Visit, “like” (“love”) and follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steveoandthescribe/.

Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

srains@swoknews.com.

Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Coyette & The Haywire Band; Thursday: Citizen Groove; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night; Jan. 16, 2020: The Guess Who.

Wichita Sounds Band Dance, 911 NW Hilltop Drive. Each Friday, 7 — 10 pm. Traditional country, early rock-’n’-roll, and ballroom. Seven dollar entry includes soft drinks and potluck snacks. No smoking, No alcohol. Everyone welcome. 580-450-7063

BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.

Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.

Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: TBD.

Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; medicineparktavern.com. Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Halloween karaoke; Sunday Funday, 3 p.m.: TBD; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley.

Red Dirt Reloaded, 6425 Cache Road, 580-699-3478. Live music Friday 9 p.m.: Drop Dead Dammit Halloween party/costume contest; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Thursday, 9 p.m., Karaoke Dude.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 9:30 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 10 p.m.: Backwash, Southern Highway Band, We Are Band Nerds, Halloween costume contest, food by Electric Eclectic Eats; Sunday, 8 p.m.: Dead at the Head.

Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music, Dani Carson, 9 p.m.: karaoke with Tony Garrison; Sunday: 12 p.m.: open mic jam.

Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 592-5451, Friday, 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Sunday, noon: Grateful Gospel, all interested musicians invited; Wednesday, 8 p.m.: Hump Day Jam TBD; Thursday: free billiards.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 10 p.m.: TBD.

Wall Street Bar, 23 N. 7th, Duncan, 580-255-7780, Friday, 9 p.m.: Trenton Fletcher; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.

Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 7 p.m.: TBD.

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