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"F.H.O.D. Puts it All Together with New Release"

 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.
- By: Bernie Gaye (Freelance)

"Defenders of Rock CD Review"

Doom and Gloom!

Dark, profound, mind–blowing and powerfully moving; this album captures the elements of female rock. Certainly not a bunch of rodents this embryonic band have burst on to the scene in a wave of commotion and a revolutionary blaze of wonderful noise, loaded with an armful of well crafted songs that generates the angst of one woman on an exploration with her band, bordering on a hard alternative/rock edge, catchy lyrics, harmonies and all round great intelligent guitar riffs.

KK the front woman of ‘The flying Hamsters of Doom’ [FHOD] has a somewhat shrilling, robust and brawny voice that emanates a sprinkling of influences from Alanis Morrisette, Kate Bush and Tori Amos. An astounding feminine roar on a core of tumultuous heavy guitars; it is a very unusual find and KK emits her vocals tremendously. “What Do I do”, the 7th track off the album is a great track that captures and criminalises the lonely elements of this sassy, bold singer as she sings of insecurity and obsession coated with a lurid guitar solo that truly funks. Another amazing track is “Danglin”, KK’s cobwebbed closet of inherent emotions, which she brutally convicts on this track. Unlike the hardness of this album, the introversion of KK’s lyrical content fantasizes create great contrast to the bands music as a whole as well as been well produced and well written. 

“….sure has been beautiful”
- “Danglin” - Esther La Montagne for ExtraPlay.com

"Let Slip the Hamsters of War"

You know why this is a great job? Because if I were, say, an accountant, then I would probably never have received an email from a band called
KK + The Flying Hamsters of Doom.

(Unless, of course, I happened to be KK + The Flying Hamsters of Doom's accountant, in which case I would almost certainly receive emails from them regularly; but I'm not. Ergo, this job is cool.)

Yes, that is the name of a band, and yes, they are even better than their amazingly fantastic name. Like their mutated rodent namesake, KK+FHOD are one part Ozzy, one part Evanescence and one part Tenacious D. Oh, yes: With an album entitled Defenders of Rock, it's a sure bet that these guys are down with The D.

It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that despite their awesome band name, this is not a novelty act. To their extreme credit, KK+FHOD still take the music seriously; and they seriously rock. Frontwoman KK, and band members Tom, Dmitri and Jason deliver the goods with a minimum of fuss, and without wearing silly costumes.

The band's hard-edged Rock sound is infused with Goth elements, which means that the music is nicely melodic, and generally more interesting than it would have been if it were just four people thrashing away.

For some reason, female-fronted Hard Rock has never really taken off in a big way. I mean, the number of female hard-rockers who've cracked the Top 40 can be counted on Roger Rabbit's left hand. Some unenlightened cretins might make the argument that the quality of the female artists in the genre does not compare to that of the men, and therefore the women don't "earn" airplay. Such an argument is inherently asinine, but I created this station to disprove it anyway. Defenders of Rock is well-produced, well-written and accessible...further proof that gender has no impact on how well you can rock.

Chicago has always been a great music town, but lately it's been an embarrassment of riches: KK+FHOD are the third outstanding Chicago band I've added to the playlist in a row...and these have all been random submissions from the bands themselves, not the work of one local promoter. It's not done yet, either; I expect to add a couple more Chicago bands in the near future.

Check out KK + The Flying Hamsters of Doom at their website linked above. It's serious Rock from a band that hasn't lost its sense of humor. - Female Front by Arhythmius

"A Metal Monster"

Windy City hard rockers KK And The Flying Hamsters Of Doom's new CD Defenders of Rock is a metal monster. The name is a little jokey, but their music and their chops definitely aren't. Female-fronted hard rock isn't as unique as it used to be, but female-fronted hard rock that doesn't sound dated and isn't crapola nü-metal still is. KK has a spectacular voice and the Hamsters take their headbanging influences seriously. Take the melodic sensibility and attitude of an Alanis (or other pre-Britney era artists), then add the power of non-cheesy classic metal and you've got a winner. There are plenty of hooks on the album and winning tracks include the relentless "Waves," the buck-wild bass solo on "Underrated,” and the huge rock 'n' roll tidal wave that washes through and closes out the record. "Turn Around” is another one that's easy to get stuck in your head. It's an auspicious debut and fans of old-school, hard-hitting, high-energy classic metal and hard rock will want to pick this one up for a fresh take. - Maximum Ink Music Magazine by Mike Huberty

"Notable Reviews"

Defenders of Rock - KK and the Flying Hamsters of Doom (KTB)
There’s nothing cute about these hamsters.  This female-fronted Chicago band -- whose gig credits include the Rock ‘N’ Ride Music Festival at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and openers for Warrant, Sponge, and Enuff Z Nuff -- unleash rock with visceral conviction.  Dynamic arrangements, metal guitar roar, and KK’s soaring vocals make for an intoxicating mix.  Intense lead track “What Do I Do” and the thunderous “Enough” instantly stand out and beg for cranking.  Well-done themes of external expectations give added juice to the tumultuous “Underrated” (“A pretty face, a pretty wit/It’s pretty pathetic when it comes down to it/You didn’t see my potential”) and the rending yet lyrically adept “Turning Beautiful” (“How come I feel there’s a little ugly part of me inside/That’s waiting to turn beautiful/How come I wish I was looking at someone else and not me/So willing to be so beautiful”).  Whether concentrating on each song’s message or getting lost in the energy, I’d definitely want these guys defending rock.  Check KK&FHOD out at www.fhodband.com
www.myspace.com/kkfhod - The Amplifier Magazine "Notable Reviews" by Don Thomason

"Critic's Choice"

KK and THE FLYING HAMSTERS OF DOOM If a band called the Insane Clown Posse can be famous, surely these locals can be a household name. KK has a sweet, razor-tipped voice, she's hotter than that Hilton skank, and there's nothing in the Hamsters' hella epic pop-metal half as silly as Shaggy 2 Dope's face paint--you can giggle at the raw sentiment in the music if you're so cool, but the soaring guitars make me feel like a hobbit sneaking into Mordor. This show, called "Sexy MF," is a combination Prince tribute and Estrojam benefit, so you'll only get to see the Hamsters play a couple originals--but if KK is feeling magnanimous, maybe she'll sell your monkey ass one of the band's CDs. - Chicago Reader by Anne Sterzinger

"Top 10 of 2005"

Let’s get a bit harder now with one of the loudest indie bands I’ve ever heard. I am a big proponent of hearing protection not only because my wife is an Audiologist, but also because I suffer from mild hearing loss due to unprotected exposure to loud music for so many years. Despite their penchant for creating a wall of sound larger than a typhoon at their live shows, this band has an awesome CD! At home I can adjust the volume to my liking... and I LIKE! “Walls” has become one of my all-time fave discs and KK and the Flying Hamsters of Doom combine lots of my favorite things. Alittle bit of brooding, seductive vocals, add a dash of electronica
and industrial rock, throw in just a bit of pop for sweetener, juxtapose that great voice and skilled instrumentalists... The entire disc is strong and I listen all the way through, but perhaps “Waves” is my favorite. - Intermixx Magazine's by Noel Ramos

"Express-Times CD Review"

"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."
- Dustin Schoof

"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).

Now, this was surprising for many reasons (notwithstanding the fact that I'd listened to the band's new album in advance, and was already sold on the material and a level of songwriting, and production that made it hard to believe this was not a "signed" band).

First there's that seasoned, you're-gonna-have-to-really-impress-me jadedness music scribes tend to have after seeing and hearing one too many supposedly killer new bands, but also because I've never heretofore been a huge fan of female-fronted metal or hard rock in the first place.

It may be an issue worthy of an article in itself, but it's tough for any woman to toe the line as a front person in that uber- masculine domain of heavy rock/metal without coming off as trying to overcompensate with un-listenable yowling vocals and mannish posturing. Thus, very few such front-women - maybe a handful in my estimation - have really done it without sacrificing their femininity, their credibility, or their vocal charms in the process. It's either that, or when the sex appeal -- the femininity -- is there, it's too often a deceptive false front for nothingness.

But F.H.O.D.'s own K.K. is up to the task in jaw-dropping spades with intense, charismatic stage-presence and strong, soaring vocals that have power, depth, and substance - as does the band's material and musicianship. F.H.O.D.'s songs weave dark, moody, dynamic, and atmospheric tales with a majestic style that is hard to succinctly define, though it does include progressive hooks, grooves, complex rhythms, explosive guitar riffs, and melodies delivered with high operatic drama. (It gives pause to imagine the impact of this band would have live on the big stage, and a label-backing budget.)

In short, F.H.O.D. is a band that deserves special attention, especially if you read on here in this introductory interview -- or catch some of their tunes -- and reckon that their brand of progressive, alternative, hard rock/metal suits your tastes and standards as much as it does mine. (See also: http://cdbaby.com/cd/fhod)
In keeping with the band's rare knack for balancing the feminine with the masculine in heavy music, the following chat about F.H.O.D.'s influences, background, and musical vision was excerpted from a conversation I had with K.K. and bassist Dimitri Kontos at fav band hangout Ben Pao on Chicago's Dearborn Ave.
KNAC.COM: Based on your new album, My Great Escape, your music is difficult to precisely define or pigeonhole: it’s certainly not wimped out, and it’s very dynamic, melodic, and dramatic. How would you “pitch” it or describe it yourselves?
KONTOS: I’d say it is a combination of different elements: hard rock elements, a progressive element, a melodic element …
K.K.: You sound like you’re reading the Chemistry Table. (laughs)
KONTOS: You could describe it as progressive hard rock female vocals, and thoughtful lyrics.
K.K.: I think it’s modern with an old school twist.
KONTOS: It’s a combination of different things like classic rock, hard rock, and metal with old school feel – and a little bit of a newer sound.
KNAC.COM: Who have you been compared to?
K.K.: I know we’ve heard Alanis Morissette, I’ve heard Evanescence as well, I’ve even heard Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, believe it or not. But these are the female artists that we’ve been compared to, basically because I am a female front here. But I don’t view us as primarily a female-influenced. I know I’m influenced more by a Robert Plant, and I think we have some of that with us. What do you think Dimitri?
KONTOS: I’ve heard people say Rush with a progressive element and vocals, some Maiden, and live there are a lot of Tool references.
K.K.: The problem is nobody can pinpoint us exactly!
KONTOS: Yeah, each song may have three or four individual influences in one song – and the next song may have three or four references that are different than that. Every song is different in what it brings, so the chemistry changes with each song.
KNAC.COM: I actually thought a couple of the songs were reminiscent of Queensryche – the Mindcrime era.
K.K.: I’ve actually heard that, believe it or not. There’s part of those operatic vocals I’m influenced by too.
KNAC.COM: Well, it’s the tone and the drama of the music too.
K.K.: I do believe there’s drama in there – I’m a Drama Queen. (laughs) We’re very dynamic in our arrangements, too. There’re a lot of soft parts, and then we hit you in the face, so I think that back and forth is characteristic of our sound.
KNAC.COM: Do either of you think it belongs in a sub-genre of metal?
K.K.: I do. I would say it's more mainstream metal.

KONTOS: Yeah, but I don't know what sub-genre it is; there’re so many different ones now. I would say it’s progressive hard rock. To me, when you talk about metal, you're talking fast guitars and blazing guitar solos, double bass, all this really heavy stuff, and some drop-tuning - which we do some. We have complex arrangements, but we're not over-the-top with it. So, we're kind of in-between … It's still got a melody and a beat to it, so it crosses over into metal and hard rock. People who are into metal might like what we do, and people who are into hard rock and rock might like what we do, so it’s hard to pigeonhole us into one category. We kind of cross over here and there and mix it up.

KNAC.COM: Influences usually say something about what a band is about musically, and K.K., I know you have cited some of yours as Skunk Anasie, Tori Amos, and Anne Wilson, amongst others. What about the rest of the band – since everyone contributes to the songwriting at times?
KONTOS: Tom[Howell], our guitar player, is influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Mark Tremanti of Alter Bridge ... John Mayer, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, so he's got a blues-rock thing going on, but he's also classically trained, too. I know he studied classical guitar for about five years, and he knows Bach, and he does a lot of classical picking with his fingers and his chord structuring adds a classical influence to his guitar playing and his songwriting as well. But his actual feel is very blues oriented. He has so much feeling in what he does, and it's so surprising, because he can be so technical -- and yet so soulful at the same time! A musician would look at Tom and go, he's a guitar player. He's not just a guy that goes up there and shreds, or a guy who just goes up there and plays two licks; he's got feeling to it, and he's got theory behind it, and he plays in different tunings, too, which helps give us our sound. He plays in open tuning, he plays in drop D, and he plays in standard tuning, so he's a very well rounded musician, and a really, really good guitar player.

KNAC.COM: What about the rest of you?

KONTOS: Jason [Stiltner, band drummer] is a progressive drummer; he's very influenced by Danny Carey, the drummer from Tool, Neil Peart of Rush, and Carter Beauford from Dave Matthews Band. He doesn't necessarily play straight-on all the time, he's got that kind of off tempo thing and he throws in a few fills in here and there. Every section of the song, he always changes up the beat. My top three influences are Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Steve Harris - obviously - of Iron Maiden, and Cliff Burton of Metallica. And, as I progressed, it was Stuart Hamm, John Entwistle from The Who, and Billy Sheehan. So, I have been influenced by some of the virtuoso bass players, and I use a little bit of that in our songs, but not that much. But, how I write is also influenced by those guys.
KNAC.COM: K.K., you do have an interesting musical background, so can you elaborate on that?
K.K.: I actually studied classical piano for many years – that’s where I really began my musicianship. And I absolutely loved it, and I played for hours a day. I really studied classical composers, and I knew structure very well, and I knew what a recurring theme was and what not. Then, as I started hanging out with my friends more, we started listening to a lot of heavy metal, like Anthrax, and this is what I grew up on, and I really liked that genre – but I never thought of myself as being in a band, ever. I was going to be a classically trained pianist; that was going to be my forte. But I started getting into songwriting, and putting poems to music. It was really cheesy lyrics and whatnot, and I never took myself seriously as a songwriter or a singer for that matter. But I got more confident as I did it more, and I did join a couple of bands as a keyboard player and a background singer, and I was content being in the background. But you keep evolving, and you keep maturing as a person, and you’re not satisfied anymore, and you look for a new challenge. To this day, I’m more confident in my songwriting than in my singing, because I was never trained in it.
KNAC.COM: You have so much power and confidence onstage, I would never guess it.
K.K.: I am confident when I get onstage, but there’s still a small little part of me where I say, if were playing the piano, I’d probably be even more confident! (laughs) But now I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think about it anymore – I let the song take me where it needs to take me, and really put myself in the theme of what that song’s about. And I would love to have the theatrics onstage – I would love to have the lighting, the props, everything, that matches the drama of the songs.
KNAC.COM: How do you feel about being a female singer in such a masculine music form?
K.K.: As I said before, I’m always looking for the extreme challenge. (laughs) And I absolutely love it. It’s a boy’s game, and, if you’re female, they want to put you in the pop genre, or the Sheryl Crow or Jewel type of genre. In many shows we’ve performed, I’ve been the only female on the stage out of five bands, musicians or singers. I get a kick out of that because I know I can kick butt just like all the guys can. It gives me that adrenalin to go out there and go, okay, this is what I’m about; I’m not some wimpy female who’s going to go out there go, “Oh, I hope you like me.” I don’t care if you like me; I go out there with an I-can-do-it attitude! And everyone in the band writes, so there’s a lot of male influence in the songwriting as well as the female. And I think that nice mix kind of makes us appeal to females and males at the same time.
KNAC.COM: How do you feel about balancing your own femininity with the masculinity of the music?
K.K.: I actually like using both aspects, it doesn’t really bother me that people will look at the femininity – the sexual aspect of it – first, because, after you get their initial attention, you’ve got to have the stuff to keep it up, or they’re going to lose interest. So, it’s a one-two punch. I actually have no problem if people what to look at you as eye-candy or whatever, because, if they do pay attention, it’s like, “Wow, I did not expect that!”

KNAC.COM: Give me a wish list of three bands would you like to open up for because you think their audiences might be compatible with yours.

KONTOS: Well, there're the realistic bands, and there's the dream bands! (laughs) Realistic bands: Alter Bridge, Tool, and Foo Fighters. I think our style is similar to those kinds of bands, and I think fans of those bands will probably like us. Dream bands: Rush, Iron Maiden, and the Black Sabbath era with Dio - Heaven and Hell, you know?

K.K.: I have a certain thing I want to project with my songs, and I am more metaphorical with my lyrics - it's more subtle, and it's more poetic. So, when somebody listens to one of the songs, they actually take it for what they want it to say. And I actually like that, and I don't expect people to understand what I'm trying to say. I'm just glad for however it affects people, and what it brings to their emotions. But, there are some things that I'm very, very literal about - that people think I'm being more subtle! (laughs)

KNAC.COM: Yeah, that brings to mind my favorite song on the album, “Peacemaker,” which I thought was either a medieval or futuristic song, but which in fact was about a rapper on death row!

K.K.: Yeah, it’s really about Tookie Williams, the one who started the Crips [and was later executed in CA in 2005]. That was the very first song we actually wrote together as a band, and that means a lot to me, because I find that that's a really, really strong song, and one that will always hold a place in my heart, because that made us really mesh as a band. I've never written about love stories or things like that; it's always been about the dark side of things, and I've tried to go past just the more biographical kinds of stories.

KNAC.COM: Well, a couple of them do sound like they may be about relationships of some kind ... like "Kings and Queens."

K.K.: That's not actually about a specific relationship, but yes. It's more about a sexual power struggle. A lot of lyric lines, I'm talking about sacrificing my "fortress" and things like that. I can't remember the exact lyrics after two Mai Tais (laughs) but that actually came in a dream I had, which is really, really strange, but the melody line came to me while I was sleeping and I woke up and recorded it on my cell phone so that I wouldn't forget it. But it's using your sexuality and the power struggle that comes with that. And maybe that comes from me being able to use that as the singer in a female fronted band as well. I have my sexuality affecting what I'm able to accomplish, but still winning in the end. That line "on hands and dirty knees I please" - that's very much a sexual song, and I'm glad when people know what I'm talking about because I meant it that way! (laughs) But, it's also saying I still have power in using my sexuality as well; I can still rise above it with that, moreso than a man can.

KNAC.COM: So that's really a feminist song.

K.K.: It is - it's a very feminist song!

KONTOS: There's a bass line in there very reminiscent of "The Trooper" ... (laughs)
KNAC.COM: Here’s a question you must get asked often: How did you come up with the band name and what does it mean?
KONTOS: We going back and forth trying to decide what the name of the band should be and we were coming up with a lot of stupid ones …
K.K.: I can’t even remember what any of them were, can you?
KONTOS: Yeah, like Neon Knights, Knights of the Round Table (60 seconds of laughing) … And I said what about “The Flying Hamsters of Doom” and she [K.K.] said, “That’s it!” Because I’d seen a shirt that said that on it, it said, “The Flying Hamsters of Doom are raining coconuts upon your pitiful city” – which I thought was a clever shirt. It was really a joke, but it just stuck. So, we were “K.K. and the Flying Hamsters of Doom” for a couple of years, then we just shortened it to F.H.O.D.

- KNAC.com


F.H.O.D. JUST RELEASED 2008 "My Great Escape"
available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Fandoodle.com, Zoomoozik.com and other digital download sites

"Defenders of Rock" released 2005

KK's Prior CD Release "Walls" is in US distribution
KK's first release "All the Pieces" Hit #32 on the Radio and Records Charts late in 2003
KK's second release "Lose My Cool" Hit #40 on the Radio and Records Charts in June 2004.



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, Amazone, CD Baby, Fandoodle.com, Zoomoozik.com, femmemetalstore.com and many other
digital download sites. “My Great Escape” 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. Story- telling with a modern sound, 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. just released their new music video “Unashamed” in August 2009 and was selected as featured band on Chicago’s Windy City Records “Radio One 2009 Compilation” CD. KK was Chicagosrock.com featured July 2009 Rocker Girl. and Dimitri Kontos was Chicagosrock.com featured musician in Dec. 2009. F.H.O.D. was 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. 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 and many other music publications throughout the years.

The current lineup consists of KK(vocals), Tom Howell(guitars), Jason Stiltner (drums/percussion), and Dimitri Kontos(bass guitar).

Some other notable past/future performances achievements include: DAME NATION (Chicago), 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, Six Flags Gurnee, 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 opening for the following national acts: Doro Pesch, Warrant, Sponge, Flaw, Dominica, Cage, Enuff Z'Nuff, Jackyl and Chubby Checker.