On This Day In METAL History – Halloween Edition – October 31st…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Today is October 31st, 2014 and thus it’s Halloween, here in the United States! Through the centuries, Halloween has also been known as: All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints Eve and Allhalloween. Enough with the history lesson, Halloween is a day to enjoy all things spooky, dress up as monsters or serial killers and (if you’re a kid) knock on strangers doors and beg for candy, in the dark of night. Below are events that have taken place on Halloween during decades of METAL history. Onward, my METAL brethren, shall we…?

Led Zeppelin - III - promo cover pic - #1970JP

On October 31st, 1970Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III reached the top of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the beginning of a four-week run at #1. This was Led Zeppelin’s second number one album in the United States.

Pretty Things - Silk Torpedo - vinyl promo pic - Swan Song Records

On this day in 1974 – The mighty Led Zeppelin officially celebrate the UK launch of their record label Swan Song, with a party at the Chislehurst Caves in Kent, UK. This Halloween gala was attended by the likes of label mates Bad Company, The Pretty ThingsRoy Harper, strippers, magicians and fire-eaters.

Cheap Trick - Promo Album Cover Pic!

On October 31st, 1974Cheap Trick made their live debut at Charlotte’s Web, in their hometown of Rockford, Illinois.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - promo cover pic - 1974FM

On this day in 1975 – The legendary Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody, which at the time of its release was the most expensive single ever recorded. The song would reach number one in the United Kingdom on two occasions. This iconic song hit the top ten in the United States; twice peaking at #9 in 1976 and thanks to Wayne’s World, Bohemian Rhapsody peaked at #2 in 1992. Rest in peace, Freddie Mercury.

Faith No More - promo band label card - 1990 - #FNM1

Billy Idol - Charmed Life - promo album cover pic - #1990

On October 31st, 1990 – Before his concert in Seattle, the legendary Billy Idol decided to dump 600 dead fish in the dressing room of opening act Faith No More. Faith No More reciprocated by streaking onstage during Billy Idol’s set. Whoa!

Kiss - Psycho Circus - Dodger Stadium - 1998 - guitar pic patch promo

On this day in KISSTORY, October 31st, 1998 - KISS kicked off their tour in support of their 18th studio album: Psycho Circus. This was (supposedly) the first (full) album with their original lineup in 18 years. The famed Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was where this KISS tour began. The Smashing Pumpkins opened for KISS. This was the first KISS concert tour to have 3-D visual effects.

Misfits - Jasta - The Reserve - Meriden - CT - concert promo flyer - Oct 31- 2014

On October 31, 2014 – The legendary MISFITS with special guests JASTA will be performing at The Reserve, in Meriden, Connecticut. Metal be thy name!

ABCs of Death 2 - promo movie poster pic - October 31 - 2014

On this day in 2014 – The Thriller/Horror film ABCs Of Death 2 is released in U.S. theaters. Whoa!

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Mikkey Dee - Drum! Magazine - promo cover - #2013211


On Halloween, October 31st, 1963, Mikkey Dee was born. Happy Birthday, Mikkey! Whoa yeah, man, you ROCK! Mikkey Dee is the legendary drummer for Motörhead. Mikkey Dee has also been a drummer for legends: King Diamond, Don Dokken and Helloween. Above photo is the Mikkey Dee cover feature for the January 2014 issue of DRUM!.

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On This Day In METAL History – October 30th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rush - Signals - 1982 - promo cover pic - #GL

On October 30th, 1982 -RUSH peaks at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with their single: New World Man. This hit is featured on the ninth studio album from RUSH, released in 1982 titled: Signals.

Sun City - Artists United Against Apartheid - promo cover pic - #1985

On this day in 1985MTV premieres the music video “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid. Artists United Against Apartheid was a protest group of world-famous musicians, founded by activist and guitarist Steven Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, along with record producer Arthur Baker. The mission was to protest apartheid in South Africa.

On October 30th, 1988Bon Jovi kicked off their Jersey Syndicate Tour in support of their fourth studio album: New Jersey. The tour lasted 16 months. Bon Jovi then took a two-year hiatus after the end of this tour. Shown above is a tour program for the Jersey Syndicate Tour.

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality album logo pic!

Late Show with David Letterman - promo pic - cbs

On this day in 1998 – The legendary Black Sabbath appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was the band’s first appearance on U.S. television since 1976.


On this day in KISSTORY, 1998 – KISS appeared on the television show Millennium, both with and without their trademark makeup.

Flyleaf - New Horizons - promo album cover pic - 2012

On October 30th, 2012 – The third studio album from Flyleaf was released on A&M/Octone Records, titled: New Horizons. Originating from Texas, Flyleaf has been recording their style of Alternative Metal since 2005.

Skinwalker Ranch - promo movie poster - 2013 - Oct - 30

On October 30th, 2013 – The paranormal movie, Skinwalker Ranch was released. This film is based on true events and was rated R. In other words, this is a scary movie to watch for Halloween! Whoa.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Grace Slick - Creem - mag cover - Dec - 1977 - promo pic

Above: Grace Slick – Creem cover feature/December 1977

Grace Slick - The Best Of Grace Slick - promo cover pic - #75

Above: The Best Of Grace Slick (1999 – RCA Records)


On October 30th, 1939, Grace Victoria Wing, aka Grace Slick was born in Chicago, Illinois. Happy Birthday, Grace! Grace Slick is world-famous as the former vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, StarshipThe Great Society and as a solo artist. During her post music years, Grace Slick has found fame again as an artist in the visual/fine arts.

ACDC - Hard Force - magazine cover - 1990 - promo

Above, L to R: Cliff Williams, Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Chris Slade and Brian Johnson of AC/DC. (Hard Force magazine/France/December 1990)

The Firm - promo band pic - #11191

Above, L to R: Jimmy Page, Chris Slade, Paul Rodgers and Tony Franklin of The Firm. (circa 1985)


On October 30th, 1946, Chris Slade was born. Happy Birthday, Chris! Chris Slade is the former drummer for Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Firm, Uriah Heep, Asia and of course, the mighty AC/DC. Actually, Chris Slade has been a drummer for quite a few diverse acts, including the dynamic Tom Jones.


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MAUSOLEUM GATE – Self-Titled Debut Album = A METAL MUST OWN!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Mausoleum Gate - promo debut album cover pic

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


MAUSOLEUM GATE – Finland’s Mausoleum Gate sure did their Metal research when it comes to Classic/Traditional Metal; their self-titled, debut album makes for powerful sonic proof of my stating such. Many old school Metal fans will surely get jubilant over the overall sound, energy and rhythms that Mausoleum Gate have tapped into. This clever band has even tipped their hats to the NWOBHM vibrations as well. Guitar fueled songs such as Demon Droid and Lost Beyond The Sun showcases Mausoleum Gate as a Metal band that digs the classic six-string jam and long solos.

If I didn’t know better, I would honestly think Mausoleum Gate came from the late 70’s or early 80’s, they have absorbed that era of Metal stylings so well! Still, there is that ever presence of sonic relevancy due to the rejuvenated Traditional Metal scene that really never evaporated entirely in the first place. The splendid idea of Mausoleum Gate incorporating an organ to their Metal is nothing short of genius; it only captures those hazy shades of early 70’s Metal all the more glowingly.

Mausoleum Gate - promo band pic - 2014 - #77Classic

The bass and drumming on this album gives me the chills at times, with an almost haunting sense that this rhythm section plays. Great stuff. Vocalist V.-P Varpula is a marvelous listen, falling somewhere between Don Dokken and a restrained Bruce Dickinson. Um, I hope that makes sense. The title track is an epic 11:37 long and has  become one of those captivating songs that I love escaping from reality with. Great stuff.

This album is not Screaming For Vengeance and it’s not Iron Maiden either. Instead this album is a six song reminder that the seeds of Classic Metal were planted properly many years ago and propagated a very promising, very exciting Metal band known as Mausoleum Gate. Metal be thy name – Stone.

Mausoleum Gate was released on October 7th, 2014, via Cruz del Sur Music.

Turn the volume to HIGH and enjoy some MAUSOLEUM GATE! Support this tremendous METAL band! Whoa!

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:

1. Magic Of The Gypsy Queen

2. Demon Droid

3. Lost Beyond The Sun

4. Mercenaries Of Steel

5. There Must Be Demons

6. Mausoleum Gate



V.-P Varpula- vocals

Count L.F. – guitars

Kasperi Puranen – guitars

Wicked Ischanius – bass

Oscar Razanez- drums


* For more info on MAUSOLEUM GATE:

Facebook: Mausoleum Gate





HORRIFIED “Descent Into Putridity” – Debut Death Metal Album Is Mandatory METAL!

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Horrified - Descent Into Putridity - promo cover pic

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


HORRIFIED – The world of Death Metal is a much more potent and kick-ass place to roam, especially when bands like the UK’s Horrified release such a blistering excellent album such as Descent Into Putridity. Old School Death Metal is celebrated on this album of seven blood soaked songs; seven songs of pummeling and relentless sonic assaults to my cranium!

There’s something about Death Metal that makes me feel like all is okay, just like a security blanket is to a tot. Trust me, my Metal brethren, when I say all is okay with this Horrified album! These songs suck me in, like a Death Metal vacuum to the outer-banks of Hell itself and I refuse to resist! Whoa! I have no problem letting the deathly grooves and insane speed of Horrified’s Death Metal engulf me, man it feels so right! Dan Alderson’s guttural vocal sounds are what gives this album that much more of a rabid and infectious bite!

Descent Into Putridity was released on October 21st, via cult Spanish label Memento Mori Records. It is amazing for me to realize that this is the debut album from Horrified; for this band plays as if they’ve been brutally assaulting eardrums together for a decade or more! For me to pick a favorite song on this album is ridiculous; it’s the entire seven song merciless sonic surge, that has made my Metal week so grand! Metal be thy name – Stone.

Below, blast the volume high for HORRIFIED and support this amazing band! Whoa!

Descent Into Putridity – Track Listing:

Tomb Of Rebirth


Mortally Deceased

Descent Into Putridity

Buried Among Putrified Flesh

Veil Of Souls

Repugnant Degeneration


Click below for more info and to make a purchase:

Bandcamp: http://horrified.bandcamp.com/releases

Memento Mori: http://memento-mori.es/home.php





On This Day In METAL History – October 29th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Paul Lynde - Halloween Special 1976 - trading card

Paul Lynde - Halloween Special - 1976 - DVD promo cover pic

On this day in KISSTORY – October 29, 1976 – KISS appeared on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Paul Lynde was a very famous American comedian and actor, best known for his television specials and regular appearance on the hit televised game show, Hollywood Squares, where he sat as a regular in the center square. Sadly, Paul Lynde passed away in January of 1982, at the young age of 55. Rest in peace, Paul Lynde.

Meat Loaf "Bat Out Of Hell" large album pic!!

On October 29th, 1977Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf entered the Billboard 200 album chart. This iconic studio album of Rock and Hard Rock went on to spend 82 weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart, reaching its peak at #14. Bat Out Of Hell went on to sell 14 million copies in the United States alone. The song composer for this album was the legendary Jim Steinman.

The Who - Its Hard - promo album cover pic - 1982

On this day in 1982The Who hits #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their single Athena. This song is featured on The Who’s tenth studio album from 1982: It’s Hard.

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Kevin DuBrow - Rock-Metal - magazine cover promo - Oct - 1984

On October 29th, 1955, Kevin DuBrow was born. Kevin DuBrow was the charismatic lead singer and co-songwriter for Quiet Riot. Sadly, Kevin DuBrow passed away in November of 2007, at the young age of 52. As a co-founding member of Quiet Riot, Kevin DuBrow helped launch and relaunch this band into Heavy Metal superstardom.

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Classic Quiet Riot Lineup, circa 1983-84

From L to R: Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo.

Quiet Riot became the first Heavy Metal band to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with their studio album Metal Health; this Metal milestone happened in 1983. Subsequently, Metal Health spent 74 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Above top photo is a Kevin DuBrow cover feature for Rock! Metal magazine  from October of 1984. Rest in peace, Kevin DuBrow.


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CASTLE FREAK “Still Rotting” – Album Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Castle Freak - Still Rotting - Cassette Artwork promo pic - 2014

4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


CASTLE FREAK – What do you get when you mix Death Metal, Punk, Thrash, Horror Metal and Extreme together? The end Metal result is an underground band known as: CASTLE FREAK. From parts unknown and signed to Tridroid Records, CASTLE FREAK plays some damn good, fast and very heavy stuff at that. Yes, CASTLE FREAK are quite good at this Metal thing they’re into. Even the album, um, cassette artwork is freaking underground!

With vocals that resonate the angst of Punk and pissed-off aura of Extreme Metal, I have found myself very pleased with every listen, indeed. Underground Metal should kick severe ass and this Still Rotting album has kicked my ass. All five songs on Still Rotting are decent beyond hell and serve as a Metal treat for those of us that still believe in the blue-collar Metal alleyways and hidden Metal fields of dreams. Metal be thy name – Stone.

Crank Up and BUY Some CASTLE FREAK, Below! Whoa!

STILL ROTTING – Track Listing:

Beneath These Streets

Sickening Corpses


Caught In A Casket


Castle Freak - promo band pic - 2014 - 2

Photo Credit: Malik Chehab


Andrew Gigan – Vocals & Guitar

Blaze Reichert – Guitar

Dylan Zdanavage – Bass

Pierson Roe – Drums


* For more info on CASTLE FREAK:

Facebook: Castle Freak





POWERLORD “The Awakening” – Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on October 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Powerlord - The Awakening - promo cover pic - 2014

POWERLORD – Back on August 19th of this year, Shadow Kingdom Records released a 6 song album, The Awakening, from Powerlord. This band no longer exists yet their early 80’s Metal sure does! Powerlord were a Speed Metal band with Thrash stylings in the mix. The True Metal sound and feel of this band is as identifiable as grandma’s fresh-baked apple pie. That’s no lie. This album from Metal’s yesteryear has been another favorite of mine during 2014 and will be for a Metal millennium to come! Or more.

I need to write about the Metal that makes me feel freaking good and Powerlord puts me in that Metal zone! The echo tunnel vocals are old school, man! Only that early 80’s Metal scene was able to capture those kind of vocals or so it seems. There isn’t really a dull moment on The Awakening. Guitar driven, baby! My fellow Metal brethren will understand when I admit, that this album is one you just keep listening to over and over, both for its quality Metal and sonic nostalgia!

Powerlord - band promo pic - circa early 80's - #3383

Some may say that this Powerlord album sounds like a decent demo of early 80’s U.S. Metal. However, it’s much better than that! This band played tight and obviously had a grand sense of songwriting, rhythm and understanding of that era of Metal. It’s a sad shame that Powerlord never went further or were discovered by a rep in the record industry that knew what they were doing. No one can change the past, we can however, enjoy the Metal legacy of Powerlord and realize that their songs would indeed stand the test of Metal time. If you dig early 80’s Metal bands like Obsession, Cirith Ungol and Manowar’s Hail To England, then you should start salivating for this Powerlord album now. Metal be thy name – Stone.

Do yourself a Metal favor and listen to/buy some POWERLORD:

POWERLORD The Awakening – Track Listing:

  1. Masters of Death
  1. Malice
  1. Silent Terror
  1. The Invasion of the Lords
  1. Merciless Titans
  1. (The Awakening) Powerlord


For purchasing information on this Powerlord album and other Shadow Kingdom Records releases, click here: this location.






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