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Compiling My 2013 Best Metal Albums List Has Put Me In A Metal Quandary!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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CARCASS – Surgical Steel

For the past month, I’ve been listening to, re-listening to and debating over which albums will make my “Best Metal Albums Of 2013″ list. For clear reasons (to me) this year marks the most difficult time I’ve ever encountered, in compiling this list. I’m in a quandary!! Someone call Dr. Phil or better yet, someone call Black SabbathMotörhead, Carcass, Sodom, Stryper, Satyricon and Satan and tell them ALL they should have never released such amazing milestone Metal albums; especially ALL at once this past year! Um, please, no one tell them that.

Throw in the fact that Witch Cross and Sinister Realm are in the mix with spellbound like True Metal releases in 2013 and I’m on my knees begging for the Metal Gods to help me sort it all out!! Which band’s album gets #1 and why? Which band’s album comes in last on my best of list and for what reason? Rankings super SUCK and I have the urge right now to eat a case of Doritos. Can anyone please kick me in the ass and tell me to stop!?

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Motörhead – Aftershock 

Adding to this quandary, is: I believe that any album that makes any “Best Of” album list of mine, equates to either an instant classic or soon to be classic, within our beloved pages of Metal History; at least my pages of Metal History! All of this self-debate and (at times) self-doubt over which best Metal albums I’ve listened to over the year is very important to me. I need a very cold beer right now, from my very cold garage.

Stay tuned. My Metal list will be done eventually. Stone will come through. Hell, my “Best Hard Rock Albums Of 2013″ list is already secured in my brain. For some crazy reason, the Hard Rock albums list never drove me even remotely insane. My “Top Ten Songs Of 2013″ list went down easier than a Yuengling lager. Go figure. Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale, already has his Best list done and ready to go. I know he struggled with it, though. Ha, ha. Still, he’s the best.

I gather it’s time for me to stop whining and get back to my Metal debate with myself. Once this fun task is complete, I can then begin to listen to what 2014 has in store for my Metal hunger… and look forward to another quandary such as this in a year from now. Metal be thy name.

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LONG LIVE METAL.

METAL FOR LIFE.

Stone.

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VOLBEAT And KING DIAMOND – Their Song “Room 24″ Is Nominated For Best Metal Performance, At 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Metal Blade Records:

Metal Blade Records would like to congratulate Volbeat and King Diamond for being nominated for Best Metal Performance for the track “Room 24″ in the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The Heavy Metal icon King Diamond had this to say: “Thank you to everyone involved with voting. This is a great way to come back from the dead…literally.”

Also nominated this year are Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Dream Theater, and Killswitch Engage. The GRAMMY’s will be taking place on Sunday, January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. at The Staples Center and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30pm (ET/PT).

King Diamond - decibel magazine cover - January 2014 - Issue #111

In other King Diamond news: the current issue of Decibel Magazine featuring King Diamond on the cover is now in stores and available for purchase through the magazine’s site – http://store.decibelmagazine.com/collections/back-issues/products/january-2014-111

The issue will be on newsstands from early December until the end of the year. Keep up to date with all things King Diamond and Mercyful Fate at:

http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/site/

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* For more info on VOLBEAT:

Website: http://www.volbeat.dk

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A WELL DESERVED NOMINATION!

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

LONG LIVE VOLBEAT.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STRYPER “No More Hell To Pay” – Nominated For “Best Album Art” At HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Vote For STRYPER Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal awards, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stryper - No More Hell To Pay - promo cover pic

As reported on the STYPER Facebook page:

Stryper has been nominated for “Best Album Art” at HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Spread the word and encourage fans to vote! Online voting runs through Dec. 31.

http://vote.hmmagazine.com/

http://vote.hmmagazine.com/#album-art/1

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* For more info on STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

Website: http://www.stryper.com

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I’VE VOTED FOR STRYPER!

LONG LIVE STRYPER.

LONG LIVE HM MAGAZINE.

Stone.

Metal Superstars Reinvent Michael Jackson’s Biggest Hits On A New Tribute Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Performances by Danny Worsnop of ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Chuck Billy of TESTAMENT, Elias Soriano of NONPOINT, Lajon Witherspoon of SEVENDUST, Phil Campbell of MOTÖRHEAD, Doug Pinnick of KING’S X, Angelo Moore of FISHBONE, Priya Panda of DIEMONDS, Chris Jericho of FOZZY, Corey Glover of LIVING COLOUR and more!

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Los Angeles, CA – Just in time for Halloween, a scarily impressive alliance of metal and hard rock luminaries has formed to create one of the most depraved abominations of musical crossbreeding in history – an all metal tribute to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, available on CD starting October 22! Never before have such quintessential pop hits as “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Billy Jean” and “Man In The Mirror” been so completely transformed, substituting softly stylized synths with crunchy, distorted guitars, replacing the pitter patter of programmed beats with pulverizing double bass acoustic drums, and topping it off with some of the finest, most powerful vocals in metal.

When completed, these reinventions pay due respect to the expertly crafted melodies and songs that made Michael Jackson one of the most beloved figures in all of music, and offer legions of metalheads a reason to simultaneously grab their crotches and throw the horns in celebration! \m/ \m/

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Spearheaded by producer/musician Bob Kulick, who also helped in the arrangement of these cover versions, the project was in his words a “labor of love” for all involved. Exclaims Kulick, “We made these awesome songs kick ass while still being faithful to the original versions. Add killer players like Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Craig Goldy, Bumblefoot, Phil Campbell and you’ve got some real MAGIC!”

Rudy Sarzo, a stalwart of the metal scene as a member of both Quiet Riot and Queensrÿche, reflects, “Michael Jackson’s music is synonymous with iconic rockers such as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Slash. So it’s only fitting that the rock community pays tribute to this legendary artist with Metal Mike!” And Fishbone’s Angelo Moore expresses great enthusiasm for his contribution, saying “I never thought I would hear myself doing a cover of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ but it’s an honor and a dream come true. We put a different twist on it to give it a whole new light, or maybe I should say a whole new dark!”

Michael Jackson Thriller cover - promo - 2013 - med res

In addition to the legends Kulick enlisted, several of today’s modern metal figures also contributed, including Elias Soriano of Nonpoint, who comments, “It was my pleasure to do this tribute to MJ. My admiration for the talent and history he has given to music overall will be hard to replace. My only wish is that I did him justice with my performance.” Jason Myers, of Icarus Witch, one of the current flag bearers in the traditional metal scene, declares, “When we were approached by Cleopatra to contribute to the Michael Jackson tribute we were honored (due to the legendary talent already on board), but a bit skeptical about how our fans would react…Choosing an unorthodox hit took a bit of pressure off and allowed us to put more of ourselves into the track.”

Finally, bassist Tony Franklin, who has worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to Whitesnake, confirms the surprise and astonishment many felt during the creation of the album, “The first thing I noticed was how easily these out-and-out pop songs translated to the metal genre. That is the sign of, one, a great song and, two, a great production and arrangement.” He goes on to note that it wasn’t just the songs that were transformed when Metal met Pop on these recordings; the performers themselves were transformed. He states, “It was very cool to see how the guest artists interpreted these songs as it brought out a different side of them – a side we wouldn’t usually hear.”

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1. Thriller – Chuck Billy (Testament)

2. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)

3. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

4. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (The Firm)

5. Beat It – Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)

6. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

7. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)

8. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (King’s X)

9. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (Fozzy)

10. Bad – Paul Dianno (ex-Iron Maiden) & Craig Goldy (Dio)

11. They Don’t Care About Us – Icarus Witch

12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan (War)

13. Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm

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Purchase the CD at Amazon: http://georiot.co/3fdt  

Download the album at iTunes: http://georiot.co/35ef

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, MICHAEL JACKSON, THE KING OF POP.

Stone.

NEWSTED “HEAVY METAL MUSIC” – IS KICK ASS HEAVY METAL MUSIC!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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NEWSTEDJason Newsted has more than proven there is a life after Metallica; one listen into Heavy Metal Music only accentuates my point! Jason Newsted plays his powerhouse bass and is also the lead vocalist for his band. Heavy Metal Music was produced by Jason Newsted; proving here that he does not need to spend 100 million dollars on a Rick Rubin to make this album kick 100% Heavy Metal ass!

I confidently declare Heavy Metal Music as one of the very best of Metal albums I’ve enjoyed in 2013; and enjoyed in the past several years for that matter! I also dig very, very much the vocals of Jason Newsted. His vocals are Metal. Hell, Jason Newsted can freaking sing! The band that Jason Newsted has assembled here are tremendous musicians, in my most sincere Metal opinion. Newsted’s Metal is not Thrash, yet has that hint in a few spots. This is American Heavy Metal 2013, minus the modern Metal template that too many bands are following these days.

Listen To And Watch Below, The Sensational, Official Lyric Video For: Above All

Guitarists Mike Mushok and Jessie Farnsworth are damn amazing to listen to; Heavy Metal Music is a riff fest and their guitar tones are original and old school, not the vomit we hear from so many younger copy cat bands. Jesus Mendez, Jr. on drums just kills it! No instrument is buried here, the Metal from this album is in your face! All eleven songs are prime cuts with NO artificial flavorings!

Jason Newsted and his band have to be fucking proud of themselves! This is an album that our Metal community needs and is a potent drop kick to the ass to those who think Metallica’s Death Magnetic was something special. Here’s to one of Heavy Metal’s greatest bassists that has ever lived… and to an album that YOU should not be living without! This album has made me a very, very happy Metalhead. Listen To Metal. Metal be thy name.

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HEAVY METAL MUSIC – Track Listing:

Heroic Dose

Soldierhead

…As The Crow Flies

Ampossible

Long Time Dead

Above All

King Of The Underdogs

Nocturnus

Twisted Tail Of The Comet

Kindevillusion

Futureality

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NEWSTED:

Jason Newsted – bass & vocals

Mike Mushok – guitars

Jessie Farnsworth – guitars & backing vocals

Jesus Mendez, Jr. – drums & percussion

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HEAVY METAL MUSIC Is Available Now On iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heavy-metal-music/id667605733

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* For More Info On NEWSTED:

Facebook: Jason Newsted

http://newstedheavymetal.com/

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LONG LIVE NEWSTED.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL MUSIC.

Stone.

MASSACRE RECORDS – Announces Great News For MESSENGER, ILLDISPOSED And SINISTER

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records is happy to announce that MESSENGER has signed on for another four-album deal!

Our long-term partnership with ILLDISPOSED and SINISTER will continue as well. Both bands have also extended their record deals for three new albums!

A&R Manager Thomas Hertler comments:

“We’re excited to continue working with them and are looking forward to the things to come!”

Want more good news?

New albums by ILLDISPOSED and SINISTER are planned to be released in the first half of 2014!

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* For More Info On MASSACRE RECORDS:

Website: http://www.massacre-records.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/massacrerec

MESSENGER:

http://www.messengerband.de

ILLDISPOSED:

http://www.illdisposed.com

SINISTER:

http://www.sinister-hailthebeast.com/

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LONG LIVE MESSENGER.

LONG LIVE ILLDISPOSED.

LONG LIVE SINISTER.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

Stone.

GWAR – Support The GWAR Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Extravaganza

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, horror metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, sports, sports news with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

GWAR - Super Bowl XLIX - promo flyer - 2013

As reported on the GWAR Facebook page:

This is the actual signing page for the petition to get GWAR to play the Super Bowl, which is growing by about 5000 signatures a day… I think we need about two million so lets get on it!

https://www.change.org/petitions/the-national-football-league-allow-gwar-to-perform-the-2015-super-bowl-halftime-show

GWAR - Battle Maximus - promo cover pic!

BATTLE MAXIMUS OUT NOW!!!

New album “Battle Maximus” available now here:

www.metalblade.com/gwar

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* For More Info On GWAR:

Facebook: Gwar

http://www.gwar.net

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METAL BLADE RECORDS:

http://www.metalblade.com

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LONG LIVE GWAR.

LONG LIVE THE SUPER BOWL.

Stone.

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