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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).

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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

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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!”

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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

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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.

ICED EARTH – Reveals Album Art & Track List For “Plagues Of Babylon”

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

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ICED EARTH have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new album “Plagues of Babylon” which will be out in early 2014!

As reported on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

Friends,

We are proud to present you with the new cover art for “Plagues of Babylon”. This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover. I’m sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.

I hope you enjoy this preview! Much more exciting news coming very soon!

In Metal,

Jon Schaffer

Tracklist:

1. Plagues of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman

Artwork painted by Eliran Kantor.

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* For More Info On ICED EARTH:

http://www.icedearth.com

Facebook: Iced Earth

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CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS:

http://www.centurymedia.com

http://www.cmdistro.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE ELIRAN KANTOR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Stone Says HEY! On This METAL Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, politics, rock music with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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HEY! In the past, whenever I posted random blab, I’ve used the heading: Some Metal And Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; today I’ve decided not to. No big deal. Change is good, no matter how big or minuscule. It’s Wednesday, September 25th and I absolutely have no clue as to where the first 8 months of 2013 went. Do you?

HEY! I still haven’t really organized my CD collection since moving to Ohio, unless you consider neat and non-alphabetized stacks of CD’s located everywhere in my house an organizational accomplishment! I buy CD’s still cause I’m old school. I buy used and new vinyl albums cause I’m undoubtedly very old school. The new CD I bought yesterday (on CD release Tuesday) is at the top of this post. That’s right. MEGADETH. Countdown To Extinction. LIVE. This CD kicks unadulterated live Metal ass. ‘Nuff said.

HEY! Yesterday, I was searching for the new ONSLAUGHT CD, VI. I couldn’t find it. I will special order this CD from a local (indie) record store in Dayton, Ohio, which is named: OMEGA MUSIC. This is a bona fide used vinyl and CD store that I will proudly shop at! Let’s face it, the indie record shops are our future; large retail chains are consistently downsizing their CD selections. Dummies. Funny thing is, it’s the indie stores that went out of business so many years ago, due to the large CD retailers; and now the market needs MORE indie record shops!

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I absolutely cannot get enough of this double live CD from German Thrash Metal Legends: KREATOR. Just a remarkable live release!

HEY! The first time I ever saw MEGADETH was on the DIO Live Evil tour. That’s right! SAVATAGE was the opening band too! Heavy Metal icons, all. Good Metal times. It’s bands like MEGADETH that I cherish, due to the consistency of album releases, touring and (of course) quality of Metal. Thou Shall Never Take Thy Metal Legends For Granted!

HEY! On a (personal) closing note, I’m very, very proud of (Texas) Senator Ted Cruz. His taking action to filibuster on the Senate floor yesterday, into the night and straight through as I write this, to me is admirable. This is The United States Of America and lately it feels like many laws and regulations have been driven down the throats of “We The People” without much debate… if any debate at all. Scary. The issue at hand, regarding Senator Cruz’s filibuster is about Obamacare. This national healthcare law begins to go into effect on October 1st, 2013. It’s a long story. My best advice (for those who are not in the know) is to go back in time and research BOTH the Democrat and Republican arguments, concerning Obamacare.

That’s all I really have to blab about for now. I hope y’all have a GRAND Metal Wednesday and rest of the week! If you like to read MORE of my blabbing about Metal, Metal Buddies, sports, food, politics, critters, monsters, weather, animal rights and (often times) nonsensical stuff, please follow me on twitter! Here’s my twitter link for y’all:

https://twitter.com/metalodyssey

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LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS. METAL WARRIORS. ‘NUFF SAID.

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LONG LIVE MEGADETH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE SENATOR TED CRUZ.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

Ripple Music Unveils Heavy Ripples Distribution – Psych, Stoner, Doom And More

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, record labels, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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What’s the Hot New Place to Get The Best Music From the Heavy Underground?

North America’s Exclusive Distributor for Vincerebus Eruptum – the voice of the underground

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Five years in the making, Ripple Music is proud to announce the creation of Heavy Ripples Distro (heavyripples.bigcartel.com), the best new source to find LP’s, CD’s, 7″‘s, Tee’s, Magazines, and more from some of the most esteemed bands in the heavy underground.

Noting that the burgeoning underworld of bands pumping out stoner, doom, heavy psych and metal mania were horribly under-served by today’s current distribution system, Racer and Pope–the head honchos of the hard-rocking Label, Ripple Music– decided that something had to be done.  Knowing that there were tons of excellent heavy bands that couldn’t get widespread distribution because they weren’t “hot enough” for some of the current heavy distributors, or not signed to a big enough label, Racer and Pope decided to put together a Distro that could benefit from the years of experience and channels they’d gained with Ripple Music.

And Heavy Ripples Distro was born.

Featuring heavy bands from North America, Europe, Australia, South America and beyond, Heavy Ripples doesn’t discriminate against bands who may not move 100 copies or are self-produced and totally D.I.Y.  The only criteria for Heavy Ripples is that the bands rock- pure, unadulterated riff-mad heaviness.  Utilizing a “bare minimum” fee strategy, Heavy Ripples Distro offers bands the opportunity to have their music distributed world-wide with the lowest possible fees, allowing the bands to recoup the greatest return on their music while getting maximum exposure and the opportunity to offer their music to heavy rock fans at the best prices on the web. It’s an entirely new model for heavy music distribution and one Heavy Ripples Distro hopes can maximize the viral spread of the heavy rock.

Recognizing the dedication Heavy Ripples Distro has to the underground scene, some of the leading Labels in heavy rock jumped at the chance to join in, with Labels like Cosmic Artifactz, Buried by Time and Dust, PsychDoomelic, and Ozium Records all offering the best of their heaviness.

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And there’s more. Heavy Ripples Distro is now the exclusive North American Distributor of Vincerebus Eruptum (www.vincebuseruptum.it), the world’s leading magazine devoted to the stoner, doom, and heavy psych rock scene.  Produced in Italy, Vincerebus Eruptum brings interviews, features, news, and reviews of such heavy legends as Colour Haze, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats Orchid, Kadavar, Witchraft, and more.  All in a slick, full-color format and for only $7 per issue.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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LONG LIVE RIPPLE MUSIC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STRYPER “Revelation” (Official Lyric Video) Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock videos with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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STRYPER – On November 5th, 2013, the eighth original studio album from STRYPER, No More Hell To Pay, will be released via Frontiers Records. A stirring and fabulous song that is featured on this forthcoming STRYPER album is Revelation. Below, you can follow this song’s lyrics while cranking up the Heavy Metal!! Just a fantastically well-written and executed song. By the way, the guitar solo is nothing short of maximum whiz-bang! Metal be thy name.

STRYPER REVELATION (Official Lyric Video)

Is:

STONE’S METAL PICK OF THE DAY! 

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STRYPER:

Michael Sweet – lead vocals & lead Guitar

Robert Sweet – drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & vocals

Timothy Gaines – bass & vocals

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* For More Info On STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

http://www.stryper.com

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FRONTIERS RECORDS:

 www.frontiers.it

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LONG LIVE STRYPER.

Stone.

A Very METAL Friday The 13th List… Check It Out, If YOU Dare!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Alright. Metal Odyssey hasn’t done a list in quite some time. What better time for a list, than on the very melancholy Friday the 13th? WARNING: This list contains LOTS of… METAL. This list has a theme and it’s not difficult to figure out; unless you’re an ABBA fan, that is.

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MEGADETH – THIRTEEN

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WEDNESDAY 13 – SPOOK & DESTROY

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ANVIL – THIS IS THIRTEEN

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THIRTEEN BLED PROMISES – HELIOPAUSE FLEETS 

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OVERKILL - KILLBOX 13

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BLACK SABBATH – 13

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WEDNESDAY 13 – CALLING ALL CORPSES

13 Candles - Happy Death Day - demo cover pic - 1993

13 CANDLES – HAPPY DEATH DAY (Demo)

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13 WINTERS – DARK PALACE OF WATERFALLS

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Feel free to add your 13 cents to this list with a comment! Thank  you for spending some quality METAL time, on this Friday the 13th, with Metal Odyssey.

METAL BE THY NAME. 

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE CREEPINESS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH. 

Stone.

GUITAR WORLD – NEWSTED “HEAVY METAL MUSIC” CONTEST > HERE’S THE DETAILS!

Posted in Guitar, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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NEWSTED METALHEADS!!! Guitar World is giving you the chance to win a copy of HEAVY METAL MUSIC on vinyl and a signed poster! Two runners-up will win HEAVY METAL MUSIC on CD and an unsigned poster.

Click here to enter: http://www.guitarworld.com/enter-win-new-newsted-album-heavy-metal-music-and-signed-poster

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Get your hands on the new issue of Guitar World! The November, 2013 issue features Dream Theater’s legendary John Petrucci. Order your copy now, right here: online store.

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(Source: Jason Newsted Facebook)

http://newstedheavymetal.com/

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LONG LIVE NEWSTED.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

LONG LIVE GUITAR WORLD.

Stone.

Queensrÿche “Fallout” (Official Video): Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Queensrÿche – At year’s end, the ever legendary Queensrÿche are poised to have their new and self-titled album on Metal Odyssey’s Best Of 2013 lists and for legit reasons: Queensrÿche has been rejuvenated with newfound (and very welcomed) passion and vibes of Heavy Rockin’ electricity, which I hear and feel within their new songs; and Fallout is just one fantastic example!

With new (and accomplished) lead vocalist Todd LaTorre, the energy and sound of Queensrÿche has been refueled on their newest release; while my Metal expectations for this new incarnation of Queensrÿche have been unbelievably satiated at least two-fold! A memorable Queensrÿche album it is, so I’ve been convinced. Metal be thy name!

Queensrÿche Fallout Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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Queensrÿche was released on June 25th, 2013, via Century Media Records.

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* For More Info On Queensrÿche:

Facebook: Queensrÿche

http://www.queensrycheofficial.com

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Century Media Records:

http://www.centurymedia.com

http://www.cmdistro.com

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Long Live Queensrÿche.

Stone.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Guitar World Cover Feature For October 2013 Issue

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by Guitar World:

Inside the most eagerly awaited hard rock album of the year! After a yearlong hiatus during which they healed from the death of The Rev and put their lineup back in order, Avenged Sevenfold come back stronger than ever with Hail to the King, their new hard rock-infuenced album.

Also in this issue, the guitarists of Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth and other Mayhem Festival acts share their unadulterated responses to our annual metal survey.

Get your copy today for $7.99

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

M. Shadows – Vocals

Synyster Gates – Lead Guitar

Zacky Vengeance – Rhythm Guitar

Johnny Christ – Bass

Arin Ilejay – Drums

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* For More Info On AVENGED SEVENFOLD:

Facebook: Avenged Sevenfold

http://avengedsevenfold.com

GUITAR WORLD:

http://www.guitarworld.com

http://www.twitter.com/guitarworld

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LONG LIVE AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

LONG LIVE GUITAR WORLD.

Stone.

EPYSODE – New Album “Fantasmagoria” To Be Released On October 11th!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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The dark progressive/power metal project EPYSODE returns with its sophomore album Fantasmagoria on October 11th.

The successor to “Obsessions” (2011) was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen studio in Denmark (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Amaranthe a.m.m.)

Beside band leader Samuel Arkan, the following vocalists and musicians contributed to “Fantasmagoria”:

Tom S. Englund (Evergrey)

Henning Basse (Melium, Uli Jon Roth)

Ida Haukland (Triosphere)

Matt Marinelli (Borealis)

Tezzi Persson (Between The Silence)

Mike LePond (Symphony X)

Léo Margarit (Pain Of Salvation)

Julien Spreutels (Ethernity)

Simone Mularoni (DGM)

The quite unusual thing is that all these guests came to the Noise Factory studio (Belgium) to track down their parts. Nobody recorded his/her parts at home, like with some many other projects.

“I wanted the whole thing to get a real “band” feeling”, Arkan says. “Therefore having all vocalists and musicians here was very important to me. We got to know each other better and better while spending time together. The new material sounds very fresh, dark, heavy, modern and “true” with “straight in the face” guitar riffs, intense voices and melodies, massive work on progressive atmospheres and orchestral parts. All the artists who participated in this album gave their soul to it, gave their best, they travelled deeper into sensitivity and sincerity. That’s probably the best words which define “Fantasmagoria”… sincerity & spontaneity ! This album comes from the heart of each musician and vocalist who worked on it, and you can feel it when you listen to this new EPYSODE album.”

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Fantasmagoria – Track Listing:

01. File-41-80-2

02. The Arch

03. Morning Rose

04. Venom

05. The Black Parade

06. T.H.O.R.N.S.

07. Garden Of Exile

08. Raven’s Curse

09. Living Fortress

10. Fantasmagoria

11. The Inheritance

12. Now And Forever

13. Forgotten Symphony

14. Unreal

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(Source: AFM Records)

* For More Info On EPYSODE:

Facebook: EPYSODE

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AFM RECORDS:

http://www.afm-records.de

http://shop.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE EPYSODE.

Stone.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG – 2013 TOUR DATES; FREE MP3 AVAILABLE

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG – The ever legendary and NWOBHM pioneers, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, will be on tour beginning September 28th in Belgium! Take a look below for their tour dates and check out the link for a FREE mp3 download that’s still available from TYGERS OF PAN TANG… Metal be thy name!

TYGERS OF PAN TANG – Tour Dates:

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG – AMBUSH IS OUT NOW!

FOR A FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD OF SPEED, FEATURED ON AMBUSH, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW! WHOA!!

https://soundcloud.com/rocksector/tygers-of-pan-tang-speed

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AMBUSH was released back in September, 2012, in North America, via Rocksector Records. Ambush was directed and engineered by the also legendary Chris Tsangarides.

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Robb Weir – guitars

Jacopo Meille – vocals

Micky Crystal – guitars

Gavin Gray – bass

Craig Ellis – drums & percussion

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* For More Info On TYGERS OF PAN TANG:

Facebook: Tygers Of Pan Tang

http://www.tygersofpantang.com

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LONG LIVE TYGERS OF PAN TANG.

Stone.

ANTHRAX “ANTHEMS” – A MUST Own! Legendary ANTHRAX Covers The Classics!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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ANTHRAX – Any red-blooded Metalhead knows that the (unreal) legendary ANTHRAX likes to have some extra fun with their Metal; and this goes back to those golden years of the 80′s. With Anthems, ANTHRAX definitely exhibits their appetite for Classic Rock with contagious and Heavy Rockin’ fun once again! With 6 cover songs, along with their original studio version of Crawl and a Crawl Remix, ANTHRAX have delivered a doozie of an EP to their fans (like myself).

ANTHRAX doesn’t cover these Rock classics with a Thrash Metal attack, as I had expected they would; instead ANTHRAX stays quite true to the original’s structures and gives these songs a much more harder, heavier and energetic push. Joey Balladonna just has an incredible knack for sounding like he should have been a huge Classic Rock star back in the glorious ’70′s. Joey Belladonna sounds grand on every song, from top-to-bottom.

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Above: Digipak Cover Art

The entire band grabs ahold of Anthem, TNT, Smokin’, Keep On Runnin’, Big Eyes and Jailbreak as if they truly thought this entire project over for years. There’s never a point where I wince or question as to why ANTHRAX have chosen to play these classics in such a classic way. Crawl (from 2011′s Worship Music) fits right into the mix of these Classic Rock gems. I guess  I never listened upon Crawl as being such a genuine Classic Rock song, up until now. The Crawl Remix is given much higher vibes, courtesy of the orchestration from Michael Lord.

ANTHRAX have proven to my ears their sincere appreciation for the Classic Rock era with Anthems. If you’re as loyal to the classics and ANTHRAX as I am, then this EP is an absolute, 100% must! ANTHRAX is a band that should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… NOW! Metal be thy name.

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ANTHEMS – Track Listing & Info:

Anthem (Rush)

TNT (AC/DC)

Smokin’ (Boston)

Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)

Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)

Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)

Crawl

Crawl Remix

Special guest keyboard performance on Smokin’ by Fred Mandel.

Special guest guitar solo on Jailbreak by Phil Campbell.

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Scott Ian – guitars

Charlie Benante – drums and guitars

Joey Belladonna – vocals

Frank Bello – bass

Rob Caggiano – lead guitar

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* ANTHRAX Anthems was released on March 19th, 2013, in North America, via Megaforce Records.

Artwork: Steven Thompson

Art Direction and Concept: Charlie

Graphic Design: Douglas Heusser

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* For More Info On ANTHRAX:

Facebook: Anthrax

http://anthrax.com

http://anthraxarmy.com

http://twitter.com/anthrax

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LONG LIVE ANTHRAX.

LONG LIVE CLASSIC ROCK.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – METAL Legends Have A NEW Website; And Yes It Kicks Ass!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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WITCH CROSS HAS A BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

CHECK IT OUT NOW… CAUSE IT KICKS 100% METAL ASS!

YES… IT ROCKS TOO!

METAL BE THY NAME.

CLICK HERE: http://www.witchcross.dk

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WITCH CROSS AXE TO GRIND IS OUT NOW!!

Read the Metal Odyssey album review for Axe To Grind:

WITCH CROSS “Axe To Grind” – A Legendary Return To Metal Prominence!

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on July 31, 2013.

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* For More Info On WITCH CROSS:

Facebook: Witch Cross

Twitter: https://twitter.com/witchcrossdk

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HELLS HEADBANGERS:

Facebook: HELLS HEADBANGERS

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com

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LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION “Hands Up” Lyric Video Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BIG DAD RITCH

Photo Credit: Carved Records

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION – Red Dirt Metal. THC. Straight from the grand state of Texas, TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION are here to stay and this badass band brings it! I’ve been spreading the Metal word about THC for quite some time now and I’ll NEVER stop. Below is the heavy hittin’ and tree splittin’ lyric video for, Hands Up; a hit from THC’s 2012 studio album Peacemaker. This lyric video for Hands Up is also:

Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Play it LOUD and be glad I told you so. Metal be thy name.

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Big Dad Ritch – Vocals

John Exall – Bass Guitar

Cord Pool – Guitar

Gunnar Molton – Drums

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TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION – PEACEMAKER

Released on August 12th, 2012, via Carved Records.

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If y’all wanna read the Metal Odyssey album review for THC’s Peacemaker, click on that kick-ass link below! Whoa!

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION ‘PEACEMAKER’ – A Paramount Hard & Heavy Rock Album; One You Should Be Required To Own

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on August 21, 2012.

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* For More Info On TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION:

Facebook: Texas Hippie Coalition

http://www.thcoutlaw.com

http://www.twitter.com/thcofficial

CARVED RECORDS:

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http://www.carvedrecords.com

Facebook: Carved Records

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LONG LIVE TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION.

LONG LIVE RED DIRT METAL.

Stone.

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