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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


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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.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

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.

Quiet Riot - promo band poster pic - circa 1983-1984 - #83

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.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




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.





BLASTFEST Announce Final Bands Including WATAIN

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

Blastfest - 2015 - February - promo festival flyer - Satyricon

The lineup announcements had to come to an end eventually and Blastfest have now revealed the final 3 bands to the main lineup. But that’s not to say what you see on the burgeoning Blastfest poster is all that’s happening. No, no, no, there will be more!

There’s already a lineup that would bring tears to the eyes of even the toughest metalhead with bands such as Demilich, Satyricon, Decapitated, Paradise Lost, At The Gates & Moonsorrow… and just last week a cruise up the Norwegian fjords with live bands was announced as part of the first days festivities. We still have to hear more… the clinics, the stand up comedy, the exhibitions, and lots more have yet to be revealed!

For now, let’s leave this here… Sweden’s Uppsala upstarts, the black metal powerhouse, the entity of its own who released possibly their best work to date just last year with ‘The Hunt’, yes, the mighty Watain have been announced as another Blastfest 2015 headliner. The festival has also welcomed Austria’s sickest death metal export Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench and Bergens blackened deaththrash horde Grimfist.

Watain - promo band pic - 2014 - #6679W


Are you sworn to the black? Well, then you’ll be happy to hear that the final Blastfest headliner for the sophomore edition of the festival will be none other than the Swedish legions of the black light, Watain! Prepare yourself for fire, brimstone, and the real deal; carcasses, blood, foul stench and hatred in abundance. Lawless darkness commence!

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Schrinec Does Pungent Stench

Blastfest bring you a nice little platter of splatter! Schrinec Does Pungent Stench! They will be playing the twisted material from the Austrian cult band’s first three albums. Basically there’s going to be some proper old school death metal coming your way.

Grimfist - classic band logo - B&W - 2014


Norwegian Grimfist released two highly-acclaimed albums around the turn of the century, and seemed to disappear into obscurity not long after. But lately, they’ve been at it again, flying high the banner of brutality! At Blastfest 2015 they will be doing their first show in eight years with an as-of-yet still undisclosed new lineup. You’re probably in for yet another all-star Norwegian ensemble!


Alfahanne | Aspherium | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Bömbers | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Falloch | Finntroll | Gehenna | Grimfist | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Kall | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Naer Mataron | Orange Goblin | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Purple Hill Witch | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | Satyricon | Schrinec Plays Pungent Stench | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Watain | Winterfylleth | Wyruz


Check out the Official Blastfest Spotify Playlist:

Blastfest will be held 18-21st February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. 

4 Days | 4 Venues | 60 Bands | Exhibitions | Clinics | Stand Up Comedy | Tattoo Convention | Theme DJ’s 

Tickets on sale now:

Blastfest - Norway - Feb - 2015 - small festival flyer promo


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On This Day In METAL History – October 28th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Alice Cooper - The Muppets - 1978 Episode - promo pic - #1978AC

Photo Credit: Jim Henson Productions, Inc.

On October 28th, 1978 – The legendary Alice Cooper made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show. Alice Cooper performed the classics: Welcome to my Nightmare, You and Me and School’s Out.

Queen - Jazz - promo album cover pic - #100FM

On this day in 1978 – The mighty Queen kicked off a tour in support of their seventh studio album Jazz, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Jazz was released back in November of 1978.

KISS meets the phantom of the park - promo movie flyer pic - 1978 - #33PC

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28th, 1978 – KISS Meets The Phantom of the Park airs as the NBC Movie Of The Week.

Aerosmith - Love In An Elevator - single cover sleeve promo - 1989 - #1ST

On October 28th, 1989Aerosmith hits and peaks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their hit Love In An Elevator. This cool song is featured on Aerosmith’s tenth studio album Pump, released in September of 1989.

Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood - promo cover pic - #1980S

On this day in 1989Mötley Crüe hits and peaks at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, with their single Dr. Feelgood. This memorable song is the title track featured on the Dr. Feelgood studio album, released in September of 1989.

KISS - Carnival Of Souls - promo album pic - 1997 - #17ES

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28, 1997 – KISS released their 17th studio album, Carnival of Souls.

Temple Of The Dog - promo album cover pic - #44CC

On October 28th, 2003 – At a Pearl Jam concert in Santa Barbara, California, vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden joined the band onstage for an unexpected reunion of the supergroup Temple of the DogHunger Strike and Reach Down were the two songs performed from the 1991 Temple Of The Dog studio album.

KISS - Love Gun - Deluxe - promo cover pic - 2014 - #100GS

On this day in KISSTORY – October 28th, 2014 – KISS Love Gun (Deluxe Edition) is released. It is the original album/newly remastered; plus 11 rare and unreleased demos and live tracks. Metal be thy name!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – October 27th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on October 27, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality album logo pic!

On October 27th, 1970 – The legendary Black Sabbath began their first tour of North America at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. During this historic tour, Black Sabbath would share the stage with the likes of Alice Cooper, The James Gang, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, Badfinger, and Mungo Jerry.

Motorhead - Bomber - promo cover pic - 180 gram vinyl

On this day in 1979Motörhead releases their third studio album: Bomber. Along with the title track, this Motörhead album also features the classic tracks: Stone Dead Forever and Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Def Leppard - Hysteria - promo album cover pic - #33BB

On October 27th, 1988Def Leppard performed their final concert in support of their studio album Hysteria. This concert took place at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA. Sadly, this concert was also their final performance with original guitarist Steve Clark who passed away in 1991 at the very young age of 30.

Slaughter - Fly To The Angels - promo CD single pic - #2010MS

Above: Slaughter Fly To The Angels CD single front cover.

Slaughter - Fly To The Angels - promo cover pic - 7 inch single - #2000MS

Above: Slaughter Fly To The Angels 7″ front cover sleeve

On this day in 1990Slaughter hits #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with Fly to the Angels. This up-tempo power ballad is featured on Slaughter’s 1990 studio album, Stick It To Ya, released via Chrysalis Records. Stick It To Ya has been certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

ACDC - The Razors Edge - promo album cover pic - #900MY

On October 27th, 1990AC/DC peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with The Razors Edge.  This marked the eleventh studio album released internationally for AC/DC and the twelfth studio album released in Australia. The Razors Edge features the hits Thunderstruck and Moneytalks, going on to sell five million (plus) copies in the United States alone.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

K.K. Downing - Judas Priest - MegaMetal trading card - promo pic - #44KKD


Born on October 27th, 1951, in West Bromwich, England was K.K. Downing. Happy birthday, K.K.! Whoa yeah!! K.K. Downing was a co-founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the legendary Judas Priest.

K.K. Downing officially left Judas Priest, in April of 2011. Above photo is the 1991 Mega Metal K.K. Downing trading card, part of a 150 card set, released by Impel. Long live K.K. Downing!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – October 26th…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride - 45 single - promo pic - #1968S - yellow

On October 26th, 1968Steppenwolf hits #3 in the U.S. with their hit Magic Carpet Ride. This classic song is featured on the second studio album from Steppenwolf: The Second. How’s that for a play on words? Read it all again if you didn’t get it. Whoa!

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds - promo single cover sleeve - #69EP

On this day in 1969Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley was a hit, everywhere. Yup.

FOREIGNER "Head Games" large promo album pic

On October 26th, 1979Foreigner hits #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with Dirty White Boy. This Hard Rock classic is featured on Foreigner’s fabulous third studio album: Head Games.

Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure - promo single sleeve cover - #QDB15

On this day in 1981Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie was released as a single. This eventual classic song would later peak at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Extreme - Hole Hearted - promo single sleeve cover pic - #1991E

On October 26th, 1991Extreme hits #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with Hole Hearted. This mid-tempo acoustical song is featured on Extreme’s second studio album from 1990: Extreme II: Pornograffitti. This Extreme album is also certified double-platinum in the U.S., by the RIAA.

RUSH - 2112 - promo cover pic!

On this day in 20062112 by RUSH was named a MasterWork in Canadian sound recording, by The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada. This historic ceremony took place at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Canada. This prestigious honor ensured that 2112 would be preserved for future generations. 2112 was released back in 1976 and is the fourth studio album from RUSH.

Aerosmith - Back On The Road Tour - promo band pic - band logo - 2011

On October 26th, 2011 – The mighty Aerosmith performed at the Personal Rock Festival in Asunción, Paraguay, at Jockey Club Paraguayo. This concert was part of Aerosmith’s 2011 Back On The Road Tour.

Sleep Tight - promo movie poster - #2012OCT26

On this day in 2012 – The Spanish Horror film, Sleep Tight, was released in the United States. This fright flick was directed by Jaume Balagueró.

Silent Hill Revelation 3D - promo movie poster pic - 2012

On October 26th, 2012 – The Horror film, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, was released in theaters. This scary flick was written and directed by Michael J. Bassett.

King Diamond - North American Tour - 2014 - promo banner

On this day in 2014 – The legendary King Diamond is performing tonight at The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah. Metal be thy name!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1





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