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On This Day In METAL History – April 26th… From MACHINE HEAD To HALESTORM

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Discografía Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

On April 26th, 1986Van Halen reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the first time with their seventh studio album: 5150. This was Van Halen’s (or Van Hagar, if you like) first album with the dynamic Sammy Hagar as their vocalist. 5150 spent three weeks on top of this chart. By the way, this 5150 album stirs up some really cool and good-times memories for me! Whoa.

Judas Priest -

On this day in 1986 – Metal legends Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their tenth studio album: Turbo. This album went on to sell one million (plus) copies in the United States, alone. By the way, this is my least favorite Judas Priest album and yet I do “like” it. The song Parental Guidance is featured on Turbo and it is one of the lamest Judas Priest songs ever recorded, in my Metal opinion. The title track is just plain strange. Whatever.

Halestorm - The Wild Life - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #HMO0526

On April 26th, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s very own Hard Rock ambassadors, HALESTORM, have their third studio album, Into The Wild Life, debuting at #5, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Congratulations, HALESTORM! Yeah!

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits large promo album pic!

On this day in 2015Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits makes a return to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, ranked at #151. This fantastic compilation of Aerosmith hits was originally released back in 1980, spending 44 non-consecutive weeks on this chart and peaking at #43. Folks, this album has spanned 4 decades of being a hot seller! Did someone say, timeless Hard Rock? Whoa and holy Metal!!

Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds - promo cover pic - 2014

On April 26th, 2015 – The eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, from the mighty MACHINE HEAD, is ranked at #33, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. MACHINE HEAD kicks METAL ass like there’s no tomorrow, on this album, by the way. If you don’t own this MACHINE HEAD album, you are a closet Bay City Rollers fan. Whoa!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – April 23rd… The Iconic LED ZEPPELIN

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - ticket stub - The Omni - Atlanta - 04 - 23 - 77 - #10423JPMO

On April 23, 1977 – The impeccable Led Zeppelin performed at The Omni, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The ticket price (shown above) was $10, in US funds. $10!! My Metal God Almighty, that is an unbelievable thing! Check out the concert setlist, below:

The Song Remains The Same, (The Rover intro) Sick Again, Nobody’s Fault But Mine, In My Time of Dying, Since I’ve Been Loving You, No Quarter, Ten Years Gone, Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Black Country Woman, Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, White Summer ~ Black Mountainside, Kashmir, (Out On the Tiles intro) Moby Dick, Jimmy Page solo, Achilles Last Stand, Stairway to Heaven, Rock and Roll, Trampled Underfoot.

* Source for above concert setlist: Led Zeppelin Official Website.

Led Zeppelin - Backstage Pass - Atlanta - 1977 - promo pic

Above: A backstage pass to this 1977 Led Zeppelin concert at The Omni.

Stone Says, About Led Zeppelin: Anytime I happen across Led Zeppelin history, I get those good chills. I believe that without Led Zeppelin, the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal sounds we hear today would not be the same. Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page with his melodic (and heavy) mastery and unique expression of scales and chords has certainly penetrated the building blocks of widespread Rock and Heavy Music. The guitar playing of Jimmy Page, to this day, is always like fresh rain water falling from the heavens, in my Metal opinion.

Vocalist Robert Plant and Jimmy Page equally gave each Led Zeppelin song its own identity, while bassist John Paul Jones and (the late) drummer John Bonham’s less is more styles of play can never be duplicated and only imitated. Metal be thy name. – Stone





CANCER BATS – Confirms Tour With Danzig And Pennywise

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Danzig - Pennywise - Cancer Bats - promo tour flyer - 2015 - #363621MOGD

Canadian Hardcore Punk metallers, CANCER BATS, who are currently on tour in Europe, are ecstatic to announce their inclusion on a string of North American dates with Danzig and Pennywise this July! The tour will commence July 11th in Pomona, California and run through fourteen cities, coming to a close on July 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vocalist Liam Cormier commented via e-mail from Switzerland: “Were so excited to be heading out with Danzig and Pennywise! Both bands have been our favorites since we first got into punk and metal so to have a chance to tour with both is like a dream come true! We’ll be ripping the pit and headbanging until we puke every night!!”

CANCER BATS’ previously announced performances on June 25th and 26th in Calgary and Edmonton had to be cancelled. Cormier clarifies: “Calgary and Edmonton, I’m so sorry that we have to cancel our upcoming shows in June! You know how much we love you ripping babes and bros and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t have good reason. The reason we can’t play is because are coming back in July to party with fucking Danzig and Pennywise! It’s going to be fuckin amazing! Sorry for June and see you in July!”

In the meantime, previously released CANCER BATS videos for the “Arsenic In The Year Of The Snake,” “Satellites,” and “True Zero” are currently streaming now at Fans in the US can order copies of Searching For Zero now at

CANCER BATS w/ While She Sleeps:

4/19/2015 Rockhal – Luxembourg, LU
4/20/2015 Petit bain – Paris, FR
4/22/2015 The Institute – Birmingham, GB
4/23/2015 The Ritz – Manchester, GB
4/24/2015 The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA – Norwich, GB
4/25/2015 Hit the Deck Festival – Bristol, GB
4/26/2015 Hit the Deck Festival – Nottingham, GB
4/28/2015 University – Newcastle, GB
4/29/2015 O2 ABC – Glasgow, GB 4/30/2015 Forum – London, GB
5/01/2015 Groezrock Festival – Meerhout, BE

w/ Danzig, Pennywise:

7/11/2015 Fox Theater Pomona – Pomona, CA *no Pennywise
7/12/2015 Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Flagstaff, AZ
7/14/2015 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
7/15/2015 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
7/17/2015 South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
7/18/2015 Club Brady – Tulsa, OK
7/19/2015 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland – Kansas City, MO
7/21/2015 The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
7/24/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
7/25/2015 Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
7/27/2015 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, BC
7/28/2015 Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
7/30/2015 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

During the summer of 2014, Toronto’s CANCER BATS spent several weeks with legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) at his studio in Venice, California. The Canadian act was pulled out of their normal, more winter-y element to the beaches of California for the tracking of Searching For Zero. Robinson and the band shared a singular vision to create a personal, vibrant album and the results are apparent.

In the series of four studio videos, the CANCER BATS – Liam Cormier, Scott Middleton, Jaye Schwarzer, and Mike Peters — will share their experiences during tracking, what it was like to work with Robinson and what made this recording session different from their previous records. Jaye Schwarzer stated in one episode, “Let everything that’s fake and bullshit fall to the wayside, and you’re left with like a raw, open wound.” Watch episode 1 now at and pre-order your copy on iTunes!

The beloved multiple-JUNO nominated Hardcore Punk Metal band’s fifth studio album, Searching For Zero, features ten tracks that are simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing CANCER BATS compositions to date.

The record incorporates the crude Hardcore Punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant, and the more Metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps And Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is CANCER BATS at their pinnacle – their “True Zero.”


Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info on CANCER BATS:






Ronnie James Dio Memorial Weekend Information From Ann Boleyn Of Hellion

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, Music, news with tags , , , on April 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Ann Boleyn - Hellion - publicity photo - 2015

From Ann Boleyn of Hellion:

Dear Friends,

This email is in response to those of you who have been asking for information about the events on May 15, 16, and 17, to honor the 5th Anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio.

Myself and members of Hellion will be performing at the free Memorial at Forest Lawn on May 16th, and also at the charity fundraiser BBQ on May 17th.  Please note that Hellion will not be performing as a band for these two events, but that individual members are performing.

There is plenty of seating outside on May 16th at Forest Lawn.  There is limited seating inside the auditorium at Forrest Lawn. If you would like to sit inside you will need to request tickets at I don’t know if there are any tickets left for the auditorium.  But, if you are interested in sitting inside you will need to contact the Dio Cancer Fund directly.  (If you can’t get tickets for the auditorium, you can watch the concert on the lawn).

For more information about these events, please go to the Dio Charity Fund’s website.


Ann Boleyn







On This Day In METAL History – April 17th… From KISS To AUGUST BURNS RED

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Shout It Out Loud - promo 45rpm - cover sleeve - 1976 - #077066KMO17

On April 17th, 1976 – The stupendous KISS had their hit single Shout It Out Loud ranked at #31, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the USA. This song is featured on the fourth studio album from KISS, released in 1976: Destroyer. Incredible stuff, it is.

Van Halen - Pretty Woman - 45rpm - promo cover - 1982 - #0417VHMO1

On this day in 1982 – The great VAN HALEN has their hit cover single (Oh) Pretty Woman ranked at #12, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the USA. This song is featured on VAN HALEN’s fifth studio album from 1982: Diver Down. The late Roy Orbison co-wrote and performed (Oh) Pretty Woman, releasing in 1964. Roy Orbison’s original version also hit #1 in 1964, on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ugly Kid Joe - Cats In The Cradle - promo 45rpm - cover sleeve - #0417UKJMO01

On April 17th, 1993UGLY KID JOE had their hit cover single Cat’s In The Cradle sitting at #7, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the USA. Harry Chapin (the late Folk Rock singer, songwriter and musician) co-wrote and recorded Cat’s In The Cradle; this Harry Chapin song version was originally released back in 1974. promoheader - 2014

On this day in 2015 – Sweden’s mighty SABATON achieve a sold out concert at the Agora Theatre, in Cleveland, Ohio. Whoa! SABATON are touring in support of their seventh studio album and Metal Odyssey’s #1 Metal Album Of 2014: Heroes.

August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #0417ABRMO

On April 17th, 2015 – Lancaster Pennsylvania’s AUGUST BURNS RED have their forthcoming studio album, Found In Far Away Places, ranked at #3, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album has a release date of June 30th, 2015.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – April 16th… From Aerosmith To David Lee Roth

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Aerosmith - Rocks - promo studio album - 1976 - #AMO76011

On April 16th, 1976 – The mighty Aerosmith began their tour in support of their fourth studio album Rocks, at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri. Long live Aerosmith!

David Lee Roth - Creem - Promo magazine cover pic - 1982 - #DLRMO69

Above: Creem – September 1982

On this day in 1993 – The charismatic and legendary David Lee Roth was arrested, along with 24 other people, in Washington Square Park in New York City. Diamond Dave allegedly bought a $5 bag of marijuana from an undercover police officer. Meanwhile, murders, rapes, assaults, kidnappings and home invasions continued throughout New York City.


KISS - Alive Worldwide - 96:97 - promo tour poster - #KMO33877

On April 16th, 1996 – The iconic KISS announced via a press conference, on the USS Intrepid in Manhattan, New York, that the band would embark on a massive reunion tour called: Alive/Worldwide. The original KISS lineup would once again tour together, for the first time since 1979. Whoa!

Metallica - Classic Band Logo - White on Black - #777493

Corrosion Of Conformity - Classic Logo!

On this day in 1997 – Metal legends Metallica and Corrosion Of Conformity performed at Riverfront Coliseum, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whoa!!

All That Remains - The Order Of Things - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #71707ATRMO

On April 16th, 2015All That Remains have the #1 album on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart with their seventh studio album: The Order Of Things. Excellent stuff!






BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH – Entering The Studio To Record New Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, Music, rock music with tags , , , on April 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Behold! The Monolith - live promo band pic - 2014 - #36634

Photo courtesy of Ides Bergen

Los Angeles Stoner Metal band BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH will be entering the studio May 8th with legendary producer Billy Anderson to record the follow-up to acclaimed 2012 release Defender, RedeemistThe as-yet untitled album is tentatively scheduled for a Summer 2015 release

The new album will mark the debut of vocalist Jordan Nalley who took the reigns following the tragic 2013 death of Kevin McDade in a car accident. The album will also be the first for new bassist Jason “Cas” Casanova (SASQUATCH).

The band has posted a video of its March 18th performance at Los Globos in L.A. Check it out at this location.


Source: ClawHammer PR







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