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HELLION – Announces New Contest And Free Download!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on July 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Hellion - Ann Boleyn - Maxxxwell Carlisle - 2015 - promo pic - Contest

From Hellion:

We just announced a new contest!  To enter, just tell us which cover song you’d like to hear Hellion record? The best 5 submissions will receive a Hellion prize pack. Enter your submissions here!

Also we just added the 1983 recording of Backstabber as a free download.  To get yours, go to the Official Hellion page, then look at the bottom right corner and click on the FREE button!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!







On This Day In METAL History – July 3rd… From VAN HALEN To LINDEMANN

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, news with tags , , , , on July 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Van Halen - Dancing In The Street - 45rpm cover sleeve - promo pic - #33033MONLSWLTG

On July 3rd, 1982 – The great Van Halen had their hit cover single Dancing In The Street ranked at #38, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Boo-yah!! This hit is featured on Van Halen’s fifth studio album from 1982: Diver Down. By the way, I absolutely love that Diver Down album. Whoa.

Scorpions - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #03282015MOS

On July 3rd, 1984 – The legendary SCORPIONS performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. This tour had the SCORPIONS promoting their ninth studio album: Love At First Sting. Man alive!

Stryper - Fallen - full image - promo abum cover pic - 2015 - #0625MOGNLLBSOGWL

On July 3rd, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album, Fallen, from the sensational Stryper is ranked at #86, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Fallen will be released on October 16th, 2015. Yeah, man!

Lindemann - Skills In Pills - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #07-03-33MOLLGATG

On July 3rd, 2015 – The newly released studio album, Skills In Pills, from Lindemann has debuted at #144, on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Jeepers creepers!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Pavement Music To Release Self-titled Album From Thrash Pioneers SONICK PLAGUE

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on July 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Sonick Plague - promo band pic - 2015 - #MOCTNIFHSLN03369

Pavement Music has announced a July 24 release for the self-titled, re-recorded and re-energized version of the 1988 debut from old-school thrash-masters Sonick Plague. Originally titled “What’s the Purpose,” this updated version of the album was recorded at the legendary Carriage House Studios and captures the powerful energy and grit of the origins of thrash metal.

Sonick Plauge are veterans (and some say) pioneers of the classic, thrash metal sound. This raw and lively sound originated in the hills of West Virginia in 1984. The lineup was solidified in Connecticut a few years later with founders Ken Cuccaro (drums) and Tim Meehan (guitars), along with Tony Teodoro (guitars) and Sean Donnelly (bass, vox).

Things started moving for Plague when they landed their first show at the legendary Anthrax in Norwalk, CT. Owners Shaun and Brian Sheriden signed the metal quartet to their own label (Anthrax Records) and the debut album, What’s the Purpose, was released in 1988. Immediately after the album’s release, Tim Meehan retreated south and (after an exhaustive search) was replaced by childhood friend Chuck Crilly (guitars). The band embarked on a self-supported tour and played alongside the likes of Death Angel, Voivod, Gwar, Pantera, Ludichrist, Crumbsuckers and many more. The tour took its toll on the guys and after a couple unsuccessful lineup changes, the band dissolved.

In 2012 Sonick Plague lost their beloved friend and brother Tony Teodoro. The tragic and untimely passing found Ken, Sean and Chuck talking again and soon back to their old musical form. Matt Dupre was recruited to round out the reformed band and a decision was made to re-record and release the debut album while they continue working on material for a follow-up.

Sonick Plague - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #033033MONS

Track List:

Street Wars

My Gun


I Don’t Want to Relax

View of Death

One Swift Kick

Misc Bullshit



Clawhammer PR - promo logo - 2015 - #0323CHMO

Source: ClawHammer PR

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Debut Album Of Finnish Metal Band BLACK .44 Is Completed, With Release Date Of August 28th 2015; Digisingle Releasing In July

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on July 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Black .44 - The Outlaw - promo album cover pic - 2015 - MO0222

BLACK .44 has been busy in the studio this spring. Their very first album is now ready and will be released on August 28th 2015 by Inverse Records. The album is called “No Blanks”. It contains 9 songs, which take the listener on a journey to the BLACK .44 world of strong riffs and feisty melodies. It’s spiced up with a pinch of southern metal and stoner vibes.

One of the songs, “The Outlaw”, will be available on July 24th 2015 as a digital download on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

“No Blanks” includes the following songs:

  1. Overcome
  2. Hometown Murderer
  3. The Red Saint
  4. Into the Grace
  5. Born Wrong
  6. The Outlaw
  7. The Eyes Above
  8. Shit Hits The Fan
  9. From Right to Wrong

More info:



Inverse Records - logo - #2015IRMO





MAGISTER TEMPLI – To Release ‘Into Duat’ On Cruz Del Sur Music In August

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on July 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Magister Templi - promo band photo - 2015 - #4408NIL

After having deeply explored the different aspects of Crowley’s philosophy on their previous releases Iao Sabao and Lucifer Leviathan Logos, Norwegian occult Heavy Metal band MAGISTER TEMPLI returns with its second full length, Into Duat, in which they focus thematically on some of the central myths and gods of Egyptian Mythology (“Duat” is the realm of the God Osiris).

Into Duat is targeted for release at the end of August, followed by an active live campaign, which will bring the band to play at the No Sleep Til Dublin Festival 2015 and afterwards on an European tour with Christian Mistress. Into Duat was recorded in Oslo between Evil Octopus and Sorcerer studios, with former band member Simon Aarset as technician.

As in their vinyl 7” release Nyarlathotep (2014), the band had moved even further away from their doom-inspired beginnings, towards a more open-minded musical experience strongly based on filthy traditional Heavy Metal. Heavy guitars, intense drumming and commanding vocals are key ingredients.

Track List:

  1. Creation
  2. The Lord of the Morning
  3. Osiris
  4. Horus the Avenger
  5. Anubis
  6. Sobek
  7. Slaying Apophis
  8. Destruction


For more info:

Magister Templi Facebook

Cruz Del Sur Music - Logo - B&W


Clawhammer PR - promo logo - 2015 - #0323CHMO

ClawHammer PR





On This Day In METAL History – July 1st… From BON JOVI To STRAIGHT LINE STITCH

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on July 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Bon Jovi - debut album - cover spread promo - 1984 - #69MO9633LGG

On July 1st, 1983Bon Jovi signed with Mercury Records. The following year, the debut and self-titled Bon Jovi album released, featuring the hit singles: Runaway and She Don’t Know Me. Holy smokes!

Iron Maiden - Maiden England - tour promo flyer - 2014 - #6933GALF

On July 1st, 2014 – On their Maiden England tour, the magnificent IRON MAIDEN performed at Herchesfeld in Roeser, Luxembourg. Run to the hills!

Straight Line Stitch - Transparency - promo CD flyer - 2015 - #3369MOGSNLB

On July 1st, 2015 – Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch has their newly released Transparency EP ranked at #6, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Far out, man!

Butcher Babies - Take It Like A Man - promo album cover pic - 2015 - OFRGALOTMS

Butcher Babies - Take It Like A Man - promo album banner pic - 2015 - #9969HBBNAGAGOT

On July 1st, 2015Butcher Babies have their forthcoming studio album, Take It Like A Man, ranked at #11, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This album will release on August 21st, 2015.


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On This Day In METAL History – June 30th… From ANDY SCOTT of SWEET To CINDERELLA

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

KISS "Love Gun" large promo album pic!

On June 30th, 1977KISS released their sixth studio album, via Casablanca Records: Love Gun. Yes, this is the KISS album that features the song, sung by Gene Simmons: Plaster Caster. You are a collector of sun-dried earthworms, if you don’t own this KISS album.

KISS - Marvel Comics - first issue - 1977 - #063077MOILMNSM

On June 30th, 1977Marvel Comics published the first KISS comic book. Blood aka plasma was drawn from each KISS member and added into the red ink for printing the comic. I’d have to say, without any question, that this moment in KISStory is… Metal.

LA Guns - The Ballad Of Jayne - 1990 - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #0630MONLSFAE

On June 30th, 1990L.A. Guns hits #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with The Ballad of Jayne. Holy smokes! This song is featured on the second studio album from L.A. Guns, released back in 1989: Cocked & Loaded.

Poison - Classic Logo - #777331205

Cinderella - Logo - Red White & Blue

Dokken - classic band logo - #333063015MOSANF

Slaughter - classic band logo - #0630MONASF15

On June 30th, 2000Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter all performed on the same night in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, at the Blossom Music Center. Now, that’s a Rockin’ lineup! Whoa and whoa again!

Disturbed - Immortalized - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #0630MOSANLEOI

On June 30th, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album, Immortalized (Deluxe Version), from the mighty DISTURBED is ranked at #5, on the U.S. iTunes Top 100 Rock Albums Chart. Immortalized will be DISTURBED’s sixth studio album, releasing on August 21st, 2015.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Sweet - classic band logo - #003033MOILMNASM

Andy Scott - Gibson Throne pic - Namm - 2015 - LA - Sweet Facebook Credit

Photo credit: The Sweet Facebook


On June 30th, 1949, Andy Scott was born in Wrexham, North Wales. Happy Birthday, Andy Scott! Yeah, man! Andy Scott is world-known as a guitarist, vocalist, co-songwriter and lifelong (classic) member for (The) SWEET. Make no mistake, Andy Scott and SWEET are true pioneers of Glam Metal and Hard Rock. SWEET have sold tens of thousands of records over the decades, along with a host of #1 singles to their credit.

SWEET released such timeless Rock songs as: Little Willy, Fox On The Run, Love Is Like Oxygen, The Ballroom Blitz and many, many others. Pictured above is Andy Scott, sitting on the Gibson (guitars) throne at NAMM in Los Angeles, 2015.

* For more bio on Andy Scott:


Stone and Ozzy - 060215 - #33SFLNAGAO





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