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HAMMER KING ‘Kingdom Of The Hammer King’ Coming May 5th On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Hammer King - Kingdom Of The Hammer King - promo album cover pic - 2015

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC will release the debut album Kingdom of the Hammer King from new epic Power Metal sensation HAMMER KING on May 5th in North America!


 HAMMER KING represent the perfect, balanced heavy sound of the German Power Metal tradition, highlighted by  the right dose of epic tones. The music  moves around the figure of singer/guitarist/composer Titan Fox (ROSS THE BOSS’ singer). The line-up is completed by former SALTATIO MORTIS drummer Dolph A. Macallan, K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitar. All the musicians involved in this band have an aged and trained background in Metal music, as demonstrated through the masterful Kingdom of the Hammer King!

What surprises most on the album is the catchy immediacy of the compositions. Indeed, the melodies and glorious guitar solos embed and remain in the brain. “Aderlass;  blood of Sacrifice,” “Chancellor of Glory,” and the title track are a perfect examples of epic Power Metal anthems that’ll have you singing at the top of your lungs and fist-pumping for the duration. All killer, no filler; Kingdom of the Hammer King is the complete package!

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Kingdom Of The Hammer King was recorded and produced at the Greywolf Studios by POWERWOLF’s own Charles Greywolf. The cover artwork was created by German Artist Timo Würz who was able to capture with his art  the essence and power of the band. The LP version will include a bonus track “Leather Indians (of Steel).”

You can get a taste of HAMMER KING by listening to the album’s title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3a0Q7xKoj0

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“I like to think there is a little bit of Metal in everything Wishbone Ash does. If I were to recommend one Heavy Metal band to listen to, it would be HAMMER KING” – Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

“Hammer King is the real deal. Power Metal at its best!” – Ross the Boss

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Kingdom Of The Hammer King – Track List:

I) Kingdom of the Hammer King
I am the King
Aderlass; The Blood of Sacrifice
Chancellor of Glory
II) I am the Hammer King
Blood Angels
Visions of A Healed World
Figure in The Black
We Are The Hammer
III) Glory to the Hammer King

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Source:

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* For more info:

http://www.hammer-king.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thehammerking

www.cruzdelsurmusic.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HAMMER KING.

LONG LIVE POWER METAL.

Stone.

JUDAS PRIEST “Defenders Of The Faith” – Returns To Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart At #170 – With 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith - special 30th anniversary deluxe edition - promo cover pic - 2015 - #84JPDOTFMO

Metal legends Judas Priest have returned to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, at #170, with their remastered, Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Defenders Of The Faith. Originally released back in January of 1984, Defenders Of The Faith has been highly regarded as a Metal jewel, these past 30 years, among Judas Priest and Metal fans alike.

The original release has been certified Platinum in the U.S.A. by the RIAA. The original Defenders Of The Faith release has previously spent 37 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and peaked at #18. This is a Metal album that has helped recruit generations of Judas Priest fans, without any question.

Defenders Of The Faith was the ninth studio album released by Judas Priest and the revival of this Metal classic is a proud statement within the world of Metal. With such beloved Metal songs as Freewheel Burning, Some Heads Are Gonna Roll, Love Bites, The Sentinel, Eat Me AliveRock Hard Ride FreeHeavy Duty and the Anthemic title track, this Judas Priest album has earned its status as timeless. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith - Deluxe Edition - 2015 - promo pic - #80SJPMODOTF84

This 3CD edition comes with 2 live CD’s (see info below).

* Defenders Of The Faith was remastered by producer Tom Allom.

CD 1Defenders of the Faith – Remastered

21 song live concert CD breakdown:

CD 2 – Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

CD 3 – Live at Long Beach Arena, California 5th May 1984

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Purchase here:

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Defenders30_Amz?IQid=fb.jp

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Defenders30_iT?IQid=fb.jp

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* For more info on JUDAS PRIEST:

Website: http://www.JudasPriest.co

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – The Iconic RANDY RHOADS Remembered

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Randy Rhoads - Guitar World Cover promo - June 1987 - #777RRMO03

Above: Guitar World cover feature – June, 1987

Randy Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956 and tragically passed away on March 19th, 1982 at the very young age of 25. During a tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads passed away from injuries sustained in a small plane crash, in Leesburg, Florida. Randy Rhoads to this very minute, is mentioned, discussed and immortalized on both social media and within the entire Heavy Metal and Hard Rock communities.

Beloved music legends that have made an impact on countless fans and musicians, worldwide, never die; Randy Rhoads is one such beloved legend and his spirit still speaks to us all through his recorded guitar playing. Randy Rhoads made his biggest impact while with Ozzy Osbourne, with touring and being featured on Ozzy’s first two studio albums along with one full-length live album.

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Above: Guitar Magazine (August – 1990)

The launching pad to world fame began for Randy Rhoads when he and Kelly Garni founded Quiet Riot, initially under the band name of Mach 1. Randy would be featured on the first two studio albums from Quiet Riot, both released in Japan only, back in 1977 and 1978. From his humble beginnings with Quiet Riot to global stardom with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads would become a pioneer of the Neo-Classical guitar movement and an entire new book on the meaning of Heavy Metal was written. Once a Randy Rhoads guitar riff and/or solo gets stuck in my head, it’s there for days! I believe I’m not the only one who can say that either.

Through the pages of Heavy Metal history, it has been well documented that Randy Rhoads was a guitar teacher and touched many musicians lives, while growing up within a musical family. The Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California, was started by Randy Rhoads’ mother Delores Rhoads and exists to this day, currently being run by Randy’s brother: Kelle Rhoads. If you want to read an insightful and touching remembrance of Randy Rhoads as a guitar teacher, you must read the story written by the famed and talented guitarist Janet Robin, by clicking the link below:

http://guitarkadia.com/emon/guest-post/my-guitar-lessons-with-randy-rhoads/

I have compiled below, a pictorial discography of Randy Rhoads. Man, I wish I owned the first two Quiet Riot albums! Please let me know if there is any rare album missing from the list. Long live the musical spirit of Randy Rhoads. Metal be thy name. – Stone

RANDY RHOADS – DISCOGRAPHY

Quiet Riot - debut self titled album - promo cover pic - #77QRRRMO

QUIET RIOT – debut & self-titled (1977)

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QUIET RIOT – II (1978)

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QUIET RIOT – The Randy Rhoads Years (1993)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Blizzard Of Ozz (1980)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Live EP (1980)

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OZZY OSBOURNE – Diary Of A Madman (1981)

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OZZY OSBOURNE / RANDY RHOADS – Tribute

(live album/1987)

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RANDY RHOADS – TRIBUTE ALBUMS:

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Randy Rhoads – Tribute (2000)

This Tribute album to Randy Rhoads features cover songs of ten Ozzy Osbourne classics that Randy helped write and (of course) played on. Featured guest artists include: Sebastian Bach, Joe Lynn Turner, Jake E. Lee, Mark Slaughter, etc.

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Above: Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute was released on March 2nd of this month. A potpourri of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bruce Kulick, Tom Morello, Brad Gillis, etc.) contribute in covering many Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne songs that Randy Rhoads wrote and played on.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, RANDY RHOADS.

Stone.

5 METAL Albums I Can’t Live Without: The 90’s Edition, Part 1

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Overkill - classic band logo - green - #90OKMOBE

Since we all love to revisit our favorite Metal albums from yesteryear, here are my Five Metal Albums I Cannot Live Without: The 90’s Edition, Part 1. This list is in no particular order and you can expect for me to include EP’s for this or future Metal discussions. If you cannot live without any of the following Metal albums as well, feel free to blab about it with a comment! Metal be thy name!

King Diamond - The Graveyard - promo album cover pic - original cover - 1996 - #90KDMOTG

King Diamond – The Graveyard

King Diamond released 4 studio albums during the 90’s and The Graveyard is from 1996. Following his modus operandi, King Diamond’s The Graveyard is an evil concept album, one that never ceases to amaze and spook me, time after time.

My favorite song from this album is I Am; a King Diamond song that sends chills through each molecule of my body and it’s truly due to King Diamond’s jaw-dropping falsetto.

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Queensrÿche – Empire

Queensrÿche’s fourth studio album, Empire, was released back in 1990. What a whiz-bang way to start off the 90’s decade for Queensrÿche! I still have my cassette version of Empire and yes I did upgrade it to CD. Jet City Woman is my favorite song from this album; it makes my face all flush and psyche-out shit like that. Whoa!

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OVERKILL – Horrorscope

From 1991, Horrorscope is the fifth studio album released by The Garden State’s OVERKILL. I Metal worship this OVERKILL album!! Coma, the title track and OVERKILL’s cover version of the great Edgar Winter’s instrumental, Frankenstein, are 3 songs of pure Thrash Metal bliss! Please read below (OVERKILL – I Hear Black) for more reasoning as to why I love Horrorscope

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OVERKILL – I Hear Black

From 1993, I Hear Black is the sixth studio album released by New Jersey’s OVERKILL. This super-legendary Thrash Metal band stayed very busy during the 90’s, releasing 6 studio albums and a cover song album titled: Coverkill. Whoa, man!

I love this (and the above) OVERKILL album for it kept me solid company during the early 90’s; which was a very sad and trying time in my life. Yes, OVERKILL was there when I needed them most. I still have the cassettes of both titles and did not upgrade to CDs until around 2007.

W.A.S.P. - Still Not Black Enough - 1995 - #95BLWMOSNBE

The mighty W.A.S.P. released 4 studio albums during the 90’s! Hell, yeah they did and Blackie Lawless is a Metal Defender Of The Faith! Still Not Black Enough is the sixth studio album from W.A.S.P. and it was released back in 1995. Holy Metal shit, is this a  tremendous W.A.S.P. album!

Blackie Lawless did not waste a micro note of space on this album, every song is an ass kicking that always makes me say (or think): thank you, Mr. Lawless and W.A.S.P., may I please have more sonic Metal beatings sirs?

My favorite song on this album is Rock and Roll To Death. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale got me into W.A.S.P. in the 80’s and reintroduced me to W.A.S.P. in the Millennium Decade as well! ‘Nuff said. Enjoy the song below and Metal Be Thy Name!

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

5 METAL Albums I Can’t Live Without: The 80’s Edition, Part 1

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

Nuclear Assault - Classic Band Logo - #0314NAMO33762

Since we all love to revisit our favorite Metal albums from yesteryear, here are my Five Metal Albums I Cannot Live Without: The 80’s Edition, Part 1. This list is in no particular order and I do include EP’s for this Metal discussion. If you cannot live without any of the following Metal albums as well, feel free to blab about it with a comment. Metal be thy name!

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Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin

Released in 1986, this is the fourth studio album from the Godfather Of Heavy Metal. With Jake E. Lee on guitar and a powerful lineup of songs, The Ultimate Sin is an album that screams good-times 80’s for me. Never Know Why, Fool Like You and Shot In The Dark are my favorite three songs on this LP. Rest in peace, Randy Castillo.

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METALLICA – Ride The Lightning

Before there was a Master Of Puppets, there was Ride The Lightning from 1984. I can remember holding this LP jacket in my hands and staring at both the front and back covers, wondering how a band could play such unbelievable Heavy Metal. It did not take me very long to realize what Thrash Metal was about, once I took ownership of this album. Rest in peace, Cliff Burton.

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ANTHRAX – Armed And Dangerous

Released in 1985, this was the first EP from the great Anthrax. I bought it at a (now defunct) chain store named Strawberries Records & Tapes. I bought this EP without hearing a single song from it and it did not disappoint! The cover song of Sex Pistol’s God Save The Queen is whiz-bang, baby!

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Queensrÿche – (self-titled)

Released back in 1983, this self-titled Queensrÿche EP is as necessary to my Metal world as bottled water is. I remember first hearing the song Queen Of The Reich on a syndicated FM radio show called: Metal Shop. When I heard this song, my life changed for the better, I swear it. My other favorite song from this EP is The Lady Wore Black and it’s a Metal gem!!

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NUCLEAR ASSAULT – Handle With Care

From 1989, this was the third studio album from Nuclear Assault and I still have it on cassette! Metal be thy name! It rages from start to finish and now I am pumped-up to slap this cassette into my car stereo! With such songs as Critical Mass, Surgery and a load of others, this album is a keeper! Nuclear Assault are a Thrash Metal band that (without a doubt) helped shape their genre into the Metal force it is today. ‘Nuff said.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – March 12th… From David Lee Roth To Darryl Strawberry

Posted in baseball, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

David Lee Roth - Skyscraper - promo album cover pic - #1988DLRMO0312

1988 – The charismatic David Lee Roth has his hit single, Just Like Paradise, sitting at #6, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Just for the Metal record, I happen to absolutely, 100%, without a micro doubt… love this song. Just Like Paradise is featured on the second full-length album from David Lee Roth, released back in 1988: Skyscraper.

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As reported on the KISS Facebook page:

THIS DAY IN KISSTORY 1996:

KISS MTV UNPLUGGED RELEASED

On March 12, 1996, the KISS MTV Unplugged CD and VHS Video were released in the US. KISS MTV Unplugged was recorded August 9, 1995 at Sony Music Studios in New York City. The majority of the CD/VHS features Paul, Gene, Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss join Paul and Gene for ‘2000 Man’ and ‘Beth’. All six members close out the CD/VHS with ‘Nothin’ To Lose’ and ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’. MTV originally broadcast KISS Unplugged on October 31, 1995.

Comment from Paul on Unplugged:

‘Unplugged was a chance for us to celebrate the musical history of the band by stripping, some great songs from different points in our history, down to the bare essence of what makes them great.’

TRACK LISTING:

Comin’ Home / Plaster Caster / Goin’ Blind / Do You Love Me / Domino / Got To Choose / Sure Know Something / A World Without Heroes / Rock Bottom / See You Tonight / I Still Love It / Every Time I Look At You / 2000 Man / Beth / Nothin’ To Lose / Rock and Roll All Nite

‘Got To Choose’ appeared on the VHS and the Vinyl versions of KISS Unplugged but not the US CD.

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Darryl Strawberry - 1996 Pinnacle Baseball Card - promo pic - #19960312MO

Darryl Strawberry - Mets - promo poster pic - #33DSMO0312

On March 12th, 1962, Darryl Strawberry was born in California. Happy Birthday, Darryl Strawberry! Whoa! The legendary Darryl Strawberry won a World Series with the New York Mets back in 1986, defeating the Boston Red Sox. After playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, Darryl went on to become a valuable member of the New York Yankees, winning three World Series with them in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Thanks for the fun baseball memories, Darryl! Long live Darryl Strawberry! Oh, yeah, one more thing… Darryl Strawberry is… Metal. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE DAVID LEE ROTH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – March 11th… And Happy METAL Birthday To Vinnie Paul!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 11, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Black Sabbath - Iron Man - 45rpm - promo pic - #1972BSMO0311

On March 11th, 1972 – The iconic Black Sabbath had their timeless song, Iron Man, sitting at #52 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on their whiz-bang studio album from 1970: Paranoid. Whoa!

Led Zeppelin - 1975 US Tour - promo program cover pic - #LZMO19750311

On this day in 1975 – The fabulous Led Zeppelin performed at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, USA. Ticket prices were $6.50, $7.50 or $8.50, depending on the seating area. Whoa!! There was also a meager 50 cent service charge per ticket order. Unreal!

Van Halen "Van Halen" large promo album pic!

On March 11th, 1978 – The debut and self-titled album from the incredible Van Halen was invading the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This glorious album eventually earned Diamond Status by the RIAA, selling 10 million (plus) units in the United States. Metal be thy name!

QUIET RIOT "Metal Health" large promo album pic!

On this day in 1983 – The third studio album, Metal Health, from the amazing QUIET RIOT was released. This outstanding album is considered the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. To this very Metal minute, Metal Health (Bang Your Head) is my favorite Heavy Metal anthem of all-time. Over thirty years later, this song continues to make me psyched-out beyond belief. Rest in peace, Kevin DuBrow.

Guns N Roses - Paradise City - promo single cover pic - #1989GNRMO

On March 11th, 1989 – The rabid Guns N’ Roses hit single, Paradise City, was resting at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Paradise City is featured on the legendary debut GNR studio album, from 1987: Appetite For Destruction. This song was a strip club sensation; I’m just guessing for I never recall going to those places back in the day. Um, yeah.

Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti" large promo album pic

On this day in 2015 – The reissue of Led Zeppelin’s marvelous studio album, Physical Graffiti, returned to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and is impressively resting at #11. Whoa!! Originally released back in 1975, this album reached #1 on this chart and that was many Metal moons ago. This proves that Led Zeppelin are forever relevant and this album’s place in Rock history is immeasurable.

Journey Greatest Hits - promo album cover - #336SPNS

On March 11th, 2015Journey’s Greatest Hits has climbed up to #67 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This compilation album from Journey has peaked at #10, while spending a prodigious 345 weeks on this chart!! Long live Journey!

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Vinnie Paul - Modern Drummer - cover promo - 1994 - VPMO

Above: Modern Drummer (August – 1994)

Vinnie Paul - Close Up magazine cover promo - 2014 - VPMO

Above: Close-Up (Sweden – May of 2014)

VINNIE PAUL

On March 11th, Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul was born in Texas. Happy Birthday, Vinnie Paul! Hell Yeah!! Vinnie Paul is world-famous as the drummer and co-founder of Pantera, Damageplan and currently raising hell with the supergroup Hellyeah. Long live Vinnie Paul!!

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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