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ENGRAVED DISILLUSION – Reveal New Album Details

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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South West UK Metal juggernaut Engraved Disillusion have today revealed details for their second album and follow-up to 2011’s acclaimed ‘Embers Of Existence’.

Entitled ‘The Eternal Rest’, the album was recorded at Thin Ice Studios with Karl Groom (Dragonforce, Threshold…) during the summer of 2014 and features 10 tracks of epic, diverse and at times unrelenting Metal. The addition of new vocalist Matthew William Mead and bassist Aaron Preston has allowed the band to diversify and bring new elements to their sound, namely the inclusion of clean vocals.

Guitarist Toby Stewart comments, “When we started writing the album we made sure to write exactly what we wanted to do even if it took us in some different directions to our other releases. We felt a bit tired of bands having to make the music people expect them to when they’re capable of a lot more. The initial word that we had in our heads when writing (the) album was ‘epic’. We wanted a huge melodic sound. We feel the songwriting has gone up another level and we’ve achieved exactly what we wanted to on this album.”

Artwork was completed by Colin Marks at Rain Song Design (Strapping Young Lad, Saille, Exodus, Scar Symmetry…) and can be seen below:

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‘The Eternal Rest’ – Track List:

01) Life is…

02) Embrace The Flames

03) Lost

04) Curse The Sorrow

05) Shadows Run Black

06) No Tomorrow

07) Into Oblivion

08) In Aeternum

09) Echoes From A Silent Sky

10) The Eternal Rest

‘The Eternal Rest’ will be released independently on 31st October.


(Source: Future PR)

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AGHAST! – Reveal Debut Album Details

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Formed in 2006 after a drinking competition, UK extreme metallers Aghast! have finally scheduled the release of their debut album. *Applause*

Entitled ‘All The Rage’, the album will see the light of day on 1st October 2014 and in their own words expect “Fast. Heavy. Catchy.”

Since their formation, Aghast! have recorded a number of EP’s and have gained a reputation for delivering the goods every time. Their most recent record ‘Live Dangerously’ seen media attention soar with Thrash Hits commenting on the EP as, “…three tracks of straight-up speed, for those of you who like stuff where guitars shred faster than a Betterware onion slicer and the sound of drummers feet snapping away from their ankles”, while Metal Hammer said, “Blasting fury? Check. Venomous brutality designed to tear flesh from bone? Check. Sadistically evil in a way that’s worrying? Check. Really fucking good? Hell yes.”

Why the long wait for a debut you say? Well… “We have spent years experimenting and honing our sound” commented the band. “But you only get one opportunity to release your debut album and ‘All The Rage’ is a statement of intent. It exemplifies every aspect of the Aghast! sound and our attitude to making heavy music. We wanted it to be brutally heavy with a recognisable groove and packed with hooks that people can grab on to. Heavy metal should be entertaining and fun to listen to and that’s what we feel we have achieved with this record. It is a thrill ride from start to finish and we hope that everyone can get on board with us!”

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‘All The Rage’ artwork was completed by comic book artist Zak Simmonds-Hurn.


Track List:

01) Die Laughing

02) All The Rage

03) Hollywood Ending

04) Afterlife Crisis

05) Drop Dead Famous

06) Bang To Rights

07) It’s Your Funeral

08) Look Alive!

09) Sea of Trees

10) Hells Bells (and Buckets of Blood)

11) We Fear Silence

12) Noise Pollution


The album was recorded by Derya Nagle at Playgle Productions, London, UK & Johnny Walker at Moles Studio, Bath, UK and mastered by Ue Nastasi (Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Clutch, Anthrax, Lamb Of God).

Check Out Title Track Lyric Video ‘All The Rage’

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The band will also be taking the album on the road and touring throughout England later this month and into October.

29th September – Brighton, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar

01st October – Norwich, B2

02nd October – Bristol, The Gryphon

03rd October – Birmingham, The Asylum

04th October – Southampton, Firehouse

05th October – Preston, The Adelphi

06th October – Leeds, Fox & Newt

07th October – Manchester, Star & Garter

19th October – London, Black Heart w/ Arsis

31st October – Hitchin, Club 85

22nd November – London, The Unicorn


(Source: Future PR)

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KAINE – Sign U.S. Record Deal With Static Tension Recordings

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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British heavy metallers Kaine have just signed a special record agreement with newly founded Static Tension Recordings.The record deal gives Static Tension exclusive rights to market and sell Kaine’s album, The Waystone, in the United States over the next two years. Kaine is excited to be working with Static Tension on the upcoming US release which is scheduled for October 14th, 2014.

The band’s guitarist/vocalist, Rage Sadler, comments: “I am very pleased we have come to an agreement with Static Tension. This is the perfect deal for us as this gives them exclusive rights to sell and market the band in America while we receive a fair share of the income from record sales. The deal also enables us to continue selling our own CDs and allows us to retain all of our own digital and merch income. The majority of European labels are only interested in ripping bands off and we really couldn’t do this sort of deal with the labels that approached us. This definitely isn’t the case with Static Tension who are firmly in the 21st Century and moving with the times as we are.”

Kyle Stevens of Static Tension, who has 26 years’ experience in the music industry, having worked for the likes of Universal Music Group, stated: “I am extremely pleased to have Kaine as my first signing to Static Tension Recordings. They’re continued hard work, business savvy, and most importantly, their song writing skills are a breath of fresh air in today’s stagnant talent pool. Proving that Traditional Heavy Metal is alive and well will make the forefathers from the New Wave of Heavy Metal proud.”

Kaine have previously released a statement regarding their DIY route of releasing albums. Read it here.

Listen to the album The Waystone via the band’s Bandcamp page, below:

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Rage Sadler – Guitars & Vocals
Dan Mailer – Bass & Vocals
Ant Murch – Lead Guitar
Chris MacKinnon – Drums


(Source: Dewar PR)

* For more info on KAINE:

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Kaine website






KREYSKULL – The Sophomore Album “Tower Witch” By Kreyskull Out October 3rd!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Kreyskull is a ”Heavy Rock`n Doom” band from the south-east parts of Finland; they blend their riff-heavy doom grooviness with influences from the classic era 70´s Heavy Metal and Prog Rock, even flirting with occasional jazz and psychedelia. With a strong vocal performance, screaming lead guitars and a bombastic rhythm section, they create their own unique style of Heavy Rock.

The sophomore album “Tower Witch” will be released October 3rd by Inverse Records.

Featuring ex-members from Demonic Death Judge, Kaihoro and Total Devastation.

“Man Who Lived Before” video: 

Track List:

  1. Night Of The Waking Octopus
  2. Abomination Jungle
  3. The Man Who Lived Before
  4. Tower Witch
  5. Forest Of The Great Unknown (intro)
  6. Soulway Station
  7. Evil Absolute Blues
  8. El Chupacabra
  9. Kingdom Falling

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Pasi Hakuli – Bass

Kari A. Killgast – Vocals

Saku Hakuli – Guitars

Timo Karvonen – Drums


(Source: Inverse Music Group)

For more info:

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KING DIAMOND – Announces Opening Act For 2014 North American Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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KING DIAMOND would like to welcome Jess And The Ancient Ones as the opening act for the North American tour this Fall.

Jess And The Ancient Ones, personally selected by KING DIAMOND himself to be the openers on the trek, is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music, creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent, Jess, as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from Heavy Metal and Rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba.

Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat” on YouTube HERE. For more information, visit their official website at THIS LOCATION.

In other news, the Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles shows on the tour are SOLD OUT! Additionally, only a handful of tickets remain for the Seattle date. Get your tickets now before they are gone!

KING DIAMOND W/ Jess And The Ancient Ones:

10/11/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA (SOLD OUT)
10/13/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/14/2014 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
10/16/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/17/2014 Olympia – Montreal, QC
10/18/2014 The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/19/2014 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/21/2014 The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
10/22/2014 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10/24/2014 Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
10/26/2014 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT *
10/28/2014 The Moose Theatre – Seattle, WA
10/30/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
10/31/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
11/01/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/03/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/05/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
11/06/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08/2014 Auditorium Shores – Austin, TX
*also with Visigoth


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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MASSACRE “Back From Beyond” Album And Official Music Video Are: Stone’s METAL Picks Of The Day!

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Above cover art by: Toshihiro Egawa


5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

MASSACRE – Fans of this legendary Florida Death Metal band have a mega-ton to rejoice about in 2014; the return of MASSACRE was solidified by not only their return to the live stage in recent time, they’ve released a new album as well! Via Century Media RecordsBack From Beyond was released on April 1st, 2014.

As an import, I bought the limited/deluxe edition of Back From Beyond and it set me back $25.00 (U.S.). I’ll readily admit, this reformed lineup of MASSACRE crushes convincingly, just as the original From Beyond (album) lineup; going back to 1991; there’s no question in my Metal mind! With original members Terry Butler on bass and Rick ‘Rozz’ DeLillo on guitar forming the nucleus, new members Ed Webb on vocals and Mike Mazzonetto on drums solidify this historic Metal reunion.

I absolutely cannot get enough of the animated official video for the title track! Old School RULES. There’s nothing more fun than watching a bunch of flesh-eating monsters and zombies, ripping and tearing apart a music club! Metal be thy name!

Enjoy And Get Your Senses Smashed To The Back From Beyond (Official Video) Below! Whoa!

MASSACRE pays homage to iconic Death Metal pioneers, DEATH, covering both Corpsegrinder and Mutilation Death. Both of these titanic songs are heard on the limited/deluxe version of this album. This new MASSACRE album has made me very psyched; add the two DEATH cover songs and I’m overwhelmed with Metal joy!

The overall blazing sounds and riffage that guitarist Rick ‘Rozz’ DeLillo plays are simply badass! It’s all about the speed, grooves, fiery rhythm, mesmerizing drumming and guttural vocals that all come together with alarming perfection, on Back From Beyond. Yes, there is Death Metal and then there is… Death F’n Metal! That’s what you’ll get here, my fellow Death Metalaholics. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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Above: Cover art for Back From Beyond (limited/deluxe edition).

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Ed Webb – Vocals

Terry Butler – Bass

Rick ‘Rozz’ DeLillo – Guitar

Mike Mazzonetto – Drums


* For more info on MASSACRE:

Facebook: Massacre

Album cover artist: Toshihiro Egawa:

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STRYPER “Live At The Whisky” (CD/DVD) – Releases September 23rd In The USA, Via Frontiers Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, rock music news, music news with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As posted on the STRYPER Facebook:

We started this band/ministry back in 1983 and our goal was to shine a bright light on a dark music world. We’ve had our share of trials and tribulations, ups and downs but miraculously (and by Gods grace), we’ve survived against many odds and are still shining that bright light where ever we can and however we can. Our faith has been questioned many times because of our unorthodox presentation but let us be “Loud N” Clear” – we are as determined, passionate and serious about our message and faith as ever before. We’re four guys writing, recording, performing and doing whatever we can do to get the word out but the reality is we need you to take it to new levels and reach even more people. Can we surpass what was accomplished three decades ago? Absolutely! Help us get the music and the message out to the masses. Share the pages, share the videos, share the music – preorder the new live album and order one for a friend, an old fan, a new fan, family, a neighbor, a co-worker, an employee or whoever else you can think of! This is a crucial time to spread God’s love through the power of music and we can’t do it without you. Thank you for 30+ years of support, God Bless ~ Stryper


Pre-order Stryper – Live At The Whisky



USA Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

Europe Release Date: September 19th, 2014


Disc: 1

  1. Legacy
  2. Marching Into Battle
  3. You Know What To Do
  4. Loud N’ Clear
  5. Reach Out
  6. Calling On You
  7. Free
  8. More Than A Man
  9. The Rock That Makes Me Roll
  10. No More Hell To Pay
  11. Jesus Is Just Alright
  12. Always There For You
  13. All For One
  14. The Way
  15. To Hell With The Devil
  16. Soldiers Under Command

Disc: 2

  1. Legacy (DVD)
  2. Marching Into Battle (DVD)
  3. You Know What To Do (DVD)
  4. Loud N’ Clear (DVD)
  5. Reach Out (DVD)
  6. Calling On You (DVD)
  7. Free (DVD)
  8. More Than A Man (DVD)
  9. The Rock That Makes Me Roll (DVD)
  10. No More Hell To Pay (DVD)
  11. Jesus Is Just Alright (DVD)
  12. Always There For You (DVD)
  13. All For One (DVD)
  14. The Way (DVD)
  15. To Hell With The Devil (DVD)
  16. Soldiers Under Command (DVD)
  17. No More Hell To Pay (Videoclip)
  18. Sympathy (Videoclip)
  19. Nashville All Access (Interview)

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Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar
Robert Sweet – Drums
Oz Fox – Guitar / Vocals
Timothy Gaines – Bass/Vocals


(Sources: STRYPER Facebook, iTunes, Frontiers Records)

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