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On This Day In SLAYER History – April 18th

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

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Slayer - Reign In Blood - promo cover pic!

4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s third studio album, Reign In Blood, is ranked at #21, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Reign In Blood was released back in 1986.

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4 – 18 – 2015 – The fourth studio album from SLAYER, South Of Heaven, is ranked at #32, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. South Of Heaven was released back in 1988.

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4 – 18 – 2015Seasons In The Abyss, the fifth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #34, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Seasons In The Abyss was released back in 1990.

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4 – 18 – 2015Christ Illusion, the ninth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #50, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Christ Illusion was released back in 2006.

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4 – 18 – 2015World Painted Blood, the tenth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #51, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. World Painted Blood was released back in 2009.

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4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s eighth studio album, God Hates Us All, is ranked at #59, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. God Hates Us All was released back in 2001.

Slayer - Show No Mercy - promo album cover pic - #JHTAKKSMO66

4 – 18 – 2015Show No Mercy, the debut album from SLAYER, is ranked at #70, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This amazing album was released back in 1983. Whoa!

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4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s seventh studio album, Diabolus In Musica, is ranked at #74, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 1998.

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4 – 18 – 2015Divine Intervention, the sixth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #86, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 1994.







HELLEBORUS “COILS” – A Metal Odyssey Song Review

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo Credit – Carlton Cruz

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


HELLEBORUS – Two musical brothers are Helleborus and they are from L to R in the top photo: Wyatt Houseman (vocals, lyrics) and Jerred Houseman (producer, all instruments). Helleborus are a Black Metal band from Manitou Springs, Colorado and named after a poisonous flower that blooms in Winter. (The Helleborus flower is native to most of Europe and also grows along the north coast of Turkey).

The new song from Helleborus, Coils, was released on March 26th, 2015 and their debut album, The Carnal Sabbath, is forthcoming. I will forever embrace quality underground Metal, especially underground Black Metal. Helleborus have without question, tapped into my Black Metal psyche with their new song. I honestly cannot stop listening to Coils. Yes, being a devoted fan to Satyricon, I do hear an influence of said band within the textures of Coils. This is strong, melodic Black Metal at its very finest, my Metal brethren.

At 5:06 long, Coils is wonderfully dark escape for my Metal mind. Wyatt Houseman is excellent and convincingly real on vocals. Wyatt’s vocals go straight through me and that’s a plus. Jarred Houseman I applaud highly for being such an exciting multi-instrumentalist. I especially love Jarred’s guitar prowess. I’m always stunned when Coils comes to an end, for this song is so damn good it feels like it plays out for only a minute. I absolutely cannot wait to absorb the upcoming debut album from Helleborus. Black Metal anticipation is a glorious thing. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Information about Wyatt and Jerred Houseman’s previous band Execration:

Back To The Black Tour 2: Support for Vader & Vital Remains.

Album Release: The Acceptance Of Zero Existence 2012

Festival Appearances:

Building Temples from Death (2012/2013)

Las Vegas Death Fest II (2010 & 2009)

Be Kind & Regrind II (2009)

Gore Growle’s Ball (2009)

Shared the stage with:

Incantation, Origin, Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, All Shall Perish, Allegaeon, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cephalic Carnage, Dehumanized, Misery Index, Soilent Green, Satan’s Host, Lecherous Nocturne, Pathology, Devourment, Condemned, Arkaik, Monstrosity


* For more info on HELLEBORUS:

Facebook: Helleborus






On This Day In METAL History – IRON MAIDEN Edition!

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

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On April 14th, 1980 – The great IRON MAIDEN performed at The Ruskin Arms in London. The IRON MAIDEN lineup was Paul Di’Anno (vocals), Clive Burr (drums), Steve Harris (bass), Dave Murray (guitars), and Dennis Stratton (guitars).

Iron Maiden - debut album - promo cover pic - large!

On this day in 1980 – The debut and self-titled studio album from IRON MAIDEN was released. These titans of NWOBHM never looked back and the rest is absolute and incredible Metal history! Whoa! I’ll always love the vocals of Paul Di’Anno. Remember Tomorrow is my favorite song on this iconic album, regardless it not being the heaviest track.

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On April 14th, 2011IRON MAIDEN performed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, USA. This was one of numerous dates on IRON MAIDEN’s The Final Frontier World Tour.

Iron Maiden - "Live After Death" large album pic!!

On this day in 2015 – IRON MAIDEN’s double live album, Live After Death, is ranked at #33 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This amazing live album was originally released back in 1985.

Iron Maiden "From Fear To Eternity" large promo album pic!

On April 14th, 2015 – From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990 – 2010 is ranked at #35, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This IRON MAIDEN compilation spans from the No Prayer For The Dying (1990) to The Final Frontier (2010) studio albums.

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On this day in 2015Brave New World is ranked at #37, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. The twelfth studio album from IRON MAIDEN, Brave New World was released back in 2000.







IRON MAIDEN – 19 Albums From Band’s Catalogue Have Been Mastered For iTunes

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, classic rock, metal music with tags , , , , on April 11, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the IRON MAIDEN Facebook:

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) are delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalogue albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high-resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analogue sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.

All fifteen studio albums, 2 Best Of compilations and 2 live albums were personally selected by Maiden’s founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique : Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death, The Final Frontier, Somewhere Back In Time, From Fear To Eternity (2CD), Live after Death (2CD) and Rock In Rio( 2CD)

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Steve comments:

“The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve.For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we’ve re- mastered them all digitally and I’m really happy with the results.”

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Tony Newton adds:

“The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital converter was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band. When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980’s, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D converters are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”

Get it at | iTunes






GOATWHORE – Announces North American Headlining Dates With Support From Ringworm, Black Breath And Theories

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Today, Louisiana’s GOATWHORE announces a North American headlining tour in support of their critically lauded full-length, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. Following a stretch of one-off dates in Mississippi, Florida and Texas in May, the journey will officially commence in June at FreePress Summer Festival in Houston, Texas. The cross-country run will trample its way through thirty-four cities, drawing to a close on July 12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Support will come from Ringworm, Black Breath and label mates, Theories. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, April 10th. The lengthy march follows GOATWHORE‘s extremely successful Australian run last month, and their stomp across Europe, currently underway.

GOATWHORE w/ Skeletonwitch, Mortals [remaining dates]:

4/08/2015 Bastard Club – Osnabruck, DE
4/09/2015 013- Tilburg, NL
4/11/2015 Sound Control – Manchester, UK
4/12/2015 Voodoo Lounge – Dublin, IE
4/13/2015 Ivory Blacks – Glasgow, UK
4/14/2015 The Oobleck – Birmingham, UK
4/15/2015 Corporation – Sheffield, UK
4/16/2015 Underworld – London, UK
4/17/2015 Magasin 4 – Brussels, BE
4/18/2015 Underground – Koln, DE
4/19/2015 Covent Garden – Paris, FR
4/20/2015 La Nef – Angouleme, FR
4/21/2015 Sala Lemon – Madrid, ES
4/22/2015 Sala Razz 3 – Barcelona, ES
4/23/2015 MJC O Totem – Lyon, FR
4/24/2015 Dynamo/Werk 21 – Zurich, CH
4/25/2015 Lo Fi – Milan, IT
4/26/2015 Traffic Live – Rome, IT
4/27/2015 p.m.k. – Innsbruck, AT
4/28/2015 Backstage – Munchen, DE
4/29/2015 Conne Island – Leipzig, DE
4/30/2015 Magnet – Berlin, DE
5/01/2015 Arena – Wien, AT
5/02/2015 Exit-us – Prague, CR


5/08/2015 The Tavern – Hattiesburg, MS
5/09/2015 Crowbar – Metal for the Military Show – Tampa, FL
5/10/2015 Grand Central – Miami, FL
5/22/2015 The Rail Club – Fort Worth, TX
6/06/2015 FreePress Summer Festival 2015 – Houston, TX
w/ Ringworm, Theories:
6/07/2015 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
w/ Ringworm, Black Breath, Theories:
6/08/2015 Inside @ Red 7 – Austin, TX
6/09/2015 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
6/10/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
6/11/2015 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
6/12/2015 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
6/13/2015 Stummer’s – Fresno, CA
6/14/2015 The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA
6/15/2015 The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
6/16/2015 Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, CA
6/17/2015 Duffy’s Hangar – Salem, OR
6/18/2015 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
6/19/2015 The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC
6/20/2015 Level Upstairs – Kelowna, BC
6/21/2015 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
6/22/2015 The Starlite – Edmonton, AB
6/23/2015 O’Brian’s Event Centre – Saskatoon, SK
6/24/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
6/25/2015 The Zoo Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
6/26/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
6/27/2015 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
6/28/2015 Majestic Jr. – Detroit, MI
6/29/2015 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
6/30/2015 The Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
7/01/2015 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
7/02/2015 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
7/03/2015 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
7/04/2015 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
7/05/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
7/06/2015 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
7/08/2015 Underground Arts: Black Box – Philadelphia, PA
7/09/2015 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
7/11/2015 New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
7/12/2015 The Earl – Atlanta, GA

GOATWHORE‘s devouring Constricting Rage Of The Merciless full-length was unleashed last July via Metal Blade Records. The record debuted at #81 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, toppling their last entry position of #171 with Blood For The Master. Additionally, the record hit the #21 spot on Billboard’s Rock Chart, #7 on the Hard Rock Chart, #13 on the Independent Chart and boasting ten mutinous tracks of thick, predatory, subterranean Metal, continues to reap the exaltation of fans and critics globally.


Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info on GOATWHORE:





ARTILLERY – Denmark Thrash Veterans To Kick Off United Legions Tour 2015 + First Ever Shows In China Confirmed

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Denmark Thrash battalion, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Friday to kick off the United Legions Tour 2015. Set to initiate in Los Angeles, California, the trek will trample sixteen stages including an appearance at RK NYDM Spring Bash in Cudahy, Wisconsin before wrapping up on April 27th in Salt Lake City, Utah. ARTILLERY will be joined by Striker, VX36, Potential Threat and Dahlmers Realm.

From there, ARTILLERY will embark upon their first ever tour of China commencing in Beijing on April 30th and concluding in Tangshan on May 10th. Visit for a full listing of dates.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments:ARTILLERY are proud to return for our first headlining tour in the USA and can’t wait to go to China for the first time! We are looking forward to playing songs from our latest album, Legions, together with old classic songs like ‘Terror Squad’ and ‘Khomaniac!’ Join The Legions!”

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ARTILLERY w/ Striker, VX36:

4/10/2015 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
4/11/2015 The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ
4/12/2015 Blue Max – Midland, TX
4/13/2015 The Three Links – Deep Ellum, TX
4/14/2015 The Dirty Dog – Bar Austin, TX
4/15/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/16/2015 Siberia- New Orleans, LA
4/17/2015 West End Live – Orlando, FL
4/19/2015 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/21/2015 The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
4/22/2015 The Syndicate Venue – Birmingham, AL
4/23/2015 Good Time Charlie’s – Tupelo, MS
4/24/2015 The Metal Grille RK NYDM Spring Bash ’15- Cudahy, WI
4/25/2015 Vaudeville Mews Des – Moines, IA
4/26/2015 Bushwacker’s Saloon – Denver, CO
4/27/2015 The Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT

ARTILLERY was forged in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Successfully fusing abrasive brutality, precision and strong melodies, with the bracing guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights, ARTILLERY stands among Europe’s oldest and most important exponents of thrash metal.

On August 2nd, ARTILLERY will return to Medley Studios with producer Søren Andersen to begin recording the follow-up to 2013’s critically lauded Legions. Some working song titles include “Cosmic Brain,” “Deity Machine” and “Sin Of Innocence.” The as-yet-untitled long player will see release via Metal Blade Records in late 2015. Further info to be announced soon. In the meantime, check out music and videos from Legions now at

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Critical Praise:

ARTILLERY are doing what they were surely born to do, namely hurling impressively intricate, ridiculously tight thrash anthems from every direction, they are still unstoppable.” – Terrorizer

“…one of the best thrash metal albums this year…” – Iron Fist

“…this new album proves that they’re still fighting on, with no end to the war for thrash metal in sight.” –


Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info:

Facebook: Artillery (The Official Page)






WAR IRON “Precession Of The Equinoxes” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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WAR IRON returns with another Sludge and Doom Metal offering: Precession Of The Equinoxes. Their style can even fall into a drone-like beat and it still crunches and rumbles along with a dynamite evil attitude, feel and sound. Due to the epic length of all 4 songs, this is an album I had to listen to many times, before even considering how much I like it or what to say about it. The total running time for this rugged album is: 35:62.

To me, the vocals from Baggy can very easily be interpreted as Black Metal. I can honestly say that Baggy comes across with a striking conviction towards the lyrical content of each song. Baggy also has demonic vocals, without question. I absolutely love the riffs and every guitar part played from Ross. 100% Doom and Gloom floods my ears from this album and when the dark chants kick in on Summon Demon Scream The Abyss, the eeriness all becomes so much more punctuated.

While I have listened to this War Iron album, I’ve repeatedly have had visions of being lost inside an endless, dark and cold cave, with stalagmites and stalactites filling the creepy atmosphere around me; thus I am overcome with some sort of nightmarish joy. In other words, this is Metal that honestly carries me away mentally to another world. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: Bludgeon Lord, Summon Demon Scream The Abyss, Precession Of The Equinoxes, From Napalm Altar


Baggy – vocals

Ross – guitar

Dave – bass

Marty – drums


* WAR IRON are from Northern Ireland.

* For more info on WAR IRON:








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