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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

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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.

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Track List:

Street Wars

My Gun


I Don’t Want to Relax

View of Death

One Swift Kick

Misc Bullshit



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Chicago’s TRIALS To Release “This Ruined World” On July 24th

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey


Chicago-based Metal powerhouse TRIALS will release their third full-length, “This Ruined World” on July 24.

Following a pair of critically acclaimed independent releases – Witness to the Downfall (2011) and In the Shadow of Swords (2013), TRIALS has returned with their most evolved effort to date. Featuring nine tracks of intricately woven, relentless and forward-thinking metal, This Ruined World blends aggression and progression for devastating results. Diehard DIYers, TRIALS is a band determined to blaze its own path, free from label interference. This unwavering dedication to substance over style has never been more apparent than it is on This Ruined World.

This Ruined World contains some of the darkest, most complex music that we have made yet. We put a lot of blood and sweat into this project, and ended up with a record that represents us at our very best,” stated guitarist / vocalist Mark Sugar.

The album was recorded by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Hollow Earth) and mixed by Quentin Poynter at Gunpoint Recording (The Skull, Veil of Maya), with art work courtesy of Eva Bialecki (Jar’d Loose).

TRIALS will self-release This Ruined World on July 24, on CD and digital formats. Stream album track “Don’t Believe the Word” and the band’s cover of Strapping Young Lad’s “Far Beyond Metal” at or below:

This Ruined World – Track List:

Truth Defiled
Don’t Believe The Word
Digging My Own Grave
Disgraced and Erased
Blink Of An Eye
Beat The System To Death
They Hide Behind the Law
This Ruined World

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Mark Sugar – Vocals, Guitar
Ryan Bruchert – Guitar
Adam Kopecky – Drums
Usha Rajbandari – Bass


Source: ClawHammer PR

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IRON MAIDEN “The Book Of Souls” – Double Studio Album Releasing On September 4th!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey


As reported on the Iron Maiden Facebook:

IRON MAIDEN’s eagerly awaited new studio album The Book Of Souls will be released globally on 4th September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the U.S.A.). It was recorded in Paris with their longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley in late 2014, with the finishing touches added earlier this year. However, the band decided to delay its release so that vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who was recently given the all-clear from a tumour, would have time to recuperate sufficiently to join in the preparations for the album’s launch.

The stunning cover art was created by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band previously, and because this 11 track album has a total running time of 92 minutes, it is IRON MAIDEN’s first ever double studio album. There’s a broader split on the song-writing compared to previous Maiden records, with bassist and founder member Steve Harris contributing to seven of the tracks; 6 of them with Maiden’s guitarists and one sole composition. This is also the first time since 1984’s Powerslave that an IRON MAIDEN studio album also features two tracks written solely by Bruce Dickinson, one of which is the longest song Maiden has ever recorded! And also two Dickinson/Smith collaborations.


Steve comments,

“We approached this album in a different way to how we’ve recorded previously. A lot of the songs were actually written while we were there in the studio and we rehearsed and recorded them straight away while they were still fresh, and I think that immediacy really shows in the songs, they have almost a live feel to them I think. I’m very proud of The Book Of Souls, we all are, and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and especially to take it out on the road next year!”

Bruce continues,

“We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double it’s going to be!”


The full track listing is:

Disc 1

  1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
  2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
  3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
  4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
  5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
  6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2

  1. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
  2. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
  3. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
  4. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
  5. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01


2CD deluxe hardbound book limited edition

2CD standard edition

Triple heavyweight black vinyl

High res audio (24-bit Mastered for iTunes and non-Mastered for iTunes)

Standard res audio (16 bit/ 44.1 kHz)


The Book Of Souls is the band’s 16th studio album since their eponymous debut in 1980 charted at #4 in the UK, in a career achieving sales of over 90 million albums worldwide. Their previous album, 2010’s The Final Frontier was Maiden’s most successful chart-wise to date, reaching Number One in 28 countries and was their highest chart debut in the U.S reaching #4 in the Billboard 200.

Due to Bruce’s illness the band had to delay touring plans but promise to be out on the road again early next year, giving time for Bruce to make a full physical recovery to be ready for the rigours of Maiden live performances.


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Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Mord’A’Stigmata is in the process of recording new music for their brand new mini-album titled Our Hearts Slow Down. It will feature over 30 minutes of music which will include three new tracks. It is scheduled to be released via Pagan Records in Autumn 2015. The album artwork will be done by Black Moon Design.

Guitarist, Static, comments:
“This is the darkest and rawest Mord’A’Stigmata material to date but at the same time it features huge musical contrasts. It led us to places we have not visited and would have not dared to before. There is no return from this road, this is the next violent step into ruin.”

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The band is scheduled to perform at the prestigious Castle Party in Poland on 16 – 19 July 2015.

Watch the band perform live in this video:

Mord’A’Stigmata online:

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Pagan Records online:

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Source: Dewar PR





DISTANT SUN “Dark Matter” Debut Studio Album – Out Now And Streaming

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

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Dark Matter, the debut album from Russian power/speed metal act DISTANT SUN is out now on Metalism Records. Stream it in its entirety at this location.

Dark Matter is available for purchase from Google Play and iTunes.

The album is the follow-up to 2012 EP Sunless Citadel (Sublimity Records) and features 10 songs in the finest traditions of melodic European power metal, bolstered with elements of American thrash metal. A deluxe digipak edition that includes several bonus cover songs will be released later in the year.

Though DISTANT SUN‘s main influences are speed and power metal bands like ANNIHILATOR, ICED EARTH, BLIND GUARDIAN and RAGE; listeners will note a James Hetfield (METALLICA) vocal style. No keyboards or drum samples were used during the recording, and the overall sound brings the feel of the heavy ’90s. The drums on Dark Matter were recorded in Kiev, Ukraine, while the remainder was produced in various Moscow studios. The lyrics deal with a variety of topics, including science fiction, space travel, mysticism, fantasy and adventure. The cover art was designed by W. Smerdulak (ARKONA).

The band is planning its very first gigs for the autumn of 2015 in promotion of Dark Matter, after which DISTANT SUN will begin work on a sophomore full-length.

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Dark Matter – Track List:

1. Prophet of the Mean
2. Kill the Fremen
3. Dark Matter
4. Godsdoom
5. Matrix Hacked
6. Shattered Empire
7. Gifts of Journey
8. Apocalypto
9. Healer of Souls
10. Zero to Hero

Critical Praise:

“Distant Sun have a precocious talent for cranking out high-powered romps that will get your blood pumping fast, while incorporating melodies that prove to be damned memorable – No Clean Singing

“A great sounding mixture of power, speed and thrash metal” – UndergroundMusickZine

“If you’re looking for truly recallable power/thrash with both the thrash and power metal elements melding together in perfect harmony, in addition to worthy leads and solos, then you’ll be very happy with this one.” – The GrimTower


Source: ClawHammer PR





Swedish Death Metal Legends WOMBBATH – Releasing First Album In Two Decades On August 21st, via Dark Descent/Pulverised

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Old School Swedish Death Metal legends WOMBBATH will release Downfall Rising, their first album in 22 years. The album will be released jointly in North America on Dark Descent and Pulverised  August 21. Pulverised will release the album in all other territories on August 7. Downfall Rising follows the 1993 classic: Internal Caustic Torments.

New song “Underneath the Rotten Soil” is now streaming HERE. An album teaser is also available at this location or below:

Downfall Rising was mixed by Jeramie Kling and mastered by James Murphy (Disincarnate, ex-Death, ex-Testament, ex-Obituary, etc).  The revamped WOMBBATH lineup is anchored by sole remaining member/guitarist Håkan Stuvemark (Skineater) and also includes vocalist/bassist Jonny Petterson (Ashcloud, Syn:drom), guitarist Al Riglin and drummer Henrik Åberg. Drumming on the album itself was performed by Infernaeon/The Absence member Jeramie Kling. Taylor Nordbert (Infernaeon) guested on guitar as well.

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Having been around since 1990, Wombbath was without a doubt part of the legendary Swedish Death Metal scene that came to influence bands from around the world, and still is to this day. After a few releases including the classic full length Internal Caustic Torments, they disbanded. After years of playing in different bands (In thy dreams, Skineater etc.) original member Håkan felt the urge to play buzz saw driven Death Metal, the way it was done back in the day, again. When Håkan re-animated Wombbath, the thought was to record a new album with the use of old friends and musicians he knew would be able to channel his vision of what Wombbath is and to keep it purely as a studio project.

Along the journey Håkan picked up Jonny as a full-time member and the duo realized that this album was becoming something too big to keep as a studio project. So a search for a full line-up began. After a few hit and misses he finally found the right people to join him and take this rumbling Death Metal monster to its fullest potential. Wombbath has been around since 1990 and this is where the real journey begins!


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KRISIUN – New Studio Album “Forged In Fury” Releasing On August 7th, 2015, via Century Media

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Death Metal maniacs Krisiun just finished the recording of their new album, Forged In Fury, which is set to be released worldwide on August 7th, 2015!

Featuring cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (MOTORHEAD, MARDUK, VADER, etc.), Forged In Fury was produced by Erik Rutan. As the brain and heart of Death Metal masters HATE ETERNAL and former guitarist of MORBID ANGEL, Erik Rutan has worked as a producer for his own band as well as for CANNIBAL CORPSE, SIX FEET UNDER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MADBALL, AGNOSTIC FRONT, to name just a few. Additionally, he also co-produced KRISIUN’s Conquerors of Armageddon album back in 1999!

Stone Says: Now that’s what I call a DEATH METAL album cover! That is what DEATH METAL is supposed to look like! Metal Be Thy Name!



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