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On This Day In METAL History – September 2nd… From IRON MAIDEN To KOBRA AND THE LOTUS

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, rock music, classic rock, news with tags , , , on September 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Large Classic Logo!

On September 2nd, 1992 – The astounding IRON MAIDEN performed at Brabanthallen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. This was a concert on their Fear Of The Dark Tour. Whoa! Hail IRON MAIDEN!

Def Leppard - Classic Band Logo - 2013

On September 2nd, 2000 – Approximately 700 DEF LEPPARD fans received ticket refunds at the Oregon State Fair, in Salem, Oregon. This was due to DEF LEPPARD playing too quietly in order to obey local noise ordinances. Lesson learned: never perform a Heavy Metal concert in a community where constipated ABBA fans reside. Truth.

Disturbed - Immortalized - promo album cover pic - 2015 - MMSMS330339

On September 2nd, 2015 – The sixth studio album from DISTURBED, Immortalized, is ranked at #1, on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Jumping kidney beans! By the way, all the bubble gum Pop artists on this same album chart have shit their pants.

Motorhead - Ace Of Spades - promo cover pic!!

On September 2nd, 2015 – The seminal studio album from MOTÖRHEAD, Ace Of Spades, is sitting at #19 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. “…And don’t forget the joker!” This album was released back in 1980. MOTÖRHEAD has stood the test of time = Classic Rock ‘N Roll. Lemmy is a Rock ‘N Roll supreme being. ‘Nuff said.

Kobra And The Lotus - Words Of The Prophets - promo CD banner pic - 2015 - #033033MMF

On September 2nd, 2015KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have their newly released (cover song) EP Words Of The Prophets ranked at #55, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Kobra Paige has beautiful vocals and her band kicks outright ass. Honestly, get into this band, cause Stone wouldn’t bullshit you.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




On This Day In METAL History – September 1st… From KISS To MODERN DAY BABYLON

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

KISS "Dynasty" album large promo pic!

On September 1st, 1979 – At the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, KISS began the second leg of their North American tour, supporting their seventh studio album: Dynasty. The mighty JUDAS PRIEST was the opening act for this leg of the tour. Metal Be Thy Name!

Poison - Unskinny Bop - promo 12 inch cover sleeve - 1990 - #MO330901

On September 1st, 1990 – Pennsylvania’s POISON had their cool hit single, Unskinny Bop, ranked at #3, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on POISON’s third studio album from 1990: Flesh & Blood.

IRON MAIDEN - The Book Of Souls - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MMILGSS

On September 1st, 2015IRON MAIDEN have their forthcoming double studio album, The Book Of Souls, ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album releases on September 4th, 2015. IRON MAIDEN forever.

Modern Day Babylon - The Ocean Atlas - promo EP cover pic - 2015 - #MON33300

On September 1st, 2015MODERN DAY BABYLON are from Teplice, Czech Republic. Their newly released EP, The Ocean Atlas, is ranked at #14, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




TROOPER Beer USA Presents IRON MAIDEN ‘The Book Of Souls’ Listening Events

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, metal music, news with tags , , , on August 31, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Trooper - Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls - listening party events banner - 2015

As reported by Trooper Beer USA:

Following the announcement of two special, sold out The Book Of Souls playback events hosted by IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain at his Rock N Roll Ribs restaurant in Coconut Creek, FL. on September 3rd, TROOPER is proud to present nationwide playback parties held in 24 retail outlets and 22 bars, restaurants and ale houses across the U.S. These special listening events are free and open to the public and will give fans a chance to hear Iron Maiden’s new album, The Book of Souls, in its entirety before its official release on September 4, 2015. For more info, dates, cities and locations, click on the link below:

Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls - promo album banner pic - 2015 - #336MMGSSFF24






On This Day In METAL History – August 31st… From SCORPIONS To MOTÖRHEAD And IRON MAIDEN

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 31, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Scorpions - Wind Of Change - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - #MOMMGSS33

On August 31st, 1991 – The sensational SCORPIONS had their hit single Wind Of Change ranked at #4, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on the eleventh studio album from the SCORPIONS, released in 1990: Crazy World.

Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark - promo album cover pic - #1992IMBDMOS

On August 31st, 1992 – The incredible IRON MAIDEN performed at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. IRON MAIDEN were touring in support of their ninth studio album from 1992: Fear Of The Dark. Whoa! Hail IRON MAIDEN!

Motorhead - Bad Magic - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #082815LMPCMDSF

On August 31st, 2015 – The newly released MOTÖRHEAD studio album, Bad Magic, is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Hail MOTÖRHEAD and Lemmy for president!

Iron Maiden - Killers - promo cover pic - large!

On August 31st, 2015 – The second studio album, Killers, from the great IRON MAIDEN is ranked at #78, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Killers was released back in 1981. I love this timeless Metal album and long live Paul Di’Anno. Whoa.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Crash - magazine cover promo - Rudolf Schenker - 1985 - #33033MMIL

Above: Crash Magazine (1985)

Below: Music Insider Magazine (February 2014)

Rudolf Schenker - Music Insider Magazine - cover promo - Feb 2014 - #00330MMF


On August 31st, 1948, Rudolf Schenker was born in Germany. Happy Birthday, Rudolf Schenker! Hell and yeah! Rudolf Schenker is known across our Metal Universe as a co-founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the super legendary SCORPIONS. Yes, his brother is Michael Schenker. ‘Nuff said. Long live Rudolf Schenker!






ARKAIK – Progressive Death Metal Goliaths To Release Third Full-Length This October, Via Unique Leader

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on August 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Arkaik - Lucid Dawn - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #03039303

Record Features Guest Appearances By Members Of The Black Dahlia Murder And Bay Area String Quartet Amaranth + Fall Headlining Tour Confirmed


Californian Progressive Death Metal outfit, ARKAIK, are set to unleash their third full-length via Unique Leader Records this Fall. Entitled Lucid Dawn, the ten-track magnum opus was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and takes ARKAIK’s multifaceted sound to an entirely new dimension, showcasing each musician’s creative potential and upping the proverbial ante of the brutality and technicality of their back catalog.

With the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as additional composers, Lucid Dawn delivers a fresh approach to the band’s sound and the entire progressive Death Metal genre. As an added bonus, the album features guest appearances from Death Metal heavy weights, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as Bay Area live string quartet, Amaranth.

Arkaik - Lucid Dawn - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #03039303

Lucid Dawn is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix’s world, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the beginning of Cyrix’s “Hero’s Journey.” Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn carries the listener on a visceral exhibition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.

Lucid Dawn – Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken The I
6. Fleshwalkers
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
9. Conjuring
10 Temple Aflame

ARKAIK - The Lucid Revolution Tour - promo banner pic - 2015 - Sept - Nov - #003956MO1

In conjunction with the release of Lucid Dawn, ARKAIK will embark upon a near month-long headlining tour from October 16th through November 8th. The Lucid Revolution Tour will terrorize twenty-four cities in eleven states with support from Bermuda and Enfold Darkness.

ARKAIK – Lucid Revolution Tour w/ Bermuda, Enfold Darkness:
10/16/15 On The Y – Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) – Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! – Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees – Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon – Denver, CO
10/23/15 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
10/24/15 Walters Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas – San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee – Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ
11/02/15 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
11/03/15 Elks Lodge – San Bernardino, CA
11/04/15 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
11/05/15 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
11/07/15 Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/08/15 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*ARKAIK and Enfold Darkness only

ARKAIK’s Lucid Dawn will be released on October 30th, 2015 worldwide via Unique Leader Records. Preorders and audio lacerations to be disclosed in the coming weeks.


Source: Earsplit PR

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DEAD EARTH POLITICS – Announce 10th Anniversary Shows

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , on August 29, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Dead Earth Politics - band logo - B&W - 2013

Austin, Texas indie metal machine DEAD EARTH POLITICS will celebrate a decade of Metal next month with a string of dates across Texas. The trio of shows will culminate in the band’s “official” birthday bash on October 16th at Dirty Dog Bar in Austin. The October 16 show will see original guitarist Ernie Clark joining the band onstage for a handful of DEAD EARTH POLITICS classics.

The shows are sponsored by legendary video show Robb’s MetalWorks ( San Antonio’s longest standing metal institution, Robb’s MetalWorks will release a series of video interviews featuring members of DEAD EARTH POLITICS discussing the band’s past, present and future. The first video in the series has been posted at this location.

Support acts for the first two shows will be announced in the coming weeks. The Austin gig will feature Critical Assembly, Southern Front, Shadow Spectrum and Black Thorn Halo.


DEAD EARTH POLITICS – 10th Anniversary show dates:

10/09 @ Blue Max – Midland, TX

10/10 @ Penny Pub – San Angelo, TX

10/16 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX

Dead Earth Politics - promo band pic - 2015 - #0327DEPMO

DEAD EARTH POLITICS is fresh off the “Road to GWAR-BQ Tour,” which saw the band raise hell from Texas to Virginia, where they laid waste to the GWAR-BQ Pavilion Stage. The band took along a video camera to chronicle their on and off-stage shenanigans. These mini-rockumentaries were hosted by and can be viewed at the link below:


Dead Earth Politics - band logo - B&W - 2013


“An awesome display of peak, valley, mountain and river. A monster demon and omnivorous angel both winged and flying over melodies of aggressive thrash and classic metal. A good mix of old meeting new.” – Jason McMaster, Watchtower / Broken Teeth

“”Dead Earth Politics are perfect blend of thrash and power metal. Mixing the aggressive styles of thrash and modern metal with epic and melodic elements that we love about metal. The vocals, drums, bass and guitar are equally powerful in their own right. DEP will please the old school and new metal fans alike” – Hiran Deraniyagala, Battlecross

“If I owned a record label the first band I would sign would be Dead Earth Politics. Not only because they are a great band that continues to evolve over the years, but these guys have the intangibles that few bands possess in their arsenal. They are creative, intelligent and professional. They have the hunger, heart and desire to not let anything stop them from reaching their goals. They are their own managers, booking agents, promoters, and most importantly… each one of them is very talented musicians. This band deserves all the accolades they receive because Dead Earth Politics can back it all up.” – Bruce Corbitt, Rigor Mortis / Warbeast



Clawhammer PR - promo logo - 2015 - #0323CHMO

Source: ClawHammer PR






SAVIOURS – To Release Palace Of Vision Full-Length This October Via Listenable Records; New Track Playing At Cvlt Nation

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, rock music with tags , , , , on August 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Saviours - Palace Of Vision - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #3337770MM

This Fall, California metallers, SAVIOURS, will drop the molten fruits of their new full-length this Fall via a new partnership with France’s Listenable Records. Titled Palace Of Vision, their first full-length in four years was captured at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon with the inimitable Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Taurus, Ommadon etc.) and boasts nine tracks of SAVIOURS‘ signature brand of towering riffs, colossal rhythms, infectious guitar harmonies and an obsession with the end of times, the occult, psychedelics and the arcane.

“It’s a natural and logical continuation of where we left off with [2011’s] Death’s Procession,” said drummer Scott Batiste of the offering. “There are some doomy crushers and faster ragers.” As an added bonus, the record comes sheathed in the fittingly dark, intricately transfixing cover renderings of Derrick Snodgrass (Obliterations, Lecherous Gaze).

In anticipation of its arrival, today Cvlt Nation offers up the first helping of Palace Of Vision in the form of opening bruiser, Burning Shrine. Comments Batiste, “‘Burning Shrine’ is about watching the world burn as it is ruined by religious zealots. Crank it up, live evil or die!”

Adds Cvlt Nation: “This motherfucker is a straight raging jam! Fasten your seat belt, press play and let the mammoth riffs the band kicks out do the rest. Caution: SAVIOURS have been known to cause non-stop headbanging – you have been warned!”

Turn up and tune out at THIS LOCATION.

Saviours - Palace Of Vision - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #3337770MM

Palace Of Vision – Track Listing:

  1. Burning Shrine
  2. Cursed Night
  3. Devil’s Crown
  4. Flesh Of Fire
  5. Hell’s Floor
  6. Palace Of Vision
  7. The Beast Remains
  8. The Mountain
  9. The Seeker

In related news, SAVIOURS will bring their riffs to the stage with a pair of east coast/west coast fest performances with additional live incursions to be announced in the coming weeks.


9/05/2015 Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous Festival @ The Wick – Brooklyn, NY

11/1/3015 Day Of The Shred Festival @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Still building upon the foundation that Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead laid, SAVIOURS enters their second decade in a new partnership with French label Listenable Records. Rooted in hardcore punk but preferring to cruise in outer space, the lysergic of SAVIOURS hessians have always brought a ton of swing and swagger to their forward-charging Heavy Metal. The band melds sounds from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, progressive rock, and proto-doom, and delivers it all with a snarling West Coast hardcore edge. The result is an absolute beast of a sound that is all SAVIOURS‘ own.

Since the 2005 release of SAVIOURS‘ debut EP, Warship, the band has worked relentlessly, touring North America, Europe, and Japan with the likes of Mastodon, Corrosion Of Conformity, The Sword, High On Fire, Saint Vitus and Clutch. In a few short years, SAVIOURS have risen to become stalwarts of the world’s Metal scene, ambassadors of an aggressive-yet-stoned West Coast vibe, inspired by the ’70s but totally real and relevant in 2015.

Saviours - Palace Of Vision - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #3337770MM


Austin Barber – guitar, vocals

Sonny Reinhardt – guitar, vocals

Scott Batiste – drums

Andy Anderson – bass

Palace Of Vision will be released via Listenable Records on October 30th, 2015. Preorders to be unveiled in the coming weeks.


Critical Praise:

“Cult heaviness…” – Spin

“A dual-guitar riff-fest inspired by NWOBHM and ’70s proto-doom.” – Revolver

“You know you’re playing a good set when your music not only commands the attention of the likes of J Mascis and Matt Pike, but you’re sounding so tight that it compels the two guitar greats to air shred like a couple of Maiden fans circa 1980.” – Decibel


Source: Earsplit PR

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