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DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION – Announce April Europe Tour With Pyrrhon

Posted in grindcore, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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After their Summer 2014 US tour with BUDD DWYER, our friends of DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION are returning to the European stages still in support of their 2014 “Monsters!” split with TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION, C.O.A.G, MISERABLE FAILURE, UNSU and INFECTED SOCIETY.

With Relapse records’ PYRRHON invited to headline the tour, this will be DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION’s fifth European road trip, bringing both bands to five European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom) in sixteen days from April 10 to 25.

On a sidenote, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION have also recently been confirmed for the OBSCENE EXTREME AMERICA festival in Montreal, Canada, on August 2015. An accompanying August 2015 tour of the US East Coast will be announced later this year.

To celebrate the tour, we’re happy to announce that, as part of our ongoing series of weekly “Hi Gain” deals which see one of our releases’ price crushed by 50% each Monday and for one full week, we’ve not only selected the 37 bands / 44 tracks “In Grindo Veritas” compilation curated by Florian of DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION to be offered at € 2.99 instead of € 5.99, but also all of the accompanying merchandising line: t-shirts & girlies (5.99 € instead of € 11.99), hoodies (13.49 € instead of € 26.99) and zipped hoodies (18.49 € instead of 36.99 €). Get them before Mar.08 as stock is very limited on some pieces!

Tour Dates:

  • APR.15 – FR – Paris – Cirque Electrique
  • APR.15 – FR – TBA
  • APR.15 – FR – Tours – Canadian Café
  • APR.15 – FR – Toulouse – Pavillons Sauvages
  • APR.15 – FR – Montpellier – Secret Place
  • APR.15 – FR – Clermont Ferrand – Raymond Bar
  • APR.15 – FR – St Etienne – Assomoir
  • APR.15 – FR – Bourg-en-Bresse – Tannerie
  • APR.15 – CH – Bern – Cafete
  • APR.15 – DE – Tûbingen – Epplehaus
  • APR.15 – BE – Liège – Inside Out
  • APR.15 – UK – London – Unicorn
  • APR.15 – UK – Leeds – Temple of Boom
  • APR.15 – UK – Newcastle – Northumberland Arms
  • APR.15 – UK – Boltom – Alma Inn
  • APR.15 – UK – Plymouth – Tiki

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BLOODSOAKED – Offering FREE Downloads Of Entire Discography

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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North Carolina’s one-man Death Metal Army BLOODSOAKED is offering the digital versions of all four albums as free downloads! It’s true and devoid of strings. You can get 2007’s Brutally Butchered, 2009’s Sadistic Deeds…Grotesque Memories, 2011’s The Death of Hope, and 2014’s Religious Apocalypse free at

The most recent of the four, Religious Apocalypse, was released last year on Comatose Music and included new cuts, live tracks and brutalized renditions of Cinderella’s “Shake Me” and Ratt’s “You’re in Love.”

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Source: ClawHammer PR

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GRUESOME – First Taste Of Debut From Death-Worshipping Supergroup Now Playing – “Savage Land” To See Release Next Month

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Savage Land is the forthcoming debut full-length from death metal perpetrators, GRUESOME. Featuring within their bestial ranks members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation and Derketa, GRUESOME is a supergroup of sorts paying homage to the game-changing sounds of Death’s early recordings.

GRUESOME was borne out of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) and drummer Gus Rios’ (Malevolent Creation) mutual involvement with the Death To All tours – Harvey serving as frontman for the original nine-member mini-tour and Rios performing “Baptized In Blood” and working with DTA drummer Sean Reinert on the following US tour where Exhumed filled in as support on a several dates.

After discarding the idea of putting together another incarnation of DTA to focus exclusively on Death’s first two albums, Harvey half-jokingly suggested writing their own songs in that vein. It wasn’t long before the idea gained traction, and the “band” had five songs written. Rios later recruited Possessed guitarist Daniel Gonzalez and Derketa bassist Robin Mazen to record the material in Florida.

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The result is the eight scathing tracks contained on Savage Land. Recorded by Rios and Gonzalez at Riversound Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mixed by Jarrett Pritchard at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and including a guest guitar solo on “Closed Casket” by James Murphy as well as cover art by legendary illustrator Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Massacre, Athiest et el), Savage Land is a truly gruesome slab of late-’80s/early-’90s Florida-styled Death Metal.

Set for release next month, today team GRUESOME offers up fourth track “Hideous” for communal absorption. The track is based on 1932 horror film, Freaks, in which the characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. The original version was considered too shocking to be released, and no longer exists.

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Rios further elaborates, “‘Hideous’ was one of the last songs to be written for the album. By that point Matt had really hit a stride with the writing and this song turned out to be one of our favorites! It seamlessly blends influences from the first three Death albums with even a tiny tip of the hat to Human. Listen closely after the solo section…you’ll swear it’s 1988 for real! We sincerely hope that everyone enjoys this as much as we did creating it! Hail Chuck [Schuldiner]!”

Sample “Hideous” via SoundCloud HERE or YouTube HERE.

Tragically, there will never be any truly new Death material, but GRUESOME is humbly determined to keeping the band’s classic sound alive as faithfully as possible. Savage Land will be released in North America via Relapse Records on April 21st, 2015, April 17th in Germany, Benelux and Finland and April 20th in the UK, rest of the world on CD and digitally. For preorders scroll on over to THIS LOCATION. Digital preorders are available via iTunes HERE and the GRUESOME BandCamp page HERE.


“The turning inside out of Death’s first two albums is in good hands here.” – Decibel Magazine

“Absolutely kick-ass in its own right, but also an authentic form of homage to Death.” – No Clean Singing


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On This Day In METAL History – March 3rd… Good Times!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On March 3rd, 1973 – England’s legendary SLADE reaches #1 in the UK with their hit song: Cum On Feel The Noise. I remember never knowing that SLADE originally wrote and recorded this song, until I heard the Quiet Riot cover version on Metal Health, back in 1983. I remember some DJ on WHCN, WCCC or WPLR (FM) up in Connecticut, speaking about the history of this song, when it first released. Good times.

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On this day in 1979 – The great Foreigner is at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit song: Blue Morning, Blue Day. Written by Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, this song is featured on Foreigners amazing second studio album, from 1978: Double Vision. The Double Vision album is my favorite of all Foreigner albums! I remember receiving Double Vision as a birthday gift from my mother, back in January of 1979. God rest her loving soul.

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On March 3rd, 1986 – The mighty METALLICA released their third studio album: Master Of Puppets. This happens to be my favorite METTALICA album of all-time! This is THE studio album, that without a doubt, launched METALLICA into the legendary stratosphere of Thrash Metal and ALL of Metal!

Master Of Puppets raised the Metal bar for ALL other Thrash Metal bands too. Unfortunately, this would be the last studio album that features classic member, co-songwriter and bassist Cliff Burton. Man I love this Master Of Puppets album! Battery!! Rest in peace, Cliff Burton.

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On this day in 1990Warrant reaches #20, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit song: Sometimes She Cries. This song is featured on Warrant’s debut studio album, from 1989: Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. I remember buying the album on vinyl and I later bought it (used) on cassette; this way I was able to listen to it in my car. Good times. Rest in peace, Jani Lane.

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On March 3rd, 2015Nickelback – The Best Of Nickelback: Volume 1 moves up five notches and is sitting at #15 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart. This greatest hits has spent 57 weeks on this chart, peaking at #2. Long live Nickelback!

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On this day in 2015 – It’s Nickelback again, sitting at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart, with their eighth studio album: No Fixed Address. This album moved up from being last week’s #4 and has spent 14 weeks on this chart. Whoa!


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NOTHGARD – Epic Melodic Death Metal Band From Germany – Release New Guitar Hero / Frets On Fire Video File Of “Blackened Seed”

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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(Pictured above: NOTHGARD guitarist Daniel K.)

German Epic Melodic Death Metal virtuoso NOTHGARD released a new Guitar Hero / Frets On Fire video file of their song “Blackened Seed”.

It can be seen below or via:

Guitarist Dom R. Crey says about:

“From the very beginning I was fascinated by Frets On Fire (PC) and Guitar Hero (game console). I always wondered how hard such a game could be, while spending hours in front of the goggle-box. This is why we came up with the idea to create our Frets On Fire – Nothgard Songs. Just because we thought this would be fucking cool. Now we have 2 songs from our latest record to download.

The first one can be found here:

Everybody should check it out. We wish a lot of fun and patience. I still can’t play the songs in the game.”




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U.D.O. “Decadent” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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On February 3rd, Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from Germany’s legendary U.D.O. was released, via AFM Records. I’ll readily admit that this is one of the finest U.D.O. albums ever, with what I consider a whole lot more melodic interplay going on between the guitars and rhythm section. My favorite song on Decadent is Mystery and it’s a melodic Heavy Metal classic already, in my Metal world. This entire Decadent album sounds classic to me and makes for a formidable follow-up to 2013’s Steelhammer studio album.

Drummer Franceso Jovino is an awesome presence on Decadent and has since parted ways with the band. Udo Dirkschneider’s son and band drum tech, Sven Dirkschneider, has since been hired on as the new drummer.

As with AC/DC and Motörhead, fans of U.D.O. are gonna know what they’ll get from this band. With that said, there is a more open spaced vibe about Decadent than previous U.D.O. albums; where the songs sound as if they’ve been crafted for a more widespread consumption of Heavy Metal fans. No worries, this new U.D.O. album is no commercial ticket to Hollywood’s good old boys club. The big guitar sounds on this album are equivalent to an endless bottle of psyche-you-out elixir!

Below. check out the fabulous song Pain:

There’s more rhythm than crunch on Decadent and the great Udo Dirkschneider sings with an enthusiasm that I noticed quickly from the start; this is not a Heavy Metal legend that is forcing his vocals for the sake of making the record. Udo sings as if he is prepared for a world-wide arena tour and his band shall take a back seat to no one. Honestly, this Decadent album plays out that fantastic. It only takes a couple of thorough listens to Decadent for me to realize that Udo Dirkschneider is not interested in resting on any Metal laurels. I respect that to the fullest!

Throw in the fact that all twelve songs are worthy of their own music video and I do declare this being an album of SONGS. Decadent is a grand example of how a Heavy Metal band should leave all the artificial flavors and fillers behind and focus on composition and lyrics. The title track, PainSecrets In ParadiseUnder Your Skin and Untouchable are five other standout songs that really soar for my Metal soul. Very well done, once again, U.D.O.! Metal be thy name – Stone.

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Udo Dirkschneider – vocals

Andrey Smirnov – guitar

Kasperi Heikkinen – guitar

Fitty Wienhold – bass

Sven Dirkschneider – drums


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U.D.O. – Welcomes Harrison Young As New Touring Keyboardist

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the U.D.O. Facebook page:

U.D.O. is very proud to present our new tour keyboarder Harrison Young. The band is currently rehearsing for the tour. Harrison already became fix part of the U.D.O. family and everybody is highly motivated to kick ass on tour. This is the best U.D.O. ever with a great NEW setlist!!!!

Harrison Young is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer from just outside of New York City, currently living in the Netherlands. In addition to touring and recording with his own two bands, Earth Minor and The Harrison Young Quartet, he has also appeared on numerous albums including Metal Queen Doro Pesch’s latest release, “Raise Your Fist” and NYC Hip Hop Legend Talib Kweli’s album Gutter Rainbows, for which Harrison provided the iconic piano riff on the #1 iTunes single, Cold Rain.

For the past several years, Harrison has been touring the world with Doro as her keyboardist, appearing at festivals like Wacken, Graspop, and Sweden Rock, in addition to countless headline shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Moscow. In 2013, he sang the official anthem of the inaugural Full Metal Cruise alongside Doro in front of hundreds of thousands of people, at Hamburg Germany’s 824th Harbor Celebration.

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He also recently released a new album with his long time rock band, Earth Minor entitled Across The Atlantic In Record Time, which is now available worldwide at his website,

Harrison is thrilled to join the U.D.O. team as of this upcoming European tour and looks forward to rocking with you in your city.

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The spectacular new U.D.O. studio album, Decadent, is available now! Decadent was released via AFM Records, back on February 3rd, in North America.


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