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On This Day In METAL History, October 5th… From FIREHOUSE To DEAFHEAVEN

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Firehouse - Love Of A Lifetime - promo 45rpm cover pic - 1991 - #FNMSS99334E4

On October 5th, 1991 – FIREHOUSE had their hit power ballad, Love Of A Lifetime, ranked at #5 on the Weekly Top 40. This song is featured on the debut and self-titled album from FIREHOUSE, released back in 1990.

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On October 5th, 1991 – METALLICA‘s monster song, Enter Sandman, was ranked at #21, on the Weekly Top 40. This great song is featured on Metallica’s fifth and self-titled studio album (aka The Black Album), released back in 1991.

Iron Maiden - classic band logo - yellow - blue - black

On October 5th, 1995 – The iconic IRON MAIDEN performed at the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a concert on The X Factour. Blaze Bayley was the lead vocalist for IRON MAIDEN, during this period of time. Whoa.

Trivium - Silence In The Snow - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #OMFMBSS0433

On October 5th, 2015 – The newly released TRIVIUM studio album, Silence In The Snow (Deluxe Edition), is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa.

Queensryche - Condition Human - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #33MMMNLBSA777Q

On October 5th, 2015 – The newly released QUEENSRŸCHE studio album, Condition Hüman, is ranked at #2, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. QUEENSRŸCHE kicks absolute Metal ass, my Metal brethren.

Deafheaven - New Berumuda - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #330MNSS997

On October 5th, 2015 – California’s DEAFHEAVEN have their newly released studio album, New Berumuda, ranked at #4, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Yup. In case you didn’t know, DEAFHEAVEN receives the Metal Odyssey Seal Of Metal Approval.






TWILIGHT FAUNA – Releases New Album via Acephale Winter Productions

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Underground Black Metal label Acephale Winter Productions is proud to announce that it has now released Shadows of Ancestors by Twilight Fauna. The album contains 8 tracks and is available on compact disc or as a digital download. You can stream the album in full and order a copy direct from the label at this location:

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About Twilight Fauna:

Twilight Fauna is a one-person Atmospheric Metal project from Appalachia. Constantly pushing the boundaries between genres, multi-instrumentalist Paul Ravenwood uses a variety of traditional folk instruments alongside more conventional Black Metal guitar work and primitive drumming to create a unique blend of blackened folk music.

Since forming in 2011, Twilight Fauna has released multiple full lengths, EPs and splits, including the much acclaimed Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland LP. With songs steeped in atmosphere, Twilight Fauna is one man’s deeply personal vision into the history of himself and of the mountains of his birthplace.

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Praise for Shadows of Ancestors:

“Ambient, cinematic, hypnotic and still wonderfully savage. ‘Shadows Of Ancestors’ is an introspective and genuinely moving album that transcends its Black Metal roots and builds on the foundations of its predecessor. Twilight Fauna continues to improve as a project and is crafting some very interesting music that is begging to be explored. ” – Intravenous Magazine

“Ravenwood’s tireless work ethic and prolific output have helped Twilight Fauna grow at a pretty rapid pace. “Shadows of Ancestors” is proof of that artistic development, as this sometimes strange, often moving project keeps getting richer and more defined. It’ll never be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do relish these sounds will find themselves immersed in a haunting place with rogue spirits showing you the way.” – Meat Mead Metal


Source: Dewar PR

For more info:

Acephale Winter Facebook

Acephale Winter Productions Bandcamp




Pagan Metal Orchestra VORNA To Release 2nd Full-Length Album In December: Album Information And Single Now Released!

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, metal music with tags , , , , on October 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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The Finnish Pagan Metal band VORNA will release their second full length album ”Ei valo minua seuraa” (transl. ”No Light Follows Me”) on 4th December 2015. The album will be released through Inverse Records.

The album has been mixed by Tuomas Kokko from Electric Fox Studios (e.g. Swallow the Sun, Ghost Brigade) and mastered by Jaakko Viitalähde from Virtalähde Mastering (e.g. Black Crucifixion, Alghazanth, Ghost Brigade). The album cover artworks have been designed by Jarno Lahti from Kaamos Illustration & Design (e.g. Pain, Hypocrisy, Before the Dawn).

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The lead-vocalist Vesa Salovaara shared a few words about the album recordings and about the actual album:

”This year has most certainly been Vorna’s busiest one to date and the whole album making process was quite intensive experience as well. The song material was constantly evolving from the earliest demo sessions in April all the way to the mixing which took place in July. As a result we think we’re holding our most mature, diverse and also, in a way, darkest album yet. Still, neither risks nor untamed intuitive ideas were avoided and we believe that one might find even somewhat surprising shades from it’s depths. Lyrically ”Ei valo minua seuraa” is dealing with quite universal and timeless themes. The story is fundamentally about a journey towards mental or spiritual equilibrium which is being torned by contradictive identities and generally estranged world.

”Jälkemme” represents the more straightforward approach of the album and that’s one of the reasons we chose it to be the first single. It’s quite a beast of a song and we believe it has a lot to offer in live environment. Come to our show and witness it yourself!”

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1. Harmaudesta (Away from Grey)
2. Jälkemme (Heritage)
3. Itsetön (Soul Shriven)
4. Sieluni varjossa (In the Nightside of Self)
5. Vaipunut (Of Life Descended)
6. Yksin (Alone)
7. Hiljaiset rauniot (Silent Ruins)

Check out the new ”Jälkemme” single from below:

VORNA will head out for a European tour in October. The shows in October are co-headlined with the German Black Metal titans Thyrgrim and the two shows in Sweden in November with the Swedish Folk/Viking Metal band Grimner. Below you may find all tour dates:

1.10.2015 – FI – Semifinal, Helsinki

2.10.2015 – FI – Katse, Jyväskylä + Thyrgrim (DE) & Enthring (FI)

3.10.2015 – FI – Varjobaari, Tampere + Thyrgrim (DE) & Nation Despair (FI)

9.10.2015 – DE – Helvete, Oberhausen + Thyrgrim (DE), Firtan (DE) & Kapala (DE)

10.10.2015 – DE – From Hell, Erfurt + Thyrgrim (DE), Heimdalls Wacht (DE) & Pestnebel (DE)

16.10.2015 – NL – dB’s, Utrecht + Thyrgrim (DE) & Nefast (NL)

17.10.2015 – NL – Boelie’s Pub, Winschoten + Thyrgrim (DE), Hemelbestormer (BE), Anasarca (DE) & Miscall (NL)

13.11.2015 – SWE – Palatset, Linköping + Grimner (SWE) & King of Asgard (SWE)

14.11.2015 – SWE – PSB, Stockholm + Grimner (SWE) & Apocalypse Orchestra (SWE)

21.11.2015 – FI – Dog’s Home, Tampere + Kivimetsän Druidi


For more info on VORNA:

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Source: Inverse Records





IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls World Tour 2016 – USA Dates, Cities And Venues Announced

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on October 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls World Tour - promo flyer - 2015 - #333033MNSSTO

As reported on the Iron Maiden Facebook:

IRON MAIDEN will open The Book Of Souls World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 24 February 2016, playing nine shows in total, finishing up at The Forum, LA on April 15th.

The dates are:

FEB 24 – Ft Lauderdale, FLA – BB&T Center

FEB 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

FEB 28 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center

MAR 30 – New York – Madison Square Garden

APR 05 – Detroit, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills

APR 06 – Chicago, IL – United Center

APR 11 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome

APR 13 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

APR 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

Tickets are on sale Oct 10th with fanclub presale on Oct 6th – see for details.


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





AKASAVA – Announce New Rituals, With Musical Rumblings In The Distance

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Akasava - promo band pic - 2015 - #MONMSSOP6693

French Occult Doom-rockers Akasava have announced new shows in their homeland, two in their local Le Havre and one in Rouen.

The band give an especial shout-out to Belgian doom lot Bathsheba, with whom they are playing in Le Havre. “We are honoured that we get to play with such an excellent band,” enthuses frontman Louis Hauguel.

He goes on to drop some further excellent news from the Akasava camp: the band are currently demoing new material that they are planning to record “beginning next year.” The songs follow an extremely well-received EP this year entitled Strange Aeons, which you can check out on Bandcamp here:

Akasava - Autumn 2015 - tour promo flyer - #0306MONMSS76

The dates are as follows:

* 15/10/15 – Le Trois Pièces, Rouen + Flippin’ Hot + Cheap Wine (

* 16/10/15 – Mc Daid’s, Le Havre + BATHSHEBA

* 03/12/15 – Mc Daid’s, Le Havre + Astonia + Last Train (Facebook event to be announced)


Louis Hauguel – Vocals, Lyrics

Arnold Lucas – Guitars, Organ

Amélie Gavalda – Bass Guitar

David Touroul – Drums

Akasava online:

Facebook –

Bandcamp –

Twitter –

“The Witch Is Rising” video:

Live video –


Source: Dewar PR






MEGADETH – New Studio Album “Dystopia” Releases On January 22nd, 2016

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Megadeth - Dystopia - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #3300MOSMMSOT66

The magnificent MEGADETH will be releasing their fifteenth studio album, Dystopia, on January 22nd, 2016. What a grand Metal way to start off the new year of 2016, with new MEGADETH!

How about the album cover art for Dystopia? I’m digging it. Looks like Vic Rattlehead is some kind of cyborg security officer or bounty hunter, in a futuristic and devastated city? That destroyed bridge on the album cover carries some social symbolism; a bridge to nowhere, maybe? I am looking forward to getting this CD and… Metal Be Thy Name.


Hear “Fatal Illusion”:



Along with co-founding members Dave Mustaine and David EllefsonLAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler is featured on this entire Dystopia release, along with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro of ANGRA fame.


DID YOU KNOW: The definition of Dystopia is: an imaginative or real society where everything is horrible and immoral, while the environment is forever deteriorating. This is also a society that is ruled by a totalitarian government.






GIRLSCHOOL – Metal Legends To Release 13th Studio Album On November 13th

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Girlschool - promo band pic - 2015 - #033699MNSS4EOT

London’s NWOBHM Legends GIRLSCHOOL are to release their 13th studio album, Guilty As Sin, on November 13th, via UDR Music. Guilty As Sin will be available in red colored vinyl gatefold album and digipack. This hotly anticipated album was produced by the great Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Witch Cross, among others).

GIRLSCHOOL’s cover song of the Bee Gees huge 70’s Disco hit, Staying Alive, ought to be very interesting, indeed! Uh, oh. “Disco” was mentioned here on Metal Odyssey. May the Metal Gods forgive us all. Metal Be Thy Name!



Kim McAuliffe – Vocals and Guitar

Enid Williams – Vocals and Bass

Jackie Chambers – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals

Denise Dufort – Drums

Girlschool - Guilty As Sin - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MN0033SS


  1. Come the Revolution
  2. Take it like a band
  3. Guilty as Sin
  4. Treasure
  5. Awkward Position
  6. Staying Alive ( Bee Gees Cover)
  7. Perfect Storm
  8. Painful
  9. Night Before
  10. Everybody Loves (Saturday Night)
  11. Coming your Way* BONUS*
  12. Tonight BONUS

* only available on limited edition and digital album



Side A:

  1. Come the Revolution
  2. Take it like a band
  3. Guilty as Sin
  4. Treasure
  5. Awkward Position

Side B:

  1. Staying Alive ( Bee Gees Cover)
  2. Perfect Storm
  3. Painful
  4. Night Before
  5. Everybody Loves (Saturday Night)
  6. Tonight ( Bonus)






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