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On This Day In METAL History – October 7th… From HELLION To ORANGE GOBLIN

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Boston - Dont Look Back - promo album cover pic - #1978TSB

On October 7th, 1978 – The legendary BOSTON were ranked at #7, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit: Don’t Look Back. This song is featured on BOSTON’s second studio album from 1978: Don’t Look Back. Everything about this band = timeless Classic Rock. ‘Nuff said.

Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death - promo tour book cover - #2006SHBD

On October 7th, 2006 – The super-duper IRON MAIDEN performed at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey. IRON MAIDEN were on their A Matter Of Life And Death Tour.

Orange Goblin - Back From The Abyss - promo cover pic

On October 7th, 2014 – The great ORANGE GOBLIN released their studio album: Back From The Abyss. By the way, in case you didn’t know, ORANGE GOBLIN are a bona-fide, amazing and kick-to-the-ass band. Dig it.

Hellion - Karma's A Bitch - promo EP cover pic - 2014

On October 7th, 2014 – The terrific HELLION released their EP: Karma’s A Bitch. Without Ann Boleyn and her band HELLION, well, life would pretty much suck.

Devil You Know - They Bleed Red - promo album banner - 2015 - #MONMSS98799

On October 7th, 2015DEVIL YOU KNOW have their forthcoming studio album, They Bleed Red, ranked at #16, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Their second studio album, They Bleed Red releases on November 6th, 2015, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Kylesa - Exhausing Fire - promo red vinyl pic - 2015 - #MMNSS3330333

On October 7th, 2015 – Savannah, Georgia’s KYLESA have their newly released studio album, Exhausting Fire, ranked at #30, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! Shown above: the red vinyl version of this album. Whoa, again!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




MURASHITA “Inescapable Damnation” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on October 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Murashita - Inescapable Damnation - promo cover pic - 2015 - #03303377MO

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


Guitarist, songwriter, producer and engineer Masaki Murashita has assembled his own solo band: MURASHITA. The founder and Metal mastermind behind Hemoptysis, Masaki Murashita has proven to me, that he once again, can bring a band of musicians together and create another incredible album of explosive Metal. This five song EP, Inescapable Damnation, will be self-released on October 16th. Masaki brings his lead guitar and scorching vocals back to the forefront with his solo debut and I am left completely jubilant at what I’ve been listening to.

MURASHITA Inescapable Damnation features Metal heavyweights: David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity) and Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent). Mixing was done by award-winning producer, Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX). With a powerhouse lineup like this, MURASHITA delivers on all counts on this EP. I love how the guitar playing transitions from brutal to melodic on these songs, along with Masaki’s unique vocals playing such a tremendous role in this EP’s overall persona and intensity. Only those who have not a clue will find even a minuscule fault in Inescapable Damnation.

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Masaki Murashita

With the overall stellar musicianship being nailed down, the songwriting and lyrics are also top-tier on Inescapable Damnation. Conquer The Foe and The Show Must Go On are two examples of perseverance and self-confidence bursting out lyrically; two attributes of Masaki that have made him the underground Metal warrior I have greatly admired since day one. Masaki Murashita and his star-studded band should rightfully be proud of Inescapable Damnation. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Fans of Melodic Death Metal to Thrash will surely want to add this EP to their Metal stash.

Murashita - logo - 2014 - Masaki Murashita

Pre-orders are now available at:

Inescapable Damnation – Track Listing:

  1. Retribution
  2. Inescapable Damnation
  3. Death or Glory
  4. Conquer the Foe
  5. The Show Must Go On






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.

Metallica - Classic Band Logo - White on Black - #777493

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

Twilight Fauna - Paul Ravenwood - promo pic - 2015 - #330993MMONS

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:

Twilight Fauna - Shadows Of Ancestors - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #9966MO

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.

Twilight Fauna - Shadows Of Ancestors - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #9966MO

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

Vorna - promo band pic - 2015 - #3366SNMSTO4E9

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).

Vorna - Ei valo minua seuraa - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #6693MONMSSOTR

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!”

Vorna - Ei valo minua seuraa - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #6693MONMSSOTR

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:

Inverse Records - logo - #2015IRMO

Source: Inverse Records





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

Posted in Heavy Metal, 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:

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Bandcamp –

Twitter –

“The Witch Is Rising” video:

Live video –


Source: Dewar PR







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