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German Epic Melodic Death Metal Virtuoso NOTHGARD Announce New Bass Player: Nico Kolja!

Posted in bass, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on May 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Nico Kolja - Nothgard - promo pic - 052215NMO

Above: new NOTHGARD bass player Nico Kolja

German Epic Melodic Death Metal virtuoso NOTHGARD announce a new bass player: Nico Kolja!

The band says about: almost 4 weeks ago our dear friend Vik S. has left the band due to unforeseen circumstances and private issues. However, Vik will remain within our Band-Family of course. Further more he will support the band with taking care of the homepage and more. On the other hand we are very happy to present you the first pic of the new musician behind the bass.

Again we say thank you to Vik for all the past years and dearly welcome Nico. For more impressions check out the Video by clicking the link below:

NOTHGARD – LINE-UP may 2015:

Vocals, Lead Guitar, Studio Keyboard: Dom R. Crey
Bass, Backing Vocals: Nico Kolja
Rhythm, 2nd Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals: Daniel K.
Rhythm Guitar: Skaahl
Drums: D. Ziegler



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On This Day In METAL History – May 22nd…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic - 45rpm - promo cover sleeve - 1976 - #0522ELOMO

On May 22nd, 1976ELO aka Electric Light Orchestra had their hit single, Strange Magic, ranked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, in the United States. This song is featured on ELO’s studio album from 1975: Face The Music.

Cheap Trick - At Budokan - promo album cover pic - 052279CTMO

On May 22nd, 1979 – The great Cheap Trick received their first Platinum album for At Budokan. This live album was initially released in Japan only. At Budokan later released in the United States, after import copies began to soar. If you don’t own this Cheap Trick album, you obviously must collect other people’s nasal hairs. Truth.

Motley Crue - The Dirt - band autobiography  - 0522 - 2002 - MCMO

On May 22nd, 2001 Mötley Crüe released their autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. This autobiography became a New York Times Bestseller. Whoa!

Coal Chamber - Rivals - promo cover pic - 2015

On May 22nd, 2015Coal Chamber have their fourth studio album, Rivals, ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa.






On This Day In METAL History – May 21st…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Def Leppard - Classic Band Logo - 2013

Def Leppard - Photograph - promo 45rpm - single cover sleeve - #1983PC

On May 21st, 1983 – The hit single, Photograph, from Def Leppard, was ranked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the third (multi-million selling) studio album from Def Leppard: Pyromania. If you don’t own Pyromania, you are an ABBA fan. Long live Def Leppard!

White Lion - Wait - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - 1988 - #33MOWL

On May 21st, 1988 – The hit single, Wait, from White Lion, was ranked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This single is featured on the second studio album from White Lion: Pride.

Black Sabbath - Paranoid - promo cover pic - #BS667

On May 21st, 2015Black Sabbath has their second studio album, Paranoid, ranked at #12 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This iconic studio album was originally released back in September of 1970; we’re talking 45 years ago! I was only 4 years and 4 months old when this album hit the shelves! If you don’t own Paranoid, you obviously watch and are a fan of Little House On The Prairie. Hail Black Sabbath!

Veil Of Maya - Matriarch - promo album cover pic - 2015

On May 21st, 2015Veil Of Maya’s new studio album, Matriarch, debuts at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Matriarch also debuts at #2 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart! Hell and yeah! Long live Veil Of Maya!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival Returning For Year Three

Posted in Extreme Metal, horror movies, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Housecore Horror Festival - November 2015 - promo flyer - #111315MOPHA

Legendary metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th – 15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October. Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival’s success and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year.

“I’ve got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be,” he says. “There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that’s what we’re going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.”

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, AutopsyCripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila KayrosYOBEyehategod, Child BiteWarbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. “When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered,” Anselmo continues. “Nothing has changed, in that respect.”

Tickets to go on sale soon! Stay tuned for additional announcements.


Source: Earsplit PR

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On This Day In METAL History – May 20th… KISS “Unmasked” Was Released To The World

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on May 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Unmasked - promo album cover pic - 1980 - #052080KMO

On May 20th, 1980KISS released their eighth studio album: Unmasked. Shocking Fact Alert #1: Although not credited, the drummer for this entire album was Anton Fig and not Peter Criss. Now that the shock has hopefully subsided, onwards we go. Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley do play on every song on Unmasked. I just had to reinforce that info, just in case someone was wondering and started to panic. (I pause to laugh and quickly regain control).

This album was released via Casablanca Records, with a large poster inserted inside the album’s jacket. My two favorite songs from this album are: Is That You? and What Makes The World Go ‘Round. I even dig the song Shandi. Truth be told, I really like this KISS album and have no problem recommending it to anyone. This isn’t the greatest KISS album ever and it isn’t the worst either. The Elder will always be the freaking worst KISS album ever recorded; that is a fact and tell ’em Stone says so.

Kiss - Unmasked - Stones used vinyl pic - #05339MOK

Above: The front cover to my KISS Unmasked album. Some years ago I had flood waters destroy my record collection, save for a dozen or so. Yes, that life event super-sucked infected goat testicles. However, this album was one that was elevated above the water. Go figure.

Billy Squier - Emotions In Motion - promo album cover pic - #00993MOBSCR83

My first copy of Unmasked was an 8-track version. I bought this 8-track, with loot from my mother, from a (now defunct) department store called Caldor. Around 1983, I traded my Billy Squier Emotions In Motion vinyl for a used copy of Unmasked on vinyl, while in high school. A decent trade, I believe. Long ago trade aside, Billy Squier is alright in my Metal book. The 8-track and 8-track player I had are long gone. That kinda sucks. Some years ago, I finally upgraded to CD, with Unmasked. Why it took me so long to upgrade Unmasked to CD? I just don’t know, go figure.

Village People - Macho Man - promo album cover pic - #3993MOVPOMG

Shocking Fact Alert #2: Did you know that the Village People were signed to Casablanca Records too? KISS and The Village People shared the same record label. That should keep you up at night tossing and turning. WTF!?

KISS "Unmasked" Poster

That’s me holding my Unmasked poster, above! Whoa!

I’ve always enjoyed looking at the album artwork for Unmasked. Who was the artist? Victor Stabin. You can learn more about this exceptional artist and view his works by clicking here:

Kiss - Unmasked - CD - back cover - track listing - 1980 - #33MOAF0520

Above: The back cover to the KISS Unmasked CD, with track listing. Whoa!

This KISS album has always reminded me of Summer. Once again, I just don’t know, go figure. I have traded away many, many terrific items, throughout the years. My vinyl of Unmasked and its poster I could never think of parting with. Then again, who knows? Go figure and Metal be thy name. – Stone


Stone - 2011 Photo #1





Posted in classic rock, Guitar, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

George Lynch - Shadow Train - promo album flyer - 2015 - #0519MOGLRPR015

Legendary guitarist George Lynch’s long awaited “Shadow Train” project finally comes to light in this all new 18 track deluxe edition two CD set! George’s stellar guitar work, along with vocalist Gregg Analla, bassist Gabe Rosales, keyboardist Donnie Dickman and drummer Jimmy D’Anda, create honest, soulful and meaningful rock, blues and hard rock based music, that makes this release a must have for all GL fans! Songs on this disc are also featured in George Lynch’s forthcoming movie “Shadow Nation”, a thought-provoking documentary that explores the trials and tribulations that face Native American Indians in our world today.

About the release George says, “I’ve spent over 4 decades of my life pursuing elusive musical aspirations. But for even longer than that, I’ve cared, studied and thought deeply about the human condition and how we interact with each other and the world around us. Fusing these 2 aspirations into one has been a challenge for me throughout my creative life. This is my attempt at bonding the music and the message into one cohesive whole”.

Official release date For George Lynch’s “Shadow Train” is Friday July 17th, 2015.

Track Listing:

Disc 1: Vulture, Currency of Lies, Power and Resistance, Now It’s Dark, Vulture (Slight Return), I Am Weapon, Ghost, White Clay, Fight No More

Disc 2: Believe, Blinded, Fallen, Glitter, Prayer Mechanism, Sioux Wake Up, Trail of Tears, Under A Crooked Sky, World on Fire.

Pre-order bundles are now available at:

George Lynch - Shadow Train - promo drawing flyer - 2015 - #GL0519DMO


George Lynch - Photo Prints - Guitar Picks - promo flyer - 2015



Source: Rat Pak Records




FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” – Available Now!

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on May 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Faith No More - Sol Invictus - Available Now - promo flyer - #052015MOFNM


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