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On This Day In METAL History – August 24th… From STEPPENWOLF To BATTLECROSS

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild - promo 45rpm - cover sleeve - 1968 - #9093MMNSS4

On August 24th, 1968STEPPENWOLF peaked at number two, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their enormous hit single: Born to Be Wild.

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On August 24th, 1996 – The incredible IRON MAIDEN performed as headliners at Estádio do Pacaembu in São Paulo, Brazil, for the Monsters Of Rock Brazil 1996. Whoa!

Apostasy - Nuclear Messiah - promo album cover pic - #663MNMMSS909

On August 24th, 2011 – Sweden’s Symphonic Black/Death Metal band APOSTASY released their studio album: Nuclear Messiah.

Ghost - Meliora - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #33MMBSSMO44

On August 24th, 2015 – The new studio album, Meliora, from the mysterious GHOST is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart.

Battlecross - Rise To Power - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #0528MOBC

On August 24th, 2015 – Detroit Michigan’s Metal warriors BATTLECROSS have their new studio album, Rise To Power, ranked at #8, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Freaking hell and yeah!


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SWALLOW THE SUN – To Release A Triple Album via Century Media Records

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on August 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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From Century Media Records:

The new Swallow the Sun release will be a triple album entitled Songs From The North I, II & III.

Main songwriter and guitarist Juha Raivio comments:
“Making a triple album in this godforsaken digital and modern-day and age…Many will say it’s madness. I say it is to bring worth, heart and respect back into the music and to the album format where it belongs. This should never turn into a shallow fast food industry where music is only downloaded one song at a time.

These albums hold life, death, gloom, beauty and despair in their deepest levels and forms. The three chapters are different but connected, one long journey through these songs written up here in the North.

Music is holy, albums are holy. See you on the other side, friends.”


* Swallow The Sun are from Jyväskylä, Finland.

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IRON MAIDEN – Limited Edition Electric Guitar By ASG Pre-Sale Begins This October

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, metal music, guitars with tags , , , , on August 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Limited Edition Electric Guitar - ASG - 2015 - promo photo - #99330

New from Artist Series Guitar – a limited edition IRON MAIDEN guitar finished with exclusive Trooper artwork. ASG are only making a very limited amount of these with pre-sale beginning in October. If you want to reserve one, head over to


Source: Iron Maiden Facebook

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BURNING POINT – Re-Releases Of “Empyre” And “Burned Down The Enemy” Albums OUT NOW!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Burning Point - Burned Down The Enemy - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MMMSS034E

Two albums from Finnish Power Metal band BURNING POINT have been re-released via AFM Records, on August 21st:

“BURNED DOWN THE ENEMY” (incl. bonus tracks “Nocturnal Sight”, “Bring Me Oblivion” & “Heart Of Gold (Demo 2005).

“EMPYRE” (incl. bonus tracks “Black Star *’08”, “Lake Of Fire ’08” & “Remains Of My Broken Heart”.

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Swiss Black Metal Vortex BORGNE To Release ‘Règne des Mort’ On Those Opposed Records September 28th

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Swiss Black Metal Vortex BORGNE have inked a deal with Those Opposed Records for the release of new album Règne des Morts on September 28, just prior to the band’s appearance at the Black Arts Ceremony Fest in Lyon, France. The album features eight tracks (78 minutes) of crushing, industrial black metal that is superior in terms of songwriting and production to anything previously released.  New track “Fear” is streaming here.

The album will be distributed by Season of Mist and Those Opposed Records. Pre-order it at this location. Guests on the new album include Dirge Rep (GEHENNA, ENSLAVED), writing lyrics for one track, and Spellgoth (HORNA) contributing vocals on one track. It will also feature one track in Greek (Ormenos also plays in Kawir) and the first BORGNE track ever to be sung in French.

The album will be available as:

  • CD jewelcase (12-page booklet)
  • CD digipack (12-page booklet, limited to first run)
  • T-shirt
  • Vinyl (more info below)

Borgne - Règne des Morts - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #MO0009933

Règne des Morts – Track List:

1. Void Miasma
2. Αιώνιοι Φόβοι
3. When Swans Are Choking
4. Everything Is A Fallacy
5. Abysmal Existence
6. Fear
7. L’Odeur De La Mort

A massive BORGNE Vinyl Box Set of the trilogy that began with Entraves de l’Ame (2010) ends with Règne des Morts will be released via Those Opposed Records in 2016. The box set will contain Règne des Morts (2015) on double LP plus  2012 album Royaume des Ombres on double LP with exclusive bonus track, along with 2012 album Entraves de l’Ame as a single LP. It will be limited to 500 copies and distributed via Those Opposed Records and Season of Mist: 300 copies on black vinyl, and two different coloured vinyl versions each limited to 100 copies.

Those purchasing Règne des Morts on CD from the band or Season of Mist  will have their emails automatically registered for an early bird mailing list to reserve a copy of the vinyl-box set trilogy ahead of the general public.

Double-CD Return to the Past is still available via Those Opposed Records.


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Black Metal Brother Duo HELLEBORUS Reveal Live Line Up For Debut Colorado Show Dates

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on August 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Helleborus - Live Band Lineup - promo photo - 2015 - #08206606

L-R: Brent Boutte’ – Drums, Jerred Houseman – Guitar & leads, Wyatt Houseman – Voice, Ian Horenman – guitar & rhythms, Michael Hylands – Bass (Photo Credit – Boutte’ Photography)


‘Coils’ – FREE Download here.  

‘The Carnal Sabbath’ – Song Stream here.

Named after a gorgeous, but poisonous flower that blooms in winter, Manitou Springs, CO based HELLEBORUS, the new creation of brothers Jerred & Wyatt Houseman (both former members of Execration) are proud to reveal their live line up featuring Brent Boutte’ on drums, Ian Horenman on guitar and Michael Hylands on bass. HELLEBORUS will be hitting the stage for performances on August 21st (their debut live show) in Colorado Springs, CO and September 5th supporting Brazilian metallers Unearthly and Krow for their tour date in Denver. CO.

“It is a great honor to finally take our magic live and we are very grateful to be working with such dedicated individuals. So much work has already gone into this project and we are only at the roots of something great. Everyone involved in this project comes from very different backgrounds and we feel it adds a lot to the chemistry. A lot of new things are in development for the evolution of this project and we are excited to share this with you.” – comments Wyatt Houseman.

Show Dates:

Aug 21 – Colorado Springs, CO – Zodiac Lounge w/ Thorns of Acanthus, Scepter of Eligos, Nybbas – Event info here.

Sept 5 – Denver, CO – 3 Kings Tavern w/ Unearthly, Krow, Mount Cairn, Six Feet of Anger – Event info here.


Helleborus has unleashed two tracks ‘Coils’ and ‘The Carnal Sabbath’ over this summer, which are off  their soon to be finished debut full length, a release that combines black, death and doom metal with a vast ambiance. Helleborus venture outside the conventional colors of traditional black metal, the brothers Jerred & Wyatt plan to deliver a new aura of sound where fans of The Devil’s Blood, Satyricon, Necorphobic, Belphegor, Blut Aus Nord are sure to connect with them.

Album Band Line Up features: Wyatt (vocals, lyrics) & Jerred Houseman (producer, all instruments)

Live Line Up features: Wyatt (vocals, lyrics) & Jerred Houseman (bass), Brent Boutte’ (drums) and Ian H. (guitarist)


For more info, please visit the following links:

Critical Praise:

I will forever embrace quality underground Metal, especially underground Black Metal. Helleborus have without question, tapped into my Black Metal psyche with their new song. I honestly cannot stop listening to Coils.” – Metal Odyssey

“The chiming riffs and exotic lead guitar melodies in “Coils” do indeed generate an air of mysticism that surrounds the song, but the music also rocks very hard. The thundering drums and rumbling bass rhythms give the song a sense of tangible power, and the jagged, howling vocals cut like a serrated knife. It’s a bulldozer as well as a spellcaster…the song is also catchy as hell, and it should hold special appeal to fans of bands such as The Devil’s Blood, Satyricon, and Belphegor.” – No Clean Singing



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RABID ASSASSIN – Announces Tour Dates

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on August 20, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Rabid Assassin - promo live pic - 2015 - with permission - #0820

Drop Down Angry Groove metal band RABID ASSASSIN is announcing additional dates for fall and winter 2015. The band continues to support their solid debut ‘Eliminate The System’ released on May 19th via HighVolMusic. A few more dates will still be added this year, before heading out to the left coast in January 2016 for a run in California.


RABID ASSASSIN is currently shooting their next video for Ass, Gas or Grass. Details for the video are forthcoming.

AUGUST 22nd Zippers, Gettysburg, PA
AUGUST 27th Club Orpheus, Baltimore MD W/ RAVEN
SEPTEMBER 11th Del Mar Inn, Hagerstown, MD W/ GREEN JELLY
OCTOBER 3rd Crusaders, Frederick, MD W/ SPIRIT CARAVAN
OCTOBER 10th Tubby’s, Duncannon, PA
OCTOBER 16th Del Mar Inn, Hagerstown, MD W/RESISTANCE
OCTOBER 24TH Moose Park, Gettysburg, PA
OCTOBER 30th Whitehall VFW, Whitehall, OH
OCTOBER 31st Blue Fox, Winchester, VA
NOVEMBER 13th Field of Screams, Lancaster, PA
NOVEMBER 14th Zippers, Gettysburg, PA W/ KILL THE KING
DECEMBER 31st Del Mar Inn, Hagerstown, MD



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