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ARKAIK – Progressive Death Metal Goliaths To Release Third Full-Length This October, Via Unique Leader

Posted in Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on August 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Record Features Guest Appearances By Members Of The Black Dahlia Murder And Bay Area String Quartet Amaranth + Fall Headlining Tour Confirmed


Californian Progressive Death Metal outfit, ARKAIK, are set to unleash their third full-length via Unique Leader Records this Fall. Entitled Lucid Dawn, the ten-track magnum opus was engineered, mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (Suffocation, Fallujah, Wrvth, All Shall Perish et al.) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, and takes ARKAIK’s multifaceted sound to an entirely new dimension, showcasing each musician’s creative potential and upping the proverbial ante of the brutality and technicality of their back catalog.

With the addition of guitarists Miguel Esparza (ex-Hatriot) and Greg Paulson as additional composers, Lucid Dawn delivers a fresh approach to the band’s sound and the entire progressive Death Metal genre. As an added bonus, the album features guest appearances from Death Metal heavy weights, Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight of The Black Dahlia Murder, as well as Bay Area live string quartet, Amaranth.

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Lucid Dawn is the second installment in a series of concept albums revolving around Cyrix, a disillusioned character in a dystopian society. In Cyrix’s world, dreaming is systematically controlled by a tyrannical ruler named Khaal-Li-Phar and his army of dark shamans, where people are forced to build monuments to the tyrant to stifle their imaginations and inhibit their ability to achieve a multi-dimensional existence. Lucid Dawn is a death metal take on American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the beginning of Cyrix’s “Hero’s Journey.” Musically and conceptually, Lucid Dawn carries the listener on a visceral exhibition through the depths of evil and beyond the threshold of mundane reality.

Lucid Dawn – Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. From The Void
3. Digital Shroud
4. That Which Lies Hidden
5. Awaken The I
6. Fleshwalkers
7. Fusion Of Epochs
8. Lucid Dawn
9. Conjuring
10 Temple Aflame

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In conjunction with the release of Lucid Dawn, ARKAIK will embark upon a near month-long headlining tour from October 16th through November 8th. The Lucid Revolution Tour will terrorize twenty-four cities in eleven states with support from Bermuda and Enfold Darkness.

ARKAIK – Lucid Revolution Tour w/ Bermuda, Enfold Darkness:
10/16/15 On The Y – Sacramento, CA *
10/17/15 The Third Street Pub – Bend, OR
10/18/15 El Corazon (Funhouse) – Seattle, WA
10/19/15 The Pin! – Spokane, WA
10/20/15 The Shredder – Boise, ID
10/21/15 Karmikazees – Salt Lake City, UT
10/22/15 Trailside Saloon – Denver, CO
10/23/15 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
10/24/15 Walters Houston, TX
10/25/15 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
10/26/15 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
10/27/15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX
10/28/15 Tomcats West – Fort Worth, TX
10/29/15 YaYas – San Angelo, TX
10/30/15 Blu Phoenix – Albuquerque, NM
10/31/15 The Quarry Bisbee – Bisbee, AZ
11/01/15 The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ
11/02/15 Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA
11/03/15 Elks Lodge – San Bernardino, CA
11/04/15 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
11/05/15 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/06/15 Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
11/07/15 Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA
11/08/15 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
*ARKAIK and Enfold Darkness only

ARKAIK’s Lucid Dawn will be released on October 30th, 2015 worldwide via Unique Leader Records. Preorders and audio lacerations to be disclosed in the coming weeks.


Source: Earsplit PR

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DEAD EARTH POLITICS – Announce 10th Anniversary Shows

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , on August 29, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Dead Earth Politics - band logo - B&W - 2013

Austin, Texas indie metal machine DEAD EARTH POLITICS will celebrate a decade of Metal next month with a string of dates across Texas. The trio of shows will culminate in the band’s “official” birthday bash on October 16th at Dirty Dog Bar in Austin. The October 16 show will see original guitarist Ernie Clark joining the band onstage for a handful of DEAD EARTH POLITICS classics.

The shows are sponsored by legendary video show Robb’s MetalWorks ( San Antonio’s longest standing metal institution, Robb’s MetalWorks will release a series of video interviews featuring members of DEAD EARTH POLITICS discussing the band’s past, present and future. The first video in the series has been posted at this location.

Support acts for the first two shows will be announced in the coming weeks. The Austin gig will feature Critical Assembly, Southern Front, Shadow Spectrum and Black Thorn Halo.


DEAD EARTH POLITICS – 10th Anniversary show dates:

10/09 @ Blue Max – Midland, TX

10/10 @ Penny Pub – San Angelo, TX

10/16 @ Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX

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DEAD EARTH POLITICS is fresh off the “Road to GWAR-BQ Tour,” which saw the band raise hell from Texas to Virginia, where they laid waste to the GWAR-BQ Pavilion Stage. The band took along a video camera to chronicle their on and off-stage shenanigans. These mini-rockumentaries were hosted by and can be viewed at the link below:


Dead Earth Politics - band logo - B&W - 2013


“An awesome display of peak, valley, mountain and river. A monster demon and omnivorous angel both winged and flying over melodies of aggressive thrash and classic metal. A good mix of old meeting new.” – Jason McMaster, Watchtower / Broken Teeth

“”Dead Earth Politics are perfect blend of thrash and power metal. Mixing the aggressive styles of thrash and modern metal with epic and melodic elements that we love about metal. The vocals, drums, bass and guitar are equally powerful in their own right. DEP will please the old school and new metal fans alike” – Hiran Deraniyagala, Battlecross

“If I owned a record label the first band I would sign would be Dead Earth Politics. Not only because they are a great band that continues to evolve over the years, but these guys have the intangibles that few bands possess in their arsenal. They are creative, intelligent and professional. They have the hunger, heart and desire to not let anything stop them from reaching their goals. They are their own managers, booking agents, promoters, and most importantly… each one of them is very talented musicians. This band deserves all the accolades they receive because Dead Earth Politics can back it all up.” – Bruce Corbitt, Rigor Mortis / Warbeast



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Source: ClawHammer PR






IRON MAIDEN – Vocalist Bruce Dickinson To Fly Band To 6 Of 7 Continents For “The Book Of Souls World Tour”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Above photo and story from Iron Maiden Facebook:

Iron Maiden and The Book Of Souls go jumbo on massive 2016 world tour!

Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is to pilot a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet to play in six of the seven continents, travelling over 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the globe!

“The Book Of Souls World Tour” is expected to visit around 35 countries including first ever concerts in China and El Salvador.

Pre-order the album at

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For more info on Iron Maiden:






THE WINERY DOGS – Announce New Album and Tour!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, news, rock music with tags , , , , on August 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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The Winery Dogs are on a HOT STREAK!  Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan have announced the title of their second album, HOT STREAK.  The album comes out October 2nd and the band hits the road on a US tour the very next day.  The first song released from the album is called Oblivion, and premieres today on

“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward.”

On November 13, the a double white vinyl limited edition will be released.

Don’t miss The Winery Dogs on tour this fall, and preorder the album here:


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Sat 10/3 – Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4 – Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5 – Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
Weds 10/7 – West Babylon, NY Looney Tunes – appearance and signing
Thu 10/8 – Glenside, PA Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9 – Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10 – New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12 – Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14 – Jacksonville, FL Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15 – Tampa, FL State Theater
Fri 10/16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Sat 10/17 – Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
Tue 10/20 – Nashville, TN Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22 – Houston, TX Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23 – Ardmore, OK Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24 – Dallas, TX The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27 – Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28 – Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29 – St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31 – Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2 – San Jose, CA Rock Bar
Tue 11/3 – Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Thu 11/5 – Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 11/6 – Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
Sat 11/7 – Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sun 11/8 – San Diego, CA House of Blues



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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

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

Iron Maiden - 1996 Monsters Of Rock Brazil - promo festival flyer - #MOMNSMMS333

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!

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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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CATTLE DECAPITATION – Doubles Previous Album Sales; Band Currently Performing On The Summer Slaughter Tour

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

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The Anthropocene Extinction, the newest studio recording from San Diego’s CATTLE DECAPITATION, was unleashed via Metal Blade Records on August 7th and more than doubled first week sales over their previous release, The Monolith Of Inhumanity. The stellar debut resulted in the #41 position on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums Chart, #5 on the Hard Music Chart, #6 on the Independent Albums Chart, and #14 on the Rock Albums Chart.

In related CATTLE DECAPITATION news, new dates have been added to the band’s recently announced North American Extinction Tour. The band’s headlining trek has expanded to include shows in Erie, Buffalo, Frederick and more. The journey follows the band’s appearance on this year’s edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour currently underway and serves as a precursor to their run supporting Cannibal Corpse later this year.

Tickets for The Summer Slaughter shows are on sale at

The Anthropocene Extinction is available NOW via Metal Blade Records at:


Source: Earsplit PR





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

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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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