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NOCTURNA – Announce Début “Lucidity” EP

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Nocturna - promo band photo - 2014 - #122114

Reaching the symphonic heights of Norwich, UK, Nocturna proudly unveil their début EP Lucidity, a wondrous hybrid of prog, symphonic and power metal in the vein of Symphony X and Firewind. It was mixed by Meyrick de la Fuente of Floodgate Audio, who also provides guest vocals on the EP.

Lucidity EP is due for release on February 17th, 2015.

Having toured all over the UK and played Bloodstock’s New Blood stage last year, Nocturna are gearing up for a tour in February to support the EP’s upcoming release. They also have released a video for Revelations, which can be viewed via YouTube below.


(Source: Dewar PR)

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On This Day In METAL History – December 21st… From Deep Purple To Shaun Morgan

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, movies, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn - promo album cover pic - #1968JLIPRB

On December 21st, 1968Deep Purple performed at the Fillmore East in New York City. Deep Purple were touring in support of their second studio album: The Book of Taliesyn. Whoa!

Blackfoot - Strikes - promo cover pic - #1979RM

On this day in 1979Blackfoot hits #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their hit Train, Train. This song is featured on the second studio album from Blackfoot, released in 1979: Strikes. This is a spectacular Southern Rock album, in my Metal opinion.

Johnny Dangerously - promo movie poster pic - #1984MKJP

On December 21st, 1984 – The comedy film Johnny Dangerously was released to wide-screen theaters, via 20th Century Fox. Johnny Dangerously includes a star-studded cast of: Michael KeatonJoe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Griffin Dunne, Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito, Alan Hale, Jr., and NFL legend Dick Butkus. This comedy film was directed by Amy Heckerling.

Heart - promo album cover pic - #1985ANW

On this day in 1985Heart reached the top of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the first and only time, with their self-titled studio album. Heart only spent one week at number one.

Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying - promo cover pic - #1990BDSSJG

On December 21st, 1990 – The mighty Iron Maiden performed at Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany. Iron Maiden were touring in support of their eighth studio album: No Prayer For The Dying. This Iron Maiden album kicks 100% absolute Metal ass. Yes, it does.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - promo cover pic - 1974FM

On this day in 1991Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody topped the UK Singles Chart for the second time, entering the chart at #1. This iconic song was re-released as a single worldwide, after Queen’s legendary vocalist Freddie Mercury passing away one month earlier.

KISS - Saves Christmas - Family Guy - promo still pic - #2001GS

(Photo Credit: Fox Network)

On this day in KISStory – KISS made a guest appearance on Family Guy where they appeared in a holiday special: A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas. This was the 16th episode of the third season of Family Guy on the Fox Network.

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Seether - publicity pic - 2014 - #12SM

Photo credit: Seether Facebook – From L to R: John Humphrey, Shaun Morgan and Dale Stewart.


On December 21st, 1978, Shaun Morgan was born, in South Africa. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Shaun! Hell, yeah and whoa! Shaun Morgan is famously known as the co-founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Alternative Rock/Metal band Seether.

Seether - Isolate And Medicate - promo album cover pic - 2014 - #07SM

The dynamic Seether have released six album since 2002, with Isolate And Medicate being their newest release on July 1st, 2014. Seether and Papa Roach will be touring together, in 2015. For more info on this tour and Seether, click here:


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




KISS – Japan Tour Dates 2015

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Kiss - Japan Tour - promo flyer - 2015 - #122014

The super legendary KISS will return to Japan with five concerts in February and March of 2015!

KISS Japan Tour Dates:

Feb 23 @ Nippon Gaishi Hall – Nagoya

Feb 25 @ Osaka Castle Hall – Osaka

Feb 26 @ Hiroshima Sun Plaza – Hiroshima

Feb 28 @ Sekisui Heim Super Arena – Sendai

Mar 3 @ Tokyo Dome – Tokyo

Visit for full details.


Source: Facebook KISS






POWER TRIP – Texas Crossover Act Continues Raging Tour Schedule Into New Year

Posted in Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Power Trip - Promo Band photo - 2014 - #1221TX

Since the 2013 release of their debut LP, Manifest Decimation, on Southern Lord, Texas maniacs, POWER TRIP, have toured incessantly, bringing their hyperactive brew of modernized-but-old-school thermonuclear crossover to ragers across multiple continents. The ongoing attack will continue into 2015, as the band has just announced a new bash of US tour dates in February and March, with their performance at Florida’s FYA Fest still confirmed before the year comes to a close.

First up, closing their crushing 2014 tour schedule down, POWER TRIP will bring their mayhem to the Fern Park, Florida-based FYA Fest, joining a bruising roster of hardcore acts including Down To Nothing, Incendiary, Code Orange, Cold World, Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, Discourse, Homewrecker and tons of others on December 27th and 28th. From February 23rd through 25th, they’ll raid three Texan towns: Houston, Austin and San Antonio, alongside S.H.I.T..

Power Trip - Manifest Decimation - promo album cover pic - 2013 - #12PT

On March 3rd, POWER TRIP gets underway with a three-week run through the Midwest and West Coast states, set to conclude at South By So What?! 2015 Festival in Grand Prairie, Texas, on select dates joining Build And Destroy, Title Fight and Merchandise. But as always with these road animals, more dates will undoubtedly be announced in the coming weeks.

POWER TRIP – Tour Dates:

12/28/2014 Orlando Live Events – Fern Park, FL @ FYA Fest w/ Cold World, Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, more [info]

2/23/2015 @ Walter’s – Houston, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

2/24/2015 @ The North Door – Austin, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

2/25/2015 @ 1011 – San Antonio, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

3/03/2015 @ Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO

3/04/2015 @ Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ Build and Destroy

3/05/2015 @ Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ Build and Destroy

3/06/2015 @ Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/07/2015 @ The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/08/2015 @ The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/09/2015 @ Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/10/2015 @ Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/12/2015 @ The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/13/2015 @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/14/2015 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/15/2015 @ The Glass House – Pomona, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/16/2015 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/17/2015 @ Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ Merchandise

3/18/2015 @ Primal Skate Shop – Abilene, TX w/ Merchandise

3/22/2015 @ South By So What?! – Grand Prairie, TX [info]


Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info on POWER TRIP:!/PowerTripTX

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FREE MUSIC: Irish Tech Metallers VILE REGRESSION Release ‘Empires’

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Vile Regression - Free Music - Empires - album promo flyer - 2014

Yes, you did read it right, Irish tech metallers Vile Regression have just announced the release of their brand new record ‘Empires’ and it’s free for all.

Guitarist Brian Brady comments: “We’ve been blown away by the positive feedback we have received from the online metal community and printed metal press for ‘Empires’. The reviews have been incredibly positive and at this stage we want as many people to hear the record as possible! On top of this, the EP has already become available to download on various blogs and torrent sites, so rather than metal fans downloading a poor quality version, we want them to be able to download a full quality release of ‘Empires’, along with the artwork, lyrics and be able to share the download link with their friends. We hope people will enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it and look forward to seeing many of you on the road in 2015. Happy Christmas from Vile Regression!”

Praise For Vile Regression:

“…progressive death metal that easily sits alongside the output from most of today’s big extreme metal names.” – Metal Hammer

“The talent coming out of Ireland has been nothing short of staggering, and this Dublin-based crew are up there with the best of them.” – Zero Tolerance

“Another blistering metal band from the Emerald Isle that could have a big future.” – Powerplay Magazine


Vile Regression - Empires - EP - promo cover pic - 2014VR

‘Empires’ Track Listing:

1) Tides

2) Raze The Complexity

3) Dream Of The Red Chamber

4) Thought Replication

5) The Abstract

6) Down To A Sunless Sea

7) The Empyrean Divide

Vile Regression - promo band pic - 2014 - #9083


Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released their debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011, via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth, Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

‘Empires’ was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical, yet not technical for the sake of it; with songs that would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end. The record was officially released on July 21st, 2014.

Check out ‘The Empyrean Divide’ (Playthrough Video):


(Source: Future PR)

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On This Day In METAL History – December 20th… And A Rockin’ Birthday Salute To Peter Criss!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, movies, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rush - Exit Stage Left - promo album cover pic - #1981GL

On December 20th, 1981RUSH performed at the Hartford Civic Center, in Hartford, Connecticut. This was the Exit…Stage Left Tour, with RUSH supporting their newly released live album Exit…Stage Left. RUSH were also touring in support of their eighth studio album, released in 1981: Moving Pictures.

Enemy Mine - promo movie poster pic - #1985D

On this day in 1985Enemy Mine, the Science Fiction/Adventure film was released to wide-screen theaters. Enemy Mine stars acting legends Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr., with the film’s director being Wolfgang Petersen. I haven’t seen this movie in years and I remember really liking it. I remember HBO having Enemy Mine in its rotation, back in the day, therefore I did see it a few times. Enemy Mine is… Metal.

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

On December 20th, 2006 – The mighty IRON MAIDEN performed at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. This was one of many tour stops for IRON MAIDEN’s A Matter Of Life And Death Tour. The fourteenth studio album from IRON MAIDEN, A Matter Of Life And Death, was released in August of 2006.

Pop Evil - Onyx - promo album cover pic #2013LK

On this day in 2013 – Hard Rockers Pop Evil performed at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pop Evil were touring in support of their third studio album: Onyx. If you don’t own any Pop Evil CD’s you are maybe… constipated. Truth.

Pop Evil - promo band pic - 2014 - #7712LK

On December 20th, 2014Pop Evil returns to The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to kick some live Hard Rockin’ ass. Whoa! Long live Pop Evil.

Jethro Tull - Classic Band Logo - #1967JTIA

On this day in 2014Ian Anderson and The Best Of Jethro Tull performs at The Civic in Auckland, New Zealand. Built in 1929, The Civic is one of the few remaining Atmospheric Theatres in the world. Whoa! Jethro Tull was named after an eighteenth century English agricultural pioneer; this individual invented the seed drill. Whoa again!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Peter Criss - solo album cover promo pic!

Above: 1978 Platinum selling solo album (Casablanca)

Peter Criss - photo montage - 2014 - #410PC


On December 20th, 1945, Peter George John Criscuola aka Peter Criss was born, in Brooklyn, New York. Happy Rockin’ birthday, Peter! Whoa, man, yeah! Peter Criss is world-famously known as the co-founding member and former drummer for the iconic KISS.

As a breast cancer survivor, Peter Criss donates his time to the breast cancer cause; two charities Peter Criss has been involved in are the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and as artist ambassador for Hard Rock’s Pinktober Campaign for breast cancer awareness.

Kiss - Beth - promo 45rpm - single cover sleeve - #1976PCK

Back in 1976, the ballad Beth was released as a single. Co-written and sung by Peter Criss, Beth sailed through the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, peaking at #7. This song marked the first Gold single for KISS. Beth is featured on the fourth studio album from KISS, released in 1976: Destroyer.

Peter Criss - One For All - promo album cover pic - #2007PCD

Above: Peter Criss – One For All (2007/Megaforce)

Peter Criss has a solo career on his Rockin’ resume as well; with 6 solo studio album releases of: Peter Criss (1978), Out Of Control (1980), Let Me Rock You (1982), Cat #1 (1994) and One For All (2007). On April 10th, 2014, Peter Criss along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, together as KISS.

Peter Criss - Makeup To Breakup - book cover - promo pic!

In October of 2012, Peter Criss released his autobiography, Makeup To Breakup. This Peter Criss autobiography broke the top ten on the New York Times Best Seller List, landing at number seven. I’ve read this book and believe me, it’s a tell-all. I highly recommend Makeup To Breakup to all KISS and Rock fans alike. Long live Peter Criss and… Metal be thy name. – Stone


Peter Criss Fact source:

Stone - 2011 Photo #1





Posted in Death Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Apocrophex - band logo - 2014 - #001

American Technical Death Metal duo APOCROPHEX are pleased to release The Grey, the first single from their highly anticipated début full length Suspended From the Cosmic Altaar.

The Grey is the opening track from the upcoming album, set to be released 3/10/15 on CD and digital via NJ-based Manicidic Records.

The band released the following statement about the song:

“We chose “The Grey” as first contact because it fully represents our evolution and progression from the Wheels Within Wheels EP so well. Fans that have only heard those 2 short tracks are in for an eye opener with this album, due to its massive leap forward in song structure, overall technicality and sheer power. Lyrically, the song presents the listener with the ever unsettling and horrific threat of being limited in option, to feeling and experiencing only constant fear, or ultimately nothing at all...”

Pre-order information will be available soon.

Listen to The Grey here:

Apocrophex - suspended from the cosmic altar - promo cover pic - 2014

Album cover artwork by: Raul Gonzalez.






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(Source: Dewar PR)






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