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PAT TRAVERS BAND “Live At The Iridium NYC” – An Immediate Live Rockin’ Classic!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

PAT TRAVERS BAND - LIVE at the Iridium - promo cover pic - #2015PT

The new Pat Travers Band album, Live At The Iridium NYC, will be released on January 23rd in Europe and January 27th in North America, via Frontiers Music SRL. Wow, is this the perfect album to get my mind off of the dreadful world news of the day! This is marvelous, live Classic, Bluesy, Hard Rock that gives my energy meter a much-needed boost; a welcomed Rockin’ jolt of joy that helped ease my soul, during that awful Polar Vortex invasion that overbooked itself here in the Midwest, this past week.

This is a live album that is so well done, I can close my eyes and pretend I have a close spot at the stage, while my earbuds let the irresistible Rock vibrations from Pat Travers Band free flow through my cerebrum. Man, they don’t make ‘em like Pat Travers Band anymore. Heck, this live Pat Travers album should be required listening in every music appreciation class, cause this is how a band plays live without going through the motions. There’s real excitement in this live album and it likely shall cascade on to generations more to enjoy!

PAT TRAVERS BAND - LIVE at the Iridium - promo cover pic - #2015PT

The unmistakable tones that Pat Travers creates with his guitar, along with the rhythms and beats from his band make for a sonic elixir of goodness. Forever relevant and substantial are these songs from Pat Travers Band and hearing them live only adds to my re-appreciating them all the more. The Ray Charles classic I’ve Got News For You soars once again, with the Bluesy rendition that Pat Travers Band gives it. Whiz -bang, great stuff! Jon Paris is prodigious on the Blues Harp; he brings an added bluesy emotion to songs: If I had Possession Over Judgement Day and Spoonful.

A live album so full of energy and positive vibrations! Pat Travers and Kirk McKim are a dual six-string jammin’ machine and Lone Wolf / Red House only magnifies my belief. Who can’t resist the Bluesy essence of the song classic: Black Betty? I can’t resist Black Betty and Pat Travers Band closes out this live album with that everlasting number.

There is so much to delight in, if you love Classic Rock, Hard Rock and/or Blues Rock. I’m only the messenger of what I’ve heard and enjoyed (many times over) from Pat Travers Band Live At The Iridium NYC; hopefully you’ll pick this album up and love it like I do.

Track Listing:  Rock And Roll Susie; Gettin’ Betta; Crash And Burn; Heat In The Street; Josephine; I’ve Got News For You; Ask Me Baby; I La, La, La Love You; Lone Wolf (Kirk solo) / Red House; If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day; Spoonful; Black Betty

PAT TRAVERS BAND - LIVE at the Iridium - promo cover pic - #2015PT

PAT TRAVERS BAND:

Pat Travers – Guitar, Vocals

Kirk McKim – Guitar, Vocals

Rodney O’Quinn – Bass Guitar, Vocals

Sandy Gennaro – Drums

Jon Paris – guest on “Blues Harp” on “If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day” and “Spoonful”

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* For more info on PAT TRAVERS BAND:

Website: http://pattravers.com/

Frontiers Music SRL - logo - #2014FM

Website: http://www.frontiers.it/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE PAT TRAVERS BAND.

LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

Stone.

CTULU’s “Sarkomand” LP Now Available For Orders

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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The first ever vinyl and reissue of the critically acclaimed sophomore album, Sarkomand, from Lovecraftian black metallers Ctulu is out now and available for orders via the band’s webshop. The 12” black LP was released on December 5th, 2014 via Black Blood Records and Human To Dust, in order to celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary. The CD version (2011, God Eater Records) was sold out and was received very warmly by the band’s fans and critics worldwide.

According to Rolling Stone India “Sarkomand featured Ctulu at their best, with a bruising, brutal mix of black and death metal” and Metal As Fuck states that the album “is a fine example of contemporary extreme metal“.

ctulu - sarkomand - promo cover pic - #2015C0115

Ctulu was formed in 2004 by Mathias Junge and ex-member Stefan Schulz. The band has gone through various line-up changes over the years and the Sarkomand line-up features ex-members Jan Westermann (Diablery, Released Anger) on drums, Rolf Quast-Janßen (Lunar Eclipse) on vocal duties, along with Arne Uekert and Mathias Junge on guitars.

Despite its line-up changes, Ctulu has never given up and has put their original Seastorming Extreme Metal on the map of Heavy Metal. With their experience of live performances – including a tour with Taake, Ragnarök Festival (DE), Infernal Damnation (UK) and various shows outside their homeland, the band is stronger than ever.

Having a powerful member line-up featuring Junge and Uekert both on guitar and vocal duties, Roman Szymura (AEBA) on drums and Lasse Bodenstein on bass, the Germans are now working on their fourth full-length which will see a return to the catchy, straightforward – but not lacking in atmosphere – black metal which is found on Sarkomand.

Upcoming shows:

02. 20 – Frostfeuernächte – KiEZ Hölzerner See, Germany
03. 13 – Magazinkeller, Bremen, Germany (Freie Geister Festival co-organised by the band)
06. 19-21 – Gardelegen, Germany (Metal Frenzy Open Air)
08. 14 – Moscow, Russia
08. 15 – Tula, Russia (Blackened Life Festival)

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Source: Dewar PR

* For more info on CTULU:

Official Website

Facebook

Bandcamp

Twitter

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE CTULU.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HELLION NEWS! NEW VIDEO & MORE!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Hellion - classic band logo - #2015ABH

HELLION SINGER, ANN BOLEYN, EXPLAINS HER MYSTERIOUS ABSENCE FROM THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND REVEALS FIRST OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO FROM NEW “KARMAS A BITCH” CD

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Ann Boleyn, powerhouse vocalist for L.A. female-fronted Metal act, HELLION, speaking to Eric Thompson in the current issue of Sweden Rock Magazine, explains the reasons for her mysterious disappearance from the music industry in the mid-2000s.

“My absence from the music industry was not voluntary,” said Ann Boleyn.  “I was forced to flee because of problems with three stalkers.” One of the stalkers, a former financial advisor for HELLION, pled guilty to felony charges in 2003, and served time in prison.

“The District Attorney issued restraining orders to keep them away from me.  The police could not protect me so I was forced to change my lifestyle and had to avoid places where I usually would go.  Even my friends were threatened by these stalkers.”

Ann Boleyn re-emerged in DÉTENTE in 2007, replacing legendary thrash singer, Dawn Crosby, who died of liver failure.

Shortly after leaving DÉTENTE, Boleyn became depressed following the death of Ronnie James Dio, in 2010.  Dio had produced HELLION.

“I was approached by a Japanese promoter to front an all-star tribute.  They wanted me to record a tribute album to Ronnie and to tour in Japan and possibly South America.  I had never been offered so much money for any music project, but I could not agree to it because I felt like I would have been profiting from Ronnie’s death.”

In 2014, Boleyn enlisted drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, UFO, QUEENSRYCHE), keyboard player Scott Warren (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, TYPE-O NEGATIVE), bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TONY MCALPINE), and up and coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle to record and tour for the first time in nearly a decade.  Georg Dolivo (RHINO BUCKET) also appeared as a special guest rhythm guitarist on HELLION’S recent North American tour.  Bassist Greg Smith (ALICE COOPER, RAINBOW, TED NUGENT) filled in for Englen on the recent tour due to a schedule conflict.

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

Above cover art by Woven Claws.

In October HELLION released their first CD of new music in a decade.  Hellion’s new CD, Karma’s A Bitch, was produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE‘s “Hunky Dory”, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, “Aladdin Sane” and “Pinups,” along with Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn.

HELLION has revealed their first official lyric video from their new “Karma’s A Bitch” CD.  The new video may be found here.

BETRAYER – Official Video:

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Source: New Renaissance Entertainment

* For more info on HELLION:

www.hellion.us

https://www.facebook.com/Hellion.Official

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HELLION.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Progressive Metallers id. Streaming EP Title Track ‘Sagittarius A'; EP Due Out February 10th

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

id. - sagittarius a - promo single cover pic - #2015id

With songwriting that is a progressive, heavy and catharsis, Vancouver, BC’s id. is a multi-layered metal force. Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s theory on the levels of the human psyche, the band’s front line introduction of their subconscious tendencies is unleashed in their debut EP ‘Sagittarius A’ due out Feb 10, 2014.

Song Stream – Sagittarius A - http://idmusic9.bandcamp.com/album/sagittarius-a

Written by guitarist Alex Dubreuil with words backed by Jason Pennington, the EP touches on topics such as inner struggle, world views, self-awareness to what’s beyond in outer space.

“We want people to connect with our message and enjoy the diversity of our sound. The music has evolved from quite unstructured abstract ideas to come around to find a comfort zone with no borders.” comments vocalist Jason Pennington.

Employing a style that is different compared to other progressive bands, id. transcend genres in their four track debut, which features Vancouver Metal scene veterans lyricist and vocalist Jason Pennington (Makaria), drummer Kris DeBoer (Grudge, Infernal Majesty, Artep), rhythm guitarist Tyson Araszewski (AutumnEx) and guitarist Alex Dubreuil (My Own Chaos) who also does bass on the EP.

With more songs in their arsenal for a full length to follow their EP and influenced by bands such as Opeth, Mastodon, Devin Townsend, Gojira, and Augury, id is sharing with metallers what’s to come as they push forward to put themselves on the map.

id. - sagittarius a - promo single cover pic - #2015id

Band Fact: The story behind the EP Title: ‘Sagittarius A’ is the name of the black hole in the center of our galaxy. The idea comes from a fundamental belief in a scientific world view, free of religious influence and tyranny. It outlines how people are susceptible to believe things without evidence if it appeals to their vanity, as opposed to being presented with evidence and being able to accept something that is inherently contradictory to their intuition.

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Track Listing – id. – Sagittarius A

  1. The Greatest Secret Never Told (3:58)
  2. Humanity’s Cry (5:36)
  3. id.entity (6:01)
  4. Sagittarius A (5:57)

EP Length: 21:34

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(Source: Asher Media Relations)

* For more info on id., click below:

Facebook | Bandcamp

MetalOdyssey

Long Live id.

Long Live Metal.

Stone.

AC/DC – To Perform At 57th Grammy Awards; Some METAL Thoughts…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

ACDC - 57th Grammys - promo flyer - #2015FEB8

The super legendary AC/DC are returning to U.S. network television for the first time in over 14 years, to perform at The 57th GRAMMYs, on CBS this February 8th. Whoa! If you’re like me, I will tune in to see AC/DC on The Grammys, for this awards show never has our beloved Hard Rock or Metal heroes perform onstage; very few and far between it has historically been. Crap, it’s about time the mainstream world witnesses a Hard Rock band perform on the world stage other than Foo Fighters. You know?

I wonder how much stage time AC/DC will be given? The Grammys usually gives the three-quarter naked singers and creepy dancers all the time they need to perform like dumb dumbs, every year. It would be (gulp) great if AC/DC were to perform a couple of songs, maybe a new song from their Rock Or Bust album and a timeless classic? Man, how cool would it be to see the great Angus Young drop his britches and moon all of those plastic-faced Grammy elite?

Then again, I’m sure there is a tape delay for this broadcast anyway. Who knows. If the puppet masters of The Grammys downgrade the AC/DC performance to just a medley, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit, cause we are talking about mainstream television, after all. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on AC/DC:

Website: http://www.acdc.com/us/home

* For more info on THE GRAMMYS:

Facebook: The GRAMMYs

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Milwaukee Tech-Death Metallers ARA Release “Devourer of Worlds” – Complete Album Streaming Now

Posted in Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

ARA - Devourer Of Worlds - promo album cover pic - #2015ARA

Milwaukee Tech-Death Metallers ARA have self-released their new full-length album Devourer of Worlds. On this new statement of malicious intent, ARA makes a giant leap forward from 2012 debut EP The Breathless Sleep with the creation of a penetrating, technically proficient, and memorable slab of U.S. Death Metal. Devourer of Worlds was recorded and mixed by ARA and Shane Hochstetler at Howl Street Recordings, and mastered by Colin Marston.

Stream Devourer of Worlds in its entirety below or at this location.

RIYL: Gorguts, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Demilich, Hate Eternal, Origin, Portal, Anata, Cannibal Corpse, Cryptopsy, Mithras, Suffocation, Ulcerate, etc..

DEVOURER OF WORLDS – Track List:

  1. Incunabulum
  2. Obelisk
  3. Jerupitus, the Blood-Drenched
  4. Insectile Aberration
  5. Cadaverlanche
  6. Dredgehammer
  7. Execution
  8. Cruel Epitaph
  9. Human Garbage
  10. Devourer of Worlds

ARA - promo band pic - #2015ARATDM

ABOUT ARA:

ARA is a Progressive/Technical Death Metal band, featuring members of the bands Northless and Concentric. ARA began in early 2012 as a culmination of the desires of Jerry Hauppa and Erik Stenglein to play in a Death Metal project that borrowed from their influences, without being mere carbon copies. Both Jerry and Erik have/had played in multiple Milwaukee area bands throughout the last 12 years, enjoying performing and creating various styles of music, but they had never realized their goal of creating stark, dissonant, yet strangely melodic brutality, until deciding to try to play some Death Metal riffs together, one day in their practice space.

This jam led to full songs and of course, the inception of ARA. Soon after, Jerry recruited longtime musical collaborator James Becker (Concentric, ex-Forever Is Forgotten) and Adam Bujny (ex-Gaspar Minga) on bass and vocals, respectively, and they filled out the sound in a way that led to the formation of material found on The Blessed Sleep. And that was just the beginning. New album Devourer of Worlds is ARA’s declaration of war!

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on ARA:

https://www.facebook.com/Ara.Music.WI

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ARA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

FERIUM Added To OTEP’s European Tour In March 2015

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on January 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Otep - Ferium - The Agonist - Tour Flyer - March 2015 - #01OM

Israeli Metal outfit FERIUM will be supporting OTEP on its European headlining tour in March, with THE AGONIST. See above flyer for tour dates.

FERIUM released its debut album, Reflections on CD and digital formats via Transcend Music early in 2014 and is currently working on its next album. Reflections was met with praise by critics and fans worldwide and received Album of  the Week honors from RevolverMag.com. Select tracks from Reflections are streaming at http://www.feriumband.com/

Purchase Reflections at:

CD: http://transcendmusic.bigcartel.com/

Digital: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/reflections/id835603871

Ferium - Reflections - promo album cover pic - #7788FIM

ABOUT FERIUM:

Formed in 2006, FERIUM were initially inspired by Pantera and Lamb Of God but over time influence from the likes of Textures, Gojira, Death and more found its way into their sound. 2009 saw their first EP The New Law which gained the band international recognition, enabling them to play large local events such as Summer Carnage and Hallelujah, along with shows outside of their homeland, including Wacken 2009. 2013 saw the band return to tour Europe/UK supporting The Agonist and Threat Signal. Featuring cover art by Eliran Kantor (Hatebreed, Sodom, Atheist), Reflections is the culmination of four years of hard work, pain, passion, anger and hatred and the results are not for the faint-hearted.

Band bio and more can be found at: www.feriumband.com/#!biography/c1enr

FERIUM - promo band pic - #2015 - FIM

FERIUM:

Tiran Ezra – Vocals

Guy Goldenberg – Guitars

Elram Boxer – Guitars \ Back Vocals

Ron Amar – Drums

Yoni Biton – Bass

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CRITICAL PRAISE FOR FERIUM:

“Ferium are the real deal” (9/10) – Total Deathcore

“They’ve got a lot of talent and dedication behind their music. Really aggressive, massive metal…” – The Circle Pit

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on FERIUM:

www.feriumband.com

www.facebook.com/FeriumIsrael

twitter.com/Ferium_Band

www.youtube.com/user/BandFerium

www.transcendmusic.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE OTEP.

LONG LIVE FERIUM.

LONG LIVE THE AGONIST.

Stone.

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