THE SHRINE “Waiting For The War” 12″ – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


A 3 song 12″ that I have discovered to be damn good is Waiting For The War from The Shrine. This ultra cool slab of vinyl is available over at Tankcrimes:

The title track for this EP is in general terms Punk, in the vein of an aggressive Ramones and not Sex Pistols. Maybe some will call this song Crossover Thrash or Skate Punk. Call it what you will, the title track ROCKS and that’s the main concern. The second track is Rare Breed and it’s Stoner Metal, with spirals of golden sonic psychedelia. Do not think The Sword, instead think early Uriah Heep meets Tony Iommi; or something like that. If you visit The Shrine’s Facebook page, they list their genre as: Psychedelic Violence Rock and Roll. ‘Nuff said.

The third track, Waiting For The War, is Metal. The fret work tells me so. This song is an instrumental and it jams, baaabbbyyy! Playing out at 4:22, I wish Waiting For The War had another 5 minutes added on to it. Really. Good stuff. I recommend The Shrine to any fan of kick to the arse underground Metal. Metal be thy name.

Track List: Waiting For The War, Rare Breed, Waiting For The War (Instrumental)


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DEAD EARTH POLITICS “Men Become Gods” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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Men Become Gods is the second of three EPs that Dead Earth Politics are serving up to the Metal masses. Originating from Austin, Texas, Dead Earth Politics deliver a Classic Metal meets Groove Metal style, with plenty of relevant Metal vibes cascading from their songs, on this EP. With 4 songs to sink your Metal ears into, Dead Earth Politics do play melodic songs without sacrificing on the heavy side. The rhythm section is both strapping and rapid, while the guitarists are an absolute treat to listen to. Overall, the vocals from Ven are clean and aggressive; you’ll catch on to the lyrics without any problem… think James Hetfield and/or Sully Erna.

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In a perfect world that does not exist, Dead Earth Politics are a band that has created some great songs that walk the fine-line of being mainstream acceptable; this band should really have no problem continuing their catapult to much wider success around the world-wide Metal community. Dead Earth Politics have combined the raw power of today’s American made Metal and solid production that is downright impressive. I became a believer in Dead Earth Politics, with their first EP release: The Queen Of Steel; now I am a boasting fan of these Metal Texans. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track List: Casting Stones, Men Become Gods, Ice & Fire, Crimson Dichotomy

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SAHHR – Self-Titled EP – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Album Review, Black Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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SAHHR call Los Angeles, California home and are a Black Metal band. Their new 3 song and self-titled EP is bloodthirsty and scalding to my Metal senses! Whoa, I dig this EP and highly recommend  it to ALL Black Metal fans across planet Earth. Each time I listen to this EP, it carries me off to another imaginary and mystical Metal world; that’s what excellent Black Metal does for me. I appreciate any songs SAHHR wanted to include on this EP; still I beg SAHHR to release MORE of their Blackened rage very soon!!

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It’s all here, the blistering blackened Metal, vocals from the fiery depths of the nether world and an enjoyable atmosphere of fire and brimstone. No this isn’t cliché hot air coming from me, SAHHR is a Black Metal band to keep on your Metal radar and their new EP is worthy of buying and telling all your Metal peers about. By the way, the EP cover artwork is magnificent, to my eyes. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track List: Altar Of Maggots, Slay The Savior, Miscreant

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On This Day In METAL History – March 26th… From Oceano To Steven Tyler

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Golden Earring - Twilight Zone - 45rpm - cover sleeve promo pic - 1983 - MO

On March 26th, 1983Golden Earring had their hit single, Twilight Zone, sitting at #10, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Golden Earring’s 1982 studio album: Cut.

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On this day in 1988 – The illustrious Def Leppard had their hit single, Hysteria, ranked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Def Leppard’s fourth studio album from 1987: Hysteria. Sadly, Hysteria would be the last studio album to feature guitarist and songwriter Steve Clark. Rest in peace, Steve Clark.

Youth Gone Wild - Heavy Metal Hits of the 80s - promo cover pic - 1996 - #032696MO

On March 26th, 1996Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits Of The ’80s, Volume 1 was released. This series of compilation albums featured enormous Heavy Metal hits of the 80’s golden era. Featured songs include: Street Of Dreams by Rainbow, The Last In Line by DIO, Ace Of Spades by Motörhead, Blind In Texas by W.A.S.P. and Balls To The Wall by Accept. There are 14 songs on Volume 1. No, Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row is not on this compilation. Go figure.

Oceano - Ascendants - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #010326MO

On this day in 2015 – The #1 Heavy Metal album on the iTunes Top Heavy Metal Albums Chart is Ascendants by Oceano. This album was released via Earache Records. Home base for Oceano is Chicago, Illinois.

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

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On March 26th, 1948, Steven Tyler was born in New York. Happy Birthday, Steven Tyler! Whoa! Steven Tyler is known across the Universe as the lead singer and co-founding member of the super legendary Aerosmith. Back in 2001, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Long live Steven Tyler and Aerosmith! Metal be thy name.

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HAMMER KING ‘Kingdom Of The Hammer King’ Coming May 5th On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Metal, Heavy Metal, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC will release the debut album Kingdom of the Hammer King from new epic Power Metal sensation HAMMER KING on May 5th in North America!

 HAMMER KING represent the perfect, balanced heavy sound of the German Power Metal tradition, highlighted by  the right dose of epic tones. The music  moves around the figure of singer/guitarist/composer Titan Fox (ROSS THE BOSS’ singer). The line-up is completed by former SALTATIO MORTIS drummer Dolph A. Macallan, K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitar. All the musicians involved in this band have an aged and trained background in Metal music, as demonstrated through the masterful Kingdom of the Hammer King!

What surprises most on the album is the catchy immediacy of the compositions. Indeed, the melodies and glorious guitar solos embed and remain in the brain. “Aderlass;  blood of Sacrifice,” “Chancellor of Glory,” and the title track are a perfect examples of epic Power Metal anthems that’ll have you singing at the top of your lungs and fist-pumping for the duration. All killer, no filler; Kingdom of the Hammer King is the complete package!

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Kingdom Of The Hammer King was recorded and produced at the Greywolf Studios by POWERWOLF’s own Charles Greywolf. The cover artwork was created by German Artist Timo Würz who was able to capture with his art  the essence and power of the band. The LP version will include a bonus track “Leather Indians (of Steel).”

You can get a taste of HAMMER KING by listening to the album’s title track here:


“I like to think there is a little bit of Metal in everything Wishbone Ash does. If I were to recommend one Heavy Metal band to listen to, it would be HAMMER KING” – Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

“Hammer King is the real deal. Power Metal at its best!” – Ross the Boss


Kingdom Of The Hammer King – Track List:

I) Kingdom of the Hammer King
I am the King
Aderlass; The Blood of Sacrifice
Chancellor of Glory
II) I am the Hammer King
Blood Angels
Visions of A Healed World
Figure in The Black
We Are The Hammer
III) Glory to the Hammer King



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On This Day In METAL History – March 25th… From Van Halen To Saxon

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Van Halen - You Really Got Me - Atomic Punk - 45rpm cover sleeve promo - #1978VHMOTK64

On March 25th, 1978 – The amazing Van Halen had their hit single, You Really Got Me, at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on the first studio album from Van Halen, commonly referred to as Van Halen I. Ray Davies of The Kinks originally wrote this song and it was released by The Kinks back in 1964. Whoa, man!

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On this day in 1982 – The might SAXON performed at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


On March 25th, 1989Vixen had their memorable hit single, Cryin’, standing at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Cryin’ is featured on the 1988 debut and self-titled album from Vixen.

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On this day in 1991 – The great Steelheart, BulletBoys and Great White performed at the Towson Center Arena in Towson, Maryland, USA. Very cool!

Nickelback - No Fixed Address - promo album cover pic - #201417

On March 25th, 2015 – Yes, the latest studio album from Nickelback is still holding its own, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Spending 17 consecutive weeks on this chart, No Fixed Address is at #143 for this week.


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Entropy O.A.C. Signs With Pavement Entertainment; New EP coming In April

Posted in Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , on March 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Midwestern Metal act Entropy O.A.C. has inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment that will see the release of the band’s newest EP, Dark Clouds and Clarity on April 21.

The band has posted a video for the track “Realm of Grey” at this location.

Entropy O.A.C. comes from the land of decrepit barns and more miles of tree lines than anyone cares to see, but this universal sometimes melodic, sometimes Metal band calls Northern Wisconsin it’s home. This intriguing, middle of nowhere group consists of singer Ben Poulin, guitarist Austin Wagner, drummer Brandon Hall, and Bassist Josh Aalto.

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Track List:

Failure To Thrive
Endless Fire
Realm Of Grey


Seasoned veterans of the scene, Entropy O.A.C. has one full length record, Smiles For Stab Wounds, which the band self-financed and recorded at Pachyderm Studios where the likes of Nirvana, Mudvayne, Live and many more have done studio recording. The album was primarily engineered and mixed by Adrian Olsgard. The record saw Entropy O.A.C. praised by fans and critics alike, who referred to them as unique, yet powerfully influential. In 2011, the band returned with the What Nightmares Are Made Of EP, which eventually led to a developmental record deal with Pavement Entertainment.

The combination of years of experience and a forward-thinking vision has resulted in Etropy O.A.C’s newest and most engaging material, Dark Clouds and Clarity. The three-track EP is set for an April 21 release via Pavement Entertainment.


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