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HELLGATE – Hard Rock / Metal Trio Release Debut S/T EP

Posted in metal music, Music, music news, music reviews, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Stone Notes: This is HELLGATE. They have earned a ton of support out in the Northwest and in their home base of Montana; and are now looking to brand themselves nationwide. HELLGATE’s debut S/T EP is available for free or name your price on their Bandcamp page (see below).

HELLGATE’s talent and credibility do all the talking on this bragworthy EP, with an impressive mix of many Heavy Rock genres that flows into one original sound. Joel Floyd West has vocals that you’ll remember, cause he’s not trying to sound like someone else. This is a standout underground band and debut EP that I’m giving you all a Metal heads-up on. I’m very pleased, to have this opportunity to feature HELLGATE on Metal Odyssey for the first time. Don’t miss out on HELLGATE. Metal be thy name.



HELLGATE – Since the bands’ formation in March of 2014, HELLGATE has accomplished a great deal, including an appearance on NBC-TV as well as write ups in a number of local and regional papers including The Lively Times and The Independent.

HELLGATE has already received some national radio airplay and has created a strong web presence in such a very short time as well.

Now, with the release of their Self-Titled Debut EP, the band is ready to go national. The KillHate Tour kicks off July 3rd, and will take the band through MT, WA, OR, CA, and NV. Proceeds from this tour will be donated to NPAP against police brutality.

Haunting grooves, aggressive hooks, and seductive textures describe the organic yet formulaic delivery that HELLGATE has to offer on this 6 song, 24 minute release.

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Joel Floyd West – Guitar, Vocals
Brandon Eden – Bass
Jordan Sean – Drums


Listen to and support HELLGATE by clicking on the Bandcamp player below! Metal Be Thy Name!

The newly released HELLGATE EP (May 31st) is available for free streaming and download on these top sites:

*Band Camp:


Sound Cloud:



Vampire Freaks:


TV appearance on NBC Missoula, Montana:


Source for HELLGATE info & photos: HELLGATE

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Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

PAPA ROACH - Silence Is The Enemy Tour - promo banner - 2013


EU FANS! You think your band has what it takes to open for Papa Roach when they come to your town on the Silence is the Enemy Tour?

“LIKE” Eleven Seven Music on Facebook and upload your video to compete for your chance to win NOW!

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(Source: PAPA ROACH)

* For More Info On PAPA ROACH:

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Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo credit Tim Moss; left to right: Duane Denison, John Stanier, Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn



May 30, 2013, San Francisco – Tomahawk, who kick off a brief East Coast tour on Saturday in Boston, perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Monday, June 3.

The upcoming live performances are the first East Coast dates from the alt-rock super group (Duane Denison, Mike Patton, John Stanier and Trevor Dunn) in a decade. Tomahawk recently toured throughout Australia via the Soundwave Festival and performed at Lollapalooza Brazil and Chile.

Tomahawk Dates:

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Tomahawk released Oddfellows, their first album in six years, in late January with the album landing in the Billboard Top 100 and reaching #2 on the trade magazine’s Hard Music chart as well as #9 on the Indie chart.

Two videos have been released, one for “Stone Letter” ( and another for the title track (

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on TOMAHAWK, click on the links below!

facebook: Tomahawk

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TOOL – Mark 21st Anniversary Of “OPIATE” With Commemorative Limited Edition Package

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Feb. 25, 2013, Los Angeles – TOOL will release a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate, on Mar. 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release.

The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.

The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from  the 10,000 Days packaging.

The packages will only be available via TOOL’s website ( on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place.  More details to be announced soon.


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

For more info on TOOL, click on the links below!

facebook: Tool

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Swimming In Fire – Featuring: Greg Hampton, Danny Saber, Eric Dover & Chris Collier

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, experimental music, experimental rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SWIMMING IN FIRE – The dynamically Rockin’ duo of Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, 9 Chambers, Lita Ford, The New Czars) and Danny Saber (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson) have founded and are currently collaborating/producing a new project they’ve called: Swimming In Fire.

With Eric Dover (Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper) and Chris Collier joining on, Swimming In Fire is a potent supergroup of seasoned songwriters and multi-instrumentalists to keep your ears and eyes on today and tomorrow!

Two words to know: Alternative. Experimental. Yes, Swimming In Fire are playing cutting-edge music and it’s still radiating some hard and heavy persona that Heavy Metal and Hard Rock diehards scream for. Expect the electronic gates of sound to open up and introduce you to what Greg Hampton and Danny Saber have created here with their project.

Incorporating driving guitars and melodic vocals into their songs is only just the beginning, with this creative band. There’s plenty of Alternative and Experimental nuances happening musically; this all makes the music from Swimming In Fire a true Rock ‘N Roll delicacy in the making.

I’m looking forward to hearing the eventual debut album from Swimming In Fire, these guys are onto capturing a sound that is both highly relevant and contagious. Metal be thy name.

Take a listen to three songs that are already streaming on Swimming In Fire’s facebook and Reverbnation sites, by clicking on the links below!


For more info on SWIMMING IN FIRE, click on the links below!

Swimming In Fire – facebook



FAIR TO MIDLAND – On Tour Now With 10 YEARS and KYNG

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As taken from the Official Newsletter from Fair To Midland:

That’s right. We are headed out with our ole tour buddies 10 Years starting today. Check out all of the dates below and we expect to see you all there. Also tagging along will be KYNG.

Sat, June 30 @ Warehouse Live in Houston, TX

Sun, July 01 @ Brewster Street Ice House in Corpus Christi, TX

Tues, July 03 @ Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, FL

Thur, July 05 @ The Coliseum Tallahassee in Tallahassee, FL

Fri, July 06 @ The Valarium in Knoxville, TN

Sat, July 07 @ Track 29 in Chattanooga, TN

Sun, July 08 @ Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN

Tues, July 10 @ Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, MD

Wed, July 11 @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ

Thur, July 12 @ The Rock Junction in West Greenwich, RI (Headline Show)

Fri, July 13 @ Asylum in Portland, ME

Sat, July 14 @ Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach, NH

Sun, July 15 @ Club International in New Britain, CT – NEW VENUE

Wed, July 18 @ The Machine Shop in Flint, MI

Thur, July 19 @ Piere’s in Ft. Wayne, IN

Sat, July 21 @ Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL

Sun, July 22 @ Pop’s in Sauget, IL

Tue, July 24 @ George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR


Make sure to check out our new online store HERE.


For more info on FAIR TO MIDLAND, click on the link below!



SPIDER ROCKETS “BITTEN” – Strap Yourself In… For One Hell Of A Hard Rockin’ Ride With Plenty Of Bite!

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SPIDER ROCKETS – The new studio album, Bitten, from New Jersey’s Spider Rockets was released on June 5th, 2012, via P-Dog Records. Better strap yourself in for this bevy of Hard Rockin’ songs that shoot out from Bitten! Spider Rockets have raised their own bar of musical accomplishment with their new album and it undeniably Rocks from A to Z! Admittedly, I was expecting a great Spider Rockets album with Bitten; only I wasn’t expecting a standout album of this magnitude.

After my initial listen-through of Bitten, I realized these 10 songs kicked my ass. After reality settled in and several more listens, I also realized that Bitten is one of the BEST albums I’ve listened to across ALL Rock genres thus far in 2012. Crisscrossing Heavy Metal, Alternative Rock/Metal and Hard Rock, Spider Rockets take their sound to a level of fun and excitement that I’ve always yearned for from a band. Any band. You know, like Anthrax and Misfits fun.

If your unfamiliar with Spider Rockets you absolutely must take Stone’s word here: Spider Rockets are the missing F’n link in today’s American Heavy Music. Spider Rockets sound LOUD even when the volume is down. Spider Rockets spread an infectious energy into my senses upon the opening note of Better When It’s Loud. Yes, as vocalist Helena Cos sings, it’s “better when it’s loud, it’s better when it’s fast” and I’ll confidently state: this Spider Rockets band is built-to-last!

Helena Cos illuminates the song, she has a vocal identity unlike no other female front woman I’ve heard in my 100 years of living. I state this due to the similarity factor that too often seems to come into play within the world of Rock. Helena accentuates the lyrics and sings with the confidence and attitude that any aspiring singer should emulate. Did I mention this band can play? With Bitten as proof, this band is as solid as a newly forged set of railroad spikes.

The cover of Golden Earring’s 1982 #1 hit, Twilight Zone, makes the news here. Spider Rockets spray paints more Rockin’ relevance on this (decades long) over played song… that I actually like it again! The tempo is turned up a notch and the curled-lip vibe from Helena’s vocals makes Twilight Zone a brand new and welcomed listen to my ears. If you have already heard and dug the lead single Scream (which was aired all over the internet months ago), you’re in for an enormous treat: there are songs on Bitten equal to and even better than that single!

Spider Rockets will make you move… and if you don’t move to the fist-pumping, headbanging, carefree, riff-infested, melodic, rhythm saturated, bass thumping, Alternative Hard Rock inspired style of songs on Bitten, then forget about it cause you obviously have no pulse. Album opener Going Down sets the party mood and who-gives-a-shit vibrations afire; while album closer Bring Me Around has me wishing there were 2, 3, 4 or 5 more songs to flow through my Rock ‘N Roll hungry eardrums and veins.

Seriously, Spider Rockets have declared the status quo of Hard Rock as public enemy #1 with Bitten. Collectively these songs play-out so fabulously that Bitten is an album that ends way, way, way too soon. Ring that Spider Rockets bell and tell all the people in the streets… Stone has been Bitten. And I want to get bitten again… and again. It’s now your turn to get bitten by Spider Rockets. Metal be thy name.


Helena Cos - vocals

Johnny Nap - guitar

Dan Prestup - drums

Timmy Tobin – bass


BITTEN – Track Listing:

Going Down

So High


Don’t Need You



Twilight Zone

Better When It’s Loud

Nothing Left

Bring Me Around


For more info on SPIDER ROCKETS, click on the links below!




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