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MAUSOLEUM GATE – Self-Titled Debut Album = A METAL MUST OWN!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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MAUSOLEUM GATE – Finland’s Mausoleum Gate sure did their Metal research when it comes to Classic/Traditional Metal; their self-titled, debut album makes for powerful sonic proof of my stating such. Many old school Metal fans will surely get jubilant over the overall sound, energy and rhythms that Mausoleum Gate have tapped into. This clever band has even tipped their hats to the NWOBHM vibrations as well. Guitar fueled songs such as Demon Droid and Lost Beyond The Sun showcases Mausoleum Gate as a Metal band that digs the classic six-string jam and long solos.

If I didn’t know better, I would honestly think Mausoleum Gate came from the late 70’s or early 80’s, they have absorbed that era of Metal stylings so well! Still, there is that ever presence of sonic relevancy due to the rejuvenated Traditional Metal scene that really never evaporated entirely in the first place. The splendid idea of Mausoleum Gate incorporating an organ to their Metal is nothing short of genius; it only captures those hazy shades of early 70’s Metal all the more glowingly.

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The bass and drumming on this album gives me the chills at times, with an almost haunting sense that this rhythm section plays. Great stuff. Vocalist V.-P Varpula is a marvelous listen, falling somewhere between Don Dokken and a restrained Bruce Dickinson. Um, I hope that makes sense. The title track is an epic 11:37 long and has  become one of those captivating songs that I love escaping from reality with. Great stuff.

This album is not Screaming For Vengeance and it’s not Iron Maiden either. Instead this album is a six song reminder that the seeds of Classic Metal were planted properly many years ago and propagated a very promising, very exciting Metal band known as Mausoleum Gate. Metal be thy name – Stone.

Mausoleum Gate was released on October 7th, 2014, via Cruz del Sur Music.

Turn the volume to HIGH and enjoy some MAUSOLEUM GATE! Support this tremendous METAL band! Whoa!

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:

1. Magic Of The Gypsy Queen

2. Demon Droid

3. Lost Beyond The Sun

4. Mercenaries Of Steel

5. There Must Be Demons

6. Mausoleum Gate

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MAUSOLEUM GATE:

V.-P Varpula- vocals

Count L.F. – guitars

Kasperi Puranen – guitars

Wicked Ischanius – bass

Oscar Razanez- drums

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* For more info on MAUSOLEUM GATE:

Facebook: Mausoleum Gate

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LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE MAUSOLEUM GATE.

Stone.

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Ronnie James Dio “This Is Your Life” Deluxe Double Red Vinyl – Releases July 8th; 100% Of Proceeds Go Directly To Cancer Research

Posted in charities, classic rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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You can now Preorder the Double Red Vinyl version of Ronnie James Dio’s “This Is Your Life” Tribute Album!! This is a MUST HAVE for all Dio Fans and Vinyl Collectors!!! 100% of the $$$$ received by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund will go directly to cancer research and to help find a cure! Preorder here: http://smarturl.it/diovinyl

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(Source: Facebook Ronnie James Dio)

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LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

TANK “War Nation” Music Video And Album Are: Stone’s METAL Picks Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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TANK – The title track, from TANKS’s 2012 War Nation album boasts a Melodic Metal ride that sends me off into Metal La-la land. A grand Classic Metal sound and vibe TANK has carried on, with this entire War Nation album! The timeless vocals of the legendary Doogie White soars on this title track and throughout this album, truly one of his finest Metal performances on his impressive Metal resume. In my Metal opinion.

Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans are a powerhouse duo for my ears to savor! If this War Nation album had been released back in the mid to late 80’s, I firmly believe (nearly) every Metalhead alive would have owned and bragged about it. No matter how I slice or dice it, this 2012 version of TANK thrills me and I make no excuses for being psyched-out by it all. Crank up War Nation and hail Metal! Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: War Nation, Song Of The Dead, Hammer And Nails, Don’t Dream In The Dark, Grace Of God, Dreamer, Justice For All, Wings Of Heaven, State Of The Union, Hard Road, War Machine (live bonus track), Feast Of The Devil (live bonus track), W.M.L.A. (acoustic version/bonus track)

TANK – War Nation Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Preview and purchase War Nation on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/war-nation/id531153916

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War Nation was released via Metal Mind Productions.

* For more info on TANK:

Facebook: Tank

Website: www.tankofficial.com

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LONG LIVE TANK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE “ELECTRIC WAKE” THE NEW SOLO CD FROM METAL CHURCH SINGER RONNY MUNROE!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states.

Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), Dan Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style Heavy Metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014. Click HERE to pre-order now!

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TRACK LISTING:

Burning Time
Ghosts (Featuring George Lynch)
Electric Wake
Turn To Stone
My Shadow
Not You Not Me
Pray
Ritual Damage
Sleepless Mountain
The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal) featuring: Pamela Moore and Dave Rude (Tesla)
United

BONUS TRACKS (deluxe version)
Tainted Nation
Total Eclipse (Iron Maiden cover)

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(Source: Rat Pak Records)

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Website: http://www.ratpakrecords.com

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LONG LIVE RONNY MUNROE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

TRAUMA – Legendary Bay Area Metal Band Returns! TRAUMA’s Classic “Scratch And Scream” Studio Album Is Reissued Via Shrapnel Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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TRAUMA IS BACK!

Original 1980 TRAUMA Lineup Featured The Legendary Cliff Burton On Bass

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TRAUMA was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area metal bands. The group’s original lineup included Michael Overton on guitar, George Lady on guitar, Dennis Shafer on drums, Cliff Burton (METALLICA) on bass, and Donny Hillier on vocals.

TRAUMA quickly became well-known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham’s Wolfgang’s, Whisky A Go Go, and The Troubadour. The first track TRAUMA ever recorded, “Such a Shame”, was included on Metal Blade Records’ “Metal Massacre II” compilation in 1982.

After Burton’s departure to join METALLICA, the band changed personnel and musicians Kris Gustofson (drums), Ross Alexander Merson (guitar) and Lucas Advincula (bass) joined Michael Overton and Donny Hillier in their new lineup. In 1984, TRAUMA recorded the “Scratch And Scream” album for Shrapnel Records. The LP received many excellent reviews from primarily American and European heavy metal magazines such as Kerrang!, Circus and Metal Forces, to name a few.

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Purchase TRAUMA’s Scratch And Scream by clicking below!

Shrapnel Records: http://shrapnelrecords.com

The “Scratch And Scream” album, unavailable before on a legitimate CD issue, has long been considered a hard-to-obtain, classic heavy metal record.

Now on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Shrapnel Records.com, “Scratch And Scream” reissue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes bonus tracks that feature the gone-but-never-forgotten bassist.

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Earlier this year, the album received a retro recommendation by About.com/Metal.

After a lengthy hiatus, TRAUMA recently reformed. Donny Hillier, Kris Gustofson and Lucas Advincula have been joined by guitarist Kurt Fry, a veteran songwriter and recording/touring artist.

TRAUMA has played recent shows in San Francisco and Oakland and is planning to tour.

The band is currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches on its new album. The sound is unmistakably hard and heavy.

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Medication Time recently conducted an interview with vocalist Donny Hillier of the newly reformed metal band TRAUMA.

Radio personality James Vincent of Medication Time conducted an interview with Vocalist Donny Hillier of the newly reformed metal band “Trauma” and they talked about Trauma’s highly sought after and now recently reissued album  “Scratch and Scream” (now on CD and digital download) featuring CLIFF BURTON from his Pre-METALLICA days and the band’s new forthcoming studio endeavor…

Medication Time is aired 3-6pm ET every Tuesday on WOOL-LP 100.1 FM, in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

You can listen to the in-depth Interview here: https://soundcloud.com/scott-thomas-19/trauma-the-donny-hillier

Official Trauma Website:

http://www.traumametal.com/

Trauma on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trauma-band/153792987984851

Trauma on Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/traumametal

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(Source: Scott Thomas / Guitarz Forever)

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LONG LIVE TRAUMA.

LONG LIVE SHRAPNEL RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

MIDNITE HELLION – Releases “Hour Of The Wolf” 7-Inch Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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New Jersey metallers MIDNITE HELLION have released the “Hour of the Wolf” 7-inch, limited-edition vinyl single. This two-tune rager offers a taste of the band’s powerful and melodic brand of trad-inspired metal. The single is available in translucent blue (100 copies) and classic black (400 copies) vinyl.

Order Hour of the Wolf and more from MIDNITE HELLION at: www.midnitehellion.com.

MIDNITE HELLION is currently hard at work on material for a new full-length album, to be recorded and released in 2014. A live cassette is in the works as well. The band has been confirmed for the 2014 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, set for April 4 & 5 at Reggie’s in Chicago, Ill. For fest details, visit www.ragnarokkrmetal.com.

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HOUR OF THE WOLF – Track Listing:

Side Witches:  Hour Of The Wolf

Side Brew:  The Morrigan

 CRITICAL PRAISE:

“Killer tunes!” -Ron Lipnicki, OVERKILL

“I’ve never felt so happy to get hit repeatedly in the face with a plastic fence.” -Brian “Lumberjack” Smith

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MIDNITE HELLION:

PJ Berlinghof – Vocals

Dan Sclavi – Guitars/Backing Vocals

Nick DiGiovacchino – Guitars

Bill Dripps – Bass/Backing Vocals

Drew Rizzo – Drums

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on MIDNITE HELLION:

Website:  www.midnitehellion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/midnitehellion

Youtube: www.youtube.com/midnitehellion

Reverbnation:  www.reverbnation.com/midnitehellion

Twitter: www.twitter.com/midnitehellion

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LONG LIVE MIDNITE HELLION.

LONG LIVE NEW JERSEY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

PAGAN ALTAR – Shadow Kingdom Records Reissues PAGAN ALTAR’s “Judgement of the Dead”

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Shadow Kingdom Records is now offering the newly reissued Judgement of the Dead from cult N.W.O.B.H.M doom band PAGAN ALTAR. Originally released in 1982, Shadow Kingdom Records will stock North American shelves with this classic on January 8, 2013. Until then, fans can order the release exclusively through Shadow Kingdom Records.

For a digital copy and free stream of the album, visit the label’s bandcamp page here: http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/judgement-of-the-dead

Physical copies are available at http://shadowkingdomrecords.com/

Shadow Kingdom’s Tim McGrogan had this to say about the album:

“Back in 1982 PAGAN ALTAR released this N.W.O.B.H.M. masterpiece and almost immediately this album went into obscurity. They have been by far the most overlooked band in the history of heavy metal music. It’s amazing that they’ve finally pulled it all together for being virtually non-existent for nearly 15 years. They deserve all of the success and recognition they’re getting today and much, much more! In the late 90’s they came out of the woodwork and put this out on their own label and it was mistakenly called “Volume 1″. The extra track was an acoustic track which was just called “Acoustics” at the time. This is the first time this album will be released in all its glory. The correct title “Judgement of the Dead” and updated acoustic song title as well. Also, this is the original artwork that was released back in 1982 which has never been seen before until now! We’ve re-mastered the CD to sonically preserve its antique feel. It comes with a very nice booklet that includes a story and old band photos. If there ever was such a thing as a perfect album, this would be it! There is nothing more satisfying than the sound of this record. If you’ve never heard of this band or album, think of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull and you’re almost there. They take music to a whole new level.”

JUDGEMENT OF THE DEAD – Track Listing:

1. Pagan Altar

2. In The Wake Of Armadeus

3. Judgement Of The Dead

4. The Black Mass

5. Night Rider

6. The Dance Of The Banshee

7. Reincarnation

In other news, PAGAN LORD has recently been confirmed for Maryland Death Fest XI, which will take place May 23rd – 26th, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. For for information and updates visit http://www.marylanddeathfest.com.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on PAGAN ALTAR visit:

http://www.paganaltar.com

facebook: Pagan Altar

facebook: Shadow Kingdom Records

LONG LIVE PAGAN ALTAR.

Stone.

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