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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.

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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

Midnite Hellion - Hour Of The Wolf - promo cover pic!

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.

ANGEL WITCH – Live Evil “Into The Dark 2012″ UK Tour – Dates & Venues Listed

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal concerts, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on Angel Witch facebook:

Since we have restricted our UK dates to London shows (plus the occasional Bloodstock or Hard Rock Hell) we thought it was about time we did some out of town dates.  So we have teamed up with the Live Evil crew to present their first run of actual tour dates: “Into the Dark 2012″.

We are very happy to be bringing ENFORCER over from Sweden to join us on this run – we’ve played with them a number of times all over Scandinavia and have always had a great time both watching their set and having a pint.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enforcer/65508702824

To Open proceedings – AGE OF TAURUS slow motion heavy metal from London town with riffs galore.  Anyone who saw them recently with Electric Wizard can attest to the fact that Doom Metal really is not dead.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Age-of-Taurus/144701422253518

Next tiime – Scotland, Wales & Ireland, eh?

LIVE EVIL “Into the Dark 2012″

Wednesday 7th November 

Newcastle ::: The World Headquarters

https://www.facebook.com/events/482426088442456/

Thursday 8th November

Manchester Academy 3

https://www.facebook.com/events/102361089919800/

Friday 9th November

Birmingham Temple

https://www.facebook.com/events/441863162523871/

Sunday 11th November

Bristol Fleece

https://www.facebook.com/events/118638744951344/

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Stone Says: The brand new ANGEL WITCH studio album As Above, So Below was released on March 26th, 2012, via Metal Blade Records. This new Metal offering from ANGEL WITCH receives the highest Metal recommendation from Metal Odyssey. If you don’t own this must Metal album yet, pick it up! Metal be thy name.

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For more info on ANGEL WITCH, click here: Angel Witch

LONG LIVE ANGEL WITCH.

LONG LIVE ENFORCER.

LONG LIVE AGE OF TAURUS.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – Confirmed To Support GOTTHARD In Copenhagen And Performing At HEAVY METAL MANIACS FESTIVAL In Holland!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

WITCH CROSS

WITCH CROSS have been confirmed as support for GOTTHARD at Amager Bio in Copenhagen on October 23rd – WITCH CROSS will also be appearing at the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival in Holland, on October 27th

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This year The Swiss Hard Rock band Gotthard celebrate their 20 year anniversary, only with a great tragedy still fresh in their minds. In the autumn of 2010 the Group’s charismatic lead singer Steve Lee died in a motorcycle accident, leaving the four surviving members at a crossroads in their career. Gotthard decided however to continue and after having auditioned more than 400 singers the job went to Nic Maeder, who was announced as the new front man in November.

The 4th June saw the five Swiss release a new album,  entitled Firebirth.

According to bassist Marc Lynn it has been unreal how easy and painless Maeders incorporation into the band has been – “as if everyone in the band has known him always” – and said Firebirth was infused by a newfound spark and a furious energy.

In other words, something to look forward to when Nic Maeders is exposed to the Danes in Amager Bio.

Sharing the stage that night will be Witch Cross. The Danish Heavy Metal band performs for only the second time in 27 years on stage in Denmark.

Earlier this year, the band played their first show together since 1986. The concert, at  the German Metal festival Keep It True, was chosen as the site for the reunification of the band after nearly three decades of separation. In July they took to the stage at the Metal Magic Festival in Fredericia and now they can be experienced once again in Amager Bio on October 23rd.

More WITCH CROSS news to come!

WITCH CROSS – Live at Keep It True Festival, 2012

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(Source: Kev Moore – Witch Cross)

Photos courtesy of Kev Moore

For more info on WITCH CROSS, click on the link below!

http://www.witchcross.dk

LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

LONG LIVE GOTTHARD.

Stone.

REVERENCE – Too Late (Official Video) Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

REVERENCE – The debut album, When Darkness Calls, from the Power Metal supergroup REVERENCE was released back on May 31st, via Razar Ice Records. Based out of Detroit, Michigan, REVERENCE has caused quite a welcomed Metal stir within our beloved Metal community; since their formation in early 2010. This album of traditional Power Metal songs has received critically acclaimed reviews from across the Metal spectrum of webzines, magazines and blogs alike.

REVERENCE was founded by guitarist and songwriter Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest) and vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Jack Starr’s Burning Starr). The legendary Steve Wacholz is behind the kit, (founding member of Crimson Glory and the ultra legendary Savatage). Bassist Ned Meloni has played with Jack Starr’s Burning Starr and Funny Money.

Take a listen and look below to the official video for Too Late, a featured track from When Darkenss Calls; a psych-scorching, guitar driven, vocal soaring, traditional-laced Power Metal song with an earthshaking rhythm section! If you’ve been searching around for some True Metal today… you’ve found it here with REVERENCE. Did I mention that I really dig this song yet?

Ring that REVERENCE True Metal bell and tell all the posers to go to hell. Metal be thy name.

REVERENCE:

Todd Michael Hall - Vocals

Bryan Holland - Guitar

Ned Meloni - Bass

Pete Rossi - Guitar

Steve Wacholz - Drums

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For more info on REVERENCE, click on the link below!

http://www.reverencemetal.com

LONG LIVE REVERENCE.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – “Rocking The Night Away” Music Video: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

WITCH CROSS – Here is some vintage video footage of the Danish Metal band – WITCH CROSS. From 1984, their    debut album (Roadrunner Records) Fit For Fight features Rocking The Night Away. Both album and song are Metal classics! A tried and true Metal blast from the Metal past!

Check out Rocking The Night Away below for yourself; then let the old school Metal of WITCH CROSS flow through your Metal lovin’ veins!

Fit For Fight – 1984 (Roadrunner Records)

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Wanna see what WITCH CROSS is up to in 2012? Check out current WITCH CROSS vocalist Kev Moore and his very cool WITCH CROSS journal by clicking below!

http://mooremusic.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/witch-cross-still-fit-for-fighting-16

* For more info on WITCH CROSS, click the link below!

http://www.witchcross.dk

LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KING DIAMOND – Metal Icon. Vocal brilliance. Lyrical mastermind. A true KING of Horror Metal. Any fan of King Diamond and/or Mercyful Fate knows what I’m talking about. My “Metal Pick Of The Day” for Friday, April 20th, 2012, is KING DIAMOND.

If you have never listened to any King Diamond or Mercyful Fate Metal in your life just yet… the time has cometh for you to realize; that you are missing out on some serious and historical Metal. You are missing out in a very profound way.

Yes, Abigail is the Metal Gem of the King Diamond discography. However, The Graveyard is one fantastically horrifying story to listen to. I’ll say this much: a young female child with a devotion to a severed head; plus it’s a severed head that is pure evil. ‘Nuff said.

Originally released back in 1996, this King Diamond album has grown on me like there is no tomorrow. I Am is my favorite song on The Graveyard, giving me the chills in a way I cannot even explain.

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For more info on KING DIAMOND, click the link below:

KING DIAMOND

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

Stone.

Warriors Of Metal Fest – Releases Double CD 2012 Compilation

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 9, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The Warriors of Metal, Inc. is privileged to announce that all the fans who will attend the 5th year anniversary of Warriors of Metal Fest Open Air this year on June  29th and 30th at Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio will receive a special 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation album, which is in pressing right now.

Additionally, thanks to the generous efforts of the WOM Fest European Street Team, 2000 of the Keep It True XV Festival attendees this year will also receive this compilation for free. This 158 minute Metal Monster was funded by all 36 participating bands from 5 different continents, mixed by the WOM Fest promoter Datis Alaee, and mastered by Thord Klarstrom at the 7th Gate Studio in Arvika, Sweden.

Warriors Of Metal Compilation CD Artwork

The layout and arrangement of the accompanying 16 page full color booklet was done by the WOM Fest organizer Lea Alaee.  All the artwork for this official Fest release was done by Dragonfyre Studios’ Wayne Smith and Frank Parr in Defiance, Ohio who also designed the soon to be revealed Fest poster and Fest T-shirt designs.

The 17 tracks on Disc 1 contain bands from USA, Australia (Taberah), Greece (Power Crue), Sweden (Gallows End) and Brazil (Machinage) and include exclusive pre-release tracks from: Power Crue (Lighten The Underground from Greece), Gallows End (Independent from Sweden) and American bands: Mystic-Force (Siegen Records), and Power Theory & Fiakra (Pure Steel Records).

The 19 tracks on Disc 2 contain bands from USA, Brazil (Woslom) & Jordan (Dragonrider) and include exclusive pre-release tracks from Seax & Iron Will from Massachusetts,  Lady Beast from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Last Alliance from Queens, New York, and Banshee from Kansas City, Kansas.

For the full track listing please see the back panel of the album bellow.  Also provided are the two interior picture collages that include a selection of Fest pictures from WOM Fest II (2009), WOM Fest III (2010) & WOM Fest IV (2011).

Tickets for the festival are on sale at the Fest website at WARRIORS OF METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL V. Weekend passes for adults (17 and up) are just $50 and Weekend 4-Packs for adults (groups of 4 people) are only $40 per person. Adult single day tickets are $30 for each day and $25 per person in a 4-Pack for a single day ticket. Teenager tickets (11-16) are only $15 for the whole weekend, Friday only or Saturday only. Kids under 11 get in for free. Camping is free and ticket buyers can also pre-order their Fest t-shirts at the time of their ticket purchase.

For all event related information please visit the Warriors Of Metal Fest’s website at: WARRIORS OF METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL V

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

LONG LIVE WARRIORS OF METAL FEST.

Stone.

ENTHRALL “Throes Of Fire” – Sophomore Album Showcases The Metal Strengths Of Vocalist/Multi-Instrumentalist Neil Rego

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ENTHRALL – Originating from Bangalore, India and eventually being signed by Greece independent label METALFIGHTERS, founding member and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Neil Rego has his solo project ENTHRALL causing quite the buzz within the worldwide Metal underground. The roots of ENTHRALL go back to 1995, when ENTHRALL was initially a unified band. Family commitments and the inability to relocate are the legitimate reasons as to why the remaining original members of ENTHRALL had to step aside.

With guest musicians appearing on his latest (second overall) ENTHRALL album, Neil Rego has given every indication that he is a well-rounded songwriter and lyricist, coupled with his undeniable and admirable proficiency as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. No Metal rock should be left unturned and ENTHRALL is one solid Metal rock worth discovering.

The influences of Classic Metal, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock/Metal and old school Speed Metal are all interwoven into a unique texture of sound on Throes Of Fire, courtesy of Neil’s musical vision. Neil’s clean vocals are married with his brand of Metal in such a smooth way that I cannot help myself liking what I hear, throughout Throes Of Fire. If I had to choose my favorite song, the title track keeps replaying in my mind.

Melodic from beginning to end and most essentially memorable is Throes Of Fire. With no flashy gimmicks of an over-produced product, Neil Rego has compiled these ten songs on this album to sound effectively efficient, in an early 80′s Classic Metal sort of way. Throes Of Fire has grown on me and has left an imprint of uniqueness upon my ears that is so ultimately important.

As a sophomore release from ENTHRALL, Neil Rego has shown that he can act upon his Metal vision and create an album that dominates on the melodic side of the spectrum, while knowing when to let loose the hard and heavy without crossing that fine line of filler territory. I recommend checking out ENTHRALL to any fan of Heavy Metal or even Hard Rock. There is a vast bounty of Metalheads out there, that should find Throes Of Fire to be an album worthy of their time. It’s been worth my Metal time. Metal be thy name.

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BAND:

Neil Rego – vocals, guitars & bass

Featured Musicians:

Pranav Murthy – guitars

Max Wamby – guitars

Suraj Dutt – guitars

Varun Sood – drums & percussion

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Throes Of Fire – Track Listing:

Burden

The Bullying Bull

Stoned

Fuzzy

Lame Sunk Esteem

Agony Bound

Retribution

Throes Of Fire

Spill Cyanide

Natural Instinct

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For more info on ENTHRALL, click on the link below:

www.weareenthrall.com

LONG LIVE ENTHRALL.

Stone.

CIRITH UNGOL “Servants Of Chaos” – 3 Disc Set Is A Mammoth Metal Value

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CIRITH UNGOL – The 2-CD/Bonus DVD of vintage CIRITH UNGOL, Servants Of Chaos, was released back on January 31st, 2012, via Metal Blade Records in North America. Servants Of Chaos was originally released (exclusively) in Europe, back in 2001. What an amazing package, which salutes this never to be forgotten Metal band from Ventura, California.

CIRITH UNGOL can easily be classified  as a pioneering and influential Metal band from the early 80′s. I highly recommend, to all Metalheads worldwide, these rare and live tracks, along with video footage of CIRITH UNGOL, to sink your Classic Metal craving senses into! Adding this Cirith Ungol 3 disc set to your Metal collection will serve you right.

I just bought Servants Of Chaos recently and it’s worth every penny. f.y.e. was selling it at a sale price for $9.99 (U.S.). That’s a stupendous price for 2 CD’s and 1 DVD!

The name Cirith Ungol is pronounced “kirith ungol” and is an Elvish phrase meaning “pass of the spider.”

Check out below: Cirith Ungol “I’m Alive” (Live) from the album “Servants of Chaos”. Recorded live at Wolf and Rissmiller’s Country Club on November 9th, 1984. Whoa and Metal be thy name.

CIRITH UNGOL:

Tim Baker – vocals

Jerry Fogle – guitar

Robert Garven – drums

Michael “Flint” Vujea – bass

(Servants Of Chaos – back cover)

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(Source: Metal Blade Records)

For more info on this CIRITH UNGOL release, click below:

METAL BLADE RECORDS

LONG LIVE THE METAL LEGACY OF CIRITH UNGOL.

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Stone.

CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘Witches Mark’ Exclusive 2 Track Download Single Available Now!

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CRYSTAL VIPER “Witch’s Mark” – exclusive 2-track download single coming out on March 30th, 2012, via AFM RECORDS! Incl. title track – taken from the forthcoming full length studio album “Crimen Excepta” – coupled with “The Banshee”, newly recorded version of the song originally available on the limited edition MLP “The Last Axeman” (2008). To be available on all legal digital outlets!

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Crimen Excepta releases on AFM Records, on April 27th, 2012.

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(Sources: Crystal Viper & AFM Records Official Websites)

For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER, click on the links below:

http://www.crystalviper.com

http://www.afm-records.de

LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

Stone.

JON OLIVA’S PAIN – To Perform & Celebrate SAVATAGE Classic: ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the SAVATAGE classic – Hall Of The Mountain King

One U.S. performance only, to be held on June 16th, 2012, at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Florida

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As reported on Jon Oliva’s Pain official facebook page, February 17th, 2012:

JOP Tampa Show news: We will be filming this show on June 16th at the Ritz. This will be the only US show, and you now fully realize that you must be there to be a part of this documented, epic event! Tickets are selling fast, and I think this post will add another element of fuel to the fire for all of you sitting back and waiting…you have been warned!

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For ticket and venue info, click on the link below:

THE RITZ YBOR

For more info on JON OLIVA’S PAIN, click on the links below:

JON OLIVA’S PAIN – Official facebook

http://www.jonoliva.net

http://www.myspace.com/jonoliva

LONG LIVE JON OLIVA’S PAIN.

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF SAVATAGE.

Stone.

DERAILED – Canadian Metal Warriors Announce New Bass Player & Details On Forthcoming 2012 Album ‘Underground’

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

DERAILED announces new bass player and details to their forthcoming sophomore studio album Underground!

Calgary Alberta Canada’s very own Metal Warriors, DERAILED, have issued the following exciting updates from their Metal camp:

Derailed are proud to introduce Greg Kristianson as the new bass player for the group. Greg’s musical background includes current Metallica & Iron Maiden tribute bands, ‘Disposable Heroes’ & ‘Edward the Great’ in the local Alberta Metal scene. Greg’s enthusiasm & dedication to perfection are a welcome addition to the band!

On the recording front, drums & bass tracks are now finished for the upcoming conceptual CD, Underground, to be released sometime in April/May of 2012. Guitars & vocals are next! The boys are extremely excited on the progress thus far, much more heavier & aggressive!

Stay tuned for more updates as we get them.

Happy New Year to all!

* Underground will be the follow-up to Derailed’s critically acclaimed 2010 debut album: Judgement Day.

* For more info on DERAILED, click on the links below:

DERAILED – Official Website

DERAILED – myspace music

LONG LIVE DERAILED.

Stone.

JUDAS PRIEST – THE CHOSEN FEW: Greatest Hits Picked By Heavy Music Legends Releasing October 11, 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

JUDAS PRIESTThe Chosen Few is a 17 song compilation album spanning the discography of the legendary Judas Priest and is releasing on October 11, 2011, via Sony/Legacy. In Metal essence, this is a “greatest hits” album which does salute Judas Priest and their unparalleled Metal career. Yes, Judas Priest does have many compilations/greatest hits albums out there, I agree. The story behind The Chosen Few is that all 17 songs have been “chosen” by an impressive group of legendary musicians of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

Oops. Here goes Stone straying off topic a bit here, with the “legendary” musicians who chose songs for The Chosen Few. I had to go and call these musicians “legendary”, now didn’t I? Chris Jericho chose a song and he is cool, still, he has a ways more to go before I call him a legendary musician. Do I consider Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God legendary? I’ve got an answer for you: yes. Yes again.

In my Metal opinion, this is a grand collection of Judas Priest songs, a collection that will prove to be essential for those fans who do not own every Judas Priest album. I will take a pass on buying The Chosen Few for the time being, with money being tight I would much rather pick up new studio albums or vintage releases that I already don’t own. Buying The Chosen Few when I already own the songs just isn’t practical for me. Regardless of my passing over on The Chosen Few, I would recommend new fans of Judas Priest and those fans who don’t own all of the songs to buy it, it looks like a winner to me.

Two Judas Priest classics, that I would have chosen for The Chosen Few are: Hot Rockin’ (Point Of Entry – 1981) and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll (Defenders Of The Faith – 1984). What Judas Priest song(s) would you have chosen for this album? I believe there are 16 studio albums that Judas Priest has their legendary name on, so choosing a favorite song or two is both easy and difficult at the same time for me. I would have to say my favorite Judas Priest album is Stained Class from 1978. Okay, which is my favorite Judas Priest song ever? ACCEPT “chose” my favorite Judas Priest song for The Chosen Few: Exciter. This solid as steel Metal song is from Stained Class too.

Judas Priest is a Metal band that steamrolled the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal into my brain, so many years ago. I honestly couldn’t vision a world of Heavy Metal without their presence and influence. Once Judas Priest are a retired band, I will miss the living Metal daylights out of them. Metal be thy name.

Check out the track listing below for The Chosen Few. The musicians who chose each respective song are listed as well.

Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliot (Def Leppard)

Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai

Exciter (1978)- chosen by Accept

Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) & David Coverdale (Whitesnake)

The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)

Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)

Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)

Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho

Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

* For more info on JUDAS PRIEST, click on the link below:

JUDAS PRIEST

LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST.

Stone.

ARMORED SAINT – Returns To The East Coast For Three Shows This Fall Of 2011!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

LA’s Armored Saint has been listening to east coast fans clamber for a Saint show for years, and finally they are prepared to answer the call! The band will be returning to New York for the first time in twenty years along with two other shows in Amityville, NY and Allentown, PA. Armored Saint will be playing songs from their latest album, La Raza, as well as a set full of songs from throughout their deep and storied catalog. Support on these dates comes from fellow Metal veterans Seven Witches.

Joey Vera discusses the shows further: “In July, we held a poll asking fans to choose their favorite Saint songs and we compiled a list of the top 10. At recent gigs in Los Angeles and in Germany, we would allow fans to come up and choose one of the top 10 songs for us to play, right there on the spot. We did this 3 times during our set. It was such a good time that we’re going to do this again for our tri-state shows. John Bush will stop the show at 3 different times and choose someone from the crowd to come up and pick what song we play next. So come down and be a part of choosing our set list for the night!”

(Source: Metal Blade News Update)

STONE SAYS: Metal Mark over at Heavy Metal Time Machine alerted me to this ARMORED SAINT news first… and yes, I’m very psyched. I’m looking forward to catching ARMORED SAINT live in Allentown!

LONG LIVE ARMORED SAINT.

Stone.

SINISTER REALM – A Metal Odyssey Exclusive Interview!

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news, traditional heavy metal, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(All band photos and logo provided courtesy of John Gaffney/Sinister Realm)

SINISTER REALM – Traditional Heavy Metal, aka Classic Metal, reigns supreme in 2011. With hordes of legendary Traditional Metal bands leading the never-ending charge, to this very moment as you read this, there are a good many new, hungry and talented Metal bands out there that revere Metal’s history of tradition. Sinister Realm is one such Metal band. Led by founding member and bass guitarist John Gaffney, Sinister Realm is a band that I have admired and loudly recommended, since my first thorough listen of their second studio album The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records) which was released this Summer.

Calling Allentown, Pennsylvania their Metal home, Sinister Realm is a band amassing a loyal following of Metal fans from Trexlertown, Pennsylvania to points worldwide. Sinister Realm has created some incredible Traditional Metal that MUST be heard to understand my Metal point. It’s not everyday that I bellow with such Metal pride about a rising Metal band such as Sinister Realm. Alex Kristoff (vocals), John Risko (guitar), John Kantner (guitar), Chris Metzger (drums) and John Gaffney’s bass illuminates my eardrums with their utmost Metal talent and respect for the Metal they play.

Traditional Metal goes much farther than “the look” of denim and leather. The sound, lyrics, vibes and attitude I hear on The Crystal Eye are all-encompassing of what Traditional Metal is all about in my Metal world. Overall, Sinister Realm represents where Metal was so many years ago and where it is today, in all of its powerful glory. Sinister Realm is the real Metal deal here, fellow Metalheads.

Taking a time out from playing live gigs amid a busy schedule, John Gaffney was courteous to answer ten questions for Metal Odyssey. Covering topics ranging from the new album to respecting the history of Metal, here is what John Gaffney had to say:

John Gaffney, bass guitarist, songwriter and founder of Sinister Realm.

Stone: Can you share the goals and mindset of the band as a whole, while recording “The Crystal Eye”?

John Gaffney: With the new album our goal was pretty simple, to take a step forward from our first album. I think my mindset when I started writing the music was to just make sure that every song was as good as I could make it. I wanted to make sure there was a good amount of variety also, some fast songs, some slow and mid tempos one. I know all the other guys really wanted to make this one a good follow-up to our debut record. The goals of our band in general are to always get better and keep pushing forward, to play and perform better, to get our music out to as many metal heads as possible and in general to just keep growing as a band.

Stone: How is the songwriting and lyrics shared among the band?

John Gaffney: All the music and lyrics are written by me but the other guys definitely add their personalities to the songs. I demo everything out in a very rough format with a drum machine and me singing and the other guys take that and add their own thing to it. When I write I really think about the guys and their personalities on their instruments and I write to their strengths so that the songs feel natural to them and not like I’m asking them to play or sing things that don’t fit who they are as musicians. Even though I write the music, the strength and identity of Sinister Realm is really in the collection of all the individual players, we work and sound really good together in my humble opinion.

Stone: Just how important is the history of Metal to Sinister Realm?

John Gaffney: Very important, especially the early years of metal, I’m very much a Heavy Metal scholar. I’m always reading about heavy metal and searching out old classic bands that I may not have heard of yet. I’m a very big fan of the “golden” years of classic metal as I like to call it, 1980 to about 1984. The albums that Priest, Maiden, Dio, Sabbath, Ozzy, Mercyful Fate and many others released during those years are some of my absolute favorite heavy metal albums of all time. With the band we really try to pay our respects to those great metal classics, when we perform or work on new music all those bands are in the back of our mind, they are our benchmarks if you will, we really want to do this music justice and we consider it a great honor to be called a traditional metal band.

Stone: How did Sinister Realm and Shadow Kingdom Records find each other?

John Gaffney: Well…a bit of history on the band I guess is in order here. I used to be in a band called Pale Divine, when I left the drummer Darin McCloskey called me and said he wanted to work on some of the ideas I had that were never used in Pale Divine.  As things progressed it started sounding really good and we decided to get a proper singer and record a demo, so into the picture came Alex. I played guitar and bass on the original demo, Darin played drums and Alex sang. Darin knew Tim from Shadow Kingdom Records and ran into him when Pale Divine was playing in Pittsburgh, he passed our demo on to him and he really liked it.  At the time the demo was really making the rounds on the internet and we got a few offers from other labels but we really liked where Shadow Kingdom was at the time and the other types of bands they had so we went with them.  After we got signed we added our current guitar player John Kantner and a lead player and quickly recorded our self titled full length. Right after that Darin had to leave for personal reasons and our original lead player was asked to leave so we brought Chris Metzger in on drums and John Risko on lead guitar. Lots of gigs followed and we’ve just released our second album “The Crystal Eye”.  That’s our history in a nutshell.

Stone: What venue that Sinister Realm has played to date exhibited the most rabid Metal fans?

John Gaffney: We played a Doom Metal festival in Wisconsin this Summer that was really cool, we have a lot of great local fans who really support us also so it’s hard to pick one venue, we have fun where ever we play.

Stone: What is the biggest hurdle that confronts a Metal band in 2011?

John Gaffney: Trying to stand out above the bottomless sea of bands that are out there right now. The Internet is a great thing because anybody can get a band together, put something out and promote it. The Internet is also a bad thing because anybody can get a band together, put something out and promote it..haha. It works both ways. There are just so many bands out there now and the playing field is so so crowded that it’s really difficult to get yourself to stand out of the pack. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and sticking to and believing in what you’re doing. Selling CDs is very difficult nowadays because there is a lot of illegal downloading and not many people are even into buying CD’s anymore. I’m old-fashioned and still listen to vinyl, in fact I have a rather large Metal vinyl collection and consider that to be one of my hobbies.

Sinister Realm – The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records/2011)

Stone: My favorite song on “The Crystal Eye” is the title track. That song just psyches me out blindly!  Which one is yours and why?

John Gaffney: I like “The Crystal Eye” also. I think I like it because it’s a great title track and has a really good “epic” feel to it. All the guys sound great on it, I especially like John Risko’s lead solo on that one, just super cool! I love the way that guy plays. It’s just a song that came together really nicely if you know what I mean. If I had to pick a close second I would say “Signal the Earth”. I like the feel and groove of the song and I was proud of my lyrics on that one, it’s about a guy sent on a mission in space, now’s he’s trapped in his space ship alone, seeing and hearing things and trying to signal the earth that he needs help. Plus there’s a bass solo in that song… ha ha.

Stone: Is there a “dream band” Sinister Realm wants to be contacted by to support on a major tour?

John Gaffney: Any of the big classic bands like Priest, Maiden, Sabbath would be a dream. I’m also a big fan of Candlemass so I would love to be able to play in Europe or Scandinavia with them.

Stone: How many guitars do you own and which one is your favorite?

John Gaffney: Bass is my main instrument but I do own an early 80s gibson flying V guitar and a Fender telecaster guitar. As for basses, I have three. A 1978 Fender jazz bass, a 1984 Fender precision and a Geddy Lee model Jazz bass. For Sinister Realm I use the Geddy Lee bass, it has a great aggressive grinding growling sound. I use an Ampeg Svt-Pro 2 and Ampeg 4-10 cabinet live for amplification.

Stone: The talents and musical skills of Sinister Realm are obviously heard by my ears on “The Crystal Eye”. What are the other intangibles required to create such a powerful album of Traditional Heavy Metal? What is Sinister Realms “Metal X-Factor”?

John Gaffney: There’s a lot of X factors, I really couldn’t pin it down to one thing. I tell the guys all the time that it’s the little things that make a great band. Playing in tune, having good equipment, having good players and a good singer. If I had to point to one thing though I would say at the end of the day it’s songs and how their delivered. The average listener is not a musician, they are just fans of the music, so the only thing that is really important to them is if they like the songs or not. There are plenty of bands through history who had great players that never went anywhere because their songs just weren’t that good. It’s why the Beatles have lasted forever, they had great songs! So for Sinister Realm I think the X-factor is a combination of everyone’s professionalism and individual personalities wrapped around the songs, that is our “X-Factor”.

* For more Metal info on SINISTER REALM, click on the links below:

SINISTER REALM – facebook

SINISTER REALM – myspace

LONG LIVE SINISTER REALM.

Stone.

SINISTER REALM – “The Crystal Eye”: Defends The Metal Faith Valiantly, In Epic And Prevailing Prominence

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING ALBUM REVIEW FOR THE CRYSTAL EYE MAY MOTIVATE YOU TO BUY THIS CD… AND MAKE YOU AWARE THAT TRUE AND REAL AMERICAN TRADITIONAL METAL DOES, AFTER ALLTRULY EXIST. YOU’VE BEEN METAL WARNED.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ALREADY SMIRKING… JUST REMEMBER THIS: STONE DOESN’T BULLSHIT WHEN IT COMES TO METAL.

SINISTER REALM – Okay, so I was minding my own Metal business, when one night last week I checked my email inbox to find a message from Sinister Realm. I’m thinking to myself, what Metal message is Sinister Realm sending me? I was of course curious, for this Traditional Metal band from Allentown, Pennsylvania, has made quite a Metal name for themselves on this part of the East Coast. In the email was an invitation to review their newly released studio album: The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records). A no brainer… I was more than Metal willing to give this new Sinister Realm album a listen. Then I listened again… and again. Metal be thy name, I could not believe what I was hearing. God almighty above, The Crystal Eye is an unreal Traditional Metal listening experience.

For all Metal intents and purposes, if you are to buy just one more newly released Metal CD this year, The Crystal Eye is as strong a candidate as any other. Whoa, did someone say “why Stone”? The reasons are easy to explain, therefore here is the Metal breakdown, in no particular Metal order:

Reason One: Let’s skip right to the instrumental that is Battle for the Sinister Realm. My God almighty, is this an intense song that embellishes every nuance that is golden about a Traditional Metal instrumental. Listening to the melodic sound that this song radiates, coupled with its old school Metal vibe and feel, I’m mesmerized that this band can capture such welcomed Traditional Metal magic, in 3:29.

Reason Two: Dual Metal guitars. John Kantner and John Risko. These two Metal axe men summon up all the glorious images of excitement, of days long ago, when my young ears experienced Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing for the first time. Yes, the Metal torch has been handed down… John Kantner and John Risko are two Metal guitarists that are happening NOW in 2011. Hearing is believing…

Reason Three: Alex Kristof on vocals is a convincing and strong presence. Without knowing, I will wager he is a lifetime devotee to the late Ronnie James Dio. Alex is the singer that Traditional Metal bands will search the clubs, internet and world over for… he’s that dynamic with his vocals. On the 8:54 epic, The Tower is Burning, his confidence rains down with each talented syllable he sings. Honestly, there isn’t a moment on The Crystal Eye where I’m not impressed with listening to Alex.

Reason Four: All eight songs embody the essence of how Traditional Metal is supposed to sound like. Powerful, epic and responsible for giving me the damn chills, is how I best describe The Crystal Eye. This album would kick mighty ass in the mid 80′s, only Sinister Realm is kicking mighty ass in the here and now. Metal written and played like this doesn’t grow on some F’n fruit tree, ready to be picked for harvest. The Metal I hear on all of these songs is potent with muscular relevance and cannot be denied by my ears.

Reason Five: Every band needs its rhythmic glue to hold the beats steady and Chris Metzger (drums) and John Shamus Gaffney (bass, background vocals) are titans to hear. With a steel solid production, both Chris and John’s ground quaking effectiveness is substantial and heard with clarity.

Reason Six: The title track: The Crystal Eye. Metal be thy name, this song is the epitome of just how riveting and compelling Traditional Metal can sound and feel like. This song moves me, man. While I’m listening to this song, I feel like I am that “man on the silver mountain” and I can do anything.

Music is subjective and personal to any individual. However, take my Metal advice on Sinister Realm… what you do with it is entirely up to you. The Crystal Eye isn’t a can of Metal whoop ass, instead, it’s a case of Traditional Metal whoop ass. I finish by saying: I listen to my hefty share of Metal and I declare The Crystal Eye as one of the very best Metal albums of 2011. Thanks to Sinister Realm, I’ve been reminded as to why Metal is the law.

The Crystal Eye – Track Listing:

Winds of Vengeance

At the Hands of the Tormentor

With Swords Held High

The Crystal Eye

Signal the Earth

The Shroud of Misery

Battle for the Sinister Realm

The Tower is Burning

* For more info on SINISTER REALM, click on the links below:

SINISTER REALM – facebook

SINISTER REALM – myspace

LONG LIVE SINISTER REALM.

Stone.

KATANA – Guitarist Tobias Karlsson Set To Appear On MetalHeadRadio.com on July 18th

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KATANA – On Monday, July 18th, 2011, KATANA guitarist Tobias Karlsson will join METALHEADRADIO.COM‘s DJ Rem for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Tune in to DJ Rem’s show, Locked Up, at 9:30 EST on July 18th for what promises to be an unforgettable chat with one of the New Wave of Traditional Metal’s most fierce up and comers.

KATANA from Gothenburg, Sweden, is the next big thing in Traditional Heavy Metal. They deliver a show that is 100 percent pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early eighties. Since the current line up was established in 2008, KATANA has worked hard to perfect their live act, which includes everything one would expect from a true eighties band and then some.

The music of KATANA is heavily influenced by British and German bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept. They definitely show that the genre is more alive than ever and their newly recorded debut album will set a new standard for what Classic Heavy Metal is supposed to sound like in 2011.

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* To read the Metal Odyssey album review for KATANA – HEADS WILL ROLL, (posted on June 13th, 2011), just click on the big header link below!

KATANA – Heads Will Roll: Traditional Heavy Metal Triumphs On This Band’s Debut Album

* For more info on KATANA, click on the links below:

KATANA – Official facebook

KATANA – myspace music

LISTENABLE RECORDS

METALHEADRADIO.COM

LONG LIVE KATANA.

Stone.

BENEDICTUM – Guitarist Pete Wells Takes Over Metal Express Radio This Friday, July 1st, 2011!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

METAL EXPRESS RADIO is pleased to announce that this week’s Guest DJ is guitarist Pete Well’s from U.S. Heavy Metal powerhouse BENEDICTUM. Pete heard how much fun his vocalist, Veronica Freeman, had doing the show that he wanted to take command of the DJ chair for himself! He’ll also take a call or two on air! After Pete’s setlist, which is essentially a homage to some classic Metal guitarists, we’ll play some cuts off Benedictum’s latest album entitled Dominion, which is currently available through Frontiers Records.

Tune in to METAL EXPRESS RADIO on Friday, July 1st at 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM EST to listen! 

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info on BENEDICTUM, click on the links below:

BENEDICTUM – Official Website

BENEDICTUM – facebook

LONG LIVE BENEDICTUM.

Stone.

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