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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – Drummer Reed Mullin Forced To Sit Out Live Dates

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on July 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Due to a torn rotator cuff, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out the band’s upcoming live dates.

Reads an official statement from the band: “We are sorry to announce that Reed Mullin will not be onboard for this tour. He’s been playing through pain, awaiting a strategic time to repair a full tear of his rotator cuff. That’s a seriously bum shoulder. So he’s going to get that repaired and rehabbed. During the interim, we’re enlisted Mr. Eric Hernandez formerly of Kylesa to help us until then. Eric came to our attention when we approached Rick Smith of Torche about filling in and he recommended Eric, who he grew up with in Miami. Eric has also filled in for Ricky in Torche a few times with great results. He is, like Reed, a hard hitter, and thankfully possesses the capacity to learn and digest detailed material quickly and accurately.”

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is currently leveling the stages of New Zealand and Australia which will be followed by a two-week North American run scheduled to commence on August 20th in Spokane and come to a close in Vancouver on September 1st. The band will be joined by Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying.

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY [remaining dates]:

7/24/2014 Crowbar – Brisbane, AUS

7/25/2014 NSC – Sydney AUS

7/26/2014 Reverence Hotel – Melbourne AUS

7/27/2014 Enigma Bar – Adelaide AUS

w/ Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, Lord Dying

8/19/2014The Hop – Spokane, WA

8/21/2014 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

8/22/2014 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

8/23/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM

8/24/2014 Club Red – Mesa, AZ

8/26/2014 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

8/27/2014 The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

8/28/2014 DNA – San Francisco, CA

8/29/2014 Catalyst – Santa Cruz CA

8/30/2014 Dante’s – Portland, OR

8/31/2014 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

9/01/2014 The Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY released their fittingly titled IX full-length earlier this month via Candlelight Records. Captured by the band alongside long-time friend and colleague John Custer, IX clocks in at nearly forty-five minutes. Sludge, doom, punk… it’s all in the grooves that fans have come to expect from CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. If you missed it, check out the lyric video for “Tarquinius Superbus” at THIS LOCATION.

COC stick to the recipe that served them well on both 2012′s self-titled reboot and the follow-up EP, Megalodon: A little hardcore, a little crossover, a whole lotta Southern rock and (especially) doom metal, all stirred, shuffled, layered and frosted in ways that make guessing their next move impossible. But the band’s strategies are more expansive this time out, their tricks more finely woven into the fabric of each song.” – Decibel

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

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* For more info on COC:

http://www.coc.com

http://www.facebook.com/corrosionofconformity

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LONG LIVE CORROSION OF CONFORMITY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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LONEWOLF – Added To Massacre Records Family!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, metal music, rock music news, music news with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From Massacre Records:

The history of LONEWOLF, hailing from Grenoble (France), began back in 1992. They played True Heavy Metal since the very beginning and soon released several demo tapes as well as a 7” and recorded even an album, which unfortunately never got released and is referred to as “the lost album”. Following a bad experience with a French label, LONEWOLF split up in 1996.

They came back in 2000, along with the demo “March Into The Arena”, which was re-released as the band’s debut album via Goi Music in 2001.

The second album “Unholy Paradise” followed two years later. “Made In Hell” was released in 2008 via Eat Metal, followed by “The Dark Crusade” in 2009 (via Kathargo Records/Killer Metal Records). The band’s latest albums are “Army Of The Damned” (2012, Napalm Records) and “The Fourth And Final Horseman” (2013, Napalm Records).

LONEWOLF were the first French band ever to play in Greece and were opening act for Grave Digger at their first gig in France. During the past decade, LONEWOLF went on headliner EU tour w/ Dragonsfire and Iron Fate in 2011 and were part of the “Wolfsnächte Tour” 2012, along with Powerwolf, Stormwarrior and Mystic Prophecy. They also played at festivals such as the Up The Hammers (GR), Headbangers Open Air (GER), Hard Rock Session (FR), Beastival (DE) or the Metalfest Open Airs (DE and AT).

LONEWOLF’s new album “Cult Of Steel” will be released in autumn 2014 via Massacre Records!

LONEWOLF:

Jens Börner – Guitar, Lead Vocals

Alex Hilbert – Lead Guitar

Rikki Mannhard – Bass

Bubu Brunner – Drums

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http://www.massacre-records.com

Massacre Records MP3 Download Store: http://massacre.musiclogistics.net

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* For more info on LONEWOLF:

http://www.facebook.com/lonewolfdivision

http://twitter.com/lonewolffrance

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LONG LIVE LONEWOLF.

LONG LIVE MASSACRE RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

UNISONIC – New Video From Heavy Metal Supergroup Now Playing At Metal Insider; Band To Release “Light Of Dawn” Full-Length Via Armoury Records Next Month

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Exceptional, the new video from Heavy Metal supergroup, UNISONIC, is currently playing at Metal Insider. The song comes by way of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Light Of Dawn, set for release in North America next month.

UNISONIC boasts a royal lineup of former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, also ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard, Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69).

Spring of 2014 saw UNISONIC produce the twelve new tunes that comprise sophomore offering, Light Of Dawn, all of them performed with surgical precision and punctuated by Kiske’s world-class vocals. “Our first world tour has really welded us together,” Kiske notes of the group’s unmistakable evolution. “The touring made us realize the importance of a congenial atmosphere for our creativity and how much I missed this team spirit over the past twenty years. Only musicians who feel really comfortable with each other can deliver their optimum performance.” Dennis Ward, a driving force within the unit, one of its main composers and as on 2012′s self-titled debut, its producer, agrees: “At the end of the day, you have to tour to get immediate fan reactions to your material. In this respect, the shows were very interesting and extremely encouraging. There’s no doubt that they gave UNISONIC enough energy to make working on Light Of Dawn child’s play for everybody involved.”

Metal Insider is currently offering up the first taste of the record with the fittingly named “Exceptional” video, viewable at THIS LOCATION.

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Light Of Dawn – Track Listing:

01. Venite 2.0
02. Your Time Has Come
03. Exceptional
04. For The Kingdom
05. Not Gonna Take Anymore
06. Night Of The Long Knives
07. Find Shelter
08. Blood
09. When The Deed Is Done
10. Throne Of The Dawn
11. Manhunter
12. You And I

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Light Of Dawn follows the band’s For The Kingdom EP released digitally in North America in May. The six track collection features album track “For The Kingdom,” exclusive EP number “You Come Undone” as well as four live recordings from their show at the Masters Of Rock Festival 2012 in the Czech Republic.

Light Of Dawn will see its Stateside release via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records on August 12th, 2014.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on UNISONIC:

http://www.unisonic.de

http://www.facebook.com/unisonicofficial

http://www.eaglerockent.com

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LONG LIVE UNISONIC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

DORO – October 2014 North America Live Dates Posted!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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DORO – The Queen Of Heavy Metal is returning to North America this October! DORO will be performing on the dates listed below; take advantage to see Doro Pesch and her band if they are near you! DORO is a live Heavy Metal experience you do not want to miss! Metal be thy name! – Stone

October 2014 North America Shows:

10.10.2014 USA Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
10.11.2014 USA Spring Lake Park, MN – Pov’s 65
10.12.2014 USA Joliet, IL – Mojoes
10.14.2014 USA Cleveland, OH – Agora
10.15.2014 USA Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10.16.2014 CAN Toronto, ONT – Hard Luck Bar
10.18.2014 CAN Quebec City, QUE – Salle Multi
10.19.2014 CAN Montreal, QUE – Petit Campus
10.20.2014 USA New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre

Doro - Large Logo - Gold* For more info on DORO:

Facebook: DORO

Website: http://www.doro.de/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DoroOfficial

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LONG LIVE DORO.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

CONVICTS TAKE ON CONGRESS

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, politics with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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On July 31, 2014, female-fronted, Heavy Metal band, Corprit Convict, is taking the message of their debut album, Come Clean, directly to the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building. The message?  Remove money from politics. The band will be performing songs from the album, such as “3 Ring”, “Applicator” and “Left for Dead”, serving, themselves, as protest anthems and calling for change in our country.

“Campaign financing has become the single, biggest problem plaguing our country’s political landscape today. But it’s also the least discussed problem, because the only people who can effect real change on theses policies, or lack thereof, are the same group cashing the checks. Money talks in Washington and, right now, it’s screaming,” says singer, KT. “Americans cannot continue to stand idly by as the richest members of our country continue to buy our elections and control our public officials.”

In the Spring of this year, the US Supreme Court passed a ruling that will allow individuals and corporations to give up to $6 million to candidates and parties in a 2 year election cycle; nearly 50 times the limit before the ruling.

Supporters for the band can join them on the steps of the Congress on July 31 (last day of summer session).

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STONE SAYS:

LISTEN TO, PURCHASE AND SUPPORT CORPRIT CONVICT! CHECK ‘EM OUT BELOW! 

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(Source: Corprit Convict)

* For more info on CORPRIT CONVICT:

Facebook: Corprit Convict

Website: http://corpritconvict.com

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LONG LIVE CORPRIT CONVICT.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

CRYSTAL VIPER – Headlining The Power Of The Night Metal Festival IX, This July 25th In Cyprus!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Marta Gabriel – vocals, guitars
Andy Wave – guitars
Tomasz ‘Golem’ Danczak – drums
Michal Badocha – bass guitar

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CRYSTAL VIPER – Poland’s True Metal Warriors, Crystal Viper, will be headlining the Power Of The Night Metal Festival IX, in Cyprus, this July 25th! Led by founder, singer and multi-instrumentalist Marta Gabriel, Crystal Viper are consistently recruiting legions of Metal fans, every day, across every continent! Lucky Cyprus! Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on the Power Of The Night Metal Festival:

Website: http://www.potn-fest.com/

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* For more info on CRYSTAL VIPER:

Facebook: Crystal Viper

Website: http://www.crystalviper.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/crystalviper

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

LONG LIVE POLAND.

LONG LIVE CYPRUS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

JUDAS PRIEST – To Appear On ROCKLINE Radio; U.S. Tour Tickets Update!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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JUDAS PRIEST – Call 1-800-334-ROCK to speak with Rob, Glenn and Richie on ROCKLINE Radio this Mon July 7th and Rob and Richie on Wed, July 9th! Both shows air at 8:30pdt/11:30edt. To find the show in your area go to: www.rocklineradio.com.

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US Tour update! A special fan presale for tickets and exclusive packages will begin on Tuesday, July 8th at 10am local time. Visit http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ for further information now!

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(Source: JUDAS PRIEST Facebook page)

* For more info on JUDAS PRIEST:

Facebook: Judas Priest

Website: http://www.JudasPriest.com/

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LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BRIMSTONE COVEN: Retro Rock/Doom Metal Sorcerers To Release Debut Via Metal Blade Records; Preview Track Posted

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Retro Rock/Doom Metal sorcerers, BRIMSTONE COVEN, will unleash the psychedelic rumblings of their self-titled full-length and inaugural release for Metal Blade Records.

Formed in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2011, BRIMSTONE COVEN churns a cogent blend of dark, smoky cult rock that echoes the eerie reverberations of hard rock icons such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram, mixed with the classic rock craftings of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, all the while preserving a vintage rock sound mixed with a style all their own. The outfit’s Metal Blade debut boasts seventeen mind-altering tracks of occult conjurings – a combo of their self-released full-length and EP — complete with new mastering and the vintage art renderings of Creighton Hill.

Described The Sludgelord of BRIMSTONE COVEN: “Coming across as Zeppelin meets ’70s Black Sabbath (the best kind), BRIMSTONE COVEN certainly have that vintage sound in spades, guitars are crisp, bass feels warm and drums played adeptly, with a looseness that only Messieurs Moon, Ward and Mitchell… are known for. Great stuff and what a voice; ‘Big John’ is quite the frontman with an endearing and rich tone… Killer.”

Brimstone Coven will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records on August 5th, 2014. In the meantime, zone out to the witchy, jam-wrangled goodness of fifth cut, “The Grave” at THIS LOCATION.

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Brimstone Coven - Track Listing:

01. Cosmic Communion

02. Behold, the Anunnaki

03. The Black Door

04. Blood On The Wall

05. The Grave

06. Lord & Master

07. Vying

08. The Seance

09. Hades Hymn

10. The Folly of Faust

11. Intro (Bonus Track)

12. We Are Forever (Bonus Track)

13. The Ancients (Bonus Track)

14. Son of the Morning (Bonus Track)

15. LoSt in the oDyssey (Bonus Track)

16. Children of the Sun (Bonus Track)

17. Outro (Bonus Track)

BRIMSTONE COVEN:

“Big John” Williams – Vocals


Corey Roth – Guitar

Andrew D’Cagna – Bass

Justin Wood – Drums

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on BRIMSTONE COVEN:

http://www.facebook.com/brimstonecoven

http://www.metalblade.com/brimstonecoven

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LONG LIVE BRIMSTONE COVEN.

LONG LIVE WEST VIRGINIA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – Announces North American Fall Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on June 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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KING DIAMOND has confirmed what has been rumored for several weeks: a full North American tour this Fall! The long-awaited trek will commence on October 11th in Atlanta and wrap up with the previously announced performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. A limited edition KING DIAMOND jacket will be available through the SHOWstubs.com fan club pre-sale, which begins today, June 24th. Tickets will be on sale online and at box offices nationwide on Friday, June 27th.

KING DIAMOND will be joined on stage by longtime band members Andy LaRocque, Mike Wead, Hal Patino, and Matt Thompson. Additionally, North American fans will bear witness to the band’s full European festival stage show. These will be the most ambitious and largest North American productions of the band’s entire history. A special guest support act for the tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

KING DIAMOND North American Tour 2014: 

10/11/2014 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA

10/13/2014 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD

10/14/2014 – Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

10/16/2014 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA

10/17/2014 – Olympia – Montreal, QC

10/18/2014 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON

10/19/2014 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA

10/21/2014 – The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL

10/22/2014 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

10/24/2014 – Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO

10/26/2014 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

10/28/2014 – The Moose Theatre – Seattle, WA

10/30/2014 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

10/31/2014 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA

11/01/2014 – House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

11/03/2014 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

11/05/2014 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX

11/06/2014 – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

Fun Fun Fun Fest

11/08/2014 Auditorium Shores – Austin, TX

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on KING DIAMOND:

Website: http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com

Facebook: King Diamond

Facebook: King Diamond & Mercyful Fate

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LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – “Angel Witch” Cover Song Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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WITCH CROSSThe Keep It True Festival is held in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. This year, a very rare CD was released at the festival only, via Skol Records, celebrating the bands that have appeared at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE festival and the festival itself. One of the festivals participants are the legendary WITCH CROSS and they appear on this CD, covering the song Angel Witch from the also legendary: Angel Witch.

The Keep It True Festival is where WITCH CROSS performed their first comeback show, back in 2012. Below you will hear WITCH CROSS cover Angel Witch in all of its True Metal glory! The band’s ultra-talented musicianship coupled with the vocals of Kev Moore are stuff that sends me into that happy place of where real Metal exists… True Metal, that is. Just a tremendous accomplishment is what WITCH CROSS has contributed to this milestone CD! Whoa!

WITCH CROSS – Cover Song Of Angel Witch Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Above: The cover art for KEEP IT TRUE – Harder Than Steel -

This CD was a very limited edition, with a run of only 500 copies! This above CD could only be purchased by attending this years KEEP IT TRUE festival. Whoa! Check out the track listing for this super rare piece of Metal history, below. Both the performers and the respective original artists are a steel solid who’s who of True Metal! Metal be thy name!

01. ATTACKER – “Fire Down Under” (RIOT)

02. PARADOX – “March Of The Saint” (ARMORED SAINT)

03. CRYSTAL VIPER – “Night Of The Demon” (DEMON)

04. WITCH CROSS – “Angel Witch” (ANGEL WITCH)

05. OSTROGOTH – “Plan Of Peace” (LETHAL)

06. JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – “Children Of The Storm” (VIRGIN STEELE)

07. SACRED STEEL – “All For One” (RAVEN)

08. NIGHT DEMON – “Axe Crazy” (JAGUAR)

09. WIZARD – “Mind Body Spirit” (VIRGIN STEELE)

10. BORROWED TIME – “Bound To Be Free” (SAVAGE GRACE)

11. SATAN’S HOST – “See You In Hell” (GRIM REAPER)

12. DEADLY BLESSING – “Notorious” (LIZZY BORDEN)

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* For more info on WITCH CROSS:

Facebook: Witch Cross

Website: http://www.witchcross.dk

* For more info on Keep It True Festival:

Facebook: KEEP IT TRUE Festival

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LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

LONG LIVE ANGEL WITCH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Shadow Kingdom Records To Reissue “The Awakening” From 80′s U.S. Metallers POWERLORD, On August 19th

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Shadow Kingdom Records have uncovered another gem from the U.S. 80′s Metal era. This time it’s a remastered reissue of The Awakening from U.S. Speed/Thrash Metal group POWERLORD, which will be released on August 19.

POWERLORD was one of those bands that popped up out of nowhere and completely fell off into obscurity. Out of all of the rare 80s US Metal diamonds, POWERLORD are arguably the very best at what they do. Their sound falls somewhere between SAVAGE GRACE and SLAYER and features professionally delivered, well written songs of the Speed/Thrash Metal variety.  The Shadow Kingdom folks re-mastered the tracks directly from the original master tapes, but since a lot of the band’s memories were lost when High Vaultage Records (an obscure German label) tried to re-issue the album, there is not much in the way of bonus, band photos, or memorabilia that could be included. Intact however is the most important thing: the music! And it sounds amazing!

The Awakening represents what 80′s Metal was all about. The potential to be a much bigger band was there. Alas, it wasn’t to be and POWERLORD was lost in the wave of thrash that spawned the likes of METALLICA. One spin of The Awakening and you too will ponder what could have been.

Stream The Awakening in its entirety, below:

More information on this and other Shadow Kingdom Records releases at this location.

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THE AWAKENING – Track Listing:

1. Masters of Death

2. Malice

3. Silent Terror

4. The Invasion of the Lords

5. Merciless Titans

6. (The Awakening) Powerlord

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

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www.shadowkingdomrecords.com

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www.facebook.com/ShadowKingdomRecords

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF POWERLORD.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

IRON MAIDEN – Are Cover Story For New Issue Of METAL HAMMER

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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IRON MAIDEN – There’s mascot Eddie, once again representing the iconic IRON MAIDEN, on the cover of Metal Hammer’s newest issue! Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson are both interviewed for this cover story! Metal be thy name! This issue will be releasing next week; in the meantime, click the link below to read more:

http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-06-20/nine-things-we-learned-from-the-new-issue-of-metal-hammer

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* For more info on IRON MAIDEN:

Facebook: Iron Maiden

Website: http://www.ironmaiden.com

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LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN.

LONG LIVE EDDIE.

LONG LIVE METAL HAMMER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BATTLECROSS – Thrash Metal Battalion Confirms Summer Headlining Tour

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

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American Thrash Metal battalion, BATTLECROSS, has confirmed a short run of Summer headlining dates with Canada’s Wacken Battle winners, Crimson Shadows, and New York’s IKILLYA. Set to commence on July 23rd in Columbus, Ohio, the short but ravaging trek will topple fourteen cities followed by an appearance at Michigan’s Dirt Fest as well as additional tour dates supporting Killswitch Engage.

Comments guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala, “We’re excited to announce our first headlining run in quite a while. It’s short but sweet, and this gives us time to write the new record this Summer. We are stoked to have our Canadian brothers, Crimson Shadows, joining us. We did a short run with those guys earlier this year and they’re a great live band and have an awesome record coming out next Fall.”

After two busy Summers on the 2012 Trespass America tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage and Trivium, the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Metallica’s Orion Festival, BATTLECROSS looks forward to some downtime prior to their South American run with Killswitch Engage when they’ll begin to compose the follow-up to their Metal Blade-released War Of Will full-length.

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Dubbed “one hell of a modern-day thrash album,” by Headbangorgtfo.com, War Of Will debuted at #134 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, #118 on the Top Current Albums chart, and #2 on the Heatseekers chart. BATTLECROSS is currently traversing Europe on a series of festival appearances including Download Festival and the Graspop Metal Meeting, plus club shows with Huntress and Lacuna Coil.

Guitarist Tony Asta says, “The past year has been very inspiring for the band and our attitude towards the writing process this time around is more confident and driven. I expect our next album to kick you in the ass harder than the last. Album number three will be a serious contender in 2015 and a defining BATTLECROSS record.”

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BATTLECROSS
w/ Crimson Shadows, IKILLYA
7/23/2014 The Basement – Columbus, OH
7/25/2014 Greene Street Club – Greensboro, NC
7/26/2014 The Bonnie Kate – Elizabethton, TN
7/27/2014 The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
7/28/2014 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
7/30/2014 Reverb – Reading, PA
7/31/2014 Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
8/01/2014 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT
8/02/2014 Bogie’s Albany, NY
8/03/2014 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON
8/04/2014 L’Agitee – Quebec City, QC
8/05/2014 Rum Runners – London, ON co-headline w/ Macabre
8/06/2014 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
8/07/2014 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
End Tour
8/08/2014 Expo 5 – Louisville, KY w/ Killswitch Engage
8/09/2014 DIRT Fest – Birch Run, MI
8/10/2014 Austin’s – Libertyville, IL w/ Killswitch Engage

“A breath of fresh air for the thrash genre, this band has a genuinely aggressive and unique sound of their own. Coupling excellent In Flames-esque melodies with top quality shredding and riffs, BATTLECROSS have produced a real winner with War Of Will.” – Kill Your Stereo

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

http://www.battlecrossmetal.com

http://www.facebook.com/battlecrossmetal

http://www.metalblade.com/battlecross

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LONG LIVE BATTLECROSS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Tridroid Records Announces Massive News: Marduk, Voivod And Others To Be Released On Cassette!

Posted in metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From Tridroid Records:

We are extremely happy to announce that we have made an arrangement with Century Media records to release the following albums on cassette:



Gorguts – From Wisdom to Hate


Marduk – Dark Endless


Morbus Chron – Sweven


Voivod – Target Earth


Unleashed – Sword Allegiance



All releases will be available in time for Cassette Store Day on Sept 27 2014. Pre-orders for all albums are currently available for $7 at the Tridroid Records Bandcamp page here: http://tridroid.bandcamp.com/

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LONG LIVE TRIDROID RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

STEEL PROPHET – “Omniscient” Coming July 8th On Cruz Del Sur Music; New Video Posted

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 10, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Cruz del Sur Music is proud to announce the July 8 release of Omniscient, the first new studio album in 10 years from originators of the U.S. Progressive Power Metal Movement: STEEL PROPHET. The band returns with their classic sound led by Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor (guitarist and founding member) and by veteran metal singer Rick Mythiasin. The recording lineup is completed by Vince Dennis (bass), Chris Schleyer (guitar), and Jimmy Schultz (drums); after the recording original drummer John Tarascio, and guitarist John Paget returned to the band together.

Omniscient is composed of 12 songs based on an original story written by Kachinsky. The idea of telling a story throughout a whole album is similar to STEEL PROPHET’s 1999 classic Dark Hallucinations, which featured the “Fahrenheit 451″ story by Ray Bradbury. Famous German Artist Timo Würz was hired to create the amazing cover artwork, and 12 original booklet illustrations to go with the lyrics and story itself.

The album also contains a 13th song, a cover of QUEEN’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which was successfully presented by the band at the 2013 edition of the Keep It True Festival in Germany; a video clip of the event will see the light shortly before the release of Omniscient. The album will be released in limited edition 36-page digibook, regular compact disc, limited gate-fold double LP and digital download.

A new video for album cut 666 is Everywhere (The Heavy Metal Blues) has just been released and can be viewed below:

Although STEEL PROPHET is not well-known for always being humorous, the whimsy of the lyrics is reflected in the video clip shot by AGENT STEEL/REDEMPTION guitarist Bernie Versailles. About the song Kachinsky says “Steel Prophet knows metal fans have a fascination with the numbers “666″. And when you’re in a metal band trying to make a living, sometimes it seems like 666 is Everywhere!”

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Omniscient – Track Listing:

Chariots of the Gods

The Tree of Knowledge

When I Remake the World (A Key Flaw)

911

Trickery of the Scourge

Through Time and Space

Aliens, Spaceships and Richard M. Nixon

Oleander Deux

666 is Everywhere (The Heavy Metal Blues)

Bohemian Rhapsody

Call of Katahdin

Funeral for Art

1984 (George Orwell is Rolling in His Grave)

Transformation Staircase

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on STEEL PROPHET:

www.facebook.com/SteelProphet

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LONG LIVE STEEL PROPHET.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Forced To Cancel This Summer’s Festivals And Headline Shows

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by the legendary Jon Schaffer, on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that ICED EARTH is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.

As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.

In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour.

However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.

Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.

As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.

Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.

Best wishes to you all,

Jon Schaffer

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* For more info on ICED EARTH:

Facebook: Iced Earth

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

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GET WELL & STAY STRONG, JON SCHAFFER.

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

ANTHRAX – ANNOUNCE TOUR REPLACEMENT FOR DRUMMER CHARLIE BENANTE

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Jon Dette will fill in for drummer Charlie Benante on the first few weeks of ANTHRAX’s 29-city European tour that kicked off May 27, in Barcelona, Spain and runs until July 12 in Balingen, Germany. Benante, who had surgery on his hand last summer and has been going for regular physical therapy up until just recently, thought he’d be back to 100% for the Carolina Rebellion and Beale Street Music Festival shows that ANTHRAX also did earlier this month.

“Playing those shows, I realized I’m just not quite there yet,” Charlie said, “especially for the schedule ANTHRAX has on these European dates. I’m hoping to join the tour for the last couple of weeks, but until then, we all appreciate that Jon can sit in for me.”

Benante plans to be drumming on ANTHRAX’s handful of North American dates later this summer that include Heavy MTL in Montreal and the MOTÖRHEAD Motorboat Cruise set for late September with MOTÖRHEAD, MEGADETH, Zakk Wylde and others. Following these dates, ANTHRAX will enter the studio to write and record their follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Worship Music, named “Metal Album of the Year” by fans and in media outlets across the globe.

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Stone notes: Jon Dette is also a former drummer of Slayer and Testament; he has also toured as a member of Iced Earth, to name just a few.

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

* For more info on ANTHRAX:

Facebook: Anthrax

http://anthrax.com

http://anthraxarmy.com

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GET WELL, CHARLIE BENANTE.

LONG LIVE ANTHRAX.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

MIKE CAMPESE – NEW CD “CHAMELEON” OUT NOW!

Posted in Guitar, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock albums, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The long-awaited eighth studio release from Mike Campese is finally here!

Mike Campese is back with a new solo release, titled Chameleon. This is Mike’s 8th solo Cd, it contains 12 new tracks and it is a little over 60 minutes. This Cd really packs a punch! If you heard Mike’s previous Cd’s you will realize that he has really honed his writing and musicianship. The first track “To the 9′s” is slamming, it’s a blistering tune with incredible melody and alone it is worth the price of the Cd. Not only is Mike a guitar virtuoso, but he does sing on a few tracks on this disc as well.

The title track “Chameleon” has some real nice haunting melodies and some nice lush vocal harmonies. There is some serious shredding on this Cd and plenty of melody as well. With the blistering guitar and the Paganini inspired section in the tune “Raise the Bow” and the multiple meter changes in the song “Pasta and Bananas” that progressive rock fans will love. Mike returns with his blues roots on the tune “She Burnt the House Down”, which has some incredible soaring leads that are in your face and some real nice vocal melodies.

Campese gets funky on this Cd as well, the tunes “Funky Monkey Man” and “Firefly in a Bottle”, feature some pretty awesome funk grooves and some nice vocal lines. If you have been following Mike’s music and career, you will know that Mike is known for his great sense of melody and melodic shredding on the guitar. A perfect example of this is the tune “Flashback”, this beautiful ballad was inspired when Mike was living in Hollywood and attending Mi. “Vegas”(playing the slots) is probably one of the most unique tunes on the Cd. When you are listening to this song, you will think you are in Vegas playing a slot machine. Now lets cross the Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian volcano inspired tune “Kilauea” erupts with some incredible guitar lines with some in your face guitars.

For the first time on any Mike Campese Cd, Mike has a very special guest, his friend and guitar legend, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. Mike and Vernon are trading off with some crazy solos at the end of the jazzy tune “Do it for the Cats” Mike is a very versatile guitarist and on each Cd he incorporates a little jazz and other styles in his music, which makes him known as a musical Chameleon. The last tune “Meant to Be” is another jazzy tune with a great groove and some very catchy melodies. Mike Campese fans are going to love this Cd and it is the one they have been waiting for.

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CHAMELEON embodies the entire essence and culmination of Mike’s years of experience as a composer, guitarist, songwriter and of course includes plenty of serious guitar shredding.

Mike’s upcoming Italy Clinics, Melodic Shred Lessons and hard-hitting progressive rock Music can be seen, heard and PURCHASED NOW here at his Official Website: http://www.mikecampese.com

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(Source: Guitarz Forever Marketing & Promotions)

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LONG LIVE MIKE CAMPESE.

LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL.

Stone.

GOD’S ARMY A.D. – Self-Titled Debut Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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GOD’S ARMY A.D. – On May 23rd, the self-titled debut album from God’s Army A.D. was released via Germany’s (great) Massacre Records. With no  religious ties to their music, God’s Army A.D. are a seasoned group of musicians that have let the world know they can play an incredible blend of Melodic, Power and Traditional Metal. That’s what my ears and Metal senses have told me, anyways. Whoa.

If you’re hankering for screaming duo guitars, articulate and soaring vocals, goose-bump inducing drumming with adrenaline fueled bass thumping, this debut from God’s Army A.D. is for you! God’s Army A.D. plays a sound that is bullseye perfect for the BIG venues, with their wide-open feel and vibes on this album. As an unexpected touch, which I really dig, God’s Army A.D. adds a whoa-o chorus, on Waiting For The Miracle. Very cool.

John A.B.C. Smith (Scanner, Gallow’s Pole, Hallowed, At Vance) on vocals is in the same class with Mark Boals, Doogie White, Göran Edman and Blaze Bayley; just a terrific singer he is. Drummer Mark Cross (Kingdom Come, Helloween, Firewind) has an envious resume as well and trust my Metal word: Mark Cross brings it on this album!

Watch and listen to the God’s Must Be Crazy music video, below! Whoa!

There is a (delicious) old school quality of Metal swirling about this album, with Coming Back To Life and Running Around In Circles igniting my Metal memories to easier Metal days. Yes, the Metal relevance is saturated within this album too, with more hooks, riffs and fired-up fret work to make any Heavy Metal loyalist dizzy with Metal glee!

Is this an album that should be  written on your Metal must list for 2014? Hell yes it is! With NO artificial sweeteners, NO ballads or fillers, God’s Army A.D. has made this middle-aged Metal knucklehead into an instant fan. This album simply makes me feel damn good. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: The World That Never Was, City Lights, Gods Must Be Crazy, Waiting For The Miracle, Hear You Scream, Coming Back To Life, Running Around In Circles, God’s Army

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John A.B.C. Smith – Vocals, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Keys

Don Amiro - Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Ian O’Sullivan -Lead/Rhythm Guitars, Vocals

Mark Cross – Drums

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Album cover artwork by ERR KARR.

* For more info on GOD’S ARMY A.D.:

Facebook: God’s Army

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Website: http://www.massacre-records.com

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LONG LIVE GOD’S ARMY A.D.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

HAMMERFALL – ‘(r)Evolution’ Cover Art, Track Listing And Release Dates Revealed

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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It’s time for (r)Evolution!

And that’s why Hammerfall’s new album will be released on August 29 (Sweden: 27.08., UK: 01.09., USA: 02.09.) via Nuclear Blast!

On July 18, 2014 the hymn-like ‘Bushido’ will be released as the first single track – digitally as well as on vinyl. The song sums up the band and its history perfectly, as in Japanese bushido means “the way of the warrior”.

Here’s the album’s track list:

1. Hector’s Hymn
2. (r)Evolution
3. Bushido
4. Live Life Loud
5. Ex Inferis
6. We Won’t Back Down
7. Winter Is Coming
8. Origins
9. Tainted Metal
10. Evil Incarnate
11. Wildfire

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HAMMERFALL

Joacim Cans – Vocals
Oscar Dronjak – Guitar & backing vocals
Pontus Norgren – Guitar & backing vocals
Fredrik Larsson – Bass guitar & backing vocals
Anders Johansson – Drums

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(Source: Nuclear Blast Europe)

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* For more info on HAMMERFALL:

Facebook: Hammerfall

Website: www.hammerfall.net

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LONG LIVE HAMMERFALL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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