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DORO – “Strong And Proud” U.S. Tour Dates For March 2015

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Doro - Strong And Proud Tour - 2015 - promo flyer pic - USA - #33DMO

DORO will be touring the USA this March, with 11 dates confirmed. Check out the tour flyer above for dates, cities and venues. Long live DORO! Metal be thy name!

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* For more info on DORO:

Facebook: DORO

Website: http://www.doro.de

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LONG LIVE DORO.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

On This Day In METAL History – February 14th… The Valentines Day Edition!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Led Zeppelin - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #016601

On February 14th, 1975 – The prolific Led Zeppelin performed at the Nassau Coliseum, in Uniondale, Long Island, New York, USA.

Black Sabbath - Born Again - World Tour - program promo - #198384MO

Above: Black Sabbath – Born Again World Tour program

Black Sabbath - Born Again - promo album cover pic - large - #1983MO

Above: Black Sabbath – Born Again cover art

On this day in 1984Black Sabbath performed at the Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum, in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Black Sabbath was on their Born Again World Tour, supporting their eleventh studio album from 1983: Born Again. Ian Gillan was the vocalist on both the Born Again album and this tour, with Bev Bevan (of Electric Light Orchestra fame) as drummer for the Born Again World Tour. Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass) were the only two original members of Black Sabbath on this tour. Metal legends, all.

Cinderella - Nobodys Fool - promo single cover sleeve - #1986CMO

On February 14th, 1987 – Philadelphia’s Cinderella had their power ballad, Nobody’s Fool, sitting at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This hit is featured on the debut studio album from Cinderella, Night Songs, released in October of 1996. Nobody’s Fool is Cinderella’s second best-selling single, second only to their 1988 power ballad: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone).

Boston - We're Ready - promo single cover sleeve - #1987BTSMO

On this day in 1987Boston has their heavy Rockin’ single, We’re Ready, at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Written by Boston founder Tom Scholz, We’re Ready is featured on Boston’s third studio album from 1986: Third Stage.

Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer - promo single cover sleeve - #1987BJMO

On February 14th, 1987Livin’ On A Prayer from New Jersey’s Bon Jovi was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This hit is featured on the 1986 studio album from Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet. Livin’ On A Prayer was at #1 on this chart for three weeks.

Blind Guardian - Beyond The Red Mirror - promo cover pic - regular edition - #2015BGMO

On this day in 2015 – Germany’s Power Metal/Symphonic Metal warriors, Blind Guardian, debuted at #132 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with their tenth studio album: Beyond The Red Mirror.

ACDC - Back In Black - promo album cover pic - #1980

On February 14th, 2015 – The iconic studio album from AC/DC, Back In Black, moves up to #73 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The resurgence of this album is nothing short of spectacular, as it was originally released back in July of 1980. Back In Black has now spent 164 non-consecutive weeks on this chart, peaking at #4.

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

On this day in 2015Nickelback’s new studio album, No Fixed Address, is hanging tough on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, despite falling to #118. No Fixed address has spent twelve consecutive weeks on this chart, peaking at #4.

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Stone - 2011 Photo #1

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

DORO “All We Are: The Fight” EP Is – Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Doro - All We Are - The Fight EP - promo album cover pic - #2007DP

DORO All We Are: The Fight EP was released back on May 25th, 2007, via AFM Records. This tidy EP of five songs are Heavy Metal bliss to my ears and Doro Pesch is (as always) alluring on vocals. I was in the Metal mood today for DORO and this EP I listened to multiple times to satisfy my Metal spirit. I purchased this DORO EP on iTunes a few years ago and would love to eventually get my hands on the physical CD as well. You just cannot take the old school out of me, praise the Metal Gods for that.

I’m not certain if this EP was ever released on vinyl; if so, I would want the vinyl version! Whoa. The re-recording of DORO’s Heavy Metal anthem All We Are is the opener and never ceases to give me those always welcomed Metal chills. Oh, sweet molasses, yeah. All We Are was originally released on the 1987 Warlock studio album: Triumph And Agony. That said album was the fourth and final release from the great Warlock.

Doro - Publicity Photo - 2012 - #1!

Thunderspell is an outright jewel of a song; it is a Heavy Metal accomplishment in my Metal opinion and Doro Pesch is untouchable singing it. Her band is nothing short of excellent (of course) on this EP, musically lifting the powerful vocals of Doro Pesch into the Heavy Metal stratosphere! The one ballad on this EP is Everything’s Lost and it’s moving and emotionally driven, courtesy of Doro’s vocals, inspirational guitar solo and intermittent piano notes.

On My Own is a duet featuring Doro Pesch and the great Marc Storace of KROKUS fame. Call it a power ballad that Rocks my face off. ‘Nuff said. The one cover song is Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, originally recorded as a Folk song by Anne Bredon in the late 1950’s.The legendary Joan Baez later covered this song in 1963 and the iconic Led Zeppelin turned it into a classic on their 1969 debut and self-titled album. Doro Pesch makes this song her own, please excuse the cliché. Seriously, I love the way Doro Pesch approached this Rock classic, nothing is watered down and the emotion of the song remains exactly intact. Yes, it Rocks.

This EP has (the near hidden) subtitle: A Tribute to Regina Halmich. The version of the re-recorded title track All We Are was originally performed March 30th, 2006 on television in Germany, as the pump-you-up entrance song for Doro’s close friend, German boxing champion Regina Halmich. Great stuff and Metal be thy name. – Stone

Doro - All We Are - The Fight EP - promo album cover pic - #2007DP

All We Are: The Fight EP – Track Listing:

01. All We Are (re-recorded)

02. Thunderspell

03. Everything’s Lost

04. On My Own

05. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You

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* For more info on DORO:

Facbook: DORO

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE DORO.

THE QUEEN OF HEAVY METAL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “Decadent” – Album Cover Artwork, Release Dates Revealed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

UDO - Decadent - promo album cover pic - #201501

Above is the cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album Decadent. Metal be thy name!

Release dates are: Europe on January 23rd, USA on February 3rd of 2015, via AFM Records.

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AFM Records - Logo - Large!

Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Top Trumps – “Rock Gods” Themed Card Game Releases On December 8th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Planet Rock - Top Trumps - Rock Gods - trading cards - promo pic - 2014 - #1116

Here’s a very cool Christmas stocking stuffer or flat-out surprise holiday gift, for the Metalhead and/or Rockaholic in your life! Whoa! Read on…

30 classic bands and artists battle it out across 6 categories in the traditional Top Trumps themed card game, including the likes of: Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, KISS, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Free and many more.

Here is the definitive list of all artists and bands in the inaugural “Rock Gods” Top Trumps:

Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Metallica, The Who, Queen, David Bowie, KISS, Motörhead, Thin Lizzy, Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Yes, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Free, Status Quo, Rory Gallagher, Cream, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake, Heart and Nirvana.

Top Trumps - Rock Gods - Iron Maiden - December - 2014 - promo pic

Will the Rolling Stones have had more UK No.1 albums than Led Zeppelin?

Have Nirvana had a higher placed UK single than Def Leppard?

Over the years have Whitesnake had more members than Heart?

Have Metallica sold more worldwide albums than Iron Maiden?

Who have been going longer Judas Priest or Kiss?

You will find the answer to these and many more match ups when the classic card game is released in December.

The perfect Christmas present stocking filler for everyone you ever met is released on Monday December 8th, with a reduced pre-sale price (including free delivery) of £5 available now.

On general release Monday December 8th and available here to pre-order now:

http://rocktrumps.bigcartel.com/product/top-trumps-rock-gods

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* For Top Trumps USA info:

Website: http://www.toptrumps.us

Website: http://www.toptrumps.com/usa/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE ROCK N’ ROLL.

Stone.

Scorpions – Audio Fidelity Records To Release Scorpions “Blackout” On Limited Edition Numbered Hybrid SACD

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Scorpions - Blackout - Audio Fidelity - Hybrid SACD - promo cover pic - 2014

Camarillo, CA – Rock fans worldwide rejoice! Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing rock legends Scorpions most successful album “Blackout” on limited edition numbered hybrid SACD! “Blackout”, their eighth studio album, is Scorpions at their peak… it is the band’s 1982 break-through album that made them global superstars. Every song is a gem and this album contains a splendid balance of pop/rock, power ballads and catchy hard rock. Scorpions dish-out fist-poundin’ anthems like the top ten hit “No One Like You” then turn around and offer the soul-stirring ballad “When the Smoke is Going Down”.

Klaus Meine is a singer who knows how to wring the last ounce of impact from each song.The band sounds great as highlighted by the fast-paced performances of guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs. Herman Rarebell and Francis Buchholz add a tight and powerful drum and bass bottom.”Blackout” is the band’s most solid and rockin’ album. Dieter Dierks production is immaculate. A self-portrait of artist Gottfried Helnwein is featured on the cover of the album.

” ‘Blackout’ just flat-out kicks butt and is one of the most highly anticipated releases in our history.” – Marshall Blonstein, Audio Fidelity President

Tracks:

  1. Blackout
  2. Can’t Live Without You
  3. No One Like You
  4. You Give Me All I Need
  5. Now!
  6. Dynamite
  7. Arizona
  8. China White
  9. When The Smoke Is Going Down

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Production:

Dieter Dierks – producer, engineer

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/scorpions-blackout

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Source: Glass Onyon PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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

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

Mausoleum Gate - promo debut album cover pic

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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

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

Mausoleum Gate - promo band pic - 2014 - #77Classic

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

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

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

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

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:

1. Magic Of The Gypsy Queen

2. Demon Droid

3. Lost Beyond The Sun

4. Mercenaries Of Steel

5. There Must Be Demons

6. Mausoleum Gate

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MAUSOLEUM GATE:

V.-P Varpula- vocals

Count L.F. – guitars

Kasperi Puranen – guitars

Wicked Ischanius – bass

Oscar Razanez- drums

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* For more info on MAUSOLEUM GATE:

Facebook: Mausoleum Gate

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE MAUSOLEUM GATE.

Stone.

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