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OAK – S/T Debut EP Is: Metal Odyssey’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 14, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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OAK – This very cool band known as Oak are not your run-of-the-mill Stoner Rock meets Desert Rock outfit. Oak have absolutely entertained my brain with their self-titled debut EP. This four song EP was released back on November 15th of 2015. I fell for the grooves, the fuzz, the vocals, the bold riffage and sincerity of Oak from the very first listen. To me, Oak should be able to satisfy a vast majority of fans from 70’s Black Sabbath to The Sword, with Masters Of Reality in-between. Dig it.

Andrew Wisbey has damn strong vocals and I admire his ability to channel a touch of Ozzy Osbourne, Glenn Danzig and Rob Zombie. Andrew is an original, however. Hell yes, he is. Kevin Germain on guitar is happening, man! I love his post-psychedelic 70’s guitar tones and his monster licks; all which occur on each song.

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Photo Credit: Renatha Bianchi

Scott Masson on bass and Rob Emms on drums are two more reasons why their EP sounds so damn good. Nothing fancy, just straight-up, in-your-face with heavy beats this rhythm section serves up. I like to call Oak an underground, old-school Stoner Hard Rock band; hell, that’s what my ears and brain tells me anyways. Now go get yourself some Oak, below. Whoa.

OAK Band Bio:

Formed in the summer of 2015, London-based fuzz-heads Oak combine the bluesy groove of early British Rock acts like Cream with the spaced out Desert Rock of Kyuss and the aggression of Hardcore Punk Rock.

Their brand new self-titled EP was recorded completely live (withstanding a couple of vocal and guitar overdubs) in the space of 24 hours, using vintage gear and microphones to capture the raw sound of the bands they idolize.

Fronted by bearded mad-man Andy Valliant, Oak are itching to unleash their pummeling live show upon the British Stoner/Doom scene in the new year.


For more info on OAK:

Facebook: Oak





Canada’s VALYRIA Release “Steel Inquisition” Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 13, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Canadian Progressive/Melodic Death Metallers VALYRIA have released new single Steel Inquisition. The single follows 2014 debut album Collatus and can be purchased and/or streamed at or below:

Steel Inquisition is also streaming on YouTube at this location.

Hailing from the northern lands of Alberta, VALYRIA has crafted a unique brand of power-infused Progressive Death Metal. Influenced by bands like WINTERSUN, THE FACELESS, and DRAGONFORCE, VALYRIA seeks to explore new sonic terrain with technical drums, inspiring keyboards, and engaging guitar work. Coupled with memorable lyrics based on film, literature, and history, VALYRIA‘s music is a blistering and exhilarating listening experience whether live or in your headphones.

In other news, VALYRIA is proud to be competing in the Prairies stage of Wacken Metal Battle Canada. See them live in Edmonton on March 20!

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Source: ClawHammer PR

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For more info on VALYRIA:

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Swedish Death Dealers INTERMENT Releasing “Scent of the Buried” On Dark Descent, April 1st

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 11, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Swedish chainsaw-cadavers INTERMENT once again unravel the hellish mausoleum with the group’s latest scorcher Scent Of The Buried! The band’s sophomore album will be released April 1st, on Dark Descent Records.

Six years and a few line-up changes later, INTERMENT came back more savage than ever at the peak of the current Swedish Death Metal scene, with hints of the band showing maturity and dynamism, while without ever losing their integrity as a no-holds-barred primal beast. In murderous HM-2 SweDeathmachine we trust.

Recorded and mixed by the legendary Tomas Skogsberg at Sunlight Studio, Stockholm (Nihilist, Entombed, Dismember, Grave, Desultory, etc) and mastering duties handled by Demonical frontman Sverker ‘Widda’ Widgren at Wing Studios (Diabolical, Demonical, Centinex, Nidsang, Setherial, etc). Featuring the extremely frightful artwork of Juanjo Castellano (Portrait, Revel In Flesh, Avulsed, etc).

Track List:

1. Death and Decay
2. Sinister Incantation
3. Chalice of Death
4. Repugnant Funeral
5. Scent of The Buried
6. Rise of The Dead
7. Unholy Upheaval
8. Dawn of Blasphemy
9. Skullcrushing Carnage
10. Nailed to the Grave

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Source: ClawHammer PR

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* For more info:

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THUNDERSTONE “Apocalypse Again” – New Studio Album Releases On April 1st, 2016, via AFM Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on February 10, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the THUNDERSTONE Facebook:

THUNDERSTONErs! This is it! Our sixth studio album, APOCALYPSE AGAIN is now available for pre-order! The explosive cover art was designed by the mighty Thomas Ewerhard, who also worked with us on the first three albums. We’ve got nine new songs for you, ranging from fast sing along choruses to heavier stuff, and everything in between. The release date for the album is 1 April 2016, and the single THE PATH and an accompanying video will be released on 10 February 2016. Go get your copy now!

Track List:
1.Veterans Of The Apocalypse
2.The Path
3.Fire And Ice
4.Through The Pain
5.Walk Away Free
8.Days Of Our Lives
9.Barren Land



Pasi Rantanen – Vocals

Nino Laurenne – Guitar

Titus Hjelm – Bass

Jukka Karinen – Keyboards

Atte Palokangas – Drums

THUNDERSTONE are from Finland.



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On This Day In METAL History – February 9th… From DEEP PURPLE To ABBATH

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 9, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On January 9th, 1985 – The great DEEP PURPLE peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, with their studio album Perfect Strangers. This was DEEP PURPLE‘s first album with their Mark II lineup in eleven years. Perfect Strangers went on to sell Platinum in the United States.

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Above: IRON MAIDEN (circa 1996) – From L to R: Dave Murray (guitar), Steve Harris (bass), Blaze Bayley (vocals), Janick Gers (guitar) and Nicko McBrain (drums).

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On February 9th, 1996 – The masterful IRON MAIDEN performed at Auditorium de Verdun in Montreal, QC, Canada. This date was on The X Factour, with Blaze Bayley as lead singer of IRON MAIDEN. Whoa.

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Above: ABBATH – L to R are King (bass), ABBATH (vocals & guitar) and Creature (drums)

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On February 9th, 2016 – The debut studio album from ABBATH is ranked at #46, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. HAIL ABBATH!!

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On February 9th, 2016 – The new studio EP from Belgium’s ABORTED, Termination Redux, is ranked at #70, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Freaking hell and yeah!


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ONSLAUGHT “Live At The Slaughterhouse” – Releases On February 26, 2016, via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


ONSLAUGHT ‘Live At The Slaughterhouse’ – The crushing new live DVD filmed during the 2014 UK O2 Academy ‘Thrash Assault’ tour is now available to pre-order online and at your local record shops!

Official worldwide release is on February 26th, 2016.

“Live At The Slaughterhouse” DVD/CD track listing:

01. The Sound Of Violence
02. Killing Peace
03. Chaos Is King
04. Let There Be Death
05. Children Of The Sand
06. Rest In Pieces
07. 66 Fucking 6
08. Destroyer Of Worlds
09. In Search Of Sanity
10. Fight With The Beast
11. Metal Forces
12. Onslaught (Power From Hell)
13. Thermonuclear Devastation



Sy Keeler – vocals
Nige Rockett – guitar
Jeff Williams – bass
Iain GT Davies – guitar
Mic Hourihan – drums

Facebook: Onslaught official


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IRON MAIDEN – To Perform 2 Concerts In Tokyo, Japan This April

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on February 6, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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The super legendary IRON MAIDEN will play 2 nights at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan on April 20th and 21st.

Tickets go on general sale on March 12th.

For more info, click on the link below:


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