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COUNTLESS SKIES – S/T EP – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in album reviews, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 30, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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3.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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COUNTLESS SKIES – This debut and self-titled EP from Hertfordshire, England’s Countless Skies was released back on November 7th of 2014. A self-released EP, Countless Skies does not hold back on creating a crisp production of layered Melodic Death Metal.

The Death Metal vocals of guitarist Ross King and clean vocals of bassist Phil Romeo work well together on this EP and compliment the overall somber atmosphere and vibes that I hear and feel. Then again, there are a good many musical moments within these songs that metamorphosis to a more neutral mood, moments which I can interpret as jubilation trying to fend off a sonic wall of melancholy; if that makes any sense. Countless Skies plays out as a mellifluous dreamscape with a Melodic Death Metal backdrop.

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Please give me some style points for trying to explain! I found this EP to be a quasi-challenge to review, regarding how I would describe it musically. Some may even interpret Countless Skies as progressive in its structure. I do recommend fans of Enslaved to Amorphis to give this band a listen and support them. I recommend Countless Skies to any Metal fan looking for a new and talented band to check out, for that matter.

Melodic Death Metal fans that are looking for the thunder of Amon Amarth be forewarned, Countless Skies are much more subtle about the power to devour. This is an EP I will definitely add to my playlist and I’m happy to spread the Metal word about. Metal be thy name – Stone

Below, listen to and support Countless Skies:

Track List: Ethereal, Penance, Everlast, Reverence

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Countless Skies:

Ross King – vocals and guitars

James Pratt – guitars

Phil Romeo – vocals and bass

Nathan Robshaw – drums

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* For more info on Countless Skies:

Facebook: Countless Skies

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LONG LIVE COUNTLESS SKIES.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ANAAL NATHRAKH “Desideratum” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Extreme Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 7, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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The eighth studio album from the UK’s Anaal Nathrakh was released back in October of 2014, via Metal Blade Records. Now, say Anaal Nathrakh ten times fast! Sometimes I get into these type of silly Metal moods. Well, let’s just say that Anaal Nathrakh will never perform live on the lame-ass Grammy Awards show. This band has carved a respectable career out of playing Extreme Metal and their latest album, Desideratum, is no stray from the Extreme path.

I really appreciate the diversity of this band, with Extreme Metal leading the way; I also enjoy fully the Power Metal style vocals that compliment the Blackened, Death and Grind vocals. Anaal Nathrakh play a buzz saw and in-your-face brand of Extreme Metal; Desideratum is so delightfully overwhelming that I nearly cry out: my brain and ears are punished, no mas!! Funny thing is, I have played this album on repeat just to take in its stunning intensity.

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L to R: David Hunt aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L and Mick Kenney

I’ve always adhered to the Metal notion that there’s a ton to be said about listening to Extreme Metal and taking in the sonic assault from Anaal Nathrakh makes me feel like I’ve punched a heavy bag when I never did; that makes me feel good inside and feeling good from any music is what matters most.

I can’t explain it, however, listening to this album has an almost mysterious addiction about it; it’s Extreme and it’s also a potent Metal statement as to how immensely memorable melodies can co-exist within the framework of an Extreme Metal album.

If you’re a fan of Abiotic, Alterbeast or The Black Dahlia Murder, (for examples), you will become an instant fan of Anaal Nathrakh. Long time fans of this brutal band should be very pleased with Desideratum; I know I’m very pleased. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on Anaal Nathrakh:

Facebook: Anaal Nathrakh

Merch: http://www.anaal-nathrakh.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ANOfficial

YouTube: www.youtube.com/anaalnathrakhtv

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LONG LIVE ANAAL NATHRAKH

LONG LIVE THE UK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ALTERBEAST “Immortal” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on February 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 METAL Fists Out Of 5!

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ALTERBEAST originate from Sacramento, California and released their debut full-length album, Immortal, back in March of 2014 via Unique Leader Records. You can call ALTERBEAST Death Metal and/or Technical Death Metal. The guitars and bass were recorded at Augmented Audio in Los Angeles, with former The Black Dahlia Murder bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams.

ALTERBEAST formed in 2011 under the working title: Gary Busey Amber Alert (GBAA). Unreal stuff. If you’re a fan of Metal that combines an extreme rhythm section with hell inspired vocals and big melodic guitars then ALTERBEAST should sonically satisfy your Metal craving. The guitars of Rusty Cornell and Andrew Lamb on Immortal are both violent and dare I say, Neo-Classical? Regardless, I absolutely love listening to these two guitarists alone.

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There is an abundance of musical substance on this album, from the lyrics to the blazing guitar solos, with the formidable rhythm section of bassist Michael Zamora and seasoned drummer Gabe Seeber holding it all together. Vocalist Cam Rogers is damn good and when I try to sing a verse along to this album it’s a total disaster. Extreme Metal singers are a breed of their own and Cam Rogers is a powerful vocalist to reckon with.

ALTERBEAST unleashed their first demo in 2012 and then officially began touring, doing numerous shows while opening for such Metal legends as Deicide, Dying Fetus, Testament, Revocation, Exhumed, Severed Savior and many others. When you open for a Metal crowd like that, it equates to Metal respect.

ALTERBEAST did create moments for the listener to catch their breath, during their sonic Death and destruction on Immortal; the sounds of (what I think are) geese can be heard as part of the outro to Mutilated Marvel. There is evil chanting that is the intro to Serpentspire. Excellent! Throne Of Maggots is the album closer and its outro is the sound of distant winds. Going backwards to the album opener, Flesh Bound Text begins with the peaceful sounds of an old 78rpm playing a strings and piano number… then ALL hell breaks loose. Love it. I look forward to great Metal things from ALTERBEAST. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Immortal – Track List: 1. Flesh Bound Text, 2. Of Decimus Divine, 3. Vile Remnants, 4. Ancient’s Retribution, 5. Mutilated Marvel, 6., Into Oblivion, 7. Serpentspire, 8. Throne Of Maggots

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* For more info on ALTERBEAST:

http://www.facebook.com/ALTERBEASTofficial

http://www.youtube.com/ALTERBEASTofficial

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Website: http://www.uniqueleader.com

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LONG LIVE ALTERBEAST.

LONG LIVE CALIFORNIA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Scott Coverdale Picks His Top Ten Hard Rock/Metal Albums Of 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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For me, 2014 came in like a bear and went out like a lamb. Each year time seems to go by faster and faster, while finding the time to put together my 2014 Top 10 list, once again, seemed like an impossible task for me. Finally, I hunkered down in my bunker and got’er done. Here is my 2014 Hard Rock/Metal Top 10 Albums Of The Year!! – Scott Coverdale

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#1

BILLY IDOL

“KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND”

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#2

JUDAS PRIEST

“REDEEMER OF SOULS” DELUXE EDITION

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#3

SHAMAN HARVEST

“SMOKIN’ HEARTS & BROKEN GUNS”

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#4

ACE FREHLEY 

“SPACE INVADER”

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#5

STORMWARRIOR

“THUNDER & STEELE”

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#6

RUBICON CROSS

“RUBICON CROSS” DELUXE EDITION

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#7

HELIX

“BASTARD OF THE BLUES”

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#8

STARSET

“TRANSMISSION”

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#9

SIXX A.M.

“MODERN VINTAGE”

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#10

RICHIE KOTZEN

“THE ESSENTIAL RICHIE KOTZEN”

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LONG LIVE HARD ROCK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Scott Coverdale.

METAL ODYSSEY’S TOP TEN METAL ALBUMS OF 2014

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2014: The Metal album releases during 2014 were abundant and fun to chase down and listen to. As with previous years, I’ve compiled a best of list for Metal albums; only this year it is a Top 10 instead of the annual Top 20. I finally decided to give myself a year off from trying to decide if a #15 Metal album was any better than a #16 Metal album. You know?

A Top 10  this year just seems so right and hopefully one or some of your favorite Metal bands/albums are featured below. These 10 Metal albums gave me the most Metal joy during 2014, standing out from the rest and I cannot be more honest than that. They’re the crème de la crème of 2014 Metal albums for my Metal soul. Of course, I highly and 100% recommend these Top Ten Metal Albums below! Thank you for visiting and supporting Metal Odyssey! Thank you to ALL the bands below for existing! Happy Metal New Year and Metal Be Thy Name! – Stone

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#10

PHANTOM 13 – OUT FOR BLOOD

PHANTOM 13 fuse Horror Punk and Horror Metal with impeccable style and sound on Out For Blood. Hail PHANTOM 13 and Ohio’s Metal underground!

You can read my full album review for Out For Blood by clicking that fabulous link below. Whoa!

PHANTOM 13 “Out For Blood” – An Album Of Horror Punk/Shock Rock Whoop-Ass!

The above link is for an original Metal Odyssey post from October 13th, 2014.

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#9

LAIKA – SOMNIA

Canada’s Metal underground is potent and one reason why is: LAIKA. This brilliant band has bestowed upon my Metal soul a non-stop sonic assault of 100% ass kicking Melodic Death Metal. Whoa.

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#8

KREYSKULL – TOWER WITCH

Definitely the most intriguing Metal album that I savored in 2014. KREYSKULL combine clean vocals with a Classic Rock meets Heavy Metal methodology and I’m digging it immensely! This album is so good, I wanna bawl with tears of Metal joy.

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#7

STORMWARRIOR – THUNDER & STEELE

STORMWARRIOR released a most memorable slab of Power Metal/Speed Metal with Thunder & Steele. An early release in 2014, I never let this CD stray too far from me all year. Read my complete album review for Thunder & Steele, by clicking that stunning link below. Whoa!

STORMWARRIOR “Thunder & Steel” – New Studio Album Is A Metal Triumph You Cannot Pass Over In 2014!

The above link is for an original Metal Odyssey post from January 8th, 2014.

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#6

TRIPTYKON – MELANA CHASMATA

The rough translation for Melana Chasmata is  “black, deep depressions/valleys” and that is absolutely the Metal sound, vibes, mood and feel that I so cherish from this second full-length TRIPTYKON album. Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and founding member Tom Gabriel Warrior is a Metal icon and rules the Metal underworld.

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#5

ELECTRIC WIZARD – TIME TO DIE

ELECTRIC WIZARD scares the Metal shit out of me and that’s what makes them so endearing to me. This evil album is Doom, Stoner and Horror that reveals the true identity of the world today… and that identity is not very kind towards humankind. ELECTRIC WIZARD have given me much Metal wisdom to ponder…

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#4

HAMMERFALL – (r)Evolution

What is possibly the best HAMMERFALL album ever, I love everything this album has to offer: soaring and triumphant vocals, dazzling guitars, a booming rhythm section and eloquent keys. HAMMERFALL has never let me down. All Hail HAMMERFALL!!

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#3

RIGOR MORTIS – SLAVES TO THE GRAVE

Legends and pioneers of Speed Metal, RIGOR MORTIS have culminated their Metal legacy with Slaves To The Grave. The late Mike Scaccia (founding member, guitarist, songwriter) is an illustrious listen and vocalist Bruce Corbitt sings with brutal Metal fervor. Don’t pay any attention to this album being #3 and just know RIGOR MORTIS and Slaves To The Grave are American Metal treasures.

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#2

METAL INQUISITOR

ULTIMA RATIO REGIS

I find Germany’s METAL INQUISITOR to be a sensational Metal band. Period. This razor-sharp Metal band has written and plays Traditional Metal in exemplary fashion on Ultima Ratio Regis. Massacre Records have a Metal gem with this band.

Read my full album review for Ultima Ratio Regis, by clicking that terrific link below. Whoa!

METAL INQUISITOR “Ultima Ratio Regis” – A True Heavy Metal Album You MUST Own!

The above link is for an original Metal Odyssey post from February 2nd, 2014.

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SABATON – HEROES

One of the greatest Metal albums I’ve ever had the honor to listen to and enjoy is SABATON’s Heroes. I realize our world needs more heroes more today than I can remember in my lifetime. SABATON celebrates a history of our War Heroes, the free world’s war heroes at that. This, I believe, is a Power Metal album for the ages.

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Above: I am not alone, SABATON Heroes was a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com during 2014!

The Ballad Of Bull chokes me up every time I listen to it. My fists get a workout as I pump them into the air when SABATON Heroes is  played. For me, vocalist Joakim Brodén has never sounded more powerful on vocals and the entire band are thoroughly at the top of their Metal game. This is victorious Metal with an undeniable passion for world freedom and I will cherish this SABATON album for the rest of my Metal life. Metal be thy name. God Bless Sweden and God Bless America. – Stone

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For more info on SABATON:

Facebook: Sabaton

Website: www.sabaton.net

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sabaton

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LONG LIVE METAL.

REST IN PEACE, MIKE SCACCIA.

IN METAL, WE ALL STAND UNITED.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

The Long-Awaited Second Album “Pain & Pleasure” By APOCRYPHAL VOICE Is Available Now!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on December 30, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Apocryphal Voice was formed in 1999 by Juhani Jokisalo after having grown out both with musical taste and ambitions from a previous more conventional Dark Metal band, where he was the bassist. Rebellion against that moment’s Finnish Metal scene also played it’s part in giving motivation.

“The Sickening” demo was recorded in late 2000 with Juhani and drummer Ville Salonen as the only band members. It contained 3 fiercely left-field Metal songs utilizing bare negative emotions. “The Sickening” found its way to the hands of label Rage of Achilles, who released it as such in 2003 as a mini-cd.

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The following full-lenght “Stilltrapped”, now leaning more towards a sort of depressive wintry Rock than black-based Metal, was self-recorded bit by bit during following years. Apocryphal Voice came to attention of Blut Aus Nord’s Vindsval who at the helm of Candlelight sublabel Appease Me, had arranged the release for “Stilltrapped” in 2007.

The following songs ultimately ended up for the “Pain & Pleasure” full-length and began being composed arranged and rehearsed painstakingly, without any hurry. The new material formed out to have more vitality than before, Death Metal influences started creeping in and the sound production was sought out to have more earthly feel. The decision to release the album via distributor/promoter Inverse Records ensured the complete independence.

Apocryphal Voice is impossible to pin down into any established genre or made to tamely serve any non-artistic usage. It is Metal music for true music lovers – those who wish to deeply explore harmonic tensions, structural narratives, and raw emotions, often discomforting ones too.

APOCRYPHAL VOICE – Megalomanic Euphoria

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Listen to whole album on: Spotify

Megalomanic Euphoria on: Youtube

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Apocryphal Voice – Contact info:

Homepage

Facebook

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LONG LIVE APOCRYPHAL VOICE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK – Release FREE Digital EP

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on December 28, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Launched on November 24th and successfully finalized within days, the crowdfunding campaign for THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK and WE ALL DIE (laughing)‘s Ausstellung limited-edition split EP was a fantastic success.

Kaotoxin is now proud to announce the immediate release of both a free digital EP from THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK, titled Noise in the Church, and its video counterpart in the form of two brand new music videos for the two live songs featured on the EP.

Mastered by R3myboy (Gojira, Ez3kiel…), Noise in the Church consists of two tracks recorded live in July 2014, in a deconsecrated church. The performance was filmed by Attic Addict. The live tracks – Salvation, off the band’s upcoming debut full-length, Blackened Vision, and The Dreamcatcher, from their 2013 debut Hand of Glory – make Noise in the Church the perfect missing link between what was and what will be.

As raw as heavy, the performance is bombastic and chaotic yet addictive and mesmerizing: Noise in the Church, both the EP and videos, is the perfect rendition of all what THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK is about! Get the FREE digital EP here!

Noise In The Church – Track List:

Salvation [live]

The Dreamcatcher [live]

Mein Gebush hat Hünger*

*bonus demo track recorded in 2009

Check Out Salvation, Below:

Check Out Dreamcatcher, Below:

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* For more info, click links below:

Website: thelumberjackfeedback.com

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Website: www.kaotoxin.com

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LONG LIVE THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK.

LOUD & LOW!

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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