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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

Billy Idol - Kings & Queens Of The Underground - promo cover pic - #2014BIMO

#1

BILLY IDOL

“KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND”

Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls - promo cover pic - #2014JPMO

#2

JUDAS PRIEST

“REDEEMER OF SOULS” DELUXE EDITION

Shaman Harvest - Smokin Hearts & Broken Guns - promo cover pic - #2014SCMO

#3

SHAMAN HARVEST

“SMOKIN’ HEARTS & BROKEN GUNS”

Ace Frehley - Space Invader - Promo cover pic - #2014AFMO

#4

ACE FREHLEY 

“SPACE INVADER”

Stormwarrior - Thunder & Steel - promo cover pic - 2014

#5

STORMWARRIOR

“THUNDER & STEELE”

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#6

RUBICON CROSS

“RUBICON CROSS” DELUXE EDITION

Helix - Bastard Of The Blues - promo cover pic - #2015HBMO

#7

HELIX

“BASTARD OF THE BLUES”

Starset - Transmission - promo cover pic - #2014SSMO

#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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MetalOdyssey

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

Phantom 13 - Out For Blood - promo cover pic - 2014

#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.

Laika - Somnia - promo cover pic - 2014

#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.

Stormwarrior - Thunder & Steel - promo cover pic - 2014

#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.

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata - promo cover pic - 2014

#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.

Electric Wizard - Time To Die - promo cover pic - 2014

#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…

Hammerfall - Revolution - promo album cover pic - #2014HM

#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.

Metal Inquisitor - Ultima Ratio Regis - promo album cover pic - #2014 - #02M

#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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#1

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.

SABATON - Heroes - Amazon - #1 - 2014

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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http://inverse.fi/wordpress2/sample-page/apocryphal-voice

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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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* For more info, click links below:

Website: thelumberjackfeedback.com

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Website: www.kaotoxin.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LUMBERJACK FEEDBACK.

LOUD & LOW!

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

FREE MUSIC: Irish Tech Metallers VILE REGRESSION Release ‘Empires’

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Vile Regression - Free Music - Empires - album promo flyer - 2014

Yes, you did read it right, Irish tech metallers Vile Regression have just announced the release of their brand new record ‘Empires’ and it’s free for all.

Guitarist Brian Brady comments: “We’ve been blown away by the positive feedback we have received from the online metal community and printed metal press for ‘Empires’. The reviews have been incredibly positive and at this stage we want as many people to hear the record as possible! On top of this, the EP has already become available to download on various blogs and torrent sites, so rather than metal fans downloading a poor quality version, we want them to be able to download a full quality release of ‘Empires’, along with the artwork, lyrics and be able to share the download link with their friends. We hope people will enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it and look forward to seeing many of you on the road in 2015. Happy Christmas from Vile Regression!”

Praise For Vile Regression:

“…progressive death metal that easily sits alongside the output from most of today’s big extreme metal names.” – Metal Hammer

“The talent coming out of Ireland has been nothing short of staggering, and this Dublin-based crew are up there with the best of them.” – Zero Tolerance

“Another blistering metal band from the Emerald Isle that could have a big future.” – Powerplay Magazine

DOWNLOAD ‘EMPIRES’ HERE

Vile Regression - Empires - EP - promo cover pic - 2014VR

‘Empires’ Track Listing:

1) Tides

2) Raze The Complexity

3) Dream Of The Red Chamber

4) Thought Replication

5) The Abstract

6) Down To A Sunless Sea

7) The Empyrean Divide

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ABOUT VILE REGRESSION:

Formed from the ashes of Irish extreme metal outfit Vistor Q; Vile Regression hit the scene in 2010 and released their debut record ‘The Pattern Evolves’ in 2011, via Casket Music.

After sharing stages with prolific heavyweights such as Dyscarnate, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Unearth, Vile Regression built a reputation as a tight and energetic new addition to the extreme metal underground and 2013 saw the band head back to the studio to record a new installment… ‘Empires’.

‘Empires’ was recorded at Trackmix Studio in Dublin, Ireland with producer Michael Richards and features 7 tracks of extreme metal; technical, yet not technical for the sake of it; with songs that would bode well on the ears of those with a penchant for progressive metal on the darker and heavier end. The record was officially released on July 21st, 2014.

Check out ‘The Empyrean Divide’ (Playthrough Video):

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(Source: Future PR)

* For more info on VILE REGRESSION:

www.facebook.com/vileregression

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE VILE REGRESSION.

LONG LIVE IRELAND.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

NERVOCHAOS “The Art of Vengeance” Is Out Now On Greyhaze Records / Decibel Streaming Album

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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The Art of Vengeance from Brazilian old school death-thrashers NERVOCHAOS is now available worldwide on Greyhaze RecordsDecibel has offered up the complete album stream for your listening pleasure at: http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/full-album-stream-nervochaos/

Order The Art of Vengeance at this location. 

The band’s most varied and devastating release to date, The Art of Vengeance blends elements of traditional death, bone crushing doom, punk and thrash for results that are both destructive and addicting. The first pressing of the album also includes a bonus DVD featuring a documentation of the band’s latest tour.

Critical Praise:

“Old school death metal and thrash from Brazil, where you’ll still get your ass kicked sideways for being a poseur.” – Decibel

“Brazilian Death Metal Kings” 10/10 – Metal-Temple

“A well-rounded expression of brutality which is at once instant to the ears and yet always bruising.” – Metal Forces Magazine

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The Art Of Vengeance – Track List:

The Harvest

For Passion Not Fashion

The Devil’s Work

Betrayed

From Below and Not Above

Blood Ritual

Rotten Moralismo

Shadows of Destruction

Ghost of the Past

What is Dead May Never Die

The Legacy is Pain

Lightless

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About NERVOCHAOS:

Fed-up with the entire trend flooding the scene, NERVOCHAOS was formed in mid-1996, with the idea of creating aggressive and chaotic music, shredding the barriers of Death Metal and Hardcore. The band gained cult status in the extreme music scene due to their hard work over the past years, offering a sonic extravaganza in their unique way. Their demo-tapes have become collector’s items in the underground, supporting their regular releases.

The band is not afraid of touring or performing live. They did many tours around Europe, South America; and shared the stage with several acts such as VENOM, POSSESSED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KREATOR, BIOHAZARD, AGNOSTIC FRONT, CARCASS, NAPALM DEATH, DISMEMBER, D.R.I., MAYHEM, THE EXPLOITED and many more to list.

After 18 years of churning out some of the most furious and vehement Metal the South American underground has experienced, NERVOCHAOS is back with The Art of Vengeance. The band’s sixth studio album, The Art of Vengeance is poised to be a standout album of 2014.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

www.nervochaos.com.br

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www.greyhazerecords.com

www.facebook.com/greyhazerecords

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LONG LIVE NERVOCHAOS.

LONG LIVE BRAZIL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

HELLION – 2014 Recap and 2015 Updates, Courtesy Of Ann Boleyn

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From the Hellion Headquarters newsletter:

Hi Friends,

Sorry for the delay in posting news.  It’s been a crazy few weeks ever since returning from tour!

As, many of you know, in addition to being the singer of Hellion, and of running New Renaissance, I am also an attorney. I was back to work, and in court on the following Monday after the tour.  However, a lot of work has now paid off with the successful resolution of a major case. Now its time to get back to working on more creative endeavors and on planning for a great 2015.

In between all of that, Hellion released our first official video in over a decade. The video is of our new song, Betrayer, and includes fan-filmed video from our shows in Toronto, Los Angeles, Boise, Seattle, and a few more cities.  If you haven’t already seen it, check it out here. (Or below):

Maxxxwell Carlisle, Simon Wright, and myself are already writing new music. I will also be singing a cover-version of a Scorpions song on Max’s new solo CD. I will be recording the vocal track for that in the next week or two.

Hellion also recorded the shows from the recent Hellion tour. So, over the holidays, we will be mixing those tracks and will eventually release them on a live CD.

As far as live shows, Hellion will be playing May 9, 2015 at the Arcadia Theater in St. Charles, IL with Y&T and Quiet Riot. More US shows will be added, too in 2015.   We will also be doing shows in Europe and the UK. In fact, we have bookings now through 2016.  Due to our contracts with some of the promoters, I can’t announce some of the shows until the promoters officially announce them.

2014 has been a very productive year. We released two new CDs:  (1) Hellion’s “To Hellion & Back” 2-CD anthology; and, (2) “Karma’s A Bitch.”  Both CDs are available at all major outlets.  We did our first tour in North America, as well.

Both myself and the band have a lot in store for 2015. We will be releasing our first vinyl releases in over a decade soon (in limited edition). We will have a new live album, some more re-releases, and of course new music for you, too.

I am also going to start work on a book. The book will be entitled “The Art of Singing Loud.” The book will focus on the unique challenges that are faced by singers of hard rock, thrash, metal, punk, etc. An important part of this book will include interviews from well-respected singers, I have already received commitments from a number of great singers and will be announcing more details in the coming weeks.

I will give everybody more updates, soon.  Meanwhile, please make sure you are on the Hellion mailing list so you don’t miss out!

And, don’t miss out on our awesome sale in the Hellion Store, too.  We’ve put together some killer fan bundles with limited edition tour merchandise. And, as an added bonus, we will be adding some special gifts with each order.

Best Witches,

Ann Boleyn

On Behalf of Hellion

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE HELLION.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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