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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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LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

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THE NEW BLACK “A Monster’s Life” – Releasing On February 26th, 2016, via AFM Records

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

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From AFM Records:

“This time for real.” Everybody’s using this phrase generously, nobody really means it, but it sounds good. Not for The New Black, though. When a band like this is saying “this time for real”, it comes from a bunch of musicians that released three records since 2009, that played Wacken and Rock am Ring and that shared stages with the likes of AC/DC, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. So what that hell has not been “for real“ before?

So this time for real. For these Heavy Rockers it means: Working their asses off with a real producer in a real studio. Harder than ever. “We’ve reached a limit after self-producing our first three albums,” guitarist Christof Leim explains. “At some point you just go in circles, sound wise and with the songwriting.” The New Black however did not ask just any producer for the sake of it. They recorded with Danish icon Jacob Hansen, a proven master of kick ass Rock, the guy Volbeat committed to ever since their first album. Naturally, The New Black and a producer like that get along like a house on fire. Working on the album together in The New Black’s hometown Würzburg and in the Danish city of Ribe is what rocketed the band onto an entirely new level. “The cooporation was totally worth it,” main songwriter Fabian Schwarz agrees. “They’re still our songs, but they’re better and they sound better, too. At some point, you lose focus, you are too close. Some tracks are two years in the making or have been played live already which makes you focus on your own parts naturally. That’s why even the biggest bands work with producers.” Now, also The New Black did, in order to get that important outside perspective.

The results? They jump right at you. “A Monster’s Life” sounds like an album should sound that starts off with a smasher called “Long Time Coming”. As if the three years since the last record steered the band to this singular point. The New Black are still The New Black. Only much bigger. The trinity of heaviness, melody and groove has new kings, the songs are built to last and highly explosive, the production is massive on an international level. Hansen neither gave the band a typical Metal edge nor a classic Hard Rock sound, but chose to take the middle way. The nonchalant, too-cool-for-school Heavy Rock kick in the ass is still in full effect. The music has just put on a new black shining leather jacket, if you will – and still works fine with a few cans of beer.

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“Ten tracks, no bullshit, no dead weights”, vocalist Fludid sums up the fourth album’s fundament. By now, The New Black can offer more than enough unique bravado to fearlessly step into any ring. Said opener “Long Time Coming” is self-confidently sowing the fields of Heavy Rock with enthusiastic uptempo riffing and a boldly anthemic chorus, “Blockbuster Life” convinces with breakneck speed and gang shouts. “With A Grin” is stomping through town like a monster only to erupt into a capital XXL chorus before the atmospheric “Send In The Clowns” throws in some epic hooks. Talking about epic: “That’s Your Poison, Not Mine” delivers a chorus written for stadiums. Seriously. In the loose rocking “Dead In The Water”, The New Black even sing about all those who claim that the band won‘t go anywhere anyway – and how much fun the five-piece has regardless.

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The New Black put all their hearts as well as an incredible amount of time and energy into this record. They went for broke, all in – and now they reap what they sowed. Aside the enviable thick guitar sound and the ballsy drums, Hansen‘s production is predominantly highlighting Fludid’s impressive vocals. “He’s our trump card anyway”, bass player Günt Auschrat and drummer Chris Weiß add with quite some understatement. This time around, they have more than one trick up their sleeves. Just like the huge lizard on the album cover that can’t wait to trample down Tokyo, “A Monster’s Life” will gather momentum and will shake our floors – on the record as well as on their tour early 2016. This time for real indeed.

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THE NEW BLACK:

Fludid – Vocals

Christof Leim – Guitars

Fabian Schwarz – Guitars

Günt Auschrat – Bass

Chris Weiß – Drums

Facebook: THE NEW BLACK

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LONG LIVE THE NEW BLACK.

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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

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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

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ONSLAUGHT:

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

Facebook: Onslaught official

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LONG LIVE ONSLAUGHT.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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THE LAST VEGAS “Eat Me” – Releasing On March 18th, 2016, via AFM Records

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on February 7, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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From AFM Records:

“Eat Me” is a mash-up of full-tilt boogie Rock, droney Zeppelin-esque riffs, and alt-psychedelic acoustic ballads. Equal part American bluesy riffs and Swedish production technique, the album balances grit & polish.

“This is truly an American hybrid album” quotes guitarist Adam Arling. “Some may call it ‘rock’, however its more ‘pop trash’. There’s even a song entitled “Hot Fudge” w/ a nasty Moog riff just waiting to rule a dance floor. It’s ridiculous”.

“Eat Me” was recorded in near lightning pace, in advance of singer Chad Cherry‘s relocation to Los Angeles over the summer.

“I was over in Sweden on a reality TV show for 2 months, when the guys decided to do another album. We had less than 3 weeks to write songs, rehearse, then schedule recording before Chad split.” quotes drummer Nathan Arling. “We wanted to capture the energy of a tight deadline and approach the material without looking back or over-thinking anything”.

The Last Vegas tracked “Eat Me” at Johnny K’s hit-making Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, a spot familiar to the band where they recorded critically acclaimed ‘Bad Decisions’ and 2013’s ‘Sweet Salvation’.

The fast pace worked to the band’s favor; as they adopted a “first-thought, best-thought, only thought” approach.

“We gathered some favorite demos lying around, added a few fresh ideas and rehearsed the hell out of the songs for about 8 days” says singer Chad Cherry. “We were tracking vocals up through the night I left for LA. We recorded like 12 songs in about 11 hours at Groovemaster, and it felt like we were making our first album again. It was awesome”.

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The Last Vegas initially decided to self-produce ‘Eat Me’, after working with some industry heavyweights (2010’s ‘Whatever Gets You Off’-Nikki Sixx; 2012’s ‘Bad Decisions’-Johnny K; 2013’s ‘Sweet Salvation’-Roy Z).

And luckily TLV’s vision was perfectly complimented by a musical contact Nathan Arling came across while in Sweden filming the ‘Allt For Sverige’ TV series; Engineer/Producer Chris Laney. Mr. Laney mixed the album “Eat Me” in Stockholm, Sweden, song by song, as The Last Vegas fed him sessions built-in Chicago at the TLV studio space.

“We chipped away at each track’s session, layering guitars, Moog synths, bongos, bells, wind chimes, and even an old-school talk-box” says guitarist Bryan Wilkinson who makes his debut on “Eat Me”. “Chris’s mixes just kept blowing us away. Chris asked if he could go crazy in the mixes, and we demanded he do so.”

“Eat Me” is the first time The Last Vegas have collaborated with a European production team (Sweden’s Grammy-nominated Classe Persson is mastering). Being long-time fans of Scandinavian rock production and influenced by records from The Hellacopters, Turbonegro, Nomads and more, The Last Vegas were thrilled with a new approach in making an modern-day album; and the results of the inter-continental experiment.

“There’s a lot of feeling in this record. It’s fascinating what you can express musically when you record songs quickly, never second-guessing your gut instinct. We found the soul in Rock’n’Roll; from both Chicago and Stockholm” says Adam Arling. “But let’s not get too serious, I mean the album is called “Eat Me” after all. Catch you on tour in 2016.”

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THE LAST VEGAS:

Chad Cherry – lead vocals

Adam Arling – guitar

Nathan Arling – drums

Bryan Wilkinson – guitar

Danny Smash – bass

Facebook: the LAST VEGAS

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LONG LIVE THE LAST VEGAS.

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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:

http://www.ironmaiden.com

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LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN.

Stone.

RAGEHAMMER – Signs to Pagan Records

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

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Pagan Records is proud to announce the signing of Cracovian act Ragehammer for their debut full-length. Established in 2012, the quartet has already made a lot of noise due to their uncompromising take on old-school Thrash, Black and Speed Metal.

Their War Hawks demo (2012) received plenty of positive reviews and currently the band is putting the final touches on their debut full-length, entitled The Hammer Doctrine. The album will be released this Spring through Pagan Records and will be followed up by a 7-inch vinyl split with Sweden’s Turbocharged through Godz ov War/Mythrone Promotion.

Listen to War Hawks demo:

https://youtu.be/_CXsoXKsBjk

Watch Ragehammer live:

https://youtu.be/e5YKu85NKYo

RAGEHAMMER:

Corpsebutcher – Bass
Mortar – Drums
Bestial Avenger – Guitars
Heretik Hellstörm – Vocals

Critical Praise:

“…one can find some traces of some recent Darkthrone albums, plus a bit of Nifelheim or even Absu (why not?), so anything that can have any signs of pure, old styled and archaic metal – be it Black, Thrash or Heavy Metal… Oh, sorry, but have I mentioned Venom?” – Panzerfaust Zine

“…the band goes at breakneck speed, making War Hawks one hell of an album to headbang or mosh to.” – Heavy Metal Tribune

“War Hawks is a decent demo likely to appeal to fans of Cruel Force, Deathhammer, and even Nifelheim, so if you’re a dedicated follower of this style, don’t miss out.” – From The Dust Returned

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Source: Dewar PR

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LONG LIVE RAGEHAMMER.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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On This Day In METAL History – February 5th… From SLADE To DROWNING POOL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, movies, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On February 5th, 1972 – Glam Rock/Hard Rock pioneers SLADE had their huge single, Look Wot You Dun, ranked at #1 in the UK. Whoa and whoa again! By the way, this SLADE song is very, very cool.

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On this day in KISSTORY – February 5, 2002 – The sensational ‪‎KISS kicked off the New York City Fashion Week with a rockin’ performance at the Lane Bryant Fashion Show. The band performed Shout it Out Loud, Lick it Up, Love Gun, God of Thunder and Rock and Roll All Nite. Yup.

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On February 5th, 2016 – The newly released studio album from DROWNING POOL is ranked at #1, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album has a most Metal appropriate title too: Hellelujah.

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On February 5th, 2016MEGADETH’s fifth studio album from 1992, Countdown To Extinction, is ranked at #26, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. The Earth begins to rumble…

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BONUS HISTORICAL FACT!

On February 5th, 1919:

United Artists Was Created! Read all about it with link below:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-artists-created

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LONG LIVE THE ROOTS & FAMILY TREE OF METAL.

Stone.

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