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On This Day In METAL History – March 26th… From Oceano To Steven Tyler

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Golden Earring - Twilight Zone - 45rpm - cover sleeve promo pic - 1983 - MO

On March 26th, 1983Golden Earring had their hit single, Twilight Zone, sitting at #10, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Golden Earring’s 1982 studio album: Cut.

Def Leppard - 80's band publicity photo - band logo - #0326777DLMO

On this day in 1988 – The illustrious Def Leppard had their hit single, Hysteria, ranked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on Def Leppard’s fourth studio album from 1987: Hysteria. Sadly, Hysteria would be the last studio album to feature guitarist and songwriter Steve Clark. Rest in peace, Steve Clark.

Youth Gone Wild - Heavy Metal Hits of the 80s - promo cover pic - 1996 - #032696MO

On March 26th, 1996Youth Gone Wild: Heavy Metal Hits Of The ’80s, Volume 1 was released. This series of compilation albums featured enormous Heavy Metal hits of the 80’s golden era. Featured songs include: Street Of Dreams by Rainbow, The Last In Line by DIO, Ace Of Spades by Motörhead, Blind In Texas by W.A.S.P. and Balls To The Wall by Accept. There are 14 songs on Volume 1. No, Youth Gone Wild by Skid Row is not on this compilation. Go figure.

Oceano - Ascendants - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #010326MO

On this day in 2015 – The #1 Heavy Metal album on the iTunes Top Heavy Metal Albums Chart is Ascendants by Oceano. This album was released via Earache Records. Home base for Oceano is Chicago, Illinois.

Birthday balloons - nighttime - clip-art!!

Happy Birthday - promo banner - #2014BD

Steven Tyler - People Magazine - cover promo - #7767STMO26


On March 26th, 1948, Steven Tyler was born in New York. Happy Birthday, Steven Tyler! Whoa! Steven Tyler is known across the Universe as the lead singer and co-founding member of the super legendary Aerosmith. Back in 2001, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Long live Steven Tyler and Aerosmith! Metal be thy name.

Aerosmith - Classic Band Logo - B&W - #11077


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




HAMMER KING ‘Kingdom Of The Hammer King’ Coming May 5th On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, Power Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Hammer King - Kingdom Of The Hammer King - promo album cover pic - 2015

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC will release the debut album Kingdom of the Hammer King from new epic Power Metal sensation HAMMER KING on May 5th in North America!

 HAMMER KING represent the perfect, balanced heavy sound of the German Power Metal tradition, highlighted by  the right dose of epic tones. The music  moves around the figure of singer/guitarist/composer Titan Fox (ROSS THE BOSS’ singer). The line-up is completed by former SALTATIO MORTIS drummer Dolph A. Macallan, K.K. Basement on bass and Gino Wilde on guitar. All the musicians involved in this band have an aged and trained background in Metal music, as demonstrated through the masterful Kingdom of the Hammer King!

What surprises most on the album is the catchy immediacy of the compositions. Indeed, the melodies and glorious guitar solos embed and remain in the brain. “Aderlass;  blood of Sacrifice,” “Chancellor of Glory,” and the title track are a perfect examples of epic Power Metal anthems that’ll have you singing at the top of your lungs and fist-pumping for the duration. All killer, no filler; Kingdom of the Hammer King is the complete package!

Hammer King - promo band photo - 2015 - #0325HKMO

Kingdom Of The Hammer King was recorded and produced at the Greywolf Studios by POWERWOLF’s own Charles Greywolf. The cover artwork was created by German Artist Timo Würz who was able to capture with his art  the essence and power of the band. The LP version will include a bonus track “Leather Indians (of Steel).”

You can get a taste of HAMMER KING by listening to the album’s title track here:


“I like to think there is a little bit of Metal in everything Wishbone Ash does. If I were to recommend one Heavy Metal band to listen to, it would be HAMMER KING” – Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash)

“Hammer King is the real deal. Power Metal at its best!” – Ross the Boss


Kingdom Of The Hammer King – Track List:

I) Kingdom of the Hammer King
I am the King
Aderlass; The Blood of Sacrifice
Chancellor of Glory
II) I am the Hammer King
Blood Angels
Visions of A Healed World
Figure in The Black
We Are The Hammer
III) Glory to the Hammer King



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On This Day In METAL History – March 25th… From Van Halen To Saxon

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Van Halen - You Really Got Me - Atomic Punk - 45rpm cover sleeve promo - #1978VHMOTK64

On March 25th, 1978 – The amazing Van Halen had their hit single, You Really Got Me, at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This song is featured on the first studio album from Van Halen, commonly referred to as Van Halen I. Ray Davies of The Kinks originally wrote this song and it was released by The Kinks back in 1964. Whoa, man!

Saxon - classic band logo - #820325SMOBB

On this day in 1982 – The might SAXON performed at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


On March 25th, 1989Vixen had their memorable hit single, Cryin’, standing at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Cryin’ is featured on the 1988 debut and self-titled album from Vixen.

STEELHEART - logo - large!

Bulletboys - promo band photo - logo - #80SBBMO0325

Great White - large classic logo

On this day in 1991 – The great Steelheart, BulletBoys and Great White performed at the Towson Center Arena in Towson, Maryland, USA. Very cool!

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

On March 25th, 2015 – Yes, the latest studio album from Nickelback is still holding its own, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Spending 17 consecutive weeks on this chart, No Fixed Address is at #143 for this week.


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




Entropy O.A.C. Signs With Pavement Entertainment; New EP coming In April

Posted in Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , on March 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Entropy O.A.C. - promo band pic - 2015 - #0324EMO1

Midwestern Metal act Entropy O.A.C. has inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment that will see the release of the band’s newest EP, Dark Clouds and Clarity on April 21.

The band has posted a video for the track “Realm of Grey” at this location.

Entropy O.A.C. comes from the land of decrepit barns and more miles of tree lines than anyone cares to see, but this universal sometimes melodic, sometimes Metal band calls Northern Wisconsin it’s home. This intriguing, middle of nowhere group consists of singer Ben Poulin, guitarist Austin Wagner, drummer Brandon Hall, and Bassist Josh Aalto.

Entropy O.A.C. - Dark Clouds And Clarity - promo album cover pic - 2015

Track List:

Failure To Thrive
Endless Fire
Realm Of Grey


Seasoned veterans of the scene, Entropy O.A.C. has one full length record, Smiles For Stab Wounds, which the band self-financed and recorded at Pachyderm Studios where the likes of Nirvana, Mudvayne, Live and many more have done studio recording. The album was primarily engineered and mixed by Adrian Olsgard. The record saw Entropy O.A.C. praised by fans and critics alike, who referred to them as unique, yet powerfully influential. In 2011, the band returned with the What Nightmares Are Made Of EP, which eventually led to a developmental record deal with Pavement Entertainment.

The combination of years of experience and a forward-thinking vision has resulted in Etropy O.A.C’s newest and most engaging material, Dark Clouds and Clarity. The three-track EP is set for an April 21 release via Pavement Entertainment.


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UNREST ‘Grindcore’ – Out Today On Unspeakable Axe Records

Posted in grindcore, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Unrest - Grindcore - promo album cover pic - #2015UMO

The aptly titled Grindcore from Philadelphia/Brooklyn grinders UNREST is out today on Unspeakable Axe Records. Stream the album in full here

Grindcore can be purchased at: 

“UNREST gets the NASUM grind seal of approval!” – Anders Jakobson

9/10! – Decibel Magazine

If the band name doesn’t spell it out for you, the album title surely will. This is nothing but grindcore – stripped down, unpretentious, and loud. At the same time, it’s much more than that. UNREST is comprised of craftsmen from bands both familiar (WOE, TRENCHROT and those about to be (Dark Descent’s up-and-coming doom act, CRYPT SERMON).

The riff and song construction throughout this debut album is right in line from what you’d expect from a group of such capable veterans. They wear their NASUM (and by proxy, NAPALM DEATH) influence on their sleeves, but through sheer mastery of the craft elevate the material well beyond a mere tribute to old masters.


UNREST Grindcore – Track List:

1. We’re Calling You Out
2. You Take
3. Inaction
4. Quit
5. Protest Culture
6. Faith is a Hearse
7. Anything to Shock
8. Nothing (That’s all you have to give)
9. Identity in the Internet Age
10. Consumption
11. False Brotherhood
12. Drown

UNREST - promo band pic - #2015UMO0223



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FROSTHELM – ‘The Endless Winter’ Out NOW On Black Work/Alkemy Brothers

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 24, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Frosthelm - The Endless Winter - promo cover pic - 2015 - #0324FMOCH

The Endless Winter from Thrashened Black Metal unit FROSTHELM is out today on Matt Hyde’s BLACK WORK (ALKEMY BROTHERS). Stream some audio aggression and order the album at this location. The album is also available from iTunes.

“A definite Euro/cold guitar tone but with an American ‘something’ added. I hear Immortal meets The Black Dahlia Murder, and that’s something I’ve not yet heard.” Chance Garnette (Skeletonwitch)

A vile brew of Black/Thrash Metal, The Endless Winter is abundant with punishingly memorable riffs, melodic frostbitten savagery, and plague infused revulsion down to its frozen core. Guitarist Dakota L. Irwin describes the album as “bitter, dark, angry and disgusted.”

Frosthelm - promo band pic - 2015 - #0324FCHMO

Tracked at Clear Lake Recording Studios in Los Angeles during July 2014, The Endless Winter was produced and engineered by Eric Milos and Alec Schneider. Drum engineering was handled by Sir Robert Kramer at Mekoche Studios in Bismarck, ND. Mixing and mastering duties were helmed by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Skeletonwitch, Kreator). Artwork by Raymond Swanland.

The Endless Winter – Track Listing:

Glacial Eon
A Storm of Teeth
Forlorn Tides
Tomb of Sordid Ruin
Beneath Dead Horizons
Endless Winter
Hell Between Us
The Dragon
Silent and Dark, The Everlasting Sky


Critical Praise:

 “Mixing black metal along with bits of thrash and death, these guys may very well have crafted one of the best albums of the year. 10/10 – The Grim Tower

“A vicious slice of pummeling blackened thrash.”


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CROM DUBH – London Epic Black Metal Sect Releases Debut Album “Heimweh” Through Ván Records

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on March 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

CROM DUBH - promo band pic - 2015 - #0324CDMO37

Germany’s Ván Records is proud to have London-based epic Black Metal sect, CROM DUBH, a part of their ever-expanding roster, as the band’s debut full-length album Heimweh is released onto the masses.

Merging melodic yet merciless black metal with folk and post-rock influences, CROM DUBH‘s debut full-length, Heimweh (meaning homesickness), continues the narrative of the band’s 2010 EP, Deifr, in which the gathering and dissolution of a great river operated as a metaphor for the rise and fall of nations and civilizations.

Heimweh follows a similar narrative, albeit with a focus on the life of the lone individual within this tumult, following a traditional cradle-to-grave progression throughout the course of the album that runs parallel to Hesiod’s five ages of man. The album handles themes of loss, ruthlessness, nostalgia, exile, and death, thinking on the journey ahead and the way home.

CROM DUBH was formed in 2003 by M. Beonetleah (Craven Idol), S. O’Fairdehaigh (Disfago), and Xavi (El Punto Devil). A rehearsal demo was recorded in 2003, and the Damnation Upon Us demo was recorded in 2004. Ro (Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Destroyer 666) joined to record the Fallen Sons demo in 2005. Xavi and Ro left to pursue other projects, and A. Haege joined on drums. CROM DUBH recorded and released the 2010 EP, Deifr (Ground Zero), as a three-piece, before being joined by S. Vrath (Scythian, Craven Idol) and A. Von M (Scythian). A. Von M played live with the band on several occasions before leaving the band on good terms.

Recorded by J. C. Volgard (Scythian, Craven Idol) in the Summer and Autumn of 2013, CROM DUBH‘s first full-length opus Heimweh presents forty-five minutes of majestic yet menacing northern black metal with an incredible storyline to overthrow fans of Dissection, early Summoning, Taake, Drudkh, Tsjuder, Carpathian Forest and the like.

The second movement from Heimweh, “Cutting Teeth II,” has been released via Ván Records’ SoundCloud page RIGHT HERE.

Heimweh is now available on CD and LP directly through Ván Records HERE. US order links will be available shortly.

Heimweh – Track Listing:

  1. Cutting Teeth I
  2. Cutting Teeth II
  3. The Invulnerable Tide
  4. Kings I
  5. Kings II
  6. Sedition
  7. Heimweh
  8. Fathorn
  9. Sailing To Byzantium


S. O’Fairdehaigh – bass, vocals
A. Haege – drums
S. Vrath – guitars
M. Beonetleah – guitars, vocals


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