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On This Day In METAL History – April 26th… From MACHINE HEAD To HALESTORM

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

Discografía Van Halen – 5150 (1986)

On April 26th, 1986Van Halen reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for the first time with their seventh studio album: 5150. This was Van Halen’s (or Van Hagar, if you like) first album with the dynamic Sammy Hagar as their vocalist. 5150 spent three weeks on top of this chart. By the way, this 5150 album stirs up some really cool and good-times memories for me! Whoa.

Judas Priest -

On this day in 1986 – Metal legends Judas Priest peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with their tenth studio album: Turbo. This album went on to sell one million (plus) copies in the United States, alone. By the way, this is my least favorite Judas Priest album and yet I do “like” it. The song Parental Guidance is featured on Turbo and it is one of the lamest Judas Priest songs ever recorded, in my Metal opinion. The title track is just plain strange. Whatever.

Halestorm - The Wild Life - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #HMO0526

On April 26th, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s very own Hard Rock ambassadors, HALESTORM, have their third studio album, Into The Wild Life, debuting at #5, on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Congratulations, HALESTORM! Yeah!

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits large promo album pic!

On this day in 2015Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits makes a return to the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, ranked at #151. This fantastic compilation of Aerosmith hits was originally released back in 1980, spending 44 non-consecutive weeks on this chart and peaking at #43. Folks, this album has spanned 4 decades of being a hot seller! Did someone say, timeless Hard Rock? Whoa and holy Metal!!

Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds - promo cover pic - 2014

On April 26th, 2015 – The eighth studio album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, from the mighty MACHINE HEAD, is ranked at #33, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. MACHINE HEAD kicks METAL ass like there’s no tomorrow, on this album, by the way. If you don’t own this MACHINE HEAD album, you are a closet Bay City Rollers fan. Whoa!


Stone - 2011 Photo #1




AUTHOR & PUNISHER – One-Man Industrial Doom Unit To Kick Off US Tour; Trek Includes Stop At Stump Fest + Psycho California

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


Following a recent march through Europe alongside Atari Teenage Riot, one-man industrial doom sorcerer, Tristan Shone, more commonly known as AUTHOR & PUNISHER, will quake the stages of sixteen North American cities with his tectonic-shifting sound conjurings. Slated to embark today in Portland, Oregon at Stumpfest, Shone’s latest live incursion concludes with a stop at Psycho California Fest and serves as a precursor to the release of AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s new full-length.

The as-yet-untitled long player, and first for Housecore Records, was captured at famed Nodferatu’s Lair in North Shore, Louisiana with label-founder Philip H. Anselmo and follows the critically adored Women & Children full-length, released in 2013 via Seventh Rule Recordings and currently available in a color vinyl configuration mirroring the AUTHOR & PUNISHER crest colors of yellow and black limited to 100 copies at THIS LOCATION.

4/24/2015 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
4/25/2015 Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
4/26/2015 Barboza – Seattle, WA
4/28/2015 The Pin – Spokane, WA
4/29/2015 Neurolux – Boise, ID
4/30/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT
5/01/2015 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
5/03/2015 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
5/05/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
5/07/2015 Fat Baby – New York, NY
5/08/2015 O’Brien’s Pub – Allston, MA
5/09/2015 Kung Fu Necktie- Philadelphia, PA
5/11/2015 Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA
5/12/2015 Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
5/13/2015 Low Spirits Bar & Stage – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/16/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA
5/17/2015 Psycho California 2015 – Santa Ana, CA

Shone’s fabrication and industrial environment and processes reveal emotions, anxieties and elements of bliss inherent to the specific human/machine choreography. All aspects of AUTHOR & PUNISHER‘s sound begins with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. AUTHOR & PUNISHER performances are a true amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences. Pitchfork styled him, “immediate but mysterious,” Stereogum described his, “chilling, unrecognizable form,” and NPR hails him as, “a thrill [who] fires on all cylinders.”

* For more info:

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SIG:AR:TYR – To Release New Album

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

SIG AR TYR - Northen - promo album cover pic - 2015

Canadian Blackened Heavy Metal act SIG:AR:TYR are proud to announce that they will be releasing their new album Northen this fall.

While SIG:AR:TYR has in the past been known as atmospheric blackened folk, Northen shifts into more traditional Metal territory, while maintaining the dark sounds of earlier material.

The band’s mastermind (and sole permanent member) Daemonskald had the following to say about the album:

“The album deals with the end of the Viking age, and the adventures of the Norse in our own country, Canada. Unlike the permanent settlements in Greenland, their stay here was short-lived, and we are still discovering the extent of their travels, the artifacts from their small settlements, and unfolding the tales of their interaction with the native cultures here at the time. “Northen” is a tale of tribute to this small group of adventurers, who with a dynamic, and individualistic spirit, were still willing to throw stability and comfort aside to explore mysterious new places like Helluland, Markland, and Vinland, and try to be their own master in a changing world.”

Daemonskald - SIG AR TYR - promo photo - 2015 - #MOD732404

More details will be announced in the near future. You can currently hear the entire SIG:AR:TYR catalog on Bandcamp here: or below:


Source: Dewar PR

SIG:AR:TYR – online:









REVOLUTION – Debut Studio Album “SACRIFICE” Is Out Now!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, punk, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Revolution - Sacrifice - album release - promo flyer - 2015 - #9098MOR


Make sure to grab your copy of REVOLUTION‘s “SACRIFICE”! Available everywhere for download or stream! Cd’s available at:

The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Billy Biohazard, and mastered by no other than Maor Appelbaum Mastering ( Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, Sepultura, Linkin Park, and Yes (official)). You can grab a copy and a shirt at our next show, May 2nd at Churchill’s Pub!!! for more info about the show:

Revolution - Sacrifice - promo debut album cover pic - 2015 - #RMO04

We’ll be sharing the stage with: SUFFERING TOOL, The Killing Hours, Escape, Chlover, Loyal Until Death, They Might Be Zombies, Toasted Marshmallow Zombies, Mindepth, and D/EFFEkTOR!!!





On This Day In METAL History – April 22nd: ALL THAT REMAINS Are #1 And Place 5 Studio Albums On The iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

All That Remains - The Order Of Things - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #71707ATRMO

April 22, 2015 – The Order Of Things is #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This is the recently released studio album from All That Remains and their seventh overall.

All That Remains - The Fall Of Ideals - promo album cover pic - #330009MO

April 22, 2015 – The Fall Of Ideals is #14 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This is the third studio album from All That Remains, released back in 2006.

All That Remains

April 22, 2015 – Overcome is #51 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Overcome is the fourth studio album from All That Remains, released back in 2008.

All That Remains

April 22, 2015 – …For We Are Many is at #52 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This is the fifth studio album from All That Remains and was released back in 2010.

All That Remains - A War You Cannot Win - cover promo!

April 22, 2015 – A War You Cannot Win is #53 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This is the sixth studio album from All That Remains and was released in 2012.







CRYPTIC HYMN – “Revel In Disgust” (Single) – A Metal Odyssey Review

Posted in Metal, metal bands, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Cryptic Hymn - Revel In Disgust - promo single cover pic - 2015 - #449MO

4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


Newly formed Blackened Death Metal troupe, CRYPTIC HYMN, have released their debut single, Revel In Disgust, this past January and you can listen to it below… plus it is available as a name your price download! CRYPTIC HYMN are also to release a debut album sometime in 2015; therefore this debut single is their sonic launching pad to Metal fans everywhere.

Founded back in 2014, CRYPTIC HYMN originate from Paducah, Kentucky and do deliver a quality aural Metal assault with Revel In Disgust. Featuring ex-Voyage of Slaves members Dave Palenske, Jon Grace, and Nathaniel Vowell as well as Josh Mumford of Anagnorisis, this Metal band exhibits their well executed talent and chemistry on their debut song; like seasoned Metal veterans ready to seek, conquer and destroy all the non-believers that stray into their Metal path.

Brutality is what your eardrums are to expect from this Blackened Death Metal song; with welcomed shades of Thrash for good Metal measure. I really dig this song Revel In Disgust and I cannot wait to hear the finished debut album from CRYPTIC HYMN. Click below and support CRYPTIC HYMN while your brain absorbs their intense brand of Metal! Metal be thy name. – Stone

Cryptic Hymn - promo band pic - #2015CHMO1


* For more info on CRYPTIC HYMN:

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IRON MAIDEN – 19 Albums From Band’s Catalogue Have Been Mastered For iTunes

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 11, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Iron Maiden - Mastered For iTunes - promo banner pic - april 7 - 2015 - #IMMO77603

As reported on the IRON MAIDEN Facebook:

Parlophone Records (BMG/INgrooves Music Group for the USA) are delighted to announce the release of nineteen IRON MAIDEN catalogue albums which have been Mastered For iTunes (, encoded from 24-bit / 96 khz high-resolution masters and now re-mastered with iTunes in mind, delivering the music to listeners exactly the way the artist and recording engineer intended. These are brand new re-masters from their original analogue sources, exclusively produced for iTunes.

All fifteen studio albums, 2 Best Of compilations and 2 live albums were personally selected by Maiden’s founder member Steve Harris for this superior mastering technique : Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number Of The Beast, Piece Of Mind, Powerslave, Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, No Prayer For The Dying, Fear Of The Dark, The X Factor, Virtual XI, Brave New World, Dance Of Death, A Matter Of Life And Death, The Final Frontier, Somewhere Back In Time, From Fear To Eternity (2CD), Live after Death (2CD) and Rock In Rio( 2CD)

Iron Maiden - Eddie Collage - 777MOBD

Steve comments:

“The Mastering For iTunes procedure allows the listener to experience the music as close as possible to the way the artist intended it to be heard. So of course I was very keen for the Maiden albums to be mastered in this way. The records have been available digitally before, when this medium first became a platform for music distribution but that was mastered with CDs in mind. The iTunes process involves a different approach and it’s great to finally deliver the music to our fans in as close to a pure and accurate sound as we could possibly achieve.For example, as most people know, I was never really happy with the sound on the first Maiden album but listening to it now, the guitars are louder, the drums more substantial and the overall tone is so very much improved in my opinion. Tony Newton and Ade Emsley who worked closely with me on the project did a terrific job recapturing everything from the original masters and together we’ve re- mastered them all digitally and I’m really happy with the results.”

Iron Maiden - Eddie Collage - 777MOBD

Tony Newton adds:

“The process started with locating all of the original album mix tapes (or whichever format they were mixed to). Then the choice of analogue to digital converter was chosen for the most accurate capture to make it as close as possible to the sound of the mix as it was intended by the band. When a lot of these tapes were last captured it was in the 1980’s, early days of digital and only 44.1khz/16bit files were possible. On top of this the new A/D converters are far superior now, and of course it is possible to produce files of far higher resolution. The result of this is that the songs now sound more defined with added depth and warmth. I was very excited to be asked to be part of this project, I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums.”

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