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DESOLATE PATHWAY – Announce Two-Track Single For Later This Year

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Traditional Doom merchants Desolate Pathway have unveiled plans for new material which explores a different direction to their début album Valley Of The King – a two-track single, titled: Into The Realms. Guitarist Vince Hempstead has called it “a foot into our journey of Greek mythology.”

The A-side, entitled “Into The Realms Of Poseidon”, features acclaimed Sorrows Path guitarist Kostas Salomidis for a dose of Greek authenticity. On the B-side is a five-minute instrumental titled “Tales Of Glaucus”, a prophetic sea-god who came to the rescue of sailors and fishermen.

Along with the usual digital formats, there will be a limited amount of CDs available at the Fest Of Hades performance in Wakefield, UK. The band have stated on their Facebook page that they may look into a small vinyl run, depending on costs. In addition, their second album is on the horizon, with a tentative deadline of early 2016.

“Into The Realms” has a release date of October 31st, 2015 to tie in with the Fest Of Hades performance that day. Facebook event is here:

The band is also due to hit the road several times this year. Dates are as follows:
Aug 29th: Power and Glory Festival, Hatfield w/ Stampede, Savage, Martyr, Sacrilege, Lord Volture, Toledo Steel, Salem, Dealer and more
Aug 30th: The Carlisle, Hastings, w/ Lord Volture & Toledo Steel
Sept 19th: The Carlisle, Hastings w/ Famyne
Oct 31st: Fest of Hades, Wakefield w/ Hamerex, Kaine, Aonia, Promethium and more.
Nov 13th: The Haunt, Brighton, w/ Temperance, Seventh Sin & Proscenium*
Nov 14th: The Anvil, Bournemouth, w/ Ded Orse, Bitter Divide & Seventh Sin*
Nov 28th: The Unicorn, London w/ Sir Admiral Cloudesley Shovell

* A Black Phoenix Rising Promotions special

“Into The Realms” has a release date of 31st October 2015 to tie in with the Fest Of Hades performance that day.

Having formed in April 2014, Desolate Pathway bring together their love of traditional and retro doom bands such as Candlemass, Cirith Ungol and Solitude Aeternus, as well as ideas drawn from epic fantasy such as Lord Of The Rings, A Song Of Ice And Fire and the Vikings TV series. Channeling these into their début album Valley Of The King, the band has been met with great success and praise. Among the high-scoring reviews and top-notch gig offers, one of the standout unique moments is an appearance on’s Brutally Delicious program, a heavy metal cooking show hosted by Bruce Moore.

Desolate Pathway online:


Source: Dewar PR





BAT – Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New Living Fast Episode Available

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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BAT, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more! The band’s Gwar B-Q appearance follows a headlining performance in Raleigh and serves as a precursor to a rare run of live abrasions through Richmond, Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh in September.

Comments Waste of the oncoming onstage demolitions, “After finishing up our debut full length album on Hells Headbangers this summer, we in BAT are gearing up for a short run around some rad US festivals. The first being the Gwar B-Q in our hometown of Richmond, which is always wet and wild. Come September, we hit the road again to play in Cleveland at the Hell’s Headbash. We’re thrilled to play with our pals in High Spirits and Midnight on the opening night. Beforehand, we’re cramming in another hometown gig and hitting Chicago and Pittsburgh to round out the Labor Day weekend. Come rage with us and always beware of the BAT!”


8/14/2015 Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC

8/15/2015 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

9/03/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA 
9/04/2015 Hell’s Headbash (Agora) – Cleveland, OH

9/05/2015 El Rey Ballroom – Chicago, IL
9/06/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

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The Virginia/Texas meta punk marauders in BAT released their Primitive Age EP last year on cassette via Tankcrimes and on 12″ vinyl via Hells Headbangers. Channeling the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead and Discharge, the EP features five filthy numbers of confrontational Kill ‘Em All angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation. Said Last Rites of the offering, “This nasty little beast is a crust-a-licious demo-nic hybrid of ugly gutter thrash with a vicious punk spirit and a dose of injected blackness. Jump back thirty years to an uncomfortable-yet-awesome three-way between Cronos, Lemmy, and Tom Warrior (or, whatever, Satanic Slaughter) – then BOOM, BAT! A close 21st-century equivalent would be Midnight, only with less sleazy Satanic debauchery and more of an all-encompassing generalized rebelliousness.”

The Primitive Age EP is available digitally at the official BAT BandCamp page HERE and on cassette via Tankcrimes HERE (where you’ll also find additional merch). You can also nab a copy of BAT‘s recently issued “Cruel Discipline” seven-inch out on Hells Headbangers HERE as well as the 12″ version of Primitive Age.

In related news, Living Fast, the heavy metal talk show created by Waste continues to reap views from the headbanging public. The first episode featured John Gallagher of Raven while the second episode, divided into two parts, takes place during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture, where Waste visits with Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) at Beat Bop Records, his second-hand vinyl shop located in the heart of Copenhagen. Recently unleashed, Canadian edition third episode features Dave Carlo and Mike Campagnolo of Razor and number one Anvil fan, Colin “Maddog” Brown. Get viewing at THIS LOCATION.


Source: Earsplit PR

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NOISEM – Embark On Short US Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 16, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed album Blossoming Decay, Baltimore’s NOISEM will embark on a short US headlining tour this week. The tour will consist of 11 shows.


6/18/2015 ST LOUIS, MO FUBAR
6/26/2015 ATLANTA, GA 529


Source: Dewar PR

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Symphonic Melodeath Act ARCHAEA Announce CD Release Date Of Full-Length “Catalyst”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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When does a Gothenburg melodeath band not sound like a Gothenburg melodeath band? When they’re Archaea, who roll out a hybrid of thrashy yet symphonic leanings in their melodeath. Markus Heidarsson has a whiff of Ola Englund about his guitar playing, particularly in the solos, playing against the harsh roar of Nils Bossius and the tightly wound rhythm section. Orchestral stabs punctuate tracks such as “Silhouette”, while “Vacuum” revels in a circus-like atmosphere, and “Salt” dances around a piano and strings melody amid the groovy stomp. Rounding out on “Sol” is a simple yet stunning finale, far removed from metal.

In their own words, Archaea describe their lyrical themes as “describing struggles on a personal and global scale, elusive antagonists and the unyielding indifferent elements”, although “Quad Damage” reveals the band’s love of video games with a sly reference.

The band have revealed the release date for the physical version of Catalyst, set as 28th August 2015. The CD comes in a digipak with stunning artwork and photos from Demithréa Mikulasi and Jessica Blomé.

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Archaea was founded in 2007 by the Heidarsson brothers Hannes and Markus, on keyboard and guitar. After a few intense formative years in the Gothenburg underground scene, Archaea set its sights putting their songs to tape. During this process Archaea was radically reshaped, with half the original lineup making way for new talent in­ guitarist Magnus Lindegård, drummer Alexander Molnar, bassist Richard Mikulasi and former guitarist Nils Bossius Klintenberg switching to take center stage as vocalist.

Despite little studio experience, they built their own studio to record the first album Catalyst during 2014. With the help of Johan Treptow for mixing and mastering, and with original artwork by Demithréa Mikulasi, Catalyst has turned out to be a creation that surpassed expectations.

Catalyst is an album that showcases the current form of Archaea, as well as capturing material from throughout the band’s existence. Ranging from crushing darkness to brilliant melody, with sharp contrasts and fluently shifting dynamics, Catalyst constitutes an intense musical journey. Archaea is now eager to unleash their unique form of melodic death metal upon the world!

Archaea are:
Nils Bossius – Vocals
Hannes Heidarsson – Keyboard
Markus Heidarsson – Guitar
Magnus Lindegård – Guitar
Richard Mikulasi – Bass
Alexander Molnar – Drums

Archaea online:


Live video of “Helios Ascend”

“Does the world need another melodic death metal band from Gothenburg? Normally I would claim that it is very doubtful. If they are of the same class as Archaea the answer is a roaring yes, every day of the week.” – Sweden Rock Magazine

“Last track “Sol” is the best closer on an album ever!” – Death Domain


Source: Dewar PR





HELLOWEEN – Current News On Germany’s Power Metal Legends

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on June 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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* HELLOWEEN are the cover feature for the June 5th, 2015 issue of BURRN! magazine. (See above photo).

Helloween - My God Given Right - debut - #9 - Japan - June 2015 - promo flyer

* HELLOWEEN’s brand new studio album, My God-Given Right, debuted at position #9 on the Japanese national weekly chart. It is the first time in 17 years that an album by Helloween has been ranked among the top 10; ever since their album ‘Better Than Raw’ landed at position #9 in 1998!!


* On June 6th, 2015 – My God-Given Right is ranked at #19 on the (USA) iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart.

* This super great album debuted at #4 on the (USA) iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart, on June 2nd, 2015. Metal Be Thy Name!

Andi, Weiki, Markus, Sascha and Dani… Congratulations!!

* On June 6th, 2015 – HELLOWEEN are performing today, at the South Park Festival, in Tampere, Finland. Whoa!


For more info on HELLOWEEN:

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SUPERJOINT – Metal Icons Announce First Tour In Over A Decade!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Superjoint - It Takes Guts - Summer 2015 - promo flyer - #060415PAMO

Band Unites Members Of Down, Eyehategod, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast + More


American Metal icons, SUPERJOINT, will embark on their first tour in over a decade! Presented by frontman Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records, The It Takes Guts Summer takeover will commence on July 10th in Oklahoma City and ravage its way through thirteen US cities with additional dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Support will be provided by punk metal/noise rock misfits, Child Bite, and Australian grind miscreants, King Parrot, both members of the Housecore Records family.

Now featuring Anselmo (Down, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Pantera et al), guitarists Kevin Bond (Christ Inversion, Artimus Pyledriver et al) and Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (Warbeast, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) and bassist Stephen Taylor (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Woven Hand, 16 Horse Power), the long-anticipated trek follows SUPERJOINT‘s crushing performance closing out the second stage of last year’s edition of the Housecore Horror Film Fest.

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Comments Anselmo: “We’re touring with SUPERJOINT again, because we feel like it, it’s fun, and we’re handsome. And the big plus here is getting to tour with King Parrot and Child Bite, as they are handsome fellows also as well as live forces to be reckoned with. Leave your corpse paint at home. No image required for this one. Bring a date and some sips, and let the music do the rest! Hail Columbia!”

SUPERJOINT: The It Takes Guts Tour w/ King Parrot, Child Bite:

7/10/2015 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
7/11/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston TX
7/12/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas TX
7/14/2015 Bogarts – Cincinnati OH
7/15/2015 Machine Shop – Flint, MI
7/17/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie NY
7/18/2015 Chameleon Club – Lancaster PA
7/19/2015 V-Club – Huntington, WV
7/21/2015 Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
7/23/2015 Warehouse Live – Clarksville, TN
7/24/2015 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola FL
7/25/2015 Warehouse – Shreveport, LA

Main event page HERE.

KING PARROT released their eagerly anticipated Dead Set full-length last month via Housecore Records. Captured by Anselmo and Michael Thompson with Steve Berrigan at the famed Nodferatu’s Lair, KING PARROT‘s Dead Set brandishes ten grind-laden, punk-infused odes of defiant audio savagery bedecked in the dark, cynical humor for which the band has become notorious. A true leap forward from their Bite Your Head Off debut, Dead Set parades a distinct maturity from a band who’s committed to the rigors of international touring, slaying audiences through Asia, North America, Europe and Australia on a steady basis.

Crowned “the soundtrack to the greatest psychotic slasher film that never was,” by American Aftermath, CHILD BITE released their Strange Waste EP, a deliciously bastardized hybrid of the Melvins, Dead Kennedys, Big Black and Faith No More, last Fall via Housecore. The band recently took a brief pause from their current US live excursion to record their forthcoming new full-length with Philip H. Anselmo at his famed Nodferatu’s Lair. Titled Negative Noise, the LP will be released later this year via Housecore.

SUPERJOINT consists of founding members Anselmo, Bower and Bond, with the addition of Joey “Blue” Gonzalez and Steve Taylor. The band churns out a debaucherous crossover of hardcore punk and metal a la Pantera and unleashed two critically lauded full-lengths; 2002’s Use Once And Destroy and 2003’s Lethal Dose Of American Hatred, before taking hiatus in 2005.


Source: Earsplit PR

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On This Day In METAL History – June 2nd… From VAN HALEN To ARMORED SAINT

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, rock music with tags , , , , on June 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On June 2nd, 1973Alice Cooper (band) had their hit single, No More Mr. Nice Guy, ranked at #25, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Whoa, man!

Van Halen - Ill Wait - promo 45rpm cover sleeve - 1984 - #0602MODLR

On June 2nd, 1984Van Halen had their hit single, I’ll Wait, ranked at #13, on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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On June 2nd, 2015 – On the day of its release, Win Hands Down, the new studio album from the great ARMORED SAINT is at #1 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Long live ARMORED SAINT!

Paradise Lost - The Plague Within - promo album cover art - 2015 - #03PLMO

On June 2nd, 2015 – On the day of its release, The Plague Within, the new studio album from PARADISE LOST is ranked at #3, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Holy moly!


On June 2nd, 2015 – On the day of its release in the United States, the new HELLOWEEN studio album, My God Given Right, is ranked at #4, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. HELLOWEEN Forever!

Nuclear Assault - Pounder - promo cover pic - 2015 - #33NAMOHS

On June 2nd, 2015 – On the day of its release, the new EP Pounder, from the legendary NUCLEAR ASSAULT is ranked at #45, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Hell, whoa and freaking yeah!


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