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Shadow Kingdom Records To Reissue “The Awakening” From 80’s U.S. Metallers POWERLORD, On August 19th

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Shadow Kingdom Records have uncovered another gem from the U.S. 80’s Metal era. This time it’s a remastered reissue of The Awakening from U.S. Speed/Thrash Metal group POWERLORD, which will be released on August 19.

POWERLORD was one of those bands that popped up out of nowhere and completely fell off into obscurity. Out of all of the rare 80s US Metal diamonds, POWERLORD are arguably the very best at what they do. Their sound falls somewhere between SAVAGE GRACE and SLAYER and features professionally delivered, well written songs of the Speed/Thrash Metal variety.  The Shadow Kingdom folks re-mastered the tracks directly from the original master tapes, but since a lot of the band’s memories were lost when High Vaultage Records (an obscure German label) tried to re-issue the album, there is not much in the way of bonus, band photos, or memorabilia that could be included. Intact however is the most important thing: the music! And it sounds amazing!

The Awakening represents what 80’s Metal was all about. The potential to be a much bigger band was there. Alas, it wasn’t to be and POWERLORD was lost in the wave of thrash that spawned the likes of METALLICA. One spin of The Awakening and you too will ponder what could have been.

Stream The Awakening in its entirety, below:

More information on this and other Shadow Kingdom Records releases at this location.

Powerlord - The Awakening - promo cover pic - 2014

THE AWAKENING – Track Listing:

1. Masters of Death

2. Malice

3. Silent Terror

4. The Invasion of the Lords

5. Merciless Titans

6. (The Awakening) Powerlord

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

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www.shadowkingdomrecords.com

shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF POWERLORD.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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INTOXICATED – “Rock ‘N Roll Hellpatrol” (12″ LP) Available At Hells Headbangers Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Intoxicated - Rock 'N Roll Hellpatrol - promo vinyl pic

INTOXICATED are from Osnabrück, a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. Their Rock ‘N Roll is Speed Metal; in the vein of old school, kick-ass Speed Metal that is! If you’re a fan of Motörhead, Raven or any 80’s denim & leather Metal, you’ll become an instant fan of Intoxicated. It’s that Metal simple. Intoxicated are the real underground Metal deal. Metal be thy name.

LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE ALBUM HERE:
http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/intoxicated-rock-n-roll-hellpatrol-vinyl.asp

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INTOXICATED:

Löuie – Vocals

El Ranchö – Guitar

ÄC – Drums

Jackhammer – Bass

Intoxicated - Rock 'N Roll Hellpatrol - promo cover pic!

* For more info on INTOXICATED:

Facebook: Intöxicated (official)

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* For more info on Hells Headbangers:

http://www.hellsheadbangers.com

Facebook: HELLS HEADBANGERS

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LONG LIVE INTOXICATED.

Stone.

MUNICIPAL WASTE – PLAYING NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Municipal Waste - Australia - New Zealand - tour poster - 2013_____________________________________

Virginia’s Speed Metal punks MUNICIPAL WASTE are proud to announce their first trek to New Zealand and their return to Australia!

Tony Foresta, vocalist for the band, shares: “I am really stoked to play New Zealand for the first time ever… Heaps!!! The first MUNICIPAL WASTE tour in Australia was one of my all-time favorite trips I’ve ever been on. I can’t believe we have never came back until now. I’m looking forward to seeing friends I kept in touch with over the years and as well as making new ones.”

Municipal Waste

Upcoming Tour Dates Are:

Thursday, June 13th: Auckland, NZ @ The Kings Arms Tavern

Friday, June 14th: Wellington, NZ @ The Hunter Lounge

Saturday, June 15th: Brisbane, AU @ The Hi Fi

Sunday, June 16th: Sydney, AU @ The Hi Fi

Thursday, June 20th: Adelaide, AU @ Fowlers Live (ALL AGES)

Friday, June 21st: Perth, AU @ The Rosemount Hotel

Saturday, June 22nd: Hobart, AU @ The Brisbane

Sunday, June 23rd: Melbourne, AU @ Corner Hotel – 2 shows: UNDER 18 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; OVER 18 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Get MUNICIPAL WASTE’s latest album, The Fatal Feast at: http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

For more info on MUNICIPAL WASTE, click on the links below!

http://www.facethewaste.com

http://www.facebook.com/municipal-waste

http://www.twitter.com/municipalwaste

http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/

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LONG LIVE MUNICIPAL WASTE.

Stone.

MUNICIPAL WASTE – ‘The Fatal Feast’ Album Cover Art Revealed

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The cover artwork for MUNICIPAL WASTE’s fifth studio album – due out in North America on April 10th and in Europe on April 13th – was created by Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design.

MUNICIPAL WASTE:

Tony Foresta – Vocals

Ryan Waste  – Guitar

Land Phil – Bass

Dave Witte – Drums

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

* For more info on MUNICIPAL WASTE, click on the links below:

http://www.facethewaste.com

http://www.facebook.com/municipalwaste

LONG LIVE MUNICIPAL WASTE.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – To Headline At Sweden Rock Festival And Hellfest In 2012!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

EXCITING KING DIAMOND NEWS JUST KEEPS ON COMING!

KING DIAMOND has recently teamed up with Nick Storch at ICM and Paul Ryan at The Agency Group.

Nick Storch will be in charge of booking KING DIAMOND concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan will be in charge of booking concerts in Europe and the rest of the world.

But that’s not all…!

In the past year King Diamond focused on the recovery from an open heart triple bypass surgery and is now going to return to the stage!

Yeah, that’s right:

KING DIAMOND will be headlining the Rock Stage at the Sweden Rock Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

This will be the only show in Scandinavia in 2012!

Please check out the links below for more info:

http://youtu.be/HX97_JOqpDY

http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=1&lg=2

KING DIAMOND will also be headlining the Main Stage 2 at the Hellfest in France on Friday, June 15, 2012!

Visit http://www.hellfest.fr for further information.

King Diamond about the band’s appearance at the Hellfest:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at HELLFEST for giving us the perfect scenario to return to the stage in France.

The lineup is still:

Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead: Guitars – both from Sweden
Hal Patino: Bass – from Denmark
Matt Thompson: Drums – from the USA.

Of course I’ll be there too, singing and conjuring up the DEVIL at HELLFEST.

We can’t wait to see you there.”

(Source: Massacre Records)

* For more info on KING DIAMOND, click on the link below:

KING DIAMOND

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – More Great News!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on Coven Worldwide, the Official Website of King Diamond & Mercyful Fate:

By King Diamond

January 16th, 2012

Hail to all of you,

It has just been confirmed that King Diamond has joined forces with Nick Storch at ICM and Paul Ryan at The Agency Group.
Nick Storch will be in charge of booking King Diamond concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan will be in charge of booking King Diamond concerts in Europe and Rest of World.

“It is great to be in the top professional hands of Nick and Paul. They both come highly recommended by Brian Slagel of Metal Blade, who personally suggested the partnership that is now in effect. ICM and The Agency Group have so much combined experience, which will open new doors for us. When it comes to getting us back on stage again, we all agree on how to bring King Diamond to a whole new level. Within a few weeks, we should be able to announce the first part of our plan.
WELCOME ON BOARD AND STAY HEAVY.” – King

“I can speak for the entire team here at ICM that we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a legend of heavy metal. I could not be happier to be involved with King Diamond’s return to the stage.” – Nick Storch

“It’s a huge honour, and one I and everyone here at The Agency Group shares, to be part of King’s team moving forward!… Being such an influence on the metal genre and an artist I have personally enjoyed and been inspired by for many years; it’s a very exciting time to be involved!” – Paul Ryan

King Diamond adds: “There’ll be a lot more great news coming the next couple of weeks. It’s been difficult keeping everything under wraps, but soon it will all be out in the open.

I want to thank you for your amazing patience.
We will get back to the Skype sessions in not too long as well.”

Stay Heavy,

King Diamond

* For more info on KING DIAMOND, click on the link below:

KING DIAMOND

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – Some Good News!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, horror metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal with tags , , , , , , on December 10, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KING DIAMOND – Ever since King Diamond had undergone open heart triple bypass surgery last year (2010), I’ve been consistently checking in on http://www.covenworldwide.org, (the official website of King Diamond / Mercyful Fate) for any new and/or good news. Here is some good news I’ve found, from December 7th, 2011, regarding the legendary King Diamond, as quoted directly from http://www.covenworldwide.org:

Latest News

Greetings from the US

NEWS

by Ole Bang

2011-12-07

Hi all.

The last news posting is by now about one year old. It was in fact from 12/12 2010, and I would here just like to inform you that King is doing really well. A ‘real’ news post will be up very soon.

Stay tuned ! ! !

* Stone Says: Excellent words to read indeed! “King is doing really well”.

* Stay up-to-date on KING DIAMOND by clicking here: KING DIAMOND

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

Stone.

MEGADETH – TH1RT3EN: Releases November 1st, 2011 On RoadRunner Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

MEGADETH – Founding member, guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine is once again leading his legendary Thrash Metal juggernaut known by all as MEGADETH, with TH1RT3EN. Releasing on November 1st, 2011 on RoadRunner Records, this will be studio album #13 for this pioneering Thrash band. TH1RT3EN marks the return of bassist and founding member: Dave Ellefson. The last MEGADETH studio album Dave Ellefson played on was The World Needs A Hero (2001).

TH1RT3EN has 13 songs (see track listing below). As part of The Big 4, (along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax), MEGADETH has become synonymous with not only the history of Thrash and Heavy Metal, MEGADETH is also synonymous with quality, consistency and perseverance.

TH1RT3EN – Track Listing:

Sudden Death

Public Enemy No. 1

Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)

We The People

Guns, Drugs & Money

Never Dead

New World Order

Fast Lane

Black Swan

Wrecker

Millennium Of The Blind

Deadly Nightshade

13

* For more info on MEGADETH, click on the links below:

MEGADETH

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

LONG LIVE MEGADETH.

Stone.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER – Signs To Candlelight Records

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of Thrashers RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER. The Philadelphia-based band is already working on their new album, titled Ghostmaker, expected for release early Spring 2012. The four-piece tested some of their new material via a string of regional shows this past weekend and expect to tour in support of the album once released.

Guitarist Ryan Moll comments, “we are psyched to be on Candlelight.” Sharing details about the ongoing recording he notes, “Right now we are in the studio working on our third and most intense release to date. This album promises to be the fastest, darkest, most relentless and insane album yet. It will contain some of the most bone-crushing, graveyard stomping, Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman hate-fuck riffage written thus far.”

Guitarist Matt Moore adds, “Our wretched new masterpiece will be finished soon enough. Each song has its own distinct and strange aura of speed, darkness, brute strength, violence, cunning, and power. Like any respectable band, we have raised the bar and taken on musical and lyrical concepts that would drive commoners insane. Faster. Louder. Darker. Crazier.”

Formed in 2002, RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER dropped several underground releases, including a split 7″ inch and a live album, before signing with Relapse for their studio debut, Buried In the Front Yard, released October 2005. Blabbermouth called the record “a dynamic thrash album with roots in crossover, a musically talented cast, and loads of tongue-in-cheek cleverness.” The band would keep busy with additional split recordings, Speed N Spikes Vol. II (2008) and Urine Trouble / Nothing Defeats the Skull (2008) before getting back in to the studio for their second full length, Living for Death; Destroying the Rest also released by Relapse January 2009. The band supported Absu for a 22-date US/Canadian tour in April 2009, a tour with Deceased in 2010, and have been performing regionally since.

Living For Death, Destroying The Rest (2009)

RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER currently features guitarist/vocalist Matt Moore, bassist/vocalist Shawn Riley, drummer Pat Battaglia, and guitarist Ryan Moll.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER, click on the links below:

http://www.rumpelstiltskingrinder.com

http://www.facebook.com/RumpelstiltskinGrinder

http:/www.candlelightrecordsusa.com

LONG LIVE RUMPELSTILTSKIN GRINDER.

Stone.

ELIMINATOR: Release Cover of “Angel of Death” by Slayer – New Album “The One They Were Waiting For” Released

Posted in Black Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ELIMINATOR – Edison New Jersey’s ELIMINATOR have just released their cover of “Angel of Death” by SLAYER.  The song can be heard/viewed HERE.  The band is a two piece of “Black Speed” Metal as singer/guitarist Warchild has described. Along with drummer Samus (Decrepit Birth, ex-Mutiny Within, ex-Abigail Williams, ex-Suspyre), the two have just released their second full length album The One They Were Waiting For.

The band released their highly popular and sold out debut album Breaking the Wheel which was quickly followed by their latest, The One They Were Waiting For. The band is already hard at work on the next album and are in the process of recording another jaw dropping SLAYER cover.

(Source: Devin Walsh)

ELIMINATOR – Breaking The Wheel  (debut album)

ELIMINATOR – The One They Were Waiting For

* For more info on ELIMINATOR, click on the link below:

ELIMINATOR – REVERBNATION

LONG LIVE ELIMINATOR.

Stone.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE – Make It Dark: Classic Metal Triumphs Once Again

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

TWISTED TOWER DIRE – The fifth full-length studio album from Virginia’s Twisted Tower Dire has been released on May 3rd, 2011, via Cruz Del Sur Music and it’s worth more than it’s weight in Metal gold. As the classically inspired album cover from famed UK artist Martin Hanford and the type fonts suggests, Twisted Tower Dire is a Classic Metal band and Make It Dark is an eight song Traditional Metal triumph.

This is a band that has had to overcome prolific tragedy in the past year. Vocalist Tony Taylor was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident back on February 6th, 2010, being replaced by Johnny Aune (Viper). The triumph of human spirit that this band has bestowed in regrouping, coupled by the fearless drive that Make It Dark reverberates with it’s Classic Metal, is nothing short of admirable.

Throughout Make It Dark, the songs come across as not just well written, they are all extremely well executed. Metal resolve is a very good thing and Twisted Tower Dire bring it on their new album. This album reminds me of days long ago, hanging out in the moonlit field with my Metal brethren, while the sweet smell of ganga filled the air and the beers were in no short supply. Um, uh, back to the album review and 2011…

Johnny Aune is a bona-fide Classic Metal vocalist. In my Metal opinion, Johnny is a vocalist that guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen would dig… and maybe he does? The Classic Metal echo fills this entire album, while leaving signatures of welcomed semi-raw and non-plasticized production every step of the way. The bass of Jim Hunter coupled with Mark Stauffer’s drumming is a rhythmic feast built on that Classic Metal speed. We’re in the midst of an age that’s called a Classic Metal revival and that school of thought is fine with me, only I and obviously countless others have never turned away from Classic Metal.

This old school Metal sound will never die due to bands such as Twisted Tower Dire. With the likes of their peers Enforcer, White Wizzard, Ravage, 3 Inches Of BloodDerailed and Darkblack making their presence heard, the flame of this Metal genre has never burned brighter. Old school fans of Grim Reaper, Obsession and Paul Dianno fronted Iron Maiden should take a keen Metal liking to the dual guitars of Scott Waldrop and Dave Boyd. These two axe slingers exchange some very melodic and speedy guitar licks that are like the Metal icing on the Metal cake.

Yes, Speed Metal too can once again reign Metal supreme while Make It Dark is played at maximum volume. The old school vibes never subside while I listen to Make It Dark and I like it that way. Mystera, White Shadow, Torture Torture and Beyond The Gate are Classic Metal gems. Beyond The Gate is remarkable in it’s ability to suck my senses right into it’s Classic Metal richness, therefore, this is my favorite song on Make It Dark.

With there being so many Metal choices out there for new album purchases in 2011, Make It Dark is as upstanding as I can declare. Make It Dark is a reminder to us all, that Metal truly does sound real again. Make the credible Metal choice and buy Make It Dark for yourself… it will serve you Metal right.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE:

Johnny Aune  – vocals

Jim Hunter – bass

Scott Waldrop – guitar

Dave Boyd – guitar

Mark Stauffer – drums

Make It Dark Track Listing:

Mystera

Snow Leopard

The Stone

Make It Dark

White Shadow

The Only Way

Torture Torture

Beyond the Gate

* For more info on TWISTED TOWER DIRE, click the links below:

http://www.twistedtowerdire.com

http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com

LONG LIVE TWISTED TOWER DIRE.

Rest In Peace Tony Taylor.

Stone.

The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection – Revisiting This Guitar Legend’s 1991 Greatest Hits

Posted in classic rock, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, neoclassical metal, rock music, rock music news, speed metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Back in November of 1991, The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection was released on Polydor Records. This Yngwie Malmsteen compilation spans the first six albums of his career, from 1984 to 1990. These albums are: Rising Force (1984), Marching Out (1985), Trilogy (1986), Odyssey (1988), Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad (1989) and Eclipse (1990).

Of these first six Yngwie Malmsteen albums, the only one I have on CD is Odyssey. Eclipse I have on cassette and the other four I have on vinyl. Sounds crazy, huh? The $ factor comes into play, whenever the desire to upgrade my entire collection of music to CD crosses my Metal mind. Regardless, I have these Yngwie albums on old school formats and I’m content. About seven years ago, on a lazy Saturday, I took a leisurely stroll into Strawberries Records & Tapes, back in my hometown up in very expensive Connecticut. That day I zeroed in on The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection… it was calling my name.

At this time of my life, seven years ago, my wife and I were really cutting corners and trying to make ends meet… and the ends were not interested in meeting either. Purchasing one CD would send me into guilt city. I took the Metal plunge, held my breath and Metal be thy name I purchased this Yngwie Malmsteen bonanza of songs. It has served me right ever since. Yes, by now you might have guessed I am giddy about listening to Yngwie Malmsteen over the years. I really enjoy listening to his guitar playing, his Neoclassical style is pioneering and legendary, in my Metal opinion.

I’ve always enjoyed listening to every vocalist that Yngwie Malmsteen has recruited for his albums as well. I’m not trying to sound like Mr. Sunshine wants everyone happy when I state this. No, I will readily admit that Mark Boals and Joe Lynn Turner are my favorite vocalists from the entire Yngwie Malmsteen catalog, which includes his most recent release of 2010’s Relentless, which boasts Tim “Ripper” Owens on vocals, (with Yngwie singing Look At You Now). If someone out there asks: hey Stone, c’mon, pick one or the other, Mark Boals or Joe Lynn Turner!? My Metal answer is easy: it’s a tie… Metal be thy name, a tie.

I recommend anyone who is just getting interested in Yngwie Malmsteen to get ahold of this CD. These fourteen songs are a magnificent representation of Yngwie’s first six albums. From the live cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic – Spanish Castle Magic, to Queen In Love, this compilation shows not a flaw, in my Metal opinion once again. Veteran fans of Yngwie who don’t own his first six albums on CD entirely, may want to grab this collection for the same reason I did.

Yngwie Malmsteen Facts To Know:

* Yngwie means: young Viking chief

* Born: In Sweden on June 30, 1963

* Yngwie Malmsteen taught himself how to play guitar.

* The late and legendary Jimi Hendrix inspired Yngwie to play guitar, only it was the image of Jimi Hendrix more so than his music that influenced Yngwie.

* At the age of 15, Yngwie quit school and landed a job at a music shop in Stockholm, Sweden, repairing guitars.

* The debut 1984 album Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force was nominated for a Grammy Award.

* (Source for these Yngwie facts found in the liner notes of this CD)

* For more info on Yngwie, just click here: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN

* I’ve listed below, next to each song in the track listing, the album of origin along with the respective vocalist. Instrumentals are noted.

Track Listing:

Black Star - Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – (instrumental)

Far Beyond The Sun - Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force - (instrumental)

I’ll See The Light Tonight - Marching Out – Jeff Scott Soto

You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget - Trilogy – Mark Boals

Liar - Trilogy - Mark Boals

Queen In Love - Trilogy - Mark Boals

Hold OnOdyssey - Joe Lynn Turner

Heaven Tonight - Odyssey - Joe Lynn Turner

Deja Vu - Odyssey - Joe Lynn Turner

Guitar Solo - Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad - (instrumental)

Spanish Castle Magic - Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad - Joe Lynn Turner

JudasEclipse – Göran Edman

Making Love - Eclipse – Göran Edman

Eclipse - Eclipse – (instrumental)

LONG LIVE YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

The word “giddy” was used in paragraph 3.

Stone.

Marty Friedman – Happy Birthday From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in guitar legends, guitarists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

MARTY FRIEDMAN - World renowned & legendary guitarist Marty Friedman turns 48 years old today, December 8, 2010. Happy Metal Birthday Marty! Marty Friedman solidified his elite guitar status during his days as a Metal axe slinger for the ultra-legendary Megadeth, appearing on five of their albums. Marty played guitar alongside Dave Mustaine, on such seminal Megadeth albums as: Rust In Peace, Countdown To Extinction, Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings and Risk.

Marty was already the established and well revered guitarist among the Heavy Metal universe before that historic gig. Teaming up with guitar great Jason Becker to form Cacophony, releasing Speed Metal Symphony in 1987, on Shrapnel Records. Speed Metal and the art of shredding was highlighted by the neo-classical Metal techniques and skill that Marty and Jason bestowed with their Cacophony team-up. Go Off! was the second and final studio album from Cacophony, released in 1988, (Shrapnel).

That is Marty on the left, Jason on the right, (above album cover). This was a very cool album then and it still is now. Metal Odyssey highly recommends both Cacophony albums… don’t pay attention to any old and stale mainstream album reviews on ‘em, those mainstream Rock critics don’t know what they’re listening to anyways.

* Marty Friedman founded the Heavy Metal band Hawaii, back in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Hawaii released three full-length studio albums. Hawaii could best be described as Speed meets Power Metal.

* Marty Friedman has also released 12 solo albums, (studio & live combined), from 1988 to 2010 and has always been known for his instructional videos/DVD’s on guitar playing and techniques as well.

* Above is a really cool Japanese promo poster/ad for Marty Friedman’s 1996 solo album – True Obsessions, released on Shrapnel Records.

* For more info on Marty Friedman, just click on the cool link below:

Marty Friedman – Official Website

LONG LIVE MARTY FRIEDMAN.

Stone.

HOLY MOTHER “TOXIC RAIN” – 1998 METAL ALBUM FOREVER UNLEASHES IT’S METAL POTENCY!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

HOLY MOTHER – This third studio album, Toxic Rain, released in 1998 by Holy Mother, is one hell of a solid chunk of Traditional Metal. Toxic Rain downpours with a sound and style of American Power Metal in the vein of DIO and Obsession, along with a thick influence from Judas Priest and the Old School/Traditional Metal essence that the NWOBHM is so remembered and revered for.

With Metal roots originating from Long Island, New York, Holy Mother is a Metal Band that should not be bypassed for any lack of commercial success, mainstream snubbing or mid-’90’s media ignorance towards Heavy Metal. Great and real Metal will always rise from the ashes or raise it’s victorious fist from any catacombs of dormancy.

Becoming aware of Holy Mother and Toxic Rain all started with my trip to Music Outlet in Enfield, Connecticut. Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale took me to this very cool and independently owned record and CD store that he frequents consistently. That day, I observed Scott walking about Music Outlet with a sinister grin upon his face… “I got it”… is what he said to me. I looked down upon the CD he was holding and it was Toxic Rain. Man, Scott was psyched out of his mind to have landed this CD… and now I know why.

Now that I own my personal copy of Toxic Rain, I realize the reason why Scott was grinning from ear to ear at Music Outlet that day. This album = Metal. Damn, you could not find a better representation of Traditional Metal, built with speed, blazing guitar leads and victorious riffs, than this Holy Mother album. The drumming of Jim Harris is like a battle call to Metal arms, his ultra-potent fills and supercharged timing are the icing on the Metal cake for Toxic Rain.

Vocalist Mike Tirelli is not gonna be in the back of the line ever, not according to my Metal scorecard. Mike is also a former vocalist for Riot and Burning Starr, making for an impressive Metal resume. I can compare Mike’s vocals to that of Mark Boals (of Yngwie J. Malmsteen fame) and Michael Vescera (of Obsession and Loudness fame), only adding in a harder edge.

Rich Naso on guitar lays it down heavy and steady from start to finish on Toxic Rain, with shades of Speed Metal wizardry gelled together with many extremely relevant and Traditional Metal tones. Rich never runs out of ultra delectable guitar licks… he’s just a cool player to hear on this album. Randy Coven on bass, has played with Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Riot during his Metal career. Creating a Metal family tree is evident, with this Holy Mother lineup of 1998.

The decade of the 90’s is NOT the lost era of Metal. Many, many, Metal Bands were releasing albums and touring during the 90’s. (Thank you… Slayer, W.A.S.P., Pantera and Overkill, to name a few). Instead, it will always be remembered by me as the decade where the mainstream media did NOT cover Metal… or great Metal for that matter. If Holy Mother released Toxic Rain in the mid to late 1980’s, hell, it would have probably received a ton more promotion and circulation amongst the media. This is my Metal opinion… and I’m not budging from it.

If you want me to be “street” about summing up this Toxic Rain album in one sentence, well, here it goes: Holy shit is this Holy Mother band unreal great on Toxic Rain! For me to “refer” this album to fans of Metal is really absurd. I need to bellow: Buy this Toxic Rain album if you believe in your own damned Metal salvation! Seriously, if your looking to make that purchase of a classic Metal release… Toxic Rain can be as viable a choice as any. So let it be Metal written… so let it be Metal done.

Once you hear Wars kick in, this song’s speed and rugged crunch shall be the leading Metal indicators that Holy Mother is not screwing around on Toxic Rain. The title track – Toxic Rain is a deluge of Metal that forces it’s way upon my ears, all the while I’m taking it all in like a parched desert floor during a tropical downpour. Again, its the speed + power which = holy shit great Metal here. Again, that’s as “street” honest as I can get.

My favorite song on this now revered Metal album is – My Destination. I’ll tell you what my destination has always been… to discover and listen to great, quality laced Metal, just like Holy Mother. My Destination has a melodic power surge running wild and it’s riveting to say the Metal least. The River carries it’s melodic drive through the vocals of Mike Tirelli and the savory leads and solos of Rich Naso. This song is a heavyweight like all the others on Toxic Rain, it showcases no doubt’s that Mike Tirelli can hit the high notes. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ is the lone cover song on this album. This Judas Priest Metal classic is given it’s justified due from Holy Mother, it’s worth cranking it up on high, still there’s nothing like the original. A solid cover it is and very worthy of many obligatory headbanging moments.

Losing My Bet closes out Toxic Rain, a song that sustains the consistent quality, heaviness and unrelenting power of sound that Holy Mother plays from the very onset. No one song sounds alike on Toxic Rain and Losing My Bet is an exclamation point to this statement. The only similarities heard between all 11 songs are that of the astute allegiance to Metal that Holy Mother plays so damn well.

I must factor in that the vocals of Mike Tirelli and the guitar playing of Rich Naso are standout on each song, while Randy Coven on bass and Jim Harris on drums are fabulously tight together. Once Losing My Bet comes to a close, I have that Metal hunger to listen to this Holy Mother album again… and again. That is a benchmark of being a great Metal album for me, when I can state something like that.

I could say, without any hesitation, that Toxic Rain is one of the very best Metal albums from the 90’s decade. (Criminal Afterlife is another Holy Mother album I feel this same way about as well, only that is for another post). You are getting the entire Metal ball O’ wax with Holy Mother’s playing on Toxic Rain… no run of the mill, no “standard stuff” or copycat crap going on with this band. Hopefully Holy Mother can make a return down the Metal road and release some potent, new material. Holy Mother is yet another Metal reality check, as to there being great bands from the 90’s that flew under the Metal radar by me… and I’m thankful Scott Coverdale uttered those now infamous words toward my way, during one cool visit to Music Outlet… “I got it”.

* For more info on HOLY MOTHER, just click on the link below:

HOLY MOTHER – myspace music

* HOLY MOTHER – Toxic Rain was released on A.B.S. Records

HOLY MOTHER as they appeared on Toxic Rain:

Mike Tirelli – vocals

Rich Naso – guitar

Randy Coven – bass

Jim Harris – drums

Track Listing For Toxic Rain:

Wars

Electric

Toxic Rain

The Rats Keep Runnin’

My Destination

Live To Die

The River

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Judas Priest cover)

Symptom Of Withdrawal

Melting Pot

Losing My Bet

LONG LIVE THE METAL OF HOLY MOTHER!

Stone.

Paranormal reality television and scary Metal music mirror one another

Posted in Alice cooper, Black Metal, Danzig, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Gene Simmons, ghost hunters, gothic metal, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal vocalists, horror metal, Iced Earth, king diamond, Metal, Misfits, Motorhead, Music, paranormal television shows, Power Metal, Punk rock, rob zombie, Rock, rock music, Slipknot, speed metal, Thrash Metal, Vocals, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

3283538It is an obvious Metal music marriage, the paranormal being put to lyrics in Metal songs. Any King Diamond album supports this statement, that is for certain. Horror and the paranormal rules the Metal world’s lyrics with it’s mystery, shock, and imagery. This to me, is one of the great attributes to Metal music, the paranormal and horror has given personality and life to throngs of Metal bands as: Alice Cooper, Misfits, Kiss (with makeup), Lordi, Rob ZombieSlipknot, Danzig, W.A.S.P., Cannibal Corpse and of course, King Diamond again. The list could go on and on, regarding which Metal bands represent the horror and paranormal subjects best.

I highly recommend taking a listen to Iced Earth – “The Horror Show”, this is an album dedicated to just the legendary horror movie monsters: Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera are covered just fine by Matt Barlow’s vocals and the writing and musical genius of Jon Schaffer. I also highly recommend the horror concept album, that for me is now a true Metal classic – “Abigail” from King Diamond, released in 1987. In my opinion, “Abigail” was/is a triumphant representation of Black Metal, even though the music includes heavy duty Speed Metal throughout. This King Diamond lineup on “Abigail” also bestows the talented Mikkey Dee on drums, who has been a mainstay with Motorhead, since 1992.

When I listen to my favorite Metal bands playing tunes about the macabre, horror and the paranormal, I cannot help reflecting on my favorite paranormal television shows. The material that King Diamond covers, for example, mirrors what many of the paranormal shows offer. My favorite scary & spooky television shows are: “Ghost Hunters”, “Penn State Paranormal”, “Most Haunted”, “UFO Hunters” and “Monster Quest”, all delving into the mysteriously unknown, paranormal, the dark side and real life monsters. Any Metal band can get hordes of information and subject matter for their music, just by watching this scary paranormal reality television.

Now, do I believe in all of this paranormal subject matter that these shows discuss/cover? Do I believe in real life monsters like Bigfoot, Moth Man and UFO aliens? Let’s just say, I get entertained and spooked out like anyone else, I really like the unknown aspect of these topics. I am also never going to be one of those, who back when Christopher Columbus sailed the seven seas, thought our planet Earth was square. It is an absolute fact, that new species of any of our known living organisms, (plants, fish, animals, insects), are being discovered on a daily basis. There are many, many, mysteries and dark questions out there that still have to be answered, for me it is great fun delving into these scary topics through Metal music and paranormal reality television. My feeling is that, paranormal reality television and Metal music just seem to go together, both never cease to thrill and entertain me.

Saturday, April 11, 2009, is National Heavy Metal Day!

Posted in Black Metal, Extreme Metal, gothic metal, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, Power Metal, symphonic metal, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

metalodyssey5Metal Odyssey has taken upon itself to proclaim: Saturday, April 11, is National Heavy Metal Day! Therefore, you may take these helpful tips/advice and put them into action, (if you like) and spread and/or share the great music of Heavy Metal to those around you.

* Listen to any or all Metal genres today!

* Play any or all Metal music LOUD today!

* Wear your favorite Metal t-shirt with pride today!

* Listen to any or all Metal genres with someone you love today!

* Buy or trade some Metal music today!

* Buy that special someone or your favorite buddy a Metal music gift! (give the gift of Metal)

* Share a Metal album/CD with someone!

* Share your Metal music knowledge with someone today!

* Read a decent mainstream or underground Metal magazine today, (not a Metal mag written by babies).

* If you are lucky enough, go to a Metal concert/club gig today!

* Watch a cool Metal movie today – “Trick or Treat”, any John Carpenter film or any Metal concert film will suffice.

* Surf the net for all of your favorite Metal bands and Metal news!

* Find an outdoor flea market for Metal music stuff – here’s a tip – buy low!

* Organize your Metal album/CD collection!

* Hang up a Metal poster of your favorite band(s) with pride!

Come to think of it, it seems like every day is a National Heavy Metal Day for me! It might feel that way to some of you out there too. Regardless, it just sounds and feels so cool, a National Heavy Metal Day, doesn’t it? Remember – BE TRUE TO METAL AND METAL WILL BE TRUE TO YOU.

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