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KING DIAMOND – Announces Opening Act For 2014 North American Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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KING DIAMOND would like to welcome Jess And The Ancient Ones as the opening act for the North American tour this Fall.

Jess And The Ancient Ones, personally selected by KING DIAMOND himself to be the openers on the trek, is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music, creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent, Jess, as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from Heavy Metal and Rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba.

Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat” on YouTube HERE. For more information, visit their official website at THIS LOCATION.

In other news, the Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles shows on the tour are SOLD OUT! Additionally, only a handful of tickets remain for the Seattle date. Get your tickets now before they are gone!

KING DIAMOND W/ Jess And The Ancient Ones:

10/11/2014 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA (SOLD OUT)
10/13/2014 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
10/14/2014 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
10/16/2014 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/17/2014 Olympia – Montreal, QC
10/18/2014 The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/19/2014 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
10/21/2014 The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
10/22/2014 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10/24/2014 Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
10/26/2014 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT *
10/28/2014 The Moose Theatre – Seattle, WA
10/30/2014 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
10/31/2014 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
11/01/2014 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
11/03/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/05/2014 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
11/06/2014 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08/2014 Auditorium Shores – Austin, TX
*also with Visigoth

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on KING DIAMOND:

http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com

http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondofficial

http://www.facebook.com/kingdiamondmercyfulfateofficial

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LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

LONG LIVE JATAO.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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RIGOR MORTIS – Help Texas Speed Metal Pioneers, RIGOR MORTIS, Bring To Life Their 4th And Final Album; Fundraiser Via Indiegogo Underway Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave - promo cover pic - 2014

Artwork by Michael Broom

Track Listing:

POLTERGEIST 6:05

RAIN OF RUIN 4:21

FLESH FOR FLIES 3:39

THE INFECTED 3:51

BLOOD BATH 6:36

ANCIENT HORROR 3:27

FRAGRANCE OF CORPSE 3:13

CURSE OF THE DRAUGR 3:34

SACRAMENTUM GLADIATORUM/LUDUS MAGNUS 13:56

Total running time: 49:00

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As stated on the Rigor Mortis – Indiegogo fundraising page:

Texas Speed Metal pioneers, Rigor Mortis are asking for your help to finance the recording and release of SLAVES TO THE GRAVE – their fourth and final album. 

On Dec 23rd, 2012 we lost our brother and founding member, guitarist Mike Scaccia. Mike suffered a massive heart attack onstage with Rigor Mortis and died doing what he loved, playing his music with his friends and for his friends. Fortunately, just days before he left us, Mike was able to put the finishing touches on his tracks for what would unfortunately be his and Rigor Mortis’, final… and unquestionably finest, studio record.

Contribute Now By Clicking On Link Below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rigor-mortis-new-album-slaves-to-the-grave

Recorded in Feb 2012 at Ministry’s 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, Texas, STTG returns to the original first record line-up of Mike Scaccia – Guitars, Bruce Corbitt – Vocals, Harden Harrison – Drums, and Casey Orr – Bass. 

After shopping the record for months, we found that with no hope of touring to support the record, and no chance of a follow-up album, labels were reluctant to release STTG. Though we received nothing but positive feedback, labels were fearful of not recouping their investment without an active band to promote the record. This, combined with the floundering record industry and sketchy economy, we decided we would be better off self releasing Slaves To The Grave, and reaching out to the Metal community to help us give this record the release it deserves.

In addition to the studio cd, the first 5,000 copies will include a “making of” dvd.

We have both physical and digital distribution in place, manufacturing facility secured, new and improved website and store launching, and high-profile record release events planned.

The record is finished, the cover art is amazing, release date is set for Oct. 7th, 2014. All we need is funding. We’re shooting for a goal of $20,000. The money will go towards paying off our recording debt (studio, engineers, travel, mastering), as well as  artwork, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, and promotion. If we go past that goal, the money will go towards additional promotion, etc. as well as other Rigor Mortis projects such as re-pressing and re-releasing the back catalogue, vinyl releases, and new merch.

We’re offering a ton of cool incentives, like signed copies of the cd/dvd, LPs, posters, T-shirts, hoodys, patches, stickers, shot glasses, flasks, original artwork, merch bundles, and much more! We will keep adding rewards throughout the campaign.

So please, help if you can, and if moneys tight, then help us spread the word! We can’t wait for the world to hear what we feel is our greatest work – SLAVES TO THE GRAVE! 

Thanks!

RIGOR MORTIS – HISTORY

Rigor Mortis formed in 1983 in Arlington, Texas and immediately became a driving force in the original wave of North Texas Metal. With the emphasis on speed and the subject matter steeped in horror and gore, Rigor stood out as extreme intimidators, on and off stage. Starting out as a 3 piece composed of Mike Scaccia on guitar, Harden Harrison on drums, and Casey Orr on bass, the band added vocalist Bruce Corbitt in ’86 and quickly signed to Capitol Records, releasing their classic self titled debut record in ’88. Two years later, Corbitt left the band and Doyle Bright came in on vocals. Rigor went on to release two more records; FREAKS, on Metal Blade Records and RIGOR MORTIS vs. THE EARTH, on Triple X Records.

In 1991 Mike accepted an offer to join Ministry as well as Revolting Cocks, et al. Rigor Mortis was no more, but the four members remained close friends and supported each others’ endeavors. Mike continued working with Ministry off and on over the years, as well as appearing on countless other projects. For the last several years Mike had also become a rep and clinician for Gibson Guitars. Casey Orr joined shock rockers, GWAR, where he remained off and on from ’94 until mid 2011, in addition to working with a long list of other bands including Blohole (with Scaccia), Speedealer (with Harrison), The Burden Brothers, and The Hellions, to name a few. Harden Harrison went on to play drums with Pervis, Speedealer, Mitra, and most recently Hint Of Death. Bruce Corbitt formed DFW supergroup, Texas Metal Alliance, which evolved into the mighty Warbeast, releasing 2010’s “Krush The Enemy”, and 2013’s “Destroy”, both on Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records. Casey would join Warbeast in Feb. 2013. Doyle Bright is currently playing guitar with Atlanta Metal vets Hallows Eve.

In 2005, the original lineup of Scaccia, Orr, Harrison, and Corbitt reunited for was to be just a short run of shows. This, of course, led to more shows and talk of a new record. With all 4 members active with other projects and their personal lives, it took a while for the pieces to all fall into place, but in early February 2012, the band entered 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, and recorded their 4th album, SLAVES TO THE GRAVE.

On December 22nd, 2012, while playing onstage with Rigor Mortis in celebration of Bruce’s 50th birthday, Mike Scaccia suffered a sudden and massive heart attack. He was pronounced dead a short time later, after midnight on the 23rd. Rigor Mortis was over. The impact that Mike had on all that knew him is immeasurable. In life he touched us all with his talent and his sense of humor and his friendship. His passing changes everything for many of us. There will never be a fifth Rigor Mortis record. We will never play another show together as Rigor Mortis. Worst of all we’ll never laugh the way we used to.

But we will keep the flame burning. For Mike, for his family, for ourselves, and for the fans.

Rigor Mortis is dead. Long Live Rigor Mortis! 

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Contribute Now By Clicking On Link Below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rigor-mortis-new-album-slaves-to-the-grave

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LONG LIVE RIGOR MORTIS.

REST IN PEACE, MIKE SCACCIA.

Stone.

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)

Shadow Kingdom Records - Large Logo!

www.shadowkingdomrecords.com

shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com

www.facebook.com/ShadowKingdomRecords

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LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF POWERLORD.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

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)

Hells Headbangers Records - Logo - B&W

* 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.

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