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DARKENTRIES “The Make Believe” – 5 Song Debut EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, post-sludge, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey


4 Metal Fists Out Of 5!


DARKENTRIES is a Post-Sludge band from Columbia, South Carolina and one of the first signed bands to Kylesa’s new record label: Retro Futurist. Overall, this 5 song debut EP from Darkentries, The Make Believe, is a blend of extreme, macabre sound, vibes and emotions. If you can picture how the Melvins would sound being phenomenally pissed off, coupled with the dark anger of Trillion Red, then you’ll (hopefully) know what Darkentries is serving for Metal dinner… and it’s not your grandma’s mac and cheese.

With all of that above blab stated, Darkentries are unique, with an overriding Doom Metal quality and forceful energy about their Metal. If you like to be scared straight, then play this nifty EP in a total dark room by yourself. The vocals alone are an extreme showstopper and quite possibly from dark places unknown to mankind. Don’t allow the band’s look (see photo at bottom) deceive you. This band isn’t looking to share their time mulling over imported tea and biscuits; this Darkentries crew is instead looking to dominate a Metal genre and kick your eardrums into submission. Cool.

Darkentries plays at such a potent level of Post-Sludge Extreme and their Metal has an impressive enormous bite; their debut should catapult their career both among the underground dwellers and those above that know better. That’s my Metal assessment, anyways. Dig it? I sure dig Darkentries. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Hit the Bandcamp play button below and get your senses torched by Darkentries! Then buy their Metal and support this talented Metal act!


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Jonathan Warf – Guitar

Roger Caughman – Guitar

Bradford Marino – Bass

Hampton Dodd – Vocals

Josh Gilley – Drums


* Darkentries The Make Believe, was released on March 25th, 2014, via Retro Futurist, in both vinyl and digital download.

* Retro Futurist is a record label owned and operated by the core members of KYLESA.

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DIRTY CAKES BAND – “I’d Luv To See You Nakid” – 3 Song EP Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, grunge, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock and roll, rock bands, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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DIRTY CAKES BAND – Back on October 1st, 2013, I’d Luv To See You Nakid, the debut (3 song) EP from Dirty Cakes Band was self-released. It is available as a name your price at the (fabulous) music media platform known as Bandcamp (see below). This Psychedelic Desert Grunge band, in my Metal opinion, have 3 outstanding songs to launch their career from, therefore:


I really dig Dirty Cakes Band and there appears to be many others that do as well; especially of the female variety and one visit to their twitter page will explain what I mean. Dirty Cakes Band call Los Angeles, California, home. Their overall sound is a bounty of what I want to hear from an up and coming Hard Rock band. Dirty Cakes Band are (just enough) raw, while dabbling in a few Rock genres and molding it all together to make their own unique and refreshing musical statement.

Dirty Cakes Band have taken their brand of sound and united it with the relevancy of Classic Rock in a wonderful and memorable way. The future should surely be successful for Dirty Cakes Band, as long as they continue to make more great songs, tour and market themselves on social media with Rockin’ legit drive, hunger and passion. They’re certainly off to a tremendous start already. Metal be thy name. – Stone



Produced by: Dirty Cakes and Alana Downey

Recorded by: Robert Heft and Dirty Cakes

Recorded at: Songwriters Studio Services in Northridge and
The Cottage in Laurel Canyon

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I LOVE RICH – “Respect The Rich” Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Metal Fists Out Of 5!


I LOVE RICH – It happened a couple of weeks ago. I was minding my own business, while checking out my email inbox. Then I saw it. Rich, the frontman  for “I Love Rich” wanted to know if I would like a copy of his band’s new CD to review: Respect The Rich. The CD arrived in the mail some days later. I opened the package and stared at this fun looking CD cover art and thought, as the legendary Mick Jagger would sing: it’s only Rock And Roll (but I like it).

Before this historical email from Rich, I never heard of his band before. Heck, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The last thing I need in my Metal life right now is a group of Rock And Roll troublemakers, from Chicago, messing with me to review their new CD. I felt worry overcome me, slightly. I slapped in and listened to this Respect The Rich CD into my laptop; then eventually into my home stereo. Both results were the same. I LOVE RICH ROCKS!!

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One thing is for certain, Rich and his band have received an obvious influence from early 70′s KISS. That’s a very good thing too. Rich actually has a cool resemblance, vocally, to the legendary Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. In my Metal opinion, that is. Respect The Rich have 6 original songs on their new CD, with 2 added alternate versions of (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On. It’s honestly a fascinating song and Rocks so well! A true sing-along Hard Rock song if I’ve ever heard one.

I Love Rich plays their Hard Rock with conviction and there’s no smoke or mirrors about their sound or songs. Hell, Classic Rock and red-blooded Hard Rockers should get a dizzying kick out of this band! I Love Rich is a band that makes me proud to live in the Mid West. Just like my other Mid West, DIY band favorites, I Love Rich are contributing to the Rock And Roll cause in a very splendid way, indeed. ALL of the songs on Respect The Rich flat-out Rock and I would love to see I Love Rich in a live setting. Hell yes, I would.

With a BIG guitar driven sound, impressive vocals and kick-ass musicianship all-around, I Love Rich have delivered to me a memorable CD! You can’t kill blue-collar Rock And Roll and I Love Rich are proof positive of this. Life can be filled with Rockin’ surprises and that’s why I do check my email inbox everyday. A talented and underground Rock And Roll band that’s been paying their dues, going on 2 decades, I cannot resist respecting. I Love Rich and their Midwest Rock And Roll kicks legitimate ass. Metal be thy name. – Stone


Now… go online and buy Respect The Rich, it’s available on iTunes and at cdbaby. Click the cdbaby link below! Whoa!

YOU can listen to I Love Rich – Respect The Rich in its entirety, by using that super-amazing SoundCloud song box below! Whoa!

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RESPECT THE RICH – Track Listing:

01 – Respect The Rich (Intro)

02 – (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On

03 – Wake Up, Let Me Rock You

04 – We’re Here To Save Rock And Roll

05 – Fight The Fire

06 – If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck

07 – (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On (Rock En Espanol Version)

08 – (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On (Clean radio version AKA (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Love You With The Lights On)

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ICED EARTH “Among The Living Dead” – Song From “Plagues Of Babylon” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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ICED EARTHPlagues Of Babylon is the 11th studio album from America’s ICED EARTH and it’s a steamroller of True Metal to the nth degree! There’s no excuse for any fan of Metal to pass over this new ICED EARTH release! Plagues Of Babylon is mightily stocked with Metal songs that will shake the earth around you and Among The Living Dead is one of them!

Take a listen below to the powerful vocals of Stu Block and the riveting guitar talents of Jon Schaffer and Troy Seele. Turn the bass to high and allow Luke Appleton to send seismic waves through your skull. This is a damn great and eerie Metal song. This is American Heavy Metal. This is ICED EARTH. Metal be thy name. – Stone

ICED EARTH – Among The Living Dead Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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REBEL MEETS REBEL – 2006 Supergroup And Album Of David Allan Coe And Cowboys From Hell – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in country music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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During breaks from their full-time touring and recording, from 1999 to 2003, three-quarters of the iconic PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Dimebag Darrell) joined Metal forces with the legendary Country Outlaw, David Allan Coe, to form a band and record an album appropriately called: Rebel Meets Rebel  (Big Vin Records). D.A.C. and CFH (Cowboys From Hell). A new brand of Metal was born!

I remember like it was yesterday, when I bought Rebel Meets Rebel! I was happier than a farm hog in a pit of stinky hot mud, as I trotted out of my local Super Walmart with this CD in hand. Hell, this was a CD that boasted the guitar prowess of (the late) Dimebag Darrell! From the first moment Nothin’ To Lose started playing, I knew this supergroup was beyond special! I played this CD multiple times everyday, for at least a year! That’s how much I enjoyed this CD and STILL DO enjoy it!

Crank Up Nothin’ To Lose!! Hell Yeah!!

Rebel Meets Rebel is a keeper for life, for me. This CD is so rich with the spirit, vibes and sounds of Country/Southern Metal that it’s dizzying to put into words! Believe me, I consider it a blessing that these four legends decided to record these twelve songs together. It’s just so sad that Dimebag Darrell was not here to see Rebel Meets Rebel released; as it was truly embraced by his fans and climbed the Billboard Album Charts.

From many a PANTERA interview and article I’ve read over the years, combined with this CD’s liner notes, Dimebag Darrell was a huge fan of David Allan Coe. I can understand why. David Allan Coe’s resume speaks for itself and his rebellious songs are stuff of Country Music legend. David Allan Coe’s vocals just comes across as his being one tough son-of-a-bitch and gritty Rock ‘N Roll outlaw, while he surely savored every moment, on every song this CD has to offer! David Allan Coe is credited with writing all the lyrics for these songs as well.

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Dimebag Darrell is superb on guitar, his licks and riffs being so freaking heavy as shit! When anyone ever asks me what Country Metal is, I respond: Rebel Meets Rebel and D.A.C. with the CFH! Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown are (of course) terrific on drums and bass, respectively. Man, as I write this, I get so pissed off that Dimebag Darrell was taken from us all; he never deserved to die so young and so violently by a psychopath. As fans, we are truly blessed to have the music that Dimebag Darrell has left for us.

My favorite song (out of favorite songs) on Rebel Meets Rebel is: Cowboys Do More Dope. I just love, love that song! It’s a song that puts me in a freaking great mood in a micro second! It may not be the fastest Metal song ever; yet it’s one of the heaviest of Metal songs I’ve ever enjoyed, time and again! To paraphrase what David Allan Coe writes in the liner notes: this was to be the first time that the Country and Metal genres were to fuse in such a circumstance; however, Metallica and Garth Brooks get credit for doing it first. It figures. Despite how the timeline of events happened, as David Allan Coe wrote in the CD’s liner notes: “we are the real deal as they say, we are the Cowboys From Hell, that’s for real.”

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This Rebel Meets Rebel CD is the real Metal deal; it’s a thick and potent slice of imperative Metal history that can never be forgotten!

Metal be thy name. – Stone

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EASTERN SPELL “Entraced” – Southern Maine’s Underground DOOM METAL Troupe’s New Single Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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EASTERN SPELLUnderground Doom Metal has raised its calamitous head in Southern Maine. An underground Doom Metal sound that when played at maximum volume, the vibrations are equated to a one ton sledgehammer, as it’s being struck down upon a bolstered granite ledge; crippling and destroying all other sounds around it for miles. EASTERN SPELL is this underground Doom Metal troupe that makes such sonic Sludge enormity, as they, along with their new single, Entraced, are:

Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

At 11:10 long, Entraced is a Doom Metal epic, one that is capable of registering an impressive reading on the Richter magnitude scale. Seriously, no shit. This Doomed offering from EASTERN SPELL is an apocalyptic death march to a bottomless pit of hellfire; an evil hole of death that echoes the tormented souls of bubble-gum Pop fans, the sorry ones who’ve been eliminated from existence.

Listen And Watch For Yourself, Below, An Exercise In Underground Doom Metal Dominance! Metal Be Thy Name.

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Dan Rich – Guitar

Angus McFarland – Guitar

Eric Rancourt – Drums

Dennis Lausier – Bass

Chris Corrado  -Vocals


 This new single, Entraced, along with its video, are to prepare YOU and the world, for their record coming out late Winter!

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SINISTER REALM “Cyber Villain” – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SINISTER REALM – The third studio album from SINISTER REALM, World Of Evil, was released this past August 20th, via Shadow Kingdom Records. What a True Metal album it is! Filled with captivating songs that are all built on the foundation of Traditional Heavy Metal, World Of Evil has a cemented spot within the top 10 of Metal Odyssey’s Best Of Metal Albums list for 2013. Whoa.

One powerful song heard on World Of Evil is Cyber Villain. The True Metal mastery of SINISTER REALM can be heard by my ears on Cyber Villain; hopefully you too can hail the Metal glory that I’m hearing from this song as well, by taking a loud listen below! Metal be thy name.

SINISTER REALM – Cyber Villain Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Alex Kristof – vocals

John Gaffney – bass, guitar, background vocals

John Kantner – rhythm & lead guitar

John Risko – lead guitar

Chris Metzger – drums


* For More Recent Metal Odyssey Features On SINISTER REALM:


SINISTER REALM “World Of Evil” METAL Video Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

SINISTER REALM – A Metal Odyssey Exclusive Interview!

The above links are for original posts that have been featured on Metal Odyssey.


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VENGEANCE WITHIN “OBLIVION” – This Skull Splitting Song Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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VENGEANCE WITHIN started as a solo Metal project from (multi-instrumentalist) Sonny Luciano (guitars, bass, lyrics and drum programming). Recently, Jeff Robbins was recruited by Sonny Luciano to become a full-time lyricist and vocalist for all future albums. Currently, VENGEANCE WITHIN are having all their songs redone by a professional sound engineer.

These Metal warriors call Cleveland, Ohio their home and their songs are Blackened, Extreme and Melodic. Take a listen below to Oblivion from VENGEANCE WITHIN… and you shall forever know that VENGEANCE WITHIN is a rabid member of our Metal family, looking to spread their own brand of Metal chaos upon the masses! Metal be thy name.


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Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Lair Of The Minotaur - Godslayer EP - Promo Cover - 2013

LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR – If you crave your Metal brutal, grinding, extreme and so intensely serrated that it can carve out the souls of the damned and make them cry for centuries, then this 2 song Metal offering from Lair Of The Minotaur is for you. Just these 2 songs alone on Godslayer are so viciously potent, that after each listen, I feel I’ve been taught an Extreme Metal lesson by this Metal trio from the badass city of Chicago.

Steve Rathbone on guitar and vocals excels at fronting these songs; supplying the anger charged pulse that could frighten away a swarm of Spider Wasps. Lethal drumming from Chris Wozniak, coupled with the tremor inducing bass playing of Nate Olp, makes me realize that underground Metal bestows some of the finest musicians within our Metal universe. Lair Of The Minotaur have captured an extreme formula of Metal that they can valiantly call their own.

It’s not the big name record label we buy, my Metal brethren; it’s the Metal artists that we support and buy into. Lair Of The Minotaur is worth every Metal cent and Metal second of your valuable Metal time. Metal be thy name.

Lair Of The Minotaur – Godslayer was released back on April 20th, 2013, via The Grind-House.


GODSLAYER EP – Track Listing:


The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas


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All Hail The Mighty WITCH CROSS, For “Demon In The Mirror” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey


WITCH CROSS – Honestly, the Metal comeback story of the legendary WITCH CROSS is one for the METAL ages. Who would think this Metal band would ever return? And return they have! With a Metal vengeance! With their (also legendary) peers SATAN making a Metal comeback as well in 2013, I couldn’t be more overflowing with Metal glee!

What’s so remarkably impressive about this WITCH CROSS Metal comeback are their (obvious) connection to their fans, their wooing same fans at various European Metal festivals and the lead single, Demon In The Mirror, from their forthcoming NEW studio album: Axe To Grind.

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Metal as my witness, Demon In The Mirror has made me feel like a Metal kid again; making me feel the way I did when I first heard such classic Metal songs as: You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Judas Priest), Denim And Leather (Saxon), Power (Rainbow) and Bark At The Moon (Ozzy). Why those particular songs? Call it Metal imbedding in my (very own and personal) Metal soul and call it delicious Metal elements all coming together.

Demon In The Mirror exhibits elevated Metal vibes of profound substantial levels, is Old School and has a quasi-energetic outro (courtesy of guitarist Mike Kock) that (to me) rivals what the incredible Jake E. Lee had accomplished so brilliantly with the song classic Bark At The Moon. Kev Moore was born to sing Metal. This band was born to play Metal. For me, Witch Cross has created a thunder strike of Metal bliss with Demon In The Mirror.

Listen to and watch Demon In The Mirror below. If it doesn’t blow you away, your listening to the wrong genre of music. Metal be thy name.


Demon In The Mirror was produced by Peter Hansen.

Axe To Grind will have an international release date of July 13th, via Hells Headbangers.

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For the official press release on Axe To Grind, click on the link below!

WITCH CROSS News: HELLS HEADBANGERS Announces July 13th As The International Release Date For WITCH CROSS ‘Axe To Grind’

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 27, 2013.

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SEVER THE DRAMA – “Watching You” Music Video Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SEVER THE DRAMA – I crossed Metal paths with SEVER THE DRAMA and would like to share their raging music video, Watching You, with all my fellow Metal brethren. Watching You is the lead single from their (2010) debut album Vested Interest. I hereby make this Metal declaration:

SEVER THE DRAMA – Watching You music video is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

SEVER THE DRAMA calls Hartford, Connecticut home and are an unsigned Hard Rock/Metal band. This band bestows some potent Metal talent and should not fly under your Metal radar! I dig what I’m hearing from SEVER THE DRAMA; this is underground Heavy Music that must be heard and spread stateside and worldwide!

Take a listen and look below to Watching You… crank it up LOUD and remember these 3 words: SEVER THE DRAMA. Metal be thy name.

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Vested Interest was released back on December 12th, 2010.

Vested Interest is also available digitally at

Look for the forthcoming new album, Chasing Shadows, from SEVER THE DRAMA!



Chris Collman

Sam Hatch

Carl Murawski

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(As shown on their Reverbnation site):

Sever The Drama is as much a mission statement as a band name. This focused, driven four-piece from Hartford, CT delivers a dynamic Hard Rock experience. Intricate and explosive rhythms lay the foundation for solid bass, powerful guitars and melodic yet aggressive vocals.

Since 2009, Sever the Drama has been playing stages in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York – building its fan base. High powered, tight, visually arresting performances separate Sever the Drama from the rest.

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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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On this METAL Friday, May 3rd, 2013, I hereby METAL declare:

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* PANTERA has been a METAL Pick Of The Day before! Read all about it by clicking that kick-ass link below! Metal be thy name!

PANTERA – Revolver Magazine Special Collector’s Issue: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 21, 2012.

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IRON MAIDEN “No Prayer For The Dying” From 1990 Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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IRON MAIDEN – Back on October 1st, 1990, the 8th studio album, No Prayer For The Dying, from the iconic IRON MAIDEN was released. I bought this highly underrated IRON MAIDEN release on cassette, somewhere around its release date. It took many years before I upgraded No Prayer For The Dying to CD. Upgrading to CD’s after years of cassette, vinyl and (gulp) 8-track purchases is costly, you know?

Before I go any further in celebrating this IRON MAIDEN classic, (yes, it’s a classic to me), I shall make this Metal declaration:






Over the decades, I’ve read many mixed reviews and comments about this IRON MAIDEN offering. What the hell gives? It’s not like this album can be compared to The Number Of The Beast, Powerslave or even the Paul Di’Anno era IRON MAIDEN. As the legendary Lenny Wolf of Kingdom Come would say: It is what it is.

I honestly feel No Prayer For The Dying is one ROCK SOLID slab of IRON MAIDEN, especially since this album was released back in 1990; when Heavy Metal was supposedly butchered by bands that came out of Seattle. Whatever. That’s for another Metal day and debate I guess.

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My favorite song on this IRON MAIDEN album is: Holy Smoke. Holy shit, does this song actually… SMOKE! I’m telling anyone who wants to listen: this song revs me up like there’s no Metal tomorrow! Holy Smoke is 100% relentless with its guitar driven attack! Whoa. Plus, the infinitely legendary Bruce Dickinson sings his ass off on this song and the entire album for that matter. ‘Nuff said about that, my fellow Metal brethren.

No Prayer For The Dying has the omission of (the also legendary) guitarist Adrian Smith. That did (and still does) super suck to the maximum potential. I gather it’s a long story and who really gives a crap now? Adrian Smith has been back with IRON MAIDEN for years now; since Brave New World was released in 2000. For No Prayer For The Dying, the already Metal seasoned Janick Gers stepped into the guitar slot left vacant by Adrian Smith, joining guitar guru Dave Murray; and Janick Gers hasn’t left IRON MAIDEN since.

Released via Epic Records, No Prayer For The Dying has been certified Gold by the RIAA Gold & Platinum Program (for U.S. sales). Metal be thy name.

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Holy Smoke               

No Prayer For The Dying                

Public Enema Number One            

Fates Warning                      

The Assassin             

Run Silent Run Deep                       

Hooks In You            

Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter            

Mother Russia


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W.A.S.P. – The Legendary Blackie Lawless And His Band = Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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W.A.S.P. - Without further delay, I hereby make this METAL declaration on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, that:











W.A.S.P. - Tour Dates - Festivals - 2013

Here is Stone’s favorite W.A.S.P. album of all-time:

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W.A.S.P. - THE LAST COMMAND – (1985)

Stone Says: There’s truly never been a W.A.S.P. album I’ve never liked. Some W.A.S.P. albums I just like more than others. It’s my Metal belief, that, Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale really did get me hooked on W.A.S.P. (back in the day). Around 6 years ago or so, Scott Coverdale reinvigorated my allegiance to the W.A.S.P. Nation once again… and I thank him for that. Hell yes, I do.

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W.A.S.P. – LIVE IN THE RAW (1987)


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I also hope that one day, toilet paper is manufactured with the PMRC letters on it; so I can wipe my METAL lovin’ ass with it.


Motörhead – Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey


Today I make the METAL declaration that:

Motörhead is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

It will serve you right.

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Left to right: Phil Campbell, Lemmy Kilmister, Mikkey Dee


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TOKYO DRAGONS “Give Me The Fear” – This Hard Rockin’ Album From 2005 Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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TOKYO DRAGONS – They came from London, England. They played in-your-face, denim and leather wrapped, good-times Hard Rock. Their debut album Give Me The Fear was released back in 2005, via Escapi Music. This band certainly packed 100% Heavy Rockin’ potency and Give Me The Fear is 100% proof, to my middle-aged and Metal scorched ears. Tokyo Dragons was their name and how I wish they were still in the Hard Rock game!

Apparently, Tokyo Dragons is no longer a band. From what I’ve read, Tokyo Dragons disbanded back in 2008; just after releasing their sophomore album Hot Nuts. With no official website or facebook page existing for this band, the alternative source for information is reading about their career biography on Wikipedia. Now that’s an unfortunate thing.

What I do know is what I hear and Give Me The Fear is an amazing experience of Hard Rock bliss upon my senses! This debut from Tokyo Dragons could have easily been titled: Psyche-You-Out-Of-Your-Hard-Rockin’-Party-Lovin’ Mind! ALL 11 songs on Give Me The Fear are high-octane and pedal to the metal! This is an album that can be enjoyed by both Classic Rock and Hard Rock fans alike; with the 80′s Heavy Metal crowd undoubtedly included!

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There’s so many memorable riffs and hooks on Give Me The Fear that it’s flat-out insane! Guitar driven to the maximum and lead vocalist/guitarist Steve Lomax sounds like a seasoned superstar of the Hard Rock world. To me, Tokyo Dragons were (very likely) feeling and sharing some legitimate Hard Rockin’ chemistry as a band, when they recorded their debut; it’s such a damn shame they’re no longer around.

I landed Give Me The Fear on CD this past weekend; finding a used copy at a store called Buybacks Entertainment. For $2.99, I couldn’t have spent my money any wiser! Due to Give Me The Fear, I’ve been transported from being unfamiliar with Tokyo Dragons to being a fan of their heavy music. Tokyo Dragons played some blue-collar, kick-ass Hard Rock. ‘Nuff said.

In my most honest opinion, Tokyo Dragons wasn’t any copycat band. Fans of AC/DC to Cheap Trick (with Helix, Fastway and Motörhead fans in-between) can all find something to savor from Give Me The Fear. I know I’m savoring every moment, each and every time I listen to this album. Now if only Tokyo Dragons would reunite… that would be Hard Rock news to celebrate. Metal be thy name.


Give Me The Fear – Track Listing:

What The Hell

Get ‘Em Off

Do You Wanna?

Come On Baby

Let It Go

Johnny Don’t Wanna Ride

Teenage Screamers

Ready Or Not

Burn On

Rockin’ The Stew

Chasing The Night



Steve Lomax – lead vocals & guitar

Phil Martini – drums & vocals

Mal Bruk – guitar & vocals

Ade Easily – bass guitar

In the liner notes of Give Me The Fear, it reads: “Tokyo Dragons welcome aboard Mathias Stady on Bass Guitar.”


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VOIVOD – “Target Earth” Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in experimental metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, news, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Voivod - Target Earth - promo cover pic!

VOIVODTarget Earth, is the 13th studio album from Progressive/Thrash Metal legends VOIVOD. Guitarist Daniel Chewy Mongrain meritoriously steps in for the late, legendary (and irreplaceable) Denis “Piggy” D’Amour and fits in perfectly with the entire world of unique Metal sound that only VOIVOD delivers. Co-founder and bass guitarist Jean-Yves Thériault appears once again on this (thoroughly memorable) VOIVOD album; with Jean’s last VOIVOD studio album contribution being 1991′s Angel Rat.

When a band of such influential status like VOIVOD sticks to their (musical) roots while avoiding any unnecessary reinvention of their own Metal wheel, grand things can happen. Target Earth is such a “grand thing” and I am overjoyed by both this album and VOIVOD’s admirable perseverance. With 2013 being the 30th Anniversary of VOIVOD, old school fans should be drooling over Target Earth. New fans of this Canadian national Metal treasure are surely being recruited into the VOIVOD realm, thanks in part to this band’s tour stops and Progressive/Thrash relevancy.


I’ve always embraced the originality of VOIVOD, their blend of sound coupled with experimentation really has survived a bevy of “flavor of the month” genres over the decades; while their underground aura will never vanish, regardless of how popular they are in our Metal circles. As strange as this sounds, my 80′s VOIVOD collection of Metal has survived on none other than… cassettes. I’ll never part with them either, just as I’ll never part with Target Earth.

There’s always been that comfort food type of vibe I get from VOIVOD’s Metal and I’ll never be able to explain it away. Target Earth is not just a must album for 2013; it has earned my required status among Metal albums for 2013. Get into The VOD and thank me forever. Target Earth surely will be in my Top Twenty Metal Albums Of 2013 list; this new offering from VOIVOD is that beneficial to my Metal soul. Metal be thy name.

Album artwork created by Away.

VOIVOD Target Earth was released on January 22nd, 2013, via Century Media.

Voivod - group promo banner - 2012 - #1


Denis Snake Bélanger - vocals

Daniel Chewy Mongrain – guitar

Michel Away Langevin – drums

Jean-Yves Thériault - bass


For more info on VOIVOD, click on the links below!

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REBELLION – Germany’s METAL Warriors Are: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Rebellion - Group Promo Pic - 2012 - #2!!

REBELLION – When you think of German Metal, dozens of legendary bands come to mind, huh? Scorpions, Helloween, Gamma Ray, WarlockDORO, Primal Fear, EDGUY,  Grave Digger, Michael Schenker, Blind Guardian, UnisonicSinner, U.D.O., ACCEPT, Rammstein, JORN, Masterplan, Kreator, Sodom, Iron Savior, Running WildRAGE, TankardVanden Plas; the list goes on and on!

I suppose my Metal point is that Germany is downright synonymous with: METAL. Instead, make that: Metal Excellence. REBELLION have carved out their very own chapter(s) in the history of German Metal (and worldwide Metal for that matter); chapters that screams out the Metal (musical) competence of such a genuine Metal band. Regardless of lineup changes, REBELLION seems to live by their own name, rebelling against the Metal status quo and/or follow-the-leader mentality.

REBELLION is a German Metal band that in my Metal opinion, have earned both their Metal Warrior and legendary Metal status. I’m talking about a Metal band here that plays True Metal to the ultra muscular core. REBELLION lets their Metal do the talking. Like many of their German Metal peer bands, REBELLION have always maintained a consistent output of quality albums and have recruited an untold number of loyal fans worldwide; without the mainstream acceptance from the auto-tuned infested/commercial charts of the U.S. market. Thank the Metal Gods for that.


Rebellion - The Best Of Viking History - cover promo pic!

A tremendous way to become familiar with REBELLION, (not to mention an instant fan), is to pick up their 2012 digital-only release of: REBELLION – The Best Of Viking History via Massacre Records. At $5.99 (U.S.), you’re getting 14 songs from the potent Metal catalog of REBELLION. Trust in my Metal word, this is the crème de la crème from these Metal Warriors.

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The recently released REBELLION studio album is 100% heavy as F**CK and I look upon it as one of the best Metal albums to have been released back in 2012. The overall driving Metal power from Arminius: Furor Teutonicus (Massacre Records) is phenomenal to my ears and senses! I highly recommended this new REBELLION album to ALL Metal fans of any Metal genre. Yes, Arminius: Furor Teutonicus is that powerful of an album. Metal be thy name.



For more info on REBELLION, click on the links below!

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ANGEL WITCH “As Above, So Below” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ANGEL WITCH – One Metal release I couldn’t wait to get my ears into this year is the new studio album from London’s True Metal ambassadors known as Angel Witch. As Above, So Below is the newly forged Metal release from Angel Witch (and 5th overall) released back on March 26th, via Metal Blade Records. What a Metal album! Whoa!

It doesn’t bother me one bit if some material I hear on this album was written years ago… this is pure, 100%, with no fillers added Metal. Old School, raw, tough and dark is this new Metal offering from Angel Witch. This is just the way I (and countless other fans) wanted and needed it from Kevin Heybourne and his band!

To say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this Angel Witch release is as truthful as it gets. Kevin Heybourne on vocals and guitar is stellar! Andrew Prestiedge on drums and Will Palmer on bass are equally stellar! Angel Witch are NWOBHM pioneers and Metal legends. I couldn’t put it any more simple than that. This is a Metal band that deserves any and all the Metal applause they have received this past year and I’m right up front jumping up and down.

The consistent thought among fellow Metal Music writers has been what could have been with a more expansive discography from Angel Witch over the decades. I myself wish that Angel Witch could have been more of a powerful force, however, this is the here and now and Angel Witch is alive and well in 2012. Angel Witch is as important to our Metal world today as they were in the early 80′s. Our underground world of Metal has their pit bull back and As Above, So Below is rabid proof of this. Metal legends such as Angel Witch thrive and they’ve risen once again.


Side Note: I was fortunate to receive a brand new hard copy of As Above, So Below from a long-distance Metal Buddy named Mike. This very cool Metal Buddy knew I was having difficulty locating it at the retail store level where I live and he hooked me up by ordering it at his local record shop! I very much appreciated this old school gesture from Metal Buddy Mike. I’ve always said: Metal unites us all. (I’ve stopped purchasing CD’s online cause I’m trying to curb (some) spending with my credit card(s). Every little bit of cutting back on the plastic does help, I say!)


As Above, So Below – Track Listing:

Dead Sea Scrolls

Into The Dark


The Horla

Witching Hour

Upon This Cord




Album cover artwork is titled: “The Last Judgement” – created by English Romantic Painter John Martin.

For more info on ANGEL WITCH, click on the links below!

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Thank You, Metal Buddy Mike!


OVERKILL “HORRORSCOPE” – 1991 Thrash Metal Classic Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands, thrash metal music with tags , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

OVERKILL – When I think back to 1991, I remember being piss-poor and madly in love with my eventual wife. Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale would stop over my house to play endless hours of Sega Genesis games; with NHLPA Hockey and John Madden Football being insanely addictive to us both! Yeah, 1991 sure seems like a long time ago… then there are days when it seems like 1991 was yesterday. Go figure.

When I did have a ten bill to spend on myself back then, I would usually buy a cassette cause CD’s had cost at least five to seven dollars more. One cassette I bought that I still own to this day is Overkill’s 5th release known as: Horrorscope. What an amazing Thrash Metal listen it still is, after all these (many) years! Man, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve listened to Horrorscope.

That Horrorscope cassette never wore out though. It’s now buried in a box of other cassettes of mine, somewhere  among other boxes of stuff. I would’ve dug it out to take a photo of it for this post, only I got too damn excited to announce Horrorscope as Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day! I did upgrade my ownership of Horrorscope to CD just a few years ago, believe it or not. My cassette version of Horrorscope boasts the cover you see at the very top of this post. Here is what the alternate cover looks like on my CD version:

Chaly graces this alternate cover for Horrorscope. F’n cool, huh?

This Overkill lineup heard on Horrorscope may not have been the original lineup, still, I’ve appreciated every Overkill lineup over the years. The mainstay duo of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth and D.D. Verni keeping this Overkill Thrash Metal machine thriving, over the decades, is nothing short of spectacular. The non-stop Thrash Metal assault upon my ears, which I’ve enjoyed from Horrorscope, is nothing short of spectacular either!

If you’ve begun compiling an Overkill collection of CD’s, vinyl or cassettes, you absolutely must buy Horrorscope sooner rather than later! Overkill even covers the 1973 Rock instrumental classic from The Edgar Winter Group: Frankenstein. Trust me when I say that this Overkill cover version is killer! I especially love this song (both the original and Overkill cover) during the Halloween season. Makes sense to me.

As with any Overkill album from their gloriously Thrashing catalog, Horrorscope is comfort food to my Metal lovin’ ears and Metal hungry soul. Some things in life were meant to bring me happiness: family, friends, Metal Buddies, Metal, mashed potatoes, cold beer, doritos and of course… Overkill. Metal be thy name.

Above is the back cover of the Horrorscope CD.


OVERKILL – Lineup On Horrorscope:

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – vocals

D.D. Verni – 4 & 8 string bass, backing vocals

Sid Falck – drums

Merritt Gant – guitars, backing vocals

Rob Cannavino – guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals

HORRORSCOPE – Track Listing:



Blood Money

Thanx For Nothin’

Bare Bones


New Machine


Live Young, Die Free

Nice Day… For A Funeral



Horrorscope was originally released on Atlantic Records.

For more info on OVERKILL, click on the links below!

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