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Thrashers PROWLER Announce New Album ‘From The Shadows’

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , on May 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Is it fair to state that as metalheads we spend a lot of our time checking out new records? Hunting out the next big thing that we can introduce our friends to, something new, and something that evokes the feelings we once got on an almost daily basis back in the day when first discovering metal.

However, on occasion we’re brought back to the classics, the old Metallica records, early Annihilator and so forth; the exact records we discovered on the voyage of metal discovery. Yet sometimes those old classics just don’t quite hit the spot… And that’s exactly what makes bands such as Prowler a breath of fresh fucking air. Everything we’ve heard before is there, it’s familiar, but it’s new and that’s the fundamental difference.

Formed in 2010, Prowler went on to release four EP’s and a box set before signing to Slaney Records to release their debut album After You in 2013, and The New Blood EP later that same year. The thrash titans hailing from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are now on the verge of unleashing yet another beast of a record, their second full length entitled From The Shadows. Overseen by Roger Lian, the same man who was responsible for Slayer’s South Of Heaven and countless others including Overkill, Pantera and Damageplan; you can be assured a great production.

The world won’t go on fire, journalists won’t be scrambling over each other to make up new genre terms (thank god) but that is exactly the point! What you will find is a sterling record in the vein of old school thrash, heavy, destructive and as brazen as the first waves of the genre and unleashed by a troupe of young fiery musicians with the same raw energy captured back in the day on the likes of Ride The Lightning.

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Artwork (as seen above) was completed by Spanish artist Noël Puente.

From The Shadows – Track List:

1. R.O.T.L.D
2. Out Of The Fog
3. I Am Wolf
4. The Thing Not Seen
5. Pet Sematary (The Ramones Cover)
6. Return To The Lot
7. Death On Wheels
8. Creature Of The Black

From The Shadows is out 20th July via Slaney Records.

Listen To ‘No Life ’till Leatherface’ from The New Blood EP



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DEATHBLOW ‘The Other Side of Darkness’ Is Now Available On CD

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , on May 15, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo by: Brock Grossl

The Other Side of Darkness from Salt Lake City Thrashers DEATHBLOW is now available on CD format! Order the CD and stream the The Other Side of Darkness in its entirety at this location or below:

The sophomore release continues the scorched earth campaign launched with 2014 debut full-length Prognosis Negative, upping the intensity level, sharpening the songwriting, and leaving any fan of true blue Thrash Metal in a state of pure bliss.

 The Other Side of Darkness was recorded by Andy Peterson and DEATHBLOW. Peterson also handled mixing and mastering duties. Cover art comes courtesy of Andreas Marschall. The Other Side of Darkness is without question, recommended for fans of KREATOR, SODOM, VOIVOD, and DESTRUCTION.

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  1. Beyond Obsession
  2. Means To An End
  3. The Other Side Of Darkness
  4. Headless Throne
  5. Death Wish


“This isn’t cookie-cutter thrash. This is a creative band with the technical flash to match their brain-twisting compositional skill.” 

No Clean Singing

 “Here’s a band that unapologetically writes thrash songs that play to the rawness of the early years of the style .”

Sea of Tranquility


Source: ClawHammer PR

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WARBEAST – Texas Thrash Behemoths Prepare For Live Takeovers; Band Welcomes Two New Recruits

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Texas Thrash behemoths, WARBEAST, are readying for a long-anticipated live takeover with a slew of one-off shows through their homestate and beyond throughout the Spring and Summer months. The festivities commence this Friday in San Antonio at Fitzgerald’s. The following evening, the band will bring their sonic devastation to Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 in Houston alongside Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards and more.

Additional WARBEAST live incursions include an appearance at the Ft. Worth Metal Fest in Ft. Worth on Memorial Day weekend, with Eyehategod and Goatwhore, One Fest 2015 in Dallas, with Mobile Deathcamp and Devourment and Full Terror Assault Open Air Fest in Cave-In-Rock, with Fear Factory, Eyehategod and M.O.D with future onstage infiltrations being deliberated.

The latest bout of live mayhem finds WARBEAST with an updated lineup featuring newest recruits, second guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud (stepson of vocalist Bruce Corbitt), two young, thirsty Lonestar thrash heads and longtime WARBEAST devotees. Comments Corbitt, “We are back with a new lineup and we’re ready to hit the stage again doing what we do best, that is to kick some ass Texas thrash style! We are also busy working on some new songs and  talking about entering the studio sometime in August to record this deadly new material. I’m anxious to start this next chapter of WARBEAST. It will be memorable, I can guarantee everyone that much!”


5/08/2015 Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX

5/09/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX @ Welcome To Hell Fest 2015 w/ Deadhorse, Poor Dumb Bastards, more…

5/15/2015 Blue Max – Midland, TX

5/22/2015 The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ft. Worth Metal Fest w/ Eyehategod, Goatwhore

6/05/2015 Hangar 21 – Shreveport, LA

6/12/2015 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill – Dallas, TX

6/26/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX

8/01/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX @ One Fest 2015 w/ Mobile Deathcamp, Devourment

8/15/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK

9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault Open Air Fest – Cave-In-Rock, IL w/ Fear Factory, Terrorizer, Eyehategod, M.O.D.

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WARBEAST was originally forged in the Fall of 2006 under the name Texas Metal Alliance. In April of 2009 the band officially changed their name to WARBEAST and united with Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records. WARBEAST‘s roots are firmly entrenched in the legendary ’80s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas’ most furious thrash exports while drummer Joey Gonzalez now also provides blastbeats and mayhem for Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals.

WARBEAST‘s live shows prove equally impressive having already massacred crowds alongside the likes of Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Arson Anthem, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, haarp, Child Bite, Hymns, Author & Punisher, Gwar, Goatwhore, Destruction, Danzig, Samhain, Goblin, Municipal Waste, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pig Destroyer and countless others.

Stand by for further WARBEAST developments in the coming weeks.


Source: Earsplit PR

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TORMENTOR – Sign With Static Tension Recordings; New Album Due Out In July

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on May 5, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Static Tensions Recordings is pleased to announce its latest signing, California thrashers TORMENTER. The label will be releasing the band’s previously self-released album Prophetic Deceiver, which received rave reviews upon release. The album is set to be released on July 24 2015. The band is recommended if you like Exodus, Warbringer and Destruction.

Static Tension Recordings CEO Kyle Stevens had the following to say about the signing:

“We are proud to announce La Puenta, CA’s Tormenter to our ever-expanding family of artists.  Tormenter have built a large and loyal fan base in their home market and are now poised to build that fan base across North America.  With melodic riffs and a sound that incorporates melodic thrash and death metal, Tormenter are poised to be your next favorite band!”

Listen to the track “Exile From Flesh” from Prophetic Deceiver here:

The band is also embarking on a tour of the South West United States, beginning in June. The tour, which is being called UNREST IN THE SOUTHWEST, will consist of eight dates. All shows will be played with fellow Californian’s CONCRETE SLEDGE. Tour dates can be found below.

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Static Tension Recordings online:




Source: Dewar PR





On This Day In SLAYER History – April 18th

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , on April 18, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s third studio album, Reign In Blood, is ranked at #21, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Reign In Blood was released back in 1986.

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4 – 18 – 2015 – The fourth studio album from SLAYER, South Of Heaven, is ranked at #32, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. South Of Heaven was released back in 1988.

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4 – 18 – 2015Seasons In The Abyss, the fifth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #34, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Seasons In The Abyss was released back in 1990.

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4 – 18 – 2015Christ Illusion, the ninth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #50, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Christ Illusion was released back in 2006.

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4 – 18 – 2015World Painted Blood, the tenth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #51, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. World Painted Blood was released back in 2009.

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4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s eighth studio album, God Hates Us All, is ranked at #59, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. God Hates Us All was released back in 2001.

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4 – 18 – 2015Show No Mercy, the debut album from SLAYER, is ranked at #70, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This amazing album was released back in 1983. Whoa!

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4 – 18 – 2015SLAYER’s seventh studio album, Diabolus In Musica, is ranked at #74, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 1998.

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4 – 18 – 2015Divine Intervention, the sixth studio album from SLAYER, is ranked at #86, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This album was released back in 1994.







ARTILLERY – Denmark Thrash Veterans To Kick Off United Legions Tour 2015 + First Ever Shows In China Confirmed

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Denmark Thrash battalion, ARTILLERY, will return to the US this Friday to kick off the United Legions Tour 2015. Set to initiate in Los Angeles, California, the trek will trample sixteen stages including an appearance at RK NYDM Spring Bash in Cudahy, Wisconsin before wrapping up on April 27th in Salt Lake City, Utah. ARTILLERY will be joined by Striker, VX36, Potential Threat and Dahlmers Realm.

From there, ARTILLERY will embark upon their first ever tour of China commencing in Beijing on April 30th and concluding in Tangshan on May 10th. Visit for a full listing of dates.

Guitarist Michael Stützer comments:ARTILLERY are proud to return for our first headlining tour in the USA and can’t wait to go to China for the first time! We are looking forward to playing songs from our latest album, Legions, together with old classic songs like ‘Terror Squad’ and ‘Khomaniac!’ Join The Legions!”

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ARTILLERY w/ Striker, VX36:

4/10/2015 Five Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA
4/11/2015 The Drunken Lass – Prescott, AZ
4/12/2015 Blue Max – Midland, TX
4/13/2015 The Three Links – Deep Ellum, TX
4/14/2015 The Dirty Dog – Bar Austin, TX
4/15/2015 Walter’s – Houston, TX
4/16/2015 Siberia- New Orleans, LA
4/17/2015 West End Live – Orlando, FL
4/19/2015 The Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
4/21/2015 The Pour House Music Hall – Raleigh, NC
4/22/2015 The Syndicate Venue – Birmingham, AL
4/23/2015 Good Time Charlie’s – Tupelo, MS
4/24/2015 The Metal Grille RK NYDM Spring Bash ’15- Cudahy, WI
4/25/2015 Vaudeville Mews Des – Moines, IA
4/26/2015 Bushwacker’s Saloon – Denver, CO
4/27/2015 The Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT

ARTILLERY was forged in the Copenhagen suburb of Taastrup, Denmark in 1982 by Michael and Morten Stützer. Successfully fusing abrasive brutality, precision and strong melodies, with the bracing guitar leads of the Stützer-brothers serving as highlights, ARTILLERY stands among Europe’s oldest and most important exponents of thrash metal.

On August 2nd, ARTILLERY will return to Medley Studios with producer Søren Andersen to begin recording the follow-up to 2013’s critically lauded Legions. Some working song titles include “Cosmic Brain,” “Deity Machine” and “Sin Of Innocence.” The as-yet-untitled long player will see release via Metal Blade Records in late 2015. Further info to be announced soon. In the meantime, check out music and videos from Legions now at

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Critical Praise:

ARTILLERY are doing what they were surely born to do, namely hurling impressively intricate, ridiculously tight thrash anthems from every direction, they are still unstoppable.” – Terrorizer

“…one of the best thrash metal albums this year…” – Iron Fist

“…this new album proves that they’re still fighting on, with no end to the war for thrash metal in sight.” –


Source: Earsplit PR

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MERIDIUS Self-Titled EP – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


MERIDIUS is a Thrash Metal band out of British Columbia, Canada and their 3 song, self-titled EP has been released on March 20th. I really dig this band’s logo and the chosen color of red on black. That’s old school, man. Hopefully I don’t use this “old school” phrase too often; only old school kicks major ass and I live for old school Metal. Are you old school?

This EP contains a whole lot of guitar crunch, along with plenty of reasons to crank up the volume LOUD and bang thy head. The guitar solo on Walk The Plank is unreal good stuff and I admire how MERIDIUS mellows out musically in the final minute of this song; a courageous touch that works just fine for me.

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I’m really impressed by how in-your-face the guitars are and still the vocals and rhythm section explode into the forefront as well. In other words, nothing gets buried in these songs. Another impressive element to MERIDIUS is the vocals of Eric Willmott who pronounces the lyrics in a Tom Araya (South Of Heaven) style.

What I really enjoy most is this band is a bounty of Thrash Metal promise and they don’t go for the need-for-speed route; one that would transform them into an Extreme band anyways. MERIDIUS sounds like they’re on course for some great achievements in Metal, both with their convincing musical talent and strong EP of songs. I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears on MERIDIUS. Metal be thy name. – Stone


Track Listing: Meridius – Self Titled EP

  1. Speed Kills (3:42) – BandcampSoundcloudYoutube
  2. Walk The Plank (5:27) – Bandcamp| SoundcloudYoutube
  3. Conquer The Throne (4:17) – Bandcamp| SoundcloudYoutube

EP Length: 13:27


EP and Live Band Line Up:

Kieran Marquis – Lead Guitar

Eric Willmott – Vocals

Sam Buchanan – Rhythm Guitar

Peter Reimann – Bass Guitar

Nolan Olson – Drums








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