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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

Meridius - promo EP cover pic - 2015 - #03MMOEP1

4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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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.

Meridius - Promo Band Pic - 2015 - #03M21MO

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

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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

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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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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE MERIDIUS.

LONG LIVE CANADA.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

BIOTOXIC WARFARE “Lobotomized” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , on March 28, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Biotoxic Warfare - Lobotomized - promo cover pic - #2015BW

4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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Biotoxic Warfare released their debut full-length, Lobotomized, on January 19th of this year, via Slaney Records. This band originates from Greece and list Kreator, Sodom and many of the U.S. old school Death Metal bands as their influences. Biotoxic Warfare have learned well from listening to such legendary influences and it is heard loud and clear on Lobotomized.

The opening track Mors Indecepta is an instrumental, one which builds up at a moderate pace, reminding me of Metallica’s Ride The Lightning era. Biotoxic Warfare plays Thrash Metal that is refreshingly original and they are obviously committed to what their peers Havok and Warbringer have done; that is to write, record and execute old school Thrash with 0% smoke and mirrors.

Biotoxic Warfare - promo band photo - #2015BWTM

Lyrically, Biotoxic Warfare takes no prisoners in standing up to world religions and religious beliefs, on Lobotomized. The cover art to Lobotomized says it all and I do declare the artwork screams: F’N METAL!! What is so great is how much Biotoxic Warfare makes me want to put on unlaced sneakers and a denim jacket, yet I can’t due to the freaking super cold weather we keep having here in Ohio. Yeah, my work boots and leather jacket do keep me warmer. Sorry for the momentary rant.

There are (too many to count) delectable riffs and solos exploding from Lobotomized. Mike on vocals is fabulous and doesn’t sound like any other big name from the past; something I find very embracing! Dimator on lead guitar and Stelios on rhythm guitar are an unreal six string duo to listen to, damn right they are! The rhythm section of Panagiwtis PS on bass and Orestis on drums round out this band and yes they kick Metal ass on Lobotomized too.

LISTEN to ENTIRE album below! Whoa!

Seriously, Biotoxic Warfare is a Thrash Metal band that the Metal community across every continent MUST know about and get on board with. All 8 songs on Lobotomized are formidable and worthy of being the opening track to this album. It would be sensational to see one of our Big 4 bands take Biotoxic Warfare out on tour with them; Thrash fans need to know that our Metal future has Biotoxic Warfare in it and all will be okay. Metal be thy name. – Stone

Lobotomized - Track List: Mors Indecepta, Proclaim The Gospel Of Lies, Baptized In Blood And Greed, Dysphoric Reality, Lobotomized, Lust For Hate, Parasitic Life, As We Rot (Promises Of Heaven)

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* For more info on BIOTOXIC WARFARE:

Facebook: Biotoxic Warfare

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE BIOTOXIC WARFARE.

LONG LIVE GREECE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

‪CLAUSTROFOBIA – Announce Headline European Tour!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Claustrofobia - promo band pic - 2015 - #0313CMO

“Get ready for brutal metal with real feeling from the fucking third world! We are gonna put the mosh pit on fire so pay attention and join us!”

Heady advice from vocalist and guitarist Marcus D’Angelo on what Europe can expect when Brazilian Thrash heavyweights Claustrofobia come crashing into town on their headline Visceral European Tour.

The band announce a 29 date tour taking in eleven different countries over nearly two months on the road, and include appearances alongside the likes of Primordial and Fleshgod Apocalypse at Portugal’s SWR Festival [01/05/15]. More dates will be added in the coming weeks.

For now to give you a taste of what to expect on the tour, watch the band’s video for track ‘Bastardos do Brasil’ from most recent album release, Peste [2011/2014]:

Claustrofobia has been causing brutal Thrash mayhem in Brazil and beyond for the past twenty years and the band is looking forward to celebrating their anniversary with their European fans! Comments Marcus, “To play live is the real ambition of bands like us. We don’t like ‘internet bands'; we prefer to play face to face. We will play gigs almost everyday so we will spread our music around.”

The band has also released an exclusive DVD entitled Visceral 20 Years showcasing Claustrofobia’s journey to the well-oiled Thrash machine that it is today.

And it’s not just about the celebration of the past twenty years, it’s about looking to the future too as the band is only recently out of the recording studio with none other than producer Russ Russell [Napalm Death, The Exploited, Evile] at the helm.

“We are very excited with the results!”, states Marcus. “It is gonna be a great album with a futurist vibe and it will hopefully open up our own sound in a new way.’ The untitled album, which as of yet does not have any label attachment, can be expected nearer the end of 2015.

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On Fire Booking Agency Presents

Claustrofobia ‘Visceral’ European Tour

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“Claustro is here to stay. See you on the road.” 

www.facebook.com/claustrofobiaofficial

www.claustrofobia.com.br

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Source: Future PR

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ‪ CLAUSTROFOBIA.

LONG LIVE BRAZIL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Israeli Thrashers SHREDHEAD To Release “Death Is Righteous” Via Mighty Music On January 12th

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 27, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Shredhead - Death Is Righteous - promo album cover pic - 2014

Israeli Thrashers SHREDHEAD are set to release Death is Righteous on January 12, 2015, via Mighty Music. Mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen (Suicide Silence, The Haunted, Aborted, Sick of It All), the new album redefines SHREDHEAD’s musical style, making it more mature, more melodic, more groovy, and much heavier than anything they’ve done. Throughout 41 intense minutes the band blasts away with brute force. Ranging from songs that are aggressive and fast to laid back and groovy, the music is enhanced by lyrics that hit close to home.

The name of the album describes the concept, which is that death comes to us all in the end, just as it should. These 11 tracks map the way to self-destruction, in all of its aspects and forms in a life that needs to end. On Death is Righteous the now Berlin-based group brings what’s true and honest with a relentless energy that resonates from the first note to the last word.

Check out the official lyric video for the title track:

Death Is Righteous – Track List:

 

  1. Devil’s Race
  2. LPBZ
  3. The Lie
  4. Last Words are Lost
  5. Death is Righteous
  6. Hallucinations
  7. Walk with the Dead
  8. Can’t be Left Alive
  9. Witness Hell
  10. I Hate Myself
  11. I Am

Shreadhead - promo band pic - #2014DEC

SHREDHEAD Bio:

http://mightymusic.dk/albums/shredhead/

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* For more info:

http://mightymusic.dk/

https://www.facebook.com/shredheadband

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE SHREDHEAD.

SHREDHEAD KICKS POTENT METAL ASS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

POWER TRIP – Texas Crossover Act Continues Raging Tour Schedule Into New Year

Posted in Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 21, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Power Trip - Promo Band photo - 2014 - #1221TX

Since the 2013 release of their debut LP, Manifest Decimation, on Southern Lord, Texas maniacs, POWER TRIP, have toured incessantly, bringing their hyperactive brew of modernized-but-old-school thermonuclear crossover to ragers across multiple continents. The ongoing attack will continue into 2015, as the band has just announced a new bash of US tour dates in February and March, with their performance at Florida’s FYA Fest still confirmed before the year comes to a close.

First up, closing their crushing 2014 tour schedule down, POWER TRIP will bring their mayhem to the Fern Park, Florida-based FYA Fest, joining a bruising roster of hardcore acts including Down To Nothing, Incendiary, Code Orange, Cold World, Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, Discourse, Homewrecker and tons of others on December 27th and 28th. From February 23rd through 25th, they’ll raid three Texan towns: Houston, Austin and San Antonio, alongside S.H.I.T..

Power Trip - Manifest Decimation - promo album cover pic - 2013 - #12PT

On March 3rd, POWER TRIP gets underway with a three-week run through the Midwest and West Coast states, set to conclude at South By So What?! 2015 Festival in Grand Prairie, Texas, on select dates joining Build And Destroy, Title Fight and Merchandise. But as always with these road animals, more dates will undoubtedly be announced in the coming weeks.

POWER TRIP – Tour Dates:

12/28/2014 Orlando Live Events – Fern Park, FL @ FYA Fest w/ Cold World, Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, more [info]

2/23/2015 @ Walter’s – Houston, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

2/24/2015 @ The North Door – Austin, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

2/25/2015 @ 1011 – San Antonio, TX w/ S.H.I.T.

3/03/2015 @ Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO

3/04/2015 @ Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL w/ Build and Destroy

3/05/2015 @ Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ Build and Destroy

3/06/2015 @ Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/07/2015 @ The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/08/2015 @ The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/09/2015 @ Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/10/2015 @ Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/12/2015 @ The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/13/2015 @ Slim’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/14/2015 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/15/2015 @ The Glass House – Pomona, CA w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/16/2015 @ Club Red – Mesa, AZ w/ Title Fight, Merchandise

3/17/2015 @ Sister – Albuquerque, NM w/ Merchandise

3/18/2015 @ Primal Skate Shop – Abilene, TX w/ Merchandise

3/22/2015 @ South By So What?! – Grand Prairie, TX [info]

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Source: Earsplit PR

* For more info on POWER TRIP:

http://www.powertriptx.bandcamp.com

http://www.twitter.com/#!/PowerTripTX

Facebook: Power Trip

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http://www.facebook.com/SLadmin

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE POWER TRIP.

LONG LIVE TEXAS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

THRONE OF VENGEANCE – Need Help To Find Their Stolen Trailer

Posted in Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Some pretty bad news to come out of the Throne of Vengeance camp with the band’s trailer stolen from their storage unit just east of Calgary, AB last week.

Please share the following pic below of the trailer/RV storage and keep your eyes peeled and call the police if spotted.

Description: The trailer has TOV lettering spray painted in red on the passenger side, a chrome checker plate splash guard on the front, a white roof vent, and an interstate shield decal on both sides at the rear. License plate #4DC181.

Throne Of Vengeance - Stolen Trailer - 2014 - December 4th

Throne Of Vengeance – Hands Tied (Live At The Ship & Anchor Pub)

Throne of Vengeance – Live Evil

Throne Of Vengeance – Black Eye (Compilation Music Video)

ALSO:

Soundcloud – Live Evil - https://soundcloud.com/throne-of-vengeance/live-evil

Soundcloud – Black Eye – https://soundcloud.com/throne-of-vengeance/black-eye?in=throne-of-vengeance/sets/live-evil

About TOV: Bridging the gap between metal and rock with help from dual guitar harmonies, pounding drum lines and wide-ranging vocal harmonies, Calgary’s Throne of Vengeance released their EP ‘Live Evil’ on October 19, 2013 that echoes the band’s signature thrash-tinged rock.

“‘Live Evil’ is “a collection of songs based on our experiences in the last two years, covering everything from a close friend’s imprisonment for a victim-less crime to the realization of humanity’s demise to the contrast between good and evil and life and death,” says drummer Trevor Cobb.

Throne Of Vengeance - Live Evil - promo cover pic - 2015

“If there’s anything we would like people to take away from the record, it’s that you should be your own person, do what makes you happy, be aware of your world and be real. We have the power to control our own destiny. Together, we are more powerful than any world leader.”

Having shared the stage with numerous legends over the years, including Kill Devil Hill, 3 Inches Of Blood and Stephen Pearcy of RATT, Throne of Vengeance is ready to take things to a whole new level with Live Evil. Are you ready for a major ‘bangover’?

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Track Listing: Throne of Vengeance – Live Evil

  1. Black Eye (4:10)
  2. All In The Way (4:22)
  3. Hands Tied (3:32)
  4. Live Evil (4:58)
  5. Terminal Velocity (4:26)
  6. Impact (From The Top Of The World) (5:55)
  7. Congregate (As One) (4:10)

Total Time: 31:33

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Source: Asher Media Relations

For more info, please visit: www.ThroneofVengeance.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THRONE OF VENGEANCE.

THRONE OF VENGEANCE KICKS LEGIT, 100% METAL ASS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

SCION AUDIO VISUAL SHARE EXTENDED INTERVIEW WITH SLAYER’S TOM ARAYA

Posted in Metal, metal bands, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Tom Araya - Slayer - Scion AV - interview pic - #2014TA

SLAYER’s Tom Araya talks about the fans, forthcoming studio album and competing with other bands:

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Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing

More info: http://www.scionav.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE SLAYER.

LONG LIVE SCION A/V.

Stone.

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