Archive for February, 2012

VIXEN – New Album and Tour Planned For 2012! Launches: ‘The Vixen Chronicles’ and Kickstarter Project!

Posted in classic rock, Hair Metal, hair metal bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on Vixen’s Official Website:

The first issue of The Vixen Chronicles, our monthly newsletter, is now available. Sign up here to receive it by email.
 We have launched a brand new Kickstarter project that we hope will be the most effective way for us to bring our new music
   back to our fans.

As you will see, some of the things we’re offering include a never-before-released Vixen song, as well as advance copies of a
   new Vixen album and live concert video. There are also some one-of-a-kind items and opportunities, like the chance to own the
 actual desk used on the cover of “Live & Learn” or a guitar signed by all the Vixen foxes or even a pizza date at the Rainbow
 Bar & Grill with all of the girls!

You can now follow Vixen on Facebook and Twitter.


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Davy Jones – Rest In Peace

Posted in classic rock, pop culture, pop music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The Monkees – from back to front: Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones.

DAVY JONES – It’s been widely reported, from numerous reputable sources, that Davy Jones has passed away today. Davy Jones was 66 years old. As is being reported, Davy Jones succumbed to a massive heart attack, in Indiantown, Florida.

Davy Jones was catapulted into stardom as a vocalist, tambourine player and television actor for The Monkees. This Pop Rock sensation of a band formed back in 1966, went on to sell multi-millions of records, while having their likeness on everything from bubble gum cards to lunch boxes.

I remember watching The Monkees television show (re-runs especially) when I was a young lad. It was a favorite of mine to watch with my sister. Those songs The Monkees played on their television show grabbed my attention at such a young age… and Davy Jones with his mannerisms and comments made me laugh too. There wasn’t a Disney Channel nor Nickelodeon back in those late 60’s or seventies, instead, we had television shows like The Monkees.

Different times decades ago, compared to today. Davy Jones entertained me on that old black and white television set my family shared. I was exposed to those fun songs from The Monkees before I ever knew about Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Yes, I grew up watching and listening to Davy Jones and The Monkees. There’s no lying about that on my part.


(Source: USA

(Photo: The Monkees/self-titled, Colgems Records & RCA Records – 1966)

Rest In Peace, Davy Jones.

December 30, 1945 – February 29, 2012


ROCKLAHOMA 2012 – Bands Listed! A Few Metal Thoughts…

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

I guess the above poster says it all. Big name bands. Up and coming bands too. It’s cool that the promoters of Rocklahoma want to “mix things up” with a wide representation of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. From what I’m seeing looking at this Rocklahoma lineup, there is something for just about every Heavy Music fan, both young and (gulp) old. No Death or Black Metal bands on this Rocklahoma bill though, what a shame.

ANTI-MORTEM is a Heavy Hittin’ and Hard Rockin’ band from Oklahoma that kicks some very serious ass. Very serious ass they kick. I’m not one for whining about whose band name is bigger on any F’n festival poster, yet MEGADETH should have their name up at the top. I imagine the same can be said for SLASH and QUEENSRYCHE too. Metal be thy name.


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ADRENALINE MOB ‘OMERTA’ – Releases On March 13th, 2012!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ADRENALINE MOB – Releasing on March 13th, 2012, via Elm City Music is the debut full-length from Metal Supergroup – ADRENALINE MOB. Featuring: Mike Portnoy (Drums), Russell Allen – (Vocals) Mike Orlando, (Guitar) and John Moyer (bass).


OMERTA – Track Listing:




All On The Line

Hit The Wall

Feelin’ Me

Come Undone

Believe Me

Down To The Floor

Angel Sky

Freight Train


Metal Odyssey’s Metal Archives:

Adrenaline Mob – Mike Portnoy’s Supergroup To Release Debut EP On August 9th, 2011

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DERAILED – To Unveil New Songs “Live” Off Their Upcoming Sophomore CD “Underground”

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey


DERAILED – are anxious to play some new songs off their upcoming sophomore CD “Underground” so they will perform a set at the infamous ‘Distillery’!!

The show will be held Thursday, March 15th @ 9pm. The Distillery Public House is located @ 615- 7th Ave SW, downtown Calgary.


(Source: DERAILED)

For more info on DERAILED, click on the link below:

DERAILED – Official Website



COHEED AND CAMBRIA – Announce Intimate Club Shows In The Southeast For Spring 2012

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive metal, progressive rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey


As reported on Coheed And Cambria Newsletter:

Howdy All,

We are excited to announce a string of intimate club dates in the Southeastern U.S. (and a couple in the Midwest) this Spring. These will be Josh’s first shows with us in a long time, and we hope you can come show him some Southern Hospitality for his return! We’ll be working out some new songs and a bunch you already know. Joining us will be Moving Mountains and Pianos Become The Teeth.

We’re also playing Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN.

The dates officially go on sale this Friday and Saturday, March 2nd and 3rd, at 10AM local time. YOU CAN GET YOURS TOMORROW, starting at noon through our special fanclub links.



In addition to our Southeastern U.S. dates, Iron Maiden tickets will also go on sale this Friday and Saturday – We start July 24th in Winnipeg, MB. More info HERE.



With Moving Mountains, Pianos Become The Teeth 
General on sale March 2nd* and March 3rd** 10AM local time.

Apr 29 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater*

Apr 30 Charleston, SC – Music Farm*

May 3 Gainesville, FL – Florida Theater*

May 5 Athens, GA – 40 Watt**

May 6 Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival

May 7 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29*

May 8 Bloomington, IN – Bluebird** (21+)

May 10 Lexington, KY – Kentucky Theater*

May 11 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club**

May 12 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater*

May 13 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theater*

May 15 Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum*

May 16 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage*

May 17 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater**

May 18 Gulf Shore, AL – Hangout Festival


With Iron Maiden

Jul 24 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center*

Jul 26 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*

Jul 27 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place*

Jul 29 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum**

Jul 30 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre**

Aug 1 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre**

Aug 3 San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*

Aug 4 Sacramento, CA – Sleepy Train Amphitheater*

Aug 6 Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion**

Aug 9 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre**

ug 10 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre**

Aug 12 Albuquerque. NM – Hard Rock Pavilion**

Aug 13 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre**

Aug 15 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center**

Aug 17 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion**

Aug 18 Houston, TX – The Woodlands**


For more information go to




CAGE – ‘Hell Destroyer vs. Metal Devil’ Video: Prodigious Power Metal Intensified!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, heavy metal videos, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CAGE – Originating from San Diego, California, is one hell of an amazing Power Metal / Classic Heavy Metal band globally known as: CAGE. Led by frontman Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck and his Metal falsetto, both he and band are an American Metal paragon to hear!

Supremacy Of Steel, the sixth studio album from CAGE, was released back on December 13th, 2011, via music by mail distro on their own Heavy Metal media label imprint. The vinyl release for Supremacy Of Steel will be released on April 27th, 2012, via Pure Steel Records. Hell Destroyer vs Metal Devil is a blazing Power Metal song that never relents for a micro-second. The driving guitars and resounding rhythm section combine with Sean’s vocals, for a pure listen into Power Metal on high!

Listen to the Power Metal brilliance of CAGE and check out the stunning animated video below! “From the Supremacy of Steel album, the final battle between The Hell Destroyer and the Metal Devil”. This is what Power Metal is all about! Metal be thy name!


Sean “The Hell Destroyer” Peck – Vocals

Dave “Conan” Garcia – guitars

Pete “Hands of” Stone – Bass guitar

Steve “MetalBrog” Brogden – guitars

Norm “The Legend” Leggio – drums


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JOB FOR A COWBOY – Death Metal Goliaths To Unleash New Studio Album: ‘Demonocracy’

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Demonocracy Album Info And New Track “Nourishment Through Bloodshed” Revealed

Death Metal goliaths JOB FOR A COWBOY will unleash their brand new studio recording entitled Demonocracy this Spring. Set for North American release on April 10, 2012 via Metal Blade Records, the nine-track Demonocracy was produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) who recorded the band’s blistering Ruination full-length, at Audiohammer Studios, and features another strikingly detailed concept cover by artist Brent Elliott White.

Returning with an oddball lineup, the nine-track Demonocracy seethes with unbridled vulgarity and potent disgust. Over their long existence the quintet have built a yearning fan base through their devotion to touring and a diehard commitment to creating relentlessly hostile and involving music, and in 2012 JOB FOR A COWBOY have never sounded hungrier.

Commented the band in a collective statement: “However ruthless an age may actually have been, it’s style transmits it’s music only.”

Check out the bludgeoning new single, “Nourishment Through Bloodshed,” as well as cover art at the band’s OFFICIAL LANDING PAGE.


Demonocracy – Track Listing:

1. Children of Deceit

2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed

3. Imperium Wolves

4. Tongueless and Bound

5. Black Discharge

6. The Manipulation Stream

7. The Deity Misconception

8. Fearmonger

9. Tarnished Gluttony


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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MACE – Thrash Metal Pioneers Giving Away For Free, Their First Song In 23 Years!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Last week the story broke that Seattle Grunge engineer (Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains) Dave Hillis’s first band Mace has reformed. Most of the major Metal mags across the globe have picked up the vibe. Now they want their fans to have the music FOR FREE. (See facebook link at bottom of post).

Dave Hillis started his career as a 17-year-old guitarist for the legendary Thrash Metal band “MACE.”  In the mid 80’s, they released two LP’s on Enigma Records in the US and Blackdragon Records in Europe.  They were featured on Metalblade Records Metal Massacre V,  recognized in the Trashmetal Encyclopedia and fanzine’s around the world as a pioneering force in Heavy Metal. Led by Dave’s furious guitar work they Charted in the UK. and Japan’s top 20; touring with the likes of Slayer, Anthrax, Raven, Death Angel and Testament.

Of course everyone knows Mace guitarist Dave Hillis went on to work on some of the biggest albums in Rock history as a producer. (Pearl Jam “10”, Alice In Chains “Dirt”…etc) but Mace was always in the back of his mind. Hillis told American Rock Scene,  “I always wanted to remix the old songs, and when I opened my own studio I had to do it, and it was so much fun that we thought we would try a new song and that was so much fun that we said why not teach these young kids how it was done back in the day”.

A huge part of the Thrash scene back in the 80’s was the underground tape trading movement. That would help spread the word like wild-fire. Says Hillis when asked how important underground trading was, “We got all our shows on tour and fanzine reviews and interviews that way, giving it away on the internet today is just an extension of that”.

Mace is using the 21st century version of tape trading and is giving away Haarp Strings 2012 to their fans FOR FREE and they are encouraging them to give it away to anyone they want, no strings attached.

Free new Mace song at:


(Source: Glen Casebeer – Road King Entertainment Group)



MELVINS LITE – Debuts With ‘Freak Puke’ On June 5th, 2012

Posted in alternative metal, alternative rock, experimental rock, Music, rock music, rock music news, sludge metal with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27, 2012 – The Melvins unveil the latest twist in their 29-year history with Melvins Lite, an additional incarnation of the band that finds founders Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover partnering with Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk) for a 10-song released titled Freak Puke (June 5, Ipecac Recordings).

“The Melvins have a long history of mixing up our line-ups and I think that’s what has kept us relevant for so long,” explains Osborne. “Consider the Freak Puke record the fifth side of the four-sided Melvins’ triangle.”

Dunn is known as one of Rock and Jazz’s top bass players, performing on both a traditional and upright bass in a wide range of bands and as a freelance musician.  He is currently recording the new Tomahawk album, is a member of Fantômas and was the bassist for Mr. Bungle.

The Melvins will be taping an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly at their Apr. 13 show in Los Angeles. Osborne will join Greg Gutfeld for another chat on June 28 on Fox News’ Red Eye.

Freak Puke was recorded by Toshi Kasai and the Melvins in Los Angeles.


Freak Puke – Track Listing:

01.  Mr. Rip Off
02.  Inner Ear Rupture
03.  Baby, Won’t You Weird Me Out
04.  Worm Farm Walt
05.  A Growing Disgust
06.  Leon vs. The Revolution
07.  Holy Barbarians
08.  Freak Puke
09.  Let Me Roll It
10.  Tommy Goes Berserk

As previously announced the Melvins (as their “traditional,” four piece line-up with Crover, Osborne and Big Businesses’ Jared Warren and Coady Willis) will be touring the U.S. this Spring in support of the free EP release: Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees, available Mar. 13 at   Dates are listed below. A Melvins Lite tour is forthcoming.

April    11       San Jose, CA              The Blank Club

April    12       San Francisco, CA      Great American Music Hall

April    13       Los Angeles, CA        The Troubadour

April    14       San Diego, CA            The Casbah

April    17       El Paso, TX                 House of Rock

April    19       Austin, TX                  Mohawk

April    20       Houston, TX               Warehouse Live

April    21       New Orleans, LA        One Eyed Jack’s

April    23       Orlando, FL                 The Social

April    24       Gainesville, FL            Double Down Live

April    25       Atlanta, GA                 The Loft at Center Stage

April    26       Charlotte, NC              Amos Southend

April    28       West Chester, PA        The Note

April    29       New York, NY            Webster Hall

May    1          Milwaukee, WI            Turner Hall Ballroom

May    2          DeKalb, IL                   Otto’s Nightclub

May    3          St. Louis, MO              The Firebird

May    4          Nashville, TN               Exit Inn

May    7          Dallas, TX                    Trees

May    9          Santa Fe, NM               Santa Fe Brewing Company

May    11        Santa Ana, CA             Galaxy Concert Theatre


(Source: Speakeasy PR)

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Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Tune in every Tuesday at 9pmEST starting February 28, for a NEW episode!

Los Angeles, CA – Fools for Rowan, the Nashville based rock band is set to release an eight-part web series called “Life On The Road With Fools For Rowan,” on February 28, 2012. Every week, the web-series will debut a new segment of behind the scenes footage from their summer concert with the bands Evanescence and Art of Dying, put together by super fan and videographer, Beth Barbaglia.

Beth Barbaglia, a videographer from Mequon, Wisconsin and graduate of Concordia University, was eager to put together the remarkable video footage after seeing them in concert last August with Evanescence and Art of Dying.

The series will include the pre-show party with fans, including guest appearances Lzzy and Joe, from Halestorm, plus scenes from the dressing room with Art of Dying. Also included is footage before, after, and during their show with Evanescence. The eight-part series will also feature the Fox 17 Nashville’s interview segment, live performances, fan footage, pre-show load in, and a sound check rehearsal at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium.

Fools For Rowan is a powerhouse rock group defined by their soaring vocals, powerful guitar licks and intense personal lyrics. Thanks to the support of their amazing fans, the band successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to record their highly anticipated sophomore album. The band is also planning another nationwide tour for 2012.

If you have ever wondered what really goes on in the life of your favorite rockstars, then don’t miss the band’s eight-part series premiering February 28, 2012 at 9pm EST/8pm CST. You can catch the series on Fools for Rowan’s official website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. The series will provide a real, inside look to the people behind the music.


(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

For more info on FOOLS FOR ROWAN, click on the links below:

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official facebook Fan page

FOOLS FOR ROWAN – Official Website



69 CHAMBERS – Signs With Massacre Records, New Album Forthcoming

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

69 CHAMBERS like to call their music a minefield of contradictions, combining brutality with pop sensibility in an array of in-your-face Rock and Metal songs.

With their upcoming yet untitled masterpiece, 69 CHAMBERS are more than ready to take over the world’s Rock and Metal audiences. In the band’s own words, the new songs are more mature, sometimes harder, and playfully incorporate different stylistic influences.

The immediate success of their debut album “War On The Inside” allowed the band to play live highlights such as Hellfest Open Air in France and the renowned MFVF Festival in Belgium, and survive several line-up changes up to the recent departure of bassist Maddy Madarasz in late 2011.

Now stronger than ever, the band is back to a three-piece formation including guitar legend Tommy Vetterli and world-class drummer Diego Rapacchietti, while Nina is taking over the bass duties.


69 CHAMBERS are:

Nina Treml – Bass & Vocals

Tommy Vetterli – Guitar

Diego Rapacchietti – Drums


(Source: Massacre Records)

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JON OLIVA’S PAIN – To Perform & Celebrate SAVATAGE Classic: ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the SAVATAGE classic – Hall Of The Mountain King

One U.S. performance only, to be held on June 16th, 2012, at The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, Florida


As reported on Jon Oliva’s Pain official facebook page, February 17th, 2012:

JOP Tampa Show news: We will be filming this show on June 16th at the Ritz. This will be the only US show, and you now fully realize that you must be there to be a part of this documented, epic event! Tickets are selling fast, and I think this post will add another element of fuel to the fire for all of you sitting back and waiting…you have been warned!


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For more info on JON OLIVA’S PAIN, click on the links below:

JON OLIVA’S PAIN – Official facebook




SUNSTORM – ‘Emotional Fire’ – The Legendary Joe Lynn Turner and A Melodically Rockin’, Solid Album of Songs

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, heavy metal news, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SUNSTORM – Excuse me for my uncontrollable smile as I write this… the legendary Joe Lynn Turner has returned again with another studio album of 100% pure Melodic Hard Rockin’ energy with Sunstorm and it’s titled: Emotional Fire. With such an extensive history of music and vocal sessions that Joe Lynn Turner has been an integral part of, coupled with talented songwriting from Soren Kronkvist, Tom and James Martin and Daniel Palmqvist, the 11 songs heard on Emotional Fire are beaming of both AOR and Melodic Hard Rock/Rock ultra-quality.

With the undeniably talented nucleus of Sunstorm still intact, this third album from them is one to play loud and over again. Joe Lynn Turner is so close to perfect on vocals on Emotional Fire that it’s scary. Okay, Joe’s vocals sound perfect to my ears anyways. While I listen to Joe sing Gina, I’m thinking hell, covering a Michael Bolton song is not a bad move at all. Just a terrific up-tempo song that resonates with melodic fever.

The opener for Emotional Fire is an inspiring listen called Never Give Up. Both musically and vocally, Never Give Up is signed, sealed and delivered with absolute emotion. This is a Hard Rockin’ song to listen to when the Metal chips are down, whoa. The title track, Emotional Fire, is an exquisite listen into the legendary vocals of Joe Lynn Turner. The vocal harmony from Joe Lynn Turner  just rises to the top and spills over throughout this title track (and entire album for that matter).

Please understand, that this is not about a “once a fan, always a fan” album review for Sunstorm and Joe Lynn Turner. This is about letting those who care know, that Joe Lynn Turner is still a premiere Hard Rock vocalist and after all these years, doesn’t give off a single micro-sign of vocal fatigue. Sunstorm is a side project that is tailor fitted for Joe Lynn Turner. Whether it’s an oozy ballad (All I Am) as this album’s closer or a much heavier hitter like Torn In Half, Joe Lynn Turner can belt out the notes with seamless and confident execution.

The musicians of this Sunstorm project are a treat to listen to. Uwe Reitenauer on guitars is all about Classic Rock meets Hard Rock delight. The rhythm section of Chris Schmidt (drums) and Dennis Ward (bass, partial guitars, backing vocals) are rocklike and play with an affluent flair. Justin Dakey on keyboards gives this album a retrospective feel and vibe that will have you wishing MTV was a real Rock music video channel once again.

Any fan of Classic Rock, Melodic Hard Rock/Rock and AOR should dance themselves silly around their neighborhood after listening to Emotional Fire. Sunstorm and Joe Lynn Turner fans will understand what I mean by that preceding sentence. Emotional Fire is a can’t pass-up album for 2012. Give yourself the gift of quality Melodic Hard Rock this year and buy this new Sunstorm album! Oh, yeah… Metal be thy name.

Emotional Fire was released on February 24th, 2012, via Frontiers Records.


Emotional Fire – Track Listing:

Never Give Up

Emotional Fire

Lay Down Your Arms

You Wouldn’t Know Love

Wish You Were Here

Torn In Half


The Higher You Rise


Follow Your Heart

All I Am


Emotional Fire was produced and mixed by Dennis Ward.

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TOAD – Arizona Metal Miscreants Announce March 2012 Tour

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Phoenix, Arizona Metal miscreants TOAD are set to embark on a live takeover next month. The punishment will begin on March 2 in Tempe and wind its way through 15 cities before coming to a ceremonial close in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The band will be joined by a host of eclectic bands throughout the tour including Lo-Pan, Sons Of Tonatiuh, Black Market Ministry and more.

Commented the band in a collective statement: “TOAD has long been preparing for this moment, and the time has finally come. This journey will lead us into uncharted territory and will spark the widespread corruption of anyone and everyone that is either willing or unfortunate enough to participate. We are confident that this experience will be only the beginning of the debauchery and mayhem that is yet to come.”

TOAD — short for “Take Over And Destroy” — will be touring in support of their criminally underrated five-track Rotten Tide EP, self-released last year. Flaunting a fully analog recording, the monolithic offering was produced by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording and features the exclusive use of vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s to create “a true rock ‘n’ roll sound.” An underground masterwork of sorts, Rotten Tide has created a stir amongst scene diehards in the know. Said Metal Storm in a 9.4/10 review: “It’s got that raw, grooving Rock n Roll appeal that you’ll find with the likes of Bison B.C. combined with the grim psychedelic feel offered by few others than Nachtmystium.”

Added The Sleeping Shaman: “Rotten Tide comes across like the bastard son of Entombed with its spit-in-your-eye attitude and brash swagger. It’s rough and raw, whilst managing to sound decently produced…it grooves, it has dark psychedelia, it’s catchy, it’s unhinged; there is a mash-up of Punk, Black Metal, crazy treble picking, utterly abrasive and yet catchy.” The Obelisk agreed: “Rotten Tide blends a variety of styles from bombastic Hardcore Metal to post-Mastodonic technicality, and — perhaps most curiously of all — a preference for analog recording that’s almost entirely absent from the larger scope of Modern Metal. “


TOAD Tour Dates 2012:

3/02/2012 Palo Verde – Tempe, AZ

3/03/2012 Lyzards – Prescott, AZ

3/04/2012 Burt’s Tiki Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT w/ OldTimer

3/05/2012 Curtis Street Pub – Denver, CO w/ Low Gravity, Backwoods Payback

3/06/2012 Kelly’s Irish Pub – Wichita, KS

3/07/2012 JR’s Lightbulb Club – Fayetteville, AR w/ Left Holding The Gun, Perpetual Werewolf

3/08/2012 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR w/ Crankbait, Lost Coves

3/09/2012 The Buccanneer – Memphis, TN w/ Lo-Pan

3/10/2012 WonderRoot – Atlanta, GA  w/ Sons Of Tonatiuh, Canopy

3/11/2012 TBA
3/12/2012 The Tiki Bar –  Shreveport, LA w/ Black Market Ministry

3/13/2012 Tsunami – Monroe, LA w/ Black Market Ministry

3/14/2012 TBA

3/15/2012 TBA – New Orleans, LA

3/16/2012 The Saturn Bar – New Orleans, LA w/ PonyKiller, Brain

3/17/2012 TBA – Austin, TX


(Source: EarsplitPR)

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

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 – 4 days, 4 stages and over 100 + bands! With ALICE COOPER headlining! Metal be thy name! DIMMU BORGIR, HATEBREED, ANVIL, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH, SANCTUARY, NILE and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY! Now that’s a Metal cross-section of bands! BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR looks to be one hellishly potent Metal extravaganza in 2012!

ICED EARTH, SEPULTURA, EASTERN FRONT, ORANGE GOBLIN, TESTAMENT and the Metal list goes on! Click on the BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR link at bottom of post for a complete list of bands performing!

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2012 will take place on August 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. This mammoth Metal event will take place at Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, UK.


For more info on BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, click on the link below:


For more info on ALICE COOPER, click on the link below:

ALICE COOPER – myspace music




LO-PAN: Ohio Fuzz Purveyors Kick Off Spring 2012 Tour

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, heavy metal news, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Ohio’s primo fuzz purveyors, LO-PAN, are kicking off their Spring 2012 in top form. The heavy rocking four-piece will embark on a trek starting March 1 that will find them hitting the East Coast and the South sharing the stage with some of rock’s finest, including Freedom Hawk, Sistered, Truckfighters, and Small Stone Records labelmates, Wo Fat!

Touring in support of 2011’s epic Salvador, LO-PAN are said to already have new material in the works and will take part in Small Stone’s annual SXSW showcase, set for March 16 at Headhunter’s in Austin, Texas, where they’ll perform alongside Suplecs, Dixie Witch, Gozu, Dwellers and longtime tour comrades, Backwoods Payback, among others.



3/01/2012 Lava Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ EYE, Sistered, October

3/02/2012 The Velvet Lounge – Washington, DC w/ EYE, Kohoutek, Ambition Burning

3/03/2012 Thumbs – Virginia Beach, VA w/ EYE, Freedom Hawk, Constrictor

3/04/2012 The Union – Athens, OH w/ EYE

3/08/2012 Springwater – Nashville, TN

3/09/2012 The Buccaneer – Memphis, TN

3/10/2012 The Roadmap – TexArkana, AR w/ Truckfighters

3/11/2012 Downtown Music – Little Rock, AR w/ Truckfighters

3/12/2012 Ridglea Bar – Ft. Worth, TX w/ Hands In The Honeypot

3/13/2012 Boiler Room – Dallas, TX w/ Wo Fat, Mothership

3/14/2012 Rudyard’s – Houston, TX

3/15/2012 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX

3/16/2012 Headhunter’s – Austin, TX – Smallstone Records Showcase w/ Tia Carrera, Dixie Witch, Suplecs, Gozu, Backwoods Payback, Dwellers

3/17/2012 Happy Hippie – Lake Charles, LA w/ Backwoods Payback, Large Marge, Survive The Musical

3/18/2012 Tsunami Bar – Monroe, LA w/ Backwoods Payback, Electric Sermon, Large Marge


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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TESLA – 2012 Tour Dates & Venues Listed

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

TESLA – If you are one of “the lucky ones” and are setting sail on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise, then you’re gonna be Rockin’ out to the legendary TESLA! For those of you who aren’t sailing the Atlantic on this Rockin’ ship, there are still other tour dates during 2012 where you can catch TESLA live. Check out the TESLA tour dates and venues below!


2012 Tour Dates & Venues:

02/25/12 – 02/28/12 – Ft. Lauderdale, Bahamas, Key West – Monsters Of Rock Cruise

03/31/12 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Arizona Bike Week at WestWorld of Scottsdale

04/01/12 – El Cajon, CA @ Sycuan Casino

05/18/12 – Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort

07/13/12 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA at Festival Park

07/14/12 – McHenry, IL @ Peterson Park

07/20/12 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live

07/21/12 – Hot Springs, AR @ Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs



Jeff Keith – Vocals

Frank Hannon– Guitar

Brian Wheat – Bass

Troy Luccketta – Drums

Dave Rude – Guitar


(Source: Tesla The

For more info on TESLA, click on the links below:

ROCK USA OSHKOSH 2012 – Official Website

ROCK USA OSHKOSH 2012 – Facebook



MUNICIPAL WASTE – Debuts New Track From Forthcoming Album ‘The Fatal Feast’

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The U.S. based Thrash Metal outfit MUNICIPAL WASTE have posted the first song from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album “The Fatal Feast” for streaming on Facebook. Head over to the official MUNICIPAL WASTE Facebook page at: to hear the title track, “The Fatal Feast”. The new album will be released April 10th (North America) and April 13th (EU) via Nuclear Blast Records.

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)



Stéphan Forté ‘The Shadows Compendium’ – Guitar Virtuoso Creates An Instrumental Album Of Sensation

Posted in Guitar, guitarists, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, Music, rock guitarists, rock music, rock music news, symphonic metal with tags , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Stéphan Forté – This is an instrumental album from guitar virtuoso Stéphan Forté. A seasoned musician who is highly respected within the guitar world of the world-famous and novice alike, Stéphan will have his new album, The Shadows Compendium, released on February 28th, 2012, via Listenable Records.

Stéphan Forté is exceptionally known for being the founder and guitarist for the French Progressive Metal band – Adagio. This album features the meat and potatoes of  a rhythm section, while the keyboards play an extensive and exciting role within these songs. Symphonic, melodic and built on delectable speed, while guitar is the star, The Shadows Compendium is not an album to miss in 2012.

If you’ve never heard the guitar playing of Stéphan, Neoclassical is the key word here. In the event you are a casual fan or die-hard loyalist to Yngwie Malmsteen, then the guitar brilliance of Stéphan will ignite your senses into six and seven-string overdrive and send you into axe shredding bliss. As with his legendary peers, (to name a select few) the likes of Michael Schenker, Vinnie Moore and (of course) Yngwie Malmsteen, Stéphan plays his guitar with such unique emotion that it comes across as vocals.

The technical playing that is showcased by Stéphan is pure art that accentuates his aptitude for speed and melodies, while the never-ending illusion that something magical is happening will always drift into my senses as I listen to The Shadows Compendium. Not an imitator and original as one could wish for from a guitarist of Metal, there is no denying, that Stéphan has his very own alluring tonal identity with his Lag signature guitar.

Stéphan is within a world-class tier of Metal guitarists or guitarists of any genre for that matter. All 8 songs are rich with all the flamboyance of Stéphan’s fret mastery, while never caving in to any dull interludes, (the) ones that usually hinder any sense of musical elevation that’s already been established. Musically sound and stimulating on all grounds, The Shadows Compendium not only showcases a guitarist that has arrived to legendary status, this album reflects Stéphan’s respect for a song’s texture and most importantly its purpose.


The Shadows Compendium – Track Listing & Guest Musicians:

I – The Shadows Compendium (Guests: Jeff Loomis / Nevermore & Franck Hermanny/ Adagio)

II – De Praestigiis Daemonum (Guest Mattias IA Eklundh / Freak Kitchen)

III – Spiritual Bliss

IV – Duat (Guest: Glen Drover/ ex Megadeth)

V – Sorrowful Centruroides (Guest: Derek Taylor /Solo artist)

VI – Prophecies Of Loki XXI

VII – I think there’s someone in the kitchen (Guest: Daniele Gottardo/Solo Artist)

VIII – Improvisation on Sonata no. 14, c # minor – Op. 27 no 2


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Long Live Stéphan Forté.


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