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MAELSTROM – Ignites The CMJ Loud Rock Charts With “It Was Predestined”; Follow Up Album In The Works

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Maelstrom - It Was Predestined - EP promo cover!

Long Island-based Heavy Metal powerhouse MAELSTROM has issued an update regarding the enormous reception received by the Halloween 2012 digital reissue of their critically acclaimed  EP, It Was Predestined. Widely-praised by critics across the globe in 2009, when the EP was originally self-released, and again last year when Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) offered the release to Metal fans worldwide, It Was Predestined exploded onto the CMJ Loud Rock charts this month. MAELSTROM vocalist Gary Vosganian had this to say about the accomplishment:

“It is with great pride that I can say – MaelstroM has hit the US radio charts with our EP It Was Predestined – debuting at #20 on the Nationwide CMJ Loud Rock charts and as the 4th most added album in the country. Thank you to all that have helped and have been fans since the start and congrats to my partner in this effort the true guitar virtuoso Mr. Joey Lodes. Our label partners Itchy Metal Entertainment our PR group ClawHammer PR and of course our radio promoter Munsey Ricci and Skateboard Marketing Ltd. without whom this would have never happened, and of course all the fantastic Djs that are supporting us with their spins – it is sincerely appreciated. There is much work to be done as guitar tracking for the balance of the album has begun this week. But I will take a little time to really absorb the news about CMJ and celebrate this victory! Thanks again to all the fans who have stuck by MaelstroM, your unwavering support has been amazing. Keep it Heavy!”

As Vosganian stated, the band is currently at work on new material for the follow-up to It Was Predestined. Details on the next release will be announced as they come. Stay tuned!

It Was Predestined is available at Famed music journalist Martin Popoff called the release “A symphony of progressiveness the likes of which has pretty much never been articulated, invented, or heard, before now,” and world-renowned publications such as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and all sang MAELSTROM’s praises upon the EP’s release.

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To read the Metal Odyssey review for It Was Predestined, just click on that cool link below! Whoa!

MAELSTROM “It Was Predestined” – 3 Song EP Makes It’s Epic Metal Presence Known

(It Was Predestined review was posted on Metal Odyssey, on November 18, 2011)


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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COLDSTEEL – Announces Pre-Order Contest And Record Release Party For “America Idle”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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NYC underground Thrashers COLDSTEEL are holding a raffle where two lucky fan can win an autographed 12″ vinyl or picture disc test pressing of their forthcoming EP America Idle. To enter, simply visit and pre-order a copy of America Idle and your name will be automatically entered in the drawing. The raffle ends on February 19th with the winners being announced on the 21st at the facebook of Coldsteel.

On Saturday February 23rd, COLDSTEEL will be hosting the America Idle release party at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY). The first 100 people through the door will receive a free t-shirt, CD or poster. The entire band will be at the venue and mingling with the crowd. The release party is being sponsored by

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Coldsteel - American Idle - promo cover pic!

America Idle will be released on February 20th through Stormspell Records. The EP will be available as a digital download through iTunes,, CD Baby and other online music retailers. The CD version and 12″ Vinyl LP (Limited to 1,000 units) will be available through Stormspell Records,, and CD Baby. A 12″ Vinyl Picture Disc (Limited to 200 units) will also be available exclusively through Conceptually, America Idle expresses current societal anxiety and proclaims an anthem to rouse the unbreakable spirit of America. The EP’s title track is now available as a digital single through Amazon, CD Baby and iTunes.

On April 9th COLDSTEEL will hit the stage for the first time in two decades as direct support for UDO at Revolution & Bar Music Hall in Amityville, NY. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Click these direct purchase links for the America Idle digital single:


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Troy Norr – Vocals

Eddie Campbell – Guitars

Joe Shavel – Guitars

Doug Odell – Bass

Hal Aponte – Drums


For a full band bio, visit:


Critical Praise For American Idle:

“Grab this release whether you are an American fearing for your country’s future or whether you are an old fan waiting years for a sign or plainly you wish to listen to something made by veteran hands.” – Metal Temple

“Five tracks that are filled to the brim with meaty guitar tones, solos, grooves and just sheer power.” – With Guitars


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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PASADENA NAPALM DIVISION – Sign With Minus Head Records; Self-Titled Debut Out April 9th

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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San Francisco – Pasadena Napalm Division, the Houston-based Thrash Metal outfit that features D.R.I. singer Kurt Brecht and members of Dead Horse, will release their self-titled debut on April 9th via Minus Head Records.

“Fans of D.R.I. and Deadhorse will rejoice. PND is what Thrash Metal should sound like in 2013,” said Brecht.  “Working together with some of the members of Texas-based cult band, Deadhorse, we have come up with some hard-hitting tunes that span genres and will withstand the test of time. I can’t wait to take the Pasadena Napalm Division machine on the road in support of our first LP on Minus Head Records.”

Pasadena Napalm Division is Kurt Brecht (vocals), Greg Martin (guitar), Scott Sevall (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Guyote (drums) and Bubba (bass/vocals).

The 13-song self-titled release was recorded at the Music Lab in Austin and features guest vocals from Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste) and Argo (Dead Horse).


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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CONNY OCHS – Sophomore LP “Black Happy” From German Singer/Songwriter To See Release Via Exile On Mainstream

Posted in acoustic rock, Guitar, guitarists, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Conny Ochs - Black Happy - promo cover pic!

Following his debut solo album, as well as a collaborative LP with Doom legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, German singer/songwriter CONNY OCHS is now gearing up to release his second solo studio full-length, Black Happy, once again via Exile On Mainstream. Having produced music for over a decade, local fans have endorsed and worshiped the man’s efforts for years. Yet, it was OCHS’ album co-written with Wino and the heavy touring across Europe and North America in support of the record that put him on the international map.

This leads into this new album Black Happy, the title an absolute indication to the atmospheres CONNY OCHS is able to create. Deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul he carves a mixture of melancholy and catharsis into the rough edges of songs that come out so natural, so organic and sonically sparkling. While keeping his approach pure to the heart and the creation limited to just him and his guitar, OCHS reaches a stark authenticity that can only be worshipped. It draws you in, makes you a part of the music and leads to a deep admiration of the tunes, the pain and beauty relatable to everybody who hears them.

Bound to a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship drawn from but not limited to the American continent, CONNY explores the realms of what of your inner self can sonically portray once you are on your own and armed with a guitar and voice. The path has been walked by many before, but that doesn’t make it a worn-out road.

Just like his previous solo album Raw Love Songs and the Heavy Kingdom album with Wino, Black Happy was engineered, mixed and mastered by Thommy Krawallo in Berlin in pure analog fashion. The album is set for official release in Germany on March 1st, throughout the rest of Europe on March 4th, and in North America on April 2nd, on LP, via digital download, and limited wooden box CD. Preorders are available here.

CONNY OCHS is currently embarked on a European tour in advance of the album’s release, with many more live excursions to be confirmed in the coming weeks. View the current list of dates here.


Black Happy – Track Listing:

1. Exile

2. No Sleep Tonight

3. Die In Your Arms

4. Faces In The Crowd

5. Stable Chaos

6. Trust In Love

7. Borderline

8. Phantom Pain

9. Lead-Out

10. Blues For My Baby

11. Mouth

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

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