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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – Announces November US Headlining Tour – Tickets On Sale Now!

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Nathaniel Shannon

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, icons of heavy metal, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, have announced a US headlining tour this Fall! The excursion kicks off on November 10th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and runs through November 27th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Support will be provided by Spirit Adrift and The Native Howl. See all confirmed dates below and purchase tickets HERE.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY w/ Spirit Adrift, The Native Howl:
11/10/2022 Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
11/11/2022 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
11/12/2022 Snowblind Festival – Atlanta, GA
11/13/2022 Growlers – Memphis, TN
11/15/2022 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
11/17/2022 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
11/18/2022 The Queen – Wilmington, DE
11/19/2022 Granite State Music Hall – Laconia, NH
11/20/2022 Reverb – Reading, PA
11/22/2022 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
11/23/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
11/25/2022 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/26/2022 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
11/27/2022 The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI

Since forming in 1982, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY has woven their distinct riffs deep into the fabric of heavy metal for over four decades. Across ten landmark, critically acclaimed albums, the band has continued evolving. From the early days of thrash to their more recent, blues-infused metal, the band has managed to progress with each release keeping fans and critics alike guessing.

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s most recent full-length, No Cross No Crown, was released in 2018 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded with longtime producer John Custer, the record marks the first studio recording with vocalist/guitarist Pepper Keenan in over a decade and, earning the #67 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, #12 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart, and #3 on the Top Hard Music Albums Chart upon its first week of release, is the highest charting album of the band’s career.

Purchase No Cross No Crown at THIS LOCATION.

Source: EARSPLIT PR

KING BULL – Release New EP “Conflicting Opinions On Mold And Bacteria”

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Conflictiong Opinions on Mold and bacteria is the new EP from Canadian synth rockers, King Bull and is out now on digital platforms via Riot Records.

Hell bent on making a record that would upset folks in the FM radio industry, King Bull haphazardly put together what is undoubtedly the best EP of 2022 which is titled Conflicting Opinions on Mold and Bacteria. Fancy recording studios and high budgets were scrapped in favour of a dank mildew filled basement with a tendency to flood when a hose happy French Canadian over waters spruce trees for no reason. If you’re sick of the highly polished overproduced rubbish that everyone’s putting out nowadays, you should give this a shot.

Listen to focus track ‘Scary’ (Feat. Ryan Kuly) HERE

King Bull began to really build a name for themselves globally with the release of their 2020 EP What Happened Here which was described as ‘’Sonically cohesive throughout, featuring snarling guitars, growling bass, thunderous drums and vocals that sound similar to a jet engine that isn’t working properly.’’ You get the drift. King Bull continue to develop their already sophisticated yet eclectic sound in 2022.

Listen to previous single ‘Never Seen You Smile’ HERE

Stream/buy Conflicting Opinions on Mold and Bacteria HERE

ABOUT KING BULL:

Hailing from Red Deer, Alberta which is not the most artistic of all Canadian communities, King Bull has been plying the trade for the last decade and a half.

They encompass 70’s rock and punk with an angsty vibe and some earthy streetwise riffs, powered by a punk-tinged, rock-ignited fuel. Fired up by intricate licks, buzz-cutter guitar tones and uniquely edgy vocals, they cover what is great about rock music.

This is a band for fans of The Who, Iggy Pop, Against Me, AC/DC, Queens of the Stone Age, David Bowie, The Drones, Neil Young etc, (anything with electric guitar that snarls a bit, really).

Source: Riot Records

https://www.facebook.com/kingbullmusic
https://www.facebook.com/riotrecordsofficial

VANILLA FUDGE – To Release New Album “VANILLA ZEPPELIN” (2022 Remaster)

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

After recently releasing 3 remastered Led Zeppelin classics ‘Rock and Roll,’ ‘Immigrant Song’ and ‘Ramble On’ in the lead up, Vanilla Fudge will release the remastered album Vanilla Zeppelin digitally on 30th September via Golden Robot Records.

This is Led Zeppelin done ‘’Fudge’’ style and fully remastered. Vanilla Fudge roll these classics out in their own way, with some amazing and soaring organ interludes and adding their soul and funked up influence giving these songs a new life and identity of their own.

Watch the music video for ‘Immigrant Song’ HERE

Vanilla Zeppelin – Tracklisting:

1. Rock and Roll
2. Immigrant Song
3. Ramble On
4. Dancing Days 
5. Black Mountain Way
6. Your Time is Gonna Come
7. Dazed and Confused
8. Trampled Under Foot
9. Moby Dick
10. All of My Love 
11. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You 
12. Fool in the Rain 

Pre-order/add/save Vanilla Zeppelin HERE

ABOUT VANILLA FUDGE:

Vanilla Fudge was one of the first American groups to infuse psychedelia into a heavy rock sound to create “psychedelic symphonic rock” an eclectic genre which would, among its many off shoots, eventually morph into heavy metal.

Although, at first, the band did not record original material, they were best known for their dramatic heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs which they developed into works of epic proportion.

Originally, Vanilla Fudge was a blue-eyed soul cover band called The Pigeons, formed in New Jersey in 1965 with organist, Mark Stein, bassist, Tim Bogert, drummer, Joey Brennan, and guitarist, vocalist and US Navy veteran, Vince Martell.

In the summer of 2006, the original Vanilla Fudge reunited to tour with The Doors of the 21st Century; it culminated in a VH-1 special, “Decades of Rock.”

Vanilla Fudge celebrated their 50th year Anniversary in 2017 and are still rocking the world in the current day with one of their greatest hits ‘You Keep Me Hanging On‘ featured in the Quentin Tarantinomovie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’

PRE-ORDER/ADD/SAVE NOW!
OUT SEPTEMBER 30

Source: Golden Robot Records

MESHUGGAH – To Kick Off US Headlining Tour / “Immutable” Out Now On Atomic Fire

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Swedish metal titans MESHUGGAH will kick off their long-awaited US headlining tour this month! Set to commence on September 16th in Worcester, Massachusetts and run through October 16th in Atlanta, Georgia, the month-long trek includes a stop at this year’s editions of the Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky and Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California. Support will be provided by Torche throughout the tour’s duration as well as special guests Converge from September 16th through September 30th and In Flames from October 2nd through the tour’s conclusion. Tickets are on sale now at meshuggah.net/tour. See all confirmed dates below.

MESHUGGAH will be touring in support of their critically lauded Immutable full-length, released earlier this year via Atomic Fire. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson, and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down), the band’s ninth studio album and follow-up to their Grammy-nominated full-length The Violent Sleep Of Reason showcases just how far ahead of the pack the band continues to be.

Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the MESHUGGAH sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and engaging music the band has ever composed. Despite the challenges of the last few years, the progressive principles that have always cemented the band’s artistic efforts remain as steadfast as ever. As we spiral towards a dystopian MESHUGGAH still stands unique with Immutable, their most fearlessly creative studio album to date.

Immutable is available on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats. Find ordering options and additional merchandise at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously released videos for “The Abysmal Eye” HERE and “Broken Cog” HERE.

MESHUGGAH:
Jens Kidman – vocals
Mårten Hagström – guitars
Dick Lövgren – bass
Fredrik Thordendal – guitars
Tomas Haake – drums

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

AUTOGRAPH “This Ain’t The Place I Wanna Be” New Official Music Video Is Streaming Now! New Forthcoming Album Dedicated To Randy Rand

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Autograph‘s new forthcoming release “Beyond”, was the last album to feature founding member and bassist Randy Rand. The album is due out on November 18, 2022 on Frontiers Music Srl, which the band has dedicated to Randy and in his memory.

“We tragically lost our brother, Randy Rand on April 26th 2022. His passing was untimely, as he had so much rockin’ left to do. We dedicate our upcoming album “Beyond” to our band mate and founding member of Autograph. His signature bass playing is a major part of the new record and his spirit is felt throughout.”

“The new album also serves as a catalyst for bringing Autograph into a new era of rock with it’s heavy-hitting and powerful sound. In the spirit of Randy’s love for the music, his excitement on the new release and eternal brotherhood, this one’s for you. Thank you Randy for keeping us connected, bringing people together from all walks of life and fueling the social bonds that music invites. Rest easy brother, we love you.”

Autograph – “This Ain’t The Place I Wanna Be” – Official Music Video | R.I.P. Randy Rand – YouTube

Steve Unger from Metal Church has taken over the bass duties for the band as the legacy of Autograph continues on with a new album dedicated to Randy Rand and a busy schedule of touring.

Current Band Line Up:
Simon Daniels – Lead vocals/guitar
Jimi Bell – Lead guitar/vocals
Marc Wieland – Drums
Steve Unger – Bass/vocals

Source: Best Bet Promotions

LONG LIVE AUTOGRAPH

GOD BLESS RANDY RAND

SHAKRA – Releases New Song “The Way It Is”

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, hard rock music, hard rock songs, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Is there something happening?

Since there is a green light for concerts all over the world again, SHAKRA also floods the social media with photos of huge open-air stages all over Europe, in front of thousands of people. And yet it seems that the five have skipped something compared to other bands – where is the new album? Since the big opening, the market has been literally overrun with new works created during the concert-empty period, only the Swiss seem to be once again taking different paths and immediately throwing themselves straight into the live arena. But who is familiar with the band, knows that with them actually nothing ever happens by pure accident.

After SHAKRA released their new album “Mad World” shortly before the pandemic hit the earth and wanted to go on tour with it, this had to be cancelled again immediately or partly postponed. Conscious of their duty, as the Swiss are, this was the first thing that was tackled when in spring 2022 it was finally said that the ring was open – they began to play the concerts, long awaited by the fans, more powerful and intense than ever.

Without anyone suspecting anything, now suddenly a new song appears! “The Way It Is” is the name of the track and the guys have also announced a clip for it, a week later. “The Way It Is” is available now: https://bfan.link/the-way-it-is?

On it will also be heard for the first time the successor of Dominik Pfister, Cyril Montavon, who is still affectionately called “the new guy” by the band, after two years of membership, on bass.

“I had this song idea that had been floating around in my head forever and it just had to come out,” says Thomas Muster, rhythm guitarist. “We thought the song was so awesome that we just had to record it!” adds Mark Fox, vocalist of SHAKRA.

When asked if there is even a whole album in the works, the band keeps a low profile.
It is what it is – “The Way It Is”.

Listen to “The Way It Is” here: https://bfan.link/the-way-it-is?

More SHAKRA:

https://www.shakra.ch/en/
https://www.afm-records.de/en/s/178-shakra-2.html

Source: AFM Records

LA’s Enigmatic DRAAGYN Takes Flight On Incendiary New EP “Bent Rib” Out Today!

Posted in Black Metal, female vocalists, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles’ enigmatic songwriter and multi-instrumentalist DRAAGYN, known for her critically lauded, genre-bending blackened metal and cryptic persona, has revealed her first new music in 2 years in the form of a new EP titled “Bent Rib.” Out now, the 3 song record runs the gamut of musical design, incorporating experimental elements of black, doom and progressive metal among others that could be described as a turbulent orchestra of beauty and decay.

Commenting on the EP, Draagyn states: 

“We all just want to belong. So we fool ourselves. We let others’ view of who we are become our purpose. We are convinced this hall of mirrors is the true path of souls. This cuts us off from life. The cosmos. The greater powers to which we are all connected. But there is a cord. We can find it and pull ourselves back or choose to watch it slowly strangle us. I wrote ‘Bent Rib’ as an incantation. To release myself from a world I do not belong. To weave the yarns of fate and call it my own. Man has no power over me. He does not determine me. Draagyn is the light, and is the dark. Draagyn is the good, and is the evil. Draagyn is world creator and its destroyer. It matters not whether you understand. What is important is that there is a purpose.”

DRAAGYN’s debut EP, “Bent Rib,” is an aural three-headed serpent of cacophony, “Appetite of Man,” “Beating Heart Cadaver” and “Bent Rib,” each with their own mystifying identity and slithering scales of sonic perplexity that lure you in with enchanting whispers then set you ablaze in an inferno of furious rage. 

Stream “Bent Rib“:
Apple Music – https://apple.co/3wwEzN2
Spotify – https://spoti.fi/3QUnUv0
Youtube – https://youtu.be/lGA3DwACT00

“Bent Rib” follows a string of mind-bending singles including “A Night Between Two Days,” “Venom” and “Majesty.”

About DRAAGYN:
From her previous releases, Draagyn has been coined a “genre-bending blackened tour de force” by Decibel and Brooklyn Vegan. As songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Draagyn’s sound straddles the spectrum of light and dark, bridging delicate emotions with the raw force of metal and rock in a truly singular style. Her songwriting guides other musical outliers into masochistic darkness, and yet, in stark contrast, just as quietly whispers to the wretched and heartbroken, offering refuge in her tender melodies. And while the foundations of Draagyn’s music remain rooted in rock, she does as she pleases. She may choke it with blast beats, crush it with proggy groove, or drown it in folky, pensive vocals. But the recipe works. The deep musicality of her approach is undeniable, and for those both patient and brave, her songs lure listeners to another world, free of expectations and genre constraint. Draagyn threatens us with her tumultuous vision of death and musical rebirth.

Follow DRAAGYN:
https://www.draagyn.com
https://www.instagram.com/_draagyn_
http://draagyn.bandcamp.com/

THE EFFIGY – Releases New Single “One With My Enemy”

Posted in gothic, gothic metal, gothic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Heavy, cinematic gothic artist, THE EFFIGY has released a lyric video for their new single “One With My Enemy”. The single is also out today on all streaming platforms. Portraying a dark and profound narrative of emotional abuse, THE EFFIGY creates dynamic musical arrangements to convey the spiraling torment experienced by the track’s protagonist.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/e5poAh4GDgo

Influenced by the likes of GARBAGE, JOY DIVISION, EVANESCENCE, and KEANE, and thematically inspired by gothic and folk imagery, along with mythology, THE EFFIGY‘s music is a cinematic array of eclectic styles. Following their previous single “Cindersun”, which draws from Ancient Greek mythology, telling the tale of Icarus and the Sun who are framed as two lovers forever at odds, “One With My Enemy” exhibits another side to their music. Fusing delicate piano melodies, with heavy guitars and synths evoking a nod to the early noughties, a gothic through-line underpins the track. THE EFFIGY‘s vocals deliver both a soft intimate tone and powerful soaring lyrics that aptly reflect the intensifying mood of the song.

“One With My Enemy” once again showcases THE EFFIGY’s flair for catchy hooks and impressive compositions. The single conducts a compelling journey that gradually builds as the narrative progresses. Become enamored with THE EFFIGY’s striking sound.

Credits:
Effy Gold – Lyrics, Vocals, Composition

Other:
Andrew Noe – Guitars, Production, Mixing
Francesco Petrel – Mastering

Bandcamp: https://theeffigymusic.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCRpqFdAKDjfuY58WfOC_jYA

Source: C Squared Music

RESIDUAL SELF – To Release Single “Witches”

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Heavy trio RESIDUAL SELF are conjuring a melting pot of heavy sounds in their new single “Witches”. Spellbinding solos, dynamic groove rhythms and devilish harsh vocals blend together in this enchanting release. The offering “Witches” will manifest on September 16th.

The band comments: 

“RESIDUAL SELF created this song for the events 330 years ago taking place in Salem, Massachusetts. With the lyrical themes of revenge and retribution, the witches have returned, along with their magick. In New England, where RESIDUAL SELF is based, there is a huge jam band scene that both Rex and David have experience playing in. This song “Witches” draws on both our background experience, and our location close to Salem. It is the lengthiest song we’ve made so far with multiple guitar solos from Josh. This is our answer to a jam style song, but bringing the hard and heavy style RESIDUAL SELF is known for.”

“Witches” written by Rex Mazza

Initially created as a solo project by Rex Mazza, RESIDUAL SELF soon grew into a three-piece and the outfit signed with Sliptrick Records in 2020 to release their first full length album Revenge. The single “Witches” is a concoction blending their heavier aggressive sound with the jam style. This is achieved by the band through the grunts and growls of Rex, Josh’s multiple lengthy guitar solos, and David’s prowess that keeps the steady drum groove going. With their stark sounds and somber lyrical themes based on lustful intent, greedy resolve, and wrathful decisions, RESIDUAL SELF aims to awaken the true primal nature and strike one’s soul to the bone, unveiling who you truly are; a monster? a devil? or something more?

Become bewitched and entranced by the compelling rhythms of RESIDUAL SELF‘s heavy sound. Experience the folly and charm of their magic, but beware the devilry and dark side to their craft.

RESIDUAL SELF:
Rex Mazza – Bass/Vocals
Joshua Spaulding – Guitar
David Sasso – Drums

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rexresidualself/
Website: http://residualself.com/

Source: C Squared Music

ELLEFSON-SOTO “Vacation In The Underworld” Studio Album Releases On October 7th, via Rat Pak Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

From Rat Pak Records:

In a partnership that has been years in the making, GRAMMY® Award winning bassist David Ellefson and acclaimed metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto have joined forces for an all-new collaboration, Ellefson-Soto. The band follows the tradition of successful individuals that joined forces to create memorable music: David Coverdale & Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi & Glenn Hughes, Tommy Shaw & Jack Blades, Michael Sweet & George Lynch to name a few examples. The metal duo is joined by Andy Martongelli on guitar and keys and Paulo Caridi on drums to unleash their debut album “Vacation In The Underworld”. The album features eleven tracks and three bonus recordings that demonstrates why Ellefson-Soto are considered legends by many in the metal world.

From the fiery guitar lead of the album opener “Vacation In The Underworld” to the prog-metal fury of closer “Rise To Win,” Ellefson-Soto have created a debut that is sure to capture metal fans from all over the globe. Combining different styles of metal, songs like “Sharpen The Sword,” “The Revolution” and “Live To Die Another Day” showcase the various influences Ellefson-Soto have picked up over their four decades in music. Jade Etro from the Italian power metal band Frozen Crown makes a guest appearance on “The Day Before Tomorrow.” Steve Conley and Ken Mary from Flotsam and Jetsam perform on the title track “Vacation In The Underworld.” “Vacation In The Underworld” ignites an inimitable hybrid of thrash firepower, rock swagger, and anthemic arena-ready thunder. Official Worldwide Release Date is Friday, October 7, 2022.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Vacation In The Underworld
  2. Like A Bullet
  3. Sharpen The Sword
  4. The Reason
  5. S.T.N.
  6. The Revolution
  7. Celebrity Trash
  8. Live To Die Another Day
  9. The Day Before Tomorrow
  10. Hercules
  11. Rise To Win
    BONUS TRACKS [CD, Digital & Download Card]
  12. Out Of The Blue
  13. Lone Star
  14. Writing On The Wall

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

On This Day In KISS History – August 20th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

On August 20, 1976 – KISS performed at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. An estimated 42,000 fans were in attendance. Ted Nugent, Montrose and Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band opened. Source: Kissonline.com

KISS were touring in support of their fourth studio album Destroyer.

LONG LIVE KISS.

ALCATRAZZ – Unleashes Video For “House Of Lies” Ahead Of Europe/UK Tour

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Giles Lavery

Los Angeles-born guitar-driven heavy metal icons ALCATRAZZ have unleashed a video for the track “House Of Lies,” taken from the band’s V full-length released last October via Silver Lining Music. The video comes in anticipation of the band’s upcoming European/UK tour dates.

From the irresistible bluesy-chug of Joe Stump’s guitar to Doogie White’s infectious vocals, “House Of Lies” is a classic slice of foot-stomping heavy metal goodness and ALCATRAZZ take no prisoners in their mission to deliver the dynamite that is V.

Founding member Jimmy Waldo comments, “We are excited to present the new lineup and new music to our fans in Europe. The band is sounding better than ever and we will be performing songs from across the entire ALCATRAZZ catalog. As a taster, check out our new video ‘House Of Lies’ which features on-the-road concert footage, plus Doogie showing us around his home of Edinburgh, Scotland!”

View ALCATRAZZ’s “House Of Lies” video at THIS LOCATION and below:

After a successful UK co-headlining tour, ALCATRAZZ and Girlschool will hit Europe for yet another run together with both bands, providing an in-your-face evening of full volume heavy metal! Kicking off at the Golden Ages Festival in Belgium, it’s no rest for the wicked with the two bands set to bring their electrifying show to the UK in February 2023.

With neo-classical “shred lord” Joe Stump on guitar, founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea, plus the addition of Doogie White, ALCATRAZZ are offering a high energy metal show covering the ALCATRAZZ classics plus White’s own work as a member of the Michael Schenker Fest and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Newly joined by drummer Larry Paterson, formerly of the Blaze Bayley band, ALCATRAZZ are a metal supergroup in the true sense of the word.

ALCATRAZZ:
Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
Gary Shea – bass
Doogie White – lead vocals
Joe Stump – guitar
Larry Paterson – drums

ALCATRAZZ w/ Girlschool Co-Headlining EU/UK Tour:
8/21/2022 Golden Age Festival – Liège, BE
8/24/2022 Musigburg – Aarburg, CH
8/25/2022 Charity Biker Rally – Bergamo, IT
8/26/2022 Cresheim Festival – Halbergmoos, DE
8/27/2022 Lido – Berlin, DE
8/28/2022 Bambi Galore – Hamburg, DE
8/29/2022 Matrix – Bochum, DE
8/30/2022 Musicon – The Hague, NL
9/01/2022 Le Forum Vaureal – Paris, FR
9/02/2022 Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
9/03/2022 La Textil – Barcelona, ES
9/04/2022 Sala Lopez – Zaragoza, ES
9/05/2022 Acapulco – Gijon, ES
9/06/2022 RCA Club – Lisbon, PT
9/07/2022 Shoko – Madrid, ES
9/09/2022 Atelier de Moles – Montbéliard, FR
9/10/2022 Altes Kino – Landeck, AT
2/03/2023 Tivoli Venue – Buckley, UK
2/04/2023 Waterloo – Blackpool, UK
2/05/2023 Bannermans – Edinburgh, UK
2/07/2023 Nightrain – Bradford, UK
2/08/2023 Trillians – Newcastle, UK
2/09/2023 Eleven – Stoke, UK
2/10/2023 The Robin 2 – Wolverhampton, UK
2/11/2023 Camden Underworld – London, UK*
*Rescheduled 2022 show; original tickets still valid

For tickets to the EU dates visit: https://bit.ly/3OGvtU9

For tickets to the UK dates visit: www.alcatrazzofficial.com

V was produced by Giles Lavery and Jimmy Waldo, and mixed by Andy Haller (Elton John, Joe Cocker and System of a Down).

Watch/listen to V in full at THIS LOCATION. Purchase V at THIS LOCATION.

Source: EARSPLIT PR

Moonspell, Swallow The Sun & Witherfall Tour Canceled

Posted in dark metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

From: Witherfall newsletter:

Witherfall has absolutely nothing to do with this tour cancellation. We found out during rehearsals that the tour had been pulled, one week before the band were set to fly out to pick up our bus. Witherfall had every last production detail on our end completely solidified. Airline tickets, Bus, Trailer, Driver, Tour manager, Shipping of Tour merchandise (which has dates printed on them that no longer exist!!!) Rehearsals, Witherfall Beer at venues and countless other expenses that will not be reimbursed. Needless to say, we are devastated by this news. Each one of the aforementioned pieces took months of planning and every detail was carefully managed making this endeavor very time consuming and VERY expensive.

The reality of the math is Witherfall will need to eat the upfront costs of over $12K not including what our crew, and band members will lose because they turned down other work. None of these expenses will be recouped. We apologize to our fans that has had plans that were affected. We had every intention of bearing the cost to put the band out on the road. Again, we had everything planned and were ready and excited to get to play and meet the fans coming out.

We are extremely upset by this last minute rug pull. Even the best case scenario the band would still be operating at a loss but that is the price of bringing our music to you all. If you’d like to purchase a souvenir of tour and support the band (Tour Funeral Expenses) you can get one of these packages or a shirt here:

https://linktr.ee/Witherfall

LOCRIAN – Stream Entirety Of Newly Released Album “New Catastrophism”

Posted in ambient music, experimental music, Hard Rock, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

The newly released LOCRIAN album New Catastrophism is now streaming on the Profound Lore Youtube channel. The album was released on August 12, 2022 on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Alongside New Catastrophism, LOCRIAN will also be releasing the Ghost Frontiers EP that will come as a bonus disc with the CD edition, a bonus digital download with the LP, and released through all digital channels on August 12th. The Ghost Frontiers EP features the two tracks “Witness The Collapse Of Geologic Time” and “The Chasm Of The Future”.

The band comments: “NEW CATASTROPHISM is the expression of years of observing disasters all around us and an opening to a new vision of a world changed beyond repair. We’re pleased to share this album with the world after such a long break and hope it serves as a soundtrack to the changes to come.”

Listen: https://youtu.be/NgDwdKOfG9o

New Catastrophism sees the iconic experimental music trio return back to their roots through four immersive tracks that signal towards the band’s signature expressions through dark ambient, experimental music, drone and post rock. Massive dystopian soundscapes through the intricate, layered, and spacious sound palette LOCRIAN unveil.

LOCRIAN is a prophetic voice of decline. From the band’s inception, it has comfortably straddled both the experimental and metal underground, weaving themes of apocalypse, urban decay, environmental destruction and birth/death/rebirth throughout its multifaceted and genre-defying releases. The trio formed in 2005 in Chicago and features Terence Hannum (synthesizers, vocals, tape loops), André Foisy (guitars, electronics), and Steven Hess (drums, electronics). Over their sixteen-year history, Locrian have released six studio albums, three collaborative albums, and numerous limited-edition releases.

New Catastrophism and Ghost Frontiers was recorded and mixed by J. Robbins, mastered by Brad Boatright, and features artwork by Trevor Paglen with design by Chimere Noire.

New Catastrophism Tracklist:

1. Mortichnia
2. The Glare Is Everywhere And Nowhere Our Shadow 
3. Incomplete Map Of Voids
4. Cenotaph To The Final Glacier

Order on CD: https://locrian.bandcamp.com/album/new-catastrophism

Order on vinyl: https://profoundlorerecords.merchtable.com/music/locrian-new-catastrophism-vinyl-lp

Source: C Squared Music

THE ORIGINAL MISFITS – With Very Special Guest ALICE COOPER – October 29th In Dallas Texas! Info You Need!

Posted in halloween, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, horror, horror punk, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

From Misfits Records:

Calling all Fiends…

SEE the ORIGINAL MISFITS headline Halloween Weekend at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, TX, Saturday, October 29, 2022!

Featuring Original singer/songwriter GLENN DANZIG and Original bassist JERRY ONLY with Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein on guitar.

The ORIGINAL MISFITS LIVE in concert joined by very special guest, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ALICE COOPER, and The Distillers.

Tickets ON SALE NOW at LiveNation.com

Don’t miss this hybrid moment in the Misfits legacy of brutality…

LONG LIVE MISFITS.

LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, And LA Maybe Concert Review – By Tanis Enos

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, concerts, guitarists, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Location: Amos’ Southend – Charlotte NC

Date: 7/27/2022

While on the Sonic Slam Tour, LA Guns and Faster Pussycat broke away from the Keifer Band to perform a sold out show of their own. Fans of all ages lined up outside Amos’ Southend in Charlotte North Carolina to witness their own piece of 80’s metal history. Members of Faster Pussycat graciously greeted fans as they walked to the connected restaurant for some preshow refreshments.

Doors opened at 7:00pm and fans filed in filling in both levels to max capacity. First to take the stage was Carolina natives LA Maybe. This 5-piece rock n roll band was the perfect way to open the show. These young musicians perfectly captured the old school style of rock that both LA Guns and Faster Pussycat bring to the table. Right out of the gate they had the whole venue pumped and ready to go, playing all original music. Midway through the show, guitarist Driz let fans know that he had rocked so hard he chipped a tooth. As their set came to an end lead singer, Goliath Furr, began to talk about how the band was trying to gain a spot on the upcoming KISS Kruise. Furr turned his attention to drummer, Ryan Fosnow, who was holding up a sign that said “Show me your boobies.” Once he turned the sign over it instructed fans to vote for them on Lamaybe.com/vote. They ended their show encouraging fans to sing along to their original song “Oh Sugar”. After the show the band mingled with fans to watch the rest of the performers.

Faster Pussycat took the stage next and were welcomed by thunderous applause and cheers. Opening the show with “Jack the Bastard” it was immediately clear that lead singer, Taime Downe, still had the vocal strength that made Faster Pussycat just as fierce in the 80’s. Downe stands center stage with such pride and confidence and has an amazing band to back him up. The talents of bass player Danny Nordahl, best known as Slim Tender, and drummer Chad Stewart combine to create an exceptional rhythm section and truly shine in songs like “Bathroom Wall”. The guitar duo of Ronnie Simmons and Sam Bam Koltun really bring the sleaze. Before he even plays a note, you can already tell that Simmons is a true rockstar. His style, both in the way he plays and how he dresses can easily be seen as having inspiration from the Ramones to AC/DC. The punk flair that Simmons provides adds a little extra something to the Pussycat set. The true star of the show, however, was in fact Sam Bam Koltun. He truly is a guitar virtuoso at such a young age. He makes every strum and pluck look so easy and it is safe to say that being on stage and performing truly comes natural to him. Even though there is only one original member left, each musician plays like they were there the day the song was written.

Fans were given a special treat when former Faster Pussycat and current LA Guns guitarist, Ace Von Johnson joined the band to perform “Bathroom Wall”. The fun did not end there, though. Downe took to side stage as Slim Tender had his turn on vocals. The band welcomed LA Guns bass player, Johnny Martin to the stage and Tender sang “Pretty Fucked Up”. This certainly got the crowd even more pumped. Faster Pussycat ended their show with “Babylon” and left fans scratching for more.

LA Guns wrapped the night with a miraculous 16 song set that included songs from a very diverse set of albums. They opened with an explosion performing the first track off “Checkered Past”, “Cannonball”. Lead vocalist, Phil Lewis, immediately had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand. It does not take long to pick up on the fact that Lewis loves what he does. He is a front man that the younger generation will always be able to enjoy as his vocals have remained immaculate even after over 44 years of singing. While having Lewis on vocals is extremely important for their sound, you can’t have LA Guns without founding member and band namesake, Tracii Guns. Guns continues to amaze fans with his iconic technique and sound. Right before playing “Over the Edge”, Guns began to play his guitar with a violin bow. Long time fans of Tracii know that he is a very big Led Zeppelin fan and this is evident to be a tribute to Jimmy Page with a Tracii Guns twist. This was the first tour to feature Shawn Duncan on drums. Duncan, who also played in BulletBoys, melded so well with the rest of the band, you would have thought he had been with the band from the beginning. A ball of energy was personified in the form of Johnny Martin that night. Martin was in everyone’s face playing his absolute heart out on bass. It was quite the sight to see as he and Ace would bump into each other or play back to back throughout most of the set.

The fun did not stop there, as both Lewis and Guns stepped aside and welcomed Koltun back to the stage as guitarist Ace Von Johnson took over on vocals to sing a cover of “New Rose” by The Damned. Ace started the song with a small speech stating “Do something fucking nice man, this world is fucking numb as it is. There’s too much fucking negative shit man, do something cool”. As a well known animal advocate this type of thing is not out of character for Ace, and the speech was met with a very intense positive reaction. Though Ace is better known for his guitar work, his love for punk rock showed through in his vocals and wowed everyone. As the show came to an end the band took their final bow and, to lighten the mood, began to dance around the stage to a cover of “So Long, Farewell” By The Vandals. Fans cheered and screamed for more as the band excited the stage.

After the show 4 out of 5 members of Faster Pussycat made their way over to their merch table to take pictures with EVERYONE. Ace also made his way into the large crowd of fans to take pictures. Faster Pussycat and LA Guns are perfectly matched to tour together. The crowd’s energy was constant during both bands. Even though the Sonic Slam Tour has come to an end, it is safe to say that this is not going to be the last time we see Faster Pussycat and LA Guns together.

Tanis Enos

Philadelphia Rockers SONJA Releasing “Loud Arriver” September 23rd On Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Philadelphia (PA) – Cruz Del Sur Music has announced a September 23 release date for Loud Arriver, the full-length debut album from Philadelphia rockers SONJA. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

A passionate display of heavy rock and metal, Loud Arriver pre-orders are available now at:

CD: https://tinyurl.com/sraz48ad

LP: https://tinyurl.com/bdh8d9c4

Melissa Moore was fired from Texas black metallers Absu in 2017. When she came out as transgender to her bandmates, she figured she would have their support in this most vulnerable moment of her life. Instead, every member of Absu but one shunned her. Moore was dismissed via text message under the claim she had “fired herself” with “her decision.”

Undeterred by the collapse of Absu, Moore and Absu touring drummer Grzesiek Czapla (the lone member of the band who supported her transition) set in motion to activate SONJA, a project they started in 2014. Bassist Ben Brand eventually joined the fold, cementing a three-piece lineup that eschews traditional subgenres for a nuanced, hook-laden, passionate and powerful display of heavy rock/metal on their first full-length and Cruz Del Sur Music debut, Loud Arriver.

Loud Arriver was recorded in 2019 at Creep Recording Studio in Philadelphia with Dan Kishbaugh. Its vocals were tracked in 2020 at the same studio but with acclaimed producer Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Enforced, Kreator). Loud Arriver marks the first time that Moore has released a full-length album in ten years and also marks her debut as lead vocalist. It is a cathartic event for Moore: A lot of the music she wrote in that period is now lost due to the adverse circumstances surrounding her gender, but SONJA forged ahead. The global pandemic exacerbated the wait to release Loud Arriver but allowed Moore and her bandmates to put additional energy into the album under the concept of “go big or go home.”

Photo Credit: Don Vincent Ortega

Indeed, Loud Arriver is stacked with big, anthemic songs fitting Moore’s impassioned vocal delivery and punctuating guitar work. Through the deft use of minor, melodic-minor and harmonic keys, Moore’s guitar-playing channels an atmosphere of urgency and abandon, reflecting the tumultuous period of her transition where hostility and fear greeted her at every corner. Moore’s lyrics delve further into these topics, addressing the period she lived her life in secret and self-suppression that led to sorrow and dissociation. And her lyrics also touch upon her desire to retaliate upon those who threaten her very existence for being transgender.

Loud Arriver is the result of the intense and demanding vision the members of SONJA had from the day they started. It is the embodiment of true metal and rock ‘n’ roll with nothing held back. It is only fitting, then, that Moore establishes SONJA’s mission statement: “We aren’t interlopers. We’ve been here all along. Now that we have passed step one, we are locked and loaded and have a massive kingdom to overthrow.”

Track Listing:

  1. When the Candle Burns Low…
  2. Nylon Nights
  3. Pink Fog
  4. Wanting Me Dead
  5. Fuck, Then Die
  6. Daughter of the Morning Star
  7. Moans from the Chapel
  8. Loud Arriver

Line-Up:

Melissa Moore – Guitar/Vocals
Ben Brand – Bass
Grzesiek Czapla – Drums

sonjaband.bandcamp.com

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cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

A STATEMENT FROM MOON TOOTH

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on August 7, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo credit: Jayleigh H.

GoFundMe; https://bit.ly/NickLeeGFM

Moon Tooth family,

It’s been a week since we made the announcement we would have to be dropping off the Cave In show at Gramercy Theatre due to an emergency. While it wasn’t very detailed, we went through an intense and honestly terrifying experience with one of our members. We were hoping that by this time everything would be back to “normal,” and Nick Lee would be able to address the situation and explain everything to you on his own. Unfortunately, that is not the reality at this time. It’s not easy to write this, and there is no way to sugarcoat the situation so we’re just going with honesty.

On Thursday afternoon (July 21), we met up for rehearsal and to prep for the following night’s show. Nick seemed like his normal self but mentioned how exhausted he was and how he had been sort of foggy and confused the last 24 hours. We agreed to run the set but finish early so he could get some rest and sleep it off. While setting up our gear we were walking in and out of the rooms at the studio and at some point, Nick had fallen and hit his head. While looking through security camera footage after the fact, we learned that Nick had a seizure and fell hitting his head on a bass drum. We had found him just moments after it had happened, and immediately called an ambulance to rush him to the nearest hospital. By the time the EMT’s arrived he had suffered a second seizure.

Here we are a week later, and sadly things have taken a turn for the worse. He has been suffering from seizures every night escalating to the point of needing to be intubated and essentially put in a medically induced coma to give his body a chance to heal. The doctors continue to take many tests to properly diagnose Nick while keeping him as stable as possible in order to heal. The cause of all this still remains unclear, and a very confusing situation as it came out of nowhere. Nick has absolutely no history of medical problems like these. Aside from the grind of touring life, Nick lives as healthy a lifestyle as anyone. We have all seen him running, climbing, and jumping on stages all over the country, occasional yoga, hiking, etc..

Nick’s fiancé, Lianna, and his family have been at his side the entire week. Providing as much love and comfort as humanly possible. Keeping us updated as we all continue to navigate this whole ordeal.  

If you had the opportunity to know Nick, you know he has always been loving, compassionate, and would do anything and everything he could to care for his friends and family. No matter what the situation he would always be there to talk and be leaned on offering any support and comfort he could. We can’t put into words how much Nick has done for the three of us, how he continued to inspire and push us to our greatest potential. Nick lives and breathes for what we do, and has impacted the lives of many with his love and art.

Now is the time to help our brother. While the doctors and hospitals are still trying to narrow down what causes his symptoms and bring him back to normal health, the medical bills stack higher and higher. It may take some significant time to recover from this as we are still getting more details. We wanted to start this campaign to get a step ahead of the matter, so he may focus on his health and returning to normalcy without the stress and burden of a massive amount of debt piled against him.  

We know this is rough to digest, but we will all get through this together. Moon Tooth is family, and we will do whatever it takes to take care of one another. We love you, we’re here for you, and as always, we greatly appreciate your support.

-Vin, John, & Ray

GoFundMe; https://bit.ly/NickLeeGFM

Source: Speakeasy PR

SONATA ARCTICA – To Release “Acoustic Adventures – Volume Two” On September 30th Via Atomic Fire

Posted in folk metal, folk rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Photo by Jarkko Piipari

Finnish five-piece SONATA ARCTICA need no introduction. Besides significantly influencing the power/melodic metal scene, they’re a band that’s not only notorious for consistently delivering high quality studio albums but also for experimenting and breaking out of their musical comfort zone. Such musical flexibility has resulted in the aptly titled Acoustic Adventures touring cycles as well as the release of Volume One of their first acoustic album earlier this year.

Today, SONATA ARCTICA are pleased to announce that the continuation and second chapter of the aforementioned record is set to be unleashed to the world on September 30th via Atomic Fire. The release not only completes the special acoustic saga but serves to finally celebrate the kickoff of their Finnish/European Acoustic Adventures tour, which was postponed multiple times in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

Cover art by Janne Pitkänen

Acoustic AdventuresVolume Two – Track Listing:

  1. I Have A Right
  2. Black Sheep
  3. Half A Marathon Man
  4. Broken
  5. Letter To Dana
  6. FullMoon
  7. Shamandalie
  8. San Sebastian
  9. Gravenimage
  10. Flag In The Ground
  11. My Land
  12. Victoria’s Secret

Like Acoustic AdventuresVolume One, the new offering was recorded and produced by Mikko Tegelman alongside the band at Studio57 in Finland while the cover artwork was designed by Janne Pitkänen.

Preorders as well as the first digital single, the acoustic version of fan favorite “I Have A Right,” will be available next week, on Friday, August 12th. Presave the track now HERE.

In the meantime, find info and tickets for the band’s upcoming tour at THIS LOCATION.

And get in the mood by revisiting Acoustic AdventuresVolume One. Watch SONATA ARCTICA’s previously released lyric video for “The Rest Of The Sun Belongs To Me” HEREand “For The Sake Of Revenge” HERE. Stream/purchase the album HERE.

Source: EARSPLIT PR

WHITESNAKE – Cancels 2022 North America Tour Dates

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Due to David Coverdale’s “persistent upper respiratory infection” Whitesnake has cancelled their 2022 North American tour with Scorpions and Thundermother. Scorpions and Thundermother will still proceed with their North American tour, together.

From Whitesnake.com:

It is with profound disappointment and a heavy heart that I must announce that Whitesnake will no longer be able to join The Scorpions on their US and Canadian tour due to my continued treatment for a persistent upper respiratory infection that affects my ability to perform. This includes the cancellation of our own headlining shows as well.

While Whitesnake will no longer be on the tour, the Scorpions will be continuing on. We Wish Our Good Friends, The Scorpions Every Success!!!

We Wish You Well”

David Coverdale

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Metal Odyssey wishes David Coverdale a quick recovery and the power of healing. Stay strong, David Coverdale!

Aug. 21 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 24 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Centre Videotron
Aug. 27 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Center
Aug. 30 – Detroit, Mich. @ Pine Knob Music Theatre
Sept. 1 – Rosemont, Ill. @ Allstate Arena
Sept. 5 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Borgata Casino
Sept. 7 – Belmont Park, N.Y. @ UBS Arena
Sept. 9 – Mashantucket, Ct. @ Foxwoods Casino
Sept. 12 – Hollywood, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live
Sept. 14 – Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena
Sept. 17 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
Sept. 19 – El Paso, Texas @ Don Haskins Center
Sept. 21 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Arena
Sept. 24 – San Antonio, Texas @ Freeman Coliseum
Sept. 27 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
Sept. 29 – Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
Oct. 1 – San Diego, Calif. @ Viejas Arena
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
Oct. 7 – Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center
Oct. 9 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
Oct. 13 – Spokane, Wash. @ Spokane Arena
Oct. 15 – Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
Oct. 18 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oakland Coliseum
Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Mandalay Bay

LONG LIVE DAVID COVERDALE.

WHITESNAKE FOREVER.

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

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