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BLOODBOUND – Announces New Album, ‘Tales From The North’ + Live Dates Over Europe!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal albums, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2023 by Metal Odyssey

When it comes to defending the core values of timeless power metal and combining them with fresh stylistic variations and exciting stories, Swedish power metallers Bloodbound have always been fighting at the forefront. With nine studio albums in 16 years under their belt, the six-piece has proven their versatility and inventiveness countless times. Following the much acclaimed, latest record Creatures Of The Dark Realm (2021, AFM Records), Bloodbound have announced the release of their upcoming masterpiece, entitled Tales From The North!

“‘Tales From The North’ is very much a concept album about the viking era. About the lives of our ancestors up here in the dark, cold and unfriendly environments of the north,” explains lead guitarist Tomas Olsson and summarizes the content of their eleven songs: “Different legends and myths intertwine during the course of the songs, leading up to the epic battle of 1066, which marks the end of the viking era.” Those who already know the sound of Bloodbound can imagine the metallic force the band employs to evoke this story. Tales From The Northwill be released on July 7, 2023 via AFM/Soulfood as a 2-CD digipak including a live CD. As a special treat, it will also be released as a strictly limited box set as well as coloured vinyl LPs.

Give ear, as today, the band shared a lyric video for their first album single “Odin’s Prayer”!
“Odin’s Prayer is a real banger of a song”, Fredrik Bergh comments. “It represents the new album well and I think it’s a great first taste of the new record. On Tales From The North we have gone back to the roots of bloodbound a bit and I think the bloodheads will like what they hear!“

Watch the Official Lyric Video for Odin’s Prayer HERE

Bloodbound have not only improved in terms of content, but also musically. Says Olsson: “The songs are more fast-paced and closer to some of our earlier stuff like ’Moria’ and ’Nosferatu’, but have more complex arrangements. Compared to the predecessor ‘Creatures Of The Dark Realm’ there are heavier guitars and some deeper sounding keyboards. We have also incorporated some traditional nordic folk music instruments to fit the concept of the album. It’s still pure power metal but we’re trying to take it to the next level.”

Pre-Order ‘Tales From The North’ HERE!

Tales From The North was produced by Bloodbound, and was mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Amorphis, Overkill, Sabaton) at the Swedish ‘Black Lounge Studios’. The cover artwork was done by Péter Sallai (Hammerfall, Powerwolf & many more).

Tales From The North track listing:
01. Tales From The North
02. Drink With The Gods
03. Odin´s Prayer
04. The Raven´s Cry
05. Mimir`s Crystal Eye
06. Between The Enemy Lines
07. Land Of Heroes
08. Sail Among The Dead
09. Stake My Claims
10.Sword And Axe
11. 1066

Tomas Olsson – lead guitar
Fredrik Bergh – keyboards
Patrik Selleby – vocals
Henrik Olsson – rhythm guitar
Anders Broman – bass
Daniel Hansfeldt – drums

In support of their upcoming album, Bloodbound has announced an extensive headliner tour and to appear at several festivals such as Karmoygeddon, RockHarz, Masters of Rock, among others. Make sure to catch them live at the following dates this year:

04.02.2023 (SWE) MORA Lilla Helfvetet
28.02.2023 (GER) BERLIN Hole 44*
01.03.2023 (GER) MUNICH Backstage Halle*
02.03.2023 (CH) PRATTELN Z7*
03.03.2023 (FR) COLMAR Le Grillen*
04.03.2023 (BE) VORSELAAR De Dreef*
05.03.2023 (GER) NUREMBERG Hirsch*
06.03.2023 (GER) MANNHEIM 7er Club*
07.03.2023 (GER) ASCHAFFENBURG Colos-Saal*
08.03.2023 (GER) HAMBURG Bahnhof Pauli*
09.03.2023 GER SIEGBURG Kubana*
10.03.2023 (GER) ESSEN Turock*
11.03.2023 (NL) ENSCHEDE Metropool*
12.03.2023 (GER) KASSEL Goldgrube*
04.05.2023 (NOR) KOPERVIK Karmoygeddon Festival
08.07.2023 (GER) BALLENSTEDT RockHarz Festival
16.07.2023 (CZE) VIZOVICE Masters of Rock Festival



Source: AFM Records

Metal Odyssey’s Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2022

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

2022 proved to be another stellar year for Metal album releases. I’ve paired down my list to the 10 Metal albums that bestowed upon my Metal soul the best of Metal euphoria. What are your favorite Metal albums of 2022?

It’s never a perfect science in making a “best of” list and my deliberations are genuinely thought out over and over. I thank each band below for their incredible Metal creations. Feel free to comment! Happy Holidays and… Metal Be Thy Name! -Stone

1. DARKTHRONE – Astral Fortress
2. QUEENSRYCHE – Digital Noise Alliance
3. STRYPER – The Final Battle
5. VENOM INC. – There’s Only Black
6. INCITE – Wake Up Dead
7. GOATWHORE – Angels Hung From the Arches of Heaven
8. HAMMERFALL – Hammer Of Dawn
9. IRON KINGDOM – The Blood Of Creation
10. DEMIRICOUS – III: Chaotic Lethal

RONNIE ROMERO “Raised On Metal Radio” Covers Album Releases On January 27, 2023

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie Romero has announced the upcoming release of ‘Raised On Heavy Radio’, a companion album of sorts to his first covers album, “Raised On Radio”, on January 27, 2023. This time out, Romero pays tribute to legendary artists from the metal world like Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Metallica, and more. Special guests on the album include Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Spirits Of Fire), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween), and more.

Romero’s voice and prolific musical activity have brought him to the forefront of the hard rock/metal scene where he can be seen/heard with Lords of Black, The Ferrymen, Sunstorm, Rainbow, and the Michael Schenker Group. Through his work fronting these acts, it is no stretch to see how the artists covered on this album have influenced Romero and understand how his voice is well suited to give them a proper tribute.

Ambitious and driven as always, this record is another special treat for fans while Romero continues work on his proper debut solo album of original material. Romero’s first solo covers album, “Raised On Radio”, featured covers of classics that meant something special to Romero over the years and helped forge this talented singer’s musical style. Songs by legendary acts like Survivor, Bad Company, Foreigner, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and more were given Romero’s talented vocal treatment. These classic rock and AOR covers showcased a different side of Romero’s musical influences and were executed with passion, charisma, and power. Now, with this second installment of covers, “Raised On Metal Radio”, Romero showcases his love of metal music, for which he is more widely known.

Through Romero’s career thus far, he has performed killer renditions of several rock and metal classics as part of his shows fronting legendary acts like Rainbow and the Michael Schenker Group (MSG). He’s also covered classic songs by Journey, Queen, Rainbow, and more with Spanish metallers Lords Of Black. So, with trying his hand at covers by legendary artists being familiar territory already, both cover albums were waters that Romero was comfortable wading into.

“Raised On Metal Radio” Tracklisting:
The Battle Rages On (Deep Purple cover)
Metal Daze (Manowar cover)
Turbo Lover (Feat. Nozomu Wakai) (Judas Priest cover)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden cover)
Fast As A Shark (Accept cover)
No More Tears (Feat. Gus G.) (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
The Shining (Feat. Chris Caffery) (Black Sabbath cover)
A Light In The Black (Rainbow cover)
Kind Hearted Light (Feat. Roland Grapow) (Masterplan cover)
You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget (Yngwie Malmsteen)
The Four Horsemen (Metallica)
Turbo Lover (Alternate Solo Version) (Judas Priest cover) Digital Bonus Track

Total length: 00.45.56

Ronnie Romero – vocals
Jose Rubio – guitars
Javi Garcia – bass
Andy C – drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards

Additional Musicians:

Alfredo Alonso – Guitar solo on ‘Metal Daze’
Nozomu Wakai – Guitar solo on ‘Turbo Lover’
Gus G. – Guitar solo on ‘No More Tears’
Chris Caffery – All guitars on ‘The Shining’
Roland Grapow – Rhythm & lead guitars on ‘Kind Hearted Light’
Corina Minda – Backing vocals on ‘Metal Daze’, ‘Fast As A Shark’, and spoken vocals on ‘No More Tears’

Produced by: Alessandro Del Vecchio
Executive Producer/A&R: Serafino Perugino

Source: Frontiers Music s.r.l.

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.

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:

For tickets to the UK dates visit:

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.


GRAVE DIGGER – “Heart Of A Warrior” Video Teaser Released!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

From Rock Of Angels Records:

Taken from their upcoming album “Symbol Of Eternity” German Heavy Metal legends GRAVE DIGGER release their third single + matching video next week Friday, August 19th, 2022, check out the teaser here or below:

Pre-order “Symbol Of Eternity” (out August 26, 2022):

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Compiling My 2013 Best Metal Albums List Has Put Me In A Metal Quandary!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Carcass - Surgical Steel - promo cover pic

CARCASS – Surgical Steel

For the past month, I’ve been listening to, re-listening to and debating over which albums will make my “Best Metal Albums Of 2013” list. For clear reasons (to me) this year marks the most difficult time I’ve ever encountered, in compiling this list. I’m in a quandary!! Someone call Dr. Phil or better yet, someone call Black SabbathMotörhead, Carcass, Sodom, Stryper, Satyricon and Satan and tell them ALL they should have never released such amazing milestone Metal albums; especially ALL at once this past year! Um, please, no one tell them that.

Throw in the fact that Witch Cross and Sinister Realm are in the mix with spellbound like True Metal releases in 2013 and I’m on my knees begging for the Metal Gods to help me sort it all out!! Which band’s album gets #1 and why? Which band’s album comes in last on my best of list and for what reason? Rankings super SUCK and I have the urge right now to eat a case of Doritos. Can anyone please kick me in the ass and tell me to stop!?

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Motörhead – Aftershock 

Adding to this quandary, is: I believe that any album that makes any “Best Of” album list of mine, equates to either an instant classic or soon to be classic, within our beloved pages of Metal History; at least my pages of Metal History! All of this self-debate and (at times) self-doubt over which best Metal albums I’ve listened to over the year is very important to me. I need a very cold beer right now, from my very cold garage.

Stay tuned. My Metal list will be done eventually. Stone will come through. Hell, my “Best Hard Rock Albums Of 2013” list is already secured in my brain. For some crazy reason, the Hard Rock albums list never drove me even remotely insane. My “Top Ten Songs Of 2013” list went down easier than a Yuengling lager. Go figure. Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale, already has his Best list done and ready to go. I know he struggled with it, though. Ha, ha. Still, he’s the best.

I gather it’s time for me to stop whining and get back to my Metal debate with myself. Once this fun task is complete, I can then begin to listen to what 2014 has in store for my Metal hunger… and look forward to another quandary such as this in a year from now. Metal be thy name.


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VOLBEAT And KING DIAMOND – Their Song “Room 24” Is Nominated For Best Metal Performance, At 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Volbeat - King Diamond - Room 24 - grammy nomination - 2013 - promo pic

As reported by Metal Blade Records:

Metal Blade Records would like to congratulate Volbeat and King Diamond for being nominated for Best Metal Performance for the track “Room 24” in the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The Heavy Metal icon King Diamond had this to say: “Thank you to everyone involved with voting. This is a great way to come back from the dead…literally.”

Also nominated this year are Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Dream Theater, and Killswitch Engage. The GRAMMY’s will be taking place on Sunday, January 26 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. at The Staples Center and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30pm (ET/PT).

King Diamond - decibel magazine cover - January 2014 - Issue #111

In other King Diamond news: the current issue of Decibel Magazine featuring King Diamond on the cover is now in stores and available for purchase through the magazine’s site –

The issue will be on newsstands from early December until the end of the year. Keep up to date with all things King Diamond and Mercyful Fate at:

Volbeat - Room 24 - king diamond - promo single cover pic - 2013

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STRYPER “No More Hell To Pay” – Nominated For “Best Album Art” At HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Vote For STRYPER Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal awards, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Stryper - No More Hell To Pay - promo cover pic

As reported on the STYPER Facebook page:

Stryper has been nominated for “Best Album Art” at HM Magazine’s The HM Awards! Spread the word and encourage fans to vote! Online voting runs through Dec. 31.

HM Awards - large logo - promo pic - 2013

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Metal Superstars Reinvent Michael Jackson’s Biggest Hits On A New Tribute Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Michael Jackson Thriller cover - promo - 2013 - med res

Performances by Danny Worsnop of ASKING ALEXANDRIA, Chuck Billy of TESTAMENT, Elias Soriano of NONPOINT, Lajon Witherspoon of SEVENDUST, Phil Campbell of MOTÖRHEAD, Doug Pinnick of KING’S X, Angelo Moore of FISHBONE, Priya Panda of DIEMONDS, Chris Jericho of FOZZY, Corey Glover of LIVING COLOUR and more!


Los Angeles, CA – Just in time for Halloween, a scarily impressive alliance of metal and hard rock luminaries has formed to create one of the most depraved abominations of musical crossbreeding in history – an all metal tribute to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, available on CD starting October 22! Never before have such quintessential pop hits as “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Billy Jean” and “Man In The Mirror” been so completely transformed, substituting softly stylized synths with crunchy, distorted guitars, replacing the pitter patter of programmed beats with pulverizing double bass acoustic drums, and topping it off with some of the finest, most powerful vocals in metal.

When completed, these reinventions pay due respect to the expertly crafted melodies and songs that made Michael Jackson one of the most beloved figures in all of music, and offer legions of metalheads a reason to simultaneously grab their crotches and throw the horns in celebration! \m/ \m/

Michael Jackson Thriller cover - promo - 2013 - med res

Spearheaded by producer/musician Bob Kulick, who also helped in the arrangement of these cover versions, the project was in his words a “labor of love” for all involved. Exclaims Kulick, “We made these awesome songs kick ass while still being faithful to the original versions. Add killer players like Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Craig Goldy, Bumblefoot, Phil Campbell and you’ve got some real MAGIC!”

Rudy Sarzo, a stalwart of the metal scene as a member of both Quiet Riot and Queensrÿche, reflects, “Michael Jackson’s music is synonymous with iconic rockers such as Eddie Van Halen, Steve Stevens and Slash. So it’s only fitting that the rock community pays tribute to this legendary artist with Metal Mike!” And Fishbone’s Angelo Moore expresses great enthusiasm for his contribution, saying “I never thought I would hear myself doing a cover of ‘The Way You Make Me Feel,’ but it’s an honor and a dream come true. We put a different twist on it to give it a whole new light, or maybe I should say a whole new dark!”

Michael Jackson Thriller cover - promo - 2013 - med res

In addition to the legends Kulick enlisted, several of today’s modern metal figures also contributed, including Elias Soriano of Nonpoint, who comments, “It was my pleasure to do this tribute to MJ. My admiration for the talent and history he has given to music overall will be hard to replace. My only wish is that I did him justice with my performance.” Jason Myers, of Icarus Witch, one of the current flag bearers in the traditional metal scene, declares, “When we were approached by Cleopatra to contribute to the Michael Jackson tribute we were honored (due to the legendary talent already on board), but a bit skeptical about how our fans would react…Choosing an unorthodox hit took a bit of pressure off and allowed us to put more of ourselves into the track.”

Finally, bassist Tony Franklin, who has worked with everyone from Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour to Whitesnake, confirms the surprise and astonishment many felt during the creation of the album, “The first thing I noticed was how easily these out-and-out pop songs translated to the metal genre. That is the sign of, one, a great song and, two, a great production and arrangement.” He goes on to note that it wasn’t just the songs that were transformed when Metal met Pop on these recordings; the performers themselves were transformed. He states, “It was very cool to see how the guest artists interpreted these songs as it brought out a different side of them – a side we wouldn’t usually hear.”

Michael Jackson Thriller cover - promo - 2013 - med res

1. Thriller – Chuck Billy (Testament)

2. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)

3. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

4. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (The Firm)

5. Beat It – Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses)

6. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

7. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)

8. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (King’s X)

9. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (Fozzy)

10. Bad – Paul Dianno (ex-Iron Maiden) & Craig Goldy (Dio)

11. They Don’t Care About Us – Icarus Witch

12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan (War)

13. Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm


Purchase the CD at Amazon:  

Download the album at iTunes:


(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Newsted - Heavy Metal Music - promo cover pic - 2013

5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


NEWSTEDJason Newsted has more than proven there is a life after Metallica; one listen into Heavy Metal Music only accentuates my point! Jason Newsted plays his powerhouse bass and is also the lead vocalist for his band. Heavy Metal Music was produced by Jason Newsted; proving here that he does not need to spend 100 million dollars on a Rick Rubin to make this album kick 100% Heavy Metal ass!

I confidently declare Heavy Metal Music as one of the very best of Metal albums I’ve enjoyed in 2013; and enjoyed in the past several years for that matter! I also dig very, very much the vocals of Jason Newsted. His vocals are Metal. Hell, Jason Newsted can freaking sing! The band that Jason Newsted has assembled here are tremendous musicians, in my most sincere Metal opinion. Newsted’s Metal is not Thrash, yet has that hint in a few spots. This is American Heavy Metal 2013, minus the modern Metal template that too many bands are following these days.

Listen To And Watch Below, The Sensational, Official Lyric Video For: Above All

Guitarists Mike Mushok and Jessie Farnsworth are damn amazing to listen to; Heavy Metal Music is a riff fest and their guitar tones are original and old school, not the vomit we hear from so many younger copy cat bands. Jesus Mendez, Jr. on drums just kills it! No instrument is buried here, the Metal from this album is in your face! All eleven songs are prime cuts with NO artificial flavorings!

Jason Newsted and his band have to be fucking proud of themselves! This is an album that our Metal community needs and is a potent drop kick to the ass to those who think Metallica’s Death Magnetic was something special. Here’s to one of Heavy Metal’s greatest bassists that has ever lived… and to an album that YOU should not be living without! This album has made me a very, very happy Metalhead. Listen To Metal. Metal be thy name.

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HEAVY METAL MUSIC – Track Listing:

Heroic Dose


…As The Crow Flies


Long Time Dead

Above All

King Of The Underdogs


Twisted Tail Of The Comet



Newsted - band promo banner - itunes - 2013


Jason Newsted – bass & vocals

Mike Mushok – guitars

Jessie Farnsworth – guitars & backing vocals

Jesus Mendez, Jr. – drums & percussion


HEAVY METAL MUSIC Is Available Now On iTunes:


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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Massacre Records is happy to announce that MESSENGER has signed on for another four-album deal!

Our long-term partnership with ILLDISPOSED and SINISTER will continue as well. Both bands have also extended their record deals for three new albums!

A&R Manager Thomas Hertler comments:

“We’re excited to continue working with them and are looking forward to the things to come!”

Want more good news?

New albums by ILLDISPOSED and SINISTER are planned to be released in the first half of 2014!

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GWAR – Support The GWAR Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Extravaganza

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, horror metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, sports, sports news with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

GWAR - Super Bowl XLIX - promo flyer - 2013

As reported on the GWAR Facebook page:

This is the actual signing page for the petition to get GWAR to play the Super Bowl, which is growing by about 5000 signatures a day… I think we need about two million so lets get on it!

GWAR - Battle Maximus - promo cover pic!


New album “Battle Maximus” available now here:


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ICED EARTH – Reveals Album Art & Track List For “Plagues Of Babylon”

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon - promo cover pic

ICED EARTH have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new album “Plagues of Babylon” which will be out in early 2014!

As reported on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:


We are proud to present you with the new cover art for “Plagues of Babylon”. This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover. I’m sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.

I hope you enjoy this preview! Much more exciting news coming very soon!

In Metal,

Jon Schaffer


1. Plagues of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman

Artwork painted by Eliran Kantor.

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Stone Says HEY! On This METAL Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, politics, rock music with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction - LIVE - promo cover pic

HEY! In the past, whenever I posted random blab, I’ve used the heading: Some Metal And Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; today I’ve decided not to. No big deal. Change is good, no matter how big or minuscule. It’s Wednesday, September 25th and I absolutely have no clue as to where the first 8 months of 2013 went. Do you?

HEY! I still haven’t really organized my CD collection since moving to Ohio, unless you consider neat and non-alphabetized stacks of CD’s located everywhere in my house an organizational accomplishment! I buy CD’s still cause I’m old school. I buy used and new vinyl albums cause I’m undoubtedly very old school. The new CD I bought yesterday (on CD release Tuesday) is at the top of this post. That’s right. MEGADETH. Countdown To Extinction. LIVE. This CD kicks unadulterated live Metal ass. ‘Nuff said.

HEY! Yesterday, I was searching for the new ONSLAUGHT CD, VI. I couldn’t find it. I will special order this CD from a local (indie) record store in Dayton, Ohio, which is named: OMEGA MUSIC. This is a bona fide used vinyl and CD store that I will proudly shop at! Let’s face it, the indie record shops are our future; large retail chains are consistently downsizing their CD selections. Dummies. Funny thing is, it’s the indie stores that went out of business so many years ago, due to the large CD retailers; and now the market needs MORE indie record shops!

Kreator - Dying Alive - promo cover pic - #66 - 2013

I absolutely cannot get enough of this double live CD from German Thrash Metal Legends: KREATOR. Just a remarkable live release!

HEY! The first time I ever saw MEGADETH was on the DIO Live Evil tour. That’s right! SAVATAGE was the opening band too! Heavy Metal icons, all. Good Metal times. It’s bands like MEGADETH that I cherish, due to the consistency of album releases, touring and (of course) quality of Metal. Thou Shall Never Take Thy Metal Legends For Granted!

HEY! On a (personal) closing note, I’m very, very proud of (Texas) Senator Ted Cruz. His taking action to filibuster on the Senate floor yesterday, into the night and straight through as I write this, to me is admirable. This is The United States Of America and lately it feels like many laws and regulations have been driven down the throats of “We The People” without much debate… if any debate at all. Scary. The issue at hand, regarding Senator Cruz’s filibuster is about Obamacare. This national healthcare law begins to go into effect on October 1st, 2013. It’s a long story. My best advice (for those who are not in the know) is to go back in time and research BOTH the Democrat and Republican arguments, concerning Obamacare.

That’s all I really have to blab about for now. I hope y’all have a GRAND Metal Wednesday and rest of the week! If you like to read MORE of my blabbing about Metal, Metal Buddies, sports, food, politics, critters, monsters, weather, animal rights and (often times) nonsensical stuff, please follow me on twitter! Here’s my twitter link for y’all:



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Ripple Music Unveils Heavy Ripples Distribution – Psych, Stoner, Doom And More

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, record labels, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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What’s the Hot New Place to Get The Best Music From the Heavy Underground?

North America’s Exclusive Distributor for Vincerebus Eruptum – the voice of the underground


Five years in the making, Ripple Music is proud to announce the creation of Heavy Ripples Distro (, the best new source to find LP’s, CD’s, 7″‘s, Tee’s, Magazines, and more from some of the most esteemed bands in the heavy underground.

Noting that the burgeoning underworld of bands pumping out stoner, doom, heavy psych and metal mania were horribly under-served by today’s current distribution system, Racer and Pope–the head honchos of the hard-rocking Label, Ripple Music– decided that something had to be done.  Knowing that there were tons of excellent heavy bands that couldn’t get widespread distribution because they weren’t “hot enough” for some of the current heavy distributors, or not signed to a big enough label, Racer and Pope decided to put together a Distro that could benefit from the years of experience and channels they’d gained with Ripple Music.

And Heavy Ripples Distro was born.

Featuring heavy bands from North America, Europe, Australia, South America and beyond, Heavy Ripples doesn’t discriminate against bands who may not move 100 copies or are self-produced and totally D.I.Y.  The only criteria for Heavy Ripples is that the bands rock- pure, unadulterated riff-mad heaviness.  Utilizing a “bare minimum” fee strategy, Heavy Ripples Distro offers bands the opportunity to have their music distributed world-wide with the lowest possible fees, allowing the bands to recoup the greatest return on their music while getting maximum exposure and the opportunity to offer their music to heavy rock fans at the best prices on the web. It’s an entirely new model for heavy music distribution and one Heavy Ripples Distro hopes can maximize the viral spread of the heavy rock.

Recognizing the dedication Heavy Ripples Distro has to the underground scene, some of the leading Labels in heavy rock jumped at the chance to join in, with Labels like Cosmic Artifactz, Buried by Time and Dust, PsychDoomelic, and Ozium Records all offering the best of their heaviness.

Vincerebus Eruptum - magazine promo - 2013

And there’s more. Heavy Ripples Distro is now the exclusive North American Distributor of Vincerebus Eruptum (, the world’s leading magazine devoted to the stoner, doom, and heavy psych rock scene.  Produced in Italy, Vincerebus Eruptum brings interviews, features, news, and reviews of such heavy legends as Colour Haze, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats Orchid, Kadavar, Witchraft, and more.  All in a slick, full-color format and for only $7 per issue.


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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STRYPER “Revelation” (Official Lyric Video) Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock videos with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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STRYPER – On November 5th, 2013, the eighth original studio album from STRYPER, No More Hell To Pay, will be released via Frontiers Records. A stirring and fabulous song that is featured on this forthcoming STRYPER album is Revelation. Below, you can follow this song’s lyrics while cranking up the Heavy Metal!! Just a fantastically well-written and executed song. By the way, the guitar solo is nothing short of maximum whiz-bang! Metal be thy name.

STRYPER REVELATION (Official Lyric Video)



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Michael Sweet – lead vocals & lead Guitar

Robert Sweet – drums

Oz Fox – Guitar & vocals

Timothy Gaines – bass & vocals


* For More Info On STRYPER:

Facebook: Stryper

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A Very METAL Friday The 13th List… Check It Out, If YOU Dare!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Alright. Metal Odyssey hasn’t done a list in quite some time. What better time for a list, than on the very melancholy Friday the 13th? WARNING: This list contains LOTS of… METAL. This list has a theme and it’s not difficult to figure out; unless you’re an ABBA fan, that is.

Megadeth - Th1rt3en promo album pic!


Wednesday 13 - Spook And Destroy - promo cover pic - large


ANVIL - This Is Thirteen - promo cover pic - 2013 - #1


Thirteen Bled Promises - Heliopause Fleets - promo cover pic


OVERKILL - Kill Box 13 - promo cover pic


BLACK SABBATH - 13 - large promo cover pic - 2013 - #3


wednesday 13 - calling all corpses promo pic


13 Candles - Happy Death Day - demo cover pic - 1993


13 Winters - Dark Palace Of Waterfalls - promo cover pic



Feel free to add your 13 cents to this list with a comment! Thank  you for spending some quality METAL time, on this Friday the 13th, with Metal Odyssey.



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Posted in Guitar, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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NEWSTED METALHEADS!!! Guitar World is giving you the chance to win a copy of HEAVY METAL MUSIC on vinyl and a signed poster! Two runners-up will win HEAVY METAL MUSIC on CD and an unsigned poster.

Click here to enter:

Guitar World - promo cover - November - 2013

Get your hands on the new issue of Guitar World! The November, 2013 issue features Dream Theater’s legendary John Petrucci. Order your copy now, right here: online store.


(Source: Jason Newsted Facebook)

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Queensrÿche “Fallout” (Official Video): Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Queensrÿche – At year’s end, the ever legendary Queensrÿche are poised to have their new and self-titled album on Metal Odyssey’s Best Of 2013 lists and for legit reasons: Queensrÿche has been rejuvenated with newfound (and very welcomed) passion and vibes of Heavy Rockin’ electricity, which I hear and feel within their new songs; and Fallout is just one fantastic example!

With new (and accomplished) lead vocalist Todd LaTorre, the energy and sound of Queensrÿche has been refueled on their newest release; while my Metal expectations for this new incarnation of Queensrÿche have been unbelievably satiated at least two-fold! A memorable Queensrÿche album it is, so I’ve been convinced. Metal be thy name!

Queensrÿche Fallout Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Todd LaTorre – Lead Vocals

Michael Wilton – Guitar

Eddie Jackson – Bass

Scott Rockenfield – Drums

Parker Lundgren – Guitar

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Queensrÿche was released on June 25th, 2013, via Century Media Records.


* For More Info On Queensrÿche:

Facebook: Queensrÿche

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Century Media Records:

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Long Live Queensrÿche.


AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Guitar World Cover Feature For October 2013 Issue

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Avenged Sevenfold - Guitar World - October - 2013- promo cover

As reported by Guitar World:

Inside the most eagerly awaited hard rock album of the year! After a yearlong hiatus during which they healed from the death of The Rev and put their lineup back in order, Avenged Sevenfold come back stronger than ever with Hail to the King, their new hard rock-infuenced album.

Also in this issue, the guitarists of Mastodon, Children of Bodom, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth and other Mayhem Festival acts share their unadulterated responses to our annual metal survey.

Get your copy today for $7.99

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M. Shadows – Vocals

Synyster Gates – Lead Guitar

Zacky Vengeance – Rhythm Guitar

Johnny Christ – Bass

Arin Ilejay – Drums



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