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Four Bizarre Mothers Day Album Covers

Posted in album covers, holidays, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on May 9, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Mothers Day - Cherry Pie - promo album cover pic

Mothers Day is on Sunday, May 10th. I wish all the moms and grandmas a Happy Mothers day. Here at Metal Odyssey, our special way of celebrating Mothers Day is to present this list of Four Bizarre Mothers Day Album Covers. Each album cover on this list is clearly created by people that have not a clue, in my opinion.

The Mothers Day album cover (above) really has me questioning: who is the dummy that decided to combine Mothers Day with cherry pie for an album cover? WTF?! That is flat-out insane, immature and embarrassing! Of all the freaking pies in the world, why spotlight cherry pie? Apple pie, peach pie or any other stinking pie would have done just nicely, thank you very much.

The Flexican & Sef - Mothers Day - extended version - promo pic - 2014

Evidently the musical artist for this Mother’s Day song is: The Flexican & Sef. My big question is: what the hell does the artwork on this MP3 single have to with Mother’s Day? Two dudes and a city skyline, inside a burst, does not represent Mother’s Day to me. Un-freaking-real. Whatever.

Mothers Day Special - promo album cover pic - 2013

The above Mother’s Day album cover is incredibly bizarre! That mother depicted is bloodied and in obvious pain! Did this mother really deserve such a dreadful situation as this? What is that piece of lumber that she is holding? What does this cover art mean? WTF?!

The Mothers Day Massacre - Vol. 2 - promo album cover pic

Lastly, I don’t dig the combination of Mother’s Day and massacre; it is grossly immature to combine the two. Really. The moron(s) that decided to attach The Mothers Day Massacre to a Heavy Metal compilation of songs needs to have their lame-ass brain(s) examined for worm rot. Once again, I’m reminded that dumb-asses are among us. This also reminds me that there are people still out there sniffing model glue and they are roaming among us.

I love my mother with all my heart and hope she has a fun day in heaven, alongside my sister. I miss them both dearly. Metal be thy name – Stone.

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Holiday Gift Ideas – 2014 Edition, Part 2

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, holidays, Metal, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on November 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

ACDC - 2015 Calendar - promo photo - #2015AY

AC/DC are back with a new album and are hotter than ever! Every AC/DC fan in creation would love this 2015 AC/DC wall calendar! Whoa! Order link below:

http://acdc.fanfire.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/product?sourceCode=ADCWEBWWUSD&sku=ADC62485

Judas Priest - skate deck - British Steel - #2015RH

Judas Priest. ‘Nuff said. This Judas Priest British Steel skate deck is just freaking cool. There’s Judas Priest fans out there probably begging for this, as a holiday gift. Wow. Order link below:

http://judaspriest.backstreetmerch.com

Machine Head - Media Book - CD - promo pic - #2015RF

Machine Head has also made some Metal noise with their new album: Bloodstone & Diamonds. This Media Book & CD kicks Metal ass and makes for a  dynamite holiday gift! I own this, therefore, take my Metal word for it! Whoa. Order link below:

http://www.machinehead1.com

Triptykon - beanie - promo photo - #2015TGW

Triptykon fans need to keep their heads warm and look cool too. How about this raging beanie? A whiz-bang holiday gift, in my Metal opinion. Order link below:

http://www.jsrdirect.com/merch/triptykon

Motley Crue - Hollywood Bowl - Concert Poster Pic - #2015MC

This Mötley Crüe Final Tour Hollywood Bowl concert poster makes for excellent holiday gift, cause Mötley Crüe… ROCKS! Order link below:

http://store.motley.com/index.php/final-tour-merch.html

Suicide Silence - Mystery Box - promo pic - #2014SS

How amazing is this? A Suicide Silence mystery box, man! The notation does state that the mystery box may include shirts & tank tops. Suicide Silence RULE and so do their fans… therefore this mystery box makes for a stunning holiday gift! Metal be thy name! Order link below:

http://www.thirddegreemerch.com/collections/suicidesilence/ss-mystery-package.html

Pop Evil - Girls Beautiful Scoop Neck - tee - promo pic - #2015PE

Hey! Countless gals dig Pop Evil too and this beautiful scoop neck t-shirt is hot stuff! Order link below:

http://www.indiemerch.com/popevil/item/28800

Lynyrd Skynyrd - 40th Anniversary Mug - promo photo - #2015LSR

Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southern Rock Legends. Every Lynyrd Skynyrd fan NEEDS a mug for their coffee, tea, milk or… beer. This 40th Anniversary mug is simply a holiday gift that keeps on giving, all Metal year-long! Order link below:

http://www.fanfire.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/product?sourceCode=LSKWEB&sku=LSK58452

Slayer - War At The Warfield - promo DVD cover pic - #2014JHF

F’n Slllaaayyyerrr! Slayer RULES and that’s it. Released back in 2003, Slayer – War At The Warfield is a mandatory holiday gift for ALL Slayer fans both young and old! I do own this piece of Slayer history and it truly is an amazing concert of 19 songs! This concert was filmed on December 7th, 2001 for DVD, at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California. Whoa! Order link below:

http://www.myplaydirect.com/slayer/war-at-the-warfield/details/5599082?feature-name=dvds&feature=5599104

Heaven & Hell - tote bag - promo pic - #2015RJD

Here’s a useful holiday gift for your on-the-go Metalhead… a Heaven & Hell tote bag! It’s the perfect tote bag to go CD and/or vinyl album shopping with! What better gift for any Ronnie James Dio or Heaven & Hell fan! Very nice. Order link below:

http://www.officialronniejamesdiowebstore.com/HeavenHellToteBag

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MetalOdyssey

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

GIVE PEACE & ACCEPT PEACE.

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Holiday Gift Ideas – 2014 Edition, Part 1

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, holidays, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Misfits - Crimson Ghost - action figure red - promo pic - #11201525

Do you have a MISFITS, Punk or Horror Punk fan to shop for? If so, the MISFITS Crimson Ghost action figure by NECA should do the deed! For more info on this figure, click below:

http://necaonline.com/48492/products/toys/plush-and-dolls/misfits-8-clothed-figure-the-fiend-assortment/

Megadeth - Holiday Ornament - promo pic - #2014DM

Every Megadeth fan deserves this kick-ass Megadeth holiday ornament! I want one! Whoa! Order link below:

http://megadeth.fanfire.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Store.woa/wa/product?sourceCode=MDTWEBWWUSD&sku=MDT59154

Night Ranger - High Road - Autographed - promo cover pic - #2014NR

Have a Night Ranger fan in the family? How about their new High Road CD which is available as an Exclusive Autographed Deluxe version! This CD includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album, along with video clips. Order link is below:

http://www.rockandrolltshirts.com/RNR_Store/Music_14/Night-Ranger-High-Road-CD-DVD-Deluxe-Edition

Iron Maiden - Eddie's Evil Brew - promo photo - #1201411

For the Metal maniac in your life that is old enough to drink beer, get ’em Eddie’s Evil Brew! A lovely Merlot that is exclusive to the Official Iron Maiden Shop. Order here:

http://www.ironmaiden.com/eddies-evil-brew.html

Motionless In White - Skeletal Gloves - promo pic - #2014M

For your Motionless In White fan in your family or pack of friends, you can never go wrong with giving a pair of Black Skeleton Gloves! Whoa! Order link below:

http://motionlessinwhite.merchnow.com/products/186734

Slipknot - Sticker Music Bundle - promo pic - #2014001

Give the Metal gift of SLIPKNOT and be glad you did! Above is pictured the Slipknot sticker and music bundle. It’s a sticker set and  SLIPKNOT .5: THE GRAY CHAPTER DELUXE CD. Metal be thy name! Order link below:

http://slipknot.shop.bravadousa.com/page/TheGrayChapter

Tesla - Time Machine Playing Cards - promo photo - #2014NT

For the Rocker in your world that loves to play cards, this TESLA Time Machine deck of playing cards are a Rockin’ bullseye! Order link below:

http://teslatheband.com/merch/

King Diamond - No Presents For Christmas Candle - promo pic - #2014

King Diamond. Every Metalhead in the world digs King Diamond. That is why this Metal legend’s merch makes for perfect holiday gifts! Check out the King Diamond No Presents For Christmas candle above! Metal be thy name, that’s cool stuff! Order link below:

http://www.indiemerch.com/kingdiamond/item/29608

Motorhead - beanie - promo pic - #2014LK

Every fan of Motörhead needs to keep his or her head warm, especially where the Winter’s cold winds blow! Order link below:

http://shop.imotorhead.com/index.php/accessories/motorhead-logo-beanie.html

Black Veil Brides - Reverse Shadow Poster - promo pic - #2014BVB

This Black Veil Brides reverse shadow poster is really cool stuff. A spot-on holiday gift if I’ve ever seen one. Whoa. Order link below:

http://shop.blackveilbrides.net/index.php/accessories/prints-posters/reverse-shadow-poster.html

KISS - womens pink v neck - glitter tour tee - #2014GS

And last and never least… KISS. There are millions of KISS items out there, however, we can’t show them all! For gals that can’t get enough KISS this holiday season, there’s the KISS pink v-neck w/red glitter tee. Not too shabby, huh? Order link below:

http://www.shopkissonline.com/women/kiss-pink-v-neck-glitter.html

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MetalOdyssey

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

GIVE PEACE & ACCEPT PEACE.

Stone.

Wanna See My KISS Paul Stanley Christmas Ornament? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in christmas, classic rock, holidays, Rock, rock music, travel with tags , , , , on November 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Paul Stanley - KISS - Christmas Ornament - promo pic - #2011PS

That’s it above, my KISS Paul Stanley Christmas ornament. Pretty Cool, huh? I received this ornament back in 2011 as a gift from my wife. She purchased this piece of KISStory from the Moravian Book Shop, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The Moravian Book Shop was founded in 1745, by the Moravian Church and lays claim to being the oldest bookstore in continuous operation in the world. There’s some history for you! Metal be thy name! Bethlehem, Pennsylvania… Rocks! Whoa.

Moravian Book Shop - promo stor front photo - #2014 - 1116

If you want more info on the Moravian Book Shop, click on the links below! This historical store is a must visit, in the event you travel to  the Lehigh Valley or Northampton Counties of Pennsylvania. It is especially more scenic during the Christmas season, to visit there.

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Facebook: Moravian Book Shop

Website: http://shop.moravianbookshop.com/index.htm

Website: http://moravian.indiebound.com

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE THE MORAVIAN BOOK SHOP.

LONG LIVE ROCK N’ ROLL.

Stone.

KISS – Rock Icons To Perform At 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, holidays, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

88th Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade - promo banner - #2014KISS

KISS - Promo band - classic logo - pic promo - 2013 - #3

Represented by Epic Rights, (the full-service global branding and merchandising company), the iconic KISS have been secured to perform at the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! This marks the first ever appearance of KISS at this historic and traditional holiday American event! Whoa! With a KISS medley and 600 cheerleaders from across the United States, leading the way, this event will be viewed by tens of millions of people; viewed from both the streets of Manhattan and around the U.S.! Whoa again!

The 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® returns to NBC on Thursday, November 27 (9:00 a.m. to noon in all time zones). Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie of NBC’s Today will anchor the broadcast. Executive Producer Brad Lachman, Producer Bill Bracken and Director Gary Halverson are the team leading this live holiday broadcast, behind the scenes.

2014 has been a milestone year for KISS, with the band celebrating their 40th Anniversary and induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. KISS will be capping off their historic year when they hit their mark on Manhattan’s 34th street, at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Metal be thy name!

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For more info on this NBC telecast:

http://www.nbc.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE KISS.

LONG LIVE NBC.

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING, AMERICA!

Stone.

TED NUGENT – Guitar Instrumental Of “The Star-Spangled Banner” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, holidays, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Ted Nugent - Blue & Black - Name - Logo

Happy Independence Day, America! Today is a beautiful 4th of July here in Southwest Ohio and to spotlight our United States National Anthem, I could not think of a better guitar legend than our Midwest’s very own… Ted Nugent! The Motor City Madman and his guitar instrumental of The Star-Spangled Banner is:

Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Metal Be Thy Name! 

Ted Nugent - For President - promo sticker image

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Francis Scott Key wrote the poem (lyrics) to The Star-Spangled Banner back in 1814. John Stafford Smith wrote the music for The Star-Spangled Banner; this same music was originally written by John Stafford Smith for The Anacreontic Song.

Ted Nugent Shutup & Jam! - promo banner pic - 2014 - #9050

* For more info on TED NUGENT:

Facebook: Ted Nugent

Website: http://www.TedNugent.com

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LONG LIVE TED NUGENT.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.

TED NUGENT MUST BE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME… IT’S BEEN FAR TOO LONG.

Stone.

WARBEAST – To Perform At The Rail Club New Years Eve Extravaganza, In Fort Worth, Texas!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, holidays, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Warbeast - The Rail Club - New Years Eve - 2013 - promo flyer

The Rail Club New Years Eve Extravaganza

When: Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Where: 3101 Joyce Dr., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116

Doors: 6:00 PM

Showtime: 7:00 PM

$12.00 ADV

$12.00 to $15.00 DOOR

6:00 PM until 2:00 PM CST

Phone: (817) – 560 – 7245

Warbeast - Destroy - promo cover pic

WARBEAST – DESTROY IS OUT NOW! VIA HOUSECORE RECORDS! STONE SAYS: ONE OF THE VERY BEST METAL ALBUMS OF 2013, A METAL MUST OWN!

Warbeast - promo band pic - #101 - 2013

WARBEAST:

Bruce Corbitt – Vocals

Scott Shelby – Lead Guitar

Joey Gonzalez – Drums

Bobby Tillotson – Lead Guitar

Casey Orr – Bass

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* For more info on WARBEAST:

Facebook: WARBEAST

Website: http://www.warbeast.org

The Rail Club - Fort Worth Texas - Logo

Facebook: The Rail Club

Housecore Records - logo - black and white - 2013

Website: www.thehousecorerecords.com

Facebook: Housecore Records

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LONG LIVE WARBEAST.

LONG LIVE HOUSECORE RECORDS.

LONG LIVE THE RAIL CLUB.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

KILLER DWARFS – Valentines Day 2014 Show Announced, In London, Ontario, Canada!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, holidays, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Killer Dwarfs - Valentines Day Show flyer - 2014 - Canada

As reported on the KILLER DWARFS Facebook page:

Are you ready to Rock London?

JUST ANNOUNCED

KiLLeR DWaRfS Valentine’s Day Show 

February 14th 2014

The Eastside Bar & Grill

750 Hamilton Rd, London, Ontario, Canada

With Very Special Guests :

The Gord Prior Band

More details to follow….

Killer Dwarfs - Start @ One - promo cover pic

* For more info on KILLER DWARFS:

Facebook: Killer Dwarfs

https://twitter.com/killerdwarfband

http://russdwarf.com

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LONG LIVE KILLER DWARFS.

Stone.

MISFITS And OSAKA POPSTAR Holiday Tees And Ornaments Are Available NOW! Whoa!

Posted in christmas, holidays, Music, Punk rock, punk rock bands, rock and roll, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Misfits - Osaka Popstar - xmas shirts and ornaments - promo flyer - 2013

Check this out, all of you Fiends and Rock ‘N Roll addicts:

The cover art of the Misfits forthcoming “Horror Xmas” EP features a Grinchy-Green ‘Fiend’ available in your choice of Long Sleeve Pullover Sweatshirt, Short Sleeve T-shirt and Ltd Ed. Xmas Ornament…

PLUS a super-special, holiday themed variant of the femme fatale cover art of Osaka Popstar‘s latest release “Super Hero” is available now on a gorgeous full-color Long Sleeve T-shirt AND Ltd Ed. Ornament showcasing incredible new art by Josh Howard (of “Dead @ 17” comics & “Monster High”).

Pick up either individually, or get both ornaments bundled as a set at the Misfits Records Online Shop (while supplies last), and save $5.00!

Order yours at: http://misfitsrecords.cinderblock.com/

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(Source: Misfits and Osaka Popstar Facebooks)

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LONG LIVE:

Misfits red logo

Osaka Popstar - promo logo banner - #100 - 2013

Stone.

Metal Odyssey’s Easter (And) Bunny Album Suggestions! Plus: Non Suggestions Too!

Posted in classic rock, easter, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, holidays, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Rock On Easter - cover promo pic

Okay. It’s Easter Sunday. Happy Easter to ALL my Metal brethren who do celebrate this grand religious (and rabbit delivering candy) holiday. Above is one of 3 Easter (or bunny related) albums you’ll find here that I and the other 56 staff members of Metal Odyssey 100% suggest for your Rockin’ Easter listening pleasure. Heck, just look at (some of) the Rockin’ legends that are on that album! ‘Nuff said.

Below are Easter (or bunny related) albums that we either suggest, slightly suggest or don’t suggest at all for your Easter audio experience. Agree or disagree, this is just a semi-useless list of Easter and bunny (related) albums that have been compiled just for you. Enjoy and… Metal be thy name.

Bunny Lake - promo cover pic

Bunny Lake. Who is Bunny Lake? Can’t recommend what we don’t know. Whoa.

Bunny Hop - Dance Party - cover promo

Bunny Hop Dance Party. Cool. I guess it can be recommended for kids. Maybe.

Patti Smith Group - Easter - cover promo pic!

Patti Smith Group – Easter. Patti Smith is cool. Patti Smith is hands down a Rock legend. Her group is cool too. Only thing is, no one here at the Metal Odyssey headquarters has ever listened to it. Just don’t tell Patti Smith or her group that.

Jive Bunny - cover promo pic

Jive Bunny. The Album. Whatever. I’m sure, based on the way things are done, Jive Bunny will get elected into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame before KISS. Disgusting.

Parry Gripp - Easter Bunny In Space - promo cover

I don’t know who Parry Gripp is and obviously this person has an album or song out called: Easter Bunny In Space. Um, yup.

The Bunny The Bear - cover promo pic

The Bunny The Bear – If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say is another album that FINALLY can be suggested for your Easter listening experience! Fabulous album artwork! If you’re into Experimental/Electro/Hardcore/Rock then this is a band and album for you. Whoa.

Lovers and Crypts - Bunny Rabbit - promo cover

With a little research, it appears that Lovers And Crypts is electro-dance stuff. Obviously, out of the Metal Odyssey realm. Having a title of Bunny Rabbit must mean it’s an Easter song though. Right?

Helloween - Rabbit Don't Come Easy - promo cover pic

HELLOWEEN – Rabbit Don’t Come Easy = RECOMMEND! RECOMMEND! RECOMMEND! It’s HELLOWEEN and it’s METAL! Metal be thy name!

Teddy Rock - cover promo pic

Teddy Rock. Teddy Rock! Who is Teddy Rock? The name does Rock. Don’t get me wrong, this nifty list just has to end with The Easter Bunny Song. Maybe not. I’m sure toddlers and ABBA fans should dig it. Whoa.

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For more info on HELLOWEEN, click on the links below!

facebook: Helloween

http://www.helloween.org/

For more info on The Bunny The Bear, click on the link below!

http://www.thebunnythebear.com

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HAPPY ROCKIN’ EASTER.

Stone.

Happy METAL New Year 2013 – From Metal Odyssey!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, holidays, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , on January 1, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

2013 - fireworks image - large!

Happy METAL New Year 2013!

THANK YOU to all the visitors that have stopped by during 2013; both loyal and new visitors ALL! You are all the reason why it’s worth spreading the news, album reviews, interviews and miscellaneous Metal blab that Metal Odyssey has become known for.

THANK YOU to ALL the PR Agencies for supporting Metal Odyssey each and every day. Whoa. THANK YOU to ALL the record companies both large and small that have given Metal Odyssey the Metal ear candy needed to stay updated.

THANK YOU to ALL the bands and musicians that have appeared on Metal Odyssey during 2012 and in years past; you’re ALL the reason why Metal Odyssey exists!

A special THANK YOU to Best METAL Buddy Scott Coverdale, Rock Legends Kev Moore and Louis St. August and… Brian Basher’s Hard Rock Nights. To Lee and Danielle, I’m gonna F’N MISS YOU!

Another special THANK YOU to all the Metal Odyssey followers on twitter, who take the time to read what I have to say; from random Metal blabbing to nonsensical funny stuff.

Every visitor, PR Agency, record company, band and musician that make Metal Odyssey what it is are too many to mention… you ALL know who you are! Metal Buddies ALL! May each and every one of you have a healthy, prosperous and METAL New Year! Long live you ALL!

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LONG LIVE METAL.

2013 IS GONNA ROCK.

METAL. BE. THY. NAME.

Stone.

Happy Metal Halloween From Metal Odyssey! 2012 Edition: Here Are Some Of My Favorite Spooky Albums & Movies…

Posted in halloween, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, holidays, horror metal, horror movies, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, science fiction movies with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

HAPPY METAL HALLOWEEN! Today is October 31st and Halloween 2012 is finally here! As you’ll see below, I’ve selected some of my all-time favorite spooky albums and movies, especially for all you Metal ghouls, monsters, witches, zombies and goblins out there. Enjoy!

The scary album cover at the top of this post is Orange Goblin’s fourth studio album Coup De Grace. Released back in 2002 via Rise Above Records, I highly recommend Coup De Grace from the solid-as-steel discography of Orange Goblin. This isn’t a Horror Metal album, yet it is lyrically filled with plenty of strange stories. Monkey Panic is a true Horror themed song, however. Coup De Grace contains a sensationally cool mix of Stoner Metal, Doom and a cover of the Misfits classic We Bite, (a song which adds a potent moment of Horror Punk to this album).

As with many of you out there, my favorite King Diamond album is Abigail. One of the greatest Metal concept albums ever written, structured and performed, in my Metal opinion! Released back in 1987 via Roadrunner Records, Abigail also features current and longtime Motörhead drummer Mikkey DeeAbigail is the crème de la crème of the King Diamond discography, without any Metal doubt in my mind.

What would a Metal Halloween be without the super-duper legendary IRON MAIDEN? For that matter, what would Halloween be like without IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot Eddie? I cringe at the thoughts! IRON MAIDEN without question, has the greatest assemblage of album covers in Heavy Metal history. Thanks to artists Derek Riggs and Melvyn Grant, Eddie’s mascot celebrity within the world of Metal is second to none.

Back on March 25th, 2010, I posted a feature titled: My Favorite Heavy Metal Album Cover Is… and you can read all about it by clicking the link below! Hint: It’s IRON MAIDEN.

MY FAVORITE HEAVY METAL ALBUM COVER IS…

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Here Are 2 Of My Favorite All-Time Scary Movies:

Directed by the ultra-legendary John Carpenter, They Live was released back in 1988 and is distributed by Universal Studios. This is a Science Fiction-Horro Film that essentially shows what our world would be like if taken over by elitist aliens. Uh, huh. Filthy rich space aliens want to take over the world!

My favorite professional wrestler of all-time is the star of They Live: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. I feel his performance in They Live was stellar, just like his wrestling career. Rowdy Roddy Piper gives plenty of hurtin’ on these white-collar space aliens, before he, um… I won’t give the ending of this fabulous movie away.

Shout! Factory will be releasing, on November 6th, 2012, a “collector’s edition” of They Live, on both DVD and Blu-ray. Check out Shout! Factory here: http://www.shoutfactory.com

Another Science Fiction thriller directed by John Carpenter! This creepy Sci-Fi film takes place in 1997 and New York City is a maximum security prison! Once you’re put inside this NYC prison, you never come out… unless you’re Snake Plissken.

Legendary actor Kurt Russell is phenomenal in his role as Snake Plissken; his mission is to rescue The President of the United States (Donald Pleasence) from this horrible prison. It’s detailed as to how this all happened! Just get this movie at all Metal costs, if you already haven’t.

Escape From New York was released back in 1981 and  distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures.

Escape From New York also stars such other notable actors: Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Adrienne Barbeau and Isaac Hayes as The Duke of New York.

I once met the producer for Escape From New York! Debra Hill was introduced to me at a wedding I attended (somewhere) in Long Island, (sometime) back in the ’90’s. A very quick “hello” and (I think) handshake and that’s about it. That’s my “brush with fame” when it comes to this unreal terrific movie!

METAL BE THY NAME.

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HAVE A SAFE & SPOOKY HALLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE HALLOWEEN.

LONG LIVE METAL.

The words “super-duper” were used in this post.

Stone.

Independence Day, July 4th, 2012 – Album Covers That Celebrates This American Holiday!

Posted in album covers, Hard Rock, holiday songs, holidays, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JULY 4TH, 2012 – As that colorful album cover above states, I wish everyone in America a Rockin’ Independence Day! July 4th is a holiday in America that observes and celebrates our forefathers adopting The Declaration Of Independence. The Declaration Of Independence was approved by The Continental Congress, back on July 4th, 1776; which resulted in the thirteen American Colonies no longer being part of/under rule of The British Empire.

Okay, the American history lesson is over! Now kick back, scroll down and enjoy some fun album covers that celebrates July 4th, Independence Day! Please note: you may find a couple of album covers here that were never intended as an Independence Day celebration; nonetheless, it goes along with the theme quite well.

1 Hour Of Orchestral Fireworks

Andre Reger And The Paris Pop Orchestra

Doesn’t this album cover give off a 1970’s Progressive and/or Psychedelic Rock vibe?

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BONFIRE – FIRE WORKS 

This is the second studio album from the Hard Rockin’ band from Germany we all embrace as: BONFIRE. Fire Works  was released back in 1987 on BMG International. Fireworks are essential in their symbolism, during events and or activities that celebrates Independence Day.

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JULY 4TH PARTY MUSIC (DJ’s Choice)

I have absolutely no idea what type of party music is on this album, other than it’s celebrating July 4th.

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POLKA FIREWORKS – Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones

WHOA! Polka makes it to Metal Odyssey! Now… say “Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones” 5 times as fast as you can. Nice try. Hey… could there be such a genre as: Polka Metal? There might be… check out the video below to find out!

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LIVE FIREWORKS

As I mentioned before, the 4th of July wouldn’t be the same without live fireworks. If you have 0% access to live fireworks today; then I suggest you get yourself a copy of this Live Fireworks album. Whoa.

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CELEBRATE AMERICA – SONGS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

This album cover is very patriotic. I dig that.

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ROXETTE – FIREWORKS (EMI)

Yes, more fireworks! Roxette released this Fireworks 7″ single back in 1994; taken from their 1994 and fifth studio album: Crash! Boom! Bang! 

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INDEPENDENCE DAY 

Original Soundtrack Recording – Music By David Arnold

I just watched this movie on Monday night! A sci-fi classic! Seriously, I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count. This Independence Day movie culminates with the world’s independence from those pissed-off and severely constipated space aliens. Independence Day won an Academy Award for visual effects too. Whoa.

Here is another cover for the Independence Day movie soundtrack.

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Thanks for sticking around for this entire list of Independence Day, July 4th album (themed) covers. Have a safe and happy Independence Day! Also… make certain you check the expiration dates on your hot dog and hamburger buns.

Metal Be Thy Name.

LONG LIVE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Life, Liberty, METAL and the pursuit of Happiness.

Long Live Polka Metal.

Stone.

Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Friday, May 25th, 2012

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, holidays, metal music, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Memorial Day – CD Cover (Knightsbridge – 2009)

Memorial Day weekend is upon us here, in the grand country of America. A federal holiday, Memorial Day is always celebrated on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring all service men and women who’ve died in all the wars which America has been involved in. Parades, memorial services, fireworks shows and family picnics are four common ways in which Memorial Day is celebrated.

I am thankful to all the soldiers who gave their lives for American freedom. I’m also thankful to all the active duty service men and women of our armed forces who keep our country safe each day; as well as those who survived these terrible wars; both the wounded and retired.

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Mark Tremonti (founding member/guitarist of Creed and Alter Bridge) will be having his debut solo album, All I Was, releasing in early July. The one and only time I interviewed Mark was for Hard Rock Hideout, back in March of 2011. Mark was a soft-spoken, polite and nice guy. You can read this interview in its entirety by clicking the large link below!

Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed – The Hard Rock Hideout Interview!

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The new Aerosmith album, Music From Another Dimension, will be released on August 28th, 2012. This will be the 15th studio album from Aerosmith (counting their 2004 cover album Honkin’ On Bobo). I hope it’s a good Rockin’ album. The album artwork looks cool; it’s very retro. I will sample this album online before I make a purchase though…

What is mandatory Rock ‘N Roll? Check below:

Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (1980 – Bronze) 

What is mandatory Metal? Check below:

Testament – Live In London (2005 – Spitfire)

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This past Sunday, May 20th, Robin Gibb passed away at age 62. My condolences to the family, friends and fans of Robin Gibb. If I have to name a favorite Bee Gees song… it’s… Nights On Broadway.

Those are my Metal and Rock ‘N Roll thoughts for Friday, May 25th, 2012. I wish everyone a safe, healthy and Rockin’ weekend, wherever you may roam. Reuse, Refurbish and Recycle. Metal be thy name.

LONG LIVE METAL AND ROCK ‘N ROLL.

Stone.

METAL ODYSSEY’S MOTHER’S DAY SONGS & ALBUMS TO ROCK YOU! 2012 EDITION!

Posted in classic rock, country music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, holiday songs, holidays, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

MOTHER’S DAY 2012 – Yes, Mother’s Day is upon us. Mothers Rock. On May 13th, 2012, the U.S. will be celebrating Mothers Day. There are different dates for Mothers Day, depending on where you live in the world. I hope you all can give your mother a big hug and thank you on this special day. I’ll be blowing a kiss to the sky this Mother’s Day, to my mother up in heaven.

While compiling this groovy list of mother songs and albums; my research kinda went astray. It happens. You see, I’m not too sure if all of these choices on this list will actually… Rock. Some actually make me laugh just looking at the covers. Sorry, that’s just me, I do tend to have a sense of Metal humor. A couple of albums below came from Metal Odyssey visitor’s suggestions: Queen and Every Mother’s Nightmare.

Hopefully this list of mother songs and albums will provide a definitive starting point for your Mother Album Collection. If not, maybe you can share a laugh or two with me. If you find this list boring, by all means you can go watch an ABBA concert DVD instead and get psyched-out by some live Dancing Queen. Metal be thy name.

Queen – A Day At The Races

Yes, this Queen album Rocks! Tie Your Mother Down is the opening track too. This album comes highly recommended by Stone.

Mum’s The Word – 60 Fabulous Songs Your Mother Should Know

Um, this is a “2 CD set” as well. What if your mother doesn’t know these songs? Then what?

 Mother’s Finest –  The Very Best Of – Not Yer Mother’s Funk

Mother’s Finest for all intents and Metal purposes… ROCKS.

Within Temptation – Mother Earth

Within Temptation ROCKS. ‘Nuff said.

Mother Mother – Oh My

Uh… I have absolutely, positively no idea. It’s an album though.

Every Mother’s Nightmare – (self titled)

This band and their 1990 debut album… ROCKS.

Country Songs For Mother’s Day

I doubt there are any Rockin’ kick-ass songs on this one. Then again, you just never know.

Mama’s Hand – Bluegrass And Mountain Songs About Mother

Whoa! I don’t know which is funnier! The title of “Mama’s Hand” or the picture on this album cover! My interpretation of this album’s picture: Mama blew a nasty cheese fart and her daughter is not amused.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother’s Milk

ATTENTION: Red Hot Chili Peppers… ROCK! This album is highly recommended by Stone.

Robert Gass & On Wings Of Song – Ancient Mother

I am leaning towards this being a picture of an ancient fertility statue? I think? I have no idea what the music sounds like on this album. Maybe chanting? I did research some: Robert Gass is a classically trained musician and he directs the vocal group On Wings Of Song.

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Well, that concludes the 2012 edition of Metal Odyssey’s Mother’s Day Songs & Albums To ROCK YOU! Thank you for visiting and sticking around to the end. Happy Mother’s Day to all you cool mothers out there.

Back in 2010, I compiled the first installment of Metal Odyssey’s Mother’s Day Songs. It is a Metal Must if you’ve missed it. Check it out if you like, by clicking the large link below! Whoa!

METAL ODYSSEY’S MOTHER’S DAY SONGS TO ROCK YOU!

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LONG LIVE MOTHERS.

The word “groovy” was used in this post.

Stone.

Happy Metal New Year From Metal Odyssey! 2012 Shall ROCK! \m/

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, holidays, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, politics, pop culture, rock music, rock music news, sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Metal Odyssey would like to THANK ALL OF YOU who come to visit all year, sharing the same passion for Rock, Hard Rock and… METAL! Throughout the past year, Metal Odyssey receives support in ways too numerous to mention. However, there are those “thank yous” that I need to mention, If I leave anyone out, believe me, you are included.

THANK YOU to all the super cool PR people and record companies that have made it possible for Metal Odyssey to deliver the METAL news and album reviews! Each and every one of you ROCK beyond belief! Without them, I am in the dark.

THANK YOU to all the bands and musicians that have been mentioned, featured and/or interviewed here on Metal Odyssey this past year. Without them, life would suck big time. Really.

THANK YOU to all my Metal Buddies around the world! You know who you are and I don’t take any of you for granted.

THANK YOU to Best Metal Buddy/Metal Researcher Scott Coverdale & staff photographer Tom Coderre.

THANK YOU to Rob Rockitt and HARD ROCK HIDEOUT

THANK YOU to KINGER at Demolish Fanzine – 1980’s Heavy Metal Revival

THANK YOU to Metal Mark at Heavy Metal Time Machine

A very, very, very special THANK YOU to Metal Chick.

Now, here are some Metal thoughts, um, ramblings from Stone:

The world will NOT end in 2012. Sorry. If I’m wrong and the dreaded doomsday does come to pass this year, I will hopefully be with my family while any ORANGE GOBLIN album is blasting LOUD around me.

2012 IS GONNA ROCK! WHY?

Cause… Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill are… BACK!

Cause… KISS is releasing a new studio album titled: MONSTER.

Cause… KING DIAMOND is better and… back in action! Just ask Metallica.

Cause… VAN HALEN IS BACK!

BOLD SPORTS PREDICTION:

The New York Yankees will win the 2012 World Series.

STONE’S 2012 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS:

There are so many that are too boring to list. Okay, here’s two:

I shall eat less potato chips and listen to MORE METAL \m/

STONE’S WISHES FOR 2012:

I wish for an end to world hunger and human suffering of any kind. May there be world peace? On a smaller scale, I wish that Motörhead would receive a deserved “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

I wish CHEAP TRICK would follow Metal Odyssey on twitter. If this happens, I will write, without hesitation, a positive article on ABBA and feature it right here on Metal Odyssey for the world to read and see. I’m honestly not kidding. CHEAP TRICK F’n RULES.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE MORE OF ON METAL ODYSSEY?

Would you like more album reviews? Short or long album reviews? More/less Metal news? Classic Rock news? Are you demanding more band interviews? Are “lists” good or bad? More or less of Stone’s ramblings? Let your thoughts and feelings be heard by leaving a comment! Man, it would be greatly appreciated!

METAL BE THY NAME.

Thank you to my Metal Buddy down South, for that thoughtful package of CD’s and videos after the hurricane struck. You know who you are.

Stone.

Jingle All The Way (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – A Christmas CD Recommendation

Posted in christmas, christmas rock albums, christmas songs, holidays, movie soundtracks, movies, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Jingle All The Way – Last Friday I patrolled the CD aisles at my local Super Walmart and found: Jingle All The Way (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). I bought it for a very decent price of $5 (U.S.). Super Walmart seems to have hundreds of very cool CD’s for sale at the $5 price point. There may even be more than hundreds, there’s that many at this particular location.

I never knew this soundtrack existed. Heck, I’m not a Christmas motion picture soundtrack expert! I am an expert at eating Lay’s potato chips lately though and that has to stop. Um, yeah. The front cover to this CD shows the two stars of Jingle All The Way: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. Both the movie and CD was released back in November of 1996.

This CD was released on TVT Soundtrax. This movie, (in case you haven’t seen it), is an action-comedy, released by 20th Century Fox. I’ve always enjoyed catching this movie when it airs on one of the 150,777 cable networks out there. I’ve always appreciated the funny side of “The Governator” too. The dude just makes me laugh when he does comedy. Sinbad is a comedy legend, hands down.

The Brian Seitzer Orchestra is featured with 4 songs. The Brian Seitzer Orchestra is very cool in Stone’s world, by the way. Brian Seitzer should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame too, only we all know how that “institution” goes. Um, yeah. My favorite all-time Christmas song is featured on Jingle All The Way as well: Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run. Chuck Berry is an ultra Rock ‘N Roll icon. ‘Nuff said.

The ever popular Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms and The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Johnny Mathis are among the 12 songs. If I had to count the number of times I’ve heard this Johnny Mathis Christmas classic, while I’ve been shopping during the holiday season, my guesstimate would be: 1,650,444 times. Give or take about 55,000. I still kinda dig the song too. Metal be thy name.

If you dig Christmas movie soundtracks, love Christmas songs or need to have every CD that features Sinbad on its front cover, then Jingle All The Way is a semi-mandatory recommendation from Stone.

Alright. Since some of you are already asking, here is the complete track list for Jingle All The Way:

Jingle Bells – The Brian Seitzer Orchestra

So They Say It’s Christmas – Lou Rawls with The Brian Seitzer Orchestra

Sleigh Ride – Darlene Love with The Brian Seitzer Orchestra

Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Johnny Mathis

Merry Christmas Baby – Charles Brown

Back Door Santa – Clarence Carter

The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

* Father and Son – David Newman

* Finale – David Newman

** Deep In The Heart Of Xmas – Darlene Love with The Brian Seitzer Orchestra

* Original Motion Picture Score Composed and Produced by David Newman

** Bonus Track

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year.

Stone.

Malice In Wonderland – Release New Christmas Song!

Posted in alternative rock, christmas, christmas songs, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, holidays, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Malice In Wonderland have released a brand new Christmas song!

The band’s front man Chris Wicked comments on the song. “While the world doesn’t exactly scream for another Christmas song, in my mind there is not a lot of  high quality Christmas songs out there. We thought it would be fun to write something original, not just record a classic, so we rigged up a studio in Tracy’s (guitarist) living room and recorded everything in two days. It was fun and we’re just putting it up on our youtube site. It’s not a typical Christmas song, but the tune has a great atmosphere that I think a lot of people can find appealing”.

About Malice In Wonderland:

The Norwegian Rock band entered the Scandinavian rock scene with their self titled debut album in 2005. Led by hit single “Lucifer’s Town” the band was quickly labeled as one of the most promising underground rock acts and their fan base grew quickly with fan clubs and supporters in every corner of the world.

The quartet, toured in Norway and Europe several times and even played some very successful shows in China. In 2008 and 2009 the band lived partly in Finland where lots of concerts and TV performances were held. In 2010 the band withdraw from the spotlight, built their own recording studio and concentrated on writing and recording their sophomore album. Malice In Wonderland in November finished recording their album entitled The Royal Brigade. The band is currently seeking a suitable record label to release the CD in 2012.

LONG LIVE MALICE IN WONDERLAND.

* For more info click on the links below:

www.malice-in-wonderland.com

www.reverbnation.com/maliceinwonderland

www.youtube.com/maliceinwonderlandof

Stone.

Holiday Rock & Metal Gift Suggestions For The Rockaholic On Your 2011 List!

Posted in christmas, classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, holidays, Music, rock music, rock music news, southern rock with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Christmas Time Again (2000/Sanctuary Records)

Holiday Rock & Metal Gift Suggestions – We are smack dab in the middle of the 2011 holiday shopping season and it can be a living nightmare out there folks. So, what do you buy the Rockaholic on your holiday shopping list? A tee-shirt and/or bandana of their favorite band is cool. Tickets to see their favorite band in concert (if possible) is very cool. Live concerts on Blu-ray or DVD are a Rockin’ idea.

Looking to buy an autographed cymbal, CD, photo or poster? Perhaps a coffee mug, key chain or necktie of your Rockaholic’s favorite band or musician is the ideal gift. This is where a band or musician’s website/merch store comes in handy. Read on…

Going online to their favorite bands websites is always extremely helpful. Why? It is quite commonplace for bands and musicians to have their very own merch store on their websites. There you can find items for sale that are not sold anywhere else! We are talking about merchandise that is guaranteed to make your Rockaholic very, very, happy.

If you’ve never been to a band’s website to peruse their merch store, it is a MUST for Rock & Metal holiday shopping. Whoa and Metal be thy name.

If you are incredibly new at shopping at a band or musicians online merch store, here are two fantastic examples below. Both MASS and Kev Moore are selling their very own cool stuff, tailor-made for their fans and Rockaholics worldwide:

MASS – MASS ROCKS.COM

Moore: Music – (Click on ShopKEV at upper right-hand corner of his home page)

Then there is the CD or mp3 download. Be careful. Know which CD’s your Rockaholic needs… just ask and any Rockaholic shall answer!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Stone.

DORO – Releases Official Metal X-Mas Anthem Feat. Onkel Tom Angelripper! Plus DORO Wintertour 2011 Dates!

Posted in christmas, christmas rock songs, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, holiday songs, holidays, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Legendary Metal Queen DORO just announced the release of the official X-Mas anthem for all Metalheads!

“I had the feeling, the time was right to record a song for X-Mas.“, says Doro. “I am at recording my new album right now, which should be out by next summer. While doing this, I suddenly came up with a fitting melody and lyrics.“

The song’s called “Merry Metal X-Mas”, performed by DORO and showcases a guest appearance by SODOM’s very own Onkel Tom Angelripper.

“I definitely wanted something loud and funny”, she explains.

“Merry Metal X-Mas” will be released December 9, 2011 and will be available as digital download and limited 7” vinyl single (Christmas tree green).

Also don’t miss DORO live:

DORO Wintertour 2011

08.12.2011 GER – Saarbrücken @ Garage

09.12.2011 GER – Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal

10.12.2011 GER – München @ Backstage Werk

11.12.2011 GER – Hannover @ Capitol

13.12.2011 GER – Fulda @ Kreuz

14.12.2011 GER – Nürnberg @ Hirsch

16.12.2011 GER – Osnabrück @ Rosenhof

17.12.2011 GER – Herxheim @ Festhalle

18.12.2011 GER – Hamburg @ Docks

(Source: Nuclear Blast News)

* For more info on DORO, click on the link below:

DORO – myspace music

LONG LIVE DORO, THE METAL QUEEN.

LONG LIVE ONKEL TOM ANGELRIPPER & SODOM.

Stone.

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