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LITA FORD – 5 Quick Facts You Should Know!

Posted in Metal on April 8, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Lita Ford more than helped in pioneering female fronted Heavy Metal. As a member in the trailblazing late 70’s girl group The Runaways she and her bandmates would become far more influential than anyone would have ever conceived. Below are 5 quick facts about Lita Ford that hopefully will enrich your Metal lovin’ soul.

The self-titled album The Runaways was released back in 1976, via Mercury Records.

Lita Ford’s debut solo album, Out For Blood, was released back in 1983, via Mercury Records.

Lita Ford was born on September 19th, 1958, in London England. The day of her birth was Friday.

Lita Ford was married to former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, from June 1990 to July 1992.

Lita Ford is portrayed by actress Scout Taylor-Compton in the 2010 biographical band film The Runaways.

Long Live Lita Ford.

Stone.

WENDY O. WILLIAMS – PLASMATICS: “10 Years Of Revolutionary Rock & Roll” Picture Disc

Posted in Metal on April 6, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

I recently purchased this killer picture disc online to add to my Wendy O. Williams/Plasmatics collection. This 10 Years Of Revolutionary Rock & Roll gem set me back around $19 (US) which included shipping. Not too bad, considering the cost of new vinyl these days; especially collectible picture discs. The Plasmatics and the solo career of Wendy O. Williams were an integral chapter in Rock & Roll history. The late Wendy O. Williams pioneered a shock and awe presence for all future female Shock Rock/Extreme vocalists that would follow in her blazing, non-conformist path; albeit Wendy O. Williams can never be duplicated. She will eternally be The Queen Of Shock Rock.

Here are the 5 tracks on this picture disc: Butcher Baby, Master Plan, Goin’ Wild, F**k And Roll, A Pig Is A Pig

Wendy Orleans Williams was born on May 28th, 1949 and passed away from suicide on April 6th, 1998. She will never be forgotten by this Metal maniac. May Wendy Orleans Williams rest in peace.

Stone.

Siberian Metal Project MILLSTONE To Release Debut Album: Isle

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , on February 28, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Siberian metal collective MILLSTONE is set to release its newest album, Isle.

The album falls under the groove\death-metal umbrella, with melodic solos, varied rhythms and a “wall-of-sound” density. Each of the 9 tracks carries its own unique mood; from acoustic sketches to bottom-heavy Meshuggah-esque passages, along with a lethal dose of straightforward classic thrash.

Isle was written by MILLSTONE mastermind Ivan Scherbakov and produced by Vladimir Lehtinen (Second To Sun, Ultar, Grima, etc.), Isle is a concept album based on sci-fi novel “The Inhabited Island” (Arkady and Boris Strugatsky).

Stream album track “Turned Inside Out” now at this location.

Isle will be out on CD and digital formats on April 28. Pre-orders are available at https://smarturl.it/MILLSTONE_ISLE

www.facebook.com/millstonerussia

www.instagram.com/millstone_band

www.youtube.com/channel/UCvHPSxqjqGLGfK8u8GmovGA

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE MILLSTONE.

STONE.

Heavy Metal Trio SLEEPLESS Release “Host Desecration” Lyric Video

Posted in Death Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Rising U.S. Heavy Metal force SLEEPLESS have released a lyric video for “Host Desecration,” a track from forthcoming debut EP Blood Libel. Check it out at youtu.be/MLp2iRNulEo

Original members of 80’s death metal pioneers Dead Conspiracy, Eric Dorsett and Eric Detablan have joined forces with their old friend, guitarist, singer and production machine Kevin Hahn to form SLEEPLESS. Classic, scorching Heavy Metal pulses through debut EP Blood Libel, which will be released on March 12 via Necromantic Press Records.
 
The first single from Blood Libel, “Blood Libel (A Vampire Tale),” was released late last year and is available for purchase and streaming at the following location: sleeplessmetal.bandcamp.com/track/blood-libel-a-vampire-tale
 
Heavy metal inspired by an internal need to slam accepted dogma and to shed light on a dark past that is largely forgotten, Blood Libel is the genuine article! Metal, thrash, melody, and at times, depressive introspection, add up to a memorable gut-punch of an EP.
 
“The trick is that they are meant to be a traditional heavy metal act, but the death metal history makes its way into the actual music itself, thus creating something that could be heavy/death metal? Blood Libel is a quick taste of something stellar in the making.”
– Sleeping Village Reviews
 
“A classic heavy metal EP, influenced by a determination to bring dark history into the light and change perspectives, in the process. Combining melodic thrash with bleak contemplation, ‘BL’ packs a punch.”
– Rock Queen Reviews
 
 
Source: ClawHammer PR
 

LONG LIVE SLEEPLESS.

STONE.

WAR CURSE “Final Days” – A Scorching Thrash Metal Debut From 2015

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

The last time I saw War Curse live it was at Oddbody’s in Dayton, Ohio and they lit the place up! Of course that was before the Covid nightmare; I figure it was four years ago or so. Regardless, I am chomping at the bit to see War Curse live again many more times.

War Curse originate from Cincinnati, Ohio and could have fit in rather appropriately during the golden age of Thrash. I’m not bullshitting you. I experienced that beginning era of Thrash Metal (in the pits) and I take my Thrash seriously. War Curse has had some lineup changes since their 2015 debut release Final Days and are currently preparing for their 2021 live dates.

Since the release of Final Days, War Curse have released a full-length studio album in 2019 titled: Eradication. If you want to sink your Metal battered brain into Final Days then you have my Metal blessings. I bought Final Days on cassette from the merch table at the War Curse show. Needless to say, I have played this cassette so often it feels like an appendage. I have a cassette player built into my 21 year old car, just in case you were wondering.

Above: my War Curse Final Days cassette

The vocalist for War Curse on this debut is Tarek Puska and he manifests all of the brawn and dominance I look for in a Metal voice. War Curse doesn’t try to be like any other Thrash band; however they do a dynamite undertaking of being, well, War Curse. Guitarists Joshua Murphy and Justin Roth are a formidable duo and a blast to get into. Damn good stuff. Eric Payne on bass and James Goetz on drums lay down the rhythmic foundation on Final Days.

The songs on Final Days are lyrically pissed-off and find their footing to be 100% relevant in this dreadful year of 2020. Find it, buy it, borrow it, listen to it and whatever you do play this debut from War Curse extremely loud! Metal be thy name – Stone.

Above: my variant (and extremely limited) copy of War Curse Final Days, with different artwork and green cassette shell; track listing is the same.

Track listing:

Dawn Patrol, Blue Line of Injustice, Severed Crosses, Final Days, New Chemical Warfare, Drudge

LONG LIVE WAR CURSE.

STONE.

Rat Pak Records Set To Release Debut Album “Mother’s Day” From ALTA REIGN

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 26, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA/SAVATAGE AND FORMER METAL CHURCH DRUMMER JEFF PLATE LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT ALTA REIGN

Jeff Plate has joined forces with TSO keyboardist Jane Mangini and some amazing new talent to form his “years in the making” band Alta Reign. Plate and Mangini, along with Tommy Cook (guitars/lead vocals), Collin Holloway (guitars/lead vocals), Kevin McCarthy (bass, vocals) and Zach Hamilton (keyboards, guitars/vocals), will be releasing Alta Reign’s debut album Mother’s Day on January 8, 2021 via Rat Pak Records. The album is a reflection of dedication as the initial idea spawned 30 years ago and ended in 2020 with the album now being released in 2021. 

States drummer Jeff Plate, “Beginning in a rehearsal room in Rockland, Ma. 30 years ago and ending in this insane year of 2020, “Mother’s Day”  is the end result of years of writing, listening, learning, planning and waiting for the right moment to put this all together. Everyone involved has been the perfect combination of effort and talent to complete the ideas and songs that have been kicking around in my head for years. I could not be prouder to share this album with the world, this is Alta Reign.”

From the album’s opening riffs of  “Shine” to the majestic “Mother’s Day”, the reflective mood of  “Always” and the mindful closer “Rise”, Alta Reign has created something very different and original. Drawing from his history, his influences and his heroes, Plate has combined Melodic, Progressive, Hard Rock and straight up Metal to create a unique landscape for the listener. Other TSO brethren make an appearance on Mother’s Day as guitarist Joel Hoekstra can be heard on the title track and guitarist Chris Caffery shows up on “Rise”. Songs like “Thin Red Line”, the frenetic instrumental “ESC (Escape)” and “Let’s Go! (I’m In Charge Now)” present every indication that the talent of these musicians is limitless.

“I have known Jeff for 20 years through the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I had the honor of playing with him on ‘Beethoven’s Last Night’ Tour in 2010. The most fun I had on that tour was soundcheck, actually his soundcheck. He would play the coolest riffs and I probably annoyed him playing along, but I always thought how great it would be to put something together with him. Ten years later I got a call and I’m pretty sure I said yes before he even finished asking me. I’m so very happy that I fit in”, explains keyboardist Jane Mangini.

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDER

The track listing for Mother’s Day is:

01. Shine
02. Witness
03. Thin Red Line
04. Never Say Never
05. Mother’s Day (FT Joel Hoekstra)
06. ESC (Escape)
07. Come Out and Play
08. Let’s Go! (I’m In Charge Now)
09. Always
10. Immortal
11. Passage    
12. Rise (FT Chris Caffery)
13. Always (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track)

Source: Rat Pak Records

LONG LIVE ALTA REIGN.

STONE.

SCORPIONS – ‘Wind Of Change’ Exclusive Box Set Releases October 3rd!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From Scorpions facebook:

The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Celebrate 30 Years of “Wind Of Change” with this exclusive Box Set featuring an 84-pages hardcover book with rare and previously unseen photographs, vocal and piano arrangements, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and 5 versions of the iconic song on CD and 12″” LP.

Available October 3. Pre-Order Now at https://theiconicsong.lnk.to/WindofChange

For more info: Scorpions

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

STONE.

DESTRUCTION – Announces Forthcoming ‘Born To Thrash’ Special Edition For North America!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on August 13, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

From Destruction facebook:

BORN TO THRASH USA/NORTH AMERICA release!

Dear American fans, we hope you are doing alright in those weird times! We all need our beloved music to get through this!

As we all know, our live album was only available as an NB USA import so far and we were NOT really satisfied about that fact. We heard your complains and we have found a solution!

Deko Entertainment will manufacture a special edition for North America, coming in September. We are working on the details now – it will be worth the wait, promise!

Thanks for your support, we will have an update what the formats and specials will be ASAP! Please stay tuned, healthy & sane – united we stand!

More info: Destruction

LONG LIVE DESTRUCTION.

STONE.

England’s NEMOROUS Sign with Bindrune Recordings

Posted in Metal on August 12, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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We are thrilled to announce the signing of England’s Nemorous!

Born from the ashes of the sadly missed and ever mighty Wodensthrone, Nemorous has risen with fire and creativity from the stylistic and atmospheric spirit of the aforementioned Sunderland quintet. Nemorous is a deeply emotive beast of stirring and passionate black metal, rich with the unique melodies of their homeland and expansive songwriting power that is world building in scope and deeply moving in execution.

Members:

Chris Walsh (Ex-Wodensthrone)

Michael Blenkarn (Ahamkara, Axis of Perdition, Ex-Wodensthrone)

Ian Finley (Vacivus, Ex-Wodensthrone)

Phil Heckles (Ex-Wodensthrone)

Alexandra Durning (Ahamkara, Hesper Payne)

Nemorous may be a new creative entity, but is a group containing long time friends to the Bindrune crew and we are ecstatic that they have “returned home”.

Get ready for their debut MLP coming in the following months on Bindrune Recordings!

More news coming soon!

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE NEMOROUS.

STONE.

IRON MAIDEN – Check Out This Giveaway From Legacy Of The Beast!

Posted in Metal on August 11, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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From the Iron Maiden facebook:

The team over at the Legacy of the Beast game have a SIGNED Bass Eddie concept art and 2 Steve Harris sweatbands (unused) to give away!

Enter now – http://irnmdn.co/lotbcomp

#IronMaiden #LegacyOfTheBeast #Competition

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LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN.

LONG LIVE EDDIE.

STONE.

MARK BOALS & RING OF FIRE “All The Best” – Releasing On October 9th, 2020

Posted in Metal on August 7, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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Respected metal vocalist Mark Boals will release a two album ‘best of’ collection, All The Best!, covering his work both as a solo artist and with his band Ring Of Fire on October 9, 2020. Doug Aldrich, Tony MacAlpine, Jeff Kollman, Neil Citron, Vitalij Kuprij, Vinny Appice, Virgil Donati, Erik Norlander, Chris Brooks, and Steve Weingart are the list of musicians who have recorded with him on these efforts over the years.

Pre-order/save “All The Best!” HERE: https://orcd.co/allthebest

Mark Boals says: “I am very happy and proud to announce the release of this collection of my solo and Ring Of Fire band albums! Included are songs from my first solo album, which was only released in Japan and is very hard to find (rare), with guitars by the great Doug Aldrich. My second solo album turned into the band Ring Of Fire later on, because the lineup was too good to only work together on one album, and I wanted it to continue, which it did, for four more studio albums. With Tony Macalpine and Virgil Donati working together, there was a chemistry of genius, and with the addition of Vitalij Kuprij, it made a magnificent blend of magic!”

Continues Boals, “On my “Edge Of The World” solo album, I worked with several other great musicians and a hero of my childhood and the best hard rock drummer in history, Vinnie Appice! When I listen to all those very high notes I had sang, and the incredible amount of virtuoso notes played per song, I surprise myself sometimes, hahaha! We were all pushing ourselves to newer heights of excellence in those days. A lot of good memories come back when I hear these songs…Riding motorcycles around Los Angeles with Tony Macalpine and always ending up hanging out on the beach drinking beers til the wee hours…Having Snoop Dogg in the next room of the studio we were recording in (Paramount Studios), and having him listen to our music and telling me that I needed to smoke something with him, LOL, and it DID help hahaha. Recording keyboards in a Beverly Hills mansion belonging to a famous movie star friend, with Vitalij Kuprij, and drinking rare whiskey together after the sessions and talking all night…”

Boals concludes, “I really enjoyed making these albums and I hope you will enjoy just as much listening to them too! Wishing good times, good health, and happy listening to all!”

Mark Boals is one of the signature voices of the Neoclassical Metal subgenre. This is no surprise to fans of the genre as Mark fronted Yngwie Malmsteen’s ‘Rising Force’ in 1986, releasing the now legendary album “Trilogy” along with five more albums and some long-form videos over the years.

Mark has also recorded three solo albums: “Ignition” (originally released only in Japan in 1998), “Ring of Fire” (2000), and “Edge of the World” (2002).

In 2002, he launched his own band “Ring of Fire” (based off the title of a previous solo album) with members Tony Macalpine, and later on George Bellas, on guitar, Virgil Donati on drums, Philip Bynoe on bass, and Vitalij Kuprij on keyboards (and on “The Oracle” album George Bellas). The band went on to release four milestone albums and one live CD/DVD recorded in Japan. Most recently, Mark recorded a melodic metal album with Vision Divine and Labyrinth guitarist Olaf Thorsen under the name Shining Black.

Mark Boals is a classically trained singer and has performed classical concerts with various orchestras as a Tenor solo and has performed and recorded opera arias on some of his albums and tours.

Tracklisting:

CD1 – Mark Boals

1. Jane
2. Broken Heart
3. I’m Sorry
4. My Turn
5. Find Our Way
6. Ring Of Fire
7. Death Row
8. Keeper Of The Flame
9. Alone
10. Battle Of The Titans
11. Betrayed
12. Lady Babylon
13. Between Two Mirrors
14. Through The Endless Night
15. Up To You
16. Garden Of Pain

CD2 – Ring Of Fire

1. Circle Of Time
2. The Oracle
3. Take Me Home
4. My Deja Vu
5. Blue Sky
6. Ghost Of America
7. Invisible Man
8. Lapse Of Reality
9. You Were There
10. Perfect World
11. Darkfall
12. Mother Russia
13. Land Of Frozen Tears
14. Our World

Band Members:
Mark Boals, Doug Aldrich, Tony MacAlpine, Jeff Kollman, Neil Citron, Vitalij Kuprij, Vinny Appice, Virgil Donati, Erik Norlander, Chris Brooks, Steve Weingart

https://www.facebook.com/markboalsofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/marcusboals/
http://www.markboalsofficial.com/

Source: Dustin Hardman

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE MARK BOALS.

STONE.

STEELHEART – 1989 Cassette Sampler I Bought!

Posted in Metal on July 30, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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If you are into the hard to find “promotional use only” CDs, vinyl and cassettes and/or STEELHEART then you’ll surely dig this! I recently stumbled upon this STEELHEART cassette sampler, while on a trip to the wonderful city of West Bend, Wisconsin. Released sometime in 1989 via MCA, this cassette sampler was suited to promote the 1990 debut and self-titled album: STEELHEART.

The record store I bought this at is The Exclusive Company; famous for being (as stated on their website) “Americas Oldest Full-line Independent Record Store”. Yes, this grand establishment was loaded with Metal!! The atmosphere and vibe within took me straight back to the 80s; when Metal was king at every record store! By the way, Miljenko Matijevic sang his Metal heart out on that debut STEELHEART album, in my Metal opinion.

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This groovy cassette only contains excerpts of the songs on the track list. Who cares if it’s only excerpts? I sure don’t! I love the collectable aspect of this STEELHEART cassette sampler; plus I only paid two dollars for it! $2!! That’s a steal of a Metal deal! Metal be thy name! – Stone

Did You Know: STEELHEART originated from Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Visit The Exclusive Company website with that link below:

http://www.exclusivecompany.com

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LONG LIVE STEELHEART.

STONE.

Mors Principium Est – ‘Seven’ Studio Album Releases This October Via AFM Records

Posted in Metal on July 28, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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From AFM Records:

We are excited to announce our Finnish Melodic Death Metal legends Mors Principium Est with their new album “Seven”!

Mors Principium Est return with their highly anticipated seventh studio album full of heavy riffs, brutal vocals and hauntingly beautiful melodies!

Mors Principium Est are undeniably one of the leading names in the melodic death metal scene! Their seventh full-length album ‘Seven’, will be released in Japan on October 21st via Marquee/Avalon and world-wide on October 23rd, 2020 via AFM Records.

Album will be available as digipak CD, digital, ltd. gatefold vinyl and strong ltd. gatefold vinyl exclusive in AFM-Shop!

Pre-order here: https://shop.afm-records.de/mors-principium-est/

Tracklist:
1. A Day For Redemption
2. Lost In A Starless Aeon
3. In Frozen Fields
4. March of War
5. Rebirth
6. Reverence
7. Master of The Dead
8. The Everlong Night
9. At The Shores Of Silver Sand
10. My Home, My Grave

Mors Principium Est - 2020 - Seven

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Long Live Mors Principium Est

Stone

MEGADETH And LAMB OF GOD – The Metal Tour of the Year – New Dates For 2021!

Posted in Metal on July 23, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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The Metal Tour of the Year – New Dates!

We are excited to share the new 2021 dates for The Metal Tour of the Year. All tickets will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund. For more details, please visit livenation.com/refund

We can’t wait to get back on stage and get this tour kicked off.

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium & In Flames

Source: Megadeth Newsletter

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LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

DAVE MUSTAINE ANNOUNCES NEW AUTOBIOGRAPHY ‘RUST IN PEACE – The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece’

Posted in Metal on July 22, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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Dave Mustaine has announced his new autobiography ‘RUST IN PEACE: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece’. The book will arrive on September 8, celebrating 30 years and revealing the behind-the-scenes making of the iconic album. Get more info + pre-order your copy now at megadeth.com

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Source: MEGADETH newsletter

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LONG LIVE MEGADETH.

STONE.

Rat Pak Records Set To Release LYNCH MOB “Wicked Sensation Reimagined”

Posted in Metal on July 17, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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From Rat Pak Records:

(New York, NY – July 17, 2020) West coast rock veterans Lynch Mob will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their seminal album Wicked Sensation with a special limited print/deluxe anniversary edition of the album. Wicked Sensation Reimagined features re-worked and re-recorded versions of their classic songs and is scheduled for release via Rat Pak Records on August 28, 2020 (also available in Japan via Marquee/Avalon). The twelve-track album, originally released in October 1990, is considered by many to be sacred and perfect the way it is. The idea of rerecording it was not something Oni Logan or George Lynch took lightly.

“The term ‘re-record’ makes me cringe, this is not that,” explains Lynch: “We re-invented the wheel on this record. It’s really a different animal than the original! Fans won’t be disappointed!”

Logan adds: “30 years later here we are celebrating the first song I penned and wrote for the band Lynch Mob, ‘Wicked Sensation’. This one is for the fans that have been there from the beginning, My recommendation is to listen to it loud!!”

The new cover of Wicked Sensation Reimagined was hand drawn by mid-west comic artist Andrew Owens as a tribute to the original cover art. The project was mixed and mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

With the help of Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) on bass and Brian Tichy on drums, George Lynch and Oni Logan bring passion and power into these newly created arrangements, take nothing away from the old versions, but bring new light and magic to the material. The songs continue to sound fresh and timeless and will be ready to garner a whole new legion of fans for the next thirty years!

The track listing for Wicked Sensation Reimagined is:

01. Wicked Sensation (reimagined)
02. River of Love (reimagined)
03. Sweet Sister Mercy (reimagined)
04. All I Want (reimagined)
05. Hell Child (reimagined)
06. She’s Evil but She’s Mine (reimagined)
07. Dance of the Dogs (reimagined)
08. Rain (reimagined)
09. No Bed of Roses (reimagined)
10. Through These Eyes (reimagined)
11. For a Million Years (reimagined)
12. Street Fightin’ Man (reimagined)

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE LYNCH MOB.

STONE.

AZATH – Demo 2018 Cassette Tape Review

Posted in Metal on June 21, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

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This AZATH (Demo 2018) cassette tape I purchased from Caligari Records. There’s only 3 songs on this sucker and it has served me right. Vocalist Derek Orthner produces the guttural noise and growls that I would compare to a captured demon inside an ammunition box that is trying to communicate to the outside world. The production is low-end, musically leaning towards the old caverns of this beloved genre. Trust in my advice that the Death Metal vibes are extreme on each song.

The other band members on Demo 2018 are: guitarist BW, bassist, Andrew Lee and drummer Vvornth. Andrew Lee also provides additional guitar solos. Hopefully AZATH will thunder along for many years to come. I have listened to this cassette a TON of times and will continue to do so because I can.

AZATH are from Los Angeles California. Their brand of sonic Death should be embraced by many generations of Death Metal loyalists. I really dig these type of demo releases from the underground because not many people own the physical copy like I do. This Metal mentality of mine goes way back to the early 80’s and I’ll never shake it off. Metal Be Thy Name – Stone

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LONG LIVE AZATH.

STONE.

SCORPIONS – ‘Big City Nights’ – A Look At A Terrific Greatest Hits CD From 1998

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Many years ago, I bought this cool Scorpions CD: Big City Nights (Rebound Records). I remember buying it new and it was pretty cheap; the price was around $5 or so. I believe it was Walmart that had this CD too; sometimes my memory amazes me, despite not remembering what I ate for dinner yesterday. Truth. Here is a one-sentence rant before I continue: Scorpions should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame!!

Okay, I shall continue onward. I love this band. Every era of Scorpions I love. I was fortunate to see them headline the M3 Rock Festival back in 2010, with my great/best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale. What a fun time. Just about every song on this Big City Nights compilation was performed by the Scorpions at that M3 Rock Festival; at least to the best of my (once again) amazing memory. Chuckle, chuckle. I’ve presented the tracklist for this CD below, no worries.

I have grown extremely tired of Still Loving You and I’m certain I’m not alone. That song never really hit me. No big deal for it’s the only Scorpions song out of their iconic catalog that I just skip over. Rock You Like A Hurricane is teetering on the edge of being tiresome for me. What saves this song for me at this point is the guitar solo. Enough negativity! I do get psyched out of my cranium by Can’t Live Without You, No One Like You, Big City Nights and Rhythm Of Love. All these songs I’ve mentioned in this post are on this CD.

I’m happy I bought this Scorpions CD when I did. I have no plans to get rid of it either. That’s a good thing, due to my selling off of many CDs in recent years. As you look over the tracklist on the back of this CD, you’ll see there are 4 songs that are live versions. The live songs are from the stupendous World Wide Live from 1985, with the exception of Wind Of Change which is from Live Bites (1995).

Granted, this CD compilation is missing many classic Scorpions songs; heck, it’s only one CD and I’m certain it was never meant to be a definitive Scorpions greatest hits package. Thank you for visiting Metal Odyssey, I truly appreciate it. Please stay safe out there, help out one another and… Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

LONG LIVE SCORPIONS.

NO, THANK YOU, KLAUS!

STONE.

KING GORM – RELEASE NEW SINGLE

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

San Diego throwback rockers KING GORM have just released their new single “Beyond Black Rainbow” via their Bandcamp. The song is recommended for fans of Rainbow and Deep Purple.

Listen to the song here: https://kinggorm.bandcamp.com/track/beyond-black-rainbow-2

Track Listing:
 1.Intro

2. Freedom Calls

3. Four Heroes

4. Irondale Burning

5. Song From Brighter Days

6. Beyond Black Rainbow

7. The Witch of Irondale

8. Slaughter the King

9. Ultimate Reality

Francis Roberts – electric guitar, vocals, music & lyrics (Old Man Wizard, ex-Dread Crew of Oddwood)

Erich Beckmann – bass guitar (Kirby’s Dream Band, Grim Luck)

Dylan Marks – drums, percussion, vocals (Beekeeper, Fermentor)

Saki Chan – Hammond organ, ARP Odyssey, mellotron, vocals

More KING GORM:
https://www.facebook.com/king.gorm.usa/
https://www.instagram.com/king.gorm/

Source: Dewar PR

LONG LIVE KING GORM.

STONE.

My Recent Metal Music Purchases – METAL CHURCH, CULTURAL WARFARE And A Classic Rock Gem!

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

METAL CHURCH have been on a surging comeback the last several years and we can all thank the Metal Gods for that! I needed to buy their recent release From The Vault on cassette, so I can play it loud in my very old and beloved car. During this pandemic, I purchased this cassette online directly from the mighty Rat Pak Records. METAL CHURCH are incredible to their fans and an experience to see in concert. I had to throw that in. Dig it?

CULTURAL WARFARE deliver the Thrash bounty on their EP Future Kill. I just discovered this outstanding band too. These dudes are from Oakland, California and each band member is obviously seasoned with their Bay Area Thrash Metal roots. Get this, I compare their overall sound to our East Coast Thrash Metal icon, aka, OVERKILL. Hey, that’s a superb Metal compliment! Another pandemic purchase I made online, buying this CD directly from M-Theory Audio.

Right before all hell broke loose with the evil coronavirus, I grabbed this cassette tape version of TRIUMPH‘s Never Surrender. A classic. I bought it at a Goodwill store for a meager 99 cents! It plays like new too. Please ignore that yucky price sticker on the cassette box; I’m going to remove it eventually with the magical Goo Gone. Never Surrender released way back in 1982. Heck, Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge was born back in 1982; on June 21st to be exact. Now I feel kinda old.

Thank you for visiting Metal Odyssey and reading this post. I appreciate it more than you know. Leave a comment if you like! In Metal We Trust. Stay safe out there. – Stone

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

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