Buy Directly From Your Favorite Underground Bands!

Posted in Metal with tags on June 18, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

If this hostile Covid pandemic has taught me anything it’s that people’s lives and livelihoods are so incredibly fragile. Countless lives and jobs have either been destroyed or altered in some fashion. I’m lucky that my day job is working for a very busy and popular upscale grocery store; therefore my job has been safe since the pandemic started. I’m also blessed I was not struck with the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, indie, underground bands and solo musicians took one of the biggest hits financially this past 18 months. Touring and playing live in bars and clubs came to a screaming halt in 2020, for obvious reasons. Without touring and playing live shows, musicians are shut-out financially. No live shows means zero band merch is being sold to fans that would have attended.

A tremendous way to kickstart your favorite bands bank accounts once again is to buy directly from them!
During 2020, I bought vinyl, cassettes and other merch from bands I dig a whole lot; some of these bands I supported were: Haunt, Exhumed, The Dollyrots, Pounder and King Diamond. A fabulous site to purchase music and merch from is Bandcamp. This site supports thousands of indie and underground artists.

On another note: The next time you want to buy your music or merch from the corporate conglomerate known as Amazon, check out your favorite mainstream band’s websites. I’ve bought directly from Metallica and their website is loaded with music and merch; especially live music you cannot find anywhere else.

Stone

JUDAS PRIEST And IRON MAIDEN Are Bigger Than Any Hall Of Fame Acceptance

Posted in Metal with tags on June 16, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

I remember being a teenager in the late 70s and into the early 80s; a time when The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame never existed. Truthfully, back then, music and especially Metal fans could give 2 horse shits of such a hall of fame. Seriously. Times were different back then and no one gave a rats ass about such artificial notoriety when it came to Rock and Metal; at least no one that I knew or hung out with.

For crap sakes, MTV (aka Johnny come lately) never introduced me to Judas Priest; USA Networks’ Night Flight did. The music video was Heading Out To The Highway. I just had to throw that in and it made me feel pretty good.

In my opinion, that hall of fame is nothing more than a political wedge that has done more for division within the music industry (especially Metal) than anything else. Unless you’re a Metal band that throws big Hollywood parties and gets involved in the political side that the hall of fame brass endorses… you’re out.

I’ve been a fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden way before that building in Cleveland Ohio was ever a thought. I love both bands more with each passing day. I’ll be a fan of both bands even as they aren’t accepted by the suits and ties that worship ABBA. In summary, my feelings on the snubbing of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden into that hall is best expressed by a famous film quote from comedian Bill Murray: “It just doesn’t matter”.

-Stone

BTW: That Bill Murray quote is from the 1979 comedy film Meatballs.

LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN & JUDAS PRIEST.

INTO THE GRAVE Dutch Metal Festival Moved To 2022

Posted in Metal with tags , on June 12, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The Dutch Metal Festival Into The Grave has been moved forward to June 10-12 of 2022, taking place in Leeuwarden Netherlands. Paradise Lost, Dark Funeral, Obituary and many other Metal legends will be performing. Take a look at the festival flyer above, to read this amazing lineup.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.


JUDAS PRIEST With SABATON – Tour Dates, Cities, Venues Listed

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 12, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The magnificent JUDAS PRIEST have announced their 2021 tour dates running from September through early November. JUDAS PRIEST are celebrating their 50 plus years of Heavy Metal!

Special guest is the mighty SABATON. Check it all out on the tour flyer above! Metal be thy name!!

LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST

LONG LIVE SABATON

Stone

AUTOGRAPH – ‘Turn Up The Radio’ 45rpm Treasure Find

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

A couple of years ago I found this 45rpm of AutographsTurn Up The Radio, at a thrift store. It cost a mere 50 cents. Yes, 50 cents! I was lucky to find this; usually 80s Heavy Metal is nowhere to be found at a thrift store. Collectors tend to hoard the good stuff like this.

I was fortunate to see Autograph open for the fabulous Heart in the latter half of the 80s. Those were the glorious Arena days. I’ve been their fan ever since. Turn Up The Radio is from Autographs’ 1984 debut album: Sign In Please.

Below are more pics of this 45rpm. It’s in excellent playable condition too, with no scratches or scuffs.

LONG LIVE AUTOGRAPH.

STONE.

GUNS N’ ROSES – Tour Dates And Cities Listed!

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

GUNS NROSES are F’N BACK! Their USA tour runs from the end of July to the beginning of October! 24 tour dates are listed above! Special guest is mammoth featuring Wolfgang Van Halen! Holy shit and hallelujah!!


LONG LIVE GUNS N’ ROSES.

LONG LIVE MAMMOTH.

STONE.

LITA FORD – On Tour Now! Dates And Venues Listed

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Lita Ford is back on tour! As shown above, the tour dates run through July 31st.

LONG LIVE LITA FORD.

STONE.

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.

ROB ZOMBIE – “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” Releases On March 12th, 2021

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

On March 12th, 2021, the new studio album from Rob Zombie releases via Nuclear Blast. Titled The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, this will be the seventh full-length album from Rob Zombie.

It’s been five years since we’ve seen a new studio album from Rob Zombie, with his last releasing back in April of 2016, titled: The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.

Track Listing:

  1. Expanding the Head of Zed
  2. The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)
  3. The Ballad of Sleazy Rider
  4. Hovering Over the Dull Earth
  5. Shadow of the Cemetery Man
  6. A Brief Static Hum and Then the Radio Blared
  7. 18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One-Way Ticket On the Ghost Train
  8. The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man
  9. The Much Talked of Metamorphosis
  10. The Satanic Rites of Blacula
  11. Shower of Stones
  12. Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass
  13. Boom-Boom-Boom
  14. What You Gonna Do with That Gun Mama
  15. Get Loose
  16. The Serenity of Witches
  17. Crow Killer Blues

LONG LIVE ROB ZOMBIE.

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.

WITHERFALL – Announced As Special Guest On Evergrey’s “Recharging Europe Tour 2021”

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

WITHERFALL – Announced As Special Guest On Evergrey’s “Recharging Europe Tour 2021”

In support of their new album “Escape Of The Phoenix” via AFM Records on February 26th 2021 Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY will be hitting the road for an extensive tour throughout Europe in 2021.

As special guest EVERGREY invited no less than dark melodic heavy metal juggernaut from Los Angeles WITHERFALL. Bringing along their third opus “Curse Of Autumn” (to be released March 5th, 2021 via Century Media Records), the quintet are blazing new trails and weaving new tales, offering a genuine metal classic with an expressive song-writing and a refined and perfectionized sound of their distinguished and musically-adept dark melodic heavy metal.

Opening support comes from the Modern Metal quintet DUST IN MIND, one of the most up and coming French bands today.

(Witherfall photo by: Stephanie Cabral)

EVERGREY Front-man Tom Englund states: “We are really happy to announce a tour of Europe next fall and let’s all hope that the world is in a better place by that time so we get to see all you lovely people again!“

WITHERFALL comment: “After a long and tense year WITHERFALL are extremely happy to announce the very first tour dates in support of our soon to be released Album ‘Curse of Autumn’ as special guests with the brilliant Evergrey. We look forward to seeing all of our European friends and are excited to make some new ones in these new and uncharted waters.”

“Curse Of Autumn” will be available as Ltd. CD Digipak, a luxurious Gatefold 2LP that is coming with a poster and etching on Side D as well as Digital Album. Click here for preorder options including coloured vinyl: https://witherfallband.lnk.to/CurseOfAutumn/

WITHERFALL have already released 3 songs taken from “Curse Of Autumn”. Don’t miss the cinematic video for “As I Lie Awake” that was directed by Zev Deans (Ghost, Behemoth…): https://youtu.be/KFbrq-n17Gs

WITHERFALL are:

Joseph Michael – Vocals/Keyboards (also in Sanctuary)

Jake Dreyer – Acoustic and Electric Guitars (also in Iced Earth/Demons & Wizards)

Anthony Crawford – Bass (Chon, Shalmor, Allan Holdsworth, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Whalum…)

Marco Minnemann – Drums (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, Necrophagist…)

Alex Nasla – Live Keyboards

Source: Witherfall

LONG LIVE WITHERFALL.

LONG LIVE EVERGREY.

STONE.

CRO-MAGS RELEASE NEW E.P. 2020

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , on December 12, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Buy / Stream 2020.

CRO-MAGS are kicking this sh!t-storm of a year to the curb with the release of 2020, a six-song EP that captures all the frustration and rage at the unprecedented chaos of this year. Hailed by Metal Hammer as ‘The perfect soundtrack for 2020,’ the EP is available today on all digital music platforms.

The record itself is unintentionally 20 minutes and 20 seconds, and plays out more like a time-capsule look into the dumpster fire known as the year 2020. CRO-MAGS founder Harley Flanagan explains, “Just by coincidence we recorded 20 minutes and 16 seconds of music, so we simply added a few seconds of real-world chaos. The album cover is meant to look like a calendar – 7 squares across, with one picture from 2020 per day. Corona Virus, quarantine, empty streets, brutality, burning buildings, violence and destruction: 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget.”

CRO-MAGS were one of the first musical acts to deliver a full live-stream set just as a nationwide lockdown fell upon the United States, now known as the infamous “The Quarantine Show.”

2020 Track Listing

1 – Age Of Quarantine

2 – 2020

3 – Life On Earth

4 – Violence and Destruction

5 – Chaos In The Streets

6 – Cro-Fusion

“Fast punk and thrashy breakdowns” – DECIBEL

“The founding band of hardcore punk” – ROLLING STONE

“This one’s gonna snap a few bones and blacken an eye” – NEW NOISE

“A two-stepping salute to four-chord classic hardcore” – METAL HAMMER

Source: Mission Two PR

LONG LIVE CRO-MAGS.

STONE.

Two Giants Of Metal GEORGE LYNCH And JEFF PILSON Reteam For A Killer Covers Album Heavy Hitters!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles, CA – Guitar-shredding virtuoso George Lynch has reteamed with former Dokken bandmate Jeff Pilson for a set of new studio recordings that turn pop music classics into powerful metal anthems! The two have previously made metal magic together as a duo on the 2003 album Wicked Underground, which was recently reissued on vinyl, as well as with other projects such as T&N and The End Machine. But this new batch of recordings, entitled appropriately enough Heavy Hitters, stands apart not only for its outstanding roster of players and vocalists including head Bulletboy Marq Torien, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, Kansas native Wil Martin (Earshot) and drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Ozzy) but for the jaw-dropping song selection. If you’ve ever wondered what an amped-up, full-throttle version of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” or Prince’s “Kiss” or Oasis’ “Champagne Supernova” or Madonna’s “Music,” then this is the album for you!

As a special treat, the band has released the first single from the album – a powerful rendition of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” – featuring Martin on vocals, offering just a small taste of what’s in store.

As Lynch himself explains, “I was never a huge Duran Duran fan but I always loved this song. It was just so majestic and emotional. It was an honor and a challenge to cover it in that we had to thread the needle between respecting the original vision of the arrangement but putting our stamp on it as well.”

Pilson, meanwhile, says “The purpose of this whole record, besides having a lot of fun making it, was to take amazing hit songs and interpret them in a way that was true to the greatness of the original but that also brought something new and fresh to the song. ‘Ordinary World’ is such a great melodic and emotional song, a song I think George and I have always loved. We just wanted to add some heaviness, a little George Lynch soulful playing and then let Wil fly with that phenomenal voice.”

Stream the single: https://orcd.co/george_lynch_jeff_pilson_ordinary_world

Heavy Hitters will be available on both CD in a deluxe digipak and on limited edition colored vinyl starting December 18, courtesy of Deadline Music, a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records, Inc.!

Order the album: https://orcd.co/george_lynch_jeff_pilson_heavy_hitters

Track List:
1. One Of Us (Originally by Joan Osbourne)
2. You Got The Love (Originally by Rufus & Chaka Khan)
3. I Feel The Earth (Originally by Carole King)
4. Ordinary World (Originally by Duran Duran)
5. Music (Originally by Madonna)
6. Apologize (Originally by OneRepublic & Timbaland)
7. Nowhere To Run (Originally by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
8. Kiss (Originally by Prince)
9. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (Originally by R.E.M.)
10. Champagne Supernova (Originally by Oasis)
BONUS TRACK [CD ONLY]
11. Lucille (Originally by Little Richard)

Source: Glass Onyon PR

LONG LIVE GEORGE LYNCH, JEFF PILSON And MARQ TORIEN.

STONE.

QUEENSRŸCHE FRONTMAN TODD LA TORRE To Release Debut Solo Album ‘Rejoice In The Suffering’

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on December 4, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

(New York, NY 12/04/2020)As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album Rejoice In The Suffering. The idea for a solo album was always in the cards for Todd. With Queensrÿche tour dates postponed indefinitely, the world events offered Todd the opportunity to explore his ideas for Rejoice In The Suffering. Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Craig Blackwell and alongside producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris created a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. These styles will surprise fans who only know La Torre from his previous work with Queensrÿche or Crimson Glory before that. Rejoice In The Suffering is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records.

Rejoice In The Suffering was truly a labor of love. It’s a pure metal record that certainly showcases a wide range of my vocal abilities. I feel there is something for any true fan of metal on this album. This album is full of groove, dynamics, power, and substance and I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Todd La Torre.

From the album’s opening riffs of “Dogmata” to the vocal acrobatics that drive the album closer “Apology,” it is apparent that Todd La Torre has a true love of heavy metal. Playing drums and recording the vocals for the album, songs like “Darkened Majesty” and “Critical Cynic” offer an inside look into the musical mind of La Torre. Craig Blackwell’s guitar playing provides the perfect musical accents to La Torre’s vocals. Todd even finds vocal wails not heard from him before as showcased on the title track and the punishing “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall.” The deluxe version of the album features 3 bonus tracks: “Fractured,” “Set It Off” and “One by One.”

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

The track listing for Rejoice In The Suffering:

1. Dogmata

2. Pretenders

3. Hellbound and Down

4. Darkened Majesty

5. Crossroads to Insanity

6. Critical Cynic

7. Rejoice in the Suffering

8. Vexed

9. Vanguards of the Dawn Wall

10. Apology

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Version Only)

11. Fractured

12. Set it Off

13. One by One

Source: Rat Pak Records

LONG LIVE TODD LA TORRE.

LONG LIVE QUEENSRŸCHE.

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.

CROSSOVER – Bridgeport Connecticut Heavy Metal Legends, Release Remastered And Remixed Painkiller EP To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

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

In March of 1990, four hard rock kids got together and recorded a four-song demo titled “Painkiller”. 30 years later, with some new technology and some help from Connecticut music legends, Mike Z Livingston and Static Era’s Jay Reason, Crossover is re-releasing their EP and bringing it back to life with more balls than ever.

Listen to Crossover’s timeless rocker, “True Believer”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43rGKQIu1wc

The EP includes three live bonus tracks, and their 4 original songs, “Painkiller”, “Identity”, “Too Many Fears” and “True Believer”. “It’s gritty, raw, and as old school as it gets,” says Jay “Ice” Piccirillo. “If you like Metallica Kill Em’ All meets DRI then this is a must listen! Enjoy and thank you all for the great memories!”

Crossover formed in Bridgeport, CT during the late 80s as part of the hardcore and metal scene that was beginning to flourish around New York City. Jay had an idea to put together a Metal/Hardcore/Thrash/Punk style band which, at the time, was labeled ‘Crossover’ music. Comprised of Scott Smith (rhythm guitar/vocals), Bill Smith (drums), Scott Camara (guitar) and Jay “Ice” Piccirillo (bass), the band played everywhere from keg parties to clubs, and quickly gained a loyal following.

During the Fall of 2002, the band reunited for a live benefit show that would feature Crossover, Payback, Sonick Plague, Dresden, Lost Generation, Forced Reality, and 76 percent Uncertain. The band’s lineup that night consisted of Jay, Bill Smith, GB Hammond from Lost Generation, Charlie Taylor from Payback, and Andy Reitano from Blastmat.


While the band’s lifespan was relatively short, their influence can still be felt today. Hatebreed singer, Jamey Jasta, bought Jay’s Mesa Boogie amp when they were in their beginning stages and told him he had a Crossover sticker on his bedroom door when he was 14 years old. Piccirillo recalls, “It was pretty damn cool hearing that.”

It is now 30 years later since the original demo was released and over the years technology has come a long way. Crossover now has the sound and mix they envisioned three decades ago, and are excited to share it with old and new fans alike.

For more on Crossover, including their new site and merchandise, visit:

https://crossovermusic.bigcartel.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Crossover-Metal-CT-114806573757071

https://www.instagram.com/crossovermetalct/

Source: Fresh Tracks Marketing

LONG LIVE THE METAL LEGACY OF CROSSOVER.

STONE.

KREATOR – Reborn Through Tapes Records To Release “Terror Prevails” For The First Time On Tape!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2020 by Metal Odyssey

It’s time to raise the flag of… tapes!


KREATOR
, Germany’s legendary thrash metal icons return with the official reissue of their live album “Terror Prevails – Live at Rock Hard Festival 2010”, which is available for the very first time as a 2xMC tape box limited to 444 copies worldwide via Reborn Through Tapes Records.

Witness one of thrash metal’s most unrelenting bands at the height of their powers on the live stage.

Featuring:

– Silk-screened box with dedicated graphics

– Full and official audio recording of the Kreator show at “Rock Hard Festival Germany 2010”, in high audio definition on 2 colored and silkscreened cassettes.

– Free Postcard

“Terror Prevails – Live at Rock Hard Festival 2010”
is available December 20th, 2020, on Reborn Through Tapes Records. Pre-Order AT THIS LOCATION.

PART 1 – TAPE ONE

SIDE A:

1 – Choir of the Damned (intro) 00:53
2 – The Pestilence 08:10
3 – Hordes Of Chaos 05:07
4 – Phobia 03:22
5—Enemy Of God 05:50

SIDE B:

1 – Impossible Brutality 04:37
2 – Endless Pain 02:44
3 – Pleasure to Kill 03:18
4 – Terrible Certainty 05:16

PART 2 – TAPE TWO

SIDE A:

1 – Extreme Aggression 06:08
2 – Coma Of Souls 04:31
3 – Amok Run 04:32
4 – Violent Revolution 06:31

SIDE B:

1 – Demon Prince 06:00
2 – When The Sun Burns Red 06:20
3 – Flag of Hate 02:54
4 – Tormentor 04:21

Reborn Through Tapes Records:


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LONG LIVE KREATOR.

STONE.

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