German Label STF Records Has Announced The Signing Of THE TORCH To A Worldwide Deal

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Sweden’s The Torch have inked a deal with German STF Records for the worldwide release and promotion of their sophomore album ”Chasing Light”.

The album was recorded and produced in Gothenburg at Studiofonic by Sebastian ”Basse” Olsson who previously worked with Avatar, among others. Mixing and mastering was handled by Dan Laskiewicz (The Acacia Strain, LGND) in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The sound on ”Chasing Light” could best be described as a heavy trip to the 90’s, in the vein of monumental bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, only with a twist of it’s own.

The release date for “Chasing Light” is yet to be confirmed, but it is set to be in the first half of 2018.


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WOLVHAMMER – Announces New Tour Dates Including Summer Tour With Uada And The Black Moriah

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 7, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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WOLVHAMMER has announced new summer tour dates in support of their impending fourth LP, The Monuments Of Ash & Bone, nearing release in May via Blood Music.

Leading with a performance at Stygian Rites Festival in Rapid City South Dakota, WOLVHAMMER will tour throughout the Western US and Canada from June 22nd through July 16th, supporting Uada alongside The Black Moriah. Directly after, WOLVHAMMER will headline shows in Indianapolis and Chicago July 20th and 21st with support from Doomsday, containing members of WOLVHAMMER. The band’s performance at Psycho Las Vegas following in August will also be joined by additional tour dates. Stand by for more updates in the weeks ahead.

WOLVHAMMER‘s The Monuments Of Ash & Bone was recorded and mixed by Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Exhumed) at his own New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida, and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless) – both of whom provide additional guitar tracks to the album – and completed with artwork by Brian Sheehan.

Blood Music will release The Monuments Of Ash & Bone on CD, LP, and digital formats on May 4th; find preorder options HERE.

Stream WOLVHAMMER’s “Eternal Rotting Misery” at Decibel RIGHT HERE.


w/ Uada, The Black Moriah

6/22-23/2018 Hay Camp Brewery – Rapid City, SD @ Stygian Rites Festival

6/23/2018 Hydra Beer Hall – Sioux Falls, SD [no Uada]

6/24/2018 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN

6/25/2018 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB

6/26/2018 Vangeli’s Tavern – Saskatoon, SK

6/27/2018 The Temple – Edmonton, AB

6/28/2018 Distortion Live – Calgary, AB

6/29/2018 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

6/30/2018 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

7/01/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR

7/02/2018 Opera Metro – Oakland, CA

7/03/2018 Club Bahia – Los Angeles, CA

7/05/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

7/06/2018 The Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA

7/07/2018 You Revolution – Tijuana, MX

7/08/2018 Ables Bar – Ensenada, MX

7/09/2018 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ

7/10/2018 Juggernaut Music – Gallup, NM

7/11/2018 The Classic Tavern – Laredo, TX

7/12/2018 The Guillotine – San Antonio, TX

7/13/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

7/14/2018 The Concert Pub North – Houston, TX

7/15/2018 Renos Chop Shop – Dallas, TX

7/16/2018 – 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK

w/ Doomsday

7/20/2018 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN

7/21/2018 Reggies – Chicago, IL

8/16-19/2018 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas [info]

WOLVHAMMER‘s upcoming fourth album The Monuments Of Ash & Bone is far removed from the methodical riffing and trudging pace of their previous records, eschewing any frills. Merging the black metal tendencies of Enslaved with the mid-tempo sludge of Celtic Frost, The Monuments Of Ash & Bone delivers nearly forty-two minutes of savagery through seven new songs. The album kicks the tempo into high gear and goes straight for the throat; no experimental bullshit, just the sound of rotten flesh and slow decay.


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SKINNED – Announce New Album, Launch FREE Digital Single / Video

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 4, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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XENOKORP is proud to announce the signing of a multi-album deal with US dark Death Metal band SKINNED, the release of the group’s fifth full-length, “Shadow Syndicate“, on May 04 and the immediate launch of the FREE digital single / music videoWe Are the End“!

Firmly rooted in the Death Metal spectrum, SKINNED have since their inception in 1995, always combined styles to create their very own kind of Extreme Metal by twisting and re-shaping sub-genres, the result being a unique mix of Death Metal, dark Doom soundscapes, hyper blasts, Black Metal dramatic grotesquery and heavy slams.

This monstrous band’s ability to invoke innumerable extremes to create some of the heaviest, most epic, dark and brutal yet groovy brand of Death Metal is impressive. From their debut demo to present, the level of progression and diversification is vast and seemingly unstoppable.

Much like the relentlessness of their music, SKINNED continue to canvas the world with countless past tours and gigs on such sub/continents and countries as North and Central America, Europe, Russia, Japan, South Africa, South Asia… most recently with the likes of DEFEATED SANITY, KATAKLYSM, INCANTATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE and many more, making SKINNED a globally recognized force within the Extreme Metal scene as a whole and that for sure won’t stop with their new deal with world-renowned management and booking agency THE FLAMING ARTS and the release of their brand new landmark album, “Shadow Syndicate“ through XENOKORP on May 04.

Varied in shapes and moods, “Shadow Syndicate”, produced by Dave OTERO (CATTLE DECAPITATION, CEPHALIC CARNAGE…) and featuring, among others, guest vocals by Josh WELSHMAN (DEFEATED SANITY…) and guest lyrics by Paul McGUIRE (CEREBRAL BORE…), is the kind of work of art that’s much more than a collection of tracks: it’s a world in itself where each song explores a different aspect of dark beliefs (conspiracy theories, unsolved mysteries…), the whole creating a society of extreme darkness under the domination of the New World Order where the citizens become cattle for the governments and guinea pigs for alien entities, ultimately leading your specie to its ultimate demise, the face under the merciless boot of the… “Shadow Syndicate“!

“We Are the End” single
• FREE download @ BandCamp
Music Video @ YouTube

“Shadow Syndicate” – track list
1. Wings of Virulence
2. As Their Bodies Fall
3. Mental Deconstruction
4. We Are the End
5. Black Rain
6. Shadow Syndicate
7. Hollowed Earth
8. Led Them to the Trains
9. Angel’s Haarp
10. In the Mist of Dawn
Total Running Time: 39:00

“Shadow Syndicate” – formats
• 1000 copies limited edition first print DigiPak CD
• Digital

• SKINNED @ Facebook

• SKINNED @ Instagram

• SKINNED @ Twitter

• SKINNED @ YouTube





REVENGER – Announce April Canadian Tour

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 2, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Vancouver-based groove thrashers REVENGER will embark on ‘The New Mythology Tour 2018’ in April. Dates are as follows:

April 12  Vernon @ Record City

April 13  Calgary @ Distortion

April 14  Regina @ Cloud 9

April 15  Winnipeg @ Bones Pizza

April 16  Portage La Prairie @ Smoke Break Pool Hall

April 17  Saskatoon @ Black Cat Tavern

April 18  Edmonton @ Rendezvous

April 19  Medicine Hat @ Liquid Nightclub

April 20  TBA

April 21  Kamloops @ Dirty Jersey

REVENGER released The New Mythology Vol. 1 on February 17.


Make sure to check out the official video for opening track “Hex” at this location or below:

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Andrew Bailey (Vocals)
JP Poulin (Bass)
Sean Parkinson (Guitars)
Julia Geaman (Drums)

The New Mythology Vol.1, REVENGER‘s second studio release, is a five-song EP that expands on the band’s aggressive thrash style with tracks that are more technical, visceral and direct than debut album To The Wolves. Formed in 2012, the band introduces some key members that shape the sound and vibe of this EP, which is more calculated and driven than before.

Heavy guitar rhythms punctuated by a consistent thrash pulse breaks only when the groove requires and marks REVENGER’s particular style. The lyrics and gritty death vocals also bring out the rage and bitterness of the subject matter which, for this EP, is slightly more conceptual and inspired by comic books and how today’s mythology could become tomorrow’s dogma.

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With the intent of bringing together technical thrash metal and gritty groove riffs, Revenger was born in 2012 through the hands of guitarist Jean-Pierre Poulin and drummer Chris Warunki. The pair had written music together before and the combination of their styles and personalities was a natural experiment. In March 2014, Revenger debuted in Vancouver to warm reviews.

Their first independent album To the Wolves came out in September 2014 with Jordan Knute (lead guitar), Greg Cavanagh (vocals) and Darryl Greer (bass). In early 2015, Revenger’s lineup evolved to include Julia Geaman (drums) and Andrew Bailey (vocals). The following year was largely focused on woodshedding, playing local and regional shows/festivals alongside renowned bands such as Havok, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Tengger Cavalry, Stryker and Unleash the Archers.

2016 saw the introduction of Sean Parkinson on guitar (replacing Jordan Knute), and the interesting switch from guitar to bass for founder and main song writer JP Poulin. Ending the year with a 5-song EP written and ready to be recorded in early 2017, Revenger is ready to tour extensively and work tirelessly to get their music out to the world.





ARMORED SAINT – Announces North American Tour; Band To Perform ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ In Its Entirety

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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This summer, ARMORED SAINT will embark on a North American tour commemorating their classic Symbol Of Salvation full-length. On this special thirteen-date run, the band will perform the record in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD. Support will be provided by label mates Act Of Defiance. See all confirmed dates below.

Frontman John Bush comments:Symbol Of Salvation! Arguably ARMORED SAINT‘s most important record. These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing Leukemia. The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record. We wrote songs of desperation like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Last Train Home,’ experimental tunes like ‘Tainted Past’ and ‘The Truth Always Hurts,’ and classic SAINT rockers like ‘Reign Of Fire,’ ‘Dropping Like Flies,’ and the title track. After Dave passed, the band regrouped with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem. It was a family again. Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band. It’s going to be a memorable tour. Songs like ‘Burning Question’ and ‘Spineless’ we’ve never played live before. Come share it with us. Let’s make Dave proud.”

ARMORED SAINT w/ Act Of Defiance:

7/10/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

7/11/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA

7/13/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

7/14/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

7/15/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC

7/17/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON

7/18/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH

7/20/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI

7/21/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

7/22/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI

8/16/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV

8/17/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA

8/18/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA

To further celebrate the legacy of this album, Metal Blade Records will reissue Symbol Of Salvation on CD and LP on May 18th. The LP will feature a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the “Metal Blade Originals” series. Special treatment and 400-gram heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250-gram inserts guaranteed! The CD will include four bonus tracks. Preorder your copies now via Indie Merch, EMP, or eBay!

After being dropped by Chrysalis Records in 1988, ARMORED SAINT began writing for a new record and searched for a new label. During 1989, founding guitarist/songwriter Dave Prichard was diagnosed with Leukemia. In January 1990, Prichard was hospitalized for a bone marrow transplant but succumbed to the treatment, passing away on February 28th, 1990. By this time, the band was writing as a four-piece, with Dave being the sole guitarist; they had written twenty-five songs and demoed all of them.

Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel approached ARMORED SAINT and offered a recording deal in late spring of 1990. They regrouped with original guitarist Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, who was hired as a touring guitarist during a 1989 tour with King Diamond. The recording of this new album – which would become Symbol Of Salvation – began in the winter of 1990 with producer Dave Jerdan (Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and it was engineered by Brain Carlstrom (Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie). During recording, the band used a guitar solo from a demo track played by Dave, and included it on the song “Tainted Past.”

ARMORED SAINT toured with the likes of The Scorpions, Suicidal Tendencies, Wrathchild America, Sepultura, and more, in support of Symbol Of Salvation. Now, in 2018, the band brings back these classic tracks to the live setting, for fans to enjoy once again, in honor of Dave’s memory.



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ACT OF DEFIANCE – To Kick Off US Headlining Tour

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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ACT OF DEFIANCE, the heavy metal group featuring the talents of Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Times Of Grace), and Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr), will kick off their US headlining tour. The three-week trek will commence in San Diego, California March 1st and conclude in Fresno, California on March 24th. Support will be provided by Shattered Sun. Additionally, ACT OF DEFIANCE will join Armored Saint on the previously announced Symbol Of Salvation tour this summer. See all confirmed dates below.

ACT OF DEFIANCE w/ Shattered Sun:
3/01/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/02/2018 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (Free Show!)
3/03/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/04/2018 The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
3/06/2018 The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
3/07/2018 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
3/08/2018 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
3/09/2018 BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
3/10/2018 Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
3/11/2018 The Ruins Live – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/13/2018 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/14/2018 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
3/15/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
3/16/2018 The Outpost – Kent, OH
3/17/2018 Back Bar – Janesville, WI
3/18/2018 The Drinkery – Omaha, NE
3/20/2018 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/21/2018 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
3/23/2018 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
3/24/2018 Full Circle Brewing – Fresno, CA
w/ Armored Saint:
7/10/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
7/11/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
7/13/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
7/14/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
7/15/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
7/17/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7/18/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7/20/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI
7/21/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/22/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
8/16/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
8/17/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
8/18/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA

ACT OF DEFIANCE released their latest studio album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. The record debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums charts, as well as #58 on the Canadian Hard Music Charts upon its release. The album, which Team Rock calls, “technical, extreme metal that’s as versatile as it is hard-hitting,” is available now via







Posted in classic rock, guitarists, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on February 28, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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The Film is Directed by Satriani’s Son, ZZ, and Captures the Rock Legend During the Asian & European Legs of His Acclaimed “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour”


Los Angeles, CA (February 28, 2018)AXS TV, the premier destination for classic rock programming, takes viewers on an unforgettable journey with one of rock’s greatest guitar gurus in the broadcast premiere of the 2017 documentary Joe Satriani: Beyond The Supernova airing on Tuesday, March 6, at 10pE/7pP.

Directed by Satriani’s talented filmmaker son, ZZ Satriani, Beyond The Supernova is a deeply personal introspective that captures the legendary virtuoso at a pivotal point as he contemplates the future of his career, 30 years after the release of his groundbreaking multi-platinum masterpiece Surfing With The Alien. Traveling throughout Asia and Europe on his acclaimed “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour,” Satriani reflects on his legacy and plots his next steps, while performing music from his landmark 15TH studio album, Shockwave Supernova, and giving viewers a unique glimpse into the autobiographical elements of the record and its role in helping him determine the creative direction that he is heading towards. In addition to Satriani, Beyond The Supernova features appearances and performances by former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally, versatile bassist Bryan Beller, and prolific percussionist Marco Minnemann, as well as special cameos by fellow guitar masterminds Steve Vai and Guthrie Govan. The film received high praise from critics and fans when it was highlighted last October at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Encore broadcasts of Joe Satriani: Beyond The Supernova will air immediately following the premiere on March 6 at 12aE/9pP, and again on Sunday, March 11 at 12pE/9aE.


* Source: MAD Ink PR



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