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BEHEMOTH To Support SLAYER On The North American Leg Of Their Final World Tour Alongside Lamb Of God, Anthrax, And Testament

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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BEHEMOTH, along with Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Testament, all bands who have close ties to and have shared the stage multiple times with Slayer over the years, will accompany the band on leg one, North America, of what will be Slayer’s final world tour. The trek begins May 10th when a twenty-six-date odyssey will have them crisscrossing the country, from San Diego to Toronto, Orlando to Minneapolis. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 26th; log onto for all ticketing info.

“If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave Lamb Of God our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…” – Randy Blythe, Lamb Of God

“It’s truly an honor to be on Slayer’s final tour. Anthrax and Slayer have toured together for decades, we are family, band and crew, so we want to help give Slayer the best send-off possible, and to have one last blast with our friends. But you know, at the end of the day, Slayer will never die.” – Frank Bello, Anthrax

“Well, well, well… the dream comes true AGAIN it seems. BEHEMOTH will be teaming up with mighty Slayer again for another extensive North American run later this year! Nothing short of epic if you ask me! I cannot wait to confront American legions again before we unleash the new record. One of the biggest metal tours this year: Testament, BEHEMOTH, Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Slayer. Can you miss it out? FUCK NO!” – Nergal, BEHEMOTH

“Sharing the stage with Slayer once again is going to be an honor, and to be a part of the final tour is going to be a special privilege for us. Slayer has influenced so many aggressive bands in their career. This tour will be an epic time for all who attend. Do yourself a favor and clear your calendars when this show comes to town. This will be your last chance to see a tour like this. Get ready North America for the devastation.” – Chuck Billy, Testament

BEHEMOTH w/ Slayer, Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament:
5/10/2018 Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, CA
5/11/2018 FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA
5/13/2018 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo – Sacramento, CA
5/16/2018 PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC
5/17/2018 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
5/19/2018 Big Four – Calgary, AB
5/20/2018 Shaw Centre – Edmonton, AB
5/22/2018 Bell MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
5/24/2018 The Armory – Minneapolis, MN
5/25/2018 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
5/27/2018 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre Freedom Hill – Detroit, MI
5/29/2018 Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
5/30/2018 Place Bell – Montreal, PQ
6/01/2018 Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
6/02/2018 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
6/04/2018 Santander Arena – Reading, PA
6/06/2018 Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
6/07/2018 Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
6/09/2018 KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
6/10/2018 Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
6/12/2018 VUHL Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
6/14/2018 PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
6/15/2018 Orlando Amphitheater – Orlando, FL
6/17/2018 Smart Financial Centre – Houston, TX
6/19/2018 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
6/20/2018 Austin 360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX


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Posted in metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on September 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From Nuclear Blast:

Get ready to mosh in the privacy of your own home, because multiple Grammy-nominated thrash masters ANTHRAX have announced the release of “Chile On Hell”, a live-in-concert DVD that is due on September 16th. “Chile On Hell” was filmed at the Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile on May 10, 2013 and features ANTHRAX performing an extended set that featured songs from the band’s entire catalogue.

“Chile On Hell” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray and 2 Live CDs, was recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, and will retail for $16.98.

“Santiago was the perfect place to film the show for this,” said ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante. “When we’d played there in the past, we’d finish our set, play our encore and go back to the dressing room. But every time, the fans would continue to scream and cheer and clap. I mean, they went on and on, they wouldn’t stop. One time Scott [Ian, guitar] and I walked out to the side of the stage just to watch what was going on in the audience, it was intense. Why wouldn’t we want to film a DVD in front of an audience like that?

“Plus,” Benante continued, “the time was right to do this DVD… We wanted to finish on a high note. We didn’t want to look back and regret that we didn’t record the live show.”

“Chile On Hell” was produced by Jay Ruston and filmed by City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Global. The DVD’s cover art was designed by Stephen Thompson, who partnered with Benante to “redesign” the artwork from last year’s “Anthems” EP.

The band’s setlist was as follows:

  1. Among The Living
  2. Caught In A Mosh
  3. I Am The Law
  4. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
  5. A Skeleton In The Closet
  6. March Of The S.O.D. (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH cover)
  7. In The End
  8. Deathrider
  9. T.N.T. (AC/DC cover)
  10. I’m Alive
  11. Indians
  12. Medusa
  13. In My World
  14. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)
  15. Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t


  1. I’m The Man / Raining Blood (SLAYER cover)
  2. Madhouse
  3. Antisocial (TRUST cover)


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Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Jon Dette will fill in for drummer Charlie Benante on the first few weeks of ANTHRAX’s 29-city European tour that kicked off May 27, in Barcelona, Spain and runs until July 12 in Balingen, Germany. Benante, who had surgery on his hand last summer and has been going for regular physical therapy up until just recently, thought he’d be back to 100% for the Carolina Rebellion and Beale Street Music Festival shows that ANTHRAX also did earlier this month.

“Playing those shows, I realized I’m just not quite there yet,” Charlie said, “especially for the schedule ANTHRAX has on these European dates. I’m hoping to join the tour for the last couple of weeks, but until then, we all appreciate that Jon can sit in for me.”

Benante plans to be drumming on ANTHRAX’s handful of North American dates later this summer that include Heavy MTL in Montreal and the MOTÖRHEAD Motorboat Cruise set for late September with MOTÖRHEAD, MEGADETH, Zakk Wylde and others. Following these dates, ANTHRAX will enter the studio to write and record their follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-nominated Worship Music, named “Metal Album of the Year” by fans and in media outlets across the globe.


Stone notes: Jon Dette is also a former drummer of Slayer and Testament; he has also toured as a member of Iced Earth, to name just a few.


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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ANTHRAX “ANTHEMS” – A MUST Own! Legendary ANTHRAX Covers The Classics!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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4 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


ANTHRAX – Any red-blooded Metalhead knows that the (unreal) legendary ANTHRAX likes to have some extra fun with their Metal; and this goes back to those golden years of the 80’s. With Anthems, ANTHRAX definitely exhibits their appetite for Classic Rock with contagious and Heavy Rockin’ fun once again! With 6 cover songs, along with their original studio version of Crawl and a Crawl Remix, ANTHRAX have delivered a doozie of an EP to their fans (like myself).

ANTHRAX doesn’t cover these Rock classics with a Thrash Metal attack, as I had expected they would; instead ANTHRAX stays quite true to the original’s structures and gives these songs a much more harder, heavier and energetic push. Joey Balladonna just has an incredible knack for sounding like he should have been a huge Classic Rock star back in the glorious ’70’s. Joey Belladonna sounds grand on every song, from top-to-bottom.

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Above: Digipak Cover Art

The entire band grabs ahold of Anthem, TNT, Smokin’, Keep On Runnin’, Big Eyes and Jailbreak as if they truly thought this entire project over for years. There’s never a point where I wince or question as to why ANTHRAX have chosen to play these classics in such a classic way. Crawl (from 2011’s Worship Music) fits right into the mix of these Classic Rock gems. I guess  I never listened upon Crawl as being such a genuine Classic Rock song, up until now. The Crawl Remix is given much higher vibes, courtesy of the orchestration from Michael Lord.

ANTHRAX have proven to my ears their sincere appreciation for the Classic Rock era with Anthems. If you’re as loyal to the classics and ANTHRAX as I am, then this EP is an absolute, 100% must! ANTHRAX is a band that should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… NOW! Metal be thy name.

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ANTHEMS – Track Listing & Info:

Anthem (Rush)


Smokin’ (Boston)

Keep On Runnin’ (Journey)

Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)

Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)


Crawl Remix

Special guest keyboard performance on Smokin’ by Fred Mandel.

Special guest guitar solo on Jailbreak by Phil Campbell.

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Scott Ian – guitars

Charlie Benante – drums and guitars

Joey Belladonna – vocals

Frank Bello – bass

Rob Caggiano – lead guitar


* ANTHRAX Anthems was released on March 19th, 2013, in North America, via Megaforce Records.

Artwork: Steven Thompson

Art Direction and Concept: Charlie

Graphic Design: Douglas Heusser


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Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , on May 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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ANTHRAX guitarist and Metal legend Scott Ian will hit the UK on his spoken word tour, surprisingly entitled “Speaking Words”.

Commented Ian: “I guarantee everyone who comes to my show will have a good time. There’s a saying, ‘there’s no story so good a drink won’t make it better’. My stories, plus drink, equals killer night out. Besides, don’t you want to know how tomato sauce can kill any STD? I have the answers.”


SCOTT IAN – Spoken Word UK Tour Dates:

24.05. UK Oxford – O2 Academy
25.05. UK Cardiff – The Gate
26.05. UK Gloucester – Guildhall
27.05. UK Plymouth – White Rabbit
28.05. UK York – The Dutchess
29.05. UK Rugby – The Vault
02.06. UK Stoke – Underground
03.06. UK Manchester – Sound Control
04.06. UK Newcastle – The Cluny
05.06. UK Glasgow – The Arches
06.06. UK Coke – Cyprus Avenue
07.06. UK Belfast – Limelight
08.06. UK Dublin – Button Factory
10.06. UK Bournemouth – O2 Academy
11.06. UK London – The Garage

Tickets can be purchased via


(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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SATAN – Confirmed For the Alcatraz Hard Rock & Metal Fest 2013 In Deinze, Belgium

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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SATAN has been confirmed for the Alcatraz Metal Fest, set to take place Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Deinze, Belgium.

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SATAN – Legendary British Heavy Metal band SATAN will release Life Sentence, their first studio full-length under the SATAN banner since 1987′s Suspended Sentence, on April 29th in Europe and in May in the U.S. on Listenable Records.


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

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METAL ALLIANCE TOUR 2013 – ANTHRAX HEADLINING – Dates, Cities & Venues Posted!

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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METAL ALLIANCE TOUR 2013 Now, this is what I call a Metal Alliance! What a killer lineup of Metal bands! The ultra legendary ANTHRAX and EXODUS together! Thrash Metal history 101 will be in session, my Metal brethren!

On this tour, ANTHRAX will be performing, in its entirety, their 1987 Thrash Metal masterpiece: Among The Living. Whoa!

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Richmond Virginia’s very own MUNICIPAL WASTE will be spreading their Thrashing Speed Metal message on this tour as well! HIGH ON FIRE, SHADOWS FALL and HOLY GRAIL round out this Metal Alliance Tour 2013! Metal be thy name!


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HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST 2013 – Check Out This Lineup Of Metal Legends & Warriors!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST 2013 – Whoa! Check out the Metal bands that will be performing at this year’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest! Motörhead, Anthrax, Testament, Six Feet Under, Exodus, Suffocation, In Flames, Sodom, Epica, Suicidal Tendencies, Warbringer, ill nino, HeathenMunicipal Waste and even Dokken is slated for this 2 day Metal Fest! Metal be thy name!

This drop-kick-to-the-ass Metal Fest will be taking place on May 18th & 19th, 2013, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Just click on the links below for more info! Whoa again!


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ANTHRAX – To Release “ANTHEMS” EP and Announce Stand-In Guitarist

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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2013-01-18 – ANTHRAX are set to release a special edition of their 11th studio album Worship Music through Nuclear Blast on March 22nd, 2013.

ANTHRAX, one of Heavy Metal”s all-time great acts who, along with SLAYER, METALLICA and MEGADETHThe Big Four – are credited with co-founding the Thrash genre, return with a special edition of Worship Music. The “Special Edition” includes a bonus “Anthems” disc which includes 6 covers, “Anthem” (RUSH cover), “Jailbreak” (THIN LIZZY), “TNT” (AC/DC), “Big Eyes” (CHEAP TRICK), “Smokin” (BOSTON) and “Keep On Runnin” (JOURNEY) as well as a remix of the track “Crawl”. “Worship Music” was the bands first release in seven years and marked the return of singer Joey Belladonna, an essential part of ANTHRAX”s line-up from 1985 to 1992.

The band who picked up the highly prestigious “Metal Guru” award at the Classic Rock Awards last November will be returning to the live circuit this year with an appearance at the annual Bloodstock Open Air festival on Sunday 11th August 2013. SHADOWS FALL guitarist Jon Donais will temporarily fill in for the departed Rob Caggiano when the band plays previously announced dates in India, Australia and North America.

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02.08. PL Przystanek – Woodstock

03.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air

11.08. UK Derbyshire – Bloodstock


Anthems – Tracklist:

01. TNT (AC/DC)

02. Smokin’ (BOSTON)

03. Keep On Runnin’ (JOURNEY)

04. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK)

05. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY)

06. Crawl (Albumversion)

07. Crawl (Remix)


Anthems will be available both as a package along with Worship Music, but also separately on CD or Vinyl.


(Source: Nuclear Blast Records)

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Posted in hardcore, hardcore metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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2013 Installment Of Iconic Fest Confirmed

MassConcerts proudly presents the first details for NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2013, today confirming the dates and preliminary list of bands for this year’s occurrence of the long-running annual event.

For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.

Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: “I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.”

With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV — and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks — the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.

View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th.

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Suicidal Tendencies

After The Burial

Alpha & Omega

Antagonist AD

Ark Of The Covenant

Black Breath

Born Of Osiris

The Contortionist

Dead By Wednesday

Death Before Dishonor





Fit For An Autopsy



Holy Grail

I Declare War




The Mongoloids

Mother Of Mercy

Municipal Waste

No Mercy

Power Trip

Rude Awakening

Saving Grace

Shadows Fall

Suburban Scum

Those Who Fear

Trap Them


Twitching Tongues


Within The Ruins


Since 1999, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL has showcased a vast array of metal and hardcore acts across two stages, while also providing merchandising and promotional areas for record labels and other vendors, at Worcester, Massachusetts’ massive venue The Palladium.

Earsplit PR is an official sponsor of this year’s event.


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Mayhem Festival Cruise – December 7th – 10th, 2012; Band Lineup, Info & Some Metal Thoughts…

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

MAYHEM FESTIVAL CRUISE –  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 4 days of early Winter! Whoa. This Mayhem Festival Cruise sails to the Bahamas and back to Miami, while pretty much guaranteeing no snow, sleet or freezing rain in the forecast! If I had the expendable loot and time to just “pack up and go” I’d be all over this cruise… or any of the cruises that boast festivals lately.

Just take a glance at the poster above! Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gojira, Battlecross and Suicide Silence. Whoa. Whoa again. Lot’s of heavy-duty bands assembling on this cruise! Plus, the legendary Jamey Jasta will be on double-duty with Hatebreed and Kingdom Of Sorrow. Excellent.

Since I’m not going, I felt it was my Metal duty, to inform my Metal brethren, who just might be able to jump on board this Mayhem Festival Cruise. I’m sure I will be ushering in Winter and its dreary weather with open arms, while this Mayhem Festival Cruise sets sail. (!) It’s all good though. I’m just glad these bands exist and METAL RULES BY LAND… AND SEA! Metal be thy name.


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FortaRock Festival 2012 – Park Brakkenstein, Nijmegen, Netherlands: SLAYER Headlining

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FortaRock Festival 2012 – This kick-ass Metal festival will be happening in Park Brakkenstein, Nijmegen, Netherlands on June 02, 2012. SLAYER is headlining! Machine Head, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, The Devin Townsend Project, Asphyx and Trivium. Whoa! And yes… Metal be thy name.


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Long Live FortaRock Festival.



ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT & DEATH ANGEL – Crocodile Rock Cafe, Allentown, Pennsylvania: Concert Review – February 6th, 2012

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

A Concert Review & Metal Experience To Share! 

It’s not everyday when I can witness three legendary Metal bands share the same stage… anywhere. As Anthrax being one-quarter of the The Big 4, along with Testament and Death Angel being pioneers of Thrash Metal in their own right, The Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania, surely did play host to quite the Metal historic group on February 6th, 2012. Thrash Metal history 101 was in session on this night and after all my years of loyalty to these bands, I was still… the student.


Once you begin naming off the musicians from these bands, any tried and true Metalhead from the University of Old School will agree when I use the following words to describe these three bands: genre defining, influential, groundbreaking and resilient. With Joey Vera (Armored Saint) filling-in for Frank Bello on bass and Gene Hoglan aka “The Atomic Clock” (Testament, Dark Angel, Death, Fear Factory, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad) doing his legendary part on drums for fellow legend Charlie Benante and the result was Anthrax being in the most ultra capable of Metal hands with the rhythm section. Hell yeah.

I was ecstatic to finally solidify plans to attend this concert, alongside fellow Metal buddies Danielle and Lee. They drove down from Bangor, Pennsylvania to pick up my Metal lovin’ butt and head straight to The Crock Rock. They both had purchased tickets to this Thrash event a couple of weeks prior, while my ticket was on hold after I phoned in my payment the day of the show. Off we went, with Danielle at the wheel, while all three of us shared our mutual excitement for the impending night of Thrash Metal glory that awaited us.

Left: Gene Hoglan (Legendary Drummer), Right: A Happy Stone! Hell, it isn’t everyday I run into Gene Hoglan on the street. Metal be thy name and hell yeah!

Gene Hoglan is a class act.

As we approached The Crock Rock, it was obvious this was not your average show happening on this night… the multi-numerous fans were lined up on the sidewalk and waiting civilly to enter the venue in the semi-cold, early evening air. Denim decorated with band patches. Leather. Concert tees. Bandanas. This was the fashion that adorned these fans as they stood there and I felt like Danielle, Lee and myself were going home where we belonged. Within moments the three dollar parking fee was paid and Danielle had backed into our “front row” parking space… right up against the tour buses for Testament and Death Angel. Metal be thy name.

While parked, Lee and I each had a ceremonial beer, while Danielle opted for a hard lemonade named after some dude called “Jack”. Time was of the Metal essence for we all wanted to catch Death Angel’s set. It didn’t take long for us to get into the line of Thrash devotees, all moving single-file, into one direction, a destination which echoed the blissful sound of live Death Angel Thrash. Once inside, the three of us didn’t even have to say it… for we felt it… we were home, where we belonged.

Left: Damien Sisson (bassist) of Death Angel, Right: You Guessed It.

Very friendly and much the conversationist, Death Angel bass wizard Damien cordially gave Danielle, Lee and I at least an hour of his time, well after the show ended. He admires the multi-musicianship of Prince and wouldn’t mind being the “Gene Hoglan of bass guitarists” someday. As we talked back and forth, the four of us shared more laughs than I could count!


Damien picks up a booty of diverse Metal on vinyl while touring overseas and loves dropping that turntable needle down for that analog listening experience. Damien revealed there are four songs nearly done for the next Death Angel album, which he thinks will be released in either January of 2013 or sometime thereafter. Just a fun encounter we experienced with Damien.

Damien Sisson is another… class act.

Death Angel were incredible, seeing and hearing them in a club setting was damn perfect and they played like the Thrash Metal professionals they are famously known for. Mark Osegueda sounded unreal on vocals, a live performer that takes command of the stage and song. I love my Death Angel studio albums, only experiencing a live Death Angel set is nothing short of amazing. Hell, while I’m at it, the same can be said for Anthrax and Testament as well. As I stood there with my head beginning to bang harder and harder to the Thrash wall-of-sound, I’m smirking, realizing that Death Angel is just the beginning of this F’n night of F’n Thrash blitz!

The stage presence of Chuck Billy is something to behold. Chuck Billy is a warrior of both Metal and life. If there ever was a Metal legend that I look up to, it’s Chuck Billy. His battling and surviving the bitch known as cancer, along with leading Testament into a Thrash comeback of the century, while sounding more powerful than ever vocally, has me looking upon him with the utmost Metal respect.


When Testament broke loose into More Than Meets The Eye, the intro vocal chant led from Chuck Billy speared into my Metal soul and delivered unto me that ultimate Metal moment… when exhilaration goes out of control within my senses and I’m feeling that Metal bliss. What an F’n band Testament is live. What an F’n band Testament is period. Holy shit they blew me away. Practice What You Preach. Into The Pit. ‘Nuff said. Damn right.

Anthrax came onto the stage and made an already Metal Thrashing Mad crowd even more Metal Thrashing Mad. Hell, the place went F’n nuts when Anthrax took the stage. F’n nuts. Please note, this was as packed a house as it gets at The Crock Rock, elbow-to-elbow and physical space at an F’n premium. I made my way to the side of the stage, with Metal buddy Lee clearing the way in legendary form. We both were in arm’s length of each member of Anthrax, as they went by us to dominate the stage. Whoa and Metal Mother of Mary.


To say I was like a kid again, as Anthrax kicked out such songs as Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can’t and Antisocial is a gross understatement. Metal as my witness, I never dreamt I would see Joey Belladonna front Anthrax again, let alone see Joey front Anthrax live at The Crock Rock. For Anthrax to even be doing a club tour is testimonial to their devotion to both their fans and the Metal they created. To share their legacy of Thrash, on an intimate live level like they are doing, makes me realize that Anthrax has truly kept it F’n real, after all these decades.

Metal Buddy Lee 

Metal Buddy Lee caught up with Joey Belladonna at the end of the night. I was on the other side of the block… damn. Anyways, Lee’s encounter with Joey was nothing short of positive and memorable. Joey signed both Danielle and Lee’s concert ticket stubs. Ready for this? Lee gave me his signed ticket stub. Whoa. That’s why Lee is… a Metal Buddy! Whoa again.


Yes, Joey Belladonna was spot-on with his vocals and Anthrax kept their set moving at hyper-speed. Scott Ian and the boys were controlling the Metal mass at The Crock Rock and everyone in attendance became anointed by the gospel according to Anthrax. Lee and I made certain to keep ourselves moving, attempting many times to start a pit of our own far from the stage. We deliberately began knocking into a few unsuspecting fans, these same fans who seemed rather disturbed that we were actually having an F’n good time. Others looked upon us with old school approval. Lee and I didn’t give a rats ass either way.


As a Metal sidenote, I did bump into Testament bassist Greg Christian after the show. He was tired and enjoying a cigarette in the night air before calling it a day. Greg and I shared our complimentary thoughts for Chuck Billy, I then thanked Greg for the memorable Metal night and headed on my way. Meeting up with Greg was an unexpected surprise and he is another Metal class act to add to my long list.

This was an epic night of Thrash Metal. Old School Thrash. Thrash up your ass. Metal Thrashing Mad. We were all at home on this night of vintage Thrash at The Crock Rock… it’s where we belonged.


* For more band info, click on the links below:


DEATH ANGEL – Official Website


Gene Hoglan – Hoglan





Wanna Know What’s Kicked My Metal Lovin’ Ass Recently?

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

I’m not going to tip-toe around the Metal bush here. I am revealing what has kicked my Metal lovin’ ass recently to the world. Enjoy:

Last night, (February 6th), I took in the Anthrax, Testament & Death Angel show at The Crocodile Rock Cafe, in Metal enriched Allentown, Pennsylvania. These three legendary Metal bands kicked my Metal lovin’ ass into submission. I was joined by Metal buddies Danielle and Lee for this show and the three of us can agree about last evening’s Metal experience with these words: Good Metal times. I will be writing in more Metal detail, just how fun and Metal Thrashin’ Mad the night really was, within the next few days. There’s a couple of cool pics from this Metal experience too.

REVOCATION released Chaos Of Forms back on August 16th, 2011 via Relapse Records and it has served me Metal right. Oh, yes, it has kicked my Metal lovin’ ass from top to bottom. If you are in desperate need of listening to a Thrash Metal album that is so damn intense with its vocal aggression, guitar driven bliss, bass pummeling and percussion pounding assault, then buy Chaos Of Forms and thank the Metal Gods that this band exists. Metal be thy name.




SLIPKNOT, SLAYER and ANTHRAX – Headlining: 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , on January 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has 26 dates on its Metal journey across the United States this Summer of 2012! This Metal potent festival begins on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California and finishes on August 5th at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. Metal be thy name!

The main stage for this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will feature Slipknot, Slayer and a major special guest which will be announced on March 5th. The fourth slot on the main stage will feature a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandria.

In 2012 the tour has upgraded the production on the festival stage and this year the Jagermeister Stage will feature a special headline set by Anthrax supported by a rotation of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying and Asking Alexandria, along with Whitechapel, High On Fire and the Jagermeister opener. Please note that bands may vary per market.

(Source: Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 website)


* For tour dates and ticket info click on the link below:

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012



ANTHRAX – Lead Vocalists Timeline, To Feed Your Metal Knowledge

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ANTHRAX – As I was looking & reading through some of my back issues of Metal Hammer over the weekend, I came across a “list” in the August 2011 issue. This list I’ve found especially valuable for my Metal knowledge. Maybe this list will be just as valuable for yours? The list is a timeline of all the lead vocalists for the ultra legendary Thrash Metal pioneers: ANTHRAX.

This timeline goes (gulp) all the way back to 1981 with John Connelly. Check this ANTHRAX timeline of lead vocalists out and memorize it. You never know when you’re gonna need this Metal knowledge!

ANTHRAX – Lead Vocalists Timeline:

1981 – John Connelly

1981 – Dirk Kennedy

1981 – 1982 – Jason Rosenfield

1982 – 1984 – Neil Turbin

1984 – Matt Fallon

1984 – 1992 – Joey Belladonna

1992 – 2005 – John Bush

2005 – 2007 – Joey Belladonna

2007 – 2009 – Dan Nelson

2009 – 2010 – John Bush

2010 – present – Joey Belladonna

(Source: Metal Hammer – August 2011, #220)

* Worship Music is the tenth studio album from ANTHRAX, released back on September 13th, 2011, on MEGAFORCE RECORDS.

* For more info on ANTHRAX, click on this link: ANTHRAX



Charlie Benante – Legendary Drummer Of Anthrax: Check Out His New Website!

Posted in Drums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal drummers, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

CHARLIE BENANTE – Hey all you Anthrax fans. Charlie Benante wants you to check out his new website Also, check out his facebook fan page




Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Releases September 13th, 2011! Some Metal Thoughts…

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ALICE COOPER – As with the new Anthrax studio album (Worship Music),  the new Alice Cooper album Welcome 2 My Nightmare releases on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011. Call this “Super Heavy Metal Tuesday” or what! I never was offered any free promos of the new Anthrax or Alice Cooper, so I’ll be buying them both on Tuesday. (Apparently Metal Odyssey isn’t that famous and cool yet). Quite frankly I am more than willing to shell out the money for brand new Anthrax and Alice Cooper albums. It’s all about “supporting your bands” anyhow and I’ve strived to show strong support over the course of time for both Anthrax and Alice Cooper.

Will I do an album review for the new Alice Cooper album? I guess if I feel like it. Will I do an album review for the new Anthrax? Again, If I feel like it. Since the record companies and/or PR people for both Anthrax and Alice Cooper don’t want to get in touch with Stone, I’m in no hurry to review ’em. We’ll see what happens. I’m predicting I’ll be pleased with both though… I hope. For now, the FREE publicity is right here for both the record companies and bands… yippeee! Isn’t Stone such a swell guy?

* Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare is being released on Universal Music Group, um, Enterprises or something like that. Take your pick. Whatever. This Universal label has gotten in touch with me in the past, I did a cool album review for them and then they disappeared. Plus, this Universal label owes Stone an interview with Get Scared. I submitted questions to the label per their nagging request and then they never got back to me. Real UNPROFESSIONAL on their part. Do I sound like I’m bitching? Hell yes I am. Stone doesn’t like being taken advantage of by NO ONE. Especially when all the writing and publicity I do is for F’n FREE.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare – Track Listing:

I Am Made Of You


The Nightmare Returns

A Runaway Train

Last Man On Earth

The Congregation

I’ll Bite Your Face Off

Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever

Ghouls Gone Wild

Something To Remember Me By

When Hell Comes Home

What Baby Wants

I Gotta Get Outta Here

The Underture





ANTHRAX – “Worship Music”: Releases on September 13th, 2011!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ANTHRAX – Worship Music, the long-awaited new studio album from Anthrax, one of the four original architects of Speed and Thrash Metal, has been confirmed for a September 13 release date on Megaforce Records. Appropriately,Worship Music will street the day before the band’s triumphant return to their native New York to play at Yankee Stadium as part of The Big Four concert extravaganza.

Not only is Worship Music Anthrax’s first studio release in eight years, but the album marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, whose last studio work with the band was 1990’s Persistence of Time. Joey Belladonna is now firmly back in the Anthrax line up with drummer Charlie Benante, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, and bassist Frank Bello.

The 11-track Worship Music was produced by Anthrax, Rob Caggiano and Jay Ruston and recorded over a four-year period at studios in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Belladonna’s return to the band prompted some of the songs originally recorded to be re-crafted with fresh lyrics or tweaked to better suit his overall vibe and energy. Some of the songs were completely replaced with brand-new songs and, of course, all have Belladonna’s inimitable vocal stamp on them.

When Anthrax first started Worship Music, they had no idea if the music would ever see the light of day, but they carried on because making music is what they do, it’s in their blood. According to Ian, “It took everything in us as people to make this record and it shows. We went back to square one and did it for the same reason we did it back then, because we worshipped music and we still do. Music is something worth worshipping.” Anthrax will support Worship Musicwith a massive world tour. Dates will be announced shortly.

With worldwide sales in excess of 10-million, 2011 sees Anthrax celebrating its 30th year as a band. Over those three decades, Anthrax has received multiple Gold and Platinum albums, multiple Grammy nominations, and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.

(Source: press release from – ANTHRAX – Official Website)


Joey Belladonna – vocals

Scott Ian – guitar

Rob Caggiano – guitar

Frank Bello – bass

Charlie Benante – drums

Worship Music – Track Listing:

Worship (Intro)

Earth on Hell

The Devil You Know

Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t

I’m Alive

Hymn 1

In The End

The Giant

Hymn 2

Judas Priest


The Constant

Revolution Screams

* For other related info on this new album from Anthrax, as posted on June 25th, 2011, on Metal Odyssey, click on the big header link below:

ANTHRAX – Fight’em ’til You Can’t: New Song As A Free Download! It Shreds and It Generates Thrash Metal Euphoria!

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

ANTHRAX – Official Website



ANTHRAX – Fight’em ’til You Can’t: New Song As A Free Download! It Shreds and It Generates Thrash Metal Euphoria!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, thrash metal albums, thrash metal bands with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ANTHRAX – Yes, I like so many other countless Anthrax, Metal and Thrash Metal fans am extremely psyched-out from hearing the NEW Anthrax song: Fight’em ’til You Can’t. Plus… in case you haven’t heard yet and you live in a remote cave in the Maine woods… this new Anthrax song is available as a FREE download! That’s what I wrote: FREE! You can click here ANTHRAX – Official Website to get your free download of this blazingly Thrashin’ mad song now!

I will readily admit, that once I learned about this new Anthrax song being available for a free download (on twitter yesterday), I was happier than a Metal pig in mud. (Fight’em till’ You Can’t was made available on Friday, June 24th). I’ll say this, it was all the Metal buzz on twitter yesterday, once the press and all of us fellow Metalheads had this new Thrash dosage of Anthrax fueling our brains! Metal be thy name and ring that Thrash Metal bell… cause Anthrax has some new material!

This free download was made available by Anthrax as a “thank you” to all of their loyal fans. The new Anthrax album (tenth overall) Worship Music is slated for a September 13th, 2011 release! This release date is the day before Anthrax takes the stage at Yankee Stadium as members of The Big 4: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. Hallelujah, Thrash Metal reigns supreme!

With legendary vocalist Joey Belladonna back at the mic on Fight’em till You Can’t, the Thrashin’ situation couldn’t get any better than this! Hard to believe, it’s been over twenty years since the last Joey Belladonna fronted Anthrax album (1990’s Persistence Of Time) and the time is now that Anthrax has delivered! Worship Music will be the first studio album from Anthrax since 2003’s (John Bush fronted) We’ve Come For You All. Um, Stone is quite elated.

In all Metal honesty, Fight’em till You Can’t is a tremendous Thrash Metal song. From the lyrics and insanely memorable guitar riffs and solo, this is vintage Anthrax at their Thrashin’ finest. Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano tear it up. Charlie Benante on drums sounds terrific as usual, along with Frank Bello on bass. Old School.

Joey sounds excellent on vocals and he brings back that real Old School vibe that this legendary band is so known for and glistens with. I’m guilty of whining for any new material from Anthrax for a long, long time now. My Metal whining is over. Thank you Anthrax for getting it all together and making it real for the fans… both young and Old School!


Joey Belladonna – vocals

Scott Ian – guitar

Rob Caggiano – guitar

Frank Bello – bass

Charlie Benante – drums

* For more info on ANTRHAX and the free download, click the link below:

ANTHRAX – Official Website




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