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TWISTED TOWER DIRE – Nameless Grave Records To Release “Crest Of The Martyrs Demos” From Virginia Heavy Metal Act – “Some Other Time, Some Other Place” Streaming + Preorders Posted

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

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Nameless Grave Records presents Crest Of The Martyrs Demos, an alternate/demo version of TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s adored third album, making the recordings available for the first time.

In the days of olde, after classic heavy metal was supplanted by extreme music and before the current reignition of interest that the genre has enjoyed, Northern Virginia’s TWISTED TOWER DIRE tirelessly defended true heavy metal in all forms as they sought to breathe new light into a then largely dead genre. By the time their now-legendary third album Crest Of The Martyrs was written they were on top of the world, having played Wacken for the first time a couple years earlier and having released two full-lengths on The Miskatonic Foundation, run by Rich Walker of Solstice fame, as well as a wide array of EPs, splits, compilation tracks, and more.

Crest Of The Martyrs was the next step: a bigger power metal label, sleeker production, and TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s biggest hooks and choruses yet. Underneath the gleaming power metal edge provided by the production provided by the label and studio still lurked the same triumphing true metal band, however, and for the first time, Nameless Grave Records is proud to present Crest Of The Martyrs the way the band originally intended it: as a devastating, lean set of heavy metal bangers untouched by modern power metal production, and alternate studio decisions.

Old fans of the band can rejoice to have this different set of recordings available for the first time, and new fans can marvel at the powerhouse of one of America’s finest bands playing at their best. Highly recommended for fans of Visigoth, Pharaoh, and Omen.

Recorded in 2002 at Killabrew Studios, produced by Matt Crooks and TWISTED TOWER DIRE, and mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studios, Crest Of The Martyrs Demos is completed with artwork personally done for this release by guitarist Scott Waldrop. The CD version features bonus tracks not included on the vinyl, including a second demo as well as a live track from Wacken 2003, and both the CD and vinyl editions bear liner notes from the band. The LP will be pressed in a total run of 500 copies, including 300 on Black and 100 on Silver. No Remorse Records (Greece) will have an exclusive 100 copies on Light Blue vinyl.

Stream the previously unreleased version of TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s “Some Other Time, Some Other Place” RIGHT HERE.

Crest Of The Martyrs Demos will be released through Nameless Grave Records on March 3rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Crest Of The Martyrs Demos Track Listing:

  1. At Night
  2. Some Other Time, Some Other Place
  3. Axes And Honor
  4. To Be A Champion
  5. Infinitum
  6. Fight To Be Free
  7. Transfixed
  8. Guardian Bloodline
  9. The Reflecting Pool

TWISTED TOWER DIRE Crest Of The Martyrs lineup:
Tony Taylor – vocals
Scott Waldrop – guitar
David Boyd – guitar
Marc Stauffer – drums
Jim Hunter – bass

Source: EARSPLIT PR

Portland Trad-Metallers MAMORLIS Releasing “Sturdy As An Oak” on March 8th

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Portland (OR) – Epic/Traditional Heavy Metal quartet MAMORLIS will release sophomore album Sturdy as an Oak on March 8. The band will self-release the album on digital and CD formats. The cassette version will be released in Europe through Cursed Ritual Records.

The first single, “Wolfric The Wild,” is streaming at: youtu.be/0Txn4_kpCrg or enjoy below:

Following the band’s 2019 self-titled debut album, on Sturdy as an Oak, MAMORLIS further refines its authentic mix of epic heavy metal and doom. The foursome combines a warm, vintage style that recalls the songwriting prowess of bands like Slough Feg and classic Iron Maiden with lyrical content covering folklore, fantasy stories, action movies, and old video games.

The band released the following statement concerning Sturdy as an Oak:

“If you like music, you’re gonna love this. The second Mamorlis album, Sturdy as an Oak: Six tracks that will make any traditional metal fan as sturdy as an oak. Songs about alcoholic knights, bushrangers, rat pirates, and Clancy Brown. If you’re sturdy for four or more hours after listening, you’re welcome.”

Cassette Pre-order:

cursedritual.fr/en/produit/mamorlis-us-sturdy-as-an-oak

Track Listing:

  1. Wolfric the Wild
  2. Salamandastron
  3. The Kurgan
  4. Over the Border
  5. The Glade
  6. Journeys of Acquisition/Gor

Source: ClawHammer PR

mamorlis.bandcamp.com

Mamorlis YouTube

LONG LIVE MAMORLIS.

Vancouver Trad-Metallers MAULE Premiere New Song: “Sword Woman”

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 5, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Vancouver (BC) – New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal newcomers Maule have released a new song from their forthcoming debut album. “Sword Woman” is available to stream at: youtu.be/i9E0IYetTF4

Maule will release their self-titled, full-length debut album January 14, 2022 on Gates of Hell Records (a Cruz Del Sur Music sub-label). Pre-orders are available at the following links:

CD: https://tinyurl.com/2p8fhtx8
LP: https://tinyurl.com/4wdt5rws

A lyric video for opening track “Evil Eye” is available at: youtu.be/eB5noCcqIRM

Pure, aggressive traditional metal that captures the spirit of NWOBHM for the 21st century! On their self-titled album, Vancouver’s Maule reinvigorates the sounds of the early 1980s with a fresh, energetic twist, making it one of the year’s most exciting debuts!

More than four decades after its arrival, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) continues to inspire new musicians. Its first wave, of course, helped create thrash and laid the groundwork for the European and North American metal scenes that would take shape throughout the ensuing decade. And while Iron Maiden and Saxon emerged as the unabashed mainstays of the style, bands like Angel Witch, Blitzkrieg, Diamond Head and Tygers of Pan Tang established the core sonic tenants that now live on through bands a generation removed, including Vancouver, British Columbia’s Maule.

Formed in 2017 by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Jakob Weel and bassist Johnny Maule, Maule broke onto the scene in 2019 with their From Hell demo. The five-song offering made waves throughout the metal underground, showcasing a young band with a deft grasp on traditional metal. As it turns out, Johnny Maule and original lead guitarist Daniel Gottardo came from a classical and jazz music background, informing their unique sense of riffs, rhythms and songwriting arrangements. The momentum from the From Hell demo carried the band into 2020 when they began work on what became their eponymous debut, their first release for Gates of Hell Records.

Recorded in February 2020 at Little Red Sounds Studio with producer and engineer Michael Kraushaar, who previously manned the From Hell sessions, Maule’s self-titled debut is an nine-song realization of the band’s sound, stocked with thrash-inspired riffing, anthemic choruses, blazing leads and Weel’s sharp, biting vocal approach that capably handles aggressive and mid-tempo material. (Gottardo played all leads on the album, but has since been replaced by Justin Walker.)

Lyrically, Maule embraces the storytelling philosophy embraced throughout classic metal with tales of life and death, with additional nods to Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. The album’s cover art was created by Dave Levi Holland and was based on a sketch from Johnny Maule.

Track Listing:

  1. Evil Eye
  2. Ritual
  3. Summoner
  4. Maule
  5. Red Sonya
  6. Sword Woman
  7. Father Time
  8. March of the Dead
  9. We Ride

Album Line-Up:
Jakob Weel – Vocals/guitars
Daniel Gottardo – Lead guitars
Johnny Maule – Bass
Eddie Riumin – Drums

Current Line-Up:
Jakob Weel – Vocals/guitars
Justin Walker – Lead guitars
Johnny Maule – Bass
Eddie Riumin – Drums

gatesofhellrecords.com

maule.bandcamp.com/releases

cruzdelsurmusic.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

CRYSTAL VIPER – Release “Live In Studio” Video And Announce New Mini Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Polish heavy metal act CRYSTAL VIPER released 4-track “live in studio” video, which was filmed as part of the #RockOutSessions series.

THE VIDEO CAN BE SEEN HERE

CRYSTAL VIPER front woman Marta Gabriel explains:

“2021 wasn’t an easy year. We released new studio album “The Cult”, but we managed to play literally 3 live shows only, as our other festival appearances and the European Tour on which we were supposed to promote new album were either postponed or cancelled. So instead, we did few new studio recordings, including full #RockOutSessions recording, where we played 4 songs from “The Cult” in the live, stripped down versions. We decided to release the video version for free – it’s our way of saying thank you to all the fans who are supporting us in those weird times, who bought the new album. The same material will be later released as Side-B of our special Mini Album, which will be released in the next few months, and which will include few rather big surprises!”.

CRYSTAL VIPER’s latest studio album “The Cult”, as well as Marta Gabriel’s first solo album “Metal Queens” were released in 2021 by Listenable Records.

BUY HERE 

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LONG LIVE CRYSTAL VIPER.

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

Italian Trad-Metal Trailblazers TIR Releasing ‘Metal Shock’ May 10th On Gates Of Hell Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2019 by Metal Odyssey

One of the very first Italian heavy metal bands returns with its first full-length album in eight years, Metal Shock! Trailblazing and traditional metal ensemble TIR will release Metal Shock May 10th on Gates of Hell Records. The album’s first single is streaming below.

Stream “La Luna nel Cerchio” below:

youtu.be/DaUphjvpLoQ

Metal Shock is the band’s second full-length in a career that dates back to 1980. Metal Shock is an album that challenges the old-school metal status quo by having lyrics sung entirely in Italian.

Recorded at Trick Studio in Rome in late 2018/early 2019, Metal Shock is sung entirely in Italian, giving TIR yet another angle in a career that has been marked by going against the grain. Several of the songs found on Metal Shock date all the way back to the band’s halcyon ’80s period and were subsequently re-written and tinkered with until the members of TIR were satisfied. This type of meticulous detail shines throughout the album, where TIR’s penchant for knifing twin guitar melodies, hefty gallops and the multi-faceted vocal capabilities of Cialone are pure touchstones of metal’s undisputed glory era.

Traditional metal fans will instantly heed the call of TIR’s melody-dominated style and taut songwriting approach. Metal Shock marks a new beginning for a band, who, even as they are approaching the four-decade mark, are playing some of their most inspired material to date. TIR shows with Metal Shock that there is nothing stronger than conviction.

Track Listing:

  1. Città In Fiamme
  2. La Sfida
  3. Banche Armate
  4. La Luna Nel Cerchio
  5. Crazy Mama
  6. Dentro Il Vuoto
  7. Lasciateci Fare
  8. Metal Shock
  9. Beat 150
  10. Mitra
  11. Memoria (Faber)

TIR:

Sergio Bonelli – Guitars

Danilo Antonini– Guitars

Dino Gubinelli – Bass

Piero Arioni – Drums

Giuseppe Cialone – Vocals

CD Pre-order:

tinyurl.com/y4ecttdc

Vinyl LP Pre-order:

tinyurl.com/yxqnzurl

TIR BIO:

A year away from their 40th anniversary, Italian traditional metal outfit TIR remains one of the best-kept secrets in the underground. Formed in 1980 by the guitar tandem of Sergio Bonelli and Danilo Antonini, TIR opted for the path of most resistance: Instead of releasing studio albums and seeking major label assistance, they preferred to perform live shows. Their performances soon became can’t-miss events in Rome. Aided by fire, pyrotechnics and even live snakes, TIR’s reputation spread like wildfire (no pun intended) in their home city, catapulting their lone release of the decade, 1984’s self-titled demo, into the frenzied world of underground tape trading. However, while the metal scene waited for TIR to record a proper full-length album, the band stuck to their guns and simply kept playing live.

TIR would split in 1986, only to reform two years later. It wasn’t until 2011 that the band saw fit to release an album of original material, the appropriately titled Heavy Metal. Eight years later, TIR (who, in addition to Bonelli and Antonini, comprise long-time bassist Dino Gubinelli, vocalist Giuseppe Cialone and drummer Piero Arioni) return with Metal Shock, their first release for Gates of Hell Records.

More label & band info:

TIR on Facebook

cruzdelsurmusic.com

cruzdelsurmusic.bandcamp.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE TIR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.

TYGERS OF PAN TANG – “Tygers Sessions: The First Wave” Album Cover Art And “Gangland” Promo Music Clip Revealed!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on January 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Tygers Of Pan Tang - Tygers Sessions - The First Wave - promo cover pic - #2015TOPPMO

Above album cover artwork by Italian illustrator: Roberto Toderico.

New Tygers Of Pan Tang promo clip: “Gangland” – taken from the forthcoming CD album “Tygers Sessions: The First Wave” – coming soon on Skol Records! PLEASE SHARE!

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Robb Weir – guitars

Jacopo Meille – vocals

Micky Crystal – guitars

Gav Gray – bass

Craig Ellis – drums & percussion

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Sources:

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Facebook: Skol Records

Facebook: Tygers Of Pan Tang

Website: www.tygersofpantang.com

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE TYGERS OF PAN TANG.

LONG LIVE SKOL RECORDS.

LONG LIVE TRUE METAL.

LONG LIVE THE UK.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Self-Titled Debut Album = A METAL MUST OWN!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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MAUSOLEUM GATE – Finland’s Mausoleum Gate sure did their Metal research when it comes to Classic/Traditional Metal; their self-titled, debut album makes for powerful sonic proof of my stating such. Many old school Metal fans will surely get jubilant over the overall sound, energy and rhythms that Mausoleum Gate have tapped into. This clever band has even tipped their hats to the NWOBHM vibrations as well. Guitar fueled songs such as Demon Droid and Lost Beyond The Sun showcases Mausoleum Gate as a Metal band that digs the classic six-string jam and long solos.

If I didn’t know better, I would honestly think Mausoleum Gate came from the late 70’s or early 80’s, they have absorbed that era of Metal stylings so well! Still, there is that ever presence of sonic relevancy due to the rejuvenated Traditional Metal scene that really never evaporated entirely in the first place. The splendid idea of Mausoleum Gate incorporating an organ to their Metal is nothing short of genius; it only captures those hazy shades of early 70’s Metal all the more glowingly.

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The bass and drumming on this album gives me the chills at times, with an almost haunting sense that this rhythm section plays. Great stuff. Vocalist V.-P Varpula is a marvelous listen, falling somewhere between Don Dokken and a restrained Bruce Dickinson. Um, I hope that makes sense. The title track is an epic 11:37 long and has  become one of those captivating songs that I love escaping from reality with. Great stuff.

This album is not Screaming For Vengeance and it’s not Iron Maiden either. Instead this album is a six song reminder that the seeds of Classic Metal were planted properly many years ago and propagated a very promising, very exciting Metal band known as Mausoleum Gate. Metal be thy name – Stone.

Mausoleum Gate was released on October 7th, 2014, via Cruz del Sur Music.

Turn the volume to HIGH and enjoy some MAUSOLEUM GATE! Support this tremendous METAL band! Whoa!

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:

1. Magic Of The Gypsy Queen

2. Demon Droid

3. Lost Beyond The Sun

4. Mercenaries Of Steel

5. There Must Be Demons

6. Mausoleum Gate

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MAUSOLEUM GATE:

V.-P Varpula– vocals

Count L.F. – guitars

Kasperi Puranen – guitars

Wicked Ischanius – bass

Oscar Razanez– drums

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* For more info on MAUSOLEUM GATE:

Facebook: Mausoleum Gate

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE METAL.

LONG LIVE MAUSOLEUM GATE.

Stone.

Ronnie James Dio “This Is Your Life” Deluxe Double Red Vinyl – Releases July 8th; 100% Of Proceeds Go Directly To Cancer Research

Posted in charities, classic rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life - promo vinyl pic - 2014 - red vinyl

You can now Preorder the Double Red Vinyl version of Ronnie James Dio’s “This Is Your Life” Tribute Album!! This is a MUST HAVE for all Dio Fans and Vinyl Collectors!!! 100% of the $$$$ received by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund will go directly to cancer research and to help find a cure! Preorder here: http://smarturl.it/diovinyl

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(Source: Facebook Ronnie James Dio)

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LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N ROLL.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

TANK “War Nation” Music Video And Album Are: Stone’s METAL Picks Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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TANK – The title track, from TANKS’s 2012 War Nation album boasts a Melodic Metal ride that sends me off into Metal La-la land. A grand Classic Metal sound and vibe TANK has carried on, with this entire War Nation album! The timeless vocals of the legendary Doogie White soars on this title track and throughout this album, truly one of his finest Metal performances on his impressive Metal resume. In my Metal opinion.

Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans are a powerhouse duo for my ears to savor! If this War Nation album had been released back in the mid to late 80’s, I firmly believe (nearly) every Metalhead alive would have owned and bragged about it. No matter how I slice or dice it, this 2012 version of TANK thrills me and I make no excuses for being psyched-out by it all. Crank up War Nation and hail Metal! Metal be thy name. – Stone

Track Listing: War Nation, Song Of The Dead, Hammer And Nails, Don’t Dream In The Dark, Grace Of God, Dreamer, Justice For All, Wings Of Heaven, State Of The Union, Hard Road, War Machine (live bonus track), Feast Of The Devil (live bonus track), W.M.L.A. (acoustic version/bonus track)

TANK – War Nation Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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Preview and purchase War Nation on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/war-nation/id531153916

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War Nation was released via Metal Mind Productions.

* For more info on TANK:

Facebook: Tank

Website: www.tankofficial.com

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LONG LIVE TANK.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE “ELECTRIC WAKE” THE NEW SOLO CD FROM METAL CHURCH SINGER RONNY MUNROE!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Ronny Munroe - Electric Wake - promo album flyer - rat pak records - 2014

Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states.

Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), Dan Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style Heavy Metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014. Click HERE to pre-order now!

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TRACK LISTING:

Burning Time
Ghosts (Featuring George Lynch)
Electric Wake
Turn To Stone
My Shadow
Not You Not Me
Pray
Ritual Damage
Sleepless Mountain
The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal) featuring: Pamela Moore and Dave Rude (Tesla)
United

BONUS TRACKS (deluxe version)
Tainted Nation
Total Eclipse (Iron Maiden cover)

Ronny Munroe - Electric Wake - promo cover pic - 2014

www.RatPakRecords.com/RonnyMunroe

(Source: Rat Pak Records)

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Website: http://www.ratpakrecords.com

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LONG LIVE RONNY MUNROE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

TRAUMA – Legendary Bay Area Metal Band Returns! TRAUMA’s Classic “Scratch And Scream” Studio Album Is Reissued Via Shrapnel Records!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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TRAUMA IS BACK!

Original 1980 TRAUMA Lineup Featured The Legendary Cliff Burton On Bass

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TRAUMA was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 as one of the first of the New Wave Of Bay Area metal bands. The group’s original lineup included Michael Overton on guitar, George Lady on guitar, Dennis Shafer on drums, Cliff Burton (METALLICA) on bass, and Donny Hillier on vocals.

TRAUMA quickly became well-known throughout the California Bay Area and beyond, playing legendary venues like The Stone, Bill Graham’s Wolfgang’s, Whisky A Go Go, and The Troubadour. The first track TRAUMA ever recorded, “Such a Shame”, was included on Metal Blade Records’ “Metal Massacre II” compilation in 1982.

After Burton’s departure to join METALLICA, the band changed personnel and musicians Kris Gustofson (drums), Ross Alexander Merson (guitar) and Lucas Advincula (bass) joined Michael Overton and Donny Hillier in their new lineup. In 1984, TRAUMA recorded the “Scratch And Scream” album for Shrapnel Records. The LP received many excellent reviews from primarily American and European heavy metal magazines such as Kerrang!, Circus and Metal Forces, to name a few.

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Purchase TRAUMA’s Scratch And Scream by clicking below!

Shrapnel Records: http://shrapnelrecords.com

The “Scratch And Scream” album, unavailable before on a legitimate CD issue, has long been considered a hard-to-obtain, classic heavy metal record.

Now on iTunes, Amazon.com, and Shrapnel Records.com, “Scratch And Scream” reissue was remastered from the original master tapes and includes bonus tracks that feature the gone-but-never-forgotten bassist.

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Earlier this year, the album received a retro recommendation by About.com/Metal.

After a lengthy hiatus, TRAUMA recently reformed. Donny Hillier, Kris Gustofson and Lucas Advincula have been joined by guitarist Kurt Fry, a veteran songwriter and recording/touring artist.

TRAUMA has played recent shows in San Francisco and Oakland and is planning to tour.

The band is currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches on its new album. The sound is unmistakably hard and heavy.

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Medication Time recently conducted an interview with vocalist Donny Hillier of the newly reformed metal band TRAUMA.

Radio personality James Vincent of Medication Time conducted an interview with Vocalist Donny Hillier of the newly reformed metal band “Trauma” and they talked about Trauma’s highly sought after and now recently reissued album  “Scratch and Scream” (now on CD and digital download) featuring CLIFF BURTON from his Pre-METALLICA days and the band’s new forthcoming studio endeavor…

Medication Time is aired 3-6pm ET every Tuesday on WOOL-LP 100.1 FM, in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

You can listen to the in-depth Interview here: https://soundcloud.com/scott-thomas-19/trauma-the-donny-hillier

Official Trauma Website:

http://www.traumametal.com/

Trauma on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trauma-band/153792987984851

Trauma on Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/traumametal

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(Source: Scott Thomas / Guitarz Forever)

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LONG LIVE TRAUMA.

LONG LIVE SHRAPNEL RECORDS.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

MIDNITE HELLION – Releases “Hour Of The Wolf” 7-Inch Single

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Midnite Hellion - Hour Of The Wolf - promo cover pic!

New Jersey metallers MIDNITE HELLION have released the “Hour of the Wolf” 7-inch, limited-edition vinyl single. This two-tune rager offers a taste of the band’s powerful and melodic brand of trad-inspired metal. The single is available in translucent blue (100 copies) and classic black (400 copies) vinyl.

Order Hour of the Wolf and more from MIDNITE HELLION at: www.midnitehellion.com.

MIDNITE HELLION is currently hard at work on material for a new full-length album, to be recorded and released in 2014. A live cassette is in the works as well. The band has been confirmed for the 2014 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse, set for April 4 & 5 at Reggie’s in Chicago, Ill. For fest details, visit www.ragnarokkrmetal.com.

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HOUR OF THE WOLF – Track Listing:

Side Witches:  Hour Of The Wolf

Side Brew:  The Morrigan

 CRITICAL PRAISE:

“Killer tunes!” –Ron Lipnicki, OVERKILL

“I’ve never felt so happy to get hit repeatedly in the face with a plastic fence.” –Brian “Lumberjack” Smith

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MIDNITE HELLION:

PJ Berlinghof – Vocals

Dan Sclavi – Guitars/Backing Vocals

Nick DiGiovacchino – Guitars

Bill Dripps – Bass/Backing Vocals

Drew Rizzo – Drums

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(Source: CLAWHAMMER PR)

* For more info on MIDNITE HELLION:

Website:  www.midnitehellion.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/midnitehellion

Youtube: www.youtube.com/midnitehellion

Reverbnation:  www.reverbnation.com/midnitehellion

Twitter: www.twitter.com/midnitehellion

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LONG LIVE MIDNITE HELLION.

LONG LIVE NEW JERSEY.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

PAGAN ALTAR – Shadow Kingdom Records Reissues PAGAN ALTAR’s “Judgement of the Dead”

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Shadow Kingdom Records is now offering the newly reissued Judgement of the Dead from cult N.W.O.B.H.M doom band PAGAN ALTAR. Originally released in 1982, Shadow Kingdom Records will stock North American shelves with this classic on January 8, 2013. Until then, fans can order the release exclusively through Shadow Kingdom Records.

For a digital copy and free stream of the album, visit the label’s bandcamp page here: http://shadowkingdomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/judgement-of-the-dead

Physical copies are available at http://shadowkingdomrecords.com/

Shadow Kingdom’s Tim McGrogan had this to say about the album:

“Back in 1982 PAGAN ALTAR released this N.W.O.B.H.M. masterpiece and almost immediately this album went into obscurity. They have been by far the most overlooked band in the history of heavy metal music. It’s amazing that they’ve finally pulled it all together for being virtually non-existent for nearly 15 years. They deserve all of the success and recognition they’re getting today and much, much more! In the late 90’s they came out of the woodwork and put this out on their own label and it was mistakenly called “Volume 1”. The extra track was an acoustic track which was just called “Acoustics” at the time. This is the first time this album will be released in all its glory. The correct title “Judgement of the Dead” and updated acoustic song title as well. Also, this is the original artwork that was released back in 1982 which has never been seen before until now! We’ve re-mastered the CD to sonically preserve its antique feel. It comes with a very nice booklet that includes a story and old band photos. If there ever was such a thing as a perfect album, this would be it! There is nothing more satisfying than the sound of this record. If you’ve never heard of this band or album, think of Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull and you’re almost there. They take music to a whole new level.”

JUDGEMENT OF THE DEAD – Track Listing:

1. Pagan Altar

2. In The Wake Of Armadeus

3. Judgement Of The Dead

4. The Black Mass

5. Night Rider

6. The Dance Of The Banshee

7. Reincarnation

In other news, PAGAN LORD has recently been confirmed for Maryland Death Fest XI, which will take place May 23rd – 26th, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. For for information and updates visit http://www.marylanddeathfest.com.

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on PAGAN ALTAR visit:

http://www.paganaltar.com

facebook: Pagan Altar

facebook: Shadow Kingdom Records

LONG LIVE PAGAN ALTAR.

Stone.

ANGEL WITCH – Live Evil “Into The Dark 2012” UK Tour – Dates & Venues Listed

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal concerts, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on Angel Witch facebook:

Since we have restricted our UK dates to London shows (plus the occasional Bloodstock or Hard Rock Hell) we thought it was about time we did some out of town dates.  So we have teamed up with the Live Evil crew to present their first run of actual tour dates: “Into the Dark 2012”.

We are very happy to be bringing ENFORCER over from Sweden to join us on this run – we’ve played with them a number of times all over Scandinavia and have always had a great time both watching their set and having a pint.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enforcer/65508702824

To Open proceedings – AGE OF TAURUS slow motion heavy metal from London town with riffs galore.  Anyone who saw them recently with Electric Wizard can attest to the fact that Doom Metal really is not dead.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Age-of-Taurus/144701422253518

Next tiime – Scotland, Wales & Ireland, eh?

LIVE EVIL “Into the Dark 2012”

Wednesday 7th November 

Newcastle ::: The World Headquarters

https://www.facebook.com/events/482426088442456/

Thursday 8th November

Manchester Academy 3

https://www.facebook.com/events/102361089919800/

Friday 9th November

Birmingham Temple

https://www.facebook.com/events/441863162523871/

Sunday 11th November

Bristol Fleece

https://www.facebook.com/events/118638744951344/

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Stone Says: The brand new ANGEL WITCH studio album As Above, So Below was released on March 26th, 2012, via Metal Blade Records. This new Metal offering from ANGEL WITCH receives the highest Metal recommendation from Metal Odyssey. If you don’t own this must Metal album yet, pick it up! Metal be thy name.

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For more info on ANGEL WITCH, click here: Angel Witch

LONG LIVE ANGEL WITCH.

LONG LIVE ENFORCER.

LONG LIVE AGE OF TAURUS.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – Confirmed To Support GOTTHARD In Copenhagen And Performing At HEAVY METAL MANIACS FESTIVAL In Holland!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

WITCH CROSS

WITCH CROSS have been confirmed as support for GOTTHARD at Amager Bio in Copenhagen on October 23rd – WITCH CROSS will also be appearing at the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival in Holland, on October 27th

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This year The Swiss Hard Rock band Gotthard celebrate their 20 year anniversary, only with a great tragedy still fresh in their minds. In the autumn of 2010 the Group’s charismatic lead singer Steve Lee died in a motorcycle accident, leaving the four surviving members at a crossroads in their career. Gotthard decided however to continue and after having auditioned more than 400 singers the job went to Nic Maeder, who was announced as the new front man in November.

The 4th June saw the five Swiss release a new album,  entitled Firebirth.

According to bassist Marc Lynn it has been unreal how easy and painless Maeders incorporation into the band has been – “as if everyone in the band has known him always” – and said Firebirth was infused by a newfound spark and a furious energy.

In other words, something to look forward to when Nic Maeders is exposed to the Danes in Amager Bio.

Sharing the stage that night will be Witch Cross. The Danish Heavy Metal band performs for only the second time in 27 years on stage in Denmark.

Earlier this year, the band played their first show together since 1986. The concert, at  the German Metal festival Keep It True, was chosen as the site for the reunification of the band after nearly three decades of separation. In July they took to the stage at the Metal Magic Festival in Fredericia and now they can be experienced once again in Amager Bio on October 23rd.

More WITCH CROSS news to come!

WITCH CROSS – Live at Keep It True Festival, 2012

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(Source: Kev Moore – Witch Cross)

Photos courtesy of Kev Moore

For more info on WITCH CROSS, click on the link below!

http://www.witchcross.dk

LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

LONG LIVE GOTTHARD.

Stone.

REVERENCE – Too Late (Official Video) Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Metal with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

REVERENCE – The debut album, When Darkness Calls, from the Power Metal supergroup REVERENCE was released back on May 31st, via Razar Ice Records. Based out of Detroit, Michigan, REVERENCE has caused quite a welcomed Metal stir within our beloved Metal community; since their formation in early 2010. This album of traditional Power Metal songs has received critically acclaimed reviews from across the Metal spectrum of webzines, magazines and blogs alike.

REVERENCE was founded by guitarist and songwriter Bryan Holland (Tokyo Blade, Arrest) and vocalist Todd Michael Hall (Jack Starr’s Burning Starr). The legendary Steve Wacholz is behind the kit, (founding member of Crimson Glory and the ultra legendary Savatage). Bassist Ned Meloni has played with Jack Starr’s Burning Starr and Funny Money.

Take a listen and look below to the official video for Too Late, a featured track from When Darkenss Calls; a psych-scorching, guitar driven, vocal soaring, traditional-laced Power Metal song with an earthshaking rhythm section! If you’ve been searching around for some True Metal today… you’ve found it here with REVERENCE. Did I mention that I really dig this song yet?

Ring that REVERENCE True Metal bell and tell all the posers to go to hell. Metal be thy name.

REVERENCE:

Todd Michael Hall – Vocals

Bryan Holland – Guitar

Ned Meloni – Bass

Pete Rossi – Guitar

Steve Wacholz – Drums

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For more info on REVERENCE, click on the link below!

http://www.reverencemetal.com

LONG LIVE REVERENCE.

Stone.

WITCH CROSS – “Rocking The Night Away” Music Video: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

WITCH CROSS – Here is some vintage video footage of the Danish Metal band – WITCH CROSS. From 1984, their    debut album (Roadrunner Records) Fit For Fight features Rocking The Night Away. Both album and song are Metal classics! A tried and true Metal blast from the Metal past!

Check out Rocking The Night Away below for yourself; then let the old school Metal of WITCH CROSS flow through your Metal lovin’ veins!

Fit For Fight – 1984 (Roadrunner Records)

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Wanna see what WITCH CROSS is up to in 2012? Check out current WITCH CROSS vocalist Kev Moore and his very cool WITCH CROSS journal by clicking below!

http://mooremusic.wordpress.com/2012/04/29/witch-cross-still-fit-for-fighting-16

* For more info on WITCH CROSS, click the link below!

http://www.witchcross.dk

LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.

Stone.

KING DIAMOND – Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KING DIAMOND – Metal Icon. Vocal brilliance. Lyrical mastermind. A true KING of Horror Metal. Any fan of King Diamond and/or Mercyful Fate knows what I’m talking about. My “Metal Pick Of The Day” for Friday, April 20th, 2012, is KING DIAMOND.

If you have never listened to any King Diamond or Mercyful Fate Metal in your life just yet… the time has cometh for you to realize; that you are missing out on some serious and historical Metal. You are missing out in a very profound way.

Yes, Abigail is the Metal Gem of the King Diamond discography. However, The Graveyard is one fantastically horrifying story to listen to. I’ll say this much: a young female child with a devotion to a severed head; plus it’s a severed head that is pure evil. ‘Nuff said.

Originally released back in 1996, this King Diamond album has grown on me like there is no tomorrow. I Am is my favorite song on The Graveyard, giving me the chills in a way I cannot even explain.

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For more info on KING DIAMOND, click the link below:

KING DIAMOND

LONG LIVE KING DIAMOND.

Stone.

Warriors Of Metal Fest – Releases Double CD 2012 Compilation

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 9, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

The Warriors of Metal, Inc. is privileged to announce that all the fans who will attend the 5th year anniversary of Warriors of Metal Fest Open Air this year on June  29th and 30th at Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio will receive a special 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation album, which is in pressing right now.

Additionally, thanks to the generous efforts of the WOM Fest European Street Team, 2000 of the Keep It True XV Festival attendees this year will also receive this compilation for free. This 158 minute Metal Monster was funded by all 36 participating bands from 5 different continents, mixed by the WOM Fest promoter Datis Alaee, and mastered by Thord Klarstrom at the 7th Gate Studio in Arvika, Sweden.

Warriors Of Metal Compilation CD Artwork

The layout and arrangement of the accompanying 16 page full color booklet was done by the WOM Fest organizer Lea Alaee.  All the artwork for this official Fest release was done by Dragonfyre Studios’ Wayne Smith and Frank Parr in Defiance, Ohio who also designed the soon to be revealed Fest poster and Fest T-shirt designs.

The 17 tracks on Disc 1 contain bands from USA, Australia (Taberah), Greece (Power Crue), Sweden (Gallows End) and Brazil (Machinage) and include exclusive pre-release tracks from: Power Crue (Lighten The Underground from Greece), Gallows End (Independent from Sweden) and American bands: Mystic-Force (Siegen Records), and Power Theory & Fiakra (Pure Steel Records).

The 19 tracks on Disc 2 contain bands from USA, Brazil (Woslom) & Jordan (Dragonrider) and include exclusive pre-release tracks from Seax & Iron Will from Massachusetts,  Lady Beast from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Last Alliance from Queens, New York, and Banshee from Kansas City, Kansas.

For the full track listing please see the back panel of the album bellow.  Also provided are the two interior picture collages that include a selection of Fest pictures from WOM Fest II (2009), WOM Fest III (2010) & WOM Fest IV (2011).

Tickets for the festival are on sale at the Fest website at WARRIORS OF METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL V. Weekend passes for adults (17 and up) are just $50 and Weekend 4-Packs for adults (groups of 4 people) are only $40 per person. Adult single day tickets are $30 for each day and $25 per person in a 4-Pack for a single day ticket. Teenager tickets (11-16) are only $15 for the whole weekend, Friday only or Saturday only. Kids under 11 get in for free. Camping is free and ticket buyers can also pre-order their Fest t-shirts at the time of their ticket purchase.

For all event related information please visit the Warriors Of Metal Fest’s website at: WARRIORS OF METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL V

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(Source: ClawHammer PR)

LONG LIVE WARRIORS OF METAL FEST.

Stone.

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