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RIVERS OF NIHIL – Joins DEATH’S (DTA Tours) Swamp Leper Stomp ’14 North American Trek

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

Death DTA Tours - promo flyer - 2014 - North America

This November, Pennsylvania’s RIVERS OF NIHIL will embark on the biggest tour of their career thus far as openers on Death’s (DTA Tours) Swamp Leper Stomp ’14 tour! Additional support will come from Death Metal legends Obituary and Massacre. The trek will commence on November 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California and wraps up on December 7th in Miami, Florida at Grand Central.

Comments guitarist Jon Kunz: “We’re incredibly stoked to a part of this year’s North American Death (DTA Tours)! Death are one of our biggest influences, with the incredible Human album being a constant source of inspiration. Throw in the nasty Tampa savagery of Obituary and Massacre, and you have the best Death Metal tour of the year. Long live Chuck [Schuldiner]. Florida Death Metal is supreme!”

Earlier this year, RIVERS OF NIHIL released a video for Birth Of The Omnisavior, a sleek and dark clip that captures visually what this band does so well sonically: play emboldened, deftly-executed Death Metal at a level far beyond their years. Watch “Birth Of The Omnisavior” from their The Conscious Seed Of Light full length now at THIS LOCATION.

Formed in 2009, the modern progressive Death Metal quintet’s music is as dark and heavy as the coal and iron on which their home city was built upon, taking influences from some of Death Metal’s heaviest, most abrasive hitters like Morbid Angel, Gojira, Spawn of Possession, and Decapitated. RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s debut album, The Conscious Seed Of Light, was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed Metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. While The Conscious Seed Of Light is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, RIVERS OF NIHIL began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates:The Conscious Seed Of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept.”

RIVES OF NIHIL on Death’s (DTA Tours) Swamp Leper Stomp ’14 – w/ Obituary, Massacre:

11/14/2014 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

11/15/2014 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA

11/16/2014 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

11/18/2014 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

11/19/2014 The Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC w/ Untimely Demise

11/21/2014 MacEwan Ballroom – Calgary, AB w/ Untimely Demise

11/22/2014 Riddell Centre – Regina, SK w/ Untimely Demise

11/23/2014 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB w/ Untimely Demise

11/24/2014 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN w/ Untimely Demise

11/25/2014 The Metro – Chicago, IL

11/26/2014 Agora Theatre and Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

11/27/2014 The Opera House – Toronto, ON

11/28/2014 Club Soda – Montreal, QC

11/29/2014 Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA

11/30/2014 Best Buy Theatre – New York, NY

12/03/2014 Empire – North Springfield, VA

12/04/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC

12/05/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

12/06/2014 Orpheum – Tampa, FL

12/07/2014 Grand Central – Miami, FL


(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on RIVERS OF NIHIL:

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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Death - Individual Thought Patterns - promo cover pic

Hello my fellow Metal brethren and Rockaholics! It is Saturday morning on May 24th, 2014. In another month from now, the year will be nearly half over! Whoa! Today in Southwestern Ohio it is sunny with a most fantastic blue sky, along with a current temperature of 68°F. When it comes to weather, it just doesn’t get more comfortable than that! However, the humidity will settle in later today and I will surely sweat like a stranded hippo on a Florida highway, by late afternoon. Whoa.

Biohazard - classic band logo - 2014 - #1011

I fell into a whiz-bang trade yesterday that landed me 6 cassettes from yesteryear. Man, we are talking about Death, Morbid Angel, Biohazard and GWAR, when it comes to these (kinda rare) cassettes! All 6 are in super-duper condition too! Yes, those classic cassettes of our Metal heroes are rising in value and becoming more collectable by the week!

The Death cassette I landed is the incredible 1993 release: Individual Thought Patterns. I’ll post a quick story about this trade, with an accompanying photo in the coming days. Whoa!


My 2000 Ford Taurus is currently sitting idle at my local mechanics shop. That sucks so badly. Apparently, it needs a sensor that triggers some gadget to tell the fuel pump what to do; or something like that. This stinking “sensor” is not available as an “after-market” product; thus the mechanic and I are waiting on the dumb-dumbs at some Ford auto parts warehouse to send the sensor we need asap. This sensor is on backorder; thus I don’t know when I’ll have my car back. Trust me, the car won’t go farther than 20 yards without this ridiculous and necessary part. In the meantime, my wife and I are sharing her car. Yay!!

Whitesnake - classic logo!

Wouldn’t it be sweet if Adrian Vandenberg was to return to Whitesnake, replacing Doug Aldrich? Man, I wish Doug didn’t have to leave Whitesnake, cause he paired up with David Coverdale to write some amazingly memorable songs on their last 2 studio albums. Regardless, Doug Aldrich has a soaring music career happening and Burning Rain is a fine example of that notion.


That’s all I have to say, really. I could write another 5,000 words, however, would you really want to read it? I will be reviewing some killer Death Metal albums in the coming days, stay tuned my Deathaholics! Yes, I will review some new Hard Rock releases from 2014 as well. I have been listening to the  music more than writing about it, lately! It’s all freaking good. Metal be thy name. – Stone


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DEATH TO ALL – 2013 North American Tour Dates Announced

Posted in Death Metal, death metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Death To All - Tour 2013 - promo poster

The esteemed DEATH TO ALL Tour, celebrating the life and music of DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, will be returning in 2013 for an even larger run of dates. After a successful 2012 run, the tour, now referred to as DTA1, will feature the original lineup of DEATH from Human — guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve Di Giorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert, with special guest vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps of Cynic/Exist. The band will be playing a selection of songs from the first four DEATH albums including the cream of the Human album.

Once again, the spirit of the tour is to spread the word and raise money for the charity Sweet Relief, while keeping the music and legacy of Chuck Schuldiner alive. A second version of the tour, dubbed DTA2, is planned for North America later this year, and will focus on the final three DEATH albums, plus a one-off European date at Neurotic Deathfest May 3 that will cover the entire DEATH catalog. A complete listing of dates is included below while a limited number of VIP tickets are available HERE.

Additionally, 2013 will continue to see the deluxe reissues of DEATH’s catalog by Relapse Records. Over the last couple of years, the label has painstakingly reissued and remastered the later albums from the DEATH catalog including The Sound of PerseveranceIndividual Thought PatternsHumanSpiritual Healing and other Chuck Schuldiner related releases. These DEATH titles are currently available for streaming at this LOCATION. Details on the 2013 reissues will be announced shortly.


DEATH TO ALL Tour Dates:

4/13/2013 House of Blues – W. Hollywood, CA Tickets

4/15/2013 Gothic Theater – Denver, CO Tickets 

4/18/2013 St Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI Tickets 

4/19/2013 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH Tickets

4/20/2013 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH Tickets

4/21/2013 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL Tickets

4/23/2013 Club Soda – Montreal, QC

4/24/2013 Irving Plaza – New York, NY Tickets

4/25/2013 Theater For Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA Tickets

4/26/2013 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD Tickets

4/27/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA Tickets

4/28/2013 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON

4/29/2013 Circo Volador – Mexico City, MX


(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on DEATH TO ALL, click on the links below!

facebook: DEATH To All Tour

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EXHUMED – Frontman Matt Harvey Added to Death To All Tour 2012

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

EXHUMED frontman Matt Harvey has been added as a special guest lead vocalist to the all-star studded Death To All Tour 2012. Matt Harvey will be joining drummers Gene Hoglan (Individual Thought Patterns/Symbolic) and Sean Reinert (Human), bassists Steve DiGiorgio (Human/Individual Thought Patterns) and Scott Clendenin (The Sound of Perseverance), guitarists Paul Masvidal (Human), Shannon Hamm (The Sound of Perseverance) and Bobby Koelble (Symbolic), and vocalist/label-mate Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn/Bereft.

Harvey replaced Obscura vocalist Steffen Kummerer due to visa issues and had only 9 days to learn his entire set. Matt Harvey elaborates on the opportunity: “To say that I’m excited about hitting the stage with such amazing musicians would be a massive understatement. To say that I’m overwhelmed standing in Chuck’s spot singing his songs would be the understatement of the century. Phrases like ‘it’s an honor’ get tossed around pretty casually, but taking part in this unique celebration is truly exhilarating, humbling and magical for me. Even though the name of the band is Death, this event is a celebration of Chuck’s life and the vitality and staying power of his work. To be able to share what Death’s music has meant to me this way is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I am incredibly grateful to have.”

Additionally, the concert organizers commented on Matt’s involvement: “The guys in the band, as well as the organizers and crew, want you to know Matt has been killing it! We are all very thankful for his efforts and talent, being able to pull this off on such short notice.”

Death To All 2012 is presented by Sick Drummer Magazine/Grind Percussion LLC and Perseverance Holdings Ltd – In benefit of Sweet Relief ( This five-city tour will feature a majority of Death’s amazing musicians, as well as special guests. This tour is to celebrate the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner, as well as to raise awareness of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund – a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability or age-related problems. A complete run of dates including EXHUMED’s upcoming run on The Summer Slaughter tour is listed below.

Death to All Tour Tribute 2012 [remaining dates]

6/26/2012 House of Blue – Chicago, IL

6/28/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

6/30/2012 The Beacham – Orlando, FL

EXHUMED – Summer Slaughter Festival 2012

w/ Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Cerebral Bore

7/20/2012 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA

7/21/2012 SOMA – San Diego, CA

7/22/2012 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

7/25/2012 House of Blues – Dallas, TX

7/26/2012 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX

7/27/2012 Pharr Events Center – Mission, TX

7/28/2012 House of Blues – Houston, TX

7/30/2012 The Ritz – Tampa, FL

7/31/2012 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

8/01/2012 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

8/02/2012 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN

8/03/2012 Amos – Southend Charlotte, NC

8/04/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD

8/05/2012 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA

8/07/2012 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

8/08/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY

8/09/2012 Northern Lights – Albany, NY

8/10/2012 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

8/11/2012 Heavy Montreal – Montreal, QC

8/12/2012 Heavy Toronto – Toronto, ON

8/14/2012 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH

8/15/2012 St. Andrew’s – Detroit, MI

8/16/2012 House Blues – Chicago, IL

8/17/2012 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

8/18/2012 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN * No Cannibal Corpse

8/20/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO

8/22/2012 The Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA

8/23/2012 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

8/24/2012 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA

8/25/2012 The Grove – Anaheim, CA


(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info, click on the links below!


Rest In Peace, Chuck Schuldiner.

DENIAL FIEND “They Rise” – Horror Metal With Bludgeoning Grooves From 2007

Posted in Death Metal, death metal music, extreme metal music, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, horror metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

DENIAL FIENDThey Rise, released back on October 16, 2007, on Ibex Moon Records, is as perfect a recommendation for your Horror Metal listening pleasure this Halloween season as any. The Death Metal growls, groans, gurgles and screaming are intertwined so fantastically with the sounds of spurting blood and vomiting, on this exceptionally horrific album. Listening to They Rise actually spooks me out more than watching any Exorcist sequel. (The original Exorcist movie was and always will be scary-bad-ass for me).

Denial Fiend, (calling Valrico, Florida their home base), takes the Horror Metal/Death Metal combination to the maximum and they don’t allow a millisecond for you to catch your breath or check your pulse. Maybe you can try to do this between songs, only I don’t recommend it, just kick back and enjoy the bludgeoning drumming, chugging and riffing while the Death Metal grooves pummel you senseless. This veteran “supergroup” of Extreme Horror and Death Metal, should hopefully realize they have made an album that is sure to be a cult favorite for dark ages to come. Metal be thy name, They Rise kicks some serious Horror Metal ass.

Which song on They Rise is my Metal favorite you query? It’s a no brainer… Return To The Tombs Of The Cursed Blind Dead, of course. Just the song title alone is a winner in my Metal book. I actually find myself singing along to this Extreme and groove saturated, Horror Metal gem.  The chorus that belts out this song title leaves me in Metal awe, in that it just sounds so damn good to thine ears. Flesheater is no slouch song either. Heavy, fast and brutally Heavy again is Flesheater, what more can I say?

There is a hint of Horror Punk within the framework of Denial Fiend’s Death Metal assault. Gang vocal chanting with a nod to vintage Misfits is common amongst this album, with Flesheater, The Day Of The Undead and They Rise as examples. Blazing guitar leads are abundant, with Cover Me In Blood having plenty of them. The guitar solo that is heard in Cover Me In Blood is the stuff of Old School Death Metal-take it or leave it carnage. Ripped Inside Out is just freaking scary. Metal be thy name. “I Ripped You Inside Out”! Whoa. Plus, as an Extreme bonus, the sounds of gore does rear it’s heinous head within this song too. Whoa again.

The same appalling and nightmarish subject matter that box office Slasher films boast are on They Rise… the only difference being the lack of any macabre and grotesque “visual” effects. Who cares about visual effects anyways, when you can listen to Denial Fiend. In all Metal honesty, I’d rather listen to They Rise than watch a bunch of actors in a Slasher film… (I do get squeamish at gross visual effects sometimes). Listening to Horror Metal and Death Metal is an acquired taste I have developed over many years, I just don’t understand why I still have to watch a Friday The 13th sequel with one eye closed… go figure.

Frankenstein Conquers The World is a whirlwind of Horror Metal… fun. (Gasp), did I just use the word “fun” in reviewing They Rise? I sure did and the lyrics to Frankenstein Conquers The World are to blame. It’s a great song that’s built on a full-scale blitz of Death Metal grooves, resulting in an instantly memorable listen for me. Let The Blood Flow starts off with a chain saw revving up… then the nightmare from hell begins and that’s a Horror/Death Metal compliment. Whoa, this song is F’n heavy, I really don’t know any other way to describe it. I can’t get all academic on reviewing Denial Fiend’s They Rise album… I don’t think this band would want it that way either.

The Day Of The Undead puts the bloody lid on They Rise, with plenty of saluting to the living dead happening. Good stuff. “It’s the day of the undead, it’s the end of everything”… good stuff again. As this song comes to a close, an eerie warning of “the dead coming back to life” and the precautionary measures that should be taken is heard, from a news broadcasters concerned voice… a creepy vibe spills all over the place as I listen to it. An undisputed creepy vibe at that. This song could and should be included on a major motion picture soundtrack for a Living Dead sequel. There, I’ve made my Horror Metal appeal to Hollywood.

In the end, Denial Fiend does accomplish two things: 1. their songs lyrics do send shivers up and down my Metal spine and 2. they play some very damn good Horror/Death Metal with unrelenting and Extreme Heaviness. Extreme, Horror and Death Metal fans should be able to wrap their ears around Denial Fiend and their 2007 album They Rise without a wince. Old School Hardcore and Thrash Metal fans are invited to check out Denial Fiend’s They Rise as well… there’s plenty of speed and heaviness to go around. Happy Halloween… all you ghoulish Metalheads!

DENIAL FIEND as they appeared on They Rise:

Kam Lee – vocals

Terry Butler – bass

Sam Williams – guitar

Curtis Beeson – drums

* For more info on Denial Fiend, just click the link below:

DENIAL FIEND – myspace music

Track Listing For They Rise:

They Rise

Return To The Tombs Of The Cursed Blind Dead


Cover Me In Blood

Ripped Inside Out


Son Of The Creature From The Black Lagoon

Frankenstein Conquers The World

Let The Blood Flow

Children Shouldn’t Play With Deadthings

The Day Of The Undead

Long Live Denial Fiend and Horror Metal.


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