Archive for groove metal


Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music reviews, news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

The self-titled CORPSEGRINDER release is a monstrous and impressive leap for this Death Metal legend. CORPSEGRINDER is jam packed with infectious riffs, entertaining lyrics and more badass grooves than I can count. This is way more like Obituary than Cannibal Corpse; yet CORPSEGRINDER stands alone on its musicianship and overall nod to straight-up Metal.

Killer Be Killed exemplify’s how Metal has evolved up to this point in time; a modern Metal sound that benefits from the brilliance of this supergroup. Max Cavalara shows off clean vocals with his growls, while each song on Reluctant Hero I find to be outstanding. Greg Puciato is a tremendous force on this album. An amazing Metal album which I already consider as a classic.

Burning Witches carry the torch for Traditional Heavy Metal while adding their own recipe of sound. These ladies bring a hefty dose of speed and melody to their songs, along with some growls and European Metal vibes. The Witch Of The North settles into this band’s growing and impressive discography perfectly. If you love DORO, you’ll love Burning Witches.

INCITE – To Release New Album “Wake Up Dead” On March 25th Through Atomic Fire Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Oleg Bogdan)

Arizona groove metal outfit INCITE returns with new songs up their sleeves and have recently signed a contract with Atomic Fire Records. Following five relentless albums and an insane touring schedule under their belts, Richie Cavalera and his gang of misfits gear up for Wake Up Dead, set for release on March 25th. This infectious collection of raucous new tracks and remastered gems from their fifteen-plus year career proves once again that INCITE are indeed the missing link between Machine Head and Lamb Of God.

On their five albums The Slaughter (2009), All Out War (2012), Up In Hell (2014), Oppression (2016), and Built To Destroy (2019), INCITE cemented their reputation as one of America’s leading groove armadas, heavily hitting home with their blend of old-school thrash majesty, frantic aggression, melody, skill, and bravado. What began as a band of greenhorns driving around the States in a shitty van, thrashing small clubs, has evolved into a band with the potential, the passion, and the power to become one of metal’s biggest acts.

Written in several bouts of feverish inspiration during last year’s pandemic chaos, Wake Up Dead delivers the goods in the most relentless way. With recording duties again handled by legendary producer Steve Evetts (who Richie Cavalera notes is, “the only guy who can simultaneously record The Cure and Suicide Silence and pull it off”) in Omen Room Studios just outside Los Angeles, here’s a band that couldn’t be more comfortable with the place they’re in right now.

Kicking off the proceedings with the open fire that is “Fuck With Me (Wake Up Dead),” the record’s menacing second track, “War Soup,” will make a lasting impression on international heavy metal troops standing as the first INCITE song ever to feature the vocals of both Richie and his step-father Max Cavalera, a historical gathering of heavy metal generations.

Comments Richie Cavalera, “Metalheads, we’ve held back this beast long enough! It’s time! We’ve reworked the team, we’ve added more heavy metal, and couldn’t be more fired up! Our new album Wake Up Dead will drop with MinusHead/Atomic Fire Records for the first time ever! This album is exactly what the metal world needs to kick off 2022 heavy AF!”

Atomic Fire Records CEO and founder Markus Wosgien adds, “When Dez Fafara, singer of DevilDriver and manager of acts like Cradle Of Filth, Jinjer, and 8 Kalacas, introduced us the new material of INCITE, we were simply blown away. Those five new tracks simply were the shit! Each track was super catchy, straightforward, and massively brutal and aggressive. I couldn’t believe that I missed this incredible band over all these years and had a new mission: The metal world needs to know about INCITE and how great they are. So, the idea starts to grow to not only do an EP, but also add the best of their old tracks, remaster them, and demonstrate what INCITE is about. This new release is one of the best modern thrash metal releases of all time. This is both fresh, unique, and still somehow old-school as fuck. Fronted by Richie Cavalera, this band has an amazing singer with a serious history and well known parents. Check them out; you all will love them.”

Wake Up Dead – Track Listing:

  1. Fuck With Me (Wake Up Dead)
  2. War Soup [feat. Max Cavalera]
  3. Sucker Punched
  4. Deadbeat
  5. Mental Destruction
  6. Built To Destroy
  7. Stagnant
  8. Fallen
  9. The Aftermath
  10. The Slaughter

Stand by for album preorders and track previews to be launched in the coming weeks.

Richie Cavalera – vocals
Eli Santana – guitars
ChristopherELElsten – bass
Lennon Lopez – drums



AVATAR – World Tour 2019 – Europe Dates Listed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

Avatar - Country - 2019 tour dates Europe flyer - #33MO333ILMG

Buy your tickets here:

16-Jan – UK – Glasgow
17-Jan – UK – Birmingham
18-Jan – UK – Manchester
19-Jan – UK – Bristol
20-Jan – UK – London
22-Jan – Belgium – Antwerp
23-Jan – France – Clermont-Ferrand
25-Jan – France – Nantes
26-Jan – Germany – Bochum
27-Jan – France – Strasbourg
29-Jan – Switzerland – Zurich
31-Jan – Austria – Vienna
01-Feb – Czech Republic – Zlin
02-Feb – Poland – Warsaw
03-Feb – Austria – Graz
04-Feb – Hungary – Budapest
05-Feb – Germany – Munich
07-Feb – France – Grenoble
08-Feb – France – Nancy
09-Feb – Germany – Frankfurt
11-Feb – Germany – Stuttgart
12-Feb – Netherlands – Amsterdam
22-Feb – Russia – Saint Petersburg
23-Feb – Russia – Moscow – Zil Arena
25-Feb – Finland – Helsinki
26-Feb – Finland – Tampere
28-Feb – Sweden – Norrköping
1-Mar – Sweden – Malmö
2-Mar – Sweden – Karlstad
3-Mar – Norway – Oslo
4-Mar – Denmark – Arhus



BORNBROKEN – Montreal Groove Metal Band Announce New Line Up + New Track ‘Watch The World Unwind’

Posted in groove metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Bornbroken - promo band pic - 2014 - #01005

(Photo Credit: Eric Sanchez)

NEW Line Up = L-R = Steve Burns (Drums), Tommy Vaillancourt (Bass), Jeff Boisvert (Vocals), Mike Decker (Guitar), Simon Savard (Guitar)

Bornbroken - Watch The World Unwind - promo single cover pic - 2014

Debuting their album ‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ during summer 2013 with great reception from fans, media and topping Canadian College Radio Loud Charts, Montreal, QC Groove Metal band BORNBROKEN is proud to return this fall 2014 after a few line up changes with a new track ‘Watch The World Unwind’ featuring their new line up with extreme vocalist Jeff Boisvert (ex-Forbidden Sin) and the ferocious drumming of Steve Burns (Mythosis).

BORNBROKEN will also be performing their first show, with the new line up supporting The Agonist on November 7th in Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques, along side Ogenix, Red Skies and Temptist. For show and ticket info, please visit the following link here.

New Single From BornBroken – Watch The World Unwind

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Guitarist Mike Decker comments:

We would like to first thank everyone who have bought, listened, and become one with the broken on our first release “The Healing Powers of Hate.” Now for what comes next, we had to make some lineup changes but sometimes change is for the better”.

The addition of Steve Burns and Jeff Boisvert on vocals has given BornBroken a new dimension as we move forward. We are truly happy with choosing The Grid and producer Chris Donaldson for our next CD, as you will hear, we are pushing new boundaries with our sound and approach and Chris has the knowledge to help with that. 

The future of BornBroken is far from over as we are in the middle of writing and recording 2.0. As we keep some things for now shrouded in shadows we are proud to give you a front row seat to ‘Watch The World Unwind’.

Hear the cry once more….

‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ is now streaming at the following link:

BornBroken‘s debut album ‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ was released in June 2013. The album was fan voted as Album of The Week (June 10th) on Revolver Magazine, along with debuting #8 on Canadian College Loud Charts, plus being named one of the best unsigned Heavy Metal Bands for June 2013 by Drago’s Dungeon on – Heavy Metal.

They have also received great admiration from Yell Magazine! quoting ‘This is a debut metal album of epic proportions. If it’s not the Canadian metal album of the year, it’s certainly in the running for Canadian debut metal album.’ and quoting ‘BornBroken may be the best metal band you probably haven’t heard of. Those who love hard, heavy, angry metal are in for a treat and may find a new favorite in BornBroken.’.

About BornBroken:

BornBroken was formed with one simple mission in mind: Help the masses find a voice, a face, an “X” that marks the spot through the sounds of beating skins, metal strings and broken chords.

After months of writing and hours spent in the studio, BornBroken managed to take every emotion they felt, put it to music, build off of past battle scars and create a record where listeners will feel they are part of the storyline.

On their debut album, The Healing Powers of HateBornBroken play out not only what life has given them but also what they want to give back: truth, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and faith in humanity’s struggle for equality.

To order their incredibly designed physical copy plus comic illustrated booklet (pic below), please visit the following link

Bornbroken - The Healing Powers Of Hate - promo cover pic - 2013

Track Listing – The Healing Powers of Hate

1 – Can’t Quiet The Riot
2 – Old News
3 – Anger of The Day
4 – I Will Rise
5 – Control
6 – It Has Begun
7 – Birth of The Broken
8 – Bleed The Sky
9 – Reborn From The Ashes
10 – The Healing Powers of Hate


Album Band Line Up:

Simon Savard – Guitar
Jesus Salazar – Vocals
Tommy Vaillancourt – Bass
Mike Decker – Guitar
Brian Craig – Drums



(Source: Asher Media Relations)

* For more info on BORNBROKEN:






7 Days Dead – Release ‘Beyond Within’ Debut EP For Free! Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

7 Days Dead - Beyond Within - promo cover - 2013 pic!

7 Days Dead have just announced that, as of today, they will be releasing their debut Beyond Within EP digitally for free! “We want to share our music with as many people as possible and do everything possible to get our name out there”, states drummer Stephen Brown.

Download it here:

7 Days Dead will leave the option open for fans to donate should they wish and there is also the option to buy a physical copy through the bands official webstore:

7 Days Dead Group Promo pic

Critical Praise:

“No BS, straight-from-the-gut metal with melody. Period. 7 Days Dead‘s new EP, Beyond Within, is a great listen. Kick ass guitar riffs and awesome vocals; these guys are out to prove that is all you need to entertain in this day and age.” Skulls N Bones

“7 Days Dead are a powerful sounding four piece!” Sea Of tranquility

“Ryan McManus is the Irish response to James Hetfield.Rock Portaal


‘Beyond Within’ was recorded at Manor Park Studios, Northern Ireland with producer Neal Calderwood (The Answer, The Dangerfields, General Fiasco, Million Dollar Reload, Therapy?). Artwork was undertaken by Kieran Hill from Dog Day Design.




Stone Says: 7 Days Dead are a Metal band worth every second of checking out! This band delivers groove laced Metal that will appeal to both Hard Rock and Metal fans alike. Beyond Within showcases guitar driven songs with an overall modern and melodic sound that crunches! Eye popping riffs abound! Lead vocalist Ryan McManus does have a striking resemblance to James Hetfield (vocally) and I’m digging it.

Just a terrific new band that I look forward to hearing a whole lot more of in the Metal future! 7 Days Dead have nailed it with their debut EP Beyond Within. Metal be thy name.


(Source: Future PR)

For more info on 7 DAYS DEAD, click on the link below!

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ALL HAIL THE YETI – Confirm: Reconcile For Revenge November Tour

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news, stoner metal with tags , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Los Angeles-based Stoner/Groove Metallers ALL HAIL THE YETI have confirmed their first official tour in support of their self-titled debut full-length, released at the end of August worldwide via AFM Records. Dubbed the Reconcile For Revenge TourALL HAIL THE YETI will tear up and down the West Coast for twelve shows, performing with prominent acts including Unida (John Garcia from Kyuss), System Divide and many more along the way.

Preceding the tour actions, AHTY will perform as part of a six-act bill tonight in Tempe, Arizona at a show sponsored by the metallians at 98 KUPD’s Into The Pit.

ALL HAIL THE YETI‘s self-titled debut album boasts the act’s most crushing, groove-laden, Southern-tinged stoner metal with over a solid hour of thunderous riffage. Featuring well-known tattoo artist Connor Garritty of Timeless Tattoos in Los Angeles, ALL HAIL THE YETI have forged their own path through what they see as a desolate Hollywood music scene, recorded with producers Tommy Decker and Mike Sarkisyan.

Immediately following the album’s release, ALL HAIL THE YETI unleashed their amazing Wild West style video for the track “The Art Of Mourning,” chock full of brutal gunfights and gory head-shots utilizing actual .45 revolvers, a full-on lynching and all kinds of high-action entertainment! 

Check out “The Art Of Mourning” video and more AHTY action RIGHT HERE.

ALL HAIL THE YETI Confirmed Live Dates:

10/12/2012 The Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ w/ Sicmonic, Among The Risen, Anomaly

November 2012 Reconcile For Revenge Tour:

11/09/2012 The Hood Pizza and Beer – Palm Desert, CA w/ Unida

11/10/2012 Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Murdericious

11/12/2012 Shea’s Tavern – Reno, NV

11/13/2012 American Legion – South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ System Divide, Idekay

11/15/2012 TBA – Portland, OR

11/16/2012 McCoy’s Tavern – Olympia, WA

11/17/2012 Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Zero Down

11/18/2012 Tony V’s Garage – Everett, WA

11/19/2012 Musik Ink – San Jose, CA

11/20/2012 Eli’s Mile High – Oakland, CA

11/21/2012 The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA

11/24/2012 Whisky A-Go-Go – West Hollywood, CA


(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on ALL HAIL THE YETI, click on the links below!



PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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

PANTERA – What more can be said or written about the legendary PANTERA and their seminal catalog of albums, which hasn’t already been communicated? Metal excellence. Groove Metal pioneers. Total Metal domination during the 90’s. The reverence that PANTERA receives from their fans only grows stronger by the second and there shall never be another band like them. Metal be thy name.

PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set is a 2011 UK import from Rhino Entertainment and is currently selling for $19.99 (U.S.) on For those new fans or fans that need to upgrade their collection, this PANTERA box set is an unbelievable bargain!

PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set Includes:

Cowboys From Hell (1990)

Vulgar Display Of Power (1992)

Far Beyond Driven (1994)

The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)

Reinventing The Steel (2000)

(Box Set Back Cover)


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


Rest In Peace, Dimebag.


Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten METAL Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! (Part Two)

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Here is Part Two of Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten Metal Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! Each Metal album below I’ve reviewed; just click the large link below each respective Metal album to read all about it! Each Metal album on this list I’ve obviously enjoyed and continue to listen to. My Metal goal is to pass this valuable Metal information onto my fellow Metal brethren.

As the halfway point of 2012 nears, these are ten recently released Metal albums that have left their scorching mark upon my Metal lovin’ eardrums. Wether it’s an EP or full-length, I look upon any release as an album. There may be an album that was released in late 2011 listed here too… and as Lenny Wolf of Kingdom Come would say: “it is what it is.”

There is a link at the bottom of this post, which will direct you to Part One of this series of 2012 Metal albums you NEED. Agree or disagree with this list, please feel free to comment. Metal be thy name.


Supergroup? Check. Kick-ass debut album? Check. Is Adrenaline Mob Metal? Well, is Mother Earth round? Anyone who is searching for an electrifying jolt of groove infested Metal to get on with their life… NEEDS Omertà from Adrenaline Mob.

ADRENALINE MOB “Omertà” – 5 Quick Reasons To Buy This Album

ATKINS / MAY PROJECT – Serpents Kiss

Vocalist Al Atkins and guitarist Paul May are AMAZING together! This album is so essential to own if you call yourself a Metalhead. ‘Nuff said.

ATKINS / MAY PROJECT “Serpents Kiss” – A Dynamic Metal Duo; Results In A Galvanizing Heavy Metal Album


DEATH METAL! What would any Metal list on Metal Odyssey be like without… F’N DEATH METAL! With Torture, Cannibal Corpse has  reinforced why they hold such legendary status in ALL of Metal.

CANNIBAL CORPSE “TORTURE” – A Death Metal and Headbanging Must For The Metal Masses

PRIMAL FEAR – Unbreakable

I don’t know what it is about the Metal of Primal Fear. Every time I listen to Unbreakable, I personally feel protected by some unknown Metal force of nature.

PRIMAL FEAR ‘Unbreakable’ – The Time Is NOW To Join The METAL NATION

AVATARBlack Waltz

They’re from Sweden. They’re Metal. They’re debut album Black Waltz is an unreal Metal listen. They’re AVATAR and I’m impressed. Very impressed.

AVATAR ‘Black Waltz’ Is Dark, Extreme, Modern and Groove Laden… Metal Bliss

PELICAN – Ataraxia/Taraxis

A 4 song EP that is an instrumental journey into the far reaches of the Metal mind. Whoa, what I just wrote sounds kinda cool huh?

PELICAN ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis – As Excellence In Heavy Instrumental Albums Goes, This EP Is A Prime Pick

NIGHTQUEEN – For Queen And Metal

Nightqueen is from Belgium. Nightqueen has released a powerful album this year with: For Queen And Metal. Massacre Records has a phenomenal stable of bands on their roster and Nightqueen only solidifies this truth.

NIGHTQUEEN ‘For Queen And Metal’ – An Indelible Debut Album Of Heavy Metal

K-OS – Planeta Violento

Spanish Metal Warriors = K-OS. It’s that simple.

K-OS “Planeta Violento” – New Metal Release Is Out Now! Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

HAVOK – Point Of No Return EP

Colorado does export Thrash Metal and it’s called HAVOK. These dudes should have been born in the late sixties, formed a band in 1982 and been a part of some Big 4, Big 5 or something like that. Yes, they’re that good.

HAVOK – Point Of No Return – 4 Song/2 Video EP Blazes With A Thrash Metal Assailment

DEMON LUNG – Pareidolia EP

Demon Lung knows Doom. Demon Lung plays Doom. Demon Lung plays some amazing Doom. Get into Demon Lung and get into some… DOOM.

DEMON LUNG – Doom Metal Debut EP Pareidolia Is A Masterful Metal Listen


Okay, since you’ve been cool enough to stick around till the end, I’ve decided to surprise you with a Metal bonus! Here is another Metal album (EP) that many of you most likely have seen and read about here, on a few occasions already. This band is badass and they’re from Mexico. ZOMBIEFICATION = DEATH METAL!!! Whoa.

ZOMBIEFICATION – Reaper’s Consecration

ZOMBIEFICATION plays scalding… DEATH METAL! Get on board now with this ZOMBIEFICATION Death express; cause ten years from now you’ll want to say you’ve been their fan since the deadly beginning.

ZOMBIEFICATION “Reaper’s Consecration” – An Ominous and Brutal Death Metal EP


I strongly encourage you to check out Part One of Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten Metal Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! Just click on that HUGE link below! Whoa!

Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten METAL Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! (Part One)


Thank you for stopping by and checking out this list of Metal albums you NEED for this Summer of 2012! Wether you NEED all ten Metal albums above or just one, I hope my album reviews will serve to assist your Metal needs. Stay tuned for a Part Three edition of Metal Albums (from 2012) you NEED! I’ll probably have Part Three ready in late Summer! Rock Steady and keep the Metal flag waving high and proud.

Metal Be Thy Name.




PANTERA – Revolver Magazine Special Collector’s Issue: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

PANTERA – There’s never a specific time to celebrate the Metal legacy of PANTERA. Hell, I’ll celebrate this legendary Metal band everyday for the rest of my life… no problem! With that said, 2012 is a special anniversary for PANTERA, it marks the 20th anniversary of their ultra incredible album: Vulgar Display Of Power. An iconic Metal album it is. Nuff’ said.

A Metal kudos to Revolver Magazine for commemorating such an enormously powerful Metal band! This special Collector’s Issue of PANTERA is on newsstands right now! There are five different cover versions for this special issue as well. A limited edition box set of all five cover versions is available at Revolver online. For online ordering, click here: REVOLVER MAGAZINE

Revolver Magazine goes back into their archives and digs out some amazing interviews, insane concert photos and throws in a bounty of celebrity “my favorite PANTERA song” picks too! From Tom Morello to Jerry Cantrell, the peers of PANTERA give cool insights to their #1 PANTERA songs! Vinnie PaulPhil Anselmo and Rex Brown all remember Dimebag Darrell in the articles found in this MUST Collector’s Issue.

On May 15th, 2012, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vulgar Display Of Power will be released! An unreleased single, Piss, will be included on this Anniversary Edition! Piss has already been released via iTunes, since April 12th, 2012. 

I purchased my copy of this PANTERA Collector’s Issue from Revolver Magazine, at a very cool grocery store called Wegmans. I am quite psyched-out about owning this special issue of PANTERA. Trust me, it’s difficult to put down, once I start reading it. Metal be thy name.


For more info on PANTERA, click on the link below:



Rest In Peace, Dimebag Darrell.


AVATAR ‘Black Waltz’ Is Dark, Extreme, Modern and Groove Laden… Metal Bliss

Posted in Extreme Metal, groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, modern metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

AVATAR – The debut full-length album, Black Waltz, from Sweden’s AVATAR was released back on February 14th, 2012, via eOne Music… and it’s hereby highly recommended by yours truly, for your Metal famished senses. Extreme vocals are prevalent from Johannes Eckerström and he essentially nails it from top to bottom. Johannes isn’t belting out Death or Black Metal tones, instead it’s all super-fine Extreme. Dark. Damn good. When Johannes does come clean with his vocals, it’s… damn good again.

The Metal itself has more grooves discharging than I could possibly count. There’s also a melodic sensibility happening big time with the Metal of AVATAR and it all comes across to me as a thrilling listening experience. Metal be thy name is this AVATAR band an unforeseen Metal prize for me in 2012. AVATAR plays some straightforward Metal, only it’s the inventiveness of the parts and the dazzling delivery of the Extreme, which all equals to the impressive Metal sum on Black Waltz. Whoa.

AVATAR implements elements into their Metal that keeps their songs interesting, (as an example) the creepy chorus as an outro for Torn Apart. Ready For The Ride is a fine Metal example of just how Extreme AVATAR can come across, this song when played at maximum level is one of the more enjoyable listening moments I’ve had with a song lately. Hell, playing Black Waltz in its entirety at maximum volume, is prescribed Metal medicine for any shitty day you or I shall encounter from here on in.


To explain the Metal listening experience of Black Waltz, in one word, that word would be: INTENSE. Within these 11 songs on Black Waltz, I hear a band that obviously is adept in Metal creativity and focused on quality. In Napalm and has progressive footings and still comes across with that dark feel and vibe that AVATAR wants us all to accept. Dark lyrically and musically throughout, AVATAR never has me thinking this is the “same old stuff” I’ve been listening to for years.

The title track, Use Your Tongue and Blod are three scalding exclamation points on this album. Furious. Like an Extreme, yet still, a groove driven Metal ambush from the fiery depths of hell itself. Jonas Jarlsby and Simon Andersson on guitars are damn cool to listen to. The riffs, leads and mini-solos are all unique and all importantly memorable. Let It Burn grooves along with such a convincing fire from AVATAR that it gets the “replay continuously” award for this album.

Yes, I dig AVATAR and appreciate the Metal direction that  they are taking here on Black Waltz. To say that I’ve enjoyed Black Waltz as much as any Rob Zombie album ever made is real. That new Alice Cooper album from last year has nothing over on Black Waltz either. AVATAR is without question, a band not to ignore. Black Waltz is this band’s debut album that is absolutely can’t miss in 2012 and beyond. The Modern Metal doors of extremity have flung wide open… and AVATAR has arrivedMetal. Be. Thy. Name.


Johannes Eckerström – Vocals

John Alfredsson – Drums

Jonas Jarlsby – Guitars

Simon Andersson – Guitars

Henrik Sandelin – Bass


Black Waltz – Track Listing:

Let Us Die

Torn Apart

Ready For The Ride

In Napalm

Black Waltz


Let It Burn

One Touch

Paint Me Red

Smells Like A Freakshow

Use Your Tongue


For more info on AVATAR, click on the links below:

eOne Metal



LAMB OF GOD ‘Resolution’ – Releases January 24th, 2012!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , on December 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

LAMB OF GOD – On January 24th, 2012, Richmond Virginia’s Metal Warriors, LAMB OF GOD, will be seeing their 7th studio album released. Resolution has 14 new songs and looks to be one of the best Metal releases of the new year. Resolution will be released on Epic Records in North America and on RoadRunner Records internationally.


Randy Blythe – vocals

Mark Morton – guitar

Will Adler – guitar

John Campbell – bass

Chris Adler – drums

RESOLUTION – Track Listing:

Straight For The Sun


Ghost Walking


The Undertow

The Number Six





Terminally Unique

To The End


King Me

* For more info on LAMB OF GOD, click on the link below:

Lamb of God – Official Website



THROWDOWN – Will Be Playing Select West Coast Dates On The “BRAWLOWEEN TOUR”

Posted in concerts, hardcore, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

THROWDOWN – First handful of dates in over TWO YEARS!

San Diego, CA @ SOMA 10/21/11

Bakersfield, CA @ Jerrys Pizza 10/22/2011

Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction 10/23/2011

Tucson, AZ @ Skrappys 10/24/2011

Phoenix, AZ @ Underground 10/25/2011

Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe 10/26/2011

Reno, NV @ The Alley 10/27/2011

Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk 10/28/2011

Temecula, CA @ The Vault 10/29/2011

Huntington Beach, CA @ EFF 10/30/2011

Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe 10/31/2011

(Source: eOne Music)



Frankie Sparcello of Exhorder – Rest In Peace

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

It has been reported just about everywhere, that Frankie Sparcello (bass guitarist) of EXHORDER passed away on March 22, 2011. This is sad news for the entire Metal world. The loss of Frankie Sparcello only adds to the long list of Metal heros our Metal community has lost in the last two years alone. Metal Odyssey extends condolences to the family, friends, band mates and fans of Frankie Sparcello.

EXHORDER was scheduled to play at the Maryland Death Fest IX, which runs May 26th through May 29th, 2011, at the Sonar in Baltimore. EXHORDER originated from New Orleans, Louisiana, back in 1985. With two studio albums and one “split” live album in their catalog, EXHORDER has always maintained their loyal fan base, receiving the respect and brandishing influence among their peers, regardless of any periods of inactivity. Frankie Sparcello was the bassist for EXHORDER on their 1992 studio album The Law.

EXHORDER Discography On RoadRunner Records:

Slaughter In The Vatican – (1990)

The Law – (1992)

EXHORDER On Split, Restless Records:

Live Death – (1994)

Long Live The Metal Of Exhorder.

Rest In Peace, Frankie Sparcello.


CHIMAIRA “Wild Thing” Cover Song – A Horns Up To Charlie Sheen’s “Major League” Movie And Available Now at iTunes!

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(New York, NY) – CHIMAIRA joined in the fun of celebrating Charlie Sheen last week by covering the song “Wild Thing” in the studio, a tribute to Charlie Sheen’s 1989 hit comedy movie “Major League”. “We had some fun at the studio”, says Chimaira’s front man Mark Hunter.

Chimaira is currently in the studio finishing up their upcoming record to be released later this year. Recently signing a new record deal with eOne Music for North America, South America and Japan, Mark Hunter offers: “We are excited to start the new decade with a team that believes in our music, has our back and thinks outside the box. eOne are one of the very few labels out there who still give a damn about the genre and Chimaira are proud to be a part of that. Expect great things in 2011”.

Chimaira released their album “The Infection” back in 2009 to serious critical acclaims with hit singles “Secrets of the Dead” and “Destroy and Dominate”, which claimed the #30 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Their most recent effort was a three disc live DVD, which also features a documentary about the band called “Coming Alive”.

* Over the past 10 years, Chimaira has sold close to 500,000 albums.

A “Wild Thing” song history, (see below), brought to you by Metal Odyssey’s Stone:

* “Wild Thing” was written by songwriter Chip Taylor, (real name: James Wesley Voight), who was born in New York City. This iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll song was originally recorded by The Wild Ones back in 1965. The English Rock Band – The Troggs covered “Wild Thing” back in 1966 and reached #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1966.

Stone’s “Wild Thing” Cover Song Review:

Okay, I bought this cover song of “Wild Thing” from iTunes today. It realistically served me right. I never thought I would be saying this about Chimaira… they actually made a (gulp) “fun” song. This cover version has it’s Metal grooves happening with plenty of crunch. Yes, Mark Hunter still sounds quite pissed off vocally, so don’t worry all of you Chimaira die-hards out there! “Wild Thing” clocks in at 2:30 long, so it’s no epic, it’s just a good Metal kick-in-the-ass to kick start my day. Or is that kick start my night? A Must Metal buy for only $1.29!


Mark Hunter – vocals

Matt DeVries – guitar

Rob Arnold – guitar

Andols Herrick – drums

Chris Spicuzza – keyboards, samples & backing vocals

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

CHIMAIRA – Official Website

CHIMAIRA – myspace music

CHIMAIRA – Official Facebook

CHIMAIRA (chimairaband) On Twitter

* You can preview and/or buy Chimaira’s cover song “Wild Thing” at iTunes by clicking on the link below!

(Source: eOne Music)

* Metal Odyssey receives 0% compensation from iTunes for directing you to their store for making a song purchase. This is all done in good Metal faith, to assist all fellow Metalheads worldwide, in finding easy access to this new Chimaira song. Metal be thy name.



DevilDriver “Beast” – Releases on February 22, 2011!

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

DevilDriver – On February 22, 2011, DevilDriver will be seeing their fifth studio album release, all on RoadRunner Records. Since their 2003 self-titled debut, DevilDriver has been recruiting fans by the masses, luring them into their Groove Metal meets Melodic Death Metal barrage.  Founding member and lead singer Dez Fafara has been quoted, in speaking about Beast: “It’s a sincere, pissed off street record… this album is about the daily fight that is life.”

DevilDriver is a Metal force to reckon with and I’m on-board with getting my head invaded by their new album – Beast. This band has never disappointed Stone with their full-on Metal aggressiveness and attitude, which comes smashing through their catalog of albums with a non-forgiving and blitzing momentum. Either get out of the way or raise the horns to the sky in Metal triumph… DevilDriver’s Beast is upon us!

* Mixing for Beast was done by Andy Sneap and produced by Mark Lewis.


Dez Fafara – vocals

Jeff Kendrick – guitar

Mike Spreitzer – guitar

Jon Miller – bass

John Boecklin – drums

Track Listing For Beast:

Dead To Rights

Bring The Fight (To The Floor)



Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)

You Make Me Sick



The Blame Game

Black Soul Choir

Crowns Of Creation

Lend Myself To The Night

The above cover is the CD/DVD edition of Beast, slated for a February 22, 2011 release. The three bonus tracks on this CD/DVD edition:


Fortune Favors The Brave

Grinfucked (live)

Bonus DVD Material:

“You May Know Us From The Stage” – full length film chronicling DevilDriver’s history from the very start.

Music Videos On DVD:

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Clouds Over California

Pray For Villians

Fate Stepped In

Another Night In London



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