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

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Photo Credit: Jimmy Hubbard

Philadelphia — Baroness have released a live montage for the song  March to the Sea via Spin ( The clip, filmed by Jimmy Hubbard, also features candid backstage footage filmed during the band’s 2012 tour.

“So here is another video for everyone out there!” shared guitarist Pete Adams. “This was filmed while we were on tour with Meshuggah in the Spring of 2012.  Some of you may recognize the footage from several of those shows and the ‘Take My Bones Away’ video as well.  We were excited to be back out as it had been since December of 2010 when we had our last tour before taking time off to write Yellow & Green.  You can see from the video we were happy to be back on the road. We’re happy now to have this video to share with you all. Enjoy.”

Yellow & Green was released in July via Relapse Records and debuted at #30 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album chart.  The double-album was dubbed a “thrilling hard-rock epic” by Rolling Stone, the New York Times said the 18-track release included “a grand sprawl of riffs and ruminations” and Artist Direct, after awarding the band “Rock Band of the Year” honors said “they epitomize the spirit of the greats like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, while remaining wholly unique.  It’s something we need more of.  Baroness are everything that a rock band should be — and more.”

Baroness - Yellow & Green - promo cover pic - 2012

As the year came to a close, Baroness dominated year-end lists with Entertainment Weekly and Spin both naming Yellow & Green their #1 Metal release of 2012 and iTunes awarding “Take My Bones Away” the distinction of best Metal song of the year.  Decibel (#2), Guitar World (#15), Loudwire (#4), Magnet (#12), Pitchfork (#3 on Metal Albums, #25 Best Albums of 2012), Revolver (#4), Stereogum (#18) and the Village Voice (#6) also gave the album top honors.

Internationally, the album fared similarly, receiving top honors from Terrorizer (#2), BBC Music (#13), Metal Hammer Germany (#4), Metal Hammer Norway (#4), Metal Hammer UK (#14), Close Up Sweden (#4) and Visions Germany (#4).

Stay tuned for more Baroness news.


(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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Metal Odyssey – Stone Picks His Top 10 Hard Rock Albums Of 2012!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Slash - Apocalyptic Love - promo cover pic!

Metal Odyssey – Stone Picks His Top 10 Hard Rock Albums Of 2012!

After I banged my METAL brains to a pulp in compiling a Top 30 Metal Albums Of 2012 list, I decided to keep the Hard Rock side of the street to a cool and tidy Top 10 Of 2012. Okay, there’s really 11 Top Hard Rock Albums Of 2012; cause there’s a tie. Couldn’t help it. My favorite METAL troll who lives deep in the Pennsylvania woods told me a couple of days ago: “No one ever said it would be easy, Stone”.

Below you will find the 10 Hard Rock Albums (all released in 2012) that I turned to most often to get psyched-out of my Hard Rockin’ mind. I truly thought this list over long and hard, while making certain the overall quality of the albums stand tall on their own respective musical merits.

In my heart, KISS will always be #1; only SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators found their way to my Rockin’ soul in 2012. That counts big time. The ultra-fabulous return of Van Halen, Trixter and Soundgarden are just 3 stories among many Hard Rock comebacks during 2012. What sensational comeback albums these 3 bands created and they’re included in my Top 10! Spider Rockets appear in my Top Ten for good reason; their Hard Rockin’ bite is infectious!

Switzerland’s The Order and N. Ireland’s Million Dollar Reload are 2 bands that released unbelievable albums this past year! Both of these bands took me by incredible Hard Rockin’ surprise! The word elite comes to my mind, whenever I listen to the new albums from Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Country Communion. As for Georgia’s very own Jackyl… their new album Best Of Show is a combination of Hard Rockin’ fun and whoop-ass that I am so very thankful for.

Thank you for supporting Hard Rock and any/all bands seen or heard on Metal Odyssey this past year. I greatly appreciate your every visit and loyalty. I also want to thank each band listed below for existing. Metal be thy name.

You’ll find a link for my album review (or feature) below each respective title.


The Order - 1986 - Cover Promo Pic!


THE ORDER – 1986

BUY this new album from THE ORDER and your ears will be thanking you forever.

THE ORDER – 1986 Is An Album Bursting At The Seams With Hard Rockin’ & Heavy Metallin’ Old School Glory!

MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD - A Sinner's Saint - promo cover pic!!



This album is like a stick of Hard Rockin’ dynamite!

Below is my album review I wrote for the (very cool) Hard Rock Nights:


Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth - Large Promo Cover!!



Without VAN HALEN, where would Hard Rock be today? I shudder at the thought.

VAN HALEN ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ – The Truth Is… This Album ROCKS!

Trixter - New Audio Machine - Large promo album cover!

#7 (Tie)


Yes, TRIXTER came back with all their Hard Rockin’ cylinders blazing! Whoa!

TRIXTER “New Audio Machine” – 100% ROCKS! TRIXTER IS BACK!

Spider Rockets - Bitten - promo cover pic!

#7 (Tie)


New Jersey ROCKS and SPIDER ROCKETS are a HUGE reason why The Garden State is its own Rocktopia. I absolutely LOVE the approach that SPIDER ROCKETS has towards Hard Rock and there’s really no other band like them out there. BUY this whiz-bang album and you’ll be BITTEN by the sensation of Hard Rockin’ sound that is SPIDER ROCKETS. I got bitten. Yup, I did.

SPIDER ROCKETS “BITTEN” – Strap Yourself In… For One Hell Of A Hard Rockin’ Ride With Plenty Of Bite!

KISS - Monster - cover promo pic!



A KISS album that has tapped into Classic Hard Rock, like this iconic band’s life depended on it. A KISS album that is not resting on any laurels. A KISS album that I’m proud to own and recommend to the world! If MONSTER is too loud and too much fun, then… you’re probably too damn constipated and uptight to begin with.

KISS “MONSTER” (Some Fun & Rockin’ Thoughts From Stone, Part 1) – My Favorite Song Revealed!

Jackyl - Best In Show - Large Promo Cover Pic!



Warning: This album is (gulp) FUN. PUH POW!

JACKYL “Best In Show” – FUN Has Returned To Hard Rock Once Again, Courtesy Of JACKYL!

Soundgarden - King Animal - promo cover pick!



More than just a “new” or “comeback” Soundgarden album. This is an accomplishment from Soundgarden, with lyrical brilliance and songs that are executed with unique and memorable musicianship and vocals. I can easily place King Animal atop the back catalog of Soundgarden albums and preach to the world that this band has returned in (what feels like to me) mystical fashion.

SOUNDGARDEN – Creation Of “King Animal” Mural At Easy Street Records (Time Lapse Video)

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed - cover promo pic!



An inspirational album both lyrically and musically. By the way, LYNYRD SKYNYRD is still kicking Southern Hard Rockin’ ass in 2012! Each LYNYRD SKYNYRD lineup is legendary, Last Of A Dyin’ Breed is proof once again.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD – ‘Last Of A Dyin’ Breed’ Got Me Through The Week

Black Country Communion - Afterglow - promo pic!



AFTERGLOW is easily one of the best Hard Rock albums I’ve heard in many years. As a supergroup, Black Country Communion doesn’t portray a single ego in their music. All I hear is greatness.

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION “AFTERGLOW” – Majestic, Classic Hard Rock Still Exists… And It’s Right Here

Slash - Apocalyptic Love - promo cover pic!


SLASH – Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators 


As I see and hear it, once an album can move you, lifting your Rockin’ soul to new heights as Apocalyptic Love has done for me, then it’s a #1 album for certain. The combination of SLASH’s guitar and Myles Kennedy’s vocals were destined to unite. It had to be! At least that’s how I feel and hear it.

The chemistry of this entire band just seems to be right on the bullseye, overflowing from every song on this exceptional album. Maybe it’s just me. Regardless, I couldn’t be more confident and psyched-out by my choice of Apocalyptic Love being my #1 Hard Rock album of 2012. Metal be thy name!

SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators “Apocalyptic Love” – #1 For My Rock ‘N Roll Soul


Wanna read about my Top 30 METAL Albums Of 2012? Just click on that cool link below! Whoa!

Metal Odyssey – Stone Picks His Top 30 METAL Albums Of 2012!

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VANDERBUYST – Hard Rock Trio Pillage Dutch Alternative Charts With #1 Position

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 18, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Vanderbuyst - promo cover pic! - 2012

Flying Dutchmen, the third full-length from Classic/Hard Rock trio VANDERBUYST, this week entered the Dutch Alternative Top 30 at the #1 position in its first week! Additionally, the band raided the regular Dutch Album Top 100 at #33 and was the third highest new entry in the official Album chart. (behind Green Day and Bruno Mars). This marks the first time since Sleeze Beez back in 1990 that a Dutch hard rock band entered the Dutch Album Charts!

Stream Flying Dutchmen in its entirety, view the official video for “Flying Dutchman” from the LP and tons more at the Ván Records YouTube channel.

European audiences can check out VANDERBUYST on an extensive tour to promote Flying Dutchmen this month and into 2013, with additional tour dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The official Dutch release party will take place on December 20th in Mezz-Breda. This concert will be recorded in its entirety by leading Benelux music e-zine and broadcast January 3rd on 3FM National Radio and viewed on January 4th! Stay tuned.

Vanderbuyst - group promo pic - #1 - 2012

VANDERBUYST Confirmed Live Schedule:

12/20/2012 Mezz – Breda, Netherlands [record release show]

12/21/2012 Jonosh – Asten-Heusden, Netherlands

12/22/2012 Braindead Fest @ De Buze – Steenwijk, Netherlands

12/23/2012 K17 – Berlin, Germany

12/27/2012 Ekko – Utrecht, Netherlands

12/28/2012 Sounds – Tilburg, Netherlands (in-store, acoustic show, 17:00)

12/28/2012 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands

12/29/2012 Elektra – Sliedrecht, Netherlands

12/30/2012 The RockTemple – Kerkrade, Netherlands

1/05/2013 Hedon – Zwolle, Netherlands

1/12/2013 De Pul – Uden, Netherlands

1/18/2013 ‘t paard van Troje – Den haag Netherlands

1/25/2013 Romein – Leeuwarden, Netherlands

1/26/2013 t Beest – Goes, Netherlands

Vanderbuyst - large logo!

Recently released on December 7th by German cult label Ván Records (Soulfood Distribution), Flying Dutchmen was recorded, mixed and mastered by Pieter “Pidah” Kloos at The Void Studio in Eindhoven (The Devil’s Blood, Motorpsycho). The record has reaped critical acclaim since its release, elevating the VANDERBUYST name to new levels worldwide.

Vanderbuyst has played over two hundred forty shows in sixteen countries over the the last three-and-a-half years. They provided main support for bands like Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Michael Schenker and more in 2012, including an extensive European tour with Saxon, and even shared e.g. the main stage of Hellfest 2012 with Mötley Crüe, Blue Öyster Cult and Ozzy Osbourne.

With the release of Flying Dutchmen, VANDERBUYST continue their tireless quest to save the world from flaccid riffs, restoring the heart and soul to hard rock without any gimmicks or ironic hipster attitude.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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

facebook: Vanderbuyst

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KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2013 > Dates, Venues & Ticket Info!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 6, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KISS - Monster Tour 2013 - promo poster pic!!

KISS MONSTER 2013 TOUR – Here you go KISSaholics and members of the KISS Army worldwide! Check out below the countries and cities that the iconic KISS will be playing on their KISS MONSTER 2013 TOUR! There’s a very cool KISS link below too… that will give you venue, ticket and meet & greet information! Metal be thy name!



Feb 28 – Perth, Australia

March 3 – Adelaide, Australia

March 5 – Melbourne, Australia

March 9 – Sydney, Australia

March 10 – Sydney, Australia

March 12 – Brisbane, Australia

March 16 – Mackay, Australia

June 1 – Stockholm, Sweden

June 3 – Helsinki, Finland

June 6 – Solvesborg, Sweden

June 8 – Stavanger, Norway

June 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark

June 12 – Berlin, Germany

June 14 – Prague, Czech Republic

June 15 – Vienna, Austria

June 17 – Udine, Italy

June 18 – Milan, Italy

June 20 – Zurich, Switzerland

June 22 – Clisson, France

Visit the KISS Tour page for venue information, links to tickets and Meet & Greet packages –

KISS - Monster - cover promo pic!___________________________________________________________

(Source: facebook: KISS)

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GOLD – Debut Album From Dutch Rock Outfit Streaming At PureGrainAudio

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

GOLD - Interbellum - large promo cover pic!

Today popular Rock/Metal website PureGrainAudio is hosting a stream of the Dutch rock act GOLD’s entire debut LP Interbellum, in preparation of the album’s worldwide release this Friday, December 7th via Germany’s Ván Records.

Listen to the album PureGrainAudio dubbed “a collection of nine, rocking songs that will be sure to catch fire in today’s musical landscape with its catchy riffs, fresh-sounding vocals and original songwriting” now AT THIS LOCATION.

Mainstream German news site Spiegel this week posted a colossal feature on Ván Records’ new December releases — including GOLD, alongside labelmates Year of the Goat, Vanderbuyst, Attic and more — where European readers can stream the album(s) as well AT THIS LOCATION.

Previously, GOLD released a video from the album, for the track “One Of Us,” followed by a lyric video for “North,” both of which can be viewed HERE.

GOLD - Group Promo Pic - #1 - 2012

GOLD’s debut album will see the light of day via cult label Ván Records on the edge of the Mayan calendar. Each song on the record is a well-crafted piece of music and a story on its own, and overall is a monument to our time and to a civilization in decline. It deals with instability and the fear of things to come, yet offers a spark of love and hope in an attempt to give meaning to life in modern times. The album’s authentic tone and warmth completes the richness of GOLD’s sound, produced by Igor Wouters and Vanderbuyst main man Willem Verbuyst.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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

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TOMAHAWK’S “Stone Letter” Video Premieres On PITCHFORK; New Tour Dates Announced

Posted in alternative rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Tomahawk - group pic - Tim Moss - 2012 - #1


San Francisco – Tomahawk’s video for Stone Letter, the first single from their forthcoming album Oddfellows, is viewable via Pitchfork (

The clip, directed by Vincent Forcier, was shot during the band’s late October tour and features a studio performance from the quartet that includes Duane Denison (Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mondo Cane), John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) and Trevor Dunn (Melvins Lite, Mr. Bungle).

Tomahawk have also added a brief February tour that kicks off on Feb. 12 in Seattle at The Showbox with Retox opening all dates. Retox, the San Diego outfit helmed by The Locust’s Justin Pearson, are currently in the studio recording a follow-up to their 2011 debut, Ugly Animals. Tomahawk will also perform at Lollapalooza Brazil and Australia’s Soundwave Festival.

Stone Letter was released as a limited edition single for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event and will be available on Tuesday as a digital single. A stream of the song, the band’s first new music in six years, is available via Spin (


Tomahawk tour dates (Retox opens Feb. 12 to 19):

February 12    Seattle, WA    The Showbox

February 13    Portland, OR    Wonder Ballroom

February 15    San Francisco, CA    Great American Music Hall

February 16    San Francisco, CA    Great American Music Hall

February 17    Santa Ana, CA    The Observatory

February 19    Los Angeles, CA    The Mayan Theater

February 23    Brisbane, Australia    RNA Showgrounds

February 24    Sydney, Australia    Olympic Park

March 1    Melbourne, Australia    Flemington Racecourse

March 2    Adelaide, Australia    Bonython Park

March 4    Perth, Australia    Claremont Showground

March 30    Sao Paulo, Brazil    Lollapalooza Brazil

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(Source: Speakeasy PR & Marketing)

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

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PAPA ROACH ‘The Connection’ Limited Edition Double Vinyl Available NOW!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

PAPA ROACH – Just in time for the holiday season, the limited edition double vinyl is now available for Papa Roach’s newest release, The Connection. Check out the Official Papa Roach US Merch Store to order today!

The vinyl includes:

180g double vinyl with download card

Side splits are as follows:

Side A – Disc 1





Side B – Disc 1




Side A – Disc 2




Side B – Disc 2



We look forward to seeing you ALL out on the road and grab this new vinyl before it’s gone!

– Papa Roach


(Source: Papa Roach)

For more info on PAPA ROACH, click on the links below!

facebook: Papa Roach



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