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Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Brazils’ ANGRA will be touring North America in support of their newly released studio album: OMNI. Commencing at PROGPOWER USA in Atlanta Georgia, on September 6th, ANGRA will be covering North America through September and October! Check out the tour flyer above, to see where ANGRA is coming near you!

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German Label STF Records Has Announced The Signing Of THE TORCH To A Worldwide Deal

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Sweden’s The Torch have inked a deal with German STF Records for the worldwide release and promotion of their sophomore album ”Chasing Light”.

The album was recorded and produced in Gothenburg at Studiofonic by Sebastian ”Basse” Olsson who previously worked with Avatar, among others. Mixing and mastering was handled by Dan Laskiewicz (The Acacia Strain, LGND) in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The sound on ”Chasing Light” could best be described as a heavy trip to the 90’s, in the vein of monumental bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, only with a twist of it’s own.

The release date for “Chasing Light” is yet to be confirmed, but it is set to be in the first half of 2018.


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ARMORED SAINT – Announces North American Tour; Band To Perform ‘Symbol Of Salvation’ In Its Entirety

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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This summer, ARMORED SAINT will embark on a North American tour commemorating their classic Symbol Of Salvation full-length. On this special thirteen-date run, the band will perform the record in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD. Support will be provided by label mates Act Of Defiance. See all confirmed dates below.

Frontman John Bush comments:Symbol Of Salvation! Arguably ARMORED SAINT‘s most important record. These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing Leukemia. The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record. We wrote songs of desperation like ‘Another Day’ and ‘Last Train Home,’ experimental tunes like ‘Tainted Past’ and ‘The Truth Always Hurts,’ and classic SAINT rockers like ‘Reign Of Fire,’ ‘Dropping Like Flies,’ and the title track. After Dave passed, the band regrouped with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem. It was a family again. Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band. It’s going to be a memorable tour. Songs like ‘Burning Question’ and ‘Spineless’ we’ve never played live before. Come share it with us. Let’s make Dave proud.”

ARMORED SAINT w/ Act Of Defiance:

7/10/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

7/11/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA

7/13/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY

7/14/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

7/15/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC

7/17/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON

7/18/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH

7/20/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI

7/21/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

7/22/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI

8/16/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV

8/17/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA

8/18/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA

To further celebrate the legacy of this album, Metal Blade Records will reissue Symbol Of Salvation on CD and LP on May 18th. The LP will feature a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the “Metal Blade Originals” series. Special treatment and 400-gram heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250-gram inserts guaranteed! The CD will include four bonus tracks. Preorder your copies now via Indie Merch, EMP, or eBay!

After being dropped by Chrysalis Records in 1988, ARMORED SAINT began writing for a new record and searched for a new label. During 1989, founding guitarist/songwriter Dave Prichard was diagnosed with Leukemia. In January 1990, Prichard was hospitalized for a bone marrow transplant but succumbed to the treatment, passing away on February 28th, 1990. By this time, the band was writing as a four-piece, with Dave being the sole guitarist; they had written twenty-five songs and demoed all of them.

Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel approached ARMORED SAINT and offered a recording deal in late spring of 1990. They regrouped with original guitarist Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, who was hired as a touring guitarist during a 1989 tour with King Diamond. The recording of this new album – which would become Symbol Of Salvation – began in the winter of 1990 with producer Dave Jerdan (Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and it was engineered by Brain Carlstrom (Alice In Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie). During recording, the band used a guitar solo from a demo track played by Dave, and included it on the song “Tainted Past.”

ARMORED SAINT toured with the likes of The Scorpions, Suicidal Tendencies, Wrathchild America, Sepultura, and more, in support of Symbol Of Salvation. Now, in 2018, the band brings back these classic tracks to the live setting, for fans to enjoy once again, in honor of Dave’s memory.



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Posted in classic rock, guitarists, Hard Rock, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on February 28, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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The Film is Directed by Satriani’s Son, ZZ, and Captures the Rock Legend During the Asian & European Legs of His Acclaimed “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour”


Los Angeles, CA (February 28, 2018)AXS TV, the premier destination for classic rock programming, takes viewers on an unforgettable journey with one of rock’s greatest guitar gurus in the broadcast premiere of the 2017 documentary Joe Satriani: Beyond The Supernova airing on Tuesday, March 6, at 10pE/7pP.

Directed by Satriani’s talented filmmaker son, ZZ Satriani, Beyond The Supernova is a deeply personal introspective that captures the legendary virtuoso at a pivotal point as he contemplates the future of his career, 30 years after the release of his groundbreaking multi-platinum masterpiece Surfing With The Alien. Traveling throughout Asia and Europe on his acclaimed “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour,” Satriani reflects on his legacy and plots his next steps, while performing music from his landmark 15TH studio album, Shockwave Supernova, and giving viewers a unique glimpse into the autobiographical elements of the record and its role in helping him determine the creative direction that he is heading towards. In addition to Satriani, Beyond The Supernova features appearances and performances by former Frank Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally, versatile bassist Bryan Beller, and prolific percussionist Marco Minnemann, as well as special cameos by fellow guitar masterminds Steve Vai and Guthrie Govan. The film received high praise from critics and fans when it was highlighted last October at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Encore broadcasts of Joe Satriani: Beyond The Supernova will air immediately following the premiere on March 6 at 12aE/9pP, and again on Sunday, March 11 at 12pE/9aE.


* Source: MAD Ink PR




Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Critically acclaimed Doom Metal band SLOMATICS have returned with “Ancient Architects”, a new song taken from Totems which they are releasing with MAMMOTH WEED WIZARD BASTARD.

Listen to the song here:

Pre-order the album here:

Slomatics commented “We are really excited to be releasing a record with MWWB. We are all huge fans of their Y Proffwyd Dwyll album, so to collaborate on a release together is something else. This record is the result of months of discussion and sharing ideas which all came together when we shared Skyhammer Studio. Sharing a release with MWWB made us want to up every part of our sound and hopefully we’ve achieved that with this record.

MWWB further commented “MWWB have been big fans of Slomatics for years. We have kind of obdurate tastes when it comes to heavy music so we like bands that fly their own flag and in our opinion Slomatics do just that. After chatting to Dave (Majury) it was pretty clear that both bands had a lot in common and when somebody brought up the idea of a collaboration it was a no brainer. We spent a lot of time discussing the content of this record and didn’t want to do just another split record. Although Split records are great for underground bands like us, we just wanted to make it ‘special’. Kind of an early 70s prog ethic to it. We all enjoyed the whole process and I’m not alone in thinking we’d like to do more collaborations in the future with more collaboration between the 2 bands. That’s if we can find the time.”

Track Listing:

1. (MWWB) The Master and His Emissary
2: (MWWB) Eagduru

1: (SLO) Ancient Architects
2: (SLO) Silver Ships Into The Future
3: (SLO) Master’s Descent


Source: Dewar PR



Brooklyn’s SANHEDRIN Sign With Cruz Del Sur Music

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo credit: Suzanne Abramson

SANHEDRIN, one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Brooklyn music scene, has signed with Cruz Del Sur Music for the April 27 European/May 4 North American vinyl release of their debut full-length, A Funeral For The World.

The 2014 creation of guitarist Jeremy Sosville (BLACK ANVIL) and drummer Nathan Honor, SANHEDRIN was eventually joined by former AMBER ASYLUM and LOST GOAT bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, whose vocal and lyrical exploits quickly became the perfect complement to the pair’s fledgling compositions. The trio produced a self-titled demo in 2015, but it wasn’t until A Funeral For The World did the band come into their own. Boasting a familiar, but not derivative sound, SANHEDRIN‘s songwriting is rooted in the classics, translating into a fresh and honest take on rock and metal that easily crosses into doom, hard rock and stoner metal territory.

Live stints with ACID KING, CASTLE, CAULDRON, CRYPT SERMON, HELL FIRE, KHEMMIS, MAGIC CIRCLE and SATAN furthered honed SANHEDRIN‘s approach, ultimately leading to Cruz Del Sur Music offering the band a deal.

“The three of us in this band have a very clear and shared vision artistically, and we were not going to settle with anyone who would compromise that,” says Sosville. “Enrico [Leccese], the label owner at Cruz, has shown through the years that he is truly motivated by a passion for music, above all. You can see it in the quality of his roster and the records they release. Our dealings with him have been very genuine and positive, and we feel that this is a good partner for SANHEDRIN.

“Our goal as a band is to constantly be growing and reaching as many people as we can. Up until now, the band has been involved in every single aspect of this album’s release. From putting up the time and investment in recording and duplication, right down to packing orders, it’s been a true DIY operation. That said, that comes with limitations, especially in Europe where we have been so well-received but are so far away from. We feel that this new partnership with Cruz Del Sur is a great step in reaching more people with our music than we currently can on our own.”

The bustling, creative hotspot that is Brooklyn has provided plenty of inspiration to SANHEDRIN, a place that according to Sosville, helps channel their unique approach to music. “I think New York bands in general have a certain swagger and attitude unique to this area, and that comes across in the songwriting and the live show for us. We’re immersed in a very diverse culture where we are exposed to many types of musical sounds in our everyday life, and we absorb something from all of it even though our foundations are based in heavy metal and hard rock.”

While SANHEDRIN is partly the product of their environment, it is their combined talent and experience that is ultimately the defining element here. Parlaying a song-first format that proves the trio is greater than the sum of its parts, SANHEDRIN clearly benefit from its members already knowing the ins-and-outs of a successful band operation.

“Every band has its own recipe for what works for that group of individuals,” says Sosville. “Playing with other people or projects can offer a fresh perspective that can inform your own creative process in a new way. Whenever you create with different people, you will learn something new and continue to grow as an individual. I have certainly taken the things I have learned from BLACK ANVIL and used whatever knowledge I’ve acquired to help SANHEDRIN grow artistically and otherwise. The main goal is to forge a path where we are surrounded by people who inspire us and believe in what we are doing.”

Fresh off a west coast run, SANHEDRIN has its sights set on future stateside live intrusions and are already thinking about their next studio venture.

“We look forward to this record we’ve put our hearts into continuing to reach more people as 2018 moves along,” wraps Sosville. “We are also currently working on playing as many new places as we can. Currently, we are working with another band to do an east coast run here in America in June. We are also hopeful that we can get to Europe before this year ends, as there has been a great reaction to this record over there so far. Lastly, we are hard at work writing our next record, which we are aiming to release in the early part of 2019 on Cruz Del Sur. We are excited for what the future holds!”


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Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, magazines, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Feb. 21, 2018, NEW YORK – Revolver’s February/March 2018 issue arrives on newsstands today, featuring one of hard rock’s most iconic front men, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford (

“I remember sitting with Glenn and Richie and talking about what we wanted this record to have in it,” says Halford to Revolver writer Steve Appleford. “And we wanted to make the heaviest, most classic-feeling record that we could possibly do for 2018, representing Priest as a band that’s been around for four decades, but at the same time, bring something fresh.”

The cover story is accompanied by the release of an extremely limited-edition Revolver x Judas Priest streetwear collection. The collection, which features a hoodie and long sleeve tee, is available exclusively via (

The new issue also features interviews with Maryland hardcore act Turnstile, The Great Frog jewelry maker Imogen Lehtonen, NASA navigator Paul F. Thompson and how his early years listening to metal shaped his future, Swedish goth rockers Tribulation, a look back at Pantera’s 1991 visit to Moscow for Monsters of Rock, and an interview with shredder/berserker Zakk Wylde.

New video content available via

* Rob Halford, Lyric Dissector – Rob Halford walks us through a line-by-line examination of “Lightning Strike,” the debut single from Judas Priest’s forthcoming record, Firepower. The iconic vocalist unpacks the metaphors that he employs to tell a story of resisting divisive, fear-based manipulation at the hands of authority figures, reveals his deep connection to these issues and explains his view of Priest’s community of “metal maniacs” as a unifying force that can help people overcome personal difficulties.

*Chris Gregson (Blood Wizard), Ride The Lightning – Chris Gregson discusses his passion for metal and skateboarding, and hits some of his favorite skate spots for a day of shredding with a few of his rowdiest Blood Wizard crew mates.

*Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach interviews Baroness’ John Baizley, Flex Your Head – Killswitch Engage front man Jesse Leach interviews Baroness’ John Baizley in a discussion about overcoming tragedy, Baizley’s passion for visual art as well as music, and how Baroness evolves “outwards like from a radial point, rather than forward.”

About Revolver:
Revolver is North America’s leading hard rock and metal media brand. Founded 17 years ago, in both print and digital, it has provided its readers with unmatched access to the biggest bands in heavy music as well as the scene’s most important up-and-comers. Artists from Black Sabbath and Nine Inch Nails to Tool and Slipknot have appeared on its cover, and Revolver was an early champion of bands including Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb of God, Mastodon, Gojira, Volbeat and Code Orange. In 2009, the outlet ushered in the concept of a magazine-driven awards show in North America with the Revolver music awards, which, over the ensuing years, hosted performances and appearances by Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Nicolas Cage, Jack Black, Dillinger Escape Plan and many more. The show aired on VH1 Classic, AXS TV and Xbox Live, and live-streamed on Facebook and Amazon.




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