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Metal Odyssey’s Scott Coverdale Picks His Top Ten Albums Of 2010!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

Metal Odyssey’s Scott Coverdale – Wow, where did 2010 go? A few months ago, Stone asked if I would be interested in doing a list of my personal Top Ten Albums Of 2010 for Metal Odyssey. After giving it some thought, I said, sure, what the hell! I’ll admit, I am not a critic, nor do I review albums. I’m just a dude that gets into listening to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal albums, along with researching Metal and corresponding live from concerts for Metal Odyssey. Secondly, I do not listen to or know much about the Extreme genres of Metal, with Death and Black Metal not being my forte.

So, while deliberating my list of the Top Ten Albums Of 2010, picking that one standout Hard Rock or Heavy Metal album proved to be quite difficult. I probably have bought and listened to 30+ CD’s that were released over the course of 2010, therefore, I have left a lot of quality music on the table. With that all being said, here is my Top Ten Albums Of 2010

#10

GAMMA RAY – TO THE METAL!

#9

RATT – INFESTATION

#8

CRAZY LIXX – NEW RELIGION

#7

TADDY PORTER – TADDY PORTER

#6

SISTER SIN – TRUE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND

#5

KROKUS – HOODOO

#4

SCORPIONS – STING IN THE TAIL

#3

VOLBEAT – BEYOND HELL ABOVE HEAVEN

#2

ACCEPT – BLOOD OF THE NATIONS

#1

PRETTY MAIDS – PANDEMONIUM

Congratulations PRETTY MAIDS on having your PANDEMONIUM album chosen as Scott Coverdale’s #1 Album Of 2010!

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AIN’T NOISE POLLUTION.

Scott Coverdale.

* Below is a list of other great sites/bloggers that cover Rock, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and will be sharing their “Best Of 2010” lists and thoughts as well. It is well worth the trip to any and/or all of them!

Heavy Metal Addiction —  http://heavymetaladdiction.com

Hard Rock Hideout — http://hardrockhideout.com/

Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/

Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.com/

All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/

Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/

Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/

Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/

The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/

Hard Rock Nights — http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/

Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/

The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/

Scott Coverdale.

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ESCAPE THE FATE – The Dead Masquerade 2011 North American Tour Dates!

Posted in alternative metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ESCAPE THE FATE – In support of their critically acclaimed, chart smashing and self-titled, third studio album, Escape The Fate will be headlining The Dead Masquerade – 2011 North American Tour. Along with supporting bands: Alesana, Motionless In White, Get Scared and Drive A, this tour kick starts on January 20, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona. Two concert dates are scheduled for January 14th and 16th, in Islington, Great Britain. Check out the full tour date schedule below for your nearest city and venue!

* Escape The Fate was released on November 2, 2010, on DGC Records/Epitaph.

* Escape The Fate was produced by Don Gilmore, (Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine).

* The red cover is the deluxe edition of Escape The Fate, (pictured above), while the black cover is the regular version of Escape The Fate, (pictured below tour dates).

* For those who may not know, Escape The Fate is an American band, that has been labeled as Alternative Metal, Metalcore and Post-Hardcore… to name a few. I prefer to call ’em a damn good Heavy band, their new album is just that – Heavy. Yes, this new Escape The Fate album does have solid Metal moments too, Stone can never tell a Metal lie. Zombie Dance has some heavy grooves goin’ on and is a choice cut of mine from this new album. These young dudes of Escape The Fate have put it all together for this new release, making the future of Heavy Music look all the more potent and alive for us all.

ESCAPE THE FATE:

Craig Mabbitt – vocals

Monte Money – guitar, backing vocals & keys

Max Green – bass

Robert Ortiz – drums

* Two Concert Dates In Islington, Great Britain:

1/14/11 – Islington, GBR @ 02 Academy Islington

1/16/11 – Islington, GBR @ 02 Academy Islington

The Dead Masquerade 2011 North American Tour Dates:

1/20/11 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater

1/21/11 –  Tempe/Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

1/22/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre

1/24/11 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall

1/25/11 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit

1/26/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

1/28/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park

1/29/11 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone

1/30/11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

2/01/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend

2/02/11 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

2/03/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

2/04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero

2/05/11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

2/08/11 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

2/09/11 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Cafe

2/11/11 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre

2/12/11 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium

2/13/11 – Montreal, QC, Canada @ Club Soda

2/14/11 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

2/16/11 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

2/17/11 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

2/18/11 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room

2/19/11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave

2/20/11 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

2/21/11 – East Saint Louis, IL @ Pop’s

2/23/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze

2/25/11 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

2/26/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue

2/27/11 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

3/01/11 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House

3/02/11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

3/03/11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market

3/05/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Grand Regency Ballroom

3/06/11 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades

3/08/11 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory Concert House

3/09/11 – Fresno, CA @ Crest Theatre (Fresno)

3/11/11 – Anaheim, CA @ Grove Of Anaheim

3/12/11 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

(Source for tour dates: Escape The Fate Official Website)

Track Listing For Escape The Fate:

Choose Your Fate

Massacre

Issues

Zombie Dance

Gorgeous Nightmare

City Of Sin

Day Of Wreckoning

Lost In Darkness

Prepare Your Weapon

World Around Me

The Aftermath (G3)

* Bonus Tracks on Deluxe Edition:

Liars And Monsters

The Final Blow

Issues (Ruxpin Remix)

* For more info on ESCAPE THE FATE, just click on the links below:

ESCAPE THE FATE – Official Website

ESCAPE THE FATE – myspace music

LONG LIVE ESCAPE THE FATE.

Stone.

The Damned Things “Ironiclast” – Releases December 14, 2010!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

THE DAMNED THINGS – On December 14, 2010, Ironiclast, (Island/Def Jam), the debut album from The Damned Things, releases among the masses. The Damned Things features a heavy hitting lineup from the Hard Rock and Metal world: Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano of Anthrax, Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die and Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy.

You can currently listen to Friday Night (Going Down In Flames) and We’ve Got A Situation Here, both songs on the Ironiclast album, streaming on The Damned Things myspace music page, (see link below). Iconiclast (Rough Mix) is also streaming there as well. The sound of The Damned Things takes on a Heavy Metal meets Arena vibe, melodic with an elevated, anthem like feel and quality. The Damned Things have created songs that are both accessible to the casual Heavy Metal fan as well as long time Metalheads!

With a robust lineup of musicians that The Damned Things bestows, fans would expect their songs to sound good, right? Instead, this band’s songs sound great! It’s always a tremendous thrill for me to hear about a group of musicians, from different backgrounds, getting together to create an album… it’s even a greater thrill when it sounds like a Rockin’ success! I’ll be getting my ears onto this new debut album from The Damned Things on December 14th and it will serve me right. Look for a full album review of Ironiclast in the near future, right here on Metal Odyssey.

Take a look below at the 7″ clear vinyl single of We’ve Got A Situation Here, (B side is Ironiclast), that I picked up at Hot Topic recently:

This 7″ clear vinyl single is an “Ultra Limited Edition” of only 1,000 copies made! Whoa. Whoa again. I paid $4 (U.S.) for it at Hot Topic and currently there are only two copies for sale on Amazon.com. One is selling for $18.99 and the other is $24.99, (U.S.) funds! I guess I made out like a Metal bandit at Hot Topic! Take that Amazon, ha, ha. Let’s give a giant Metal hooray for Stone! I sometimes feel like Stone “The Metal Hunter”.

* For more info on THE DAMNED THINGS, just click on the links below:

The Damned Things – myspace music

The Damned Things – Official Website

THE DAMNED THINGS:

Keith Buckley – lead vocals

Scott Ian – rhythm guitar & vocals

Joe Trohman – lead, rhythm guitar & vocals

Rob Caggiano – lead, rhythm guitar & vocals

Andy Hurley – drums & percussion

Track Listing For Ironiclast:

Handbook For The Recently Deceased

Bad Blood

Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)

We’ve Got A Situation Here

Black Heart

A Great Reckoning

Little Darling

Ironiclast

Graverobber

The Blues Havin’ Blues

LONG LIVE THE DAMNED THINGS.

LONG LIVE ULTRA LIMITED EDITION VINYL.

Stone.

Yngwie Malmsteen “relentless” – Releases November 22, 2010!

Posted in guitar legends, Hard Rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Guitar legend and arguably guitar god, Yngwie Malmsteen will be releasing relentless on his own Rising Force Records. The street date for relentless is November 22, 2010. Once again, this is another solid reminder, that 2010 is not yet over when it comes to highly anticipated Heavy Metal album releases.

I am used to Tuesday being the “release” date for new albums, the release date of November 22nd falls on a Monday for restless. Everywhere this new Yngwie Malmsteen album is mentioned, the same release date of November 22nd is stated. It really makes no difference to me… I’m Metal psyched just knowing that Yngwie Malmsteen has this album coming out, period!

What compliments and praise can be said about Yngwie Malmsteen that hasn’t already been stated? My Metal adulation for Yngwie can go on for thousands of words… I guess I’ve made my Metal point. It’s just a cozy feeling knowing that another Yngwie album is coming out… and just in time for Thanksgiving too.

Tim “Ripper” Owens will be making his second appearance as vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen. His first album with Yngwie was on 2008’s Perpetual Flame. For those who may be unfamiliar, Tim “Ripper” Owens has been the lead vocalist for Judas Priest, Winters Bane and Iced Earth. “Ripper” also founded his own band, Beyond Fear, which they released their one album in 2006, aptly titled, Beyond Fear. Metal Supergroup, Charred Walls Of The Damned showcases “Ripper” on lead vocals and their self-titled debut album was released in February of 2010.

Track Listing For relentless:

Overture

Critical Mass

Shot Across The Bow

Look At You Now

Relentless

Enemy Within

Knight Of The Vasa Order

Caged Animal

Into Valhalla

Tide Of Desire

Adagio B Flat Minor Variation

Axe To Grind

Blinded

Cross To Bear

Arpeggios From Hell

LONG LIVE YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN.

The word “cozy” was used as an adjective in this Metal Odyssey post.

Stone.

DIO “At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987” Releases November 9, 2010!

Posted in classic rock, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal music, live rock music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

DIO – The late, ultra great and infinitely legendary Ronnie James Dio will be celebrated once again, on DIO – At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987. This double live CD, power packed with 25 songs, will be released on November 9th, 2010. This extremely cool DIO double CD will be released on Niji Entertainment Group.

By looking at the track listing, (see below), there is an excellent mix of DIO, Rainbow and Black Sabbath songs on this double live CD! I can no longer pick my favorite band that Ronnie James Dio had fronted… I love each one to the fullest. Each band that Ronnie sang for had their unique style, sound and character… that can never be duplicated. Yes, this DIO release I will be purchasing without a hiccup of uncertainty. Metal be thy name.

* 1983 = DIO – Holy Diver Tour and 1987 = DIO – Dream Evil Tour.

Front Cover:

Back Cover:

Track Listing For DIO – At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987:

Disc 1 (1983):

Stand Up And Shout

Straight Through The Heart

Children Of The Sea

Rainbow In The Dark

Holy Diver

Drum Solo

Stargazer

Guitar Solo

Heaven And Hell

Man On The Silver Mountain

Starstruck

Man On The Silver Mountain (Reprise)

Disc 2 (1987):

Dream Evil

Neon Knights

Naked In The Rain

Rock And Roll Children

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Last In Line

Children Of The Sea

Holy Diver

Heaven And Hell

Man On The Silver Mountain

All The Fools Sailed Away

The Last In Line (Reprise)

Rainbow In The Dark

LONG LIVE THE MUSIC OF RONNIE JAMES DIO.

REST IN PEACE, RONNIE JAMES DIO.

Stone.

GWAR “BLOODY PIT OF HORROR” – Releases November 9, 2010! Album Artwork & Complete Track Listing!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

GWAR – In the midst of their two year long celebration of their 25th Anniversary – Slay – A – Bration, GWAR will be having their 13th studio album released on November 9, 2010. (I’m including in their “13” studio albums the 1992 EP – The Road Behind, hell, it has seven songs on it for Metal sakes and it counts). Bloody Pit Of Horror is the new studio album of 11 songs, releasing on Metal Blade Records. It is always comforting to know, that GWAR is lurking around the galaxy and giving us Metalheads on Earth another brand new album to annihilate our eardrums with… just 9 days after Halloween too.

GWAR:

Oderus Urungus – vocals

Balsac the Jaws of Death – guitar

Jizmak Da Gusha – drums

Beefcake The Mighty – bass

Flattus Maximus – guitar

Track Listing For – Bloody Pit Of Horror:

Zombies, March

Come the Carnivore

A Gathering of Ghouls

Storm is Coming

Tick-Tits

Beat You To Death

You are my Meat

Hail, Genocide!

KZ Necromancer

The Litany of the Slain

Sick and Twisted

* On October 28, 2010, GWAR will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!!

* For more info on GWAR, their tour schedule and latest news, then click on the links below:

GWAR – Official Cyber-Fortress!

GWAR – myspace music

I LIVE FOR METAL.

Stone.

ALL THAT REMAINS “… For We Are Many” – A Formidable Album From One Of Metalcore’s Finest

Posted in hard rock albums, hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, heavy metal songs, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore bands, metalcore music, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock music reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ALL THAT REMAINS – From the very onset, with the intro Now Let Them Tremble… All That Remains establishes the Metal fact they are not going to sugarcoat a damned note on their fifth studio album – … For We Are Many, released on October 12, 2010 on Prosthetic Records/Razon & Tie. I would never expect anything less than a fast, furious and angrier than a yellow jacket wasp sound from All That Remains, on their new album. That intro really did lead me down the path to an excellent Metalcore storm that … For We Are Many is all about. The Metal pride of Western Massachusetts has fabulously delivered on their new album, making it very difficult for me not to write a 5,000 word review on it.

For We Are Many has Philip Labonte belting out vocals that more than border on Death Metal, he exhibits some ear popping vocal noise that is a welcomed part of All That Remains brand of Metal, to my ecstatic ears. Philip can diversify vocally, like a Metal chameleon he resonates with gritty harmony on The Last Time, a straight edged Metalcore song that exemplifies why this genre can claim it’s Metal legitimacy in my Metal History book. If there could ever be an accessibly Extreme Metal song, then The Last Time is it.

If I have said it once before, I shall say it once again… Oli Herbert is a Metal asset to All That Remains. It’s just a matter of time before Oli becomes a household name amongst the Metal masses, if he hasn’t become one already. Oli can shred, just listening to the leads he comes out with is reason enough to become a fan of All That Remains. Plus, when I listen to Oli on any song, it’s listening to a guitarist who obviously reveres Old School Metal and Hard Rock, by incorporating the vibe of yesterday into the Metal of today.

Not to ignore Mike Martin on guitar, he has more devastating licks in his Metal bag of guitar tricks than I can count. Anytime I listen to All That Remains, especially now with their latest album, I want to scream out to the Metal community that Oli and Mike are a Metal guitar duo that can’t be contained… they have been unleashed unto the here and now and listening to these guys is a Metal reality check. From The Outside is a song that exemplifies exactly what I’m trying to convey here, Metal be thy name this song explodes with guitar driving force.

Now, try to name off five bass guitarists in all of Metal that are female. Nice try. Jeanne Sagan has been the Metal thunder glue for All That Remains since the 2006 diamond in the rough… The Fall Of Ideals. Jeanne isn’t gonna shy away from letting her Metal presence known… she plays stompingly tight alongside drummer Jason Costa, making this All That Remains band a formidable force. I really liked this band lineup on 2008’s Overcome, now I really, really, like this All That Remains lineup.

If Keepers Of Fellow Man doesn’t get your adrenaline fired up, then your probably in a frozen state of consciousness. Melodic driven, with the heaviness of duo guitars, a rhythm section spiraling out bombastic beats and Philip’s barbed wire vocals, carries this song in unison, to stadium crowd heights. Uh, yeah, Keepers Of Fellow Man is more than likely my favorite song on this album. This song is just one of twelve, that truly are all Metal encompassing, like an impermeable net dropping down on my brain and making me succumb to it’s Metal stranglehold.

The Waiting One is such a fantastic song that having it be the album closer is genius. This song is Heavy, even with it’s breakdowns and intervals of acoustic guitar. The layering affect of The Waiting One is what gives it it’s Metal brilliance. Plus, Philip Labonte exhibits a vocal soft side that quite frankly should be exposed more often. Philip gives off the same Metal cool when he croons as he does when he growls and shouts… in my Metal opinion.

All That Remains makes their Metal flow with plenty of melodic moments married with their trademark Metalcore sound throughout … For We Are Many. The heaviness is apparent, like a supercharged continuum, therefore, loyal All That Remains fans can’t possibly be disappointed with their new album. As each All That Remains album gets released, I hear more strength and confidence in the songwriting and music across the Metal board from this excellent band.

Adam Dutkiewicz returns as producer for this new All That Remains album. (Jason Suecof produced 2008’s Overcome). Adam is like a New England “National Metal Treasure”… he has that “knack” for bringing this Metalcore sound and vibe into a state of exceptionality. Anyone familiar knows Adam is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer that has helped catapult his band, Killswitch Engage, into mega-Metal notoriety.

The Metal accolades I have bestowed upon this new All That Remains album, is due to the sheer fact that this album finishes what it started, a heightened sound and feel to what these twelve great songs give off. With acute care into the songwriting and lyrics, while succeeding in the balancing act of melodic and Heavy Metalcore on … For We Are Many, Philip Labonte, Oli Herbert, Jeanne Sagan, Mike Martin and Jason Costa should by now, have some Metal swagger in their steps.

* For more info on ALL THAT REMAINS, just click the link below:

ALL THAT REMAINS – myspace music

ALL THAT REMAINS:

Philip Labonte – vocals

Oli Herbert – lead guitar

Mike Martin – guitar

Jeanne Sagan – bass

Jason Costa – drums

… For We Are Many – Track Listing:

Now Let Them Tremble

For We Are Many

The Last Time

Some Of The People, All Of The Time

Won’t Go Quietly

Aggressive Opposition

From The Outside

Dead Wrong

Faithless

Hold On

Keepers Of Fellow Man

The Waiting One

LONG LIVE ALL THAT REMAINS.

Stone.

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