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ARSON ANTHEM “Insecurity Notoriety” – A Hardcore Album That Trounces Anything In It’s Path

Posted in extreme music, hardcore bands, hardcore music, hardcore punk, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Punk rock, punk rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ARSON ANTHEM – Released on October 12, 2010, on Housecore Records, Insecurity Notoriety is the first full-length album from Arson Anthem. A Hardcore band of enormous Punk aptitude, Arson Anthem is, no matter how you slice or dice it… a Hardcore supergroup. With Phil Anselmo on guitar and needing little to no introduction, his years fronting the iconic Pantera is unequivocally legendary, not to mention his years vocalizing with Sludge Metallers known as Down.

Mike IX Williams on vocals is also the front man for the Sludge Metal warriors – Eyehategod. Hank Williams III has brandished his very own successful solo career and played alongside Phil Anselmo with Superjoint Ritual. Hank also has molded and brought to underground fame his Metal meets Punk band called… Assjack. Collin Yeo rounds out Arson Anthem on bass, coming from his alt-heavy band… PonyKiller.

So, it is fair to think, that Arson Anthem won’t be making their Grammy Awards performance debut anytime soon. This is why Hardcore exists, this is why Arson Anthem exists, to shove it in the face of the mainstream lovin’ and tuxedo wearin’ Grammy crowd. That same crowd who would probably cry and break out in puffy-red hives if Arson Anthem strolled down their red carpet. Blue collar, street and pissed off about somethin’, this is why I dig Hardcore and Arson Anthem. Accept it or go hide behind your stacks of Wall Street Journals. Once you put this new Arson Anthem CD into whatever “machine” your using, just know that the “stick it to the man” warning light just went on.

There are 17 songs on Insecurity Notoriety and 12 of them are under two minutes long. This is Hardcore and in your face, brutal and unforgiving of any insult to injury. Listening to this album is a lesson in quick release rage therapy. Arson Anthem has accomplished a remarkable task in keeping themselves sounding original. Arson Anthem’s reverence for Old School, with thick slivers of Punk fueled outbursts and playing for keeps, dramatically elevates the totality of their barbed wire hardness. This is a band that obviously knows where their Black Flag vinyl is kept.

Hank Williams III doesn’t just play the drums on these songs, he decimates them. Mike IX Williams doesn’t sing, are you kidding? Mike rants and screams his vocal chords inside-out. Collin Yeo doesn’t try to keep timed rhythm while playing bass, instead, he pummels his strings into frantic rhythmic chaos that might just open up the center of the Earth. Then there is Phil Anselmo on guitar, exhibiting some mighty riffs that cover the Extreme Metal spectrum. Phil leads by Hardcore example, with his axe attack teetering on the insane, he will even throw in some micro solos, making a song like Crippled Life seem as if it is going to explode it’s pissed off attitude straight from hell.

When Extreme combines with Hardcore, Punk and Metal, the only thing that can come out of it is a profoundly brutal piece of work. Arson Anthem has taken their Extreme Music roots and latched them upon their instruments, to create their first full-length that makes a pummeling statement. This is a crushing work of Extreme art that is Arson Anthem’s Insecurity Notoriety.

* For more info on ARSON ANTHEM, just click on the link below:

ARSON ANTHEM – myspace music

* For more info on HOUSECORE RECORDS, just click on the link below:



Mike IX Williams – vocals

Philip H. Anselmo – guitar

Collin Yeo – bass

Hank Williams III – drums

Track Listing For Insecurity Notoriety:


Foul Pride

Isolation Militia

More Than One War

Insecurity Notoriety

Pretty Like That

Initial Prick

Crippled Life

Polite Society Blacklist

If You Heard This (You Would Hit Me)

Hands Off Approach

Has Been/Had Been

Primate Envy

Death Of An Idiot

Codependent And Busted


Teach The Gun (To Love The Bullet)



MURDERDOLLS – Violent Night Deadly Night U.S. Tour Dates! Plus 2011 International Tour Dates!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, horror metal, horror punk, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Punk rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

MURDERDOLLS – Tis the season to be horrified and have your face Rocked off and brain rattled from the Metal meets Horror Punk onslaught of MURDERDOLLS… live… on tour… and quite possibly down the street from you. Joey Jordison and Wednesday 13 are ready to spread some bedlam across the U.S. to close out 2010… then they embark on invading Europe and Australia to get their nightmarish 2011 kick started! Get Scared and Vampires Everywhere! will be on the U.S. Violent Night Deadly Night Tour as support bands.

Check out the tour tour dates below, to see if MURDERDOLLS are invading your peaceful community this holiday season:

Violent Night Deadly Night U.S. Tour:

12/03/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

12/04/10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

12/06/10 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre

12/07/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar

12/08/10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

12/09/10 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

12/10/10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

12/11/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom

12/12/10 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

12/14/10 – Loop Station, MN @ First Avenue

12/15/10 – Des Moines, IA @ People’s Court

12/21/10 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee

12/22/10 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion

Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison

International Tour Dates – 2011:

01/16/11 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg

01/18/11 – Munich, BAY DE @ Backstage

01/19/11 – Berlin DE, @ SO 36

01/20/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Grünspan

01/21/11 – Lingen, DE @ Schlachthof

01/23/11 – Milan, IT @ Magazzini

01/25/11 – Zürich, CH @ Dynamo

01/26/11 – Lyon, FR @ Transbordeur

01/27/11 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey

01/28/11 – Rennes, FR @ Etage

01/29/11 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre

01/31/11 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Hall

02/02/11 – Portsmouth, UK @ Pryramids

02/03/11 – Norwich, UK @ Waterfront

02/04/11 – Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy

02/05/11 – Sheffield, UK @ Corporation

02/07/11 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Hall

02/08/11 – Middlesbrough, UK @ Empire

02/10/11 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC

02/11/11 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2

02/12/11 – London, UK @ HMV Forum

02/13/11 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

02/14/11 – Exeter, UK @ Lemon Grove

02/26/11 – Brisbane, AU @ RNA Showgrounds

02/27/11 – Sydney, AU @ Eastern Creek Raceway

03/03/11 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Festival Hall

03/04/11 – Melbourne, AU @ Melbourne Showgrounds

03/05/11 – Adelaide, AU @ Bonython Park

03/07/11 – Perth, AU @ Steel Blue Oval

(Source: MURDERDOLLS Official Website)

* For more info on MURDERDOLLS, just click on the links below:

MURDERDOLLS – Official Website

MURDERDOLLS – myspace page

* For more info on Get Scared, click the link below:

GET SCARED – myspace music

* For more info on Vampires Everywhere!, click the link below:

Vampires Everywhere! – myspace music




Posted in extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, sludge metal music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

(New York, NY) — CROWBAR will be hitting the road hard next week along side BLACK TUSK. Dates will span most of the eastern seaboard through the middle of December. All tour dates are below. For more info on CROWBAR, click the links below:

CROWBAR – myspace music

CROWBAR – Official Website


Nov. 27 – Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

Nov. 28 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit

Nov. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn

Nov. 30 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11

Dec. 01 – Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge

Dec. 02 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall w/ EYEHATEGOD

Dec. 03 – VA Beach @ Hangar 09

Dec. 04 – Trenton, NJ @ Championship Bar & Grill

Dec. 05 – New York, NY @ Santo’s Party House

Dec. 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary Coast

Dec. 07 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell

Dec. 08 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East

Dec. 09 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Evening Star Music Hall

Dec. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Vista

Dec. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club

Dec. 12 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar

Dec. 13 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone

Dec. 14 – Little Rock @ Downtown Music

Dec. 15 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee

Dec. 16 – Amarillo, TX @ El Cien

Dec. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Dec. 18 – Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse (No Black Tusk)

Newly signed to eOne Music, sludge metal legends CROWBAR recently re-released three influential records, CROWBAR, LIVE +1 and TIME HEALS NOTHING on October 5th, 2010. These three records are the band’s core titles and have influenced many of today’s major metal acts including LAMB OF GOD and HATEBREED. With each title originally being released in the early nineties, this will be the first time all three records will be widely available in stores and online. A new CROWBAR record is planned for early 2011.

KIRK WINDSTEIN – Founding member, guitarist and vocalist of Crowbar.

Kirk Windstein formed CROWBAR in 1991. Since that time, the band’s sound has profoundly influenced a new generation of Metal acts the world over. Kirk Windstein is also a key member of KINGDOM OF SORROW (with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta) and DOWN.

(Source: eOne Music press release, November 19, 2010).



VALDUR “Raven God Amongst Us” – A Raw And Apocalyptic Black Metal Storm

Posted in Black Metal, black metal albums, Extreme Metal, extreme music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

VALDUR – From Mammoth Lakes, California, VALDUR unleashes upon the world… Raven God Amongst Us. A self financed, full length album of Blackened might, Raven God Amongst Us has been released on drummer Sxuperion’s very own Bloody Mountain Records. All nine songs on this formidable album, create a steady flow of darkened melodies that lay within the layers of cataclysmic guitar leads, phrenetic drums, earth trembling bass and vocals that gather electrifying steam, with each passing second. It’s the overall apocalyptic vibe of no turning back, that engages the senses on Raven God Amongst Us.

Taking into account, the back to back songs of Past Of Wolves and Vicious Existence, it is the plummeting and spiraling Blackened atmosphere of falling into the unknown abyss of something uncannily dark. VALDUR presents their Black Metal in a raw state of serrated lined appeal… one could not expect Black Metal to suddenly open up and reveal harmonious chorus over syrupy keyboards. VALDUR is making a statement by realizing a Black Metal foundation is built on key Black Metal fundamentals, a vastly dark atmosphere that tantalizes on the embraceable bizarre, rawness and everything else… Blackened.

Traditional lyrical content, coupled with a luring and engaging sound of Black Metal in it’s most anti-mainstream existence, is amassed within and outside the walls of dark sound as each song plays through on this album. This album mirrors the storm clouds that are about to swallow up a sun-lit sky, it’s the impending winter storm that science could not fathom. Commercialized darkness and Blackness can take a back seat to what VALDUR is creating here… this is underground, this is Black Metal… this is VALDUR and their creation they have named: Raven God Amongst Us.

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

VALDUR – myspace music

Track Listing For Raven God Amongst Us:


Wound Fires In The Afterlife

Great Abyss Unfold

Gravlagt I Morkets Natt!

Med Fjell I Horisonten


Past Of Wolves

Vicious Existence




FULL BLOWN CHAOS – Self Titled Album Releases February 1, 2011 In North America! Album Cover Art and Track Listing!

Posted in extreme music, hardcore metal music, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

FULL BLOWN CHAOS – When Metal collides with Hardcore, the end result is FULL BLOWN CHAOS. Straight from New York and unto the rest of this planet… FULL BLOWN CHAOS is releasing a brand new, self titled studio album of 13 highly potent and ear crushing songs. You can check out for yourself, one new track – The Walking Dead, that is currently streaming from their forthcoming album by clicking here: FULL BLOWN CHAOS – myspace music

I’m Metal impressed by this new song, The Walking Dead, from FULL BLOWN CHAOS… Metal be thy name.

FULL BLOWN CHAOS will be released on February 1, 2011, in North America, on Ironclad Recordings/Metal Blade Records. FULL BLOWN CHAOS will be released in Europe on Plastic Head and in Japan on Howling Bull.


Ray Mazzola – vocals

Mike Facci – rhythm guitar

Jeff Facci – drums

Mark Gumbrecht – lead guitar

Dustin Jennings – bass

Track Listing For FULL BLOWN CHAOS:



Rise And Conquer

The Walking Dead

Silence Is Golden

Die Like You Live



War Machine

Battle Hymns And Broken Bones


Cain Marko

The Path I Walk

(Source: Metal Blade Records News Update, November 15, 2010)



ALICE COOPER “Along Came A Spider” – Reissue With 3 Bonus Tracks Releases December 14, 2010!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal music, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ALICE COOPER – On December 14th, 2010, Along Came A Spider from the ultra-legendary Alice Cooper will be reissued on Bigger Picture Group. This reissue will contain three bonus tracks not included on the original release from 2008: Shadow Of Yourself, I’ll Still Be There and Salvation (Acoustic Unplugged). Along Came A Spider, a concept album which centers on a serial killer theme, touches on the rage, emotions and eventual remorse of this character. This album was originally released on July 29, 2008, on Steamhammer/SPV. Along Came A Spider is the 18th “solo” album from Alice Cooper and 25th album combined with Alice Cooper (The Band).

Multi-instrumentalists Greg Hampton (The New Czars, Science Faxtion) and Danny Saber (Black Grape, Agent Provocateur) are featured on guitar. Eric Singer (KISS, Badlands, Black Sabbath) is featured on drums. Slash also does a cameo on guitar, appearing on the track Vengeance Is Mine. Ozzy Osbourne is credited with harmonica on the track Wake The DeadKeri Kelli (RATT, Saints Of The Underground) also appears on guitar.

If you haven’t picked up this amazing Alice Cooper album just yet… now is the time, especially with the inclusion of 3 bonus tracks! Put your Metal trust in Stone, as I state… this is one Alice Cooper album to own.

A while back, in another dimension, I wrote a Metal synopsis about Along Came A Spider. You can check it out by clicking the little header below:


Track Listing For Along Came A Spider (reissue):

Prologue/I Know Where You Live

Vengeance Is Mine

Wake The Dead

Catch Me If You Can

(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side

Wrapped In Silk

Killed By Love

I’m Hungry

The One That Got Away


I Am The Spider/Epilogue

Shadow Of Yourself (Bonus Track)

I’ll Still Be There (Bonus Track)

Salvation (Acoustic Unplugged) (Bonus Track)

* For more info on ALICE COOPER, just click on the links below:

ALICE COOPER – myspace music




BLACK RAIN “License To Thrill” – Is Your License To ROCK! Plus Current BLACK RAIN News!

Posted in glam metal, hair metal music, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

BLACK RAIN – Released back on December 29, 2009, on Listenable Records, Black Rain License To Thrill is the first “real” album from this French Sleeze & Glam Metal Band. (Black Rain released a demo album back in 2006). Chock full of Hard Rockin’ vibes that explode with good times, partying, chasing the chicks and who gives a shit about priorities, Black Rain does an exemplary job of curing any funk you may find yourself drifting away in. French producer and Enfer Magazine founder, Dany Terbeche, brings his 80’s producing experience to the forefront of License To Thrill… making this album beefy and saturated with all things glorious about this 80’s Glam Metal sound.

Metal Odyssey’s correspondent and Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale, has given Black Rain every word of Metal praise that’s probably known to mankind’s vocabulary. When Coverdale talks up a band this highly, Stone listens. Black Rain has taken a style, sound and energy from a Glam Metal culture and certainly made it their own brand. These guys would without a Metal doubt, have fit right in back in the mid to late 80’s… only this is 2010 and they fit right in now.

Admittedly, my Metal allegiance crosses over all sub-genres, therefore a healthy dose of License To Thrill is admittedly a listen for gettin’ psyched. Black Rain does have that Old School attitude and their songs just keep comin’ at me. Black Rain’s ability to Rock my senses in ways very similar to that of Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot and Poison makes me grin and chase my wife around the house. One of these days I’ll catch her.

N.A.S.T.Y. and Rock Your City will have you reachin’ for your unlaced sneakers, worn-torn jeans and concert tee… and a couple of cold six pack’s too. Black Rain is a band that shall make all the turtlenecks in the world cry and make all Glam Metal hungry fans of any generation raise their fists in the air… with post MTV era glee. The title track, License To Thrill, embodies every memorable quality of Black Rain, from the thumping rhythm section and electrifying guitar parts to the Glam laced vocals of Swan.

Kill’em All is my favorite song on this album. The all encompassing Hardness is what makes Kill’em All stand out for me. This song is built around speed as well, making it all the more appealing to my ears. Baby It’s You is a ballad that brings back cool memories of 80’s Arena concerts for me. Swan’s vocals just come across as Arena ready on this power ballad, plus it’s not seeping with sappiness either. Baby It’s You is just a really cool power ballad about, um, well, being in love.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Dead Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll begins with a intro riff reminiscent to that of You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ from the ultra legendary Judas Priest. This can very well be called the Heaviest hitter on License To Thrill, however, Rockstars Don’t Go To Jail is just as Heavy. Both songs MUST be played LOUD for maximum enjoyment… and trust me, Black Rain proves quite easily they have “that” Heavy Metal thunder in their veins. Metal be thy name.

No Forever is a power ballad that exhibits shades of Guns N’ Roses and Cinderella influences. Very melodic and well written, both lyrically and musically. This song just seems to come together from the opening note. The backing vocals compliment the emotional vibe of Swan’s lead vocals with super smooth fashion. Scott Coverdale likens No Forever’s influence to that of Guns N’ Roses ever memorable – November Rain. I’ll have to go along with him on that Metal notion.

Swan has the Glam Metal pipes to carry Black Rain onto the next level of notoriety. Max 2 lends his licks on lead guitar that are both pump-you-up and refreshing, while Heinrich on bass and Iann Lewis on drums keep it tight and balanced. Black Rain surely released a damn decent, debut full-length album with License To Thrill, just the energy alone that pulsates from their songs is evidence enough, that they are taking their music seriously.

With so many Glam/Hair Metal Bands from yesteryear still making quality noize, along with “newer” Glam Bands like Reckless Love and Crashdiet (to name a couple) emerging as legit flag bearers to this genre, Black Rain is jumping onto the scene at an opportune time. There are hooks aplenty with more guitar riffs, leads and solos on License To Thrill to satisfy any die-hard Glam fan the world over. Black Rain may not be a pioneer band of this colorfully loud Glam Metal movement, still, they are as righteously loyal, talented and raucous as their forefathers were with their songs… and that should make plenty of Glam/Hair and Sleeze fans sleep well at night.

* For more info on BLACK RAIN, just click on the cool link below:

BLACK RAIN – myspace music


Swan – vocals, guitar

Max 2 – guitar

Heinrich – bass

Iann Lewis – drums

Track Listing For License To Thrill:

Rock Your City

Innocent Rosie


True Girls Are Sixteen

License To Thrill

No Forever

Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Dead Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll

Rockstars Don’t Go To Jail

Party War

Kill’em All

Baby It’s You (Bonus Track)

BLACK RAIN will be releasing a brand new studio album on February 14, 2011! Lethal Dose Of… will be the second full-length studio album from BLACK RAIN. I have found the titles to seven songs… they all ROCK quite soundly. Here they are:

My Young Star

Rock’ N’ Jive

Addicted To Failure

Heart Screams

Burn’ n’ Die


I Need My Doctor

* You can listen to all seven new BLACK RAIN songs! Just click below:

OUI FM/La Radio Rock

BLACK RAIN will be playing at the Bring The Noise Festival out in France, this December of 2010! They will be sharing the spotlight with Papa Roach, Airbourne and many more! I can’t read French, so the info on this promo poster pic is all I can share.



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