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CRYSTAL VIPER – To Release New Video Clip And New Single On December 9th!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on December 5, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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On December 9th, the Polish Heavy Metallers Crystal Viper will release a video clip to the first single off their new album, entitled “The Witch Is Back”. The video clip has been produced by the Grupa13 production house, which most recently also did the Kreator, Behemoth and Amon Amarth videos. “The Witch Is Back” single will be available as an online stream on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services and the digital download will be available on iTunes and Amazon. Fans that will decide to pre-order the digital version of the forthcoming new album, will be able to immediately download “The Witch Is Back” single for free.

CRYSTAL VIPER are returning after a 4 year absence, with a brand new concept album entitled “Queen Of The Witches”, which will be released on February 17, 2017, on AFM Records. The album has been produced by Bart Gabriel (Cirith Ungol, Mythra, Sacred Steel), and engineered and mixed by Mariusz Pietka (Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, Lonewolf).


The album’s cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (Running Wild, Blind Guardian, Obituary). “Queen Of The Witches” also features three special guests: the MANOWAR co-founder and guitar hero Ross The Boss, and no less legendary Jeff Dunn (aka Mantas) of Venom / Venom Inc., will appear with guitar solos in two of the songs. Except that, in one of the songs fans will hear a duet of Marta Gabriel and Steve Bettney, vocalist of the NWoBHM cult heroes Saracen.

“Queen Of The Witches” will be available as limited edition vinyl LP (first pressing: 500 copies on white vinyl, gatefold cover), CD, and digital download. The LP and CD versions will include different bonus tracks.

The album can be already pre-ordered:


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Trad-Metal Swedes GRAVEBREAKER Releasing Debut Album “Sacrifice” On Gates Of Hell Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on December 1, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Old School Heavy Metal Swedes GRAVEBREAKER will release debut album Sacrifice on December 16th, via Gates of Hell Records (a Cruz Del Sur Music imprint). Stream the entire album at:

This musical beast prowls the dark back alleys of Old School Heavy Metal, sharing its DNA with progenitors like ACCEPT, RISING FORCE, 80s BLACK SABBATH, MERCYFUL FATE, DIO, and MOTÖRHEAD.

No gravestone has been left unturned in GRAVEBREAKER’s quest for the original sounds of Heavy Metal – the hot-tempered drums, the irascible guitars and the fiery growls, all presented at breathtaking speed (oh, and the ferocious keyboards, of course…).
Are YOU ready for the SACRIFICE?

Only Traditional Heavy Metal, Accept No Substitute!

Sacrifice will be available as a  limited edition vinyl LP  (500 copies, 100 of which will be ultra-limited Coke-Bottle Green vinyl with patch, exclusively from the Cruz Del Sur Music webstore), limited edition CD (500), and in digital format.


Nightmare – vocals
Fury  – guitar /bass
Devastation – drums
Track Listing:
1. Overdrive
2.  Sacrifice
3. Gravebreaker
4. At The Gates Of Hell
5. Violent City
6. Kill And Kill Again
7. Road War 2000
8. Pray For Death
9. Spellbound

10. Messenger Of Death


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ANNIHILATOR – Will Release “Triple Threat” via UDR Music, On January 27th, 2017

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Legendary Canadian Thrash/Heavy Metal masters Annihilator have lacerated many senses over the years with their supreme, aggressive Metal mastery, and on January, 27th, 2017, their legion of loyal fans can look forward to a series of fresh sensory experiences as Annihilator proudly present Triple Threat, a three-disc collection of Annihilator’s music in a trio of very different scenarios.

The main disc comprises a set of Annihilator’s classics performed acoustically, with band leader/guitarist/ songwriter and vocalist Jeff Waters bringing together band members Aaron Homma and Rich Hinks, Vancouver BC drummer and friend Marc LaFrance plus Ottawa session player Pat Robillard.

Recorded and mixed by Waters, this quintet recorded everything live, off the floor and in single takes at Watersound Studios in Dunrobin, Canada during late May and early June, 2016, giving Waters one of the most challenging, satisfying and perhaps ‘electric’ creative moments in his career.

The second disc will feature Annihilator’s vicious set from the 2016 Bang Your Head Festival, a set which illustrates the very best of what Annihilator is known for –tight, sharp, technically excellent and melodic Thrash Metal music. It will also contain some exclusive inside-Annihilator off-stage perspective, which captures further elements, flavours and detail of the band which fans will flip over.

“This was one of the coolest things I have done in my long career. Having 5 people in a room, from all different backgrounds and talents, coming together to play songs from the past and to try to sound like we are one but totally live and with feel. This was one of the biggest challenges that Annihilator has faced, musically.
Enjoy… we sure love this one.” – Jeff Waters, Annihilator


Triple Threat will be available as DVD/2CDs, Blu-Ray/2CDs, a 2CD audio-only and digital download.

The BluRay and DVD visual content is split in 3 parts:

Chapter I – Annihilator Un-Plugged: The Watersound Studios Sessions (62 mins)
Chapter II – Annihilator Live at the BANG YOUR HEAD Festival (45 mins)
Chapter III – ANNIHILATOR: Summer Mini-Documentary 2016 (50 mins)

Plus Bonus Video Chapters: “Jeff’s Commentary On The Acoustic Songs” and “Jeff Answers Fan Questions”.

“Annihilator really is Canada’s thrash band; kind of an extension of the Big Four. We have Sepultura in the South, we have Annihilator to the North. I love Jeff, I love the band, I love his playing. His compositions are terrific. Annihilator rules.” – David Ellefson, Megadeth

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FIREWIND – Sign With AFM Records For North American Release Of New Album “Immortals”; Details Revealed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Greek melodic Power Metal masters FIREWIND, the group led by guitar-wizard and Ozzy Osbourne band member Gus G., are proud to announce the release of their upcoming 8th studio album, “Immortals”, which will be released on January 20th, 2017 via AFM Records in North America (Century Media Records in Europe).

Gus G. checked in to comment about “Immortals” and its artwork (which can be seen above) as follows: “Today we’re very happy to reveal the cover artwork for our 8th studio album. It’s titled “Immortals” and it’s the first concept album FIREWIND has ever made. Since we’re from Greece, we thought it would be a cool idea to make a concept of Greek history and heritage. So, on this album we focused on the legendary battles of Thermopylae and Salamis during the 2nd Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC. The artwork was once again created by our longtime collaborator, Gustavo Sazes and we feel it reflects the vibe we tried to capture on this album – Epic, Powerful, Glorious, Everlasting.”

“Immortals” marks the first time FIREWIND used an outside co-producer, working with Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69), who not only engineered, mixed and mastered the album, he also co-wrote it together with Gus G. The album’s track listing reads as follows:


FIREWIND – “Immortals”:

1. Hands Of Time
2. We Defy
3. Ode To Leonidas
4. Back On The Throne
5. Live And Die By The Sword
6. Wars Of Ages
7. Lady Of 1000 Sorrows
8. Immortals
9. Warriors And Saints
10. Rise From The Ashes
11. Vision Of Tomorrow (bonus track on Digipak)

A first album’s online single is set to debut on November 25th, but in the meantime you can already check out a few sample riffs in a play-through clip that Gus G. recorded in co-operation with Toontrack’s EZmix 2 and the Metal Guitar Gods 4 EZmix Pack expansion here:

Gus G. and Toontrack have also launched a regular “Metal Month Masterclass” series of video lessons, of which the first two episodes can be seen here:
1. Arpeggios:
2. Phrasing:
3. Alternate Picking:
More to follow soon…


Henning Basse – Vocals
Gus G. – Guitar
Petros Christo – Bass
Bob Katsionis – Keyboards
Jo Nunez – Drums



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Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – “Baptizm Of Fire” And “Edge Of The World” Exclusive Bundle Are Available Now! All Royalties To Be Donated To Charity

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , on November 23, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Glenn Tipton’s albums ‘Baptizm of Fire’ and ‘Edge of the World’ are now available as an exclusive bundle featuring an autographed insert!

Get your copy:
(Glenn will be donating all of the record royalties from this release of ‘BAPTIZM OF FIRE’ and ‘EDGE OF THE WORLD’ to the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity)

First released in 1997, Glenn Tipton’s ‘Baptizm of Fire’ featured guest appearances by (the late) John Entwistle, (the late )Cozy Powell, Robert Trujillo, Billy Sheehan and more.

Originally released back in 2006, ‘Edge of the World’ is an album Glenn Tipton recorded with legendary musicians John Entwistle and Cozy Powell in 1994.



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KROKUS, GOTTHARD And SHAKRA – Swiss Hard Rock Warriors Together In Concert March 2017

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on November 22, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


From Krokusonline:

We are happy to announce that for the first time ever we will share one stage together for two exclusive double-headliner shows in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland with “special guest” Shakra.

Fans of Swiss Rock can look forward to two super concerts that without a doubt will go down in history. In the words of KROKUS founder Chris Von Rohr: “This is a big moment for us all. A fireworks of songs, sounds and party – all three bands will rock fans into the Hard Rock Nirvana”. And GOTTHARD’s Leo Leoni adds: ” We are thrilled and look forward to this historic event – it will be a unique summit meeting with Swiss hard rock at it’s best!”





IN SILENT AGONY – Releases New EP “Treacherous” – Part 2 Of Trilogy

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on November 21, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Orange County California’s one-man Metal band, In Silent Agony, the solo moniker of multi-instrumentalist & producer, Eski, has just released his second solo EP, Treacherous. Below is the first single from the new EP, Fear.

A follow-up to Villainous, released earlier this year in September, the new EP is part 2 of In Silent Agony’s triptych, or trilogy. Accompanied by cellist Kakophonix on the track “Our Darkest Shadows”, Eski produced, as well as performed all other instruments & vocals.


Track Listing:
“The Silent Inquisition“
“The Killage“
“Our Darkest Shadows (Feat. Kakophonix)

“Treacherous“ Line-up:
Eski – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Kakophonix – Cello (on “Our Darkest Shadows“)

The EP is available for purchase digitally on iTunes & Amazon. Streaming is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play & many others!

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