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SHEPHERDS REIGN – Signs Global Deal With Golden Robot Records

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Golden Robot Records are proud to announce the signing of the fiery, full-blooded Polynesian metal band, Shepherds Reign.

Members Filiva’a James, Oliver LeupoluShaymen RamekaGideon Voon and Joseph Oti-George have cemented a unique space for themselves in the industry with thunderously fearsome hits, including 2020 hauntingly feral track ‘Le Manu‘ that has amassed over 1 million streams since its release. 

We have had our eye on Shepherds Reign for years.  There is no one doing what they are doing, it is completely unique and we are thrilled to be a part of it. This is just the beginning for Shepherds Reign, the catapult is coming,” says Golden Robot Records CEO and President Mark Alexander-Erber.

From our first meeting with Golden Robot I could really feel the passion that Mark and the team have for music and rock n roll so I’m really excited to see what we can achieve together,” enthuses Oliver Leupolu. “We have great feelings about our new joint venture, there’s a great sense of ‘justice’ for rock n roll in the house of GR and in saying that, I believe Shepherds Reign will fit the bill very well. A new path has opened but the journey remains the same!” adds Shaymen Rameka.

With new music on the horizon, the rarity of Shepherds Reign will become more evident, as will their demand for the world stage. The bands guitarist Gideon Voon sums it up saying, “We are excited for the next chapter in our story, as we have full confidence in Golden Robot to give us the tools to carve our place in the history of music.”

Fiercely dedicated to their cultural heritage and Polynesian pride, every Shepherds Reign live performance bleeds inner grit and passion, and as said-stages multiply Shepherds Reign remain as ferociously focused as ever on taking over the world with their next chapter looking paramount. “A new path has opened but the journey remains the same!” roars Rameka.

Pay attention. Shepherds Reign are here and they’re determined.



Source: Golden Robot Records

On This Day In METAL History – August 1st… From SAXON To KATAKLYSM

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, rock music with tags , , , on August 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

“Without METAL, my life would super suck to the maximum.” – Stone

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On August 1st, 2011 – The amazing IRON MAIDEN performed at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. This was a concert on The Final Frontier World Tour. Hail Maiden!

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On August 1st, 2015 – Canada’s KATAKLYSM have their new studio album, Of Ghosts And Gods, ranked at #5, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Freaking yeah!

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On August 1st, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album, I Worship Chaos, from Finland’s CHILDREN OF BODOM is ranked at #17, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. This new COB album will release on October 2nd, 2015, via Nuclear Blast Records. Hell and yes!

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On August 1st, 2015 – The forthcoming studio album, Battering Ram, from NWOBHM warriors SAXON is ranked at #93, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa!

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Born on August 1st, 1959 in the UK was Joe Elliot. Happy Rockin’ Birthday, Joe Elliot! Whoa, man! Unless you’ve been living in a cave your entire life, Joe Elliot is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the legendary DEF LEPPARD. Joe Elliot also leads his band, Down ‘n’ Outz, a cover band of the great Mott The Hoople. Joe Elliot is also currently a member of the amazing All-Star band: Kings Of Chaos. Long live Joe Elliot!

Above magazine cover: RIP cover feature from March of 1988.


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REVOCATION – Announces Headlining Tour With Support From Cannabis Corpse

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on July 6, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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REVOCATION will hit the road this Fall on a North American headlining tour. Presented by Gear Gods and featuring support from Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, and Black Fast, the trek marks REVOCATION‘s first headlining tour following the release of their latest album, Deathless.

The passage will commence on September 3rd in Providence, Rhode Island with the opening acts joining the package the following day in at the Studio at Webster Hall in New York City and stampede through over two dozen cities. On October 3rd, Boston fans will be treated to a huge hometown show to bring the run to a close.

9/03/15 Dusk – Providence, RI
w/ Cannabis Corpse, Archspire, Black Fast:
9/04/15 Studio @ Webster – New York, NY
9/05/15 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
9/07/15 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
9/08/15 Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
9/09/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
9/10/2015 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
9/11/2015 Full Terror Assault Fest – Cave in Rock, IL REVOCATION + Cannabis Corpse Only
9/12/2015 Rail Club – Ft Worth, TX
9/13/2015 Walter’s On Washington – Houston, TX
9/14/2015 Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
9/16/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/17/2015 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/18/2015 Mystery Box – Los Angeles, CA
9/19/2015 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
9/20/2015 Analog Cafe Portland, OR
9/21/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/22/2015 Red Room – Vancouver, BC
9/24/2015 Starlite Edmonton, CA
9/25/2015 Riddell Center – Regina, SK
9/26/2015 Windsor Hotel – Winnipeg, MB
9/27/2015 Skyway Theater Studio B – Minneapolis, MN
9/29/2015 Shelter – Detroit, MI
9/30/2015 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON *
10/01/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON *
10/02/2015 La Source – Quebec City, QC *
10/03/2015 Great Scott – Boston, MA *
*No Cannabis Corpse

REVOCATION has spent the last eight years converting fans to their cause with four full-length albums, an EP with Scion AV, and a charismatic live show led by guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson. The Boston-based band also features the staggeringly talented lineup of Dan Gargiulo on guitar, Brett Bamberger on bass and the recent addition of Ash Pearson on drums.

REVOCATION has firmly been established as one of the genre’s finest and continue their campaign as part of the Metal Blade Records roster. The band’s latest full-length, Deathless, was recorded with acclaimed producer Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Massachusetts.

Deathless debuted on the Billboard Charts beating their previous album by more than 30 spots to land at #124 on the Top 200 Chart. Deathless also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hard Music Albums Chart (Current), #114 on the Billboard Top Current Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard New Artist Chart.

Dave Davidson – guitars/vocals
Dan Gargiulo – guitars/vocals
Brett Bamberger – bass/vocals
Ash Pearson – drums


Source: Earsplit PR

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Boston Metal For Nepal Benefit Draws Near

Posted in Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 8, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Galvanized into action by the tragedy of two earthquakes that have devastated Nepal, The Metal For Nepal Benefit (#MetalForNepal) concert will take place on June 20th at the venerable Middle East Night Cub in Boston, MA. Headlining the event is bill will be Obsidian Tongue, followed by Native Construct, Caricature, Sonic Pulse and BruteMukti. The show is $10 and All Ages. You can get tickets online here:

Link to the Facebook Event for Metal For Nepal here:

All proceeds from ticket sales as well as donations raised from raffles of exclusive merch, and other types of donations made will go toward the Jai Nepal Youth Club, No Silence for Nepal, WHR Nepal and Reaping Hope.

In addition to these brave organizations, Metal For Nepal is also supporting another organization, Jagaruk NepalLed by a group of concerned engineers, Jagaruk Nepal are building shelters in the areas worst affected. They have come up with a proposal for their foundation with state goals and action guidelines for dispersal of monies collected. They also have shared a how-to guide on building a temporary shelter, crucial information to share or have on hand as the recovery effort is ongoing.

A donation can be made to Jagaruk Nepal via links on their Facebook or via direct bank transfer

Jagaruk Nepal Bank Account:

Machhapuchhre Bank Ltd. Account Name: Jagaruk Nepal

Account no: 5101524426294011

Branch: Putalisadak, Kathmandu

Swift Code: MBLNNPKA

Here are some other direct donate links for charities Metal For Nepal is supporting:

Rasuwa Relief

Jai Nepal Youth Group

No Silence for Nepal

There is also a benefit compilation organized by Metal for Nepal performers BruteMukti featuring Nepalese metal bands dubbed Nepal Earthquake Relief. You can donate and download the collection from Bandcamp here: Physical copies will also be available for purchase at the Metal For Nepal, with all the proceeds going to the charity.

Special thanks to Kunjan Joshi, Kevin Brown, Wormwood Joint Booking, Ghost Cult Magazine and all of the bands for helping to organize this relief effort so quickly. In addition to the performers, many music labels, publicity firms, and independent artists have pledged their support to the concert in the way of donating all kinds of exclusive memorabilia and band merch that will be raffled off, adding to the specialness of the event. A full listing of these contributors and raffle prizes will be available soon.

More details to come.


Obsidian Tongue on Facebook

Native Construct on Facebook

Caricature on Facebook

Sonic Pulse on Facebook

BruteMukti on Facebook

For information on how you can contribute to Metal For Nepal, please contact:

Kunjan Joshi

Kevin Brown

Erik Wormwood of Wormwood Joint

Keith Chachkes of Ghost Cult Magazine


Source: Dewar PR





Boston Death Thrashers LED TO THE GRAVE Sign To Old School Metal Records / On Tour Now

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , on February 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Old School Metal Records is very excited to announce the addition of Boston Death Thrashers LED TO THE GRAVE to the roster.  LED TO THE GRAVE has been pummeling eardrums across the globe since 2006. They are fist-to-face thrash with blistering speed and mid tempo grooves.  The band is a classic example of what happens when you mix the ferocity of punk with the technically sound riffs of Metal.


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2-23 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Hook Up
2-24 Raleigh, NC @ Chapel Hill Underground
2-25 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
2-26 Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown Pub
2-27 Orlando, FL @ Uncle Lou’s
2-28 Miami, FL @ Black Sheep House
3-1 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
3-3 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
3-4 Houston, TX @ Mangos
3-5 Harlingen, TX @ The Hop Shop
3-6 Austin, TX @ TBA
3-7 El Paso, TX @ Grynde Bar
3-8 Albuquerque, NM @ TBA
3-9 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Flux Capacitor
3-11 Kansas City, MO @ The Sandbox
3-12 St Louis @ TBA
3-13 Louisville, KY @ Kaiju
3-14 Lexington, KY @ The Green Lantern
3-15 Dayton, OH @ Blind Bobs
3-16 Detroit, MI @ Corktown
3-17 Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
3-18 Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
3-19 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rock Room
3-20 Binghampton, NY @ Fitzies Irish Pub
*3-21 New York, NY @ ABC No Rio

* No Budd Dwyer


Source: ClawHammer PR

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BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH – Signs To Neurot Recordings; Long-Awaited Debut Full-Length To See Release In Spring 2015

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Keeping up a long-held tradition of bringing forth some of the heaviest music from the darkness of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle’s Tad Doyle (formerly of TAD, Hog Molly), delivers his strongest songwriting and performance to date with his newest project, BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH. This powerful trio of musicians – Tad on guitar/vocals alongside veteran bassist Peggy Doyle and drummer Dave French (The Annunaki), will release their long-awaited debut LP in early 2015 on Neurot Recordings.

BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH fuses together the collective and extensive rock histories and experiences of its three members in the worlds of punk, hard rock and metal.

Says Steve Von Till of the signing: “All of us at Neurot Recordings are so incredibly fired up about having the opportunity to be a part of this release. For me personally, Tad has been responsible for some of my favorite guitar driven noise of our generation not to mention the fact that it is an absolute pleasure to be working together with such great human beings. Witness the return of Tad with BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH!”

Stay tuned for further BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH developments, including audio teasers, as they transpire.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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NEUROSIS – To Conquer Housecore Horror Film Fest; First Ever Australian Tour Nears

Posted in metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on July 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As the lineage of NEUROSIS nears its thirty-year mark, the band continues to perform across the planet sporadically but steadily, not having toured this heavily since the earlier years of their career, in seemingly unending support of their 2012-released tenth studio LP, Honor Found In Decay.

This week, NEUROSIS has confirmed their participation in this year’s colossal Housecore Horror Film Fest. The second installment of the gathering, set to run from October 23rd through 26th in Austin, Texas, will see NEUROSIS joining the lineup of bands which also includes Decapitated, Lustmord, Danzig, Samhain, Eyehategod, Vader and a rash of others. The Housecore Horror Fest performance falls directly in line with NEUROSIS‘ set at the four-day Southwest Terror Fest III: The Western Front, where they’ll headline the main stage on Saturday, October 18th, joined by The Body, Author & Punisher and Sorxe, followed by a concert in Denver the following evening, Sunday, October 19th, with Subrosa and In The Company Of Serpents supporting.

Preceding their upcoming US live actions, and following their most recent European run which included sets at Graspop and Tuska Open Air festivals, on the first week of August, NEUROSIS prepares to venture into Australia for the first time ever in just over two weeks on a six-city trek through Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney between July 4th and 9th, with two shows scheduled in Sydney.

NEUROSIS – Tour Dates:

8/04/2014 The Hi Fi – Brisbane, Australia w/ Hope Drone [tickets]

8/05/2014 HQ – Adelaide, Australia w/ Space Bong [tickets]

8/06/2014 Capitol – Perth, Australia w/ Drowning Horse [tickets]

8/07/2014 The Corner Hotel – Melbourne, Australia w/ Clagg [tickets]

8/08/2014 The Hi Fi – Melbourne, Australia w/ Whitehorse [tickets]

8/09/2014 Manning Bar – Sydney, Australia w/ Adrift for Days [tickets]

10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest [tickets]

10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents [tickets]

10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest – Austin, TX [tickets]

NEUROSIS has become an institution of heavy music. From their beginnings as a hardcore punk band in the mid-’80s to their gradual evolution into a transcendent and genre-defying collective, the Oakland, California natives have broken ground at every turn, pioneering a sound that influenced heavyweights like Isis, Mastodon and High on Fire.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on NEUROSIS:

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DENVER BLACK SKY – Announces Lineup Additions And World Domination

Posted in metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Earlier this week, DENVER BLACK SKY – set to take place August 2nd and 3rd at the Gothic Theatre and Moe’s BBQ – revealed on their official Facebook page plans to extend the lineup of their two-day, three-stage event with three additional acts. Wild speculation began almost immediately with fans throwing out the names of bands they dreamed to see and now the secret is out.

The doers of the event are pleased to welcome Mexican death grind perpetrators, Rottenness, who feature within their ranks Mile High City metal veteran Ben Pitts on vocals. The band will drag their own special brand of filthtified death metal to the DBS stage on Saturday.

Also making their way to the ceremony of chaos is Los Angeles powerviolence troupe Maladjusted whose female-empowered, vegan hardcore will only add more punk angst to an already crusty Sunday.

Finally, DENVER BLACK SKY welcomes iconic grindcore/crust combatants, Nausea, to their riotous bill. Born into the emotional wasteland known as Los Angeles, Nausea has been spreading their sonic disease since 1987 and will grace the stage Sunday evening.


Crowned “Colorado’s Best Metal Festival” by Denver Westword, the second edition of DENVER BLACK SKY features another vicious lineup that includes appearances by 908, ACxDC, Annul, Brutal Truth, Cannabis Corpse, Cattleist, Cephalic Carnage, Condemned Remains, Dead Temple, Doperunner, Early Graves, Ghosts of Glaciers, Gomorrah, In The Company Of Serpents, Khemmis, Municipal Waste, Nails, Noisem, North, Phobia, Resurrection, Scalafrea, Skinned, The Drip, The Xiphoid Process, Theories, Transient, Vale of Pnath, Wayfarer, Xibalba and Zombie Hate Brigade.

Tickets for DENVER BLACK SKY are on sale now at THIS LOCATION. $50 for two-day passes, $75 for VIP passes. VIP Packages include: Official limited DBS 2014 screen-printed poster, limited split 7″ featuring two sick DBS bands, VIP viewing area, Relapse Records bag of metal and admittance to the DBS pre-party at Black Sky Brewing August 1st – featuring very special surprise guests. Don’t slack. This will sell out!


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Reveal Details On New Recordings

Posted in Black Metal, black metal bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Following the November release of their BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini two-track live 12″ via Southern Lord, new recordings from WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have been confirmed for a 2014 release. Following several months of anticipation, the Cascadian Black Metal clan comprised of brothers Aaron and Nathan Weaver now humbly unveil their impending full-length release, Celestite.

Taking a different approach than their previous LPs, Celestite is a completely newly envisioned, parallel-universe version of Celestial Lineagethe beautifully blackened fourth studio full-length epic WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM released via Southern Lord in 2011. Celestite arises with a whole new, ethereal approach. There are no drums and no vocals. Rather, deep, heavy crystalline synthesizer journeying, Eno-inspired analog processing and arcane acoustic instrumentation expand upon dimensions folded within the universe of Celestial Lineage.


The Weavers tell us: “To make Celestite, we delved into the subterranean sonics that are buried in the mix of Celestial Lineage. We isolated them, processed them and took this unearthed soundscape as our starting point. Upon this base we recorded an entirely new album. Some melodies from Celestial Lineage are recognizable, but these familiar sounds appear as ghosts, barely tethered to the original compositions. This new album is an unorthodox foray; a fully instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. We left some work undone with Celestial Lineage. The recording of that album in the Winter of 2011 was a monumental project for us personally, and the creative fire from those recording sessions was still burning. This recording process was an opportunity to journey into our own inner universe to complete that which needed to be completed.”

Paired once again with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukkake), Celestite came to fruition at Avast Studios and WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM’s own Olympia-based studio Owl Lodge. While cloistered during the recording sessions they made use of a mammoth arsenal of crumbling vintage equipment including a Serge Modular System, Korg Poly6, Korg MS20, Korg Mono/Poly, Roland Juno 106, Roland Jupiter 6, Roland Super jx10, Jomox Airbase 99, Access Virus and more. The album also features a guest wind ensemble including friends Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Steve Moore (Earth, Sunn O))), Stebmo) on Trombone, and both Mara Winter and Veronica Dye on flute.


The upcoming release of Celestite is doubly exciting for WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM as it will mark another new venture for the duo; the inaugural release on their own new label, Diadem Records. The band states, “Diadem Records is the imprint we created to release Celestite and future albums. Most importantly for us, working on this album has revealed a whole new vein of creative energy for WITTR. Now that the long trip of creating this album is finished, our appetite is whetted for future projects, thus we feel it necessary to pre-empt the inevitable chatter that will accompany the release of this record. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM has not permanently abandoned the guitar and drums! We sense that one day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, we will be inspired to return to our stacks of amplifiers and cabinets to create new music.”


(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on WITTR:


Facebook: Wolves In The Throne Room

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FLESH ENGINE – Confirmed For Warriors Of Metal Fest VII

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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January 13, 2014  Cincinnati, Ohio – Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization has announced that Philadelphia thrashers, FLESH ENGINE have been confirmed for the main stage of Warriors Of Metal Fest VII at O’Sheckys LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio on June 27 and 28. FLESH ENGINE was a promotional monster for last year’s fest, so we’re privileged to have them back to perform again this summer, especially since they have been planning something special for us in 2014!

Band manager and guitarist, Dave Orkin states: “It’s an honor that we received the call from Datis asking us to come back in 2014, after playing the awesome Pre-Fest Showcase in 2013.  This time, however, if everything is ready to go as we have been planning and Metal Gods willing, we will be doing a special pre-release show of our second upcoming full length CD Purging Existence at the Fest this summer. We made lots of new fans & friends last year and we’re eager to get back to them with something very special. So this is a great honor for us and we intend to show all our fans and friends in the Midwest a headbanging good time once again.  Are you ready Columbus, Ohio?Here we come!”

Reduce to Nothing, the lead single from Purging Existence, can be heard below:

Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year’s show through the Warrior’s of Metal Fest’s Facebook page:

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* For more info on FLESH ENGINE:



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AUTOMATON – Confirmed For Warriors Of Metal Fest VII Pre-Fest Showcase

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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January 9, 2014  Cincinnati, Ohio – The Warriors of Metal, Inc. non-profit organization is very excited to announce the confirmation of Cincinnati, Ohio’s own premier Steampunk Power Metal band, AUTOMATON for the Pre-Fest Showcase of the Warriors of Metal Fest VII to take place on Thursday, June 26th at O’Sheckys LIVE in Columbus, Ohio.

AUTOMATON was personally introduced and endorsed by Lord Fang Von Wrathenstein of Wisconsin’s Lords Of The Trident (WOM Fest III & IV Open Air) to fest organizer Datis Alaee during the Cincinnati stop of their “Plan of Attack” tour of the Midwest in July of 2013. AUTOMATON will be the first Steampunk themed Metal band to grace the Warriors of Metal Fest’s stage.

Age of the Smokestacks, the lead single off the band’s Look to the Skies EP is now streaming below:

Vocalist David J. Sugerman states: “I can’t thank everyone enough for the privilege to take the stage at Warriors of Metal Fest VII. We’ve heard so much about the camaraderie and energy of the WOM Fest family. Consider AUTOMATON stoked to share our brand of high energy, folky, epic and downright foppish Steampunk power metal with you. From the 80’s. 1880’s. We tip our hats to you, Warriors of Metal!”

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Keep up-to-date with all of the developments such as band announcements and ticket information for next year’s show through the Warrior’s of Metal Fest’s Facebook page:



* For more info on AUTOMATON:

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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Swedish high-energy Heavy/Speed Metal outlet ENFORCER are proud to announce their first ever European headlining tour which will see the Stockholm based foursome hit the road in 2014. After presenting their current record Death By Fire to the audiences of the “Hunting Across Europe” Tour, alongside label and country mates GRAND MAGUS and British Metal veterans ANGEL WITCH in early 2013, the aspiring act has moved up to the next level. Joining ENFORCER on the road will be Canadian Metalheads SKULL FIST and Dutch Hard Rock assault VANDERBUYST.

Stated ENFORCER vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “It’s our first headline tour ever and it’s gonna be great to finally give the fans a proper long set including songs from all our three albums. This time we also have the chance to bring much of our stage props, lightning rigs and other things to make the show complete. You can expect hell on earth! Expect the ultimate heavy metal show of the new millennium.”

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the high voltage Metal package at the following dates:

30.01. NL Amsterdam – Melkweg
31.01. DE Saarbrücken – Garage
01.02. DE Essen – TuRock
02.02. NL Drachten – Iduna
03.02. UK London – The Underworld
04.02. FR Paris – Divan Du Monde
05.02. DE Köln – MTC
06.02. DE Pforzheim – Kupferdächle
07.02. CH Aarau – Kiff
08.02. DE Lichtenfels – Paunchy Cats
09.02 IT Turin – Nightbreaker Club
10.02. IT Bologna – Freak Out Club
11.02. AT Graz – Explosiv
12.02. AT Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
13.02. DE München – Backstage
14.02. DE Aalen – Rock It
15.02. BE Kortjijk – JC Den Ast
16.02 DE Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater
18.02. HU Budapest – Dürer Kert
19.02. CZ Prague – Club Kain
20.02. PL Krakow – Klub Kwadrat
21.02. DE Leipzig – Bandhouse
22.02. AT Wien – Escape
23.02. DE Berlin – K 17
24.02. DE Hamburg – Marx
25.02. DK Copenhagen – TBC
26.02. NO Oslo – Vulcan arena / Pokal Room
27.02 SE Stockholm – Pussyagogo
28.02. SE Umea – House Of Metal
01.03. SE Göteborg – Truckstop Alaska

The current ENFORCER record Death By Fire is out now. Order your copy here:

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(Source: Nuclear Blast)

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Website USA:

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Compiling My 2013 Best Metal Albums List Has Put Me In A Metal Quandary!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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CARCASS – Surgical Steel

For the past month, I’ve been listening to, re-listening to and debating over which albums will make my “Best Metal Albums Of 2013” list. For clear reasons (to me) this year marks the most difficult time I’ve ever encountered, in compiling this list. I’m in a quandary!! Someone call Dr. Phil or better yet, someone call Black SabbathMotörhead, Carcass, Sodom, Stryper, Satyricon and Satan and tell them ALL they should have never released such amazing milestone Metal albums; especially ALL at once this past year! Um, please, no one tell them that.

Throw in the fact that Witch Cross and Sinister Realm are in the mix with spellbound like True Metal releases in 2013 and I’m on my knees begging for the Metal Gods to help me sort it all out!! Which band’s album gets #1 and why? Which band’s album comes in last on my best of list and for what reason? Rankings super SUCK and I have the urge right now to eat a case of Doritos. Can anyone please kick me in the ass and tell me to stop!?

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Motörhead – Aftershock 

Adding to this quandary, is: I believe that any album that makes any “Best Of” album list of mine, equates to either an instant classic or soon to be classic, within our beloved pages of Metal History; at least my pages of Metal History! All of this self-debate and (at times) self-doubt over which best Metal albums I’ve listened to over the year is very important to me. I need a very cold beer right now, from my very cold garage.

Stay tuned. My Metal list will be done eventually. Stone will come through. Hell, my “Best Hard Rock Albums Of 2013” list is already secured in my brain. For some crazy reason, the Hard Rock albums list never drove me even remotely insane. My “Top Ten Songs Of 2013” list went down easier than a Yuengling lager. Go figure. Best Metal Buddy, Scott Coverdale, already has his Best list done and ready to go. I know he struggled with it, though. Ha, ha. Still, he’s the best.

I gather it’s time for me to stop whining and get back to my Metal debate with myself. Once this fun task is complete, I can then begin to listen to what 2014 has in store for my Metal hunger… and look forward to another quandary such as this in a year from now. Metal be thy name.


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FALLEN FATE – Announce New Album ‘Into The Black’

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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North East England’s purveyors of modern metal FALLEN FATE have announced an upcoming full album release. After storming the UK in 2011 with ‘The Virus Has Spread’ the band is back, has regrouped and is ready to utterly waste with new release ‘Into the Black’.

Recorded in part in Stymphalian Productions in York with producer James Stephenson and finished in vocalist Lee Skinner’s home studio, ‘Into the Black’ retains the Fallen Fate’s signature punishing heaviness but it’s also apparent that the band has moved on musically since ‘The Virus Has Spread’.

Comments Lee Skinner, ‘Dark, Expressive and Heavy…The sound and feel of Fallen Fate has changed quite a bit since the release of ‘The Virus Has Spread’. The band has progressed and developed a more solid metal sound while maintaining a unique mix of speed and heaviness in the music.’

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INTO THE BLACK – Track Listing:

1. The Rise (Intro)

2. Blackened Within

3. Until The Final Hour

4. Into The Black

5. Possession

6. I Welcome The Dead

7. Rituals

8. Last Rites

9. The Demise (Intro)

10. Vespa

‘Based on a horror movie theme around a young girl called Vespa, the concept of ‘Into The Black’ plays a big part in how the album sounds and how it is visually portrayed through the artwork and upcoming videos. It contributed to the evolving sound of the band as we introduced more keyboards and experimental sounds into the mix, giving it a different dark feel and sound.’

Talking further about the concept of the album Skinner elaborates, ‘She [Vespa] chose a life without faith and over time became possessed by a demon. The demon slowly took over her body and ultimately lead her to kill herself and her family. The drive behind the concept is to empower the listener to decide whether she was possessed by the Devil, as she has no saviour in her life, or if she was possessed by God, punishing her for her lack of faith.’

The artwork designed by both Photographer Ian Cameron and Skinner through his own Black Venom Designs compliments the album’s running theme.

Supported by a release show in The Forum, Darlington, the album is set for release January 30th 2014.


(Source: Future PR)

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NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL – First Wave Of Bands For 2014 Installment Posted

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Worcester, Massachusetts-based concert promotions company, MassConcerts, is proud to, once again, host the annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL in April 2014.

Slated for April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the 2014 installment of the massive NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL gathering will mark its sixteenth year. Since 1999, the multiple-day festival has been attracting dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium, that houses two stages full of music for three full days.. While the final lineup for this year’s fest is still being organized, today the first wave of bands confirmed to be taking part in the three-day massacre has come in hard.

Highlights of the three dozen NEMHF 2014 confirmations as of this week include: All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced, with more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed. Tickets for NEMHF 2014 will go on sale this Black Friday, November 29th, with VIP packages to follow soon after. Final lineups will be determined very soon.


All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance”, Sabaton, Revamp, Nails, Within The Ruins, Slapshot, All Out War, Cruel Hand, Ramallah, Twitching Tongues, Lionheart, Counterparts, Harms Way, Suburban Scum, Fire and Ice, Naysayer, Colin of Arabia, Reign Supreme, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, The Mongoloids, Warhound, Malfunction, Alpha & Omega, King Nine, Discourse, Will To Die, Barrier, Kublai Khan, Scale The Summit and Sylar.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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Century Media Records Presents “Carnival Of Sounds III” As A FREE 14 Song Download!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Century Media Records presents Carnival Of Sounds III – 14 very cool songs are featured in it and it’s completely FREE!!! Go here for your FREE download:



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TIDAL ARMS – Flood The Airwaves With “Molasses;” Song Proceeds To Aid In The Restoration Of Hurricane Sandy-Ravaged Translator Audio And The South Sound Rehearsal Studio

Posted in Hard Rock, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Brooklyn drone-strewn noise rock threesome, TIDAL ARMS, hurl forth another canticle from their forthcoming new self-titled full-length. Titled “Molasses,” the tune — based on the Great Molasses Flood, a real event where a massive tidal wave of molasses destroyed a large area of Boston’s North End in 1919 — is currently monopolizing the airwaves courtesy of Vice/Noisey. All proceeds raised from the sale of the song will be used to help restore Brooklyn’s Translator Audio and The South Sound rehearsal studios, which were destroyed in Hurricane Sandy last year.

Relays guitarist/vocalist Tom Tierney, “Andrew Schneider from Translator Audio has made some of our favorite records, recorded our first 7″ and mixed [TIDAL ARMS debut] The Sun Exploding, and shares our love for the bizarre story of the Molasses Flood. His studio, Translator Audio and The South Sound rehearsal studios, were tragically destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. They’re starting over, and we’re releasing ‘Molasses’ as a fundraiser for the rebuild. Proceeds from the sale of the song go to Translator Audio and The South Sound.”

Describes Noisey of the track, “‘Molasses’ is like a five course meal of musical genres. At first, the song starts off with an ambient spacey vibe before shifting gears into droney, stoner rock. Then all of a sudden, by the fourth minute, we are knee-deep in doomy sludge metal. Subtle changes maybe, but enough to make it feel less like a song and more like a journey through the Lands of Heavy-Ass Rock.” 

Sink into “Molasses” at THIS LOCATION.

Fans wishing to purchase the track and make a contribution to the restoration efforts should point their browsers HERE.  

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Self-produced and mixed by Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox at the band’s own Spaceman Sound in Greenpoint, and mastered by renowned sound serpent Alan Douches (Converge, Torche, The Dillinger Escape Plan etc.) at West West Side Music, the fiery ten-track Tidal Arms expands upon the band’s gristly, heterogeneous soundspace. Discordant yet catchy and doused in angular riff cascades, celestial interludes and the penetrating vocal rants of Tierney, TIDAL ARMS integrate various elements of post-hardcore, noise rock and doom into their heaviest, most ethereal creation yet.

Adventurous souls can still sample the sounds of “Mirrorbox,” currently playing at Revolver at THIS LOCATION as well as “Gooski’s Ladder,” courtesy of MetalSucks HERE.

TIDAL ARMS will bring their serenades to the stage later this month with a special record release performance at The Acheron as well as a stint at Glassland Gallery in December. Additional live abrasions will be announced in the weeks to come.


11/22/2013 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY *Record Release Show* w/ Tiger Flowers, Sleep Bellum Sonno, Cavallo, Mount Gomery
12/10/2013 Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY w/ Muscle Worship

TIDAL ARMS will unleash a vinyl edition of the record via Black Numbers on the new date ofNovember 26th, 2013. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION. Additionally, fans can preorder a digital version of Tidal Arms at the band’s official BandCamp page HERE where they will receive free downloads of “Gooski’s Ladder” and “Mirrorbox” immediately.


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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CALIBAN – Reveal Cover Art For “Ghost Empire” – New Album Releases February 4th, In North America

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Century Media Records Facebook page:

CALIBAN have just revealed the unique cover art for their upcoming album “Ghost Empire”. Guitarist Marc Görtz on the art of “Ghost Empire” that was created by UK artist Chris Lovell:

“Another great artist told me about Chris and his art, when I checked out his page I loved his style and amazing drawings straight away. So I wrote him a message if he would be into designing a t-shirt design for us. It turned out great, so there was no doubt whom to ask for the new album artwork for ‘Ghost Empire’! I told him what the album is about and he said that he would love to do it. It didn’t take long for him to come up with first ideas which were amazing! I hope we can work with him on other projects in the future, he is a great guy and easy to work with and I think the result speaks for itself!”

“Ghost Empire” will be out on January 27th in Europe & February 4th in North America!


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WEED IS WEED – Featuring Legendary Alumni From Pentagram, Earthride & Spirit Caravan – Sign To Ripple Music

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, stoner metal, stoner rock with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Top-tier Stoner/Doom Metal band WEED IS WEED has signed a world-wide deal with Ripple Music for the release of their full-length album, Blunt Force Trauma.

Years of seismic rumbling have led way to the tectonic formation that is WEED IS WEED. Two legendary masters of Maryland Doom, Dave “Sherm” Sherman and Gary Isom, come with a stoner/doom metal pedigree second to none. Sherm and Gary have been the creative catalysts in such genre defining bands as Pentagram, Earthride, and Spirit Caravan, and now they’re set to launch their newest, blazing heavy rock venture.

Having assembled their most blazing line-up ever, this group of musicians have crafted the perfect sound track for red-eyed blazers the world over – Blunt Force Trauma. Blitzed out, stoned heaviness is the order as this collection of tales of reefer madness and alligator fights is slated to be released early 2014 by the ever impressive Ripple Music.

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That’s right folks… People are about to take notice.

Sherm is completely shredding the vocals, undoubtedly turning in his best performance to date, as he is more than ably backed by the rip and tear of the triple (3!) guitar attack courtesy of Gary on slide & lead guitar teamed up with Jason Fisher and Rob Portillo’s riffing and rolling. Match that with the full on rhythmic assault of Darren Waters on bass, and the single moniker’d Cougin on drums, and this band is ready to pummel the unsuspecting ear drums of those about to burn!

With the ink just dry on their contract with Ripple Music, it is being announced that WEED IS WEED has also signed on with 313 INC Artist Management to help further their reach and plan their underground takeover.

Watch for some pre-release touring to be announced soon.

It’s no doubt that the riffs are gonna be huge, the vocals are gonna be gritty and the low-end will rumble that PBR floating in your stomach. Weed Is Weed is taking over… and it’s going to be a smoky green revolution.

Check out some sneak peeks of the upcoming release, Blunt Force Trauma (Ripple Music) now at


11/02 @ Iallos – Knoxville, MD

11/08 @ Strange Matter – Richmond, VA – Stoner Hands of Doom Fest


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

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INTER ARMA – Enters The Studio To Construct New Recording For Relapse

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , on August 11, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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With accolades from media outlets and fans alike still surging in on their sophomore LP, Sky Burial, following its release via Relapse in March, Richmond’s genre-destroying INTER ARMA is already back to work in the studio. For the next ten days, the band will be bunkered down in Madison, Tennessee-based Dark Art Studios with producer Mikey Allred — the same surroundings and setup that captured the monolithic Sky Burial LP — once again unifying their talents on a massive track, to also see release via Relapse.

“There’s no title yet, but it’s a forty-plus minute piece that was originally written during the summer of 2009 and only played out a few times” stated guitarist Trey Dalton on the track. “We’ll have some different people doing guest appearances (noise, synth, strings, vox, and more) as well. We’re trying to make the most completely off the wall shit yet.”

Further details on the recording will be released in the coming weeks upon completion. In the meantime, INTER ARMA has been confirmed to perform at a pair of late Summer stateside music festivals, including a set alongside Pig Destroyer, ASG, Sleep, Kurt Vile and more at this year’s massive Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 5th, followed by a spot on Boomslang Festival in Lexington, Kentucky the weekend of September 20th with Blonde Redhead, Marnie Stern, Locrian, Grails, Chelsea Wolfe and a ton of others. They’ve also been confirmed to storm Holland in 2014 as part of the annual Roadburn Festival. Expect further tour actions to be announced shortly.


9/05/2013 Hopscotch Fest – Raleigh, NC [info]

9/20-22/2013 Boomslang Festival – Lexington, KY [info]


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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