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ATARAXY – To Release “When All Hope Fades” In February, via Dark Descent Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on December 28, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

ATARAXY - When All Hope Fades - promo cover pic - 2018 - #MO0333ILMN

Spain’s ATARAXY are set to return next year with the release of When All Hope Fades.

The album comes on the heels of the 2016 “The Festival / The Tomb” single and marks the band’s first full-length since Revelations of the Ethereal (2012).

Dark Descent Records premiered album track “Matter Lost in Time” on the label’s most recent digital sampler. The nearly 11-minute exploration of doom-laden death metal immediately caught the attention of the press, including No Clean Singing, who described the song as “…spellbinding, in a chilling and disconcerting way – haunting, bleak and heavy, with tendrils of uneasy but seductive melody that glide like serpents, seeping poison.”

Stream the track HERE or below:

Dark Descent Records will release When All Hope Fades on CD, cassette and digital on February 16. Vinyl treatment coming through Me Saco Un Ojo Records.

With a certain maturity and poise, a sense of deep-set misery almost pushes the record into death-doom territory. Almost…but not quite. The sound remains tensely energetic, albeit with a sense of space, time and songcraft which is more impressive than ever.

Gruesomely textured wraith-like melodies intertwine monstrously hammering double-bass rhythms, the delicate interplay of guitar harmonies threading a perfect line between devious subtlety and straight-ahead bludgeon.

Perhaps above all else, the gasping tortured vocals imbue a horrific terror upon the listener. It is the sum of all parts which so masterfully elevate Ataraxy above their peers. Few others have scaled such heights; in this timeless classic we witness a band enter the pantheon of Death Metal royalty.


Source: ClawHammer PR

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HARM’S WAY – Announces North American Headlining Tour With Ringworm, Vein And Queensway

Posted in Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on December 27, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

Harms Way - Ringworm - Vein - Queensway - tour flyer 2018 - #333MO8338

On February 9th, HARM’S WAY will release their fourth full-length, Posthuman, via Metal Blade Records. In support of its release, the band has announced a North American headlining tour with Ringworm, Vein, and Queensway. The trek will commence on February 17th in Cleveland, Ohio and run through March 18th in Pontiac, Michigan. See below for all confirmed dates.

HARM’S WAY w/ Ringworm, Vein, Queensway:

2/17/2018 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH

2/18/2018 Sneaky Dees – Toronto, ON

2/19/2018 Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY

2/20/2018 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY

2/21/2018 Middle East – Worcester, MA

2/22/2018 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA

2/23/2018 Canal Club – Richmond, VA

2/24/2018 Local 506- Chapel Hill, NC

2/25/2018 The End Nashville, TN

2/26/2018 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

2/27/2018 Transitions – Tampa, FL

3/01/2018 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA

3/02/2018 Dirty 30 – Dallas, TX

3/03/2018 Houston Underground – Houston, TX

3/04/2018 Jack’s – San Antonio, TX

3/06/2018 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ

3/07/2018 American Legion Post 8 – Las Vegas, NV

3/08/2018 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA

3/09/2018 Gilman – Berkeley, CA

3/10/2018 Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA

3/11/2018 Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA

3/14/2018 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT

3/15/2018 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

3/16/2018 Davey’s Uptown – Kansas City, MO

3/17/2018 Fubar – St. Louis, MO

3/18/2018 The Pike Room – Pontiac, MI


Having grown with each subsequent release, Posthuman is a devastating addition to HARM’S WAY‘s catalog. “We’ve always stayed true to who we are and allowed the songwriting process to take shape organically from record to record, and as the band has progressed, our sound has become more refined with metal and industrial influences,” states drummer Chris Mills.

Guitarist Bo Lueders succinctly sums up what people can expect when they first spin the record, “To a HARM’S WAY fan, I would describe Posthuman as a blend of Isolation (2011) and Rust (2015), but it’s sonically way more insane. To anyone else, I would simply say it’s full on heavy and full on aggression.”

For a first preview of Posthuman, the single “Human Carrying Capacity” can be streamed at: where the record can also be preordered in various formats.


Source: Earsplit PR




EARTHEN GRAVE – Unique Doom Sextet Release Debut Full-Length

Posted in doom metal, doom metal albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Tour Dates Include Days of The Doomed & Stoner Hands of Doom

Distinctive Chicago-based Doom collective EARTHEN GRAVE have confirmed a plethora of Summer tour dates throughout the country in support of their electrifying self-titled debut album.

Boasting a powerful, dynamic style of plodding Doom Metal surging with classic Heavy Metal vigor, the six members of the band coalesce their Metal aptitude into one entity with EARTHEN GRAVE. Founded in 2008 by guitarist Jason Muxlow (The Living Fields, Wintering) and drummer Scott Davidson (ex-Stonehenge, owner of Rebel Radio), the duo recruited bassist Ron Holzner (formerly of Trouble, Debris Inc., Place of Skulls, etc.), vocalist Mark Weiner (Trifog), guitarist Tony Spillman (Spillage), and renowned classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine on extended range electric flying V violin.

A year after the creation of EARTHEN GRAVE, this union of talented musicians released their first recordings as the five-song Dismal Times demo, receiving immediate praise from underground Metal and Stoner Rock media outlets and fans alike. The next few years saw the band playing intimate club shows as well as providing support for international touring acts on stages around Chicago and regionally throughout the Midwest and East Coast. This has sharpened each member’s skills within the unit and had defined their roles more prominently, fueling the already intoxicating chemistry of the band to dramatic new levels.

In late April of this year, EARTHEN GRAVE entered the studio to create their mammoth first album, simply entitled Earthen Grave. Produced by Ron Holzner, and released on CD and via digital download via his own indie label Claude & Elmo Music, this layered opus showcases even more range and diversity to the band’s commanding material, clocking in with over an hour of epic music!

Stream the entire album via the band’s BANDCAMP PAGE.

This weekend EARTHEN GRAVE will take part in Days of the Doomed II Festival in Cudahy, Wisconsin, joining Solace, Blood Farmers, Earthride, Revelation, Argus and many others over the two-day event. More shows are booked throughout Chicago and abroad over the coming weeks and later in the Summer they’ll play Brooklyn on their way to take part in Stoner Hands of Doom XII Fest on September 1st. The annual four-day all-ages gathering also listing RoadSaw, Ichabod, Raw Radar War, Pilgrim, Earthride, Revelation, Pale Divine, Iron Man, Elder, War Injun and tons more at this year’s installment.


6/16/2012 The Blue Pig – Cudahy, WI @ Days of the Doomed II [info]

6/22/2012 P.L.A.V. – Kenosha, WI

6/23/2012 The End Zone Bar & Grill – Aurora, IL w/ En Masse, Rituals of the Oak, Sleestak

6/30/2012 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL w/ Black Cobra, Gaza

7/11/2012 Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts – Ottawa, ON @ Music and Beyond Festival presents Heavy Metal Violin

7/27/2012 Siberia Club – New Orleans, LA

7/28/2012 The Boiler Room – Dallas, TX

8/31/2012 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Iron Man, War Injun, Kin of Ettins

9/01/2012 El ‘n’ Gee – New London, CT @ SHoD Fest [info]


Earthen Grave – Track Listing:

01. Earthen Grave

02. Life Carries On

03. Burning a Sinner

04. Blood Drunk

05. Dismal Times

06. Tilted World

07. Beneath a Shovel Load

08. Fall In

09. Relentless

10. Death on the High Seas


(Source: Earsplit PR)

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Bastardized Recordings signs PURIFICATION

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, metalcore, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

The Bastardized Recordings-Team is happy to announce the signing of Italians Vegan Straight Edge-Powerhouse Purification. The band has just signed a deal with us and will release a new full-length in 2012. We are really happy to work with a band we know and support since the days of our youth.

Here is what the band has to say:
“We are very excited to finally have signed a deal with Bastardized records, we were looking for a solid German label and we are stoked to be able to work with Marco. Expect our new record A Torch To Pierce The Night to be released in the next months, it took a few months for us to officialise this after we recorded the songs before our South American Tour but we’ll be finally able to have it on CD!”

(Source: Massacre Records)

* For more info on PURIFICATION, click on the links below:


PRO-PAIN: New York Metal/Hardcore Legends Celebrate 20 Years With CD/DVD Release

Posted in hardcore, hardcore bands, hardcore metal, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Legendary New York Metal/Hardcore outfit PRO-PAIN are proud to be celebrating their twentieth year in existence in 2011!

Since the band’s inception in 1991, PRO-PAIN have toured the world countless times, dominated the stages of the world’s largest Metal fests and infiltrated the hearts and lives of millions over the course of their incredible, and still heavily active, career. Their massive back-catalog bears thirteen full-lengths and a plethora of other releases including singles, DVDs and a live album and two greatest hits compilations to date.

PRO-PAIN now proudly unveil the details for a special release designed specifically in celebration of their twenty-year anniversary; the massive CD/DVD combo appropriately titled 20 Years Of Hardcore. Set for North American release on August 30, 2011 via AFM Records, this behemoth collection of material is much more than just a “greatest hits” or random compilation of tracks. The CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving! The disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring PRO-PAIN alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material! The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including tons of live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and tons of extras, making this an absolute must-have for any fan of PRO-PAIN‘s patented, groove-laden thunder.

20 Years Of Hardcore Track Listing:


New Tracks:

01. Damnation

02. Hands In The Jar

03. Someday Bloody Someday

04. True Liberation

Re-recorded Tracks:

05. Foul Taste Of Freedom 2011

06. Make War (Not Love) 2011

07. Denial 2011

08. Shine 2011

Cover track:

09. Keine Amnestie für MTV

Live In Brno (CZ)

10. Unrestrained

11. Three Minutes Hate

12. Can You Feel It

13. UnAmerican

14. Neocon

15. No Way Out

16. F*ck It

17. Draw Blood

18. The Shape Of Things To Come

19. In For The Kill

20. Let The Blood Run Through The Streets

21. Foul Taste Of Freedom

22. All For King George

23. Destroy The Enemy


Beograd Concert – SKC 1998:

01. Shine

02. Make War (Not Love)

03. State Of Mind

04. The Stench Of Piss

05. Life’s Hard

06. Get Real

07. Time

08. Foul Taste Of Freedom

09. Crush

10. Box City

11. Blood Red

12. Bad Blood

Live at With Full Force:

01. Casualties Of War – 2002

02. UnAmerican – 2005

03. Fuck It – 2007

Live At Lausitzring 2005:

01. Neocon

02. One World Ain’t Enough

03. Left For Dead

04. Life’s Hard

05. Get Real

Fan Filmed Footage:

01. Iraqnophobia 1993

02. Johnny Black 1996

03. Act Of God 1999

04. Smokin’ Gun 1999

05. Implode 2005

Rare Clips From The Vault: A montage of old rare footage

Official Promo Video: “Down For The Cause”

Aggressive, meticulous, passionate, righteous – all distinguishing traits that have come to symbolize the fundamentals of Metal/Hardcore pioneers PRO-PAIN. Since their crushing debut album Foul Taste Of Freedom stormed onto the scene in 1992, PRO-PAIN have become a household name of Heavy Music listeners around the globe. Their successful and enviable career has perpetually prospered throughout its course and yet they still manage to find room to improve, and more importantly, impress.

Formed by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), PRO-PAIN have over the years benefited from substantial support from an ever-growing and loyal fanbase, international extreme music press and media, hard rock radio, MTV’s Headbangers Ball, and more, helping the band’s worldwide catalog sales approach one million units to date.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

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Metal Odyssey Spotlight On: Marc Broude – Psychological Warfare – 2 Songs of Industrial Metal and Noise!

Posted in experimental rock, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, industrial metal, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

MARC BROUDE – My never ending Metal quest to find Metal talent that is unsigned, DIY and real has crossed paths with an Industrial Metal and Noise musician known as: Marc Broude. The Metal Odyssey Spotlight is on Marc Broude and his 2 song EP: Psychological Warfare. Marc is the vocalist and plays all instruments on his music.

I liken the sound of Marc Broude’s music to that of Industrial Metal, where Marc is very down with that tag, he also considers his music to be representative of the Noise genre. Marc is from Chicago, Illinois and had started recording while living in a squatter artist collective back in 2005. During 2005, Marc started out in the Chicago based Noise outfit called: Panicsville. A cross-genre composer, Marc has played in various bands which represented genres of: Black Metal, Grindcore, Punk and Noise. If diversity is the key to Metal success, then Marc has associated with some hefty Metal diversity in the course of seven years.

I really appreciate the overwhelming heaviness, experimentalism and mixture of distortion that Marc has implemented into his music’s sound. Marc’s vocals seem to arise from the dark depths of the damned, while his guitar riffs and drumming create a wall of sound that engulfs my surroundings with a nightmarish, bazaar of the living dead mood and atmosphere. Perfect.

I can see a promising Metal future for Marc, his DIY work ethic, multi-tasking, multi-instrument competency and musical inventiveness should eventually draw some credible attention. Marc feels getting his music heard is more important than making money from it… that’s the characteristic of a real musician and an artist who believes in what he’s created.

You can listen to both Psychological Warfare and God Smacker by clicking on the music bar play buttons below. Warning – to all closed minded, uptight and constipated Pop mainstream music dum dums: Your freely invited to listen as well, only don’t send your laundry bill to Metal Odyssey if you crap your pants.

Listen to PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE by clicking on the play button below:

Listen to GOD SMACKER by clicking on the play button below:

Originally released in 2006 as a 50 piece limited edition 7″ which became out of print, Psychological Warfare was digitally remixed for re-release. Distribution is through IODA and Psychological Warfare will be available at all digital music stores, with the CD being available on Amazon and Tower in about a month from now.

* In 2009, Marc released a 72 minute, Dark Ambient dirge titled: Rites of Zen and Medicine. This release displayed a drastic change in Marc’s sound, with a fusion of free improvisation and Avant-Garde Jazz.

(Psychological Warfare – Back Cover)

Production and General Credits:

Composed written and produced by: Marc Broude

Recorded by: Chris Anderson at Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL

Mixed and Mastered by: Judson Leach

Artwork by: Rodrigo Damian



THORNAFIRE – To Open For SLAYER In Santiago, June 2nd, 2011

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

On June 2nd, 2011, Chilean Death Metallers THORNAFIRE have the distinct honor of warming up the stage for the almighty SLAYER when the Thrash titans bring their World Painted Blood Tour to South America. Understandably, the band is marking this occasion as a huge moment in their career as guitarist Victor Mac-Namara reflects in the following statement:

“We are very happy as musicians and fans to be part in the scenario of a Slayer concert, and opening for them in our city.The truth is that I don´t have many words to talk about it, I can only say that we will unleash our fury and vibe on stage with our sharp axes and drums to evoke the somber cry of death. In short, we hope to leave the stage like shit, but leave at least the electrical system working for Slayer to finally crush this masochistic audience with their classic tyranny.”

The announcement of this high-profile gig comes as the band is currently working hard on the anticipated follow up to 2009’s Vorex Deconstrucción. In a previously released statement regarding the forthcoming album, Mac-Namara commented, “Currently we are writing music a little different than what we have done in the past. It’s a variation, but still true to our underground Death Metal underground roots. I’m drawing concepts for the album artwork. We hope to have this released  by 2012.”

(THORNAFIREVorex Deconstrucción
– Ibex Moon Records – 2009)

THORNAFIRE – Deconstrucción:

Deconstrucción was previously described by THORNAFIRE bassist/vocalist Alexis Munoz as a “futuristic song inspired by the religious and social decline experienced in the current era Eon oh Hourus.”

Deconstruccion comes off THORNAFIRE’s second album, Vorex Deconstrucción, which came out in July 2009 via Ibex Moon Records and is currently available at: Ibex Moon Records and  ABYSS RECORDS.

The band’s previous release, Exacerbated Gnostic Manifestation, is also available through Ibex Moon Records.

The video for Deconstrucción (see & hear below) was filmed, produced and edited by Daniel Duarte (a member of the fellow Chilean Death Metal act EXECRATOR) in a professional TV studio in Santiago.


* For more info on THORNAFIRE, click on the links below:

THORNAFIRE – Web Dominion

THORNAFIRE – myspace music

Ibex Moon Records




ACHREN – Live At Bloodstock Open Air 2010 DVD Released, 2011 Summer European Festivals Listed

Posted in blood metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ACHREN Press Release – May 2011:

Scottish Blood Metallers Achren have released their debut Live Concert DVD entitled Impaled at Bloodstock-Open-Air 2010. Produced in conjunction with UK based Darkbox Films, the DVD features their whole award winning Bloodstock performance from the New Blood Stage at last years festival, with band biography, photo galleries and preview recordings of their upcoming debut album.

Previously made available on their March UK tour, the DVD is now available to purchase by clicking  Here.

The lead promotional track Impaled is available to watch at

The band play the following Summer European Festival shows:

Metalcamp 2011, Slovenia, 11th-18th July

Wacken-Open-Air, Germany, 3rd-6th August

Bloodstock-Open-Air, UK, 11th-14th August

* For more info on ACHREN, click on the links below:

ACHREN – Official Website

ACHREN – myspace music

ACHREN – Reverbnation




VASTUM – 2011 Tour Dates For Bay Area & Pacific Northwest

Posted in concerts, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

VASTUM are on the warpath! The Bay Area horde are being praised by old-school death metal fans throughout the underground media in response to their brutalizing debut full-length, Carnal Law, set for release via 20 Buck Spin on May 31.

Continuing to brutalize live audiences with their stripped-down and ultra-pulverizing tonal supremacy, VASTUM have confirmed more live actions throughout the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest over the coming weeks, with more tour plans in the works to be announced shortly.

VASTUM Confirmed Rampages:

5/18/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Inquisition, Necrite

7/01/2011 The Know – Portland, OR w/ Atriarch, Murderess

7/02/2011 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA w/ Ritual Necromancy, Anhedonist, Countdown to Armageddon

7/03/2011 Saratoga – Portland, OR w/ Knelt Rote, Negative Queen

VASTUM‘s thunderous, stripped-down attack produces some of the most wretched, dehumanizing, old-school Death Metal one can find on Carnal Law. Unifying musicians with current or past ties to Saros, Amber Asylum, Hammers of Misfortune, Infest and containing 3/4 of Acephalix’ lineup, conceptually, the band’s lyrical content explores dark themes of sexuality and psychic disfiguration in a more cerebral context, as one may find in the work of Georges Bataille or psychoanalyst Jean Laplanche. Frustration, pain, pleasure, confusion, depravity, death, life and isolation; the lines are blurred.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* To read the Metal Odyssey review for VASTUM – Carnal Law, (posted on April 3rd, 2011), click on the big header link below:

VASTUM “CARNAL LAW” – Death Metal Debut Album Unleashes Wicked, Raw and Old School Savagery

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IPSISSIMUS – Premiere New Single: “The First Secret of Fatima” off “The Way of Descent” on

Posted in Black Metal, black metal albums, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

The New Haven, CT based blasphemers IPSISSIMUS have just released the band’s latest single for the track The First Secret of Fatima off the band’s Metal Blade debut, The Way of Descent out May 24. The track can be heard exclusively on Gun Shy Assassin’s site HERE. Be sure to check out the track, leave your comment, and spread the word.

Track listing for The Way of Descent:

1. The First Secret of Fatima

2. Monakhourgia / The Prince of Tyre

3. The Second Secret of Fatima

4. The Alchemist’s Goatthrone

5. The Third Secret of Fatima

6. Hodos Autapophaseos

*Tracks that were originally featured on the Fatima EP were re-recorded for The Way of Descent.

Specially priced preorder deals for The Way of Descent are still available. Pick up your copy HERE.

Catch IPSISSIMUS live as they play dates in support of their impending release. More dates coming soon!


05/21 Wallingford, CT Cherry St. Station w/ Nightbitch

05/25 Wallingford, CT Redscroll Records w/ Nachzehrer**

**the first 75 people who purchase the Ipsissimus CD at Redscroll Records will be given a ticket for admission


Tichondrius – Bass & Vocals

Haimatokharmes – Drums

His Emissary – Guitar

(Source: Metal Blade Records News & Tour Update)

* Stone Says: The First Secret of Fatima is explosively Blackened, with all the haunting and extreme nuances, vocals and musicianship that are mandatory in making real Black Metal come across to thine senses. Do yourself an immense Metal favor and listen to this song streaming at the link above… then douse your face with ice water and listen again.

* For more info on IPSISSIMUS, click on the links below:



SKINLESS – To Play Final Show At 2011 Maryland Deathfest

Posted in concerts, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, gore metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

SKINLESS – Following a special, ritualistically brutal, one-off performance last June that brought the classic SKINLESS lineup to the stage once again, the legendary death metal battalion will play their last show at this year’s edition of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore. Vocalist Sherwood Webber, drummer Bob Beaulac, guitarist Noah Carpenter and bassist Joe Keyser are prepared to scathe listeners with tunes off Progression Towards Evil and Foreshadowing Our Demise for one last time.

Commented Webber of the final performance: “This is Death Metal, so things can’t live forever, and here… we have an end! I’m stoked the guys at the Deathfest thought of us to do the show. It makes sense and we’re all down to do it. I know Noah announced the band’s demise a couple weeks ago, so it will be like seeing a ghost, then going to see Ghost ha!

“You can expect to see the sickest SKINLESS show ever,” he promises. “Last year’s reunion show was killer. It was everything a SKINLESS show should be about the finality of the MDF performance will definitely make it…….FINAL! THE FINAL NAIL!  Everyone in the band are still great friends. I live in Denver and we all have a lot going on in our lives now. We did way more than I ever expected. It was a lot of drive that made it happen; hard fucking work! I’d like to personally thank everyone that got behind us: Relapse, Ted Etoll and Step Up Presents, and most importantly the Metal fans all over the world! I’m over-the-top stoked for the show. If you can’t be there, there is always the miracle of YouTube. You never know what the musical future holds for all of us…keep a look out! Everyone take care, and always…STAY BRUTAL!”

SKINLESS will play on Sunday, May 29th in the main room at 6:45pm.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on SKINLESS, click the links below:



Thank You SKINLESS For Your Brand Of Death Metal.

MARDUK – IRON DAWN EP: Black Metal Legends Unleash 3 Songs of Hell Summoned, Raging Impact

Posted in Black Metal, black metal albums, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

MARDUK – Releasing on May 31st, 2011, via Regain Records, is a three song EP from Black Metal Legends Marduk titled: Iron Dawn. Black Metal this prolific doesn’t take any prisoners… it simply recruits by example. Not many bands, from any music genre, can release a three song EP and have as strong and convincing of an impact as Marduk has accomplished on Iron Dawn.

The Blackened rage seems to flow almost effortlessly from Marduk, as each song carries it’s sonic fury into the next, like a Hell’s soldier passing a baton onto it’s equally accepted brother from the underworld. With sonic elements that can be construed as progressive, one characteristic remains constant with Marduk, which is their overlay of abrupt explosiveness of Metal that is deeply rooted Black.

The Black Metal battalion needs Marduk at the forefront and Iron Dawn is a master strike reminder that they still command and refuse to follow. Chaos can be captured and revived through song, Marduk can make chaos become a desired theatre of thorns that beckons me to enter and turn my senses on overdrive. Often times the message is sent very clearly, in small packages, that the messenger is never to be underestimated. Marduk has instilled this message very clearly with their three song EP of Iron Dawn.

* IRON DAWN is a 6-panel Digipak CD and limited to 666 vinyl copies, (200 in yellow).

IRON DAWN – Track Listing:

Warschau 2 – Headhunter Halfmoon

Wacht Am Rhein Drumbeats Of Death

Prochorovka – Blood And Sunflowers

* For more info on MARDUK, click the link below:

MARDUK – Official Website



NECROPHAGIA – DEATHTRIP 69 Releases In U.S. On May 17th, 2011: Death & Gore Metal Legends Return!

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, gore metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

NECROPHAGIA – From the storied history of Death, Gore and all Extreme Metal, returns the band that helped pioneer it all: Necrophagia. Be prepared for their fifth full-length to be released on May 17th, 2011, via Season of Mist, titled: Deathtrip 69. With the legendary Killjoy on vocals and at the deadly forefront of Necrophagia, perseverance is this iconic band’s middle name. Don’t miss out on Extreme Metal’s history being made once again… get your insane ears and senses into Deathtrip 69 and be thankful you were told to do so.

I recently corresponded with Necrophagia’s guitarist Boris Randall, in regards to Deathtrip 69. Here is how Boris broke it down, in what to expect from this new Necrophagia album:

“Deathtrip 69 is Necrophagia getting back to it’s roots. Back to what put us on the map for horror and gore mixed with Extreme Metal. At the same time, this album features some new elements that Necrophagia is experimenting with such as more use of acoustic guitars, less synths, different styles of writing, as well as bringing back guitar solos”.

When I asked about the featured guests on Deathtrip 69, being Casey Chaos and Maniac, Boris added:

Casey Chaos shares lead vocals with Killjoy on the song Kyra, a tribute to Kyra Shon of the original Night Of The Living Dead. Maniac has a spoken word section in the title track Deathtrip 69″.


Killjoy – vocals

Boris Randall – guitar

Damien Matthews – bass

Shawn Slusarek – drums

DEATHTRIP 69 – Track Listing:

Naturan Demonto

Beast with Feral Claws

Tomb with a View

Suffering Comes in Sixes

A Funeral for Solange


Bleeding Eyes of the Eternally Damned

Trick R’ Treat (The Last Halloween)

Deathtrip 69

Death Valley 69

* Check out below, some very cool live tour photos of Necrophagia! These photos were taken at the Neurotic Deathfest – Tilburg, Netherlands, April 30th, 2011.

* All live photos are courtesy of and by permission from Boris Randall.

(Killjoy – vocals)

(Boris Randall – guitar)

(Damien Matthews – bass)

(Shawn Slusarek – drums)

* For more info on NECROPHAGIA, click on the links below:


Season of Mist – Independent Rock Metal Label




BACKSLIDER / NIMBUS TERRIFIX – Split: An Ultra-Tumultuous Grindcore and Hardcore Collision!

Posted in Extreme Metal, extreme music, grindcore, hardcore music, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BACKSLIDER / NIMBUS TERRIFIX – Releasing on May 17th, 2011, is Backslider / Nimbus Terrifix (Split) via Give Praise. Backslider is a two-man Grindcore/Hardcore force originating from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nimbus Terrifix is a Technical Hardcore outfit that calls Scranton, Pennsylvania: home base. In Metal preface, Backslider are representative of the future for Blastcore, while Nimbus Terrifix can set their sights on Hardcore notoriety, just as long as they remain so damn pissed off.

Both of these bands accentuate the raging noize and all things extreme about Metal. Listening to the split album from these two up and coming Hardcore bands is not something you want to do on the way to a “check-up” at the doctor’s office… both your blood pressure and heart rate will be increased while you are trying to feel if the skin has been ripped off your face. (I’m just kidding about the facial skin, then again, you never know).

No epics are in this genre of Metal. Nope. Just quick and obliterating Hardcore uppercuts to the chin that grind out frenzied drums, old school riffs and blunt force jabs of traumatizing vocals. You shall find no sanity in the punishing sounds that Backslider and Nimbus Terrifix dish out. In this world of Extreme Metal, song structures are obliterated into furious spasms of kick-to-the-teeth strikes and counter strikes that carry out one unified message: piss off mainstream.

Give yourself the gift of Hardcore this Spring and try out Backslider and Nimbus Terrifix… you might just find that the extreme punishment these two bands dish will have you asking for more. It’s just like putting your tongue on the terminals of a 9 volt battery, it shocks, it’s unpleasant and you still want more.

While I listen to both bands, I don’t know whether I want to break out or break in. Regardless, I realize that it was my own doing in opening up this can of extreme whoop-ass and I’ll open it again. In under twelve minutes, both bands combined to brutalize my senses and I’m alive to talk about it. It’s the unreal that I hear from both of these bands, that for all intents and purposes, makes it real to me. Metal be thy name.



Steady Diet of Vitriol

Sadistic Sack of Shit

Marrow Turns to Dust

Shallow Victory

Jerusalem Syndrome




Scranton Trinity

Broadcast Booth

* For more info on BACKSLIDER and NIMBUS TERRIFIX:



IMPENDING DOOM – Sign a World Wide Deal With eOne Music! 2011 Tour Dates Listed!

Posted in Death Metal, deathcore, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(New York, NY) — Hard hitting “gorship” outfit IMPENDING DOOM have signed a world wide deal with eOne Music. “We’re very excited to start a new chapter in our career on a label who has proven to be a staple in the Metal community,” says guitarist Corey Johnson. The band is writing new material to be released later this year. Johnson continues, “We’re certain that with our new material, the touring plans we have on the horizon and having such a powerful label behind us there will be no stopping Impending Doom!

IMPENDING DOOM are currently on tour with NORMA JEAN and STICK TO YOUR GUNS, with a few weeks left before they head over to Europe for the first time in their career alongside WHITECHAPEL.

w/ Norma Jean, Stick To Your Guns

3/16 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s

3/17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

3/18 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre

3/19 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Upstairs

3/20 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club

3/22 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club

3/23 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall

3/24 Tampa, FL @ State Theatre

3/25 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade

w/ Whitechapel

04/08 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse

04/09 Sheffield, UK – Corporation

04/10 Manchester, UK – Academy 3

04/11 Birmingham, UK – Academy 3

04/12 Islington, UK – Islington Academy

04/13 Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms

04/14 Paris, FRA – Boule Noire

IMPENDING DOOM have achieved success in recent years with releases like “The Serpent Servant” and “There Will Be Violence;” both cracking the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Often seen on tour with acts like CHIMAIRA, WHITECHAPEL and AUGUST BURNS RED, the band has no plans of stopping now.

IMPENDING DOOM are Brook Reeves on vocals, Cory Johnson on guitar, David Sittig on bass and Brandon “B-Town” Trahan on drums.

(Source: eOne Music)

* For more into on IMPENDING DOOM, just click the links below:

IMPENDING DOOM – myspace music




INCANTATION – To Play Neurotic Deathfest 2011!

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

INCANTATION – U.S. Death Metal pioneers Incantation have recently been added to the already stacked lineup for this years Neurotic Deathfest, which runs April 29th & 30th in Tilburg, Netherlands. Drummer Kyle Severn gave the following statement:

“On behalf of myself and Incantation, we would like to announce that we have just added to the greatest indoor European Death Metal Fest lineup that we have ever seen. Yes, I’m talking about this year’s Neurotic Deathfest in Holland. Incantation is honored to share the stage again with the almighty Autopsy, as well as the return of At The Gates and other Metal legends like Obituary and new Metallers of the 2K-era – Hail Of Bullets. We plan to play a very obscure set in honor of this amazing lineup and for our very supportive fans, old school and new alike. With a well rounded fest lineup bound together with leather and spikes, you will not want to miss this Incantation set-list, which is already a making in Metal history. We are riding the Metal storm out with the same lineup as we had this time last year when we successfully spread blasphemy across Europe during our headlining tour for the highly respected 7″ EP “ScapeGoat” with Alex Bouks (Goreaphobia, Master) guitars, Chuck Sherwood (Blood Storm) bass, John McEntee on guitar and vokills and myself skinsmans Kyle Severn on the drums… Kyle666″.

Neurotic Deathfest 2011, featuring the likes of At The Gates, Autopsy, Obituary, Hate Eternal, Incantation and many more, is already shaping up to be the most brutal festival of the year. Keep checking in at NEUROTIC DEATHFEST 2011 for information, updates and to buy tickets.






ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas Tour Begins March 9th, 2011!

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal concerts, heavy metal festivals, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS – their thirty date North American tour alongside Melechesh, Hate, Lecherous Nocturne and headliners Rotting Christ embarks this Wednesday, March 9th in Virginia. Dubbed the Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas, this massive Black/Death tour lineup shall easily prove to be one of the most Extreme Metal tours of 2011 so far.

Apostles Of Darkness Over The Americas:

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS with Melechesh, Hate, Lecherous Nocturne and headliners – Rotting Christ:

3/09/2011 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA

3/10/2011 Championship Bar & Grill – Trenton, NJ

3/11/2011 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

3/12/2011 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH

3/13/2011 The Palladium – Worcester, MA

3/14/2011 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY

3/15/2011 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC

3/16/2011 Mod Club – Toronto, ON

3/17/2011 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI

3/18/2011 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

3/19/2011 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

3/20/2011 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

3/22/2011 The Republik – Calgary, AB

3/23/2011 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB

3/25/2011 El Corazon – Seattle, WA

3/26/2011 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

3/27/2011 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA

3/28/2011 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA

3/29/2011 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA

3/30/2011 Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA

3/31/2011 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ

4/01/2011 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX

4/02/2011 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK

4/03/2011 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX

4/04/2011 Emo’s – Austin, TX

4/05/2011 Walter’s – Houston, TX

4/07/2011 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL

4/08/2011 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

4/09/2011 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC

4/10/2011 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS’ latest album In The Absence Of Light was released in September via Candlelight. Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland and mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden, the album presents founder/vocalist/guitarist Sorceron with new guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene. The album’s eight songs, written exclusively by Sorceron, contain far more urgency then the band’s previous material, cutting down on snyth and keyboards without depleting their crushing atmospheric capabilities, while adding a more brutal, sinister edge to their attack.

(Source: Earsplit PR)




HEMOPTYSIS – Ink Deal With Rock It Up/IceWarrior Records!

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Phoenix, Arizona – March 8th, 2011 – On the same day that their first full length album is released (Misanthropic Slaughter), Phoenix based Metallers HEMOPTYSIS are proud to announce that they have signed a licensing deal with German label – Rock It Up/IceWarrior Records. Click here to check them out: Rock It Up / IceWarrior Records

Commented vocalist/guitarist Masaki Murashita: “We are proud to be working with such a great group of people. Franko at Rock It Up has really done an amazing job in making this deal happen. We look forward to our continued success throughout Europe and we hope to be playing many shows over there in the near future”.

Misanthropic Slaughter is available worldwide online now at this location: as well as iTunes, and other fine online retailers. Misanthropic Slaughter will hit stores throughout Europe in late April of 2011 via Rock It Up Records.



Misanthropic Slaughter Track Listing:

Misanthropic Slaughter



Impending Doom

And The World Dies


The Cycle

Blood Storm

Shadow of Death


End of Sorrow


Masaki Murashita – vocals & guitar

Ryan Miller – lead guitar

Sunao Arai – bass

Travis Thune – drums

* For more info on HEMOPTYSIS, click the links below:


HEMOPTYSIS – Official Website

HEMOPTYSIS – myspace music




Withering Soul “No Closure” Releases Today, March 8th, 2011!

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

WITHERING SOULNo Closure from Chicago’s WITHERING SOUL sees release today, March 8th, 2011 through Mortal Music. X-Plosive Metal called No Closure a “brilliant record”, The Offering Webzine dubbed it “a great Black Metal album” and declared it “a great album”.

No Closure is a combination of Symphonic Black Metal and Melodic Death Metal with some Gothic overtones thrown in as well. As an added treat, guest backing vocals have been provided by Melissa Ferlaak. Inclusive of quality Scandinavian influences, but now with mature competency, Withering Soul have carved out their own path that is destined to generate a buzz in the underground and capture fans across the board.

(Source: Clawhammer PR)

* For more info on Withering Soul, click the links below:


WITHERING SOUL – Official Website

Wanna read my album review for No Closure? Just click the big header link below!

Withering Soul – “No Closure” Explodes With Black Metal Impressiveness



GOREAPHOBIA: Legendary Philadelphia Death Metallers To Release New Full-Length!

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, gore metal, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

“The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult metal nihilism!”

Legendary Philadelphia death metal squadron GOREAPHOBIA are currently putting the finishing touches on their long-anticipated new full-length fittingly titled: Apocalyptic Necromancy. The follow-up to Mortal Repulsion, released in 2009, the 12-track long player was recorded, mixed and mastered by drummer Jim Roe and features new guitarist VJS (Kult ov Azazel, Crimson Moon, Demoncy, etc.).

Comments guitarist Alex Bouks of the band’s latest output: “All of us in the GOREAPHOBIA camp are real excited about finishing the new record. The new tunes will once again contain 1000% occult Metal nihilism! The only way I can describe our new endeavor is that’s it’s very diverse and takes us back to the band’s roots. Jim has once again recorded and mixed the record at his home studio, Neanderthal. Apocalyptic Necromancy also marks the debut of our new guitar player VJS. There’s a highly positive and magical vibe for the band at the present time. For me, this record is a true progression from the song writing and production on Mortal Repulsion. We hope to have it out soon for all our long time and newer fans.”

GOREAPHOBIA will release Apocalyptic Necromancy later this year. Further details to be announced soon.

Chris Gamble – Vocals/Bass
Alex Bouks – Guitars
Jim Roe – Drums
VJS – Guitar

* For more info on GOREAPHOBIA, click on the link below:

GOREAPHOBIA – myspace music

(Source: Earsplit PR, January 26, 2011)





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