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Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Photo credit: Whitey McConnaughy



Portland, Ore., March 12, 2018 – Witch Mountain return from their three-plus-year hiatus with a refreshed line-up (new singer Kayla Dixon and bass player Justin Brown join band stalwarts Rob Wong and Nate Carson) and a new album: Witch Mountain (May 25, Svart Records).

“We’ve always been a patient band,” said founding member/drummer Nathan Carson. “Thanks to all of the touring Rob and I have done with Justin and Kayla over the last three years, we were able to make this album as a full-fledged, road-tested, family unit. Over twenty years, Witch Mountain has never peaked; each record and tour are better than the last. It was a tiny scene when we started, and even though it’s incredibly saturated now, own unique twist on Northwestern doom has continued to set us apart. I can’t wait to share the latest and greatest album with our fans.”

The five-song release features the aforementioned new singer, Kayla Dixon, who had large shoes to fill when Uta Plotkin announced she was moving on following the release of Mobile of Angels. NPR said of Dixon’s abilities: “Kayla Dixon is a rarity in doom-metal, a singer with soul, dynamism, drama, control and poise. There’s proficiency in her voice, but she knows that the blues — especially heavy-metal blues — rolls like thunder and wanders like a diva dancing around. She’s got a gift for righteously nailing the perfect note.”

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Witch Mountain album cover

Witch Mountain track list:

1.  Midnight

2. Mechanical World

3. Burn You Down

4. Hellfire

5. Nighthawk

Witch Mountain pre-orders and the band’s North American tour dates will be announced soon.






MORBID ANGEL – Legendary Death Metal Icons Announce US Tour; Kingdoms Disdained To Be Released On Limited Edition Vinyl For Record Store Day

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Legendary death metal icons MORBID ANGEL will kick off a US headlining tour this spring. Slated to commence on April 16th and run through May 17th, the month-long journey includes a headlining set at the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest. Direct support will be provided by Misery Index from April 16th to April 25th and Origin from April 26th through the tour’s conclusion. Additional support will be provided by Dreaming Dead and Hate Storm Annihilation. See all confirmed dates below.

MORBID ANGEL will be touring in support of their critically lauded studio album, Kingdoms Disdained, released in December via Silver Lining Music. Kingdoms Disdained reunites founding guitarist Trey Azagthoth with bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker. Captured at Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and produced by MORBID ANGEL with Erik Rutan, the record delivers eleven pieces of devastatingly dynamic death metal. Compositions such as “Garden Of Disdain,” “Architect And Iconoclast,” and “The Pillars Crumbling” supremely illustrate Azagthoth’s incredible creative alchemy with Tucker as well as his own incomparable guitar work. Orders for Kingdoms Disdained are currently available at THIS LOCATION.

In related news, Silver Lining Music will release a limited edition 12″ picture disc edition of  Kingdoms Disdained in honor of Record Store Day on April 21st. The disc – featuring the original cover art created by mixed-media artist Ken Coleman – will be housed in a clear PVC sleeve with product sticker and be available in all countries worldwide which participate in Record Store Day. A full list can be found HERE.

MORBID ANGEL w/ Misery Index (4/16 – 4/25), Origin (4/26 – 5/17), Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm Annihilation:
4/16/2018 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/17/2018 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
4/18/2018 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/19/2018 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/20/2018 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/21/2018 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
4/23/2018 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, OH
4/24/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/25/2018 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
4/26/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI

MORBID ANGEL w/ Misery Index (4/16 – 4/25), Origin (4/26 – 5/17), Dreaming Dead, Hate Storm Annihilation:
4/16/2018 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
4/17/2018 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
4/18/2018 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
4/19/2018 Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/20/2018 New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/21/2018 Revolution Bar & Music Hall – Amityville, NY
4/23/2018 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, OH
4/24/2018 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/25/2018 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
4/26/2018 The Rave II – Milwaukee, WI

4/27/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
4/28/2018 Music Hall – Minneapolis, MN
4/30/2018 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
5/01/2018 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
5/03/2018 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
5/04/2018 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
5/07/2018 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
5/08/2018 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
5/09/2018 Regent Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/10/2018 The Glass House – Pomona, CA
5/11/2018 The Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
5/12/2018 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
5/13/2018 Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/15/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
5/16/2018 Trees – Dallas, TX
5/17/2018 Scout Bar – Houston, TX


“…pound for pound one of the band’s most essential efforts, the record contains almost wall to wall instant classics, and is not only Steve Tucker’s best album as MORBID ANGEL frontman, but by extension the group’s most genre-defining effort since 1995’s iconic Domination.” — Metal Injection   

“…a cyclone of blastbeat-driven fury punctuated with Azagthoth’s signature heaving, lunging grooves and Eddie Van Halen-on-a-bad-trip solos.” — Rolling Stone

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GRUESOME – Completes New Album; Summer European Headlining Tour Confirmed

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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[photo by Ryan Tamm]

Death Metal defenders of the old, GRUESOME, has completed their second full-length album and follow-up their 2015 debut full-length, Savage Land. Their latest studio offering, titled Twisted Prayers, was recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Exhumed, 1349, Goatwhore, Wolvhammer) at New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida. Twisted Prayers follows Death’s paradigm shift during the Spiritual Healing era, incorporating more cerebral, melodic instrumentation with elements of thrash and thought-provoking, socially conscious lyrics. The record once again features artwork from the legendary Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth, Venom) and is expected to be released this summer via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for more info to be announced in the coming weeks.

Additionally, GRUESOME will kick off a European headlining tour this summer. Beginning July 19th, the trek will travel through two dozen cities and includes appearances at Obscene Extreme 2018, Wacken Open Air, Free & Easy Festival, Stonehenge Festival and more. See all confirmed dates below.

7/19/2018 Obscene Extreme 2018 – Trutnov, CZ
7/20/2018 Hydrozagadk – Warzawa, PL
7/21/2018 Red & Black – Chorzow, PL
7/22/2018 Modra Vopice – Prague, CZ
7/23/2018 Free & Easy Festival – Munich, DE
7/24/2018 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
7/25/2018 Metaldays – Tolmin, SL
7/26/2018 Viper Room – Wien, AT
7/27/2018 Master Of The Unicorn – Ernsthausen, DE
7/28/2018 Stonehenge Festival – Steenwijk, NL
7/29/2018 Bastard Club – Osnabruck, DE
7/30/2018 Immerhin – Wurzburg, DE
7/31/2018 Nomansland – Volmerange-les-mines, FR
8/01/2018 7er Club – Mannheim, DE
8/02/2018 Wacken Open Air – Wacken, DE
8/03/2018 Klubb Dissonans – Jonkoping, SE
8/04/2018 The Crypt – Linkoping, SE
8/05/2018 Underwerket – Valby/Copenhagen, DK
8/07/2018 Chemiefabrik – Desden, DE
8/08/2018 Musik und Frieden – Berlin, DE
8/09/2018v Partysan Open Air – Schlotheim, DE
8/10/2018 Das Bett – Frankfurt, DE
8/11/2018 Helvete – Oberhausen, DE
8/12/2018 Alcatraz Open Air – Kortrijk, BE
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LIGHT THIS CITY – Bay Area Melodic Death Metal Warriors Issue Teaser For First New Record In Ten Years

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Bay Area Melodic Death Metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY issues a new teaser video for the band’s first new album in ten years. Having completed the new LP in recent days, the trailer shows the reactivated outfit in the studio, leaking the very first traces of the anxiously awaited record.

After a decade of silence between albums, LIGHT THIS CITY has returned with ten blazing tracks that capture the band’s tendency towards extreme melody and intensity, honoring the Swedish sound of the ’90s. Having spent the past decade performing and touring in numerous other bands, the five members of LIGHT THIS CITY have only honed and shaped their skills and musicianship since their 2008-released Stormchaser. The album was recorded from December 2017 through February 2018 with Zack Ohren, who handled the band’s previous four full length albums, at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California, and features artwork by Tony Midi.

See the new LIGHT THIS CITY teaser video RIGHT HERE or below:

The new record will be released in CD, LP, and digital formats on May 25th; watch for the title, artwork, track listing, preorder links, audio samples, and more to be issued in the days ahead.

LIGHT THIS CITY began in 2002, when best friends Laura Nichol and Ben Murray decided to start a melodic death metal project in the vein of At the Gates, Carcass, In Flames, and all the Scandinavian bands that inspired them to play fast, melodic, crushing music, largely untouched by the American population of metalcore, deathcore, and numerous other subgenres of heavy metal that were ignoring the monstrous influences of the ’90s. After the sparks were lit, Nichol and Murray soon wrote their debut 2003 full-length, The Hero Cycle, which quickly landed them a deal with Prosthetic Records, who would go on to release the band’s following three albums.

As Murray and Nichol neared the end of high-school, LIGHT THIS CITY released 2005’s Remains Of The Gods, which sparked the rest of the band’s trajectory on Prosthetic Records, and saw the band touring heavily in support of their Bay Area brand of melodic-death metal infused thrash. Remains Of The Gods gained favorable reviews and it seemed as if the metal press knew what was in store for LIGHT THIS CITY.

Next came the band’s undeniably most popular album, Facing The Thousand. By the time Nichol and Murray had arrived into 2006, they were out of high-school, on the road full-time, with Steve Hoffman on guitar, Ryan “Hollywood” Hansen on lead guitar, and Jon Frost on bass. Facing The Thousand saw the band supporting a multitude of metal acts such as Death Angel, Vader, Malevolent Creation, Edguy, Into Eternity, All That Remains, Chimaira, Soilent Green, Darkest Hour, Suicide Silence, Misery Signals, and many more, gaining the band a rapid exposure into the metal mainstream.

After a three-year touring cycle the band retreated to Oakland to record their fourth album, Stormchaser, which saw a guest vocal appearance by Chuck Billy of Testament. Before the official release of the album, LIGHT THIS CITY disbanded before even having the chance to tour on their fourth and final effort.

In 2010, LIGHT THIS CITY played five final shows, dubbed The Final Thrash Attack, in which the band was able to celebrate the songs of Stormchaser, and give the fans a bit of closure that they never received with the band’s sudden disappearance from the world of heavy metal. In September of 2015, Darkest Hour requested that LIGHT THIS CITY play the San Francisco date of their twentieth anniversary tour. LIGHT THIS CITY quickly reunited within a few months to rehearse one final set that would celebrate the band’s four-album career. The show was absolutely one for the books, sparking the flame which lead the band to reunite, ten years later.


Laura Nichol – vocals

Ben Murray – drums

Ryan Hansen – lead guitar

Steve Hoffman – rhythm guitar

Jon Frost – bass


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WOLVHAMMER – Announces New Tour Dates Including Summer Tour With Uada And The Black Moriah

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 7, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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WOLVHAMMER has announced new summer tour dates in support of their impending fourth LP, The Monuments Of Ash & Bone, nearing release in May via Blood Music.

Leading with a performance at Stygian Rites Festival in Rapid City South Dakota, WOLVHAMMER will tour throughout the Western US and Canada from June 22nd through July 16th, supporting Uada alongside The Black Moriah. Directly after, WOLVHAMMER will headline shows in Indianapolis and Chicago July 20th and 21st with support from Doomsday, containing members of WOLVHAMMER. The band’s performance at Psycho Las Vegas following in August will also be joined by additional tour dates. Stand by for more updates in the weeks ahead.

WOLVHAMMER‘s The Monuments Of Ash & Bone was recorded and mixed by Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Exhumed) at his own New Constellation Studios in Orlando, Florida, and mastered by Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams, The Faceless) – both of whom provide additional guitar tracks to the album – and completed with artwork by Brian Sheehan.

Blood Music will release The Monuments Of Ash & Bone on CD, LP, and digital formats on May 4th; find preorder options HERE.

Stream WOLVHAMMER’s “Eternal Rotting Misery” at Decibel RIGHT HERE.


w/ Uada, The Black Moriah

6/22-23/2018 Hay Camp Brewery – Rapid City, SD @ Stygian Rites Festival

6/23/2018 Hydra Beer Hall – Sioux Falls, SD [no Uada]

6/24/2018 Lee’s Liquor Lounge – Minneapolis, MN

6/25/2018 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB

6/26/2018 Vangeli’s Tavern – Saskatoon, SK

6/27/2018 The Temple – Edmonton, AB

6/28/2018 Distortion Live – Calgary, AB

6/29/2018 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

6/30/2018 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA

7/01/2018 Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR

7/02/2018 Opera Metro – Oakland, CA

7/03/2018 Club Bahia – Los Angeles, CA

7/05/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

7/06/2018 The Doll Hut – Anaheim, CA

7/07/2018 You Revolution – Tijuana, MX

7/08/2018 Ables Bar – Ensenada, MX

7/09/2018 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ

7/10/2018 Juggernaut Music – Gallup, NM

7/11/2018 The Classic Tavern – Laredo, TX

7/12/2018 The Guillotine – San Antonio, TX

7/13/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

7/14/2018 The Concert Pub North – Houston, TX

7/15/2018 Renos Chop Shop – Dallas, TX

7/16/2018 – 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK

w/ Doomsday

7/20/2018 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN

7/21/2018 Reggies – Chicago, IL

8/16-19/2018 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV @ Psycho Las Vegas [info]

WOLVHAMMER‘s upcoming fourth album The Monuments Of Ash & Bone is far removed from the methodical riffing and trudging pace of their previous records, eschewing any frills. Merging the black metal tendencies of Enslaved with the mid-tempo sludge of Celtic Frost, The Monuments Of Ash & Bone delivers nearly forty-two minutes of savagery through seven new songs. The album kicks the tempo into high gear and goes straight for the throat; no experimental bullshit, just the sound of rotten flesh and slow decay.


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REVENGER – Announce April Canadian Tour

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on March 2, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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Vancouver-based groove thrashers REVENGER will embark on ‘The New Mythology Tour 2018’ in April. Dates are as follows:

April 12  Vernon @ Record City

April 13  Calgary @ Distortion

April 14  Regina @ Cloud 9

April 15  Winnipeg @ Bones Pizza

April 16  Portage La Prairie @ Smoke Break Pool Hall

April 17  Saskatoon @ Black Cat Tavern

April 18  Edmonton @ Rendezvous

April 19  Medicine Hat @ Liquid Nightclub

April 20  TBA

April 21  Kamloops @ Dirty Jersey

REVENGER released The New Mythology Vol. 1 on February 17.


Make sure to check out the official video for opening track “Hex” at this location or below:

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Andrew Bailey (Vocals)
JP Poulin (Bass)
Sean Parkinson (Guitars)
Julia Geaman (Drums)

The New Mythology Vol.1, REVENGER‘s second studio release, is a five-song EP that expands on the band’s aggressive thrash style with tracks that are more technical, visceral and direct than debut album To The Wolves. Formed in 2012, the band introduces some key members that shape the sound and vibe of this EP, which is more calculated and driven than before.

Heavy guitar rhythms punctuated by a consistent thrash pulse breaks only when the groove requires and marks REVENGER’s particular style. The lyrics and gritty death vocals also bring out the rage and bitterness of the subject matter which, for this EP, is slightly more conceptual and inspired by comic books and how today’s mythology could become tomorrow’s dogma.

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With the intent of bringing together technical thrash metal and gritty groove riffs, Revenger was born in 2012 through the hands of guitarist Jean-Pierre Poulin and drummer Chris Warunki. The pair had written music together before and the combination of their styles and personalities was a natural experiment. In March 2014, Revenger debuted in Vancouver to warm reviews.

Their first independent album To the Wolves came out in September 2014 with Jordan Knute (lead guitar), Greg Cavanagh (vocals) and Darryl Greer (bass). In early 2015, Revenger’s lineup evolved to include Julia Geaman (drums) and Andrew Bailey (vocals). The following year was largely focused on woodshedding, playing local and regional shows/festivals alongside renowned bands such as Havok, Beyond Creation, Archspire, Tengger Cavalry, Stryker and Unleash the Archers.

2016 saw the introduction of Sean Parkinson on guitar (replacing Jordan Knute), and the interesting switch from guitar to bass for founder and main song writer JP Poulin. Ending the year with a 5-song EP written and ready to be recorded in early 2017, Revenger is ready to tour extensively and work tirelessly to get their music out to the world.






ACT OF DEFIANCE – To Kick Off US Headlining Tour

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2018 by Metal Odyssey

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ACT OF DEFIANCE, the heavy metal group featuring the talents of Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Times Of Grace), and Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr), will kick off their US headlining tour. The three-week trek will commence in San Diego, California March 1st and conclude in Fresno, California on March 24th. Support will be provided by Shattered Sun. Additionally, ACT OF DEFIANCE will join Armored Saint on the previously announced Symbol Of Salvation tour this summer. See all confirmed dates below.

ACT OF DEFIANCE w/ Shattered Sun:
3/01/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
3/02/2018 Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (Free Show!)
3/03/2018 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/04/2018 The Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV
3/06/2018 The Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ
3/07/2018 Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
3/08/2018 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
3/09/2018 BFE Rock Club – Houston, TX
3/10/2018 Curtain Club – Dallas, TX
3/11/2018 The Ruins Live – Oklahoma City, OK
3/12/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/13/2018 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/14/2018 Token Lounge – Westland, MI
3/15/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL
3/16/2018 The Outpost – Kent, OH
3/17/2018 Back Bar – Janesville, WI
3/18/2018 The Drinkery – Omaha, NE
3/20/2018 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/21/2018 Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
3/23/2018 Phoenix Theater – Petaluma, CA
3/24/2018 Full Circle Brewing – Fresno, CA
w/ Armored Saint:
7/10/2018 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
7/11/2018 Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA
7/13/2018 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
7/14/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
7/15/2018 Petite Campus – Montreal, QC
7/17/2018 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7/18/2018 The Cambridge @ House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7/20/2018 Shelter – Detroit, MI
7/21/2018 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
7/22/2018 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
8/16/2018 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV
8/17/2018 Parish @ House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
8/18/2018 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA

ACT OF DEFIANCE released their latest studio album, Old Scars, New Wounds, via Metal Blade Records in September of 2017. The record debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top New Artist Albums charts, as well as #58 on the Canadian Hard Music Charts upon its release. The album, which Team Rock calls, “technical, extreme metal that’s as versatile as it is hard-hitting,” is available now via






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