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GHOST – New Studio Album “IMPERA” Releases On March 11th

Posted in Hard Rock, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

From the band GHOST Twitter timeline:

(MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY)

We wish to inform you Ghost‘s new album IMPERA is coming March 11th. Pre-order & pre-save it now: https://found.ee/ghost_impera_album

LONG LIVE GHOST.

Marco Minnemann – Witherfall – “The Other Side Of Fear” Drum Playthrough

Posted in drummers, Drums, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

From WITHERFALL:

Check out this ridiculous display of technique and power from Witherfall “Curse Of Autumn” Drummer Marco Minnemann. (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Jorden Ruddess, Necrophagist, Kreator)

LONG LIVE MARCO MINNEMANN And WITHERFALL.

INCITE – To Release New Album “Wake Up Dead” On March 25th Through Atomic Fire Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Oleg Bogdan)

Arizona groove metal outfit INCITE returns with new songs up their sleeves and have recently signed a contract with Atomic Fire Records. Following five relentless albums and an insane touring schedule under their belts, Richie Cavalera and his gang of misfits gear up for Wake Up Dead, set for release on March 25th. This infectious collection of raucous new tracks and remastered gems from their fifteen-plus year career proves once again that INCITE are indeed the missing link between Machine Head and Lamb Of God.

On their five albums The Slaughter (2009), All Out War (2012), Up In Hell (2014), Oppression (2016), and Built To Destroy (2019), INCITE cemented their reputation as one of America’s leading groove armadas, heavily hitting home with their blend of old-school thrash majesty, frantic aggression, melody, skill, and bravado. What began as a band of greenhorns driving around the States in a shitty van, thrashing small clubs, has evolved into a band with the potential, the passion, and the power to become one of metal’s biggest acts.

Written in several bouts of feverish inspiration during last year’s pandemic chaos, Wake Up Dead delivers the goods in the most relentless way. With recording duties again handled by legendary producer Steve Evetts (who Richie Cavalera notes is, “the only guy who can simultaneously record The Cure and Suicide Silence and pull it off”) in Omen Room Studios just outside Los Angeles, here’s a band that couldn’t be more comfortable with the place they’re in right now.

Kicking off the proceedings with the open fire that is “Fuck With Me (Wake Up Dead),” the record’s menacing second track, “War Soup,” will make a lasting impression on international heavy metal troops standing as the first INCITE song ever to feature the vocals of both Richie and his step-father Max Cavalera, a historical gathering of heavy metal generations.

Comments Richie Cavalera, “Metalheads, we’ve held back this beast long enough! It’s time! We’ve reworked the team, we’ve added more heavy metal, and couldn’t be more fired up! Our new album Wake Up Dead will drop with MinusHead/Atomic Fire Records for the first time ever! This album is exactly what the metal world needs to kick off 2022 heavy AF!”

Atomic Fire Records CEO and founder Markus Wosgien adds, “When Dez Fafara, singer of DevilDriver and manager of acts like Cradle Of Filth, Jinjer, and 8 Kalacas, introduced us the new material of INCITE, we were simply blown away. Those five new tracks simply were the shit! Each track was super catchy, straightforward, and massively brutal and aggressive. I couldn’t believe that I missed this incredible band over all these years and had a new mission: The metal world needs to know about INCITE and how great they are. So, the idea starts to grow to not only do an EP, but also add the best of their old tracks, remaster them, and demonstrate what INCITE is about. This new release is one of the best modern thrash metal releases of all time. This is both fresh, unique, and still somehow old-school as fuck. Fronted by Richie Cavalera, this band has an amazing singer with a serious history and well known parents. Check them out; you all will love them.”

Wake Up Dead – Track Listing:

  1. Fuck With Me (Wake Up Dead)
  2. War Soup [feat. Max Cavalera]
  3. Sucker Punched
  4. Deadbeat
  5. Mental Destruction
  6. Built To Destroy
  7. Stagnant
  8. Fallen
  9. The Aftermath
  10. The Slaughter

Stand by for album preorders and track previews to be launched in the coming weeks.

INCITE:
Richie Cavalera – vocals
Eli Santana – guitars
ChristopherELElsten – bass
Lennon Lopez – drums

Source: EARSPLIT PR

LONG LIVE INCITE.

Spain’s SEPULCRHAL Releasing “From Beyond The Burial Mound” On Soulseller Records in February

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Bilbao (ES) – Soulseller Records proudly presents From Beyond The Burial Mound, the full-length debut album from Spanish death metal maggots SEPULCHRAL! The album will be released February 25 on CD, vinyl LP, and digital formats.

The album’s first single, “Harbor of Drifting Souls,” is available on all digital platforms, including youtu.be/dLyjBrFb3gw.

SEPULCHRAL crawled out of the coffin when main composer Dusk wanted to release some old school death metal in the vein hof the old European bands. He composed four songs in 2015, but it was not until 2016 that he and the guitarist Wolf recorded a demo with two of those tracks called Rest In Sepulchral Darkness. After the nice reception the duo recorded a second demo the following year, Dust Of The Rotting Dead, but this time accompanied by new member Gaueko, who was in charge of the guitars and some vocals.

In 2018, Wolf left the band, and Dusk and Gaueko continued with the recording of an EP (Graveyard Repugnance) that they released in 2019. In 2020 Dusk recruited a new member to take care of the guitars and drums, leaving Gaueko in charge of vocals only.

Now, SEPULCHRAL arise from the tomb with their first full-length album, packed with catchy, putrid, crusty death metal that will make you jump from your coffin! From Beyond The Burial Mound was recorded by the band members themselves, mixed and mastered by Gorka Pérez, and features cover art by Jaime P.S.

Track Listing:

  1. The Funerary Dirge
  2. Harbor of Drifting Souls
  3. Ceremony of Putrefaction
  4. Sepulchral Fumes
  5. Cursed Epitaph
  6. Coffin Miasma
  7. Tombstone Thrower
  8. Caravan of Putrid Flesh
  9. Bastards from the Grave
  10. Blood Freak (Necrophagia Cover)
  11. Eyes Like Burning Catacombs

Line-up:

Dusk – Bass/Vocals
Gaueko – Vocals
Gorka – Guitars/Drums

Pre-orders:

World: soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/from-beyond-the-burial-mound

Americas: soulsellerrecords.aisamerch.com

sepulchraldeathmetal.bandcamp.com

instagram.com/sepulchralosdm

soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com/

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE SEPULCHRAL.

IMPENDING DOOM – Veteran Deathcore Outfit Unleashes “Culture Of Death” Video – “Hellbent” EP Out Now On MNRK Heavy

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, music videos, news with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Luke Cooper)

Veteran California deathcore outfit IMPENDING DOOM today unleashes their new video for “Culture Of Death.” The ferocious hymn comes off the band’s Hellbent EP, released late last Fall via MNRK Heavy.

Comments vocalist Brook Reeves, “’Culture Of Death’ is a song about sacrificing your beliefs to become someone you’re not for people who don’t care only to feel numb in the end and the wanting to feel alive again.”

View IMPENDING DOOM’s “Culture Of Death” video at THIS LOCATION and below:

Hellbent is a fierce five-song blast of readily identifiable IMPENDING DOOM brutality. The EP showcases the enduring trio who formed the creative core of the band in Riverside, California: Sittig, vocalist Brook Reeves, and guitarist Manny Contreras. “Satanic Panic,” “New World Horror,” “Culture of Death,” “I Must End,” and the title track are punishingly incisive entries into the band’s esteemed canon, which stretches back to their 2005 demo. As reliably as ever, the band warn of society’s inevitable destructive collapse through crushing heaviness, punishing death and grindcore riffing, impossibly guttural growls and a steadfast reverence for Christ.

Recorded with engineer Joseph Calleiro at Dungeon by the Sea in Los Angeles and mixed by longtime band collaborator Will Putney (Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Thy Art Is Murder), Hellbent also comes adorned with the arresting cover art of Jim Pavelec, an illustrator specializing in the occult, sci-fi, horror and fantasy; including pieces for classic RPG Dungeons & Dragons.

Preview and purchase Hellbent today at THIS LOCATION.

View the band’s previously released video for “Satanic Panic” HERE and “New World Horror” HERE.

The Sin And Doom Of Godless Men, IMPENDING DOOM’s devastating 2005 demo, was shocking in its urgent immediacy and its unashamed outspokenness. But that demo was merely a step toward the total devastation that was their debut album, Nailed. Dead. Risen. (2007), which shook the proverbial Earth with its uncompromising vision of what they had transfigured with elements of death metal, grind, and hardcore.

The series of increasingly diverse and intense releases that followed never compromised, always challenging, and pushing the limits of the genre, with the likes of The Serpent Servant (2009), There Will Be Violence (2010), Baptized In Filth (2012), Death Will Reign (2013), and the back-to-basics bludgeoning of The Sin And Doom, Vol. II (2018) appealing to the faithful and faithless alike.

IMPENDING DOOM:
Brook Reeves – vocals
Manny Contreras – guitar
David Sittig – bass

http://www.instagram.com/impendingdoom/

http://www.mnrkheavy.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

VULCAN TYRANT – To Release “Vulcanocide” On February 18th via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions; Pre-orders + New Single “A Dirty War Is Waged” Live Now

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions are set to unleash the debut full-length from evil Blackened Speed/Thrash squad Vulcan Tyrant. Vulcanocide is up now for pre-order and will be released on February 18th on CD and Digital formats.

After 15 plus years dwelling in the Netherlands underground, Vulcan Tyrant present a raw, vicious recording that was recorded fully the old school way: all analog. Vulcanocide rips through your mind and devastates your soul with evil blackened Speed/Thrash for true metal maniacs only! Vulcan Tyrant knows no boundaries, and no one is safe from the primal hellfire… fuck off and die posers!

Vulcanocide also features exclusive cover artwork by Daniel Shaw (Toxic Holocaust, Disma, P.L.F., Insect Warfare). For fans of Abigail, Bathory, Destruction, Metallica (demo + debut days), Morbid, Nocturnal, Poison, Razor, Sabbat, early Slayer, Sodom, Toxic Holocaust, and Venom.

Listen to the track “A Dirty War Is Waged” at youtu.be/Q5iTmUfdBlo and below:

Pre-save this release on Spotify at ffm.to/vulcan-tyrant

Pre-order Vulcanocide on digital and CD at hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/vulcanocide

Pre-order theT-Shirt HERE

Pre-order theT-shirt / CD bundle HERE

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Introcide
  2. A Dirty War Is Waged
  3. Demonize The Spirit
  4. Eating Your Mind
  5. Medal Of Honor
  6. Pagan Ways
  7. Remember What The Evil One Said
  8. Work Of The Devil
  9. Your Eyes And Ears Will Bleed
  10. Outrocide

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions:
www.horrorpaingoredeath.com
hpgd.bandcamp.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE VULCAN TYRANT.

VADER – Update “United Titans Tour 2022” Dates + Announce “The Awakening Of Tyrants” Tour In Poland!

Posted in Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Polish death metal legends VADER have updated their “United Titans Tour 2022” dates with MARDUK and announced “The Awakening of Tyrants” tour in Poland!

VADERMANIAX !!!! “The Awakening of Tyrants” tour in Poland is announced and prepared jointly by Massive Music, Left Hand Sounds and Knock Out Productions. Details are below. We will visit 10 cities where we will play for you a special set of songs prepared for this very occasion, which include a lot of our beginnings when Vader sang in Polish. Y’all hear me out. In. “Tyranow Hell”, “Necropolis”, “Die Dog! “, “Ever Cursed” or “Truffy Poison”. As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Revelations, we’ll remind you of hits like Epitaph, never played Whisper or the mighty Revelations of Black Moses. And it’s not all of surprises. Of course, we always remember about the “Vader classics” which will also be there. WE ARE INVOLVED !!!!

Tickets went on sale Friday, January 14th.
Guest information at individual concerts coming soon.

17.02.2022 (PL) – Wrocław / A2
18.02.2022 (PL) – Warsaw / Progression
19.02.3033 (PL) – Kraków / Hype Park
20.02.2022 (PL) – Katowice / P23
22.02.2022 (PL) – Gdansk / B90
23.02.2022 (PL) – Szczecin / Cosmos
24.02.2022 (PL) – Poznań / U Basil
25.02.2022 (PL) – Łód ź / Scenography
26.02.2022 (PL) – Skar żysko Kam. / Traffic light
27.02.2022 (PL) – Bydgoszcz / Lloyd Factory

Furthermore VADER have updated the “United Titans Tour 2022” with MARDUK.

VADERMANIAX !!! Here are all dates for the upcoming promised postponed “United Titans Tour 2022” with Marduk organized by Massive Music \m/ Because of term changes we lost some places. However we added some new cities in Germany and France tho. Pandemia unleash chaos – as You all know – but we keep trying to realize the tour plans. We WILL come back to the missed shows as soon as we can.

A list of shows in March and an official poster below:

09.03.2022 (D) – Würzburg / Posthalle
10.03.2022 (NL) – Helmond / Cacao Fabriek
11.03.2022 (D) – Bochum / Matrix
12.03.2022 (D) – Weinheim / Central Cafe
13.03.2022 (B) – Aarlon / L’Entrepod
14.03.2022 (UK) – London / The Garage
15.03.2022 (SCT) – Glasgow / Slay
16.03.2022 (UK) – Birmingham / Castle&Falcon
17.03.2022 (UK) – Manchester / Rebellion
18.03.2022 (F) – Lille / The Black Lab
20.03.2022 (F) – Paris / La Machine duMoulin Rouge
21.03.2022 (NL) – Rotterdam / Baroeg
22.03.2022 (D) – Osnabruck / Bastard
23.03.2022 (D) – Flensburg / Roxy
24.03.2022 (D) – Kassel / Goldgrube
25.03.2022 (D) – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
26.03.2022 (D) – Berlin / ORWO Haus
Stay safe and SEE YOU SOON \m/ \m/

VADER released their 16th studio album “Solitude In Madness” on May 1st 2020 via Nuclear Blast. Get your copy of ‘Solitude in Madness’ here and enjoy the madness: https://nblast.de/VaderSolitudeMadness

Watch:
‘Bones’ visualizer: https://youtu.be/RAsshq_CCQ8
“Into Oblivion”: https://youtu.be/jVtC6a_YJV0
‘Shock And Awe’: youtu.be/C1_SREPVPT0

Source: Tarja Virmakari Press Office for VADER

LONG LIVE VADER.

LONG LIVE MARDUK.

ILIUM Release Lyric Video – EP OUT NOW!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Australian metal band ILIUM are streaming their new EP Quantum Evolution Event now! To celebrate the release, the band has released a lyric video for their track “Undergods”.

Stream the full album: https: //iliumaustralia.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-evolution-event-ep

Melding dark supernatural and sci-fi themes with an exploration of the human condition and the natural world, ILIUM create a huge melodic sound combining influences from power, traditional, progressive, thrash and symphonic metal. Quantum Evolution Event follows the release of ILIUM’s 2020 album Carcinogeist and its accompanying EP Enviro-Metal.

Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, ILIUM released their debut, self-titled EP in 2002. Working with a wealth of guest musicians and producers over the years including Mike DiMeo (RIOT, MASTERPLAN), Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PAGAN’S MIND, PRETTY MAIDS) and Lance King (BALANCE OF POWER, AVIAN), Quantum Evolution Event is no different. The new EP features long-time collaborators Tim Yatras (DUNGEON, LORD, GERM) on drums and Lord Tim (LORD, BLACKENED ANGEL, FROMBEYOND) on vocals and production.

Striving to further develop their sound with each release, the dynamic outfit deliver epic lead melodies and solos and soaring vocals, and compose arrangements designed with dramatic impact in mind. Quantum Evolution Event opens with a flourish of melodic theatrics in the title track. Harsh distortion from the guitars and powerful percussion is balanced with ethereal synths and harmony filled vocals. ILIUM pack a real punch with strong guitar driven rhythms creating heavier sounds in “Undergods” and “Hostile Sky”. Contrasting these elements with highly intricate riffs and charismatic voices.

Explosive energy fuels the new release with each track bringing an epic intensity. The instrumentation throughout Quantum Evolution Event explores a vast array of metal subgenres and yet ILIUM fuse them into their own distinctive style.

Pre-order: https://iliumaustralia.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-evolution-event-ep

Links:
Bandcamp: https://iliumaustralia.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iliummetalband

ILIUM is
Jason Hodges
Adam Smith

Guest Musicians:
Lord Tim (Vocals, production)
Tim Yatras (drums)

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE ILIUM.

DESOLATE SHRINE – To Return With “Fires Of The Dying World”

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 17, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Finnish death metal trio DESOLATE SHRINE will reemerge from the crypts with their newest offering, Fires of the Dying World. Dark Descent Records will release the album on CD, cassette, and digital formats on March 25. Vinyl treatment coming later this year.

At long last the successor to 2017’s Deliverance from the Godless Void has been unconfined from the clandestine vaults of Dark Descent Records. Aptly titled Fires of the Dying World, Finland’s DESOLATE SHRINE delivers 46 minutes of their unique death metal possession. The masterful craftsmanship on DESOLATE SHRINE’s fifth album is unmistakable; a true portrait of a band at their absolute peak.

Yet be forewarned before indulging from the poison chalice of Fires of the Dying World for it ensnares its victims in an inescapable maelstrom of death and futility. Absolute surrender is the recommended response, as you descend into a claustrophobic trance that erases the world around and reaches into your very soul. When you awaken… nothing will be quite the same again… Let the fires burn.

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Echoes in the Halls of Vanity
  3. The Dying World
  4. The Silent God
  5. Cast to Walk the Star of Sorrow
  6. My Undivided Blood
  7. The Furnace of Hope

DESOLATE SHRINE:
RS – Vocals
MT – Vocals
LL – All Instruments

instagram.com/desolateshrine

desolateshrine.bandcamp.comSpotify

www.darkdescentrecords.com

Source: ClawHammer PR

LONG LIVE DESOLATE SHRINE.

Texas Thrashers XIL To Release New Album

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , on January 16, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Texas thrashers XIL will release their upcoming album Rip & Tear via Confused Records on Feb 25th 2022.

Blasting out of the savage underground of south-central Texas, the trio unshackle a dynamic sound born out of speed and thrash, with a riotous rock ‘n’ roll edge. Attacking with a powerful brutality, XIL’s new album speeds through the light barrier with intense energy that refuses to let up. “Speedemons” races at redneck speed following the dark entities in their mission to pillage and plunder the human species. “Breakneck” begins with a slower tempo building up to a dramatic transition into hard-hitting percussion and kick-ass guitar riffs.

Creating a wall of sound with the instrumentation, XIL’s vocals soar above the utter heavy chaos, bringing their own raw, aggressive impact into the mix. Concluding Rip & Tear with “Equinox” combines the pillars of their sound to an ultimate climax. It’s energetic and filled up on guitar riffs producing a blazing effect.

The future of the Earth may be looking rather bleak as the demonic warrior forces take control, but death by thrash and speed seems like a pretty good way to go. Dive head-first into this epic metal fantasy.

Listen to the first single “Breakneck” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hkQ-5vgWA

Pre-save the album: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/xil2/rip–tear

XIL:
Jordan L. Hoffart: Sync-keeper of ravenous MotörBeats / keys
Austin James: Four stringed black thunder / lead vocal destruction
‘Big Joe’ Aguilar: Hellish blues disturbance / secondary overkill throat

Socials:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xxexile
Bandcamp: https://xilspeedemons.bandcamp.com/

Source: C Squared Music

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Announces Spring Tour Supporting Parkway Drive – Tickets On Sale Now

Posted in Extreme Metal, hardcore metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by David E. Jackson)

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will return to the road supporting Parkway Drive this Spring! The tour will run from May 8th through June 5th with additional support provided by Hatebreed and Stick To Your Guns. Tickets are on sale NOW! See all confirmed dates below.

Comments the band, “We in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are ecstatic to be the extreme metal representatives of this stacked trek across North American soil in support of the mighty Parkway Drive. You’d better wear your coolest Huggies, ’cause we’re about to scare the pants off of you!”

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER w/ Parkway Drive, Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns:
5/08/2022 UMBC Event Center – Baltimore, MD
5/09/2022 College Street Music Hall – New Haven
5/10/2022 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
5/11/2022 Kemba Live! – Columbus, OH
5/13/2022 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
5/14/2022 Palladium Outdoors – Worcester, MA
5/15/2022 TBA – Montreal, QC
5/17/2022 RBC Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
5/19/2022 Coca-Cola Roxy – Atlanta, GA
5/20/2022 Welcome To Rockville – Daytona, FL
5/22/2022 Metro Credit Union – Charlotte, NC
5/23/2022 Ovation – Cincinnati, OH
5/24/2022 Piere’s Outdoors – Ft Wayne, IN
5/25/2022 Wintrust Arena – Chicago, IL
5/26/2022 The Factory – St Louis, MO
5/28/2022 So What Festival – Dallas, TX
5/29/2022 Vibes Outside – San Antonio, TX
5/31/2022 Wave – Wichita, KS *
6/01/2022 Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO *
6/03/2022 Theater at Virgin Hotels – Las Vegas *
6/05/2022 The Warfield – San Francisco, CA * No Stick to Your Guns

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will be touring in support of their Verminous full-length, released last Spring via Metal Blade Records. Without compromising one iota of heaviness, Verminous is unquestionably the band’s most dynamic, rousing, and emotional release to date. That this is a new phase for THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is apparent as the compellingly filthy opening title track rumbles to life, and the album remains gripping for each of the nine tracks that follow. To preview and purchase the record, visit http://www.metalblade.com/tbdm.

http://www.tbdmofficial.com

http://www.metalblade.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

TWISTED TOWER DIRE – Nameless Grave Records To Release “Crest Of The Martyrs Demos” From Virginia Heavy Metal Act – “Some Other Time, Some Other Place” Streaming + Preorders Posted

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(photo by Charry Jones)

Nameless Grave Records presents Crest Of The Martyrs Demos, an alternate/demo version of TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s adored third album, making the recordings available for the first time.

In the days of olde, after classic heavy metal was supplanted by extreme music and before the current reignition of interest that the genre has enjoyed, Northern Virginia’s TWISTED TOWER DIRE tirelessly defended true heavy metal in all forms as they sought to breathe new light into a then largely dead genre. By the time their now-legendary third album Crest Of The Martyrs was written they were on top of the world, having played Wacken for the first time a couple years earlier and having released two full-lengths on The Miskatonic Foundation, run by Rich Walker of Solstice fame, as well as a wide array of EPs, splits, compilation tracks, and more.

Crest Of The Martyrs was the next step: a bigger power metal label, sleeker production, and TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s biggest hooks and choruses yet. Underneath the gleaming power metal edge provided by the production provided by the label and studio still lurked the same triumphing true metal band, however, and for the first time, Nameless Grave Records is proud to present Crest Of The Martyrs the way the band originally intended it: as a devastating, lean set of heavy metal bangers untouched by modern power metal production, and alternate studio decisions.

Old fans of the band can rejoice to have this different set of recordings available for the first time, and new fans can marvel at the powerhouse of one of America’s finest bands playing at their best. Highly recommended for fans of Visigoth, Pharaoh, and Omen.

Recorded in 2002 at Killabrew Studios, produced by Matt Crooks and TWISTED TOWER DIRE, and mastered by Dan Lowndes at Resonance Sound Studios, Crest Of The Martyrs Demos is completed with artwork personally done for this release by guitarist Scott Waldrop. The CD version features bonus tracks not included on the vinyl, including a second demo as well as a live track from Wacken 2003, and both the CD and vinyl editions bear liner notes from the band. The LP will be pressed in a total run of 500 copies, including 300 on Black and 100 on Silver. No Remorse Records (Greece) will have an exclusive 100 copies on Light Blue vinyl.

Stream the previously unreleased version of TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s “Some Other Time, Some Other Place” RIGHT HERE.

Crest Of The Martyrs Demos will be released through Nameless Grave Records on March 3rd. Find preorders at Bandcamp HERE and the label webshop HERE.

Crest Of The Martyrs Demos Track Listing:

  1. At Night
  2. Some Other Time, Some Other Place
  3. Axes And Honor
  4. To Be A Champion
  5. Infinitum
  6. Fight To Be Free
  7. Transfixed
  8. Guardian Bloodline
  9. The Reflecting Pool

TWISTED TOWER DIRE Crest Of The Martyrs lineup:
Tony Taylor – vocals
Scott Waldrop – guitar
David Boyd – guitar
Marc Stauffer – drums
Jim Hunter – bass

Source: EARSPLIT PR

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER – To Release New Album “My Way” On April 22nd Via Atomic Fire Records

Posted in classic rock, classic rock music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is THE constant among the German metal scene. Originally becoming world-famous as a founding member of Accept, he continues to steadily expand upon his international successes with his U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER outfits. Remaining true to himself over the years in a way few musicians could, Dirkschneider consistently bucks music industry trends in favor of following his heart and his most personal and extraordinary album to date will be released on April 22nd via Atomic Fire Records.

Titled My Way, the record contains seventeen cover versions of the very songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. All kinds of classics from music history are among them – including those that you might not expect from Dirkschneider. Not only does a very personal story lie behind each of the tracks, but also a sometimes-surprising arrangement that, despite the very individual implementation, lives and breathes Udo’s manuscript throughout.

Udo: “Now, when I hear the song, I remember the time when, as a very young Udo, I’d go out to light up the town and lived all the stories that can only be experienced late at night in the clubs,” he recalls. Here, Alex Harvey’s “Faith Healer” allows the artist to feel those days of an era long past. The fact that “Nutbush City Limits” is also on the album reveals a secret rarely told until now, “What hardly anyone knows so far: I was a huge fan of Ike and Tina Turner, and especially Tina’s voice. We always covered this song during Accept rehearsals in the early days. It was one of the mainstays of our Accept rehearsal repertoire for years. Regrettably, there is no recording of it.”

With Wolfsheim’s “Kein Zurück,” Dirkschneider sings in German for the first time in his career, “I immediately felt like the words understood me. It seemed to me that the lyrics were telling the story of my career, of my highs and lows and all the good and bad experiences that life has. There simply is ‘no going back’ for those who choose to live as a musician.”

The cover album also makes one thing clear: Just how many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER is still here.

My Way Track Listing:

  1. Faith Healer (Alex Harvey)
  2. Fire (Crazy World Of Arthur Brown)
  3. Sympathy (Uriah Heep)
  4. They Call It Nutbush (Tina Turner)
  5. Man On The Silver Mountain (Rainbow)
  6. Hell Raiser (The Sweet)
  7. No Class (Motörhead)
  8. Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
  9. The Stroke (Billy Squier)
  10. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
  11. He’s A Woman, She’s A Man (The Scorpions)
  12. T.N.T. (AC/DC)
  13. Jealousy (Frankie Miller)
  14. Hell Bent For Leather (Judas Priest)
  15. We Will Rock You (Queen)
  16. Kein Zurück (Wolfsheim)
  17. My Way (Frank Sinatra)

http://www.udo-online.com

http://ww.instagram.com/u.d.o.official

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

LONG LIVE UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER.

MESHUGGAH – Announces New Album “Immutable” For April 1st Via Atomic Fire – Album Preorders Start January 28th

Posted in Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Mavericks. Pioneers. Unique. Immutable.

Destined to be one of 2022’s most hailed and talked-about releases, Immutable once again showcases MESHUGGAH’s collective brilliance, including some of the most jaw-dropping ensemble performances they have ever executed.

Six years on from the band’s most recent full-length, The Violent Sleep Of Reason, 2022 brings a fresh and fearsome revelation from MESHUGGAH. Shattering even the highest of expectations, the band’s ninth album is simply their wildest and most esoteric sonic adventure yet and will be released on April 1st via Atomic Fire. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad (Sweden), mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller(Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down), Immutable will be available in various CD, vinyl, and tape formats. Presales will begin on January 28th, and the first single will be revealed very soon. The stunning cover artwork was once again created by visionary artist Luminokaya.

For guitarist Mårten Hagström, the task of embarking on another unprecedented tech-metal odyssey was impossible to resist.

“The title fits perfectly for where we are as a band,” Hagström concludes. “We’re older now. Most of us are in our fifties now and we’ve settled into who we are. Even though we’ve been experimenting all along, I also think we’ve been the same since day one. The way we approach things and why we still make new albums, and why we still sound the way we do, it’s immutable. Humanity is immutable, too. We commit the same mistakes over and over. And we are immutable. We do what we do, and we don’t change.”

Legendary. Unique. Immutable.

MESHUGGAH is still operating on a higher level of metallic consciousness than just about everybody else. This band blow minds for a living, and Immutable is their most explosive work of monstrous art yet.

MESHUGGAH stand alone. The most inventive and creative metal band of the last thirty years and one of the most widely revered, MESHUGGAH has been standard bearers for forward-thinking creativity in heavy music throughout their illustrious careers. Over the course of more than three decades and eight studio albums, Sweden’s widely worshipped progressive mavens have consistently redefined what it means to be heavy, while exhibiting a ferocious intelligence that belies the crushing weight of their riffs. From the ground-breaking savagery of 1995’s Destroy Erase Improve, to the psychedelic tech-splorations of CatchyThirtyThree, and on to the streamlined grotesquery of ObZen and Koloss, MESHUGGAH has always been way ahead of the game and plainly without peer.

Photo: (c) (MESHUGGAH)

Keep your eyes peeled on all MESHUGGAH channels, sign up for email updates and receive more news about MESHUGGAH’s upcoming album Immutable, along with exclusive offers with some of the newsletters: https://immutable.se.

MESHUGGAH:
Jens Kidman – vocals
Mårten Hagström – guitars
Dick Lövgren – bass
Fredrik Thordendal – guitars
Tomas Haake – drums

Source: EARSPLIT PR

http://www.meshuggah.net

http://www.atomicfire-records.com

LONG LIVE MESHUGGAH.

ARMORED SAINT – Announces US Fall Tour With W.A.S.P. – Tickets On Sale This Friday!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Stephanie Cabral)

Iconic heavy metal outfit ARMORED SAINT will return to the stage this Fall as direct support to W.A.S.P.! The journey begins October 29th in Anaheim, California and will wind its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close December 9th in San Francisco, California. Additional support will be provided by Michael Schenker on select dates.

Comments vocalist John Bush, “ARMORED SAINT is totally pumped to be the special guest on the upcoming 40th anniversary tour of W.A.S.P. This tour will take us back to our fond memories of sharing the stage together with W.A.S.P. at the Troubadour in Hollywood where it all began in 1982. We’re also excited to be playing tunes from our last record, Punching The Sky, since we haven’t done any shows since its release in 2020. Old schoolers, I expect you there! New schoolers, we want you there! It’s gonna be a blast!”

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 14th at 3:00pm EST /12:00pm PST at www.waspnation.com. See all confirmed dates below.

ARMORED SAINT w/ W.A.S.P.:
10/29/2022 The Grove – Anaheim, CA
10/30/2022 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
10/31/2022 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
11/02/2022 White Oak Music Hall – Houston TX w/ Michael Schenker
11/03/2022 Concrete Street Pavilion – Corpus Christi TX w/ Michael Schenker
11/04/2022 Eaton Arena – San Antonio, TX w/ Michael Schenker
11/05/2022 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX w/ Michael Schenker
11/06/2022 Tulsa Theater – Tulsa, OK w/ Michael Schenker
11/09/2022 Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
11/10/2022 Epic Event Center – Ashwaubenon, WI
11/11/2022 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/12/2022 Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
11/13/2022 Palace Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
11/16/2022 Big Night Live – Boston, MA
11/17/2022 Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ
11/18/2022 Paramount Theater – Huntington, NY
11/19/2022 Penn’s Peak Jim – Thorpe, PA
11/20/2022 Keswick Theater – Glenside, PA
11/23/2022 Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
11/25/2022 Buckhead Theater – Atlanta GA
11/26/2022 Plaza Live – Orlando FL
11/29/2022 Tally Ho Theater – Leesburg, VA
11/30/2022 The King Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
12/02/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
12/03/2022 Arcada Theater – St. Charles, IL
12/05/2022 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
12/07/2022 Grand Sierra Theater – Reno, NV
12/09/2022 The Regency – San Francisco, CA

ARMORED SAINT released their Symbol Of Salvation Live CD/DVD this past Fall via Metal Blade Records. The release came in celebration of the seminal album’s 30th anniversary. An album vocalist John Bush refers to as the band’s “cornerstone record,” Symbol Of Salvation Live is a combination live album and video of the band playing the album in its entirety at New York City’s famed Gramercy Theatre during their 2018 tour. It captures the power, diversity, and peerless songwriting contained within. “I felt like showing Symbol… in another light was a great homage to the record itself,” states bassist Joey Vera. “Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say, ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

Preview and purchase Symbol Of Salvation Live at THIS LOCATION.

ARMORED SAINT:
Joey Vera – bass
Gonzo Sandoval – drums
Phil Sandoval – guitars
John Bush – vocals
Jeff Duncan – guitars

http://www.armoredsaint.com

http://www.metalblade.com

Source: EARSPLIT PR

AMORPHIS – Announces North American Tour This Spring In Celebration Of Their Forthcoming “Halo” Full-Length

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

(Photo by Sam Jamsen)

AMORPHIS will tour North America with their brand new album Halo this Spring! The tour begins on April 13th in New York City and will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on May 12th in Baltimore, Maryland. Support will be provided by Sylvaine and Hoaxed.

Comments the band, “We are more than excited to announce that we are touring North America in the Spring 2022 to support our upcoming album Halo. We’ve been missing you, live gigs, and touring like never before! We are looking forward to the shows as well as bringing Sylvaine and Hoaxed with us as special guests. Limited amounts of AMORPHIS VIP packages with meet and greets are also available. We hope to see you there, meanwhile take care, stay healthy, and shine on! “

See all confirmed dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 14th. VIP Packages including a ticket, meet and greet, photo opp, and exclusive items are now available. For more details and to purchase, go to THIS LOCATION.

AMORPHIS w/ Sylvaine, Hoaxed:
4/13/2022 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY *
4/14/2022 The Palladium – Worcester, MA *
4/15/2022 Club Soda – Montreal, QC *
4/16/2022 The Opera House – Toronto, ON *
4/18/2022 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
4/19/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
4/20/2022 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
4/22/2022 The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
4/23/2022 Soundwell – Salt Lake City, UT
4/25/2022 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
4/26/2022 The Imperial – Vancouver, BC
4/27/2022 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
4/29/2022 The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
4/30/2022 El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
5/01/2022 The Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
5/03/2022 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX
5/04/2022 Amplified Live – Dallas, TX
5/06/2022 Center Stage (The Loft) – Atlanta, GA
5/07/2022 The Orpheum -Tampa, FL
5/08/2022 The Abbey – Orlando, FL
5/10/2022 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
5/11/2022 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
5/12/2022 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD

  • Hoaxed only

AMORPHIS’ stunning fourteenth album of their career will be released February 11th via Atomic Fire Records. Halo — which features artwork by Valnoir (Alcest, Paradise Lost) — was recorded, produced, and mixed by Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) while mastering duties were handled by Tony Lindgren.

Halo will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION. Preorder AMORPHIS’ soon-to-be-released On The Dark Waters 7″ (out January 28th) HERE.

View the band’s video for first single, “The Moon,” directed by Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film), at THIS LOCATION.

http://www.amorphis.net

Source: EARSPLIT PR

LONG LIVE AMORPHIS.

W.A.S.P. 40 Years Live World Tour 2022 – USA Dates And Cities Listed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news with tags , , , , , , , on January 13, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

It looks like W.A.S.P. are FINALLY going to tour the USA! Special guests are Armored Saint!! The great Michael Schenker will be a guest November 2nd through November 6th!! Metal be thy name!!

Check out the tour flyer above for dates and cities that run from October through December of 2022!

LONG LIVE W.A.S.P.

LONG LIVE ARMORED SAINT.

LONG LIVE MICHAEL SCHENKER.

Blizzard Is Here! Finnish SHADE OF SORROW Released A New Single!

Posted in Death Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 12, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Finnish melodic death metal one-man-band SHADE OF SORROW released a new song named METEOR. The song and the video is produced by all-around metal heavyweight Tuomas Saukkonen (Wolfheart, Dawn of Solace, Before the Dawn etc). METEOR is is described as cold beautiness as the northern blizzard.

METEOR on Youtube: https://youtu.be/0AEFPxye4iM and below:

Composer MIKA KANKAINEN comments:”METEOR is a product of black, destroyed heart filled with emotions. Heavy, straight forward and raw. The strongest song I have ever written.”

METEOR on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3tgylAh

Tuomas Saukkonen comments:

“Grand forger of cold and melodic metal Shade of Sorrow is back with a new single “Meteor”. This one of the most promising new flag-bearers of Finnish metal scene is ready to take the world by storm and that storm is coming from the North!”

Youtube: https://youtu.be/0AEFPxye4iM

Apple Music: https://apple.co/3njKBfj

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3tgylAh

Portland Trad-Metallers MAMORLIS Releasing “Sturdy As An Oak” on March 8th

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Portland (OR) – Epic/Traditional Heavy Metal quartet MAMORLIS will release sophomore album Sturdy as an Oak on March 8. The band will self-release the album on digital and CD formats. The cassette version will be released in Europe through Cursed Ritual Records.

The first single, “Wolfric The Wild,” is streaming at: youtu.be/0Txn4_kpCrg or enjoy below:

Following the band’s 2019 self-titled debut album, on Sturdy as an Oak, MAMORLIS further refines its authentic mix of epic heavy metal and doom. The foursome combines a warm, vintage style that recalls the songwriting prowess of bands like Slough Feg and classic Iron Maiden with lyrical content covering folklore, fantasy stories, action movies, and old video games.

The band released the following statement concerning Sturdy as an Oak:

“If you like music, you’re gonna love this. The second Mamorlis album, Sturdy as an Oak: Six tracks that will make any traditional metal fan as sturdy as an oak. Songs about alcoholic knights, bushrangers, rat pirates, and Clancy Brown. If you’re sturdy for four or more hours after listening, you’re welcome.”

Cassette Pre-order:

cursedritual.fr/en/produit/mamorlis-us-sturdy-as-an-oak

Track Listing:

  1. Wolfric the Wild
  2. Salamandastron
  3. The Kurgan
  4. Over the Border
  5. The Glade
  6. Journeys of Acquisition/Gor

Source: ClawHammer PR

mamorlis.bandcamp.com

Mamorlis YouTube

LONG LIVE MAMORLIS.

SHIELD OF WINGS – Release Captivating Video For First Single “Wetland”

Posted in Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Midwest American Symphonic Metal band SHIELD OF WINGS emerge from their hiatus, and make their thrilling entry into the new year with their debut single, “Wetland”. The song is coupled with a captivating music video. “Wetland” is the first offering from their forthcoming debut full-length album, Unfinished, set to release February 11th. Sure to appeal to fans of symphonic metal giants NIGHTWISH and EPICA, as well as film score composers like HANS ZIMMER, JAMES HORNER, and HOWARD SHORE, their new album, Unfinished, will bring into view 10 bombastic compositions of poetic exploration.

Vocalist Lara Mordian comments on the “Wetland” filming process:

’Shooting Wetland, and wading through that cold, wet, filth, was a challenging albeit invigorating time for me. Prior to filming in late autumn, I was warned of the certain discomfort to come, but I was reassured by James that “pain is temporary, film is forever”, and I embraced it.”.

Each song from Unfinished explores themes of growth through self-examination, regret, sacrificial death and rebirth. From the “Crushing Hail” of the suffering which is inherent in life, the listener is carried through this journey, until the final track expounds upon the realization that we are all, in ways, “The Scarred Clay Reshaping.” With bold, vast orchestral compositions soaring over chugging guitars, SHIELD OF WINGS makes it abundantly clear that they are Unfinished, in more ways than one.

Pre-Order Unfinished Now

Source: C Squared Music

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