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KING GIANT “Dismal Hollow” – Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in doom metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KING GIANT – The thickly heavy, riff infested and insanely memorable Dismal Hollow, from Virginia’s King Giant, is my Metal Pick Of The Day. Released on January 31, 2012, Dismal Hollow is easily one of the must haves for any fan of blue-collar, Southern Metal. With legitimate comparisons to Corrosion Of Conformity, Clutch and Danzig; King Giant still resonates with originality and their Metal is a non-stop driving force! I feel Orange Goblin fans should get a Metal kick from King Giant’s Metal sound.

Honestly, the vocals of Dave Hammerly are eerily similar to that of Glenn Danzig. It all sounds grand to my ears and I get a Metal charge out of how contagious Dave’s vocals truly are. Strong and confident vocals from Dave makes this album of songs sound all the more muscular. Dismal Hollow never relents on its mission of Doom inspired thunder, coupled with more Metal grooves than you knew existed; the Metal psyche-out meter is smokin’ on all 8 songs here, my Metal brethren.

I can’t point out a favorite song that easily here, King Giant smacks it down so F’n thoroughly on Dismal Hollow. I have to say this album as a whole is my favorite; with the instrumental Road To Eleusis being damn near perfect. Something about this King Giant album has me reaching for my Sunrise On The Sufferbus CD from Masters Of Reality. Trust me, King Giant is heavier though.

If you are going Metal shopping today or this weekend, it is pertinent that you pick up Dismal Hollow. This is as imperative a Metal purchase as you’ll ever make in your entire Metal lovin’ life. Metal be thy name.

Dismal Hollow was released on King Giant’s own imprint label, Graveyard Hill Records; with a split release on The Path Less Traveled Records.



Floyd Walters III – bass

Todd “t.i.” Ingram – lead guitar

Dave Hammerly – vocals

Brooks – drums

David Kowalski – rhythm guitar

Photo Credit: Caroline Deutermann

Dismal Hollow – Track Listing:


Tale Of Mathias

A Steward’s Prayer

Pistols and Penance

6 O’clock Swill

The Fog

Road To Eleusis

O’ Drifter


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Mötley Crüe – 1983 Album “Shout At The Devil” Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 25, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Mötley Crüe – Released back in 1983, on Elektra, the sophomore album Shout At The Devil, from Mötley Crüe, launched them into the Heavy Metal stratosphere and the rest is Mötley Crüe history. What an album then and now. Seriously, when I first heard Shout At The Devil, there wasn’t another band in the land that sounded like Mötley Crüe. From the thickly heavy bass of Nikki Sixx and loud drumming of Tommy Lee, to the riffage fest that Mick Mars was playing; every car at all the hot hangouts and keg fields had this cassette blaring through the speakers back then!

I never took Mötley Crüe for a Hair Metal band until 1985’s Theatre Of Pain. Really. My interpretation of Too Fast For Love and Shout At The Devil was never Hair Metal; then again, that genre tag probably took awhile to hit my old neck of the woods anyhow. Bands were popping up so fast in those early 80’s, with albums being released faster, that I could care in the least about what genre a band was as they were coming out of L.A.; if it looked and sounded like Heavy Metal, then it probably was Heavy Metal. Thrash was Thrash, however. That’s how I approached it all those decades ago.


I remember liking Vince Neil’s vocals from the get-go, thinking that he and Mötley Crüe were taking a cool slice of Punk and mixing it with Heavy Metal. As I compared Shout At The Devil to their debut album, I couldn’t believe this was the same band. The tough-ass attitude and flamboyant personalities of these guys called Mötley Crüe, I really dug as a teenager. Seeing this band live during their heyday was UNBELIEVABLE. Metal be thy name it was.

My three favorite songs from Shout At The Devil are not the obvious: Bastard, Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid and Ten Seconds To Love. I always wished Mötley Crüe made an entire album that had that real heavy and fast sound like Bastard. What a song. Shout At The Devil is my favorite Mötley Crüe album, without question. Strong and incredibly memorable songs, with a heightened potency of sound that continues to lift my Metal spirit in 2012.

Original Shout At The Devil album cover.

I never owned Shout At The Devil on vinyl. I still have my original cassette of Shout At The Devil too. Yes, I did upgrade to CD and the remastered version has four demos and one unreleased track. The demos are a fun listen, they’re raw, lean, and crusty around the edges. They’re demos and they still Rock! The unreleased track I Will Survive is damn right cool, it isn’t as heavy duty as the other songs on the original Shout At The Devil track list. Still, it’s a song that cannot be ignored for it is loaded with memorable rhythm and lyrics.


Shout At The Devil – Track Listing:

In The Beginning

Shout At The Devil

Looks That Kill


God Bless The Children Of The Beast

Helter Skelter

Red Hot

Too Young To Fall In Love

Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid

Ten Seconds To Love


Bonus Tracks On Remastered Version:

Shout At The Devil (Demo)

Looks That Kill (Demo)

Hotter Than Hell (Demo)

I Will Survive (Unreleased Track)

Too Young To Fall In Love (Demo)


Mötley Crüe should be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Metal. Be. Thy. Name.


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Mötley Crüe

Long Live Mötley Crüe.


KING DIAMOND – Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

KING DIAMOND – Metal Icon. Vocal brilliance. Lyrical mastermind. A true KING of Horror Metal. Any fan of King Diamond and/or Mercyful Fate knows what I’m talking about. My “Metal Pick Of The Day” for Friday, April 20th, 2012, is KING DIAMOND.

If you have never listened to any King Diamond or Mercyful Fate Metal in your life just yet… the time has cometh for you to realize; that you are missing out on some serious and historical Metal. You are missing out in a very profound way.

Yes, Abigail is the Metal Gem of the King Diamond discography. However, The Graveyard is one fantastically horrifying story to listen to. I’ll say this much: a young female child with a devotion to a severed head; plus it’s a severed head that is pure evil. ‘Nuff said.

Originally released back in 1996, this King Diamond album has grown on me like there is no tomorrow. I Am is my favorite song on The Graveyard, giving me the chills in a way I cannot even explain.


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