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On This Day In METAL History – April 13th… A Brief PANTERA Edition

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on April 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On April 13th, 1991 – The mighty PANTERA performed at The Ritz in Roseville, Michigan, USA.

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On April 13th, 2015 – The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboy’s Vulgar Hits! is ranked at #17 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Honestly, if you do not own any PANTERA CDs, start off with this gem; it will get you hooked into buying everything else in their discography. Plus, this release also contains a DVD with a dozen of PANTERA’s music video’s. Freaking amazing stuff it is.

Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power - Promo Cover Pic!

2015PANTERA’s sixth studio album, Vulgar Display Of Power, is ranked at #50 on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Yes, this album features the timeless Metal songs: Walk, Hollow and Fucking Hostile. This incredible album was released back in February of 1992. This PANTERA album is such an essential album to own that it’s beyond mandatory. Really.








Posted in guitarists, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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August 20, 1966 – December 8th, 2004




SNAKES And METAL = Some Very Intense And Memorable Album Covers!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Snakes And Metal – What makes snakes so attractive to Metal? It must be the biblical reference/story of Satan taking the form of a serpent in the Garden Of Eden. No? Maybe it’s the snake being profiled throughout history as simply… evil? No? What about many, many snakes being downright intimidating and venomous? Yes? Regardless the reasoning, snakes are undoubtedly badass; and Metal is badass.

I chose to pick some of my favorite Metal album covers that depict, in various grand forms, the almighty, evil and often times misunderstood snake. I surely hope y’all like the album covers I’ve chosen. For certain, there are probably one million other album covers out there with a snake or two on them, I just cannot list them all! However, feel free to share which snake themed album cover you dig and which did not show up here, via comment.

Whitesnake - classic logo!

The Whitesnake Lovehunter album cover (at top of post) is my all-time favorite snake themed album cover. No, no, no… it’s not because of the gal’s naked butt either; although I’ve never complained about it. I first fell in love with this album cover as a graphic design student, many light years ago, back in college. I absolutely cherish the artwork of Lovehunter and countless other works of world-renowned painter/illustrator Chris Achilleos.

WARNING: If you suffer from Ophidiophobia or ophiophobia, which is the abnormal fear of snakes, feel free to leave and visit an ABBA or U2 website.

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Released back in 2002, this fifth album from the powerful Satyricon depicts a snake that looks 100% evil. Pure evil. A perfect Satyricon album cover! It’s as if this snake will leap from the cover and bite my face off. I love that! Plus, I love this album and band.

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Released back in 1996, The Great Southern Trendkill is another album I infinitely love. PANTERA is personified to perfection with this snake, cause it looks extremely pissed-off and ready to strike! This snake doesn’t seem like it wants to f*$K around; it looks like it wants to kill and eat anything in its path. Neat.

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Released in 2013, A Life By Design by the Metal/Hard Rock supergroup Fight Or Flight is a tremendous album! I wish I had room to put it on my best of list, from last year. The album cover depicts a creepy, creepy snake that has syringes for fangs! Ouch!! Plus, that melancholy driven corn field as a back-drop, only worsens the nightmare for me. Excellent!

Alice Cooper "Constrictor" X-Large Album Pic!!


Compare this snake on Alice Cooper’s Constrictor cover and it doesn’t look to be as mean-spirited as the others on this list. However, this snake is wrapping itself around Alice Cooper’s neck and face rather well. A very commercial Alice Cooper album from 1986, I do enjoy listening to it for its over-the-top mid-80’s MTV and Arena charm.

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This sophomore album from Escape The Fate I don’t own. I do own their last two releases. With that out-of-the-way, This War Is Ours, from 2008, has snakes bookending their band logo in a subtle, yet very cool way. Sometimes, less snake is more. The overall artwork is solid as hell too.


That concludes this Snakes and Metal list! Thanks for taking part! Perhaps y’all dug it? If not, please feel free to pull out your Barbara Streisand CD’s and crank ’em up to the point of constipation. Metal be thy name.


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REBEL MEETS REBEL – 2006 Supergroup And Album Of David Allan Coe And Cowboys From Hell – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in country music, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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During breaks from their full-time touring and recording, from 1999 to 2003, three-quarters of the iconic PANTERA (Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Dimebag Darrell) joined Metal forces with the legendary Country Outlaw, David Allan Coe, to form a band and record an album appropriately called: Rebel Meets Rebel  (Big Vin Records). D.A.C. and CFH (Cowboys From Hell). A new brand of Metal was born!

I remember like it was yesterday, when I bought Rebel Meets Rebel! I was happier than a farm hog in a pit of stinky hot mud, as I trotted out of my local Super Walmart with this CD in hand. Hell, this was a CD that boasted the guitar prowess of (the late) Dimebag Darrell! From the first moment Nothin’ To Lose started playing, I knew this supergroup was beyond special! I played this CD multiple times everyday, for at least a year! That’s how much I enjoyed this CD and STILL DO enjoy it!

Crank Up Nothin’ To Lose!! Hell Yeah!!

Rebel Meets Rebel is a keeper for life, for me. This CD is so rich with the spirit, vibes and sounds of Country/Southern Metal that it’s dizzying to put into words! Believe me, I consider it a blessing that these four legends decided to record these twelve songs together. It’s just so sad that Dimebag Darrell was not here to see Rebel Meets Rebel released; as it was truly embraced by his fans and climbed the Billboard Album Charts.

From many a PANTERA interview and article I’ve read over the years, combined with this CD’s liner notes, Dimebag Darrell was a huge fan of David Allan Coe. I can understand why. David Allan Coe’s resume speaks for itself and his rebellious songs are stuff of Country Music legend. David Allan Coe’s vocals just comes across as his being one tough son-of-a-bitch and gritty Rock ‘N Roll outlaw, while he surely savored every moment, on every song this CD has to offer! David Allan Coe is credited with writing all the lyrics for these songs as well.

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Dimebag Darrell is superb on guitar, his licks and riffs being so freaking heavy as shit! When anyone ever asks me what Country Metal is, I respond: Rebel Meets Rebel and D.A.C. with the CFH! Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown are (of course) terrific on drums and bass, respectively. Man, as I write this, I get so pissed off that Dimebag Darrell was taken from us all; he never deserved to die so young and so violently by a psychopath. As fans, we are truly blessed to have the music that Dimebag Darrell has left for us.

My favorite song (out of favorite songs) on Rebel Meets Rebel is: Cowboys Do More Dope. I just love, love that song! It’s a song that puts me in a freaking great mood in a micro second! It may not be the fastest Metal song ever; yet it’s one of the heaviest of Metal songs I’ve ever enjoyed, time and again! To paraphrase what David Allan Coe writes in the liner notes: this was to be the first time that the Country and Metal genres were to fuse in such a circumstance; however, Metallica and Garth Brooks get credit for doing it first. It figures. Despite how the timeline of events happened, as David Allan Coe wrote in the CD’s liner notes: “we are the real deal as they say, we are the Cowboys From Hell, that’s for real.”

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This Rebel Meets Rebel CD is the real Metal deal; it’s a thick and potent slice of imperative Metal history that can never be forgotten!

Metal be thy name. – Stone

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Dimebag Darrell – God Bless You And Rest In Peace

Posted in Guitar, guitarists, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Dimebag Darrell - Guitar World - May 2000 - promo cover - 2013

Above: Guitar World – May 2000

“Dimebag” Darrell Lance Abbott, was murdered by a cowardly monster, back on December 8th, 2004. We shall never forget nor stop loving Dimebag. He’s forever with our Metal community; within our hearts, souls and ears.







August 20, 1966 – December 8th, 2004





Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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On this METAL Friday, May 3rd, 2013, I hereby METAL declare:

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* PANTERA has been a METAL Pick Of The Day before! Read all about it by clicking that kick-ass link below! Metal be thy name!

PANTERA – Revolver Magazine Special Collector’s Issue: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 21, 2012.

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For more info on PANTERA, click on the links below! Whoa!

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PANTERA – WALK EP Set For Vinyl Release On November 6th!

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Limited Edition, Red And Black Swirled Vinyl Available At Select Music Retail Outlets On November 6 From Rhino

To continue the year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power, Rhino has announced the first ever vinyl release of the band’s WALK EP. The six-track collection will be available on red and black swirled vinyl as a limited edition of 2,500 copies on November 6 for a suggested retail price of $16.98. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Hastings and FYE stores, as well as a few additional music retailers.


(SourcePhilip Anselmo Facebook)

For more info on PANTERA, click on the links below!

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PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

PANTERA – What more can be said or written about the legendary PANTERA and their seminal catalog of albums, which hasn’t already been communicated? Metal excellence. Groove Metal pioneers. Total Metal domination during the 90’s. The reverence that PANTERA receives from their fans only grows stronger by the second and there shall never be another band like them. Metal be thy name.

PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set is a 2011 UK import from Rhino Entertainment and is currently selling for $19.99 (U.S.) on For those new fans or fans that need to upgrade their collection, this PANTERA box set is an unbelievable bargain!

PANTERA – Original Album Series Box Set Includes:

Cowboys From Hell (1990)

Vulgar Display Of Power (1992)

Far Beyond Driven (1994)

The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)

Reinventing The Steel (2000)

(Box Set Back Cover)


For more info on PANTERA, click on the links below!


Rest In Peace, Dimebag.


SLIPKNOT – Mick Thomson and Jim Root – On Cover Of June 2012 Issue Of Guitar World

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SLIPKNOT – This past week I had the opportunity to catch up with the June 2012 issue of Guitar World and what an issue! There is a fabulous interview with Slipknot’s Mick Thomson and Jim Root that no fan of this legendary band should miss. Richard Bienstock asked some real and sincere questions during this interview; an engaging read it is. I truly admire the members of Slipknot for moving forward in the absence of their Metal brother, the late Paul Gray. Long Live Slipknot.

John 5 is also interviewed by Richard Bienstock and what a very cool read! John 5 talks about scoring the upcoming Rob Zombie directed Horror film The Lords of Salem, his gear and new album God Told Me To; plus John 5 reveals about his recording an acoustic album with David Lee Roth! This acoustic album is still to be released. Whoa! This is good stuff!

A tremendous article on PANTERA’s iconic Vulgar Display Of Power is included in this issue! Interviews with the surviving members of PANTERA on the making of this album to personal thoughts on the late Dimebag Darrell, this feature makes for a mandatory Metal read.

Look for some of my quick Metal thoughts about the July issue of Guitar World which features SLASH on the cover, this coming week! Metal be thy name.


For more info on GUITAR WORLD, click on the links below!



Rest In Peace, Paul Gray.


Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Another week, another Metal dollar (or many Metal dollars) spent on paying bills and taxes. Expendable income is something I always try to handle with care. I like looking for deals when shopping for Metal. Finding a cool buy makes Stone a happy dude. The top photo of PANTERA 1990 – 2000 A Decade Of Domination proved to be my Metal surprise buy of the week.

I paid $5 (U.S. funds) for this PANTERA CD, at my local Super Walmart. A (10 song) greatest hits of PANTERA at 50 cents per song! Whoa. I already have these iconic PANTERA songs, still the “Only At Walmart” sticker on the wrapper made the completist collector side of me make the buy. Having this CD handy and at the ready has served me right.


Is it just me or does that Honda Odyssey commercial that plays The Hellion from the ultra-legendary Judas Priest rub you the wrong way? This commercial has been aired for over a year (it seems) and it takes the air out of a Metal classic, in my Metal opinion.

The Hellion is a psyche-you-out intro that leads into the (also) Metal classic: Electric Eye. Just the mass commercialization of The Hellion hasn’t sat right with me ever since I first saw this commercial. I guess it’s what you call: money talks.


Speaking of selling out… Aerosmith will be playing live, on the season finale of American Idol. This season finale will be aired on May 23rd, on the Fox network. Money and mammoth publicity reigns. I truly miss 70’s Aerosmith.


Scott Coverdale (Best Metal Buddy and Metal Odyssey correspondent) brought to my attention what the legendary Dee Snider is up to. You see, Scott and I both consider Dee Snider as a True American Metal Hero. Nothing shall ever change this mindset for us. With that said, I’m a bit bewildered as to Dee Snider’s current album project. Well… here is what Dee Snider is up to:

Dee Does Broadway. Metal be thy name. Metal be thy name… again. I’m thinking of that classic Cinderella song right about now. Which Cinderella song? Somebody Save Me.


Apocalyptic Love from SLASH – Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be released on May 22nd, 2012. I will buy this CD. Hopefully I can land it for around $10 at (you guessed it) Super Walmart. Best Buy will surely have it. Target won’t have it. No way. Hell, the Target near me hasn’t yet stocked the new Iron Maiden En Vivo! and that’s startling to say the least. This same Target location has made it a point to stock at least 250 copies of that new Nicki Minaj. Um, make that 500+ copies.

Yes, I did get off topic here. It happens. My closing thought on this new SLASH album is: excellent cover art! The cover art for Apocalyptic Love screams… ROCK ‘N ROLL! Then again, this is SLASH we’re talking about and I don’t think he’d have it any other way.


Those are my Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts for Saturday, May 12th, 2012. So let it be Metal written, so let it be Metal told. Metal be thy name.



PANTERA – Revolver Magazine Special Collector’s Issue: Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in groove metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

PANTERA – There’s never a specific time to celebrate the Metal legacy of PANTERA. Hell, I’ll celebrate this legendary Metal band everyday for the rest of my life… no problem! With that said, 2012 is a special anniversary for PANTERA, it marks the 20th anniversary of their ultra incredible album: Vulgar Display Of Power. An iconic Metal album it is. Nuff’ said.

A Metal kudos to Revolver Magazine for commemorating such an enormously powerful Metal band! This special Collector’s Issue of PANTERA is on newsstands right now! There are five different cover versions for this special issue as well. A limited edition box set of all five cover versions is available at Revolver online. For online ordering, click here: REVOLVER MAGAZINE

Revolver Magazine goes back into their archives and digs out some amazing interviews, insane concert photos and throws in a bounty of celebrity “my favorite PANTERA song” picks too! From Tom Morello to Jerry Cantrell, the peers of PANTERA give cool insights to their #1 PANTERA songs! Vinnie PaulPhil Anselmo and Rex Brown all remember Dimebag Darrell in the articles found in this MUST Collector’s Issue.

On May 15th, 2012, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vulgar Display Of Power will be released! An unreleased single, Piss, will be included on this Anniversary Edition! Piss has already been released via iTunes, since April 12th, 2012. 

I purchased my copy of this PANTERA Collector’s Issue from Revolver Magazine, at a very cool grocery store called Wegmans. I am quite psyched-out about owning this special issue of PANTERA. Trust me, it’s difficult to put down, once I start reading it. Metal be thy name.


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Rest In Peace, Dimebag Darrell.



Posted in hard rock music, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal history, heavy metal music, heavy metal news, heavy metal songs, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

PANTERA – On September 14, 2010, Rhino Records released the 3-CD Deluxe Edition of Cowboys From Hell. PANTERA rules. Originally released back on July 17, 1990, on Atco Records, this was the album that catapulted PANTERA as a relentless and blazingly bad-ass live band. Metal be thy name, that is the truth. 2010 ushered in the 20th Anniversay of Cowboys From Hell, whoa… seems like yesterday to me when this unreal great album came out. Cowboys From Hell marked the fifth studio album from PANTERA… the first four being on their own label called Metal Magic. PANTERA rules.

It’s an endless Metal debate, as to which PANTERA album is the very best. I like to go with Cowboys From Hell, Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven as my personal top three. Hell, it’s very difficult for me to pin one PANTERA album against another. PANTERA rules. As I see it, PANTERA was the pit bull in the backyard, that was set loose to protect and spread the cause of Metal in the decade of the ’90’s… and they did just that and then some. Metal be thy name.

There is one demo, that was never released before, on disc 3 (the demo disc) which is The Will To Survive. Whoa, do I like this song a Metal ton. Phil Anselmo sounds like Rob Halford… or can I say has some heavy duty Rob Halford influence in his vocals, on this demo. After listening to this song a couple dozen more times… I will even make a Metal stretch by saying, that I hear a bit of Geoff Tate in the vocals of Phil Anselmo too. The Will To Survive of course was written and had it’s parts recorded well before there was a Vulgar Display Of Power, even before Cowboys From Hell.

I’m calling The Will To Survive demo a hidden Metal treasure. Why? For one, it’s not a song I would have expected to hear on this deluxe edition of Cowboys From Hell. Sure, the thought crossed my mind of maybe hearing something from the Metal Magic era of PANTERA… only this song surpasses what I initially thought it would sound like, both in it’s Traditional Metal style and sound. Trust me… the late and ultra legendary Dimebag sounds fabulous on guitar too, giving The Will To Survive a Speed Metal/Power Metal vibe that really leaves me whining for more.

If there were more hidden Metal treasures like The Will To Survive still on tape somewhere… locked away… I pray that Vinnie Paul, Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo would turn ’em loose on us fans someday, with one entire CD of PANTERA songs that have NEVER been heard before in any form. PANTERA rules.

Why do I keep stating “PANTERA rules” throughout this post you may query? There really is nuthin’ to question here… PANTERA F’N RULES. Always did… always will. Call me a PANTERA fan boy? Hell, I’m not alone there and I’m in good company, thank you very much. Plus, I’m damn proud to be one. Yes, I strongly urge any and all fans of Metal and of course, PANTERA, to get a copy of this Cowboys From Hell 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.

* Recently, I interviewed Phil Anselmo for my very good Metal Buddies over at HARD ROCK HIDEOUT. You can check out this HARD ROCK HIDEOUT exclusive by clicking the large link below or by clicking any HARD ROCK HIDEOUT link you see here.


*An abbreviated breakdown of the 3 disc Cowboys From Hell – 2oth Anniversary Deluxe Edition:

* Disc 1 is the Cowboys From Hell studio album remastered. Disc 2 contains 12 live songs. Disc 3 has 11 demos from the Cowboys From Hell sessions, which includes The Will To Survive.




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