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Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on October 17, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Metal Blade lablemates BATTLECROSS and WOVENWAR will kick off their North American Fury Tour tonight supporting Soilwork and Unearth. The trek will coil its way through over two dozen venues, coming to a close on November 16th in Toronto, Ontario. Additional support will be provided by Darkness Divided.

Following the journey, BATTLECROSS will close 2016 with a three-week headlining run: the third installment of the Winter Warriors Tour. This year, support will be provided by Metal Blade labelmates Allegaeon and Necromancing The Stone. In conjunction with the Veterans Ticket Foundation, the Winter Warriors Tour will once again offer free admission to members of the US Armed Forces and the band will donate a portion of their proceeds to local veterans’ organizations in each city.

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Veterans are invited to register for free tickets at BATTLECROSS will be touring in support of their latest album, Rise To Power, which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band’s second Billboard chart entry (2013’s War Of Will entered the charts at #130). To preview and purchase Rise To Power, visit:

On October 21st, WOVENWAR will release their sophomore album, Honor Is Dead. More aggressive and fluid than its self-titled predecessor, Honor Is Dead was written with contributions from all members, while the music for Wovenwar was mostly written before vocalist Shane Blay joined the band. The results speak for themselves, capturing a group that sounds truly unified, and hungry.

Expanding upon the ruthlessly catchy melodies and hooks of their debut and driven by darker lyrical themes, Honor Is Dead makes for a listening experience with true depth, and a broad emotional range. To hear latest single, “World On Fire,” visit at THIS LOCATION where a drum play through for the track can be viewed, alongside an exclusive interview with drummer Jordan Mancino. For preorder info and to check out a concept video (by the band’s own Nick Hipa) for “Censorship” visit:

BATTLECROSS And WOVENWAR w/ Soilwork, Unearth, Darkness Divided:
10/17/2016 Cats Cradle – Carrboro, NC
10/18/2016 The Loft – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2016 The Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
10/21/2016 18th Street – San Leon, TX
10/22/2016 Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
10/24/2016 Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
10/26/2016 Glass House – Pomona, CA
10/27/2016 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
10/29/2016 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/30/2016 The Pin – Spokane, WA
11/01/2016 Dimondz Event Center – Jerome, ID
11/02/2016 Metro – Salt Lake City, UT
11/03/2016 The Summit – Denver, CO
11/05/2016 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
11/06/2016 Diamond Pub Concert Hall – Louisville, KY
11/08/2016 The Metal Grill – Cudday, WI
11/09/2016 Q&Z – Ringle, WI
11/10/2016 Home Bar – Arlington Heights, IL
11/11/2016 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
11/12/2016 Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
11/13/2016 Gramercy – New York City, NY
11/15/2016 The Brass Monkey – Ottawa, ON
11/16/2016 Rockpile – Toronto, ON

BATTLECROSS Winter Warriors Tour w/ Allegaeon, Necromancing The Stone:
11/25/2016 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA
11/26/2016 Harmony House – Webster, NY
11/27/2016 Fuze Box – Albany, NY
11/28/2016 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD
11/29/2016 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
11/30/2016 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY
12/01/2016 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
12/02/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
12/03/2016 The Iron Heights – Augusta, GA
12/04/2016 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
12/07/2016 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA
12/08/2016 Shooters – Texarkana, AR
12/09/2016 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
12/10/2016 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
12/11/2016 Thunder Alley – Oklahoma City, OK
12/12/2016 Aftershock – Merriam, KS
12/13/2016 Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
12/14/2016 The East Room – Nashville, TN
12/15/2016 Big Shots – Valparaiso, IN
12/16/2016 Rockstar Pro Arena – Dayton, OH
12/17/2016 The Token Lounge – Westland, MI


Source: Earsplit PR

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OVERKILL – To Release 7″ Vinyl Single, Snippet Launched! “The Grinding Wheel” Releases In February, 2017

Posted in Heavy Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, Thrash Metal, world news with tags , , , , on October 1, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


OVERKILL – Legendary New Jersey thrashers, OVERKILL, are putting the finishing touches to their upcoming studio record entitled The Grinding Wheel. To give their fans a taster of what to expect from their forthcoming record, a brand-new single called Our Finest Hour, will be released in the first week of OVERKILL‘s European tour, on November 4th.

The 7″ single will be purchasable on black, clear, green and splatter vinyl.
Pre-order now:

“Looks like the ‘machine’ is up and rolling, but for all good things we wait. The delay for “The Grinding Wheel” will take us to 2/17, at the start of the US tour… but fear not, the Euro tour will happen and happen with some new music! Friday Nov. 4th, we will let go of the first cut; “Our Finest Hour”, available on various colors of vinyl along with some ear shattering madness. We will also have it with us on the road to quench your thirst and fill the hunger. So you heard it here first and you can hear more live the first time on tour! To the road, onward and upward into ’17!”









BATTLECROSS – Concert Photo Gallery And Review – Oddbody’s Music Room, Dayton, Ohio – May 7th, 2016

Posted in concerts, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on September 25, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Above: Kyle Gunther – vocalist

All photo credits (except for album cover): Stone/Metal Odyssey

Back on May 7th of this year, I went to see the mighty BATTLECROSS at Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton, Ohio. This venue plays host to many, many national, worldwide and local Metal bands. On this night Metal legends Suffocation and Soulfly were the headliners; with Abnormality and Lody Kong also as opening acts. I went solo to this night of amazing Metal mayhem and I also stayed in the pit for the entire BATTLECROSS set. Yes, I’m crazy at age 50. I did get pushed around pretty damn good too and I stuck it through.

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BATTLECROSS are touring in support of their 3rd killer studio album: Rise To Power.

The next day my body felt like crap from the physical punishment it endured from being in the pit for both BATTLECROSS and Abnormality. I wouldn’t have changed a thing I did and that’s the way Metal is supposed to be if you want to be a human target in the pit. BATTLECROSS played an amazing set of songs and had their packed house of fans going crazy. Lead singer Kyle Gunther commanded the stage, never-ceasing to jump around for a second. Kyle stalked his fans and gave them their monies worth!


Above: Hiran Deraniyagala – guitarist

The entire BATTLECROSS band is extremely talented at their Metal crafts and are a Modern Thrash Metal band to reckon with. I absolutely enjoyed myself smashing and thrashing around to their Metal! I did (luckily) pause at times to take some photos of BATTLECROSS in action, thanks to a few BIG dudes at the front-line that shielded me from the carnage going on in the pit behind us. BATTLECROSS are from Michigan and are not to be missed if you worship in-your-face, high intensity Thrash Metal. Enjoy these photos I took and thank you for visiting. Metal Be Thy Name – Stone


Above: Alex Bent – drummer


Above: Tony Asta – guitarist


Above: Don Slater – bassist


In closing, Kyle Gunther is an animated, funny, very, very cool dude.

L: Kyle Gunther, R: Me, um, Stone







DEATH ANGEL – Bay Area Thrash Icons Kick Off North American Tour With Slayer And Anthrax

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on September 10, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


Bay Area Thrash icons DEATH ANGEL have kicked off an epic run of live dates supporting Slayer and Anthrax. The latest trek, which commenced with a string of headlining dates September 4th, will run through October 30th and level over three dozen stages with an included stint on Rock Allegiance in Chester, Pennsylvania alongside Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah and many more. See the band’s full schedule below.

DEATH ANGEL will be touring in support of their newest full-length The Evil Divide, released earlier this Spring via Nuclear Blast Records. The Evil Divide was recorded at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010’s Relentless Retribution and 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood. Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.


DEATH ANGEL w/ Slayer, Anthrax:
9/09/2016 Jacob’s Pavilion – Cleveland, OH
9/10/2016 Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI
9/11/2016 Streeters Ground Zero – Traverse City, MI #
9/12/2016 Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
9/13/2016 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
9/15/2016 Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
9/16/2016 Anthology – Rochester, NY (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
9/17/2016 The Chance – Pougheepsie, NY **
9/18/2016 Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA [info]
9/20/2016 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
9/21/2016 Conchord Music Hall – Chicago, IL #
9/22/2016 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2016 Riverside Warehouse – Shreveport, LA #
9/25/2016 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL **
9/27/2016 Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
9/28/2016 Fillmore – Miami, FL
9/29/2016 Club LA – Destin FL #
9/30/2016 Horseshoe Casino Tunica – Tunica, MS
10/01/2016 The Warehouse – Clarksville, TN **
10/03/2016 Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/04/2016 The Orange Peel – Danville, VA (Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL, Avatar)
10/05/2016 Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/06/2016 Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA **
10/07/2016 Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
10/08/2016 ACL at the Moody Theatre – Austin, TX
10/10/2016 Fillmore – Denver, CO
10/11/2016 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2016 The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT
10/14/2016 Hitt Event Center – Idaho Falls, ID #
10/15/2016 Revolution Concert House – Garden City, ID #
10/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA #
10/17/2016 ENMAX Center – Lethbridge, AB
10/19/2016 South Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
10/20/2016 Abbotsford Centre – Abbotsford, BC
10/21/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR #
10/22/2016 Gibson Ranch/Aftershock – Elverta, CA **
10/23/2016 Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
10/24/2016 LVCS – Las Vegas, NB **
10/25/2016 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ #
10/26/2016 Top Deck – Farmington, NM #
10/27/2016 El Paso County Coliseum – El Paso, TX
10/28/2016 Club Red – Mesa, AZ **
10/29/2016 Whiskey A Go Go – Hollywood, CA **
10/30/2016 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA **
# Anthrax, DEATH ANGEL only

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Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remains as hungry as ever. As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability drive The Evil Divide. The group – vocalist Mark Osegueda, lead guitarist Rob Cavestany, guitarist Ted Aguilar, drummer Will Carroll, and bassist Damien Sisson – satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems.

The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for DEATH ANGEL. It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released By The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art Of Dying for the next generation.

In 2008, DEATH ANGEL teamed with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush, Mastodon) for Killing Season recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. In 2010, Relentless Retribution boasted a cameo from virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, while 2013’s The Dream Calls For Blood bowed at #72 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 5,400 copies the first-week and earning the group’s first ever entry onto that respective chart.



Source: Earsplit PR

Damien Sisson & Stone - 2012




METALLICA “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” – Releases On November 18th!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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It really does exist! We know it’s been a long time coming, but today we proudly introduce you to Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, the long-awaited next Metallica studio album that is the follow-up to Death Magnetic! Two discs, nearly 80 minutes of music is coming your way on November 18, 2016… yes, THIS YEAR!

Hardwired… represents the next phase of our journey as Metallica and we are so excited to share it with you Produced by Greg Fidelman, along with James and Lars, this is our 11th studio album and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurations including 12 songs on a double CD, vinyl, digital download, as well as a deluxe version with the riffs that were the origins of the album. Everyone who pre-orders the album through will receive an instant download of the song “Hardwired.”

Keep watching this space for more information, we cannot wait to hit the road to play these songs live and get in your faces once again, so strap yourselves in… INCOMING!

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Disc One:

Atlas, Rise!
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Am I Savage?
Halo On Fire

Disc Two:

Dream No More
Here Comes Revenge
Murder One
Spit Out The Bone

Disc Three (Deluxe Edition Only):

Lords Of Summer
Riff Charge (Riff Origins)
N.W.O.B.H.M. A.T.M. (Riff Origins)
Tin Shot (Riff Origins)
Plow (Riff Origins)
Sawblade (Riff Origins)
RIP (Riff Origins)
Lima (Riff Origins)
91 (Riff Origins)
MTO (Riff Origins)
RL72 (Riff Origins)
Frankenstein (Riff Origins)
CHI (Riff Origins)
X Dust (Riff Origins)






ACT OF DEFIANCE – Announces US Headlining Tour – Plus Select Dates With Killswitch Engage And Hellyeah

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on August 16, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Following an extensive North American tour this past May and June, ACT OF DEFIANCE is ready to return to the road this Fall, headlining shows across the US. Additionally, the band will appear with Killswitch Engage and Hellyeah on select dates. See below for all upcoming shows.

09/14/2016 @ Metro Bar – Salt Lake City, UT
09/15/2016 @ The Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
09/16/2016 @ Marquis – Denver, CO
09/17/2016 @ The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
09/19/2016 @ Basement East – Nashville, TN
09/20/2016 @ The Cone Denim – Greensboro, NC *
09/21/2016 @ Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL *
09/22/2016 @ Varsity Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA *
09/24/2016 @ Backbooth – Orlando, FL
09/25/2016 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
09/27/2016 @ Brauer House – Lombard, IL
09/28/2016 @ Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
09/29/2016 @ Anthem @ Hard Rock – Sioux City, IA *
09/30/2016 @ Silver Dome Ballroom – Neillsville, WI
10/02/2016 @ Our Place Tavern – Bismarck, ND
10/03/2016 @ Pub Station – Billings, MT
10/04/2016 @ The Falls – Idaho Falls, ID
10/06/2016 @ Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA
10/07/2016 @ Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
10/08/2016 @ Complex – Glendale, CA
10/09/2016 @ Slidebar – Fullerton, CA (free show!)
10/11/2016 @ Bunkhouse Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
10/12/2016 @ Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
10/13/2016 @ House of Blues – San Diego, CA **
* w/ Hellyeah
** w/ Killswitch Engage

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ACT OF DEFIANCE – featuring Chris Broderick (ex-Megadeth), Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall, Times Of Grace), and Henry Derek (Scar The Martyr) – is touring in support of their recently released full-length, Birth And The Burial. The record was commended by Terrorizer for delivering a, “perfectly produced, super slick slice of savage, technical modern thrash,” while Powerplay hailed sounds that are sure to, “destroy your eardrums, as they are uncompromising and unrelenting metal at its very best.” To preview and purchase Birth And The Burial, visit:



Source: Earsplit PR

Stone - Matt Bachand - Act Of Defiance - June 16 - 2016 - #MO999ILMFNG33





TESTAMENT “Brotherhood Of The Snake” – Releases October 28th, 2016 via Nuclear Blast

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Presenting the cover art for Testament‘s upcoming album, ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ by Eliran Kantor.

Release Date: October 28, 2016 on Nuclear Blast

Stone Says: Whoa! That is an insane great album cover!! Eliran Kantor is an amazing artist! Even the album title is freaking dope! This is what Metal is about and holy shit! I’m absolutely stoked to hear this new Testament album! Metal Be Thy Name!!







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