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OSMIUM GUILLOTINE – To Release Live Album

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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British Traditional Heavy Metal band OSMIUM GUILLOTINE are proud to announce that they will be releasing Live From the Asylum on October 18th.  

Live From the Asylum contains 8 tracks that were recorded live at the Asylum in Chelmsford on June 28th 2014.

In addition to the Asylum gig, the album will include the Live on Saint FM  session that the band recorded on April 28th 2014  at the Saint FM local talent show. The  Live on Saint FM session will be included with the CD as a digital download.

You can pre-order Live From the Asylum and listen to the track “Goomba” here:


(Source: Dewar PR)









Cruz Del Sur Music To Release Self-Titled Debut From MAUSOLEUM GATE On October 7th In North America

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on September 2, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Cruz Del Sur Music will release the self-titled debut album from old school Finnish Heavy Metal heroes MAUSOLEUM GATE on October 7th, in North America. Quite simply, the album is destined to become a cult classic!

Rarely in the past few years has any Metal scene’s newcomer been able to craft such authentic sounding, Classic Heavy Metal music, with the passion and energy that MAUSOLEUM GATE put into their debut album. Their appearance on the scene out-of-nowhere came so unexpectedly and shockingly, but immediately turned some heads, as the band has been invited to play the next edition of the famous German “Keep It True Festival” in April 2015.

Inspired by the late 70s/early 80s Metal sound, these Finnish lads know perfectly where to hit to provoke the most positive reactions among fans of the NWOBHM’s sound and die-hard aficionados of the twisting sounds of CIRITH UNGOL and lovers of 70s rock greats such as the SCORPIONS and URIAH HEEP. The presence of unusual keys (Mellotron and Organ mainly) gives this album a spooky and somewhat tragic atmosphere, with long suites such as “Lost Beyond the Sun” and “Mausoleum Gate” serving as the highest peaks of an opera prima that will not pass unobserved.

Stream album cut “Magic of the Gypsy Queen” below:

MAUSOLEUM GATE – Track Listing:

Magic Of The Gypsy Queen

Demon Droid

Lost Beyond the Sun

Mercenaries of Steel

There Must Be Demons

Mausoleum Gate



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COUNTESS – Dutch Black Metal Legends Announce New Album; Release New Video

Posted in Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music videos, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Countess - Ancient Lies And Battle Cries - promo cover pic - 2014

On April 9th, Dutch Black Metal legends COUNTESS will release their long-awaited new full-length album, entitled ‘Ancient Lies And Battle Cries’ through the band’s long-time label Barbarian Wrath.

‘Ancient Lies And Battle Cries’, the band’s fourteenth full-length, features ten tracks of uncompromising METAL, blending first wave Black Metal and traditional Heavy Metal in a way only COUNTESS can. The result of almost three years of writing and recording, ‘Ancient Lies’ will surely satisfy all those who long for the days when Black Metal was still METAL.

Fans can get a first taste of the new record as of today. A video has been released for the song ‘Call Of The Ancient Pantheon’ through the band’s official YT channel:

COUNTESS – Call Of The Ancient Pantheon:

The album’s full track list:

1. Battle Sky

2. Call Of The Ancient Pantheon

3. By Hammer And Blood

4. Vengeance Of The Slain

5. Beneath The Eye Of Wisdom

6. Confessions Of A Polytheist

7. Pray For The Cult

8. Cursed Seed Of Aten

9. Burn The Throne

10. The Last Temple


(Source: COUNTESS)

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CRYSTAL VIPER – Invites All Their Fans To Be Special Guests On Their Next Album!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on July 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Crystal Viper - Promo Pic - 2012 - #2!

Photo by Black Mausoleum Arts

Polish female fronted Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER, is recently working on their next, fifth studio album which will have its premiere on Friday 13, December 2013, and which will be released via AFM Records. This time the band prepared unique, and one of a kind surprise for their fans: everyone can be special guest on the new CRYSTAL VIPER album!

“It seems people really enjoy concept albums, we do, so our next release will be a concept album as well but more twisted you all can imagine! Inviting special guests that were recording with us is already kind of tradition for CRYSTAL VIPER, but this time we decided to go one step further, and we decided to invite people who are most important for us, people who give us energy and strenght to continue: our fans!” says vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel, who is again author of the whole material: “Here’s the deal: we want to have YOUR scream on the next CRYSTAL VIPER album! How to do it? Simply record yourself screaming: use your Iphone, smartphone, computer, or any other recording device you can find, and send mp3 or wav file with the recording to – just type “CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM” in the subject line, and don’t forget to tell us your full name, as you will be listed in the booklet of the next CRYSTAL VIPER album as a special guest!” she adds. Fans can submit their recordings until August 15, 2013.

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1. Record your scream with any recording device you can find!

2. Send mp3 or wav file to – write “CRYSTAL VIPER SCREAM” in the subject line!

3. Don’t forget to write your name in the email: you will be listed as special guest in the album booklet!

4. Sending the recording is equal with permission for using it by CRYSTAL VIPER!

5. Deadline for submitting the recordings is August 15, 2013.

HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? Join THE OFFICIAL LEGION at Crystal Viper and ask your question to the band or their management!



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NIGHT DEMON – S/T EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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NIGHT DEMON – They’re from California. They’re old school. They’re Metal. They’re called Night Demon. The prolific Metal label known as Shadow Kingdom Records will be releasing Night Demon’s S/T EP on August 6th; best you pick up this Metal offering from Night Demon cause it’s invitingly raw, loud, and legit True Metal through and through!

From riffage on The Chalice that’s reminiscent of the legendary Scorpions classic cut The Zoo, to an underground Metal atmosphere of yesteryear throughout, Night Demon delivers the Metal goods! It’s honestly unfortunate that this is an EP and not an album of 12 songs. Stone wants more Night Demon! Now! Whoa.

Ritual reminds me that old school Speed Metal is back and the Traditional Heavy Metal spirit, musicianship, vocals and songwriting of Night Demon cannot be overlooked; not by any of my fellow Metal brethren anyways. Fans of old school Metal, NWOBHM, (early) Iron Maiden, (early) Saxon, Witch Cross, SatanObsession, Angel Witch, Sinister Realm and of course, Raven, are all in for a remarkable Metal surprise with Night Demon. This trio of talented Metalheads surprised the hell out of me! Metal be thy name.

Watch, listen and turn the volume up to NIGHT DEMON below! Whoa!

NIGHT DEMON – Track Listing:

Night Demon

The Chalice

Ancient Evil


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Jarvis Leatherby

Brent Woodward

John Crerar


To read more about NIGHT DEMON, click on the link below!

NIGHT DEMON – Self-titled EP Releasing Via Shadow Kingdom Records

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 21, 2013.


For more info on NIGHT DEMON, click on links below!

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Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten METAL Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! (Part Two)

Posted in Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Here is Part Two of Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten Metal Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! Each Metal album below I’ve reviewed; just click the large link below each respective Metal album to read all about it! Each Metal album on this list I’ve obviously enjoyed and continue to listen to. My Metal goal is to pass this valuable Metal information onto my fellow Metal brethren.

As the halfway point of 2012 nears, these are ten recently released Metal albums that have left their scorching mark upon my Metal lovin’ eardrums. Wether it’s an EP or full-length, I look upon any release as an album. There may be an album that was released in late 2011 listed here too… and as Lenny Wolf of Kingdom Come would say: “it is what it is.”

There is a link at the bottom of this post, which will direct you to Part One of this series of 2012 Metal albums you NEED. Agree or disagree with this list, please feel free to comment. Metal be thy name.


Supergroup? Check. Kick-ass debut album? Check. Is Adrenaline Mob Metal? Well, is Mother Earth round? Anyone who is searching for an electrifying jolt of groove infested Metal to get on with their life… NEEDS Omertà from Adrenaline Mob.

ADRENALINE MOB “Omertà” – 5 Quick Reasons To Buy This Album

ATKINS / MAY PROJECT – Serpents Kiss

Vocalist Al Atkins and guitarist Paul May are AMAZING together! This album is so essential to own if you call yourself a Metalhead. ‘Nuff said.

ATKINS / MAY PROJECT “Serpents Kiss” – A Dynamic Metal Duo; Results In A Galvanizing Heavy Metal Album


DEATH METAL! What would any Metal list on Metal Odyssey be like without… F’N DEATH METAL! With Torture, Cannibal Corpse has  reinforced why they hold such legendary status in ALL of Metal.

CANNIBAL CORPSE “TORTURE” – A Death Metal and Headbanging Must For The Metal Masses

PRIMAL FEAR – Unbreakable

I don’t know what it is about the Metal of Primal Fear. Every time I listen to Unbreakable, I personally feel protected by some unknown Metal force of nature.

PRIMAL FEAR ‘Unbreakable’ – The Time Is NOW To Join The METAL NATION

AVATARBlack Waltz

They’re from Sweden. They’re Metal. They’re debut album Black Waltz is an unreal Metal listen. They’re AVATAR and I’m impressed. Very impressed.

AVATAR ‘Black Waltz’ Is Dark, Extreme, Modern and Groove Laden… Metal Bliss

PELICAN – Ataraxia/Taraxis

A 4 song EP that is an instrumental journey into the far reaches of the Metal mind. Whoa, what I just wrote sounds kinda cool huh?

PELICAN ‘Ataraxia/Taraxis – As Excellence In Heavy Instrumental Albums Goes, This EP Is A Prime Pick

NIGHTQUEEN – For Queen And Metal

Nightqueen is from Belgium. Nightqueen has released a powerful album this year with: For Queen And Metal. Massacre Records has a phenomenal stable of bands on their roster and Nightqueen only solidifies this truth.

NIGHTQUEEN ‘For Queen And Metal’ – An Indelible Debut Album Of Heavy Metal

K-OS – Planeta Violento

Spanish Metal Warriors = K-OS. It’s that simple.

K-OS “Planeta Violento” – New Metal Release Is Out Now! Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

HAVOK – Point Of No Return EP

Colorado does export Thrash Metal and it’s called HAVOK. These dudes should have been born in the late sixties, formed a band in 1982 and been a part of some Big 4, Big 5 or something like that. Yes, they’re that good.

HAVOK – Point Of No Return – 4 Song/2 Video EP Blazes With A Thrash Metal Assailment

DEMON LUNG – Pareidolia EP

Demon Lung knows Doom. Demon Lung plays Doom. Demon Lung plays some amazing Doom. Get into Demon Lung and get into some… DOOM.

DEMON LUNG – Doom Metal Debut EP Pareidolia Is A Masterful Metal Listen


Okay, since you’ve been cool enough to stick around till the end, I’ve decided to surprise you with a Metal bonus! Here is another Metal album (EP) that many of you most likely have seen and read about here, on a few occasions already. This band is badass and they’re from Mexico. ZOMBIEFICATION = DEATH METAL!!! Whoa.

ZOMBIEFICATION – Reaper’s Consecration

ZOMBIEFICATION plays scalding… DEATH METAL! Get on board now with this ZOMBIEFICATION Death express; cause ten years from now you’ll want to say you’ve been their fan since the deadly beginning.

ZOMBIEFICATION “Reaper’s Consecration” – An Ominous and Brutal Death Metal EP


I strongly encourage you to check out Part One of Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten Metal Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! Just click on that HUGE link below! Whoa!

Metal Odyssey Presents: Ten METAL Albums You NEED For This Summer Of 2012! (Part One)


Thank you for stopping by and checking out this list of Metal albums you NEED for this Summer of 2012! Wether you NEED all ten Metal albums above or just one, I hope my album reviews will serve to assist your Metal needs. Stay tuned for a Part Three edition of Metal Albums (from 2012) you NEED! I’ll probably have Part Three ready in late Summer! Rock Steady and keep the Metal flag waving high and proud.

Metal Be Thy Name.




WITCH CROSS – “Rocking The Night Away” Music Video: 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, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

WITCH CROSS – Here is some vintage video footage of the Danish Metal band – WITCH CROSS. From 1984, their    debut album (Roadrunner Records) Fit For Fight features Rocking The Night Away. Both album and song are Metal classics! A tried and true Metal blast from the Metal past!

Check out Rocking The Night Away below for yourself; then let the old school Metal of WITCH CROSS flow through your Metal lovin’ veins!

Fit For Fight – 1984 (Roadrunner Records)


Wanna see what WITCH CROSS is up to in 2012? Check out current WITCH CROSS vocalist Kev Moore and his very cool WITCH CROSS journal by clicking below!

* For more info on WITCH CROSS, click the link below!



Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air – Releases Official Fest Poster!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Amelia, Ohio, April 23, 2012 – Warriors of Metal, Inc. proudly releases this year’s Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air Festival poster custom designed by Dragonfyre Studios in Defiance, Ohio who also designed the 2012 Double CD Fest Compilation released 2 weeks ago.

The original Warriors of Metal Fest logo was conceptualized by Justin Lucas of Chillicothe, Ohio’s Greenman imagery (  and made manifest to its full glory by Jean Paul Torres of Florida’s Lord Crusan Design ( The Lord Crusan Design logo of the crossed axes and Warriors of Metal banners on Justin Lucas’ stylized W is the official logo of Warriors of Metal, Inc. and the Fest logo has now been further bloodied & Metalized thanks to Dragonfyre Studios!

Tickets for the festival are on sale at  WARRIORS OF METAL OPEN AIR FESTIVAL V Weekend passes for adults (17 and up) are just $50 and Weekend 4-Packs for adults (groups of 4 people) are only $40 per person. Adult single day tickets are $30 for each day and $25 per person in a 4-Pack for a single day ticket.

Teenager tickets (11-16) are only $15 for the whole weekend, Friday only or saturday only. Kids under 11 get in for free. Camping is free from Thursday, June 28th to Sunday, July 1st and ticket buyers can also pre-order their Fest t-shirts at the time of their ticket purchase.


(Source: ClawHammer PR)



CRYSTAL VIPER – ‘Witches Mark’ Exclusive 2 Track Download Single Available Now!

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CRYSTAL VIPER “Witch’s Mark” – exclusive 2-track download single coming out on March 30th, 2012, via AFM RECORDS! Incl. title track – taken from the forthcoming full length studio album “Crimen Excepta” – coupled with “The Banshee”, newly recorded version of the song originally available on the limited edition MLP “The Last Axeman” (2008). To be available on all legal digital outlets!


Crimen Excepta releases on AFM Records, on April 27th, 2012.


(Sources: Crystal Viper & AFM Records Official Websites)

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KATANA – New Album ‘Storms Of War’ Coming Soon On Listenable Records

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

KATANA – Guitarist/songwriter Tobias Carlsson has issued an update about KATANA’s new album Storms of War to be released in May on Listenable records.

“It was once again recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. We were very focused and determined right from the beginning to create a sound that no one had heard on an album since the 80s. To accomplish this, we and Andy listened a lot to albums produced by Martin Birch when mixing and setting the sound. Mostly Rainbow, Heaven and Hell by Black Sabbath, Killers by Iron Maiden and Assault Attack by MSG. It became almost our motto in the studio to ask “How would Martin have done it?” whenever we had doubts about something. The songs are mostly completely new, mixed in with some very old ideas and stuff that weren’t finished in time for the last recording. ”

“The band has been around for nearly ten years now, and for the first album we had that long to write the material. This time, most of the songs were written and rehearsed over a period of a couple of months. This has been a challenge, but a positive one that has forced our song writing to its best, and beyond.We have broken new ground with this album and played around with things that we have never done before, thus widening the range of what we are capable of musically. But at the same time, we feel that we have come a long way in defining a unique style and sound for KATANA. I would say the album is as diverse as the first one musically, yet more uniform.”

” The Japanese influences are there, especially in the epic song about the great Mongolian emperor Kubilai Khan who twice tried to invade Japan, and failed miserably both times. It is a grand story of Japanese history and mythology. But we are not limited by the Japanese influences and there are songs on this album that explore both other mythological subjects as well as themes taken from popular culture and everyday life.”

Tobias confirmed that musically, a fan of early 80s Heavy Metal will feel at home in this album as much as the previous one, and the influences are still very much early Saxon, early Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Grim Reaper, Manowar and so on. But more than anything, this album represents 100% KATANA.



Patrik Essén – Guitars

Tobias Karlsson – Guitars

Johan Bernspång – Vocals

Susanna Salminen – Bass

Anders Persson – Drums

2011 was a busy year for Sweden-based Traditional Heavy Metallers KATANA. Since the release of their debut album “Heads Will Roll” last spring, KATANA not only found time to tour with both the likes of Where Angels Suffer, featuring Chris Holmes and Stet Howland (ex-W.A.S.P.) and American metal legends Lizzy Borden. They also entered the studio to record their second album, entitled Storms of War.

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, KATANA has been around for several years and has already made a great name for themselves in the underground Metal scene of Sweden and Europe. In 2010, the band won the prestigious Wacken Metal Battle which earned them a slot at the Wacken Open Air, as well as the Sweden Rock Festival. Their debut album has been critically acclaimed all over the world, and Malcolm Dome of Classic Rock Magazine wrote: “This quintet will make a significant mark. This debut is only the beginning of what should be a thrilling march”.

With the new album, Storms of War, produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque, KATANA means to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Classic Heavy Metal in the veins of early Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon is here to stay!


(Source: ClawHammer PR)

For more info on KATANA, click on the links below:

KATANA – Official facebook

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MANOWAR – LIVE: Summer 2012 Festivals Update

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

MANOWAR – As the above poster states, MANOWAR will be having quite a Metal glorious Summer of 2012!




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KING DIAMOND – To Headline At Sweden Rock Festival And Hellfest In 2012!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news, speed metal with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by Metal Odyssey


KING DIAMOND has recently teamed up with Nick Storch at ICM and Paul Ryan at The Agency Group.

Nick Storch will be in charge of booking KING DIAMOND concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan will be in charge of booking concerts in Europe and the rest of the world.

But that’s not all…!

In the past year King Diamond focused on the recovery from an open heart triple bypass surgery and is now going to return to the stage!

Yeah, that’s right:

KING DIAMOND will be headlining the Rock Stage at the Sweden Rock Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

This will be the only show in Scandinavia in 2012!

Please check out the links below for more info:

KING DIAMOND will also be headlining the Main Stage 2 at the Hellfest in France on Friday, June 15, 2012!

Visit for further information.

King Diamond about the band’s appearance at the Hellfest:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at HELLFEST for giving us the perfect scenario to return to the stage in France.

The lineup is still:

Andy LaRocque and Mike Wead: Guitars – both from Sweden
Hal Patino: Bass – from Denmark
Matt Thompson: Drums – from the USA.

Of course I’ll be there too, singing and conjuring up the DEVIL at HELLFEST.

We can’t wait to see you there.”

(Source: Massacre Records)

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ELM STREET – Raises Some Impressive Hell With Their Debut METAL Assault: Barbed Wired Metal

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, Thrash Metal, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ELM STREET – Releasing on November 18th, via Massacre Records, is the debut album from Elm Street. Melbourne, Australia is where Elm Street calls home, while Traditional Metal with impressive melodic and speed guitar leanings is their calling card. Forming back in 2003, Elm Street have paid their Metal dues, now it’s time the entire world gets to hear their Metal. Elm Street dishes out an impressive listen into speed, crunch and wallop with their Metal and the barrage of their Metal brand doesn’t cease from the opening track Barbed Wire Metal to the closer Metal Is The way.

With gang vocals and melodic guitar leads and solos abounding, Elm Street reveals they have more Metal goodies hidden inside their Metal bag O’ tricks than I first suspected. It’s difficult to not get dazed and simultaneously enthused by the fret work of Aaron Adie on lead guitar, coinciding with the iron-lined vocals of Ben Batres. Whoa, can Elm Street take Traditional Metal elements and swirl them into a batch of notable songs, with marked originality, making for a bona fide Metal album.

Tomislav Perkovic is key on drums, (impressive) Tomislav keeps the beat in an amazingly solid way, while adding horns to the sky fills where it necessitates. King Of Kings and Merciless Soldier may best be the songs that defines everything about Elm Street, from their speed and heaviness to the thundery rhythm section, this band is tight. Throw in my Metal notion that Elm Street sounds like a band that’s been making albums for a couple of decades and my Metal awe-meter alarm has sounded.

If I had to pick a favorite song from Barbed Wire Metal, it would be Merciless Solider. Then again, with this album, picking a favorite song is not an easy Metal task. Merciless Soldier just booms with that “take it to the hills and defeat thy enemy” victory vibe. Elm Street closes out this ultra-fine debut album of their Metal with the appropriate Metal Is The Way. An outstanding song to finish off Barbed Wire Metal and I consummately agree with Elm Street: Metal Is The Way! It’s A Way Of Life! 

Metal be thy name, this Elm Street band is real good.


Ben Batres – vocals & rhythm guitar

Aaron Adie – lead guitar

Brendan Farrugia – bass guitar

Tomislav Perkovic – drums

Barbed Wire Metal – Track List:

Barbed Wire Metal

The Devil’s Servants

Elm St’s Children

Heavy Metal Power

King Of Kings


Merciless Soldier

Metal Is The Way

* Album artwork by the legendary Ed Repka (Megadeth, Municipal Waste, Death)

* For more info on ELM STREET, click on the links below:

ELM STREET – facebook




WOLFPAKK – S/T Debut Album Of Epic, Melodic, Hard & Heavy Songs In Stores Now! Some Positive Metal Thoughts…

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, melodic metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

The self-titled debut from WOLFPAKK is out now in North America. The brainchild of musicians Michael Voss (ex-Casanova, Mad Max) and Mark Sweeney (ex-Crystal Ball), the goal of WOLFPAKK was not only to feature their respective characteristics and strengths, but also to be joined by guest musicians on the album from all over the Hard Rock and Traditional Metal scenes. Within a very short time over thirty musicians from all over the world had contacted the ambitious Sweeney and Voss to take part in the project, and an album was constructed.

Simply dubbed Wolfpakk, all ten songs were written by Voss and Sweeney, who also shared in the vocal duties, in addition to handling all production and mixing. Joining Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney on this release was an international cast including Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Paul Shortino (ex-Quiet Riot), Tony Franklin (ex-Blue Murder, Robert Plant), Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Igor Gianola (U.D.O.) and Marco Wriedt (Axxis). View full list of guest musicians at this location.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* WOLFPAKK was released in North America on October 11th, 2011, on AFM Records.

Stone Says: Really, what can I say in regards to this astounding “all-star cast” of guest musicians that contributed to WOLFPAKK? Amazing. A hundred Metal bravos to Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney! This album soars in its epic appeal, quality melodic songs, Power Metal feel and Hard Rock meets Traditional Heavy Metal sound. My best Metal advice is to buy this album, play it LOUD and enjoy a collaboration of incredibly talented musicians that make WOLFPAKK glisten with Hard Rockin’ and Metal thunderin’ pride.

WOLFPAKK has taken me by surprise and I like Heavy Music surprises that are this grand. Amazing again. I only hope and pray, that this is not the one and only album that I get all stirred up from by WOLFPAKK… please sirs, may Stone have more? Metal be thy name.

WOLFPAKK – Track Listing:

01. Sirens

02. Dark Horizons

03. Lost

04. Slam Down The Hammer

05. The Crow

06. Wolfpup

07. Let Me Die

08. Reptile’s Kiss

09. Ride The Bullet

10. Wolfony

* For more info on WOLFPAKK, click on the links below:

AFM Records



DARK FOREST: Anticipated Sophomore Full-Length From NWOBHM Influenced Band – Due In November 2011

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional heavy metal with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, Cruz del Sur Music will release Dawn Of Infinity, the sophomore full-length offering from recent label signing, UK traditional Metallers DARK FOREST, onto North American soil. Featuring ten triumphant NWOBHM-styled compositions, Dawn Of Infinity soars with over 50 minutes of glorious, unfiltered, heartfelt Traditional Heavy Metal fans of DARK FOREST throughout the underground have embraced since the band’s formation in 2002.

Two tracks from Dawn Of Infinity are now available for streaming via the label’s official Facebook page. Check out the tracks “Light Years On” and “Under The Greenwood Tree” at this location.

Cruz del Sur Music signed DARK FOREST in June of this year as the band entered the studio to record Dawn Of Infinity, after watching the young Birmingham, England-based outfit evolve over the last few  years. Bearing a strong appreciation for the forefathers of the genre, and producing the full-blooded sound of a distinctly English brand of Heavy Metal, the new album fulfills the expectations placed on one of the most interesting bands in the UK’s contemporary Traditional Metal scene, infusing British folklore and Celtic inspiration into their craft.

Dawn Of Infinity Track Listing:


Light Years On

Green Knight

Seize The Day

The Tor

Through The Glass Darkly

The Stars My Destination

Under The Greenwood Tree

Black Delta

Deadly Premonition

(Source: Earsplit PR)

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SINISTER REALM – A Metal Odyssey Exclusive Interview!

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news, traditional heavy metal, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(All band photos and logo provided courtesy of John Gaffney/Sinister Realm)

SINISTER REALM – Traditional Heavy Metal, aka Classic Metal, reigns supreme in 2011. With hordes of legendary Traditional Metal bands leading the never-ending charge, to this very moment as you read this, there are a good many new, hungry and talented Metal bands out there that revere Metal’s history of tradition. Sinister Realm is one such Metal band. Led by founding member and bass guitarist John Gaffney, Sinister Realm is a band that I have admired and loudly recommended, since my first thorough listen of their second studio album The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records) which was released this Summer.

Calling Allentown, Pennsylvania their Metal home, Sinister Realm is a band amassing a loyal following of Metal fans from Trexlertown, Pennsylvania to points worldwide. Sinister Realm has created some incredible Traditional Metal that MUST be heard to understand my Metal point. It’s not everyday that I bellow with such Metal pride about a rising Metal band such as Sinister Realm. Alex Kristoff (vocals), John Risko (guitar), John Kantner (guitar), Chris Metzger (drums) and John Gaffney’s bass illuminates my eardrums with their utmost Metal talent and respect for the Metal they play.

Traditional Metal goes much farther than “the look” of denim and leather. The sound, lyrics, vibes and attitude I hear on The Crystal Eye are all-encompassing of what Traditional Metal is all about in my Metal world. Overall, Sinister Realm represents where Metal was so many years ago and where it is today, in all of its powerful glory. Sinister Realm is the real Metal deal here, fellow Metalheads.

Taking a time out from playing live gigs amid a busy schedule, John Gaffney was courteous to answer ten questions for Metal Odyssey. Covering topics ranging from the new album to respecting the history of Metal, here is what John Gaffney had to say:

John Gaffney, bass guitarist, songwriter and founder of Sinister Realm.

Stone: Can you share the goals and mindset of the band as a whole, while recording “The Crystal Eye”?

John Gaffney: With the new album our goal was pretty simple, to take a step forward from our first album. I think my mindset when I started writing the music was to just make sure that every song was as good as I could make it. I wanted to make sure there was a good amount of variety also, some fast songs, some slow and mid tempos one. I know all the other guys really wanted to make this one a good follow-up to our debut record. The goals of our band in general are to always get better and keep pushing forward, to play and perform better, to get our music out to as many metal heads as possible and in general to just keep growing as a band.

Stone: How is the songwriting and lyrics shared among the band?

John Gaffney: All the music and lyrics are written by me but the other guys definitely add their personalities to the songs. I demo everything out in a very rough format with a drum machine and me singing and the other guys take that and add their own thing to it. When I write I really think about the guys and their personalities on their instruments and I write to their strengths so that the songs feel natural to them and not like I’m asking them to play or sing things that don’t fit who they are as musicians. Even though I write the music, the strength and identity of Sinister Realm is really in the collection of all the individual players, we work and sound really good together in my humble opinion.

Stone: Just how important is the history of Metal to Sinister Realm?

John Gaffney: Very important, especially the early years of metal, I’m very much a Heavy Metal scholar. I’m always reading about heavy metal and searching out old classic bands that I may not have heard of yet. I’m a very big fan of the “golden” years of classic metal as I like to call it, 1980 to about 1984. The albums that Priest, Maiden, Dio, Sabbath, Ozzy, Mercyful Fate and many others released during those years are some of my absolute favorite heavy metal albums of all time. With the band we really try to pay our respects to those great metal classics, when we perform or work on new music all those bands are in the back of our mind, they are our benchmarks if you will, we really want to do this music justice and we consider it a great honor to be called a traditional metal band.

Stone: How did Sinister Realm and Shadow Kingdom Records find each other?

John Gaffney: Well…a bit of history on the band I guess is in order here. I used to be in a band called Pale Divine, when I left the drummer Darin McCloskey called me and said he wanted to work on some of the ideas I had that were never used in Pale Divine.  As things progressed it started sounding really good and we decided to get a proper singer and record a demo, so into the picture came Alex. I played guitar and bass on the original demo, Darin played drums and Alex sang. Darin knew Tim from Shadow Kingdom Records and ran into him when Pale Divine was playing in Pittsburgh, he passed our demo on to him and he really liked it.  At the time the demo was really making the rounds on the internet and we got a few offers from other labels but we really liked where Shadow Kingdom was at the time and the other types of bands they had so we went with them.  After we got signed we added our current guitar player John Kantner and a lead player and quickly recorded our self titled full length. Right after that Darin had to leave for personal reasons and our original lead player was asked to leave so we brought Chris Metzger in on drums and John Risko on lead guitar. Lots of gigs followed and we’ve just released our second album “The Crystal Eye”.  That’s our history in a nutshell.

Stone: What venue that Sinister Realm has played to date exhibited the most rabid Metal fans?

John Gaffney: We played a Doom Metal festival in Wisconsin this Summer that was really cool, we have a lot of great local fans who really support us also so it’s hard to pick one venue, we have fun where ever we play.

Stone: What is the biggest hurdle that confronts a Metal band in 2011?

John Gaffney: Trying to stand out above the bottomless sea of bands that are out there right now. The Internet is a great thing because anybody can get a band together, put something out and promote it. The Internet is also a bad thing because anybody can get a band together, put something out and promote it..haha. It works both ways. There are just so many bands out there now and the playing field is so so crowded that it’s really difficult to get yourself to stand out of the pack. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and sticking to and believing in what you’re doing. Selling CDs is very difficult nowadays because there is a lot of illegal downloading and not many people are even into buying CD’s anymore. I’m old-fashioned and still listen to vinyl, in fact I have a rather large Metal vinyl collection and consider that to be one of my hobbies.

Sinister Realm – The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records/2011)

Stone: My favorite song on “The Crystal Eye” is the title track. That song just psyches me out blindly!  Which one is yours and why?

John Gaffney: I like “The Crystal Eye” also. I think I like it because it’s a great title track and has a really good “epic” feel to it. All the guys sound great on it, I especially like John Risko’s lead solo on that one, just super cool! I love the way that guy plays. It’s just a song that came together really nicely if you know what I mean. If I had to pick a close second I would say “Signal the Earth”. I like the feel and groove of the song and I was proud of my lyrics on that one, it’s about a guy sent on a mission in space, now’s he’s trapped in his space ship alone, seeing and hearing things and trying to signal the earth that he needs help. Plus there’s a bass solo in that song… ha ha.

Stone: Is there a “dream band” Sinister Realm wants to be contacted by to support on a major tour?

John Gaffney: Any of the big classic bands like Priest, Maiden, Sabbath would be a dream. I’m also a big fan of Candlemass so I would love to be able to play in Europe or Scandinavia with them.

Stone: How many guitars do you own and which one is your favorite?

John Gaffney: Bass is my main instrument but I do own an early 80s gibson flying V guitar and a Fender telecaster guitar. As for basses, I have three. A 1978 Fender jazz bass, a 1984 Fender precision and a Geddy Lee model Jazz bass. For Sinister Realm I use the Geddy Lee bass, it has a great aggressive grinding growling sound. I use an Ampeg Svt-Pro 2 and Ampeg 4-10 cabinet live for amplification.

Stone: The talents and musical skills of Sinister Realm are obviously heard by my ears on “The Crystal Eye”. What are the other intangibles required to create such a powerful album of Traditional Heavy Metal? What is Sinister Realms “Metal X-Factor”?

John Gaffney: There’s a lot of X factors, I really couldn’t pin it down to one thing. I tell the guys all the time that it’s the little things that make a great band. Playing in tune, having good equipment, having good players and a good singer. If I had to point to one thing though I would say at the end of the day it’s songs and how their delivered. The average listener is not a musician, they are just fans of the music, so the only thing that is really important to them is if they like the songs or not. There are plenty of bands through history who had great players that never went anywhere because their songs just weren’t that good. It’s why the Beatles have lasted forever, they had great songs! So for Sinister Realm I think the X-factor is a combination of everyone’s professionalism and individual personalities wrapped around the songs, that is our “X-Factor”.

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SINISTER REALM – “The Crystal Eye”: Defends The Metal Faith Valiantly, In Epic And Prevailing Prominence

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, traditional metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by Metal Odyssey



SINISTER REALM – Okay, so I was minding my own Metal business, when one night last week I checked my email inbox to find a message from Sinister Realm. I’m thinking to myself, what Metal message is Sinister Realm sending me? I was of course curious, for this Traditional Metal band from Allentown, Pennsylvania, has made quite a Metal name for themselves on this part of the East Coast. In the email was an invitation to review their newly released studio album: The Crystal Eye (Shadow Kingdom Records). A no brainer… I was more than Metal willing to give this new Sinister Realm album a listen. Then I listened again… and again. Metal be thy name, I could not believe what I was hearing. God almighty above, The Crystal Eye is an unreal Traditional Metal listening experience.

For all Metal intents and purposes, if you are to buy just one more newly released Metal CD this year, The Crystal Eye is as strong a candidate as any other. Whoa, did someone say “why Stone”? The reasons are easy to explain, therefore here is the Metal breakdown, in no particular Metal order:

Reason One: Let’s skip right to the instrumental that is Battle for the Sinister Realm. My God almighty, is this an intense song that embellishes every nuance that is golden about a Traditional Metal instrumental. Listening to the melodic sound that this song radiates, coupled with its old school Metal vibe and feel, I’m mesmerized that this band can capture such welcomed Traditional Metal magic, in 3:29.

Reason Two: Dual Metal guitars. John Kantner and John Risko. These two Metal axe men summon up all the glorious images of excitement, of days long ago, when my young ears experienced Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing for the first time. Yes, the Metal torch has been handed down… John Kantner and John Risko are two Metal guitarists that are happening NOW in 2011. Hearing is believing…

Reason Three: Alex Kristof on vocals is a convincing and strong presence. Without knowing, I will wager he is a lifetime devotee to the late Ronnie James Dio. Alex is the singer that Traditional Metal bands will search the clubs, internet and world over for… he’s that dynamic with his vocals. On the 8:54 epic, The Tower is Burning, his confidence rains down with each talented syllable he sings. Honestly, there isn’t a moment on The Crystal Eye where I’m not impressed with listening to Alex.

Reason Four: All eight songs embody the essence of how Traditional Metal is supposed to sound like. Powerful, epic and responsible for giving me the damn chills, is how I best describe The Crystal Eye. This album would kick mighty ass in the mid 80’s, only Sinister Realm is kicking mighty ass in the here and now. Metal written and played like this doesn’t grow on some F’n fruit tree, ready to be picked for harvest. The Metal I hear on all of these songs is potent with muscular relevance and cannot be denied by my ears.

Reason Five: Every band needs its rhythmic glue to hold the beats steady and Chris Metzger (drums) and John Shamus Gaffney (bass, background vocals) are titans to hear. With a steel solid production, both Chris and John’s ground quaking effectiveness is substantial and heard with clarity.

Reason Six: The title track: The Crystal Eye. Metal be thy name, this song is the epitome of just how riveting and compelling Traditional Metal can sound and feel like. This song moves me, man. While I’m listening to this song, I feel like I am that “man on the silver mountain” and I can do anything.

Music is subjective and personal to any individual. However, take my Metal advice on Sinister Realm… what you do with it is entirely up to you. The Crystal Eye isn’t a can of Metal whoop ass, instead, it’s a case of Traditional Metal whoop ass. I finish by saying: I listen to my hefty share of Metal and I declare The Crystal Eye as one of the very best Metal albums of 2011. Thanks to Sinister Realm, I’ve been reminded as to why Metal is the law.

The Crystal Eye – Track Listing:

Winds of Vengeance

At the Hands of the Tormentor

With Swords Held High

The Crystal Eye

Signal the Earth

The Shroud of Misery

Battle for the Sinister Realm

The Tower is Burning

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KATANA – Guitarist Tobias Karlsson Set To Appear On on July 18th

Posted in classic metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

KATANA – On Monday, July 18th, 2011, KATANA guitarist Tobias Karlsson will join METALHEADRADIO.COM‘s DJ Rem for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Tune in to DJ Rem’s show, Locked Up, at 9:30 EST on July 18th for what promises to be an unforgettable chat with one of the New Wave of Traditional Metal’s most fierce up and comers.

KATANA from Gothenburg, Sweden, is the next big thing in Traditional Heavy Metal. They deliver a show that is 100 percent pure adrenaline and will take the audience straight back to the golden age of the early eighties. Since the current line up was established in 2008, KATANA has worked hard to perfect their live act, which includes everything one would expect from a true eighties band and then some.

The music of KATANA is heavily influenced by British and German bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Accept. They definitely show that the genre is more alive than ever and their newly recorded debut album will set a new standard for what Classic Heavy Metal is supposed to sound like in 2011.

(Source: ClawHammer PR)

* To read the Metal Odyssey album review for KATANA – HEADS WILL ROLL, (posted on June 13th, 2011), just click on the big header link below!

KATANA – Heads Will Roll: Traditional Heavy Metal Triumphs On This Band’s Debut Album

* For more info on KATANA, click on the links below:

KATANA – Official facebook

KATANA – myspace music





ARGUS “Boldly Stride The Doomed” – Sophomore Metal Album Releases On May 3rd, 2011!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Italian Heavy Metal label Cruz Del Sur Music confirms May 3, 2011 as the official release date for the sophomore album from Pennsylvania-based ARGUS, entitled Boldly Stride The Doomed. This is the first release from ARGUS via Cruz Del Sur.

Boldly Stride The Doomed Track Listing:

1. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium

2. A Curse On The World

3. Wolves Of Dusk

4. The Ladder

5. Durendal

6. 42-7-29

7. Boldly Stride The Doomed

8. Fading Silver Light

9. Pieces Of Your Smile

10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros

ARGUS stormed onto the underground Metal scene with their twin guitar-driven, Doom-tinged, working class Metal sound with a self-recorded demo in early 2007, on John Brenner’s (Revelation/Against the Nature) DIY label, Bland Hand Records. The band was roundly welcomed by the Metal community at home as well as abroad and established its foundation amongst friends/fans within the scene. With this initial momentum, the band created a buzz that was only solidified by their punishing live performances. Their self-titled debut album was released on Shadow Kingdom Records in 2009 receiving praise from media outlets worldwide. The band continued to gain notoriety attracting like-minded fans worldwide who celebrate the genre and its core values of: hard work, discipline and integrity.

Featuring the powerful voice of former Penance vocalist Butch Balich, ARGUS prepares to cement themselves within the Metal archives with their sophomore effort, Boldly Stride the Doomed!

(Source: Earsplit PR)

Stone Says:

* Head on over to ARGUS – myspace music and hear for yourself Wolves Of Dusk currently streaming… this song is nothing short of amazing! The riffs stick in my Metal mind like Metal glue! Old School Metal, Traditional Metal or just Metal. Call it what you want… ARGUS plays it damn great. ARGUS = METALMetal be thy name.

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DERAILED – 2011 Live Show Updates On A Fast Rising Canadian Metal Band!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

DERAILED – Here a couple of “live” shows of note that DERAILED fans and Metal fans should know about:

* On Thursday, March 31st, 2011, DERAILED performed a 30 minute set at the Kings Head Pub in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Over $12,000 was raised! All proceeds from this event will go to the Red Cross in support of the recent Japan earthquake disaster. Metal Odyssey gives DERAILED a big horns up for their charitable Metal efforts!!

* DERAILED have made the finals for “Best Original Calgary Band” and will perform a crushing set this Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, at The Viper Room in Calgary, Alberta, Canada! Starting time is 9:00 p.m.! The Viper Room is located at 302-3rd Ave. SW, right next door to the French Maid. Come on down and support original music as this will be a great night! (See The Viper Room link at the bottom of post).

Metal Odyssey wishes DERAILED all the Metal best in winning the “Best Original Calgary Band” title… this is one terrific Metal band that deserves it!!


* “Underground”, the new and highly anticipated concept album from DERAILED is well underway. This album will focus on another world “Underground” where one ordinary man becomes the “chosen one” to save a dying race.



(Judgement Day – debut album – 2010)

* To read my interview with Dean Boland of DERAILED, just click link below:


* For more info on DERAILED, click the links below:

DERAILED – Official Website

DERAILED – myspace music

* For more info on The Viper Room, in Calgary, click link below:


* To find out how you can donate/help the victims of Japan’s earthquake & disasters, please click on the link below:



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