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Let There Be Steel! SACRED STEEL Streaming New Song!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2016 by Metal Odyssey


German Heavy Metal veterans SACRED STEEL are streaming a new song from forthcoming album Heavy Metal Sacrifice. Stream “Let There Be Steel” at this location or below:

SACRED STEEL will release Heavy Metal Sacrifice on October 14 via Cruz Del Sur Music. The album was recorded at Music Factory Studio Kempten (Germany), and was produced by Sacred Steel and Christian Schmid. The album will be available on Compact Disc (digipack edition), vinyl LP (featuring Sacred Steel’s embossed logo), and digital formats. Stream the title track at this location.

The release of Heavy Metal Sacrifice will be a celebratory event marking the group’s 20th anniversary, offering fans SACRED STEEL’s most compelling album yet. Featuring highlights “Let There Be Steel,” “Hail The Godz Of War,” “Children Of The Sky,” and the title track, SACRED STEEL sets in motion a war machine that will crush all enemies of true heavy metal!

Pre-order CD and Vinyl from the Cruz Del Sur Music Store.


Photo Credit: Matthias Leiss

Critical Praise:

“Draw up a sword-wielding, tried-and-true, un-budgeable classic metal band and what you get is Sacred Steel.” – Dead Rhetoric

“The songs of Sacred Steel are full of hooks and engaging surprises.” – Sea of Tranquility

“Another chapter of solid, uncompromising and memorable heavy metal.” – Dutch MetalManiac


The band has already announced a round of shows to accompany the release of the album. Confirmed dates are as follows:

10.15.2016 – 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Heavy Metal Sacrifice Record Release Party with SACRED STEEL, TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), and SEPTAGON

Ludwigsburg (GER) – Scala

10.21.2016 – Vienna (A) – Escape

10.22.2016 – Phantoms of Pilsen – Pilsen (CZ)

11.12.2016 – Burn This Town Festival with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, and GRAAL

Rome (IT) – Traffic Club

1.13.2017 – Hamburg (GER) – Bambi Galore



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CRYSTAL VIPER ARE BACK! New Studio Album “Queen Of The Witches” Releases On February 17, 2017, via AFM Records!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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CRYSTAL VIPER are back! The Polish Heavy Metallers are returning after a 4 year absence, which was caused by the health issues relating to the band’s front woman and founder, Marta Gabriel, and which placed the future of CRYSTAL VIPER into question, (last year Marta underwent surgery of her nasal and facial sinuses), “The witch is back” however, sounding stronger, heavier and louder than ever before…!

On February 17, 2017, AFM RECORDS will release CRYSTAL VIPER‘s new concept album entitled “Queen Of The Witches”. The album, which will be available as a limited edition vinyl LP, CD and digital download, has been produced by Bart Gabriel – producer known for his collaboration with acts such as CIRITH UNGOL, MYTHRA and SACRED STEEL (and within their private lives, Marta’s husband), and engineered and mixed by Mariusz Pietka (JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR, LONEWOLF, MORTICIAN). The album’s cover artwork has been created by the legendary German artist, Andreas Marschall (RUNNING WILD, BLIND GUARDIAN, KREATOR). The first single from the new album will be entitled “The Witch Is Back”, and will be available in December. On February 18, 2017, the band will play an exclusive headlining live show in Munich, Germany, at the Heavy Metal Calling Festival, which will be an official release party for the new album.

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In other news Marta Gabriel, the band’s singer and guitarist who has once again written all of the songs on the new album, recently joined the ESP GUITARS family. In addition, all of the members of CRYSTAL VIPER have signed an endorsement deal with DEAN MARKLEY.



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CIRITH UNGOL – Metal Warriors Return! Headlining Frost And Fire II – October 8th In Ventura, California

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Cirith Ungol Facebook:

Frost And Fire II – October 7-9, 2016 – Beautiful Beachside Downtown Ventura, California.

Last year’s event sold out with only two months of notice, so we decided to step it up a notch for all of you. We understand people need time to make travel plans, so here is the entire lineup with ticket links. This is also extra special of course because of the rebirth of Cirith Ungol. They are representing in their hometown of Ventura, CA with this come back show. The fans have cried for it for nearly the last twenty-five years. This is for all of you. Thanks for the support in the past and in the future. Let’s all continue making Heavy Metal history, together.

Day One @ Bombay – October 7, 2016
143 S. California St. Ventura, CA
Showtime – 5:00pm – Show Is 21+Over, Only.

Slough Feg
Blade Killer
Midnight Chaser
Livin Alive

Purchase Day One Here:–2

Day Two (All Ages)
@ Ventura Theater- October 8, 2016
26 S. Chestnut St. Ventura, CA
Showtime 3:00pm

Cirith Ungol (The Kings of the Dead Have Risen)
Midnight (Exclusive West Coast Appearance)
Mindless Sinner (First Ever U.S. Show)
Special Guest Reunion (Announced March 1St)
Night Demon
High Spirits

All Headliners – All Day Long – Get There Early! 
Purchase Day Two Here:

After Party at Sans Souci (21+ OVER)
NO cover. (directly across the street from the venue)

Hessian (Portland, Maine)
Alchemy (Tijuana, Mexico)

Day Three (All Ages)
Frost And Fire Presents “Bangover Brunch” And Metal Market @
Bombay – 143 South California St. Ventura, Ca
10:00am – 5:00pm

An Afternoon With Ashbury
Plus Special Guest (T.B.A.)
Heavy Metal Marketplace, DJ’s, Drink And Food Specials, Raffle Prizes, Hangovers And Bangovers!

Purchase Day Three Here:–2


Official Event Page:



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JUDAS PRIEST – Metal Odyssey’s Staff Picks Their Top 5 JUDAS PRIEST Songs!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on March 26, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Today, Scott Coverdale and I have decided to post our Top 5 songs from Judas Priest, respectively. (See below). Judas Priest. The band that made spiked leather and duo lead guitars a mainstay in the world of Metal. Judas Priest. The band that has been shunned by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for such other acts like: Beastie Boys, Green Day and ABBA. Life isn’t always fair and really do any of us Metalheads give a smelly shit about that Rock Hall anyways?

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Without Judas Priest, would there have been such a remarkable New Wave Of British Heavy Metal era? You make the call, it’s an easy call to make. I and Scott Coverdale pledge our Metal Allegiance to Judas Priest, now and forever. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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Scott Coverdale’s Top 5 Judas Priest Songs:

  1. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Screaming For Vengeance (1982)
  2. Love Bites – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  3. Rock Hard Ride Free – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  4. Locked In – Turbo (1986)
  5. Hell Bent For Leather – Hell Bent For Leather (U.S.) (1979)

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Stone’s Top 5 Judas Priest Songs:

  1. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll – Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
  2. Exciter – Stained Class (1978)
  3. Metal Gods – British Steel (1980)
  4. Touch Of Evil – Painkiller (1990)
  5. Hot Rockin’ – Point Of Entry (1981)






KAINE “Justice Injustice” – New Single Exhibits NWOBHM Grandeur

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, rock music with tags , , , , , on August 27, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


East Anglia has boasting rights to say that KAINE is from there. This NWOBHM revival band has me relieved to know they understand fully about the roots and trueness of Metal. KAINE have delivered a grand-slam with their newly released single: Justice Injustice. Listen to this song and buy it on their Bandcamp!! Trust Stone, I would never tell my Metal brethren to buy shit.

This new song from KAINE is so good, it has brought tears to my eyes. Fans of early Judas Priest, early Iron Maiden and Witch Cross etc. have to understand just how important of a song this is for their Metal library! Maybe this is too cliché to say only I don’t give a sweet and sour shit: KAINE kicks Metal ass. Period.

Rage Sadler is a vocalist that is top-tier. I have listened to this new song from KAINE so many times now that I’ve lost count. Everything about this song is perfect. Support KAINE by any Metal means possible. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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For more info: Facebook Kaine

This single has been released on Revival Metal Records/Revival Music Group.





JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR: First Ever Official Reissue Of The Same Titled Studio Album From 1989 Out In September!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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First official CD reissue of the same titled JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR studio album from 1989 (so-called “Orange Album”), will be released by Skol Records on September 12, 2014. The album has been remastered from the original studio tapes, and includes all 13 tracks from that recording session, for the first time ever. Package will include thick booklet, and brand new exclusive artwork painted by Alexander Von Wieding (MANILLA ROAD, CLOVEN HOOF, RAZOR etc.). First 500 copies will be available as Double Disc Edition (2CD), incl. complete live album recorded at the legendary KEEP IT TRUE FESTIVAL in Germany (mixed and mastered by Tarek Maghary of MAJESTY), with some of the best JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR songs in live versions, performed by the current BURNING STARR line up feat. musicians known from VIRGIN STEELE, MANOWAR, JOE LYNN TURNER BAND and CRYSTAL VIPER.

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Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR, is an American Power Metal band formed in 1985 by the ex VIRGIN STEELE member and guitar wizard Jack Starr. After doing 4 classic albums in the ’80s: “Rock The American Way” (1985) “No Turning Back!” (1986), “Blaze Of Glory” (1987) and “Jack Starr’s Burning Starr” (same titled, so-called “orange album” from 1989), the band returned with a new line up feat. Jack Starr (guitar), Ned Meloni (bass guitar, ex JOE LYNN TURNER band, ex DEVIL CHILDE and PHANTOM LORD), Kenny Rhino Earl (drums, ex MANOWAR) and Todd Michael Hall (vocals, also in RIOT V), and released the well received comeback album titled “Defiance” in 2009. Two years later the band established their position on the market as of one of the best US Power Metal acts with their next studio album, titled “Land Of The Dead”. BURNING STARR concert lineup is completed by rhythm guitarist Marta Gabriel, frontwoman of the Polish Heavy Metal act CRYSTAL VIPER.

Watch the “Sands Of Time” video clip:

Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR is currently working on a brand new studio album titled “Stand Your Ground”, (scheduled for release in early 2015), and announced short European Tour:

12-09-2014 – Club Circolo Colony, Brescia, Italy

13-09-2014 – Swordbrothers Festival, Germany

14-09-2014 – An Club, Athens, Greece

15-09-2014 – Thesaloniki, Greece

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* For more info on Jack Starr’s Burning Starr:

Facebook: Jack Starr’s BURNING STARR (official)



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REAPER “An Atheist Monument” – Album Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!


REAPER – German Metal legends REAPER have a new studio album releasing via Massacre Records, on July 25th, 2014. An Atheist Monument is this new album and it’s overflowing with ALL things grand about Heavy Metal! This new offering from REAPER has me psyched-out of my Metal mind; air guitar and air drums enthusiasts take notice! Powerful, melodic and laced with retro vibes and sounds of True Metal, REAPER has scored in a titanic way with An Atheist Monument.

Daniel Zimmermann (guitar) and Benjamin “Benni” Lodewig (guitar & backing vocals) are Metal sensations to take in; their muscular riffs, memorable leads and solos are Heavy Metal personified. Damn great stuff. Jan Breede (drums & backing vocals) plays the song and adds an incredible dynamic to this entire album; he’s a Metal treat to listen to. Matthias “Mäfju” Kraft (bass & backing vocals) adds his musical thunder and combined with Jan Breede’s drumming it’s a headbanging Metal experience to behold!

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Daniel Zimmermann also is the lead vocalist and he sings like a Metal giant! His vocals are stuff of conquer all and death to the Metal posers. I believe my Metal brethren reading this know what I mean and it’s Metal truth.  Twelve delectable Heavy Metal songs are on the CD, with nine songs on the LP version. Hetoimasia is this album’s instrumental opener and it signals that the Metal power-surge is on! I just knew it was gonna be a great Metal ride upon my first listen and it only gets better with each Metal serving. Whoa.

Being their 5th studio album overall and first with Massacre Records, REAPER could not have found a better record label to call home. Celebrating their 30th anniversary on stage with this new album should catapult REAPER into our community’s Metal limelight; buying this mandatory Metal work and spreading the Metal word about REAPER should be on every Metalhead’s to-do list in 2014! REAPER waves the anti-religion flag with mega Metal potency and they have my Metal respect. Hail REAPER and Metal be thy name! – Stone

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An Atheist Monument – Track Listing:

1. Hetoimasia 
2. Realms Of Chaos
 3. Of Sheep And Shepherds 4. Horse Brigade
 5. Hail The New Age
 6. Voice Within
 7. 1943
 8. Well Of Poison
 9. Taste My Revenge
 10. Ship Of Fools
 11. Fields Of Joy 
12. La Tristesse

Taste My Revenge, Fields Of Joy
 and La Tristesse are the three songs that do not appear on the LP version of An Atheist Monument.

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* For more info on REAPER:

Facebook: REAPER (Band)

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