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Veröffentlicht am 15. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Markus Heavy Music Blog, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Power Metal

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CD review GAZPACHO "Soyuz"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Gazpacho, Soyuz, News, CD Review, KSCOPE, Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock

CD review GAZPACHO "Soyuz"

(9/10) Norwegian progressive sound architects Gazpacho are prepared for releasing their newest studio album entitled “Soyuz” in May this year. “Soyuz” follows the 2015 release “Molok” and offers again a firework of sounds from beginning to end.

The Norwegian sextet convinces again with extraordinary soundscapes and big melody lines. The combination of both, together with high musical skills, lead to 48 minutes of progressive rock music that shows the entire beauty of this genre.

Kept in a bit of a melancholic undertone songs like “Soyuz One”, the epic “Emperor Bespoke” and calm “Fleeting Things” stand the entire spectrum of Gazpacho's sound. Each of the eight tunes has so much feel weaved in, with the music being the emotional carrier of a story that comes with each of the tunes too.

Gazpacho decided to go for a holistic approach that includes more the only music. The band builds a story around their releases and it’s the newest treat that comes with the philosophical thinking of beautiful moments that can’t be kept. “Soyuz” is the capturing of different stories, all living up to the mentioned theme, which they have in common. The doomed space capsule Soyuz is one of the stories, also being the name-giver for the entire album, while it’s “Sky Burial” that addresses the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice. These are just two examples out of eight chapters that are all worth to dive into. 

“Soyuz” is art rock with an inclusive approach. Music, lyrics and sound go together in a collaborative way, leading to a beautiful sonic journey that offers a lot for ears and mind. “Soyuz” stands for the complete picture of Gazpacho’s music, songs that stand-out by their emotional depth and musical perfection. Gazpacho- and prog-rock fans welcome this release already and I can recommend it too; also for fans that normally prefer music to be loud and heavy.





  1. Soyuz One
  2. Hypomania
  3. Exit Suite
  4. Emperor Bespoke
  5. Sky Burial
  6. Fleeting Things
  7. Soyuz Out
  8. Rappaccini



Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: May 18th, 2018


CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Dizzy Reed, News, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Guns'n'Roses, CD Review, Golden Robot Records

CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

(8/10) Dizzy Reed is no less than the keyboarder of Guns’n’Roses, which he joined in 1990. He was part of the two legendary “Use Your Illusion” releases and is the meantime, next to Axel Rose himself, the most consistent member of Guns’n’Roses. Next to being part of this iconic rock band, Reed also worked with bands like The Dead Daisies, Slash’s Snakepit and many more.

After all this extraordinary contribution to other bands and their music time is ripe for a solo album of this highly skilled and experienced musicians from Illinois. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” is the title of Reed’s solo debut, featuring 12 thrilling rock songs that are all charged with pure rock power.

Dizzy Reed recorded the album together with some friends who supported him on this journey. Well-known names like Ricky Warwick, Chuck Wright, Jeff Duncan, and many more contributed to this excellently done rock record that’s a treat for your ears.

Since Reed is a pianist and keyboarder you could get the idea that the album is very focused on these instruments, which isn’t the case at all. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” comprises of rock songs with blistering guitars, a grooving rhythm section and excellent vocals. No doubt, keys might get a bit more focus than with other releases by still getting across as a natural part of the song rather than being the center of everything.

The album, that faced a digital release already Mid-February, is a pure power pack. Tunes like the thrilling "Mother Theresa", the soulful "Fragile Water" and the catchy "Reparations" are cool songs. No doubt, listening to the album of course reminds of Guns'n'Roses. How could it be different. However, these songs are far more down-to-earth than what we got offered by the mothership. Dizzy Reed's solo album is much livelier and breathes the spirit of rock'n'roll.

“Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” became a great rock album that shows the entire beauty of this kind of music. Energy, dynamics, agility and vitality – all these keywords are a fundamental part of what you get to hear on this album. Even though rock’n’roll might not be easy it’s the ease, embedded in the songs, that helps to make the album to an easy approachable one with songs that stick to your mind right away.





  1. This Don’t Look Lik Vegas
  2. Mother Theresa
  3. Cheers 2 R Oblivion
  4. Fragile Water
  5. Dirty Bomb
  6. Mystery in Exil
  7. I Celebrate
  8. Understanding
  9. Crestfall
  10. Forgotten Cases
  11. Reparations
  12. Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy


Label: Golden Robot Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 1st, 2018


CD review ANGELUS APATRIDA “Cabaret de la Guillotine”

Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Angelus Apatrida, News, Thrash Metal, Century Media, Power Metal, CD Review, Heavy Metal

CD review ANGELUS APATRIDA “Cabaret de la Guillotine”

(7/10) The first thing that I have to face when starting a review is the name of the band I‘m writing about, esp. when it‘s about bands haven‘t had on the radar till now. Angelus Apatrida is such a band. With all respect, the name is a curveball to me, hard to keep in mind - „Angel.... what“. Maybe it‘s only me older brain that struggles with keeping the name in mind.

As said, I missed the guys from Spain up till now and you might have the same. The starting point of Angelus Apatrida was back in 2000 – a new millennium, a new band. The guys premiered in 2006 with “Evil Unleashed” and four more deliveries followed to date. 2018 is the year of Angelus Apatrida’s next strike, entitled “Cabaret de la Guillotine”.

Angelus Apatrida is, according to the label info sheet, a thrash metal outfit. Now doubt, aggressive metal riffing, is a crucial pillar for the band‘s sound.  Songs like „Ministry of God“ are excellent tracks, reminding partly of thrash metal icons like Testament and Destruction.

Next to pure sonic aggression, Angelus Apatrida builds in some melodic power metal moments, like in „The Die is Cast“. However, the majority of songs ignite a thrash metal inferno with blistering leads and harsh vocals.

The thing is though that the approach isn‘t really new. I never got the feeling of something really unique but I also must say that I haven‘t missed ‘new’. The energy provided by this powerhouse is the real benefit and that‘s what‘s count. I would say, good work in known territory.





  1. Sharpen the Guillotine
  2. Betryaed
  3. Ministry of God
  4. The Hum
  5. Downfall of the Nation
  6. One of Us
  7. The Die is Cast
  8. Witching Hour
  9. Farewell
  10. Martyrs of Chicago


Label: Century Media

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018


CD review LORD VIGO "Six Must Die"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Lord Vigo, News, Six Must Die, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Epic Metal, No Remorse, CD Review

CD review LORD VIGO "Six Must Die"

(8/10) After having released two excellent records, spread out over the last years, expectations were pretty high when it comes to „Six Must Die“. Already at this early stage of this review I can tell you that Lord Vigo doesn't disappoint doom metal supporters and fans.

Mighty doom riffs hit you already with „Doom Shall Rise“. Nomen et omen. The song follows a kind of intro that helps to get listeners into the right mood. „I Am the Prophecy“ is next and strengthens the positive impression of „Six Must Die“.

All these songs are very good doom metal tracks, all being part of a dramaturgic setlist that finds its peak in the title track. „Six Must Die“ is an epos with 13 minutes in length. The tune is the real hero if the album, reminding of bands like Lake Of Tears and Count Raven with a bit of Rammstein when it comes to the keyboard sounds. Lord Vigo manages to tell this 13 minutes story in a perfect fashion. There is no single moment you‘re tempted to press the ‚skip‘-button. Excellent soundscapes, hard riffing, embedded samples and a cinematic approach are the fascinating main elements of this milestone in the bands rather short history.

Lord Vigo might not reach the big masses and I even think they shouldn‘t. Of course I don‘t begrudge Lord Vigo big success. It‘s more that the sound of their music covers more of a niche and it‘s the unbound underground vibe that makes this album so vital. Lord Vigo builds their music on creativity and passion and it would be a pity if this would be replaced by reproducing a simple success formula. The underground is, thanks to bands like Lord Vigo, very much alive. Horns up.





  1. Elizabeth Dane
  2. Doom Shall Rise
  3. I Am The Prophecy
  4. Thul-Rar
  5. Thal Mum-Rar
  6. Evil In Disguise
  7. Six Must Die
  8. 21 April 1880


Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018


CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, News, Hardrock, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Noise Floor, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"
(8/10) Spock’s Beard was founded in 1992 by the Morse brothers, Neal and Alan. It was in 202 when Neal Morse left the band, focusing on some other projects he had in the pipeline. The 2003 release “Feel Euphoria” was the first one with Nick D’Virgilio on vocals and the question at that time was, if Spock’s Beard could continue with the winning streak the band had during the first era. The answer is: ‘yes’. Spock’s Beard never unveiled any bad album and the prog outfit was always a sight for sore eyes on bigger festivals like Sweden Rock and Prog Festival at Lorely, Germany.  However, the records from the first era had a wider commercial reach with a same level of quality included.
Spock’s beard records are a treat for ears and mind with the new album not starting a different pattern.
“Noise Floor” is the title of the next Spock’s Beard record, an album that comes as a double CD. While disc number one is about “Noise Floor” it’s the “Cutting Room Floor” that adds another four tunes to the total on disc 2. 
The band doesn’t change direction when it comes to the 13thstudio album. It is more that the quintet developed their sound and trademarks step by step without deciding for dramatic changes. One thing though is very different compared with the predecessor. Earlier mentioned founding member Nick D’Virgilio, who left the band in 2011, is back and next to the regular line-up Spock’s Beard stretched their sound by adding violins, a cello player and an English horn to the mix, giving their songs a wider frame and some nice twists.
To zoom in on some songs only is not what should be done with "Noise Floor". It's the entirety rather than a specific tune that creates enthusiasm.
However, to describe a bit of what can be expected of this Spock's Beard release, I will use "What Becomes of Me' as an example. The ticking of a clock introduces the tune, followed by some soulful guitar melodies. Sometimes I had to think about Deep Purple while there were other moments that reminded me of Pink Floyd. As with the earlier releases also this time songs are used for transporting feelings and the fact that we have skilled musicians at work widens the spectrum and adds possibilities to do so. Adam Morse and band mates always put the focus on songs and songwriting, in which all musicians are included. Spock's Beard was never a band that put the spotlight on individual skills and experience. It is the passion for music, the willpower to write excellent songs and the emotional depth that creates a base for this album as well as for the earlier releases.
‘13’ might be a sort of unlucky number for some, but definitely not for Spock’s Beard. Their 13thlongplayer showcases again the high level of musical skills when it comes to each of the band members and the band itself. It also feels like the return of D’Virgilio added some extra enthusiasm to the band, which makes “Noise Floor” to an exciting progressive rock album fully in line with earlier releases. If you’re a Spock’s Beard fan, the new album will be another highlight in your prog rock collection and folks that are passionate about well-crafted and approachable progressive rock music will like this album.


Disc 1 - Noise Floor

  1. To Breathe Another Day

  2. What Becomes Out of Me

  3. Sombody's Home

  4. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

  5. So This is Life

  6. Box of Spiders

  7. Beginnings

Disc 2 - Cutting Room Floor

  1. Days We'll Remember

  2. Bulletproof

  3. Vault

  4. Armageddon Nervous

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in '77, Bright Gloom, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

(7/10) Since quite some years I‘m fascinated by the irresistible energy '77 spreads on their releases and even more on stage. The quarter from Spain seems to inhale the rock‘n‘roll spirit and exhale pure rock power. The quartet shows this full-blast approach on four longplayers more than well and it’s record number five that’s supposed to strengthen their position even more.

„Bright Gloom“, which is the title of the band‘s new album, doesn‘t take a different road compared to the known. Classic hardrock is what the band celebrates on the longplayer and it‘s „Bread & Circus“ that helps the '77 to get out of the boxes very well.

What I have to say though is that, even after a few turns, the record doesn‘t reveal some irresistible smashers, songs that just wow you from beginning to end. Don‘t get me wrong. None of the eleven tunes is a bad one and tracks like „Where Have They Gone“ are cool rock songs. They just miss the final spark that makes the song blowing your speakers.

However, „Bright Gloom“ is still far away from being a disappointment. „You Better Watch Out“ is a cool grooving rocker and it‘s songs like „Last Chance“ a lot of youngsters would love to have in their repertoire.

‘77 newest sonic thunderstruck is a cool rocking album, done by an enthusiastic band that strengthens their position in today‘s rock community – not more, but also not less. Well deserved seven points go to Barcelona.





  1. Bread & Circus
  2. Hands Up
  3. Who's Fighting Who
  4. Be Crucified
  5. Where Have They Gone
  6. It's Near
  7. You Better Watch Out
  8. Fooled by Love
  9. Last Chance
  10. I Want My Money Back
  11. Make Up Your Mind


Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018


CD review SECRET SOCIETY "The Induction"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Secret Society, News, Melodic Metal, Melodic Power Metal, Power Metal, The Induction, Heavy Metal, self-released

CD review SECRET SOCIETY "The Induction"

(8/10) „The Induction“ is the result of one and a half years of songwriting, leading to five tracks that ended up on the tracklist of Secret Society‘s new EP. Secret Society is a power metal outfit, hailing from Sweden. I have to admit that I haven‘t heard of the band earlier but what I got to hear sounded really good.

Secret Society could manage some guest appearances for the album, guys that have a solid reputation in rock and metal. Rick Altzi contributed to this release and so did former Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe. Troy Norr, Paul Sabu and Joe Basketts are three more well-known musicians that added to this release and all the effort pays back. „The Induction“ is a pretty cool melodic power metal record that features excellent riffs and catchy melody lines. Things never get too sweet and lazy since the band constantly pushes the pedal to the metal. The awesome monster is on example, but also the powering „Mental Mayhem“ belongs to the best melodic metal brought up to surface since quite a while.

The uptempo opener sets the tone of voice for what to expect from this release, an EP that doesn‘t include a downer. „Broken by Design“ reduces the pace a bit and got a darker vibe before „Waysted“ stands for the Grand finale without taking any prisoners.

This EP belongs to the surprises and even though it stays a mystery who’s part of this outfit it‘s obvious that everybody involved knows what to do for having excellent metal songs on this irresistible release.





  1. The Induction - Broken Crutch
  2. Monsters
  3. Mental Mayhem
  4. Broken By Design
  5. Waysted


Label: Self-released

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2018


CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Motor City Mayhem, Shitfaced and Outta Luck, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Metalapolis

CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

(8/10) Shotgun Express was a rock band hailing from Stuttgart, Germany. What rose out of the ashes of Shotgun Express is a new rock outfit – Motor City Mayhem.  The five-piece from Mercedes City carries on the legacy of Shotgun Express, sending blues driven hardrock into the world.

Motor City Mayhem, that’s Van on vocals, Scott and Johnny on guitar, Armin handling the four-string guitar and Robin providing the heartbeat with a powerful drumming. These five guys recorded an album that features street rock which is loud and authentic.

Being inspired by bands like MC5 and The Stooges it’s Swedish rock icons like backyard Babies and Gluecifer the added some blueprints for what Motor City Mayhem offers on their debut.

If you want to check out this album by testing some of the tunes you basically can’t chose anything wrong. The longplayer doesn’t include fillers. Each of the ten tracks hits bull’s eye when it comes to power and credibility. It’s a drum roll that kicks of “Hey C’mon” which is the first energetic rock’n’roller on the album. What follows is a 34 minutes firework with “Burn In Hell” being the final cracker. Time flies while listening to “Shitfaced and Outta Luck”.

After spinning “Shitfaced and Outta Luck” several times I must say that I was positively surprised of what reached my ears with this debut. Honest and dirty street rock is what you get. It combines the energy of punk rock with a bluesy hardrock vibe that almost gives you the idea that Stuttgart is in Cali. This record offers good music that is down-to-earth and spot on. In case you’re looking for a soundtrack for your next party, this album should be on your list.





  1. Hey C’mon

  2. The Road

  3. When We Were Kings

  4. Bad Friends

  5. Eat the Rich

  6. Dead City

  7. Outlaws (…On the Run)

  8. Bad Habit

  9. Psycho Ward

  10. Burn in Hell


Label: Metalapolis

Genre: Street Rock

Release Date:  May 25th, 2018


ALICE IN CHAINS unveils a new song

Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Alice In Chains, News, Video, Grunge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo

Alice In Chains (Singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and singer/guitarist William DuVall) release “The One You Know”, the first new song of the quartet in five years. It's the first song from the upcoming, so far untitled,  new album. Click HERE for the video.

Furthermore Alice In Chains is on the road in North America and Europe and here are the dates:

May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion

May 5 – Virginia Beach – WNOR Lunatic Luau

May 7 – New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

May 8 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

May 12 – St. Louis, MO - Pointfest

May 13 – Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion

May 15 – Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

May 16 – South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center

May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 19 – Philadelphia, PA - WMMR BBQ / BB&T Pavilion

June 16 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy

June 17 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

June 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund

June 21 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival

June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell

June 24 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

June 25 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival

June 28 – Padua, Italy – Sherwood

June 30 – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria – Arena Open Air Wien

July 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

July 3 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt

July 4 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall

July 5 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter

July 7 -Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival

July 8 – Belford, France – Les Eurockeennes 30

July 10 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo Snai San Siro

July 13 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival

July 14 – Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive

July 17 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

July 18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

Aug 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Aug 25 - Seattle, Washington - White River Amphitheatre

Aug 26 - Portland, Oregon - Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre

Aug 28 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amp

Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

Aug 31 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Sept 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

Sept 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall

Sept 4 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre

Sept 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

Sept 7 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

Sept 8 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory

Sept 10 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre

Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre

Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore

Sept 14-16 - San Diego - KAABOO

Sept 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Oct 14 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival

Oct 21 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater


CD review SEVENDUST "All I See is War"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Sevendust, Modern Metal, CD Review, News, All I See is War

CD review SEVENDUST "All I See is War"

(8/10) Atlanta, Georgia based Sevendust worked hard on the successor of the band's 2015 release "Kill the Flaw". In the meantime things progressed and the next record is ready to be shipped to the record stores.

"All I See is War" is Sevendust's 11th longplayer and the first one for their new label Rise Records. In an interview with All That Shred guitarist John Connelly talked about the creative process for the new record. The band wrote far more songs than what ended up on the tracklist. In total 50-60 songs have been the pool to choose from and in the end 12 new tracks ended up on this excellent longplayer.

The new album starts with "Dirty", which is a heavy grooving track with a certain Tool-expression. With a bit more than 3 minutes of length the tune is spot-on and helps the album to get out of the boxes very easily. After such a great start into the album it is "God Bites His Tongue" that continues the winning streak. "Medicated" is rounding of the starting triple and all three songs together showcase Sevendust's great sense for heavy modern riffing and well-executed melodies. These two ingredients, together with a merciless pounding rhythm section, can be seen as the most important elements of Sevendust's sound, on earlier records and on "All I See is War".

I couldn't identify any weak spot when it comes to the tracklist. To use a standard term: No fillers, just killers. Regardless if we are talking about the exciting interplay of loud and calm in "Monuments", the catchy "Descend" or the aggressive "The Truth" - each of these tunes is very well-crafted and it's a joyful experience, listening to this longplayer. 

Spring 2018 is obviously a great time for fans of modern alternative rock and metal. Godsmack releases a new album and so does Shinedown. Last but not least it's the new Sevendust longplayer that will be a delight for fans of this genre. I like "All I See is War". It's the energy, dynamic and great melody lines, making this longplayer to a true highlight and a treat for your ears. It's an album to recommend.





  1. Dirty
  2. God Bites His Tongue
  3. Medicated
  4. Unforgiven
  5. Sickness
  6. Cheers
  7. Risen
  8. Moments
  9. Nor Original
  10. Descend
  11. Life Deceives You
  12. The Truth
  13. All I Ready Know (Bonus)
  14. What You Are (Bonus)


Label: Rise Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: May 11th, 2018


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CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in RSO, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, News, Rock, Hardrock, BMG

CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

(9/10) RSO is nothing else than the acronym for Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Both names combined lead to RSO, the name of this exciting collaboration of two of the best rock guitarists in the here and now.

It will be May11th, when this rock duo will debut with a longplayer entitled "Radio Free America". The album features 15 (hard-)rock songs that are lively and charged with a lot of rock power. 

"Radio Free America" was recorded over the last 2 years in Los Angels with no less than Bob Rock at the helm. It was Sambora's and Orianthi's home, which served as studio for recording this longplayer. Kitchen, dining- and living room became multi-functional locations in which amplifiers and recording equipment found a spot and I think that this familiar and intimate atmosphere helped a lot when it comes to the ease that comes with the longplayer.

Nothing on "Radio Free America" sounds forced or strained. Each of the 12 tracks comes with a dynamic liveliness and includes pure enthusiasm. The centrepiece of the album is the guitar play of Sambora and Orianthi. But instead of putting endless solo parts into the spotlight, it's the songwriting that got the main attention, with the extraordinary guitar skill of the musicians providing a wide spectrum of musical opportunities. 

The album gets out of the boxes very well. "Making History" is an excellent opener. The tune has a strong groove and catches your attention from the first note played. "We Are Magic" is next, comprising of rocking moments, but it is the melodic approach that qualifies the song for becoming a single release. 

"Radio Free America" also has some soulful moments of which "Take Me" is one. What's noticeable is the fact that Sambora as well as Orianthi are excellent singers; next to their brilliant guitar sound. Another touching moment is the calm "Walk With Me", adding a country-style to the album and also "Truth" belongs to the heart-breaking tunes on an album that has a lot of feel embedded from beginning to end.

The album comes with a good mix of rocking songs and emotional ballads, all finding an end with the last song on the record, which is a cover version. Sambora and Orianthi recorded their interpretation of the Sonny & Cher classic "I Got You Babe". Both do a perfect job by stayingg close to the original while also adding their own style to the mix. 

"Radio Free America" is a very well-crafted rock album, done by two of the most influencial guitarists in rock music. It feels like both approached this album without any pressure or expectation. Each of the songs on the album feels like the duo wanted it to be exactly as recorded for the album. This longplayer feels like an authentic matter of heart with both musicians presenting their passion rather than any commercial aim. It's this freedom that's, in a metaphorical sense, acts like the pepperoni on the pizza. Two thumbs up.





  1. Making History
  2. We Are Magic 
  3. Rise
  4. Take Me
  5. Masterpiece
  6. Walk With Me
  7. I Don't Wanna Have to Need You Now
  8. Truth
  9. Together on the Outside
  10. Good Times
  11. Forever All the Way
  12. I Got You Babe


Label: BMG

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: May 11th, 2018


CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in DeWolff, Thrust, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Mascot Group, Provogue

CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

(8/10) DeWolff is a psychedelic rock outfit, hailing from the Southern parts of The Netherlands. The trio isn’t a new player in the fields of rock even though their biggest fan base is located in their home country. DeWolff is quite big in The Netherlands with a constant enlarging group of fans.

The trio was founded in 2007 with a debut that saw the light of day ten years ago. As mentioned, things evolved in positive direction with additional records that followed. 2018 is the years for DeWolff’s seventh longplayer, comprising of eleven well-crafted rock songs.

Things start with „Big Talk“ which isn‘t ‚big talk‘ at all. The song is an exciting opener that lives by its rock‘n‘roll spirit. It‘s an excellent start into a well-done album. „California Burning“ is the next tune, unveiling a cool classic rock vibe that has its roots on the seventies, before „Once in a Blue Moon“ reveals the band’s passion for calmer tones. The soulful vocals and gently singing Hammond add a lot of feel to this touching track and its great mood.

These three songs, all in pole position of this tracklist, gives you a great idea about what to expect of the rest of this release.

The big strength of DeWolff is the spirit and feel that's embedded in songs like the grooving „Tombstone Child“.  Another track you shouldn’t miss on this album is entitled „Freeway Flight“. Rock and blues compliments each other in an excellent fashion, making this emotional song to a true highlight of „Thrust“.

If music is about emotions, DeWolff scores a big win. „Thrust“ is a 47 minutes long journey that is touching and fascinating. DeWolff has inhaled the spirit of rock music, resulting in a terrific longplayer that‘s dynamic and organic. This album is the right soundtrack for balancing superficial modern life. Take a deep dive into the emotional depth and connected vitality of „Thrust“. It's worth it.





  1. Big Talk
  2. California Burning
  3. Once In A Blue Moon
  4. Double Crossing Man
  5. Tombstone Child
  6. Deceit & Woo
  7. Freeway Flight
  8. Tragedy? Not Today
  9. Sometimes
  10. Swain
  11. Outta Step & Ill At Ease



Label: Provogue/Mascot Label

Genre: Classic/Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018


CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Eonian"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Dimmu Borgir, Eonian, Black Metal, Melodic Black Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, Bombastic Black Metal

CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Eonian"

(6/10) In a time when first Dutch tulips start to spread their joyful colors all over Holland, it's the darkness from the North that enters Europe via the backdoor. Norwegian black metal pioneers Dimmu Borgir started a new  mission to shade the brightness of spring with a new album the trio has in the pipline.

"Eonian" is the title of Dimmu Borgir's 10th longplayer, an album that features ten new songs. Considering the fact that "Abrahadabra", the predecessor, was published seven years ago gives the idea of a lot of time for working on new inspiring material.

Unfortunately I have to conclude that "Eonian" isn't the powerful album I expected. I was spinning the album several times, always hoping that it unveils a dark beauty I haven't discovered the previous round. Allow me a metaphor from baseball - bats stay cold when it comes to the new Dimmu Borgir record. The album might include some base hits, but definitely no homerun.

"Eonian" is like the endless flow of water, forced to stay in the riverbed. There isn't any wildness and what you get is the same thing only different. There is a lot of orchestrated bombast added to the album which camouflages a certain lack of inspiration. "Eonian" spreads a feeling of monotony. I haven't expected this at all, which made the disappointment even bigger. To be clear, I really like the earlier releases and I think that records like "Death Cult Armageddon" belong to the milestones of bombastic black metal. The new album though can't live up to these highlight from the North. Black metal is more than some uptempo parts and hoarse vocals by Shagrath. The longplayer misses the energy and enthusiasm of earlier albums. It feels like "Eonian" isn't a matter of heart. It sounds more like a 'must' to fulfill and also the well-done sound, with Jens Bogren at the helm, doesn't make any difference. 

"Eonian" is the first real disappointment in 2018 and even if you're Dimmu Borgir fan I recommend to check out the album first. 





  1. The Unveiling

  2. Interdimensional Summit

  3. ÆTheric

  4. Council of Wolves and Snakes

  5. The Empyrean Phoenix

  6. Lightbringer

  7. I Am Soveriegn

  8. Archaic Correspondence

  9. Alpha Aeon Omega

  10. Rite of Passage


Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

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