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CD review BUCKCHERRY "Best of..."

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Buckcherry, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, CD Review, News

(*/10) Buchcherry from L.A. released a best of album. It’s always the question with ‘best of…’ records: who needs them? This time I can understand that the band wanted to have an album on the market before they go on tour with the Hardcore Superstars. And it’s also OK to release a best of album after 6 studio records.

Josh Todd and his gang put 12 songs on the album and all the hits of the band are present. The album is a good reflection on the band's history. There are the straight rockers like the opener “Lit up”. Party feeling pure. The same goes for songs like “Ridin’” and “All night long”. That’s perfect Saturday night entertainment. If the saying “If you’re not tired on Monday you had a bad weekend” is true, then I must say that you’re pretty tired when you have these songs as your weekend soundtrack. But it’s not only the harder songs which found their place on the tracklist. Also the ballads are on. And Buckcherry managed to write good ones during their career. Just listen to “Sorry” and “For the movies”. And last but least to mention “Crazy bitch”. The band put even some blues into this track. Needs few times till it sticks, but than you don’t get it out of your head. By listening to the songs again the question remains why Buckcherry did achieved a better status in Europe so far. Let’s see what the future brings.

The only thing which could have been better is that there is only known material on the album. 1-2 new songs could have been a nice add-on. But OK…

The album is a good overview for newcomers and a good extra for the die-hard fans of the band.



  1. Lit up
  2. For the moviews
  3. Ridin’
  4. Sorry
  5. Next to you
  6. Everything
  7. Crazy bitch
  8. Rescue me
  9. Rose
  10. All night long
  11. Gluttony
  12. Nothing left but tears

Label: Eleven Seven Music

Genre: Hardrock

CD review BUCKCHERRY "Best of..."

CD review TOXIC HOLOCAUST "Chemistry of consciousness"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Toxic Holocaust, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) "Chemistry of consciousness" is out on the market. It's the new album of Joel Grind's Toxic Holocaust. It's album number four and it contains 11 thrash songs with punk influences. The punk elements became again more dominant compared to the predecessor. The thrash parts on "Conjure and command" were much more dominant. The new record still has them as well, but goes more into direction D.R.I., Nuclear Assault and Discharge.

The opener "Silence" is everything but not silent. It is a fast song with two minutes length. Short but powerful. No time to take a deep breath. "Awake the serpent" shows the same characteristics as the opener. A heavy riff opens "Rat eater". Pace goes down into the mid-tempo areas and the song becomes a great thrash metal track. After this short moment of 'relaxing' the package "Salvation is waiting" and "Out of fire" is waiting for you with high speed again. A break here and there fits good. The album continuous that way. Songs are following the same pattern. "Chemistry of consciousness" became a good metal album, but I liked "Conjure and command" more, since this album had more variety n the songwriting compared to the new record. On the new release each song in itself sounds good, with tempo changes, breaks and heavy riffs. It's just that most of the songs are too similar.

But however. It is still a good thrasher and it's the right soundtrack to bang your head till you get neck pain.



  1. Silence
  2. Awaken th serpent
  3. Rat eater
  4. Salvation is waiting
  5. Out of the fire
  6. Acid fuzz
  7. Deny the truth
  8. Mkultra
  9. I serve…
  10. International conspiracy
  11. Chemistry of consciousness

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review TOXIC HOLOCAUST "Chemistry of consciousness"


Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Dregen, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, Tour, Imperial State Electric

Imperial State Electric, the band of Nicke Andersson (ex-Hellacopters) will release their new album "Reptile brain music" on November 29. It will be their third record.

The band will be also on tour during December. It is a co-headliner tour together with Dregen. Sounds like an interesting package.

1 Dec - Cathouse / Glasgow / Scotland

2 Dec - Borderline / London / England

3 Dec - Fleece / Bristol / England

4 Dec - La Boule Noir / Paris / France

5 Dec - Tivoli De Helling / Utrecht / Holland

6 Dec - Werkstatt / Cologne / Germany

7 Dec - Knust / Hamburg / Germany

8 Dec - Matrix / Bochum / Germany

9 Dec - Magnet / Berlin / Germany

10 Dec - Backstage / Munich / Germany

11 Dec - Komplex / Zurich / Switzerland

13 Dec - RnR Arena / Romagnano Novara / Italy

14 Dec - Rock Planet / Pinarella Ravenna / Italy


CD review RHAPSODY OF FIRE "Dark wings of steel"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Rhapsody Of Fire, Heavy Metal, CD Review

(7/10) Do you expect surprises from a new Rhapsody Of Fire album? Not really. Do you expect good quality music with a very epic approach? Yes, of course. Can you imagine what you get? Exactly what you expect.

The band will release in November their new album called "Dark wings of steel" and it will be record number 10 for the band. As on the former releases as well the band focus on epic metal songs, combined with great harmonies, a good production and chorus parts with several voices. Bombast from the beginning to the end. But again, this is what we expect from the band and they deliver. Actually there is also nothing wrong, but there are two things which lower the positive impression. First of all the production is very polished. It is a good powerful sound, but it is almost too perfect. A little bit rougher production could have been good for the record. The second thing is, that each song sounds a bit like "heard before already". A few little surprises here and there could have been good.

I like slow and emotional "Custode di pace". It is a highlight in the album. It's actually a ballad, which shows the whole width of Fabio Lione. Also to mention "Tears of pain". The song has a surprisingly dark atmosphere and is one of the heavier songs on the album. "Angel of light" reminds from the song structure a bit to Manowar, while "Silver lake of tears" is probably the fastest track on the album, with some neo-classical guitar soli. A typical Rhapsody Of Fire song.

In general the album became a typical Rhapsody Of Fire release and all fans of epic heavy metal can go for it without being disappointed.



  1. Vis divina
  2. Rising from tradgic flames
  3. Angel of light
  4. Tears of pain
  5. Fly to crystal skies
  6. My sacrifice
  7. Silver lake of tears
  8. Custode di pace
  9. A tale of magic
  10. Dark wings of steel
  11. Sad mystic moon

Label: AFM records

Genre: Epic Metal

CD review RHAPSODY OF FIRE "Dark wings of steel"

MOTORHEAD postpone European tour

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Motorhead, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

Motorhead announced that they will postpone the coming tour due the the health condition of Lemmy. The tour will take place in early 2014 - February. Read here the official statement from Lemmy, posted on Facebook a few hours ago.

" I have to sadly let you know that Motörhead has had to postpone the forthcoming European tour until early next year, 2014.

We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health. Don't worry - I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.

It disappointed me tremendously to have to say I wasn't quite ready to hit the road yet, but not nearly as much as it would've disappointed me to go out, play some average shows and watch my health give way long before the tour was over! When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.

ank you all,


Photo: Robert John

Photo: Robert John


CD review SIGHTS & SOUNDS "Silver door"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Sights & Sounds, Rock, CD Review

(7/10) Sights & Sounds came together in 2006 and they are from Winnipeg in Canada. The band released already an EP in 2007 before they worked on their debut called "Monolith". The release of this disc was in 2009. Beginning of November Sights & Sounds will release their new EP called "Silver door".

The band mentions the Foo Fighters, The Police and Sigur Ros as their influences. I think that describes it pretty good. The EP contains 6 songs which are a mix between rock, post-hardcore and punk.

"Poli's song" is melodic rock song with some positive vibes. "Cards in place" instead is a bit more intense. The song has a darker atmosphere, but has a good groove. The punk influences are also obvious in this song. "Nothing at all" comes with a slow and pounding beat while "Hold on me" has some psychedelic elements. The screams in the chorus make the song special. The contradiction to "Solo, so low" could be bigger. This track brings back the positive vibes from the first song and "Good morning" is really excellent stuff to wake-up, since it has some punk reminiscences and a good hook line.

A good EP. If you like the Foo Fighters you should at least check out Sights & Sounds.

By the way. The band is on tour in these days with Bright Me The Horizon in Europe.



  1. Poli's song
  2. Cards in place
  3. Nothing at all
  4. Hold on me
  5. Solo,so low
  6. Good morning

Label: Pure Noise Records

Genre: Rock


Andrew Neufeld - guitar/vocals/keys
Joel Neufeld - drums
Matt Howes - bass/vocals
Adrian Mottram - guitar/keys
David Grabowsk
i - keyboards/vocals

CD review SIGHTS & SOUNDS "Silver door"

CD review BRUTAL TRUTH/BASTARD NOISE "Axiom of post inhumanity"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in CD Review

(1/10) I never thought that I ever will give a 1 as a score for a review, but I was wrong. This record is just bad. The 'songs' are just weird collages from sounds. Therefore I don't want to name this a 'song'. It is more exciting to listen to your tumble dryer than to these songs. And where is the Brutal Truth parts as we know the band. Not existing. The worst thing I have heard since ages. Hands off.



1. Bastard Noise - The Duel of the Ant and the Dragonfly
2. Bastard Noise - The Horizon on Lynx
3. Bastard Noise - Horned Beetle Conflict
4. Bastard Noise - Mantis Colony
5. Bastard Noise - Preemptive Epitaph for the Living
6. Bastard Noise - The Antenna Galaxies (ngc 4038-4039)
7. Bastard Noise - Frack Baby Frack
8. Brutal Truth - Control Room: Peace is the Victory Mix
9. Brutal Truth - Control Room: Smoke Grind and Sleep Mix
10. Brutal
Truth - The Stroy

Label: Reclapse Records

Genre: ???

CD review BRUTAL TRUTH/BASTARD NOISE "Axiom of post inhumanity"

CD review SEPULTURA "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Sepultura, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Hmmm. Sepultura. A new album. What will it bring? Will it be more a disappointment or will it be the next step into the right direction after the quite good "Kairos" album. Or will be even a step back into the "Arise" times.

The new record can't live up to the band's classic releases like "Arise". That doesn't mean that "The mediator…" is a bad record. Not at all. But it took me three listening sessions to get into it. The album needs time to grow.

The first thing which you notice is the name "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart". The title sounds very philosophic and the inspiration of the record comes from Fritz Lang's movie "Metropolis". The lyrics of the album are mainly about the chaotic aftermath of natural disasters, unfulfilled promises of religions and the increasing gap between rich and poor. This anger is also constantly to feel while listening to the record.

Already the opener "Trauma of war" with it's distorted beginning and the heavy riffs reflects this. I also like "Manipulation of tragedy". The song is pretty intense and is maybe closest to the earlier Sepultura times. "Tsunami" with some spoken words and the galloping rhythm in the middle part is also one of my favorites. "Grief" is standing out since the song is very slow with some acoustic parts. Derek is even partly singing instead of only shouting. In the middle and in the end the song has to heavy riffs. Interesting stuff. "Obsessed" is the most straight forward song on the album and the "Da lama ao chaos", with the mix of local elements and almost some rap parts rounds of an interesting Sepultura record. Again, give the album the time and don't judge too fast.

Ross Robison (Korn, Machine Head,…) gave the new disc a really powerful sound which transports the energy and anger. Next to that the band also got support from Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) who had a guest appearance.

"The mediator…" became one of the better Sepultura releases and is a natural prolongation of where the band ended with "Kairos".



  1. Trauma of war
  2. The vatican
  3. Impending doom
  4. Manipulation of tradegy
  5. Tsunami
  6. The bliss of ignorants
  7. Grief
  8. The age of the atheist
  9. Obsessed
  10. Da lama ao caos

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review SEPULTURA "The mediator between head and hands must be the heart"

CD review HAIL OF BULLETS "III - The Rommel chronicles"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Hail Of Bullets, Death Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Death metal records have sometimes the tendency to become boring since a lot of songs sound actually very similar. NOT in this case. Hail Of Bullets managed to make an death metal album with a lot of variety and breaks. It's great stuff to listen to. "III - The Rommel chronicles" is their third album and it became a really good one. From the first song to the last one it is a killer. The sound of the album steamrolls everythings. It's pure energy.

One of my personal favorites on the album is the opener "Swoop of the falcon", which sets the tone for the rest of the album. Powerful riffing and a pushing beat. But also the slow starting "DG-7" which comes with a fantastic break after 1 minute. And this is not the only break in the song. A similar structure can be found on "DAK". The song has next to certain doom parts some screaming guitars which sounds like an acoustic inferno. Reminds me a bit to Slayer. The only thing I can't understand is why this song gets a fading out instead of a clear ending. Last but not least the quite slow "Death of a field marshal" marks the end of a powerful death metal album. From the power and the riffing it's for me the best song on the record.

Eventhough the band and esp. Martin van Drunen tells the story about Rommel as a kind of narrator and even though they digged a lot into the history of the guy and even though they don't glorify anything at all, I don't really know if it was smart to make an album about Rommel and name it "III - The Rommel chronicles". I don't hope that the band has to suffer from this during time, because they would not have deserved this at all.

"The Rommel chronicles" became a great death metal record which strengthen the importance and the standing of the band in the scene.



  1. Swoop of the flacon
  2. Pour Le Merite
  3. DG-7
  4. To the last breath of man A
  5. DAK
  6. The desert fox
  7. Tobruk
  8. Farewell to Africa
  9. The final front
  10. Death of a field marshal

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Death Metal

CD review HAIL OF BULLETS "III - The Rommel chronicles"

CD review BAD RELIGION "Christmas songs" EP

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Bad Religion, CD Review, Punk Rock

(7/10) There are a few things certain in the Christmas time. Days get darker, a lot of people buy christmas trees, Wham's "Last christmas" is on endless loop on the radio and rock bands release a Christmas album/song. Billy Idol did that a while ago, The Ramones have their x-mas song and this year it's time for Bad Religion to release an EP called "Christmas songs".

Bad Religion took eight traditional Christmas songs and made their special version out of it. It sounds actually pretty cool. It's more Bad Religion than x-mas. A good soundtrack for the Christmas days. Better than a lot of other stuff.

The last track of the EP is a remix of their "American Jesus" in a remix version of Andy Wallace. Sounds good, but I can't find major changes to the original version.

The record isn't a revolution in punk rock, but the EP definitely helps you to get into a Christmas mood without loosing your rockin roots ;o)



  1. Hark! The Herald angels sing
  2. O come all ye faithful
  3. O come, o come Emanuel
  4. White Christmas
  5. Little drummer boy
  6. God rest ye merry gentlemen
  7. What child is this
  8. Angels we have heard on high
  9. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)

Label: Epitaph

Genre: Punk Rock

CD review BAD RELIGION "Christmas songs" EP


Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Tour, Behemoth, Black Metal, Cradle of Filth, In Solitude

Behemoth / Cradle of Filth / In Solitude / Inquisition / Svarttjern

07/02/14 DE – München – Backstage
08/02/14 DE – Stuttgart – LKA
09/02/14 NL – Amsterdam – Melkweg
10/02/14 UK – London – Forum
11/02/14 FR – Paris – Bataclan
13/02/14 CH – Prattel – Z7
14/02/14 DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
15/02/14 DE – Bochum - Matrix
16/02/14 BE – Antwerp – Trix
18/02/14 NL – Tilburg – 013
19/02/14 LU – Luxembourg – Atelier
21/02/14 AT – Wien – Gasometer
22/02/14 DE – Chemnitz – Südbahnhof
24/02/14 SE – Gothenburg – Traedgarn
25/02/14 SE – Stockholm – Tyrol
26/02/14 DK – Copenhagen – Amager Bio
27/02/14 DK – Aarhus – Voxhall
28/02/14 DE – Hamburg – Grünspan
01/03/14 DE – Berlin – Postbahnho



Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Bad Religion, News, Punk Rock

Bad Religion will release an EP with Christmas songs. Release date is October 28. Here is already the tracklist and the cover.


1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

2. O Come All Ye Faithful

3. O Come, O Come Emanuel

4. White Christmas

5. Little Drummer Boy

6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

7. What Child Is This®

8. Angels We Have Heard On High

9. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)


CD review AVATARIUM "Avatarium"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Avatarium, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review

(8/10) It was a bad news when Candlemass announced that "Psalms of the dead" will be their last studio record.

But since this Friday there is at least some hope - called Avatarium. Avatarium is a new band with very experienced musicians. First to mention of course Leif Edling, bassplayer and text writter from Candlemass and Krux. He is accompanied by Marcus Jidell (Evergrey, Royal Hunt) on guitar, Carl Westholm (Jupiter Society) on keyboard, Lars Skold (Tiamat) on drums and the fantastic singer Jennie-Ann Smith. They all together managed to create an excellent new album, which, and this is not a big surprise, plays doom metal with some classic rock influences here and there.

Based on the vocals I was partly also reminded to the good old Zed Yago in the "From over yonder". Smith's voice fits perfect to the songs and the sound of the band. Her almost bluesy vocals gives each song a very personal touch and traspaorts a lot of feeling. She never comes close to some operatic singing like a lot of other female singers. Jennie-Ann is the biggest newcomer this year when it comes to singing.

I think that this record was for Edling a good change to step out of the 'bounderies' of Candlemass and develop doom metal further.

"Moonhorse" is fantastic opener for the album. The song combines heavy doom riffs with acoustic parts with almost fragile female vocals. The melody of the song is just awesome. "Avantarium" is another pearl on this record. Starting with a mighty riff the song creates a really dark atmosphere. Compared to the title track "Bonefloer" sounds almost swinging and happy. The final song is called "Lady in the lamp". A beautiful ballad based on great harmonies. It has a classic rock element and reminds in some parts even to Deep Purple. A real highlight.

"Avantaruim" became an awesome record which definitely compensates that there will be (most probabaly) no new Candlesmass album. Cool stuff. Listen to it.





  1. Moonhorse
  2. Pandoras egg
  3. Avatarium
  4. Boneflower
  5. Bird of prey
  6. Tides of telepathy
  7. Lady of the lamp


Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Doom Metal

CD review AVATARIUM "Avatarium"

New singer for XANDRIA

Veröffentlicht am 25. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Xandira, Heavy Metal, News

News from Germany's top symphonic metal band XANDRIA: the five piece is presenting astonishing Dutch talent Dianne van Giersbergen as its new singer.

Handsome van Giersbergen, equipped with a fantastic vocal range, will replace leaving Manuela Kraller, who decided to follow other musical challenges after three successful years with the band.

Manuela thanks all fans and Xandria in a personal statement: "After three years with the boys in Xandria, I decided to follow a different path and go my own musical way." The sympathethic Bavarian singer leaves with regret but also full of gratitude, thanking band and fans for the time they had together and being grateful for the "wonderful moments in mutual tours and shows". Manuela is "wishing Dianne and band all the very best for the future!".

The Dutch / German quintet just hit the studio recording the band's sixth studio album, the successor to critically acclaimed symphonic metal jewel "Neverworld's End". The record in progress will already feature Dianne van Giersbergen's evoice and talent.

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