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First new song from TRIPTYKON

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2014 von Markus W. in Triptykon, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, News, Video

Tom G. Warrior's Triptykon released a first new song from the coming album "Melana chasmata". The song's great - with mighty drum beats, a mean bassline and heavy riffs. It seems that we can expect another soundtrack for the apocalypse.

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CD review ASIA "Gravitas"

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2014 von Markus W. in Asia, Prog Rock, AOR, CD Review, News

(7/10) "Gravitas" is different. I'm an Asia fan from the very beginning. Records like "Alpha" and "Astra" are still milestones in the history of melodic prog rock. After all the ups and downs I was very happy with the reunion of the original band members. And fortunaltely albums like "Omega" and "XXX" have shown that Asia can still write and release great songs. It felt like the energy is back. In the meantime Steve Howe left the band to fully focus on Yes. Howe was replaced by Sam Coulson, who is probabaly a great guitar player, esp. since he was recommended by Paul Gilbert. But Coulson didn't get unfortunately much space on "Gravitas". And I also have the feeling that he couldn't give or was not supposed to give new impulses to the band. The result is an album which scores good and bad points.

One of the songs which I really like on the album is for example "Heaven help me". After a  keyboard based intro, the song develops to a good midpace tune which combines real rock with melodies and keyboard soundscape we know from Asia . Another good song is the more powerful "Nyctophobia" - the fear of darkness. Bridge and verse are catchy and it's one of the tracks where you can feel the energy. Eventhough I have to say that the chorus got a hookline which doesn't really work out. The ballad "Joe DiMaggio's glove" is the third of my faves. The beautiful song reflects all the experience and capabilities of the band. Awesome melodies merge with harmonies which makes the song very intense and emotional. The vocal of John Wetton are the cherry on the pie with this tune.

But there are also the songs like "Valkyrie" with its endless repetitions in the chorus, "Russian dolls" which has quite some elements from Billy Joel's "Leningrad" and "The closer I get", a song that feels like heard so often earlier. For a band like Asia those songs are almost trivial. It almost feels, like the band lost their inspiration. The songs sound dull, breathless and powerless. No comparison with the last two releases. And why has the band decided to fade out songs like e.g. "Valkyre", "The closer I get" and the last track on the album called "Till we meet again". This doesn't rock and it's maybe not a surprise, that those are the weaker tracks on the album. Has the band forgot how to end a song? That Asia can do better is what they proved on "XXX" with straight rockers like "No religion".

So I can conclude that I have mixed feeling when it comes to "Gravitas". There is light and quite some darkness. I don't see "Gravitas" as a highlight in the bands discography and I hope, that this album was 'just' the result of a transition period. Hopefully they will find back to old strength soon. In that sense: "Till we meet again".

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Valkyrie
  2. Gravitas
  3. The closer I get
  4. Nyctophobia
  5. Russian dolls
  6. Heaven help me
  7. I would die for you
  8. Joe DiMaggio's glove
  9. Till we meet again

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Rock

 

 

 

 

CD review ASIA "Gravitas"
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New live album from KROKUS

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2014 von Markus W. in Krokus, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News

Swiss hardrock/metal legend Krokus releases a new live album in March. The tracklist contains old and new material. The show which was recorded happened on August 30 in Solothurn, Switzerland.

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Long Stick Goes Boom
  2. Hallelujah Rock’n’ Roll
  3. Go Baby Go
  4. American Woman
  5. Tokyo Nights
  6. Fire
  7. Rock City / Better Than Sex / Dög Song
  8. Screaming in the Night
  9. Hellraiser
  10. Bedside Radio
  11. Easy Rocker
  12. Heatstrokes
  13. Live for the Action
  14. Hoodoo Woman

 

Krokus will also play a few shows in Germany in May this year. I hope they also would come to Holland. But here are the dates:

Sa 17.05.14 Lindau Club Vaudeville                            

So 18.05.14 Nürnberg Hirsch                                         

Di  20.05.14 Bremen Aladin                                           

Mi 21.05.14 Aschaffenburg Colos Saal                                  

Do 22.05.14 München Backstage Werk                       

Sa 24.05.14 Burgrieden (Ulm) Riffelhof                        

So 25.05.14 Bochum Zeche    

New live album from KROKUS
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DVD review BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA "Live in Amsterdam"

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2014 von Markus W. in Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa, Rock, Blues, DVD review, CD Review

(9/10) It seems that Joe Bonamassa has an endless amount of creativity and energy. It's easy to loose the overview about all his releases in the last years.

The good thing with all those releases is the fact, that it never gets boring. Bonamassa invents always new aspects which he adds to his music and/or he starts a cooperation with other artists. One example from the past is the Black Country Communion. The guitarist from New Hartford, New York was part of a cooperation between Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. This 'supergroup' released there fantastic records, which have been all slightly different from Bonamassa's solo releases.

Next to the BCC he also established a cooperation with Beth Hart. Hart, a singer-songwriter, is known for her extraordinary voice. It's amazing how much emotions and tenderness she brings into each song. This makes the collaboration with one of the blues guitarist so special.

Lucky enough for all of us the shows at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam which took place in June 2013 have been recorded and will be released in these days as DVD/Blu-Ray. Prior to those shows (two shows have been played in Amsterdam) the band had three days for rehearsal before the first shows in Bergen (Norway), Surrey (UK) and Antwerp (Belgium) have been performed. Amsterdam was than the glorious final of this mini tour.

It's stunning how much power this duo creates on stage. Of course it's not only Hart and Bonamassa, it's also the band supporting them. But it Hart's voice and the (blues) guitar from Bonnamassa which makes those (cover-) songs so special. There seems to be a good chemistry between the two main protagonists. Hart is taking the entertaining singer role in an excellent way while Bonamassa becomes one with his guitar. The rocking version of "Them there eyes" from Louis Armstrong is pure fun. "Rhymes" from Al Green is another candy for your ears - and for your eyes. Eventhough the stage in the Carre is set very basic it's the musicians which make the scene alive. Beth Hart explained in one interview that they made the song theirs. This is recognisable in each tune of the show. It's not that you have a group of experienced musicians playing together, they breathe each song. Another beautiful song in the setlist is "Baddest blues" from Beth Hart. The song is starting with the piano and the vocals before some rocking eruptions in the chorus take over. A great version of her own song and actually performed rougher than on the CD. My highlight is the awesome version of Tina Turner "Nutbush City limits". It seems that Hart is going berserk during this song. And I mean this positive. She puts all the enrgy into this tune and makes it a rocker per excellence. She's so much into this song that even her moves remind to the great Tina Turner. She couldn't do it better. The final song is "I'd rather go blind" from Etta James - "a song all about love" like Beth says in the announcement for the song. It's an outstanding blues ballad which is a dignified final chord of a fantastic show. 

The second DVD is about the reheasals and the first show in Bergen (of course it was raining there) and the 'making of' the Amsterdam show. Since all musicians have also interview sequences you get a pretty good view behind the scenes.

"Live in Amsterdam" is a great live document of a two hours concert which is worth every minute. Everybody who is interested and excited about rock, blues and soul should watch this DVD/Blu-Ray. It's definitely worth it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Amsterdam, Amsterdam!
  2. Them There Eyes
  3. Sinner’s Prayer
  4. Can’t Let Go
  5. For My Friends
  6. Close To My Fire
  7. Rhymes
  8. Something’s Got A Hold On Me
  9. Your Heart Is As Black As Night
  10. Chocolate Jesus
  11. Baddest Blues
  12. Someday After Awhile (You’ll Be Sorry)
  13. Beth introduces the band
  14. Well, well
  15. If I Tell You I Love You
  16. See Saw
  17. Strange Fruit
  18. Miss Lady
  19. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
  20. Nutbush City Limits
  21. I’d Rather Go Blind
  22. Antwerp Jam (Credits)

 

Label: Mascot Records

Genre: Rock

DVD review BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA "Live in Amsterdam"
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CD review WOLAND "Hyperion"

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2014 von Markus W. in Woland, Black Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Woland? I haven’t heard about them before and the same might be the case for you. So it is good to have a look into a few fact first. The band started in 2010. They are coming from Helsinki, Finland and according to the band bio they play post black metal.  After having released a double single called “Conquer all and live forever” Woland worked on their full-length debut album. This record is now out in shops and is called “Hyperion”.

After I read the band bio I was curious how POST black metal will sound. Actually it doesn’t sound that much different from other bands we know already. The album reminded me in parts to Satyricon and also Dimmu Borgir. But it has interesting moments which are innovative and entertaining.

“Hypericon” comes with eight tracks. This is not a lot, but since they are quite long the album still reaches a playing time of 44 minutes. And those three quarters of an hour are well invested time. The atmosphere of the album is still dark and ill-omend. But Woland manages to ‘bring also some light into black metal’. 

“Conquer all” is the opener for this journey into a Nietzschean vision – a term the band uses. Strong, mean and powerful the song comes with a good punch and is a right chosen opener. Songs like “Art of ascension” and “None” are black metal songs with a pumping beat and an monotonous perfection. The first mentioned one could become even a hit in some underground clubs. “Living water” is the first really interesting song. Starting and ending as a typical black metal track the tune surprises in the middle part. A fragile acoustic guitar takes over and spreads a flamenco feeling. That’s new on a black metal record, but it adds something to the song. I like the idea because it makes the song special. “Extacy and rapture” is a grooving black metal song which reminds me in parts to Satyricon. In addition the song has partly some clean vocals which fit pretty well. After an piano intermezzo called “Honey in the lion” another very interesting song starts. ”Life forever” comes with a heavy riffs and a piano part. The contradiction couldn't be bigger. Like the acoustic guitar in “Living water” the piano sounds leads to an cool atmosphere and brings some extra tension into the song. The piano is partly pretty furious and has some jazz element. Cool. Right at the moment when you get used to it a riff explodes and brings back the heaviness into the song. With “”Elevate existence” , a slower epical track, the album comes to its end.

I think, that the album became a very good debut and everybody who thinks that black metal is boring should test this album. The opposite is proven by “Hyperion”. Eight points go to: Finland.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Conquer All
  2. Art of Ascension
  3. Living Water
  4. None
  5. Extacy and Rapture
  6. Honey in The Lion
  7. Live Forever.
  8. Elevated Existence

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Black Metal

CD review WOLAND "Hyperion"
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CD review NERVOSA "Victim of yourself"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2014 von Markus W. in Nervosa, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Some things which are special with this album. The combination of Brazil, three women and thrash metal is pretty unique. When I heard the album the first time I was not looking into the booklet and the extra information. I just wanted to get an idea about the music first. And this impression was good. Cool thrash metal, a bit of oldschool which reminded me actually to the German thrashers Destruction. But after a few songs I was doubting if this is a man behind the mic or not. So a look into the extra information was needed and indeed: Nervosa is female fronted. And not only that, it's actually a female thrash trio. And they sound cool.

The album comes with 12 songs in total. My faves are actually the shorter once. Those are really to the point. You could say that they are are right into your face. Tracks like "Deep misey" and the blazing fast "Uranio em nos" are really energetic and strong. "Deep misery" has also some references to Sepultura, esp. with the guitar sound. Included moshparts like in "Nasty injury" might lead to neckpain due to intensive headbanging. So it could be really a nasty injury - nomen et omen. Another good one is "Into mosh pit" with the heavy drumming and the brawly vocals from Fernanda Lira. The chorus is a pleasure of oldschool thrash and I guess the song could become a live show highlight.

What I miss with this album is the diversity. The songs sound too similar and follow too much the same pattern. This makes it a bit hard to go through all 12 songs in one run. But this can look already different on a possible next album.

"Victim of yourself" is a good debut. It's a good base for possible next steps. Raw energy, pure aggression and the unleashed power are the benefits of the album. The girls seem to be hungry for more.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Twisted values
  3. Justice be done
  4. Wake up and fight
  5. Nasty injury
  6. Envious
  7. Morbid courage
  8. Death
  9. Into mosh pit
  10. Deep misery
  11. Victim of yourself
  12. Uranio em nos

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review NERVOSA "Victim of yourself"
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CD Review PRETTY MAIDS "Louder than ever"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2014 von Markus W. in Pretty Maids, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) A new album from Pretty Maids after the really good "Motherland" from last year? Yes and no. The idea of "Louder than ever" is to bridge the period between "Motherland" and the next full-length album. Actually a good idea, esp. since the guys from Denmark found back to their old strength. This means that the tracklist consists out of four new songs and re-recorded songs from the period 1995-2006.

What about the new songs? "Deranged" is the first one and also the opener of the the album. It starts with a straight riff which leads to a typical Pretty Maids verse, focussing in Atkins excellent voice. The chorus is a power eruption with a great hook. The songs just sticks and is a winner. "My soul to take" is the second new tune. It's a track with a beautiful melody, which is also in focus. The song isn't too hard, it's more a rock songs. But it is in the typical Pretty Maids style and makes fun to listen to. With "Nuclear boomerang" it's slightly different. The beginning reminds to "Cold killers" from the legendary "Red, hot and heavy" album. It is a blazing fast track which is really heavy, but it still comes with an excellent feeling for melodies, a good groove and keyboards which support the dense sound of the track. I feel a bit like in the "Future world" times. A ballad finalizes the album. "A heart without a home" is the forth new song and is a typical catchy Pretty Maids one. The song isn't a bad one, but what I miss is a bit more tention in the tune. It goes a  bit with the flow and hasn't any real highlights. It's a bit too much of the same. Pretty Maids wrote already better ballads.

When it comes to the 'older' songs it's not that much extra to say. The choice of them is OK and the tracks sound a bit more powerful than the originals. They are a nice add-on, but not the reason why you should go for this album.

There is nothing wrong with the album and I think it is really good that Pretty Maids try to keep the momentum. Mainly since they have found back to old strength again. The only thing I have to question is, if it was needed to create a full-length album. Maybe an EP with the 4 new songs and one or two cover versions would have been the better choice. But again: good album, good songs and three new pearls. Glorious future.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Deranged (new song)
  2. Playing God (from "Planet Panic")
  3. Psycho time bomb (from "Scream")
  4. My soul to take (new song)
  5. He who never lived (from "Planet Panic")
  6. Virtual brutality (from "Planet Panic")
  7. Tortured spirit (from "Carpe Diem")
  8. With these eyes (from "Anything worth doing,...")
  9. Nuclear boomerang (new song)
  10. Snakes in eden (from "Anything worth doing,...")
  11. Wake up to the real world (from "Wake up to the real world")
  12. A heart without a home (new song)

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

 

CD Review PRETTY MAIDS "Louder than ever"
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CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2014 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was in 1985 when I heard the first time about Magnum. Till then it was a private investigator from Hawaii wearing funny colourful shirts. But from that moment on the name became for me a synonym for excellent hardrock music. Almost 30 years ago I was listening the first time to the legendary "On a storytellers night" album and since that moment I really like the band - up till now. I appreciate them due to two main reasons. I was never disappointed from a Magnum album. The band always managed to create excellent records - regardless if studio- or live releases. The second reason is, that eventhough I never met a band member, they always gave me the feeling of true and honest music. This is a virtue which unfortunaltely becomes less and less.

Based on all this I was very happy when I heard that the band worked on the new album "Escape from the shadow garden". Expectations have been high and I must say: They are met again. 11 songs, all really good, gives you an hour of great music. Tony Clarkin stated that it's the trust and time they get/got from the record company which makes them enjoying to work with Magnum. After listening to the album I could hear what he means. All the songs sound typical Magnum, by still being fresh and energizing. It's obvious that to write and produce this album was more a pleasure than a burden.

Next to the typical guitar play from Clarkin it's the unique voice of Bob Catley which stands for the sound of the band like nothing else. This combination just works - since decades. But Magnum means also well planned keyboard soundscapes, played by Mark Stanway and a solid rhyhtm foundation performed by Al Barrow (b) and Harry James (d). 

As mentioned earlier the songs come with all the typical trademarks of Magnum. Great melodies combined with powerful riffs and gorgoues hooks. Some tunes remind me actually a bit to the earlier days of the band from England. "Falling for the big plan" could e.g. also be from "On a storytellers night". "Midnight angel" is another example. It reminds a bit to the excellent "Les morts dansant". 

But there are also the typical ballads. "Don't fall asleep" is an example for this album. A slow and intesive track which transports a lot of emotions with avoiding all the cliches you often find. This time Magnum also have a real rocker on the album. "Too many clowns" is esp. in the verse and the chorus a straight forward rocker. The guitar and the riff are dominating while the keys have more of a background role. I think, that I have never heard Clarkin playing that hard on a Magnum album. Sounds excellent and a bit like in the Hard Rain times. With "Crying in the rain" Magnum also plays the more complex card. Of course in the framework of the band's trademarks, but interesting and slightly different from the other tracks. It takes a few more lsitening sessions before you discover the beauty of this song. It's those tracks which brings the variety into "Escape from the shadow garden". With songs like "Live 'till you die" and "The art of compromise" the album also have the very 'typical' Magnum songs which we so much like. The beautiful and powerful "The valley of tears" is the final track on the album. For me actually the best song on the album.

Congratulations. "Escape from the shadow garden" is the expected great new Magnum album and it's good to have the band after 36 years still in business.

 

(9/10)

 

PS: Why did nobody manange in the last years to get Magnum to Amsterdam, Zoetermeer or Utrecht?????

 

Tracklist:

  1. Live 'til you die
  2. Unwritten sacrifice
  3. Falling for the big plan
  4. Crying in the rin
  5. Too many clowns
  6. Midnight angel
  7. The art of compromise
  8. Don't fall asleep
  9. Wisdom's had its day
  10. Burning river
  11. The valley of tears

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"
CD review MAGNUM "Escape from the shadow garden"
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CD review SAXON "St. George's Day Sacrifice - Live in Manchester"

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2014 von Markus W. in Saxon, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) It's always the question if a live album is needed or not. Of course there are the milestones like Deep Purple's "Made in Japan" and Iron Maiden's "Life after death". But sometimes the release of a live record also feels like earning some extra money.

When I got the new Saxon live album I was not sure what to think. If I counted right it's their eleventh live tape and the my question was if it is needed or not. After listening to the album I have to say that I appreciate that the band comes out with this release. For me this has mainly four reasons.

1.) The setlist of the album includes live versions of new strong Saxon songs like "Sacrifice" and "Made in Belfast". Since I like the latest studio releases of Saxon I also appreciate the live versions of those songs.

2.) The sound of the live album is very good. It is always a thin line between staying authentic and adjusting the sound details afterwards. In this case I think that the sound is really good AND it carries on the live feeling. The production is clear and powerful to enjoy each of the 21 songs (which wasn't the case with all live albums from the band).

3.) I have seen two Saxon shows in 2013 and both of them have been awesome. I think that the live CD catches the live atmosphere in a really good way and I have anyhow the feeling that Saxon are heading towards another peak moment in their long career.

4.) And last but not least the album is a great 'best of' from Saxon which covers all my faves like "747 (Strangers in the night)", "Crusader" and "Princess of the night".

This means that "St. George's Day Sacrifice - Live in Manchester" became a good live album which I can recommend to go for. Saxon at its best.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sacrifice
  2. Wheel of Terror
  3. Power and the Glory
  4. Made in Belfast
  5. Rock’n’Roll Gypsy
  6. And the Bands Played On
  7. I've Got to Rock (To Stay Alive)
  8. Night of the Wolf
  9. Conquistador
  10. Broken Heroes
  11. Guardians of the Tomb
  12. Never Surrender
  13. Ride Like the Wind
  14. Crusader
  15. Stand Up and Fight
  16. Dallas 1 PM
  17. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  18. Wheels of Steel
  19. Strong Arm of the Law
  20. Denim and Leather
  21. Princess of the Night

 

Label: UDR Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review SAXON "St. George's Day Sacrifice - Live in Manchester"
Photo: Kai Swillus

Photo: Kai Swillus

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On the traces of METALLICA in the Antarctica

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2014 von Markus W. in Metallica, News

In February this year MHMB followed the traces of Metallica in the Antarctica. This was not planned from the beginning, but since we visited Base Bellinghausen on our trip it was a nice surprise to be at the same location at which Metallica entered the Antarctica for their show. The actual show was played close to the Argentine Base Carlini.

Base Bellinghausen is a Russian base on King George Island. Since the location has a small airport it is a perfect entry point for the Antarctica.

I had the chance to talk to some of the guys living their and it was interesting to listen to their stories. The thrash metal veterans made use of that small airport and landed there. They immediately continued their trip to the planned location of the show. They also showed their appreciation for the hospitality of the Bellinghausen team and invited some of them to their show. A nice gesture, I think. On their what back Metallica accepted also a visit on Base Bellinghausen, which was according to the guys there THE highlight. If you see the surroundings it is also understandable that this was a great 'routine-breaker' in the land of ice and snow. It was possible to still see the glance in the eyes when they talked about the happening.

The photos give a few impression how it looks there (incl. the airport) and the map shows where it happened. The left finger shows Base Bellinghausen and the right finger shows the location where the gig happened.

It was a nice experience :o)

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

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CD review FLOTSAM & JETSAM "No place for disgrace" (re-recording)

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2014 von Markus W. in Flotsam & Jetsam, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(*/10) The Swiss radio station DRS3 had in the 80's a two hour radio show about heavy metal. Every Wednesday night from 22.00-24.00 they played songs from new metal releases (does anyone know still the name of this metal show?). Since this was the only real metal show on radio and MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" was still years away, this was the only source to check out new songs. It sounds so outdated compared to today with Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud, but those days had its charme.

By listening to the show (which lead to Thursdays in school being quite tired) I heard the first songs from Queensrÿche, Hallows Eve and ... Flotsam & Jetsam. This was in 1986 and the two songs they played have been from the "Doomsday for the deceiver" album. It was "Iron tears" and "Hammerhead". Both just blew me away and since then I'm never lost the band out of sight. Even in the years when they had their hard times and produced stuff which wasn't really good. 

Therefore I was very happy when they lately released "The cold" and "Ugly noise", which I like both. But next to those new outputs the band also released the remixed and remastered 20th anniversary version of their debut.

This February Metal Blade re-released also their second album "No place for disgrace" from 1988 in a new version. Flotsam & Jetsam re-recorded the entire album. What a gift, since this is together with the debut for sure one of the thrash metal highlights in history. Sad enough that the band could never really harvest the benefits of this album and the legendary debut. 

I will not talk about the songs too much in detail since all of you know them. Hits like the title track and "Dreams of death" are still great thrash metal songs and the re-recording makes them in my point of view even more powerful. Eventhough the tunes are played a bit slower it doesn't effect the intesity of them. I think, that it was a good thing the re-record the album. It puts the over thirty years old songs into a slightly new dress. The result is a more modern sounds for more oldschool thrash pearls. And of course, an Elton John song never sounded that good as "Saturday night's alright" in the the Flotsam version.

I recommend to put this album into your CD player and enjoy the ten thrash anthems.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No place for disgrace
  2. Dreams of death
  3. N.E. terror
  4. Escape from within
  5. Saturday night's alright (for fighting)
  6. Hard on you
  7. I live you die
  8. Misguided fortune
  9. P.A.A.B.
  10. The Jones

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Thrash Metal

 

CD review FLOTSAM & JETSAM "No place for disgrace" (re-recording)
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CD review CONAN "Blood eagle"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2014 von Markus W. in Conan, Doom Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Slow, heavy and mean. That's how the riffs of the new Conan album just dig into your brain.

The trio from the UK plays Doom Metal and released their new album called "Blood eagle" via Naplam Records.

Already the almost 10 minutes long opner "Crown of talons" gives you a clear indication of what to expect from the other songs. An extremely slow and down tuned guitar riff is the base for this song. In an almost hypnotic monotony the song steamrolls everything which is standing in its way. Compared to this monster "Total conquest" feels like a relief; at least before the next heavy riff starts. The breaks is over and the journey on the lava stream continues. It's fasinating.

That the band also can play more speedy is what they proof with "Foehammer". The fast begining tears you out of your lethargy. The songs sounds almost like a nasty thrasher. "Gravity chasm" is an almost grooving song which is nearly swinging compared to what we have heard before. The last two songs on this six track full-length album will put you back to where you started. Slow, heavy and mean comes the next depression around the corner.

"Blood eagle" is an album which is polarizing. You either like it or not. I think there is very little inbetween. I have to say that I had a hard time to to listen to it in one complete run, but there also have been enough elements which have been really cool and fascinating. Create your own opinion.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crown of talons
  2. Total conquest
  3. Foehammer
  4. Gravity chasm
  5. Horns for teeth
  6. Alter of grief

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal

CD review CONAN "Blood eagle"
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CD review HEAVY TIGER "Saigon kiss"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2014 von Markus W. in Heavy Tiger, Rock'n'Roll, Hardrock, News, Punkrock, CD Review

(7/10) If you read names like Maja, Sara and Astrid you might think about a story from Astrid Lindgren. Wrong. The only right thought in this is 'Sweden'. Here we have: 3 girls - one direction. Rock'n'Roll.

The three girls founded Heavy Tiger in 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. After releasing a first 7" called "Rock'n'Roll" on a small Spanish label the band releases now their debut called "Saigon kiss".

The album contains in total nine songs. This not hell of a lot and with 26 minutes the album is more a loner EP than a full-length album. But besides that I actually like what I hear. This has mainly to do with the power and the passion of the band which you can hear in each song. You get half an hour of straight-forward rock'n'roll. A mix of bands like Girlschool, with whom they are compared quite often, and a punk attitude in several songs. This mix trapaports a lot of energy. Sometimes I have the feeling that they don't even know where to go with all this energy.

The cooler songs on the album is the title track "Saigon kiss" and the grooving "Little sister" which has a kind of Billy Idol approach on the verse.

But there is also the one or the other track that needs maybe a bit more. "Seven days fool", which sounds unfnished and a bit too simple, is one example herefore.

The album was produced by Fred Estby at the Gutterview studios. Fred did a good job, since the sound fits exactly to what the songs need. Via Robert Pehrsson (see also this review on Markus' Heavy Music Blog) the trio came in contact with High Roller Records, which became the label for the bands debut.

"Saigon kiss" feels a bit like an unpolished diamond to me. Let's see, if they can make it  more shine in the future. So far it's 6 points for the songwriting and 8 points for the passion. That means 7 points in total.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Saigon kiss
  2. Chinatown
  3. I'm alive
  4. Seven days fool
  5. Mover
  6. Rober of love
  7. Girls got balls
  8. Little sister
  9. Talk of the town

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review HEAVY TIGER "Saigon kiss"
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KING DIAMOND plays a Wacken preparation show in Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2014 von Markus W. in King Diamond, Wacken, Tour, News, Heavy Metal

Like the 013 in Tilburg announced on their Facebook side King Diamond will play another show at the venue this summer. The show will take place on July 30 and is one out of three preparation shows for the bands Wacken appearance in 2014. The setlist and the show will be different from the 2013 gig in Tilburg (review see below).

 

On the 013 Facebook page King Diamond states:

"We're all looking very much forward to come back to Tilburg this summer. It will be one of three preparation shows for our Wacken Open Air performance, and it will consist of the full Wacken show, meaning, it's going to be different from last year's Tilburg show, including a different set list and new special effects. All in all, we will actually only be playing 5 shows total in Europe this year. We're in the process of building a new studio in my home, and will be spending most of 2014 getting it up and running and writing new material. I hope to see you at the 013 on July 30th. It will be worth it."

 

Source: Facebook

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