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CD review KAMCHATKA " The search goes on"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2014 von Markus W. in Kamchatka, Blues Rock, Rock, CD Review

(8/10) Retro is trendy. Bands who jump in the retro and classic rock train get more and more at the moment. If you haven't heard about Kamchatka so far you might say: "Just another one". But this is not correct. In fact "The search goes on" is album number five from the Swedish guys. And they founded the band already in 2005.

On "The search goes on" the band continues with the heavy blues rock we know them for. Ten tunes which are all really good. The album has no fillers and is, based on that, highly entertaining.

The record starts with "Somedays" which comes with a heavy riff and a cool break before the chorus starts. "Coast to coast" reminds me a bit to the early Whitesnake in the 'Trouble' times while "Tango decadence" with its pounding drums in the verse has a touch of Queens Of The Stone Age. A highlight is for sure also the soulful "Broken man". The way how this song is build up is just great. From slow to powerful the songs develops along the way and transports the 'broken man feeling' really strong. When I heard the song I also had to think about Seattle. I wonder why ;o) My personal fave is the pumping "Thanks you for your time". The song grooves like hell and it's the almost hypnotic beat which merciless pushes this song forward. 

Producer Per Wiberg (Candlemass, Spiritual Beggars,...) gave the album an excellent sound. By the way, Per also played the bass parts on the album since the band haven't had a bassplayer when the recorded the album. Also here Per did a real good job. Just listen to the bassline in "Son of the sea".

All in all an gorgeous heavy blues rock album which is perfect entertainment. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Somedays
  2. Son of the sea
  3. Tango decadence
  4. Coast to coast
  5. Pressure
  6. Cross the distance
  7. Broken man
  8. Dragons
  9. Thank you for your time
  10. The search goes on

 

Label: Despotz Records

Genre: Blues Rock

CD review KAMCHATKA " The search goes on"
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CD review W.E.T. "One live - in Stockholm"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2014 von Markus W. in W.E.T., Hardrock, CD Review, News

(8/10) W.E.T. stands for Work Of Art, Eclipse and Talisman. Those are the bands of the three main heads behind W.E.T., Robert Säll, Erik Mårtensson and Jeff Scott Soto. The fruits of their cooperation are so far two excellent hardrock/AOR records. 

In January 2013 the band played a show in Stockholm, Sweden, which they recorded. The result is published in these days as a CD and DVD. The name is "One live - in Stockholm" and was put on tape in the Debaser club in Swedens capitol.

The live album confirms everything we have heard from the band before. No-frills hardrock from high quality and hooks that are just amazing. Next to the more relaxed songs like "If I fall" and "Comes down like rain" the band also shows that they can really rock. Already the opening package "Walk away" and "Learn to live again" clearly proofs this. Coming closer to the end the setlist the show also included highlights from the debut like "One love". 

W.E.T. spiced up the setlist with Talisman, Eclipse and Work Of Art songs from which esp. Talisman's "Mysterious" is worth to me mentioned. This song's still a hardrock pearl, which is always a pleasure to listen to.

With "Poison" and "Bigger than the both of us" the album comes also with two bonus tracks from the "Rise up" session. Those tunes are awesome and show the high standards of the band and the band members. Those tracks didn't make it on the album eventhough they are better than what you hear from 90% of all other hardrock/AOR bands. Just incredible.

A cool record that documents a show which for sure heated up the cold January in Stockholm. All done right and thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Walk away
  2. Learn to live again
  3. Invincible
  4. I'll be there
  5. Love heals
  6. Rise up
  7. Bleed & scream (Eclipse)
  8. Bad boy
  9. Still unbroken
  10. Broken wings
  11. I'll be waiting (Talisman)
  12. If I fall
  13. Shot
  14. Comes down like rain
  15. The great fall (Work Of Art)
  16. What you want
  17. Brothers in arms
  18. Mysterious (Taliman)
  19. One love
  20. Poison (Numbing the pain) (Bonus)
  21. Bigger than both of us (Bonus)

 

​Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review W.E.T. "One live - in Stockholm"
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CD review BATTLEAXE "Heavy Metal sanctuary"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2014 von Markus W. in Battleaxe, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal

(6/10) Battleaxe is back with a new album. Starting in the eighties as a part of the NWOBHM the band from England released two albums. But in the beginning of the ninties they split up. It took till 2010, when Battleaxe reunited, having still two original members on board - Dave King on vocals and Brian Smith on bass. The band never had a real breakthough and I'm afraid that the new album will not change this.

"Heavy metal sanctuary" which is released via SPV/Steamhammer is number three in the bands discography and the first one with a real metal cover. The songs, twelve in total, are straightforward heavy metal tunes which are OK. But even after listening to the entire album for three times I must say that none of the tracks really stick. I had the feeling that I have heard most of it already earlier. It's not about the fact that the music is really oldschool. I actually prefer this, being from the eighties. But since the songs are not really an acoustical explosion the album you're tempted to use the skip-button halfway.

But there are two songs, which I actually really liked. The fast "Too hot for hell" and the pounding "A prelude to battle/The legions unite" are for me the pearls on this album.

All die hard NWOBHM supporters will probabaly enjoy this album. I personally prefer more the latest releases from Accept and Hell when it comes to this kind of music.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Heavy metal sanctuary
  2. Shock and awe
  3. Hail to the king
  4. Rebel with a cause
  5. Give it more
  6. Too hot for hell
  7. Revolution
  8. A prelude to battle / The legions unite
  9. Spirits of the fallen
  10. Devil calls
  11. Kingdom come
  12. Romeo

 

Label: Steamhammer / SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review BATTLEAXE "Heavy Metal sanctuary"
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CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "Vandenberg's Moonkings"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2014 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's Moonkings, Hardrock, Whitesnake, News, CD Review

(8/10) Adrian Vandenberg is back. How great is that. I actually haven't thought that he will have a comeback in the music scene. The surprise was big when I got the first news regarding the Moonkings late summer 2013.

After very successful years with Whitesnake the Dutch guitar wizard decided to focus on something else than music. Art was the new passion and painting took a big part of his life. Being also very successful in this field he had some exhibitions also in bigger and more famous galleries. Next to that Adrian Vandenberg focussed on his role as a father.

But he actually never lost totally the connection to music. I can remember several Whitesnake concerts in Holland when Vandenberg always joined for at least one song - also during the lastest Whitesnake show in Tilburg in summer 2013. 

But actually football was the trigger for the new album. How that? His favorite club Twente asked Vandenberg to write a song for the team which became also reality. "A number one" was the name of the tune. After 14 years of abscence this was the turning point. With the younger talents Jan Hoving (v), Mart Nijen-Es (d) and Sem Christoffel (b) he founded the Vandenberg's Moonkings. It feels like a second youth for Adrian and a big chance for the three youngsters. The all benefit from the cooperation and have clearly fun by what they are doing. I new band is born.

In the Wisseloord studios near Amsterdam the quartett recorded the debut album of Vandenberg's Moonkings late summer 2013 which is now out on the market.

From the first note on it is obvious Vandenberg plays songs which are coming straight from the heart. It's a great mixture of hardrock, blues and classic rock. All 13 songs sound very fresh and have with "Sailing ships" even a song with a guest appearence of David Coverdale. It is so good to see that the two guys still have a good relationship and that they shre the same passion for music. Actually I must say that the new Vandenberg album is at least as good as the latest Whitesnake releases. And that means a lot.

I don't want to mention certain songs in special. If you are a fan of rock and blues you have to check out this album. Regardless if you are listening to the straight foward "Lust and lies", the bluesy "Good thing" or the emotional "Out of reach" - the songs of this album are a treat for your ears. Listen also to the fast and rocking "Nothing touches". This is pure rock'n'roll spirit. Remarkable also the awesome voice of Hoving which fits perfect to the sound of the band. Vandenberg couldn't have done a better choice.

Adrian, welcome back!!! And a highlight of the new year.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lust and lies
  2. Close to you
  3. Good thing
  4. Breathing
  5. Steal away
  6. Line of fire
  7. Out of reach
  8. Feel it
  9. Leave this town
  10. One step behind
  11. Leeches
  12. Nothing touches
  13. Sailing ships (feat. David Coverdale)

 

Label: Mascot Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "Vandenberg's Moonkings"
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CD review RIOTGOD "Driven rise"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Riotgod, Stoner Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) "Driven rise" is the debut of Riotgod, a new band formed by members of Monster Magnet. You might know them already from their 2012 Wacken show.

It was Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino who had the idea to work on their own ideas in 2006. Completing the band in 2007 with singer Mark Sunshine and guitarist Garret Sweeny it Riotgod releases in these days their third album. In the meantime Baglino left the band and was replaced by Eric Boe.

Based on the history of the band's members it is not a big surprise, that the music is a mix from stoner rock with some hard rock influences. The band names Kyuss, Soundgarden and of course Monster Magnet as their instiration. I actually think that the album is more influenced by grunge than by Monster Magnet. For me this is fully OK, because it shows that Riotgod is more than just a copy of the stoner rock kings.

"Driven rise" contains 10 songs which are all on a good level. There is the grunge based title track, which is also the opener for the album. Than there is also the spacy "Beg for power", which transports a lot of energy - nomen et omen. Next to those tunes the album hs also some classic rock moments like in "Sidewinder". The more crazy and wild "Positronic" shows another side of the band. Straight forward and fast the track is slightly different from the other songs on "Driven rise". The slower but very intensive "They don't know" shows paralles with Soundgarden. It's a cool song and shows the diversity which makes this album special.

I can recommend the album to all stoner-, space rockers. But also grunge fans should check this album. A good and solid album with an extraordinary singer. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Don't rise
  2. They don't know
  3. Grenade and pin
  4. Sidewinder
  5. Prime moment
  6. Positronic
  7. Davos
  8. Melisandre
  9. You're my waste of time
  10. Beg for power

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Stoner Rock

 

 

CD review RIOTGOD "Driven rise"
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Epic doom metal band BELOW release their debut

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Below, Doom Metal, News, Black Sabbath, King Diamond

Epic doom metal band Below from Sweden recorded their debut album "Across the dark river". The first song "Portal" is online. See also the interview from summer last year.

Released date: April 11

 

Epic doom metal band BELOW release their debut
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New video from GOTTHARD "Feel what I feel"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Gotthard, Hardrock, Video, News

Here comes the new video from Gotthard. The song's called "Feel what I feel" and comes from the next album "Bang!". Check it out.

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NAPALM DEATH on tour

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Napalm Death, Grindcore, Death Metal, News, Tour

Here are the dates:

28.02. Umea - House Of Metal Festival (Sweden) + HATEBREED 
10.04. Tilburg - Roadburn Festival (Netherlands)
11.04. Pontoise - Observatoire (France) + HAMMERCULT 
12.04. Creil - Grange a Musique (France) + HAMMERCULT 
13.04. Nantes - Ferrailleur (France) + HAMMERCULT 
14.04. Paris - Fleche d'Or (France) + HAMMERCULT 
15.04. Lyon - CCO (France) + HAMMERCULT 
16.04. Toulouse - Le Metronom (France) + HAMMERCULT 
17.04. Angouleme - La Nef (France) + HAMMERCULT 
19.04. Chaulnes - Chaulnes Metal Fest (France) 
02.05. Leeds - 'Kin Hell Fest (Great Britain) 
09.05. Le Havre - Tetris (France) 
10.05. Matignicourt - Lezard'Os Metal Fest (France) 
11.05. Dunkerque - 4 Excluse (France) 
07.06. Reichenbach - Chronical Moshers Open Air (Germany) 
14.06. Protzen - Protzen Open Air (Germany) 
27.06. Dessel - Graspop (Belgium) 
11.07. Wegorzewo - Seven Festival (Poland)
01.08. München - Free & Easy Festival (Germany) 
09.08. Schlotheim - Party.San Open Air (Germany) 
30.08. Wörrstadt - NOAFestival (Germany) 
05.09. Loos en Gohelle - Gohelle Fest (France)

NAPALM DEATH on tour
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HATEBREED on tour in April and June/July

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Hatebreed, Hardcore, Tour, News

Hatebreed are coming to Europe. Here are the dates:

28.02. Umea - House of Metal Festival (Sweden) + NAPALM DEATH 
11.04. Copenhagen - Lille vega (Denmark) 
12.04. Aarhus - Voxhall (Denmark) 
13.04. Gothenburg - Brewhouse (Sweden) 
14.04. Malmö - KB (Sweden) 
15.04. Stockholm - Tyrol (Sweden) 
17.04. Helsinki - Nosturi (Finland) 
18.04. Oslo - Inferno Festival (Norway) 
19.04. Leipzig - Impericon Fest (Germany) 
20.04. Schijndel - Paaspop (The Netherlands) 
21.06. Clisson - Hellfest (France) 
27.06. Spalene Porici - Basinfire Fest (Czech Republic) 
28.06. Montabaur - Mair1 Festival (Germany) 
29.06. Desselt - Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)
04.07.-06.07. Roitzschjora - With Full Force (Germany) 
05.07. Münster - Vainstream Rockfest (Germany) 
02.08. Wacken - Wacken Open Air (Germany)

Photo: Randy Johnson

Photo: Randy Johnson

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DOWNSET on tour in summer 2014

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2014 von Markus W. in Downset, Tour, Crossover, News

American crossover specialists Downset are on tour in Europe in summer 2014. Here are the dates (unfortunatly no Benelux date):

20.06. Clisson - Hellfest (France) 
21.06. Oviedo - T.b.a. (Spain) 
22.06. Malaga - Sala Trinchera (Spain) 
23.06. Madrid - Sala Barracudas (Spain) NEW
24.06. Montpellier - Secret Place (France) 
25.06. Lyss - Kufa (Switzerland) 
27.06. Tricesimo (Udine) - Interstate Studio 270 (Italy) 
28.06. Pinarella di Cervia (Ravella) - Rock Planet (Italy) 
29.06. Split - Open Air (Croatia) 
01.07. Sarajevo - Cinemas Ex Sloga (Bosnia) + FIRST BLOOD
02.07. Zagreb - Mochwara (Croatia) + FIRST BLOOD 
03.07. Wien - Szene (Austria) 
06.07. Hamburg - Headcrash (Germany) 
08.07. Frankfurt - Elfer Club (Germany) 
09.07. Dresden - Chemiefabrik (Germany) 
10.07. Osnabrück - Bastard (Germany) 
11.07. Lünen - Greif (Germany) 
12.07. Aachen - Musikbunker (Germany) 
18.07. London - Underworld (Great Britain) 
19.07. Karlsruhe - New Noise Festival (Germany)

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