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CD review DEATH DESTRUCTION "II"

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2014 von Markus W. in Death Destruction, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Gothenburg, Sweden - the home of many good bands from Sweden. The city has a vital scene and it's not for nothing that bands like At The Gates and In Flames name the city their home. 

Also Death Destruction has their base in the Swedish westcoast town and plays modern metal. This is actually an interesting fact, since 3/4 of the band members have a more traditional metal background. Henrik Danhage and Jonas Ekdahl have been part of Evergrey while bass player Fredrik Larsson comes from Hammerfall. The place behind the mic is filled by a new guy. His name is Tony Jelencovich and he is a big surprise to me. His vocals fit much better to the modern metal of the band than the more metalcore based shouts of Jimmie Strimell. This is a bog step forward. 

Next to this change it is a surprise anyhow that the songs have been written and the album has been produced. Not only Strimell left the band, but also manager and booker said goodbye. The fact that Death Destruction have now their second album out deserves a lot of respect for their endurance. A lot of other bands might have given up in such a situation, but the quartett from Gothenburg produced even a better album. Respect.

Sometimes very fast, sometimes with massive Pantera-like grooves and sometimes more melodic the band shows all aspects of modern metal. With the last song "Insane stays sane" the even wrote a song which combines all three compentents in one tune. The other songs are pretty cool too and much better than expected. Starting very heavy with "Divine justice" which almost blasts your speaker the album has a thrilling opening. As in the closer many influences are coming together in this tune. A bit of Crowbar, a bit of Pantera and a bit of metalcore. An exciting mix. With "Towards the light" the record also contains a soulful ballad in which harmonies dominate. And it shows that Tony also can sing instead of only screaming and shouting. Speed will be reduced with "Give it a try" without loosing heaviness. The song grooves a lot and shows even some crossover elements from bands like RATM and the early Downset. With "Dead pilot" and "Money, blood, crucifixus" "II" has also more melodic  tracks on the album, driven mby a pounding drum and bass sound. Very cool.   

I like the album and the own style the band created. Thumbs up from my side.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Divine justice
  2. Dead pilot
  3. Money, blood, crucifixus
  4. Towrads the light
  5. I am the plague
  6. Set the sail
  7. Give it a try
  8. False flag
  9. I promise you nothing
  10. Taste the mud
  11. A shelter from harm
  12. Epilogue
  13. Insane stays sane

 

Label: Gain Music

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review DEATH DESTRUCTION "II"
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CD review XANDRIA "Sacrificium"

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2014 von Markus W. in Xandria, Nightwish, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Xandria is already around since the early 90's but started to get more into focus from 2000 on. The music of the band from Bielefeld, Germany is to describe as symphonic metal. They are comparable with bands like Nightfish.

Xandria didn't have a lot of good luck with their singers. With Dianne van Giersbergen, who is not related with Annike van Giersbergen, the band has their forth vocalist. Let's hope that she will stay in the band for a few years, which would be from a continuity standpoint a good thing.

Since the former singeress Manuala Kraller did a very good job the curiousity was sky high about the performance of Dianne. Already at this stage I can say that she did a good job. The new album called "Sacrificium" became a logical continuation from the former LP. Dianne's vocals are classical and operatic. Actually she is not that far away from Manuela Kraller. This also means that Xandria's big idols are still the Finnish genre grandfathers from Nightwish. Parallels are more than visible and audible.

In my opinion Xandria is brave to kick-off the album with the longest track. "Sacrificium", the title track, is also the opener of the new record. With an epical length of 10 minutes the song is really special on the album. In my opinion it is also one of the highlight. It's many-faceted, with a lot of heavy riffing parts as well as slower elements, inclding some spoken word sections. The choir adds even some more bombast to the tune. The driving metal track "Nightfall" is another good song on the album. It is less pompous than the other tunes and this fits the band actually very well. "Temple of hate" goes into the same direction. A power metal track with some slower parts (which actually have similarities with the earlier Alan Parsons (after 1:45 min.)) Next to that the song is full of screaming guitar soli and in the end you find some Irish elements. The heaviest composition on "Sacrificium" is called "Betrayer". Pounding drums and a slow heavy riffs dominate this song. It spreads an dark and gloomy atmosphere and is really thrilling.

The production is powerful and balanced. The mix between vocals and instruments is as it should be, which leads to a warm and organic sound.

But I also have to say that I'm not the biggest fan of the operatic and dramatic female vocals. I prefer more the style of Sharon den Adel and Doro and I like the mix which Liv Kristine found with Leave's Eyes.

But however, the album is a good one and definitely to recommend to all fans of Nightwish and Tarja.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sacrificium
  2. Nightfall
  3. Dreamkeeper
  4. Stardust
  5. The undiscovered land
  6. Betrayer
  7. Until the end
  8. Come with me
  9. Little red relish
  10. Our neverworld
  11. Temple of hate

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

CD review XANDRIA "Sacrificium"
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CD review ANNIHILATOR "FEAST" - re-issued

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2014 von Markus W. in Annihilator, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

UDR records re-issued Annihilator's latest album "Feast". In this review I want to focus on the extras of the re-issued version. The details about the original release can be found in  the link further down on this page.

Compared to the original album the new release comes with an extra DVD which shows the show in Wacken 2013. This means that the whole package grows to a 3 disc package - 2 CD's and one DVD. The whole package is coming in a nive ecolbook version with a 3D cover. Zombies get alive and the feast becomes real. A cool idea for the cover.

The DVD comes with 11 songs - all recorded during the show in Wacken 2013. The list of songs can be seen as a journey through the entire Annihilator history - from old classics like "Alison hell" from the debut to newer tunes of the band. The Canadian thrasher have been in a really good mood and obvisoulsy enjoyed playing on one ofEuropes  biggest metal festivals. Understandbale, considering the fact that the last time they played Wacken was then years ago. The energy of the band also infected the crowd. A lot of circling hair in front of the stage proves, that Annihilator has still a huge fan base. 

The sound quality is very good and the same goes for the footage. The whole DVD contains a professional recording.

All in all a nice new version with some extras. If you don't have "Feast" yet and you want to go for it take the re-issue. For all die hard fans and collectors also something to consider. A cool package which provides you with a lot of Annihilator.

 

Tracklist DVD:

  1. Smear campaign
  2. King of the kill
  3. No way out
  4. Clown parade
  5. Set the world on fire
  6. Welcome to your death
  7. Funpalace
  8. I am in command
  9. No zone
  10. Fiasco
  11. Alison hell

 

Label: UDR records

Genre: Thrash Metal

 

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

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First infos about new IN FLAMES album

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in In Flames, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, News

Swedish death metal / modern metal band In Flames worked on their 10th studio album which will be released on September 5 via Epic/Sony. The first singel will be called "Rusted nail". The cover for the single, which will see the light of day on June 13, was created by Blake Armstrong.

 

Tracklist:

1. In Plain View

2. Everything’s Gone

3. Paralyzed

4. Through Oblivion

5. With Eyes Wide Open

6. Siren Charms

7. When the World Explodes

8. Rusted Nail

9. Dead Eyes

10. Monsters in the Ballroom

11. Filtered Truth

 
Source: Facebook (In Flames)
Source: Facebook (In Flames)

Source: Facebook (In Flames)

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DEATH (DTA) back for some European dates

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in Death, Death (DTA), Death Metal, Tour, News

It seems to be Death all over. After the re-relase of the "Leprosy" album Death (DTA) announced some dates for shows in Europe. Paul Masvidal, Sean Reinert, Steve di Giorgio and Max Phelps will play songs from all Death albums in rememeberance of Chuck Schuldiner. If you want to see it, here are the dates

DEATH (DTA) back for some European dates
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DVD review TOTO "35th anniversary tour - live in Poland"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in Toto, Rock, DVD review, Hardrock, News

I focussed on the music already in the CD review. I have nothing more to add here.

But when it comes to the DVD I want to mention a few thing. First of all it is an even better experience than only listening to the songs. The CD is good, but if those great tunes are combined with the visual expression of the footage it becomes much more intense. 

The different camera perspectives provide you a good overview on all parts of the stage parts and the light supports the gig in a perfect way. It's not overdone and it's accented right to the point.

The band seemed to enjoy the evening as well. Everybody acts with full passion and dedication. The audience also caught fire by this enthusiasm and enjoyed obviously every moment of the show.

As on the CD the sound is perfect, while still being authentic. Maybe there have been some small adjustments done afterwards, but this doesn't matter.

The bonus material on the DVD are some sequences from backstage. Actually it is a lots of interviews with different band members - also reflecting on the history of the band. A good and interesting thing since it was the 35 years anniversary tour. The bonus has also some soundcheck moments and some fans have also the chance to say a few words.

If your question is CD or DVD, than go for the DVD. It's perefct Saturday night entertainment of one of the biggest rock bands.

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro 13
  2. Medley: On the run / Child's anthem / Googbye Eleore
  3. Goin' home
  4. Hydra
  5. St. Goerge and the dragon
  6. I'll be over you
  7. It's a feeling
  8. Rosanna
  9. Wings of time
  10. Falling between
  11. I won't hold you back
  12. Pamela
  13. 99
  14. The muse
  15. White sister
  16. Better world
  17. Africa
  18. How many times
  19. Stop loving you
  20. Hold the line
  21. Home of the brave

 

Bonus:

Behind the scene

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Rock

DVD review TOTO "35th anniversary tour - live in Poland"
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CD/DVD review DIO "Live in London - Hammersmith Odeon 1993"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heavy Metal, DVD review, News, CD Review

(8/10) It was a sad moment four years ago when the news spread around the world that one of the most talented singers in Heavy Metal died - Ronnie James Dio. 

Now, almost four years after the exact date of death, a new release with the small Italian rooted singer is out there in the stores. It is another live recording. This time it is the show in 1993 which took place in the legendary London Hammersmith Odeon. It was the last night on European tour for promoting Dio's "Strange highways" record. This is also reflectd in the setlist. The live album contains with "Strange highways", "Pain", "Evilution", "Hollywood black" and the closer "Here's to you" already six tunes from the album. This gives the DVD an extra since these tracks aren't on many other live releases and Dio hasn't played them afterwards very often either in his shows. From this standpoint the DVD is pretty unique. These tunes compete with the old classic from Dio, Sabbath and Rainbow. Songs like "Heaven & hell", "The last in line" and "We rock" are crucial parts in rock history and it's always a pleasure to listen to them. The setlist also shows the  discrepancy between the new and the old material. The "Strange highways" material was written after Dio's first reunion with Black Sabbath, which led to the "Dehuminizer" disc in 1992. After this release and the following split, Dio had to re-activate his own band and the result became pretty dark and complex. It reflects the period in the band's history very well and shows the difference to the older stuff.  The line up for the album and the tour included next to the extrovert singer also guitarist Tracy G., ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson and drum legend Vinny Appice. This line-up was pretty much discussed and it was guitarist Tracy G. who actually a hard time in this period.

The DVD also contains a section with behind the scene material, which of course always entertaining to look at. It contains interviews with all band members - funny enough during they get their make-up - and also some backstage sequences. Not revolutionary but fun. And listening to Dio is always a pleasure.

All in all I have to say that this release is for Dio the fans. It is already number three after Ronnie's death and they are not that different from each other - expect partly in the setlist. Since this disc focus on a newer and less captured period of the band I think that this DVD is a good additional item for all die-hard Dio fans and collectors of the band.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

01. Stand Up And Shout
02. Strange Highways
03. Don’t Talk To Strangers
04. Evilution
05. Pain
06. The Mob Rules
07. Children Of The Sea
08. Holy Diver
09. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
11. Drum Solo
12. Heaven And Hell (reprise)
13. Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost
14. Hollywood Black
15. The Last In Line
16. Rainbow In The Dark
17. We Rock
18. Here’s To You

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD/DVD review DIO "Live in London - Hammersmith Odeon 1993"
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CD review BROTHER FIRETRIBE "Diamond in the firepit"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in Brother Firetribe, Hardrock, Rock, AOR, CD Review, News

(9/10) First class hardrock from Scandinavia - nothing really new. Brother Firetribe is on of of those bands which found their passion in this genre and they rock. The five guys are from Finland and their most known member is Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. The band, which was founded already in 2002, is very successful in their home country with high charts entries. In the rest of Europe they haven't reached such a high status, but this might change with the new album "Diamond in the firepot". It's already the third album of the band and follows the predesessor "Heart full of fire" from 2008.

Eventhough there has been a period of 6 years between the two records "Diamond in the firepot" feels like a logical continuation of the band's journey. In total 11 songs and one intro are a treat for your ears. The band has the gift to combine very catchy melodies with a real rocking guitars. Eventhough the keyboards are creating a tuneful base the songs never get too sticky sweet. The six string is always powerful enough to make each song rocking. Brother Firetribe are a mix between the good old Bad English and the earlier Treat - not a bad reference.

Already "Love's not enogh" is a clear signal for what to expect in the coming 45 minutes. The pushing rhythm of the tune make it really irresistable. Another track to mention is the Sammy Hagar cover "Winner takes it all". It's a cool version which doesn't go too far away from the original. But with the keyboards it gets a bigger AOR touch than in the Hagar version. A remarkable element is also the almost funky bass solo half way. The first single "For better and for worse" is another song which is on my fave list. Harmonies and arrangements make the song to a catchy tune which sticks. "Desperately" is the ballad on the album. It's an emotional song with a beautiful chorus and it reminds me a bit to Smokie which isn't a bad thing in this context.

For me "Diamond in the firepit" is, together with the latest SunStrike, one of the best melodic hardrock releases so far this year and a prove that Finland is more than only Nightwish, dark metal and black metal.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Love's not enough
  3. Far away from love
  4. For better and for worse
  5. Desperately
  6. Edge of forever
  7. Hanging by a thread
  8. Trails of tears
  9. Winner takes it all
  10. Tired of dreaming
  11. Realty bites
  12. Close to the bone

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

CD review BROTHER FIRETRIBE "Diamond in the firepit"
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CD review DEATH "Leprosy" re-release

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2014 von Markus W. in Death, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(*/10) Doubtless Death has been one of the biggest influencers for a whole new genre - death metal. Brutal and racing fast death metal songs have been merged with technical capabilities. And with Chuck Schuldiner, the founder of the band, Death had a very virtuoso guitarist. Next to this Chuck also did the vocal and I like his voice, since it is not purely growling like we know from other Tampa bands like Cannibal Corpse and Obituary. Schuldiner used a mix between growls and with very rough, more thrash-like vocals. This made the band also easier accessable for a broader audiance. 

As we all know Schuldiner died far too early, but his legacy stays. A bunch of excellent death metal records are still a pleasure to listen to and are still unqiue. After a few earlier re-releases from discs like "Human" and "The sound of perseverance" it was time for a re-release of the band's first real masterpiece called "Leprosy". 

The original release date was in 1989 and followd the debut "Scream bloody gore". "Leprosy" is up till today a milestone in heavy metal and a reference album for many bands. It combines the unleashed power and aggressiveness of bands like Possessed with the screaming guitars from Slayer and the demonic vibe of Venom. All this spiced up with the already mentioned unique vocals from Chuck. Songs like the brutal "Left to die" or the diabolic "Open casket" with it's well placed breaks are death metal anthems. All of the songs are remastered by Alan Douches, which improves the quality just a bit compared to the original release, which had already areally good sound.

So what's really new with the re-release? Next to the regular album the new version comes with two extra CD's. A nice add-on. One disc contains rehersal material and the other is a live recording of Death in December 1988. 

The problem with those two extras is the sound quality. That tapes from the rehearsal aren't high quality is in the nature of things. And those recordings are definitely something for die-hard fans of the band. Also the two live shows, which have been recorded in Rochester, New York and Bloomfield, New Jersey are something for collectors only. Also their sound is very much bootleg level and comes pretty low-fi and basic out of the speakers. But they are for sure documents of the history of Death.

All in all  "Leprosy" still is a milestone in death metal. With the two extra CD's the re-release also offers extra goodies which makes it very interesting for all collectors and enthusiasts of the band.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

Disc 1

1. Leprosy

2. Born Dead

3. Forgotten Past

4. Left To Die

5. Pull The Plug

6. Open Casket

7. Primitive Ways

8. Choke On It

              

Disc 2

Leprosy - 9/23/87 Rehearsal 

1. Open Casket

2. Choke On It

3. Left To Die

4. Left To Die - Take 2

Leprosy - 12/05/87 Rehearsals

5. Left To Die

6. Open Casket

7. Pull The Plug

8. Choke On It

9. Born Dead

10. Forgotten Past

              

Disc 3

Live at Backstreets, Rochester, NY - December 13th, 1988

1. Leprosy

2. Open Casket

3. Zombie Ritual

4. Pull The Plug

5. Left To Die

6. Mutilation

7. Forgotten Past

8. Born Dead

9. Denial Of Life

10. Primitive Ways

11. Infernal Death

Live at The Dirt Club, Bloomfield, NJ - December 11th, 1988

12. Leprosy

13. Pull The Plug

14. Forgotten Past

15. Primitive Ways

CD review DEATH "Leprosy" re-release
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CD review INSOMNIUM "Shadows of the dying sun"

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2014 von Markus W. in Insomnium, Death Metal, Dark Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Finland is a country which is well known for good metal bands. On the one hand their are groups like Nightwish and also the early Stratovarius, which are covering the area of more bombastic and symphonic metal. On the other hand there are constantly bands poping up which are more into dark heavy metal, partly with some death metal background. Bands like Sentenced and Amorphis are just two examples. Another Finish band in this genre is Insomnium. They might be a bit less popular than the before mentioned acts, but so far they have also released five records and the new one have seen the light of day a few days ago. The name of the new album is "Shadows of the dying sun" and became another milestone in the band's discography. 


Let's have a look into the songs. The album starts with the opener called "Primeval dark". The songs builds up from a slow and melodic start to a riff oriented heavy beast. It's a powerful beginning into the record. The trip continues with "While we sleep" - a very representative tune of the album. The track combines the trademarks of the band and reflects the flexibility in the songwriting. Clean vocals meet the more rougher ones and melodic soundscapes go parallel with heavy riffs. If you listen intensively enough you even recognise the singing birds which are build into the track. With "Lose to night" the album has a melodic and melancolic half ballad on the album, which spreads a great gloomy vibe. This tune is followed by a real heavy one called "Collapsing words". Fast and heavy with a Norhern expression the song blows out of your speaker. It actually reminded me even a bit to Amon Amarth. But Insomnium can also reduce the speed. "The river" is an remarkable anthem in the sense, that it starts very fast and you expect another high-pace track. But there are many breaks in the song which makes it to a divers piece of music. Fast double bass parts lead to slow accoustical sections which lead to grooving riff elements. The good thing with this song is, that Insomnia managed to still let it sound like one unit. All those bits and pieces belong together. Cool.


Also the sound of the album is worth to mention. The production is good, which means that the album got a warm and powerful sound. For me it supports the attitude of the songs and is the cherry on the cake.


"Shadows of the dying sun" became the best album of the band so far. They play in one league with other genre icons like Katatonia and Ghost Brigade. A cool album with a lot of variety in the songwriting and a transfer of emotions which are so important for this kind of music. Thumbs up.

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. The primeval dark
  2. While we sleep
  3. Revelation
  4. Black heart rebellion
  5. Lose the night
  6. Collapsiong words
  7. The river
  8. Ephemeral
  9. The promethean song
  10. Shadows of the dying sun
  11. Out to the sea

 

Label: Centrury Media

Genre: Dark Metal

CD review INSOMNIUM "Shadows of the dying sun"
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CD review RYKER'S "Hard to the core"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2014 von Markus W. in Ryker's, Hardcore, CD Review, News

(8/10) German hardcore legend Ryker's are back. Founded in 1992 in Kassel, Germany the band released with records like "Ground zero" some great hardcore discs. It has been those records which lead to a lot of enthusiastic feedback. The Ryker's have been grown to one of the really influential acts in the 90's. Therefore it was a sad moment when the band disbanded in 2000.

After few try-outs in the last years the band decided to produce a new album. "Hard to the core" is the result of this fruitful work and will be released in May this year. It became the expected killer.
In total nine songs hit you like a hammer. All of them are straight-forward hardcore anthems between 2 and 3 minutes. This leads me immediately to my critisism. The running time is with 24 minutes far too short. Why are there not more songs on the album?

But if we take it from the stand point 'quality before quantity' we can life with the short playing time. The highlight of the album is the title track "Hard to the core". A very fast beginning of the tune leads to a quite grooving middle part which couldn't have been done better by Agnostic Front. A heavy and damn cool track which reminds a bit to "Haunting season" from the earlier mentioned "Ground zero" album. Also the following "Can't kill a dream" is an awesome song and belongs to my faves on the album. What I like most with this track is the almost hypnotic repetition of "You can't kill a dream" towards the end. Well done. The closer "Sound of broken bottles" is actually not more than an outro. The title says it all - sound of broken bottles. That's what you hear. So we can conclude that it's eight great hardcore tracks on the album which clearly state that Ryker's are back.

Great album, which makes great fun to listen too. Just a bit too short - but we had that already. Welcome back Ryker's.

(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. The world as I see it today
  2. Hard to the core
  3. Can't kill a dream
  4. Time heals...
  5. Divided by colours
  6. Born to fly
  7. Slave cruel world
  8. World wide trap
  9. The beautiful sound of broken bottles


Label: BDHW
Genre: Hardcore

CD review RYKER'S "Hard to the core"
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CD review HELSTAR "The wicked nest"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2014 von Markus W. in Helstar, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) It was the year 1982 in Houston, Texas when Helstar was founded. Power metal is what they wanted to play. And they did it and still do it. Records like "A distant thunder" and "Nosferatu" are still highlights in my vinyl collection. Sad enough that the band never got the attention which they actually deserved. 

Four years after releasing "Glory of chaos" the guys from Texas bring out their new album "The wicked nest". Whilst the predecessor was with its thrash elements the hardest album the band ever produced, the new disc is more intricate. Not that we are talking about prog metal. That's not the case. It is still US metal which comes out of the speakers. I just had the feeling that it became more complex and reminded me to Sanctuary.

A constant factor in the band is James Rivera. His voice fits perfect to the US metal of the band and with songs like "This wicked nest" he has the chance the show the full range of his vocals. When it comes to the songs I have to say that I'm more convinced by the tunes of the second half of the album. There are real highlights like the almost doomy "Cursed". For me one of the best songs on the album. The same goes for the closer "Magormissabib" which is a real fast anthem and a headbanger per excellence. Heavy guitars and Rivera's screams make this song standing out. The same goes for the ultra-fast "Defy the swarm". This is almost speed metal and sounds a bit like the older Agent Steel in some parts. Really cool. I just wonder why not some of those songs found a higher position in the tracklist. 

The only bad thing with this record is actually the cover. This piece of music would have deserved a much better illustration and I just wonder who approved this choice.

"The wicked nest" is an album which will be liked by all fans of US metal and power metal. I think that it doesn't reach the outstanding level of the older band classics and also "Glory of chaos", but it became a solid piece of music which is a real headbanger.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Fall of dominion
  2. Eternal black
  3. This wicked nest
  4. Souls cry
  5. Isla de las munecas
  6. Cursed
  7. It has risen
  8. Defy the swarm
  9. Magormissabib

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

 
 
CD review HELSTAR "The wicked nest"
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CD review GO GO BERLIN "New gold"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2014 von Markus W. in Go Go Berlin, Hardrock, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Go Go Berlin aren't from the German capitol. They are from Silkeborg, Denmark and are since four years in business. The five guys stand partly for typical 60's and mainly for 70's rock. They release with "New gold" their debut album. The record was pretty successful in their home country, where it has been released already in 2013 and maybe they can get also attention outside of Denmark. I have to say that they would deserve it.

In total fourteen songs give you a good time. Rock music which is hard but melodic the same time. The band finds the groove and brings it into each tune. A good example is "Shoot the night". It's perfect rock'n'roller which reminded me in the verse a bit to "Demolition man" from Manfred Mann. The main theme is similar, but it's for sure not a copy. Therefore the tune has too much own identy and just rocks. What I like with the band are also the vocals from Christian Vium. He sounds a bit like Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, a band GoGo Berlin has listened to probabaly quite some time. "California mind" shows this source of inspiration pretty clearly. The same goes for the following ballad "Castles made of sand". Also remarkable is "Gimme you" with some keyboard elements reminding to The Doors. 
 
The band recorded with "New gold" an album which has no fillers and quite some killers. I can understand that it went into the Danish charts and let's see if something similar will be also possible in other countries. Listen to GoGo Berlin - you will not regret it. The soundtrack for your first spring barbecue party with beer in your hand and a steak on the fire.
 
 
(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Enterlude
  2. On the run
  3. Shoot the night
  4. Darkness
  5. Waste of trying
  6. Raise your head
  7. California mind
  8. Castles made of sand
  9. Do you mind
  10. Gimme your
  11. I want you
  12. You you youHope for the hopeless
  13. Bad!
 
Label: Sony Music
Genre: Rock 
Photo: Morten Rygaard
Photo: Morten Rygaard

Photo: Morten Rygaard

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CD review TOTO "35th anniversary - live in Poland"

Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2014 von Markus W. in Toto, CD Review, News, Rock, Hardrock

(8/10) Seven years after Toto released their last live output the band decided for getting an new live album out into the shops. The motive was the 35th anniversary of the rock legend - a great occasion. 

The show, which was recorded, took place in Lodz, Poland and was part of the world tour of the band. I don't think that I have to write about the quality of the songs. They are just outstanding. The mixture out of melody, awesome hooklines and the rocking guitar of Steve Lukater are beyond doubt. Hymns like "St. George and the dragon" and "White sister" are songs which are timeless. Next to those tunes the band played of course the hits as well. "Rosanna" found already an early spot in the setlist, while "Africa" and "Hold the line" are highlights in the final part of the concert. This shows already that the setlist covers all periods of the band - from the early days till the last album "Falling in between" from 2006.

The sound of the album reflects the live atmosphere. It is maybe a bit too perfect and I guess that some smaller correction have been done, but this doesn't matter. The sound is warm and powerful, which fits perfect to the songs. and the vibe of the show.

A great album for fans of the band, but also for newcomers. If you want a representative sample of Toto's music this album is exactly what you need. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro 13
  2. Medley: On the run / Child's anthem / Googbye Eleore
  3. Goin' home
  4. Hydra
  5. St. George and the dragon
  6. I'll be over you
  7. It's a feeling
  8. Rosanna
  9. Wings of time
  10. Falling between
  11. I won't hold you back
  12. Pamela
  13. 99
  14. The muse
  15. White sister
  16. Better world
  17. Africa
  18. How many times
  19. Stop loving you
  20. Hold the line
  21. Home of the brave

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Rock

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro 13
  2. Medley: On the run / Child's anthem / Googbye Eleore
  3. Goin' home
  4. Hydra
  5. St. Goerge and the dragon
  6. I'll be over you
  7. It's a feeling
  8. Rosanna
  9. Wings of time
  10. Falling between
  11. I won't hold you back
  12. Pamela
  13. 99
  14. The muse
  15. White sister
  16. Better world
  17. Africa
  18. How many times
  19. Stop loving you
  20. Hold the line
  21. Home of the brave

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Rock

CD review TOTO "35th anniversary - live in Poland"
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