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Tourdates and new single from THE BOSSHOSS

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2014 von Markus W. in The Bosshoss, Rock, Tour, News

Back from a few shows in Australia, German country rockers The Bosshoss releases a new single for the song called "My personal song". In addition the band will play quite some open airs, mainly in Germany. Would be great to see them also in other European countries. Anyhow, check them out. It's worth it.

PS: Fans from Germany can also watch the new video on YouTube.

 

Tourdates:

14.06.2014 UK- Download Festival, Donington

21.06.2014 CH- Allmend Rockt, Luzern

27.06.2014 DE- Balingen Open Air, Balingen

28.06.2014 DE- Meiniger Sommer Open Air, Meiningen

17.07.2014 DE- Burg Abenberg, Abenberg

18.07.2014 DE- Bluetone Festival, Straubing


19.07.2014 DE- MainMusikKulturFestival, Obernburg am Main

20.07.2014 DE- Husum Open Air, Husum


24.07.2014 DE- Stimmen Festival, Lörach


25.07.2014 DE- Halberg Open Air, Halberg


26.07.2014 DE- Das Fest, Karlsruhe


27.07.2014 DE- Open R, Uelzen


01.08.2014 AT- See Rock Festival, Graz


30.08.2014 CH- Summer Days, Arbon


05.09.2014 DE- Kunst! Rasen, Bonn


06.09.2014 DE- Papenburg Festival, Papenburg


07.09.2014 DE- Junge Garde, Dresen 

Tourdates and new single from THE BOSSHOSS
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Unique BRAINSTORM tourshirt

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2014 von Markus W. in Brainstorm, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Tour, News

Brainstorm sells during their four show release tour a unique shirt which can be only bough during those four shows. This is how the front looks. Check out the show. There are two more dates to go.

Photo: Thomas Wiedenmann

Photo: Thomas Wiedenmann

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CD review LACUNA COIL "Broken crown halo"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2014 von Markus W. in Lacuna Coil, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Milano in 1997. The moment when Lacuna Coil started their musical journey. 17 years later the modern metal band releases their new album called "Broken crown halo". The new record is produced by Jay Baumgardner who also worked for bands like P.O.D. and Papa Roach already. The band recorded in the "Officine Meccaniche" studio and the result are 11 top modern metal songs.

A very reconisable trademarkt of the band is without any doubt the brilliant and extraordinary voice of Cristina Scabbia. Together with the more rough male vocals, done by Andrea Ferro, the duo gives each song an own identity. Just listen to "Victim" which is a great song, esp. with the structural break in the vocal line half way of the song. This is a cool highlight of the song. The opener "Nothing stands in our way" is a tune which reflects all the trademarks of the band. The vocal duo does again a great job, an awesome melody makes it easy to diggest this song and the hooks are excellent. The gloomy and dark "Zombies" creates a menacing mood, while "Cybersleep" reflects again the more melodic roots of the band. The slower "One cold day" is the last song of the the album. Starting only with Cristina's vocals and a piano, the track builds up to a slow but massive modern rock song with a lot of passion.  

CD review LACUNA COIL "Broken crown halo"

When it comes the topic of the new record, Lacuna Coil mixes real life and fantasy. They created metaphors by mixing real life situations with gloomy element. The band was partly inspired by Italian horror movies, which facinates them and the ambience is reflected in the music very well. It fits good. And in the end those ideas are also coming back in the album cover. This is a perfect 'shopwindow' for the record. It shows the beauty of a crown, which also expresses a cold metallic world and looks in the mirror image almost like a spider which puts a spell on you.

Lacuna Coil released always good albums and this is another proof that they are not for nothing one of the Champins League acts in this genre. Well done.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Nothing stand in our way
  2. Zombies
  3. Hostage to the light
  4. Victims
  5. Die & rise
  6. I forgive (but I won't forget your name)
  7. Cybersleep
  8. Infection
  9. I burn in you
  10. In the end I feel alive
  11. One cold day

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review LACUNA COIL "Broken crown halo"
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CD review SMASH INTO PIECES "Unbreakable"

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2014 von Markus W. in Smash Into Pieces, Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Smash Into Pieces are already quite big in Sweden. They started in 2008 and have released their new album "Unbreakable" a few days ago. The five guys from Örebro play modern rock in the broadest sense of the word. Certain parts remind me to Alter Bridge, while some other section contain a bit of Nickelback and here and there you find a bit of Linkin Park as well. That's playing it safe.

Songs like the grooving melodic opener "Colder" and the rocking "Crash and burn" just stick in your mind. The catchy hooklines do their job. With "Here to stay" the album also has its ballad. A good song which could get quite some radio airplay. Chris Sörbye can show the total range of his voice which is pretty impressing. Sometimes, like in "Heroes (as we are)" the modern touch is underlined by screams, which I think are not really necessary and feel a bit misplaced. I think that the band doesn't need this to underline a 'bad guy rockstar image'. 

Nevertheless, the album leaves me with mixed feelings. Why is this the case? If I look on the music there is nothing wrong with it. If I look on the production - nothing wrong with it too, eventhough the album sounds quite polished. But there is this feeling that something is missing. It's the soul. For me the album is too much 'dressed for success'. It sounds too designed and a bit like from a casting show. Therefore I was not surprised that they actually participated in  "Sweden's got talent" which is such a show. This is actually a pity since I think that the musically capabilities of the band is pretty high. 

Since music for me has much to do with emotions, good and bad, I can't give more than 6 points. I think that there is much more potential in the band than what they show on this very mainstream and success oriented record. Maybe next time.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Colder
  2. Heroes (as we are)
  3. A friend like you
  4. Crash and burn
  5. Here to stay
  6. Unbreakable
  7. Rockstar
  8. Come along
  9. I want you to know
  10. My enemy
  11. Fading

 

Label: Gain/Sony Music

Genre: Modern Rock

CD review SMASH INTO PIECES "Unbreakable"
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CD review VREDEHAMMER "Vinteroffer"

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2014 von Markus W. in Vredehammer, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Vredehammer which means 'wrath hammer' in English was founded in 2009 and is from Norway. The black metal group worked on their full-length debut, which will be released in those days.
The bands homebase is in a small city called Mo I Rana which is 1000km north from Oslo. I have never been their but it sounds like a very inspiring environment for a black metal band. This was also the place where Vredehammer recorded the album. The mix and mastering was done in Denmark - to be precise, in the Jacob Hansen studio.
 
Their debut is called "Vinteroffer" which means, if I'm right (please correct me in the comments), the longest night in the winter period. Sounds like a perfect title. The album contains nine songs which provide you with 45 minutes of fresh and powerful black metal. 
A song which stands out is the 9 minutes long title track "Vinteroffer". Starting very relaxed with guitars only, the song builds up and becomes a real heavy black metal anthem. Considering the length of the track it provides quite some variations which makes it exciting from beginning to end. Well done. But the band doesn't play only pure black metal. There are also thrash metal influences on this album. One example is "Seduce infect destroy". It is an remarkable tune with a real Slayer-like middle part. It's an strong wall of sound what the guys are building up here. The same goes for "Cthulu". Thrash metal also can be found back in this riff monster. Also to mention is the last track on the album called "Admissa" which is the shortest one. Not even 2 minutes. You could expect a ultra fast tune, but it's actually a mid-pace tune with a mercyless beat which pushes the song forward.
 
"Vinteroffer" became a black metal album that I like. It has nine good songs and a production which supports the power and the aggressive energy of the songs in a good way.
 
 
 
(7/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. The awakening
  2. Cthulu
  3. Seduce infect destroy
  4. Suicide forest
  5. We are the sacrificed
  6. Skydome
  7. Summoned
  8. Vinteroffer
  9. Admissa

Label: Indie Recordings
Genre: Black Metal
CD review VREDEHAMMER "Vinteroffer"
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CD review DIABULUS IN MUSICA "Argia"

Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2014 von Markus W. in Diabulus In Musica, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) When I hear 'Diabulus In Musica" I still have to think about the legendary Slayer record. But Diabulus In Musica is also a synphonic metal band from Spain. Founded in 2006 the band release already two full-length records and an EP. As well as their 2012 album the band also published the new disc via Naplam Records. The new one is called "Argia" and contains 13 songs. Actually it's 10 songs, one intro and two intermezzos. With 55 minutes you get a lot of value for money.

 
How about the music? As mentioned already Diabulus In Musica plays symphonic metal. It would be too much to say, that the guys from Spain are only a female fronted band. It's the mix between the crystal clear female voice by Zuberoa Aznárez and the grunts from Gorka Elso which creates the tension in the songs and the album. This becomes obvious in harder and faster songs like "From the ember". It's not really a new idea, but they perform in a quite good way. 
Another  remarkable song next to From the ember" is the silent "Maitagarri" with the focus on the female vocals and some folk elements - mainly added by the flute.  Also the spoken words parts make this tune special. Another fave of mine is the epical "Eternal breeze". It's a very melodically piece of music with a more relaxed verse which builds up towards the chorus. The contradiction to this song is the fast and furious "Mechanical echoes". It's the heaviest track on the album with powerful riffs. It almost seems like the tender, fragile vocals deserves a bit more volume in order to compete with the dominant guitars and the doublebass drumming. The symphonic metal of Diabulus in Musica goes even that far that "Encounter in Chronos maze" could be seen as a heavier version of a musical tune from "Phantom of the opera". It's a very dramatic track with Thomas Vikstrim supporting on vocals. Really a heavy musical track which sound quite good. This something new and for me it's the highlight on the album.
 
All in all "Argia" became a good album. The only issue is, that in general they aren't very unique with their music and the competition is quite tough. The future will tell us if the band will find it's place between genre icons like Nightwish, Delain and Epica. They would deserve it.
 
 
(7/10)
 
 

Tracklist:

  1. Et resurrexit (Libera me)
  2. From the embers
  3. Inner force
  4. Furia de libertad (feat. Allyn GimÇnez)
  5. Maitagarri
  6. Sed diabolus
  7. Eternal breeze
  8. Mechanical ethos
  9. Spoilt yampire
  10. Enounter at Chronos maze (feat. Thomas Vikstrim)
  11. Healing
  12. Horizons
  13. Indigo
 
 
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Symphonic Metal
CD review DIABULUS IN MUSICA "Argia"
Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

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Cover from the next ACCEPT album

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2014 von Markus W. in Accept, Heavy Metal, News

German heavy metal legend Accept is ready for the next step. They revealed the cover for the coming album called "Blind rage".

Cover from the next ACCEPT album
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TANKARD presents new cover and track list

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2014 von Markus W. in Tankard, Thrash Metal, News

Äppelwoin trashers Tankard present the new cover for the coming album called "R.I.B.". They also reveal the tracklist which looks like the following:

01. War Cry
02. Fooled By Your Guts
03. R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)
04. Riders Of The Doom
05. Hope Can’t Die
06. No One Hit Wonder
07. Breakfast for Champions
08. Enemy Of Order
09. Clockwise To Deadline
10. The Party Ain’t Over ‘Til We Say So

TANKARD presents new cover and track list
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CD review KNIGHTMARE "In death's shadow"

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2014 von Markus W. in Knightmare, Heavy, Prog Metal, CD Review, News

(5/10) Knightmare is from Australia and plays melodic metal. The band was founded in 2008 in Melbourne and will release their debut in April this year.

It was the ambition of singer and guitarist Luke Besley to write and record songs which are based on several different influences and combine them to a unique sound. Now, in one or another way the band succeeded. The songs really combine different elements from classical heavy metal to progressive element. I felt reminded to Blind Guardian from time to time. The bad thing is, that Knightmare doesn't get close to the level of bands like metal institution from Krefeld, Germany.

After listening to the album I have to say, that for me it's a bit too much. It's too much going on in each song. And it feels like the different parts within a tune are attached to each other but do not really belonging together. I got a bit twitchy while listening to the "In death's shadow". It felt to me that the tracks need to be more straightened out and need to be more to the point.

Sound wise the album is OK. The band got a clear and clean sound. Maybe the rhythm section could have deserved a bit more attention, but for the rest it's nothing wrong with it.

Probabaly Knightmare had good ambitions, but I'm sorry to say: the album isn't really my thing.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Cazador de hombres
  2. Granted death
  3. False prophets
  4. Apocalypse
  5. Knightmare
  6. Unity through choas
  7. Judgement

 

Label: Metalapolis

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review KNIGHTMARE "In death's shadow"
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CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Catacombs of the black vatican"

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2014 von Markus W. in Black Label Society, CD Review, Heavy Metal, News, Hardrock, Grunge

(8/10) American guitar wizard Zakk Wylde is back with his band Black Label Society. They release their new album called "Catacombs of the black vatican" in these days. It is already the ninth record of the L.A. based metal institution.
I like two things when it comes to this band. First I appreciate the honest and passionated music of the Wylde and his group. Secondly it's the values like loyality and dedication for what you're doing, which are outstanding.
 
The music of the Black Label Society is like expected - excellent. Changes compared to earlier releases are limited eventhough I can say that the new disc is more rocking again. It's more rocking and less heavy than the predecessor. Wylde and the Black Label Society still sounds unique. It's the mix between Ozzy Osbourne's "No more tears" times, hard rock and grunge which makes it special. Esp. the last mentioned influences seems to get more dominant over time, which is nothing bad at all. Some parallels with the last Alice In Chains release are existing and fits good into the sound of the band. This gives the entire album a kind of melancolic touch.
 
The grunge parts are coming back in songs like the opener "Fields of unforgiveness". It's a midtempo song with an almost hypnotic beat. Slow and easy the songs finds it's way into your head. The rhyhtm and the guitar in the beginning have even ankind of oriental touch. "My dying time" continues going that way. Since Wylde is one of the guitar heores of these days soli play an important part in each songs. They are fast, they are creative, they are cool and they are always supporting the song. It's not about the six string only. It's about the band performing good songs. 
Speed increases with "Damn the flood". The track is a musical punch with its heaviness and and powerful riffing. Other riff monsters are tunes like "My dying time" and "I've gone away". Yes.
 
Next to those heavy rockers it is always a pleasure to also listen to the softer songs of the band. If you see Zakk Wylde you might not expect this sensitivity, but it's there. The ballads are often a weak point of many records from other bands, but the guy from New Jersey always managed to also make those tracks outstanding. Songs like "Angel of mercy" and "Scars", which sounds almost a bit like Bruce Springsteen, are empathic and remarkable. They combine emotions and passion by avoiding all the cliches. You can almost hear and see the 'scars' life left - in the good and the bad. This reflects the capabilities and self-confidence of the six stinger and his companions. Another soulful ballad is the final track on the album called "Shades of gray", which is perfect for closing this new chapter of  Black Label Society.
 
"Catacombs of the black vatican" contains real, honest and true music. It smells like gasoline, leather and beer. Cool music and thumps up again for the Black Label Society 
 
(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Fields of unforgiveness
  2. My dying time
  3. Believe
  4. Angel of mercy
  5. Heart of darkness
  6. Beyond the down
  7. Scars
  8. Damn the flood
  9. I've gone away
  10. Empty promises
  11. Shades of gray
 
Label: Mascot Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Catacombs of the black vatican"
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Prog rockers RIVERSIDE are on tour

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2014 von Markus W. in Riverside, Tour, Prog Rock, News

Polish prog rockers Riverside are on tour this April.

 

Riverside comments:

“As you already know, in April we're giving the last 2014 club shows and at the same time ending our adventure with the "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" promotion. The important thing to know for all of those who saw us last year is that - yes, we will change the setlist. Yes, the shows are going to be a bit different - for sure there'll be stuff we didn't play in 2013 and some of the songs will be arranged differently. After the April tour we're planning a longer break to enter the studio and work on our 6th full album. But before that happens, we want to come together with the best audience in the world. See you soon!”

 

Here are the dates:

Prog rockers RIVERSIDE are on tour
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Steve Hackett will release GENESIS REVISITED show as DVD/Blu-Ray

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2014 von Markus W. in Genesis, Steve Hackett, Prog Rock, Rock, News

Prog-pioneer Steve Hackett will release the Genesis Revisited show performed in the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London, UK as DVD/Blu-Ray. The concert was recorded October 2013 in 5.1 Surround Sound. The release date will be June 30st.  

The album will be available as standard 2CD/DVD Digipak
 - Limited 2CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray Art-Book with bonus material such as liner notes, photos and interviews.

 


Steve Hackett states:

“I'm excited the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited show at the extraordinary Royal Albert Hall is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1. It was a thrilling musical experience for all concerned with a fantastic light / visual show! Paul Green and team filmed it brilliantly too. It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses...”
 


 

Trackliste:


01. Dance On A Volcano


02. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight


03. Fly On A Windshield


04. Broadway Melody of 1974


05. Carpet Crawlers (w/ Ray Wilson)


06. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (w/ Roine Stolt)


07. The Musical Box


08. Horizons


09. UnquietSlumbersForTheSleepErs


10. In That Quiet Earth


11. Afterglow


12. I Know What I Like (w/ Ray Wilson)


13. Firth of Fifth (w/ John Wetton)


14. Ripples (w/ Amanda Lehmann)


15. The Fountain of Salmacis


16. Supper’s Ready


17. Watcher of the Skies


18. Los Endos
 

Steve Hackett will release GENESIS REVISITED show as DVD/Blu-Ray
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CD review DELAIN "The human contradiction"

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2014 von Markus W. in Delain, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Within Temptation

(8/10) Female fronted metal is popular and gets quite some attention in these days. Bands like The Gathering, Nightwish and Within Temptation can probabaly be seen as the godfathers of this genre. But in the last 1-2 years its more and more the second generation which gets into the spotlight too. One of those bands is Delain. Also from The Netherlands the band was founded by keyboarder and ex-Within Temptation member Martijn Westerhold. Starting as a project, Delain became over time a band which released in the meantime 4 records and achieved a certain status. Now it's time for their new record.
 
Two years after releasing "We are the others" it's time to listen to the new disc called "The human contradiction". After a few listening sessions I can say that it is the best and most mature album Delain has published till now
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The opener "here come the vulture" is already a highlight. Starting with Charlotte's great voice, a musical clock and piano the song gets a first break with a heavy riff. The track spreads a gloomy atmosphere, which is supported by heavy guitar parts. Those are reminding to Rammstein (of course not he vocals) in some sections. It's a real heavy start into the album which finds its continuation in "Your body is a battleground". Compared to these 'dark' and heavy songs "Stardust" feels almost like a swinging tune. With "My masqurade" the band becomes very catchy. The song has proabably the biggest pop apeal from all the nine tracks. Not the it's a one, but it feels alomst a bit trivial compared to the other ones on the album. "Tell me, mechanist" lives on a nice melody and the interplay between Charlotte's clean vocals and the raw male part while "Army of dolls" with its 'disco beat' in the beginning starts quite unusual. Next to that the songs is a typical melodic Delain song which shows a lot of parallels to the latest release from Martijn's brother's band - Within Temptations - without copying them. All in all Delain has a bit harder songs and less pop elements in their tunes.
 
 
 
Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

When it comes to the sound of "The human contradiction" I have to say that it is powerful and warm. Keyboards create a foundation together with a solid rhythm group which allows the guitars to shine. Combined with the awesome voice of Charlotte the result is highly entertaining metal music.
 
In my point of view Delain released with "The human contradiction" a very good new album. Normally the saying is that the third album decides on the future success. I think with Delain it's the fourth album and it looks like a glorious future.
 
(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Here come the vultures
  2. Your body is a battleground
  3. Stardust
  4. My Masquerade
  5. Tell me, mechanist
  6. Sing to me
  7. Army of dolls
  8. Lullaby
  9. The tradegdy of the commons
 
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
When it comes to the sound of "The human contradiction" I have to say that it is powerful and warm. Keyboards create a foundation together with a solid rhythm group which allows the guitars to shine. Combined with the awesome voice of Charlotte the result is highly entertaining metal music.
 
In my point of view Delain released with "The human contradiction" a very good new album. Normally the saying is that the third album decides on the future success. I think with Delain it's the fourth album and it looks like a glorious future.
 
(8/10)
CD review DELAIN "The human contradiction"
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AXEL RUDI PELL tour in autumn

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2014 von Markus W. in Axel Rudi Pell, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Tour, News

After a very successful first part of the tour Axel Rudi Pell and band will continue touring in autumn. Here are the dates.

Source: SPV

Source: SPV

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