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CD review LIV KRISTINE "Vervain"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Liv Kristine, Theatre Of Tragedy, Leave's Eye, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) I don't think that Liv Kristine needs to be introduced. The singer from Stavanger, Norway is well known in the scene from Theatre Of Tragedy many years ago, but also from Leave's Eye, where she shares the vocals with her husband Alex Krull.

"Vervain" is the new studio solo album from the girl with the golden voice. It is her fifth solo strike and it's a very good one. Of course it's her vocals that are standing out and which are the trademark of her solo releases. But a great voice without good songs doesn't bring you anywhere.

Fortunately "Vervain" is full of great tunes. The album is a symphonic metal masterpiece that covers all the trademarks of Liv Kristine's solo discs. The album is highly entertaining due to big melodies, great guitar riffs, thrilling arrangements and her vocals.

The cherry on the cake are the two songs with guest appearances. The first one is called "Love decay" which was also the first single release from "Vervain". The track is a duet of Liv Kristine and Michelle Darkness from End Of Green. The two voices blend very well with each other. The result is a pounding dark metal hymn with a very melancholic vibe.

The second duet is called "Stronghold of angels". Liv Kristine recorded the track together with Doro Pesch. Also here I have to say that the two voice support each other in an excellent way. The song itself is a kind of power ballad and a very emotional moment on the album.

Next to those tracks I like the heavier ones more than the silent stuff Esp. the opener "My wilderness" and also the title track are real highlights.

In the second half "Vervain" gets a bit more silent/reflecting. Tracks like "Two and a heart" and "Creeper" are great songs that show the sensitive side of Liv Kristine's music.

With "Lotus" the album comes also with a pure ballad. Liv Kristine can show their entire vocal range in this soulful tune.

If you love Leave's Eye and female fronted metal in general you will also count "Vervain" to your faves. It's a magnificent record that meets all expectations.





  1. My wilderness
  2. Love decay (feat. Michelle Darkness)
  3. Vervain
  4. Stronghold of angels (feat. Doro Pesch)
  5. Hunters
  6. Lotus
  7. Elucidation
  8. Two and a heart
  9. Creeper
  10. Oblivion


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

CD review LIV KRISTINE "Vervain"

CD review MEGAHERZ "Zombieland"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Megaherz, Rammstein, Alternative Metal, Industrial, Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) The thing with trends is, that each of them has initiators and followers. It's like with waves. They start, they are growing, but as soon as they reach the beach they break and fade away. It's a bit the same in music.

It has been the German Rammstein that can be seen as the initiators of the Neue Deutsche Haerte. When they started their music it was something totally new and exciting. It actually was, and partly still is, giving the feeling of difcomfort to some people too.

One of the bands that belongs partly to the first/second generation is Megaherz from Munich, Germany. They began more as an alternative dark metal band before they developed their music more into the Neue Deutsche Haerte style.

"Zombieland" is the new album. It is number nine and comes with twelve songs. Their music is very catchy. This is based on the melodic keyboards and synthesizers which are combined with heavy riffs. The straight-forward rhythm of the songs adds the groove and make their songs approachable for a bigger audience. Some of the tunes have even a 'dancable' appraoch for indie discos. The music sticks from the first moment on and doesn't show an 'wear marks' also after a few rounds in the player. This is something very positive.

The things that can be seen as a downer is the fact that everything is very much predictable. Their music shows a lot of cross-references to Rammstein. Songs like "Fanatisch" are obviously very much inspirend by the guys from Berlin. So it's the new and exciting elements that are missing.

Than there are very commercial tracks on the album too. This is more pop music than rock or even metal. "Himmelstuermer is one of them. The track is very much synthesizer-based and is more dark electro pop than metal. I immediately got Unheilig in my mind when I heard the tune. And Unheilig isn't one of my favorites at all.

A thing that's really good is the production. The sound is very energetic and the pounding basslines booms a lot. Very supportive for this kind of music and well done.

"Zombieland" is a good record. No doubt. But if I compare it with the wave analogy from the beginning the Neue Deutsche Haerte wave comes closer to the beach and seems to fade away slowly. This means for Megaherz that they are belonging to the best representatives of this style, that had it's peak and needs to be revitalized. If "Zombieland" can do that is the big question. I have my doubts.





  1. Zombieland
  2. Himmelstuermer
  3. Fuer immer
  4. Roter Mond
  5. Wir koennten Goetter sein
  6. Lieblingsfeind
  7. Fanatisch
  8. Schwarzer Engel
  9. Unter Strom
  10. Gegen den Wind
  11. Hurra wir leben noch
  12. Frei


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Neue Deutsche Haerte

CD review MEGAHERZ "Zombieland"

CD review OBITUARY "Inked in blood"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Obituary, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) One thing already from the beginning. This is one of the best death metal records I have heard from the Florida-based band so far. What you might know from some of my other reviews, I like death metal when it's not high speed. For me a too high pace works against the heaviness in the music.

The death groove monster "Inked in blood" from Obituary is exactly delivering what I like so much. The album comes with twelve songs; most of them in mid-pace. Excellent.

The opener "Centuries of lies" is the start of this death metal hurricane that spins you around for more the 45 minutes and leaves you with a mouth wide open. "Violent by nature" follows the fast opener. It's a brutal riff that builds the base for this mid tempo song. It get's even slower with "Pain insight". A typical Obituary groove monster. It's a mean death metal masterpiece.

Time to increase speed again? Indeed. "Vision in my head" lives up to this expectation. The beginning is great. First it's the great riff and than the "Uuuhhh" growl from John Tardy that could have been from Tom Warrior too.

Obituary put together a mighty death metal package. Tracks like "Inked in blood", "Within a dying breed" and "Paralyzed by fear" steamrolls everything standing in it's way. And songs like "Minds of the world" can cause severe neck problems due to intense headbanging.

The only thing I don't really like is the controversal cover of the album. I think that Obituary had already better ones like from "Cause of death" and "The end complete". But however, it is the music that counts.

"Inked in blood" is for me a true highlight this year and an album which will have many extra rounds on my record player. Highly recommend.





  1. Centuries of lies
  2. Violent by nature
  3. Pain inside
  4. Vision in my head
  5. Back to top
  6. Violence
  7. Inked in blood
  8. Deny you
  9. Within a dying breed
  10. Minds of the world
  11. Out of blood
  12. Paralyzed with fear


Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Death Metal

CD review OBITUARY "Inked in blood"

CD review ...TRAIL OF DEAD ""IX"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Trail Of Dead, Prog Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead can look back on a longer history. It was in 1994 when the band was founded by Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, both friends from childhood. ...Trail Of Dead published their selftitled debut album in 1998 and till today they added another eight records. 

Consequently "IX" is the newest one and follows the 2013 EP "Tao of the dead part III". In total eleven songs have found a spot on the new disc. 

The music of ...Trail Of Dead stepped a bit away from the pure prog focus of the earlier days. Their sound got a more alternative rock approach that is reflected in songs like e.g. "Jaded heart". The tune with its melancholic vibe reminds me actually to New Model Army merged with the earlier U2.

With "A million random digits" the band shows their garage rock side with roaring downtuned guitars and almost hypnotic vocal lines. The prog roots of the band are mostly reflected in the longer tunes towards the end of the album. "Bus line" and "Lost in the grand scheme" are the more complex rockers. Esp. the last mentioned one lives a lot from the crunchy guitar sound and becomes very intense towards the end. But also the very soulful "Like summer tempests came his tears" is a highlight on the album. It is very quite instrumental that expresses a lot even without words.

All in all a good album from ... Trail Of Dead eventhough it might have a bit less facinating moments than some of the tunes of the predecessors.





  1. The doomsday book
  2. Jaded apostles
  3. A million random digits
  4. Lie without a liar
  5. The ghost within
  6. The dragonfly queen
  7. How to avoid huge ships
  8. Bus lines
  9. Lost in the grand scheme
  10. Like summer tempests came his tears
  11. Sound of silk


Label: Superball

Genre: Prog Rock

CD review ...TRAIL OF DEAD ""IX"

CD review RIOT V "Unleash the fire"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Riot, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(9/10) Riot is and mainly was one of the most underestimated bands in metal history. They delivered metal milestones as "Thundersteel" and "Fire down under", they have received a lot of appreciation from the underground, but they never got rid of being 'a huge potential'.

In addition the line-up of the band changed quite often, also due to the fact that the band lost three important members. Guy Speranza, Rhett Forrester and Mark Reale, they all passed away and left a big gap.

But eventhough there is no founding member anymore in the band we can learn one thing from Riot: Never give up. 

"Immortal soul" was the last release band founder Mark Reale contibuted - already with health problems at that time. Knowing about his fate Mark encouraged the band to continue; regardless what will happen to him. Therefore the new album "Unleash the fire" is a tribute to Reale, composed mainly by Don van Stavern and guitarist Mike Flyntz. Both have worked very long together with Reale and could therefore create songs that are some of the best I have heard from Riot. By the way, they are now Riot V, which I think is a good move.

The new material is comparable with Riot in the Thundersteel"- and "The privilege of power" days. The album contains twelve power metal tracks that are all great. It is classic heavy metal with great vocals from Todd Michael Hall. Man, where have this man been hiding so long? But also Mike Flyntz and Nick Lee are doing a good job. I can imagine that Flyntz probabaly missed his counterpart, but Lee fills in the role in the best possible way. "Unleash the fire" comes with screaming guitars and great solos. The whole thing gets completed by the pounding rhythm section, done by Don van Stavern (b) and Frank Gilchriest (d). The give the songs the drive many other power metal bands miss today.

To pick out certain tracks of the album would be not fair for all the others. The album is a 'must' for each power metal fan and it's amazing which potential sits with the band. It's very positive that the band continued and "Unleash the fire" can be seen as a dignified tribute to Reale. Never give up.





  1. Ride hard live free
  2. Metal warrior
  3. Fall from the sky
  4. Bring the hammer down
  5. Unleash the fire
  6. Land of the rising sun
  7. Kill to survive
  8. Return of the outlaw
  9. Immortal
  10. Take me back
  11. Fight, fight fight
  12. Until we meet again
  13. Thundersteel (live)


Label: SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review RIOT V "Unleash the fire"

CD review NACHTBLUT "Chimonas"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Nachblut, Dark Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(5/10) Nachtblut from Osnabrueck, Germany went into the studio to record their new album "Chimonas". The band that was founded in 2005 plays black metal with German lyrics.

The band can look back on three full-length records while "Dogma" was the latest one. "Chimonas" comes with ten songs. 

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of black metal with German lyrics. It always give me a smile on my face and it feels partly made-up.. Unfortunately this is also the case with "Nachtblut. Eventhough I have to say that the lyrics are mostly based on either real historic stuff like "Wien 1683" or they pick our social drawbacks as theme for their music.

The music of Nachtblut is black metal with a symphonic touch. Sometimes there are fanfares, sometimes the sound get's keyboard support. Songs like "Wie Gott sein", "Kalt wie ein Grab" and "Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht" sounds like Rammstein on black metal. Basically nothing wrong, just not my cup of tea. 

The production of the album though is pretty good. There is a lot of dynamic and power on the sound of "Chimonas". 

Nachtblut isn't my thing and I was annoyed after the third song. Sorry guys.





  1. Gotteskrieger
  2. Wien 1683
  3. Wie Gott sein
  4. Kalt wie ein Grab
  5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
  6. Schwarz
  7. Dort wo die Kraehen
  8. Maerchen
  9. Toete mich
  10. Chimonas


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Dark Metal





CD review NACHTBLUT "Chimonas"

CD review OBSIDIAN KINGDOM "Mantiis"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Obsidian Kindom, Heavy Metal, Rock, Prog Rock, Black Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) This record is one of the most jaw-dropping releases in the last months. I haven't heard from the band before and therefore I was pretty open in what to expect. 

Maybe to start with some facts first. The band comes from Spain and "Mantiis" is their debut album. The band pressed 500 copies of the album in 2012 and those have been sold in no time.

Now, 2 years later, the album gets a proper release by Season Of Mist.

The first remarkable fact is the cover. It might look a bit weird but it expresses really well of what to expect. The album spreads a vibe of unease ... and this isn't meant in a negative way. You have to find your way into the record. 

"Not yet five" starts with sphereful soundscapes based on bass and some keyboards. The guitar joins a long the way and whole thing sounds like a prelude for the inferno. An instrumental that leads to "Oncoming dark". The tune starts very light with acoustic guitars and melodic vocal lines. It's a nice swing in the track and you feel least in the beginning. But the song takes an unusual twist towards the end and becomes really heavy. This heaviness continues in "Through the glass" when heavy riffs kill the silence and the lightness. The whole music develops that far that "Cinnamon balls" can be seen as a pure boisterous black metal track.

Some time to digest is needed and the band offers this with the intermezzo "The nurse". But latest with "Last of the light" your back in black. But also here the song takes an unusual twist. What starts as a black metal monster turns into a jazzy mid part with a chilling sphere and a horn section. And the amazing thing; all fits together. The sunshine after the thunderstorm would describe the change best.

And the journey continues. The other songs follow the same exciting pattern of soft vs. hard, loud vs. quite, light vs. dark by transporting a lot of emotions.

"Mantiis" is really big. Full of feelings and big melodies which are confronted with brutal black metal assaults. And album that catches you from the very first moment on and will offer a lot of small new details with each round on the turntable.

Go for it. This album streches the limits.





  1. Not yet five
  2. Oncoming dark
  3. Through the glass
  4. Cinnamon balls
  5. The nurse
  6. Answers revealing
  7. Last of the light
  8. Genteel to mention
  9. Awake until dawn
  10. Haunts of the underworld
  11. Endless wall
  12. Finger in anguish
  13. Ball-room
  14. And then it was


Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Prog Black Metal

CD review OBSIDIAN KINGDOM "Mantiis"

New song from NIGHTINGALE

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Nightingale, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News

And more new music from Scandinavia. Just slightly different. The nighingale is singing again. After seven years the band from Sweden is releasing a new album called "Retribution". It will be out beginning of November this year. The attached link guides you to the first song from the album. Enjoy the music.



  1. On stolen wings
  2. Lucifer's lament
  3. Chasing the storm away
  4. Warriors of the dawn
  5. Foervermore
  6. Divided I fall
  7. The voyage of endurance
  8. 27 (Curse or coincidence)
  9. The maze
  10. Echoes of a dream


New song from NIGHTINGALE

1st new track from GHOST BRIGADE

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Ghost Brigade, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Finland's dark rockers Ghost Brigade have been in the studio and recorded an new album that will be released via Season Of Mist. The name of the record is "IV-One with the storm". The first track of the album can be listened to via MetalSucks. Check the song. It's a great soundtrack for autumn.


Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in In Flames, While She Sleeps, Wovenwar, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live Review, News

It seemed that everybody was going towards Tilburg that night - at least looking on the traffic situation it felt like that. Could be also based on the fact that there have been bigger problems with the trains to Tilburg. So it wasn't easy to get there, but it was worth to take the effort. 

The evening started with While She Sleeps. The band from the UK has so far an EP and a full-length record in their backpack. The highlights of those releases are reflected in the setlist.

The melodic metalcore from the band was the perfect start into the evening. And eventhough they might not have that many releases the guys can look back on a long history of shows and tours. And the energy the guys spread during their show I have to say - amazing. What convinced was the unleashed power and dynamic the band spread during their 30 minutes gig. While She Sleeps offered an excellent metalic apperitif.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for Wovenwar to start their show. After an appreciated short break the guys entered the stage and started directly with "Foreword" and "All rise" from their self-titled debut album. Wovenwar, basically the former members of As I Lay Dying with a new singer, has put down a really good show. It goes almost without saying that the guys from San Diego, California purely focussed on their debut album. In case fans have expected some As I Lay Dying songs they have been disappointed. I personally prefer the Wovenwar material anyhow much more, since it has a bigger melodic compentent without losing the heavy riffs. Shane Blay (v) is really singing and not shouting. And he does a damn good job. Combined with the three guitars and a massive rhythm section the band Wovenwar has quite some potential for rwaching a bigger audience. Shows as support for In Flames will help them for sure.

Wovenwar did a good job and added a good starter to the metal menue.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for the main course - In Flames. The guys from Gothenburg have a new album in their offer and the band was eager to present the new material live.

In the end six new songs found their spot on the setlist. In Flames focussed on the more heavy stuff from "Siren's charm" like "Everything is gone", but also didn't forget about the more quite stuff like "Through oblibion" and "Eyes wide open". I like those songs a lot since they transport pure emotions and they have great melody lines. It was a good mix between hard and more melodic when it comes to the new material.

For the rest the setlist covered almost all periods of the band. The emphasis was on the tracks from 2000 onwards. But with "Resin" and "Only for the weak" also some old stuff was played live that evening in Tilburg. 

The setlist didn't leave any wish unfulfilled that night since also the 'hits' "Where the dead ships dwell" and "Cloud connected" have been smashed into the dedicated audience. And the fans rewarded with going crazy.

Next to music the show itself was also very entertaining. An important factor is the light. In Flames seems to have a special passion for a good light show that supports the music. Also this time they did a fantastic job since the created visual atmosphere was a highlight that rounded off a complete In Flames live package.

But also the five guys have been very active. Always in motion, great stage acting and always in contact with the fans. That is what I expect from a metal band and In Flames delivered that - again. 

A remarkable moment was when Anders asked one of the fans who was obviously filming a lot with his mobile to come on stage and film from there during the next song. All of a sudden he was part of the scene and I think that he earliest realized afterwards what happened. Actually he should post the video on YouTube, but I haven't seen anything yet. Hopefully he wasn't too nervious and didn't delete everything ;) (If one of you finds the video, please post it in the comments.)

In Flames are for me still one of my favorite bands, regardless if they play more melodic death metal or modern metal. Both has (had) there moment in time and both can be performed by the band in an excellent way.

Conculsion: Great bands, great shows, pure metal = great evening

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Setlist In Flames

  1. In plain view (new)
  2. Everything's gone (new)
  3. Fear is the weakness (Sounds a ...)
  4. Trigger (Reroute to remain)
  5. Resin (Colony)
  6. Where the dead ships dwell (Sounds a ...)
  7. With eyes wide open (new)
  8. Paralyzed (new)
  9. Through oblivion (new)
  10. Ropes (Sounds a ...)
  11. Delight and angers (A sense of purpose)
  12. Cloud connected (Reroute to remain)
  13. Only for the weak (Clayman)
  14. The chosen pessimist (A sense of purpose)
  15. The quiet place (Soundtrack to your escape)
  16. Rusted nail (new)
  17. The mirror's truth (A sense of purpose)
  18. Deliver us (Sounds a ...)
  19. Take this life (Come clarity)


Setlist Wovenwar

  1. Foreward
  2. All rise
  3. Death to rights
  4. The mason
  5. Tempest
  6. Profane
  7. Matter of time
  8. Prophets
  9. Onward


Setlist While She Sleeps

  1. Death toll
  2. Dead behind the eyes
  3. This is the six
  4. Crows
  5. False freedom
  6. Our courage, our cancer
  7. Seven hills

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherland

Date: 20.10.2014

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

IN FLAMES and WOVENWAR tonight in Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2014 von Markus W.

IN FLAMES and WOVENWAR tonight in Tilburg

CD review BUSH "Man on the run"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Bush, Rock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) Three years after "The sea of memories" Bush released a new album called "Man on the run" The band that had their best period in the 90's with albums like "Sixteen stone" and "Razorblade suitcase" had a brilliant comeback in 2011 with the mentioned "The sea of memories". 

The new record is the fifth one of the alternative rock band from London, UK.  The guys got older over time and it feels that their music became more mature. Their really wild and furious moments from the early days aren't there anymore. But they are replaced by good quality rocks song that have a strong emotional component. 

The music on "Man on the run" is typical Bush. Their alternative rock has still a strong grunge expression and it's a constant melancholic vibe that is enbedded in each song. This has mainly to do with Rossdale's vocal lines.

With fourteen tracks the album delivers quantity. But how about the quality? I have to say that I didn't really liked the album after I listened to it the first time. But after giving it a second, third and fourth round "Man on the run" was growing. The tracks might need a bit of time to show their entire potential. "Man on the run" doesn't have a real bad song. They have all their charm. The melodies are catchy and the hooklines are irresistable. 

My favorits are the rocking "Bodies in motion" with a good riff and an intensive vocal performance from Rossdale. The chorus sticks immediately and is the real highlight. Bush also shows their more silent side with tracks like "Eye of the storm". The title for this song couldn't have been chosen better. And is it only me that feels reminded to Guns'n'Roses during the guitar solo? The more rocking and grooving moments are covered by songs like the opener "Just like my other sins" and "The gift".

The only small point of critic is the fact that the tracks follow mostly the same pattern. The expression of each of them is very similar and the blueprint for each of the tunes doesn't vary that much. There could have been a bit more diversity in the music. A surprising element here and there would have been good to increase the level of excitment.

For the rest I have to say that "Man on the run" became a good alternative rock album is still open enough for a bigger audience. 





  1. Just like my other sins
  2. Man on the run
  3. The only way out
  4. The gift
  5. The house is on fire
  6. Loneliness is a killer
  7. Bodies in motion
  8. Broken paradise
  9. Surrender
  10. Dangerous love
  11. Eye of the storm
  12. Let yourself go
  13. Speeding through the bright lights
  14. The golden age 


Label: Sony Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review BUSH "Man on the run"

Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014

Veröffentlicht am 19. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Mr. Big, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, Hardrock, Rock, Live Review, News, Eric Martin

It was the first time that I have been in the new venue in Utrecht. The legendary and renewed Vredenburg is hosting again concerts and other activities and it was Mr. Big who made me going there on this Saturday evening. 

Actually it was more late afternoon, since there was a curfew at 21:00 due to another event. OK, unusual to go to a concert already around dinner time, but who cares.

The role of the opening act was taken by a Dutch duo called Scarlet Stories. They played an acoustic show with just guitar and vocals. I haven't heard about them before and I think they did a good job. But of course everybody was waiting for Mr. Big. That was the reason why people came to Utrecht.

Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014

The four piece entered the stage a bit later than 19:00 and started with pure rock'n'roll. "Gotta love the ride" from the newest release was a perfect beginning, followed by the pumping "Daddy, brother, lover, little boy" and furious "American beauty" from "What if..". The tone of voice was set for the evening.

The great thing with Mr. Big is the fact that all muscians are belonging to the best of what you can get. And they don't have any ego problems. They entered the stage for making music and having fun together. Highly skilled musicians that play together as one unit - that's Mr. Big. And it's entertaining.

There is so much ease in the way they play live. Of course they have their songs, but there are still so much room for improvisation in their live music that makes it so exciting to see their shows.

There have been rumors that Mr. Big will also take Pat Torpey (d) with them on tour. In the beginning it was Burning Rain- and Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr who took the place behind the drum kit. But there was something on stage that was covered. After a few songs it became clear that this was a small drum kit for Torpey. The drummer who got the diagnosis for Parkinson's disease joined the show and enjoyed it a lot. It even felt like he forgot the disease during the moments on stage. But it also shows that the band takes care about their band mates. I think this is worth a lot of respect.

Half way Mr. Big went from 'powerful electric' to 'soulful unplugged'. There have been the quite songs like "Wild world" and "Fragile". And of course also THE Mr. Big hit "To be with you" that has been performed. 

Towards the end it got heavy again with "Addicted to that rush" and esp. "Colorado bulldog". Real bouncers.

Due to the curfew the setlist was a bit shorter than the day before in the UK. However, it was still almost 2 hours of Mr. Big. And time was flying. 21:00 sharp, they had to finish and left happy fans with happy faces back in the Vredenburg. An excellent rock'n'roll evening in Utrecht combined with the hope that Mr. Big is coming back soon.

If they are still coming to your town, go there.

Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014


  1. Gotta love the ride
  2. Daddy, brother, lover, little boy
  3. American beauty
  4. Undertow
  5. Alive and kickin'
  6. I forget the beauty
  7. Take cover
  8. Green-tinted sixties mind
  9. Out of the underground
  10. The monster in me
  11. Rock'n'roll over
  12. As far as I can see
  13. Wild world
  14. East/West
  15. Just take my heart
  16. Fragile
  17. Around the world
  18. Addicted to that rush
  19. To be with you
  20. Colorado bulldog


Location: Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 18.10.2014

Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014
Live review MR. BIG, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, 18.10.2014

MR. BIG concert review soon on MHMB

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Mr. Big, Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, Hardrock, Rock, News

MR. BIG concert review soon on MHMB
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