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My world of music - est. 2013

BEHEMOTH on tour in Europe with BÖLZER

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Behemoth, Bölzer, Tour, News, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal

Polish Black/Death Metal institution BEHEMOTH has announced their second European tour for their current release “The Satanist”. The band will hit the road for 15 shows in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and in Czech Republic.

Singer/Guitarist Nergal comments: "We are already eagerly awaiting our Second Coming to European shore in Spring 2015! We are teaming up for this run with one of the most exciting extreme metal acts - Bolzer. A two week trek will cover places and countries we never managed to cover with the first leg of the tour. Expect the best! We've never been in a better shape and we're gonna prove that once again!"

BEHEMOTH on tour in Europe with BÖLZER
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AMON AMARTH on tour in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Amon Amarth, Huntress, Savage Messiah, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

Amon Amarth will be back on the road through Europe in the beginning of 2015. It's mainly the UK and France plus a few gigs in other European countries. They will be supported by Huntress and Savage Messiah. Here are the dates:

 

AMON AMARTH on tour in 2015
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New video from BLOODBATH

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Bloodbath, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Video

Bloodbath means death metal from Stockholm, Sweden. Originally founded by members from Katatonia and Opeth, the band had some releases in the 16 years they have been part of the extreme metal scene.

Bloodbath went into the studio again this year and will release with "Grand morbid funeral" a new album on November 21.

To bridge the time the band released a lyric video from a new song called "Famine of God's word". Check it out.

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CD/DVD review DENNIS DEYOUNG "..and the music of STYX in Los Angeles"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Dennis DeYoung, Styx, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News, DVD review

(8/10) Dennis DeYoung is the voice of Styx. And for the younger ones of you Styx is the legendary rock band from Chicago which has been very famous especially in the 70's and the 80's. 

After DeYoung left Styx he focussed on his solo career. But "...and the music of Styx live in Los Angeles" brought the singer back to Los Angeles for a concert. And he went back in time and performed many highlights of Styx. The show was sold out and the result can be appreciated by everyone. There is the live CD that I'm talking about in this review, but there will be also a DVD/BluRay.

The show covers all the important milestones of the legendary band from Chicago. It is a great compilation that includes earlier hits like "Lady" from "Styx II' as well as "Come sail away" from "The grand illusion". Of course DeYoung also performed Styx's mega hit "Mr. Roboto". Actually this was the tune that 'opened' Styx for me. The nice thing with the release is a combination of great songs and a modern production. This let the tracks shine even more.

The setlist of the concert was completed by solo material from the extraordinary singer and keyboarder. "Desert moon" for example is from his first solo release and fits perfect into the framework of the show. 

Next to the entire concert the DVD contains also a short, around 6 minutes long, interview with DeYoung in which he talks about the joy of making music in the old days and the value of creative work. It's a nice add-on, but I think that there could have been done a bit more when it comes to the extra's. The show was quite unique and some more sequences of the fans or a glimpse behind the scenes would have been excellent.

But however. The concert was special, the songs are classics and sound couldn't be better. All in all something to recommend, esp. if you're not that familiar with Styx.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Grand illusion
  2. Lady
  3. Lorelei
  4. Blue collar man
  5. Show me the way
  6. Mr. Roboto
  7. Crystal ball
  8. Don't let it end
  9. Too much time on my hands
  10. Rockin' in paradise
  11. Desert moon
  12. Babe
  13. Foolin' yourself
  14. Suite madame blue
  15. Best of time
  16. Renegade
  17. Come sail away

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Rock

CD/DVD review DENNIS DEYOUNG "..and the music of STYX in Los Angeles"
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New song from LIV KRISTINE feat. Michelle Darkness

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Liv Kristine, End Of Green, Heavy Metal, Rock, Symphonic Metal, News, Video, Dark Metal

Liv Kristine was in the studio for new album. "Love decay" is a song on the new record called "Vervain". She sings the tune together with Michelle Darkness, lead singer from End Of Green. A good song and according to expecation.

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT released a new video

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Devin Townsend Project, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, News, Video

Guitar master Devin Townsend workd on the new album "Z2". Here is first song as lyric video for "Deathray". Enjoy

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Brand new AT THE GATES video

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in At The Gates, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Video

Here is a brand new video from Swedens At The Gates. The song's called "Death and the labyrinth" and is taken from the upcoming album "At war with reality".

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CD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, Wacken, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) The master of shock rock Alice Cooper played at the mighty Wacken festival in 2013 and the gig is now released as CD/DVD. It was another moment when legends came together. Rock dinosaur Alice Cooper and the famous Wacken festival.

The result is an impressing live album with a full and authentic live sound. It reflects the great atmosphere during the show pretty well.

The setlist doesn't leave space for any extra wishes. Alice Cooper served an excellent mix of old stuff like "Million dollar babies" and new material like "Dirty diamonds". Also the hits from the 80's have been a 'must' for the show. "House of fire" as well as "Feed my Frankenstein" rocked Wacken very well. "With "Department of youth" also a not that often performed tracks found the way on the setlist.

In the last third of the concert Alice showed his respect for other rock legends. "Revolution" from The Beatles, "Foxy lady" from Hendrix and The Who's "My generation" have been performed and fitted perfect into the set. Good choice.

The end of the show was reserved for the biggest highlights of Alice Cooper's discography.Those guaranteed a grand final. The triple "I'm eighteen", "Poison" and "School's out" rounded off a passiont Alice Cooper show that makes hangry for more.

It's always a pleasure to see the 66 years old rocker on stage. The energy he transfers is still amazing. Those are the real legends and we hope that Alice Cooper will delight us many more years with his music, his show and his dedication. Rock'n'roll never dies.

 

PS: Another remarkable fact is that UDR start with this release a series of live recording from legendary Wacken performances. From each album EUR 1,- will be donated to the Wacken Foundation. The organisation is a non-profit one and supports young talents in hardrock and metal music. Very good and another reason to call this album your own.

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hello hooray
  2. House of fire
  3. No more Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Under the wheels
  5. I'll bit your face off
  6. Billion dollars babies
  7. Caffeine
  8. Department of youth
  9. Hej stoopid
  10. Dirty diamonds
  11. Welcome to my nightmare
  12. Go to hell
  13. He's back (the man behind the mask)
  14. Feed my Frankenstein
  15. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  16. Killer
  17. I love the dead
  18. Break on though
  19. Revolution
  20. Foxy lady
  21. My generation
  22. I'm eighteen
  23. Poison
  24. School's out / Another brick in the wall

 

Label: UDR

Genre: Hardrock

 

CD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"
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CD review SLIPKNOT ".5: The gray chapter"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Modern Metal, Thrash Metal, Alternative Metal, Stone Sour, CD Review, News

(9/10) It is World Series time right now. So baseball is something which is pretty much in focus (at least in some areas on this blue planet).

Exactly in this period the masked men from Iowa, Slipknot, release their newest album called ".5: The gray chapter". Already the fact that there is a new record is a remarkable fact and very exciting. After the tragic death of founding member and bassplayer Paul Gray it wasn't clear for quite a long time if and how it will continue with the band. Will this dramatic moment mark the beginning of the end for entire band? Would they come back?

They came back - maybe even stronger than they have been ever before. It took the band three years for taking the decision to work on a new record. It was guitarist Jim Root who created the musical foundation for the songs and he did it in the spirit of Paul Gray. In the beginning of 2014 the band went into the studio for recording the fifth album in the Sunset Sound and Westlake Studio together with Greg Fidelman, who worked with the band already for "Vol.3: The sublimial verses".

So why have I mentioned baseball in the beginning? It's actually that ".5: The gray chapter" could be one of those almost perfect baseball games. The album contains fastballs like the furious "Sarcastrophe" and the raging "Custer" as well as the more complex curveballs named "Skeptic" - an almost five minutes long groove monster.

There is the one or the other homerun on the album. "AOV" is for example one of them. The aggression of Slipknot's music, the groove and the melodic chorus are outstanding. This song scores since it has the brutality of Slipknot's sound and the 'commerciality' of some Stone Sour tracks.

With the 'ballad' "Killpop" Slipknot has even a 7th inning stretch on the album. The song is based on the charismatic vocals of Corey Taylor. It is a very quite song that builds up towards the end, but stays quite melodic.

"Goodbye" follows the same pattern. The tune has a very melancholic vocal line and Taylor is more singing than shouting. Like the before mentioned song also "Goodbye" turns into a Slipknot monster in the last third. The track is actually one of the most emotional ones on the album since it has to do with the day of Gray's death. It was the moment when the rest of the band was sitting at Taylor's place and the singer describes the situation as the irony of fate that somebody had to die to bring the entire rest of the band sitting together at his place.

The only thing that is 'missing' is the grand slam homerun. All the songs on the album are very good, but there is none that sticks out even a bit more. But a grand slam homerun also doesn't happen that often and Slipknot won the game anyhow by far.

".5: The gray chapter" became another very good album from Slipknot. It sounds very authentic and emotional. It is showing the development of a band that was going through rough times. Those scars fit very well to their music while Slipknot is still keeping their trademarks. It is muliylayered and reveals a lot of new details each time you listen to the tracks.

Slipknot is still Slipknot. The album belongs to my top 10 this years and is a dignified tribute to Paul Gray.

 

PS: For all the ones who have no idea about baseball I added a glossary as a link in the end of the review ;)

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. XIX
  2. Sacrastrophe
  3. AOV
  4. The devil in I
  5. Killpop
  6. Skeptic
  7. Lech
  8. Goodbye
  9. Nomadic
  10. The one that kills the least
  11. Custer
  12. Be prepared for hell
  13. The negative one
  14. If rain is what you want

 

Label: Roadrunner

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review SLIPKNOT ".5: The gray chapter"
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CD review HIDE THE KNIVES "Silent the youth"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Hide The Knives, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News, Hardrock

(7/10) Hide The Knives is a Swedish alternative rock band that is based in Gothenburg. It was five years ago when the band started with their debut album called “Savior for sale”. Within Sweden the guys got quite some attention, but success isn’t a guarantee for continuity. After some bigger line-up issues and problems it took Hide The Knives till 2014 to return on the scene.

After all the struggles the band has now a new record ready to go. The name is the “The silent youth” and will be released mid October.

Since I’m not familiar with their debut I can’t really compare, which means that I will focus on the newest release. Hide The Knives play what I would describe as alternative rock. The songs are basically rock music that is spiced up with some garage rock element. A certain pop appeal is also included in the sound of Hide The Knives.

The first triple of songs I must say that I wasn't too impressive. I had a hard time to find my way into those. It felt confusing and too many ideas combined. Those didn't really stick the way I have expected them.

But the album improves along the way. Things changed for me with grooving "Holy banner". The garage rock track has a cool bridge and a catchy chorus. The following "Honey" presents the band pretty straight-foward. The two minutes long song isn't sweet as honey; it is more a mix between American punk rock with some Foo Fighters in the chrous. "Care" is different again. Still being very melodic Hide The Knives adds a dark vibe to their sound. To cover the whole variety of styles I also have to mention the title track - a heavy tune with modern metal elements based in downtuned guitars and a pounding bassline.

“The silent youth” is an album that is a bit caught between too chairs. The band obviously wants to rock, but esp. in the beginning it feels like that the missed releasing the handbrake. Godd that things get better along the way.

Generally spoken "Silence the youth" is catchy but not too sticky. It's rocking, but not too hard for a mainstream audience. And it is hard enough for rock fans to go for it too. What I miss a bit are the surprising moments and the unexpected twists that could have made the album even more alive. It feels a bit too much 'dressed for success', while still be entertaining.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Darkest hour
  2. Our heart
  3. Savior for sale
  4. Holy banner
  5. Honey
  6. Care
  7. Deception
  8. Silence the youth
  9. Light
  10. Brothers

 

Label: Gain Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review HIDE THE KNIVES "Silent the youth"
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CD review FINCH "Back to oblivion"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Finch, Rock, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News, Smashing Pumpkins, Helmet

(7/10) A finch is actually a singing bird. It’s maybe the singing part that is the only commonality that the bird has with the band Finch. The rest is quite different.

Finch, the band, comes from Temecula, California and they play post-hardcore music. The history of the band is interesting since they have been founded already I the last decade. It was in 1999 when the band started. They had several releases at that time, but decided to have a break in 2006.

The band found together again in 2007 just to disband after a three more years again. However, they reunited for a second time and it took till 2014 to come with a new album. “Back to oblivion” is the name of the album that contains 12 brand new tracks.

The music of Finch can be described as a mix of Helmet and the Smashing Pumpkins. The album doesn't come with any filler. The highlights are in the middle part of the record. "Play dead" is the longest song on "Back to oblivion". It start slow, with vocals and some keyboards before it gains energy and develops into a rock anthem. But also "Picasso trigger" is a track worth to be mentioned. Parallels to Smashing Pumkins are obvious esp. when it comes to the vocal lines and the phrasing. And with "Tarot" Finch even reveal some grunge sounds in their music. The mix between quite and loud feels like an emotional rollercoaster.

I like what I heard. Good solid post-hardcore music is what “Back to oblivion” stands for. Let the finch continue singing...

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Back to oblivion
  2. Anywhere but here
  3. Further from the few
  4. Murder me
  5. Picasso trigger
  6. Play dead
  7. Two guns to the temple
  8. The great divide
  9. Us vs. them
  10. Tarot
  11. Inferium
  12. New wave

 

Label: Spinfarm Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

CD review FINCH "Back to oblivion"
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CD review REVOCATION "Deathless"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Revocation, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Revocation from Boston has been in the studio to record a new album. It is number five in their history and follows "Revocation" from a year ago. Started in 2008 the band constantly improved and released now with "Deathless" their best record.

The new disc from the Boston, Massachusettes based four-piece comes with ten songs. Revocation is playing thrash metal that has also contains some death metal elements. The songs on the album all hit bulls-eye. All of them have a high technical standard that is combined with a lot of energy and raw power. What surprises is the catchiness of the new material. I don't know if 'catchiness' is the right word for thrash metal, but however the tracks are easy to approach. You listen to the album and you like it.

Tracks like the more technical title song "Deathless" as well as the neck-breakers like the blazing fast "Scorched earth policy" are well done thrashers. The guitars on "Deathless" actually reminds me by the way a bit to Death, which isn't a bad sign. Another cool tune is "United helotry". It's one of the songs when the band also reduces speed in certain parts before the track gets furious again in the chorus. Revocation reduce generally spoken pace already compared to the earlier releases. For me something very positive, because I think that this made them even heavier.

"Apex", an instrumental, is kicked-off by a pretty harmonic guitar line. It comes with the fast parts as well but it's the variations in general that are the exciting stuff in this track. A really good five minutes song, that I haven't expected from Revocation. Thumbs up.

It is "Witch trials" that marks the end of the album. The six minutes long track is full of great solos by David Davidson which shows the technical potential of the band. Not only due to the length it is the best track on the album and a worthy bouncer for "Deathless". By the way, with the exeption of some high speed parts the majority of the song is kept midspeed. That rocks. Only small point of critic is the fact that the songs fades out in the end. This is a bit of a downer on an otherwise pretty cool thrash metal record.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A debt owed to the grave
  2. Deathless
  3. Labyrinth of eyes
  4. Madness opus
  5. Scorched earth policy
  6. The blackest reaches
  7. The fix
  8. United helotry
  9. Aoex
  10. Witch trials

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Thrash Metal

 

CD review REVOCATION "Deathless"
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Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam

Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Destruction, Lost Society, Evil Invaders, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Live Review, News

It was Monday night and the Dutch football team had a competion in the qualifying for the next European championship. So it wasn't the best conditions for a concert evening. However, thrash metal dinosaur Destruction came to Rotterdam to rock the house. They had two youngsters as opening acts in their package. Lost Society from Finland and Evil Invaders (Belgium) have been supporting the German thrashers. Both did a pretty good job in warming up the crowd.

Unfortunately I missed Evil Invaders, but what I heard is that they did a quite good gig.

When I finally made it to the venue Lost Society was entering the stage. They inflamed a 40 minutes thrash metal firework and the spark went directly over to the crowd. The fans went crazy and the band turned the venue into a Finish sauna. Temperature was raising immediately. The great thing with Lost Society is the unleashed energy of youth and the unstoppable hunger for riffs. Cool show.

Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam
Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam

Then it was time for Destruction. The three-piece didn't take any prisoners either. From the very first moment on they made clear that we have the headliner on stage. Many many years of experience is something you just gain. And this experience allows you act and play so authentic. Destruction played a very cool set of songs that covered all stages of the bands development till today.

Schmier is of course more than a singing bass player. His stage presence is enormous. Left corner, right corner, in the middle - it became understandable why the stage had three microphone stands. But Destruction can't be Destruction without the guitar sound of Mike. He is part of the band from the beginning and went through all the ups and downs of Destruction. It is amazing where the small skinny guy takes all the power from. Astonishing what passion can do. Not to forget the drums. Both, Schmier and Mike, could build on Vaaver, who added the heartbeat to the music with his dynamic punch behind the drum kit.

The sound for all bands was pretty good (at least I can say this for Destruction and Lost Society). This was really appreciated and added to the great atmosphere in the Baroeg. Small point of critic from my side was the guitar sound of Destruction. I had the feeling that this a bit too far in the back. And the band classic "Mad Butcher" was so fast that it was hard to recognise. But maybe that was only me and it did do any harm to the great show of the German trio.

All in all the Monday felt like a Saturday night when it comes to the vibe in the Baroeg. And it was probably much better to see the Destruction show than watching football. Netherlands lost 2:0 against Island while the Baroeg just had winners that night.

Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam

Tracklist Destruction

  1. Total desaster
  2. Thrash till death
  3. Nailed to the cross
  4. Mad butcher
  5. Armageddonizer
  6. Black death
  7. Eternal ban
  8. Life without sense
  9. Spiritual genocide
  10. Release from agony
  11. Carnivore
  12. Hate is my fuel
  13. Thrash attack
  14. Bestial invasion
  15. Curse the gods (Encore)
  16. The butcher strikes back (Encore)

 

Tracklist Lost Society

  1. KILL (Those who oppose me)
  2. Attaxic
  3. Tyrant takeover
  4. Toxic avenger
  5. Braindead metalhead
  6. Overdose brain
  7. Terror hungry

 

Location: Baroeg, Rotterdam, Th Netherlands

Date: 13.10.2014

Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam
Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam
Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam
Live review DESTRUCTION, LOST SOCIETY & EVIL INVADERS, Baroeg, Rotterdam
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CD review OZZY OSBOURNE "Memories of a madman"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Ozzy Osbourne, Heavy Metal, Black Sabbath, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(*/10) The prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, can look back on a long career, full of remarkable milestones. Most of them very positive, some of them more doubtable. But the guy from Birmingham managed always to keep on standing in the spotlight and when it comes to music I must say that he never had a real dip. True, esp. some of the more recent albums have been discussed a bit more controversial, but also those had their highlights.

A trademark of Ozzy is his unique voice which makes him standing out from a lot of other singers. Next to that the guy has an enormous entertainment potential – even nowadays. But Ozzy also had the good luck of always having an excellent guitarist next to him. Regardless if it has been the mighty Tony Iommi riffs in the Black Sabbath days, the sophisticated guitar sound of Randy Rhoads, the more melodic riffing from Jake E. Lee, the massive riffs from Zakk Wylde or the sound of Greece guitar wizard Gus G. – they all added something to the music of Ozzy Osbourne. It almost feels the one needed the other.

The new ‘Best of..” album is a journey through the discography of Ozzy. It’s a chronological trip starting with “Crazy train” from the solo debut and ending with the newest single release “Let me hear you scream” from the “Scream” record. Since it is from old to new the album shows how the sound of Ozzy Osbourne developed during time and you can hear as well the above mentioned influences from the six-stringers. From this point of view the album is a nice summary of the achievements of the prince of darkness.

The release is available as CD (that’s what I’m referring to in this review) and there is also a DVD/BluRay package, which I unfortunately haven’t seen. But looking on the tracklist of the DVD (see link) promises an even bigger excitement than just the CD version.

However. “Memories of a madman” is a compilation of Osbourne’s solo hits (note: I’m missing “Shot in the dark”) that give rookies a good overview and that completes the collection of die-hard fans.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crazy train
  2. Mr. Crowley
  3. Flying high again
  4. Over the mountain
  5. Bark at the moon
  6. The ultimate sin
  7. Miracle man
  8. No more tears
  9. Mama, I’m coming home
  10. Road to nowhere
  11. Perry Mson
  12. I just want you
  13. Gets me through
  14. Dreamer
  15. I don’t wanna stop
  16. Life won’t wait
  17. Let me hear you scream

 

Label: Epic Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review OZZY OSBOURNE "Memories of a madman"
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