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Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2014 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, '77, Pet The Preacher, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Live Review, News

A Saturday night and rock'n'roll is a good combination. Can't be better. It was the Baroeg in Rotterdam that hosted one of those rock Saturday nights yesterday. A triple power rock package, being on the road right now in Europe, stopped in the Dutch harbor city to rock the house. Audrey Horne is the headliner of the tour supported by the Spanish four-piece '77 and Danish Pet The Preacher.

It was the Danish dynamite trio that had to warm-up the crowd. Unfortunatley I missed the Pet The Preacher show but what I heard was that the guys did a good job. And knowing their powerful hardrock/classic rock sound I can easily imagine that.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Than it was time for '77. The band from Barcelona made clear that Spain rocks. The big idols of '77 are AC/DC. They get lot of inspiration from the guys from down under. '77 plays straight-forward hardrock that is very much riff-based and has those typical AC/DC basslines. Actually music for live shows.

And that is also what the crowd got that night. In almost an hour the band burned down the Baroeg. The songs sounded live even better than on the album. It was amazing how tight they played together - esp. since they had two new guys on bass and drums. But the two youngsters did a great job. And in the end it is also the entertainment talent of the Valeta brothers that is a real success factor of '77. The two guys have been constantly in action, moved from the left to the right, played in front of the stage and actually took a round through the venue while still playing the six-string. This is rock'n'roll and if you haven't heard from the band before you should go to see them live.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

This put a lot of pressure on Audrey Horne. Could they top such a show? Yes, they did. Bergen is more than only rain, clouds, black metal and death metal. At least since Audrey Horne started many years ago.

The focus of the five-piece from Norway was on their latest longplayer "Pure heavy". And their show was exactly this - 'pure heavy'. After the Muppets show theme as an intro they started with two highlights from the new album. "Wolf in my heart" and my fave "Holy roller" have set the tone of voice for the coming 90 minutes. A few more song from "Pure heavy" have got a spot on the setlist like "Volcano girl", "tales from the crypt" and a few more.

In the second half of the show Audrey Horne revealed also some older stuff. "Redemption blues" from "Youngblood" has been performed as well as "Blaze odf ashes" from the self-titled second album. Only songs from the first two albums have been missing. But however - each of the sixteen performed rock tunes was a highlight anyhow.

Also remarkable was the power the band spread from the first to the last note. Toschie was constantly in action. The trio Ice Dale, Thomas Tofthagen and Espen Lien was posing in best rock'n'roll style and Kjetil Greve's punch on drums was the merciless motor behind the other guys.

In the end things get really unique. The band actually left the stage and performed in the crowd while they have given the stage to a guy filming (I'm curious when this lands on YouTube). So you had Toschie, Thomas, Ice and Espen standing in the middle of the venue surrounded by fans which went crazy. This was a pure rock'n'roll feeling. And while other bands talk about being close to their fans Audrey Horne practiced it. Respect.

It was great evening with bands that are for sure fun to watch and listen to live. The tour continues through the UK, Germany and few more contries. If I would be you I would go there. Pure fun and pure heavy.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Setlist Audrey Horne:

  1. Intro: Muppets show theme
  2. Wolf in my heart
  3. Holy roller
  4. Youngblood
  5. There goes the lady
  6. Volcano girl
  7. Out of the city
  8. Tales from the crypt
  9. Pretty little sunshine
  10. Into the wild
  11. Show and tell
  12. Blaze of ashes
  13. Straight into the grave
  14. Redemption blues (Encore)
  15. Waiting for the night (Encore)
  16. This ends here (Encore)

 

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
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AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2014 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, News

Here are some photos. The review will follow...

 

Update: Review is online with a few more photos (also from '77)

AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam
AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam
AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam
AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam
AUDREY HORNE rocked the Baroeg in Rotterdam
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Waiting for AUDREY HORNE

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W.

Waiting for AUDREY HORNE

Review will follow. '77 delivered already a great show.

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Cover and tracklist from the coming EVIL INVADERS album

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in Evil Invaders, Thrash Metal, News, Heavy Metal

Evil Invaders revealed the cover and the tracklist from their coming album "Pulses of pleasure".

Tracklist:

1. Fast, Loud 'n' Rude
2. Pulses Of Pleasure
3. Eclipse Of The Mind
4. Siren
5. Stairway To Insanity
6. Shot To Paradise
7. Venom
8. Blinded (intro)
9. Master Of Illusion

 

Cover and tracklist from the coming EVIL INVADERS album
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CD review YEAR OF THE GOAT "The key and the gate" EP

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in Year Of The Goat, Classic Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Classic rock and no end im sight. Year Of The Goat belongs to those bands that feel home in this genre. The six-piece is inspired by the sounds of the 60's and 70's. After they had released their debut called "Angel's necropolis in 2012 it took the guys from Norrköping two more years for releasing the next EP.  And it was worth waiting. Eventhough the EP only contains three songs Year Of The Goat managed to deepen their own interprataion of classic rock.

The music of the band has a strong vintage charm. It is the warm and organic sound that is fascinating. 

The highlight on this EP is the middle part - a song called "Mystic mountains". It is an almost eight minutes long epical rock song that reflects exactly what the title promises. You can see the 'mystic mountains' by just closing your eyes (and without any other additives). It is a melancholic rock song, that convinces with great melodies, combined with a classic guitar sound and accented mellotron parts. But it is especially singer Thomas Sabbathi who does an excellent job here.

The other two tracks are not bad either, but can't reach the very high level of "Mystic mountain". The title track is a right-to-the-point rocker with pushing drums and a great guitarlines. I was reminded a bit to Heroes Del Silencio when I heard the tune for the first time. This goes mainly for the chorus.

The third track is an instrumental. "Non-euclidean calculus" is a sphereful and silent song that spreads a peaceful vibe. This means that all songs have a really different expression by still belonging together.

Great stuff and worth to listen to - eventhough you might be done with the classic rock revival.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. The key and the gate
  2. Mystic mountain
  3. Non-euclidean calculus

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review YEAR OF THE GOAT "The key and the gate" EP
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CD review DIVINE ASCENSION "Liberator"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in Divine Ascension, Power Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) In the meantime there are a lot female-fornted metal bands out there that are dedicated to symphonic metal. If I would made my life easy I would say that Divine Ascension is one of them. And in one or another way it would be true.

But what I think as well is that they have a slightly higher metal share in their sound which makes them partly different. Divine Ascension sounds a bit like Within Temptation, just harder. And Jennifer Borg, eventhough she does a good job, can't reach Sharon van Adel.

But let's start from the beginning. The debut album has seen the light of day in 2013 and got the name "As the truth appears". The new longplayer is titled "Liberator" and has in total ten songs.

"Dawn brings no mercy" is the opener. It is a symphonic and powerful track  which is good start into the album. The title track takes away the speed a bit and focus on big melodies instead. It is quite catchy and belongs to the better ones on the album. The same goes for "Sorrow's sacrifice". The tune has a great chorus which makes it standing out from the rest. For me this is the best song on "Liberator".

"Machine" could be also from the before mentioned Within Temptation, at least in the verse and "Red sky" is the ballad on the album. Borg can show what she can do with her voice and the song carries a lot of emotions without drifting away into sticky sweet cliches.

The contra point is "The final stand"; one of the hardest tracks on the longplayer. It starts with a mighty riff  which is supported by a melodic vocal lines. It is a straight-forward rocker with a lot of drive.

Divine Ascension doesn't re-invent symphonic metal. But what they do, they do in a good way. The album is entertaining and makes fun to listen to. And that's what it is all about.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dawn brings no mercy
  2. Stronger
  3. Liberator
  4. My contender lies
  5. Sorrow's sacrifice
  6. Crystal tears
  7. Machine
  8. Red sky
  9. The final stand
  10. Hideaway

 

Label: ViciSolum 

Genre: Power Metal

 

CD review DIVINE ASCENSION "Liberator"
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CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in White Widdow, Night Ranger, Treat, Hardrock, Rock, Dokken, News, CD Review

(7/10) What sounds very Swedish/Scandinavian comes from down under. White Widdow was founded in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia by Jules (v) and Xavier (key) Millis. Together with six stinger Enzo Almanzi the base was build for White Widdow.

The five-piece is inspirened by 80's AOR and melodic hardrock. Treat, Skagarak, Night Ranger and a bit of Dokken - those are the references in their sound. What might come over a bit old-fashioned gets actually quite modern out of the speakers. 

"Crossfire" is the third album of the band and follows the 2011 longplayer "Serenade". The new records contains all the incrediences needed for a nice melodic rock meal. There are the more rocking tunes like the opener "Caught in the crossfire" and "Never again". There are as well the highly melodic anthems "Just another day", "Carry the heartache" and "Too many tears". All three on the edge to drown in sticky cliches - but in the end they don't. That's good. Furthermore there are bombastic keyboard soundscapes, that are in line with a bit more rocking guitars and great vocals. No surprise considering the founding members.

"Crossfire" is an album that contains quite good melodic rock. If you are a fan of the earlier mentioned bands you will not regret having listened to White Widdow.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Caught in the crossfire
  2. Fly me away
  3. Just another night
  4. Below the belt
  5. Dreams don't die
  6. Too many tears
  7. Angel
  8. Born to be a rebel
  9. Carry the heartache
  10. Never again

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Melodic Rock

CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"
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CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2014 von Markus W. in Panzer, Destruction, Accept, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) When guys from well known German metal bands team up the result must be something impressive. The German Panzer ('tank' in English) is the newest of those initiatives. Schmier, bassplayer and singer from Destruction, Herman Frank (g) from Accept and Victory, plus Stefam Schwarzmann from Accept on drums formed this new trio call The German Panzer. And this tank has an enormous power engine.

The project was actually the idea of Schwarzmann who had a chat with Nobert Mandel (from the Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland) about how to bridge a period between tour and studio. They took the idea of a project further, Mandel contacted Schmier and what started as a chat became more and more form and shape.

The name of the band is something which is a bit delecate. A German band called The German Panzer could lead to some controversial discussions. But it also fits to the music of the band and Schmier also stated that he is critisizing with his lyrics.

The music can be described as being a bit harder than Accept by also being more melodic than Destruction. It is the best out of both worlds which are reflected in The German Panzer.

The opener is pretty fast and reminds to Judas Priest in the "Painkiller" times. The pounding "Hail and kill" and "Temple of doom" guarantee an excellent start into this metal record. A triple that really rocks. "Temple of doom" by the way is everything but not doom. It is a high pace rocker with a lot of screaming guitars. 

The title track is one of the best songs on the record. It is kept a bit slower than some others and spreads a gloomy atmosphere. And this is one of the good things with this album. The German Pazer doesn't sing about war and destruction combined with some sing-a-long melodies; like some other bands. You can feel the pain and harm of war in the songs of The German Panzer.

Another highlight is "Why?". The way Schmier screams 'why' in the chorus puts your teeth on edge. Furthermore the song is slow, heavy and full of desperation. 

Also not to forget the Gary Moore cover "Murder in the skies" that got a new makeover. The original song can be still recognised very well, but the trio re-arranged it and gave it a new interpretation. A well done cover version.

The world would be much better if all 'Panzer' would be like this one, which delivers power instead of pain. I cool album which is maybe not rocket science, but music that is great headbanging stuff. Let's see if The German Panzer keeps on rolling also in the future.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death knell
  2. Hail and kill
  3. Temple of doom
  4. Panzer
  5. Freakshow
  6. Mr. Nobrain
  7. Why?
  8. Virtual collision
  9. Roll the dice
  10. Bleed for your sins
  11. Murder in the skies (Bonus)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"
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CD review BATTLEAXE "Power from the universe"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2014 von Markus W. in Battleaxe, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, CD Review, News, Hardrock

(7/10) Battleaxe are into real and unmasked heavy metal. Their music is inspired by bands from the NWoBHM on the one hand and also AC/DC ("Metal rock" and "Shout it out") had an impact on Battleaxe's music. The 'new' album is the re-release of their second record "Power of the universe" that is now published as an 30th anniversary edition. For some of you who might have missed the original album here some reflections on the songs.

The opener "Chopper attack", starting with some helicopter samples, develops slowly into a Priest inspired metal track - based on a cool riff. "Metal rock" is not only a track. It could stand actually as a synonym for the whole album.

A song that stands out a bit is "Fortune lady". It is a slower tune with a dominant bassline that gives the song a pretty good groove. Based on the way how the song is build I was actually reminded to the legendary Dio when I heard it for the first time. The bridge and the chorus are quite melodic which gives the "Fortune lady" a classic metal und expression. And the furious finish is a well done twist too. For menthe highlight on "Power from the universe".

The title trach instead shows the total opposite. Fast and straight fowards the Battleaxe hammers rhis tune into your head. This song is pure heavy metal without any decoration. Same pattern, different song - "Killer woman". A track with an enormous headbanging potential. And a track that is a bonus song on this edition. It's one out of four songs (the other ones are "Radio thnunder", "My love's on fire" and "Love sick man") that have been recorded at Neat Studios in the mid eighties and foiund their way of this special re-release.

This album is 'oldschool' in the best sense of the word. Check it out,

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Chopper attack
  2. Metal rock
  3. License to rock
  4. Fortune lady
  5. Shout it out
  6. Over the top
  7. Power from the universe
  8. Make it in America
  9. Killer woman
  10. Radio thunder
  11. My love's on fire
  12. Love sick man

 

Label: SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review BATTLEAXE "Power from the universe"
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LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Level 10, Silent Force, Sinner, Symphony X, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Allen-Lande, Primal Fear

Another metal allstar band will release their debut in 2015. Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen/Lande) teamed-up with Mat Sinner (Sinner, Silent Force, ...) and started Level 10. But it's not only those two guys that make the band special. The guitarists are Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt are on board as well and the line-up is completed by Randy Black on drums and keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio.

The album will be released on January 27th via Frontoers and comes with twelve songs. Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Cry no more
  2. Soul of a warrior
  3. When the nighttime comes
  4. One way street
  5. Blasphemy
  6. Last man on earth
  7. In for the kill
  8. Voice of the wilderness
  9. All hope is gone
  10. Demonized
  11. The soul is eternal
  12. Forevermore

 

Check out a first teaser via the link below:

LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner
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BELOW on tour in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Below, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

Swedish doom metal newcomers will play several shows in Europe in February 2015.

The band stated already: "We can't wait to be back on the roads of Europe to bring the heaviest of doom for you guys. To maximize the darkness over Europe in February we have invited Taiwaz to join us for this adventure!"

Here are the dates:

BELOW on tour in 2015
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CD review AVATARIUM "All I want" EP

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Avatarium, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) Stockholm in 2012 - a new band joins the metal world. Avatarium. Yes, they have been new, but their members are very experienced guys. Actually it was Candlemass' Leif Edling who started the band. But with Marcus Jidell, Carl Westholm and Lasse Skoeld he added also very well known musicians. And Avatarium has with Jennie-Ann Smith a singer that is very unique in the world of metal. What she can do with her voice is amazing. It is pure emotion when she sings. For a long time I haven't heard a voice that transports emotions in such a authentic and intense way.

The debut if the band was simply called "Avatarium" and was highlight in 2013. For me one of the best records last year. Furthermore I had the chance to see the band on their first show outside of Scandinavia. They played in spring this year in Tilburg at the Roadburn festival and I can tell you the live performance was as good as the record (by the way, they are on tour in December together with Amorphis). The proof are the three live recordings on this EP, since all of them are from the mentioned show.

Avatarium works on their second longplayer, but in the meantime they released an EP with two new songs. "All I want" and "Deep well" are the names and both continue where "Avatarium" ended. "All I want" is a melodic doom song with some classic metal roots. A treat for your ears. The second song is a more silent one that reminds a bit to the band hymn "Moonhorse" - at least in parts. Along the way the song becomes more heavy and develops to a solemn doom beast.

"All I want" is another brilliant release from an outstanding band. And a great bridge till the new album will see the light of day. Looking forward to see them live again.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All I want
  2. Deep well
  3. Pandora's egg (live)
  4. Tides of telepathy (live)
  5. Bird of prey (live)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Doom Metal

CD review AVATARIUM "All I want" EP
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CD review PRIMORDIAL "When great men have fallen"

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Primordial, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal, CD Review, News, Dark Metal

(8/10) The eighth album from Primordial is an intensive piece of music. I’m saying this because the album demands time and effort to grow. Maybe it’s not the first round that convinces everybody, but this will come.

Primordial perfectionised with “Where greater men have fallen” their mix of traditional heavy metal, doom metal and some folk elements. The result are eight emotional and partly melancholic tracks which gets their final expression by the pathetic voice of singer Alan Averill.

Primordial wrote songs from epical length. They are all between six and eight minutes long and give you an hour of intense metal music. The gerenal atmosphere of the album is in deep minor.

The slow but heavy opener "The alchemist" is a brilliant example for this. Those six minutes create a real feeling of discomfort. The more silent parts goes hand in hand with desperate aural eruptions that put a spell on you.

"Babel's tower" continues with a doom riff and a melody line that made me think of Candlemass. For me one of the strongest tracks on the album. The following "Born to night" starts a bit different. It is an acoustic intro that has a certain psychedelic touch. The mighty riff brings you than back to reality. The thunder and rain samples in the tune are well placed and emphasis the expression of the song even more.

"Come the flood" is an heavy and epical song with a certain melancholy - mainly expressed by the vocal lines of Alan Averill.

With "The seed of tyrants" the album has also a very fast track. It's a merciless drum beat that pushes the song from beginning to end. The track is definitely different than the rest but still fits into the context. This is raw power.

The title track "Where great men have fallen" is another killer on the album. The heavy riff and the enormous punch of this songs combined with some folk elements characterize this metal anthem. For me one of the best songs Primordial released so far since it has this atmosphere that combines sadness, desperation and anger to something special.

"Where great men have fallen" became an excellent heavy metal album. Also metal guys that have missed the band so far or didn't found them interesting should give it a try. It's cool stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The alchemists head
  2. Babel's tower
  3. Born to night
  4. Come the flood
  5. Ghosts of the charnel house
  6. The seed of tyrants
  7. Where great men have fallen
  8. Wield the lightning to split

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Heavy Metal

 

CD review PRIMORDIAL "When great men have fallen"
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CD review CRIPPER "Hyena"

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Cripper, Thra, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Cripper means female fronted thrash metal from Germany. The five-piece from Hannover has released already 3 full-length records and has spend some time in the studio during the last months. The result is a new album; full of thrash metal anthems.

The new longplayer is called "Hyena" comes with eleven tracks. The benefit with the songs on "Hyena" is the unbounded power that is based on mighty riffs. Combined with the deep thrash vocals from Britta Goertz the music of Cripper sounds quite strong.

It's the title track that slowly introduces you into this record. After a kind of intro part the track develops into a powerful thrasher. "Tourniquet" takes over and speed increases. Short and to the point the song doesn't take any prisoners. "Bloodshot monkey eye" is than almost the opposite. Speed is replaced by a mighty groove and for me it is one if the best songs on the longplayer. What a headbanging riff!

"7"" is another cool track in which Goertz shouts out the vocals as if there would be no tomorrow. The spoken word samples fit also perfectly into the song structure and are the cherry on the cake. Time for some faster music again. No problem. "Patronized" is such track. Starting and ending with high pace the tune has a tempo change in the middle, that opens up the track.

The only thing that is a bit a point of critic is that the tension is a bit lost after a while. Still, the riffing is great but the songs could show a bit more diversity. Cripper repeats their success pattern maybe a bit too often and one or two more unexpected moments/songs would have been nice. However, the quality of the songs compensate for this little deficit.

"Hyena" is a good thrash metal album and real headbanger stuff. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hyena
  2. Tourniquet
  3. Bloodshot monkey eye
  4. A dime for the establishment
  5. 7"
  6. Animated flesh
  7. The origin
  8. Patterns in the shy
  9. The jackhammer
  10. Patronized
  11. Pure

 

Label: Metal Blades

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review CRIPPER "Hyena"
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