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CD review JOB FOR A COWBOY "SunEater"

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2014 von Markus W. in Job For A Cowboy, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Honestly I have to admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Job For A Cowboy yet. I never found really my way into their music. But I also have to state that this changed with their latest album "SunEater". In one or another way the album is different. The band has taken back the high speed and added more groove to their music. They left the deathcore from the beginning phase and have developed towards pure death metal. Actually tech-death metal. And they gave an extra focus on the bass. If you listen to the album, esp. by using the earphones, you will discover some quite dominante basslines. Sometimes, like in the opener "Eating the visions of God", but also in the raging "The celestial antidote" those have even a jazz-like expression.
Next to this new approach Job For A Cowboy has also songs on the album that will be loved by fans from the earlier days. "Sun of Nihil" is one of those. It's a blazing fast track with a surprisingly melodic guitar solo.
My favorite on the album is "A global shift". With quite some changes in speed, the irresistable groove and again, the dominant bass the song is a damn cool death metal track.
The good thing with all this is the fact, that the band never loses the connection to the individual song. Eventhough they build in much more technical finesse in their tunes it is always the track itself that is in focus. Doing this and combining it with the technical capabilities the result is in interesting and entertaining death metal album. This also convinced me and I'm already curious what will follow next. Take your time for "SunEater".



  1. Eating the visions of God
  2. Sun of Nihility
  3. The stone cross
  4. The synthetic sea
  5. A global shift
  6. The celestial antidote
  7. Encircled by mirrors
  8. Buried monuments
  9. Worming nightfall

Label: Metal Blade
Genre: Death Metal


 CD review JOB FOR A COWBOY "SunEater"

CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Milking the stars: a re-imagination of Last Patrol"

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2014 von Markus W. in Monster Magnet, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, Fuzz, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(9/10) Monster Magnet released with "Milking the stars: a re-imagining of Last Patrol" a new album, which isn't  totally new. As the title already says, it is based on the last studio record "Lost patrol". But not purely since there are also three new songs on the longplayer.
For Dave Wyndorf it wasn't enough to give the songs just a new mix. He gave the songs from "Lost patrol" a really new expression. Of course keeping the vibe of the original the re-arranged versions increase the intensity of each of the tracks. It is amazing to hear, what Wyndorf and his band mates get out of the original tunes.
"No paradise for me", that is based on "Paradise", got a real 60's vibe and bands like The Doors get in your mind while listening to the track. This is such a cool rocker that can take endless loops on your CD player. As already in the original version "I live behind the clouds" is a highlight also in the new version. It's kept much more spacy which fits very well. "Hallelujah" turned into "Hellelujah" and grooves even more than on "Lost patrol".
The new songs are the two instrumental tracks "Let the circus burn" and "Goliath return". Both very cool tracks which spead a sphereful vibe. This goes especially for the opener with its seven minutes. Starting very slow the tune develops to a classic rock track where the mellontron plays an important role. Sounds great and the seven minutes are flying.
And there is with "Milking the stars" a new track with vocals on the album too. It's a typical Monster Magnet song with vintage soundscapes and a some well placed samples. Psychodelic rock can't be better than this.
I'm not a fan of remixed albums since it feels like someone wants to earn more money. But in this case the album makes a lot of sense to me - esp. due to the fact that the songs are re-arranged. Cool stuff and thanks to Monster Magnet for the great sound experience.



  1. Let the circus burn
  2. Mindless ones '68
  3. No paradise for me
  4. End of time (B-3)
  5. Milking the stars
  6. Hellelujah (Fuzz and swamp)
  7. I live behind the clouds (Rough up and slightly spaced
  8. Goliath returns
  9. Stay tuned (Even sadder)
  10. The duke (Full on drums 'n wah)

Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Stoner Rock

CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Milking the stars: a re-imagination of Last Patrol"

CD review OUTTRIGGER "The last of us"

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W. in Outtrigger, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) Outtrigger is a young Swedish band from Helsingborg. The guys from the small city in the South West of Sweden started the band in 2009. After having released an EP in 2010 and another one in 2014 it was time for the real debut album. Their first full-length record is out now in the store and is entitled "The last of us".
Outtrigger playes, I would say, melodic alternative metal. Since the last EP was released in 2014 it isn't a too big surprise that all the song are also on the album. However, the album makes fun. It's not that Outtrigger re-defines alternative metal, but they released with "The last of us" a solid debut album.
The opener "Superman is dead" is well chosen. With the catchy melody the song is easy approachable and has the right mix of commerciality by still keeping a certain heaviness. It becomes wilder with "World of fire". It comes with a strong riff, the verse contains screaming and is the counterpart to the melodic chorus. A sample here and there makes the track to one of the heaviest ones on the album. "You left as you came" is a softer track that is more rock than metal and "Awaken me" got an acoustic dress on the album. It fits actually quite good and give the entire song a melancholic vibe. Both tracks reflect the more soulful side of the band very well.
Outtrigger's "The last of us" is a good debut album from a talented young band. They give their song a certain diversity by still keeping musical red thread. Looking forward for more.



  1. Superman is dead
  2. No excuses
  3. World on fire
  4. Echo
  5. You left as you come
  6. Awaken me (acoustic version)
  7. Colder
  8. Blame on you
  9. One with the pain
  10. The last of us

Label: Gain Music
Genre: Alternative Meta

CD review OUTTRIGGER "The last of us"

CD review MAGNUM "On Christmas day" EP

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W. in Magnum, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Right before the winter tour of Magnum the band released a new single. The name is "On Christmas day" which fits perfectly in the season. 
The song is a typical Magnum track with all the trademarks of the legendary hardrockers from the UK. It is based in a crunchy guitar from Tony Clarkin and big keyboard melodies. I think that it goes without saying that Bob Catley is doing a great job again. His voice is so important for the band and makes Magnum a standing out since decades. The track is in two versions on the 7". The first one is the radio edit setup and the full pleasure of the song, means seven minutes, is on the single too. I like the longer version since it rocks more. 
The second track on the record is "Born to be king". It's one of the harder songs of the five-piece with a quite heavy guitar riff and a hammering beat. This song has a real punch. It's an energizer on a grey, dark morning, esp. when the song gets really fast towards the end.
Good single, good songs. Magnum: I like.



  1. On Christmas day (radio edit)
  2. Born to be king
  3. On Christmas day


Label: SPV
Genre: Hardrock


CD review MAGNUM "On Christmas day" EP

CD review GAELERI "Gates of Rome"

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W. in Hardrock, Rock, AOR, CD Review, News, gaeleri

(7/10) gaeleri from Sweden is back with a new album. The band that started in 1992 released albums during the 90's and had the latest release in 2002. It was "A bright day" that has been the last album before the band disbanded.
Now a jump in time. Ten years later, in 2012, lead singer Anders Vidhav and guitarist Niklas Rollgard have been sitting together with a few beers and talked about the old times. Being so inspired by this chat the guys decided to write some new music together. They teamed-up with the rest of the band and 20 years after their start gaeleri is back with a new album.
The longplayer of the Swedish hardrockers is called "Gates of Rome" and has been released a few days ago. It contains ten easy going hardrock tracks that all have a good punch. Eventhough gaeleri plays very melodic hardrock they manage to get enough power in their songs. 
The opener "Ready or not" is a good choice. It seems that the band is really 'ready to rock'. It's a midpace rocker with a quite cool groove and some vocal lines that remind to Whitesnake. It gets a bit softer with songs like "Wannabe". The keyboards become more dominant and gaeleri are entering the fields of AOR with this song. Also worth to mention is the title track "Gates of Rome". It combines a catchy melody with a hard play guitar riff. And it's again the vocals from Anders Vidhav that make a difference here.
"One touch" is a tune that is a bit different. Starting with a powerful bass and drums the song stay in mid speed with a chorus that sticks immediately. gaeleri combines their hardrock passion with AOR catchiness in this rocker. 
And I thought that finally someones dares to release such an album without ballad. Thought finialized, "One step closer" starts and I must say: 'Here it is'. It's not a pure ballad since it combines more silent moments with an AOR expression. However, a good song.
gaelri released with "Gates of Rome" a great reunion album. It gives you the feeling that passion was the reason for coming togther again - and nothing else. This is what the music reflects and fans of melodic hardrock should listen to ther album. Maybe gaeleri has a better chance with their music right now than as it was in the 90's, when hardrock was pushed to the side by grunge and nu metal.



  1. Ready or not
  2. Queen of time
  3. Wannabe
  4. Gates of Rome
  5. Let your love bleed
  6. One touch
  7. Entertain you
  8. No boundaries
  9. One step closer
  10. Time has come

Label: TBM Records
Genre: Hardrock


CD review GAELERI "Gates of Rome"

New KID ROCK album in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W.

Kid Rock will release a new album in 2015. I will be called "First kiss" and Kid Rock himself took care about the production. The first single rlease is announced for beginning of 2015 while the album will be out end of February. 

Furthermore a tour is in planning right now and the dates will be announced soon. 

Photo: WMG (Promo)

Photo: WMG (Promo)


MOTORJESUS in tour in Germany

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2014 von Markus W.

Motorjesus are on tour in Germany. They are playing a few shows end of November / beginning of December. Here are the dates

MOTORJESUS in tour in Germany

CD review SODOM "Sacred warpath" EP

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2014 von Markus W. in Sodom, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Speed Metal, Kreator, Arch Enemy

(8/10) Our Ruhrpott friends from Sodom are releasing a new EP with the title "Sacred warpath". The disc will be released prior to the Sodom tour with Kreator, Arch Enemy and Vader and contains 4 tracks. There is with the title track a new song on the record plus three live songs.
The result is great. All the typical Sodom trademarks are present. Heavy riffings from Bernemann as well as the typical Tom Angeripper vocal. The song is kept in midpace and gets its heaviness out of the pounding rhythm section and the great guitar solo. And with almost six minutes the track became also quite long. This is thrash metal that is rough and dirty. Exactly what we expect from the band.
The other three tracks are live recordings. "The saw is the law" comes with a Ramones 'intro' before the actual song starts. "Stigmatized" is the well known thrash hurricane and "City of gold" rounds of the four track EP. By the way, the sound of the live tracks is well done. Kept basic but with a high quality. 
A cool sign of life from Sodom and I'm looking forward to see them on tour with Kreator and Arch Enemey.


1. Sacred warpath
2. The saw is the law
3. Stigmatized
4. City of gold

Label : SPV
Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review SODOM "Sacred warpath" EP

CD review EMIGRATE "Silent so long"

Veröffentlicht am 14. November 2014 von Markus W. in Emigrate, Rammstein, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, News, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead

(8/10) The new album from Emigrate is called "Silent so long" and is the second solo release of Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe. The album is a really interesting one and it could be more diverse than what you get with those eleven songs.

While the opener reminds in general very much to the debut of Emigrate the album takes an unexpected twist with the second track. “Get down” is definitely different from what the band has done before. The tune has almost no guitars and is very much based on electro/indie music. The synthesizer samples have a touch from Anne Clarks’ “Our darkness” as well as the weird solo half way. A tune that is somewhere between genius and insanity. Towards the end the guitars break through the electro wall and give the song the Emigrate identity back. This pattern comes partly back in “Happy times”.

Track number three is a remarkable one too. Nobody else than Lemmy from Motoerhead is singing in this very fast track. ”Rock city” is by far the best song on a good record and Lemmy’s smoky vocals are a perfect fit.

Another song, another twist. Marilyn Manson is singing on “Hypothetical”. It’s a slow and mean rock song that reminds to Manson’s stuff – not only due to the vocals. And the riff is also not totally unknown. “Kashmir” from Led Zeppelin was, I guess, very present in the songwriting process.

And with Jonathan Davis from Korn there is another well known singer supporting with vocals. “Silent so long”, the title track, is sang by the Korn frontman. It’s an alternative metal track that doesn’t have that much to do with the nu metal band from the US; except maybe the melancholy that accompanies the track.

“Silent so long” breaks the silence and brings Emigrate back to your CD player. I personally like the mix of indie, metal and electro. A cool album that sounds very fresh. It gives Kruspe the chance to escape from the Rammstein framework in order to unleash his creativity fully. Good stuff.





  1. Eat you alive
  2. Get down
  3. Rock city
  4. Hypothetical
  5. Rainbow
  6. Born on my own
  7. Giving up
  8. My pleasure
  9. Happy times
  10. Faust
  11. Silent so long 


Label: Vertigo / Universal Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

CD review EMIGRATE "Silent so long"

Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014

Veröffentlicht am 14. November 2014 von Markus W. in Rise Against, Pennywise, Punk, Punkrock, Rock, Live Review, News

Punk rock over Amsterdam. That was the motto for this night - at least for the many fans from Rise Against, Pennywise and Emily's Army.

I missed the Swimmers and their surf-punk show. Was a pity, but shit happens.

When I arrived at the venue the first thing that surprised me was that the Heineken Music hall was pretty packed. Great to see that punk rock can reach a bigger crowd. 

And was time for Pennywise. The California-based punk rockers started from 0-100 within a second. Eventhough I have to say that the sound during the first three songs wasn't the best it seemed like the fans didn't care. They enjoyed every single minute of the 40 minutes long punk rock thunder storm. Fletcher Dragge and his band mates had obviously a lot of fun on stage and haven't been standing still for a second. Always motivating the crowd they threw one band highlight after the other into the hungry crowd.

Pennywise focussed in their show on the older stuff. The base for the setlist have been mainly songs from 2001 and earlier. Makes a lot sense considering the fact that they celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Already the first two songs, "Pennyise" and "Rules", stated very well what to expect - oldschool stuff. The four-piece also added a cover song to their setlist, which was "Do what you want" from the mighty Bad Religion. Actually the fans could decide - Ramones or Bad Relegion. The response for the last mentioned ones has been definitely more and I'm still curious what the Ramones song would have been instead. The great Pennywise hyms came towards the end. "Fuck authority" and esp. "Bro hymn" with the awesome sing-a-long part have been real live killers. An energetic show that prepared the crowd for the headliner.

Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014

After a not too long stage rebuild it was finally the moment for Rise Against. The guys from Chicago are for me a bit the 'Linkin Park of punk rock'. They are still playing music that goes back to their roots eventhough they reach a bigger audience. But the entire thing became more professional along the way. For the good and the bad. While the stage was very puristic for Pennywise (of course they have been support and not main act) it changed to quite colorful for the Rise Against gig. The centre has been the big RISE letters which gleamed in different colors.

However, the music and the stage acting have been excellent. The band was full of energy, the sound fitted from the very first note, the songs are anyhow thrilling and they shined in a live environment even brighter than on CD.  Everything combined with intelligent lyrics makes the punk package complete.

The setlist had with "I don't want to be here", "Tragedy + time" and "People life here" only three songs from the last album "The black market". The last mentioned acoustic song was performed in the end of the gig together with emotional "Swing life away". A small unplugged session as a good break in their performance

But of course you can't finish a punk rock show in an acoustical way. In the encore the Chicago guys plugged in the guitars again blew dynamic versions of "Make it stop (September's child)" and "Savior" into the crowd. The fans went crazy again and when the light went on you could look into many happy faces. The american punk rock package rocked Amsterdam and I guess that a lot of fans had the wish to see the bands back in Holland. 

Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014


  1. Ready to fall
  2. Give it all
  3. Re-education (Through labor)
  4. Behind closed doors
  5. Tragedy + time
  6. The good left undone
  7. Like the angel
  8. I don't want to be here anymore
  9. Help is on the way
  10. Chamber the cartridge
  11. Voices off camera
  12. Prayer of the refugee
  13. Alive and well
  14. Audience of one
  15. Satellite
  16. People live here (acoustic)
  17. Swing life away (acoustic)
  18. Make it stop (September child) (Encore)
  19. Savoir (Encore)


Setlist Pennywise:

  1. Pennywise
  2. Rules
  3. Something to change
  4. My own country
  5. The world
  6. My own way
  7. Do what you want (Bad Religion cover)
  8. Same old story
  9. Perfect people
  10. Society
  11. Fuck authority
  12. Bro hymn


Location: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 13.11.2014


Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014
Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014
Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014
Live review RISE AGAINST / PENNYWISE, Amsterdam, 13.11.2014

RISE AGAINST live in Amsterdam

Veröffentlicht am 14. November 2014 von Markus W. in Rise Against, Punk, Punkrock, Rock, News

The review tomorrow online on MHMB. Stay tuned...



Here it is...




RISE AGAINST live in Amsterdam

Source: YouTube (RiseAgainstVEVO)


Trouble on the SAINT VITUS tour - Wino back in the US

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2014 von Markus W. in Saint Vitus, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Trouble on the Saint Vitus tour. Singer and frontman Wino Weinrich was send back to the US by the Norwegian authorities due to possession of illeagal substances.

Here comes the official statement:

"SAINT VITUS would like to regretfully inform all of our European fans that our lead vocalist Wino was detained by the Norwegian police and immigrations officers for possession of illegal substances since Sunday, November 9th. As of 16:00 CET yesterday evening (Nov. 11th) we were informed by his Norwegian defence attorney that he would more than likely be released that same day and be able to continue the remaining dates of our European tour. This morning we received notification that Wino was being deported back to the U.S. today with no hope to remain in Scandinavia or anywhere in the European Union.
Our sincere apologies to all of our fans, the promoters, booking agents and especially our Norwegian fans and promoter for the cancelled show. We will still deliver the HEAVY sound to all of our friends in Europe and it is our hope that everyone will understand our position to go forward with the remaining dates without Wino. David Chandler and Henry Vasquez along with a few surprise guests will take over vocal duties and this will be a rare opportunity to see Vitus with main songwriter David Chandler vocalizing his tormented tales of pain, heartache and DOOM. We hope to still see all of you on our remaining dates. FUCK THAT WEAK SHIT!!!!"

Trouble on the SAINT VITUS tour - Wino back in the US

CD review CENTINEX "Redeeming filth"

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2014 von Markus W. in Centinex, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Centinex from Sweden will release a new album called "Redeeming filth". The record will be the first one for the band after the 2005 longplayer "World declension". Centinex disbanded actually in 2006 after having various problems to solve. But the guys revitalized the band and tried to continue with the spirit of the 90's when they had their peak.

So let's see what is the result of those amitions.

"Redeeming filth" starts with the thrilling "When bodies are deformed". It's a straight forward death metal tune build on an immense wall of guitars. The sound of the band actually is a mix out of Obituary, Massacre and Bolt Thrower. At least those have been the bands I was reminded to when I heard the album. There are the faster songs like "Moist purple skin" and "Death glance" that are shining on this record. Eventhough the are highspped the tracks have an enormous groove. It's like an aural tornado you're sucked into.

But most of time Centinex has one foot on the break. The majority of the songs is based on the slow rhythm accompanied by a brutal riff and the deep growls from Alexander Högbom. This adds a lot of heaviness to the music and makes it a real acoustical assault. Those tunes also have a small thrash tendency that makes them even more exciting.

An example for one of those slow tracks is "Unrestrained". From the way the song is build it could be seen as a doom metal anthem, but the growls turn it into a mighty beast. Also "Rotting below" doesn't take any prisoners. The groove in this song is like lava slowly running down from the vulcano. Very good stuff.

"Redeeming filth" is an album that will be appreciated by fans from bands like Obituary. It seems to me like Centinex is hungry again for more. Great to have them back. I like the album and I can recommend to give it try.





When bodies are deformed

  1. Moist puple skin
  2. Death glance
  3. Stone of choice
  4. Unrestrained
  5. Bloodraze
  6. Without motives
  7. Rotting below
  8. Dead, buried and forgotten
  9. Eye sockets empty


Label: Agonia Records

Genre: Death Metal

CD review CENTINEX "Redeeming filth"

CD review FOO FIGHTERS "Sonic highways"

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2014 von Markus W. in Foo Fighters, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(8/10) The excitement is big when Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters release a new album. Eventhough he title is "Sonic highways" the longplayer can't be seen as the soundtrack of the eight episodes covering series with the same name.

But there is a link between both. Grohl digged deeper into the history of american music. He went back to the roots and took some inspiration from there. It went that far that the album was recorded in several legendary studios in different cities (Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC). And in each city they also invited local musicians to join them in the recording process. And last but not least the approach of writing the lyrics changed. Grohl waited till the last moment with writing those with the ambition to include as much as possible local charm to it.

"Sonic highways" is the eighth release of the band and comes with eight songs. It seems that '8' is the red thread though the album, thinking also about thr eight cities.

The number of songs doesn't sound that much and with 42 minutes the album didn't become too long. So if it's not really the quantity is it than the quality that is convincing? Yes, it is. Each of the tunes is a good one and if I should reanimate the old cliche of 'killers' and 'fillers' it's only the first mentioned ones that made it on the record. The great thing with the album is the fact that it sounds very much like Foo Fighters by adding an additional layer to it. This mainly based on the way how the disc was created.

The album starts with "Somethings from nothing" quite silent with guitar and vocals only. The rest of the gang joins and the tune becomes a midspeed rocker which gets pretty hard towards the end. A typical Foo Fighters track that kicks-off the album. With "The feast and the famine" the whole thing gets even more intersting. Again a slow start, but than the track gains speed and turns into a cool kick-ass bastard. It has this kind of indie rock / garage rock attitude the Foo Fighters stand for.

The melodies are in focus in "Congregation" that makes the tune approachable for a bigger target group. "What did I do? / God as my witness" is bit of a surprise to me. The track has a very loud and intense intro that turns into vocals and piano only. The tune has a kind of Southern Rock expression that fits the Foo Fighters very well. "Outside" instead is again one of the faster tracks, at least in the chorus. Grohl gave the tune a cool groove and I think "Outside" could become a cool live song. Via the very rhythm based "I the clear" you get to "Subterranean" that can be seen as the ballad on the album. It's a softer tunes that is based on feelings and a beautiful soundscape. The acoustic guitar adds a lot to it. It has a big melody and is the right overture for the final track on "Sonic highways". "I am a river" prolongs the vibe set in "Subterranean". The first half is more silent before the tunes takes another direction with the chorus. It becomes more rockin the longer it takes and the chorus has an irresistable hook.

The Foo Fighters delivered with "Sonic highways" an album that will not disappoint you. As said in the beginning; there is no filler on the album, but there are some killers on it. Fans from the Foo Fighters as well as supporters of good rock music will enjoy "Sonic highways". An album that brings some colours into the grey month of November.





  1. Something from nothing
  2. The feast and the famine
  3. Congregation
  4. What did I do? / God as my witness
  5. Outside
  6. In the clear
  7. Subterranean
  8. I am a river


Label: Sony Music

Genre: Rock

CD review FOO FIGHTERS "Sonic highways"
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