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My metal year 2014 - Albums and more...

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Machine Head, Hotrod Mayhem, Ghost Brigade, Avatarium, Heavy Metal, News, Thrash Metal, Classic Rock

The year 2014 comes closer to an end. Time to look back and reflect on the best records in this crazy year. It was not easy to chosen them since there have been quite some highlights. However I have chosen the ones that impressed me most. And here they are:

  1. Machine Head: Bloodstones & diamonds
  2. Avatarium: All I want (EP)
  3. Hotrod Mayhem: We are at war
  4. Ghost Brigade: IV - One with the storm
  5. While Heaven Wept: Suspended at Aphelion
  6. The Skull: For those which are asleep
  7. Riot V: Unleash the fire
  8. Within Temptation: Hydra
  9. Gamma Ray: Empire of the undead
  10. Triptykon: Melana chasmata
  11. Arch Enemy: War eternal
  12. In Flames: Sirens charm
  13. Septicflesh: Titan
  14. Zodiac: Sonic child
  15. Obituary: Inked in blood

 

Furthermore there have been quite some concerts that I have joined. The highlights have been the following ones:

  1. Kreator / Arch Enemy / Sodom / Vader - 013, Tilburg
  2. Audrey Horne - Baroeg, Rotterdam
  3. Down - Melkweg, Amsterdam
  4. Gotthard - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer
  5. Amorphis / Avatarium - 013, Tilburg

 

I hope all of you enjoyed the metallic 2014 too and let's look forward to a rocking 2015. Happy new year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My metal year 2014 - Albums and more...
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Live review AMORPHIS / AVATARIUM, 013, Tilburg, 29.12.14

Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Avatarium, Doom Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Folk Metal, Live Review, News

It seemed that this Northern metal package also brought the winter to the Netherlands. After weeks of almost spring feeling the temperature went down and snow has covered the country.

The snow is almost gone in the meantime and the temperature increased again, but what stayed is the very positive impression of the show from Amorphis and Avantarium.

Amorphis decided to play this mini tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of their milestone albums - "Tales from the thousand lakes". The band decided to celebrate this moment together with their fans and with the special guest they invited for the tour. Swedish shooting star Avatarium is returning back to Tilburg for the opening slot.

Live review AMORPHIS / AVATARIUM, 013, Tilburg, 29.12.14
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Avatarium played their first show outside Sweden and their second show in total in Tilburg. This took place in spring as part of the Roadburn festival. In the meantime Avatarium played a few more shows and returned to Tilburg as special guest for Amorphis. And again the show was something special, since the 013 was the first venue they actually played twice.

At 20:00 the band entered the stage and started directly with the mighty "Moonhorse" into the show. What a riff. Unfortunaltely the venue was half empty, what changed during the set. Avatarium managed to get more and more people from the bar/smokers area towards the stage and at the end of the show the 013 was pretty crowded. A good sign which shows that the five-piece band is still increasing their fanbase with every show they play.

The setlist contained seven songs including the two new songs "All I want" and "Deep well". Not to forget the band highlights like the mentioned "Moonhorse" and "Avatarium".

Compared to the first show in Tilburg the Stockholm-based band performed more tight and it was also obvious that they have played a few shows together since I have seen them the last time. The stage acting reached another level compared to earlier this year. Marcus Jindell was, next to his excellent guitar play, animating the audience a couple of times and also Jennie-Ann Smith seemed to feel much more comfartable in her role. It's anyhow great to see hoe she 'lives' the songs while performing them. But I also want to mention Anders Iwers on bass and Lars Sköld on drums. Both provided the solid foundation for the songs together with the sphereful keyboards sounds of Carl Westholm.

Avatarium did a great job as being the opener and maybe next time they come back as headliner with a new album in the backpack.

Live review AMORPHIS / AVATARIUM, 013, Tilburg, 29.12.14

Than it was time for the headliner. I have to say that it was my first Amorphis show. I followed them from the "Tales of the thousand lakes" days, but for whatever reason I never managed to see them live. This changed now.

After a shorter break the guys from Finland entered the stage. As said in the beginning it was the 20th anniversary of the milestone album which built the base for this tour. And knowing that Amorphis started as a death metal band everybody expected a heavy night in the 013.

The 90 minutes showed what kind of development the band made during time. Having a more dark metal approach today the beginning phase of the band was focussing in heavy riffs and deep growls. But already in those days the keyboard has been intergrated and the music included also a melodic framework.

However, the first part of the show was reserved for the "Tales..." album. Amorphis played the entire album - meaning all the ten tracks from the original release. This included also songs like "First doom", "Forgotten sunrise" and "To father's cabin" that haven't been performed live since 1995. So it was really a special evening.

While saying this I have to add that after those ten classic death metal tracks Amorphis went even further back in time. The intro "Karelia", "Sign from the North side", "The gathering"  and the Abhorrence cover "Vulgar necrolatry" are taken from bands debut that was released in 1992. Really oldschool stuff what the six Finns played that night. And while I was listening to all those songs I was thinking that it would be actually something good to re-record the "Tales..." album since those songs are really good and could get an extra charm by a new production. Or a live album would have been a good idea too.

The last part of the show was paying attention to some highlights from the "Elegy" album that was released in 1996.

Obviously the band enjoyed playing those songs very much. It seemed to me that playing these shows are balancing a bit what they might miss a bit in the modern 'growl-less' approach of Amorphis.

I guess what pushed the band even further have been the enthusiastic reactions in the audience. It is amazing how many people came to an oldschool Amorphis show. The 013 was not totally sold out, but it was quite crowded giving the evening the right ambience.

To sum up. Amorphis took a very good decision to play this anniversary mini tour, since it was an exciting view back into the early days of the band. The show was highly entertaining and I can't imagine that there was anybody in the audience who didn't enjoy those 90 minutes. It was the right energizer after the Christams days and I hope, that it wasn't a once in a lifetime thing.

Live review AMORPHIS / AVATARIUM, 013, Tilburg, 29.12.14

Tracklist Amorphis

  1. Thousand lakes
  2. Into hiding
  3. The castaway
  4. First doom
  5. Black winter day
  6. Drowned maid
  7. In the beginning
  8. Forgotten sunrise
  9. Th father's cabin
  10. Magic and mayhem
  11. Karelia
  12. The gathering
  13. Sign from the North side
  14. Vulgar necrolatry
  15. Better unborn (Encore)
  16. Against widows (Encore)
  17. My kantele (Encore)
  18. Folk of the North (Encore)

 

Tracklist Avatarium

  1. Moonhorse
  2. Bird of prey
  3. All I want
  4. Tides of telepathy
  5. Deep well
  6. Pandora's egg
  7. Avatarium

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: 29.12.2014

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CD review TEN "Albion"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Ten, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10 Ten, the well known British hardrock band, faded a bit from the limelight in the last three years. After the excellent "Stromwarning" album it became more quite around the band. The band had to handle some changes in the line-up since Paul Hodson left the band in September 2011, followed by Neil Fraser and Mark Sumner.

In 2012 the band released with "Heresey and creed" their latest album and now they are back - even with three guitarists. Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell are responsible for the sixstrings and it is basically something very positive since it enriches the musical possibilities. But I also have to state that you can't really hear the triple axe on the album that much.

"Albion", which is the antique name for Great Britain, starts with "Alone in the dark tonight" in a typical Ten way. Guitars introduce a melodic hardrock track that we know from Gary Hughes and band mates. It comes with a big melody and still sounds a bit complex. I was reminded a bit to the earlier Asia when I heard the track. It's a promising start into the album.

The mid-pace "Battlefield" follows. The tune has a more rocking guitar than the opener and reflects the Ten trademarks very well. Computer samples kick off "It's alive". They are a kind of weird and get more in the background when the guitar starts. The song itself misses a bit of tension and belongs to the more average ones on the album.

The 'title track' "Albion born" is much better. Starting with Hughes outstanding voice the song develops to a cool melodic rocker with some (Irish) folk influences. Those are mainly reflected in the catchy chorus as well as in the interplay between Hughes singing and the choir vocals in the verse.

"Die for me" was the first single release from "Albion". Ten builds the song on a solid bluesy riff and it reminds to Whitesnake in the mid 80's. Compared to the single release "It ends this day" has a darker vibe. The joy with this song is the crunchy guitars that spread this ill-omened sphere in the verse what fits perfectly to the title of the tune. For me the best song on the album. The piano-based "Gioco d'amoure' is the counterpoint to "It ends this day". It is an emotional song that is a well-crafted ballad without a real unique feature. That Ten can do that much better is what they show with "Sometimes love takes the long way home". This track is a soulful one which is fascinating from beginning to end.

The bouncer on the album is called "Wild horses". Starting with a hearbeat (from a horse?) the vocals and the piano joins in. "Wild horses" is a tastefully arranged rock songs with a great hookline and a certain AOR touch.

The only negative point for me is the very polished sound. A few more rough edges here and there would have been good and would have enriched the listening experience.

However, Ten added another great piece of music to their discography that will be loved be all fans of British hardrock. I like it and can recommend it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Alone in the dark tonight
  2. Battlefield
  3. It's alive
  4. Albion born
  5. Sometimes love takes the long way home
  6. A smuggler's tale
  7. Die for me
  8. It ends this day
  9. Gioco d'amoure
  10. Wild horses

 

Label: Rockopia Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review TEN "Albion"
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AMORPHIS & AVATARIUM live in Tilburg...

Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Avatarium, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Classic Rock, Doom Metal, News

... review and more pics will follow.

AMORPHIS & AVATARIUM live in Tilburg...
AMORPHIS & AVATARIUM live in Tilburg...
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Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann leave ACCEPT

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Accept, Panzer, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News

News from the German metal machine Accept. Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann are no longer part of the band and will focus in the future on Panzer; the new band (including Schmier from Destruction) that released recently their debut album.

Here is the official statement from Accept:

"ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank & Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last 4 + years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off! We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control. Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band “PANZER”, a Nuclear Blast Record deal under their belts and a new album!

We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!

We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 – another year of heavy touring! We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!"

Source: Accept homepage

Photo: Alan Hess (Promo)

Photo: Alan Hess (Promo)

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New DUNDERBIEST album in February

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Dunderbiest, Heavy Metal, Rock, News

Norwegian quintet Dunderbiest has worked on a new album called "Hyklere" - which means "Hypocrites". The releases show will take place in Hamar, Norway on February 28th and the album comes via Indie Recordings. Stay tuned.

 

New DUNDERBIEST album in February
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CD review WAYFARER "Children of the iron age" (re-release)

Veröffentlicht am 27. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Wayfarer, Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Wayfarer is a four-piece band from Denver, Colorado. They are fairly new and started under the banner of Wayfarer in 2011. After a first demo in 2011 the band released their first album "Children of the iron age". The record was already published in summer 2014 by the band themselves. In the meantime Wayfarer found with Prosthetic Records a new label and the debut was re-released.

Wayfarer is into (melodic) black metal, with a certain folk touch, but also some more classic metal components. It's not that Wafarer invented a new sub-genre in metal, but I also didn't expect that. They published an album with songs that show enough quality  and are highly entertaining.

Four songs stand out - already based on their length. "Forest ash by dawn", "Towards mountains", "The elemental" and "Skysong" are between 10-15 minutes long black metal anthems - kept in mid-speed and sometimes changing into slow epical tunes. It takes a lot to write those songs and I must say that all four are well-crafted ones. In my opinion they might be a bit too long or they could have had a few more unexpected twists. Those would have made them even more exciting. Esp. "Towards mountains" stays too long in the same pattern and after 5 minutes I had the feeling that it could come to an end. 

One of may favorites on the album is the title track "Children of the iron age". With only eight minutes it belongs to the shorter ones. Starting with a heavy riff the mid-pace song has an interesting middle-part when acoustic guitars take over for a while. It fits the vibe of the track very well. Towards the end the powerful riffs are coming back to end the songs as it started - energetic and gloomy.

"Children of the iron age" is a good debut album of a young band. Eventhough the debut shows things that could have been done better, Wayfarer has the potential for some additional and powerful metal records.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The earth only endures
  2. Forest ash by dawn
  3. Toward mountain
  4. The elemental
  5. Stormcall
  6. Children of the iron age
  7. A plce among stars
  8. Skysong

 

Label: Prosthetic Records

Genre: Black Metal / Folk Metal

CD review WAYFARER "Children of the iron age" (re-release)
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JON OLIVA talks about SAVATAGE

Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Jon Oliva, Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News

As already earlier announced, Savatage will perform on the coming Wacken festival. A few days ago Chris Caffery, guitarist of Savatage and TSO, mentioned that their meight be even some more shows of the mighty power metal band.

Now also Jon Oliva mentioned a few things regarding Savatage in an interview he gave to the Femme Metal Webzine. On the question if there are any plans to do any additional dates beyond Wacken 2015, Oliva stated:

"As far as that goes, the whole Wacken thing came up and I was like, you know what? If we’re going to do anything we have to do it now, I don’t want to do it when I’m 60 years old. I mentioned that to Paul, he said to me, “We’re going to do the Wacken thing, but let’s just wait until the Winter Tour is over and then you and me we’re going to sit down in January and discuss what we’re going to do.” We’ve already gotten offers to do it in certain areas of the world, America being one, Greece, South America, places like that. We have to see how we’re going to do this. It’s something that Paul and I honestly – and I’m telling you totally honestly – we just brushed over what we thought we might want to do and we said, with all the chaos of getting the Winter Tour out we said let’s just wait until after the tour is over and then we’ll figure this whole thing out. We know we’re going to start with “Gutter Ballet”, that’s all we agreed on (laughs). TSO is going to come out first for I think 40 or 50 minutes doing the big production numbers, then Paul is going to bring me out and we’re going to do the Savatage thing and we’re going to start with “Gutter Ballet” and that’s where we ended the conversation and said we’ll pick this up on January 10th and we’ll figure out what we’re going to do as far as other shows go and everything like that. As of right now Wacken is the only place, but I’m sure once everything works out and we see what happens, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of there being a couple more on top of that. I think we’re going to do a press release in maybe February or March about what’s going on and stuff like that. I think it’s cool that we’re doing it. I’m very excited about it. I’ve been on this health kick now for the last six months, I’ve dropped a bunch of weight and I’m feeling a lot better, I’ve still got a ways to go, but it gives me something, I’m like, yeah I’m going to get in shape for this and knock people out." (Source: Femme Metal Webzine)

Would be great if there would be more shows. 

Photo: AFM Records (Promo)

Photo: AFM Records (Promo)

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FATES WARNING live in the "Awaken the guardian" line-up

Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, Heavy Metal, News

Prog metal legend Fates Warning celebrates the 30th anniversary of the "Awaken the guardian" album. The band takes the opportunity to play a special show at the Keep It True festival in 2016. Fates Warning will perform there in the original "Awaken the guardian" line-up:

John Arch (v)

Jim Matheos (g)

Frank Aresti (g)

Joe DiBiase (b)

Steve Zimmerman (d)

This is what the Keep It True organisation announced on their Facebook side today. Here comes the official statement:

"Hi Friends,

The wait is over. As promised we have a huge Christmas present for you.

We are extremely proud to present you our KEEP IT TRUE 2016 (!!!) headliner:

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Awaken The Guardian” FATES WARNING will perform the complete album plus more early FATES WARNING songs from the Arch era in the original “Awaken The Guardian” line up: John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums). This will be an EXCLUSIVE European Show and the first time FATES WARNING will perform an old school show with John Arch on vocals.

Not only for us this is a lifetime dream coming true. We started KIT in 2003 with many dreams and hopes and the biggest one was this. Many thanks especially to Jim Matheos and John Arch for making this possible. And of course also to our supportive fans who made KIT what it is now. We hope you are as happy as we are….

Hopefully we could make you a real big xmas present and we wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year.

Metal on

Tarek + Oli"

Eventhough it is a while to go it is something to really look forward to.

 

FATES WARNING live in the "Awaken the guardian" line-up
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CD review MYSTERY "From dusk till dawn"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Mystery, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review

(5/10) Hardrock from Australia is not unusual. AC/DC and Airbourne, just to mention two, are from down under and have proven that Australia rocks. Mystery are from Melbourne and they are enthusiastic about hardrock with a strong sleaze touch. Think about bands like Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Poison. Now you know what to expect.

The guys released their debut "2013" in, yes, 2013 and the new longplayer "From dusk till dawn" has been published a few days ago. Compared to the debut the four-piece band has made a step forward. The songs sound a bit tighter than on their first album. But there are still some step to take when it comes to songwriting. Sometimes the songs sound unfinished and 'bumpy'. The Poison-like opener is a good example for this. The song doesn't want to stick. It misses the catchyness and the hooks that makes it really fun.

Some other tracks are better. "Fight for you" is a pretty OK hardrocker and also the pounding "Die another die" is a good one. But still, they don't come close to the above mentioned bands.

In average there is quite still some space to improve. Pure enthustiasm isn't enough. Compared to a lot of other excellent releases Mystery has to really take an effort to close the gap. 

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dusk till dawn
  2. Let it out
  3. Time to let you go
  4. Wild and free
  5. Fight for you
  6. Promised land
  7. Die another day
  8. The one and only
  9. Looking back
  10. Living on the road
  11. Falling from grace
  12. I'm a rocker
  13. Run to paradise

 

Label: Metalapolis

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MYSTERY "From dusk till dawn"
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CD review INLEGEND "Stones at Goliath"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Inlegend, Rock, Hardrock, Prog Rock, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Inlegend creates rock music without guitars. Is this possible? Yes, it is. The band, that opened a few shows for Van Canto, consists only out of vocals, keyboards, piano, bass and drums. This is a very brave setup, but I must say that it works pretty well.

"Stones of Goliath" is the second album of the band and has fourteen tracks. Since there are no guitars on the album the piano and the vocal lines play an even more important role than normal. And to my surrise the tunes really rock. Inlegend handles this challenge really well; also based on a quite hard piano sound. Bandleader Bastian Emig named this style the 'hand hammered piano craft'.

Emig, who is influenced by many different music styles, has a great feeling for big melodies. Actually it doesn't matter which song you choose, they all live up to a certain level. But there are also doubtless some irresistable highlights. "Threatened" is one of those. It is a bit faster than most of the other songs and is build on great vocals and a chorus that is catchy and sticks immediately. Another track that shines a bit brighter is "Empire of concrete". It is a bit slower and relaxed than the before mentioned ones. Esp. in the verse it is very soulful while the chorus is more powerful. It's the way Inlegend plays with silent and loud in this track that makes it exciting. And the choral passages towards the end also add some goose bump feeling to it.

A song that stands out is "The voodoo girl". It is a dark and very slow song that transports a lot of emotions. It is the most intensive track on the album. 

And partly I also was reminded to the earlier Asia like when I heard "Alienation" for the first time.

"Stones at Goliath" is an experimental rock album from a band that has a great sense for melodies and hooklines. For all fans of rock music a must - at least give it a try.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Envoys of peace
  2. Threatened
  3. Lonely
  4. King of apathy
  5. Empire of cpncrete
  6. Monuments of eternity
  7. The new hotizons
  8. The voodoo girl
  9. Choices in coma
  10. Empty in place
  11. Alienation
  12. A 1000 paper cranes
  13. On the morrow
  14. Another me

 

Label: Eat The Beat Music

Genre: Rock

CD review INLEGEND "Stones at Goliath"
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Update about the coming LEPROUS album

Veröffentlicht am 25. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Leprous, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News

Norwegian prog band Leprous are back in the studio. They are working on the new album that follows the 2013 release “Coal”. The still untitled new album is expected for a May 2015 release via InsideOutMusic.


The band gave an update right from the studio:
"We’re super-stoked about the new material we have composed. It’s not really “Coal” material, following our mantra about not making the same album twice.
The writing process has been very different this time. Most of the music has been made by Einar, on a computer. Almost all the guitar riffs for example (and Einar has no idea about how to play guitar…), so the guitar players were up for a challenge.
At the moment we’re finished recording drums, and Baard has delivered a stunning performance, so now it’s time for the rest of us, to lay down the guitars, bass and keys, before we round the whole thing up with vocals-recordings in the beginning of the new year.
Mixing and mastering will take place in late January, so we expect a release in May, but all of that is up to our label. Right now, we’re just concentrating on doing our part to perfection."


Leprous also confirmed some first live dates for summer 2015. So far it is three festival shows:
Sat. 11.07.2015 Barcelona (Spain) - BeProgMyFriend Festival
Sat. 03.10.2015 Cologne (Germany) - Euroblast Festival
Sun. 04.10.2015 Baarlo (The Netherlands) - Progpower Europe

Update about the coming LEPROUS album
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CD WITHERSCAPE "The new tomorrow" EP

Veröffentlicht am 24. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Witherscape, Dan Swanö, Death Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(9/10) Dan Swanö is a busy guy right now. The debut of Witherscape (OK, that was in 2013), the new album with Nightingale and a few productions are the result of some hard working month. And now, last but not least, a new EP with Witherscape.

The fascinating thing with Swanö is his musical creativity. It's exciting to see how many different styles he makes his own. Witherscape is the more prog- classic- death- outlet that has some things in common with Swedish Opeth. Especially the debut served the same target group.

The EP contains  7 songs - five of them are new ones. It starts with "The new tomorrow" which is the title track. I was surprised about the song since it starts like a track from the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Seems to fit perfectly into the Christmas period. This changes after a while and I would like to descibe the song as a mix of Blind Guardian, Opeth and Savatage. The vocals are, as known from the debut, very diverse and cover everything from growls to very melodic clean vocallines. An excellent track with a complex tonality.

The second own song song is "Dead for another day". It is an extention of "Dead for a day" from the debut and is mainly acoustic with clean vocals. The tune contains no growls and shows the soulful side of Witherscape.

"Defenders of creation", a Warrior cover version, has been re-arranged. It has a Blind Guardian-like beginning before the rough vocals pull the track into another heavy dimension. Cool stuff.

"The new tomorrow" comes with more cover versions. The next one is the melancholic "A world without heroes" from Kiss that is interpreted very well too. It got a Foreigner touch. Intersting is the fact that the Judas Priest cover is done for "Out in the cold" from the controversial discussed "Turbo" album. I honestly liked the song already in the Priest version, but the new arrangement from Witherscape isn't bad either. It's not too far away from the original but has still an own characteristic. "Last rose of summer" is the second Judas Priest cover - but from a different phase of the band. The song is from "Sin after sin" and Witherscape sticks very much to the original. It's a very intense listening experience.

With "A cry for everyone" we even go further back in time. The song is from the 70's art rock / prog rock band Gentle Giant that rounds off an interesting EP.

"The new tomorrow" is a perfect EP to bridge the time till the new album will be ready - hopefully in 2015. Enjoy listening.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The new tomorrow
  2. Defenders of creation
  3. A world without heroes
  4. Out in the cold
  5. Dead for another day
  6. A cry for everyone
  7. Last rose of summer

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Prog Metal

CD WITHERSCAPE "The new tomorrow" EP
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DANKO JONES tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 24. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Danko Jones, Tour, News, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal

Danko Jones will release a new album in February 2015. The name: "Fire music". It seems to become a hot one that will be supported by some live shows.

Here are already some live dates in Germany, The Metherlands and Luxemburg:

06.02.2015    Dortmund, FZW - sold out

07.02.2015    Hamburg, Rock Café St. Pauli - sold out

09.02.2015    Berlin, Privatclub - sold out

19.03.2015    Berlin, Postbahnhof

20.03.2015    Köln, Stollwerk

21.03.2015    (NL) Amsterdam, Melkweg

22.03.2015    Wiesbaden, Schlachthof

24.03.2015    Leipzig, Conne Island

26.03.2015    München, Backstage Werk

27.03.2015    Nürnberg, Hirsch

29.03.2015    (LU) Luxemburg, Den Atelier

Photo: Pirate Smile (Promo)

Photo: Pirate Smile (Promo)

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