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CD review EVIL INVADERS "Pulse of pleasure"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Evil Invaders, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Speed metal from Belgium; that's Evil Invaders. The four-piece from Limburg, Belgium released their debut called "Pulse of pleasure" and it brings the good ol' speed metal back.

They have been teamed-up in 2007 and released so far a demo and an EP simply called "Evil invaders". Now, two years later, "Pulse of pleasure" sees the light of day. The first full length album is nine songs long raging speed metal record.

The big benefit of Evil Invaders tracks is the raw energy of the youth that is transfered to each of the tunes very well. They guys just do what they want to do; and that is playing pure speed metal with some thrash and NWoBHM influences. Fast and furious you're pushed forward from song to song and you can't escape.

But there is also no need for that. Evil Invaders give speed metal a new kick. Oldschool metal by making use of modern production techniques leads to this cool debut.

When I heard the album I had to think about the early Agent Steel. This was mainly to two facts. One I mentioned already - speed metal. The second thing is that singer Joe sounds partly similar to Agent Steel's siren John Cyrris, esp. when the higher screams.

Highlights on the album are the mean and fast opener "Fast, loud'n'rude", the pounding "Eclipse of the mind" and the more Maiden-like "Venom". But also the closer "Master of illusion", being a mix of Iron Maiden and Helloween, sounds pretty good and rounds off a cool album.

"Pulse of pleasure" became a fresh and modern speed metal album from a band that just enjoys what they are doing. Very cool headbanging stuff that might lead to some neck problems afterwards.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Fast, loud 'n' rude
  2. Pulse of pleasure
  3. Eclipse of mind
  4. Siren
  5. Stairway to insanity
  6. Shot to paradise
  7. Venom
  8. Blinded (Intro)
  9. Master of illusion

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Speed Metal

CD review EVIL INVADERS "Pulse of pleasure"
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CD review RICK SPRINGFIELD "Stripped down"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Rick Springfield, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, AOR, News, CD Review

(8/10) "Stripped down" is an acoustic album of Rick Springfield that shows his sensitive side. Over the last two years the guy from Sydney, Australia played a series of inimate solo shows which build the base for the new album. 

The longplayer contains fourteen Springfield songs from different periods of the singer/guitarist. "Jessie's girl" are on the album as well as "I've done everything for you" from the 1981 release "Working class dog". 

1981 was the time when the big success start for Springfield. But it was also a year where pain and suffering had a big impact on him. It was the year when his father died, what showed the six-stringer that live isn't only good or bad. It always has both components. This experiences ended in a great song called "April 24th, 1981 / My father's chair" that is introduced by the Australian musician with a heart-warming story.

With "Love somebody" another hit of the multi talented artist found a way on the album plus many more. As with "My father's chair some of those introduced by a short story too.

It's exactly those stories which makes the album special. Springfield doesn't 'only' play acoustic version of his song; he introduces them by giving them more background and a context. And the singer/guitarist opens up a lot by sharing private experiences. This gave the shows a special vibe and vulnerability which makes the recording so authentic and real. 

After two great new albums, "Venus overdrive" and "Songs for the end of the world", Rick Springfield released with "Stripped down" an amazing acoustic album that takes you an unforgettable emotional journey. Highly recommended.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Affair of the heart
  2. Love is alright tonight
  3. I've done everything for you
  4. Painted girl
  5. Oh well
  6. Love somebody
  7. Baby blue
  8. Rollin' & tumblin'
  9. If wishes were fishes
  10. Don't talk to strangers
  11. April 24th, 1981 / My father's chair
  12. Me and Johnny
  13. Human touch
  14. Jessie's girl

 

Label: Loud & Proud Records / earMusic

Genre: Rock

CD review RICK SPRINGFIELD "Stripped down"
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MOONSPELL posted a review of their album "Extinct"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Moonspell, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Gothic, RockNe, Video

Here comes a first preview from the upcoming Moonspell album. Good stuff is on its way.

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NIGHT DEMON posted a new video

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Night Demon, Heavy Metal, Rock, Power Metal, NWoBHM, Video, News

Time for some kick-ass metal. Night Demon posted a video for "Full speed ahead". Cool stuff and worth to watch. And don't forget to check the album "Curse of the damned".

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New video from the BLACK STAR RIDERS

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Video

Here comes the newest video from the Black Star Riders - "The killer instinct".

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MOTOR SISTER streams new album

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Hardrock, Rock, Anthrax, Classic Rock, News

Until today, only select songs have been made available for public consumption. However this changes today as Motor Sister has teamed up with the music streaming service Deezer to give an exclusive full album premiere "Ride".

MOTOR SISTER streams new album
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HELLOWEEN reveals cover for the new album

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Helloween, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, News, Power Metal

Hamburgs Helloween revealed the cover for their new album "My God given right" which will come via Nuclear Blast.
The cover is done be Martin Häusler who also worked for bands like Queen and Gotthard.

Martin states on Facebook: “We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the ”classical HELLOWEEN“ elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other, just like we did it the years before, working on a HELLOWEEN artwork. A first inspiration came from the album title »My God-Given Right« and some of the song titles like ‘Swing Of A Fallen World’, ‘Lost In America’, ‘Battle´s Won’ etc. During my research I stumbled upon the Blockbuster "Day After Tomorrow" and the idea of just leaving the world to the “pumpkins” was born. The most challenging part of this artwork was to have both, the Limited Edition and the 11" Earbook provided with a 3D-Lenticular-cover (a full 3D cover, visible without 3D glasses). That’s the reason the entire artwork was done 'in one piece', using a 3D program…we did not want one of those 'cheap Lenticular-covers, done by converting a 2d-version', but the best possible real 3D result: So don’t get any other versions – this will be a true collector’s item!”

By the way, release date will be end of May this year.

HELLOWEEN reveals cover for the new album
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CD review O.S.T. "Sons of anarchy: Vol. 4"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in O.S.T., Rock, Blues, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) US series "Sons Of Anarachy" about a motorcycle club became very famous over the last years. Seven seasons have been produced by Kurt Sutter and delivered highly entertaining stories around the Charter based in Charming.

The cherry on the cake have been the great soundtracks that came with "Sons Of Anarchy". 

Volume 4 is now released and as with the discs before it is the Sons Of Anarachy houseband Forest Rangers that build the base for the music. This time the soundtrack contains great new arranged songs from Queen's "Bohemian rhapsody" as well as "Baby, please don't go" and "All along the watchtower". The last mentioned track from Jimi Hendrix is an instrumental and vocals version on the record. Both are done very well.

The good thing with this soundtrack is the fact that the songs sound different from the originals by still being recognisable. And each track fits perfect into the episode the tune was used for.

"Sons of anarchy: Vol.4" is a perfect add-on for fans from the series. But also fans of great rock music and well performed blues sounds should risk a listening session for this soundtrack. Songs made and arranged for the highway.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bohemian rhapsody
  2. Never my love
  3. The age of Aquarius
  4. Greensleeves
  5. All along the watchtower
  6. Make it rain
  7. Baby, please don't go
  8. Blue angel
  9. All along the watchtower (instrumental)
  10. Can't help falling in love
  11. Boots of Spanish leather
  12. Come join the murder

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Rock

CD review O.S.T. "Sons of anarchy: Vol. 4"
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CD review SMASH INTO PIECES "The apocalyptic DJ"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Smash Into Pieces, Modern Metal, Rock, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(6/10) Smash Into Pieces haven't chosen a laid back approach since they released their latest album "Unbreakable" in spring 2013. They supported Amaranthe on their European tour which took three month, opened for Altar Bridge for their show in Stockholm and the guys wrote on the new album too.

The new longplayer is called "The apocalyptic DJ" and has eleven modern metal songs. Normally 'DJ' isn't a term used too often when we talk about a metal record. Therefore I was a bit doubting on what I should expect with the new album. Did the five-piece band moved more towards pop oriented music?

No. It's not that extreme. The modern metal played by the band is still very commercial, but it is far away from 'pop'. Actually I must say that I have the feeling that the touring had a positive effect on Smash Into Pieces. Compared to the last album "The apocalyptic DJ" is a bit more rocking. It is more inspired by bands like Alter Bridge, eventhough the band from Örebro never get close to Mark Tremonti and Co.. But some parallels are obvious, eventough Smash Into Pieces wraps their music partly more into cotton wool.

"Stronger" the opener belongs to the recommended songs on the new album. The electro samples in the beginning are not representative for the rest of the track that powers a lot with downtuned guitars. Combined with the melodic vocallines the result is a cool rock song and a good start into the album.

Also "Another day on the battlefield" is one of the cooler tracks on "The apocalyptic DJ". The tune has a rocking chorus with heavy guitars while offering the fragile side of the band in the verse. Solid and well done.

"Burn", another track on the credit side of the album. This is the heaviest track on the album. It starts with the vocals and not, like many other songs, with some electro samples. For me it's the best song on the album.

The emotional power ballad "Checkmate" is a well-crafted one, but for me it's too trivial. It sounds good, but it also sounds like 'heard before'. That means that there are not only highlights on the record.

In general I have to say that "The apocalyptic DJ" is better than "Unbreakable". This is mainly due to the fact that it's more crunchy than the predecessor. And also from the production, the full sound and the catchiness the album is a good one.

The only thing is, that I still have the feeling, that everything is too much planned. It comes over to me like an album that is 'dressed for success'. More rough edges and less polishing would fit the band very well.

However, fans from the band will love this album too. 

 

(6/10) 

 

Tracklist;

  1. Stronger
  2. My cocaine
  3. Distaster highway
  4. Checkmate
  5. Don't wake me up
  6. Another day on the battlefield
  7. Reaching out
  8. Color of your eyes
  9. Bullets
  10. Burn
  11. Rock'nroll (the apocalyptic tribute)

 

Label: Gain Music

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review SMASH INTO PIECES "The apocalyptic DJ"
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New SORCERER song online

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Sorcerer, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal, Classic Rock, News

Swedish doomsters Sorcerer stream a new song. The track is called "The dark tower of the sorcerer" and sound really good. Seems to become a great album from the Stockholm-based band.

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New video from FM online

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in FM, Rock, AOR, Classic Rock, News, Video

UK rockers from FM posted a new video which is highly entertaining. The melodic rockers called the song "Diggin' up the dirt" and is taken from the upcoming record "Heroes and villains". Release date will be mid April and will come via Frontier Music. But now enough said - enjoy the video.

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CD review ALL THAT REMAINS "The order of things"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in All That Remain, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, News

(5/10) It was singer/shouter Philip Labonte who started All That Remains as a side project next to Shadows Fall. This was in 1998 and it was the start of a career for the band that asked more attention than maybe thought in the beginning. All That Remains is established in the meantime and the band sold many records in the first 14 years.

In these days the band from Springfield, Massachuesetts adds a new album to their discography. "The order of things" is the name of the new record and is probabaly the most diverse one in the band's history. And I guess it will be also the most controversial one too.

Being know for uncompromissing metalcore All That Remains added some more metal and even heavy rock elements to their sound. This makes the longplayer to a interesting musical experience. It leads to the fact that the range of songs is very wide. There are some metalcore tunes on the album like "No knock" and "Pernicious". Those are cool tracks eventhough they aren't really outstanding. Solid metalcore I would say.

Next to those more energetic songs there are the heavy rock songs. This experiment goes that far that All That Remains has even a kind of halfballad ("For you") on "The order of things".  Plus there are songs like "Bite my tongue" and "Divide" with clean vocals only and a big focus on catchy melodies. This started already at "Just moments in time" but All That Remains took the approach a step further which is, I think, a too big one. Things got out of balance.

Also those songs are quite solid, but they have almost nothing to do with what you expect from the band.

"The order of things" is a controverse release of a band that started to try out new things. 'Change' in all meanings of the word and we have to see what the reactions are. All That Remains challenged their trademarks without defining new ones. It is an album that is missing homogeneity and consistancy. I'm curious where this journey will go to in the future.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This probably won't end well
  2. No knock
  3. Divide
  4. The greatest generation
  5. For you
  6. A reason for me to fight
  7. Victory lap
  8. Pernicious
  9. Bite my tongue
  10. Flat empre
  11. Tru Kvlt Metal
  12. Criticism and self realization

 

Label: Razor & Tie

Genre: Metal(core)

CD review ALL THAT REMAINS "The order of things"
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CD review IRON LAMB "Fool's gold"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Lamb, Motorhead, Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(9/10) So far we have been afraid of the moment when Motorhead will announce their retirement. Of course this risk is very limited, but now we have at least a plan B. Without any doubt - the might band from Lemmy Kilmister & Co. can never really be replaced or copied. But with Iron Lamb a band entered the scene that is playing pure and dirty rock'n'roll that is inspired by the iconic band from the UK.

Already the opener "One way track" is the best Motorhead song Lemmy never wrote. It's like an aural punch into your face. - fast, mean and to the point. There is no escape from this song with the powerful bassline.

"Smile now cry later" easily keeps the high quality of the opener by being a bit slower, but again pure rock. And "Feed the fire" is definitely keeping the metal flame alive. Wow, what a start into the album.

A song that is slightly different by still being great is "Leave me be". The tune sounds like Johnny Cash sings a song of Sisters Of Mercy. Again, it sounds different, but is a very welcome break.

"Pink mist" is the next song and the beginning is a bit misleading. The acoustic guitar makes you think of a ballad to come. Wrong. Totally wrong. A powerful riff blows this thought away in no time and the song develops to an uncompromising hardrocker.

The four-piece band from Stockholm, Sweden shows again what huge musical potential this city calls its own.

"Fool's gold" is a 'must' for each rock fan. Forget Red Bull and all the energy drinks. This is the album you should use instead - with the volume on 10. Enjoy the pleasure of rock!

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. One way track
  2. Smile now cry later
  3. Feed the fire
  4. Backstabbers
  5. Leave me be
  6. Pink mist
  7. Mockingbird
  8. Centre of the universe
  9. Rip it up
  10. Deadend blues

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Rock'n'Roll

CD review IRON LAMB "Fool's gold"
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News from RAY WILSON

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Ray Wilson, Stiltskin, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News

Ray Wilson, the singer with the powerful voice, will release a compilation that contains his studio records over the last two decades - eight albums in total. The title of the release will be "The studio albums (1993-2013)" that reflects on 20 years of rock music with Ray Wilson.

The release date will be March 20 and the following records will be part of the box set:

"Swing your bag"

"Millionaire head"

"Change"

"The best next thing"

"She"

"Propaganda man"

"Unfulfillment"

"Chasing rainbows"

News from RAY WILSON
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