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CD review MORGOTH "Ungod"

Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2015 von Markus W. in Morgoth, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) There are records that are good and there are longplayers that stands out from the masses. "Ungod" from Morgoth is one of those discs.

When death metal arose in the 90's and bands like Obituary and Cannibal Corpse gained more and more attention it has been some guys from Meschede, Germany that became the spearhead of German death metal. This powerhouse was called Morgoth and the band released brilliant records like "Cursed" and "Odium".

It was in 1997 when the band disbanded after having released their "Feel sorry for the fanatic" album. It took till 2011 when first signs of life appeared again. Morgoth came back step by step after 15 years of silence by performing on some festivals.

Things developed futher which led to the writing of new songs and producing a new album. Beside this, one important thing happened along the way. Morgoth and chief growler Marc Grewe decided to part ways. Now, changing a singer/growler is a big risk for a band. Fortunatelly I must say that the rest of Morgoth teamed-up with Karsten 'Jagger' Jäger who is in business since decades and had excellent releases with Disbelief. 

So, new album, new singer - restart. "Ungod" is the name of the new disc and I was impressed by what I heard. The first things that strikes attention is the brutal sound of the album. "Ungod" got a very tight and dense sound that was done by Jörn Michutta and Matthias Klinkmann at Sound Division Studio. Combined with eleven awesome death metal anthems "Ungod" became a true death metal highlight.

From the first note on the album raises hell. "House of blood" is two and a half minutes long groove monster, while "Voice of slumber" has a snappy beat with a certain Bolt Trower touch. The merciless "Snakestate" rounds of a triple that makes very clear that this album is brutal and passionated.

The mighty title track is enthroned in the middle of the album. The tune starts with a slow but heavy riff before it turns into a faster oldschool anthem that is thrilling. What is very unusual is the fact that the title track is an instrumental by still being a roaring success.

Also to mention is the first single release from the album called "God is evil". Nomen et omen goe for this mean oldschool smasher. The track is evil and the monsterous riff makes "God is evil" special.

The positive impression of the album is rounded off by a well-done cover that fits to the music. A good choice too.

"Ungod" is combining the early Morgoth and a modern sound that makes the album to a milestone in death metal. This band plays Champions League. Thums up or better said: Horns up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. House of blood
  2. Voice of slumber
  3. Snakestate
  4. Black enemy
  5. Descent into hell
  6. Ungod
  7. Nemesis
  8. God is evil
  9. Traitor
  10. Prison in flesh
  11. The dark sleep

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

CD review MORGOTH "Ungod"
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CD review THE POODLES "Devil in the details"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Poodles, Gotthard, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) 'The devil is in the detail' is a saying and The Poodles decided to use this as a base for the name of their newst longplayer. "Devil in the detail" became the name of the sixth album and The Poodles managed being able to handle all those details that decide on success are failure.

"Devil in the detail" isn't a failure at all. The band presents themselves in good shape and offers 12 songs that are melodic metal/hardrock that can be compared with the latest release from Gotthard. This means that there isn't a lot that changed with the sound of the 2005 founded band, but they developed the details (again this word :))

The opening double header "Before I die" and "House of cards" is well chosen. Heavy riffs are combined with good hooklines that are a pleasure to listen to. "The greatest" is the first track that takes out the heaviness a bit. It is a normal rock song with a good quality, even though it isn't the best on the album. It's very much mainstream.

The partly funky "(What the hell) Baby" stands out a bit more. It has a big pop appeal  and it is sugar sweet. And since we love sugar there is no way to escape from the track. A song that follows a kind of the same pattern is "Stop". The hookline is very well done and the straight-forward rhythm does the rest. In my point of view a real winner on the album.

A tune you should check out as well is "Creator and breaker". The number has a good groove and a melodyline that sticks from the very first moment. This is actually something that goes for all of the songs. You get into them from the very first moment on and we talk about haunting melodies, since the tracks are catchy.

A word about the sound. Mats Valentine has been responsible for the production and he gave the album an powerful sound and made it a really rocking one.

"Devil in the detail" is an excellent melodic metal/hardrock album that gives you good time and is the soundtrack for your next ride into the sunset.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Before I die
  2. House of cards
  3. The greatest
  4. Crack in the wall
  5. (Way the hell) Baby
  6. Everything
  7. Stop
  8. Need to believe
  9. Alive
  10. Life without you
  11. Creator and breaker
  12. Borderline

 

Label: Gain Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review THE POODLES "Devil in the details"
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CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Gentle Storm, Arjen Lucassen, Anneke van Giersbergen, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) When two of Hollands best musicians team-up the result can only be something outstanding. And this happened when multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen decided to create a fantastic new album called "The diary".

Both musicians know each other already since quite a while. The first cooperation took please many years ago. It was in 1998 when the "Into the electric castle" from Ayreon was released and the same thing happened again ten years later for "01011001". 

Their new project is called The Gentle Storm. "The diary" is the name of the longplayer, that is actually a double CD. Both CDs contain the same songs, just differently arranged. The first disc is called 'storm version' and comes with the more powerful arrangements, while CD 2 is the 'gentle version'. And names are self-explaining. 

"The diary" is a concept album. It is build on a story of a sailor that starts a two years journey, leaving his wife back in Holland. Since the story takes place in the seventeenth century the only way to keep contact was sending letters. It's those writings that are the center of the story.

The songs are all brilliant. It's not metal and it's not prog. It is soulful rock music that, if you close your eyes, starts a movie about the two protagonists. Both CD's are mainly acoustic and Lucassen experimented with a lot of different acoustic instruments - around 40 in total. This includes also orchestrated parts that add another moment of tension to each song. The same goes for the embedded folk elements with string sections which are spot-on.

Tunes like the melodic "Shores of Inda" or the outstanding "Haert of Amsterdam" are musical pearls that offer so many details that you can listen to them again and again and again. The 'heaviest' track on the album is probabaly "The storm". Of course, a song with such a title can't be a ballad. It comes with a quite dynamic guitar and the tune spreads a gloomy atmosphere. 

It took a year to make this longplayer and it was very well invested time. The result is  a marvelous sonic journey into a moment long ago. 

I can recommend this diverse and intense album. This is music on a very high level that you should not miss.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1: (Storm version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

CD 2: (Gentle version)

  1. Endless sea
  2. Heart of Amsterdam
  3. The greatest love
  4. Shores of India
  5. Cape of storms
  6. The moment
  7. The storm
  8. Eyes of Michiel
  9. Brightest light
  10. New horizons
  11. Epilogue: The final entry

 

Label: InsideOut Records

Genre: Rock

CD review THE GENTLE STORM "The diary"
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CD review WE ARE HARLOT "We are harlot"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2015 von Markus W. in We Are Harlot, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, Class, News, CD Review

(8/10) We Are Harlot is the successful cooperation of Asking Alexandria singer Danny Warsnop and former Sebastian Bach six stringer Jeff George. The line-up includes bassist Brian Weaver as well as drummer Bruno Agra who also played at Revolution Renaissance. Looking on the history of the four musicians we can conclude that we don't talk about rookies. 

In the forth year of the band's existance the debut album came out via Roadrunner Records. The longplayer, simply called "We Are Harlot", follows the single release from 2014 that was titled "Denial".

Talking about "Denial"; it's a dirty rock song that is also on the debut. The number has a great guitar solo and even some shouts from Warsnop. But those are more or less the only ones on the album. The songs are all with clean vocals and excellent melody lines. So, if you're thinking about metalcore a la Asking Alexandria and you loved that, tha you should maybe stop reading here and now.

Another tune that is worth to be mentioned is the strong opener "Dancing on nails". Also be chosen to be a single release from the album, the song is roaring like hell. It comes with massive guitars and some piano sounds as being the cherry on the cake. The following "DLT" can easily keep this high level - as all the songs on "We Are Harlot" actually do.

More highlights needed? "One more night" is one of those. We Are Harlot combines Mötley Crüe sleaze rock with some mighty riffs and a lot of street credibility. This results in a great rock song that takes no prisoners.

The last track on the debut album is called "I tried". It's the soulful ballad on the band's debut that circumnavigates all cliches and is just a great song. A romantic tune that marks the end of an thrilling album that makes a lot of fun. To recommed!

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dancing on nails
  2. DLT
  3. Someday
  4. Denial
  5. Easier to leave
  6. One more night
  7. Never turn back
  8. The one
  9. Love for the night
  10. Flying too close to the sun
  11. I tried

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review WE ARE HARLOT "We are harlot"
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New EVERCLEAR video

Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2015 von Markus W. in Everclear, Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

US-based Everclear released a new video. "Amercian monster" is the name of the song that sounds pretty good. The video is done in an interesting way - for each of you that still knows the 'tape-times'. The new album comes end of April.

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CD review SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS "Blaster"

Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2015 von Markus W. in Scott Weiland, The Wildabouts, Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Stone Temple Pilots, CD Review, News, Velvet Revolver

(8/10) Scott Weiland is known by many of you from his time at Stone Temple Pilots. The grunge band from San Diego had their peak in the 90's before they disbanded in 2008. Scott Weiland was the extrovert frontman of the successful band before he was replaced in 2013 by Linkin' Park singer Chester Bennington.

Next to the Stone Temple Pilots Weiland was part of Velvet Revolver too but also this engagement came to an end. 

However, this was the past. Let's focus more on the new album Scott Weiland released together with The Wildabouts. First we need to clarify who is standing behind the header of The Wildabouts. Scott Weiland teamed-up with bass player Tommy Black, guitarist Jeremy Brown and drummer Danny Thompson. It is this four-piece band that found together over the last years on several jams and tours. 

In total "Blaster" comes with 12 songs that are a journey through rock history. Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts doesn't only stick to one style. The music can be described as 'rock' with a lot of different shades. 

"Modzilla" and "Amethyst" remind to the old grunge times, "Bleed out" is a straight-forward rocker, "Blue eyes" is a melodic song in a moderate pace and with "Beach pop" the band touches the fields of surf rock. The tune is a mix of Beach Boys and Ramones. And last but not least you can find a cover version on "Blaster" as well. T-Rex's "20th century boy" made it on the tracklist. It's by the way a cool version with a crunchy guitar and a pounding bass. A bit more 'rock' and a bit less 'glam'.

The most silent moment is reserved for the ending. "Circles" is an acoustic song that has a certain folk touch.  

"Blaster" became an exciting trip through rock music that is much better than what I expected from Weiland. Those twelve songs could become your soundtrack for this summer. Cool music with a cool groove. Check it out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Modzilla
  2. Way she moves
  3. Hotel Rio
  4. Amestyst
  5. White lightning
  6. Blue eyes
  7. Bleed out
  8. Youth quake
  9. Beach pop
  10. Parachute
  11. 20the century boy
  12. Cicles

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Rock

CD review SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS "Blaster"
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Live review HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, NITRODIVE, DOUBLE CRUSH SYNDROME, Leiden, 20.03.2015

Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2015 von Markus W. in Hardcore Superstars, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Hardrock, Nitrodive, Live Review, News, Double Crush Syndrome

The Gebr. De Nobel in Leiden is a venue in Holland which I haven’t visited before. It opened in 2014 and is build into an old factory. The entire location was reconstructed and became a very good concert location that can host shows up to 750 visitors.

This night the entire capacity wasn’t used. My guess is that it has been between 200 and 250 fans of Swedish Hardcore Superstar that wanted to see the show. But before the established four-piece entered the stage it was time for two support bands to warm up the crowd.

The start was done by German Double Crush Syndrome. In case you haven’t heard about them before, it’s the new band from Ruhrpott icon Andy Brings. ‘New’ is maybe not the best expression since he started the band already in 2013. It was the first time that the guys have performed in Holland and even though they had the burden to be the first ones being on stage the band did a great job. Highly energetic stage acting, rock songs with a kick-ass attitude and crunchy guitars have characterized the gig that ended in a raw version of Motörhead’s “Ace of spades”. It was fun to see them on stage and let’s hope to see them back.

After a short break it was time for the second act. Nitrodive from Sweden entered the stage and played their mix of alternative- and punk rock. Basically there was nothing wrong with their first show in The Netherlands. They tried to spread quite some energy, have been very enthusiastic and they also have a drummer with quite some entertainer qualities. Also adding two Ramones songs to the setlist was something that was well appreciated. Nitrodive are a young band and they are playing with passion. What I missed is a bit more of their own identity. That would have turned a solid set into an unforgettable one.

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Time for the headliner, time for Hardcore Superstar. Actually the break was with 40 minutes a pretty long one. Especially considering the fact that the stage was prepared after 20 minutes. However, lights out and time for rock’n’roll. The intro “Fox on the run” started, followed by the four guys entering the stage with the first notes of “We don’t celebrate Sundays”. Jocke was all over the place, jumping up and down, running from left to right; encouraged by the powerful rhythm section and the sleazy guitars by Vic Zino.

The fans appreciated the show from the very first moment one and there was immediately another mood that filled the venue. Since Hardcore Superstar have a new album in the pipeline (called "HCSS" that will be released in April) the four-piece also used the opportunity to play some new stuff. Songs like “The cemetery” and “Don’t mean shit” went perfectly together with the older tunes such as “Wild boys” and “Dreamin’ in a casket”. “Touch the sky” is another new song and was dedicated to A.J. Pero from Twisted Sister who died a few days ago. It’s a cool song with a great punch and based on the drums a well chosen one for this purpose.

Than it was time for the band’s anthem “Last call for alcohol” where the stage got pretty much filled up with fans. Invited by Jocke some girls entered scene followed by some guys as well. This gave the song an atmosphere that reminded to a big party. That’s rock.

All in all it was a cool and authentic sleaze rock evening hosted by a great venue. And for the next time I would like to say it with Jocke’s words: "Next time each of you will bring a friend to the show”.

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Setlist:

  1. Fox in the run (Intro)
  2. We don't celebrate Sundays
  3. My good reputation
  4. Guestlist
  5. The cemetery
  6. Off with their heads
  7. Dreamin' in a casket
  8. Wild boys
  9. Kick on the upperclass
  10. Touch the sky
  11. Last call for alcohol
  12. Someone special (Encore)
  13. Don't mean shit (Encore)
  14. Moonshine (Encore)
  15. Above the law (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr De Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 26.03.2015

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CD review DAN REED "Transmission"

Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dan Reed, Rock, CD Review, News

(5/10) I was happy when I got the new album from Dan Reed, formerly Dan Reed Network. But I must say that the disillusionment followed quite quickly. But let's take one at a time.

The third solo album from Dan Reed contains thirteen songs that have been recorded in Prague. "Transmission", the name of the new album, can be really seen as a solo release since Dan Reed was, next to the vocals, also doing all the guitars and keyboards.

So far so good. Actually the album also starts quite OK with songs like "Broken soul" and "Roll the dice". But already with the third track things get less exciting. "Drive" is the name of the number and I have to say that the tune misses the 'drive'.

And it continues that way. The longplayer drifts towards the end without having a real highlight or a song that stand out. And longplayer really stand for 'long' in this context. The mood stays very much on a same level throughout the album and I had the feeling that "Transmission" never really gets started. 

So, my happiness got confronted with reality and I must say that if I want to listen to this kind of music I will go back to the old Lighthouse Family records. Not my cup of tea.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Broken soul
  2. Roll the dice
  3. Drive
  4. Anywhere but here
  5. Bending the light
  6. Arm yourself
  7. Fire in the pyramid
  8. You're all I need
  9. On the metro
  10. Ear to the track
  11. What dreams may come
  12. Already there
  13. She's not you

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Rock

CD review DAN REED "Transmission"
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CD review KATATONIA "Sanctitude"

Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2015 von Markus W. in Katatonia, Rock, Unplugged, Dark Metal, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, DVD review

(9/10) It was year ago when Swedish Katatonia played a few shows in Europe in an unplugged setup that was based on the "Dethroned & uncrowned" release from 2013. I had the chance to see the concert in the P60 in Amstelveen, Netherlands and I was impressed.

10 month later Katatonia releases a live recording from a show, captured on this tour. It was the gig in London's Union Chapel that will be released as a live CD/DVD/BluRay. By having a look on the location you can see already that the show wasn't only acoustic. The band has also chosen very special locations that provided the right ambient for those special concerts.

Since I only heard the album so far I can't refer to the concertfilm and the documentary called "Beyond the chapel", but already listening to the album clearly states the intense expression of the show.

Katatonia played in total 17 songs in an (half-) acoustic setup, taken from albums like "The great cold distance", "Dead end kings",... A look on the setlist also shows that the band performed some songs that they have never played live before. "Gone" for example and also "The one you are looking for is not here" are two fo those anthems; the last one also included a guest appearence of Silje Wergeland from The Gathering.

Talking about guest appearences - Katatonia had a few line-up changes upfront of the shows. Therefore the band has been quite nervious and Jonas Renske expressed this also a couple of times. But it has been those changes that allowed the band to invite The Pineapple Thief frontman Bruce Soord to join the tour. And this was a great add-on.

All in all I can highly recommend this atmospheric album Great musicians are performing excellent song, somewhere between rock and prog, in an unique environment. This album is the sonic version of some sunrays that break though the grey November sky. Enjoy it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. In the white
  2. Ambitions
  3. Teargas
  4. Gone
  5. A darkness coming
  6. One year from now
  7. The racing heart
  8. Tonight's music
  9. Sleeper
  10. Undo you
  11. Lethean
  12. Day
  13. Idle blood
  14. Unfurl
  15. Omerta
  16. Evidence
  17. The one you are looking for is not here

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Rock

CD review KATATONIA "Sanctitude"
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CD review HEIDEVOLK "Velua"

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2015 von Markus W. in Heidevolk, Pagan Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Normally pagan metal isn't my favourite metal genre. The pathos and the myth isn't what really are thrilling to me. I always feel a bit like ‘Lord of the rings’ squeezed in denim and leather. Therefore I was sceptic when I received the new album Heidevolk. 

But I must say that the band from Arnhem, The Netherlands, surprised me. Their fifth full-length album is full of powerful metal. Yes, there are folk/pagan sequences but there are the more power metal-like moments as well. And those are the ones I really appreciate on “Velua”.

In addition the band from Gelderland kept the lyrics in Dutch which gives them a kind of uniqueness.

So, besides the pathos and image, what about the music? As said, I was happily surprised that Heidevolk uses more downtuned guitars than flutes and other medieval instruments. The sounds quite heavy and the crunchy riffs make the album to an interesting one. 

The pagan/folk influences are coming back in tunes like the title song and "Drankgelag". Those songs are well crafted but don't really give me the shiver. My preference goes more to tracks like the opener "Winter woede" are more strong metal anthems with even some growls included. That sounds actually pretty cool. And also the heavy "Herboren in vlammen" is a mighty beast that crawls out of your speakers. Another highlight is "In het diepst der nacht" which has a gloomy expression, a crunchy guitar sound and a good vocal line.

The sound of the album is powerful and has the right punch. 

So, all in all a positive surprise. "Velua" is an album that finds the right mix between pathos and metal which makes it also accessible for a bigger audience. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Winter woede
  2. Herboren in vlammen
  3. Urth
  4. De hallen van mijn vaderen
  5. De vervloekte jacht
  6. Het dwalende licht
  7. Drankgelag
  8. Velua
  9. Eet met de storm
  10. Richting de wievenbelter
  11. In het dieps der nacht
  12. Vinland

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Pagan Metal

CD review HEIDEVOLK "Velua"
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CD review MAGIC KINGDOM "Savage requiem"

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2015 von Markus W. in Magic Kingdom, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Magic Kingdom is more than an amusement park in Florida. The name is also standing for melodic power metal made in Belgium. The four-piece is around since 1998 and the main man behind the band is guitarist Dushan Petrossi, also known from Iron Mask.

While the six stringer lives his more hardrock based passion with Iron Mask, he focusses with Magic Kingdom more on his interest in metal. In my opinion a smart decision not combining everything in one band. 

And "Savage requiem" is full of metal that is inspired by bands like e.g the earlier Helloween and Iron Maiden. 

The range of Magic Kingdom covers the fast tracks like "Rivals forever", the more dramatic ones like "Full moon sacrifice" as well as the pounding title track "Savage requiem" that comes with some Dio parallels.

Talking about Dio, what stands out with Magic Kingdom is their singer Christian Palin that does a great job on the album. He has a lot of power in his voice and his vocal range covers the higher screams as well as the rougher parts.

The production is supporting the songs very well. The record got a powerful and tight sound that gives the album the necessary drive.

To sum up: "Savage requiem" is a solid power metal record with a dense sound and good songs. The album is well crafted but it is also predictable. There are lot of bands around playing the same kind of music and it would be good if "Savage requiem" would have more unique characteristics. To pick-up the amusement park theme from the beginning I would say that it is an entertaining one where you know all the attractions already. It's up to you to decide if you want to go there.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. In umbra mea
  2. Guardian angels
  3. Rivals forever
  4. Full moon sacrifice
  5. Ship of ghost
  6. Savage requiem
  7. Four demon kings of shadowlands
  8. With fire and sword
  9. Dragon princess
  10. Battlefield magic

 

Label: AFM

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review MAGIC KINGDOM "Savage requiem"
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CD review DEADHEADS "This is Deadheads first album"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2015 von Markus W. in Deadheads, Rock, Hardrock, Punkrock, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Again Gothenburg, the city with the almost endless potential for great rock and metal bands. This time we are talking about Deadheads and their new album "This is Deadheads first album(It includes electric guitars)". I think that the band created with the albums name, that has the cross-reference to Howlin' Wolf, the title of the year already

The sound of Deadheads is rooted in the 70's. Their mix of classic rock, some Motörhead and pure punk is an enegizer per excellence. Singer and guitarist Manne Olander stated that "the band don't want to record the same song ten times". And after listening to the album a few times I can say that they succeeded.

The joy of this album is the raw power the band spreads. The album makes you feel like sitting for half an hour in a spin cycle. Where other bands start with an intro and slowly introduce you in the album Deadheads kicks ass from the very first moment on. "Baby blues", "My demons" and "Freak out" are an opening triple that just blows you away. Deadheads aren't here for making compromises. They just rock. 

In all the 31 minutes they don't give you any time to breathe even though "Ghost" takes out the pace a bit and had a more classic rock approach with a cool piano.

The album can keep this high standard till the last note and it doesn't matter if you're listening to the title track or tunes like the cool grooving 70's rocker "Venom"; all of them are good.

Deadheads released an excellent goodtime rock album that shakes you awake and is better than every energy drink. Again cool stuff from Gothenburg.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Baby blues
  2. My demons
  3. Freak out
  4. Ghost
  5. Lose my mind
  6. Deadheads
  7. Rock & roll
  8. Venom
  9. Live on
  10. Keep on searching

 

Label: High Roller Records
Genre: Hardrock

CD review DEADHEADS "This is Deadheads first album"
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Interview with Ronny Flissundet from DUNDERBEIST

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dunderbeist, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Interview

Norwegian Dunderbeist released their newest album "Hyklare" a few weeks ago. The five-piece from Hamar put ten songs on the album that are a great mix of different styles - all in Norwegian. Furthemore the band has planned already some shows in Norway and it was great to get some new inisghts from guitarist Ronny Flissundet:

 

Markus' Heavy Music Blog: Hej Ronny, you guys have released your new album "Hyklere" a few eeks ago. What have been the first reactions?

Ronny Flissundet: The feedback so far has been great, both among our fans and from the media.
Almost all of the „Hyklere“ tunes have already found their way into our live set, and we are getting a massive response on the new stuff while performing, which is the best feeling in the world actually.
Album reviews have been really good both here in Norway and abroad, so we can’t complain, really. Seems like we did at least something right.

MHMB: It is already your sixth full-length album. How would you describe it and what are the main differences to "Songs of the buried"?

Ronny: Ever since our beginning we have released an album every year, and been overly wreckless, energetic and creative. In 2012 we did 2 album releases, and after finishing “Songs of the buried” (an album the band feel as a bit too stressed), we decided that on our next record we would be spending a lot more time in the creative phase. So we did. We lowered our shoulders, didn’t have to work against a deadline, and let the creativity flow. And spent shitloads of hours, days and weeks in our little stinking hole of a combined studio and rehearsal space. Good times!
Anyhow, we wanted to make this album a bit different. More personal and without any restraints or concepts or anything that would limit the outcome. The result, as you can hear on “Hyklere”, is a lot more diverse, emotional and progressive, in many ways. And a bit more stripped down in the whole sound. Ah, it sucks trying to describe this. You get so stuck in your own work after a two-year (or so) period of focusing only on the songs, the musicians and all the details, so one gets a bit blind, I guess. Maybe you will experience the album different than this, and that’s cool. We feel we ended up with something we can stand proud of. A legacy. At least to this point. 

Another thing that differs between the previous and the new album is of course the language. “Hyklere” is in many ways the sequel to our 2011 self-titled album in our native tongue of Norwegian. That colors the expression and the feel of the songs a whole lot as well. 

MHMB: How was the songwriting for the new album? Are you all involved to the song writing?

Ronny: A couple of the songs were written in an early stage. „Spaan“ and „Groms“ were written before „Songs of the buried“, I think. That is something I think may be heard comparing the albums too. These songs have a more Dunderbeist 2011/12 feel to them than the rest of the „Hyklere“ tracks.
And a lot of the songs and ideas from the album, Torgrim (singer) wrote at home in his small toilet actually, due to tight family space (and great tile acoustics!)
But all of us write the music and bring the ideas. And as a group, we work with one another’s sketches, pulling them painfully apart and putting the pieces back together, recording numerous preproduction versions and rehearsing the new versions live. This way, all of us get their saying, in this democratic entity of Dunderbeist.

Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo

MHMB: The new album sounds very diverse. How would you describe your style?

Ronny: I wouldn’t. I’ve tried a zillion times, but it is too damn hard to come up with any fitting description really. It is hard rock. With elements of metal, but also pop music and progressive rock. And a whole bunch more. Our inspirations go wide, and we try making something that all of us find exciting and different, something we ourselves would want to check out and listen to.

MHMB: Where do you guys take your inspiration from? I guess you call a lot of quite different bands to your favorites looking on the unique mix of style in your sound.

Ronny: Well, we are five different guys that all puts bits of ourselves into the music, so the inspirations come from all kinds of directions.  Some bands appeal to all of us and have of course inspired a lot. Like Mastodon, Faith No More, Witchcraft, Doomriders, Motorpsycho, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, and the list goes on through rock history.
I personally these days get inspired by bands like Cult of Luna, Elder, Kollwitz, Russian Circles, Latitudes and Neurosis.
But other band members also get stuff from all kinds of other stuff from Feist to Alt J to Darkthrone to Toto (!). 

MHMB: The new album is kept in Norwegian? What was the reason to keep it to your native language?

Ronny: In 2010 we recorded and released an EP called „Rovmord“. None of us had at the time ever done anything in Norwegian before, and feeling that pulling that off went well, we followed up by our first full album in Norwegian ( „Dunderbeist“ – 2011).
That album is in retrospect the album we as a band feel are the best one we ever did (before „Hyklere“, that is..). When sung in Norwegian, the whole sound changes. I don’t know why and how, but in that process you start writing the songs different as well. There’s a special feel to our own language, and that makes us better as a band in some weird way. We wanted to continue that project, and decided this new album should be in Norwegian, and we haven’t regretted that for a second. 

MHMB: What are the songs about and where do you guys take the inspiration from for the lyrics?

Ronny: The songs on the new album are mostly of personal matters. The darker aspects of ones inner sufferings and self-despite and struggles. A dead honest description of one’s first thoughts on matters, without any filters. You know, the way one always limit and adapt oneself, knowing that someone will read/listen to what you have to say and judging you for it afterwards. That kind of hypocrisy is some of what we’re trying to describe with the thematics of „Hyklere“ ( meaning „hypocrites“ in english).

Torgrim (singer) writes all the lyrics, well 98 percent or so, till I have gotten through with my inputs and suggestions. We play ball a lot on the lyrics and vocal stuff in the preproduction phases of the songwriting.
But the inspiration for the words and lyrics are all somewhere back in Torgrim and his artsy mind.

MHMB: Will we see you guys on tour pretty soon? You're playing some shows in Norway, but how is it with the rest of Europe? Are there any plans?

Ronny: We haven’t booked anything outside of Norway yet, since we will be focusing on our home territory in the first part of the „Hyklere“ tour. We did book some German shows in April, though, but they had to be cancelled (before they ever were announced) since we got this other opportunity of supporting one of Norway’s greatest 90s bands (MHMB: Seigmen) on their reunion tour in the same period. Sometimes you have to make these awfully hard choices. But we will return to Europe (I say this like Norway isn’t a part of Europe, but you know what I mean, sitting here on the North tip of the continent on a frosty iceberg writing this in runes on cave walls). The fall/winter seems like a good period for this, so make sure you learn Norwegian while waiting, and you can all sing along on the „Hyklere“-tunes, and come have a chat with us. We’re nice people and we don’t bite. At least not before midnight.

       MHMB: Ronny, thanks for all the insights and I hope to see you with  
       Dunderbeist in the rest of Europe pretty soon.
Interview with Ronny Flissundet from DUNDERBEIST
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CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2015 von Markus W. in Annisokay, Post-Hardcore, Modern Metal, Metalcore, News, CD Review

(6/10) Not even one years after debut "The lucid dream(er)" the band from Halle, Germany releases their next album. "Enigmatic smile" is the title of the new longplayer that comes with eleven new songs.

In general I can say that there isn't that much new to report. The new disc takes up where the band stopped with the predisessor. Their mix of of post hardcore and modern metal dominantes also "Enigmatic smile".

Songs like "Naked city" are very representative for the album. There is the might riffing part in the middle of the track while there are also very melodic vocal lines that turns into deep shouting before the song finds back to a strong melody. All comes together in "Naked city" very well.

The other tunes on the longplayer follow the same pattern. In principle it is done quite well but it also makes the album one-dimensional. After a while I got the feeling of 'having heard it before'. A four track EP might have been enough.

The only song that is slightly different is "Life cycles". The tune is a slower track that shows the more fragile side of the band from Germany. The base is a highly melodic and soulful vocalline that is supported by some reduced guitars and samples. For me an appreciated break on the album.

When it comes to the production of the album everything is okay. "Enigmatic smile" got a dense and powerful sound that is, for my ears, well mixed. A big plus of the record.

For the coming releases it would be great if Annisokay would break out more often out of their comfort zone and add more elements to their music that surprises the listener. 

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Carry me away
  2. Naked city
  3. Snowblind
  4. Panic attack
  5. Wolves in the walls
  6. Fragile line
  7. Traveler
  8. Life cycles
  9. Fame
  10. New autumn light
  11. What is left

 

Label: Long Brach Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"
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