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Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2015 von Markus W.

Long live Rock'n'Roll
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CD review MINDEAD "Controlling the tides"

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2015 von Markus W. in Mindead, In Flames, Undertow, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Nu Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) If you're from Stuttgart and a football fan you're not surrounded by happiness these days. Being the last in the Bundesliga means more tears than party. But maybe some music from the capitol of Baden-Wuerttemberg can ease thee pain. Partly yes.

Mindead is a band coming from Stuttgart and they aren't new, even though you might not have heard about them. It was already in 2001 when frontman Timo Fielker and drummer Benjamin Hölle started the band. After having found some like-minded musicians the four-piece started to gain ground.

In 2008 they release their debut called "Abandon all hope" and with this album in the backhand they opened for band like Devildriver and Ektomorf. This describes also what kind of music the four guys from Swabia are playing. It's a mix of thrash, melodic death metal and some nu-metal elements. The whole dish is spiced up with a heavy groove that make your head bang.

The twelve songs on the new album "Controlling the tides" are OK; with one exception. Mindead decided to cover Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt". Hmmm. The original version of the Irish megasellers is already pretty good. But after Johnny Cash created this goosebump version of the tune that was such an emotional expression of his final journey I think that you can just loose by covering the track again. And so did Mindead. They did their best but that wasn't enough - based on the history of the classic.

But there are eleven other tracks that sometimes reflect the melodic death metal the Gothenburg style ("Controlling the tides", "Sleeping in carbonite"). I guess the guys have heard quite some In Flames recently. A tune that you should check out as well is "Unearthed" with its unconventual beginning. The spoken words part and the partly melodic vocals makes the track to one of the more interesting ones on the album. In the chorus I was reminded to Undertow. And this isn't a bad cross-reference.

To sum up: "Controlling the tides" is a well-crafted metal record that comes with a bunch of solid songs. The moments of surprise are limited but maybe those aren't needed. If you count the mentioned bands to your favorites you should risk a friendly ear to this album. 

 

(7/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Orbital
  2. Controlling the tides
  3. Sentimental
  4. Sore
  5. Sleeping in carbonite
  6. The letting go
  7. Universal
  8. Unearthed
  9. Trains and losses
  10. Indifferent
  11. Standing in line
  12. Hurt

 

Label: Bleeding Nose Records

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

CD review MINDEAD "Controlling the tides"
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CD review THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN "Cold was the ground"

Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Midnight Ghost Train, Stoner Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Southern Rock, Sludge, CD Review, News

(8/10) New stoner stuff from Topeka, Kansas means that The Midnight Ghost Train has been in the studio again. Yes, they recorded a new album that got the title "Cold was the ground".

The Midnight Ghost Train's interpretation is a bit different from the most other bands in this genre. It's mainly the rough vocals from founder Steve Moss that enriches the sound of the band. Moss' way of singing is raw and sometimes close to growls while the guitar riffs are based on what bands like Kyuss started years ago. This combination makes the album exciting since you can explore those new nuances within eleven new tracks.

The responsibility for the rhythm sits with Brandon Burghart (d) and Mike Boyne (b). Both guys are doing a very good job too which you can hear in songs like "Arvonia" that is build in a heavy bassline. 

Talking about the mighy bass I also need to mention "Straight to the North". The bass in the beginning introduces the song before the guitar and the drums join in to make the track to a groove machine.

The highlight of the album is the faster "BC trucker" that feels like a steam train locomotive with its overwhelming energy. It's hard to extract yourself from the impact of this tune.

"No. 227" shows how Motörhead would sound if they would play stoner rock and the following "The little sparrow" presents the band from a total different side. Reduced drums and bass are accompanied by spoken vocals are the incrediences that make the tune a cool rocker. I actually was reminded in one or another way to Henry Rollins' "Liar" - just without the brutal sonic eruptions.

"Cold was the night" is a cool longplayer from a band that isn't that well known yet. I hope this changes with the new release. They would have diserved it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Along the chasm
  2. Gladstone
  3. BC trucker
  4. Arvonia
  5. One last shelter
  6. The canfield
  7. Straight to the North
  8. No. 227
  9. The kittle sparrow
  10. Twin souls
  11. Mantis

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Stoner Rock

CD review THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN "Cold was the ground"
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New album from BONFIRE in April

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2015 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News

The history from Bonfire started many many years ago. It was in the beginning of the 80's when a bunch of young guys teamed up under the banner of Cacumen. This happened in Ingolstadt, Germany. The city was and isn't well known for rock music, but Cacumen managed to get some first sttention by realeasing the debut in 1981 and "Bad widow" in 1983.

The two main names behind Cacumen have been Claus Lessmann and Hans Ziller. It has been those two guys who decided later to change the name into Bonfire. The first album of the new established group was "Don't touch the light" in 1986. The longplayer made the band even more popular and songs like "SDI" or the title track  became well known hardrock anthems. With "You make me feel" the band had even a first small hit on "Don't touch the light".

With the increasing popularity Bonfire also got the chance for better condition when it comes to production and touring. The peak of the band from Ingolstadt was in 1987 when they released "Fireworks" - an album that entered the German charts and enabled them to tour with Judas Priest and also ZZ Top. 

Bonfire could never return to those successful times due to internal differences and line-up changes. Of course more records have been released but none of them was as good as "Fireworks" and the debut.

A big credit of the band is that they never gave up. Bonfire always existed and after all these years they have a new album that will be released pretty soon. Hans Ziller teamed-up with singer David Reece which seems to be a very good combination. Having Ronnie Parkes on bass and Harry Reischmann behind the drum kit Bonfire's newest release will be titled "Glorious". Release date will be end of April and let's stay curious about how it will sound. Stay tuned.

New album from BONFIRE in April
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CD review PRONG "Songs from the black hole"

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2015 von Markus W. in Prong, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Almost a year after their latest studio release Prong surprises us with a new longplayer. This time it's not about new songs from the groove metal institution from New York. It is more a kind of journey into the personal record collection of the Tommy Victor and band mates.

Prong recorded an album that contains ten songs from bands that influenced New York-based Tomme Victor and by that also the sound of Prong. And it's a great birthday present too, since Prong can celebrate their 30st anniversary pretty soon.

It starts with a heavy version of Discharge's "Doomsday" which sounds excellent in the way Prong interprets the song from UK punk band. Unfortunately the Sisters Of Mercy hit "Vision thing" from the album of the same name doesn't reach the perfection of the original. It's good, but the other covers are better.

Going futher to Butthole Surfer's cover of "Goofy's concern" means leaving 'gothic' and going back to punk and hardcore again. And especially "Bars" from Blag Flag, that became an excellent interpretation, is one of the highlights on the disc.

Also the rest of the songs covers a lot of hardcore bands of distinction like Fugazi and Husker Du.

A tune that stands out is the Neil Young cover of "Cortez the killer". The slow and melancholic song is a kind of counterpart to the other tracks on the album. The rocker that is originally from Young's "Zuma" album from 1975 begins with a great guitar part and is about Hernán Cortés, a conquistador the conquered Mexico. Prong's version reflects the original very well by still being an authentic Prong interpretation. Together with Zodiac's version of the track one of the best covers of the calssic so far. And it is, in my humble opinion, the best track on the album.

Sometimes those cover albums feel like 'a need for money'. Not this one. Tommy Victor has a passion for those songs he put on the longplayer. They obviously mean a lot to him. And that is what you can hear on each of the ten tracks. 

"Songs from the black hole" is a good album that gives also younger fans a good overview about the 80's hardcore/punk heroes and is a real bridge till we can welcome the next Prong studio release. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Doomsday (Discharge cover)
  2. Vision thing (Sisters Of Mercy cover)
  3. Goofy's concern (Butthole Surfers cover)
  4. Kids of the black hole ( Adolescent cover)
  5. Bars (Black Flag cover)
  6. Seeing red (Killing Joke cover)
  7. Don't want to know if you are lonely (Husker Du cover)
  8. Give me the cure (Fugazi cover)
  9. Banned in D.C. (Bad Brains cover)
  10. Cortez the killer (Neil Young cover)

 

Label: SPV/ Steamhammer

Genre: Groove Metal

CD review PRONG "Songs from the black hole"
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Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2015 von Markus W. in Moonspell, Septicflesh, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Gothic, Death Metal, News, Live Review

March 13 was falling on a Friday this year. What a great date for having a show with Moonspell and Septicflesh, supported by Spartan. The Patronaat in Haarlem hosted this power package that was a surety for excellent metal.

It was up to Spartan from Haarlem to kick off that night. Their death metal fitted very well into the evening and they did a good job by preparing the stage for the bands to come. After the show one of the fans welcome his friends with a "You missed the best band." I wouldn't go that far but it was a solid set from the locals.

Then it was time for Septicflesh. It was the first time that I have seen the Greek black metal institition live. Therefore I was really curious about the live show, esp. since the last longplayer "Titan" was a very good one. 

The four-piece from Athens had with "War in heaven" an excellent start into the show. They had a pretty good sound from the first moment on and hammered the song into the crowd that appreciated the raw power spread by the band. Covered in a mystic dark/blue stage light Septicflesh focussed on tracks from "Titan" embedded in some classics from earlier releases like the mighty "Anubis" and "Cumminion" from the album of the same name.

I was impressed by the 60 minutes long show that was also very much appreciated by the fans of Moonspell as well. This isn't a given since their music is slightly different.

All in all it was a delicate hour of harsh black metal that was a sonic gate to the 'South of heaven'.

Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015

Time for the headliner on Friday 13. Moonspell entered the stage with a first highlight. The opener "Breathe (Until we are no more)" from the current record "Extinct" was chosen to start a 90 minutes long gig of metal and darkness. Followed by the title track and the 1996 classics "Opium" and "Awake" the start couldn't have been better. The Patronaat became a madhouse. Having those tracks in the backhand made the statement from singer Fernando Ribeiro to a kind of understatement when he said, that "some bands come to play their hits. But since we don't have hits we just play songs". If those tracks are 'just' songs I don't even want to know how hits would sound. An impressive start into the show of the Portugese five-piece was guaranteed anyhow.

At that stage I also have to mention the sound. Moonspell got an excellent sound too. Considering that this was the second show on the current leg of the European tour a formidable fact.

The focus of the show was on the new album - of course. But the band also played quite some highlights from the debut "Wolfheart". The album has its 20 years anniversary and tracks like "Wolfshade (A werewolf masquerade)" and "Vamperia" are still great songs that show the rawness of the early days. I have seen the band for the first time in 1995 in Ulm, Germany when they opened for Tiamat and I must say that 20 years later songs like the mighty "Almar mater" even gained over time.

The only song I missed was the brutal "Alpha noir" from the last release. Buy OK, this was something I could live with.

I haven't seen any disappointing show from the Portuguese band over all those years and also the gig in Haarlem didn't change this. Moonspell got mature over the last twenty years and found their sound without becoming predictable.

And as a funny sidenote it was Moonspell that included almost more 'snow' in their show than the Dutch winter had to offer.

Great band, great songs, great sound = great night. 

 

Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015
Live review MOONSPELL, SEPTICFLESH, SPARTAN Haarlem, 13.03.2015

Setlist:

Moonspell:

  1. Breathe (Until we are no more)
  2. Extincnt
  3. Opium
  4. Awake
  5. ..of dream and drama (midnight ride)
  6. Medusalem
  7. Domina
  8. Nocturna
  9. The last of us
  10. Malignia
  11. Funeral bloom
  12. The future is dark
  13. Mephisto
  14. Vampiria
  15. Ateagina
  16. Alma Mater
  17. Wolfshade (A werewolf masquerade) (Encore)
  18. Full moon madness (Encore)

Septicflesh:

  1. War in heaven
  2. Communion
  3. Order of Dracul
  4. A great mass of death
  5. Pyramid God
  6. Titan
  7. Prototype
  8. The vampire from Nazareth
  9. Dogma
  10. Anubis
  11. Prometheus

 

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: 13.03.2015

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CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Volume IV - Hammered again"

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2015 von Markus W. in Mammoth Mammoth, Stoner Rock, Hardrock, Rock, Punkrock, AC-DC, Airbourne, News, CD Review

(8/10) If Airbourne is the little brother of AC/DC than Mammoth Mammoth is the MEAN little brother of the famous band from Down Under.

I have to admit that I like the sound of the band from Melbourne, Australia. They don't play innovative and/or complex music. They just do what they can do best. This is writing and playing straight-forward rock'n'roll and by doing this they prove that you can make excellent music with just a few chords. The sound of Mammoth Mammoth is nothing for your brain. This music that goes directly into veins.

Positioned somewehere between AC/DC and Motorhead the band delivers ten songs on the newest album that could be the perfect soundtrack of your next party. And actually having seen them live in Rotterdam a few month ago I also have to say that their shows are more a kind of party than a concert.

Regardless is it's the uncompromissing "Reign supreme", the grooving "Black dog" or the stoner-like "Electric sunshine"; Mammoth Mammoth delivers - and this in a good quality.

But also the start and the end of the fourth album are worth to be mentioned. "Life's a bitch" is a fast rocker that doesn't take any prisoners. And the chorus couldn't be better - "Life's a bitch and then you die".

The counterpart to this high speed opener is the closer. "High as a kite" starts with waves and downtuned guitar. It's a very relaxed beginning. The track also stays in a slow pace and sits somewhere between doom and stoner. It's a nine minutes long song is also more the exception than the rule when it comes to the Australian four-piece. But it sounds good and Mammoth Mammoth can keep the tension on a high level. I just wonder why the songs needs to fades-out.

"Volume IV - Hammered again" is an album that makes fun to listen to from the first to the last song. Music for having a good time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Life's a bitch
  2. Lookin' down the barrel
  3. Electric sunshine
  4. Fuel injected
  5. Black dog
  6. Promised land
  7. Reign supreme
  8. Sick (of being sick)
  9. Hammered again
  10. High as a kite

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Volume IV - Hammered again"
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SEPTICFLESH in Haarlem

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2015 von Markus W.

SEPTICFLESH in Haarlem
SEPTICFLESH in Haarlem
SEPTICFLESH in Haarlem
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CD review MAJESTY "Generation steel"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2015 von Markus W. in Majesty, Manowar, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Some bands proclame to be the masters of true metal by wearing leather loincloth. But by being possessed by their image they forget to make good metal music. Some others don't give that much focus on their image but play cool power metal that sounds authentic and true.

Majesty from Germany is one of those bands. The band releases in these days their new album "Generation steel". It is their seven longplayer, also considering the one under the banner of Metal Force.

The main man behind the band is singer and keyboarder Tarek Maghary. He is the constant factor behind Majesty and he has with Tristan Visser, Jan Raddatz and Robin Hadamovsky in the meantime also a line-up that is a bit more stable. Something what was needed after stormy times of changing band members.

The new album "Generation steel" has ten songs which are melodic power metal hymns without gimmicks. Crunchy guitars, heavy riffs, rocking guitar solos and melodic vocal lines provide you with 52 minutes of solid German power metal. There are the "ohohoh" sing-a-long parts that will work out in live shows very well and there the soulful moments like in "The last reward" - a song that will demand everything from your lighter.

Of course Majesty makes use from pathos and cliche. But it feels never overdone and the whole package feels authentic. 

Of course Majesty doesn't reinvent the wheel/metal. But what they are doing they are doing good.

"Generation steel" is an album that provides more oldschool pathetic metal, that is well crafted and makes fun to listen to. I like it.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hawks will fly
  2. Generation steel
  3. Cricle of rage
  4. Shout at the world
  5. Damnation hero
  6. Children of the dark
  7. The last reward
  8. Knights of the empire
  9. Rulers of the world
  10. War for metal

 

Label: Noiseart Records

Genre: Power Metal

CD review MAJESTY "Generation steel"
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CD review Tribute "Immortal RANDY RHOADS - the ultimate tribute"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2015 von Markus W. in Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

(*/10) It was on March 19, 1982 when the metal world received the sad news that axeman Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash while he was on tour with Ozzy Osbourne. This was a shock for a lot of people since Rhoads gained a lot of popularity and respect over time. Especially since he teamed-up with Ozzy Osbourne he stood more and more in the spotlight.

With his sound he was formative for the sound of hardrock which is still influencing many guitarists. In 1987 Ozzy Osbourne released the fabolous "Randy Rhoads Tribute" which was done in memory of Randy Rhoads. The album was mainly based on a live recording from Cleveland, Ohio from 1981.

"Immortal Randy Rhoads" is now released via UDR and the album contains eleven songs where the guitar wizard was heavily involved. The longplayer covers many songs from the Osbourne area as well as two tracks from the early days of Quiet Riot.

Amazing the amount of well known musicians who joined in to record this tribute. Former band mates of Rhoads, like Rudy Sarzo and Frank Banali, have been part of many songs on the album (Sarzo played the bass on all tracks). But also guys like Serj Tankian and Tom Morello contibuted to the new recording of "Crazy train" and the mighty voice of Chuck Billy enriches "Mr. Crowley". And there have been much more artists involved, thinking about guitarists like George Lynch, Alexi Laiho, Bernie Torme, Gus, G, ...

The high level of contribution to this tribute album shows the impact that the six-stringer from Santa Monica, California had/has on the metal scene. It is a great album that should become a part of each metal collection.

R.I.P. Randy.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crazy train (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
  2. Over the mountain (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Jon Donais, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
  3. Mr. Crowley (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
  4. Suicide solution (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
  5. I don't know (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, George Lynch, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
  6. Flying high again (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Bernie Torme, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
  7. Goodbye to romance (Blizzard of Ozz) (feat. Ripper Owens, Gus G, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
  8. Back to the coast (Quiet Riot) (feat. Kelle Rhoads, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Frankie Banali)
  9. Killer girls (Quiet Riot II) (feat. Ripper Owens, Joel Hoekstra, Rudy Sarzo, Brett Chassen)
  10. Believer (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)
  11. S.A.T.O. (Diary of a madman) (feat. Ripper Owens, Bob Kulick, Dweezil Zappa, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice)

 

Label: UDR

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review Tribute "Immortal RANDY RHOADS - the ultimate tribute"
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Live review JOE BONAMASSA, Amsterdam, 10.03.2015

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2015 von Markus W. in Joe Bonamassa, Blues, Rock, Hardrock, Live Review, News

Looking on the amount of times Joe Bonamassa comes to Amsterdam gives the idea that he really like to be in the biggest Dutch city. And he actually also said it feels like a second home to him. The intimate expression of the March show underlines this very much.

This time he came back with his band to play a few shows in the Carre Theater before he moves further to London to play some shows there too. In total there are five concerts planned for Amsterdam, spread out over six days.

Tuesday 10.03.15 was the first date the first one of this impressive package. The special thing this time is the location. It is the Koninklijk Carre Theater which is an older venue in the heart of Amsterdam. It opened in 1897 and in the meantime it hosts different event, from cabaret to blues rock. And that's what was on the agenda for this night.

Bonamassa started with an intro right on time into the show. What followed was almost 2,5 hours long concert that was very impressive. Excellent blues rock songs in all nuances have been facinating from beginning to end. The musical perfection combined with a lot of feeling marked the almost perfect symbiosis of brain and heart. It was more than entertaining and time was flying in the Carre theater. The show contained everything from hard blues riffs to silent guitar sounds. I wasn't aware that you can play guitar that silent. You could almost hear a needle falling on the floor - that silent Bonamassa and band mates handled their instrument just to shake the audience a few seconds later with an enormous blues eruption.

Of course it was Joe Bonamassa why the audience found their way to the Carre theater. But it is important to also mention the band that build the foundation for Bonamassa's guitar to shine. They have all performed on a high level as well and it is especially Reese Waynans I want to lift out. He got one with his organ and a of the highlights of the evening was the solo duell of organ and guitar. A fantastic moment. But also the horn section and the rhythm section did an excellent job. Eight musicians playing together tight and right to the point. This was music in perfection.

All in all it was night that was special. Excellent music performed in a special environment that made it for me to a night to remember.

Joe Bonamassa will still play shows till Sunday and if you have the chance to go there - just do it.

 

 

Location: Koninklijk Carre Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 10.03.2015

Photo: Caroline Kube

Photo: Caroline Kube

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CD review ILL TRUSTED "Fractures of a scattered mind" EP

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2015 von Markus W. in Ill Trusted, Machine Head, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Ill Trusted are a band from Tilburg, Holland that was founded in 2011. The band has released their debut in 2013. "Conflict" was the name of the album that is now followed by a new EP called "Fractures of a scattered mind".

The music of Ill Trusted is based on thrash metal with deep vocals that are close to growls. Think about Lamb Of God. The five-piece band grooves very well and is a full headbanger experience. 

Four songs have been recorded for this EP and the intro to the opener makes a clear statement. A sample of talking people in a crowd are drowned by an angry grumble. The song itself is a modern thrash metal track that is kept in a moderate pace. It is for my taste with seven minutes a bit too long and the vocals are a bit too much of the same throughout the tune, but however: still a good start into the EP.

The second track "Fractured reality" is on the one hand faster than the opener, but is in the chorus also more melodic, before "Breaking point" starts with an acoustic intro. The song builds up to a heavy riff monster with a lot of dynamic. For me the best song on the EP.

With "Medicated" we have reached already the end of this EP, that surprised me. I haven't heard from the band before but I must say that what came ut of the speakers also convinced me. 

Fans from bands like Machine Head, Lamb Of God and Kreator should check this EP. You might miss something you could like.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The ignorance surrounding me
  2. Fractured reality
  3. Breaking point
  4. Medicated

 

Label: self-produced

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review ILL TRUSTED "Fractures of a scattered mind" EP
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CD review RANGER "Where evil dwells"

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2015 von Markus W. in Ranger, Agent Steel, Iron Maiden, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) It's like a deja-vu. After the new Evil Invaders album there is another speed metal dsic ready to be released. Ranger from Finland has with "Where evil dwells" a new record in the starting box that re-vitalises the metal genre from the 80's.

Speed metal got less and less attention over the last years. Thrash became more popular and had it's revival and also power metal never really lost momentum. So good that we also have the more faster variation of metal back as well.

Referring to bands like Agent Steel, the high vocals do their job, Ranger creates their version of fast played metal. The merciless pounding rhythm section is pushing each song to its limit. The opener "Defcon 1" is a good example. Heavy riffs, screaming guitars and an enormous punch, that is what Ranger releases on the new longplayer.

Next to the fast train tracks there are also some more moderate paced NWoBHM influenced moments on "Where evil dwells". It's actually the ten minutes long title track that shows the impact bands like Iron Maiden had on the sound of the Ranger.

So all in all cool stuff - with one exception... The downer on the album is the sound that is unfortunately oldschool too. Of course you could say that this completes the package, but I think that this reduces the very positive impression of the songs and the album.

I think with a better production Ranger could have been easily scoring one point more. So it's a good 'seven' for "Where evil dwells" from an intersting band from the North. Speed metal is alive.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Defcon 1
  2. Deadly feast
  3. Phantom soldier
  4. Dead zone
  5. Black circle (S.Y.L.S.)
  6. Where evil dwells
  7. Storm of power

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Speed Metal

CD review RANGER "Where evil dwells"
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Tour dates from IRON REAGAN

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Hardcore, Crossover, Thrash Metal, DRI, MOD, News, Tour

Iron Reagan is on tour in Europe and here are the dates:

April 30 - Dunkerque, FR - Les 4 Ecluses

May 01 - Meerhout, BE - Groezrock Festival

May 02 - Nantes, FR - Nantes Hardcore Festival

May 04 - Bourg en Bresse, FR - La Tannerie

May 05 - Schweiz, DE - TBC

May 06 - Koln, DE - Underground

May 07 - Osnabruck, DE - Bastard Club

May 08 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia

May 09 - Andernach, DE - JUZ Live Club

Jun 18 - Copenhagen, DK - Copenhell Festival

Jun 19 - Haarlem, NL - Patronaat

Jun 20 - Hiausterdyk, NL - Dokk'em Open Air Festival

Jun 21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest Festival

Jun 23 - Lyon, FR - Warm Audio

Jun 24 - Sadenia, IT - TBA

Jun 25 - Milano, Italy - Solomacello Festival

Jun 26 - Roma, IT - Traffic Club

Jun 27 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club

Jun 28 - Nova Gorica, SK - Mostovna

Jul 01 - Antwerpen, BE - TBA

Jul 02 - Tilburg, NL - Hall of Fame

Jul 03 - Munster, DE - Vainstream          

Jul 04 - Tabor, CZ - Mighty Sounds Festival

Jul 08 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange

Jul 09 - Newcastle, UK - Think Tank

Jul 10 - Glasgow, UK - Audio

Jul 11 - Manchester, UK - Star & Garter

Jul 12 - London, UK - The Underworld (co-headline w/ Terrorizer LA)

Jul 16 - Giedrius, LT - Devilstone Festival

Jul 17 - Viveiro, ES - Resurrection Festival

Jul 18 - Albi, France - Xtreme Festival

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