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REVOLUTION SAINTS enter German charts

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2015 von Markus W. in Revolution Saints, Hardrock, Rock, AOR, News, Video

Revolution Saints entered the German charts on #66. If you haven't heard about the band check out the video or the review on MHMB.

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CD review MOTOR SISTER "Ride"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Mother Superior, Anthrax, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) If you read Scott Ian being part of a band you first think about loud and raw thrash metal since he's one of the main pillars within Anthrax. But his musical range is much bigger than only being put into the box of 'thrash'. The guitarist from New York has also some more projects that keep him busy. He had recently a spoken words release but he has also a faible for hardrock. His participation in The Damn Thing showed this already pretty good and with Motor Sister the journey in hardrock continuous.

The way how Motor Sister started was an unusual one. It was nothing that was planned. It was more something that just happened. It was Ian's fiftiest birthday party that was the spark for Motor Sister. Out of a jam session with Mother Superior, where Scott Ian joined in, the whole thing developed further. The guys had a lot of fun, the birthday party was a big success and in the end the guys decided to record songs.

The name of the new band, Motor Sister, is of course connected to the start of the 'adventure'. "Little motor sister", a song from Mother Superior, was the inspiration and became the header for this new project/band.

When it comes to the music it is hardrock what you get - with a bigger blues component included. The result sounds pretty cool since we are talking about 'diesel and dust' rock'n'roll. This is hardrock with energy and warmth that is fascinating to listen to. The eleven songs on "Ride" sound real and very authentic what makes them to an great listening experience.

The songs on the album aren't new one's. The album contains 'only' cover versions of Mother Superior songs with a focus on the "Moanin'" album. More than half of the songs are from this longplayer, that includes the great pushing "Fork on the road" - one of my favorite tracks.

So, since it is mainly a 'Best of Mother Superior" re-recorded by a bunch of well-known musicians you might ask the question, why this recorded is needed. The simple answe is: It is fun. It gives you a good time and I guess it was the same for Scott Ian and friends. Long live rock'n'roll.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This song reminds me of you
  2. A-hole
  3. Beg borrow steal
  4. Fool around
  5. Get that girl
  6. Head hanging low
  7. Fork in the road
  8. Pretty in the morning
  9. Whore
  10. Dog house
  11. Devil wind

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MOTOR SISTER "Ride"
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CD review EDEN'S CURSE "Live with the curse"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2015 von Markus W. in Eden's Curse, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, AOR, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) The first live album from Eden's Curse sounds good. This is something I can state already that early in the review. The band that started as a studio project released in the meantime four studio records. The last one came out in 2013 and had the name "Symphony of sin".

This album was also the first one with singer Nikola Mijic. The guy has a great voice that has a range from the rougher sounds to high melodic screams. This fits very well to the music of Eden's Curse - something that can be heard on the live album as well.

The songs that made it on the setlist are a mix of new and old. Not a big surprise that the tunes of "Symphony of sin" are maybe a bit over-represented. It was the tour to promote this longlayer. But also older songs like "Judgement day" and "Trinity" have been played and pressed on the record.

In general I had the impression when I heard the album, that the tunes sound harder than on the studio album. Sometimes, esp. in the beginning with "Break the silence" and "Masquerade ball", we can talk about pure melodic metal like we know it from bands like Pretty Maids.

The sound is always something important with a live record. This time there is nothing to complain about. Knowing that Dennis Ward did the mix makes clear why the album sounds punchy. There is still this live atmosphere that is transfered well.

Worth a short extra note is the introduction. In these days you don't have it that often that a band is introduced by a 'presenter'. This happened for the show of Eden's Curse, that was recorded in Scotland. Very nice and much better that only 'light out and intro from the tape'.

"Live with the curse" will be loved by the fans of the band and newcomers will get a perfect overview about the musical highlights of Eden's Curse.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Symphony of sin
  2. Brea the silence
  3. Masquerade ball
  4. Black widow
  5. Trinity
  6. Fly away
  7. Like Judas
  8. Fallen from grace
  9. Jerusalem sleeps
  10. Guitar solo
  11. Time to breathe
  12. Rock bottom
  13. Devil in disguise
  14. Fly away
  15. No holy man
  16. Unbreakable
  17. Judgement day
  18. Band introductions
  19. Evil & divine
  20. Angels & demons

 

Label: AFM 

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review EDEN'S CURSE "Live with the curse"
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New ARMORED SAINT album this summer

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2015 von Markus W. in Armored Saint, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Great news. Metal legends Armored Saint are working on a new album that will be published in summer this year. Release date will be May 29 and the name of the longplayer will be "Win hands down".

John Bush (vocals) states: "When we began talking about a new record I told Joey Vera (bass) to pretend we were a really huge band and that we could do anything we wanted. At least that was the mindset we should have, from the writing to the production. What came out was Win Hands Down, which is our first record in five years. There's everything from classic ARMORED SAINT rocker songs to epic songs and we all dug deep deliver something special. If we weren't going to, then we shouldn't have bothered. I'm glad we did. In May we are doing some shows in the States with Saxon. It's a great way to get the ball rolling."

Vera further comments: "We're very excited about our new record coming out in May! We've been writing over the past year and half and we feel like we've written some amazing music. We can't wait to share it! To get our whistle's wet, we're super excited about doing some warm up gigs before the record release with the legendary Saxon this May! We're doing a total of six shows between the East Coast, Texas, West Coast and we couldn't think of a better way to start off the summer! See you all soon."

New ARMORED SAINT album this summer
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CD review WOLFPAKK "Rise of the animal"

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2015 von Markus W. in Wolfpakk, Mad Max, Casanova, Crystal Ball, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Heavy Metal

(7/10) When I received the new album from Wolfpakk my first thought was: Have a got the new Eisbrecher album again? After a second glance I recognised that the cover is slightly different. Eventhough it is kept in white it is a polar wolf instead of a polar bear.

OK. So we have the new album from Wolfpakk. Maybe not everybody is familiar with the band. The main pillars behind the band are Mark Sweeney who you might now from Crystal Ball and Michael Voss, the mainman behind Mad Max and Casanova. Both together release their new album "Rise of the animal", which is number three in the history of the band.

This time the guys teamed-up again with a number of guests. Guys like Michael Kiske and Joe Lynn Turner supported with vocals, Bob Daisly added a few basslines and guys like Jeff Watson and John Norum added some guitar sounds. Those are just a few names from a lot more guests on the album.

The result of this cooperation is a tight melodic metal album that gives you a good time. Songs like the heavy pounding "Monkey on your back", the Scotish folk oriented "Highlands" with some bagpipe sounds and the marching "Somewhere beyond" are great pieces that merge metal and melody in an excellent way. But also the slower "Grizzly man" has its charm.

The third album from Wolfpakk is an well done, compact melodic metal album that rocks hard. And eventhough so many musicians have been involved it sound very tight and makes fun to listen to. A good third strike.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rider of the storm
  2. Sock it to me
  3. Monket on your back
  4. Highlands
  5. Black wolf
  6. Somewhere beyond
  7. Running out of time
  8. Grizzly man
  9. High roller
  10. Rise of the animal
  11. Universe

 

Label: AFM

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review WOLFPAKK "Rise of the animal"
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CD review MOONSPELL "Extinct"

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2015 von Markus W. in Moonspell, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Power Metal, Doom Metal

(8/10) 1995, Neu-Ulm, Germany, Arts & Crafts. Tiamat was on tour in Europe and had a young metal band from Portugal chosen to be their support. Moonspell was their name and I haven't heard about them before. However, probably good metal was my thought and let's give them the benefit of the doubt. 

Since that moment on I'm following Moonspell. The guys played a fantastic show and it was a challenge for Tiamat to not get under the wheels.

In 1995 the band promoted their debut "Wolfheart". Now we are 20 years further down the road (hey, an anniversary) and five-piece band has a new album ready to be released. "Extinct" is the name and it comes with ten songs.

"Extinct" sounds different than the predecessor. "Alpha noir" was one of the most heaviest records that the Brandoa-placed group released. To balance their heavy side they added the more silent and acoustic "Omega white" to it.

On the new longplayer Moonspell is surprisingly melodic. The dark and gothic side becomes more dominant and it's not that much about heaviness only. Don't get me wrong here. They still burned all their trademarks on "Extinct". But they have more moments when their influences from bands like Sisters OF Mercy comes to the forefront. "Medusalem" is a good example herefore. Also "Funeral bloom" has those influences and belongs to the really good tracks on the album.

A real highlight is the title song. This tune brings together melancholy, hard riffs and melodic vocal lines (in bridge and chorus) in an excellent way. This song has the potential to become a timeless hit of the band - like "Opium", "Mephisto" and "Alpha noir".

"Domina" is a more soulful song. A kind of half ballad. A great piece and it seems to be a quite senseful 'domina'.

"The future is dark" comes with a great melody. The song is kept more silent, has a hypnotic beat and a beautifully soft guitar solo. After this 'light' track "La baphomette" closes the album. It's a less than 3 minutes long tune that could be the soundtrack for a funeral march. Slow, acoustic, some horns, a choir, kept in minor = deep sadness. It is the perfect counterpart to some other tracks on "Extinct".

The new longplayer is another excellent album that the Portuguese band adds to their discography. After twenty years of Moonspell I can say that they never disappointed me. Thumbs up and I'm looking forward to see them live in a few days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Breathe (Until we are no more)
  2. Exinct
  3. Medusalem
  4. Domina
  5. The last of us
  6. Malignia
  7. Funeral bloom
  8. A dying breed
  9. The future is black
  10. La baphomette

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Dark Metal

CD review MOONSPELL "Extinct"
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Stream of the first new SIX FEET UNDER song

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2015 von Markus W. in Six Feet Under, Death Metal, Trans Siberian Orchestra, News, Heavy Metal

Deep growls from Six Feet Under. The band streams a first new song from the upcoming album "Crypt of the devil". The track is called "Open coffin orgy" and is a typical SFU tune. Is it only me hearing some Rammstein influences in the chorus?Check it out.

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SHINING reveals cover, tracklist and a stream for the first song

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2015 von Markus W. in Shining, Dark Metal, Black Metal, Avangarde Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Shining revealed the cover for the new album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends". Release date is April 20. A first song can be streamed on Soundcloud with the link below.

 

  1. Den Påtvingade Tvåsamheten
  2. Vilja & Dröm
  3. Framtidsutsikter
  4. Människotankens Vägglösa Rum
  5. Inga Broar Kvar Att Bränna
  6. Besök Från I(ho)nom
  7. Ohne Dich [bonus - Rammstein]
  8. Black Industrial Eleven [bonus] 

 

SHINING reveals cover, tracklist and a stream for the first song
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KATATONIA video for "Day" is online

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2015 von Markus W. in Katatonia, News, Video, Dark Metal, Rock, Acoustic

Katatonia release in September 2013 the remak of "Dead end kings" that got the name "Dethroned & uncrowned". This album is an amazing journey through all kind of emotional aspects combined with silent, but intensive progressive sounds.

Katatonia has been also on tour for some shows (see the review from the P60 in Holland), which was an amazing moment and an initimate, almost fragile, evening. 

Lucky enough the band recorded the show in the Union Chapel in London and they will release it as a DVD/Blu Ray/CDYou can expect 17 songs in a candle lit atmosphere that has a thrilling emotional impact.

"Sanctitude" will be the name and the release date of the masterpiece will be on April 3. Something to look forward to.

DISC 1

  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

DISC 2

  1. Concert Film (80 mins)
  2. Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)

Here comes the first video.

KATATONIA video for "Day" is online
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First video from SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2015 von Markus W. in Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Hardrock, Alternative Metal, Rock, News, Video

Singer Scott Weiland, known from Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots, has a new album coming up soon. "Blaster" will be the name of the disc and the first song is posted as a video. Here comes the link:

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CD review THE JURY AND THE SAINTS "s/t"

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Jury And The Saints, Rock, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News, Punkrock, Hardrock

(7/10) Rock music from New Zealand isn't what you get to hear so often. But this doesn't mean that there are no cool bands on the other side of the earth.

The Jury And The Saints is one of those groups that plays good rock music, but isn't very well known in Europe. The four-piece band calls their music 'stadion rock', at least when we have a look on their Facebook side.

If it's stadion music or not - I don't know. But they play energetic rock music, with a certain punk influence. I would say that they are a mix of Blink 182 and Rise Against. The music is powerful and has a good punch. On the other hand melodies are always a crucial part in each of the songs. This combination makes the sound of The Jury And The Saints very attractive.

Tracks like "Start moving" and "Fever" build a dynamic opening package before "Monday morning" shows another side of the band. A simple guitar line and vocals only start the track that stays very relaxed in the first half before it becomes louder along the way.

A piece with a great groove is "Knocking on the devils door". This song has the potential to become a smaller hit for the band. The catchy melody and the hook is attractive and the song's made for a bigger audience without being too much mainstream.

The second half of the album can easily keep the quality of the first 5-6 songs. There are some repetative moments, yes, but all in all the album doesn't come with any filler.

I like The Jury And The Saints and I'm not surprised that the band celebrates some successes in their home country. If this enough to also get more popular in the rest of the world is something time will tell. Their new self-titled album is at least a good start into a positive future.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Start moving
  2. Fever
  3. Focus
  4. Monday morning
  5. Freedom fighter
  6. Knocking on the devil's door
  7. City lights
  8. Bust in the radio
  9. Last time
  10. Brand new
  11. Last mistake
  12. Make our mark

 

Label: Longbrach Records / SPV

Genre: Punkrock

 

 

 

CD review THE JURY AND THE SAINTS "s/t"
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CD review CANCER BATS "Searching for zero"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2015 von Markus W. in Cancer Bats, Punkrock, Punk, Hardcore, CD Review, News

(7/10) The Cancer Bats add a new album to their discography. "Searching for zero" is the name of the longplayer from the Ontario, Canada based band. It is the first studio record of the band since three years and it comes with ten new tracks plus a bonus song in the iTunes version.

Cancer Bats play hardcore influenced punkrock and metal that is heavy and quite angry. But it's also your aural coffein shot - a real enegrizer.

The new album has a song called "No more bull shit" - and this was according to singer Liam Cormier also the motto for this album. And after listening to the new tunes a few times I have to say that they achieved what they wanted.

Already the opener "Satellite" shoots you into another orbit. Drums and the typical "ohohoho" sing-a-long kicks off the song, before it turns into an angry punkrock song. The tunes finds the right mix between heavyness, melodic vocal lines and furious shouts.

With "Ture zero" the journey continues. The song stands out by a heavy metal riff that reminds in the beginning partly even to doom bands. "Arsenic in the year of the snake" is a typical hardcore/punk hybrid before it becomes again slow-mo with "Beelzebub". The song is build on a mean riff and is more very much metal. It's an appreciated break half way.

"Devil's blood" is obviously very aboiling since the track is very fast and almost the opposite of "Beelzebub".

Time for some more groove. "Cursed with a conscience" is a track with a strong bass line. The hypnotic ryhthm and the vocals show some parallels to Warrior Soul.

The by far fastest track in the album is "All hail". It's a less than two minutes noise orgy that leads to "Buds" - a song that shows some Southern influences. Pantera and Crowbar seem to belong to the faves of Cancer Bats. A cool track.

"Dusted" and "No more bull shit" finalize a cool longplayer that has many difference nuances - from punk rock to metal. Maybe it's a bit too much diversity, but "Searching for zero" sounds cool. Ontario rocks.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Satellites
  2. True zero
  3. Arsenic in the year of the snake
  4. Beelzebub
  5. Devil's blood
  6. Cursed with a conscience
  7. All hail
  8. Buds
  9. Dusted
  10. No more bull shit
  11. Rust and bone (iTunes exculsice track)

 

Label: BMG Rights Management

Genre: Punk Rock

CD review CANCER BATS "Searching for zero"
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CD review DUNDERBEIST "Hyklere"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dunderbeist, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(7/10) Dunderbeist is active since seven years. The guys from Hamar, Norway have released six albums with "Songs of the buried" as being the last one; published in 2012.

Three years later Dunderbeist placed their new album in the record shops. "Hyklere" (engl. "Hypocrites") is the name of the new disc. The name of the longplayer shows already that the language isn't English this time. Dunderbeist have decided to go for a title in Norwegian and the same goes for the songs. Lyrics in the native tongue, ten in total. Of course I haven't understood a word of what they are singing. According to the label info the album is about human's dark inner. It's about the fact that human beings act according to their environment. 

However, since I can't understand the lyrics the focus went more on the music which is fascinating enough. The Norwegian lyrics are more the additional factor that gives the album this 'exotic' touch.

The music of Dunderbeist is quite complex. The band merges different styles and create a mix that is hard to describe. Their are hardrock moments before things turn into more rock, followed by more prog parts and rounded of by some folk elements. And from time to time you find some pure metal outbursts on the album too. 

The thing which keeps those elements togteher is a strong melody that makes the songs easy digestable. 

The following tracks give you a bit of an idea about the range of Dunderbeist's music. "Gryta" belongs to the harder songs on the album. The same goes for the cool "Spaan". The beginning of this track has a cool groove before out turns into a mighty headbanger based on a heavy riff.

A rocker in a more moderate pace is "Langsint" and with "Sjøldestruksjon" the album also contains a melocholic half ballad. The song starts acoustic before it builds up to a heavy piece with a more solemn vibe.

Dunderbeist's new album became an interesting release with many surprising moments. The album demands some time which is worth to invest. It sounds cool, but it needs to be discovered.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Skaubror
  2. Gryta
  3. Punktum mortale
  4. Groms
  5. Langsint (og tresk)
  6. Sjøldestruksjon
  7. Slagord
  8. Spaan
  9. Titusentimer
  10. Vardøgger (Det var jo da)

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review DUNDERBEIST "Hyklere"
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CD review THE RESISTANCE "Torture tactics"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2015 von Markus W. in The Resistance, Death, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

( 8/10) "Scars" has been released 2 years ago and now it's time for some new stuff from Swedish The Resistance. For the ones who might missed the band so far - it is Jesper Strombald (ex-In Flames) Glenn Ljungstorem (ex-In Flames), Marco Aro (The Haunted), Chris Barkenjo ex-Grave) and Rob Hakemo (ex-M.A.N.). This quintet stands for quite some experience and this can be heard on the new album. "Torture tactics" will be released end of February and comes with ten songs. Six of them are new ones. Next to those there are four bonus tracks on the album - two from "Rise from treason" and two from the earlier mentioned "Scars".

The new songs are uncompromising ones that are straight to the point. This means that they aren't too long. But they are very intense and the mini album provides you with 30 minutes of brute death metal. 

The opener "For war" hits already bulls-eye. It's a raging track with intelligent tempo changes. The booming rhythm section gives the tune a murder groove that is excellent headbanger stuff. "Dead" takes the same line by being a bit slower than the opener. I was reminded to Nightrage when I heard this song. "Cowards" and the angry "Deception" add to the positive impression of this EP. And also "The burning" doesn't take any prisoners. This is probabaly the most brutal track on the EP. Good to have a kind of a break with the insturmental "Dying words".

As mentioned, the EP has also four songs from earlier releases which show the The Resistance continues their journey. 

The mini album is a bridge till the new longplayer will be released later this year. It contains six new tracks that are all good. I have to admit that it took me 3-4 rounds to get into the EP. After this time investment things became pure fun. Fans from The Resistance and Swedish death metal will enjoy this release. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. For war
  2. Dead
  3. Cowards
  4. Deception
  5. The burning
  6. Dying words
  7. Slugger
  8. Expand the expire
  9. Face to face
  10. I bent you break

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Death Metal

CD review THE RESISTANCE "Torture tactics"
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