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CD review PERZONAL WAR "The last sunset"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Perzonal War, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Metallica

(8/10) If you are releasing records since 19 years you can't play bad music. Perzonal War are around already since such a ling time. Sailing under the flag of Perzonal War in the beginning the band published the first demo back in 1996. since then the band releases regularly new records. The last one was "Captive bleeding" from 2012 that was also the first one via Metalville.

Perzonal War's thrash metal has been inspired by the mighty Metallica and discs like "Different but the same" and "Faces" also reflected those cross-references very much. Even on the new longplayer you can hear those influences back. But compared to the newer Metallica Perzonal War still plays thrash metal the is uncompromising. This doesn't mean that Perzonal War sounds oldschool. They added enough modern elements to their sound to make it exciting instead of sounding old fashion.

An example is the slower "Never look back" with the silent verse, the forceful chorus and an almost doom riff. Very well done. Just 'ohohoh' part feels a bit misplaced.

The opener "Salvation" shows the power metal side of Perzonal War. It's a heavy tune that combined hardness with a quite catchy expression. 

Doubtless that there are the thrash assaults too.  "Metalizer" is one of those as well as the hammering "Speed if time" with a heavy groove and a dominant bassline. Also "The last sunset" and "Times of hate" doesn't take any prisoners.

Perzonal War's "The last sunset should get a run on your record player. It's modern thrash metal album from a band that never denied their roots while continuously develop further. 

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist: 

  1. Salvation 
  2. Speed of time 
  3. 30 years 
  4. Never look back 
  5. Metalizer 
  6. When faith has gone forever 
  7. What would you say 
  8. The last sunset 
  9. Times of hate 
  10. I see nothing 

 

Label: Metalville 

Genre: Thrash Metal 

 

 

CD review PERZONAL WAR "The last sunset"
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Seen in Pamplona - the city of bulls

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Angus, ACDC, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

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CD review ARMORED SAINT "Win hands down"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Armored Saint, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, US Metal, News, CD Review

(10/10) Armored Saint is since decades one of the most underrated bands in metal. The five-piece from California was founded in 1980 by singer John Bush and bass player Joey Vera. After having had the chance to place a song on one of the legendary Metal Massacre samplers the band released their debut "March of the saint" in 1984.

From this moment on Armored Saint never released any bad longplayer. Each of their six records was a power metal highlight that gave the guys also support slots for bands like Metallica and the Scorpions.

Even two longer breaks couldn't stop the guys and 2015 will be the year of the band's longplayer number seven.

Nine brand new tracks have been recorded and ended up on "Win hands down". John Bush, Phil Sandoval, Jeff Duncan. Joey Vera and Gonzo Sandoval did again an excellent job. Each of the nine metal tracks on the album is a pure metal firework.

Five years after publishing "La raza" the band is hungry again for heavy riffs and grooving metal tracks. 

The title tracks is also the opener for the new record. It's a typical Armored Saint track with a galloping rhythm and melody lines that only the Saint can write. This is metal on major league level.

"Mess" follows with screaming guitars and and it's another moment with a 'wow' factor. The highlight with "Mess" is the interplay of an harmonic chorus and a more gloomy verse.

Next track, next pleasure. In this case even with a double meaning. The tune itself is another pearl on "Win hands down". That's one thing. The second thing is the fact that the song is about the 'porn-industry'.

"Muscle memory" is a personal reflection about one's legacy. The track is starting more silent and reflecting. It's a thoughful one that is touching with a verse being quiet while the chorus brings back the power that caracterises the band from California.

A heavy riff starts "That was then, way back when". The song has a darker vibe than the others and a strong groove. It contains all the trademarks of the band and I was reminded to the "Delirious nomad" days.

Bass and guitar introduces "With a full head of steam"; a song that belongs to the hardest ones on "Win hands down". John Bush shows why he is one of the best singers in heavy metal - he shows this actually on each of the nine songs on the album. But this track also includes a premiere. Bush has a vocal partner. It's Pearl Aday, the wife of Anthrax guitar maniac Scott Ian, Bush shares the vocals with. The result is a full success. Next to that the guitars are screaming on "With a head full of steam" which makes the tune to one of the best ones on an album full of hits.

From hard to quiet again. "In an instant" is looking back to the Boston terror attack which showed that life can change in a second. The verse is vocals and accoustic guitar only before the number develops to a powerful metal track in the chorus. This pattern continues throughout the entire tune. Excellent when it comes to songwriting and performance.

Something totally different is the piano-based "Dive". It was that last song that has been recorded and shows another side of the Saint. The intension was to write a number that is lovely and dark in one. And listening to the track makes clear - experiment succeeded. It is a beautiful songs that reflects the musical diversity of Armored Saint by still sticking to their trademarks and roots.

"Up yours" is the closer on "Win hands down". It's another musical tornado that is an open invitation for headbanging. 

Next to the very well done songs also the energetic production needs to be mentioned. The sound supports each of the nine tracks in a perfect way and makes "Win hands down" to a 50 minutes long metal experience that should not be missed by any metalhead.

Maybe it is the fact of being underrated that makes Armored Saint releasing excellent records with only killers. And maybe it is the breaks in the bands history that made them stronger too. It feels like Armored Saint is making music because the enjoy it. They are doing this with a full commitment and without compromises. This band is still breathing the spirit of metal. It is awesome to have those authentic bands like Armored Saint in a century where appearance is partly more important than passion, based on a solid foundation.

"Win hands down" is another milestone in Armored Saints musical history and an album that should be part of each metal collection. Ten thumbs up.

 

(10/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Win hands down
  2. Mess
  3. An exercise in debauchery
  4. Muscle memory
  5. That was then, way back when
  6. With a head full of steam
  7. In an instant
  8. Dive
  9. Up yours

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Power Metal

 

CD review ARMORED SAINT "Win hands down"
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CD review CRYSTAL BALL "LifeRider"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Crystal Ball, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, Rock, CD Review

(8/10) If Gotthard playes in the hardrock Champions-League than it's Crystal Ball that has a permanent spot for Switzerland in the Euro-League of harder rock music.

The new albumm "LifeRider", number eight in Crystal Ball's discography, became surprisingly heavy. I haven't expect the guys releasing that hard stuff as like on the fiveteen tunes of this album.

The start with "Mayday!" gets off the starting line very well by not even being the best track on the album. "Eye to eye" raises the level with a harsh riff and a galloping beat that reminds the U.D.O.. Talking about the Mr. Dirkschneider's band means also mentioning "Balls of steel". This metal pearl could have been on one of his records too - eventhough I must say that there is something distracting in the vocalline. However, a song full of energy and a typical headbanger.

"Hold you flag", the next number, is another highlight on the album. It is kept slower, has something from Pretty Maids in the verse - a song that gets right off the bat.

A song that I personally don't like that much is the ballad "Bleeding'. It's not bad but the other tracks on the album are more touching and instense. "Bleeding" isn't the peperoni on the this album.

To what extend the bonus songs have been needed is something you have decide for your own. The digipak version includes two songs that are a homage to Ronnie James Dio. "Sacred heart" from the album of the same title and Black Sabbath's "Sign of the Southern cross" are well done covers, but also not really special. Nice to have them, but they don't add to the good impression of the album and the originals are untouchable anyhow.

What I would like to mention are the vocals by Steven Mageney. Being the new guy on the predecessor "Dawnbreaker" I got the feeling that he is in the meantime fully integrated in the band. His performance is outstanding and his voice is pure rock'n'roll.

"LifeRider" became a surprisingly heavy album. It's a longplayer with a good punch, a lot of energy and a good sense for melodies that don't drown in cliche. "LifeRider" cements Crystal Ball's place in the Euro-League of metal. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mayday!
  2. Eye to eye
  3. Paradise
  4. Balls of steel
  5. Hold your flag
  6. Gods of rock
  7. Take ti all
  8. Bleeding
  9. Rock of life
  10. Antidote
  11. LifeRider
  12. Memory run

 

Label: Massacre Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review CRYSTAL BALL "LifeRider"
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CD review ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ "The league of shadows"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Architects Of Chaoz, Iron Maiden, Paul Di Anno, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, NWoBHM, CD Review, News

(8/10) The Pantomz are since many years the band that supports Paul Di'Anno on his tours in Europe. After more than 10 years the guys decided to work on some new songs. The result of this is a tight debut album called "The league of shadows".

Twelve songs reflect the NWoBHM times. Bands like Iron Maiden (of course) and Judas Priest have been the blueprint for an album that is strong as steel. The fast opener sets the tone of voice for what to expect. Di'Anno's voice is spot on and the furious headbanger is a perfectly chosen start into the album.

As said, Maiden comes back in some tunes. "Horseman" is one of them. Guitars and bassline could be also from "Killers" which is totally OK when I guys like Di'Anno is part of the band. This sound is part of his musical history.

But the album has also some thrash moments like in "How many times" or "Erase the world" that has a few moments of Candian thrashers Annihilator, esp. in the beginning and in the chorus.

But also the more silent tunes like the power ballad "Switched off" are well-crafted and fit perfectly into the context of the other tunes. 

A song that stands out is the Deep Purple cover "Soldier of fortune". I must say that the rough character of Architects Of Chaoz gives the tune a new vibe by still sticking to the original version. Well done.

"The league of shadows" is a positive surprise to me and an album that I can recommend to each headbanger. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Rejected
  2. How many times
  3. Horeman
  4. Switched off
  5. Erase the world
  6. Dead eyes
  7. Architct od chaoz
  8. When murder comes to town
  9. Obsidian black
  10. You've been kissed by the wings of the angel
  11. Apache falls
  12. Soldiers of fortune

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ "The league of shadows"
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CD review VALKYRIE "Shadows"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Valkyrie, Classic Rock, Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) Valkyrie is the brainchild of the two brothers Jake and Pete Adams. It was actually Jake who started with the band 13 years ago, while his brother joined two years later as second guitarist. The rhythm section can't look back on such a continuity. Alan Fary on bass is the newest band member while drummer Warren Hawkins came on board in 2007.

The debut of Valkyrie was released in 2006 and was simply called as the band - 'Valkyrie". The newest longplayer "Shadows" follows the 2010 album "Man of two visions" and contains 7 new tracks.Since each f those is between 5 and 6 minutes long the album has a running time of 43 minutes of retro rock that is merged with doom elements and stoner rock. But also blues doesn't miss out on "Shadows".

Songs like "Golden age" with its stoner touch, the slow and melancholic "Temple" and the Sabbath-like "Wintry plains" are great riff rockers that brings back the good 'ol times. But also the swinging "Echoes (of the way we lived)" has a lot of charm. Valkyrie doesn't turn the world upside down, but they have worked on album that is a solid piece of music that combines the heaviness of Black Sabbath, the spirit of Kyuss and the rock of Deep Purple.

All in all "Shadows" is a well done longplayer that shows  how big the impact of the before mentioned bands was and is up till today. Well done Valkyrie.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mountain stomp
  2. Golden gae
  3. Temple
  4. Shadow of reality
  5. Wintry plains
  6. Echoes (Of the way we live)
  7. Carry on

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Photo: Nicole Butler
Photo: Nicole Butler

Photo: Nicole Butler

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DVD review EXTOL "of light and shade"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Extol, Death Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, DVD review, News

(*/10) Norwegian death metal band Extol worked on a documentary that is called "Extol: of light and shade". The Christian metal band is well established and was nominated for the Norwegian Grammy. The death metal band is very well known in Norway but also outside of their home country.

The main topic of this rockumentary is religion and death metal. Extol was caught in a paradox situation being a Christian band that plays death metal. To some people this seems to be a total contradiction. Being condemend by the churches and threatened by self-appointed satanists the band was caught in the middle. The film is about how the band members combine their belief and their faith with the passion for death metal. The subtitle "God bless death metal" brings it right to the point.

Next to that also the five years break of the band, between 2007 and 2012, based on on illness and anxiety, are openly thematised on the DVD.

In addition to the band members it's also a few more people that are on this DVD. Hank von Helvete (Turbonegro) has been interviewed for the DVD as well as Californian pastor Bob Beeman and pater Arnfinn Haram, that deceased in the meantime.

The film was shown already on several festivals and was also on Norwegian TV.

"Extol: of light and shade" gives interesting insights into the live of a band and its musicians that have to handle a constant struggle between two extreme poles by just following their passion and their own belief. 

 

(*/10)

 

Directed by Åsmund Janøy

Produced by Peter Espevoll and Åsmund Janøy

Label: Indie Recordings

 

 

DVD review EXTOL "of light and shade"
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CD review TARJA "Luna Park ride"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Tarja, Nightwish, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(*/10) There are in the meantime quite some female-fronted metal band around that combine classic soprano vocals with hard guitar riffs. One of the first ones have been The Gathering, but it was Nightwish from Finland that brought this mixture more into the spotlight, while celebrating huge successes.

One important factor in this was singer Tarja Turunen. The soprano singer was one of the cornerstones when it came to Nightwish's sound at that time.

As we all know, Nightwish and Tarja decided to break up. The Finish singer with the enormous voice decided to continue releasing solo albums - four up till now. Next to those longplayers she also had two live releases and number three is out now in the shops. 

Knowing that her husband Marcelo Cabuli is from Argentina it isn't a too big step to understand that this country became almost a second home for Tarja. And what is more obvious than also recording a show in Buenos Aires.

The concert from the newest live release took place already in 2011. It was March 27 when Tarja perfomed a show in the Luna Park in Buenos Aires that included many Tarja solo tunes, but also "Wishmaster" from the Nightwish-times. Another special is "Where were you last night" that is enriched with Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a place on earth" and Bon Jovi's "Living on a prayer".

The second CD is a mixture of different live recordings that took place in 2010 on the Masters Of Rock plus the 2011'a Summerbreeze festival. "Anteroom of death" is from Wacken 2014 and is performed together with a-capella band Van Canto, while a few other songs have been recorded in Ekaterinburg in Russia. Esp. the Masters Of Rock songs with choir and orchestra stands out a bit from the rest.

In some parts the tracklists of the two CD's are identical, but there is enough different material on the album that makes to something special and exciting for fans of Tarja and female fronted bombastic metal.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Dark star
  2. My little Phoenix
  3. The crying moon
  4. I walk alone
  5. Falling awake
  6. Signos
  7. Little lies
  8. Underneath
  9. Stargazer
  10. Ciaran's well
  11. In for the kill
  12. Where were you last night, Heaven is a place on earth, Living on a prayer
  13. Die alive
  14. Until my last breath
  15. Wishmaster

CD 2:

  1. In for a kill
  2. I walk alone
  3. The archive of lost dreams
  4. Crimson deep
  5. I feel immortal
  6. The siren
  7. Until my last breath
  8. 500 letters
  9. Damned and divine
  10. Neverlight
  11. Anteroom of death (feat. Van Canto)
  12. Never enough
  13. Die alive
  14. Victim of ritual

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Symphonic Metal

CD review TARJA "Luna Park ride"
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CD review GEORGE KOLLIAS "Invictus"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in George Kollias, Nile, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Everyone who knows Nile also knows George Kollias. The drummer of the charismatic death metal band has earned quite some reputation and did next to his 'job' with Nile also some drum clinics. 

Additionally Kollias found some time to work on his first solo album called "Invictus". The Greek musician decided that he wants to do more than just playing the drums on his solo album. Kollias wrote all the tunes, he did all the lyrics and he played all the instruments on the death metal record. An album can't be more 'solo' than this. The only support he got was spot-on by some guest from Nile band maids, but also from Greek metal bands like Rotting Christ and Firewind.

I must say that "Invictus" became a diverse and entertaining death metal record. Eleven songs, all of them also approachable for a bigger audience, made it on the album. 

After the dramatic intro "Echoes of divinity" the album kick off with the title track. Starting with a menacing guitar riff the tune develops to a raging death metal track with many twists. This is actually something that goes for the entire album. The songs are full of surprises what makes the longplayer interesting by being unpredictable.

Doublebass parts alternate with slow, I would almost say doom parts that lead to furious guitar solos. "Invictus" is containing all this and in this sense it's a good sample for the full length album.

Another highlight is called "Voices". The song is, in general, kept in a more moderate pace which increases the intesity a lot. 

The pleasure with "Invictus" is the abounding creativity and diversity in the songs. George Kollias released with his first solo album a longplayer that should also be checked by non-metal fans. Well invested time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Echoes of divinity
  2. Invictus
  3. The passage
  4. Aeons of burning galaxies
  5. Shall rise, shall be dead
  6. Voices
  7. Treasures of Nemesis
  8. Apocalypse
  9. Epitaph
  10. Through empty eyes of light
  11. Buried under the flames

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Death Metal

CD review GEORGE KOLLIAS "Invictus"
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CD review MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS "Kuts"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Matt Skiba, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(6/10) When I got this album I was thinking: why? I didn't know Matt Skiba and I also haven't heard his debut from 2012, called "Babylon". The reason why I was doubting was the cover. The artwork gave me the impression of electro-pop. Kraftwerk and Klaus Nomi came to my mind when I saw "Kuts". Wrong. The sound of Matt Skiba and The Sekrets has nothing to do with the mentioned guys. The music is rock with nice melodies that are easy approachable for a bigger audience.

After having diguisted the cover there is a second thing that stands out. It seems that Matt Skiba doesn't like the 'c'. Each 'c' is relplace by a 'k'. Looks funny, but why not making the language easier.

Now about the music. As said earlier we are talking about rock music. The opener "Lonely and kold" is a mix of Big Country with a bit of the commercialist U2. It's an OK song but not rocket science. 

"She wolf" is a bit better and has a polish indie touch from the eighties. One of the best tracks is the Billy Idol-like "She said" with a few element from "Dancing with myself".

Unfortunately there are also the very trivial moments like "Way bakk when" and "Never believe". Those songs aren't touching at all. The same goes for the closer "Vienna". 

What is another downer is the short running time. 32 minutes is more a kind of EP than a longplayer. 

It's an album that comes with some nice melodies but it misses identy and soul.  

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lonely and kold
  2. She wolf
  3. Krazy
  4. She said
  5. I just killed the say I love you
  6. Way bakk when
  7. Krashing
  8. Hemophiliak
  9. Never believe
  10. Vienna

 

Label: Superball Music

Genre: Rock

CD review MATT SKIBA AND THE SEKRETS "Kuts"
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BONFIRE tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Bonfire, News, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Tour

Bonfire is on tour in Germany plus a few dates in Europe. Here are the dates:

 

11.07 GER Berlin Weissensee-Open-Air    

17.07.  Greece - Chania Rock Festival

18.07.  CZ - Tarock Festival

25.07.  Cypres - Power of the Night - Open Air

30.07. GER - Miltenberg / Beavers

31.07. GER - Günzburg Open Air

28.08. GER - Dresden . Tante Ju

29.08. GER - Magdeburg - Festung - Open Air

05.09. Greece - Thessaloniki - Rock on the Beach

17.10. USA  - llinois - Rock n Skull Festival 

23.10. GER - Flensburg  / ROXY

24.10.  GER - Lübeck / Hafenschuppen 6

30.10. GER - Peine-Gadenstedt /  Black Hand Inn

05.11. GER - Hamburg – Logo

07.11. GER - Osnabrück - Rosenhof

13.11. GER - Siegburg /  Kubana Live  Club

14.11. GER - Geiselwind /Eventzentrum

20.11. GER - Burglengenfeld - VAZ Pfarrheim

21.11. GER -  Löffingen-Unadingen  / Bürgerhalle

26.11. GER - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex

12.12.  GER -  Bochum / Matrix

27.12. GER - Crailsheim - Ingersheim Sporthalle

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

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CD review COAL CHAMBER "Rivals"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Coal Chamber, DevilDriver, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review

(7/10) Coal Chamber started in 1993 and was part of the Nu Metal hype that was generated by bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit. The band from L.A. started releasing records like "Chamber music" and "Dark days", which also had chart entries. But even with those successes Coal Chamber couldn't get the same attention as the before mentioned bands.

After having had some internal problems and indifferences the band disbanded in 2004. Singer Dez Fafara focussed on his band in 2002 founded band DevilDriver - hair got longer, make-up was gone and the riffs became heavier.

In 2012 the four-piece re-started and played a gig at the Soundwave festival in Australia. Some months went by and everybody thought that this show was a flash in the pan. It wasn't. Some more festival shows followed as well as some touring - all leading to a new longplayer called "Rivals". The name could give the idea of referring back to the times of the bands split. But this isn't the case. The lyrics are about another person the singer met - who ever this was/is.

The new record is harder than the 90's releases. The thrash elements became more dominant while the samples and loops have been put in the rear. "Rivals" sounds more like DevilDriver - something I appreciate. It stays the question if a new DevilDriver album wouldn't have been the better choice.

However, "Rivals" is full of harsh riffs, highly downtuned guitars and an enormous groove. Coal Chamber have postioned themselves closer to the newer Sepultura and Machine Head than that they sound like Limp Bizkit. 

"Rivals" is a strong piece of music that you can go for. Modern metal from a band that got mature over time, that's "Rivals". But I'm also looking forward to a new DevilDriver album.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I.O.U.nothing
  2. Bad blood between us
  3. Light in the shadows
  4. Suffer in silence
  5. The bridges you burn
  6. Orion
  7. Another nail in the coffee
  8. Rivlas
  9. Wait
  10. Dumpster dive
  11. Over my head
  12. Fade away (Karma never forgets)
  13. Empty handed

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review COAL CHAMBER "Rivals"
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CD review LUCIFER "Lucifer I"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Lucifer, The Oath, Black Metal, Cathedral, Doom Metal, Retro, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) During the last years a duo called The Oath appeared on the scene. The retro band got a lot of positive feedback for their debut, but the two girls disbanded in 2014.

Now one of the two protagonists is back - Johanna Sadonis. The charismatic singer teamed-up with Cathedrals guitar legend Gaz Jennings to write new songs. Having said this, it is the logical consequence that the sound of Lucifer is a hybrid of retro rock, occult rock and doom metal. Inspired by iconic bands like Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult Sadonis and band mates really rocks on the new album. The sound to me is the more doomy metallic variation of Avatarium. At least I was reminded to the Stockholm five-piece when I heard the album the first time. 

Songs like "Purple pyramid" shows that Lucifer really rocks hard. The heavy riff in combination with the powerful vocals, that at some moments become very fragile too, leads to an awesome sound.

The doom cross-references come back in tunes like "Sabbath". I have to say 'nomen et omen'. This goes for the chiming bells in the beginning as well as for the mighty 'Iommi riff' that takes over. This song is a highlight that hits you like a ten ton hammer.

'Morning star' is another bow to Black Sabbath. The tune starts a bit slower before it takes up heaviness, enriched by a galloping rhythm towards the end.

The most diversivied song is the last one on the album. 'A grave for each one' with its Maiden-like guitar parts and unexpected twists is a pure pleasure for ears and mind.

An album that I haven't expected to be that good. Respect.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Abracadabra
  2. Purple pyramid
  3. Izrael
  4. Sabbath
  5. White mountain
  6. Morning star
  7. Total eclipse
  8. A grave for each one of us

 

Label: Rise Above

Genre: Doom Metal

 

 

Photo: Ester Segarra
Photo: Ester Segarra

Photo: Ester Segarra

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