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CD review GOBLIN REBIRTH "Goblin Rebirth"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Goblin, Goblin Rebirth, Prog Rock, Rock, Soundtrack, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Goblin Rebirth is nobody else than the original rhythm section of Goblin, the iconic band from the 70's. Fabio Pignatelli (b) and Agostino Marangolo (d) teamed-up with Aidan Zammit (key), Danilo Cherni (key) and guitarist Giacomo Anselmi. The five-piece recorded a new album, simply called "Goblin Rebirth".

Having a quick look back at Goblin. The first highlight of the band was called "Profondo Rosso", also known as "Deep red". It was a soundtrack for a movie that came out 40 years ago. More soundtracks followed before the band disbanded in 1989.

After having had some small signs of life it was in 2013 when, under the banner of "Goblin 2013 Tour EP" a 'new' disc came into the record shops.

Two years later the guys have released a new album that continues with the prog instrumental music the band got famous for. "Goblin Rebirth" is an exciting journey though elegant soundscapes that transport a lot of feeling and emotion. This is what music is about.

Goblin Rebirth's history in soundtracks helps them to draw pictures with their music. If you close you eyes and listen to the songs you can almost create your own movie; just based on the vibe the songs transport.

To sum up: "Goblin Rebirth" is a fantastic prog album that combines complex sounds and outstanding melodies. This makes the record excting for proggies as well as for fans of solid rock music.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Requiem for X
  2. Back in 74
  3. Book of skulls
  4. Mysterium
  5. Evil in the machine
  6. Forest
  7. Dark bolero
  8. Rebirth

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date: Already released

CD review GOBLIN REBIRTH "Goblin Rebirth"
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CD review BOREALIS "Purgatory"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Borealis, Brainstorm, Evergrey, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Kamelot

(8/10) Metal from Canada means Annihilator when it comes to thrash, Anvil when it comes to metal and Rush when we talk about prog. Power metal wasn't so far something Canada was famous for. This might change with "Purgatory", the newest release from Boeralis.

The tracklist of Purgatory" contains 12 new songs that are positioned somewhere between melodic metal and power metal. In case you haven't heard from the five-piece before you should think about bands like Evergrey, Kamelot and Brainstorm.

The Ontario-based guys surprised me with their new album. "Purgatory" is not really a musical revolution. They joy of the album is more the immese power, the forceful production and the love for detail. 

The cherry on the cake with Borealis is their singer Matt Marinelli. The guy has an awesome voice that covers a range from higher screams up to rougher vocals. It is this wide range that allows an emotional interpretation of the tunes.

It's hard to pick out some songs since the level is constantly high. But there are a few tracks I really like after havingheard them a couple of times. "The chosen one" is one of them. The tune has a progressive tough by still sticking to the melodic metal roots. It also comes with a great solo and vocal lines that are catchy. The keyboards might be a bit dominant in certain parts, but they support the song and add something to the totality instead of weakening the positive impression.

Next to those signs of power Borealis also manage the silent parts. "Rest my child" is a soulful ballad that builds up towards the end. Instead of drowning in cliche the tune is touching and a great moment on "Puragtory".

Last but not least, the title track. I think that the number is well chosen for being the name giver for the longplayer. It combines all what Borealis stands for - power, crunchy riffs, big sounds, catchy melodies, heaviness and a skosh of prog.

The only thing that doesn't really gives me the shivers is the cover. But who cares...

"Purgatory" became a very 'European' power metal album, performed by a band from Canada. It's an excellent longplayer for intensive headbanging and I hope we will see th guys in Europe pretty soon. One of the best power metal records in 2015.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Past the veil
  2. From the ashes
  3. The chosen one
  4. Destiny
  5. Darkest sin
  6. My peace
  7. Place of darkness
  8. Welcome to eternity
  9. Sacrifice
  10. Rest my child
  11. Purgatory
  12. Revelation

 

Label: AFM 

Genre: Power Metal

Release date: Already released 

CD review BOREALIS "Purgatory"
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New single from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Bullet For My Valentine, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, News

"Venom" will be the new album from Bullet For My Valentine that will be released on August 14th. To shorten the waiting time the band published a new single called "You want a battle? Here is a war!". 

Talking about "Venom". Here is the tracklist:

  1. V
  2. No way out
  3. Army of noise
  4. Worthless
  5. You want a battle? Here is a war"
  6. Broken
  7. Venom
  8. Harder the heart
  9. Skin
  10. Hell or high water
  11. Pariah
  12. Playing God (Deluxe edition)
  13. Run for your life (Deluxe edition)
  14. In loving memory (Deluxe edition)
  15. Raising hell (Deluxe edition)
New single from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
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New single from 9mm

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in 9mm, Rock, Tour, News, Hardrock, Heavy Metal

"Nitro killers" is the first single release from 9mm's new album of the same title. Release date will be August 14th.

The band will be also on tour. Here are the dates:

30.10.2015  Aarburg (CH), Musigburg  
31.10.2015  Kassel, Fiasko
06.11.2015  Mannheim, Alte Seilerei
12.11.2015  Frankfurt, Nachtleben
20.11.2015  Erfurt, Club From Hell
21.11.2015  Köln, Blue Shell
27.11.2015  Hamburg, Kaiserkeller
28.11.2015  Berlin, K17
12.02.2016  Nürnberg, Der Cult
13.02.2016  Essen, Turock
20.02.2016  München, Backstage Club
21.02.2016  Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik

New single from 9mm
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HIGH FIGHTER on tour in 2015

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in High Fighter, Mammoth Mammoth, The Midnight Ghost Train, Tour, Festival, News, Stoner Rock, Sludge, Doom Metal

Newcomers in High Fighter were founded last summer by former members of Pyogenesis, A Million Miles & Buffalo Hump. After the critical acclaimed release of their first EP 'The Goat Ritual' in late 2014, a first headlining- tour with sunnata throughout Germany, UK, Belgium & France this April, as well as previous gigs High Fighter already shared the stages with bands such as Corrosion of Conformity, Greenleaf or The Midnight Ghost Train, the 5-piece from Hamburg has just recently announced a series of upcoming shows & festival dates for 2015!

High Fighter's upcoming summer run will include shows with The Midnight Ghost Train, Mammoth Mammoth as well as a bunch of festival appearances!

 
Photo: Promotion
Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

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CD review WILSON "Right to rise"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Wilson, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Wilson is a band I haven't heard before. That's why I was very curious about the sound of the guys. I don't know why, but I have expected more hardcore - maybe based on the cover.

But to my surprise it was energetic hardrock that reached my ears. And it was good stuff too. I was actually reminded to bands like The Almighty when I was listening to "Right to rise". Wilson plays hardrock - but not the polished mainstream version. These guys add a punch to their music and kick-ass. This punky hardrock is better than any energy drink.

The five-piece from Detroit recorded twelve songs that found their spot on the new longplayer. They prove the Detroit is really a 'rock city'. "Right to rise" is the second full-length album of the guys, loaded with dirty rock'n'roll.

The opener "Right to rise" sets the scene. It's a mean rocker that is pure headbanging stuff by not even being the best number on the album. 

My favorits are tracks like "Crave". With the pumping bass and the melodic chorus the song is a real cracker. Also "All my friends" doesn't take any prisoners and the grooving "The flood" is an excellent track that is just damned cool. 

Another piece that's worth to be mentioned is "Give em - hell". It's crunchy guitars and a chatchy melody that characterize this tune. It proves that you can create melodic hardrock songs without compromissing when it comes to heaviness.

And Wilson's "Right to rise" comes without any ballad. Honestly, I haven't missed those at all. Actually a softer song would have killed the punch of the album. 

"Right to rise" is a cool hardrock album for those who prefer guitars more than hairspray.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Right to rise
  2. Guilty (You're already dead)
  3. Crave
  4. Windows down!
  5. All my friends
  6. Satisfy me
  7. The flood
  8. Hang with the devil
  9. I am the fly
  10. Give em - hell
  11. Waiting for the world to cave in
  12. Before I burn

 

Label: Razor & Tie

Genre: Hardrock

CD review WILSON "Right to rise"
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CD review SHAPE OF DESPAIR "Monotony fields"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Shapes Of Despair, Funeral Doom, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) I wonder why this album was released in summer - almost close to midsummer. November would have been much better. 

For the ones of you who don't know the band, Shapes Of Despair is a band from Finland. The guys started in 1995 as Raven before they changed the band's name into Shapes Of Despair. Their debut "Shades of..." was released in 2000 followed by two more full-length records. 

It took the guys (and girl) from Helsinki till 2015, eleven years after having released the latest longplayer, to come up with "Monotony fields". In total the album covers eight songs - none of those shorter than seven minutes.

The album takes you on a journey through pain and despair. The atmospheric funeral doom of the guys spread a grey veil over everything. It is a view into endless darkness, in a way that gives you the shivers. Even if you're a positive person it's hard to escape from this intensive black masterpiece.

The tiple "Reaching the innermost", "Monotoy fields" and Descending inner night" is already as long as some full-length releases. Atmospheric choral parts, deep growls and might riffs are like a maelstrom into the abyss.

The only little downside of the longplayer is the fact that it became a bit too lengthy. 75 minutes of music is actually someting very positive. But in this particular case one or two songs less would have made the entire package even more exciting.

However, after having listened to the album I can understand now the release date in summer. After such an intensive and fascinating journey through grey 'monotony fields' you're happy to see some sunny daylight again.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Reaching the innermost
  2. Monotony fields
  3. Descending inner night
  4. The distant dream of life
  5. Withdrawn
  6. In longing
  7. The blank journey
  8. Written in my scars

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Funeral Doom

Release date: Already released

CD review SHAPE OF DESPAIR "Monotony fields"
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CD review BABYMETAL "Babymetal"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Babymetal, Techno, Pop, Thrash Metal, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Pantera

(5/10) OMG. This disc really feels like a curveball. For sure it isn't easy to say something about the new shooting starts from Japan. Maybe they aren't that popular in Europe and North America yet, but the three girls created a big hype in their home country already.

I have listened to the album a couple of times and I still don't know what I should think about it. So far, metal from Japan, for me, was closely connected to bands like Loudness. But this was the past and Babymetal is the here and now. 

Babymetal feels like a mixture of heavy metal and the manga hype. What makes really fun with the album are the sometimes heavy riffs that remind to thrash bands like Pantera and the early Metallica. If you listen to "Gimme chocolate!!" you immediately understand what I mean. So far so good.

Now comes the 'BUT'. Babymetal, what a name, mixes these might riffs with techno, J-pop and squeaking vocals. This feels, let's say it nicely, as something totally new. This combination of styles made the band being the support act for Lady Gaga as well as performing at the Sonicsphere.

I have a lot of respect for trying out new things. This means development which preempt stagnation in music and art. Bands like Babymetal keep the scene vital and the controversity is good.

This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to like the result of this. I think that Babymetal is a nice 'ricochet' for the metal community and the three girls should enjoy their moment of fame. I can't imagine that they accompany us for a longer period and for this shorter moment of time we should turn a blind eye/ear to "Babymetal".

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Babymetal death
  2. Megitsune
  3. Gimme chocolate!!
  4. line!
  5. Akatsuki
  6. Doki Doki - morning
  7. Onedari daisakusen
  8. Song 4
  9. Uki uki - midnight
  10. Catch me if you can
  11. Rondo of nightmare
  12. Head bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
  13. Ijime, fame, zettai
  14. Road of resistance
  15. Gimme chocolade!! (Live)

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Techno Metal

Releasedate: Already released

 

 

CD review BABYMETAL "Babymetal"
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CD review DEW-SCENTED "Intermination"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Dew-Sented, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Long before Apple started to give focus to the letter 'i', like iPhpone, iMac and iPod, it was a bunch of German metal guys who found their passion for 'i'. It was German Dew-scented that released their debut called "Imortelle" in 1996; two years before the first iMac was sold.

In the meantime we are in 2015 and Dew-scented kept their passion for the letter. "Intermination" is their tenth studio album and it is the tenth one that has the 'i'. The band even sticked to this principle for the compilations. What might started as a joke became over a period of nineteen years almost a kind of trademark for the band from Braunschweig.

And it is nect to founding member Leif Jensen the only real contant factor with Dew-scented.

So, what to tell about "Intermination". It became another pretty cool studio record that is full of furious thrash metal. In total the longplayer covers 14 songs and one intro which gives a quite decent running time. 53 minutes of thrash isn't too bad.

What I like with the album is that the band sounds very tight again. After having had some fundamental line-up changes in 2012 the guys have been growing together over the last three years. This adds the tightness to the album, but I also think it was an enegrizer for the band. At least "Intermination" gave me this

It is hard to pick out some of the tracks, since they are all treats for your thrash metal ears. There are no downers on the album and listening to the tunes is highly entertaining.

Furious guitars, merciless riffs, a rhythm section that has an enormous punch, the aggressive and angy vocals from Jensen and the forceful sound - all together components that reflect the bands trademarks very well.

"Intermination" isn't reinventing thrash metal. But this is also not what was expected and wanted. Dew-scented "Intermination" became the expected solid and brutal thrash metal disc that reinforces their position as being one of the best European thrash bands. Good stuff for headbanging.

 

(8/10)
 

Tracklist:

  1. Declaration of intent (Intro)
  2. On a collision course
  3. Scars of creation
  4. Affect gravity
  5. Means to an end
  6. Ode to extinction
  7. Demon seed
  8. Power surge
  9. Ruptured perpetually
  10. Living lies
  11. Atavistic
  12. Reborn
  13. Those who will not see
  14. Survival reaction
  15. Radiation sickness

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Thrash Metal

Releasedate: Already released

CD review DEW-SCENTED "Intermination"
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Cover and tracklist from FIVE FINGER DETH PUNCH

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Five Finger Death Punch, News, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Thrash Metal

Here comes the tracklist from "Got your six":

  1. Got your six
  2. Jekyll and Hyde
  3. Wash it all away
  4. Ain't my last dance
  5. My nemesis
  6. No sudden movement
  7. Question everything
  8. Hell tp pay
  9. Digging my own grave
  10. Meet the maker
  11. Boots and blood
  12. You're not my kid (Bonus)
  13. This is my war (Bonus)
  14. A apologize (Bonus)
Cover and tracklist from FIVE FINGER DETH PUNCH
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Line-up from ABBATH announced

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Abbath, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Immortal

ABBATH will enter stage for the first time with his new band at Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland this weekend. The Norwegians will be headlining the Inferno stage on Saturday night.

The band's new line-up consists of: 
ABBATH (vocals/ guitar)
KING (bass)
CREATURE (drums)


At Tuska, ABBATH will premiere a brand new song titled 'Fenrir Hunts' alongside classic IMMORTAL material including 'One By One', and a handful of songs from Abbath' and King's 2006 project 'I' will also be performed live for the first time.

ABBATH announced that he was moving forward under his own name earlier this year. The Immortal frontman and songwriter has been working on new material - he and the band will enter the studio this summer to record ABBATH' debut album, which will be released in early 2016.

 

Photo: Wilfred Wessel

Photo: Wilfred Wessel

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New album from MOONBOW

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Moonbow, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Stoner Rock

US-based heavy stoner rock band MOONBOW are finally back but with a very special record, the band just announced the release of an upcoming acoustic album titled "Volto del Demone" – set to be released worldwide onAugust 28th 2015!

Back in August of 2013, Moonbow released their critical acclaimed debut album 'The End of Time'. For the last 2 years, they have been writing a lot of material and playing shows in between David McElfresh's touring with his other and well-known band Hank 3. During Moonbow's writing process, vocalist Matt Bischoff and guitarist David had the idea to put out an acoustic record of songs that were very personal to them and what later would become "Volto del Demone". The songs were recorded between December 2013 and April 2015 at The Den recording studio in Petersburg, KY. Now Moonbow finally unveiled their upcoming album artwork & tracklist for "Volto del Demone", that also features a very special guest appearance of Hank 3 himself on vocals, drums, bass, keyboards & bizarre atmospheric sounds on the song "Face of the Demon"!

 

1) Devils Floor
2) Take me Home
3) Volto del Demone
4) The Wait
5) Memories Ahead
6) Mission 35
7) One Way to Die
8) Face of the Demon (Featuring Hank 3)

New album from MOONBOW
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New MY DYING BRIDE album in September

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in My Dying Bride, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News

My Dying Bride will release a new record i Septmeber this years. The result of the fruitful cooperation with Peaceville is called "Feel the misery". It will be the 12th studio album and it will contain eight songs:

  1. And my father left forever
  2. To shiver in empty halls
  3. A cold new curse
  4. Feel the misery
  5. A thorn of wisdom
  6. I celebrate your skin
  7. I almost loved you
  8. Within a sleeping forest

 

New MY DYING BRIDE album in September
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CD review SKINLESS "Only the ruthless remain"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Skinless, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Skinless is back with some oldschool death metal. The band, that was founded already in 1992, can look back on a longer career that had a lot of ups, but also some down. One of those was the period between 2011 and 2013 when the band actually disbanded and didn't exist anymore.

Now, nine years after the latest release, Skinless founder Noah Carpenter managed to re-activiate the band in the original line-up that recorded the band's debut called "Progression towards evil". This reuninion actually happened already before the two years hiatus, but at that time the guys decided only to play some shows. 

Being six years further in time Skinless released a new longplayer called "Only the ruthless remain". And what else should we expect than a raw piece of oldschool death metal. The seven new tracks are mind-blowing; presenting an excellent mix of slower very groovy metal with deep growls and faster blastbeat sections in addition. This makes the album sticking out and the ways how those elements are combined shows the experience the band members gained during all these years. 

It feels like the two year break was something very positive for the five-piece, since the new longplayer sounds pretty fresh and modern, while still performing oldschool death metal as we know it from the early 90's when bands like Obituary had their first peak.

I'm impressed by the new Skinless album and in case you don't call the record your own yet, give it a try. As being a death metal fan you will not regret it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Serpenticide
  2. Only the ruthless remain
  3. Skinless
  4. Flamethrower
  5. The beast smells blood
  6. The funeral curse
  7. Barbaric proclivity

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Death Metal

Releasedate: Already released

CD review SKINLESS "Only the ruthless remain"
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