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CD review ATHEIST "Unquestionable presence" re-release

Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Atheist, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, News, CD Review

(*/10) That death metal can go together with a high technical level of playing is something Atheist has proven with their "Unquestionable presence" album. Originally released in 1991 the album came with eight songs that are aggressive death metal with high technical standards. Atheist, together with the unforgettable Death, is for death metal what Watchtower was for thrash. A trend setting band with an unique sound.

Season Of Mist re-released this classic in metal with the original eight songs. As a bonus you get six of the tracks from the pre-prodiction demo plus a DVD (which I haven't seen yet) that includes live shows (At the Waters Club in 1990 and in Bradentown in 1991), rehearsal footage and an interview from 1993.

Due to those add-ons the album is something for collectors, but it is also a great entry points for young death metal fans that might have missed the original release in 1991.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Mother man
  2. Unquestionable presence
  3. Your life's retribution
  4. Enthralled in essence
  5. An incarnation's dream
  6. The formative years
  7. Brains
  8. And the psychic saw
  9. Enthralled in essence
  10. The formative years
  11. Unquestionalble presence
  12. An incarnation's dream
  13. Retribution (instrumental)
  14. Brains (instrumental)
  15. Enthralled in essence
  16. Mother man
  17. And the psychic saw

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Release date EU: Already released

CD review ATHEIST "Unquestionable presence" re-release
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New video from STRATOVARIUS

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Statovarius, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Video, News

New video from STRATOVARIUS

Stratovarius has been in the studio to record their new longplayer "Eternal that will be released on September 11 via earMUSIC. The first song has been posted on YouTube and here is the link:

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First teaser from the coming IRON MAIDEN album

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Maiden, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, News, Video, Classic Metal, Power Metal

Iron Maiden posted a very first teaser from the upcoming "The book of souls" album on YouTube. I would say - Yes; it's Iron Maiden :)

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CD review LINIE "What we make our demons do"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Linie, Postcore, Postrock, News, CD Review, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Doom, Sludge

(8/10) Hamburg Rock City. Linie is another band that proves the truth of this statement. The five-piece from the Hansestadt in the Northern parts of Germany released an EP in 2014. The name of the disc was "Negative enthusiasm" which is followed now by the band's debut album "What we make our demons do". 

Linie is Jörn (v/g), Alex (g/v), Ralpg (b/v), Alex (d/v) and Iggi (keys). The sound of the five guys is tricky to describe and can't be put in a certain box. Linie mixes different styles. The guys themselve describes it as a melange of rock, desert and noise. However, I had to think about bands like Danzig, mainly when it comes to the vocals, Henry Rollins when it comes to the energy of Linie's sound (and the guitar sound) and also Warrior Soul when it comes to the raging expression of some tracks.

After a short intro with some distorted spoken words the first real song on the debut is called "Blood on your arms". The tune has a dark expression and crawls slowly out of your speaker. What is impressive from the first note onwards are the vocals of Jörn Wulff.  He puts a lot of feelings in his unique vocals which makes the songs very much alive.

This is just one example for quite some more cool tracks on "What we make our demons do". "Lake of fire" is another one. Being build on a stoner riff the song is kept slow and comes with spoken words. 

To compete the musical diversity on the album Linie recorded with "Bearing life"; a song full of desperation. Two third of this number is purely based on electro-parts and the despairing vocals. Towards the end a mighty riff kills this mood and adds the aggression to a track that can be seen as a highlight on the longplayer.

Linie created an own sound with their debut. But instead of being caught in their own trademarks the band manages to use those as a platform to further build on. This leads to a pretty cool debut album and I guess that this isn't the last time we hear from the band.

For all the ones who want to see them live, Linie celebrates a drelease party on July 31 in the Hafenklang in Hamburg.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Blood on your arms
  3. The city
  4. Inability
  5. Designate
  6. Lake of fire
  7. Chewing gum
  8. Bearing life
  9. No ideal
  10. Natural selecetion
  11. Outro

 

Label: Bad Kingdom Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release date EU: July 31, 2015

CD review LINIE "What we make our demons do"
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New song from OPERATION: MINDCRIME

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche, Geoff Tate, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Power Metal, Video

Geoff Tate posted a new song from the comong Operation Mindcrime album. "Re-inventing the future" is taken from the upcoming album "The key" that comes in September via Frontiers. The songs is a step towards the older Queensryche stuff, but let's see what the rest of the album will bring.

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New SPOCK'S BEARD song online

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News, Video

Prog rockers posted a new song called "Minion". The track is taken from the upcoming album "The oblivion particle" that will be released end of August this year.

New SPOCK'S BEARD song online
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CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Hardside, Hardcore, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Pantera, Biohazard

(8/10) Hardside are from San Antonio, Texas and the five-piece is a metal/hardcore hybrid that really kicks-ass. Zane, Patrick, Ely, Ravy Bear and Sammy are influenced by hardcore legends such as Biohazard while also thrash bands like Pantera made in impact on Hardside's sound.

I haven't heard about the band earlier - a mistake. What I got to hear when I listened to "The madness" the first time was more than impressive. It's the described mixture of heavy sounds that makes the longplayer to an extremely energetic one. 

The title track "The madness" follows an riff-based intro called "No one gets out alive". The opener is a brutal hardcore track that combines faster parts with slow and grooving elements in the mid-part of the song. The next tune, "Caged", can easily keep the high level of the title track. 

A cool bassline starts "Broken faith" - a number with very cool riffs and a murderous groove. The same goes "Resurgence".

Another track I want to mention is "'Til my blood runs dry". The song starts very slow and steamrolls you. It gains speed a bit in the second half which makes it to a raging groove monster with heavy guitars and hardcore shouting.

At the end of the album the thrash influences break through. The mighty "Timebomb" is the longest track on "The madness" and shows quite some parallels with the early Machine Head. It's mainly the guitars that make me think of the four-piece from Oakland, California. The riff in the end could be even a copy of the heavy "Davidian" from Machine Head's debut. But this isn't a problem since "The madness" is full of own ideas and creativity.

"The madness" is a great longplayer from a band I haven't heard before. Time to dig more into the back-catalogue of Hardside.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No one gets out alive
  2. The madness
  3. Caged
  4. Broken faith
  5. Forever
  6. Resurgence
  7. 'Til my blood runs dry
  8. Unloved
  9. Unkown
  10. Timebomb

 

Label: BDHW

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: Already released

CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"
CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"
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First new track from KYLESA

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Kylesa, Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, News

Kylesa posted the first new track called "Lost and confused". It's taken from the upcoming longplayer called "Exhausting fire" that will be released beginning of October this year via Season Of Mist.

And here comes the tracklist:

  1. Crusher
  2. Inward Debate
  3. Moving Day
  4. Lost and Confused
  5. Shaping The Southern Sky
  6. Falling
  7. Night Drive
  8. Blood Moon
  9. Growing Roots
  10. Out Of My Mind
  11. Paranoid (bonus track)
First new track from KYLESA
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LINIE streams their debut "What we make our demons do"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Linie, Alternative Metal, Doom Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Rock, News

Linie for Hamburg releases their debut called "What we make our demons do" . The sound of Linie is a mix of Henry Rollins and Danzig with quite some post rock. Check out the album. It's one of the best debuts so far this year.

LINIE streams their debut "What we make our demons do"
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CD review YEAR OF THE GOAT "The unspeakable"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Year Of The Goat, CD Review, News

(8/10) After having released their Napalm Records debut with EP "The key and the gate" Year Of The Goat comes back with their newest longplayer called the "Unspeakable". 

The six-piece band from Norrköping wrote nine new songs (they probabaly wrote more, but nine made it on the album) that can easily cope with the three tracks from the mentioned EP.

Year Of The Goat starts very brave and with full self-confidence into the album. It takes quite some braveness to start with an epical, almost 13 minutes long, tune. Many other bands would have placed such a song in the middle or would have given it the role of being the closer on an album. Not Year Of The Goat. A good decision, in my point of view. First of all it's one of the best tracks I have heard from the band so far. And secondly it reflects most of the bands brandmarks in one composition. 

The 60's and 70's based retro rock of the six Swedes is clearly recognisable. Enriched with some hard rocking parts the track feels like a sonic short movie. Put your earphones on, close your eyes and enjoy the show.

The fact that the other songs are shorter doesn't mean that they can't live up to the set level. "Pillars of the South" is, compared to the more complex opener, an almost swinging track before the more quite "The Emma" unsheathes the 60's roots.

Also the two shorter tunes on the album are really cool ones. "Vermin" is one of the faster numbers on "The unspeakable" while "Black sunlight" belongs, next to the opener, to my faves. The galloping rhythm is a special element that the band adds to their sound - and it fits well. The deeper vocals of Sabbathi give the track a darker vibe while the melody gives the song a certain ease. It's this contrast that adds the peperoni to the pizza.

For each of you that doubted if Year Of The Goat could keep the high level of the earlier EP I can clearly say: 'Yes, they can'. Actually "The unspeakable" sounds even better.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All he has read
  2. Pillars of the south
  3. The Emma
  4. Vermin
  5. World of wonders
  6. The wind
  7. Black sunlight
  8. The seamon
  9. Riders of vultures

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Retro Rock

Release date EU: July 31st, 2015

CD review YEAR OF THE GOAT "The unspeakable"
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LONG DISTANCE CALLING shows in autumn

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Long Distance Calling, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News, Tour, Classic Rock

Münster-based Long Distance Calling embarks on a small tour end of this year. Here are the dates:

LONG DISTANCE CALLING shows in autumn
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CD review LYNYRD SKYNYRD "One more for the fans"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Lynyrd Skynyrd, Southern Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, Country, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) This album is much more than just a live album from Lynyrd Skynyrd. This disc gives you the chance to experience a special night that took place in the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on November 12, 2014.

An extraordinary collection of artists gathered to perform some of the best songs of the legendary Southern rock band. As you can see on the tracklist it has been musicians like Peter Frampton who did an awesome rockin' version of "Call me the breeze", Cheap Trick that performed the mighty "Gimme back the bullets" and it was Blackberry Smoke that paid tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd with their version of "Working for MCA". 

Those have been just three out of 16 great guest interpretations on the album. The cherry on the cake with this albums comes at the end. Lynyrd Skynyrd themself entered the stage and played three songs - their very greatest hits. 

It starts with "Travellin' man". It's not only Johnny van Zant doing the vocals. He's singing the song along with an archival video of his brother Ronnie who did far too early - five very moving minutes.

"Free bird" is the next song. Lynyrd Skynyrd reminds us with this performance to all the band members that are no longer with us. It's a very soulful moment.

A Lynryd Skynryd album can't live without "Sweet homa Alabama". It's the last track played that night and it's the entire group of artist performing it. Having so many musicians on stage gave the band classic a very special touch. It was a unique interpretation, being part of a very special night.

In this review I'm only refering to the CD version. But there is a DVD/Blu-Ray version available too and I could imagine that they make this concert to an even more intesive experience. I think the title says it all - "One more for the fans".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Whiskey rock a roller (performed by Randy Houser)
  2. You got that right (performed by Robert Randolpg & Jimmy Hall)
  3. Saturday night special (performed by Aaron Lewis)
  4. Working for MCA (performed by Blackberry Smoke)
  5. Don't ask me no questions (performed by O.A.R.)
  6. Gimme back the bullets (performed by Cheap Trick)
  7. The ballad of Curtis Loew (performed by moe & John Hiatt)
  8. Simple man (performed by Gov't Mule)
  9. That smell (performed by Warren Haynes)
  10. Four walls of Raiford (performed by Jamey Johnson)
  11. I know a little (performed by Jason Isbell)
  12. Call me the breeze (performed by Peter Frampton)
  13. What's your name (performed by Trace Adkins)
  14. Down South jukin' (performed by Charlie Daniels & Donnie van Zant)
  15. Gimme three steps (performed by Alabama)
  16. Tuesday's gone (performed by Gregg Allman)
  17. Travellin' man (performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny and Ronnie)
  18. Free bird (performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  19. Sweet home Alabama (performed by Lynryd Skynryd and the entire cast)

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Southern Rock

Release date EU: July 24th, 2015

CD review LYNYRD SKYNYRD "One more for the fans"
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CD review CROWN OF THORNZ "Nothing but tragedy" 7"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Crown Of Thornz, Hardcore, Punkrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Eventhough you might not have heard about Crown Of Thornz before doesn't mean that they are newcomers. The band was a main part of the NYHC scene in the mid eighties when bands Madball and Disorder had their first peak.

The sound of Crown Of Thornz is inspired by legendary hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags. So we are talking about intensive hardcore that also brings a lot of grooving parts. The band of mainman Lord Ezec was better know for a cool live act and they found their passion more on stage than on records. "Train yard blues", an EP, and "Mentally vexed" from 1996 have been the only releases so far.

Almost twenty years later there is new recorded stuff available from Crown Of Thornz. Two tracks have been taped and ended up on a 7".

The first track "The kiss of death" is a heavy grooving song with a brutal guitar riff and raging vocals by Lord Ezec. After such a hardcore fireworks the beginning of "No reason why?" is a surprise (by the way, we're not talking about a Gorilla Bisquits cover). The track starts with an acoustic guitar. The song has a more epic character and spreads a dark vibe that gives you a discomfortable feeling. The tunes is totally different compared with the opener and for me it's this contrast that makes the two tracks pretty interesting.

If you like hardcore you should listen to this 7". And maybe we can expect another longplayer in the near future. Who knows.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The kiss of death
  2. No reason why?

 

Label: Bridge 9

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: August 14, 2015

CD review CROWN OF THORNZ "Nothing but tragedy" 7"
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CD review SKINTRADE "Scarred for life"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Skintrade, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Rock

(8/10) After a break and a reunion Skintrade re-united in the 2011. The Swedish hardrockers released the first new album since many years. A bit more than a year later Skintrade has the next longplayer ready to be released. "Scarred for life" is the name of the disc that comes with ten new tracks.

The four piece from continues where the stopped with "Refueled". Powerful hardrock songs is the trademark of the band and the new lonplayer is full of those.

"Scarred for life", the title track, is the first one foloowed by "Goodbye". This double header has a few things in common. Both are build on great melodies, both aren't mainstream, both are catchy and both have a great guitar riff as a base. Skintrade never drifts away into sticky sweet hardrock. They always add a certain level of heaviness to their tunes which opens their sound to a bigger audience. 

Even in the ballad called "Find a way" Skintrade circuits all cliches. After such a break it's time for some faster stuff. "LoveHate" delivers. It's esp. in the chorus a hard rocking tune that spreads pure energy.

All in all Skintrade delivers another very solid hardrock album, that combines a great sense for melodies with a hard guitar sound from Bergström and Alfonzetti. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Scarred for life
  2. Goodbye
  3. Wide awake
  4. Lay with me
  5. Find a way
  6. LoveHate
  7. Leave a scar
  8. Broken
  9. Storm will come
  10. 15 minutes gone

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: July 24, 2015

CD review SKINTRADE "Scarred for life"
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