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CD review AHAB "The boats of the Glen Carrig"

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2015 von Markus W. in Ahab, Doom, Funeral Doom, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) If you know Ahab than you also know what to expect. If you haven't heard of the band so far you might be on the wrong track by just looking on the colourful cover. The funeral doom, played by Ahab, includes far less colour than the cover pretends. And the packaging maybe gives you the ideas to have a new Masterdon record in hands. Wrong too.

Formed in 2004, Ahab released so far three full-length record which got pretty good feedback. Especially "The giant" was very well perceived by fans.

"The boat of the Glen Carrig" is the next strike of the four guys from Germany. Inspired by the novel of William Hope Hodgson from 1907, the album confronts the listener with quite some sonic and emotional extremes.

"The isle" is actually a quite smooth start into this emotional adventure. Kept acoustic with a certain bluesy touch you can't foresee the sonic inferno that's waiting for you. After three minutes the atmosphere changes drastically. Ahab releases the beast. Deep growls from Daniel Drost take over and mighty guitar riffs crush you. The joy of this track is the variability since the releaxed acoustic pattern comes back, just to prepare the ground for the next musical eruption.

The next tune, "The thing that made search", follows the same principle and intensifies the nightmerrish vibe.

The other three songs can easily keep the high level of songwriting. The 15 minutes long "The weedman" belongs actually to the highlights by transporting despair and emptiness.

If art, and especially music, are there to transport emotions, Ahab did an excellent job. This album is more than music. "The boat of the Glen Carrig" is an album that reflects the sphere of the novel very well. An album that gives you the shiver. It's hard to escape from this fascination.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The isle
  2. The thing that made search
  3. Red foam (The great storm)
  4. The weedmen
  5. To mourn job

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Funeral Doom

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review AHAB "The boats of the Glen Carrig"
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CD review OHRENFEINDT "Motor an"

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2015 von Markus W. in Ohrenfeindt, ACDC, Rose Tattoo, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Rock, Blues, Classic Rock

(7/10) After you have listened to "1910" you're able to go for a good guess about where the guys are coming from. The song is a hymn for the FC St. Pauli; one of the two bigger football clubs in Hamburg, Germany. 

So, the trio comes from there and they start the engine to their sixth album "Motor an!". The threesome stands for hardrock based on a passion for bands like AC/DC. Actually they mainly sound like the Australian legend, just with German lyrics.

Heavy guitar riffs, a bluesy groove and rough vocals - those are the main incrediences of Ohrenfeindt's sound. And they do it quite good.  

For the rest there isn't that much to tell about this longplayer. It's not a musical revolution, it's not progressive and the identity isn't based on their sound but more on their roots - but Ohrenfeindt's music is fun; pure fun.

"Motor an! is an excellent soundtrack for your party and it's great music to be heard live. It's music to listen to and less to write about.

Each of you who loves AC/DC and Rose Tattoo should give this album a chance.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Zeit für Rock'n'Roll
  2. 1910
  3. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt
  4. Nimm dir die Kohle und renn
  5. Gib mir mein Problem zurück
  6. Früh oder später
  7. Motor an
  8. Aus
  9. Für Rock'n'Roll gebaut
  10. Reich würde schon reichen

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: Septmeber 18th, 2015

CD review OHRENFEINDT "Motor an"
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SATYRICON celebrates anniversary of "Nemesis diving" in 2016

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News

Artistically imperious, instinctively forward-thinking and remorselessly creative, Satyricon have long since earned the right to be hailed as one of black metal’s most important and influential bands. And now they are to revisit the album that raised them from underground heroes to bold contenders on the world stage… the timeless and towering Nemesis Divina. Satyricon will return in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this seminal masterpiece, with a never-to-be-repeated series of exclusive European shows, wherein the Norwegian trailblazers will perform the album in its entirety for the first and last time.

“It’s not what we do and it won’t happen again!” avows frontman and creative mastermind Satyr. “This band, as you know, is definitely not retrospective. But we started playing live in 1996. Our most groundbreaking milestone record came out in 1996. Nemesis Divina is the only one of the first three records that has aged really well. It’s the only one that we still play several songs from in our set to this day… so if I’m ever going to do anniversary shows and do a reissue and make it a big deal, it’s gonna be Nemesis Divina and it has to be now.”

 

SATYRICON celebrates anniversary of "Nemesis diving" in 2016
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New box set from ANATHEMA

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Anathema, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News

Prog rockers Anathema produced a new concert film with Lasse Holle. The shows that was recorded took place in March this year in the Liverpool Cathedral. The title of the entire package is called "A sort of homecoming" and it will in different formats (Release date: October 30st, 2015):

 

4 Disc Box Set: 2CD – Audio Live Konzert (100 min.), DVD - Live Konzert (100 min.) + behind the scenes Film "A Temporary Peace" + Konzert auf BluRay. Verpackt in ein Deluxe Media Book mit 36 seitigem Booklet, im Pappschuber.

2CD + DVD: 2CD – Live Konzert (100 min.) - 5.1 Audio Mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord.

BluRay: Live Konzert (100 min.) 5.1 Audio Mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord. + behind the scenes Film "A Temporary Peace"

LP: Dreifach 180g Vinyl LP inkl. MP3 Download Code 

Download: Audio Live Konzert (100 min.)

 

And here comes the tracklist of this musical masterpiece:

  1. The Lost Song Part 2
  2. Untouchable Part 1
  3. Untouchable Part 2
  4. Thin Air
  5. Dreaming Light
  6. Anathema
  7. Ariel
  8. Electricity
  9. Temporary Peace
  10. The Beginning And The End
  11. Distant Satellites
  12. Take Shelter
  13. Internal Landscapes
  14. A Natural Disaster
  15. Fragile Dreams
New box set from ANATHEMA
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SCORPIONS release albums as 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Scorpions, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, News, Classic Rock

Germanys metal legend Scorpions celebrates their 50st anniversary and the five guys use this as an opportunity to re-release their first eight albums in a fully remastered edition. Additionally to the well-known songs five of the eight records will also include a DVD with live shows, TV appearances and interviews. But there is even more you get. Extended booklets, unreleased songs and more was carefully chosen by the band, that opens their archive with this anniversary edition.

The longplayers are:

Taken by force

Tokyo tapes

Lovedrive

Animal magnetism

Blackout

Love at first sting

World wide live

Savage amusement

 

The remasterd LP formats are released on 180 gramm vinyl in a sleev replicating the first pressing. They also come with an audio CD, featuring the original tracklist and the same bonus audio as the CD formats. A limited and numbered Deluxe Box Set will contain ll remastered vinyls.

 

Photo: Marc Theis
Photo: Marc Theis

Photo: Marc Theis

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New album and tour from RIERSIDE

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Riverside, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News, Video

Prog rockers of Riverside have a new record ready to be published on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOut. The name of the album is "Love, fear and the time machine" and it contains in total ten songs. The tracklist looks like this:

1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
2. Under the Pillow
3. #Addicted
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
5. Saturate Me
6. Afloat
7. Discard Your Fear
8. Towards the Blue Horizon
9. Time Travellers
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)
 
 
Additionally Riverside will be on tour in North America and Europe. Here are the Eurpoean dates:
New album and tour from RIERSIDE
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CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Hardrock, News, Live, CD Review, Classic Rock, New, Heavy Metal, Wacken

(*/10) Rock dinosaur Deep Purple surprises us with two live releases this summer. One covers a show the guys did in Wacken in 2013 while the second one was recorded in the legendary Budokan in Tokyo a few months later. 

In this review I can only refer to the CD, but I could imagine that the DVD even underlines the two different set-ups of shows; not when it comes to the songs, more when it comes to the whole environment and vibe.

Let's start with Wacken. I don't have to tell you anything about Europe's biggest metal festival. Playing there in the evening must be an impressive moment for every musician and band. And I guess that it's also for Deep Purple, that has seen quite a lot in the decades of existance, still something special. Wacken itself is the star and fans are coming from all over the world to enjoy the metal party (mainly in Northern German rain). Standing on stage and looking into the sunsert while playing hardrock milestones like "Black night, "Highway start" and "Perfect stranger" must be a magic moment. Obviously also Deep Purple enjoyed playing there. The setlist left nothing to be desired. The mentioned classics have been performed, next to new songs like "Vincent Price" from the last studio release "Now what?!". The moment to remember was when Uli Jon Roth joined the iconic hardrock legend to play "Smoke on the water". It became an impressive and energetic version of a tune generations enjoy since decades. A timeless rock highlight at an outstanding open air.

A counterpoint to the Wacken show was the one in Tokyo. Not only that Ian Gillan and band mates went back to a place where they partially recorded the famous "Made in Japan" album. It's also the venue itself and the total different fan culture that makes the difference. From an acoustic standpoint both releases are done very well even though I think you can hear the high standards in Budokan supporting an excellent sound experience. For the rest I assume, that the DVD offers even more impressions and also puts more emphasis on the differences between the the two shows.

The setlists didn't differ that much which sounds logical but might limit the need of having both live CD's. "...To the rising sun" opens with "Apres vous" from the "Now what?!" album, while the Wacken crowd appreciated "Highway star" that didn't come back on the Tokyo setlist. The new "Uncommon man" has been performed in Tokyo too as well as "The mule" - known from the "Made in Japan" album. So, as said, a few small variations but in general the same set.

All in all those two live releases are very well done - something you expect when the banner of Deep Purple decorates the front cover. It's great songs, different fans, different location, different positive vibe and great hardrock. Something to enjoy.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

From the setting sun...

  1. Highway star
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Vincent Price
  5. Strange kind of woman
  6. Contact lost
  7. The well-dressed guitar
  8. Hell to pay
  9. Lazy
  10. Above and beyond
  11. No one came
  12. Don Airey solo
  13. Perfect strangers
  14. Space truckin'
  15. Smoke on the water (feat. Uli Jon Roth)
  16. Green onion / Hush
  17. Black night

 

...To the rising sun

  1. Apres vous
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Strange kind of woman
  5. Vincent Price
  6. Contact lost
  7. Uncommon man
  8. The well-dressed guitar
  9. The mule
  10. Above and beyond
  11. Lazy
  12. Hell to pay
  13. Don Airey's solo
  14. Perfect starngers
  15. Space truckin'
  16. Smoke on the water
  17. Green onions / Hush
  18. Black night

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
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CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "The oblivion particle"

Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2015 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, Prog Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(8/10) To date, there have been two crucial moments in Spock's Beard history. Of course there was the moment of foundation in 1993 when the Morse brothers, Neal and Alan, formed the band in Los Angeles. The second milestone was in 2002 when keyboarder and singer Neal Morse left the band to start a solo career, which brought very successful prog releases too. The question at that time was, if Spock's Beard could continue writing great music, considering the loss of such a creative source.

The good news was, that Spock's Beard could still keep a high level of songs and songwriting. Five more records could prove this and even though the band had some more changes in the line-up, it was constantly progressive music on a high level what the guys delivered.

The newest result of their creative work got the title "The oblivion particle" - a longplayer that comes with nine songs.

Listening to Spock's Beard bassist Dave Meros "it's not a matter of how much the album recalls past Spock's Beard's material, but how much it differs". And even though some parts are slightly differ from former releases it's still the fantastic mix of many different influences that makes the bands music special. Rock, prog, classic and jazz melt together. This has been Spock's Beard in the past and those trademarks also come back on "The oblivion particle".

The opener "Tides of time" is one of the typical tracks of the five-piece. It's a well chosen track since it opens the door to also some other stuff on the record.

A highlight on "The oblivion particle" is "The center line". The tune starts like a suite for piano before the song becomes a cineastic prog rocker. The track is complex without being complicated for the listener to follow. It is very melodic and catchy.

"Bennett build a time machine" is another cool track that reminded me in parts to Barcley James Harvest in the "Mocking bird" era. It's an epical and swinging number, telling a tale about time travelling. The track is full of great melodies that makes the number even more irresistable.

"Hell's not enough" convinces with great keyboard elements and is nicely accentutated with a flute. The vocallines are build on a beautiful melody that goes throughout the entire track. Next to that there is a constant increase of hardness. Beginning slow and fragile, the song is a rocking prog one toward the end. 

Spock's Beard added another good album to their discography that has enough complexity to grow over time and that is on the other hand easy approachable. Even as not being a musicians you will find your way into this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Tides of time
  2. Minion
  3. Hell's not enough
  4. Bennett built a time machine
  5. Get out while you can
  6. A better way to fly
  7. The center line
  8. To be free again
  9. Disappear

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: August 21st, 2015

CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "The oblivion particle"
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CD review BLACK TEMPLE "It all ends"

Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2015 von Markus W. in Black Temple, In Flames, Post-Core, Punkrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Helsingborg is one of the smaller drowsy cities in the South-Western parts of Sweden. This isn't meant negative. It's just not Gothenburg and Stockholm. However, the smaller town has a cool concert venue called 'Tivoli' which is in the harbor area where the ferry from Helsingor arrives. 

Next to that there are some metal bands that call Helsingborg their home. I guess Soilwork is the most famous one with worldwide success. But there is also a next generation that gains momentum. One of those bands are Black Temple.

The trio releases in these days their debut "It all end". Already a cool title for debut. The longplayer comes via Century Media; no, actually Black Temple signed with Razzia Notes; the new label of In Flames frontman Andres Friden.

When I heard "It all end" for the first my thought was: "they sound a bit like their label mates of Bombus". And it's not surprising that Black Temple's release was postponed due to some touring activities with the guys from Gothenburg.

The sound of Black Temple is characterized by harsh agressivness that can be partly found back in punk and hardcore roots. But instead of having pure noise orgies, that trio adds some excellent melodylines to it. This makes the entire album to a grooving, but also raging, metal mixture, that works very well.

Noisy post-punk tunes like "Lowpoints" are next to angry energizer such as "Acid rain" with vocal lines reminding in parts to the mighty Rage Against The Machine.

The mid-pace number "Oncoming fire" represents the heavy roots of the three guys and "Sleep with the stars" is the most grooving track on the longplayer. Those songs are far more than just tipping the toe in the water. This stuff is as brave as a dive in unkown water; just due to fact that it's thrilling.

"It all ends" is pretty cool record that actually should have been named 'It all starts'. I guess we will hear much more of the guys in the coming years. If you're on the search wor something wild and exciting - you found it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Unlikely event
  2. Acid rain
  3. Great things
  4. Difficult journey
  5. Oncoming fire
  6. Lowpoints
  7. Sleep with the stars
  8. 100 years
  9. Sleepy river

 

Label: Century Media

Genre:

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review BLACK TEMPLE "It all ends"
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New video from ENDSEEKER

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2015 von Markus W. in Endseeker, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Video, News

Hamburg's death metal institution Endseeker signed with FDA Rekotz and here comes the new video for a song called "Attention war". The song is taken from the upcoming disc "Corrosion revelation". Released date will be in November 2015.

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BLACK TEMPLE's "Unlikely event"

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2015 von Markus W. in Black Temple, Video, News, Alternative Metal, Punkrock, Hardcore, Heavy Metal

Here comes the latest video from Swedish Black Temple. Excellent stuff for a Friday night. By the way, today was release date of "It all ends".

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CD review BLACK TRIP "Shadowline"

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2015 von Markus W. in Black Trip, Heavy Metal, News, Power Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, CD Review

(8/10) It feels like August becomes the month of Swedish classic rock releases. Imperial State Electric has a new album out, Dead Lord has published their second longplayer and also Black Trip comes with a new disc.

"Shadowline" is the next step for Black Trip. "Goin under", the first step, was almost a solo effort of Stjärnvind and Tholl but upcoming tour activities forced them to add a second guitarist, a bassist and a drummer. The five guys had to find each other and the tour helped.

The result is "Shadowline"; an album that sounds tighter than the debut. It still comes with the unleashed power that's known from the first longplayer, but it feels more like a complete band that made use of each individual potential - with the passion for metal that acts as glue inbetween.

The record is full of cool songs. There is e.g. the raffish "Berlin model 32", the fast "Clockworks" and the grooving closer "Coming home".

The five minutes long "The storm" stands out. It has an acoustic beginning before a first soulful guitar riff joins the party. After a louder sound eruption it continues calmer, just to build up again with raging screams of Tholl. Halfway the tune turns into a NWoBHM inspired number that belongs to the best ones on "Shadowline".

The sound of "Shadowline" was in the responsibility of Nicke Andersson, mainman of Imperial State Electric. His passion for music and understanding of classic rock led to an excellent sonic result on "Shadowline". The record has the right mix between a warm rock sound and the strong punch.

Black Trip manages to dust 70's rock and 80's metal. The songs of the five-piece sounds great and awakes memories of 'older' metalheads. At the same time the guys open a door for the younger generation that shows them some roots of their favorite music. 

If you have been impressed by Black Trip's debut you will love too.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Die with me
  2. Danger
  3. Shadowline
  4. Berlin model 32
  5. Over the worldly walls
  6. Clockworks
  7. Rooms
  8. Subvisual sleep
  9. The storm
  10. Coming home

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release date EU: August 28, 2015

CD review BLACK TRIP "Shadowline"
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CD review POP EVIL "Up!"

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2015 von Markus W. in Pop Evil, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Ups. What happened to Pop Evil. Is this the band that released "Onyx" a few month ago? A look on thr cover confirms it. Yes, I'm listening to Pop Evil.

Reason for this astonishment is the fact that I miss the 'evil' while the 'pop' took over the scene. The predecessor was modern metal per excellence with some crunchy guitar riffs while "Up!" takes to pop road. "Lux" is a perfect example. There are a few mainstream riffs but the song is sweet as a pile of sugar.

With "Vendetta" the guys try to copy Metallica in the nineties and also during "Footsteps" one foot is on the break.

But next to the professional production there are fortunately some highlights like "Take it all". And also the dark and grunge-like "In disarray" sounds quite good. So, there is hope.

Pop Evil moved from modern metal to modern rock. This might be a part of constant development, but it's also a step towards another era where new fans start to discover the band. The ones who liked "Onyx" should listen to "Up!" first before taking a buying decision.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Footsteps
  2. Core
  3. In disarray
  4. Take it all
  5. Ghost of Muskegon
  6. If only for now
  7. ...
  8. Ways to get high
  9. Lux
  10. Vendetta
  11. Dead in the water
  12. Seattle rain
  13. Til Kingdon come

 

Label: eOne

Genre: Modern Rock

Release Date EU: August 21st, 2015

CD review POP EVIL "Up!"
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CD review BLICKSEM "Gruesome masterpiece"

Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2015 von Markus W. in Blicksem, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Speed Metal

(8/10) Bliksem is the Dutch word for lighting. And this is how it feels when you hear the new album of the Belgium powerhouse. It feels like being struck by lightning. The metal firework, burned down by the guys from Antwerp, is pretty loud and forceful.

"Gruesome masterpiece" is the second full-length release from the five-piece. It follows the 2013 debut called "Face the evil" and is full of aggressive, diverse and dark metal tunes - all somewhere between power- and thrash metal. I honestly haven't paid too much attention to the debut. The more I was impressed by their second release.

The intro to first song "Crawling in dirt" sounds a bit like the one of the US serie "Hell on wheels". But after one minute a break marks the 'real' beginning of a powerful metal song that is pure food for headbanging. Singer Peggy Meeussem screams her mind to the heavens and the riffs of Jeroen de Vries and Toon Huet are wild and face-smashing.

Another cool track is the slow "Room without a view". It's a very rhythm-based tune that slowly creeps into your brain. It has a frightening vibe and is a hightlight on "Gruesome masterpiece". It actually is a 'gruesome masterpiece'.

But next to brutal thrashers like "Kywas" and "Twist the knife" there are the slow and melancholic tracks too. "Morphine dreams" is one of them. Here we are talking about a nine minutes long sonic steamroller that can't be stopped.

The debut got already some positive feedback and the same will happen for "Gruesome masterpiece" - I'm sure. Bliksem delivered a dynamic metal record that lives from the energy and the vocals from Meeussen. These guys have some potential.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Crawling in dirt
  2. Kywas
  3. Room without a view
  4. Mistress of the damned
  5. The hunt
  6. Morphine dreams
  7. Twist the knife
  8. Barbaric nation
  9. Fucked up avenue
  10. Out of the darkness

 

Label: Iron Will

Genre: Power Metal

Release date EU: August 28, 2015

CD review BLICKSEM "Gruesome masterpiece"
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