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CD review EVIL ARMY "Violence and war" EP

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2015 von Markus W. in Evil Army, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Evil Army's thrash metal is raw and evil. The guys from Memphis unleash the beast. You might think in the beginning that five songs aren't a lot. True, when it comes to the running time. But those songs demands a lot from you. Uncompromissing thrash attacks is what "Violence and war" comes with. Those songs are reduced to the core of thrash metal; supported by a production that underlines this puristic feeling.

When I was listening to this EP I was reminded often to the demo's and debuts of some influencial thrash acts from the eighties. A bit of the early Metallica, some Hallows Eve and also Kreator and Sodom could have been, or maybe have been, the inspiration for this five-track metal monster.

If you're a fan if pure and authentic thrash metal without gimmicks there is no way to escape from Evil Army.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Army of doom
  2. The assault
  3. My rage unleashed
  4. Deathbreath
  5. Violence and war

 

Label: Hells Headbangers

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release date EU: October 2nd, 2015


 

CD review EVIL ARMY "Violence and war" EP
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CD review 21 OCTAYNE "2.0"

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2015 von Markus W. in 21 Octayne, Hardrock, News, Alternative Rock, Rock, CD Review

(7/10) The title says it already. "2.0" is 21 Octayne's second release. It was a year ago when Hagen Grohe (v), Marco Wriedt (g) and drummer Alex Landenburg presented their debut album. "Into the Open" was well received and got good feeback. It contained fresh hardrock songs that have been very catchy.

However, 21 Octayne didn't forget to also put some metal in their melodic track for the second strike. "Devil in Disguise" is a good example herefore. Crunchy riffs and rough vocals are the main characteristics of this track. Songs like "Take Me Back" and "The Circle" are dashing hardrockers. "Loves Just A Heartbeat Away" brings back the times when Bon Jovi wrote really good song while "When You Got" became a bit too cheesy. The number is OK but the pop appeal is a it overdone. 21 Octayne might get some airplay with this composition, but there is better stuff on "2.0".

Something far more exciting comes in the end. It seems like long songs being very trendy at the moment. 'The longer the better' could be the motto in these days. Also 21 Octayne wrote a ten minutes long song and named it "Tale of A Broken Heart". It's the last song on "2.0" and it starts silent with guitar and vocals before the number turns into a harder melodic rocker that is not rocket science but very well crafted. It is entertaining, like the unexpected middle section. Actually "Tale of a Broken Heart" is a coll finale furioso.

"2.0" provides you with easy going rock music that is your soundtrack for a good time. The album became a solid next step for 21 Octayne that stengthens the musical foundation of the guys.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Devil in Disguise
  2. Take Me Back
  3. When You Go
  4. Love's Just a Heartbeat Away
  5. Take Me Away
  6. Lost
  7. The Circle
  8. Date With Myself
  9. Fly With Me
  10. Tale Of A Broken Child

 

Label: Suburban Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: September 25th, 2015

CD review 21 OCTAYNE "2.0"
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CD review AXXIS "25 Years Of Rock & Power"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2015 von Markus W. in Axxis, CD Review, News, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal

(8/10) The title says it all. Axxis from Germany celebrates/celebrated their 25th anniversary. This is a real moment to stand still and celebrate. No, actually it's a real moment to party and celebrate. And how could you do this better as being a band than playing an anniversary show.

Axxis did this in December 2014 in the Zeche, Bochum were the guys burned down the house with their melodic metal power. Together with enthusiastic fans and some special guests (Doro, Victor Smolski, Hannes Braun) Bernhard Weiss and band mates played a long setlist that shows how many great songs the guys have in petto.

That Axxis is still around is based on the willpower of Weiss, who is the only still active founding member. Together with keyboarder Harry Oeller the singer/guitarist went through thick and thin with the band. Their dedication for what they are doing made Axxis even surviving the 'unmetallic' 90's and it's well deserved to look back on this successful history with many musical highlights.

This fantastic moment in December 2014 was captured and will be released in audio and video. The 28 songs (one is the announcement in the beginning) are well chosen. They are a journey through Axxis discography with also an acoustic middle part ("Julia", "Another Day" and "Ships Are Sailing").

That I like the older songs like "Living In A world" and "Living In A Dream" most is just a personal preference. Not more and not less. Each of the 28 tunes is worth to be on this album.

But the best tracklist on a live album doesn't work without a good sound. Of course Axxis took care about this and gave "25 years of Rock & Power" and excellent sonic expression that is clear and very authentic. 

Conclusion: If you missed the show, go for this album. If you are a fan from the early days, go for this album. If you never heard about the band, go for this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Announcement
  2. The Kingdom Arise
  3. Kingdom Of The Night II
  4. Rolling Like Thunder
  5. Little War
  6. Love Is Like An Ocean
  7. Living In A Dream
  8. Hall Of Fame
  9. 21 Crosses
  10. Tales Of Glory Island
  11. Heaven In Paradise
  12. Angel Of Death
  13. Julia
  14. Another Day
  15. Ships Are Sailing
  16. We Are The World
  17. Venom
  18. The war
  19. Take My Hand
  20. Dance With The Dead
  21. Fire and Ice
  22. Heavy Rain
  23. Heaven In Black
  24. My Little Princess
  25. Little Look Back
  26. Stay Don't Leave Me
  27. Living In A World
  28. Kingdom Of The Night
  29. Na Na, Hey Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye

 

Label: Phonetraxx

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release date EU: October 9th, 2015

CD review AXXIS "25 Years Of Rock & Power"
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CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2015 von Markus W. in Monster Magnet, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Yes, they did it again. After having had quite some success and fun with re-arranging "Last Patrol" Dave Wyndorf and his gang took the next album. The guys went back in time and re-worked the "Mastermind" record from 2010.

"Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)" is the name of this longplayer that comes with 10 completely re-arranged songs. Even the names of some of the track have been reworked. You can still see the reference to the original one - however the expression differs quite a lot.

"Cobras and Fire" is a psychedelic space rock journey that is reflected by the colorful cover very well. Even though you might be very familiar with "Mastermind" you can go for this record without hesitation. It's a totally new album and not a cheap copy of the original. Monster Magnet remains true to their sound, but twist and tweak it in a way that it's a thrilling new trip into an unkown world.

So, where does the new expression come from. First of all the numbers on the re-arranged disc are more dirty than the original version. And in addition, as on "Milking the Stars: Re-imaginating of Last Patrol", the band played around with different 'non-metal' instruments like a sitar, piano and and organ. All this leads to a unique sound that is refined by Wyndorf's excellent vocals.

Next to the "Mastermind" songs "Cobras and Fire" also has a cover version. "Ball of Confusion" is actually from The Temptation, which you hardly can't hear anymore since Wyndorf gave the tune a pure Hawkwind expression - an experiement that was worth to do since the result sounds great.

And last but not least there is a new song on the longplayer too. It's the last song with one of the longest names in music history: "I live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi's Magnet Mash Vol.1". Actually it's not an entirely new song. Mixer Joe Barresi merged different elements and parts from various Moster Magnet songs into one track which became this almost 9 minutes long psychedelic beast in the end of "Cobras and Fire".

Enough said. Now it's time for you to get this enthralling album - relax, lean back and start the journey.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. She Digs That Hole
  2. Watch Me Fade
  3. Mastermind
  4. Hallucination Bomb
  5. Gods & Punks
  6. The Titan
  7. When the Planes Fall From the Sky
  8. Ball Of Confusion
  9. Time Machine
  10. I live Behind the Paradise Machine: Evil Joe Barresi's Magnet Mash Vol.1

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

 

CD review MONSTER MAGNET "Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)"
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CD review CLUTCH "Psychic Warfare"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2015 von Markus W. in Clutch, Hardrock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Blues, Stoner Rock

(8/10) Clutch are Neil Fallon (v), Tim Sult (g), Dan Maines (b) and Jean-Paul Gaster (d). Founded in the early 90's Clutch became a constant factor in the hardrock/metal scene and released ten studio record with number eleven being ready to be shipped.

The guys from Germantown, Maryland start into their new album "Psychic Warfare" with some samples and spoken words. The sentence "Why don't you just take a seat and start from the beginning" is a perfect introduction and leads you directly to the first song "X Ray Vision". This tune is more than just an opener; it's a statement. Clutch didn't work on this record for only releasing new material. They came to set down a rock monument. The amount of power put intothe first track, that was by the way also chosen to be the first single, is impressive. It feels like being in an speed train without any emergency breaks.

"Firebirds" underlines this statement before "A Quick Death in Texas" takes over and adds a deep Southern expression to Clutch's sound. A well placed break and a great tune.

A song that stands out from the rest is called "Doom Saloon"/"Our Lady of Electric Light". Both tracks belong together and if you close your eyes you can see the scenery of an abandoned western town where the only movements are by some hay bales, blown through the streets by the wind. This is one of the most intense numbers on "Psychic Warfare". To give you a bit of an idea about how this sonic experience sounds I would say: combine Johnny Cash and Monster Magnet.

The punky "Noble Savage" is next. This furious and fast piece of music is an excellent counterpart to the before mentioned "Our Lady of Electric Light". Both tracks together give a good idea about the entire width of Clutch's sound.

Most of the tunes are kept between three and four minutes. The exception is the last song named "Son of Virginia". It comes with the epical length of seven minutes and starts acoustic; with Neil Fallon's fantastic vocals as the cherry on the cake. The track builds up slowly and becomes an enthralling stomper in the chorus. "Son of Virginia" sums up all what you have heard earlier on this longplayer and is a perfect closer for an outstanding rock album.

I have to admit that I never had Clutch that much in my focus, but this will change with "Psychic Warfare" for sure. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Affidavit
  2. X Ray Visions
  3. Firebirds
  4. A Quick Death in Texas
  5. Sucker For The Witch
  6. Your Love is Incarceration
  7. Doom Saloon
  8. Our Lady of Electric Light
  9. Noble Savage
  10. Behold The Colossus
  11. Decapitation Blues
  12. Son Of Virginia

 

Label: Weathermaker Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

 

CD review CLUTCH "Psychic Warfare"
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LP review STEVEN WILSON "Transience"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2015 von Markus W. in Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Prog Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, LP Review, Vinyl

(*/10) You might wonder if the header is a typing error. No, it's not. This album is an LP only. "Transience" is a double album, yinyl only, that comes with 13 songs from the master of progressive soundscapes. As Steven Wilson states in the label info he always resisted to do compilations, but this time he couldn't resist.

The thirteen tracks on "Transience" have been written between 2003 and 2015. The tunes are spread out on three sides of the double album. The fourth side is reserved for 'etching' of the original handwritten lyric sketches for "Happy Returns" - one of the tracks on the album. Already this is something that makes the longplayer to a sonic goody for all fans and collectors.

But "Transience" isn't only for die-hard fans. Quite in contrary. Also for new fans, the ones that have been always 'afraid' of Wilson's complex and multilayered songs, it's this vinyl that offers thirteen great entrypoints into the musical world of Steven Wilson. Each of the tunes is easier to diguest than some of the other compositions of the dedicated musician and the tracks are also kept shorter too. The song itself gets the attention by still keeping the passion for arcs of suspension a la Wilson. Big soundscapes meet outstanding melodies that provides you with an hour of dreamful music.

Next to Steven Wilson songs the album also contains "Lazarus" from Porcupine Trees in a 2015 version that is based on a live recording from the current Steven Wilson line-up.

"Transience" is special and a beautiful piece of music. This album deserves, no, it demands vinyl. If you love rock music and if you have a passion for big melodic compositions you have to call this record your own.

 

(*/10) 

 

Tracklist:

Side 1:

  1. Transience (Single version)
  2. Harmony Korine
  3. Postcard
  4. Significant Other
  5. Insurgentes

Side 2:

  1. The Pin Drop
  2. Happy Returns (edit)
  3. Deform to Form a Star (edit)
  4. Thank you

Side 3:

  1. Index
  2. Hand Cannot Erase
  3. Lazarus (2015 recording)
  4. Drive Home

Side 4:

Etching

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Rock

Release date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

 

LP review STEVEN WILSON "Transience"
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CD review DETH ENEMY "Unmovable"

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2015 von Markus W. in Deth Enemy, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal

(8/10) Australia's Deth Enemy started as a cover band and decided in 2011 to round off this era. The Caiulo brothers, Al and Frank, took the decision to write own songs, inspired by their idols like Led Zeppelin and Whitesnake.

"Unmovable" is the debut of the two guys who found with Tom E. Morrison a partner in crime for the production. It was Pink Floyd's sound engineer Andy Jackson that was contacted by the brothers to do the mastering of the demo. Impressed by the quality of the songs he established the contact to Morrison who also recognized the potential of Deth Enemy.

After I have heard the album a few times I can understand why Jackson was excited about what he heard. Deth Enemy plays crunchy hardrock that reminded me to Skid Row when it comes to the power in their sound. But it was also Whitesnake that came to my mind when I heard songs like "Dark Side of The Blues". And "The Hammer" comes with a stronger blues rock touch as well.

Next to those tracks there is with "C.O.D. (Call of the Devil)" is a cool rocking opener with a steady pushing beat. "When An Angel Falls" became a well done power ballad while "Crucifier" is a heavy sonic steam hammer. This means that "Unmovable" contains everything needed for a good hardrock album.

To sum up: "Unmovable" stands like a rock. It comes with well-crafted hardrock songs that includes excellent hooks and the level of  hardness that is needed. It is great music that never feels bloodless or boring. Those guys know how to rock and I guess we will hear more of them in the future. And even though AC/DC gets older rock is still alive in Down Under.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. C.O.D. (Call of the Devil)
  2. One Thousand Years
  3. Wicked World
  4. When An Angel Falls
  5. Dark Side of The Blues
  6. The Hammer
  7. Disciple
  8. Devil's Playground
  9. I Believe in Angels
  10. Ordinary People
  11. Crucifier
  12. Open Your Heart

 

Label: Big Sky Song Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

CD review DETH ENEMY "Unmovable"
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CD review TRIVIUM "Silence in The Snow"

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2015 von Markus W. in Trivium, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Hardrock

(5/10) New stuff from Trivium. Wow. Cool. Let's press 'start' and see what "Silence In The Snow" can do for us. The first sonic signals are named "Snowfall" which is a cineastic intro into the album. OK. The title track is the first real song and it becomes obvious already at this stage that Trivium isn't thrash anymore and it's not metalcore either. The four-piece developed their sound towards melodic power metal. On "Vengeance Falls" the four guys combined the melodic approach with a harsh heaviness. On the new longplayer the focus goes on the first one and the second part is almost gone entirely. 

"Silence in The Snow", the song, has a very melodic touch, clean vocals and a metallic riff. But it's also far away from the bands raging debut days. Trivium wrote this track already back in 2007 but at that time they had the idea that it doesn't fit to their sound. Eight years later it became the title track - what a move.

"Blind Leading the Blind" takes the same road and I had to check twice if I still listen to Trivium; the band that blew me away with "Ascendancy". "Dead and Gone" has a good solo but is in the end an average melodic rock song that is done by many others in a better way.

Things get a bit more exciting with "The Ghost That's Haunting You" before "Pull Me From The void" is another ordinary song. The label info talks about 'development'. At least the band changes their sound but I don't know if this is something everybody was waiting for. From time to time a crunchy riff shows up at "Pull Me From The Void" before the melodic alternative metal track "Until The World Goes Cold" let you freeze again. 

I could continue with the rest of the songs, but since they follow the same pattern I will not do this. On exception though. "Breathe In The Flame" is a spark that enlights the metal heart. It's the hardest track on the album and partky bring back the good ol'days.

I followed the band from the very beginning and the more melodic orientation became clearer during the latest records. But this album goes one step too far, at least for my taste.

The music on "Silence in The Snow" isn't too bad. It's just not Trivium as we know them from the past. May snow cover this album and bring back the silence. Maybe I don't get the deeper meaning of this development but "Silence in The Snow" is for me one of the biggest disappointments so far in 2015.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Snowfall
  2. Silence in The Snow
  3. Blind Leading The Blind
  4. Dead and Gone
  5. The Ghost That's Hunting You
  6. Pull Me From The Void
  7. Until The World Goes Cold
  8. Rise Above The Tides
  9. The Thing That's Killing Me
  10. Beneath The Sun (Don't Fade Away)
  11. Breathe in The Flames

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review TRIVIUM "Silence in The Snow"
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European tourdates of CHRISTIAN MISTRESS

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2015 von Markus W. in Christian Mistress, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Tour, News, Magister Templi, Doom Metal

Portland heavy metal faithfuls CHRISTIAN MISTRESS have finalized the dates for their upcoming "Tour Your Death" European tour with Magister Templi! The tour, which both begins and ends in The Netherlands, will see the band tearing through thirteen countries in Western & Eastern Europe in just over three weeks. CHRISTIAN MISTRESS will be accompanied by Oslo-based doom quintet Magister Templi on all dates. The shows kick off on October 2nd and here are the dates:

European tourdates of CHRISTIAN MISTRESS
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CD review HARLOTT "Proliferation"

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2015 von Markus W. in Harlott, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, CD Review, Heavy Metal

(7/10) Harlott could be from the Bay Area, but they aren't. The four-piece is based in Melbourne, Australia but their songs have quite some parallels with the Bay Area sound. Thrash metal from Down Under was mostly overshadowed by hardrock bands. Mortal Sin was one of those young thrash bands that got worldwide attention but than there was radio slince again. It's Harlott that picks up this spirit again and the guys could become Mortal Sin's worthily successor.

"Proliferation", the band's newest strike, isn't the first album of the Australian quartet. Two EP's and the longplayer "Origin" have been released already. And even the current "Proliferation" has seen the light of day as a self-produced album already earlier this year. In the meantime Metal Blade signed the thrashers from Melbourne and opened up new horizons for the guys.

Harlott reminded me to the young Exodus. It's fast and uncompromising metal that blows your speakers. Those guys don't take prisoners. "Restless" and "Bloodlust" are two minute long riff attacks that are spot on, proving that a good song isn't depending on playing time. 

But there are the longer tracks too. "Denature" is one of those and I heard the good old Testament back.

Last but not least the cover fits perfect to their sound too. This is a real thrash metal artwork that 'decorates' the packaging of this metal beast.

Harott is hungry. The want metal, the breathe metal and they play metal. Thrash's still present in Australia. Thank God.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Proliferation
  2. Denature
  3. Systematic Reduction
  4. Restless
  5. The Fading Light
  6. Lord of War
  7. Civil Unrest
  8. Hellbent
  9. Bloodlust
  10. Cross Contamination
  11. Legion
  12. Means to an end

 

Label: Metal Blade

Gernre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: Septmeber 18th, 2015

CD review HARLOTT "Proliferation"
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CD review GLORYHAMMER "Space 1992 - Rise of the Chaos Wizard"

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2015 von Markus W. in Gloryhammer, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, Speed Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review

(7/10) Honestly, I'm not the best friend of blown-up bombastic highspeed power metal. Bands like Dragonforce never made a real impression on me. Therefore my excitement when I received the new Gloryhammer wasn't sky high.

The Scotish guys have released already one album in 2013 before they are coming up in these days with their newest beauty called "Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizard". I pressed the 'Start'-button more with a feeling like "OK. Here we go". The dramatic intro "Infernus Ad Astra" confirmed my wildest dreams. More like from a soundtrack for a pirate movie than an introduction to a metal album the first tones lead you to the fast "Rise of the Chaos Wizard". And to my surprise the song sounds quite good. Even though this kind of clicheful metal isn't something new Gloryhammer manages to play it in an entertaining way. The fast parts sounds a bit like Hammerfall on ADHD, but there is enough exciting moments in the title track that makes fun.

Also metal anthems like "The Hollywood Hootsman" and "Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy" are melodic songs that don't demand a long adjustment period. Catchy tunes with hard riffs and a booming rhythm section, that's what you can expect; all of them well-crafted.

Even the 9 minutes long "Apocalypse 1992" is a varied piece of metal music that has an extended cineastic appeal.

Only "Questlords of Inverness Ride to the Galactic..." became bit of to much pop. It's nothing wrong with catchy songs, but this tune got a too much sugar.

So, what to conclude. Gloryhammer's new album is cooler than what I thought in the beginning. The loud and 'special' artwork shouldn't be misleading. The sound is far  better than the visual. Even though you might not liked the bands debut it's worth to check the band's second album. I had to partly adjust my opinion.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Infernus Ad Astra
  2. Rise of the Chaos Wizards
  3. Legend of the Astral Hammer
  4. Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy
  5. The Hollywood Hootsman
  6. Victorious Eagle Warfare
  7. Questlords of Inverness Ride to the Galactic...
  8. Universe on Fire
  9. Heroes (of Dundee)
  10. Apocalypse 1992
  11. Dundax Aeterna

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

 

CD review GLORYHAMMER "Space 1992 - Rise of the Chaos Wizard"
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KING DIAMOND to film feature length video on the "Abigail In Concert 2015" tour

Veröffentlicht am 24. September 2015 von Markus W. in King Diamond, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Exodus, Tour

King Diamond will be recording a feature length live concert video for blu-ray / DVD / digital release while on tour this fall! Director Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage) has been enlisted to direct the project, which will include footage from multiple shows throughout the entire "Abigail in concert 2015" tour.

In other news, a brand new King Diamond interview is online.


KING DIAMOND
With special guest EXODUS

29/10 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
31/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
02/11 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
05/11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)
06/11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
08/11 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
09/11 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
13/11 San Antonio, TX Housecore Horror Festival at the Aztec Theatre
15/11 New Orleans, LA The Civic Theatre
16/11 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
19/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
20/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
21/11 New York, NY Best Buy Theater (SOLD OUT)
24/11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater
25/11 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
27/11 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
28/11 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
30/11 St Paul, MN Myth Live
02/12 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater - Club Brady
04/12 Houston, TX House of Blues
05/12 Dallas, TX House of Blues

KING DIAMOND to film feature length video on the "Abigail In Concert 2015" tour
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CD review 42 DECIBELS "Rolling in Town"

Veröffentlicht am 24. September 2015 von Markus W. in 42 Decibels, ACDC, News, CD Review, Rose Tattoo, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock

(7/10) If the world needs another AC/DC clone is a question you need to answer for yourself. Anyhow, 42 Decibel (the name is based on a line in AC/DC's "Let There be Rock") is more than inspired by the Australian hardrock dinosaur and even though you will find many cross-references to the rockers from Down Under 42 Decibels does a good job. But let's start at the beginning.

Buenos Aires, the hometwon of the four guys, is well-known for tango. This kind of music fits perfect to the melancholic vibe that enwraps the entire city. But the Argentinian capitol is more than that. The city is based on so many influences that brings a lot of different creative outsputs up to surface. And considering the fact that the heat during the summer period has something in common with the Australian desert, it's not a big surprise that blues-based hardrock found some roots in Buenos Aires too.

42 Decibels released their debut in 2013. "Hard Rock'n'Roll" is the well-chosen name and the four-piece has their second album up and running since a few days. "Rolling in town" is the second strike, containing 10 hardrock numbers that are packed with power.

The songs are somewhere between fast and puny like "Rude and Fast", groovy and bluesy ("Midnight Teaser") and slow and easy as on "Smooth Talker".

This album makes a lot of fun. Again, AC/DC and Rose Tattoo might be a bit too present here and there but in the end "Rolling in Town" is a well-crafted and passionate rock'n'roll album.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Can't Keep Control
  2. Short Fused
  3. Ruade and Fast
  4. Drop of Booze
  5. Burning Down the Road
  6. Eye of the Hawk
  7. Down the Hatch
  8. Midnight Teaser (Evil Woman)
  9. Cold Steel Rider
  10. Smooth Talker

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: September 18th, 2015

CD review 42 DECIBELS "Rolling in Town"
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CD review MÄRVEL "The Hills Have Eyes"

Veröffentlicht am 23. September 2015 von Markus W. in Märvel, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Swedish Beagle-Boys Märvel comes with in in-between EP called "The Hills Have Eyes".  One and a half years after "Hadal Zone Express" the trio releses 6 new songs that have been produced by Fred Estby in the Gutterview Recorders studio.

The mini LP starts with the Thin Lizzy-like opener "Back In The Saddle" that is build on a melody that sticks to your mind as a wet spaghetti to the wall. A cool beginning with the downer of fading out at the end. "One Shining Moment" is changing gears. The tune is faster than the opener and has a great riff.

Time for the title track. This is a swinging musical piece that has a certain folk expression. This number is highly entertaining and you can join whistling the melody already the first time you listening to it. ""Goodbye, Shalom!" is a good classic rock song - a bit weaker than the other tracks but fortunately a great cover version follows. "L.O.V.E. Machine", one of W.A.S.P.'s hits, is next. Märvel creates a totally new rocker out of this metal milestone. The original version is recognisable, but Märvel adds a strong 70's touch to it that works very well. Also this 'wasp' bits.

"Bring it on" is the last song on this EP. What starts as a ballad becomes a weird riff rocker with a cool groove. Maybe it's not the easiest song to get into, but it slowly develops overtime. 

"The Hills Have Eyes" is a good mini album to bridge the time till we can welcome the next full-length longplayer. Check it out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Back In The Saddle
  2. One Shining Moment
  3. The Hills Have Eyes
  4. Goodbye, Shalom!
  5. L.O.V.E. Machine
  6. Bring it on

 

Label: Killer Cobra

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015

 

CD review MÄRVEL "The Hills Have Eyes"
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