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CANDLEMASS work on a new EP

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Candlemass, News, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal

Swedish doom legend Candlemass is working on a new EP to celebrate the 30st anniversary of the genre icons.

The recordong takes place currently in the Ghost Ward studios in Stockholm and the EP will include four new tunes. Those tracks are reported to be really heavy and metal, something that sounds very promising. MHMB keeps you updated....

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

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CD review ZOMBI "Shape Shift"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Zombi, Goblin, Soundtrack, Instrumental, Rock, Electro, Prog Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) You could that this is the right review for Halloween - a band called Zombi. No, seriously, Zombi is from Pittsburgh and the guys stand for progressive rock music that comes with many electronic features and synthesizers. 

Zombi was inspired by Italian soundtrack composers of Goblin, while they took the inspiration for the bands name from a movie called "Dawn of Dead" which was named "Zombi" in Italy.

Steve Moore (b/synthesizer) and A.E. Paterra (d), the two men behind Zombi, released a first album back in 2004, called "Cosmos". Three more longplayers followed and the newest one is called "Shape Shift".

The new record comes with nine instrumental songs that are epical. The tracks carry a lot of feeling and emotional intenstity. In the best meaning of the word we can say that it's soundtrack music, even though there is no film connected - at least not in the common sense. 

If you listen to the album with your headphone, lean back and close your eyes, the movie starts in your imagination. "Shape Shift" isn't an album that is just for fast consumption and done. This record, with it's long and intense tunes, asks for time. You need to dive into this world of melodies, rhythm and sound constructs to get the full joy out of it.

So, eventhough there is Halloween today, Zombi has nothing to do with this day. Zombi is an experience in itself.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pillars of Dawn
  2. Total Breakthrough
  3. Misson Creep
  4. Interstellar Package
  5. Diffraction Zone
  6. Toroidal Vortices
  7. Shadow Hand
  8. Metaverse
  9. Siberia II

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 16th, 2015
CD review ZOMBI "Shape Shift"
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CD review KILLING JOKE "Pylon"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Killing Joke, Industrial, Electronic, Alternative Metal, Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) There is a lot trouble and defiency out there in the world that delivers enough topics for lyrics for a new Killing Joke album. So it's not a surprise that the legendary post-punk band was in the studio again and worked on their sixteenth longplayer called "Pylon" that is out now.

"Pylon" didn't get a very optimistic album. It is kept dark and painful. But that's how the world is, at least partly and those vibes are coming back in each of the ten new songs that are on the new record.

The good thing with the band is that you get what you expect. Killing Joke didn't change their sound and there is also no reason for it either. It's more the details that change. Jaz Coleman and band mates allow their songs on the new longplayer to be a bit longer again. Most of them are between the five and the six minutes in length. Having numbers with such a length and combining them with the bands typical electronic/industrial sounds leads to a certain hypnotic monotony that fits perfect to the wished expression. A good example is "New Jerusalem" that comes slowly and repetitive round the corner. But this doesn't mean at all that the song or the album gets boring. Killing Joke manages since decades to include a tension in their music that give you an exciting time till the last tune fades away.

And even though the new disc might be a bit more electronic again there is enough soace for harsh industrial songs like the riff rocker "Autonomous Zone", "Dawn of the Hive" and "Delete" that feels like a sonic electro shock. On the other hand there is with "Big Buzz" a new wave-based track on "Pylon" that brings back the "Love Like Blood" times. All in all a good balance of sounds.

The four piece from London releases with "Pylon" their third album after reuniting in the original line-up. The result is another terrific album from a band that never gets outdated.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Autonomous Zone
  2. Dawn of the Hives
  3. New Cold War
  4. Euphoria
  5. New Jerusalem
  6. War on Freedom
  7. Big Buzz
  8. Delete
  9. I Am The Virus
  10. Into the Unknown

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Post-Punk/Industrial

Release Date EU: October 23rd, 2015

CD review KILLING JOKE "Pylon"
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CD review SUBSIGNAL "The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Subsignal, Prog Rock, Rock, Prog Metal, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Heavy Metal

(9/10) This autumn seems to become a sophisticated season when it comes to progressive metal music. There have been already some quite exciting records that have been published; like the new album from Gazpacho and now there are two German prog bands coming with new albums too. Next to Vanden Plas it is Subsignal that offers a new journey through the world of sound.

"The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime" is the cryptic title of the new long player which is the forth one of the the band that arose out of the ashes of Siege Even. Brain and soul behind the band are guitarist Markus Steffens and singer Arno Menses who started Subsignal as a project in 2007. Things developed very positively and what began as a project became a fix part of the German prog metal scene.

"The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime" isn't build on a conceptual storyline. But there is a red thread through the various tracks on this long player. The overarching theme is about loss and parting.

When it comes to the music Subsignal became harder again. The predecessor "Paraiso" was in general a bit softer with some tracks that have been close to AOR. The new album brings back heavier riffs. "Tempest" is a first indicator for this, underlined by songs like "Everything is Lost".

But in the end it's not about heavier or softer when it comes to Subsignal's music. It's the band's lambent way of composing great songs that come with big melodies merged with a lot of emotional depth and thoughtfulness. "The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime" is full of those attributes and it's the passion for details, that makes Subsignal's sound complex as well as approachable also for non-musicians.

This long player is the soundtrack for an exciting journey through eleven new tracks from a band that combines technical capabilities with an outstanding sense for good songs. "The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime" belongs to the highlights of 2015 and I would be surprised not finding back the album in some of the 2015 polls.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Calm
  2. Tempest
  3. A Time Out of Joint
  4. And The Rain Will Wash it All Away
  5. Ashes of Summer
  6. A Myth Written on Water
  7. Everything is Lost
  8. The Beacons of Somewhere Sometimes (Part 1: Maelstrom)
  9. The Beacons of Somewhere Sometimes (Part 2: The Path)
  10. The Beacons of Somewhere Sometimes (Part 3: In This Blinding Light)
  11. The Beacons of Somewhere Sometimes (Part 4: A Canopy of Stars)

 

Label: Goldecore Records

Gerne: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review SUBSIGNAL "The Beacons of Somewhere Sometime"
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CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Power Metal, News, Chastain, Heavy Metal, US Metal, Shred, CD Review, CJSS

(8/10) What a blast in 1984 when I heard the first songs from David T. Chastain. It was the second full-length album he released under the header of Chastain, with Leather Leone taking over the vocal duties. This album was a real highlight at that time, esp. since it combined Chastain's filigree guitar play with the rough and unpolished vocals of Leone.

Even though the axemen from Atlanta, Georgia had many other releases as solo albums or with CJSS ("Praise the Loud" is cult too) it was Chastain that sticks out.

"We Bleed Metal" is the next Chastain longplayer, no.10, that follows the 2013 release "Surrender to No One". Nine new tracks found a spot on the tracking list and each of them is a pure power metal pearl, intersperesed by David T. Chastain's shred attacks.

The title track got the honour of opening this album. And energetic power metal blow up in your face, followed by the faster "All Hail The King". This tune is a bit more melodic but still heavy and with Chastain's screaming guitar. Those two tracks are a great double header in the beginning that makes clear what the album stands for - pure headbanging metal.

Next to those smashers there are also slower tunes on "We Bleed Metal". "Search Time For You" reduces speed quite a lot and comes as a doom monster. It's a track with a ten ton hammer riff that is extremely cool.

And also "Evolution of Terror" is kept a bit slower without being silent. The only more quiet moment is actually "The Last Ones Alive" that is a powerful track with an acoustic start.

Chastain is best when he works together with Leather Leone. "We Bleed Metal" is the title and it feels like those guys have pure metal in their veins. Power metal fans, young or old, should check out this release.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. We Bleed Metal
  2. All Hail The King
  3. Against All The Gods
  4. Search Time For You
  5. Don' Trust Tomorow
  6. I Am A Warrior
  7. Evolution of Terror
  8. The Last Ones Alive
  9. Secrets

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal"
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CD review MIDGE URE "Breathe Again: Live and Extended"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Midge Ure, Ultravox, Thin Lizzy, Rock, Acoustic, Visage, Prog Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) To mention each of the important musical mielstones of Midge Ure would be a very long list of bands and projects the iconic musicians was involved in.

I don't think that such an outstanding career was to foresee when Ure started in 1976 with Silk, releasing the first single called "Forever and ever". What happened during the next almost four decades was a success story that doesn't happen that often. Thin Lizzy, Ultravox, Visage and Band Aid, those are just some of the bands and projects Ure enriched with his creativity and passion for music.

"Breathe Again: Live and Extended" is, in one or another way, a view back and it is the 1995 release "Breathe" that builds the base for this live album. By purpose "Breathe" was build on celtic influences with various acoustic instruments and the long player became a bit success.

Midge Ure wants to revitalize this spirit of "Breathe" by performing the entire album live on stage. "Breathe Again: Live and Extended" is the capturing of this endeavour.

The live album can be split in two parts. Section one is consisting out of the eleven tracks from the mentioned album, all in a pure acoustic version. But on top of it the album also comes with highlights like "Vienna", "Fade to Grey" and "If I was"; songs that are alltime classics. What makes those tunes special on this live release is the fact that they are re-arrenged and also fully acoustic. This gives the songss a totally new expression.

Midge Ure publishes with "Breathe Again: Live and Extended" an excellent live album that includes milestones in rock. To recommend.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Breathe
  2. Fields of Fire
  3. Fallen Angel
  4. Free
  5. Guns and Arrows
  6. Lay My Body Down
  7. Sinnerman
  8. Live Forever
  9. Trails of Tears
  10. Lay Your Good Lord
  11. The Maker
  12. Vienna
  13. Fade to Grey
  14. If I Was
  15. Lament
  16. Dear God
  17. All Fall Down
  18. Fragile
  19. Become

 

Label: Oblivion/SPV

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review MIDGE URE "Breathe Again: Live and Extended"
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CD review '77 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in '77, ACDC, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Blues, Thin Lizzy

(7/10) You could make life easy for yourself and label '77 as the Spanish AC/DC. But this would be far too easy, even though the five-piece from Australia can be seen as a major inspiration for '77's sound. But the four-guys from Barcelona are more than just a copycat.

'77 at its best is what you get if you see them live. I still can remember their great performance when they opened for Audrey Horne a few months ago. Their show was fully based on power and energy, all combined with well-crafted hardrock songs that are made for a party.

The new album "Nothing's gonna stop us" has the gained self-confidence of the guys already in its name. The bands forth longplayer is a next step for '77 that takes them a bit away from AC/DC by adding some more Thin Lizzy and 70's Kiss to their sound. Traditional classic rock also gains momentum when it comes to those guys. This is something that I had to get used to, but after a few times listening to the album I have to say that it makes sense.

The four guys from Spain don't reinvent rock'n'roll, but the enjoy it and they live rock'n'roll. '77's music makes fun, is entertaining and, again, works best in a live environment.

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" is a cool 70's based hardrock album that gives you a good time. Check it out.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. It's Alright
  2. Tonight
  3. Come & Join Us
  4. Street Dogs
  5. Nothin' Gonna Stop Us Now
  6. GMDF
  7. Tightrope
  8. Still Waiting
  9. No One Like You
  10. She Makes Me
  11. Too Young to Go
  12. We Want More Rock and Roll

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

 

CD review '77 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"
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CD review TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA "Letters from the Labyrinth"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic

(9/10) After having played a fantastic show in union with the mighty Savatage the Trans-Siberian Orchestra releases a new album called "Letters From the Labyrinth".

The success story of TSO started in 1996 with "Christmas Eve and Other Stories". The record was sold 3.4 million times and kicked off an extraordinary musical history. Next milestones followed such as "The Christams Attic", "The Lost Christams Eve",... And since Christmas was a kind of constant factor in most of the TSO longplayers there is the tradition of a US winter tour that attracts many visitors to the TSO shows year by year.

There are rock musicals, there are metal shows, there are plays and there are rock operas like "Thommy". The uniqueness of TSO is to combine all this into an exceptional musical experience. 

It's this seamless combination of rock, metal and classic that makes also the new longplayer "Letters From the Labyrinth" to an outstanding listening experience. 

"Time & Distance" is the first chapter in this new conceptual story that is generally based on "Night Castle" from 2009. It's about the dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, symbolised by a dialogue between child and an old friend of the child's grandfather.

The opener combines, as stated earlier, excellent rock guitars with big choirs and melodies. The following instrumental "Madness of Men" emphasis this even more before the piano introduces "Prometheus". It's a typical TSO song in which the keyboard continues having a leading part, accompanied by riffy guitars that adds some tension to the track. 

"Mountain Labyrinth" starts mystic. It spreads a baleful sphere that continues throughout the entire track and also bridges into "King Rurik", a song with heavy guitars and well-crafted arcs of melodies. 

TSO adds an organ sound in "Prince Igor" that gives the sound a new appeal. Via "What the Night Conceives", one of the hardest tracks on the longplayer, you get to the already mentioned "Forget About the Blame". 

A cool bassline opens "Not Dead Yet", which stays a very rhythm-based song that has a certain Alice Cooper touch, esp. in the beginning.

"Past Tomorrow" is one of the most silent tracks on "Letters From the Past". It comes with fragile soundscapes, but it also comes with a lot of feeling and emotion.

"Stay" calls a lot of expressiveness its own. The intesity that can be created by 'just' vocals and an acoustic guitar is amazing ... and we are not talking about the typical ballad-stuff here. This would be far to trivial for TSO.

We're getting closer to the end of this cineastic longplayer. "Not the Same" is another typical TSO song that contains all the trademarks of this cooperation. "Who I Am" brings back the rock with dramatic elements and multilayered choir parts before the bombastic "Lullaby Night" closes the last chapter in TSO's latest sonic story.

Highlight in the end, as an extra, is "Forget About the Blame" with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm taking over the vocal duties. Her rough voice fits perfect to this song and arises the wishful thinking of having her becoming a part of the TSO ensemble, even though this would be a pity for Halestorm.

TSO releases with "Letters From the Labyrinth" another musical milestone that will be as successful as the predecessors. The music of TSO stays magic and unique. It unites people, regardless if young/old, metal/classic,...

This is big.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Time & Distance
  2. Madness of Men
  3. Prometheus
  4. Mountain Labyrinth
  5. King Rurik
  6. Prince Igor
  7. The Night Conceives
  8. Forget About the Blame
  9. Not Dead Yet
  10. Past Tomorrow
  11. Stay
  12. Not the Same
  13. Who I Am
  14. Lullaby Night
  15. Forget About the Blame (feat. Lzzy Hale) (Bonus)

 

Label: Universal Music

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA "Letters from the Labyrinth"
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CD review DEAD SOUL "The Sheltering Day"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Dead Soul, News, CD Review, NIN, Electro, Alternative Rock, Rock, Industrial, Prog Rock

(8/10) There are some records that you listen to for the first time and you're caught by their sound. "The Sheltering Day" from Dead Soul is such a longplayer.

In case you haven't from the band earlier, it is a musical collaboration of Anders Landelius (v/g) and multiinstrumentalist Niels Nielsen; a name you might have heard already when it was about Swedish occult rockers from Ghost. It was Nielsen who was involved in the production of e.g. "Infestissumam".

"The Sheltering Sky" is the second release of this creative duo and it follows the debut from 2013. Dead Soul is thrilling in a way that you can't put their sound into common genres and styles. The music of the two guys isn't metal but it is exciting rock music that brings together many elements. 

The label info says: "Think Nick Cave meets NIN meets Johnny Cash". I guess that this describes the sound of Dead Soul pretty good. The opener "Until the Last Breath" reflects actually all of those three influences while tracks like "Abyss" puts more focus on electronic elements which gives the tune a dark and baleful expression.

But THE song on "The Sheltering Day" is called "Dirt Road". Listening to this masterpiece sends cold shivers up and down your spine. It's a song that comes with so much emotional depth that it's hard not to get caught by it. There is no tune that can compete with Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt", but Dead Soul wrote with this piano based ballad a number that comes from an intesity point-of-view quite close. And knowing that "Hurt" was composed by Trent Reznor (NIN) we can conclude that we come to full circle when it is about different styles in Dead Soul's music.

"The Sheltering Day" is an outstanding rock album that has many exciting moments. And in case you still doubting, listen to "Dirt Road".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Until the Last Breath
  2. The Fool
  3. Shattering Dreams
  4. In Between
  5. Dirt Road
  6. Ladies & Gentlemen...
  7. The Abyss
  8. Home by the Sea
  9. Thy Will be Done
  10. The Final Day

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Electro Rock

Release Date EU: Octoner 23rd, 2015

 

CD review DEAD SOUL "The Sheltering Day"
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CD review ONE OK ROCK "35xxxv"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in One OK Rock, Modern Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Glam, Post Punk

(6/10) Heavy Metal and Japan is for me: Loudness. Those guys left more than a footprint in metal coming from the land of the rising sun. But that was decades ago and the next generation took over. If the result is what you like is something you have to decide for your own. 

However, One OK Rock is one of those current hyped bands that are pretty successful in Japan. The four piece, that started in 2005, is playing modern rock, in the broadest meaning of the word. On the one hand there are sugar sweet melodies next to some samples and on the other side there are hard guitars plus almost metalcore screams.

"35xxxv" got an excellent sound. The album is produced very well. It almost too clean and a few edges would have been very welcome.

Some metalcore screams doesn't make the album to a heavy one. Tracks like the cheesy "Heartache" really gives you one. Compared to this song even Poison sounds heavy. This album is pretty vanilla. Exchangable music that is catchy but without any soul, that's One OK Rock.

One OK Rock might sell a lot of this album that is made for the mainstream market. But what I miss is the own identity of the band's sound. It feels like a casting band was formed to earn money. 

...but the album inspired me to put my old Loudness records on the player. Just something good for the ears.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. 3xxxv5
  2. Take me to the Top
  3. Cry Out
  4. Suddenly
  5. Mighty Long Fall
  6. Heartache
  7. Memories
  8. Decision (feat. Tyler Carter)
  9. Paper Planes (feat. Kellin / Sleeping With Sirnes)
  10. Good Goodbye
  11. One by One
  12. Stuck in the Middle

 

Label: Warner Records

Genre: Modern Rock

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

 

CD review ONE OK ROCK "35xxxv"
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CD review GAZPACHO "Molok"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Gazpacho, Prog Rock, Art Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) Molok is the biblical demon in whose jaws children were sactificed.

Molok is the name of a machine that can predict the future, based on a rational relation of action and reaction in the past.

"Molok" is also the title of Gazpacho's new studio record which is a concept album build on the interesting and exciting story around the machine and it's creator. In the end the new longplayer is about the conflict between brain and heart, rational and emotional. Instead of going to much into detail in this review I recommend the explanation on Gazpacho's Facebook side. Let's focus in this review on the music.

The Norwegian six-piece's new album is number nine in their discography. It follows the complex "Demon" record from 2014 and comes with nine song that are build on the above mentioned story.

"Park Bench" is the opener and it is a multilayered track that starts with a strong beat before a mixture of almost a-capella parts and great melody lines give the tune an intesive expression. Half-way, the song gets pretty hard just to move forward into a choir section that is followed by another heavy outburst.

The shortest song on this diverse longplayer is called "Bela Kiss", which is swinging by still offering so many nuances that it is a thrilling journey for the listener. Queen could have been the blueprint for this track, but than there are the folk elements embedded that give the tune a totally different expression.

"ABC" is probabaly one of the tracks on "Molok" that is the most easy one to diguest. It belongs to the more straight-forward compositions, build on a catchy melody and a cool groove.

"Algorithm" is the opposite. It's an interlaced instrumental with humming as an additional instrument. The song has a very strong expression and it's a beautiful experience to listen to those soundscapes. I don't know why this is a 'CD only' track because I think it is one of the best tunes on "Molok" - if not even the best one.

"Molok Rising" is with nine minutes the longest number on the album and it's also the last leg of this mind blowing sonic journey. It's one of the more silent tracks on the album that still transports so much emotions that some other bands could fill an entire album with. This is prog rock per excellence that makes you dream. This album monopolize you and never let loose.

"Molok" contains music that isn't made for the 'to-go' generation. Those nine tracks take time to develop their full potential for the listeners. There are so many details that demand attention and good earphones. Music for the brain and the heart - and there we are back at the concept of the album.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Park Bench
  2. The Master's Voice
  3. Bela Kiss
  4. Know Your Time
  5. Choir of Ancestors
  6. ABC
  7. Algorithm
  8. Alarm
  9. Molok Rising

 

Label: KSCOPE

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: October 23rd, 2015

CD review GAZPACHO "Molok"
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New video from VANDEN PLAS

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Video

German prog metal band Vanden Plas will soon release part 2 of the 'Netherworld' saga. "Chronicles of the Immortals" Netherworlds II" will be published on November 6 and another song of the upcoming album is already revealed on YouTube. "Godmaker's Temptation" is the name of the track that is another great composition. Check it out.

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CD review DEADHEADS "Loadead"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Deadheads, Hardrock, Punkrock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) A few months after having published their debut Deadheads are around with "Loadead". The second album picks it up where "This is Deadheads First Album" stops. Ten new songs will be a serious option for your next party. Ten new songs that are kicking ass from the first note to the last one.

The fact that none of the tracks reaches the four minutes shows clearly that Deadheads didn't start to write epical tunes. They keep their music spot on. Flattened to the minimum this album shines by its purity and simplicity. And it's the frenetic power that speaks for itself with each of the pieces.

So far so good. Deadheads don't get up from bed just to make compromisses. They do what they do best, which is recording hard rock songs.

What is slightly different on the new longplayer compared to the debut is the fact that the classic rock factor slightly increased. Songs like the bluesy "Empty Howles" reflect this very well. And if blues gets alive by emotions Deadheads succeed in this. The tune has a great melody and transports a melancholic blues vibe that is really well done. It's songs like this that gives the album a certain diversity which was less present on the debut. In my opinion a cool next step in the band's development.

But it's mainly the fast and raging anthems like "Let Loose the Fool", "What's true" and the less than two minutes long opener "There's a Hole in the Sky" that covers the main part of the album. Deadheads prove that it's the easy things in life (and music) that are fascinating. Complex doesn't mean better.

"Loadead" can be seen as another album that belongs to the current boom of Swedish classic rock bands. But Deadheads are more. They merge the vibe of classic rock with the rawness of punk which leads to an outstanding album. Deadheads are more alive than ever with this release.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. There's a Hole In The Sky
  2. Out Of here
  3. Shine On
  4. Empty Howles
  5. Let Loose The Fool
  6. The Need to Sleep
  7. When Blood Runs Out
  8. What's True
  9. The Horror
  10. UPC

 

Label: High Roller

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review DEADHEADS "Loadead"
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CD review LORD VIGO "Under Carpathian Sun"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Lord Vigo, Epic, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Candlemass, Manilla Road, Power Metal

(9/10) Wohoo. Where do those guys all of a sudden come from? The trio is from Landstuhl in Germany and they are playing in the current line-up since end of December last year. Lord Vigo wasn't on my list and I obviously missed their demo EP a few month ago. What a shame. But fortunately No Remorse releases this EP now with two new additional tracks as the band's debut album.

Lord Vigo, who based the band's name on the villian in Ghostbusters II, are one of the biggest surprises to me this year. This band proves that the underground is still alive and vital. The guys came out of nowhere; but with impact. The joy of this album is that it is raw, basic and without any decoration. This album isn't made to be perfect, this disc is meant to be impactful; and it is. Already the fact that the EP was published as tape says a lot.

Lord Vigo plays doom metal that has a big epical component. Sometimes you can hear that Candlemass is one of their inspirations ("Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf") while other tunes have a Type O'Negative touch ("Ishtar - Queen of the Night"). Next to those tracks there is with "Babylon The Great" a number on the debut that reminded me in the end with the spoken words even to The Bollock Brothers. Really cool stuff.

All the songs are based on mighty doom riffs that gives you the shiver. Vinz Clorthro (Vocals, Drums, Organ), Tony Scoleri (Guitar, Bass), Volguus Zildrohar (Guitar, Bass) have found an excellent mixture of moaning vocal, heavy guitars and great melodylines. What adds to all this are the narrational parts which makes the album to a creepy storytelling experience. Lord Vigo uses this tool cautiously and they never overdo it. The trio found the right dose that strengthen their sound without becoming a 'talking book' like some of the latest Manowar releases.

"The Capathian Sun" is one of the best debuts since quite a while. I guess we will hear a lot more from those three guys in the coming years. In the meantime you should enjoy this longplayer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf
  2. Babylon The Great
  3. Ishtar – Queen Of The Night
  4. The Arrival
  5. Terror Witchtcraft
  6. The Sirens
  7. In Pago Aquilensis (Odium)

 

Label: No Remorse

Genre: Epic Doom

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD review LORD VIGO "Under Carpathian Sun"
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