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CD review PHANTASMA "The Deviant Heart"

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2015 von Markus W. in Phantasma, Delain, Everon, Serenity, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Phantasma is the result out of the collaboration of Georg Neuhauser (Serenity), Oliver Philipps (Everon) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain). Reading those names raises quite some expectations.

And knowing that Tom S. Englund from Evergey plus some more great musicians have been involved in this project raises the curiousity to an even higher level.

But what we can see is that names isn't the only thing that makes a record exciting. Each of the musicinas is great in his/her field of expertice and also their contribution on the "The Deviant Heart" is really good.

After having listened to the album several times I have to conclude that what I've heard isn't neither fish nor fowl. The music on "The Deviant Heart" is positioned somewhere between the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Nightwish with a bit of Avantasia. That the main guys of Phantasma have the potential to get close to those bands from a quality point of view is undoubted. But what I miss on this album is the 'human factor', the edges and the pure emotional part. Everything sounds planned and structured. This makes the album to a more standard release with a lot of technical capabilities of the involved musicians. 

For me it feels like an idle opportunity to make something really big. The intention was there, the foundation was there, the result leaves some open questions.

However, fans of bands like Nightwish, Delain and Trans-Siberian Orchestra should check the album since I guess you will still find enough moments of joy.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Incomplete
  2. The Deviant Heart
  3. Runaway Gray
  4. Try
  5. Enter Dreamscape
  6. Miserable Me
  7. The Lotus and The Willow
  8. Crimson Course
  9. Carry Me Home
  10. The Sound of Fear
  11. Novaturient
  12. Let It Die

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD review PHANTASMA "The Deviant Heart"
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CD review STEAK NUMBER EIGHT "Kosmokoma"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2015 von Markus W. in Steak Number Eight, Rock, Post Metal, Modern Metal, Sludge, CD Review, News

(7/10) Belgium post-metal gang Steak Number Eight put a fresh piece of meat on the barbeque. It's called "Kosmokoma", it's their thrid release and contains eleven tracks.

When it comes to the sound of the new longplayer not that much changed for the Belgian four-piece. Brent Vannesta and his dudes wrote again wild tunes that are sometimes durious and crazy ("Return of Kolomon"), sometimes mighty slo-mo ("Gravity Giants") and sometimes spot-on ("Your Soul Deserves To Die Twice").

All this shows the diversity of the music Steak Number Eight delivers on their new longplayer. "Kosmokoma" is an album that isn't easy going. It takes some time to get into it, but after a while each songs reveals it's full beauty. 

In case you're looking for a party soundtrack or some headbanging stuff you should go for some other releases. "Kosmokoma" demands time, endurance and focus. It's worth to invest all this. The songs will reward you after a while.

Everything said.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Return of the Kolomon
  2. Your Soul Deserves to Die Twice
  3. Principal Features of the Cult
  4. Gravity Giants
  5. Charades
  6. Knows Sees Tells All
  7. Claw it in Your Eyes
  8. It Might be The Lights
  9. Cheating the Gallows
  10. Future Sky Batteries
  11. Space Punch

 

Label: Indie Recording

Genre: Post Metal

Release Date EU: November 20th, 2015

CD review STEAK NUMBER EIGHT "Kosmokoma"
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CD review PSYCHOPUNCH "Sweet Baby Octane"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2015 von Markus W. in Psychopunch, Punkrock, Punk, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Vasteras-based punk rockers Psychpunch celeberate the 'sweet baby octane' - at least this is the title of their newest longplayer which is released in these days.

JM, Lindell, Walle and Locke have recorded fourteen new songs which are framed by an intro and an outro.

After disappearing a bit form my screen, the four guys are back with a fresh and strong new album. The cover became a very colourful one and so is the music. Psychopunch is back with pure punk rock that is kicking ass again. "Sweet Baby Octane" is pretty entertaining and the music is as shiny as the cover.

Having mentioned all this I also have to state that Psychopunch's music is still far away from bubblegum punk. JM and his gang have a lot of melody in their new numbers but it never gets cheesy. The rough vocals are adding some edges to the bands sound which makes the entire album to a real cracker.

Punk rock doesn't need a lot. It's some chords, a steady pushing beat and a certain attitude. Yes, it might need a few more things, but it's the simplicity combined with great hooklines that makes records like "Sweet Baby Octane" to good ones. Punk rock isn't about perfection. It's about power and roughness. Psychopunch delivers both on the new longplayer.

"Sweet Baby Octane" is the right musical fuel in the grey European autumn. Good stuff from a band that all of a sudden got on my radar again.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. I've Been Around
  3. On a Night Like This (Hell Yeah)\
  4. Forever and a Day
  5. Turn Up The Radio
  6. When You're Out of Town
  7. Drinking Alone
  8. So High
  9. Masquerade
  10. What Did I Say
  11. Time is on Our Side
  12. Punkrocker
  13. The New Alive
  14. Showtime's Over
  15. Outro

 

Label: SPV Steamhammer

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

 

CD review PSYCHOPUNCH "Sweet Baby Octane"
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CD review MERCUTIO "Back to Nowhere"

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2015 von Markus W. in Mercurio, Alternative Metal, Rock, Hardrock, Prog Rock, News, CD Review

(6/10) Mercutio is actually a character in Shakespeare's 'Romoe and Juliet'. The name is based on 'mercurial' and I think that is what the band wants to be - vivid, but also a bit moody.

However, where aren't here for theater arts, we are here to talk about music and metal. In our case Mercutio is a four-piece rock band, located in the London, UK. The band names Muse, Radiohead and Porcopine Tree as their main influencers and yes, this comes back in their songs.

"Back to Nowhere" is the band's debut and comes with twelve songs. Having in mind the earlier said, we aren't talking about metal here. Mercutio writes and playes solid rock music that has sometimes some harder guitars like in the title track "Back to Nowhere". "Anytime" is another example where the four guys put the guitars into the lead.

Next to those harder moments there are tracks like the opener and "Hail the Night" where booming keyboards wrafting in the background. Something for Muse fans more than for Maiden supporters.

"Back to Nowehere" comes with more fragile and silent moments. "A Part of me" is such a number and "Mother" is another one. The first mentioned track is a really cool one while second one feels a bit tense. 

But there are also tracks that doesn't work for me. "Fake" is one of those tunes that might be technically spoken OK and demanding, but it doesn't stick. The same goes for "the Ghost that is You". The chorus sounds bumpy and riven.

"Back to Nowhere" has some moments. But in general it feels too scattered, with also some tunes that aren't working for me. In this sense the longplayer is vivid and moody - mercurial.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Shed Your Skin
  2. Back to Nowhere
  3. A Part of Me
  4. Anytime
  5. Fake
  6. No Compromise
  7. Hail the Night
  8. In Front of You
  9. Mother
  10. Set me Free
  11. The Ghost that is You
  12. Reasons to Erase

 

Label: Diverge Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review MERCUTIO "Back to Nowhere"
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CD review SACRILEGE "Behind The Realms of Madness"

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2015 von Markus W. in Sacrilege, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Crust, Punk, Hardcore, News, CD Review

(8/10) It was 30 years ago when Birmingham-based hardcore punks of Sacrilege released their "Behind the Realms of Madness" longplayer. Having started as crustcore band the guys included more and more thrash elements in their sound; something that led to this well done album. 

Relapse Records 're-discovered' this brute longplayer and re-issued it as part of their death-/thrash re-release series.

Something that makes Sacrilege pretty unique is singer Lynda "Tam" Simpson with her wild shouts and bloodcurdling screams. It's a mixture of anger and rage that breaks through in each of the songs, something that is also reflected in the band's lyrics. Social and political relevant topics have been adressed and Sacrilege broached the topics of this time.

Next to the extraordinary vocals it's the simple but efficient riffs that makes the album to a special one. Tunes like "Shadow of Mordor" celebrate almost endless one riff; broken-up by cool leads. Or check out "Flight of the Nazgul" witch is a furious trasher that stands like rock.

The only band I could compare Sacrilege with is Détente with the unforgotten Dawn Crosby (RIP) behind the mic. And even though Détente came from sunny California instead of the rainy Birmingham, both bands had more in common that 'just' an outstanding front-woman.

Relapse Records has again chosen a classic of thrash metal that undeservedly never really got the attention that it should have got. If you missed the album in the 80's it's time to close this gap - here and now.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lifeline
  2. Shadow from Mordor
  3. At Deaht's Door
  4. A Violation of Something Sacred
  5. The Closing Irony
  6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  7. The Captive
  8. Flight of the Nazgul
  9. Sight of the Wise
  10. Feed
  11. Dig Your Own Grave
  12. The Closing Irony (Live)
  13. Bloodrun (Live)

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review SACRILEGE "Behind The Realms of Madness"
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CD review NULL'O'ZERO "Enemy Within"

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2015 von Markus W. in Null'O'Zero, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Null'O'Zero was founded in 2011 and it almost seems that there is a New Wave of Greece Heavy Metal on its way. OK, that's maybe a bit too big, but there are with Null'O'Zero and Forbidden Seed two Greek bands that show some potential for more.

"Enemy Within" is the long awaited debut of the Greek power metal band. First thing that stands out with Null'O'Zero is singer Ge'o'rge Patsouris, also called Geo Sinner. The guy has a great voice and he's a real metal siren.

Secondly it's the songs that are burned on the debut that make Null'O'Zero to an exciting experience. The compositions are real metal with pretty melodic riffs, performed with some technical capabilities.

When I heard the debut of Null'O'Zero for the first time it have been bands like Liege Lord and Anacrusis that came to my memory; a not too bad reference.

In total the debut covers ten songs and one instrumental at the end. Each of the songs is pretty long. Most of them are between five and seven minutes. But the band has enough to offer to keep the level of attention high. There might be some more bumpy parts, but in the end this doesn't diminish my positive impression.

As with Forbidden Seed, the production is done quite well. "Enemy Within" got a clean and powerful sound that supports their power metal in a good way.

It's the first time I have heard from Null'O'Zero and what I've heard convinced me. Fans of power metal and US metal, mainly from the 80's, should keep an eye on the band.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. War Frame
  2. Enemy Within
  3. Embrace the Fear
  4. Frame the Darkness
  5. Inject my Brain
  6. Inshame
  7. King Without a Crown
  8. Unleashed by Fire
  9. Never Die
  10. No More W
  11. Instrumental

 

Label: Roar! Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD review NULL'O'ZERO "Enemy Within"
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RHAPSODY OF FIRE posts tracklist and cover of the new album

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2015 von Markus W. in Rhapsody Of Fire, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Italian symphonic metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE are set to release their new album, titled "Into The Legend", on January 15th. Cover artwork and tracklisting have been unveiled now.

Tracklisting:
01. In Principio
02. Distant Sky
03. Into The Legend
04. Winter’s Rain
05. A Voice In The Cold Wind
06. Valley Of Shadows
07. Shining Star
08. Realms Of Light
09. Rage Of Darkness
10. The Kiss Of Life

Bonus tracks on ltd. Digipak:
11. Volar Sin Dolor
+ Video: Into The Legend

RHAPSODY OF FIRE posts tracklist and cover of the new album
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CD review TRAITOR "Venomizer"

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2015 von Markus W. in Traitor, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Kreator, Sodom

(8/10) You could get the impression that Balingen, the city in the Southwest of Germany, gets more and more the new epicenter of metal.

The Bang Your Head festival, which is very well established in the meantime, is taking place there year by year and now it's also bands from there that starts to claim more spotlight.

Traitor is calling the city of Balingen their hometown and they began a journey to make the world aware of their music. True, this sounds maybe a bit too dramatic; so let's take it one size smaller.

Traitor started in 2009 and they released their debut called "Thrash Command" in 2012. Three years later the Swabian four-piece has the next strike out in the record shops.

"Venomizer" is the 'name of the game' that comes with twelve straight-forward thrash anthems. The joy of those tunes is that they are really powerful and raw. Traitor doesn't give too much focus on high complexity; they just shoot heavy riffs out of the hips.

This leads to thrash metal the oldschool way. Bands like the early Kreator came to my mind, but also Sodom is one of the band I had to think about when I heard the album. There are no bells and whistles. It's guitar, bass, drums and vocals - puristic as thrash metal needs to be.

"Venomizer" is a cool thrash album that wins you over by the authenticity and intensity. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Chernobyl (Intro)
  2. Reactor IV
  3. Torturize
  4. Toxic Death
  5. Lords of Lust
  6. Venomizer
  7. Teutonic Storm
  8. War, Death & Terror
  9. Chemical Violator
  10. Hell Hammer
  11. Executioner
  12. Hexenmeister

 

Label: Violent Creek

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015


 

CD review TRAITOR "Venomizer"
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CD review VOODOO CIRCLE "Whiskey Fingers"

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2015 von Markus W. in Voodoo Circle, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review, Whitesnake, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal

(8/10) Voodoo Circle is the brainchild of Silent Force and Primal Fear axeman Alex Beyrodt. The passionate guitarist put together musicians that are all well-known. Next to the mainman himself there is Mat Sinner part of the band as well as David Readman on vocal duties, Francesco Jovino on drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio. Voodoo Circle is the classic rock outlet for those guys. While Primal Fear focusses more on pure power metal Voodoo Circle's sound is more inspired by the 70's rock. Bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow and also Whitesnake are main sources of inspiration for this 'all-star' band.

The foundation stone was laid in 2008 and since than Voodoo Circle releases records on a regular base. "Whishey Fingers" is the newest kid in town and Alex Beyrodt takes it to the nine. Eleven new classic rock tracks are a treat for your ears.

The opener was posted already earlier as the first single. "Trapped in Paradise" is a powerful tune that pushes you back into the 70's. It's a melodic classic rocker twith a lot of passion that starts this rock adventure.

"Heartbreaking Woman" follows before acoustic guitars introduce "Watch and Wait (I Got My Eye on You)". Even though the song becomes a bit more rocking in the chorus, the balladic expression comes always back and makes the tune to a real smasher.

After such an interesting side step the riff returns with "Medicine Man" - in my humble opinion one of the best songs on "Whiskey Fingers". Readman does a fantastic job when it comes to the vocals and the interaction between guitar and hammond is excellent. The song has many parallels with Whitesnake but it's actually better than what David Coverdale released lately.

A power ballad is needed? Yes, and it is called "The Day the Walls Came Down". Not rocket science but very well done and a nice break half way.

The stomping "Heart of Stone" leads to "Straight Shooter"; a midpace tune with a bit of a darker expression. After those two songs it's time for some blues. "The Rhythm of My Heart" is a more silent blues rocker that the flare trousers appeal of the 70's. The tune is a well crafted ballad that is touching. It's a song to close your eyes and dream away. It reminded me a bit to Foreigner in their old "4" days.

"Devil Takes me Down" instead is a fast headbanger, followed by "5 O'clock" which is for sure no soundtrack for teatime. It's more an invitation for a first beer. "Been Said and Done" is the closer and it combines a lot of moments from the earlier numbers. Hammond/guitar duels are included as well as great vocals and a moving beginning. A heavy riff takes over in the middle of the tunes and doesn't let loose till the end.

"Whiskey Fingers" is the fourth album of Alex Beyroth's Voodoo Circle and it is the best release so far. It exceeds the well done earlier longplayers - music with heart, soul and passion.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Trapped in Paradise
  2. Heartbreaking Woman
  3. Watch and Wait (I Got My Eyes on You)
  4. Medicine Man
  5. The Day the Walls Came Down
  6. Heart of Stone
  7. Straight Shooter
  8. The Rhythm of My Heart
  9. Devil Takes Me Down
  10. 5'o Clock
  11. Been Said and Done

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2015

CD review VOODOO CIRCLE "Whiskey Fingers"
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Cover & tracklist from new DROWNING POOL album

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in Drowning Pool Moder, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, News

As mentioned in an earlier post, Drowning Pool is palnning to release a new album on February 5th, 2016.

Here comes already the cover and the tracklist from "Hellelujah"

1. Push
2. By The Blood
3. Drop
4. Hell To Pay
5. We Are The Devil
6. Snake Charmer
7. My Own Way
8. Goddamn Vultures
9. Another Name
10. Sympathy Depleted
11. Stomping Ground
12. Meet The Bullet
13. All Saints Day

Cover & tracklist from new DROWNING POOL album
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THE QUIREBOYS tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in The Quireboys, Blues, Hardrock, Rock, News, Tour

The Quireboys announces a few tour dates for Germany. Here they are:

THE QUIREBOYS tour dates
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DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT embarks on a tour of Europe

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Heavy Metal, Tour, The Great Old Ones, Harakiri For The Sky

The German black metal progenies Der Weg Einer Freiheit will be joined by the Austrians Harakiri For The Sky and The Great Old Ones from France on their road-trip, which starts at Gleis 22 in Münster, Germany on the 11th of March and continues through seven other countries before coming to an end at Kavka in Antwerpen, Belgium on April 13th.

Here are all the dates:

DER WEG EINER FREIHEIT embarks on a tour of Europe
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CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in Callejon, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Die Ärzte

(8/10) Actually metalcore isn't my most favorite metal genre and that's why I was hesitating a bit when I got the new release from German Callejon.

Even though the band scored already quite some successes I never digged deeper into their songs and sound. Anyhow, the new live release arrived and curiosity brought the disc into my player.

After having heard the live album I must say that I was impressed by the density and energy of the nineteen titles that have been played during the recorded concert in Cologne.

This live disc thrills the listener. It is amazing how much of the raw power, spread by the band during their show, could be captured on this album. Callejon tear down the house. 

The guys are playing metalcore, but to my surprise their sound, esp. on this live release, contains also a lot of thrash metal elements too. It was more than once that I was reminded to the mighty Kreator when I listened to "Live in Köln". Songs like "Das Lied macht mich betroffen" and "Snake Mountain" sound like the Ruhrpott four-piece with German lyrics. Pretty cool.

Tracks like "1000 PS" feel like nomen et omen. Those songs are coming with a hell of a lot of horsepower. Next to the own compositions the guys performed a cover version of the Die Ärzte song "Schrei nach Liebe" which was kept closer to the original version, but put into a new, much heavier, context. And the lyrics are more relevant than ever in these days.

The only downer is the drum solo. There are very little moments when drum solos are really something breath-taking. In the case of Callejon it looks out of place. It's actually boring and takes out the vibe of the rest of the show. 

However, it's almost impossible to escape from the this energizer. This record is a sonic steamhammer. 

If you haven't counted Callejon to one of your favorites you still should give this album a fair chance. You might be as surprised as I have been - and I seriously like this disc.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Wir sind Angst
  2. 1000 PS
  3. Schwule Mädchen
  4. Dieses Lied macht betroffen
  5. Lass mich gehen
  6. Dunkelherz
  7. Porn From Spain 
  8. Ich lehne leidenschaftlich ab
  9. Veni Vidi Vice
  10. Drum Solo
  11. Sommer Liebe Kokain
  12. Krankheit Mensch
  13. Kind im Nebel
  14. Schrei nach Liebe
  15. Unter Tage
  16. Blitzkreuz
  17. Snake Mountain
  18. Porn from Spain part II

 

Label: Four Music

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2015

CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"
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Fans have a say on the MAJESTY setlist by WhatsApp!

Veröffentlicht am 23. November 2015 von Markus W. in Majesty, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, Tour, NWoBHM

Majesty came up with something very special for the upcoming 2nd leg of their Generation Steel tour. The fans can participate on the setlist by sending a WhatsApp message with the 3 Majesty songs they want to hear live and the location of the show to the band. The 3 songs with most of the votes will be included in the setlist of the respective cities. This also means, that the setlist of every show of the band will be unique!
Simply send a WhatsApp message with your 3 songs and the name of the town where you visit the Majesty show to +49 (0)17634680455
The band accepts your songs until 1 day before the respective show.
Only one vote per phone number per show will be accepted. If you name more than 3 songs only your first 3 songs will be counted!

07.01.2016 Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
09.01.2016 Moerlenbach / Weiher - Live-Music-Hall
29.01.2016 Prague - Nova Chmelnice
30.01.2016 Gadenstedt - Black Hand Inn
12.02.2016 Munich - Backstage Hall
19.02.2016 Oberhausen - Helvete
20.02.2016 Erfurt - From Hell

more dates will be announced soon

Fans have a say on the MAJESTY setlist by WhatsApp!
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