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CD review WRONG "Wrong"

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2016 von Markus W. in Wrong, Helmet, Unsane, Hardcore, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Noise

(8/10) There is definitely nothing wrong with Wrong. Not at all. I must say that I was really impressed after I had my first round through the band's debut album. The label info mentioned that the guys sound like a mixture of the early Helmet and Unsane. Wow, I thought. This is very promising since I'm especially a fan of Helmet's early work, "Meantime", "Betty" and "Aftertaste". And the label info was right. It is more than once that the razor blade sharp riffs from Helmet found also some spots in Wrong's sound. But with all similarties, Wrong plays a bit more 'dirty' compared to Page Hamilton and his gang, which gives them an own identity.

But who are Wrong? The guys are from Miami, Florida and consist out of Eric Hernandez (g/v), Brian Hernandez (d), Andres Ascanio (b) and Ryan Haft (g). This quartet formed the band back in 2014 and the guys found a home at Relapse Records who is also publishing this debut.

Eventhough Wrong is new, the guys could gain already some experience in the past. Eric Hernandez e.g. was playing drums for Torche/Kylesa/COC, something that influenced also Wrong's sound.

The noise rock of the this Miami outfit just makes fun. Wrong unleashes the musical bludgeon that includes killer riffs and a strong groove. Things never get soft and easy. The fourpiece creates good sounding noise that can lead to severe neck problems due to intensive headbanging.

What I like with the band is the combination of hardcore trademarks with metal elements, both put together in a way that there is structured chaos in the end, something that includes a high recognistion value.

Perk up one's ears in case you are a fan of Helmet and Kylesa. These guys did a great job and I hope to have a chance seeing them live in the near future.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. More Like
  2. Turn in
  3. Read
  4. Entourage
  5. Hum Drum
  6. Stasis
  7. Mucilage
  8. Fake Brain
  9. Boil
  10. Wrong
  11. High Chair

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Noise Rock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review WRONG "Wrong"
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The 'HEAVY METAL ARTWORK magazine'

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2016 von Markus W. in Heavy Metal, News, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Artwork, Rock, Death Metal, Speed Metal, Black Metal

Music is, first of all, about sound; something rather for your ears than for your eyes. But I guess we all made the experience earlier about the importance of the artwork. Each of you that was part of the journey from vinyl to CD to mp3 knows about the great moment of listening to an album while exploring the artwork of a vinyl release, and the moment of missing it by getting an anonymous mp3 file. Not for nothing the good old vinyl is gaining momentum, a fact that isn't only related to the sound.

And last but not least it's the cover and the packaging of an album that catches your eye first. Alex Milazzo was very aware of all this and works on the 'Heavy Metal Artwork Magazine'. He also started an IndieGoGo project around this magazine and you can find more information via the link following this post.

Feels like something to support...

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KATATONIA premier new song on Saturday

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2016 von Markus W. in Katatonia, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Dark Metal, News, Rock Antenne, Premier

Prog rockers Katatonia will premier a new song from the upcoming album "The Fall of Hearts" on Saturday 30.04.. The song, "Serein", will be part of the show "Tuff Stuff" on German radio station Rock Antenne:

 

Saturday, 30.04., Rock Antenne

Katatonia - "Serein" @ Tuff Stuff - 23.00 - 01.00 (CET/MEZ)

https://de-de.facebook.com/tuffstuffmetal

http://www.rockantenne.de/sendungen/tuff-stuff/

 

Release date for the album will be May 20st and the record will come via Peaceville/Edel.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Takeover [07:09]
  2. Serein [04:46]
  3. Old Heart Falls [04:22]
  4. Decima [04:46]
  5. Sanction [05:07]
  6. Residual [06:54]
  7. Serac [07:25]
  8. Last Song Before The Fade [05:01]
  9. Shifts [04:54]
  10. The Night Subscriber [06:10]
  11. Pale Flag [04:23]
  12. Passer [06:25]

 

The album will be released in different formats:

Deluxe 12” hardbook featuring:

  • 30+ page artwork book, with alternative album artwork from Travis Smith.
  • CD The Fall Of Hearts 12 original album tracks plus 2 bonus tracks ‘Sistere’ & ‘Vakaren’.
  • DVD-V The Fall Of Hearts 12 original tracks hi resolution stereo & 5.1 audio (DTS 96/24 5.1 & 96/24 Stereo LPCM) mixed by Bruce Soord.
  • Special Double 10" vinyl edition of The Fall Of Hearts 12 original tracks plus bonus track ‘Wide Awake In Quietus’ (with MP3 download code) featuring guest guitarist Paradise Lost’s Gregor Mackintosh.

2 Disc CD & DVD Mediabook featuring:

  • CD The Fall Of Hearts 12 original album tracks plus bonus track ‘Vakaren’.
  • DVD-V The Fall Of Hearts 12 original tracks and includes hi resolution stereo & 5.1 audio (DTS 96/24 5.1 & 96/24 Stereo LPCM) mixed by The Pineapple Thief & Katatonia collaborator Bruce Soord offering audiophiles an outstanding listening experience.

CD featuring:

  • The Fall Of Hearts 12 original album tracks with a total playing time of 67:32 minutes.

Double gatefold 180g heavy weight LP featuring:

  • The Fall Of Hearts 12 original album tracks plus bonus track ‘Sistere’ (with MP3 download code).

Digital download featuring:

  • The Fall Of Hearts 12 original album tracks plus bonus track ‘Wide Awake In Quietus’ featuring guest guitarist Paradise Lost’s Gregor Mackintosh.

 

KATATONIA premier new song on Saturday
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CD review HAKEN "Affinity"

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2016 von Markus W. in Haken, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, CD Review, Rock, Classic Rock

(8/10) Actually I have to admit that Haken came pretty late to my attention. It was the third album "The Mountain" that made me curious about the band from the UK and their prog rock. After having heard the album I was regreting not having heard of the band earlier. Anyhow, it's never too late and since that moment in time, Haken became one of the prog bands I'm following.

After such an experience in 2013, I was excited to hear that the band worked on the successor of "The Mountain" and April 29th will be the date when prog fans will get new food for brain, ears and soul. Haken next milestone is on it's way.

Entitled "Affinity", the album comes with nine new songs that can easily keep the high level of the predecessor. Actually I think that Haken made a next step forward by fine-tuning their sound and trademarks.

The new longplayer became an attractive piece of music, that shows a lot of creative ideas in combination with well-done melodies, something that makes Haken songs also appealing for fans that are not only interested in technical gimmickry.

Haken achieves the higher aim of using technical abilities for composing songs that are still songs.

Something that I think is also remarkable is the fact that the UK-based prog outfit streches the limits. The guys aren't afarid of seeing beyond their own nose. The masterpiece called "The Archict", which is one of the best tracks of "Affinity", includes even deep growls, something I haven't heard from Haken for quite some years. And although these growls are at the end of the song as a rather short section, it still adds something to the entire album. I almost had the idea of listening to Opeth.

Next to these more heavy pounders there are also the more moderate prog rockers. "1985" is one of these songs where the title says it all. The tune feels like an acosutic journey back in time, with keyboard sections that remind me to Yes in the second half of the eighties.

Not all songs on "Affinity" are long and epic. The band can also does a few shorter ones that still have the same intesity, maybe even more since they are kept more compact. "Earthrise" is such a number that is a swinging four minutes long tune - being complex and with an ease, all in one.

"Affinity" is the most mature Haken longplayer up till now. The band did a great job and also the sound of the album is crystal clear by still organic and warm. Good music for brain and soul.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Affinity
  2. Initiate
  3. 1985
  4. Lapse
  5. The Architct
  6. Earthrise
  7. Red Giant
  8. The Endless Knot
  9. Bound by Gravity

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review HAKEN "Affinity"
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Video from tech thrashers VEKTOR

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2016 von Markus W. in Vektor, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, Tech Metal, News, Video

One of the best tech thrash bands, Vektor, will release their new albumv"Terminal Redux" on Friday April 29th. Here is "Charging the Void", a first teaser taken from this great album.

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JORN covers FRIDA ... and more

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2016 von Markus W. in Jorn, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, Video

Metal siren Jorn will release his new album "Heavy Rock Radio" on June 3rd. The longplayer will contain twelve songs, all cover versions from rock and metal songs, from Frida to Maiden. The first tune that sees the light of day is "I Know There's Something Going On" from Frida.

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Know There's Something Going On
  2. Running Up That Hill
  3. Rev On The Red Line
  4. You're The Voice
  5. Live To Win
  6. Don't Stop Believin'
  7. Killer Queen
  8. Hotel California
  9. Rainbow In The Dark
  10. The Final Frontier
  11. Stormbringer
  12. Die Young
JORN covers FRIDA ... and more
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CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Trips"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2016 von Markus W. in Long Distance Calling, Rock, Prog Rock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) Münster, Germany is a city that has a rich cultural scene that generated bands like Black Space Riders, Eat The Gun and ... Long Distance Calling. All these bands have in common that they found their own style with their own trademarks. It's hard to put them into a certain box, label them and done.

In case of Long Distance Calling we can conclude that the guys found their own niche, consisting out of prog rock, avengarde, post-rock and indie-rock, sometimes even pop. The band combine these styles into an almost unique sound which they constantly developed since almost one decade.

What impresses me is the range of musical expressions the guys from Germany offer on their new masterpiece.

"Getaway" marks the beginning of an exciting journey through sounds. Imagine Barclay James Harvest meets Styx to interprete the title track of the cartoon series "Captain Future". This sound weird, indeed. But in the end all this fits together very well, ending up in a n instrumental song that comes with big keyboard-based soundscapes which are guiding you through a musical outerspace.

After such a beginning it's important to "Reconnect". The keyboards are still playing an important role while guitars get more to the forefront. And it's the first song on the album that includes vocals.

Let's jump a bit further on the tracklist. "Trauma" is the next level of Long Distance Calling's heavy sound escalation. It's again an instrumental that includes mighty guitars reminding of Rammstein. To make things even more exciting, the guys reduce this sound cocktail to a grooving bassline in the middle part of this track which is well done counterpart to the loud riffing from the start.

With "Presence" the new disc also included a short interlude, reflecting on the time machine that's part of each of us.

"Momentum" and "Plans" are next, tunes that can easily keep the high level of this longplayer. And they are a kind of prologue for the actually masterpiece entitled "Flux".

This is the grand finale on "Trips". It's a twelve minutes epos in which Long Distance Calling pulls out all the stops. Beautiful arcs of melody create a dreamful soundscape that surrounds you with warmth and comfort. The song builds up along the way and harder guitars make it to a powerful one, something that adds new variants to the tune. It's this correlation between beauty and heavy that is the main thrill of this wonderful composition, that is, by the way, another instrumental.

Long Distance Calling soothed my short distance flight. "Trips" is an album that shows an awesome band at it's best. "Trips" is so far the best album of Long Distance Calling, a record that has to be part of each serious record collection. My expectations has been high, but "Trips" is exceeding those.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Getaway 
  2. Reconnect 
  3. Rewind 
  4. Trauma 
  5. Lines 
  6. Presence 
  7. Momentum 
  8. Plans 
  9. Flux 

 

Label: Inside Out

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Trips"
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10th anniversary show of DELAIN in December 2016

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Delain, Symphonic Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, News

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Delain celebrates the band's tenth anniversary in 2016. For that reason the guys decided to play a special show on December 10th in the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam.

In this context Delain started a Pledge campaign (read more about the campaign in the link next to this post).

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

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GRUESOME will release a new EP end of May

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Gruesome, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Oldschool, Death, News, Video

Gruesome's new EP "Dimensions of Horror" will be published on May 20st. Here comes already a first track called "Forces of Death". Cool oldschool metal that shows again the influences of Death.

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New LACUNA COIL song

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Lacuna Coil, News, Video, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal

Italian modern metal outfit Lacuna Coil will release their new album "Delirium" on May 27th. Here comes the title track, a song that is 100% Lacuna Coil. I guess we can expect a quite strong album.

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ACE FREHLEY feat. PAUL STANLEY video

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Paul Stanley, Hardrock, Rock, News, Video, Free

Not only that after many years Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley can be heard playing together one song, now they also released a video for "Fire and Water". I think, it's an interesting title, since it seems very much like 'fire and water' can go together. The tune is a great Free cover version that sounds really good. But check it out yourself.

By the waym that title is from Frehley's latest release "Origins Vol. 1".

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CD review SIXX:A.M. "Prayers for the Damned (Vol.1)"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Sixx:A.M., Hardrock, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Mötley Crüe, Guns'n'Roses

(8/10) I grew up with bands like Mötley Crüe and "Shout at the Devil" is still one of the best Glam metal songs that has ever been written. And I must admit that there was a kind of felt sadness when the band announced their final world tour. They might have passed their peak, but especially the last record showed the guys revitalized. But let's see if this 'goodbye' is one that lasts forever.

Anyhow, Mötley Crüe musicians are, at least partly, busy in other bands. Bass player Nikki Sixx started Sixx:A.M. already in 2007 and the first track was done for the soundtrack for "The Heroin Diaries". Next to Sixx, it has been James Michael and DJ Ashba that signed being responsible for this first release. These three guys are still together under this header, something that makes sense, since it has been the names of the musicians that led to the band's name.

In the meantime we arrived in 2016 and Sixx:A.M. has worked on their next longplayer called "Prayers for the Damned (Vol. 1)". Not that this record can compensate for 'loosing' Mötley Crüe. Too different are the musical approaches. But the new album of this trio provides us with excellent modern rock music that is highly entertaining and covers a wide range of sounds. Each of the eleven tracks shows a bit of another angle of view on Sixx:A.M., with one song that sticks out. The opener "Rise", also chosen to be the first single, is an ultra cool rocker with a heavy guitar riff and a murderous groove. Together with catchy vocal lines this number is an 'all done right track'. This track stick to your mind as a wet spaghetti sticks to the wall. Next to these qualities the song also describes the power of standing together, for, like Sixx said, "rising up against some oppressive forces". A song with a message that is very well done.

The other ten chapters on the tracklist are good ones too. The title song is a mid pace one, a tune with a kind of a sad vibe, but on the other side also kept highly melodic. The more silent sounds are represented on "Prayers of the Damned (Vol.1)" as well. "Better Man" isn't really the ballad you might expect. But Sixx:A.M. builds this number on acoustic guitars, with a structure that builds up towards the chorus to just fall back into a reflecting verse afterwards.

"Belly of the Beast" has nothing to do with the Anthrax song, having the same title. Instead of, Sixx:A.M. did a song that belongs to the craziest ones on this longplayer. It is a more creepy number, that creates pure joy the first time you listen to it. But it also needs a few more rounds in your player to explore the real pleasure of this song. It's build on a dominant beat and it's the rhythm section that pushes especially this track to its best.

For keeping the flow exciting, the band placed with "Everything Went to Hell" a mighty riff rocker as the next song on the tracklist. This tone has the right punch and is a 4 minutes energizer that is far more to the point than the interlayer "Belly of the Beast".

Sixx:A.M. releases with "Prayers for the Damned (Vol.1)" their strongest album since they started almost a decade ago. This record has the potential to brings the guys even more on the agenda of rock fans since it combines a true heaviness, demanded by metal heads, with a melodic and dark rock expression, that is strong enough to get some radio airplay.

Good musicians, good band, good album, good times.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rise
  2. You Have Come To The Right Place
  3. I'm Sick
  4. Prayers For The Damned
  5. Better Man
  6. Can't Stop
  7. When We Were Gods
  8. Belly Of The Beast
  9. Everything Went To Hell
  10. The Last Time (My Heart Will Ever Hit The Ground)
  11. Rise of the Melancholy Empire

 

Label: Eleven Seven Music / Warner ADA)

Genre: Modern Rock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review SIXX:A.M. "Prayers for the Damned (Vol.1)"
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CD review DEADSMOKE "Deadsmoke"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2016 von Markus W. in Deadsmoke, Doom Metal, Sludge, News, CD Review

(5/10) Deadsmoke are from Italy, being very much into doom/ metal that sometimes crosses the borders to sludge. This album shows the dark side of Italy, sounds that have nothing to do with a positive and laid-back livestyle. "Deadsmoke" offers you a five step ladder down to the abyss.

Unfortunately this trip isn't that much of an excitement. The five numbers are based one heavily downtuned guitars that are repeating in an endless way riffs, that have been heard from other bands in a far better way. The same goes actually for the moaning vocals that are OK, but not rocket science either.

"Deadsmoke" isn't a bad release, but this EP isn't a mindblowing moment in music either. Even "Tornado" is more breeze rather than a tornado of sounds. It's the best song on this disc but it doesn't blow you away.

In case you're a collector of everything that has to do with doom and sludge, you should give this album a fair chance. For all the others I recommend to listen to "Deadsmoke" first.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Branches of Evil
  2. Eyes of the Blind Man
  3. Liar Behind Me
  4. Tornado
  5. Night of the Vipers

 

Label: Heavy Psych

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: March 25th, 2016

CD review DEADSMOKE "Deadsmoke"
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Hamburg's HIGH FIGHTER announce new album

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2016 von Markus W. in High Fighter, News, Stoner Rock, Sludge, Doom Metal, Tour

Hamburg-based sludge/doom band High Fighter announced a new album, entitled "Scars & Crosses".

The tracklist will look like this:

  1. A Silver Heart
  2. Darkest Days
  3. The Gatekeeper
  4. Blinders
  5. Portrait Mind
  6. Gods
  7. Down To The Sky
  8. Scars & Crosses

 

And in case you want to see the band on stage. here are some dates:

DE 08.04.2016: Desertfest Berlin,

DE 27.05.2016: Stadtfest Bad Oldesloe,

DE 10.06.2016: Bambi Galore, Hamburg, High Fighter Album Release Show, w/ Jucifer, The Moth & Doperuler!

DE 17.06.2016: Immerhin, Würzburg, w/ The Midnight Ghost Train!

DE 18.06.2016 Alte Hackerei, Karlsruhe, w/ The Midnight Ghost Train!

DE 02.07.2016: Stadtfest Mücheln,

DE 17.-20.08.2016: Summer Breeze Festival,

DE 02.09.2016: MetallerGrillen Festival,

 

Release date for "Scars & Crosses" will be June 10th and the longplayer comes via Svart Records. Stay tuned for more.

 

 

Hamburg's HIGH FIGHTER announce new album
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