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CD review ROBERT PEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER "Long Way to the Light"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Robert Pehrsson's Humbucker, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Rock'n'Roll

(8/10) When Robert Pehrsson released his solo debut back in 2013 a storm of enthusiasm broke loose. This longplayer reached many fans of classic rock and also media reaction was very positive. “s/t” was like a gust that blew away dust from classic rock.

Still being deeply rooted in 70’s rock music Pehrsson added freshness and unleashed vitality, something that led to well-done songs on his first longplayer. Three years later it’s the sophomore “Long Way to the Light” that will be available at November 4th, featuring nine new tracks with which Robert Pehrsson’s Humbucker continue his journey through rock.

It’s again High Roller Records that releases the new album of the guitarist from Uddevalla, a longplayer that feels like a logical continuation of what he started with the debut. The difference was that this time expectations have been much higher compared to three years ago. This might led to more pressure on Pehrsson’s shoulders, but it didn’t affect the new songs at all.

Tracks like “Send Her My Love”, “Distant Bound” and “Zero Emotion” are vital and dynamic rock songs and act as treats for each classic rock fan. What stands out is the fact that Pehrsson put the song in focus. Even though the guy is an excellent guitarist he doesn’t put himself too much into the spotlight. There are solos’ on the album but they need to be part of the song rather than a show of own skills on the sixstring.

“Long Way to the Light” was produced by Pehrsson himself and got awarm and organic sound, as it needs to be for this kind of music. Last but not least the songwriter and guitarist also got some support by friends and musicians like Nicke Andersson, Joseph Troll (Enforcer) and quite some more, a fact that makes his music even more exciting.

In the end the waiting time was maybe a bit long and with nine songs the album could have been a bit longer. However, the tracks that made it on this longplayer are all good and there is no weak spot on the tracklist. Pehrsson’s new album makes fun, is entertaining and shows a huge passion for good handmade rock music. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Send Her My Love
  2. Distant Bound
  3. Traveling Through the Dard
  4. Break Away From This Broken Heart
  5. Pretender
  6. Zero Emotion
  7. The Hollow in a Rising Tone
  8. The Somber Sleeps
  9. No I Don’t

 

Label: High Roller

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: November 4th, 2016

CD review ROBERT PEHRSSON'S HUMBUCKER "Long Way to the Light"
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SIX FEET UNDER celebrates 21 years of "Haunted"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Six Feet Under, Death Metal, Tour, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Live

Chris Barnes and his gang are celebrating 21 years of 'Haunted', the milestone debut of SIX FEET UNDER, and will be playing the album in it's entirety!

Comments Chris Barnes: "Hard to believe it's been 21 years since the release of our first album Haunted…we have wanted to do something special for the past year to celebrate the release of our epic first album and do something special for our fans. Also it's something we have never attempted, play entire one of our albums from beginning to end live, it will definitely be challenging and a whole bunch of fun! if you are going to be anywhere near to these shows…run, jump, crawl…do whatever you have to do and come and see these shows motherfucker, it's gonna be sick!"

SIX FEET UNDER celebrates 21 years of "Haunted"
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CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Wovenwar, News, Metalcore, Melodic Metalcore, New, CD Review, Modern Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal

(8/10) Wovenwar got on my personal radar when they opened for In Flames on their 2014 tour. That was almost to the point two years ago and I can remember very well the power the guys unleashed. Their music electrified the audience in the 013 in Tilburg.

24 months later the guys from San Diego are back with their sophomore record named “Honor is Dead”. The band that rose from the ashes of As I Lay Dying continues their energetic metalcore endeavor with eleven new songs.

This longplayer begins with the mighty grooving "Confession". This song is a good choice for kicking off this album. It's hard, it's fast, it's grooving and it has a melodic chorus that perfectly fits to Wovenwar's wider approach. "Censorship" is the next strike that adds an additional level of brutality before the title track pays more attention to a melodic expression. This doesn't mean that "Honor is Dead" became a catchy song. It's still loaded with razorbalde-sharp riffs and raw power the Wovenwar-way.

In general I must say that "Honor of Dead" carries on what the band started with their debut. The mixture of the three 'm', melody, metal and metalcore, is exciting enough to open doors to a wider group of metal fans. Wovenwar unites these styles to a unique sound without making too many compromisses.

Even songs like the silent "Compass" add something to the bigger picture. Next to the fact that Wovenwar added a lot of emotion and lifeblood to this tune it still represents the band in a good way. It's actually a well placed moment on this energetic album that allows the listener to take a deep breath before the seong half demands again a lot. There's another moment though that takes things from a more relaxed point of view. "Silhouette" follows the same pattern as "Compass", showing the gentle side of Wovenwar. 

Wovenwar's "Honor is Dead" comes without any filler. This longplayer is the bands next step, an album that will strengthen their position in melodic metalcore. This album is modern, dynamic and powerful - simply good stuff for your ears.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Confession
  2. Censorship
  3. Honor is Dead
  4. Lines in the Sand
  5. World on Fire
  6. Compass
  7. Stones Thrown
  8. Cascade
  9. Silhouette
  10. Bloodletter
  11. 130

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Release Date EU: October 21st, 2016

CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"
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ABSTÜRZENDE BRIEFTAUBEN tour dates 2016/2017

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Abstürzende Brieftauben, Punkrock, Punk, News, Rock, Tour

To my surprise German fun punk band Abstürzende Brieftauben are quite active again. There's a new album and the guys are on tour as well. Probabaly not pure heavy metal but a lot of fun connected to some memories.

ABSTÜRZENDE BRIEFTAUBEN tour dates 2016/2017
  • 04.11.16 Würzburg Posthalle // Support of WIZO
  • 05.11.16 Wiesbaden Alter Schlachthof // Support of WIZO
  • 06.11.16 Saarbrücken Garage // Support of WIZO
  • 12.11.16 Zwickau “If the kids are united against racism” Festival // Klubhaus Sachsenring
  • 17.11.16 Jena Rosenkeller*
  • 18.11.16 Göttingen Tangente*
  • 19.11.16 Leipzig Teenage Warning Festival / Felsenkeller
  • 23.11.16 Strasskirchen Plutonium // Support of WIZO
  • 24.11.16 Ingolstadt Neun // Support of WIZO
  • 25.11.16 München Backstage // Support of WIZO
  • 26.11.16 Wien (AT) Arena // Support of WIZO
  • 29.11.16 Weiz (AT) Volxhaus // Support of WIZO
  • 30.11.16 Lendorf (AT) Saal // Support of WIZO
  • 01.12.16 Bruneck (IT) UFO // Support of WIZO
  • 02.12.16 Nürnberg Löwensaal // Support of WIZO
  • 03.12.16 Lindau Club Vaudeville // Support of WIZO
  • 08.12.16 Kiel Schaubude*
  • 09.12.16 Hamburg Hafenklang*
  • 17.12.16 Hannover Kulturzentrum Faust / 60er Jahre Halle*
  • 27.12.16 Oberhausen Punk Im Pott
  • 06.01.17 Berlin BiNuu*
  • 13.01.17 Bremen Lagerhaus*
  • 14.01.17 Düsseldorf Stone im Ratinger Hof*
  • 20.01.17 Karlsruhe Alte Hackerei*
  • 21.01.17 Marburg KFZ*
  • 17.03.17 Koblenz Circus Maximus

 

* = Support: “Jonny Bockmist feat. Benni Blanko”

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CD review CIVIL WAR "The Last Full Measure"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Civil War, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, CD Review

(7/10) That fact that Civil War started as band with former Sabaton founding members is a well-known fact. And that they do have with Nils Patrik Johansson a singer that fits in an excellent way to powerful metal tracks isn't new either. And eventhough the guys didn't get too far away from their roots, meaning Sabaton, Civil War created a kind of their own sound.

The new album is a mixed bag which still contains enough goodies to be interesting for power metal fans. There are doubtless great melodic metal songs with crunchy guitars and catchy moments - trademarks of Civil War that are reflected in songs like "America", "Road to Victory" and "Gangs of New York". Also the fast "Gladiator" is heavy metal per excellence. These songs might not be unique but they are solid and got a powerful production.

The link to Sabaton comes back in "People of the Abyss" while "Aftermath" shows the band in a more soulful light, being close to cliches.

This leads me to some songs that partly got a bit too cheesy. Nothing against good melodies and exciting hooks but "Savannah" sounds almost like Schlager music with heavy guitars and also the following "Tombstone" comes with some ups and downs. Starting like the heavier version of the Leningrad Cowboys it's only the chorus that makes the band to a metal outfit. These tracks could be seen as widening the range of sounds, but it feels like two steps over the edge.
"The Last Full Measure" includes some good and solid metal tracks that will not change metal music, but each of them is a well-crafted headbanger. Hopefully the band pays more attention to this kind of tunes that drifting away into cliche no-mans-land. So far, so good.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Road to Victory
  2. Deliverance
  3. Savannah
  4. Tombstone
  5. America
  6. A Tale That Never Should be Told
  7. Gangs of New York
  8. Gladiator
  9. People of the Abyss
  10. The Last Full Measure
  11. Strike Hard Strike Sure
  12. Aftermath

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: Nov. 4th, 2016

CD review CIVIL WAR "The Last Full Measure"
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MAYHEM bring De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas to Europe

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Mayhem, Black Metal, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, News, Tour, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal

MAYHEM have announced European dates for March and April 2017. The black metal icons will embark on the 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' tour performing their landmark debut album in full.

The black onslaught starts on March 24th in Karlstad, Sweden and ravages throughout thirteen more countries before the final curtain in Munich, Germany on the 16th of April.

Regarding the tour, MAYHEM vocalist Attila Csihar comments: "The first time I ever heard from Mayhem was in '91-'92 when I received a letter from Euronymous. I did not know that message was going to change my whole life. They were looking for a new vocalist to replace Dead on their debut album. Of course, I agreed to their offer and in 1993 we recorded 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas', which to me remains one of the most magical albums of all time. The music opened some unfathomable dimensions that reached beyond what we were able to handle and it unleashed a complete chaos, which ended up at burning churches and eventually a murder within the band. It was almost impossible to release that record, but when it finally came out under the sun in '94, it left a lasting impact on the whole metal scene. The so-called "2nd wave of black metal" was born in the cold and dark underground of Oslo. At the same time MAYHEM collapsed and got burned down as well. From those ashes, the band had to rise again, when MAYHEM reunited with some old and new members. Yet that album always remained so strong and so unique that even after my reunion with MAYHEM in 2004, we were still not comfortable to present it live in full. Time passed and the whole band got stronger and more experienced. In 2016 we suddenly felt that it was time to finally play the whole record in order to unleash That Beast after more than two decades. 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathans' will soon become alive!"

MAYHEM bring De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas to Europe
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OPETH tour dates for Europe 2016

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Opeth, Sahg, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Tour

OPETH tour dates for Europe 2016
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CD review HAMMERFALL "Built to Last"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Hammerfall, News, CD Review, NWoBHM, Power Metal, Speed Metal

(7/10) In days of constant change some continuity is a welcomed situation. Hammerfall provides such a stability with their releases and also the newest one, "Built to Last", doesn't change this situation.

In days of many different styles of metal it feels a bit strange to describe Hammerfall as being oldschool. It sounds like living in the past, playing music that is covered in dust. But that's wroung. It’s more that Oscar Dronjak re-vitalized traditional metal in the nineties when grunge, modern metal and nu metal took over, getting a lot of attention and support. Hammerfall, at that time, felt like a relief for metalheads that came from the NWoBHM days. The five–piece from Gothenburg blew in new life into a genre that had to suffer at that moment in time.

After the band released their debut “Glory of the Brave” a success story started that probably couldn’t have been foreseen at that time. The guys published nine albums and build up a more than solid fan base that’s still growing.

After the dark “Infected” album from 2011, Hammerfall returned to their more traditional sound with “(r)Evolution”, a journey which they continue on “Built to Last”.

It feels like ‘nomen et omen’ when it comes to the title. The new longplayer stands like a solid rock and it provides fans with 10 headbangers, most of them pretty good. OK, Hammerfall doesn't re-invent themsleves and their sound is also back to what the guys can do best - writing and playing traditional metal with good melody lines.

"Bring It!" is the fast opener, "The Scared Vow" is a typical Hammerfall hymn and "Stormbreaker" blows more than a metallic breeze right into your face. A song I really like is "The Star of Home" since it belongs to the more straight-forward ones.

I'm not really sure if the quiet "Twilight Princess" was needed though. At least I could have easily have lived without this tune that is a bit too cheesy. Something inbetween is "New Breed". The tune comes with an exciting solo part but sounds, besides the solo, a bit breathless. I almost had the feeling that Hammerfall, in some parts, wanted to write an 'Accept'-song, an endevour that wasn't too succesful.

To conclude: “Built to Last” is a very solid metal record that includes all the trademarks fans can expect from the band. It’s a well-crafted piece of heavy metal without frills. This is heavy metal in the best meaning of the word, placed on an album that is powerful and dynamic.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bring It!
  2. Hammer High
  3. The Sacred Vow
  4. Dethrone and Defy
  5. Twilight Princess
  6. Stormbreaker
  7. Built to Last
  8. The Star of Home
  9. New Breed
  10. Second to None

 

Label: Naplam Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

CD review HAMMERFALL "Built to Last"
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"Choosing Death - Die Unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter..."

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Book, Death Metal, Grindcore, Punk, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, News, Review

When death metal and grindcore started in the mid 80's things began slow, but not easy. And it wasn't a silent start either. These extreme styles in heavy metal have been like a blast wthin the existing metal scene, adding a new shade to heavy music.

Author Albert Mudrian took these genres and did a deep dive into the history of death metal and gringcore. The result is an impressing book that starts with the very early days when hardcore, metal and ounk merged to a new sound that grew over time.

The new version of "Choosing Death" is a entirely re-worked version that includes three extra chapters which mean 100 additional pages. A nice xtra comes at the end when a discogrpahy lists the most influencial longplayers - starting with Possessed's "Seven Churches" up to records like Hate Eternal' "Infernus" from 2015.

All in all this book is well-done, fact-based and entertaining. If you always wanted to know more about the roots and the history of death metal and grindcore, then you should read this book that could be a nice Christams present too.

 

"Choosing Death - Die unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter.."

I.P. Verlag

Release Date EU: September 19th, 2016

376 pages and 399 photos/illustrations

 

"Choosing Death - Die Unglaubliche Geschichte von Death Metal und Grindcore geht weiter..."
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CD review THE ANSWER "Solas"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in The Answer, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock

(9/10) The Answer is one of the bands that contributed a lot to the boom of classic rock, a trend that started a few years ago and still lives. The guys built-up a more than solid fan base and released great albums in the past. But the band needed to find their way through some storms waters too; something that influenced the new album very much.

The bands new longpayer, "Solas", begins with the title track, a song that is one of the best ones on the entire album. The tunes comes with a very steady beat that gives "Solas" an almost hypnotic expression. Partly I was even reminded of U2 even though the track can't be really compared with Bono & Co.. After having heard this tune it's hard to let loose since it puts a spell on you. With hav9ing such a start it's a hard cookie to continue on this level. But no worries, The Answer delivers, even though the title track stays in another league.
The longplayer features in total 10 new tracks of which the silent "Thief of Light" was already presented on the last tour, when the guys from Ireland opened for the mighty Whitesnake.
The band captured some more soulful moments on "Solas". "Beautiful World" is one of them, a songs that comes with a very relaxed verse before things turn into rock during the chorus sections. Or listen to the half-acoustic "In This Land", another touching highlight that shifts classic rock into the new century.
These very touching moments in "Solas" aren't a surprise knowing that singer Cormac Neeson went through a tough period of darkness. His first son arrive three month premature with four months being in hospital fighting for his life. In that sense "Solas", the Gaelic word for 'light', acted as a kind of catalyst which made the album to a very touching one.
In case you got the impression so far that "Solas" is a silent album I can give you an all-clear signal. There are a lot of Irish rockers on this album that act as a well done counterpart to the before mentioned tracks. "Beautiful World" belongs to them and very cool "Demon Driven Devil" is another one.
"Tunnel" is the last song on "Solas" and belongs together with the opener to the best rock songs I have heard since quite a while. The number comes with a lot of Led Zeppelin included. It's a half-acoustic song that includes a gently singing Hammond and a lot of "Stairway to Heaven" without being a simple copy at all.
"Solas" became the most mature The Answer record, showing the band on a next level. It's containing impressive music that's framed by an awesome opener and a moving closer. This is music that was written to last.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Solas
  2. Beautiful World
  3. Battle Cry
  4. Untrue Colour
  5. In This Land
  6. Thief of Light
  7. Being Begotten
  8. Left Me Standing
  9. Demon Driven Man
  10. Real Life Dreamers
  11. Tunnel

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

 

CD review THE ANSWER "Solas"
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CD review THE PRETTY RECKLESS "Who You Selling For"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in The Pretty Reckless, Rock, Blues, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Punkrock, Classic Rock

(8/10) An album that surprises is The Pretty Reckless' third release "Who You Selling For". Dirty rock'n'roll, classic rock, post grunge and blues are combined to an exciting sound, done by this four-piece from New York City.

It's Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillip being keyplayers in The Pretty Reckless. Making music together for more than 10 years leads to a solid common ground and understanding, something the songwriting and the songs on "Who You Selling For" could benefit from a lot.

It's a piano and Momsen's soulful voice that opens the album. "The Walls Are Closing In" is a kind of intro that seamless moves forward to "Hangman" which comes in the verse with a stronger Alice In Chains expression. Things get more dirty and mean with the next tune. "Oh My God" is a fast number that comes with a kick-ass attitude. This song belongs to the best ones on the album since it presents the band wild and furious. "Living in the Storm" is along the same lines even though it comes with a relaxed middle section. More of these outburst would have been quite good.

The hardrock roots are coming up to surface with songs like "Wild City" and "Back to the River" which is a melodic rock song that includes a lot of Southern rock influences.

The rest of the songs that found a home on this release aren't bad stuff. "Prisoner" and "Already Dead" reflect the blues passion while the title track and "Bedroom Widow" belong to the more silent tracks on "Who You Selling For".

"The Devils' Back" includes a melancholic singing guitar and before the most weird song on the album kicks in. "Mad Love" is different from the rest and includes a lot of electronic elements.

"Who You Selling For' is an album that creates excitement by it's unpredictability. There are many different styles combined to an own sound that still has an identity.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Walls are Closing in / Hangman
  2. Oh My God
  3. Take Me Down
  4. Prisoner
  5. Wild City
  6. Back to the River
  7. Who You Selling For
  8. Bedroom Window
  9. Living in the Storm
  10. Already Dead
  11. The Devil's Back
  12. Mad Love

 

Label: Universal Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: October 21, 2016

CD review THE PRETTY RECKLESS "Who You Selling For"
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CD review CROWBAR "The Serpent only Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Crowbar, News, Sludge, Doom Metal, CD Review, Thrash Metal

(8/10) New Orleans sludge and doom master Crowbar are around since almost three decades and no end in sight - fortunately. What Kirk Windstein and his three amigos deliver with "The Serpent Only Lies" is brutal. Windstein wrote another ten songs that are as intense as they could be.

"Falling While Rising" is the first tracl on this new album and the band doesn't give you a single moment to warm-up. A five minutes doom hell breaks loose, build on a hefty beat and a slow-mo riff. Upshifting with a break adds some variation to the blistering heat that rolls over you.

Crowbar stays in this mode throughout the entire album. However, there are some variations like the faster "I Am the Storm" which for sure more than just a breeze. This storm blows you away.

The title track comes with interesting breaks and a surprisingly melodic chorus - melodic the Crowbar-way. And on and on it goes. "The Enemy Beside You", "Embrace the Light" and "On Holy Ground", all typical Crowbar smashers per excellence.

The four minutes long "As I Heal" rounds of an album that shows Windstein and his band mates in best shape and form. These 45 minutes are demanding doom metal that belongs to the best stuff I've heard from the four-piece from New Orleans. "The Serpent Only Lies" shows the old Crowbar transferred into the here and now. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Falling While Rising
  2. Plasmic and Pure
  3. I Am the Storm
  4. Surviving the Abyss
  5. The Serpent Only Lies
  6. The Enemy Besides You
  7. Embrace the Light
  8. On holy Ground
  9. Song of the Dunes
  10. As I Heal

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

CD review CROWBAR "The Serpent only Lies"
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CD review EVIL INVADERS "In for the Kill" EP

Veröffentlicht am 26. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Evil Invaders, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) This four track EP boils metal down to its essence. Evil Invaders haven't found a new niche and there thrash metal is still very much influenced by bands like Exodus and some others. However, the passion that the guys put into their songs is worth some respect. It's the wildness and storminess of the young guys that makes them to an interesting thrash act.

"As Life Slowly Fades" is a furious opener. It comes with so much power that blows life into the listener instead of slowly letting it fade away. It's a four minutes power strike that leads to "Raising Hell" in which Joe sounds, with his high pitch screams, like the little brother of John Cyriis

The songs on the 'B-side' are known already. "Pulse of Pleasure" and "Victim of Sacrifice" found a spot on this EP as live versions. Both tunes sound authentic and real, simply how lives metal music should be captured on an album.

Evil Invaders might use the cookie cutter a approach a bit too much on the full-length albums, but on this EP things end up in an entertaining twenty minutes headbanging session that should be checked out by thrash enthusiasts.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. As Life Slowly Fades
  2. Raising Hell
  3. Pule of Pleasure
  4. Victim of Sacrifice

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: September 30st, 2016

CD review EVIL INVADERS "In for the Kill" EP
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