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CD review DANZIG "Black Laden Crown"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Danzig, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, News, CD Review, AFM

(5/10) The announcement of a new Danzig album always leads to some excitement. Glenn Danzig has a proven record, having been part of Misfits as well as releasing brilliant solo albums. Songs like “Sistinas” and “Dirty Black Summer” are classics in metal and inspiration for many bands. Over the last years the quality of songs unfortunately couldn't handle a comparison with the earlier days even though “Deth Red Sabaoth” included again some better material.

"Black Laden Crown" is Danzig 11th album and what catches your eye first is the artwork. It looks very simple and is the weakest one that ever found the way on a Danzig release. But let's not focus too much on the visuals, it's the songs that count.

Unfortunately I have to say, that "Black Laden Crown" doesn't belong to the masterpieces in Danzig's discography either when it comes to music. The first two songs, the title track and "Eyes Ripping Fire", miss any excitement. It feels like driving in third gear with the hand-breaks still on. And if this would not be enough the tunes sound very basic when it comes to production.

After becoming a bit sleepy after these two tracks it's Tommy Victor's guitar that wakes you up with a Metallica-like riff on "Devil on Hwy 9". As said, the riff was taken almost one on one from Metallica, but the song itself belongs to the better ones on this longplayer.

You could get the impression that things get better the deeper you get into the track list. The grooving "Last Ride" proves that Danzig has this old spirit and also "The Witching Hour" slowly finds its way right into ears and mind.

It's a pity that the following songs can't keep the level up high. Songs like "Skulls and Daisies" feel bloodless and uninspired.

I really like the band, the earlier releases and Danzig's great voice, but this longplayer is the first real disappointment this year. It comes with some tunes that are OK, songs in which the early Danzig days shimmer through. But all in all the album contains too much average tracks and the few good ones don't compensate for it.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Laden Crown
  2. Eyes Ripping Fire
  3. Devil on Hwy 9
  4. Last Ride
  5. The Witching Hour
  6. But a Nightmare
  7. Skulls & Daisies
  8. Blackness Falls
  9. Pull the Sun

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

CD review DANZIG "Black Laden Crown"
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CD review VALLENFYRE "Fear Those Who Fear Him"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Paradise Lost, News, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Funeral Doom, CD Review, Century Media

(9/10) “Fear Those Who Fear Him” is already Vallenfyre’s third release and I’m not sure if such a successful continuation was planned from the very beginning. Greg Mackintosh, guitarist and founding member of Paradise Lost, started Vallenfyre in 2010. Working on the debut helped the guitarist to handle the death of his father; it was a helpful outlet in a period of sadness and grief work. I think that this made the debut “A Fragile King” to something special. It was more than just an album, it was a release that was build on human emotions. What followed the release have been very positive fan reactions and excellent media feedback. Vallenfyre unveiled again the roots of death metal while Mackintosh’s main band Paradise Lost shifted more towards gothic influenced dark metal.

Based on these positive reactions Vallenfyre continued their work and released the sophomore “Splinter” in 2014. Two years later, on June 2nd 2017, the band will reveal their newest record “Fear Those Who Fear Him”.

Let’s start from outside in. The first thing that’s genius is the name of this record that also goes very well together with the artwork, done by Hal Rotter. Both, title and artwork, provide a perfect framework for what you can expect from the music. Each of the twelve songs is a heavy and rude masterpiece. Vallenfyre doesn’t pay any attention to compromises or conformity. This album isn’t made for gaining new fans. A growing fan base results more out “Fear Those Who Fear Him” being an authentic matter of heart. It’s loud, it’s brutal, it’s angry, it’s fragile … it’s human.

The before mentioned describes the basic mood on the album, a vibe weaved into each of the tracks. What varies though quite a bit is the length of each of the songs. On the one hand there is the short and aggressive “Dead World Breathes” which is a one minute metal attack per excellence and there are more of those. The album comes with additional brutal assaults like “Nihilist” being another example.

Next to these spot-on wrecking balls there are the elegiac numbers present on the album too. Songs like “An Apathic Grave” and “Cursed From the Womb” are slowly paced doom death numbers that get close to funeral death. Is it the brutality that characterizes the fast tracks, it’s the baleful melancholy and sadness that creates fascination for the epical songs.

To conclude: “Fear Those Who Fear Him” has a lot to offer. It’s Vallenfyre’s third longplayer, standing for a seamless continuation of what the band started in 2010. This album is big, something you shouldn’t miss.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Born To Decay
  2. Messiah
  3. Degeneration
  4. An Apathetic Grave
  5. Nihilist
  6. Amongst The Filth
  7. Kill All Your Masters
  8. The Merciless Tide
  9. Dead World Breathes
  10. Soldier Of Christ
  11. Cursed From The Womb
  12. Temple Of Rats

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

CD review VALLENFYRE "Fear Those Who Fear Him"
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CD review PEACE OF MIND "MMXVI"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Peace Of Mind, Hardcore, Punkrock, News, Dead Serious, CD Review

(7/10) Since 2015 Sonnenberg, Germany is the homebase of a new hardcore band - Peace Of Mind. Even though being a rather new player in the field of European hardcore Peace Of Mind played already more than 60 shows an also found some time for an album entitled “MMXVI”. The record features nine songs which are known by fans of the band. These tracks are summary of two EP’s, “Peace Of Mind” and “Gaze Into an Abyss”, and based on a new label, Dead Serious, it might not be a too bad idea to make these songs available for a wider group of fans.

Peace Of Mind’s music is the opposite of the band name suggests. These nine tracks are aggressive hardcore songs build on harsh guitars, well-done shouts and a more than solid groove. This album stands like a rock and will definitely help the band to find new friends and fans.

Next to the more positive there are two things that are more of an issue. Peace Of Mind have their sound and they stick very much to it. This means that most of the tracks are grooving mid-pace ones and it’s hard to distinguish them. It’s a bit too much of the same thing only different. The second thing is that the album is with less than 30 minutes quite short. OK, hardcore doesn’t focus on epically long songs, but a bit more music for the price of a full-length CD wouldn’t have been bad at all, especially considering the fact that the nine songs have faced already an earlier release. One or two new tracks would have been like the peperoni on the pizza.

Anyhow, Peace Of Mind just started their journey and there sits doubtless some potential with the band. Let’s see what the future will bring. For the moment “MMXVI” is a good start for more to come.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Twist of Fate
  2. Misery Loves Company
  3. Gaze Into an Abyss
  4. Stubborn
  5. Cut the Rope
  6. Peace Of Mind
  7. Reclaim the Street
  8. Your Demise
  9. My Pending Decay

 

Label: Dead Serious

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review PEACE OF MIND "MMXVI"
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CD review HAREM SCAREM "United"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Harem Scarem, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Frontiers, CD Review

(8/10) Harry Hess and his band ended their five years hiatus in 2013. It was the 20 years anniversary edition of their awesome “Mood Swings” album that also included three new songs. Working on those felt like a re-energizer for the band, leading to the 2014 longplayer “Thirteen”.  This album brought Harem Scarem back on the map and three years later a new output strengthens this position.

Harem Scarem are back with full force. “United” is the title of this longplayer and you can feel the unity in each of the tracks. From the first to the last note the band offers great melodic hardrock. The title track is in pole position and kicks things off. With an oriental guitar riff the tune starts a bit unusual, developing into a light-hearted rocker. Harem Scarem includes on this album fans love from the Canadians – great hooks, big choruses and a powerful rocking guitar. All this comes back in tunes like “Bite the Bullet”, “The Sky is Falling” and “Heaven and Earth”.

The best song though is the heavily grooving “Sinking Ship” which is, together with the title track, my favorite track on the album.To balance the rocking tunes the album also needs some silent moments. Now, I don’t want to say that “One of Life’s Mystery” is a ballad. It’s a tune that comes close to AOR with a piano-based start that’s quiet and peaceful.

Harem Scarem is one of the most exciting bands in melodic hardrock and this record makes it clear: Harry Hess and Co presents what the best melodic hardrock can offer these days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. United
  2. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
  3. Gravity
  4. Sinking Ship
  5. One of Life’s Mysteries
  6. No Regrets
  7. Bite the Bullet
  8. Things I Know
  9. The Sky is Falling
  10. Heaven and Earth
  11. Indestructible

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 12th, 2017

CD review HAREM SCAREM "United"
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CD review INGLORIOUS "II"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Onglorious, News, CD Review, Frontiers, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock

(8/10) These five guys share a common passion for classic rock. Bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow and Whitesnake are present more than ones with some cross-references on Inglorious' new album. The debut, which was released in 2016, made it already very obvious and also the new longplayer, simply entitled “II”, doesn’t change the pattern - classic rock rules when it comes to this quintet.

A big win for Inglorious is their singer Nathan James whose voice seems to be just made for classic rock and the fact that James  sung in the past for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Uli Roth makes the vocalist also to an experienced player in this fairly new rock outfit. It just feels like the right guys found each other and even the geographical distance between London and Malmo (where guitarist Andreas Eriksson has his home base) couldn’t stop the band from writing and recording twelve songs with a positive rocking vibe and a good groove.

Talking about the vibe, “II” sounds very organic. It comes with an excellent sound without things being overdone. It’s just right, including a certain live feeling whch makes things very authentic.

Classic rock goes though a revival at the moment. There are many new bands coming up, being inspired by the 70’ s and on the other hand the dinosaurs are around too; thinking about Deep Purple’s latest output which is at least as good as some of the earlier records. However, Inglorious manages to create enough excitement with their music to stick out from the broad offer. I guess what makes the difference is the commitment and dedication these guys share when it comes to Inglorious. It feels like a unit performing these tunes in a tight and energetic way. Sometimes, like with “No Good for You”, Inglorious might stick a bit too close to their idols, Whitesnake in this case, but there is still enough of an independent existence embedded, making Inglorious to more than just a copycat.

Inglorious doesn’t get an award for the most innovative band, but that’s also not what “II” is about. This album is an enjoyable piece of music that will please fans of contemporary classic rock. Summertime music.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Don't Need Your Loving
  2. Taking The Blame
  3. Tell Me Why
  4. Read All About It
  5. Change Is Coming
  6. Making Me Pay
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. No Good for You
  9. I Got a Feeling. Black Magic
  10. Faraway
  11. High Class Woman

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 12th, 2017

CD review INGLORIOUS "II"
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EZOO released a new video

Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in EZoo, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News, Video, earMusic

EZoo is Dario Mollo and Garham Bonnet. The guys started a cooperation with a first output that's called "Feeding the Beast". After having posted a first video ("C'est La Vie") earlier this year EZoo unveiled a new clip - this time for "Guys From God". 

Release date for the album is June 2nd and the longplayer comes vie earMusic.

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CD review DREAM EVIL "SIX"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Dream Evil, Melodic Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Century Media

(7/10) The album is named “SIX” and guess what, it’s Dream Evils’ sixth longplayer. Actually the album title could have been ‘seven’ as well, thinking about the seven long years of waiting between the last longplayer and the new strike of Fredrik Nordström and band.

“In the Night” was the last record that saw the light of day, followed by silence that surrounded the Swedish metal outfit. “SIX” marks the return of the band and fortunately the line-up stayed pretty much the same over this long period of time. One change though. Mark Black took over the second guitar in 2013 and the new album is the first one he could contribute to.

“SIX” features twelve songs in the typical Dream Evil fashion. Powerful metal anthems like the opener, “Too Loud” and “Broken Wings” stand right in line with pounding metal hymns of which “Six Hundred and 66” is one of. Each of these tracks reflects pure and powerful heavy metal that reminds of Judas Priest and Primal Fear. It’s not bad to have these kind of cross-references and Dream Evil is also far away of copying. But what the quintet offers on “SIX” doesn’t bring a lot of new to the table either. It feels like we have heard these kind of songs already several time.

Anyhow, there are some numbers that caught my attention. One of them is the melodic rocking “Sin City” with its catchy chorus and also the moderate paced “Dream Evil” belongs to my favorites on this longplayer. Again, none of the tunes is a bad one. It’s just that the final dot on the ‘I’ is missing here and there – the final punch that lifts the songs from good to excellent.

What is excellent though is the production of “SIX”. Nordström did again a good job, giving the longplayer a dynamic and powerful sound that helps each of the tracks to unveil the best possible.

To conclude: “SIX” is a good power metal album that comes with some highlights and some good songs. Dream Evil fans will love the album and that’s what counts.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dream Evil
  2. Antidote
  3. Sin City
  4. Creature Of The Night
  5. Hellride
  6. Six Hundred And 66
  7. How To Start A War
  8. The Murdered Mind
  9. Too Loud
  10. 44 Riders
  11. Broken Wings
  12. We Are Forever

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

CD review DREAM EVIL "SIX"
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CD review MARK SLAUGHTER "Halfway There"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Slaughter, Mark Slaughter, Hardrock, News, CD Review, EMP Label Group, Sleaze Rock, roc, Glam Metal, Melodic Rock, Melodic Metal

(8/10) Slaughter was a band that was swinging a hot bat in the early 90’s. The guys supported Kiss and Cinderella on tour, all based on their successful first two long players “Stick it to Ya” and “The Wild Life”. Slaughter released three more records with the last one being out there in 1999. The quartet had to face some bad luck with the grunge era coming up which basically made life difficult for sleaze metal bands. From then till now Slaughter played some live shows in different line-ups without releasing new material.

Instead of having a new Slaughter album out on the market it was the band’s name giver Mark Slaughter who published a solo debut in 2015.

“Halfway There” is the sophomore record of the American musicians and it will be released via EMP Label Group. I have to say that my expectations haven’t been too high. We have seen too many disappointments over the last years. The more I was surprised of what reached my ears. This longplayer features ten new songs and all of them are pure and powerful hardrock. The catchy rock anthem “Hey You” opens up an album that is full of great songs. Slaughter doesn’t reinvent the wheel with “Halfway There”, but he takes the best of hardrock, glam rock and sleaze rock for creating an album that comes with an excellent vibe and a cool groove.

“Halfway There” includes everything you expect from a rock solid hardrock album. Catchy tunes like “Supernatural” are present as well as heavy grooving tracks such as “Conspiracy”, a song that reminds me to the earlier Alice In Chains days. More ballad-like stuff needs to present on such an album too and you get these moments. The soulful “Disposable” is one of them and also the bluesy closer “Not Here” is build on more quiet parts with a gently singing guitar.

“Halfway There” combines exciting hardrock with a more than solid production. This album fires on all cylinders and should be checked out by fans of 80’s hard rock. You will be no disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hey You
  2. Devoted
  3. Supernatural
  4. Halfway There
  5. Forevermore
  6. Conspiracy
  7. Reckless
  8. Disposable
  9. Turn It
  10. Not Here

 

Label: EMP Label Group

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

CD review MARK SLAUGHTER "Halfway There"
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Tourdates FATES WARNING, PAPA ROACH, PROPHETS OF RAGE, and many more

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Live, Prophets Of Rage, Papa Roach, Fates Warning, Devin Townsend, Five Finger Death Punch, Caligulas Horse, Leprous, Riverside, Triggerfinger, Vuur, Avatar, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal

Tourdates FATES WARNING, PAPA ROACH, PROPHETS OF RAGE, and many more

AVATAR:

04.06.2017 (CZ) Plzen, Metalfest
15.06.2017 (AT) Novarock Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.2017 (DE) With Full Force
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06.2017 (ES) Download Festival Madrid

 

CALIGULAS HORSE:

19.06.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Rex
20.06.2017 (CH) Lausanne, Les Docks (with OPETH)
21.06 2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7 Konzertfabrik (with OPETH)
22.06.2017 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
23.06.2017(NL) Nijmegen, Doornroosje (with ANATHEMA)
24.06.2017 (NL) Midsummer Prog Festival 2017
25.06.2017 (UK) Southampton, The Talking Heads
28.06.2017 (UK) London, The Black Heart
30.06.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2017, Barcelona

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND:

10.06.2017 (UK) Download Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest Clisson
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Metal Fest
01.07.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona
14.07.2017 (NL) Neushoorn Leeuwarden
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
18.08.2017 (FR) Motocultor Festival, Séné
22.09.2017 (BG) Roman Amphitheater Plovdiv

 

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

02.06.2017 (DE) Rock am Ring
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock im Park
08.06.2017 (CH) Greenfield Festival
14.06.2017 (AT) Nova Rock Festival
16.06.2017 (DE) Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim

 

FATES WARNING:

02.06.2017 (UK) Underworld, London
03.06.2017 (FR) Le Forum, Baureal
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen
05.06.2017 (DE) Bind, Berlin
06.06.2017 (DE) Tivoli, Bremen
08.06.2017 (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
03.08.2017 (NL) Nobel Leiden
04.08.2017 (DE) Wacken Open Air
06.08.2017 (NL) Mezz Breda

 

LEPROUS:

01.07.2017 (ES) Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend Festival
16.07.2017 (FI) Joensuu, Ilossarirock 2017
22.07.2017 (SK) Nova Bana, Gothoom Festival 2017
11.08.2017 (RO) Rasnov, Rockstadt Extreme Fest
19.08.2017 (NO) Mo i Rana, Verket
28.10.2017 (DK) Pumpehuset
29.10.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
30.10.2017 (DE) Cologne, Luxor
31.10.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Rockhal
01.11.2017 (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
02.11.2017 (UK) London, The Dome
03.11.2017 (IR) Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
04.11.2017 (UK) Leeds, Damnation Festival
05.11.2017 (BE) Vosselaar, Bebop
06.11.2017 (FR) Paris, Trabende
07.11.2017 (FR)Nantes, La Barakason
08.11.2017 (FR) Bordeaux, Rocher Palmer
11.11.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Metromum
12.11.2017 (FR) Marseille, Le Moulin
13.11.2017 (IT) Milan, Magnolia
14.11.2017 (FR) Lyon, CCO Villeurbanne
15.11.2017 (CH) Winterthur, Salzhaus
16.11.2017 (FR) Colmar, Grillen
17.11.2017 (DE) Munich, Strom
18.11.2017 (AT) Vienna, Szene
19.11.2017 (HU) Budapest, A38
20.11.2017 (CZ) Prague, Rock Café
21.11.2017 (PL) Warsaw, Proxima
22.11.2017 (DE) Berlin, Musik & Frieden

 

NEXT TO NONE:

28.06.2017 (UK) London, Koko
01.07.2017 (FR) Paris,Trianon
02.07.2017 (SE) Malmo, Slagthuset
03.07.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
04.07.2017 (IT) Milan, Teatro Della Luna
05.07.2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7
06.07.2017 (NL) Tilburg, O13

 

PAPA ROACH:

15.09.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
16.09.2017 (DE) Berlin, Velodrom UFO
21.09.2017 (DE) München, Zenith
25.09.2017 (DE) Ludwigsburg. MHP Arena
27.09.2017 (DE) Fürth, Stadthalle
28.09.2017 (DE) Offenbach, Stadthalle
03.10.2017 (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

 

PROPHETS OF RAGE:

03.06.2017 (DE) Rock Im Park Festival
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Am Ring Festival
07.06.2017 (DE) Berlin, Zitadelle
15.06.2017 (CH) Neuchatel, Festineuch Festival
16.06.2017 (AT) Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock Festival

 

RIVERSIDE:

28.05.217 (DE) Köln, Die Kantine

 

TRIGGERFINGER:

18.08.2017 (CH) Gampel Open Air
21.10.2017 (DE) Bonn, Harmonie

 

VUUR:

09.06.2017 (NL) Leeuwarden, Neushoorn
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Open Air, Helsinki
14.07.2017 (CZ) Masters of Rock Festival, Vizovice
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
09.11.2017 (PL) Klub Studio, Cracow
12.11.2017 (DE) Kesselhaus, Berlin
13.11.2017 (DE) Markthalle, Hamburg
14.11.2017 (DE) Essigfabrik, Cologne
15.11.2017 (FR) La BAM, Metz
17.11.2017 (FR) Stereolux, Nantes
18.11.2017 (FR) Krakatoa, Mérignac
20.11.2017 (ES) La Riviera, Madrid
24.11.2017 (ES) Razzmatazz, Barcelona
25.11.2017 (FR) Le Moulin, Marseille
29.11.2017 (DE) Backstage, Munich
03.12.2017 (FR) L’aeroneu, Lille
 
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CD review AVATARIUM "Hurricanes and Halos"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Avatrium, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, Leif Edling, Candlemass

(9/10) One of last years newcomers is definitely Swedish rock/metal outfit Avatarium. I can remember the moment when "Moonhorse", the first song I heard from them, just blew me away. The combination of atmospheric moments in a context of doom metal and female vocals was something that worked more than well. Slowly the star of Avatarium was rising with a jaw-dropping good debut, a first show outside Sweden, which was a concert that took place in Tilburg, The Netherlands and a great sophomore release "The Girl With the Raven Mask". The band continuously increased their fan base and belongs in the meantime to the really hot bands in rock and metal.

2017 is the year of Avatarium's third strike. The album is slightly different - and not. What changed is that the band announced a while ago a new bass player, Mats Rydström. This role belonged so far to doom metal dinosaur and band founder Leif Edling, who decided to take a step back, but he will not let loose completely. Edling is still working with the band but more in the background and as a mentor, which also means that the role of guitarist Marcus Jidell and singer Jennie-Ann Smith gained in importance.

All the mentioned fortunately didn't have a bigger impact on Avatarium's sound. "Hurricanes and Halos" feel more like an organic development of the bands sound. The tendencies towards classic rock, which have been already very present on the last album, gained even more momentum. The opener "Into the Fire - Into the Storm" underlines this already from minute one onwards. The tune is an up-tempo classic rocker with a mystical expression. The organ does together with guitar and vocals a great job, making this song to a clear statement in rock. Another track that's build on a similar pattern is "The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea". It almost feels like the old Rainbow days are back. Both tracks belong to my personal faves on the album.

A song that's a bit different is "Road to Jerusalem". It's a slower paced semi acoustic song that comes with a high level of intensity, followed by a vigorous drumbeat that introduces "Medusa Child". With nine minutes playtime the track is the longest one on the album. It's an epic masterpiece that includes almost everything Avatarium stands for - heavy riffs, a precise working rhythm section, awesome vocals and some more unexpected moments like a children's choir half way down the road. "Medusa Child" is an epos that belongs to the most mature songs the band ever released.

"Hurricanes and Halos" stands for another big step forward. Over the last years, Avatarium developed towards a powerful player in the fields of classic rock and metal, a journey that has a lot of potential to go ahead for many more years.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Into the Fire - Into the Storm
  2. The Starless Sleep
  3. Road to Jerusalem
  4. Medusa Child
  5. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  6. When Breath Turn to Air
  7. A Kiss (From the End of the World
  8. Hurricanes and Halos

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Classic Rock/Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

 

CD review AVATARIUM "Hurricanes and Halos"
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CD review WARRANT "Louder Harder Faster "

Veröffentlicht am 24. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Warrant, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Rock, News, Frontiers Music, CD Review

(8/10) New releases of 80’s glam metal bands are always a kind of musical surprise egg. Sometimes things end up in a less good way while some other bands surprise with excellent rock albums. The new release of Mark Slaughter is one of these examples scoring a great result and also L.A. Rockers Warrant surprise with an unexpectedly good new longplayer.

The bands big successes are over, no doubt. Times when songs of "Cherry Pie" went on endless rotation on MTV are history. That doesn't mean that the guys don't rock anymore. Actually they rock pretty heavy on their new longplayer.

Naming an album "Louder Harder Faster" raises some expectations, esp. when knowing that these keywords didn't really work for some earlier stuff the band released. In this specific case I can confirm that the guys made a bold statement with the album title but the songs also can live up to it. Already the title track doesn't take any prisoners. The opener is a dirty rocker that is hard, relatively fast and for sure should be played loud. "Devil Dancer" proves that this wasn't only a one hit wonder. Warrant reduces tempo, which makes the tune to a grooving song with excellent vocals by Robert Manson. Talking about persons; Manson is the only one not belonging to the original line-up. He joined in 2008 while the rest (Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen and Steven Sweet) are with the band since the late eighties.

Furthermore you might expect that songs like "Only Broken Heart” are cliché ballads but actually the track is the opposite. It's a heavy rocker that's made for being played in small smoky clubs. But of course there are ballads too. OK, I could have lived without it, but tunes like "U in My Life" obviously needs to be part of such an album and Warrant does a good job. It's not that the song is bringing much new to the table. It's more a professional and soulful approach that fits well at the album's halftime.

To sum up: Warrant is back with an album that shows a mature rock band with still has a lot of potential, sounding better than ever before. "Cherry Pie" sold much better, but "Louder Harder Faster" rocks far more, grooves and comes with a down-to-earth spirit. Good news and good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Louder Harder Faster
  2. Devil Dancer
  3. Perfect
  4. Only Broken Heart
  5. U in my Life
  6. Music Man
  7. Faded
  8. New Rebellion
  9. Big Sandy
  10. Choose Your Fate
  11. Let It Go

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 12th, 2017

CD review WARRANT "Louder Harder Faster "
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TAU CROSS announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Punk, News, Heavy Metal, Voivod, Amebix, Post Punk

TAU CROSS, the multinational punk / heavy metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist / frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, have announced their second full-length album Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records.

TAU CROSS commented on the new album: "Pillar of Fire is the continuation of some of the ideas that were explored on our first Album, this time we have managed to share the songwriting more equally and introduce some other textures to the songs. This should help to establish Tau Cross as less of a one off phenomena and more of an ongoing musical collective producing our own distinctive sonic environment."

Pillar Of Fire was recorded across three different countries and co-produced by "The Baron" in the same manner as their eponymous debut. The drums were tracked Montreal, guitars in Minneapolis, bass in Seattle and Minneapolis), vocals on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Pillar of Fire further expands the group's unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke's metallic post-punk and Motörhead's anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS's philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes and the endless search for meaning in a controlled Universe.

 
Tracklist:
  1. Raising Golem
  2. Bread and Circuses
  3. On the Water
  4. Deep State
  5. Pillar of Fire
  6. Killing the King
  7. A White Horse
  8. The Big House
  9. RFID
  10. Seven Wheels
  11. What is a Man
  12. Three Down
Vinyl + Digital bonus tracks:
  1. Three Down
  2. We are the Terror
  3. In Time
 
TAU CROSS announces new album
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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's working on a new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Groove Metal, News

 
The Cavalera brothers are back! Max and Iggor Cavalera, who created some of the most influential metal records in music history with Sepultura and inspiring the heavy and extreme music scene over decades, are currently hard at work in the studio in Phoenix, Arizona, to record the fourth album of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!

Set to be released in the Fall of 2017 on Napalm Records, Max and Iggor have now left a message to their fans and the worldwide metal community with a first teaser and greetings from the studio. Check it out right 
HERE!

Produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, the recordings of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's upcoming album will be documented by Horns Up Rocks, titled 'The Conspiracy Diaries'. These exciting studio episodes will be released over the next months and will share an in-depth view behind the scene's of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's work in the studio. 


The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band Sepultura as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the Remains, Arise and Chaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre's horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996. A decade after Max left Sepultura and meanwhile released seven successfull records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage.

Get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, as the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall!


CAVALERA CONSPIRACY are:
Max Cavalera – Vocals, Guitar 
Iggor Cavalera – Drums, Percussion 
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar 
Johny Chow – Bass
Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

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CD review FOREIGNER "40"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Foreigner, News, Rhino, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, CD Review, Mick Jones

(*/10) Rock dinosaurs Foreigner are one of these bands that are in business since so many many years and always had success with what they did. Regardless if it has been the rocking 70’s and 80’s, the for rock bands challenging 90’s or the new century, Foreigner always delivered good time hardrock music that fitted very well in the respective period in time. But their sound includes more than that. Most of Foreigner’s rocking anthem’s are timeless which means that hits from the earlier days are still highly entertaining in 2017.

The band was originally formed in 1976 in New York City by guitarist Mick Jones, Ian McDonald and the exceptionally good singer Lou Gramm. Mick Jones is the only active member of this first line-up which doesn’t mean that Foreigner had to face a loss in quality over time. The current band features great musicians. Jeff Pilson, Thos Gimbel, Michael Bluestein, Bruce Watson and Chris Frazier stand for an excellent line-up with all of them keeping the Foreigner spirit alive and kicking. 

In case you think that I’ve forgotten someone; no, I did not. After Lou Gramm decided to leave the band, Jones found with Kelly Hansen a singer that fits perfect to the band’s sound and music. Having this guy in the band is like a lottery win and guaranteed a seamless transition into a new era. This was in 2005 and up to date Hansen is doing an excellent job as being singer and frontman of this powerful rock outfit.

As a special gift for their fans, the band releases a ‚best of..‘, celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. „40“, what a surprise, is the title of this two disc release that features 40 songs, leading to the subtitle „1977 - Forty hits from forty year’. My personal favourites are the tunes from the eighties. It was „4“ that marked my entry point to this band; an album that belongs to the hardest ones the band did in their entire history. Songs like „Urgent“, „Juke Box Hero“ and „Waiting For a Girl Like You“ are present on this compilation, songs that bring back many memories. 

For the rest the album covers the early days with songs from the debut as well as the later material from „Can’t Slow Down“. Towards the end, Foreigner added a new ballad to this tracklist. 'Give My Life For Love“ is a typical Foreigner ballad that sounds good, but also not much more. Next to these silent notes it’s „The Flame Still Burns“ that’s the first time available on CD while another ballad, „I Don’t Want to Life Without You“, was newly recorded.

In case you’re a big fan of the band you have decide if this release brings enough new to the table. However, rock fans that might missed the 70’s and 80’s get a pretty good overview of what Mick Jones and Co. released over a four decades period in time, songs that brought Foreigner into the Champions League of rock.

 

 

 

(*/10)

 

 

 

 

Tracklist:

Disc One

  1.     Feels Like the First Time” (Radio Edit)
  2.     Starrider
  3.     Cold as Ice
  4.     Long, Long Way from Home
  5.     Headknocker
  6.     Hot Blooded (Radio Edit)
  7.     Double Vision (Radio Edit)
  8.     Blue Morning, Blue Day
  9.     Dirty White Boy (Radio Edit)
  10.     Head Games
  11.     Women
  12.     Urgent” (Radio Edit)
  13.     Juke Box Hero
  14.     Waiting for a Girl like You
  15.     Night Life
  16.     Luanne
  17.     I Want To Know What Love Is
  18.     That Was Yesterday
  19.     Tooth and Nail
  20.     Reaction to Action (Radio Edit)
  21.     Down On Love

Disc Two

  1.     Heart Turns To Stone
  2.     Can’t Wait
  3.     Lowdown and Dirty
  4.     Soul Doctor
  5.     White Lie
  6.     Rain
  7.     All I Need To Know
  8.     Too Late
  9.     When It Comes To Love
  10.     Can’t Slow Down
  11.     In Pieces
  12.     Fool For You Anyway
  13.     Say You Will
  14.     Save Me
  15.     Girl on the Moon (Live)
  16.     Break It Up (Live)
  17.     I Don’t Want To Live Without You - New recorded
  18.     Give My Life For Love – New song
  19.     The Flame Still Burns – First time on CD

 

 

Label: Rhino /WMG

 

Genre: Hardrock

 

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

CD review FOREIGNER "40"
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