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CD review SCHAFOTT "The Black Flame"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Schafott, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, High Roller Records, Heavy Metal

CD review SCHAFOTT "The Black Flame"

(8/10) 'Schafott' is the German word for 'scaffold'. Schafott is also the name of a fairly 'new' player in metal. The four guys from Desden, Germany started their metal journey some years ago with a demo named "Satan's Throne". This happened in 2014 and three years later the fourpiece will release their anticipated debut "The Black Flame", an album that will take metal fans' heart by storm. 

The album contains eight brutal thrash/death songs (and an evil intro) reminding of bands like Watain. The dark joy of this release is the uncompromising intensity. Schafott manufactured a longplayer that sounds as it would come right out of hell. 

The creepy intro gives the listener a first shiver before thrash metal comes to forefront with the following "Ostara". Rooted somewhere between Slayer and Possessed the song fires on all cylinders. It's a nasty thrasher, being a smash right into your face.

The title tack belongs with more than six minutes to the longer ones on the album. Well-placed breaks leads to excitement throughout this raging metal beast before "Azazeal's Dream" takes over. Schafott created a seven minutes monster that grabs your attention from the first note played. The quartet spiced up this longer tune with a lot of twists and breaks. Some faster parts are followed by almost doomy sections, all accompanied by great leads and a hard working rhythm section.

"Eucharistic Birth" unveils the entire beauty of extreme metal. The bass is heavy throughout and the way ... vomits out lyrics is just great. 

"Total Cleansing" follows the same pattern  as "Ostara". It's a galloping harsh track that comes with some melodic guitar lines and a pumping bassline in the middle section.

 Another highlight on a record charged with good songs is "By the Lust of the Witch". The number starts calmer before a sinister lead marks the start of shifting gears towards a fast and brutal metal anthem.

"Sow the Salt" and "Satan's Throne" rounds off an album that belongs to the most powerful debuts over the last years. The demo of Desden-based Schafott was promising and the debut marks a next step on a vicious journey through metal that just started. "The Black Flame" is exciting and the future of this band isn't nearly as black as their music. It's easy to predict that this band will enjoy the metal community with much more sinister beauty in the coming years. Horns up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Conflagration
  2. Ostara
  3. The Black Flame
  4. Azazael's Dream
  5. Eucharistic Birth
  6. Total Cleansing
  7. By the Lust of the Witch
  8. Sow the Salt
  9. Satan's Throne

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Death/Thrash

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review EXIT EDEN "Rhapsodies in Black"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Exit Eden, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Symphonic Metal, Rock, News, CD Review, Amansa Somerville, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca, Clementine Delauney

CD review EXIT EDEN "Rhapsodies in Black"
(8/10) Basically all the ingredients for an album like "Rhapsodies in Black" are well known and still, this album offers fascinating songs that each of you heard earlier in their original set-up. Exit Eden is a new project, that's female-fronted. The difference is that four singers with different background and nationality united under the banner of Eden Exit, releasing an album that features eleven stunning cover versions of pop songs.
Amanda Somerville, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca and Clementine Delauney combined forces, and voices, leading to an exciting longplayer that couldn't have been done much better. The first positive fact is that each of the four singers come with an excellent voice and a lot of experience when it comes to rock and metal music. Secondly these voices go together in an perfect fashion, meaning that they harmonize very well. This gives each of the the eleven tunes a thrilling add-on that's not known from the originals. Last but not least it's the re-arrangement of well-known chart hits that turned them into a smashing rock number with a more than solid punch.
The choice of songs is well thought through, covering various eras and styles of pop and rock music. One of my favorites is the closer of the album. These four ladies turn the Visage classic "Fade to Grey" into a dark rock song that is at least as good as the original. The song stands for the general approach of this longplayer. Exit Eden doesn't stick too much to the original. These four ladies take them as an inspiration by giving the songs a new expression while still keeping the spirit of the originals.  Another good example for the mentioned is the cover version of Bryan Adams' smash hit "Heaven". The Exit Eden interpretation adds an extra level of power to this classic without going too far away from the roots. Well done.
What's a real pearl on "Rhapsodies in Black" is Rihanna's "Unfaithful". If you think that a metamorphosis into a rocking metal track is a mission impossible, you're wrong. Exit Eden shifts this mega seller towards a rock anthem that sounds like a combination of Apocalyptica and Rammstein with the inclusion of female vocals, giving the tune a bombastic Nightwish touch. 
"Rhapsodies in Black" is a stunning longplayer showing that cover versions, if done in an inspiring and creative way, are more than nice fillers for the B-side of a single release only. I can recommend this album to fans of powerful rock music and female-fronted metal. 
 
 
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Question of Time
  2. Unfaithful
  3. Impossible 
  4. Frozen
  5. Heaven
  6. Firework 
  7. Skyfall
  8. Total Eclipse
  9. Paparazzi 
  10. Fade to Grey
 
 
Label: Napalm Records
 
Genre: Female-Fronted Metal
 
Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017
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CD review WINTERSUN "The Forest Seasons"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Wintersun, Black Metal, Pagan Metal, Heavy Metal, Melodic Black Metal, CD Review, News, Nuclear Blast

CD review WINTERSUN "The Forest Seasons"

(9/10) What looks on first sight as an EP is, even though containing not more than four songs, a full-length longplayer by Finnish epic metal unit Wintersun.

The ones of you that had a chance to visit Finland have an idea where the inspiration for this longplayer comes from. The Scandinavian country is not only famous for sauna and vodka. It’s also the beautiful landscape and nature that characterizes the Northern region, a view that changes with each of the four seasons.

 

Wintersun took these endless forests as an inspiration for inviting fans to an acoustic journey though nature and myth. Each of the epically long songs stands for one of the seasons, starting with “Awaken From the Dark Slumber (Spring)”. The tune is built on the typical Wintersun trademarks with a focus on melody and harmonies. The opener is, like spring, a light-hearted song by still being still reflecting Wintersun with a 100%.

 

“The Forest That Weeps (Summer)” is next. The composition starts with an acoustic intro that leads to heavy riffs. The song has a majestic approach and is full of small little twists and details which helps to keep the excitement throughout the twelve minutes. Heavy guitars interact with folk-based calmer section, culminating in an impressive choir at the end of ‘summer’.

 

Leafs are getting yellow and orange. “Eternal Darkness (Autumn)” picks up this darker vibe with some animal sounds in the beginning. Nature goes to sleep and so does everything that’s connected to it. Not a surprise that the song expresses this mood with heavy guitars and blastbeats. The song is brutal, especially compared to the first two tracks, and comes with a lot of melancholy that covers they heart of the listener with a grey shade.

 

Tristesse takes over in the final chapter. “Loneliness (Winter)” expresses the feeling of a long winter night in a perfect fashion. The slow beat brings the icy frost right into your living room and you can feel the coldness slowly creepy into everything that didn’t find a shelter. Wintersun captures this feeling in a perfect way.

 

Jari Mäenpää and companions created an album that is impressive. If music is a carrier for emotions and feel, this album succeeded from beginning till end. The cyclus of seasons is done in an excellent way and you can’t let loose. This album needs full attention and a soon as you listened to the first notes you must continue till the end. Wintersun shows that a forest has far more to offer than just a bunch of trees. Great work.

 

 

(9/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Awaken From The Dark Slumber (Spring)
  2. The Forest That Weeps (Summer)
  3. Eternal Darkness (Autumn)
  4. Loneliness (Winter)

 

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

 

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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CD review BLOODCLOT "Up in Arms"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Bloodclot, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Punk, Cro-Mags

CD review BLOODCLOT "Up in Arms"

(8/10) In case you haven’t heard of Bloodclot before at least the name Cro-Mags should ring a bell. And if you heard about Cro-Mags you’re also aware of their frontman John Joseph. Bloodclot is the new hardcore outfit of Joseph and can be seen as a ‘supergroup’. Next to the iconic frontman himself it’s ex-Kyuss and ex-Danzig members being a part of Bloodclot and it’s this four-piece band that releases a new album featuring twelve new songs.

 

Big soundscapes and epic running times is something you will not find on this longplayer. The twelve songs, all together, don’t even lead to a running time of 30 minutes. What sounds very short is in the end nothing else than the focus on the essence of hardcore and punk. Each of the tunes on this album is spot-on and acts as a sonic wrecking ball. Being ‘hit’ twelve’ times is enough. Not to be misunderstood; this album is great and one of its beauties is the condensed approach that keeps all the frills out of the picture.

 

Songs like the title track, “Fire” and “Slow Kill Genocide” are fast and merciless hardcore tracks played with a punk attitude. Bloodclot’s music is raw and authentic, driven by anger and rage.  Listening to this album feels like being in an musical twister that grabs you with track number one and spits you out again with the strong bassline that kicks-off “You’ll Be the Death of Me”.

 

“Up the Arms” comes without any filler. Each song that made it on this excellent longplayer is worth to be part of the tracklist. The record proves again that sometimes less is more. Good stuff.

 

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Up in Arms
  2. Fire
  3. Maniac
  4. Kill the Beast
  5. Prayer
  6. Siva / Rudra
  7. Soldiers of the New Babylon
  8. Kali
  9. Slow Kill Genocide
  10. Slipping Into Darkness
  11. Life as One
  12. You’ll Be the Death of Me

 

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Label: Metal Blade Records

 

Genre: Hardcore

 

Release Date EU: June 14th, 2017

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CD review BURNING WITCHES "Burning Witches"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Burning Witches, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Power Metal, News, CD Review, US Metal, NWoBHM

CD review BURNING WITCHES "Burning Witches"

(8/10) Switzerland brought many exciting rock and metal bands up to surface. There’s the melodic sector with Gotthard being the highly successful spearhead. Then there are the still rocking Krokus who can be seen as the trailblazer when it comes to rock and metal in Switzerland and there is the more extreme metal community that also has a solid home base in the alpine country. Celtic Frost, Gurd and Coroner have an excellent reputation all over the world but what was missing were some women in metal. This changes here and now.

 

It was in 2015 when four girls from Brugg teamed-up to rock the nation.  The quartet worked on first songs, ending up in a three-track demo that was well received by media and fans. This happened in 2016 and was a kick-start for Burning Witches.

 

In the meantime a few more months passed by and the quartet became a quintet with Alea Wyss joining the metal ladies. In parallel Burning Witches also started to work on more songs with the aim of releasing a debut in the not too far future. The future is now. Actually the album was released already on May via a Pledge Music campaign and is also available via BW Records.

 

The five ladies recorded eleven songs that are reflecting true and authentic metal music. I would describe the main influences as Judas Priest meets Warlock.  Burning Witches combines things to a powerful outcome that also got an excellent sound. It was no less than VO Pulver and Destruction’s Schmier who gave the debut an awesome sound, which makes the five girls firing on all cylinders.

 

“Burning Witches” is full of energetic metal tracks built on twin guitars, blistering solos, a grooving rhythm engine and terrific vocals. It’s a real pleasure listening to this album that is definitely one of the strongest debuts in 2017. Even the power ballad “Save Me” forgoes cliché and standards.

 

“Burning Witches” makes Switzerland rocking even more forceful. These girls have for sure a future in metal and hopefully we will hear more of them rather soon.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Widow
  2. Burning Witches
  3. Bloody Rose
  4. Dark Companion
  5. Metal Demons
  6. Save Me
  7. Creatures of the Night
  8. We Eat Your Children
  9. Creator of Hell
  10. The Deathlist
  11. Jawbreaker

 

 

Label: BW Records

 

Genre: Heavy Metal

 

Release Date EU: May 29th, 2017

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CD review THE TANGENT "The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in The Tangent, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review THE TANGENT "The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery"

(8/10) Fans of prog rocker The Tangent had to wait for three years before they can welcome a new longplayer of their favorite band. The quintet consists of bandleader Andy Tillison and also Jonas Reingold, Luke Machin and Theo Travis are again part of the game. Next to these consistent factors there are also some news that I can report. It’s for the first time that Andy Tillison also plays drums on a The Tangent album, plus the band welcomed a new member. Singer Marie-Eve de Gaultier is doing some of the vocal parts and also takes care about the magic keyboard sounds.

 

These guys all together manufactured a new longplayer that features five songs of epical length of which the opener is the most spot-on one – with more than six minutes running time. The other four tunes are multi-layered compositions, taking the listener to a land of harmonies, melodies and terrific arrangements. The Tangent uses a wide spread of styles, sounds and ideas, bringing them all together in these five anthems in prog. Rock meets jazz meets complexity meet musical filigree meets catchiness – that’s how I would describe the songs.

 

And The Tangent is more than just great music. This would be already more than enough, but Tillison understands the music also as a carrier of a message. The Tangent lyrics are more than only a necessary must. These five tunes address the terrible situation of refugees and the way how the Western world deals with this situation.

 

I mentioned a few new facts around “The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery” and here comes another one. The band changed producers with Luke Machin being at the helm this time. He gave the album a clean, distinct and voluminous sound that enables the brilliant songs to shine even brighter.

 

I can entrust this album to all fans of great soundscapes and multilayered sounds. This album is a delicious five-course menu that will be appreciated by every fans of excellent rock music.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Two Rope Swings
  2. Dr. Livingstone (I Presume)
  3. Slow Rust
  4. The Sad Story Of Lead and Astatine
  5. A Few Steps Down The Wrong Road

 

 

Label: InsideOut

 

Genre: Prog Rock

 

Release Date EU: July  21st, 2017

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CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Chastain, ICSS, David T. Chastain, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Pure Steel Records

CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

(8/10) Re-releases is one thing, but re-issueing an album that comes with the same drums and vocals while the rest sounds entirely different is an interesting and challenging approach. Guitar wizard David T. Chastain took the challenge and recorded “We Bleed Metal 17” leading to some totally different music than what the 2015 release "We Bleed Metal" included. In addition the 2017 version also got a new artwork which rounds off an interesting package for fans of furious guitars and mindblowing vocals by Leather Leone. It's again the combination of guitarist and singer that makes the difference to some other, more averagely releases.

Some tunes kept the same title on this release, like the title track, while others got even a new name (e.g. "Don't Trust Tomorrow" became "I Live For Today"). In addition the tracklist changed as well which gives the album another flow, including a sound that improved due to some re-recorded parts. My personal fave on the 2017 edition is "Warrior", which was "I Am a Warrior" in 2015. It became far more vigorous and vibrant, making the number to a true power metal hymn.

"We Bleed Metal 17" is an interesting experiment featuring re-arranged songs that showcase the entire potential of David T. Chastain and Leather Leone. Even if you call yourself an owner of "We Bleed Metal" you can easily go for this version too since songs get an entirely different expression. I liked the original version of this Chastain release but the newly arranged "We Bleed Metal" lifts this longplayer to a next level. Good stuff for fans of filigree power metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Live for Today                  
  2. Against All The Odds                      
  3. All Hail                  
  4. Secrets Creeping                             
  5. Last Ones                           
  6. We Bleed Metal 17                         
  7. Warrior                
  8. Bid Your Farewells                          
  9. Search Time

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in CAVALERA Conspiracy, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Groove Metal, Napalm Records

The Cavalera brothers announced a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album. The longplayer will be released on November 17 via Napalm Records.

Max CAVALERA in a recent interview with Metal Wani:

"The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer -  an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. I love the record. There are nine songs. We've got one song with Justin from GODFLESH -  just a great NAILBOMB, GODFLESH, CAVALERA kind of song. The rest is all pure thrash madness. And we had it mastered a couple of days ago by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST; he mastered the album. And it's great, man. It's a beast of an album. I think a lot of people are are gonna be surprised when they hear it. It's, for me, the best of all the CAVALERA albums, my favorite one. And it's got the same intensity and energy of the old stuff like 'Beneath The Remains' and 'Arise'. So a lot of people are gonna be happy to hear that."

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

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CD review ALICE COOPER "Paranormal"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Rock, Hardrock, News, earMUSIC, Sleaze Rock, Blues, CD Review

CD review ALICE COOPER "Paranormal"

(9/10) Is there anybody out there that never heard of Alice Cooper? It's hard to imagine. Even though you might not be interested in rock music you at least listened to "School's Out" once. Actually it was this song that also acted as a door opener for me. As being a metal head from the 80's my entry point was, next to "School's Out", the 1986 release "Constrictor" which started a new era for the iconic singer that released three years later with "Trash" a next multi-seller.

Almost 50 years after having published the debut "Pretties for You", Alice Cooper will unveil his 27th studio album entitled "Paranormal". In the meantime the former shock-rocker is probably less shocking than during the wild 70's but for sure Vincent Furnier is still rocking as hard and heavy as he did through out his entire career with the new studio album being as good as expected.

 

Together with producer Bob Ezrin the dinosaur in rock recorded a longplayer that features all the typical Alice Cooper trademarks, all captured in ten brand new tracks. 

 

Things kick-off with "Paranormal" - the title track. It's a gloomy song partly with some almost spoken lyrics, which gives the tune a special retro vibe. In general I must say that the numbers on the album revitalize some earlier Alice Cooper sounds done in a contemporary fashion. The album feels like a journey back in time, including a lot of pure rock'n'roll. 

 

"Fireball" is such a song, a tune that is simply terrific. This groove catches you from second one and standing still while listening to the track is no option. The album is charged with great songs. The first single release "Paranoiac Personality" brings back the 80's Alice Cooper while the up-tempo "Dynamite Road" is an explosive rocker that includes everything you expect from a good Alice Cooper songs.

 

The last third of the album comes with some nice twists. "Holy Water" includes some well-done horn-parts, followed by the kicking "Rats". This musical fast-train is the best song on the album. Alice Cooper is almost 70 years old and it's amazing how much energy still comes with this icon in rock. I love "Rats" and also the closer can easily keep the level up high. "The Sound Of A" is a well-placed counterpart to "Rats". The tune is built on bigger soundscapes and has a calmer expression. Pink Floyd influences shimmer through here and there, esp. when in comes to the melody-lines and guitar sound. It's an awesome closer, rounding of an excellent album done by an artist that's more than just an influencer. This man is a legend and the new album underlines it. Fortunately there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

 

What makes this release to a special one is the bonus CD. The add-on includes two new studio tracks, performed by the original Alice Cooper Band. The singer teamed-up with the former band mates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce for recording "Genuine American Girl" and "You and All of Your Friends". Both tracks include a very special vibe and sound perfect. These tracks are another proof that rock'n'roll is about passion and not age. I guess that a lot of young dudes would love to write songs like the mentioned ones.

 

Last but not least this CD includes 6 Alice Cooper classics, recorded in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. "Under My Wheels", "Feed My Frankenstein" and "Only Woman Bleed" belong to the best ones in hard rock history and are the icing on the cake of this fantastic release.  If you don't like this album you must be deaf.

 

 

(9/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Paranormal
  2. Dead Flies
  3. Fireball
  4. Paranoiac Personality
  5. Fallen In Love
  6. Dynamite Road
  7. Private Public Breakdown
  8. Holy Water
  9. Rats
  10. The Sound Of A

Bonus CD:

  1. Genuine American Girl (New studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band)
  2. You And All Of Your Friends  (New studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band)
  3. No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  4. Under My Wheels (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  5. Billion Dollar Babies (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  6. Feed My Frankenstein (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  7. Only Woman Bleed (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  8. School’s Out (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)

 

 

Label: earMUSIC

 

Genre: Hardrock

 

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

 

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CD review REX BROWN "Smoke on This"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Rex Brown, Hardrock, Pantera, Down, Blues, Southern Rock, Rock, CD Review, News, Steamhammer, SPV

CD review REX BROWN "Smoke on This"

(9/10) I guess that the name Rex Brown makes you immediately think about the legendary Pantera and the mighty Down. Brown was/is bass player in these two metal outfits and in the meantime he also worked on his solo debut. Now, in case you expect a sludge masterpiece or a hard hitting thrash album, I think you need to re-calibrate your metal-system. Rex Brown breaks new ground with “Smoke on This”.

The first things that’s different is Brown handling the six string guitar which he does as professional as he does the bass. Secondly he also took over the vocals and these are surprisingly good. His loudly and sometimes rough and hoarsely vocals fit perfect to the Southern rock style music that you get with “Smoke on This”.

Rex Brown goes back to his roots when it comes to the new album which makes it feel very authentic and tangible. It’s the lighter that’s introducing the opener. “Lone Rider” is the first highlight of the album, being a rolling spot-on track with a good riff and great vocals. Things just fit together perfectly on this longplayer. I like songs that tells the message. Without even checking the title I had to think about a huffing and puffing train while listening to the song for the first time. In that sense the tune is excellently done, seeing the powerful transcontinental locomotive right in front of you.

Also the half-acoustic tunes are a treat. ”Buried Alive” is one of them, coming with a kind of Soundgarden reference. The calmest song is “Fault Line”. This ballad comes with a lot of emotional depth and it feels very personal. It’s a listener you get goose bumps while listening to it. Another songs that’s worth to be mentioned is “Grace”, reminding me of Alice Cooper. Partly light-hearted the tune still includes a creepy overtone that makes it special.

This album is full of good stuff and there’s no single filler present. Brown recorded songs that came right from the heart, making “Smoke on this” to a real and honest masterpiece. I must admit that I haven’t expected such a great album. A positive stunner. This album kick ass.

 

(9/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Lone Rider
  2. Crossing Linbes
  3. Buried Alive
  4. Train Song
  5. Get Yourself Alright
  6. Fault Line
  7. What Comes Around
  8. Grace
  9. So Into You
  10. Best of Me
  11. One of these Days

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

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CD review MASTERPLAN "PumpKings"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Masterplan, Helloween, News, CD Review, AFM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal

CD review MASTERPLAN "PumpKings"

(6/10) From a timing point of view the release of “PumpKings” is a quite interesting one. In a time when Helloween’s close to the Pumpkins United tour, including Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen, it is former Helloween guitarist Michael Grapow who releases an album that features eleven songs from the ‘Pumpkins’. I can’t tell you if this release is a way to participate in the existing Helloween/Pumpkins hype or if it was a 100% based on a pure passion for these nine songs. Therefor I stop speculating and focus on the music you get with “PumpKings”.

As mentioned, the album features eleven tracks that cover the era from the 1991 release “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” to “The Dark Ride” which was released in 2000. Songs like "Mr. Ego" and "The Dark Side" are actually good metal tunes even though these nine years don't belong to the strongest ones in Helloween's long history and redoing them with Masterplan didn't add something to the total. OK, production techniques improved and the sound might have a bit more power, but on the other hand the Helloween-signature got lost a bit too. What's missing is a certain ease. This album feels bloodless and comes across more as a 'must do' rather than a release with much blood, sweat and tears.

What remains is the question if the world was waiting for this release at this very moment? You have to give the answer yourself but for me it would have been far more exciting to get a new Masterplan longplayer, considering the fact that “Novum Initium” was released four years ago. I can’t get rid of the idea that this album is more a performance of duty based on another motivation than creating a thrilling metal record.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Chance
  2. Someone's Crying
  3. Mankind
  4. Step Out Of Hell
  5. Mr. Ego
  6. Still We Go
  7. Escalation 666
  8. The Time Of The Oath
  9. Music
  10. The Dark Ride
  11. Take Me Home

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

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CD review ACCEPT "The Rise of Chaos"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Accept, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review ACCEPT "The Rise of Chaos"

(9/10) German metal dinosaurs Accept are far away from getting rusty, with band leader Wolf Hoffmann and his fellow band colleagues actually being extremely busy over the last years. After many years of in a hiatus the band returned in 2009 with a new singer and a very welcomed new longplayer. Mark Tornillo, known from his days with legendary TT Quick, took over vocals and it was his voice that fitted in a perfect manner to the Accept's powerful metal known from past and present. "Blood of the Nations" was the first studio album of this renewed line-up, a record that ended a 14 years lasting period of basically no new songs from Accept.

The success of the comeback record, together with a successful tour, created a big appetite for more. Band and fans were highly enthusiastic which led to a successor called "Stalingrad" in 2012, followed another two years later by "Blind Rage". In order to make hay when the sun is shining the band continued working on new material which will get out of the gates in beginning of August.

"The Rise of Chaos" is the title of Accept's fifteenth studio album and it features ten new songs. This release builds on some of the bands typical trademarks, with some other things being a bit different this time. Let's start with the latter. "The Rise of Chaos" is the first longplayer that includes Uwe Lullis, the new guitarist who replaces Herman Frank. Next to Lullis it is Christopher Williams on drums representing, together with Accept-icon Peter Baltes, for the new rhythm engine of the Teutonic powerhouse. It feels like the two new guys being perfectly integrated into the band, also being a refresher with adding some new energy. As not expected differently, Accept fires again on all cylinders. Next to these line-up changes there is also some consistency in personnel issues. Not only that Hoffmann, Baltes and Tornillo are still the crucial core of the band, also like with the last records it's Andy Sneap who produced the newest strike, providing the band with their typical Accept sound. In the end I guess it is this mixture of fresh and well-known that makes "The Rise of Chaos" to an exciting metal experience that will be loved by old and new Accept supporters.

The disc starts with "Die by the Sword" which is an uptempo opener per excellence. Melodic guitar line, heavy riffs and the typical 'ohohoh'- sing-a-long sections - all included. Songs that follow a similar pattern are the title track and "What's Done is Done". Next to these faster tracks, the album also includes more moderate paced tunes. "Hole in the Head" is e.g. a grooving beast, being the perfect headbanger and also "Analog Man" is built on the same approach. This number comes with a chorus only Accept can add to a song, reminding of the "Monsterman"-days. All this is excellent metal stuff and it brings me to another song I have to mention as well - "Koolaid”. This anthem sounds like Accept by also being slightly different from the rest of the material on "The Rise of Chaos". I felt like being transferred back to the earlier days of this Solingen-based metal outfit when records like "Breaker" and "I'm a Rebel' decorated the shelfs of the local record shops. But it also reminded of AC-DC-like hardrock with an enormous punch. We're talking about a driving metal track with gritty guitars and a hard working rhythm-section, giving the song a highly grooving expression - for me one of the best tracks on an album that doesn't know any filler. This song has the potential to a constant factor on future setlists.

"The Rise of Chaos" shows Accept in an excellent shape and form. The guys still seem to have a lot of fun with what they are doing which is a promising fact while looking forward to the upcoming live shows. Two thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Die By the Sword
  2. Hole in the Head
  3. The Rise of Chaos
  4. Koolaid
  5. No Regrets
  6. Analog Man
  7. What's Done is Done
  8. Worlds Colliding
  9. Carry the Weight
  10. Race to Extinction

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date: August 4th, 2017

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New song from ROBIN BECK's online

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Robin Beck, News, Hardrock, Rock, AOR

New song from ROBIN BECK's online

Robin Beck is truly one of the most gifted vocalists under the broad umbrella of rock music and it was with great pleasure that Frontiers welcomed her back to the label for her new album, “Love Is Coming”! The album sees her partnering with Clif Magness (Steve Perry, Avril Lavigne, and many more) and James Christian (House of Lords), who produced and mixed the album, with Maor Appelbaum handling the mastering. Hit after hit after hit after hit is the best description of the tracklisting. An album encompassing melodic rock to gritty soul inspired rock is what you can expect from this gem. As Robin says, “it had to be better than anything I've ever done in the last 20 years and I believe I have accomplished that.”

Clif Magness says, "I've worked with some of the best and most inspirational female vocalists in the world and Robin Beck most definitely stands among them. Her talent combined with her tenacity and her effervescent personality all add up to an amazing human being."

Robin Beck says: "Songs like these don't come around often enough! I'm spellbound by the richness of the music and the lyrical force of every song. Sure to keep your heart pumping, unless you don't have one!!”

 

The album is entitled "Love is Coming" and will be released on October 13 via Frontiers Music.


Tracklist:
1. Island
2. On The Bright Side
3. In These Eyes
4. Love Is Coming
5. Me Just Being Me
6. On To Something
7. Lost
8. Crave The Touch
9. If You Only Knew
10. Here I Am
11. Girl Like Me
12. Warrior 

 

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THE QUIREBOYS announce a new album

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in The Quireboys, Rock, Blues, Hardrock, News, Classic Rock

THE QUIREBOYS announce a new album

The Quireboys will release a new longplayer on September 8th,. It's entitled "White Trash Blues" and here comes the tracking list:

  1. Cross Eyed Cat
  2. Boom Boom
  3. I wish you would
  4. Take Out Some Insurance
  5. Going Down
  6. Help Me
  7. Shame Shame Shame
  8. Im Your Hoochie Coochie Man
  9. Leaving Trunk
  10. I'm a King Bee
  11. Walking The Dog
  12. Little Queenie
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