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PROPHETS OF RAGE premiers new video

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, News, Video, Crossover, Rock, Rap, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

Prophets Of Rage have debuted the video for “Living On The 110,” the lead single from their forthcoming, self-titled debut LP which is set for release September 15th, 2017. 

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DVD/CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live - Back to the Roots"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dirkschneider, U.D.O., Accept, News, AFM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, NWoBHM, DVD Review, CD Review

DVD/CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live - Back to the Roots"

(*/10) I think that German metal dinosaur Udo Dirkschneider was and is still overwhelmed by the success of the 'Dirkschneider project'. What started as a tour with the singer performing Accept songs for the last time live oin stage became a highly successful endeavor which is still ongoing. It seems that fans enjoy these Accept classics a lot, being performed by the singer with the unique voice and it was the last year's live album that fueled enthusiasm even more.

The audio release wasn’t enough for Dirkschneider-/Accept fans. There was a high demand for a visual live release too and it’s happening. Beginning of August the Dirkschneider live Blu-ray/DVD will be ready to be shipped to the record shops. Coincident or planned, it’s the same day when Accept will release their new longplayer. August looks like a month that’s ‘owned’ by iconic metal rooted in Solingen, Germany.

However, Udo Dirkschneider’s output contains a show the band preformed end of 2016 in Brno, featuring 26 songs. The setlist included classics such as “London Leatherboys” “Princess of the Dawn”, “Metal Heart” and many more. What doesn't need to mention in detail is sound and visuals. It's a given that both are done extremely well and authentic, living up to high standards. I had the chance to witness one of the Dirkschneider shows earlier in 2016 and while watching the DVD I was immediately l pushed back to this April night in Tilburg when Udo Dirkscheider and comprades rocked the Dudok for almost two hours.

“Live – Back to the Roots” is the anticipated and highly requested video release of a Dirkschneider show and it will please every fan of the legendary metal singer. Having him at the mic, singing the old classics is still a moment of gladness.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Starlight

3. Living for Tonight

4. Flash Rockin‘ Man

5. London Leatherboys

6. Midnight Mover

7. Breaker

8. Head Over Heels

9. Neon Night

10. Princess of the Dawn

11. Winter Dreams

12. Restless and Wild

13. Son Of A Bitch

14. Up To the Limit

15. Wrong Is Right

16. Midnight Highway

17. Screaming For a Love-Bite

18. Monsterman

19. T.V. War

20. Losers and Winners

21. Metal Heart

22. I'm A Rebel

23. Fast as a Shark

24. Balls to the Wall

25. Burning

26. Outro

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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CD review MARTY FRIEDMAN "Wall of Sound"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prosthetic Records, Marty Friedman, Instrumental, Heavy Metal, Shred, Rock, Prog Metal, News, CD Review

CD review MARTY FRIEDMAN "Wall of Sound"

(9/10) Marty Friedman is definitely no dark horse when it comes to rock and metal. The guitarist from Washington DC, who lives in Japan since more than a decade, earned some first credits as being part of Cacophony. Together with Jason Becker he was the driver for two awesome instrumental releases of which the debut “Speed Metal Symphony” is a classic up to date. Almost in parallel the first solo album saw the light of day. “Dragon’s Kiss” was the name of this longplayer which was published by Shrapnel Records too, the home of many other shred guitarists such as Tony McAlpine and more.

“Wall of Sound” is Friedman’s newest strike and it features eleven tracks, showcasing again the capabilities and passion of the six string guitarist. He seems to become one with his instrument, leading to tunes that are alternating between heavy grooving riffs, furious solos and tangible soulful moments. The result is a ‘wall of sound’, which makes the title of the album to more than just a statement – it’s a promise.

To make this ‘wall of sound’ as solid as possible Friedman involved some guests. Drummer Anup Sastry is part of the album sharing some drum duties with Gregg Bisonette. This groove machine gets complete by bassist Kiyoshi. The only non-instrumental track on the album is entitled “Something to Fight”. This song gives the album another moment of suspense with singer Jorgen Munkby of Shining doing an excellent job. Next to vocals it’s the crazy saxophone that makes this number to a real special one, in a positive way. Creativity culminates in this song, making it to a highlight on “Wall of Sound”.

Marty Friedman’s new solo album is an ambitious instrumental release that’s spice-up by a great song that combines guitar and vocals in a perfect total. This longplayer is a treat for your ears and even if you’re not a guitar passionista you will find enough on an album that allows headbanging as well as it’s a soundtrack for musical experts, demanding finesse and skills.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Self-Pollution
  2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
  3. Streetlight
  4. Whiteworm
  5. For A Friend
  6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
  7. The Blackest Rose
  8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
  9. The Soldier
  10. Miracle
  11. Last Lament

 

Label: Prosthetic Records

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

 

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CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Gunmen"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Orden Organ, Liv Kristine, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, AFM Records

CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Gunmen"

(8/10) July is a tough months for melodic metal fans with quite some releases that will bringing enjoyment to this group of metalheads. Not only that big players such as Blind Guardian and Edguy have interesting releases in the starting blocks, also German-based Orden Organ contributes to the success story of German power metal with a new album.

“Gunmen” is the name of Orden Organ’s sixth full-length album and follows the 2015 release “Ravenhead”. I must say that I was pretty much impressed of what the quartet from Arnsberg, Germany added to their offer with this new longplayer. “Raveneye” was a good record, no doubt, but over the last two years the four piece band developed a lot, leading to an album that comes with some jaw-dropping good songs.

The way into this longplayer couldn’t have been done much better. Already the opener is more than just an appetizer for more. “Gunman” is a powerful metal hymn with a chorus that hits the sweet spot when it comes to melody and metal. Big choirs are in focus with “Fields of Sorrow” while “Forlorn and Forsaken” is a mighty metal track with heavy riffing meeting melodic vocallines. “Vampire in Ghost Town” reminded me partly of Sabaton, even though in a bit of a lighter way. The first half gets completed by “Come With Me to the Other Side”. It’s Liv Kristine who took over some of the vocal parts of this tune which adds an extra to Orden Organ’s sound with the two voices going together very well.

After having heard the album several times I have the feeling that the first half of the album is slightly better than the second 50%. Songs like “Finis Coronat Opus” are good but there are better numbers on this release. The heavy pounding “Ashes Rain” is one of these highlights. Melodic power metal can’t be done much better than what you get to hear with this tune.

To sum up. Orden Organ released a great album that helps to establish the guys at the top of European melodic metal. Time for some serious headbanging.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gunman
  2. Fields of Sorrow
  3. Forlorn and Forsaken
  4. Vampire in Ghost Town
  5. Come With Me to the Other Side
  6. The Face of Silence
  7. Ashen Rain
  8. Down Here (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
  9. One Last Chance
  10. Finis Coronat Opus

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review GRAHAM BONNET BAND "Live...Here comes the Night"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Graham Bonnet Band, Rainbow, Alcatrazz, News, CD Review, Live, Rock, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Michael Schenker Group, Impellittri, Russ Ballard

CD review GRAHAM BONNET BAND "Live...Here comes the Night"

(*/10)  Here comes Graham Bonnet part 2. After having released an album with Ezoo a few weeks ago it’s again Frontiers Music that comes up with another Graham Bonnet release. This time it’s a live album, featuring a show the singer did in 2016 at the Frontiers Music Rock Festival III in Trezzo, Italy.

Bonnet was supported by Beth-Ami Heavenstone (b), Conrado Pesinato (g) and the legendary Marc Zonder on drums. The show, and therefor also the live release, was a trip through Bonnet’s rich musical history. Most of the tunes played that day came from bands he was part of in the past. Alacatrazz, Rainbow and Michael Schenker Group material built the backbone with some own songs and Impellittri’s “Stand in Line” that have been added to the setlist too. Last but not least there’s the Russ Ballard cover “Since You Been Gone” which was already successfully covered by Rainbow. In total “Live…Here Comes the Night” includes 15 songs that feel like a journey through 80’s melodic metal and hardrock. Bonnet’s voice is far better than what we got to hear with Ezoo and since the songs are classics anyhow, things can’t go wrong with this live release.

“Live … Here Comes the Night” is a well-produced live album that comes with classical rock songs which are played, recorded and produced in a good manner. This album is a starting point for taking a trip down the memory lane.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Eyes of the World
  2. All Night Long
  3. S.O.S.
  4. Stand in Line
  5. God Blessed Video
  6. Will you be Home Tonight
  7. Jet to Jet
  8. Night Games
  9. Suffer Me
  10. Dancer
  11. Desert Song
  12. Island in the Sun
  13. Since You Been Gone
  14. Assault Attack
  15. Lost in Hollywood

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dynamo Metal Fest, Vuur, Toxik, Exodus, Entombed AD, Testament, Gojira, News, Live, Tour, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Bay Area, Prong, DFM, DFM2017, Devin Townsend Project, White Boy Wasted, Groove Metal, Prog Metal, Hardcore, Live Review

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What a prefect day for a metal festival. Overcast, a few sunrays, a nice temperature, some good bands and a lot of metal - perfect conditions for a great day out. However, the first challenge was to get to Eindhoven. This has nothing to do with the DMF. It was more the vacation period that brought many people on the roads that Saturday, which led to some traffic jams and delays.

After a bit of a hassle on the highways I finally made it to Ijssportcentrum, unfortunately a bit to late for White Boy Wasted, a young local band from Eindhoven that got the chance to open this years edition of the DMF.

 

The first band I could witness was Vuur, the new band of singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The band is working right now on the debut which will be released via InsideOut on October 20th,2017 and after having heard the first single release “Days Go By – London” there was some curiosity when it comes to songs and live performance. Vuur are no rookies. There is a lot of experience in this band and therefore the show was done in a perfect balance between passion for the new and professionalism on the other hand. It was amazing how good the five-piece performed when it comes to tightness and harmony, esp. knowing that they haven’t had too many live shows together to date. Vuur created more appetite for the upcoming album and the long queue during the signing session showed clearly the status of Anneke van Giersbergen and band.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Next to the two Dutch bands at the top of the batting order the DMF 17 was characterized by thrash metal; oldschool thrash metal to be precise. The billing included bands such as Testament, with New York City based Toxik being the first one to enter the stage. The band, that had two great releases at the end of the eighties, is back with full force. Josh Christian and band mates have been the first highlight that day. Going through material of the old days, but also songs from the recent EP "Breaking Class" created some first circle pits and it felt like Holland was intensively waiting for Toxik to return to Eindhoven RockCity. The four-piece band played an excellent show featuring furious guitar solos by main man Josh Christian. These guys are hungry and so are the fans.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Let’s stay for another 50 minutes at the American East Coast. After Toxik created a lot of excitement it was up to New York City-based Prong to take things to a next level - and they did. Tommy Victor and Co. built the setlist around classics with only one new tune from the next album played that day (“Divide and Conquer”). The rest of the setlist was a kind of ‘Best of…', including anthems such as “Beg to Differ” and “Broken Peace”.  Prong set down an energetic show that was very well received by the crowd. The wall of sound these guys build as trio continuously astonishes me. Prong on stage is always an experience you shouldn't miss and today was for sure no exception.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What we haven't heard so far was some death metal. Last year it was Swedish At The Gates that brought some growls to Eindhoven and this year it's their compatriots Entombed A.D. that nailed down a harsh and brutal show. After a quite long intro the quintet acted as a sonic wrecking ball. These five guys fired on all cylinders, leading to a lot of movement in the crowd. The beauty with the DMF is the billing. There is always some variety in the billing by still following a certain pattern of metal. Death metal, thrash metal and some more complex metal get together in a perfect manner; all combined to a running order that keeps the thrill alive. Dutch metal fans have enjoyed the ‘Vikings’ and therefore it wasn't very surprising that Entombed A.D. extended their show with a few minutes. Allt brå.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

As earlier mentioned, it was thrash metal that got a bit more attention this year. Exodus came to Holland, having a setlist in their bag that lead to pure excitement. Exodus is pure thrash metal without any frills or decoration. These guys don’t take any prisoners; they’re burning down the house. Also the five-piece from the Bay Area kept their set more oldschool with songs like “Piranha” and ”The Toxic Waltz” acting has highly appreciated icons, not to forget “Bonded By Blood”. As quite some other bands also Exodus has a long connection to Eindhoven and the Dynamo with having played their first show in Brabant 29 years ago and over all these years the quintet could keep the spirit alive. These guys are authentic, real, and heavy, being fully charged with metal energy that made Steve Souza already watch the shows of Toxik and Prong. Exodus was the real highlight on this year’s DFM and a true winner.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Time for some more craziness? Of course. Devin Townsend stopped with his Devin Townsend Project at this year's DMF and spiced-up the metal feast at the ‘Ijsbaan’. The Canadian guitar wizard is a great entertainer with excellent guitar skills and a full bag of enthusiasm. The crowd might got a bit tired after already 6 hours of great metal, but Townsend would not be Townsend if he couldn’t gain the fans' attention in a minute. There's no way to escape from the energy that seems to be endless with Townsend. In addition it was a smart move to use the opportunity to also perform quite some songs together with Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s the beauty of a festival that these things can be more easily arranged than normal and metalheads in Eindhoven appreciated these 60 minutes a lot. The Devin Townsend Project music added another flavor to the DMF, leading to a big cheer for the British Columbia-based musician and his hard working band mates.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

One of the bands many fans came for was Bay Area thrash legend Testament. The band was already announced during last year’s edition and the fact that they had their first show outside America at the Dynamo festival 30 years ago was a promising fact for a great show. Unfortunately things went slightly different. Changing the scenery on stage normally took between20 to 30 minutes, but after 45 minutes there was still no Testament on stage. In place of the band the stage crew did one microphone check after the other and you could sense already that there’s something going wrong. I think it would have been good, if someone had informed the patiently waiting crowd about what’s the situation. Finally, after one hour waiting time the band entered the stage with “Over the Wall”. In a split second everybody forgot the long wait since an oldschool set seemed to compensate for the late start. However, due to the technical problems the band lost half of their playing time. The planned schedule ruled with Testament finishing their gig after 30 minutes with “Disciples of the Watch”. Based on whatever reason, the show was good, but the missed playing time, a non-appearance at the scheduled signing session and no merchandise left a bit of a sour taste with fans discussing it even on their way home.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

After this stroke of fate quite some fans decided to start their way home. They missed though a brilliant show of French metal passionitas Gojira. The quartet could make use of a full light show and what you got to see was impressive. Light, smoke fountains and fire - all part of the show and used as a completion to their great music. This show was treat that for eyes and ears. I have to admit that I haven’t seen the band on stage till yesterday, but what I saw was a jaw-dropping good metal show of a band that had the best sound of the day. The setlist gave a good overview over all phases of the band's creation with a focus on the latest album “Magma”. Gojira is definitely a big player these days and the right headliner for the 2017 DMF. The quartet was the anticipated grand finale, rounding off an exciting metal day with a lot of good stuff and a downer.

 

This years DMF was the third edition and it was with 10,000 fans the biggest one to date. In general things have been arranged in a good way with some bottlenecks when it comes to the bar and the return of DMF coins. Prices for drinks and food have been fair even though the food offer could be bit wider next year with an also slightly increased quality. The burgers were really poor.

 

However, there are always things that can be improved and the mentioned will not take away a very positive impression of the DMF with the next year version being in the planning phase already. There’s a first act announced. Canadian metal icon Annihilator will come to Eindhoven and if I could have a wish the DMF team should continue with Canada by also bringing Voivod to Brabant. Let’s hope and see (or address it on the DMF FB site if you think the same).

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Location: Ijssportcentrum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: June 15th, 2017

For Setlists click HERE

For some more Photos done by Paul Verhagen click HERE

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CD review TEN "Gothica"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Ten, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music

CD review TEN "Gothica"

(8/10) Ten is a more than constant factor when it comes to melodic hardrock. What started in 1995 by Gary Hughes led to 12 studio albums to date with each of them manifesting Ten’s trademarks and sound with records like “Spellbound” and “Stormwarning” being blueprints for the entire genre.

Two years after having revealed the latest disc “Isla De Muerta”, Gary Hughes and band have a new longplayer in the starting blocks. “Gothica” is the title of the album, a name that slightly irritated the reviewer. Will Ten jump on the bandwagon of gothic and if yes, what will it sound like? Fortunately my concerns were swept with the first song. Ten is still Ten and melodic rock dominates throughout. It might be that album is kept a bit darker than some of the others. However, listening to melodic rockers such as “In My Dreams”, means listening to a catchy song that features a quite positive expression.

Some parts of the album though are gloomier than what we’re used to from earlier releases. “The Wild King of Winter” is such a moment. A cinematic intro leads to surprisingly heavy guitars and dark vibe. I like this song since it breaks the pattern of Ten’s music while still being very recognizable as coming from Hughes' power outfit.

All in all I can conclude that Ten doesn’t bring that much new to the table. However, what they serve is excellent melodic rock songs which will be a delight for each Ten-fan. “Gothica” lives up to expectations, contains songs that are crafted in a passionate and professional way. What you will not find on this album is a bag full of surprises. “Gothica” is more build on solid ground and maybe that’s good enough.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Grail
  2. Jekyll and Hyde
  3. Travellers
  4. A Man for All Seasons
  5. In My Dreams
  6. The Wild King of Winter
  7. Paragon
  8. Welcome to the Freak Show
  9. La Luna Dra-cu-la
  10. Into Darkness

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review MR. BIG "Defying Gravity"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Mr. Big, Paul Gilbert, Hardrock, Rock, Frontiers Music, CD Review

CD review MR. BIG "Defying Gravity"

(9/10)  Two weeks ago it was Riverdogs that released their well-crafted new longplayer “California”, followed now be another dinosaur in rock – Mr. Big. Eric Martin, Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert did it again. Three years after having shipped the first copies of “...the Stories We Could Tell” to the record stores, a new longplayer follows. Unfortunately Torpey couldn’t do all songs for the album due to the recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease but he’s is still a crucial part of the band with Matt Starr filling in for him when needed. That's true team-spirit. Next to the musicians it’s Kevin Elson who added to the good old Mr.Big spirit to "Defying Gravity". He was already at the helm when it comes to the first three longplayers, providing also in 2017 the sound that’s needed for this kind of music.

“Defying Gravity” is Mr. Big's ninth studio album and it features eleven new songs, all in the typical Mr. Big fashion. The quartet set some standards with their first two longplayers and everything the band released afterwards could easily live up to these standards. Mr. Big fine-tuned their sound over time, leading to this fantastic release that was recorded in just six days. This means that the album doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles. “Defying Gravity” was recorded by the guys, playing together in the studio which gives the album this warm and organic vibe.

I don’t know if the huge success of “To Be With you” was a blessing or curse. A lot of people reduce the band to this multiseller single release, but Mr. Big is far more than this acoustic ballad. No doubt, also the new longplayer has some calmer moments. “Damn I’m in Love Again” and “Nothing Bad (Bout Feeling Good)” will be the tunes during a live show with the venue is lit by many lighters (or smartphones these days) and there’s nothing wrong with it. These (half-)ballads are great songs, done by excellent musicians with the latter being even a real highlight on the album.

However, the majority of tunes on this release rocks pretty hard. “1992” is one of these cool track combining Gilberts furious shredding guitar parts with a catchy melody. Or listen to the three stage rocket in the beginning of the album that helps to get things off the ground. “Open Your Eyes”, the title track and “Everybody Needs a Little Trouble” are the perfect start into an entertaining rock album.

“Defying Gravity” might not turn the rocking world upside down but it raises the bar for all the other bands in hardrock and melodic rock. This album shows what’s possible if great musicians work on songs without having the ego as a centerpiece. Musical competence meets excellent songwriting meets passion meets team-spirit, that’s what “Defying Gravity” is about. Excellent stuff.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Open Your Eyes
  2. Defying Gravity
  3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
  4. Damn I’m in Love Again
  5. Mean to Me
  6. Nothing Bad (Bout Feeling Good)
  7. Forever and Back
  8. She’s All Coming Back to me Now
  9. 1992
  10. Nothing at all
  11. Be Kind

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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CD review TOXIK "Breaking Class" EP

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Toxik, News, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, Speed Metal, CD Review

CD review TOXIK "Breaking Class" EP

(8/10) Some bands disband or decide for a longer hiatus, with the result of their name and brand slowly fading away. Then there are some other bands that have been non-active for a while, initiating quite some excitement with fans by announcing some first sign of life again. One of these bands is New York-based thrashers Toxik who released two excellent records at the end of the 80’s, followed by some radio silence.

Things started to get more vital again in 2013. The four-piece did some live shows, two videos have been published on You Tube and also some new songs have been written of which three ended up on another demo. The planned “In Humanity” album is still in a waiting position but Toxik will release an EP later this summer (it's already digitally  available via Bandcamp) that includes with “Breaking Class” a song that’s supposed to be on the album.

“Breaking Class” is also the title track of this three songs featuring EP whose tracklist is completed by the opener “Stand Up” and “Psyop”. These three numbers combine what fans can expect from the quartet. “Breaking Class” comes with very dynamic and partly complex thrash metal as we know it from the quartet. As with the earlier two longplayers it took me a while to get into the songs. The first thing that fascinates is the pure energy that’s part of each of the three songs, refined with furious solos and excellent leads. After having heard the new stuff a few times, also the details start to surface, increasing appetite for more.

“Breaking Class” is a self-released record that hopefully helps the band finish off a next full-length album. In addition, Toxik’s also on the road right now, playing some shows and festivals in Europe, including a return to the Dynamo festival in Eindhoven (stay tuned for the live report).

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Stand Up
  2. Breaking Class
  3. Psyop

 

Label: Self-released (Bandcamp)

Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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RAY WILSON live album announced for late summer

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Ray Wilson, Stilitskin, News, Genesis, Rock, Hardrock, Live

RAY WILSON live album announced for late summer

One of the best singers in rock, Ray Wilson, has a live album in the starting blocks. Wilson is very well known as the voice of Stiltskin and also his days with Genesis are still very present. The vocalist also released several solo albums supported by a lot of touring activities.

Based on that a live album is almost a given. "Time and Distance" will come with two discs of which the first one feature various Genesis classic, including a version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes. Disc number two instead is a journey through Wilson's solo career.

Stay tuned for more.

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SATYRICON announced first details about the next album

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Napalm Records

SATYRICON announced first details about the next album
Nearly three years in the making, SATYRICON have announced that 'Deep calleth upon Deep', their highly anticipated ninth studio album, is set for release on 22nd September via Napalm Records. 

Recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON’s 2006 album, ‘Now, Diabolical’), ‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is not just a new collection of songs from one of extreme music’s most enduring and reliable bands: this is a wholesale reinvention and a brand new era in SATYRICON history.  

Frontman and visionary, Satyr informs us “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record.  If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special.  If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.  I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.” 

‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is a profound statement about the essence of SATYRICON’s music and the eternal value of art itself.  Satyr continues, “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it SATYRICON or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well.  If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you.  So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’  If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."   

SATYRICON is also proud to share the album’s front cover - an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.
 
 
   
   
 
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L.A. GUNS unveiled a first new video

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in L.A. Guns, Rock, Hardrock, News, Video

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