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New LYNCH MOB album in September

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in George Lynch, Lynch Mob, News, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Metal, Blues, Ratpak

New LYNCH MOB album in September

Produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (Lynch Mob; Flotsam And Jetsam; Prong; KXM), “The Brotherhood” features eleven brand new hard rock tracks from Lynch Mob. This album will surely resonate with long time fans of the band, as well as those longing for that good ol' hard rock sound and feel. "The Brotherhood” highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track “Main Offender” to the melodic album finale ”Miles Away”, Lynch Mob have once again proven they remain on top of their game and at the top of their genre!

On the subject of Lynch Mob’s new record, Oni Logan comments, “After doing quite a few miles together with this latest line-up of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D’Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name ‘The Brotherhood’ for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It’s got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it. We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early 90’s and it's when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later, George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you”.

George Lynch adds, "We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about, and what all my bands have been about since I've been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music."

Official release date for “The Brotherhood” is Friday September 08, 2017.

 

TRACK LISTING:
01. Main Offender
02. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
03. I'll Take Miami
04. Last Call Lady
05. Where We Started
06. The Forgotten Maiden's Pearl
07. Until the Sky Comes Down
08. Black Heart Days
09. Black Mountain
10. Dog Town Mystics
11. Miles Away
12. Until I Get My Gold (bonus track)

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CD review TAU CROSS "Pillar of Fire"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Voivod, Amebix, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Punk, Hardrock, Relapse Records, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

CD review TAU CROSS "Pillar of Fire"

(9/10) It was two years ago when a band arouse attention with an album that featured jaw-dropping good songs. The name of this powerhouse is Tau Cross, a new collective of musicians with various backgrounds. Amebix frontman Rob Miller belongs to Tau Cross as well as Voivod drummer Michel Langevin being in on it. Next to these two guys it’s Andy Lefton, Jon Misery, James Adams and Tom Radlo completing the line-up that worked on the bands sophomore longplayer “Pillar of Fire”.

The debut, simply named “Tau Cross”, was already a blast that increased expectations when it comes to the second longplayer. After having listened to the new album several times I can tell you that all expectations have been easily fulfilled. Tau Cross picks up where they left with the debut.

Anarchic metal meets punk meets hardrock, that’s what the debut was about and that’s what you get served with the new record. “Pillar of Fire” features eleven songs that are edgy, spot-on and raw. “Raising the Golem” is the first chapter of this exciting release and it starts dark and mysterious. After a few seconds the intro turns into the actual song which is a well-chosen opener. It comes with a hypnotic beat and the hoarse vocals by Miller are already a trademark in itself. This opener does the job, being an appetizer for more … and you get more.

As mentioned earlier in this review, Tau Cross’ spectrum of songs is a wide one. ”On the Water” states this in a perfect way. The tune is almost an homage to the mighty Motorhead. It’s not only the vocals that reminds of the iconic trio, it’s the way how the song’s built up. Another highlight is the title track that starts acoustic and calm. This beginning brought Sisters Of Mercy and Fields Of The Nephilim to my mind. It’s a gloomy and melancholic number that stays in this mood from beginning till end. It’s a special song that stands out from the rest and therefor is the perfect name-giver for the album.

Another song I would like to stand still for a minute is “Killing the King” with its Killing Joke vibe included. I like the merciless drums in the beginning of this harsh and partly mystic song.

“Pillar of Fire” is the highly anticipated second Tau Cross longplayer and it fully lives up to expectation. These guys are rightly top rated and also get well-deserved nine points from MHMB.

 

(9/10)

 

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

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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CD review RAGE "Seasons of the Black"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Rage, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, CD Review, Nuclear Blast

CD review RAGE "Seasons of the Black"

(9/10) The history of Rage is a long one. Starting in 1984 as Avenger, the guys quickly transformed into Rage one year later. Since then the band is a crucial player when it comes to German metal, covering a period of more than 30 years. While, at the time, German thrash metal started a winning streak with bands like Kreator, Sodom and Destruction being their spearheads, it was Rage together with bands like Running Wild and Helloween being more rooted in speed- and power metal.

Rage released their debut “Reign of Fear” in 1986 and directly got some positive reaction from the underground. After such a start the anticipated “Execution Guaranteed” (also my entry point) followed and strengthened the bands status.

In the meantime we are three decades further down the road and Rage is still bringing excellent metal right to home. “Seasons of the Black” is the newest studio output of a band that sets standards when it comes to ambitious power metal.

The new album will kick-in open doors since it delivers what Rage fans want to get: powerful metal tracks that are melodic, mighty, partly a bit more complex and always heavy as hell. Peavy Wagner and his two compadres created a metal album that will raise the bar. Each track on the album is a small masterpiece, showcasing the band as dynamic as 30 years ago with the benefit of a lot more experience.

“Seasons of the Black” is the opener and it gets out of the gates in a perfect fashion. The song doesn’t give you too much time to prepare yourself for this powerful metal journey. A short intro turns seamlessly into an uptempo metal anthem that reflects all you can expect from Peavy & Co. The beauty with this trio is how they interpret their self-created style. Rage is far more than only raging metal tracks. There are songs with a more oppressive vibe (“Septic Bite”) and there are headbangers such as "Serpents in Disguise” next to merciless riff-attacks like “Walk among the Dead”.

The centerpiece, even coming at the end of the album, is the 20 minutes opus “The Tragedy of Man" in which Peavy Wagner tells a story around the extinction of mankind. "The Tragedy of Mankind" is spread out over four tunes with the first one being peaceful and harmonic. The short acoustic “Gaia” reflects the full beauty of mother earth before step by step things get worse by human stupidity, leading to the closer “Farewell”, a song that includes all the drama needed to express such a situation. These 20 minutes are part of a Rage- tradition with epical song(collections) addressing a special topic and act as the highlight on a terrific album.

“Season of the Black” became the expected big strike. As over the last 30+ years the band stays true to themselves and their sound with things get a bit more edgy again which fits very well. This album shows the creative potential of Peavy Wagner up to date, leading to another highlight as part of an eventful career.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Season of the Black
  2. Serpents in Disguise
  3. Blackened Karma
  4. Time Will Tell
  5. Septic Bite
  6. Walk Among the Dead
  7. All We Know is not
  8. Gaia
  9. Justify
  10. Bloodshed in Paradise
  11. Farewell

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

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CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Bloody Hammers, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal

CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

(8/10) Bloody Hammers from Charlotte, North Carolina can look back on four longplayers which all featured well-crafted metal in minor. What began as a more 70’s classic rock interpretation shifted towards a gloomy and heavy doom experience for listener. This development became obvious on the bands last full-length output “Lovely Sort of Death” and finds a continuation on the new EP entitled “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”.

This six track mini album is a thrilling one with the band creating a sound that gives the shivers. Anders Magna and his wife Devallia charged each of the song with an intense feeling that reminds in parts of Type O’Negative. This comparison is less about the music. It’s more the dark atmosphere that acts as a connector throughout.

This album comes without any filler. It’s the opposite. Songs like the hammering opener “Gates of Hell” are pearls when it comes to groove and sphere. Listening to this tune makes you feel like knocking at the gates of hell - and you enjoy it. The counterpart is the beat-driven “The Beyond” which is more melodic and calmer. Vocals, drums and keyboards are in focus, giving the number a great expression and a melancholy that’s perfectly captured by songwriting and arrangement. Things end with a song called "The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance", a tune that brings back some The Doors-vibes.

To round of the spectrum of tuness means also mentioning “Vultures Circe Overland”. Again it’s drum and vocals dominating the song in the verse before it shifts towards an alternative metal chorus that made me think of Life Of Agony which also has to do with Magna’s intonation.

This duo add another successful chapter to their discography, an EP at least meets expectations if not even exceeding them.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gates of Hell
  2. Blood
  3. The Beyond
  4. Vultures Circle Overland
  5. All the Colors of the Dark
  6. The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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Here comes PRONG's new video

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prong, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, New,Video

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CD review EDGUY "Monuments"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Edguy, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, Speed Metal

CD review EDGUY "Monuments"

(*/10) Edguy is a phenomena. The band from Fulda started their successful journey through metal in the beginning of the nineties, a time when more traditional metal was in a decline. Many metal bands that grew rapidly during the 80’s started to struggle and also labels weren’t willing to sign that many metal bands anymore. It has been other genres in rock that took over. Amongst others it was grunge that gained momentum and pushed metal more into a darker corner. All in all circumstances haven’t been too promising for starting with a new metal outfit. In this hard times it was a bunch of young metalheads from Fulda that didn't care about all these preconditions and started a band, named after their physics teacher nickname – Edguy. This happened in 1992 and after having had some demo tapes it was the debut in 1995 that became a first landmark for the German metal gang. “Savage Poetry” was and is an excellent album that paved the way for everything that was supposed to come over the next decades.

25 years later it is time to celebrate the silver anniversary in an extensive way and known Edguy means, that you can expect something bigger than just a compilation or something similar. Tobias Sammet and band are not used to do average stuff, they either go for it with a 100% or they leave it. No doubt that Edguy decided to go for the full enchilada.

“Monuments” is the title of their 2017 anniversary release that comes with a lot of things being a part of this package. A monument is a memorial of bigger scale and that’s what you get with this release. In this sense the title couldn’t have been chosen much better.

First of all there are 22 songs on this double header that reflect the best the band has published up to date. This compilation gives fans a great summary of the bands creation and, if there are people that don’t know the band, gives newcomers an excellent overview, from the early days to the here and now. In addition the band also recorded five brand new songs, being the first studio recordings after having published “Space Police – Defenders of the Crown” some years ago. It’s these five tunes that open the album, with “Ravenblack” being the first one that you get served. You might have heard the song already earlier since it was the first single release. It’s a typical Edguy rocker with a bit of a darker expression. “Wrestle the Devil” is number two in the batting order of new tracks and it’s more commercial than the opener. Hardrock is more present than metal with this tune that is made for a broader group of rock fans. It’s a good song even though I must say that the following uptempo track “Open Sesame” comes more quality. The hardrock vibe stays while the power level increases dramatically. With “Landmarks” Edguy shifts gears again, entering the fields of melodic uptempo metal that reminds of bands like Helloween and Freedom Call. Also “Mountaineer” fits into this segment of metal. The number is kept in a more moderate pace, especially compared to the predecessor, by representing all Edguy trademarks – a powerful rhythm engine, filigree solos, heavy riffs and catchy vocals that find a peak in the chorus.

Last but not least the package contains a DVD, featuring the entire show the Germans played in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2004 plus all the Edguy promo videos. The limited edition of “Monuments” comes with even more goodies. There will be a 160-pages coffee-table book with a lot of unreleased photos and much more.

“Monuments” is what the title says, a ‘monument’ that showcases the history of one of the most important German metal bands these days. This release is more than ‘just’ a moneymaker. “Monuments” features material that is chosen with passion and love for detail which makes it to worthy investment for collectors, fans and newcomers.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

1. Ravenblack

2. Wrestle the Devil

3. Open Sesame

4. Landmarks

5. The Mountaineer

6. 929

7. Defenders of the Crown

8. Save Me

9. The Piper Never Dies

10. Lavatory Love Machine

11. King of Fools

12. Superheroes

13. Love Tyger

14. Ministry Of Saints

15. Tears of a Mandrake

CD 2:

16. Mysteria

17. Vain Glory Opera

18. Rock of Cashel

19. Judas at the Opera

20. Holy Water

21. Spooks in the Attic

22. Babylon

23. The Eternal Wayfarer

24. Out Of Control

25. Land of the Miracle

26. Key to My Fate

27. Space Police

28. Reborn In the Waste

Live DVD

1. Mysteria

2. Under the Moon

3. Navigator

4. Wake up the King

5. Land of the Miracle

6. Lavatory Love Machine

7. Vain Glory Opera

8. Fallen Angels

9. The Piper Never Dies

10. Babylon

11. King of Fools

12. Chalice of Agony (Avantasia cover feat. André Matos)

13. Tears of the Mandrake

14. Out of Control

Video clips

1. Love Tyger

2. Robin Hood

3. Two Out of Seven

4. Ministry of Saints

5. Superheroes

6. Lavatory Love Machine

7. King of Fools

8. All the Clowns

 

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Decapitated, Death Metal, Groove Metal, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, News, Extreme Metal

CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

(8/10) For one or another reason I missed Decapitated up to date. Of course it’s the name that rings a bell, but not more. OK, this changes right her, right now. I received the band’s seventh studio album in a history of more than 2o years and I'm impressed of what I got to hear.

The Polish metal outfit entitled their newest output “Anticult” and actually the opposite could became reality. “Anticult” could become ‘cult’. The quartet releases an album that includes basically everything you could ask for from a more extreme metal release.

First of all “Anticult” is spot-on. Decapitated took a puristic approach with not overloading the album with lengthiness. Eight songs and 38 minutes are enough to blow you away. The songs itself though are often between a 5-6 minutes of length, filled with extreme riff, a massive rhythm line and harsh vocals. The beauty with these eight songs is the fact that they can keep a high level of excitement through-out. Take the brutal opener as an example. Decapitated kicks-off the track calm and quite melodic before it turns into a death metal pounder before towards the end calmness partly return. Or take "Earth Scar". This intensive track with its breaks and powerful beat feels like a sonic thunderstorm.

Decapitated’s foundation sits in death metal and also the newest strike doesn’t even try to hide these roots. What acts as a peperoni on the pizza is the groove the guys embedded in each of the eight songs. The combination of extreme metal and groove leads to turns and twists, acting as a true powerhouse. What helps the band in creating these kind of massive songs are the technical capabilities of everybody involved, giving the album its dynamic and energy.

It’s never too late for new things and from now on Decapitated belongs to the bands I want to hear more of during the coming years and till then I keep on going with “Anticult” and the bands rich musical history.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Impulse
  2. Deathvaluation
  3. Kill the Cult
  4. One Eyed Nation
  5. Anger Line
  6. Earth Scar
  7. Never
  8. Amen

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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THE PINEAPPLE THIEF announces live release

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in The Pineapple Thief, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, News, Live

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF announces live release

The Pineapple Thief recorded the final show of their “Your Wilderness” tour at the sold-out Islington Assembly Hall in London.

This concert film "Where We Stood" will be released on September 8th via Kscope

Bruce Soord says about the show and releaseIt was our last show of the tour and our biggest headline show ever. We had 15 cameras, a massive jib, but more importantly - a sell-out crowd!  The pressure was indeed on, but it’s safe to say that the stars aligned for us that night and it turned out to be one of the ost memorable performances of our career so far.

We've thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this special edition blu-ray.  It has the full show; documentary footage and interviews; and 2 different 5.1 surround mixes (one natural, one discrete) - all in high resolution 24/96 stereo.  It also has our last album 'Your Wilderness' in stereo and surround, plus the special '8 Years Later' album in stereo with a brand-new surround mix too.  All of that plus 5 acoustic tracks (also stereo and surround) and loads of bonus videos. This is without doubt the definitive 'Your Wilderness' release.”

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SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Day of the Gusnao, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Cinema, Pathe, Groove Metal, Live

SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Slipknot is one of the most influential bands of the last decade, excelling with outstanding records. Their brutal sound and uncompromising live shows became a trademark for the Iowa-based band.

On September 6th that band plans a unique event of presenting their new “Day of the Gusano” documentary in more than 1,000 cinemas all over the world (in Holland the film will be shown at the Pathe cinemas). The movie captures Slipknot’s first live show in Mexico which took place in December 2015.

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CD review UNISONIC "Live in Wacken"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Unisonic, Kai Hansen, Wacken, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Live, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Rock

CD review UNISONIC "Live in Wacken"

(8/10) earMusic releases end of June a Hansen & Friends live album (see review), recorded 2016 at the famous Wacken festival.T he guys played a 75 minutes set with Unisonic folowing them on the same stage one hour later. This meant two shifts for Kai Hansen and also singer Michael Kiske had a double appearance with doing some songs together with Hansen & Friends before running through a 75 minutes setlist with the fellow Unisonic band mates (Hansen, Meyer, Ward and Zafiriou). And since the recording equipment was in place anyhow, why not also capturing this concert? A word a blow.

"Live in Wacken" will be Unisonic's first live album with setlist that focussed on the two studio releases and the first EP (what else). Little highlights though, as with Hansen & Friends before, were the Helloween songs that have been played by Unisonic. "A Little Time" and "March of Time" were special moments, very much welcomed by the Wacken crowd. These too tracks, but also Unisonic hits like "King for a Day" and "Unisonic" have been the final adrenaline injection, closing of a long day of metal in Northern Germany. 

In retrospect the shows from Hansen & friends and Unisonic almost feels like a warm-up for Pumpkins United even though the entire Helloween crew wasn't involved in 2016. However it felt like one additional step towards something that will bring real German metal from the eighties back on stage in autumn 2017.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. For the Kingdom
  2. Exceptional
  3. King for a Day
  4. Your Time has Come
  5. When the Deed is Dine
  6. A Little Time
  7. Star Rider
  8. Over the Rainbow
  9. Throne of the Dawn
  10. My Sactuary
  11. March of Time
  12. Unisonic

 

Label: earMuisc

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release date EU: July 21st, 2017

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CD review RPWL "The New Dawn"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in RPWL, Gentle Art Of Music, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, CD Review, News

CD review RPWL "The New Dawn"

(9/10) German prog rocker RPWL started their journey in rock in 1997 and since then the guys from Bavaria can look back on quite some releases with the latest studio album called “Wanted” from 2014. In order to celebrate their two decades anniversary, RPWL decided to go for something special and fortunately they also documented the 'party' for each and every one that’s interested.

As being the final show of their 2015 tour, promoting “Wanted”, the band came home to Freising, Germany for playing the final gig of this tour. The combination of an anniversary year for the band plus playing a show at home inspired the band to do something special. Instead of a mere concert RPWL took a much wider approach for this show.

Not only playing the songs on stage, it was the theatric way of also interpreting the tunes on stage that made this night to a special one. RPWL came with a full production that included the musicians as well as up to 50 actors, creating a unique moment of music and scenery melting together to something exciting new. In addition multimedia elements have been used to completed the perfect and highly professional expression of this unusual show. And yes, it was more show that a concert.

Going for such an endeavor includes the risk of giving to much attention to the visuals or creating a competitive situation between scenery and songs. The beauty with this concert was and is the fact that the music’s still in focus. Thinking about great tunes like ”Disbelief” and “Wanted” definitely a good decision. The entire actor play and visuals are more used as an addition the emphasis the various tracks.

In case you want to have the full package you can go for the DVD/BluRay but to be honest, I think the CD version is even more exciting since it’s only the songs doing the job. It feels a bit less (over)loaded to me, but again – it’s the joy for everybody to pick what fits best when it comes to bring this special evening right into your living room.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist CD:

  1. Revelation
  2. Swords and Guns
  3. A Clear Cut Line
  4. Wanted
  5. Like To Like
  6. The Fisherman
  7. Hide and Seek
  8. Disbelief
  9. Misguided Thought
  10. Still Asleep
  11. Perfect Day
  12. Terror
  13. The Attack
  14. A New Dawn
  15. Revelation Reprise
  16. Unchain the Earth (Encore)
  17. Hole in the Sky (Encore)

 

Label: Gentle Art Of Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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CD review TROUBLED HORSE "Revolution on Repeat"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Troubled Horse, Witchcraft, Graveyard, News, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, CD Review, Hardrock, Rock

CD review TROUBLED HORSE "Revolution on Repeat"

(8/10) This longplayer is already available since a few weeks but I still want to put a small review on my blog because I think that you should discover Troubled Horse; in case you missed the album up to date. The foundation of Troubled Horse took place in 2003 in Orebro, Sweden. If you’re into heavy rock music, this city name probably reminds you of Witchcraft and it seems like this city becoming a home base for Swedish retro rock.

Listening to Troubled Horse doesn’t mean trouble for the listener. In contrary. The sophomore album is more a treat and pleasure time, featuring songs that are heavy rocking as well as they have an organic warmth embedded. The quartet uses the entire bandwidth of classic rock. There the uptempo songs like the opener “Hurricane” and there are the smoothly rocking moments (“The Filthy Ones”). “Peasant” instead hits hard while the calmer “Desperation” marks for the soulful side of the band.

What stand out too is the thought-through tracklist. Troubled Horse creates an arc of suspense by alternating between hard, loud, soft and soulful. Therefor it’s no surprise that the balladic “Desperation” is followed by a bad boy rocker entitled “Track 7”. All these tunes are good ones but the best comes towards the end. The bluesy grooving "My Shit's Fucked Up" is the highlight on the album. The track starts slow and easy while slightly building up in the middle part before returning to the starting texture. There is a lot of psychedelic rock weaved in too and in the end I was reminded of Monster Magnet. "My Shit's Fucked Up" is the wow-moment on this longplayer.

Troubled Horse’s new record is another cool album from Scandinavia and it’s for sure interesting for fans of the mentioned Witchcraft as well as it creates excitement with Graveyard fans. Check it out. You will not regret it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hurricane
  2. The Filthy Ones
  3. Which Way to the Mob
  4. Peasants
  5. The Haunted
  6. Desperation
  7. Track 7
  8. My Shit is Fucked Up
  9. Let Bastards Know
  10. Bleeding

 

Label: Rise Above Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: March 31st, 2017

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CD review CELLAR DARLING "This is the Sound"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Cellar Darling, Nuclear Blast, Melodic Metal, Rock, Symphonic Metal, CD Review, News, Folk Rock

CD review CELLAR DARLING "This is the Sound"

(7/10) Swiss rock outfit Cellar Darling could wrap up a deal with Nuclear Blast, leading to a debut called “This is the Sound”. So, what is the sound? The trio, Anna Murphy (v), Ivo Henzi (g,b) and Merlin Sutter (d), is fascinated by folk-based rock and metal music. While you read the three names you probably had the thought, in which context you heard them earlier in time. All three are former members of Eluveitie who started up something new in 2016. This musical background explains the band's passion for this kind of music that’s now firmed under the header of Cellar Darling

A quick view on the band’s FB page makes you recognize that they describe themselves as storytellers. I think it describes the songs on the debut very well because in one or another way it’s the theatric expression that transports more than just music. It has the potential to start a mind-movie. Sometimes things sound partly like Within Temptation (“Challenge”), while dramatic melancholy rules in songs like “Avalanche”. “Water” stands for the calmer moments on ”This is the Sound” while “Fire Wind & Earth” shifts gears towards a dynamic rock song. This means, we can conclude that all the ‘genre-mandatories’ are included.

"This is the Sound" comes with songs that are built on solid musicianship. In addition the record comes with a well done production and a dynamic sound. By the same token Cellar Darling doesn’t bring much new to the table. All in all it’s a good start with some potential for more in the future.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Avalanche
  2. Black Moon
  3. Challenge
  4. Hullaballoo
  5. Six Days
  6. The Hermit
  7. Water
  8. Fire Wind & Earth
  9. Rebels
  10.  Under the Oak Tree
  11. High above these Crowns
  12. Starcrusher
  13. Hedonia
  14. Redemption

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Folk Metal

Release Date EU: June 30th, 2017

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Pure Steel Records will re-release earlier RAGE records and the AVENGER albums

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Rage, Avenger, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Pure Steel Records

Pure Steel Records will re-release earlier RAGE records and the AVENGER albums

Pure Steel Records will re-release the earlier Rage records including the debut. Furthermore the Avenger classics will be re-released as well. Here comes the original media announcement:

 

RAGE/AVENGER sign a Record deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS

Hell! Yeah!! Peavy and his band signed at Pure Steel Records for the rerelease of their early material under the band names AVENGER and RAGE!
The vinyl versions will be released as limited versions including tons of bonus material.
What we have in mind to release will be:

AVENGER
„Depraved To Black“
„Prayers Of Steel“
 
RAGE “Reign Of Fear”
“Execution Guaranteed”
“Perfect Man”
“Invisible Horizons”
“Secrets In A Weird World”
“Reflections Of a Shadow”
“Extended Power”
“Trapped!”
“Beyond The Wall”
“The Missing Link”
“Refuge”
“10 Years In Rage: The Anniversary Album”
“Unity”
“Soundchaser”
“From The Cradle To The Stage”.

Of course we will begin with the outstanding start of the career from the German legend: AVENGER! Both albums "Prayers of Steel" (as double album!) and the EP “Depraved to black" (as single LP) you will get in a high-end edition. Finally, there will be an AVENGER-box including all AVENGER material! More details also about the RAGE releases you will get in the news for our releases!

LINE-UP RAGE:
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage, Refuge, Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Der Riß) – bass, vocals
Jörg Michael (Heavatar, Headhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, Devil's Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Living Death, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)) – drums
Jochen Schröder (ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage) – guitars
Thomas Grüning (ex-Rage) – guitars

LINE-UP AVENGER:
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage, Refuge, Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Der Riß) – bass, vocals
Jörg Michael (Heavatar, Headhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, Devil's Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Living Death, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)) – drums
Jochen Schröder (ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage) – guitars
Alf Meyerratken – guitars

 
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