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CD review RADIO MOSCOW "New Beginning"

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2017 von Markus W. in Radio Moscow, News, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Century Media, CD Review

CD review RADIO MOSCOW "New Beginning"

(7/10) Radio Moscow isn’t a Russian radio station. It’s actually a band that began to ‘broadcast’ rock music from Iowa to the world. In the meantime the trio moved to San Diego, California and releases their first album for Century Media; ten years after having revealed the self-titled debut.

“New Beginning” is the title of Radio Moscow’s newest musical achievement and due to the new label, the naming makes a lot of sense. Musically the tree-piece band contains staying on the road of classic rock music, that embeds a strong psychedelic touch and bluesy vibe.

Sometimes it’s a some Black Sabbath that shimmers through Radio Moscow's musical surface, but also Jimi Hendrix seems the be a strong influence (“No One Knows Where They've Been”).  It goes without saying that Anthony Meier and Paul Marrone provide a powerful beat for each of the ten tracks, but it’s Parker Griggs, whose voice and guitar makes a difference.  His gently, but intensively, singing Stratocaster gives the album a special feel that catches the listener after having listened to a few songs.

Even though the longplayer might not bring a lot of new to the table it’s still a very good thing that Radio Moscow is back ‘on the air’ again. This album comes with joyful and passionate rock music; not more, but also not less. This is worth seven points or, how the social media generation would say, “I like”.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. New Beginning
  2. Deceiver
  3. Woodrose Morning 
  4. Driftin'
  5. No One Knows Where They've Been
  6. Last To Know
  7. New Skin
  8. Pacing
  9. Pick Up The Pieces
  10. Dreams

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review ACT OF DEFIANCE "Old Scars, New Wounds"

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2017 von Markus W. in Act Of Defience, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Death Metal, News, Metal Blade, CD Review, Power Metal

CD review ACT OF DEFIANCE "Old Scars, New Wounds"

(8/10) L.A.-based Act Of Defiance started as a band three years ago. Even though the band itself is fairly new, the involved band members are highly experienced guys, having been part of metal acts such as Nevermore, Megadeth,....

Act Of Defiance that is Chris Broderick, Shawn Drover, Matthew Bachand and Henry Derek Bonner. This quartet delivered a remarkable album in 2015, when "Birth and the Burial" offered some raw and rousing thrash metal that sounded as fresh as it was brutal and uncompromising. Two years later Act Of Defiance hammers home to fans that the debut wasn't just a flash in the pan. "Old Scars, New Wounds" picks up where the band ended with the debut.

Things start with the steady paced „M.I.A“. The songs takes its excitement from the vocals that switch between clean and raspy. Next to it there are some leads as a substantial part of Act Of Defiance‘s sound.  These are a bit restrained compared to other highlights on this album, but they still do an excellent job.

After such a good but moderate beginning the band releases the handbrake with the thrashy „Molten Core“. It‘s a furious metal anthem that‘s spot-on. „Overexposure“ is next in the batting order and it‘s another well-performed hit that helps the album to score. What comes a bit from leftfield are the parallels with the recent In Flames sound. Did the band move to Gothenburg? „The Talisman“, with its Metallica-inspired riff, gives the immediate answer. No, they don‘t. The track is a bit more complex than others on the album before the merciless „Lullaby of Vengeance brings back metal that is to the point. Like with the opener it‘s the raw vocals that tend to growls which give the song aggressiveness that‘s cleverly balanced by melodic solo parts.

There are more of these heavy pounding tunes on the album, with „Reborn“ and „Conspiracy of the Gods“ being two of them. Slowly, things come closer to an end. „Rise of Rebellion“ is the closer of this dynamic and agile album. Act Of Defiance added another terrific album to their list, a catalogue that provides quite some excitement for metalheads.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. M.I.A.
  2. Molten Core
  3. Overexposure
  4. The Talisman
  5. Lullaby of Vengeance
  6. Circle of Ashes
  7. Reborn
  8. Conspiracy of the Gods
  9. Another Killing Spree
  10. Broken Dialect
  11. Rise of Rebellion

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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Photos VALLENFYRE - live at Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, NL

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Photography, News, Gebr. De Nobel, Heavy Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Dark Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge

Vallenfyre played a powerful show at Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, NL a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pics from the awesome concert.

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A live version of KANSAS' "Carry on Wayward Son"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Kansas, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Prog Rock, Frontiers Music, Live

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CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Kadaver, Nuclear Blast, News, CD Review, Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Classic Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock

CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

(8/10) Berlin’s music scene is a vital one with quite some rock acts that belong to the best Germany currently delivers when it comes to classic rock. The Travellin’ Jack released a mind-blowing album some weeks ago, followed now by Kadaver’s newest landmark. The trio premiered in 2012 with a self-titled debut, the springboard for a contract with Nuclear Blast. From this moment one the band had the prerequisites in place to move on, which they did. Two excellent longplayers follow, which help to band to find some solid ground for gaining new fans and reaching a wider audience.

“Rough Times", the forth Kadaver record, is a continuation of things, with the title track kicking of an excellent rock disc that belongs to the best ones this year. The opener marks an unpolished beginning, built on a heavy riff. The song itself is a great starting block for the album that stays in a raw mode with the addition of some excellently done vocal lines. After such a kick-start, Kadaver puts a foot on the break without losing intensity. „Into the Wormhole“ is slowly moving riff monster you should have heard.

Kadaver‘s newest strike combines the best of classic rock and metal, leading to the Black Sabbath inspired „Words of Evil“, a real smasher on the album with “Paranoid” cross-links. Also the psychedelic „The Lost Child“ is a warmly rolling rock experience that reminds in its calmer parts of The Doors.

„Rough Times“ doesn‘t include any annoying songs. Listening to the album is a great way to spend some time with 45 minutes running time that include all you want to get in the fields of rock.

Kadaver created an excellent new album that will help the band in strengthening their position in rock. In case you haven‘t heard anything from the guys from Berlin earlier, I can tell you that you should listen to this terrific album. Classic rock and metal is livelier than ever.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rough Times
  2. Into the Wormhole
  3. Skeleton Blues
  4. Die Baby Die
  5. Vampires
  6. Tribulation Nation
  7. Words of Evil
  8. The Lost Child
  9. You Found the Best in Me
  10. A l’ombre du temps

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review KLOGR "Keystone"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Klogr, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Zeta Factory

CD review KLOGR "Keystone"

(7/10) The first time I heard of Klogr was a few years back in time when the guys supported the mighty Prong on one of their European tour. The guys did a very good job, meaning their performance was very much appreciated by the crowd that actually came for the headliner. Since I guess that the show in Haarlem wasn’t an exception the guys could make some new friends on the entire tour.

 

After some touring Klogr went back to the studio for recording their newest album “Keystone”.  It’s the third longplayer of this Italian-American rock outfit and it shows the band more mature and powerful. The new record feature twelve songs, all standing for well-done alternative metal that’s inspired by bands such as Alter Bridge and some post-grunge bands. But also some thrash roots are part of Klogr’s sound.

 

The quartet can play hard and heavy which they prove with songs like “Technocracy” and also “Enigmatic Smile” fires on all cylinders. I must say the more often I hear these songs I have to thing of German Undertow. However, this goes more for the harder ones while the album also comes with calmer tones, at least partly. “Dark Tides” is an intense song that has some silent notes embedded before the song shifts gears in the chorus, all of this introduced by a short interlude called “Sirens Song”.

 

“Keystone” is definitely a strong pillar for Klogr, which will hopefully help the quartet to enlarge their fan base. The album is worth it to spend some time with.

 

 

 

(7/10)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sleeping Through the Seasons
  2. Prison of Light
  3. Technocracy
  4. The Echoes of Sin
  5. Pride before the Fall
  6. Something’s in the Air
  7. Drag You Back
  8. Sirens’ Song
  9. Dark Tides
  10. Silent Witness
  11. Enigmatic Smile
  12. The Wall of Illusion

 

 

 

Label: Zeta Factory

 

Genre: Alternative Metal

 

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

(8/10) In case you read some of my earlier reviews you know that sometimes I also talked about the artwork of albums, esp. if they didn’t fit to the music or looked quite ‘interesting’. Also when it comes to Satyricon’s newest strike the packaging is worth to be mentioned, this time because it fits so perfectly to the music you get on the album.

The cover artwork is reduced to a minimum. It’s a puristic drawing, focusing on the essence of the ‘kiss of death’ and so does the music. “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” comes with eight tracks, which are still referring to the band’s black metal roots. However, Satyricon is more than black metal that’s build either on blastbeats or bombastic orchestration. The band created a vicious and diabolic sound that can be immediately recognized as being Satyricon.

Also the new album is no exception. The tunes on “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” are a black and gloomy journey, representing a sinister vibe. In one or another way the songs are a pure distraction since they unveil a certain beauty of evil.

Satyr and Frost created tunes that are fueled with tristesse. Songs like the outstanding “To Your Brethren in the Dark” are slowly waltzing anthems in black, spread out over six minutes.  The same goes for the opener “Midnight Serpent”, which, even though with a higher pace, follows the same pattern.

But it’s not only the longer tunes you should focus on. Also the straightforward “The Ghost of Rome” is an excellent smasher with unexpected background vocals.

“Deep Calleth Upon Deep” doesn’t come with filler. Each of the eight tracks is worth to be on this longplayer, an album that features with the dark symphony “Black Wings and Withering Gloom” another apex.

As with the earlier releases, the Oslo-based duo stick to their trademarks, delivering an album that lives up to expectations. It shows the beauty of simplicity and focus. Satyricon fans will love this lomngplayer that is even relevant for non-black metal fans. Good music for the dark season.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Midnight Serpent
  2. Blood Cracks Open the Ground
  3. To Your Brethren in the Dark
  4. Deep Calls Upon Deep
  5. The Ghost of Rome
  6. Dissonant
  7. Black Wings and Withering Gloom
  8. Burial Rite

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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CD review WUCAN "Reap the Storm"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Wucan, Krautrock, News, Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, MIG

CD review WUCAN "Reap the Storm"

(9/10) German-based Wucan might be still fairly new to many rock music enthusiasts even though the band received excellent feedback on their debut "Sow the Wind". Starting to an exciting journey through rock music back in 2011, Wucan achieved quite a lot in these six years. The quartet brings back Krautrock in a perfect fashion. The difference to many of the other bands, surfing on the momentary retro wave, is the amount of different styles and nuances of rock, Wucan embeds in their songs. This was and is the beauty of the band's first longplayer and it's something they intensified with the sophomore album "Reap the Storm" which gets to the record shops as we speak.

„Reap the Storm“ gets with „Wie die Welt sich dreht“ pretty good out of the blocks. This song comes with a more than solid groove and one thing gets pretty clear - Francis Tobolsky's vocals are awesome. When I listen to the verse of this tune her phrasing reminds me of German punk icon Nina Hagen which shows the greatness that comes with this voice.

Wucan is a shooting star in the fields of retro rock, covering a wide range of sounds. The next highlight on this exciting album is named „Ebb and Flute“ and begins with a solid base line. As soon as the flute joins in the number reminds of Jethro Tull without copying Ian Anderson and band.

Wucan doesn't limit themselves to short and easy songs. The four-piece from Dresden follows a certain creative flow and if leads to epical long songs it is just what it is. "Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds" is such a sonic endeavour which provides more than 20 minutes of excellent rock music, divided into nine chapters.

Another song that really wows the listener is the closer. „Cosmic Guilt“ comes as an 18 minutes epos that comprises everything Wucan has in the offer. Starting slowly with some psychedelic sounds and spoken words, the number evolves to a mind-blowing retro rock track that puts a spell on the listener. This song isn‘t cheaply done musical fast-food. „Cosmic Guilt“, as well as "Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds", are compositions that scream for attention and time to invest. With earphones on and eyes closed the numbers reveal its entire beauty, showing the musical finesse of this rising star in retro rock.

„Reap the Storm“ is musical Nutella - you just can‘t get enough of it. Very well done Wucan.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Wie die Welt sich dreht

2. Ebb and Flute "The Eternal Groove

3. Out of Sight / Out of Mind

4. I'm Gonna Leave You

5. The Rat Catcher

6. Falkenlied

7. Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds

  •      The Years I Haven't Lived
  •      Worldwards
  •      Flight of the Crows I
  •      Afterwards
  •      Melinda
  •      Onwards
  •      Flight of the Crows II
  •      Headwards
  •      The Years I Won't Live

8. Cosmic Guilt

 

Label: MIG / Indigo

Genre: Krautrock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review NOCTURNAL RITES "Phoenix"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Nocturnal Rites, Melodic Metal, Power Metal, News, Heavy Metal, AFM Records

CD review NOCTURNAL RITES "Phoenix"

(6/10) Nocturnal Rites is an old acquaintance when it comes to metal. The guys began their journey through metal in the early 90’s with a passion for death metal. Over time the band from Umeå shiftedd their sound towards melodic power metal which helped them to reach a wider group of metal fans.

Having released eight longplayers up-to-date shows, that there must be some performance capability that comes with the quintet because otherwise they would have been slowly disappeared in no-mans-land. Now it’s album number nine that’s supposed continue the trip by delighting melodic metal passionistas.

The newest strike of the Swedish melody masters is entitled “Phoenix”, a word that stands for 'the reborn'. This title sounds promising since it implicates freshness and energy. Unfortunately the new Nocturnal Rites album is lacking both. Benefiting of a good production and powerful sound the longplayer suffers from songs which are uninspired and petty.

Listening to the album gives a feeling of having heard these kind of songs many times before … and done in a better way. There are a few moments where light breaks through the clouds, showing that melodic power metal can still be fascinating. “Before We Waste Away” is one of them, but tunes like “Used to be God” are missing the thrill at all.

“Phoenix” is an album that meets an average level but not more. It comes with an expression that gives the idea of being done more as a matter of duty than a matter of heart. I guess the intention was to do it in a passionate way, it’s just that this doesn’t come across throughout. Fans of Nocturnal Rites will probably enjoy this album but I don’t think it will help to increase the fan base since it has too little fire power.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A Song for You
  2. Repents My Sins
  3. A Heart as Black as Coal
  4. Before We Waste Away
  5. What’s Killing Me
  6. The poisonous Seed
  7. Used to be God
  8. Nothing Can Break Me
  9. The Ghost Inside Me
  10. Welcome to the End

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2017 von Markus W. in 36 Crazyfists, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

(8/10) Hot stuff from cold Alaska means talking about 36 Carzyfists. The four-piece band from Anchorage debut in 1999 with the self-released “In the Skin” before finding a home at Roadrunner Records. Their seventh album “Time and Trauma” was their first one for their new label Spinefarm, followed by the next power-hitter “Lanterns”.

36 Crazyfists has 12 new songs in their offer, each of them reflecting melodic Metalcore that fires on all cylinders. The tunes on the new album have one theme in common. Like the album title indicates it about light, which might not even be a surprise, considering the fact that the band comes from Alaska where you can find endless light in summer and almost eternal darkness in winter. But there’s also an inner darkness and that’s where the guys focus on. “Lanterns” is about getting over these dark and depressive moments in life. It’s about fighting these demons and search for the light.

The seventh strike of this quartet was a hard piece of work, being based on a tough personal situation of frontman Brock. There wasn’t any flow at this time and it needed a while till he and his band mates realized the opportunities of such a situation, transferring all the emotions into songs that ended on the newest release.

Music is about emotions and the before mentioned can be heard in each of the tunes on the album. These songs come with a lot of feel, from anger to fragile moments, all connected by the typical 36 Crazyfists sounds. “Sleepsick” is a song that’s the perfect hybrid, including both poles. Next to this highlight there is the brutal opener “Death Eater”, a number that’s fueled by anger, a heavy riff and extremely forceful shouts. To balance these brutal outbursts the album also includes a song like “Where Revenge Ends”, an acoustic one that embeds a lot of atmosphere, being the most touching tune on the album.

Two years after having had “Time and Trauma” in the shelves it’s “Lanterns” that stands for another milestone in 36 Crazyfists career. Alaska’s on fire, at least when it comes to 36 Crazyfists.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death Eater
  2. Wars to Walk Away From
  3. Better to Burn
  4. Damage Under the Sun
  5. Sea and Smoke
  6. Where Revenge Ends
  7. Sleepsick
  8. Bandage For Promis
  9. Below the Graves
  10. Laying Hands
  11. Old Gold
  12. Dark Corners

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2017 von Markus W. in Avatarium, The Slayerking, Gothic, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, De Flux, Zaandam, Live, Live Review, Tour

Concerts on a Sunday night are always a challenge since it’s hard to get people to the venue, having a new work-week in front of them. However, the once that get out to a concert as a weekend-closer are the real and loyal fans who appreciate seeing their favorite band live on stage, listening to music they like. This goes very much for Avatarium’s visit in Zaandam, playing a show at De Flux.

But before the Stockholm-based quintet entered the stage it was The Slayerking from Greece, acting as the opener that night. After having enjoyed a sunny Indian Summer weekend in Holland it was this trio that blew away all the good vibration within 40 minutes. The Slayerking, that’s Efthimis K, Kostas K., both known from Nightfall, and Eki on drums. These three guys ‘celebrated’ a dark mess with songs that are mainly built on doom and gothic. Visual highlight of the show was frontman Efthimis K. with a hat that reminded of one being used for a funeral march. It was a nice gimmick and fortunately things haven’t been reduced only to this extra. The trio could score some positive reactions, with the folks becoming quite enthusiastic. The Slayerking got 40 minutes on stage to warm up the crowd which they did very well. In addition they won some new friends with their powerful, but not very agile show that had the only small little downer of songs being a bit too much of the same thing only different.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Time for the main act, time for Avatarium. It’s amazing to see the development of this band. I had the pleasure to witness the band’s first show outside Sweden a few years ago, when the quintet played a show at the Afterburner of Roadburn. Songs were already great at that time, but you could sense the level of excited tension and stage fright while doing this concert. Already at that time a warm applause ended the well-done show and it was no difference three years later in Zaandam. What was different though was the stage performance. Even though it was a much smaller one than at 013, Avatarium used every square millimeter for an energetic Sunday night metal show with Jennie Ann Smith being not only an excellent singer but also a great performer. No comparison to three years ago in Tilburg. Dressed in black with a red cape, Smith evolved to an entertaining singer, always being in contact with her audience. Next to the singer it is guitarist Marcus Jidell and drummer Lars Sklold being the constant factor is this metal/rock outfit, with Jidell being the crucial musical brain behind Avatarium these days.

The five-piece from Stockholm played a full 90 minutes set that night which had a focus on the latest album “Hurricanes and Halos”. From the first note played that night, Jidell and band mates sparked the audience which reacted with clapping and enthusiastic applause after the last tone faded away in Zaadam's evening sky.

Each of the thirteen songs have been welcomed very much and even the unexpected Led Zeppelin cover sounded very good, being performed in an Avatarium fashion. The real highlight though has been three songs from the earlier days. “Girl with the Raven Mask” ignited a firework that peaked when songs like the awesome “Moonhorse” and “Avatarium” filled the room.

All in all Avatarium performed an excellent show, musically as well as performance-wise. And since De Flex is a smaller venue the show also felt like a ‘living room concert’ in an intimate atmosphere, bringing band and fans closer together with everybody leaving the room with a satisfied smile on their face.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Setlist Avatarium:

  1. Into the Fire / Into the Storm
  2. Pearls and Coffins
  3. The Starless Sleep
  4. Run Killer Run
  5. In My Time of Dying
  6. Medusa Child
  7. Girl With the Raven Mask
  8. Deep Well
  9. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  10. Moonhorse
  11. When Breath Turns to Air (Encore)
  12. Avatarium (Encore)

 

Location: De Flux, Zaandam, The Netherlands

Date: September 24th, 2017

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CD review GRAVE PLEASURE "Motherblood"

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2017 von Markus W. in Grave Pleasure, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, Post Punk, Punkrock, News, Century Media, Gothic

CD review GRAVE PLEASURE "Motherblood"

(8/10) Finnish rock outfit Grave Pleasure delivers their soundtrack for the dark season like autumn and winter right in time. The third album of the band this Helsinki-based band is an important one, having an impact on the future direction of this rock outfit. Fortunately things look pretty good since “Motherblood” became a big one.

Basically Grave Pleasure continues their journey through dark rock that’s rooted in punk rock. The best references for Grave Pleasure’s sound are Joy Division, Killing Joke and partly The Cure. The quintet doesn’t interpret ‘dark’ and ‘gloomy’ as something that needs to be slo-mo. The tracks on this album are of a higher pace, including a post-punk approach. The darkness comes more from well-done undertones that are weaved into each of the tracks and it’s the lyrics too that are a kind of danse macabre. The guys dig into the deepest fears of mankind. Demise and the apocalypse are main sources, acting as inspiration for lyrics like in “Laughing Abyss”. Even a certain Fields Of The Nephilim vibe is included in songs like “Atomic Christ”.

What comes with each of the songs is a great melody. It’s hard to get fascinated by these tunes since the hooks do their job in a perfect manner. In that sense the album has almost a pop appeal. But I don’t want to be misunderstood, none of the ten songs is even close to pop music. It’s more that the songs are, based on their melodies, danceable ones that would work perfectly for an alternative club night.

The predecessor was already a good album and “Motherblood” prolongs this positive expression. Grave Pleasure can look forward to a bright future in darkness.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Infatuation Overkill
  2. Doomsday Rainbows
  3. Be My Hiroshima
  4. Joy through Death
  5. Mind Intruder
  6. Laughing Abyss
  7. Falling For an Atom Bomb
  8. Atomic Christ
  9. Deadenders
  10. Haunted Afterline

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Post-Punk

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review GUN "Favourite Pleasure"

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2017 von Markus W. in Gun, Rock, Melodic Rock, News, CD Review, Hardrock, AOR

CD review GUN "Favourite Pleasure"

(8/10) Scottish Gun shouldn't be reduced to their early albums only. Yes, “Gallus” was an excellent sophomore album and “Swagger” used the momentum, becoming a great melodic rock album too. Last but not least it included with the Cameo cover version  “Words Up” a song that was the sunshine in a time of melancholic grunge taking over the scene.

Time leap to 2017: Gun is still around. The quintet might not be able to connect to the earlier commercial scores but this doesn’t matter. What counts is the music. Gun developed over time. The guys stayed true to themselves by sticking to their rocking roots with their new songs showcasing a mature and easygoing sound.

“Favourite Pleasure” reflects the typical Gun-sound that is easily recognizable. The quintet still calls an excellent sense for melodies and hooks their own. This leads sometimes to Beatles-esque songs like “Silent Lovers” while other moments are joyful hardrock anthems (“She Knows”). It’s this width that makes “Favourite Pleasure” to a diverting record, featuring tunes that give you a good time without drowning in the sea of boredom. The title songs is a perfect example for such a vital song, containing a chorus that sticks to your mind from the first time listening to it.

"Favourite Pleasure" doesn’t include a downer. Each of the ten tracks has its own charming identity, kept together by the typical Gun-trademarks – melody, harmony, a steady beat and rocking guitars. Fans of the band will not be disappointed with this longplayer, an album that easily lives up to expectations

 

 (8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. She Knows
  2. Here’s where I am
  3. Favourite Place
  4. Take Me Down
  5. Silent Lovers
  6. Black Heart
  7. Without You
  8. Tragic Heroes
  9. Go to Hell
  10. Boy Who Fooled the World

 

Label: Caroline International

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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