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CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Earthcaller, Crystal Death, Hardcore, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, New, CD Review, eONE

CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

(7/10) Melbourne-based hardcore gang Earth Caller is a young hardcore outfit, inspired by bands like Madball and Terror. The five-piece powerhouse released their debut in 2015. "Degenerate" went right into the AIR charts with Earth Caller gaining quite some national attention. 

It was US major label eONE that signed the quintet for recording a second album which was unveiled some days ago. "Crystal Death" is the sophomore longplayer, featuring eleven songs. Earth Caller's second disc stands for well-done hardcore that doesn't solely focusses on riffs, breakdowns and shouts. These ingredients are present, no doubt, but there is a solid amount of melody weaved into songs like "No Forgivness" and "Dying Beside You". And as if the guys wanted to create a counterpart to these tunes the album also contains songs like the raging "Exposed", a track that's mainly build on a lot of anger and brutal riffing.

"Crystal Death" is an album that lives by the unbound energy of youth, good songs and a rock solid production. I guess we will hear more of these guys from Down Under.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pipe Dreams
  2. Sucka
  3. No Forgiveness
  4. Exposed
  5. Dying Beside You
  6. Never in Never Around
  7. A Ghost
  8. Fall (ft. Sophie Jest)
  9. Mirror
  10. May 16
  11. Hold On (ft. Taylar Paige)

 

Label: eONE

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, News, Deep Purple, David Coverdale, CD Review, Live, Classic Rock, Rhino, Hardrock, Rock

CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

(*/10) After having released “The Purple Album” in 2015, David Coverdale and band mates hit the road for promoting the new release, an album that pays attention to Coverdale’s Deep Purple days. “Burn” and “Mistreated” have been some classic of MK3 and MK4 that acted as a centrepiece for “The Purple Album" and it’s songs from those days that also have been part of each of the shows.

Whitesnake recorded some concerts of this tour, leading to a live album entitled “The Purple Tour”. The newest Whitesnake offer comes in different formats. Base for this review is the audio version (the album is available as CD, LP, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray).

Like with the studio album it’s Deep Purple milestones such as “Soldier of Fortune” and “Burn” that have been performed and captured. No doubt, if you haven’t lived under a rock over the last decades you know these rock anthems by heart. However, it was a good idea to vitalise and cherish these songs that fundamentally shaped rock music in the 70’s.

Since it was a Whitesnake tour also some hits from David Coverdale and Co. have been part of the setlist. There can’t be a Whitesnake show without playing ”Still of the Night”, “Is this Love” and “Here I Go Again”.

All in all “The Purple Tour (Live)” is a well-done live release with classic rock highlights that are timeless.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. Bad Boys
  3. Love Ain't No Stranger
  4. The Gypsy
  5. Gicve Me All Your Love
  6. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
  7. Mistreated
  8. You Fool No One
  9. Soldier of Fortune
  10. Is This Love
  11. Fool For Your Loving
  12. Here I Go Again
  13. Still of the Night

 

Label: Rhino / Warner Music

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2918

 

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CD review HOODED MENACE “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”

Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Hooded Menace, Doom Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Season Of Mist, Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

CD review HOODED MENACE “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”

(8/10) Finnish doom death outfit Hooded Menace is ready with their fifth album entitled “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”. As with the earlier longplayers also the new one combines slo-mo riffs with deep growls. It has been the early Candlemass albums that where an inspiration to the five guys. That‘s where the slow and powerful riffs have their home, embedded into a sound that also shows some parallels with the early days of Paradise Lost. More than once I had to think of „Gothic“ while listening to “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”.

Hooded Menace newest strike includes six songs, all wistful metal anthems in deep minor. Dark Finnish winter days for sure had an impact on the album that includes a lot but for sure excludes light, brightness and ease to a full extend.

Harsh riffs dominate the scene, a fact that‘s already obvious with the opener ”Sempiternal Grotesqueries”. Spread over more than 10 minutes Hooded Menace celebrates pitch black doom metal in an excellent fashion. The album features 6 songs of which five are epical doom hymns while the closer „Black Moss“ feels more like a two minutes outro.

The magic with this longplayer is the fact that Hooded Menace creates these extremely long tracks in a way that still keeps the level of suspense up high. What easily could end up in a boring flow of riffs is actually the opposite on “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”. The five Finns added enough twists and breaks to their sound which makes “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed” to pleasureful journey into sinister darkness.

Fans of Candlemass and Paradise Lost should check out Hooded Menace. You will love it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sempiternal Grotequeries
  2. In Eerie Deliverance
  3. Cathedral of Labyrinthine Darkness
  4. Cascade of Ashes
  5. Charnel Reflections
  6. Black Moss
  7. Sorrows of the Moon

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Doom Death Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD Review VERHEERER "Maltrer"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Verheerer, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News, Maltrer

CD Review VERHEERER "Maltrer"

(8/10) As many other black metal bands also Verheerer is from the North. What's different though is the fact that the guys aren't Scandinavian. Verheerer is from the Northern parts of Germany, hailing from Flensburg to be precise.

There isn't that much known from the band and its members but what is documented is an EP that was published in 2015. "Archar" came with four songs and this first release is now followed by the full-length debut entitled "Maltrer".

The longplayer features seven songs in total and it's an proper length that leads to almost 50 minutes of epic black metal.

Hell breaks loose with "Kultyst" which follows the sinister "Oration" which acts as an intro for this pitch black metal record. "Maltrer" includes all the key ingredients a good black metal album asks for. Hoarse vocals add a hellish expression to each of the tunes while racing fast guitar parts and slo-mo riffing interact on a constant base. It's these factors as well as well-placed breaks that provides a high level of suspense which is needed to keep the album and its songs exciting for listeners.

Verheerer also adds melody to this anarchic sound expression. Maiden-reminding melodies are weaved into "Kultyst" and choral section, like in "Anima Sola", lift Verheerer's metal to another level.

The closer of this devilish adventure is "Heimgang", a nine minutes epos that starts with rain and spoken word before musical darkness takes over again. "Heimgang" is the masterpiece that comes with a cinematic vibe and a bombastic sound that gives you the shivers.

"Maltrer" might not bring that much new to the table. It's more the way things are connected and put together which gives the album its own identity.  The debut is bombastic but not overloaded and it's this balance that makes it stand out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Oration
  2. Kultyst
  3. Vertigo
  4. Maltrer
  5. Anima Sola
  6. Nachtfall
  7. Heimgang

 

Label: Vendetta Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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CD review ACCUSER "The Mastery"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Accuser, The Mastery, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Metal Blade, CD Review

CD review ACCUSER "The Mastery"

(8/10) German thrash pioneers Accuser has a new album in the starting blocks. “The Mastery”, that's the title of this new metal diamond and it features ten new thrash anthems.

Accuser never made it to the top of German thrash metal. The quartet is definitely one of those under-rated bands, standing in the shadow of some other genre icons. Listening to their previous records as well as the new longplayer makes you actually wonder why. The band has a pure metallic blood running through their veins with “The Mastery” being an album featuring a very well-crafted riff inferno. And maybe it is this underground vibe that makes Accuser albums to a metal powerhouse.

However, Frank Thoms and band mates never gave up, following their passion for metal, which results in 10 powerful metal records. “The Mastery” is the eleventh strike and I can tell you that it’s a powerful one. After some line-up changes in 2008 and 2014 Accuser found back to some stability which benefited already the 2016 release “The Forlorn Divide”. The predecessor of “The Mastery” featured excellent thrash metal anthems and so does the new record.

Ten new tracks bring back an oldschool vibe. Thrash metal with a brutal groove is what the album is about. From the forceful opener “Mission: Missile” via the Slayer-reminding “The Real World” to the 8 minutes title track Accuser accomplished a successful endeavour. The new longplayer offers excellent thrash metal pearls that bring back the 80’s vibe with a fresh and modern expression. More than once I had to think about the early Slayer-days while listening to the album, but also Testament can be seen as a reference for “The Mastery”. The record contains thrash metal that’s rooted in the 80’s without being old-fashioned. Forceful and unbound modern thrash metal needs to sound like each of the 10 songs on this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mission: Missile
  2. The Real World
  3. Solace in Sorrow
  4. Time for Silence
  5. My Skin
  6. Catacombs
  7. Mourning
  8. Ruthless
  9. Into the Black
  10. The Mastery

 

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS "The Age Of Absurdity"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Phil Campbell, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Nuclear Blast

CD review PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS "The Age Of Absurdity"

(8/10) After the sad and painful ending of Motörhead three years ago, guitarist Phil Campbell had to look into new fields of activity. His passion for hard rocking music is unbridled and didn‘t end in 2015. Therefor a new outlet for riffs and mighty guitar sounds was very much needed.

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons is the band that is the new darling of the former Motörhead guitarist. Next to Campbell himself the line-up is almost a family business, consisting out of his three sons (Todd, Dane and Tyla) plus singer Neil Starr. After having published a first EP some months ago the quintet releases the debut as we speak, an album that is fuelled by thrilling hardrockers that are a real treat for your ears.

11 songs and a 41 minutes running time include everything dirty rock‘n‘roll music needs as a feature. My personal highlight is the fast „Gypsy Kiss“ that reminds of Motörhead‘s „R.A.M.O.N.E.S.“. This tune hits bull’s eye by showing the pure power of rock‘n‘roll.

Even though „Gypsy Kiss“ is a real hit on the album, it‘s the density of good music that makes “The Age of Absurdity” to a pleasureful way of spending some time. The grooving „Stepping in Fire“ is cool stuff as well as the catchy „Freak Show“. A song that‘s also worth to listen to is the closer „Into the Dark“. It brings back a bit of Dio when it comes to bass and drums.

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons’ “The Age of Absurdity” is a brilliant debut that benefits of an experienced father and juvenile wildness. Rock music can‘t sound much better than what you get offered with this terrific longplayer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ringleader
  2. Freak Show
  3. Skin And Bones
  4. Gypsy Kiss
  5. Welcome To Hell
  6. Dark Days
  7. Dropping The Needle
  8. Step Into The Fire
  9. Get On Your Knees
  10. High Rule
  11. Into The Dark

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review SAXON" Thunderbolt"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Heavy Metal, Thunderbolt, NWoBHM, Silver Lining Music, Power Metal, CD Review, News

CD review SAXON" Thunderbolt"

(9/10) It’s next year when British metal pioneers Saxon will celebrate their 40th anniversary. It means a lot to be in business for such a long time. To be such a stable factor demands passion and quality, both key-characteristics of the British quintet. With the exception of some tougher years in the 90’s, Biff Byford, Paul Quinn and bandmates always delivered excellent metal records, featuring classics that went right into the DNA of metal music.

Now, in 2018, Saxon will ship their newest longplayer to the record stores. If you expect something totally new you should stop reading right here and now because Saxon stays true to themselves. The five guys found their sound and their signature, all coming back on the new longplayer entitled “Thunderbolt”.

The record might not be a bolt out of the blue but it carries the energy of thunder and lighting. Eleven new songs with a total running time of 47 minutes provide metal fans with terrific traditional metal. ‘Traditional’ in this context doesn’t stand for dusted and old-fashioned. Saxon’s newest strike sounds fresh and vital featuring heavy metal tracks reminding of the glorious NWoBHM era.

I can recommend to listen to tunes like the great title track, the uptempo “They Played Rock and Roll” and “Speed Merchants” with its roaring guitars. Also “Sons of Odin” is worth more than one loop. The song comes with a slower pace and an awesome bassline, adding an enormous groove to this highlight.

Now I mentioned some songs, but actually it’s the entire longplayer that stands as a rock and even the more complex “Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)” grows over time.

It goes without saying that the sound of “Thunderbolt” is beyond all doubts. Andy Sneap was once again at the helm, giving Saxon’s 22nd album the power and appeal needed to let each of these eleven pearls shine bright, meaning sound good.

Saxon proves that age and metal don’t have any correlation. Even after four decades the quintet is still hungry for good heavy metal which is probably the most crucial factor for this great longplayer. Saxon are still in a ‘power and the glory’ mood with “Thunderbolt” being an album that will be a delight for every metalhead.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Olympus Rising
  2. Thunderbolt
  3. The Secret of Flight
  4. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  5. They Played Rock and Roll
  6. Predator
  7. Sons of Odin
  8. Sniper
  9. A Wizard’s Tale
  10. Speed Merchants
  11. Roadie’s Song

 

Label: Silver Lining Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review MACHINE HEAD "Catharsis"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Machine Head, Thrash Metal, Modern Metal, News, CD Review, Catharsis, Nuclear Blast, Nu Metal

CD review MACHINE HEAD "Catharsis"

(8/10) The 90's were a tough decade for metal bands. However, some metal outfits gained momentum even in a time when nu metal and grunge stood in the spotlight. Vio-lence from San Francisco was one of these band with the sophomore release "Oppressing the Masses" belonging to my personal faves when it comes to thrash metal. Guitarist Robb Flynn played a crucial role in this five-piece band from California. Unfortunately Vio-lence never made it to the top, followed by a split some years later.

But the ending of one thing also means the beginning of something new. Robb Flynn started Machine Head and found with Logan Mader, Adam Duce and Chris Kontos three excellent musicians, all together recording the debut "Burn My Eyes". The album is a milestone in thrash metal with classics like "Davidian" and "Old" being brutal and timeless metal tracks. The sophomore longplayer "The More Things Change..." featured with songs like "Ten Ton Hammer" more cornerstones, followed by "The Burning Red" and "Supercharger", which couldn't live up to the quality of first two terrific albums.

Machine Head belongs to the group of bands that never stands still. For the good or the bad there's a constant evolvement embedded which led to an impressive return with "The Blackening" and "Unto the Locust". Since Robb Flynn and bandmates never stood still it's also not very surprising that the new album, "Catharsis" comes with some new twists.

Machine Head fans us quite a curve-ball when it comes to their ninth studio record. Robb Flynn and bandmates sound more modern on the new album as well as "Catharsis" became more melodic than what was to expect. The album sounds still hard and heavy, including the mighty Machine Head riffing, but the quartet also moved away from brutal thrash by adding more modern metal references to the total of 15 songs.

"Volatile" is the starting point of this metal adventure and it's a brutal one in the verse. The chorus adds more melody with the aggressiveness still being the anchor point for every note of this opener.

The title song is next. It starts and ends atmospheric with a catchy chorus that I can't remember having heard from Machine Head. It's these songs that are challenging for Machine Head fans from the early days, but it also shows the musical freedom Flynn and Co. have chosen as an approach for this longplayer.

One of the best tunes on the album is "Triple Beam". Mighty and ferocious riffing is the base and it's a brutal groove that comes back in the chorus. Also this tune is different than what we heard of the band over the last years but it has the potential of becoming a live highlight. New and different doesn't mean bad, that's what the song proves.

"Catharsis" has more shades of sounds. The half-acoustic "Bastards" is one of them, a track that is more rock than metal. The other calmer moment on the album is entitled "Behind a Mask", a ballad that reminded me of "Room with a View" from Death Angel. Unusual, surprising and 'why not'.

After these side -tracks brutality returns with "Heavy Lies the Crown" and the freaky "Grind You Down".

Machine Head combines their thrash metal roots with some modern metal sounds, known from bands like Slipknot and Korn. I must say that the new studio album still sounds heavy and powerful. It's also still Machine Head, but it's different too and might not live-up to expectation while having earlier releases in mind. "Catharsis" is a disc that showcases a band that is on an journey of evolvement - final destination to a certain extend uncertain.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Volatile
  2. Catharsis
  3. Beyond the Pale
  4. California Bleeding
  5. Triple Beam
  6. Kaleidoscope
  7. Bastards
  8. Hope Begets Hope
  9. Screaming at the Sun
  10. Behind a Mask
  11. Heavy Lies the Crown
  12. Psychotic
  13. Grind You Down
  14. Razorblade Smile
  15. Eulogy

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4" EP

Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4, Nick Oliveri, Stoner Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Punkrock, CD Review, News

CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4" EP

(5/10) OK, I think we can keep this one pretty short since it is part four of Nick Oliveri’s release series of cover songs. Like with the earlier records also this one comes with tracks that are a matter of heart for Oliveri. So far so good and actually the idea is great. Each of the longplayers features songs that never reached a wider audience and to re-energize them in such a way is cool.

Also this time Oliveri went for tunes that are somewhere between stoner, punk and garage rock. The sound is raw and basic without any reason for complaints. Songs like “Hanging Low” and “Suzy is a Headbanger” need this unpolished expression, adding liveliness to the entire album.

Main point of critic in the last review though was the fact that I have no idea why it took four records to publish these songs. One records with 45 minutes would have done the job too more than well. So, this time you get another 8 songs with a running time of 19 minutes for the price of a full-length release. If you see this as a rip-off or if you don’t care about it is something everybody needs to decide for his/her own, but for sure it’s little quantity and an average quality that is quite costly.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Walk On
  2. Identify, Isolate, Manipulate
  3. Endless Vacation
  4. Hanging Low
  5. Fuck You Up and Get High
  6. Super Hero
  7. Don’t Believe
  8. Suzy is a Headbanger

 

Label: Heavy Psych

Genre: Stoner /(Punk) Rock

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review TRIBULATION "Down Below"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Tribulation, Death Metal, Gothic, Goth Metal, CD Review, News, Century Media, Rock, Dark Metal

CD review TRIBULATION "Down Below"

(8/10) Tribulation is hailing from Arvia, close to Stockholm. The quartet was founded 14 years ago as a death metal outfit before the Swedes evolved their music. Over time Tribulation added more and more gloomy gothic elements to their sound, something that made them more unique and opened the band for new fans. The third album, "The Children of the Night", was the first one for Century Media, which gave the guys a new platform and was a milestone when it comes to the band's offer.

Now, in 2018, the quartet releases the highly anticipated new longplayer, entitled "Down Below" and Tribulation invested time into songwriting and production of the new longplayer. Three years after "The Children of the Night" escaped from darkness it's the new longplayer that shows a continuation of evolvement. Fans from the very beginning might have a problem with this development since the Transylvanian goth approach is still a crucial gloomy element of Tribulation's sound.

"Down Below" comprises of nine new songs and starts acoustic. A calm moment introduces “The Lament” before the song evolves to a dark goth metal tune that sounds like a raw version of Fields Of The Nephilim. “Nightbound” has a similar approach, followed by “Lady Death”, which is a spot-on three minutes long anthem that showcases Tribulation’s sound being boiled down to its essence.

In order to break the pattern Tribulation adds an acoustic interlude entitled “Purgatorio” to the tracklist. The atmospheric instrumental is a welcomed moment of repose before “Cries from the World” kicks in with a dark vibe and excellent guitar work.

“Lacrimosa” means a shift in speed. The tune belongs to the uptempo ones on the album and creates a great counterpart to the gloomy “The World”, which is next in line.

With “Here Be Dragons” the end of this fantastic longplayer is near. Riffs and piano parts stand for a well-done start before the tune builds up to a sinister death rocker with some filigree solo sections. The song summarizes all you have listened to earlier on this album in a perfect way, acting as the Grand Finale of this terrific longplayer.

This longplayer is a completely rounded piece of work. Music, sound, done at Soundtrade Studios and Studio Cobra, and artwork fit together more than well. "Down Below" is the soundtrack for a Carpathian horror show, a record you definitely have to check out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Lament
  2. Nightbound
  3. Lady Death
  4. Subterranea
  5. Purgatorio
  6. Cries from the Underworld
  7. Lacrimosa
  8. The World
  9. Here Be Dragons

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Dark/Goth Metal

Release Date FY: January 26th, 2018

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CD review DEADHEADS "This One Goes to 11"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Deadheads, This One Goes to 11, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Vintage, Rock, High Roller Records, CD Review, News

CD review DEADHEADS "This One Goes to 11"

(8/10) Deadheads, hailing from Gothenburg, worked on their crucial third longplayer entitled “This One Goes to 11”. The result of all this work and effort can be listened to end of January.

After the highly acclaimed first two records ,Deadheads pick it up where they ended with “Loaded”. Inspired by bands like The Hellacopters and Gluecifer the quartet celebrates the beauty of hardrock on their newest accomplishment.

The entry point to this longplayer is fast and dirty. “Black out” is an uptempo rock’n’roller without any frills. It’s a song that doesn’t take any prisoners and is spot-on.

Deadheads reduce their pace slightly with “Don’t Mind the Ghost” before the grooving “Somebody Along the Way” fires again on all cylinders.

In case you don’t like Mondays you should check-out “Manic Mondays”. This song is a true wake-up call that shakes you up. After all these powerful tunes it’s time for some recovery. “Too Lost to be Found” is the soundtrack for chilling out. Kept in a moderate pace the tune is a classic rock corner piece on the album that fits very well into the flow and it’s with 5 minutes also the longest track on the album.

The second half of the disc starts with the unpolished “The Plan” before Deadheads go ahead with a raw rocker entitled “Instant Control”. One of the best tunes on this record is “2 Steps Before the Fall”. The melody, the riff and the pushing rhythm section of this vintage rocker adds a lot of excitement to the song and the record.

“This One Goes to 11” means eleven song and we reach the last quarter of this crispy release. “Lucifer” and “My Time” keep up the high level of quality before “Status Low” acts as a strong bouncer.

This longplayer is a pleasure for fans of dirty rock’n’roll. Deadheads don’t care that much about trends. These guys solely follow their heart and passion for excellent music done with a down-to-earth approach and a kick-ass attitude.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Out
  2. Don’t Mind the Ghost
  3. Somebody Along the Way
  4. Manic Monday
  5. Too Lost to be Found
  6. The Plan
  7. Instant Control
  8. 2 Steps Before the Fall
  9. Lucifer
  10. My Time
  11. Status Low

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review MAMMOTH GRINDER "Cosmic Crypt"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Mammoth Grinder, Cosimc Crypt, Relapse Records, Grind, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review

CD review MAMMOTH GRINDER "Cosmic Crypt"

(7/10) Mammoth Grinder's first era began in 2006 and with the band being formed by members of Power Trip, Iron Reagan and Darkest Hour. Three albums have been the result of Mammoth Grinder's work before than band went on a hiatus in 2014. 

The trio celebrates a comeback in 2018 with a renewed line-up. The only remaining founding member is frontman Chris Ulsh while the new players are Ryan Parrish (d) and Mark Bronzino (g). 

The three-piece band worked on a new longplayer, being number four in Mammoth Grinder's discography. In total the longplayer features eleven song with the title track "Cosmic Crypt" having been release already in 2014 on a demo, having the same title.

"Cosmic Crypt" is a death metal album that showcases anarchic death metal. The credo of Mammoth Grinder isn't to go for filigree songs with many twists and turns. It's the opposite. The tunes are kept rather simple and fierce. The trio combines on their newest album the harshness of death metal with the lawlessness of punk, a good mix I must say.

The album comes with a great sound, done by Chris Pierce (Recording) and Arthur Rizk (Mix) while the mastering as done by no less than Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust. 

"Cosmic Crypt" is a well-crafted death metal record that contains a lot of firepower and is worth to be checked out.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Grimmenstein
  2. Servants of the Most High
  3. Blazing Burst
  4. Divine Loss
  5. Molotov
  6. Superios Firepower
  7. Human is Obsolete
  8. Locusts Nest
  9. Mysticism
  10. Rotting Robes
  11. Cosmic Crypt

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

 

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CD review GENOCIDE PACT "Order of Torment"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Genocide Pact, Relapse Records, New, Order of Torment, Death Metal, Doom Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review

CD review GENOCIDE PACT "Order of Torment"

(7/10) Genocide Pact, hailing from Washington DC, are a rather new band. Founded in 2013, the band released their debut "Forged Through Domination" in 2015. Three years later it's high time to come with a new album and here it is. 

The sophomore longplayer "Order by Torment" will be shipped to the record stores on February 2nd, featuring eight new death metal anthems. The length of these tunes already states that Genocide Pact aren't solely fans of speed and high pace. At least half of the songs crosses the 5 minutes line, leading to a total running time of intense 40 minutes.

If you want to get and idea about how Genocide Pact sounds like you can take "Decimation Grid" as a good example. It's the shifts from uptempo to slo-mo parts that characterizes the album in a good way. Faster moments are followed by doom death sections in which the band reduces tempo a lot. This gives space for ferocious riffs and an extremely powerful groove. On top of this there are deep growls by frontman Tim, adding additional sinisterness to the album.

"Order of Torment" might not be a revolution in death metal. The album is more of a well-executed death metal release that is loud, noisy, brutal and evil. Horns up.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Conquered and Disposed
  2. Decimation Grid
  3. Spawn of Suffering
  4. Pain Reprisal
  5. Ascendancy Absolved
  6. Structural Dissolution
  7. Authoritarian Impulse
  8. Blood Rejection

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review TURBONEGRO "Rock'n'Roll Machine"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Turbonegro, Rock'n'Roll Machine, CD Review, News, Rock, Punkrock, Hardrock, Alternative Metal

CD review TURBONEGRO "Rock'n'Roll Machine"

(8/10) Turn the key and start the rock’n’roll engine delivered by no less than rock pioneers Turbonegro.

Five long years after the latest longplayer saw the light of day, it’s “Rock’n’Roll Machine” that brings the Norwegian denim rockers back to the scene, delighting the Turbojugend with eleven new songs that represent the essential power of rock’n’roll.

Next to the end of a five years wait for new songs, “Rock’n’Roll Machine” will be released twenty years after the highly acclaimed “Apocalyptic Dudes” longplayer hit the record stores. However, all these years are numbers in time and what really counts are the songs that made it on the tracklist. Does the 'rock'n'roll machine' have enough horsepower? The answer is a clear 'Yes'.

80’s keyboard sounds kick-off the album, being an intro entitled “The Rock And Roll Suite Part I: Chrome Ozone Creation”. Part II of this trilogy follows the two minutes long intro. “Part II: Well Hello” is the opposite to what you have listened to so far. It’s a punkrocker per excellence, not taking prisoners. This tune is a real energizer and regardless how good or bad your day was so far, this song brings light into darkness. After such a blast it’s part III that marks the final chapter, not of the the album but of the ‘rock’n’roll machine’ trilogy. “Part III: Rock’n’Roll Machine” could be almost seen as a homage to Australian rock pioneers AC/DC. Especially the riffing reminds more than once of the Angus & Co. and also the ‘hoi’-parts in the chorus could come directly from Down Under.

Things get faster again with “Hurry Up & Die” before “Fist City” is the next dirty rock’n’roller that shakes you up. The keyboard fanfare comes back in “Skinhead Rock’n’Roll”, a moderate paced song with an extremely catchy expression.

“Rock’n’Roll Machine” doesn’t features any bad song. The entire album is a pleasurable way to spend 39 minutes of your valuable lifetime. “Hot For Nietzsche” and “On the Rag” are well-done songs and also the grooving "John Carpenter Powder Ballad” isn’t an exeption.

“Rock’n’Roll Machine” is what the title predicts. It’s pure rock’n’roll that’s catchy and powerful including the risk of getting addicted to the album. Once you heard “Rock’n’Roll Machine” for the first time, you can’t let loose anymore and many more loops will follow.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. The Rock And Roll Suite Part I: Chrome Ozone Creation

2. Part II: Well Hello

3. Part III: RockNRoll Machine

4. Hurry Up & Die

5. Fist City

6. Skinhead Rock & Roll

7. Hot For Nietzsche

8. On The Rag

9. Let The Punishment Fit The Behind

10. John Carpenter Powder Ballad

11. Special Education

 

Label: Burger Records-Redeye

Genre: Turbonegro Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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