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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

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CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, Relapse Records, News, Hardcore, Crossover, Punk, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, CD Review

CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

(7/10) Relapse Records has a split release in the pipeline that sees the light of day beginning of March. Crossover thrashers Iron Reagan share an album with death metal powerhouse Gatecreeper. The latter added three songs to the total while Iron Reagan is present with five new tracks.

Things start with Iron Reagan, honoring again the glorious days of crossover thrash, times when bands like Nuclear Assault and D.R.I. had their peak moments. The quintet didn’t accept any compromises in the past and also the new songs follow this merciless approach. Iron Reagan is pushing the pedal to the metal which ends up in extremely speedy smashers such as „Warning“ or the 43 seconds blast „Proudly Unaccountable“. The only moment of moderate pace is „Take the Fall". Not that it's of extremely different tempo but it’s build on a slightly slower pace which brings a great groove more to forefront. Not a too bad thing, I must say.

After such a speed attack, Iron Reagan hand over to Gatecreeper. All of a sudden you're confronted by a totally different sound construct and thankfully there is an intro entitled „Daybreak" that prepares you for a death metal ride. Gatecreeper is specialized for oldschool death metal that reminds of bands like Obituary. It’s not that you’re paralyzed by new things after you listened to „Dead Inside“ and „War Has Begun“. Gatecreeper’s mission isn’t to redefine death metal. They build their songs on roots that lead back to Tampa in the eighties. However, what Gatecreeper brings to the table is still great music and listening to the songs is a pleasure without any suffering.

This split CD is a good way of checking out two bands of Relapse Records rich portfolio of metal outfits that you maybe would have missed otherwise.

 

(7/10)

Tracklist:

Iron Reagan

  1. Warning
  2. Paper Shredder
  3. Take the Fall
  4. Proudly Unaccountable
  5. Burn For This

Gatecreeper

  1. Daybreak (Intro)
  2. Dead Inside
  3. War Has Begun

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal / Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review SACRED LEATHER "Ultimate Force"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Sacred Leather, Ultimate Force, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Cruz Del Sur, CD Review, News, NWoBHM

CD review SACRED LEATHER "Ultimate Force"

(8/10) Sacred Leather hails from Indianapolis, Indiana and is a metal powerhouse that was formed some years ago. A can’t tell you the exact date, but the first release dates back to 2014 when a single entitled “Hunger in the Night” hit the scene. Since then some singles followed and even before a debut album was released the guys published a live album.

With all this work done the time was right for a full-length album – Sacred Leathers debut. The quintet inked a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music and I must say that the guys fit very well in the label’s portfolio.

Sacred Leather plays heavy metal, in the best sense of the word. “Ultimate Force” comes with seven old-school metal tracks that will be loved by headbangers with a passion for vintage metal. Scared leather fires on all cylinders when it comes to “Ultimate Force”. What characterizes the sound of this five-piece band from Indiana are excellent riff attacks, razorblade sharp solos and a heavy pounding rhythm section, all enriched by the well-done vocals by Dee Wrathchild. This guys is a real metal siren that reminds of Rob Halford and eve the mighty Kind Diamond I had to think of once.

Next to great musical skills also the songwriting lives up to high standards. Sacred Leather doesn’t stick to a cookie-cutter approach. They five guys use the entire freedom traditional heavy metal provides. Short and uptempo tracks like the title track are also part of Sacred Leather’s offer as well as epical metal compositions a la “The Lost Destructor / Priest of the Undoer”. The latter is the closer of this album and is with almost ten minutes the longest song on the album. “The Lost Destructor / Priest of the Undoer” is covering everything you can expect from such an album. A mystical beginning with a pumping bassline introduces the listener to a metal treat that goes back to the roots of powerful metal.

I wonder why the world had to wait so long for Sacred Leather’s debut. However, now it’s ready to rock and I can strongly recommend this lively longplayer. These guys have metal in the veins and passion in their hearts.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ultimate Force
  2. Watcher
  3. Power Thrust
  4. Dream Searcher
  5. Master is Calling
  6. Prowling Sinner
  7. The Lost Destructor / Priest of the Undoer

 

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review OLD MOTHER HELL "Old Mother Hell"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Old Mother Hell, Cruz Del Sur, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Epic Metal, News, CD Review

CD review OLD MOTHER HELL "Old Mother Hell"

(8/10) Old Mother Hell? Never heard of them earlier and maybe it‘s the same on your side. Therefor let’s have a quick look into who these guys are.

Old Mother Hell is a trio, hailing from Mannheim, Germany. The band was founded in 2015 and formed from the ashes of another thrash band called Hatchery.

„Another War“ kicks off the album and it's built on a slower pace. Mystic and heavy are attributes of this metal anthem. Along the way things gain heaviness and I was reminded of W.A.S.P during the „The Crimson Idol“ days. It‘s the song itself that leads to such comparison but it is also singer Ronald Senft who sounds very similar to Blackie in the late eighties.

„Mountains“ is next and as the title promises, it's mighty one. The start is slow and doomy before a break changes things. Old Mother Hell shifts gears and things become much faster. „Narcotic Overthrow“ follows a similar pattern, showing the bands inspiration, which comes from the NWoBHM as well as epic metal bands.

„Howling Wolves“ fires on all cylinders and cherishes the NWoBHM days with guitar leads and solos. With „Kneel to No God“ things come already closer to an end with the finish line being entitled „Old Mother Hell“. The song is an eight minutes anthem that delivers excellent traditional metal. Some tempo-changes and twists add excitement to this tune that is a well-chosen closing of an unexpectedly good longplayer.

Power metal fans, epic metal enthusiasts ...basically any traditional metal passionista should check out this album. Good stuff for headbangers

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Another War
  2. Mountain
  3. Narcotic Overthrow
  4. Howling Wolves
  5. Kneel to No God
  6. Old Mother Hell

 

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review VELVET VIPER "Respice Finem"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Velvet Viper, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Respice Finem

CD review VELVET VIPER "Respice Finem"

(7/10) The older ones of you are still familiar with the name of Jutta Weinhold. The charismatic singer was the founder of Zed Yago, a German metal outfit that had huge success in the 80's with their debut From Over Yonder". The sophomore record "Pilgrimage" wasn't a bad album either, followed by Weinholz leaving the band in 1990.

What came nexy were years in metal that never brought back the success of the earlier Zed Yago, neither for the new line-up of Zed Yago, nor for Weinhold and her newly founded metal outfit Velvet Viper. Two records, that's the discography of Velvet Viper and it it was the 1992 release "The 4th Quest for Fantasy" that closed a chapter ... at least till now.

Out of nowhere Velvert Viper is back with a new line-up and a new album. Next to Weinhold, the constant factor, it's Fabian Ranft (b), Holger Marx (g) and Micha Fromm (d) who are part of Velvet Viper.

As you expect, "Respice Finem" features dramatic metal songs that I would describe as melodic power metal. The uniqueness of Velvet Viper is without any doubt Weinhold's voice which belongs to the most iconic ones in metal. It's amazing that she could maintain this voice over more than forty years. What you get to hear on "Respice Finem" might not be as good as the first Zed Yago album but it's still quite good music that's rooted in traditional metal.

The album might loses a bit of power towards the end, but songs like "Don't Leave Before Wintertime", "Shadow Ryche" and the uptempo "Fraternize With Rats" are excellent power metal songs. However,  also the second half has its moments. The slowly crawling "Stormy Birth" is one of those while "Law of Rock" is another one. 

"Respice Finem" is a good metal record that brings Jutta Weinhold's excellent voice back into metal. Welcome back.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Don't Leave Before Wintertime
  2. Shadow Ryche
  3. Respice Finem
  4. Fraternize With Rats
  5. Eternall Onwards
  6. Ogaydez
  7. Dangerous
  8. Raven Evermore
  9. Stormy Birth
  10. Law of Rock
  11. Loherangrin - Lohengrin

 

Label: GMR Music Group

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

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CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Cradle Of Filth, Moonspell, News, Live, Tour, Dark Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Patronaat Haarlem

CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Cradle Of Filth and Moonspell played the Patronaat in Haarlem, The Netherlands early February and here are some photos of this excellent show.

Cradle Of Filth, Haarlem, 02.02.2018
Moonspell, Patronaat, Haarlem,02.02.2018
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CD review CORELEONI "The Greatest Hits Pt.1"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Coreleoni, Gotthard, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock

CD review CORELEONI "The Greatest Hits Pt.1"

(*/10) Swiss rock outfit Gotthard belongs to the spearhead of European hardrock, celebrating big success with longplayers that went right into the charts. While step by step gaining a lot of new fans, Gotthard’s sound also shifted in parallel more towards very melodic rock music that also includes a certain pop appeal. What falls into oblivion is the fact that Gotthard’s start was a very rocking one with a debut that still belongs to my personal favorites. Simply entitled “Gotthard”, the album contains songs that are rooted in classic rock with bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow having been inspiration for starting this powerful rock outfit.

And since rock music was and is the passion of Gotthard co-founder Leo Leoni (he started the band together with Steve Lee who died in a motorcycle accident in 2010) the guitarist always wanted to go back to this powerful sound that was captured on the debut and the sophomore album, entitled “Dial Hard”.

Last year “Gotthard” had its 25th anniversary, a good reason to realize an idea, Leoni had since quite some years. Celebrating not only the debut album but also the hard rocking appeal of the first three discs led to CoreLeoni.

“The Greatest Hits Part 1” was born and it features songs from the first three Gotthard records. Each of the tunes has been newly recorded and went through some refreshment. In general I can say that the album has a rougher expression and comes with a few more edges than what we have heard on the latest Gotthard releases. Not only due to songs like “Firedance “ and “Downtown” the album sounds more down-to-earth. It’s the rock’n’roll vibe that’s embedded in each of the re-recorded numbers , adding some rock power. In addition it’s the voice of shooting start Ronnie Romero that gives each of the tunes on this compilation a special feel. This man has an excellent voice, which we know already from Lords Of Black and Rainbow, providing some roughness to these early Gotthard classics.

Next to the known Gotthard smashers also one new track made it on this compilation. “Walk on Water” is an exciting hardrocker that fits perfectly into the context of this “Best of…” release.

“The Greatest Hits Part 1” is a well-crafted album that goes back to the roots of Gotthard and it leaves some open questions about what’s next. Is this release a one-time thing and what’s the effect of CoreLeoni on Gotthard? Future will provide us with answers and in the meantime I would say: Let’s enjoy these re-done rock classic on “The Greatest Hits Part 1”.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist: 

  1. Love Theme From "The Godfather"Firedance
  2. Downtown
  3. Higher
  4. Get It While You Can
  5. In The Name
  6. Let It Be
  7. All I Care For
  8. Walk On Water
  9. Here Comes The Heat
  10. Tell No Lies
  11. Ride On
  12. Anytime Anywhere
  13. El Traidor (Bonus Track – CD edition only)

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review DUKES OF THE ORIENT "Dukes of the Orient"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Dukes Of The Orient, Asia, AOR, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Frontiers Music

CD review DUKES OF THE ORIENT "Dukes of the Orient"

(8/10) Very often it’s the pairing of singer and guitarist that leads to a new band or project. Here things are slightly different since Duke Of The Orient is the banner for a collaboration of singer and keyboarder.

Vocalist John Payne, known from his time with Asia and GPR, teamed-up with American keyboarder Eric Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane) to work on a debut album entitled “Dukes of the Orient”.

The starting point of Dukes Of The Orient is the year 2007 as “Asia Featuring John Payne”. The band continued even though keyboarder Geoff Downes left and transformed into Dukes Of The Orient over time.

With such a history in mind you can guess what kind of sound to expect from this debut. Indeed, it’s an excellent ‘Asia album’ that Asia never wrote. “Dukes of the Orient” is full of lush melodies and catchy harmonies, both based on dominant keyboards and excellent vocals by Payne.

This longplayer revitalises the ‘Asia-sound’ of the eighties with superb songs that will be a delight for AOR fans and rock fans that are fascinated by records such as “Asia” and “Aqua”.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Brothers in Arms
  2. Strange Days
  3. Amor Vincit Omnia
  4. Time Waits For No One
  5. A Sorrow’s Crown
  6. Fourth of July
  7. Seasons Will Change
  8. Give Another Reason

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT "A Deeper Cut"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in The Temperance Movement, A Deeper Cut, News, Blues, Hardrock, Rock, Earache Records

CD review THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT "A Deeper Cut"

(9/10) The Temperance Movement is a British rock outfit that was founded in 2011 by singer Phil Campbell, guitarist Luke Potashnik and Paul Sayer. The band faced a stellar ascent and it was the debut that went right into the top 12 of the UK charts. The outfit, that's line-up in the meantime doesn’t include Potashnick anymore, could extend their winning streak with „White Bear“, the sophomore album, and two years later it’s the crucial third longplayer „A Deeper Cut“ that should consolidate the bands position in rock.

„A Deeper Cut“ starts very rhythm-based with „Caught in the Middle“. The excellently done tune provides immediate freshness and shows a great dynamic. With the next two tracks The Temperance Movement shows again their hard rocking side before things slow down with the title track. „A Deeper Cut“ is an emotional ballad that carries a lot of melancholy. Next to the title track there‘s with „Children“ another highly emotional song on the album followed by the awesome half-acoustic „There‘s Still Time“; one of the best songs on this record.

Some gentle tones take over again at the end of this longplayer. The last song, „The Wonder We‘ve Seen“, is calmer tune that’s build on a lot of feel, showing again the emotional depth the band weaves into each of there songs.

„A Deeper Cut“ is one of the best rock albums in 2018, at least so far. This album will most probably end up in the top 5 rock records this year. Good stuff for ears,soul and mind.

 

(9/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Caught in the Middle
  2. Built in Forgetter
  3. Love and Devotion
  4. A Deeper Cut
  5. Backwater Zoo
  6. Another Spiral
  7. Beast Nation
  8. The Way it Was and The Way it is Now
  9. Higher Than the Sun
  10. Children
  11. There's Still Time
  12. The Wonder We've Seen

 

Label: Earache Records

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: February 16th, 2018

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CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Tieflader, Alec Scholpp, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Apokalypse jetzt, Spinnup

CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"

(8/10) If you're interested in metal music, and I guess that's what you are since you read Markus' Heavy Music Blog, the name of Alex Scholpp rings a bell. The German guitarist is guitarist of German metal outfit Farmer Boys as well as he worked together with Tarja and last but not least he revealed an EP with a project called Der Elefant some months ago. 

Next to these bands and projects Scholpp is also founding member of Tieflader which he drives together with bassplayer Robert Swoboda since 1999 when the band released a first EP entitled "Hält nicht an für dich". Three additional EP's have followed, including the stellar "Schneller als du denkst". After having been less present for a while, Tieflader released a next EP right before Christmas last year.

The title track of this disc kicks it off. „Appkalypse jetzt“ feels like a time warp back into a time when Pantera released „A Vulgar Display of Power“. This tune is an excellent riff assault. Brutal and powerful the track‘s like a wrecking ball that smashed everything to pieces.

A thunderstorm introduces „Gib mir deine Hand“. The aggressiveness stays, the pace is reduced. The tune has an oppressive vibe and sounds like background music that accompanies your evil nightmares.

‚Devil-may-care‘ is what the grooving „Sintflut“ is about, followed by the slow and sinister „Dunkelblau“. Things come to an end with „F.D.I.K.“, another blast where excellent guitar work, aggressive vocals and a merciless rhythm section are combined in a great way.

Tieflader adds with „Apocalypse jetzt“ another well-crafted EP to their discography. Thumbs up. The Tieflader started the engine for a next apocalyptic road trip and this EP is the soundtrack.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Apokalypse jetzt
  2. Gib mir die Hand
  3. Sintflut
  4. Dunkelblau
  5. F.D.I.K.

 

Label: Spinnup

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: December 15th, 2017

CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"
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CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Deströyer 666, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Call of the Wild, Season Of Mist

CD review DESTRÖYER "Call of the Wild" EP

(8/10) Metal horde Deströyer 666 worked on a new and evil EP entitled "Call of the Wild". As the earlier releases also this 4-track disc doesn't contain any compromises nor it features songs that are heading for the mainstream. "Call of the Wild" is a brutal mini-disc that combines thrash-, black- and traditional metal in an excellent way.

"Violence is Golden" is the starting point of this 20 minutes journey through raw and harsh metal. The songs is a true anthem, enriched by melodic leads that remind of the NWoBHM. "Violence is Golden" could become, also based on the excellent chorus, an excellent live song with the potential to turn any venue into a madhouse.

"Stone by Stone" is faster compared to the opener and convinces by its mercilessness before the title track takes you on a next wild ride. The final track on this EP is also the longest one. "Trialed by Fire" is a seven minutes tune that begins gloomy and acoustic. Slowly and step by step the song evolves to a hellish masterpiece that's heavy, brutal and melodic - all in one. Changes between loud and calm characterize a devilish Deströyer 666 hymn that was first published on the 2003 release "Terror Abraxas".

All done right with this EP that perfectly bridges the waiting time until the new album crawls out of hell.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Violence is Golden
  2. Stone by Stone
  3. Call of the Wild
  4. Trialed by Fire

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review THUNDERMOTHER "Thundermother"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Thundermother, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, CD Review, News, Despotz Records

CD review THUNDERMOTHER "Thundermother"

(8/10) Thundermother released their sophomore longplayer "Road Fever" in 2015 and between then and now quite some things happened. It's almost the entire line-up that went through a process of renewal with Guitarist and founder Filippa Nässil being the constant factor. What could have led to the end of Thundermother actually made the outfit even stronger; something Nässil and band clearly state with the third longplayer - simply entitled "Thundermother".

"Thundermother" can be seen as a new start. While sticking to their roots the quartet sounds fresh and dynamic. Each of the songs comes with pure rock'n'roll power, great melodies and a catchiness that never ends up in trivial mainstream. Thundermother put twelve short and crispy rockers on the tracklist of this exquisit longplayer, a disc that makes fun from start to end. There is no need for many loops in order to explore the hidden details of "Thundermother". The sound of this album hits you right into the face and unveils it's rock'n'roll beauty from the very first note played.

More soulful songs, like "Fire in the Rain", are as good as the heavy grooving ones ("The Original Sin"). Thundermother shifts gear when it comes to the uptempo "Racing on Mainstreet" with each tune being built on a solid AC/DC-inspired vibe.

"Thundermother" shows the band being renewed and ready for a next step. The four girls transfer a 70's vibe into the here and now. This album deserves to be played in full blast. Turn up the volume and enjoy.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Revival
  2. Whatever
  3. Survival Song
  4. Racing on Mainstreet
  5. Fire in the Rain
  6. Hanging at My Door
  7. Rip Your Heart Out
  8. The Original Sin
  9. Quitter
  10. We Fight For Rock'n'Roll
  11. Children on the Rampage
  12. Won't Back Down

 

Label: Despotz Records

Genre: Heavy Rock

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Mark of the Necrogram, Necrophobic, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review NECROPHOBIC "Mark of the Necrogram"

(8/10) Swedish metal horde Necrophobic belongs to the pioneers of Swedish death metal with roots going back to the late 80’s. It was in 1989 in Swedens capitol Stockholm when this quintet was formed by David Parland and Joakim Sterner and it was Slayer’s classic "Necrophobic" that inspired the guys when it comes to the naming of the band.

Nearly 30 years later Necrophobic is still preaching dark tales from hell, captured on a new album that is already on its way to the record stores. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the first release in a five years time and follows the 2013 disc „Womb of Lilithu“. The new album is Necrophobic’s eighth release to date and it’s the first one for Century Media. The devilish longplayer comes with a tracklist that comprises of ten titles of which the last one is more of an instrumental outro.

As not expected different this album start fast and furious. No intro, no frills, no mercy. „Mark of the Necrogram“ is a brutal black metal smasher that gives a crystal clear idea of what to expect within the next 48 minutes. „Odium Caecum“  and „Tsar Bomba“ round off a great starting triple, the latter with a cool groove and melodylines that make the track to an approachable anthem in black metal.

Necrophobic pushes the pedal to the metal with „Pesta“ before the gloomy and atmospheric „Requiem For a Dying Sun“ adds a sinister vibe to the total. One of the best tunes on „Mark of the Necrogram“ is the uptempo „Crown of Horns“. The track spreads a vicious catchiness. This hymn puts a spell on you without shifting towards cheesiness or being close to sell-out. It just catches the listeners attention esp. in the verse and doesn‘t let loose anymore.     

This devilish metal record finds an end with „Untergången“. Like mentioned earlier, it's less of a song. It‘s more an atmospheric instrumental that can be seen as an almost three minutes long outro with an oppressive vibe.

Fans of traditional Swedish black metal should call this album their own. Necrophobic builds on their experience and created an album that spreads an unholy fascination of evil.

 

(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Mark of the Necrogram
  2. Odium Caecum
  3. Tsar Bomba
  4. Lamashtu
  5. Sacroanct
  6. Pesta
  7. Requiem For a Dying Sun
  8. Crown of Horns
  9. From the Great Above to the Great Below
  10. Undergången

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: January 23rd, 2018

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CD review WILSON & WAKEMAN "The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Damian Wilson, Adam Wakeman, Wilson & Wakeman, The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour, Rock, Acoustic, News, Blacklake, CD Review

CD review WILSON & WAKEMAN "The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour"

(9/10) For the second time Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman combines forces for releasing a new longplayer. "The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour" will be published on February 16th this year and feature ten new songs of this extraordinary duo. 

One of the main ingredients for this brilliant album is Damian Wilson's outstanding voice that shows to advantage with this kind of gentle rock music. The singer and guitarist has an great sense for enriching the soulful songs on the album with his voice that is soft when needed while always powerful and emotional. 

Next to Wilson it's the Adam Wakeman's piano that gives the album its special expression and soul. It's this combination that sparks excitement while listening to great tunes such as "Better Than That", the sensitive "Red Socks", the rocking "The Last American Hero" and the title track, a song that would perfectly fit into a piano bar environment.

"The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour" is an acoustic rock album that stands out. The album reflects musical expertise combined with a lot of feel and emotions. This album is the counterpart for hectic daily life and it's a treat for soul and mind. It's an oasis of calmness that's simply beautiful. Check it out.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Last American Hero
  2. On This Battlefield
  3. Always the Lonely One
  4. Blackpool Clip Joint Racket
  5. Laugh in Time
  6. Better Than That
  7. RedSocks
  8. Shining a Light on a Miracle
  9. Tried and Tested
  10. The Sun Will Dance in its Twilight Hour

 

Label: Blacklake

Genre: Acoustic Rock

Release Date EU: February 16th, 2018

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