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CD review ACCEPT "The Rise of Chaos"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Accept, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review ACCEPT "The Rise of Chaos"

(9/10) German metal dinosaurs Accept are far away from getting rusty, with band leader Wolf Hoffmann and his fellow band colleagues actually being extremely busy over the last years. After many years of in a hiatus the band returned in 2009 with a new singer and a very welcomed new longplayer. Mark Tornillo, known from his days with legendary TT Quick, took over vocals and it was his voice that fitted in a perfect manner to the Accept's powerful metal known from past and present. "Blood of the Nations" was the first studio album of this renewed line-up, a record that ended a 14 years lasting period of basically no new songs from Accept.

The success of the comeback record, together with a successful tour, created a big appetite for more. Band and fans were highly enthusiastic which led to a successor called "Stalingrad" in 2012, followed another two years later by "Blind Rage". In order to make hay when the sun is shining the band continued working on new material which will get out of the gates in beginning of August.

"The Rise of Chaos" is the title of Accept's fifteenth studio album and it features ten new songs. This release builds on some of the bands typical trademarks, with some other things being a bit different this time. Let's start with the latter. "The Rise of Chaos" is the first longplayer that includes Uwe Lullis, the new guitarist who replaces Herman Frank. Next to Lullis it is Christopher Williams on drums representing, together with Accept-icon Peter Baltes, for the new rhythm engine of the Teutonic powerhouse. It feels like the two new guys being perfectly integrated into the band, also being a refresher with adding some new energy. As not expected differently, Accept fires again on all cylinders. Next to these line-up changes there is also some consistency in personnel issues. Not only that Hoffmann, Baltes and Tornillo are still the crucial core of the band, also like with the last records it's Andy Sneap who produced the newest strike, providing the band with their typical Accept sound. In the end I guess it is this mixture of fresh and well-known that makes "The Rise of Chaos" to an exciting metal experience that will be loved by old and new Accept supporters.

The disc starts with "Die by the Sword" which is an uptempo opener per excellence. Melodic guitar line, heavy riffs and the typical 'ohohoh'- sing-a-long sections - all included. Songs that follow a similar pattern are the title track and "What's Done is Done". Next to these faster tracks, the album also includes more moderate paced tunes. "Hole in the Head" is e.g. a grooving beast, being the perfect headbanger and also "Analog Man" is built on the same approach. This number comes with a chorus only Accept can add to a song, reminding of the "Monsterman"-days. All this is excellent metal stuff and it brings me to another song I have to mention as well - "Koolaid”. This anthem sounds like Accept by also being slightly different from the rest of the material on "The Rise of Chaos". I felt like being transferred back to the earlier days of this Solingen-based metal outfit when records like "Breaker" and "I'm a Rebel' decorated the shelfs of the local record shops. But it also reminded of AC-DC-like hardrock with an enormous punch. We're talking about a driving metal track with gritty guitars and a hard working rhythm-section, giving the song a highly grooving expression - for me one of the best tracks on an album that doesn't know any filler. This song has the potential to a constant factor on future setlists.

"The Rise of Chaos" shows Accept in an excellent shape and form. The guys still seem to have a lot of fun with what they are doing which is a promising fact while looking forward to the upcoming live shows. Two thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Die By the Sword
  2. Hole in the Head
  3. The Rise of Chaos
  4. Koolaid
  5. No Regrets
  6. Analog Man
  7. What's Done is Done
  8. Worlds Colliding
  9. Carry the Weight
  10. Race to Extinction

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date: August 4th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Starlight

3. Living for Tonight

4. Flash Rockin‘ Man

5. London Leatherboys

6. Midnight Mover

7. Breaker

8. Head Over Heels

9. Neon Night

10. Princess of the Dawn

11. Winter Dreams

12. Restless and Wild

13. Son Of A Bitch

14. Up To the Limit

15. Wrong Is Right

16. Midnight Highway

17. Screaming For a Love-Bite

18. Monsterman

19. T.V. War

20. Losers and Winners

21. Metal Heart

22. I'm A Rebel

23. Fast as a Shark

24. Balls to the Wall

25. Burning

26. Outro

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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DIRKSCHNEIDER tour continues

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2017 von Markus W. in Dirkschneider, Accept, U.D.O., Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Tour, Live

DIRKSCHNEIDER tour continues
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DVD review ACCEPT "Restless and Live"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Accept, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Rock, NWoBHM, CD Review, DVD, Nuclear Blast, Live

(8/10) It was in 2009 when German metal legend Accept returned on stage and I can remember having seen them live at one of their first shows in Uden, Netherlands around the same time (I think is was in spring 2010). The guys built their set mainly on old classics with, if I have it right in mind, two new songs (Pandemic” and “Teutonic Terror”). It was impressive to see them in such a small venue that was turned into a madhouse by the German metal dinosaurs.

In the meantime we're seven years further down the road with Accept releasing three great studio albums. With these new songs plus a backpack full of excellent classics it was the right moment in time for recording a new live album/DVD. The scenery was easily found. Accept played a headliner show on the 2015 Bang Your Head festival, which was chosen to be the one for this live album.

Considering the fact that guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams joined the band shortly before it, was a brave decision to record this headliner show. It wasn't less than the first gig of the two new band members in Germany. But in case there have been some concerns beforehand, the show and the live release proves that potential doubts were without any reason.

Accept nailed down an energetic and heavy show that included everything a fan could ask for. “Fast as a Shark”, Metal Heart” and “Restless and Wild” have been excessively celebrated by the crown and also the new stuff (“Stampede”, "Dying Breed”,..) fit perfectly into the setlist.

Of course it was the ‘big three’ that stood a bit more in the focus. Tornillo is more than just a singer. He’s a real front man and entertainer. Next to that it's Hoffmann’s riffs and solos that are more than just an ingredient for the bands sound, it’s Accept’s signature. Breathtaking also the duel between Baltes and Hoffmann during “No Shelter” and it goes without saying that fans sang enthusiastically during “Princess of the Dawn”.

“Restless and Live” brings an Accept headliner show right into your living room, a concert that was done by a band that played tight and powerful. Like mentioned earlier, worries about recording a show with two new band members were blown away with the first riff blown into Balingen’s evening sky.

The album title includes ‘restless’. The band is restless and there is no end in sight, which is good news for 2017 and the years to come.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Stampede
  2. Stalingrad
  3. London Leatherboys
  4. Restless and Wild
  5. Dying Breed
  6. Final Journey
  7. Shadow Soldiers
  8. Losers and Winners
  9. 200 Years
  10. Midnight Mover
  11. No Shelter
  12. Princess of the Dawn
  13. Dark Side of My Heart
  14. Pandemic
  15. Fast as a Shark
  16. Metal Heart
  17. Teutonic Terror
  18. Balls to the Walls

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

DVD review ACCEPT "Restless and Live"
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CD review Herman Frank "The Devil Rides Out"

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2016 von Markus W. in Herman Frank, Accept, Victory, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Power Metal

(9/10) If you didn't live under a rock over the last decades then you know Herman Frank. The German guitarist was part of bands like Accept and Victory, impacting the sound of these bands a lot. In parallel Frank always had his solo project up and running.
For his newest solo release Frank could build on a strong rhythm section. It's André Hilger and Markus Müller, providing a lively heartbeat for each of the tracks. And since the guitarist cooperates with singer Rick Altzi already quite some time the risk of failure for this album was very limited. Actually it's almost a given that these four guys just make "The Devil Rides Out" to a success.
The opening triple proves this statement since these three songs are not meant to take prisoners. "Running Back" is a fast metal anthem, "Shout" comes with great guitar lines and "Can't Take It" is a throwback of the great times of Victory. With songs in such a format Frank shows that he belongs to the best German guitarists that has metal and rock in his veins.
"Ballhog Zone" is a heavy pounding masterpiece of traditional metal, followed by "Run Boy Run" which is a fast and merciless axe attack.
Actually I could write about each of the songs since they are a treat for metalheads that love more classic heavy metal done by an icon of German metal music.
Herman Frank succeeded in releasing an album that belongs to the best longplayers of the current year. This album included a certain addictivity that leads to endless loops on your record player. Horns up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Running Back
  2. Shout
  3. Can't Take It
  4. No Tears in Heaven
  5. Ballhog Zone
  6. Run Boy Run
  7. Thunder of Madness
  8. License to Kill
  9. Stone Cold
  10. Dead or Alive
  11. Run For Cover
  12. I Want it All

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 18th, 2016

CD review Herman Frank "The Devil Rides Out"
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CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live: Back to the Roots"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Accept, Dirkschneider, CD Review, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal

(8/10) Mr. Reibeisenstimme Udo Dirkschneider is a dinosaur in metal. Being part of the scene since 1976 makes the guy to an icon. He brought metal to Germany with Accept and also with starting his solo career later in time. Udo Dirkschneider stands for authentic German metal.

Since quite some time he embarked with his gang on a tour, performing Accept songs. Under the flag of 'Dirkschneider' the guys are touring through many countries, playing a full set of Accept classics from the Dirkschneider era.

This tour started back in the beginning of 2016 and it was/is meant as the last moment in time listening to Dirkschneider singing Accept songs. I'm not sure if anybody could foresee such a big success, but the fact that the tour takes in the meantime many months, with many concerts added along the way, shows a big interest of fans listening to Udo singing the old classics.

Therefor it was almost a logical consequence that a live album will be released too. Here it is - "Live: Back to the Roots". And it is what the title promises, 24 Accept classic (plus intro and outro), sung by Dirkschneider, interpreted by his band, something that gives the tracks partly a new expression. The whole album is a forceful one that captures the live atmosphere in a excellent way. Udo and the band enjoying every minuteon stage which can be heard in every note played that night in front of an enthusiastic crowd that welcomed every sing-a-long part. 

The cherry on this metal cake is the excellent sound that makes each of the 24 songs to a highlight in itself and pure ear-candy.

This live album, which was recorded in April this year in Memmingen, Germany,  makes a lot of sense since it's an entertaining journey back in time to the roots of metal and it's maybe the last moment listening to Udo Dirkschneider performing these classics in metal. A must have.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Starlight
  3. Living For Tonite
  4. Flash Rockin' Man
  5. London Leatherboys
  6. Midnight Mover
  7. Breaker
  8. Head Over Heels
  9. Neon Night
  10. Princess Of The Dawn
  11. Winterdreams
  12. Restless And Wild
  13. Son Of A Bitch
  14. Up to The Limit
  15. Wrong Is Right
  16. Midnight Highway
  17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
  18. Monsterman
  19. T.V. War
  20. Losers And Winners
  21. Metal Heart
  22. I'm A Rebel
  23. Fast As A Shark
  24. Balls To The Wall
  25. Burning
  26. Outro

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

 

CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live: Back to the Roots"
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CD review DEVIL'S GUN "Dirty'n'Damned"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Devil's Gun, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, NWoBHM, Accept, ACDC

(7/10) Wohoo, this stuff is a real bad-ass tornado. If you want to be blown away already by the first song, then listen to Devil's Gun. I pressed the 'Play'-button in curious expectation of well done hardrock. But what I met was a three minutes speed train that is a true headbanger.

The label info talks about Joakim Hermansson sounding like a mix of Udo Dirkschneider and Brian Johnson, something that describes it pretty good. This means for the music itself, that they guys can be placed somewhere between traditional heavy metal and kick-ass hardrock.

The guys started in 2012 when Fredde Johansson and sixstringer Emil Holmström kicked things off. In almost no time they found brothers in crime when it comes to metal and "Dirty'n'Damned' is the first countable result.

Devil's Gun is based in Växjö, a smaller city in Småland. Actually the city isn't too big and entertainment possibilites are limited (I've been there several times). So, no surprise that young guys get together for playing music themselves. Bullet comes from this small town, followed now by Devil's Gun.

I mentioned already the fabulous opener, but the rest of the material isn't too bad either. The five-piece spreads a lot of raw metallic power which they captured in each of the track.

"Let em Ride" is another of these Accept-inspired speed tracks that sounds really good and "Wasted" belongs to this group of tunes too. But Devil's Gun has also some more midpaced songs in their offer. The closer "Sacrifice" is such a song. A bit less speedy as most of the others, but still with a lot of drive.

"Dirty'n'Damned" became an excellent rock/metal album that shows that Småland has more to offer than only lakes and woods. Växjö is becoming more and more a homebase for good traditional metal, something that gets proven by this album.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Hot Rock City
  2. Spitfire
  3. Let 'em Ride
  4. Run Through the Night
  5. Dirty'n'Damned
  6. Radio Attack
  7. Wasted
  8. Break the Ice
  9. Born to Lose
  10. Midnight Crowd
  11. Sacrifice

 

Label: Black Lodge Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review DEVIL'S GUN "Dirty'n'Damned"
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Live review DIRKSCHNEIDER/ANVIL, Dudok, Tilburg, 12.04.2016

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2016 von Markus W. in Dirkschneider, U.D.O., Anvil, Heavy Metal, Accept, Live Review, News, Power Metal

Fans always wanted Udo Dirkschneider doing Accept songs as being part of the regular U.D.O. shows. And of course, these old classic are awesome and milestones in metal music.

But U.D.O. is not Accept and therefore Udo Dirkschneider decided to do a tour with only playing old Accept stuff - for the last time. This is a bit sad since it's always great listening to him singing tunes like "Fast as a Shark". But on the other hand, these shows are the perfect moment to revitalise the 80's, listening to the singer with the iconic voice, doing great songs.

To have a clear distinction between his own band and the "Accept-songs-shows" Udo and his gang sails under the banner of 'Dirkschneider', performing 2 hours of Accept milestone.

But before the small guy with the great voice started it was time for Burning Rome to prepare the fans for what was supposed to come. Unfortunatelly I missed the guys and can't report more about their gig.

Live review DIRKSCHNEIDER/ANVIL, Dudok, Tilburg, 12.04.2016

Then I arrived it was time for the first legend of the night - Anvil. Since you all are metal fans I don't have to introduce you to this trio. You followed all the ups and downs of this band, that belongs to one of the most honest, true and authentic bands in metal (in case you seriously haven't heard about them before, watch their movie "The Story of Anvil").

Steve, Rob and Chris just rocked that night. A well done setlist was really celebrated by the fans. A lot of the great Anvil songs have been performed. "666", "March of the Crabs" and "Metal on Metal", do I have to say more? All excellent food for headbanging and true energizers.

That Anvil is a band that has a close link to their fans became for obvious already during "March of the Crabs", where Lips stood in the middle of the venue, surrounded by fans, playing his guitar. Such a start was more than just a musician and fans, this was a homogenous moment of appreciating riffs and metal, all together.

After such a really cool beginning the rest of the show could also easily live up to expectations. I mentioned the old stuff, but also "Daggers and Rum" from the latest album "Anvil is Anvil" have been performed, a song that has this 'pirate' vibe which  fits suroringly good to Anvil's sound.

The trio hammered 60 minutes of pure metal into the crowd and I'm very happy that the guys finally get the appreciation they actually deserve.

Then the stage was prepared for Udo Dirkschneider and as I said in the beginning, it became a magic night with Accept songs. 2 hours of old stuff that included everything an Accept fan could ask for. "Breaker", Restless and Wild", "Princess of the Dawn", TV War"... you name it. And there is no doubt about the fans really celebrating each note played.

So, one thing are the songs itself that are all a treat for your metal ears. But it's also Udo Dirkschneider performing these tunes that makes them special. He is the original singer and when he sings tunes like "Balls to the Walls" it's just a moment that gives you the shivers. And it's more than only him. The legendary frontman has also a good band supporting him. Fitty Wienhold on bass and Udo's son Sven, both ensuring a solid rhythm foundation that has a hard punch and with Andrey Smirnov and Kasperi Heikkinen, the band can also build on two pretty good guitarist.

That means, in the end it has been the song, the frontman and the band that gave the fans a two hour metal blast, from a lot of headbanging to enthusiastic sing-a-long parts in the beginning of the "Fast as a Shark

All in all it was really good show with songs that we might not hear anymore from Udo. I hope that he rethinks this decision and still adds one or two classic to his future U.D.O. shows. But to be safe, better check out the upcoming Dirkschneider dates and be part of such an impressive retrospective on German metal from Solingen.

Live review DIRKSCHNEIDER/ANVIL, Dudok, Tilburg, 12.04.2016
Live review DIRKSCHNEIDER/ANVIL, Dudok, Tilburg, 12.04.2016

Setlist Dirkschneider:

  1. Starlight
  2. Living for Tonight
  3. Flas Rockin' Man
  4. London Leatherboys
  5. Midnight Mover
  6. Breaker
  7. Head Over Heels
  8. Neon Nights
  9. Princess of the Dawn
  10. Winterdreams
  11. Restless and Wild
  12. Son of a Bitch
  13. Up to the Limit
  14. Wrong is Right
  15. Midnight Highway
  16. Screaming for a Love-Bite
  17. Monsterman
  18. TV War
  19. Losers and Winners
  20. Metal Heart (Encore)
  21. I'm a Rebel (Encore)
  22. Fast as a Shark (Encore)
  23. Balls to the Wall (Encore)
  24. Burning (Encore)

 

Setlist Anvil:

  1. March of the Crabs
  2. 666
  3. Oooh Baby
  4. Badass Rock'n'Roll
  5. Winged Assassins
  6. Free as the Wind
  7. Daggers and Rum
  8. Mothra
  9. Swing Thing
  10. Die For a Lie
  11. Metal on Metal

 

Location: Dudok, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: April 12th, 2016

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Tomorrow night: DIRKSCHNEIDER in Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2016 von Markus W. in Dirkschneider, U.D.O., Accept, Heavy Metal, News, Anvil, Power Metal

For all my Dutch and Belgium readers - don't forget that Udo Dirkschneider, together with his band, will play a show in Tilburg tomorrow night. It will become an evening full of Accept songs, which sounds very exciting.

Tomorrow night: DIRKSCHNEIDER in Tilburg
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Udo Dirkschneider says farewell to ACCEPT

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2015 von Markus W. in U.D.O., Accept, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Tour

Udo Dirkschneider, one of the most influencial German metal frontmen, will play a tour in 2016 where he will perform old Accept songs from his era with the German metal institution. This is what Udo posted on the U.D.O. Facebook side. For more details check the link:

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CD review U.D.O. "Navy metal night"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in U.D.O., Accept, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, NWoBHM, Wacken

(8/10) I guess it’s not that easy for a guy like Udo Dirkschneider, who has done and experienced already a lot in his career, to come up with something really new. He had his very successful times with Accept and since many many years he is a constant metal factor with U.D.O..
 
The man, dressed in camouflage, also released many live record with U.D.O.; so why releasing another standard live disc? I'm not good in mind reading but this could have been the thought of Udo Dirkschneider too. So, time for something new.
U.D.O. teamed-up with the Marinemusikcorps Nordsee (German Navy Orchestra) and both played a show together. The unique event took place in February 2014 in the Tuttlinger Stadthalle.
 
There are quite some great things to report from this album. First of all it is the songs. The show contained not only recent tracks from U.D.O.. The guys went also back in their own discography and added classics like „Faceless world“ and „Animal instinct“ to the setlist. Great to hear those older U.D.O. highlights in the new arranged way. This brings me to the second positive thing. The new arranged tracks sound great. The combination of classic and metal doesn’t feel forced. On the contrary, each of the two styles supports each other which makes the tracks to very exciting ones.
 
And what I like as well is the fact that not only U.D.O. tracks have been played. The intro is coming from the German movie „Das Boot“ and the same goes for the first song. Next to this unusual number also „In the hall of the mountain king“ was performed.
You want more? Here it is. Doro Pesch joined Udo Dirkschneider for „Dancing with an angel“ which became a beautiful verion of the tune and „Trainride in Russia“ gets, with the added accordion, a real Russian expression. Last but not least we have „Cut it out“ that was transferred into a swinging big band version that really makes fun.
 
„Navy metal night is an outstanding live album from U.D.O. that is far more than a 'collectors item' only. This is a perfect symbiosis between metal and classic.
 
Last but not least, each of you joining the Wacken Open Air this year has the chance to see this show live. U.D.O. will perform on the famous metal festival a similar show; this time in cooperation with the German Federal Armed Forces Orchestra.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro (Das Boot)
  2. Das Boot
  3. Future land
  4. Independance day
  5. Animal instinct
  6. In the hall of the mountain king
  7. Heart of gold
  8. Man and machine
  9. Dancing with an angel (feat. Doro Pesch)
  10. Faceless world
  11. Ride
  12. Days of hope and glory
  13. Cut me out
  14. Trainride to Russia
  15. Stillness of time
  16. King of mean
  17. Book of faith
  18. Animal house

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Releasedate: July 31st, 2015

CD review U.D.O. "Navy metal night"
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Live review U.D.O., Zoetermeer, 16.03.2015

Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2015 von Markus W. in U.D.O., Accept, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Live Review, News

It was a Monday night when the metal package of U.D.O. had a stop in Holland. I can remember that when I talked to Udo he wasn't sure if the tour will bring him to The Netherlands. Having this in mind I was even happier when the show was announced.

The start was done by Garagedays. The four guys from Austria haven't had the benefit of a too packed venue. It was still a lot of space in De Boerderij when they entered the stage. But the guys didn't care and enjoyed their show. Solid metal songs, somewhere between power metal and thrash, met an energetic stage acting and The guys have been a positive surprise and they proved that Austria is more than only Jodelmusik.

Sister Sin came next. Their Warlock and Doro inspired metal worked very well. Playing new songs from the latest record "Blacl lotus" as well as tracks like "Outrage" from the "Sound of the underground" longplayer the band warmed-up the metal community very well. Anhd a few metal heads in front of the stage celebrated the band from Gothenburg throughout the entire set.

The four-piece band played a tight gig and had a good mixed sound. It's always impressive with how much power is singing seeing this delicate woman on stage. Where does she take all the power from?  A well chosen support for the headliner: U.D.O.

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Covered in a camouflage net the stage was set for the legendary singer with the big voice. 

From the first note on it was clear that we can expect a real metal night in De Boerderij. Starting into the set with the fast "Speeder" from the new album was an excellent choice. And also the following 19 songs didn't take any prisoners either. Focusing on new songs while having a good mix with older material made the night to a headbanging paradise.

I was impressed by the energy the band transfered. It seems that the generation shift within U.D.O. had something vitalizing for the group. The new guitarists Kasperi and Andrey had obviously a lot of fun on stage and not to forget the punch of Udo's son Sven being responsible for the drums since a few weeks.

The spirit of those young guys together with the experience of Udo and Fitty formed a tight playing band with a dense sound.

Going back to the setlist; there have been of course some Accept songs too. The encore turned De Boerderij into a metal madhouse. The crowd highly appreciated "Fast as a shark" as well as "Balls to the walls". Hearing those tracks with Udo behind the mic makes still a difference. I think that also "Princess of the dawn" was planned to perform, but due to timing issues this classic was sacrificed. Maybe a bit of a downer but since the alomst 100 minutes long shows was filled with great tunes it was something that could be handled.

Having seen the show was an excellence experience. Real heavy metal and a headbangers paradise. A great thing to spend a Monday night and you missed something if you haven't been there.

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann
Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Photos: Markus Wiedenmann

Setlist:

U.D.O.

  1. Speeder
  2. Blitz of lighting
  3. King of means
  4. Decadent
  5. Independence day
  6. Black widow
  7. Never cross my way
  8. Mystery
  9. Under your skin
  10. Tears of a clown
  11. Secrets in paradise
  12. Faceless world
  13. Pain
  14. Untouchable
  15. Let me out
  16. Metal machine
  17. Metal eater
  18. Break the rules (Encore)
  19. Fast as a shark (Encore)
  20. Balls to the walls (Encore)

Sister Sin:

  1. Food for worms
  2. Outrage
  3. Chaos royale
  4. Heading for hell
  5. Desert queen
  6. Fight song
  7. On Parole
  8. Sail North
  9. Hearts of cold

 

 

Location: De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Date: 16.03.2015

 

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CD review U.D.O. "Decadent"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in U.D.O., Heavy Metal, Power Metal, CD Review, News, Accept, Rock

(8/10) Udo Dirkschneider; the name stands for powerful German metal since decades. Regardless if it was with Accept for many years or with his own band U.D.O. the man from Wuppertal, Germany always released records that have been from great quality and razorblade sharp.

This doesn't change with his newest album. "Decadent" is the name of the studio album, by the way number 15 so far. The band went through some line-up changes in 2012. Andrey Smirnov and Kasperi Heikkinnen are the two new guitarists of U.D.O.. Both couldn't contribute a lot to "Steelhammer" but they had been fully involved in the songwriting process for "Decadent". It seems that the impact of the two guys added something extra to the sound of U.D.O..

"Decadent" sound fresh and energetic. All songs on the album; twelev in total, are excellent metal anthems and there is no single filler on "Decadent". That's the high quality I mentioned in the beginning.

The main trademark of the band is doubtless the voice of Udo. His rough vocals are still unique in metal and you recognize his songs immediately. This goes also for "Decadent".

The starting package with "Speeder", "Decadent" and "House of fake" couldn't be chosen better since it reflects almost everything you can get from the band. The fast opener is a real wake-up call before the title track, a real headbanger with an spoken words middle section, takes over. The pounding "House of fake" rounds off this triple that refelcts heavy metal in a brilliant way.

A song that stands out a bit from the rest is "Mystery". The track has a menacing vibe and can be seen as the 'psycho song' on the album. The atmosphere of a maniac running around is captured very well.

"Secrets in paradise" is a silent number with accoustic guitars only in the first half. The song can be seen as a ballad even though it gets quite heavy in the chorus. But the following melodic guitar solo brings back the quite mood from the beginning.

And U.D.O is more than only crunchy metal songs. The lyrics are important too. In "Rebels of the night" the band refects on their experience they made during their shows in the Ukraine while "Pain" is about all the mad things happening in this planet right now, which leads to the question "How much pain can we take?"

"Decadent" is an U.D.O. album that refelcts all the trademarks of the well-known band. The songs sound fresh and vital, which supported by a strong production. The new longplayer contains an hour of pure headbanging stuff and you should check it out. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Speeder
  2. Decadent
  3. House of fake
  4. Mystery
  5. Pain
  6. Secrets in paradise
  7. Meaning of life
  8. Breathless
  9. Under your skin
  10. Untouchable
  11. Rebels of the night
  12. Words in flame

 

Label: AFM

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review U.D.O. "Decadent"
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CD review WICKED SENSATION "Adrenaline rush"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Wicked Sensation, Accept, Bangelore Choir, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Wicked Sensation released a new album a few weeks ago. The name of the longplayer: "Adrenaline rush". The band from Karlsruhe, Germany started in 1999 and released three records so far. "Adrenaline rush" is the fourth one in their discography and follows "Crystallized" from 2010.

"Adrenaline rush" hosts 11 songs that are mostly melodic hardrock. This time the vocals are done by David Reece who some of you might know from his time with Accept and Bangelore Choir. Reece had to step in since the original Wicked Sensation singer Robert Soeterboek had to step back due to health issues.

I can say that Reece fits perfect to the sound of Wicked Sensation and does a great job. 

The range of songs covers melodic rockers like the fantasic opener "King of the world" and "Angel in black" as well as the Whitesnake inspired "Leave me like a fool" with a stronger classic rock touch. Talking about "King of the world" - it is Harem Scarem mainman Harry Hess who has a guest appearance in the chorus of the track. The same goes for the grooving "Same old situation". The fact that Wicked Sensation could convince a guy like Hess to support on two tracks shows already the quality of their music.

With Mathias Dieth (known from the earlier U.D.O. records) had also a contribution on "Adrenaline rush". He was responsible for an excellent guitar solo in the title track.

Another cool track on the album is the slower and heavy pounding "No more lies" that is followed by the closer "This time". A bit strange that a ballad finalizes the album. It would have been better to have it in the middle of the longplayer. But however. It's not a big burden since it is a cool one that gives the album a relaxed acoustic ending.

The album is that good that even more trivial sing-a-long songs like "Living on my memories" can find forgiveness. 

What rounds of a well done album is the production. Dennis Ward signed responsibe herefore and gave "Adrenaline rush" a warm and powerful sound.

The fourth album of Wicked Sensation is an excellent melodic hardrock album that gives you a really good time. It has the right mix of hard stuff and catchiness. Well done and "Adrenaline rush" will get for sure a few more rounds on my player.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. King of the world
  2. Same old situation
  3. Misery
  4. Leave me like a fool
  5. Blue painted sky
  6. Angel in black
  7. Living on my madness
  8. Desperate nation
  9. Adrenaline rush
  10. No more lies
  11. This time

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Hardrock

CD review WICKED SENSATION "Adrenaline rush"
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