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

Veröffentlicht am 11. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Nick Oliveri, Stoner Rock, Punkrock, Alternative Rock, News, Acoustic, Rock, Heavy Psych, CD Review

(7/10) Most of you know Nick Oliveri from his Kyuss-days and his contribution to Queens Of The Stone Age. However, the musician was involved in many other projects too and had various guest-appearances as well.

Heavy Psych took this as an opportunity for starting a series called “N.O. Hits at All”. “Volume One” came up to surface an few days ago and the album includes six tunes with Oliveri guest performances.

The musician from Palm Springs, California did the vocals on “Lockdown” which is a pretty cool stoner rock song from Eindhoven-based Komatsu. The short tip continues acoustically with “Anything and Everything” by Death Acoustic, followed by the raging punk rocker “Revenge” (Winnebago Deal).

Svetlanas’ Motorhead cover “Speedfreak” includes Oliveri’s vocals as well as the second Death Acoustic song “Time to Think / Surf & Destroy”. Things come to an end with psychedelic grooving “Eccentric Man”.

All in all this album, actually it’s more of an EP, contains almost 20 minutes of great independent songs which are gathered under the header of Nick Oliveri.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lockdown
  2. Anything and Everything
  3. Revenge
  4. Speed Freak
  5. Time to Think / Surf & Destroy
  6. Eccentric Man

 

Label: Heavy Psych

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release Date EU: January 27th, 2017

CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume one"
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CD review JOHN GARCIA „The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in John Garcia, Napalm Records, News, CD Review, Rock, Alternative Rock, Stoner Rock, Acoustic, Unplugged, Kyuss, Unida, Slo-Burn

(7/10) If there's one voice that stands for stoner rock like no-one else than it's ex-Kyuss singer John Garcia. The guy from Arizona has his own phrasing and  a timbre that makes him to an outstanding vocalist. Regardless if it was with the mentioned Kyuss or later on with bands like Unida and Slo Burn, Garcia’s voice was a trademark for each of those groups.

Over the last months the singer worked on his new solo album named „The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues" which will be available on January 27th.  

This longplayer reduces any electrical support and comes with a strong acoustic expression - in fact it's entirely unplugged. That doesn't mean that the tunes are powerless. The rocking opener "Kylie" states this very well. "Green Machine" is next in the batting order, a number that shows the emotional side of Garcia. A silent tune with a lot of feel is what you get with this song. 

It's these two numbers that give you an idea about the width of sounds on this album. Garcia’s tunes are all kept within this framework and the expression of the entire album puts more of a focus on the quiet songs.  

„The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues" is partly putting me between a rock and a hard stone. One the one hand it has its fascinating moments but after a while it also feels lengthy. It stays in a generic mood and pattern that misses some peaks here and there. Maybe an EP with the highlights of this record, like the smashing opener, would have been a better option. 

(7/10)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kylie
  2. Green Machine
  3. Give Me 250ML
  4. The Hollingsworth Session
  5. Space Cadet
  6. Gardenia
  7. El Rodeo
  8. Argleben II
  9. Court Order

 

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: January 27th, 2017

 

 
CD review JOHN GARCIA „The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues"
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Interview with Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR talking about the new "Triple Threat" release

Veröffentlicht am 6. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Annihilator, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Acoustic, Live, CD Review, Jeff Waters

Interview with Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR talking about the new "Triple Threat" release

Annihilator will publish a new album in January, a release that comes as a package featuring the three discs. "Triple Thread" is its name and Markus' Heavy Music Blog had the chance to get some more insights from bandleader Jeff Waters.

 

Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Hello Jeff. Good to talk to you again. How are you?

Jeff Waters: I’m good, thanks for asking.

 

MHMB: You came back recently from touring through Europe for a couple of weeks. How was it?

Jeff: Right. I think it’s a week or so that I’m back, slowly getting rid of the jetlag. We started off with a couple of shows in Greece, which was amazing. We continued with some more shows in Central Europe for a month and finished off with some gigs in Russia last week.

 

MHMB: Let’s have a look into the near future with Annihilator releasing a new record. Actually it’s a package, with the first disc containing acoustic versions of different Annihilator songs. So, the question is how the idea came up for doing an acoustic Annihilator record.

Jeff: Since the “King of the Kill” album back in 1994 I always wanted to do such an acoustic thing, but it wasn’t the right time since metal was at an all-time low in those days. Nobody was really interested at that time in listening to acoustic versions of Annihilator songs. After the band sort of rebounded with “Metal”, record sales went up again and since we gained a lot of new fans at that time an acoustic album didn’t make sense either. These fans discovered what we were doing at the time, not knowing the stuff from the 80’s. The whole acoustic thing got more attention again in 2012 when I bought Van Halen’s “Different Kind of Truth”. There were four songs the guys did as a sort of low budget video clips in black & white filmed in Eddie’s studio. When I saw that I loved it. The guys seemed to have so much fun doing it and I thought that I have to do this now. Not necessarily in the same style, but in a way of getting good musicians together including a guy that can sing lead vocals to help me with the songs I can’t sing. However, there were some concerns about an Annihilator acoustic album not selling very well. This led to the idea of recording a live concert and we got very lucky since Bang Your Head planned to film Twisted Sister at the 2016 festival edition. The whole thing ended up in the guys filming the Annihilator show while testing out everything for the filming of Twisted Sister. By putting together all these pieces we all of a sudden had a great fan package including a live show, an acoustic studio set and some sequences of Annihilator’s home base in Ontario.

 

Interview with Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR talking about the new "Triple Threat" release

MHMB: How did you pick the songs for the acoustic album?

Jeff: We ended up in being five guys going through the old Annihilator catalogue and picking some of the favourite songs I wanted to do.  If you think back to the first two albums, “Alice in Hell” and “Never, Neverland”, those were real thrash metal records, which means that there wasn’t any chance to do acoustic versions. Things became a bit more diverse, melodic and commercial with “Set the World on Fire” and “King of the Kill”. We figured 10-12 songs would be it. We picked the songs that either I liked or that I thought the fans would like or that Mark and myself could do together when it comes to the vocals. Those were the three criteria for us to choose the songs that ended up on the acoustic disc. What was more stressful than I thought was the recording. We didn’t want to overdub anything and cheat. We said that it has to be live and it has to be one take. For some of the songs the first take was great while for some others we needed maybe 5-10 takes. In the end of it we all agreed that the recording was 5% fun and 95% hell [laughing]. However, the 5% fun was worth everything.

 

MHMB: How easy or difficult was it to re-arrange the songs? I could imagine that tunes like “Phoenix Rising” was a bit easier than something like “Snake in the Grass”. So, was it a big effort to translate these songs into acoustic versions?

Jeff: Actually it was very easy. With the described way of choosing songs and considering that music is your job this kind of work isn’t difficult.

 

MHMB: How easy was it to work together with Mark and Pat since they aren’t part of Annihilator?

Jeff: Mark is a well-known singer who was already a back-up studio singer for so many artists. He also sang on songs like “Phoenix Rising”, “Perfect Angel Eyes” and some of the ballads.  In that sense he was easy to figure out and I just asked him if he could do this with me. The more interesting clashes were with Pat. He is more into country and slide guitar. The only thing I have in common with him is a little bit of blues and a lot of Eddie Van Halen. Pat is more into jamming. Aaron instead is a lot into death metal and also more a perfectionist while Rich is more into math metal. In the end we are five guys with totally different backgrounds and that was the really interesting thing for me.

 

MHMB: Would you think about adding one or two of these acoustic versions to a live set in the near future?

Jeff: We did it together with Dave Padden, I think it was back in 2010, even though it was done with electric guitars. To do something like that with acoustic guitars you need to have more of a budget. You need an extra crew member, you have to have more guitars and you have to ship more guitars. In the end you have to bring at least 5 more guitars with you, plus additional equipment like microphones to do some acoustic stuff. So it’s not easy and cheap to do an acoustic set as part of a tour. And on the other hand, Annihilator is probably not a big enough band for it to make any sense for promoters to have us do a smaller ‘acoustic only’ tour, even though I would love to do it.

 

MHMB: Jeff, it was great talking to you. Thanks for giving us more insight when it comes to “Triple Threat” and thanks for spending some time with Markus’ Heavy Music Blog.

Jeff:  You’re welcome and thanks for having me.

Interview with Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR talking about the new "Triple Threat" release
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CD review RICHARDS/CRANE "Richards/Crane"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in RichardsCrane, Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack, News, Acoustic, Rock, Blues, Grunge, CD Review

(7/10) Hmmmm. What to write about this album? Not easy and even after quite some rounds of listening I'm not hundred percent sure when it comes to "Richards/Crane".

Richards/Crane is the first album out of a cooperation of Godsmack's Lee Richards and Ugly Kid Joe frontman Whitfield Crane. Both guys benefit from a lot of experience with their bands, something that actually should be a good base for such a cooperation.

So, how does it sound when these to guys collaborate? The ten songs on the album neither reflect one of the two 'mother bands'. Richards and Crane release an acoustic album that focusses on silent moments, nice melodies and a lot of feel. Sometimes I was reminded of music played while sitting around a campfire while other moments sound like the MTV unplugged session of grunge icons Alice In Chains ("Someday").

All this is actually quite positive and the fact that the duo get's support by Myles Kennedy on "Black & White" gives the album even an extra. However, you can feel already the 'but' that's coming. The fact that each of the songs in itself sounds good doesn't mean that the totality is great as well. After a while I had the idea that I hear the same thing only different. The album doesn't contain any peaks or breakouts. Each of the ten numbers follow a kind of the same scheme which leads to a certain state of boredom halfway. Richards and Crane forgot to release the hand break which means that the album stays in the same gear all the time.

Anyhow, good songs, good idea and next time please a bit more variation and peperoni.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Homeward
  2. Everyone
  3. Here in the Light
  4. Black & White
  5. Someday
  6. Lost
  7. Waiting for a Prayer
  8. Rainy Day
  9. Don't Cry for me
  10. World Stand Still

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Acoustic

Release Date EU: May 27, 2016

 

 

CD review RICHARDS/CRANE "Richards/Crane"
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CD review RAY WILSON "Songs for a Friend"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Ray Wilson, Genesis, Stiltskin, Rock, Acoustic, News, CD Review

(9/10) Ray Wilson stepped into the spotlight when a band called Stiltskin got famous with „Inside“, a song that was used for a pretty cool jeans commercial. This tune was a great rock track that fitted perfectly into the nineties. But Stiltskin stayed a kind of one-hit-wonder.
The only one that us still successfully in business is Ray Wilson. It goes without saying that his time as singer for Genesis added a lot to his popularity, but since quite some years the singer from Dumfries, Scotland is running his solo project. In the meantime Wilson has a pretty solid crowd of fans and I think that this group gets bigger with each release.
Wilson named the record "Song for a Friend", an emotional title which is very well chosen. The album is dedicated to his friend James Lewis, who passed away in 2015, resulting in an emotional title track that is truly moving. Knowing that it was former Stiltskin guitarist Uwe Metzler who sketched a few song ideas it feels like things have come full circle.
Not only with this background „Song for a friend“ is very emotional record with songs that transport a story that feels at least partly, autobiographic. At least each of them is a short story told as a song. I even think it’s more than just songs. It’s small poems getting even stronger by the emotional power of music. This album shows that Wilson is a real artist in a wider sense.
There is one exception though when it comes to the personal expression of this album. „High Hopes“, the last number on the album, is a Pink Floyd cover. It also has a connection the Wilson’s life since the song expresses what Wilson wanted to say about the situation of three of his band leaving last year. So there is a personal link, told with the words of someone else.
The music on "Songs for a Friend“ is well-crafted acoustic songs that partly reminds of Simon & Garfunkel (listen to the title track). This album isn't meant for parties and loud rock festivals. Wilson publishes soulful singer/songwriter music that needs to be listened to with estphones, or even better, live during one of the upcoming shows.
"Song for a Friend" became a soulful and open album that is touch with it's emotional depth.
A great album done by a likable singer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Old Book
  2. Over my Dead Body
  3. Cold Light of Day
  4. Song for a Friend
  5. How Long
  6. Not Till Springtime
  7. Backseat Driving
  8. Parallel Souls
  9. Tired and Failed
  10. High Hopes

 

Label: Jaggy D
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

CD review RAY WILSON "Songs for a Friend"
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DEADHEADS will play two shows in Berlin on May 21st

Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2016 von Markus W. in Deadheads, Rock, Acoustic, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Tour, Ramones

One band, one day, two shows. Shooting stars Deadheads will perform two sets in Berlin, Germany on May 21st. The first one will be an acoustic set that will take place in the Ramones musuem. Showtime is 19:00.

After having played this gig the guys move to Kreuzberg for plugging in their instruments and play a full show (Door 21:00). So, rock'n'roll pure and genuine.

 

 

DEADHEADS will play two shows in Berlin on May 21st
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CD review ZAKK WYLDE "Book of Shadows II"

Veröffentlicht am 1. April 2016 von Markus W. in Zakk Wylde, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, CD Review, News, Acoustic

(8/10) Imagine the picture of a cabin at the riverside, you’re sitting there on a rocking chair, watching the sunset with a cold glass of beer in your hand, reflecting on your life. This is what I was thinking while listening to Zakk Wylde’s newest acoustic release “Book of Shadows II”.

Men can‘t show emotions – says who? This album confirms that even tough guys like guitar wizard Wylde can show a lot of emotions, embedded in soulful tunes on the newest longplayer. Maybe you even have to be strong to also reveal your inner soul.

As mentioned in the title, it is Wylde’s second album, showing the master of mighty riffs from a different angle. “Book of Shadows II” is a melancholic and melodic journey that puts a spell on you.

Each of the fourteen songs is a highlight. It is the mixture of Wylde’s gentle guitar sound, the silent booming Hammond in the background, the guitarist’s iconic voice and the warm sound of the album that makes this "Book of Shadows II" to a special one. A tune that reflects all this in perfection is “Sleeping Dogs” that is for me one of the best numbers on the album.

A song that gives you the shivers is the closer called “The King”. The level of sadness this song spread is so intense, emphasized by the clever usage of a Hammond organ and some cello moments. You don’t want to be king after having heard this song.

Of course it’s not only the end of the album that sounds good. Actually I could have picked each of the 14 tracks. The bluesy “Tears of December”, the intense “Darkest Hour” or the rocking “Eyes of Burden”, all good tracks that you should listen to rather than reading about them.

“Book of Shadows II” is the second leg of Wylde’s acoustic journey, a trip that hopefully will continue with a few more stages in the coming years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Autumn Changes
  2. Tears of December
  3. Lay Me Down
  4. Lost Prayer
  5. Darkest Hour
  6. The Levee
  7. Eyes of Burden
  8. Forgotten Memory
  9. Yesterday's Tears
  10. Harbors of Pity
  11. Sorrowed Regret
  12. Useless Apologies
  13. Sleeping Dogs
  14. The King

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: April 8th, 2016

CD review ZAKK WYLDE "Book of Shadows II"
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JOHN GARCIA acoustic tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2016 von Markus W. in John Garcia, Stoner Rock, Acoustic, Rock, Tour, News, Kyuss

John Garcia will be on the road again in May this year for doing some acoustic shows that are under the header of 'An Evening with JOHN GARCIA - Unplugged Tour 2016, The Living Room Session!'

John Garcia on the upcoming tour:
"I'm very excited to be doing another acoustic tour this year, but not nearly excited on how the acoustic record is turning out to be. I'll be playing a lot of the new material for this tour so its going to be one hell of a tour, not to mention, one hell of a year with the expected release of my sophomore solo electric record and tour coming end of this year. Strap in brothers and sisters!!"


18.05. GER - Hamburg, Klubsen
19.05. GER - Münster, Sputnik
20.05. GER - Berlin, Badehaus
21.05. GER - Annaberg, Alte Brauerei
22.05. A - Wien, Viper Room
24.05. CRO - Zagreb, Vintage Bar
25.05. I - Bolzano, Sudwerk
26.05. CH - Luzern, Sedel
27.05. GER - Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
28.05. NL - Haarlem, Patronaat
30.05. GR - Athen, AN Club
01.06. DK - Kopenhagen, Bremen
02.06. RUS - Moscow, Brooklyn

JOHN GARCIA acoustic tour dates
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CD review DRIVING MRS. SATAN "Did You Mrs. Me?"

Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2016 von Markus W. in Driving Mrs. Satan, Slayer, Megadeth, Rock, Acoustic, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(*/10) The idea isn't new, the result is fun and some people love it while others can't deal with it at all. I'm talking about acoustic pop/rock bands, re-arranging metal tracks which gives the songs a totally new and different expression.

Hellsongs from Sweden did this already many years ago by releasing records like "Lounge", "Hymns in the Key of 666" and "Piece of Heaven, a Glimpse of Hell".

The newest act that is following this idea is Italian four-piece Driving Mrs. Satan from Naples. The guys take, for the second time ("Popscotch" was released in 2013), songs like thrash anthems from Megadeth ("Peace Sells") and Slayer's "Raining Blood" and twist them into acoustic singer-songwriter tunes. The sometimes positive, almost swinging vibe, combined with mean and evil lyrics sounds funny and is entertaining. It's just that the idea itself isn't new.

In case you missed Hellsongs you can go for Driving Mrs. Satan for listening to metal tracks in a 'new dress'. For the ones having the Hellsong releases, I must say that you don't get much new stuff and metalheads that just want to listen to the originals the verdict is obvious anyhow: Hands off.

Fun, entertaining, well produced and not really essential - that's "Did You Mrs. Me?".

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hungry For Heaven
  2. Iron Man
  3. Caught Somewhere in Time
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  5. Antisocial (english version)
  6. Running Free
  7. Peace Sells
  8. The Unknown Knowns
  9. Raining Blood
  10. Eyes of a Stranger
  11. To Hell and Back

 

Label: Agualoca Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: March 4th, 2015

CD review DRIVING MRS. SATAN "Did You Mrs. Me?"
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ZAKK WYLDE with new solo album and tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Zakk Wylde, News, Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Acoustic

As already reported earlier Zakk Wylde will release a new acosutic album called "Book of Shadows II" which is, the title presages, the successor of "Book of Shadows".

Here comes the tracklist:

1. Autumn Changes
2. Tears of December
3. Lay Me Down
4. Lost Prayer
5. Darkest Hour
6. The Levee
7. Eyes of Burden
8. Forgotten Memory
9. Yesterday's Tears
10. Harbors of Pity
11. Sorrowed Regret
12. Useless Apologies
13. Sleeping Dogs
14. The King

Furthermore the iconic guitarist will be on tour in Europe too and here are the dates:

 

 

ZAKK WYLDE with new solo album and tour dates
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CD review EMIL BULLS "XX"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Emil Bulls, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Acoustic, Rock, Unplugged

(8/10) Time flies if you have fun. German alternative metal band Emil Bulls is in business already since 20 years which is a great moment to celebrate all achievements. And the guys from Munich do celebrate this anniversary.

The quintet took a look back in time on their discography that includes nine longplayers. The guys took the most important tracks from the various periods and re-arranged them. Songs like "Leaving You With This" from 2000 release "Monogamy" up to "Hearteater" from "Sacrifice to Venus" have been turned into soulful acoustic tunes that show the band from a totally new angle.

It was in November last year when the band took those numbers and went on a tour which they called the "Candlelight and Hellfire tour". The acoustic set was played in various cities all over Germany, supplemented by some 'Hellfire'-shows in some bigger cities like Hamburg. The latter have been the plugged-in gigs that included basically the same setlist, just with full power.

With "XX" it's almost the same. The core package is build on the acoustic versions of Emil Bull's highlights. CD 2 (available only in the digipak) instead contains the original version with full force.

All in all "XX" is a cool idea for celebrating the 20th anniversary. It's a carefully done retrospective of the last two decades of Emil Bulls. Happy Birthday.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Here Comes the Fire
  2. The Jaws of Oblivion
  3. The Way of the Warrior
  4. Hearteater
  5. The Most Evil Speech
  6. Close to the Wind
  7. Worlds Apart
  8. Nothing in This World
  9. Gone Baby Gone
  10. Not Tonight Josephine
  11. When God Was Sleeping
  12. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  13. Dear Sadness
  14. Dancing on the Moon
  15. All For You

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release date EU: Januray 29th, 2016

CD review EMIL BULLS "XX"
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Tour dates John Garcia - acoustic

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2015 von Markus W. in John Garcia, Kyuss, News, Rock, Stoner Rock, Classic Rock, Acoustic, Tour

Tour dates John Garcia - acoustic
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CD review ANATHEMA "A Sort of Home Coming"

Veröffentlicht am 12. November 2015 von Markus W. in Anathema, Rock, Prog Rock, News, Acoustic, CD Review, DVD review

(9/10) "A Sort of Home Coming" is an impressive audio and video document of a group of musicians that started years and years ago as a doom band that came with quite some death metal influences. After such an entry into music Anathema moved step by step towards progressive rock and in the meantime they are belonging to the spearhead of modern prog and the guys from Liverpool cast a spell over fans of this genre.

The show that is captured for this release took place on March 7th, 2015 in their hometown. The impressive Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was chosen to be the scenery for this stunning concert that shows the band at its best.

The setlist of this unique event covers 15 songs with a focus on the last two studio records, "Distant Satellite" album and "Weather Systems". But Anathema goes also back in time with e.g. "Fragile Dreams", taken from the 1998 published longplayer "Alternative 4".

It goes without saying that a show in such an environment is a very emotional moment. The acoustic versions of each of the tunes is touching. This live release is more than just a show that is filmed, recorded and published. "A Sort of Home Coming" is a musical thank you to the band's hometown and a pleasurable moment for each of the fans that had the chance to see this event live and in real.

Blessedly the CD/DVD version gives a bigger audience the chance to dive into a world of melodies, harmonies and big soundscapes. Lasse Hoile, as director, Christer-Andre Cederberg as producer and Bruce Soord, who did the engineering have done a great job.

The DVD is a great experience to watch and see, while the CD version invites for closing your eyes with your earphones on, just to dream away the moment.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Lost Song, Part 2
  2. Untouchable, Part 1
  3. Untouchable, Part 2
  4. Thin Air
  5. Dreaming Light
  6. Anathema
  7. Ariel
  8. Electricity
  9. Temporary Peace
  10. The Beginning And The End
  11. Ditant Satelittes
  12. Take Shelter
  13. Internal Landscapes
  14. A Natural Distaster
  15. Fragile Dreams

 

Label: KSCOPE

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review ANATHEMA "A Sort of Home Coming"
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