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CD review J.B.O. "Deutsche Vita"

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2018 von Markus W. in J.B.O., Heavy Metal, Fun Metal, CD Review, AFM Records, News

CD review J.B.O. "Deutsche Vita"

(4/10) A well told joke doesn't get better by repeating it again and again and again. The same goes for J.B.O. and their fun metal. What was fun and a loud laugh at the end of the 90's sounds 20 years later more like deperate attempt to reviltalize the early days.

Known for their metallic cover songs it's this time the Neue Deutsche Welle that gets attention on "Deutsche Vita". The thing is that the originals of "Ich Will Spass", "Hurra Hurra die Schule brennt" and "Nur getraeumt" are far better than these new interpretations. The same goes for songs like "Karneval in Sodom" which is basically Sodom's "Bombenhagel" with slightly adjusted lyrics. 

What maybe would have been a fun soundtrack for carneval is not more than a album that gives you a quiet smile for a couple of minutes. There is far more exciting stuff in the record stores these days.

 

(4/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Alles Nur Geklaut
  2. Du hast dein Smartphone vergessen
  3. Ich Will Spass
  4. Das Limmerlied
  5. Was ist der Fahrer
  6. Nur geträumt
  7. Blaue Augen
  8. Deutsche Vita
  9. Karneval in Sodom
  10. Wickie
  11. Hurra Hurra die Schule brennt
  12. Grande Finale
  13. Gewiss ist nur der Tod
  14. Fränkisches Bier (Live in Augsburg 2014)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Fun Metal

Release Date EU: March 30st, 2018

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CD review EKTOMORF "Fury"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, AFM Records, Fury, Heavy Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Fury"

(8/10) Ektomorf is the brainchild of Zoltán Farkas who founded the band in 1993. Farkas and Ektomorf didn't only sail on the sunny side of life. The band had to face prejudices and their music was partly described as a copycat of Brazilian thrash pioneers Sepultura and later on Soulfly. 

However, 25 years later Ektomorf is still around, mainly based on Farkas' willpower and a lot of staying power. Mid February 2018 the band will release their new record entitled "Fury". It's Ektomorf's 13th studio album, featuring ten new metal tracks that are loaded with high-octane and groove.

The album title, "Fury", describes pretty well what fans can expect from this album. It's a next grooving chapter in Ektomorf's discography with tunes that are furious and fierce. Not that the band reinvented the wheel with this longplayer. The quartet still focusses on their exciting mix of thrash metal, hardcore and groove, songs that makes you jump.

It's again producer legend Tue Madsen who gave "Fury" an excellent sound that is another factor of continuity. What's new though is the line-up. After a complete change of band members in 2017 it's Szebasztián Simon (Guitar) , Attila Asztalos (Bass), Dániel Szabó (Drums) supporting Farkas on "Fury". It looks very much like the guys found quite some common ground since the album sounds tight and spot-on.

To sum up. New line-up, excellent producer and a typical Ektomorf groove, that is what you get with "Fury" and it's rough times the band went though led them to where they are now, a constant factor in metal that doesn't disappoint with "Fury".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Prophet of Doom
  2. AK47
  3. Fury
  4. Bullet in Your Head
  5. Faith and Strength
  6. Infernal Warfare
  7. Tears od Christ
  8. Blood For Blood
  9. If You're Willing to Die
  10. Skin Them Alive

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: February 16th, 2018

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CD review OZ "Transition State"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2017 von Markus W. in OZ, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, CD Review, AFM Records, News, Classic Rock

CD review OZ "Transition State"

(7/10) Why looking for new sounds if classic metal does the job. This could have been the thinking of OZ. The Scandinavian powerhouse premiered in 1982 with an album entitled "Heavy Metal Heroes". Four additional longplayers followed before OZ decided to go on a hiatus in 1991.

Twenty years after "Roll the Dice" Oz returned with "Burning Leather and it took another six years to welcome "Transition State".

Traditional metal rules when it comes to the newest studio album. The longplayer doesn‘t include anything we haven‘t heard before - from OZ themselves or other metal outfits. The question is if this is good or bad. Now, I can‘t give you the answer, but I can tell you that I liked what I got to hear. Indeed, the ‚ohohoh‘ sing-a-long‘ parts aren‘t metallic rocket sciene. However it fits in a good manner to OZ‘s sound, showing the traditional metal doesn‘t necessarily means dusted oldschool stuff. 

Most of the songs that found a spot on „Transition State“s tracklist are uptempo once, reminding of Accept & Co.. Besides the German metal legend it's Iron Maiden being no strangers to OZ. Listening to „Demonized“, with it‘s guitar power, has the unbound rawness of the early Maiden-era. 

Traditionlists in metal definitely have to put this longplayer on their shopping list and in case you missed the beginning of metal it‘s this album that can give you a flavour (even though it‘s probabaly better to check out the old classics).

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bone Crusher
  2. Restless
  3. Heart of a Beast
  4. Drag You to Hell
  5. Whore of Babylon
  6. The Witch
  7. In a Shadow of a Shotgun
  8. Never Close Your Eyes
  9. The Mountain
  10. Demonized
  11. We'll Never Die
  12. Midnight Screams

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

 

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CD review IRON SAVIOR "Reforged - Riding on Fire"

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2017 von Markus W. in Iron Savior, Reforged - Riding on Fire, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, AFM Records, Piet Sielck

CD review IRON SAVIOR "Reforged - Riding on Fire"

(8/10) Iron Savior belongs to the premier league of German heavy metal. Even though the guys never reached a similar popularity as their Hamburg-colleagues of Helloween it is Piet Sielck who never gave up. This effort and passion was rewarded by fans all over the world, leading to ten powerful metal records and an end is fortunately not in sight.

After having published the latest studio album, “Titancraft”, in 2016 it’s a kind of a  "Best of..” release that ats as a closer for 2017. Sielck and band re-recorded 19 of their best tracks, including classics from the debut like “Iron Savior” and “Brave New World”. Iron Savior focused on the earlier releases and instead of taking the old material for remastering the band took another road. The quartet re-recorded these songs which gives them a more modernised expression. The re-recording was i mainly due to legal reasons and turned into an excellent summery of Iron Saviors creative work up to 2004 when the “Battering Ram” record saw the light of day.

“Reforged – Riding on Fire” is a powerful metal album that shows the beauty of this genre. It combines to old-school vibe with a contemporary production, leading to classics that fit perfectly into the here and now. “Reforged – Riding on Fire” stands for nostalgia meeting the ‘brave new world’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Riding on Fire
  2. Battering Ram
  3. Brave New World
  4. Prisoner of the Void
  5. Titans of Our Time
  6. Eye to Eye
  7. For the World
  8. Mindfeeder
  9. Watcher of the Sky
  10. Mind over Matter

CD 2:

  1. Warrior
  2. Iron Savior
  3. Tales of the Bold
  4. No Heroes
  5. Break the Curse
  6. Condition Red
  7. Protector
  8. I’ve been to Hell
  9. Atlantis Falling

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: December 8th, 2017

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CD review SHAKRA " Snakes and Ladders"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Shakra, CD Review, News, Rock, Hardrock, AFM Records, Heavy Metal

CD review SHAKRA " Snakes and Ladders"

(8/10) Having a new Shakra album in my inbox is always a moment of appreciation. In one or another way the Swiss rock outfit never really disappointed me with one of their albums. OK, it‘s always the same principle the band builds their songs on. But what I like with their music is the fact that it never gets too clicheful and tiring. Shakra adds enough riff power to their tunes with the raspy vocals of Mark Fox being the icing on the cake. Some songs almost sound like them being the mean little brother of Gotthard.

„Snakes and Ladders“ is the newest release of this five-piece band from Bern, Switzerland and it‘s number eleven in a  19 years history.

The opener „Cassandras Curse” perfectly sets the frame for the album. Shakra unveils all their firepower which is also comes back in „Friday Night“. The latter is the first tune that brought Pretty Maids to my mind while listening to it. It‘s esp. the chorus that shows some parallels and it‘s not the only song with such an inspiration.

In general the album comes with a positive vibe, but „Snakes and Ladders“ also include darker moments. „Fire in My Veins“ is one of them, but in the end it‘s the swinging tracks that are dominant on “Snakes and Ladders”.

As we‘re used to, there‘s not that much new longplayer. But every number that found its way on the tracklist has enough of an entertainment factor to give listeners and fans of crispy hardrock a good time.

 

(8/10)

 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Cassandra’s Curse
  2. Friday Nightmare
  3. Snakes & Ladders
  4. Something You Don’t Understand
  5. The Seeds
  6. Rollin‘
  7. Medicine Man
  8. I Will Rise Again
  9. Open Water
  10. The Race Of My Life
  11. Fire In My Veins
  12. The End Of Days

 

 
Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017
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CD review COMMUNIC "Where Echoes Gather"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Communic, Prog Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, AFM Records, CD Review

CD review COMMUNIC "Where Echoes Gather"

(8/10) The wait is over. Six full years after having released “The Bottom Deep” Norwegian prog metal powerhouse Communic is back with a new album. “Where Echoes Gather” is the band’s fifth full-length album and the first one for AFM Records. it ends a period which was more like winding road with expected and unexpected twists and crossroads.

However, six years is a long period of time in a fast moving environment and hopefully the band from Kristiansand didn’t slip out of people’s mind over all these years. Actually I don’t think so since the Norwegian trio has a loyal fan base and because of the new album picking things up where the band ended with the predecessor, fascination should be back immediately.

“Where Echoes Gather” marks a fantastic return of one of Europe’s most influential progressive metal bands. In total the album comes with nine songs of which three are split into two parts.

The ideas for some of the tracks go back to the beginning of the new millennium when Communic began their metallic adventure with some of them being older than 20 years. This doesn’t mean that the new longplayer sounds dusted and oldschool. Communic refreshed the creative output from then and continued working on them. Knowing all this, the title “Where Echoes Gather” makes all of a sudden a lot of sense. It’s this record on which the echoes from the past gather and after all the dust from the last years settled, it’s a terrific new longplayer that starts to shine.

Communic is often mentioned as a prog metal band but they are more when it comes to me. The three Norwegians don’t loose themselves in endless solo antics. The songs include various layers, including tempo breaks and exciting beats – that’s one part, the progressive one. But they also include a lot of heaviness in these tunes, reminding of bands like Nevermore. If you combine Warrel Dane’s powerhouse with the musical finesse of the earlier Dream Theater with the addition of some Fates Warning, then you will end up with Communic.

It’s a mission impossible to go into depth for some of the tracks. They are all too good to just pick some. However, “Pulse of the Earth” with its two parts helps the longplayer to get out of the gates very well. The finishing line is entitled "The Claws of the Sea" which ends an exciting metal record that shows how much willpower and persistance pays off.

“Where Echoes Gather” is the highly anticipated return of Communic. Fans of the Norwegian metal outfit will love this record and so do metalheads with a passion for challenging and entertaining metal that stays exciting for more than one spin on your record player. Welcome back Communic.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 1 - The Magnetic Center)
  2. The Pulse of the Earth (Part 2 - Impact of The Wave)
  3. Where Echoes Gather (Part 1 - Beneath The Giant)
  4. Where Echoes Gather (Part 2 - The Underground Swine)
  5. Moondance
  6. Where History Lives
  7. Black Flag of Hate
  8. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 1 - Journey Into The Source)
  9. The Claws Of The Sea (Part 2 - The First Moment)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Release Date EU: October 27th, 2017

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CD review EMIL BULLS "Kill Your Demons"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Emil Bulls, News, CD Review, AFM Records, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal

CD review EMIL BULLS "Kill Your Demons"

(8/10) Emil Bulls are no rookies to metal. A bigger amount of studio releases since 1995 speaks for itself and it’s end of September when Emil Bulls adds another record to their impressive discography.

After more than 20 years the band’s still hungry, releasing an album that comes with a n enormous firepower. “Kill Your Demons”, that’s the title of the new CD, contains eleven tracks that surprised me when it comes to heaviness. Especially the beginning showcases the band loud and heavy.

It’s the title track that acts as opener and it gets you into the right mood for this longplayer. “Kill Your Demons” is a song built on massive riffs that blow you away right from the beginning. The following “The Ninth Wave” doesn’t put a foot on the break either before Emil Bulls become a bit more melodic with “Black Flag”. The summary of these three tracks represents the album very well.

Also going further down the tracklist brings heavily pounding songs up to surface (“The Anatomy of Fear”) as well as it delivers catchy songs “Euphoria” with a certain pop appeal. This span might be a bit too wide but in one or another way it’s nothing that bothers. Theses songs go together very well, adding up to an album that slightly exceeds expectations, mainly due to the furious modern metal outbursts.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kill Your Demons
  2. The Ninth Wave
  3. Black Flags
  4. Miss Magnetic
  5. Once and For All
  6. The Anatomy of Fear
  7. MT Madness
  8. Euphoria
  9. In Any Case Maybe
  10. Gone Dark
  11. Winterblood (The Sequel)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review NOCTURNAL RITES "Phoenix"

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

CD review NOCTURNAL RITES "Phoenix"

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

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

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

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

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

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

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

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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EMIL BULLS posted with "Kill Your Demons" a new song

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Emil Bulls, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, AFM Records

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CD review SERIOUS BLACK "Magic"

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2017 von Markus W. in Serious Black, Melodic Metal, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, AFM Records

CD review SERIOUS BLACK "Magic"

(7/10) After having published the sophomore album “Mirrorworld” in 2016, Serious Black is back with a new longplayer. “Magic”, that’s the name of the album that comes with 14 songs, providing you with an hour of powerful metal music.

Serious Black’s newest strike is a concept album. It’s the story of Mr. Nightmist that's told in several chapters, starting with the short intro “With a Tip of the Hat”. Full of fantasy and mystery, the entire concept is build around Mr. Nightmist and his relation with Caldwell Town; his home-town. Whatever you expect from such a story is in there – the witch, the curse, the hero, love and despair.

When it comes to the music the album lives up to expectations. As with the earlier two releases also “Magic” includes metal songs that comprise well-done melodies and catchy hooks. Actually there’s no chance to resist to this kind of music.

Towards the end things get even operatic, reminding of the TS. “One Final Song” is what the title states, the last song on the album. In eight minutes Serious Black rounds off things in a soulful and dramatic fashion. It could be the grand finale, if the tune would be more surprising. Not that it’s a mediocre track, it’s more that we have heard this kind of numbers already several times. It’s a good rock songs, but not more.

“Magic” is an album that comes with good melodic metal songs, taking the listener to a world of fantasy and imagination. Each of the tunes benefits from a powerful production, giving “Magic” a good dynamic and punch. The only thing that could have gotten more focus is the uniqueness. As mentioned earlier, the record lives up to expectation, which is per se nothing bad. The flipside though is, that it’s predictable with only some unforeseen twists. In the end it’s like with your favorite dish. You know how it tastes and you still like it, even though it’s prepared by another chef.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. With A Tip of the Hat
  2. Binary
  3. Burn Witches Burn
  4. Lone Gunman Rule
  5. Now you’ll Never know
  6. I can Do Magic
  7. Magic
  8. Skeletons on Parade
  9. Mr. Nightmist
  10. The Witch of Caldwell town
  11. True Love is Blind
  12. Just Kill Me
  13. Newfound Freedom
  14. One Final Song

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2017 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, New, Live, CD Review, AFM Records, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

(7/10) Ektomorf is basically the brainchild of Hungarian metal maniac Zoltán Farkas who started the band in 1993. The guitarist had to go through a rough time in the beginning and it was his willpower that kept him going. Ektomorf released in the meantime 15 records with their fifth album, "Destroy", being a milestone for Farkas and the band. The longplayer, produced by Danish mastermind Tue Madsen at the helm, lead to appreciation of fans and media.

Ektomorf's energetic groove metal combines thrash, metal and punk to a powerful total that reminds of bands like Soulfly. It was in 2016 when the quartet played the unique Wacken festival. The guys made us of the opportunity to record the show and almost 12 months later the CD/DVD hits the shelfs. 

The enitre set was build around the latest studio album "Aggressor" and the 2006 output "Outcast", spiced up with up with some older classics. The setlist is a well-balanced mix of old and new with Tue Madsen handling the audio mix for this release.

The DVD comes with a documentary entitled "Live and Life on the Road" which provides an entertaining 60 minutes behind-the-scene glimpse. "Warpath (Live and Life on the Road" is a proper live album, reflecting on almost 15 years of Ektomorf. For sure interesting for fans of the band and grooving thrash metal.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast

DVD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast
  12. Live And Life On The Road (documentary)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Gunmen"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Orden Organ, Liv Kristine, Power Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, AFM Records

CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Gunmen"

(8/10) July is a tough months for melodic metal fans with quite some releases that will bringing enjoyment to this group of metalheads. Not only that big players such as Blind Guardian and Edguy have interesting releases in the starting blocks, also German-based Orden Organ contributes to the success story of German power metal with a new album.

“Gunmen” is the name of Orden Organ’s sixth full-length album and follows the 2015 release “Ravenhead”. I must say that I was pretty much impressed of what the quartet from Arnsberg, Germany added to their offer with this new longplayer. “Raveneye” was a good record, no doubt, but over the last two years the four piece band developed a lot, leading to an album that comes with some jaw-dropping good songs.

The way into this longplayer couldn’t have been done much better. Already the opener is more than just an appetizer for more. “Gunman” is a powerful metal hymn with a chorus that hits the sweet spot when it comes to melody and metal. Big choirs are in focus with “Fields of Sorrow” while “Forlorn and Forsaken” is a mighty metal track with heavy riffing meeting melodic vocallines. “Vampire in Ghost Town” reminded me partly of Sabaton, even though in a bit of a lighter way. The first half gets completed by “Come With Me to the Other Side”. It’s Liv Kristine who took over some of the vocal parts of this tune which adds an extra to Orden Organ’s sound with the two voices going together very well.

After having heard the album several times I have the feeling that the first half of the album is slightly better than the second 50%. Songs like “Finis Coronat Opus” are good but there are better numbers on this release. The heavy pounding “Ashes Rain” is one of these highlights. Melodic power metal can’t be done much better than what you get to hear with this tune.

To sum up. Orden Organ released a great album that helps to establish the guys at the top of European melodic metal. Time for some serious headbanging.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gunman
  2. Fields of Sorrow
  3. Forlorn and Forsaken
  4. Vampire in Ghost Town
  5. Come With Me to the Other Side
  6. The Face of Silence
  7. Ashen Rain
  8. Down Here (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
  9. One Last Chance
  10. Finis Coronat Opus

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review WOLFPAKK "Wolves Reign"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2017 von Markus W. in Wolfpakk, Michael Voss, Mark Sweeny, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News, Heavy Metal, AFM Records

(7/10) You could get the impression of Mark Sweeny and Michael Voss aiming for a world record. The amount of guest musicians the two Wolfpakk leaders invited to their newest bite is enormous. The list of supporters for the new album “Wolves Reign” is too long to mention everybody’s being involved. 26 guests have contributed to this album, including big shots like Biff Byford (Saxon), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger) and many more.

The project has its roots in 2010 with a debut published in 2011. Since then two more longplayers followed with “Wolves Reign” being the newest strike of this series of four. With Wolfpakk it’s a kind of a two-edged sword. On the one hand the band/project doesn’t bring too much new to the table, but what they serve is done pretty good.

It’s not only the involved musicians that brings back a melodic 80’s metal vibe, it’s mainly the songs that reminds of days when Dokken, Bonfire, Mad Max and Co. had the full spotlight and attention. One of these songs with a strong retro vibe is the opener “Falling”; a melodic rocker with great hooks. “Blood Brothers” is another smashing tune on the album, that’s a bit harder and enriched by Byford’s’ unique vocals. That’s the way melodic metal needs to sound and nothing else than that.

Another highlight comes towards the end.  “I’m Onto You” is a hard and heavy piece of music that shows the real power of the wolves. In general I must say that the guys are best when they let the music rock and roll. These tunes have the pepperoni that’s needed for this tasteful melodic metal dish.

.Unfortunately the album also includes a few songs that can’t reach the same high level as the earlier mentioned numbers. The title track is a standard metal song without highs and lows. It’s solid and not more. And it’s “Mother Earth”, a track with an important message that belongs to the weaker ones too. With eight minutes it’s the longest one on the album and I have the feeling that the guys wanted to put too much in it. The more bombastic start is rather OK and the steady beat catches you immediately. What comes next are classic female vocals, a long instrumental section and some neo-classic references which are well-done but also a bit overdone. Two minutes less would have done the job as well.

To sum up: There are quite some songs in which a strong bite by Wolfpakk is included. These are the highlights compared to a few tracks that are more a pinch rather than a strong bite.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Falling
  2. Run All Night
  3. Blood Brothers
  4. Wolves Reign
  5. No Remorse
  6. Inside the Animal Mind
  7. Scream of the Hawk
  8. The 10 Commandments
  9. Mother Earth
  10. Tomorrowland
  11. I’m Onto You

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review WOLFPAKK "Wolves Reign"
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CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2017 von Markus W. in Stahlmann, Rammstein, Modern Metal, Neue Deutsche Härte, Rock, Elektro, AFM Records, News, CD

(5/10) I wonder who's in need of this release in days when, on a weekly base, excellent metal records see the light of day. Yes, I know, Rammstein hasn't released something new since quite some years that is more than another live recording and maybe bands like Stahlmann fills this vacuum. 

However, the guys from Göttingen are successful with what they are doing, achieving top 40 positions in German longplayer chart. I also must admit that the songs aren't too bad, also benefiting from a proper production. But in the end it's far too little own ideas and too many Rammstein that weaved into each of these ten new tracks. These guys are riding on Rammstein's coattails and they don't even try to hide this fact. This album is for fans only that heavily kiss new stuff from Lindemann and gang.

"Bastard" has one positive effect though. It created an appetite for Rammstein's first three album which I needed to listen to feel the real old Neue Deutsche Härte vibe again.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Leitwolf
  2. Judas
  3. Bastard
  4. Nichts Spricht Wahre Liebe Frei
  5. Wächter
  6. Von Glut Zu Asche
  7. Alptraum
  8. Dein Gott
  9. Schwarz Und Weiss utsche Ha
  10. Supernova 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"
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