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CD review ROSS THE BOSS "By Blood Sworn"

Veröffentlicht am 11. April 2018 von Markus W. in Ross The Boss, Manowar, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, US Metal, CD Review, AFM, By Blood Sworn, News

CD review ROSS THE BOSS "By Blood Sworn"

(8/10) Ross Friedman started as guitarist, playing in a punk band called The Dictators. After having release three longplayers with this outfit the guitarist moved to Europe and joined Shakin’ Street which supported Black Sabbath their “Heaven and Hell”-tour. It was this tour that brought Friedman and DeMaio into contact which was the kick-start of Manowar. Friedman was part of Manowar’s glorious rise, a time when records such as “Into Glory Ride” and “Battle Hymns” have seen the light of day.

“Kings of Metal” was the last record Friedman was part of before he left Manowar and started quite some years later with Ross The Boss his own metal powerhouse. The debut “New Metal Leader” has been unveiled in 2008, and ten years later it’s the formidable “By Blood Sworn” that will delight metal fans all over the place.

Ross The Boss’ third album features ten songs, combining power metal a la Virgin Steele and the Manowar roots to a great total. “By Blood Sworn” doesn’t know any filler. There’s the epical “Faith of the Fallen” next to high-speed tunes like “Fistful of Hate. Most of the songs though are kept in medium pace and fire on all cylinders. You shouldn’t miss the very well-crafted title track with singer Marc Lopez showing all his metal siren skills. The high-pitch screams are just awesome, followed by the grooving “Among the Bones” which is another highlight on an album full of killer songs.

“By Blood Sworn” is a treat for every power metal fan that grew up with bands like Manowar and Virgin Steele, but also enjoyed the sound of groups like Liege Lord and Co.. This longplayer is pure metal power.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. By Blood Sworn
  2. Among The Bones
  3. This Is Vengeance
  4. We Are the Night
  5. Faith of the Fallen
  6. Devil's Day
  7. Lilith
  8. Among The Godz
  9. Circle of Damnation
  10. Fistful of Hate
  11. Each Dawn I Die
  12. The Oath
  13. Hail and Kill

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

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CD review GUS G. "Fearless"

Veröffentlicht am 7. April 2018 von Markus W. in Gus G., Fearless, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, AFM, News, CD Review, Dennis Ward, Firewind

CD review GUS G. "Fearless"

(8/10) Greek guitar wizard is a busy man. Having been part of Ozzy Osbourne’s band as well as supplying riff power to death metal legends Nightrage shows the width of styles Gus G. can handle. Next to these bands, the axeman also has his own powerful metal outfit called Firewind and last but not least he releases under his own name.

The guitarist teamed-up with Dennis Ward (v/b) and Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and all three recorded a very well-done Gus G.-disc that pays attention to more traditional metal. The trio kicks-off things with the spot-on opener “Letting Go” followed by a gloomier track entitled “Mr. Manson”, a song that reminds of the later Ozzy Osbourne releases of which Gus G. was part of.

Not paying too much attention to the names of the tracks on first sight led to a thought of having heard these keyboard melodies of track no.6 earlier. A few seconds later things were crystal clear. Gus G. covered with “Money for Nothing” a Dire Straits smash hit. He sticks pretty much to the original when it comes to the beginning of the classic. This approach doesn’t last very long. Gus G. shifts the tune towards a heavy interpretation of what Mark Knopfler and Co. wrote many years ago. Fun fact besides the brilliance of the new arrangement is the small lyric changes/updates, when “Color TV’s” become “LED’s”.

Last but not least the album also includes instrumentals which will be a delight for fans of the Greek guitar master. Furious guitars and blistering riffs are impressive, not only when it comes to the instrumentals, but specifically there.

“Fearless” is a cool next addition to Gus. G.’s discography, showing one of the best contemporary guitarists at work. And without any fear I can say that Gus G. is in line with guitar heroes like Michael Schenker, George Lynch and Co.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Letting Go
  2. Mr. Manson
  3. Don’t Treat on Me
  4. Fearless
  5.  Nothing to Say
  6. Money for Nothing
  7. Chance
  8. Thrill of the Chase
  9. Big City
  10. Last of my Kind

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

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CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2018 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Temple of Lies, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Heavy Metal, AFM

CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

(8/10) Since a few years Bonfire is gaining more and more momentum again. The latest releases have been all pretty good, showcasing a band that found their way back into the spotlight.

Bonfire these days is very much Hans Ziller, founding member and main driver of the Bavarian metal outfit that celebrated bigger successes in the late 80’s.

Four years ago Ziller had to face a major line-up change. Singer and founding member Claus Lessmann left the quintet from Ingolstadt, Germany and was replaced by former Accept singer David Reece. In 2016 Reece left Bonfire and it was German vocalist Michael Bormann who should have become Bonfire’s new frontman. Due to legal reasons a certain time period needed to be bridged and it was Alexx Stahl who took over vocal duties for the time needed. Unexpectedly things worked more than well and Stahl’s voice fit so good to Bonfire’s sound that the singer became a fix member of the five-piece band. The quintet recorded with “Temple of Lies” their 16th studio album and it’s the first one with Stahl at the mic.

An intro, entitled “In the Beginning”, sets the stage. It feels like a mixture of Manowar and neo-classic metal that welcomes you before title song takes over. “Temple of Lies” is the first surprise since it blows the speakers with heavy riffs and Stahl presenting his pure metal siren capabilities. I had to get used to the high-pitched vocals since I haven’t expected such a powerful beginning, but already with the second spin I started to really like the tune.

After such a start it’s “On the Wings of an Angel” that brings back the hard rocking Bonfire vibe and it’s the slowly rolling “Feel the Fire (Like the Bonfire)” that could become a classic on Bonfire’s setlist.

These tracks stand pretty much for what you can expect of “Temple of Lies”. Hans Ziller and crew wrote good melodic rockers like “Fly Away” and also “Love the Way You Hate Me” belongs to the specularities on a good rock album. While listening to the album I had to think several times of Axxis since Stahl has partly a similar voice than Bernhard Weiss. And talking about comparisons/influence: am I the only one that hears some Queensryche guitarlines being part of “I’ll Never Be Loved By You”?

Anyhow, “Temple of Lies” is an excellent melodic metal /hardrock album that might not bring a lot of new to the table but satisfies listeners and fans with great melodies, well-crafted hooks, pure power and a really good singer. If you like melodic metal you will like “Temple of Lies” too. The album might not be able to compete with the early Bonfire classics, but it’s getting pretty close.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. In the Beginning
  2. Temple of Lies
  3. On the Wings of an Angel
  4. Feed the Fire (Like the Bonfire)
  5. Stand or Fall
  6. Comin’ Home
  7. I’ll Never Be Loved by You
  8. Fly Away
  9. Love the Way You Hate Me
  10. Crazy Over You

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review ARMORED DAWN "Barbarians in Black"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Armored Dawn, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, AFM, CD Review

CD review ARMORED DAWN "Barbarians in Black"

(5/10) Brazilian metal outfit Armored Dawn was founded in 2011 and it took the guys 5 long years till their debut saw the light of day. “Power of Warrior” was the title of this album and I have to admit that I missed it.

What I didn’t miss though was a live show of the Brazilian metal warriors, supporting Fates Warning on one of their recent European tour. To say it in a nice way: the show wasn’t one of the most impressive concerts I have ever seen. Sound, songs and stage acting wasn’t what fans wanted to see and listen to while waiting for the US metal prog pioneers. Actually I heard more than once from Fates Warning fans the question of why Jim Mathoes and bandmates take such a band as support act on tour.

Anyhow, this was is history and new songs of Armored Dawn will hit the stores in February, Based on the latest experience, my expectation to the sophomore Armored Dawn album haven’t been sky-high. Unfortunately, I would say in this case, expectation were met. “Barbarians in Black” offers power metal that doesn’t bring any new to the table. Keywords such as “epic”, homogenous style” and “virtuosities” can be only read in the label info, but don’t come back on the album.

“Barbarians in Black” contains 60 minutes of ordinary and partly trivial power metal that’s inspired by bands like Manowar, Blind Guardian and more. It’s just that the Brazilian six-piece band doesn’t even get close to the genius quality of those bands. There are far better releases these days.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Beware of the Dragon
  2. Bloodstone
  3. Men of Odin
  4. Chance to Live Again
  5. Unbreakable
  6. Eyes Behind the Crow
  7. Sail Away
  8. Gods of Metal
  9. Survivor
  10. Barbarians in Black

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD Review VOODOO CIRCLE „Raise on Rock“

Veröffentlicht am 11. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Voodoo Circle, Alex Beyrodt, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, AFM, Raised on Rock

CD Review VOODOO CIRCLE „Raise on Rock“

(7/10) Alex Beyrodt is a restless mind, always on a journey through rock and metal. His hunger for heavy metal will be satisfied by Primal Fear where he handles the six-string in a perfect fashion. Next to that he is part of ‚Rock meets Classic‘ and quite some other projects. And if this would not be enough, Beyrodt also has his own band, Voodoo Circle, a power outfit that shows the guitarist‘s passion for classic rock a la Rainbow, Whitesnake, ....

Beginning of February is in important day for Beyrodt and bandmates. Voodoo Circle‘s fifth album „Raised on Rock“ will see the light of day. The band found with Herbie Langhans a new singer which had a refreshing impact since it provided Beyrodt with new opportunities when it comes to songwriting.

As expected, melodies are in focus on the new album with „Just Take My Heart“ being an excellent start into „Raised on Rock“. The very rhythm-based track contains everything Voodoo Circle stands for - catchiness, a classic rock vibe, hardness and melodies you don‘t get out of your mind that easily. Thereby „Just Take My Heart“ stands for a good example for what to expect from Voodoo Circle‘s newest strike.

„Higher Love“ emphasis the before mentioned before „Running Away From Love“ shows the band‘s passion for bands like Whitesnake, a fact that becomes even more obvious with the ballad „Where is the World We Love“. It‘s a great song but for me it‘s a bit too much „Is This Love“-inspired.

„Ultimate Sin“ is next in line and it‘s not an Ozzy cover version. It‘s an uptempo rock song with excellent guitar work by Beyrodt and great vocals by Langhans. His harsher voice fits perfect to this hard rocking tune that belongs to the best ones on the album.

In case you‘re looking for some soulful moments you should listen to „Chase Me Away“. It‘s another half ballad, this time more related to Deep Purple. 

The closer of Voodoo Circle‘s new longplayer is entitled „Dreamchaser“ and it‘s a well-done ending. The song reminds of Rainbow without using Blackmore and Co. as a blueprint. It‘s more a Voodoo Cricle interpretation of a sound that revolutionized rock music in 70‘s. 

The new Voodoo Circle album is a good way to spend some time. It comprises of excellent hardrock songs, reflecting the good old classic rock days. A lot of good stuff to listen to with a certain shortage of uniqueness.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Running Away From Love
  2. Higher Love
  3. Walk On The Line
  4. You Promised Me Heaven
  5. Just Take My Heart
  6. Where Is The World We Love
  7. Ultimate Sin 
  8. Chase Me Away
  9. Unknown Stranger
  10. Dreamchaser
  11. Love Is An Ocean
  12. Time For The Innocent
  13. There's More To See

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: February 9th, 2018

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CD review LEAVES' EYES "Sign of the Dragonhead"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Leaves Eyes, Sign of the Dragonhead, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, AFM

CD review LEAVES' EYES "Sign of the Dragonhead"

(7/10) “Sign of the Dragonhead” is album number one in the ‘post Liv Kristine era’ and it’s number seven in the band’s history. Finnish singer Elina Siirala followed Liv Kristine in 2015 and after having done some first well-received live shows it was this album which was anticipated a lot by fans of Leaves’ Eyes.

One thing already at this stage. Leaves’ Eyes is still Leaves’ Eyes with Siirala doing an excellent job. Her legit voice fits perfect to Leaves’ Eyes symphonic metal and marks a good counterpart to the rough vocals by Alex Krull.

For me, “Sign of the Dragonhead" fully lives up to expectation, which is the good and bad in one. Fans of the band will highly appreciate tracks like the heavy rocking title track and the bombastic “Fires in the North”. Also the Celtic influences, coming back in the catchy “Riders on the Wind”, are well-placed and reflect the band perfectly. So all good on first sight, and also second sight.

However, Leaves’ Eyes new album doesn’t bring too much new to the table either. The band stresses again the Nordic Viking theme, there’s the battle between classic female vocals and rough male ones and there are songs that are partly extremely catchy. This is per se nothing bad. It’s just that tunes like the mentioned “Riders on the Wind” became a bit too sugar sweet while tracks like “Like a Mountain” gave me the impression of having heard this kind of music many times before. Last but not least there’s the instrumental, or is it a longer interlude, “Rulers of the Wing and Waves” that maybe could have made space for another song since it doesn’t add too much to the total.

To sum up: “Sign of the Dragonhead” shows Elina Siirala being well-integrated in the band. Furthermore the album reflects Leaves’ Eyes with a 100% but it also misses the real highlight and wow-effects. Good stuff but not jaw-dropping.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sign of the Dragonhead
  2. Across The Sea
  3. Like A Mountain
  4. Jomsborg
  5. Völva
  6. Riders on the Wind
  7. Fairer Than the Sun
  8. Shadows in the Night
  9. Rulers of Wind and Waves
  10. Fires in the North
  11. Waves of Euphoria

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Symphonic Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review TANKARD "Hymns For the Drunk"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Tankard, News, CD Review, Compilation, Hymns For the Drunk, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, AFM

CD review TANKARD "Hymns For the Drunk"

(*/10) There is a lot of Tankard these days. Noise/BMG re-released the first seven Tankard album, incl. the "Alien"-EP and the Tankwart cover album - all with a great booklet and liner notes, showing a passion for details. These seven CD cover Tankards 80's and 90's highlights before the guys left Noise and went to Century Media for two albums. 

In the beginning of the new millennium the quartet from Mainhatten inked a deal with AFM Records for some recordss and it's these years that are combined on the "Hymns For the Drunk" compilation. 

"B-Day" was the first longplayer that came via AFM Records and it's tracks like "Rectifier" and "Need Money For Beer" which represent the 2002 longplayer. The last album for the label was "Vol(l)ume 14", a record that included thrashers such as "Time Warp" and "Rules for Fools". I would have appreciated "Black Plague (BP) being part of the compilation too, but you can't get it all. 

You might wonder why there are songs like "Zombie Attack" and "The Morning After" on this releases since the songs are from the Noise-years. The thing is that Tankard re-recorded these classics for the 2007 "Best Case Scenario: 25 years in Beer". This album was published by AFM and that's why the tracktlist contains the classics too. 

All in all "Hymns For the Drunk" is a comprehensive compilation that shows German thrash metal warriors in their post Noise years, enriched with some classics no Tankard fan should miss. 

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rectifier
  2. Need Money For Beer
  3. New Liver Please!
  4. Slipping From Reality
  5. Die With A Beer In Your Hand
  6. We’re Coming Back
  7. We Still Drink The Old Ways
  8. The Beauty And The Beast
  9. Metaltometal
  10. Zombie Attack
  11. (Empty) Tankard
  12. The Morning After
  13. Medley (Alcohol, Puke, Mon Cheri, Wonderful Life)
  14. Octane Warriors
  15. Stay Thirsty!
  16. Time Warp
  17. Rules For Fools

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2017

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CD review GOTHMINISTER "The Other Side"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Gothminister, Dark Metal, Industrial, Gothic, News, AFM, CD Review

CD review GOTHMINISTER "The Other Side"

(5/10) Gothminister premiered in 2003 with "Gothic Electronic Anthems", followed by four more longplayers of which "Utopia" made fans sit up with charts entries in a couple of European countries. Gothminister, being the brainchild of Bjørn Alexander Brem, will release a new longplayer this autumn. "The Other Side" comes with ten new songs, bringing 36 minutes of dark industrial metal right to your living room.

I have to admit that I missed the earlier Gothminister albums and I can‘t say that the newest strike increases the appetite for more. „The Other Side“ would have better stayed there since it doesn‘t deliver any new. While listening to the album I had the constant feeling of having heard these songs earlier, mostly better.

The tunes on this album are gothic rock with a portion of Rammstein-influenced metal. To mention the only benefit of this release means talking about the sound that powers from beginning to end. Unfortunately the songs can't live up to the good sound. Why should one listen to this longplayer if you also could re-activate the Rammstein classics and/or the good old Sisters Of Mercy hits.

After having listened to the album a couple of times I still couldn‘t find the spark that should ignite fascination. It‘s predictable goth-rock without a thrill that gets out of the speakers, something for ‘the other side’.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ich Will Alles
  2. The Sun
  3. Der fliegende Mann
  4. Aegir
  5. Red Christ
  6. We are the Ones Who Rule the World
  7. All This Time
  8. Day of Reckoning
  9. Taking Over
  10. Somewhere in Time

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Industrial Gothic

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

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First new COMMUNIC song unveiled

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Communic, News, AFM, Prog Metal, Power Metal, Video

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News from COMMUNIC about the new album

Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2017 von Markus W. in Communic, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, Power Metal, News, AFM

News from COMMUNIC about the new album

One of Europe’s leading and most popular prog metal acts is finally back. Norway’s Communic have made a lasting impression on the scene with their previous four studio albums. Communic’s first album for AFM is nothing short of another dark and atmospheric masterpiece, created by the very same three guys who founded the band back then. "Where Echoes Gather" will be available as Digipak and ltd colored Vinyl (250 units gold, 250 red/marbled).

The cover artwork created by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Iced Earth).

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CD review MASTERPLAN "PumpKings"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Masterplan, Helloween, News, CD Review, AFM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal

CD review MASTERPLAN "PumpKings"

(6/10) From a timing point of view the release of “PumpKings” is a quite interesting one. In a time when Helloween’s close to the Pumpkins United tour, including Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen, it is former Helloween guitarist Michael Grapow who releases an album that features eleven songs from the ‘Pumpkins’. I can’t tell you if this release is a way to participate in the existing Helloween/Pumpkins hype or if it was a 100% based on a pure passion for these nine songs. Therefor I stop speculating and focus on the music you get with “PumpKings”.

As mentioned, the album features eleven tracks that cover the era from the 1991 release “Pink Bubbles Go Ape” to “The Dark Ride” which was released in 2000. Songs like "Mr. Ego" and "The Dark Side" are actually good metal tunes even though these nine years don't belong to the strongest ones in Helloween's long history and redoing them with Masterplan didn't add something to the total. OK, production techniques improved and the sound might have a bit more power, but on the other hand the Helloween-signature got lost a bit too. What's missing is a certain ease. This album feels bloodless and comes across more as a 'must do' rather than a release with much blood, sweat and tears.

What remains is the question if the world was waiting for this release at this very moment? You have to give the answer yourself but for me it would have been far more exciting to get a new Masterplan longplayer, considering the fact that “Novum Initium” was released four years ago. I can’t get rid of the idea that this album is more a performance of duty based on another motivation than creating a thrilling metal record.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Chance
  2. Someone's Crying
  3. Mankind
  4. Step Out Of Hell
  5. Mr. Ego
  6. Still We Go
  7. Escalation 666
  8. The Time Of The Oath
  9. Music
  10. The Dark Ride
  11. Take Me Home

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: July 28th, 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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CD review KISSIN' DYNAMITE “Goodbye Generation – Dynamite Nights”

Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Live, AFM, Kissin Dynamite, News, CD Review, Power Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review KISSIN' DYNAMITE “Goodbye Generation – Dynamite Nights”

(8/10) Not only that the summer period is the time of the year that’s filled with festivals and open airs, it also feels like quite some bands releasing live albums as we speak.

Swabian power outfit Kissin’ Dynamite is one of them, having their first live album in the starting blocks. The Youngsters, even though they are in the meantime in their mid 20’s, can look back on a longer history in metal. These guys started as kids and I guess that nobody could see the rise of Kissin’ Dynamite, maybe with one exception. German metal dinosaur Udo Dirkschneider supported the band already at an early stage, what at least brought a bit more media attention to their first records than usual.

Kissin’ Dynamite is around since ten years and what’s more logical than celebrating this anniversary with a live show, preferably in a home game environment. This show took place beginning of December last year when the quintet played a show at the sold-out LKA Longhorn in Stuttgart. It goes without saying that this gig became a euphoric metal show with fans getting wild and crazy. Playing this concert was more a metal party than just a show – a real anniversary party.

Kissin’ Dynamite can draw on a rich amount of songs, being released on five longplayers and spread out over the last decade. The setlist covered all these phases with the unfortunate fact that the focus was on the latest longplayers. Not that these records contain bad songs. “Hashtag Your Life” and “She’s a Killer’ are well-crafted melodic metal songs that were celebrated by an excited crowd. However, for me the first two longplayers feature the best stuff the band wrote and fortunately at least Priest-inspired metal hymns like “Made in Swabia” made it one the setlist.

All in all we can conclude that “Goodbye Generation – Dynamite Nights” is a good live album (also be released as DVD/BluRay) showcasing a young and hungry band with fans sharing the same passion. It also comes with an excellent sound and the fact that you get 25 songs means quantity and quality - all in one.

"Stuttgart. Es war ein wunderschöner Abend..."

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Goodbye Generation
  3. Money, Sex & Power
  4. DNA
  5. Highlight Zone
  6. Running Free
  7. Love Me Hate Me
  8. If Clocks Were Running Backwards
  9. She’s a Killer
  10. Deadly
  11. She Came She Saw
  12. Somebody to Hate
  13. Operation Supernova
  14. Only the Good Die Young
  15. Out in the Rain
  16. Against the World
  17. Masterpiece
  18. Supersonic Killer
  19. Sex is War
  20. Hashtag Your Life
  21. Steel of Swabia
  22. Ticket to Paradise
  23. Six Feet Under
  24. I Will Be King
  25. Flying Colours

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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CD review DANZIG "Black Laden Crown"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Danzig, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, News, CD Review, AFM

(5/10) The announcement of a new Danzig album always leads to some excitement. Glenn Danzig has a proven record, having been part of Misfits as well as releasing brilliant solo albums. Songs like “Sistinas” and “Dirty Black Summer” are classics in metal and inspiration for many bands. Over the last years the quality of songs unfortunately couldn't handle a comparison with the earlier days even though “Deth Red Sabaoth” included again some better material.

"Black Laden Crown" is Danzig 11th album and what catches your eye first is the artwork. It looks very simple and is the weakest one that ever found the way on a Danzig release. But let's not focus too much on the visuals, it's the songs that count.

Unfortunately I have to say, that "Black Laden Crown" doesn't belong to the masterpieces in Danzig's discography either when it comes to music. The first two songs, the title track and "Eyes Ripping Fire", miss any excitement. It feels like driving in third gear with the hand-breaks still on. And if this would not be enough the tunes sound very basic when it comes to production.

After becoming a bit sleepy after these two tracks it's Tommy Victor's guitar that wakes you up with a Metallica-like riff on "Devil on Hwy 9". As said, the riff was taken almost one on one from Metallica, but the song itself belongs to the better ones on this longplayer.

You could get the impression that things get better the deeper you get into the track list. The grooving "Last Ride" proves that Danzig has this old spirit and also "The Witching Hour" slowly finds its way right into ears and mind.

It's a pity that the following songs can't keep the level up high. Songs like "Skulls and Daisies" feel bloodless and uninspired.

I really like the band, the earlier releases and Danzig's great voice, but this longplayer is the first real disappointment this year. It comes with some tunes that are OK, songs in which the early Danzig days shimmer through. But all in all the album contains too much average tracks and the few good ones don't compensate for it.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Laden Crown
  2. Eyes Ripping Fire
  3. Devil on Hwy 9
  4. Last Ride
  5. The Witching Hour
  6. But a Nightmare
  7. Skulls & Daisies
  8. Blackness Falls
  9. Pull the Sun

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

CD review DANZIG "Black Laden Crown"
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