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ALICE IN CHAINS unveils a new song

Veröffentlicht am 6. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Alice In Chains, News, Video, Grunge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo

Alice In Chains (Singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and singer/guitarist William DuVall) release “The One You Know”, the first new song of the quartet in five years. It's the first song from the upcoming, so far untitled,  new album. Click HERE for the video.

Furthermore Alice In Chains is on the road in North America and Europe and here are the dates:

May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion

May 5 – Virginia Beach – WNOR Lunatic Luau

May 7 – New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

May 8 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom

May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

May 12 – St. Louis, MO - Pointfest

May 13 – Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion

May 15 – Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

May 16 – South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center

May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 19 – Philadelphia, PA - WMMR BBQ / BB&T Pavilion

June 16 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy

June 17 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

June 20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund

June 21 – Halden, Norway – Tons of Rock Festival

June 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell

June 24 – Clisson, France – Hellfest

June 25 – Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic Festival

June 28 – Padua, Italy – Sherwood

June 30 – Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria – Arena Open Air Wien

July 1 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park

July 3 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley’s Neue Welt

July 4 – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall

July 5 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter

July 7 -Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival

July 8 – Belford, France – Les Eurockeennes 30

July 10 – Milan, Italy – Ippodromo Snai San Siro

July 13 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival

July 14 – Lisboa, Portugal – NOS Alive

July 17 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

July 18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Caesarea

Aug 22 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Aug 25 - Seattle, Washington - White River Amphitheatre

Aug 26 - Portland, Oregon - Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre

Aug 28 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amp

Aug 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium

Aug 31 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Sept 1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl

Sept 3 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Music Hall

Sept 4 – El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre

Sept 6 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

Sept 7 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center

Sept 8 – Dallas, TX – Pavilion @ Toyota Music Factory

Sept 10 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre

Sept 11 – Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre

Sept 13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore

Sept 14-16 - San Diego - KAABOO

Sept 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Oct 14 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival

Oct 21 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theater

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CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2018 von Markus W. in Shinedown, Rock, Hardrock, Post Grunge, News, CD Review, Atlantic, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Attention Attention

CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

(9/10) Shinedown’s story in rock is an impressive one. What began in 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee evolved to one of the most influential rock acts in the here and now. The debut “Leave a Whisper”, released in summer 2003 and produced by no less than Bob Marlette, went right into the charts and marked a first step of Shinedown’s rise.

Brent Smith and bandmates didn’t slow down after such a successful start and new longplayers followed. Over time the band established themselves as an important factor in alternative rock music and became a big seller when it comes to records and live shows.

Three years after “Threat to Survival” entered the Top 10 of the US-charts it’s “Attention Attention” that asks exactly for this – ‘attention’. The band’s sixth longplayer comprises of 13 songs and an intro entitled “The Entrance”. After you entered to the door to “Attention Attention” it’s a powerful drum beat that marks the beginning of “Devil”. The tune that was unveiled a few weeks ago as a first single comes with an oppressive vibe. It’s a well-done statement that gives an outlook on what to expect of the new longplayer. What stands out in specific with “Devil” is the unpredictable rhythm of the track, building the base for this well-crafted opener.

“Black Soul” is next, starting with some keys and vocals. The song evolves to an alternative metal anthem that lives by the dynamic generated by loud and calmer moments. The title track is next on the batting order. What comes with “Attention Attention” is a dark expression and a hypnotic beat, ending up in a catchy chorus and shows the band’s sense for hooks without entering the fields of cheesiness.

None of the songs on “Attention Attention” is a boring one. Each of the 13 tunes generates excitement, regardless if we talk about the excellent “Pyro” or the gloomy “Monsters”. “Creatures” is the only tune that shows a bit more of standard approach, followed by the heavy grooving “Evolve” which brings back the hard rocking Shinedown.

Next to the terrific songs on the album it’s the lyrics that are more than just embellishment. Shinedown addresses topics like social media (“Kill Your Conscience”), the fight against depression (“get UP”) and for truth (“The Human Radio”).

Shinedown’s sixth longplayer has all the ingredients in place to compete with earlier successes. It’s an energizing and dynamic alternative rock album with catching hooks, great melodies and heavy rocking guitars. Alternative rock without mentioned Shinedown is a mission impossible and the new album strengthens the band's position in modern rock music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Entrance
  2. Devil
  3. Black Soul
  4. Attention Attention
  5. Kill Your Conscience
  6. Pyro
  7. Monsters
  8. Darkside
  9. Creatures
  10. Evolve
  11. Get Up
  12. Special
  13. The Human Radio
  14. Brilliant

 

Label: Atlantic / Warner Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

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CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Gozu, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Stoner Rock, Heavy Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

(8/10) It isn’t an easy thing to place Boston, MA-based Gozu into a certain category when it comes to style and sound. The quartet builds their music on various sources of inspiration, leading to songs that are exciting from beginning to end.

2018 is the year of Gozu’s newest delivery. The album is entitled “Equilibrium” and features eight songs. What doesn’t sound like a lot of songs still leads to a running time of almost 50 minutes due to the length of each of the tunes.

Mentioning the length of song immediately brings us to the last track on the album. “Ballad of ODB” is with eleven minutes an epic closer of this record, showcasing all the influences Gozu builds their music on. The general vibe of this well-crafted epos is a psychedelic one. Especially in the first third of “Ballad of ODB” some calmer 60’s classic rock dominates the sonic pattern. The tunes gets louder along the way with the general mood being the link that keeps things together.

Moving from finish to start means talking about “Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat”. It’s a killer riff that kicks-off the track and the album. It’s stronger stoner rock breeze that comes with the opener while the solo parts are reminding of classic rock. The tune is an excellent start into the album and is followed by the slower paced “The People vs. Mr.T.”. By the way, song titles of this longplayer are really unusual ones, but you probably recognized this already.

Another track that comes with a doomy vibe is the really cool “Manimal”. The tune is a slowly grooving riff monster that peaks in a melodic chorus.

“Equilibrium” is an album that brings joy by its warm and organic expression. Nothing feels forced on this longplayer, with eight songs securing a brilliant flow. It’s the totality of 50 minutes being the pleasure of an album that should also be listened to from beginning to end. Each of the songs is a little highlight in itself, but it’s all together that creates enthusiasm.  This album contains honest music for fans of hand-crafted rock music with an irresistible ease.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

  2. The People vs. Mr. T

  3. King Cobra

  4. Manimal

  5. They Probably Know Karate

  6. Prison Elbows

  7. Stacy Keach

  8. Ballad of ODB

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Stoner-/ Classic Rock 

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review GODSMACK "When Legends Rise"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Godsmack, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Spinefarm, When Legends Rise, Rock, Hardrock

CD review GODSMACK "When Legends Rise"

(9/10) Godsmack isn't a band having a massproduction approach when it comes to producing longplayers. The band started in the second half of the famous 90's with a self-titled debut that hit the scene in 1998. From then till now five additional records followed in a kind of four year frequency. 

Knowing that "1000hp" was unveiled in 2014 nurtured expectations for a next longplayer in 2018 and Godsmack sticks to their release pattern and delivers. "When Legends Rise" is Godsmack's seventh longplayer and it's a blast. Sully Erna and band mates crafted eleven new songs that ended up on the new longplayer.

The quartet stays true to their sound, bringing riff-oriented alternative metal to your place. 'Melody' is no stranger too when it comes to the newest strike of the Boston-based powerhouse and it's this mixture of elements that characterises Godsmack. It's not that the four-piece band is the only outfit that counts on such a formula for success. It's more the ease and authenticity that makes the band's sound special and attractive for all kind of rock and metal fans. Influences from bands like Black Sabbath and Metallica makes the band to an interesting one for metalheads while some grunge references act as springboard for the alternative rock scene. Last but not least it's the catchy hooks that opens doors for chart-oriented rock fans.

"When Legends Rise" includes all these trademarks and it would not be a suprise if also the seventh album will enter top chart positions. 

"Bulletproof" was the first song revealed from the new album, supported by a highly entertaining video clip. But also lasering in on music shows the entire potential of this band. We are talking about a catchy rock songs that stick immediately and still have enough potential being spun many times. "Bulletproof" is framed by the short and crispy opener "When Legends Rise" which deserves to be the title track for the new album. The song has a strong drive and an irresistible chorus, standing for a great start into the album. "Unforgettable" follows "Bulletproof" and is a mid-paced rock song that reminded me partly of Volbeat, just better.

Godsmack focusses on the essence when it comes to songs that ended up on their seventh delivery. None of the tunes can be seen as lengthy or epic. Most of the tracks have a three minutes of length setup. Even the powerful half-ballad "Under Your Scars" tells the story in less than four minutes. Still, or maybe because of this focus, this hymn belongs to the best ones I've heard since quite a while.

"When Legends Rise" gets out of the boxes very well and the guys manage to keep a quality throughout. Also the second half of the album keeps a good level of excitement. Tunes such as the darker "Just One More Time" and the easy going "Let It Out" are vital rock songs and a treat for your ears.

Godsmack's new offer is a strong delivery that showcases the band being highly creative, rocking and heavy. Alternative metal can't sound much better and more professional than what you get with "When Legends Rise". You need to decide for yourself if Godsmack are the 'legends' the album title refers to. However, the album is an excellent one that I definitely can recommend.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. When Legends Rise
  2. Bulletproof
  3. Unforgettable
  4. Every Part of Me
  5. Take it to the Edge
  6. Under Your Scars
  7. Someday
  8. Just One More Time
  9. Say My Name
  10. Let it Out
  11. Eye of the Storm

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

 

 

 

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BIFFY CLYRO will release an unplugged live album in May

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2018 von Markus W. in Biffy Clyro, Rock, Hardrock, Video, Alternative Rock, Warner Music

Photo by Andy Willsher

Photo by Andy Willsher

Biffy Clyro have a new live release in the pipeline. "MTV Unplugged - Live at Roundhouse London" will be published on May 25th and comes via Warner Music. As the title tells already, the album was recorded at Roundhouse London on November 8th, last year. 

The tracklist includes:

  1. The Captain

  2. Biblical

  3. Re-arrange

  4. Drop It

  5. Black Chandelier

  6. Folding Stars

  7. Different Kind Of Love

  8. Mountains

  9. God Only Knows

  10. Opposite

  11. Small Wishes

  12. Bubbles

  13. Medicine

  14. Many of Horror

  15. Machines

 

Stay tuned for more.

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CD review TOUNDRA "Vortex"

Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2018 von Markus W. in Toundra, Instrumental, Vortex, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Post-Metal

CD review TOUNDRA "Vortex"

(8/10) Spanish prog rocker Toundra break the pattern. Two years after having released their latest album “IV”, following “I”, “II” and “III”. So there was a crystal clear numbering system connected to their releases and everybody expected – indeed – “V”. However, in order to surprise fans the title of the new longplayer is different. “Vortex” is what the fifth album is called and at least we can conclude that the title starts with a ‘v’.

What’s actually more exciting than the name is the music that come with “Vortex”. Toundra’s sound reminds me of Muenster-based Long Distance Calling. One thing the bands have in common is the instrumental songs that sometimes get extended to epical length. There is a feeling of jam sessions that acted as a base for these eight songs of which “Mojave” is with 11 minutes the by far longest. Good musical craftsmanship together with a sense for powerful riffs and a strong, but not too catchy melody line stand for the basic ingredients of what you get served by the Spanish quartet.  I could see too many differences in their approach compared to “IV”. It’s more the details that are slightly different, leading to exciting news tunes that are treat for fans of ambitious and layered progressive rock that builds on some post-metal influences too.

“Vortex” is an album that slowly unveils its addictive potential. Once you’re lassoed by these cinematic soundscapes you don’t have a choice more than giving the album a few loops.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro Vortex
  2. Cobra
  3. Tuareg
  4. Cartavio
  5. Kingston Falls
  6. Mojave
  7. Roay Neary

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: April 23rd, 2018

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CD review STEPFATHER FRED "Enhancer"

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2018 von Markus W. in Stepfather Fred, News, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, El Puerto Records, CD Review, Hardrock

CD review STEPFATHER FRED "Enhancer"

(8/10) The first things that stand out from a lot of other bands is the name. I can’t tell you who inspired Stepfather Fred for choosing such a name, but it’s for sure an unusual one in rock and metal.

The first time I was confronted with the name was during Brainstrom’s release show for the “Scary Creatures” album. The ‘stepfathers’ have been the opening act that night and the first impression wasn’t a too band one. Even their music is slightly different from the powerful metal supplied by Brainstorm but the guys could score and also deserved the warm applause.

The debut was released some months later and another two years further down the road it’s time for the next strike. Stepfather Fred is into alternative rock and metal. That’s what they offered on the debut and that’s what is captured on “Enhancer” too.

The first recognizable thing with the new album is the fact that it sounds much tighter compared with the debut. One thing leading to a dense sound if, next to the production, the extensive touring. The German quartet ignites a musical fireworks that’s actually pretty impressive. ‘Youth gone wild’ could have been the credo for the four-piece band during their time in the studio.

Things start wild and furious with “I Have to End” which is definitely a starting point more than an end. Rock vibes are in focus with “Alone in the Ground” and it’s the calmer tone that show the entire width of Stepfather Fred’s sound. Mentioning ‘calmer tones’ doesn’t mean that the latter is ballad. Not at all. It’s more a moderate paced song with a calmer verse and an energetic chorus, a combination that makes the song to one of the best ones on the entire album.

Another song I would like to mention in this context “Cut My Strings” that reminds with its bassline very much of Nirvana. Not that it’s a copycat. The song is really different from Kurt Cobain and mates, but the four string is for sure inspired by songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

What benefits the mentioned three songs but also the other ten tracks on the album are mainly two things. It’s the coarse voice of frontman Sebastian Schuster that gives each tune on the album a harsh expression, helping a lot in making this album to a rocking one. These great vocals in combination with some six-string firepower, provided by Simon Schweiger, gives Stepfather Fred the dynamic needed.

“Enhancer” is the second album of a band that progressed a lot over the last years. This album is an entertaining alternative metal release, build on pure passion and enthusiasm.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Have To End
  2. Alone In the Ground
  3. This Is Me
  4. Prime Time
  5. Die Hard - Live Fast
  6. Full Metal Jacket
  7. Cut My Strings
  8. Speed of Life
  9. One Second Alive
  10. Take Control
  11. Halo
  12. Focus
  13. My Way to You          

 

Label: El Puerto Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review STONE TEMPLE PILOTS "Stone Temple Pilots"

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2018 von Markus W. in Stone Temple Pilots, STP, News, CD Review, Grunge, Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rhino

CD review STONE TEMPLE PILOTS "Stone Temple Pilots"

(8/10) Grunge was invented in Seattle and that's where iconic bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and many more came from. In parallel a rock outfit was formed in San Diego, California that started with a similar sound. Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz began under the banner of Mighty Joe Young, which was changed to Stone Temple Pilots rather quickly. The quartet successfully surfed on the grunge wave with their debut entitled "Core", which was published in 1990. This first album pushed the band from zero to hero in no time. "Core" had chart entries in the US and Europe, including brilliant songs like "Sex Type Thing" and "Plush". "Core" is still the best album the band ever released, at least in my humble opinion.

What followed was a period of ups and down and luckily fans can welcome the band's seventh album this year. Simply entitled "Stone Temple Pilots" the new album features twelve songs of which "Meadow" was the first single that was unveiled in November last year. The interesting thing with the name of this longplayer is the fact that it's the second one in a row that comes with the bands name only on the cover. I guess that this is something really unique and I can't remember a band that did something like this before.

"Stone Temple Pilots" is the first album with new singer Jeff Gutt and the first one without the band's original vocalist Scott Weiland who passed away in 2015. "Stone Temple Pilots" doesn't look back so much. The quartet looks forward and the self-titled album expresses this approach very well. "Stone Temple Pilots" (the first one) closed an era of the band and the second strike starts a new one.

"Middle of Nowhere" is the grooving opener of the record with the slower paced "Guilty" being the next hit on the list.  Grunge roots are partly included in the latter even though the tune itself comes with a wider style expression. "Meadow" is the earlier mentioned first release from the album and has some hit potential, while "Six Eight" brings back the rocking foundation. The gently swinging "Thought She'd Be Mine" takes over and also "The Art of Letting Go" represents a calm moment on the album with a solid portion of melancholy weaved into the tune. The end of this longplayer gets closer and it's the acoustic "Reds & Blues" that ends an album that presents well-crafted alternative rock music.

"Stone Temple Pilots" doesn't get close to the iconic debut and the sophomore "Purple" record. However, it's a strong rock album that finds a good balance between rock bursts and soulful moments.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Middle of Nowhere
  2. Guilty
  3. Meadow
  4. Just a Little Lie
  5. Six Eight
  6. Thought She's Be Mine
  7. Roll Me Under
  8. Never Enough
  9. The Art of Letting Go
  10. Finest Hour
  11. Good Shoes
  12. Reds & Blues

 

Label: Rhino / Warner Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

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CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Automata I"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2018 von Markus W. in Between The Buried And Me, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, Sumerian Records, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

CD review BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME "Automata I"

(9/10) Between The Buried And Me started in 2000 and since then the quintet released a few albums, featuring progressive metal that stretches the boarders. 

"Automata I" is the band's newest album, number eight on an impressive list of records that saw the light of day earlier in time and it's the debut for Between The Buried And Me, publishing an album via Sumerian Records.

"Automata" is a two level rocket with the first strike being available in the record stores on March 9th. Simply entitled "Automata I" the album comprises of six new songs, mostly with epical length.

The tunes on this new album are built on a plot that addresses the topic of dreams and the question of what would happen if mankind finds a way to broadcast these dreams for entertainment. The band uses a protagonist to frame the story of transmitting dreams into the open, which is a dark story with a more positive ending.

"Condemned to the Gallows" breaks first ground. The six and a half minutes opener is an impressive piece of music. It shows the entire width of Between The Buries And Me's sound universe. Acoustic guitars create a peaceful atmosphere that's swept with a heavy guitar riff and extreme vocals. The greatness with this tune is the complexity that still comes with a melodic approach. 

The most spot-on track on the album is entitled "House Organ" which is a less than four minutes riff attack that's loud and sinister. After such a blast it's a "Yellow Eyes' that bring back complexity. The song reminds partly of Dream Theater with far more extreme vocals. Like with the opener it's again the interaction of chaotic structures, loudness and calmer moments that create an excellent arc of suspense throughout.

The ten minutes closer is introduced by a short interlude entitled "Gold Distance". The final chapter of this first delivery , "Blot", basically combines all you have heard before. Progressive song structures, heavy riffing, furious leads, hash vocals and harmonic sensitivity create a total that keeps its fascination for more than just one spin.

"Automata I" is an unconventional album, full of ideas and creaticvity, that brings good stuff up to surface. The album keeps a high level of excitement from beginning to end, which makes it to one of the better releases in 2018. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Condemned to the Gallows (6:34)
  2. House Organ (3:41)
  3. Yellow Eyes (8:44)
  4. Millions (4:43)
  5. Gold Distance (1:01)
  6. Blot (10:27)

 

Label: Sumerian Records

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review THERE DAYS GRACE "Outsider"

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2018 von Markus W. in Three Days Grace, Outsider, Sony Music, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Post Grunge, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

CD review THERE DAYS GRACE "Outsider"

(9/10) Multi-platinum certified Canadian alternative rockers Three Days Grace return with a new album, the first one since the 2015 release “Human”.

The band’s sixth longplayer is entitled “Outsider” and features twelve new rock songs that easily live-up to the quality appreciated with earlier releases.

The newest offer benefits from an excellent sound provided by producers Gavin Brown and Howard Benso. The production team has been completed by Mike Plotnikoff and Chris Lord-Alge, both being in charge for the engineering.

The first single that has been unveiled is “The Mountain” and it’s a good choice. It’s a hard rocking track with heavy guitars. However, there is more to discover with “The Mountain” since the song also includes a well-crafted chorus and a great sense for melodies. This tune is a mature composition that represents the album in a great way.

What adds additional quality to the album is singer Matt Walet who’s part of Three Days Grace since a few years and he was rather new in the line-up when the quartet worked on “Human”. In the meantime Walet definitely ‘arrived’ and his new level of confidence, also expressed in many idea when it comes to “Outsider”, added a new dynamic. Walet is no ‘outsider’ anymore. He’s fully in.

Getting back to the songs means mentioning “Me Against You”. It’s a rather confronting song that shows that Three Days Grace has nothing to do with mainstream rock. The songs has an oppressive vibe and a dark expression; so no 'sugar' at all.

Furthermore the quartet experimented a bit more with electronic sounds what could have easily ended up in mainstream pop music. To mitigate the risk the four guys collaborated with Rhys Fulber when it comes to programming and great songs like “Love Me or Leave Me” are the reward for the effort taken.

The cinematic and rocking “The Abyss” marks the end of an album that I can sum-up as a very well-done alternative rock record. While some post-grunge bands started to drown in mainstream Three Days Grace maintained and strengthened their rocking roots while still being open for a wider audience. “Outsider” balances heavy guitars with great melodies, a combination that’s a treat for your ears.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Right Left Wrong
  2. The Mountain
  3. I am an Outsider
  4. Infra-Red
  5. Nothing to Lose But You
  6. Me Against You
  7. Love Me or Leave Me
  8. Strange Days
  9. Villain I’m Not
  10. Chasing the First Time
  11. The New Real
  12. The Abyss

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review DON BROCO "technology"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Don Broco, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Crossover, News, Sharptone Records, CD Review, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review DON BROCO "technology"

(7/10) I don‘t know why, but when I heard the band name Don Broco my association was a hard rocking outfit that fits sound wise best in a bar that is filled with a s smoky air, beer and sweat. The bigger was my disappointment while listening to the opener.

Don Broco is about alternative rock which is spiced-up with some catchy melodies, hardcore-related parts and rap-elements. This doesn‘t need to be per se something that‘s bad. History showed some exciting mixtures of styles like this and the so far published Don Broco longplayers also found quite some fans over the last years. The debut went into the UK charts as well as the sophomore record that even went into the Top 10.

But even with having all the achievements in mind, I was disappointed of what "Technology" had to offer. It‘s the missing thrill and it's songs from the shelve that make the album to a scattered melange of styles that fits perfectly into fast moving times. As the predecessors also „Technology“ might end up in some charts with catchiness, melodies and styles as the main ingredients, but it's pepper and salt that's missing.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Technology
  2. Stay Ignorant
  3. T-Shirt Song
  4. Come Out to LA
  5. Pretty
  6. The Blues
  7. Tightrope
  8. Everybody
  9. Greatness
  10. Porkies
  11. Got to be You
  12. Good Listener
  13. Y
  14. Something to Drink

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Modern Metal /Crossover

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review LISTENER "Being Empty - Being Filled"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Listener, Being Empty Being Filled, Rock, Garage Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

CD review LISTENER "Being Empty - Being Filled"

(6/10) Listener started as a one man project, being the brainchild of Dan Smith. This was in 2002 and over time Listener evolved to a rock band that also includes Jon Terrey, Kris Rochelle and Tim Stickrod.

Up to date Listener released several longplayers and it's "Being Empty - Being Filled" that's the new kid in town. The album features ten songs, all being harder and harsher than expected.

The good thing with Listener is the authenticity of the quartet. These four guys don't pretend to be rockstars. They stand with two feet on the ground which comes back in the lyrics on the new album. The story behind each of the songs is life with all its joyful moments, unexpected twists and frustrating failures.

Talking about lyrics also means mentioning the way those are presented. It's not really singing what you should expect on the album. I would describe it more like melodic storytelling. In case you want to get an idea about how this sounds like I can recommend "There's Money in the Wall" and "Bloodshot/New Love". This style of phrasing goes back to the early days of the band, a time when Dan Smith founded Listener as a hip-hop project.

"Being Empty - Being Filled" is an interesting album, done by a band that doesn't follow trends and the mainstream. In case you're open for something partly new you might enjoy this record.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pent Up Genes
  2. Little Folded Fingers
  3. There's Money in the Wall
  4. Add Blue
  5. Bloodshot / New Love
  6. Shock and Value
  7. Window to the World
  8. A Love Letter to Detroit
  9. Manhattan Projects
  10. Plague Doctor

 

Label: Sounds of Subterrania

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review AMOR "Love vs Logic"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Amor, Love vs Logic, Rock, News, CD Review, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Arising Empire, Nuclear Blast

CD review AMOR "Love vs Logic"

(6/10) Amor is the name of a band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The quartet, consisting out of Dillon Conneally (v), Ryan Daminson (g), Tre Scott (b) and Tyler Brown (d), worked intensively on their debut entitled "Love vs. Logic".

The longplayer, which was produced by Matt Good, comes with eleven songs that can be described as modern rock with some hoarse shouts here and there. The general approach though is a very melodic one, leading to songs with a catchy pop appeal. I had to think about Linkin Park when I listened to tunes like "Frequency" and the atmospheric opener "Poison Play". These songs describe best what to expect from "Love vs. Logic". The mentioned shouts ("At Odds With Self", "Heart Locker") mark some outbursts, adding a bit more aggressiveness to this solid portion of sugar.

Amor's debut is playing safe. The band doesn't take any risk, which unfortunately leads to songs that aren't bringing up something new. I have the feeling of having heard this kind of music far too often, even though I have to admit that the sound of the album is good and powerful. However, this can't compensate for average songs that are sugar sweet and feel like being from the shelf.

 

(6/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Poison Play
  2. Clockwork
  3. At Odd With Self
  4. Frequency
  5. Twice, Again
  6. Look Alive
  7. Tonight Always
  8. Heart Locker
  9. Living Lies
  10. Collisions
  11. The Exit

 

Label: Arising Empire

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Boundless"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Long Distance Calling, Boundless, News, CD Review, InsideOut, Post-Rock, Rock, Instrumental, Alternative Rock

CD review LONG DISTANCE CALLING "Boundless"

(9/10) And here comes the next band from Muenster, Germany, releasing a new album. This time it’s post-rock passionistas Long Distance Calling that unveils a new pearl.

The quartet, comprising of Jan Hoffmann (b), Dave Jordan (g), Florian Füntmann (g) and Janosch Rathmer (d), founded the band back in 2006 with a debut, entitled “Satellite Bay” being released in 2007.

Over time Long Distance Calling added five more records to their impressive discography with the newest strike being ready to be published. “Boundless” is the title of the seventh studio album, featuring eight formidable songs, celebrating the beauty of instrumental music. Long Distance Calling proves that good music doesn’t need words. Music is art and art is created, at least to a certain extent, based on emotions and it's these emotions and feel, that's transferred with each of the eight tracks on “Boundless”.

As with the predecessors also the new album contains music that is timeless, impressive, intense and to the point. In contrary to “Trips”, the new album is a pure instrumental adventure, which starts heavy. “Out There” comes with an extremely powerful riffing. To break the pattern of sound there’s a sphereful middle part embedded before the tune builds up again towards the end. Due to that, the song represents the album in a great fashion and stands strong as an opener.

Calmer tones are captured on the album too. “In the Clouds” is such a song. In general it’s an atmospheric track that includes a lot of passion and dedication. There are some noisy outbursts too, but it’s the ease that dominates.

With “Like a River” the band added a light-hearted tune to the album that includes a violin, before “The Far Side” starts roaring. Long Distance Calling found their own sound that can be immediately identified as being from the Muenster-based quartet. The pleasure that comes with “Boundless” is the variety of sounds and the unexpected twists that surprises. It takes a lot to keep the listener’s attention with a solely instrumental album. Long Distance Calling took this challenge already some years ago and “Boundless” shows again how easily they can handle it.

Next to the songs it’s amazing how tight the guys play on the album. The quartet performs as a rock solid unit, something you can experience on “Boundless” but also during their live shows.

“Skydivers” marks already the end of “Boundless” and is the Grand Finale of an almost 50 minutes long sound experience. There is no way to get around this album, at least not for fans of progressive post-rock that combines musical savvy, creativity and emotional depth to a terrific total. Don’t miss this longplayer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Out There
  2. Ascending
  3. In The Clouds
  4. Like A River
  5. The Far Side
  6. On The Verge
  7. Weightless
  8. Skydivers

 

Label: InsideOut

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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