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Video and tour dates of CLUTCH

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2016 von Markus W. in Clutch, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Video, Stoner Rock

Clutch posted a watchable video, done for "A Quick Death in Texas", that's now online. Furthermore the guys can be seen live and here you can find out where and when:

06.08. Wacken Open Air
07.08. Bremen - Modernes
12.08. Rocco del Schlacko
13.08. Taubertal Festival
14.08. Open Flair Festival
16.08. Bochum - Zeche

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"I Apologize" - the new video from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2016 von Markus W. in Five Finger Death Punch, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Video, News

Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled the video for their next single “I Apologize”. Culled from their sixth studio album, "Got Your Six", the chilling clip follows Ivan Moody through a cemetery housing our era’s most notable deceased rock icons, ranging from Elvis to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse to Jimi Hendrix. The clip was shot at Los Angeles’ famed Angelus Rosedale Cemetery with Nathan Cox directing the band-conceived storyline.

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CD review SCHMUTZKI "Spackos Forever"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Schmutzki, Punkrock, Rock, Indie Rock, News, CD Review, Alternative Rock, Hardrock

(8/10) It was pretty much a year ago when I got an album of a band I never heard before: Schmutzki. Their name sounded German and the title of this debut was "BAM". No idea what to expect and to my big surprise this album blew me away after I heard it.

Schmutzki are from Germany, from Stuttgart to be precise, and their music is a mixture of 80' Neue Deutsche Welle, German 80's fun punk a la Abstuertzende Brieftauben and some indie rock. What makes Schmutzki rather unique is the way how the mix these influences to a totality that sounds pretty good.

Next to that, the guys benefit from the spirit and power of the youth. Easygoing and self-confident describes the best how the music of these guys comes across. Their songs on the debut, but also on the sophomore record "Spackos Forever" feels like total creative freedom, music the guys want to do more than 'they have to do'.

All this gives this second longplayer a crisp expression which feels like a refreshing breeze going through Germany's music scene.

"Spackos Forever" is again covering a wider range of songs that starts with the 29 seconds long "Tyrannosaurus Ex", reminding of some 80's hardcore crossover acts, to "Ohne Worte" that offers some parallels with German Beatsteaks.

Schmutzki's lyrics are more fun than accusing. "Sauflied" and "Zeltplatz Baby" are good examples herefore.

The best track on "Spackos Forever" is called "Baustelle". The chorus of this tune is just amazing and sticks from the first moment on. The highly rhythmic verse adds a well-done counterpart to the chorus and all in all it's a bit more than one minute of pure fun.

Schmutzki's new album is a logical next step after their well received debut. The three Swabians continue their journey through rock'n'roll, using their trademarks and developing these further. 100% Schmutzki, 100% fun. Check it out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hey Haters
  2. Spackos Forever
  3. Baustelle
  4. Jesus Schmutzki
  5. Was immer auch kommt
  6. Tyrannosaurus Ex
  7. Zeltplatz Baby
  8. Ohne Witz
  9. Lauter Traeumen
  10. Sauflied
  11. Dein Song
  12. Blau
  13. Nie mehr Drama
  14. So durch

 

Label: Four Music/Sony

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: August 5th, 2016

 

CD review SCHMUTZKI "Spackos Forever"
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CD review AEGES "Weightless"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Ae4ges, News, CD Review, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Post-Grunge

(7/10) Aeges (pronounced as 'ages') are from Los Angeles, CA and the band consists of Kemble Walters, Tony Baumeister, Cory Clarke and Mike Land. The quartet releases these days their new longplayer "Weightless" which follows "The Bridge" from 2012.

A check of their Facebook page provides you with the informationof the quartet describing the genre their music fits to as "nasty riffs". And yes, the songs on "Weightless" are full of riifs, the best ones being included in the title track, being also the opener, and the mighty "Another Wasteland". Having mentioned these two tracks I already told you about the real highlights on "Weightless".

The other eleven tracks on the sophomore record are not too bad, but they are missing the spark that starts the fire. In one or another way the guys build most of the songs on the same principles which makes the variation between the tracks very limited. I was tempted to press the 'skip' button more than ones which isn't a good sign.

On the other hand I have the feeling that there is more potential in the band than what they present on "Weightless". Vocals done by Walters and Clark are pretty good, the riffs are sharp and powerful and the rhythm section is like a smoothly working rock engine. And last but not least the album got a well-done production too. All these things are good prerequisites for an excellent release, if, yes if, the songs would be more exciting.

Therefore it will be seven points going to Aeges for "Weightless" with the hope of making use of the band's full potential next time.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Weightless
  2. Save Us
  3. A Reason Why
  4. Clear
  5. All of Me
  6. Another Wasteland
  7. Echoes
  8. What if
  9. Nothing to Prove
  10. Better
  11. Drown
  12. Listening
  13. Drying Out

 

Label: Another Cetury

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: July 22nd, 2016

CD review AEGES "Weightless"
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FAITH NO MORE re-releases "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Faith No More, Alternative Metal, Crossover, News, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nu Metal

It was last summer when Faith No More released their latest longplayer "Sol Invictus" which was the first studio release after almost two decades. Faith No More celebrated a tremendous return and the album scored many top 10 positions all over the world. I guess there are not that many bands that can make something like this happen.

Now it's time to have a look back in time, something that's pretty smart since their might be new Faith No More fans that haven't been part of the outstanding success journey of Billy Gould, Mike Patton & Co.

It's the last two albums from the 90's, "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year" that will be re-released in a deluxe edition. Each of the records went through remastering and will include an additional disc with rare recordings from the same period in time. Next to the CD versions both records will be available as vinyl too, which is a premier. Release date is September 9th and both records come via Warner Music.

 

Here are the tracklist(s):

KING FOR A DAY…FOOL FOR A LIFETIME

Disc One: Normal Album Tracklist

Disc Two – Bonus Tracks:

  1. Evidence [Version en Español] 3:58
  2. Absolute Zero 4:06
  3. Greenfields 3:43
  4. I Started A Joke 3:01
  5. Spanish Eyes 3:00
  6. I Won't Forget You 4:10
  7. Hippie Jam 4:57
  8. Instrumental 5:00
  9. I Wanna F**k Myself 2:55
  10. Evidence [Versão em Português] 3:56
  11. Digging The Grave [Live] 3:13

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Disc One: Normal Album Tracklist

Disc Two – Bonus Tracks

  1. Pristine [Billy Gould Mix] 4:17
  2. Last Cup Of Sorrow [Roli Mosimann Mix] 6:25
  3. She Loves Me Not [Spinna Main Mix] 4:38
  4. Ashes To Ashes [Hard Knox Alt. Mix] 6:06
  5. Light Up And Let Go 2:19
  6. The Big Kahuna 3:06
  7. This Guy's In Love With You 4:20
  8. Collision [Live] 3:37
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FAITH NO MORE re-releases "King for a Day" and "Album of the Year"
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CD review RUN LIBERTY RUN "We are"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Run Liberty Run, Rock, Pop, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(3/10) When I received the new album from Run Liberty Run my expectations haven't been very high. OK, I haven't heard of the band before but there were two things that struck me. What should I look forward to when a band calls themselves Run Liberty Run? And how will the album sound like when the four guys on the cover look more like being members of a boygroup rather than being a metal/rock band?

Run Liberty Run is based in Karlsruhe, Germany. According to their FB side they started in 2013 and the four guys are Schep (Vocals/Guitar), Seb (Drums), Marv (Guitar) and Steff (Bas)). It was two years ago when they canged their name into Run LIberty Run after sailing under the banner of Rune for some years.

After having listened to the first notes my concerns and doubts got confirmed. Run Liberty Run plays music that is basically build on electro sounds that are combined with with some guitars which should add a rocking element to the whole. So far so good, or bad. Unfortunately the ten songs on "We Are" have an own identity as a grain of sand on the beach. I had the feeling that I heard all this stuff before and actually much better. There are no real moments of surprise.

"We Are" sounds artificial and rational. The songs are dressed for success and Run Liberty Run comes across as a casting show band. They might not be one, but the fact that they had an appearance on X-Factor isn't a jaw-dropping stunner either. The only positive effect is a quite good production the album is benefiting from. 

For the rest each of the ten tracks is drowning in pop catchy melodies that are as sweet as a cherry pie on a Sunday afternoon coffee table. And as it is with the cherry pie, if you get too much it starts to hurt. Same with this release.

Run Liberty Run is a service provider that delivers music that might be easy listening but that comes without any depth or own identity. Nothing for me and I guess also nothing for most of you to go for.

 

(3/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ashes and Dust
  2. We Are
  3. Rain
  4. Where are You Now
  5. Start a Fire
  6. Closer
  7. Take me
  8. Sayonara
  9. Hold on
  10. Bengal Fires

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Electro Pop/Rock

Release Date EU: July 22nd, 2016

CD review RUN LIBERTY RUN "We are"
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CD review SHADOW HUNTERS "Avatar"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Shadow Hunters, Alternative Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Modern Rock

(7/10) Shadow Hunters is a young duo coming from the North, Norway is the home base of Ingar LH and Will S., the two mainman behind Shadow Hunters. The guys describe their sound as "Modern Energetic Sci-Fi Rock", whatever that exactly means.

However, the debut album "Avatar" contains this sound that I would describe as a more bombastic alternative rock variation that includes bigger soundscapes, mainly built of keyboards and sample. If you want to know how this sounds, check out the sphereful opener "Astral Journey".

After this instrumental "Billion Stars Away" takes over and the keyboards are continue. But compared to the opener there are some crispy modern guitar riffs added, which gives the songs a slightly new expression.

Basically it's these two poles that describe Shadow Hunters' sound pretty well. Sometimes things gets a bit harder like with "I" or "Into Tomorrow's Yesterday", while short intermezzos like "Gates of Heaven" reflect the softer parts of Shadow Hunters' sound. What's in common with all songs is the passion for big melodies and the catchiness that is embedded in each of the tracks. It's constantly on the edge of becoming cheese while never crossing this boarder.

"Avatar" isn't an album for die-hard headbangers that gets its satisfaction out of an endless riff orgy, but it's a well-crafted debut for people that like modern alternative rock build on a good production and nice harmonies.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Astral Journey
  2. Billion Stars Aaway
  3. Cosmodrone
  4. Fire Will be Free
  5. Gates of Heaven
  6. I
  7. Into Tomorrow's Yesterday
  8. Satellite
  9. Wait Winther

 

Label: Self-Relased

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: July 8th, 2016

CD review SHADOW HUNTERS "Avatar"
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ALTER BRIDGE - new album and tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Alter Bridge, Volbeat, News, Tour, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Rock

Three years after "Fortress" has been shipped for the first time to the record shops it's time for a new Alter Bridge album. October this year is the moment of truth when Mark Tremonti and friends will release their fifth album.

The band will be also on tour with some shows being headlined by Alter Bridge while some others are together with Danish rockers Volbeat. See here all the details:


With: Special Guest TBC, Like A Storm
Fri 4th Nov - BILBAO, Spain - Santana 27
Sat 5th Nov - BARCELONA, Spain - Razzmatazz
Tue 8th Nov - PARIS, France - Zenith
Wed 9th Nov - BRUSSELS, Belgium - AB
Thu 10th Nov - AMSTERDAM, Holland - HMH
Sun 13th Nov - BERLIN, Germany - Columbiahalle
Mon 14th Nov - VIENNA, Austria - Gasometer
Wed 16th Nov - KATOWICE, Poland - Spodek
Sun 20th Nov - OSLO, Norway - Sentrum Scene
Mon 21st Nov - COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Vega Main Hall


With: Volbeat, Gojira, Like A Storm
Wed 23rd Nov - MANCHESTER, England - Arena
Thu 24th Nov - LONDON, England - O2 Arena
Sat 26th Nov - NOTTINGHAM, England - Motorpoint Arena
Sun 27th Nov - BIRMINGHAM, England - Genting Arena
Mon 28th Nov - CARDIFF, Wales - Motorpoint Arena
Thu 1st Dec - GLASGOW, Scotland - Hydro
Fri 2nd Dec - LEEDS, England - First Direct Arena


With: Gojira, Like A Storm
Sun 4th Dec - FRANKFURT, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
Mon 5th Dec - COLOGNE, Germany - Palladium
Tue 6th Dec - HAMBURG, Germany - Mehrl Theater
Fri 9th Dec - BOLOGNA, Italy - Unipol Arena
Sat 10th Dec - MUNICH, Germany - Zenith
Sun 11th Dec - BASEL, Switzerland - Jakobshalle

ALTER BRIDGE - new album and tour dates
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CD review NONPOINT "The Poison Red"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Nonpoint, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Rock

(8/10) Nonpoint's album starts with a strong punch. Not only that the opener is a very rhythm based number, it's also a well composed alternative metal track. Catchiness meets heaviness meets intelligent lyrics, that's how I could summarize this beginning. Nonpoint have to say something and they use their songs as a transmitter. "Generation Idiot" is about an entire generation staring at their smartphones a dn screens instead of interact in real life.

One of the main strengths of this record is the combination of loud, hard and catchy. Nonpoint don't drift away into annoying cheesiness. They add a stronger melodic element to each of the tracks, but since these are combined with modern heavy riffs and a strong groove things stay enthralling.

At the end Nonpoint are also presenting the epical side to the listener. "My Last Dying Breath" is a gloomy number that has a lot of melancholy included. It's in one way a sad song especially in the bridge that is dark as dark can be.

What's also convincing the listener for have taken the right decision for bying this record is the clear and dynamic sound. It fits perfect to Nonpoint's music and enriches the listening experience of "The Poison Red".

What stands out for sure is the artwork. Kept in an alarming red with the frog in the middle screams for attention in each record shop.

"The Poison Red" is maybe less vicious than the title wants to indicate, but it's a dynamic alternative metal album that is entertaining and worth to be checked out.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Generation Idiot
  2. Foaming At the Mouth
  3. Bottled Up Killer Bees
  4. Rabbit Hole
  5. Chasing White Rabbits
  6. Standing In the Flesh
  7. Divided.. Conquer Them
  8. Radio Chorus
  9. Spanish Radio Hour
  10. El Diablo
  11. No Running Allowed
  12. Promises
  13. Be Enough
  14. My Last Dying Breath

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: July 8th, 2016

CD review NONPOINT "The Poison Red"
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CD review DAN REED NETWORK "Fight Another Day"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Dan Reed Network, Dan Reed, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) It was a year ago when Dan Reed released with "Transmission" his third solo album. It wasn't the best release of the musician from Portland, Oregon. Too many average songs have found a spot on the tracklist which led to an hardrock album that doesn't belong to the real thrilling ones.

After having had this experience I was curious about the next album of his Dan Reed Network and luckily enough, songs are much better than what he out on his solo album. It almost looks like he kept these tunes for "Fight Another Day" or he needed 'the network' to push him and the band to a high level.

After having had a successful time in the late 80's / early 90's Dan Reed Network didn't release new stuff since "The Heat" back in 1991. "Fight Another Day" is therefore a kind of comeback disc for the four-piece and it shows, that the break wasn't a too bad decision. Dan Reed Network sounds refreshing, keeping their mix of hardrock, funk and even reggae ("Save the World") alive.

There isn't any real downer on this longplayer. From the grooving opener "Divided" to the a bit more complex arranged bouncer "Stand Tall", "Fight Another Day" includes melodic rock songs that are catchy and easy to listen to. A highlight is the already mentioned "Save the World". The reggae influences give this tune a different expression while still fitting into the context of the other tracks.

"Fight the Wold" is an entertaining hardrock album that shows Dan Reed Network back in old strength. If you liked the sound of DRN in the past you can easily go for this album too. It's timeless rock music with a strong melodic side and a wider musical approach. Good time summer music.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Divided
  2. The Brave
  3. Infected
  4. Champion
  5. Ignition
  6. Give it Love
  7. B There With U
  8. Save the World
  9. Eye of the Storm
  10. Reunite
  11. Heaven
  12. Sharp Turn
  13. Stand Tall

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

CD review DAN REED NETWORK "Fight Another Day"
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CD review IF THESE TREES COULD TALK "The Bones of a Dying World"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in If These Trees Could Talk, News, CD Review, Post Rock, Instrumental, Rock, Alternative Rock

(9/10) If these trees could talk, they would tell the story of an instrumental band from Ohio that has released already two records and gaining momentum. If these trees could talk, the story would be about a band that convinced Brain Slagel that much that he offered the guys a deal at Metal Blade. If these could talk it would be about a band that creates well-crafted post rock music that comes without any vocals.

If These Trees Could Talk has their new album ready to be shipped and it is the debut for Metal Blade. The label also reissued the earlier outputs of the guys which is great. It allows rock music enthusiasts to discover even more of this interesting band.

The mainmen behind this album, called "The Bones of a Dying World", is drummer Zack Kelly and guitarist Coby Kelly. The two of them have been the creative drivers, coming up with ideas that led to nine extraordinary song. Each of the nine numbers on this album is build on great melodies that are fascinating. These tunes take you in a world of big soundscapes and arcs of melodies. It's about songs that are very well done, easy to access and still complex, packaged in a tight and dynamic sound framework.

Each of the songs is a little masterpiece in itself. The album has a lot of these melodic moments that could be a soundtrack for getting lost in your own dreams. But If These Trees Could Talk are smart enough to also break the pattern once in a while. Moments of harsh guitars appear here and there, something that spices-up this album.

After you've listened to "The Bones of a Dying World" you can understand the fascination of Brian Slagel. This music is extremely well-done post-rock that deserves nine points from Markus' Heavy Music Blog.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Solstice
  2. Swallosing Teeth
  3. Earth Crawler
  4. After the Smoke Clears
  5. The Here and Hereafter
  6. Iron Glacier
  7. The Giving Tree
  8. Berlin
  9. One Sky Above Us

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Post Rock

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

CD review IF THESE TREES COULD TALK "The Bones of a Dying World"
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CD review STEPFATHER FRED "Dummies, Dolls and Masters"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Stepfather Fred, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Sleaze Rock

(7/10) Normally I first discover a band on CD, followed by a live show. In this case things have been slightly different. The first time I heard about Stepfather Fred was when I joined the Brainstorm album release show earlier this year. Stepfather Fred had the challenge to be the first band that night and the did a good job. However, they didn't really convince me entirely and I can't say that there was a real click with their music.

Then came the moment, when the new album, number three, of the four-piece band found its way into my mailbox.

And surprise, surprise - this longplayer is far better than what I have expected. The guys talk about "Heavy Alternative Rock" when they have to describe their music and I think this hits the nail right on the head. A lot of their songs are pretty well done hardrock with has a pretty modern touch. The new album "Dummies, Dolls and Masters" sounds fresh and forceful and the guys keep on pushing with each of the twelve songs.

"Bitchbanger" is the opener, a song that comes with nasty vibe and a mighty grooving riff. With "Libertine" the guys have sassy hymn placed on the tracklist while "Relief" reminds more of sleazy hardrock.

Not to forget the first single taken from this album - "Beat It". This track is spot-on, coming with a relaxed verse that ends in a catchy but heavy chorus. Stepfather Fred did a good choice by chosing this tune as being a single release.

"Dummies, Dolls and Masters" is a big surprise since it exceeded expectations. Check it out.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bitchbanger
  2. Freedom Call
  3. Libertine
  4. Have a Good Time
  5. Beat it
  6. Worlds Collide
  7. Lonely Toy
  8. Relife
  9. Imprudent
  10. Shuffle Man
  11. Isolation
  12. Fellow Traveller

 

Label: El Puerto Records

Genre: Modern Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 20th, 2016

CD review STEPFATHER FRED "Dummies, Dolls and Masters"
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CD review ZOAX "Zoax"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in ZOAX, News, CD Review, Post Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, Prog Rock

(7/10) ZOAX found a way of making music exciting. There sound is actually quite melodic rock/metal that acts like a foundation for each of the 12 songs on "ZOAX". In order to not make things too catchy and too much mainstream-like the guys add some aggressive shouts and screams to their sound, combined with alternative metal guitar riffs. This is the common denominator for all tracks on this longplayer and it gives zOAX a certain own identity.

All this sounds already like an interesting combination, but the guys wanted to go even one step further. If you listen to the opener you will find all the mentioned with the addition of some relaxed sequences that have an lounge music approach.

Or take "ZuperHeroez" where rough vocals meets a gently singing guitar that has a kind of reggae expression.

The spectra of sound collages is getting even wider with "The Wave, a number that is a more melodic post-rock song, something that still fits into the sound costume of ZOAX.

I think that the guys from London recorded a well done album that is breaking the chains of being stuck in a certain genre. In this sense it is crossover what ZOAX is doing, just different from what normally falls under this category. The disc has a wide range of influences by still coming across as being one solid unit. I like this album and I like the approach, even though they could streamline things a bit more in the future. However, a good album of an ambitious band.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Bad Blood
  2. Devil Dance
  3. Roses All the Way
  4. Fly High
  5. ZuoperHeroez
  6. The Wave
  7. Good Times
  8. Mirrors
  9. KSYCHIA
  10. King and Queen
  11. Alive in Sound
  12. Slan

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 13th, 2016

CD review ZOAX "Zoax"
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CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Beyond Refugeeum" EP

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Black Space Riders, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Psychedelic Rock

(9/10) "Refugeeum" is the title of Black Space Riders latest album that get now a kind of add-on. "Beyond Refugeeum" is an EP that features songs from the album session, material that is worth to be released. But it's also slightly different from what was published on "Refugeeum" by still reflecting 100% of Black Space Riders.

The disc starts with a nice welcome called "Willkommen". It's the bands first instrumental and it starts slow with a warm bass and a released guitar sound. It feels almost like lounge music, if there wouldn't be this undertone, giving the idea that the coming five minutes will not continue this way. And indeed, what starts slow and relaxed evolves into a stunning alternative rocker that includes all of the bands trademarks.

"Freedom at First Sight" is next, for me one of the best tunes on this EP. Next to great lyrics the songs has a dark vocal line that has almost a touch of goth. What impresses me are the twists that makes the tune to a really exciting one. It feels like the band has so much creative energy that's reflected in each of that tracks, something that also comes back in "Droneland".

A synthesizer intro kicks-off this tune, followed be a sharp drumbeat and downtuned guitars. This tune is a psychedelic masterpiece that offers a gloomy verse and a pretty melodic chorus.

That Black Space Riders stands for a wide range of sounds of their music is proven by tracks like "Starglue Sniffer". This song, with it's high pitch Prince-like vocals and the guitar sounds has a lot of funk, embedded in the psychedelic sound structures of the Münster-based band.

Next to these tracks there are two remixes on the album too. "VRTX RMX", known as "Vortex Sun", and "Gravitation" which comes from the "D:REI" album and was named there "Give Gravitation to the People". These two songs round-off an EP that is very worthy to be listened to.

The tracks on this disc are extremely good and each of them would have deserved being on the album. "Beyond Refugeeum" is far more than just some leftovers from an earlier album session. They are reflecting creative alternative rock/metal and it's great that the band didn't withhold them from the fans. Great EP and good stuff.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Willkommen
  2. Freedom at First Sight
  3. Droneland
  4. Starglut Sinffer
  5. VRTX RMX (Bonus - Remix)
  6. Gravitation (Bonus - Remix)

 

Label: Cargo Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: May 13th, 2016

CD review BLACK SPACE RIDERS "Beyond Refugeeum" EP
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