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CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2018 von Markus W. in Anthrax, Kings Among Scotland, Nuclear Blast, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Crossover, Live, Heavy Metal, Among the Kings Tour, Tour

CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

(*/10) East-Coast thrash pioneers Anthrax played a show at Barrowland Blallroom in Glasgow, Scotland on February 15th, 2017. The show was part of the band’s “Among the Kings”-tour and was built very much around the legendary “Among the Living” album which was performed in its entirety.

The show was filmed and recorded, leading to this new Anthrax release entitled “Kings Among Scotland” of which the CD version is the base for this review. Next to the CD version the release will be available in other formats too, like DVD and BluRay, which gives you an additional visual impression of this intense metal show.

Listening to this live release feels like a journey back in time. Next to the brilliant “Among the Living” album also other highlights from the past found a way on the setlist of this show. Songs like the opener “A.I.R” and “Medusa” are still timeless classics in thrash metal that secure together with new material (“Breathing Lightning” and “Evil Twins”) a seamless thrash metal experience for fans of excellent metal music. This isn’t a coincidence knowing that fans voted on pre-show.

“Kings Among Scotland” is a live album that captures the energy of an Anthrax show in a really good fashion. This five-piece band from NYC belongs to the spearhead of thrash metal and releases, like the current one, shows that these five guys still have a huge appetite for metal and that’s what this live album states in a perfect fashion.  





  1. A.I.R.
  2. Madhouse
  3. Evil Twin
  4. Medusa
  5. Blood Eagle Wings
  6. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t
  7. Be All, End All
  8. Breathing Lightning
  9. Among the Living
  10. Caught in a Mosh
  11. One World
  12. I Am the Law
  13. A Skeleton in the Closet
  14. Efilgnikcufecin (N.F.L.)
  15. A.D.I. Horror of it All
  16. Indians
  17. Imitation of Life
  18. Antisocial


Label: Nuclear Blast 

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018


Final line-up for DYNAMO METAL FEST 2016

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Dynamo Metal Fest, Tour, News, Anthrax, Metal Church, Sacred Reich, Life Of Agony, Powerwolf, At The Gates, Audrey Horne

The Dynamo Open Air has a long history. Years before the famous Wacken Open Air opened the gates for the first time, it was the Dynamo Open Air in Eindhoven, Holland that brought thousands of metalheads to Noord Brabant. Many influencial thrash bands like Testament, Anthrax, Laaz Rocket... made the festival to a real highlight in metal, with a peak of more than 100.000 visitors in 1995.

20 years later, in 2015, new life was blown into this iconic festival, followed now by the new 2016 edition. The line-up for this one-day festival is oustanding. Bands like Anthrax are coming back to Eindhoven but also Life Of Agony and Sacred Reich are part of the line-up. A highlight is for sure the show of the re-energised Metal Church with their new/old frontman Mike Howe. So, there is no reason for not going to Eindhoven on July 16th this year.


Dynamo Metal Fest homepage

Final line-up for DYNAMO METAL FEST 2016

CD review NUCLEAR ASSAULT "Pounder" EP

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Nuclear Assault, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Punkrock, CD Review, News, Anthrax, SOD, Overkill

(7/10) Nuclear Assault is one of the those metal dinosaurs that are an essential part of the metal scene by still being not that very well known. They are the underground.

Dan Lilker and band mates have been around already since 1985. The guys have been one of the flagships of the New York metal scene in the 80's. Together with Anthrax, S.O.D. and Overkill the quartet belonged to the most important representatives of east coast metal. The bands debut from 1986, "Game over", is still a classic when it comes to a mix of hardcore and thrash metal.

A few more records later the band decided to disband in 1994, before they came back again in 2002 for some live shows. Another three years later "Third world genocide" was published and it took Nuclear Assault another ten year to release the new EP "Pounder".

The EP comes with four new songs that represent all the Nuclear Assault trademarks. "Pounder", the title track, is an raging thrash metal track with a merciless pushing rhythm section. It's a fast metal anthem that also could have been on "Game over" too. 

"Lies" takes over. The tune is kept a bit slower and is built on a heavy riff. Again, oldschool thrash that doesn't focus on musical perfection. It's the raw power that Nuclear Assault embedded in the four new tracks.

The more hardcore/punk like "Analog man" is the next station on this energetic journey before the slower "Died in your arms" closes the EP. This song starts slow with some vocal lines that are different from the rest of the album. It almost sounds like being inspirend by Danzig. An interesting track, even though the other three ones are better.

Nuclear Assault is definetely back. This EP is the best I heard from the band since "Game over' and I hope the guys have the chance to record a full-length album pretty soon. So far enjoy this EP. A real 12" 'pounder'.





  1. Pounder
  2. Lies
  3. Analog man
  4. Died in your arms


Label: Graviton

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release date EU: Already released

CD review NUCLEAR ASSAULT "Pounder" EP

CD review MOTOR SISTER "Ride"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Mother Superior, Anthrax, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) If you read Scott Ian being part of a band you first think about loud and raw thrash metal since he's one of the main pillars within Anthrax. But his musical range is much bigger than only being put into the box of 'thrash'. The guitarist from New York has also some more projects that keep him busy. He had recently a spoken words release but he has also a faible for hardrock. His participation in The Damn Thing showed this already pretty good and with Motor Sister the journey in hardrock continuous.

The way how Motor Sister started was an unusual one. It was nothing that was planned. It was more something that just happened. It was Ian's fiftiest birthday party that was the spark for Motor Sister. Out of a jam session with Mother Superior, where Scott Ian joined in, the whole thing developed further. The guys had a lot of fun, the birthday party was a big success and in the end the guys decided to record songs.

The name of the new band, Motor Sister, is of course connected to the start of the 'adventure'. "Little motor sister", a song from Mother Superior, was the inspiration and became the header for this new project/band.

When it comes to the music it is hardrock what you get - with a bigger blues component included. The result sounds pretty cool since we are talking about 'diesel and dust' rock'n'roll. This is hardrock with energy and warmth that is fascinating to listen to. The eleven songs on "Ride" sound real and very authentic what makes them to an great listening experience.

The songs on the album aren't new one's. The album contains 'only' cover versions of Mother Superior songs with a focus on the "Moanin'" album. More than half of the songs are from this longplayer, that includes the great pushing "Fork on the road" - one of my favorite tracks.

So, since it is mainly a 'Best of Mother Superior" re-recorded by a bunch of well-known musicians you might ask the question, why this recorded is needed. The simple answe is: It is fun. It gives you a good time and I guess it was the same for Scott Ian and friends. Long live rock'n'roll.





  1. This song reminds me of you
  2. A-hole
  3. Beg borrow steal
  4. Fool around
  5. Get that girl
  6. Head hanging low
  7. Fork in the road
  8. Pretty in the morning
  9. Whore
  10. Dog house
  11. Devil wind


Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MOTOR SISTER "Ride"

MOTOR SISTER streams new album

Veröffentlicht am 27. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Hardrock, Rock, Anthrax, Classic Rock, News

Until today, only select songs have been made available for public consumption. However this changes today as Motor Sister has teamed up with the music streaming service Deezer to give an exclusive full album premiere "Ride".

MOTOR SISTER streams new album

First song from MOTOR SISTER

Veröffentlicht am 10. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Anthrax, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, Video

Motor Sister, the band with Anthrax six stringer Scott Ian (here's more information), released a first video a song called "Fork in the road". This is really good stuff and you should check it out.


MOTOR SISTER - the new band with Scott Ian

Veröffentlicht am 17. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Motor Sister, Anthrax, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Video

MOTOR SISTER - the new band with Scott Ian

Motor Sister is the new band with Scott Ian from Anthrax. Next to the guitarist Motor Sister is Jim Wilson (v,g), Joey Vera (b), John Tempest (d) and Pearl Aday (v).

The spark for this band was actually Ian's fiftieth birthday. The most wanted present was a reunion show of Mother Superior and he wanted to be part of the line-up.

Things worked out well, the band named themselves Motor Sister, based on the Mother Superios song "Little motor sister"and the birthday session was a real highlight.

In the meantime things developed further and the band recorded an album that will be released via Metal Blade. The video gives you already a first preview. The result sounds very promising.

By the way, the name of the album is "Ride" and the release will be beginning of March. Here is already the tracklist:

1. A Hole
2. This Song Reminds Me of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
7. Fork in the Road
8. Little Motor Sister
9. Pretty in the Morning
10. Whore
11. Doghouse
12. Devil Wind


Photo: Stephanie Cabral

Photo: Stephanie Cabral


Spoken words DVD from SCOTT IAN from ANTHRAX

Veröffentlicht am 9. September 2014 von Markus W. in Spoken words, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Scott Ian, Anthrax, News

Anthrax six stringer Scott Ian will release a spoken words DVD in November this year. The musician  tells stories about things he experienced in his unbelievable career. He packed all of those into a spoken words performance. The "Swearing words" show in Glasgow was recorded and is now the base for the DVD. Stay tuned.


Spoken words DVD from SCOTT IAN from ANTHRAX
Photo: Promo

Photo: Promo


New ANTHRAX DVD in October

Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2014 von Markus W. in Anthrax, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal

News from the east coast. Anthrax is releasing an live DVD in October. The name is "Chile on hell" and contains a concert of the thrash metal band that was played in Santiago De Chile in May 2013.


Here is the track list:

01. Among The Living

02. Caught In A Mosh

03. I Am The Law

04. Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)

05. A Skeleton In The Closet

06. March Of The S.O.D. (STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH cover)

07. In The End

08. Deathrider

09. T.N.T. (AC/DC cover)

10. I'm Alive

11. Indians

12. Medusa

13. In My World

14. Got The Time (Joe Jackson cover)

15. Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't Encore: 1

6. I'm The Man / Raining Blood (SLAYER cover)

17. Madhouse

18. Antisocial (TRUST cover)


New ANTHRAX DVD in October

CD review OVERKILL "White devil armory"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Overkill, Anthrax, Agent Steel, Thrash Metal, CD Review, Speed Metal, News

(9/10) I don't think, that I have to introduce Overkill to you. The New Jersey thrashers are already many many years around.

I can still remember the time when I heard their sound for the first time. It was in the mid of the 80's when a friend of mine recommended Overkill's debut "Feel the fire". The sound just blew me away. And the following album "Taking over" was even better. Both records are still milestones in thrash metal.

I also can remember when Overkill played the Metal Hammer Roadshow together with Anthrax and Agent Steel. Those have been really cool times.

In the meantime we are almost 30 years further in time and Overkill is still around. And this is good. As many other metal bands as well also Overkill had a bit of a harder time in the 90's when grunge had it's peak. But the fact that Overkill is still around shows the endless willpower and dedication to what they are doing. They came back with amazing records in recent history. "Ironbound" and "The electric age" come pretty close to the band highlights in the early days.

The constant factor in the band, which assures the continuity in the band are singer Bobby Ellsworth with his very recognizable voice and his way of phrasing. Bobby's vocal don't leave any space for a doubt that you're listening to Overkill. The other main pillar of the band in bass player D.D. Verni. It's him who adds the groove to the song and both together are the guarantors for thrash metal made by Overkill.

"XDM" is the instrumental overture for the coming thrash inferno which finds its start in "Armorist". You probably have seen the video clip already. It's a typical fast and aggressive Overkill songs which reflects all the bands trademarks.  "Down to the bone" doesn't take any prisoners either. I bit slower than the opener the songs is based on a cool riff. "PIG" could be seen as the continuation of the "Overkill" trilogy for the first records. It's a straight-forward smasher dominated by Blitz's vocals. The acoustic intro to "Bitter pills" reminds to the old Overkill days too. The tune spreads a threatening and frightening atmosphere. The fast "Where there's smoke" is another highlight on the album. You don't find time to breath during this track during this accoustical tornado, before the bassline, which introduces "Freedom rings", puts D.D. Verni into focus. The bass played and playes an important role in the sound from Overkill. And it is the rhythm section of bass and drums which are pushing this song to its limit. It's a mighty thrash riff that openes "Another day to die". Brutal is the right expression for this riff. The track itself stays in mid speed and it's again the pumping bass which gives the tune an extra personality. The last three songs "King of the rat bastards", "It's all yours" and "In the name" can easily keep this high standard too. "White devil armory" is THE thrash metal highlight this year. I can't imagine that there will be a better one.

With "White devil armory" Overkill added another milestone to their discography. It's an brilliant thrash metal record that sounds aggressive and authentic. After all the years Overkill still has the street credibility. For me it is the best Overkill record since "The years of decay". Thumbs up and thanks to the band for the great record.





  1. XDM
  2. Armorist
  3. Down to the bone
  4. PIG
  5. Bitter pill
  6. Where there's smoke
  7. Freedom rings
  8. Another day to die
  9. King of rat bastards
  10. It's all yours
  11. In the name

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review OVERKILL "White devil armory"