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CD review AUDREY HORNE "Blackout"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, Blackout, Hardrock, NWoBHM, Rock, Classic Rock, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review AUDREY HORNE "Blackout"

(9/10) Audrey Horne, hailing from Bergen, Norway, can hark back to some excellent longplayers and energetic live shows. Their hunger for hard rock music obviously can’t be fully stilled which is great for fans of classic rock music - in this case since it leads to a brand  new longplayer.

Three years after having pushed “Pure Heavy” into the open it’s “Blackout” that is the next delight for fans of well-crafted rock music. Toschie, Arve, Kjetil, Thomas and Espen added an album to their discography that shows again why these five Norwegians can constantly add new folks to their fan base.

“Blackout” comprises ten new songs that stand in the tradition of the earlier releases. Audrey Horne built the new longplayer on some classic rock roots and metal influences from the 70’s/early 80’s.

The five Norwegians start into the album with a song that most of you might have heard already. “This is War” was unveiled a while ago as video to promote the upcoming release. The tune is a lively one, done in a typical Audrey Horne fashion. It’s an uptempo track that combines the power of rock and catchy melodies, leading to a real earworm experience.

The next number on the album is built on a heavy bassline by Espen Lien. “Audrevolution”, which is the title of this song, has a punky expression. The joy of this tune is the straight forward approach that shows the beauty of simplicity. Next song, next variation. The title track “Blackout” refers to the 70’s rock roots and it’s bands like Thin Lizzy that came to my mind while listening to “Blackout”.

Compared to these energizers the gently swinging “This Man” feels more like a welcomed break before “Midnight Man” marks the next energizer on “Blackout”. The uptempo “Light Your Way” is a typical Audrey Horne smasher before “California” reveals again some classic rock passion. The tune, known from the last tour, is a heavily grooving one, kept in a moderate pace – a song that works perfect in a live context.

“Satellite” shows a bit of a new aspect of the Norwegian quintet. The number, that is still 100% Audrey Horne, is very rhythm-based with drums and bass getting a lot of attention. I like this tune since it widens the frames and feels like a successfully done experiment. Next to the moments that stretch the borders it is the flow of songs on the album that is done in a good manner. Almost in contrary to “Satellite” it’s “Naysayer” that honor the NWoBHM with some riffs reminding of the earlier Maiden days. Instead of ending up with a scattered picture with all these variations it’s the band’s sound signature that keeps every together very well, leading to a Gesamtkunstwerk.

It’s the galloping “Rose Alley” that rounds off another excellent Audrey Horne album. “Blackout” underlines Audrey Horne’s position in rock. This album is more than just some songs on a record. It showcases a band that has a distilled rock’n’roll vibe running through their veins, leading to another album with a real ‘wow factor’.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This is War
  2. Audrevolution
  3. Blackout
  4. This Man
  5. Midnight Man
  6. Light Your Way
  7. California
  8. Satellite
  9. Naysayer
  10. Rose Alley

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review SCORPIONS "Blackout" 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Veröffentlicht am 3. November 2015 von Markus W. in Scorpions, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Blackout, Power Metal, Classic Rock, NWoBHM

"Blackout" was my first Scorpions album and I think that it's still the best longplayer the band from Hannover ever released. The combination of heavy songs and the outstanding artwork by Gottfried Helnwein is an excellent symbiosis that makes the album to something very special.

But in the end it's more than this. The density of great songs is lifting this disc to a very special one. Real metal smashers like "Blackout", "Now!" and "Dynamite" shine next to midpace anthems such as "Can't Live Without You". But also the slow grooving "Arizona", a songs where you can feel the heat while listening, and the strong power ballad "When the Smoke is Going Down" are numbers written for eternity. There is no single filler on the album. 

Like with the other records from this anniversary series also "Blackout" has some extras. A demo version of the title track give "Blackout" a slightly different expression and with "Running For the Plane", "Sugar Man", All My Love" and "Searching For the Rainbow" the CD comes with four unreleased demo songs from the 1982 recording session.  

A DVD with the legendary performace at "Rock Pop in Concert" and a 40 minutes interview complete a very well done and valuable special edition of one of the most influencial metal records. A 'must have'.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Blackout
  2. Can't Live Without You
  3. No One Like You
  4. You Give Me All I Need
  5. Now!
  6. Dynamite
  7. Arizona
  8. China White
  9. When The Smoke is Going Down
  10. Blackout (Unreleased Demo Version)
  11. Running For The Plane (Unreleased Demo Song)
  12. Sugar Man (Unreleased Demo Song)
  13. All My Love (Unreleased Demo Song)
  14. Searching For the Rainbow (Unreleased Demo Song)

Label: BMG/SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review SCORPIONS "Blackout" 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
CD review SCORPIONS "Blackout" 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
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