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CD review LEE AARON "Diamond Baby Blues"

Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2018 von Markus W. in Lee Aaron, Hardrock, Blues, Rock, Diamond Baby Blues, News, CD Review, Metalville

CD review LEE AARON "Diamond Baby Blues"

(8/10) Step by step former metal queen Lee Aaron gets back into rock music after having had a few sidesteps into jazzy sounds.  One year ago it was "Fire & Gasoline” that offered again some very solid rock songs and it's the 2018 release "Diamond Baby Blues" that stands for a continuation of what could be sensed with the predecessor.

The new longplayer of the Canadian rock queen features 12 songs. There are own songs on the tracklist as well as there are some cover songs too of which Deep Purple's "Mistreated" is probably the most known one for fans of rock music.

Talking about "Mistreated" - the song is arranged slightly different with the original still being recognizable. The song follows the heavy grooving wake-up call "Diamond Baby" which presents a rocking Lee Aaron that is accompanied with heavy riffing. The starting triple gets completed by "American High" which brings the blues to forefront and it's "I'm a Woman", a cover version of the Koko Taylor hymn, that brings blues even more into the spotlight.

"Diamond Baby Blues" doesn't know a real bad song. Tracks like "Miss Mercy" with its awesome chorus and the merciless rocking "Black Cat" belong to the best I have heard from Lee Aaron up-to-date. "Hard Road" is a down-to-earth rock'n'roller while "In the Bedroom" comes with a light-hearted party groove. All good stuff.

Lee Aaron's comeback into rock is an entertaining experience for fans of bluesy hardrock. "Diamond Baby Blues" is not a new "Metal Queen"-album, but it's a very well-crafted rock record that benefits a lot of Aaron's great voice. Welcome back Lee Aaron.

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Diamond Baby
  2. Mistreated
  3. American High
  4. I'm a Woman
  5. Miss Mercy
  6. The Best Thing
  7. Black Cat
  8. Hard Road
  9. In the Bedroom
  10. Cut way Back
  11. You're No Good
  12. My Baby

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review HOT BOOGIE CHILLUM "18 Reasons to Rock'n'Roll"

Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2018 von Markus W. in Hot Boogie Chillum, The Bosshoss, Sascha Vollmer, 18 Reasons to Rock'n'Roll, Heidenheim, Rock, Blues, Country, Rock'n'Roll, Internashville Recordings

CD review HOT BOOGIE CHILLUM "18 Reasons to Rock'n'Roll"

(8/10) Sascha Vollmer (alias Hoss Power) and myself, we have at least one thing in common – we share the same city of birth and that’s already a good reason to follow the musical career of the Swabian cowboy from the Oschdalb.

Vollmer’s main band is The Bosshoss, a rock’n’country outfit he’s running since several years together with Alec Voelkel (alias Boss Burns). I not the youngest anymore, but I can remember the early days of The Bosshoss, a time when they rocked smaller venues in the province. These nights were just awesome – good music and a few beers, that was all you needed at that time.

The Bosshoss could enlarge their fan base enormously within Germany, Austria and Switzerland. What unfortunately happened in parallel was that the songs became more average and trivial with every new longplayer. The last album made me even think about the guys riding a dead horse - sticking to the cowboy metaphor.

OK, enough about The Bosshoss. This review is about Hot Boogie Chillum, which was Vollmer’s first band. Vollmer reactivated the trio and re-released the legendary “15 Reasons to Rock’n’Roll” from 2005. The songs are remixed and remastered and there it is again – the good old rock spirit, the vibe and the groove that also has been a fundamental part of The Bosshoss' early days.

This longplayer combines rockabilly, blues and country to something that’s puts a spell on you. Standing still while listening to these songs is a mission impossible. Uptempo rockers like “I Wanna” are brilliant tracks that make your day. The same goes for the opener “What Happened to Me”; inspired by Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” basic theme, and the 60’s rocker “Penetration”.

“18 Reason to Rock’n’Roll” doesn’t include any boring song. Each of these tunes is a little highlight in itself with the remastered version bringing this even more to forefront.

By the way, if you think that the ‘18’ is a typo you’re wrong. The new version comes with three extra songs, all together creating a real rock’n’roll volcano. You shouldn’t miss this album, regardless if rock’n’roll, country and/or blues fascinates you. And even if you’re a metalhead with a passion for riff power you should check out this album. It's pure entertainment and fun. More of this.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. What Happened to Me
  2. Oh Well
  3. Triple Extroversion
  4. Pure
  5. Chickpulling Machine
  6. Boogie & Harmony
  7. Butterfly
  8. I Wanna
  9. Love and A 45
  10. Good Cooking
  11. Penetration
  12. Send Me Your Love
  13. Volcano
  14. Come on
  15. Widow Wimberly
  16. At Least I'll Try
  17. The One
  18. No One Will Ever Know

 

Label: Internashville Recordings

Genre: Rock'n'Country

Release Date EU: April 6th, 2018

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    CD review LITTLE CAESAR "Eight"

    Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2018 von Markus W. in Little Caesar, Eight, Golden Robot Records, Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Sleaze Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, CD Review

    CD review LITTLE CAESAR "Eight"

    (8/10) Los Angeles-based rockers Little Caesar were founded in 1987 and it was the debut "Little Caesar", which was critically acclaimed and well-received by rock fans. Unfortunatelly the band couldn't maintain this first success which also led to a split in 1993.

    Little Caesar re-grouped in 2001 for some shows and it took another eight years till a new longplayer of this Californian rock outfit provided solid street rock. From this moment onwards, Little Caesar became better and better with every record released. "American Dream" was the title of the excellent 2012 album, followed by by a next sonic punch entitled "Eight".

    The newest strike will be unveiled mid March and it's full of awesome rock songs of which "21 Again" stands as a rock at the beginning of an exciting tracklist. Furthermore the longplayer comes with uptempo rockers such as "Mama Tried" and "Straight Shooter" and it's the bluesy "Time Enough For That" acting as a soulful counterpart to the strong rockers. These are just a few songs but it's the entire 10 track rock fireworks that pleases fans of down-to-earth rock'n'roll.

    To sum up: "Eight" is a terrific rock album, built on an authentic street attitude. These guys know how to rock and "Eight" is their contribution to yout rock'n'roll party.

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. 21 Again
    2. Mama Tried
    3. Vegas
    4. Crushed Velvet
    5. Good Times
    6. Time Enough for That
    7. Straight Shooter
    8. Another Fine Mess
    9. Morning
    10. That's Alright

     

    Label: Golden Robot Records

    Genre: Hardrock

    Release Date EU: March 16th, 2019

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    CD review TAX THE HEAT "Change Your Position"

    Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2018 von Markus W. in Tax The Heat, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, Classic Rock, Blues

    CD review TAX THE HEAT "Change Your Position"

    (8/10) The first time I could enjoy Tax The Heat was in November 2016 when the quartet got the opening slot of Europe‘s 'The Final Countdown - 30th anniversary tour 2016'. Tax The Heat had one album in their repertoire at that time and they used the songs from the debut to gain many new friends and fans on this tour.

    Now, in 2018, the four-piece band has a second delivery ready to be shipped to the record stores.

    Being entitled „Change Your Position“, the new longplayer picks it up where the guys ended with the debut. The sophomore record comprises of 41 minutes of well-crafted rock music with style that‘s split into twelve chapter.

    Tax The Heat stand for good hardrock with a positive vibe. The guys don‘t care about the grey shades of life. This album is colourful longplayer that adds colour to your everyday life.

    To give you some hints regarding songs you listen to means mentioning the title track with its irresistible beat. Also the uptempo „On the Run“ is a song you shouldn‘t miss if you like well-crafted rock music. „Taking the Heat“ is a powerful rocker and the same goes for the grooving „M Headspace“.

    Great rock music doesn‘t necessarily demands denim and leather. Also well-dressed men in suits can create good rock songs. „Change Your Position“ became an album that underlines the before mentioned. It‘s a light-hearted and entertaining album, done by a band we will hear more from in the future. Rock’n’roll with style.

     

    (8/10)

    Tracklist:

    1. Money in the Bank
    2. Change Your Position
    3. Palying With Fire All That Medicine
    4. On the Run
    5. The Last Time
    6. Taking the heat
    7. My Headspace
    8. We are Consumers
    9. Cut Your Chains
    10. Wearing a Disguise
    11. The Symphony Has Begun

     

    Label: Nuclear Blast

    Genre: Hardrock

    Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

     

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    CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

    Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Myles Kennedy, Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

    CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

    (8/10) I guess it’s not necessary to introduce Myles Kennedy. The singer from Boston is well known as being the frontman of Slash as well as he is the singer of Alter Bridge.  

    This time the singer with the iconic voice takes a slightly different musical direction compared to what we have heard of him over the last years. The process of working on this album began seven years ago and after it was finished things didn’t feel as good as thought since time moved on. A view on things with a fresh pair of eyes led to starting from scratch again. Songs were written in no time and the best eleven ones ended up on “Year of the Tiger”.

    The longplayer became a very personal one with Kennedy processing the death of his father, who died when he was four years old. Addressing such a personal topic as the main theme for the album brings a lot of emotions to forefront. Each of the songs is touching already by listening to the music only, emphasized even more by the lyrics. It’s not the screaming guitars and the mighty rhythm section that gives a musical direction on “Year of the Tiger”. It’s sensitivity, feelings and a certain level of melancholy that’s embedded in each of the eleven songs on the album.

    Instead of being a hardrock record or even a metal longplayer “Year of the Tiger” brings a mixture of rock, blues, Americana and folk to the table, styles that ask for instruments like mandolin, banjos and lap steel.

    The difference of a good singer and an excellent vocalist is the range of styles that can be covered by one voice. Kennedy got this gift, being a great alternative metal singer, an excellent hardrock vocalist and an outstanding solo artist – like on “Year of the Tiger”. This album doesn’t invite for headbanging. This longplayer touches your heart and soul.

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Year of the Tiger
    2. The GreatBeyond
    3. Blind Faith
    4. Devil on the Wall
    5. Ghost nof Shangri La
    6. Turning Stones
    7. Haunting By Design
    8. Mother
    9. Nothing But a Name
    10. Love Can Only Heal
    11. Songbird
    12. One Fine Day

     

    Label: Napalm Records

    Genre: Rock

    Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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    CD review THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT "A Deeper Cut"

    Veröffentlicht am 23. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in The Temperance Movement, A Deeper Cut, News, Blues, Hardrock, Rock, Earache Records

    CD review THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT "A Deeper Cut"

    (9/10) The Temperance Movement is a British rock outfit that was founded in 2011 by singer Phil Campbell, guitarist Luke Potashnik and Paul Sayer. The band faced a stellar ascent and it was the debut that went right into the top 12 of the UK charts. The outfit, that's line-up in the meantime doesn’t include Potashnick anymore, could extend their winning streak with „White Bear“, the sophomore album, and two years later it’s the crucial third longplayer „A Deeper Cut“ that should consolidate the bands position in rock.

    „A Deeper Cut“ starts very rhythm-based with „Caught in the Middle“. The excellently done tune provides immediate freshness and shows a great dynamic. With the next two tracks The Temperance Movement shows again their hard rocking side before things slow down with the title track. „A Deeper Cut“ is an emotional ballad that carries a lot of melancholy. Next to the title track there‘s with „Children“ another highly emotional song on the album followed by the awesome half-acoustic „There‘s Still Time“; one of the best songs on this record.

    Some gentle tones take over again at the end of this longplayer. The last song, „The Wonder We‘ve Seen“, is calmer tune that’s build on a lot of feel, showing again the emotional depth the band weaves into each of there songs.

    „A Deeper Cut“ is one of the best rock albums in 2018, at least so far. This album will most probably end up in the top 5 rock records this year. Good stuff for ears,soul and mind.

     

    (9/10)

    Tracklist:

    1. Caught in the Middle
    2. Built in Forgetter
    3. Love and Devotion
    4. A Deeper Cut
    5. Backwater Zoo
    6. Another Spiral
    7. Beast Nation
    8. The Way it Was and The Way it is Now
    9. Higher Than the Sun
    10. Children
    11. There's Still Time
    12. The Wonder We've Seen

     

    Label: Earache Records

    Genre: Blues Rock

    Release Date EU: February 16th, 2018

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    CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Grimmest Hits"

    Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Grimmest Hits, Zall Wylde, News, Hardrock, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Southern Metal, Blues, Spinefarm Records, BLS, Black Label Society

    CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Grimmest Hits"

    (8/10) One thing directly in the beginning. The title „Grimmest Hits“ is misleading. It transports the idea of a „Best of...“ which is not the case at all. „Grimmest Hits“ features 12 new songs. After having clarified this I must also say that the title fits the longplayer very well, but more in the sense of grim songs that are all hits. „Grimmest Hits“ doesn‘t include any filler. Zakk Wylde, Mr. Riff Power, delights again with his excellent guitar play that‘s embedded in well-done songs, combining metal, rock and blues to a great total. Black Label Society found their own sound and trademarks, all coming back on the new record. 

    Wylde‘s guitar opens the album - how could it be different. „Trampled Down Below“ is the name of this excellent opener that also includes a rolling bassline and the typical vocals, all  immediately reminding of Zakk Wylde‘s Ozzy Osbounre days. A mighty solo part completes an well-done opener in the typical Black Label Society fashion. 

    Most of the songs are rocking and loud. Regardless if you listen to the bluesy „Seasons of Falter“, the roaring single release „Rooms of Nightmares“ or the doomy „Disbelief“, it‘s all awesome metal songs. 

    Next to these songs, each with a lot of riff-power, it‘s the calmer moments that are best when it comes to this longplayer. „The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away“ is such a soulful moment, a song with a Southern rock touch that gives you the shivers. Another tune that shows the more sensitive and emotive side of the Black Label Society is „The Only Words“. For me it‘s this track being the real highlight on the album. Intensity and emotions don‘t need loud sounds. Sometimes it‘s the counterparts that make a difference and „The Only Words“ is one of those.

    „Grimmest Hits“ is a excellent album that combines powerful riff energy with a down-to-earth approach. Nothing on this album sounds forced or feels strange. It‘s an album that’s authentic and real, exactly what was expected. Good stuff from one of the most influential contemporary metal guitarist. 

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Trampled Down Below
    2. Seasons Of Falter
    3. The Betrayal
    4. All That Once Shined
    5. The Only Words
    6. Room Of Nightmares
    7. The Love Unreal
    8. Disbelief
    9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
    10. Illusions Of Peace
    11. Bury Your Sorrow
    12. Nothing Left To Say

     

    Label: Spinefarm Records

    Genre: Heavy Metal

    Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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    CD review STRAY TRAIN "Blues from Hell"

    Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Stray Train, Blues from Hell, SAOL, Blues, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

    CD review STRAY TRAIN "Blues from Hell"

    (8/10) Well-done blues rock isn’t limited to certain geographical areas. It’s more about having the right vibe and feel for this kind of music, being one of the crucial prerequisites. If these can be combined with good musical craftsmanship and a proper production the result must be something good.

    Stray Train from Slovenia is one of these band having all the tools in place for a good longplayer and they use their entire toolkit for each of the 12 songs on their new record “Blues from Hell”. The album combines hard rocking sounds, the emotional depth of blues and an excellent groove to a great total.

    Things get out of the boxes very well with “Electrified”. The powerful rocker is living up to its title, electrifying the listener. “Heading for the Sun” follows and adds the groove to the album. The song is a kept a bit darker and it’s the gently singing guitar in the middle part that adds a lot to this great number.

    “Blues from Hell” doesn’t comprise any weak spots. Based on a solid sound foundation the songs vary within a certain framework which gives the album the excitement needed. “Emona” for example is a melodic rocker, “Mad Machine” has a bit of a stoner vibe while “Love is Just a Breath Away” shows the calmer side of Stray Train.

    I got a very positive impression of what I got to hear with “Blues from Hell”. Stray Train’s sophomore longplayer is a lively, soulful and well-crafted release that deserves some loops on your record player.

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    01. Electrified

    02. Heading for the Sun

    03. Days Gone

    04. Emona

    05. Mad Machine

    06. Blues from Hell

    07. House of cards

    08. Love Is Just a Breath Away

    09. My Baby’s Ride

    10. Give It Away

    11. No Easy

    12. Miracle

     

    Label: SAOL

    Genre: Hardrock

    Release Date EU: November 24th, 2017

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    CD review KID ROCK "Sweet Southern Sugar"

    Veröffentlicht am 21. November 2017 von Markus W. in Kid Rock, News, CD Review, BMG, Rock, Southern Rock, Blues, Hardrock

    CD review KID ROCK "Sweet Southern Sugar"

    (8/10) Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, is back with a new longplayer. In a season of the year when dark en grey November days leads to a bad mood it’s “Sweet Southern Sugar” that brings some joy into your homes.

    If you haven’t been living in a cave for the last decades you know Kid Rock, at least you have heard his smash hit “All Summer Long”. There was no way to escape and not listening to this multi-award-winning tune was a mission impossible.

    That was the past and let’s see what “Sweet Southern Sugar” can do for us. Kid Rock stays true to himself and his music. I don’t think that anybody expected bigger changes. The new longplayer comprises 10 new songs that are again an mélange of Southern Rock, hardrock and some blues, which is combined, with some rap elements (“Grandpa’s Jam”).

    Highlights on the album are the soulful “American Rock’n’Roll”, the heavily grooving “Po-Dunk” and the straightforward “Stand the Pain”. Next to these tracks it’s the gentle swinging “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” that could help to get the album into the charts. The songs a cover of the “The Four Tops” hit “I Can’t Help Myself”, done in the typical Kid Rock fashion. The song got a proper country expression and I wonder why the song didn’t keep the origin name.

    “Sweet Southern Sugar” lives up to expectations. It’s good music for a good time. Easy going sounds in a complex world.

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Greatest Show on Earth
    2. Po-Dunk
    3. Tennessee Mountain Top
    4. I Wonder
    5. American Rock’n’Roll
    6. Back to the Otherside
    7. Raining Whiskey
    8. Stand the Pain
    9. Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
    10. Grandpa’s Jam

     

    Label: BMG

    Genre: Southern Rock

    Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017

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    CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "MKII"

    Veröffentlicht am 18. November 2017 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's Moonkings, Hardrock, Classic Rock, MKII, Rock, Mascot Records, Blues

    CD review VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS "MKII"

    (9/10) It was 3 years ago when a band premiered with a debut album that was very much anticipated by fans of hardrock and blues. One of the reasons for the upcoming excitement was the fact that no less than Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg was the driving force behind this outfit. Vandenberg, worldwide known due to his time with Whitesnake, returned to the scene after having had some years with following his passion for painting.

    The guitarist teamed-up with three talented young guys -  Jan Hoving (v), Mart Nijen-Es (d) and Sem Christoffel (b). This quartet delivered a longplayer that was very well received by media and fans. Time went by and 36 months later the rock world can welcome the sophomore album. Simply entitled “MKII”, a reference to the different Deep Purple line-ups, the album is a homage to the 70’s and its rock bands. Ian Gillan and Co. have created the blueprint for Vandenberg’s Moonkings.

    These bands are more an inspiration for the Dutch quartet. The sound of the four-piece powerhouse is anchored in these days by also being far away from copying. There is by far enough musical substance combined in Vandenberg’s Moonkings to create an own signature that refers back to mentioned days of classic rock.

    What I appreciated with the debut and what I also like with the new longplayer is the warm and organic sound. The guitarist and his three companions boil down hardrock and blues rock to its essence, unveiling the beauty of the genres. Unnecessary gimmicks and samples aren’t a distraction of what rock music is about – handmade, down-to-earth songs that are touching. “MKII” has all this embedded, making them to a real treat for your ears and soul.

    “MKII” has no filler, even though it has some highlights. The grooving opener “Tightrope” is one, with singer Jan Hoving showing his entire talent. The calmer tones are included in the awesome “Walk Away”, a ballad that comes with a lot of feel. Next to these two tracks there is “What Doesn’t Kill You” that is built on a great hook, a fact that also goes for “Love Runs Out”, with the latter having a lot of potential for a lot of airplay.

    Vandenberg’s Moonkings made use of the last three years in a good fashion. Each of the songs on “MKII” is very well though through and crafted in a perfect manner. This album shows that the experience of someone like Vandenberg and the unleashed enthusiasm of youth can lead to something excellent, esp. if passion for rock is the glue connecting things.

     

    (9/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Tightrope
    2. Reputation
    3. Angel in Black
    4. The Fire
    5. Walk Away
    6. All or Nothing
    7. What Doesn't Kill You
    8. Ready For the Taking
    9. New Day
    10. Hard Way
    11. Love Runs Out
    12. If You Can't Handle the Heat

     

    Label: Mascot Records

    Genre: Hardrock

    Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017

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    CD review DIRTY THRILLS "Heavy Living"

    Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2017 von Markus W. in Dirty Thrills, Hardrock, Blues, Classic Rock, News, Rock, Frontiers Music, CD Review

    CD review DIRTY THRILLS "Heavy Living"

    (7/10) Are you interested in bands such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and Rival Sons? Than this release might be an interesting one for you. UK-based classic blues rockers Dirty Thrills publish their new longplayer "Heavy Living" mid-September, an album the includes eleven bluesy hardrockers.

    "Heavy Living" starts with "I'll Be With You", a song that comes with a solid portion of blues included. Sometimes louder, sometimes a bit calmer, the song stands for a good start into this record. 

    It's a classic rock riff that acts as a kickstarts for the grooving "Go Slow" before "Law Man" brings a swinging rock vibe right into your four walls. What becomes already obvious with these first three tracks is the warmth that comes with "Heavy Living". This longplayer has an organic and lively expression, reflecting the passion of Louis James, Jack Fawdry, Steve Corrigan and Aaron Plows. These four guys did this album because they wanted to do it, and they wanted to it this way, leading to an authentic spirit that can be listened to in the mentioned heavy tunes as well as the balladic "Lonely Soul". 

    "Heavy Living" is a rock solid album that's done in a good fashion, containing good songs and a good vibe, but it also doesn't bring that much new to the table. Good stuff, known from before I would say.

     

    (7/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. I'll Be With You
    2. Go Slow
    3. Law Man
    4. Hanging Around
    5. Lonely Soul
    6. No Resolve
    7. Interlude
    8. The Brave One
    9. Rabbit Hole
    10. Drunk Words
    11. Get Loose

     

    Label: Frontiers Music

    Genre: Classic Rock

    Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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    CD review SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS " The Bear"

    Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2017 von Markus W. in Shawn James, Shwan James and The Shapeshifters, Americana, Blues, Folk, CD Review, News

    CD review SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS " The Bear"

    (7/10) Next to his new solo release “On the Shoulder of Giants” Shawn James also publishes a new EP with The Shapeshifters. “The Bear” is part two of a trilogy and tells the story an old bear who awakes from along winter sleep , going through his final adventures in life.

    The EP tells this tale in six chapters with songs that are musically based on Americana Blues. What Shawn James and The Shapeshifters manage is to get the story of the big old bear perfectly translated into music that expresses the connected feelings. If you close your eyes you can ‘see’ the old guy opening his eyes after months of sleep with the first sunrays hurting the pupils. You can also feel the beauty of freedom in “Chapter III” while the final chapter, “Chapter IV Demise”, expresses sadness and grayness of the final step.

    “The Bear” is a touching release that transports a lot of feel in conjunction with very well-done music, emotionally affecting the listener.

     

    (7/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Chapter I Awaken
    2. Chapter II Hunger
    3. Chapter III Freedom
    4. Chapter IV Omens
    5. Chapter V The Raven Mocker
    6. Chapter VI Demise

     

    Label: Shawn James Music

    Genre: Folk Rock

    Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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    CD review SHAWN JAMES "On the Shoulders of Giants"

    Veröffentlicht am 17. September 2017 von Markus W. in Shawn James, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, News, CD Review

    CD review SHAWN JAMES "On the Shoulders of Giants"

    (7/10) Shawn James is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Chicago. The guy released already some solo albums as well as he realized projects together with The Shapeshifters. Even though non of his previous albums has been released in countries like Germany the musician from the US can look back on some achievements, like more than 5 million Spotify streams of “Through the Valley”.

    This time it’s another solo record he adds to his discography. “On the Shoulders of Giants” is the title of his newest creative output, coming with nine songs that are deeply rooted on blues, folk and bluegrass. What each of the tunes has in common is that they are all fueled by deep emotions, expressed by impressive vocals. James has a soulful voice that enables him to ‘live’ each of the songs rather than singing just some words to accompany the music. The only thing that makes the album a bit lengthy is the fact that James stays very much in the same pattern throughout. I think that a bit more variation would have benefited the album even more, esp. since James comes with a lot of talents an a terrific voice.

    Shawn James is a musician that writes and plays music since it’s a matter of heart to him. He stands with two feet on the ground, putting the music into the forefront. Listening to this album is more than a nice experience.

     

    (7/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Hellhound
    2. Belly of the Beast
    3. When it Rains, it Pours
    4. Snake Eye
    5. Deliah
    6. Black Down
    7. Lift Us Up
    8. Captain Stormalong
    9. Preacher Foretold

     

    Label: Shawn James Music

    Genre: Blues Rock

    Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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    CD review THE QUIREBOYS "White Trash Blues"

    Veröffentlicht am 17. September 2017 von Markus W. in The Quireboys, Blues, CD Review, News, Rock, Hardrock, Off Yer Records

    CD review THE QUIREBOYS "White Trash Blues"

    (8/10) After having released an excellent longplayer called “Twisted Love” 12 months ago, the band comes back with a new longplayer in September this year. This time it’s an album that doesn’t come with new songs. The Quireboys worked on a record that’s fuelled with cover songs, reflecting the bands passion for blues rock in a perfect manner.

    The six-piece band fulfil a dream when it comes to “White Trash Blues”, celebrating one of their favourite styles in music and also doing something that’s slightly different from the expected. So what’s more obvious to take some real blues classics from John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and more, arranging them in a Quireboys-fashion and capture all the excitement on a longplayer.

    “White Trash Blues” is the outcome of this work and it’s a very entertaining one too. Each of the tunes that are on the longplayer has its own twist, still representing the original by also adding The Quireboys vibe to it. One important ingredients in this is the raspy voice of Spike which gives the classics a new appeal.

    “White Trash Blues” cheers The Quireboys fans as well as it gladdens blues and rock fans in general. This album is an exciting and respectful interpretation of some of the most important songs in blues. Well done.

     

    (8/10)

     

    Tracklist:

    1. Cross Eyed Cat
    2. Boom Boom
    3. I wish you would
    4. Take Out Some Insurance
    5. Going Down
    6. Help Me
    7. Shame Shame Shame
    8. I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
    9. Leaving Trunk
    10. I'm a King Bee
    11. Walking the Dog
    12. Little Queenie

     

    Label: Off Yer Rocka

    Genre: Blues

    Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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