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CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2018 von Markus W. in Wrong, Feel Great, News, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal, CD, Relapse Records, Hardcore, Metal, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Post-Punk

CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

(8/10) Who doesn't want to feel great? I think that especially in times of uncertainty and political absurdity the need for feeling great, at least for some moments, is a something most of us have more the ever. What can help to feel good is listening to Wrong's newest strike entitled "Feel Great".

The longplayer features eleven songs that sound like a mighty steamroller. Downtuned guitars and heavy riffing dominates the scene. Wrong merges metal, punk and alternative rock into music that reminds me of New York groove machine Prong, but also bands like Helmet came to my mind while listening to these intense songs on "Feel Great".

The quartet constructs an unbreakable wall of riffs that gets out of the speakers extremely well. It‘s songs like „Errordome“ and „Come Apart Ment“ that‘s very much inspired by Page Hamilton and band. As being an Helmet fan from the very beginning I immediately liked what Wrong‘s doing on „Feel Great“.  

As most of the tunes are more moderately paced, Wrong adds additional firepower to "Feel Great" with some uptempo tracks of which "Crawl Instead" is one of. Songs like the mentioned clearly shows the hardcore influences and stand for great moments on this 30 minutes longplayer.

"Feel Great" has enough energy to turn a bad day into a good one and it might help to grab these moment of feeling great and hold them a bit longer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Errordome
  2. Culminate
  3. Pustule
  4. Nice Job
  5. Feel Great
  6. Upgrade
  7. Crawl Instead
  8. Come Apart Mend
  9. Zero Cool
  10. Gape
  11. Anaerobic

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review LIONE/CONTI "Lione/Conti"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Lione-Conti, Hardrock, News, Rock, Melodic Metal, Frontiers Music, CD, Melodic Rock

CD review LIONE/CONTI "Lione/Conti"

(7/10) As the band's name predicts, Lione/Conti consists out of no less than Fabio Lione and Alessandro Conti, both having an history with Rhapsody / Rhapsody Of Fire. In addition Alessandro Conti is also part of Italian power metal outfit Trick Or Treat, all giving an idea of what you get served with this debut.

In the meantime it’s well known that Italian Frontiers Music label had and has more of these projects where they bring musicians together for a specific longplayer. Normally it’s a singer and a guitarist, but this time it’s two singers that combine forces for a certain moment in time.

Such a project is more of an unusual endeavour but it’s not new either. Just thinking about the excellently done Allen/Lande albums shows that such a collaboration can lead to excellent tunes.

“Lione/Conti” is an album that can live up to expectation. The duo, together with Marco Lanciotti (d), Filippo Martignano (key) and Simone Mularoni (g/b), offer a wider spectrum of melodic metal songs. Sometimes reminding of Queensryche (“You’re Falling”), mostly catchy (“Destruction Show”) and sometimes calmer (Somebody Else”) the quintet delivers songs that are easy approachable. It doesn’t take you a huge effort to get into this album, a record that deserves more than just one spin.

Like mentioned earlier, “Lione/Conti" lives up to expectation. Good songs, good melodies, good sound and certain predictability.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ascension
  2. Outcome
  3. You’re Falling
  4. Somebody Else
  5. Misbeliever
  6. Destruction Show
  7. Glories
  8. Truth
  9. Gravity
  10. Crosswinds

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review TANKARD "One Foot in the Grave"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Tankard, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD, Speed Metal

CD review TANKARD "One Foot in the Grave"

(8/10) It was 30 years ago when Tankard entered my Planet Metal with an album called "Chemical Invasion". Being recommended by a friend and being fascinated by the artwork the vinyl found its way into my collection. What I liked at that time was the harsh metal, which is an authentic and raw piece of metal music that was built on fun and passion.

I'm not sure if Tankard, having had a life on the fast-lane at that time, thought about being still around three decades later, but reality shows that they are. And not only that Tankard still exists, up to date their music includes these typical trademarks the Frankfurt-based thrashers stand for - beer, fun, thrash and some statements included.

Gerre and companions got older, no doubt, but this doesn't mean that the guys got rusty over time. It's more that the band got more mature over time, something that's also reflected in the lyrics. There are some songs when their beer-passion dominates ("Secret Oder 1615"), but the quartet also reflect in the title track on them not being 25 years of age anymore. Also current political and social situations are addressed by Tankard. "Syrian Nightmare", "Look 'em Up" and "Area of True Lies" cover topics such as the war in Syria, Donald Trump and social media with all lies being shared and spread like a virus on Facebook & Co.

All this is embedded in angry and furious thrash songs being build on Gerre's aggressive vocals and Andy Gujahr's furious riffs and leads. As on the earlier releases it's Tankard founding member Frank Thorwarth, together with drummer Olaf Zissel, providing a solid rhythm foundation.

"One Foot in the Grave" is another well-done Tankard longplayer, showcasing the band as good as always. Tankard has a legendary status when it comes to German metal and they hopefully will stay for many more years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pay to Pray
  2. Arena of the True Lies
  3. Don't Bullshit Us!
  4. One Foot in the Grave
  5. Syrian Nightmare
  6. Northern Crown (Lament of the Undead...)
  7. Lock 'em Up!
  8. The Evil That Men Display
  9. Secret Order 1516
  10. Sole Grinder

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

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CD review BITCH QUEENS "L.O.V.E."

Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Bitch Queens, Hardrock, Rock, Punkrock, News, CD, LuxNoise

(8/10) Basel-based Bitch Queens has a new album in the starting blocks, ready to score. The guys worked further on evolving their powerful hardrock that comes with a strong punk influence too, an ambition they successfully managed.

The album starts with an energizing triple. "Anti-Social is the first out of these three numbers. Vocals and a heavy bassline are the foundation for the tune that works pretty well. More moderate paced "Deadbeat Generation" is next, a raunchy rock song with good hooks. The grooving "Denim and Leather" stands for another energizer.

The moment when Bitch Queen's stretches the limits is the closer "Techno is Dead". It's a furious rock song that underlines what the title states. The embedded samples emphasis the message and stand for a little twist to the standard approach. A moment. That makes you smile, esp. when the David Guetta spoken word section begins.

Bitch Queens definitely developed since their latest longplayer "Kill Your Friends". Scandinavian rock influences became stronger and the songs sound more thought through without losing their punch. Bitch Queens' newest album is a step further for the band that shows that Switzerland has more to offer than only watches, cheese and chocolate.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Anti-Social
  2. Deadbeat Generation
  3. Naked or Denim
  4. Polymeric Lover
  5. R-Rated
  6. B-Stock Babies
  7. Devine Receiver
  8. Boy Toy of Glory
  9. Collateral Damage
  10. Girls Girls Boys
  11. Techno is Dead

 

Label: LuxNoise

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017

CD review BITCH QUEENS "L.O.V.E."
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CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2017 von Markus W. in Stahlmann, Rammstein, Modern Metal, Neue Deutsche Härte, Rock, Elektro, AFM Records, News, CD

(5/10) I wonder who's in need of this release in days when, on a weekly base, excellent metal records see the light of day. Yes, I know, Rammstein hasn't released something new since quite some years that is more than another live recording and maybe bands like Stahlmann fills this vacuum. 

However, the guys from Göttingen are successful with what they are doing, achieving top 40 positions in German longplayer chart. I also must admit that the songs aren't too bad, also benefiting from a proper production. But in the end it's far too little own ideas and too many Rammstein that weaved into each of these ten new tracks. These guys are riding on Rammstein's coattails and they don't even try to hide this fact. This album is for fans only that heavily kiss new stuff from Lindemann and gang.

"Bastard" has one positive effect though. It created an appetite for Rammstein's first three album which I needed to listen to feel the real old Neue Deutsche Härte vibe again.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Leitwolf
  2. Judas
  3. Bastard
  4. Nichts Spricht Wahre Liebe Frei
  5. Wächter
  6. Von Glut Zu Asche
  7. Alptraum
  8. Dein Gott
  9. Schwarz Und Weiss utsche Ha
  10. Supernova 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"
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CD review VENENUM "Trance of Death"

Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2017 von Markus W. in Venenum, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, CD, News, Sepulchral Records, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal

(9/10) Venenum isn't really new in the world of metal since their first EP was already released in the beginning of this decade. At this early stage the songs on this first disc showed some potential and it's amazing what the four guys achieved between then and now. Six years after the EP have enlightened the underground it's the debut, "Trance of Death”, that gets shipped to the record shops these days. Venenum evolved to a mature death metal outfit that creates an intensity and density that is mind-blowing.

A cello starts the album. It's a gloomy introduction that creates anxiety, acting as a step towards the acoustic inferno that follows. "Merging Nebular Drapes" is the first pitch black track and it's a furious one too. Raging guitars and well placed breaks dominate the scene, creating a first 'wow' effect. The fast paced "The Nature of the Ground" is next and if you expect a moment to rest I have to disappoint you. This track is even more intense and it feels like the first three songs building up to the Grande Finale that comes in three chapters. "Trance of Death", the 'title track', is actually a trilogy that begins with "Reflections". Seven minutes of brutal death metal, that what's the song is about. What makes this number, but also the other ones, to something very special is the fact the Venenum doesn't stick to a one dimensional approach. Instead of blindfolded going for a full blast setup, the quartet adds breaks that are spot-on like e.g in the middle part of "Reflection".

The song blends into part II which is an instrumental that's kept a bit more sphereful. It's a nicely placed counterpart to "Reflection" and "There are Other Worlds..." and acts as a five minutes interlude before the true masterpiece ends "Trance of Death". The final chapter is a 14 minutes milestone that combines everything the band stands for. An acoustic start gets blown away by a first harsh metal attack that brings the blistering heat of hell closer to the listener. It's this constant interaction of sphereful soundscapes and raging metal blasts that creates arcs of suspense. This closer is an epic journey that captivating.

"Trance of Death" is a death metal release that is belonging to the best ones so far this year and can easily compete with latest genre related albums. Considering the fact that this longplayer is the debut shows the potential of this quartet from Germany. Thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Entrance
  2. Merging Nebular Drapes
  3. The Nature of the Ground
  4. Cold Threat
  5. Trance of Death Part I: reflection
  6. Trance of Death Part II: Metanoia Journey
  7. Trance of Death Part III: There are Other Worlds...

 

Label: Sepulchral Voice Records

Genre: Epic Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 17th, 2017

CD review VENENUM "Trance of Death"
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CD review DOOL "Here Now, There Then"

Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2017 von Markus W. in Dool, Dark Rock, Dark Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News, CD, Prophecy Production, Rock

(8/10) "Here Now, There Then" is the highly anticipated first album of Dutch psychedelic rock outfit Dool. The quintet released a first single in 2016 and played a notable show on last years Roadburn festival in Tilburg.

Who is Dool? The five-piece band is Micha Haring (d) and Job van Zande (b), both former members of The Devil's Blood. The two guys teamed-up with Reinir Vermeulen and Nick Polak, both guitarists and its singer Ryanna van Dorst who completes the line-up of Dool.

The group worked on their debut, which features eight songs that are rooted in dark rock. In total the album provides the listener with 50 minutes of exquisite rock music. To describe the sound of Dool I would say that it’s a combination of dark rock, that is spiced up with a psychedelic vibe and a certain touch of gothic. A song that epitomizes this is “Oweynagat”. Sisters Of Mercy are often mentioned as a source of inspiration, but I had to think of Fields Of Nephilim when I listened to this gloomy beauty. No surprise that this song was chosen to be the first single and the first countable statement of the band.

“Here Now, There Then” also starts spectacularly. The five guys have put the longest track in pole position. “Vantablack” is a 10 minutes opus that spreads the vibe of an elegy in the beginning. After a few minutes the opener builds–up to a rocking masterpiece and evolves into a bittersweet beauty. It’s a first solid pillar on which Dopl build their music on.

Another track I would like to stand still for a moment is “The Alpha”. Based on a powerful rhythm section the tune is kept in a slower pace. It’s an irresistible groove that pushes this tune forward. It’s a psychedelic groove monster that has weaved in moments of light before darkness and wistfulness takes over again.

All this could lead to the impression that Dool created an album that is charged of despair and sadness. Party this is probably true. But what counts even more is this melancholic fascination that makes this album to an irresistible piece of music and to a great debut. It puts a spell on you.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vanatblack
  2. Golden Serpents
  3. Words on Paper
  4. In Her Darkest Hour
  5. Oweynaget
  6. The Alpha
  7. The Death of Love
  8. She Goat

 

Label: Prophecy Production

Genre: Dark Rock

Release Date EU: February 17th, 2017

CD review DOOL "Here Now, There Then"
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CD review BLACKFIELD "V"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Blackfield, Rock, Prog Rock, Hardrock, News, CD, Ambient, KSCOPE, Steven Wilson

(9/10) “V” marks, how could it be different, the fifth album of the genius cooperation of Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson. These guys started their collaboration after Geffen, a big fan of Porcupine Tree, invited the band to Israel for a concert. What start in 2000 led to the two musicians working on some first songs together resulting in the “Blackfield” album that was published in 2004.

Blackfield stick, with the exception of “Welcome to My DNA”, to a numbering of their record and therefore it’s a logical consequence to entitle this longplayer “V”.

The two iconic musicians deepened their cooperation with each longplayer, being supported by Seffy Efrati, Tomer Z. and Eran Metelman.

The album starts with a classic intro named “A drop in the Ocean” which an atmospheric piece of music that brings some calmness into nowadays hectic life. “Family Man” is next and provides a more rocking vibe. The song never gets really loud, but it reaches a level of intensity that is outstanding. What surprises is the fact that each of the tunes in “V” is very spot-on. You might expect long epical tunes on such a record but not in this case. Two tracks go above a four minutes length while the rest stays within a framework of 3-4 minutes.

There are more of these beautiful rocking anthems on “V”. “We’ll Never be Apart” is one of them and “Later” unveils the rocking passion of the duo.

Next to their tunes there are the soulful moments like “Sorrys”; songs built on beautiful melodies and wide soundscapes that makes each of these numbers to a delicious acoustic experience. Like with intro, these songs are best while taking you earphones, and closing your eyes. The music will take you to a cinematic journey that comes with a lot of emotional depth. Fragile moments next to powerful sections provide the listener with a constant arc of suspense from beginning to end.

“V” is Backfields’ fifth studio longplayer and it’s hopefully not their last. This pair of experienced and passionate musicians brings beauty in this grayish world. Excellent music done by outstanding musicians. Two thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A Drop in the Ocean
  2. Family Man
  3. How Was Your Ride
  4. We’ll Never be Apart
  5. Sorrys
  6. Life is an Ocean
  7. Lately
  8. October
  9. The Jackal
  10. Salt Water
  11. Undercover Heart
  12. Lonely Soul
  13. Fromm 44 to 48

 

Label: KSCOPE

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: February 10th, 2017

CD review BLACKFIELD "V"
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CD review ABSTUERZENDE BRIEFTAUBEN "Doofgesagte leben laenger"

Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2016 von Markus W. in Abstuerzende Brieftauben, Punkrock, Punk, Fun Punk, Rock, News, CD

(8/10) I guess that this review isn’t of great interest for some of my readers since it’s about a punk band from Germany that sings in their 1st language – German. However, this new album “Doofgesagte leben laenger” came out of leftfield and I was more than surprised when I heard about it. Actually it was coincidentally that I notice this release while searching for something else on the web.

Abstuerzende Brieftauben is a German punkrock band that had their peak moments in the eighties and especially in the beginning if the nineties. They were part of a fun-punk era in Germany that also included bands like Schliessmuskel, Die Mimmi’s and Walter Elf. Abstuerzende Brieftauben belonged to the more successful ones with having longplayers in the German LP charts. The music was/is kept quite simple with a few chords and the lyrics include a lot of fun, partly based on a serious background. In the end it was/is, it was more about ‘having fun at a teenage age’ rather than about ‘no future’. I liked the band in the past and I guess that’s why I was so happy to hear new stuff.

The guys disbanded in 1997 and it felt like a chapter that’s being closed, a thought that got even stronger by the sad news of founding member Konrad K. who passed away in 2006.

In the meantime we are 10 years further down the road and Mirco, the second founding member of the Abstuerzende Brieftauben, teamed-up with Olli and these two guys released realized a comeback of the band that sounds pretty good.

In the beginning I was doubting if I should listen to the record since sometimes these kind of albums aren’t exciting; often it’s not more than an attempt to re-vitalize great times. But, “Doofgesagte leben laenger” is surprisingly good. Mirco and Olli blew some new life into the Tauben and each of the tracks reflects the band with 100%. The songs are as simple as in the earlier days and the lyrics are mostly with a twinkle in the eye. But even though there is always humor connected to each of the tracks, most of them come with a serious background, an thing that shifted a bit from old to new. “Freiheit stirbt” is about the proliferation of capitalism, “No future” is about punks that became Boeotian over time and the most important track is named “Nie Wieder Pegida”, a clear signal against fascists.

Maybe the first half of the album became a bit better than the second part. Anyhow, “Doofgesagte leben laenger” is a big surprise and I hope that the guys get the attention they deserve. It’s entertaining music and who knows, maybe the Abstuerzenden Brieftauben gain some new fans even outside Germany.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Das Grauen Teil 3
  2. Ausschlafen
  3. Pieke Punk
  4. Lindener Girls
  5. Freiheit stribt
  6. Nie Wieder Pegida
  7. No Future war gestern
  8. Keine Termine
  9. Der Roadie Job is gar nicht so einfach wie man denkt
  10. Tim Buktu
  11. Pause
  12. Die Blumen sind fuer sie Herr Polizist
  13. Weisst du was du mich mal kannst
  14. Im Garten sind Moerder
  15. Die Tauben kommen
  16. Vorbei

 

Label: Weserlabel

Genre: Punkrock

Release Date DE: September 23rd, 2016

 

CD review ABSTUERZENDE BRIEFTAUBEN "Doofgesagte leben laenger"
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CD review MICHAEL SWEET "One Sided War"

Veröffentlicht am 22. August 2016 von Markus W. in Michael Sweet, Stryper, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, News, CD, Joel Hoekstra

(8/10) OK, Michael Sweet is the frontman of Stryper and I think that almost each metal fan has his/her own opinion about the yellow/black fanatics with the special image. I must admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of the band even though I still appreciate listening to songs like "Soldiers Under Command" once in a while.

However, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet seems to be quite active these days. After having had a good album with Stryper ("Fallen") the singer also did a collaboration project with guitar wizard George Lynch, an album that sounded pretty good too.

Now it's time for a solo release called "One Sided War", a longplayer that surprised me since it's a really entertaining one. It's not a secret at all that Sweet is a pretty good singer and the fact that he teamed-up with Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra made the twelve songs on the album even better. Ethan Brosh is also contributing to the album as well as Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, who is, together with John O'Boyle responsible for the rhythm section.

"Bizarre" is the furious opener that comes with wild guitars and damn good vocals. The title track is next, the pace becomes more moderate, the energy level stays high -  that's how I could summarize this tune.

"Radio" is a midpace groover that starts with a western-like acoustic guitar before the drums join in and add heaviness to this half-ballad. "Only You" has great vocal lines that makes the tune to a joyful one and we have to wait till "Who I Am" to get the first ballad served on the sliver CD plate. But also here Sweet doesn't add too much cliche to this rock song. It's a soulful one but not a cheesy one.

I like the album a lot and I could imagine that fans of the earlier Dokken will go through the same pleasureable moments. "One Sided War" is well done melodic metal/hardrock of passionate musicians having fun with what they are doing.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bizarre
  2. One Sided War
  3. Can't Take This Life
  4. Radio
  5. Golden Age
  6. Only You
  7. I Am
  8. Who Am I
  9. You Make Me Wanna
  10. Comfort Zone
  11. One Way Up
  12. Can't Take This Life (*bonus track* featuring Moriah Formica)

 

Label: Ratpak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 26th, 2016

CD review MICHAEL SWEET "One Sided War"
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CD review SAINT ASONIA "Saint Asonia"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Saint Asonia, Stained, Three Days Grace, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Post Grunge, Grunge, CD, News

(8/10) I have the feeling that 'supergroups' spring up like mushrooms at the moment. Maybe this has to do with the start of the autumn season or whatever.

Saint Asonia is the name of one of those 'supergroups'; this time in the field of alternative metal. So, what's so super with the group. Basically Saint Asonia are four guys that you might have heard about already in another context. Adam Gontier (v,g) played also for Three Days Grace, Mike Mushok is on lead guitar and known from Stained, Corey Lowery (Eye Empire) is on the four-string and the drumkit is in hands of Rich Beddoe, former part of Finger Eleven.

Saint Asonia was formed by those guys back in 2014 in Toronto, Canada. The band/project wasn't really meant to be a supergroup. It is more a constellation of musicians, sharing the same musical taste, that found a new channel to express their creative output.

The first single of the self-titles debut album is "Better Place" which was also chosen to be the opener for "Saint Asonia". It's a lusty rock song that clearly shows the alternative metal and post-grunge roots of the different band members. The fourpiece sounds surprisingly heavy, which is a for sure benefit of the album. Far away from bands like Nickleback the four guys make some noise and build a lot of songs on massive guitar riffs.

More quite tunes ensure a diversity on this debut album. "Even Though I Say" is one of this slow songs that are soulful by still having rougher components too. And even "Waste My Time, the obligatory ballad on the longplayer, is a well-done and bitter sweet moment on "Saint Asonia". I have to say that the second half of the record became a bit softer anyhow. Not that those tunes can't keep the level of the early ones. However, the acoustic guitar gets more into spotlight, like in the soulful "Try To Catch Up With the World".

"Happy Tragedy" is bringing back the the crunchy riffs, at least partly, before with "Leaving Minnesota" the next slow tunes starts - and actually finishs the album.

"Saint Asonia" is a highly professional alternative rock/metal album that manages the balancing act between mainstream and heaviness. The excellent production is hereby the cherry on the cake. Saint Asonia can reach with their album post-grungers as well as the younger fans; something that will make the album to a commercial success.

In my point of view we got a great debut from this band, with the small sidenote that the second have been a bit harder. Maybe next time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Better Place
  2. Blow Me Wide Open
  3. Let Me Live My Life
  4. Even Though I Say
  5. Fairy Tale
  6. King of Nothing
  7. Waste My Time
  8. Dying Slowly
  9. Trying To Catch Up With the World
  10. Happy Tragedy
  11. Leaving Minnesota

 

Label: Columbia (Sony Music)

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release date EU: October 23rd, 2015

CD review SAINT ASONIA "Saint Asonia"
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CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Blackout state"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Michael Monroe, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Rock, News, CD, Hanoi Rocks

(8/10) This album is just good. Compared to the new Backyard Babies album "Blackout state" kicks ass. Michael Monroe, singer of the legendary Hanoi Rocks, puts again so much passion into each of the 13 songs that even your greyest days become sunny again. This mixture of rock, hardrock and punk is so tasty that you can't get enough. It almost makes you addicted.

Already the first notes of the opener "This ain't no love song" blow away all bad thoughts. You just want to start a party - right here, right now. 

"Old King's road" is the next well-crafted 70's rocker before "Goin down with the ship" is probabaly the best way to drown.

The title track is a midpace smasher that has a great melody and again 70's vibe. "Good old bad days" shakes you up and "Six feet in the ground" has, looking on the title, a surpringly positive vibe.

One of the songs I like most is simply called "R". Punkrock takes over and you feel pushed back in the times when The Ramones have had their peak. This song is dirty and mean punkrock; authentic and real.

Michael Monroe knows how to write cool hardrock songs and he proves that age doesn't matter in rock'n'roll. Passion and dedication rules and this is what you get served with "Blackout state". This album isn't a blackout; this disc is a full functioning power station. Cool stuff that is made for the stage.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This ain't no love song
  2. Old King's road
  3. Goin' down with the ship
  4. Keep your eye on you
  5. The bastard's bash
  6. Good old bad days
  7. R
  8. Blackout state
  9. Under the Northern lights
  10. Permanent youth
  11. Dead hearts on Denmark street
  12. Six feet in the ground
  13. Walk away

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 9th, 2915

CD review MICHAEL MONROE "Blackout state"
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CD review CHRIS CORNELL "Euphoria mourning"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2015 von Markus W. in Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Grunge, Rock, Audioslave, Singer, Songwriter, CD, News

(8/10) "Euphoria morning" was the first solo album by Chris Cornell. The iconic singer and frontman focussed on his solo career and other projects, like Audioslave, after the grunge legend Soundgarden disbanded. 

Now, 16 years later, the solo debut will be re-released and you maybe thought that it was a typing error when I wrote "Euphoria mourning" in the header. No, it wasn't. Cornell's orginal wish of naming the longplayer "Euphoric mourning" wasn't  in the 90's that well received by the label. The result was the compromising title "Euphoric morning". This was corrected with the reissue and finally Cornell got his way and the record got it's name: "Euphoric mourning". 

Furthermore the album went through a remastering process and is, next to CD and digital, also available on vinyl - for the first time. 

The songs are of course the same as you know them from the original version. It's emotional rock songs that are often based on acoustic guitars. The solo album reminds more to the silent parts of "Black hole sun" from Soundgarden than to the riff based grunge of the Seattle four-piece. Some tunes come close to singer-/songwriter music - like the melancholic "When I'm down". 

Due to the fact that the album is kept soft also Cornell's voice is mellow and melancholic. The screams, known from his releases with Soundgarden and Audioslave, aren't part of this solo album. It shows the singer from another angle that fits him pretty well.

All in all this re-release makes sense due to the remastering and the 'real' name. Eventhoug I based this review only on the digital version I think that the vinyl makes even more sense since the music deserves the warm vinyl sound.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Can't change me
  2. Flutter girl
  3. Preaching the end of the world
  4. Follow my way
  5. When I'm down
  6. Mission
  7. Wave goodbye
  8. Moonchild
  9. Sweet euphoria
  10. Disappearing one
  11. Pillow of your bone
  12. Steel rain

 

Label: Universal Music Group

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: August 14th, 2015

CD review CHRIS CORNELL "Euphoria mourning"
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CD review BLUES PILLS "Blues Pills"

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2014 von Markus W. in Blues Pills, Classic Rock, Blues, Rock, Hardrock, Rival Sons, CD, News

(9/10) Blues Pills is one of the most talented bands in the over-crowded retro trend. For me they belong to the top three ones. Unfortunately their debut album comes pretty late into the stores, but I hope, that this doesn't limit the attention for the band from Sweden. Actually a Swedish, American, French mix.

And yes, it's again the IKEA country which comes up with another great singer. Music and singing is deeply rooted in the Scandinavian nation and all the bands from there are a logical consequence. When it comes to Blues Pills it is Elin Larsson's standing out voice which is an important factor of the bands sound. Partly I would compare her soul inspired vocals even with Janis Joplin. The very expressive voice graps your attention immediately.

But Blues Pills is more than only eye-catching Elin Larsson. It is Cory Berry, Zack Anderson and Dorion Sorriaux which make the band to what it is - an icon in the retro rock business. What found its start in the "Devil man" EP is now continued on the debut of the quartet. Simply named "Blues Pills" the record comes with ten unique anthems - one better than the other. With surprising facility the band comes up with great songs just like that. It starts with the grooving opener "High class woman" (for me the best song on the album), contiues with bluesy ballads like "Black smoke", find its progress in rockers like "Devil man" and ends with a soulful ballad called "Little sun". Each of the tracks is just a pleasure. 

The album was recorded in Gothenburg and it was producer Don Alsterberg (Graveyard) who gave the record also the warm and human sound which this music needs.

"Blues Pills" is an awesome album which demonstrates a lot of passion, emotion, dedication and love for what you're doing. A highlight of 2014. No doubt.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. High class woman
  2. Ain't no change
  3. Juoiter
  4. Black smoke
  5. River
  6. No hope left for me
  7. Devil man
  8. Astralplane
  9. Gypsy
  10. Little sun

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review BLUES PILLS "Blues Pills"
Photo: Stefan Heilemann (Promo)

Photo: Stefan Heilemann (Promo)

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