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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

More photos of Saxon on FLICKR

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LOUDNESS returns with "Rise to Glory"

Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2017 von Markus W. in Loudness, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, earMusic, NWoBHM, Classic Metal, Rise to Glory

Japanese metal pioneers Loudness started very succesful into metal back in 1981. Records like "Thunder in the East" and "Lightning Strikes" are part of every seriously meant metal collection. Fortunatelly the following years could connect to these successful days and Loudness slowly disappeared from peoples radar.

2018 is supposed to be the year of change with Loudness coming back with a new longplayer. "Rise to Glory" is the promising  title of the new record that will arrive at your record store on January 26th, 2018 via earMusic. Let's see if the new disc can compete with the classics - hopefully 'yes'.

 

 

 

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

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CD review SORCERER "The Crowning of the Fire King"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sorcerer, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Classic Rock, Classic Metal, Doom Metal, Epic Metal, Power Metal, Metal Blade, CD Review, News

CD review SORCERER "The Crowning of the Fire King"

(9/10) In many aspects Sorcerer can‘t be equaled with ‚speed‘. This goes for their music as well as for the band‘s history. The metal Vikings, hailing from Stockholm, started back in the end of the 80‘s with two demos tapes ... and then came silence. I thing that the band is world record holder when it comes to the time span between band foundation and debut release. "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross"  finally saw the light of day 27 years after Sorcerer began their journey.

Also Rome wasn't built on one day. Good things need time and what ripened over all these years, the debut became a terrific album in 2015, bringing traditional doom metal back into the spotlight. After such a tremendous (re-)start the metal world was waiting with full excitement for the sophomore record of this Swedish powerhouse. Just two years after having premiered the highly anticipated second record hits the shelves and it is another fantastic metal highlight.

Sorcerer stay true to themselves, not changing too much when it comes to their sound - and why should they. The mixture of doom metal and classic rock is thrilling. Done with a lot of passion and love for detail, Sorcerer recorded ten new metal anthems, belonging to the best this genre has seen since quite a while.

"The Crowning of the Fire King" offers 70 minutes of pure and spot-on riff power that includes a real masterpiece, surrounded by another nine well-executed tracks. It's the eight minutes title track "The Crowning of the Fire King' that's the centrepiece of this longplayer. Starting calm and with a mystic vibe the song slowly evolves to an epical one. A melodic chorus, excellent solos and an hymnal atmosphere make this number to an excellent metal track.

Actually none of the tune is short and easy. Sorcerer songs are more than just a quick pleasure. These numbers are metallic composition, unveiling the beauty of metal. The melodic opener "Sirens" is such a tune, showing all of the band's trademarks. In order to break the pattern the Stockholm-based powerhouse added with "Nattvaka" a short acoustic interlude that keeps the general atmosphere of this longplayer alive by still acting as a break of the regular flow. Like a halftime break it's a moment to regroup as a listener, preparing yourself for the exciting second half that's still to come.

Like mentioned in the beginning, Sorcerer's start was with low pace, but as soon as the guys were committed to go for it they all of a sudden release excellent slo-mo metal discs with razorblade-sharp riffs. A highlight of 2017.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sirens
  2. Ship of Doom
  3. Abandoned by the Gods
  4. The Devils Incubus
  5. Nattvaka
  6. Crimson Cross
  7. The Crowning of the Fire King
  8. Unbearable Sorrow
  9. Disciples of the Dark
  10. Bringer of Misery

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

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CD review PROCESSION "Doom Decimation"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Procession, NWoBHM, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, News, CD Review, High Roller Records, Doom Metal, Oldschool, Power Metal, US Metal

CD review PROCESSION "Doom Decimation"

(9/10) It was in 2010 when a band, I haven’t heard of before, all of a sudden appeared on the scene with an album that was jaw-dropping good. Procession was the name of this quartet that came from Chile, sending a strong metal message to the world. “Destroyers of the Faith” was the longplayer with which the band debut, followed by the sophomore “To Reap Heavens Apart”, which was at least as good as the debut.

In the meantime Procession, or better said their main man Felipe Plaza, relocated to Sweden, a country with a big and vital metal scene – from mainstream to underground. In such an environment inspiration is everywhere and still Plaza decided to work on recording the new longplayer in Chile. Doing this allowed the band to fully focus on the new album as well as it underlines the South America roots of Procession rather tah being seen as a 'European metal band'.

“Doom Decimation” is an album that perfectly fits into the bands discography. In total nine new songs will be a delight for traditional metal fans as well as it should be checked by worshipers of doom metal.

After the short and intense “The Warning” it’s the metal smasher “When Doomsday Has Come” that marks a first highlight on this release. The tune is a moderate paced traditional metal track that’s done in a perfect fashion. Powerful and with full engagement the quartet celebrates metal in perfection.

After such a start Procession puts a foot on the break with “Lonely are the Ways of the Stranger”. Doom metal is what you get with this exciting song before “Amidst the Bowles of Earth” leaves you slack-jawed again. Pace is still rather low, but compared with the earlier song I hear more melodic metal and US metal that’s embedded in this long but not lengthy number.

After a calm intro, “Democide” reveals again the mighty riffs in slo-mo before Procession shifts gears. “All Descending Suns” is an uptempo number that acts as a refreshing counterpart to the before mentioned tracks. And just to keep the arc of suspense high two more songs with finest quality follows of which the epical “One by One They Die” ends the album in a perfect manner. Eight minutes of old-fashioned but not dusted metal stand for the last chapter on this album that guarantees a continuation of Procession’s great work up-to-date. Heavy metal fans will love this album that proves that you get great music if passion rules the game. You wonder why it's not these kind of acts that get the support slots for bands like e.g. Iron Maiden and Co.. They would have deserved it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Warning
  2. When Doomsday has Come
  3. Lonely are the Ways of the Stranger
  4. Amidst the Bowels of Earth
  5. Democide
  6. All Descending Suns
  7. As They Reached the Womb
  8. One by One They Died

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 31st, 2017

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CD review ENSLAVED "E"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Enslaved, Prog Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review ENSLAVED "E"

(9/10) The process of musical progression of Norwegian metal outfit Enslaved reminds me more and more of Opeth. What are Opeth’s roots in Swedish death metal means a solid Bergen-based black metal foundation when it comes to Enslaved. Peu a peu both bands evolved their sound over time, becoming more technical and progressive. While Opeth reached a phase of playing demanding classic rock, it's the Norwegian quintet that still weaves in some oldschool references into their songs, combining those with technical finesse and intense emotions.

Simply called "E", it's the new album that opens a next door for the band. The latest releases of the group showed a shift towards a more layered sound, leading to the latest release "In Times" which functioned as a bridge between the band's roots and their contemporary music. It can be seen as the kind of closure of a chapter, which allows the discovery of a wider approach. If you, as being an oldschool Enslaved fan get scared now, I can tell you that there's no reason. The guys from Bergen are still harsh and brutal, thinking about the raging riffs and hoarse vocals in "Sacred Horse". But instead of solely pushing forward, Enslaved added some awesome twists, leading to a solemn section in the second half of the track. It's these kind of elements that make "E" to a challenging and exciting musical journey.

"E" comes with six songs, each of them a little epos in itself. Some atmospheric samples kick-off the title track. "Storm Son" is a cinematic masterpiece that not many bands would have dared to put in pole position. The track is a ten minutes opening chapter that is everything but not a quick deal. It shows how much is possible in the fields of extremer metal music. 

The progressive structures continue with "The River's Mouth" in a faster fashion with an intensity that's also a part of "Axis of the World". Again it's black metal fragments interact with some rock elements. What becomes clear with with this track is a change in the band's line-up, giving the guys a wider spectrum of options. Keyboards became a more prominent spot on "E" with Håkon Vinje being the new kid in town. As stated in the label information, the guy has one idol: Jon Lord. That's not a bad approach and you can listen to his ambition in some songs, even unveiling a warm Hammond-sound once in a while. 

This record includes compositions rather than quick shots, which is also reflected in the closer "Hiindsiight", being another ten minutes riff monster that switches between light and darkness. The start is slow and black before a harmonic section brings another vibe into spotlight. The tune feels like a constant fight between good and evil, including saxophone part half way, which gives the number a great but unexpected twist. 

"E" showcases Bergen's finest as a band that constantly moves forward, working on their music and sound by never letting loose their background and roots. With "E" the guys added another cornerstone to their already rich music career. Enslaved paints beautiful and wistful pictures that unveil their melancholic Northern glance if you give the album the time and attention needed. ""E" is an anchor point in a fast moving world.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Storm Son
  2. The River's Mouth
  3. Sacred Horse
  4. Axis of the Worlds
  5. Feathers of Eolh
  6. Hiinsiight
 

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Progressive Extreme Metal

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

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CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Kadaver, Nuclear Blast, News, CD Review, Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Classic Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock

CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

(8/10) Berlin’s music scene is a vital one with quite some rock acts that belong to the best Germany currently delivers when it comes to classic rock. The Travellin’ Jack released a mind-blowing album some weeks ago, followed now by Kadaver’s newest landmark. The trio premiered in 2012 with a self-titled debut, the springboard for a contract with Nuclear Blast. From this moment one the band had the prerequisites in place to move on, which they did. Two excellent longplayers follow, which help to band to find some solid ground for gaining new fans and reaching a wider audience.

“Rough Times", the forth Kadaver record, is a continuation of things, with the title track kicking of an excellent rock disc that belongs to the best ones this year. The opener marks an unpolished beginning, built on a heavy riff. The song itself is a great starting block for the album that stays in a raw mode with the addition of some excellently done vocal lines. After such a kick-start, Kadaver puts a foot on the break without losing intensity. „Into the Wormhole“ is slowly moving riff monster you should have heard.

Kadaver‘s newest strike combines the best of classic rock and metal, leading to the Black Sabbath inspired „Words of Evil“, a real smasher on the album with “Paranoid” cross-links. Also the psychedelic „The Lost Child“ is a warmly rolling rock experience that reminds in its calmer parts of The Doors.

„Rough Times“ doesn‘t include any annoying songs. Listening to the album is a great way to spend some time with 45 minutes running time that include all you want to get in the fields of rock.

Kadaver created an excellent new album that will help the band in strengthening their position in rock. In case you haven‘t heard anything from the guys from Berlin earlier, I can tell you that you should listen to this terrific album. Classic rock and metal is livelier than ever.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rough Times
  2. Into the Wormhole
  3. Skeleton Blues
  4. Die Baby Die
  5. Vampires
  6. Tribulation Nation
  7. Words of Evil
  8. The Lost Child
  9. You Found the Best in Me
  10. A l’ombre du temps

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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A new RAM song for metal traditionalists

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in RAM, NWoBHM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, Metal Blade

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Details about the upcoming APPICE album

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2017 von Markus W. in Appice, Vinny Appice, Carmine Appice, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Rock, Power Metal, Classic Metal, News

Details about the upcoming APPICE album

Two brothers – one passion. Carmine and Vinny Appice belong to the icons of rock and metal. Both drummers have a long history in music with Carmine being part of e.g. Ozzy Osbourne while his brother Vinny played with Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell.

With the exception of one live album the two guys have never worked on a common longplayer, a fact that changes this year. The Appice brothers recorded with “Sinister” their first studio album, of course playing drums on each of the 13 tunes, plus adding a surprise too to the package. Carmine is singing on “You Got Me Running”.

In addition the two dinosaurs in rock invited a long list of friends and musicians to support them in this endeavour. Here comes already the tracklist and the artwork. The moment when “Sinister” will hit the shelves will be on October 27th and it’s Steamhammer/SPV releasing the album.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sinister
  2. Monsters and Heroes
  3. Killung Floor
  4. Danger
  5. Drum Wars
  6. Riot
  7. Suddenly
  8. In the Night
  9. Future Past
  10. You Got Me Running
  11. Bros in Drums
  12. War Cry
  13. Sabbath Mash

 

Line-Up and Guests:

Carmine Appice (drums & vocals)

Vinny Appice (drums)

 

Jim Crean (vocals)

Paul Shortino (vocals) (Rough Cutt, Ex-Quiet Riot)

Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)

Chas West (vocals) (Ex-Lynch Mob)

Scotty Bruce (vocals)

 Craig Goldy (guitar) (Ex-Dio, Ex-Giuffria)

Bumblefoot (guitar) (Ex-Guns N' Roses)

Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (Whitesnake)

Mike Sweda (guitar) (Bulletboys)

Erik Turner (guitar) (Warrant)

David Michael Phillips (guitar) (King Kobra)

 Tony Franklin (bass) (Ex-Blue Murder, Ex-The Firm)

Phil Soussan (bass) (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)

Johnny Rod (bass) (King Kobra, Ex-WASP)

Jorgen Carlson (bass) (Gov't Mule)

 Erik Norlander (keyboards) (Lana Lane)

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CD review CIRITH UNGOL "King of the Dead"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Cirith Ungol, Epic Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, Doom Metal, Prog Metal, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Heavy Metal, US Metal

(9/10) This band was ahead of time when releasing the original version of this underground classic. "King of the Dead" was Cirith Ungol's second release. The longplayer was published in 1984 and the band didn't achieve much more than a cult status in the metallic underground.

It took many years, actually decades, for metal fans to realize the brilliancy of the California-based band. These days it's Metal Blade that re-releases some of Cirith Ungol's pearls and the band is also active again. After having brought back "Paradise Lost" to the record shops a few months ago it's the re-issue of "King of the Dead" that pushes up the heartbeat of epic metal fans.

There are a few things that made the guys unique. It's the epical progressiveness which is a crucial trademark of this powerhouse. These songs demand focus in a fast-moving time. Only while taking time to listen to songs like "Atom Smasher" and "Master of the Pit" unveils the full beauty and depth of these classics.

What's also unique with the band is Tim Baker's unique voice. High pitch vocals with a special phrasing makes each of the tracks to a demanding experience. Also here things need time. This voice and these songs are not a lead-off homerun. Cirith Ungol's music needs space to develop...and if it takes more than three decades.

And last but not least it's Bach's "Toccata in Dm" that was unique at that time. Interpreted by guitar and bass only gave this classic composition a new appeal in days when classic and metal were still more a kind of two poles than something that goes together very well. This quartet proved that it's possible.

All in all, in case you missed the band's first era it's time to catch up and the Metal Blade re-releases are the perfect opportunity to do it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Atom Smasher
  2. Black Machine
  3. Master of the Pit
  4. King of the Dead
  5. Death of the Sun
  6. Finger of Scorn
  7. Toccata In Dm
  8. Cirith Ungol
  9. Last Laugh (live)
  10. Death of the Sun (Alternate Mix)
  11. Master of the Pit (Live 2016)
  12. King of the Dead (Live 1016)
  13. Cirith Ungol (Live 2016)

 

Label: Metal Blades Records

Genre: Epic Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review CIRITH UNGOL "King of the Dead"
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CD review RIVETTE "In Vertigo"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Rivette, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Rock, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, Full Contact Records

(7/10) Jyväskylä is a smaller town in Finland, one with a name that doesn't belong to the most easiest ones. It's the seventh biggest city in Finland but I guess the ranking would be far higher when it's only about rock'n'roll and metal. The city calls with the Lutakko a venue its own that hosts many concerts and there's also a small but well-assorted record shop downtown.

I can't say why I'm telling you all this. Maybe because I was so much surprised myself while having had the chance to visit the city twice. Anyhow, the band that recorded "In Vertigo" calls Jyväskylä their homebase. It's where Rivette started their rock'n'roll trip in 2014.

This longplayer is the first album done by the trio. It's actually an EP that marks the first nameable release. Rivette's sound is build on traditional metal which is combined with some classic rock elements. The whole things gets for sure retro vibe which is nicely done. It's not that Rivette leaves a mindblowing 'wow' moment in your memory, but tracks like the fast-paced "Limelight of Fire" are entertaining and a rocking time killer. I'm curious to hear more of the three guys from the North.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Outrun the Night
  2. Arms of Lightning
  3. The String Master
  4. Limelights of Fire
  5. In Vertigo

 

Label: Full Contact Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: December 16th, 2016

CD review RIVETTE "In Vertigo"
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CD review DAWNBRINGER "XX" EP

Veröffentlicht am 23. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Dawnbringer, Traditional Metal, Classic Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, High Spirit, Hardrock, Classic Rock

(8/10) Interesting stuff comes from Dawnbringer. One day before Christmas the band of Chris Black comes with a new four-track EP which seems to mark the end of this two decades lasting band. Black started some years ago with High Spirit another highly successful outfit that received great feedback. Compared to Dawnbringer, High Spirit has a far more positive approach while "XX" became a dark vibe release, however, with great songs.

"Why Would You Leave Me" begins silent and melancholic. "Time. Time was never on my side", these are the first lines of the song that gears-up when it comes to heaviness while staying in a heavy-hearted mode throughout.

Things don't get optimistic with "Into the Maze". The tunes comes with a strong riff that builds the base for this midpaced number. It's an almost hypnotic expression that comes with this track. Seven minutes of epical metal is what you get with "North by North" before "Earth" takes over. "Earth" is a song with a hammering beat, well-done leads and brilliant vocal lines. The tune shows some W.A.S.P. parallels and since "Golgotha" acted as an inspiration (see interview in noisey) it's not a too big of a surprise.

"The End of the Beginning" is already the last track on this EP and it easily can live up to the quality level of the before heard material of Dawnbringer. It's again melodic and traditional guitars that are in the forefront and after a more moderate start the instrumental shifts gears. In the end it's a furious track that reminds of the earlier Shrapnel-releases.

This EP is an exciting release, a treasure box, filled with five traditional metal pearls that are worth to be part of every serious metal collection.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Why Would You Leave Me
  2. Into the Maze
  3. North by Borth
  4. Earth
  5. The End of the Beginning

 

Label: Ektro Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: December 23rd, 2016

CD review DAWNBRINGER "XX" EP
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TAPE review NIGHT DEMON "Night Demon"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Night Demon, Heavy Metal, Classic Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, NWoBHM, CD Review, News

(8/10) It was back in 2013 when Night Demon released their first EP called "Night Demon". This disc featured four wild and furious heavy metal songs, all build on traditional metal with some Maiden-influences. Read here if you want to have more insights.

However, Shadow Kingdom decided to release this debut in a tape version which underlines the oldschool expression of the guys. And since the label didn't want to stick to the four songs only, there are with "Axe Crazy" and "Lightning to the Nation" two new studio songs on the tape, the latter being a Diamond Head cover version that sounds pretty good. Last but not least there are two live songs on this tape that have been recorded during Night Demon's first live show. The sound is not better than simple bootleg quality, but it's fun to listen to it.

To sum up, it's great to have this album available as a tape version and it's cool to get two more Night Demon songs. If it's a 'must have'  I'm not sure, but it's for sure more than just a collectors item for real metalheads.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Night Demon
  2. The Chalice
  3. Ancient Evil
  4. Ritual
  5. Axe Crazy
  6. Lightning to the Nations
  7. Radar Love (1st live gig)
  8. Ritual (1st live gig)

 

Label: Shadow Kingdom

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2016

TAPE review NIGHT DEMON "Night Demon"
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CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live: Back to the Roots"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Accept, Dirkschneider, CD Review, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal

(8/10) Mr. Reibeisenstimme Udo Dirkschneider is a dinosaur in metal. Being part of the scene since 1976 makes the guy to an icon. He brought metal to Germany with Accept and also with starting his solo career later in time. Udo Dirkschneider stands for authentic German metal.

Since quite some time he embarked with his gang on a tour, performing Accept songs. Under the flag of 'Dirkschneider' the guys are touring through many countries, playing a full set of Accept classics from the Dirkschneider era.

This tour started back in the beginning of 2016 and it was/is meant as the last moment in time listening to Dirkschneider singing Accept songs. I'm not sure if anybody could foresee such a big success, but the fact that the tour takes in the meantime many months, with many concerts added along the way, shows a big interest of fans listening to Udo singing the old classics.

Therefor it was almost a logical consequence that a live album will be released too. Here it is - "Live: Back to the Roots". And it is what the title promises, 24 Accept classic (plus intro and outro), sung by Dirkschneider, interpreted by his band, something that gives the tracks partly a new expression. The whole album is a forceful one that captures the live atmosphere in a excellent way. Udo and the band enjoying every minuteon stage which can be heard in every note played that night in front of an enthusiastic crowd that welcomed every sing-a-long part. 

The cherry on this metal cake is the excellent sound that makes each of the 24 songs to a highlight in itself and pure ear-candy.

This live album, which was recorded in April this year in Memmingen, Germany,  makes a lot of sense since it's an entertaining journey back in time to the roots of metal and it's maybe the last moment listening to Udo Dirkschneider performing these classics in metal. A must have.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Starlight
  3. Living For Tonite
  4. Flash Rockin' Man
  5. London Leatherboys
  6. Midnight Mover
  7. Breaker
  8. Head Over Heels
  9. Neon Night
  10. Princess Of The Dawn
  11. Winterdreams
  12. Restless And Wild
  13. Son Of A Bitch
  14. Up to The Limit
  15. Wrong Is Right
  16. Midnight Highway
  17. Screaming For A Love-Bite
  18. Monsterman
  19. T.V. War
  20. Losers And Winners
  21. Metal Heart
  22. I'm A Rebel
  23. Fast As A Shark
  24. Balls To The Wall
  25. Burning
  26. Outro

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 28th, 2016

 

CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live: Back to the Roots"
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CD review OPETH "Sorceress"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2016 von Markus W. in Opeth, Classic Rock, Classic Metal, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) I have expected a great album from Opeth and the guys delivered. Actually the five-piece exceeds expectations with a longplayer that is fantastic from all perspectives.

What started many years ago in Stockholm as a furious death metal project developed over time to one of the most influential progressive metal acts, including a warm classic rock-based sound. Mikael Âkerfeldt and his gang continue the journey they start with records like Heritage" and "Pale Communion".

This time the album isn't build on a concept or a storyline. Each of the songs is an individual masterpiece that shows how all the variants heavy metal can offer.

"Persephone" is an acoustic opener that acts as an introduction for "Sorceress" - the next track and name-giver for this longplayer. Already the intro shows that Opeth has no problem with adding more silent moments to their sound. It's a great start before the title track takes over the scene. This number is a complex one that is build on many layers. However, the flow is guaranteed which makes the track to an approachable one; also for non musicians. It's anyhow the joy of this album that Âkerfeldt and band write songs that are complex without compromising on the song itself. There is a 'part 2' on the album too. "Sorceress 2" is a quiet song that builds a counterpart to the smashing titel track. I felt reminded of Alan Parsons when I listened to this number, something I see a positive sign.

"Will O the Wisp" is also one of these harmonic moments when bigger soundscapes replace harsh metal riffs. I guess that not that many bands with death metal roots could get away with this kind of music. The fact that Opeth fans actually appreciate this kind of music is soemthing that underlines the importance and the credibility of the five guys from Stockholm. Mikael Âkerfeldt and bandmates don't play this kind of music for any commercial or whatever reason. It's music that comes purely out of their hearts, a fact that makes Opeth so authentic and real.

Next to these silent moments of reflection there are the wild ones too. "The Wilde Flowers" is a very rhythm-based track that includes well-done keyboard parts. "Chrysalis" is also one of the heavier moments on the album with Opeth referring to classic rock as a general inspiration for this tune.

I song I also like a lot on this longplayer is called "Era" and comes a bit closer towards the end. The piano in the beginning gives the tune a certain depth before it builds up to a progressive masterpiece that comes with many twists, sometimes expected and sometimes unexpected.

"Sorceress" is the expected highlight of the years. It's an album that strengthens Opeth position in metal and lifts the guys into the premier league of rock music. Very well done guys.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Persephone
  2. Sorceress
  3. The Wilde Flowers
  4. Will O the Wisp
  5. Chrysalis
  6. Sorceress 2
  7. The Seventh Sojourn
  8. Strange Brew
  9. A Fleeting Glance
  10. Era
  11. Persephone (Slight Return)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: September 30st, 2016

 

CD review OPETH "Sorceress"
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