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CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in '77, Bright Gloom, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

(7/10) Since quite some years I‘m fascinated by the irresistible energy '77 spreads on their releases and even more on stage. The quarter from Spain seems to inhale the rock‘n‘roll spirit and exhale pure rock power. The quartet shows this full-blast approach on four longplayers more than well and it’s record number five that’s supposed to strengthen their position even more.

„Bright Gloom“, which is the title of the band‘s new album, doesn‘t take a different road compared to the known. Classic hardrock is what the band celebrates on the longplayer and it‘s „Bread & Circus“ that helps the '77 to get out of the boxes very well.

What I have to say though is that, even after a few turns, the record doesn‘t reveal some irresistible smashers, songs that just wow you from beginning to end. Don‘t get me wrong. None of the eleven tunes is a bad one and tracks like „Where Have They Gone“ are cool rock songs. They just miss the final spark that makes the song blowing your speakers.

However, „Bright Gloom“ is still far away from being a disappointment. „You Better Watch Out“ is a cool grooving rocker and it‘s songs like „Last Chance“ a lot of youngsters would love to have in their repertoire.

‘77 newest sonic thunderstruck is a cool rocking album, done by an enthusiastic band that strengthens their position in today‘s rock community – not more, but also not less. Well deserved seven points go to Barcelona.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bread & Circus
  2. Hands Up
  3. Who's Fighting Who
  4. Be Crucified
  5. Where Have They Gone
  6. It's Near
  7. You Better Watch Out
  8. Fooled by Love
  9. Last Chance
  10. I Want My Money Back
  11. Make Up Your Mind

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

 

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CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in DeWolff, Thrust, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Mascot Group, Provogue

CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

(8/10) DeWolff is a psychedelic rock outfit, hailing from the Southern parts of The Netherlands. The trio isn’t a new player in the fields of rock even though their biggest fan base is located in their home country. DeWolff is quite big in The Netherlands with a constant enlarging group of fans.

The trio was founded in 2007 with a debut that saw the light of day ten years ago. As mentioned, things evolved in positive direction with additional records that followed. 2018 is the years for DeWolff’s seventh longplayer, comprising of eleven well-crafted rock songs.

Things start with „Big Talk“ which isn‘t ‚big talk‘ at all. The song is an exciting opener that lives by its rock‘n‘roll spirit. It‘s an excellent start into a well-done album. „California Burning“ is the next tune, unveiling a cool classic rock vibe that has its roots on the seventies, before „Once in a Blue Moon“ reveals the band’s passion for calmer tones. The soulful vocals and gently singing Hammond add a lot of feel to this touching track and its great mood.

These three songs, all in pole position of this tracklist, gives you a great idea about what to expect of the rest of this release.

The big strength of DeWolff is the spirit and feel that's embedded in songs like the grooving „Tombstone Child“.  Another track you shouldn’t miss on this album is entitled „Freeway Flight“. Rock and blues compliments each other in an excellent fashion, making this emotional song to a true highlight of „Thrust“.

If music is about emotions, DeWolff scores a big win. „Thrust“ is a 47 minutes long journey that is touching and fascinating. DeWolff has inhaled the spirit of rock music, resulting in a terrific longplayer that‘s dynamic and organic. This album is the right soundtrack for balancing superficial modern life. Take a deep dive into the emotional depth and connected vitality of „Thrust“. It's worth it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Big Talk
  2. California Burning
  3. Once In A Blue Moon
  4. Double Crossing Man
  5. Tombstone Child
  6. Deceit & Woo
  7. Freeway Flight
  8. Tragedy? Not Today
  9. Sometimes
  10. Swain
  11. Outta Step & Ill At Ease

 

 

Label: Provogue/Mascot Label

Genre: Classic/Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

 

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CD review MICHAEL SCHINKEL'S ETERNAL FLAME "Smoke on the Mountain"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in Michael Schinkel, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Neo Classic, News, ROAR, Smoke on the Mountain, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review MICHAEL SCHINKEL'S ETERNAL FLAME "Smoke on the Mountain"
(8/10) Eternal Flame released two longplayers at the end of the 90’s / beginning of 2000 before the band announced their disbanding. Ten years after the second album “King of the King” was released it was singer/guitarist Michael Schinkel and Helmut Kohlpaintner who re-ignited Eternal Flame. Another six years later the metal world can welcome Eternal Flames next longplayer “Smoke on the Mountain” and I don’t think that the title, combining “Smoke on the Water” and Man on the Silver Mountain”, is a coincidence. 

„Ignition“ is the narrative intro to the album and is followed by the title track. Uptempo guitars and furious leads remind of new-classic metal a la Yngwie Malmsteen. The song is an excellent opener, helping the album to get out of the boxes extremely well. What also stands out are the excellently done vocals by Schinkel, going together with his guitar play very well.

The neo classic vibe continue through-out the entire album but it‘s the opener that unveils the source of inspiration the best. Step by step it‘s classic rock and metal that takes over the scene. Here and there I had to think of the later Rainbow („Got a Rock’n’roll Fever“ & „Close to the End“), Deep Purple („Queen of the Hill“ and „Dreaming“). Jonny Logan‘s „Danger Zone“ sounds like having been the inspiration for the beginning of „Whatcha Gonna Do“. 

„Smoke on the Mountain“ might not re-invent the wheel. It‘s the execution that‘s convincing - from a song writing aspect as well as from a production point of view. „Smoke on the Mountain“ is a great album for friends a traditional metal that‘s built on well-crafted hooks, excellent leads and melodic vocals. Worth to spin this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ignition
  2. Smoke on the Mountain
  3. This is My Life
  4. Queen of the Hill
  5. You Can Save Me
  6. Whatcha Gonna Do
  7. I Believe in This Miracle
  8. Got a Rock‘n‘Roll Fever
  9. Out in the Dark
  10. Dreaming
  11. Take Me There For a Night
  12. Tease My Love
  13. Close to the End

 

Label: Rock Of Angels Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: May 18th, 2018

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CD review EARTHLESS "Black Heaven"

Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2018 von Markus W. in Earthless, Black Heaven, News, CD Review, Nuclear Blast, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Krautrock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock

CD review EARTHLESS "Black Heaven"

(8/10) Earthless, a rock band hailing from San Diego, California, started in 2001 by Isaiah Mitchell, Mike Eginton and Mario Rubalcaba. The trio shared a common passion for psychedelic rock music and German Krautrock, which built the base for a debut that was published in 2005.

The trio released two more records and also has live recordings on their list of releases to date. The most popular one is “Live at Roadburn” when the band performed a 90 minutes set with knowing that the show was recorded. This gave the album a very authentic touch, an approach that maybe should be used more often.

Even though Earthless is in business already for such a long time the guys still premiers when it comes to a few things on the new longplayer “Black Heaven”. First of all the newest longplayer will be released via Nuclear Blast, which is the first newness. Secondly the trio, that usually is an instrumental one, added vocals to the new songs.

The album comprises of six songs, all benefiting of a warm and organic sound that was done at Rancho de la Lune with Dave Catching (Eagles Of Death Metal) at the helm. With the exception of “Volt Rush” tracks are rather long. Earthless incorporates all their experience and passion for jamming into each of the tracks on this disc. Longer instrumental parts clearly reflect the roots of this psychedelic rock outfit. It gives the album an unpredictable dynamic with the vocal lines adding the structure that holds together the creative instrumental section in a good way.

“Black Heaven” is great next album for Earthless and fans of psychedelic rock music. The album weaves together classic rock, Krautrock and some jazz to a great total that sounds authentic and won-to-earth. This is music for people with a passion for well-crafted and organic rock music that comes without frills and gimmicks.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gifted by the Wind
  2. End to End
  3. Electric Flame
  4. Volt Rush
  5. Black Heaven
  6. Sudden End

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

 

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CD review THE SWORD "Used Future"

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2018 von Markus W. in The Sword, News, Spinefarm Records, Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, CD Review

CD review THE SWORD "Used Future"

(8/10) The first time I got the chance to listen to The Sword was back in 2009 in Antwerp, Belgium when the band opened for no less than Metallica. I still remember that I liked their sound and songs, but their at that time more traditional metal was also something I haven’t expected as opener for thrash icons Metallica and their special guest Machine Head.

Anyhow, in the meantime we are 9 years further down the road and The Sword is an established rock band. The new album “ Used Future” is available as we speak, a longplayer that comprises of 13 new songs, showing a continuous move towards classic rock.

John Cronise, founder and main songwriter, crafted the album together with his band mates “Bryan Richie (b), Kyle Shutt (g) and Santiago Vela (d), showcasing a mature rock outfit that found their sound.

“Used Future” is an exciting album that’s built on classic rock, stoner elements and some Sabbath-inspired doom moments. The work result is the most creative record the quartet released to date, stating wide range of sounds.

A prelude is guiding towards the opener “Deadly Nightshade”, a thrilling song that includes all the earlier mentioned. It's this retro vibe, embedded in the thes tune, that reminds of the early days of rock, referring to bands like T-Rex and Led Zeppelin.

Tracks you shouldn’t miss on “Used Future” are for sure the cool 70’s reminding title track, the grooving “Sea of Green” and easy going “Back of Thoth”, followed by “Brown Mountain” which is a terrific instrumental with a bit of a Pink Floyd feel included. It's a cornerstone on this album.

"Used Future" became an well-done rock album that satisfies by its cool sound, relaxed vibe and cool expression. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Prelude
  2. Deadly Nightshade
  3. Twilight Sunrise
  4. The Wild Sky
  5. Intermezzo
  6. Sea of Green
  7. Nocturne
  8. Don’t Get Me Too Comfortable
  9. Used Future
  10. Come and Gone
  11. Back of Thoth
  12. Brown Mountain
  13. Reprise

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review FM "Atomic Generation"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in FM, Hardrock, News, Atomic Generation, Rock, AOR, Classic Rock, CD Review, Frontiers Music

CD review FM "Atomic Generation"

(7/10) British rockers FM have been really productive since the band reunited in 2007. After having brought their first era to an end, meaning a split in 1995, it was in 2007 that FM performed again on stage for the first time in13 years. It was the starting point of a next era of this melodic rock outfit from the UK.

FM released six longplayer between then and now, including the 2016 release of "Indiscreet 30", celebrating the 30th anniversary of FM's fabulous debut. On March 30th, the quintet will unveil their next longplayer, entitled "Atomic Generation". 

The 11th record features 11 new songs which are all well-crafted melodic rockers. What definitely works as a benefit for the album is the stable line-up the band maintains since 2008. The five guys know each other very well, which leads to a dense and balanced sound. 

"Atomic Generation" is built on melodies and great hooks, leading to melodic rockers like "Too Much Of a Good Thing" and "Do You Love Me Enough". These songs are well-done but I like the moments when FM leaves the standard path by varying their sound.

The opener "Black Magic" is such a moment, a song in which the band presents their more edgy side with a heavy rocking guitar and an excellent sing-a-long vocal line. What also works very well is the horns that are embedded in the cool swinging "Playing Tricks on Me" and also the Foreigner-like  "Follow Your Heart" satisfies with good hooks and catchy melodies.

FM stays true to their principles of merging rock music with easy to grasp melodies. This album doesn't need many loops to show its beauty. Fans of melodic rock will love what they get served and FM will appreciate this album anyway.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Magic
  2. Too Much of a Good Thing
  3. Killed By Love
  4. In It For the Money
  5. Golden Days
  6. Playing Tricks on Me
  7. Make the Best of What You Got
  8. Follow Your Heart
  9. Do You Love Me Enough
  10. Stonger
  11. Love is the Law

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review MUSTASCH "Silent Killer"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2018 von Markus W. in Mustasch, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, NWoBHM, Melodic Metal, Stoner Rock, CD Review, News, Sony Music, Silent Killer

CD review MUSTASCH "Silent Killer"

(8/10) Three years after Swedish metal outfit Mustasch released with “Testosterone” their latest longplayer, it’s “Silent Killer” that marks a next step of this powerful band from Gothenburg.

Active since 1998, the band released a debut entitled “Above All” in 2002, an album that was followed by another seven exciting records that established Mustasch as a constant player in the fields of stoner rock and metal.

Since 2015 the quartet is consisting out of Mats Stam Johansson (b) and Ralf Gyllenhammer (g/v), both being founding members of this powerhouse. Guitarist David Johannesson joined in 2008 and it’s drummer Robban Baeck who’s the newest kid in town by already being part of the line-up since three years.

Mustasch’s newest strike is entitled “Silent Killer” and it’s definitely a ‘killer’ but also less 'silent’. The band’s ninth album is a sonic blast and a 32 minutes adrenalizer. Gyllenhammer and dudes created an album that starts acoustic with “Givin’”, an intro that’s the calm before the storm. “Winners” is next in line and ends the calm, turning things into a metal twister. For me it’s the best track on the album since it has this merciless power, an excellent riff and a dirty metal vibe. It’s hard to not being fascinated by this song that combines different metal directions into one smasher.

The joy with “Silent Killer” is the fact that Mustasch varies their sound without giving a scattered impression. “Liberty” reminded me of classic rock a la Audrey Horne while “Barrage” stands for another highlight with an extremely cool chorus.

Even Metallica references can be found on “Silent Killer”. The start of “Grave Digger” reminds with its riffing very much of Hetfield and Co., leading to a well-crafted mid-paced tune with a good groove.

“Silent Killer” proves that also 32 minutes of rock and metal music can be a joyful thing, if, like in this case, things are boiled down to the essence of very inspired metal music. Two thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Givin’
  2. Winners
  3. Liberty
  4. Barrage
  5. Lawbreaker
  6. Fire
  7. Silent Killer
  8. The Answer
  9. Grave Digger
  10. Burn

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 6th, 2018

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CD review DEATH ALLEY "Superbia"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2018 von Markus W. in Death Alley, Punkrock, Psychedelic Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media, News, CD Review, Superbia

CD review DEATH ALLEY "Superbia"

(7/10) Death Alley, hailing from Amsterdam, NL, is the brainchild of former The Devils' Blood guitarist Oeds Beydals. It was in 2013 when Beydals started this powerful rock outfit that builds on roots that refer to punk on the one hand and classic (progressive) rock on the others side. Together with the recent line-up, Truijens, Bus and Bruinuisson, King Crimson have been identified as influencers when it comes to Death Alley's sound, as well as records of Poison Idea and The Stooges get regular spins on the band member's record players.

To date Death Alley unveiled a debut, "Black Magic Wonderland", back in 2015. The longplayer was framed by several 7" releases and a live album that was recorded during the Roadburn festival in Tilburg, NL.

"Superbia" is the sophomore album Death Alley releases and it's the first one that comes via Century Media. Pieter Kloos (DOOL, The Devil's Blood) supported with excellent production work, giving the album a dynamic and powerful sound.

"Superbia" has a stronger psychedelic expression. It is a demanding album the reveals its beauty after a while. Putting a nine minutes song into pole position shows that the album doesn't follow a standard approach. Rumbling in moderate pace the song is fascinating from beginning to end and stands for a first highlight on the album. "Daemon" isn't the only epical song on the album. Also "Feeding the Lions", "Headlights in the Dark" and the closer "The Sewage" are epical ones, the latter with eleven minutes the by far longest composition on "Superbia". 

These longer journeys through sounds and spheres are spiced up by short and crispy rockers like "The Chain" and the uptempo "Murder Your Dreams".

"Superbia" is a timeless psychedelic rock album, reflecting an own sound of a band that is determined and passionate. Cool stuff.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Daemon
  2. The Chain
  3. Feeding The Lions
  4. Headlights In The Dark 
  5. Shake The Coil
  6. Murder Your Dreams 
  7. Pilgrim
  8. The Sewage

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: (Psychedelic) Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review THE DEAD DAISIES ""Burn It Down"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2018 von Markus W. in The Dead Daisies, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Spitfire Music, SPV

CD review THE DEAD DAISIES ""Burn It Down"

(8/10) The Dead Daisies are one of the rising stars that constantly enlarged their fan-base over the last years. After having released three records and played many powerful live shows The Dead Daisies went back to the studio for recording their next album “Burn it Down”.

„Burn It Down“ is The Dead Daisies’ fourth longplayer, an album that will hit the shelves in April this year. If you expect major changes from what you have heard earlier you‘re on the wrong track. The five-piece continues their journey through rock music by adding 10 new chapters to the story, all told in the typical The Dead Daisies fashion. However, there was change when it comes to the new longplayer since the band has a new drummer. No less than Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English) joined the powerhouse, forming, together with bassist Marco Mendoza, an extremely powerful rhythm crew, which is the ‘engine’ of The Dead Daisies’ sound.

Grooving and dirty hardrock is the main factor of The Dead Daisies and they celebrate it on this new delivery. „Resurrection“ is the opener of an album that gets out of the blocks more than well. A heavy beat is pushing from beginning to end and it‘s a sleazy chorus that makes the song to a rock‘n‘roll treat.

„Rise Up“ takes over. The tune is of same quality as the opener. „Rise Up“ is more kept in a moderate pace and it‘s an irresistible groove that makes this track to one of the best ones on the album. The starting ‚trilogy‘ also includes the bluesy title track, reminds partly of Whitesnake in the earlier days.

I like The Dead Daisies most when the reveal their full rock power. Songs like „Leave Me Alone“ and „Bitch“ stand for the beauty of hard rocking music that is a treat. Next to these vibrant track the band also shows their soulful side with an emotional ballad entitled „SetMe Free“.

If you like the earlier The Dead Daisies albums and if you have witnessed their terrific stage presence over the last years, than you will also love what you get served with „Burn It Down“. Down to earth hardrock music that unites musical savvy and passion to a great album. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Resurrected
  2. Rise Up
  3. Burn It Down
  4. Judgement Day
  5. What Goes Around
  6. Bitch
  7. Set Me Free
  8. Dead And Gone
  9. Can't Take It With You
  10. Leave Me Alone

 

Label: Spitfire Music / SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 4th, 2018

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CD review THE AMORETTES "Born to Break"

Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2018 von Markus W. in The Amorettes, Born to Break, News, Hardrock, Steamhammer, CD Review, Rock, Classic Rock

CD review THE AMORETTES "Born to Break"

(8/10) The Amorettes, that’s Gill, Hannah and Heather; the latter two being sisters. This trio has already three albums out there in the record shops with the latest on, "White Hot Heat”, being a really great one.

What’s the beauty with The Amorettes is their straight-forward approach. These three girls are on fire when it comes to traditional hardrock. The ladies from Scotland don’t ogle trends nor do they want to impress with frills and gimmicks. The trio is on a journey through handcrafted rock music that comes with a down-to-earth approach and a lot of authenticity.

All this is a rock solid base for a good album, but there has to be good songs too in order to make the entire package to something that’s above standard. The Amorettes do have all these ingredients in place, not only with the earlier releases but also on their newest longplayer entitled “Born to Break” things just work as planned.

The McKay sisters provide a great groove to each of the 12 songs that found a spot on the tracklist, while singer and guitarist Gill Montgomery adds the screaming guitar and excellently done vocals. “Can You Feel the Fire” is the opener. It’s the first wow-moment on the album, followed by eleven additional songs that are equally as good as the energetic opener. Tunes like raucous title track, the uptempo “Coming Up the Middle” and the rumbling “Hell or High Water” are exquisite rock songs. The final chapter of the record is entitled “I Want it Bad”, which is kept a bit slower. The track has a hypnotic beat and is equipped with hooks that catches the listener from beginning to end. It’s a cool way to end an album that belongs to the 2018 releases with a lot rock'n'roll power.

If you want to listen to some good music you will not manage to avoid listening to this album. This disc needs only one spin on your record player to unveil its entire beauty. As soon as this happened you will give “Born to Break” many more loops - for sure.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Can You Feel the Fire
  2. Hello and Goodbye
  3. Everything I Learned I (Learned From Rock And Roll)
  4. Born To Break
  5. What Ever Gets You through the Night
  6. Hell or High Water
  7. You Still Got Rock And Roll
  8. Easy Tiger
  9. Bat Shit Crazy
  10. Coming up The Middle
  11. High on Your Energy
  12. I Want It Bad

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 6th, 2018

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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2018 von Markus W. in Magnum, Gebr de Nobel, Live, Tour, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Rock

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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
British rock pioneers Magnum are a regular guest on Markus' Heavy Music Blog. Several CD reviews have been posted as well as some live reports of which the latest one dates back to May 2016 when the legendary band played a show at Waterfront in Norwich, England.
 
Almost to date two years later Magnum hit the road again, starting in Bristol, UK. After having toured on the island, Magnum crossed over to the mainland for many more shows. The first stop was in Leiden and it was the first time that Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and Co. played the Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
Talking about the line-up, there has been some changes compared with two years ago. Drummer Harry James isn't on board anymore and the same goes for Mark Stanway who left Magnum in 2016. Rick Benton and Lee Morris filled the gap, both having been part of Magnum's latest epos "Lost on the Road to Eternity".
 
As it was in 2016 in Zoetermeer, NL also this time Magnum kicked-off the evening directly without having an opening act with them. "When We Were Younger" was the first song on the setlist and referred back to the "Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow" album from 2007 while the main contribution to the setlist came from the latest exquisite longplayer "Lost on the Road to Eternity" of which four songs have been played. 
 
The great thing with Magnum, as it was also with Saxon a few days ago, is the fact that old and new songs build a seamless concert experience. Each of the tunes, regardless of which era of the band, is equally good. There is no 'we have to get through the new songs before enjoying the old classics'. Each of the sixteen songs played that night was a gift for fans that found their way to Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
No doubt, classics like "Les Morts Dasant" and "On a Storytellers Night" are a 'must' and fans can't get enough of it. Also „All England’s Eye“ was highly appreciated. However, there are new tracks that have the potential for reaching an equal status over time. "Peaches and Cream" from the latest album and also "Crazy Old Mothers" are brilliant melodic rockers that shine on a studio record as bright as during a live show. To see Magnum on stage is always a great experience that you shouldn't miss while being a fan of melodic hardrock that comes with big melodies and Clarkin's rocking guitar.
 
Time was flying that night and far to early the first notes of "When the World Comes Down" filled the room. The song, taken from the "Vigilante" album, was a well-chosen closer, rounding of another Magnum concert with hopefully many more to come.
 
By the way, the band is still on tour and you can find the dates further down below of this live report.
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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Setlist:

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies
  3. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  4. Crazy Old Mothers
  5. Without Love
  6. Your Dreams Won't Die
  7. Peaches and Cream
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Show Me Your Hands
  11. Twelve Men Wise and Just
  12. All England's Eye
  13. Vigilante
  14. Don't Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)
  15. The Spirit (Encore)
  16. When the World Comes Down (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: March 14th, 2018

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
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CD review AXEL RUDI PELL "Knight Call"

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2018 von Markus W. in Axel Rudi Pell, Knight Call, News, CD Review, SPV, Steamhammer, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review AXEL RUDI PELL "Knight Call"

(8/10) „Knight Call“ is the title of the next brilliant longplayer of German guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell. Pell is a hard working ‚craftsman‘ in the fields of classic rock and metal. Over almost 30 years the blond six-string player released many excellent records, not even talking about his perfect contribution to Steeler's two classic longplayers.

The new album follows the 2016 release „Game of Sins“ and features ten new songs that are all done in the typical Axel Rudi Pell fashion. It‘s not that the album surprises with unexpected twists. It’s more the small details that make a difference. What‘s maybe seen as working with a cookie-cutter approach is actually something totally different. It‘s Pell‘s passion for music that sparks his constant search for small details and improvements.

As not expected different also the new longplayer comprises of traditional metal and hardrock that gets its inspiration from band like Deep Purple and Rainbow. This means that things will stay as they were and that‘s good news. Pell doesn‘t reinvent his sound and keeps his success formula alive and kicking. The blond guitarist isn‘t looking for innovation. He‘s looking for perfection and he succeeds.

„Knight Call“ is the next well-crafted rock, released from the German riff master. Pell sticks to his roots, meaning that the album features music that goes hand in hand with earlier releases. It‘s good music, done by passionate musicians who avoid all trends and fashions. Pell lives rock music and it’s the authenticity of him and his band mates that makes this longplayer to a treat for fans of classic rock music.

 

(8/10)

CD review AXEL RUDI PELL "Knight Call"

Tracklist:

  1. The Medieval Overture (Intro)
  2. The Wildest and the Young
  3. Wildest Dreams
  4. Long Live Rock
  5. The Crusaders of Doom
  6. Truth and Lies
  7. Beyond the Light
  8. Slaves on the Run
  9. Follow the Sun
  10. Tower of Babylon

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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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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