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CD review CREMATORY "Oblivion"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2018 von Markus W. in Crematory, Oblivion, News, Steamhammer, SPV, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, CD Review, Goth, Melodic Rock

CD review CREMATORY "Oblivion"

(6/10) It's not easy to write a review for this album. Normally I don't want to be influenced by anything more than by listening to an album a few times in a row, which shapes a picture about the release and the included songs. What makes it less easy this time is a Facebook post from a few days ago in which the band addresses with dramatic words the sales situation of CD's and vinyls compared to streams and downloads, linked to the financial effect. Furthermore the pre-sales for the upcoming shows doesn't seem to by very satisfactory and it was mainly statements like: "That will only happen, have you fans get off your lazy asses and start buying tickets for the announced shows." that created irritation with fans of the band and fans of metal in general. I think it's never a good thing to insult your own fan base, how tricky things are.

However, let the music do the talking since great music will always finds friends. "Expectation" is an intro that leads to "Salvation", the opener of Crematory's 14th studio record. It's a melodic song, kept gloomy in the verse and catchy in the chorus. The tune is easy approachable and belongs to the positive moments on the album. "Ghost of the Past" is a song that combines gothic, riff and beat in a good way and also the heavier "Cemetery Stillness" has moments of dark joy.

Where's light there's normally darkness too. The extremely boring "Stay With Me" might benefit from mainstream catchiness, but doesn't include any specific feature that wasn't heard earlier in time and in a much better fashion, something that also goes for the title track. "Oblivion" feels like nomen et omen since the tune could fall into oblivion by its standard expression and trivial melody.

To sum up: If you should buy the album, stream the album or ignore it is something each of you need to decide for yourself. I can only tell you that "Oblivion" has some better moments of dark gothic rock, which are mainly the ones with guitars in the forefront. However, also the good attempts aren't mind-blowing and there's nothing new or surprising to expect with "Oblivion". I assume fans will like "Oblivion", but it's a tough thing to gain new fans with this longplayer. Let's see what the future will bring.

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CD review CREMATORY "Live Insurrection"

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2017 von Markus W. in Crematory, Dark Metal, Hardrock, Rock, Live, Steamhammer, Gothic

CD review CREMATORY "Live Insurrection"

(*/10) It's amazing to see how long German goth metal oufit Crematory's in business already. The sextett started 26 years ago and even though they could never celebrate a real break-through the band could build-up a strong fanbase that's extremely loyal. Otherwise it wouldn't have been possible to release 13 studio albums and also the new live record would have turned into a mission impossible without fans and supporters.

Summer festivals are not only a great opportunity for fans to see many of their favorite bands, there are also chances to record a live album. Crematory is one of the bands that took this possibility during last year's Bang Your Head festival. The CD/DVD covers the band's entire passionate show in a good quality when it comes to sound (couldn't watch the DVD, but I guess visuals are good as well). 

Looking on songs and setlist shows a focus that was put on Crematory's latest longplayer "Monument" with the addition of some of highlights from earlier releases that saw the light of day earlier this century.

"Live Insurrection" is a live album that comes round the corner in a solid manner. Fans of gothic metal and dark rock can doubtless go for this release. It's good work of a band that's authentic and real.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

 

CD

1. Intro

2. Misunderstood

3. Fly

4. Greed

5. Tick Tack

6. Instrumental

7. Haus mit Garten  

8. Ravens Calling

9. Pray

10. Everything

11. Instrumental

12. Shadowmaker

13. The Fallen

14. Höllenbrand

15. Die So Soon

16. Kommt näher

17. Tears Of Time

 

DVD

Live:

1. Intro

2. Misunderstood

3. Fly

4. Greed

5. Tick Tack

6. Instrumental

7. Haus mit Garten

8. Ravens Calling

9. Pray

10. Everything

11. Instrumental

12. Shadowmaker

13. The Fallen

14. Höllenbrand

15. Die So Soon

16. Kommt näher

17. Tears Of Time

Monument – Videoclips

1. Misunderstood

2. Ravens Calling

3. Haus mit Garten

4. Everything

 

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

 

Genre: Dark Metal

 

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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CD review CREMATORY "Monument"

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2016 von Markus W. in Crematory, News, CD Review, Gothic, Dark Metal, Rock, Metal

(7/10) If Crematory's new album is a real 'monument' is something you need to answer for yourself, but one thing is for sure a given: Crematory is a steady part of the goth metal scene. The guys from Mannheim, Germany started in 1991, with a first demo in 1992. In the meantime years passed by and Crematory is still releasing records. These guys survived all the changes in rock and metal. Even the grunge period couldn't do any of harm to Crematory.

"Monument" is Crematory's 13th longplayer that comes with twelve songs and it's the first record without Matthias Hechler who left the band due to private reasons. The band found a replacer, no, actually two. Tosse Basler took over the rhythm guitar & clean vocals while Rolf Munkes became lead guitarist.

"Monument" starts pretty heavy. "Misunderstood" can't be misinterpreted. The opener is a solid statement. Crematory's gothic rock didn't became silent during all these years. "Monument" is a heavy tune that presents the band loud and heavy, something I like.

"Haus mit Garten" follows, building on the same pattern. I personally think that the German lyrics sound a bit odd and the whole thing reminds of the Neue Deutsche Härte a la Rammstein.

"Die So Soon" is the third song on "Monument" and it adds another facette to Crematory's sound. Reflecting on the opening triple "Die So Soon" became the most melodic and catchy song with keyboards more in the forefront and clean vocals as an extra ingredients.

These three tunes reflect pretty much what you can expect from "Monument" since they are the blueprint for the other nine numbers. I personally like the moments when Crematory plays loud and heavy. "Eiskalt" and "Die letzte Schlacht" are cool songs that can compensate for "Everything", a track that sounds more like a harder Pet Shop Boys song with some harsher vocals.

Again, Crematory is a constant factor in goth metal and the new album will underline this status. If you liked the band so far, you will also love "Monument".

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Misunderstood
  2. Haus Mit Garten
  3. Die So Soon
  4. Ravens Calling
  5. Eiskalt
  6. Nothing
  7. Before I Die
  8. Falsche Tränen
  9. Everything
  10. My Love Within
  11. Die Letzte Schlacht
  12. Save Me

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Gothic Metal

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review CREMATORY "Monument"
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