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CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2018 von Markus W. in Anthrax, Kings Among Scotland, Nuclear Blast, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Crossover, Live, Heavy Metal, Among the Kings Tour, Tour

CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

(*/10) East-Coast thrash pioneers Anthrax played a show at Barrowland Blallroom in Glasgow, Scotland on February 15th, 2017. The show was part of the band’s “Among the Kings”-tour and was built very much around the legendary “Among the Living” album which was performed in its entirety.

The show was filmed and recorded, leading to this new Anthrax release entitled “Kings Among Scotland” of which the CD version is the base for this review. Next to the CD version the release will be available in other formats too, like DVD and BluRay, which gives you an additional visual impression of this intense metal show.

Listening to this live release feels like a journey back in time. Next to the brilliant “Among the Living” album also other highlights from the past found a way on the setlist of this show. Songs like the opener “A.I.R” and “Medusa” are still timeless classics in thrash metal that secure together with new material (“Breathing Lightning” and “Evil Twins”) a seamless thrash metal experience for fans of excellent metal music. This isn’t a coincidence knowing that fans voted on pre-show.

“Kings Among Scotland” is a live album that captures the energy of an Anthrax show in a really good fashion. This five-piece band from NYC belongs to the spearhead of thrash metal and releases, like the current one, shows that these five guys still have a huge appetite for metal and that’s what this live album states in a perfect fashion.  

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A.I.R.
  2. Madhouse
  3. Evil Twin
  4. Medusa
  5. Blood Eagle Wings
  6. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t
  7. Be All, End All
  8. Breathing Lightning
  9. Among the Living
  10. Caught in a Mosh
  11. One World
  12. I Am the Law
  13. A Skeleton in the Closet
  14. Efilgnikcufecin (N.F.L.)
  15. A.D.I. Horror of it All
  16. Indians
  17. Imitation of Life
  18. Antisocial

 

Label: Nuclear Blast 

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review SUICIDAL TENDENCIES "Get Your Fight On!" - EP

Veröffentlicht am 12. März 2018 von Markus W. in Get Your Fight On!, News, Suicidal Records, Thrash Metal, Crossover, Suicidal Tendencies

CD review SUICIDAL TENDENCIES "Get Your Fight On!" - EP

(9/10) "World Gone Mad" was Suicidal Tendencies latest album that has been released to date and there was chatter about the record being the last release from California-based skate punks. One and a half year later there is new stuff available from Mike Muir and band, songs that sound dynamic and powerful.

Suicidal Tendencies released an EP with 10 songs and a running time of 45 minutes. Wow. And if this would not be enough, each of the ten tracks is a great piece of music. OK, the title track comes in four different interpretation, but who cares. It's all very good stuff.

"Get Your Fight On!" is the title of this new record that opens with the furious "Nothing to Lose". The song features everything you could ask for from a Suicidal Tendencies song. Hard-hitting drums, furious leads and the typical Suicidal Tendencies groove characterises the song that belongs to the best ones the band published to date (... and they have a lot of good tunes in their repertoire). "I Got a Right", originally by Iggy Pop, is a next blast on this release while some other tunes put the typical Suicidal bassline into forefront. "Get United" with its funky elements is a such cool song on the album and so is "jauthority". 

I love the width of sounds on this EP. Each of the songs has different nuances, all kept together by the typical trademarks of this powerhouse. "Ain't Mess'n Around" has more of a rock vibe that fascinates with an hypnotic beat, followed by the raging "S.E.D.". The band is still hungry and angry.

The last spot on the batting order of this brilliant EP is reserved for the title track "Get Your Fight On!". It comes in four different versions - one focussing on bass, one on shredding guitars, one is acoustic and one is in the aggressive Suicidal Tendencies fashion, with the latter being the 'real' title track and closer. All interpretations are perfectly executed and mark the glorious end of an EP that will be followed by a 'Part 2' later this year.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Nothning to Lose
  2. Get United!
  3. jauthority
  4. Ain't Mess'n Around
  5. S.E.D.
  6. I Got a Right
  7. Get Your Right On!
  8. Get Your Bass On!
  9. Get Your Shred On!
  10. Get Your Fight On!

 

Label: Suicidal Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, Relapse Records, News, Hardcore, Crossover, Punk, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, CD Review

CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

(7/10) Relapse Records has a split release in the pipeline that sees the light of day beginning of March. Crossover thrashers Iron Reagan share an album with death metal powerhouse Gatecreeper. The latter added three songs to the total while Iron Reagan is present with five new tracks.

Things start with Iron Reagan, honoring again the glorious days of crossover thrash, times when bands like Nuclear Assault and D.R.I. had their peak moments. The quintet didn’t accept any compromises in the past and also the new songs follow this merciless approach. Iron Reagan is pushing the pedal to the metal which ends up in extremely speedy smashers such as „Warning“ or the 43 seconds blast „Proudly Unaccountable“. The only moment of moderate pace is „Take the Fall". Not that it's of extremely different tempo but it’s build on a slightly slower pace which brings a great groove more to forefront. Not a too bad thing, I must say.

After such a speed attack, Iron Reagan hand over to Gatecreeper. All of a sudden you're confronted by a totally different sound construct and thankfully there is an intro entitled „Daybreak" that prepares you for a death metal ride. Gatecreeper is specialized for oldschool death metal that reminds of bands like Obituary. It’s not that you’re paralyzed by new things after you listened to „Dead Inside“ and „War Has Begun“. Gatecreeper’s mission isn’t to redefine death metal. They build their songs on roots that lead back to Tampa in the eighties. However, what Gatecreeper brings to the table is still great music and listening to the songs is a pleasure without any suffering.

This split CD is a good way of checking out two bands of Relapse Records rich portfolio of metal outfits that you maybe would have missed otherwise.

 

(7/10)

Tracklist:

Iron Reagan

  1. Warning
  2. Paper Shredder
  3. Take the Fall
  4. Proudly Unaccountable
  5. Burn For This

Gatecreeper

  1. Daybreak (Intro)
  2. Dead Inside
  3. War Has Begun

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal / Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review DON BROCO "technology"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Don Broco, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Crossover, News, Sharptone Records, CD Review, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review DON BROCO "technology"

(7/10) I don‘t know why, but when I heard the band name Don Broco my association was a hard rocking outfit that fits sound wise best in a bar that is filled with a s smoky air, beer and sweat. The bigger was my disappointment while listening to the opener.

Don Broco is about alternative rock which is spiced-up with some catchy melodies, hardcore-related parts and rap-elements. This doesn‘t need to be per se something that‘s bad. History showed some exciting mixtures of styles like this and the so far published Don Broco longplayers also found quite some fans over the last years. The debut went into the UK charts as well as the sophomore record that even went into the Top 10.

But even with having all the achievements in mind, I was disappointed of what "Technology" had to offer. It‘s the missing thrill and it's songs from the shelve that make the album to a scattered melange of styles that fits perfectly into fast moving times. As the predecessors also „Technology“ might end up in some charts with catchiness, melodies and styles as the main ingredients, but it's pepper and salt that's missing.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Technology
  2. Stay Ignorant
  3. T-Shirt Song
  4. Come Out to LA
  5. Pretty
  6. The Blues
  7. Tightrope
  8. Everybody
  9. Greatness
  10. Porkies
  11. Got to be You
  12. Good Listener
  13. Y
  14. Something to Drink

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Modern Metal /Crossover

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review THE ERKONAUTS " I Shall Forgive"

Veröffentlicht am 11. November 2017 von Markus W. in The Erkonauts, Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, CD Review, Indie Recordings, News, Prog Metal, Crossover

CD review THE ERKONAUTS " I Shall Forgive"

(8/10) ‘Sometimes chicken, sometimes feathers’ – that’s life in general and also the daily experience of a reviewer. Not all releases are a pure delight and receiving an album of a band I haven’t heard before didn't lead to any expectations, neither it inflamed endless euphoria.

Before pressing the ‘Play’-button there’s always the packaging that leads to some first thought and the same goes for the name of a band. OK, I received a CD of a band that calls themselves The Erkonauts which is a rather unusual moniker for a metal band, if they are one. Also the artwork didn’t really fit into the context of Indie Recordings' portfolio which normally contains a lot of real heavy stuff.

Anyhow, who dares wins, meaning in this case ‘press Play’. I did it and to my surprise things sounded actually quite good. The Erkonauts is a band, hailing from Switzerland. Neither being rooted in the Gotthard-like hardrock scene nor celebrating a Celtic Frost-like riff gloominess, The Erkonauts found their own interesting mixture of styles. Metal, punk and rock are all present on the band’s newest album “I Shall Forgive”. Actually there is nothing to forgive since things get out of the boxes very well. The guys hopefully forgive me that I missed the debut “I Did Something Bad”, which was published in 2014.

The Geneva-based band has an innovative approach without re-inventing the wheel. Their songs have an alternative touch that is the common ingredient throughout. They combine this foundation with an immense groove (“The Groove of the Sorry” and “Little Mary”), a dirty street vibe (“Seven Macaw”) and even growls are part of this musical kaleidoscope (“Sappy”). What could lead to a scattered picture is kept together in a good fashion and in a wider sense I was reminded of German Pyogenesis while listening to “I Shall Forgive”. This album is definitely a positive surprise – chicken today.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Little Mary
  2. Seven Macaw
  3. Globlebl
  4. The Snick
  5. Chaos Never Fails to Appeal
  6. The Groove of the Sorry
  7. Cacoit
  8. Tales of a Thousand Lives
  9. Sappy (feat Tom Mumagrinder)

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: November 11th, 2017

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CD review DR. LIVING DEAD! "Cosmic Conqueror"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Dr. Living Dead!, Thrash Metal, Crossover, Speed Metal, Hardcore, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review DR. LIVING DEAD! "Cosmic Conqueror"

(8/10) Stockholm is, at least when it comes to metal music, known for outstanding hardrock and sinister death metal. But there's a thrash scene either and one of the most known bands is Dr. Living Dead!.

The group, featuring four doctors (Dr. Rad, Dr. Toxic, Dr. Mania and Dr. Slam), started their 'deadly healing' in 2007. Two demos led to a self-titled debut that became a part of many metal collections in 2011. Since then the four-piece band, on a more or less regular base, procures supplies in the form of two more longplayers.

Two years after having published "Crush the Sublime Gods" it's "Cosmic Conqueror" that hits the shelves. Now, you can ask yourself 'what's new'. It' actually not that much. Dr. Living Dead! isn't a band that belongs to the most innovative ones. Too narrow is the framework of thrash metal and even the crossover component doesn't bring that much new to the table. That's one side of the equation.

Dr. Living Dead!'s strength is the enthusiasm and commitment for what the four 'doctors' like most - energetic thrash metal that comes with a dominant Suicidal Tendencies. "Cosmic Conqueror" is a longplayer that is fully charged with power. The quartet obviously have a lot of fun with what they are doing. There is a lot of joy of playing embedded in each of the songs, all with a positive vibe and a lively energy.

Based on the mentioned limitation in varying their sound I was a bit sceptic in the beginning. I was afraid of getting too much of the same thing only different and partly this is also reality. However, the dynamic and the authentic passion of Dr. Living Dead! sweeps away all these worrying thoughts. It's a positive metal storm, started by the Stockholm-based band that brings a lot of fun and pleasure into a headbangers life.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Coffin Crusher
  2. Can't Kill the Dead the Summoning
  3. Terror Vision
  4. Cosmic Conqueror
  5. Disease to Exist
  6. Into the Eye
  7. Survival Denied
  8. Moment of Clarity
  9. Infiltrator / Exterminator
  10. Cyber Crime

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Crossover/Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 27th, 2017

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CD review PROPHETS OF RAGE "Prophets Of Rage"

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, Crossover, News, Rap, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock

CD review PROPHETS OF RAGE "Prophets Of Rage"

(8/10) Prophets Of Rage belongs to the group of bands that was already talk of the town even before they released songs on an EP or album. Basically it was the announcement of a collaboration of Rage Against The Machine members and rappers from Public Enemy and Cypress Hill which created some excitement and curiosity. Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, DJ Lord, Chuck D. and B-Real played their first show in January last year, followed by a North America tour during summer. Prophets Of Rage acted as a counterpart to the election campaign in the US, being a strong voice for social problems, freedom, anti-corruption and justice.

In parallel the band released a first EP entitled “The Party’s Over” which featured five songs, incl. a terrific version of the Beastie Boys classic “No Sleep till Brooklyn” which was renamed into “No Sleep Till Cleveland”.

A year later Prophets Of Rage publishes the debut album, featuring twelve new songs. The self-titled debut is a bit of a curveball. On the one hand there is no doubt about capabilities and passion of the involved musicians and also the tracks that are on “Prophets Of Rage” stand for a powerful crossover sound that brings together the best of RATM, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill. But what’s the strength of Prophets Of Rage has also a flipside. “Prophets of Rage”, with all the good songs, feels partly like an album that contains slightly adjusted songs from the involved motherships. Listening to this longplayer whet my appetite for listening to the originals. If this is good or bad, I don’t know. It just happened.

Things kick-off with “Counter Offensive” which is a short intro, followed “Fired a Shot”. This song has a focus on rap while the next song, “Hail to the Chief” brings back the RATM vibe, basically due to Morello’s guitar and a hard working rhythm section. An enormous groove benefits “Legalize Me” before “Living on the 110” addresses the serious topic of homelessness in a typical Prophets Of Rage fashion and with a chorus that reminded me of Faith No More. A well-crafted crossover anthem is “Strength of Numbers” before “Take Me Higher” adds some funk to the totality

“Prophets Of Rage” is a very cool album, no doubt. But looking on the list of involved icons in music led to higher expectation compared with what the album delivers. I guess that seeing Prophets Of Rage live on stage is a more intensive experience, than listening to the songs on the album. This doesn’t mean that the debut is not worth to be listened to. Crossover enthusiasts and fans of the earlier mentioned bands will like this album and it can be a great warm-up experience on the way to a live show of this super group. And besides all the mentioned, the message that this six-piece band has, is more than important these days. These guys are a strong voice for freedom, liberty and social values.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Counter Offensive
  2. Fired a Shot
  3. Hail to the Chief
  4. Hands Up
  5. Legalize Me
  6. Living on the 110
  7. Radical Eyes
  8. Smash It
  9. Strength in Numbers
  10. Take me Higher
  11. Unfuck the World
  12. Who Owns Who

 

Label: Fantasy Records / Caroline

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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PROPHETS OF RAGE announces show at 013, Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, 013, Crossover, Tilburg, Alternative Rock, Rap, News, Live, Alternative Metal

Prophets Of Rage comes to Tilburg, Netherlands for a show at the 013.

 

 

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News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Universal Music, Lie, Documentary, News, Alternative Metal, Crossover, Extreme Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Iowa-based extreme metal outfit Slipknot will release a 90 minutes documentary DVD/Blu-Ray entitled "Day of the Gusano" on October 20st. This release captured the band's first show in Mexico, which took place in December 2015 with additional interviews and background stories.

DVD Documentary
1. Sarcastrophe
2. Eeyore
3. Custer
4. (Sic)
5. Me Inside
6. Psychosocial
7. Duality
8. Before I Forget
9. The Devil In I
10. Vermilion
11. Prosthetics
12. Metabolic
13. Spit It Out
14. The Heretic Anthem
15. Wait And Bleed
16. Surfacing / Til We Die

DVD Concert
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

CD
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

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CD review DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER "Der rote Reiter"

Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2017 von Markus W. in Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Folk Metal, News, CD Review, Crossover, Nuclear Blast, Der rote Reiter

CD review DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER "Der rote Reiter"

(8/10) For no specific reason German metal outfit Die Apokalyotischen Reiter wasn't more than a dot on my metal radar. For one or another way I never went into depth when it comes to their records and their sound. Having heard in the meantime their newest longplayer "Der rote Reiter" a few times will change things.

The band, with a constantly growing fan base, is mainly known in Germany but also starts to gain some more international reputation. The quintet started back in the 90's when metal was overrun by grunge and nu metal. More traditional metal moved towards the back which gave many bands a hard time. But it also allowed them to renew and gain new strength. This is the context in which Die Apokalyptischen Reiter started their adventurous journey.

Up to date the band published five records of which the latest one "Tief. Tiefer" entered the German charts, almost getting into the Top 20. But also the previous albums have been pretty successful with a boost in 2008 when the guys released their "Licht" record via Nuclear Blast, a prolific cooperation that's still ongoing.

The newest strike of the Weimar-based band is entitled "Der rote Reiter" and features thirteen new songs, combining several genres to a great entirety.

Things start furious with "Wir sind zurueck" which is a fast-paced statement of the band's return and the album ends with the dramatic half-acoustic "Ich Werd Bleiben". Everything in between is sometimes closer to the death metal roots ("Folgt uns") and sometimes connected to the Neue Deutsche Haerte ("Der rote Reiter" and "Hoert mich an"), but in the end Die Apokalyptischen Reiter merge all these genres to a unique sound that can be defined as 'crossover', since next to the mentioned roots there are also calmer sections, folk-elements and more.

As being used to of Nuclear Blast releases also "Der rote Reiter" comes with an splendid sound, done by two producers - Alexander Dietz and Eike Freese. What rounds off this very exciting package is the artwork that fits in a good fashion to the music of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. As with earlier releases it was done by frontman Fuchs and is based on one his wooden reliefs.

To sum up: "Der rote Reiter" is an album that should help the band to take a next step. Even though the lyrics are kept in German this band comes enough potential to go outside Germany for convincing metal fans all over the place. I can recommend to listen to this album. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Wir Sind Zurück
  2. Der Rote Reiter
  3. Auf Und Nieder
  4. Folgt Uns
  5. Hört Mich An
  6. The Great Experience Of Ectasy
  7. Franz Weiss
  8. Die Freiheit Ist Eine Pflicht
  9. Herz In Flammen
  10. Brüder Auf Leben Und Tod
  11. Ich Bin Weg
  12. Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt
  13. Ich Werd Bleiben

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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PROPHETS OF RAGE premiers new video

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, News, Video, Crossover, Rock, Rap, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock

Prophets Of Rage have debuted the video for “Living On The 110,” the lead single from their forthcoming, self-titled debut LP which is set for release September 15th, 2017. 

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CD review PRONG "Zero Days"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prong, SPV, Steamhammer, Crossover, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk, Alternative Metal

CD review PRONG "Zero Days"

(8/10) After having had a first career high in the beginning of the 90's its New York-based powerhouse Prong who had a fantastic comeback in the 2010 years, starting actually with "Scorpio Rising" and the following "Power of the Damager" album in 2007. These two longplayer brought Tommy Victor and band back in business and it was "Carved Into Stone" that re-established the power outfit.

The newest sonic assault from New York is called "Zero Days" and as with the predecessors also this record is full of typical Prong songs, combining metal, riffs, groove and hardcore to an intensive experience for fans. As with the earlier longplayers also the newest one doesn't take prisoners. Victor, Kirkland and Parsons placed 13 songs on this album and each of them is an uncompromising harsh and loud piece of music.

"Zero Days" features brute and forceful songs. The opener "However it May End" with its mighty riffs, but also "Forced Into Tolerance" are merciless metal tracks, showing the band in an excellent shape and form. It feels like this line-up grew together over the last years, becoming a tight performing unit. These three guys perform like smoothly working cogwheels, keeping this intense metal machine up and running at its best.

What distinguishes the trio is the amount of shades they add to their sound. Songs like "Divide and Conquer", with all its embedded aggressiveness, still includes melodic parts that adds excitement. Another tune, coming with similar pattern, is "The Whispers". This track could be a melodic left over of the "Snap Your Fingers..." days, at least in parts.

To sum up: "Zero Days" will be very welcomed by Prong fans. It's an album that comes with all trademarks you know from Tommy Victor and Co.. Bold riffing, a intense groove and a well-done balance of melody and heaviness is what Prong is about and what the new album covers in a perfect fashion. Good stuff for your ears.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. However it May End
  2. Zero Days
  3. Off the Grid
  4. Divide and Conquer
  5. Forced Into Tolerance
  6. Interbeing
  7. Blood Out of Stone
  8. Operation of the Moral Law
  9. The Whispers
  10. Self Righteous Indignation
  11. Rules of the Collective
  12. Compulsion Future Projection
  13. Wasting of the Dawn
  14. Reasons to be Fearful

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

 

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CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, downset, Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Worst, Biohazard, Crossover, News, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, Modern Metal, Dino Alone Records

CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

(8/10) It feels like Crossover’s gaining more and more of a momentum again. There are the Prophets Of Rage being on a successful tour through Europe right now and there’s a new player in the starting blocks too – Powerflo. Having a deeper look behind this name unveils well-known musicians. Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog as part of the ‘Flo’ as well as downset guitarist Rogelio Lozano and Billy Graziadei from Biohazard, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and Worst drummer Fernando Schaefer. The musical background of the involved also describes very much the sound of this debut. The quintet celebrates a crossover style that brings together some metal with hip-hop, punk and rock.

Powerflo took a very inclusive approach rather than an exclusive one. Everything started with a jam session, leading to a vibe that was kept throughout the entire album. Powerflo’s songs don’t feel forced or planned. Powerflo’s album grew more organically which also means that, even though ‘Crossover’ is the overarching style, the disc comes with wider variation of styles combined.

“My MO” is the grooving starting point into this longplayer, a song that shows the whole beauty of crossover. Hip-hop meets metallic riffs in an excellent way. “Resistance” adds another level of aggressiveness to Powerflo's sounds before melody and heavy riffs dominate “Where I Stay”.

One of the best songs on the album is the punky “Less Than Human” that also, in parts, reminds of downset. After such a blast the moderate “The Grind” shows the entire spectrum of styles on “Powerflo”, followed by a Biohazard-inspired smasher called “Victim of Circumstance”.

Let’s take this album for what it is: a cool longplayer with well-crafted crossover songs that catches attention. If you like the “Judgment Night” soundtrack or if you call one of the earlier mentioned bands your favorite than you should also get into the ‘powerflo’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My MO
  2. Resistance
  3. Where I Stay
  4. Crushing That
  5. Less Than Human
  6. The Grind
  7. Victim of Circumstances
  8. Made it This Way
  9. Finish the Game
  10. Up and Out of Me
  11. Start a War

 

Label: Dino Alone Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Punk, CD Review, Municipal Waste, Crossover, News, Heavy Metal

CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

(8/10) Speed, fury and uncompromissingness are some of the key factors for Municipal Waste’s success. The guys from Richmond, Virginia started their metal adventure in 2000, leading to six records over the last years. The newest strike is entitled “Slime and Punishment”, coming with 14 songs that can be described as faster and even more spot-on than what we know from the quintet up to date.

Municipal Waste pushes the pedal to the metal. Calmer moments or even ballads are nothing these guys get out of bed for. The five-piece from Richmond is firing on all cylinders, which results in savage songs like “Breathe Grease”, the opener of a 30 minutes lasting sonic twister that ends with the wild “Think Fast”. The interesting side note with the closer is the fact that the title includes ‘fast’ while the first half is kept in a quite moderate pace – still in Municipal Waste terms.

Everything that’s in-between the opener and the closer can be described as crossover anthems per excellence. Not taking prisoners with songs like the grooving “Slime and Punishment”, the brutal “Amateur Sketch” and the boisterous “Poison the Preacher”, Municipal Waste continues with a sound bands like D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies built up decades ago. The Richmond-quintet stands for a next generation of crossover bands, taking their inspiration from those earlier days in metal. The guys revitalize crossover since quite some years with “Slime and Punishment” being their newest attack.

“Slime and Punishment” is a self-recorded album with bass player Phil Hall at the helm. The mix though was done externally by no less than legendary Bill Metoyer. Obviously it was a fruitful combination, resulting in an excellent sound for such a crossover endeavour.

“Slime and Punishment” is an album that picks up the best from thrash metal and hardcore and the fact that this style isn’t really new doesn’t matter. Municipal Waste’s sound isn’t unique, but who cares. What the album gets across though is an honest passion for metal music that is transferred by songs that catches someone’s attention in no time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Breathe Grease
  2. Enjoy The Night
  3. Dingy Situations
  4. Shrednecks
  5. Poison The Preacher
  6. Bourbon Discipline
  7. Parole Violators
  8. Slime And Punishment
  9. Amateur Sketch
  10. Excessive Celebration
  11. Low Tolerance
  12. Under The Waste Command
  13. Death Proof
  14. Think Fast

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

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