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CD review TESLA "Mechanical Resonance Live"

Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2016 von Markus W. in Tesla, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal, Def Leppard, Blues

(9/10) Some records pushes you out of the denial box when it comes to age. It's really true, Tesla's debut "Mechanical Resonance" was released in 1986 and I can remember it as it would have been yesterday, and it means that I'm thirty years older too.The album was introduced with quite some good reviews which made me and my friends very curious. So we went, as each week, to the local record shop and there it was. When I heard the album I was more than impressed. Tesla released a debut that was filled with hits. There was no bad song on this record and each of the tunes kept the thrill up till now.

Next to the songs it was the dynamic guitars, the powering rhythm section and last but not least Jeff Keith's very unique husky voice that made this entire package to a real winner.

Therefor it was a great idea to celebrate this milestone with a live release, including all songs from "Mechanical Resonance". "Comin' Atcha Live", "Changes" and "2 Late 4 Love" are also three decades later great rock songs of an awesome band. Not to forget the iconic "Modern Day Cowboy" and "Lil' Suzie".

It wasn't one single show that build the base of this live album. It has been concerts played at the Graspop festival, Rocklahoma, Sweden Rock and the Monsters of Rock cruise that have been combined to a unique live release.

As a special treat Tesla added a new song to this album too. "Save that Goodness" is the name of the track that was written and produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard. It's actually a cool rocker that is pure Tesla with some Def Leppard links. It actually would be great if Def Leppard would have had this kick-ass expression in some of their later songs.

Anyhow, "Mechanical Resonance Live" is a damn cool album that has a great sound which makes legendary songs shine bright and fresh. This album is a 'must have'.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rock Me to the Top
  2. Ez Come EZ Go
  3. Gettin' Better
  4. Comin' Atcha Live
  5. Changes
  6. Before My Eyes
  7. 2 Late 4 Love
  8. We're Not Good Together
  9. Love Me
  10. Cover Queen
  11. Lil Suzie
  12. Modern Day Cowboy
  13. Save the Goodness

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 26th, 2016

CD review TESLA "Mechanical Resonance Live"
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Good news for all TESLA fans

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Tesla, News, Hardrock, Rock, Def Leppard

Good news for all fans of hard rockers Tesla. The band did a live recording of their classic album "Mechanical Resonance" and will release this longplayer on August 26th via Frontiers Music. The album comes right in time for Tesla's North America tour with Def Leppard and is a great idea to celebrate a milestone in thirty years of Tesla.

In addition to the well-known material the album also features a brand new tune called "Save the Goodness" whiuch was written and produced by Phil Collen from Def Leppard.

Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Rock Me To The Top
  2. Ez Come Ez Go
  3. Gettin’ Better
  4. Comin’ Atcha Live
  5. Changes
  6. Before My Eyes
  7. 2 Late 4 Love
  8. We’re No Good Together
  9. Love Me
  10. Cover Queen
  11. Lil Suzie
  12. Modern Day Cowboy
  13. Save That Goodness (Studio Track)
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CD review DEF LEPPARD "Def Leppard"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Def Leppard, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock

(9/10) Wow. In which fontaine of youth felt those guys? It seems that the British megasellers of Def Leppard found back to their own roots.

But let's take it step by step. I haven't expected a lot of Def Leppard. I grew up with "Pyromania" which was one of the first vinyls I ever bought and I waited, like many many more, for "Hysteria" which took the band four years to write, produce,...,release. But whatever came afterwards was pit against the platinum seller and the band never even came close to this modern hardrock masterpiece.

It was in 2008 when my focus went again a bit more  towards the five-piece from Sheffield, UK. "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" came with some quite good songs that gave some hope for a potential next album.

OK, Def Leppard has never been in a album-tour-album-tour-... rhythm. And since the "Hysteria"-times they also need time for their records. It has been seven years to come up with the new longplayer, simply named "Def Leppard". If you have "Def Leppard" two times mention it also should contain "Def Leppard". To my very positive surprise it also delivers.

The first thing you hear are some keyboard samples, but already the vocals remind to earlier days. "Let's Get Rocked" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" came to my mind when I heard "Let's Go" for the very first time. It's a medium pace rocker with a strong beat and a highly melodic, but not cheesy, chorus.

OK, maybe this is just a flash in the pan. No, it's not. "Dangerous" is one of the most rocking tracks since "Pyromania". Def Leppard discovered again that they have guitarists in their band. And also track number three is an excellent one. What a bassline. It brings back memories of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" combined with a pretty good riff that joins the party here and there. This songs is 100% groove.

A bit of sugar sweet cliche is needed, even though not necessary. "We Belong" is one of those typical Def Leppard ballads that are dressed for success, but also don't belong to my favorites on each of their albums.

But the ballad is just a short intermezzo before the guys find back to their rocking guitars. "Sea of Love", "All Time High" and the powerful "Broke 'n' Brokenhearted"; each of them an excellent song that makes fun and spreads a cool party vibe. 

What's new and cool is "Battle of my Own". It's an accosutic track that has a strong country touch. Def Leppard enters partly new areas with this tune that fits them very well. 

The longplayer comes with fourteen songs and Def Leppard can keep the tension high till the last note. Yes, there is a more trivial track like "Forever Young" on the album too, but numbers like "Wings of an Angel" and the relaxed closer "Blind Faith" can easily compensate for this.

Def Leppard's new studio album is one of the biggest surprises in 2015. I hoped for such an album, but I never thought that it would see the light of day. Def Leppard proved me wrong and that's fantastic. 

If you're a fan of the early Def Leppard days, than you need to check out this record. You will like it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Let's Go
  2. Dangerous
  3. Man Enough
  4. We Belong
  5. Invincible
  6. Sea of Love
  7. Enegrized
  8. All Time High
  9. Battle of my Own
  10. Broke 'n' Brokenhearted
  11. Forever Young
  12. Last Dance
  13. Wings of an Angel
  14. Blind Faith

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

 

CD review DEF LEPPARD "Def Leppard"
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First details regarding the new DEF LEPPARD album

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2015 von Markus W. in Def Leppard, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, News

It was seven years ago when Def Leppard released their latest full-length album and now, finally, their eleventh studio record is on it's way. The release date is October 30st and it's simply called "Def Leppard". 14 tracks will be on the disc that comes as CD, 2 LP Gatefold, Download and Streaming.

 

Def Leppard Tracklisting:

  1. Let's Go
  2. Dangerous
  3. Man Enough
  4. We Belong
  5. Invincible
  6. Sea Of Love
  7. Energized
  8. All Time High
  9. Battle Of My Own
  10. Broke 'N' Brokenhearted
  11. Forever Young
  12. Last Dance
  13. Wings Of An Angel
  14. Blind Faith
First details regarding the new DEF LEPPARD album
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CD review HAYSEED DIXIE "Hair down to my grass"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Hayseed Dixie, Rock, Bluegrass, Country, News, CD Review, Motorhead, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Scorpions

(*/10) When I heard the album for the first time I was reminded to what German band The Bosshoss did as well. Taking well known songs and arrange them in a total different way. While The Bosshoss, in their early days, took pop songs as well as "Jesus built my hotrod" from Ministry and added a country touch to it, Hayseed Dixie started with a cover album called "A Hillbilly tribute to AC/DC". That was in 2001 and in the meantime the band released a few more records - some of them being quite successful in the US.

As the title of the new album suggests Hayseed Dixie re-arranged the songs they cover in a bluegrass style. With "Hair down to my grass" the band remains true to their style and continue with the bluegrass/rock mix.

Hayseed Dixie is also known for creating 'stories' around their albums. The first one was that they found out "that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road". This was the inspiration for their debut. Now it was that, on a car ride from Dortmund to Frankfurt, they heard "Eye of the tiger" six times in the radio; each of those in a arranged differently. OK, there is a lot of creativity in creating those stories, but how about the music.

The band took some classics of rock like "Eye of the tiger from Survivor", Europe's "The final countdown" (doesn't work that well) and Motoerhead's "We are the road crew" (actually pretty cool) which they put into a bluegrass dress. Surprisingly also Pink Floyds "Comfortably numb" sounds quite good. Seems that you can't kill a great song.

The most funny part on the album is the German version of "Wind of change". It's called "Wind der Veraenderung" and it's hilarious.

This album has a huge comedy factor but also some songs on album got an interesting new interpretation. No rocket science, but fun and entertainment - that's "Hair down to my grass". Give it try.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Don't stop believing (Journey)
  2. Eye of the tiger (Survivor)
  3. The final countdown (Europe)
  4. We're not gonna take it (Twisted Sisters)
  5. Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
  6. Pour some sugar on me (Def Leppard)
  7. Dude looks like a lady (Aerosmith)
  8. Living on a prayer (Bon Jovi)
  9. Wind der Beraenderung (Wind of change) (Scorpions)
  10. We are the road crew (Motoerhead)
  11. Comfortably numb (Pink Floyd)
  12. Don't fear the reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)

 

Label: Hayseed Dixie Records

Genre: Rock / Dixie

CD review HAYSEED DIXIE "Hair down to my grass"
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CD review CRAZY LIXX "Crazy Lixx"

Veröffentlicht am 20. November 2014 von Markus W. in Crazy Lixx, Hardrock, Rock, CD Review, News, Def Leppard, Kiss, Motley Crue

(8/10) Crazy Lixx are big fans from bands like Kiss, Mötley Crüe and Aerosmith. At least listening to their music gives you this impression. The band from Malmö, Sweden plays sleaze rock that brings you back to the glorious days in the 80's. Not for nothing one of their tracks is called "Girls of the 80's". Sounds like red lips, short skirts and curly long hair
Founded in 2002 by singer Danny Rexon, Vic Zino and Joel Cicera Crazy Lixx released in total four records. The latest one is called "Crazy Lixx". According to Danny Rexon none of the other proposed names fitted that well as doing a self-titled album. It represents the band and their music best. So why not calling it simply "Crazy Lixx".
The eleven songs on the album are pure hardrock anthems like the opener "Hell raising women". The start into the album couldn't be better. The five-piece band doesn't take any prisoners. The crunchy guitars and a anthemic melodies are a real kickstart for the album. "All looks, no hooks" follows the same pattern. The song might not 'look' but has definitely some hooks. And those stick. The same goes for "Ain't no rest in rock'n'roll" which, I guess, will become a standard part of their live setlists.
But Crazy Lixx also has a more melodic rock side. "Heroes forever" is one of those tracks. The track got a catchy melody and a chorus that is made for sing-a-long.
The album doesn't have the obligatory ballad that you might expect. It's full of rock'n'roll and even "Outlaw", with the more silent parts, rocks pretty well.
And last but not least the already mentioned "Girls of the 80's" that sounds like a merge of Def Leppard, Poison and Kiss (in this time).
I like the album since it has a high entertainment factor. Music that comes over as real and fresh. An energizer in autumn.


(8/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Hell raising women
  2. Sound of the loud minority
  3. Outlaw
  4. Girls of the 80's
  5. I missed the mark
  6. All looks no hooks
  7. Ain't no rest in rock'n'roll
  8. Call to action
  9. Heroes are forever
  10. Psycho city
  11. Wrecking ball crew



Label: Frontiers Records
Genre: Hardrock

 

CD review CRAZY LIXX "Crazy Lixx"
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CD review DEF LEPPARD "Viva! Hysteria"

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2013 von Markus W. in Def Leppard, CD Review, News, Hardrock

(8/10) It seems that my faves from the 80’s have agreed to release live albums this year. Next to Europe’s “Live at Sweden Rock” also Def Leppard released a live album. I can remember when I heard “Rock of ages” the first time in 1983. It was on Bayern 3, a radio station in Germany. The song just blew me away. I had to go to the next record shop and bought the single. And later on the “Pyromania” album. At that time it was really hardrock per excellence. And then Def Leppard topped the success with releasing “Hysteria”. Very successful, but also under discussion, because it was quite commercial. And it felt like ages till they finally released it. I think it took them 3 years to record the thing. Anyhow, it was loved by the masses and “Hysteria” has a lot of hits.

In 2013 – almost 25 years after the “Hysteria” release – the band played eleven shows in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in spring 2013. During this show Def Leppard played the entire “Hysteria” album. A great acoustical and visual event.

As opener they arranged the Ded Flatbirds, which is/was nobody else than Def Leppard as well. During this set older classics from the band were played as well as some newer songs. Tracks like the already mentioned “Rock of ages” have been on the list, but also “On through the night” and “Hit and run”. Great to hear all these songs again. Next to these hits of the band they also played 'newer' material such as “Slang” (eventhough the songs from the album with the same title was released already in 1996).

But of course it is the songs of “Hysteria” which build the core of the show. Songs like “Rocket”, Animal” and “Love bites” are just timeless highlights which I could always listen to. It was a great experience to listen to these milestones in rock history again and it triggered me to put my old vinyls again on the record player.

Listening to the album is like a trip back into your own youth (depending on how old you are ;o)  ). It makes fun and it’s highly entertaining. This is also since the production became very good. But of course this is what we have expected from Def Leppard.

I’m normally not the biggest fan of live records since a lot of time it feels like just making some extra money with little effort. This time it is different. It was a special show in a special environment and it was more than a good idea to capture that moment and burn it on CD/DVD/Blu-ray.

It is a must for all Def Leppard fans, all rockers and hardrockers. And it’s a great documentation for new fans who never heard about the band and want to get a good overview.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Women
  2. Rocket
  3. Animal
  4. Love bites
  5. Pour some sugar on me
  6. Armageddon it
  7. Gods of war
  8. Don’t shoot shotgun
  9. Run riot
  10. Hysteria
  11. Excitable
  12. Love and affection
  13. Rock of ages
  14. Photograph
  15. Good morning freedom
  16. Wasted
  17. Stagefright
  18. Mirror mirror (Look into my eyes)
  19. Action
  20. Rock brigade
  21. Undefeated
  22. Promises
  23. On through the night
  24. Slang
  25. Let it go
  26. Another hit and run
  27. High’n’dry (Saturday night)
  28. Bringin’ on the heartbreak
  29. Switch 625

 

Label: Frontier Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review DEF LEPPARD "Viva! Hysteria"
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Free DEF LEPPARD download song

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2013 von Markus W. in Def Leppard, Hardrock, News

Def Leppard put the song "Good morning freedom" as a free download on their webpage (check link). The song was performed under the alias Ded Flatbird in the opening set of "Viva! Hysteria".

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KINGS OF CHAOS shows in Latin America

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2013 von Markus W. in Kings Of Chaos, Tour, News, Slash, Def Leppard

Kings Of Chaos announced three shows in South America/Mexico:

Nov. 23 - Lima, Peru
Nov. 27 - Asunción, Paraguay
Nov. 29th - Mexico City, Mexico

When are they coming to Europe???

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DEF LEPPARD will release "Viva! Hysteria"

Veröffentlicht am 10. September 2013 von Markus W. in Def Leppard, Hardrock, News

Def Leppard will release a new live CD/DVD this autumn via Frontier Records. The tracklist will be:

CD1 :

Women; Rocket; Animal; Love Bites; Pour Some Sugar on Me; Armageddon It; Gods of War; Don't Shoot Shotgun; Run Riot; Hysteria; Excitable; Love and Affection; Rock of Ages; Photograph.

CD2 :

Ded Flatbird Set#1: Good Morning Freedom; Wasted; Stagefright; Mirror Mirror (Look Into My Eyes); Action; Rock Brigade; Undefeated; Promises - Ded Flatbird Set#2: On Through The Night; Slang; Let It Go; Another Hit And Run; High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night); Bringin' On The Heartbreak; Switch 625.

DVD adds bonus content

Acoustic Set When Love and Hate Collide Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad Two Steps Behind You

DVD / Blu Ray menu includes:

Viva Hysteria - Ded Flatbird Night 1 - Ded Flatbird Night 2 - Acoustic Set - Photo Montage

The “Viva! HYSTERIA” show featured an elaborate set design created only for Def Leppard 's Las Vegas residency. Known for legendary big-scale arena shows, Finally “Viva! HYSTERIA” showcases for the first time a career-defining album (excluding concept albums) performed live in its entirety - from start to finish - for a commercial audio/video release. “Viva! HYSTERIA”! is unlike any show Def Leppard has ever done or will ever do again. This is one release not to miss…

DEF LEPPARD will release "Viva! Hysteria"
DEF LEPPARD will release "Viva! Hysteria"
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Supergroup KINGS OF CHAOS announces concert in Lebanon

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2013 von Markus W. in Kings Of Chaos, Slash, Def Leppard, Hardrock

Supergroup Kings Of Chaos announced on their Facebook side a concert in Beirut, Lebanon on September 21. Really an unusual location for a show. The band will announce more information soon.

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KINGS OF CHAOS

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juli 2013 von mwie in Kings Of Chaos, Slash, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Hardrock

Have you heard already about King Of Chaos? No? Than it's time to check them out. This is an all star band with:

Matt Sorum

Duff McKagan

Gilby Clarke

Joe Elliot

Glenn Hughes

Sebastian Bach

Steve Stevens

+ some guests like Myles Kennedy and Slash

This is great stuff and they recently played some shows in South Africa. Now we all should hope, that they are also coming over to Europe. Please comment if you want to see them live.

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