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CD review LORD VIGO "Six Must Die"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Lord Vigo, News, Six Must Die, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Epic Metal, No Remorse, CD Review

CD review LORD VIGO "Six Must Die"

(8/10) After having released two excellent records, spread out over the last years, expectations were pretty high when it comes to „Six Must Die“. Already at this early stage of this review I can tell you that Lord Vigo doesn't disappoint doom metal supporters and fans.

Mighty doom riffs hit you already with „Doom Shall Rise“. Nomen et omen. The song follows a kind of intro that helps to get listeners into the right mood. „I Am the Prophecy“ is next and strengthens the positive impression of „Six Must Die“.

All these songs are very good doom metal tracks, all being part of a dramaturgic setlist that finds its peak in the title track. „Six Must Die“ is an epos with 13 minutes in length. The tune is the real hero if the album, reminding of bands like Lake Of Tears and Count Raven with a bit of Rammstein when it comes to the keyboard sounds. Lord Vigo manages to tell this 13 minutes story in a perfect fashion. There is no single moment you‘re tempted to press the ‚skip‘-button. Excellent soundscapes, hard riffing, embedded samples and a cinematic approach are the fascinating main elements of this milestone in the bands rather short history.

Lord Vigo might not reach the big masses and I even think they shouldn‘t. Of course I don‘t begrudge Lord Vigo big success. It‘s more that the sound of their music covers more of a niche and it‘s the unbound underground vibe that makes this album so vital. Lord Vigo builds their music on creativity and passion and it would be a pity if this would be replaced by reproducing a simple success formula. The underground is, thanks to bands like Lord Vigo, very much alive. Horns up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Elizabeth Dane
  2. Doom Shall Rise
  3. I Am The Prophecy
  4. Thul-Rar
  5. Thal Mum-Rar
  6. Evil In Disguise
  7. Six Must Die
  8. 21 April 1880

 

Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018

 

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UNDERTOW announces new album for late summer 2018

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2018 von Markus W. in Undertow, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, El Puerto Records, News

Photo: Markus Wolf (El Puerto Records Promo)

Photo: Markus Wolf (El Puerto Records Promo)

UNDERTOW want to know it again!
For that reason, they signed a "worldwide deal" with  El Puerto Records last week!

Guitarist Markus Brand is sure:
"After 25 years of underground, it is time to take a big step forward and El Puerto want to and will support us actively. We're glad incredible on joint work and hungrier than ever. This will be clearly heard on the new record! "

Also on label side one is fully convinced:

Torsten Ihlenfeld is „As proud as punch on our latest signing! With UNDERTOW, one of my alltime favorit and long running german metal band signed to EL PUERTO RECORDS! Welcome to the team guys!“


The first details of the new CD will be released shortly. Release date will be in September 2018.

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UNDERTOW signed with El Puerto Records

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2018 von Markus W. in Undertow, El Puerto Records, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News

UNDERTOW signed with El Puerto Records

German metal powerhouse Undertow inked a deal with El Puerto Records. Really good news and hopefully a new record soon :) Stay tuned.

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YOB announces a new album

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2018 von Markus W. in YOB, Doom Metal, Sludge, Alternative Metal, Our Raw Heart, News, Relapse Records

YOB announces a new album

Doom outfit YOB announces a new album entitled "Our Raw Heart". Release date is June 8th and the longplayer comes via relapse Records.

This is the track list:

1. Ablaze
2. The Screen
3. In Reverie
4. Lung Reach
5. Beauty in Falling Leaves
6. Original Face
7. Our Raw Heart
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CD review SOLSTICE "White Horse Hill"

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2018 von Markus W. in Solstice, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Epic Metal, News, Invictus Productions, CD Review

CD review SOLSTICE "White Horse Hill"

(9/10) This album is a bit of a surprise since it's the first time in 20 years that British doom metal outfit Solstice unveils a new full-length record. Next to that it's the bands third longplayer of a 'career' that began in 1990.

Solstice plays a mix of epic and doom metal that reminds fo bands like Candlemass, but also the early Black Sabbath and Judas Priest are references for this legendary band. The centerpiece of "White Horse Hill" is entitled "Under Waves Lie Our Dead", which is a 12 minutes epos. Kept in a slower pace the tune unveils it's dramatic beauty, generated by heavy riffs, excellent vocals lines and a dense sound. The song is musical storytelling that includes a calm and acoustic middle section. The tune really wows the listener and proves that traditional metal doesn't need to sound outdated and old-fashioned. 

Each of the seven songs is a kind of masterpiece in itself, but I would like to mention the title track in specific. With almost 9 minutes we face another metal anthem with full power, presented with dedication. Solstice also has with "Beheld, a Man of Straw" a very atmospheric tune in the offer. Acoustic guitar, vocals with a lot of feel and samples of rain are a kind of introduction for "White Horse Hill" - the track.

Another hymn got the task to end the album. "Gallow Fan" is the title of a song that's coming with a slower pace and mighty riffs. Solstice equiped the closer with a lot of feel, a vibe that gives you the shivers.

"White Horse Hill" stands for an impressive comeback album of a band that definitely didn't focus on quantity when it comes to releasing records. It's the quality that grew over more than two decades and finally finds an outlet with this release. Horns up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. III
  2. To Sol a Thane
  3. Beheld, a Man of Straw
  4. White Horse Hill
  5. For All Days, and For None
  6. Under Waves Lie Our Dead
  7. Gallow Fen

 

Label: Invictus Productions

Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Release Date EU: April 6th, 2018

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CD review ENHAILER "Dumb Enough to Care"

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2018 von Markus W. in Enhailer, Dumb Enough to Care, News, Doom Metal, Sludge, Stoner Rock, CD Review, Burnout Records

CD review ENHAILER "Dumb Enough to Care"

(7/10) Enhailer is a 2014 founded metal outfit that’s very much into doom and sludge. The guys debut in 2106 with “Grisaille (Gra-sigh)” and release an EP entitled “Dumb Enough to Care” in 2017. I have to admit that I missed this EP that gets now again on my table since it will be released in vinyl.

“Dumb Enough to Care” is basically one song, not more. However, this track is 18 minutes in length and features down-tuned guitars, heavy riffs, some edges and intense vocals. I was surprised when I heard the song, that also benefits from a dynamic production.

Fans of Crowbar should check out this album.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dumb Enough to Care

 

Label: Burnout Records

Genre: Doom / Sludge

Release Date EU: June 14th, 2018

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CD review APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE "From Gold to Ash"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2018 von Markus W. in News, CD Review, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Cruz Del Sur, From Gold to Ash, Apostle Of Solitude

CD review APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE "From Gold to Ash"

(7/10) Indianapolis-based doom passionistas of Apostle Of Solitude were founded in 2004 and debut in 2008 with “Sincerest Misery”. After having inked a deal with Cruz Del Sur it was “Of Woe and Wounds” that has been unveiled in 2014.

48 months later the next longplayer leaves darkness and get into the light. “From Gold to Ash” contains 43 minutes of traditional doom metal that’s well-executed. Doom metal fans will like the longplayer and the seven songs including tracklist.

“Overlord” and “Ruination be Thy Name” are the starting double, both slowly crawling riff monsters with one foot on the break when it comes to pace and tempo.  The acoustic “Autumn Moon” is a short interlude before the doom metal ride restarts with “Keeping the Lighthouse".

“From Gold to Ash” is an album supporters of bands like Black Sabbath and Candlemass shoud have on their shopping list. Apostle Of Solitude’s new longplayer will fully live up to expectations of doom metal enthusiasts. It’ not the level of invention that makes this album stand out, but there is a lot of traditional doom metal that’s written and performed with passion and dedication

 

(7/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Overlord
  2. Ruination Be Thy Name
  3. Autumn Moon
  4. Keeping the Lighthouse
  5. My Heart is Leaving Here
  6. Monochrome (Discontent)
  7. Grey Farewell

 

Label: Cruz De Sur Music

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review HOODED MENACE “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”

Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Hooded Menace, Doom Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Season Of Mist, Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

CD review HOODED MENACE “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”

(8/10) Finnish doom death outfit Hooded Menace is ready with their fifth album entitled “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”. As with the earlier longplayers also the new one combines slo-mo riffs with deep growls. It has been the early Candlemass albums that where an inspiration to the five guys. That‘s where the slow and powerful riffs have their home, embedded into a sound that also shows some parallels with the early days of Paradise Lost. More than once I had to think of „Gothic“ while listening to “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”.

Hooded Menace newest strike includes six songs, all wistful metal anthems in deep minor. Dark Finnish winter days for sure had an impact on the album that includes a lot but for sure excludes light, brightness and ease to a full extend.

Harsh riffs dominate the scene, a fact that‘s already obvious with the opener ”Sempiternal Grotesqueries”. Spread over more than 10 minutes Hooded Menace celebrates pitch black doom metal in an excellent fashion. The album features 6 songs of which five are epical doom hymns while the closer „Black Moss“ feels more like a two minutes outro.

The magic with this longplayer is the fact that Hooded Menace creates these extremely long tracks in a way that still keeps the level of suspense up high. What easily could end up in a boring flow of riffs is actually the opposite on “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed”. The five Finns added enough twists and breaks to their sound which makes “Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed” to pleasureful journey into sinister darkness.

Fans of Candlemass and Paradise Lost should check out Hooded Menace. You will love it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sempiternal Grotequeries
  2. In Eerie Deliverance
  3. Cathedral of Labyrinthine Darkness
  4. Cascade of Ashes
  5. Charnel Reflections
  6. Black Moss
  7. Sorrows of the Moon

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Doom Death Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Grimmest Hits"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Grimmest Hits, Zall Wylde, News, Hardrock, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Southern Metal, Blues, Spinefarm Records, BLS, Black Label Society

CD review BLACK LABEL SOCIETY "Grimmest Hits"

(8/10) One thing directly in the beginning. The title „Grimmest Hits“ is misleading. It transports the idea of a „Best of...“ which is not the case at all. „Grimmest Hits“ features 12 new songs. After having clarified this I must also say that the title fits the longplayer very well, but more in the sense of grim songs that are all hits. „Grimmest Hits“ doesn‘t include any filler. Zakk Wylde, Mr. Riff Power, delights again with his excellent guitar play that‘s embedded in well-done songs, combining metal, rock and blues to a great total. Black Label Society found their own sound and trademarks, all coming back on the new record. 

Wylde‘s guitar opens the album - how could it be different. „Trampled Down Below“ is the name of this excellent opener that also includes a rolling bassline and the typical vocals, all  immediately reminding of Zakk Wylde‘s Ozzy Osbounre days. A mighty solo part completes an well-done opener in the typical Black Label Society fashion. 

Most of the songs are rocking and loud. Regardless if you listen to the bluesy „Seasons of Falter“, the roaring single release „Rooms of Nightmares“ or the doomy „Disbelief“, it‘s all awesome metal songs. 

Next to these songs, each with a lot of riff-power, it‘s the calmer moments that are best when it comes to this longplayer. „The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away“ is such a soulful moment, a song with a Southern rock touch that gives you the shivers. Another tune that shows the more sensitive and emotive side of the Black Label Society is „The Only Words“. For me it‘s this track being the real highlight on the album. Intensity and emotions don‘t need loud sounds. Sometimes it‘s the counterparts that make a difference and „The Only Words“ is one of those.

„Grimmest Hits“ is a excellent album that combines powerful riff energy with a down-to-earth approach. Nothing on this album sounds forced or feels strange. It‘s an album that’s authentic and real, exactly what was expected. Good stuff from one of the most influential contemporary metal guitarist. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Trampled Down Below
  2. Seasons Of Falter
  3. The Betrayal
  4. All That Once Shined
  5. The Only Words
  6. Room Of Nightmares
  7. The Love Unreal
  8. Disbelief
  9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
  10. Illusions Of Peace
  11. Bury Your Sorrow
  12. Nothing Left To Say

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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CD review CORROSION OF CONFORMITY "No Cross No Crown"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Corrosion Of Conformity, COC, No Cross No Crown, Sludge, Doom Metal, Southern Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Nuclear Blast

CD review CORROSION OF CONFORMITY "No Cross No Crown"

(9/10) One of the first highlights in 2018 will hit the shelves mid-January. Southern doom metal pioneers Corrosion Of Conformity will return with a new longplayer, the first one since 2014. Next to a long waiting time of four years it’s another fact that created even more excitement. “No Cross No Crown” is the first album with Pepper Keenan since the 2005 release "In the Arms of God". The singer/guitarist wasn’t part of the last two records but returned in 2014 to the quartet that also includes Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin.

“No Cross No Crown” is C.O.C. tenth studio album and it features 14 new songs. The new record sounds like a seamless continuation of where “In the Arms of God’ ended in 2005. It wasn’t the ambition of the four-piece band to sound like on earlier releases but it shows that the chemistry between the four works very well. It’s the spirit that connects them, a fact that leads to a typical C.O.C. sound that’s also present on the newest strike.

The first song that was written for the album is “Wolf Named Crow”. It’s a typical C.O.C. rocker with heavy riffs and Keenan’s dog named Crow being the centerpiece when it comes to the lyrics.

The album starts slow and calm with “Novus Deus, a one and a half minutes intro. “The Luddite” takes over and stands for the first cornerstone of the album. Down-tuned guitars, a hard-working rhythm section and excellent vocals show C.O.C. at their best. What becomes already obvious that early is the ease that comes with album. Nothing feels forced. The opener, as well as the rest of the album, is done by four guys that follow their passion for great rock songs. Working on “No Cross No Crown” wasn’t a burden or a ‘must’. It’s an album that sounds authentic, organic and real. It represents the dedication of everyone involved and is a pure treat for fans of mighty riff-based rock music.

C.O.C. is best when they reduce pace. Songs like the slo-mo “Nothing Left to Say” is as heavy as hell. This number, but also “Old Disaster”, show the influences of doom legends like Black Sabbath, bands that are an inspiration for the quartet without acting as a blueprint.

What brings extra variation into the longplayer are the smartly placed interludes like “No Cross”, “Matre’s Diem” and “Sacred Isolation”, adding an extra arc of suspense to the album. All three tracks are calmer moments on the album which help to make the heavy songs even heavier.

“No Cross No Crown” is the massive return of Corrosion Of Conformity. It’s a real delight listening to the songs on this extremely well-done album. C.O.C. is back at full force and their tenth album is a ‘must have’ for each metal fan.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Novus Deus
  2. The Luddite
  3. Cast the First Stone
  4. No Cross
  5. Wolf Named Crow
  6. Little Man
  7. Matre’s Diem
  8. Forgive Me
  9. Nothing Left To Say
  10. Sacred Isolation
  11. Old Disaster
  12. E.L.M.
  13. No Cross No Crown
  14. A Quest to Believe (A Call to the Void)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Southern Doom Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review SINISTRO "Sangue Cassia"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Sinistro, Doom Metal, Dark Metal, News, CD Review, Season Of Mist, Gothic

CD review SINISTRO "Sangue Cassia"

(9/10) The new year starts gloomy. Portuguese doom master Sinistro release their newest strike „Sangue Cassia“, an album I was very much looking forward to after having seen the band on stage, being the opening act on the latest Paradise Lost tour. It was sweeping to see their show and I guess the guys could score far more than just some new fans on that tour.

Like with the predecessor also the new record is mainly kept in slo-mo. „Cosmos Controle“ kicks it off. Hefty riffs are the solid foundation of a song that comes with more than just a sinister approach.  This tune is a somber cornerstone of the album. To also break things up, the five piece from Lisbon added a calmer middle section with Patricia Andrade‘s vocals in the forefront. It‘s this mixture of loud and calm that adds a lot to this song - and the longplayer in its entirety. 

Sinistro isn‘t a band that keeps it short and spot-on. The opener is an eleven minutes tune that‘s followed by „Lotus“, getting close to eight minutes of essential melancholy. A dramatic beginning slowly evolves to a low-paced metal monster with an immense level of intensity. 

Compared to these two epic masterpieces it is „Petalas“ that comes as a short and atmospheric number. „Vento Sul“ finishes the first half of the album and if you still wait for some light-hearted tunes from sunny Portugal you have to stop reading here and now. „Abismo“ continues in darkness, being a next heavy tune with a lot of riff-power included. Again it’s the interaction of harsh guitars and almost fragile vocals that creates the magic with this album. Sinistro kept another epic smasher till the end. „Cravo Carne“ takes you on a 10 minutes trip through wistfulness and melancholia, leaving the listener with a strong need for light and life.

“Sangue Cassia“ is the first highlight of a new year in rock. These guys know how to add emotions and intensity to their expressive music. The album fits perfect into the winter grayness and is for sure not done for sun worshipers.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Cosmos Controle
  2. Lotus
  3. Petalas
  4. Vento Sul
  5. Abismo
  6. November
  7. Gardenia
  8. Cravo Carne

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: January 5th, 2018

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Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017

Veröffentlicht am 20. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Undertow, Cindy Kay, Live, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Tour, Heavy Metal

German metal powerhouse Undertow performed a show at Stage in Schwäbisch Hall a few days ago. Next to old classics the quartet 'tested' some of the new smashers in live set. The new songs will be on the highly anticipated next album which hopefully will be released in 2018.

Photographer Cindy Kay was behind the lens in Schwäbisch Hall and provided Markus' Heavy Music Blog with some great live shots of an intense show.

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Setlist:

  1. Canvas Ghosts
  2. Bitter Taste
  3. Burdened
  4. Stomping
  5. Crown Of Scars (new song)
  6. Boxshaped
  7. Crawler
  8. Zero Type X (new song)
  9. Reap The Storm (new song)
  10. Smoke Garden
  11. 3 Double Chime
  12. File Under Unexpected
  13. In Deepest Silence
  14. Beyond dreaming (Encore)
  15. Trails for the Blind (new song) (Encore)
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
Live pics from UNDERTOW, Schwäbisch Hall, 16.12.2017
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