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12 Most Favorite Concert Photos 2016

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Amon Amarth, Europe, Archer Nation, Queensryche, Doro, Undertow, Testament, Honeymoon Disease, Anvil, Long Distance Calling, Dark Funeral, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, Power Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Rock, Cultuurpodium De Boerderij, 013, Gebr. de Nobel, Dudok, Live, Photos

New Year's Eve is an excellent moment in time to look back on the last 12 months and what's better than scrolling through photos made that year. I challenged myself in choosing my 12 favorites, which was not a too easy exercise. Anyhow, I've chosen these photos from various shows in 2016.

Have a good start in 2017 and keep on rocking. Thanks for all your support \m/

 

All photos by Markus Wiedenmann

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Just in case you want to see them all - HERE they are.

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Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2016 von Markus W. in Doro, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, News, Live Review, Gebr. de Nobel, Spitfire

Winter tours from Doro Pesch and band do have already a certain tradition and also this year the legendary metal singer started a smaller tour, bringing the band to several German cities and some locations in neighbor-countries. This winter touring activities started in Leiden, The Netherlands and the setlist looked very promising. The ‘Love’s Gone to Hell’ tour has obviously an oldschool approach with many song from the Warlock area ending up on the setlist.

The opening act that night was Spitfire, a band I missed so far. And since the name isn’t that unique it wasn’t an easy thing to find out more about the guys. You won’t believe how many bands are around with such a name. Anyhow, research was successful. This band is hailing from Norway and they play a hardrock/metal mix that includes rough and wild songs. The four-piece had 40 minutes to warm up an audience that actually came for Doro. Yes, there were some fans in the first rows and a respectful applaus, but the biggest amount of people stood at the bar or further in the back of the room. Spitfire tried hard that night with some highlights here and there, but in the end the show was too tense to really score. If this was due to the fact that it was the first show on this tour or if it was the sound they got (which wasn’t the best one) or if it was something else I don’t know. In the end it has been 40 minutes that have been OK, but it also didn’t lead to heavy disappointment when the last chord faded away.

 

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Time for Doro Pesch. I don’t think that there is any metal fan that never heard about Doro Pesch before. This name is a brand that stands for honest and authentic heavy metal, passion for what she is doing and pure joy of fan interaction. All these things built the red thread for this show  too. From the first note onwards the venue turned into a headbanging madhouse, constantly motivated by Doro who was again all over the place. It’s amazing to see her energy and this positive approach. She obviously enjoys what she’s doing a lot – even after 32 years in business. This is something that makes her so authentic which is for sure one reason for her popularity.

As mentioned earlier, the setlist she and her bandmates decided to go for was quite oldschool stuff, something I appreciated a lot. “Burning the Witches”, “East Meets West” and “All We Are” are metal anthems that belong to the classics in the bands discography, with Doro being loudly supported by her fans. No doubt that the name giver of this tour, “Love’s Gone to Hell”, was performed as well, “Warlock” was introduced by the appearance of the Warlock himself and “Fuer Immer” was more a big fan choir rather than the band playing the song. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of solo parts, but in this case even the drum solo that was integrated in “Earthshaker” was a treat more than an energy taker.

Something that's also very beneficial is the line-up which is stable since seven years. Doro, Johnny Dee (d), Bas Maas (g), Luca Princiotta (g) and Nick Douglas (b) played tight together as a band that's well attuned. Even though there’s ‘Doro’ on the banner it is the entire band that makes a ‘Doro’-show to what it is – great metal entertainment that’s based on excellent songs and a great vibe.

Great night, great metal and a good entertaining Thursday night.

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016

Setlist Doro:

  1. I Rule the Ruins
  2. Raise Your Fist
  3. Burning the Witches
  4. Fight for Rock
  5. Chained
  6. Warlock
  7. Bad Blood
  8. Fall For Me
  9. East Meets West
  10. Metalracer
  11. Fuer Immer
  12. Earthshaker (incl. a drum solo)
  13. Love’s gone to Hell
  14. Out of Control
  15. Revenge
  16. All We Are
  17. Love Me in Black (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: 24.11.2016

Live review DORO / SPITFIRE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 24.11.2016
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CD review AMON AMARTH "Jomsviking"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2016 von Markus W. in Amon Amarth, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Viking, News, CD Review, Doro, Warlock

(9/10) Swedish death metal command Amon Amarth hase been in the studio for working on the bands tenth studio abum. "Jomsviking" is the name of the game and it is the first time that the vikings from Stockholm did a record that comes with a conceptual approach.

Amon Amarth tells a tragic story without any happy end, that includes love and revenge as the basic theme. The story line is based on the jomsvikings which has been a mercenary viking troop that was known for their mercilessness and ruthless. The myth around this gang is the background for the actual story which is about love and death of a young man, falling in love with a girl that is already promised to somebody else. All this leads to love, hate, murder and revenge ... with no happy end.

"First Kill" is the opener and it's a typical Amon Marth song. Hegg's vocals are great, as we know it from the predecessors. The same goes for the furious guitars that are another trademark of the Swedes. 

It's a melodic guitar riff that kicks-off "Wanderer". The tune is kept in a more moderate pace, which doesn't mean that it isn't another heavy strike. This slow moving beast slowly creeps into your mind and you don't get rid of it anymore.

The third chapter of this yarn is called "On a Blood of Sea". Amon Amarth gears up again which makes the number to grooving melodic death metal anthem with some more classic guitarslines.

In general each of the eleven tracks on "Jomsviking" is on a very high level and it is hard to pick out some highlights. However, "Raise Your Horns" is another heyday moment since the track has a quite catchy chorus and  a well placed sing-a-long part in the middle. This tune can becme a constant factor on Amon Amarth's setlists.

The following "The Way of Vikings" starts dramatic, almost like the start of a movie, before the Swedish storytellers add another heavy chapter to the book of "Jomsviking".

"At Dawns First Light" combines traditional Maiden-melody lines with the harsh vocals from Hegg, while the next real smasher is entitled "A Dream That Cannot Be". It is German metal queen Doro Pesch, that added some vocals to this special song. It's amazing how good the two voices fit together. Doro's voice sounds much darker and evil than what we know from the iconic singer. "A Dream That Cannot Be" might inspire Doro Pesch to add some of those more aggressive moments to her next longplayer. Let's wait and see.

In the end it is the seven minutes long "Back on Northern Shores" that rounds off one of the best, no, the best Amon Amarth album.

As you may expect, the sound of "Jomsviking" is outstanding. Andy Sneap was in control of the production and gave Amon Amarth a differenciated and dynamic sound that support the band's melodic death metal as well as it creates an atmosphere that supports transfering the story in itself.

The vikings of Amon Amarth embarks on some thrilling new adventures with their new concept album that lifts the band to a next level by still respecting their roots, their trademarks and their sound. Well done and a successful next step.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. First Kill
  2. Wanderer
  3. A Sea of Blood
  4. One Against All
  5. Raise Your Horns
  6. The Way of Vikings
  7. At Dawns First Light
  8. One Thousand Burning Arrows
  9. Vengeance is My Name (bonus track)
  10. A Dream That Cannot Be (feat. Doro Pesch)
  11. Back on Northern Shores

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 25th, 2016

CD review AMON AMARTH "Jomsviking"
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CD review Various Artists "RONNIE JAMES DIO - This is your life"

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2014 von Markus W. in Dio, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Metallica, Saxon, Judas Priest, Doro

(*/10) Time is flying. It was already four years ago when one of the biggest voices in heavy metal lost the fight against f**king cancer. A sad day for all real metal fans and friends. Dio was not only a singer with an awesome and unique voice, he was also one of the most honored musicians in the entire scene. How big the impact of the small man with Italian roots was shows the list of musicians on this tribute album. The list of contributers sounds like the who is who of heavy metal - new and old.

Songs which are known from earlier releaes already are "Egypt (The chains are on)" performed by Doro Pesch, Killswitch Engaged's version of "Holy diver" and Adrenaline Mob, who take care about "The mob rules".

Next to those known tracks there are really cool new interpretations. Anthrax recorded a very impressing version of "Neon knights". The mosh kings stick very much to the original version - and Joey's voice fits perfect to this song. Also Corey Taylor's more modern version of "Rainbow in the dark" is a cool track. 

But the real exciting songs are from the 'old' guys. The Scorpions recorded a beautiful version of "The temple of the king". And the same goes for Glenn Hughes emotional interpretation of "Catch the rainbow". The are slightly different from the original by spreading the old magic.

The real highlight is Metallica's medley. They combine "A light in black", Tarot woman", Stargazer" and "Kill the king" to a nine minutes long super song which is just outstanding. They managed to bridge the gap between 'stick to the original' and 'make it yours'. The songs are from Dio, but they sound Metallica. This is professionalism, passion and experience.  It's the best thing I have heard from the thrash veterans since years. Guys, please take this energy and make use of it while recording the next studio album.

Songs which are OK, but don't reach the other covers are "Straigh through your heart" from Halestorm. This was a surprise to me since they had already two excellent EP's with cover songs. The desaster in my point of view is Tenacious D with "The last in line". You might say that this is a special version of the classic, but for me it just awful - with a flute solo part. OMG.

But however, the album contains 14 excellent tunes (expect the mentioned "The last in line" version) and is a MUST in your collection. And last but not least you are doing also something good with buying this record, since you directly support the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout fonds. A real 'win-win'.

 

(*/10)

 

PS: "This is your life" also makes one thing obvious. Dio stays Dio and the songs sounds best when they have been sung by the master himself with his charismatic voice. The album shows how big the loss was and is.

 

 

Photo: Gene Kirkland

Photo: Gene Kirkland

Tracklist:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*

2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*

3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob

4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci,

                                        Jason Christopher*

5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*

6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff of Saxon*

7. “Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*

8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro

9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage

10. “Catch the Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo,

                                       Scott Warren*

11. "I” – Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*

12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson,

                                                    Scott Warren*

13. Ronnie Rising Medley – Metallica*

14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

15. "Buried alive" - Jasta*

 

* unreleased versions

 

Label: Rhino (Warner)

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review Various Artists "RONNIE JAMES DIO - This is your life"
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