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CD review NICKE BORG HOMELAND "Ruins of a riot"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Nicke Borg, Nicke Borg Homeland, Backyard Babies, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News, Dregen

(6/10) This album is different from what I expected. If I look on the heritage of the Backyard Babies I have to think about dirty rock'n'roll with a certain unconventional punk attitude. This spirit was also continued on Dregen's solo album and I have expected something similar when it comes to Nicke Borg. Esp. since the first solo-releases from Borg have shown some good results.

But sometimes things are different than what you think. Nicke Borg Homeland's "Ruins of a riot", the fourth album under this header, is going much more into a mainstream direction than what I have expected.

Already the opener "This war" states it very clearly; the melodies are in focus. The tune still rocks, but it also has a sweet taste - partly a bitter-sweet taste. It's more a catchy party tune than the soundtrack for an evening with a beer in a bar.

The next two songs confirm the first impression. Both tracks sound like a rock version of Roxette songs. It's a quality statement when it comes to the hook, but different from what I expect.

Than it gets with "End of the rainbow" acoustic. The tune is a soulful one and I ask myself why I have to think about Poison.

Even the "Heartless hooligan" comes very harmonically. The title and the sound don’t really feel together.

However, if you expect a rock'n'roll party from this album you should forget it. In case you are looking for melodic rock music you should 'risk an ear' and listen to the ten songs. I’m more belonging to the first group.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This war
  2. Makin out with chaos
  3. Midsummer mad
  4. End of the rainbow
  5. Borrowed feathers
  6. Out of line
  7. Revolution
  8. Heartless hooligan
  9. Ruins of a riot
  10. Devil angel mother

 

Label: Gain

Gerne: Melodic Hardrock

 

CD review NICKE BORG HOMELAND "Ruins of a riot"
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CD review DREGEN "Dregen"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Dregen, CD Review, Hardrock, News

(8/10) Backyard Babies and Hellacopters guitarist Dregen worked on his first solo album and released it a few weeks ago. Dregen is playing the guitar on the album, is also singing and has written the songs.

The result is an awesome hardrock album full of energy and passion. Since also Nicke Andersson who was co-founding The Hellacopters together with Dregen was involved on three tracks a lot of Hellacopter fans will be quite happy. “It’s true,” reflects Dregen, “Something magic always happens when we play and write together. I don't know what it is, but there is definitely something special there. Nicke is one of my all-time favourite drummers, and we haven't really worked this closely since the early Hellacopters days…”.

The songs on the album are great. My personal favorite is the little bit different rocker "Flat tyre on a muddy road". The song has a lot of blues and Dregen shares vocals with Titiyo. This makes the song really special and you can't get it out of your head anymore. Actually I could mention all the songs. But some stick out a little bit more than others. "Division of me" is an excellent opener. Pure hardrock with a street attitude. A cool riff, a great melody, a piano in the background and a lot of passion. "Pink hearse" goes into the same direction while "Bad situation" is a bit slower and comes with a great groove. During listening to "One man army" I had to think about the earlier Kiss and "6:10" is a very rythm-based rocker with a little bit of a grotty atmosphere. Just cool stuff.

If you love hardrock and Swedish bands like the Backyard Babies you need to go for this album. It brings fun into the grey winter days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Division of me
  2. Just like that
  3. Flat tyre on a muddy road
  4. Gig pig
  5. Pink hearse
  6. Bad situation
  7. One man army
  8. 6:10
  9. Refuse
  10. Mojo' gone

 

Label: Caroline / Universal

Genre: Hardrock

CD review DREGEN "Dregen"
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Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013

Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Dregen, Imperial State Electric, News, Live Review

It was a special night in Utrecht on December 5th. First of sll it was Sintaklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, which has almost the same importance in Holland than Christmas Eve. And secondly one of the heaviest storms in the last 10 years caused damages and problems that day. Those were the circumstances when Imperial State Electric snd Dregen came to Utrecht. The Swedish power rock package brought another storm into the city. It was a rock'n'roll storm.

 

When I arrived at the Tivoli de Helling, the 'small brother' of the Tivoli in Utrecht, it was a around 20:00. Based on the described circumstances the venue was not too packed. But the ones who have been there enjoyed an excellent evening with two great bands.

 

Imperial State Electric made the start. Some of you might know the band from the support tour for Guns'n'Roses in 2010. The band of frontman Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopter, Entombed) entered the stage and started directly with the opener of their latest release. "Emptiness into the void" was a great start into the evening. The song, which reminds me to the old Rocky Horror Picture show times, is a great rock'n'roller with a good party vibe. The band itself was also in a good mood and had fun standing on stage. The setlist was a mix between old and new. My favorites from the new album like e.g. the rocker "Faustian bargains" and the great "Underwhelmed" found their way on the setlist as well as older tracks like "Uh Huh" and "Sheltered in the sand" from "Pop war". With "Lord knows that I know that it ain't right" even a song from the 2010 debut was played by the band.

Amazing also to see how excellent the four guys are as musicians. Eventhough the vocals were mainly done by Nicke, "Stay the night" was sung by Tobias Egge and for "Repile brain music" Dolf de Borst took the mic while Tobias played the bass. This is professionalism combined with passion and capability. Imperial State Electric became one of my highlights this year.

After 70 minutes in which time was flying, the band left the stage under a big applause from the crowd. What a great start. And I wondered if Dregen can live up to this level.

 

And I can say already at this stage: Yes, he could. Dregen and his band entered the stage and were present from the very first moment on. My god, how much energy has this guy. He didn't stand still on stage for one single second. That was great entertainment combined with good sings. In addition that also the sound was perefct from the beginning.

The majority of the songs came of course from his debut album which he released earlier this year. Tracks like "Bad situation" and "Gig pig" are already great on the album, but live they are even better. Also my fave of the album "Flat tyre on a muddy road" was played by the band. It's a great song which is very much based on Blues. On the album Dregen shares the vocals with Titiyo, but also the live performance with only him doing the vocals was really good.  Next to the songs from the debut Dregen also performed e.g. "Minus celsius" from the Backyard Babies - another band he is busy with, eventhough not at the moment.

The best came in the end. 50% of The Hellacopters on stage. Of course something which we thought could happen, but it also happened. Dregen and Nicke Andersson together on stage. Just a great thing to see and highly appreciated by the crowd. 

 

A funny side note: I was talking about the storm in the beginning. When I left the venue after the show the storm outside was gone. It almost felt like the Swedish rock package has blown the storm away. Well done ;o)

 

It was a great Thursday night in Utrecht and I can absolutely recommend to go to a show of those two bands. It's a great Swedish rock'n'roll storm with experienced and passionated musicians. And all this for EUR 13 for a ticket and EUR 20 for a shirt. Amazing from A to Z and real value for money. Go out and visit their show.

 

 

Setlist Imperial State Electric:

  1. Emptiness into the void
  2. Uh Huh
  3. Underwhelmed
  4. Deride & conquer
  5. Redemptions gone
  6. Faustian bargains
  7. Stay the night
  8. Leave me alone
  9. Apologize
  10. Sheltered in the sand
  11. More than enough of your love
  12. Lord knows I know that it ain't right
  13. Get off
  14. Down in the bunker
  15. Reptile brain music
  16. Throwing stones

 

Setlist Dregen:

  1. Divisions of me
  2. Just like that
  3. One man army
  4. Bad situation
  5. Star war
  6. Gig Pig
  7. Flat tyre on a muddy road
  8. Pink hearse
  9. Blank canvas
  10. Refuse
  11. 6:10
  12. Minus celsius
  13. Gotta get some
  14. Mojo's gone

 

Location: Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 05.12.2013

Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013
Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013
Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013
Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013
Live review DREGEN & IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC in Tivoli De Helling, Utrecht, 05.12.2013
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Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht

Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Dregen, Photos, News

Photos from Dregen at the concert in Utrecht on 05.12.2013

Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
Photo album: DREGEN concert in Utrecht
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New album from IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2013 von Markus W. in Dregen, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, Tour, Imperial State Electric

Imperial State Electric, the band of Nicke Andersson (ex-Hellacopters) will release their new album "Reptile brain music" on November 29. It will be their third record.

The band will be also on tour during December. It is a co-headliner tour together with Dregen. Sounds like an interesting package.

1 Dec - Cathouse / Glasgow / Scotland

2 Dec - Borderline / London / England

3 Dec - Fleece / Bristol / England

4 Dec - La Boule Noir / Paris / France

5 Dec - Tivoli De Helling / Utrecht / Holland

6 Dec - Werkstatt / Cologne / Germany

7 Dec - Knust / Hamburg / Germany

8 Dec - Matrix / Bochum / Germany

9 Dec - Magnet / Berlin / Germany

10 Dec - Backstage / Munich / Germany

11 Dec - Komplex / Zurich / Switzerland

13 Dec - RnR Arena / Romagnano Novara / Italy

14 Dec - Rock Planet / Pinarella Ravenna / Italy

New album from IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC
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