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BLACK SABBATH "The End"

Veröffentlicht am 13. November 2017 von Markus W. in Black Sabbath, The End, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Doom Metal, NWoBHM, Classic Rock, Live, CD Review, DVD Review

BLACK SABBATH "The End"

Actually 'the end' happened already some months ago. Black Sabbath, the iconic four-piece band that influenced metal and rock music as much as probably no one else, said goodbye after almost 50 years in rock. After half of a century the band returned to their cradle of metal, Birmingham, to play a final show. It was like coming home and ending things at the place where this legendary journey began.

It was on February 4th, when Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, together with drummer Tommy Clufetos, entered the stage for a final show with the final curtain dropping that night.

Black Sabbath has a huge amount of fans all over this planet and not everybody could make it to England that night. Therefor Black Sabbath will publish a DVD/Blu-ray package entitled "The End" which tells the story of the final tour with its highlight in Birmingham.

Black Sabbath final release will come in various formats. Next to DVD and Blu-ray there will be a 2 CD set as well as the record being available as 3LP vinyl version.

It goes without saying that this final show was a glorious retrospective bringing the metal foundation to life. The setlist sorely consisted out of songs that have been published during the 70' - from "Black Sabbath" to "Technical Ecstasy".

It gives you the shivers when Ozzy announced the final song. Not only because of the folks got what they wanted; it has been also the last chords that has been performed in this constellation. "Paranoid" has been the glorious closer; not only of a single show. It marked the ending of an era in rock.

Black Sabbath became a legend already during life time and they will be never forgotten. Their extremely influential role in rock and metal music can't be emphasized enough and now it's up to the next generation to take the lead, spreading powerful metal music all over the world. Thank you Black Sabbath for all the excellent songs that make you immortal. 

 

Label: Eagle Vision

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 17th, 2017

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CD/DVD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Snow - Live"

Veröffentlicht am 9. November 2017 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, News, Radiant Records, Live, CD Review, DVD Review, Snow - Live, Snow

CD/DVD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Snow - Live"

(9/10) It was in March this year when Neal Morse, together with The Neal Morse Band, released an awesome capturing of a show the band did during the 2015 edition of the well-known Morsefest. Spread out over two nights the band created a real prog rock feast, which included enough excellent material to fill three CD’s and DVD’s.

Seven months after this release saw the light of day it’s again Neal Morse who delivers a new live album which will be a next delight for fans of progressive rock music. This time it’s him, together with Spock’s Beard, releasing another unique moment in time. As you probably know, it was the awesome “Snow” album from 2002 that marked the end of a first era of Spock’s Beard. It was the last album that included Neal Morse who decided the leave the band after the longplayer was finished and in the shelfs.

Since the release was the last step of the first Spock’s Beard era means that “Snow”, with all its musical brilliance, never got the attention needed. Fans welcomed the album very much and it’s more Neal Morse and Spock's Beard themselves who never really had a chance the see the seed growing.

What felt like a missed grande finale over all these years led to a live show at Morsefest 2016 with Spocks’ Beard, in the original line-up and with current members, performing the entire “Snow” album. The show, that took place in Nashville, felt like a dream that became true – for fans and band. The missing link isn’t missing anymore and the grande finale was a great moment for prog rock.

It goes without saying the production and the sound of this live album is exquisite, giving the songs on the two CD’s the right frame and foundation to shine. What's even more exciting is the DVD set. As with the previous Neal Morse Band live release also "Snow - Live" is kept rather simple when it comes to the scenery. The songs from the "Snow" album are so good that extra gimmicks on stage aren't needed at all. Actually they would be a distraction from what such a concert is about - the music. Instead the approach was more to support the "Snow"-anthems with a video installation in the back and a well-done light installation. Various camera's capture in a perfect manner the pure joy of everybody involved that night. Not only that Neal Morse and his musical companions obviously enjoyed very minute of this gig, also fans were hungry for a live performance of these progressive rock classics.

"Snow - Live" is a treat for ears and mind. Excellent musicians perform great songs which is very much appreciated by fans who joined that night. 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

 

CD 1:

  1. Made Alive/Overture
  2. Stranger In A Strange Land
  3. Long Time Suffering
  4. Welcome To NYC
  5. Love Beyond Words
  6. The 39th Street Blues (I’m Sick)
  7. Devil’s Got My Throat
  8. Open Wide The Flood Gates
  9. Open The Gates Part 2
  10. Solitary Soul
  11. Solitary Soul (continuation)
  12. Wind At My Back
  13. Second Overture
  14. 4th Of July

CD 2:

  1. I’m The Guy
  2. Reflection
  3. Carrie
  4. Looking For Answers
  5. Freak Boy
  6. All Is Vanity
  7. I’m Dying
  8. Freak Boy Part 2
  9. Devil’s Got My Throat Revisited
  10. Snow’s Night Out
  11. Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards
  12. I Will Go
  13. Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back
  14. Falling For Forever

DVD 1:

  1. Made Alive/Overture
  2. Stranger In A Strange Land
  3. Long Time Suffering
  4. Welcome To NYC
  5. Love Beyond Words
  6. The 39th Street Blues (I’m Sick)
  7. Devil’s Got My Throat
  8. Open Wide The Flood Gates
  9. Open The Gates Part 2
  10. Solitary Soul
  11. Solitary Soul (continuation)
  12. Wind At My Back
  13. Second Overture
  14. 4th Of July

DVD 2:

  1. I’m The Guy
  2. Reflection
  3. Carrie
  4. Looking For Answers
  5. Freak Boy
  6. All Is Vanity
  7. I’m Dying
  8. Freak Boy Part 2
  9. Devil’s Got My Throat Revisited
  10. Snow’s Night Out
  11. Ladies And Gentlemen, Mister Ryo Okumoto On The Keyboards
  12. I Will Go
  13. Made Alive Again/Wind At My Back
  14. Falling For Forever

 

Spock’s Beard features:

  • Neal Morse (lead vocals, piano, synths, electric and acoustic guitar),
  • Alan Morse (electric guitars, vocals),
  • Ted Leonard (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals),
  • Jimmy Keegan (drums, percussion, vocals),
  • Nick D'Virgilio (drums, percussion, vocals, acoustic guitars),
  • Ryo Okumoto (keyboards, hammond organ, mellotron, jupiter 8, minimoog, vocoder),
  • Dave Meros (bass, vocals).

 

Label: Radiant Records / Metal Blade Records

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

 

 

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CD/DVD review IN EXTREMO "40 wahre Lieder"

Veröffentlicht am 1. September 2017 von Markus W. in In Extremo, News, CD Review, DVD Review, Live, Rock, Hardrock, Mediaval Rock, Folk, Dark Rock

CD/DVD review IN EXTREMO "40 wahre Lieder"

(8/10) German mediaeval rockers In Extremo are a quite productive rock outfit with some releases spread out over the last years. The band started their winning streak back in 1995 and belongs to the spearhead of this genre. Twelve longplayers represent an impressive discography with some of them getting in pole position of German longplayer charts.

 

This year it’s not a new studio album that hits the record stores. The band wants to offer something special to their loyal fan base with a release that covers the entire 22 years of the exciting band history. Under the banner of „40 wahre Lieder“ ('40 real/true songs') In Extremo releases a double-CD that includes songs from the early days as well as it features recent highlights such as „Störtebeker“ and „Sternhagelvoll“. „40 wahre Lieder“ is a comprehensive overview of what In Extremo stands for and it documents a quite unique musical evolvement that began on some mediaeval markets and grew to one of the most influential bands in German rock music.

 

Next to the CD, the package also includes three DVD’s, providing footage of spectacular live shows. Next to both shows, celebrating the twenty years anniversary at Loreley, Germany, fans can also enjoy an acoustic set that took place on a boat on the Rhine River. In total we’re talking about 59 live songs, all in 5.1-surroundsound. And if this would not be already enough, there are additional extras that come with this package. It’s an exclusive documentary “Verehrt und angespien” from 2016, done by German TV station WDR, that’s providing background information of band and songs, plus there’s a booklet included with many photos that haven’t been published earlier.

 

“40 wahre Lieder” is a worthy retrospective on 22 years of In Extremo, a release that’s a perfect entry point for new fans as well as it’s a well-done throwback for supporters from the very beginning.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

 

CD1:

  1. Neunerle
  2. Villeman Og Magnhild
  3. Hiemali Tempore
  4. Ai Vis Lo Lop
  5. Spielmannsfluch
  6. Herr Mannelig
  7. Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
  8. Vollmond
  9. Die Gier
  10. Omnia Sol Temperat
  11. Wind
  12. Küss mich
  13. Erdbeermund
  14. Davert-Tanz
  15. Albtraum
  16. Rasend Herz
  17. Horizont
  18. Liam (feat. Rea Garvey)
  19. Singapur
  20. Nur ihr Allein

 

CD2:

  1. Sängerkrieg
  2. Frei zu sein
  3. Flaschenpost
  4. Sieben Köche
  5. En Esta Noche
  6. Zigeunerskat
  7. Viva La Vida
  8. Siehst Du das Licht
  9. Unsichtbar (feat. Mille Petrozza)
  10. Sterneneisen
  11. Feuertaufe
  12. Alles schon gesehen
  13. Himmel und Hölle
  14. Gaukler
  15. Belladonna
  16. Loreley
  17. Störtebeker
  18. Quid Pro Quo
  19. Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
  20. Sternhagelvoll

 

 

DVD/BluRay1:

Warmup / Boat show / Thursday, 03.09.2015:

  1. Siehst du das Licht
  2. Lebensbeichte
  3. Nur ihr allein
  4. In diesem Licht
  5. Frei zu sein
  6. Küss mich
  7. Gaukler
  8. Feuertaufe

 

DVD/BluRay2:

Day 1 / The 1st 10 Years / Friday, 04.09.2015

  1. Intro – Two Søstra
  2. Erdbeermund
  3. Frei zu Sein
  4. Stetit Puella
  5. Krummavisur
  6. Herr Mannelig
  7. Nymphenzeit
  8. Loreley
  9. Vollmond
  10. Die Gier
  11. Wind
  12. Vänner och Frände
  13. Werd ich am Glagen hochgezogen
  14. Hafensolo – Miss Gordon of Gight
  15. Ave Maria
  16. Hiemalti Tempore
  17. Kuess mich
  18. Rotes Har
  19. Omnia Sol Temperat
  20. Spielmannsfluch
  21. Albtraum
  22. Al Vis Lo Lop
  23. Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
  24. Liam
  25. Villemann og Magnhild

 

DVD/BluRay3:

Day 2 / The last 10 Years / Saturday, 05.09.2015

  1. Intro
  2. Sängerkrieg
  3. in diesem Licht
  4. Zigeunerskat
  5. En Esta Noche
  6. Wesserbronner Gebet
  7. Nur ihr allein
  8. Himmel & Hölle
  9. Belladonna
  10. Hafensolo – Ecce Rex Darius
  11. Gaukler
  12. Unsichtbar
  13. Flaschenpost
  14. Frei zu sein
  15. Feuertaufe
  16. Alles schon gesehen
  17. Loreley
  18. Viva La Vida
  19. Sieben Köche
  20. Auf’s Leben
  21. Siehst du das Licht
  22. Sternenreisen
  23. Mein resend Herz
  24. Vollmond

 

 

 

Label: Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music)

 

Genre: Mediaeval Rock

 

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

Photo: Christian Thiele (Promo)

Photo: Christian Thiele (Promo)

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DVD/CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live - Back to the Roots"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dirkschneider, U.D.O., Accept, News, AFM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, NWoBHM, DVD Review, CD Review

DVD/CD review DIRKSCHNEIDER "Live - Back to the Roots"

(*/10) I think that German metal dinosaur Udo Dirkschneider was and is still overwhelmed by the success of the 'Dirkschneider project'. What started as a tour with the singer performing Accept songs for the last time live oin stage became a highly successful endeavor which is still ongoing. It seems that fans enjoy these Accept classics a lot, being performed by the singer with the unique voice and it was the last year's live album that fueled enthusiasm even more.

The audio release wasn’t enough for Dirkschneider-/Accept fans. There was a high demand for a visual live release too and it’s happening. Beginning of August the Dirkschneider live Blu-ray/DVD will be ready to be shipped to the record shops. Coincident or planned, it’s the same day when Accept will release their new longplayer. August looks like a month that’s ‘owned’ by iconic metal rooted in Solingen, Germany.

However, Udo Dirkschneider’s output contains a show the band preformed end of 2016 in Brno, featuring 26 songs. The setlist included classics such as “London Leatherboys” “Princess of the Dawn”, “Metal Heart” and many more. What doesn't need to mention in detail is sound and visuals. It's a given that both are done extremely well and authentic, living up to high standards. I had the chance to witness one of the Dirkschneider shows earlier in 2016 and while watching the DVD I was immediately l pushed back to this April night in Tilburg when Udo Dirkscheider and comprades rocked the Dudok for almost two hours.

“Live – Back to the Roots” is the anticipated and highly requested video release of a Dirkschneider show and it will please every fan of the legendary metal singer. Having him at the mic, singing the old classics is still a moment of gladness.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Starlight

3. Living for Tonight

4. Flash Rockin‘ Man

5. London Leatherboys

6. Midnight Mover

7. Breaker

8. Head Over Heels

9. Neon Night

10. Princess of the Dawn

11. Winter Dreams

12. Restless and Wild

13. Son Of A Bitch

14. Up To the Limit

15. Wrong Is Right

16. Midnight Highway

17. Screaming For a Love-Bite

18. Monsterman

19. T.V. War

20. Losers and Winners

21. Metal Heart

22. I'm A Rebel

23. Fast as a Shark

24. Balls to the Wall

25. Burning

26. Outro

 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Forces of the Northern Night"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2017 von Markus W. in Dimmu Borgir, Death Metal, Black Metal, Live, News, Heavy Metal, CD Review, DVD Review, Wacken

(9/10) There were many attempts of combining classic music and metal to something exciting and breath-taking. Sometimes things ended in a failure while rock history also shows some true wins. Fortunately this longplayer belongs to the latter, showcasing Norwegian black metal spearhead Dimmu Borgir together with a classic orchestra. The CD includes such a show as audio while the DVD set brings, in addition, the Wacken 2012 show right into your living room. In this review I can only refer to the Oslo show.

It was in May 2011 when Dimmu Borgir played a concert at Spektrum in Oslo which is also the name-giver for this album. Under the header of “Forces of the Northern Night” the black metal outfit performed a show together with 53 members of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra plus a 30 singer featuring choir from Schola Cantorum.

It’s of course a well-known fact that the Norwegians played this show and that it was broadcasted on NKR (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation) made it accessible for a wider group of fans. However, since this show marked a new milestone moments in black metal it’s great that an official release is available via Nuclear Blast.

Dimmu Borgir’s way of arranging the show and partly re-arranging the songs makes this concert to an unforgettable one. The bombastic blackened metal gets another dimension by adding choir and orchestra. Bringing together these elements can potentially end up in a competition or a clear segmentation of which part becomes more dominant when. Not in the case of “Forces of the Northern Night”. Here it’s more about combining the different musical components what strengthens the power and intensity of each of the 17 songs played that night. This release is the capturing of an impressive work that shows what an open-minded approach can lead to. A smart and respectful combination of different musical backgrounds leads to awesome versions of songs like “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse and “Dimmu Borgir”. But also expressional tunes like “Eradication Instincts Defined” are great moments on this album. Even though the classic is a bit more in the forefront with the last mentioned track, things go perfectly together with the rest of the tunes that have been performed that night. All together comes as a well-fitting puzzle rather than a alien bodies that feel like being on the wrong spot.

All in all the Oslo show marked a cornerstone in black metal. Maybe it made this genre more commercial and maybe the underground touch got lost. But in the end it’s a very well executed creative idea that’s entertaining and impactful – an experiment that ended in impressive 90 minutes of music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Xibir (orchestra)
  2. Born Treacherous
  3. Gateways
  4. Dimmu Borgir (orchestra)
  5. Dimmu Borgir
  6. Chess With The Abyss
  7. Ritualist
  8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
  9. Eradication Instincts Defined (orchestra)
  10. Vredesbyrd
  11. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
  12. The Serpentine Offering
  13. Fear And Wonder (orchestra)
  14. Kings Of The Carnival Creation
  15. Puritania
  16. Mourning Palace
  17. Perfection Or Vanity (orchestra)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Forces of the Northern Night"
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DVD review FATES WARNING "Awaken of the Guardian"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Metal Blade, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, DVD Review, CD Review, News, Live, Jim Matheos

(9/10) It was in 1986 when prog metal legend Fates Warning released a milestone in metal - an album entitled “Awaken of the Guardian”. The longplayer was the third one the band released, following the debut “Night at Bröcken” and the sophomore “The Spectre Within”.

These three albums together have been cornerstones in progressive US metal; records, which were and still are influencing many bands around the globe. So what could be more natural than to celebrate the milestone record "Awaken of the Guardian" with a show that’s build on these eight terrific tracks.

What might sounded in the beginning as a mission impossible became true in 2016. The organizers of the ‘Keep It True’ festival came up earlier with some reunion shows of other bands and also unexpected surprises took place, but this time the guys outdo themselves – Fates Warning performed a set on the 2016 festival edition, playing the entire “Awaken the Guardian” album in the original line-up. Fortunately this show was filmed so that every Fates Warning fan has a fair chance to get this concert being delivered right into the living room.

John Arch, Frank Aresti, Jim Matheos, Joe DiBiase and Steve Zimmerman performed an old-school set that was a treat for each metal head that calls him a serious fan of this kind of music. Songs like “The Sorceress”, “Guardian” and “Exodus” are classics written for eternity, performed as if this Fates Warning line-up would have never parted ways. What surprises (or not) is John Arch whose voice sounds excellent. DiBaise and Zimmerman act as the powerhouse, providing a spot-on rhythm base on which Matheos and Aresti could build on with razorblade sharp riffs.

The encore was a special treat for everybody who likes this first era of Fates Warning since two songs from “Night at Bröcken” (“Night at Bröcken” & “Damnation”) and “The Spectre Within” (“The Apparition” & “Epitaph”) acted as the icing on this metal cake.

A few months after the ‘Keep It True’ festival gig a second concert in the same line-up took place – this time in North America. ‘ProgPower USA’ hosted the same show, which was built on the exactly same setlist. One exception though. The encore included with “Kyrie Eleison” another tune from “The Spectre Within” while “Night at Bröcken” was not played at ProgPower USA.

This release includes the footage from both shows. Each of them is a treat in itself and brings back a time when metal was heading towards its first peak.

Both concerts are highly entertaining, not only because of the music. They are professionally filmed with various cameras in different angles, which gives, thanks to a well-done cutting, almost three hours of pure metal joy. And the fact that Bill Metoyer was responsible for mix and mastering also means that you can count on an excellent sound that blows your speakers.

This album is a more than worthy celebration of one of the most important records on progressive metal music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

‘Keep It True’ show:

  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  9. The Apparition
  10. Damnation
  11. Night at Bröcken
  12. Epitaph

‘ProgPower USA’ show:

  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  9. The Apparition
  10. Damnation
  11. Kyrie Eleison
  12. Epitaph

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

 

 

The album will be available as:

  • Ltd. Boxset (4-CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
  • 2-CD/DVD
  • Vinyl
DVD review FATES WARNING "Awaken of the Guardian"
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BluRay/DVD review THE NEAL MORSE BAND "Morsefest 2015"

Veröffentlicht am 26. März 2017 von Markus W. in The Neal Morse Band, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News, Live Review, DVD Review, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic

(10/10) Some releases are already impressive even before you open the case and put the disc into your player. I got this impression when I received Neal Morse newest masterpiece “Morsefest 2015!" You literally have to unfold this package of six discs, depending on which version you go for.

But of course, this stunning release has far more to offer than ‘just’ an unusual packaging and a high quantity of music. Neal Morse is a very well-known musicians and introducing him feels like carrying sand to the beach. The multi-instrumentalist from Nashville, Tennessee is an icon in progressive rock, being part of bands like Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic and many more. Next to all the involvement in other bands and projects, Morse always maintained his solo career as well with records that are released under with a header of Neal Morse or The Neal Morse Band.

Next all the studio activities Morse also love to play live and therefor he initiated a festival called ‘Morsefest’ back 2014. The second edition followed one year later, an event that was also recorded and filmed. The footage of this two days event, that took place in September 2015 in Cross Plains, Tennessee, is the base for this overwhelming live release that basically covers the entire show – both, day one and two.

The core band during these two night has been The Neal Morse Band – Neal Morse (V, key, g), Mike Portnoy (d), Randy George (b), Eric Gilette (g) and Bill Hubauer (key, v). That these guys can even give the most complex material a certain ease is as amazing as also know by fans of progressive music. Already listening to this tight working five-piece band is already a treat for ears and mind. However, Morse would not be Morse, if he wouldn’t try to lift things to a next level. In the context of ‘Morsefest’ this led to additional musicians he invited to join the two show, adding strings, horns and more instruments to the great songs that have been performed. And last not least it’s a bigger choir that supports the band, something that leads in total to 39 artists being involved in this epic release.

The core of both shows have been two longplayers – "?" and “Sola Scriptura”. The DVD starts with night one when The Neal Morse Band put the entire focus on “?”. But before the first notes of the  "?" album started filled the room, Neal Morse and band added some songs mainly “The Grand Experiment” to the set. “The Call” was the first song performed that night, followed by the outstanding title track. Via highlights like “MacArthur Park”, re-arranged by Bill Hubauer based on a ‘Portnoy challenge’, the show came closer to its core – the “?” record from 2005. The scenery is kept quite simple, supported by a rather video projection and some spotlights. Morsefest isn’t about fancy gimmicks and crazy light shows. These two nights are about compositions and harmonies that are performed in perfection with Neal Morse being the leader of the pack. And you get a lot of these great songs since night one means a 2,5 hours prog rock firework that is an impressive masterpiece.

Halftime.

Night no. 2 was build around the “Sola Scriptura” release, an album telling the story of Martin Luther. And what else should start such a show than the epic “The Door” which is done as 34 minutes jaw dropping ‘prog symphony’. I’m not sure if the two dancers during “The Conflict” added so much to the general experience, but who cares. The song is awesome and a beautiful way to spend 25 minutes. As on the album “Heaven in My Heart” follows and it’s “The Conclusion” that brings it home. With the last note of “Sola Scriptura” played, the show moved on with the acoustic “Waterfall”, before “At the End of the Day”, a Spocks’ Beard song that came with a surprise. Instead of Mike Portnoy it was Mick D’Virgilio who took place behind the drum kit. And the fact that both, Morse and D’Virgilio also sang, “Wind at My Back” together brought back old Spock’s Beard memories.

All in all it's these two nights that gives you almost 5 hours of finest prog rock. This DVD shows the beauty of music. It’s a pleasure to listen to these guys when performing songs that are multi-layered and approachable.

After having seen these two show the bonus material feels almost trivial. It’s another hour that provides background information and some insights into the preparations. Everybody of The Neal Morse Band has sections when they talk about the Morsefest, private stories and much more.

“Morsefest 2015” is more than just a DVD release; it’s lifts the bar. It’s a monumental and comprehensive release covering creative milestones of a musician (and band) that belongs to the group of main influencers in contemporary progressive rock music.

 

(10/10)

 

Tracklist:

DVD 1:

  1. Intro (1:56)
  2. The Call (10:25)
  3. The Grand Experiment (7:36)
  4. Go the Way You Go (14:01)
  5. MacArthur Park (13:36)
  6. A Whole ‘Nother Trip (24:14)
  7. New Jerusalem (8:33)
  8. Question Mark Intro (3:16)
  9. Temple of The Living God (6:35)
  10. Another World (2:16)
  11. The Outsider (2:52)
  12. Sweet Elation (2:46)
  13. In the Fire (8:02)
  14. Solid As the Sun (7:57)
  15. The Glory of The Lord (3:05)
  16. Outside Looking In (5:12)
  17. 12 (7:00)
  18. Entrance (6:14)
  19. Inside His Presence (7:16)
  20. The Temple Of the Living God Reprise (1:14)

DVD 2:

  1. Intro (2:06)
  2. The Door (34:28)
  3. The Conflict (27:55)
  4. Heaven in My Heart (5:42)
  5. The Conclusion (17:34)
  6. Waterfall (7:56)
  7. At the End of the Day (17:07)
  8. Wind at My Back (7:02)
  9. Whirlwind Medley (16:37)
  10. Additional: Behind the Scene Documentary

CD 1:

  1. Intro (1:56)
  2. The Call (10:25)
  3. The Grand Experiment (7:36)
  4. Go the Way You Go (14:01)
  5. MacArthur Park (13:36)
  6. A Whole ‘Nother Trip (24:14)
  7. New Jerusalem (8:33)

CD 2:

  1. Question Mark Intro (3:16)
  2. Temple of The Living God (6:35)
  3. Another World (2:16)
  4. The Outsider (2:52)
  5. Sweet Elation (2:46)
  6. In the Fire (8:02)
  7. Solid As the Sun (7:57)
  8. The Glory of The Lord (3:05)
  9. Outside Looking In (5:12)
  10. 12 (7:00)
  11. Entrance (6:14)
  12. Inside His Presence (7:16)
  13. The Temple Of the Living God Reprise (1:14)

CD 3:

  1. Intro (2:06)
  2. The Door (34:28)
  3. The Conflict (27:55)
  4. Heaven in My Heart (5:42)

CD 4:

  1. The Conclusion (17:34)
  2. Waterfall (7:56)
  3. At the End of the Day (17:07)
  4. Wind at My Back (7:02)
  5. Whirlwind Medley (16:37)

 

Label: Radiant Records / Metal Blade

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: March 24th, 2017

 

BluRay/DVD review THE NEAL MORSE BAND "Morsefest 2015"
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CD/DVD review THE BOSSHOSS "Dos Bros Live"

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2016 von Markus W. in The Bosshoss, Rock, Hardrock, News, Live, CD Review, DVD review

(6/10) Since snow and winter aren't reliable signals anymore for announcing the x-mas period another sign needs to to take over - it's the rising amount of compilations, 'best of...' albums and live releases. This one belongs to the latter and it's the capturing of a 2016 live show of Berlin-based cowboys called The Bosshoss.

It was many many years ago when I saw them live for the first time. It was in the beginning of their career when they toured through smaller clubs and venues, playing shows in front of maybe 150 people. It was a time when they haven't had their own songs and only focused on playing cover versions of pop and rock songs, all with a country and western touch.

Then I have seen them many years later in Amsterdam when they played the smaller room of the Melkweg and each of these gigs was a great one with power, energy and sweat. Pure Nashville rock'n'roll.

The reason why I'm telling all this is because this is my reference and when I got the new live DVD/CD, expectations have been high. Unfortunately those haven't been met with "Dos Bros Live".

Actually the latest studio album foreshadowed it already and it finds its continuation on this live album. The songs, the vibe, the image ... all feels like the same thing only different. The last record didn't containing anymore the density of hits from the earlier longplayers and a view on the tracklist of this release shows a clear focus on the "Dos Bros" album. Not a too good signal. There are hits like the title track that has been played, but there are also too many of these trivial numbers on the list that doesn't help for creating excitement. Fortunately tracks like "Do It" and "Don't Gimme That" at least partly compensate.

Another thing that doesn't give me the shivers is the sound and the vibe that's captured. I can't say if the concert itself was the same but the sound on this release feels lame. Where are The Bosshoss that rocked the small clubs with unbound energy and real 'horse power'? At that time the band was like the engine of a Mustang, running on all cylinders while this album doesn't get much further than to the 2nd gear. To me it feels like Sascha and Alec having to many balls in the air right now. With all the TV appearances it seems like the guys having to many thing that run in parallel which is maybe a reason for standing still and losing focus when it comes to their music.

Anyhow, I guess there are many people that might see it different and fans will probably love this release. For me it was more the trigger to "Rodeo Radio" again and put this album back in the box.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD:

  1. A Cowboys Work Is Never Done - Live aus Leipzig
  2. Wait For Me - Live aus Leipzig
  3. Do It - Live aus Oberhausen
  4. I Like It Like That - Live aus Leipzig
  5. She Is A Little B - Live aus Leipzig
  6. My Personal Song - Live aus Oberhausen
  7. What If - Live aus Leipzig
  8. Jolene - Live aus Leipzig
  9. Today Tomorrow Too Long Too Late - Live aus Leipzig
  10. Dos Bros - Live aus Leipzig
  11. Don't Gimme That - Live aus Leipzig
  12. Lady JD - Live aus Leipzig
  13. Shake And Shout - Live aus Hamburg (featuring Samy Deluxe)

DVD:

  1. A Cowboys Work Is Never Done - Live
  2. Wait For Me - Live
  3. I Like It Like That - Live
  4. She Is A Little B - Live
  5. Jolene - Live
  6. Bullpower - Live
  7. Dos Bros - Live
  8. Don't Gimme That - Live
  9. Lady JD - Live
  10. Credits / Dos Bros - Live
CD/DVD review THE BOSSHOSS "Dos Bros Live"
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DVD review CORONER "Autopsy"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Coroner, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, News, DVD review, CD Review, Speed Metal, Tech Metal, Math Metal

(9/10) It was a few months ago when, under the header of 'Noise lebt', re-releases of label classics have been published as a kind of 'Best of...' compliation. Kreator's first highlights have been part of this series as well as Running Wild, Sinner and a few more. At that moment in time I was wondering about the fact that Coroner was missing in this package.
Now, a bit further down the time road, things became clear and the fog disappeared. Coroner was working on a comprensive release that covers the bands best moment - from the past to the present.
Swiss metal pioneers are back with a DVD that belongs to one of the best summaries of a thrash band so far.
Coroner started their metal adventure in the end of the eighties and in no time they got a lot of attention. Their technical thrash metal was different up till now and the attached avangarde expression made the trio pretty unique. "R.I.P" and " Punishment for Decadence" still belong to the best European thrash metal ever brought up to surface.
In the beginning of the ninties it got harder for metal bands since the upcoming grunge era led to less support for more traditional metal, something Coroner had to face as well. Therefor "Grin" marked an endpoint of Coroner back in 1993.
After having been away for several years it was in 2011 when news traffic increased since the guys decided to play several shows, bringing their old classics back on stage.
It seems that those live moments led to some hunger for more since Coroner is releasing this compliation DVD that covers some shows - from past to present. Additional unseen interviews are also part of this package that includes a best of CD too.
The first DVD is a look back into Coroner's past. This well done retrospective is build around stories told by the band member, all sitting around an open fireplace walking down memory lane. Inbetween musicians like Mille from Kreator, Tom Angelripper, Tom Warrior and more pay tribute to the trio that gave thrash metal such a new expression.

'Reunion', the second disc, features live shows that took place during the last years, while disc three includes the 1990 Berlin show plus some more tracks from the earlier days.

Last but not least there is an audio CD part of this package, featuring eight of the best Coroner tracks.

This package is great for metal fans that missed the earlier days, hearing about this metal dinosaur but never got in touch with their music. You can't get more than this. Last but not least Tommy Vetterli, Diego Rapachietti and Ron Broder are also working on a new studio album which will be released in 2017. Coroner is back, and at least as strong as when they went for a hiatus. This means excellent news for every thrasher.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

Disc 1 Rewind

Documentary - A film by Bruno Amsututz and Lukas Rüttimann

Disc 2 Reunion

  1. Intro - Live
  2. Golden Camera Sleeper, Pt. 1 - Live
  3. Masked Jackal - Live
  4. Serpent Moves - Live
  5. Internal Conflicts - Live
  6. Son of Lilith - Live
  7. D.O.A. - Live
  8. Status: Still Thinking - Live
  9. Metamorphosis - Live
  10. The Lethargic Age - Live
  11. The Invincible - Live
  12. Semtex Revolution - Live
  13. Gliding Above While Being Below - Live
  14. Divine Step - Live
  15. Der Mussolini - Live
  16. Grin - Live
  17. Reborn Through Hate - Live

Disc 3 Archives

  1. Shadow of a Lost Dream - Live in East Berlin 1990
  2. Die By my Hand - Live in East Berlin 1990
  3. No Need To Be Human - Live in East Berlin 1990
  4. Read My Scars - Live in East Berlin 1990
  5. Voyage To Eternity - Live in East Berlin 1990
  6. Absorbed - Live in East Berlin 1990
  7. Masked Jackal - Live in East Berlin 1990
  8. D.O.A. - Live in East Berlin 1990
  9. Sudden Fall - Live in East Berlin 1990
  10. Reborn Through Hate - Live in East Berlin 1990
  11. Purple Haze - Live in East Berlin 1990
  12. Last Entertainment - Live in East Berlin 1990
  13. Masked Jackal - Music Video
  14. I Want You (She's so Heavy) - Music Video
  15. Last Entertainment - Music Video
  16. Spectators of Sin - 1986
  17. The Invincible - Rehearsal Room
  18. Golden Cashmere - Live Funeral Tour 1996
  19. Devine Step - Live Funeral Tour 1996

Disc 4

  1. Divine Step
  2. Reborn Through Hate
  3. Masked Jackal
  4. Die by My Hand
  5. Sudden Fall
  6. D.O.A.
  7. Nosferatu
  8. Serpent Moves

Label: Century Media

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: September 23rd, 2016

DVD review CORONER "Autopsy"
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DVD review SAXON "Let Me Feel Your Power"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Saxon, Heavy Metal, Live, CD Review, DVD review, News, Power Metal, NWoBHM

(8/10) I guess that Saxon was one of the bands I have seen live most during the last years. It was always a pleasure to this fivepiece live on stage. Next to excellent new studio releases Saxon shows their real strength when they play live

To capture this live energy, Saxon decided to film some shows of the last tour, material that is now available as DVD and CD. Saxon has released numerous live albums and there might be the question of 'why'. Now, this is easily answered: because this is one of the best live recordings I have seen from the band. Maybe this is more of a subjective view on this album, however, it is what it is.

What I really like with "Let Me Feel Your Power" is the excellent sound, a weaker part of some of the former live records. A good sound in this context doesn't mean that it's over-produced. Saxon captured the live atmosphere of the three shows in an authentic way.

Three shows? Yes. The release contains material from Munich, the core of this release, with some additional tracks taped in Brighton. What is mentioned as bonus material is actually a full show Saxon played in Chicago. The sound of this recording is a bit more basic, which means that it's still very good, just a bit 'more live' than what you get from the Munich show.

In this sense the DVD brings some Saxon into your living room, supported by the visual part that comes dynamic and entertaining. 

The choice of song for the setlist of these three shows leaves nothing to be desired. "Denim and Leather", Crusader", "747 (Strangers in the Night)" and Princess of the Night", all classics of the NWoBHM dinosaur. Some of them are even twice on this release. But also newer songs have been performed and its amazing to see/hear them together with the old stuff. Saxon stands for a consistency of quality that's amazing. While some bands are mainly focussing on their 'old' hits the guys from the UK can easily place old and new next to each other without one being better than the other. They're just all good.

The funny part of the album happens in the beginning of the Munich show when Biff Byford as well as guitar legend Paul Quinn got some denim jackets, wearing them for the entire show.

Maybe some of you will miss some 'behind the scene/interview' material. However, "Let Me Feel Your Power" is what the title states, Saxon lfilling the venues with their unleashed power and the fans giving back their powerful enthusiasm for a band that never seems to get old. That's true rock'n'roll.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

Live in Munich (November 2015)

  1. Battering Ram
  2. Motorcycle Man
  3. Sacrifice
  4. Destroyer
  5. Power And The Glory
  6. 20000FT
  7. Devil's Footprint
  8. Heavy Metal Thunder
  9. Queen Of Hearts
  10. Princess Of The Night
  11. Wheels Of Steel
  12. Denim And Leather
  13. Crusader

Live in Bighton (January 2016)

  1. Eye Of The Storm
  2. Battalions Of Steel
  3. Requiem

Bonus Material (Live In Chicago) (September 2015):

  1. Motorcycle Man
  2. Battering Ram
  3. This Town Rocks
  4. Sacrifice
  5. Power And The Glory
  6. Solid Ball Of Rock
  7. Dallas 1 PM
  8. Heavy Metal Thunder
  9. Rock The Nations
  10. The Eagle Has Landed
  11. Wheels Of Steel
  12. Backs To The Wall
  13. Just Let Me Rock
  14. Strong Arm Of The Law
  15. 747 (Strangers In The Night)
  16. Princess Of The Night
  17. Crusader
  18. Denim And Leather


Label: UDR Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 7th, 2016

DVD review SAXON "Let Me Feel Your Power"
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DVD review IN FLAMES "Sounds From the Heart of Gothenburg"

Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2016 von Markus W. in In Flames, Death Metal, DVD review, CD Review, News, Melodic Death Metal

(8/10) If you haven't lived under a rock for the last decades you heard about In Flames. The guys from Gothenburg can look back on a fantastic career in metal with a debut as a first earmark for something big that started to grow. 23 years later In Flames became a constant factor for quality. The five-piece constantly developed their sound from raw and unleashed death metal to a more melodic death metal interpretation. The band did a major contribution to the 'Gothenburg style' and are one of the spearheads of this development.

This DVD covers a show in their hometown Gothenburg. In Flames performed in front of 10.000 jesterheads in the sold-out Scandinavium and the homematch was more then appreciated by each and everybody in this big hall. The vibe is impressive. I had the pleasure to see the band a year later on their Scandinavian 'club tour' when they played the KB in Malmö which is a rather small club. But watching this DVD looks to me like the same vibe, just with 10 times more supporters.

This gig consisted out of twenty songs which has been carefully chosen. Even though the band didn't go back to the very early roots, the setlist included older classics like "Resin" from the 1999 release "Colony" and also "Only the Weak" from "Clayman" was played during the show.

The biggest part of the concert was dedicated to new songs from the "Siren Charms" release. Seven songs have been played from this album including a special version of "When the World Explodes" with Emilia Feldt joining the band on stage. She did the song together with In Flames on the album version, and it was one of the rare moments when she also joined on stage. Actually the Gothenburg- and the Stockholm show have been the only ones that included the hymn in the live set. It's these almost unique moments that are the cherry on the cake when it comes to this release - a moment of goosebumps which almost leads to the wish of a continuation.

When it comes to stage set things have been quite puristic. As usual, In Flames used light in an excellent way for supporting their music, but it seems that the guys reduced things a bit on this tour. Since it gives a clearer focus on the music not even a too bad decision.

The visual aspect of this DVD is excellent. Patric Ullaeus did an brilliant job in capturing this special moment. After having worked together with In Flames already for "Used & Abused" as well as directing the video for "Take This Life" the guys seem to be a good team, working together very well.

Eleven years after "Used and Abused" it's a well chosen moment of delighting fans with a new live release that underlines the importance of In Flames and Gothenburg for melodic death metal. If you want to be part of this homegame for In Flames, than this is the right disc for you.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. In Plain View
  2. Everything's Gone
  3. Fear is the Weakness
  4. Trigger
  5. Resin
  6. Where the Dead Ships Dwell
  7. With Eyes Wide Open
  8. Paralyzed
  9. Through Oblivion
  10. Ropes
  11. Delight and Angers
  12. Cloud connected
  13. Only for the Weak
  14. The Chosen Pessimist
  15. The Quiet Place
  16. When the World Explodes ( feat. Emilia Feldt)
  17. Rusted Nail
  18. The Mirror's Truth
  19. Deliver Us
  20. Take This Life

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Release Date EU: Septmeber 23rd, 2016

DVD review IN FLAMES "Sounds From the Heart of Gothenburg"
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CD/DVD review AYREON "The Theater Equation"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Ayreon, CD Review, DVD review, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal

(9/10) Almost a year ago many die-hard fans of Ayreon witnessed the musical production of the iconic "The Human Equation" prog metal album from 2004. Unfortunatley Arjen Lucassen didn't perform himself that night, but there have been many guests and friends doing those four shows in the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Since those nights have been very unique, one out of four concerts has been recorded. It's the show that took place on Sunday, September 20st, 2015 that is now released on CD and DVD.

"The Theater Equation" was more than just four live shows. Already the choise of location indicates that things have been much bigger than musicians performing songs. The entire setup was more a production of a modern rock opera based on Ayreon's "The Human Equation" album.

The result is an impressive show that fortunatley was captured on CD and DVD. Embedded in a formidable set design most of the musicians that contributed to the iconic studio album 12 years ago could also be convinced to be part of those fantastic live events in Rotterdam. Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie was part of the set as well as Devon Graves that many of you also know from his time with the mind-blowing Dead Soul Tribe/Psychotic Waltz. I could continue with name dropping which probabaly would make this review far too long. 

Anyhow, next to the fantastic music, known already from the studio release, it's the DVD/Blu Ray that creates a lot of excitement. As mentioned, this show was more a theater play and the way how it's recorded reflects this very much. Many other filmed live shows are done with various cameras that capture all perspectives and angles. "The Theater Equation" DVD instead gives the fan an idea of how it looked like sitting in the theater. There is almost a feeling of sitting in the Luxor. In the end it is the play and the characters on stage that guarnatee the dynamic and excitement rather than a fast cut and a lot of different perspectives.

"The Theater Equation" makes a unique moment in progressive metal accessible to a wider group of fans, something you shouldn't miss since those nights have been pure and finest art, in many ways.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

DVD 1:

  1. Day one: Vigil (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  2. Day two: Isolation (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  3. Day three: Pain (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  4. Day four: Mystery (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  5. Day five: Voices (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  6. Reprise Pain 1 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  7. Day six: Childhood (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  8. Day seven: Hope (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  9. Day eight: School (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  10. Reprise Childhood (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  11. Day nine: Playground (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  12. Day ten: Memories (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  13. Reprise Pain 2 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  14. Day eleven: Love (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  15. Day twelve: Trauma (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  16. Day thirteen: Sign (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  17. Day fourteen: Pride (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  18. Reprise Vigil (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  19. Day fifteen: Betrayal (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  20. Reprise School (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  21. Day sixteen: Loser (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  22. Day seventeen: Accident? (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  23. Reprise Pain3 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  24. Day eighteen: Realization (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  25. Reprise Trauma (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  26. Day nineteen: Disclosure (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  27. Day twenty: Confrontation (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  28. Dream Sequencer System Offline (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)

DVD 2:

  1. Try-Out Show
  2. The Theater Equation Trailer
  3. Behind The Scenes - Introduction
  4. Behind The Scenes - Casting
  5. Behind The Scenes - The Epic Rock Choir
  6. Behind The Scenes - The Band
  7. Behind The Scenes - Band Rehearsals
  8. Behind The Scenes - The Understudies
  9. Behind The Scenes - Cast Rehearsals
  10. Behind The Scenes - 5 Days To Go
  11. Behind The Scenes - Opening Night
  12. Behind The Scenes - Emotions: I Remember
  13. Curtain Calls

CD1:

  1. Day one: Vigil (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  2. Day two: Isolation (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  3. Day three: Pain (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  4. Day four: Mystery (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  5. Day five: Voices (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  6. Reprise Pain 1 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  7. Day six: Childhood (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  8. Day seven: Hope (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  9. Day eight: School (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  10. Reprise Childhood (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  11. Day nine:Playground (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  12. Day ten: Memories (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  13. Reprise Pain 2 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  14. Day eleven: Love (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)

CD2:

  1. Day twelve: Trauma (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  2. Day thirteen: Sign (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  3. Day fourteen: Pride (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  4. Reprise Vigil (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  5. Day fifteen: Betrayal (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  6. Reprise School (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  7. Day sixteen: Loser (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  8. Day seventeen: Accident? (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  9. Reprise Pain 3 (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  10. Day eighteen: Realization (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  11. Reprise Trauma (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  12. Day nineteen: Disclosure (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  13. Day twenty: Confrontation (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)
  14. Dream Sequencer System Offline (live in Rotterdam in September 2015)

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: June 17th, 2016

 

CD/DVD review AYREON "The Theater Equation"
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CD/DVD review STEVE HACKETT "The Total Experience - Live in Liverpool"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Steve Hackett, Genesis, News, Rock, Prog Rock, New, CD Review, DVD review

(8/10) Steve Hackett, known from bands like Genesis and GTR, will release a live album that is a well-crafted retrospective on the immense discography of the UK-based guitarist. After having published the latest studio album "Wolflight", Hackett got the opportunity of recording one live show on the British leg of his 2015 tour. Since the guitarist did already live recordings in London, it was his ambition to go for another show in the UK and the winner was Liverpool, the home of The Beatles.

Next to this it was the venue, the Philharmonic Hall, that was the right scenery for recording a show that included Hackett's solo highlights as well as some Genesis pearls he was part of. In total 23 songs have been performed which led to three hours of finest (prog) rock music, played by Hackett himself with support of genre icons like e.g. Roine Stolt on bass.

The sound on this live album is excellent. Not only that Ben Fenner did an really good job, also the venue itself supported a dynamic and diversified sound, for the softer as well as for the more rocking parts of the set.

Talking about the set, the first half was filled with Hackett's solo material, including very early numbers like "Ace of Wands" from the solo debut plus "Every Day" and the title track from the 1979 release "Spectral Morning". This half was spiced-up with new songs like "Wolflight" from the mentioned latest studio album. 

The second part of this outstanding prog evening paid attention to Genesis, at a time when the band was deep into prog rock and far away from mainstream chart hits of the later years.

One thing I was missing though is a song from GTR. "The Hunter", as one example, would have been a great complementation of this retrospective of one of the most influencial guitarists in UK-rock music.

The acoustic version of this release is already an pure enjoyment that deserves focus and earphones. But also the visual capturing is well done and completes a very positive image of this special show.

Paul Green, who was responsible for the filming, did a brilliant job, capturing the unique moments of this evening in Liverpool. The scenery was kept puristic. It's the music and the musicians that are literally in the spotlight. Still, even though there aren't any frills and decoration, it's a pleasure to watch this show on DVD.

"The Total Experience - Live in Liverpool" is what it is, the full Steve Hackett experience. This release draws a (almost) full picture of Hackett's oeuvre, music that influenced generations of other musicians and guitarist. This man is a real artist from the good old times and far away from these 'service providers' that are around today so often. Well done and a 'must' for fans of excellent rock music.

 

(8/10)

 

CD 1:

  1. Corycian Fire Intro (1:17)
  2. Spectral Mornings (5:39)
  3. Out of the Body (2:29)
  4. Wolflight (9:13)
  5. Every Day (6:46)
  6. Love Song to a Vampire (8:50)
  7. The Wheel's Turning (8:08)
  8. Loving Sea (4:13)
  9. Jacuzzi (4:13)
  10. Icarus Ascending (8:08)
  11. Star of Sirius (4:37)
  12. Ace of Wands (6:28)
  13. A Tower Struck Down (4:31)

CD 2:

  1. Shadow of the Hierophant (11:48)
  2. Get 'em Out by Friday (9:12) *
  3. Can-Utility and the Coastliners (6:01) *
  4. After the Ordeal (6:47) *
  5. The Cinema Show (11:00) *
  6. Aisle of Plenty (1:29) *
  7. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (4:47) *
  8. The Musical Box (12:15) *
  9. Clocks (5:54)
  10. Firth of Fifth (10:21) *

* Genesis song, co-written / co-composed by Steve Hackett

DVD 1:

  1. Corycian Fire intro
  2. Spectral Mornings
  3. Out of the Body
  4. Wolflight
  5. Every Day
  6. Love Song to a Vampire
  7. The Wheel’s Turning
  8. Loving Sea
  9. Jacuzzi
  10. Icarus Ascending
  11. Star of Sirius
  12. Ace of Wands
  13. A Tower Struck Down
  14. Shadow of the Hierophant
  15. Get ‘em Out by Friday
  16. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
  17. After the Ordeal
  18. The Cinema Show
  19. Aisle of Plenty
  20. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 21 The Musical Box
  21. Clocks
  22. Firth of Fifth

DVD 2:

Live in Liverpool Behind the Scenes Documentary Somewhere South of the River Rehearsal Documentary Videos:
Wolflight / Love Song to a Vampire / Corycian Fire

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: June 24th, 2016

CD/DVD review STEVE HACKETT "The Total Experience - Live in Liverpool"
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CD review CASUALTIES OF COOL "Casualties of Cool"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Casualties Of Cool, Devin Townsend, Rock, Folk, News, CD Review, DVD review, Stabbing Young Lad, Ché Aimee Dorval

(9/10) Devin Townsend is a real allrounder. It's his passion for music and art that drives him. Rgeardless if it has been the releases of Stabbing Young Lad, the Devin Townsend Project or, as now, Casualties Of Cool, this man has a great sense for music and an almost endless creativity.

While the Devin Townsend Project is the outlet for heavy stuff, this release shows the soft and soulful side of the Canadian guitar maniac.

Townsend teamed up with Ché Almee Dorval, a Canadian folk singer from Vancouver. Dorval had already a guest appearance on the "Ki" album and Townsend reached out to her again with the idea of Casualties Of Cool. The genius guitarist had the concept of writing a soft folk album with a dark vibe. The story on the album is about a man that is lost in space. He was drawn to a distant planet by a beautiful woman's voice and Dorval was the perfect match.

Next to the Canadian singer Townsend also worked together on the album with some more musicians. Morgan Ågren, Jørgen Munkeby, Kat Epple and the Swedish Sångkraft choir (on "Bridge"), they all have been part of the band's first album.

Actually the work "Casualties of Cool" started already in 2014. The album was funded by a crowd sourcing activity through Pledgemusic and the band reached 500% of the set goal. "Casualties of Cool" is an album that is build on freedom without any contractual constrains. It is purely based on Townsend endless creative flow and the wish of doing something authentic, but different.

Now, in 2016, it's Inside Out Music, that is releasing this special and unconventional longplayer, enriched by an one and a half hours long live recording that comes on DVD. It was the show at the Union Chapel in London that was recorded and filmed. The impressive location was a fantastic scenery for this kind of music. This time it's not the flashing lights and the spotlights that are all over the place. The stage is dimly lit which creates, together with the music, a calm and soulful atmosphere. I can imagine it was a great moment joining one of those rare concerts.

Devin Townsend stand for musical freedom, creativity and passion for what he is doing. Casualties Of Cool is one outlet for all his ideas and it is another great one too. If you're openminded and willing to dive into this album, you will be rewarded by excellent music and soundscapes that I haven't heard for a long time.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD:

  1. Daddy
  2. Mountaintop
  3. Flight
  4. The Code
  5. Moon
  6. Pier (instrumental)
  7. Ether
  8. Hejda
  9. Forgive Me
  10. Broken
  11. Bones
  12. Deathscope
  13. The Field
  14. The Bridge
  15. Pure (Instrumental)

​DVD:

  1. Daddy
  2. The Code
  3. Mountaintop
  4. Flight
  5. Ether
  6. Moon/Pier
  7. Dones
  8. Forgive Me
  9. Jam
  10. The Field
  11. Deathscope
  12. Gone is Gone
  13. The Bridge
  14. Interview
  15. Mountaintop (videoclip)
  16. Flight (videoclip)

 

Label: Inside Out Music

Genre: Folk Rock

Release Date EU: January 15th, 2016

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