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CD review MYRKUR "Mareridt"

Veröffentlicht am 11. September 2017 von Markus W. in Myrkur, Black Metal, Folk Metal, Rock, Relapse Records, CD Review, News

CD review MYRKUR "Mareridt"

(8/10) The ones of you who heard of Myrkur earlier know, that this release isn't an easy-going longplayer. Myrkur's music is a more than challenging adventure, pushing limits of metal to its extreme. I think that the expression 'extreme music' never was used in a better conjunction than with what Amalie Bruun, Myrkur's real name, delivers with her longplayers. Simply being a one-woman project, Bruun achieved some first jaw-dropping reactions with the self-titled EP, which saw the light of day in 2014. The debut "M" was next with "Mareridt" being the sophomore release.

Myrkur newest achievement continues with disturbing sounds. Bruun, originally being from Denmark, is classically trained what's reflected also on the new album. It's a thin line between genius and chaos with the Danish multi-instrumentalist finding an excellent way of balance the two poles.

The title track starts the album with a yelp followed by mystic vocal. It's an atmospheric start into the album with an evil blast that comes next. Harmonic vocals and speedy guitars create a unique sound that's captured in " Måneblôt" . To keep things exciting a break half-way gives you a moment of peace before evil takes over again. These two songs give a pretty good overview of what to expect from the record. The album contains a lot of darkened creativity that sometimes sounds wistful, sometimes bright and light, turning into a raging metal storm a second later. 

A highlight you shouldn't miss is "Funeral". It's one of the most intense songs on the album. Deep minor sounds create a gloomy and baleful atmosphere with Bruun and Chelsea Wolfe sharing vocals. This song is a trip into the spiritual abyss, captured in a three minutes sonic masterpiece.

"Mareridt" is a voluminous and complex album that serves a niche within metal. Myrkur is a counterpart to mainstream and so is the new album. If you want to challenge your musical framework and if you're open for something that's exciting and different, than you should give this longplayer a chance. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mareridt

  2. Måneblôt

  3. The Serpent

  4. Elleskudt

  5. De tre piker

  6. Funeral

  7. Ulvinde

  8. Glasiatrix

  9. Kættern

  10. Børnehjem

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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CD review DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER "Der rote Reiter"

Veröffentlicht am 27. August 2017 von Markus W. in Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Black Metal, Folk Metal, News, CD Review, Crossover, Nuclear Blast, Der rote Reiter

CD review DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER "Der rote Reiter"

(8/10) For no specific reason German metal outfit Die Apokalyotischen Reiter wasn't more than a dot on my metal radar. For one or another way I never went into depth when it comes to their records and their sound. Having heard in the meantime their newest longplayer "Der rote Reiter" a few times will change things.

The band, with a constantly growing fan base, is mainly known in Germany but also starts to gain some more international reputation. The quintet started back in the 90's when metal was overrun by grunge and nu metal. More traditional metal moved towards the back which gave many bands a hard time. But it also allowed them to renew and gain new strength. This is the context in which Die Apokalyptischen Reiter started their adventurous journey.

Up to date the band published five records of which the latest one "Tief. Tiefer" entered the German charts, almost getting into the Top 20. But also the previous albums have been pretty successful with a boost in 2008 when the guys released their "Licht" record via Nuclear Blast, a prolific cooperation that's still ongoing.

The newest strike of the Weimar-based band is entitled "Der rote Reiter" and features thirteen new songs, combining several genres to a great entirety.

Things start furious with "Wir sind zurueck" which is a fast-paced statement of the band's return and the album ends with the dramatic half-acoustic "Ich Werd Bleiben". Everything in between is sometimes closer to the death metal roots ("Folgt uns") and sometimes connected to the Neue Deutsche Haerte ("Der rote Reiter" and "Hoert mich an"), but in the end Die Apokalyptischen Reiter merge all these genres to a unique sound that can be defined as 'crossover', since next to the mentioned roots there are also calmer sections, folk-elements and more.

As being used to of Nuclear Blast releases also "Der rote Reiter" comes with an splendid sound, done by two producers - Alexander Dietz and Eike Freese. What rounds off this very exciting package is the artwork that fits in a good fashion to the music of Die Apokalyptischen Reiter. As with earlier releases it was done by frontman Fuchs and is based on one his wooden reliefs.

To sum up: "Der rote Reiter" is an album that should help the band to take a next step. Even though the lyrics are kept in German this band comes enough potential to go outside Germany for convincing metal fans all over the place. I can recommend to listen to this album. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Wir Sind Zurück
  2. Der Rote Reiter
  3. Auf Und Nieder
  4. Folgt Uns
  5. Hört Mich An
  6. The Great Experience Of Ectasy
  7. Franz Weiss
  8. Die Freiheit Ist Eine Pflicht
  9. Herz In Flammen
  10. Brüder Auf Leben Und Tod
  11. Ich Bin Weg
  12. Ich Nehm Dir Deine Welt
  13. Ich Werd Bleiben

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review IN EXTREMO "Quid Pro Quo Live"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, Folk Metal, Punkrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) It's more and more that I take a shine on what's In Extremo doing. For many years I could really find my way into their music, something that changed with the latest release "Quid Pro Quo". Lucky enough it's this album that was the base for the newest live recording which hit the shelves a few days ago.

With such a strong studio record in their backpack In Extremo embarked on a tour through Germany, Austria and some other European countries and it was the show in Cologne that is now available in various formats in the record shops.

It's not a too big of a surprise that the focus was on the new album. After a short intro the show started with the awesome title track "Quit Pro Quo". This powerful rocker act as a well chosen opener that got the adrenaline flowing. It's this tune, but also anthems such as "Sternhagelvoll" and "Störtebeker" that are made for being performed live.

As expected from a balanced live show also some classics are expected from the fans and the seven-piece had them on the setlist too. "Feuertaufe" and "Spielmannsfluch" have been well received by the fans. In this context I have to mention that the show in Cologne contained more songs than what ended up on the CD and "Vollmond", as one example, didn't make it on the live album. This might be a bit of a downer, but in the end In Extremo can fall back on so many good song that fans can cope with such a decision. 17 songs gives the listener still a lot of In Extremo - 74 minutes to be precise.

Next to all the mentioned it's the atmosphere that was captured very well. This live album sounds authentic. The enthusiastic crowd can be heard more than once, the band itself is enjoying the show and the sound itself is diverse and powerful.

In Extremo is gaining momentum with their music. The guys entered the charts with their latest studio album and I guess that this live album will be a great x-mas gift for fans and might help in finding some new friends too.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Prolog
  2. Quid Pro Quo
  3. Feuertaufe
  4. Zigeunerskat
  5. Störtebeker
  6. Gaukler
  7. Unsichtbar
  8. Sängerkrieg
  9. Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
  10. Roter Stern
  11. Spielmannsfluch
  12. Sternhagelvoll
  13. Schwarzer Rabe
  14. Moonshiner
  15. Himmer & Höhle
  16. Belladonna
  17. Pikse Palve

 

Label: Universal

Genre: Folk Metal

Release Date EU: December 2nd, 2016

CD review IN EXTREMO "Quid Pro Quo Live"
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CD review PRIMORDIAL "Gods to the Godless - Live at BYH 2015"

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2016 von Markus W. in Primordial, Pagan Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Folk Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) It was in 2015 when Irish pagan metal band Primordial played a show at the well-established Band Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. If I counted right it was the band's second appearance after having played there already three years earlier.

This time Primordial didn't play the open air stage. The guys from Dublin performed at the Messehalle which gave the set a darker and more intensive environment, something the bands music is benefiting a lot. Even though you can't visually experience this on CD and vinyl, it still impacted the peformence and the vibe of the eleven songs performed that night.

The start of the show is a silent and melodic one with an underlaying malevolence that's slowly rising. "Gods to the Godless" is not only the name giver for this live album, it's also the first song played during this 80 minutes long set. The opener goes back to the early days of the band, followed by two songs from the latest studio output from the Celtic metal band. The melancholic "Babel's Tower" and the heavy pounding "Where Greater Men Have Fallen" are good stuff of recent date.

Another benfit is the production of this album that is done very well. "Gods to the Godless" sounds real. It comes across as an album that didn't went through a lot of adjustments and tuning afterwards. It gives the listener an authentic feeling of this live show, something a record like this should deliver.

"Gods to the Godless" is Primordial's second live album and since the setlist of the recorded show in Balingen was quite different from the songs that are perpetuated on "All Empires Fall", this release also makes a lot of sense. It gives a great overview on the more recent Primordial songs.

This live album is a great x-mas gift for Primordial fans and it's a collection of great songs of the Dublin-based band that give new fans a good idea of the band's creative work so far.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gods to the Godless
  2. Babels Tower
  3. Where Greater Men Have Fallen
  4. No Grave Deep Enough
  5. As Rome Burns
  6. The Alchemists Head
  7. Bloodied Yet Unbowed
  8. The Coffin Ships
  9. Heathen Tribes
  10. Wield Lightning to Split the Sun
  11. Empire Falls

 

Label: Metal Blades

Genre: Pagan Metal

Release Date EU: November 25th, 2016

CD review PRIMORDIAL "Gods to the Godless - Live at BYH 2015"
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Some news about PRIMORDIAL's coming live album

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2016 von Markus W. in Primordial, Pagan Metal, News, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Folk Metal

Some news about PRIMORDIAL's coming live album

Irish Pagan Metallers Primordial have announced the release of the first live album in the bands history. 'Gods To The Godless (Live At BYH 2015)' will see the light of day next week Friday, November, 25th and will be released as a limited Digibook-CD and 2-Gatefold-LP!

Says A.A. Nemtheanga of
Primordial: "It might seem like an unusual move, a double live album. Especially within the scene we are from but the live album was once a staple of most bands career and something we all grew up with in our collection. Pouring over tour dates, gear information and killer live pics. Ok so it's not 'Live After Death' but you can see the attraction and taste the romance involved, right? Fact is though we hadn't planned it, it was basically a happy coincidence, the good people at Bang Your head who took such a risk booking us the first time on a more traditional old school rock festival had us back for the fourth time, gave us a proper headlining set length and happened to mention afterwards that they had a mobile recording device rigged up and ready to go. When we listened back to the tapes we found something we could work with and the idea take shape. If you love the band you will know what to expect, blood, guts and passion and believe us the double vinyl will look beautiful! If we've been in your orbit but you've never trained your sights on us properly this might be a good place to start as the sound is massive, the old songs have some added muscle and the planets aligned to make 'Gods to the Godless' perhaps a great introduction to the band. From our side, it felt like something important to do, like taking advantage of an opportunity to make not only a stand alone album in it's own right but also add something rich to the heritage and tapestry of metal that once hinged on the live album, the tradition reached back into the 70s and 80s and we are proud to have our own small place in that pantheon! And for the record…not one single over dub. This is truly Live and Dangerous…"



Tracklisting 'Gods To The Godless (Live At BYH 2015)':
1. Gods to the Godless (Live)
2. Babels Tower (Live)
3. Where Greater Men Have Fallen (Live)
4. No Grave Deep Enough (Live)
5. As Rome Burns (Live)
6. The Alchemists Head (Live)
7. Bloodied Yet Unbowed (Live)
8. The Coffin Ships (Live)
9. Heathen Tribes (Live)
10. Wield Lightning to Split the Sun (Live)
11. Empire Falls (Live)

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Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December

Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Enslaved, News, Death Metal, Black Metal, Pagan Metal, Folk Metal, New, Tour

'Oslo by Norse' features three shows of Norwegian metal icons and Grammy award-winners Enslaved, performing three nights in a row with different sets. The shows will take place at Blå, Oslo, from December 6yh to December 8th.

Enslaved will perform songs from their entire career, supported by bands like Oblieration, Virus and Maraton. Furthermore there are workshops included like the one from Einar Selvik from Wardruna which is about ancient Norwegian instruments and also an exhibition with pictures by Kim Holm is part of this three days event.

Ivar Bjørnson says: "London is already a most dear memory, New York has been long time announced. Now it is time to reveal the first Norwegian By Norse event; Oslo By Norse!
It will mark the beginning of the end; of a fantastic year where we have marked 25 years as a band. We will do three unique sets, divided by periods Beginning-Mid periods Later day Enslaved.
The special guest bands are of the "pinch me, I must be dreaming"-type; Obliteration, Virus and Maraton!?!? Is all these first-choice guys accepting the invite some kind of sick joke? If not, it has got to be one of the best billing ever. Subjectively speaking. Ugh!
There will also be an intimate workshop with our brother-in-arms Einar Selvik (followed by a panel led by yours truly), ink by poking (tattoo the Viking way) set up in the venue (!) by the legendary Ihuda Tattoo and live graphic art by the eternally young Kim Holm. I almost wish I were not playing so I could just experience this. Then again I would go crazy from not working. Hope to see you all at Oslo By Nors
e!!!"

Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December
Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December
Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December
Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December
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New video from IN EXTREMO

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, Video

German In Extremo took one of the best song from their new album "Quid Pro Quo" and produced a video clip. "Störtebeker" is the name of the tune and you can get to the video via the link at the end of this post. Have fun and enjoy a few minutes of being a kind of Störtebeker.

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CD review MOONSORROW "Jumalten Aika"

Veröffentlicht am 9. April 2016 von Markus W. in Moonsorrow, Black Metal, Pagan Metal, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) The only walls I can accept nowadays are walls of sound. Actually I love them. This time it's Finnish pagan powerhouse that builds those walls on their new longplayer "Jumalten Aika".

The guys from Helsinki, Finland do not need a lot of songs to create this sound monumemt. The current album is limited to five tunes whereof four come with an epical length.

Easily crossing the 10 minutes boarder Moonsorrow created musical masterpieces that reflect black metal roots as well as a lot of folk and tradition. It's impressive how much power these guys bring up to surface.

Just take "Mimisbrunn" as an example. The start is silent with gurgling water and an acoustic guitar. It's such a beginning that already starts create pictures in your mind. After a while a harsh riff rips up the romantic vibe and the tune turns into a heavy but wistful metal track that is kept in midpace. The riffing is almost hypnotic with Ville Sorvali's plangorous vocals. Some choir sections give this tune even more intensity and in the end "Mimisbrunn" is more than just a song. It's storytelling by using the entire spectra of emotionalizing music.

I picked this song because I think it's the best. But actually the other four tracks are no slouch either and are on the same high level.

"Jumalten Aika" is an excellent longplayer that combines many influences to a total that is thrilling from beginning to end. Hot stuff from the cold North.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Jumalten Aika
  2. Ruttolehto Incl. Päivättömän Päivän Kansa
  3. Suden Tunti
  4. Mimisbrunn
  5. Ihmisen Aika (Kumarrus Pimeyteen)

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Pagan Metal

Release Date EU: April 1st, 2016

CD review MOONSORROW "Jumalten Aika"
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CD review ENSIFERUM "Two Decades of Greatest Swords Hits"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2016 von Markus W. in Ensiferum, Folk Metal, Pagan Metal, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal

(*/10) Also this "Best of..." album will not answer the question about the 'why'. It might make sense for collectors and rookies, but each fan normally calls the regular records already their own.

This time it's Ensiferum that releases a "Best of..." album to celebrate their 20st anniversary. But actually the album doesn't look back on the entire career of the band. "Two Decades of Great Sword Hits" is only featuring songs from the first five records of the finnish warriors, a time when they had Spinefarm as their label. This means there is no song from the latest record on this longplayer, since "One Man Army" was released via Metal Blade.

Anyhow, what to say you don't know already. Classics like "Token of Time" found a spot on the tracklist as well as 'newer' songs such as "In My Sword I Trust". Each of the tunes that made it on this album is well chosen and it reflects in my point of view the journey of Ensiferum very well.

It would have been nice though, if there would have been one or two new songs on this longplayer too. Or it would have been even better to enrich this release with a live DVD. At least something extra would have been great for the fans.

Not having this included in "20 Decades of Great Sword Hits" means, that there isn't anything new for Ensiferum fans. Therefore I can sum it up like that: great band with great songs, produced in an excellent way...but nothing new at all. And since all this is a fact I recommend the regular releases.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. By the Dividing Stream
  2. Heathen Horde
  3. One More Magic Portion
  4. In My Sword I Trust
  5. Token of Time
  6. Dragonhead
  7. Twilight Tavern
  8. Burning Leaves
  9. Treacherous Gods
  10. Lai Lai Hei
  11. Two of Spades
  12. Iron
  13. From Afar
  14. Victory Song

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Folk Metal

Release Date EU: April 1st, 2016

CD review ENSIFERUM "Two Decades of Greatest Swords Hits"
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CD review ELVENKING "The Night of the Nights (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Elvenking, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Pagan, CD Review, News

(7/10) Elvenking never really got my full attention. I wasn't thrilled by their mix of folk, pagan and metal. But I also have to say that the band from Italy has a solid fanbase and a lot of willpower. Even though they never got into the full spotlight they released so far already eight studio records.

The six-piece band has now decided to release for the first a live album - after all these years. It should become "The Night of the Nights", a show recorded in Pordanone, Italy earlier this year. This live album covers the full set Elvenking played which includes 25 songs from all eras of the pagan metal gang.

The first half of the set was, in general, reserved for the newer songs. The older classics from e.g. the debut "Heathereel" have been part of the second half of the show. "Seasonspeech" has been performed the first time and with "Skywards", "Disillusion's Reel" and "From Blood to Stone" have been performed in an accoustic version which works pretty well for this triple. "Pagan Purity", the hymn taken from the debut, has been chosen to be the last song of this special night, with former member Jarpen and Gorlan joining the band.

An important question with live records is the quality of sound. When it comes to this release there isn't any reason for complaints. The albums comes across as being real and authentic. The sound is powerful with the fans being in evidence too.

This live album gives a pretty good overview of Elvenking's creative output and there are some songs, like "The Wanderer" and "Pagan Revolution", that I can't get out of my mind anymore.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Manifesto
  2. Trows Kind
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Runereader
  5. Pagan Revolution
  6. She Lives at Dawn
  7. Kigsaw Puzzle
  8. Elevenlegions
  9. The Cabal
  10. A Prayer to Cernunnos
  11. Moonbeam Stone Circle
  12. Symohn's Bash
  13. From Blood to Stone
  14. Skywards
  15. Disillusion's Real
  16. Eleven Aftermath
  17. Seasonspeech
  18. Through Wolf's Eyes
  19. The Divided Heart
  20. Neverending Nights
  21. The Winter Wake
  22. Era Theme
  23. The Loser
  24. To Oak Woods Bestowed
  25. Pagan Purity

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Pagan Metal

Release Date EU: December 4th, 2015

 

 

CD review ELVENKING "The Night of the Nights (Live)"
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CD review MYRKUR "M"

Veröffentlicht am 5. September 2015 von Markus W. in Myrkur, Black Metal, Death Metal, Folk Metal, News, CD Review

(5/10) "M" is the second strike of Danish one woman black metal project Myrkur. And as with the last release also this longplayer is bizarr and extreme. This isn't mainstream at all. This is music that you either like or you dislike. There is no inbetween.

Myrkur combines rude black metal parts with folk elements and often very melodic female vocals. I have to admit that those extremes are interesting but the entire album sounds still too scattered. There are the romatic moments like in "Onde børn" which can be seen as highlights on "M". Even Enya-like songs found a place on the tracklist. "Vølvens spådom" is one of them. The classic female vocals go also good together with heavy guitar riffs. But there are those extreme black metal outbreaks too.

Those are the moments I don't like. The situations when Amalie Bruun moves from fragile melodic to screeching black feel more like shocking moments than something that enrichs the song. Those parts are hard to take and not my thing.

Myrkur shows some development on "M" compared to the debut, but it stays music for the underground. If she will focus more on the music and less on the whole mystic image that surrounds "M", Myrkur will have a relastic chance to get out of this niche. But maybe she doesn't want to; could be. So far it's more hype than substance.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Skøgen skulle dø
  2. Hævnen
  3. Onde børn
  4. Vølvens spådom
  5. Jeg er Guden, I er Tjenerne
  6. Nordlys
  7. Mordet
  8. Byssan Lull
  9. Dybt i Skoven
  10. Skadi
  11. Norn

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release date EU: August 21st, 2015

CD review MYRKUR "M"
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CD review KRAYENZEIT "Auf dunklen Schwingen"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Krayenzeit, Feanor, Rock, Folk Rock, Folk Metal, News, CD Review

(5/10) I have to say that the combination of folk, medival and metal never really belonged to my personal faves. But I also have to say that there are good examples focusing on this mixture.

I'm sorry to say that Krayenzeit doesn't belong to those bands. Also their new release will not change this. "Auf dunklen Schwingen" is the name of the disc that contains 14 tracks. Some of the songs sound like heard before while I had the feeling that tunes like "Nachtvogel" are fragmented which interrupts the flow. 

Krayenzeit tries to be on the one hand heavy and riff-based like in "Nachtvogel" and on the other hand they are almost writing Shantie tunes like in "Verschenkt". And last but not least there are songs like "Erntefest" that tries to combine different styles into one  song. It sounds to me like Walther auf der Vogelweide meets metal. No, this isn't made for my ears.

A positive thing though is the solid production. The sound is nuanced and powerful which is something very positive. 

There are for sure fans that highly appreciate Krayenzeit's album which is a harder version of Der Graf. But it isn't my cup of tea.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Krayenzeit
  3. Nachtvogel
  4. Von der Fahrt uebers Meer
  5. Feuertanz
  6. Von deinen Lenden
  7. Vogelfrey
  8. Erntefest
  9. Verschenkt
  10. Himmlische Heere
  11. Wir sind erwacht
  12. Wuestenregen
  13. Ein Abschied
  14. Rum Sherry's ladies (Bonus)

 

Label: Oblivion

Genre: Folk Metal

CD review KRAYENZEIT "Auf dunklen Schwingen"
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CD review ENSIFERUM "One man army"

Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2015 von Markus W. in Ensiferum, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Pagan Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) „One man army“ is not only a band’s name, it is also the title of the new album from Finnish folk metal rockers Ensiferum. The record continues where „Unsung heroes“ ended. Ensiferum didn’t change a lot when it comes to the songs and the music. But the new longplayer sounds a bit more powerful compared to the predecessor. For sure a first plus for the new disc.

As we know it from Ensiferum’s records the folk metal journey starts with an intro - this time called „March of war“. What comes next is the fast „Axe of judgement“. Rough vocals from Petri Lindroos combined with fast guitars and a melody that sticks immediately. The song is the right mix of hardness and harmony. 

The pounding „Heathen horde“ is in a more moderate pace before the title track starts. „On man army“ is one of the best tracks on the album. Beginning with a heavy riff and a brutal punch, the tune continues with power and raw Northern energy. This army is a strong ‚one man army‘.

With "Burden of the fallen“ Ensiferum gives the focus on the folk elements in their music. It is a short acoustic song with clean vocals. The track can be seen as a kind of introduction to the powerful "Warrior without a war“. With the dominant choir I was reminded to Blind Guardian, at least a few times during the song. I would say, a typical Ensiferum song.

After the epical „Cry for the earth bounds“ you get to „Two spades“. This is a fast tune with harsh guitars, but…the song has a weird middle part, that reminds more to 70’s disco pop. The ones of you who know Dschingis Khan, the German disco band, can imagine how the middle part sounds like. I don’t know what Ensiferum had in mind when they wrote this part. It doesn’t disturb, but it feels very weird.

„My ancestor’s blood“ is again a midpace number with a solid groove, followed by the eleven minutes long „Desecendats, defiance, dom“. In case you never heard anything from Ensiferum before, you can listen to this track since it reflects most of the trademarks of the band. The diverse track is well composed and the only thing that might be missing are the harsh eruption that the band shows in tracks like „Axe of judgement“. But however, the anthem is a highlight on „One man army“.

The closer is an acoustic song that provides you a swinging ending of a good metal record. It sounds like a mix of the mighty Leningrad Cowboys and Little Willies. The song is fun, no metal and it still fits into the context of „One man army“. 

The new album of Ensiferum will not disappoint fans of the band and is also done it a way that the Finnish five-piece might increase their fan base. I like the power and punch of most of the songs and I’m looking forward to see them on tour this spring.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. March of war
  2. Axe of judgement
  3. Heathen horde
  4. One man army
  5. Burden of the fallen
  6. Warrior without a war
  7. Cry for the earth bounds
  8. Two spades
  9. My ancestor’s blood
  10. Desecendants, defiance, dom
  11. Neito pohjolan

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Folk Metal

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CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Ravenhead"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Orden Organ, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Folk Metal, CD Review, News, Hammerfall, Grave Digger

(7/10) German Orden Organ has released a new album called "Ravenhead". According to the label info the record will have "more metal, more chorusses, more Orden Organ". Something I can't say 'no' to. 

"Ravenhead" comes with ten song plus the dramatic intro "Orden Organ". The title song is the first real track on the album and set the tone of voice for the coming 50 minutes. It is speedy track with a hammering beat. The thing with "more chorusses" comes back in the opener and is a real red thread through the album.

"F.E.V.E.R." starts a bit more relaxed with a piano and a choir. After such a start the guitar take over, including a mighty riff in the middle part, and the band build in a backpipe as well. The song is busting with strength and rounds off a good beginning of the album.

Orden Organ could also convince two guest singers to contribute on "Ravenhead". Grave Digger bandleader Chris Boltendahl supported on the intense "Here at the end of the world" and Joacim Cans from Hammerfall had some vocal parts on "Sorrow is your tale". Both songs are well crafted and bring some diversity into the 50 minutes of Orden Organ metal. 

Further down the road you will meet "In grief and chains" which is a two minutes instrumental that leads the listener toward the final track on the album. "Too soon" marks the last step on "Ravenhead" and is the most soulful song on the longplayer. It can be described as the ballad. But this would be too easy. It is the more silent tune on the album, but it becomes more heavy towards the end. The melodies are catchy, the choir gives the song some more bombast and the folk elements add something to the positive impression too. Well done.

Fans of German metal and power metal should check "ravenhead". You will get solid metal made in Germany.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Orden Organ
  2. Ravenhead
  3. F.E.V.E.R.
  4. The lake
  5. Evil lies in every man
  6. Here at the end of the world (feat. Chris Boltendahl)
  7. A reason to give
  8. Deaf amongst the blind
  9. Sorrow is your tale (feat. Joacim Cans)
  10. In grief and chains
  11. Too soon

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Ravenhead"
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