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CD review AURI "Auri"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in Auri, News, CD Review, Rock, Folk, Celtic, Nuclear Blast, Nightwish

CD review AURI "Auri"

(9/10) Even though two third of Auri is known from Finnish symphonic metal giant Nightwish the music of this trio sounds very different. But let’s take things step by step.

Auri is a trio consisting out of vocalist Johanna Kurkela who, together with Nightwish mastermind Tuomas Holopainen and Troy Donockley, founded Auri. Being driven by the vision of virtuous imagination and big soundscape the trio started the project with the debut being the beautiful outcome of a very creative period.

“Auri” has nothing in common with metal and even rock music is only one part of this divers musical puzzle.

The eleven songs on the album are atmospheric anthems, which are a soundtrack for dreaming away into a world full of magic, melancholy and beauty. The base for each of the songs is Celtic inheritance that leads to extraordinary tracks. If you close your eyes you can ‘see’ a foggy coastline with dreams covered in mist. Multi-layered sounds create an atmosphere that is imagery and fairytale in one.

The Northern expression gets spiced-up by songs like “Skeleton Tree” which adds an oriental vibe to the mix. And it’s tracks like “Night 13” that gives this longplayer a special feel. The partly fragile and partly energetic tune stands for almost everything “Auri” represents.

“Auri” is a cinematic milestone that’s built on the books of author Patrick Rothfuss. It’s the ‘Kingkiller Trilogy’ that acts as a source of inspiration and it’s Auri, one of the female characters, that gave this trio its name.

The idea to do “Auri” was born already some years back. In 2011 first thoughts came up and it was the experimental time between then and now that created the magic that’s weaved into these 56 minutes of very well-done epical music.

“Auri” is an unusual album that shines with its perfection and emotional depth. Heavy guitars and harsh riff is something you will not find on this longplayer. It’s the cinematic infinity that gives this album a beauty and bloom. Lay back and allow yourself an hour-long journey through mystery and fairytales. Your mind creates the movie and the album delivers the soundtrack.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Space Between
  2. I Hope Your World is Kind
  3. Skeleton Tree
  4. Desert Flower
  5. Night 13
  6. See
  7. The Name of the Wind
  8. Aphrodite Rising
  9. Savant
  10. Underthing Solstice
  11. Them Thar Chanterelles (feat. Liquor in the Wall)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Myles Kennedy, Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

(8/10) I guess it’s not necessary to introduce Myles Kennedy. The singer from Boston is well known as being the frontman of Slash as well as he is the singer of Alter Bridge.  

This time the singer with the iconic voice takes a slightly different musical direction compared to what we have heard of him over the last years. The process of working on this album began seven years ago and after it was finished things didn’t feel as good as thought since time moved on. A view on things with a fresh pair of eyes led to starting from scratch again. Songs were written in no time and the best eleven ones ended up on “Year of the Tiger”.

The longplayer became a very personal one with Kennedy processing the death of his father, who died when he was four years old. Addressing such a personal topic as the main theme for the album brings a lot of emotions to forefront. Each of the songs is touching already by listening to the music only, emphasized even more by the lyrics. It’s not the screaming guitars and the mighty rhythm section that gives a musical direction on “Year of the Tiger”. It’s sensitivity, feelings and a certain level of melancholy that’s embedded in each of the eleven songs on the album.

Instead of being a hardrock record or even a metal longplayer “Year of the Tiger” brings a mixture of rock, blues, Americana and folk to the table, styles that ask for instruments like mandolin, banjos and lap steel.

The difference of a good singer and an excellent vocalist is the range of styles that can be covered by one voice. Kennedy got this gift, being a great alternative metal singer, an excellent hardrock vocalist and an outstanding solo artist – like on “Year of the Tiger”. This album doesn’t invite for headbanging. This longplayer touches your heart and soul.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Year of the Tiger
  2. The GreatBeyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil on the Wall
  5. Ghost nof Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunting By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But a Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS " The Bear"

Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2017 von Markus W. in Shawn James, Shwan James and The Shapeshifters, Americana, Blues, Folk, CD Review, News

CD review SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS " The Bear"

(7/10) Next to his new solo release “On the Shoulder of Giants” Shawn James also publishes a new EP with The Shapeshifters. “The Bear” is part two of a trilogy and tells the story an old bear who awakes from along winter sleep , going through his final adventures in life.

The EP tells this tale in six chapters with songs that are musically based on Americana Blues. What Shawn James and The Shapeshifters manage is to get the story of the big old bear perfectly translated into music that expresses the connected feelings. If you close your eyes you can ‘see’ the old guy opening his eyes after months of sleep with the first sunrays hurting the pupils. You can also feel the beauty of freedom in “Chapter III” while the final chapter, “Chapter IV Demise”, expresses sadness and grayness of the final step.

“The Bear” is a touching release that transports a lot of feel in conjunction with very well-done music, emotionally affecting the listener.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Chapter I Awaken
  2. Chapter II Hunger
  3. Chapter III Freedom
  4. Chapter IV Omens
  5. Chapter V The Raven Mocker
  6. Chapter VI Demise

 

Label: Shawn James Music

Genre: Folk Rock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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CD review SHAWN JAMES "On the Shoulders of Giants"

Veröffentlicht am 17. September 2017 von Markus W. in Shawn James, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, News, CD Review

CD review SHAWN JAMES "On the Shoulders of Giants"

(7/10) Shawn James is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Chicago. The guy released already some solo albums as well as he realized projects together with The Shapeshifters. Even though non of his previous albums has been released in countries like Germany the musician from the US can look back on some achievements, like more than 5 million Spotify streams of “Through the Valley”.

This time it’s another solo record he adds to his discography. “On the Shoulders of Giants” is the title of his newest creative output, coming with nine songs that are deeply rooted on blues, folk and bluegrass. What each of the tunes has in common is that they are all fueled by deep emotions, expressed by impressive vocals. James has a soulful voice that enables him to ‘live’ each of the songs rather than singing just some words to accompany the music. The only thing that makes the album a bit lengthy is the fact that James stays very much in the same pattern throughout. I think that a bit more variation would have benefited the album even more, esp. since James comes with a lot of talents an a terrific voice.

Shawn James is a musician that writes and plays music since it’s a matter of heart to him. He stands with two feet on the ground, putting the music into the forefront. Listening to this album is more than a nice experience.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hellhound
  2. Belly of the Beast
  3. When it Rains, it Pours
  4. Snake Eye
  5. Deliah
  6. Black Down
  7. Lift Us Up
  8. Captain Stormalong
  9. Preacher Foretold

 

Label: Shawn James Music

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 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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CD review ALESTORM "No Grave but the Sea"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Alestorm, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Rock, Napalm Records, Folk

CD review ALESTORM "No Grave but the Sea"

(7/10) I guess that nobody really expects poetry when it comes to lyrics of Scottish metal outfit Alestorm. This couldn’t be found back on the earlier releases and also the new record, “No Grave but the Sea”, continues with stories around piracy, beer, pubs, tankards and other trivial things. If lyrics like “Tequila and a donkey show/Mexico, Mexico” or “I see the man called Schlumpfi behind the oaken bar” are amusing or boring lies in the eye of the beholder, but beside all that it’s the music that’s actually not too bad. Alestorm has a sense for catchy melodies, which they merge with nice riffs and a powerful rhythm. No doubt, everybody can immediately join in singing and even after quite some beers it works very well.

Alestorm’s newest album comes with ten of these pirate-style folk metal tracks, providing you with 46 minutes of trivial but entertaining music. If you liked the earlier Alestorm releases “No Grave but the Sea” will not disappoint you. I don’t think that the Scotsmen can dramatically increase their fan base but this, I guess, is also not the purpose of the album. Alestorm does what they can do best and fans will be pleased with the ten song. What more do you want?

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No Grave But the Sea
  2. Mexico
  3. To the End of the World
  4. Alestorm
  5. Bar and Imbiss
  6. Fucked with an Anchor
  7. Pegleg Potion
  8. Man the Pumps
  9. Rage of the Pentahook
  10. Treasure Island

 

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

 

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CD review FLOGGING MOLLY "Life is Good"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Flogging Molly, Folk, Rock, Punkrock, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Blues, Spinefarm

(8/10) What fits better to a sunny late May afternoon than listening to some good music with a solid punch and excellent melodies? I could enjoy this experience while listening to Flogging Molly’s newest album “Life is Good”

The California-based band with some Irish roots released already five studio records, which include songs being built on Irish folk and some punk. This explosive mixture unleashes quite some energy, a fact that makes Flogging Molly records to a good-time listening experience. The punk adds some anarchic energy to the tracks while the folk elements stand for the band's roots and the catchy melodies make each song to a danceable one. ‘Danceable’, in this context, is meant as something very positive, since I can imagine that anyone can keep the feet still on the ground while Flogging Molly fires their songs into the crowd.

The new album “Life is Good” doesn’t make a difference. Violin, mandolin and accordion play a dominant role throughout, accompanied by rocking guitars and a grooving bass.

“Life is Good” features everything you could wish from a new Flogging Molly longplayer with fast songs like “The Hand of John L. Sullivan” being my personal highlights on this record. With its galloping groove the track is made for being played live. But also the next number, “Welcome to Adamstown”, spreads a good vibe with a horn section that adds a Mexican expression to this well-composed tune. But also the calmer moments on “Life is Good” spread a lot of intensity. The rocking title track is one of those before the soulful “The Last Serenade (Sailors and Fisherman)” gives you the shivers.

Actually I could stand still by each of the ten tracks because the album doesn’t know any filler. Every song recorded is relevant and adds to the very positive impression I got while listening to the disc several times.

‘Life is good’ while listening to “Life is Good”. This album sounds mature, rocking, dynamic and Irish. I can definitely recommend it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ther’s Nothing Left Pt.1
  2. The Hand of John L. Sullivan
  3. Welcome to Adamstown
  4. Reptiles (We Woke Up)
  5. The Day We’ve Yet to Meet
  6. Life is Good
  7. The Last Serenade (Sailors and Fisherman)
  8. The Guns of Jericho
  9. Crushed (Hostile Nations)
  10. Hope
  11. The Bride Wore Black
  12. Until We Meet again

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Folk Punk Rock

Release Date EU: June2nd, 2017

CD review FLOGGING MOLLY "Life is Good"
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New WALDRUNA album in autumn

Veröffentlicht am 9. August 2016 von Markus W. in Waldruna, Black Metal, Folk, Pagan Metal, News, Tour

The last part of Waldruna's trilogy is entitles "Runaljod – Ragnarok" and will be released on October 21st, 2016 through Norse Music.

In short, the ambitious idea behind the trilogy was to create musical interpretations of each of the twenty-four old Nordic runes. It proved to be a lengthy and challenging task. Some of the material on the album even date back to 2003 and the early stages of the project, when multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Selvik started to develop the genre-defying sound and style that Wardruna have become known for. It is a contemporary sound, but one that is characterized by the use of old and historical instruments like Kraviklyra, taglharpe, goat horns, birchbark lures and more. The vocals range from whispering voices to melodic song and mighty choirs. All performed with sincerity and conviction.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Tyr
  2. UruR
  3. Isa
  4. MannaR – Drivande
  5. MannaR – Liv
  6. Raido
  7. Pertho
  8. Odal
  9. Wunjo
  10. Runaljod

 

Tourdates:
12 Nov. Leipzig - Kumpelhalle / Eventpalast (DE)
13 Nov. Lodz, Wytwórnia - (PL) - SOLD OUT
15 Nov. Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg, Symphonic Hall (NL) - SOLD OUT
17 Nov. London, Union Chapel (UK) (Zusatzkonzert)
17 Nov. London, Union Chapel (UK) - SOLD OUT
18 Nov. Paris, Trabendo (FR) - SOLD OUT
19 Nov. Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg, Symphonic Hall (NL) - SOLD OUT
25 Nov. Stockholm, Nalen (SE) -(Einar Selvik Solo)
26 Nov. Stockholm, Nalen (SE) - SOLD OUT
25 Nov. Stockholm, Nalen (SE) (Zusatzkonzert)
30 Nov. Malmö, Slagthuset (SE)
01 Dec. Kopenhagen, Portalen (DK)
09 Dec. New York By Norse, New York, USA (Einar Selvik Solo)
21 Jan. Oslo, Setrum Scene (NO)


 

New WALDRUNA album in autumn
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New IN EXTREMO song unveiled

Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Folk

"Sternhagelvoll" is the first new song from In Extremo's upcoming album "Quid Pro Quo". The guys performed the song in the studio and posted the video on their Facebook side. Check it out via the link below.

By the way, release date is June 24th and the album comes via Vertigo/Universal Music. Na dann mal Prost.

New IN EXTREMO song unveiled
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CD review Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá "Skuggsjá"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2016 von Markus W. in Ivar Bjørnson, Einar Selvik, Enslaved, Wardruna, Folk, Pagan Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog Rock, News

(8/10) There are some records that are just exciting to listen to because they demand quite something from you as the listener; records that develop existing sounds further, that are demanding and still approachable.

"Skuggsjá" is one of those longplayers that are thrilling because they offer you a great possibility to dive into new soundscapes that are mind-blowing.

But let's start at the beginning. You might know the names of the two main guys behind this album. Ivar Bjørnson is guitarist and composer of Norwegian Enslaved, while Einar Selvik is the creative mind of Wardruna. The two guys have been the curators of 2015th Roadburn festival in Tilburg which included special shows of both bands - Enslaved and Wardruna.

The next fruitful output of this duo is the album we're taliing about in this review. "Skuggsjá" is the name of this longplayer, a Norwegian word that means ' mirror' or 'reflection'. Nomen et omen in this context since this longplayer reflects the Norwegian inheritage very well when it comes to language, poetry and instruments.

This album can be seen as metallized progressive folk rock that includes harsh guitars ("Makta Og Vanæra, For All Tid") next to almost forgotten old Scandianvian instruments. But also when it comes to the vocals things get pretty exciting. Starting with narrative style vocals ("Intro: Ull Kjem") the album includes as well fragile and beautiful female vocals, all this being completed by almost blackened metal screams here and there. In the end it's four persons sharing the vocal duties - Bjørnson, Selvik, Grutle Kjellson and Lindy-Fay Hella.

This album is more than just a record. "Skuggsjá" sets the Norwegian heritage to music in such a way that the listener almost gets the impression of being part of this exciting moment in time. This longplayer combines musical experience, endless passion and emotional depth to a pretty unique listening experience which demands time. Take your time and dive into the world of "Skuggsjá".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklisting

  1. Intro: Ull Kjem
  2. Skuggsjá
  3. Makta Og Vanæra, For All Tid
  4. Tore Hund
  5. Rop Fra Røynda - Mælt Fra Minne
  6. Skuggeslåtten (instrumental)
  7. Kvervandi
  8. Vitkispá
  9. Bøn Om Ending, Bøn Om Byrjing
  10. Outro: Ull Gjekk
  11. Skaldens Song Til Tore Hund (Bonus tracks deluxe Digipak)
  12. Quantum Pasts (Rop Frå Røynda - Bardspec Ed) (Bonus tracks deluxe Digipak)

 

Label: Season Of Mist

Genre: Pagan Metal

Release Date EU: March 11th, 2016

 CD review Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá "Skuggsjá"
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THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL unveils details of their next album

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in The Order Of Israfel, Heavy Metal, Folk, NWoBHM, Alternative Metal, News

Swedish The Order Of Israfel will release their second album on May 27th. "The Red Robes" is the next strike after having published the well received debut a few month ago.

 

Here is the tracklist:

1. Staff In The Sand
2. The Red Robes
3. In Thrall To The Sorceress
4. Swords To The Sky
5. Von Sturmer
6. Fallen Children
7. A Shadow In The Hills
8. The Thirst

Bonus DVD: Live At Sweden Rock Festival 2015

1. The Noctuus
2. The earth will deliver what heaven desires
3. On black wings, a demon
4. Promises made to the earth
5. Wisdom/Morning sun (Satanas)

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL unveils details of their next album
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CD review SUPERSUCKERS "Holdin' the Bag"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Supersuckers, Eddie Spaghetti, Rock, Southern Rock, Hardrock, Country, Folk, News, CD Review

(8/10) It was a tough time for Supersuckers mainman Eddie Spaghetti. The singer and bassman has been confronted with the diagnosis of cancer, right at the time when the band's newest album was ready to be released. Eddie went into a period of treatment for fighting cancer and the "Eddie Spagehetti Cancer Fight Fund", he set up, supported very much financing all the expensive treatments.

But Spaghetti is a fighter and the new album will see the light of day as we speak. "Holdin' the Bag" is the name of the disc and it's a pretty cool record.

The lonplayer begins with a very melancholic song called "Hidin' the Bad" - the title track. The song starts with a harmonica and a acoustic guitar, a very silent beginning. It develops to a melodic folk rocker with an excellent melody without getting reallt loud. In one or another way a was reminded of the Leningrad Cowboys.

The next number fits into the general theme of this album but it's a bit faster than the opener. It's a mix of Social Distortion and some folk. "Man On a Mission" could become a part of a western movie soundtrack before one of the highlights takes over. "I Can't Cry" is a very touching track with a lot of feeling embedded. It's the shared vocals of Spagetti and Lydia Loveless which gives this song a very special touch. Again, for me one of the best ones on this album and I wonder how much the recent experiences of Spaghetti impacted on this tune.

But there are the positive vibes on "Holdin' the Bag" too. "Let's Bounce" is a track that comes with this optimistic approach. It's a Southern rock track that sounds like something from Kid Rock, just better.

You want it more rock'n'roll? No problem. "Jibber-Jabber" is the most rocking track on the album, build on a irresistible groove and a crazy piano.

You wonder if all this diversity fits together. I can affirm this, the whole album feels like one unit that shows the musical flexibility of the Supersuckers.

I like this record even though it's not metal. Anyhow, it's cool and honest music. It his highly entertaining and gives you a good time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Holdin' the Bag
  2. This Life .. With You (feat. Hayes Carli)
  3. High and Outside
  4. Man on a Mission
  5. I Can't Cry (feat. Lydia Loveless)
  6. Let's Bounce
  7. I Dow What I Can
  8. Jibber-Jabber
  9. That's How It Gets Done
  10. Shimmy and Shake
  11. All My Rowdy Friends
  12. Georgia on a Fast Train (EU Bonus)
  13. Loaded (Vinyl Only Bonus)

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2016

CD review SUPERSUCKERS "Holdin' the Bag"
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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

CD review CASUALTIES OF COOL "Casualties of Cool"
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CD review KAMPFAR "Profan"

Veröffentlicht am 8. November 2015 von Markus W. in Kampfar, Black Metal, Pagan, Folk, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Norwegian black metal horde Kampfar has finished the work for their seventh longplayer that got the title "Profan". Often' profane' is used to express that something is common and usual. This isn't valid for Kampfar's new longplayer. Just the fact that the album contains 5-7 minutes long epical black metal track shows that "Profan" has nothing to do with 'simple'.

But looking into the second meaning, which is 'unholy' & 'pagan', explains the title much better. Listening to singer Dolv the new album “Profan” represents no hope, a life of filth, a surrender to the laws of Death and the Scythe." And that's exactly what you can expect from the new studio release. It's this gloomy and bleak vibe that is spread by each of the songs. Knowing, that half of the band is from rainy Bergen and knowing that the album was recorded their too can explain this atmosphere quite well. Each of you who have been there already know what I'm talking about.

"Profan" is a mean piece of raw black metal that covers songs from highspeed to midpace metal. If you liked the former releases of the Norwegian band you will also appreciate the seven new tracks on "Profan". Kampfar stays true to themselfs and build on the strength, Again, quality from Bergen.

 

(8/10)
 

Tracklist:

  1. Gloria Ablaze
  2. Profanum
  3. Icons
  4. Skavank
  5. Daimon
  6. Pole in the Ground
  7. Tornekratt

 

Label: Indie Recording

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review KAMPFAR "Profan"
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