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CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2018 von Markus W. in Wrong, Feel Great, News, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal, CD, Relapse Records, Hardcore, Metal, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Post-Punk

CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

(8/10) Who doesn't want to feel great? I think that especially in times of uncertainty and political absurdity the need for feeling great, at least for some moments, is a something most of us have more the ever. What can help to feel good is listening to Wrong's newest strike entitled "Feel Great".

The longplayer features eleven songs that sound like a mighty steamroller. Downtuned guitars and heavy riffing dominates the scene. Wrong merges metal, punk and alternative rock into music that reminds me of New York groove machine Prong, but also bands like Helmet came to my mind while listening to these intense songs on "Feel Great".

The quartet constructs an unbreakable wall of riffs that gets out of the speakers extremely well. It‘s songs like „Errordome“ and „Come Apart Ment“ that‘s very much inspired by Page Hamilton and band. As being an Helmet fan from the very beginning I immediately liked what Wrong‘s doing on „Feel Great“.  

As most of the tunes are more moderately paced, Wrong adds additional firepower to "Feel Great" with some uptempo tracks of which "Crawl Instead" is one of. Songs like the mentioned clearly shows the hardcore influences and stand for great moments on this 30 minutes longplayer.

"Feel Great" has enough energy to turn a bad day into a good one and it might help to grab these moment of feeling great and hold them a bit longer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Errordome
  2. Culminate
  3. Pustule
  4. Nice Job
  5. Feel Great
  6. Upgrade
  7. Crawl Instead
  8. Come Apart Mend
  9. Zero Cool
  10. Gape
  11. Anaerobic

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Tieflader, Alec Scholpp, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Apokalypse jetzt, Spinnup

CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"

(8/10) If you're interested in metal music, and I guess that's what you are since you read Markus' Heavy Music Blog, the name of Alex Scholpp rings a bell. The German guitarist is guitarist of German metal outfit Farmer Boys as well as he worked together with Tarja and last but not least he revealed an EP with a project called Der Elefant some months ago. 

Next to these bands and projects Scholpp is also founding member of Tieflader which he drives together with bassplayer Robert Swoboda since 1999 when the band released a first EP entitled "Hält nicht an für dich". Three additional EP's have followed, including the stellar "Schneller als du denkst". After having been less present for a while, Tieflader released a next EP right before Christmas last year.

The title track of this disc kicks it off. „Appkalypse jetzt“ feels like a time warp back into a time when Pantera released „A Vulgar Display of Power“. This tune is an excellent riff assault. Brutal and powerful the track‘s like a wrecking ball that smashed everything to pieces.

A thunderstorm introduces „Gib mir deine Hand“. The aggressiveness stays, the pace is reduced. The tune has an oppressive vibe and sounds like background music that accompanies your evil nightmares.

‚Devil-may-care‘ is what the grooving „Sintflut“ is about, followed by the slow and sinister „Dunkelblau“. Things come to an end with „F.D.I.K.“, another blast where excellent guitar work, aggressive vocals and a merciless rhythm section are combined in a great way.

Tieflader adds with „Apocalypse jetzt“ another well-crafted EP to their discography. Thumbs up. The Tieflader started the engine for a next apocalyptic road trip and this EP is the soundtrack.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Apokalypse jetzt
  2. Gib mir die Hand
  3. Sintflut
  4. Dunkelblau
  5. F.D.I.K.

 

Label: Spinnup

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: December 15th, 2017

CD review TIEFLADER "Apokalypse jetzt"
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CD review EKTOMORF "Fury"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, AFM Records, Fury, Heavy Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Fury"

(8/10) Ektomorf is the brainchild of Zoltán Farkas who founded the band in 1993. Farkas and Ektomorf didn't only sail on the sunny side of life. The band had to face prejudices and their music was partly described as a copycat of Brazilian thrash pioneers Sepultura and later on Soulfly. 

However, 25 years later Ektomorf is still around, mainly based on Farkas' willpower and a lot of staying power. Mid February 2018 the band will release their new record entitled "Fury". It's Ektomorf's 13th studio album, featuring ten new metal tracks that are loaded with high-octane and groove.

The album title, "Fury", describes pretty well what fans can expect from this album. It's a next grooving chapter in Ektomorf's discography with tunes that are furious and fierce. Not that the band reinvented the wheel with this longplayer. The quartet still focusses on their exciting mix of thrash metal, hardcore and groove, songs that makes you jump.

It's again producer legend Tue Madsen who gave "Fury" an excellent sound that is another factor of continuity. What's new though is the line-up. After a complete change of band members in 2017 it's Szebasztián Simon (Guitar) , Attila Asztalos (Bass), Dániel Szabó (Drums) supporting Farkas on "Fury". It looks very much like the guys found quite some common ground since the album sounds tight and spot-on.

To sum up. New line-up, excellent producer and a typical Ektomorf groove, that is what you get with "Fury" and it's rough times the band went though led them to where they are now, a constant factor in metal that doesn't disappoint with "Fury".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Prophet of Doom
  2. AK47
  3. Fury
  4. Bullet in Your Head
  5. Faith and Strength
  6. Infernal Warfare
  7. Tears od Christ
  8. Blood For Blood
  9. If You're Willing to Die
  10. Skin Them Alive

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: February 16th, 2018

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CD review CAVALERA Conspiracy "Psychosis"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Groove Metal, Napalm Records, CD Review, Psychosis

CD review CAVALERA Conspiracy "Psychosis"

(8/10) End of November the Cavalera brothers kicked-off a European tour. This time the guys didn’t hit the road as the Cavalera Conspiracy. The tour is done as Max & Iggor Cavalera with the main purpose of celebrating the 20th anniversary of a milestone in metal – Sepultura’s “Roots”.

What’s interesting though is the fact that in parallel the two brothers also release a new Cavalera Conspiracy album. Normally you could expect some touring activities connected to a new album, but not this time. I haven’t seen the most recent setlist and I guess that at least the one or the other new songs will find a spot on the setlist.

Besides all this guessing, let’s have a look into “Psychosis”. It’s album number four of Cavalera Conspiracy and it became an interesting one. The best album for me is the debut and also the newest release will not change this. It doesn’t mean that “Psychosis” is a bad record and also the fourth album is full of excellent groove metal anthems, especially in the first half. It just can’t reach the great “Inflikted”.

The start into the longplayer couldn’t be more brutal than what you get to hear with “Insane”. It’s a merciless thrash beast that feels like a smash into right into the face. The brutal “Terror Tactics” follows, a song that easily keeps the high level set by the opener; a fact that also goes for the grooving anthem “Impalement Execution”.  Extreme metal could sound much better.

Towards halftime the album includes a shift, starting with “Crom”. Still building on the trademarks of Cavalera Conspiracy, the tunes includes a first industrial touch, something that gets even more into the forefront with ”Hellfire”. I felt a bit reminded of Ministry when I heard this tune the first time. Adding these variations to “Psychosis” is a good move since it breaks a standard pattern. On the other hand it also adds a bit of a scattered picture to the totality.

After such a musical detour the band returns to the fast and furious with “Judas Pariah”. This high-speed track starts a metal storm and it’s a grooving section in the second half that increases additional excitement. What comes next is more of a distraction. The title track all of a sudden unveils an atmospheric sound. The instrumental comes unexpected and is hard to place in the context of the album. However, it is a moment to recover from the massive metal attack that hit the listener with the previous songs. The final chapter is entitled “Excruciating” and brings back the known. Brutal vocals, screaming guitars and a pounding rhythm section closes album number four.

“Psychosis” stands in the tradition of the earlier releases of the two brothers. It might not become a classic and it comprises some surprises, but Cavalera Conspiracy still represents merciless thrash metal that can lead to severe neck problems due to intense headbanging.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Insane
  2. Terror Tactics
  3. Impalement Execution
  4. Spectral War
  5. Hellfire
  6. Crom
  7. Hellfire
  8. Judas Pariah
  9. Psychosis
  10. Excruciating

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Groove Metal / Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 17th, 2017

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CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Trivium, Roadrunner, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal

CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

(9/10) Florida-based powerhouse Trivium began their winning streak back in 2003 with the debut, being the starting point of a rise that found a first peak with the sophomore “Ascendancy” and their third longplayer “The Crusade”. Trivium became a big player in metal music, leading to awards, award nominations and a big fan base that appreciated very much the bands contemporary metal sound in a modern outfit. I have to admit that I was also thrilled by these records and seeing them live was a pleasure too.

Even though commercially successful, the latest album doesn’t belong to the highlights of Trivium’s career. “Silence in the Snow” became very melodic with the heaviness of their sound going over board. For that reason I was very curious about Trivium’s eighth album which will be available in record shops on October 20st. Would it be a continuation of what “Silence of the Snow” gave us or would the guys return to a harsher sound that reflects the earlier day much more.

I’m happy to report that it’s the latter. “The Sin and the Sentence” became a brutal piece of music that’s refreshing and will please Trivium fans from the early days. A more than obvious sign of returning heaviness is the fact that frontman Matt Heafy uses screams and shouts again, something that was missing a lot on the previous record.  Next to the very dynamic vocals the album also brings back the ferocious riffs and the twin guitars Trivium is known for. All these typical Trivium-trademarks get completed by a massive rhythm-section that includes with drummer Alex Bent a new band member. Even blast beats are returning after many years of absence.

The first tones on “The Sin and the Sentence” are a kind of introduction to the title track. The tune feels like a melodic start into the longplayer with Heafy singing mainly while adding gentle growls in the chorus. The songs good but it’s “Beyond Oblivion” that marks the first real highlight. The riffs and the scream in the beginning of this blast are blood-curdling and even though the tune has its melodic moments it stays a metal monster. “The Sin and the Sentence” contains more of these tracks that are a delight for Trivium fans. One of these numbers is the thrilling “Wretchedness Inside”, a brutal riff attack with a merciless groove and Heafy shouting as good as in the early days. Partly these shouts are part of "The Revanchist" too, even though being more embedded into a melodic framework. Since things are well-balanced, also this track is representing the reinvigorated Trivium in a good way.

Trivium followed a kind of ghost light with their previous longplayer and fortunately they could adjust the tack towards the brutal, but melodic, metal sound they are known for. This album blows away any doubt that came with “Silence in the Snow”. Silence is gone and metal is back. Thank you Trivium.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Sin and the Sentence
  2. Beyond Oblivion
  3. Other Words
  4. The Heat from Your Hate
  5. Betrayer
  6. The Wretchedness Inside
  7. Endless Night
  8. Sever the Hand
  9. Beauty in the Sorrow
  10. The Revanchist
  11. Thrown into the Fire

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 20st, 2017

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News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Universal Music, Lie, Documentary, News, Alternative Metal, Crossover, Extreme Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Iowa-based extreme metal outfit Slipknot will release a 90 minutes documentary DVD/Blu-Ray entitled "Day of the Gusano" on October 20st. This release captured the band's first show in Mexico, which took place in December 2015 with additional interviews and background stories.

DVD Documentary
1. Sarcastrophe
2. Eeyore
3. Custer
4. (Sic)
5. Me Inside
6. Psychosocial
7. Duality
8. Before I Forget
9. The Devil In I
10. Vermilion
11. Prosthetics
12. Metabolic
13. Spit It Out
14. The Heretic Anthem
15. Wait And Bleed
16. Surfacing / Til We Die

DVD Concert
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

CD
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

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CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2017 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, New, Live, CD Review, AFM Records, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

(7/10) Ektomorf is basically the brainchild of Hungarian metal maniac Zoltán Farkas who started the band in 1993. The guitarist had to go through a rough time in the beginning and it was his willpower that kept him going. Ektomorf released in the meantime 15 records with their fifth album, "Destroy", being a milestone for Farkas and the band. The longplayer, produced by Danish mastermind Tue Madsen at the helm, lead to appreciation of fans and media.

Ektomorf's energetic groove metal combines thrash, metal and punk to a powerful total that reminds of bands like Soulfly. It was in 2016 when the quartet played the unique Wacken festival. The guys made us of the opportunity to record the show and almost 12 months later the CD/DVD hits the shelfs. 

The enitre set was build around the latest studio album "Aggressor" and the 2006 output "Outcast", spiced up with up with some older classics. The setlist is a well-balanced mix of old and new with Tue Madsen handling the audio mix for this release.

The DVD comes with a documentary entitled "Live and Life on the Road" which provides an entertaining 60 minutes behind-the-scene glimpse. "Warpath (Live and Life on the Road" is a proper live album, reflecting on almost 15 years of Ektomorf. For sure interesting for fans of the band and grooving thrash metal.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast

DVD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast
  12. Live And Life On The Road (documentary)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in CAVALERA Conspiracy, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Groove Metal, Napalm Records

The Cavalera brothers announced a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album. The longplayer will be released on November 17 via Napalm Records.

Max CAVALERA in a recent interview with Metal Wani:

"The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer -  an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. I love the record. There are nine songs. We've got one song with Justin from GODFLESH -  just a great NAILBOMB, GODFLESH, CAVALERA kind of song. The rest is all pure thrash madness. And we had it mastered a couple of days ago by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST; he mastered the album. And it's great, man. It's a beast of an album. I think a lot of people are are gonna be surprised when they hear it. It's, for me, the best of all the CAVALERA albums, my favorite one. And it's got the same intensity and energy of the old stuff like 'Beneath The Remains' and 'Arise'. So a lot of people are gonna be happy to hear that."

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

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Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Dynamo Metal Fest, Vuur, Toxik, Exodus, Entombed AD, Testament, Gojira, News, Live, Tour, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Bay Area, Prong, DFM, DFM2017, Devin Townsend Project, White Boy Wasted, Groove Metal, Prog Metal, Hardcore, Live Review

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What a prefect day for a metal festival. Overcast, a few sunrays, a nice temperature, some good bands and a lot of metal - perfect conditions for a great day out. However, the first challenge was to get to Eindhoven. This has nothing to do with the DMF. It was more the vacation period that brought many people on the roads that Saturday, which led to some traffic jams and delays.

After a bit of a hassle on the highways I finally made it to Ijssportcentrum, unfortunately a bit to late for White Boy Wasted, a young local band from Eindhoven that got the chance to open this years edition of the DMF.

 

The first band I could witness was Vuur, the new band of singer Anneke van Giersbergen. The band is working right now on the debut which will be released via InsideOut on October 20th,2017 and after having heard the first single release “Days Go By – London” there was some curiosity when it comes to songs and live performance. Vuur are no rookies. There is a lot of experience in this band and therefore the show was done in a perfect balance between passion for the new and professionalism on the other hand. It was amazing how good the five-piece performed when it comes to tightness and harmony, esp. knowing that they haven’t had too many live shows together to date. Vuur created more appetite for the upcoming album and the long queue during the signing session showed clearly the status of Anneke van Giersbergen and band.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Next to the two Dutch bands at the top of the batting order the DMF 17 was characterized by thrash metal; oldschool thrash metal to be precise. The billing included bands such as Testament, with New York City based Toxik being the first one to enter the stage. The band, that had two great releases at the end of the eighties, is back with full force. Josh Christian and band mates have been the first highlight that day. Going through material of the old days, but also songs from the recent EP "Breaking Class" created some first circle pits and it felt like Holland was intensively waiting for Toxik to return to Eindhoven RockCity. The four-piece band played an excellent show featuring furious guitar solos by main man Josh Christian. These guys are hungry and so are the fans.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Let’s stay for another 50 minutes at the American East Coast. After Toxik created a lot of excitement it was up to New York City-based Prong to take things to a next level - and they did. Tommy Victor and Co. built the setlist around classics with only one new tune from the next album played that day (“Divide and Conquer”). The rest of the setlist was a kind of ‘Best of…', including anthems such as “Beg to Differ” and “Broken Peace”.  Prong set down an energetic show that was very well received by the crowd. The wall of sound these guys build as trio continuously astonishes me. Prong on stage is always an experience you shouldn't miss and today was for sure no exception.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

What we haven't heard so far was some death metal. Last year it was Swedish At The Gates that brought some growls to Eindhoven and this year it's their compatriots Entombed A.D. that nailed down a harsh and brutal show. After a quite long intro the quintet acted as a sonic wrecking ball. These five guys fired on all cylinders, leading to a lot of movement in the crowd. The beauty with the DMF is the billing. There is always some variety in the billing by still following a certain pattern of metal. Death metal, thrash metal and some more complex metal get together in a perfect manner; all combined to a running order that keeps the thrill alive. Dutch metal fans have enjoyed the ‘Vikings’ and therefore it wasn't very surprising that Entombed A.D. extended their show with a few minutes. Allt brå.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

As earlier mentioned, it was thrash metal that got a bit more attention this year. Exodus came to Holland, having a setlist in their bag that lead to pure excitement. Exodus is pure thrash metal without any frills or decoration. These guys don’t take any prisoners; they’re burning down the house. Also the five-piece from the Bay Area kept their set more oldschool with songs like “Piranha” and ”The Toxic Waltz” acting has highly appreciated icons, not to forget “Bonded By Blood”. As quite some other bands also Exodus has a long connection to Eindhoven and the Dynamo with having played their first show in Brabant 29 years ago and over all these years the quintet could keep the spirit alive. These guys are authentic, real, and heavy, being fully charged with metal energy that made Steve Souza already watch the shows of Toxik and Prong. Exodus was the real highlight on this year’s DFM and a true winner.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Time for some more craziness? Of course. Devin Townsend stopped with his Devin Townsend Project at this year's DMF and spiced-up the metal feast at the ‘Ijsbaan’. The Canadian guitar wizard is a great entertainer with excellent guitar skills and a full bag of enthusiasm. The crowd might got a bit tired after already 6 hours of great metal, but Townsend would not be Townsend if he couldn’t gain the fans' attention in a minute. There's no way to escape from the energy that seems to be endless with Townsend. In addition it was a smart move to use the opportunity to also perform quite some songs together with Anneke van Giersbergen. It’s the beauty of a festival that these things can be more easily arranged than normal and metalheads in Eindhoven appreciated these 60 minutes a lot. The Devin Townsend Project music added another flavor to the DMF, leading to a big cheer for the British Columbia-based musician and his hard working band mates.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

One of the bands many fans came for was Bay Area thrash legend Testament. The band was already announced during last year’s edition and the fact that they had their first show outside America at the Dynamo festival 30 years ago was a promising fact for a great show. Unfortunately things went slightly different. Changing the scenery on stage normally took between20 to 30 minutes, but after 45 minutes there was still no Testament on stage. In place of the band the stage crew did one microphone check after the other and you could sense already that there’s something going wrong. I think it would have been good, if someone had informed the patiently waiting crowd about what’s the situation. Finally, after one hour waiting time the band entered the stage with “Over the Wall”. In a split second everybody forgot the long wait since an oldschool set seemed to compensate for the late start. However, due to the technical problems the band lost half of their playing time. The planned schedule ruled with Testament finishing their gig after 30 minutes with “Disciples of the Watch”. Based on whatever reason, the show was good, but the missed playing time, a non-appearance at the scheduled signing session and no merchandise left a bit of a sour taste with fans discussing it even on their way home.

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

After this stroke of fate quite some fans decided to start their way home. They missed though a brilliant show of French metal passionitas Gojira. The quartet could make use of a full light show and what you got to see was impressive. Light, smoke fountains and fire - all part of the show and used as a completion to their great music. This show was treat that for eyes and ears. I have to admit that I haven’t seen the band on stage till yesterday, but what I saw was a jaw-dropping good metal show of a band that had the best sound of the day. The setlist gave a good overview over all phases of the band's creation with a focus on the latest album “Magma”. Gojira is definitely a big player these days and the right headliner for the 2017 DMF. The quartet was the anticipated grand finale, rounding off an exciting metal day with a lot of good stuff and a downer.

 

This years DMF was the third edition and it was with 10,000 fans the biggest one to date. In general things have been arranged in a good way with some bottlenecks when it comes to the bar and the return of DMF coins. Prices for drinks and food have been fair even though the food offer could be bit wider next year with an also slightly increased quality. The burgers were really poor.

 

However, there are always things that can be improved and the mentioned will not take away a very positive impression of the DMF with the next year version being in the planning phase already. There’s a first act announced. Canadian metal icon Annihilator will come to Eindhoven and if I could have a wish the DMF team should continue with Canada by also bringing Voivod to Brabant. Let’s hope and see (or address it on the DMF FB site if you think the same).

Live review DYNAMO METAL FEST 2017, 15.07.2017, Eindhoven

Location: Ijssportcentrum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: June 15th, 2017

For Setlists click HERE

For some more Photos done by Paul Verhagen click HERE

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Here comes PRONG's new video

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prong, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, New,Video

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CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Decapitated, Death Metal, Groove Metal, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, News, Extreme Metal

CD review DECAPITATED "Anticult"

(8/10) For one or another reason I missed Decapitated up to date. Of course it’s the name that rings a bell, but not more. OK, this changes right her, right now. I received the band’s seventh studio album in a history of more than 2o years and I'm impressed of what I got to hear.

The Polish metal outfit entitled their newest output “Anticult” and actually the opposite could became reality. “Anticult” could become ‘cult’. The quartet releases an album that includes basically everything you could ask for from a more extreme metal release.

First of all “Anticult” is spot-on. Decapitated took a puristic approach with not overloading the album with lengthiness. Eight songs and 38 minutes are enough to blow you away. The songs itself though are often between a 5-6 minutes of length, filled with extreme riff, a massive rhythm line and harsh vocals. The beauty with these eight songs is the fact that they can keep a high level of excitement through-out. Take the brutal opener as an example. Decapitated kicks-off the track calm and quite melodic before it turns into a death metal pounder before towards the end calmness partly return. Or take "Earth Scar". This intensive track with its breaks and powerful beat feels like a sonic thunderstorm.

Decapitated’s foundation sits in death metal and also the newest strike doesn’t even try to hide these roots. What acts as a peperoni on the pizza is the groove the guys embedded in each of the eight songs. The combination of extreme metal and groove leads to turns and twists, acting as a true powerhouse. What helps the band in creating these kind of massive songs are the technical capabilities of everybody involved, giving the album its dynamic and energy.

It’s never too late for new things and from now on Decapitated belongs to the bands I want to hear more of during the coming years and till then I keep on going with “Anticult” and the bands rich musical history.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Impulse
  2. Deathvaluation
  3. Kill the Cult
  4. One Eyed Nation
  5. Anger Line
  6. Earth Scar
  7. Never
  8. Amen

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Day of the Gusnao, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Cinema, Pathe, Groove Metal, Live

SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Slipknot is one of the most influential bands of the last decade, excelling with outstanding records. Their brutal sound and uncompromising live shows became a trademark for the Iowa-based band.

On September 6th that band plans a unique event of presenting their new “Day of the Gusano” documentary in more than 1,000 cinemas all over the world (in Holland the film will be shown at the Pathe cinemas). The movie captures Slipknot’s first live show in Mexico which took place in December 2015.

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CD review PRONG "Zero Days"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Prong, SPV, Steamhammer, Crossover, Thrash Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Groove Metal, Heavy Metal, Punk, Alternative Metal

CD review PRONG "Zero Days"

(8/10) After having had a first career high in the beginning of the 90's its New York-based powerhouse Prong who had a fantastic comeback in the 2010 years, starting actually with "Scorpio Rising" and the following "Power of the Damager" album in 2007. These two longplayer brought Tommy Victor and band back in business and it was "Carved Into Stone" that re-established the power outfit.

The newest sonic assault from New York is called "Zero Days" and as with the predecessors also this record is full of typical Prong songs, combining metal, riffs, groove and hardcore to an intensive experience for fans. As with the earlier longplayers also the newest one doesn't take prisoners. Victor, Kirkland and Parsons placed 13 songs on this album and each of them is an uncompromising harsh and loud piece of music.

"Zero Days" features brute and forceful songs. The opener "However it May End" with its mighty riffs, but also "Forced Into Tolerance" are merciless metal tracks, showing the band in an excellent shape and form. It feels like this line-up grew together over the last years, becoming a tight performing unit. These three guys perform like smoothly working cogwheels, keeping this intense metal machine up and running at its best.

What distinguishes the trio is the amount of shades they add to their sound. Songs like "Divide and Conquer", with all its embedded aggressiveness, still includes melodic parts that adds excitement. Another tune, coming with similar pattern, is "The Whispers". This track could be a melodic left over of the "Snap Your Fingers..." days, at least in parts.

To sum up: "Zero Days" will be very welcomed by Prong fans. It's an album that comes with all trademarks you know from Tommy Victor and Co.. Bold riffing, a intense groove and a well-done balance of melody and heaviness is what Prong is about and what the new album covers in a perfect fashion. Good stuff for your ears.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. However it May End
  2. Zero Days
  3. Off the Grid
  4. Divide and Conquer
  5. Forced Into Tolerance
  6. Interbeing
  7. Blood Out of Stone
  8. Operation of the Moral Law
  9. The Whispers
  10. Self Righteous Indignation
  11. Rules of the Collective
  12. Compulsion Future Projection
  13. Wasting of the Dawn
  14. Reasons to be Fearful

 

Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

 

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's working on a new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Groove Metal, News

 
The Cavalera brothers are back! Max and Iggor Cavalera, who created some of the most influential metal records in music history with Sepultura and inspiring the heavy and extreme music scene over decades, are currently hard at work in the studio in Phoenix, Arizona, to record the fourth album of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY!

Set to be released in the Fall of 2017 on Napalm Records, Max and Iggor have now left a message to their fans and the worldwide metal community with a first teaser and greetings from the studio. Check it out right 
HERE!

Produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk, the recordings of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's upcoming album will be documented by Horns Up Rocks, titled 'The Conspiracy Diaries'. These exciting studio episodes will be released over the next months and will share an in-depth view behind the scene's of CAVALERA CONSPIRACY's work in the studio. 


The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band Sepultura as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the Remains, Arise and Chaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre's horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996. A decade after Max left Sepultura and meanwhile released seven successfull records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage.

Get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, as the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall!


CAVALERA CONSPIRACY are:
Max Cavalera – Vocals, Guitar 
Iggor Cavalera – Drums, Percussion 
Marc Rizzo – Lead Guitar 
Johny Chow – Bass
Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promotion)

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