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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 SEPTIC TANK "Rotten Civilisation"

Veröffentlicht am 2. April 2018 von Markus W. in Septic Tank, Rise Above Records, Rotten Civilisation, News, Hardcore, Crust, Grindcore, Thrash Metal, Punk

CD review SEPTIC TANK "Rotten Civilisation"

(9/10) Septic Tank is a band, hailing from the UK that has its roots in the early 90. It was in 1994 when Septic Tank began as an outlet for members of doom metal veterans Cathedral, following their passion for hardcore and punk. No less than Cathedral vocalist Lee Dorrian as well as Gaz Jennings, bass player Scott Carlson (Repulsion) and drummer Barry Stern (ex-Trouble) started the band with some jams on a few occasions.

After having been in a state of hibernation for two decades Septic Tank is back, this time with a record in their backpack. The debut "Rotten Civilisation" is following a first EP, entitled "Septic Tank", which was released in 2013 only in Japan and with a limited number of pieces.

After five more years it was the final concert of Black Sabbath in Birmingham that brought together Lee Dorian and Scott Carlson. A few songs were already drafted but not reheased while new songs have been added to the mix in no time while the guys met.

The result of all the wait and work is a raging hardcore, punk, thrash metal record. It's almost impossible to describe the sound since it's built on so many influences. Motörhead's sound is one source of inspiration while some doomy Celtic Frost moments add another shade to the mix. Next to these to creative influencers it's punk music that gives Septic Tank a rock solid base, a sound that's inspired by bands like G.I.S.M..

"Rotten Civilisation" is an album that lives by its dynamic and aggressive. It transports a pissed-off vibe that was obviously present when the guys wrote the songs and produced the album. There are no frills added at all. What you get as a listener is the pure essence of furious emotions, captured and embedded in each of the 18 songs. The joy with this record is the spontaneity. Nothing sounds planned again and again and again. All the songs are emotions and notes are just a helpful tool to express an angry vibe that's built on today's reality.

Septic Tank's debut is an extremely authentic and powerful album that impressed me from beginning to end.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Septic Tank
  2. Who
  3. Victimised
  4. Social Media Whore
  5. Divide and Conk Out
  6. Treasures of Disease
  7. Fucked
  8. Whitewash
  9. Death Vase
  10. You Want Some
  11. Digging Your Own Grave
  12. Danger Signs
  13. Walking Asylum
  14. Lost Humanity
  15. Never Never Land
  16. Self-Obsessed
  17. Living Death
  18. Rotten Empire

 

Label: Rise Above Records

Genre: Crustcore

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

Photo: Rise Above Records

Photo: Rise Above Records

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CD review NAPALM DEATH "Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2018 von Markus W. in Napalm Death, Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs, Grindcore, Hardcore, Extreme Metal, Punk, News, CD Review, Century Media, Compilation

CD review NAPALM DEATH "Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs"

(*/10) Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death released 15 full-length records, spread over three decades. The awesome "Apex Predator - Easy Meat", released in 2015, was the latest one to date and it has been a lot of singles and some split releases that also enriched the discography of this timeless extreme metal powerhouse. Furthermore there are quite some bonus tracks that found their way on Japan-only releases, and so on.

"Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs" is a compilation that summarises a lot of this extra material and bundles it on this double CD release. The album covers the Century Media days up-to-date which means in other words, the time span between 2004 and 2016. In total there are 31 extreme metal songs that ended up on the tracklist, providing 90 minutes of grindcore and hardcore that doesn't compromise on anything.

"Coded Smears and More Uncommon Slurs" helps a lot to complete individual Napalm Death record collections, providing rarities that might caused a gap so far.

 

(*/10) 

 

Tracklist:

CD1:

1. Standardization (02:46) -> LP-only bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

2. Oh So Pseudo (02:36) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

3. It Failed To Explode (03:38) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

4. Losers (04:22) -> Bonus track from ‘The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code’’ album sessions 2004.

5. Call That An Option? (03:03) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

6. Caste As Waste (03:06) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

7. We Hunt In Packs (03:49) -> Japan-only bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

8. Oxygen Of Duplicity (03:30) -> From Melvins Split EP, recorded 2013.

9. Paracide (01:39) -> Gepopel cover / Japan-only bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

10. Critical Gluttonous Mass (02:26) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

11. Aim Without An Aim (03:05) -> Bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

12. An Extract (Strip It Clean) (03:12) -> From Split EP with Heaven Shall Burn, recorded 2014.13. Phonetics For The Stupefied (03:29) -> From Split EP with Voivod, recorded 2014.

14. Suppressed Hunger (03:09) -> Bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

15. To Go Off And Things (02:29) -> Cardiacs cover / From Split EP with Melvins, recorded 2013.

CD2:

1. Clouds of Cancer / Victims Of Ignorance (02:06) -> G-ANX cover / Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

2. What Is Past Is Prologue (02:57) -> Bonus track from ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ album sessions 2014.

3. Like Piss To A Sting (01:31) -> From Split EP with Melt Banana, recorded 2014.

4. Where The Barren Is Fertile (02:22) -> From Split EP with Melt Banana, recorded 2014.

5. Crash The Pose (01:33) -> Gauze cover / Japan-only bonus track from ‘The Code Is Red...Long Live The Code’’ album sessions 2004.

6. Earthwire (02:55) -> Download only as DZI Foundation benefit following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, recorded 2014.

7. Will By Mouth (01:25) -> From Split EP with Converge, recorded 2012.

8. Everything In Mono (02:48) -> Bonus track from ‘Utilitarian’ album sessions 2011.

9. Omnipresent Knife In Your Back (05:15) -> Bonus track from ‘Time Waits For No Slave’ album sessions 2008.

10. Lifeline (03:18) -> Sacrilege cover / From ‘Respect Your Roots Worldwide’ compilation, recorded 2011.

11. Youth Offender (02:07) -> B-Side from ‘Analysis Paralysis’ EP; recorded 2011.

12. No Impediment To Triumph (Bhopal) (03:02) -> From Split EP with Converge, recorded 2012.

13. Legacy Was Yesterday (02:15) -> From Decibel magazine Flexi EP, recorded 2010.

14. Outconditioned (02:25) -> Despair cover / From ‘Covering 20 Years Of Extremes’ compilation, recorded 2008.

15. Atheist Runt (06:07) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

16. Weltschmerz (Extended Apocalyptic Version) (04:05) -> Bonus track from ‘Smear Campaign’ album sessions 2006.

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Grindcore

Release Date EU: March 30th, 2018

 

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CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2018 von Markus W. in Turnstile, Time & Space, News, Hardcore, Roadrunner, Punkrock, Punk, CD Review

CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

(8/10) Baltimore-based hardcore outfit Turnstile published their second album "Time & Space" a few days ago, a longplayer that releases energy with every song that ended up on the tracklist.

Turnstile's sound is based on some hardcore roots, but it's more that influences the songs. There is some solid punk rock added to the mix which spices up "Time & Space" a lot.

The variety of sounds can be explored with "Real Thing", the song that's number one on the batting order. It's an aggressive hardcore song, kept rather short, as most of the tracks on the album. The cool thing is the bar jazz part that ends the tune and bridges to "Big Smile", which is the next uptempo attack. It brings hardcore and rock'n'roll together and sound pretty cool.

"Bomb" is a chilling interlude that spreads a lounge feeling before a solid bassline introduces the mighty "I Don' Wanna Be Blind". "Can't Get Away" reminds of the earlier Dog Eat Dog while "Moon" merges hardcore with some Nirvana vibes.

With "Disco" the listener faces another relaxed interlude before the title track introduces the end of this entertaining longplayer.

"Time & Space" is an album that presents hardcore roots which are interpreted a bit wider than usually. The result sounds great though and the disc will get some more spins on my record player.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Real Thing
  2. Big Smile
  3. Generator
  4. Bomb
  5. I Don't Wanna Be Blind
  6. High Pressure
  7. (Lost Another) Piece of My World
  8. Can't Get Away
  9. Moon
  10. Come Back For More
  11. Right to Be
  12. Disco
  13. Time & Space

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Gatecreeper, Relapse Records, News, Hardcore, Crossover, Punk, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, CD Review

CD review IRON REAGN & GATECREEPER - Split

(7/10) Relapse Records has a split release in the pipeline that sees the light of day beginning of March. Crossover thrashers Iron Reagan share an album with death metal powerhouse Gatecreeper. The latter added three songs to the total while Iron Reagan is present with five new tracks.

Things start with Iron Reagan, honoring again the glorious days of crossover thrash, times when bands like Nuclear Assault and D.R.I. had their peak moments. The quintet didn’t accept any compromises in the past and also the new songs follow this merciless approach. Iron Reagan is pushing the pedal to the metal which ends up in extremely speedy smashers such as „Warning“ or the 43 seconds blast „Proudly Unaccountable“. The only moment of moderate pace is „Take the Fall". Not that it's of extremely different tempo but it’s build on a slightly slower pace which brings a great groove more to forefront. Not a too bad thing, I must say.

After such a speed attack, Iron Reagan hand over to Gatecreeper. All of a sudden you're confronted by a totally different sound construct and thankfully there is an intro entitled „Daybreak" that prepares you for a death metal ride. Gatecreeper is specialized for oldschool death metal that reminds of bands like Obituary. It’s not that you’re paralyzed by new things after you listened to „Dead Inside“ and „War Has Begun“. Gatecreeper’s mission isn’t to redefine death metal. They build their songs on roots that lead back to Tampa in the eighties. However, what Gatecreeper brings to the table is still great music and listening to the songs is a pleasure without any suffering.

This split CD is a good way of checking out two bands of Relapse Records rich portfolio of metal outfits that you maybe would have missed otherwise.

 

(7/10)

Tracklist:

Iron Reagan

  1. Warning
  2. Paper Shredder
  3. Take the Fall
  4. Proudly Unaccountable
  5. Burn For This

Gatecreeper

  1. Daybreak (Intro)
  2. Dead Inside
  3. War Has Begun

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal / Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Earthcaller, Crystal Death, Hardcore, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, New, CD Review, eONE

CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

(7/10) Melbourne-based hardcore gang Earth Caller is a young hardcore outfit, inspired by bands like Madball and Terror. The five-piece powerhouse released their debut in 2015. "Degenerate" went right into the AIR charts with Earth Caller gaining quite some national attention. 

It was US major label eONE that signed the quintet for recording a second album which was unveiled some days ago. "Crystal Death" is the sophomore longplayer, featuring eleven songs. Earth Caller's second disc stands for well-done hardcore that doesn't solely focusses on riffs, breakdowns and shouts. These ingredients are present, no doubt, but there is a solid amount of melody weaved into songs like "No Forgivness" and "Dying Beside You". And as if the guys wanted to create a counterpart to these tunes the album also contains songs like the raging "Exposed", a track that's mainly build on a lot of anger and brutal riffing.

"Crystal Death" is an album that lives by the unbound energy of youth, good songs and a rock solid production. I guess we will hear more of these guys from Down Under.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pipe Dreams
  2. Sucka
  3. No Forgiveness
  4. Exposed
  5. Dying Beside You
  6. Never in Never Around
  7. A Ghost
  8. Fall (ft. Sophie Jest)
  9. Mirror
  10. May 16
  11. Hold On (ft. Taylar Paige)

 

Label: eONE

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

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CD review DR. LIVING DEAD! "Cosmic Conqueror"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Dr. Living Dead!, Thrash Metal, Crossover, Speed Metal, Hardcore, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review DR. LIVING DEAD! "Cosmic Conqueror"

(8/10) Stockholm is, at least when it comes to metal music, known for outstanding hardrock and sinister death metal. But there's a thrash scene either and one of the most known bands is Dr. Living Dead!.

The group, featuring four doctors (Dr. Rad, Dr. Toxic, Dr. Mania and Dr. Slam), started their 'deadly healing' in 2007. Two demos led to a self-titled debut that became a part of many metal collections in 2011. Since then the four-piece band, on a more or less regular base, procures supplies in the form of two more longplayers.

Two years after having published "Crush the Sublime Gods" it's "Cosmic Conqueror" that hits the shelves. Now, you can ask yourself 'what's new'. It' actually not that much. Dr. Living Dead! isn't a band that belongs to the most innovative ones. Too narrow is the framework of thrash metal and even the crossover component doesn't bring that much new to the table. That's one side of the equation.

Dr. Living Dead!'s strength is the enthusiasm and commitment for what the four 'doctors' like most - energetic thrash metal that comes with a dominant Suicidal Tendencies. "Cosmic Conqueror" is a longplayer that is fully charged with power. The quartet obviously have a lot of fun with what they are doing. There is a lot of joy of playing embedded in each of the songs, all with a positive vibe and a lively energy.

Based on the mentioned limitation in varying their sound I was a bit sceptic in the beginning. I was afraid of getting too much of the same thing only different and partly this is also reality. However, the dynamic and the authentic passion of Dr. Living Dead! sweeps away all these worrying thoughts. It's a positive metal storm, started by the Stockholm-based band that brings a lot of fun and pleasure into a headbangers life.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Coffin Crusher
  2. Can't Kill the Dead the Summoning
  3. Terror Vision
  4. Cosmic Conqueror
  5. Disease to Exist
  6. Into the Eye
  7. Survival Denied
  8. Moment of Clarity
  9. Infiltrator / Exterminator
  10. Cyber Crime

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Crossover/Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 27th, 2017

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CD review IRON MONKEY "9-13"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Iron Monkey, Sludge, Hardcore, Extreme Metal, Punk, News, CD Review, Relapse

CD review IRON MONKEY "9-13"

(8/10) Officially Iron Monkey are categorised as being a sludge metal outfit. But the trio from Nottingham has more to offer. Iron Monkey began in 1994 and finished off a first era in 1999. After 18 years of absence it is 2017 which brings Iron Monkey back to the scene. Being a trip these days the guys worked on the comeback album “9-13” which hit the shelves in October.

Things get started with „Crown of Electrodes“ which is brutal sludge metal killer, unveiling some anarchic sound with the almost insane shouting by frontman Jim Rushby. This guy doesn’t give his vocal ligaments any moment of rest, with the hoarse screams being a substantial element of Iron Monkey‘s sound, regardless what pace the song comes with. Compared to some other stuff on the album the title track i.e. is slower and comes with a mighty groove before „Toadcricifier - R.I.P per“ shifts three gears, being a nasty high-speed smasher.

It‘s those variations in speed and tempo that adds to the positive impression I got from this release, with „The Rope“ entering the fields of slo-mo riffs with a solid doom expression.

What‘s impressive is the nine minutes closer that you might not expect from a sludge band. The guys have enough musical experience to give these nine minutes quite some breaks and twists. Not that the trio deviates from their general pattern. It‘s more the adaption of their own trademarks that adds the dynamic needed for such long closer.

Iron Monkey‘s new longplayer is an uncompromising and menacing piece of music - a furious ravage that is worth some spins.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crown of Electrodes
  2. OmegaMangler
  3. 9-13
  4. Toadcrucifier - R.I.P.PER
  5. Destroyer
  6. Mortarhex
  7. The Rope
  8. Doomsday Impulse Multiplier
  9. Moreland St. Mahhervortex

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Sludge

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

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CD review HIGHRIDER “Roll for Initative”

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Highrider, News, The Sign, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardcore, CD Review, Punk

CD review HIGHRIDER “Roll for Initative”

(4/10) Here comes another band hailing from Gothenburg – Highrider. The quartet release their debut “Roll for Initiative”, following a first EP from 2016. The label info-sheet that comes with this longplayers describes their style as “A metallic and raw debut filled with Scandinavian high energy heavy metal. "Roll For Initiative" holds 8 tracks that mixes thrash, metal, 70´s, doom, punk and hardcore”, which I think is summed up very well. Unfortunately this is also the problem with “Roll for Initiative”. It’s a bit of everything, missing a common approach.

“Roll for Initiative” sounds fragmented. The only thing that keeps this mix of styles together is the raw und unleashed energy the guys weaved into each of the songs. Next to the energy it’s the vocals/screaming, acting as a common denominator in each of the tracks. But these screams are hard to handle and start to become annoying after the first song. Actually it's more vomiting out lyrics rather than screaming.

A song that describes the mentioned best is “The Greater Monkey”. Keyboards play an important role in the beginning of this tune, reminding of some more classic rock. The following riff attack is anchored somewhere between metal and hardcore, with the keyboard sound being a constant companion. It just doesn't work.

There are many excellent releases these days, unfortunately “Roll for Initiative” couldn’t find a spot on this list. This one-dimensional screaming orgy might be interesting for some. For me at least there’s far too little meat on the bone to appease my appetite for good metal.

 

(4/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Nihilist Lament
  2. A Burial Scene
  3. Batteries
  4. The Greater Monkey
  5. Vagina Al Dente
  6. Emotional Werewolf
  7. Roll Dee Twenty
  8. The Rope And The Blade

 

Label: The Sign

Genre: Thrash Metal/Hardcore

Release Date EU: September 15th , 2017

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Photos VALLENFYRE - live at Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, NL

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Vallenfyre, Photography, News, Gebr. De Nobel, Heavy Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Dark Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge

Vallenfyre played a powerful show at Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, NL a couple of weeks ago. Here are some pics from the awesome concert.

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CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2017 von Markus W. in 36 Crazyfists, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

(8/10) Hot stuff from cold Alaska means talking about 36 Carzyfists. The four-piece band from Anchorage debut in 1999 with the self-released “In the Skin” before finding a home at Roadrunner Records. Their seventh album “Time and Trauma” was their first one for their new label Spinefarm, followed by the next power-hitter “Lanterns”.

36 Crazyfists has 12 new songs in their offer, each of them reflecting melodic Metalcore that fires on all cylinders. The tunes on the new album have one theme in common. Like the album title indicates it about light, which might not even be a surprise, considering the fact that the band comes from Alaska where you can find endless light in summer and almost eternal darkness in winter. But there’s also an inner darkness and that’s where the guys focus on. “Lanterns” is about getting over these dark and depressive moments in life. It’s about fighting these demons and search for the light.

The seventh strike of this quartet was a hard piece of work, being based on a tough personal situation of frontman Brock. There wasn’t any flow at this time and it needed a while till he and his band mates realized the opportunities of such a situation, transferring all the emotions into songs that ended on the newest release.

Music is about emotions and the before mentioned can be heard in each of the tunes on the album. These songs come with a lot of feel, from anger to fragile moments, all connected by the typical 36 Crazyfists sounds. “Sleepsick” is a song that’s the perfect hybrid, including both poles. Next to this highlight there is the brutal opener “Death Eater”, a number that’s fueled by anger, a heavy riff and extremely forceful shouts. To balance these brutal outbursts the album also includes a song like “Where Revenge Ends”, an acoustic one that embeds a lot of atmosphere, being the most touching tune on the album.

Two years after having had “Time and Trauma” in the shelves it’s “Lanterns” that stands for another milestone in 36 Crazyfists career. Alaska’s on fire, at least when it comes to 36 Crazyfists.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death Eater
  2. Wars to Walk Away From
  3. Better to Burn
  4. Damage Under the Sun
  5. Sea and Smoke
  6. Where Revenge Ends
  7. Sleepsick
  8. Bandage For Promis
  9. Below the Graves
  10. Laying Hands
  11. Old Gold
  12. Dark Corners

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review IMPLORE "Subjugate"

Veröffentlicht am 22. September 2017 von Markus W. in Implore, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore, CD Review, News

CD review IMPLORE "Subjugate"

(6/10) It doesn’t happen to often that my first 40 minutes of listening to a band are listening to them performing live on stage. Mostly it’s of course the opposite, with listening to an album and then having a chance to see a live show of the guys. When it comes to Implode, it was the first mentioned approach that confronted me with their music. It was a few days ago when the guys supported Vallenfyre, playing a show at the Gebr. de Nobel in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Implore is a band that exists since 2013. It is an international group that includes members coming from different countries. The four-piece band premiered with “Depopulation” in 2015 and inked afterwards a deal with Century Media, the label that releases their sophomore longplayer “Subjugate”.

The upcoming metal storm begins with the slowly rising sounds of "Birth of an Era", an opener that ends in a pure noise orgy with racing fast guitars and hardcore-like vocals by Gabriel Dubko. The following "Loathe" is already known, since it was an earlier single release. It's one out of two 50 seconds lasting riff infernos, both not making any compromises and hard to digest. 

A welcomed break is entitled "Patterns to Follow". The song, that with nearly four minutes an epos on this longplayer, puts hardcore roots in focus. With the addition of some slower parts and a great groove, the song is the best one on the entire album.

To sum up: Implore’s second delivery is a short and intense piece of music that’s build on aggressiveness and energy. What’s partly missing are some nuances and twists, things that break-out of the patterns of the normal. Noise is a crucial element of this kind of extreme music, but things shouldn't be reduced to it.That goes for the album and even more for the live shows.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Birth of an Era
  2. Loathe
  3. Cursed Existence
  4. Paradox
  5. Disconnected from Ourselves
  6. Totalitarian
  7. Patterns to Follow
  8. Ecocide
  9. Technology a Justification for Killing
  10. Cult of El
  11. Desolated Winds
  12. Boundary
  13. Untouchable Pyramid
  14. Gazing Beyond

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Blackend Death Metal / Grindcore

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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CD review COMEBACK KID "Outsider"

Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2017 von Markus W. in Comeback Kid, News, Hardcore, Punkrock, Punk, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review COMEBACK KID "Outsider"

(8/10) Winnipeg is more known for ice hockey rather than for music. However, also metal and hardcore is well-known in Manitoba with Comeback Kid being one of the most well-known band representing the local scene in a more global scale. And just in case you wonder, yes, that’s a link between the band and ice hockey. When Mario Lemieux, a Hockey Hall of Fame star, came back to the NHL it was newspaper headline talking about the ‘comeback kid’ and that’s the whole story.

Anyhow, Comeback Kid doesn’t need to have any ‘comeback’. They guys are very present since 2000 with various releases filling their discography. The last longplayer reached fans of the band in 2014 and was entitled “Die Knowing”. Three years later the result of the bands hard work can be enjoyed on their next full-length release. “Outsider”, that’s the header of the album, comes with 13 brand new songs, all spot-on and without frills and decoration.

To start with the real highlight right away means talking about the monstrous “Somewhere, Somehow”. Comeback Kid managed to create with this song a hardcore anthem that comes with an enormous groove in the verse before the punky chorus infects you with its melody. This number is a real smasher.

The even more positive thing is the fact that it might stand out a bit, but other songs can easily compete with it. “I’ll be that” is a raging hardcore song that kicks in from the first note played and “Hell of a Scene” is not made for compromising on anything too.

Next to these tunes the album also includes contributions of some guest. Devin Townsend is present on “Absolute”, while Chris Cresswell can be heard on “Consumed the Vision” and Northcote has taken over a few parts for "Moment in Time".

“Outsider” marks a new high when it comes to Comeback Kid. This longplayer is powerful, angry, energetic and approachable. You should not miss this forceful slap shot.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Outsider
  2. Surrender Control
  3. Absolute (feat. Devin Townsend)
  4. Hell of a Scene
  5. Somewhere, Somehow
  6. Consumed the Vision (feat. Chris Cresswell)
  7. I’ll be that
  8. Outrage (Fresh Face, Stale Cause)
  9. Blindspot
  10. Livid, I’m Prime
  11. Recover
  12. Throw That Stone
  13. Moment in Time (feat. Northcote)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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CD review ESKIMO CALLBOY "The Scene"

Veröffentlicht am 26. August 2017 von Markus W. in Eskimo Callboy, Metalcore, Hardcore, Trancecore, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review ESKIMO CALLBOY "The Scene"

(6/10) "Don't give a fuck about your feature in that magazine", that's one line in Eskimo Callboy's title track "The Scene", showing a band that seems to be fueled with self-confidence. It is great that the guys know what they want, making their journey. 

The band from Castrop-Rauxel began in 2010 with a first EP. The debut followed in 2012 with two more longplayers that guaranteed a growing fan base, leading to top 10 entries in their home country Germany. The uniqueness of Eskimo Callboy's sound is the fact that they integrated Electro and Techno elements into their metalcore-based sound. The band called it trancecore and became the spearhead of a new genre.

"The Scene" is the band newest album and the first thing that's remarkable is that it gets out of the box a few weeks after the final delivery of most recent German "Bachlorette" season which was 'won' by the band's drummer. Even though it was communicated as a private thing it was amazing how often the band's name was mentioned during the season and how good the target groups match. Looks like a pretty good marketing idea and win-win situation.

However, let's focus on the music. Eskimo Callboy fine-tunes their trancecore sound and opens it to a bigger target group. Clean vocals get more to the forefront and songs like "The Devil Within" are definitely digestible for mainstream fans too. Also the short interlude "X" brings some more calmer tones to the scene before "The New Age" takes over, combining melody and harsh riffing. What comes next is "Frances" which also makes Eskimo Callboy attractive for the mainstream audience, not taking things to an extreme. 

However, there are the metalcore songs too with the wild growls and shouts. The mentioned title track is such an angry songs and also "Rooftop" combines hooks with shouts.

"The Scene" is a logical continuation of the bands achievements to date. They shifted themselves a bit towards mainstream and I guess that some "Bachelorette" fans find their way into the band's sound and music. Anyhow, I can't get rid of the feeling that things are a bit too much dressed for success, but as long as fans love what their idols are doing the decided direction proves them right.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Back in the Bizz
  2. MC Thunder
  3. The Devil Within
  4. Banshee
  5. The Scene (feat. Fronz)
  6. VIP
  7. Shallows
  8. Nightlife (feat. Little Big)
  9. X
  10. New Age
  11. Frances
  12. Rooftop
  13. Calling

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Trancecore

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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