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CD review BLOODCLOT "Up in Arms"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Bloodclot, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Punk, Cro-Mags

CD review BLOODCLOT "Up in Arms"

(8/10) In case you haven’t heard of Bloodclot before at least the name Cro-Mags should ring a bell. And if you heard about Cro-Mags you’re also aware of their frontman John Joseph. Bloodclot is the new hardcore outfit of Joseph and can be seen as a ‘supergroup’. Next to the iconic frontman himself it’s ex-Kyuss and ex-Danzig members being a part of Bloodclot and it’s this four-piece band that releases a new album featuring twelve new songs.

 

Big soundscapes and epic running times is something you will not find on this longplayer. The twelve songs, all together, don’t even lead to a running time of 30 minutes. What sounds very short is in the end nothing else than the focus on the essence of hardcore and punk. Each of the tunes on this album is spot-on and acts as a sonic wrecking ball. Being ‘hit’ twelve’ times is enough. Not to be misunderstood; this album is great and one of its beauties is the condensed approach that keeps all the frills out of the picture.

 

Songs like the title track, “Fire” and “Slow Kill Genocide” are fast and merciless hardcore tracks played with a punk attitude. Bloodclot’s music is raw and authentic, driven by anger and rage.  Listening to this album feels like being in an musical twister that grabs you with track number one and spits you out again with the strong bassline that kicks-off “You’ll Be the Death of Me”.

 

“Up the Arms” comes without any filler. Each song that made it on this excellent longplayer is worth to be part of the tracklist. The record proves again that sometimes less is more. Good stuff.

 

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Up in Arms
  2. Fire
  3. Maniac
  4. Kill the Beast
  5. Prayer
  6. Siva / Rudra
  7. Soldiers of the New Babylon
  8. Kali
  9. Slow Kill Genocide
  10. Slipping Into Darkness
  11. Life as One
  12. You’ll Be the Death of Me

 

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Label: Metal Blade Records

 

Genre: Hardcore

 

Release Date EU: June 14th, 2017

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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 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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CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, downset, Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Worst, Biohazard, Crossover, News, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, Modern Metal, Dino Alone Records

CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

(8/10) It feels like Crossover’s gaining more and more of a momentum again. There are the Prophets Of Rage being on a successful tour through Europe right now and there’s a new player in the starting blocks too – Powerflo. Having a deeper look behind this name unveils well-known musicians. Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog as part of the ‘Flo’ as well as downset guitarist Rogelio Lozano and Billy Graziadei from Biohazard, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and Worst drummer Fernando Schaefer. The musical background of the involved also describes very much the sound of this debut. The quintet celebrates a crossover style that brings together some metal with hip-hop, punk and rock.

Powerflo took a very inclusive approach rather than an exclusive one. Everything started with a jam session, leading to a vibe that was kept throughout the entire album. Powerflo’s songs don’t feel forced or planned. Powerflo’s album grew more organically which also means that, even though ‘Crossover’ is the overarching style, the disc comes with wider variation of styles combined.

“My MO” is the grooving starting point into this longplayer, a song that shows the whole beauty of crossover. Hip-hop meets metallic riffs in an excellent way. “Resistance” adds another level of aggressiveness to Powerflo's sounds before melody and heavy riffs dominate “Where I Stay”.

One of the best songs on the album is the punky “Less Than Human” that also, in parts, reminds of downset. After such a blast the moderate “The Grind” shows the entire spectrum of styles on “Powerflo”, followed by a Biohazard-inspired smasher called “Victim of Circumstance”.

Let’s take this album for what it is: a cool longplayer with well-crafted crossover songs that catches attention. If you like the “Judgment Night” soundtrack or if you call one of the earlier mentioned bands your favorite than you should also get into the ‘powerflo’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My MO
  2. Resistance
  3. Where I Stay
  4. Crushing That
  5. Less Than Human
  6. The Grind
  7. Victim of Circumstances
  8. Made it This Way
  9. Finish the Game
  10. Up and Out of Me
  11. Start a War

 

Label: Dino Alone Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Punk, CD Review, Municipal Waste, Crossover, News, Heavy Metal

CD review MUNICIPAL WASTE "Slime and Punishment"

(8/10) Speed, fury and uncompromissingness are some of the key factors for Municipal Waste’s success. The guys from Richmond, Virginia started their metal adventure in 2000, leading to six records over the last years. The newest strike is entitled “Slime and Punishment”, coming with 14 songs that can be described as faster and even more spot-on than what we know from the quintet up to date.

Municipal Waste pushes the pedal to the metal. Calmer moments or even ballads are nothing these guys get out of bed for. The five-piece from Richmond is firing on all cylinders, which results in savage songs like “Breathe Grease”, the opener of a 30 minutes lasting sonic twister that ends with the wild “Think Fast”. The interesting side note with the closer is the fact that the title includes ‘fast’ while the first half is kept in a quite moderate pace – still in Municipal Waste terms.

Everything that’s in-between the opener and the closer can be described as crossover anthems per excellence. Not taking prisoners with songs like the grooving “Slime and Punishment”, the brutal “Amateur Sketch” and the boisterous “Poison the Preacher”, Municipal Waste continues with a sound bands like D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies built up decades ago. The Richmond-quintet stands for a next generation of crossover bands, taking their inspiration from those earlier days in metal. The guys revitalize crossover since quite some years with “Slime and Punishment” being their newest attack.

“Slime and Punishment” is a self-recorded album with bass player Phil Hall at the helm. The mix though was done externally by no less than legendary Bill Metoyer. Obviously it was a fruitful combination, resulting in an excellent sound for such a crossover endeavour.

“Slime and Punishment” is an album that picks up the best from thrash metal and hardcore and the fact that this style isn’t really new doesn’t matter. Municipal Waste’s sound isn’t unique, but who cares. What the album gets across though is an honest passion for metal music that is transferred by songs that catches someone’s attention in no time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Breathe Grease
  2. Enjoy The Night
  3. Dingy Situations
  4. Shrednecks
  5. Poison The Preacher
  6. Bourbon Discipline
  7. Parole Violators
  8. Slime And Punishment
  9. Amateur Sketch
  10. Excessive Celebration
  11. Low Tolerance
  12. Under The Waste Command
  13. Death Proof
  14. Think Fast

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

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POWERFLO - with Cyprsess Hill, Biohazard,... members, announces debut

Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, Cypress Hill, downset, Biohazard, Crossover, Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Rap, News, Video, Fear Factory, Worst

POWERFLO - with Cyprsess Hill, Biohazard,... members, announces debut

It looks like the old “Judgement Night” days are coming back, or at least a metal/rap crossover. Prophets Of Rage are touring right now through Europe, playing some big festivals after having had a very successful North America tour earlier.

Now it’s another player that enter the scene – Powerflo. This quintet are Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), Rogelio Lozano (downset), Billy Garziadei (Biohazard). Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory and last but not least Fernando Schaeffer (Worst). These five guys put the last dot on the ‘I’ when it comes to their debut album “Powerfol” which will be released on June 23rd, 2017 via Dine Alone Records.

Here comes a first teaser which sounds excellent. Enjoy and stay tuned for more.

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CD review PEACE OF MIND "MMXVI"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Peace Of Mind, Hardcore, Punkrock, News, Dead Serious, CD Review

(7/10) Since 2015 Sonnenberg, Germany is the homebase of a new hardcore band - Peace Of Mind. Even though being a rather new player in the field of European hardcore Peace Of Mind played already more than 60 shows an also found some time for an album entitled “MMXVI”. The record features nine songs which are known by fans of the band. These tracks are summary of two EP’s, “Peace Of Mind” and “Gaze Into an Abyss”, and based on a new label, Dead Serious, it might not be a too bad idea to make these songs available for a wider group of fans.

Peace Of Mind’s music is the opposite of the band name suggests. These nine tracks are aggressive hardcore songs build on harsh guitars, well-done shouts and a more than solid groove. This album stands like a rock and will definitely help the band to find new friends and fans.

Next to the more positive there are two things that are more of an issue. Peace Of Mind have their sound and they stick very much to it. This means that most of the tracks are grooving mid-pace ones and it’s hard to distinguish them. It’s a bit too much of the same thing only different. The second thing is that the album is with less than 30 minutes quite short. OK, hardcore doesn’t focus on epically long songs, but a bit more music for the price of a full-length CD wouldn’t have been bad at all, especially considering the fact that the nine songs have faced already an earlier release. One or two new tracks would have been like the peperoni on the pizza.

Anyhow, Peace Of Mind just started their journey and there sits doubtless some potential with the band. Let’s see what the future will bring. For the moment “MMXVI” is a good start for more to come.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Twist of Fate
  2. Misery Loves Company
  3. Gaze Into an Abyss
  4. Stubborn
  5. Cut the Rope
  6. Peace Of Mind
  7. Reclaim the Street
  8. Your Demise
  9. My Pending Decay

 

Label: Dead Serious

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review PEACE OF MIND "MMXVI"
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TAU CROSS announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 23. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tau Cross, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Punk, News, Heavy Metal, Voivod, Amebix, Post Punk

TAU CROSS, the multinational punk / heavy metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist / frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, have announced their second full-length album Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21 on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records.

TAU CROSS commented on the new album: "Pillar of Fire is the continuation of some of the ideas that were explored on our first Album, this time we have managed to share the songwriting more equally and introduce some other textures to the songs. This should help to establish Tau Cross as less of a one off phenomena and more of an ongoing musical collective producing our own distinctive sonic environment."

Pillar Of Fire was recorded across three different countries and co-produced by "The Baron" in the same manner as their eponymous debut. The drums were tracked Montreal, guitars in Minneapolis, bass in Seattle and Minneapolis), vocals on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Pillar of Fire further expands the group's unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke's metallic post-punk and Motörhead's anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS's philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes and the endless search for meaning in a controlled Universe.

 
Tracklist:
  1. Raising Golem
  2. Bread and Circuses
  3. On the Water
  4. Deep State
  5. Pillar of Fire
  6. Killing the King
  7. A White Horse
  8. The Big House
  9. RFID
  10. Seven Wheels
  11. What is a Man
  12. Three Down
Vinyl + Digital bonus tracks:
  1. Three Down
  2. We are the Terror
  3. In Time
 
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CD review LIFE OF AGONY „A Place Where There’s No More Pain“

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2017 von Markus W. in Life Of Agony, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Punk, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Napalm Records

(9/10) The history of Life Of Agony is a really exciting one. Like a rollercoaster the band went through ups and downs, all leading to their newest album „A Place Where There’s No More Pain“.

But let’s take it one by one. It was in 1993 when an album almost turned the metal world upside down. „River Runs Red“ was the name of the debut, released by a four-piece band hailing from Brooklyn, New York – Life Of Agony. It was this energetic mixture of hardcore, metal and rock that created a lot of excitement and the record is still one of my personal faves. Songs like the title track, „This Time" and „Through and Through“ are intense songs with an intensity the band never reached again to such an extend.

„Ugly“ the successor, was a good album too even though it couldn't reach the class of the debut. The beginning of the end, the first end, was in 1997 when singer Keith Caputo left the band, being replaced by Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane. Two years later the band announced their split and the first chapter of Life Of Agony was closed.

The second era started in 2003 with two sold-out shows in New York, followed by a new studio album entitled „Broken Valley“ but after a few more years the disbanded for a second time at the end of 2011.

It looks like the four guys can’t let loose of the band since it was in 2014 when Life Of Agony has been re-vitalized and lucky enough the quartet wrote and recorded new songs that ended up on their fifth longplayer. Life Of Agony found a new home with Napalm Records and end of April fans can finally hold some new stuff of the NY-based metal gang in their hands.

Comparing the new longplayer with the debut wouldn’t be fair. Times changed and things evolved. However, „A Place Where There’s No More Pain“ became an excellent album that I haven’t expected to be that strong and energetic. It feels like the hiatus had a positive impact – a period in which the quartet got hungry again for heavy alternative metal that includes all Life Of Agony trademarks – excellent vocals by Mina Caputo, razorblade-sharp riffs by Joey Z. and a groove machine that consist out of Alan Robert and Sal Abruscato. This original line-up unveils an album that is filled with ten highlights. I couldn’t indentify any filler on this longplayer that is bursting with energy.

„Meet the Maker’ kicks it off with a modern riffing and vocal lines that are a 100% Life Of Agony. There is a certain melancholy embedded in the opener that’s balanced with a great melody. Another song I would like to stand still for a moment is the title track that is build in a thrilling fashion. With a moderate paced verse and a more upbeat chorus the song is a treat for ears and mind.

„Dead Speak Kindly“ is a darker song with a reduced tempo before „A New Low”, with a dominant bass line, slowly creeps into your mind. A thrilling break is the pepperoni on this metal pizza, making things even more tasteful.

The catchiest song on the album is „Bag of Bones“. ‚Catchy’ in this context doesn’t mean commercial. It just sticks after the first time listening to it, before „Walking Catastrophe“ dominates the scene with heavy riffs. The end of the longplayer is a quiet one. „Little Spots of You“ is a wistful piano ballad that includes a lot of pain as well as some light-hearted moments. But even these lighter moments are covered in grey shades flowing round your soul. This song is very unusual as well as it’s a great experiment with a ‚deadly’ end.

„A Place Where There’s No More Pain“ became the expected awesome new Life Of Agony longplayer that shows that band in great shape and form. This album is the best one since „Ugly“ maybe even since „River Runs Red“. The four piece kept the intensity in their music that became more mature but for sure not less loud. This album is a ‚must have’.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Meet My Maker
  2. Right This Wrong
  3. A Place Where There’s No More Pain
  4. Dead Speak Kindly
  5. A New Low
  6. World Gone Mad
  7. Bag Of Bones
  8. Walking Catastrophe
  9. Song For The Abused
  10. Little Spots Of You

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review LIFE OF AGONY „A Place Where There’s No More Pain“
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"World Gone Mad" by LIFE OF AGONY

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2017 von Markus W. in Life Of Agony, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Crossover, News, Hardcore, Rock, Video

Brooklyn hard rock legends LIFE OF AGONY have completed work on their new album and Napalm Records debut "A Place Where There's No More Pain", which will be released April 28th via Napalm Records.  So far only one song from the album has been released to the public, the title track “A Place Where There’s No More Pain”. 

 

Today Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan are stoked to debut the second single from A Place Where There's No More Pain. Get a first listen to “World Gone Mad”.

 

"The message behind ‘World Gone Mad’ could not be more relevant to what's going on all over this planet right now. People are more divided than ever, and if we continue to ignore the fact that this world is busting at its seams and just continue to "stick our heads underground," like the lyrics suggest, we will see a madness in our lifetime like we've never experienced before,” says bassist Alan Robert.

 
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CD review BODY COUNT "Bloodlust"

Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2017 von Markus W. in Body Count, Ice-T, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Crossover, Heavy Metal, Rap, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Punk, CD Review, Century Media, News

(9/10) It' was 25 years ago to date when an album was released (on March 31st, 1992) that had a strong impact in metal. In the days of grunge becoming more and more popular it was Body Count who released their debut; an album that came with an intensity that was mind-blowing. And not just that it was good record, it also contained lyrics that where confronting and controversial. A song everybody was talking about is "Cop Killer", addressing the case of Rodney King. After such a powerful and controversial beginning it was in 1994 when the band released the highly anticipated "Born Dead" which picked things up where the debut ended.

In the meantime we reached 2017 and Body Count is back with their fifth longplayer. "Bloodlust", that's what it's called, comes with eleven songs, each of them a real smasher. I'm not really sure what triggered this unleashed power of Ice-T and his band, it might be the current political situation, but what the guys decided to put on the album belongs to the best I've heard from Body Count.

Anger, rage and power forges ahead in songs like "Civil War", including a guitar solo from Dave Mustaine, followed by the not less energetic "The Ski Mask Way".

Next to all the new songs "Bloodlust" also comes with a cover version. As an intro to the tune Ice-T describes what Body Count is about and why the guys choose this song as being the cover version on the record. The song we're talking about is Slayer's "Raining Blood/Postmortem". This version can easily compete with the original, something I never thought that I would ever say.  Slayer belongs to one of Ice-T's favorite metal bands, leading to a cooperation for a contribution to the OST of "Judgement Night". "Disorder", the song that was recorded that time, is a brutal metal track and so is the cover on this new longplayer.

Talking about cover version; other than expected "Walk With Me" isn't a Lamb Of God cover even though it's Randy Blythe contributing with some shouts. “Bloodlust” is an album that comes without any filler. “No Lives Matter’, the title track or the closer “Black Hoodie” are brilliant grooving metal songs that belong to the best ones Body Count ever released. This album is a sonic riot, build on a mighty groove and brutal thrash riffs.

"Bloodlust" became a record that I was hoping for but didn't expect. Each second of these 41 minutes running time is charged with mighty riffs, angry vocals and lyrics that are very relevant in today's situation. The debut might brought the most attention but it's this longplayer that shows what Body Count is able to achieve in the fields of metal. You should not miss this album.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Civil War (feat. Dave Mustaine)
  2. The Ski Mask Way
  3. This Is Why We Ride
  4. All Love Is Lost (feat. Max Cavalera)
  5. Raining Blood/Postmortem (Slayer cover)
  6. God, Please Believe Me
  7. Walk With Me… (feat. Randy Blythe)
  8. Here I Go Again
  9. No Lives Matter
  10. Bloodlust
  11. Black Hoodie

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: March 31st, 2017

CD review BODY COUNT "Bloodlust"
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CD review IRON REAGAN "Crossover Ministry"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Iron Reagan, Relapse Records, Hardcore, Punk, News

(8/10) This band is no stranger. Iron Reagan began as a side project by members of bands like Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour. "Worse Than Dead" was the debut of this new project. One year later, in 2014, the sophomore "The Tyranny of Will" was welcomed by metalheads all over the planet, now followed by the third longplayer.

In the tradition of the earlier releases Iron Reagan continues with their hardcore thrash metal melting pot leading to songs that are short and spot on. 18 tracks in not even 30 minutes are a clear statement. "Crossover Ministry" is a furious piece of music that's a pleasure for fans of bands like Suicidal Tendencies up to Nuclear Assault and the early Anthrax.

"Megachurch" for example includes phrasing that sounds very much like Suicidal-frontman Mike Muir, including some typical hardcore screams as a counterpart - a cool tune and a pleasure for each listener. 

This album feels like an express train with forgotten breaks. Iron Reagan rushes through the eighteen songs as if there would be no tomorrow. This longplayer doesn't give you a chance to take a breath. Piano-parts, like in the beginning of "Dead With My Friends" are an exception. After a few seconds a grooving riff starts the actual song that builds up to another high speed hardcore thrasher. 

Also having a look into the lyrics shows typical themes of crossover. Iron Reagan thematizes topics about the current state of the world ("A Dying World") up to trouble with the neighborhood ("Fuck the Neighbors").  

Iron Reagan celebrates good old crossover, merging hardcore and thrash metal into a brutal release that's like a musical smash into your face.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A Dying World
  2. You Never Learn
  3. Grim Business
  4. Daed With my Family
  5. No Sell
  6. Condition Evolution
  7. Fuck the Neighbors
  8. Power of the Skull
  9. Crossover Ministry
  10. More War
  11. Blatant Violence
  12. Parents of Tomorrow
  13. Bleed the Filth
  14. Megachurch
  15. Shame Spiral
  16. Dogsnotgods
  17. Eat or be Eaten
  18. Twist Your Fate

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: February 3rd, 2017

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Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Suicidal Tendecies, News, Hardcore, Crossover, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal

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