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CD review VENOMOUS CONCEPT "Kick Me Silly - VC III"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Venomous Concept, Hardcore, Grindcore, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Punk, Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault

(8/10) Venomous Concept is a melting pot fed with hardcore, punk, thrash and grindcore. The result is taped on an album called Kick Me Silly - VCIII". As the title indicated, we are talking about the third disc of this five-piece band. For the once of you who haven't heard of the band before, Venomous Concept is Kevin Sharp and Shane Embury who started the project in 2004. They were joined by Danny Herrera and in the meantime also Nuclear Assault mainman Danny Lilker plus John Cooke are on board.

​Venomous Concept aren't known for releasing as many albums as possible. The debut "Retroactive Abortion" came out in 2004 and it took the band till 2008 to release their second longplayer "Poisoned Apple.

Now, another eight years later the third strike hits the record shops. "Kick me Sill - VCIII" is the title of this album that is 20 songs plus one bonus track called "Rocket Science".

The album is an sonic twister that catches you for around 50 min and spits you out with "Rocket Science". Actually the artificial heartbeat in the end is the first moment to calm down after such an acoustic inferno.

Actually it's two songs scratching at the 3 minutes level. Each of the other tracks take two and half minutes at maximum. The by far shortest track is "Johnny Cheeseburger" which isn't more than intense 11 seconds followed by the catchy hardcore/punk beast "Forever War".

Wild grindcore orgies like "Human Waste" are present on the third longplayer and "Holiday in Switzerland" sound like being taken from an apocalyptic soundtrack. The opener "Rise" instead is a raunchy hardcore/metal hybrid with even a 'melodic' chorus

I like Venomous Concept's new album and I think that fans of bands like Napalm Death and Nuclear Assault will love the songs too. "Kick me Silly - VC III" is raw and comes without any bells and whistles.

Looking on the frequency of releases so far - four years between album number one and two and eight years between album number two and three - I hope that we will get album number four a bit earlier than in sixteen years from now. Venomous Concept, please break the sequence.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rise
  2. Busy With Your Debt
  3. Anthem
  4. Potters Ground
  5. Human Waste
  6. Leper Dog
  7. Farm Boy
  8. Head on a Stick
  9. Pretend
  10. Johnny Cheeseburger
  11. Forever War
  12. Good Times
  13. Pretty on the Inside
  14. Holiday in Switzerland
  15. Fucked in Czech Republic
  16. Neck Tie
  17. Frontal Lobe Disorder
  18. Day Care
  19. Quazimodo
  20. Burning Fatigue
  21. Rocket Science (Bonus)

 

Label: Season of Mist

Genre: Grindcore

Release date EU: January 8th, 2016

 

CD review VENOMOUS CONCEPT "Kick Me Silly - VC III"
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CD review IGNITE "A War Against You"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Ignite, Hardcore, Melodic Hardore, Heavy Metal, News, Alternative Metal, Punkrock, CD Review, Punk

(8/10) 10 years after having released their latest album "Our Darkest Days" California-based hardcore gang Ignite comes back with a brand new longplayer. "A War Against You" features thirteen melodic hardcore tracks as we know them from the band.

I personally lost a bit sight on Ignite over all those years. So much the better that the quintet is back. 

Even though it took a decade till we can hold a new record in our hands, the five guys haven't been lazy. Several side projects kept them busy and the Pennywise contribution of singer Zoli Tegals was probaby the most spotlighted one. 

The first footsteps for "A War Against You" have been set in 2014 when the guys found themselves reenergized and loaded with passion for working on a new longplayer. Together with Motörhead producer Cameron Webb Ignite entered the studio and came back with thirteen recorded songs that made it all on "A War Against You".

Ignite is still Ignite. What I want to say is, that their sound isn't that much different from 10 years ago. The roots and trademarks are still the same, but the five-piece sounds more modern and fresh on the new album. I think that one of the main reasons for this is the fact of working with other bands over the last years. This work provided them with some extra inspiration which found its way into the new tunes. All in all I would say that Ignite got a bit more melodic than they have been in 2006. 

But next to the music it is the message that's importnat of Ignite. "A War Against You" covers personal experiences like in "Nothing Can Stop Me", which is about a friend of the band fighting against cancer. But also the political and social perspective gets a lot of attention on the new album. Current topics like war and refugees are getting a lot of space on "A War Against You". Ignite combines powerful and melodic hardcore with a message. That's what I like with the band since the 90's and it's good to have them back.

"A War Against You" is a first highlight in 2016 that hopefully will deliver some more. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Begin Again
  2. Nothing Can Stop Me
  3. This is a War
  4. Oh No Not Again
  5. Alive
  6. You Saved Me
  7. Rise Up
  8. Where I'm From
  9. The Suffering
  10. How is This Progress?
  11. You Lie
  12. Descend
  13. Work

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Melodic Hardcore

Release Date EU: January 8th, 2016

CD review IGNITE "A War Against You"
CD review IGNITE "A War Against You"
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CD review FORTRESS BLACK "I.N.R.I."

Veröffentlicht am 4. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Fortress Black, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Post Metal, Hardcore

(8/10) Des isch fai arg guad. That's what the concludion sounds like in the Swabian dialect when it comes to Fortress Black's new EP.

After a demo and a first EP the black metal horde from Stuttgart, Germany releases new stuff on "I.N.R.I.".

This EP comes with six devastating black metal tracks that include far more than just premature shrieking.

Fortress Black adds post-metal to their sound by also including an enormous punch in each of the tunes.

"Endzeit" is the opener. It's a heavy drum sound that's first, followed by a brutal riff. The number is kept midpace which transports an 'Endzeit' vibe.

Compared to this hate explosion the beginning of the disc, "Leave Me Alone" is almost a swinging one with a clear message.

The galloping rhythm of "Lost Soul" adds another component to Fortress Black's sound. The tune is a harsh post-metal rocker that is well crafted.

The silent start of "Now I Lay me Down" makes you think about a ballad. You can bury this thought after a minute when the first guitars destroy the harmony.

The title track is a raging composition with German lyrics that is filled with depair. Time for the closer. "The Poison Belt" is the fastest song on the EP with some intelligent breaks that are well placed. I think that this is, together with "Endzeit", the best tune on the EP.

Stuttgart gets black. Fortress Black reflects the dark side if the Swabian soul, embedded it in a really thrilling EP.

If you're already done with X-mas, than this is your record.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Endzeit
  2. Leave Me Alone
  3. Lost Soul
  4. Now I Lay Me Down
  5. I.N.R.I.
  6. The Poison Belt

 

Label: Demons Run Amok Entertainment

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: December 4th, 2015

CD review FORTRESS BLACK "I.N.R.I."
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CD review SACRILEGE "Behind The Realms of Madness"

Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2015 von Markus W. in Sacrilege, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Crust, Punk, Hardcore, News, CD Review

(8/10) It was 30 years ago when Birmingham-based hardcore punks of Sacrilege released their "Behind the Realms of Madness" longplayer. Having started as crustcore band the guys included more and more thrash elements in their sound; something that led to this well done album. 

Relapse Records 're-discovered' this brute longplayer and re-issued it as part of their death-/thrash re-release series.

Something that makes Sacrilege pretty unique is singer Lynda "Tam" Simpson with her wild shouts and bloodcurdling screams. It's a mixture of anger and rage that breaks through in each of the songs, something that is also reflected in the band's lyrics. Social and political relevant topics have been adressed and Sacrilege broached the topics of this time.

Next to the extraordinary vocals it's the simple but efficient riffs that makes the album to a special one. Tunes like "Shadow of Mordor" celebrate almost endless one riff; broken-up by cool leads. Or check out "Flight of the Nazgul" witch is a furious trasher that stands like rock.

The only band I could compare Sacrilege with is Détente with the unforgotten Dawn Crosby (RIP) behind the mic. And even though Détente came from sunny California instead of the rainy Birmingham, both bands had more in common that 'just' an outstanding front-woman.

Relapse Records has again chosen a classic of thrash metal that undeservedly never really got the attention that it should have got. If you missed the album in the 80's it's time to close this gap - here and now.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lifeline
  2. Shadow from Mordor
  3. At Deaht's Door
  4. A Violation of Something Sacred
  5. The Closing Irony
  6. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
  7. The Captive
  8. Flight of the Nazgul
  9. Sight of the Wise
  10. Feed
  11. Dig Your Own Grave
  12. The Closing Irony (Live)
  13. Bloodrun (Live)

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review SACRILEGE "Behind The Realms of Madness"
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CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in Callejon, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Die Ärzte

(8/10) Actually metalcore isn't my most favorite metal genre and that's why I was hesitating a bit when I got the new release from German Callejon.

Even though the band scored already quite some successes I never digged deeper into their songs and sound. Anyhow, the new live release arrived and curiosity brought the disc into my player.

After having heard the live album I must say that I was impressed by the density and energy of the nineteen titles that have been played during the recorded concert in Cologne.

This live disc thrills the listener. It is amazing how much of the raw power, spread by the band during their show, could be captured on this album. Callejon tear down the house. 

The guys are playing metalcore, but to my surprise their sound, esp. on this live release, contains also a lot of thrash metal elements too. It was more than once that I was reminded to the mighty Kreator when I listened to "Live in Köln". Songs like "Das Lied macht mich betroffen" and "Snake Mountain" sound like the Ruhrpott four-piece with German lyrics. Pretty cool.

Tracks like "1000 PS" feel like nomen et omen. Those songs are coming with a hell of a lot of horsepower. Next to the own compositions the guys performed a cover version of the Die Ärzte song "Schrei nach Liebe" which was kept closer to the original version, but put into a new, much heavier, context. And the lyrics are more relevant than ever in these days.

The only downer is the drum solo. There are very little moments when drum solos are really something breath-taking. In the case of Callejon it looks out of place. It's actually boring and takes out the vibe of the rest of the show. 

However, it's almost impossible to escape from the this energizer. This record is a sonic steamhammer. 

If you haven't counted Callejon to one of your favorites you still should give this album a fair chance. You might be as surprised as I have been - and I seriously like this disc.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Wir sind Angst
  2. 1000 PS
  3. Schwule Mädchen
  4. Dieses Lied macht betroffen
  5. Lass mich gehen
  6. Dunkelherz
  7. Porn From Spain 
  8. Ich lehne leidenschaftlich ab
  9. Veni Vidi Vice
  10. Drum Solo
  11. Sommer Liebe Kokain
  12. Krankheit Mensch
  13. Kind im Nebel
  14. Schrei nach Liebe
  15. Unter Tage
  16. Blitzkreuz
  17. Snake Mountain
  18. Porn from Spain part II

 

Label: Four Music

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2015

CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"
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New RYKER'S video

Veröffentlicht am 1. November 2015 von Markus W. in Rykers, Hardcore, News, Video, Punkrock, Punk

German hardcore band Ryker's posted a new video for "The Outcast's Voice". Here you go...

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CD review RYKER'S "Never Meant to Last"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Ryker's, Sick Of It All, Hardcore, Punkrock, Punk, News, CD Review, Mosh

(8/10) Ryker's, never call them The Ryker's, have released an excellent reunion EP a few months ago that is now followed by a brand new studio longplayer. Perfect news for each hardcore fan. What makes this news even better is the fact that the guys from Kassel might got a few years older but didn't loose any power during this period of absence. It was already inicated by the EP and finds its continuation on "Never meant to last" - the guys are back in old strength. In contrast to the title of the new longplayer I must say that this disc is recorded to last.

The first thing that stands out is the new man behind the mic. Kid-D left the band after many years but there is all good. Ryker's found in no time an excellent replacer. Dennis (aka Sergeant D.) took over the vcoals and he fits perfect to the sound of Ryker's.

Fourteen hardcore tracks fill the album and bring back the typical Ryker's spirit. That the band has still a very solid status in the hardcore scene shows already the fact of a guest appearences like the one of Craig Ahead (Sick Of It All) on the mighty "High Five in Your Face With a Chair".

Furthermore the new album covers all the trademarks of this iconic non-US hardcore band. The five-piece builds in heavy riffs in their songs ("The Tenth Level") which reflects the metal side of Ryker's. Songs like "Pig Justice" have the hardcore groove while "The Downfall" brings an extensive mosh part. And "The Outcast's Voice" reminded me in the end even a bit to the old Spermbirds songs.

"Cowboy Song" is a surprisingly quiet song when it comes to Ryker's. It sounds almost like a Faith No More number and it feels like the silence after the storm. A cool closer of a great new release.

"Never Meant to Last" misses a real outstanding smasher like "Hunting season" but there is enough great stuff on this longplayer that is more than a compensation. Ryker's are back and I hope they came to stay.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My Demons
  2. Fair Play Overrated (feat. Mike Dijan)
  3. Pig Justice
  4. The Outcast's Voice
  5. The Tenth Level
  6. We Ain't Going Away (feat. Samuel El Action)
  7. The Age of...
  8. The Downfall
  9. Back to The People
  10. Enemy of The People
  11. Distractions (feat. Craig Ahead)
  12. Rememberance
  13. High Five in Your Face With a Chair
  14. Cowboy Song

 

Label: BDHW Records

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: October 16th, 2015

CD review RYKER'S "Never Meant to Last"
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New RYKER'S song posted

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2015 von Markus W. in Ryker's, News, Video, Hardcore, Punk, Thrash Metal

German hardcore legend Ryker's will release a new album in October. "Never Meant To Last" is the name of the disc and "High Five In Your Face With A Chair" is the first new song, posted as a video. Here you go...

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CD review RIWEN "The cold"

Veröffentlicht am 9. September 2015 von Markus W. in Riwen, Hardcore, Sludge, Punk, News, CD Review

(8/10) The label info starts with a statement: "It's time to make it simple, raw and fast. This is hardcore". I can fully agree to this after I have heard Riwen's newest strike a few times. In times when things become big and complex, simplicity is what you're desperately looking for. Riwen gives you this raw sobriety.

Riwen's new highlight is called "The cold". I liked already the first single releases, but the album is even better. It's this uncompromizing energy the guys build into their songs, that is so fascinating. This mix out of sometimes some sludge and aggressive hardcore works really well.

"The cold" includes twelve numbers that are mostly around two minutes and act as a punch in your face.

Songs like the grooving "Strife and hate", with the grooving bass, could also come from NYC. Also songs like "Hate trade" is a sonic homerun - just a winner.

As soon as the tracks get longer the direction changes too. The pace gets slower (at least in parts), the riffs get more thrashy and the intensity gains. Those numbers still reflecting Riwen's trademarks; the guys add just another shade to them. "The curlew" reflects all this and belongs to the songs you should listen to first.

"The cold" is hot. What sounds like a big discrepency is just how it is. A damn hot longplayer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crucifix
  2. The blackest blood
  3. Orcus
  4. Strife and hate
  5. Daymares
  6. Hades trail
  7. Stalking a wounded wolf
  8. The curlew
  9. Rise up
  10. I see war
  11. Voices of revolt
  12. Dodens kalla

 

Label: Indie Recordings

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review RIWEN "The cold"
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BLACK TEMPLE's "Unlikely event"

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2015 von Markus W. in Black Temple, Video, News, Alternative Metal, Punkrock, Hardcore, Heavy Metal

Here comes the latest video from Swedish Black Temple. Excellent stuff for a Friday night. By the way, today was release date of "It all ends".

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CD review LINIE "What we make our demons do"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Linie, Postcore, Postrock, News, CD Review, Alternative Metal, Hardcore, Doom, Sludge

(8/10) Hamburg Rock City. Linie is another band that proves the truth of this statement. The five-piece from the Hansestadt in the Northern parts of Germany released an EP in 2014. The name of the disc was "Negative enthusiasm" which is followed now by the band's debut album "What we make our demons do". 

Linie is Jörn (v/g), Alex (g/v), Ralpg (b/v), Alex (d/v) and Iggi (keys). The sound of the five guys is tricky to describe and can't be put in a certain box. Linie mixes different styles. The guys themselve describes it as a melange of rock, desert and noise. However, I had to think about bands like Danzig, mainly when it comes to the vocals, Henry Rollins when it comes to the energy of Linie's sound (and the guitar sound) and also Warrior Soul when it comes to the raging expression of some tracks.

After a short intro with some distorted spoken words the first real song on the debut is called "Blood on your arms". The tune has a dark expression and crawls slowly out of your speaker. What is impressive from the first note onwards are the vocals of Jörn Wulff.  He puts a lot of feelings in his unique vocals which makes the songs very much alive.

This is just one example for quite some more cool tracks on "What we make our demons do". "Lake of fire" is another one. Being build on a stoner riff the song is kept slow and comes with spoken words. 

To compete the musical diversity on the album Linie recorded with "Bearing life"; a song full of desperation. Two third of this number is purely based on electro-parts and the despairing vocals. Towards the end a mighty riff kills this mood and adds the aggression to a track that can be seen as a highlight on the longplayer.

Linie created an own sound with their debut. But instead of being caught in their own trademarks the band manages to use those as a platform to further build on. This leads to a pretty cool debut album and I guess that this isn't the last time we hear from the band.

For all the ones who want to see them live, Linie celebrates a drelease party on July 31 in the Hafenklang in Hamburg.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Blood on your arms
  3. The city
  4. Inability
  5. Designate
  6. Lake of fire
  7. Chewing gum
  8. Bearing life
  9. No ideal
  10. Natural selecetion
  11. Outro

 

Label: Bad Kingdom Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release date EU: July 31, 2015

CD review LINIE "What we make our demons do"
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CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Hardside, Hardcore, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Pantera, Biohazard

(8/10) Hardside are from San Antonio, Texas and the five-piece is a metal/hardcore hybrid that really kicks-ass. Zane, Patrick, Ely, Ravy Bear and Sammy are influenced by hardcore legends such as Biohazard while also thrash bands like Pantera made in impact on Hardside's sound.

I haven't heard about the band earlier - a mistake. What I got to hear when I listened to "The madness" the first time was more than impressive. It's the described mixture of heavy sounds that makes the longplayer to an extremely energetic one. 

The title track "The madness" follows an riff-based intro called "No one gets out alive". The opener is a brutal hardcore track that combines faster parts with slow and grooving elements in the mid-part of the song. The next tune, "Caged", can easily keep the high level of the title track. 

A cool bassline starts "Broken faith" - a number with very cool riffs and a murderous groove. The same goes "Resurgence".

Another track I want to mention is "'Til my blood runs dry". The song starts very slow and steamrolls you. It gains speed a bit in the second half which makes it to a raging groove monster with heavy guitars and hardcore shouting.

At the end of the album the thrash influences break through. The mighty "Timebomb" is the longest track on "The madness" and shows quite some parallels with the early Machine Head. It's mainly the guitars that make me think of the four-piece from Oakland, California. The riff in the end could be even a copy of the heavy "Davidian" from Machine Head's debut. But this isn't a problem since "The madness" is full of own ideas and creativity.

"The madness" is a great longplayer from a band I haven't heard before. Time to dig more into the back-catalogue of Hardside.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No one gets out alive
  2. The madness
  3. Caged
  4. Broken faith
  5. Forever
  6. Resurgence
  7. 'Til my blood runs dry
  8. Unloved
  9. Unkown
  10. Timebomb

 

Label: BDHW

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: Already released

CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"
CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"
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CD review CROWN OF THORNZ "Nothing but tragedy" 7"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Crown Of Thornz, Hardcore, Punkrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Eventhough you might not have heard about Crown Of Thornz before doesn't mean that they are newcomers. The band was a main part of the NYHC scene in the mid eighties when bands Madball and Disorder had their first peak.

The sound of Crown Of Thornz is inspired by legendary hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags. So we are talking about intensive hardcore that also brings a lot of grooving parts. The band of mainman Lord Ezec was better know for a cool live act and they found their passion more on stage than on records. "Train yard blues", an EP, and "Mentally vexed" from 1996 have been the only releases so far.

Almost twenty years later there is new recorded stuff available from Crown Of Thornz. Two tracks have been taped and ended up on a 7".

The first track "The kiss of death" is a heavy grooving song with a brutal guitar riff and raging vocals by Lord Ezec. After such a hardcore fireworks the beginning of "No reason why?" is a surprise (by the way, we're not talking about a Gorilla Bisquits cover). The track starts with an acoustic guitar. The song has a more epic character and spreads a dark vibe that gives you a discomfortable feeling. The tunes is totally different compared with the opener and for me it's this contrast that makes the two tracks pretty interesting.

If you like hardcore you should listen to this 7". And maybe we can expect another longplayer in the near future. Who knows.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The kiss of death
  2. No reason why?

 

Label: Bridge 9

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: August 14, 2015

CD review CROWN OF THORNZ "Nothing but tragedy" 7"
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CD review THE BUNNY THE BEAR "A liar wrote this"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in The Bunny The Bear, Electronica, Death Metal, Hardcore, Pop, Metalcore, Punkrock, CD Review, News

(5/10) The Bunny The Bear is a project of Matthew Tybor which was founded in 2008. Tybor was looking for a musical counterpart and found Chris Hutka. In the meantime Hutka left the band again and it is Haley Roback how joined The Bunny The Bear, signing responsible for the clean vocals part on "A liar wrote this".

The music that resulted out of this cooperation is quite controvers. The two musicians created a crossover melange that is mainly based on clean vocals from Hutka, deep growls and screms of Tybor, all on top of pop melodies with a big electronic foundation. 

I actually like if bands expertiment and "A liar wrote this" is definitely something where musicians try out new stuff. On the other side this doesn't mean that you necessarly have to like what reaches your ears.

Blending hardcore, rock, pop and electronica to an unique mix is something I haven't heard in such a consequent version.  However, for me the album became a bit too much of everything. The growls, the desperate screams and the catchy pop melodies doesn't go together very well. But I have to admit, that after the first shock I got more used to it.

What I really like is the voice of Roback. Her clean vocals are a real highlight and it would be great to hear her singing in another context in the future. She's really good.

"A liar wrote this", actually a smart title for the album, is interesting, but not my cup of tea.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vows
  2. Love, trust and compromise
  3. Curtain call
  4. Sick, sad eyes
  5. Empty hands
  6. Lover's touch
  7. Oblivion
  8. It's not always cold in Buffalo (Revisited)
  9. Sleep sequence
  10. Somewhat stadards
  11. Loose lips
  12. Dead leaves
  13. Motion

 

Label: Victory Records

Genre: Electronic Metal

Release date: July 28th, 2015

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