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CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Dizzy Reed, News, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Guns'n'Roses, CD Review, Golden Robot Records

CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

(8/10) Dizzy Reed is no less than the keyboarder of Guns’n’Roses, which he joined in 1990. He was part of the two legendary “Use Your Illusion” releases and is the meantime, next to Axel Rose himself, the most consistent member of Guns’n’Roses. Next to being part of this iconic rock band, Reed also worked with bands like The Dead Daisies, Slash’s Snakepit and many more.

After all this extraordinary contribution to other bands and their music time is ripe for a solo album of this highly skilled and experienced musicians from Illinois. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” is the title of Reed’s solo debut, featuring 12 thrilling rock songs that are all charged with pure rock power.

Dizzy Reed recorded the album together with some friends who supported him on this journey. Well-known names like Ricky Warwick, Chuck Wright, Jeff Duncan, and many more contributed to this excellently done rock record that’s a treat for your ears.

Since Reed is a pianist and keyboarder you could get the idea that the album is very focused on these instruments, which isn’t the case at all. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” comprises of rock songs with blistering guitars, a grooving rhythm section and excellent vocals. No doubt, keys might get a bit more focus than with other releases by still getting across as a natural part of the song rather than being the center of everything.

The album, that faced a digital release already Mid-February, is a pure power pack. Tunes like the thrilling "Mother Theresa", the soulful "Fragile Water" and the catchy "Reparations" are cool songs. No doubt, listening to the album of course reminds of Guns'n'Roses. How could it be different. However, these songs are far more down-to-earth than what we got offered by the mothership. Dizzy Reed's solo album is much livelier and breathes the spirit of rock'n'roll.

“Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” became a great rock album that shows the entire beauty of this kind of music. Energy, dynamics, agility and vitality – all these keywords are a fundamental part of what you get to hear on this album. Even though rock’n’roll might not be easy it’s the ease, embedded in the songs, that helps to make the album to an easy approachable one with songs that stick to your mind right away.





  1. This Don’t Look Lik Vegas
  2. Mother Theresa
  3. Cheers 2 R Oblivion
  4. Fragile Water
  5. Dirty Bomb
  6. Mystery in Exil
  7. I Celebrate
  8. Understanding
  9. Crestfall
  10. Forgotten Cases
  11. Reparations
  12. Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy


Label: Golden Robot Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 1st, 2018


CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, News, Hardrock, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Noise Floor, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"
(8/10) Spock’s Beard was founded in 1992 by the Morse brothers, Neal and Alan. It was in 202 when Neal Morse left the band, focusing on some other projects he had in the pipeline. The 2003 release “Feel Euphoria” was the first one with Nick D’Virgilio on vocals and the question at that time was, if Spock’s Beard could continue with the winning streak the band had during the first era. The answer is: ‘yes’. Spock’s Beard never unveiled any bad album and the prog outfit was always a sight for sore eyes on bigger festivals like Sweden Rock and Prog Festival at Lorely, Germany.  However, the records from the first era had a wider commercial reach with a same level of quality included.
Spock’s beard records are a treat for ears and mind with the new album not starting a different pattern.
“Noise Floor” is the title of the next Spock’s Beard record, an album that comes as a double CD. While disc number one is about “Noise Floor” it’s the “Cutting Room Floor” that adds another four tunes to the total on disc 2. 
The band doesn’t change direction when it comes to the 13thstudio album. It is more that the quintet developed their sound and trademarks step by step without deciding for dramatic changes. One thing though is very different compared with the predecessor. Earlier mentioned founding member Nick D’Virgilio, who left the band in 2011, is back and next to the regular line-up Spock’s Beard stretched their sound by adding violins, a cello player and an English horn to the mix, giving their songs a wider frame and some nice twists.
To zoom in on some songs only is not what should be done with "Noise Floor". It's the entirety rather than a specific tune that creates enthusiasm.
However, to describe a bit of what can be expected of this Spock's Beard release, I will use "What Becomes of Me' as an example. The ticking of a clock introduces the tune, followed by some soulful guitar melodies. Sometimes I had to think about Deep Purple while there were other moments that reminded me of Pink Floyd. As with the earlier releases also this time songs are used for transporting feelings and the fact that we have skilled musicians at work widens the spectrum and adds possibilities to do so. Adam Morse and band mates always put the focus on songs and songwriting, in which all musicians are included. Spock's Beard was never a band that put the spotlight on individual skills and experience. It is the passion for music, the willpower to write excellent songs and the emotional depth that creates a base for this album as well as for the earlier releases.
‘13’ might be a sort of unlucky number for some, but definitely not for Spock’s Beard. Their 13thlongplayer showcases again the high level of musical skills when it comes to each of the band members and the band itself. It also feels like the return of D’Virgilio added some extra enthusiasm to the band, which makes “Noise Floor” to an exciting progressive rock album fully in line with earlier releases. If you’re a Spock’s Beard fan, the new album will be another highlight in your prog rock collection and folks that are passionate about well-crafted and approachable progressive rock music will like this album.


Disc 1 - Noise Floor

  1. To Breathe Another Day

  2. What Becomes Out of Me

  3. Sombody's Home

  4. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

  5. So This is Life

  6. Box of Spiders

  7. Beginnings

Disc 2 - Cutting Room Floor

  1. Days We'll Remember

  2. Bulletproof

  3. Vault

  4. Armageddon Nervous

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in '77, Bright Gloom, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

(7/10) Since quite some years I‘m fascinated by the irresistible energy '77 spreads on their releases and even more on stage. The quarter from Spain seems to inhale the rock‘n‘roll spirit and exhale pure rock power. The quartet shows this full-blast approach on four longplayers more than well and it’s record number five that’s supposed to strengthen their position even more.

„Bright Gloom“, which is the title of the band‘s new album, doesn‘t take a different road compared to the known. Classic hardrock is what the band celebrates on the longplayer and it‘s „Bread & Circus“ that helps the '77 to get out of the boxes very well.

What I have to say though is that, even after a few turns, the record doesn‘t reveal some irresistible smashers, songs that just wow you from beginning to end. Don‘t get me wrong. None of the eleven tunes is a bad one and tracks like „Where Have They Gone“ are cool rock songs. They just miss the final spark that makes the song blowing your speakers.

However, „Bright Gloom“ is still far away from being a disappointment. „You Better Watch Out“ is a cool grooving rocker and it‘s songs like „Last Chance“ a lot of youngsters would love to have in their repertoire.

‘77 newest sonic thunderstruck is a cool rocking album, done by an enthusiastic band that strengthens their position in today‘s rock community – not more, but also not less. Well deserved seven points go to Barcelona.





  1. Bread & Circus
  2. Hands Up
  3. Who's Fighting Who
  4. Be Crucified
  5. Where Have They Gone
  6. It's Near
  7. You Better Watch Out
  8. Fooled by Love
  9. Last Chance
  10. I Want My Money Back
  11. Make Up Your Mind


Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018


CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Motor City Mayhem, Shitfaced and Outta Luck, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Metalapolis

CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

(8/10) Shotgun Express was a rock band hailing from Stuttgart, Germany. What rose out of the ashes of Shotgun Express is a new rock outfit – Motor City Mayhem.  The five-piece from Mercedes City carries on the legacy of Shotgun Express, sending blues driven hardrock into the world.

Motor City Mayhem, that’s Van on vocals, Scott and Johnny on guitar, Armin handling the four-string guitar and Robin providing the heartbeat with a powerful drumming. These five guys recorded an album that features street rock which is loud and authentic.

Being inspired by bands like MC5 and The Stooges it’s Swedish rock icons like backyard Babies and Gluecifer the added some blueprints for what Motor City Mayhem offers on their debut.

If you want to check out this album by testing some of the tunes you basically can’t chose anything wrong. The longplayer doesn’t include fillers. Each of the ten tracks hits bull’s eye when it comes to power and credibility. It’s a drum roll that kicks of “Hey C’mon” which is the first energetic rock’n’roller on the album. What follows is a 34 minutes firework with “Burn In Hell” being the final cracker. Time flies while listening to “Shitfaced and Outta Luck”.

After spinning “Shitfaced and Outta Luck” several times I must say that I was positively surprised of what reached my ears with this debut. Honest and dirty street rock is what you get. It combines the energy of punk rock with a bluesy hardrock vibe that almost gives you the idea that Stuttgart is in Cali. This record offers good music that is down-to-earth and spot on. In case you’re looking for a soundtrack for your next party, this album should be on your list.





  1. Hey C’mon

  2. The Road

  3. When We Were Kings

  4. Bad Friends

  5. Eat the Rich

  6. Dead City

  7. Outlaws (…On the Run)

  8. Bad Habit

  9. Psycho Ward

  10. Burn in Hell


Label: Metalapolis

Genre: Street Rock

Release Date:  May 25th, 2018


CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in RSO, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, News, Rock, Hardrock, BMG

CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

(9/10) RSO is nothing else than the acronym for Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Both names combined lead to RSO, the name of this exciting collaboration of two of the best rock guitarists in the here and now.

It will be May11th, when this rock duo will debut with a longplayer entitled "Radio Free America". The album features 15 (hard-)rock songs that are lively and charged with a lot of rock power. 

"Radio Free America" was recorded over the last 2 years in Los Angels with no less than Bob Rock at the helm. It was Sambora's and Orianthi's home, which served as studio for recording this longplayer. Kitchen, dining- and living room became multi-functional locations in which amplifiers and recording equipment found a spot and I think that this familiar and intimate atmosphere helped a lot when it comes to the ease that comes with the longplayer.

Nothing on "Radio Free America" sounds forced or strained. Each of the 12 tracks comes with a dynamic liveliness and includes pure enthusiasm. The centrepiece of the album is the guitar play of Sambora and Orianthi. But instead of putting endless solo parts into the spotlight, it's the songwriting that got the main attention, with the extraordinary guitar skill of the musicians providing a wide spectrum of musical opportunities. 

The album gets out of the boxes very well. "Making History" is an excellent opener. The tune has a strong groove and catches your attention from the first note played. "We Are Magic" is next, comprising of rocking moments, but it is the melodic approach that qualifies the song for becoming a single release. 

"Radio Free America" also has some soulful moments of which "Take Me" is one. What's noticeable is the fact that Sambora as well as Orianthi are excellent singers; next to their brilliant guitar sound. Another touching moment is the calm "Walk With Me", adding a country-style to the album and also "Truth" belongs to the heart-breaking tunes on an album that has a lot of feel embedded from beginning to end.

The album comes with a good mix of rocking songs and emotional ballads, all finding an end with the last song on the record, which is a cover version. Sambora and Orianthi recorded their interpretation of the Sonny & Cher classic "I Got You Babe". Both do a perfect job by stayingg close to the original while also adding their own style to the mix. 

"Radio Free America" is a very well-crafted rock album, done by two of the most influencial guitarists in rock music. It feels like both approached this album without any pressure or expectation. Each of the songs on the album feels like the duo wanted it to be exactly as recorded for the album. This longplayer feels like an authentic matter of heart with both musicians presenting their passion rather than any commercial aim. It's this freedom that's, in a metaphorical sense, acts like the pepperoni on the pizza. Two thumbs up.





  1. Making History
  2. We Are Magic 
  3. Rise
  4. Take Me
  5. Masterpiece
  6. Walk With Me
  7. I Don't Wanna Have to Need You Now
  8. Truth
  9. Together on the Outside
  10. Good Times
  11. Forever All the Way
  12. I Got You Babe


Label: BMG

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: May 11th, 2018


CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in DeWolff, Thrust, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Mascot Group, Provogue

CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

(8/10) DeWolff is a psychedelic rock outfit, hailing from the Southern parts of The Netherlands. The trio isn’t a new player in the fields of rock even though their biggest fan base is located in their home country. DeWolff is quite big in The Netherlands with a constant enlarging group of fans.

The trio was founded in 2007 with a debut that saw the light of day ten years ago. As mentioned, things evolved in positive direction with additional records that followed. 2018 is the years for DeWolff’s seventh longplayer, comprising of eleven well-crafted rock songs.

Things start with „Big Talk“ which isn‘t ‚big talk‘ at all. The song is an exciting opener that lives by its rock‘n‘roll spirit. It‘s an excellent start into a well-done album. „California Burning“ is the next tune, unveiling a cool classic rock vibe that has its roots on the seventies, before „Once in a Blue Moon“ reveals the band’s passion for calmer tones. The soulful vocals and gently singing Hammond add a lot of feel to this touching track and its great mood.

These three songs, all in pole position of this tracklist, gives you a great idea about what to expect of the rest of this release.

The big strength of DeWolff is the spirit and feel that's embedded in songs like the grooving „Tombstone Child“.  Another track you shouldn’t miss on this album is entitled „Freeway Flight“. Rock and blues compliments each other in an excellent fashion, making this emotional song to a true highlight of „Thrust“.

If music is about emotions, DeWolff scores a big win. „Thrust“ is a 47 minutes long journey that is touching and fascinating. DeWolff has inhaled the spirit of rock music, resulting in a terrific longplayer that‘s dynamic and organic. This album is the right soundtrack for balancing superficial modern life. Take a deep dive into the emotional depth and connected vitality of „Thrust“. It's worth it.





  1. Big Talk
  2. California Burning
  3. Once In A Blue Moon
  4. Double Crossing Man
  5. Tombstone Child
  6. Deceit & Woo
  7. Freeway Flight
  8. Tragedy? Not Today
  9. Sometimes
  10. Swain
  11. Outta Step & Ill At Ease



Label: Provogue/Mascot Label

Genre: Classic/Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018


CD review ANGEL OF MERCY "The Avatar" - re-issue

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2018 von Markus W. in Angel Of Mercy, The Avatar, News, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Epic Metal, Power Metal, re-issue, Shadow Kingdom

CD review ANGEL OF MERCY "The Avatar" - re-issue

(8/10) Shadow Kingdom re-issues some stuff from the underground on June 1st – Angel Of Mercy’s first and only album entitled “The Avatar”.

David St.James formed the band in 1980 and it took the bandleader seven years to write the songs and gather a band to record “The Avatar”. Angel Of Mercy’s headquarter was a rented warehouse in the desert heat of Las Vegas, a location they used as a rehearsal room, but also played concerts in front of more than 200 fans.

The album, “The Avatar”, was self-released on vinyl as a private pressing and was supposed to act as a springboard for getting a record deal. Unfortunately things didn’t work as they should and the deal never appeared. This will change in 2018 after a wait for three decades.

30 years after the recording took place it’s Shadow Kingdom that re-issues this ‘lost’ underground pearl in a 2-CD package that also includes some special bonus goodies.

“The Avatar” is actually a pretty cool album that deserves to get some more attention. Even after 30 years the songs are timeless, reminding of influences by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and some epic metal a la Manilla Road.

Fans of traditional heavy metal should have heard this album that was covered with dust for so many years. It contains good music that’s down to earth, well crafted and full of dedication. These songs were written with passion and this album was recorded with full commitment and without any commercial aim. You can’t get metal more authentic than what you get on “The Avatar”.





Original The Avatar album

  1. In the Beginning
  2. Angel of Mercy
  3. Chained to the World
  4. Soul Searcher
  5. Break Away
  6. Metamorphosis
  7. The Avatar
  8. Victim of the Change
  9. Journey to the Master
  10. The Last Encounter
  11. The Succubuss

 November 1983, Las Vegas Recording Studio

  1. The Succubuss
  2. Soul Searcher
  3. The Avatar
  4. The Last Encounter

Spring 1992, Abandoned Sessions IMR Studio

  1. Enter the Abyss
  2. In the Beginning
  3. Angel of Mercy
  4. Metamorphosis
Unreleased track from The Avatar sessions
(Intended as a lead-in to "Chained to a World")
  1. The Journey Begins

2015 session, IMR Studio

  1. Chained to a World


Label: Shadow Kingdom

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: June 1st, 2018


CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2018 von Markus W. in Shinedown, Rock, Hardrock, Post Grunge, News, CD Review, Atlantic, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Attention Attention

CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

(9/10) Shinedown’s story in rock is an impressive one. What began in 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee evolved to one of the most influential rock acts in the here and now. The debut “Leave a Whisper”, released in summer 2003 and produced by no less than Bob Marlette, went right into the charts and marked a first step of Shinedown’s rise.

Brent Smith and bandmates didn’t slow down after such a successful start and new longplayers followed. Over time the band established themselves as an important factor in alternative rock music and became a big seller when it comes to records and live shows.

Three years after “Threat to Survival” entered the Top 10 of the US-charts it’s “Attention Attention” that asks exactly for this – ‘attention’. The band’s sixth longplayer comprises of 13 songs and an intro entitled “The Entrance”. After you entered to the door to “Attention Attention” it’s a powerful drum beat that marks the beginning of “Devil”. The tune that was unveiled a few weeks ago as a first single comes with an oppressive vibe. It’s a well-done statement that gives an outlook on what to expect of the new longplayer. What stands out in specific with “Devil” is the unpredictable rhythm of the track, building the base for this well-crafted opener.

“Black Soul” is next, starting with some keys and vocals. The song evolves to an alternative metal anthem that lives by the dynamic generated by loud and calmer moments. The title track is next on the batting order. What comes with “Attention Attention” is a dark expression and a hypnotic beat, ending up in a catchy chorus and shows the band’s sense for hooks without entering the fields of cheesiness.

None of the songs on “Attention Attention” is a boring one. Each of the 13 tunes generates excitement, regardless if we talk about the excellent “Pyro” or the gloomy “Monsters”. “Creatures” is the only tune that shows a bit more of standard approach, followed by the heavy grooving “Evolve” which brings back the hard rocking Shinedown.

Next to the terrific songs on the album it’s the lyrics that are more than just embellishment. Shinedown addresses topics like social media (“Kill Your Conscience”), the fight against depression (“get UP”) and for truth (“The Human Radio”).

Shinedown’s sixth longplayer has all the ingredients in place to compete with earlier successes. It’s an energizing and dynamic alternative rock album with catching hooks, great melodies and heavy rocking guitars. Alternative rock without mentioned Shinedown is a mission impossible and the new album strengthens the band's position in modern rock music.





  1. The Entrance
  2. Devil
  3. Black Soul
  4. Attention Attention
  5. Kill Your Conscience
  6. Pyro
  7. Monsters
  8. Darkside
  9. Creatures
  10. Evolve
  11. Get Up
  12. Special
  13. The Human Radio
  14. Brilliant


Label: Atlantic / Warner Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018


TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in Tri State Corner, Hardrock, Rock, Dark Rock, News, Video, Tour

TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Tri State Corner will release their newest album "Hero" today. The guys will also hit the road and tour dates can be check in the video below.


Here's the video:


CD review BLACK STONE CHERRY "Family Tree"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in BSC, Family Tree, News, CD Review, Mascot, Rock, Southern Rock, Hardrock, Black Stone Cherry

CD review BLACK STONE CHERRY "Family Tree"

(8/10) It was back in 2001 when a new rock band entered the scene, hailing from Edmonton, Kentucky. The name of this outfit – Black Stone Cherry. The roots of the band go back even longer. It was in high school when singer/guitarist Chris Robertson and bassist Jon Lawton met for the first time. Rather quickly John Fred Young (d) and Ben Wells (g) joined the duos, which marked the starting point for one of the most successful Southern rock bands to date.


2018 is the year with Black Stone Cherry releasing their newest longplayer entitled Family Tree”. The album follows the extremely successful 2016 record “Kentucky” which could score some excellent chart positions in North America and Europe.

“Family Tree” needs to compete with this fruitful predecessor and I think it can compete. Album number six comes with a tracklist that includes songs, all being rocking anthems in the fields of classic- and Southern rock.


Black Stone Cherry takes the musical heritage of bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream, transferring the spirit and vibe into the here and now.  The new album get’s out of the boxes very well with “Bad Habits”. The opener, that includes some Led zeppelin influences, has a bluesy vibe, something that’s also picked-up by “Burnin’”.


Next to the rocking tracks there are the soulful moments that are touching. “My Last Breath” is an emotional ballad that contains a lot of feel and it’s a moment of calmness before the wild ride continues with the grooving “Southern Fried Friday Night”. “Dancing in the Rain” is next in the batting order and it’s the first out of two songs with additional support. Warren Haynes has a guest appearance on “Dancing in the Rain” while it’s Chris Robertson’s 5 years old son singing backup on “You Got the Blues”.


All in all “Family Tree” became a really good Southern rock album that can connect to earlier successes. Each of the songs benefits from an excellent production and sound while still coming across as being authentic with an organic sound. It proves that professionalism and a true heart for rock music aren’t two poles that never find each other. “Family Tree’ shows a well executed combination of both, making the album to a real spring/summer soundtrack for your ride into the sunset.







  1. Bad Habit

  2. Burnin’

  3. New Kinda Feelin’

  4. Carry Me on Down the Road

  5. My Last Breath

  6. Southern Fried Friday Night

  7. Dancin’ in the Rain

  8. Ain’t Nobody

  9. James Brown

  10. You Got the Blues

  11. I Need a Woman

  12. Get me Over You

  13. Family Tree



Label: Mascot Label Group

Genre: Southern Rock

Release Date EU:  April 19th, 2018


CD review MICHAEL SCHINKEL'S ETERNAL FLAME "Smoke on the Mountain"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in Michael Schinkel, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Neo Classic, News, ROAR, Smoke on the Mountain, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review MICHAEL SCHINKEL'S ETERNAL FLAME "Smoke on the Mountain"
(8/10) Eternal Flame released two longplayers at the end of the 90’s / beginning of 2000 before the band announced their disbanding. Ten years after the second album “King of the King” was released it was singer/guitarist Michael Schinkel and Helmut Kohlpaintner who re-ignited Eternal Flame. Another six years later the metal world can welcome Eternal Flames next longplayer “Smoke on the Mountain” and I don’t think that the title, combining “Smoke on the Water” and Man on the Silver Mountain”, is a coincidence. 

„Ignition“ is the narrative intro to the album and is followed by the title track. Uptempo guitars and furious leads remind of new-classic metal a la Yngwie Malmsteen. The song is an excellent opener, helping the album to get out of the boxes extremely well. What also stands out are the excellently done vocals by Schinkel, going together with his guitar play very well.

The neo classic vibe continue through-out the entire album but it‘s the opener that unveils the source of inspiration the best. Step by step it‘s classic rock and metal that takes over the scene. Here and there I had to think of the later Rainbow („Got a Rock’n’roll Fever“ & „Close to the End“), Deep Purple („Queen of the Hill“ and „Dreaming“). Jonny Logan‘s „Danger Zone“ sounds like having been the inspiration for the beginning of „Whatcha Gonna Do“. 

„Smoke on the Mountain“ might not re-invent the wheel. It‘s the execution that‘s convincing - from a song writing aspect as well as from a production point of view. „Smoke on the Mountain“ is a great album for friends a traditional metal that‘s built on well-crafted hooks, excellent leads and melodic vocals. Worth to spin this album.





  1. Ignition
  2. Smoke on the Mountain
  3. This is My Life
  4. Queen of the Hill
  5. You Can Save Me
  6. Whatcha Gonna Do
  7. I Believe in This Miracle
  8. Got a Rock‘n‘Roll Fever
  9. Out in the Dark
  10. Dreaming
  11. Take Me There For a Night
  12. Tease My Love
  13. Close to the End


Label: Rock Of Angels Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: May 18th, 2018


CD review FOREIGNER "Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2018 von Markus W. in Foreigner, Hardrock, Rock, Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, earMUSIC

CD review FOREIGNER "Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus"

(*/10) To introduce a band like Foreigner is like carrying sand to the beach. I can't imagine that there are people out there that read my blog and never heard of Mick Jones and band mates. Hits like "Urgent" and "Cold as Ice" all timeless classics in rock, songs that are as brilliant today as they were in the in 1981 when my all-time favourite "4" was released.

In more than 40 years Foreigner has released a robust amount of 'Best of...' albums as well as live releases. To still capatalize on the old classics and new hits, Foreigner needed to do something new and different. Now, it might not be the newest idea on earth to combine rock music, a classic orchestra and a choir, leading to exciting new interpretation of rock songs, but it's the first time Foreigner took this approach. To spice-up things, the new interpretation of hymns like "I Want to Know What Love is" and "Double Vision" were not recorded in a safe studio environment. Foreigner teamed up with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, all together performing live and in front of an enthusiastic audience.

The base for this live release were two shows that have been played in Luzern, Switzerland in May 2017. The band itself, a 58-person orchestra and a 60-person chorus combined forces and gave 13 Foreigner classics a new appeal. This event, that was the outcome of a close cooperation of Foreigner main-man Mick Jones and the Grammy-nominated composer team of Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, was an exciting moment in the band's history and more than a treat for fans of the iconic band. Fortunately the shows have been filmed and recorded, which makes the magic night available to all Foreigner fans as DVD, vinyl and/or CD, the latter being the base for this review.

"Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" stretches the limits and enables Foreigner smash hits to shine in a new splendor. As said in the beginning, combining rock music and classic music isn't something that's mindblowing new. However, in this case it's the excellent songs, a professional approach and a perfect execution that makes the longplayer to a special one.





  1. Overture
  2. Blue Morning, Blue Day
  3. Cold As Ice
  4. Waiting For a Girl Like You
  5. Say You Will
  6. When it Comes to Love
  7. That Was Ysterday
  8. Feels Like the First Time
  9. Starrider
  10. Double Vision
  11. Fool For You Anyway
  12. Urgent
  13. Juke Box Hero
  14. In Want to Know What Love Is


Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018


Photo: Karsten Staiger

Photo: Karsten Staiger


RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi) will release "Radio Free America" in May

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2018 von Markus W. in RSO, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Guitar, Rock, Hardrock, News

RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi) will release "Radio Free America" in May

Richie Sambora and Orianthi will release with "Radio Free America" a debut that was done in close cooperation under the banner of RSO. The album will hit the record stores on May 11th. The longplayer was produced by no less than Bob Rock, known from his work with bands like Metallica and will come via BMG. Stay tuned for more.


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CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Gozu, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Stoner Rock, Heavy Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

(8/10) It isn’t an easy thing to place Boston, MA-based Gozu into a certain category when it comes to style and sound. The quartet builds their music on various sources of inspiration, leading to songs that are exciting from beginning to end.

2018 is the year of Gozu’s newest delivery. The album is entitled “Equilibrium” and features eight songs. What doesn’t sound like a lot of songs still leads to a running time of almost 50 minutes due to the length of each of the tunes.

Mentioning the length of song immediately brings us to the last track on the album. “Ballad of ODB” is with eleven minutes an epic closer of this record, showcasing all the influences Gozu builds their music on. The general vibe of this well-crafted epos is a psychedelic one. Especially in the first third of “Ballad of ODB” some calmer 60’s classic rock dominates the sonic pattern. The tunes gets louder along the way with the general mood being the link that keeps things together.

Moving from finish to start means talking about “Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat”. It’s a killer riff that kicks-off the track and the album. It’s stronger stoner rock breeze that comes with the opener while the solo parts are reminding of classic rock. The tune is an excellent start into the album and is followed by the slower paced “The People vs. Mr.T.”. By the way, song titles of this longplayer are really unusual ones, but you probably recognized this already.

Another track that comes with a doomy vibe is the really cool “Manimal”. The tune is a slowly grooving riff monster that peaks in a melodic chorus.

“Equilibrium” is an album that brings joy by its warm and organic expression. Nothing feels forced on this longplayer, with eight songs securing a brilliant flow. It’s the totality of 50 minutes being the pleasure of an album that should also be listened to from beginning to end. Each of the songs is a little highlight in itself, but it’s all together that creates enthusiasm.  This album contains honest music for fans of hand-crafted rock music with an irresistible ease.





  1. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

  2. The People vs. Mr. T

  3. King Cobra

  4. Manimal

  5. They Probably Know Karate

  6. Prison Elbows

  7. Stacy Keach

  8. Ballad of ODB


Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Stoner-/ Classic Rock 

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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