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CD/DVD review IN EXTREMO "40 wahre Lieder"

Veröffentlicht am 1. September 2017 von Markus W. in In Extremo, News, CD Review, DVD Review, Live, Rock, Hardrock, Mediaval Rock, Folk, Dark Rock

CD/DVD review IN EXTREMO "40 wahre Lieder"

(8/10) German mediaeval rockers In Extremo are a quite productive rock outfit with some releases spread out over the last years. The band started their winning streak back in 1995 and belongs to the spearhead of this genre. Twelve longplayers represent an impressive discography with some of them getting in pole position of German longplayer charts.

 

This year it’s not a new studio album that hits the record stores. The band wants to offer something special to their loyal fan base with a release that covers the entire 22 years of the exciting band history. Under the banner of „40 wahre Lieder“ ('40 real/true songs') In Extremo releases a double-CD that includes songs from the early days as well as it features recent highlights such as „Störtebeker“ and „Sternhagelvoll“. „40 wahre Lieder“ is a comprehensive overview of what In Extremo stands for and it documents a quite unique musical evolvement that began on some mediaeval markets and grew to one of the most influential bands in German rock music.

 

Next to the CD, the package also includes three DVD’s, providing footage of spectacular live shows. Next to both shows, celebrating the twenty years anniversary at Loreley, Germany, fans can also enjoy an acoustic set that took place on a boat on the Rhine River. In total we’re talking about 59 live songs, all in 5.1-surroundsound. And if this would not be already enough, there are additional extras that come with this package. It’s an exclusive documentary “Verehrt und angespien” from 2016, done by German TV station WDR, that’s providing background information of band and songs, plus there’s a booklet included with many photos that haven’t been published earlier.

 

“40 wahre Lieder” is a worthy retrospective on 22 years of In Extremo, a release that’s a perfect entry point for new fans as well as it’s a well-done throwback for supporters from the very beginning.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

 

CD1:

  1. Neunerle
  2. Villeman Og Magnhild
  3. Hiemali Tempore
  4. Ai Vis Lo Lop
  5. Spielmannsfluch
  6. Herr Mannelig
  7. Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
  8. Vollmond
  9. Die Gier
  10. Omnia Sol Temperat
  11. Wind
  12. Küss mich
  13. Erdbeermund
  14. Davert-Tanz
  15. Albtraum
  16. Rasend Herz
  17. Horizont
  18. Liam (feat. Rea Garvey)
  19. Singapur
  20. Nur ihr Allein

 

CD2:

  1. Sängerkrieg
  2. Frei zu sein
  3. Flaschenpost
  4. Sieben Köche
  5. En Esta Noche
  6. Zigeunerskat
  7. Viva La Vida
  8. Siehst Du das Licht
  9. Unsichtbar (feat. Mille Petrozza)
  10. Sterneneisen
  11. Feuertaufe
  12. Alles schon gesehen
  13. Himmel und Hölle
  14. Gaukler
  15. Belladonna
  16. Loreley
  17. Störtebeker
  18. Quid Pro Quo
  19. Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
  20. Sternhagelvoll

 

 

DVD/BluRay1:

Warmup / Boat show / Thursday, 03.09.2015:

  1. Siehst du das Licht
  2. Lebensbeichte
  3. Nur ihr allein
  4. In diesem Licht
  5. Frei zu sein
  6. Küss mich
  7. Gaukler
  8. Feuertaufe

 

DVD/BluRay2:

Day 1 / The 1st 10 Years / Friday, 04.09.2015

  1. Intro – Two Søstra
  2. Erdbeermund
  3. Frei zu Sein
  4. Stetit Puella
  5. Krummavisur
  6. Herr Mannelig
  7. Nymphenzeit
  8. Loreley
  9. Vollmond
  10. Die Gier
  11. Wind
  12. Vänner och Frände
  13. Werd ich am Glagen hochgezogen
  14. Hafensolo – Miss Gordon of Gight
  15. Ave Maria
  16. Hiemalti Tempore
  17. Kuess mich
  18. Rotes Har
  19. Omnia Sol Temperat
  20. Spielmannsfluch
  21. Albtraum
  22. Al Vis Lo Lop
  23. Merseburger Zaubersprüche II
  24. Liam
  25. Villemann og Magnhild

 

DVD/BluRay3:

Day 2 / The last 10 Years / Saturday, 05.09.2015

  1. Intro
  2. Sängerkrieg
  3. in diesem Licht
  4. Zigeunerskat
  5. En Esta Noche
  6. Wesserbronner Gebet
  7. Nur ihr allein
  8. Himmel & Hölle
  9. Belladonna
  10. Hafensolo – Ecce Rex Darius
  11. Gaukler
  12. Unsichtbar
  13. Flaschenpost
  14. Frei zu sein
  15. Feuertaufe
  16. Alles schon gesehen
  17. Loreley
  18. Viva La Vida
  19. Sieben Köche
  20. Auf’s Leben
  21. Siehst du das Licht
  22. Sternenreisen
  23. Mein resend Herz
  24. Vollmond

 

 

 

Label: Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music)

 

Genre: Mediaeval Rock

 

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

Photo: Christian Thiele (Promo)

Photo: Christian Thiele (Promo)

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CD review IN EXTREMO "Quid Pro Quo Live"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, Folk Metal, Punkrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) It's more and more that I take a shine on what's In Extremo doing. For many years I could really find my way into their music, something that changed with the latest release "Quid Pro Quo". Lucky enough it's this album that was the base for the newest live recording which hit the shelves a few days ago.

With such a strong studio record in their backpack In Extremo embarked on a tour through Germany, Austria and some other European countries and it was the show in Cologne that is now available in various formats in the record shops.

It's not a too big of a surprise that the focus was on the new album. After a short intro the show started with the awesome title track "Quit Pro Quo". This powerful rocker act as a well chosen opener that got the adrenaline flowing. It's this tune, but also anthems such as "Sternhagelvoll" and "Störtebeker" that are made for being performed live.

As expected from a balanced live show also some classics are expected from the fans and the seven-piece had them on the setlist too. "Feuertaufe" and "Spielmannsfluch" have been well received by the fans. In this context I have to mention that the show in Cologne contained more songs than what ended up on the CD and "Vollmond", as one example, didn't make it on the live album. This might be a bit of a downer, but in the end In Extremo can fall back on so many good song that fans can cope with such a decision. 17 songs gives the listener still a lot of In Extremo - 74 minutes to be precise.

Next to all the mentioned it's the atmosphere that was captured very well. This live album sounds authentic. The enthusiastic crowd can be heard more than once, the band itself is enjoying the show and the sound itself is diverse and powerful.

In Extremo is gaining momentum with their music. The guys entered the charts with their latest studio album and I guess that this live album will be a great x-mas gift for fans and might help in finding some new friends too.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Prolog
  2. Quid Pro Quo
  3. Feuertaufe
  4. Zigeunerskat
  5. Störtebeker
  6. Gaukler
  7. Unsichtbar
  8. Sängerkrieg
  9. Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
  10. Roter Stern
  11. Spielmannsfluch
  12. Sternhagelvoll
  13. Schwarzer Rabe
  14. Moonshiner
  15. Himmer & Höhle
  16. Belladonna
  17. Pikse Palve

 

Label: Universal

Genre: Folk Metal

Release Date EU: December 2nd, 2016

CD review IN EXTREMO "Quid Pro Quo Live"
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New video from IN EXTREMO

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, Folk Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, Video

German In Extremo took one of the best song from their new album "Quid Pro Quo" and produced a video clip. "Störtebeker" is the name of the tune and you can get to the video via the link at the end of this post. Have fun and enjoy a few minutes of being a kind of Störtebeker.

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CD review In Extremo "Quid Pro Quo"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, Rock, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal, Medieval Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Surprise, surprise - sometimes it's the unexpected things that makes everyday life more colorful. On of these moments was for me personally when I listened to the new longplayer of In Extremo.

The seven-piece band from Berlin, Germany is very well known in Germany where the guys achieved already gold and platinum status with some of their records. In Extremo is more than two decades in business and belong to the spearhead of medieval rock/metal. On the one hand the guys build their music in classic rock instruments like electric guitars, bass and drums. But they include more unusual instruments in their music too. Bagpipe and shawm are just two of them.

In Extremo released their debut "In Extremo" twenty years ago and in the meantime their discography was constantly getting bigger and bigger. The newest release is named "Quid Pro Quo" and it's the band's 12th full-length longplayer.

I must admit that for whatever reason I never really found an entry point to In Extremo's music. But then I got the new album and to my surprise I really liked what I heard. This whole medieval thing wasn't really my favorite metal style and I don't think that this, generally spoken, will change, but I also have to say that I like In Extremo's new album. It's one of these positive surprises I mentioned earlier.

What made an impression is the power and the musical variations on "Quid Pro Quo". The album comes with a lot of good songs, some average tracks and no downer. In addition there is absolutely nothing wrong with the sound. This longplayer is forceful and benefits from a dynamic production.

I talked about the width of sound on "Quid Pro Quo", something that can be seen as a red thread throughout the entire album.

"Störtebeker" is the bold opener and for me one of the best tracks on this disc. It combines melody with a fast rhythm and comes with a certain punky expression - real pirate style. Another song you should have listened to is the title track. It has a repetitive pattern in the verse which has an almost hypnotic expression. We are talking about a cool grooving anthem that includes a well-done sing-a-long chorus and relevant lyrics.

"Pinkse Palve" instead could come directly out of your favorite Irish pub, something that also goes for "Sternhagelvoll" which is a prefect drinking song too.

In Extremo got also support from some guests. "Roter Stern" includes vocals done by Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kursch. It's a song that's, compared to the other tracks, a bit more complex. It grows over time and I needed some time to find out the joy of this number.

The second tune that features a guest appearance is "Flaschengeist". Heaven Shall Burn added some quite heavy sounds to this piece of music which makes especially the middle section to a real heavy one.

All in all I like the album. I was surprised by the fact that I want to listen to the album again and again. So, even if you're not the biggest fan of medieval inspired metal music you should take the 'risk' and listen to "Quid Pro Quo". You might be surprised too.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Störtebeker
  2. Roter Stern
  3. Quid Pro Quo
  4. Pikse Palve
  5. Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
  6. Flaschenteufel (feat. Heaven Shall Burn)
  7. Dacw 'Nghariad
  8. Moonshiner
  9. Glück auf Erden
  10. Schwarzer Rabe
  11. Sternhagelvoll

 

Label: Vertigo

Genre: Medieval Metal

Release Date EU: June 14th, 2016

CD review In Extremo "Quid Pro Quo"
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New IN EXTREMO song unveiled

Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in In Extremo, News, Rock, Heavy Metal, Folk

"Sternhagelvoll" is the first new song from In Extremo's upcoming album "Quid Pro Quo". The guys performed the song in the studio and posted the video on their Facebook side. Check it out via the link below.

By the way, release date is June 24th and the album comes via Vertigo/Universal Music. Na dann mal Prost.

New IN EXTREMO song unveiled
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MONSTER MAGNET confirmed for Metalfest on the Lorely

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2014 von Markus W. in Monster Magnet, In Extremo, Kreator, Sabaton, Powerwolf, Tour, News

This years Metalfest at the Lorely in Germany come with a pretty impressive line-up. In the meantime also stoner rockers Monster Magnet are confirmed. Check out more bands.

MONSTER MAGNET confirmed for Metalfest on the Lorely
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