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CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2018 von Markus W. in Kreator, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review, Re-releases, Heavy Metal, Coma of Souls, Outcast, Renewal, Cause of Conflict

CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

(8/10) (7/10) (7/10) (8/10) German thrash metal pioneers Kreator recently delighted fans with re-releases of the band’s first four classics - “Endless Pain”, Pleasure to Kill”, “Terrible Certainty” and “Extreme Aggression”. These four albums were not only crucial milestones for the band from Essen, Germany; they are and were trend-setting when it comes to European thrash metal. Their re-release was very well received by Kreator fans who also expressed their wish for more Kreator records to be re-issued.

The wish was heard and the next four longplayers will hit the shelfs as we speak. “Coma of Souls”, “Renewal”, “Cause For Conflict” and “Outcast” have been remastered, will be available in different formats and as it was with the re-issues of the first four albums also this time it’s bonus material that enriches the original classics. Last but not least each of these four longplayers includes a comprehensive booklet with lyrics, photos an liner notes that gives context to the album and the days when ti was created.

CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

(8/10) After having had huge success with the first releases the fifth album “Coma Of Souls” saw the light of day in 1990. The album still shows Kreator’s harsh way of interpreting metal. The longplayer is a logical continuation of what Mille and bandmates published with “Extreme Aggression”. What’s different though is the second guitar. Frank Blackfire joined the band, which led to a bit more complexity when it comes to the songs and songwriting. Still sticking to their roots, “Coma of Souls” is innovative and dynamic, showing a band that grew over time without becoming predictable and standardized when it comes to their sound and attitude.

The re-mastered version also includes a second disc that features a live show the band performed in Fuerth, Germany on December 6th, 1990. Fifteen songs provide an excellent overview about the band’s highlights to date, captured in an authentic way and with a good level of sound.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist Coma of Souls

CD 1:

  1. When the Sun Burns Red (2018 - Remaster)
  2. Coma of Souls (2018 - Remaster)
  3. People of the Lie (2018 - Remaster)
  4. World Beyond (2018 - Remaster)
  5. Terror Zone (2018 - Remaster)
  6. Agents of Brutality (2018 - Remaster)
  7. Material World Paranoia (2018 - Remaster)
  8. Twisted Urges (2018 - Remaster)
  9. Hidden Dictator (2018 - Remaster)
  10. Mental Slavery (2018 - Remaster)

CD 2:

  1. When the Sun Burns Red (Live)
  2. Betrayer (Live)
  3. Terrible Certainty (Live)
  4. Extreme Aggression (Live)
  5. Coma of Souls (Live)
  6. People of the Lie (Live)
  7. Choir of the Damned (Live)
  8. The Pestilence (Live)
  9. Toxic Trace (Live)
  10. Drum Solo (Live)
  11. Terror Zone (Live)
  12. Pleasure to Kill (Live)
  13. Flag of Hate (Live)
  14. Agents of Brutality (Live)
  15. Riot of Violence (Live)
  16. Tormentor (Live)
CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

(7/10) “Renewal” is the next Kreator longplayer and omen et nomen. Two years after “Coma of Souls” was excessively celebrated, Kreator started to experiment with their music which led to controversial discussions. Industrial and hardcore gained momentum in the 90’s, styles that also impacted “Renewal”. Industrial influences couldn’t be more obvious than what is expressed with the instrumental “Realitaetsverlust”. Cold industrial beats combined in a aseptic sound collage is something that’s totally unusual for the Essen-based metal legends and  the following “Zero to None” comes with a surprising twist too. The song belongs to the hardcore inspired ones on this record and shows Kreator’s open mind for experimenting with new sound influences.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist Renewal

  1. Winter Martyrium (2018 - Remaster)
  2. Renewal (2018 - Remaster)
  3. Reflection (2018 - Remaster)
  4. Brainseed (2018 - Remaster)
  5. Karmic Wheel (2018 - Remaster)
  6. Realitätskontrolle (2018 - Remaster)
  7. Zero to None (2018 - Remaster)
  8. Europe After the Rain (2018 - Remaster)
  9. Depression Unrest (2018 - Remaster)
  10. Winter Martyrium (Rare Version) (2018 - Remaster)
  11. Trauma (2018 - Remaster)
  12. Europe After the Rain (Remix) [2018 - Remaster]
CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

(7/10)“Renewal” was the last record that was done for Noise Records. The band inked a deal with Gun Records and debut on the new label with “Cause of Conflict”. The album was published in 1995 and included a completely new rhythm section. Christian Giesler took over bass duties while Joe Cangelosi was hired as drummer for “Cause of Conflict”. As with the predecessor, also Kreator’s seventh album showcased the band in an experimental phase. “Outcast” reflects the effort of combining old and new, an endeavor that partly led to pretty good songs like “Progressive Proletarians”. However, the album isn’t a highlight in Kreator’s rich discography, but it was certainly needed on the bands journey into the premier league of thrash metal.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist Cause of Conflict

  1. Prevail (2018 - Remaster)
  2. Catholic Despot (2018 - Remaster)
  3. Progressive Proletarians (2018 - Remaster)
  4. Crisis Of Disorder (2018 - Remaster)
  5. Hate Inside Your Head (2018 - Remaster)
  6. Bomb Threat (2018 - Remaster)
  7. Man Without God (2018 - Remaster)
  8. Lost (2018 - Remaster)
  9. Dogmatic (2018 - Remaster)
  10. Sculpture Of Regret (2018 - Remaster)
  11. Celestial Deliverance (2018 - Remaster)
  12. Isolation (2018 - Remaster)
  13. Suicide In Swamps (2018 - Remaster)
  14. Limits Of Liberty (2018 - Remaster)
  15. State Oppression (2018 - Remaster)
CD review KREATOR "Coma of Souls" / "Renewal" / "Cause of Conflict" / "Outcast" - reissues

(8/10) “Outcast” was Kreator’s next strike, an album that was released in 1997. Drummer Ventor returned to the thrash powerhouse and also a new guitarist has been hired. Tommy Vetterli joined Kreator and what sticks out with this longplayer is the reduced pace. Kreator was known for extreme metal songs with a high speed approach. It was the furious rage of the early longplayers that fascinated fans and reducing tempo was something that wasn’t appreciated by everybody. No doubt, there are some unusual tracks on the album of with “Black Sunrise” is one. However, the album also contains with “Phobia” one of the best songs Mille ever wrote for Kreator and also “Stronger Than Before” belongs to the highlights on the album.

As with “Cause of Conflict” also “Outcast” comes with a live CD that’s added to the re-release. This time it’s a show Kreator played at Dynamo in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1998. The live disc comprises of ten songs and also features a live version of “Phobia” that goes perfectly together with classics such as “Pleasure to Kill” and “Extreme Aggression”.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist Outcast

CD 1:

  1. Leave This World Behind (2018 - Remaster)
  2. Phobia (2018 - Remaster)
  3. Forever (2018 - Remaster)
  4. Black Sunrise (2018 - Remaster)
  5. Nonconformist (2018 - Remaster)
  6. Enemy Unseen (2018 - Remaster)
  7. Outcast (2018 - Remaster)
  8. Stronger Than Before (2018 - Remaster)
  9. Ruin of Life (2018 - Remaster)
  10. Whatever It May Take (2018 - Remaster)
  11. Alive Again (2018 - Remaster)
  12. Against the Rest (2018 - Remaster)
  13. A Better Tomorrow (2018 - Remaster)

CD 2:

  1. Intro: Dr. Wagner [Part 3] (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  2. Terror Zone (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  3. Lost (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  4. Leave This World Behind (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  5. Phobia (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  6. Black Sunrise (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  7. Choir of the Damned (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  8. Pleasure to Kill (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  9. Whatever It May Take (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  10. Extreme Aggression (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)
  11. Renewal (Live At Dynamo Open Air 1998) (2018 - Remaster)

To sum up. Each these four albums showcases a band that’s experimenting and developing. Some of these experiments have been highly successful (like “Phobia”) while some others were solely needed to evolve. Anyhow, each of these albums was necessary for Kreator to get to where they are today. Kreator isn’t about conformity. Mille and Kreator are authentic and are led their creativity and curiosity without sticking to limitations and restrictions. That’s what these four records stand for and that’s what brought Kreator to the highly acclaimed status they have in the here and now.

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Book review "Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2017 von Markus W. in Noise Records, Book, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Tech Metal, Prog Metal, News, Kreator, Voivod, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, Tankard, Celtic Frost Hellhammer

Noise Records was one of the highly influential metal labels during the 80’s. The label was started by Ulrich Walterbach in 1984 and can be seen as a crucial factor in the history of heavy metal. Iconic bands like Kreator, Helloween, Grave Digger and Celtic Frost, but also bands from overseas like Canadian tech-thrashers Voivod have been signed by the label and released their first records; most of them still classics in metal. The most successful release was definitely Helloween’s “Keeper of the Seven Keys” cyclus with part 2 being sold more than 1 million times. In 2001 Noise Records became a part of Sanctuary Records and the brand slowly disappeared.

15 years later there’s a re-vitalisation of Noise Records that takes place, bringing some of the 80’s classic back into the spotlight. Under the banner of “Noise lebt!” compilations of Kreator, Tankard, and some more have been published end of 2016 and there is a comprehensive release of the first three Voivod classic planned for end of April this year.

Next to all that the history of Noise Records was written down in a book named “Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”. I got the German version but there's an English version too - "Damn the Machine. The Story of Noise Records". The book describes the raise and fall of the iconic label. 75 interviews with Walterbach, employees and colleagues have been the base for 504 pages, telling an interesting story, giving insights into one of the important labels in metal. Author and journalist David E. Gehlke did a real deep dive when it comes to the story of Noise Records, enriched with 225 photos.

Last but not least you might recognised the artwork of this book. Indeed, it was Voivod’s Michael ‘Away’ Langevin who did the front cover artwork and no one less than Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch wrote a foreword for this amazing book.

 

David E. Gehlke

“Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”

I.P. Verlag

Release Date: March 24th, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 3940822108
  • ISBN-13: 978-3940822109
Photo by Markus Wiedenmann

Photo by Markus Wiedenmann

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VOIVOD 'Best of ...' and re-issues via 'Noise Lebt!"

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2017 von Markus W. in Voivod, Thrash Metal, Prog Metal, News, Noise Lebt!, Heavy Metal, Kreator, Sinner, Running Wild, Noise Records

In autumn last year the first re-issues of Noise Records bands/releases took place. This first wave included material from bands like Sinner, Running Wild and the mighty Kreator, songs that came from the earlier days of these bands, a time when the Berlin-based label had contracted them.

March 2017 will be the month of a next bunch of albums that will come back to surface again. It's the first milestones of Canadian thrashers Voivod that will be re-released under the banner of 'Noise Lebt!'. Voivod added with their anarchic and progressive thrash metal a new substyle to thrash metal, a sound that the guys developed further and finetuned over the last 35 years.

Not only that there will be a 'best of...', entitled "Your Weapons: The Very Best of the Noise Years 1986-1988", it's also classics like “Rrröööaaarrr”, “Killing Technology” and “Dimension Hatröss” that will hit the shelves again - in 2CD/DVD sets or as vinyl. That means for everybody who missed start of the Quebec-based metal quartet: Be quick. This is your chance to get up to speed with some true highlights in thrash metal.

...and the only question remaining: Will there be a re-issue of the Coroner discs somewhere later in 2017?

 

VOIVOD 'Best of ...' and re-issues via 'Noise Lebt!"
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'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Noise lebt!, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Kreator, Running Wild, Grave Digger, Helloween

'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Normally my level of excitement is rather low when I get "Best of..." albums. In the digital world, when everybody can create their own personal playlist with iTunes, Spotify and others, the meaning of these kind of releases is, let's say, at least limited.
In this case things are slightly different. If this is more based on a nostalgic feeling of being grown up in the eighties I don't know, but I was very thrilled when I heard about "Noise lebt!" (engl. 'Noise is alive!'). Actually it is about Noise Records, the German record label, that was a real important player in the earlier days of metal. There have been a few labels at that time that gave metal a true chance. Metal Blade, Roadrunner and Music For Nations are some of them and Noise Records was the German equivalent.
Actually coming more from punk, Karl-Ulrich Walterbach moved the label more and more towards metal, discovering bands like Hellhammer (later Celtic Frost), Running Wild, Helloween and some more. Space thrashers Voivod have been signed by the label in an early stage as well as Grave Digger, the mighty Coroner and German beer passionates Tankard. Not to forget the metal command from Essen, Kreator. Noise Records was the label that gave all these bands a chance and created the springboard for them to grow and become successful.
The biggest success was for sure linked to Helloween. Their two "Keeper of the Seven Keys" albums are still highlights in metal, records that led to worldwide attention and publicitiy, something the band still builds on today.
In the beginning of the digital century Walterbach decided to sell Noise Records to Sanctuary Records, who later on where shut down. The entire back catalogue of Noise went to the archives - up till now.
It's BMG, who aquired Sanctuary Records in 2013, that revive the label and opens this treasure box again, releasing 'Best of...' records from eight bands that have been signed by Noise Records. Under the banner of "Noise lebt!" they released two disc compliations that include all the metal classic of the following bands:

  • Kreator
  • Running Wild
  • Sinner
  • Helloween
  • Kamelot
  • Skyclad
  • Tankard
  • Grave Digger

Each of these releases includes an additional booklet, featuring comprehensive liner note of each of the bands history.

Some of you guys might even be that young that you have missed the eighties. These CD's will help you to close the gap, diving into the early days of metal bands that are either still highly successful and/or having a cult status in todays metal scene. And for the ones that are older, like me, the discs are activating some memories from days when was still in the arly stages of its development.
At least for me these releases make a lot of sense and maybe there will be even more, partly unreleased things, in the Noise treasure box (I would love to see this package for Coroner).

Here are some more details per CD package:

Kreator: "Love Us Or Hate Us - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1985-1992"

Helloween: "Ride The Sky - The Very Best Of 1985-1998"

Release Date EU: May 6th, 2016

 

Tracklist Kreator:

  1. Endless Pain
  2. Tormentor
  3. Flag Of Hate
  4. Total Death
  5. Bonebreaker
  6. Pleasure To Kill
  7. Under The Guillotine
  8. Riot Of Violence
  9. Ripping Corpse
  10. Command Of The Blade
  11. Terrible Certainty
  12. Toxic Trace
  13. Storming With Menace
  14. No Escape
  15. Behind The Mirror
  16. Extreme Aggression
  17. Some Pain Will Last
  18. Bringer Of Torture
  19. Love Us Or Hate Us
  20. Betrayer
  21. Terror Zone
  22. Coma Of Souls
  23. People Of The Lie
  24. When The Sun Burns Red
  25. Agents Of Brutality
  26. Renewal
  27. Depression Unrest
  28. Karmic Wheel
  29. Europe After The Rain
  30. Winter Martyrium

 

Tracklist Helloween:

  1. Oernst of Life
  2. Metal Invaders
  3. Starlight
  4. Murderer
  5. Ride the Sky
  6. Gorgar
  7. Judas
  8. I'm Alive
  9. Future World
  10. Halloween (Video Edit)
  11. Eagle Fly Free
  12. Dr. Stein
  13. March of Time
  14. I Want Out
  15. Keeper of the Seven Keys
  16. Kids of the Century
  17. Back On the Streets
  18. Step Out of Hell
  19. Get Me Out of Here
  20. Where the Rain Grows
  21. Why?
  22. Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)
  23. Steel Tormentor
  24. Wake Up the Mountain
  25. Power
  26. A Million to One
  27. Hey Lord!
  28. Time
  29. I Can
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Kamelot: "Where I Reign - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003"

Sinner: "No Place In Heaven - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1984-1987"

Release Date EU: May 13th, 2016

 

Tracklist Kamelot:

  1. Eternity
  2. Black Tower
  3. Call Of The Sea
  4. The Gleeman
  5. Ascension
  6. Heaven
  7. Rise Again
  8. Creation
  9. Millennium
  10. Expedition
  11. Where I Reign
  12. Rhydin
  13. The Fourth Legacy
  14. Desert Reign
  15. Nights Of Arabia
  16. Until Kingdom Come
  17. We Three Kings
  18. We Are Not Separate
  19. Wings Of Despair
  20. The Spell
  21. Karma
  22. Center Of The Universe
  23. The Edge Of Paradise
  24. Descent Of The Archangel
  25. III Ways To Epica

Tracklist Sinner:

  1. Danger Zone
  2. No Place In Heaven
  3. Lupo Manaro
  4. The Shiver
  5. Shadow In The Night
  6. Wild Winds
  7. Rattlesnake
  8. Born To Rock
  9. Bad Girl
  10. Shout!
  11. The Storm Broke Loose
  12. Out Of Control
  13. Too Late To Run Away
  14. Hand Of Fate
  15. Masquerade
  16. Age Of Rock
  17. Comin' Out Fighting
  18. Rebel Yell
  19. Germany Rocks
  20. Lost In A Minute
  21. Faster Than Light
  22. Hypnotized
  23. Don't Tell Me (That The Love Has Gone)
  24. Knife In My Heart
  25. Dangerous Charm
  26. Nobody Rocks Like You
  27. Concrete Jungle
  28. Fight The Fight
  29. Back In My Arms
  30. Desperate Heart
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Running Wild: "Riding The Storm - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1983-1995"

Tankard: "Oldies & Goldies - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1986-1995"

Release Date EU: May 20st, 2016

 

Tracklist Running Wild:

  1. Victim of State Power
  2. Genghis Khan (Remastered)
  3. Prisoner of Our Time
  4. Walpurgis Night
  5. Branded and Exiled
  6. Fight the Oppression
  7. Chains and Leather
  8. Under Jolly Roger
  9. Beggars' Night
  10. Diamonds of the Black Chest
  11. Raw Ride
  12. Intro / Port Royal
  13. Uaschitschun
  14. Final Gates
  15. Conquistadores (Remastered)
  16. Calico Jack
  17. Riding the Storm (Remastered)
  18. Evilution
  19. Bad to the Bone
  20. Tortuga Bay
  21. Blazon Stone (Remastered)
  22. Little Big Horn
  23. Over the Rainbow
  24. Genocide
  25. Whirlwind
  26. Fistful of Dynamite
  27. Pile of Skulls
  28. Soulless
  29. The Privateer
  30. Fight the Fire of Hate
  31. The Phantom of Black Hand Hill
  32. Lions of the Sea

 

Tracklist Tankard:

  1. Zombie Attack
  2. Mercenary
  3. Maniac Forces
  4. (Empty) Tankard
  5. Poison
  6. Total Addiction
  7. Tantrum
  8. Don't Panic
  9. For A Thousand Beers
  10. Chemical Invasion
  11. Alcohol
  12. Intro / Commandments
  13. Shit - Faced - Faced
  14. F.U.N.
  15. Try Again
  16. The Morning After
  17. Alien
  18. 666 Packs
  19. Live To Dive
  20. 666 Packs
  21. Live To Dive
  22. Open All Night
  23. We Are Us
  24. Dancing On Our Graves
  25. Bermuda
  26. Space Beer
  27. Jurisdiction
  28. Broken Image
  29. Stone Cold Sober
  30. Freibier
  31. Death Penalty
  32. Nation Over Nation
  33. Two - Faced - faced
  34. Grave New World
  35. Minds onThe Moon
  36. Atomic Twilight
  37. Hope?

 

'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Skyclad: "A Bellyful Of Emptiness - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 - 1995"

Grave Digger: "Let Your Heads Roll -The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1984-1987"

Release Date EU: May 27th, 2016

 

Tracklist Skyclad

  1. The Sky Beneath My Feet
  2. Trance Dance (A Dreamtime Walkabout)
  3. The Widdershins Jig
  4. Skyclad
  5. Spinning Jenny
  6. Salt On the Earth (Another Man's Poison)
  7. Ring Stone Round
  8. Men Of Straw
  9. The Declaration Of Indifference
  10. Alone in Death's Shadow
  11. Emerald
  12. A Room Next Door
  13. When All Else Fails
  14. Thinking Allowed
  15. The Wickedest Man in the World
  16. Earth Mother, the Sun and the Furious Host
  17. Tunnel Visionaries
  18. A Word to the Wise
  19. Tunnel Visionaries
  20. A Word To The Wise
  21. Civil War Dance
  22. Cardboard City
  23. Land Of The Rising Slum
  24. The One Piece Puzzle
  25. A Bellyful Of Emptiness
  26. Gammadion Seed
  27. Brothers Beneath The Skin
  28. Still Spinning Shrapnel
  29. Just What Nobody Wanted
  30. Art - Nazi - nazi
  31. A Stranger In The Garden
  32. Another Fine Mess
  33. Halo Of Flies
  34. Desperanto (A Song for Europe?)
  35. Dance Of The Dandy Hound

 

Tracklist Tankard:

  1. Headbanging Man
  2. Heavy Metal Breakdown
  3. Back from the War
  4. Yesterday
  5. We Wanna Rock You
  6. Tyrant
  7. Heart Attack
  8. Shoot Her Down
  9. Witch Hunter
  10. Get Ready for Power
  11. Love Is a Game
  12. Get Away
  13. Here I Stand
  14. Don't Kill the Children
  15. Keep On Rocking
  16. Heaven Can Wait
  17. Let Your Heads Roll
  18. Love Is Breaking My Heart
  19. (Enola Gay) Drop the Bomb
  20. Paradise
  21. Fall Out
  22. Wanna Get Close*
  23. Don't Leave Me Lonely*
  24. Stronger Than Ever*
  25. Moonriders*
  26. Lay It On*
  27. I Don't Need Your Love*
  28. Stand Up and Rock*
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CD review NERVOSA "Agony"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Nervosa, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, Kreator

(7/10) Brazilian Nervosa has their second album out now. "Agony" is the name of the disc that follows the 2014 debut "Victim of Yourself".

The ones of you that listened to and liked the debut will also enjoy "Agony". The trio from Sao Paolo put twelve new songs on the album which stand for Kreator-influenced thrash metal.

Nervosa doesn't keep themselves busy with filgrane musical compostions. This album is a sonic punch that is meant to be a knock-out. Most of the tracks on "Agony" are quite short and do not reach the three minutes level, a clear sign for focus, roughness and power, supported by a diversified and dynamic sound.

All this is the benefit and the weakness of the album in one. I do like the forceful approach and with each song you can feel the passion of these three girl. But there is also the moment when the songs feel like the same thing only different. After a while I had the feeling that things get a bit redundant.

The only difference is called "Wayfarer" which is the last tune on "Agony". All of a sudden clean vocals take over, at least in the beginning. This sounds pretty cool and I think the band should do this more often. But no worries, the tune develops to another riff monster and as soon as you got used to it again there comes a twist you never would have expected. Out of nowhere some gospel-like a capella sounds take over as a kind of outro, something that is a true highlight on the album. It stays a secret why Nervosa doesn't make use of the full potential of Fernanda Lira's vocal range. It would definitely lift the level of diversity of Nervosa.

However, thrash fans should give this longplayer a fair chance.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Arrogance
  2. Theory Of Conspiracy
  3. Deception
  4. Intolerance Means War
  5. Guerra Santa
  6. Failed System
  7. Hostages
  8. Surrounded By Serpents
  9. Cyberwar
  10. Hypocrisy
  11. Devastation
  12. Wayfarer

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

CD review NERVOSA "Agony"
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CD review RIPPER "Experiment of Existence"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Ripper, CD Review, News, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Kreator, Possessed, Slayer

(8/10) In case you're looking for thrash metal that's inspired by the early Kreator, during their "Pleasure to Kill" phase and Possessed, here you go. "Experiment of Existence" delivers exactly this sound, thrash metal which is raw and uncompromising.

The opener "Magnetic Solar Storms" is the first statement on this new longplayer from the Chile-based thrashers. This tune is the beginning of an leven songs lasting riff inferno. The eighties are close.

Ripper manages to build in small details into their sound that makes things quite interesting. Even though "Anthropophagic Life" is an acoustic wrecking ball the tune includes some cool basslines which are well integrated.

The starting triplet gets completed by the title track, a tune that starts with a small intro before hell breaks.

What is surprisingly positive is the instrumental "Anatomy of the Galaxies". An non-vocal thrash song can become boring easily, but the band adds some unexpected and more complex twists - not in general, but in some details.

I mentioned already some basslines. This is brought even further to the extreme since the album features with "Chromatic Fantasy" a bass solo which you don't hear that often. This is, in my opinion a good idea since it breaks the pattern of one riff thunderstorm following the other.

The good thing with Ripper's newest strike is the merciless energy that is transfered by those eleven songs.

This longplayer gives oldschool thrash metal a new appeal, supported by a pretty good sound. The production might be a bit hazily, but thrash metal can handle this and I don't see it as a downer for this release.

Thrash metal fans listen, this is something you should have heard.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Magnetic Solar Storm
  2. Anthropophagic Life
  3. Experiment of Existance
  4. Anatomy of the Galaxies
  5. Stellar Evolution
  6. The Alpha Orions
  7. Rotten Dreams
  8. Chromatic Fantasy (bass solo)
  9. Neuronal Unity
  10. Spherical Energy
  11. Humanity Was Wrong

 

Label: Unspeakable Axe Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: March 4th, 2016

CD review RIPPER "Experiment of Existence"
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CD review TRAITOR "Venomizer"

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2015 von Markus W. in Traitor, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Kreator, Sodom

(8/10) You could get the impression that Balingen, the city in the Southwest of Germany, gets more and more the new epicenter of metal.

The Bang Your Head festival, which is very well established in the meantime, is taking place there year by year and now it's also bands from there that starts to claim more spotlight.

Traitor is calling the city of Balingen their hometown and they began a journey to make the world aware of their music. True, this sounds maybe a bit too dramatic; so let's take it one size smaller.

Traitor started in 2009 and they released their debut called "Thrash Command" in 2012. Three years later the Swabian four-piece has the next strike out in the record shops.

"Venomizer" is the 'name of the game' that comes with twelve straight-forward thrash anthems. The joy of those tunes is that they are really powerful and raw. Traitor doesn't give too much focus on high complexity; they just shoot heavy riffs out of the hips.

This leads to thrash metal the oldschool way. Bands like the early Kreator came to my mind, but also Sodom is one of the band I had to think about when I heard the album. There are no bells and whistles. It's guitar, bass, drums and vocals - puristic as thrash metal needs to be.

"Venomizer" is a cool thrash album that wins you over by the authenticity and intensity. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist

  1. Chernobyl (Intro)
  2. Reactor IV
  3. Torturize
  4. Toxic Death
  5. Lords of Lust
  6. Venomizer
  7. Teutonic Storm
  8. War, Death & Terror
  9. Chemical Violator
  10. Hell Hammer
  11. Executioner
  12. Hexenmeister

 

Label: Violent Creek

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015


 

CD review TRAITOR "Venomizer"
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Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14

Veröffentlicht am 5. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Kreator, Sodom, Arch Enemy, Vader, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Live Review, News

Life is about making choices. This also goes for the evening of December 4 in Holland. As a metal fan you had an extended metal menu to choose from. Life Of Agony played a show in Haarlem, the mighty Machine Head have stopped in Utrecht for a gig and there was another thrash package in Holland as well.

Sharp before Christmas a thrash metal avalanche rolled over The Netherlands. Kreator, Arch Enemy, Sodom and Vader teamed up and went on a tour through Europe. On December 4 they stopped in Tilburg to play a show in the 013.

It was Vader's role that night to enter the stage first and warm up the crowd. Unfortunaltely I had just the 'pleasure' to only listen to their music only from CD while being trapped in the Dutch evening traffic jam. Really bad luck, but however. There was much more to come that night.

Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14

After a short break the Ruhrpott legends from Sodom took over the baton. Having 14 records in the backpack and many great songs I guess it was tricky to choose which one should end up on the setlist. In the end it was a great mix of new stuff, like from the recently released "Sacred warpath" EP, and older stuff like the mighty "Tired and red " and "The saw is the law".

The center of the band is doubtless Tom Angelripper. Not just that he is the frontman and bassplayer, it's also his passion combined with experience that makes him standing out. Sodom is driven by Tom Angelripper and he stands in an authentic way for raw and unpolished oldschool thrash. Sodom is for me a kind of Motörhead of thrash metal.

Sodom really warmed-up the crowd and the first smaller mosh pits started. As mentioned, the setlist covered a lot of band highlights. Funny note was that Tom did all the announcements in German. Quite unusual for being in Holland and he also noticed that half-way. But who cares. He continued in German and the fans just had fun with it. Tom Angelripper can do such a thing.

After a powerful and solid thrash show Bernemann actually wanted to leave the stage and handed back his guitar already. But Tom reminded him that there are actually three more minutes - time enough for a straight-forward version of "Blasphemer". Cool guys, cool show.

Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14

The crowd was already pretty enthusiastic when Swedish Arch Enemy entered the stage. I was curious to see the band live since I haven't had that experience since they have with Alissa White-Gluz a new singer on board. The latest album "War eternal" has proven that she has an excellent voice, but it was more to see how she's running a live show.

I must say that I was impressed by the performance - of her, but actually from the entire band. It is amazing where Alissa White-Gluz takes all the energy from. The short metal lady spreads so much energy and uses the entire stage for her performance. 

The other new things was seeing Jeff Loomis replacing Christopher Amott in the band. He was fully intergrated in the band and it was great to see him back on stage. With this line-up we can still expect a lot from the five-piece.

The 60 minutes they got just flew and it felt like being in the middle of a metal tornado. Songs like "War eternal" but also the mighty "Nemesis" from the "Doomsday machine" record, for me still the best track they have written, have been highly appreciated by the fans. The melodic death metal of Arch Enemy fitted perfect into the line-up and the stage was prepared for the headliner.

Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14

And the journey continued. We had Poland (Vader), we had Sodom (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) and we had Arch Enemy (Sweden). Now the last stop on this trip brought us to the headline - Kreator from Essen, Germany. I don't think that I have to introduce you to the thrash metal dinosaurs.

They are around already since 30 years and never disappointed their fans in all those years. Yes, they might had one or two weaker records in the 90's, but looking on the last four longplayers in this century I must say that they are better than ever. The last time I have seen them live was a few years ago, when they have been on tour together with Celtic Frost - I think that was in 2007. In the meantime two more longplayers have been released and since the last show I have seen was an impressive one I was looking forward to see the Ruhrpott quartet again on stage.

Kreator exceeded my expectations. From the very first moment on they spread an energy that was amazing. They had the 013 with them from the very beginning till the last note. Mille is the great frontman of the band that has a lot of charisma. And the songs are doubtless excellent thrash metal anthems. A mix of old and new was celebrated by band and fans. To highlight even some of the songs is almost impossible. But I was happy that they had, as expected, "Phobia" and "Pleasure to kill" on the setlist. The last mentioned one led to a quite big mosh pit that was impressive to see.

The show was also supported by a cool video projection, some fire and even a confetti canon shot. That was a bit unusual for a thrash metal show, but it rounded off the great performance.

It was an impressive thrash metal night in Tilburg that Thursday with four excellent bands that inflamed a thrash inferno that has Championsleague level. Loud, fast and heavy - that's how it was. And it was a lot of exhausted, but happy fans that have been released into the Tilburg night.

Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14
Live review KREATOR / ARCH ENEMY / SODOM / VADER, Tilburg, 04.12.14

Setlist Kreator:

  1. In the year 2025 (intro)
  2. The patriarch
  3. Violent revolution
  4. Civilization collapse
  5. From flood into fire
  6. Extreme aggression
  7. Phobia
  8. Enemy of God
  9. Voices of the dead
  10. Awakening of the Gods (intro)
  11. Endless pain
  12. Suicide terrorist
  13. Mars Mantra
  14. Phantom antichrist
  15. Impossible brutality
  16. Hordes of chaos
  17. Pleasure to kill
  18. The number of the beast (Encore)
  19. Warcurse (Encore)
  20. People of the lie (Encore)
  21. Flag of hate / Tormentor (Encore)

 

Setlist Arch Enemy:

  1. War etenral
  2. Ravenous
  3. My apocalypse
  4. You will know my name
  5. Bloodstained cross
  6. Under black flags we march
  7. As the pages burn
  8. Dead eyes see no future
  9. No Gods, no masters
  10. We will rise
  11. Nemesis
  12. Fields of desolation

 

Setlist Sodom:

  1. Final bullet
  2. Agent orange
  3. In war and pieces
  4. Surfin' bird / The saw is the law
  5. Outbreak of evil
  6. City of God
  7. Tired and red
  8. Sacred warpath
  9. Stigmatized
  10. Sodomy and lust
  11. Blasphemer

 

Setlist Vader:

(feel free to add them in the comments)

 

 

 

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CD review SODOM "Sacred warpath" EP

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2014 von Markus W. in Sodom, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Speed Metal, Kreator, Arch Enemy

(8/10) Our Ruhrpott friends from Sodom are releasing a new EP with the title "Sacred warpath". The disc will be released prior to the Sodom tour with Kreator, Arch Enemy and Vader and contains 4 tracks. There is with the title track a new song on the record plus three live songs.
The result is great. All the typical Sodom trademarks are present. Heavy riffings from Bernemann as well as the typical Tom Angeripper vocal. The song is kept in midpace and gets its heaviness out of the pounding rhythm section and the great guitar solo. And with almost six minutes the track became also quite long. This is thrash metal that is rough and dirty. Exactly what we expect from the band.
The other three tracks are live recordings. "The saw is the law" comes with a Ramones 'intro' before the actual song starts. "Stigmatized" is the well known thrash hurricane and "City of gold" rounds of the four track EP. By the way, the sound of the live tracks is well done. Kept basic but with a high quality. 
A cool sign of life from Sodom and I'm looking forward to see them on tour with Kreator and Arch Enemey.


(8/10)


Tracklist:
1. Sacred warpath
2. The saw is the law
3. Stigmatized
4. City of gold



Label : SPV
Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review SODOM "Sacred warpath" EP
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KREATOR tour trailer

Veröffentlicht am 7. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Kreator, Vader, Arch Enemey, Sodom, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News, Tour

The trashers from Kreator have released a new trailer for the coming tour with Arch Enemey, Sodom and Vader. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsdljOYdITc&feature=youtu.be

And here are the dates:

KREATOR tour trailer
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Jackson on tour with KREATOR

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Kreator, Jackson, Sodom, Vader, Arch Enemey, Tour, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News

Jackson accompanies the thrash legends of KREATOR on their upcoming European tour. During stops in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, fans have the opportunity to test some of the official Jackson models and learn more about the new products. At the Jackson booth an exclusive range of electric guitars of various Jackson series will be presented. And of course: Milles signature model, the Jackson "Phobia" will be definately not be missing. Plus: It also attracts as the top prize of the Jackson raffle.

Jackson on tour with KREATOR
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KREATOR tour 2014 with ARCH ENEMY, SODOM & VADER

Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2014 von Markus W. in Kreator, Arch Enemy, Sodom, Vader, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Tour

The full thrash metal package hits you this year sharp before x-mas. German thrash legends Kreator and Sodom combined forces with Arch Enemy and Vader for a tour that is a must for each metal fan. A great thing for everybody who is done with Wham!'s "Last christmas".

KREATOR tour 2014 with ARCH ENEMY, SODOM & VADER
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WACKEN 2014 as live stream!!!

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2014 von Markus W. in Wacken, News, Hammerfall, Steel Panther, Saxon, Accept, Kreator, Apocalyptica, Motorhead

German news side Spiegel Online streams some shows of the mighty WACKEN Open Air 2014 in cooperation with ARTE Concerts. Here comes the preliminary list of broadcasted shows.

 

Thursday

17.00 - 17.45  Skyline 

18.00 - 19.15  Hammerfall

19.30 - 20.45  Steel Panther

21.00 - 22.15  Saxon

22.30 - 24.00  Accept

 

Friday

from 16.45  Heaven Shall Burn

from 18.00  Children of Bodom

from 19.30  Apocalyptica

from 21.15  Carcass

from 00.00  Saltatio Mortis

 

Saturday

17.30 - 18.45  Emperor

19.00 - 20.15  Amon Amarth

20.30 - 21.45  J.B.O.

(23.30 - 00.00  Motörhead - probabaly as Video on Demand)

00.15 - 01.30  Kreator

01.45 - 02.45  Schandmaul

WACKEN 2014 as live stream!!!
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