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ST. VITUS live album in September

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in St. Vitus, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Live, News

Doom legend St. Vitus will release another live album on September 23rd via Season Of Mist. The name of the langplayer will be "Live Vol. 2" which was recorded at the Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxemburg. The gig was part of the :Lillie: F-65" tour and took place in March 2013. This tour marked the return of Scott 'Wino' Weinrich and St. Vitus performed in front of a sold-out venue. Here comes the cover and the tracklist:



01. War Is Our Destiny
02. Look Behind You
03. Let Them Fall
04. The Bleeding Ground
05. Patra (Petra)
06. The Troll
07. The Waste Of Time
08. White Stallions
09. Thirsty And Miserable
10. Dying Inside
11. Born Too Late

ST. VITUS live album in September

CD review POWERWOLF "The Metal Mass Live"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Powerwolf, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, Live, CD Review, Symphonic Metal

(8/10) Powerwolf belongs to the phenomenons of the last years. I'm not sure if the guys, when starting in 2003, thought about having such a huge success. Powerwolf constantly increased the amount of fans and with each released record the guys sold more and more.

The debut "Return in Bloodred" was a first milestone of Powerwolf. This was back in 2005, followed by five more studio releases, some charts entries included.

After having had with "Blessed & Possessed" even a top 3 album in Germany, it's the right moment to stand still and reflect on the last years. And what could be better than doing this with a live album/DVD/Blu-Ray. The German masters of metal mass recorded in total three shows - Masters Of Rock, Summer Breeze and the show they played in Oberhausen, Germany in October 2015.

The base for this review is the CD version that covers 16 songs, including old songs like the title track from "Lupus Dei" as well as new material from the mentioned "Blessed & Possessed" album. This live album includes all the hymns Powerwolf wrote over the last decade and is an excellent album for metalheads that, for whatever reason, missed the band so far and it's also a great collection of Powerwolf highlights for each fan.

One of the crucial fact, and I'm repeating myself here, is the quality of sound you get with a live record. Not other than expected "The Metal Mass Live" comes with a perfect sound that's maybe even a bit too good. However, this recording is far away from a muddy sound in bootleg quality, This production is build on a dynamic, powerful and clear diversified sound. The mix, also the one between band and fans, is done very well which, all together, makes this release to an entertaining moment in metal.

As said earlier, I only had a chance to listen to the CD and I can imagine, that the DVD/Blu-Ray emphasis this positive impression even more.

Powerwolf proves that live releases sometimes make sense. This one for sure does.





  1. Blessed & Possessed
  2. Coleus Sanctus
  3. Amen & Attack
  4. Cardinal Sin
  5. Army Of The Night
  6. Resurrection by Erection
  7. Armata Strigoi
  8. Dead Boys Don't Cry
  9. Let There Be Night
  10. Werewolves of Armenia
  11. In The Name Of God (Deus Vult)
  12. We drink your blood
  13. Lupus Dei
  14. Sanctified with Dynamite
  15. Kreuzfeuer
  16. All We Need Is Blood


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: July 29th, 2016

CD review POWERWOLF "The Metal Mass Live"

BRAINSTORM release show on 16.01.2016

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Brainstorm, Undertow, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Tour, Live

German Brainstorm will play a release show for their upcoming album "Scary creatures" in Giengen/Brenz. Showtime is on Saturday 10.01.2016, supported by the mighty Undertow. 

BRAINSTORM release show on 16.01.2016

CD/DVD review PARADISE LOST " (Live in Plovdiv 2014)"

Veröffentlicht am 18. November 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Dark Metal, Gothic, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, CD Review, News, Live

(8/10) Plovdiv is a city in Bulgaria and some of you might have the ideaof having heard this name already earlier. This could be the case since prog rockers of Anathema went there a few years ago for an outstadning concert that was filmed and released as a DVD.

The city has a beautful old Roman theater which provides an outstanding scernary for all kinds of events - also rock and metal shows. It seems that the major of Plovdiv is a real metal fan and it was last year, when UK death/goth metal flagship Paradise Lost has chosen this city and its venue for a special concert.

The concert was split in two sections. The very special part, next to the location itself, was the first half of the show. Paradise Lost decided to include an orchestra for the first eight songs. The guys worked together with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra led by conductor Levon Manukyan, a guy who had already collaborations with, amongst others, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. The result has been eight re-arranged songs - from old to new (the band played even "Victim of the Past" for the very first time) - that stay Paradise Lost, but also come with a new expression. The orchestra sound adds some more volume to the tracks and makes them more epical. Sometimes, like in the mentioned "Victim of the Past", it feels almost like a soundtrack. And even one of the older pearls, "Gothic", works in such a re-arranged version very well. Especially the female choir adds a total new layer to the track.

The second half of the set was more traditional - will say: Paradise Lost only. The songs preformed are a kind of 'best of...', including the indispensable "As I Die" -THE song that brought me to Paradise Lost many many years ago.

The whole show is spilt up into two CD's as an audio version. The DVD/BluRay contains, next to the show also an eleven minutes long documentary. This DVD gives some more background informations around the gig, explained in several interviews with all band members, production team and so on. It's an interesting add-on, but it's the music and the show itself that is the real thrilling part of this release.

This CD/DVD is the capturing of a unique Paradise Lost concert, that is far more than a collectors item only. This release is pure entertainment for metalheads.





  1. Tragic Idol
  2. Last Regret
  3. Your Own Reality
  4. Over The Madness
  5. Joys of Emptiness
  6. Victim of the Past
  7. Soul Courageous
  8. Gothic
  9. The Enemy
  10. Erased
  11. Isolate
  12. Faith Divides Us, Death Units Us
  13. As I Die
  14. One Second
  15. True Belif
  16. Say Just Words
  17. The Last Time

CD 1:

  1. Tragic Idol
  2. Last Regret
  3. Your Own Reality
  4. Over The Madness
  5. Joys of Emptiness
  6. Victim of the Past
  7. Soul Courageous
  8. Gothic

CD 2:

  1. The Enemy
  2. Erased
  3. Isolate
  4. Faith Divides Us, Death Units Us
  5. As I Die
  6. One Second
  7. True Belif
  8. Say Just Words
  9. The Last Time


Bonus DVD:



Label: Century Media

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD/DVD review PARADISE LOST " (Live in Plovdiv 2014)"

CD review GAMMA RAY "Heading for the East" (Anniversary edition)

Veröffentlicht am 19. September 2015 von Markus W. in Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, News, CD Review, Live

(8/10) Another highlight of Gamma Ray's anniversary releases is the live album called "Heading for the East". The longplayer was recorded in November 1990 and contains a show that was performed in Tokyo, Japan. The original release was on VHS (for younger readers: this was the predecessor of a DVD). "Heading for the East" was never released on vinyl or on CD; at least to my knowledge. This means that the CD version is a great thing for each Gamma Ray fan. Finally this pretty cool show is available as audio publishing.

Most of the songs are from the band's debut "Heading for tomorrow", plus a few Helloween songs that have been performed that night too. Esp. to listen to "Ride the sky" from Helloween's ""Walls of Jericho" album  is great experience. Another highlight, actuall THE highlight, on this live album is the last song. The debut's title track "Heading for tomorrow" was extended to a fabulous 24 minutes version that puts a spell on you. When it comes to me, this is one of the best versions of  this song ever.

The sound of the album is pretty good, esp. considering that it was recorded in the 90's when 'digital' was more something scary than common. "Heading for the East" sound authentic, by still having a diversified sound with a good mix. That's how a live album has to be.

Even if you might call some if Gamma Ray later releases your own it is worth to invest the money for this longplayer. The joy of listening to the band in an early stage with Ralf Scheppers on vocals and Hansen focussing on guitar is a great onw.





CD 1:

  1. Intro
  2. Lust for life
  3. Heaven can wait
  4. Space eater
  5. Free time
  6. Who do you think you are

CD 2:

  1. The silence
  2. Save us
  3. I want out
  4. Ride the sky/Hold your ground
  5. Money
  6. Heading for tomorrow


Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: September 25th, 2015

CD review GAMMA RAY "Heading for the East" (Anniversary edition)

CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Hardrock, News, Live, CD Review, Classic Rock, New, Heavy Metal, Wacken

(*/10) Rock dinosaur Deep Purple surprises us with two live releases this summer. One covers a show the guys did in Wacken in 2013 while the second one was recorded in the legendary Budokan in Tokyo a few months later. 

In this review I can only refer to the CD, but I could imagine that the DVD even underlines the two different set-ups of shows; not when it comes to the songs, more when it comes to the whole environment and vibe.

Let's start with Wacken. I don't have to tell you anything about Europe's biggest metal festival. Playing there in the evening must be an impressive moment for every musician and band. And I guess that it's also for Deep Purple, that has seen quite a lot in the decades of existance, still something special. Wacken itself is the star and fans are coming from all over the world to enjoy the metal party (mainly in Northern German rain). Standing on stage and looking into the sunsert while playing hardrock milestones like "Black night, "Highway start" and "Perfect stranger" must be a magic moment. Obviously also Deep Purple enjoyed playing there. The setlist left nothing to be desired. The mentioned classics have been performed, next to new songs like "Vincent Price" from the last studio release "Now what?!". The moment to remember was when Uli Jon Roth joined the iconic hardrock legend to play "Smoke on the water". It became an impressive and energetic version of a tune generations enjoy since decades. A timeless rock highlight at an outstanding open air.

A counterpoint to the Wacken show was the one in Tokyo. Not only that Ian Gillan and band mates went back to a place where they partially recorded the famous "Made in Japan" album. It's also the venue itself and the total different fan culture that makes the difference. From an acoustic standpoint both releases are done very well even though I think you can hear the high standards in Budokan supporting an excellent sound experience. For the rest I assume, that the DVD offers even more impressions and also puts more emphasis on the differences between the the two shows.

The setlists didn't differ that much which sounds logical but might limit the need of having both live CD's. "...To the rising sun" opens with "Apres vous" from the "Now what?!" album, while the Wacken crowd appreciated "Highway star" that didn't come back on the Tokyo setlist. The new "Uncommon man" has been performed in Tokyo too as well as "The mule" - known from the "Made in Japan" album. So, as said, a few small variations but in general the same set.

All in all those two live releases are very well done - something you expect when the banner of Deep Purple decorates the front cover. It's great songs, different fans, different location, different positive vibe and great hardrock. Something to enjoy.





From the setting sun...

  1. Highway star
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Vincent Price
  5. Strange kind of woman
  6. Contact lost
  7. The well-dressed guitar
  8. Hell to pay
  9. Lazy
  10. Above and beyond
  11. No one came
  12. Don Airey solo
  13. Perfect strangers
  14. Space truckin'
  15. Smoke on the water (feat. Uli Jon Roth)
  16. Green onion / Hush
  17. Black night


...To the rising sun

  1. Apres vous
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Strange kind of woman
  5. Vincent Price
  6. Contact lost
  7. Uncommon man
  8. The well-dressed guitar
  9. The mule
  10. Above and beyond
  11. Lazy
  12. Hell to pay
  13. Don Airey's solo
  14. Perfect starngers
  15. Space truckin'
  16. Smoke on the water
  17. Green onions / Hush
  18. Black night


Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"

CD review GOTTHARD "Live & bangin'"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Gotthard, Rock, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Live, Classic Rock

(8/10) Listening to music from Swiss Gotthard was a pleasure for me from the first album onwards. Yes, indeed, the guys had a period when they became a bit too catchy and mainstream. But since a few records they found back to their old strength which is combining crunchy riffs with great melodies. The latest studio album "Bang!" is a good example herefor.

Especially the last four years have been a tougher period for the band after having had the tragic loss of singer Steve Lee. This brought Gotthard into a situation to re-think if they should continue or stop with the band. Last but not least they continued which was a good decision. The live 'offical bootleg' is a big thank you to all the fans that supported Gotthard in the last four years. They have been the main factor for still having the band.

"Live & bangin'" contains 17 tracks and is available only the Gotthard fanshop. 

The album was recorded in 2014 and captures a show the band played in Baar, Switzerland as a part of the "Bang!" tour. The setlist pays special attention to the new songs like "Bang!", "Feel what I feel" and the bit different "C'est la vie". But also older stuff like "Sistermoon" from the "Defrosted" album has been performed. It goes without saying that band hymns like "Lift u up" and Anytime anywhere" have been played as well.

The sound of live recordings is always a point of discussion. Not this time. The production is done very well, which means that "Live & bangin" comes with a very good sound that reflects the live atmosphere in an excellent way. I was often reminded to the show I have seen from the Swiss guys in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer in 2014. Very well done and very authentic.

In the end "Live & bangin'" is exactely what Gotthard mentions on their homepage. It is a big thank you to the fans. It's a live album that is pretty cool; a record that gives you a good time and just makes fun. Thumbs up.





  1. Let me in Katie
  2. Bang!
  3. Get up 'n' move on
  4. Sister moon
  5. Right on
  6. Master of illusion
  7. Feel what I feel
  8. The call
  9. Remember it's me
  10. What you get
  11. The train
  12. C'est la vie
  13. That's it (Car crash)
  14. Mountain mama
  15. Lift u up
  16. Thank you
  17. Anytime anywhere


Label: G. Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review GOTTHARD "Live & bangin'"

CD review SATYRICON "Live at the opera"

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2015 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Black Metal, Classic, News, CD Review, Opera, Live, Thrash Metal, Death Metal

(9/10) When metal meets classic it's always a thin line between genius and disaster. History has shown that even big bands failed - just like this. Also Metallica with their "S&M" album belongs to this group.

Now it was time for Satyricon. The idea of merging black metal and classic isn't totally new. Satyr and Satyriocn played already a session together with the brass section from the Norwegian Royal Orchestra which was a big success. This kind of collaboration might be for some fans a sell-out while for others it's a next step in creativity. It for sure streches the borders, or even tears down walls. However, I think that Satyricon did an excellent job with this album.

"Live at the opera" was recorded two years ago. It was on September 8, 2013 when the band shared the stage with the Norwegian Opera Choir in Oslo.

The joy with "Live at the opera" is the fact that the band didn't re-arrange the songs entirely. Those are still black metal songs based on mighty riffs and the brawly vocals from Satyr. But the songs become much more intense and it is the choir, that is so well integrated that it creates goose bumps while listening. Songs like "Now diabolica" and "Die by my hand" are brilliant examples here for. It is a thrilling listening experience that you can't escape from.

Other highlights towards the end are "Mother North" with its apocalyptic vibe, but also the mighty "K.I.N.G.", which was hard to 'translate' into a choir arrangement, is a treat for your ears.

"Live at the opera" is a live document that looks back on an extraordinary and special show in Oslo. It gives fans, that haven't had the chance to join the 'party' a chance to at least partly experience and enjoy the show. I guess the entire vibe of this night can't be burned on CD/DVD.

Satyricon fans will love the release and "Live at the opera" might open up also for possible new fans. This is not a sell-out. This is musical creativity at its best. Thank you.





  1. Voices of shadows
  2. Now diabolical
  3. Repined bastard nation
  4. Our world it rumbles tonight
  5. Nocturnal flare
  6. Die by my hand
  7. Tro og kraft
  8. Phoenix
  9. Den siste
  10. The infinity of time and space
  11. To the mountains
  12. The pentagram burns
  13. Mother North
  14. K.I.N.G.


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Live at the opera"

CD review AXEL RUDI PELL "Magic moments - 25 anniversary special show"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2015 von Markus W. in Axel Rudi Pell, Steeler, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Live

(*/10) I still can remember when a friend of mine recommended an album to me in school from a new German metal band. Their name: Steeler. I first thought about the band from Yngwie Malmsteen, but they haven't been from Germany. However, he gave me the vinyl with five guys drawn on the cover. The name of the album was/is "Strike back" and I felt in love with what I heard. It was the time of Pretty Maids' "Red, hot and heavy" and Steeler's sound went into the same direction. The next album "Undercover animal" was even better but sad enough, the band disbanded in 1989.

But the axeman of Steeler continued and started a fabulous solo career. His name: Axel Rudi Pell. Why do I mention all this? Because it took till 2014 for the guys to come together for playing some songs from the good old times - live on stage. "Night after night", Rockin' the city" and "Undercover animal" filled the summer night in 2014 when Axel Rudi Pell performed his 25th anniversary show as part of the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. It was great to hear those songs again and I still wish that the Steeler guys would re-record the two mentioned milestones in German metal history. I don't think it will happen, but there is always hope.

Next to that "Magic moments - 25th anniversary special show" has much more to offer than only a smaller Steeler reunion. Basically Axel Rudi Pell performed a wide selection of ARP classics that cover early tracks like "Nasty reputation" from the debut up to new material like "Into the storm" from the latest studio record. Last but not least a few cover songs have been played as well. Deep Purple's "Black night", with Ronnie Atkins from Pretty Maids, made the fans freak out. Graham Bonnet came on stage for singing "Since you've been gone" and the show was finished with nothing less than the mighty hardrock hymn "Smoke on the water".

Next to the great musical journey through metal Axel Rudi Pell invited also many friends to the party for performing the tunes together with him. Rob Rock has been there as well as Jeff Scott Soto. Joerg Michael had a drum performance and Vinnie Appice and Bobby Rondinelli had a fantastic drum battle in the last third of the show.

A birthday party couldn't be much better than this. Cheers and to the next 25 years.


PS: The DVD/BluRay also includes "The rehearsals" and comes with 255 minutes running time. But since I only can refer to the audio version I can't tell you much more than this about the extra.





  1. Call her princess
  2. Night after night
  3. Rockin' the city
  4. Undercover animal
  5. Nasty reputation
  6. Warrior
  7. Fool fool
  8. Burning chains
  9. Strong as a rock
  10. Long way to go
  11. Hey hey my my
  12. Mystica
  13. Into the storm
  14. Too late / Eternal prisoner / Too late
  15. The masquerade ball / Casbah
  16. Rock the nation
  17. Drum battle
  18. Black night
  19. Sympathy
  20. Tush
  21. Mistreated
  22. Since you've been gone
  23. Long live rock'n'roll
  24. Smoke on the water


Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal


CD review AXEL RUDI PELL "Magic moments - 25 anniversary special show"
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