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WUCAN tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Wucan, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Krautrock, News, Tour, Live

To support their newest album "Reap the Strom", Berlin-based Wucan are on tour and here are the dates:

WUCAN tour dates
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'JägerMusic Kneipentour' by BRETT

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Brett, Rock, Stoner Rock, Live, Tour, Jägermeister, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

Hamburg-based rock outfit Brett shows that intensity is not a perfume - it's about sweat and adrenaline. The guys are on a short tour which they put under the header of 'JägerMusic Kneipentour'. Here are the dates:

'JägerMusic Kneipentour' by BRETT
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KADAVER tour dates for Europe

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Kadaver, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Vintage Rock, Live, Tour

KADAVER tour dates for Europe
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A live version of KANSAS' "Carry on Wayward Son"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Kansas, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Prog Rock, Frontiers Music, Live

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Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2017 von Markus W. in Avatarium, The Slayerking, Gothic, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, De Flux, Zaandam, Live, Live Review, Tour

Concerts on a Sunday night are always a challenge since it’s hard to get people to the venue, having a new work-week in front of them. However, the once that get out to a concert as a weekend-closer are the real and loyal fans who appreciate seeing their favorite band live on stage, listening to music they like. This goes very much for Avatarium’s visit in Zaandam, playing a show at De Flux.

But before the Stockholm-based quintet entered the stage it was The Slayerking from Greece, acting as the opener that night. After having enjoyed a sunny Indian Summer weekend in Holland it was this trio that blew away all the good vibration within 40 minutes. The Slayerking, that’s Efthimis K, Kostas K., both known from Nightfall, and Eki on drums. These three guys ‘celebrated’ a dark mess with songs that are mainly built on doom and gothic. Visual highlight of the show was frontman Efthimis K. with a hat that reminded of one being used for a funeral march. It was a nice gimmick and fortunately things haven’t been reduced only to this extra. The trio could score some positive reactions, with the folks becoming quite enthusiastic. The Slayerking got 40 minutes on stage to warm up the crowd which they did very well. In addition they won some new friends with their powerful, but not very agile show that had the only small little downer of songs being a bit too much of the same thing only different.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Time for the main act, time for Avatarium. It’s amazing to see the development of this band. I had the pleasure to witness the band’s first show outside Sweden a few years ago, when the quintet played a show at the Afterburner of Roadburn. Songs were already great at that time, but you could sense the level of excited tension and stage fright while doing this concert. Already at that time a warm applause ended the well-done show and it was no difference three years later in Zaandam. What was different though was the stage performance. Even though it was a much smaller one than at 013, Avatarium used every square millimeter for an energetic Sunday night metal show with Jennie Ann Smith being not only an excellent singer but also a great performer. No comparison to three years ago in Tilburg. Dressed in black with a red cape, Smith evolved to an entertaining singer, always being in contact with her audience. Next to the singer it is guitarist Marcus Jidell and drummer Lars Sklold being the constant factor is this metal/rock outfit, with Jidell being the crucial musical brain behind Avatarium these days.

The five-piece from Stockholm played a full 90 minutes set that night which had a focus on the latest album “Hurricanes and Halos”. From the first note played that night, Jidell and band mates sparked the audience which reacted with clapping and enthusiastic applause after the last tone faded away in Zaadam's evening sky.

Each of the thirteen songs have been welcomed very much and even the unexpected Led Zeppelin cover sounded very good, being performed in an Avatarium fashion. The real highlight though has been three songs from the earlier days. “Girl with the Raven Mask” ignited a firework that peaked when songs like the awesome “Moonhorse” and “Avatarium” filled the room.

All in all Avatarium performed an excellent show, musically as well as performance-wise. And since De Flex is a smaller venue the show also felt like a ‘living room concert’ in an intimate atmosphere, bringing band and fans closer together with everybody leaving the room with a satisfied smile on their face.

Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017
Live review AVATARIUM / THE SLAYERKING, De Flux, Zaandam, 24.09.2017

Setlist Avatarium:

  1. Into the Fire / Into the Storm
  2. Pearls and Coffins
  3. The Starless Sleep
  4. Run Killer Run
  5. In My Time of Dying
  6. Medusa Child
  7. Girl With the Raven Mask
  8. Deep Well
  9. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  10. Moonhorse
  11. When Breath Turns to Air (Encore)
  12. Avatarium (Encore)

 

Location: De Flux, Zaandam, The Netherlands

Date: September 24th, 2017

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CD review RAY WILSON "Time & Distance"

Veröffentlicht am 23. September 2017 von Markus W. in Ray Wilson, Rock, Prog Rock, Live, Tour, Jaggy D, Genesis

CD review RAY WILSON "Time & Distance"

(*/10) Ray Wilson, who doesn't know the excellent singer that enriched Genesis songs with his voice as well as he had an earlier smash hit with his band Stiltskin. "Inside" was one of the most successful rock song in the 90's, also because Levi's used the song for one of their marketing campaigns, bringing the band and Wilson into the spotlight for the first time. While Stiltskin slowly disappeared in musical no-man's-land it was Wilson who used this moment as a springboard for a highly successful solo career.

After having published his latest emotional solo album "Songs for a Friend", Ray Wilson went on the road for playing live. The Scottish singer performed more than 100 shows with an approach of playing live being a matter of heart far more than a 'must do' to promote records.

During his last tour, that brought him through entire Europe, Wilson recorded shows played in Hamburg, Germany, Zoetermeer and Heerlen, both in The Netherlands. Next to the singer and guitarist himself it was a nine-piece band that supported Wilson on this extensive journey, a tour that finds its sonic prolongation with this 2-CD live album feast.

The fact that it's two discs is due to the fact that Wilson focussed on different eras of his career. One part was a retrospective when it comes to his time with the famous Genesis. The first disc is a tribute to this time, featuring tunes like "Mama", "Another Day in Paradise" and "Not About Us". The icing on the cake is a terrific version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes", a moment that gives you the shivers.

After such a mind-blowing start, CD 2 takes care about the solo material of the iconic bandleader with a soulful version of "Song For a Friend" as one highlight out of 12 brilliant rock songs. Music is about emotion and that's what each of these songs includes. And not only that, also the interpretation of each of these in total 25 songs is a coming right from the heart.

This double live album just gives a glimpse of an idea of the intensity of a Ray Wilson concert which makes it already worth buying. Great songs, great musicians, great release. And don't miss to see the guy live...

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Calling All Stations
  2. The Dividing Line
  3. Home By the Sea
  4. Carpet Crawlers
  5. Entangled
  6. Ripples
  7. Follow You, Follow Me
  8. Not About Us
  9. In You Eyes
  10. Another Day in Paradise
  11. Another Cup of Coffee
  12. Mama
  13. Congo

CD 2:

  1. Alone
  2. Propaganda Man
  3. Calvin and Hobbes
  4. Take it Slow
  5. Ought to Be Resting
  6. Old Book on the Shelf
  7. Song For a Friend
  8. Not Long Till Springtime
  9. Another Day
  10. Make Me Think if Home
  11. Bless Me
  12. First Day of Change

 

Label: Jaggy D

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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Tour dates OHRENFEINDT

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Hardrock, Rock, News, Live, Ohrenfeindt

Tour dates OHRENFEINDT
Tour dates OHRENFEINDT
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European tour dates SHAWN JAMES AND THE SHAPESHIFTERS

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Live, Shawn James, Shawn James and The Shapeshifters, News

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

05.10.2017 (NL) Enschede, Atak
06.10.2017 NL) Katwijk, Scum @ Folkfest
07.10.2017 (NL) Hoofdorf, Duycker @ Folkfest
08.10.2017 (NL) Goes, T Beest
10.10.2017 (PL) Poznan, Klub U Bazyla
11.10.2107 (PL) Warsaw, Hydozagadka
12.10.2017 (PL) Krakow, Zaczek
14.10.2017 (DE) Bad Saulgau, Meister Digel  
17.10.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Monkeys Music Club  
18.10.2017 (DE) Stuttgart, Goldmarks
20.10.2017 (DE) Berlin-Hellersdorf, Kiste
21.10.2017 (DE) Chemnitz, AJZ @Mushroom Garden V
22.10.2017 (DE) Bremen, Tower Musikclub @ Schütz(en)fest
23.10.2017 (CZ) Prague, Rock Cafe
25.10.2017 (DE) Hannover, Bei Chez Heinz
26.10.2017 (DE) Nürnberg, Z-Bau
27.10.2017 (DE) Wölfersheim, Kulturwerkstatt @ Rebel meets Bembel
28.10.2017 (DE) Kempten, Big Box @ Rock The Box
31.10.2017 (FR) Clermont-Ferrand, Raymond Bar
02.11.2017 (ES) Zaragoza, Rock & Blues 
03.11.2017 (ES) Madrid, Icon 
04.11.2017 (ES) Bilbao, Azkena 
07.11.2917 (FR) Bordeaux, IBOAT
08.11.2017 (FR) Lyon, La Marquise
09.11.2017 (FR) Colmar, Le Grillen
10.11.2017 (FR) Paris, La Mecanique Ondulatoire
11.11.2017 (FR) La Roche-Sur-Yon, Le Fuzz Yon
15.11.2017 (UK) London, The Dublin Castle   
17.11.2017 (UK) Bridgwater, Cobblestone
18.11.2017 (UK) Birmingham, Hammer and Anvil 
19.11.2017 (UK) Edinburgh, Bannermans Bar
20.11.2017 (UK) Dumfries, The Venue 
21.11.2017 (UK) Newcastle upon Tyne, Trillions 

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PROPHETS OF RAGE announces show at 013, Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, 013, Crossover, Tilburg, Alternative Rock, Rap, News, Live, Alternative Metal

Prophets Of Rage comes to Tilburg, Netherlands for a show at the 013.

 

 

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RIVAL SONS tour dates for Europe

Veröffentlicht am 11. September 2017 von Markus W. in Rival Sons, Blues, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, News, Live, Tour, Earache

Rival Sons added a few extra shows to their European tour with two shows supporting the legendary Rolling Stones. Here are the dates:

RIVAL SONS tour dates for Europe
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CD review CREMATORY "Live Insurrection"

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2017 von Markus W. in Crematory, Dark Metal, Hardrock, Rock, Live, Steamhammer, Gothic

CD review CREMATORY "Live Insurrection"

(*/10) It's amazing to see how long German goth metal oufit Crematory's in business already. The sextett started 26 years ago and even though they could never celebrate a real break-through the band could build-up a strong fanbase that's extremely loyal. Otherwise it wouldn't have been possible to release 13 studio albums and also the new live record would have turned into a mission impossible without fans and supporters.

Summer festivals are not only a great opportunity for fans to see many of their favorite bands, there are also chances to record a live album. Crematory is one of the bands that took this possibility during last year's Bang Your Head festival. The CD/DVD covers the band's entire passionate show in a good quality when it comes to sound (couldn't watch the DVD, but I guess visuals are good as well). 

Looking on songs and setlist shows a focus that was put on Crematory's latest longplayer "Monument" with the addition of some of highlights from earlier releases that saw the light of day earlier this century.

"Live Insurrection" is a live album that comes round the corner in a solid manner. Fans of gothic metal and dark rock can doubtless go for this release. It's good work of a band that's authentic and real.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

 

CD

1. Intro

2. Misunderstood

3. Fly

4. Greed

5. Tick Tack

6. Instrumental

7. Haus mit Garten  

8. Ravens Calling

9. Pray

10. Everything

11. Instrumental

12. Shadowmaker

13. The Fallen

14. Höllenbrand

15. Die So Soon

16. Kommt näher

17. Tears Of Time

 

DVD

Live:

1. Intro

2. Misunderstood

3. Fly

4. Greed

5. Tick Tack

6. Instrumental

7. Haus mit Garten

8. Ravens Calling

9. Pray

10. Everything

11. Instrumental

12. Shadowmaker

13. The Fallen

14. Höllenbrand

15. Die So Soon

16. Kommt näher

17. Tears Of Time

Monument – Videoclips

1. Misunderstood

2. Ravens Calling

3. Haus mit Garten

4. Everything

 

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

 

Genre: Dark Metal

 

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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