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Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Metal Church, Comaniac, News, Live, Live Review, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Thrash Metal, Tour, Dynamo, Nuclear Blast

Power metal pioneers Metal Church are swinging a hot bat at the moment. The latest album “XI” showed that the band is back with full speed after having re-connected the legendary Mike Howe into the bands line-up. The live shows, promoting the new record, have been a delight for old and new fans of the US Westcoast-based metal outfit and also the live album, featuring some songs played during these shows, is more than just living up to a necessity.

I had the pleasure to witness Metal Church’s show during last year’s edition of the Dynamo Metal Fest, which was a well-received metal concert that led to very positive fan reaction with Metal Church definitely belonging to the highlights that day.

Almost a year later Kurdt Vanderhoof and his gang returned to Eindhoven, playing a club show at the legendary Dynamo. This time the band could make use of an entire headliner show, which means 90 minutes of old and new, classics from a period of more than three decades in metal.

Before metal anthems like “Fake Healer” filled the venue, it was up to Comaniac from Switzerland to warm up the crowd. Actually I’m not sure how much this was needed based on a summerly outside temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. However, the quartet from Aargau did a great job and instead of enjoying the weather as long as possible, quite some metalheads filled the room already during Comaniac’s thrash metal attack. This show gave the four-piece band the great opportunity to reach out to a wider group of metal fans and they took the chance.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

After the obligatory stage rebuild, done very efficiently, it was time for the headliner. Metal Church made it clear from the beginning with the very first song played – this afternoon (the show began at 17:30) is about pure metal with “Fake Healer” being the very well-chosen opener, followed by “In Mourning” from “The Human Factor” and the new “Needle and Suture”.

Next to the great songs the band had on their setlist, it was the enthusiasm of the five band members that made this gig to a true metal feast. It felt like Vanderhoof, Howe, Unger and van Zandt enjoyed every minute on stage and also the new band member,  powerhouse Stet Howland on drums, was more than integrated into the line-up. It felt like these guys having played together since ages. The quintet obviously enjoys what they are doing with no ego dominating the scene. Metal Church presented themselves as a rock-solid unit that came to rock.

It was a very powerful version of “Beyond the Black” that rounded of a main set before the band returned on stage for more. “Badlands” was the first out of two tunes, planned for the encore and it was “The Human Factor” that should act as the glorious end of the show. I guess you can sense it already, something happened. Right, after having played the first chord of “The Human Factor”, Vanderhoof’s guitar couldn’t be heard anymore. After a few moments of confusion the root cause for this became very clear. This thrilling Metal Church show was too much for Vanderhoof’s amplifier to handle and conked out. Fortunately it was right in front of the last song and fans had to live with the situation of not having heard “The Human Factor” that night. It was an unusual way of ending a show and a unique one too. However, it was something fans could handle due to an otherwise excellent metal concert. That’s rock’n’roll, that’s live and that’s how we like it. Horns up.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Setlist Metal Church:

  1. Fake Healer
  2. In Mourning
  3. Neelde and Suture
  4. Start the Fire
  5. Reset
  6. Gods of a Second Chance
  7. Date With Poverty
  8. No Tomorrow
  9. Watch the Children Pray
  10. No Friend of Mine
  11. Killing Your Time
  12. Beyond the Black
  13. Badlands (Encore)
  14. Human Factor (Planned as encore but not performed due to broken amp of Vanderhoof)


Location: Dynamo, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: 11.06.2017


Live report DEEP PURPLE, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Ziggo Dome, earMusic, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, Live Review, Live, Tour, inFinite, ian gillan, roger glover, ian paice, steve morse, don airay

Live report DEEP PURPLE,  Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017

The title of Deep Purple’s fantastic new album “inFinite” leaves quite some space for speculation and interpretation, especially considering the capital ‘F’ as part of the album name. Does this mean that the iconic pioneers in rock will come closer to an end? Or will they go on forever?

What is a fact though, “inFinite” is a brilliant album that presents the best what you can expect of a band that’s in business since almost 50 years. To support this longplayer the band embarked on a long tour, covering many parts of this planet. One stop on this trip was Amsterdam with playing a show at Ziggo Dome, on of the biggest concert venue in the Netherlands.

After Canadian hardrockers Monster Truck played a solid support slot it was time for Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey to enter the stage. The setlist was built on two main components. As not expected differently the new album played an important role that night and in combination with the old evergreens, the night in Amsterdam became an impressive journey through five decades of classic rock.

It was the opener of the new longplayer that also acted as kick-start for the show. “Time of Bedlam” is a great rock song, which includes some mechanical vocal parts in beginning and end, and it has been the In Gillan’s robot-like moves that visually supported those very well. What made the set to a thrilling one was the constant jump between new and old. Instead of funneling the new songs in the beginning, Deep Purple played old and new in a constant alternation, which means that with “Fireball” and “Bloodsucker” two classics followed the opener. The awesome “Strange Kind of Woman”, also from the “Fireball” album, was the bridge to some new songs. Three songs from the latest release showcased again the newer Deep Purple before the real classics filled the venue with pure rock'n'roll magic.

As soon as the first tones of “Perfect Strangers” left the speakers the audience shifted gears from ‘enthusiastic’ to ‘madhouse’, ending in a more than 10.000 people choir singing the iconic chorus of “Smoke on the Water”. This moment gave everybody in the hall the shivers and showed again that this song is THE hymn when it comes to rock music. It was a furious closure of the regular set, followed by a few minutes break in which the quintet left the stage.

Two more ‘musts’ have been part of the encore. “Hush”, the Joe South cover, was a swinging first part of the encore, before Roger Glover demonstrated the power and groove of the four-string guitar if handled with experience and competence. Excellent work. Maybe another song, taken from the rich Deep Purple discography, would have been better. However, the solo was a nice bridge to the closer of this night in rock. An impressive version of “Black Night” rounded of a concert that showed again, why Deep Purple belonged and belongs to the heavy influencers in rock. These guy are the spearhead when it come to hardrock and it’s awesome with what kind of energy the guys can easily handle an almost two hour show. Rock’n’Roll obviously keeps you young and vital – no doubt after having seen this show tonight.

Next to the well-chosen setlist it goes without saying that the sound was excellently done from the first to last song and also the band itself seemed to enjoy every single minute of this show. Each of the five band members added with their field of expertise the necessary puzzle pieces to the whole to make this night to a celebration in rock. Deep Purple stood there as a unit that had fun and pleasure of what they are doing – entertaining fans of which most of the ones being at the Amsterdam show probably accompanied the band from their very beginning. My personal conclusion after this impressive night is very clear. Hopefully the ‘infinite’ part is much more leading than the ‘finite’. This band can’t stop, especially not when releasing this kind of  excellent longplayers followed by jaw-dropping good live show. Keep on rocking.


Live report DEEP PURPLE,  Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017


  1. Time for Bedlam
  2. Fireball
  3. Bloodsucker
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Johnny's Band
  6. Uncommon Man
  7. The Surprising
  8. Lazy
  9. Birds of Prey
  10. Hell to Pay
  11. Keyboard Solo
  12. Perfect Strangers
  13. Space Truckin'
  14. Smoke on the Water
  15. Haush (Encore)
  16. Bass Solo (Encore)
  17. Black Night (Encore)


Location: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: June 2nd, 2017


VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS announce a new album

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Vandenberg's MoonKings, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Melodic Metal, News, Live, Tour, Adrian Vandenberg

VANDENBERG'S MOONKINGS announce a new album

Dutch guitar wizard Adrian Vandenberg, who was amongst others part of Whitesnake's impressive "1987" line-up, released a first album with his new outfit Vandenberg's MoonKings some years ago. To promote the debut, the band went on tour and over time it became a bit more silent. This period finds an end in the second half of 2017 when the sophomore album finally gets out of the gates.

Next to the new album the band announced already at this stage some shows for Holland. Stay tuned for more.



Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Live, Prophets Of Rage, Papa Roach, Fates Warning, Devin Townsend, Five Finger Death Punch, Caligulas Horse, Leprous, Riverside, Triggerfinger, Vuur, Avatar, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal



04.06.2017 (CZ) Plzen, Metalfest
15.06.2017 (AT) Novarock Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.2017 (DE) With Full Force
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06.2017 (ES) Download Festival Madrid



19.06.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Rex
20.06.2017 (CH) Lausanne, Les Docks (with OPETH)
21.06 2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7 Konzertfabrik (with OPETH)
22.06.2017 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
23.06.2017(NL) Nijmegen, Doornroosje (with ANATHEMA)
24.06.2017 (NL) Midsummer Prog Festival 2017
25.06.2017 (UK) Southampton, The Talking Heads
28.06.2017 (UK) London, The Black Heart
30.06.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2017, Barcelona



10.06.2017 (UK) Download Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest Clisson
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Metal Fest
01.07.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona
14.07.2017 (NL) Neushoorn Leeuwarden
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
18.08.2017 (FR) Motocultor Festival, Séné
22.09.2017 (BG) Roman Amphitheater Plovdiv



02.06.2017 (DE) Rock am Ring
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock im Park
08.06.2017 (CH) Greenfield Festival
14.06.2017 (AT) Nova Rock Festival
16.06.2017 (DE) Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim



02.06.2017 (UK) Underworld, London
03.06.2017 (FR) Le Forum, Baureal
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen
05.06.2017 (DE) Bind, Berlin
06.06.2017 (DE) Tivoli, Bremen
08.06.2017 (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
03.08.2017 (NL) Nobel Leiden
04.08.2017 (DE) Wacken Open Air
06.08.2017 (NL) Mezz Breda



01.07.2017 (ES) Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend Festival
16.07.2017 (FI) Joensuu, Ilossarirock 2017
22.07.2017 (SK) Nova Bana, Gothoom Festival 2017
11.08.2017 (RO) Rasnov, Rockstadt Extreme Fest
19.08.2017 (NO) Mo i Rana, Verket
28.10.2017 (DK) Pumpehuset
29.10.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
30.10.2017 (DE) Cologne, Luxor
31.10.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Rockhal
01.11.2017 (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
02.11.2017 (UK) London, The Dome
03.11.2017 (IR) Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
04.11.2017 (UK) Leeds, Damnation Festival
05.11.2017 (BE) Vosselaar, Bebop
06.11.2017 (FR) Paris, Trabende
07.11.2017 (FR)Nantes, La Barakason
08.11.2017 (FR) Bordeaux, Rocher Palmer
11.11.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Metromum
12.11.2017 (FR) Marseille, Le Moulin
13.11.2017 (IT) Milan, Magnolia
14.11.2017 (FR) Lyon, CCO Villeurbanne
15.11.2017 (CH) Winterthur, Salzhaus
16.11.2017 (FR) Colmar, Grillen
17.11.2017 (DE) Munich, Strom
18.11.2017 (AT) Vienna, Szene
19.11.2017 (HU) Budapest, A38
20.11.2017 (CZ) Prague, Rock Café
21.11.2017 (PL) Warsaw, Proxima
22.11.2017 (DE) Berlin, Musik & Frieden



28.06.2017 (UK) London, Koko
01.07.2017 (FR) Paris,Trianon
02.07.2017 (SE) Malmo, Slagthuset
03.07.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
04.07.2017 (IT) Milan, Teatro Della Luna
05.07.2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7
06.07.2017 (NL) Tilburg, O13



15.09.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
16.09.2017 (DE) Berlin, Velodrom UFO
21.09.2017 (DE) München, Zenith
25.09.2017 (DE) Ludwigsburg. MHP Arena
27.09.2017 (DE) Fürth, Stadthalle
28.09.2017 (DE) Offenbach, Stadthalle
03.10.2017 (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle



03.06.2017 (DE) Rock Im Park Festival
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Am Ring Festival
07.06.2017 (DE) Berlin, Zitadelle
15.06.2017 (CH) Neuchatel, Festineuch Festival
16.06.2017 (AT) Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock Festival



28.05.217 (DE) Köln, Die Kantine



18.08.2017 (CH) Gampel Open Air
21.10.2017 (DE) Bonn, Harmonie



09.06.2017 (NL) Leeuwarden, Neushoorn
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Open Air, Helsinki
14.07.2017 (CZ) Masters of Rock Festival, Vizovice
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
09.11.2017 (PL) Klub Studio, Cracow
12.11.2017 (DE) Kesselhaus, Berlin
13.11.2017 (DE) Markthalle, Hamburg
14.11.2017 (DE) Essigfabrik, Cologne
15.11.2017 (FR) La BAM, Metz
17.11.2017 (FR) Stereolux, Nantes
18.11.2017 (FR) Krakatoa, Mérignac
20.11.2017 (ES) La Riviera, Madrid
24.11.2017 (ES) Razzmatazz, Barcelona
25.11.2017 (FR) Le Moulin, Marseille
29.11.2017 (DE) Backstage, Munich
03.12.2017 (FR) L’aeroneu, Lille

LP review ENSLAVED " Roadburn Live"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Enslaved, Roadburn, ByNorse, News, CD Review, LP Review, Live, Viking Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal

(8/10) In 2015 Bergen-based metal Vikings Enslaved embarked on a trip to The Netherlands. The purpose for this trip was the bands participation at Roadburn 2015 and even more – Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson curated this years festival edition.

The band performed twice, with the concert that was recorded for this release featuring the show on April 11th, 2015. "Roadburn Live" is by the way the first live album that Enslaved released up till now and stands for another highlight in the band's rich musical history. The guys from Norway played eight songs that night, each of them paying attention to the newer material of the band. Special highlight, next to the awesome tunes, is the guest appearances. No less than Waldruna’s Einar " Kvitrafn" Selvikfor “Daylight”, as well as Aðalbjörn Tryggvason from Sólstafir and Per Wiberg added some part to the total with their involvement leading to an extra when it comes to expression and intensity. Selvikfor also did some vocals on “Convoys to Nothingness” and in the end of the gig Enslaved included a cover song which was as also done with a guest. Led Zeppelin’s classic rock masterpiece “Immigrant Song” was performed as the closer of this show, supported by Focus’ Menno Gootjes. It's the first time ever that Enslaved recorded a cover version and we can conclude that the experiment worked out well. All these highlights are captured on this vinyl version that was released on record store day in conjunction with this years Roadburn festival.

The limited vinyl version came as gatefold with two golden records. Maybe ‘golden’ is a bit of a big word since it’s more a kind of yellowish beige rather then a shining gold color. However, that doesn’t limit the joy of listening to each of these eight songs after having hung up the A3 poster as additional wall decoration. This album contains great songs that have been performed in a special scenery - all in front of enthusiastic fans. And the fact that Jens Bogren did that mastering with  Iver Sandøy doing the mix means aso a perfect sound level when it comes to live recording. "Roadburn Live" is a very-well done release that's exciting for fans and rookies





Side 1:

  1. Building with Fire
  2. Death in the Eyes of Dawn

Side 2:

  1. In Times
  2. Daylight

Side 3:

  1. Convoys to Nothingness
  2. As Fire Swept Clean the Earth

Side 4:

  1. Isa
  2. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover)


Label: By Norse Music/Roadburn Records

Genre: Progressive Viking Metal

Release Date EU (Vinyl limited edition): April 22nd, 2017

Release Date EU (CD): May 19th, 2017

LP review ENSLAVED " Roadburn Live"

HANSEN &FRIENDS video from Wacken

Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Kai Hansen, Hansen & Friends, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Live, News, earMUSIC

As posted earlier, German guitar wizard Kai Hansen will release a live CD/DVD, capturing the Wacken show from 2016. Here comes the first video. "Fire &Ice" is newly posted and acts as an appetizer for the upcoming release.

Street date is June 23rd and the album comes via earMUSIC. Stay tuned for more.


PRONG announces a new album

Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Prong, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Steamhammer, Live, Tour

Groove metal master Prong announced a new album entitled "Zero Days". Unfortunately it takes more than 'zero days' to enjoy this new masterpiece since release date is July 28th and the album comes via Steamhammer/SPV.

PRONG announces a new album

Prong also announced some first tour dates for Europe:

PRONG announces a new album

CD review DANTE "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Dante, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, News, CD Review, DVD, Gentle Art Of Music, Rock, Heavy Metal, Live

(8/10) Dante is a German prog metal outfit that started back in 2006. The band from Augsburg, Germany released their debut “The Inner Circle” in 2008 and three more studio longplayers followed up till now.

What the Swabians haven’t had so far as part of their discography was a live album, a gap they fill in 2017. Actually it was in 2016 when Dante played their first show in Poland and they were that brave to record and film the show that took place in Katowice. In total there are six songs on CD 1 of this double disc package that have been recorded during this show. Next to new material Dante also harks back to classics from the early days of the band. “Vanessa” is one of these beautiful songs that unveil, over 12 minutes, the beauty of progressive metal.

The second disc was captured in their hometown Augsburg and acts as a completion when it comes to the creative work of Dante. “Rearrangement Of The Gods” and “Beautiful Again” are the only two common denominators on both CD's, the rest differs. In this way the band provides an excellent overview when it comes to their career and songs. Dante combines the finesse of Dream Theater with metallic power and cinematic soundscapes.  And since the sound on both CD's is excellent and brings the entire beauty of a Dante show right into your home.

"When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice" is a thrilling live album, showcasing a band that also had times when they hit the bumpy roads without staying there. If you are interested in progressive metal music and if you haven’t heard of the band before, than it’s "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice" that gives you first good idea of what Dante is about. Fans of the band will love this live album anyhow.





DVD & CD1: „Live In Katowice“

  1. Rearrangement Of The Gods
  2. Beautiful Again
  3. Vanessa
  4. The Lone And Level Sands
  5. Until The Last Light Breaks In
  6. November Red

CD2: „When We Were Beautiful – Live“

  1. Rearrangement Of The Gods
  2. Ambitious
  3. Beautiful Again
  4. Until The Last Light Breaks In
  5. Let Me Down
  6. Sad Today
  7. Finally


Label: Gentle Art Of Music

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review DANTE "When Life Was Beautiful - Live in Katowice"

CD review THE DEAD DAISIES "Live and Louder"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in The Dead Daisies, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Sleaze Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Live, Steamhammer

(8/10) The ones of you that had the chance of seeing The Dead Daisies live on stage know about the explosive energy the band spreads.  These guys bring the pure essence of rock’n’roll to your town and their shows are that hot making sweat  running down the walls (at least that was the case when I saw them in Utrecht last time). Therefor it stood to reason that the guys also come with a live album that will be available late spring this year.

“Live and Louder” is the name of the release that comes in different packages of which the CD version as well as the comprehensive boxset include a DVD* which adds even more value to it. Since the base for the review is the CD version I can’t report more details of the DVD, however, already the audio version includes many treats for fans of rock solid hardrock.

The songs that made it on “Live and Louder” have been recorded on the bands latest tour through Europe and the UK, focussing on the the latest two longplayers. “With You and I”, “Long Way to Go” and energetic “Mainline” – all excellent hardrock songs that grow in intensity compared to the already well-crafted album version. Some of the cover versions made it on the live album too. CCR’s “Fortunate Son” as well as “Midnight Moses" from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band are part of this live release that in total features 14 songs.

The crucial moment with every live album is the sound. “Live and Louder” was mixed by Anthony Focx who earlier worked with bands like Aerosmith and Metallica. He, together with Howie Weinberg who did the mastering, gave the album a sound that fully reflects the live atmosphere. So all good from that side too.

Conclusion: Great musicians, brilliant songs, hot shows and a cool vibe – that’s what The Dead Daisies is about and that’s what’s captured on this album. There’s just one thing that can top the album and that’s seeing the band live on stage.





  1. Long Way to Go
  2. Mexico
  3. Make Some Noise
  4. Song and a Prayer
  5. Fortunate Son
  6. We All Fall Down
  7. Lock ' N' Load
  8. Something I Said
  9. Last Time I Saw the Sun
  10.  Join Together
  11. With You And I
  12. Band Intros
  13. Mainline
  14. Helter Skelter
  15. American Band
  16. Midnight Moses


Label: SPV/Steamhammer

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017



*Additional material on DVD:

Running time: 85 min

Language: English

Video: NTSC / 16:9

Audio: 2.0 Stereo

Documentary “Live & Louder” (40min)

  1. Intro
  2. Looking back at 2016
  3. Touring with the Daisies
  4. Doug Aldrich
  5. Show Preparation
  6. Stage Fright
  7. Song Favorites
  8. Cover Songs
  9. The Signing Sessions
  10. Looking to the Future

Tour Recaps (25 min)

  1. Recording
  2. Musikmesse / Hessentag
  3. Summer Tour
  4. Freedom to Rock Tour
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. Japan / South Korea – U.S.O.
  7. Kiss Kruise
  8. Fall/Winter Tour

Bonus Content (20min)

  1. Slideshow Best of 2016
  2. Video clip: Song and a Prayer
  3. Video clip: Join Together
  4. Video clip: Long Way to Go
  5. Video clip: Make Some Noise
CD review THE DEAD DAISIES "Live and Louder"

UNDERTOW pics from Dresden

Veröffentlicht am 2. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Undertow, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Epic Metal, Live, News, Heavy Metal

Last weekend Swabian powerhouse Undertow played a concert at Heavy Duty, Dresden which was the first live show with their new bass player Andreas Hund. Undertow also performed some new unreleased material which was very well received by fans and increases appetite for the new album.

The new songs played that night:

  • "Zero Type X"
  • "Crown of Scars"
  • "Trails for the Blind"
  • "Burdened"
  • "Reap the Storm"

Here are also some pics from show.

UNDERTOW pics from Dresden
UNDERTOW pics from Dresden
UNDERTOW pics from Dresden
UNDERTOW pics from Dresden

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2017 von Markus W. in Civil War, Nightmare, Athanasia, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Live, Live Review, News, AFM, Napalm Records, Gebr. de Nobel

I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that ‚Kings Day’, a bank holiday in Holland that goes along with a big party in orange, was the reason for the smaller of two rooms in Gebr. de Nobel not being really over crowded that night. Could also be due to a vacation time as well. OK, we will not really find this out here and now, but for the ones who made it that night to Leiden things became a pretty good metal night.

Three bands were on the running order that Friday, starting with Athanasia. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the band before and I also didn’t expect too much of these planned 30 minutes. Surprisingly things turned out very well. The trio from California plays a kind of blackened thrash metal mix that got pretty good out of the speakers. The show in Leiden was the band's first one in Europe and even though the trio couldn’t benefit from a very good sound, the potential was obvious. Their show was a good warm-up for fans of solid metal and with each tune played that night, the band gained appreciation from fans. The guys are working at the moment on their first album and therfor I can’t tell you much about the songs played that night but they all raised curiousity for Athansia’s debut.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

From newcomers to pioneers. Nightmare was next, a band with a history like a rollercoaster. There were so many ups and downs over the last decades that I stopped counting them. However, the metal institution from Grenoble released a new longplayer a few months ago with a renewed line-up. Maggy Luyten joined the French powerhouse and so did Olivier Casula (drums). The fivepiece group played a 60 minutes set, showcasing a band that was hungry for live shows. Luyten is, next to being a good singer, also a real front-woman, being in constant contact with the fans – on stage, as well as surrounded by fans in the middle of the room. Franck Milleliri and Matt Asselberhs provided sharp riffs and it was the only active founding member, Yves Campion, who build a strong grooving foundation.

Nightmare have released ten albums and have a big amount of song they can choose from. However, they didn’t make us of it and based the entire show on the latest release which was almost played in ist entirety. It was only „The Preacher“ from the 2012 album „The Burden of Gods“ that smuggled itself in the setlist which was a bit of an unusual fashion. All in all Nightmare played a solid rock show that lived by its authentic approach and passion of each of the five band members.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Last but not least it was time for the main act to enter the stage and make an impression. As with Nightmare also the Falun-based power metal outfit Civil War comes with a new singer. Kelly Sundown Carpenter joined the band this year and the Leiden show was one of the first ones he did together with the band. Covered behind sunglasses the frontman did a good job. His voice fits perfectly with Civil War's music and also his entertainment skills are developed very well. Fully supported by his band mates the quintet performed a set with the biggest chunk of tunes coming from the band’s latest longplayer „The Last Full Measure“. Also „The Killer Angel“ made it with some songs into this set and in addition tunes like „Gods and Generals“ as well as „Bay of pigs“ got out of the gates very well. The latter was the most euphoric celebrated one out of all the tracks played that night, coming right before "Rome is Falling" It was this anthem of Civil War that ended a metal evening that showed that a good metal party doesn't necessarily need a full house.


Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Setlist Civil War:

  1. USS Monitor
  2. Saint Patrick’s Day
  3. Gettysburg
  4. Sons of Avalon
  5. A Tale That Never Should be Told
  6. Deliverance
  7. Road to Victory
  8. I Will Rule the Universe
  9. Gods and Generals
  10. Tombstone
  11. Bay of Pigs
  12. Rome is Falling


Setlist Nightmare:

  1. Infected
  2. Of Sleepless Mind
  3. Tangled in the Roots
  4. The Preacher
  5. Red Marbled and Gold
  6. Indifference
  7. Ikarus
  8. Dead Sun
  9. Inner Sanctum
  10. Serpentine
  11. Eternal Winter
  12. Starry Skies Gone Black


Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 29th, 2017


CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2017 von Markus W. in Metal Church, Power Metal, Live, News, Heavy Metal, US Metal, Speed Metal, CD Review, Queensryche

(8/10) Power metal veterans Metal Church got a real boost with Mike Howe re-joining the legendary power metal band from the west coast. "XI" was a fantastic studio album that was followed by mind-blowing live shows, presenting a band that's celebrating metal with each note played.

Therefor it was more than a logical consequence to also record some of the shows and delight the Metal Church fanbase with a live album. Here it is. Kurdt Vanderhoof and his gang taped some of the gigs on their 2016 tour of which nine tracks made it on the album. The choice of songs couldn't be much better and each of the numbers is a real classic in powerful metal music. 

Having 'classic' in its title implicates that its a more oldschool tracklist, covering songs from the debut ("Beyond the Black") up to the 1993 release "Hanging in Balance"; and everything in between. "Watch the Children Pray", "Human Factor" and "Start the Fire" are true classics.

A special extra comes at the end of the album. RatPak owner Joe O'Brien had the idea for a duet of Howe and Queensryche's Todd LaTorre, both singing together Metal Church's smasher "Fake Healer". The idea became reality and the result can be heard on this album. Having two of the best metal singers performing a song like "Fake Healer" together in the studio is more than treat for every headbanger. The song itself is already an excellent one but this new version lifts it to a next level (A wish from the writer: Could a package with Metal Church and Queensryche please come over to Europe for a tour?).

To sum up: This disc is an authentic live album with a good sound that presents Metal Church as a rock solid unit, performing songs that belong to the best power metal can offer. It's a great way for older fans to walk down the memory lane while it's an excellent opportunity for new fans to catch up when it comes to the roots of this powerhouse.





  1. Beyond the Black
  2. Date With Poverty
  3. Gods of a Second Chance
  4. In Mourning
  5. Watch the Children Pray
  6. Start the Fire
  7. No Friend of Mine
  8. Badlands
  9. Human Factor
  10. Fake Healer (Duet with Todd La Torre) (Studio)


Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"

The album is also available as 'Deluxe Edition", including:

  • CD
  • Hand autographed sleeve
  • 16 page photo booklet
  • Limited edition guitar pick
  • Fake-Healer die-cut sticker
  • Metal Church VIP tour laminate
  • Metal Church 4" vinyl sticker
  • Limited print 4x4 insert
CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"

CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Forces of the Northern Night"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2017 von Markus W. in Dimmu Borgir, Death Metal, Black Metal, Live, News, Heavy Metal, CD Review, DVD Review, Wacken

(9/10) There were many attempts of combining classic music and metal to something exciting and breath-taking. Sometimes things ended in a failure while rock history also shows some true wins. Fortunately this longplayer belongs to the latter, showcasing Norwegian black metal spearhead Dimmu Borgir together with a classic orchestra. The CD includes such a show as audio while the DVD set brings, in addition, the Wacken 2012 show right into your living room. In this review I can only refer to the Oslo show.

It was in May 2011 when Dimmu Borgir played a concert at Spektrum in Oslo which is also the name-giver for this album. Under the header of “Forces of the Northern Night” the black metal outfit performed a show together with 53 members of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra plus a 30 singer featuring choir from Schola Cantorum.

It’s of course a well-known fact that the Norwegians played this show and that it was broadcasted on NKR (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation) made it accessible for a wider group of fans. However, since this show marked a new milestone moments in black metal it’s great that an official release is available via Nuclear Blast.

Dimmu Borgir’s way of arranging the show and partly re-arranging the songs makes this concert to an unforgettable one. The bombastic blackened metal gets another dimension by adding choir and orchestra. Bringing together these elements can potentially end up in a competition or a clear segmentation of which part becomes more dominant when. Not in the case of “Forces of the Northern Night”. Here it’s more about combining the different musical components what strengthens the power and intensity of each of the 17 songs played that night. This release is the capturing of an impressive work that shows what an open-minded approach can lead to. A smart and respectful combination of different musical backgrounds leads to awesome versions of songs like “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse and “Dimmu Borgir”. But also expressional tunes like “Eradication Instincts Defined” are great moments on this album. Even though the classic is a bit more in the forefront with the last mentioned track, things go perfectly together with the rest of the tunes that have been performed that night. All together comes as a well-fitting puzzle rather than a alien bodies that feel like being on the wrong spot.

All in all the Oslo show marked a cornerstone in black metal. Maybe it made this genre more commercial and maybe the underground touch got lost. But in the end it’s a very well executed creative idea that’s entertaining and impactful – an experiment that ended in impressive 90 minutes of music.





  1. Xibir (orchestra)
  2. Born Treacherous
  3. Gateways
  4. Dimmu Borgir (orchestra)
  5. Dimmu Borgir
  6. Chess With The Abyss
  7. Ritualist
  8. A Jewel Traced Through Coal
  9. Eradication Instincts Defined (orchestra)
  10. Vredesbyrd
  11. Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
  12. The Serpentine Offering
  13. Fear And Wonder (orchestra)
  14. Kings Of The Carnival Creation
  15. Puritania
  16. Mourning Palace
  17. Perfection Or Vanity (orchestra)


Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review DIMMU BORGIR "Forces of the Northern Night"

Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2017 von Markus W. in Dream Theater, Live Review, Live, Tour, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Heavy Metal, 013, Power Metal

Dream Theater belongs to the group of that had and have a major impact on an entire music genre. In their case it's progressive metal that wouldn't be where it is today without the quintet from North America. Starting their journey in the second half of the 80', at that time under the banner of Majesty, the guys gained popularity in the 90's. Grunge, rock and pop music was dominant in those years; a fact that didn't make it easy for a metal band to start off. However, Dream Theater was one of the few bands that took the challenge, being since then a constant factor in metal. "Images and Words" was the band's sophomore album and after starting quite slowly it evolved to a break-through record for the band. That was 25 years ago and what seems more natural than celebrating it with a anniversary tour.

It wasn't a too long time ago that the NY-based progressive metal enthusiasts  played in Tilburg, The Netherland. As being a part of their current "Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary" tour the guys performed a show at 013 in Tilburg on February 8th this year. Another show in Holland was planned for April 25th in Amsterdam which was, based on production reasons, moved to Tilburg. The band took this with humor with James LaBrie saying that the band probably would have got lost on the way to Amsterdam.

Since the first show was sold out this concert gave even more Dream Theater fans the chance to join the band on a musical journey that was mainly built on the earlier mentioned "Images and Words" album from 1992. Following the fantastic debut it was the sophomore album that included James LaBrie as the new singer and frontman of this highly influencing metal band. During the show guitar wizard John Petrucci talked a bit about these days when the band was looking for a new frontman which was a nice anecdote to listen to. Even if the band focussed on the music there were more of these moments when the band talked about the time 25 years ago with travelling in a van, touring through smaller clubs and so on. This short stories spiced-up an evening that was dedicated to music in perfection.

Following the momentary trend of playing iconic records in its entirety, Dream Theater decided to give this longplayer a new stage as being the center piece of this tour and this show. But before the prog metal milestone delighted the fans it was a a kind of 'best of' set with songs taken from the entire Dream Theater back catalogue. On exception though; the outstanding debut "When Dreams and Days Unite" didn't get a song on this nights setlist, which is a bit of a pity since track like "A Fortune in Lies" are pearls of prog metal; tunes that brought the band some first appreciation. Anyhow, songs like "As I Am" and "The Bigger Picture" are great stuff too, creating a scenery for the second act that night.

After having been on stage for more than an hour it was a 20 minutes break for band and fans, time for some refreshment. It almost felt a little bit like Dream Theater being their own support act with the best that was yet to come. "Pull Me Under" is the opener on "Images and Words" and I think it's THE Dream Theater song. It was also the foot in the door for the bands entire career. After the album had a slow start in the beginning, it was "Pull Me Under" that got some airplay on college radio, followed by country radio stations who picked up the song and made it even more popular. Regardless how often you hear this tune, it keeps its excitement and magic. It's the best song the band ever wrote and it was the one that kicked-off this night with an outstanding "Images and Words" performance.

I don't go into detail of each of the songs from the album because you all know them and the performance was as good as all the other tracks played that night. One thing I would like to mention though and that is the drum solo Mike Magnini did. I have to admit that I'm no fan of these solo parts because mostly another song would have been the better option. Not in this case. What Magnini did was very impressive and treat for ears and eyes. Sitting in the spotlight behind a mighty drum kit, the guy included everything in his drum solo - from silent moment in which yu could have heard a needle falling to hard-hitting parts that made you doubt if this man has just two arms and feet. Very well done I must say.

After such an impressive look back in time the encore was not less exciting compared to what fans got served up till now. The band played all seven chapters of "A Change of Seasons", which makes sense. This song comes out of the "Images and Words" session and just didn't get on the longplayer because the label didn't want to take the bold step of releasing a double album. Fortunately the song was newly recorded a few years later and hit the shelves as an exciting EP that also included some well-done covers versions. In these terms it was almost a no-brainer that Dream Theater has chosen this 23 minutes composition as the encore, finishing an evening that underlined why the band belongs to the heavy influencers in modern progressive metal, being a reference for many younger bands.

Dream Theater is still playing in a league of its own. Even though the more recent records couldn't get close to the iconic early albums the band's still a unit that gives individual capabilities, passion and talent a common platform, leading to jaw-dropping moments for fans of excellent rock/metal music.

Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017
Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017
Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017


Act 1:

  1. The Dark Eternal Night
  2. The Bigger Picture
  3. Hell's Kitchen
  4. The Gift of Music
  5. Our New World
  6. Portrait of Tracy
  7. As I Am
  8. Breaking All Illusions

Act 2:

  1. Pull Me Under
  2. Another Day
  3. Take the Time
  4. Surrounded
  5. Metropolis Pt.1: The Miracle and the Sleeper
  6. Under a Glass Moon
  7. Wait for Sleep
  8. Learning to Live


  1. A Change of Seasons: I The Crimson Sunrise
  2. A Change of Seasons: II Innocence
  3. A Change of Seasons: III Carpe Diem
  4. A Change of Seasons: IV The Darkest of Winter
  5. A Change of Seasons: V Another World
  6. A Change of Seasons:  VI The Inevitalble Summer
  7. A Change of Seasons:  VII The Crimson Sunset


Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: 25.04.2017

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