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CD review CREMATORY "Oblivion"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2018 von Markus W. in Crematory, Oblivion, News, Steamhammer, SPV, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, CD Review, Goth, Melodic Rock

CD review CREMATORY "Oblivion"

(6/10) It's not easy to write a review for this album. Normally I don't want to be influenced by anything more than by listening to an album a few times in a row, which shapes a picture about the release and the included songs. What makes it less easy this time is a Facebook post from a few days ago in which the band addresses with dramatic words the sales situation of CD's and vinyls compared to streams and downloads, linked to the financial effect. Furthermore the pre-sales for the upcoming shows doesn't seem to by very satisfactory and it was mainly statements like: "That will only happen, have you fans get off your lazy asses and start buying tickets for the announced shows." that created irritation with fans of the band and fans of metal in general. I think it's never a good thing to insult your own fan base, how tricky things are.

However, let the music do the talking since great music will always finds friends. "Expectation" is an intro that leads to "Salvation", the opener of Crematory's 14th studio record. It's a melodic song, kept gloomy in the verse and catchy in the chorus. The tune is easy approachable and belongs to the positive moments on the album. "Ghost of the Past" is a song that combines gothic, riff and beat in a good way and also the heavier "Cemetery Stillness" has moments of dark joy.

Where's light there's normally darkness too. The extremely boring "Stay With Me" might benefit from mainstream catchiness, but doesn't include any specific feature that wasn't heard earlier in time and in a much better fashion, something that also goes for the title track. "Oblivion" feels like nomen et omen since the tune could fall into oblivion by its standard expression and trivial melody.

To sum up: If you should buy the album, stream the album or ignore it is something each of you need to decide for yourself. I can only tell you that "Oblivion" has some better moments of dark gothic rock, which are mainly the ones with guitars in the forefront. However, also the good attempts aren't mind-blowing and there's nothing new or surprising to expect with "Oblivion". I assume fans will like "Oblivion", but it's a tough thing to gain new fans with this longplayer. Let's see what the future will bring.

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CD review HEARTWIND "Higher and Higher"

Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2018 von Markus W. in Heartwind, News, Higher and Higher, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, CD Review, AOR Heaven, Rock, AOR

CD review HEARTWIND "Higher and Higher"

(8/10) Fans of bands like The Poodles, Narnia, … look out. Something new is on its way. Members of the mentioned bands, plus some more melodic rock passionitas from Sweden, started Heartwind. The six-piece band releases their debut “Higher and Higher” end of April, featuring eleven excellent rock songs.

Heartwind is the brainchild of longtime friends Goran Engvall and Mikael Rosengren, both envisioning the first ideas of this rock outfit. One thing followed the other and in no time songs were written and a demo was produced. First reactions have been very positive, creating more appetite for recording an album.

Here it is. “Higher and Higher” comprises of eleven rock songs that impress with a great sense for melodies and hooks. The thing is that the sextet from Sweden finds the right balance between catchiness and hardness. The longplayer comes with melodies that stick to your mind from the first spin on the record player. And it has enough edges and rock power to not drift away into cheesy mainstream. “Higher and Higher” is a treat for rock fans and I wonder how high these guys will climb. The debut provides at least a more than solid base for reaching new heights in the coming months and years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Higher and higher
  2. Cry out into space
  3. Ready for the moonlight
  4. One night away from you
  5. Surrounding me
  6. Through the light,
  7. Too late for roses
  8. Creatures of the night
  9. Don’t be that girl
  10. Your eyes cannot lie
  11. Game of love

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2018 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Temple of Lies, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Heavy Metal, AFM

CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

(8/10) Since a few years Bonfire is gaining more and more momentum again. The latest releases have been all pretty good, showcasing a band that found their way back into the spotlight.

Bonfire these days is very much Hans Ziller, founding member and main driver of the Bavarian metal outfit that celebrated bigger successes in the late 80’s.

Four years ago Ziller had to face a major line-up change. Singer and founding member Claus Lessmann left the quintet from Ingolstadt, Germany and was replaced by former Accept singer David Reece. In 2016 Reece left Bonfire and it was German vocalist Michael Bormann who should have become Bonfire’s new frontman. Due to legal reasons a certain time period needed to be bridged and it was Alexx Stahl who took over vocal duties for the time needed. Unexpectedly things worked more than well and Stahl’s voice fit so good to Bonfire’s sound that the singer became a fix member of the five-piece band. The quintet recorded with “Temple of Lies” their 16th studio album and it’s the first one with Stahl at the mic.

An intro, entitled “In the Beginning”, sets the stage. It feels like a mixture of Manowar and neo-classic metal that welcomes you before title song takes over. “Temple of Lies” is the first surprise since it blows the speakers with heavy riffs and Stahl presenting his pure metal siren capabilities. I had to get used to the high-pitched vocals since I haven’t expected such a powerful beginning, but already with the second spin I started to really like the tune.

After such a start it’s “On the Wings of an Angel” that brings back the hard rocking Bonfire vibe and it’s the slowly rolling “Feel the Fire (Like the Bonfire)” that could become a classic on Bonfire’s setlist.

These tracks stand pretty much for what you can expect of “Temple of Lies”. Hans Ziller and crew wrote good melodic rockers like “Fly Away” and also “Love the Way You Hate Me” belongs to the specularities on a good rock album. While listening to the album I had to think several times of Axxis since Stahl has partly a similar voice than Bernhard Weiss. And talking about comparisons/influence: am I the only one that hears some Queensryche guitarlines being part of “I’ll Never Be Loved By You”?

Anyhow, “Temple of Lies” is an excellent melodic metal /hardrock album that might not bring a lot of new to the table but satisfies listeners and fans with great melodies, well-crafted hooks, pure power and a really good singer. If you like melodic metal you will like “Temple of Lies” too. The album might not be able to compete with the early Bonfire classics, but it’s getting pretty close.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. In the Beginning
  2. Temple of Lies
  3. On the Wings of an Angel
  4. Feed the Fire (Like the Bonfire)
  5. Stand or Fall
  6. Comin’ Home
  7. I’ll Never Be Loved by You
  8. Fly Away
  9. Love the Way You Hate Me
  10. Crazy Over You

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review W.E.T. "Earthrage"

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2018 von Markus W. in W.E.T., Soto, Eclipse, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock, AOR, Frontiers Music

CD review W.E.T. "Earthrage"

(8/10) W.E.T. doesn’t belong to the bands that flood the scene with releases. The debut, simply entitled “W.E.T.” was published in 2009 and it was “Rise Up” that marked the second delivery of this mainly Swedish rock outfit.

Five long years after having had the sophomore album in the record stores it’s “Earthrage” that brings some new W.E.T. songs up to surface. The fact that the waiting time was that long is mainly due to other obligations the band members do have in their list two. W.E.T. musicians are no newcomers. The band is built around Robert Saell, Erik Martensson and no less than Jeff Scott Soto. The line-up for this album is completed by guitarist Magnus Henriksson and drummer Robban Baeck and it’s these five guys that together created another vibrant rock record that features 11 melodic hymns.

Melodic (hard) rock includes the risk of becoming easily too sugar sweet and too much of a trivial concatenation of clichés. The beauty with W.E.T. is the musical savvy and experience of each of the musicians which makes W.E.T. avoiding all the mentioned risks.

Even though being very catchy and equipped with excellent melodies, each of the eleven songs has enough of a punch. OK, there are tunes like “Heart on the Line”, a ballad that has the potential to move you to tears. These kind of songs must be on an album like this, but I appreciate the effort of W.E.T. to also add some 'harder' songs to the tracklist. “Burn” is such a crispy rocking song, “Kings on Thunder Road” is another one and also moderately paced “The Burning Pain of Love” belongs to the down-to-earth moments on this well-done longplayer.

W.E.T. didn’t envision such a success when they started back in 2008. What was meant to be an outfit that reaches fans of Work Of Art, Eclipse and Soto developed into a constant player in the fields of melodic rock with “Earthrage” being the next chapter of this success story.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Watch the Fire
  2. Burn
  3. Kings of Thunder Road
  4. Elegantly Wasted
  5. Urgent
  6. Dangerous
  7. Calling Out Your Name
  8. Heart is on the Line
  9. I Don’t Wanna Play the Game
  10. The Burning Pain of Love
  11. The Never Ending Retraceable Dream

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2018 von Markus W. in Magnum, Gebr de Nobel, Live, Tour, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Rock

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
British rock pioneers Magnum are a regular guest on Markus' Heavy Music Blog. Several CD reviews have been posted as well as some live reports of which the latest one dates back to May 2016 when the legendary band played a show at Waterfront in Norwich, England.
 
Almost to date two years later Magnum hit the road again, starting in Bristol, UK. After having toured on the island, Magnum crossed over to the mainland for many more shows. The first stop was in Leiden and it was the first time that Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and Co. played the Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
Talking about the line-up, there has been some changes compared with two years ago. Drummer Harry James isn't on board anymore and the same goes for Mark Stanway who left Magnum in 2016. Rick Benton and Lee Morris filled the gap, both having been part of Magnum's latest epos "Lost on the Road to Eternity".
 
As it was in 2016 in Zoetermeer, NL also this time Magnum kicked-off the evening directly without having an opening act with them. "When We Were Younger" was the first song on the setlist and referred back to the "Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow" album from 2007 while the main contribution to the setlist came from the latest exquisite longplayer "Lost on the Road to Eternity" of which four songs have been played. 
 
The great thing with Magnum, as it was also with Saxon a few days ago, is the fact that old and new songs build a seamless concert experience. Each of the tunes, regardless of which era of the band, is equally good. There is no 'we have to get through the new songs before enjoying the old classics'. Each of the sixteen songs played that night was a gift for fans that found their way to Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
No doubt, classics like "Les Morts Dasant" and "On a Storytellers Night" are a 'must' and fans can't get enough of it. Also „All England’s Eye“ was highly appreciated. However, there are new tracks that have the potential for reaching an equal status over time. "Peaches and Cream" from the latest album and also "Crazy Old Mothers" are brilliant melodic rockers that shine on a studio record as bright as during a live show. To see Magnum on stage is always a great experience that you shouldn't miss while being a fan of melodic hardrock that comes with big melodies and Clarkin's rocking guitar.
 
Time was flying that night and far to early the first notes of "When the World Comes Down" filled the room. The song, taken from the "Vigilante" album, was a well-chosen closer, rounding of another Magnum concert with hopefully many more to come.
 
By the way, the band is still on tour and you can find the dates further down below of this live report.
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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Setlist:

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies
  3. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  4. Crazy Old Mothers
  5. Without Love
  6. Your Dreams Won't Die
  7. Peaches and Cream
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Show Me Your Hands
  11. Twelve Men Wise and Just
  12. All England's Eye
  13. Vigilante
  14. Don't Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)
  15. The Spirit (Encore)
  16. When the World Comes Down (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: March 14th, 2018

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
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CD review LIONE/CONTI "Lione/Conti"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Lione-Conti, Hardrock, News, Rock, Melodic Metal, Frontiers Music, CD, Melodic Rock

CD review LIONE/CONTI "Lione/Conti"

(7/10) As the band's name predicts, Lione/Conti consists out of no less than Fabio Lione and Alessandro Conti, both having an history with Rhapsody / Rhapsody Of Fire. In addition Alessandro Conti is also part of Italian power metal outfit Trick Or Treat, all giving an idea of what you get served with this debut.

In the meantime it’s well known that Italian Frontiers Music label had and has more of these projects where they bring musicians together for a specific longplayer. Normally it’s a singer and a guitarist, but this time it’s two singers that combine forces for a certain moment in time.

Such a project is more of an unusual endeavour but it’s not new either. Just thinking about the excellently done Allen/Lande albums shows that such a collaboration can lead to excellent tunes.

“Lione/Conti” is an album that can live up to expectation. The duo, together with Marco Lanciotti (d), Filippo Martignano (key) and Simone Mularoni (g/b), offer a wider spectrum of melodic metal songs. Sometimes reminding of Queensryche (“You’re Falling”), mostly catchy (“Destruction Show”) and sometimes calmer (Somebody Else”) the quintet delivers songs that are easy approachable. It doesn’t take you a huge effort to get into this album, a record that deserves more than just one spin.

Like mentioned earlier, “Lione/Conti" lives up to expectation. Good songs, good melodies, good sound and certain predictability.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ascension
  2. Outcome
  3. You’re Falling
  4. Somebody Else
  5. Misbeliever
  6. Destruction Show
  7. Glories
  8. Truth
  9. Gravity
  10. Crosswinds

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review AMMUNITION "Ammunition"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Ammunition, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music

CD review AMMUNITION "Ammunition"

(8/10) Former Wig Wam singer Age Sten Nilsen and Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T. and Nordic Union) founded Ammunition back in 2014. The debut “Shanghaied” saw the light of day in 2015 and was a very positive surprise.

The musical CV of founders and band mates gave already direction when it comes to style and sound fans could expect. Melodic rock with a touch of metal was expected and Ammunition delivered. Actually the band delivered on an extremely professional level when it comes to sound and songwriting.

Three years have gone by and Ammunition loaded the rock’n’roll gun with eleven more shots. Simply entitled “Ammunition”, the sophomore record is real ear candy.

Each of the songs comes with a great sense for melodies, a fact that makes album to an easy approachable one. Catchy vocal lines and terrific hooks lead to hard rocking’ tracks that represent the entire beauty of this musical style.

In additional to the highly melodic approach Ammunition also adds enough guitar-power to their sound. It’s the balance between sing-a-long parts, crispy guitars and filigree solos that make “Ammunition” to an album that’s beyond average.

Ammunition might not win an award for most innovative music, but the guys from Sweden belong to the best melodic hardrock can offer these days. This album is fun and entertainment - all in one.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Time
  2. Freedom Finder
  3. Virtual Reality Boy
  4. Guns Ho (I Told You So)
  5. Eye for an Eye
  6. Tear Your City Down
  7. Caveman
  8. Wrecking Crew
  9. Miss Summertime
  10. Bad Bones
  11. Klondike

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review MAGNUM "Lost on the Road to Eternity"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Steamhammer, SPV, CD Review, News

CD review MAGNUM "Lost on the Road to Eternity"

(9/10) Introducing Magnum feels like carrying sand to the beach. I can't imagine that there are fans of rock and metal that never heard at least the name of the British hardrock legend. Guitar wizard Tony Clarkin and singer Bob Catley began in 1972 and what followed was an impressive journey through rock that comprises many successes, highlight and milestones. Magnum became a role model for a genre that ignored all trends with its down-to-earth approach.

My entry-point when it come to Magnum was back in 1985 with the legendary "On a Storytellers Night". Songs like "How Far Jerusalem", Les Morts Dasants" and the title track pout a spell on me. Each of these tunes kept its fascination over all the years up to date and belong to the best British rock music brought up to surface.
Magnum never published an album that disappointed and even the "Rock Art" longplayer, released right before the split, featured some well-crafted numbers.

After having went to on hiatus for almost one decade Magnum returned in the beginning of the new century. "Breath of Life" marked the beginning of a next chapter that turns out to be as successful as the earlier days. Records such as "Into the Valley of the Moonking" and "Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies' are timeless masterpieces in melodic hardrock and the next strike, "Lost on the Road to Eternity", doesn't need to stand back behind the mentioned classics.

The 20th longplayer features eleven new songs which reflect Magnum's iconic sound with 100%. Actually these tunes belong to the best I have heard from the band since may years with the excellent opener "Peaches and Cream" being one out of eleven pieces of pure ear-candy. Melody, a rocking beat and excellent vocals by Catley provide Magnum fans with all ingredients expected. "Show me Your Hands" is the name of the next highlight, featuring some nice keyboard sequences, done by Rick Bento who recently joined the band. Talking about new band members; Lee Morris became Magnum's new drummer, following Harry James who left the band in 2017.

Some first calmer notes can be listed to with "Storm Baby" before the tune builds up to a typical Magnum anthem. It's hard to highlight some of the tunes since they are equally good. However, the title track is special, mainly due to a guest appearance. Magnum frontman Bob Catley is since may years a constant factor in Tobias Sammet's Avanatasia, enriching the epical songs with his brilliant voice. Now it was time to give something back, leading to Sammet sharing vocals with Catley. Both voice go together in a great fashion and it's the soulful arrangements that gives this sing a real wow-factor.

What more? The single release "Without Love" belongs to the Champions League of rock and it's "King of the World" acting as the Grande Finale of a superb longplayer.
Next to the songs it was always the artwork that made Magnum records immediately recognisable for fans. Also "Lost on the Road to Eternity" doesn't change this pattern. It was Rodney Matthews who was responsible for an artwork that reflects Magnum's mysterious world of fantasy and legendary creatures.

"Lost on the Road to Eternity" showcases a band that combines decades of experience, with a great sense for melodies and hooks, all kept together by a passion for melodic rock music. This album is jaw-dropping good.


(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Peaches and Cream
  2. Show Me Your Hands
  3. Storm Baby
  4. Welcome to the Cosmic Cabaret
  5. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  6. Without Love
  7. Tell Me What You've Got to Say
  8. Ya Wane Be Someone
  9. Forbidden Masquerade
  10. Glory to Ashes
  11. King of the World

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2017

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CD review PANORAMA "Around the World"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Panorama, Rock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News, ROAR

CD review PANORAMA "Around the World"

(8/10) Panorama is a quite new metal outfit with a history that takes us back into 2008, Swiss guitarist Sammy Lasagni met Adagio frontman Christian Palin on tour. Already then the two musicians found some solid ground when it comes to music. The guys stayed in touch for many years before 2015 marked a turning point. The duo began to write songs which they planned to release on a debut. For recording the tunes the duo contacted no less than Dennis Ward who was impressed by what he got to hear. This led to Ward producing Panorama’s debut but also playing bass on the album. The line-up was complete by drummer Philipp Eichenberger and Finnish guitar player Ben Varon. Panorama was born and ready to rock.

It was this quintet that recorded „Around the World“ - Panorama‘s debut. What you get with this record are 44 minutes of finest melodic rock/metal, empowered by an excellent sound. The songs on this longplayer have in common that they are easy approachable and it‘s the hooks doing a perfect job. But instead of being a sugar sweet rock album this one has enough of a punch to also convince metal heads with a demand for heavier riffs.

While tracks like the opener „Around the World“ partly reminds of bands like Gotthard it‘s the more metallic ones that show the entire width of Panorama. Take „The Glory Within“. More than once I had to think about Queensryche‘s „Empire“ while listening to the guitar lines. And even having these cross references embedded, the song is not copying the sound of Seattle‘s finest. It‘s a melodic metal song the Panaorma-way that gets out of the boxes more than well.

Panorama is a band that‘s definitely worth to have on the list. These guys have quite some potential and let‘s see if the debut is more than just a flash in the pan.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Around the world
  2. Standing my Ground
  3. The Glory Within
  4. Gates of Babylon
  5. The Highest Mountain
  6. Jammin in the Jungle
  7. One for All
  8. The Other Side
  9. Heart Has Been Broken
  10. Shout it out
  11. World on Fire

 

Label: ROAR Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review RAINTIMES "Raintimes"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Raintimes, AOR, Melodic Rock, News, Hardrock, Rock, Frontiers Music

CD review RAINTIMES "Raintimes"

(7/10) Writing a review about Raintimes on a grey November day with rain outside feels like a perfect match. It’s definitely ‘raintimes’ today in The Netherlands and therefore it’s not a too bad thing to get some musical sunrays out of the speakers.

In contrary to the name of this AOR outfit the music reflects more a light-hearted vibe with a beautiful sunset at its end. Raintimes is the brainchild of two Italian musicians. Pierpaolo Monti and Davide Barbieri started the outfit together with singer Michael Shotton. Sven Larsson and Andres Gippini complete the line-up and it’s this quintet that signed responsible for this self-titled debut.

‘Raintimes” features ten songs an interlude halfway.  I can’t really say that the five-piece band from Northern Italy brings a lot of new to the table. They stick to the general framework of melodic rock and AOR – a good sense for melodies, catchy hooks and a souful ballad (“Swan”). Each of the tunes on the debut reflects good craftsmanship and a lot of dedication for their sound, songs and band.

Raintimes can add a few musical sunrays to your grey November days. You just need to press the ‘Start’-button, close your eyes and dream away.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Forever Gone
  2. Make My Day
  3. Don’t Ever Give Up
  4. Swan
  5. I Need Tonight
  6. Raintimes
  7. Just A Little Bit More
  8. Empty Days
  9. Together As Friends
  10. Missing Piece
  11. I See The Light

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: December 1st, 2017

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CD review BABYLON A.D. "Revelation Highway"

Veröffentlicht am 10. November 2017 von Markus W. in Babylon A.D., Revelation Highway, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock

CD review BABYLON A.D. "Revelation Highway"

(8/10) What gets out of the speakers extremely well is the new longplayer of California-based rock outfit Babylon A.D.. This is even more surprising while considering the fact of the quintet being in a kind of ‘on-off’ situation over the last years and decades, at least when it comes to work on new albums.

The roots of Babylon A.D. are back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the guys released two successful records. After having had “Nothing Sacred” in the record shops in 1992 it took eight long years till the band added with “American Blitzkrieg” a third album to their discography. That was in 2000.

17 long years later Babylon A.D. is back with their next full-length longplayer which is entitled “Revelation Highway”.

Listening to the album makes one thing very clear from the beginning- the wait was worth it. The forth album from rock is a real delight for fans of melodic hardrock that keeps a certain street attitude. “Revelation Highway” never gets overloaded with sticky sweet cliché. The band recorded powerful hardrock song, which they now share with their fans.

Doubtless, there are references guiding back to the 80’s. Maybe it was due to the fact that I listened to Dokken’s “Under Lock and Key” last night, but however, “Revelation Highway” that reminded me of this period too.

Songs like the opener “Crash and Burn”, powering “Rags to Riches” and the party rocker “Saturday Night” are well-executed hardrock songs.

It is Derek Davis bit hoarse voice that gives each of the tunes some edges. This adds a lot to songs like the intensively grooving “She Likes to Give it” and also calmer moments, such as “One Million Miles”, are less polished as you get it served by other bands.

It took a long time for Babylon A.D. to release their anticipated fourth studio album. However, here it is and it was worth waiting. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crash And Burn
  2. Fool On Fire
  3. One Million Miles
  4. Tears
  5. She Likes To Give It
  6. Rags To Riches
  7. Last Time For Love
  8. I’m No Good For You
  9. Saturday Night
  10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

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CD review JEFF SCOTT SOTO "Retribution"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Jeff Scott Soto, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Rock, Frontiers Music

CD review JEFF SCOTT SOTO "Retribution"

(8/10) Jeff Scott Soto is a busy man these days. Not only that he enriched the excellent Sons Of Apollo album with his brilliant voice, he also recorded a new solo album entitled “Retribution”.

We don’t need to beat around the bush; Jeff Scott Soto belongs to the best singers in today’s rock world. His voice has a unique timbre and a lot of feel. It was guitar wizard Yngwie Malmsteen who immediately recognized Soto’s talent, hiring the singer for his first two solo records. With such a superb start Soto was involved in Talisman, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and some more, always also keeping an eye on his solo career.

“Retribution” is already the sixth record with his name being on the front cover. As not expected different also this longplayer comes with powerful songs, sometimes more metallic and mostly terrific hardrock.

The singer has an excellent feeling for great melodies that he weaves into each of the eleven new tracks. Never becoming too trivial and soft Soto manages to combine a down to earth approach with catchy melodies that easily find their way into your mind.

Numbers such as “Rage of the Year” and “Breakout” really create a wow-effect, including the risk of getting addicted to them. I mentioned the feel that comes with Soto’s voice and there is no better song than the soulful “Feel Like Forever” transporting emotions right into your heart.

Of you’re a fan of warm and heavy rock music there’s no way to skirt around “Retribution”. Jeff Scott Soto’s new longplayer fires on all cylinders and belongs to best hardrock releases this year.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Retribution 
  2. Inside/Outside
  3. Rage Of The Year 
  4. Reign Again 
  5. Feels Like Forever 
  6. Last Time
  7. Bullet For My Baby 
  8. Song For Joey 
  9. Breakout 
  10. Dedicate To You 
  11. Autumn

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 10th

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Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Magnum, Rock, Melodic Rock, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Steamhammer

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