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CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Gozu, News, CD Review, Metal Blade, Stoner Rock, Heavy Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review GOZU "Equilibrium"

(8/10) It isn’t an easy thing to place Boston, MA-based Gozu into a certain category when it comes to style and sound. The quartet builds their music on various sources of inspiration, leading to songs that are exciting from beginning to end.

2018 is the year of Gozu’s newest delivery. The album is entitled “Equilibrium” and features eight songs. What doesn’t sound like a lot of songs still leads to a running time of almost 50 minutes due to the length of each of the tunes.

Mentioning the length of song immediately brings us to the last track on the album. “Ballad of ODB” is with eleven minutes an epic closer of this record, showcasing all the influences Gozu builds their music on. The general vibe of this well-crafted epos is a psychedelic one. Especially in the first third of “Ballad of ODB” some calmer 60’s classic rock dominates the sonic pattern. The tunes gets louder along the way with the general mood being the link that keeps things together.

Moving from finish to start means talking about “Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat”. It’s a killer riff that kicks-off the track and the album. It’s stronger stoner rock breeze that comes with the opener while the solo parts are reminding of classic rock. The tune is an excellent start into the album and is followed by the slower paced “The People vs. Mr.T.”. By the way, song titles of this longplayer are really unusual ones, but you probably recognized this already.

Another track that comes with a doomy vibe is the really cool “Manimal”. The tune is a slowly grooving riff monster that peaks in a melodic chorus.

“Equilibrium” is an album that brings joy by its warm and organic expression. Nothing feels forced on this longplayer, with eight songs securing a brilliant flow. It’s the totality of 50 minutes being the pleasure of an album that should also be listened to from beginning to end. Each of the songs is a little highlight in itself, but it’s all together that creates enthusiasm.  This album contains honest music for fans of hand-crafted rock music with an irresistible ease.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

  2. The People vs. Mr. T

  3. King Cobra

  4. Manimal

  5. They Probably Know Karate

  6. Prison Elbows

  7. Stacy Keach

  8. Ballad of ODB

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Stoner-/ Classic Rock 

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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Good news for FIFTH ANGEL fans

Veröffentlicht am 4. April 2018 von Markus W. in Fifth Angel, Power Metal, US Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal Blade, News, Time Will Tell

Good news for FIFTH ANGEL fans

Fifth Angel is one of the best melodic Heavy Metal bands of all times! Both their first two albums are true classics and have stood the test of time easily.

Fifth Angel released their self-titled debut album in 1986, the successor 'Time Will Tell' was released in 1989. Both albums have been out of print for a while and will get a luxury treatment for these re-issues. Expect the following on release date, May 18th!

Fifth Angel - 'Fifth Angel'
• Digi-CD
• 180g black vinyl
• grey marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - ltd. 300)
• orange/red splattered vinyl (EU exclusive - ltd. 200)

Fifth Angel - 'Time Will Tell'
• Digi-CD
• 180g black vinyl
• transparent lime-green vinyl (EU exclusive - ltd. 300)
• white/black splattered vinyl (EU exclusive - ltd. 200)

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CD review PRIMORDIAL "Exile Among the Ruins"

Veröffentlicht am 3. April 2018 von Markus W. in Primordial, Heavy Metal, Epic, News, Power Metal, Epic Metal, Metal Blade, CD Review

CD review PRIMORDIAL "Exile Among the Ruins"

(9/10) Irish Primordial adds another dark shining pearl to their impressive discography. A few days ago “Exile Amongst the Ruins” began to bloom in gloomy shades after four years of intensive creative work.

Primordial’s ninth longplayer showcases a band that constantly grew over time. The quintet steadily worked on their sound and it’s the consistency in the line-up, which makes “Exile Amongst the Ruins” to their most mature offering up to date.

The five-piece powerhouse, hailing from Dublin, put together a tracklist that comprises of eight songs of which the shortest is still above five minutes of length. Based on the excellent songwriting skills each of the tunes is a little highlight in itself, never running the risk of becoming boring or lengthy.

There is enough excitement weaved into each of the tracks and even “To Hell or the Hangman” with it’s hypnotic rhythm puts a spell on you.

The masterpiece though comes at the end. “Last Call”, the title fits very well I would say, is a 10 minutes epos that shows the entire width of Primordial’s sound. Things start atmospheric with drums and a gentle acoustic guitar. Of course this peaceful vibe does’t continue that way and it’s the riff that breaks the harmony after one-and-a-half minutes. Each of the five band members contributes to this milestone. The intensive rhythm-section creates a rock solid bass for MacUlliam’s and O’Floinn’s guitars to shine with doomy riffs. Last but not least it’s frontman’s Alan Averill dramatic vocals that adds a lot of feel and depth to this song. What he does here feels more like storytelling rather than singing lyrics or words only. The song is thrilling from the first note played and drags you deeper and deeper into a world of beautiful darkness and Celtic mood.

Primoridal’s newest delivery is a milestone in metal. These five guys from Dublin create more than merely songs with riffs and lyrics. This quintet delivers a Gesamtkunstwerk that wants to be explored and discovered song by songs and after finished it you have a demand for doing it again. Big stuff.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mail Their Tongue
  2. To Hell or the Hangman
  3. Where Lie the Gods
  4. Exile Amongst the Ruins
  5. Upon Our Spiritual Deathbed
  6. Stolen Years
  7. Sunken Lungs
  8. Last Call

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Celtic Black Metal

Release Date EU: March 30th , 2018

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CD review THE CROWN "Cobra Speed Venom"

Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2018 von Markus W. in The Crown, Cobra Speed Venom, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, News, CD Review, Metal Blade

CD review THE CROWN "Cobra Speed Venom"

(8/10) Trollhätten is known for cars since legendary Saab automobiles have/had their roots in the middle of Sweden. But the smaller Swedish city, close to the shore of lake Vänern, has more in the offer than cars only. One of the most important Swedish death metal outfits call Trollhätten their home base.

Crown Of Thorns, founded in 1990, hails from Trollhätten, sending out their death metal sounds into the world since almost 30 years. It was in the early 90’s when five guys got together to work on a first demo that was entitled “When Heaven Gone”. Positive feedback acted as a motivator for working on a debut, which was published in 1995.

In 1997 the band had to change name since glam-pop outfit with the same name forced the Swedes to drop the name, leading to a shortened version for the band's moniker. Sailing from then on under the flag of The Crown, the quintet continued work on deadly riff attacks and deep growls, leading to many more longplayers from then till now.

2018 is the year of The Crown’s next strike, which is a ten song record. The five-piece band teamed up again with Metal Blade for releasing with “Cobra Speed Venom” another terrific noise assault. Death metal aggression, heavy metal roots and rock’n’roll passion characterize the ten songs on this longplayer very well.

From the raging opener (“Destroyed by Madness”) to the closer “The Sign of the Scythe” the band fires on all cylinders. The Crown didn’t come together to record an album full of compromises. It’s the opposite. “Cobra Speed Venom” is a brutal death metal release that feels like a real punch into the face. Enormous riffs guarantee pure firepower, captured in merciless tunes like “Rise in Blood.

One of Sweden’s death metal legends is back with a new album, showcasing a band that is still hungry for extreme metal. The Crown is a real metal engine that comes with far more horsepower than any Saab car ever had.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Destroyed By Madness
  2. Iron Crown
  3. In the Name of Death
  4. We Avenge!
  5. Cobra Speed Venom
  6. World War Machine
  7. Necrohammer
  8. Rise in Blood
  9. Where My Grave Shall Stand
  10. The Sign of the Scythe

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2018

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CD review VISIGOTH "Conqueror's Oath"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Visigoth, Conqueror's Oath, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, US Metal, Metal Blade, News, CD Review

CD review VISIGOTH "Conqueror's Oath"

(8/10) It was three years ago, when Visigoth debuted with “The Revenant King”. The album was acclaimed by fans and media who were hungry for traditional metal. Such a positive response was motivation enough to continue the journey. It the guys 36 month to reach the next cornerstone, which is the new album. And here it is.

“Conqueror’s Oath” is the title of Visigoth sophomore record, comprising of eight new epic metal tracks. The album feels like a logical next step for the powerhouse from Salt Lake City, Utah. As well as the tunes from the predecessor also the new material is reflecting pure metal power that has its roots in the NWoBHM as well as in US power metal from the late eighties. In that sense Visigoth reminds of days when metal gained momentum every week without getting across as being outdated.

Songs to recommend are the opener with its melodic chorus and lot of riff power. “Warrior Queen” reminded me of the earlier Stormwitch while the uptempo “Outlive Them All” reflects the NWoBHM in a perfect fashion with leads that make you think about the earlier Iron Maiden.

“Traitor’s Gate” is with almost seven minutes a longer tune with an epic approach abd it's “Blades of the Night” that acts as a well-placed counterpart. It’s a fast and furious tune with sharp solo parts and a breathless tempo. Thumbs up.

The album closes with the title track that also belongs to the epic moments on the album. It’s another seven minutes anthem that shows the entire beauty of traditional power metal.

The quintet from Salt Lake City doesn’t have an approach of starting a metal revolution. Their strength is authentic metal, inspired by bands like Omen, Cirith Ungol and Iron Maiden. If you get excited by vintage riff power that still sounds fresh and vital you should listen to this album. Eight points go the Visigoth.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Steel and Silver
  2. Warrior Queen
  3. Outlive Them All
  4. Hammerforged
  5. Traitor’s Gate
  6. Salt City
  7. Blades in the Night
  8. The Conqueror’s Oath

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: February 9th, 2018

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CD review ACCUSER "The Mastery"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Accuser, The Mastery, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Metal Blade, CD Review

CD review ACCUSER "The Mastery"

(8/10) German thrash pioneers Accuser has a new album in the starting blocks. “The Mastery”, that's the title of this new metal diamond and it features ten new thrash anthems.

Accuser never made it to the top of German thrash metal. The quartet is definitely one of those under-rated bands, standing in the shadow of some other genre icons. Listening to their previous records as well as the new longplayer makes you actually wonder why. The band has a pure metallic blood running through their veins with “The Mastery” being an album featuring a very well-crafted riff inferno. And maybe it is this underground vibe that makes Accuser albums to a metal powerhouse.

However, Frank Thoms and band mates never gave up, following their passion for metal, which results in 10 powerful metal records. “The Mastery” is the eleventh strike and I can tell you that it’s a powerful one. After some line-up changes in 2008 and 2014 Accuser found back to some stability which benefited already the 2016 release “The Forlorn Divide”. The predecessor of “The Mastery” featured excellent thrash metal anthems and so does the new record.

Ten new tracks bring back an oldschool vibe. Thrash metal with a brutal groove is what the album is about. From the forceful opener “Mission: Missile” via the Slayer-reminding “The Real World” to the 8 minutes title track Accuser accomplished a successful endeavour. The new longplayer offers excellent thrash metal pearls that bring back the 80’s vibe with a fresh and modern expression. More than once I had to think about the early Slayer-days while listening to the album, but also Testament can be seen as a reference for “The Mastery”. The record contains thrash metal that’s rooted in the 80’s without being old-fashioned. Forceful and unbound modern thrash metal needs to sound like each of the 10 songs on this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mission: Missile
  2. The Real World
  3. Solace in Sorrow
  4. Time for Silence
  5. My Skin
  6. Catacombs
  7. Mourning
  8. Ruthless
  9. Into the Black
  10. The Mastery

 

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review CANNIBAL CORPSE "Red Before Black"

Veröffentlicht am 8. November 2017 von Markus W. in Cannibal Corpse, Red Before Black, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal Blade, News, CD Review

CD review CANNIBAL CORPSE "Red Before Black"

(8/10) To introduce death metal legend Cannibal Corpse feels like carrying sand to the beach. The quintet belongs to spearhead of a genre that started to grow in the early 90’s. Death metal was almost a kind of counter movement to the upcoming grunge hype, having a home base in Tampa, Florida. Even though based in New York, Cannibal Corpse was part of this scene from the beginning, delivering brutal death metal that didn’t lose any intensity over the last three decades.

Up to date the five-piece band released thirteen longplayer which led to a legendary status in metal, and some controversial discussion due to extreme lyrics and splatter artwork. None of these discussions and hostilities could stop the band; quite the opposite, the band’s name became even more popular and helped to guys to get where they are today.

'Today' means, that folks can welcome the 14th full-length studio album from Cannibal Corpse. It’s another infernal release that contains all the typical trademarks of this mighty quintet. It starts with the artwork that stands fully in line with all the earlier records. But this is of course only the packaging and not more. What’s more important are the twelve new songs you can unveil after opening the package. Brutal death metal is what you get served, consisting out of deadly riffs, blazing fast leads, a mighty groove, well-done breaks and growls at its best. George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher vomits out lyrics exactly the way it needs to be for a more than solid death metal release.

Death metal in general doesn’t provide a wide framework of musical options, but it’s bands like Cannibal Corpse showing that there is still enough space and freedom to add a twist to each of their songs, lifting them from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’.

“Red Before Black” became another monstrous milestone in Cannibal Corpse hellish journey in metal. Experience meets brutality – that’s what the new album is about. “Red Before Black” is a ‘must’ for each death metal fan, an album that lives up to expectations with a 100%.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Only One Will Die
  2. Red Before Black
  3. Code of the Slashers
  4. Shedding My Human Skin
  5. Remaimed
  6. Firestorm Vengeance
  7. Heads Shoveled Off
  8. Corpus Delicti
  9. Scavenger Consuming Death
  10. In the Midst of Ruin
  11. Destroyed Without a Trace
  12. Hideous Ichor

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017

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CD review RAM "Rod"

Veröffentlicht am 2. November 2017 von Markus W. in RAM, Rod, Metal Blade, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Power Metal

CD review RAM "Rod"

(8/10) In times when grunge began to top out and all kinds of crossover sounds, from nu-metal to modern metal, became the next big thing, it was a guitarist from Sweden who wanted to bring back traditional metal. A lot of the earlier metal bands had a hard time to go through the 90’s. Therefore it was the right timing to blow some new energy into metal as we now it from the early 80’s with bands such as Accept and Judas Priest being two of the spearheads of this musical movement.

Harry Granroth is the name of the guitar player that started an endeavour to bring back metal to the scene. Denim and leather have been all of a sudden back in focus, combined with razorblade-sharp riffs and a singer, Oscar Carlquist, that sounded and sounds like a metal true siren, all in the spirit of the mentioned Judas Priest.

In the meantime we are seventeen years further down the road, metal in all nuances is very present and RAM is still around, better than ever before.

The new longplayer, “Rod”, became an album that combines RAM’s early days with the sound of their latest album “Svbversvm”. And for the first time in the band’s history they are telling a story on “Rod”.  While the A-side features independent metal songs like the hammering “Declaration of Independence” and “Gulag”, with its galloping rhythm, it’s the B-side that includes a six chapter concept.

“Rod the Destroyer” is the connection between the different tunes, starting with the intro “Anno Infinitus”. “Ignitor” follows and unveils the full pleasure of traditional metal. Screaming guitars, a thumbing bass and pounding drums are combined to a terrific metal song that kept in a moderate pace. The story continues a bit calmer than usual. “The Cease to be” begins acoustic before the track shifts towards a powerful metal anthem. “Death Speaks” is another short interlude before furious guitars open “Incinerating Storms”. The name couldn’t be chosen better since this song is a storm a metal storm. And it’s the final prove that RAM calls Rob Halford and Co. as one of their references. “Ashes” rounds off this short story about “Rod the Destroyer” and ends an album that is a delight for each metal head. This album breathes pure metal from beginning to end.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Declaration of Independence
  2. On Wings of No Return
  3. Gulag
  4. A Throne at Midnight
  5. Rod the Destroyer: Part 1 Anno Infinitus
  6. Rod the Destroyer: Part 2 Ignitor
  7. Rod the Destroyer: Part 3 The Cease to Be
  8. Rod the Destroyer: Part 4 Death Speaks
  9. Rod the Destroyer: Part 5 Incinerating Storms
  10. Rod the Destroyer: Part 6 Ashes

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017

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CD review SORCERER "The Crowning of the Fire King"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Sorcerer, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Classic Rock, Classic Metal, Doom Metal, Epic Metal, Power Metal, Metal Blade, CD Review, News

CD review SORCERER "The Crowning of the Fire King"

(9/10) In many aspects Sorcerer can‘t be equaled with ‚speed‘. This goes for their music as well as for the band‘s history. The metal Vikings, hailing from Stockholm, started back in the end of the 80‘s with two demos tapes ... and then came silence. I thing that the band is world record holder when it comes to the time span between band foundation and debut release. "In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross"  finally saw the light of day 27 years after Sorcerer began their journey.

Also Rome wasn't built on one day. Good things need time and what ripened over all these years, the debut became a terrific album in 2015, bringing traditional doom metal back into the spotlight. After such a tremendous (re-)start the metal world was waiting with full excitement for the sophomore record of this Swedish powerhouse. Just two years after having premiered the highly anticipated second record hits the shelves and it is another fantastic metal highlight.

Sorcerer stay true to themselves, not changing too much when it comes to their sound - and why should they. The mixture of doom metal and classic rock is thrilling. Done with a lot of passion and love for detail, Sorcerer recorded ten new metal anthems, belonging to the best this genre has seen since quite a while.

"The Crowning of the Fire King" offers 70 minutes of pure and spot-on riff power that includes a real masterpiece, surrounded by another nine well-executed tracks. It's the eight minutes title track "The Crowning of the Fire King' that's the centrepiece of this longplayer. Starting calm and with a mystic vibe the song slowly evolves to an epical one. A melodic chorus, excellent solos and an hymnal atmosphere make this number to an excellent metal track.

Actually none of the tune is short and easy. Sorcerer songs are more than just a quick pleasure. These numbers are metallic composition, unveiling the beauty of metal. The melodic opener "Sirens" is such a tune, showing all of the band's trademarks. In order to break the pattern the Stockholm-based powerhouse added with "Nattvaka" a short acoustic interlude that keeps the general atmosphere of this longplayer alive by still acting as a break of the regular flow. Like a halftime break it's a moment to regroup as a listener, preparing yourself for the exciting second half that's still to come.

Like mentioned in the beginning, Sorcerer's start was with low pace, but as soon as the guys were committed to go for it they all of a sudden release excellent slo-mo metal discs with razorblade-sharp riffs. A highlight of 2017.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sirens
  2. Ship of Doom
  3. Abandoned by the Gods
  4. The Devils Incubus
  5. Nattvaka
  6. Crimson Cross
  7. The Crowning of the Fire King
  8. Unbearable Sorrow
  9. Disciples of the Dark
  10. Bringer of Misery

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: October 20th, 2017

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CD review ACT OF DEFIANCE "Old Scars, New Wounds"

Veröffentlicht am 30. September 2017 von Markus W. in Act Of Defience, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Death Metal, News, Metal Blade, CD Review, Power Metal

CD review ACT OF DEFIANCE "Old Scars, New Wounds"

(8/10) L.A.-based Act Of Defiance started as a band three years ago. Even though the band itself is fairly new, the involved band members are highly experienced guys, having been part of metal acts such as Nevermore, Megadeth,....

Act Of Defiance that is Chris Broderick, Shawn Drover, Matthew Bachand and Henry Derek Bonner. This quartet delivered a remarkable album in 2015, when "Birth and the Burial" offered some raw and rousing thrash metal that sounded as fresh as it was brutal and uncompromising. Two years later Act Of Defiance hammers home to fans that the debut wasn't just a flash in the pan. "Old Scars, New Wounds" picks up where the band ended with the debut.

Things start with the steady paced „M.I.A“. The songs takes its excitement from the vocals that switch between clean and raspy. Next to it there are some leads as a substantial part of Act Of Defiance‘s sound.  These are a bit restrained compared to other highlights on this album, but they still do an excellent job.

After such a good but moderate beginning the band releases the handbrake with the thrashy „Molten Core“. It‘s a furious metal anthem that‘s spot-on. „Overexposure“ is next in the batting order and it‘s another well-performed hit that helps the album to score. What comes a bit from leftfield are the parallels with the recent In Flames sound. Did the band move to Gothenburg? „The Talisman“, with its Metallica-inspired riff, gives the immediate answer. No, they don‘t. The track is a bit more complex than others on the album before the merciless „Lullaby of Vengeance brings back metal that is to the point. Like with the opener it‘s the raw vocals that tend to growls which give the song aggressiveness that‘s cleverly balanced by melodic solo parts.

There are more of these heavy pounding tunes on the album, with „Reborn“ and „Conspiracy of the Gods“ being two of them. Slowly, things come closer to an end. „Rise of Rebellion“ is the closer of this dynamic and agile album. Act Of Defiance added another terrific album to their list, a catalogue that provides quite some excitement for metalheads.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. M.I.A.
  2. Molten Core
  3. Overexposure
  4. The Talisman
  5. Lullaby of Vengeance
  6. Circle of Ashes
  7. Reborn
  8. Conspiracy of the Gods
  9. Another Killing Spree
  10. Broken Dialect
  11. Rise of Rebellion

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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A new RAM song for metal traditionalists

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in RAM, NWoBHM, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, Metal Blade

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CD review CRIPPER "Follow Me: Kill!"

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017 von Markus W. in Cripper, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Metal Blade, News, CD Review

CD review CRIPPER "Follow Me: Kill!"

(8/10) Here comes an album that should be interested for everyone that thinks that the newest Arch Enemy album is too melodic and too much mainstream. German thrashers Cripper worked on a new longplayer entitled “Follow Me: Kill!” which will be released on September 15th.

The new record is already number five in the band’s history, a journey that began in 2005. Being rooted in thrash metal, Cripper released brutal albums, premiering with “Freak Inside” in 2007. Over time Cripper shifted their sound more towards death metal by still keeping their thrash foundation.

The new album comes with ten songs of which none is a compromise. Each of these tracks showcases a band that’s hungry and on fire. A heavily hammering rhythm section acts as a working horse for this outfit, creating a foundation on which evil riffs and raspy growls can shine.

The vocals are a key characteristic of Cripper’s sound. Being part of the band from the beginning it’s Britta Gortz who scream one’s mind to the heavens. With abandon and aggressive power it’s her voice that became to a trademark of the band’s sound. And even though her shouts are a main ingredient she also show her clean singing skills during “Running High” with eight minutes in length the longest tune on the album. I think that this songs plays an important role on the album since it breaks the right into the face approach, at least partly. Cripper has a foot on the break with calmer guitars kicking of this track. It’s a well-placed counterpart to thrashers like “Shoot or Get Shot” and “Pressure” which acts as a good opener.

Five records are the numerable outcome of Cripper’s work to date with the newest longplayer being one that continues the band’s movement towards thrash-death.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pressure
  2. Into the Fire
  3. World Coming Down
  4. Mother
  5. Shoot or Get Shot
  6. Bleeding Red
  7. Comatose
  8. Pretty Young Thing
  9. Running High
  10. Menetekel

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Death/Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

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CD review PORTRAIT "Burn the World"

Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2017 von Markus W. in Portrait, Heavy Metal, News, Metal Blade, Power Metal, Speed Metal, NWoBHM, Burn the World

CD review PORTRAIT "Burn the World"

(9/10) In the beginning of the new century traditional metal had a kind of comeback. Young and hungry metal bands re-vitalized a sound known from the 80's. Swedish powerhouse Portrait belonged to this group of band, releasing a first countable result of their effort in 2007 when the 7-inch "Into the Nothingness" saw the light of day. This was the starting point of an exciting vita of a band that builds all their work on a lot of passion. Everybody within Portrait shares the same picture when it comes to metal, constantly pushing things forward.

The rookies from 2006 became in the meantime an old acquaintance in metal. Three longplayers have been published up to today and here comes the forth metal attack from Skane. "Burn the World" is the baleful title of a longplayer that features nine songs. Actually I have to correct myself, since the longplayer comes with an intro entitled "Saturn Return" as well as it includes an acoustic interlude which listens to the name of "Further She Rode". These two short numbers are the moment to take a recovery break from the furious and breath-taking metal tracks that are build are them.

Portrait recorded songs that are belonging to the best ones I've heard this year in the fields of traditional metal. A tight performing rhythm-section acts like a working horse, constantly providing an impactful beat which is the platform for the twin guitars to shine. On top of that there are the vocals done by Per Lengstedt who is a real metal siren. His high-pitch way of singing fits perfect to songs like the epical "Martyrs". In more than seven minutes, Portrait presents the entire width of their sound. From raging metal attacks to calmer sections the song includes everything you could ask for as a metalhead. Another song of this kind is the closer "Pure of Heart". These eight minutes are a delight for everybody that's interested in traditional metal. Starting acoustic and peaceful the tune evolves to a merciless metal anthem that keeps the level of suspense sky-high, from beginning to end. Next to these longer anthems there are the more spot-on ones like "To Die For" which is with four minutes the shortest track on the album.

To sum up: "Burn the World" became an excellent album. It showcases a band that grew over time. Portrait managed to keep the unbound spirit of the earlier days while lifting their ambitions to a next level. This album captures an underground spirit and can lead to severe neck problems due to intensive headbanging.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Saturn Return
  2. Burn the World
  3. Likfassna
  4. Flaming Blood
  5. Mine to Reap
  6. Martyrs
  7. Further She Rode
  8. To Die For
  9. Pure of Heart

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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