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CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2018 von Markus W. in Wrong, Feel Great, News, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal, CD, Relapse Records, Hardcore, Metal, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Post-Punk

CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

(8/10) Who doesn't want to feel great? I think that especially in times of uncertainty and political absurdity the need for feeling great, at least for some moments, is a something most of us have more the ever. What can help to feel good is listening to Wrong's newest strike entitled "Feel Great".

The longplayer features eleven songs that sound like a mighty steamroller. Downtuned guitars and heavy riffing dominates the scene. Wrong merges metal, punk and alternative rock into music that reminds me of New York groove machine Prong, but also bands like Helmet came to my mind while listening to these intense songs on "Feel Great".

The quartet constructs an unbreakable wall of riffs that gets out of the speakers extremely well. It‘s songs like „Errordome“ and „Come Apart Ment“ that‘s very much inspired by Page Hamilton and band. As being an Helmet fan from the very beginning I immediately liked what Wrong‘s doing on „Feel Great“.  

As most of the tunes are more moderately paced, Wrong adds additional firepower to "Feel Great" with some uptempo tracks of which "Crawl Instead" is one of. Songs like the mentioned clearly shows the hardcore influences and stand for great moments on this 30 minutes longplayer.

"Feel Great" has enough energy to turn a bad day into a good one and it might help to grab these moment of feeling great and hold them a bit longer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Errordome
  2. Culminate
  3. Pustule
  4. Nice Job
  5. Feel Great
  6. Upgrade
  7. Crawl Instead
  8. Come Apart Mend
  9. Zero Cool
  10. Gape
  11. Anaerobic

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review ZEKE "Hellbender"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2018 von Markus W. in Zeke, Punkrock, Punk, Rock, Metal, News, CD Review, Relapse Records

CD review ZEKE "Hellbender"

(7/10) The epicenter of rock music in the 90’s was located in Washington. Seattle is still known as the city where grunge was born and it was this new musical genre that overshadowed the fact that there were much more band hailing from Seattle outside the grunge movement.

No less than metal icons Queensryche are from Seattle but also punk bands like Zeke call the North East of the US their home. The debut, “Super Sound Racing”, was released in 1995, followed by some more records.

Over the last years it became a bit quite when it comes to Zeke, with the last studio album being 14 years old. 2018 is the year of Zeke’s return. The guys ship their new longplayer “Hellbender” to the record shops on March 30th, an album that’s a real blast.

Zeke isn’t known for complex songs and calmer sounds. These guys are known for smashing and fast punk rock which they also put on “Hellbender”. 15 song in total make you feel like sitting in a speed-train without breaks. The punk roots are obvious with each of the songs, but Zeke’s sound is more than only punk. Over time the guys added some metal and blues parts to the mix which makes them sound like a punk version of the legendary Motörhead.

“Hellbender” became an aggressive and energetic album with right-in-your-face songs. These tunes are gaining in intensity by the sound of the album. No less that Jack Endino was at the helm and gave the album a spot-on sound that makes these 20 minutes to a wild ride that will be loved by rock/punk purists.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All the Way
  2. Two Lane Blacktop
  3. On The Road
  4. Working Man
  5. Hellbender
  6. County Jail
  7. Burn
  8. Goin’ Down
  9. White Wolf
  10. AR-15
  11. Cougar Rock
  12. Devil’s Night
  13. Ride On
  14. Redline
  15. Big Rig

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash & Punk

Release Date EU: March 30st, 2018

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CD review BOREALIS "World of Silence MMXVII"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Borealis, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Metal, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, AFM Records

(7/10) Canada is known for some metal. Bands like Annihilator and Voivod are coming from there and also the legendary Rush is connected to the maple leaf. Another band that can look back on a longer band history is Borealis from Orangeville, Ontario. These guys are around since 12 years and they have a new album that will hit the record shop end of January.

The guys didn't reach a level of popularity that can be compared with the before mentioned bands, but they have released already three full-length records with the forth one that is in the starting blocks, ready to run. "World of Silence MMXVII" is the name of the disc that features ten new songs, providing a running time of almost 60 minutes.

Borealis is into power metal. Heavy riffs and great vocals are the main trademarks of this outfit which means that's the basic ingredients the guys make use of. However, there is a certain progressive touch to most of the songs as well, something that makes them slightly more interesting than a pure straight-forward moving metal machine. In combination with the smartly integrated melodies the whole package is something that's actually worth to listen to.

Songs like the bombastic "Eyes of a Dream" and epic "From the Fading Screams" are good metal stuff; music that's well supported by a proper production. The sound of the album is loaded with power and is an open invitation for some headbanging.

Overall "World of Silence MMXVII" is a good metal record. It comes with well-crafted songs that are, in the framework of power metal, nuanced and energetic. "World of Silence MMXVII" comes with no trace of silence. This album is loud and that's also the way you should listen to it. Turn up the volume.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lost Voices
  2. Midnight City
  3. From the Fading Screams
  4. Forget the Past
  5. Eyes of a Dream
  6. World of Silence
  7. The Afterline
  8. Divin Answer
  9. The Dawning Light
  10. Black Rose

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 27th, 2017

CD review BOREALIS "World of Silence MMXVII"
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CD review CREMATORY "Monument"

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2016 von Markus W. in Crematory, News, CD Review, Gothic, Dark Metal, Rock, Metal

(7/10) If Crematory's new album is a real 'monument' is something you need to answer for yourself, but one thing is for sure a given: Crematory is a steady part of the goth metal scene. The guys from Mannheim, Germany started in 1991, with a first demo in 1992. In the meantime years passed by and Crematory is still releasing records. These guys survived all the changes in rock and metal. Even the grunge period couldn't do any of harm to Crematory.

"Monument" is Crematory's 13th longplayer that comes with twelve songs and it's the first record without Matthias Hechler who left the band due to private reasons. The band found a replacer, no, actually two. Tosse Basler took over the rhythm guitar & clean vocals while Rolf Munkes became lead guitarist.

"Monument" starts pretty heavy. "Misunderstood" can't be misinterpreted. The opener is a solid statement. Crematory's gothic rock didn't became silent during all these years. "Monument" is a heavy tune that presents the band loud and heavy, something I like.

"Haus mit Garten" follows, building on the same pattern. I personally think that the German lyrics sound a bit odd and the whole thing reminds of the Neue Deutsche Härte a la Rammstein.

"Die So Soon" is the third song on "Monument" and it adds another facette to Crematory's sound. Reflecting on the opening triple "Die So Soon" became the most melodic and catchy song with keyboards more in the forefront and clean vocals as an extra ingredients.

These three tunes reflect pretty much what you can expect from "Monument" since they are the blueprint for the other nine numbers. I personally like the moments when Crematory plays loud and heavy. "Eiskalt" and "Die letzte Schlacht" are cool songs that can compensate for "Everything", a track that sounds more like a harder Pet Shop Boys song with some harsher vocals.

Again, Crematory is a constant factor in goth metal and the new album will underline this status. If you liked the band so far, you will also love "Monument".

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Misunderstood
  2. Haus Mit Garten
  3. Die So Soon
  4. Ravens Calling
  5. Eiskalt
  6. Nothing
  7. Before I Die
  8. Falsche Tränen
  9. Everything
  10. My Love Within
  11. Die Letzte Schlacht
  12. Save Me

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Gothic Metal

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review CREMATORY "Monument"
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New DOWN EP in May

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2014 von Markus W. in Down, Metal, News

Down, the band around frontman Phil Anselmo, will release their new EP "Down IV Part two" in May this year. This record is the successor of 'part 1' and contains 6 new songs.

 

Tracklist:

1. Steeple

2. We Knew Him Well

3.  Hogshead/Dogshead

4. Conjure

5. Sufferer's Years

6. Bacchanalia

New DOWN EP in May
New DOWN EP in May
Photo: October Promotions (Promo)

Photo: October Promotions (Promo)

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