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WALKING DEAD ON BROADWAY reveals artwork and tracklist

Veröffentlicht am 31. August 2016 von Markus W. in Walking Dead On Broadway, Metalcore, Deathcore, News, Thrash Metal, Death Metal

Walking Dead On Broadway unveiled the cover and tracklist of their upcoming album "Slaves". The ones of you having a passion for deathcore should mark already November 11th in the agenda as the release date of "Slaves" that comes via Arising Empire.


Tracklist:
01. Intro
02. Pitchblack
03. Cage
04. Haunted
05. Silen
06. Slaves
07. Scapegoat
08. 01110010
09. The Sinner
10. Death Pilgrim

 

WALKING DEAD ON BROADWAY reveals artwork and tracklist
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CD review ASKING ALEXANDIA "The Black"

Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2016 von Markus W. in Asking Alexandria, News, Metalcore, Hardcore, CD Review

(7/10) Asking Alexandria's new album became a pretty dark one, at least the artwork doesn't express a very positive atmosphere and naming the disc "The Black" doesn't sound like flower-power either.

The UK-based five piece uses the album as an outlet for seeping rage in combination with many melodic moments, something that is well reflected in the opener "Let it Sleep".

I think I mentioned it in one of my earlier reveiw, metalcore doesn't belong to my most favorite styles in metal. Often it ends up in monotonous noise assaults but there are some moments/bands that add some more variation to their sound. Asking Alexandria is one of these groups.

The five-piece found a balance between aggressive shouts and riffs on the one side and melodic moments with clean vocals, supported by keyboards, on the other. For me, this works as a constant contrapoint; something that makes "The Black" to an entertaining record.

Actually the titletrack is a good example with its silent section in the middle part. After a big chorus the songs runs through a reduction phase. Only piano and clean vocals are taking over before the tunes slowly builds up again. 

"Just a Slave to Rock'n'Roll" is done in a similar way while the grooving monster "We'll be OK", with the double bass, is belonging to the heavier tunes on "The Black".

Again, Asking Alexandria's newest release might by too much mainstream for true metalcore fans and sometimes even I thought they overdid it a bit (e.g. the cheesy ballad "Gone"), but this release also opens up the band's sound for potential new fans. So, whay not...

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Let It Sleep
  2. The Black
  3. I Won't Give In
  4. Sometimes It Ends
  5. The Lost Souls
  6. Just A Slave To Rock 'n Roll
  7. Send Me Home
  8. We'll Be OK
  9. Here I Am
  10. Gone
  11. Undivided
  12. Circled By The Wolves

 

Label: Sumerian Records

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: March 25th, 2016

CD review ASKING ALEXANDIA "The Black"
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ASKING ALEXANDRIA unveils cover of the new album

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Asking Alexandria, Alternative Metal, Metalcore, News

UK-based Asking Alexandria will release their next album called "The Black" on March 25th via Sumerian Records.

The cover is reveald already and looks like this:

 

ASKING ALEXANDRIA unveils cover of the new album
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CD review HIGH HOPES "Sights And Sounds"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in High Hopes, Melodic Metalcore, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Actually metalcore isn't my most favorite metal style, but High Hopes grabbed my attention. The band, founded in 2012, releases with "Sights And Sounds" their new longplayer that contains nine songs plus an intro.

"Pale Blue Dot" is the name of the spoken words start before with "The Callout" the first heavy moment kicks in. I would say, the song is more hardcore than metalcore, but who cares about details. It's anyhow a good start into the album. The next numbers are faster or more grooving metal tracks before the band gives you a moment to recover.

As a kind of halftime break High Hopes placed an acoustic intermezzo called "Nostalgic Thoughts" in the middle of the album. After one and a half minutes of a mire silent time "Manipulator" begins with a melodic riff. This continues and the guitarlines build a kind of contrast to the harsh shouts of Nick Brooks. The glue that keeps those parts together is a strong bassline and hard hitting drums.

The title track marks the end of this interesting record. Melodic guitars spreads some harmony before a wall of sound adds power to the tune. In the end it's an interction of rough and silent that  caracterizes "Sights & Sounds" which is one of the best tracks on the longplayer.

High Hopes have the benefit of the youth. They guys from Reading are wild and unbound and so is the album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Pale Blue Dot
  2. The Callout
  3. Revelation
  4. Vanguard
  5. MLK
  6. Nostalgic Thoughts
  7. Manipulator
  8. Defender
  9. The Greater Plan
  10. Sights & Sounds

 

Label: Victory Records

Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Release Date EU: February 5th, 2016

CD review HIGH HOPES "Sights And Sounds"
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CD review SIKTH "Opacities" EP

Veröffentlicht am 18. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in SikTh, Mathcore, Mathmetal, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Metalcore, News, CD Review

(8/10) Releases of British prog metallers Sikh are rare. Two full-length records in 15 years isn't really a lot. Also considering that the band went on a hiatus for couple of years doesn't change anything here - it was quality instead of quantity.

However, this was the past and the here & now looks far more interesting. The guys from Watford, England announced in spring this year that they are working on new songs which should end up on a brand new EP. A few month later the band lived up to their promise and the new EP is done. "Opacities" is the name of this disc that was recorded in the Lincoln's Chapel Studios.

In total "Opacities" contains five new songs and one acoustic intermezzo called "Tokyo Lights". This short spoken words number is framed into a context of brutal prog metal tracks that rae mind-blowing.

The EP is jaw-dropping. Brutal riffs and complex song structures are creating the base for each of the five songs. But besides all the complexity and musical finesse, the songs never turn into something unapproachable. SikTh builds enough melodic moments into their music; something that makes the tunes also to thrilling ones for headbangers not playing an instrument.

What I like with this EP is this organized chaos in SikTh' music. Even though there are so many unexpected turns in each of the songs, the tracks and the EP still feels like one unit. All those fragments fit perfectly together and lead to a homogenous package.

"Opacities" contains SikTh first new music since 2006. It feels like putting the band on hold for several led to new energy, new creativity and a lot of power. Fans from Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan should check out this masterpiece of beserk math metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Behind the Doors
  2. Philistine Philosophie
  3. Under the Weeping Moon
  4. Tokyo Lights
  5. Walking Shadows
  6. Days Are Dreamed

 

Label: Peaceville

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2016

Release Date UK: December 4th, 2015

CD review SIKTH "Opacities" EP
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CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2015 von Markus W. in Callejon, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review, Die Ärzte

(8/10) Actually metalcore isn't my most favorite metal genre and that's why I was hesitating a bit when I got the new release from German Callejon.

Even though the band scored already quite some successes I never digged deeper into their songs and sound. Anyhow, the new live release arrived and curiosity brought the disc into my player.

After having heard the live album I must say that I was impressed by the density and energy of the nineteen titles that have been played during the recorded concert in Cologne.

This live disc thrills the listener. It is amazing how much of the raw power, spread by the band during their show, could be captured on this album. Callejon tear down the house. 

The guys are playing metalcore, but to my surprise their sound, esp. on this live release, contains also a lot of thrash metal elements too. It was more than once that I was reminded to the mighty Kreator when I listened to "Live in Köln". Songs like "Das Lied macht mich betroffen" and "Snake Mountain" sound like the Ruhrpott four-piece with German lyrics. Pretty cool.

Tracks like "1000 PS" feel like nomen et omen. Those songs are coming with a hell of a lot of horsepower. Next to the own compositions the guys performed a cover version of the Die Ärzte song "Schrei nach Liebe" which was kept closer to the original version, but put into a new, much heavier, context. And the lyrics are more relevant than ever in these days.

The only downer is the drum solo. There are very little moments when drum solos are really something breath-taking. In the case of Callejon it looks out of place. It's actually boring and takes out the vibe of the rest of the show. 

However, it's almost impossible to escape from the this energizer. This record is a sonic steamhammer. 

If you haven't counted Callejon to one of your favorites you still should give this album a fair chance. You might be as surprised as I have been - and I seriously like this disc.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Wir sind Angst
  2. 1000 PS
  3. Schwule Mädchen
  4. Dieses Lied macht betroffen
  5. Lass mich gehen
  6. Dunkelherz
  7. Porn From Spain 
  8. Ich lehne leidenschaftlich ab
  9. Veni Vidi Vice
  10. Drum Solo
  11. Sommer Liebe Kokain
  12. Krankheit Mensch
  13. Kind im Nebel
  14. Schrei nach Liebe
  15. Unter Tage
  16. Blitzkreuz
  17. Snake Mountain
  18. Porn from Spain part II

 

Label: Four Music

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2015

CD review CALLEJON "Live in Köln"
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CD review BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE "Venom"

Veröffentlicht am 14. August 2015 von Markus W. in Bullet For My Valentie, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Metalcore

(7/10) I never really understood why Bullet For My Valentine is still put into the metalcore box. Yes, sure, their beginning was based on metalcore but overtime the percentage of classic metal in their music increased. Clean vocals and the often melodic metal riffs, in context with a decrease of metalcore sections, became almost a trademark in itself.

However, Bullet For My Valentine managed to be successful from the very beginning up till now. Already their debut was perceived very well and entered the charts. But instead of becoming arrogant and easy going, the four guys kept on working hard on their sound, which ended in an even better second album called "Scream, aim, fire".

2015 is the year of the bands fifth logplayer called "Venom"; a record that for sure will continue the commercial successtory of the band from Wales. The new disc comes with eleven songs, while the deluxe verson includes another four numbers.

Three songs you might have heard already since they have been released as singles during the three months. "No way out", the brutal "You want a battle? (Here is war)" and "Army of noise" are three typical Bullet For My Valentine numbers that reflect the current sound of the four-piece pretty well. The music is still quite aggressive but got also more complex and diverse. "No way out" is a good example herefore while "Army of noise" has a really good punch.

But there are also tunes on the album that give me a hard time. The title track is one of those. It is kept in mid-pace with mainly melodic vocals. The whole thing sounds more like Linkin Park than Bullet For My Valentine. I think that the song might attract new fans but the mainstream orientation might not be appreciated by everybody.

Also "Hell or high water" isn't belonging to the thrilling experiences on "Venom". It gives the feeling of 'heard before' and it comes a bit uninspired. Bullet For My Valentine had and has better numbers.

That "Venom" got good sound is almost a given, even though I have to say that I miss the bass a bit in the mix. Maybe it is due to my version, but I guess it's not. The 'booming factor' on "Venom" could be more intesive.

To sum up: Bullet For My Valtine continues their journey which brings them further away from their metalcore roots by becoming probabaly even more commercially successful. I like the new album but I could imagine that not every fan, esp. from the early days appreciate the development.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. V
  2. No way out
  3. Army of noise
  4. Worthless
  5. You want a battle? (Here is war)
  6. Broken
  7. Venom
  8. The harder the heart (The harder it breaks)
  9. Skin
  10. Hell or high water
  11. Pariah
  12. Playong God (Deluxe bonus)
  13. Run for your life (Deluxe bonus)
  14. In lovong memory (Demo version (Deluxe bonus)
  15. Raising hell (Deluxe bonus)

 

Label: RCA Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release date EU: August 14, 2015

CD review BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE "Venom"
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CD review THE BUNNY THE BEAR "A liar wrote this"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in The Bunny The Bear, Electronica, Death Metal, Hardcore, Pop, Metalcore, Punkrock, CD Review, News

(5/10) The Bunny The Bear is a project of Matthew Tybor which was founded in 2008. Tybor was looking for a musical counterpart and found Chris Hutka. In the meantime Hutka left the band again and it is Haley Roback how joined The Bunny The Bear, signing responsible for the clean vocals part on "A liar wrote this".

The music that resulted out of this cooperation is quite controvers. The two musicians created a crossover melange that is mainly based on clean vocals from Hutka, deep growls and screms of Tybor, all on top of pop melodies with a big electronic foundation. 

I actually like if bands expertiment and "A liar wrote this" is definitely something where musicians try out new stuff. On the other side this doesn't mean that you necessarly have to like what reaches your ears.

Blending hardcore, rock, pop and electronica to an unique mix is something I haven't heard in such a consequent version.  However, for me the album became a bit too much of everything. The growls, the desperate screams and the catchy pop melodies doesn't go together very well. But I have to admit, that after the first shock I got more used to it.

What I really like is the voice of Roback. Her clean vocals are a real highlight and it would be great to hear her singing in another context in the future. She's really good.

"A liar wrote this", actually a smart title for the album, is interesting, but not my cup of tea.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Vows
  2. Love, trust and compromise
  3. Curtain call
  4. Sick, sad eyes
  5. Empty hands
  6. Lover's touch
  7. Oblivion
  8. It's not always cold in Buffalo (Revisited)
  9. Sleep sequence
  10. Somewhat stadards
  11. Loose lips
  12. Dead leaves
  13. Motion

 

Label: Victory Records

Genre: Electronic Metal

Release date: July 28th, 2015

CD review THE BUNNY THE BEAR "A liar wrote this"
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New live DVD from BRING ME THE HORIZON

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Bring Me The Horizon, Deathcore, Metalcore, Hardcore, Death Metal, News

It was December 5th, 2014 when Bring Me The Horizon played a gig in the London Wembley Arena. The show, that was played in front of 12.000 visitors, will be released as DVD end of July. The name "Live at Wembley". Stay tuned.

 

New live DVD from BRING ME THE HORIZON
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New single from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Bullet For My Valentine, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, News

"Venom" will be the new album from Bullet For My Valentine that will be released on August 14th. To shorten the waiting time the band published a new single called "You want a battle? Here is a war!". 

Talking about "Venom". Here is the tracklist:

  1. V
  2. No way out
  3. Army of noise
  4. Worthless
  5. You want a battle? Here is a war"
  6. Broken
  7. Venom
  8. Harder the heart
  9. Skin
  10. Hell or high water
  11. Pariah
  12. Playing God (Deluxe edition)
  13. Run for your life (Deluxe edition)
  14. In loving memory (Deluxe edition)
  15. Raising hell (Deluxe edition)
New single from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
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CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2015 von Markus W. in Annisokay, Post-Hardcore, Modern Metal, Metalcore, News, CD Review

(6/10) Not even one years after debut "The lucid dream(er)" the band from Halle, Germany releases their next album. "Enigmatic smile" is the title of the new longplayer that comes with eleven new songs.

In general I can say that there isn't that much new to report. The new disc takes up where the band stopped with the predisessor. Their mix of of post hardcore and modern metal dominantes also "Enigmatic smile".

Songs like "Naked city" are very representative for the album. There is the might riffing part in the middle of the track while there are also very melodic vocal lines that turns into deep shouting before the song finds back to a strong melody. All comes together in "Naked city" very well.

The other tunes on the longplayer follow the same pattern. In principle it is done quite well but it also makes the album one-dimensional. After a while I got the feeling of 'having heard it before'. A four track EP might have been enough.

The only song that is slightly different is "Life cycles". The tune is a slower track that shows the more fragile side of the band from Germany. The base is a highly melodic and soulful vocalline that is supported by some reduced guitars and samples. For me an appreciated break on the album.

When it comes to the production of the album everything is okay. "Enigmatic smile" got a dense and powerful sound that is, for my ears, well mixed. A big plus of the record.

For the coming releases it would be great if Annisokay would break out more often out of their comfort zone and add more elements to their music that surprises the listener. 

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Carry me away
  2. Naked city
  3. Snowblind
  4. Panic attack
  5. Wolves in the walls
  6. Fragile line
  7. Traveler
  8. Life cycles
  9. Fame
  10. New autumn light
  11. What is left

 

Label: Long Brach Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

CD review ANNISOKAY "Enigmatic smile"
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CD review WHILE SHE SLEEPS "Brainwashed"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2015 von Markus W. in While She Sleeps, Metalcore, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, In Flames

(8/10) I have to admit that I missed While She Sleeps' debut "This is the six". My first touchpoint with the band from Sheffield was a few month ago when they opened for In Flames. Since I haven't seen the band earlier I was very curious about their music and their show. After their 30 minutes long performance I was impressed. And having a look into the audience showed that I wasn't the only one. Cool as well was the fact to see the first smaller pits already at the opener.

Now While She Sleeps releases finally their long awaited second longplayer. Actually the album should have been released far earlier, but singer Loz Taylor had some problems with his vocal chords that even let to two surgical operations. Now things are good and "Brainwashed" is out in the stores. It's packed with 14 song plus the intro - all together one hour of heavy While She Sleeps music.

What I like with the band's music is the mix of different elements. They play metalcore, but they find a smart way to combine it with melodies and groove without loosing the heaviness. This adds another dimension to their music that is more than only shouting and playing fast.

To pick out some songs is hard with this album. "Life is a tension" is maybe one tunes that stands out a bit. It's a very straight-forward track that has high speed while the chorus more grooving. 

Also the title track is a raging metal eruption that is hard to escape from and "Torment" is a heavy song with some Soulfly-like guitar sounds. The tune is a good example how metalcore, groove metal and modern metal can merge into a thrilling melange.

The finale furioso is reserved for "Modern minds". It's also the longest tune on the album - at least this is what the playlist makes you think. Starting with a nice melody and clean vocals the song starts pretty relaxed. No doubt about the fact that the tune gets harder along the way, but the catchy chorus stays as a constant factor throughout the track that even has a silent piano part embedded. The add-on with this tune is the 'hidden track' in the end which is an acostic one minute number.

I could continue that way with more songs, but I think it's better to listen to "Brainwashed". While She Sleeps released an energetic longplayer that shows the potential of the young band from the UK. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The divide
  2. New world torture
  3. Your evolution
  4. Brainwashed
  5. Wer are alive at night
  6. Our legacy
  7. Four walls
  8. Torment
  9. Kangaezu ni
  10. Life is tension
  11. Trophies of violence
  12. No sides, no enemies
  13. The woods
  14. Method of madness
  15. Modern minds

 

Label: Search and Destroy/Sony Music

Genre: Metalcore

CD review WHILE SHE SLEEPS "Brainwashed"
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CD review ALL THAT REMAINS "The order of things"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in All That Remain, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, News

(5/10) It was singer/shouter Philip Labonte who started All That Remains as a side project next to Shadows Fall. This was in 1998 and it was the start of a career for the band that asked more attention than maybe thought in the beginning. All That Remains is established in the meantime and the band sold many records in the first 14 years.

In these days the band from Springfield, Massachuesetts adds a new album to their discography. "The order of things" is the name of the new record and is probabaly the most diverse one in the band's history. And I guess it will be also the most controversial one too.

Being know for uncompromissing metalcore All That Remains added some more metal and even heavy rock elements to their sound. This makes the longplayer to a interesting musical experience. It leads to the fact that the range of songs is very wide. There are some metalcore tunes on the album like "No knock" and "Pernicious". Those are cool tracks eventhough they aren't really outstanding. Solid metalcore I would say.

Next to those more energetic songs there are the heavy rock songs. This experiment goes that far that All That Remains has even a kind of halfballad ("For you") on "The order of things".  Plus there are songs like "Bite my tongue" and "Divide" with clean vocals only and a big focus on catchy melodies. This started already at "Just moments in time" but All That Remains took the approach a step further which is, I think, a too big one. Things got out of balance.

Also those songs are quite solid, but they have almost nothing to do with what you expect from the band.

"The order of things" is a controverse release of a band that started to try out new things. 'Change' in all meanings of the word and we have to see what the reactions are. All That Remains challenged their trademarks without defining new ones. It is an album that is missing homogeneity and consistancy. I'm curious where this journey will go to in the future.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This probably won't end well
  2. No knock
  3. Divide
  4. The greatest generation
  5. For you
  6. A reason for me to fight
  7. Victory lap
  8. Pernicious
  9. Bite my tongue
  10. Flat empre
  11. Tru Kvlt Metal
  12. Criticism and self realization

 

Label: Razor & Tie

Genre: Metal(core)

CD review ALL THAT REMAINS "The order of things"
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New live activities from DEADLOCK

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Deadlock, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Metalcore, News, Tour

Eventhough singer Sabine Scherer is on materinty leave Deadlock didn't want to stop with all live activities. The melodic death metal band found a substitute. Margi Gerlitz is joining the band for shows in 2015. Here are already a few dates in Austria.

 

German Melodic Death Metal band DEADLOCK have just announced the coolest baby substitute in the world, as front woman Sabine Scherer has a baby on the way! They don’t want to cancel next year’s upcoming live shows, so Margi Gerlitz will sing with the band live 2015!

German Melodic Death Metal band DEADLOCK have just announced the coolest baby substitute in the world, as front woman Sabine Scherer has a baby on the way! They don’t want to cancel next year’s upcoming live shows, so Margi Gerlitz will sing with the band live 2015!

New live activities from DEADLOCK
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