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CD review LEE AARON "Diamond Baby Blues"

Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2018 von Markus W. in Lee Aaron, Hardrock, Blues, Rock, Diamond Baby Blues, News, CD Review, Metalville

CD review LEE AARON "Diamond Baby Blues"

(8/10) Step by step former metal queen Lee Aaron gets back into rock music after having had a few sidesteps into jazzy sounds.  One year ago it was "Fire & Gasoline” that offered again some very solid rock songs and it's the 2018 release "Diamond Baby Blues" that stands for a continuation of what could be sensed with the predecessor.

The new longplayer of the Canadian rock queen features 12 songs. There are own songs on the tracklist as well as there are some cover songs too of which Deep Purple's "Mistreated" is probably the most known one for fans of rock music.

Talking about "Mistreated" - the song is arranged slightly different with the original still being recognizable. The song follows the heavy grooving wake-up call "Diamond Baby" which presents a rocking Lee Aaron that is accompanied with heavy riffing. The starting triple gets completed by "American High" which brings the blues to forefront and it's "I'm a Woman", a cover version of the Koko Taylor hymn, that brings blues even more into the spotlight.

"Diamond Baby Blues" doesn't know a real bad song. Tracks like "Miss Mercy" with its awesome chorus and the merciless rocking "Black Cat" belong to the best I have heard from Lee Aaron up-to-date. "Hard Road" is a down-to-earth rock'n'roller while "In the Bedroom" comes with a light-hearted party groove. All good stuff.

Lee Aaron's comeback into rock is an entertaining experience for fans of bluesy hardrock. "Diamond Baby Blues" is not a new "Metal Queen"-album, but it's a very well-crafted rock record that benefits a lot of Aaron's great voice. Welcome back Lee Aaron.

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Diamond Baby
  2. Mistreated
  3. American High
  4. I'm a Woman
  5. Miss Mercy
  6. The Best Thing
  7. Black Cat
  8. Hard Road
  9. In the Bedroom
  10. Cut way Back
  11. You're No Good
  12. My Baby

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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CD review THE QUILL "Born From Fire"

Veröffentlicht am 5. September 2017 von Markus W. in The Quill, Metalville, Stoner Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Doom Rock, Heavy Rock, Rock, News, CD Review

CD review THE QUILL "Born From Fire"

(8/10) Swedish rock and metal has, to a big part, a homebase in either Gothenburg or Stockholm. The Quill doesn’t call any of these cities their home. The guys founded the band in Mönsterås which is smaller town at the Swedish East coast.

The guys aren’t new and you’ve heard of them quite regularly. The quartet was founded back in 1990, after having been around four years under the flag of Quil. Things started to increase in speed during the mid 90’s when stoner rock gained momentum with bands like Kyuss being the spearhead of this genre. In their wake other bands got into the spotlight too and The Quill was one of them.

The debut came up to surface in 1995 and six more longplayers lined up, with Tiger Blood”, the latest record, being released in 2013. Four years later the next The Quill beauty delights fans of stoner rock as well as it’s a treat for ears of heavy rock fans.

“Born From Fire” is the title of the eighth studio album and it features twelve entertaining songs that combine the best of stoner and heavy rock. Regardless if it’s the mighty rockers like “Keep it Together”, the Sabbath-like “Spirit and the Spark”, the psychedelic “Set Free Black Crow” or the uptempo  “Snake Charmer Woman”, each of them gets out of the blocks very well and rocks in a spot-on manner. These songs outnumber and can easily compensate for the weaker “Revelation”.  Next to the well-done songwriting it’s also the sound of the album that’s powerful. Guitar and bass are forceful booming, which gives the album a warm and organic swing. It’s hard to not get caught by this album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Stone Believer
  2. Snake Charmer Woman
  3. Ghosthorse
  4. Keep it Together
  5. Spirit and the Spark
  6. Skull & Bones
  7. Set Free Black Crow
  8. Electric Sons
  9. Hollow of Your Hand
  10. Unchain Yourself
  11. Revelation
  12. Metamorphosis

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Black Eyed Children"

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2017 von Markus W. in Atsral Doors, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Power Metal, News, Metalville, Dio, Whitesnake, CD Review

(8/10) Three years after having unveiled the “Notes from the Shadows”, Swedish metal outfit Astral Doors comes back with a new longplayer. The eighth studio album is entitled “Black Eyed Children” and features eleven new songs.

It’s no secret that the Swedish quintet is heavily influenced by classic rock and metal. Bands like Rainbow, Dio and Whitesnake are sources of inspiration and sometimes even a bit more. Astral Doors embeds these references into their sound and it’s the voice of singer Nils Johansson that strengthen them even more. He’s a great singer that comes with a vocal range that covers a width from Ronnie James Dio to David Coverdale.

If you liked the bands earlier releases you can also looking forward to this album because it will lead you to another state of euphoria. The guys from Borlänge loaded the album with eleven metal songs of which each them lives up to the typical Astral Doors sound.

The up-tempo “We Cry Out” marks the first peak on the album. Johansson sings at his best, enriching a song that reminds of the good old Dio days. A more silent beginning introduces you to “Walls” which is slowly building up to a well-done melodic rocker. Astral Doors cherishes classic rock and metal without just copying things. They add their own touch to songs like the wild and furious “Good vs. Bad”.

I mentioned David Coverdale earlier in this review and if you listen to “Suburban Song” you know what I’m talking about. Especially the verse sounds very much Whitesnake inspired.

The longest tune is also the album’s name giver. “Black Eyed Children” gives you seven minutes of nicely done heavy metal that includes a bombastic expression too. It’s a powerful track in more mid-tempo, climaxing in an awesome chorus. For me the best track on the album.

To conclude: Astral Doors added an album to their discography that reflects exactly what’s expected - traditional fine-crafted metal that finds it’s roots in the 80’s, with all the glory that comes with it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. We Cry Out
  2. Walls
  3. God Is the Devil
  4. Die on Stage
  5. Tomorrow’s Dead
  6. Good vs. Bad
  7. Suburban Song
  8. Lost Boy
  9. Slaves to Ourselves
  10. Black Eyed Children
  11. Jesus Christ Movie Star

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Black Eyed Children"
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