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CD review LINDEMANN "Skills in pills"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Lindemann, Hypocrisy, Pain, Modern Metal, Industrial, News, CD Review, Rammstein, Emigrate

(7/10) When Peter Tägtgren and Till Lindemann starts a project together you can be sure that this leads to some attention in the metal scene. It was fourteen years ago when the two guys met for the first time in a pub in the middle of nowhere in Sweden. Since that special moment the guys have been in contact and in 2015 they present the result of this long discussed project.

It was just those two guys who worked on the album. Lindemann did the vocals and Tägtgren did all the instruments. So the really curious thing for me was the music that came out of this musical marriage. 

First of all the whole thing sounds much more like Rammstein than what I expected. I had the feeling to listen to Rammstein with some Pain influnces. This isn't a very big surprise but honestly I was hoping for something more innovative than 'just' a kind of 'Rammstein 2.0'. Maybe my expectations have been too high in this case. Hmmm.

The mighty riffs sound very much like from Lindemann's homebase band, the vocals are, of course, similar (just without the rollin' 'r') and the lyrics are also comparable to the ones from Rammstein. Talking about the lyrics; those have been shocking in the beginning of the iconic band from Germany, but in the meantime it is something that lost the provocative potential. "Golden shower" and "Fat" are just two examples that confirms this - nothing to really write home about.

When it comes to the music I mentioned already the closeness to the German industrial metal pioneers. "Golden shower" is a song that also could have been on albums like "Reise, Reise". Also tracks like "Praise abort" isn't a real jaw-dropping experience. It's good industrial metal, that's it.

A song that stands a bit out from the rest is "Home sweet home". The tunes starts as an acoustic ballad before it gains intensity in the chorus. The embedded orchstra adds something extra to this tune that is the best on the album.

What stands like a rock is the production. Tägtgren gave the longplayer a very forceful, nuanced and booming sound which couldn't be done much better. He gave the record the punch that was needed. Well done Mr. Tägtgren.

In it's totality "Skills in pills" isn't a bad album. But it's also not a highlight in 2015. Having in mind that Lindemann teamed-up with a genius like Tägtgren the result could have been much more surprising. It's a missed opportunity for adding a new thrilling chapter to the book of metal. Imagine a mean bastard that combines Rammstein's indutrial metal with Swedish death metal. 

"Skills in pills" is a predictable album that, due to the similarities, will be loved by Rammstein fans. If I have to choose between Lindemann and Kruspe's Emigrate releases I prefer the last mentioned ones, since those are more innovative. "Skills in pills" instead is playing safe.





  1. Skills in pills
  2. Ladyboy
  3. Fat
  4. Fish on
  5. Children of the sun
  6. Home sweet homw
  7. Cowboy
  8. Golden shower
  9. Yukon
  10. Prais abort
  11. That's my heart


Label: Warner Music

Genre: Industrial Metal / Alternative Metal

CD review LINDEMANN "Skills in pills"

CD review TREMONTI "Cauterize"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Modern Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti released his highly appreciated solo debut a few years ago. The album was called "All I was" and contained songs that have been very good, but didn't really fit to Tremonti's main band.

Now, some years later, the axeman releases his second album that comes with 44 minutes which can be translated into 10 songs.
The six stringer has written again tunes that are standing out from the broad masses. Tremonti's  passion for different genre's of rock becomes obvious on each of the new tracks. Sometimes being closer to grunge, sometimes, when it comes to certain riffs, being closer to Machine Head, Tremonti doesn't make any compromises. 
His own style is standing out from most of the other guitarists; something that gives the Tremonti sound, as well as Alter Bridge, an own own and very unique identity.
The spectrum of songs on "Cauterize" goes from fast to slow and back.
One of my favorite tunes is called "Flying monkeys". It's a slower songs on the longplayer what doesn't mean that it's a silent one. The opposite is the reality. It is build on a doomy riff that is a very intense one. The tune in its totality has a darker vibe and I was reminded partly to Soundgarden's "Black hole sun". 
This glommy sphere comes also back in "Dark trip". Already the title marks that this isn't a happy sing-a-long song. It isn't. It's more a kind of melodic melancholy.
Enough slow stuff, time for some speed. The title track delivers exactly what you're looking for. The tune switches between raging guitar parts and melodic vocals. A great track that is the right one for giving the album its title. Talking about the vocals - Tremonti is also this time singing on all the tracks. He proves again that he isn't only an excellent guitar player, but also a good singer.
Last but not least "Cauterize" contains a half ballad called "Sympathy" that comes with a big chorus and is probably the song that is closest to Alter Bridge.
"Cauterize" is an album that represents the iconic guitaridt very well. It's a journey through heavy riffs and fragile sounds. In other words: it's typical Tremonti. 
  1. Radical change
  2. Flying monkey
  3. Cauterize
  4. Arm yourself
  5. Dark trip
  6. Another heart
  7. Falling again
  8. Tie the nose
  9. Sympathy
  10. Providence
Label: Fret 12 Records
Genre: Alternative Metal


CD review TREMONTI "Cauterize"

CD review COAL CHAMBER "Rivals"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Coal Chamber, DevilDriver, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review

(7/10) Coal Chamber started in 1993 and was part of the Nu Metal hype that was generated by bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit. The band from L.A. started releasing records like "Chamber music" and "Dark days", which also had chart entries. But even with those successes Coal Chamber couldn't get the same attention as the before mentioned bands.

After having had some internal problems and indifferences the band disbanded in 2004. Singer Dez Fafara focussed on his band in 2002 founded band DevilDriver - hair got longer, make-up was gone and the riffs became heavier.

In 2012 the four-piece re-started and played a gig at the Soundwave festival in Australia. Some months went by and everybody thought that this show was a flash in the pan. It wasn't. Some more festival shows followed as well as some touring - all leading to a new longplayer called "Rivals". The name could give the idea of referring back to the times of the bands split. But this isn't the case. The lyrics are about another person the singer met - who ever this was/is.

The new record is harder than the 90's releases. The thrash elements became more dominant while the samples and loops have been put in the rear. "Rivals" sounds more like DevilDriver - something I appreciate. It stays the question if a new DevilDriver album wouldn't have been the better choice.

However, "Rivals" is full of harsh riffs, highly downtuned guitars and an enormous groove. Coal Chamber have postioned themselves closer to the newer Sepultura and Machine Head than that they sound like Limp Bizkit. 

"Rivals" is a strong piece of music that you can go for. Modern metal from a band that got mature over time, that's "Rivals". But I'm also looking forward to a new DevilDriver album.





  1. I.O.U.nothing
  2. Bad blood between us
  3. Light in the shadows
  4. Suffer in silence
  5. The bridges you burn
  6. Orion
  7. Another nail in the coffee
  8. Rivlas
  9. Wait
  10. Dumpster dive
  11. Over my head
  12. Fade away (Karma never forgets)
  13. Empty handed


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review COAL CHAMBER "Rivals"

CD review FAITH NO MORE "Sol invictus"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Faith No More, Crossover, News, CD Review, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal

(9/10) There are some bands that play good music and there are some bands that almost turn the known upside down by creating an own style. Faith No More is one of those bands.

My first touch point with the iconic quintet was end of the 80's when they released their third album "The real thing", followed by the fantastic live release "Live at the Brixtion Academy". The music was just mind-blowing since it was something new, something thrilling. I couldn't place Faith No More's music into any scheme. The way how the guys merged styles of hip-hop, rock and metal music was unique at that time - and it still is. Songs like "Epic", "From out of nowhere" and "We care a lot" became classics in rock music. Those tunes have been the base for a new genre that is crossover - in the widest meaning of the word.

In 1998, after having released their "Album of the year" longplayer, the band decided to disband. A sad moment for each rock fan. The band members started/continued with several projects - good ones, but those never came close to what the guys achieved with Faith No More.

In 2008 there was some first gossiping that the band would come together again for playing some shows in the "Album of the year" line-up. They did perform on several big festivals but the future of the band was still unsure.

Overtime things got more clear and it seemed that the guys have started to write new songs. "Motherfucker", a first new song, was performed live when the band opened for Black Sabbath in London.

In the meantime we are in 2015 and the unexpected became real - we can welcome a new album from the rock music dinosaur. "Sol invicitus" has been recorded by the line-up that also did 18 years ago the last studio record called "Album of the year". And even though this was such a long time inbetween the new longplayer feels like a seemless continuation of where they stopped with the predecessor.

In total "Sol invictus" comes with 10 new songs. The album is another milestone and it is 100% Faith No More.

The start is the title track, a silent piano-based number that has a dark vibe. A good beginning. Things get a bit more rocking with "Superhero". A typical Faith No More guitar riff is the base for the song and Mike Patton's vocals are covering everything - from melodic vocal lines to crazy shouts. The performance of this guy is just excellent. 

The trip continues with "Sunny side up" that also belongs also to the more relaxed tunes on the album. Esp. the verse is a more quiet one before the chorus makes the track to a very intense one. "Seperation anxiety" is a grooving track with a rhythm that slowly creeps into your brain. The bassline is irresistable.

"Cone of shame" starts with a slow pace before it explodes towards the end while the following "Rise of the fall" is an almost reggae-based tune that builds up along the way. In the second third the song gets pretty heavy and Patton can show again his vocal range before the number returns to the beginning pattern.

"Black friday" kicks-ass with it's acoustic sections that reminded me to the Pixies. The country expression makes the track weird, what makes it special and entertaining too. 

"Motherfucker" is the next tune on "Sol invictus". This tune feels like a journey back to the earlier times and the mix between hip-hip, metal and rock is the main characteristic of this highlight. For me one of the best pieces on the album and a well chosen first single release. There can't be no more Faith No More than this.

With "Matador" the band shows again the softer side with piano, a dominant bassline and excellent vocals. Having heard this song means also 'coming closer to the end'. There is one more track to go. "From the dead" is the closer, rounding off a highly entertaining album that is closer to discs like "Album of the year" than to "The real thing". But it's still 100% Faith No More what you get and the longplayer can easily live up to the expectations - at least to mine.

The only downer on this (almost) perfect release is the running time. With not even 40 minutes the record became rather short. A bit more Faith No More would have been very welcome. But on the other hand 40 min. of new Faith No More material is far better than nothing.

"Sol invictus" became the strong and dynamic album I was hoping for. It's full of excellent songs, all reflecting the bands trademarks.

... and now stop reading this review and get your copy of this musical milestone.





  1. Sol Invictus
  2. Superhero
  3. Sunny Side Up
  4. Separation Anxiety
  5. Cone of Shame
  6. Rise of the Fall
  7. Black Friday
  8. Motherfucker
  9. Matador
  10. From the Dead


Label: Reclamation/Ipecac Records

Genre: Alternative Metal


New FAITH NO MORE album as stream on

Veröffentlicht am 11. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Faith No More, News, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Crossover, Modern Metal

After 18 years Faith No More will release their new album called "Sol Invictus" on May 15. Already now the record is available as stream on or via the bands Facebook side link. Check it out and share your thoughts...



Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Coal Chamber, News, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Tour

13 years after the band split up, US nu-metal legends in COAL CHAMBER are finally back with their new album 'Rivals', to be released on  May 19th in US/CAN and May 25th in the UK via Napalm Records!

To celebrate the upcoming album & re-union, COAL CHAMBER just came back from their US tour alongside with Filter & Combichrist, and are currently getting ready to hit the road in Europe & UK in May & June 2015. Catch COL CHAMBER live on tour, when the legendary band finally returns to Europe & UK on the following dates:



CD review DARKHOUSE "Providence" EP

Veröffentlicht am 18. April 2015 von Markus W. in Darkhaus, Pro-Pain, Electro, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) Darkhaus is fairly new. They are around since 2013 and combine heavy guitars with electro beats.  

Even though the band is new the musicians aren't rookies at all. The mainman behind the band is Rupert Keplinger who worked already with Eisbrecher, Peter Maffey and some more. During his work he built up a contact with Pro-Pain mastermind Gary Meskil. Yes, the Gary Meskil. Both together started Darkhaus. Ken Hanlon, Marshall Stevens (also Pro-Pain) and Paul Keller complete the line-up of Darkhaus. The combination of these musicians sound already like an explosive mix of style and backgrounds. And it is.

The band published already their debut "My only shelter" and in these days the five-piece adds a new EP to their discography. "Providence" is the name of the album that comes with four songs plus one live recording and an acosutic track.

I must say that the sound of Darkhaus isn't that new, but what they are doing they are doing right. They have a good sense for catchy melodies that never gets too sticky. "The fire within" shows this very well. The guitars never get too far into the back while the samples are supportive without taking over. "Side effect of love" is an excellent groove rocker before the title track "Providence" reflects the whole bandwidth of the Darkhaus. Build on a brilliant melody and spiced up with a heavy guitar riff the song is the best one on the EP. 

"Throwing away" instead reflects the silent side of the band. It's another good song with kind of "Staiways to heaven" vibe, but the first three tunes are better.

The last two tracks is a live records from Cologne,"Drive", and the acoustic version of "Life worth living". Both tunes are a good add-on for the EP.

"Providence" is an interesting musical melting pot. Check it out. It is worth it.





  1. The fire within
  2. Side effect of love
  3. Providence
  4. Throwing away
  5. Drive (Live in Cologne)
  6. Life worth living (Orig. acoustic version)


Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Electro-Metal


CD review DARKHOUSE "Providence" EP

CD review HALESTROM "Into the wild life"

Veröffentlicht am 12. April 2015 von Markus W. in Halestorm, Rock, Hardrock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) If there is one band right now that can be described as a recent shooting star than it is Halestorm. The four-piece from Canada gained a lot of attention during the last months and years, which is based on good releases including exciting cover version of very different songs. But even more important was the intensive touring of Lzzy and band mates. I had the feeling that the quartet was on the road almost 365 days a year. Starting as support for bands like Bullet For My Valentine Halestorm also ran their own headliner tours during recently.

After having released two EP’s that with interesting cover versions plus two albums it is time to introduce the newest release of the band. The success put some extra pressure on the band. Will they be able to keep the high level of their last release? I think that “Into the wild life” reaches the level of the predecessor “The strange case of……”.

But there are also differences in order to avoid too much repetition. One of those new elements is the fact that the band recorded ‘live’ in the studio instead of taking each instrument one by one. This gives the album a more spontaneous touch that reflects the live atmosphere of Halestorm pretty well.

And those are the tracks on "Into the wild life". "Scream" was chosen to be the opener. It's a song that grows with each time you're listening to it. But it isn't an unforgettable tune.

This changes with "I am the fire". The start is very relaxed, but after a short time the wellness feeling has an immediate end. The chorus is hard and catchy and makes the number to one of the best ones on the labum.

"Sick individual" has a dark character before "Amen" takes over. This piece is a great rocker with Lzzy's vocals in the forefornt. The bridge and the chorus have a touch of the good old Loverboy which makes the song to another highlight on "Into the wild life".

Time for a more quiet moment with "Dear daugher" - a piano-based emitional ballad. A song that follows a similar pattern is the soulful "Bad girls". "New modern love" doesn't really work for me and isn't that exciting as e.g. "Mayhem" - one of the heaviest tunes on the longplayer.

"Gonna get mine" is a bitchy rock song before things het more quiet again with "The reckoning". 

"Apocalyptic" is a grooving mid-pace rocker that leads to "What sober couldn't say". This number builds on a big mainstream melody without drifting away into meaninglessness.

Nomen er omen is the motto of "I like it heavy". I guess that Joan Jett was the inspiration for the piece that is the best track on "Into the wild life".

Also "Jump the gun" is a harder track before themore bombastic "Unapologetic finishes an album that makes fun to listen to. It finds the right mix between hard, heavy, soulful and catchiness. Enjoy the newest release that contains very entertaining stuff that gives you a good time. 





  1. Scream
  2. I am the fire
  3. Sick individual
  4. Amen
  5. Dear daughter
  6. New modern love
  7. Mayhem
  8. Bad girls world
  9. Gonna get mine
  10. The reckoning
  11. Apocalyptic
  12. What sober couldn’t say
  13. I like it heavy
  14. Jump the gun
  15. Unapologetic


Label: Atlantic Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

CD review HALESTROM "Into the wild life"


Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2015 von Markus W. in Everclear, Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, CD Review, News

US-based Everclear released a new video. "Amercian monster" is the name of the song that sounds pretty good. The video is done in an interesting way - for each of you that still knows the 'tape-times'. The new album comes end of April.


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. 





  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"

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.





  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"

New video from A LIFE DIVIDED

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2015 von Markus W. in A Life Divided, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Video, News

German A Life Divided posted a first video from a song taken from the upcoming album. "Inside me" is the name of the tune and the album got the titel "Human". A typical A Life Divided track with a catchy melody.


CD review GLOOMBALL "The quiet monster"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2015 von Markus W. in Gloomball, Heavy Metal, Groove Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) "The distance" was the name of the debut of Gloomball from Germany. The second record is called "The quiet monster" and it's for sure not quiet.

Gloomball plays alternative metal with some modern metal riffs. All embedded in a good melody that makes the tunes catchy, but not chessy.

The opening duo, that follows the intro, is a great chosen entry to the world of Gloomball. Heavy riffs, screaming guitars and rock attitude show the energetic side of the five-piece. 

"The quiet monster" becomes more silent with "All beauty dies". Towards the end a slow riff takes over but the song stays in a moderate pace and spreads a melancholic atmosphere.

Listen to the first notes of "Sirens (Die alone)" might give you imrpession that also this track is a softer one. Wrong. The acoustic guitar morphs into a heavy riffing one and the number is one of the hardest songs on the album. It belongs to my top 3 on "The quiet monster". And I was reminded to Die Schweisser, at least in some parts. Good food for your CD player.

The best song in my opinion is "Sullen eyes". Again kept in mid pace the song is a real groove monster that is an open invitation for headbanging. In the chorus the melody breaks through by still having the riff as the foundation.

And in case you want to have a song with a hit approach you can listen to "(Don't surrender)" with the catchy melody. A composition that is approachable for a bigger audience.

What is also worth to be mentioned is the powerful sound of the album. The mix gives each instrument enough space while the entire longplayer got a dense expression.

The second strike of the band from Mannheim, Germany is a well done continuation of their journey that started a few years ago. I guess the fanbase will increase with "The quiet monster", Give it a try.





  1. The quiet monster
  2. Monster
  3. Straight to hell
  4. All beauty dies
  5. Towards the sun
  6. Sirens (Die alone)
  7. One more day
  8. Sullen eyes
  9. (Don't) Surrender
  10. Unbreakable
  11. Blood red world
  12. Blue is truning into gray


Label: Steamhammer / SPV

Genre: Alternative Metal

CD review GLOOMBALL "The quiet monster"
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