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CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, downset, Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Worst, Biohazard, Crossover, News, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, Modern Metal, Dino Alone Records

CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

(8/10) It feels like Crossover’s gaining more and more of a momentum again. There are the Prophets Of Rage being on a successful tour through Europe right now and there’s a new player in the starting blocks too – Powerflo. Having a deeper look behind this name unveils well-known musicians. Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog as part of the ‘Flo’ as well as downset guitarist Rogelio Lozano and Billy Graziadei from Biohazard, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and Worst drummer Fernando Schaefer. The musical background of the involved also describes very much the sound of this debut. The quintet celebrates a crossover style that brings together some metal with hip-hop, punk and rock.

Powerflo took a very inclusive approach rather than an exclusive one. Everything started with a jam session, leading to a vibe that was kept throughout the entire album. Powerflo’s songs don’t feel forced or planned. Powerflo’s album grew more organically which also means that, even though ‘Crossover’ is the overarching style, the disc comes with wider variation of styles combined.

“My MO” is the grooving starting point into this longplayer, a song that shows the whole beauty of crossover. Hip-hop meets metallic riffs in an excellent way. “Resistance” adds another level of aggressiveness to Powerflo's sounds before melody and heavy riffs dominate “Where I Stay”.

One of the best songs on the album is the punky “Less Than Human” that also, in parts, reminds of downset. After such a blast the moderate “The Grind” shows the entire spectrum of styles on “Powerflo”, followed by a Biohazard-inspired smasher called “Victim of Circumstance”.

Let’s take this album for what it is: a cool longplayer with well-crafted crossover songs that catches attention. If you like the “Judgment Night” soundtrack or if you call one of the earlier mentioned bands your favorite than you should also get into the ‘powerflo’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My MO
  2. Resistance
  3. Where I Stay
  4. Crushing That
  5. Less Than Human
  6. The Grind
  7. Victim of Circumstances
  8. Made it This Way
  9. Finish the Game
  10. Up and Out of Me
  11. Start a War

 

Label: Dino Alone Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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CD review STONE SOUR "Hydrograd"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in News, CD Review, Stone Sour, Coery Taylor, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock, Punkrock

CD review STONE SOUR "Hydrograd"

(9/10) End of June marks the return of Stone Sour, having a new album right in the starting blocks. The 15 songs containing longplayer is entitled “Hydrograd” and comes via Roadrunner Records.

The bands achievements over the last 1,5 decades is pretty impressive. The group has its roots back in 1992 when Stone Sour was founded by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. After some first demos the band went on a hiatus in the late 90’s, just to return with even more powerful in the beginning of the new millennium. The debut “Stone Sour” was the starting point of a success story that’s ongoing up to date. The quintet won the ‘Revolver Golden Gods’ Award as well as they have been nominated three times for the Grammy Award. Their latest release “House of Gold & Bones” dates back to 2012/2013 and was released in two steps, followed four years later by the new smasher “Hydrograd”.

The new album covers a lot of styles and genres. Typical Stone Sour alternative metal melts more and more with rock and traditional heavy metal with even some punk influences that can be found on the new record. The first thing you get to hear is a song/intro called “YSIF” which reminded me party of Faith No More. “Taipei Person – Allah Tea” is the first ‘real’ track’ and it's a tune that comes in the typical Stone Sour fashion. The verse is modern metal-based while the chorus stands for a well implemented melodic counterpart.

Things continue quite heavy with “Knievel Has Landed” while the title track “Hydrograd” puts groove into the center. “Song #3”, which actually song number five on the tracklist, shows some more American punk influences. The tune is one of the first singles releases of the album and looking on the airplay potential I guess it’s a good choice. “Fabuless” is a darker song that’s angry and party depressive, building a good contrast to the before mentioned easy-going “Song #3”.

After those heavy tunes it’s the right moment to break the noise with some partly calmer tones. “The Witness Trees” is such a song. Not being a ballad at all, the track provides a moment to take a deep breath before the up-tempo “Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song is Dumb & So I Am)” and also “Thank God it’s Over” act as the next energizers. However, the album comes with a ballad too. “St Marie” is the silent hymn on “Hydrograd”.

Towards the end of this fantastic longplayer things get harder again. “Whiplash Pants” is a pushing modern metal song and “Friday Knights” unveils an enormous intensity build on a moderate pace. One of the best tracks on the album is the raging “Somebody Stole My Eyes”. This tune is not made for compromises and hits bulls eye. It’s the powerhouse that’s need at the end of a pretty long tracklist and with the closer the silent tones are back. “When the Fever Broke” is an atmospheric song that is touching and intense. This beautiful number rounds off an album that will strengthen Stone Sour’s top-of-the-list position in modern rock and metal music.

Corey Taylor and Co. add another milestone to their impressive discography, showing a band that found their own style, which includes a variation of sounds and elements, all fitting together in an excellent manner, creating this masterpiece.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. YSIF
  2. Taipei Person – Allah Tea
  3. Knievel Has Landed
  4. Hydrograd
  5. Song #3
  6. Fabuless
  7. The Witness Trees
  8. Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song is Dumb & So I Am)
  9. Thank God It’s Over
  10. St Marie
  11. Mercy
  12. Whiplash Pants
  13. Friday Knights
  14. Somebody Stole My Eyes
  15. When the Fever Broke

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: June 30th, 2017

Photo: Travis Shinn (Promo)

Photo: Travis Shinn (Promo)

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5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Five Fingers Death Punch, Modern Metal, News, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Tour, 013, Tilburg, Live

 5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Five Finger Death Punch announced that they will finish out their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known. 

Ivan Moody, vocalist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again.  I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge.  It would not be fair to my bandmates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition.  One of the worst parts of addiction is the loneliness you feel, so having the support of my band and all the knuckleheads is what drives me.  I am committed to getting better so I can get back out on stage as soon as possible.”

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan's road to recovery.  We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle.  Almost everyone in the world knows someone who struggles with addiction, and can relate to how the self-destruction of someone they care about is very difficult to watch.  Five Finger Death Punch has every intention of playing the dates we’re committed to and beyond.  The band is bigger than any one member.”

Tommy Vext, the vocalist of up and coming metal band Bad Wolves said: “It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates.  Today I am blessed with over 8 years of sobriety, so I can certainly empathize with Ivan’s struggles.  Not only do I feel a responsibility to deliver for the fans of Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates, but also to deliver for Ivan so he can get back to work as soon as he is healthy.”

Five Finger Death Punch thanks its fans for their continued support.

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CD review HELL OR HIGHWATER "Vista"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Hell Or Highwater, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, News, Spinefarm, Rock, CD Review

(6/10) Hell Or Highwater is  side project of Atreyu drummer/singer Brandon Saller. The first release is from 2011 followed by an EP entitled "The Other Side". The sophomore record "Vista" will is in the starting blocks as we speak, a longplayer that comes with twelve songs

This album feels a bit like 'come hell or high water'. There's basically nothing wrong with this release. The songs benefit from a proper production and the artwork doesn't give any reason for complaints either. It's more the songs on this album that come without real ups and downs. There are no downers on this longplayer but the search for smashers stays unsuccessful too. "Vista" has something of a river with a constant flow that carried some energy without bursting out of the riverbed. 
 
The most energizing track on the album is the opener with its heavier guitar sounds, all reminding of melodic modern metal. After such a forceful start the disc has with "Don't Hate Me" another little highlight before the rest of the album drifts away in well-done anonymity.
 
After having listened to the album several times I have to conclude that things on "Vista" are done professionally and if you're in favor of modern rock music you can surely decide to go for this longplayer. It's though a but fluffy and what I miss are the thrilling moments that make the difference.
 
 
(6/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Colors
  2. Walk Out in the Rain
  3. Don't Hate Me
  4. Another Good Time
  5. Lighter Than Air
  6. Blister
  7. Don't Stop. Get Up.
  8. Dame
  9. Washed Away
  10. Pieces
  11. I Want It All
  12. Revolution

 

Label: Spienfarm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

CD review HELL OR HIGHWATER "Vista"
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CD review PAPA ROACH "Crooked Teeth"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Papa Roach, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Eleven Seven, Crossover

(9/10) “Crooked Teeth” is Papa Roach’s ninth full-length album in a 17 years history. The band, that got famous with “Last Resort”, became a spearhead of modern metal music also being a consistent player in this field of rock. As probably nobody else of the nu metal era bands, Papa Roach could constantly gain new fans. This has to do with the fact that the band didn’t use the cookie-cutter approach, doing the same thing only different. The quartet constantly evolved their music by adding some twists and tweaks to it without loosing the bigger picture out of their perspective. Papa Roach always stayed true to themselves and stayed with their sound and trademarks, but developed them further by trying out new things.

This vitality and dynamic can be also appreciated on their newest longplayer “Crooked Teeth”. Jacoby Shaddix and his gang created an album that belongs to the best ones this genre can offer. Actually the four-piece band from California went back in time a bit. There is a certain oldschool vibe embedded in the new songs. Weird thing since this would mean 'oldschool nu metal'.

Anyhow, before going too deep into this philosophical discussion (can nu metal be oldschool?) it’s better to focus on the ten new songs that made it on “Crooked Teeth”. Things start with “Break the Fall”, a powerful track that gets you right into what this album is about – aggressive songs that combine metal, alternative, rap … and pop. No worries while reading pop. Papa Roach is still playing heavy stuff throughout, but there are elements of popular music that spices things up. One song that comes with such an expression is “American Dreams”. It’s an easygoing alternative rock song that will for sure reach a wider audience.

Also the following “Periscope”, in which Shaddix shares vocals with singer Skylar Grey, belongs to this category. The tune itself is very well done and the two voices go together in an excellent way. This duet adds an extra to Papa Roach’s sound, which makes the album to an entertaining way of spending time. “Help” marks the third song in the ‘trilogy’, a number that starts acoustic before turning into a riff-based mainstream rocker that is free of any cliché.

To balance these tracks there are also the heavy tunes present on the album. The title track “Crooked Teeth" has an angry and aggressive expression and also “My Medication”, with its alternation between loud and moderate, makes quite some noise.

To round of the diversity on this longplayer I need to mention “Born for Greatness” which is more a crossover-based song with raging verse and a catchy chorus. It’s a bit of an atypical song on this album but it’s definitely a cool track with ‘twinkle in the eye’ lyrics. Towards the end Papa Roach moves their sound towards a darker and creepier vibe. The closer “None of the Above” includes these mentioned elements and it’s the hypnotic beat that puts a spell on you. It's a great ending of an album that includes three bonus tracks as part of the deluxe edition (which also includes an extra DVD with a show the band played at Fillmore, Detroit). “Ricochet”, “Nothing” and “Bleeding Through” could have been all part of the album since they can easily compete with the ten tracks.

This album impresses me. It’s a dynamic and modern metal record that shows Papa Roach in great shape and form. This longplayer is heavy, moderate, soulful, angry and raging – all weaved into the ten songs and it’s these authentic emotions the band transports with their music that makes the difference between good and excellent.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Break the Fall
  2. Crooked Teeth
  3. My Medication
  4. Born for Greatness
  5. American Dreams
  6. Periscope (Feat. Skylar Grey)
  7. Help
  8. Sunrise Trailer Park (Feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
  9. Traumatic
  10. None of the Above
  11. Ricochet (Bonus)
  12. Nothing (Bonus)
  13. Bleeding Through (Bonus)

 

Label: Eleven Seven Music / Warner ADA

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

CD review PAPA ROACH "Crooked Teeth"
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CD review FARMER BOYS "You and Me" 7"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2017 von Markus W. in Farmer Boys, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Crossover, News, Live, CD Review

(8/10) After some years of absence German alternative metal outfit Farmer Boys is back. Alex Scholpp, Matze Sayer and the rest of the gang have been pretty much in the spotlight during the 90’s. It was a time when the band released the debut “Countrified” which was followed by three more longplayers. “The Other Side”, released in 2004, marked the beginning of the end, or at least the start of a hiatus. The band’s status was always a bit blurry since activities decreased dramatically and with the expectation of a handful of live shows the Stuttgart-based metal powerhouse slowly slipped off the radar.

13 years after having released the latest studio album Farmer Boys are back with a big bang. Next to Scholpp and Sayer also founding member Ralf Botzenhart is back with Farmer Boys; a line-up that’s completed by Richard Due and Timm Schreiner.

The first countable output of this Swabian quintet is a 7” that was released a few days ago. Supported by a video clip it’s “You and Me” that brings Farmer Boys back to business. The title track is a melodic alternative rock song that brings creates a modernized 90’s vibe. It comes with some good hooks and the catchy expression is opening the gate to a wider group of rock music enthusiasts.

The second song, “Revolt”, acts as a kind of counterbalance. This tune is harsher and more metallic and explodes in the chorus. The verse though is more of an ease and pretty melodic. Both songs together are an excellent ones to give people, who missed the band's first era, an understanding of what Farmer Boys and their music is about.

The last song, which is actually number one in the batting order, is “Emperor”. It’s more an intro that starts silent and evolves to a cinematic instrumental.

The band can be also experienced live on stage since they have planned three shows in Germany:

27.04. Hamburg, Hafenklang
28.04. Köln, Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
29.04. Stuttgart, Longhorn

All this are first teasers and the 7" is the precursor for a full-length studio album with a release date planned for later this year. Welcome back Farmer Boys!

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Emperor
  2. You and Me
  3. Revolt

 

Label: Eat The Beat Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 21st, 2017

CD review FARMER BOYS "You and Me" 7"
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CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2017 von Markus W. in Stahlmann, Rammstein, Modern Metal, Neue Deutsche Härte, Rock, Elektro, AFM Records, News, CD

(5/10) I wonder who's in need of this release in days when, on a weekly base, excellent metal records see the light of day. Yes, I know, Rammstein hasn't released something new since quite some years that is more than another live recording and maybe bands like Stahlmann fills this vacuum. 

However, the guys from Göttingen are successful with what they are doing, achieving top 40 positions in German longplayer chart. I also must admit that the songs aren't too bad, also benefiting from a proper production. But in the end it's far too little own ideas and too many Rammstein that weaved into each of these ten new tracks. These guys are riding on Rammstein's coattails and they don't even try to hide this fact. This album is for fans only that heavily kiss new stuff from Lindemann and gang.

"Bastard" has one positive effect though. It created an appetite for Rammstein's first three album which I needed to listen to feel the real old Neue Deutsche Härte vibe again.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Leitwolf
  2. Judas
  3. Bastard
  4. Nichts Spricht Wahre Liebe Frei
  5. Wächter
  6. Von Glut Zu Asche
  7. Alptraum
  8. Dein Gott
  9. Schwarz Und Weiss utsche Ha
  10. Supernova 

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Neue Deutsche Härte

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review STAHLMANN "Bastard"
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CD review CORRODED "Defcon One"

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2017 von Markus W. in Corroded, Despotz, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Swedish alternative metal outfit Corroded is back with a new longplayer which is the first one after a period of 5 years. Half a decade without a new album seems to be very long in fast-moving times, carrying the risk of being left behind – and things can change over time.

“Defcon Zero” is the fourth album of this quartet from Sweden and it includes a line-up change. Guitarist Peter Sjödin left the band in 2015 and was replaced by Tomas Andersson. I can’t really tell you to what extend this impacted the new album but what I can say is that the expression of “Defcon One” is slightly more ‘light-hearted’ than the earlier releases. We are still not talking about happy metal and the sirens in the beginning of “Gun and a Bullet” speaks a clear language, but there is some more hope weaved into the some of the tracks.

The width of Corroder’s sound is quite wide. There are mighty alternative riffs that bolsters songs like the mentioned “Gun and a Bullet”. “Fall of a Nation” is another number that comes with a similar pattern and also “Burn it to the Ground” is a strong riff based metal track that convinces with hardness and a rough appeal.

To not become too one dimensional Corroded added some more silent songs in the middle section of the album. “Day of Judgement” is rooted in alternative rock. It’s in general more quiet than most of the other songs even though it still rock very well. “A Note to Myself” takes things even further with being a silent and reflective tune that can be described as a typical alternative rock ballad. It’s a nice track but Corroded sounds better when hitting hard; a thought that becomes even stronger while listening to a more standard ballad.

I can’t say that “Defcon One” is a bad album. Most of the songs on this longplayer are entertaining, well-done and supported by a solid production. The only point of critic is that Corroded’s new record misses this ‘wow’ –factor and moments of unexpected surprise. “Defcon One” is very much down-to-earth, with all the good and bad that comes with it.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Carry Me My Bones
  2. Gun and a Bullet
  3. Retract and Disconnect
  4. Fall of a Nation
  5. Vessels of Hate
  6. Day of Judgement
  7. A Note to Me
  8. Burn It to the Ground
  9. DRF
  10. Feel Fine
  11. Rust and Nail

 

Label: Despotz Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 14th, 2017

CD review CORRODED "Defcon One"
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CD review THE RAVEN AGE "Darkness Will Rise"

Veröffentlicht am 21. März 2017 von Markus W. in The Raven Age, Metalcore, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Being 'the son of' can open doors, but it can be a burden too. When it comes to Raven Age it's Steve Harris' (Iron Maiden) son George that is part of The Raven Age, being one of the two guitarist of the band. The guys had up to date one EP out on the market and put a lot of focus on touring activities. No surprise that the guys got the support slot for Iron Maiden as well as opening for Tremonti and being on tour recently with Anthrax.

These live activities benefited the band since they play quite tight and stand there as a rock. That’s a good base to build on but releasing the debut is the moment when the rubber hits the road. "Darkness Will Rise" is the name of this first full-length album that features 12 songs and one intro.

The title track is actually the intro that leads to "Promised Land" which is a six minutes songs that's very rhythm based. The tempo is kept quite moderate while the song lives from the pounding beat and melodic vocal lines. It's a good start into the album even though the story could have been also told in four minutes. "Age of the Raven" takes a similar road before "The Death March" comes with marching rhythm and a heavy riffing.

The first more silent tones are embedded in "Salem's Fate". The track begins slow and soulful, something that changes after a bit more than a minute. The track evolves to another alternative rocker that has some more classic metal influences.

One of the best tunes on the album is entitled "Eye Among the Blind" which is, in parts, heavier than the earlier mentioned numbers and also "Trapped Within the Shadows" belongs to the well done tracks on the album.

However, in the end I must say that the tunes on "Darkness Will Rise" are solid, but also done in a cookie-cutter approach. I had too often the idea that I listen to the same thing only different. The Raven Age's debut is a well-crafted alternative metal release that unfortunately misses the real 'wow' effect.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Darkness Will Rise
  2. Promised Land
  3. Age of the Raven
  4. The Death March
  5. Salem’s Fate
  6. The Merciful One
  7. Eye among the Blind
  8. Winds of Change
  9. Trapped Within the Shadows
  10. My Revenge
  11. The Dying Embers of Life
  12. Angel in Disgrace
  13. Behind The Mask

 

Label: BMG/Warner

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: March 17th, 2017

CD review THE RAVEN AGE "Darkness Will Rise"
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Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2017 von Markus W. in Helmet, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, Patronaat, earMUSIC, News, Live Review, Live, Tour, Local H

It was almost 20 years ago that I had the chance to see Helmet for the first time. I still can remember the show in Nuremberg, Germany which was a part of the “Aftertaste”-tour. Having “Aftertaste” released a few months earlier and having with “Betty” and “Meantime” two great longplayers in their repertoire, Page Hamilton and his guys ignited a firework that was enormous. It also showed one thing to me – Helmet have great songs on their longplayers but seeing them live is a far more intense experience. That was in 1997 and in the meantime we are twenty years further in time.

After a six years period Helmet released their anticipated new longplayer “Dead to the World” and the band embarked on a tour through Europe, promoting the new album with quite some shows. One stop was in Haarlem one a grey Monday night and it was Local H from Chicago who acted as the opening act.

I haven’t heard from the guys before and therefor my level of curiosity was pretty high. It sounded like the guys are more rooted in grunge, at least that was what you could read beforehand. In the end I think that the description isn’t far away from reality. Considering that we are talking less about Soundgarden- or Pearl Jam-style grunge. These guys have more of the anarchic energy that Nirvana had as well.

It was quarter to nine when two guys entered the stage while the light in the room was still turned on. The duo was Local H, consisting out of Scott Lucas (all except drums) and Ryan Harding (d). Both aren’t rookies. Local H is existing already since 1998 which means that they can build on a more than solid foundation. What came next, after just stepping on stage, was a 40 minutes show that was a positive surprise. It was amazing to see, and to hear, the kind of power the guys released. This gig gave everybody a real boost on a Monday night. Local H are for the first time in Europe and obviously they enjoy it – at least when it comes to performance in Haarlem. Local H is definitely a band to keep in mind.

Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Curtain closed, 40 minutes passed by, curtain was drawn and Helmet entered the stage. Actually it was the second time that night since ¾ of the band (except Hamilton) joined already Local H for two songs. The quartet started furious into the evening. A Helmet show is an impressive experience. The first thing is the density of their sound. Hamilton and his three companions create a wall of sound that is standing out from most of the other bands. Each note and each riff is a well thought-through brick in this wall that hits the listener right into the face. Next to that it’s Hamilton’s passion and capabilities on the sixstring guitar that makes a show to a special moment. The kind of sounds he gets out of his guitar is jaw-dropping. He seems to become one with the instrument while being on stage and you wonder how the guy can do the vocal part in parallel.

The setlist featured many of the new songs. “Life or Death”, Bad News” and “Red Scare” are good tunes that even grow in a live setup. The aggressiveness that I missed a bit on the new album is back and makes Helmet to the expected power pack. However, I think that many fans were waiting for the earlier classics and they have been played – of course. The closing triple was the moment of this show when the venue turned into a real madhouse. “Wilma’s Rainbow”, “Just Another Victim” (from the great “Judgement Night soundtrack) and “In the Meantime” demanded and deserved the last drop of energy of fans before a satisfied crowd started their way home.

Helmet on stage is an experience that you shouldn’t miss. This is where it happens and whatever is ‘preserved’ on their records gives you just a glimpse of an idea. This was confirmed again in the Patronaat that night. Looking forward to the next 20 years with Helmet.

Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017
Live report HELMET/ LOCAL H, Patronaat, Haarlem, 06.03.2017

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: March 6th, 2017

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CD review Ember Falls "Welcome to Ember Falls"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2017 von Markus W. in Ember Falls, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Spinefarrm Records

(6/10) Finland offers quite some good rock and metal music. The Northern country has a vital scene with bands reflecting various styles. A fairly new band is Ember Falls. The guys from Tampere released their single in 2015, followed by “Welcome to Ember Falls”.

I mentioned various styles in Finnish rock music in general and it’s Ember Falls who combines most of the in their sound. What could be an interesting crossover is unfortunately more a search for an own sound that’s inspired by various genres in rock.

Just listening to the opener gives a good overview of what Ember Falls has to offer. A harsh metal riff kicks-off the tune and the first shout is bloodcurdling. But the moment you start thinking about listening to a death metal band, which a fundamental wrong thought, things move towards more melodic metal a la Lordi, just to continue with another switch twist towards modern metal.

But the mélange of styles is even wider thinking about tracks such as “Of Letting Go”. Electronica is right in the focus, some catchy H.I.M. shimmers through and I wouldn’t be surprised if the tune would enter the charts. With “Freedom” there’s a clichéd ballad on the longplayer too, a song that’s sugar-sweet and a bit sticky.

The melodic metal component is named “Rising Tide”, adding another piece the mysterious puzzle named “Welcome to Embers Fall”, not to forget the Linkin Park-like “Open Your Eyes”.

To sum up, Embers Fall released a debut that feels scattered. The band seems to be in search of their own sound and their own identity. The album isn’t bad; it’s just a too wider range of sounds that comes together on one album.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Cost of Doing Business
  2. Falling Rain
  3. Of Letting Go
  4. The Enemy You Need
  5. Freedom
  6. COE
  7. Rising Tide
  8. Open Your Eyes
  9. One More Time
  10.  Shut Down With Me
  11. The Lamb Lies Down In Sacrifice

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: February 17th, 2017

CD review Ember Falls "Welcome to Ember Falls"
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Tourdates TRIVIUM

Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Trivium, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Tour, Live

Tourdates TRIVIUM

These are the German dates. For all dates check-out www.trivium.org

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CD review DER ELEFANT "Der Elefant" EP

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Der Elefant, Tieflader, Farmer Boys, Power Metal, Modern Metal, Instrumental, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News, Rock

(8/10) Alex Scholpp should be no new name to you guys. The guitarist from Stuttgart, Germany is known from his activities with Farmer Boys, Tieflader, Tarja and some more projects. Scholpp teamed-up with bassplayer Kevin Chown and Timm Schreiner on drums - all three knowing each other from Tarja's band.

This trio started with a group called Der Elefant (German for 'The Elephant') and wrote three tracks that ended up on the first output - an EP, simply named "Der Elefant".

The name might sound a bit weird but knowing the background gives some clarity. There is the saying of "The elephant in the room..." which basically means that there is an obvious truth which is ignored and denied by people. The band took this human (dis-)ability of denial as an inspiration for their music by making a statement with their music rather than with words. This undertaking led to three powerful instrumentals that have a touch of a jam session.

"Caterpillar" breaks the first ground. The tune is build on heavy riffs which reminded me, to a certain extend, of Tieflader. Next to the mighty guitar riffing there are some melodic sections embedded in this song, all build on a steady rhythm foundation. Track number two got the powerful name of "Elefante" and it's the heaviest one out of all three numbers on this EP.  This instrumental is faster than the other stuff and you can feel the energy of an elephant with each drum beat. Last but not least there's "Freedom", a song that's kept in more mid-pace. The entertainment factor of "Freedom" is the forceful groove that comes with it, a strength that's reflected basically in each of the three tracks.

"Der Elefant" became an interesting EP of a trio that started to explore a partly new territory with creating their own songs in the here and now. Let's see if this project belongs to the more sustainable ones. However, the EP makes a lot of fun. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Caterpillar
  2. Elefante
  3. Freedom

 

Label: Self-released

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: December 9th, 2016

 

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