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CD review THE MÆNSION "Ævolution"

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2015 von Markus W. in The Mænsion, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, New, CD Review, Rock

(7/10) The Mænsion describes their music as FutuRock. If we will hear more of the band in the future is something time will tell. Therefor let's stay focussed for the moment on the here and now.

The facts are that Mænsion have their starting moment back in 2008, but things became more tangible around 2013 when mainman Mark Mænsion moved to California. While producing other acts Mark also started to write the tunes that are now published on "Ævolution".

I would describe the bands sound as alternative rock, that also comes with some prog influences. The first single called "Chrysalis" is one of the numbers that reflects all this best. It brings back Tool to my memories while the end is more modern metal. The fact that Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst has a guest appearance on this tune emphasises the closeness to this genre.

The more silent moments are e.g. "Fetus' Thoughts". The song starts quite and fragile. Towards the end it builds up a bit but doesn't twist into a real outburst. It's more the electronically supported soundscapes that are in the forefront.

The Mænsion serves a melange of the mentioned genres; something that leads to nice songs that are produced very well. The album isn't rocket science but it's a solid piece of modern rock music. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Silence
  2. Freak
  3. Absolution
  4. Chrysalis (feat. Fred Durst)
  5. Fetus' Thoughts
  6. Retrospection
  7. Labyrinth
  8. Into the Dark
  9. The Riddle With No Answer

 

Label: Take Those Trip To The Mars Records

Genre: Alternative Metal/Rock

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review THE MÆNSION "Ævolution"
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Tour dates SKINDRED

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2015 von Markus W. in Skindred, News, Tour, Crossover, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal

Tour dates SKINDRED
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CD review SKINDRED "Volume"

Veröffentlicht am 10. November 2015 von Markus W. in Skindred, Crossover, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Modern Metal, Groove Metal

(8/10) If you want to mix an excellent drink you need the right in incrediences and the right way how to put them together. The new Skindred album reminded me very much to this metaphor.

Skindred's crossover isn't new, at least the idea isn't something new. The guys combine the heavy riffs of metal with hiphop, rap and dub. There have been quite some bands that did such a thing already earlier in time. However, Skindred finds their own niche in this genre and the result is an album that comes with a lot of groove.

"Volume" is the title of the record and it fits. Turn it on - the volume. Those tracks demand to be listen to on 10.

"Under Attack" is the first level in this 14 level experience. A little bit of Rage Against The Machine that comes with this tune, but only as inspiration for the riff and not as a boring copy. The song was already released earlier as an appetizer for the new longplayer and it belongs to the best ones on the album.

What was Rage Against The Machine for the opener is Faith No More for the title song. Here and there Mike Patton and dudes come up to surface, but just as one incredience in a whole set of things.

What gives "Volume" a certain ease are the three intermezzos', simly called "I", "II" and "III". Those short bridges add a tropical reggae vibe, in three variations. Pretty good.

"Volume" is an entertaining release. Skindred proves that crossover isn't dead. You just have to know how to combine stuff, find the right mixture and do it with dedication - like with a drink. Prost.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Under attack
  2. Volume
  3. Hit the Ground
  4. Shut ya Mouth
  5. I
  6. The Healing
  7. Sound the Siren
  8. Saying it Now
  9. II
  10. Straight Jacket
  11. III
  12. No Justice
  13. Stand Up
  14. Three Words

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review SKINDRED "Volume"
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CD review DIABLO "Silver Horizon"

Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2015 von Markus W. in Diablo, In Flames, Modern Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review

(6/10) Diable aren't rookies. The band was founded at the end of the former century and the guys scored some decent results in their home country Finland and during the last years also in Europe.

Diablo is inspired by melodic death metal the Gothenburg-style. Bands like the newer In Flames, but also Dark Tranquility, made an impression on the four-piece.

There are some tracks on the sixth album but there are also songs on the tracking list that doesn't work, at least not for my ears.

Let's start with the good stuff. The line-up of Diablo is quite stable, something that can be heard back in a tight way how they play together. Also the production of "Silver Horizon" is a really good one. The sound of the album is full of power and has a certain punch.

When it comes to the songs and the music there are tracks like "Isolation" and the midpace "Illuminati" that are quite good. In general I must say that the instrumental section is done quite well.

The biggest minus for me are the vocals and the vocal lines. It's the way of shouting melodic vocals that sounds strange and also the phrasing is at least you need to get used to. For me it's either metalcore shouts are more rough melodic thrash vocals that would work. But this mix is not my cup of tea. The title track e.g. is very well done from the music itself, but the vocals are threatening this positive expression. To say it with Metallica, the band was supporting live, "Sad, but true", esp. considering the fact that this has been far better on longplayers like "Icaros".

But even though the band gained a solid fan base during all these years this album is a step back.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Call
  2. Isolation
  3. The Serpent Holder
  4. Into the Void
  5. Illuminati
  6. Prince of the Machine
  7. Silver Horizont
  8. Savage
  9. Corium Black
  10. Voyage to Eternity

 

Label: Sakara Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review DIABLO "Silver Horizon"
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CD review FROM ASHES TO NEW "Downfall"

Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2015 von Markus W. in From Ashes To New, Modern Metal, Crossover, News, CD Review, Alternative Metal

(6/10) Lancaster, PA-based From Ashes To New released their first disc, which was an EP called "From Ashes to New", in 2013. A second EP is in the starting blocks. "Downfall" is the name of the this release and it comes with four new tracks.

From Ashes To New plays modern metal that is infiltrated by rap and and rock.

"Downfall" is the opner which is a riff-based rocker that combines metal guitars with rap vocals and a catchy chorus. It doesn't sound too bad but it's also not thrilling either. "Lost and Alone" doesn't change this impression. Melodies are increasing and the tune sounds like Linkin Park without getting close to their quality level.

"Land of Make Believe" brings rap even more into the forefront. It's a very commercial track that is in my point of view a bit too trivial and predictable. And if you ever wondered how Eminem would sound if he would add some more guitars to his sound, than you should listen to "Through It All".

All in all From Ashes To New don't reinvent the wheel. Their modern metal/rap crossover sounds OK, but the band also plays safe. The amount of innovation and brave steps is very limited and "Dowfall" doesn't come with any surprises.

In case you're interested in good crossover of metal and rap/hiphop, it's still the "Judgement Night" soundtrack that is the measure of all things.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Downfall
  2. Lost and Alone
  3. Land of Make Believe
  4. Through It All

 

Label: Better Noise

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review FROM ASHES TO NEW "Downfall"
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CD review EKTOMORF "Aggressor"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, News, CD Review, Soulfly, Sepultura

(8/10) Almost two years after the pretty good "Retribution" Zoltan Farkas invites to a new 'jump party'.

The groove metal institution didn't only face the glorious side of rock'n'roll. Ektomorf was often described as a copycat of esp. Soulfly but the guys showed over all those years a consistancy that, with all respect, wasn't to find back on the latest Soulfly releases.

"Aggressor" comes with mighty grooving riffs that are an open invitation to jump and bang your head. Farkas and his gang don't care about all the comments they go in the past. They're doing what they love and it feels like the critisism increased the aggression in their sound. Listening to Ektomorf gives me the impression that the guys never reached their comfort zone, which makes the sound of "Aggressor" even hard and brutal.

This kind of music isn't the right stuff for a Sunday afternoon on the couch. This music isn't made for earphones too. "Aggressor" needs to get a live environment in a small and smokey club atmosphere.

Ektomorf are still greedy for good sounds and riffs. The new longplayer proves this very well. Those four guys are still thirsty.

There is one break in the tracklist called "Momento" which is also the end of the album. It's an acoustic track that includes some gypsy sounds and an oriental touch. It's an interesting mixture that fits very well. You can still recognise the tune as being from Ektomorf, even though it sound is totally different from the rest.

I have to say that I like "Aggressor". Regardless of all the bands that might influenced the guys, Ektomorf presents a powerful longplayer that is a sonic energy drink. Prost.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. I
  3. Aggressor
  4. Holocaust
  5. Move On
  6. Evil by Nature
  7. You Can't Get More
  8. Emotionless World
  9. Eastside
  10. Scars
  11. Damned Nation
  12. You Lost
  13. You're Not For Me
  14. Memento

 

​Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015

CD review EKTOMORF "Aggressor"
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Live Review IN FLAMES / BLACK TEMPLE, Malmo, 22.10.2015

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in In Flames, Black Temple, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, News, Live Review, Death Metal

I always thought that the sauna was invented by the Finns. But this night in Malmö proved me wrong. The sauna was developed in the Kulturbolaget in Malmo, Sweden. OK, maybe I'm overstating a bit, however, it felt like a sauna when Swedish In Flames, supported by Black Temple, played the first out of two gigs in the small venue in the South of Sweden.

The first heatwave that night was caused by three guys from Helsingborg. This almost means 'home game - time' for the trio, which also explained the fact that the venue was already pretty packed when the guys entered the stage.

Having with "It All Ends" a great album up one's sleeve their set became to a real enegizer. This raw and uncompromissing mixture of metal, rock and post-punk sounds good on CD, but gets even better on stage.

Talking about the stage; space was very limted but the guys used each sqaure centimeter to move and jump around, accompanied by big rock posing. This show was pure, real and grounded. Black Temple - an excellent opener.

 

 

Live Review IN FLAMES / BLACK TEMPLE, Malmo, 22.10.2015

After such a great opening and a short break it was up to In Flames to raise the temperature even more. I have seen the band almost to the day one year ago in Tilburg, Holland. While the 013 in Tilburg is a rather big venue the Kulturbolaget in Malmö is much smaller but with a lot of charm. No surprise that the show was sold out within no time, a fact that also goes for the second show the day after.

It was great to see the band in such a small environment; and in their home country. This gave the concert another, more intense and intimate, vibe.

In Flames ruled from the first note onwards. The really great thing tonight was the setlist. Having given focus in the new material 12 months ago, In Flames balanced the thing this time much more. Even though they didn't go back the the very beginning, songs like "Jotun" and "The Hive" from the fantastic "Whoreacle" album have been played. The crowd went crazy during the entire show, but I had the feeling that those old classics have been celebrated a bit more. And I also think that this was the moment when heavy crowdsurfing started. Maybe In Flames should seriously consider a 'the early years tour'.

And it wasn't only the crowd that enjoyed the show. Also Anders Fridén and his gang obviously enjoyed the time on stage a lot. This maybe also had to do with the fact of having kids and family around during this home game concert - small side note: special moment was when the kids had fun to throw paper gliders in the crowd :)

In Flames set down an almost two hours show that night which was great to see and watch. For me personally, it was cool to see the band in their home country in such a small venue, because this gave the entire a show a really different expression. This night showed again why the five-piece from Gothenburg became so popular. It's their music, their passion and their authenticity what you can hear and feel in each song and in each minute during the gig. No fake, just real metal on a high level.

It was close to 11pm when the spectacle draw to and end. "My Sweet Shadow" marked the end of this great night on a grey Thursday in Malmo and you could see many happy faces leaving th KB. Cool stuff.

 

Live Review IN FLAMES / BLACK TEMPLE, Malmo, 22.10.2015

Setlist In Flames:

  1. Jester's Door
  2. Enter Tragedy
  3. Darker Times
  4. Siren Charms
  5. Black & White
  6. Square Nothing
  7. Disconnected
  8. Leeches
  9. Like You Better Dead
  10. Bullet Ride
  11. Jotun
  12. Food for the Gods
  13. Ordinary Story
  14. Crawl Through Knives
  15. Satellites and Astronauts
  16. The Hive
  17. Take This Life
  18. Cloud Connected (Encore)
  19. Where the Dead Ships Dwell (Encore)
  20. Deliver Us (Encore)
  21. Paralyzed (Encore)
  22. My Sweet Shadow (Encore)

 

Location: Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden

Date: 22.10.2015

 

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CD review TESSERACT "Polaris"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Tesseract, Prog Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Tesseract is a four-dimensional analog of a cube. Sounds comlicated. I guess it is, but I also think that it describes the music of UK-based TesseracT pretty good. The British prog rockers started not too far back in time. It was in 2007 when the guys founded the band and in the meantime they released only two albums.  When it comes to the guys from Milton Keynes, England it's more about quality instead of quantity.

The new masterpiece of the quintet is called "Polaris"; a longplayer that comes with eight new multilayered tracks. With this album the guys from the UK take a next step when it comes to developing their sound. What found a start on "One" continued on "Altered State" for hitting a new climax on "Polaris".

TesseracT comes again with technically very demanding songs that asks a lot of capability of the guys. That they have those in their repetoire is beyond any doubt.

What makes the difference on "Polaris" is the fact that TesseracT adds a bigger melodic compontent to their music. This makes the songs easier to approach and opens up the bands sound also to non-tech fans. I was reminded in parts to Tool as well as to the earlier Police.

"Polaris" has burned tunes like "Hexes" on this longplayer. It's an example for progressive soundscapes that includes great keyboards. The number is kept in a moderate pace by getting a boit louder in the chorus. The next tune, "Survival", follows the same principles by being a bit heavier. This mix between fragile moment and heavy sounds feels all very organic. TesseracT doesn' force this interplay. It just happens and the songs are completely rounded.

Tracks like the opener "Dystopia" and the short "Messenger" are well placed counterparts where the noisy side of TesseracT gets more attention. Good stuff too.

"Polaris" is the best album of TesseracT so far. It's a record that makes appetite for more and I strongly assume, no, I'm sure, there will be more in the coming months. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Dystopia
  2. Hexes
  3. Survival
  4. Tourniquet
  5. Utopia
  6. Phoenix
  7. Messenger
  8. Cages
  9. Seven Names

 

Label: Kscope

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015

CD review TESSERACT "Polaris"
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CD review AUDIOTOPSY "Natural Causes"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Audiotopsy, Mudvayne, Hellyeah, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) New name, old hands. Audiotopsy is the new band of (former) Mudvayne, Hellyeah and Skrape members that came to together for reactivating the old spirit of groove-based modern metal.

"Natural Causes" is the first result out of the fruitful cooperation between Greg Tribbett (g), Matt McDonough (d), Billy Keeton (v) and Perry Stern (b).

The band's debut comes with twelve new songs (two are actually interlude and outro)  that are catching your attention from the first note onwards. Combining down-tuned modern metal riffs with catchy melodies and some melancholic grunge vibes leads to an exciting sonic experience.

Already the opener with it's strong beat sets an example. This isn't uninspired output of guys that might not be happy with their (former) bands. This album is a creative channel for ideas that have been looking for the right circumstances.

Audiotopsy works with mighty riffs like on "Swim" and the brutal "Darken the Rainbow" is a monster song that I haven't heard from established modern metal bands since quite a while. The tunes sound fresh and unused. This is one of the biggest benefits with "Natural Causes". It feels like the guys got almost unlimited freedom when it comes to the songs and the songwriting.

It's the unleashed power, spread by Audiotopsy, that is inspiring and engaging. This doesn't only go for the loud tracks. Also the more silent ones, like the Soundgarden-like "Frozen Scars" shows the big potential of this four-piece.

The more grey and melancholic grunge vibe comes also back in numbers like "All we know". But Audiotopsy never copies a style. The grunge parts are combined with heavy modern metal sound eruptions which gives the song some nice twists.

I must say that I've never been a real fan of bands like Mudvayne and Hellyeah. But I do like what I heard from Audiotopsy.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Headshot
  2. All We Know
  3. LYLAB
  4. The Calling
  5. H2O (Interlude)
  6. Swim
  7. Disguise The Devils
  8. Burn The Sky
  9. Distorted
  10. Darken The Rainbow
  11. Frozen Scars
  12. Natural Causes (Outro)

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review AUDIOTOPSY "Natural Causes"
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New single from PRONG

Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Prong, Danzig, Tour, News, Groove Metal, Thrash Metal, Punkrock, Modern Metal

New York's groove metal institution Prong is back after intesive touring with a new single called "Ultimate Authority". The song is taken from the upcoming album "X - No Absolutes" that will be released by Steamhammer/SPV on January 29th, 2016. "Ultimate authority" is available via all relevant portals such as Amazon, iTunes, Spotify,... Check it out.

Furthermore Prong is on tour through North America, mainly with Danzig, Here are the dates:

03 October Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
05
October Austin,TX - Stubb´s
07
October Memphis,TN - Minglewood Hall
09
October New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
10
October Atlanta, GA - Center Stage (mit Superjoint)
11
October Birmingham, AL - Iron City
12
October Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
13
October Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits (Prong Headliner)
14
October Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
15
October Norfolk, VA - Norva (mit Superjoint)
16
October Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
17
October Worcester, PA - The Palladium
18
October Montreal, QC - Metropolis
20
October Portland, ME - State Theatre
21
October New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
22
October Clifton Park, NY - Trickshots (Prong Headliner)
23
October Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
24
October Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
25
October Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
26
October Lawrence, KS - Granada (mit Superjoint)
27
October Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
29
October San Jose, CA - City National Civic
30
October Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
31
October Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater

New single from PRONG
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CD review KOEN HERFST "Back to balance"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Koen Herfst, Rock, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Nu Metal, Thrash Metal

(7/10) Koen Herfst, the name might not ring a bell. Doesn't matter. I can give you some more insights. Koen is from the Netherlands and the guy is a drummer. But he isn't only a drummer, he is actually a very experienced one and you most probabaly have heard him already on some records.

Next to non-metal acts like Armin van Buuren the drum-fanatic from The Hague is also a fixed part of Dew-sented. Already the various styles of bands he contributed to with his drumming shows the wide spectrum of capabilities and passion. Next to Dew-sented Koen Herfst also worked with Revamp, Epica and some more.

After having done all this he decided that the time was right for a solo debut album. It got the name "Back to balance" and it comes with fourteen tracks, rounded off with a twelve page booklet.

The list of friends and guest musicians on this album is a pretty long one. Some of those are singers, like Mats Leven. This was an excellent decision because it opens the album to a wider group of metal fans.

The album starts with the modern "Here I Am" while the next track "Erase or Rewind" has a more alternative metal appeal. The next song is an instrumental that comes more complex and multi-layered. The beat is in focus and some samples make the song stand out from the rest. Weird but cool. This structure comes back in "1916", another non-vocal track on the album.

As I mentioned erlier Koen Herfst's musical preference is broadly-based and the songs on his solo debut reflect this very much. Let's take "Social Junkie" as an example. It begins with crazy electro samples follod by a guitar riffs that joins the show before the tune segues into a aggressive modern metal track.

"Never been so wrong" is another songs that's worth to be mentioned. It's a riff-based rocker with brutal shouts and screams in the middle part. This highly rhythmic section feels like a musical explosion.

All in all: Koen Herfst did all right on his debut. This album has a strong punch, musical variety and and excellent sound. Keep on drumming.

 

(7/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Here I Am
  2. Erase Or Rewind
  3. The Kramer
  4. I Don't Need To Tell You
  5. Total Hate
  6. Back To Balance
  7. Begone
  8. 1916
  9. Social Junkie
  10. Ghetto Cornetto
  11. Now Is The Time
  12. Siamese Support
  13. Never Been So Wrong
  14. Attitude Of An Astronaut

 

Label: Gravition Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release date EU: October 23rd, 2015

 

CD review KOEN HERFST "Back to balance"
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CD review NEW YEARS DAY "Malevolence"

Veröffentlicht am 22. September 2015 von Markus W. in New Years Day, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Latest since Lacuna Coil female-fronted modern metal became a subgenre that is well established. It it has been bands like the Italian five-piece that influenced quite some other groups during the last 20 years.

New Years Day, that started in 2005 is one of those bands that play nu metal, fronted by singer Ashely Costello. And it's her that is the only founding member that is still active in the band. New Years Day went though quite some line-up changes, esp. in the last 1,5 years.

This renewed line-up worked on the third album of New Years Day. The longplayer is called "Malevolence" twelve new metal tracks that are a mixture of nu metal and modern metal. The sound of the new studio release is quite aggressive. The main feelings transported by the music are anger based on betrayal, insecurity and loss. I think that the band, and Castello, processed own experiences which gives the album a very authentic feel. This record sound is real and not made-up which is also the big plus with this disc.

If the kind of freaky and gothic make-up of the four guys is needed I don't know. It looks a bit funny to me. However, the music on "Malevolence" sound heavy, fresh and authentic. Not more and not less.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kill Or Be Killed
  2. I'm About To Break You
  3. Alone
  4. Left Inside
  5. Relentless
  6. Save Myself From Me
  7. Suffer
  8. Anthem Of The Unwanted
  9. Scream
  10. Your Ghost
  11. Defame Me
  12. Malevolence

 

Label: Another Century

Genre: Nu Metal

Release date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review NEW YEARS DAY "Malevolence"
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WALTARI tourdates for October 2015

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2015 von Markus W. in Tour, Waltari, Crossover, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, News

Finish crossover Band Waltari will be on tour in Europe during the month of October. Here are the dates:

 

WALTARI tourdates for October 2015
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CD review DIE KRUPPS "V - Metal Machine Music"

Veröffentlicht am 21. September 2015 von Markus W. in Die Krupps, EBM, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Electro

(7/10) After having been started as an EBM band Die Krupps fom Germany became interesting for metalheads in the beginning of the 90's when they released their interpretation of Metallica songs. Under the banner of "A Tribute to Metallica" Jürgen Engler and co. added a total new expression to metal hymns such as "For Whom The Bell Tolls". From this moment on metal found more and more a way into Die Krupps' sound, which ended in a trilogy of records called "I", "II - The Final Option" and "III - Odyssey Of The Mind". Especially the last two longplayers have been very interesting since Heathen guitarist Lee Altus joined the band and enriched the EBM sound with his great guitar riffing. The result has been songs like the brilliant "Fatherland", To The Hilt" and "Isolation".

After having published the fourth episode called "Paradise Now" the metal era of Die Krupps ended; actually the band disbanded. A few years later the guys came back, mainly in the original line-up and focussed again more on the early EBM days. 

Therefore it was big and positive surprise to me when I got "V - Metal Machine Music" on my desk. Die Krupps go back to the metal days and add again crunchy guitar riffs to their sound. Even though Marcel Zürcher isn't Lee Altus the riffs are mighty and very much spot-on.

The best song on "V - Metal Machine Music" is called "Fly Martyrs Fly" that tells the story of the Germanwing plane crash in the French Alpes from earlier this year. For the rest the tunes sounds like a mix of "To The Hilt" and "Fatherland". Pretty hot stuff.

"Koas Reigns" is, as the title promises, a chaotic sound collage existing out of samples and riffs. The track sounds like a metallic version of a Nitzer EBB song. You should also walk across "The Red Line"; a midpace song that comes is build on bigger soundscapes.

With "Kaltes Herz" the "V - Metal Machne Music" also comes with a German number. It's a grooving song that has the potential to become an indie club hit. 

Die Krupps is one of the dinosaurs of the Neue Deutsche Härte. It was Rammstein that got famous but it was Die Krupps who was one of the first bands experimenting with electronic samples and harsh riffs. Something that still asks for respect. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Die Verdammten
  2. Kaltes Herz
  3. Battle Extreme
  4. Fly Martyrs Fly
  5. The Truth
  6. Road Rage Warrior
  7. The Vampire Strikes Back
  8. Alive In A Glass Cage
  9. Branded
  10. Kaos Reigns
  11. The Red Line
  12. Bonded By Blood
  13. Volle Kraft Voraus

CD 2:

  1. Kaltes Herz (Reworked by Darkhaus)
  2. Alive In A Glass cage (Remixed by Faderhead)
  3. Road Rage Warrior '82
  4. Battle Extreme (Demo)
  5. Kaos Reigns (Demo)
  6. The Vampire Strikes Back (Demo)
  7. Kaltes Herz (Demo)
  8. Alive In A Glass Cage (Demo)

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Electro Metal

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review DIE KRUPPS "V - Metal Machine Music"
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