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CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2018 von Markus W. in Shinedown, Rock, Hardrock, Post Grunge, News, CD Review, Atlantic, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Attention Attention

CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

(9/10) Shinedown’s story in rock is an impressive one. What began in 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee evolved to one of the most influential rock acts in the here and now. The debut “Leave a Whisper”, released in summer 2003 and produced by no less than Bob Marlette, went right into the charts and marked a first step of Shinedown’s rise.

Brent Smith and bandmates didn’t slow down after such a successful start and new longplayers followed. Over time the band established themselves as an important factor in alternative rock music and became a big seller when it comes to records and live shows.

Three years after “Threat to Survival” entered the Top 10 of the US-charts it’s “Attention Attention” that asks exactly for this – ‘attention’. The band’s sixth longplayer comprises of 13 songs and an intro entitled “The Entrance”. After you entered to the door to “Attention Attention” it’s a powerful drum beat that marks the beginning of “Devil”. The tune that was unveiled a few weeks ago as a first single comes with an oppressive vibe. It’s a well-done statement that gives an outlook on what to expect of the new longplayer. What stands out in specific with “Devil” is the unpredictable rhythm of the track, building the base for this well-crafted opener.

“Black Soul” is next, starting with some keys and vocals. The song evolves to an alternative metal anthem that lives by the dynamic generated by loud and calmer moments. The title track is next on the batting order. What comes with “Attention Attention” is a dark expression and a hypnotic beat, ending up in a catchy chorus and shows the band’s sense for hooks without entering the fields of cheesiness.

None of the songs on “Attention Attention” is a boring one. Each of the 13 tunes generates excitement, regardless if we talk about the excellent “Pyro” or the gloomy “Monsters”. “Creatures” is the only tune that shows a bit more of standard approach, followed by the heavy grooving “Evolve” which brings back the hard rocking Shinedown.

Next to the terrific songs on the album it’s the lyrics that are more than just embellishment. Shinedown addresses topics like social media (“Kill Your Conscience”), the fight against depression (“get UP”) and for truth (“The Human Radio”).

Shinedown’s sixth longplayer has all the ingredients in place to compete with earlier successes. It’s an energizing and dynamic alternative rock album with catching hooks, great melodies and heavy rocking guitars. Alternative rock without mentioned Shinedown is a mission impossible and the new album strengthens the band's position in modern rock music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Entrance
  2. Devil
  3. Black Soul
  4. Attention Attention
  5. Kill Your Conscience
  6. Pyro
  7. Monsters
  8. Darkside
  9. Creatures
  10. Evolve
  11. Get Up
  12. Special
  13. The Human Radio
  14. Brilliant

 

Label: Atlantic / Warner Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

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CD review WE SELL THE DEAD "Heaven Doesn't Want You and Hell is Full"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in We Sell The Dead, In Flames, Spiritual Beggars, HIM, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, News, earMUSIC, Heaven Doesn't Want You and Hell is Full, CD Review

CD review WE SELL THE DEAD "Heaven Doesn't Want You and Hell is Full"

(8/10) You might not heard of this band before and therefor we need to have a look into who these guys are. Actually we are talking about well-known names in rock and metal. We Sell The Dead is no less than Niclas Engeling (In Flames), Gas Lipstick (ex-HIM), Jonas Slättung (Drömrikets) and Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, Firewind).

The overarching question that led to this outfit was: What, if Jack the Ripper would have been part of a band? In a metal band? This was the starting point for We Sell The Dead and their debut "Heaven Doesn't Want You and Heaven is Full".

The album sounds very interesting, which is meant in a positive way. I have to admit that I had a bit of problems to find my way into We Sell The Dead's sound. The first time I listened to it wasn't a thrilling exercise. However, there are records that need to grow and this one belongs into this category. 

Contemporary heavy metal is what you can expect of the nine songs that made it on the tracklist. These tracks are linked to each other with a common theme being the bridge. "Heaven Doesn't Want You and Heaven is Full" takes you back to the 19th century when the mentioned Jack the Ripper was up to mischief. This theme leads to morbid and dark expression on the album, starting with the creepy intro "The Body Market".

"Heaven Doesn't Want You and Heaven is Full" is an unusual album that doesn't remind of 'home-base' bands like In Flames and Spiritual Beggars. We Sell The Dead created their own sound and signature, built on their individual path through rock and metal. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Body Market
  2. Echoes of an Ugly Past
  3. Leave Me Alone
  4. Imagine
  5. Turn it Over
  6. Too Cold to Touch
  7. Trust
  8. Pale and Perfect
  9. Silent Scream

 

Label: earMUISC

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review DON BROCO "technology"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Don Broco, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Crossover, News, Sharptone Records, CD Review, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review DON BROCO "technology"

(7/10) I don‘t know why, but when I heard the band name Don Broco my association was a hard rocking outfit that fits sound wise best in a bar that is filled with a s smoky air, beer and sweat. The bigger was my disappointment while listening to the opener.

Don Broco is about alternative rock which is spiced-up with some catchy melodies, hardcore-related parts and rap-elements. This doesn‘t need to be per se something that‘s bad. History showed some exciting mixtures of styles like this and the so far published Don Broco longplayers also found quite some fans over the last years. The debut went into the UK charts as well as the sophomore record that even went into the Top 10.

But even with having all the achievements in mind, I was disappointed of what "Technology" had to offer. It‘s the missing thrill and it's songs from the shelve that make the album to a scattered melange of styles that fits perfectly into fast moving times. As the predecessors also „Technology“ might end up in some charts with catchiness, melodies and styles as the main ingredients, but it's pepper and salt that's missing.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Technology
  2. Stay Ignorant
  3. T-Shirt Song
  4. Come Out to LA
  5. Pretty
  6. The Blues
  7. Tightrope
  8. Everybody
  9. Greatness
  10. Porkies
  11. Got to be You
  12. Good Listener
  13. Y
  14. Something to Drink

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Modern Metal /Crossover

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review AMOR "Love vs Logic"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Amor, Love vs Logic, Rock, News, CD Review, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Arising Empire, Nuclear Blast

CD review AMOR "Love vs Logic"

(6/10) Amor is the name of a band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The quartet, consisting out of Dillon Conneally (v), Ryan Daminson (g), Tre Scott (b) and Tyler Brown (d), worked intensively on their debut entitled "Love vs. Logic".

The longplayer, which was produced by Matt Good, comes with eleven songs that can be described as modern rock with some hoarse shouts here and there. The general approach though is a very melodic one, leading to songs with a catchy pop appeal. I had to think about Linkin Park when I listened to tunes like "Frequency" and the atmospheric opener "Poison Play". These songs describe best what to expect from "Love vs. Logic". The mentioned shouts ("At Odds With Self", "Heart Locker") mark some outbursts, adding a bit more aggressiveness to this solid portion of sugar.

Amor's debut is playing safe. The band doesn't take any risk, which unfortunately leads to songs that aren't bringing up something new. I have the feeling of having heard this kind of music far too often, even though I have to admit that the sound of the album is good and powerful. However, this can't compensate for average songs that are sugar sweet and feel like being from the shelf.

 

(6/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Poison Play
  2. Clockwork
  3. At Odd With Self
  4. Frequency
  5. Twice, Again
  6. Look Alive
  7. Tonight Always
  8. Heart Locker
  9. Living Lies
  10. Collisions
  11. The Exit

 

Label: Arising Empire

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review AVATAR "Avatar Country"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Avatar, Avatar Country, News, CD Review, Century Media, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Modern Death Metal, Symphonic Metal

CD review AVATAR "Avatar Country"

(8/10) Normally I’m not a fan of too much gimmicks and frills used by a band. Often it’s done with the purpose of compensating for something else that’s missing, mostly good songs. I’ve been doubtful when I listened to Avatar the first time but luckily enough the music could swipe away all doubts. Avatar is the exception that proves the rule.

The Swedish metal outfit has its roots in death metal, what else could it be, hailing from Gothenburg. Over time the band evolved their sound to a unique mixture of melodic death metal, modern metal and some hardrock. Avatar found their own signature, also being the foundation for their newest strike entitled “Avatar Country”. The album follows the 2016 release “Feather’s and Flesh” and is the first one for label Century Media.

“Avatar Country” is a concept album with 'the king', being in the center of everything. I don’t want to go too deep into the content of the concept, but it has an impact on the tracklist of “Avatar Country”.

The album comes with ten songs and a running time of 43 minutes. Considering an intro entitled “Glory to the King”, a spoken word section (“The King Speaks”) and an instrumental towards the end (“Silent Songs of the King pt.1: Winter Comes When the King Dreams of Snow”) there isn’t too much time left for real songs. No doubt, from a dramaturgic aspect these numbers are needed on the album, but it also means that it limits the running time for great songs which the album contains as well.

“Avatar Country” comes with excellent metal compositions that are powerful and entertaining. “Legend of the King” is the first one and it shows the entire potential of Avatar. Death metal roots are shimmering though with raw vocals while the melodic parts add some catchy commerciality to the total. Avatar has a wide range of styles which they combine to something that’s special and outstanding. Almost as a counterpart to “Legend of the King” there’s “The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country”. It’s the bluesy vibe that almost gives you the feeling of listening to another band, still fitting into the context of “Avatar Country”.

Listening to Avatar also means that’s hard to predict what’s next. Each of the songs has quite some unexpected twists, like “A Statue of the King”. There are progressive elements that interact with raging metal parts and the great thing is – all fits together in a good fashion.

To conclude: “Avatar Country” became an excellent metal release that proves why the guys from Gothenburg can count on a constantly growing fan base. Avatar’s music is inspiring, powerful, raw and catchy. Utilizing this fantastic bag, filled of creativity, for a concept album is a good idea, but the concept should not limit the songs, which partly happen with “Avatar Country”. Two to three more ‘real’ tracks wouldn’t have been a bummer at all. But better some less songs than fillers. Great album that leaves you with an appetite for more.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Glory to Our King
  2. Legend of the King
  3. The King Welcomes You to Avatar Country
  4. King’s Harvest
  5. The King Wants You
  6. The King Speaks
  7. A Statue of the King
  8. King After King
  9. Silent Songs of the King pt.1: Winter Comes When the King Dreams of Snow
  10. Silent Songs of the King pt.2: The King’s Palace

 

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review JEN MAJURA "InZENity"

Veröffentlicht am 23. November 2017 von Markus W. in Jen Majura, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Modern Rock, SOAL, CD Review, News

CD review JEN MAJURA "InZENity"

(8/10) Most of you might know Jen Majura as being a member of Evanescence. It was two years ago when the guitarist from Stuttgart, Germany was announced being a member of the highly successful dark metal outfit. Looking into the musical history of Jen Majura brings a lot of exciting projects to surface in which the singer/guitarist contributed. Majura was part of Knorkator as well as she was bass player in Equilibrium. And last but not least she contributed to Rage’s “Lord of the Flies” with a guest appearance and went on tour with Peavy Wagner and Co.

Next to all this exciting moments Jen never lost solo ambitions with the newest album being in the starting blocks. “inZENity” is the name of Jen Majura’s solo record that will be released on November 24th. The longplayer comprises 11 songs that fall under the header of ‘hardrock’. This gives you first idea about what to expect.

Hardrock music can cover a wide spectrum and in this case it’s much wider than solely straight-on songs. Those are on the album too, but due to creativity and talent this record features songs that are wild, furious and sometimes crazy. It’s mainly the unexpected twists that adds a diversity to it. Sometimes you listen to the opener of an album and you know how the rest will sound like. It’s different with “InZENity”. As soon as you think of having found a pattern things take another direction, leading to songs like the title track and "Sick Brain". What, on top of all this, enriches the album is a contribution of no less than Alex Skolnik (Testament), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) and more.

“InZENity” became a really good longplayer that shows how widely the frames of hardrock can be interpreted. Jen Majura is an all-rounder when it comes to music and that’s what she embedded in each of the 11 songs. Good music for fans that want to be a bit challenged here and there.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All the other ones
  2. InZENity
  3. Leave me
  4. Drama Queen
  5. Bully lies
  6. Lied ohne Namen
  7. Sick brain
  8. Stupid piece of wood
  9. Tobi didn’t show up for breakfast
  10. Like Chuck Norris
  11. Far away

 

Label: SAOL

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 24th, 2017

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CD review FOZZY "Judas"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Fozzy, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Hardrock, Rock, News, Century Media, CD Review

CD review FOZZY "Judas"

(7/10) Fozzy is one of these bands I followed on the side over the last years and even though the guys have a long track record I never went into detail into their music. However, 2017 is the year of Fozzy’s new longplayer “Judas” seeing the light of day and it’s worth to dive into this release.

What started as a cover band in the beginning of the new millennium evolved to a highly successful metal band with a peak in 2014 when Fozzy’s latest longplayer “Do You Wanna Start a War” went right into the Billboard charts. Next to this success, the album was also very well received by media, which put some pressure on the band when it comes to their new album “Judas”.

The new record continues where the band ended with the predecessor, with Paul Di Leo being back after a three years absence.  “Judas” comes with a good vibe and strong groove and it doesn’t take too much time to get into each of the eleven songs on the album. Heavy riffing and melodic vocal lines go hand in hand on this disc and I would be surprised if the new longplayer wouldn’t be as successful as “Do You Wanna Start a War”.

The title track functions as the opener, starting slower and melodic before the chorus appends more power to this well-functioning rock song. Another tune that's hard to resist is "Weight of My World", driven by a merciless groove and a chorus that reaches the many. 

A song that was revealed before the official album release date was “Painless” which is a slowly rolling rock song. It’s not the heaviest track on the album, but it’s a well-chosen single release since it comes with a melody in the chorus that will help getting airplay. However, it could be a bit more dynamic. 

Fozzy manages the balancing act between rock, metal and pop in a good way which leads to songs like "Burn Me Out". It's one of the most mainstream driven tracks on the album, still including enough rock'n'roll to not end up in trivial pop wasteland. The quintet became a constant factor in 21st century modern rock/metal and “Judas” will underline their position. It’s a catchy album that's heavily grooving, providing a good time in a grey autumn season.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Judas
  2. Drinkin With Jesus
  3. Painless
  4. Weight of My World
  5. Wordsworth Way
  6. Burn Me Out
  7. Three Days in Jail
  8. Elevator
  9. Running With the Bulls
  10. Capsized
  11. Wolves at Bay

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

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CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in World War Me, Punkrock, Pop Rock, Rock, Modern Rock, News, CD Review, Sharptone Records

CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

(6/10) In my role as reviewer I always need to have a kind of compass that helps to sort out things. One of the criteria is how much of an impression the album makes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a longplayer needs to be catchy and mainstream. Actually it also could be the total opposite, but there must be something that makes the songs stand out, something that differs from the average. That's what makes an album special, not becoming another sand corn at the beach. This was also my approach when listening to World War Me’s self-titled album.

Unfortunately the songs on this release aren’t stand out that much. This doesn’t mean that the music is bad stuff. However, the uniqueness in World War Me's sound is missing. World War Me is into melodic American (punk) rock. Looking on the simple melodies and the catchy choruses, bands like Blink 182 most probably belong to the faves of this four-piece.

"The Good Enough" is the starting point and it's a good one. The tune comes with with certain dynamic and rocks quite well, something that goes for "Don't Hold Your Breathe" too, both belongs to the more positive moments captured on this longplayer. After such good start it feels like a cookie-cutter approach took over in the songwriting. Surprises get less, leading to trivial pop-rock numbers such as "Escape" and "Fire and Flames". 

World War Me is a band that recorded nice music for their debut, an album that might be a good soundtrack for your next high-school party. In case you’re looking for some more demanding, something that makes an impression on you, you might need to look for something different.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Good Enough
  2. Don't Hold Your Breath
  3. Mr. Misery
  4. Arch For Agony
  5. Break a Leg
  6. Escape
  7. Fire and Flames
  8. That's so Yesterday
  9. Warzone
  10. Live With Ourselves
  11. From the Fear
  12. World War M
  13. Color Me Sick

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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CD review EMIL BULLS "Kill Your Demons"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Emil Bulls, News, CD Review, AFM Records, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal

CD review EMIL BULLS "Kill Your Demons"

(8/10) Emil Bulls are no rookies to metal. A bigger amount of studio releases since 1995 speaks for itself and it’s end of September when Emil Bulls adds another record to their impressive discography.

After more than 20 years the band’s still hungry, releasing an album that comes with a n enormous firepower. “Kill Your Demons”, that’s the title of the new CD, contains eleven tracks that surprised me when it comes to heaviness. Especially the beginning showcases the band loud and heavy.

It’s the title track that acts as opener and it gets you into the right mood for this longplayer. “Kill Your Demons” is a song built on massive riffs that blow you away right from the beginning. The following “The Ninth Wave” doesn’t put a foot on the break either before Emil Bulls become a bit more melodic with “Black Flag”. The summary of these three tracks represents the album very well.

Also going further down the tracklist brings heavily pounding songs up to surface (“The Anatomy of Fear”) as well as it delivers catchy songs “Euphoria” with a certain pop appeal. This span might be a bit too wide but in one or another way it’s nothing that bothers. Theses songs go together very well, adding up to an album that slightly exceeds expectations, mainly due to the furious modern metal outbursts.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Kill Your Demons
  2. The Ninth Wave
  3. Black Flags
  4. Miss Magnetic
  5. Once and For All
  6. The Anatomy of Fear
  7. MT Madness
  8. Euphoria
  9. In Any Case Maybe
  10. Gone Dark
  11. Winterblood (The Sequel)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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Mark and Jonny from NOTHING MORE talk about the new album and hurricane 'Harvey'

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Nothing More, Interview, News, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Rock

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Hello everybody and thanks for spending some time for Markus’ Heavy Music Blog. My first question is actually related to the current situation in Texas. You guys are from San Antonio and I hope that the city wasn’t that much hit by ‘Harvey’.

Mark: Hey Markus!  I’m Mark too so it’s good to be chatting with a fellow awesome dude named Mark haha!

Fortunately, San Antonio was not heavily affected by 'Harvey'. We live far enough inland that the storm just brought us heavy wind and rain. We avoided all the floods. Obviously, we all know how bad it demolished Houston, Rockport and the surrounding areas though. Jonny and I both have family and lots of friends that were directly affected and went through the worst of it. But I feel that our country learned something from the past when 'Katrina' hit and this time people came together more quickly in this time of need. People like JJ Watt & Jimmy Fallon from the tonight show raised and donated millions and millions of dollars to help out. It’s really amazing to see that kind of outreach. Nothing More donated to JJ’s fund.

 

MHMB: That's good news in such an extreme situation. So, let’s have a look on some even more positive things - the new album. “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” got to the record stores mid-September. The album addresses the topic of a disconnection between reality and the stories we tell ourselves. How did you came up with this theme for the album?

Jonny: The title was on the back of my mind since the beginning of the writing process, and I can't recall exactly what put it there. But in the midst of going through some challenging changes in my life I found a lot of solace and strength by listening to lectures done by Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Owen Cook and Jordan Peterson. A common theme I find in those lectures, as well as my personal experiences, was realizing how extremely powerful self-narrative and self-identity are when it comes to determining where you end up in life. The stories we tell ourselves every day, every week, every month and every year are the stories we become. If something doesn't work out how you planned is it a *lesson or a *failure? If something inconvenient comes our way is it a *challenge or a *curse? At its heart it's basically glass half full of glass half empty thinking... but the life implications are HUGE. It's a mistake to underestimate it. 

 

MHMB: Since the topic is present through-out the entire album, would you say that “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is a concept album? And if ‘No’, why not?

Jonny: Yes, totally a concept album. 

 

MHMB: “Nothing More” included with “Jenny” a song that has a very personal link. How much own experiences and personal stories are connected to the new songs?

Mark: We’ve always been huge fans of Ben Folds. He wrote songs about specific stories and events; Songs like Zakk & Sara, Annie Waits, Fred Jones Part II, & Steven’s Last Night in Town are some of our favorite tracks of his.  The fact that he included these names and details made us fall in love with these tracks. He gave the song a personal feel and really made you want to know them and wonder if they were real people!  We always like to include personal stories and events as well and the new album The Stories We Tell Ourselves is no exception.  The album stretches from personal stories of divorce, to addiction, and to fatherhood. We’re all very connected to these songs and we’re so stoked for people to really dive into these songs.

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

MHMB: “Go to War”, a song that can reach a wider group of rock fans, was the first single from the album. Why did you decided to go for this track?

Jonny: We wrote "Go to War" very fast, having most of it done within thirty minutes.  That’s usually a good sign that you are connected deeply with the emotions driving writing the process and that it has a good chance to make a listener really feel something.  It was actually the first song from the album we shared with our label and we thought it would make a great first single from the start.

 

MHMB: The tracklist also features some interludes. What was the thinking behind this interesting addition?

Mark: Nothing More has always been an advocate of instrumental tracks.  One of the biggest problems in our band is that we always have too much material. We typically snag bits and pieces of music that didn’t make turn into full songs and make instrumentals out of them. I personally love doing this because it lets us be more artistic with our instruments and gives us a break from thinking about melody and lyrics. The instrumentals spliced throughout a record can give your ear a bit of a break and let you meditate on a thought or idea before transitioning into the next song. If you haven’t listened to Dredg’s el Cielo do so now. It’s probably our collective favorite album and is part of the inspiration for the band creating on this level.

 

MHMB: 2014 was a turning point for the band, signing with Eleven Seven Music. How did things change since then compared to the earlier days?

Jonny: The biggest difference is that we now have a team of people working around us helping us reach a wider audience. We work harder now than we ever have, but that support team allows us to be more focused on writing, recording and performing.

 

MHMB: Is there anything more you want to share with the readers of Markus’ Heavy Music Blog?

Mark: We just want to say thank you to everyone that has supported us along the way.  We’re just happy and blessed we get to play, write and record music for a living that people seem to appreciate so much. I know what it’s like to fall in love with bands and songs and it’s one of the best things about being alive. Cheers!

Mark and Jonny from NOTHING MORE talk about the new album and hurricane 'Harvey'
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CD review KLOGR "Keystone"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Klogr, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Zeta Factory

CD review KLOGR "Keystone"

(7/10) The first time I heard of Klogr was a few years back in time when the guys supported the mighty Prong on one of their European tour. The guys did a very good job, meaning their performance was very much appreciated by the crowd that actually came for the headliner. Since I guess that the show in Haarlem wasn’t an exception the guys could make some new friends on the entire tour.

 

After some touring Klogr went back to the studio for recording their newest album “Keystone”.  It’s the third longplayer of this Italian-American rock outfit and it shows the band more mature and powerful. The new record feature twelve songs, all standing for well-done alternative metal that’s inspired by bands such as Alter Bridge and some post-grunge bands. But also some thrash roots are part of Klogr’s sound.

 

The quartet can play hard and heavy which they prove with songs like “Technocracy” and also “Enigmatic Smile” fires on all cylinders. I must say the more often I hear these songs I have to thing of German Undertow. However, this goes more for the harder ones while the album also comes with calmer tones, at least partly. “Dark Tides” is an intense song that has some silent notes embedded before the song shifts gears in the chorus, all of this introduced by a short interlude called “Sirens Song”.

 

“Keystone” is definitely a strong pillar for Klogr, which will hopefully help the quartet to enlarge their fan base. The album is worth it to spend some time with.

 

 

 

(7/10)

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sleeping Through the Seasons
  2. Prison of Light
  3. Technocracy
  4. The Echoes of Sin
  5. Pride before the Fall
  6. Something’s in the Air
  7. Drag You Back
  8. Sirens’ Song
  9. Dark Tides
  10. Silent Witness
  11. Enigmatic Smile
  12. The Wall of Illusion

 

 

 

Label: Zeta Factory

 

Genre: Alternative Metal

 

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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CD review DIABLO BLVD "Zero Hour"

Veröffentlicht am 22. September 2017 von Markus W. in Diablo Blvd., Dark Metal, Dark Rock, News, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review DIABLO BLVD "Zero Hour"

(7/10) Belgian metal outfit Diablo Blvd. debut in 2009 with “The Greater God”, an album that brought some darker metal up to surface. The sound reminded of bands like Danzig and some Type O’Negative, ending up on a debut that included a harsh sound and a gloomy atmosphere. Already at this early stage of the band, melodies played an important role, something that got more into the forefront over time. The latest album “Follow the Deadlight” included some really catchy songs and the successor “”Zero Hour” continues this journey.

There is still some melancholy included in most of the eleven tunes and also some mighty riffs are the foundation of the heavy sound that comes with this album. Tracks like “Sing from the Gallows” convince with a good drive and a beat you can’t escape from. Also “Life Amounts to Nothing” belongs to the harder tracks on the album, tunes that also include a modern metal vibe which fits very well.

Next to these tracks there is with “God in the Machine” a song that is kept a bit more moderate, reminding in parts of dark rock bands more the earlier mentioned metal icons. This tendency continues with “You are All You Love”, one of the catchiest tracks on the album. The number has the potential to reach a wider group of rock fans.

With “00 00” the record includes an acoustic interlude that prepares ground for “Like Rats” – one of the best songs on this longplayer. The number is pushing hard with a hypnotic beat that steers towards a melodic chorus, making it to a real and  heavy rocker.

Diablo Blvd. newest longplayer reminds me a bit of Volbeat. Not really when it comes to the music. It’s more that the band moves towards a sound and music that’s opens up for new fans by adding more melodies and hooks to the songs. The harshness partly makes place for dark catchiness, which is per se not a bad things, as long as uniqueness isn’t effected.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Animal
  2. Sing from the Gallows
  3. Life Amounts to Nothing
  4. God in the Machine
  5. You are All You Love
  6. The Song is Over
  7. 00 00
  8. Like Rats
  9. Demonize
  10. The Future Will Do What it’s Told
  11. Summer Has Gone

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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New EVANESCENCE album in November

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Evanescence, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Gothic, Dark Rock, Video, News, Post-Grunge

New EVANESCENCE album in November

Evanescence was one of the most successful rock bands in this current millennium, selling millions of records, gathering rewards in gold and platinum with two Grammys has the absolute highlight. What followed was hiatus for some years with some new life that was blown into the band in 2015. Another two years later fans of Evenescence can welcome the anticipated fourth album, entitled “Synthesis”. Release date will be November 10th and the first single, “Imperfection” is available as of day.

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CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017 von Markus W. in Nothing More, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Rock, CD Review, News

CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

(7/10) Nothing More is an alternative rock outfit from San Antonio, Texas. The band's around since many years but their career got a push a few years ago when they inked a deal with Seven Eleven Music. After having released four longplayers with limited success, the new deal brought Nothing More into the spotlight. The self-titled longplayer, released in 2014, scored by entering the Billboard charts as well as it reached a top 10 position in the Independent Album charts.

Three years later the next record is in the starting blocks and it aims for a similar success. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" features 12 songs and a number of intermezzos. I wouldn't go that far saying that the disc is a concept album. However, there is the overarching theme of a reality and what we tell ourselves. There is often a disconnect between both, leading to suffering and frustration. 

From a musical viewpoint the new album covers a wider range of sounds. This lead to diversity, but it can also be perceived as a scattered picture with no clear direction. This album leans towards the former even though I can't get rid of the feeling that they guys are still in search of identity and uniqueness. 

There is for example the single release "Go to War", a song that has a lot of airplay potential. The single is well chosen and can reach mainstream rock fans. The counterpart to this catchy tune is the heavy and nu metal reminding "Let 'em Burn". Wild guitars, a furious rhythm and freaky vocal lines showcases a band that's wild and powerful with no willingness to compromise.

"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" is an album that is done in a very professional way, with all the good and the bad. Production, artwork and sound - all good and no reason to complain. What I miss with the longplayer though are the edges, the surprises and the unexpected. Nothing More plays it safe and bit more risk-taking would be benefitial next time.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. (Ambition Destruction)
  2. Do You Really Want It
  3. (Convict Divide)
  4. Let ́em Burn
  5. Ripping Me Apart
  6. Don ́t Stop
  7. Funny Little Creatures
  8. (React Respond)
  9. The Great Divorce
  10. Still In Love
  11. (Alone Together)
  12. Go To War
  13. Just Say When
  14. (Accept Disconnect)
  15. Who We Are
  16. Tunnels
  17. (End begin)
  18. Fade In Fade Out 

 

Label: Better Noise Records

Genre: Alternative Rock / Nu Metal

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

 
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