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CD review PHIL CAMPBELL & THEBASTARD SONS "Live at Solothurn"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons, Phil Campbell, News, Hardrock, Punkrock, Nuclear Blast, Motörhead, Heavy Metal

CD review PHIL CAMPBELL & THEBASTARD SONS "Live at Solothurn"

(8/10) After all these fantastic years with Motörhead, guitarist Phil Campbell had to go for something new after the band came to an end by the passing of the legendary bandleader Lemmy Kilmister. The six-string guitarist teamed-up up with his three sons and vocalist Neil Starr, forming a group named Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons. This cross-generation recently inked a new deal with Nuclear Blast and right off the bat a new EP became a joyfull release for fans of rough-edged hardrock. 

Actually it is a live album that can be see as an appetizer for some new studio material. The tracks of this mini album have been recorded at a show the guys did in Solothurn, Switzerland with three cover versions as being one part of the disc. "Nothing Up My Sleeve" and the uptempo "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." are song from the legendary Motörhead while "Sweet Leaf" stands for Campell's passion for traditional Heavy Metal a la Black Sabbath.

"Big Mouth", "Spiders" and "Take Aim" complete this record, a release that represents the ultimate energy the guys bring live on stage. "Live at Solothurn" shows the potential of Phil Campbell and his gang and we can, with full excitement, look forward to a full-length album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Big Mouth
  2. Nothing Up My Sleeve 
  3. Spiders
  4. Take Aim
  5. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
  6. Sweet Leaf

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 23rd, 2017

 

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CD review THE AMORETTES ""White Hot Heat"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in The Amorettes, Motorhead, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(9/10) Oh boy, these girls know how to rock. The Amorettes release these days their newest punch called "White Hot Heat" and for sure this album is hot.

The ten songs on this longplayer are a pure rock firework that is a true energiser. From beginning to end the three girls put the pedal to the metal which leads to awesome rock songs.

"Batter up" is the start to this rock'n'roll overkill that is the soundtrack for a great party or, as in my case, for a ride through the Swedish sunset. The opener is good, but it's just a warm up for what's supposed to come.

One of the best tunes on the album is track no.2. "Let the Neighbors Call the Cops" is a dirty rocker that keeps the Motörhead spirit alive. Without any bells and whistles this song is brilliant and spot on. Keep it loud and let 'the neighbors call the cops'.

Other songs, same vibe. "Come'n'Get it", "Roll" and "Eyes on the Prize" are fun and entertainment for each rock'n'roller. Next to all these punky high speed songs "Crusader" covers the more moderate sounds of The Amorettes. However, a great song too and a real ear worm.

"Pervert Alert" comes with a great riff and "White Russian Roulette" brings you closer to a knock-out. Bass and drums kick-off "Man Meat", a song that is a bit weaker than all the other ones on "White Hot Heat", something that has more to do with the quality of the other tracks rather than with "Man Meat" itself. But in the end you get another hit right into your face. "Stealing Thunder"'starts with a bit of an ease before the tunes grows into a hardrocker that includes this anarchic vibe of rock'n'roll.

"White Hot Heat" is a longplayer that is a transporter for The Amorettes' unlimited passion for music that embraces simplicity as a gift. Good stuff doesn't need to be complex. It's passion and authenticity that is the receipt for success and The Amorettes have a lot of both.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Batter Up
  2. Let The Neighbours Call The Cops
  3. Come ‘n’ Get It
  4. Roll
  5. Crusader
  6. Eyes On The Prize
  7. Pervert Alert
  8. White Russian Roulette
  9. Man Meat
  10. Stealing Thunder

 

Label: Off Yer Rocka Recordings

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 27th, 2016

CD review THE AMORETTES ""White Hot Heat"
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Support "LEMMIUM" - hopefully the name of a new discovered heavy metal

Veröffentlicht am 7. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Lemmy Kilmister, Motorhead, News, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Lemmium

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Dress code of the day!

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Lemmy Kilmister, RIP

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

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RIP Lemmy Kilmister

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Legend, Bass, RIP

2015 ends very very sad. Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary frontman of Motörhead passed away on December 28th. A few days earlier he celebrated his 70th birthday and then he lost his short fight against cancer within a couple of days. See the official statement posted on Facebook:

 

"There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family. 

We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. 
Have a drink or few.

Share stories.

Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

1945 -2015

Born to lose, lived to win."

Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

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CD review GIRLSCHOOL "Guilty as Sin"

Veröffentlicht am 11. November 2015 von Markus W. in Girlschool, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Motorhead

(7/10) To release album number 13 on a Friday 13 - what could be cooler. British metal legend Girlschool has decided to publish their newest disc on such a Friday. "Guilty as Sin" is the title of this longplayer that contains ten songs.

The four girls from London, England already en do the 70's and released some real highlights. Not for nothing it was their "Hit and Run" album that has been re-released a few month ago. Songs like "The Hunter" became small hits of the four-piece.

Girlschool might have had their ups and their downs, but they always stayed real and authentic. Expect the small glam excursion in the 80's the girls stand for straight-forward rock'n'roll. Their songs are spot-on and represent music that works best in a smaller local club. This is metal for the fans, without any airs and graces.

Therefore it doesn't surprise that also the new record is full of songs that are somewhere between metal (riffs), hardrock (melody) and punk (energy and anarchy).

"Guilty as Sin" is best when the girls push the pedal to the medal. "Take It Like a Band" belongs to those tunes, but also the furious "Night Before" marks a highlight on the longplayer.

"Come the Revolution", the opener, comes with a more moderate pace and with a lot of groove and also "Painful" belongs the the outstanding tunes on "Guilty as Sin". 

Next to those cool tracks there is a song title that sticks out - "Staying Alive". Did the girls cover the Bee Gee's song? Yes, they did and the created a pretty cool version out of this disco classic. The original version is still recognisable, but the way the four girls arranged it gives the tunes a real blues rock expression with some crunchy guitars that remind a lot of ZZ Top. Wow.

With "Treasure" the album has unfortunately also a track that doesn't really work as good as the others and "Perfect Storm" comes too trivial round the corner. But those are the exceptions on an album that sprays sonic sparks.

Produced by legendary Chris Tsangarides the new record got an excellent sound that supports the trademarks of Girlschool. "Guilty as Sin" is another album that smells like smoke, denim and leather.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Come the Revolution
  2. Take it like a Band
  3. Guilty as Sin
  4. Treasure
  5. Awkward Position
  6. Staying Alive
  7. Perfect Storm
  8. Painful
  9. Night Before
  10. Everybody Loves (Saturday Night)
  11. Coming Your Way (Bonus)
  12. Tonight (Bonus)

 

Label: UDR/Warner

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 13th, 2015

CD review GIRLSCHOOL "Guilty as Sin"
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CD review MOTÖRHEAD "Bad magic"

Veröffentlicht am 17. August 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Blues, News, CD Review

(9/10) There are bands that don't need any introduction. If you're on my blog and you haven't heard about Motörhead so far you propably reached the wrong destination. Therefore let's go directly to "Bad magic".

It's great that we can enjoy a new album of the mighty trio. After a difficult period with Lemmy being sick and so on, Motörhead proved during the last months that they are back - maybe even stronger than ever. 

The new album got the name "Bad Magic" and I must say that it is 'magic'; and not 'bad' at all. Twelve new Motörhead songs are a treat for each rock'n'roll ear; completed by the Rolling Stones cover "Sympathy For The Devil".

"Victory Or Die" is the three minutes long opener; a song that makes clear that this album is pure power. It's a song that is fast and furious. Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey didn't record this album to 'just' release a new longplayer. Those guys are still greedy for good rock music and that's what they present to us on "Bad Magic".

The next tune brings you back to the "Ace Of Spades" days. "Thunder & Lightning" is an uncompromissing riff rocker that still keeps the pace high. It's an excellent headbanger with an excellent guitar lead from Phil. 

Motörhead never has been silent and they aren't on the new longplayer either. Even though "Fire Storm Hotel" takes out the speed a bit, the tune is still heavy and makes a lot of fun. Than it's Mikkey, who's drums are kicking off "Shoot Out All Of Your Lights". It's a very rhythm based number with a cool chorus; a real energy boost.

Time for "The Devil", time for another great piece of music. The tune grooves like hell. Motörhead didn't get tired. Even after 40 years the trio spreads more power than many of the younger bands. Passion meets experience - that's Motörhead. The result is called "Bad magic". And what makes "The devil" even more special is the fact that Queen's Brian May had a guestappearance. What a combination.

"Electricity" was the first single release. I guess you have heard the song already and enjoyed the awesome video the guys did for this track. What I like with it is the to the point punk vibe that is embedded in this song. 

It's again Mikkey who introduces a song. This time it's called "Evil Eye". Pure rock'n'roll, kept mid-pace, with a great punch. "Teach Them How To Bleed" continues this rock experience before with "Until The End" a silent song starts. It's a half-ballad, it's Motörhead and it makes you get goose bumps.

After such an emotional moment "Tell Me Who To Kill" brings you back down to rock'n'roll earth; something that continues with the grooving "Choking On Your Screams". The song sounds like "Orgasmatron"s little mean brother and belongs to the best ones on the album. The darker and creepy vibe fits very well and it has the potential for getting a constant spot on the setlist.

"When The Sky Comes Looking For You" has almost a swinging vibe - a bit like "Going To Brazil", enriched with Phil's excellent guitar work. Those have been the new songs; now it's time for The Stones cover.

"Sympathy for the devil" belongs to the absolute highlights of Mick Jagger and bandmates. Motörhead decided to not change too much of the song. They stay close to the original version, but they make their own masterpiece out of it; mainly based on Lemmy's outstanding voice and Phil's hard rocking guitar. It's the best out of both worlds that meets in one track.

After having listened to the album a couple of times so far I must say that "Aftershock" was good, but "Bad magic" is even better. The lonplayer sounds fresh, young and modern by still being 100% Motörhead. This disc is a MUST for each relevant metallic record collection. And actually it is a MUST to be listened to on vinyl. It looks like Motörhead is revolutionising biology since the guys seem to get younger instead of older. Those guys rock - probably/hopefully forever.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Victory or die
  2. Thunder & lightning
  3. Fire storm hotel
  4. Shoot out all of you lights
  5. The devil
  6. Electricity
  7. Evil eye
  8. Teach them how to bleed
  9. Until the end
  10. Tell me who to kill
  11. Choling on your screams
  12. When the sky comes looking for you
  13. Sympathy for the devil (Rolling Stones cover)

 

Label: UDR

Genre: Classic Rock/Metal

Release date EU: August 28, 2015

CD review MOTÖRHEAD "Bad magic"
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New MOTÖRHEAD song on You Tube

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Video, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock

The mighty Motörhead give us more inside into their coming longplayer. "Electricity" is taken from the new album "Bad magic" that will be released end of August. Motörhead - stronger than ever.

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New MOTÖRHEAD album in August

Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Hardrock, Punkrock, Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Classic Rock, Brian May, Queen

Fourty years in business and still one of the most constant factor in the scene - that's Motörhead. And since you snooze, you lose the guys decided to work on a new studio album. "Bad magic" is the name of record number 22. "Bad magic" was written by Lemmy, Phil and Mikkey all together in the studio and also recorded under live conditions.

Another remarkable thing that's worth a note is the fact that Queen's guitar legend Brian May had a guest appearance on "The devil"; one of the new tunes on "Bad magic".

Release date is end of August and we are already curious about the newst output from Lemmy and Co.

New MOTÖRHEAD album in August
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CD review NASHVILLE PUSSY "Ten years of pussy"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Nashville Pussy, Motorhead, Danko Jones, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, CD Review, Punkrock

(*/10) This album is pure rock'n'roll. Nashville Pussy is the band of Blain Cartwright and Ruyter Suys that started Nashville Pussy in 1997. The four-piece has released a bunch of cool rock records and can look back on tours with the mighty Motörhead, ZZ Top and even Slayer. 

The new album looks back on the last ten years of the quartet. They have published their last three longplayer - "Get some", "From hell to Texas" & "Up the dosage" - via SPV. All three discs have been full of excellent hardrock songs, being the perfect soundtrack for your party. Dirty rock'n'roll can't be played much better and with more power. 

The reflection on the best out of the last 10 years includes 16 songs that are more energising than any coffee or energy drink could ever be. Taking a bit of Alice Cooper, some punk rock from the Ramones and the authenticity from Motörhead ends up in smashing tunes like "Come on come on", the riff-based "Hate and whiskey" and the uncompromising "Why why why". It's impossible to elude from those tune. Also the grooving acoustic "Before the drugs wear off" is pure fun.

Two tracks have also a guest appearance. It is Danko Jones ("I'm so high") and Lemmy himself ("Lazy Jesus") that added a few parts to the mentioned numbers. 

"Ten years of pussy" is a double decker. CD 1 includes the mentioned 16 songs while CD 2 contains six songs from a Nashville Pussy live show in Nottingham. It's well chosen stuff, including the cover version of "Nutbush City limits", that it least gives you partly an idea about the power the band spreads on stage.

All in all the album is cool soundtrack for the upcoming summer and a good overview about the creative work of Nashville Pussy during the last ten years. Thums up.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Come on come on
  2. Rub it to death
  3. I'm so high (with Danko Jones)
  4. Going down swinging
  5. Before the drugs wear off
  6. Hate and whiskey
  7. The Souht's to fat to rise again
  8. Pussy time
  9. Til the meat falls from the bone
  10. Pillbilly
  11. Why why why
  12. Up the dosage
  13. Lazy Jesus (with Lemmy)
  14. Ain't your business
  15. Good night for a heart attack
  16. Stone cold down

CD 2:

  1. One way down
  2. Nutbus City limits (with Ron Heathman)
  3. Struttin' cock
  4. Late great USA
  5. Go motherfucker go
  6. You're goin' down

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

CD review NASHVILLE PUSSY "Ten years of pussy"
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CD review IRON LAMB "Fool's gold"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Iron Lamb, Motorhead, Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, Hardrock, CD Review, News

(9/10) So far we have been afraid of the moment when Motorhead will announce their retirement. Of course this risk is very limited, but now we have at least a plan B. Without any doubt - the might band from Lemmy Kilmister & Co. can never really be replaced or copied. But with Iron Lamb a band entered the scene that is playing pure and dirty rock'n'roll that is inspired by the iconic band from the UK.

Already the opener "One way track" is the best Motorhead song Lemmy never wrote. It's like an aural punch into your face. - fast, mean and to the point. There is no escape from this song with the powerful bassline.

"Smile now cry later" easily keeps the high quality of the opener by being a bit slower, but again pure rock. And "Feed the fire" is definitely keeping the metal flame alive. Wow, what a start into the album.

A song that is slightly different by still being great is "Leave me be". The tune sounds like Johnny Cash sings a song of Sisters Of Mercy. Again, it sounds different, but is a very welcome break.

"Pink mist" is the next song and the beginning is a bit misleading. The acoustic guitar makes you think of a ballad to come. Wrong. Totally wrong. A powerful riff blows this thought away in no time and the song develops to an uncompromising hardrocker.

The four-piece band from Stockholm, Sweden shows again what huge musical potential this city calls its own.

"Fool's gold" is a 'must' for each rock fan. Forget Red Bull and all the energy drinks. This is the album you should use instead - with the volume on 10. Enjoy the pleasure of rock!

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. One way track
  2. Smile now cry later
  3. Feed the fire
  4. Backstabbers
  5. Leave me be
  6. Pink mist
  7. Mockingbird
  8. Centre of the universe
  9. Rip it up
  10. Deadend blues

 

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Rock'n'Roll

CD review IRON LAMB "Fool's gold"
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CD review HAYSEED DIXIE "Hair down to my grass"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Hayseed Dixie, Rock, Bluegrass, Country, News, CD Review, Motorhead, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Scorpions

(*/10) When I heard the album for the first time I was reminded to what German band The Bosshoss did as well. Taking well known songs and arrange them in a total different way. While The Bosshoss, in their early days, took pop songs as well as "Jesus built my hotrod" from Ministry and added a country touch to it, Hayseed Dixie started with a cover album called "A Hillbilly tribute to AC/DC". That was in 2001 and in the meantime the band released a few more records - some of them being quite successful in the US.

As the title of the new album suggests Hayseed Dixie re-arranged the songs they cover in a bluegrass style. With "Hair down to my grass" the band remains true to their style and continue with the bluegrass/rock mix.

Hayseed Dixie is also known for creating 'stories' around their albums. The first one was that they found out "that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road". This was the inspiration for their debut. Now it was that, on a car ride from Dortmund to Frankfurt, they heard "Eye of the tiger" six times in the radio; each of those in a arranged differently. OK, there is a lot of creativity in creating those stories, but how about the music.

The band took some classics of rock like "Eye of the tiger from Survivor", Europe's "The final countdown" (doesn't work that well) and Motoerhead's "We are the road crew" (actually pretty cool) which they put into a bluegrass dress. Surprisingly also Pink Floyds "Comfortably numb" sounds quite good. Seems that you can't kill a great song.

The most funny part on the album is the German version of "Wind of change". It's called "Wind der Veraenderung" and it's hilarious.

This album has a huge comedy factor but also some songs on album got an interesting new interpretation. No rocket science, but fun and entertainment - that's "Hair down to my grass". Give it try.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Don't stop believing (Journey)
  2. Eye of the tiger (Survivor)
  3. The final countdown (Europe)
  4. We're not gonna take it (Twisted Sisters)
  5. Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
  6. Pour some sugar on me (Def Leppard)
  7. Dude looks like a lady (Aerosmith)
  8. Living on a prayer (Bon Jovi)
  9. Wind der Beraenderung (Wind of change) (Scorpions)
  10. We are the road crew (Motoerhead)
  11. Comfortably numb (Pink Floyd)
  12. Don't fear the reaper (Blue Oyster Cult)

 

Label: Hayseed Dixie Records

Genre: Rock / Dixie

CD review HAYSEED DIXIE "Hair down to my grass"
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MOTÖRHEAD concert on German TV

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Motorhead, News, Heavy Metal, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, WDR, Rockpalast

German TV station WDR will present in their series called 'Rockpalast' a stream from the Motörhead show in Düsseldorf, Germany. The whole thing will take place in the night from Sunday 14.12. to Monday 15.12..

 

 

 

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CD review EMIGRATE "Silent so long"

Veröffentlicht am 14. November 2014 von Markus W. in Emigrate, Rammstein, Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, News, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead

(8/10) The new album from Emigrate is called "Silent so long" and is the second solo release of Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe. The album is a really interesting one and it could be more diverse than what you get with those eleven songs.

While the opener reminds in general very much to the debut of Emigrate the album takes an unexpected twist with the second track. “Get down” is definitely different from what the band has done before. The tune has almost no guitars and is very much based on electro/indie music. The synthesizer samples have a touch from Anne Clarks’ “Our darkness” as well as the weird solo half way. A tune that is somewhere between genius and insanity. Towards the end the guitars break through the electro wall and give the song the Emigrate identity back. This pattern comes partly back in “Happy times”.

Track number three is a remarkable one too. Nobody else than Lemmy from Motoerhead is singing in this very fast track. ”Rock city” is by far the best song on a good record and Lemmy’s smoky vocals are a perfect fit.

Another song, another twist. Marilyn Manson is singing on “Hypothetical”. It’s a slow and mean rock song that reminds to Manson’s stuff – not only due to the vocals. And the riff is also not totally unknown. “Kashmir” from Led Zeppelin was, I guess, very present in the songwriting process.

And with Jonathan Davis from Korn there is another well known singer supporting with vocals. “Silent so long”, the title track, is sang by the Korn frontman. It’s an alternative metal track that doesn’t have that much to do with the nu metal band from the US; except maybe the melancholy that accompanies the track.

“Silent so long” breaks the silence and brings Emigrate back to your CD player. I personally like the mix of indie, metal and electro. A cool album that sounds very fresh. It gives Kruspe the chance to escape from the Rammstein framework in order to unleash his creativity fully. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Eat you alive
  2. Get down
  3. Rock city
  4. Hypothetical
  5. Rainbow
  6. Born on my own
  7. Giving up
  8. My pleasure
  9. Happy times
  10. Faust
  11. Silent so long 

 

Label: Vertigo / Universal Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

CD review EMIGRATE "Silent so long"
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