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CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Myles Kennedy, Rock, Blues, Folk, Americana, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review MYLES KENNEDY "Year of the Tiger"

(8/10) I guess it’s not necessary to introduce Myles Kennedy. The singer from Boston is well known as being the frontman of Slash as well as he is the singer of Alter Bridge.  

This time the singer with the iconic voice takes a slightly different musical direction compared to what we have heard of him over the last years. The process of working on this album began seven years ago and after it was finished things didn’t feel as good as thought since time moved on. A view on things with a fresh pair of eyes led to starting from scratch again. Songs were written in no time and the best eleven ones ended up on “Year of the Tiger”.

The longplayer became a very personal one with Kennedy processing the death of his father, who died when he was four years old. Addressing such a personal topic as the main theme for the album brings a lot of emotions to forefront. Each of the songs is touching already by listening to the music only, emphasized even more by the lyrics. It’s not the screaming guitars and the mighty rhythm section that gives a musical direction on “Year of the Tiger”. It’s sensitivity, feelings and a certain level of melancholy that’s embedded in each of the eleven songs on the album.

Instead of being a hardrock record or even a metal longplayer “Year of the Tiger” brings a mixture of rock, blues, Americana and folk to the table, styles that ask for instruments like mandolin, banjos and lap steel.

The difference of a good singer and an excellent vocalist is the range of styles that can be covered by one voice. Kennedy got this gift, being a great alternative metal singer, an excellent hardrock vocalist and an outstanding solo artist – like on “Year of the Tiger”. This album doesn’t invite for headbanging. This longplayer touches your heart and soul.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Year of the Tiger
  2. The GreatBeyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil on the Wall
  5. Ghost nof Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunting By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But a Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review AUDREY HORNE "Blackout"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, Blackout, Hardrock, NWoBHM, Rock, Classic Rock, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review AUDREY HORNE "Blackout"

(9/10) Audrey Horne, hailing from Bergen, Norway, can hark back to some excellent longplayers and energetic live shows. Their hunger for hard rock music obviously can’t be fully stilled which is great for fans of classic rock music - in this case since it leads to a brand  new longplayer.

Three years after having pushed “Pure Heavy” into the open it’s “Blackout” that is the next delight for fans of well-crafted rock music. Toschie, Arve, Kjetil, Thomas and Espen added an album to their discography that shows again why these five Norwegians can constantly add new folks to their fan base.

“Blackout” comprises ten new songs that stand in the tradition of the earlier releases. Audrey Horne built the new longplayer on some classic rock roots and metal influences from the 70’s/early 80’s.

The five Norwegians start into the album with a song that most of you might have heard already. “This is War” was unveiled a while ago as video to promote the upcoming release. The tune is a lively one, done in a typical Audrey Horne fashion. It’s an uptempo track that combines the power of rock and catchy melodies, leading to a real earworm experience.

The next number on the album is built on a heavy bassline by Espen Lien. “Audrevolution”, which is the title of this song, has a punky expression. The joy of this tune is the straight forward approach that shows the beauty of simplicity. Next song, next variation. The title track “Blackout” refers to the 70’s rock roots and it’s bands like Thin Lizzy that came to my mind while listening to “Blackout”.

Compared to these energizers the gently swinging “This Man” feels more like a welcomed break before “Midnight Man” marks the next energizer on “Blackout”. The uptempo “Light Your Way” is a typical Audrey Horne smasher before “California” reveals again some classic rock passion. The tune, known from the last tour, is a heavily grooving one, kept in a moderate pace – a song that works perfect in a live context.

“Satellite” shows a bit of a new aspect of the Norwegian quintet. The number, that is still 100% Audrey Horne, is very rhythm-based with drums and bass getting a lot of attention. I like this tune since it widens the frames and feels like a successfully done experiment. Next to the moments that stretch the borders it is the flow of songs on the album that is done in a good manner. Almost in contrary to “Satellite” it’s “Naysayer” that honor the NWoBHM with some riffs reminding of the earlier Maiden days. Instead of ending up with a scattered picture with all these variations it’s the band’s sound signature that keeps every together very well, leading to a Gesamtkunstwerk.

It’s the galloping “Rose Alley” that rounds off another excellent Audrey Horne album. “Blackout” underlines Audrey Horne’s position in rock. This album is more than just some songs on a record. It showcases a band that has a distilled rock’n’roll vibe running through their veins, leading to another album with a real ‘wow factor’.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This is War
  2. Audrevolution
  3. Blackout
  4. This Man
  5. Midnight Man
  6. Light Your Way
  7. California
  8. Satellite
  9. Naysayer
  10. Rose Alley

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 12th, 2018

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CD review MOONSPELL "1755"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Moonspell, News, Napalm Records, Dark Metal, Gothic, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, CD Review

CD review MOONSPELL "1755"

(7/10) Portuguese dark metal powerhouse Moonspell released a few weeks ago their twelfth longplayer. „1755“ is the title of this album that shows Moonspell from another angle. The newest output from Portugal’s finest is a concept album with the devastating earthquake from 1755 being the thematically center piece. „1755“ aims for reflecting the entire impact of such a force of nature in ten new songs.

 A glimpse on the tracklist shows the first difference to other Moonspell releases. The entire album is kept in Portuguese which fits very well to the topic, but also makes it difficult to follow this dramatic story line. Therefor let‘s focus on the music that has to do the job.

„Em Nomen Do Medo“ is the starting point. Being dark and oppressive, the tune is an intro to this musical interpretation of a natural disaster. Bombast and drama are already a substantial element of the opener, leading you to the title track „1755“, which is a heavy song with a cinematic expression, mainly due to the choir that‘s included in this number.

Moonspell uses orchestral elements and the mentioned choir to increase the intensity of the newest longplayer and they succeed. „1755“ comes with an impressive density which is also an achievement of the production, done by no less than the well-known Tue Madsen.

All the mentioned describes a longplayer that gets out of the speakers very well, but I also have to say that the five piece band had already stronger releases in the past. Moonspell had always great songs that have been part of the earlier releases (like „Await” and „Opium“) but also the last album „Extinct“ comprised more than one true highlight being part of the tracklist.

„1755“ is in this context different. The album can be seen as a Gesamtkunstwerk but misses real highlights with a few songs that stick out a bit. It almost feels like Moonspell got lost in bombast, frills and details. Less would have been more. Even though there are with „Ruínas“ and „Abanão“ two tracks that get closer to the highlights of the predecessors, these numbers are in general more the exception than the rule.

Moonspell doesn‘t listen to the echoes of the past and decided to go for a partly new approach with „1755“. The ten songs include the typical Moonspell trademarks and showcase a successful endeavour that still has some room for improvement. „1755“ is a good album, but Moonspell has better ones in their impressive discography.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Em Nome Do Medo
  2. 1755
  3. In Tremor Dei
  4. Desastre
  5. Abanão
  6. Eveto
  7. 1 De Novembro
  8. Ruínas
  9. Todos Os Santos
  10. Lanterna Dos Afogados

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: November 3rd, 2017

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CD review CAVALERA Conspiracy "Psychosis"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Cavalera Conspiracy, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Groove Metal, Napalm Records, CD Review, Psychosis

CD review CAVALERA Conspiracy "Psychosis"

(8/10) End of November the Cavalera brothers kicked-off a European tour. This time the guys didn’t hit the road as the Cavalera Conspiracy. The tour is done as Max & Iggor Cavalera with the main purpose of celebrating the 20th anniversary of a milestone in metal – Sepultura’s “Roots”.

What’s interesting though is the fact that in parallel the two brothers also release a new Cavalera Conspiracy album. Normally you could expect some touring activities connected to a new album, but not this time. I haven’t seen the most recent setlist and I guess that at least the one or the other new songs will find a spot on the setlist.

Besides all this guessing, let’s have a look into “Psychosis”. It’s album number four of Cavalera Conspiracy and it became an interesting one. The best album for me is the debut and also the newest release will not change this. It doesn’t mean that “Psychosis” is a bad record and also the fourth album is full of excellent groove metal anthems, especially in the first half. It just can’t reach the great “Inflikted”.

The start into the longplayer couldn’t be more brutal than what you get to hear with “Insane”. It’s a merciless thrash beast that feels like a smash into right into the face. The brutal “Terror Tactics” follows, a song that easily keeps the high level set by the opener; a fact that also goes for the grooving anthem “Impalement Execution”.  Extreme metal could sound much better.

Towards halftime the album includes a shift, starting with “Crom”. Still building on the trademarks of Cavalera Conspiracy, the tunes includes a first industrial touch, something that gets even more into the forefront with ”Hellfire”. I felt a bit reminded of Ministry when I heard this tune the first time. Adding these variations to “Psychosis” is a good move since it breaks a standard pattern. On the other hand it also adds a bit of a scattered picture to the totality.

After such a musical detour the band returns to the fast and furious with “Judas Pariah”. This high-speed track starts a metal storm and it’s a grooving section in the second half that increases additional excitement. What comes next is more of a distraction. The title track all of a sudden unveils an atmospheric sound. The instrumental comes unexpected and is hard to place in the context of the album. However, it is a moment to recover from the massive metal attack that hit the listener with the previous songs. The final chapter is entitled “Excruciating” and brings back the known. Brutal vocals, screaming guitars and a pounding rhythm section closes album number four.

“Psychosis” stands in the tradition of the earlier releases of the two brothers. It might not become a classic and it comprises some surprises, but Cavalera Conspiracy still represents merciless thrash metal that can lead to severe neck problems due to intense headbanging.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Insane
  2. Terror Tactics
  3. Impalement Execution
  4. Spectral War
  5. Hellfire
  6. Crom
  7. Hellfire
  8. Judas Pariah
  9. Psychosis
  10. Excruciating

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Groove Metal / Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: November 17th, 2017

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CD review EVIL INVADERS "Feed Me Violence"

Veröffentlicht am 11. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Evil Invaders, Speed Metal, News, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review EVIL INVADERS "Feed Me Violence"

(7/10) One year after having presented a four track EP, Belgium speedsters Evil Invaders push their newest studio album “Feed Me Violence” on the market.  The band didn’t change the general principles of their sound. Evil Invaders still stand for furious metal with screaming guitars and wild leads. What we can conclude though is the improvement when it comes to songwriting. The sophomore record includes more twists and nuances compared to the unbound debut by still including the raw power of metal.

However, pushing the pedal to the metal isn’t everything you get offered by the Belgium quartet. The guys focus on tempo and speed, no doubt. But instead of just push one's foot to the floor the quartet also adds some cleverly placed breaks to their sound, variations that add excitement. The Helloween-inspired “Oblivion” is an example for such a track. The half-acoustic beginning shows another side of Evil Invaders before the tune slowly shifts gears, ending up in a high-paced metal track with double bass attacks. A songs that moves the above mentioned to a next level is the closer “Among the Depths of Sanity”. Partly following the same principles as “Oblivion” the tune is with six minutes the longest one on the album. For me it’s the most mature one to date when it comes to song writing, proving again that Evil Invaders is more then just excessive speed and blind rage. The guys have more in petto and they unveil it on “Feed Me Violence”.

However, songs with breakneck speed are present too. The opener “Mental Penitentiary” takes its power from a merciless tempo in combination with high pitch screams and also the title track is an aspirant for a speeding ticket.

Evil Invaders' sophomore longplayer comes with more than uncompromising speed metal. The guys from Belgium have enough creativity to break the pattern with well-done tunes such as the grooving “Broken Dreams In Isolation”.

“Feed Me Violence” is a longplayer that makes fun and comes with a certain entertaining factor. Youth gone wild on this longplayer.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mental Penitentiary
  2. As Life Slowly Fades
  3. Suspended Reanimation
  4. Broken Dreams in Isolation
  5. Feed Me Violence
  6. Oblivion
  7. Shades of Solitude
  8. Anger Within
  9. Among the Depth of Sanity

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Speed Metal

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, CD Review, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal

CD review SATYRICON "Deep Calleth Upon Deep"

(8/10) In case you read some of my earlier reviews you know that sometimes I also talked about the artwork of albums, esp. if they didn’t fit to the music or looked quite ‘interesting’. Also when it comes to Satyricon’s newest strike the packaging is worth to be mentioned, this time because it fits so perfectly to the music you get on the album.

The cover artwork is reduced to a minimum. It’s a puristic drawing, focusing on the essence of the ‘kiss of death’ and so does the music. “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” comes with eight tracks, which are still referring to the band’s black metal roots. However, Satyricon is more than black metal that’s build either on blastbeats or bombastic orchestration. The band created a vicious and diabolic sound that can be immediately recognized as being Satyricon.

Also the new album is no exception. The tunes on “Deep Calleth Upon Deep” are a black and gloomy journey, representing a sinister vibe. In one or another way the songs are a pure distraction since they unveil a certain beauty of evil.

Satyr and Frost created tunes that are fueled with tristesse. Songs like the outstanding “To Your Brethren in the Dark” are slowly waltzing anthems in black, spread out over six minutes.  The same goes for the opener “Midnight Serpent”, which, even though with a higher pace, follows the same pattern.

But it’s not only the longer tunes you should focus on. Also the straightforward “The Ghost of Rome” is an excellent smasher with unexpected background vocals.

“Deep Calleth Upon Deep” doesn’t come with filler. Each of the eight tracks is worth to be on this longplayer, an album that features with the dark symphony “Black Wings and Withering Gloom” another apex.

As with the earlier releases, the Oslo-based duo stick to their trademarks, delivering an album that lives up to expectations. It shows the beauty of simplicity and focus. Satyricon fans will love this lomngplayer that is even relevant for non-black metal fans. Good music for the dark season.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Midnight Serpent
  2. Blood Cracks Open the Ground
  3. To Your Brethren in the Dark
  4. Deep Calls Upon Deep
  5. The Ghost of Rome
  6. Dissonant
  7. Black Wings and Withering Gloom
  8. Burial Rite

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Black Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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Curious about the next SAMAEL album - here's a new song

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Samael, Black Metal, Death Metal, Video, News, Industrial Metal, Napalm Records

Samael posted a new video, this time for "Black Supremacy", taken from the "Hegemony" album which will see the light of day on October 13th.

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MOONSPELL reveals a song from the upcoming album.

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Moonspell, Dark Metal, Gothic, Video, Napalm Records, News

Here comes a first new song from Portuguese dark metal outfit Moonspell. The tune is taken from the upcoming album "1755" which will be released on November 3rd via Napalm Records.

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CD review ALTER BRIDGE "Live From the O2 Arena + Rarities"

Veröffentlicht am 6. September 2017 von Markus W. in Alter Bridge, News, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Live, Napalm Records, CD Review

CD review ALTER BRIDGE "Live From the O2 Arena + Rarities"

(*/10) I think it’s impossible to get a better overview of Alter Bridge’s creative achievements than what is captured on this comprehensive 3-CD package. Not only that this release captures the entire live show that band performed in London’s O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016 – it also comes with a third disc that features special goodies. Two previously unreleased songs ("Cruel Sun” and “Solace”), both coming out of the “One Day Remains”-session will bring some new to the table. “Breathe” is a third song taken from those days, having been a bonus for the Best Buy version for “The Last Hero”. Next to these tracks there are  some more songs on disc number three, all having been Japan-only releases up-to-date.

The two first CD’s, capturing the London show, provide a pretty good overview of Alter Bridge’s discography. “The Last Hero”, as being the band’s latest and extremely successful studio album, got the biggest part on the setlist. But also earlier songs got enough attention. Five tunes from the great “Blackbird” record have been performed that night as well as another four numbers taken from “Fortress, incl. the excellent “Addicted to Pain”.

If you’re a fan of Alter Bridge you will go for this longplayer anyhow and if you’re a fan of rock music who wants to get an idea of what Alter Bridge is about, you can easily close this presonal gap by listening to this well-done live album.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD1       

  1. The Writing on the Wall
  2. Come to Life
  3. Addicted to Pain
  4. Ghost of Days Gone By
  5. Cry of Achilles
  6. The Other Side
  7. Farther Than the Sun
  8. Ties That Blind
  9. Water Rising
  10. Crows on a Wire
  11. Watch Over You (solo acoustic)

CD2       

  1. Isolation
  2. Blackbird
  3. Metalingus
  4. Open Your Eyes
  5. Show Me A Leader
  6. Rise Today
  7. Poison in Your Veins
  8. My Champion

CD3

  1. Breathe
  2. Cruel Sun
  3. Solace
  4. New Way To Live
  5. The Damage Done
  6. We Don't Care at All
  7. Zero
  8. Home
  9. Never Borne To Follow
  10. Never Say Die (Outright)
  11. Symphony Of Agony (The Last of Our Kind)        

 

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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CD review THE NEW ROSES "One More for the Road"

Veröffentlicht am 23. August 2017 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review THE NEW ROSES "One More for the Road"

(8/10) Markus’ Heavy Music Blog follows The New Roses' journey through rock almost from their beginning. It was back in 2013 when the band’s debut was dropped into my postbox and what I got to hear was pretty impressive. The first longplayer, which followed an EP from 2012, was a rebellious rock album, representing the passion and dedication of a new band that didn’t face any limitations. It was the album and an enormous amount of live shows that led to a deal with Napalm Records, the Austrian label that released the band’s sophomore record “Dead Man’s Voice”. The disc was a next step for the guys from Wiesbaden, Germany. It was an enabler for reaching more rock music enthusiasts and also allowed the guys to tour through Europe. Also some bigger festivals have been on the list, all adding to a tightness the band stands for these days.

The New Roses used the momentum and worked on the successor of “Dead Man’s Voice”. The work’s finished and the new album left the pressing plant. The title of this important album is “One More for the Road”, reflecting the band's passion for live activities. As it was with the earlier two longplayers also this one is filled with pure rock’n’roll that never gets too simple or planned. The joy with this album is the ease that comes with it. It looks like the band didn’t feel too much pressure while working on “One More for the Road”. The five-piece could again capture the spirit of freedom that was such a crucial ingredient of the first records. The guys developed their sound by still getting a good vibe into each of the tunes.

The New Roses songs include all the features you expect from this kind of music. With “Fight You Leaving Me” the longplayer includes a calm and soulful ballad, while other tunes act as sonic power plants. “Forever Never Comes” is such a songs and also “Do I Lokk Scared to You” isa  better energizer than any espresso could be. Some real anthems, like the first single release “Life Ain’t Easy (For a Boy With Long Hair)”, round off an exciting rock record.

If you think, that Bon Jovi released their last good album in 1986 and if Cinderella belongs to your most favorite bands, you should check out this longplayer. You will not be disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Quarter to Twelve
  2. My Own Worst Enemy
  3. Forever Never Comes
  4. Dancing on a Razor Blade
  5. Consider Me Gone
  6. Life Ain’t Easy (For a Bo With Long Hair)
  7. Every Wild Heart
  8. Fighting You Leaving Me
  9. The Same Moon
  10. Piece by Piece of Mind
  11. One More for the Road
  12. Do I look scared to You (bonus)
  13. The Storm (Bonus)
  14. Nitro Nights (Bonus)

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

 

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SERENITY unveil details about the upcoming album

Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2017 von Markus W. in Serenity, Melodic Metal, News, Symphonic Metal, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal

SERENITY unveil details about the upcoming album
A new era will begin on the 27th of October 2017, as Symphonic Metal masters Serenity are ready to release a brand new full-length album! Before the announcement of the album the band encouraged fans to guess the title of their upcoming effort via their socials. So were you able to guess it right? Here it is: "Lionheart"!
 
The band states:            
"Hear us roar!! After we spread Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus all over the world, which you made one of our most successful records ever, we will now feed your yearnings with another historical masterpiece: LIONHEART!!! Strong, powerful Symphonic Powermetal hymns mixed with emotions from the depth of our souls - follow us into this new era and show us your Lionheart!!!"
 
 
"Lionheart" was mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios. Gyula Havancsák at Hjules Design and Illustrations created the fantastic album artwork!
 
With a full grasp of stunning emotions and superior dramatic compositions these Austrian musicians are world class, already winners of the prestigious Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2017.  Their energy and joy of playing those fantastic Power Symphonic Metal-hymns can't be tamed. Heroic and heartfelt - it's almost impossible to not be carried away. Glorious melodies and the angelic voice of Georg Neuhauser join heavenly guitars and tremendous hooks! This is pure symphonic joy!
 
 
  1. The full Lionheart track listing reads as follows:
  2. Deus Lo Vult
  3. United
  4. Lionheart
  5. Hero
  6. Rising High
  7. Heaven
  8. King's Landing
  9. Eternal Victory
  10. Stand and Fight
  11. The Fortress (of Blood and Sand)
  12. Empire
  13. My Fantasy
  14. The Final Crusade
  15.  
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MOONSPELL unveils details about the upcoming longplayer

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2017 von Markus W. in Moonspell, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Gothic, Napalm Records, Black Metal, News

MOONSPELL unveils details about the upcoming longplayer

backPortugal's Dark Metal pioneers in Moonspell are finally back with a brand new and hotly anticipated album, titled '1755'. Set to be released on November 3rd 2017 on Napalm Records, this record will outclass all standards you have ever heard from Moonspell before!

From the first second the conceptual dramaturgy Moonspell have created feels like a detonation of the mind. '1755' is more than just the band's new magnum opus: It's the musical version of the year of horror where a giant earthquake wrecked their home Lisbon. Naturally this album comes and is sung in Portuguese. The album, produced by Tue Madsen ( (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Dark Tranquility, Dir En Grey, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter ) also features Paulo Bragança, supplying a hauntingly voice of a Fado fallen angel who is a big part of the Portuguese culture. His fascinating vocals are featured in "In Tremor Dei" (eng.: "Fear Of God").

Now the band fronted by the soul of dark art and visionary Fernando Ribeiro unveiled first details about '1755' and unleash the stunning cover artwork as well as the album track list!


Says Fernando:

I have been fascinated with Portuguese history since I can remember. The year of 1755 marked the birth of a new Portugal. Much more than just the greatest natural disaster ever to occur on European soil, the great Lisbon Quake, shockwaves can not be reduced to a dramatic death toll. From absolute tragedy, a new city was born, giving way to a new time where Portuguese relied more on themselves than on the crown or the cross, granting us, much of the city, the lay country, the free will that we enjoy today. This is not just another album from us. It’s a musical and lyrical History document, a homage we pay to our legacy and to the amazing skills and resilience of our fellow Portuguese back then, of all mankind when brought down to the knees by the violent forces of Nature and Reason. Whatever is, is right... yet the earth shakes."

 

 

The track list of '1755' will read as follows:

1. Em Nome Do Medo

2. 1755

3. In Tremor Dei ( featuring Portuguese guest vocalist Paulo Bragança! )

4. Desastre

5. Abanão

6. Evento

7. 1 De Novembro

8. Ruínas

9. Todos Os Santos

10. Lanterna Dos Afogados

 

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SATYRICON unveils first song from the upcoming record

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Dark Metal, Napalm Records

Black metal legends SATYRICON have revealed their highly anticipated ninth studio album, 'Deep calleth upon Deep' is set for release on 22nd September on Napalm Records.

 

Now the iconic duo fronted by visionary Satyr has unveiled a lyric video for the album title track and first single from the band's upcoming masterpiece. Satyr informs us:

 

“It was not easy to chose a song to represent this album as they are all so different. I consider them all to be a group of individuals with strong and unique personalities and together they make the album «Deep calleth upon Deep».

 

The title track is the only song we’ve done with baritone and regular guitar all the way through the song. I felt it was needed for the tonal depth I was looking for and to enhance the swing of the groove in the heavier parts. It also has mellotron, cello, violin and backing vocals by classical singer Håkon Kornstad where the cello supports the baritone guitar and the mellotron, violin and the backing vocals provide air and width to the sound. Consider it a journey, play it loud, close your eyes and head into the forest. That’s what I do.“

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CD review DAWN OF DISEASE "Ascension Gate"

Veröffentlicht am 10. August 2017 von Markus W. in Dawn Of Disease, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review DAWN OF DISEASE "Ascension Gate"

(8/10) Even though being in the heavy rock business already since 2003, Dawn Of Disease might be new to some of you. The band from Osnabruck, Germany, started in 2003 with Tomasz Wisniewski being the only founding member that’s still active. The rest of the line-up also found some more solid ground during the last years with still some changes when it comes to the band’s 'power engine’. Mathias Blaesse is after three years back on the drum seat, being responsible for the forceful beat of the new album together with band colleague Christian Woesten who joined in 2016.

Dawn Of Disease is rooted in death metal that has a stronger link to the Swedish interpretation of this extreme metal genre. “Ascension Gate” is the band’s fourth longplayer, featuring ten new metal anthems that reminds me of Amon Amarth. On the one hand there are harsh and brutal riff, combined with deeper growls, some blastbeat parts and excellent performed solos. Next these features there’s always a solid portion of melody added to each of the tracks. It’s this mix that makes the album to an exciting one for existing fans of the band as well as it might attract new headbangers.

The German five-piece has a great sense for giving death metal as much variety as possible. One of the tracks that reflects this in a terrific way is “Beneath the Waters”. The tune is rich in variety – from a slower pace with might riffs to fast sections that are a pure blast. What acts as a glue, keeping all this together, are the vocals and the brutal groove that’s added to the tune.

In case you’re looking for faster metal thunderstorm you should check out the merciless “Akephalos”, a metal wrecking ball and a well-chosen first single release of the album.

“Ascension Gate” might be a bit more melodic than the predecessor which is for sure no downer. It’s an excellent album that shows the entire potential of a band that definitely has a future.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Passage
  2. Perimortal
  3. Leprous Thoughts
  4. Beneath the Waters
  5. Ascension Gate
  6. Akephalos
  7. Fleshless Journey
  8. The Growing Emptiness
  9. Lucid
  10. Mundu Inversus

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: August 11th, 2017

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