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CD review THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN "Cypress Ave."

Veröffentlicht am 8. August 2017 von Markus W. in The Midnight Ghost Train, Stoner Rock, News, Napalm Records, Rock, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Southern Rock

CD review THE MIDNIGHT GHOST TRAIN "Cypress Ave."

(8/10) "Cypress Ave." is the title of The Midnight Ghost Trains' newest strike. It's the fourth full-length disc from Steve Moss and band, showcasing the trio more diverse than what we know from the earlier releases. 

Was it stoner rock and some sludge elements that built the framework for the last longplayer "Cold Was the Ground" it's this time variety that makes The Midnight Ghost Trains's newest longplayer to a special one. "Cypress Ave." includes the stoner rock songs as we know from earlier releases, but the Kansas-based band takes a wider approach for their newest record. 

In the beginning things look like this album's being a typical The Midnight Ghost Train release. "Tonight" and especially the power engine "Red Eyed Junkie Queen" reflects the earlier sound of the trio very well. Also "Glenn's Promise" and "Bury Me Deep" include the harsh expression with coarse vocals and heavily down-tuned guitars.

A first break comes with the bluesy and calmer "The Watchers Nest". Especially in the verse things get intense by pushing the stoner rock to the back. It feels like The Midnight Ghost Train puts a focus on groove by using many different styles, with the funky "The Boggie Down" being the most unusual The Midnight Ghost Train song to date. A rapping Sonny Cheeba and a dominant horn section are something you don't expect on an album of this rock outfit. I guess the tune will stimulate controversy discussions but I have to admit that it sounds great.

In general it's the second half of the album that shows another angle of the trio. Melancholic songs like "Black Wave" come with a lot of feel - and less anger. This doesn't mean that intesity became less on "Cypress Ave.". It's the opposite. Songs like "Lemon Tree" are as intense as the heavy stuff, just taking things from a different perspective. 

"Cypress Ave." surprised me. The Midnight Ghost Train had the courage to experiment with their sound and music. The album reflects the band a 100% even though the guys express themselves partly different. The Midnight Ghost Train doesn't stand still. The exciting journey continues, maybe in a partly unexpected direction which is the thrill of this longplayer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Tonight
  2. Red Eyed Junkie Queen
  3. Glenn's Promise
  4. Bury Me Deep
  5. The Watchers Nest
  6. Break My Love
  7. Lemon Trees
  8. The Boogie Down (feat. Sonny Cheeba)
  9. Black Wave
  10. The Echo
  11. I Can't Let You Go

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July28th, 2017

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CD review END OF GREEN "Void Estate"

Veröffentlicht am 6. August 2017 von Markus W. in End Of Green, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Napalm Records, Gothic

CD review END OF GREEN "Void Estate"

(9/10) Three years after End Of Green released their latest longplayer “The Painstream”, Michelle Darkness and colleagues are back with a new record. “Void Estate” is the ninth disc of the Swabian dark rock outfit and it showcases the band in a top-notch condition.

 

Almost two months after having cherished the longest day of the year, End Of Green rings in the darker seasons with autumn and winter just waiting around the next corner. While still being in August and enjoying bright sunlight and warm temperatures it’s “Void Estate” that prepares fans of intense rock music for what’s supposed to come.

 

The new longplayer features eleven songs that get under one’s skin. The album focuses on rock more than metal, with songs that include a dark intensity giving you the shivers.

 

Things start with the slow paced “Send in the Clowns” before the band shows with “Darkside of the Sun” their rougher edges. Still very melodic the tunes combines a bit of Paradise Lost and Type O’Negative without getting as extreme as these two bands.  The first single release “The Door” follows and it’s the catchy chorus that makes an impression from the beginning.

 

Via “Head Down” you’ll reach “Crossroads”. The up-tempo songs stand out a bit from the rest since it’s a melodic and light-hearted number, in End Of Green terms. Each of the first five tracks is a winner and also the second half of the album comes with good stuff too. Based on a similar basic mood and pace the density of real hits is a bit less compared to the beginning, however, tracks like the wistful “Dressed in Black Again” and the sad “Mollodrome” includes an emotional depth that’s very touching. These songs cover the sun behind shades of grey and instead of sunrays shining on the listener it’s melancholy that covers your soul.

 

“Void Estate” is the most mature album of the Stuttgart-based quintet. End Of Green evolved their music and sound to a next level while still being 100% true to themselves. This album is THE soundtrack for the upcoming grey and dark autumn season. Enjoy this album- and the last sunrays.

 

 

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Send in the Clown
  2. Darkside of the Sun
  3. The Door
  4. Head Down
  5. Crossroads
  6. The Unseen
  7. Dressed in Black Again
  8. Mollodrome
  9. Worn and Torn
  10. City of Broken Thoughts
  11. Like a Stranger

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Dark Rock

Release Date EU: August 18th, 2017

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CAVALERA CONSPIRACY announces new album

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in CAVALERA Conspiracy, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Groove Metal, Napalm Records

The Cavalera brothers announced a new CAVALERA CONSPIRACY album. The longplayer will be released on November 17 via Napalm Records.

Max CAVALERA in a recent interview with Metal Wani:

"The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer -  an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. I love the record. There are nine songs. We've got one song with Justin from GODFLESH -  just a great NAILBOMB, GODFLESH, CAVALERA kind of song. The rest is all pure thrash madness. And we had it mastered a couple of days ago by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST; he mastered the album. And it's great, man. It's a beast of an album. I think a lot of people are are gonna be surprised when they hear it. It's, for me, the best of all the CAVALERA albums, my favorite one. And it's got the same intensity and energy of the old stuff like 'Beneath The Remains' and 'Arise'. So a lot of people are gonna be happy to hear that."

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

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SATYRICON announced first details about the next album

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Satyricon, News, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Heavy Metal, Napalm Records

SATYRICON announced first details about the next album
Nearly three years in the making, SATYRICON have announced that 'Deep calleth upon Deep', their highly anticipated ninth studio album, is set for release on 22nd September via Napalm Records. 

Recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON’s 2006 album, ‘Now, Diabolical’), ‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is not just a new collection of songs from one of extreme music’s most enduring and reliable bands: this is a wholesale reinvention and a brand new era in SATYRICON history.  

Frontman and visionary, Satyr informs us “Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record.  If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special.  If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.  I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.” 

‘Deep calleth upon Deep’ is a profound statement about the essence of SATYRICON’s music and the eternal value of art itself.  Satyr continues, “The way that I see it is that for any art, be it SATYRICON or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well.  If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you.  So the title is saying, ‘From the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’  If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."   

SATYRICON is also proud to share the album’s front cover - an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.
 
 
   
   
 
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CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Bloody Hammers, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal

CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

(8/10) Bloody Hammers from Charlotte, North Carolina can look back on four longplayers which all featured well-crafted metal in minor. What began as a more 70’s classic rock interpretation shifted towards a gloomy and heavy doom experience for listener. This development became obvious on the bands last full-length output “Lovely Sort of Death” and finds a continuation on the new EP entitled “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”.

This six track mini album is a thrilling one with the band creating a sound that gives the shivers. Anders Magna and his wife Devallia charged each of the song with an intense feeling that reminds in parts of Type O’Negative. This comparison is less about the music. It’s more the dark atmosphere that acts as a connector throughout.

This album comes without any filler. It’s the opposite. Songs like the hammering opener “Gates of Hell” are pearls when it comes to groove and sphere. Listening to this tune makes you feel like knocking at the gates of hell - and you enjoy it. The counterpart is the beat-driven “The Beyond” which is more melodic and calmer. Vocals, drums and keyboards are in focus, giving the number a great expression and a melancholy that’s perfectly captured by songwriting and arrangement. Things end with a song called "The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance", a tune that brings back some The Doors-vibes.

To round of the spectrum of tuness means also mentioning “Vultures Circe Overland”. Again it’s drum and vocals dominating the song in the verse before it shifts towards an alternative metal chorus that made me think of Life Of Agony which also has to do with Magna’s intonation.

This duo add another successful chapter to their discography, an EP at least meets expectations if not even exceeding them.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gates of Hell
  2. Blood
  3. The Beyond
  4. Vultures Circle Overland
  5. All the Colors of the Dark
  6. The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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ALTER BRIDGE unveils live video

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Alter Bridge, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Hardrock, Video, Live, Napalm Records

ALTER BRIDGE unveils live video
ALTER BRIDGE are on a mission on European festival and club stages right now: To prove their incredible live performance qualities, and that they are one of the best top notch live acts of our times.  

Just recently they announced the release of a new live album and rarities collection called "Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities" which captures one of the biggest moments of the band's career, when they played their monumental show at London's famous O2 Arena on November 24th, 2016. The band put together a clip with some of the finest moments of this landmark performance with the background music of their "The Last Hero" track "Cradle To The Grave"!

In addition, this latest release contains an exclusive full-length "Rarities"-CD that will give every collector cause for rejoice. The CD features the never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the One Day Remains sessions. The song "Breathe" from those same sessions was released as a bonus track exclusively for Best Buy on The Last Hero. These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection.
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News from THE NEW ROSES

Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, News, Tour, Live, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Napalm Records

News from THE NEW ROSES

German rock shooting stars The New Roses do have their next album in the pipline. "One More For the Road" will be published on August 25th via Napalm Records. Here comes already the artwork, the tracklist and some live dates. Don't miss the power of pure rock'n'roll.

 

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 Boy With Long Hair) 
7. Every Wild Heart 
8. Fight You Leaving Me 
9. The Same Moon 
10. Piece By Peace Of Mind 
11. One More For The Road 
12. Do I Look Scared To You [Bonus Track] 
13. The Storm [Bonus Track] 
14. Nitro Nights [Bonus Track]
 
 
Tourdates:
 
16.06.17 FR - Vauréal / Le Forum /w The Dead Daisies
17.06.17 FR - Clisson / Hellfest Open Air
22.06.17 DE - Kiel / Radio Bob Area Kieler Woche
23.06.17 DE - Dischingen / Rock Am Härtsfeldsee
30.06.17 CH- Zell / Open Quer
01.07.17 DE - Loshausen / Rock im Park Loshausen
14.07.17 DE - Haunetal-Odensachsen / Haune-Rock 2017
15.07.17 DE – Willingen /Bike Week Willingen
22.07.17 DE – Berlin / Rock im Grünen
29.07.17 DE - Thalmässing / Pyraser Classic Rock Night
29.07.17 CH – Schmerikon / Schmerkner Rockfest
04.08.17 CH - Brienz / Rockfestival
12.08.17 DE - Mettenheim / Crafted Rocks Festival
19.08.17 DE - Maisach / Goldendrakes
26.08.17 DE - Obrigheim / Rock im Hinterland
02.09.17 DE - Malsch / Rock Im Wald
22.09.17 DE - Nassau / Michelrock
29.09.17 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
30.09.17 DE - Isernhagen / Blues Garage
05.10.17 DE - Berlin / Musik & Frieden
06.10.17 DE - Hamburg / Logo
07.10.17 DE - Bordesholm / Albatros
12.10.17 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
13.10.17 DE - Cologne / MTC
14.10.17 DE - Mannheim / 7er Club
19.10.17 DE - Nuremberg / Der Hirsch
20.10.17 DE - Viersen / Rockschicht
21.10.17 DE - Neunkirchen / Stummsche Reithalle
25.10.17 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
27.10.17 AT - Woergl / Komma
02.11.17 DE - Augsburg / Spectrum
03.11.17 DE - Munich / Backstage
10.11.17 UK - Pwellheli / Hard Rock Hell Festival
11.11.17 UK – Evesham/ The Iron Road
17.11.17 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
01.12.17 AT - Meiningen / Gents Moto Culture
02.12.17 AT - Arnthal / Season Opening
14.12.17 CH - Luzern / Schüür
15.12.17 CH – Brienz / Kick Down
 
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END OF GREEN premiers new song

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in End Of Green, News, Video, Gothic, Dark Metal, Rock, Napalm Records

END OF GREEN premiers new song

German dark metal outfit End Of Green has a new album in the starting blocks. "Void Estate" will see the light of day on August 8, and comes via Napalm Records.

The first video is already online, a song called "The Door" which is part of the twelve songs including tracklist of the new record.

  1. Send In The Clowns
  2. Dark Side Of The Sun
  3. The Door
  4. Head Down
  5. Crossroads
  6. The Unseen
  7. Dressed In Black Again
  8. Mollodrome
  9. Worn And Torn
  10. City Of Broken Thoughts
  11. Like A Stranger
  12. Leave This Town (Bonus Track)
END OF GREEN premiers new song
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CD review UNLEASH THE ARCHERS "Apex"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Power Metal, Unleash The Archers, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

(8/10) There isn’t that many bands from the Canadian West coast with a more global level of awareness. Unleash The Archers is such a band, hailing from British Columbia, metal fans from not only Canada are familiar with.

The roots of the power metal outfit go back to 2007 with a debut, “Behold the Devastation”, that saw the light of day in 2009. Unleash The Archers could add more strength to their bow after signing a contact with Austrian label Napalm Records., a deal that helped them to make the band also more present in Europe. “Time Stands Still” was the first longplayer for the new label and awareness was rising. After having had this longplayer acting as a kind of trailblazer, the newest album “Apex” should help strengthening the band’s position … and I guess it does.

Unleash The Archers fires ten metallic arrows towards Europe. The first one is entitled "Awakening" and is a seven minutes anthem that begins with some dark samples. This scenario doesn't last for too long since the track shifts towards a powerful metal track within no time. Worth a note are the great hooks and the well-done vocals of singer Brittney Slayes, something that goes for the entire album. Unleash The Archer doesn't discover unknown territory with "Apex". However, they five-piece band from Vancouver does a very good job in a familiar area and songs like the "Cleanse the Bloodlines" with its big melodies, but also the more epic grooving "False Walls" are for sure good stuff.

"Apex" is not about developing metal to a next level or giving it another twist. The ingredients are well known and Unleash The Archer combines them to a tasty metal dish - a metallic ten course feast for fans of melodic power metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Awakening
  2. Shadow Guide
  3. The Matriarch
  4. Cleanse the Bloodlines
  5. The Coward’s Way
  6. False Walls
  7. Ten Thousand Against One
  8. Earth and Ashes
  9. Call Me Immortal
  10. Apex

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: June 2nd, 2017

CD review UNLEASH THE ARCHERS "Apex"
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CD review ALESTORM "No Grave but the Sea"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Alestorm, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, Rock, Napalm Records, Folk

CD review ALESTORM "No Grave but the Sea"

(7/10) I guess that nobody really expects poetry when it comes to lyrics of Scottish metal outfit Alestorm. This couldn’t be found back on the earlier releases and also the new record, “No Grave but the Sea”, continues with stories around piracy, beer, pubs, tankards and other trivial things. If lyrics like “Tequila and a donkey show/Mexico, Mexico” or “I see the man called Schlumpfi behind the oaken bar” are amusing or boring lies in the eye of the beholder, but beside all that it’s the music that’s actually not too bad. Alestorm has a sense for catchy melodies, which they merge with nice riffs and a powerful rhythm. No doubt, everybody can immediately join in singing and even after quite some beers it works very well.

Alestorm’s newest album comes with ten of these pirate-style folk metal tracks, providing you with 46 minutes of trivial but entertaining music. If you liked the earlier Alestorm releases “No Grave but the Sea” will not disappoint you. I don’t think that the Scotsmen can dramatically increase their fan base but this, I guess, is also not the purpose of the album. Alestorm does what they can do best and fans will be pleased with the ten song. What more do you want?

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No Grave But the Sea
  2. Mexico
  3. To the End of the World
  4. Alestorm
  5. Bar and Imbiss
  6. Fucked with an Anchor
  7. Pegleg Potion
  8. Man the Pumps
  9. Rage of the Pentahook
  10. Treasure Island

 

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: May 26th, 2017

 

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CD review HATE "Tremendum"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Hate, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

(8/10) ‘Hate’ is an emotion that's part of the human nature and is existing from time immemorial. This doesn’t go for the band that named themselves Hate even though the guys have already a 26 year history in metal. Actually they are as long in business as Polish black metal flagship Behemoth in whose shadow the quartet stood for many years.

Hate can look back on nine full-length longplayers, each of them a blood-curdling blackened death metal release. Being overshadowed by the mighty Behemoth for a longer time, Hate started recently to gain a stronger position in the fields of extreme metal. The guys get more and more attention and it's discs like their newest strike “Tremendum” that are one asset for this rising popularity.

Maybe ‘popularity’ isn’t the best word to describe what this longplayer is about. Hate will never reach the mainstream and they also don’t want to go there. The music of this four-piece band is aiming for fans of dark and hellish metal that comes right out of the abyss.

“Tremendum” features nine songs, giving a running time of 45 minutes. In these three quarters of an hour the band takes the listener on an infernal journey through the netherworld. What distinguishes this longplayer from many other records in this genre is the level of diversification. Of course, Hate will be never a prog metal band, but they are including much more in their songs than just doing things with full blast according to the book. Their tenth album is actually a quite entertaining piece of music that combines a brutal harshness with a passion for details in song and sound.

It’s hard to pick and choose some tracks for going more into depth. This has to do with all of them being highly exciting and very well-crafted. Deep growls, immense riffs and bludgeoning drumming are trademarks that are weaved into each of the nine tracks on “Tremedum”, an album that opens the gates also for non-black metal fans. Horns up for a band that finally gets the recognition they deserve.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Asuric Being
  2. Indestructable Pillar
  3. Svarog’s Mountain
  4. Numinosum
  5. Fidelis ad Mortem
  6. Into Burning Gehenna
  7. Sea of Rubble
  8. Ghostforce
  9. Walk Through Fire

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017

CD review HATE "Tremendum"
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CD review SEVEN KINGDOMS “Decennium”

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Seven Kingdoms, Power Metal, Speed Metal, Symphonic Metal, News, Heavy Metal, CD Review, Napalm Records

(7/10) Seven Kingdoms is a Florida-based quintet that started in 2007 with releasing their debut the same year. Two more longplayers followed and with a pretty stable line-up the band started to work on their newest output. “Decennium” is the name of the band’s fourth album, a record that comes with ten, mostly uptempo, power metal anthems.

After having listened to Seven Kingdoms’ newest “Decennium” album I had to think about this old Saturday Night sketch about the ‘Olympia Restaurant’ – cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger. For the ones of you who never saw the sketch, it’s about a restaurant that, regardless what people order, just sell cheeseburgers, Pepsi and chips. The reason why I had to think about this funny episode was, because also on this album all a bit about the same. The US five-piece band build on what was developed by bands like Hammerfall and Blind Guardian which is basically the only offer.

The songs on “Decennium” are ‘tasty’, as a cheeseburger, but it’s also the only dish on this 10 tracks metallic menu. It’s also something that, even though being very popular, isn’t very unique. To stick to the metaphor means, that Seven Kingdoms  make use of the same ingredients that have also been used from other bands before. The opener “Stargazer” shows more than ones that Finnish metal icons Stratovarius delivered a kind of blueprint for the song. The next one, “Undying”, is pushing the pedal quite strongly. The beginning reminds of Helloween, continuing as a speedy metal track that lives by the twin guitars and the excellent production of which the entire longplayer benefits from.

What sounds good in the beginning becomes also a bit lengthy as you go. After half of the album you could get the idea that you’ve heard things earlier the same way. OK, there are nuanced differences but the general pattern stays the same – high pace, bombastic sound, soaring vocals and raging twin guitars. A bit more deviation from the standard theme would have been a well-perceived and would have spiced-up a solid record. Or, if staying in the ‘cheeseburger’ metaphor – a bit of a different sauce, some extra lettuce, some extra bacon – all this would have added more excitement to the totality.

“Decennium” is an album that helps to appease hunger for good power metal. If this is what you are looking for, this longplayer delivers. In case you’re looking for something more extraordinary, not having the same thing every day, you better check out the offer first.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Stargazer
  2. Undying
  3. In the Walls
  4. The Tale of Deathface Ginny
  5. Castle in the Snow
  6. Kingslayer
  7. The Faceless Hero
  8. Never ending
  9. Hollow
  10. Awakened from Nothing

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017

CD review SEVEN KINGDOMS “Decennium”
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Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2017 von Markus W. in Civil War, Nightmare, Athanasia, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Live, Live Review, News, AFM, Napalm Records, Gebr. de Nobel

I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that ‚Kings Day’, a bank holiday in Holland that goes along with a big party in orange, was the reason for the smaller of two rooms in Gebr. de Nobel not being really over crowded that night. Could also be due to a vacation time as well. OK, we will not really find this out here and now, but for the ones who made it that night to Leiden things became a pretty good metal night.

Three bands were on the running order that Friday, starting with Athanasia. Honestly, I haven’t heard of the band before and I also didn’t expect too much of these planned 30 minutes. Surprisingly things turned out very well. The trio from California plays a kind of blackened thrash metal mix that got pretty good out of the speakers. The show in Leiden was the band's first one in Europe and even though the trio couldn’t benefit from a very good sound, the potential was obvious. Their show was a good warm-up for fans of solid metal and with each tune played that night, the band gained appreciation from fans. The guys are working at the moment on their first album and therfor I can’t tell you much about the songs played that night but they all raised curiousity for Athansia’s debut.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

From newcomers to pioneers. Nightmare was next, a band with a history like a rollercoaster. There were so many ups and downs over the last decades that I stopped counting them. However, the metal institution from Grenoble released a new longplayer a few months ago with a renewed line-up. Maggy Luyten joined the French powerhouse and so did Olivier Casula (drums). The fivepiece group played a 60 minutes set, showcasing a band that was hungry for live shows. Luyten is, next to being a good singer, also a real front-woman, being in constant contact with the fans – on stage, as well as surrounded by fans in the middle of the room. Franck Milleliri and Matt Asselberhs provided sharp riffs and it was the only active founding member, Yves Campion, who build a strong grooving foundation.

Nightmare have released ten albums and have a big amount of song they can choose from. However, they didn’t make us of it and based the entire show on the latest release which was almost played in ist entirety. It was only „The Preacher“ from the 2012 album „The Burden of Gods“ that smuggled itself in the setlist which was a bit of an unusual fashion. All in all Nightmare played a solid rock show that lived by its authentic approach and passion of each of the five band members.

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Last but not least it was time for the main act to enter the stage and make an impression. As with Nightmare also the Falun-based power metal outfit Civil War comes with a new singer. Kelly Sundown Carpenter joined the band this year and the Leiden show was one of the first ones he did together with the band. Covered behind sunglasses the frontman did a good job. His voice fits perfectly with Civil War's music and also his entertainment skills are developed very well. Fully supported by his band mates the quintet performed a set with the biggest chunk of tunes coming from the band’s latest longplayer „The Last Full Measure“. Also „The Killer Angel“ made it with some songs into this set and in addition tunes like „Gods and Generals“ as well as „Bay of pigs“ got out of the gates very well. The latter was the most euphoric celebrated one out of all the tracks played that night, coming right before "Rome is Falling" It was this anthem of Civil War that ended a metal evening that showed that a good metal party doesn't necessarily need a full house.

 

Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017
Live report CIVIL WAR / NIGHTMARE / ATHANASIA, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 28.04.2017

Setlist Civil War:

  1. USS Monitor
  2. Saint Patrick’s Day
  3. Gettysburg
  4. Sons of Avalon
  5. A Tale That Never Should be Told
  6. Deliverance
  7. Road to Victory
  8. I Will Rule the Universe
  9. Gods and Generals
  10. Tombstone
  11. Bay of Pigs
  12. Rome is Falling

 

Setlist Nightmare:

  1. Infected
  2. Of Sleepless Mind
  3. Tangled in the Roots
  4. The Preacher
  5. Red Marbled and Gold
  6. Indifference
  7. Ikarus
  8. Dead Sun
  9. Inner Sanctum
  10. Serpentine
  11. Eternal Winter
  12. Starry Skies Gone Black

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: April 29th, 2017

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CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Mount the Mountain"

Veröffentlicht am 22. April 2017 von Markus W. in Mammoth Mammoth, Stoner Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Heavy Metal, Napalm Records, CD Review

(8/10) A new album of Australian rocker Mammoth Mammoth is a like a cold beer that gets the dust out of your throat. It's a straight-on and refreshing experience that just helps to refresh and blow away the worries in daily life.

The quartet from Melbourne joined the race in 2008 with a first EP and an extremely powerful debut that saw the light of day one year later. Time went by and April 2017 is the moment of Mammoth Mammoth's fourth longplayer hitting the road. "Mount the Mountain" is the title of this eleven songs including records that can be seen as another energizer from Down Under.

The first thing that sticks out is the artwork of the album. It probably creates some attention but it would be worth nothing if the music of this longplayer couldn't live up to expectations too. In this sense it's not much more than an appetizer for songs that are pure rockn'roll.

The title track opens the doors to an album that comes in the typical fashion. Rough vocals, raunchy guitars and a steady beat characterize a tune that's good but also misses the final kick. I guess the rocking "Spellbound" would have been the better choice; a track with a dense sound, great breaks, an hypnotic beat and a kick-ass attitude. In general it's the uptempo songs on "Mount the Mountain" that are a blast. "Kickin' My Dog" is another one of these tracks and also "Hard Way Down" doesn't come with any compromises.

The true fun part of this longplayer comes at the end when the quartet takes Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" which is turned upside down - twisted into a typical Mammoth Mammoth rocker. It's actually quite hard to recognize the original hit.

The only things that's missing on this longplayer is a real smasher. Songs like "Hell's Likely" from the debut didn't make it on "Mount the Mountain"; an album that is still pure fun to listen to and the right background music for an upcoming spring and summer party. Cheers.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mount the Mountain
  2. Spellbound
  3. Hole in the Head
  4. Kickin' My Dog
  5. Procrastination
  6. Sleep Walker
  7. Epitome
  8. Hard Way Down
  9. Wild and Dead
  10. Cold Liquor
  11. I Can't Get You Out of My Head

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review MAMMOTH MAMMOTH "Mount the Mountain"
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