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CD review NIGHTWISH "Decades"

Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2018 von Markus W. in Nightwish, Symphonic Metal, Heavy Metal, New, CD Review, Decades

CD review NIGHTWISH "Decades"

(*/10) Introducing Finnish symphonic rockers of Nightwish feels like carrying sand to the beach. Tuomas Holopainen and band are more than 20 years in business, a good moment to look back on all the band's achievements of two decades. "Decades" is such...

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CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Earthcaller, Crystal Death, Hardcore, Metalcore, Thrash Metal, New, CD Review, eONE

CD review EARTH CALLER "Crystal Death"

(7/10) Melbourne-based hardcore gang Earth Caller is a young hardcore outfit, inspired by bands like Madball and Terror. The five-piece powerhouse released their debut in 2015. "Degenerate" went right into the AIR charts with Earth Caller gaining quite...

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CD review GENOCIDE PACT "Order of Torment"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Genocide Pact, Relapse Records, New, Order of Torment, Death Metal, Doom Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review

CD review GENOCIDE PACT "Order of Torment"

(7/10) Genocide Pact, hailing from Washington DC, are a rather new band. Founded in 2013, the band released their debut "Forged Through Domination" in 2015. Three years later it's high time to come with a new album and here it is. The sophomore longplayer...

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CD review DANIEL CAVANAGH "Monochrome"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Daniel Cavanagh, Anathema, Anneke van Gieersbergen, Anna Phoebe, New, Rock, Prog Rock, Kscope

CD review DANIEL CAVANAGH "Monochrome"

(9/10) Sometimes you don‘t have to be loud to get heard. Sometimes it‘s the calmer tones that reaches your ears and hit your soul. It‘s not only frantic riffs or a grooving rhythm section that makes the difference. Piano and a gentle singing acoustic...

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CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2017 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, New, Live, CD Review, AFM Records, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

(7/10) Ektomorf is basically the brainchild of Hungarian metal maniac Zoltán Farkas who started the band in 1993. The guitarist had to go through a rough time in the beginning and it was his willpower that kept him going. Ektomorf released in the meantime...

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Metal Blade reissues the 1st two AMON AMARTH records on vinyl

Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Metal Blade, Amon Amarth, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, New, Vinyl

Metal Blade reissues the 1st two AMON AMARTH records on vinyl

No doubt about Amon Amarth being one of the biggest metal bands in the World right now. The Swedes have a long history with Metal Blade that goes back to January 1998 when they released their debut album "Once Sent From the Golden Hall" via Metal Blade!...

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CD review SOULBURN "Earthless Pagan Spirit"

Veröffentlicht am 23. November 2016 von Markus W. in Soulburn, Asphyx, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal, New, CD Review, Heavy Metal

CD review SOULBURN "Earthless Pagan Spirit"

(8/10) Soulburn’s and Asphyx' history are closely connected. Not only that the band was founded by Eric Daniels (g) and Bob Bagchus (d) in parallel with their main band, Soulburn was also put on ice after Asphyx arose again in the beginning of the new...

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CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Wovenwar, News, Metalcore, Melodic Metalcore, New, CD Review, Modern Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal

CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"

(8/10) Wovenwar got on my personal radar when they opened for In Flames on their 2014 tour. That was almost to the point two years ago and I can remember very well the power the guys unleashed. Their music electrified the audience in the 013 in Tilburg....

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Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December

Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Enslaved, News, Death Metal, Black Metal, Pagan Metal, Folk Metal, New, Tour

Special ENSLAVED shows in Oslo in December

'Oslo by Norse' features three shows of Norwegian metal icons and Grammy award-winners Enslaved, performing three nights in a row with different sets. The shows will take place at Blå, Oslo, from December 6yh to December 8th. Enslaved will perform songs...

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CD review RUNNING WILD "Rapid Foray"

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2016 von Markus W. in Running Wild, News, Heavy Metal, German Metal, Pirste, New, CD Review, Power Metal, Melodic Metal

CD review RUNNING WILD "Rapid Foray"

(8/10) There were times when I was almost convinced that the flagship of pirate-style metal disappeared in the endless ocean of metal - forever. But obviously there is still life in the old dog yet and it would be very wrong to write off Running Wild....

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CD review Q5 "New World Order"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Q5, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, NWoBHM, CD Review, New, Power Metal

CD review Q5 "New World Order"

(7/10) I can't imagine that the songs on "New World Order" will lead to the like. This album is more a step back into the past when the NWoBHM rose and bands like Iron Maiden and Saxon gained momentum. It's especially the latter I had to think of for...

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CD review ZODIAC "Grain of Soul"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Zodiac, Hardrock, Blues, Classic Rock, New, CD Review, Muenster

CD review ZODIAC "Grain of Soul"

(9/10) Zodiac belongs to this bunch of exciting bands from Muenster, Germany that entered the rock scene a few years ago, getting more and more successful by delivering good music rather than by antics and gimmicks. Zodiac started their journey in rock...

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CD review KISSIN' DYNAMITE "Generation Goodbye"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Kissin' Dynamite, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Sleaze Rock, CD Review, New

CD review KISSIN' DYNAMITE "Generation Goodbye"

(8/10) "Money, Sex and Power" was a bit of a downer a few years ago and fortunately things got better again on the successor "Megalomania". Now Swabian metal youngsters Kissin' Dynamite need to prove that this trend is a sustainable one. "Generation Goodbye"...

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CD/DVD review STEVE HACKETT "The Total Experience - Live in Liverpool"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Steve Hackett, Genesis, News, Rock, Prog Rock, New, CD Review, DVD review

CD/DVD review STEVE HACKETT "The Total Experience - Live in Liverpool"

(8/10) Steve Hackett, known from bands like Genesis and GTR, will release a live album that is a well-crafted retrospective on the immense discography of the UK-based guitarist. After having published the latest studio album "Wolflight", Hackett got the...

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