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CD review DUST "Soulburst"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Dust, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Hardrock, New, Rock

(7/10) Again Sweden, again Stcokholm. The density of rock and metal bands in IKEA country is unbelievable. Dust is one of them, releasing their new longplayer "Soulburst" as we speak.

The new album is their second strike, following "Tequila Shiver". Dust's music is described as a mix of Free, Dio and Deep Purple. After having heard the longplayer several times I think, that these influences describe the sound on "Soulburst" pretty well.

The songs on "Soulburst" are good hardrock numbers, not more, but also not less. It's more Roger Salanders rough vocals and the fact that the album was recorded live in the studio which makes it to a special one.

Songs like "King is Coming" show a band that plays together pretty tight and the soulful ballad "Waiting For You" is a reference to David Coverdale's Whitesnake. It's the blues that drives this number that is definitely a highlight on this longplayer.

In the end "Soulburst" belongs to this kind of longplayers that are done very well, including good songs performed by good musicians and each of the tunes is entertaining. "Soulburst" spreads a good party vibe but there is also not that much new that gives you a 'wow effect'. Solid.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sun rising
  2. King is Coming
  3. Come On
  4. Waiting For You
  5. Bad Boy
  6. Free
  7. Soul Stealer
  8. Keltic Wheel
  9. Blind

 

Label: Attitude

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: May 20th, 2016

CD review DUST "Soulburst"
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HEADSPACE tour dates 2016

Veröffentlicht am 21. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Headspace, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, New, Rock

Headspace’s new album ‘All That You Fear Is Gone’ was released back in February, and following the previously announced UK festival dates, the band has confirmed some select European shows in December. The band, featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold), Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer), Pete Rinaldi (Hot Leg, Dido, One Eskimo), Lee Pomeroy (It Bites, Steve Hackett, Jeff Lynne’s ELO), and Adam Falkner (Babyshambes, Dido, One Eskimo), will play the following dates:

20th December – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
21st December – Zoetermeer, Boerderij, Netherlands
22nd December – De Bosuil,Weert, Netherlands

This is in addition to the already announced UK festival appearances:
24th July – Ramblin Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone
12th August – Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Cropredy, Banbury

HEADSPACE tour dates 2016
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CD review DROWNING POOL "Hellelujah"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Drowning Pool, Modern Metal, News, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, CD Review, New

(7/10) Drowning Pool aren't the fastest ones in releasing new records. They have a kind of three years rhythm in which they publish new stuff. Knowning that their last album "Resilience" was released in 2013 you could expect a new longplayer in 2016. And indeed, here it is.

"Hellelujah" is the name of this record that hosts 13 songs. Drowning Pool hasn't lost anything when it comes to power and groove. Riff attacks are spread all over and the rough but melodic vocal lines are well done. It needed 2-3 rounds in the player to really like this disc, since it reveals the quality after a while. 

"Push" opens the album that is a pure energizer, if you listen to it loud. "We are the Devil" is slower grooving with an ultracool chorus that reminds of the best days of the Cavalera Conspiracy, just that Drowning Pool was first.

The well-done "Snake Chamber" makes you think of Alice In Chains and the dynamic "Meet the Bullet" with the kids choir in the beginning and the melodic vocal lines is a plus factor on "Hellelujah".

There's also nothing wrong with the silent tunes like "Another Name" and all in all there is now filler on this disc. There is also no real killer on the album too, but since each ot the tunes has good stuff to offer, "Hellelujah" is worth to be discovered.

And even though I like the album there is an underlaying thing saying, that this kind of music has reached its peak already a few years ago. However, Drowning Pool is still Drowning Pool, the songs are good and that's what counts.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Push
  2. By the Blood
  3. Drop
  4. Hell to Pay
  5. We Are the Devil
  6. Snake Charmer
  7. My Own Way
  8. Goddamn Vultures
  9. Another Name
  10. Sympathy Depleted
  11. Stomping Ground
  12. Meet the Bullet
  13. All Saints Day

 

Label: Long Branch Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: February 5th, 2016

CD review DROWNING POOL "Hellelujah"
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CD review THE MÆNSION "Ævolution"

Veröffentlicht am 17. November 2015 von Markus W. in The Mænsion, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, New, CD Review, Rock

(7/10) The Mænsion describes their music as FutuRock. If we will hear more of the band in the future is something time will tell. Therefor let's stay focussed for the moment on the here and now.

The facts are that Mænsion have their starting moment back in 2008, but things became more tangible around 2013 when mainman Mark Mænsion moved to California. While producing other acts Mark also started to write the tunes that are now published on "Ævolution".

I would describe the bands sound as alternative rock, that also comes with some prog influences. The first single called "Chrysalis" is one of the numbers that reflects all this best. It brings back Tool to my memories while the end is more modern metal. The fact that Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst has a guest appearance on this tune emphasises the closeness to this genre.

The more silent moments are e.g. "Fetus' Thoughts". The song starts quite and fragile. Towards the end it builds up a bit but doesn't twist into a real outburst. It's more the electronically supported soundscapes that are in the forefront.

The Mænsion serves a melange of the mentioned genres; something that leads to nice songs that are produced very well. The album isn't rocket science but it's a solid piece of modern rock music. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Silence
  2. Freak
  3. Absolution
  4. Chrysalis (feat. Fred Durst)
  5. Fetus' Thoughts
  6. Retrospection
  7. Labyrinth
  8. Into the Dark
  9. The Riddle With No Answer

 

Label: Take Those Trip To The Mars Records

Genre: Alternative Metal/Rock

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review THE MÆNSION "Ævolution"
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New SIKTH album via Peaceville

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2015 von Markus W. in Sikth, News, Math Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, New, Prog Metal

New SIKTH album via Peaceville

The grandfather of math metal Sikth posted a new song called "Philistine Philosophies".

The track is taken from the upcoming longplayer "Opacities" that will be published on January 22nd, 2016 via Peaceville.

Recorded at Lincoln’s Chapel Studios and produced by  Dan Weller and Justin Hill (mixed by Forrester Savell – Karnivool, Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus) vocalist Mikee Goodman hails ‘Opacities’ as the best music the band have ever made, stating, “musically, vocally and lyrically it is our most complete work. We've pushed our sound to the next level."

Following their hiatus in 2008 the band feel that their time away has allowed them to become a better band, with this version of SikThand the new album being their best yet, with guitarist Dan Weller commenting, “it's more thoughtful, heavier, more refined. A lot of heart and soul went into the making of it - this record is for our fans who've been so loyal".

Along with a new record, December will also see the band touring the UK following recent shows across the world in Germany, Japan, India and Nepal showing that while they were away their music and influence continued to spread. 

These shows have brought a renewed energy to the band and a hunger to get out there again and play. The band state “touring with SikTh is much more fun than it used to be. Of course there can be friction. But compared to how things used to be, it's been a better vibe and crowds are more energetic than ever too!"

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PAIN OF SALVATION dates for Netherlands and Italy

Veröffentlicht am 16. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Pain Of Salvation, News, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, New, Tour

Swedish progressive rock innovators Pain of Salvation have kept busy working on various new recording projects ever since their latest release, the semi-acoustic album “Falling Home” from November 2014. Having just returned from some successful shows in Russia, Pain of Salvation have now also announced a next string of shows in The Netherlands and Italy. Here are the exact dates:

Pain of Salvation – Live 2015:
29.10.2015 NL - Enschede @ Atak
30.10.2015 NL - Apeldoorn @ Gigant
31.10.2015 NL - Amstelveen @ P60
12.12.2015 IT - Rome @ Crossroads Live Club
13.12.2015 IT - Milano @ Circolo Magnolia

More dates will follow…

PAIN OF SALVATION dates for Netherlands and Italy
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CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Hardrock, News, Live, CD Review, Classic Rock, New, Heavy Metal, Wacken

(*/10) Rock dinosaur Deep Purple surprises us with two live releases this summer. One covers a show the guys did in Wacken in 2013 while the second one was recorded in the legendary Budokan in Tokyo a few months later. 

In this review I can only refer to the CD, but I could imagine that the DVD even underlines the two different set-ups of shows; not when it comes to the songs, more when it comes to the whole environment and vibe.

Let's start with Wacken. I don't have to tell you anything about Europe's biggest metal festival. Playing there in the evening must be an impressive moment for every musician and band. And I guess that it's also for Deep Purple, that has seen quite a lot in the decades of existance, still something special. Wacken itself is the star and fans are coming from all over the world to enjoy the metal party (mainly in Northern German rain). Standing on stage and looking into the sunsert while playing hardrock milestones like "Black night, "Highway start" and "Perfect stranger" must be a magic moment. Obviously also Deep Purple enjoyed playing there. The setlist left nothing to be desired. The mentioned classics have been performed, next to new songs like "Vincent Price" from the last studio release "Now what?!". The moment to remember was when Uli Jon Roth joined the iconic hardrock legend to play "Smoke on the water". It became an impressive and energetic version of a tune generations enjoy since decades. A timeless rock highlight at an outstanding open air.

A counterpoint to the Wacken show was the one in Tokyo. Not only that Ian Gillan and band mates went back to a place where they partially recorded the famous "Made in Japan" album. It's also the venue itself and the total different fan culture that makes the difference. From an acoustic standpoint both releases are done very well even though I think you can hear the high standards in Budokan supporting an excellent sound experience. For the rest I assume, that the DVD offers even more impressions and also puts more emphasis on the differences between the the two shows.

The setlists didn't differ that much which sounds logical but might limit the need of having both live CD's. "...To the rising sun" opens with "Apres vous" from the "Now what?!" album, while the Wacken crowd appreciated "Highway star" that didn't come back on the Tokyo setlist. The new "Uncommon man" has been performed in Tokyo too as well as "The mule" - known from the "Made in Japan" album. So, as said, a few small variations but in general the same set.

All in all those two live releases are very well done - something you expect when the banner of Deep Purple decorates the front cover. It's great songs, different fans, different location, different positive vibe and great hardrock. Something to enjoy.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

From the setting sun...

  1. Highway star
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Vincent Price
  5. Strange kind of woman
  6. Contact lost
  7. The well-dressed guitar
  8. Hell to pay
  9. Lazy
  10. Above and beyond
  11. No one came
  12. Don Airey solo
  13. Perfect strangers
  14. Space truckin'
  15. Smoke on the water (feat. Uli Jon Roth)
  16. Green onion / Hush
  17. Black night

 

...To the rising sun

  1. Apres vous
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Strange kind of woman
  5. Vincent Price
  6. Contact lost
  7. Uncommon man
  8. The well-dressed guitar
  9. The mule
  10. Above and beyond
  11. Lazy
  12. Hell to pay
  13. Don Airey's solo
  14. Perfect starngers
  15. Space truckin'
  16. Smoke on the water
  17. Green onions / Hush
  18. Black night

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
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New song from AVATARIUM

Veröffentlicht am 24. August 2015 von Markus W. in Avatarium, News, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, New, Video, Heavy Metal

Here comes the first new sing from Swedish Avatarium. The doomsters posted "Girl with the raven mask" which is the title track of the upcoming album. The tune is surprisingly fast, but typically Avatarium. If the other songs have a similar quality we can expect a great album that can easily compete with the the debut and the EP.

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Interview with Nicke Andersson from IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2015 von Markus W. in Imperial State Electric, Classic Rock, New, Interview, Blues, Hardrock, The Hellacopters, Entombed

Our dear friends from Imperial State Electric have an excellent new album in the starting block. Therefore it was great Nicke Andresson, mainman of Imperial State Electric, gave us some more information about the new longplayer.

 

MHMB: "Honk machine" became another great ISE album. Where do you guys take all the creativity from for all those great songs?

 

Nicke Andersson: Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I write songs all the time which makes me a songwriter. But I'm most and foremost a music fan and listening to good music makes me want to write songs.

 

MHMB: I think that the new album builds on "Reptile brain music" but I have the feeling that the range of styles increased. "Walk on by" comes with some soul elements while "It ain't what you think" is pure rock'n'roll 

with a metal guitar. Where do you guys see the main differences if you 

have to compare "Honk machine' with the predecessor?

 

Nicke: We've always had elements of soul, r&b, country and blues. That's the basis for real rock 'n' roll since the beginning. I guess "Walk On By" sounds more towards soul mainly because it's a ballad and we've never really done that before with Imperial State Electric. I think the main differences between this and the last album, or any of the other two, is the songs. Also the fact that we had an "outside" person in Stefan Boman who mixed the album which makes sonically a little different.

 

MHMB: Of course you like all the songs on the new album. But are there some you like even more than some others?

Nicke:That differs from day to day I think. Today I really like "Just Let Me Know". I think Tobias wrote a really good song and I think we executed it quite well.

 

MHMB: You mentioned that you're the songwriter for ISE? But sometimes I had the feeling that the tracks are a result of jam sessions, which makes them very much alive and vital. Is this impression right?

 

Nicke: No jam sessions I'm afraid. I write most of the songs. Sometimes Dolf help me out with the lyrics. On this album Tobias wrote one song and Dolf wrote one.

 

MHMB: How did you came up with "Honk machine" as the title for the album? And what's a 'honk machine' for you?

 

Nicke: The idea comes from a great early fuzz pedal from ca '65 called "The Zonk Machine". The word Honk refers to "midrange honk", the place in the frequency spectrum where great electric guitar sounds live. Any good rock 'n' roll band is a honk machine and so are Imperial State Electric.

 

MHMB: You guys have a lot of passion for what you're doing. This is again 

obvious with the new album. How do you manage to keep the spirit that 

high after all those years in business?

 

Nicke: Again, it's because I'm still a music fan I guess. Great music is enough drive for me. 

 

MHMB: What are the plans about playing live? There have been some dates announced already for late autumn. Is there more to come?

Nicke: Yes, we're going to Spain and Basque Country in September and we'll touring with Graveyard in Europe in October/November. Scandinavian shows in between.

 

MHMB: Is there anything more you want to share with the readers?

Nicke: Not really. Let's let the music do the talking.

Photo: Johan Forsberg

Photo: Johan Forsberg

Photo: Linda Akerberg

Photo: Linda Akerberg

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CD review 9MM "Nitro killer"

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2015 von Markus W. in Rock, Punkrock, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, CD Review, New, 9mm

(7/10) Proll rock can make a lot of fun. That's what German 9mm try to make clear for everybody. Their new album "Nitro killer" is full of kick-ass rock songs that are sometimes a bit more punk, sometimes a bit more metal and mostly pure rock'n'roll.

That the band builds on German lyrics isn't of any importance since the music itself is well-done and stands for itself.
 
After a short intro "Ole, viva, la fiesta" invites for the first pogo round. The fast punk rock tune fulfills his job as being the opener very well. The title track is also full speed ahead - with less punk but a lot of metal; stated by the first riff.
I mentioned the German lyrics already. Some of them are full of humor and irony. The punk rocker "Ambrosia und Whiskey" is one of those tracks - the more melodic hardrocker "Geiselwind" is another one.
 
But 9mm adresses also some more serious topics like "Armageddon", a song that damn war and the ones making money by selling weapons. Also "Extremisten", another metal song, is a clear statement against fascism and intolerence - something that can't be mentioned too often in these days.
 
The only downer is the trivial cover. A longplayer that comes with such a musical punch would have deserved a much better artwork.
 
Anyhow, besides this fact 9mm's "Nitro killer" is a real killer. This genuine music is uncompromising, real and dirty. A bit of another highlight this year.
 
 
(7/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Für eine handvoll Dollar
  2. Ole, viva la fiesta
  3. Nitro killers
  4. Armageddon
  5. 300 Männer
  6. Extremisten
  7. Ambrosia and Whiskey
  8. 14.000 RPM
  9. Ohne dich
  10. Denunzianten
  11. Bis zum letzten Mann
  12. Geiselwind
 
Label: Rodeostar Records
Genre: Proll Rock
Release date EU: August 14, 2015
 
 
CD review 9MM "Nitro killer"
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BLACK TRIP's new video is online

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Black Trip, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Retro, Video, New, Heavy Metal

Swedisch classic rocker Black Trip have posted a new song from the upcoming longplayer "Shadowline". It's a damn cool tune with great hooks. The name - "Berlin model 32". Check it out. It's fun!

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CD review ECSTATIC VISION "Sonic praise"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Ecstatic Vision, Monster Magnet, News, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Stoner Rock, New, CD Review

(8/10) Again an album that makes fun. 2013 founded Ecstatic Vision has their first longplayer out in the stores. "Sonic praise" is the title of the band's debut that comes with five songs - all five minutes or longer.

The guys from Philadelphia started in order to primarily "play what they wanted to hear". Actually a great thought for starting a band. Doug Sabolick (g/v), Michael Field Connor (b) and Jordan Crouses (d) obviosuly want to hear psychedelic rock with some classic rock influences. That's at least the impression after having listened to "Sonic 

The result is an exciting longplayer with the masterpiece "Astral plane" as the central element. This tune is a 12 minutes long inspiring piece that shows psychedelic rock in a lot of different shades. Retro rock meets tribal drums, both in a correlation with some hypnotic beats that remined me to The Young Gods. To write such along song with keeping the level of tension high is a tricky thing. That Ecstatic Vision are able to do this shows on the one hand the creativity and the music capability of the trio. Small downer in the end; why is the tune fading out? A solid ending would have been better.

However, there are four more songs on "Sonic praise". Those are actually on the same high level as the mentioned "Astral plane". "Don't kill the vibe" lives from well structured endless repetitions without becoming boring. The opener "Journey" has a lot of Monster Magnet and feels like being partly covered with smoke.

The title track comes with a lot of samples and sound effects before "Cross the divide" kicks in with a lot of groove.

"Sonic praise" became an excellent psychedelic rock album. A record that surprised me - a longplayer I can recommend to you. This is music with thoughtfulness and passion. A disc that proves that monotony can also be something cool and entertaining.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Journey
  2. Astral plane
  3. Don't kill the vibe
  4. Sonic praise
  5. Cross the divide

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Psychedelic Rock

Release date: Already released

CD review ECSTATIC VISION "Sonic praise"
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SOLSTAFIR extends European tour

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2014 von Markus W. in Solstafir, Heavy Metal, Tour, New, Dark Metal, Doom Metal

Solstafir extends their Europea tour with a few more dates in 2015. Here they are:

SOLSTAFIR extends European tour
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Exclusive ORPHANED LAND acoustic show in Berlin

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2013 von Markus W. in Orphaned Land, New, Heavy Metal

Orphaned Land will play an exclusive acoustic show in Berlin in September. The concert will include a choir and several guest musicians. It will be the first concert of the band in Berlin.

 

Date: 18.9.2013

Time: 19:00

Location: theARTer Galerie, Berlin

 

Tickets and more information is to get at: http://www.thearter-gallery.de

Exclusive ORPHANED LAND acoustic show in Berlin
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