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CD review MACHINE HEAD "Catharsis"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Machine Head, Thrash Metal, Modern Metal, News, CD Review, Catharsis, Nuclear Blast, Nu Metal

CD review MACHINE HEAD "Catharsis"

(8/10) The 90's were a tough decade for metal bands. However, some metal outfits gained momentum even in a time when nu metal and grunge stood in the spotlight. Vio-lence from San Francisco was one of these band with the sophomore release "Oppressing the Masses" belonging to my personal faves when it comes to thrash metal. Guitarist Robb Flynn played a crucial role in this five-piece band from California. Unfortunately Vio-lence never made it to the top, followed by a split some years later.

But the ending of one thing also means the beginning of something new. Robb Flynn started Machine Head and found with Logan Mader, Adam Duce and Chris Kontos three excellent musicians, all together recording the debut "Burn My Eyes". The album is a milestone in thrash metal with classics like "Davidian" and "Old" being brutal and timeless metal tracks. The sophomore longplayer "The More Things Change..." featured with songs like "Ten Ton Hammer" more cornerstones, followed by "The Burning Red" and "Supercharger", which couldn't live up to the quality of first two terrific albums.

Machine Head belongs to the group of bands that never stands still. For the good or the bad there's a constant evolvement embedded which led to an impressive return with "The Blackening" and "Unto the Locust". Since Robb Flynn and bandmates never stood still it's also not very surprising that the new album, "Catharsis" comes with some new twists.

Machine Head fans us quite a curve-ball when it comes to their ninth studio record. Robb Flynn and bandmates sound more modern on the new album as well as "Catharsis" became more melodic than what was to expect. The album sounds still hard and heavy, including the mighty Machine Head riffing, but the quartet also moved away from brutal thrash by adding more modern metal references to the total of 15 songs.

"Volatile" is the starting point of this metal adventure and it's a brutal one in the verse. The chorus adds more melody with the aggressiveness still being the anchor point for every note of this opener.

The title song is next. It starts and ends atmospheric with a catchy chorus that I can't remember having heard from Machine Head. It's these songs that are challenging for Machine Head fans from the early days, but it also shows the musical freedom Flynn and Co. have chosen as an approach for this longplayer.

One of the best tunes on the album is "Triple Beam". Mighty and ferocious riffing is the base and it's a brutal groove that comes back in the chorus. Also this tune is different than what we heard of the band over the last years but it has the potential of becoming a live highlight. New and different doesn't mean bad, that's what the song proves.

"Catharsis" has more shades of sounds. The half-acoustic "Bastards" is one of them, a track that is more rock than metal. The other calmer moment on the album is entitled "Behind a Mask", a ballad that reminded me of "Room with a View" from Death Angel. Unusual, surprising and 'why not'.

After these side -tracks brutality returns with "Heavy Lies the Crown" and the freaky "Grind You Down".

Machine Head combines their thrash metal roots with some modern metal sounds, known from bands like Slipknot and Korn. I must say that the new studio album still sounds heavy and powerful. It's also still Machine Head, but it's different too and might not live-up to expectation while having earlier releases in mind. "Catharsis" is a disc that showcases a band that is on an journey of evolvement - final destination to a certain extend uncertain.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Volatile
  2. Catharsis
  3. Beyond the Pale
  4. California Bleeding
  5. Triple Beam
  6. Kaleidoscope
  7. Bastards
  8. Hope Begets Hope
  9. Screaming at the Sun
  10. Behind a Mask
  11. Heavy Lies the Crown
  12. Psychotic
  13. Grind You Down
  14. Razorblade Smile
  15. Eulogy

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH "Decade of Destruction"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Decage of Destruction, Five Finger Death Punch, 5FDP, FFDP, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Nu Metal, Eleven Seven Music

CD review FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH "Decade of Destruction"

(*/10) Right before Christmas and perfectly synced with the current European tour Five Finger Death Punch ships a “Best of…” album to the record stores. “A Decade of Destruction” comprises 16 songs, covering one decade of modern metal from California. 5FDP premiered in 2007 with a longplayer entitled “The Way of the Fist”; a disc that included “The Bleeding” which is part of this compilation too. Next to this rearview the record also includes songs from the latest album and everything in-between.

In order to also add something extra for true fans of the band the guys recorded two new songs for this album. “Trouble” is the opener and it’s a pushing metal track that comes with a melodic chorus, a heavy riff and a pounding drum-line. 5FDP recently faced quite some trouble with a negative peak during the show in Tilburg. This new song feels like a coming to terms with this experience, starting a next 5FDP chapter.

It’s “Gone Away” which is the other new song, following the opener. The band kept this number in a moderate pace. A melancholic vibe is embedded, shifting the sound more towards alternative metal. The tune is slowly building up towards the chorus but stays in the general pattern of a dark rock song that has some hit potential.

“A Decade of Destruction” is a typical “Best of…” album that at least adds some extra by two new songs that are probably interesting for fans of Five Finger Death Punch.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Trouble (new song)
  2. Gone Away (new song)
  3. Lift Me Up
  4. Wash It All Away
  5. Bad Company
  6. Under And Over It
  7. Wrong Side Of Heaven
  8. House Of The Rising Sun
  9. I Apologize
  10. The Bleeding
  11. Jekyll And Hyde
  12. Remember Everything
  13. Coming Down
  14. My Nemesis
  15. Battle Born
  16. Far From Home

 

Label: Eleven Seven Music

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: December 1st, 2017

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announce Greatest Hits Compilation album "A DECADE OF DESTRUCTION"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Five Finger Death Punch, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, 5FDP, News

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH announce Greatest Hits Compilation album "A DECADE OF DESTRUCTION"

LA-based multiplatinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch, (consisting of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarists Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, bassist Chris Kael, and drummer Jeremy Spencer) are excited to unveil that they will be releasing a greatest hits album, "A Decade of Destruction", on December 1st. The compilation will include two new tracks – the first new music the band has released in over 2 years.

 

Tracklist:

1. Trouble

2. Gone Away

3. Lift Me Up

4. Wash It All Away

5. Bad Company

6. Under And Over It

7. Wrong Side Of Heaven

8. House Of The Rising Sun

9. I Apologize

10. The Bleeding

11. Jekyll And Hyde

12. Remember Everything

13. Coming Down

14. My Nemesis

15. Battle Born

16. Far From Home

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CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

Veröffentlicht am 27. September 2017 von Markus W. in 36 Crazyfists, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, News, CD Review

CD review 36 CRAZYFISTS "Lanterns"

(8/10) Hot stuff from cold Alaska means talking about 36 Carzyfists. The four-piece band from Anchorage debut in 1999 with the self-released “In the Skin” before finding a home at Roadrunner Records. Their seventh album “Time and Trauma” was their first one for their new label Spinefarm, followed by the next power-hitter “Lanterns”.

36 Crazyfists has 12 new songs in their offer, each of them reflecting melodic Metalcore that fires on all cylinders. The tunes on the new album have one theme in common. Like the album title indicates it about light, which might not even be a surprise, considering the fact that the band comes from Alaska where you can find endless light in summer and almost eternal darkness in winter. But there’s also an inner darkness and that’s where the guys focus on. “Lanterns” is about getting over these dark and depressive moments in life. It’s about fighting these demons and search for the light.

The seventh strike of this quartet was a hard piece of work, being based on a tough personal situation of frontman Brock. There wasn’t any flow at this time and it needed a while till he and his band mates realized the opportunities of such a situation, transferring all the emotions into songs that ended on the newest release.

Music is about emotions and the before mentioned can be heard in each of the tunes on the album. These songs come with a lot of feel, from anger to fragile moments, all connected by the typical 36 Crazyfists sounds. “Sleepsick” is a song that’s the perfect hybrid, including both poles. Next to this highlight there is the brutal opener “Death Eater”, a number that’s fueled by anger, a heavy riff and extremely forceful shouts. To balance these brutal outbursts the album also includes a song like “Where Revenge Ends”, an acoustic one that embeds a lot of atmosphere, being the most touching tune on the album.

Two years after having had “Time and Trauma” in the shelves it’s “Lanterns” that stands for another milestone in 36 Crazyfists career. Alaska’s on fire, at least when it comes to 36 Crazyfists.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death Eater
  2. Wars to Walk Away From
  3. Better to Burn
  4. Damage Under the Sun
  5. Sea and Smoke
  6. Where Revenge Ends
  7. Sleepsick
  8. Bandage For Promis
  9. Below the Graves
  10. Laying Hands
  11. Old Gold
  12. Dark Corners

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017 von Markus W. in Nothing More, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Rock, CD Review, News

CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

(7/10) Nothing More is an alternative rock outfit from San Antonio, Texas. The band's around since many years but their career got a push a few years ago when they inked a deal with Seven Eleven Music. After having released four longplayers with limited success, the new deal brought Nothing More into the spotlight. The self-titled longplayer, released in 2014, scored by entering the Billboard charts as well as it reached a top 10 position in the Independent Album charts.

Three years later the next record is in the starting blocks and it aims for a similar success. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" features 12 songs and a number of intermezzos. I wouldn't go that far saying that the disc is a concept album. However, there is the overarching theme of a reality and what we tell ourselves. There is often a disconnect between both, leading to suffering and frustration. 

From a musical viewpoint the new album covers a wider range of sounds. This lead to diversity, but it can also be perceived as a scattered picture with no clear direction. This album leans towards the former even though I can't get rid of the feeling that they guys are still in search of identity and uniqueness. 

There is for example the single release "Go to War", a song that has a lot of airplay potential. The single is well chosen and can reach mainstream rock fans. The counterpart to this catchy tune is the heavy and nu metal reminding "Let 'em Burn". Wild guitars, a furious rhythm and freaky vocal lines showcases a band that's wild and powerful with no willingness to compromise.

"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" is an album that is done in a very professional way, with all the good and the bad. Production, artwork and sound - all good and no reason to complain. What I miss with the longplayer though are the edges, the surprises and the unexpected. Nothing More plays it safe and bit more risk-taking would be benefitial next time.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. (Ambition Destruction)
  2. Do You Really Want It
  3. (Convict Divide)
  4. Let ́em Burn
  5. Ripping Me Apart
  6. Don ́t Stop
  7. Funny Little Creatures
  8. (React Respond)
  9. The Great Divorce
  10. Still In Love
  11. (Alone Together)
  12. Go To War
  13. Just Say When
  14. (Accept Disconnect)
  15. Who We Are
  16. Tunnels
  17. (End begin)
  18. Fade In Fade Out 

 

Label: Better Noise Records

Genre: Alternative Rock / Nu Metal

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

 
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News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Universal Music, Lie, Documentary, News, Alternative Metal, Crossover, Extreme Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Iowa-based extreme metal outfit Slipknot will release a 90 minutes documentary DVD/Blu-Ray entitled "Day of the Gusano" on October 20st. This release captured the band's first show in Mexico, which took place in December 2015 with additional interviews and background stories.

DVD Documentary
1. Sarcastrophe
2. Eeyore
3. Custer
4. (Sic)
5. Me Inside
6. Psychosocial
7. Duality
8. Before I Forget
9. The Devil In I
10. Vermilion
11. Prosthetics
12. Metabolic
13. Spit It Out
14. The Heretic Anthem
15. Wait And Bleed
16. Surfacing / Til We Die

DVD Concert
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

CD
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

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CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

Veröffentlicht am 15. August 2017 von Markus W. in nulldB, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Sony Music, News, CD Review, Rock

CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

(8/10) German metal band nulldB is back with their third longplayer. After the debut “Im Auge des Sturms” and the sophomore “Endzeit” paved the road it’s “Geboren in Ketten” that comes new songs reflecting nu metal with German lyrics.

nulldB starts heavy into this longplayer. “Geboren in Ketten” is a mighty nu metal song, a real headbanger. I was reminded of Die Schweisser when I listened to the tune, which might give you a bit of an idea of what to expect. With “Blinder Passagier” and “Babel (Auf zum Himmel)” things continue the hard way before the soulful acoustic track “Lange her” adds a lot of feel to the album. “Wach auf” belongs to this calmer section, followed by the heavily grooving riffs and beat comes back with “Oeffne deine Augen”.  

Next to the songs it’s also the lyrics which add to the positive impression of this record. Kühnlein writes lyrics that come with a message. Those are not only a necessity or combined words. Songs like “Kein Gott” oder “Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen” are ambitious and with an emotional depth.

What also helps the album to shine is the fact that Franky Kühnlein could gain rock and metal all-rounder Mat Sinner as producer and if this wouldn’t be enough it’s Jakob Hansen who signed being responsible for the mix. These two guys give the album the dynamic and power you expect from this kind of music.

nulldB’s third album is a next step for the band in gaining new fans. Good songs, good lyrics, good time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Geboren in Ketten
  2. Blinder Passagier
  3. Babel (Auf zum Himmel)
  4. Lange Her
  5. Wach auf
  6. Oeffne deine Augen
  7. Daemon
  8. Der schwarze Garten
  9. Kein Gott
  10. Die Stimme
  11. Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen
  12. Allein

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Nu Metal

Release Date EU: August  4th, 2017

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CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2017 von Markus W. in In This Moment, Modern Metal, News, Roadrunner, Nu Metal, Dark Metal, Alternative Metal

CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

(8/10) After having release "Black Widow" former metalcore outfit In This Moment made another step away from their musical roots and continue their transformation towards modern metal. "Ritual" is the bands newest strike and features twelve new songs, delivering a running time of almost an hour. 

"Ritual" is the band's sixth studio album and it became a very dark one. "Black Widow" showed the band with some more electronic sound elements which have been reduced for the new longplayer. By doing this "Ritual" became more organic and real compared to the predecessor. 

Things kick-off with an intro named "Salvation", a first sphere-maker for what comes next on the album. "Oh Lord" is the real opener and it reminds me of a gloomy Drain-song. The tune includes a hypnotizing rhythm with Brink's vocals as the icing on this modern metal cake. Marilyn Manson was at least partly a source of inspiration for "Joan of Arc", combine with a catchy chorus that gives the number an bit of another twist. Still, things go together very well. 

Even though the electronic elements are pushed more to the back, "Riual" includes this nuance as well. "Witching Hour" is the name of the track that's the catchiest one on the album.

Next to these tracks there are two songs that sound familiar. In This Moment placed with "Black Wedding" a song on the album that is more than inspired by the Billy Idol smash hit "White Wedding". The chorus is almost the same with slightly different lyrics which are 'question and answer' dialogue. For doing this Maria Brink needed a counterpart which she found with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. This setup work pretty well and gives the Billy Idol classic a new appeal - gloomier with the same punch as the original.

What comes with the record too is a cover version of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". In This Moment obviously is very impressed by this tune and so am I. The interpretation on "Ritual" works quite well, giving the tune also a much darker expression. There's nothing wrong with this cover version, even though it doesn't really add something to the album. Maybe it's a key to some more radio airplay with releasing the song as a next single, but this is just speculation from my side.

To sum up: I wasn't the biggest fan of the highly successful "Black Widow" and therefor I was more doubtful when it comes to this album. However, I have to say that In This Moment made a big step forward, delivering a record that is strong, intense and powerful. I will invest some time in a couple of extra listening sessions,

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Salvation
  2. Oh Lord
  3. Black Wedding
  4. In the Air Tonight
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. River of Fire
  7. Witching Hour
  8. Half God Half Devil
  9. No Me Importa
  10. Lay Your Gun Down

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Dark Modern Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

Veröffentlicht am 2. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Powerflo, downset, Cypress Hill, Fear Factory, Worst, Biohazard, Crossover, News, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Hardcore, Modern Metal, Dino Alone Records

CD review POWERFLO "Powerflo"

(8/10) It feels like Crossover’s gaining more and more of a momentum again. There are the Prophets Of Rage being on a successful tour through Europe right now and there’s a new player in the starting blocks too – Powerflo. Having a deeper look behind this name unveils well-known musicians. Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog as part of the ‘Flo’ as well as downset guitarist Rogelio Lozano and Billy Graziadei from Biohazard, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and Worst drummer Fernando Schaefer. The musical background of the involved also describes very much the sound of this debut. The quintet celebrates a crossover style that brings together some metal with hip-hop, punk and rock.

Powerflo took a very inclusive approach rather than an exclusive one. Everything started with a jam session, leading to a vibe that was kept throughout the entire album. Powerflo’s songs don’t feel forced or planned. Powerflo’s album grew more organically which also means that, even though ‘Crossover’ is the overarching style, the disc comes with wider variation of styles combined.

“My MO” is the grooving starting point into this longplayer, a song that shows the whole beauty of crossover. Hip-hop meets metallic riffs in an excellent way. “Resistance” adds another level of aggressiveness to Powerflo's sounds before melody and heavy riffs dominate “Where I Stay”.

One of the best songs on the album is the punky “Less Than Human” that also, in parts, reminds of downset. After such a blast the moderate “The Grind” shows the entire spectrum of styles on “Powerflo”, followed by a Biohazard-inspired smasher called “Victim of Circumstance”.

Let’s take this album for what it is: a cool longplayer with well-crafted crossover songs that catches attention. If you like the “Judgment Night” soundtrack or if you call one of the earlier mentioned bands your favorite than you should also get into the ‘powerflo’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My MO
  2. Resistance
  3. Where I Stay
  4. Crushing That
  5. Less Than Human
  6. The Grind
  7. Victim of Circumstances
  8. Made it This Way
  9. Finish the Game
  10. Up and Out of Me
  11. Start a War

 

Label: Dino Alone Records

Genre: Crossover

Release Date EU: July 7th, 2017

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5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Five Fingers Death Punch, Modern Metal, News, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Tour, 013, Tilburg, Live

 5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Five Finger Death Punch announced that they will finish out their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known. 

Ivan Moody, vocalist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again.  I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge.  It would not be fair to my bandmates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition.  One of the worst parts of addiction is the loneliness you feel, so having the support of my band and all the knuckleheads is what drives me.  I am committed to getting better so I can get back out on stage as soon as possible.”

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan's road to recovery.  We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle.  Almost everyone in the world knows someone who struggles with addiction, and can relate to how the self-destruction of someone they care about is very difficult to watch.  Five Finger Death Punch has every intention of playing the dates we’re committed to and beyond.  The band is bigger than any one member.”

Tommy Vext, the vocalist of up and coming metal band Bad Wolves said: “It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates.  Today I am blessed with over 8 years of sobriety, so I can certainly empathize with Ivan’s struggles.  Not only do I feel a responsibility to deliver for the fans of Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates, but also to deliver for Ivan so he can get back to work as soon as he is healthy.”

Five Finger Death Punch thanks its fans for their continued support.

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CD review PAPA ROACH "Crooked Teeth"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Papa Roach, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, CD Review, Eleven Seven, Crossover

(9/10) “Crooked Teeth” is Papa Roach’s ninth full-length album in a 17 years history. The band, that got famous with “Last Resort”, became a spearhead of modern metal music also being a consistent player in this field of rock. As probably nobody else of the nu metal era bands, Papa Roach could constantly gain new fans. This has to do with the fact that the band didn’t use the cookie-cutter approach, doing the same thing only different. The quartet constantly evolved their music by adding some twists and tweaks to it without loosing the bigger picture out of their perspective. Papa Roach always stayed true to themselves and stayed with their sound and trademarks, but developed them further by trying out new things.

This vitality and dynamic can be also appreciated on their newest longplayer “Crooked Teeth”. Jacoby Shaddix and his gang created an album that belongs to the best ones this genre can offer. Actually the four-piece band from California went back in time a bit. There is a certain oldschool vibe embedded in the new songs. Weird thing since this would mean 'oldschool nu metal'.

Anyhow, before going too deep into this philosophical discussion (can nu metal be oldschool?) it’s better to focus on the ten new songs that made it on “Crooked Teeth”. Things start with “Break the Fall”, a powerful track that gets you right into what this album is about – aggressive songs that combine metal, alternative, rap … and pop. No worries while reading pop. Papa Roach is still playing heavy stuff throughout, but there are elements of popular music that spices things up. One song that comes with such an expression is “American Dreams”. It’s an easygoing alternative rock song that will for sure reach a wider audience.

Also the following “Periscope”, in which Shaddix shares vocals with singer Skylar Grey, belongs to this category. The tune itself is very well done and the two voices go together in an excellent way. This duet adds an extra to Papa Roach’s sound, which makes the album to an entertaining way of spending time. “Help” marks the third song in the ‘trilogy’, a number that starts acoustic before turning into a riff-based mainstream rocker that is free of any cliché.

To balance these tracks there are also the heavy tunes present on the album. The title track “Crooked Teeth" has an angry and aggressive expression and also “My Medication”, with its alternation between loud and moderate, makes quite some noise.

To round of the diversity on this longplayer I need to mention “Born for Greatness” which is more a crossover-based song with raging verse and a catchy chorus. It’s a bit of an atypical song on this album but it’s definitely a cool track with ‘twinkle in the eye’ lyrics. Towards the end Papa Roach moves their sound towards a darker and creepier vibe. The closer “None of the Above” includes these mentioned elements and it’s the hypnotic beat that puts a spell on you. It's a great ending of an album that includes three bonus tracks as part of the deluxe edition (which also includes an extra DVD with a show the band played at Fillmore, Detroit). “Ricochet”, “Nothing” and “Bleeding Through” could have been all part of the album since they can easily compete with the ten tracks.

This album impresses me. It’s a dynamic and modern metal record that shows Papa Roach in great shape and form. This longplayer is heavy, moderate, soulful, angry and raging – all weaved into the ten songs and it’s these authentic emotions the band transports with their music that makes the difference between good and excellent.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Break the Fall
  2. Crooked Teeth
  3. My Medication
  4. Born for Greatness
  5. American Dreams
  6. Periscope (Feat. Skylar Grey)
  7. Help
  8. Sunrise Trailer Park (Feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
  9. Traumatic
  10. None of the Above
  11. Ricochet (Bonus)
  12. Nothing (Bonus)
  13. Bleeding Through (Bonus)

 

Label: Eleven Seven Music / Warner ADA

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

CD review PAPA ROACH "Crooked Teeth"
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CD review ISLANDER "Power Under Control"

Veröffentlicht am 16. August 2016 von Markus W. in Islander, CD Review, News, Modern Metal, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock

(6/10) I'm tempted to say that 'nomen et omen' when it comes to "Power Under Control". Islander's sophomore album gave me the impression of a band having control over power and energy in their music. Unfortunately this leads to songs that come with a foot on the break.

After some line-up changes, singer Mikey Carvajal is the only founding member, the new album comes with twelve brand new modern metal songs that are all well-produced, but it's the special kick that's missing. Islander's new tunes don't come with the craziness of Korn, they don't have the mainstream potential of Limp Bizkit and they don't include the anarchic vibe of Rage Against The Machine either.

In the end it seems the band searching for their future direction. "Green Slime Man" is an excursion into hardcore followed by the cheesy pop metal number "Better Day" that reminds me of Crazy Town. The contrast couldn't be much bigger. Another song that shows the 'variations' on "Power Under Control" is called "Beelzebub". Islander combines wild noise parts with mighty scream and melancholic acoustic moments into a five minutes tune that actually doesn't sound too bad. It's just that their isn't any red thread in this song and on the album. Anyhow, there are some numbers that are quite good. One is the grooving "Bad Guy" and the opener "Darkness" shows also some potential.

"Power Under Control" feels like an album of a band that is in a transition phase. Worth to check it out, but I prefer Korn, Deftones and Downset.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Darkness
  2. Bad Guy
  3. Green Slime Man
  4. Better Day
  5. All We Need
  6. Devil Red
  7. A Boat Going By
  8. Beelzebub
  9. Think it Over (feat. HR)
  10. Last Forever
  11. Casket
  12. Wait For It

 

Label: Victory Records

Genre: Nu Metal

Release Date EU: August 5th, 2016

CD review ISLANDER "Power Under Control"
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"I Apologize" - the new video from FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Veröffentlicht am 1. August 2016 von Markus W. in Five Finger Death Punch, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Video, News

Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled the video for their next single “I Apologize”. Culled from their sixth studio album, "Got Your Six", the chilling clip follows Ivan Moody through a cemetery housing our era’s most notable deceased rock icons, ranging from Elvis to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse to Jimi Hendrix. The clip was shot at Los Angeles’ famed Angelus Rosedale Cemetery with Nathan Cox directing the band-conceived storyline.

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CD review AEGES "Weightless"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in Ae4ges, News, CD Review, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Post-Grunge

(7/10) Aeges (pronounced as 'ages') are from Los Angeles, CA and the band consists of Kemble Walters, Tony Baumeister, Cory Clarke and Mike Land. The quartet releases these days their new longplayer "Weightless" which follows "The Bridge" from 2012.

A check of their Facebook page provides you with the informationof the quartet describing the genre their music fits to as "nasty riffs". And yes, the songs on "Weightless" are full of riifs, the best ones being included in the title track, being also the opener, and the mighty "Another Wasteland". Having mentioned these two tracks I already told you about the real highlights on "Weightless".

The other eleven tracks on the sophomore record are not too bad, but they are missing the spark that starts the fire. In one or another way the guys build most of the songs on the same principles which makes the variation between the tracks very limited. I was tempted to press the 'skip' button more than ones which isn't a good sign.

On the other hand I have the feeling that there is more potential in the band than what they present on "Weightless". Vocals done by Walters and Clark are pretty good, the riffs are sharp and powerful and the rhythm section is like a smoothly working rock engine. And last but not least the album got a well-done production too. All these things are good prerequisites for an excellent release, if, yes if, the songs would be more exciting.

Therefore it will be seven points going to Aeges for "Weightless" with the hope of making use of the band's full potential next time.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Weightless
  2. Save Us
  3. A Reason Why
  4. Clear
  5. All of Me
  6. Another Wasteland
  7. Echoes
  8. What if
  9. Nothing to Prove
  10. Better
  11. Drown
  12. Listening
  13. Drying Out

 

Label: Another Cetury

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: July 22nd, 2016

CD review AEGES "Weightless"
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