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CD review ALBEZ DUZ "Wings of Tzinacan"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2016 von Markus W. in Albez Duz, Death Metal, Black Metal, Dark Metal, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Occult

(7/10) Albez Duz, hailing from Berlin, are described as being an 'occult rock band'. I honestly don't know where this description comes from but it was really misleading for me. I have to admit that I missed the band so far and after reading the info sheet I expected something else than what came out of my speakers.
The sound of Albez Duz has not a lot to do with rock music, these guys are into pure raw metal that is dark and menacing.
The band can look back on a ten year history, being founded 2006 by Eugen Herbst. What was a one man project in the beginning develped into a steady band that also includes Alfonso Brito as singer.
And talking about him also means talking about the unique vocals on this album. I guess that opinions differ on this topic. The album begins with "The Uprising" which starts with a kind a short intro before a slow riff adds a lot of darkness to the tune. Slowly and mean the song rolls onwards. Brito's voice fits perfect to this kind of music since he has an expressional style. Also handling a wide range, from clean vocals to growls, makes things on "Wings of Tzinacan" even heavier. The only thing which isn't that great in my opinion is the sound. The vocals sound a bit muffled and I guess it was wished. However, it takes away parts of the basic power.

Songs in average are lengthy with some exceptions. "Innocent Gate" it one of them. It's an atmospheric piece of music that, with the organ in the background, brings the Type O'Negative vibe back. And last bit not least there's "Tzinacan's Rising" which is an almost light-hearted intermezzo that creates a well-placed counterpart to the rest of the song on this release.

In the end I must say that Albez Duz delivers a solid album that will be loved by fans of dark metal. It's brutal and melancholic, all in one.  If you miss Typ O Negative you should check out this longplayer.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Uprising
  2. Reflections
  3. Our Lord the Flayed One
  4. Innocence Gate
  5. Sacred Flame
  6. Tzinacan's Rising
  7. Death Whistle
  8. Omen Filled Season

 

Label: Listenable Records

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: October 21st, 2016

CD review ALBEZ DUZ "Wings of Tzinacan"
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Live review PARADISE LOST / LUCIFER, Utrecht, 07.10.2015

Veröffentlicht am 8. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Paradise Lost, Lucifer, Doom Metal, Occult, Rock, Dark Metal, Goth Metal, Live Review, News

Utrecht is one of the bigger Dutch cities and almost located in the middle of the country. This means that it's one of the most busiest spots in Holland when it comes to traffic. But since this isn't enough, it's also a city that goes through a lot of construction works right now. It feels like they decided to turn the whole city center upside down.

Why do I tell you all this? Even though considering all this, it took more than an effort to get to the venue. Traffic jams all over the place and pure chaos. Due to all this I lost that much time that I missed half of Lucifer's show, which was a pity.

However, the Tivoli/Vredenburg is a pretty new venue in Utrecht. It's a modern building with various stages with different sizes. Paradise Lost was supposed to play on one of the smaller stages in the top of the multilevel building that was big enough tp host alle the fans of the iconic band.

But before the masters of Goth metal entered the podium it was up to Lucifer to warm up the crowd. The four-piece released a few month a fantastic debut that's full of outstanind occult rock songs. Johanna Sadonis, one of the two girls from The Oath, and Gaz Jennings from Cathedral are the driving forces behind Lucifer. With such experienced musicians and thta good songs in the bagpack, the band put down a thrilling set that got quite some attention from the Paradise Lost fans. As I said, thanks to the traffic, I have just seen the second half, but I was impressed and I guess it wasn't the last time we have seen these guys in Holland.

 

 

 

After a quite short break it up to Paradise Lost to emphasis the good impression they left with their latest album "The Plague Within". And they did. From the first song on the five-piece had obviously a lot of fun playing live.

The first time I have seen the band was in 1994 in the good old Longhorn in Stuttgart, Germany and since that moment on I went with them through all their ups and downs, but I have never seen the guys enjoying themselves so much by being on stage. I can remember an earlier show in the old Tivoli in Utrecht when Nick Holmes almost didn't talk to the crowd. 

Anyhow, the songs played during this show came mostly from the latest album. I have to admit that my favorite Paradise Lost records are "Shades of God", "Draconian Times" and "One Second". But the new tunes are excellent and I didn't miss most of the 'old' tracks. Some of those early highlights did become part of the setlist, like "Enchantment", "Say Just Words" and, of course, "As I Die". It would have been great to hear "Mercy" live again, but the raw and crunchy new songs, with Holmes being close to growls, created a thrilling atmosphere. The fans have had a great time and you could see quite some happy faces during the show and afterwards.

Paradise Lost 'cemented' with this performance that they are one of the best and most influencial Goth Metal bands on this planet. Forgotten are the times when "Host" shocked the fans. Paradise Lost is back with full force and they came back to stay. Thanks you guys for such a great time that was worth every traffic jam.

Live review PARADISE LOST / LUCIFER, Utrecht, 07.10.2015

Setlist

Paradise Lost:

  1. No Hope in Sight
  2. Widow
  3. Gothic
  4. Terminal
  5. Erased
  6. Praise Lamented Shade
  7. Victims of the Past
  8. Enchantment
  9. Cry out
  10. Beneath Broken Earth
  11. As I Die
  12. Requiem
  13. Return to the Sun (Encore)
  14. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Encore)
  15. An Eternity of Lies (Encore)
  16. Say Just Words (Encore)

 

Location: Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 07.10.2015

 

 

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CD review GHOST "Meliora"

Veröffentlicht am 5. August 2015 von Markus W. in Ghost, Doom Metal, Occult, Rock, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Heavy Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Unrevealed names of musicians isn't something original but it still gives extra attention. A can remember the hype about Mekong Delta in the late 80's when there was a lot of guessing about who stands behind this name. Ghost follows the same principle since many years. And eventhough there are some hints from time to time it is amazing that you can keep those kind of things as a secret for so many years - in a time when the digital world brings a lot of things up to surface. At least the role of Tobias Forge seems to become clearer, eventhough nothing was clearly outspoken.

However, let the music talk. "Meliora" is the third longplayer of the Swedish musicians and it follows the 2013 release "Infestissumam". And "Meliora" is a logical continuation of where Ghost ended with the predecessor - with a few exeptions.

The first thing that is recognisable is the fact that the new longplayer became a bit harder and tighter compared to the predecessor. The retro factor got a bit more into the back and the new songs come with a pretty good punch.

I guess that producer Klas Åhlund played an important role in this. The man that is also known for his productions for Madonna and Ketty Perry gave "Meliora" and flawless sound that contributes a lot to the positive expression of the longplayer.

With "He is" the record comes also with a special song. Special in the sense that Ghost wrote this number already back in 2007. But they never really found a way to get a real Ghost song out of it. Also here Åhlund was the final helping factor by having a clear idea - the result came on "Meliora" and it is for sure a highlight in the third longplayer.

I like "Meliora". It has all the typical trademarks and can be immediately recognised as being from Ghost. But the band also developed further and added new compontents to their sound which makes their music even more exciting. Ghost fans will love the new disc, while new fans might get interessted by listening to this record. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Spirit
  2. From the pinnacle to the pit
  3. Cirice
  4. SP ksonat
  5. He is
  6. Mummy dust
  7. Majesty
  8. Devil church
  9. Absolution
  10. Deus in absentia

 

Label: Spinefarm

Genre: Classic Rock

Release date EU: August 21st, 2015

CD review GHOST "Meliora"
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