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CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2018 von Markus W. in Wrong, Feel Great, News, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal, CD, Relapse Records, Hardcore, Metal, Post-Rock, Post-Metal, Post-Punk

CD review WRONG "Feel Great"

(8/10) Who doesn't want to feel great? I think that especially in times of uncertainty and political absurdity the need for feeling great, at least for some moments, is a something most of us have more the ever. What can help to feel good is listening to Wrong's newest strike entitled "Feel Great".

The longplayer features eleven songs that sound like a mighty steamroller. Downtuned guitars and heavy riffing dominates the scene. Wrong merges metal, punk and alternative rock into music that reminds me of New York groove machine Prong, but also bands like Helmet came to my mind while listening to these intense songs on "Feel Great".

The quartet constructs an unbreakable wall of riffs that gets out of the speakers extremely well. It‘s songs like „Errordome“ and „Come Apart Ment“ that‘s very much inspired by Page Hamilton and band. As being an Helmet fan from the very beginning I immediately liked what Wrong‘s doing on „Feel Great“.  

As most of the tunes are more moderately paced, Wrong adds additional firepower to "Feel Great" with some uptempo tracks of which "Crawl Instead" is one of. Songs like the mentioned clearly shows the hardcore influences and stand for great moments on this 30 minutes longplayer.

"Feel Great" has enough energy to turn a bad day into a good one and it might help to grab these moment of feeling great and hold them a bit longer.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Errordome
  2. Culminate
  3. Pustule
  4. Nice Job
  5. Feel Great
  6. Upgrade
  7. Crawl Instead
  8. Come Apart Mend
  9. Zero Cool
  10. Gape
  11. Anaerobic

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review TOUNDRA "Vortex"

Veröffentlicht am 15. April 2018 von Markus W. in Toundra, Instrumental, Vortex, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Post-Metal

CD review TOUNDRA "Vortex"

(8/10) Spanish prog rocker Toundra break the pattern. Two years after having released their latest album “IV”, following “I”, “II” and “III”. So there was a crystal clear numbering system connected to their releases and everybody expected – indeed – “V”. However, in order to surprise fans the title of the new longplayer is different. “Vortex” is what the fifth album is called and at least we can conclude that the title starts with a ‘v’.

What’s actually more exciting than the name is the music that come with “Vortex”. Toundra’s sound reminds me of Muenster-based Long Distance Calling. One thing the bands have in common is the instrumental songs that sometimes get extended to epical length. There is a feeling of jam sessions that acted as a base for these eight songs of which “Mojave” is with 11 minutes the by far longest. Good musical craftsmanship together with a sense for powerful riffs and a strong, but not too catchy melody line stand for the basic ingredients of what you get served by the Spanish quartet.  I could see too many differences in their approach compared to “IV”. It’s more the details that are slightly different, leading to exciting news tunes that are treat for fans of ambitious and layered progressive rock that builds on some post-metal influences too.

“Vortex” is an album that slowly unveils its addictive potential. Once you’re lassoed by these cinematic soundscapes you don’t have a choice more than giving the album a few loops.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro Vortex
  2. Cobra
  3. Tuareg
  4. Cartavio
  5. Kingston Falls
  6. Mojave
  7. Roay Neary

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: April 23rd, 2018

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CD review ANTARKTIS "Ildlaante"

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Antarktis, News, CD Review, Sludge, Doom Metal, Post-Rock, Post-Metal

CD review ANTARKTIS "Ildlaante"

(8/10) The Antarctica is a place that comes with so much beauty, a place where nature evolves without being distracted, destroyed or manipulated by humans. It’s a frozen paradise that reveals mind-blowing blue ice schemes being built out of thousands and thousands of tons of frozen water with the inclusion of oxygen.

But what seems to be the perfect place, except the temperature, has also a dark chapter to tell. The only few moments when humans interfered, left some dark marks in this amazing environment. There is the almost unreal place of Deception Island where were a grey and morbid mood tries to cover all the beautiful expressions. Whaling and sealing found at the end of the 19th century a safe harbour on this island and the mortal remnants can be still seen to date.

Why do I tell this long story? The reason is that I had to think about this personal experience while listening to “Ildlaante”, the debut of Antarktis.

The four-piece band was founded already some years ago. It was  In Mourning guitarist Bjorn Pettersson, together with Tobias Netzell (In Mourning, ex-October Tide), who begun writing a few songs that never saw the light of day earlier than 2017. In 2013, Antarktis’ line-up was completed by Daniel Jansson and Jonas Martinsson joining and it took another three years before recordings to this album could begin.

“Ildlaante” is a dark and melancholic album. Antarktis’ music is a mixture of post-rock, metal and sludge. This extreme sound is the base for six songs on the album, tracks that are heavy, mighty and blood-curdling. Wistful yelps are accompanied by slowly roaring guitars, bringing metal to its extreme. But that’s just one part of the picture. Antarktis breaks this pattern by calmer and almost fragile sections. These are still coming with a gloomy and mournful undertone too while adding some other excitement to the entirety.

Antarktis album is, by purpose or not, perfectly reflecting the earlier scenary, rounded of by an artwork that fits into the picture too (actually it almost looks like a pencil drawing of Deception Island). If this album would have been released earlier in time, it would have been my soundtrack for the earlier described experience. It captures the mood of this unreal and mortal place in a perfect manner.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Aurora
  2. Svalbard
  3. Notes from Underground
  4. Ildlaante
  5. Cape Meteor Pt 1
  6. Cape Meteor Pt 2

 

Label: Agonia Records

Genre: Post Rock / Metal

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

 

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