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CD review SETTLE YOUR SCORES "Better Luck Tomorrow"

Veröffentlicht am 24. April 2018 von Markus W. in Better Luck Tomorrow, Settle Your Scores, News, SharpTone, Punkrock, Punk, Metalcore, CD Review

CD review SETTLE YOUR SCORES "Better Luck Tomorrow"

(7/10) Settle Your Scores is a rather new band, still having a four year history. The guys started in 2014 and it was in 2016 when the debut saw the light of day. The Ohio-based band promoted the album by frequently touring across the US before the entered the studio again with some new material in their backpack.

“Better Luck Tomorrow” is the title of the sophomore longplayer, a record that includes 38 minutes of dynamic sounds that are split in 12 songs. Settle Your Scores is basically American punk rock that makes you think of bands like Green Day and Blini 182 The five-piece from Cincinnati, Ohio is in favor of straight-forward music that includes a solid portion of melodies. You could almost add ‘pop’ to the mix. The combination of elements is proven to be successful, but isn’t new either. In order to space-up things the quintet adds some metalcore screams to their music. These add a new dynamic to “Better Luck Tomorrow”, which certainly a good thing and needed too. What’s confusing though is the catchiness of pop-punk melodies next to the harsh shouts. I couldn’t get rid of the feeling listening to a band that is in transition; looking for an own musical identity.

With all the passion and sprit of the five guys, what’s missing with Settle Your Scores’ new longplayer are the real wow-moments. The album sounds good but not unique. There is quite some of this kind of music available and after a while I also could deny a feeling of the record becoming lengthy.

Good spirit, good vibe, too predictable and too little exciting.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. On the Count of Three
  2. Zero Hour
  3. Growing Pains – Throwing Blame
  4. Dead Man Stalking
  5. Keep Your Chin Up and Your Expectations Down
  6. Stuck in the Suburbs
  7. Rise Fall
  8. Off / On
  9. No Ragrets
  10. Your Teeth vs. the Pavement
  11. Valar Morghulis
  12. My Reason to Come Back Home

 

Label: SharpTone Records

Genre: American Punk Rock

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018

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CD review PENNYWISE "Never Gonna Die"

Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2018 von Markus W. in Pennywise, News, CD Review, Epitaph, Punkrock, Punk, Rock, Never Gonna Die

CD review PENNYWISE "Never Gonna Die"

(9/10) California-based Pennywise belong to the spearhead of American punk rock. The band has its roots back in 1988 and it’s the evil clown in Stephen King’s novel that acted as an inspiration for the naming this punk rock powerhouse.

Pennywise had always the benefit of a pretty stable line-up with one basic exception. It was in 2009 when singer Jim Lindberg left the band. He was preplaced by Zoli Teglas and it was the year 2012, which was another turning point. Teglas, suffering from an injured back, had to stop with Pennywise and it was Lindberg who rejoined the quartet from The Golden State.

“Yesterdays”, the 2014 release, was the first album with the rejoined frontman doing the vocal parts and it's the new longplayer that stands for the first full-length Pennywise album in then years with Lindberg, comprising of new songs from beginning to end.

Pennywise recorded fourteen new tunes that made it on the tracklist of “Never Gonna Die”. The record provides listeners with nearly 40 minutes of exquisite punk rock as it’s known from the four-piece band form California. Each of the 14 fast-past anthems just needs one spin to unveil its entire power. “Never Gonna Die” features the typical Pennywise trademarks, combining dynamic guitar power, a merciless pushing rhythm section and excellent vocals to a great totality. As being used from punk rock there is no way to stand still while listening to these 40 minutes of well-crafted songs.

Next to the terrific tunes it’s the lyrics that are more than a necessary ‘must have’. Hailing from California means the band being rooted in a cultural epicenter that covers everything from silent film to metal and punk. Over three decades Pennywise made clear that they have the ‘Cali-vibe’ in their gens. As it was with earlier releases like “Fuck Authority” also the new album is full of statements when it comes of the current state of the Blue Planet.  Songs like “American Lies” and “We Set Fire Tonight” are addressing topics like disinformation and the denial of basic social services. Next to this very clear positioning it’s songs such as “Live While You Can (Time Bomb)” that also include a positive view on life and never letting other get you down.

“Never Gonna Die” became a fulminate return album of Pennywise new/old frontman Jim Lindberg, who crafted, together with his band mates Fletcher Dragge, Byron McMackin and Randy Bradbury, an album that is as good as important in 2018. Punk rock and its vibe is alive, maybe even more than it was over the last decades.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Never Gonna Die
  2. American Lies
  3. Keep Moving On
  4. Live While You Can
  5. We Set Fire
  6. She Said
  7. Can’t Be Ignored
  8. Goodbye Bad Times
  9. A Little Hope
  10. Won’t Give Up the Fight
  11. Can’t Save You Now
  12. All the Ways U Can Die
  13. Listen
  14. Something Now

 

Label: Epitaph

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: April 20th, 2018

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CD review DEATH ALLEY "Superbia"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2018 von Markus W. in Death Alley, Punkrock, Psychedelic Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media, News, CD Review, Superbia

CD review DEATH ALLEY "Superbia"

(7/10) Death Alley, hailing from Amsterdam, NL, is the brainchild of former The Devils' Blood guitarist Oeds Beydals. It was in 2013 when Beydals started this powerful rock outfit that builds on roots that refer to punk on the one hand and classic (progressive) rock on the others side. Together with the recent line-up, Truijens, Bus and Bruinuisson, King Crimson have been identified as influencers when it comes to Death Alley's sound, as well as records of Poison Idea and The Stooges get regular spins on the band member's record players.

To date Death Alley unveiled a debut, "Black Magic Wonderland", back in 2015. The longplayer was framed by several 7" releases and a live album that was recorded during the Roadburn festival in Tilburg, NL.

"Superbia" is the sophomore album Death Alley releases and it's the first one that comes via Century Media. Pieter Kloos (DOOL, The Devil's Blood) supported with excellent production work, giving the album a dynamic and powerful sound.

"Superbia" has a stronger psychedelic expression. It is a demanding album the reveals its beauty after a while. Putting a nine minutes song into pole position shows that the album doesn't follow a standard approach. Rumbling in moderate pace the song is fascinating from beginning to end and stands for a first highlight on the album. "Daemon" isn't the only epical song on the album. Also "Feeding the Lions", "Headlights in the Dark" and the closer "The Sewage" are epical ones, the latter with eleven minutes the by far longest composition on "Superbia". 

These longer journeys through sounds and spheres are spiced up by short and crispy rockers like "The Chain" and the uptempo "Murder Your Dreams".

"Superbia" is a timeless psychedelic rock album, reflecting an own sound of a band that is determined and passionate. Cool stuff.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Daemon
  2. The Chain
  3. Feeding The Lions
  4. Headlights In The Dark 
  5. Shake The Coil
  6. Murder Your Dreams 
  7. Pilgrim
  8. The Sewage

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: (Psychedelic) Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review ZEKE "Hellbender"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2018 von Markus W. in Zeke, Punkrock, Punk, Rock, Metal, News, CD Review, Relapse Records

CD review ZEKE "Hellbender"

(7/10) The epicenter of rock music in the 90’s was located in Washington. Seattle is still known as the city where grunge was born and it was this new musical genre that overshadowed the fact that there were much more band hailing from Seattle outside the grunge movement.

No less than metal icons Queensryche are from Seattle but also punk bands like Zeke call the North East of the US their home. The debut, “Super Sound Racing”, was released in 1995, followed by some more records.

Over the last years it became a bit quite when it comes to Zeke, with the last studio album being 14 years old. 2018 is the year of Zeke’s return. The guys ship their new longplayer “Hellbender” to the record shops on March 30th, an album that’s a real blast.

Zeke isn’t known for complex songs and calmer sounds. These guys are known for smashing and fast punk rock which they also put on “Hellbender”. 15 song in total make you feel like sitting in a speed-train without breaks. The punk roots are obvious with each of the songs, but Zeke’s sound is more than only punk. Over time the guys added some metal and blues parts to the mix which makes them sound like a punk version of the legendary Motörhead.

“Hellbender” became an aggressive and energetic album with right-in-your-face songs. These tunes are gaining in intensity by the sound of the album. No less that Jack Endino was at the helm and gave the album a spot-on sound that makes these 20 minutes to a wild ride that will be loved by rock/punk purists.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All the Way
  2. Two Lane Blacktop
  3. On The Road
  4. Working Man
  5. Hellbender
  6. County Jail
  7. Burn
  8. Goin’ Down
  9. White Wolf
  10. AR-15
  11. Cougar Rock
  12. Devil’s Night
  13. Ride On
  14. Redline
  15. Big Rig

 

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Thrash & Punk

Release Date EU: March 30st, 2018

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CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2018 von Markus W. in Turnstile, Time & Space, News, Hardcore, Roadrunner, Punkrock, Punk, CD Review

CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

(8/10) Baltimore-based hardcore outfit Turnstile published their second album "Time & Space" a few days ago, a longplayer that releases energy with every song that ended up on the tracklist.

Turnstile's sound is based on some hardcore roots, but it's more that influences the songs. There is some solid punk rock added to the mix which spices up "Time & Space" a lot.

The variety of sounds can be explored with "Real Thing", the song that's number one on the batting order. It's an aggressive hardcore song, kept rather short, as most of the tracks on the album. The cool thing is the bar jazz part that ends the tune and bridges to "Big Smile", which is the next uptempo attack. It brings hardcore and rock'n'roll together and sound pretty cool.

"Bomb" is a chilling interlude that spreads a lounge feeling before a solid bassline introduces the mighty "I Don' Wanna Be Blind". "Can't Get Away" reminds of the earlier Dog Eat Dog while "Moon" merges hardcore with some Nirvana vibes.

With "Disco" the listener faces another relaxed interlude before the title track introduces the end of this entertaining longplayer.

"Time & Space" is an album that presents hardcore roots which are interpreted a bit wider than usually. The result sounds great though and the disc will get some more spins on my record player.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Real Thing
  2. Big Smile
  3. Generator
  4. Bomb
  5. I Don't Wanna Be Blind
  6. High Pressure
  7. (Lost Another) Piece of My World
  8. Can't Get Away
  9. Moon
  10. Come Back For More
  11. Right to Be
  12. Disco
  13. Time & Space

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review HÄMATOM "Bestie der Freiheit"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Hämatom, Bestie der Freiheit, Rock, Punkrock, News, CD Review, Sony Music

CD review HÄMATOM "Bestie der Freiheit"

(8/10) German punk rockers Hämatom releases their next studio album "Bestie der Freiheit" end of January and it is the band's seventh longplayer that enters the record stores. The band from Franken was founded in 2004 and their debut "Nein" saw the light of day in 2005. It was self-release and the start of an impressive rise. 

Hämatom's latest album "Wir sind Gott" entered the top 5 of the German charts. Such a success created curiosity and arose interest of Sony who signed the band. "Bestie der Freiheit" is the first record for Sony, comprising of 13 songs plus 2 bonus tracks. 

The quartet, that uses with West, Ost, Nord and Süd four pseudonyms, follows a wholistic concept that consists out of masking and a coherent approach when it comes to music and visual presence. In this sense Hämatom is a Gesamtkunstwerk in the fields of punk rock.

Next to the very energetic songs on "Bestie der Freiheit, the four-piece band also pays a lot of attention to lyrics. In times of constant change and the fiction turning into reality the quartet comes with a clear message. "Totenmarsch" is about threatening and megalomaniac warmongers while "Wehleidige Monster" addresses the topic of enraged citizens and their endless moaning.

Next to these very present topics the band also reflects in their own past with "Lichterloh", which is a balladic moment of rest on an album that pushes the pedal to the metal.

"Bestie der Freiheit" is a longplayer that features well-crafted punk rock with some NDH crosslinks. Listening to the album is a pleasureful experience that is food for thoughts too while listening to the lyrics. Good stuff which I can recommend.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Zeit für neue Hymnen
  2. Mein Leben - Meine Regeln
  3. Warum kann ich nicht glücklich sein?
  4. Mörder
  5. Lichterloh
  6. Ich hasse dich zu lieben
  7. Lange nicht perfekt
  8. Zur Hölle mit eurem Himmel
  9. Lauter
  10. Unter Strom
  11. Bis zum letzten Atemzug
  12. Wehleidige Monster
  13. Todesmarsch
  14. Schrei nach Verschwörung (Bonus Track)
  15. Bon Voyage (Bonus Track)

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4" EP

Veröffentlicht am 23. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4, Nick Oliveri, Stoner Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Punkrock, CD Review, News

CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 4" EP

(5/10) OK, I think we can keep this one pretty short since it is part four of Nick Oliveri’s release series of cover songs. Like with the earlier records also this one comes with tracks that are a matter of heart for Oliveri. So far so good and actually the idea is great. Each of the longplayers features songs that never reached a wider audience and to re-energize them in such a way is cool.

Also this time Oliveri went for tunes that are somewhere between stoner, punk and garage rock. The sound is raw and basic without any reason for complaints. Songs like “Hanging Low” and “Suzy is a Headbanger” need this unpolished expression, adding liveliness to the entire album.

Main point of critic in the last review though was the fact that I have no idea why it took four records to publish these songs. One records with 45 minutes would have done the job too more than well. So, this time you get another 8 songs with a running time of 19 minutes for the price of a full-length release. If you see this as a rip-off or if you don’t care about it is something everybody needs to decide for his/her own, but for sure it’s little quantity and an average quality that is quite costly.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Walk On
  2. Identify, Isolate, Manipulate
  3. Endless Vacation
  4. Hanging Low
  5. Fuck You Up and Get High
  6. Super Hero
  7. Don’t Believe
  8. Suzy is a Headbanger

 

Label: Heavy Psych

Genre: Stoner /(Punk) Rock

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review TURBONEGRO "Rock'n'Roll Machine"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Turbonegro, Rock'n'Roll Machine, CD Review, News, Rock, Punkrock, Hardrock, Alternative Metal

CD review TURBONEGRO "Rock'n'Roll Machine"

(8/10) Turn the key and start the rock’n’roll engine delivered by no less than rock pioneers Turbonegro.

Five long years after the latest longplayer saw the light of day, it’s “Rock’n’Roll Machine” that brings the Norwegian denim rockers back to the scene, delighting the Turbojugend with eleven new songs that represent the essential power of rock’n’roll.

Next to the end of a five years wait for new songs, “Rock’n’Roll Machine” will be released twenty years after the highly acclaimed “Apocalyptic Dudes” longplayer hit the record stores. However, all these years are numbers in time and what really counts are the songs that made it on the tracklist. Does the 'rock'n'roll machine' have enough horsepower? The answer is a clear 'Yes'.

80’s keyboard sounds kick-off the album, being an intro entitled “The Rock And Roll Suite Part I: Chrome Ozone Creation”. Part II of this trilogy follows the two minutes long intro. “Part II: Well Hello” is the opposite to what you have listened to so far. It’s a punkrocker per excellence, not taking prisoners. This tune is a real energizer and regardless how good or bad your day was so far, this song brings light into darkness. After such a blast it’s part III that marks the final chapter, not of the the album but of the ‘rock’n’roll machine’ trilogy. “Part III: Rock’n’Roll Machine” could be almost seen as a homage to Australian rock pioneers AC/DC. Especially the riffing reminds more than once of the Angus & Co. and also the ‘hoi’-parts in the chorus could come directly from Down Under.

Things get faster again with “Hurry Up & Die” before “Fist City” is the next dirty rock’n’roller that shakes you up. The keyboard fanfare comes back in “Skinhead Rock’n’Roll”, a moderate paced song with an extremely catchy expression.

“Rock’n’Roll Machine” doesn’t features any bad song. The entire album is a pleasurable way to spend 39 minutes of your valuable lifetime. “Hot For Nietzsche” and “On the Rag” are well-done songs and also the grooving "John Carpenter Powder Ballad” isn’t an exeption.

“Rock’n’Roll Machine” is what the title predicts. It’s pure rock’n’roll that’s catchy and powerful including the risk of getting addicted to the album. Once you heard “Rock’n’Roll Machine” for the first time, you can’t let loose anymore and many more loops will follow.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. The Rock And Roll Suite Part I: Chrome Ozone Creation

2. Part II: Well Hello

3. Part III: RockNRoll Machine

4. Hurry Up & Die

5. Fist City

6. Skinhead Rock & Roll

7. Hot For Nietzsche

8. On The Rag

9. Let The Punishment Fit The Behind

10. John Carpenter Powder Ballad

11. Special Education

 

Label: Burger Records-Redeye

Genre: Turbonegro Rock

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review BETONTOD "1000x Live"

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2017 von Markus W. in Betontod, Nuclear Blast, Punkrock, Punk, Rock, Live, 1000x Live

CD review BETONTOD "1000x Live"

(*/10) It was almost a year ago when German punk rock outfit Betontod celebrated their 1000th live show at Mitsubishi Electric Hall in Düsseldorf. The concert could be seen as a home game for the band hailing from Rheinberg. In front of 3,500 enthusiastic fans the band faced the biggest concert to date. In total 23 songs have been played, bridging the early days (“Freiheit in Ketten”) and the newest release (“Kuess Mich”).

“1000x Live” includes excellent punk rock with German lyrics. Betontod has already some live releases as being part of their discography with this one representing Betontod creative achievements in the most holistic way. In case you missed out on the band till now it’s this release that provides you with a comprehensive overview in an energetic live setup. Good songs, good sound, good energy, good release and all authentic – what else could you ask for?

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Keine Popsongs!

3. Fluegel aus Stahl

4. Kuess mich

5. Nacht im Ghetto

6. Generation X

7. Alles

8. Schwarzes Blut

9. Feuer frei

10. Nebel

11. 7 Schuss

12. Mein letzter Tag

13. Freiheit in Ketten

14. Kinder des Zorns

15. Dagegenstehen

16. Ihr koennt mich

17. Halt mich

18. Traum von Freiheit

19. Glueck auf

20. Ich nehme dich mit

21. Freunde

22. Viva Punk!

23. Im Himmel

 

Label: Arise Empire / Nuclear Blast

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: November 24th, 2017

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CD review THE ADICTS "And it was So!"

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2017 von Markus W. in The Adicts, Punkrock, Punk, News, Nuclear Blast, CD Review, Rock

CD review THE ADICTS "And it was So!"

(7/10) Even though I was always interested in punk rock there are probably genres in rock and metal where I’m more into details. That’s the one and only reason why I missed The Adicts over all these years.

The Adicts are punk rock veterans. The guys started back in 1975 in Ipswich, England, with a debut album, entitled “Songs of Praise”, that followed in 1981. Since then the quartet is a constant factor in the fields of UK punk rock with many more records that have been released since then.

One of the inspirations of The Adicts is ‘Clockwork Orange’. The band’s name is based on the Stanley Kubrick famous movie and also the outfit, white shirts and make-up, is linked to the film classic. Even a glance at the artwork of the new longplayer shows the cross-references in a very obvious way.

Talking about the new longplayer means talking about twelve well-crafted punk rock songs. On the one hand Monkey, Pete Dee, Kid Dee and Highko Storm can build on a huge amount of experience, gained over a period of more than 40 years and on the other hand it’s the anarchic wildness the guys could maintain over such a long time, by still being authentic. And last but not least it’s the stable line-up over more the four decades that led to blind faith and high density in sound .

All the mentioned results in 12 new punk rock songs from The Adicts. “And it was So!” is the title of the new longplayer and it’s the excellent opener “Picture the Scene” that brings you in the right mood for 39 minutes of pure punk rock. The songs I like most are the short and crispy ones. The up-tempo “Fucked Up World” is one of them and also “Gospel According to Me” boils things down to its essence. Another highlight, and maybe the best song on the album, is “Déjà Vu”. This grooving monster casts a spell over you.

“And it was So!” makes fun from beginning to end. This album is raw and basic, just as punk rock should be. The Adicts’ new record shows that punk’s not dead.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Picture the Scene
  2. Fucked Up World
  3. Talking Shit
  4. If You Want It
  5. Gospel According to Me
  6. Gimme Something to Do
  7. Love Sick Baby
  8. And it was So!
  9. Deja Vu
  10. I Owe You
  11. Wanna Be
  12. You'll be the Death of Me

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Punk

Release Date EU: November 17th, 2017

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CD review HARD ACTION "Hot Wired Beat"

Veröffentlicht am 15. November 2017 von Markus W. in Hard Action, Hot Wired Beat, News, Svart Records, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Punkrock

CD review HARD ACTION "Hot Wired Beat"

(9/10) Are you in need of a proper does of adrenaline? Here’s a longplayer that delivers exactly what you’re asking for.

After having debuted in 2015 with the “Sinister Vibe” debut the guys worked hard on their sophomore release “Hot Wired Beat” that sees the light of day on December 1st.  Already the debut of this Finnish powerhouse got out of the boxes very well and it’s the new longplayer that adds another portion of rock’n’roll power to their music. As a rock and metal band you can get lost in epical tunes with a lot of finesse and twists – or you boil things dow to its essence, an approach Hard Action decided to go for. The quartet doesn’t care about anything more the igniting a short and intense hard rock firework that kicks-ass.

Mostly kept on less than four minutes the tracks are fueled with passion and dedication from beginning to end. Speedsters like the opener “Free Fall” are belonging to the best I’ve heard for quite a while and also the heavy grooving “Tied Down” is more than just a simple wake-up call. Each of the nine songs shakes you up in a second. A Hard Action song in the morning does a far better job than a double espresso.

Even the rarely embedded calmer moments, like “The Losing Side”, are far beyond standard. It’s the blood, sweat and tears being weaved into in this song that adds the feel needed to make it stand out from the average. Again, it’s not the musical skillfulness that makes “Hot Wired Beat” to an excellent longplayer. It’s the energy of the wild youth that is captured to perfection on this longplayer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Free Fall
  2. Nothing Ever Changed
  3. Hostile Street
  4. The Losing Side
  5. Running Start
  6. Tied Down
  7. Knocked Down, Dragged Out
  8. May
  9. Tunnel Vision

 

Label: Svart Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: December 1st, 2017

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CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in World War Me, Punkrock, Pop Rock, Rock, Modern Rock, News, CD Review, Sharptone Records

CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

(6/10) In my role as reviewer I always need to have a kind of compass that helps to sort out things. One of the criteria is how much of an impression the album makes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a longplayer needs to be catchy and mainstream. Actually it also could be the total opposite, but there must be something that makes the songs stand out, something that differs from the average. That's what makes an album special, not becoming another sand corn at the beach. This was also my approach when listening to World War Me’s self-titled album.

Unfortunately the songs on this release aren’t stand out that much. This doesn’t mean that the music is bad stuff. However, the uniqueness in World War Me's sound is missing. World War Me is into melodic American (punk) rock. Looking on the simple melodies and the catchy choruses, bands like Blink 182 most probably belong to the faves of this four-piece.

"The Good Enough" is the starting point and it's a good one. The tune comes with with certain dynamic and rocks quite well, something that goes for "Don't Hold Your Breathe" too, both belongs to the more positive moments captured on this longplayer. After such good start it feels like a cookie-cutter approach took over in the songwriting. Surprises get less, leading to trivial pop-rock numbers such as "Escape" and "Fire and Flames". 

World War Me is a band that recorded nice music for their debut, an album that might be a good soundtrack for your next high-school party. In case you’re looking for some more demanding, something that makes an impression on you, you might need to look for something different.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Good Enough
  2. Don't Hold Your Breath
  3. Mr. Misery
  4. Arch For Agony
  5. Break a Leg
  6. Escape
  7. Fire and Flames
  8. That's so Yesterday
  9. Warzone
  10. Live With Ourselves
  11. From the Fear
  12. World War M
  13. Color Me Sick

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 3" EP

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Nick Oliveri, Rock, Punkrock, Punk, News, Heavy Psych

CD review NICK OLIVERI "N.O. Hits at All - Volume 3" EP

(5/10) ‘All good things come in threes’, that could be one thought that Nick Oliveri had before starting this trilogy. Next to that, and looking on sales prices, it’s also a good opportunity to make some money. Instead of putting all the songs, or most of them, on one album, these EPs’ triple the income by being priced as a regular CD.

However, as with the first two six track releases also volume three comes with cover versions of tunes that influenced Oliveri and also belong to his personal favorites. And as we’re used to, Oliveri invited guest musicians to join him on “N.O. Hits at All – Volume 3”. John Joseph (Cro-Mags) is part of this release as well as Todd Youth (Murphy’s Law, Danzig), Brant Bjork, Melissa auf der Maur, Joey Castillo and some more.

The choice of songs cover a range from Royale Daemons to Black Sabbath, the later being represented on this EP with an awful version of “The Mob Rules”. Hopefully Ozzy and Co. don’t have to listen to this version of their classic in metal.

“N.O. Hits at All – Volume 3” starts to become an annoying continuation of a great idea that started with volume one. This EP is a redundant one and I hope it’s the last one of its kind.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. R’n’R Outlaw
  2. Luv is Fiction
  3. Medication
  4. Kyuss Dies!
  5. Country As Fuck
  6. The Mob Rules

 

Label: Heavy Psych Records

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: October 20st, 2017

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CD review GRAVE PLEASURE "Motherblood"

Veröffentlicht am 26. September 2017 von Markus W. in Grave Pleasure, Dark Metal, Dark Rock, Post Punk, Punkrock, News, Century Media, Gothic

CD review GRAVE PLEASURE "Motherblood"

(8/10) Finnish rock outfit Grave Pleasure delivers their soundtrack for the dark season like autumn and winter right in time. The third album of the band this Helsinki-based band is an important one, having an impact on the future direction of this rock outfit. Fortunately things look pretty good since “Motherblood” became a big one.

Basically Grave Pleasure continues their journey through dark rock that’s rooted in punk rock. The best references for Grave Pleasure’s sound are Joy Division, Killing Joke and partly The Cure. The quintet doesn’t interpret ‘dark’ and ‘gloomy’ as something that needs to be slo-mo. The tracks on this album are of a higher pace, including a post-punk approach. The darkness comes more from well-done undertones that are weaved into each of the tracks and it’s the lyrics too that are a kind of danse macabre. The guys dig into the deepest fears of mankind. Demise and the apocalypse are main sources, acting as inspiration for lyrics like in “Laughing Abyss”. Even a certain Fields Of The Nephilim vibe is included in songs like “Atomic Christ”.

What comes with each of the songs is a great melody. It’s hard to get fascinated by these tunes since the hooks do their job in a perfect manner. In that sense the album has almost a pop appeal. But I don’t want to be misunderstood, none of the ten songs is even close to pop music. It’s more that the songs are, based on their melodies, danceable ones that would work perfectly for an alternative club night.

The predecessor was already a good album and “Motherblood” prolongs this positive expression. Grave Pleasure can look forward to a bright future in darkness.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Infatuation Overkill
  2. Doomsday Rainbows
  3. Be My Hiroshima
  4. Joy through Death
  5. Mind Intruder
  6. Laughing Abyss
  7. Falling For an Atom Bomb
  8. Atomic Christ
  9. Deadenders
  10. Haunted Afterline

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Post-Punk

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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