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CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"

Veröffentlicht am 29. April 2017 von Markus W. in Metal Church, Power Metal, Live, News, Heavy Metal, US Metal, Speed Metal, CD Review, Queensryche

(8/10) Power metal veterans Metal Church got a real boost with Mike Howe re-joining the legendary power metal band from the west coast. "XI" was a fantastic studio album that was followed by mind-blowing live shows, presenting a band that's celebrating metal with each note played.

Therefor it was more than a logical consequence to also record some of the shows and delight the Metal Church fanbase with a live album. Here it is. Kurdt Vanderhoof and his gang taped some of the gigs on their 2016 tour of which nine tracks made it on the album. The choice of songs couldn't be much better and each of the numbers is a real classic in powerful metal music. 

Having 'classic' in its title implicates that its a more oldschool tracklist, covering songs from the debut ("Beyond the Black") up to the 1993 release "Hanging in Balance"; and everything in between. "Watch the Children Pray", "Human Factor" and "Start the Fire" are true classics.

A special extra comes at the end of the album. RatPak owner Joe O'Brien had the idea for a duet of Howe and Queensryche's Todd LaTorre, both singing together Metal Church's smasher "Fake Healer". The idea became reality and the result can be heard on this album. Having two of the best metal singers performing a song like "Fake Healer" together in the studio is more than treat for every headbanger. The song itself is already an excellent one but this new version lifts it to a next level (A wish from the writer: Could a package with Metal Church and Queensryche please come over to Europe for a tour?).

To sum up: This disc is an authentic live album with a good sound that presents Metal Church as a rock solid unit, performing songs that belong to the best power metal can offer. It's a great way for older fans to walk down the memory lane while it's an excellent opportunity for new fans to catch up when it comes to the roots of this powerhouse.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Beyond the Black
  2. Date With Poverty
  3. Gods of a Second Chance
  4. In Mourning
  5. Watch the Children Pray
  6. Start the Fire
  7. No Friend of Mine
  8. Badlands
  9. Human Factor
  10. Fake Healer (Duet with Todd La Torre) (Studio)

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"

The album is also available as 'Deluxe Edition", including:

  • CD
  • Hand autographed sleeve
  • 16 page photo booklet
  • Limited edition guitar pick
  • Fake-Healer die-cut sticker
  • Metal Church VIP tour laminate
  • Metal Church 4" vinyl sticker
  • Limited print 4x4 insert
CD review METAL CHURCH "Classic Live"
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12 Most Favorite Concert Photos 2016

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Amon Amarth, Europe, Archer Nation, Queensryche, Doro, Undertow, Testament, Honeymoon Disease, Anvil, Long Distance Calling, Dark Funeral, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, Power Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Rock, Cultuurpodium De Boerderij, 013, Gebr. de Nobel, Dudok, Live, Photos

New Year's Eve is an excellent moment in time to look back on the last 12 months and what's better than scrolling through photos made that year. I challenged myself in choosing my 12 favorites, which was not a too easy exercise. Anyhow, I've chosen these photos from various shows in 2016.

Have a good start in 2017 and keep on rocking. Thanks for all your support \m/

 

All photos by Markus Wiedenmann

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Just in case you want to see them all - HERE they are.

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Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARCHER NATION / METHODICA, Zoetermeer, 29.08.2016

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2016 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Archer, Methodica, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Live Review, News

Almost a year to the day Queensryche came to The Netherlands for two shows, supported by the mighty Armored Saint and newcomers Beyond The Black. At that time the guys from Seattle played at the Melkweg in Amsterdam with singer Todd La Torre suffering from a bad flu. The band still played the show, something that shows the level of dedication of these five guys.

This year Queensryche planned a stop in Zoetermeer and everybody was in good health. Compared to last time the support acts might have been less popular, which doesn't say anything about the quality of their show.

It was Italian prog metal quintet Methodica who started with the task of warming up the crowd for the main act of this evening. The guys can look back on two album releases which have been the base for their set. The band did a pretty good job even though things sounded sometimes a bit puristic. However, the venue was already half filled when the band from Verona began their show and people stayed in the room. I think that this is an impressive signal for the band that did their best to get people into the right mood.

After this more epical start into the evening it was time for some true heavy metal. Archer Nation came the long way from Santa Cruz to Zoetermeer with a lot of furious metal in their bag. The show of this three-piece band included everything a metal show should contain. Wild headbanging, furious riffs, sweat and powerful songs is what people got to hear in the 30 minutes lasting show of Archer Nation. These guys seriously warmed up the audience for the Queensryche and nobody could stand still during this half hour.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARCHER NATION / METHODICA,  Zoetermeer, 29.08.2016

Before Queensryche could enter the stage it was time for a set change. I guess there have been some technical issues that asked for being solved before the metal legend from Seattle could start. The break took a little bit too long, but after 45 minutes obviously all cables found the right outlet and the show could begin.

As mentioned in the beginning, this time everybody was in good health and full of energy. It felt like the band being really in a good mood, enjoying the show themselves. It is more than proven in the meantime that Todd La Torre isn't only an excellent singer; this guy is a real frontman that can entertain the fans with excellent vocals but also a presence on stage that some other frontman might miss. Talking about presence on stage, also Michael Wilton put himself more and more into the frontlight which I think is good. An almost introvert and focussed guitar play changed with well done solos in front of the fans with some great metal poses.

It feels anyhow like the band's growing more and more together. Parker Lundgren is fully integrated in the band and the same goes of course for La Torre. And that the founding members Jackson and Rockenfield provide a more than solid foundation for Queensryche songs is a fact that we know from day one. Jackson set with his bass a constant groove for this night by not really looking for the spotlight. He filled the venue with the rhythm that was in an almost clockwork precise synchronization with Rockenfield's powerful drumming.

I have seen Queensryche three times over the last few years and when it comes to their setlist things constantly change. The guys could play it safe and only focus on the 'hits'. Actually they are partly doing this, but it was only three songs that have been played in all three shows I have seen - "Empire", "Jet Set Woman" and "Eyes of a Stranger". The rest constantly changed and shows the width of classic the band has in their musical bagpack.

This time the quintet, of course, played songs from the latest release "Condition Human", but also the most successful Queenryche track, "Silent Lucidity", could make it on the setlist. Even "Damaged" from "Promised Land" was performed as well as a great version of "Screaming in Digital".

All in all it was a great night with Queensryche that had one little downer too - the guys could have played longer. 75 minutes isn't too long for a band that has so many great songs in their discography. Maybe good to add 2-3 more songs next time; fans would love it. However, Queensryche found back to old strength, are re-energized and performed as a rock; something that was confirmed in Zoetermeer.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARCHER NATION / METHODICA,  Zoetermeer, 29.08.2016
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARCHER NATION / METHODICA,  Zoetermeer, 29.08.2016
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARCHER NATION / METHODICA,  Zoetermeer, 29.08.2016

​Setlist Queensryche:

  1. Guardian 
  2. Operation: Mindcrime
  3. Best I Can
  4. Damaged 
  5. The Killing Words
  6. The Mission
  7. Silent Lucidity
  8. Empire
  9. Eye 9 
  10. Queen of the Reich
  11. Jet Set Woman
  12. Take Hold of the Flame
  13. Screaming in Digital (Encore)
  14. Eyes of a Stranger (Encore)

 

Location: Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Date: August 29th, 2016

 

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CD review QUEENSRYCHE "Condition Hüman"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Queensryche, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, Power Metal, US Metal

(9/10) Long awaited and finally ready for getting shipped to your record dealer: the new Queensryche album. And since ex-Queensryche singer Geoff Tate released his solo record a couple of weeks ago the curiosity is even bigger when it comes to: who has the better musical output. For me things are crystal clear. The winner is: Queensryche!

I have to admit that I was doubting a bit since I wasn't totally convinced about the first track ("Arrow of time") the band released. But the new album in it's totality wiped away those concerns in a second.

The five-piece from Seattle released with "Condition Hüman" their best longplayer since "Empire".

The opener "Arrow of time" is a bit of a reserved beginning before "Guradian" and "Hellfire" brings back the old Queensryche spirit. What follows can easily keep this high level and tension is build up towards the climax in the end. "The Aftermath" introduces the eight minutes long title track. "Condition Hüman" is an epical track that starts acoustic and could be out of the "The Warning"-session. A perfect ending of a thrilling new album that is a treat for each fan of the band. Cherry on the cake is short "Astronomy Divine" motive towards the end which indicates one source of inspiration.

All signs guided towards such an album and it's great to hold it in hands now.

If you're fan of Queensryche from the early years and if you went theough all the average recordings, this album will be a relief. Finally you get what you have been desperately looking for so many years. Those guys rock again. Thank you.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Arrow of Time
  2. Guardian
  3. Hellfire
  4. Toxic Remedy
  5. Slefish Lives
  6. Eye 9
  7. Bulletproof
  8. Hourglass
  9. Just us
  10. All there was
  11. The Aftermath
  12. Condition Human

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: October 2nd, 2015

CD review QUEENSRYCHE "Condition Hüman"
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QUEENSRŸCHE presents "Guardian"

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2015 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Heavy Metal, News, Video, Power Metal, Prog Metal, US Metal

Queensrÿche posted a new song from the upcoming "Condition Hüman" album. "Guardian" sounds pretty good and let's hope for another great album.

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CD review OPERATION MINDCRIME "The key"

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2015 von Markus W. in Operation Mindcrime, Queensryche, Geoff Tate, Rock, Alternative Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, CD Review

(6/10) It's showtime. Geoff Tate and Queensryche are releasing new records this fall. Tate is the first one publishing a new disc under the banner of Operation Mindcrime. The ex-Queensryche singer could gather some well known names sailing with him under this flag - Dave Ellefson and Simon Wright, just to mention two of them.

But name dropping isn't what the whole thing is about. It's the music that counts, esp. while knowing about the history of preaks and lows of the iconic singer.

First of all; if anybody hoped for a step back towards the early Queensryche days you can stop reading here. Tate continues on his individual journey through a mix of alternative metal with prog- and rock elements.

There is one exemption. "Re-inventing the future" let the "Operation Mindcrime"-flame blaze for a second. It's by far the best song on the album. A tune that is also OK is towards the end. "Kicking in the door" is a balladic anthems with a lot of feel. Not too bad. Also "Burn" and "The Fall" works quite well eventhough being far away from heyday.

The rest of the tracks aren't real rock or metal pearls. It's just not what I connect with Tate's unique voice.

Songs like the confusing "Life or Death" don't work and the scattered "The stranger" with a heavily downtuned guitar is weird (or highly creative).

Unfortunately "The key" keeps the direction of the recent Tate releases. Considering that this album is the first one out of a trilogy we can expect two prolongations of this individual Geoff Tate journey. Don't know if this is good or bad. Let's just take it as a fact. I think it's sad that Geoff Tate doesn't make more out of his voice.

So let's wait what Queensryche will come with. Hopefully they manage to serve an inspiring metal meal. We will get an answer in October.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Choices
  2. Burn
  3. Re-inventing the Future
  4. Ready To Fly
  5. Discussion in a Smoke Filled Room
  6. Life or Death
  7. The Stranger
  8. Hearing Voices
  9. On Queue
  10. An Ambush In The Door
  11. The Fall

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: Speptember 18th, 2015

CD review OPERATION MINDCRIME "The key"
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Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2015 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Armored Saint, Beyond The Black, Heavy Metal, Live Review, News, Power Metal, US Metal

This is a package that has more than a 'wow' factor. This package is awesome. The mighty Queensryche together with the legendary Armored Saint one one stage that night; no way not going there - even on a very warm and sunny summer night.

The role of the opener was reserved for the German newcomers Beyond The Black. The 2014 founded band has released their debut a few month ago and the reactions have been very positive.

Beyond The Black started around 19:30. I was surprised that the Melkweg was already filled pretty well and the band got quite some attention. The longer they played the more fans found their spot in front of the stage. This means that the guys did a great job in warming up the crowd and it was worth to be at the Melkweg in time. I hope that the Beyond The Black will come back to Holland soon - and maybe with a bit more playing time. They could be great support for bands like Within Temptation and/or Delain. Let's see.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

After a short break the stage was prepared for Armored Saint. Since the last album was a great one, expectations have been pretty high. Can U deliver? Yes, the guys could. It was fantastic to see the five guys back in Holland after so many years. It was in 2006 when I have seen them tha lst time in Arnhem which was a great experience.

The band started with the title track of the new album. "Win hands down" was very much appreciated by the crowd. The studio version of the song is already great, but the live version was even more intense. The set was a constant mix of old and new. Classics like "Rasing fear" and "Last train home" have been played as well as newer stuff. 

With some bands the new songs can't keep the high level of their classics. Not with Armored Saint. New and old built one seamless unit with all songs being on a high level.

The band obviously had a lot of fun to be in Europe again - and the first time in Amsterdam. John Bush did, as expected, an excellent job behind the mic. This voice is pure metal. Joey Vera sunk in his bass play, Sandoval and Duncan hammered the riffs into the Melkweg and Gonzo's drums delivered the right punch for an energetic show.

Highlight was with "Can U deliver" when all of a sudden a small third axeman joined. It was John Bush's son Guiseppe that joined for the song and it was a great experience to see the different metal generations on stage. Metal never dies.

The final track, "Madhouse", made a madhouse out of the Melkweg. Seeing Armored Saint live is always a great experience. I hope that those guys will stay together for many many more years. The are pure metal. Horns up.

 

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Armored Saint set a high standard for Queensyche. But with having songs like "NM 156" and "Empire" in the backhand the five-piece from Seattle didn't have any problem to keep this high level, if...yes, if.

Todd was suffering from a bad cold that night, but it deserves a lot of respct that he worked himself through a shorter set. This guy doesn't disappoint fans and band mates. And honestly, even with the cold he was singing in an excellent way. With a cold he performed the Queensryche classics in a better way than Geoff Tate the last time I have seen him with Queensryche some years ago in Stockholm.

However, due to Todd's cold Queensryche played for around an hour only; covering a lot of the highlights from the past. "Nightrider" and "The needle lies" are always a treat for your metal ears. 

Next to those pearls also a brandnew song was presented that night in Amsterdam. "Arrow of time" is the name of the track that sounds quite good, but can't live up to the other songs. But let's see and wait for the album. "Condition hüman" will be released in October and I guess we will get another cool Queensryche disc served on our plate.

After having played the mighty "Empire" it was time for Todd to allow himself some rest. I think that "Queen of the Reich" and "Take hold of the flame" has been originally planned as well, but couldn't be performed due to the mentioned circustances.

It was great to see the power metal package of Armored Saint and Queensryche supported by Beyond The Black - an excellent newcomer. This package is worth to go to and I hope that more of those metal feasts will be on the road soon.

Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015
Live review QUEENSRYCHE / ARMORED SAINT / BEYOND THE BLACK, Amsterdam, 03.08.2015

Setlist:

Beyond The Black

who can provide it?

 

Setlist Armored Saint

  1. Win hands down
  2. March of the saint
  3. Nervous man
  4. Pay dirt
  5. Last train home
  6. An execircise in debauchery
  7. Rasing fear
  8. Dropping like flies
  9. Mess
  10. Left hoof from right field
  11. Aftermath
  12. Reign of fire
  13. Can U deliver
  14. Madhouse

 

Setlist Queensryche

  1. Anarchy-X
  2. Nightrider
  3. Breaking the silence
  4. The whisper
  5. En force
  6. Warning
  7. The needle lies
  8. NM 156
  9. Arrow of time
  10. Jet city woman
  11. Eyes of a stranger
  12. Empire

 

 

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New song from OPERATION: MINDCRIME

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche, Geoff Tate, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Power Metal, Video

Geoff Tate posted a new song from the comong Operation Mindcrime album. "Re-inventing the future" is taken from the upcoming album "The key" that comes in September via Frontiers. The songs is a step towards the older Queensryche stuff, but let's see what the rest of the album will bring.

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CD review TONY MILLS "Over my dead body"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2015 von Markus W. in Tony Mills, Queensryche, TNT, Shy, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, News, CD Review, W.E.T.

(8/10) Tony Mills got the first bigger attention as being part of the British AOR band Shy. But the musical history of the singer from Solihull, UK covers much more. He was part of TNT as well as of bands like Serpentine and China Blue. He also released a few solo albums of which the newest one was published a few days ago. "Over my dead body" is the name of the longplayer that was triggered by Mills' heart attack in 2010.

Mills gathered together some excellent musicians. Guys like Paul Sabu supported him on the album together with Robert Sall (W.E.T.) and many more. And he could win Neil Kernon for the mixing.

So, what's to report about the songs? I have to say that I was doubting if I put the new album from Tony Mills into the CD player. I was thinking more about Queensryche or Goeff Tate. But it couldn't be Queensryche and the songs have been far too good for a Geoff Tate album. However, I wasn't aware that Tony Mills sounds that much like Tate in his earlier Queensryche days. If you want to find out what I mean you should listen to tracks like the opener "Time won't wait" and "No love lost". Especially the last mentioned one with the samples comes close to the "Operation mindcrime" times. 

A song that gets under the skin is "My death". It's a slower tune that reflects the title very well. It is a sonic version of the fight between life and death - a mix between desperation and hope. Something Mills went through by having an heart attack at the Oslo airport in 2010. 

"My death" is also a turning point on the album. "Over my dead body" has a menacing vibe in the first half that builds up and has its climax in "My death". From this moment on it seems that the dark clouds slowly disappear and the songs get more positive. Tracks like "Somewhere in London" are great hardrock songs that have a strong AOR touch. And "Free spirits" is an almost swinging tune that reminds to Queen in some parts.

Tony Mills offers his fans an album with a lot of different shades of melodic metal. It is an emotional journey through 10 great tunes based on real life. 

Fans from Queensryche will like this album. And the same goes for fans of well-crafted melodic rock/metal performed by a great singer. Thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Time won't wait
  2. 28 flights
  3. We should be on by now
  4. No love lost
  5. Gate 21
  6. My death
  7. Bitter suite
  8. Northern star
  9. 4 in the morning
  10. Somewhere in London
  11. Free spirit

 

Label: Battlegod Productions

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review TONY MILLS "Over my dead body"
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QUEENSRYCHE on tour in Europe + ARMORED SAINT as support

Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Armoured Saint, Prog Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Tour, News

Queensryche is coming back to Holland for two shows. And not enough with this fact; they have the great Armoured Saint as support. This goes as well for the show in London. What a package! A must for each metalhead. Dates see below...

 

And here are all dates of Armoured Saint in Europe in 2015:

19/06/15 FR - Clisson - Hellfest
30/07/15 DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
03/08/15 NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg w/Queensryche
04/08/15 NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar w/Queensryche
06/08/15 UK - London - Electric Ballroom w/Queensryche+Death Angel

07/08/15 UK - Catton Hall - Bloodstock Festival
08-09/08/15 BE - Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival

QUEENSRYCHE on tour in Europe + ARMORED SAINT as support
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QUEENSRYCHE & ARMORED SAINT live in Holland

Veröffentlicht am 18. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Queensryche, Armored Saint, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, News, Tour

Wow. What a package. Prog metal dinosaurs Queensryche are coming to The Netherlands for two shows - one in Amsterdam and one in Eindhoven. Special guest for the shows are the mighty Armored Saint. A real Christams gift. Don't miss it.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, QUEENSRYCHE... announced for Metal Days festival

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Metal Days, Black Label Society, Queensryche, Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Tour, Heavy Metal, Death Metal, News

The line-up of the Metal Days festival in Tolmin, Solvenia is growing again with a few more bands. With the Black Label Society, Cannibal Corpse, Queensryche and Hatebreed the festival could announce some well known metal acts being part of the line-up. See here the overview of the so far announced bands:

 

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, QUEENSRYCHE... announced for Metal Days festival
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CD review SOULBENDER "Soulbender II"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Soulbender, Queensryche, Alice In Chains, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Grunge, CD Review, News

(7/10) "Soulbender II" is not a really new album. It is actually the bands debut album with additional four new tracks. "Soulbender" was the first disc of the band with the same name. The record was release ten years ago and the reason why Soulbender got more attention than some other bands was the fact that Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton is part of the four-piece. But it wasn't only Wilton who is more well-known. Also singer Nick Pollock is better known from My Sister's Machine - a band that had its peak in the 90's grunge period. So, Soulbender is a Seattle connection.

However, the guys found together and started Soulbender. The band plays heavy metal with some grunge influnences. Based on the earlier mentioned, this isn't a big surprise. The sound of Soulbender is somewhere right in the middle between Nevermore and Alice In Chains.

After some line-up changes in the last decade the original band found back together in 2014 and that was the kick-start for the 'new' album. Four songs have been written, a deal with Rat Pak has been signed and a release was needed.

So the band recorded the four new tracks which are all quite good. The opener "Turn anger on" is a slower riff monster that grooves quite well. "Shoal" is a bit different. It's a more quite song with a sad undertone. The grunge influences are very present in this tune. Than it gets heavy again. "Slave to reality" has a roaring riff that builds the base for the song. Next to that it's the tight rhythm section that gives the tune the drive needed.

The drums open "Seraphim" before the guitar and the vocals join in. It's a depressive atmoshere spread by the song with an underlaying feeling of discomfort.

The other ten songs on "Soulbender II" are the well-known ones from the debut. Good songs too with a powerful sound.

All in all the album is OK. It is entertaining to listen to the songs and it is better than what Queensryche has released for many years. Hopefully Wilton has still enough time for Soulbender after the 'rebirth' of Queensryche. Would be good to get a completely new album from the band.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Turn anger up
  2. Shoal
  3. Slave to reality
  4. Seraphim
  5. Fix me
  6. Clockwork and compass
  7. Rabbit hole
  8. The American dream
  9. Samsara
  10. Prime time
  11. Shoot poem
  12. This ocean
  13. Hunger
  14. Three towers

 

Label: Rat Pak

Genre: Heavy Metal

 

 

CD review SOULBENDER "Soulbender II"
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