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CD review BEASTO BLANKO "Live from Berlin"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Beasto Blanko, Hardrock, Live From Berlin, Rock, Live, Berlin, Tour, Rat Pak, CD Review, News

CD review BEASTO BLANKO "Live from Berlin"

(*/10) American rock outfit Beasto Blanko releases a new album during January. It features the live recording of the band’s show in Berlin in 2016. The quintet, fronted by Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice Cooper’s daughter Calico Cooper, was the opening act for German rock band Böhse Onkelz on their tour through Germany in late 2016. One of those shows has been performed in Berlin at Mercedes Benz Arena, a concert that was recorded and will be released as the Beasto Blanko’s first live album.

It‘s rather unusual that a band publishes a live recording with only two studio longplayers being listed in the discography. However, letting go the opportunity to record a show in front of thousands of rock music fans feels like a weird thing too. 

The album contains songs from both studio albums, with „Feed My Frankenstein“, the Alice Cooper cover, being the best-known one. „Live from Berlin“ comes with a great rock spirit that‘s captured on the record. The power of hard rocking music can be felt with each song played that night, supported by a solid production, which provides a sound that is energetic, dynamic and not too much overdone.

„Live in Berlin“ is a good live album, done by a band that obviously lives rock’n’roll. It’s a longplayer that’s entertaining and provides pleasure. “Live from Berlin”some summer feelings into grey European winter days.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Il Nostro Spirito
  2. Beasto Blanko
  3. Freak
  4. Motorqueen
  5. Grind
  6. Machine Girl
  7. Death Rattle
  8. Honey
  9. Feed My Frankenstein
  10. Sadhana
  11. Breakdown

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

 

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CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2017 von Markus W. in Lynch Mob, News, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, Rat Pak, CD Review, Sleaze Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Rock

CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

(8/10) To name an album “The Brotherhood” must have a meaning and it does. Basically it emphasis the fact that the line-up worked together in different constellations over the last years with George Lynch and singer Oni Logan being the key factors. Band leader and singer started their cooperation already in 1989 when Lynch Mob took off, followed by many 'in and out moments' over time. Since 2014 both of them work together again on a consistent base and the new album reflects the strength of it very well. “The Brotherhood” sounds tight and straight-forward, standing as a rock in the ocean of new releases. What’s rather new to Lynch Mob is the powerhouse, represented by Jimmy D’Anda (d) and Sean McNabb (b), both joining in 2015 and being well-integrated in the band.

This four-piece band recorded Lynch Mob’s eighth studio album that features 12 new songs, all in the fields of rock and blues. “The Brotherhood” rocks from the first to last note played, with “Main Offender” being a grooving opener that shows the extra class of Lynch and his band mates. Songs on the new record are quite hard and come with a darker vibe which is also reflected in the artwork.

The guys do best when they combine hard rocking sounds with some blues roots, reflected in songs like “I’ll Take Miami” and “Where We Started”, the latter being a heavy pounding smasher.

To balance the heavy songs Lynch Mob embedded half-way down the road an acoustic highlight entitled “The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl” before hooks and riffs take over again with “Until the Sky Comes Down” and “Black Heart Days”. Towards the end the record contains with “Miles Away” a ballad that might fit perfect into the flow of the album but is on the other hand not leading to endless excitement.

Last but not least it’s the very rhythmic “Until I get My Gold” that closes another Lynch Mob album which is built on the creative collaboration of guitarist and singer. George Lynch and Oni Logan seems to challenge each other enough for writing well-crafted hardrock songs that are a treat for fans and enthusiasts of rock music. Hopefully the brotherhood atmosphere will remain when it comes to the coming years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Main Offender
  2. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
  3. I’ll Take Miami
  4. Last Call Lady
  5. Where We Started
  6. The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl
  7. Until the Sky Comes Down
  8. Black Heart Days
  9. Black Mountain
  10. Dog Town Mystics
  11. Miles Away
  12. Until I Get My Gold

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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