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Veröffentlicht am 6. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Honeymoon Disease, Raveneye, Zodiac, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, Photography, News, Throwback

It was a year ago when Zodiac, Raveneye and Honeymoon Disease brought some warm and powerful rock to Leiden, Netherlands. By the way, don't miss Honeymoon Disease's upcoming release. Stay tuned for the review.


Live review ZODIAC/RAVENEYE/HONEYMOON DISEASE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 06.10.2016

Veröffentlicht am 7. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Zodiac, Honeymoon Disease, Raveneye, Hardrock, Alternative Rock, Blues, Rock, Live Review, News

Leiden is a city in The Netherlands that is well known for their university. But 'leiden' also means 'suffering' in German, a double meaning that describes this Thursday evening very well.

It was at no point suffering to be part of this concert with three bands that are all great. The part that was disappointing was the amount of fans that came to Gebr. de Nobel that night. Eventhough the guys played the smaller of the two rooms there was enough space for everybody. Actually we are talking about 25-30 fans of ambitious rock music that found their way to Leiden that night. Thinking about a vivid student city in combination with some good rock'n'roll bands should actually lead to a much more packed venue.

Anyhow, that's what it was and everybody who wasn't there missed a great evening in rock.

Live review ZODIAC/RAVENEYE/HONEYMOON DISEASE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 06.10.2016

It was Honeymoon Disease from Gothenburg, Sweden that had to go on stage first. The two girls and two boys released a pretty good record a few months ago. Now they had the chance to present it live and they used the momentum. When I saw them rocking the venue I was reminded of '77, partly due to the music but more because of the energy level they spread. Honeymoon Disease split roles quite clearly. The boys are the hard working rhythm section that makes the engine run while the girls, with their guitars, took the responsibility for the entertainment factor.

All four together nailed down a show that couldn't be much better for an opener. It's not that easy to move on a small stage but the band used every square meter for constant action and pure rock postures, ending in an grande finale with both girls laying on the ground for the last chords. A great start.

Fortunately also RavenEye could draw on some great songs, most of them from the recently released debut. The fact that the trio has been touring a lot, being opening act for bands like Slash and Deep Purple, was very present. These guys played many shows together which led to a tight performance of cool songs. This band is a strong unit that stands like a rock when it comes to the sound. The performance instead couldn't be more dynamic. I mentioned the small stage and it was obviously too small for this trio from Milton Keynes. Singer/guitarist Oli Brown was the first one that went right into the audience, performing from there and a while ago it was him and Aaron Spiers, playing piggy-back, surrounded by very surprised fans. Not to forget Brown, standing all of a sudden on the bass drum for kicking off a song. All this underlines the rising attention for these guys from the UK. I guess we will hear more of the them.

Live review ZODIAC/RAVENEYE/HONEYMOON DISEASE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 06.10.2016

Than it was time for Zodiac. I had some hope that there might be more fans filling the venue for the four-piece from Germany. This hope was gone in a second since the amount of rock enthusiasts stayed the same during the entire concert. It must have been a bit of a 'suffering', or more a disappointment for the band but this fact didn't have any impact on their performance. It shows the professional attitude of the four guys playing for 20 people as they would have done it for 200.

That Zodiacs songs are good ones goes without saying. The guys recently released their newest album that comes with awesome music. Some of it, like the cool title track "Grain of Soul", has been played that night, mixed with older stuff. Having re-release the debut EP in a limited vinyl version means that Zodiac also added "Upon the Stone" to the setlist. All in all it was a well done choice of band highlights that peaked in an extended version of "Coming Home" from the band's debut "A Bit of Devil". This tune belongs to the best ones Zodiac has ever wrote. Starting slowly and building up to an immense rocker, that's what it is about and it's a great closer of a pretty cool show.

Mentioning 'show', Zodiac isn't about fancy effects and a lot of decoration. These guys have excellent music to offer which speaks on its own. Therefor it didn't matter that the stage was kept pretty dark, with some shades of red and blue. It's the music that does the job, also on the Thursday night in Leiden.

In the end it wasn't 'suffering' at all for all the ones that visited the show. Zodiac definitely brought it home and I hope that there will be some more fans in Eindhoven because one thing is for for sure: Zodiac and the two support bands deserve far more attention than what they had to face in Leiden.

Live review ZODIAC/RAVENEYE/HONEYMOON DISEASE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 06.10.2016

​Setlist Zodiac:

  1. Rebirth by Fire
  2. Sinner
  3. Free
  4. Animal
  5. Down
  6. A Bit of Devil
  7. Blue Jean Blues (ZZ Top cover)
  8. Diamond Shoes
  9. Cortez the Killer (Neil Young cover)
  10. Upon the Stone
  11. Grain of Soul
  12. Coming Home (Encore)


Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, Netherlands

Date: October 6th, 2016


CD review RAVENEYE "Nova"

Veröffentlicht am 25. September 2016 von Markus W. in RavenEye, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Alternative Rock, Hardrock, Retro, Blues

(8/10) One of the newcomers in hardrock this year are RavenEye from the UK. The three-piece was founded in 2014 by guitarist/singer Oli Brown and bassplayer Aaron Spiers. So far the guys didn't release more than an EP in 2015 which was called "Breaking Out". 

The quartet promoted this EP intesively with a lot of touring connected. RavenEye supported bands like Deep purple, Halestorm and Slash, also playing on bigger European festivals such as Download Festival and Hellfest. So it was less the releases that opened RavenEye for a bigger audience, it has been the extensive touring activities that had two effects. It helped RavenEye to constantly enlarge their fan base and growing together as a band.

RavenEye's debut is being shipped to the record stores as we speak and it presents a band that comes with esxcellent songs and a tight way of performing them. The eleven songs on the album cover a wider range of influences - from Led Zeppelin to Soundgarden. All this inspiration led to songs that are featuring some bluesy elements, classic rock, hardrock and a touch of retro, packaged in a modern expression and a heaviness that makes the album to an interesting one for rock fans and metalheads.

"Nova" starts slow and heavy with "Wanna Feel You". The song has a certain alternative metal flair that partly reminds me of Alice In Chains merged with traditional hardrock. It's a cool start into an exciting album. That RavenEye can also play faster is what the band shows with the dynamic "Come With Me" followed by the grooving "Inside". 

The post-grunge moments are coming back in the darker "Supernova" that belongs the best songs on the album. More cool stuff is named "Madeline" which is an energetic rocker, something that also goes for "Out of the Rain". 

The most emotional moment on the record is called "Eternity" which is a slow and romantic tune, including a melancholic expression that makes the track to a really touching one.

All in all "Nova" became an exciting piece of music of some newcomers that will challenge established rock bands. RavenEye came to stay.





  1. Wanna Feel You
  2. Come With Me
  3. Inside
  4. Hero
  5. Supernove
  6. Walls
  7. Oh My Love
  8. Madeline
  9. Hate
  10. Out of the Rain
  11. Eternity


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 23rd, 2016

CD review RAVENEYE "Nova"

RAVENEYE debut in September this year

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in RavenEye, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News

UK-based rockers RavenEye have been already on tour with acts like Slash, Deep Purple and The Answer which impressiveknowing that it's just one EP the guys released up till now. The received positive reactions attracted notice from Frontiers Music which led to an inked deal.

After such a start into their new career as a band it was time to release the first full-length album. "Nova" will be the name of this record that comes on September 29.

Furthermore the guys will be on tour with Zodiac in autumn this year and here are the dates:

06.09. Hamburg (Germany) – Molotow

17.09. Dresden (Germany) – Beatpol

18.09. Rostock (Germany) - Mau Club

19.09. Hannover (Germany) – Lux

20.09. Kassel (Germany) – Schlachthof

21.09. Jena (Germany) – Fhaus

22.09. Frankfurt (Germany) – Nachtleben

23.09. Köln (Germany) – Underground

24.09. Essen (Germany) – Turock

25.09. Nürnberg (Germany) – Hirsch

26.09. München (Germany) - Backstage Club

27.09. Salzburg (Austria) – Rockhouse

28.09. Wien (Austria) - B72

30.09. Stuttgart (Germany) - Keller Klub

01.10. Saarbrücken (Germany) – Garage

02.10. Nancy (France) - Chez Paulette

03.10. Paris (France) - La Fleche D'Or

04.10. Strasbourg (France) – Laiterie

05.10. Lille (France) - La Peniche

06.10. Leiden (The Netherlands) - Gebr. De Nobel

07.10. Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Tuchthuis

08.10. Osnabrück (Germany) - Bastard Club


RavenEye are:
Vocals, Guitar - Oli Brown
Bass, Synth - Aaron Spiers
Drums - Kev Hickman

RAVENEYE debut in September this year