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WUCAN tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Wucan, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Krautrock, News, Tour, Live

To support their newest album "Reap the Strom", Berlin-based Wucan are on tour and here are the dates:

WUCAN tour dates
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KADAVER tour dates for Europe

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Kadaver, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Vintage Rock, Live, Tour

KADAVER tour dates for Europe
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CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

Veröffentlicht am 29. September 2017 von Markus W. in Kadaver, Nuclear Blast, News, CD Review, Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Classic Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock

CD review KADAVER "Rough Times"

(8/10) Berlin’s music scene is a vital one with quite some rock acts that belong to the best Germany currently delivers when it comes to classic rock. The Travellin’ Jack released a mind-blowing album some weeks ago, followed now by Kadaver’s newest landmark. The trio premiered in 2012 with a self-titled debut, the springboard for a contract with Nuclear Blast. From this moment one the band had the prerequisites in place to move on, which they did. Two excellent longplayers follow, which help to band to find some solid ground for gaining new fans and reaching a wider audience.

“Rough Times", the forth Kadaver record, is a continuation of things, with the title track kicking of an excellent rock disc that belongs to the best ones this year. The opener marks an unpolished beginning, built on a heavy riff. The song itself is a great starting block for the album that stays in a raw mode with the addition of some excellently done vocal lines. After such a kick-start, Kadaver puts a foot on the break without losing intensity. „Into the Wormhole“ is slowly moving riff monster you should have heard.

Kadaver‘s newest strike combines the best of classic rock and metal, leading to the Black Sabbath inspired „Words of Evil“, a real smasher on the album with “Paranoid” cross-links. Also the psychedelic „The Lost Child“ is a warmly rolling rock experience that reminds in its calmer parts of The Doors.

„Rough Times“ doesn‘t include any annoying songs. Listening to the album is a great way to spend some time with 45 minutes running time that include all you want to get in the fields of rock.

Kadaver created an excellent new album that will help the band in strengthening their position in rock. In case you haven‘t heard anything from the guys from Berlin earlier, I can tell you that you should listen to this terrific album. Classic rock and metal is livelier than ever.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Rough Times
  2. Into the Wormhole
  3. Skeleton Blues
  4. Die Baby Die
  5. Vampires
  6. Tribulation Nation
  7. Words of Evil
  8. The Lost Child
  9. You Found the Best in Me
  10. A l’ombre du temps

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review WUCAN "Reap the Storm"

Veröffentlicht am 28. September 2017 von Markus W. in Wucan, Krautrock, News, Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, MIG

CD review WUCAN "Reap the Storm"

(9/10) German-based Wucan might be still fairly new to many rock music enthusiasts even though the band received excellent feedback on their debut "Sow the Wind". Starting to an exciting journey through rock music back in 2011, Wucan achieved quite a lot in these six years. The quartet brings back Krautrock in a perfect fashion. The difference to many of the other bands, surfing on the momentary retro wave, is the amount of different styles and nuances of rock, Wucan embeds in their songs. This was and is the beauty of the band's first longplayer and it's something they intensified with the sophomore album "Reap the Storm" which gets to the record shops as we speak.

„Reap the Storm“ gets with „Wie die Welt sich dreht“ pretty good out of the blocks. This song comes with a more than solid groove and one thing gets pretty clear - Francis Tobolsky's vocals are awesome. When I listen to the verse of this tune her phrasing reminds me of German punk icon Nina Hagen which shows the greatness that comes with this voice.

Wucan is a shooting star in the fields of retro rock, covering a wide range of sounds. The next highlight on this exciting album is named „Ebb and Flute“ and begins with a solid base line. As soon as the flute joins in the number reminds of Jethro Tull without copying Ian Anderson and band.

Wucan doesn't limit themselves to short and easy songs. The four-piece from Dresden follows a certain creative flow and if leads to epical long songs it is just what it is. "Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds" is such a sonic endeavour which provides more than 20 minutes of excellent rock music, divided into nine chapters.

Another song that really wows the listener is the closer. „Cosmic Guilt“ comes as an 18 minutes epos that comprises everything Wucan has in the offer. Starting slowly with some psychedelic sounds and spoken words, the number evolves to a mind-blowing retro rock track that puts a spell on the listener. This song isn‘t cheaply done musical fast-food. „Cosmic Guilt“, as well as "Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds", are compositions that scream for attention and time to invest. With earphones on and eyes closed the numbers reveal its entire beauty, showing the musical finesse of this rising star in retro rock.

„Reap the Storm“ is musical Nutella - you just can‘t get enough of it. Very well done Wucan.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. Wie die Welt sich dreht

2. Ebb and Flute "The Eternal Groove

3. Out of Sight / Out of Mind

4. I'm Gonna Leave You

5. The Rat Catcher

6. Falkenlied

7. Aging Ten Years in Two Seconds

  •      The Years I Haven't Lived
  •      Worldwards
  •      Flight of the Crows I
  •      Afterwards
  •      Melinda
  •      Onwards
  •      Flight of the Crows II
  •      Headwards
  •      The Years I Won't Live

8. Cosmic Guilt

 

Label: MIG / Indigo

Genre: Krautrock

Release Date EU: September 29th, 2017

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CD review TROUBLED HORSE "Revolution on Repeat"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Troubled Horse, Witchcraft, Graveyard, News, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, CD Review, Hardrock, Rock

CD review TROUBLED HORSE "Revolution on Repeat"

(8/10) This longplayer is already available since a few weeks but I still want to put a small review on my blog because I think that you should discover Troubled Horse; in case you missed the album up to date. The foundation of Troubled Horse took place in 2003 in Orebro, Sweden. If you’re into heavy rock music, this city name probably reminds you of Witchcraft and it seems like this city becoming a home base for Swedish retro rock.

Listening to Troubled Horse doesn’t mean trouble for the listener. In contrary. The sophomore album is more a treat and pleasure time, featuring songs that are heavy rocking as well as they have an organic warmth embedded. The quartet uses the entire bandwidth of classic rock. There the uptempo songs like the opener “Hurricane” and there are the smoothly rocking moments (“The Filthy Ones”). “Peasant” instead hits hard while the calmer “Desperation” marks for the soulful side of the band.

What stand out too is the thought-through tracklist. Troubled Horse creates an arc of suspense by alternating between hard, loud, soft and soulful. Therefor it’s no surprise that the balladic “Desperation” is followed by a bad boy rocker entitled “Track 7”. All these tunes are good ones but the best comes towards the end. The bluesy grooving "My Shit's Fucked Up" is the highlight on the album. The track starts slow and easy while slightly building up in the middle part before returning to the starting texture. There is a lot of psychedelic rock weaved in too and in the end I was reminded of Monster Magnet. "My Shit's Fucked Up" is the wow-moment on this longplayer.

Troubled Horse’s new record is another cool album from Scandinavia and it’s for sure interesting for fans of the mentioned Witchcraft as well as it creates excitement with Graveyard fans. Check it out. You will not regret it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hurricane
  2. The Filthy Ones
  3. Which Way to the Mob
  4. Peasants
  5. The Haunted
  6. Desperation
  7. Track 7
  8. My Shit is Fucked Up
  9. Let Bastards Know
  10. Bleeding

 

Label: Rise Above Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: March 31st, 2017

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CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2016 von Markus W. in Ace Frehley, Kiss, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Lita Ford, Retro Rock, Slash

(8/10) Guitar wizard Ace Frehley took a bunch of songs that influenced him and his style, recorded his version of those classics and put them on a new album entitled "Origins Vol. 1". The immediate question is, if there will be more of these releases in the future, a question we can't answer.

Anyhow, Ace Frehley took songs from various bands, beginning with Cream and The Kinks, via the Stones up to Thin Lizzy. An interesting sidenote is the fact that Frehley has chosen "Magic Carpet Ride" from Steppenwolf, instead of playing safe with "Born to be Wild". Good choice.

Surprising or not, there are with "Parasite", "Cold Gin" and "Rock'n'Roll Hell" also three Kiss tracks on this release. Each of these classics is more than just covering these milestones in rock history, they all bear the hallmarks of Ace Frehley. It's his rocking and unique guitar sound combined with his typical vocals that makes the twelve tracks to 'Frehley songs'. 

But what is really interesting on this longplayer is Frehley and Paul Stanley performing one song together ("Fire and Water" from Free). It is the first time in 18 years that these two legendary sixstringers can be heard on one song.

Next to the mentioned collaboration with Paul Stanley, Frehley also teamed-up with Slash for performing Thin Lizzy's "Emerald", Lita Ford joins with guitar and vcoals on "Wild Thing" while John 5 can be heard on "Parasite" (check out the guitar solo!), all produced in a way that keeps the old spirit by using modern technics.

All in all "Origins Vol. 1" isn't more than an album with covers, but it belongs the really good ones. For older fans, this album is almost a kind of musical time capsule while it might be the trigger for younger fans to dive into a time they never experienced. Cool stuff and the right soundtrack for long rockin' summer nights.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell
(Kiss) 6:32

 

Label: Stemmhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

CD review ACE FREHLEY "Origins Vol. 1"
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CD review BANQUET "Jupiter Rose"

Veröffentlicht am 13. März 2016 von Markus W. in Banquet, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, Heavy Rock, CD Review, News

(6/10) Banquet are a quartet based in San Fransisco, CA. Eric Kang, Doug Stuckey, Damon Lockaby and Brandon Chester call the music, at least according to the FB side 'rock'n'roll'. This term fits actually pretty well since the four guys are inspired by the 70's rock music. Classic rock is the basic incredience, spiced-up with some psychedelic moments and typical retro feeling.

Unfortunately the sonic meal is a bit tasteless. The various components are present and also quite trendy at the moment. Retro rock and classic rock are still in a revival phase, but the way how Banquet outs together all the incrediences doesn't lead to a mindblowing result.

There are a few tracks that sound quite OK, like the partly Rainbow inspired "Run to You" and also the heavier "Touching the Grave" is belonging to the good numbers on "Jupiter Rose".

But in the end this isn't enough to fully convince. Tunes like "Sword of Damocles" aren't leading to final excitement, they actually lead more toward the opposite.

Last but not least the album is with seven songs not too long, to say it nicely. This is album is actually more an EP for the price of an LP - a real downer.

All in all Banquet's "Jupiter Rose" is quite OK, but there is far more out there which is a more tasteful treat for your years.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mastermind
  2. Sword of Damocles
  3. Run to You
  4. Set me Free
  5. Burning Bridges
  6. Touching the Grave
  7. Jupiter Rose

 

Label: Heavy Psych Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: February 28th, 2016

 

CD review BANQUET "Jupiter Rose"
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CD review JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES "Second Psychedelic Coming - The Aquarius Tapes"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Jess And The Ancient Ones, Occult Rock, Classic Rock, Retro Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Jess And The Ancient Ones is a rather new band from Finland. It was in 2010 in Kuopio when the band was founded. In 2012 they guys released their self-titles debut followed by an EP in 2013.

Two years later the Finnish band, that is the psychedelic rock outlet of some Deathchain musicians, is ready with their second longplayer.

The heart of this longplayer is the finale furioso called "Goodbye to Virgin Grounds Forever". A melancholic piano introduces this anthem. It's a flute that joins in and you can see the grey winter forests of Kuopio passing by while listening to this first part. Gloom builds up the moment Jess starts singing and the opus becomes a bitter sweet masterpiece of psychedelic rock music. Jess And The Acient Ones can keep the tension throughout the entire song, something that demands a higher level of musical craftsmanship and a lot of creativity. This tune is jaw-dropping good.

Having recorded such an anthem doesn't make it easier for the rest of the songs to shine. But Jess and her gang managed this challenge very well and all the other eight tracks on the "Second Psychedelic Coming..." aren't less exciting than the closer. 

"Samhain" is a grooving retro rocker, followed by the oppressive "The Flying Man", enriched by a Ian Andresson-like cross flute.

"The Equinox Death Trip" is belongs to the credit column too. The pumping bassline, that starts the song, builds the base on which the classic rock tune can shine.

All in all I have to admit that I was surprised by the high quality of songs on Jess And The Ancient Ones' second strike. I can entrust this album to each retro- and psychedelic rock fan. If you haven't heard the album yet you have to check it out. Finnland's getting hot.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Samhain
  2. The Flying Man
  3. In Levitating Secret Dreams
  4. The Equinox Death Trip
  5. Wolves Inside My Head
  6. Crossroad Lightning
  7. The Lovers
  8. Goetia of Love
  9. Goodbye to Virgin Grounds Forever

 

Label: Svart Records

Genre: Occult Metal

Release Date EU: December 11th, 2015

Photo: Jarkko Pietarinen
Photo: Jarkko Pietarinen

Photo: Jarkko Pietarinen

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