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CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "Partly Human, Mostly Beast"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Honeymoon Disease, Hardrock, Vintage, Classic Rock, Retro, News, CD Review, The Sign, Rock

CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "Partly Human, Mostly Beast"

(9/10) It was almost to date one year ago when Swedish powerhouse Honeymoon Disease rocked the Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, acted as opening act for Zodiac. The show that this quartet nailed down was an impressive one since you could not only listen to great rock music; you could also sense and fell the power of rock. It was hard to believe that this band, at that time, had just one release Honeymoon Disease in the open.

Twelve months after this exciting show the Gothenburg-based outfit comes up with their highly anticipated sophomore album entitled “Partly Human, Mostly Beast”.  The longplayer comprises twelve new hardrock smashers, unveiling the joy of rock. Honeymoon Disease has more than a great sense for big melodies. Each of the integrated hooks does its job in perfection, making the album to a great listening experience. It’s the horn section in “Tail Twister”, the pumping bass, being the motor for “Coal Burnin’” and  mercilessness of a speedster like “Fly Bird, Fly High”, making this album to an extremely positive one. Each of the tunes includes such a great vibe, breathing the pure spirit of rock’n’roll. Honeymoon Disease swings a hot bat at the moment with songs that really kick ass - from the heavy grooving "Night By Night” to “Rymvalds”, showing the soulful side of Honeymoon Disease.

Retro rock with a strong vintage expression gained some popularity over the last years, with many bands surfing this wave. The beauty with this power outfit though is that they found their own little niche by being 100% authentic with full pleasure for what they are doing – driving on the fast lane of rock’n’roll.

“Partly Human, Mostly Beast” is an awesome release that ask for many spins on your record player. It's only rock'n'roll and I like it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1.  Doin' it Again
  2. Only Thing Alive
  3. Tail Twister
  4. Rymdvals
  5. Needle In Your Eye
  6. Fly Bird, Fly High
  7. Calling You
  8. Four Stroke Woman
  9. Night By Night
  10. It's Alright
  11. Coal Burnin'
  12. Electric Eel

 

Label: The Sign

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 27th, 2017

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CD review LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA "Black"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in News, Therion, Luciferian Light Orchestra, Occult Rock, Classic Rock, Vintage Rock, Retro, CD Review, Hardrock, Doom Metal, Psychedelic Rock, Rock

(7/10) The vintage spirit gained and still gains momentum and Stockholm-based Luciferian Light Orchestra is one of the representatives of this kind of music. The band is a side project of Therion's Christofer Johnsson who found with Luciferian Light Orchestra an outlet for his passion of 70's based rock music. 

The band/project released the self-titled debut a year ago followed now by a new EP called "Black". The title describes the general vibe of these four tracks very well, even though 'grey' would have been even better. 

Anyhow, the EP begins with "Evil Masquerade". The first thing that stands out are the well done female vocals. Since names of band members are covered in darkness too, I can't tell you got the gift of such a fantastic voice, but we are talking about fragile and susurrant phrasings that fit perfectly to the doomy expression of this song. Here and there you can recognise some parallels to Avatarium which is more due to some of the arrangements. However, in general the two bands can be compared and Luciferian Light Orchestra sound more like the occult version of Therion by leaving out the orchestral parts.
The songs aren't too heavy and include well done melody lines. In the end it's more the beauty of all shades of grey that these four tunes express. There is a lot of melancholy in three out of the four songs on this release with one number that stands out a bit. It is the almost swinging "Serpent Messiah" with it's galloping rhythm that gives this tune a slightly different vibe, even though it never becomes a bright sing-a-long smasher. It fits into its context while being different too.
What I miss with this EP are more elements of tension since the tunes become a bit tiring after a while. Especially "Thunder Perfect Mind" could be shorter and more spot on.

"Black" is containing good rock songs. This EP belongs to the category 'Can have' but it's not a 'Must have'.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Evil Masquerade
  2. Where the Lilies Grow
  3. Serpent Messiah
  4. Thunder Perfect Mind

 

Label: Svart Records

Genre: Occult Rock

Release Date EU: December 9th, 2016

CD review LUCIFERIAN LIGHT ORCHESTRA "Black"
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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.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  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"
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Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2016 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, The Answer, Rock, Live Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Blues, Retro, David Coverdale

It was three years ago when Whitesnake came to Tilburg, Netherlands, as part of their „Year of the Snake“ tour. This August ‚the snake‘ came back to the 013, performing a „The Greatest Hits Tour 2016“ show.

Irish classic rockers The Answer, that supports Whitesnake on their current European tour entered the stage around 8pm and the guys got 35 minutes which they used in an excellent way. The four-piece is a true live band, something they confirmed with their gig in the 013. The main focus was on the debut since the quartet celebrates "Rise" that was published a decade ago. Actually it's pretty smart to put this album in the limelight since it gives The Answer the possibility to promote their upcoming album "Solas" on the autumn tour. By the way, "Solas" will out in the record shops in October 2016.

However, The Answer played seven songs and the obviously enjoyed each minute on stage. Singer Cormac Neeson is more than a guy with a great voice. He’s a real frontman and entertainer, being in constant motion, interacting with the audience and spreading a lot of energy. Based on all this is wasn't a surprise that quite some fans came to see the Irish four-piece. Actually the venue wasn’t less crowded than during Whitesnake's show. Already this indicates the level of appreciation The Answer gets from their fans in Holland. As a goodie for this loyalty the quartet performed a new song called „Thief of Light“ which sounds, according to Neeson, a bit different. However, it’s a tune with a cool vibe, a bit more reflecting and with a touch of melancholy. The Answer was a well-chosen opening act that left an impression.

 

 

Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016
Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016

After such a good start and a quick set change it was Whitesnake that was supposed to bring it home. Compared to the last time in Tilburg, Coverdale and band played it safe. „The Greatest Hits Tour 2016“ says it all and the banner gives a clear idea about what to expect.

A glance on the setlist shows that we are talking about a real ‚best of Whitesnake‘ show. „Slide it in“, „Here I Go Again“ and „Still of the Night“ are just some of the classics of a band that can fall back on an almost endless repertoire of hits.

Another thing that was very positive was guitarist Joel Hoekstra who’s the replacement of Doug Aldrich. Not only that the guy is an awesome guitar player, also his stage acting and posing was entertaining and pure rock’n’roll. In this regard he’s the right counterpart to Reb Beach, who is the more introvert guitarist. Both guys harmonize pretty good on stage, something that’s important for Whitesnake, thinking about the eras of Moody/Masden, Vandenberg/Campbell,…. Talking about Adrian Vandenberg, will he join again for a few songs like he did the last time? And yes, he did. The iconic Dutch guitarist entered the stage for the last two tracks, something that made „Here I Go Again“ and „Still of the Night“ even more powerful. These classic supported by the thundering sound of three guitars is just an impressive moment. And the fact that the fans turned the venue into a madhouse, having ‚their‘ guitarist on stage, goes without saying.

Next to these two (/three) guys it’s always a pleasure to see Tommy Aldridge live on stage. This guys is a real drum maniac with a punch that’s enormous. It’s him being the motor of the well-oiled Whitesnake engine; also last night in Tilburg.

But besides all mentioned, Whitesnake is David Coverdale and Coverdale is Whitesnake. It’s him being the centre of the band, not only on stage and it’s his voice that is so characteristic for Whitesnake. Fortunately Coverdale sounded really good and the fact that he’s a real frontman is well-known anyhow.

All this have been the right ingredients for a fantastic hardrock and blues night if there would be a ‚but‘ too. Like said, all musicians are great ones and I appreciate that they get their moments. However, if there are in total more than 16 minutes of solos (Beach, Hoekstra, Devin and Aldridge) in an 85 minutes set (for a ticket price of EUR 55), than this is far too much, also considering the fact that „Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City“ and „Judgement Day“ have been played in a medley version. It would have been far better to add classics like „Don’t Break My Heart Again“, „Love Hunter“ and „Trouble“ instead. Replacing these kind of songs with solos was a real bummer.

All in all it was a rock’n’roll night that included a hungry opener, The Answer, and a professional main act, playing a show that had quite some great moments but unfortunately also some downers.

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Setlist Whitesnake:

  1. Bad Boys
  2. Slide it in
  3. Love Ain't No Stranger
  4. The Deeper the Love
  5. Fool For Your Loving
  6. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City / Judgement Day
  7. Guitar Solo (Beach/Hoekstra)
  8. Slow and Easy
  9. Bass Solo
  10. Crying in the Rain
  11. Is This Love
  12. Give Me All Your Love
  13. Here I Go Again
  14. Still of the Night

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: August 11th, 2016

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CD review RIVAL SONS "Hollow Bones"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Rival Sons, Hardrock, Rock, Retro, News, CD Review, Classic Rock

(9/10) Rival Sons can look back on a seven years long history and they have been one of the first bands of this retro rock revival that took over during the last years. The guys have been working hard and all the effort resulted in four albums with the fifth one being in the pipline.

The debut "Before the Fire" was self-released and brought the band some first positive feedback - and a deal with Earache. Inking a deal with UK-based label was the kick-start for Rival Sons. "Pressure & Time" faced chart entries in some countries and followed by two more releases, being even more successful.

"Hollow Bones" is the next strike which will become a new chapter in Rival Son's success story. This time the title track frames the entire album. "Hollow Bones Pt.1" kicks things off while it is "Hollow Bones Pt.2" that brings it home. Both parts are typical Rival Sons rockers that come with a lot of feel and a great rock vibe.

A song I really like on "Hollow Bones" is called "Black Coffee", a title that tells the whole story. This tune is like a coffeine shot that instantly wakes you up. Blues, soul and rock come together, building a frame work for one of the best tracks on Rival Sons' new album. You can't escape from this tune that has an great groove and extremely cool vocals by Jay Buchanan.

But also the other tunes don't need to stand back. "Baby Boy" and "Pretty Face" are brilliant retro rockers a lot of other bands would love to have as a part of their discography.

Rival Sons are rocking very well on "Hollow Bones, but there are also some more silent moments. "Tied Up" is partly one of those. It's mainly the verse that is kept more quiet before the tune builds up and ends in a catchy and hard chorus, still with a lot of emotion included. "Thundering Voices" is next and the number follows a similar pattern. In one or another way I was reminded of Jethro Tull when I listened to this track, even though it doesn't include any flute.

Rival Sons have a constantly growing fan base and "Hollow Bones" will increase this group even more. This album is a shining start in the wide universe of rock music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hollow Bones, Pt 1.
  2. Tied Up
  3. Thundering Voices
  4. Baby Boy
  5. Pretty Face
  6. Fade Out
  7. Black Coffee
  8. Hollow Bones, Pt. 2
  9. All That I Want

Label: Earache

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: June 10th, 2016

CD review RIVAL SONS "Hollow Bones"
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CD review BRIMSTONE COVEN "Black Magic"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Brimstone Coven, Black Sabbath, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Retro, Rock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(6/10) That Brimstone Coven are inspired by Black Sabbath isn't a secret. The band's debut wasn't a real jaw-dropping expereince and I was curious if the second release will mark a step forward. Not really.

The opener "Black Magic" already shows how deep the guys are grounded in 70's doom metal. Actually the tune belongs to the better ones on the record. The verse reminded me of Lake Of Tears before a chorus satrts that you have to get used to.

But "Black Magic" is a bit lengthly. There are doubtless some cool tracks on the album, like the rocking "Black Unicorn", and also the faster "Slow Death" belongs to the more thrilling numbers on "Black Magic".

After a while I got the feeling that I have heard it now. There are songs like "As We Fall" that are quite trivial. The same goes for "The Plague". The tunes have the right approach and some good ideas, however the final result isn't a mind-blowing musical experience. Also "Forsaken" is too vacous and I hope that the band will add more power and inspiration to their next release.

"Black Magic" has some magic moments but also many black shadows. I wonder if the Brimstone Coven can compete with other bands being part of the current retro rock wave that's flooding the scene right now.

Let's keep it like that, the third album will decide.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Black Magic
  2. Black Unicorn
  3. Beyond the Astral
  4. As We Fall
  5. Upon the ,ountain
  6. Slow Death
  7. The Seers
  8. The Plague
  9. Forsaken
  10. The Eldest Tree

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2015

CD review BRIMSTONE COVEN "Black Magic"
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CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "The Transcendence"

Veröffentlicht am 12. Dezember 2015 von Markus W. in Honeymoon Disease, CD Review, News, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, Retro

(8/10) Jenna, Acid, Nick and Jimi - they are Honeymoon Disease and they have released a few days ago their debut. "The Trascendence" is full of pretty good classic rock songs - eleven in total. 

Honeymoon Disease fits perfect in the current classic rock boom that slops over from Sweden since acouple of years. The four-base calls, like many other bands, Gothenburg their hometown and from there they started to bring their hardrock into the world.

The first single was released in 2014 and was called "Fast Love". The fast track has a cool groove and is a driving hardrocker. This song brought the band some first attention.

This first small little 'hit' was followed by the next publication. "Bellevue Groove" corroorated they good first impression, but Honeymoon Disease had to prove that they are more than just a one/two hit wonder. The remaining question was, if they could keep the level also throughout an entire album.

"The Transcendence" shows that this is the case. Deeply rooted in the sound of the 70's, bands like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelinin delivered the blueprint for what this four-piece serves on their debut. But also the earlier Kiss have been heard by the four musicians; at least you can get this impression while listening to "Rock'n'Roll Shock".

The album is full of pounding drums and a thumping bass that creates the base for downtuned guitar to swing. The pepperoni on this musical pizza are the vocals done by Jenna. She finds the right mix of rough and edgy. Alls this together leads to a warm and organic sound that doesn't miss any hardness. 

"The Transcendence" is a good classic rock album that stands out from other releases since it has more of an own identity. Well done.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Higher
  2. Strgazer
  3. Imperial Mind
  4. Gotta Move
  5. You're too late
  6. Break Up
  7. Bellevue Groove
  8. Fast Love
  9. Rock'n'Roll Shock
  10. Brand New Ending
  11. Keep Me Spinning

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: November 20st, 2015

CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "The Transcendence"
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BLACK TRIP's new video is online

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Black Trip, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, Retro, Video, New, Heavy Metal

Swedisch classic rocker Black Trip have posted a new song from the upcoming longplayer "Shadowline". It's a damn cool tune with great hooks. The name - "Berlin model 32". Check it out. It's fun!

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New MONSTER MAGNET song

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Monster Magnet, News, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Retro

Psychedelic rocker Monster Magnet published a first new track from the upcoming album "Cobras and fire (The mastermind redux)". "mstermind '69" is the name of the first released song and the longplayer goes back to the 2010 record "Mastermind". As with "Milking the starts: A re-imagining of Last Patrol", re-arranged an earlier record which gives Monster Magnet's classics a totally new expression.

And here is the tracklist:

  1. She Digs That Hole
  2. Watch Me Fade
  3. Mastermind ‘69
  4. Hallucination Bomb
  5. Gods and Punks
  6. The Titan
  7. When The Planes Fall From the Sky
  8. Ball of Confusion
  9. Time Machine
  10. I live Behind the Paradise Machine Evil Joe Barresi's Magnet Mash Vol.1
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New album from HORISONT in September

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Horisont, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News, Rock, Retro, Heavy Metal

Swedish classic rocker Horisont are currently finishing their new album called "Odyssey". Release date for Europe is Septmber 18. After having received positive feedback for the latest record "Time warriors" I think we can expect some quite good retro heavy rock.

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

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CD review LUCIFER "Lucifer I"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Lucifer, The Oath, Black Metal, Cathedral, Doom Metal, Retro, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) During the last years a duo called The Oath appeared on the scene. The retro band got a lot of positive feedback for their debut, but the two girls disbanded in 2014.

Now one of the two protagonists is back - Johanna Sadonis. The charismatic singer teamed-up with Cathedrals guitar legend Gaz Jennings to write new songs. Having said this, it is the logical consequence that the sound of Lucifer is a hybrid of retro rock, occult rock and doom metal. Inspired by iconic bands like Black Sabbath and Blue Öyster Cult Sadonis and band mates really rocks on the new album. The sound to me is the more doomy metallic variation of Avatarium. At least I was reminded to the Stockholm five-piece when I heard the album the first time. 

Songs like "Purple pyramid" shows that Lucifer really rocks hard. The heavy riff in combination with the powerful vocals, that at some moments become very fragile too, leads to an awesome sound.

The doom cross-references come back in tunes like "Sabbath". I have to say 'nomen et omen'. This goes for the chiming bells in the beginning as well as for the mighty 'Iommi riff' that takes over. This song is a highlight that hits you like a ten ton hammer.

'Morning star' is another bow to Black Sabbath. The tune starts a bit slower before it takes up heaviness, enriched by a galloping rhythm towards the end.

The most diversivied song is the last one on the album. 'A grave for each one' with its Maiden-like guitar parts and unexpected twists is a pure pleasure for ears and mind.

An album that I haven't expected to be that good. Respect.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Abracadabra
  2. Purple pyramid
  3. Izrael
  4. Sabbath
  5. White mountain
  6. Morning star
  7. Total eclipse
  8. A grave for each one of us

 

Label: Rise Above

Genre: Doom Metal

 

 

Photo: Ester Segarra
Photo: Ester Segarra

Photo: Ester Segarra

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