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CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2018 von Markus W. in Turnstile, Time & Space, News, Hardcore, Roadrunner, Punkrock, Punk, CD Review

CD review TURNSTILE "Time & Space"

(8/10) Baltimore-based hardcore outfit Turnstile published their second album "Time & Space" a few days ago, a longplayer that releases energy with every song that ended up on the tracklist.

Turnstile's sound is based on some hardcore roots, but it's more that influences the songs. There is some solid punk rock added to the mix which spices up "Time & Space" a lot.

The variety of sounds can be explored with "Real Thing", the song that's number one on the batting order. It's an aggressive hardcore song, kept rather short, as most of the tracks on the album. The cool thing is the bar jazz part that ends the tune and bridges to "Big Smile", which is the next uptempo attack. It brings hardcore and rock'n'roll together and sound pretty cool.

"Bomb" is a chilling interlude that spreads a lounge feeling before a solid bassline introduces the mighty "I Don' Wanna Be Blind". "Can't Get Away" reminds of the earlier Dog Eat Dog while "Moon" merges hardcore with some Nirvana vibes.

With "Disco" the listener faces another relaxed interlude before the title track introduces the end of this entertaining longplayer.

"Time & Space" is an album that presents hardcore roots which are interpreted a bit wider than usually. The result sounds great though and the disc will get some more spins on my record player.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Real Thing
  2. Big Smile
  3. Generator
  4. Bomb
  5. I Don't Wanna Be Blind
  6. High Pressure
  7. (Lost Another) Piece of My World
  8. Can't Get Away
  9. Moon
  10. Come Back For More
  11. Right to Be
  12. Disco
  13. Time & Space

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Hardcore

Release Date EU: February 23rd, 2018

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CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Trivium, Roadrunner, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Groove Metal

CD review TRIVIUM "The Sin and the Sentence"

(9/10) Florida-based powerhouse Trivium began their winning streak back in 2003 with the debut, being the starting point of a rise that found a first peak with the sophomore “Ascendancy” and their third longplayer “The Crusade”. Trivium became a big player in metal music, leading to awards, award nominations and a big fan base that appreciated very much the bands contemporary metal sound in a modern outfit. I have to admit that I was also thrilled by these records and seeing them live was a pleasure too.

Even though commercially successful, the latest album doesn’t belong to the highlights of Trivium’s career. “Silence in the Snow” became very melodic with the heaviness of their sound going over board. For that reason I was very curious about Trivium’s eighth album which will be available in record shops on October 20st. Would it be a continuation of what “Silence of the Snow” gave us or would the guys return to a harsher sound that reflects the earlier day much more.

I’m happy to report that it’s the latter. “The Sin and the Sentence” became a brutal piece of music that’s refreshing and will please Trivium fans from the early days. A more than obvious sign of returning heaviness is the fact that frontman Matt Heafy uses screams and shouts again, something that was missing a lot on the previous record.  Next to the very dynamic vocals the album also brings back the ferocious riffs and the twin guitars Trivium is known for. All these typical Trivium-trademarks get completed by a massive rhythm-section that includes with drummer Alex Bent a new band member. Even blast beats are returning after many years of absence.

The first tones on “The Sin and the Sentence” are a kind of introduction to the title track. The tune feels like a melodic start into the longplayer with Heafy singing mainly while adding gentle growls in the chorus. The songs good but it’s “Beyond Oblivion” that marks the first real highlight. The riffs and the scream in the beginning of this blast are blood-curdling and even though the tune has its melodic moments it stays a metal monster. “The Sin and the Sentence” contains more of these tracks that are a delight for Trivium fans. One of these numbers is the thrilling “Wretchedness Inside”, a brutal riff attack with a merciless groove and Heafy shouting as good as in the early days. Partly these shouts are part of "The Revanchist" too, even though being more embedded into a melodic framework. Since things are well-balanced, also this track is representing the reinvigorated Trivium in a good way.

Trivium followed a kind of ghost light with their previous longplayer and fortunately they could adjust the tack towards the brutal, but melodic, metal sound they are known for. This album blows away any doubt that came with “Silence in the Snow”. Silence is gone and metal is back. Thank you Trivium.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Sin and the Sentence
  2. Beyond Oblivion
  3. Other Words
  4. The Heat from Your Hate
  5. Betrayer
  6. The Wretchedness Inside
  7. Endless Night
  8. Sever the Hand
  9. Beauty in the Sorrow
  10. The Revanchist
  11. Thrown into the Fire

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Modern Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: October 20st, 2017

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CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2017 von Markus W. in In This Moment, Modern Metal, News, Roadrunner, Nu Metal, Dark Metal, Alternative Metal

CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

(8/10) After having release "Black Widow" former metalcore outfit In This Moment made another step away from their musical roots and continue their transformation towards modern metal. "Ritual" is the bands newest strike and features twelve new songs, delivering a running time of almost an hour. 

"Ritual" is the band's sixth studio album and it became a very dark one. "Black Widow" showed the band with some more electronic sound elements which have been reduced for the new longplayer. By doing this "Ritual" became more organic and real compared to the predecessor. 

Things kick-off with an intro named "Salvation", a first sphere-maker for what comes next on the album. "Oh Lord" is the real opener and it reminds me of a gloomy Drain-song. The tune includes a hypnotizing rhythm with Brink's vocals as the icing on this modern metal cake. Marilyn Manson was at least partly a source of inspiration for "Joan of Arc", combine with a catchy chorus that gives the number an bit of another twist. Still, things go together very well. 

Even though the electronic elements are pushed more to the back, "Riual" includes this nuance as well. "Witching Hour" is the name of the track that's the catchiest one on the album.

Next to these tracks there are two songs that sound familiar. In This Moment placed with "Black Wedding" a song on the album that is more than inspired by the Billy Idol smash hit "White Wedding". The chorus is almost the same with slightly different lyrics which are 'question and answer' dialogue. For doing this Maria Brink needed a counterpart which she found with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. This setup work pretty well and gives the Billy Idol classic a new appeal - gloomier with the same punch as the original.

What comes with the record too is a cover version of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". In This Moment obviously is very impressed by this tune and so am I. The interpretation on "Ritual" works quite well, giving the tune also a much darker expression. There's nothing wrong with this cover version, even though it doesn't really add something to the album. Maybe it's a key to some more radio airplay with releasing the song as a next single, but this is just speculation from my side.

To sum up: I wasn't the biggest fan of the highly successful "Black Widow" and therefor I was more doubtful when it comes to this album. However, I have to say that In This Moment made a big step forward, delivering a record that is strong, intense and powerful. I will invest some time in a couple of extra listening sessions,

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Salvation
  2. Oh Lord
  3. Black Wedding
  4. In the Air Tonight
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. River of Fire
  7. Witching Hour
  8. Half God Half Devil
  9. No Me Importa
  10. Lay Your Gun Down

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Dark Modern Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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