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CD review GAZPACHO "Soyuz"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Gazpacho, Soyuz, News, CD Review, KSCOPE, Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock

CD review GAZPACHO "Soyuz"

(9/10) Norwegian progressive sound architects Gazpacho are prepared for releasing their newest studio album entitled “Soyuz” in May this year. “Soyuz” follows the 2015 release “Molok” and offers again a firework of sounds from beginning to end.

The Norwegian sextet convinces again with extraordinary soundscapes and big melody lines. The combination of both, together with high musical skills, lead to 48 minutes of progressive rock music that shows the entire beauty of this genre.

Kept in a bit of a melancholic undertone songs like “Soyuz One”, the epic “Emperor Bespoke” and calm “Fleeting Things” stand the entire spectrum of Gazpacho's sound. Each of the eight tunes has so much feel weaved in, with the music being the emotional carrier of a story that comes with each of the tunes too.

Gazpacho decided to go for a holistic approach that includes more the only music. The band builds a story around their releases and it’s the newest treat that comes with the philosophical thinking of beautiful moments that can’t be kept. “Soyuz” is the capturing of different stories, all living up to the mentioned theme, which they have in common. The doomed space capsule Soyuz is one of the stories, also being the name-giver for the entire album, while it’s “Sky Burial” that addresses the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice. These are just two examples out of eight chapters that are all worth to dive into. 

“Soyuz” is art rock with an inclusive approach. Music, lyrics and sound go together in a collaborative way, leading to a beautiful sonic journey that offers a lot for ears and mind. “Soyuz” stands for the complete picture of Gazpacho’s music, songs that stand-out by their emotional depth and musical perfection. Gazpacho- and prog-rock fans welcome this release already and I can recommend it too; also for fans that normally prefer music to be loud and heavy.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Soyuz One
  2. Hypomania
  3. Exit Suite
  4. Emperor Bespoke
  5. Sky Burial
  6. Fleeting Things
  7. Soyuz Out
  8. Rappaccini

 

Label: KSCOPE

Genre: Prog Rock

Release Date EU: May 18th, 2018

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Gazpacho.Official.BandPage

www.gazpachoworld.com

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CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Dizzy Reed, News, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Guns'n'Roses, CD Review, Golden Robot Records

CD review DIZZY REED “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy”

(8/10) Dizzy Reed is no less than the keyboarder of Guns’n’Roses, which he joined in 1990. He was part of the two legendary “Use Your Illusion” releases and is the meantime, next to Axel Rose himself, the most consistent member of Guns’n’Roses. Next to being part of this iconic rock band, Reed also worked with bands like The Dead Daisies, Slash’s Snakepit and many more.

After all this extraordinary contribution to other bands and their music time is ripe for a solo album of this highly skilled and experienced musicians from Illinois. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” is the title of Reed’s solo debut, featuring 12 thrilling rock songs that are all charged with pure rock power.

Dizzy Reed recorded the album together with some friends who supported him on this journey. Well-known names like Ricky Warwick, Chuck Wright, Jeff Duncan, and many more contributed to this excellently done rock record that’s a treat for your ears.

Since Reed is a pianist and keyboarder you could get the idea that the album is very focused on these instruments, which isn’t the case at all. “Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” comprises of rock songs with blistering guitars, a grooving rhythm section and excellent vocals. No doubt, keys might get a bit more focus than with other releases by still getting across as a natural part of the song rather than being the center of everything.

The album, that faced a digital release already Mid-February, is a pure power pack. Tunes like the thrilling "Mother Theresa", the soulful "Fragile Water" and the catchy "Reparations" are cool songs. No doubt, listening to the album of course reminds of Guns'n'Roses. How could it be different. However, these songs are far more down-to-earth than what we got offered by the mothership. Dizzy Reed's solo album is much livelier and breathes the spirit of rock'n'roll.

“Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy” became a great rock album that shows the entire beauty of this kind of music. Energy, dynamics, agility and vitality – all these keywords are a fundamental part of what you get to hear on this album. Even though rock’n’roll might not be easy it’s the ease, embedded in the songs, that helps to make the album to an easy approachable one with songs that stick to your mind right away.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. This Don’t Look Lik Vegas
  2. Mother Theresa
  3. Cheers 2 R Oblivion
  4. Fragile Water
  5. Dirty Bomb
  6. Mystery in Exil
  7. I Celebrate
  8. Understanding
  9. Crestfall
  10. Forgotten Cases
  11. Reparations
  12. Rock’n’Roll Ain’t Easy

 

Label: Golden Robot Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: June 1st, 2018

 

https://www.facebook.com/DizzyFnReed/

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CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Spock's Beard, News, Hardrock, Rock, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Noise Floor, CD Review, InsideOut

CD review SPOCK'S BEARD "Noise Floor"
(8/10) Spock’s Beard was founded in 1992 by the Morse brothers, Neal and Alan. It was in 202 when Neal Morse left the band, focusing on some other projects he had in the pipeline. The 2003 release “Feel Euphoria” was the first one with Nick D’Virgilio on vocals and the question at that time was, if Spock’s Beard could continue with the winning streak the band had during the first era. The answer is: ‘yes’. Spock’s Beard never unveiled any bad album and the prog outfit was always a sight for sore eyes on bigger festivals like Sweden Rock and Prog Festival at Lorely, Germany.  However, the records from the first era had a wider commercial reach with a same level of quality included.
 
Spock’s beard records are a treat for ears and mind with the new album not starting a different pattern.
 
“Noise Floor” is the title of the next Spock’s Beard record, an album that comes as a double CD. While disc number one is about “Noise Floor” it’s the “Cutting Room Floor” that adds another four tunes to the total on disc 2. 
 
The band doesn’t change direction when it comes to the 13thstudio album. It is more that the quintet developed their sound and trademarks step by step without deciding for dramatic changes. One thing though is very different compared with the predecessor. Earlier mentioned founding member Nick D’Virgilio, who left the band in 2011, is back and next to the regular line-up Spock’s Beard stretched their sound by adding violins, a cello player and an English horn to the mix, giving their songs a wider frame and some nice twists.
 
To zoom in on some songs only is not what should be done with "Noise Floor". It's the entirety rather than a specific tune that creates enthusiasm.
 
However, to describe a bit of what can be expected of this Spock's Beard release, I will use "What Becomes of Me' as an example. The ticking of a clock introduces the tune, followed by some soulful guitar melodies. Sometimes I had to think about Deep Purple while there were other moments that reminded me of Pink Floyd. As with the earlier releases also this time songs are used for transporting feelings and the fact that we have skilled musicians at work widens the spectrum and adds possibilities to do so. Adam Morse and band mates always put the focus on songs and songwriting, in which all musicians are included. Spock's Beard was never a band that put the spotlight on individual skills and experience. It is the passion for music, the willpower to write excellent songs and the emotional depth that creates a base for this album as well as for the earlier releases.
 
‘13’ might be a sort of unlucky number for some, but definitely not for Spock’s Beard. Their 13thlongplayer showcases again the high level of musical skills when it comes to each of the band members and the band itself. It also feels like the return of D’Virgilio added some extra enthusiasm to the band, which makes “Noise Floor” to an exciting progressive rock album fully in line with earlier releases. If you’re a Spock’s Beard fan, the new album will be another highlight in your prog rock collection and folks that are passionate about well-crafted and approachable progressive rock music will like this album.
 

(8/10)
 
 
Tracklist:
 

Disc 1 - Noise Floor

  1. To Breathe Another Day

  2. What Becomes Out of Me

  3. Sombody's Home

  4. Have We All Gone Crazy Yet

  5. So This is Life

  6. Box of Spiders

  7. Beginnings

Disc 2 - Cutting Room Floor

  1. Days We'll Remember

  2. Bulletproof

  3. Vault

  4. Armageddon Nervous


 
Label: InsideOut Music

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: May 25th, 2018
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CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in '77, Bright Gloom, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

(7/10) Since quite some years I‘m fascinated by the irresistible energy '77 spreads on their releases and even more on stage. The quarter from Spain seems to inhale the rock‘n‘roll spirit and exhale pure rock power. The quartet shows this full-blast approach on four longplayers more than well and it’s record number five that’s supposed to strengthen their position even more.

„Bright Gloom“, which is the title of the band‘s new album, doesn‘t take a different road compared to the known. Classic hardrock is what the band celebrates on the longplayer and it‘s „Bread & Circus“ that helps the '77 to get out of the boxes very well.

What I have to say though is that, even after a few turns, the record doesn‘t reveal some irresistible smashers, songs that just wow you from beginning to end. Don‘t get me wrong. None of the eleven tunes is a bad one and tracks like „Where Have They Gone“ are cool rock songs. They just miss the final spark that makes the song blowing your speakers.

However, „Bright Gloom“ is still far away from being a disappointment. „You Better Watch Out“ is a cool grooving rocker and it‘s songs like „Last Chance“ a lot of youngsters would love to have in their repertoire.

‘77 newest sonic thunderstruck is a cool rocking album, done by an enthusiastic band that strengthens their position in today‘s rock community – not more, but also not less. Well deserved seven points go to Barcelona.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bread & Circus
  2. Hands Up
  3. Who's Fighting Who
  4. Be Crucified
  5. Where Have They Gone
  6. It's Near
  7. You Better Watch Out
  8. Fooled by Love
  9. Last Chance
  10. I Want My Money Back
  11. Make Up Your Mind

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

 

https://www.facebook.com/77rocks/

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CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in RSO, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, News, Rock, Hardrock, BMG

CD review RSO "Radio Free America"

(9/10) RSO is nothing else than the acronym for Richie Sambora and Orianthi. Both names combined lead to RSO, the name of this exciting collaboration of two of the best rock guitarists in the here and now.

It will be May11th, when this rock duo will debut with a longplayer entitled "Radio Free America". The album features 15 (hard-)rock songs that are lively and charged with a lot of rock power. 

"Radio Free America" was recorded over the last 2 years in Los Angels with no less than Bob Rock at the helm. It was Sambora's and Orianthi's home, which served as studio for recording this longplayer. Kitchen, dining- and living room became multi-functional locations in which amplifiers and recording equipment found a spot and I think that this familiar and intimate atmosphere helped a lot when it comes to the ease that comes with the longplayer.

Nothing on "Radio Free America" sounds forced or strained. Each of the 12 tracks comes with a dynamic liveliness and includes pure enthusiasm. The centrepiece of the album is the guitar play of Sambora and Orianthi. But instead of putting endless solo parts into the spotlight, it's the songwriting that got the main attention, with the extraordinary guitar skill of the musicians providing a wide spectrum of musical opportunities. 

The album gets out of the boxes very well. "Making History" is an excellent opener. The tune has a strong groove and catches your attention from the first note played. "We Are Magic" is next, comprising of rocking moments, but it is the melodic approach that qualifies the song for becoming a single release. 

"Radio Free America" also has some soulful moments of which "Take Me" is one. What's noticeable is the fact that Sambora as well as Orianthi are excellent singers; next to their brilliant guitar sound. Another touching moment is the calm "Walk With Me", adding a country-style to the album and also "Truth" belongs to the heart-breaking tunes on an album that has a lot of feel embedded from beginning to end.

The album comes with a good mix of rocking songs and emotional ballads, all finding an end with the last song on the record, which is a cover version. Sambora and Orianthi recorded their interpretation of the Sonny & Cher classic "I Got You Babe". Both do a perfect job by stayingg close to the original while also adding their own style to the mix. 

"Radio Free America" is a very well-crafted rock album, done by two of the most influencial guitarists in rock music. It feels like both approached this album without any pressure or expectation. Each of the songs on the album feels like the duo wanted it to be exactly as recorded for the album. This longplayer feels like an authentic matter of heart with both musicians presenting their passion rather than any commercial aim. It's this freedom that's, in a metaphorical sense, acts like the pepperoni on the pizza. Two thumbs up.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Making History
  2. We Are Magic 
  3. Rise
  4. Take Me
  5. Masterpiece
  6. Walk With Me
  7. I Don't Wanna Have to Need You Now
  8. Truth
  9. Together on the Outside
  10. Good Times
  11. Forever All the Way
  12. I Got You Babe

 

Label: BMG

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: May 11th, 2018

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XV1BZTkFqw

https://www.facebook.com/RSOOfficial/

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CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in DeWolff, Thrust, News, CD Review, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Mascot Group, Provogue

CD review DEWOLFF "Thrust"

(8/10) DeWolff is a psychedelic rock outfit, hailing from the Southern parts of The Netherlands. The trio isn’t a new player in the fields of rock even though their biggest fan base is located in their home country. DeWolff is quite big in The Netherlands with a constant enlarging group of fans.

The trio was founded in 2007 with a debut that saw the light of day ten years ago. As mentioned, things evolved in positive direction with additional records that followed. 2018 is the years for DeWolff’s seventh longplayer, comprising of eleven well-crafted rock songs.

Things start with „Big Talk“ which isn‘t ‚big talk‘ at all. The song is an exciting opener that lives by its rock‘n‘roll spirit. It‘s an excellent start into a well-done album. „California Burning“ is the next tune, unveiling a cool classic rock vibe that has its roots on the seventies, before „Once in a Blue Moon“ reveals the band’s passion for calmer tones. The soulful vocals and gently singing Hammond add a lot of feel to this touching track and its great mood.

These three songs, all in pole position of this tracklist, gives you a great idea about what to expect of the rest of this release.

The big strength of DeWolff is the spirit and feel that's embedded in songs like the grooving „Tombstone Child“.  Another track you shouldn’t miss on this album is entitled „Freeway Flight“. Rock and blues compliments each other in an excellent fashion, making this emotional song to a true highlight of „Thrust“.

If music is about emotions, DeWolff scores a big win. „Thrust“ is a 47 minutes long journey that is touching and fascinating. DeWolff has inhaled the spirit of rock music, resulting in a terrific longplayer that‘s dynamic and organic. This album is the right soundtrack for balancing superficial modern life. Take a deep dive into the emotional depth and connected vitality of „Thrust“. It's worth it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Big Talk
  2. California Burning
  3. Once In A Blue Moon
  4. Double Crossing Man
  5. Tombstone Child
  6. Deceit & Woo
  7. Freeway Flight
  8. Tragedy? Not Today
  9. Sometimes
  10. Swain
  11. Outta Step & Ill At Ease

 

 

Label: Provogue/Mascot Label

Genre: Classic/Psychedelic Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

 

https://www.facebook.com/dewolfficial/

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CD review IHSAHN "Àmr“

Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Àmr, Ihsahn, Black Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Rock, Avangarde, Contemporary, Spinefarm Records

CD review IHSAHN "Àmr“

(9/10) Like with the earlier releases Ihsahn delivers another curveball when it comes to new album. It is hard to predict what you get with a new longplayer done by this extraordinary creative mind. The only thing that's for sure is that an Ihsahn album contains music that isn't from the shelf. It’s music and sounds that stretches the limits and challenges fans, listeners and maybe even Ihsahn himself.

The opener „Lend Me the Eyes of Milenia“ shows the entire spectrum of Ihsahn musical creativity. Synthizers kick off the song and you have to double check if you‘ve started the right disc. After some seconds sounds get swept by evil vocals that go together with the mentioned keyboards. A few more seconds and things become crystal clear. Welcome to Ihsahn‘s new masterpiece. Hoarse vocals and an unholy vibe characterise an excellent songs that include all you could wish from a new Ihsahn album.

The dark beauty with this longplayer is the cross-genre approach of the former Emperor frontman. Harsh black metal elements are interacting with melodic parts in a perfect fashion and even melodic anthems like „Sámr“, build on bigger soundscapes, fit into the context of „Àmr“.

The moment you have the feeling of having identified the patterns of this album it‘s another twist that opens another sound pattern.

„Àmr“ includes many aspects of contemporary metal music. There isn‘t one moment on the album that doesn‘t positively surprise you as a listener. „Marble Soul“ for example begins gloomy and with a hellish grin before things turn into a catchy chorus that reminds of prog rock. „Wake“ is another tune that‘s build on a similar approach. Raw black metal and progressive moments make the song sound like a black metal version of a Devin Townsend track.

As on „Arktic“ it‘s musical genius, unbound passion, a creative flow and a lot of willpower ton stretch borders, making this longplayer to a fascinating release that shows the fact that metal can be extremely creative and divers.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Lend Me the Eyes of the Millenia
  2. Arcana Imperii
  3. Samr
  4. One Less Enemy
  5. When You are Lost and I Belong
  6. In Rites of Passage
  7. Marble Soul
  8. Twin Black Angels
  9. Wake
  10. Alone (Bonus) (Poem by Edgar Allan Poe)

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Progressive Avangarde Black Metal

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ou6oGFBJsg

https://www.facebook.com/ihsahnmusic/

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CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2018 von Markus W. in Shinedown, Rock, Hardrock, Post Grunge, News, CD Review, Atlantic, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Modern Rock, Attention Attention

CD review SHINEDOWN "Attention, Attention"

(9/10) Shinedown’s story in rock is an impressive one. What began in 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee evolved to one of the most influential rock acts in the here and now. The debut “Leave a Whisper”, released in summer 2003 and produced by no less than Bob Marlette, went right into the charts and marked a first step of Shinedown’s rise.

Brent Smith and bandmates didn’t slow down after such a successful start and new longplayers followed. Over time the band established themselves as an important factor in alternative rock music and became a big seller when it comes to records and live shows.

Three years after “Threat to Survival” entered the Top 10 of the US-charts it’s “Attention Attention” that asks exactly for this – ‘attention’. The band’s sixth longplayer comprises of 13 songs and an intro entitled “The Entrance”. After you entered to the door to “Attention Attention” it’s a powerful drum beat that marks the beginning of “Devil”. The tune that was unveiled a few weeks ago as a first single comes with an oppressive vibe. It’s a well-done statement that gives an outlook on what to expect of the new longplayer. What stands out in specific with “Devil” is the unpredictable rhythm of the track, building the base for this well-crafted opener.

“Black Soul” is next, starting with some keys and vocals. The song evolves to an alternative metal anthem that lives by the dynamic generated by loud and calmer moments. The title track is next on the batting order. What comes with “Attention Attention” is a dark expression and a hypnotic beat, ending up in a catchy chorus and shows the band’s sense for hooks without entering the fields of cheesiness.

None of the songs on “Attention Attention” is a boring one. Each of the 13 tunes generates excitement, regardless if we talk about the excellent “Pyro” or the gloomy “Monsters”. “Creatures” is the only tune that shows a bit more of standard approach, followed by the heavy grooving “Evolve” which brings back the hard rocking Shinedown.

Next to the terrific songs on the album it’s the lyrics that are more than just embellishment. Shinedown addresses topics like social media (“Kill Your Conscience”), the fight against depression (“get UP”) and for truth (“The Human Radio”).

Shinedown’s sixth longplayer has all the ingredients in place to compete with earlier successes. It’s an energizing and dynamic alternative rock album with catching hooks, great melodies and heavy rocking guitars. Alternative rock without mentioned Shinedown is a mission impossible and the new album strengthens the band's position in modern rock music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Entrance
  2. Devil
  3. Black Soul
  4. Attention Attention
  5. Kill Your Conscience
  6. Pyro
  7. Monsters
  8. Darkside
  9. Creatures
  10. Evolve
  11. Get Up
  12. Special
  13. The Human Radio
  14. Brilliant

 

Label: Atlantic / Warner Music

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: May 4th, 2018

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TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in Tri State Corner, Hardrock, Rock, Dark Rock, News, Video, Tour

TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Tri State Corner will release their newest album "Hero" today. The guys will also hit the road and tour dates can be check in the video below.

 

Here's the video:

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CD review BLACK STONE CHERRY "Family Tree"

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in BSC, Family Tree, News, CD Review, Mascot, Rock, Southern Rock, Hardrock, Black Stone Cherry

CD review BLACK STONE CHERRY "Family Tree"

(8/10) It was back in 2001 when a new rock band entered the scene, hailing from Edmonton, Kentucky. The name of this outfit – Black Stone Cherry. The roots of the band go back even longer. It was in high school when singer/guitarist Chris Robertson and bassist Jon Lawton met for the first time. Rather quickly John Fred Young (d) and Ben Wells (g) joined the duos, which marked the starting point for one of the most successful Southern rock bands to date.

 

2018 is the year with Black Stone Cherry releasing their newest longplayer entitled Family Tree”. The album follows the extremely successful 2016 record “Kentucky” which could score some excellent chart positions in North America and Europe.

“Family Tree” needs to compete with this fruitful predecessor and I think it can compete. Album number six comes with a tracklist that includes songs, all being rocking anthems in the fields of classic- and Southern rock.

 

Black Stone Cherry takes the musical heritage of bands like Led Zeppelin and Cream, transferring the spirit and vibe into the here and now.  The new album get’s out of the boxes very well with “Bad Habits”. The opener, that includes some Led zeppelin influences, has a bluesy vibe, something that’s also picked-up by “Burnin’”.

 

Next to the rocking tracks there are the soulful moments that are touching. “My Last Breath” is an emotional ballad that contains a lot of feel and it’s a moment of calmness before the wild ride continues with the grooving “Southern Fried Friday Night”. “Dancing in the Rain” is next in the batting order and it’s the first out of two songs with additional support. Warren Haynes has a guest appearance on “Dancing in the Rain” while it’s Chris Robertson’s 5 years old son singing backup on “You Got the Blues”.

 

All in all “Family Tree” became a really good Southern rock album that can connect to earlier successes. Each of the songs benefits from an excellent production and sound while still coming across as being authentic with an organic sound. It proves that professionalism and a true heart for rock music aren’t two poles that never find each other. “Family Tree’ shows a well executed combination of both, making the album to a real spring/summer soundtrack for your ride into the sunset.

 

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bad Habit

  2. Burnin’

  3. New Kinda Feelin’

  4. Carry Me on Down the Road

  5. My Last Breath

  6. Southern Fried Friday Night

  7. Dancin’ in the Rain

  8. Ain’t Nobody

  9. James Brown

  10. You Got the Blues

  11. I Need a Woman

  12. Get me Over You

  13. Family Tree

 

 

Label: Mascot Label Group

Genre: Southern Rock

Release Date EU:  April 19th, 2018

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CD review FOREIGNER "Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus"

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2018 von Markus W. in Foreigner, Hardrock, Rock, Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, earMUSIC

CD review FOREIGNER "Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus"

(*/10) To introduce a band like Foreigner is like carrying sand to the beach. I can't imagine that there are people out there that read my blog and never heard of Mick Jones and band mates. Hits like "Urgent" and "Cold as Ice" all timeless classics in rock, songs that are as brilliant today as they were in the in 1981 when my all-time favourite "4" was released.

In more than 40 years Foreigner has released a robust amount of 'Best of...' albums as well as live releases. To still capatalize on the old classics and new hits, Foreigner needed to do something new and different. Now, it might not be the newest idea on earth to combine rock music, a classic orchestra and a choir, leading to exciting new interpretation of rock songs, but it's the first time Foreigner took this approach. To spice-up things, the new interpretation of hymns like "I Want to Know What Love is" and "Double Vision" were not recorded in a safe studio environment. Foreigner teamed up with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, all together performing live and in front of an enthusiastic audience.

The base for this live release were two shows that have been played in Luzern, Switzerland in May 2017. The band itself, a 58-person orchestra and a 60-person chorus combined forces and gave 13 Foreigner classics a new appeal. This event, that was the outcome of a close cooperation of Foreigner main-man Mick Jones and the Grammy-nominated composer team of Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, was an exciting moment in the band's history and more than a treat for fans of the iconic band. Fortunately the shows have been filmed and recorded, which makes the magic night available to all Foreigner fans as DVD, vinyl and/or CD, the latter being the base for this review.

"Foreigner with the 21 Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus" stretches the limits and enables Foreigner smash hits to shine in a new splendor. As said in the beginning, combining rock music and classic music isn't something that's mindblowing new. However, in this case it's the excellent songs, a professional approach and a perfect execution that makes the longplayer to a special one.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Overture
  2. Blue Morning, Blue Day
  3. Cold As Ice
  4. Waiting For a Girl Like You
  5. Say You Will
  6. When it Comes to Love
  7. That Was Ysterday
  8. Feels Like the First Time
  9. Starrider
  10. Double Vision
  11. Fool For You Anyway
  12. Urgent
  13. Juke Box Hero
  14. In Want to Know What Love Is

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

 

Photo: Karsten Staiger

Photo: Karsten Staiger

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RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi) will release "Radio Free America" in May

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2018 von Markus W. in RSO, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Guitar, Rock, Hardrock, News

RSO (Richie Sambora and Orianthi) will release "Radio Free America" in May

Richie Sambora and Orianthi will release with "Radio Free America" a debut that was done in close cooperation under the banner of RSO. The album will hit the record stores on May 11th. The longplayer was produced by no less than Bob Rock, known from his work with bands like Metallica and will come via BMG. Stay tuned for more.

 

Here are the videos:

I Got You Babe

Livin' On a Prayer

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CD review GODSMACK "When Legends Rise"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2018 von Markus W. in Godsmack, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, Spinefarm, When Legends Rise, Rock, Hardrock

CD review GODSMACK "When Legends Rise"

(9/10) Godsmack isn't a band having a massproduction approach when it comes to producing longplayers. The band started in the second half of the famous 90's with a self-titled debut that hit the scene in 1998. From then till now five additional records followed in a kind of four year frequency. 

Knowing that "1000hp" was unveiled in 2014 nurtured expectations for a next longplayer in 2018 and Godsmack sticks to their release pattern and delivers. "When Legends Rise" is Godsmack's seventh longplayer and it's a blast. Sully Erna and band mates crafted eleven new songs that ended up on the new longplayer.

The quartet stays true to their sound, bringing riff-oriented alternative metal to your place. 'Melody' is no stranger too when it comes to the newest strike of the Boston-based powerhouse and it's this mixture of elements that characterises Godsmack. It's not that the four-piece band is the only outfit that counts on such a formula for success. It's more the ease and authenticity that makes the band's sound special and attractive for all kind of rock and metal fans. Influences from bands like Black Sabbath and Metallica makes the band to an interesting one for metalheads while some grunge references act as springboard for the alternative rock scene. Last but not least it's the catchy hooks that opens doors for chart-oriented rock fans.

"When Legends Rise" includes all these trademarks and it would not be a suprise if also the seventh album will enter top chart positions. 

"Bulletproof" was the first song revealed from the new album, supported by a highly entertaining video clip. But also lasering in on music shows the entire potential of this band. We are talking about a catchy rock songs that stick immediately and still have enough potential being spun many times. "Bulletproof" is framed by the short and crispy opener "When Legends Rise" which deserves to be the title track for the new album. The song has a strong drive and an irresistible chorus, standing for a great start into the album. "Unforgettable" follows "Bulletproof" and is a mid-paced rock song that reminded me partly of Volbeat, just better.

Godsmack focusses on the essence when it comes to songs that ended up on their seventh delivery. None of the tunes can be seen as lengthy or epic. Most of the tracks have a three minutes of length setup. Even the powerful half-ballad "Under Your Scars" tells the story in less than four minutes. Still, or maybe because of this focus, this hymn belongs to the best ones I've heard since quite a while.

"When Legends Rise" gets out of the boxes very well and the guys manage to keep a quality throughout. Also the second half of the album keeps a good level of excitement. Tunes such as the darker "Just One More Time" and the easy going "Let It Out" are vital rock songs and a treat for your ears.

Godsmack's new offer is a strong delivery that showcases the band being highly creative, rocking and heavy. Alternative metal can't sound much better and more professional than what you get with "When Legends Rise". You need to decide for yourself if Godsmack are the 'legends' the album title refers to. However, the album is an excellent one that I definitely can recommend.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. When Legends Rise
  2. Bulletproof
  3. Unforgettable
  4. Every Part of Me
  5. Take it to the Edge
  6. Under Your Scars
  7. Someday
  8. Just One More Time
  9. Say My Name
  10. Let it Out
  11. Eye of the Storm

 

Label: Spinefarm Records

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

 

 

 

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