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CD review SECRET SOCIETY "The Induction"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Secret Society, News, Melodic Metal, Melodic Power Metal, Power Metal, The Induction, Heavy Metal, self-released

CD review SECRET SOCIETY "The Induction"

(8/10) „The Induction“ is the result of one and a half years of songwriting, leading to five tracks that ended up on the tracklist of Secret Society‘s new EP. Secret Society is a power metal outfit, hailing from Sweden. I have to admit that I haven‘t heard of the band earlier but what I got to hear sounded really good.

Secret Society could manage some guest appearances for the album, guys that have a solid reputation in rock and metal. Rick Altzi contributed to this release and so did former Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe. Troy Norr, Paul Sabu and Joe Basketts are three more well-known musicians that added to this release and all the effort pays back. „The Induction“ is a pretty cool melodic power metal record that features excellent riffs and catchy melody lines. Things never get too sweet and lazy since the band constantly pushes the pedal to the metal. The awesome monster is on example, but also the powering „Mental Mayhem“ belongs to the best melodic metal brought up to surface since quite a while.

The uptempo opener sets the tone of voice for what to expect from this release, an EP that doesn‘t include a downer. „Broken by Design“ reduces the pace a bit and got a darker vibe before „Waysted“ stands for the Grand finale without taking any prisoners.

This EP belongs to the surprises and even though it stays a mystery who’s part of this outfit it‘s obvious that everybody involved knows what to do for having excellent metal songs on this irresistible release.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Induction - Broken Crutch
  2. Monsters
  3. Mental Mayhem
  4. Broken By Design
  5. Waysted

 

Label: Self-released

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: May 5th, 2018

 

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CD review SHIT THE COW "Cavelord"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Shit The Cow, Cavelord, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Stoner Rock, Noise, Self-Released, Fuzz, Garage

CD review SHIT THE COW "Cavelord"

(8/10) It was few years ago when a mail reached my mailbox, talking about a band with a very unusual name - Shit The Cow. That such a name creates attention is no-brainer but do these guys have more in the offer than a crazy name? They do.

Before we go deeper into the new longplayer we need to stand still for a few more seconds with the band's name. The origin of this moniker is based on one of the first songs the band wrote. It was a track about a character that was half man and half cow, called 'Shit' by everyone. And since it was such an absurd story and such an unconventional name, the guys decided to use it for their band. Shit The Cow was born.

After having released some EP's, of which "Rissna" is still the best one, it's "Cavelord" that acts as the debut album of the guys from Mid-Sweden. I was curiously looking forward to this album and after having given the album some loops I must say that it easily lives up to expectations. 

"Cavelord" comprises nine new songs, all with a kick-ass attitude. What I like with this longplayer is the liveliness that comes with it. "Cavelord" is build on passion for music that's authentic and real. Shit The Cow isn't about music that's written for commercial success or a wide fanbase. These four guys follow their dedication for heavy rocking music in their own niche of rock, stoner, garage and alternative. 

The band describes the album as being" heavier, noisier and more melodic at the same time", a statement I can agree with a 100%.

The starting point is called "Resolve / Resist", a song that reminds during the first seconds of Metallica. After such a start it's a roaring bass that pushes this noisy tune to its limits. "Twist and Shout" follows, representing the stoner aspect of Shit The Cow's sound. The fact that the vocals are shared, with Alexandra Lindqvist supporting the guys, gives the number some new nuances before the title songs unveils the band's furious side. Talking about furious songs means also to mention "You Bought a Knife". This is the hardest tune I've heard of the band up-to-date. A hardcore vibe characterises this merciless number which is almost a counterpart to the calmer "Shelter" which is the final track on the album. Acoustic guitars kick off the tune before some noise outbursts break the silence. The two things that are fascinating with the closer are the simple but effective groove of "Shelter" and the saxophone part which adds another dimension to Shit The Cow's sound. 

"Cavelord" became an excellent full-length debut. Shit The Cow is a damn cool rock outfit from Sweden. These guys celebrate rock music which each tone played. "Cavelord" feels like an album they did for themselves and if there are more people out there, appreciating the effort it's more an extra win than the original aim. Cool stuff.

 

(8/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Resolve / Resist
  2. Twist and Shout
  3. Cavelord
  4. Burning Man
  5. The Gathering
  6. Changing of the Gods
  7. You Bought a Knife
  8. Gamma Sunrise
  9. Shelter

 

Label: Self-released

Genre: Stoner / Alternative Rock

Release Date EU: December 7th, 2017

 

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