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CD review SAVAGE HANDS "Barely Dead"

Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2018 von Markus W. in Savage Hands, Barely Dead, News, Post Hardcore, CD Review, Modern Metal, Sharptone Records

CD review SAVAGE HANDS "Barely Dead"

(7/10) Reading the bands name, Savage Hands, made me think of a powerful metal outfit, dressed in leather and denim. Wrong assumption I must conclude after having given this album a first spin.

Savage Hands has nothing to do with traditional metal. The five guys are more into modern metal which they combine with some post-hardcore element and shouts. To balance the wild outbursts, the quintet balances things with catchy melodies that mainly come back in the chorus. The title track is a good example since it includes all the mentioned sound pieces. 

"Barely Dead" features seven songs, all within a three to four minutes running time. Most of the tunes follow a similar pattern, described earlier. However, needed or not, there is a ballad on the album too. "Taken" is the calm and soulful moment on a dynamic album. A moment of peace in a hectic world.

"Barely Alive" is by no means a bad record. The guys focus on vigorous songs that are well-crafted and properly produced. The only downer is the fact that there are already many other bands that play similar music and what's missing with this release is the own identity that would make the band stick out from the rest.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Red
  2. Barely Alive
  3. Unconditional
  4. Known It All
  5. Taken
  6. Dream Dead
  7. Your Own Hell

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Modern Metal

Release Date EU: March 2nd, 2018

 

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CD review DON BROCO "technology"

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Don Broco, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Crossover, News, Sharptone Records, CD Review, Hardrock, Alternative Rock

CD review DON BROCO "technology"

(7/10) I don‘t know why, but when I heard the band name Don Broco my association was a hard rocking outfit that fits sound wise best in a bar that is filled with a s smoky air, beer and sweat. The bigger was my disappointment while listening to the opener.

Don Broco is about alternative rock which is spiced-up with some catchy melodies, hardcore-related parts and rap-elements. This doesn‘t need to be per se something that‘s bad. History showed some exciting mixtures of styles like this and the so far published Don Broco longplayers also found quite some fans over the last years. The debut went into the UK charts as well as the sophomore record that even went into the Top 10.

But even with having all the achievements in mind, I was disappointed of what "Technology" had to offer. It‘s the missing thrill and it's songs from the shelve that make the album to a scattered melange of styles that fits perfectly into fast moving times. As the predecessors also „Technology“ might end up in some charts with catchiness, melodies and styles as the main ingredients, but it's pepper and salt that's missing.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Technology
  2. Stay Ignorant
  3. T-Shirt Song
  4. Come Out to LA
  5. Pretty
  6. The Blues
  7. Tightrope
  8. Everybody
  9. Greatness
  10. Porkies
  11. Got to be You
  12. Good Listener
  13. Y
  14. Something to Drink

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Modern Metal /Crossover

Release Date EU: February 2nd, 2018

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CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in World War Me, Punkrock, Pop Rock, Rock, Modern Rock, News, CD Review, Sharptone Records

CD review WORLD WAR ME "World War Me"

(6/10) In my role as reviewer I always need to have a kind of compass that helps to sort out things. One of the criteria is how much of an impression the album makes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a longplayer needs to be catchy and mainstream. Actually it also could be the total opposite, but there must be something that makes the songs stand out, something that differs from the average. That's what makes an album special, not becoming another sand corn at the beach. This was also my approach when listening to World War Me’s self-titled album.

Unfortunately the songs on this release aren’t stand out that much. This doesn’t mean that the music is bad stuff. However, the uniqueness in World War Me's sound is missing. World War Me is into melodic American (punk) rock. Looking on the simple melodies and the catchy choruses, bands like Blink 182 most probably belong to the faves of this four-piece.

"The Good Enough" is the starting point and it's a good one. The tune comes with with certain dynamic and rocks quite well, something that goes for "Don't Hold Your Breathe" too, both belongs to the more positive moments captured on this longplayer. After such good start it feels like a cookie-cutter approach took over in the songwriting. Surprises get less, leading to trivial pop-rock numbers such as "Escape" and "Fire and Flames". 

World War Me is a band that recorded nice music for their debut, an album that might be a good soundtrack for your next high-school party. In case you’re looking for some more demanding, something that makes an impression on you, you might need to look for something different.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Good Enough
  2. Don't Hold Your Breath
  3. Mr. Misery
  4. Arch For Agony
  5. Break a Leg
  6. Escape
  7. Fire and Flames
  8. That's so Yesterday
  9. Warzone
  10. Live With Ourselves
  11. From the Fear
  12. World War M
  13. Color Me Sick

 

Label: Sharptone Records

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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