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CD review MICHAEL BORMANN "Closer"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Michael Bormann, Silent Force, Hardrock, News, Rock, Calss, Bonfire, Jaded Heart

(6/10) Jaded Heart, Bonfire and Silent Force - these are just a few bands Michael Bormann was singing for. Next to those career highlights Bormann also particpated in the latest season of "Voice of Germany" - something that asks for respect.

In addition the German singer also released four solo albums and number five is now in the record shops. "Closer" is the name of the longplayer that includes twelve new tracks. The entire album was done in a very fast and efficient way. "Closer" took three month, from songwriting to production.

One of the songs on the album is the one that Bormann performed in the mentioned "Voice of Germany" show. "Warrior", the demanding Demi Lovato cover, is the name of the track that got the role of the bouncer on the longplayer. It's a soulful ballad and Bormann's interpretation is done very well. He added the rock to the tune.

The rest of the album offers a wide range of different numbers. Hard rockers like the opener "I'm not your entertainment" have been recorded, but also classic rock tracks like "Never say die" found their way on the tracklist. 

Another excellent track on "Closer" is "I wanna be a rock star". The song has a good hook and a catchy melody - both combined with a good riff and a bluesy solo.

On the other hand I can't understand why "Can't get a touch too much" have been placed on the disc. The track which combines rock, soul and rap sounds to me like a trival version of the old Aerosmith/Run DMC cooperation. I appreciate experiments, but in this case it didn't lead to a good result.

All in all we can conclude that Michael Bormann is an excellent rock singer with a voice that fits perfectly for this kind of music. "Closer" has some really strong moments, but also a few weaker parts. In the end it became a solid hardrock album that has good songs. Not more, but also not less.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I'm not your entertainment
  2. Let's make history
  3. Never say die
  4. Can't get a touch too much
  5. Because we are the world
  6. Livng it up
  7. I wanna be a rock star
  8. For this one time in life
  9. Closer
  10. Rich men's world
  11. Down to the bottle
  12. Warrior

 

Label: RMB / Pride & Joy

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MICHAEL BORMANN "Closer"
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LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner

Veröffentlicht am 27. November 2014 von Markus W. in Level 10, Silent Force, Sinner, Symphony X, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, Allen-Lande, Primal Fear

Another metal allstar band will release their debut in 2015. Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen/Lande) teamed-up with Mat Sinner (Sinner, Silent Force, ...) and started Level 10. But it's not only those two guys that make the band special. The guitarists are Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt are on board as well and the line-up is completed by Randy Black on drums and keyboarder Alessandro Del Vecchio.

The album will be released on January 27th via Frontoers and comes with twelve songs. Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Cry no more
  2. Soul of a warrior
  3. When the nighttime comes
  4. One way street
  5. Blasphemy
  6. Last man on earth
  7. In for the kill
  8. Voice of the wilderness
  9. All hope is gone
  10. Demonized
  11. The soul is eternal
  12. Forevermore

 

Check out a first teaser via the link below:

LEVEL 10 - a new allstar band with Russell Allen and Mat Sinner
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CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Delivering the black"

Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Primal Fear, Silent Force, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) I had mixed expectations when I got this album on my desk. This was mainly because the last records of Primal Fear haven't been that good as the first ones, eventhough they have been pretty successful. They had good songs, but also some average ones. On the other hand there were good releases from the duo Beyrodt and Sinner - like e.g. the last Silent Force album. So what to expect?

I'm happy that I can say: this Primal Fear album belongs to the best ones the band has released so far. Already the first two songs "King of a day" and "Rebel faction" hit you right into your face. Fast, with good melodies and screaming guitars they are a pleasure for each headbanger. After this furious beginning "When death comes knocking", the first single, takes out the speed a bit, but this doesn't mean that it is less heavy. It's a heavy riff monster. Talking about great riffs - "Alive and on fire" and "Never pray for justice" are two other examples.

You almost could say that an album like this also needs a ballad. Sometimes these ballads are overloaded with cliche with a glimpse to a bigger audience. Not in the case of Primal Fear. "Born with a broken heart" became a great song and an emotional ballad with Liv Kristine supporting by doing some backing vocals. Than there is another highlight to mention. It's the almost 10 minutes long epical "One night in December" which is, if I have it right in mind, the longest song Primal Fear ever released. The track has a bombastic sound and orchestral elements. It start with some rain and chiming bells before the guitar starts. The songs has a lot of variations and arching melodies, which makes it really special.

The sound of the album became again great. Mat Sinner as producer and Achim Köhler as engineer did an excellent job and gave "Delivering in black" the powerful sound the album deserves.

Again, for me one of the best three Primal Fear albums. Well done.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. King for a day
  2. Rebel faction
  3. When death comes knocking
  4. Alive & on fire
  5. Delivering the black
  6. Road to asylum
  7. One night in December
  8. Never pray for justice
  9. Born with a broken heart
  10. Inseminoid

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Power Metal

CD review PRIMAL FEAR "Delivering the black"
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New SILENT FORCE video

Veröffentlicht am 4. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Silent Force, Power Metal, News, Video

Silent Force released the first video from the new album "Rising from the ashes". A cool song called "Circles of trust", but the album has even better tracks.

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Interview with Alex Beyrodt from SILENT FORCE

Veröffentlicht am 2. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Silent Force, Primal Fear, Interview, News, Sinner, Voodoo Circle

Markus’ Heavy Music Blog: Hi Alex, good to have you on the phone. How are you?

Alex Beyrodt: Thanks for asking. I’m good. I’m sitting here now quite relaxed with a coffee in my office.

 

MHMB: It’s good to hear that you find time to relax. I could imagine that you had a busy year so far.

Alex: That’s right and it will get even more intesive in the coming months. I will be on tour in 2014 like in none of the years before. And all the touring next to my own business, the wish to write new songs and the plans to work on the next Voodoo Circle album. So it will become a very busy 2014, but I don’t want to complain since my dedication to music is huge and I enjoy doing what I love the most.

 

MHMB: You guys, or better said ‚you’, have worked on a new Silent Force album which will be released mid December.

Alex: Yes, that’s right. And it’s nice that you mention that Silent Force is my band. I don’t think that this was very clear to a lot of people.  But if you have a look into the current line-up and listen to the songs it becomes pretty obvious who Silent Force was and is. And of course there is a reason why three former members aren’t on board anymore. There are reasons which led to that situation. I think that at least two of them haven’t really understood that Silent Force is only functioning when I’m writing songs. There were some problems in the past since they claimed songwriting rights. But why should I have done this. I told them that I was sitting the whole summer in the cellar, writing songs while they enjoy the swimming pool. Since they also had a kind of amateurish approach two of them are bach in cover bands, like before I gave them the chance to play in a professional band and to travel the world with a pro band. But maybe that's what they prefer for themselves. I'm tired of being the nice guy and holding back such comments. "No more Mr. Nice Guy" - that's how I live these days and it turns out to be great. DC Cooper is back in Royal Hunt, which I think personally was the best move for him. I actually told him to do so when he called me, telling that he got the offer. I don't have any hard feelings there at all. That was important to mention.

 

MHMB: If I have counted right „Rising from the ashes“ is your fifth album. Since you haven’t been present with Silent Force for 6 years I could imagine that the title is a bit more than just a name for an album.

Alex: Absolutely. It’s probabaly not the most innovative title, but it just fits to the situation of the band and also my private situation. In 2009  my life turned upside down, I had to go through many changes, I moved from the Canary Islands back to Germany and moved on. So had to start from scratch again. It needed a few years to recover from all these strokes of fate and due to that Silent Force haven’t got any attention from me. And like mentioed earlier, I wasn’t really happy with the line-up on those days too. That’s basically why it took that long to come out with a new album. But after all this it was now the right moment to blow back life into Silent Force.

 

MHMB: And it was a great decision to record a new album. I got the chance to listen to some of the new tracks and I think, that you can hear that energy push and the vitality in the different songs. I was surprised about the high quality level of the new album. I really like.

Alex: Thanks. That’s great to hear. I also got only positive feedback so far. I was a bit curious how people would react, esp. since D.C. isn’t doing the vocals anymore. But it seems that everybody is just happy with „Rising from the ashes“ and the new line-up is well respected and appreciated.

 

MHMB: With Michael Bormann you have an old friend in the band again. But also Mat Sinner is part of the line-up. It seems that especially with Mat you have a good cooperation/relation since you’re playing together in Sinner, Voodoo Circle, Primal Fear and Silent Force, plus now also on the ‚Rock meets classic’ tour.

Alex: Yes indeed. It works pretty well with Mat. He and myself are making music togther since 1988 with some smaller breaks along the way. He is my best friend. Of course we also have sometimes our clashes, but we always speak it out and fix it. We know what we can expect from each other and we can rely on each other with 100%.

 

MHMB: How did that friendship start in 1988? Was it when you started at Sinner?

Alex: I have seen Mat together with Sinner the first time on stage as support act for Magnum. That was quite a while ago. Than in 1988 I joined Sinner. It was a funny situation since I was fan of the band and all of a sudden I was standing with the guys on stage.

 

MHMB: We mentioned already Michael Bormann, also an old friend of you.

Alex: Yes, we played together already in a band called The Sygnet. We released one album, which got a bit of a cult status in the meantime. But after the first record Michael and myself had different ideas about the next album. So we decided going our seperate ways. Funny enough the planned second The Sygnet record became the debut of Silent Force. So we could say the Michael ist he very first Silent Force singer.

 

MHMB: That’s interesting. I wasn’t aware of this.

Alex: You’re not alone with this. A lot of people doesn’t know that. The situation was that we released „Children of the future“, went on tour with Doro and planned working on the next album. My aim was to create a conceptual record. I had a story and I had the music ready. But when I presented it to Michael he couldn’t get familiar with it. It was too fast for him and the musical direction was too progessive. So we said that we go our seperate ways before we get into stress with each other and threaten our friendhsip. The next step was that I hired D.C. Cooper and recorded the first Silent Force album which was meant to be the second The Sygnet disc. But I still have some old demo tapes with Michael singing the first Silent Force songs.

 

MHMB: Shortly coming back to „Rising of the ashes“. How would you describe the differences between the new album and „Walk the earth“?

Alex: I think that the new album has less progressive influences. „Rising from the ashes“ has a more straight forward approach with heavier guitars. I think that fits pretty well to Silent Force. The typical Silent Force trademarks like great melodies, great vocals, great chorus and keyboard melodies are all there. The album might have a few more hardrock elements than „Walk the earth“.

 

MHMB: You mentioned already that you will be very busy next year and that you will be on tour a lot. The dates for the Primal Fear tour are already announced, but have you planned also some live activities with Silent Force?

Alex: No, we haven’t planned anything yet. We will wait and see what happens after releasing the album. But I also can say that I’m on tour till May with Primal Fear and ‚Rock meets classic’. So there isn’t a lot of time left for Silent Force live shows in the first 6 months. I’m especially looking forward to the ‚Rock meets classic’ shows, since this a something really special for me. It will be my 4th tour – this time with Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner and Uriah Heep.

 

MHMB: Sound like something really cool. Sharing the stage with Alice Cooper must be a great experience.

Alex: Yes, indeed. But my personal highlight was actually the two years together with Ian Gillan. If you have started to play guitar because of Deep Purple you can’t get more than playing with Ian Gillan.

 

MHMB: Do you have special stories you want to share with us from your shows with Ian Gillan?

Alex: Yes, I can remember a lot of stories. But while talking about Ian Gillan, I can recall the first show we played together. It was in Frankfurt in front of 4.000 people. The first song was of course „Highway star“. I’ve tried to dress a bit like Richtie Blackmore. ‚The man in black’ with white boots and my old Stratocaster. Ian was surpised when he saw me the first time. He didn’t know me at all and now he faced a kind of Blackmore on the stage. I did the whole Blackmore stuff, like hitting with the cable on the guitar,... but I always kept the distance to the centre of the stage which was his area. And than came the solo part and I thought to myself that I had to do something extra which will stay in Ian’s mind. So I put the guitar behind the head and played the solo that way. I turned around, I looked at him, he looked at me, he looked surprised and I just walked towards him and finished the solo in the middle of the stage directly next to him. Than, after the show he approached me backstage and said: „We have to talk“. And I thought oh oh. But he just said: „The solo from „Highway star“, just do it that way every show.“ So we really got friends during this time and I actually visited him backstage three weeks age when he played with Deep Purple in Mannheim.

 

MHMB: After all these thousands of shows you played, are you still nervous before entering the stage?

Alex: Yes, but I’m less nervous the more people are in the audience. My stage-fright is much bigger when I play a show in front of 50 people, than in front of 80.000 people. I’m playing quite some shows in smaller venues where the fans are standing directly in front of the stage. I love that – but I’m also a bit more nervous and excited. It just more intensive in a positive way.

 

MHMB: Alex, coming back to all the songs you wrote and write. Where do all those ideas come from? It seems that you an unlimited flow of creativity when it comes to music.

Alex: Sometimes I even ask myself where all this comes from. I have now already more than 30 songs ready for the next Voodoo Circle album and want to do another ten. Yeah, where do I take it from? I’m very diciplined and whenever I have an idea I record it immediately in order to not loose it. Also when I’m driving I always have my iPhone with me and record whatever gets into my mind. Actually the most ideas I get by driving alone in the car. Based on that I have a huge collection of song ideas and fragments which I can work out more in detail. That’s how I create and write my songs.

 

MHMB: Since you are very busy with music all day long, do you find also time to listen to music yourself?

Alex: I don’t listen to a lot of music in my private life. There are few moment like in the morning in the bathroom. During the day I almost find no time to listen to music. Of course I listen during my work from time to time a bit to iTunes but maybe I should place a smaller hifi-unit in my office.

 

MHMB: Since you mention iTunes, what is your favorite“ Vinyl, CD or mp3?

Alex: The old vinyls are of course the best. But I also have to admit that I got a bit lazy and haven’t listened to my vinyls since quite a while. mp3’s are on the other hand very convenient. I also buy in the meantime mp3 legally and put them into iTunes and the iPhone. It’s just so easy. But next to that mp3 has always a worse quality and a whole industry went almost bankrupt by mp3. It’s a kind of boon and bane in one, but mp3 also became my reality.

 

MHMB: Alex, I would like to say thanks for the time. It was great to have you on the phone and I hope to see you in Holland soon.

Alex: You’re welcome and thanks for having me.

Photos: AFM Records (Promo)
Photos: AFM Records (Promo)

Photos: AFM Records (Promo)

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CD review SILENT FORCE "Rising from the ashes"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Silent Force, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(9/10) This album is literally music in my ears. Heavy riffs, great melodies, powerful production and a lot of passion. That’s the new release from Silent Force called “Rising from the ashes”. Actually I could stop here with my review and could recommend going for this album, but that would be too easy.

“Rising from the ashes” is album number five in the bands history. And it was surprising to me that Alex Beyrodt found the time to write and produce it. Of course the latest release “Walk the earth” is from 2007 - so you could think that there was time enough. But Beyrodt was also part in quite some other bands and releases this year. It started in spring with his band Voodoo Circle. Than in summer Sinner released the re-recording of their old hits (“Touch of sin 2”) and in January 2014 it’s time for the new Primal Fear. It seems that he has an endless flow of great riffs and ideas for songs which is excellent for the fans.

“Rising from the ashes” is more than just a name for an album. After six years without the band some people thought already that the band doesn’t even exist anymore. But now, after also some turbulent years, Silent Force is back – and they are strong and heavy.

The album contains 10 songs. Each of them a killer, none of them a filler. It’s hard to mention some songs here since they are worth to be mentioned. My faves are the opener  “Caught in their wicked game". This song is fast, heavy and a perfect choice for kicking off that record. Another one is the more midtempo song "Before you run”. All Silent Force trademarks are in that song. It has a great melody, excellent guitars and keyboards which contribute to the totallity of the song without becoming too dominant. A song with a great drive. "Anythime, anywhere" is a bit a more relaxed song. Not a ballad but a bit more catchy than maybe some others on the album. It gives you a bit air to breath since it follows "Born to be a fighter" which is energy pure.

Beyrodt is interested in many different style of heavy music. I think it was smart to focus with Silent Force only on melodic metal, to go for the classic rock music with Voodoo Circle and to give space to power metal with Primal Fear. That avoids mixing everything into one album with one band. Keep it clean.

“Rising from the ashes” became a great melodic metal album which I for sure can recommend to all of you.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Caught in their wicked game
  2. There ain't no justice
  3. Circle of trust
  4. Living to die
  5. Before you run
  6. You gotta kick it
  7. Turn me loose
  8. Born to be a fighter
  9. Anytime, anywhere
  10. Kiss of death

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review SILENT FORCE "Rising from the ashes"
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