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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

 

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CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in Motor City Mayhem, Shitfaced and Outta Luck, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Metalapolis

CD review MOTOR CITY MAYHEM "Shitfaced and Outta Luck"

(8/10) Shotgun Express was a rock band hailing from Stuttgart, Germany. What rose out of the ashes of Shotgun Express is a new rock outfit – Motor City Mayhem.  The five-piece from Mercedes City carries on the legacy of Shotgun Express, sending blues driven hardrock into the world.

Motor City Mayhem, that’s Van on vocals, Scott and Johnny on guitar, Armin handling the four-string guitar and Robin providing the heartbeat with a powerful drumming. These five guys recorded an album that features street rock which is loud and authentic.

Being inspired by bands like MC5 and The Stooges it’s Swedish rock icons like backyard Babies and Gluecifer the added some blueprints for what Motor City Mayhem offers on their debut.

If you want to check out this album by testing some of the tunes you basically can’t chose anything wrong. The longplayer doesn’t include fillers. Each of the ten tracks hits bull’s eye when it comes to power and credibility. It’s a drum roll that kicks of “Hey C’mon” which is the first energetic rock’n’roller on the album. What follows is a 34 minutes firework with “Burn In Hell” being the final cracker. Time flies while listening to “Shitfaced and Outta Luck”.

After spinning “Shitfaced and Outta Luck” several times I must say that I was positively surprised of what reached my ears with this debut. Honest and dirty street rock is what you get. It combines the energy of punk rock with a bluesy hardrock vibe that almost gives you the idea that Stuttgart is in Cali. This record offers good music that is down-to-earth and spot on. In case you’re looking for a soundtrack for your next party, this album should be on your list.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hey C’mon

  2. The Road

  3. When We Were Kings

  4. Bad Friends

  5. Eat the Rich

  6. Dead City

  7. Outlaws (…On the Run)

  8. Bad Habit

  9. Psycho Ward

  10. Burn in Hell

 

Label: Metalapolis

Genre: Street Rock

Release Date:  May 25th, 2018

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CD review L.A. GUNS "Made in Milan"

Veröffentlicht am 22. März 2018 von Markus W. in L.A. Guns, Made in Milan, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Live, Frontiers Music, CD Review, News

CD review L.A. GUNS "Made in Milan"

(*/10) The yearly Frontiers Rock festival in Milan is a good moment in time to see bigger parts of Frontiers Music's portfolio live on stage and it's a happening that's highly entertaining for fans of hardrock, AOR and melodic metal. Additionally it offers a great opportunity for the label to record shows with the aim of releasing live albums throughout the upcoming twelve months.

Some of these live albums are already unveiled and the next one lines-up. Hardrock powerhouse L.A. Guns played a show at last years Frontiers Rock festival as a part of their 'Reloaded Tour 2017' and the show is now available on CD and DVD/BluRay. 

The band played an oldschool set in Milan with a focus on the the debut and "Cocked & Loaded". Songs of these two longplayers built the base on the setlist of a concert that covered all periods of Tracii Guns and Co.. 

Furthermore the album comes with a proper production and doesn't sound over-produced. In the end there is nothing wrong with this live album but it's also nothing you must have. "Made in Milan" offers a solid overview of L.A. Guns creative work in a live setup - not more and not less.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. No Mercy
  2. Electric Gypsy
  3. Killing Machine
  4. Bow Solo/Over The Edge
  5. Sex Action
  6. Speed
  7. One More Reason
  8. Kiss My Love Goodbye
  9. Don’t Look At Me That Way
  10. Malaria
  11. Never Enough
  12. Jelly Jam
  13. The Ballad Of Jayne
  14. Rip And Tear

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2018

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CD review LITTLE CAESAR "Eight"

Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2018 von Markus W. in Little Caesar, Eight, Golden Robot Records, Rock, Rock'n'Roll, Sleaze Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, CD Review

CD review LITTLE CAESAR "Eight"

(8/10) Los Angeles-based rockers Little Caesar were founded in 1987 and it was the debut "Little Caesar", which was critically acclaimed and well-received by rock fans. Unfortunatelly the band couldn't maintain this first success which also led to a split in 1993.

Little Caesar re-grouped in 2001 for some shows and it took another eight years till a new longplayer of this Californian rock outfit provided solid street rock. From this moment onwards, Little Caesar became better and better with every record released. "American Dream" was the title of the excellent 2012 album, followed by by a next sonic punch entitled "Eight".

The newest strike will be unveiled mid March and it's full of awesome rock songs of which "21 Again" stands as a rock at the beginning of an exciting tracklist. Furthermore the longplayer comes with uptempo rockers such as "Mama Tried" and "Straight Shooter" and it's the bluesy "Time Enough For That" acting as a soulful counterpart to the strong rockers. These are just a few songs but it's the entire 10 track rock fireworks that pleases fans of down-to-earth rock'n'roll.

To sum up: "Eight" is a terrific rock album, built on an authentic street attitude. These guys know how to rock and "Eight" is their contribution to yout rock'n'roll party.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. 21 Again
  2. Mama Tried
  3. Vegas
  4. Crushed Velvet
  5. Good Times
  6. Time Enough for That
  7. Straight Shooter
  8. Another Fine Mess
  9. Morning
  10. That's Alright

 

Label: Golden Robot Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 16th, 2019

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CD review PRETTY BOY FLOYD "Public Enemy"

Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Pretty Boy Floyd, Public Enemy, News, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Frontiers Music, CD Review

CD review PRETTY BOY FLOYD "Public Enemy"

(7/10) Motley Crue played their final show in December 2015 and also Ratt, as being another sleaze rock pioneer, doesn’t release albums in high frequency. Their latest longplayer “Infestation” dates back to 2010.

In this case other bands need to take over. Pretty Boy Floyd is one of them, releasing a new longplayer as we speak. Not that the four guys from California are much more ambitious when it comes to release frequency – their latest studio album has been published 13 years ago – but at least they have a new longplayer in the pipeline for this year.

“Public Enemy” is only the forth album of the quartet that started already at the end of the 80’s. It features 13 songs and one intro, all providing the listener with well-done hardrock.

Pretty Boy Floyd doesn’t bring a lot of new to the table. In the end it’s very much like what we heard from the earlier mentioned bands. It’s melodic hardrock songs, that well produced, not too edgy but also not too sticky, you get with “Public Enemy”.

Each of the tracks doesn’t turn things upside down and I don’t think that this was what anyone expected. The good thing that comes with the record is light-hearted atmosphere. You get into a positive mood while listening to the songs. In times when bad news fill the media it’s this album that brings back fun to your life. Easy going hardrock with a certain sleaze factor makes you forget about the everyday world and adds positivity to your life.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. S.A.T.A.
  2. Feel The Heat
  3. High School Queen
  4. Girls All Over The World
  5. American Dream
  6. We Can’t Bring Back Yesterday
  7. We Got The Power
  8. Do Ya Wanna Rock
  9. Run For Your Life
  10. Shock The World
  11. Paint It On
  12. 7 Minutes In Heaven
  13. Star Chaser
  14. So Young So Bad

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: December 1st, 2017

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CD review SANTA CRUZ "Bad Blood Rising"

Veröffentlicht am 22. November 2017 von Markus W. in Santa Cruz, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, M-Theory, Classic Rock, Rock

CD review SANTA CRUZ "Bad Blood Rising"

(8/10) Finnish hardrockers of Santa Cruz are on a steady journey in rock. It was an EP, released 5 years ago that paved the way for signing a deal with Spinefarm Records. This cooperation turned out to be a fruitful one with the debut entering the Finnish Top 40.

It was in 2015 when the four Finns added a next album to their discography. The self-titled longplayer became even more successful in their home country. Keep a two year frequency leads us the band’s third strike. “Bad Blood Rising” hit the shelves a few days ago, an album that stands for a seamless continuation of Santa Cruz’s sound.

Santa Cruz sticks to their influences which can be found in the 80’s hardrock scene. Bands like Motley Crue and Gun’n’Roses are not strangers to this four-piece band from the North. The beauty with Santa Cruz’s sound is the fact that they don’t copy their idols. They don’t try to transfer the eighties into the here and now. It’s the vibe they are shifting into the present which leads to contemporary hardrock.

“Bad Blood Rising” covers the entire range of modern hardrock. From loud and heavy (Fire Running Through Your Veins") to soft and soulful ("Get Me Out of California") the album comprises all the ingredients you could wish for.

Fans who liked Santa Cruz’s sophomore album will not be disappointed by the new longplayer. The quartet is slowly and step by step reaching out to more fans and listening to the new album explains why the fan-base grows each year.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Young Blood Rising
  2. River Phoenix
  3. Fire Running Through Our Veins
  4. Drag Me Out Of the Darkness
  5. Breathe
  6. Voice of the New Generation
  7. Back From the Dead
  8. Bad Habits Die Hard
  9. Pure Fucking Adrenaline
  10. Get Me Out Of California
  11. River Phoenix (Part 2)            

 

Label: M-Theory Audio

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

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CD review BABYLON A.D. "Revelation Highway"

Veröffentlicht am 10. November 2017 von Markus W. in Babylon A.D., Revelation Highway, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock

CD review BABYLON A.D. "Revelation Highway"

(8/10) What gets out of the speakers extremely well is the new longplayer of California-based rock outfit Babylon A.D.. This is even more surprising while considering the fact of the quintet being in a kind of ‘on-off’ situation over the last years and decades, at least when it comes to work on new albums.

The roots of Babylon A.D. are back in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the guys released two successful records. After having had “Nothing Sacred” in the record shops in 1992 it took eight long years till the band added with “American Blitzkrieg” a third album to their discography. That was in 2000.

17 long years later Babylon A.D. is back with their next full-length longplayer which is entitled “Revelation Highway”.

Listening to the album makes one thing very clear from the beginning- the wait was worth it. The forth album from rock is a real delight for fans of melodic hardrock that keeps a certain street attitude. “Revelation Highway” never gets overloaded with sticky sweet cliché. The band recorded powerful hardrock song, which they now share with their fans.

Doubtless, there are references guiding back to the 80’s. Maybe it was due to the fact that I listened to Dokken’s “Under Lock and Key” last night, but however, “Revelation Highway” that reminded me of this period too.

Songs like the opener “Crash and Burn”, powering “Rags to Riches” and the party rocker “Saturday Night” are well-executed hardrock songs.

It is Derek Davis bit hoarse voice that gives each of the tunes some edges. This adds a lot to songs like the intensively grooving “She Likes to Give it” and also calmer moments, such as “One Million Miles”, are less polished as you get it served by other bands.

It took a long time for Babylon A.D. to release their anticipated fourth studio album. However, here it is and it was worth waiting. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Crash And Burn
  2. Fool On Fire
  3. One Million Miles
  4. Tears
  5. She Likes To Give It
  6. Rags To Riches
  7. Last Time For Love
  8. I’m No Good For You
  9. Saturday Night
  10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 10th, 2017

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CD review VICE "Veni, Vidi, Vice"

Veröffentlicht am 1. November 2017 von Markus W. in Vice, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review, Pride & Joy Music, Sleaze Rock

CD review VICE "Veni, Vidi, Vice"

(5/10) It was in the late eighties when a sleaze/glamour rock peak was undeniable. Bands like Mötley Crüe, Poison and many more where living on the fast lane, with spandex trousers and hairspray replacing denim and leather. Many bands tried to jump on this trend, trying to surf on this successful wave. It was not a too tricky thing to get a contract, with some funny results when it comes to bands. One of these bands, where I still wonder how the debut album could end up in my vinyl collection, is Vice from Munich. Now, the Maximilian Strasse isn’t the Sunset Stripe and Bavarian isn’t California and so it’s not a big surprise that Vice's debut “Made for Pleasure” couldn’t live up to expectation. Just a quick look on the artwork says it all. Based on all the mentioned Vice’s durability wasn’t endless and after a second longplayer the band disappeared from the scene.

Sometimes live comes with unexpected twists and a new Vice album is definitely one of them. Vice is back with another studio album after being on a hiatus for three decades. “Veni, Vidi, Vice” is the title of the band’s third longplayer and the biggest question mark was, if something more changed than just time. Yes, Vice comes with new line-up with guitarist Chris Limburg being the only constant factor and it was him also producing the longplayer. That brings me to the positive fact that the sound on “Veni, Vidi, Vice” is actually quite OK.

When it comes to the songs, things stayed pretty much the same over the last 30 years. Vice is in hardrock that includes a positive party vibe. Some of the tunes, like the pumping beat  “Dirty Mind”, are not too bad, but it’s these trivial ‘ohohoh’ chorus parts that sound like having heard already far too often. With “The Joker” Vice also included a cover version on the album and I’m not sure what Steve Miller thinks about the interpretation; for me it’s more like the guys would have better kept hands off doing it.

To conclude: Vice shows some consistency over the last 30 years which is more a of a downer since also the new longplayer is missing the thrill and doesn’t come with more than some good song fragments here and there. For the rest it is trivial hardrock that slips out of your mind as soon as the last tone faded away.  

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hot Summer Night Party
  2. Dirty Mind
  3. Where Do I Belong
  4. You Bother
  5. Only Love Can Heal the World
  6. Open Eyes
  7. The Joker
  8. Turn it up
  9. Not What it Seems
  10. My Way
  11. Where do I Belong (Jungle Mix)

 

Label: Pride & Joy Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: November 17th, 2017

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CD review L.A. GUNS "The Missing Link"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in L.A. Guns, Frontiers Music, News, Hardrock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, CD Review, Tracii Guns, Phil Lewis

CD review L.A. GUNS "The Missing Link"

(8/10) It’s unbelievable that the start point of L.A. Guns was already 34 years ago. Time really flies, fortunately still being able to remember the days when “L.A. Guns” and “Cocked & Loaded” brought some street attitude into the posing L.A. sleaze metal scene.

L.A. Guns’ career looked more like a rollercoaster with many ups and downs. After a very successful start the band didn’t manage to maintain their winning streak. Line-up changes have been a constant companion over all these years, a time that also included break-ups as well as there have been reunions with even two versions of L.A. Guns have been around in the beginning of the new millennium.

Key players in L.A. Guns have always been Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis. Since the guys decided years ago to walk on different roads, it was an unexpected surprise when the guys announced in 2016 to work together again under the banner of L.A. Guns. It was the first time in 14 years that the two musicians played some shows, sharing the same stage, and after some misunderstandings have been sorted out the route to a new album was paved.

“The Missing Piece” is the result of this fruitful cooperation and I must say that it became better than expected. What I always liked with the bands’ sound is that they kept a dirty rock’n’roll vibe in their songs. L.A. Guns never has been, neither they are, one of these polished rock bands that puts image before quality with also their newest longplayer being no exception.

The five-piece placed well-crafted rock tracks on the longplayer. Sometimes things are more melodic (“Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight”), other moments present a band that loves to play fast and furious (“Speed”) and last  but not least there are the soulful songs of which the ballad “Christine” is one of them.

The album can keep a high level of quality from beginning till end. It’s great to listen to Lewis powerful voice in combination with Guns’ hard rocking riffs, a setup that turns tracks like “The Missing Peace” into real ear candy.

It looks like, there’s enough common ground again between band members, leading to a rock album that replaces bells and whistles with dust and gasoline. “The Missing Peace” is an album that I haven’t expected to be that strong and I think you should give it a try. It’s no waste of time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. It’s All The Same To Me
  2. Speed
  3. A Drop Of Bleach
  4. Sticky Fingers
  5. Christine
  6. Baby Gotta Fever
  7. Kill It Or Die
  8. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
  9. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
  10. The Devil Made Me Do It
  11. The Missing Peace
  12. Gave It All Away

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 13th, 2017

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CD review STEELHEART "Through Worlds of Stardust"

Veröffentlicht am 20. September 2017 von Markus W. in Steelheart, News, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Frontiers Music, CD Review

CD review STEELHEART "Through Worlds of Stardust"

(8/10) After having had some wins in the early 90's the wheel of fortune didn't provide Steelheart with a lot of positive scores during the following months and years.

The band, being the brainchild of singer Michael Matijevic, started as Red Alert in the early eighties. The break-through came with a deal the band inked with MCA Records some years later which led to a new name (Steelheart) and a self-titled debut. The band went for zero to hero. They became talk of the town with the debut, also entering the US-charts. The sophomore album "Tangled in Reign" became very successful too even though it didn't reach the same status as "Steelheart". 

After such a promising start the band, and esp. Matijevic, were hit by some strokes of fate. The singer and bandleader was seriously hurt by some light equipment during a live show the band played as opener for Slaughter in 1992. Injuries were that serious that Matijevic needed a long time-out to recover which had as an effect that the band disbanded.

After some earlier attempts to return, Steelheart is now back with a brand new longplayer. "Through Worlds of Stardust" is the title of this new longplayer that features ten tracks. I had a bit of mixed feelings when I got this longplayer. I definitely like the first two releases, but we could also witness some of these comebacks over the last months that have been disappointing. 

So, if there was any doubt in the beginning, it was blown away by the heavy opener "Stream Line Saving". What a scream from Matijevic that kicks off this mighty blues rocker and the album. I can also resolve all doubts when it come to the opener being a one-hit-thing. The album is full of excellent hardrock songs that are all done in a fine balance of heaviness and melody. "Through Worlds of Stardust" never drifts into the world of sugar and cliche. Steelheart's new longplayer is a grounded hardrock experience that includes soulful songs ("With Love We Live Again") and powerful rockers like "Got me Running" with a thrilling guitar solo and a catchy chorus.

"Through Worlds of Stardust" is an album that's build on good craftsmanship combined with a great sense for harmonies. It seems that the wheel of fortune re-started to bring back some more luck and happiness. Welcome back Steelheart.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Stream Line Saving
  2. My Dirty Girl
  3. Come Inside
  4. My Word
  5. You Got Me Twisted
  6. Lips of Rain
  7. With Love We Live Again
  8. Got Me Running
  9. My Freedom
  10. I'm So in Love With You

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

 

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CD review H.E.A.T. "Into the Great Unknown"

Veröffentlicht am 18. September 2017 von Markus W. in H.E.A.T., Hardrock, News, Rock, Sleaze Rock, AOR, earMUSIC

CD review H.E.A.T. "Into the Great Unknown"

(8/10) I actually think that Swedish rock outfit H.E.A.T. knows exactly where they are going to with their band. In contrary to the album title „Into the Great Unknown“ the guys continue their journey on the road of rock and they know that it will lead them to success.

The five-piece debut in 2008 with their the self-titled album, followed by more melodic hardrock discs being released in a two years interval. For their 5th strike H.E.A.T. broke the pattern and used a bit more time. Three years after having published „Tearing Down the Walls“ the quintet is back with a new longplayer entitled „Into the Great Unknown“.

The new disc delivers what is expected from the Scandinavian quintet. The album features ten new melodic rock anthems that might not bring too much new to the table but are as catchy as we know it from H.E.A.T.. It’s a thin line between melodic hardrock and too sticky pop music. The Swedes though manage to never cross the line while still using elements from both genres. The ‚pop‘ part in this context is based on the fact that hooks and melodies will for sure attract a bigger amount of mainstream music fans. Songs like „Eye of the Storm“  and the calmer „We Rock“ are reflecting this very well. Also the bombastic title track, rounding off the album, is a tune you can’t escape from, even though airplay chances are pretty low since it is with seven minutes the by far longest track on „Into the Great Unknown“. The extra that comes with this hardrock masterpiece is the grooving middle part with a strong bass line, spicing up this extra long closer.

Next to these catchy moments there are the dirty rockers present as well. The opener „Bastard of Society“ is such a song. A pushing beat, blistering guitars and a perfectly done chorus brings you immediately into the right mood for a longplayer that includes with „Best of the Broken“ another heavy grooving winner.

H.E.A.T. delivers an album that entirely lives up to expectations. „Into the Great Unknown“ includes all the band stands for. The quintet keeps their melodic trademarks alive and evolved them towards a wider variety. Good time rock’n’roll.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bastard Of Society
  2. Redefined
  3. Shit City
  4. Time On Our Side
  5. Best Of The Broken
  6. Eye Of The Storm
  7. Blind Leads The Blind
  8. We Rule
  9. Do You Want It?
  10. Into The Great Unknown

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2017 von Markus W. in Lynch Mob, News, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, Rat Pak, CD Review, Sleaze Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Rock

CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

(8/10) To name an album “The Brotherhood” must have a meaning and it does. Basically it emphasis the fact that the line-up worked together in different constellations over the last years with George Lynch and singer Oni Logan being the key factors. Band leader and singer started their cooperation already in 1989 when Lynch Mob took off, followed by many 'in and out moments' over time. Since 2014 both of them work together again on a consistent base and the new album reflects the strength of it very well. “The Brotherhood” sounds tight and straight-forward, standing as a rock in the ocean of new releases. What’s rather new to Lynch Mob is the powerhouse, represented by Jimmy D’Anda (d) and Sean McNabb (b), both joining in 2015 and being well-integrated in the band.

This four-piece band recorded Lynch Mob’s eighth studio album that features 12 new songs, all in the fields of rock and blues. “The Brotherhood” rocks from the first to last note played, with “Main Offender” being a grooving opener that shows the extra class of Lynch and his band mates. Songs on the new record are quite hard and come with a darker vibe which is also reflected in the artwork.

The guys do best when they combine hard rocking sounds with some blues roots, reflected in songs like “I’ll Take Miami” and “Where We Started”, the latter being a heavy pounding smasher.

To balance the heavy songs Lynch Mob embedded half-way down the road an acoustic highlight entitled “The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl” before hooks and riffs take over again with “Until the Sky Comes Down” and “Black Heart Days”. Towards the end the record contains with “Miles Away” a ballad that might fit perfect into the flow of the album but is on the other hand not leading to endless excitement.

Last but not least it’s the very rhythmic “Until I get My Gold” that closes another Lynch Mob album which is built on the creative collaboration of guitarist and singer. George Lynch and Oni Logan seems to challenge each other enough for writing well-crafted hardrock songs that are a treat for fans and enthusiasts of rock music. Hopefully the brotherhood atmosphere will remain when it comes to the coming years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Main Offender
  2. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
  3. I’ll Take Miami
  4. Last Call Lady
  5. Where We Started
  6. The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl
  7. Until the Sky Comes Down
  8. Black Heart Days
  9. Black Mountain
  10. Dog Town Mystics
  11. Miles Away
  12. Until I Get My Gold

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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CD review VOODOO SIX "Make Way for the King"

Veröffentlicht am 4. September 2017 von Markus W. in Voodoo Six, Blues, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, CD Review, Rock, Sleaze Rock

CD review VOODOO SIX "Make Way for the King"

(7/10) Here comes album number four from UK-rockers Voodoo Six. Maybe you haven't heard of the band before, even though the guys have been touring a lot over the last years, opening for bands like Iron Maiden and also playing big summer festivals such as the legendary Download festival. Therefor some brief background information.

Voodoo Six was foiunded in 2003 by bass player Tony Newton and guitarist Richie Faulkner. The band released three albums before Faulkner left the band for joining Judas Priest in 2011. Now, in 2017, the quintet returns to the scene with a new album in their backpack. "Make Way for the King" is the name of an album that's built on hardrock and blues, spiced-up with some classic rock. Twelve songs and more than an hour running time provide you with a solid groove, warm guitar sounds and crispy riffs, all benefiting of a proper production done by Tom Fletcher (Toto, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne,...). Thisorganic sound of the album adds a lot to the positive impression I got while listening to this longplayer several times. 

Voodoo Six don't re-invent rock music which was probably also not their intention. It's more the good flow and feelingly approach that adds an entertaining factor to their songs, covering a range, from soulful tunes like "The Chocking" and "Amen" to straight rockers such as "Until the End". With the closer "Swept Away" there's also a song on this record that's a tiring and the band would have done well to keep it in the drawer. However, the general impression of this longplayer is a positive one. "Make Way for the King" became a solid release that will help the band to gain attention and interest for their music. Fans of bluesy hardrock should check out Voodoo Six's newest output. 

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Electric
  2. Make Way for the King
  3. Let Me Walk
  4. Falling Apart
  5. Riot
  6. Amen
  7. Until the End
  8. Release the Hounds
  9. The Chocking
  10. Walk a Mile
  11. Wasteland
  12. Swept Aside

 

Label: White Knuckle Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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CD review THE NEW ROSES "One More for the Road"

Veröffentlicht am 23. August 2017 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Napalm Records

CD review THE NEW ROSES "One More for the Road"

(8/10) Markus’ Heavy Music Blog follows The New Roses' journey through rock almost from their beginning. It was back in 2013 when the band’s debut was dropped into my postbox and what I got to hear was pretty impressive. The first longplayer, which followed an EP from 2012, was a rebellious rock album, representing the passion and dedication of a new band that didn’t face any limitations. It was the album and an enormous amount of live shows that led to a deal with Napalm Records, the Austrian label that released the band’s sophomore record “Dead Man’s Voice”. The disc was a next step for the guys from Wiesbaden, Germany. It was an enabler for reaching more rock music enthusiasts and also allowed the guys to tour through Europe. Also some bigger festivals have been on the list, all adding to a tightness the band stands for these days.

The New Roses used the momentum and worked on the successor of “Dead Man’s Voice”. The work’s finished and the new album left the pressing plant. The title of this important album is “One More for the Road”, reflecting the band's passion for live activities. As it was with the earlier two longplayers also this one is filled with pure rock’n’roll that never gets too simple or planned. The joy with this album is the ease that comes with it. It looks like the band didn’t feel too much pressure while working on “One More for the Road”. The five-piece could again capture the spirit of freedom that was such a crucial ingredient of the first records. The guys developed their sound by still getting a good vibe into each of the tunes.

The New Roses songs include all the features you expect from this kind of music. With “Fight You Leaving Me” the longplayer includes a calm and soulful ballad, while other tunes act as sonic power plants. “Forever Never Comes” is such a songs and also “Do I Lokk Scared to You” isa  better energizer than any espresso could be. Some real anthems, like the first single release “Life Ain’t Easy (For a Boy With Long Hair)”, round off an exciting rock record.

If you think, that Bon Jovi released their last good album in 1986 and if Cinderella belongs to your most favorite bands, you should check out this longplayer. You will not be disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Quarter to Twelve
  2. My Own Worst Enemy
  3. Forever Never Comes
  4. Dancing on a Razor Blade
  5. Consider Me Gone
  6. Life Ain’t Easy (For a Bo With Long Hair)
  7. Every Wild Heart
  8. Fighting You Leaving Me
  9. The Same Moon
  10. Piece by Piece of Mind
  11. One More for the Road
  12. Do I look scared to You (bonus)
  13. The Storm (Bonus)
  14. Nitro Nights (Bonus)

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

 

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