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CD review MUSTASCH "Silent Killer"

Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2018 von Markus W. in Mustasch, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, NWoBHM, Melodic Metal, Stoner Rock, CD Review, News, Sony Music, Silent Killer

CD review MUSTASCH "Silent Killer"

(8/10) Three years after Swedish metal outfit Mustasch released with “Testosterone” their latest longplayer, it’s “Silent Killer” that marks a next step of this powerful band from Gothenburg.

Active since 1998, the band released a debut entitled “Above All” in 2002, an album that was followed by another seven exciting records that established Mustasch as a constant player in the fields of stoner rock and metal.

Since 2015 the quartet is consisting out of Mats Stam Johansson (b) and Ralf Gyllenhammer (g/v), both being founding members of this powerhouse. Guitarist David Johannesson joined in 2008 and it’s drummer Robban Baeck who’s the newest kid in town by already being part of the line-up since three years.

Mustasch’s newest strike is entitled “Silent Killer” and it’s definitely a ‘killer’ but also less 'silent’. The band’s ninth album is a sonic blast and a 32 minutes adrenalizer. Gyllenhammer and dudes created an album that starts acoustic with “Givin’”, an intro that’s the calm before the storm. “Winners” is next in line and ends the calm, turning things into a metal twister. For me it’s the best track on the album since it has this merciless power, an excellent riff and a dirty metal vibe. It’s hard to not being fascinated by this song that combines different metal directions into one smasher.

The joy with “Silent Killer” is the fact that Mustasch varies their sound without giving a scattered impression. “Liberty” reminded me of classic rock a la Audrey Horne while “Barrage” stands for another highlight with an extremely cool chorus.

Even Metallica references can be found on “Silent Killer”. The start of “Grave Digger” reminds with its riffing very much of Hetfield and Co., leading to a well-crafted mid-paced tune with a good groove.

“Silent Killer” proves that also 32 minutes of rock and metal music can be a joyful thing, if, like in this case, things are boiled down to the essence of very inspired metal music. Two thumbs up.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Givin’
  2. Winners
  3. Liberty
  4. Barrage
  5. Lawbreaker
  6. Fire
  7. Silent Killer
  8. The Answer
  9. Grave Digger
  10. Burn

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 6th, 2018

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CD review JUDAS PRIEST "Firepower"

Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2018 von Markus W. in Judas Priest, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, Sony Music, CD Review, News, Firepower

CD review JUDAS PRIEST "Firepower"

(9/10) The moment that metal pioneers of Judas Priest announces a new album leads to excitement, expectations and guessing when it comes to sound and songs. All this also happened the moment when the Metal Gods announced their 18th studio album “Firepower”.

Judas Priest started in the early 70’s and since then the quintet released many milestones in metal, influencing young bands with their riffs and firepower. Already from this point of view the title for the newest strike, “Firepower”, is more than well chosen. Classics like “Electric Eye”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”, “Green Manalishi”, “Painkiller”… are known by every metalhead around the world and even the controversially discussed “Turbo”-release is, in retrospective, far better than what was discussed in 1986.

However, next to these cornerstones in metal Judas Priest also faced an era without Rob Halford being the iconic frontman of this metal powerhouse and also experimented with a concept album entitled “Nostradamus” which doesn’t belong to best ones the band released up to date. Things improved again with the latest record “Redeemer of Souls” and also the latest live releases “A Touch of Evil” and "Battle Cry" showcased the band in full force.

2018 is the year of Judas Priests newest strike, an album that's entitled “Firepower”. Nomen et omen with this longplayer I would say, an album that comprises of 14 tracks. These provide you with almost an hour of rock solid metal, done in a perfect fashion.

The first jaw-dropping high is the title track that opens this longplayer. "Firepower" begins with a typical Priest riff and a scream by Halford that shows the iconic singer in great shape and form. For the rest we are talking about a cool metal track, kept in a faster pace with some surprisingly melodic leads. After such a wowing beginning it's "Lightning Strike" that's next in the batting order. As the opener also this tune is a very well-crafted Priest anthem that contains everything fans of Halford and Co. could ask for.

The quintet slows down with "Evil Never Dies", esp. in the verse. Halford massive vocal range and razor blade sharp guitars are the main factors of this roaring metal track that also includes a calmer middle section, adding a gloomy vibe to the mix. A dark expression is also what "Never the Heroes" is built on, a song that reminded me in one or another way of Accept. 

"Necromancer" is a typical Judas Priest hymn before "Children of the Sun" shows why the band belongs to the genre titans.

A piano-based interlude entitled "Guardians" breaks the flow on the album in a positive way, introducing with "Rising From Ruin" another highlight on the this superb longplayer. "Rising From Ruin" is a built on a brilliant and heavy riff while also shining with a calmer verse. It's these two element and a great chorus that makes this song to a real smasher.

"Flame Thrower" is more of a straight-forward rocker, followed by "Spectra". "Spectra" is a sinister song that's not that easy to approach. It's not a bad one, but it needs time to find the 'golden nugget'.

After such un unusual tune it's "Traitors Gate" that brings back the spot-on Judas Priest sound with face-smashing guitars and excellent vocals, both built on a  thumping bass and a pounding drum line. Melody gets very much into the forefront with "No Surrender", which became a bit too sweet for my liking. However, the hooks are great and it's hard to not be fascinated by this tune.

"Lone Wolf" is another riff attack before "Sea of Red" marks the ending of this extraordinary longplayer. Acoustic guitars create a nice and calm atmosphere. Rob Halford joins, showing his voice in a calmer context. The tune slowly builds up to a heavier one with ferocious guitars sweeping away the acoustic six-string. "Sea of Red" is the most cinematic track of the entire album and reminds, with its bombast, of the "Nostradamus"-days. It's a good song, but there are better ones on the album.

No less than Andy Sneap and Tom Allom took over the production duties of “Firepower” and they gave the album the sound it deserves. Having Sneap and Allom together at the helm led to a sound that comes with a more modern approach combined with a classic metal vibe. What benefits the album and the sound too is the fact that the band recorded the tunes all together, which created a special and organic atmosphere.

Judas Priest’s 18th studio album became another great addition to an already impressive discography. The true highlights on the album are the moments when the band unveils their full riffpower, like with the title track and "Lightning Strike". The quintet was, is and will belong to the spearheads of heavy metal - true Metal Gods.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Firepower
  2. Lightning Strike
  3. Evil Never Dies
  4. Never the Heroes
  5. Necromancer
  6. Children of the Sun
  7. Guardians
  8. Rising From Ruins
  9. Flame Thrower
  10. Spectre
  11. Traitors Gate
  12. No Surrender
  13. Lone Wolf
  14. Sea of Red

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review THERE DAYS GRACE "Outsider"

Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2018 von Markus W. in Three Days Grace, Outsider, Sony Music, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Post Grunge, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

CD review THERE DAYS GRACE "Outsider"

(9/10) Multi-platinum certified Canadian alternative rockers Three Days Grace return with a new album, the first one since the 2015 release “Human”.

The band’s sixth longplayer is entitled “Outsider” and features twelve new rock songs that easily live-up to the quality appreciated with earlier releases.

The newest offer benefits from an excellent sound provided by producers Gavin Brown and Howard Benso. The production team has been completed by Mike Plotnikoff and Chris Lord-Alge, both being in charge for the engineering.

The first single that has been unveiled is “The Mountain” and it’s a good choice. It’s a hard rocking track with heavy guitars. However, there is more to discover with “The Mountain” since the song also includes a well-crafted chorus and a great sense for melodies. This tune is a mature composition that represents the album in a great way.

What adds additional quality to the album is singer Matt Walet who’s part of Three Days Grace since a few years and he was rather new in the line-up when the quartet worked on “Human”. In the meantime Walet definitely ‘arrived’ and his new level of confidence, also expressed in many idea when it comes to “Outsider”, added a new dynamic. Walet is no ‘outsider’ anymore. He’s fully in.

Getting back to the songs means mentioning “Me Against You”. It’s a rather confronting song that shows that Three Days Grace has nothing to do with mainstream rock. The songs has an oppressive vibe and a dark expression; so no 'sugar' at all.

Furthermore the quartet experimented a bit more with electronic sounds what could have easily ended up in mainstream pop music. To mitigate the risk the four guys collaborated with Rhys Fulber when it comes to programming and great songs like “Love Me or Leave Me” are the reward for the effort taken.

The cinematic and rocking “The Abyss” marks the end of an album that I can sum-up as a very well-done alternative rock record. While some post-grunge bands started to drown in mainstream Three Days Grace maintained and strengthened their rocking roots while still being open for a wider audience. “Outsider” balances heavy guitars with great melodies, a combination that’s a treat for your ears.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Right Left Wrong
  2. The Mountain
  3. I am an Outsider
  4. Infra-Red
  5. Nothing to Lose But You
  6. Me Against You
  7. Love Me or Leave Me
  8. Strange Days
  9. Villain I’m Not
  10. Chasing the First Time
  11. The New Real
  12. The Abyss

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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CD review HÄMATOM "Bestie der Freiheit"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Hämatom, Bestie der Freiheit, Rock, Punkrock, News, CD Review, Sony Music

CD review HÄMATOM "Bestie der Freiheit"

(8/10) German punk rockers Hämatom releases their next studio album "Bestie der Freiheit" end of January and it is the band's seventh longplayer that enters the record stores. The band from Franken was founded in 2004 and their debut "Nein" saw the light of day in 2005. It was self-release and the start of an impressive rise. 

Hämatom's latest album "Wir sind Gott" entered the top 5 of the German charts. Such a success created curiosity and arose interest of Sony who signed the band. "Bestie der Freiheit" is the first record for Sony, comprising of 13 songs plus 2 bonus tracks. 

The quartet, that uses with West, Ost, Nord and Süd four pseudonyms, follows a wholistic concept that consists out of masking and a coherent approach when it comes to music and visual presence. In this sense Hämatom is a Gesamtkunstwerk in the fields of punk rock.

Next to the very energetic songs on "Bestie der Freiheit, the four-piece band also pays a lot of attention to lyrics. In times of constant change and the fiction turning into reality the quartet comes with a clear message. "Totenmarsch" is about threatening and megalomaniac warmongers while "Wehleidige Monster" addresses the topic of enraged citizens and their endless moaning.

Next to these very present topics the band also reflects in their own past with "Lichterloh", which is a balladic moment of rest on an album that pushes the pedal to the metal.

"Bestie der Freiheit" is a longplayer that features well-crafted punk rock with some NDH crosslinks. Listening to the album is a pleasureful experience that is food for thoughts too while listening to the lyrics. Good stuff which I can recommend.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Zeit für neue Hymnen
  2. Mein Leben - Meine Regeln
  3. Warum kann ich nicht glücklich sein?
  4. Mörder
  5. Lichterloh
  6. Ich hasse dich zu lieben
  7. Lange nicht perfekt
  8. Zur Hölle mit eurem Himmel
  9. Lauter
  10. Unter Strom
  11. Bis zum letzten Atemzug
  12. Wehleidige Monster
  13. Todesmarsch
  14. Schrei nach Verschwörung (Bonus Track)
  15. Bon Voyage (Bonus Track)

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date EU: January 26th, 2018

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CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

Veröffentlicht am 15. August 2017 von Markus W. in nulldB, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Sony Music, News, CD Review, Rock

CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

(8/10) German metal band nulldB is back with their third longplayer. After the debut “Im Auge des Sturms” and the sophomore “Endzeit” paved the road it’s “Geboren in Ketten” that comes new songs reflecting nu metal with German lyrics.

nulldB starts heavy into this longplayer. “Geboren in Ketten” is a mighty nu metal song, a real headbanger. I was reminded of Die Schweisser when I listened to the tune, which might give you a bit of an idea of what to expect. With “Blinder Passagier” and “Babel (Auf zum Himmel)” things continue the hard way before the soulful acoustic track “Lange her” adds a lot of feel to the album. “Wach auf” belongs to this calmer section, followed by the heavily grooving riffs and beat comes back with “Oeffne deine Augen”.  

Next to the songs it’s also the lyrics which add to the positive impression of this record. Kühnlein writes lyrics that come with a message. Those are not only a necessity or combined words. Songs like “Kein Gott” oder “Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen” are ambitious and with an emotional depth.

What also helps the album to shine is the fact that Franky Kühnlein could gain rock and metal all-rounder Mat Sinner as producer and if this wouldn’t be enough it’s Jakob Hansen who signed being responsible for the mix. These two guys give the album the dynamic and power you expect from this kind of music.

nulldB’s third album is a next step for the band in gaining new fans. Good songs, good lyrics, good time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Geboren in Ketten
  2. Blinder Passagier
  3. Babel (Auf zum Himmel)
  4. Lange Her
  5. Wach auf
  6. Oeffne deine Augen
  7. Daemon
  8. Der schwarze Garten
  9. Kein Gott
  10. Die Stimme
  11. Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen
  12. Allein

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Nu Metal

Release Date EU: August  4th, 2017

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