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ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Saxon, Cirith Ungol, Live, Concert, Overkill, Marduk, Thundermother, Night Demon, Dool, Attic, The New Roses, Diamond Head, Tiamat, Uli Jon Roth

ROCK HARD festival announces first bands
ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

This year’s Rock Hard Festival edition will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of May - the Whit Weekend. As usual the Rock Hard team could put together a very exciting billing, which looks like this so far:

  • Saxon
  • Overkill („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)
  • Tiamat („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)
  • Uli Jon Roth  („Scorpions Revisited“)
  • Marduk
  • Cirith Ungol
  • Backyard Babies
  • Diamond Head
  • Dool
  • Night Demon
  • Nocturnal Rites
  • Thundermother
  • The New Roses
  • Attic
  • + 8 top atcs to be announced!



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.





  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




Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, News, Tour, Live, Rock, Sleaze Rock, Napalm Records


German rock shooting stars The New Roses do have their next album in the pipline. "One More For the Road" will be published on August 25th via Napalm Records. Here comes already the artwork, the tracklist and some live dates. Don't miss the power of pure rock'n'roll.



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 Boy With Long Hair) 
7. Every Wild Heart 
8. Fight You Leaving Me 
9. The Same Moon 
10. Piece By Peace Of Mind 
11. One More For The Road 
12. Do I Look Scared To You [Bonus Track] 
13. The Storm [Bonus Track] 
14. Nitro Nights [Bonus Track]
16.06.17 FR - Vauréal / Le Forum /w The Dead Daisies
17.06.17 FR - Clisson / Hellfest Open Air
22.06.17 DE - Kiel / Radio Bob Area Kieler Woche
23.06.17 DE - Dischingen / Rock Am Härtsfeldsee
30.06.17 CH- Zell / Open Quer
01.07.17 DE - Loshausen / Rock im Park Loshausen
14.07.17 DE - Haunetal-Odensachsen / Haune-Rock 2017
15.07.17 DE – Willingen /Bike Week Willingen
22.07.17 DE – Berlin / Rock im Grünen
29.07.17 DE - Thalmässing / Pyraser Classic Rock Night
29.07.17 CH – Schmerikon / Schmerkner Rockfest
04.08.17 CH - Brienz / Rockfestival
12.08.17 DE - Mettenheim / Crafted Rocks Festival
19.08.17 DE - Maisach / Goldendrakes
26.08.17 DE - Obrigheim / Rock im Hinterland
02.09.17 DE - Malsch / Rock Im Wald
22.09.17 DE - Nassau / Michelrock
29.09.17 DE - Aschaffenburg / Colos Saal
30.09.17 DE - Isernhagen / Blues Garage
05.10.17 DE - Berlin / Musik & Frieden
06.10.17 DE - Hamburg / Logo
07.10.17 DE - Bordesholm / Albatros
12.10.17 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
13.10.17 DE - Cologne / MTC
14.10.17 DE - Mannheim / 7er Club
19.10.17 DE - Nuremberg / Der Hirsch
20.10.17 DE - Viersen / Rockschicht
21.10.17 DE - Neunkirchen / Stummsche Reithalle
25.10.17 AT - Vienna / Viper Room
27.10.17 AT - Woergl / Komma
02.11.17 DE - Augsburg / Spectrum
03.11.17 DE - Munich / Backstage
10.11.17 UK - Pwellheli / Hard Rock Hell Festival
11.11.17 UK – Evesham/ The Iron Road
17.11.17 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
01.12.17 AT - Meiningen / Gents Moto Culture
02.12.17 AT - Arnthal / Season Opening
14.12.17 CH - Luzern / Schüür
15.12.17 CH – Brienz / Kick Down

CD review THE NEW ROSES "Dead Man's Voice"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Cinderella, Sleaze Rock, Rock, Classic Rock, Great White

(8/10) The first time I came across The New Roses was three years ago. The guys released their debut "Without a Trace" and it sounded quite good. At that time the band wasn't that much known but step by step the guys get more and more attention. A lot of touring, esp. in Germany, helped them to climb up on the ladder of success. Therefore it wasn't a surprise to me when I read that Napalm Records signed the four-piece from Wiesbaden.

The first result of this fruitful cooperation is called "Dead Man's Voice", a record that comes with 11 new tracks. Since I liked the debut I was very positive about the new album but what I heard blew me away. Actually it was on a rainy grey Wednesday morning, a day where you better stay in bed.

However, out of bed, into the car, The New Roses in the player ... there it was , the ultimate adrenaline shot. The New Roses developed their sound further. The old roots are still there but the whole thing sounds much more as one unit. The songs on the debut had a good approach, but "Dead Man's Voice" stands like a rock.

In case The New Roses are new to you, imagine Cinderella meets Great White meets the Black Crows. When I mention those bands I don't mean it like The New Roses are copycats. Not at all. It's more the vibe and the inspiration that the songs spread and last but not least it's also the smokey voice of singer Timmy, that has something in common with the younger Tom Keiffer.

The opening double "Heads or Tails" and "Thirsty" is already impressive and pure street rock. Unfortunately there is with "Partner in Crime" a track that can't live up to the strong beginning of "Dead Man's Voice". This short moment of disappointment is wiped away by the cool title track.

Another thing I need to mention is that the album doesn't contain a real ballad. Some of the tunes are kept a bit more silent and are more touching, but The New Roses always add a crunchy guitar which avoids cheesiness.

What adds to this positive perception of the album is the well done production which assures the right level of power.

If you heard the debut I can tell you that you'll not be disappointed by "Dead Man's Voice". In case you never heard of the band, give it a try. If you love hardrock with rough edges you will like what you'll hear.





  1. Heads or Tails
  2. Thirsty
  3. Partner in Crime
  4. Dead Man's Voice
  5. I Believe
  6. Ride With Me
  7. Hurt Me Once (Lobe Me Twice)
  8. Not From This World
  9. What if it Was You
  10. Try (And You Know Why)
  11. From Guns and Shovels


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2016


CD review THE NEW ROSES "Dead Man's Voice"

THE NEW ROSES - album and tour dates revealed

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in The New Roses, Hardrock, News, Tour, Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal

After having signed a deal with Napalm Records German hardrockers The New Roses will release their first album on the new label on February 26th. "Dead Man's Voice" is the name of the studio longplayer and "Thirsty" is a song taken from the disc.

Furthermore the band will be on tour during spring and these are the dates:

26.02.2016 DE - Wiesbaden / Schlachthof (RECORD RELEASES SHOW)
27.02.2016 DE - Dortmund / FZW
03.03.2016 DE - Berlin / White Trash
04.03.2016 DE - Isernhagen / Blues Garage
05.03.2016 DE - Hamburg / Rock Café St. Pauli
09.03.2016 NL - Tilburg / Little Devil
10.03.2016 DE - Köln / Underground
11.03.2016 DE - Esslingen / Dieselstrasse
18.03.2016 CH - Pratteln / Z7
19.03.2016 CH - Lyss / Kufa
31.03.2016 CH - Solothurn / Kofmehl
01.04.2016 CH - Zug / Chollerhalle
02.04.2016 CH - Rubigen / Mühle Hunziken
14.04.2016 DE - Augsburg / Spectrum
15.04.2016 DE - München / Backstage
16.04.2016 DE - Cham / L.A.
29.04.2016 DE - Mannheim / 7er Club
30.04.2016 DE - Oldenburg / Cadillac

THE NEW ROSES - album and tour dates revealed

CD review SATAN'S WRATH "Aeons of satan's reign"

Veröffentlicht am 7. November 2013 von Markus W. in Satan's Wrath, Death Metal, Black Metal, The New Roses, News, CD Review

(7/10) Satan's Wrath comes from Greece and was founded in 2011. They worked on their second album which will be released in those days. Their debut was named "Galloping blasphemy" and came out in 2012. One year later Satan's Wrath releases their second full-length record called "Aeons of satan's reign". The band plays an interesting mix between thrash, black and death metal, sometimes with some quite classic heavy metal elements. I was thinking from time to time about Venom when I heard the record.

I have to say that I like the sound of the band. The songs itself are not too complicated, but they catch you with their intensity. The album also transports a mean and dark atmosphere, which is fascinating.

My favorite are "Die white witch die" with almost an Iron Maiden riffing in the beginning and the slower "Satan's blood, lucifer's fire". The last mentioned song has a real sinister vibe. The contradiction follows with the fast "All of us witches" - a mixture between Slayer and Venom". Also to allude is the title track. This song is with 8 minutes pretty long, but combines everything the band uses in the other songs. Classic metal soli, dark rough vocals, acoustic start, intensity and a high speed ending.

The thing I like less is the lyrics. They are full of cliches and it seems as the band tried to use as much as possible the words 'satan', 'lucifer' and 'witch'. Fits to the songs and the genre but it created a smile in my face.

"Aeons of satan's reign" - good album - good band - probably good live shows with all that material.



  1. Only Satan is lord
  2. Die white witch die
  3. Archfiend
  4. Ecstasies of sorcery
  5. Satan's blood, lucifer's fire
  6. All of us witches
  7. Lives of the necromancers
  8. Aeons of satan's reign

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Black Metal

CD review SATAN'S WRATH "Aeons of satan's reign"

Interview with The New Roses

Veröffentlicht am 11. Juli 2013 von mwie in The New Roses, Hardrock

This week I had the chance to have an interview with Tim from The New Roses. It was great talking to him and we got some new insides about the new band with the great debut album. So read the interview...



Markus Heavy Music Blog: Hej Tim, how are you?

Tim Opitz: Thanks, good. It goes really well.



MHMB: Where have you been so far with The New Roses? Why haven’t we heard anything from the band so far?

Tim: It took us a little bit longer to get ready with the album. Actually we had the album recorded, but than we got into some trouble with our former producer. Based on this we had to start again from scratch, with the effect, that everything took a little bit longer than expected.



MHMB: This probabaly gave you the right attitude which brought the energy to the album?

Tim: Yes, that’s true.



MHMB: How long does the band exist. Are you guys playing together already for a longer time?

Tim: The New Roses exist so far since 1,5 years. But we know each other already since more than 10 years. We have played together in several line-ups and in several coverbands like e.g. the Timmy Rough Band. In 2012 we decided to dare a total new start – with a new name, new songs and a lot of energy.



MHMB: This definitely worked out pretty well. Tim , can you tell us were you are actually coming from?

Tim: We are from the Rheingau in Germany, close to Ruedesheim.



MHMB: And how did the rock’n’roll spirit came to the Rheingau. I think it’s better known for a good white wine.

Tim: You know, when you here for first time an album for e.g. the Georgia Satellites you just get infected by rock’n’roll regardless of where you are. For me it was mainly the Black Crowes album from my brother, which brought me into rock’n’roll. When I heard this I knew, that this is my mission.



MHMB: Who influenced your songs and your sound.

Tim: We are not that much influenced by the sleazerock from the 80’s. We take our inspiration more from bands like the Black Crowes, Chuck Berry and Georgia Satellites, but of course also Bruce Springsteen and AC/DC. Sometimes it is even the sound of Metallica and Machine Head which effected our songs. In general each of us has different influences. I’m listening at the moment actually mostly to country music, which you can hear in songs like „2nd first time“.



MHMB: I think, that this makes the songs on the album so different. Sometimes you listen to the first three songs of an album and you can predict what the rest of the album sounds like. But it’s different on your album.

Tim: Right. We divide the album into different categories. We start very heavy and dark. After this first part you get the songs with the positive vibes which is followed by catchy rock songs. That’s our way to keep the tension in a record. The next one get maybe even a little bit more ‚colourful’.



MHMB: Who is writing the songs for The New Roses?

Tim: I normally have the ideas and work them out a little bit. Having done this I present them to the band. With the feedback of the band we develop the songs further till we have the ready made song. And sometimes the songs sound different than the original idea, but by doing this we get real ‚band songs’.



MHMB: How is it with the next album?

Tim: At the moment I’m developing already new ideas and songs for the next album. I think that we can release this within the coming 12 month. It will contain probabaly the one or the other suprise, but it will be 100% The New Roses – with the rock’n’roll feeling.



MHMB: You guys are touring throught Germany in autumn. Are there plans for gigs outside of Germany?

Tim: As you said, in autumn we are on tour in Germany. We are open for everything, but of course it needs to make sense. We have to do some pre-work in the areas we want to play. We got already some request from e.g. UK, but also Austria and Switzerland. So let’s see what the future will bring.



MHMB: I heard that you were singing already with Jon Lord. How did that happen? I guess this was a real highlight for you.

Tim: Yes indeed. This was a great experience for me. Actually I was there because we should do the support. But Jon saw me during the soundcheck and he sponatiously asked if I want to do some Deep Purple songs together with him on stage. This was not really planned, since he had the orchestra with him and also his own songs. But we did it and it was a great honour for me.



MHMB: Tim, is there something else which you want to let the fans know?

Tim: Yes, actually two things. First the most important thing for us. Drugs have no place in rock’n’roll. Nothing against some beers, but no drugs. It is much more exciting to work with a clear mind and you can enjoy the moment much more.

Secondly I want to say: give vinyl a chance. We got the other day our record on vinyl and it sounds great. We have to tell all the kids out there that vinyl is not just annoying since you have to turn it form one side to the other. No. Vinyl has it’s own warm sound. And that’s great.



MHMB: Tim, thanks for the interview and I wish you a lot od success fort he future.



Interview with The New Roses

New official video from THE NEW ROSES (and tour dates)

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2013 von mwie in The New Roses, Hardrock

Yesterday the CD review and today the new video ("Without a trace") of The New Roses.

Furthermore they announced their new tour (unfortunately Germany only):


03.10. Köln, Blue Shell

10.10. Oldenburg, Charly's Musikkneipe

11.10. Lübeck, Riders Café

12.10. Hamburg, Rock Café St. Pauli

17.10. Berlin, White Trash

18.10. Northeim, Dons's Diner

19.10. Ewersbach, Alte Brauerei

24.10. Frankfurt, Elfer

26.10. Klingenthal, Gambrinus

27.10. Landshut, Wintergarten

31.10. Hamminkeln, Thunderbike Roadhouse