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CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "Partly Human, Mostly Beast"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Honeymoon Disease, Hardrock, Vintage, Classic Rock, Retro, News, CD Review, The Sign, Rock

CD review HONEYMOON DISEASE "Partly Human, Mostly Beast"

(9/10) It was almost to date one year ago when Swedish powerhouse Honeymoon Disease rocked the Gebr. De Nobel, Leiden, acted as opening act for Zodiac. The show that this quartet nailed down was an impressive one since you could not only listen to great rock music; you could also sense and fell the power of rock. It was hard to believe that this band, at that time, had just one release Honeymoon Disease in the open.

Twelve months after this exciting show the Gothenburg-based outfit comes up with their highly anticipated sophomore album entitled “Partly Human, Mostly Beast”.  The longplayer comprises twelve new hardrock smashers, unveiling the joy of rock. Honeymoon Disease has more than a great sense for big melodies. Each of the integrated hooks does its job in perfection, making the album to a great listening experience. It’s the horn section in “Tail Twister”, the pumping bass, being the motor for “Coal Burnin’” and  mercilessness of a speedster like “Fly Bird, Fly High”, making this album to an extremely positive one. Each of the tunes includes such a great vibe, breathing the pure spirit of rock’n’roll. Honeymoon Disease swings a hot bat at the moment with songs that really kick ass - from the heavy grooving "Night By Night” to “Rymvalds”, showing the soulful side of Honeymoon Disease.

Retro rock with a strong vintage expression gained some popularity over the last years, with many bands surfing this wave. The beauty with this power outfit though is that they found their own little niche by being 100% authentic with full pleasure for what they are doing – driving on the fast lane of rock’n’roll.

“Partly Human, Mostly Beast” is an awesome release that ask for many spins on your record player. It's only rock'n'roll and I like it.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1.  Doin' it Again
  2. Only Thing Alive
  3. Tail Twister
  4. Rymdvals
  5. Needle In Your Eye
  6. Fly Bird, Fly High
  7. Calling You
  8. Four Stroke Woman
  9. Night By Night
  10. It's Alright
  11. Coal Burnin'
  12. Electric Eel

 

Label: The Sign

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 27th, 2017

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CD review HIGHRIDER “Roll for Initative”

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Highrider, News, The Sign, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardcore, CD Review, Punk

CD review HIGHRIDER “Roll for Initative”

(4/10) Here comes another band hailing from Gothenburg – Highrider. The quartet release their debut “Roll for Initiative”, following a first EP from 2016. The label info-sheet that comes with this longplayers describes their style as “A metallic and raw debut filled with Scandinavian high energy heavy metal. "Roll For Initiative" holds 8 tracks that mixes thrash, metal, 70´s, doom, punk and hardcore”, which I think is summed up very well. Unfortunately this is also the problem with “Roll for Initiative”. It’s a bit of everything, missing a common approach.

“Roll for Initiative” sounds fragmented. The only thing that keeps this mix of styles together is the raw und unleashed energy the guys weaved into each of the songs. Next to the energy it’s the vocals/screaming, acting as a common denominator in each of the tracks. But these screams are hard to handle and start to become annoying after the first song. Actually it's more vomiting out lyrics rather than screaming.

A song that describes the mentioned best is “The Greater Monkey”. Keyboards play an important role in the beginning of this tune, reminding of some more classic rock. The following riff attack is anchored somewhere between metal and hardcore, with the keyboard sound being a constant companion. It just doesn't work.

There are many excellent releases these days, unfortunately “Roll for Initiative” couldn’t find a spot on this list. This one-dimensional screaming orgy might be interesting for some. For me at least there’s far too little meat on the bone to appease my appetite for good metal.

 

(4/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Nihilist Lament
  2. A Burial Scene
  3. Batteries
  4. The Greater Monkey
  5. Vagina Al Dente
  6. Emotional Werewolf
  7. Roll Dee Twenty
  8. The Rope And The Blade

 

Label: The Sign

Genre: Thrash Metal/Hardcore

Release Date EU: September 15th , 2017

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