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TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2018 von Markus W. in Tri State Corner, Hardrock, Rock, Dark Rock, News, Video, Tour

TRI STATE CORNER release new album today

Tri State Corner will release their newest album "Hero" today. The guys will also hit the road and tour dates can be check in the video below.

 

Here's the video:

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CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2018 von Markus W. in Anthrax, Kings Among Scotland, Nuclear Blast, News, Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Crossover, Live, Heavy Metal, Among the Kings Tour, Tour

CD review ANTHRAX "Kings Among Scotland"

(*/10) East-Coast thrash pioneers Anthrax played a show at Barrowland Blallroom in Glasgow, Scotland on February 15th, 2017. The show was part of the band’s “Among the Kings”-tour and was built very much around the legendary “Among the Living” album which was performed in its entirety.

The show was filmed and recorded, leading to this new Anthrax release entitled “Kings Among Scotland” of which the CD version is the base for this review. Next to the CD version the release will be available in other formats too, like DVD and BluRay, which gives you an additional visual impression of this intense metal show.

Listening to this live release feels like a journey back in time. Next to the brilliant “Among the Living” album also other highlights from the past found a way on the setlist of this show. Songs like the opener “A.I.R” and “Medusa” are still timeless classics in thrash metal that secure together with new material (“Breathing Lightning” and “Evil Twins”) a seamless thrash metal experience for fans of excellent metal music. This isn’t a coincidence knowing that fans voted on pre-show.

“Kings Among Scotland” is a live album that captures the energy of an Anthrax show in a really good fashion. This five-piece band from NYC belongs to the spearhead of thrash metal and releases, like the current one, shows that these five guys still have a huge appetite for metal and that’s what this live album states in a perfect fashion.  

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. A.I.R.
  2. Madhouse
  3. Evil Twin
  4. Medusa
  5. Blood Eagle Wings
  6. Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t
  7. Be All, End All
  8. Breathing Lightning
  9. Among the Living
  10. Caught in a Mosh
  11. One World
  12. I Am the Law
  13. A Skeleton in the Closet
  14. Efilgnikcufecin (N.F.L.)
  15. A.D.I. Horror of it All
  16. Indians
  17. Imitation of Life
  18. Antisocial

 

Label: Nuclear Blast 

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018

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Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, Festival, Live, Tour, NWoBHM, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Gelsenkirchen

Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Final line-up for this year's edition of Rock Hard Festival are announced. The festival will take place between Friday May 18th, and Sunday May 20th and it will be the following bands that will deliver a lot of riff-power during Whit weekend.

 

Friday 18.05.2018

SODOM (First show in new line-up!)

TIAMAT („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)

DIAMOND HEAD

DOOL

ATTIC

DAWN OF DISEASE

 

Saturday 19.05.2018

OVERKILL („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)

AXEL RUDI PELL

MARDUK

CIRITH UNGOL

LEATHERWOLF

THE NEW ROSES

NOCTURNAL RITES

TRAITOR

 

Sunday 20.05.2018

SAXON

ARMORED SAINT

BACKYARD BABIES

CORONER („Only German festival show 2018!“)

ULI JON ROTH („Scorpions Revisited“)

NIGHT DEMON

MEMORIAM

THUNDERMOTHER

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New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Hardrock, Death Metal, Armored Saint, Memorian, Axel Rudi Pell, Coroner, Live, Tour

New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Four more bands have been confirmed for this years Rock Hard festival. No less than US metal legends Armored Saint will play at Rock Hard festival as well as thrash pioneers Cornoner. Furthermore local hero Axel Rudi Pell is confirmed and last but not least death metal powerhouse Memoriam will tear down the house.

The festival will take place between May 18th and May 20th in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Further details see link below.

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Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Veröffentlicht am 15. März 2018 von Markus W. in Magnum, Gebr de Nobel, Live, Tour, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Classic Rock, Rock

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
British rock pioneers Magnum are a regular guest on Markus' Heavy Music Blog. Several CD reviews have been posted as well as some live reports of which the latest one dates back to May 2016 when the legendary band played a show at Waterfront in Norwich, England.
 
Almost to date two years later Magnum hit the road again, starting in Bristol, UK. After having toured on the island, Magnum crossed over to the mainland for many more shows. The first stop was in Leiden and it was the first time that Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and Co. played the Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
Talking about the line-up, there has been some changes compared with two years ago. Drummer Harry James isn't on board anymore and the same goes for Mark Stanway who left Magnum in 2016. Rick Benton and Lee Morris filled the gap, both having been part of Magnum's latest epos "Lost on the Road to Eternity".
 
As it was in 2016 in Zoetermeer, NL also this time Magnum kicked-off the evening directly without having an opening act with them. "When We Were Younger" was the first song on the setlist and referred back to the "Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow" album from 2007 while the main contribution to the setlist came from the latest exquisite longplayer "Lost on the Road to Eternity" of which four songs have been played. 
 
The great thing with Magnum, as it was also with Saxon a few days ago, is the fact that old and new songs build a seamless concert experience. Each of the tunes, regardless of which era of the band, is equally good. There is no 'we have to get through the new songs before enjoying the old classics'. Each of the sixteen songs played that night was a gift for fans that found their way to Gebr. de Nobel. 
 
No doubt, classics like "Les Morts Dasant" and "On a Storytellers Night" are a 'must' and fans can't get enough of it. Also „All England’s Eye“ was highly appreciated. However, there are new tracks that have the potential for reaching an equal status over time. "Peaches and Cream" from the latest album and also "Crazy Old Mothers" are brilliant melodic rockers that shine on a studio record as bright as during a live show. To see Magnum on stage is always a great experience that you shouldn't miss while being a fan of melodic hardrock that comes with big melodies and Clarkin's rocking guitar.
 
Time was flying that night and far to early the first notes of "When the World Comes Down" filled the room. The song, taken from the "Vigilante" album, was a well-chosen closer, rounding of another Magnum concert with hopefully many more to come.
 
By the way, the band is still on tour and you can find the dates further down below of this live report.
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018

Setlist:

  1. When We Were Young
  2. Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies
  3. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  4. Crazy Old Mothers
  5. Without Love
  6. Your Dreams Won't Die
  7. Peaches and Cream
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Show Me Your Hands
  11. Twelve Men Wise and Just
  12. All England's Eye
  13. Vigilante
  14. Don't Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)
  15. The Spirit (Encore)
  16. When the World Comes Down (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: March 14th, 2018

Live Report MAGNUM, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 14.03.2018
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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

More photos of Saxon on FLICKR

More photos of Diamond Head on FLICKR

 

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CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Cradle Of Filth, Moonspell, News, Live, Tour, Dark Metal, Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Patronaat Haarlem

CRADLE OF FILTH and MOONSPELL photos from Haarlem show

Cradle Of Filth and Moonspell played the Patronaat in Haarlem, The Netherlands early February and here are some photos of this excellent show.

Cradle Of Filth, Haarlem, 02.02.2018
Moonspell, Patronaat, Haarlem,02.02.2018
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SODOM confirmed for ROCK HARD festival with new line-up

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Sodom, New Line-Up, Thrash Metal, Rock Hard Festival, News, Heavy Metal, Tour, Live, Traitor

Photo: Monsterpics

Photo: Monsterpics

German metal pioneers Sodom are confirmed for this year's Rock Hard festival and what's even better is the fact that it will be the very first show in the new line-up. Sodom grew to a quartet that includes no less than Frank Blackfire who was part of the band in the late 80's. Furthermore it's Husky and Yorck Segatz who complete the line-up that will premier in Gelsenkirchen in May this year - home-game and oldschool. Something to really look forward to.

Next to Sodom also German thrasher Traitor have been confirmed.

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THE DEAD DAISIES unveils details about their next album

Veröffentlicht am 16. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in The Dead Daisies, Burn it Down, Hardrock, News, Rock, Classic Rock, Tour, Live

THE DEAD DAISIES unveils details about their next album

Hardrock powerhouse The Dead Daisies announced a new longplayer, which will be released on April 6th via Spitfire/SPV. “Burn it Down” is the fourth longplayer of this extremely powerful rock outfit and it’s the first one with Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English) on drums.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Resurrected 4:35
  2. Rise Up 4:30
  3. Burn It Down 5:48
  4. Judgement Day 4:13
  5. What Goes Around 4:02
  6. Bitch 3:55
  7. Set Me Free 4:21
  8. Dead And Gone 3:27
  9. Can't Take It With You 3:06
  10. Leave Me Alone 3:53
THE DEAD DAISIES unveils details about their next album
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CD review BEASTO BLANKO "Live from Berlin"

Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Beasto Blanko, Hardrock, Live From Berlin, Rock, Live, Berlin, Tour, Rat Pak, CD Review, News

CD review BEASTO BLANKO "Live from Berlin"

(*/10) American rock outfit Beasto Blanko releases a new album during January. It features the live recording of the band’s show in Berlin in 2016. The quintet, fronted by Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric and Alice Cooper’s daughter Calico Cooper, was the opening act for German rock band Böhse Onkelz on their tour through Germany in late 2016. One of those shows has been performed in Berlin at Mercedes Benz Arena, a concert that was recorded and will be released as the Beasto Blanko’s first live album.

It‘s rather unusual that a band publishes a live recording with only two studio longplayers being listed in the discography. However, letting go the opportunity to record a show in front of thousands of rock music fans feels like a weird thing too. 

The album contains songs from both studio albums, with „Feed My Frankenstein“, the Alice Cooper cover, being the best-known one. „Live from Berlin“ comes with a great rock spirit that‘s captured on the record. The power of hard rocking music can be felt with each song played that night, supported by a solid production, which provides a sound that is energetic, dynamic and not too much overdone.

„Live in Berlin“ is a good live album, done by a band that obviously lives rock’n’roll. It’s a longplayer that’s entertaining and provides pleasure. “Live from Berlin”some summer feelings into grey European winter days.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Il Nostro Spirito
  2. Beasto Blanko
  3. Freak
  4. Motorqueen
  5. Grind
  6. Machine Girl
  7. Death Rattle
  8. Honey
  9. Feed My Frankenstein
  10. Sadhana
  11. Breakdown

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2018

 

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Live review THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, De Helling, Utrecht, 13.12.2017

Veröffentlicht am 22. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in The Night Flight Orchestra, News, Live, Tour, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, De Helling

Live review THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, De Helling, Utrecht, 13.12.2017Live review THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, De Helling, Utrecht, 13.12.2017

Even though Utrecht, The Netherlands doesn't have an airport there was a first flight that left from the Holland's 5th largest city. It was The Night Flight Orchestra that invited for a flight from Utrecht with De Helling being the airport and starting point for an exciting trip.

Boarding started at 19:30 and went smoothly. Things were well arranged and step by step the room get filled with people, all having in common some excitement about this thrilling event.

The Night Flight Orchestra's crew includes eight members: Björn Strid, Shalee D'Angelo, Jonas Källsbäck, David Andersson, Sebastian Forslund and Rikard Larsson. This six-piece line-up gets support by two 'stewardesses' adding some great background vocals to the total.

Departure was scheduled for 20:30 and things started on time. The Night Flight Orchestra took off for a 90 minutes flight through the world of classic rock. Of course it was the excellent third album "Amber Galactic" that stood very much in  focus and songs like "Midnight Flyer" turned the venue into a glamorous rock'n'roll party, incl. everything from headbanging to dancing. Tunes like the highly melodic "Domino" are true earworms that generated even more enthusiasm in the room.

After one and a half hours flying time the journey came to an end with a rock solid touchdown in form of the 'classic' "West Ruth Ave". Even though it was a rainy and stormy night, it looked like nobody regretted having joined this journey in rock. 'Flights' with The Night Flight Orchestra are rare but extremely joyful. I would recommend to regularly check their 'flight' schedule since it is a trip you will remember in a very positive way.

 

Location: De Helling, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Date: 13.12.2017

The Night Flight Orchestra, De Helling, Utrecht, 13.12.2017
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