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CD review KRYPTONITE "Kryptonite"

Veröffentlicht am 7. August 2017 von Markus W. in Kryptonite, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music, Melodic Rock, The Poodles, Treat, Mustasch

CD review KRYPTONITE "Kryptonite"

(7/10) Is Kryptonite an artificial band/ project? In one or another way it is. The Poodles singer Jakob Samuels developed the idea together with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, both forming Kryptonite by adding some more musicians from bands like Treat and Mustasch. The guitar parts were done by Mike Palace and all togethercreated a longplayer that's light-hearted and entertaining. But it's also far away from 'wow. 

Kryptonite fits perfect into Frontiers Music's portfolio. Sweet melodies and hooks are more than present on this album. The influences of the 'mother bands' are more than shimmering through once with a tracklist following a standard pattern. The melodic rocker "Chasing Fire" starts things, followed by "This is the Moment" which brings back Scandinavian rock music from the 80's and the same goes for the medium-paced "Keep the Dream Alive". 
 
After these more rocking tunes it's time for some soulful stuff and you get it. "Fallen Angels" isn't a ballad but it softens things. A tune that's slightly different from the before heard is "Across the Water". It's the grooving verse that feels refreshing and breaks the chains of being too predicatable. 
 
For the rest the album contains the necessary ballad ("Knowing Both of Us") and the more average "One Soul". Fortunately ther's with the uptempo"Get Out Be Gone" also a highlight on the B-side and I would have wished more of these straight-forward power songs. 
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio, like with many other records before, gave also this debut a sound that's powerful and diverse. In the end "Kryptonite" is an album that is entertaining from beginning to end and that's where the excitement comes from. Still there are other bands that created such an excitement earlier too.
 
 
(7/10)
 
 

Tracklist:

  1. Chasing Fire
  2. This is the Moment
  3. Keep the Dream Alive
  4. Fallen Angels
  5. Across the Water
  6. Love Can Be Stronger
  7. Knowing Both of Us
  8. Get Out Be Gone
  9. One Soul
  10. Better Than Yesterday
  11. No Retreat No Surrender

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 4th, 2017

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CD review TREAT "The Road More or Less Travelled"

Veröffentlicht am 30. April 2017 von Markus W. in Treat, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Frontiers Music

(8/10) After having published their latest longplayer “Ghost of Graceland” almost a year ago the Swedish powerhouse comes with a well-gone live album that captures a show done at last years Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano.

With 5 songs the focus of this show was on their latest studio output, an album that was released a few days prior to the show. The set on the Frontiers Rock Festival was a perfect moment to bring the new material live on stage, which was a successful endeavour. Even though the new stuff is good and also song from records like “Coup de Grace” belong to the better ones in melodic hardrock it’s the old classics like “World of Promises” which I would have loved to hear more from.  Fortunately the band also goes back to the very early days with playing “Get You on the Run” from the 1985 debut “Scratch and Bite”, a time when melodic metal had its first peak. These two songs from the bands first era create an appetite for an oldschool set that’s build around the first three longplayers. Anyhow, the reality is named “The Road More or Less Travelled” and unites old and new in a good fashion.

This longplayer captures the show of a fully motivated band, performing melodic rock songs that include a lot of drawing power. Treat fans will definitely add this release to their collection as well as it offers a good overview of the bands different phases for people who might not heard of the band before or missed the early days.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ghost of Graceland
  2. Better the Devil
  3. Nonstop Madness
  4. Ready for the Taking
  5. Papertiger
  6. Do Your Own Stunts
  7. Endangered
  8. Gimme One More Night
  9. We Own the Night
  10. Roar
  11. Get You on the Run
  12. Conspiracy
  13. Skies of Mongolia
  14. World of Promises

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 21st, 2017

CD review TREAT "The Road More or Less Travelled"
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TREAT tour dates for spring 2017

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Treat, Live, Tour, News, Hardrock, Melodic Rock, Rock, Frontiers Music

TREAT tour dates for spring 2017
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CD review TREAT "Ghost of Graceland"

Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2016 von Markus W. in Treat, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Europe, Rock

(8/10) It happened in the wake of Europe success with "The Final Countdown" that some more Scandinavian melodic rock bands got extra attention too. Treat was one of these bands, celebrating with "Dreamhunter" from 1987 one of their biggest hits. But things didn't stay on a sky high level and reality took over again step by step, something that led a disbanding in 1993.

It took till 2005 when a compilation sold very well, something that can be seen as the take-off for Treat part II. Surprisingly it was and is almost the original line-up that found some common ground again. The only change happened at the four-string, done nowadays by Pontus Egberg. The rest of Treat, which is Anders, Robert, Jamie and Partick, have been part of the band already in the early days, something that guarnteed a certain continuity in Treat's sound. It feels like the guys found again some fun and passion for melodic hardrock, something that became obvious already with the 2010 album "Coup de Grace".

In the meantime 6 more years went by and Treat used the time for working on their next punch called "Ghost of Graceland".

The new record features twelve brand new songs, all showing that the five-piece is still hungry for well-done melodic metal music. Each of the tracks combines hard rocking guitars, a strong rhythm section and a good sense for melodies into a mixture that is beyond a lot of bands in this genre. The experience, the guys can build on, is paying back on "Ghost of Graceland".

And also today, I can see the parallels with Europe. Maybe not that much when it comes to the sound of the two band, knowing that Joey Tempest and has gang discovered the blues for their music. No, it's more about releasing a longplayer that sound mature and still energetic. "Ghost of Graceland" stands for melodic hardrock that is mainly beyond genre stereotypes, combining classic rock roots with a contemorary sound.

And the album also got a very personal touch. As Anders Wikstrom describes, it is his take on the world. The title track, as one example, is a metaphor that stands for "paradies or prison" and also the toher tunes are about current issue from politics, economics and relationships.

If you like melodic metal you should have listend to "Ghost of Graceland", an album that became surprisingly good, bringing Treat again in the spotlight after having been away for too long.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ghost of Graceland
  2. I Don't Miss the Misery
  3. Better the Devil You Know
  4. Do Your Won Stunts
  5. Endangered
  6. Inferno
  7. Alien Earthlings
  8. Nonstop Madness
  9. Too Late to Die Young
  10. House on Fire
  11. Together Alone
  12. Everything to Everyone

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: April 15th, 2016

 

CD review TREAT "Ghost of Graceland"
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CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"

Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2014 von Markus W. in White Widdow, Night Ranger, Treat, Hardrock, Rock, Dokken, News, CD Review

(7/10) What sounds very Swedish/Scandinavian comes from down under. White Widdow was founded in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia by Jules (v) and Xavier (key) Millis. Together with six stinger Enzo Almanzi the base was build for White Widdow.

The five-piece is inspirened by 80's AOR and melodic hardrock. Treat, Skagarak, Night Ranger and a bit of Dokken - those are the references in their sound. What might come over a bit old-fashioned gets actually quite modern out of the speakers. 

"Crossfire" is the third album of the band and follows the 2011 longplayer "Serenade". The new records contains all the incrediences needed for a nice melodic rock meal. There are the more rocking tunes like the opener "Caught in the crossfire" and "Never again". There are as well the highly melodic anthems "Just another day", "Carry the heartache" and "Too many tears". All three on the edge to drown in sticky cliches - but in the end they don't. That's good. Furthermore there are bombastic keyboard soundscapes, that are in line with a bit more rocking guitars and great vocals. No surprise considering the founding members.

"Crossfire" is an album that contains quite good melodic rock. If you are a fan of the earlier mentioned bands you will not regret having listened to White Widdow.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Caught in the crossfire
  2. Fly me away
  3. Just another night
  4. Below the belt
  5. Dreams don't die
  6. Too many tears
  7. Angel
  8. Born to be a rebel
  9. Carry the heartache
  10. Never again

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Melodic Rock

CD review WHITE WIDDOW "Crossfire"
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