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CD review NEW LIGHT CHOIR "Volume II"

Veröffentlicht am 2. August 2015 von Markus W. in New Light Choir, Scorpions, Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, News, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Hardrock, CD Review

(8/10) New Light Choir is a duo. It's John Niffenegger (v, g, b, m-tron) and Chris Dalton (d) that founded the band in 2010 and New Light Choir is so far a pure studio project without having live activities planned yet.

The title of the album leads to an assumption that the new album is already longplayer number two of the duo. No, it's their debut. It comes with ten songs that are mainly inspired by bands like Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Uriah Heep.

"Higher fire" was chosen to be the opener of the record. We are talking about a powerful first track with a galloping rhythm and a good punch. All in all a good start.

The next track is named "All I need" which is a melancholic rock song that reminded me to Nick Cave; at least the music and less the vocals. This 'grey vibe' comes back in a few more numbers like "December flying" and the hypnotic "April witch" - a tune, that belongs to the best ones on the record.

But New Light Choir also knows how to increase speed. Tracks like the awesome "Frost and fire" and the speedy "New light in October" are cool tracks that shows the variability of New Light Choir's sound.

"Volume II" which is actually 'volume I' is a great classic rock album that contains well done songs. Each classic rock and retro fan should check out "Volume II".

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Higher fire (Proximity)
  2. All I need
  3. Frost and fire
  4. April witch
  5. Violet skies (from the ashes)
  6. July sky
  7. New light in October
  8. December flying
  9. Darkest of nights
  10. Sea of stars

 

Label: High Roller

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release date EU: August 7, 2015

CD review NEW LIGHT CHOIR "Volume II"
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CD review URIAH HEEP "Live at Koko"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Uriah Heep, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) In the meantime it is only Mick Box who is part from legendary Uriah Heep from the beginning. He started the band together with David Byron (RIP) and Paul Newton and kept Uriah Heep alive till today.

In their long career, they are around since 45 years, the band sold millions of records what makes them to pioneers in British hardrock. Now they are adding a new live album to their discography.

The show, that was recorded, took place in the Koko in Camden, London in 2014. The band really enjoyed the show that covered a rich setlist. Even two brand new songs from the "Outsider" album ("One minute" and "Can't take that away") have been played that night and have been celebrated by the fans. 

Those new songs are going together with the classics from the band very well. This shows very much that Uriah Heep developed over time, but still stick to their trademarks. They're standing as a rock.

Of course Mick Box and band mates also played the hits of the band. It's hard to imagine that there is a show without highlights as "Easy livin'" and "Lady in black". 

Box's guitar is very present throughout the entire show. Just here and there the six-string is pushed into the back by very dominant keyboards. A real gain for Uriah Heep in this line-up is Bernie Shaw doing the vocals. He delivers an outstanding performance that presents him as a great singer.

The sound of the album is authentic. The good thing is that the live atmosphere is captured very well. There haven't been done too many adjustments afterwards which breathes life into the album. But it also means that the sound isn't perfect. Not a real downer to me. That's rock'n'roll and that's how I like it.

"Live at Koko" is a well done live documentation of a band that belongs to the pioneers of hardrock. Authentic and rocking.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Against all ods
  2. Overload
  3. Traveller in time
  4. Sunrise
  5. Stealin'
  6. I'm ready
  7. Can't take that away
  8. Between two worlds
  9. One minute
  10. Nail on the head

CD 2:

  1. Into the wild
  2. Gypsy
  3. Look at yourself
  4. Box wah Box
  5. July morning
  6. Lady in black
  7. Free'n'easy
  8. Easy livin

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review URIAH HEEP "Live at Koko"
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CD review URIAH HEEP "Outsider"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Uriah Heep, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, CD Review, News

(8/10) Mick Box and his guys did a great job. The have written and recorded a new album with eleven awesome hardrock tunes. This is one of the records that clearly states that rock'n'roll has nothing to do with age. It's about passion and dedication. Uriah Heep has obviously both.

The band from England is already 45 years in business. Hits like „Easy livin’“ and „Lady in black“ are still milestones in the history of hardrock. „Outsider“, that’s the name of the new disc, is already record number 24 in their long history and still rocks. The other day I read a quote which said „Live is music. That’s why your heart has a beat“. I think, that this is more than valid for Uriah Heep.

The opening package "Speed of sound" and "One minute" doesn't take any prisoners. Strong and powerful music, that's what you get. It's seems that the band went through a fontaine of youth since a few albums. The first track which takes out speed a bit comes in middle of "Outsider". "Is anybody gonna help me" starts slower than some of the earlier tracks, but builds up to a riff based rock tune. The typical Uriah Heep keyboard sound gives the song a dense base on which vocals and guitar can shine. To keep the tension Uriah Heep placed one of the fastest tracks directly next. "Looking at you" is the name and the song breaths true rock'n'roll spirit. Last but not least the closer is also a tasty rock tune too. A thumbing bass and pounding drums are pushing the song forward and we should hope that "Say goodbye" is only relevant till the coming live shows and the next album.

Uriah Heep releases with "Outsider" a solid and rocking hardrock album. It's well crafted, got an excellent sound and makes fun to listen to. Thumbs up.

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Speed of sound
  2. One minute
  3. The law
  4. The outsider
  5. Rock the foundation
  6. Is anybody gonna help me?
  7. Looking at you
  8. Can't take that away
  9. Jessie
  10. Kiss the rainbow
  11. Say goodbye

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

  

 

 

 

Mike Box and his guys did a great job. The have written and recorded a new album with ... awesome hardrock tunes. This is one of the records that rock'n'roll has nothing to do with age. It's about passion and dedication. Uriah Heep has obviously both.
The opening package "Speed of sound" and "One minute" doesn't take any prisoners. Strong and powerful music, that's what you get. It's seems that the band went through a fontaine of youth since a few albums. The first track which takes out speed a bit comes in middle of "Outsider". "Is anybody gonna help me" starts slower than some of the earlier tracks, but builds up to a riff based rock tune. Keyboards are giving the song a dense base on which vocals and guitar can shine. To keep the tension Uriah Heep placed one of the fastest tracks directly next. "Looking at you" is the name and the song breaths true rock'n'roll spirit. Last but nit least the closer is also a tasty rock tune. A thumbing bass and pounding drums are pushing the song forward and we cannhope that "Say goodbye" is onlyeant till the live shows and the next album.
Uriah Heep released with "Outsider" a solid and rocking hardrock album. It's well crafted and it makes fun to listen to it. Thumbd up.

(8/10)

 

CD review URIAH HEEP "Outsider"
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