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CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, News, Deep Purple, David Coverdale, CD Review, Live, Classic Rock, Rhino, Hardrock, Rock

CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

(*/10) After having released “The Purple Album” in 2015, David Coverdale and band mates hit the road for promoting the new release, an album that pays attention to Coverdale’s Deep Purple days. “Burn” and “Mistreated” have been some classic of MK3 and MK4 that acted as a centrepiece for “The Purple Album" and it’s songs from those days that also have been part of each of the shows.

Whitesnake recorded some concerts of this tour, leading to a live album entitled “The Purple Tour”. The newest Whitesnake offer comes in different formats. Base for this review is the audio version (the album is available as CD, LP, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray).

Like with the studio album it’s Deep Purple milestones such as “Soldier of Fortune” and “Burn” that have been performed and captured. No doubt, if you haven’t lived under a rock over the last decades you know these rock anthems by heart. However, it was a good idea to vitalise and cherish these songs that fundamentally shaped rock music in the 70’s.

Since it was a Whitesnake tour also some hits from David Coverdale and Co. have been part of the setlist. There can’t be a Whitesnake show without playing ”Still of the Night”, “Is this Love” and “Here I Go Again”.

All in all “The Purple Tour (Live)” is a well-done live release with classic rock highlights that are timeless.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. Bad Boys
  3. Love Ain't No Stranger
  4. The Gypsy
  5. Gicve Me All Your Love
  6. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
  7. Mistreated
  8. You Fool No One
  9. Soldier of Fortune
  10. Is This Love
  11. Fool For Your Loving
  12. Here I Go Again
  13. Still of the Night

 

Label: Rhino / Warner Music

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2918

 

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CD review SNAKECHARMER "Second Skin"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Snakecharmer, Whitesnake, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Frontiers Music, Blues

(9/10) One of the first bands that brought me to hard rock music and metal later on was Whitesnake. "Trouble" was their first album I bought and it was a jaw-dropping experience. That Whitesnake became that popular was something you could guess at that time, but it was actually really impressive to experience the musicianship that was included in the band. Coverdale, Marsden, Lord, Dowle and the two gentlemen that later on started Snakecharmer - Micky Moody and Neil Murray, all great musicians. Their goodbye from Whitesnake was definitely a loss for the band and the bigger was the enthusiasm hearing that these two guys initiated Snakecharmer, a hardrock supergroup. The band released a debut in 2013, which was very well received by media and fans of classic rock. In the meantime Moody left the group that consists these days out of Murray, Chris Ousey (Heartland), Laurie Wisefeld (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Simon McBride who took over Moody's role on the six string.

Mid May was the moment of truth when this highly skilled group of musicians released their new longplayer "Second Skin". It's the bands sophomore longplayer, an album that's filled with excellent rock song. Snakecharmer bases their music on 70's and early 80's classic rock. Bands like the early Whitesnake and Bad Company delivered the blueprint for the band's tunes and also some Foreigner comes back here and there.

The album features eleven rock anthems that show all the passion and experience of everybody involved. Bluesy guitars, great solos, excellent vocals by Ousey and a hard-working rhythm section are the ingredients for each of the tracks on the album. Songs are all awesome on this record. The good vibe rocker "Sound Like a Plan" opens this scenery of rock. I actually could mention though each of the songs, but you better listen to them yourself. However there are a few tracks I would like to stand still for a moment. The grooving "Are You Ready to Fly" is a highlight, not only on this album. Next to the latest Deep Purple album it's the best I have heard in contemporary classic rock since quite a while. You also should check out the light-hearted “Follow Me Under" and also ballads are well done on this release. Blues is deeply weaved into songs like "Fade Away" which gives the album these soulful moments.

Snakecharmer's second album can easily handle a comparison with the predecessor.

Rock fans all over the world shouldn't miss this brilliant longplayer.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Sounds Like a Plan
  2. That Kind of Love
  3. Are You Ready To Fly
  4. Follow Me Under
  5. I'll Take You as You Are
  6. Hell of a Way to Live
  7. Fade Away
  8. Dress It Up
  9. Punching Above My Weight
  10. Forgive & Forget
  11. Where Do We Go from Here

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: May 12th, 2017

CD review SNAKECHARMER "Second Skin"
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CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Black Eyed Children"

Veröffentlicht am 16. April 2017 von Markus W. in Atsral Doors, Heavy Metal, Classic Rock, Power Metal, News, Metalville, Dio, Whitesnake, CD Review

(8/10) Three years after having unveiled the “Notes from the Shadows”, Swedish metal outfit Astral Doors comes back with a new longplayer. The eighth studio album is entitled “Black Eyed Children” and features eleven new songs.

It’s no secret that the Swedish quintet is heavily influenced by classic rock and metal. Bands like Rainbow, Dio and Whitesnake are sources of inspiration and sometimes even a bit more. Astral Doors embeds these references into their sound and it’s the voice of singer Nils Johansson that strengthen them even more. He’s a great singer that comes with a vocal range that covers a width from Ronnie James Dio to David Coverdale.

If you liked the bands earlier releases you can also looking forward to this album because it will lead you to another state of euphoria. The guys from Borlänge loaded the album with eleven metal songs of which each them lives up to the typical Astral Doors sound.

The up-tempo “We Cry Out” marks the first peak on the album. Johansson sings at his best, enriching a song that reminds of the good old Dio days. A more silent beginning introduces you to “Walls” which is slowly building up to a well-done melodic rocker. Astral Doors cherishes classic rock and metal without just copying things. They add their own touch to songs like the wild and furious “Good vs. Bad”.

I mentioned David Coverdale earlier in this review and if you listen to “Suburban Song” you know what I’m talking about. Especially the verse sounds very much Whitesnake inspired.

The longest tune is also the album’s name giver. “Black Eyed Children” gives you seven minutes of nicely done heavy metal that includes a bombastic expression too. It’s a powerful track in more mid-tempo, climaxing in an awesome chorus. For me the best track on the album.

To conclude: Astral Doors added an album to their discography that reflects exactly what’s expected - traditional fine-crafted metal that finds it’s roots in the 80’s, with all the glory that comes with it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. We Cry Out
  2. Walls
  3. God Is the Devil
  4. Die on Stage
  5. Tomorrow’s Dead
  6. Good vs. Bad
  7. Suburban Song
  8. Lost Boy
  9. Slaves to Ourselves
  10. Black Eyed Children
  11. Jesus Christ Movie Star

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Black Eyed Children"
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Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2016 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, The Answer, Rock, Live Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Blues, Retro, David Coverdale

It was three years ago when Whitesnake came to Tilburg, Netherlands, as part of their „Year of the Snake“ tour. This August ‚the snake‘ came back to the 013, performing a „The Greatest Hits Tour 2016“ show.

Irish classic rockers The Answer, that supports Whitesnake on their current European tour entered the stage around 8pm and the guys got 35 minutes which they used in an excellent way. The four-piece is a true live band, something they confirmed with their gig in the 013. The main focus was on the debut since the quartet celebrates "Rise" that was published a decade ago. Actually it's pretty smart to put this album in the limelight since it gives The Answer the possibility to promote their upcoming album "Solas" on the autumn tour. By the way, "Solas" will out in the record shops in October 2016.

However, The Answer played seven songs and the obviously enjoyed each minute on stage. Singer Cormac Neeson is more than a guy with a great voice. He’s a real frontman and entertainer, being in constant motion, interacting with the audience and spreading a lot of energy. Based on all this is wasn't a surprise that quite some fans came to see the Irish four-piece. Actually the venue wasn’t less crowded than during Whitesnake's show. Already this indicates the level of appreciation The Answer gets from their fans in Holland. As a goodie for this loyalty the quartet performed a new song called „Thief of Light“ which sounds, according to Neeson, a bit different. However, it’s a tune with a cool vibe, a bit more reflecting and with a touch of melancholy. The Answer was a well-chosen opening act that left an impression.

 

 

Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016
Live review WHITESNAKE/THE ANSWER, 013, Tilburg, 11.08.2016

After such a good start and a quick set change it was Whitesnake that was supposed to bring it home. Compared to the last time in Tilburg, Coverdale and band played it safe. „The Greatest Hits Tour 2016“ says it all and the banner gives a clear idea about what to expect.

A glance on the setlist shows that we are talking about a real ‚best of Whitesnake‘ show. „Slide it in“, „Here I Go Again“ and „Still of the Night“ are just some of the classics of a band that can fall back on an almost endless repertoire of hits.

Another thing that was very positive was guitarist Joel Hoekstra who’s the replacement of Doug Aldrich. Not only that the guy is an awesome guitar player, also his stage acting and posing was entertaining and pure rock’n’roll. In this regard he’s the right counterpart to Reb Beach, who is the more introvert guitarist. Both guys harmonize pretty good on stage, something that’s important for Whitesnake, thinking about the eras of Moody/Masden, Vandenberg/Campbell,…. Talking about Adrian Vandenberg, will he join again for a few songs like he did the last time? And yes, he did. The iconic Dutch guitarist entered the stage for the last two tracks, something that made „Here I Go Again“ and „Still of the Night“ even more powerful. These classic supported by the thundering sound of three guitars is just an impressive moment. And the fact that the fans turned the venue into a madhouse, having ‚their‘ guitarist on stage, goes without saying.

Next to these two (/three) guys it’s always a pleasure to see Tommy Aldridge live on stage. This guys is a real drum maniac with a punch that’s enormous. It’s him being the motor of the well-oiled Whitesnake engine; also last night in Tilburg.

But besides all mentioned, Whitesnake is David Coverdale and Coverdale is Whitesnake. It’s him being the centre of the band, not only on stage and it’s his voice that is so characteristic for Whitesnake. Fortunately Coverdale sounded really good and the fact that he’s a real frontman is well-known anyhow.

All this have been the right ingredients for a fantastic hardrock and blues night if there would be a ‚but‘ too. Like said, all musicians are great ones and I appreciate that they get their moments. However, if there are in total more than 16 minutes of solos (Beach, Hoekstra, Devin and Aldridge) in an 85 minutes set (for a ticket price of EUR 55), than this is far too much, also considering the fact that „Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City“ and „Judgement Day“ have been played in a medley version. It would have been far better to add classics like „Don’t Break My Heart Again“, „Love Hunter“ and „Trouble“ instead. Replacing these kind of songs with solos was a real bummer.

All in all it was a rock’n’roll night that included a hungry opener, The Answer, and a professional main act, playing a show that had quite some great moments but unfortunately also some downers.

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Setlist Whitesnake:

  1. Bad Boys
  2. Slide it in
  3. Love Ain't No Stranger
  4. The Deeper the Love
  5. Fool For Your Loving
  6. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City / Judgement Day
  7. Guitar Solo (Beach/Hoekstra)
  8. Slow and Easy
  9. Bass Solo
  10. Crying in the Rain
  11. Is This Love
  12. Give Me All Your Love
  13. Here I Go Again
  14. Still of the Night

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: August 11th, 2016

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CD review VOODOO CIRCLE "Whiskey Fingers"

Veröffentlicht am 25. November 2015 von Markus W. in Voodoo Circle, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock, News, CD Review, Whitesnake, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal

(8/10) Voodoo Circle is the brainchild of Silent Force and Primal Fear axeman Alex Beyrodt. The passionate guitarist put together musicians that are all well-known. Next to the mainman himself there is Mat Sinner part of the band as well as David Readman on vocal duties, Francesco Jovino on drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio. Voodoo Circle is the classic rock outlet for those guys. While Primal Fear focusses more on pure power metal Voodoo Circle's sound is more inspired by the 70's rock. Bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow and also Whitesnake are main sources of inspiration for this 'all-star' band.

The foundation stone was laid in 2008 and since than Voodoo Circle releases records on a regular base. "Whishey Fingers" is the newest kid in town and Alex Beyrodt takes it to the nine. Eleven new classic rock tracks are a treat for your ears.

The opener was posted already earlier as the first single. "Trapped in Paradise" is a powerful tune that pushes you back into the 70's. It's a melodic classic rocker twith a lot of passion that starts this rock adventure.

"Heartbreaking Woman" follows before acoustic guitars introduce "Watch and Wait (I Got My Eye on You)". Even though the song becomes a bit more rocking in the chorus, the balladic expression comes always back and makes the tune to a real smasher.

After such an interesting side step the riff returns with "Medicine Man" - in my humble opinion one of the best songs on "Whiskey Fingers". Readman does a fantastic job when it comes to the vocals and the interaction between guitar and hammond is excellent. The song has many parallels with Whitesnake but it's actually better than what David Coverdale released lately.

A power ballad is needed? Yes, and it is called "The Day the Walls Came Down". Not rocket science but very well done and a nice break half way.

The stomping "Heart of Stone" leads to "Straight Shooter"; a midpace tune with a bit of a darker expression. After those two songs it's time for some blues. "The Rhythm of My Heart" is a more silent blues rocker that the flare trousers appeal of the 70's. The tune is a well crafted ballad that is touching. It's a song to close your eyes and dream away. It reminded me a bit to Foreigner in their old "4" days.

"Devil Takes me Down" instead is a fast headbanger, followed by "5 O'clock" which is for sure no soundtrack for teatime. It's more an invitation for a first beer. "Been Said and Done" is the closer and it combines a lot of moments from the earlier numbers. Hammond/guitar duels are included as well as great vocals and a moving beginning. A heavy riff takes over in the middle of the tunes and doesn't let loose till the end.

"Whiskey Fingers" is the fourth album of Alex Beyroth's Voodoo Circle and it is the best release so far. It exceeds the well done earlier longplayers - music with heart, soul and passion.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Trapped in Paradise
  2. Heartbreaking Woman
  3. Watch and Wait (I Got My Eyes on You)
  4. Medicine Man
  5. The Day the Walls Came Down
  6. Heart of Stone
  7. Straight Shooter
  8. The Rhythm of My Heart
  9. Devil Takes Me Down
  10. 5'o Clock
  11. Been Said and Done

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: November 27th, 2015

CD review VOODOO CIRCLE "Whiskey Fingers"
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CD review JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 "Dying to Live"

Veröffentlicht am 14. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Joel Hoekstra's 13, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Classic Rock

(8/10) Joel Hoekstra is a name you should have heard already earlier. The American guitarist is part of the current Whitesnake line-up and he also played and plays with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But next to all those time-demanding activities the six-stringer found some time to release a new solo project.

Joel Hoekstra's 13 is the name of the band/project for which the guitarist could hire some well-known musicians for contributing to "Dying to Live". Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen are sharing the vocals, Tony Franklin is on bass while drum legend Vinnie Appce completes the rhythm section of Joel Hoekstra's 13. And on keyboard we have Derek Sherinian, who celebtrated already big successes with Dream Theater, Black Country Communion and Billy Idol.

The album, that these guys recorded is an impressive melange of powerful hardrock and metal. "Say Goodbye to the Sun" is the metallic opener and it's the first blast on this longplayer. Rough and raunchy by still being melodic - those are the characteristics of this cool piece of music. The next tune "Anymore" doesn't give you time to breathe either. Even though the track is less heavy it's still a grooving hardrocker that is well done. 

In total, the album comes with eleven of these hardrock smashers. Highlights for me are the monster groover "Scream" that brings back 80's memories; days when bands like Dokken have had their peak. The chorus of "Scream" is just a killer.

The fascinating part of this album is this constant change between hardrock and metal that is so seamless that that entire longplayer still stands like a rock. "Dying to Live" is one of those more melodic metal tracks. It comes with a great interplay of slower guitar solo parts and the fast chorus. 

On top of all this also the ballad is a really good one too. "Changes" could be one of Foreigner's megaseller ballads. It's a soulful tune with a lot of sense for good melodies that transport pure emotion - something a good ballad is supposed to do.

Also the boarder to AOR is crossed on "Dying to Live". "Start Again" is the title of this more rock-based track that is well-crafted too. However, I have to say that it's a bit too sticky when I compare it with the rest.

Joel Hoekstra's 13 releases with "Dying to Live" an excellent melodic rock album that you should check, if you're a fan of bands like Foreigner, Whitesnake and Night Ranger.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Say Goodbye to the Sun
  2. Anymore
  3. Until I Left You
  4. Long For the Days
  5. Scream
  6. Never Say Never
  7. Changes
  8. The Only Way to Go
  9. Dying to Live
  10. Start Again
  11. What We Believe

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: October 16th, 2015

 

CD review JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 "Dying to Live"
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CD review THE DEAD DAISIES "Revolución"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in The Dead Dassies, Whitesnake, Gun'n'Roses, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, CD Review

(9/10) The Dead Daisies - a name we have to keep in mind. The band has released their debut in 2013 and now it's time for the second strike. After having been the support for Kiss and Def Leapprd on their US tour the guys got now the support slot for Kiss' European tour too. And timing couldn't be better since the band has the new record ready to be released. "Revolución" is the title of the disc that will be published end of May.

The names behind The Dead Daisies are well-known ones. "Revolución" was recorded by Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Dizzy Reed (Guns'n'Roses) David Lowy, Richard Fortus (Guns'n'Roses) and singer Jihn Corabi (Mötley Crüe). The drums on the album have been done by Jackie Barnes and all these guys together recorded an album that grooves from the first to the last tone.

Hardrock mixed with a bigger portion of blues and classic rock. Those dudes blow again live into the famous rock of the 70's and 80's. There are a lot of cross-references to those days of rock, but all with a modern touch and a crystal clear sound.

I think what added something extra to the vibe of the album is the fact that the recording took place in Cuba; with Ben Grosse as producer. I must say that this album sounds like fun and sun. It's good time rock'n'roll with a high standard.

Sometimes Whitesnake breaks through, esp. with "Looking for the one", but the best three songs are placed in the middle. "Empty heart" catches you and doesn't let loose again. The hook is an irresistable one, the groove makes you move and the chorus is catchy, but not sweet. An 'empty heart' never sounded that good.

The following "Make the best of it" easily keeps the high level of "Empty heart". A bluesy riff is the base for the track that is enriched by Corabi's vocals and some hammond organ parts.

The cool triple of highlights in the middle of "Revolución" is rounded off by the ballad "Something I said". Hardrock meets blues meets a bit of soul. The outcome is a balled that is a real highlight instead of a quiet song drowning in cliches.

Those are just a few songs. I like those a bit more than the others, but also the rest of "Revolutión" is far above average - real hardrock pearls. 

This album is one of the best ones I have heard this year. Together with Kiss a great touring package for this summer and also a challenger for the rock dinosaurs.

Let's rock...

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Mexico
  2. Evil
  3. Looking for the one
  4. Empty heart
  5. Make the best of it
  6. Something I said
  7. Get up, get ready
  8. With you and I
  9. Steep
  10. My time
  11. Midnight Moses
  12. Devil out of time
  13. Critical

 

Label: Spitefire Music

Genre: Hardrock

 

 

CD review THE DEAD DAISIES "Revolución"
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CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple album"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Deep Purple, David Coverdale, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Blues

(8/10) When I first heard about this album I was asking myself why Whitesnake covers songs from Deep Purple's Mark 3 and 4 times. Of course Whitesnake main man David Coverdale was part of the legendary line-up, but why now? A view in the info sheet from the label gives bit more context to the story. 

It was in 2012 when Coverdale heard about Jon Lord's wish for a Purple reunion after he would have been recovered from cancer. Unfortunately the keyboard legend lost the fight against the malevolent disease. But Coverdale did let loose of the idea and contacted guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. A reunion or a project didn't become reality but Coverdale was breathing the old spirit again.

The result of all these is "The Purple album" - a longplayer that respectfully looks back to Coverdale's period together with the mighty Deep Purple. The songs are all coming from "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come taste the band". Each of the track was  new recorded by the current Whitesnake line-up in Reno, Nevada. 

The tunes are without saying all excellent ones. Classic rock anthems like "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Mistreated" influenced generations of young musicians. It also shows how much these years with Purple influenced the sound of Whitesnake later on. The heavy blues rock from the band on records like "Trouble" found its roots in the three mentioned Purple longplayers. And I don't want to forget the very gentle and soulful version of "Soldiers of fortune" that is once again a treat for your ears.

I honestly would have prefered a new Whitesnake album with own songs, esp. since the last releases have been excellent longplayers. However, also "The Purple album" is worth to be added to each classic rock collection. It is more than just a mean for making money. It feels like a passionate and respectful look back on an important period of classic rock and on one of the most influencial portagonists of this genre. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Burn (from "Burn")
  2. You fool no one (from "Burn")
  3. Love child (from "Come taste the band")
  4. Sail away (from "Burn")
  5. The gypsy  (from "Stormbringer")
  6. Lady double dealer (from "Stormbringer")
  7. Mistreated (from "Burn")
  8. Holy man (from "Stormbringer")
  9. Might just take your life  (from "Burn")
  10. You keep on moving (from "Come taste the band")
  11. Soldier of fortune (from "Stormbringer")
  12. Lay down stay down (from "Burn")
  13. Stormbringer (from "Stormbringer")

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple album"
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New WHITESNAKE album in May!!!

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News

Whitesnake returns with a new album called "The purple album". It is the band's first album in four years and as you might assume, it is going back to the Deep Purple days - Mark III and Mark IV.

The album is recorded by the current Whitesnake line-up: David Coverdale, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Michael Devin and Tommy Aldridge.

Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. You fool no one (Interpolating itchy fingers)
  3. Love child
  4. Sail away
  5. The gypsy
  6. Lady double dealer
  7. Mistreated
  8. Holy man
  9. Might just take your life
  10. You keep on moving
  11. Soldiers of fortune
  12. Lay down stay down
  13. Stormbringer
  14. Lady luck (Bonus)
  15. Comin' home (Bonus)

And here comes the first video - done for "Stormbringer".

New WHITESNAKE album in May!!!
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News from WHITESNAKE

Veröffentlicht am 13. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Hardrock, Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Night Ranger

It looks very much that we can expect a new Whitesnake album very soon. No title yet, just a date 25.02.2015. And it will be with ex-Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Stay tuned for more news.

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CD review WHITESNAKE "Live in 1984 - Back to the bone"

Veröffentlicht am 6. November 2014 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Hardrock, Blues, Rock, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Jon Lord, Deep Purple

(*/10) My first thought was 'another live album from Whitesnake'. And in one or another way this is also correct. But there is a thought behind "Live in 1984 - Back to the bone".

It was 30 years ago, in 1984, when Whitesnake released their "Slide it in" record. David Coverdale had always great musicians around him but the line-up for "Slide it in" was probabaly one of the best ones ever.

This brings me directly to the second reason that makes this album relevant. Three guys from this legendary line-up aren't among us anymore. The legendary drummer Cozy Powell, Six-stringer Mel Galley and last but not least the unique Jon Lord passed away in the last years and the album is a great tribute to them too.

The songs on the longplayer represent Whitesnake in the beginning of the eighties very well. It contains all the classics of the band including "Soldier of fortune" from Deep Purple. A highlight is for sure the medley which is the last song on the album. This couldn't be chosen and placed better since it was taken from the final Jon Lord performance with Whitesnake - a sad moment in this sense.

The album doesn't cover one specific concert. It is more a mixture of different recordings from many shows during the world tour in 1984. This also means that the quality differs between the tracks. David Coverdale mentiones in the label info that it "selected bootleg audio tracks, all taken from performances from our world tour..."

The sound quality jumps between OK and good. This makes the album very authentic, but it is sometimes also a bit more low-fi than hi-fi.

In general "Live in 1984 - Back to the bone" convinces more based on the circumstances around the recording. If you're looking for a Whitesnake live records with a proper sound there are for sure better ones in the bands history. But if you're looking for an authentic and relevant live documentation from one of the biggest hardrock/classic rock bands than this is your album to go for.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gambler
  2. Guilty of love
  3. Love ain't no stranger
  4. Slow an' easy
  5. Walking in the shadow of the blues
  6. Ready an' willing
  7. Guitar solo
  8. Crying in the rain
  9. Soldier of fortune
  10. Love ain't no stranger
  11. Readt an' willing
  12. Slow an' easy
  13. Gambler, Guilty of love, Love ain't no stranger, Ready an' willing medley

 

Label: Frontiers

Genre: Hardrock

CD review WHITESNAKE "Live in 1984 - Back to the bone"
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CD review MR. BIG "...the stories we could tell"

Veröffentlicht am 20. September 2014 von Markus W. in Mr. Big, Winery Dogs, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, CD Review, News, Whitesnake

(8/10) If you don't know at least one of the following names you maybe entered the wrong side. The names are Sheehan, Gilbert, Martin and Torpey. But even if those names aren't familiar to you it's Mr. Big that might sounds a bit more familiar. The four gentlemen perform together under this header for many year (you can see how I want to avoid the word 'supergroup'). They are all experts on their instruments and combined forces and strength already in the end of the eighties, when their debut was released.

It was esp. their second album  "Lean into it" which contained songs like "Green-tinted sixties mind" and the alltime hit "To be with you". In my point of view not even the best song on the album, but the most successful one.

Mr.Big was also present during the 90's, but it got a bit more silent around the  band during the grunge-phase. After the Mr. Big disbanded in 2001 they found together many years later and released with "What if..." another sign of life. Now, three years later, the next milestone of the band will be released. It is entitled "..the stories we could tell" and I can report that the 13 stories they are telling are great ones.

The first story is already a success-story. The bluesy "Gotta love the ride", the guitars remind a bit to "Hit and run" from Whitesnake, is a great start into the album. It shows, as all the other songs too, how complexity and virtuality can be combined with catchiness. It needs experienced guys for such an operation and Mr. Big has those.

The moving ballad "The man who has everything" is a great song too. Not that it can reach "To be with you", but it is still a great one. And maybe it is a good thing that it differs from their mega hit. The vocals of Martin are shining in this song very much which shows what a great singer he is. The same goes for the second more silent tune on the album called "Just let your heart decide". 

But there are enough moment when the furious guitar of Gilbert gets into focus like on "I forget to breathe", "The monster in me" (in which the guitar alsmost 'speaks to you') and "It's always about that girl". Cool rock songs with a energetic punch and catchy hooks. The album shows that music for a broader audience doesn't need to be simple mainstream.

My peronal highlight on the album is the rocking "Satisfied" which works from the very first moment on. A cool track with an extensive guitar solo part that is great.  

"..the stories we could tell" proves that Mr. Big are still one of the top bands in this genre and I hope that they can tell a lot more stories in the coming years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gotta love the ride
  2. O forget to breathe
  3. Fragile
  4. Satsified
  5. The man who has ever
  6. The monster in me
  7. What if we were new
  8. Eastwest
  9. The light of day
  10. Just let your heart decide
  11. It's always about that girl
  12. Cinderella smile
  13. The stroies we could tell

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

 

CD review MR. BIG "...the stories we could tell"
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CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Notes from the shadows"

Veröffentlicht am 24. August 2014 von Markus W. in Astral Doors, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake, Dio, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Nothing new with the Classic Rock fans from Astral Door. I can't say if this is good or bad, but I liked them from the beginning and the new record "Notes from the shadows" is a good one too.

The new album follows the 2011 release "Jerusalem" and comes with 11 hardrock/metal tracks which spread the classic feeling from the early 80's. A crucial factor in this is doubtless the voice from frontman Patrik Johansson. Eventhough he sounds like some icons from 80's hardrock I never had the feeling that the guy consciously copied. He has just such a voice. That's it.

As the title says already "Notes from the shadows" is a bit darker than the earlier releaes of Astral Doors. The lyrics take a closer look into the black bible which fits pretty well to the classic heavy metal they are playing.

A fave of mine is "Disciples of the dragon". A song which underlines why Dio is mentioned so often in context with Astral Doors. But I see the band, as said earlier, not as a copy of the mighty rock singer. For me it's more that they involve his sound into their music and keeps the thought alive. "Wailing wall" might even brings this more up to surface.

That also Whitesnake belongs to the group of crucial influencers of the Swedes becomes obvious with the phantastic "Walker the stalker". The song is a real bad-ass headbanger.

What is a new thing is the bigger impact of blues. "Shadowchaser" is one song that reflects this pretty well. The tunes is also pretty close to Coverdale & friends which due to the vocal lines, the bluesy beginning and the hammond organ supporting the track. For me one of the best tracks on the album. 

The highlight of the disc is the 9 minutes long "Die alone". It's a midtempo tune with a massive rhythm line.  

"Notes from the shadows" is an album which will be loved by fans from the band and supporters of heavy rock should check the album.  I like it since it is powerful, it rocks, it has its charm and it rocks. Well done.

 

(8/10)

 

  

Tracklist:

  1. The last temptation of christ
  2. Diciples of the dragon
  3. Wailing wall
  4. Shadowchaser
  5. Die alone
  6. Hoodoo ceremony
  7. Southern conjuration
  8. Walker the stalker
  9. Desert night
  10. In the name of rock
  11. Confession

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Label: Metalville

Genre: Heavy Metal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing new with the Dio fans from Astral Door. I can't say if this is good or bad, but I liked them from the beginning and the new record "Notes from the shadows" is a good one too. 

 

A fave of mine is "Disciples of the dragon". A song which underlines why Dio is mentioned so often in context with Astral Doors. But I see the band not as a copy of the mighty rock singer. For me it's more that they involve his sound into their music and keeps the thought alive. "Wailing wall" might even brings this more up to surface.

 

What is a new thing is the bigger impact of blues. "Shadowchaser" is one song that reflects this pretty well. For me there are more parallels with Whitesnake. This mainly due to the vocals, the bluesy beginning and the hammond organ supporting the track. For me one of the best tracks on the album. But also "In the name of rock" belongs to this category. The riff and the melody reflects Coverdale and friends in certain parts.

 

"Notes from the shadows" is an album which will be loved by fans from the band and supporters of heavy rock should check the album.  I like it since it is powerful, it rocks, it has its charm and it rocks. Well done.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

The last temptation of christ

Diciples of the dragon

Wailing wall

Shadowchaser

Die alone

Hoodoo ceremony

Southern conjuration

Walker the stalker

Desert night

In the name of rock

Confession

 

Label; AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

 
CD review ASTRAL DOORS "Notes from the shadows"
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CD review BERNIE MARSDEN "Shine"

Veröffentlicht am 16. August 2014 von Markus W. in Bernie Marsden, Blues, Classic Rock, Rock, CD Review, News, Whitesnake, Joe Bonamassa, Hardrock

(9/10) Bernie Marsden is one of my heros from my early days in rock. Whitesnake was one of the bands I really liked in the beginning of the 80's and the man at the six string guitar was nobody else as Mr. Bernie Marsden (together with the unbelievable Micky Moody). He was part of the best Whitesnake records like "Don't break my heart again" and "Ready an' willing". But the guy from Buckingham, Buckinghamshire was also a part of M3, Cozy Powell's Hammer and UFO. Next to all these contributions he regularly released solo records. 

The newest one is in the shops in the meantime and got the title "Shine". Produced in the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Rob Cass, the album comes with 13 songs. A view on the label, Provogue Records, could give you idea, that we have blues anthems on the album. Of course the blues is present in all tracks, but in the end it's more classic rock which you find on "Shine". Not a big surprise considering the history of the guitarist.

Marsden invited also friends and guest for recording some of the songs with him. One of those old fellows is David Coverdale, head of Whitesnake. Both deliever a new interpretation of "Trouble", the title track from the '78 classic, which became a rhythm oriented gooving tune. Sounds pretty good and different from the original version. The title track "Shine" is enriched by Joe Bonamassa's guitar. This shows the grandeur of Marsden to not only focus on his own guitar sound, but also share the stage with one of the best blues guitarists of modern days. Blues rock at it's best.

"Bad blood" guides you even deeper into the blues. It's Cherry Lee Mewis who is behind the mic and the track is an emotional slow groover. But as I said earlier it is in total more a classic rock album. "Wedding day" for example is anchored in 70's rock. Next to those tracks there is with "Dragonfly" an soulful ballad on the album as well as there is a chilled instrumental "NW8" as final song on "Shine". 

But the best track by far is called "Kinda wish she would". The anthem is a mix of ZZ Top and J.J. Cale and it rocks. I wish the bearded men from Houston would still write this kind of masterpieces. "Kinda wish she would" is my personal highlight on an excellent album which I haven't expected from Marsden in these days anymore.

Thumbs up.

Keep on rockin' Bernie.

 

(9/10) 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Linin' track
  2. Wedding day
  3. Walk away
  4. Kinda wish she would
  5. Ladyfriend
  6. Trouble (feat. David Coverdale)
  7. Who do we think we are?
  8. Bad blood (feat. Cherry Lee Mewis)
  9. Shine (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
  10. Dragonfly
  11. You better run
  12. Hoxie rollin' time
  13. NW8

 

Label: Provogue Records

Genre: Classic Rock

 

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