12/31/2014

A Light Within stream new single from the upcoming EP

So the clocks are mercyless ticking down the last hours of 2014...
What shall be done left before a new year will begin?

Don't miss out the chance to do something special on day number 365:
hear the new single from A Light Within already today! It will be released at the end of January 2015 but you can already listen to a stream of the full track "Between Shores" on the pages of Ragnarok Reviews. Very haunting and epic atmosphere on this one. Made my last day of 2014 a very special one...

The next show of the band will be on
Friday, 9th. January 2015 21:00 (CST) at the recordBar in Kansas City
If you would like to sneak a bit more into the upcoming EP don't miss out my article about the vocal recordings sessions as well as more clips from the recording process I posted some time ago.

Update 2015/01/17: The new song is available for streaming and download on the bandcamp page from A Light Within on a pay-what-you-want basis. Since it's such a great track I include the stream here as well. For me this track comes with a very haunting and blistering atmosphere. The intro perfectly rounds out this song which offers it's full bandwith and content only to those who listen to it several times...

12/29/2014

Concert blast Sylvester 2014/2015


German TV station 3sat will show Rock and Pop concert recordings the whole day 31st 2014 up to new years eve! Here's a link to the schedule:
http://www.3sat.de/programm/?viewlong=viewlong&d=20141231&dayID=ClnDaN31&cx=95 

There's also a livestream available but I don't know if it also shows the conert recordings outside of germany:
http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=live

For all readers from germany here's the direct link to the 3sat internet livestream:
http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=42667

So far it has been announced that this years edition will feature a lot of old recordings from the first days of bands like Queen, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Genesis and Phil Collins up to presen show recordings from artists like Muse, Depeche Mode and ZZ Top (mostly 2013 and later).

Have fun and have a safe going over to 2014, read you there!

Update 2015-01-03: Happy new year everyone! Hope you had a good start into 2015.
If you missed out on the previous concert event then you may still be in luck.
TV station 3sat has added a lot of the concert footage to their streaming archive.
Just look at the results of the search page 1 and page 2 to find the show you want. Not all have been added but there's quite a lot of the shows online. Better hurry anyway, since it's mostly online for a limited time only.

12/27/2014

Help Korn to fight against Type 1 diabetes

Korn's vocalist Jonathan Davin son Zeppelin has be diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  This made the singer aware of how terrible this desease is so he has teamed up with Rallysong and JDRF to take up the fight to find a way to heal people affected by it.

If you decide to give 1 Dollar or more you can download the full new Korn song "So unfair" and take part in a raffle for a chance to fly to Bakersfield and to write and record a song with Jonathan Davis.

In the video below you can see a private message from the singer about the topic. To hear a preview of the song go to the donation page and hit the player button directly under the campaign description.
The campaign will last for nine more days.

12/24/2014

Christmas gift: Headbangers India Sampler Vol. 1

A heartfelt thank you very much goes out to all the readers of my blog! Hope you guys are having a great chrimas time, too. Please keep coming back to my site and to all the bands out there: please keep the superb music coming. Hope all of you are having a full blast headbanging session around the x-mas tree today. ;-)

As a little gift here's a link to download a 15 track sampler called "Headbangers India Volume I" featuring a overlook on the metal scene of India. Little is know so far from this country as far as it goes for the metal scene. Nevertheless there are bands out there that play Heavy Metal in this country also the circumstances for political and religious reasons aren't quite easy making the life and activity of those bands quite harsh. It's with even more respect that goes out from me to these bands that they don't give in but instead do what they believe in is important.

The cover for the Headbangers India Vol. 1 sampler, (c) Headbangers India web portal www. headbangers.in, used with kind permission


As far as I can judge from this sampler the bands out there play a very powerful and often even brutal interpretation of out beloved music. Having heard the tracks they feature a lot of power and energy that isn't quite easy to come along with even when you decide to play metal songs.

Besides the great download there's also the chance to stream the songs on the website for all those of you who prefer streaming over downloading. While you are listening or downloading the music please take the time to have a look around on the Headbangers India portal and read their "About us" section.  If you're looking for a metal concert to go to especially in India and the area around it don't miss out the "Gigs" section. You should easily be able to find a place where you can have a good time.

This site is not "only" a  portal to all the metal stuff happening in this country but also a fine website to keep a look on news, album releases and interviews from metal bands all around the world so make sure to check it out to get a full overlook on all the things going on in todays Metal scene. It's all kept in english language so you don't have to worry about any problems with understanding the content.

12/19/2014

Hollywood Groupies kick out straight Rock 'n' Roll with new EP

The weekend is knocking on our doors. What could be better to kick it off with some rough Rock 'n' Roll that goes very straight without any further ado?

Let's do so with the the Italian hard rockers from Hollywood Groupies. They have just returned with four solid and adrenalinic songs which follow their debut album “Punched By Millions Hit By None” released in 2010.

Their sounds reminds me a lot of W.A.S.P. with the screaming vocals all over present in the songs. Their optical presentation also brings up all the traditional trademarks of a Rock 'n' Roll formation in a positive and cool way.

(c) by Hollywood Groupies, used with kind permission

Their newest effort is the fourtrack EP entitled "Bitchcraft". Listen to the fresh release right here and have a good start into some free time (hopefully):



I love the way the band brings up the power for the songs. It's music that keeps me pushing forward and gives a positive vibe. It's like this "let's do it" feeling that you get through listening to the music. That's something only few things in life bring to you, so we should appreciate it in my eyes.

The EP features four pieces of hard rock punctuated by powerful and adrenalinic episodes like the first single "Helter Jester", or "Get It On" which proves, more than any other song, the band’s evolution with its extremely catchy chorus. Then we have "The Empress", played by an insistent rhythm section and scratchy guitars that create a hypnotic melody recalling magic somehow, which is the EP’s main theme: all the songs tell life stories in an mystic-esoteric way, giving the listeners the opportunity to have their own interpretation of the lyrics. "Sick twisted paradise" closes the record with a cool scream-along chorus which makes hope that this won't be the last tunes we've heard from this band. Keep it up!

The record can be purchased on music online stores like : iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, BandcampCdbaby and Deezer.

You can stay in touch with the band through Facebook, YouTube or Reverbnation.

Hollywood Groupies are:

Foxy (lead-vocal)
Kelly (lead-guitar)
Ace (rhythm-guitar)
Condor (bass)
Mirko (drums)

12/16/2014

Morphelia release 3 cam mix video of Northern Prog Festival

Sometimes, yes only sometimes there's a song and band out there that gives you this freezin' chills that make you feel so good. They help you escape from the daily gray, the dark and cloudy winter weather we are currently rolled in.

This little moment has just happened. I saw a live video from the band "Morphelia", a superb and excellent Progrock and progressive Metal band from Lower Saxony, Germany. Maybe this little post can help to reach out and touch some of you out there to make more people aware of them.

The cover of the current album "Waken the nightmare", (c) by Morphelia . Used with kind permission.

They are sort of a band which offers music to let you drift and dream away but never misses this groovy touch so it never feels boring or standing still. One of the bands you could compare them best to is the band Saga. But better than any words could ever do music speaks out for itselfs so please click the play button and enjoy some fine music and video (it's a fine three cam mix done from the guys at the Background Megazine).

I like the detailed work on this one, all of the elements are arranged in such a harmonic way that fits together perfectly. Most of all the atmosphere is supported by the fine keyboards and the whole excitement lasts for the full ten minutes duration of this track. That's something quite few band can come up with.





I've seen Morphelia myselves back in 2011 and they were awesome. A friend of mine made me aware of them and we spontanously drove over to the show. Never forgot that evening. Most of all the bass guitar solo. I've had the honour to see quite a lot of good bass guitar players so far but Renko Rickers is absolute excellent on his instrument.

Don't miss out to see Morphelias website to learn more about this excellent band. They also have a account on youtube as well as a page on myspace if you prefer to connect to them through these pages.

The band is working on a new album at the moment and sends out a newsletter through E-Mail from time to time. It includes information on the the recording process as well as about past and upcoming shows of the band. It comes in both, german and english language. Just enter your E-Mail adress into the proper field on the right row directly at the homepage underneath the Vossphor-Records Logo (please scroll down a little bit to see it).

The band recently played at the Northern Prog Festival in Siegerwoude in the Netherlands on November 1st 2014. If you want to read a detailed live review about the festival as well as some photos of all the bands playing then head over to the Background megazine. They've put together a fine detailed check up of the full festival.

12/13/2014

Motörhead 2014 show to be broadcasted by Rockpalast TV show

This sunday in the night from 14. to monday the 15th starting at 00:15h (Central European Winter Time) the next issue of the Rockpalast TV show will air a live recording from this years Motörhead performance at Düsseldorf, Germany at the Mitsubishi Electric Halle. The show took place on 12th November 2014. The shows of both opening acts, Skew Siskin and The Damned will be shown as well.

At the moment you can already check out one full live video from "The chase is better than the catch" at the website of the show. The whole website has been reworked in the last weeks so it comes with a fresh optic these days.

There's also a webstream of the TV station available but I can't tell if the show will be available there as well or if they have a regionlock activated. Anyway, just try your luck I think it will be worth checking out. Maybe they'll also add the show to their archive later. If they do, I'll add the proper link here once it's online.

Update 2014/12/16: Alls shows have been added to the video streaming archive. Just click on the proper band name and enjoy! BTW: you can see the full setlist under the video and also select single songs if you don't want to watch the whole show.

Motörhead

The Damned

Skew Siskin

12/10/2014

Book Review: Terry Chimes - The Strange Case of Dr. Terry and Mr. Chimes

Note: If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here for a review or as a presentation / introduction please drop me a line or two in a E-Mail. Please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I appreciate new suggestions very much so please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm also interested in band news / updates / tourdates so please keep the stuff coming. Thanks!


Introduction


Have you ever dreamt of being a rockstar? How would it be to live a life like this? If you've ever asked yourselves then the answer is not to far away. This book will tell you about it - but in a clear and direct way without all the common legends and images attached that we all know already.

Terry Chimes used to be the drummer and is one of the founding members of The Clash!

Besides that I think many of the readers of this site will know him from his work with Black Sabbath where he played drums during The eternal idol tour. He also worked with Billy Idol, Hanoi Rocks and many other bands.

(c) Crux Publishing, used with kind permission


Rise up to the shining! (taken from the lyrics of the song "The Shining" from Black Sabbath, Album: The Tragic Idol. Make sure to see the promotional video for this song. You can see Terry playing drums in many scenes.)


So what is this book all about? The good first half goes out to the musician part of Terry Chimes. He describes how The Clash came together and adds in some anecdotes of that time. There are many memories I think in there that fans of that band will like to know about. He then goes over to his other bands and projects he has been involved with. That's the way the book is structured.

Most of the content is based upon the memories and stories of the author but the very end of many chapters also holds a photo gallery that shows a few, often rare pictures that are related to the content of the chapter.

Anyway, while reading through all of the entertaining moments of his musical career you will surely spot the point that there's a second side living inside Terry Chimes. This side tends more towards the healing arts.

The journey of the wounded healer (taken from one of the names of the chapters in the book)


So after 15 years there's a big change in the life of the drummer Terry Chimes. He finally decides to leave the world of the music business behind to find serenity by studying the skills of a chiropracticor and acupuncturist. This finds him to be such successful that be builds up a own chain of clinics and also ends up consulting other people in how to run their own business.

Is it "just" a autobiography of a musician and why should I read it?


The book is not only a autobiography but it is far more. It is of course a gift for everybody who is interested in the bands Terry Chimes played in. But it is also a look into the soul of a drummer. How does he think about the things he has done now and then? And why the heck did he change that much that he is now more of a healer than someone bashing the drums away? You may think that being a rockstar should be the first choice to have the most fun out of life but you may think differently if you've read through the full book (please do so).

It is also a good way to see how decisions have a impact on our lives. The book is filled with truth and wise words. If you read properly you'll find many of the fine diamonds all along the way that will made it well worth all of your precious time you've put in to read. Most of all it is a very entertaining experience.

(c) Maxine Chimes, used with kind permission


It is never a boring chain of "Now I did this, then I did that" and so on but it comes with many also smiling memories and anecdotes shining through. I've often agreed to what he is talking about and found out that I've made similar experiences in everyday-life. It's these moments that you feel that these people you often adore so often for the music they've given you (maybe one of the biggest gifts I've ever been blessed with) are really just normal human beings living by the same doubts and decisions and the mistakes we all inevitably run into then everyone else does.

Everything is well explained in this offer. Even if you're not too familar with the music or healing business you don't need to worry. All things are explained directly in the text so you don't need to look them up anywhere else. The book comes in english language but the text is kept short and straight forward so if you're having basic english knowledge you should be able to understand the content straight away. Sometimes I had to look a word up here and there but it doesn't really bother the reading experience.

Obviously it contains the topics you all expect from such a book. Nevertheless it is not a publication of scandals or cheap rumors but kept up to facts. I think that's what I enjoyed most - a clean, dry and down to the bottom look upon things as they are. Not the fame look or all the stereotype looks upon Rock music business but instead a look inside how it really is to live such a life.

Is it all just past?


No, happily it is not. Of course it is a book that takes you down the memory lane of the author. But Terry Chimes is still active and making music! He has a new band running called "The Crunch". Go and check out some fresh music from his new band below.



Can I have a look inside first?


Yes, nearly all of the retailers I list below offer the first chapter of the book for free online reading. For example just go to Amazon and hit the "Look inside!" button directly over the front cover image. A new window will open up with the first chapter ready to read.

Where to get the book

There'a a large number of stores offering The strange case of Dr. Terry and Mr. Chimes. Here's a list of retailer for purchasing the book in a ebook format. If you don't have a ebook device I can tell you that Amazon at least also offers a free software that let's you read the book on your PC, smartphone or tablet. All you need is the proper app for your device. Here are the direct links to the online-shops:

Amazon

iTunes

kobo/America

kobo/England

If you'd like to have a paperback of the book just go to Amazon/England or Amazon/Germany they offer the good old paper versions as well. The bookstores of the german Thalia company do also offer the paperback version on their website and I think you should also be able to go into one of their stores and order it directly over the shop. I lnow they have a big chain of stores here in Germany.

You may also have a look upon the website of the publisher Crux Publishing to find out about other books they offer. Also make sure to see the personal website of Terry Chimes which contains much more informations about both lifelines of Terry Chimes.

12/06/2014

St. Nicholas Day: Gentrification giving away full album for free

Today it's St. Nicholas Day. Have you all written up your wishlists and prepared some food for the Nichlaus and his hungry horse? :-)

Okay, then here's your present: Get the full "Deviance" album from the band Gentrification as a free download! It's music for the fans of Kreator, Carcass and the like (Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Metalcore).
The download comes with full digital booklet incl. lyrics, cover artwork and bonus track.

Listen to it right here and don't forget to head over to Bandcamp to pick your free download! Also visit the band's website as well as their account on Facebook to follow them.

You can order the album at the very same Bandcamp page also as CD completely manufactured without plastic. Includes a 12-page booklet printed with plant-based colors on recycled paper. Each CD is numbered by hand, limited to 500 copies and costs only 5,99 Euro. There's also a version bundled with a T-Shirt available for 12,99 Euro.

12/04/2014

CD Review: Heartlay - Injection EP

Note: If you have a own band or project that you think might fit in well here for a review or as a presentation / introduction please drop me a line or two in a E-Mail. Please see my profile for my E-Mail adress. I appreciate new suggestions very much so please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm also interested in band news / updates / tourdates so please keep the stuff coming. Thanks!

If you're having troubles writing in English please send me a E-Mail in your preferred language or use the free Google Translator to transfer your message to English. I also use that tool, it's of course not perfect but I think it will mostly likely work out for our purposes.

Short introduction

Heartlay is an Alternative/industrial rock band incorporating elements from Industrial rock, Alternative metal, modern electronics and Progressive rock. All the songs are completley conceived and performed by French multi-instrumentalist Aaron Sadrin, writing all the music, from intense vocal melodies to heavy guitar hooks, sonic experimentations, and modern influenced soundscapes. Brought up on piano, switching to guitar, and now, vocal interest has transformed and opened up these visions of music as a whole, without any limits.

The debut EP "Injection" has been released in November 2014.

(c) by Heartlay, used with kind permission

Summary / Player / Download Link

This five track EP contains a very dedicated, unique piece of music with very intensive atmosphere and many, many chilling moments. I love this epicness of the style and sound!

The whole record comes in a very powerfull soundscape. It's from the very beginning up to the last track a very intensive listening feeling you'll have. Somehow it reminds me of a journey - it starts at a very loud beginning, then a lot of things happen which will see you reaching many highs and lows until you reach the end which is a set in a bit more silent way but the last notes give hope that this wasn't the last bit we've heard from the band. I hope the journey can be continued some day!

The sound is set in Rock music style and on various points even Heavy Metal elements come in. Nevertheless you'll hear that it doesn't come along packed in a traditional sound but with a lot of modern ways to produce such a record. Also I'm coming personally from the old-school days I like this modern approach. It brings in a lot of fresh air to the world of Rock music and innovation often comes along with experimentation not with staying the same way all the time in my opinion. It's also very diverse so it won't get boring, the tempo and mood changes quite often in each song.

The record has been set up as a free download on Bandcamp. Since you can name the price for the EP on Bandcamp it would be nice if you could give something back for what you've taken. You know making music ain't free so please consider this. Thanks! The download option on Bandcamp also let's you choice the format and quality. All the fines loseless music file-options this site offers are available with this EP,too.

If you want to keep a eye on what's further going on in the Heartlay cosmos make sure to follow the band on Facebook or have a look from time to time on their official website which also holds more links to other social accounts the band has a presence opened up for.



Track-by-Track Review

1.See You Under
Some soft guitars play some notes before a constant hard and heavy drum pattern gives the track the push movement forward. Haunting, spoken and distorted vocals add a lot to the atmosphere. The refrain kicks in with very dominating vocals and harder guitars. It feels a bit like a phoenix rises from the ashes.
This scenario grows even further as the six-strings go over into a heavy and hard riffing attack which is pushed by a double-bass drum part which makes this the blast part of the song. A slower part follows up which gives some time to breathe before some more intensive but slightly cleaner vocals lead the song back to the heavy style. The drum pattern from the very beginning comes back towards the end of See you under bringing this one to a slow but great ending. A great first track!

2.Leave Them All Behind
A very dark and heavy hitting riff along with pushing drums opens this one up. The tone is very raw and direct. A little change comes in with the vocals. It gets over to a bit more riff- and rhythm-oriented song before a blasting refrain kicks back in again which ends up in the raw tone of the beginning again.   The second verse and chorus go in the same way as the first did but the refrain comes in even more handy which makes this track ringing in your ears for quite some time after you've heard it. The solo section comes a bit softer around playing with the previous elements of melody and riffs in various ways. The refrain is repeated and the riff-hacking part comes back to life. The end reprises the maintheme and refrain and end with distorted guitars abruptly ending the track.

3.It Comes Alive
High peak six-strings open this one up before some softer vocals give a haunting chill to this piece of music. Set in a bit more midtempo structure this one plays around a lot with the various tones and effects of the guitars. While the first half features some vocals they are left oft the second half which goes even further into experimenting with raw and hard noises. This one needs a repeat to get fully through the complex song structure.

(c) by Heartlay, used with kind permission


4.Hidden
Haunting and chilling fearfull vocals open up this one. The refrain offers a tight, bright wall of sound. This has a strong effect on the listener. The following part feels much more frail and intensive after this treatment. A constant played melody brings back the intense atmosphere from the beginning but in a bit softer way. Then a sharp cut surprises the listener - some piano notes come to life making the follow up instrumental section to a very special one. It mixes up the previous used elements along with some riffs to end up in another sound explosion. Another sharp cut and very soft and slow notes bring this excellent piece of music towards the end. A very special gem, a must listen to all the music lovers out there!

5.White Walls
Ghostly drums start this one. Beautifull, soft notes jammed in with harder piano pieces build a very strong piece of sound again. Some drum variations along with some last guitar vibrations end this EP in a soft but very decent way. 

12/02/2014

Decide which newcomer band should play at Sweden Rock Festival 2015

Bollnäs Metal rules! This is the perfect follow up to the last article. Happily besides the older bands from this legendary town in Sweden like Tad Morose and Morgana Lefay there are still some younger bands around to carry on the torch of metal.

One of them is Senate of Prevail, a band I've often talked about here in the last months.
Now I would like to ask you for a little favor:

Please help Senate Of Prevail to get the chance to play at the Sweden Rock Festival. They need your votes to get a chance to play at this well-known festival. It would be their big chance to present their music to a huge crowd.

Follow this link, mark Senate of Prevail, enter the captcha code and hit the button at the bottom of the page! Please vote as much as you can, show it to your friends and help them go further in the competition! Thank you very much for your help!

f you're new to the band just try out their excellent song "Illusion" from the current single "Abandon all hope". This song totally got me into their music, so it's hard for me to stop my enthusiasm for their sound. The riffing is just perfect for my taste.
If you like the track don't hesitate to head over to Soundcloud. You can download it for free(!) from the band's Soundcloud account along with title-track of the single.

Also don't miss out the further band activities on Facebook since the band is working on their brand-new full length album these days.

12/01/2014

Morgana Lefay & Tad Morose to play HFL Festival in Sweden 2015

Sweden has a lot of great bands to offer! For example the well known bands Morgana Lefay and Tad Morose come from there. The even better thing is that those two are going to play together at a newcomer festival in Sweden in the upcoming summer of 2015.

As announced on the Facebook page of Morgana Lefay the festival is going to take place from 24th to 25th of July 2015 at the Folketspark Motala at Bomber Street, 59100 Motala, Sweden. The entrance fee has been set to SEK 500 / SEK 300 for all the people that are not member in the Club Bomber that takes care of the organisation of the festival together with Hardrocare for livet.

Besides the mentioned bands the following groups will also play live:

LILLASYSTER
LUDOR
MAN.MACHINE.INDUSTRY
KING OF ASGARD
CARNAL FORGE
STERBHAUS
SIR REG
SIDEBURN
THE HAWKINS
VENGHA
REVELATIONS
RAVAGED
ZEPHYRA
THRASH HUNTER

Also make sure to check out the eventpage that has been set up for the festival or head over to the Facebook pages of Club Bomber or Hardrocare for Livet to make sure not to miss out about all the further updates.

Update 2015/05/07: Two big new names have been added to the line-up! One of them are the well known swedish legends from "Falconer" who after a longer break have returned in 2014 with a brand new album called "Black Moon Rising".
The second one is a well known legend from the days of the new wave of british heavy metal: Paul Di'Anno!!!

Finally a proper website for the festival has been set up which collects all the informations on one place outside of all the posts on groups and eventpages of Facebook. Great to see this has been set up since it's a pain to look through all of the posts to find the particular information one is looking for.

11/26/2014

Scanner keep promise with preview track of the new album

A sneak peak into the upcoming Scanner album has been released on Scanner's Facebook page as promised earlier to the fans.

Sounds very old-school in my ears, remembered me a lot of the Hypertrace and the Terminal Earth album. It comes with a lot of raw power and a refrain that remains in your ears for quite some time.

Finally the album "The Judgement" will see the light of day on 25th January 2015 via Massacre Records. Looking forward to it!

11/21/2014

Desperate Journalist introduce album with emotional and message-filled video

I like videos that have a message. Some even show it with including keywords in their promo videos. This particular one hits the feelings very deep with words and faces expressing closely the songs message. Emptiness and loneliness is what I would describe it with. The refrain sticks in your mind with the vocals going up so intensive that it's hard to ignore. But try it out for yourselves, because everybody has a different view on things.



Desperate Journalist consist of two girls and two boys who have bonded in the abandoned wilds of North London. Jo Bevan (vocals), Simon Drowner (bass), Rob Hardy (guitar) and Caz Hellbent (drums) - for 'tis they – have been hauled together by a fearsome instinct for what makes alternative music actually really properly authentically alternative.

They started their journey at the local Negative Creep grunge club night in Finsbury Park on February 23rd 2013. Since those heady, dark days Desperate Journalist have released one EP and two independent singles and played every other shadowy basement in London Town, displaying a bold musical vigour and an admirably chaotic sense of coherence along the way.

The video is a first taste of the self-titled debut album ‘Desperate Journalist’, which was recorded almost entirely live in Soho’s Dean Street Studios, jointly produced alongside Keith TOTP and mixed by the band itself. If that wasn’t organic enough, Desperate Journalist designed their own artwork, get heavily involved in their videos. You can download the digital version of the record already on the well known places like Amazon or itunes. The physical album is going to be released on 26th January 2015 on CD and LP via Fierce Panda Records.

(c) by Desperate Journalist, used with kind permission

The band has some shows coming up, here are the dates:

NOVEMBER 21ST LINCOLN The Scene
NOVEMBER 22ND BIRMINGHAM Actress & Bishop
NOVEMBER 27TH - LONDON Buffalo Bar
DECEMBER 13TH NOTTINGHAM - The Chameleon

Don't miss out the further band's progress. Head over to Facebook to add them your watchlist or check out the band's own website. You may also have a look at the record company's website from time to time.

11/20/2014

Dead Bouquet kick off debut album with the first video single

Can you imagine folk and psychedelic elements to fit in well with distortion elements? Well this band called Dead Bouquet has found a way to combine all these elements along with fine melodies and a lot of feelings and emotions. It's music to be remembered. Maybe it's sort of expression of the feeling to be a leave flying in the wind these autumn days...



Also this song comes in a bit more lightweight I like the atmosphere in this one very much. It gives some postives vibes and a bit of redemption feeling also the basics of the track seem to have their roots in a more dark direction. The unusual mixture of the different elements with the acoustic elements together with slight elements of distortion give it this special dark, yet positive feeling to it. The vocals and powerfull drums add the perfect round-up for this track.

The Italian rock band presents their debut album with this video, out on October 27th via Seahorse Recordings, comprised of 13 mystical and nocturnal songs, ranging from psychedelia to folk. As Far As I Know has been produced by Paul Kimble (Grant Lee Buffalo) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt (Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys).

(c) by Dead Bouquet, used with kind permission

Dead Bouquet have been playing together since summer of 2012, performing in some of the most relevant clubs in Rome and surroundings, furthermore participating to LazioWave festival at Isola Tiberina. The band will be on the road very soon for their debut album's promotion.

Make sure to stay up to date about all the further activities of the band by joining them on Facebook or see their presence on Bandcamp.

Dead Bouquet are:
Carlo Mazzoli:12-string acoustic guitar, vocals and author
Daniele Toti: bass guitar and backing vocals
Alberto Croce: drums

11/19/2014

The Dry Mouths let you listen to Cold Mind from the upcoming record

How cold and calm can you keep your mind in extreme personal situations? Test yourselves with the new song from The Dry Mouths!



The band The Dry Mouths are a Alternative Rock band from Almeria, Spain. Their music is a mixture between the rock of the 90′, stoner and the experimentation. The band has been influenced from Nirvana, Tool, Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd. So far they have released 3 albums: “Lost Bow Case Eckard” 2010, “Moons True Delay Lenght Wah Foo Era” 2012 plus "And Show Us" in 2013.

(c) by The Dry Mouths, used with kind permission

At the moment the band is preparing the release of their upcoming new EP which will be entitled "2 months". To give the people out there a idea of how the new songs are going to sound like the band has released a first full song for listening, it's the track "Cold Mind".

I like the music in this song very much, the song kicks in very straight. It's hard and dry and comes to the point. It comes with very raw sound which you could imagine to come directly as the if you were going to see the band playing live or doing a rehearsal.
The refrain is a kicker which hopefully will let people scream along at the live shows. Could imagine this going down live very well. The solo makes one feeling a bit nervous I must admit. :-)

The band is going to do a show together with Demiurgo on December the 12th at the Sala Planta Baja in Spain. For more details check the event webpage. Tickets are going for only five Euros at the presale, at the doors that evening tickets will cost 7 Euros.

If you want to keep an eye on the band don't forget to like them on Facebook or visit their website for all the informations about their past and upcoming releases and tour dates.

11/17/2014

A metal concert in a church?

Yeah, what do you think about this idea? Does it work out or should both sides not team up?
A band called "Solution Cycle" played their first ever gig last week in a church in Lower saxony / Northern germany in a small town called Nortrup-Loxten (that's near Osnabrück).

A TV megazine that reports about all the daily news happening in this region called NDR made a short news about it and I saw it on TV last friday. I thought it would be nice to let you guys out there know about it. You can get a impression of the event on the website of the TV station, there are pictures and some interview footage (sadly only in german language) available.

It's a nice bonus that the TV station has set up not only the mentioned site with a report in german and pictures but also uploaded the full show as a video for streaming. It's the full concert with a length of around 90 minutes. The stream will be up for a very limited time so better hurry if you want to check it out. If you don't want to watch the full concert but quickly check out how the band sounds then pick up this short video snippet of around a minute. A gives a short insight into the song "Fire of Life".

The pastor of the church Uwe Brand wanted to send a message out there that the church should be open to these people as well. The concert was a big success, the band played to a packed house, a audience of around 400 people of nearly all ages showed up. The pastor himself was also involved into the concert as he spoke some lines of prayers that were embed into some of the songs.

In 2013 the same pastor already made another experiment. He invited a gothic band at the holy place and that did also work out fine with many people, mostly non-gothics showing up. For 2015 the pastor hopes to be able to do another experiment that opens the church up so more people may come to the church again and have a different experience. You can follow the further band activities by clicking the like-button on their Facebook page.


11/12/2014

Bernie Marsden reveals video with unseen live Whitesnake footage

Legends always stay something special in the eyes of the fans. That's surely also what Bernie Marsden has experienced some time ago. At a rough guesstimate Bernie Marsden’s name appears on a hundred albums – maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, M3 and many more.

Most recently the guitarist revealed now the video for the song "Trouble" which includes unseen live footage of Whitesnake from 1980.  Talking about the video Bernie remarks; "This video is very special. A few months ago I was given a reel of film by a fan of a Whitesnake gig at Newcastle City Hall on the "Ready an' Willing" tour in 1980. It is unique and unseen footage of the classic early Whitesnake line up. Having had the enormous pleasure of hearing David Coverdale as a guest vocalist, and Ian Paice on drums on the track it seemed a perfect time to release just a little piece of it. It's a little grainy, but it is the real deal, watch Jon Lord in classic style on the Hammond organ. Many thanks to the people of the North East in the film, and of course the whole of the Whitesnake army out there. Special thanks to Mark Smith for his camera work and great editing. Hope you enjoy it, those on tour Snake memories flood back!"


The current album of Bernie Marsden ‘Shine’ features some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero also supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing. “I can’t help it, I’ve got a lot of mates – and quite a few of them are guitar players”, Bernie laughs.

At the moment he is back on the road with Joanne Shaw Taylor, here are the dates and links for purchasing tickets online. Check Facebook or Twitter for updates and news.

Wed Nov 12th Exeter Corn Exchange - £17.50 Tickets
Thu Nov 13th Falmouth Pavilion - £17.50 Tickets
Fri Nov 14th Salisbury City Hall - £17.50 Tickets
Sat Nov 15th Birmingham Town Hall - £17.50 Tickets
Tue Nov 18th Cardiff Globe - £19.25 Tickets
Wed Nov 19th London Shepherds Bush Empire - £22.50 Tickets
Thu Nov 20th Bury St Edmunds Apex - £17.50 Tickets

11/10/2014

Wacken 2014 and beyond - streams online and boxset coming

Life can only be understood in reverse. But must be lived forwards… This quote from the Megadeth song "Losing my senses" is a good statement in my eyes. We should focus on the here and now rather than on the past.

Anyway, sometimes you may also like to look back as some memories can also be pretty sweet. This often comes into play when thinking about visiting a festival like the Wacken Open Air.

The german TV station zdf kultur has re-uploaded some of the broadcasts of the past Wacken Open Air from 2014. So here's one more chance to see this stuff if you haven't already.

Kreator

Schandmaul

Amon Amarth

Hammerfall

In addition to that a mediabook package with 3 DVDs / Blu-rays is coming our way which will reflect upon the Wacken Open Airs of all the past years called „25 Years of Wacken – Snapshots, Scraps, Thoughts And Sounds“ .

The german Rock Hard megazine has been given the honour to exclusively present a first insight into the book on their website showing stuff from the years 1990 - 1994. Unfortunately it's in german but the pictures inside should be of interest to many people.

For more infos from the boxset and some snippets from the DVDs watch the trailer below.

11/08/2014

Anvil touring Europe in November /December 2014

Sometimes dreams come true. This time Anvil are picked to make one of their dreams come true: a full headliner tour which will see the band play as a headliner in Europe this winter!

So you see there is "Hope in hell", just as the album title of the most recent record of the band told us. If you haven't heard it yet, here's one fine example. It's the new song "Eat your words". The band shot a promo video for that song so I was able to include it here:



Here are the tourdates for the European part of the tour, find more of it on the promo poster below. You can find ticket order links for most of the dates directly on the Anvil tourdates page.

For Updates check back with the Anvil homepage or follow the band through Facebook or Twitter.

21.11.14 D-Reichenbach – E Werk
22.11.14 PL-Breslau – Klub Liverpool
23.11.14 PL-Posen – Klub u Bazyla
24.11.14 D-Berlin – C Club
26.11.14 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
27.11.14 I-Audiodron – Turin
28.11.14 D-Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
30.11.14 B-Kortrijk – De Kreun
01.12.14 NL-Tilburg – Little Devil
02.12.14 D-Bochum – Matrix
04.12.14 NOR-Trondheim – Blaest
05.12.14 NOR-Haugesund – Skala
06.12.14 NOR-Sandnes – Tribute
07.12.14 NOR-Oslo – Pokalen
09.12.14 FI-Tampere – Klubi
10.12.14 FI-Helsinki – Nosturi
12.12.14 SWE-Borlaenge – Liljan
13.12.14 SWE-Trollhattan – Backstage Rockbar
16.12.14 DK-Copenhagen – Loppen
18.12.14 D-Munich – Backstage
19.12.14 ITA-Brescia – Circolo Colony
20.12.14 D-Karlsruhe – Schwarzwaldhalle/Knock Out Festival

Tour Agency: ITM Agency , Germany

(c) anvilmetal.com, used with kind permission

11/06/2014

Senate of Prevail showing Mosh Fest live footage and song playthrough

For years I've struggled to find a way to tell people why I'm so obsessed with gigs of small metal bands. This video that Senate of Prevail just released on Facebook gives some very good insight how it's like to be at a Heavy Metal Underground show.

I like that heavyness, it comes directly from the heart. No overdubs, no big intros but instead it just kicks ass directly from the very first moment up to the very last seconds but without missing out that feeling for vibes and melodies. Few people only know how much these people give to bring you such a fine music. Enjoy!

Update 2014/11/13: The band has announced the next show the band is going to play:

November 26th 2014
Stockholm
Pub Anchor, Sveavägen 90.



For all of you guitar players out there I've got a little extra: if you'd like to know how to play the rhythm guitars in "Abandon all hope" don't worry any longer. Here's a video that shows how to play that song.

Could watch for hours, always fascinates me to see guitar players in Heavy Metal bands. Plus I love to listen to the different sound these playthroughs provide and also some improvisations in this one.

11/04/2014

In Flames concert Cologne 2014 to be aired by TV show Rockpalast


Update 2014/11/25: All the broadcasted stuff has been added the online archive of the Rockpalast homepage! So here's your chance to check the stuff out in case you missed it:

In Flames
While She Sleeps
Wovenwar
Papa Roach


The german TV music format "Rockpalast" is a legendary show. Since nearly 40 years the format has become famous for recording live shows from all of the well known artists, amongst them The Who, David Bowie, ZZ Top and many, many more plus a lot of young and unknown bands.
Check out their massive Video archive to see a list of the bands and have a look at some of the material, they stream all of the offered stuff for free!

On 31st of October 2014 the shows of In Flames, While she sleeps, Wovenwar and Papa Roach were recorded by the Rockpalast team at the Palladium in Cologne, Germany. At the moment you can already take a look at some of the stuff at the Rockpalast homepage (interviews with bandmembers as well as single songs of the show).

In the night from 23. November to 24. November 2014 the full concert will be aired at the german TV station WDR starting at midnight. There's also a webstream of the TV station available but I can't tell if the show will be available there as well or if they have a regionlock activated. Anyway, just try your luck I think it will be worth checking out. Maybe they'll also add the show to their archive later.

11/01/2014

iLLacrimo presents new single and video Chains In The Cold

Here is some more metal from Italy. This time it is set in a direction of European sounds mixed with the traditional Italian melody. While the music goes a very straight way with powerful guitars and constant drums the vocals here stand out a bit for me. They are a bit different of what can be heard from similar bands and surprised me quite a bit when I saw the video.

The song, released via Resistolabel, anticipates the self-titled debut EP by the band, set to be released on January 2015, after the preview of the song Non Credi (the video of which was presented exclusively on the group's social channels).



Chains in The Cold was recorded in Italy, mixed at the Fastermaster studio in London under the stage management of Matteo Cifelli.  The band's upcoming self-titled EP is comprised of 5 songs that represent a little preview of the project and the direction taken by the band between two languages, two heritages, ballads and more aggressive stuff. The video of Chains In The Cold was shot by Matteo Cataldo (MTV Italy).

(c) by iLLacrimo, used with kind permission
iLLacrimo play live with:

Alessandro Napolitano (Drums)
Raffaele Lamorte (Keyboards)
Daniele Coscarelli (Rhythm guitar)
Dario Vanoli (Bass)

You can follow the band's further progress by checking out their Facebook page or take a look at Twitter for updates.

10/29/2014

CD Review: Manach Seherath - Manach Seherath

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Short introduction

Manach Seherath is a Symphonic Heavy Metal band from Italy, whose name in a dead ancient language means 'to draw from the source'. This cryptic phrase, with all that it hides, is well representative of the marriage of heavy rhytms with epic keyboards and mysterious lyrics, which togheter make the trademark of M.S. sound: a modern heavy metal band which doesn't forget the gloomy lessons of the past.

(c) by Manach Seherath, used with kind permission


The project took the first steps in summer 2012, when Mich Crown after a period of forced musical inactivity,decided that the time had come to back on stage wih a brand new band. After searching and recruiting all the other members the band began in december 2012 to write the first songs of this demo. 
The recordings were done in June 2013. At the moment Manach Seherath are busy with preparing the songs for their first full length album.

Summary / Player / Download Link

From the very first seconds the band reminds me in a very, very positive way of the first records that Tad Morose did back in the day. To be precisely I speak about a mixture between albums like "Leaving the past behind", "Sender of thoughts" along with the heavyness of a album like "A mended rhyme". All of these are amongst my favorite albums as they mix the sheer power of metal with great melodies and the dark touch of melodic keyboards which add so much to the atmosphere. I often wish Tad Morose, as much as I love their more powermetal-oriented current albums which are top notch would give these keyboards a chance to come back in.

This band happily has heard my call somehow. But they did more: they've managed to get some very majestic, powerfull vocals in there as well. Those remind me of the times when Mathew Barlow sang for Iced Earth. This means that the vocals come with a very unique style and tone. I like the lyrics, they tell of ancient tales and fit perfectly to the concept of the record. The cover you can see above gives some idea of that.

(c) by Manach Seherath, used with kind permission


The songs are very diverse, atmospheric and also long tracks (most of them are over six minutes in durance). Tracks one and three and very straight forward while number two comes in a bit more complex and needs some rounds to fully sink. Don't let this stop you from listening. It will add a lot to your enjoyment and it's great if a record won't get boring even after having it heard for several times.

The demo is a free download and I highly recommend to pick it up! Just jump over to Soundcloud and start downloading and hit the follow button while you are waiting for the download to finish. Especially if you agree to what I've written above you'll be very happy once you've done that. In addition you can listen to the three tracks here on my blog. The band kindly also added one more online bonustrack to their rooster on soundcloud, which is a short version of the track "All in all".

Be sure to keep an eye of this great band by following them via their account on Facebook.





Track-by-Track Review


Arti Manthano


A short intro starts the song. Someone knocks on your door twice, a door is opened up and here we go!
After some clearing up of the speakers like at a show the already mentioned keyboards welcome the listener with some notes before the crushing guitars step in and the drums slowly move the song forward. It's like you're introduced to another world and this part is there to take you over there.

After a short time the song starts to get faster and the vocals come in. A fast uptempo track this one surely is a competition in holding the line and not losing the breath. A short breakup with keyboards introduces yet another change in the tempo to build a bridge to the majestic refrain. Without losing any more time the song jumps back to the uptemo formula. Another bridge takes you to the refrain once again. Towards the middle of the song there's another change in the song structure that is introduced by one of these old school screams that you may know from the old school Heavy Metal records where this element was often to be found.  A fine element that most of today's albums are sadly missing.

A midtemp and very groovy part follows up. It's time for some guitar solos which once again turn out to be of the more oldschool direction. Finally we go back to the very first style of the track, so more uptemo in here.  Some more slower parts towards the end, very rough and hard but with the keyboard theme in them bring this song to the ends and fade into eternity...

Timeless

A very dark and slow introduction. The song takes heavy first steps but you can still hear keyboards in the background. This first part feels a bit as it is a spoke introduction to a longer tale. Vocals come in very high and majestic and it all remains in this style. As if a procession takes place, just one intermission with some hacked stuff.

The vocals then come in to the climax, reminding me a bit of one of King Diamond's infamous screams. A short repeating of the very beginning of the song towards the end with only keyboards and drums brings this to come full circle.

All in All

This could easily become a hymn! Majestic keyboards form a bright intro combined with the follow-up military drums. The track itself presents itself as a midtempo song  with much of this vocal-style that Matthew Barlow used on the "Burnt Offerings" album along with very high notes in the refrain.

It all comes in very compact and the guitar solo shows of some of the virtuosity of the guitar player. A reprise of the intro shortly after the solo leads over to some mystic part with more percussive elements and some spoken, narrative elements. This part closes the timeless trilogy and with a abrupt cut the demo also ends here. A perfectly fitting ending for a great epic!

I hope more than everything that we will hear some more from this band. They've in my eyes brought back a style in the Heavy Metal Universe which I thought to be lost for a long time. Happily this demo proves that I've been wrong.

10/23/2014

A Light Within shows writing vocal session clip for upcoming EP

The Alt-Rock / Post-progressive band A Light Within is working on new material for the next EP. Having made their first step with the release of the "Preface" EP which can be heard in my review about the release the band is preparing the follow-up mini-album these days.

This snippet shows the process of writing vocals to a live instrumental take of "Between Shores". I've never seen such a teaser before, but it feels like it takes one directly into the creative working process the band is currently in.

Not one of the "usual" studio impressions though. Very cool vocals and I also like the style of the video that fits to the music. It feels a bit haunting and the atmosphere is very tight. I've also had a interview with the band a while ago so head over to find out more about this outstanding band.



The band will play two liveshows in the upcoming time:

Oct 23
The Riot Room
Kansas City, MO

Nov 08
with Various Hands and The Travel Guide
The Bay, Warrensburg MO 64903

Update 2014/11/07: The band has added two new snippets from the recording sessions to their Youtube channel. They used video in photoshop! Just click below to see them both plus all the other stuff that the band has uploaded so far.


10/21/2014

Free Generation Prog Festival 2014 sampler up for download

In a few weeks the "Generation Prog Festival 2014" will take place over here in Germany at Nürnberg on 15th of November 2014.

The company doing the promotion for the event "Prog Sphere" has set up a free download sampler that features one track of each of the bands of the festival as song
1-5 of the sampler. Tracks 6-10 are bonus tracks by bands that are taken from the Generation Prog Records roster.

For all those who prefer to stream instead of downloading the compilation I've included the player below. The full download can be found on the Bancamp page of Prog Sphere Promotions.

Find out more about the Generation Prog Festival 2014:
www.generation-prog.com

Order your festival tickets and affordable hotel packages here:
www.generation-prog.com?page_id=1172&lang=en

10/18/2014

Free livestream of Soul Healer record release party today

Don't miss the livestream of the record release party of the finish melodic metal band Soul Healer today 10:15 CET (info: show starts on 22:15h for all of my german readers).

Just make sure to tune in at the streaming page at the official website of the band.

SoulHealer are celebrating the release of the new album “Bear The Cross” with a release gig at their hometown Kajaani on Saturday 18 October. To give all the fans around the world the chance to be a part in this special event, the show will be streamed live as video all around the world.

Never heard of the band before? No problem, just check out the video below to see if you like their music. :-) And if you do, hit the Like button for the band on Facebook as well.

10/17/2014

CD Review: Wild Smiles - Always tomorrow

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Short introduction

The fast-rising trio Wild Smiles comprises the brothers Chris and Joe Peden with drummer Ben Cook.  Hailing from Winchester, Wild Smiles were amazed when their first forays made such a splash. Their 2013 7”, Sweet Sixteen/Tangled Hair, took in elements of Beach Boys surf pop, Velvet Underground drones, Wall Of Sound beats, Jesus & Mary Chain low-fi garage clatter and Nirvana filth. A dazzling stew of sound, it was simultaneously classic, timely and forward thinking – it seemed amazing no one had smashed such sprawling decades of music together before.

A five-track Wild Smiles EP followed on Geoff Barrow’s Invada label that summer, led by the MBV-flecked Take Me Away, and, in that song’s spirit of escape, the band hit the road for much of the rest of the year, earning their touring chops before going on to sign with Sunday Best. Wild Smiles then took time out to concentrate on honing their songwriting on their debut album "Always tomorrow".

(c) Wild Smiles, used with kind permission


Lyrically the album traces a thematic arc of growing up and getting out, the struggles of the debt-heavy, priced-out youth generation. Indeed, many of the songs on the album tackle issues that most other young bands are too scared or ignorant of to approach.

“People my age can't get a job,” Chris sings. “Nothing to do, it’s so fucked up/People my age can't get a job/Get a house, get a car, get a life… who’s there for us?” While I’m Gone and the single, Never Wanted This, are bold rejections of the mundane sort of life we’re expected to settle for: “I could get a job I could wear a suit/A monkey in a suit to make some money”.
“It’s our perception of life,” says Ben. “Not the voice of a generation but just how we three see it.”

Summary / Player / Download Link

Classic Rock 'n' Roll all the way straight from the beginning to the end! That's what comes to my mind when listening to this album. If you're into such classic bands like the Ramones you should hit the play button without doubt. It's dirty Rock with hammering guitars and raunchy vocals that perfectly fit for the next party.

The groove is very direct along with he bass guitar lines. The album has few diverse parts in them, it comes around as direct as it could be. You could even imagine to listen to a live show that's cut into songs while played in the studio without audience. But sure as it is, if you dislike such stuff because you prefer heavier stuff you won't be happy with this one. Try it out, I've had a good time
with this album.

The full album stream isn't up yet, so I've put the tracks here that are available so far. If there should be a stream of the whole record that comes from the band or label I'll update the review and include it here.

Update 2014/10/22: Finally the full album stream is up! Head over to the Consequence of Sound website to hear it.

Update 2014/10/27: Today is the release date of the record. So I've added the full album stream for you to enjoy while (hopefully) reading my review.


The album will see the release on Sunday Best Recordings on 27th October. Just jump over to get a copy on CD or have a look at the digital download offer.
You can stay in touch with the band through their website, Facebook or the Twitter account.

Track-by-Track Review

Fool For You
This one goes in straight forward and gives you a good idea of what this band is all about. A hard riff opens this one up, the rest of the band quickly kicks in directly after that.
The refrain hits your ears without warning and won't leave it that fast anymore. A very classic way to write such a song. Some repeats of the refrain and the end comes fast and direct.

Never Wanted This 
A slower start. The typical way to get a hymn started. The refrain is also a bit slower but with much roughness in the guitars. It then comes back to the formula of the beginning.
Once again a song to be remembered.

Always Tomorrow
1-2-3-4 you can imagine the drummer to count before a hit on the snare drum starts this one. A straight riff rocker. The refrain comes very embeded into the song structure so the song remains once piece from the beginning to the end.

Everyone’s The Same
The Rock scheme of the past three songs is left for a while. A midtemo stomping track with some easy guitars and spacy vocals. The end leaves you with some vibrating guitars and fades the track softly to the end

Hold On
Yeah, we're back on track the rhythm seems to scream. Very dirty and hard guitars gives this one a lot of drive. Some variations on the vocals before more loud guitars push one back to the ground.

The Best Four Years
A change of rhythm once again. A bit slower but very punchy in style this song is a mid-tempo Rock song in a very classic way. The guitars scream it out very loud. Feels ike some look back on a good time. Surprisingly a "long" song compared to the other tracks of the record.

The Gun
A straight rocker right from the start, the guitars create a hook in the ears while the vocals are a bit more dry on this one. Not so much reverb mixed in here. Anyway it feels a bit different from the rest.

Figure It Out
Wow, this rushes out very fast. The band kicks it very heavy on this one. Pretty near to Metal this one goes.  The refrain is very catchy again. Reminds me a bit of old Nirvana songs.

Girlfriend
I'm out with my girlfriend and we're having a good time this one shouts out. A very direct tune, no hidden catch just jump on the train and have fun. This one has a great refrain and is instantly on my mind since the first listen. If you're feeling down play this one LOUD and you'll feel better. A potion of fresh air will come your way.

See You Again
The amp screams a bit at the beginning. The evening with the girlfriend is over but you can be sure you'll see each other again. Once again a very dirty and distinctive sounding piece of Rock music, the refrain is soft but fits very good to the mood.

I’m Gone
The band returns for one more song before the show is over. But there's no complaining in sight. Instead the band rocks it out 'till the end. A last rockin' greeting but the refrain gives hope we'll see a return.
I hope we'll hear again from this band. Never thought a band would come around with such a direct straight on forward album these days but happily Wild Smiles have presevered this original Rock 'n' Roll style in their hearts.

10/16/2014

New fun series Metal Grashopper kicks off first episode

Hehe, how to become a real Heavy Metal musician and maniac? Well, you could ask one of the guys in the realm of metal bands to coach you. ;-)

Comedian Dave Hill may've thought the same when putting together the storyline for the new web series "Metal Grashopper". Featuring Phil Anselmo from the Band DOWN this new series gives you the chance to check out every week one new episode on how the thing is coming along.

If you want to know more about this nice webseries make sure to hit the Like-Button on the Facebook page that has been set up. Most of all: have fun with this! :-)



Update 2014/10/25: Epidsode 2 is up and running. :-)

Black Label Society annouce 2015 tourdates

Some guitarists become very well-known for their style and work with famous names in the world of Heavy Metal. One of them surely is Zakk Wylde.

From his 20 years with Ozzy Osbourne and his inception of Black Label Society in 1998 Wylde has widely been considered as one of modern rocks’ true guitar heroes with his taste for metal, blues, doom and southern rock. His collaborations have led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling ‘No More Tears’ for which Wylde wrote all the music.

Just check out one of his actual productions with the video for the song "My Dying Time".

The band has now annouced the tourdates for hitting the road in Europe in 2015. The line-up of the band will deature Zakk Wylde along with Dario Lorina (Guitar), John DeServio (Bass) and Jeff Fabb (Drums). Here are the dates with links for purchasing tickets for each show:


2015 UK TOUR

WEDNESDAY 11 FEBRUARY                      O2 ABC, GLASGOW - £20.00 Tickets
THURSDAY 12 FEBRUARY                         THE INSTITUTE, BIRMINGHAM - £20.00 Tickets
FRIDAY 13 FEBRUARY                               THE ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON - £22.00 Tickets
SATURDAY 14 FEBRUARY                         O2 ACADEMY, BRISTOL - £20.00 Tickets
SUNDAY 15 FEBRUARY                             O2 ACADEMY, LEEDS - £20.00 Tickets
TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY                            UEA, NORWICH - £20.00 Tickets
WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY                      ROCK CITY, NOTTINGHAM - £20.00 Tickets
THURSDAY 19 FEBRUARY                         MANCHESTER ACADEMY - £20.00 Tickets

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

SATURDAY 21 FEBRUARY                         MELKWEG, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS €27.50 Tickets
SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY                             ANCIENNE BELIGIQUE, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM €28.00 Tickets
TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY                            BATSCHKAPP, DORTMUND, GERMANY €28.00 Eventim & Ticketmaster
WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY                      FZW FREIZEITENTRUM WEST, FRANKFURT, GERMANY €28.00 Eventim
THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY                         LE BATACLAN, PARIS, FRANCE €32.00 Tickets

SUNDAY 1 MARCH                                   TRAIN, AARHUS, DENMARK 275.00 DKK Tickets
TUESDAY 3 MARCH                                  ROCKEFELLER MUSIC HALL. OSLO, NORWAY 385.00 NOK Tickets
FRIDAY 6 MARCH                                     NOSTURI, HELSINKI, FINLAND €41.00 Tickets
SUNDAY 8 MARCH                                   ROCK CAFÉ, TALLINN, ESTONIA €32.00 Tickets
MONDAY 9 MARCH                                 FORUM PALACE, VILNUS, LITHUANIA $30.00
WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH                          B90, GDANSK, POLAND 110.00 PLN Tickets
THURSDAY 12 MARCH                             CLUB STUDIO, KRAKOW, POLAND 110.00 PLN Tickets
SATURDAY 14 MARCH                             Z7, BASLE, SWITZERLAND 46.00 CHF Tickets
SUNDAY 15 MARCH                                 LES DOCKS, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND 50.00 CHF Tickets

Album Buy links:

Buy ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’ on CD/Vinyl here
Buy ‘Catacombs of the Black Vatican’ on iTunes here

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