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CD Review – Bloodbound – War Of Dragons (2017 AFM Records)

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CD Review – Bloodbound – War Of Dragons (2017 AFM Records)

Bloodbound is back with another spectacular release. The Swedish onslaught brings to the fore-front an extremely powerful release that continues the power metal crusade that they have been doing sing the mid 2000’s. Garnering a large fan base with their powerful music and memorable live performances have made this band one of the premiere bands’ to thrive.

“War of Dragons” delivers everything you have grown to love about Bloodbound. The melodic lines throughout this release and the guitar shredding captivates the listeners and keeps you listening. It indeed continues with that European power metal style. It is a pretty sweet release that is far from wimpy. It delivers, it really does. Vocally  Selleby is on top of his game and really pulls the music together. Lyrically alone “War of Dragons” is an instant classic.  This release takes you on a journey and the lyrics are outstanding and stands out.  The Olsson’s do such a great job of pulling the trigger on setting the world on fire with the guitars. Fredrik Bergh on keyboards really stands out on this release. “King of Swords” really reflects this notion. Plus its one of the heaviest tracks on it.

If you are up against the wall on Bloodbound and have not heard of them you need to take a chance on these guys.

Bloodbound- War Of Dragons

 1. A New Era Begins
 2. Battle In The Sky
 3. Tears Of A Dragonheart
 4. War Of Dragons
 5. Silver Wings
 6. Stand And Fight
 7. King Of Swords
 8. Fallen Heroes
 9. Guardians At Heaven’s Gate
10. Symphony Satana
11. Starfall

12. Dragons Are Forever

available as CD, 2CD Digipak, ltd. colored Vinyl & ltd. Box Set

 

LINE- UP:
Patrik J Selleby – vocals
Tomas Olsson – guitars
Henrik Olsson – guitars
Anders Broman – bass
Fredrik Bergh – keyboards
(currently vacant)– drums

www.bloodbound.se

CD Review – Sainted Sinners – Sainted Sinners (2017 El Puerto Records Gbr)

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Ready for some fresh new music to come your way? Are you into the sound of classic Whitesnake, Rainbow, and Deep Purple? Well, these guys put together an outstanding release that will pull you into them. I am talking about the band Sainted Sinners. Fronted with former Accept vocalist David Reece and a great back-lining artist bring the self titled release to the fore-front which is produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy).  Few of the tracks on this release are powerful, especially with the strong blues influence. It is indeed a guitarist band. Riff after riff and the vocals really bring it full circle.

The most powerful song on this release is “We’re All Sainted Sinners.” Think this song captivates the entire feeling of this release. It has the strength of the vocals as well as the hooky chorus and riff completes it.  “Knight Of The Long Knives” is a classic track that really sets the stage for what to expect, complete with that Rainbow vibe and the lyrics are powerful and chorus is full of catchy juiciness.  “Beauty In The Beast” has a groovy upbeat rhythm to it that makes you want to move around where you are and does not let down. “Blue Lightning Man” sheds that southern swampy vibe, and clean rockin’ upbeat song. Pretty cool to listen to the buildup of the song. Vocally one of the better tracks on this release. “In Need” ah back to the bluesy vibe and the talk about the hard times. Definitely has a ZZ Top feel to it, which is a good thing.

This release is really colorful. Has alot of feeling, expression and lyrically and vocally a masterpiece. It is a really “groove” oriented release and a throw-back kinda vibe. It is a nice feeling release. There are no downsides on this one.

“I feel a very strong sense of pride! I feel it’s a great representation of who I and we are”, summarizes DAVID REECE, who calls the eleven tracks colorful. “Concerning the logistic distance between everybody and the fact that we just started as a band, it’s a very promising debut with many albums to follow”, rejoices FRANK PANÉ. And it becomes obvious, that »Sainted Sinners« is the beginning of a new, exciting hard rocking fairytale.

So if you are looking for something fresh but with that older vibe to it you need to check these guys out and grab this release when it comes out. You will be really satisfied.

SAINTED SINNERS – Sainted Sinners

El Puerto Records
US Release Date: February 24th, 2017

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Knight Of The Long Knives
  2. Beauty In The Beast
  3. Maybe She’s Got Balls
  4. We’re All Sainted Sinners
  5. Blue Lightning Man
  6. The Love That I Have Found
  7. Did You
  8. In Need
  9. Evangeline
  10. Shine Diamond Girl
  11. Truth Is A Lie

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CD Review: Words That Burn – REGRET IS FOR THE DEAD (2016)

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Words That Burn – REGRET IS FOR THE DEAD (2016)

Yes, these bad asses are back at it again! This time the rain has soaked in the ground and everyone had the opportunity to delve deep into their last release “Praey” and it was a success. Words That Burn drew much international attention from their debut and took the time and dedication to follow it up with their latest effort “Regret is For the Dead.”

Overall: 9.5/10Regret is For The Dead” the new release and the vibe is strong and it pulls you in and captivates you.  This release does this to a “T.”  Give this release a few spins and understanding the vibe of the overall; this CD clearly does it. “Regret is For The Dead”, “is like getting your skull smashed in by a speeding truck side-swiping it!”

My favorite tracks on this release are “Unalive“, “Scars” and “In This Moment,” “Hush“, it is really hooky, great drive and power driven vocally as well as musically. As with this release each track is melodically driven and delivers the punch and does not let down. These guys have got to be great to see live. Especially when they perform their newer material.  If you are looking for something fresh and new sounding check out these guys Words That Burn and grab this release today!

Words That BurnRegret is For The Dead (2016)

Tracklisting

  • Our New Sin
  • Unalive
  • Disappear
  • Chalklines
  • Hush
  • Scars
  • Mirror Perfect Mannequin
  • In This Moment
  • The Phoenix
  • Last Breath

In late 2014 WTB signed International record, distribution and publishing deal with Wormholedeath / Aural Records / Warner Chappell Holland (BV). The band hit the rehearsal rooms in January 2015 to hone their sound further and take it to the next level. In July of the same year they flew to beautiful Tuscany in Italy, where they spent a month recording their first full length offering.

Words That Burn
www.facebook.com/wordsthatburn
www.twitter.com/words_that_burn
wordsthatburnband@gmail.com

CD Review: INDOMINUS – “Legion Within” (2016 Roxx Records)

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indominusINDOMINUS – “Legion Within” release is pretty easy to get a feeling of it. “This release sounds like a nuclear holocaust of mass proportion.”  If you think that INDOMINUS just released a CD that was wimpy or had some filler tracks on it, you would be sadly mistaken. This 5 song release features destruction in every song.

Backbone” sets the stage for this release. It is just a straight up ass-whoopin’ song. Heavy as hell and keeps you in the loop of the song. “Fragile Existence” is the continuation the destruction.  This track is powerful. There is some really sick riffs on this release that you need to hear, as in the song “Leeches” which will make you think “what the hell is he doing.” It is powerful and the vocals are extremely strong, the chorus is pretty hooky which is a great feeling and keeps the vibe alive. I enjoyed the chugging in the song, had that Exodus feel to it. The title track “Legion Within” has that European riffing intro and heavy dropped down pounding squeals. The guitar seems to be in a different realm than the rest of the band which is a great thing. He is playing the melody line over the pounding. Vocally, just hearing him sing (scream) really starts to scare the listener. Such an evil vibe in this track. Heavy as hell and scary as all hell as well, killer little solo in this song as well. Closing the release is “Shadow.” This is a moshing masterpiece, great vibe and chugging. Really feeling this song. Nice melodic guitar driven lines through this song as well. I highly recommend you diving in a letting this song soak in.

Overall: INDOMINUS – “Legion Within” comes in as straight up ass-whoopin or a bat to the skull. You can’t go wrong with these guys. If you are looking for something heavy, melodic and unrelentless you need to get a hold of these cats and really dive into this cauldron of chaos. 4/5 Horns!

Contact INDOMINUS

Email | Facebook | Youtube | Official

Lead Vocals – Currently looking,
Guitar – Logan,
Lead Guitar – Simon,
Bass – Mark,
Drums – Nathan.

The band formed in early 2016, out of the dissolution of a previous band. The band worked tirelessly on new music and signed with USA label Roxx Records to release their debut EP entitled “Legion Within” – which was released as of September 2nd 2016. The band has appeared at multiple European festivals, for example MetalYard in Enschede, Holland.

CD Review – DEAD LABEL – Throne of Bones (2016 Nuerra Records)

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dltobIf you are looking for something heavy as hell, melodic and something new to dive into than look no further. DEAD LABEL has put out this killer release called “Throne of Bones.” This release packs a punch right to the gut and keeps you pulled into them.

“Throne of Bones” gives you that vicious metalcore vocals and music that reminds you of a Lamb of God. It is extremely intense but not hard enough that you don’t know what is going on. The points that I caught on right off the back was the strength in the drums and guitar mix. “Claire is a monster on the cannons.” And you can quote me on this one! The thing I enjoy about listening to the songs is how strong the chemistry is between the members it does not seem to slack in any department at all. It’s equally brutal and really catchy.

The title track “Throne of Bones” sets the stage of the release giving you that punch in the face. It definitely lets you know this is not a sissy CD. “Salvation in Sacrifice” starts off  dramatically but then it delivers the power that DEAD LABEL is known for.  This track is pretty catchy and hooky, the guitars are right on track and keeps this song moving, nice little solo in there. “Ominous” has a nice build up to the verse, pretty spooky track. Really interesting lyrics in this one.  I think I got a bit scared listening to this one! “The Birth of Suffering”, man I am such a sucker for songs that start off with acoustic guitars that actually sound sweet. The song bleeds into the verse and is a smooth melodic hard hitting rhythm and the vocals just swell into it providing the push of the greatness of this track. There is a pretty sweet breakdown in this song and the buildup is destructive! “The Cleansing”, ah another pretty sweet intro, almost like a R&B vibe to it, I was thinking of having a night cap when this started playing. It is a nice break from the madness before this. Its may be instrumental but it did not lose me, it really absorbed me. “Exhume The Venom” back to the heaviness. This track goes right for your throat and the lyrics tells you that! An ass whippin’ kinda song.  “Void” brings the heavy back to the mix, this track has got to be played live and you can just picture the circle pits develop as this song continues. It is heavy, unrelentless and the drums just destroy. Closing out this phenomenal release is “The Gates of Hell,” that European flavor swells into this song, very heavy and melodic with piano taking this song into the next level.  The heavy melodic vibe is a great way to conclude this release as it kinda closes the story on this release encasing the madness and power in this song.

Overall: 9/10 from DEAD LABEL “Throne of Bones.” As stated throughout this release it is intense, powerful, the band chemistry is tight and it shows in every song.  The only thing I would loved to have heard is the guitarist expanding his prolific guitar style in the songs, in other words, solo’s. I love this release and look forward to listening more to this and really letting it soak in. Take a moment and seek this band out and make them part of your life!

Tracklist – DEAD LABEL “Throne of Bones”

  1. Throne of Bones
  2. Salvation in Sacrifice
  3. Ominous
  4. The Birth of Suffering
  5. The Cleansing
  6. Exhume the Venom
  7. Void
  8. The Gates of Hell

About DEAD LABEL

Formed in the Autumn of 2008, Dead Label are a three piece contemporary Metal band from Celbridge in Ireland. Having recorded their self titled EP in 2010, Dead Label began their journey as a professional touring band, playing shows all over Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. In 2012, the band’s debut album “Sense Of Slaughter” was released via Nuerra Records. The release earned the band critical acclaim from a wide variety of Metal and Rock press around the world. This led to the band being hand picked as official support for Machine Head on the Irish leg of their European Tour in 2012.

Extensive touring followed in 2013, with Dead Label clocking up a considerable amount of headlining club shows across Europe, as well as festival appearances at Japan’s Rocktoberfest, Estella Beer Rock Fest (Spain), Vandal Fest and Made Of Metal Fest (Czech Republic) and Gothoom Festival (Slovakia). The beginning of 2014 saw the
band writing for their sophomore album “Throne Of Bones”, which was recorded in East West Studios on Sunset Blvd in late September with acclaimed producer Chris Rakestraw (Megadeth, Danzig, Soulfly, Deftones). Dead Label then embarked on a self booked / self promoted 3 month North American tour, before returning home to
Europe to shoot a video for “Salvation in Sacrifice” with Burning Chariot (Bleed From Within). This is the first single / video from the forthcoming album and was released in March of 2015 gaining up to 2000 online views in its first week.

2015 saw Dead Label play the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival, being hand picked as official support for Gojira on all Irish dates and completing 24 dates with Fear Factory on their recent European tour in November / December. With the “Throne Of Bones” release date set for Spring 2016. Dead Label are getting
ready to hit the road again this Summer and have already been confirmed for the mainstage at the 2016 Metal Days Festival in Slovenia along side Exodus, Testament, Blind Guardian and Kreator

Dead Label are:
Daniel O’Grady Bass / Vocals
Danny Hall Guitars
Claire Percival Drums

DEAD LABEL – Official | FB | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

CD Review: RAVENEYE – Nova (2016 Frontiers Music s.r.l)

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raveneyeRavenEye – Nova (2016 Frontiers Music s.r.l)

The latest release by UK masters RavenEye breaks the mold with Nova. Shedding a refreshing sound to the current stale vibe out there.

Guess you can say this band and release has that sound that crosses a Soundgarden meets Crobot with a Sabbathy feel to it.  Great groove, great lyrics, vocally a masterpiece.  Track after track is completely different but yet is harmoniously in sinc.

Nova will make you happy you purchased this release by RavenEye. This is easy a 9.5 / 10

Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Track Listing for NOVA:

  1. Wanna Feel You
  2. Come With Me
  3. Inside
  4. Hero
  5. Supernova
  6. Walls
  7. Oh My Love
  8. Madeline
  9. Hate
  10. Out Of The Rain
  11. Eternity

About RavenEye

Since forming in 2014, the band has toured globally, supporting bands such as The Darkness, Slash, Deep Purple, Halestorm and Blues Pills. The band has headlined their own tours through Europe and America and have performed at major international rock festivals such as Download Festival (UK), Hellfest Open Air Festival (France), Azkena Rock Festival ARF (Spain), Rock For People (OFFICIAL) (Czech Republic), Louder Than Life (U.S.), and Aftershock Festival (U.S.), and will also perform at this year’s Maximus Festival in Brazil and Argentina this September.  Their incendiary live shows have captivated crowds and put them on the map as a ‘must see live’ band.

Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Down, Anders Osborne), who engineered the debut EP, took over as producer to capture the band’s true sonic identity on NOVA. Together, Oli Brown, Aussie bassist Aaron Spiers and renowned drummer Gunnar Olsen worked at Water Music in Hoboken, New Jersey for 25 days and created an eleven-track album that pushed the band beyond its boundaries and into new ground. From the hard hitting riffs of “Inside”, “Madeline” and “Hero” to the raw sounds of “Wanna Feel You” and “Oh My Love’ to the stark reality of life and death in “Eternity”, NOVA takes you on a journey of defiance, pain, hate, death and, yes, love. See below for links to two music video premieres of “Hero” and “Inside”:

Power-rock trio RavenEye was formed by multi-award winning guitarist/singer Oli Brown along with drummer Kev Hickman and bassist Aaron Spiers. Having already toured Spain, France and Italy, RavenEye has been slamming audiences with their signature heavy riffs and incendiary live show. Whether it be straddling a bass drum high into the night or jumping into a raucous crowd, RavenEye is a high-energy rock act not to be missed.

Oli Brown has spent 10 years touring the world under his own name and in that time released 4 albums and has established himself as one of the most formidable guitarists/front men in the UK scene. Kev Hickman has also seen his fair share of international touring, and with an unforgettable stage presence he has developed an intense, hi-octane performance. Aaron Spiers tore into the UK in 2012 and since then has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on stage, he’s also released several solo albums and written scores for orchestras in Australia.

After meeting and creating music together, they all knew that this would be their musical future, here begins RavenEye.

Members

Oli Brown
Aaron Spiers
Adam Breeze

CD Review – Secret Sphere : One Night in Tokyo (2016 Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

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secret_sphere_onit_cover_hi-jpgCD Review: Secret Sphere : One Night in Tokyo (2016 Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

Oct 14th release date.

The Italian band that has been a Japanese sensation SECRET SPHERE bring to the forefront this new release showcasing their greatest hits live. Armed with vocalist Michele Luppi, this album helps expand their feverish fanbase in Japan to the rest of the world. Luppi indeed pushes the envelope on the vocal power that he holds.  When not doing the SECRET SPHERE he is the keyboardist in world-wide touring band Whitesnake.

This release is such a great recording and there isn’t anything in it that is filler. It is hit after hit and with true power.  If you have never heard of SECRET SPHERE you need to dive in and give them a listen.   SECRET SPHERE gives you that European prog vibe and great vocals and the band has that strong chemistry and gel that is hard to find in a band, and it shows on this magical live release.

Aldo Lonobile says: “Since I started the band, the idea of recording our first live album in Japan, was the ultimate goal! All my musical heroes described their experiences in Japan with a happiness and a warmth that you could almost feel. That was the truth, among the most loyal fans in the world, and I am 100% happy that Frontiers liked the idea to release our first live album!”

“One Night In Tokyo” track listing:

CD1

01. Intro: A Journey Through Time
02. X
03. Healing
04. Union
05. The Fall
06. Lie To Me
07. Wish And Steadiness
08. Legend
09. Under The Flag Of Mary Read
10. The Scars That You Can’t See
11. Eternity

CD2

01. Mr. Sin
02. Leonardo Da Vinci
03. Lady Of Silence
04. Dance With The Devil
05. Lie To Me (studio bonus track; duet with Anette Olzon)
DVD:

01. Intro: A Journey Through Time
02. X
03. Healing
04. Union
05. The Fall
06. Lie To Me
07. Wish And Steadiness
08. Legend
09. Under The Flag Of Mary Read
10. The Scars That You Can’t See
11. Eternity
12. Mr. Sin
13. Leonardo Da Vinci
14. Lady Of Silence
15. Dance With The Devil

SECRET SPHERE

Michele Luppi: Vocals
Aldo Lonobile: All Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Andrea Buratto: Bass
Marco Pastorino: Rhythm Guitars and Backing Vocals

Expected release date is Oct 14-   Secret Sphere : One Night in Tokyo (2016 Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

The Agonist – FIVE (Album Available Sept 30) Napalm Records

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Vicky Psarakis – Vocals | Danny Marino – Guitar | Chris Kells – Bass | Simon McKay- Drums | Pascal “Paco” Jobin – Guitar

First of all, I feel guilty for not experiencing THE AGONIST before. When listening to songs off their new album ‘FIVE’ I was immediately struck by the power of this band,from Vicky Psarakis stunning earth-shaking vocals to the screaming guitars of Danny Marino and Pascal “Paco” Jobin.

For me, all I want out of my metal experience is for a band to hammer me right over the head with their sound and The Agonist seemed to have done that.

Designed to make it all the way to the top in the extreme metal scene with their fine-tuned mixture of melodic death metal and metal core. Five makes the elite status of the Canadian five piece even clearer, enforcing their goal to escape the mundane. Singer Vicky Psarakis’s joining of the group in 2014 only enhanced The Agonist`s knack for touching melodies (just give the lascivious ‘The Raven Eyes’ a whirl), and flirting with alternative rock became a habit. However there is still palpable aggression in the air, discharging in technical death metal solos, beastly growls and massive breakdowns. If you’re not on board the bandwagon by now, than you had better get on, because from here on out  THE AGONISTare only going to get better.

THE AGONIST – The Moment (Official Video) | Napalm Records

The Agonist – FIVE ..Album available Sept 30..Napalm Records

Tour Dates:

27.09.2016 – Fryshuset Klubben- Stockholm, Sweden
28.09.2016 – Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg, Sweden
30.09.2016 – Tube – Dusseldorf, Germany
01.10.2016 – Epic Metal Fest – Tilburg, Netherlands
02.10.2016 – De Kreun – Kortrijk, Belgium
04.10.2016 – Opera Concert Hall – St. Petersburg, Russia
05.10.2016 – Moscow, Russia
07.10.2016 – Sala Becool – Barcelona, Spain
08.10.2016 – Sala la Burbuja – Castellon, Spain
09.10.2016 – Sala Maladar – Seville, Spain
11.10.2016 – Sala tbc – Lisboa, Portugal
12.10.2016 – Sala Lemon – Madrid, Spain
13.10.2016 – Sala Azkena – Bilbao, Spain

w/ XANDRIA, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:
11/4: Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
11/5: Montreal, QC @ Corona
11/6: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall

w/ Arkona, Epica and Fleshgod Apocalypse:
11/8: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
11/9: Minneapolis. MN @ Cabooze
11/11: Saskatoon, SK @ Saskatoon Event Center
11/12: Calgary, AB @ Marquee
11/13: Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch
11/15: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
11/16: Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
11/18: San Francisco, CA @ Social Hall
11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
11/20: Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel
11/22: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/23: Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/25: Dallas. TX @ Gas Monkey Live
11/26: Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
11/28: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
11/29: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/1: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
12/2: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
12/3: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Band Information:
http://theagonistband.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheAgonistOfficial
http://www.twitter.com/theagonist
www.youtube.com/theagonistofficial
http://www.napalmrecordsamerica.com/store/theagonist

Death Angel -The Evil Divide (2016 Nuclear Blast)

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death-angel-the-evil-divide-artworkDeath Angel have always been that thrash band that is mistakenly left out of the biggest thrash bands debate that has seemingly gone on forever, while being the peoples champion with their undying cult like following. Since the live reformation in 2001, and the release of 2004’s “The Art of Dying”, the band has been a fine tuned machine of power and precision leveling anything that gets in their way. 2016 flips the switch, and sees the band prepping for total domination with the release of their eight studio offering “The Evil Divide”.
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GONE IS GONE DEBUT SELF TITLED ALBUM

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Gone is Gone COURTESY PHOTO

Los Angeles, Ca – Experimental rock band  Gone Is Gone  a “super group” comprised of highly revered musicians Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age), Tony Hajjar (At The Drive In) and Mike Zarin.

Their self-titled debut EP, “Gone Is Gone” available July 8th via Rise Records/Black Dune Records  is an expansive record that blends each of the musicians unique styles and influences. The sweeping balladry of ‘Stolen From Me’ proves this band is far more then just another super band that can hold their own amongst the biggest names in the rock scene.

Gone is Gone offers a dark, slightly more modern twist on this alternative rock sound. There are some Mastodon and Queens type influences here, but in attitude rather than imitation.  So well-constructed are , ‘Violescent’ and  ’Praying From The  Danger’ that they quickly feel familiar enough to have been alt-rock staples for years. And they’re not even the most striking parts.  ‘This Chapter’ shows they have a change of pace in their locker without foregoing the maudlin theatrics, adding another string to their bow and showing this band could become real contenders in 2016.

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Gone Is Gone self titled EP

1. Violescent
2. Starlight
3. Stolen From Me
4. Character
5. One Divided
6. Praying From The Danger
7. Recede and Enter
8. This Chapter

For More Information:
www.GoneIsGoneOfficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/goneisgoneofficial
https://www.instagram.com/goneisgoneofficial
https://twitter.com/_GoneIsGone_

Press Contact:
Austin Griswold
Secret Service Publicity
Austin@secretservicepr.com

CD Review – JIM BREUER AND THE LOUD & ROWDY SONGS FROM THE GARAGE (Metal Blade Records 2016)

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CoverComedian Jim Breuer is back with a new hard rockin’ metal CD and it will blow your mind. The latest release JIM BREUER AND THE LOUD & ROWDY SONGS FROM THE GARAGE is definitely something you are going to really enjoy diving into.

This release gives you all the fun and nutty experiences that Jim has been going through being a garage rocker. It’s sort of a concept CD with the idea of an older family guy who is rocker at heart and lives his childhood dreams of being a rockstar but the parts of being a dad and husband kind of holds his creativity back. So he unleashes it in his privacy and does what all rockin’ kids did, put the headphones on loud and just raise hell.

Jim Breuer – photo by Dom Rini

JIM BREUER AND THE LOUD & ROWDY SONGS FROM THE GARAGE was produced by Rob Caggiano, the famed guitarist (ex Anthrax / and current Volbeat). Caggiano really made this record top notch and you can tell that he was striving for perfection on this one. A grammy winner helps Breuer to make this album a historic classic. Be it a comedy record but it sounds great. So it sort of takes it to a different level. This release would be great to be in rotation on your iPod or whatever with Steel Panther.  The music is phenomenal, lyrically Breuer pulls a masterpiece out of his, you know! Very impressed.  Breuer’s vocals was something that I was not expecting to hear on this release. Breuer actually pulls this off and believe that he will no doubt inspire kids and adults to sing. Hey he’s got it! Plus on this release he has guest vocalist Brian Johnson (ex AC/DC) to lay down a track on the song “Mr. Rock n Roll” and yes it delivers.  You can look at this as a credibility mover on this one. I think it helps it out to push this release. But the release holds up on it’s own. Johnson just gives this Lamborghini record a high gloss to it.

Jim Breuer – photo by Dom Rini

Overall: 9.5/10 Given that this is in my opinion a crossover release from being a straight up comedy album to a hard rockin’ metal CD this combines all the fruits and nuts from both aisles. It comes together great like a sweet marinated juicy steak. It’s perfectly seasoned. Jim has been at it for years and this is indeed his greatest of all his classics.

Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Songs From the Garage Track Listing:

1. “Thrash”
2. “Raising Teenage Girls”
3. “Old School”
4. “Be a Dick 2nite”
5. “My Rock n Roll Dream”
6. “Mr. Rock n Roll”
7. “Who’s Better Than Us?!”
8. “Family Warrior”
9. “Sugar Rush”
10. “Wannabe”
11. “The Unexplained”

Get the new release HERE

Jim Breuer – Official | FB | Twitter | Youtube

Jim Breuer – photo by Dom Rini at Rock on the Range

CD Review FIRST SIGNAL – One Step Over The Line (Frontiers Music S.R.L. 2016)

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FIRST_SIGNAL_osotl_COVER_HICD Review FIRST SIGNAL – One Step Over The Line (Frontiers Music S.R.L. 2016)

FIRST SIGNAL are at it with Harry Hess in the front and unleash a magical release titled “One Step Over The Line.” This is a melodic hard rocking record with some great vibes that trickle throughout this release. “Love run Free” the opening track definitely sets the stage for this release. It is that great throwback sound to the early 80’s. You would definitely feel like you was at a mix up of Foreigner meets Def Leppard. It’s a refreshing sound a vibe to it.

Armed with Producer Dennis Ward this record soars to new lands and such a nice crisp sound. Very creative approach to this one. “Still Pretending” a solid ballad settles the soul and brings an instant smile to your face. It has that melodic and harmonious prowess that really pulls you into it. “Kharma” is a great track and keeps the vibe in-tact from the beginning of the record. Great guitar solo. This album is extremely cohesive, it doesn’t have any songs that just doesn’t belong on this one. “She Is Getting Away” is that power ballad track that bops you upside your head and makes you really listen to the structure of the song and the great vocals, hooky chorus, and strong keyboards. “December Rain” seems to be one of the strongest tracks on this release. The vocals are strong, lyrically a masterpiece, chorus is dead-on, and is just a great song. You’ll be humming along with it by the end of the song, that’s how strong this one is. “Weigh Me In” has to be my favorite track on this release. It has a glorious kind of sound to it. It’s a happy song, and has that anthemic feeling to it. Vocally all you can say is wow. It’s a powerhouse song.

Overall: If you are into the AOR/Arena music and melodic rock music and looking for something that will touch your soul, you need to get FIRST SIGNAL’s “One Step Over The Line.” You will easily be soothed!

Tracklist

  • 01.Love run free
  • 02.Love gets through
  • 03.Still pretending
  • 04.Broken
  • 05.Kharma
  • 06.Minute of your time
  • 07.She is getting away
  • 08.December rain
  • 09.Weigh me in
  • 10.Pedestal
  • 11.One step over the line

Musicians on the album include the outstanding new talent Michael Palace on guitars and bass, Daniel Flores on drums and keyboards and background vocals from Hess Harem Scarem bandmate (and Red Dragon Cartel singer) Darren Smith, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Nigel Bailey, Daniel Flores, Rolf Pilotti and Angelica Rylin.
Another Melodic Rock gem hits the market and an absolute contender for the AOR album of the year!

FIRST SIGNAL
Harry Hess – Lead and backing vocals
Michael Palace – Acoustic, electric guitar and bass
Daniel Flores – Keyboards and Drums
Additional musicians:
Francesco Marras (solo on She is getting away and Love gets through)
Backing vocals: Darren James Smith, Harry Hess, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Nigel Bailey, Daniel Flores, Rolf Pilotti and Angelica Rylin
Produced by Daniel Flores

ACE FREHLEY & Paul Stanley reunite after 18yrs.

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 ACE & PAUL MAKING MUSIC AFTER18YR ABSENT

Paul Stanley has joined forces with Ace Frehley for a new track on Frehley‘s upcoming solo covers set. The new album, “Origins Vol. 1”, will be released on April 26, and marks an 18 year absent since the last time the two  KISS co-founders have appeared on an original album together since the band’s 1998 set, “Psycho Circus”.

During an appearance on KBAD 94.5‘s “Morning Crash” radio show, Stanley stated about his new collaboration with Frehley: “Ace was doing an album of covers, songs that influenced him and that he loved, and called me. And it’s always very funny, because with caller ID, I look, and the phone’s ringing, and I see Ace‘s name come up. So, of course… “Look, for all the bickering and stuff that we may say about each other, we go back to a very magical time. We started this together. So in spite of whatever we may say from time to time or things that get blown up, we are a family, and a dysfunctional one, but nonetheless a family.

“So Ace said, ‘Would you do something on the album?’ I said, ‘Sure. Of course.'”

He continued: “If [Ace] succeeds, it only makes me happy. I don’t wanna see anybody fail, especially somebody who I’m close to. Even if I don’t speak to him weekly, even monthly, we are connected in a way that will go to the end.

Ace was asked by Rolling Stone about his teamup with Stanley. Frehley said: “I thought Paul did a fabulous vocal on it. He jumped at the chance to do this because it’s something that’s outside of KISS and his character in KISS, and it gave him a chance to, y’know, sing. With Paul, you usually think of him singing in a slightly higher register and on ‘Fire And Water’, he’s singing deep from his diaphragm, and it’s a real cool vocal. Everyone’s who heard it was just thinks it’s the shit.”

Click onto the interview below to hear what Paul has to say

Ace Frehley – Fire and Water (feat. Paul Stanley) – Origins Vol. 1

“Origins Vol. 1” track listing:

01. White Room (CREAM)
02. Street Fighting Man (ROLLING STONES)
03. Spanish Castle Magic (JIMI HENDRIX) (feat. John 5)
04. Fire And Water (FREE) (feat. Paul Stanley)
05. Emerald (THIN LIZZY) (feat. Slash)
06. Bring It On Home (LED ZEPPELIN)
07. Wild Thing (THE TROGGS) (feat. Lita Ford)
08. Parasite (KISS) (feat. John 5)
09. Magic Carpet Ride (STEPPENWOLF)
10. Cold Gin (KISS) (feat. Mike McCready)
11. Till The End Of The Day (THE KINKS)
12. Rock And Roll Hell (KISS)

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CD Review – FILTER – “Crazy Eyes” (Wind-up Records 2016)

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The latest release by Filter is planned to drop on April 8th. What to expect in this release? A lot of emotion, reality, and a push back to the roots. Richard Patrick is back at it with Crazy Eyes and this is definitely a strong industrial hypnotic release with full of power and ferocity.

Starting off Crazy Eyes is the track “Mother E” which really sets the stage for this release. It takes you to that hidden place in your head where the emotions are staged and figured out. Lyrically this is phenomenal. It’ll pull you into it. “Nothing in My Hands” is a continuation but the chorus is pretty hooky and is really spot on. “Pride Flag” is another message song which is a strong brewed track with a pretty sweet chorus. “City of Blinding Riots” has some pretty good melodic lines to it. ”Take Me To Heaven” is a pretty exciting track to dive in to. This song has a nice vibe to roll over to mainstream radio. It has a nice drum groove and catchy hooky chorus and pretty sweet riff. “Welcome to the Suck” comes across as an anthemic track. Great build ups. “Head of Fire” the signature bass opening riff lets you know this is a Filter song and has a nice buildup. Bridge build up to the chorus is pretty nice, it’s like an elegant train derailment but it keeps you going with it all the way through. “Tremors” industrial at its best is mostly what I got out of this one. It’s erratic, one of Richard’s best vocal track, and a nice flow to the song. Lyrically, this song has such strong meanings engulfed in it and the message is reached with no problem. “Kid Blue From the Short Bus, Drunk Bus” has a really powerful flow with it. What is lacks in the industrial mix makes up with it in the strong chorus and great lyrics. Really catchy song, one you really melt with and become one with it. “Your Bullets” is a right in your face song. One of the heaviest tracks on this release. Its intense, powerful and great flow make this one of the favored songs on “Crazy Eyes.”  “Under Tongue” starts off with a with a nice pounding piece of drums and bass and then the experimentation begins. Nice progression in this song. “(Can’t She See) Head of Fire, Part 2” delivers the proper ending in this release. This song is an emotional roller coaster ride and doesn’t get heavy but pulls you into it almost as if it was a dream. Pretty interesting to end the release on.

Overall: Filter – “Crazy Eyes” is a strong 8.5 / 10. Gotta love it that Richard Patrick brought back the old Filter vibe. Lyrically this release is a masterpiece. When the songs buildup and unloads it is straight-up genius. It’s an emotional release full of meaning and strong messages.

Orden Ogan – The Book Of Ogan.. Release date April 29th

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Orden Ogan – 2016 Seeb Levermann – vocals/guitars, Tobias Kersting – guitars, Nils Löffler- bass, Dirk Meyer-Beerhorn – drums.

German power metal force ORDEN OGAN follows up on the success of their latest studio album „Ravenhead“ (which became an international chart success in 2015) with their first ever DVD release. But “The Book Of Ogan”, due out on April 29th, is so much more than that… The package consists of 2 DVDs (running time 6 hours – incl. 2 full Live concerts, extensive band documentary, all music videos & numerous specials) and 2 CDs (“All These Dark Years – The Best Of 2008 – 2015” and the self-released/demo “Testimonium a.d.” from 2004). While the “Best Of” is an exclusive selection of the band’s hits and fan favorites from their four albums, “Testimonium a.d.” is made available for the first time ever as official label release here. It received highest ratings in the demo sections of the leading metal magazines back then and is dealt for up to 500€ (!). „The Book Of Ogan“ comes as deluxe 2DVD/2CD box set (hardcover, separate trays for each disc, 40-pages booklet) and is a must for both longtime followers and new fans!

“Compiling all the material for “The Book Of Ogan” was a huge effort”, band leader Seeb explains. “I have underestimated the dimension of this project completely, to be honest. At first it started with the idea of releasing a Live DVD plus bonus material. Then we wanted to add a “Best Of” CD and finally my idea of producing a “little” documentary about the band’s history became an extensive trip through two decades which resulted in a 90-minutes long piece of work. All the video material appearing in the documentary of course is only a fraction of what we had to go through, select and edit. But also interviews with many former and current Orden Ogan members were filmed especially for this release. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. After everything was finished, we (the band mates) were meeting to watch it as a whole. The result: Laughing out loud but also shaking heads in disbelief.”

For “The Book Of Ogan” two entire concerts were filmed in Germany 2015 (Rockharz festival and a club show in Bamberg). Combined with the extensive documentary, all music videos, additional live clips, making ofs and specials, the DVD content of “The Book Of Ogan” clocks in at almost 6 hours!

Regarding the Live recordings, Seeb states: “To me it doesn’t make sense to rework Live recordings later on in the studio overly. Of course, everything should be mixed properly (and this is what we did), but if there are mistakes in the performance, you should keep it real. Otherwise it’s not “Live””.

ORDEN OGAN – BOOK OF OGAN 2016

 

TRACKLISTING:

DVD 1: Documentary – The History Of Orden Ogan
01. Introduction
02. Part I: 1996-2008 – Becoming A Band 03: Part II: 2008 – Vale
04: Part III: 2010 – Easton Hope
05: Part IV: 2012 – To The End
06. Part V: 2015 – Ravenhead
07: Part VI: 2015 – ? – Conclusion

Music videos:
2004: Angels War
2008: The Lords Of The Flies 2010: We Are Pirates!
2010: Easton Hope
2012: The Things We Believe In 2012: Land Of The Dead
2012: Masks
2015: F.E.V.E.R

Bonus content:
– The Making Of “To The End”
– “Rhapsody”-Tour Report
– The Making Of “The Things We Believe In”
DVD 2: Orden Ogan Live
Orden Ogan Live At Rock Harz Open Air 2015 01. Orden Ogan
02. F.E.V.E.R
03. Deaf Among The Blind
04. We Are Pirates!
05. Farewell
06. Ravenhead
07. Here At The End Of The World 08. Sorrow Is Your Tale
09. Announcement
10. The Things We Believe In
ORDEN OGAN Live At Brose Arena Bamberg 2015 01. Orden Ogan
02. F.E.V.E.R
03. To New Shores Of Sadness
04. The Lords Of The Flies 05. To The End
06. Ravenhead
07. We Are Pirates!
08. Deaf Among The Blind 09. The Things We Believe In
Bonus content:
“Angels War” Live At Summer Breeze 2013 – “Easton Hope” Live At Wacken 2010
“Rites Of Vale” Animated Comic
“Masks” Alternative Clip
Festival Report 2013
EMP/Rockinvasion Interview At Summer Breeze 2013 – Rock Hard Interview At Bang Your Head 2015
Sons Of Metal Interview In Paris 2014 / 2015

CD 1: “All These Dark Years – The Best Of 2008 – 2015”
1. To The End
2. F.E.V.E.R
3. All These Dark Years
4. The Things We Believe In 5. To New Shores Of Sadness 6. A Reason To Give
7. Farewell
8. We Are Pirates!
9. The Lords Of The Flies
10. The Ice Kings
11. Deaf Among The Blind
12. Masks
13. Ravenhead
14. Requiem

CD 2: “Testimonium a.d.” (Demo 2004)
1. Testimonium a.d. 2. Ethereal Ocean 3. Angels War
4. Moods
5. Y, U, Id Ant My 6. Golden
7. The Step Away

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E-Mail: dh@afm-records.de

CD Review – Metal Allegiance (2015) Nuclear Blast Entertainment

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By Domonic Rini

Maximum Threshold Radio

DEBUT ALBUM BY METAL ALLEGIANCE TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 18th
VIA NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT

“So the gates have been opened to the inferno and unleashed this heavy, dirtiest, most destructive release in years.”

With appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, Jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman on this it has to be a vast collection of artist great that will impact the original tracks.   We will dive in to check this out and give you our take on it.

Tracklist / Review

  1. Gift Of Pain (Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
    Drums:Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt) just by looking at this lineup you kinda get scared at what this would sound like. Well, you are correct it is a hard hitting skull smashing track that will no doubt have you pounding your desk, steering wheel or whatever is next to you. Blythe really give us the deepest growls and Portnoy, well you know what to expect from him.
  2. Let Darkness Fall (Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe) has such a strong powerful riff opening the song and the vocals of Sanders gives it that Sabbathy vibe to it. Song is pretty catchy and the chorus has a nice hook to it. A track you’ll most likely click rewind again and again.
  3. Dying Song (Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi
    Drums:Mike Portnoy) – This one is a pretty straight forward melodic nightmare. Anselmo hits new heights on this one. Pretty damn impressed with this one! Really digging this track. Alex Skolnick leaves his signature sound throughout the track. His little solo’s weave throughout and really brings this song to life. Wow is all I can say about this track!
  4. Can’t Kill The Devil (Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser) – going into this track I just looked at this lineup and figured, hmmm Chuck Billy singing well its gotta be good, must have a Testament kinda flare. Well if you thought the same thing you were absolutely correct. Pretty impressed with Kisser and Demmel on this one you get that one two punch and of course Skolnick gives you that knock out punch to finish you off. It is a nice heavy track and if you are a fan of Skolnick and Billy than this is a no-brainer to check out. So great powerful solos by Demmel and Kisser as well.
  5. Scars (Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
    Bass:David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy) – I was looking forward to this song. With Death Angel’s vocalist on this one it has to be good and Cristina to give it that full sound to it. With Cristina singing on this it gives the song another dimension to it. I nice bounce off each-others vocals. Of course the music is intense and heavy hitting. Pretty impressed with David Ellefson and bringing up the bottom end to this.
  6. Destination: Nowhere (Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums:Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy) – I have been a fan of Matthew Heafy for a while and been friends with the guys from Trivium for years so I knew that looking at him on this track this was going to be a nicely structured vocal song. Heafy hits this track with a deep melodic gymnastics and is all over the place from the highs to the extreme lows and the hook in the chorus really sucks you into it. This would be a good track to hear on terrestrial radio. The solo in the track is right on.
  7. Wait Until Tomorrow (Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy) – “Wait Until Tomorrow” is a pretty smooth track, with heavy hitters Pinnick and Jasta on the mic they deliver the good and provide a great detail of heavy sounding vocals. Jasta takes it to extreme as he is known for and Dug of course brings it all together. ¾ of the way through the song it really kicks in and leaves you in awe.
  8. Triangulum        I.  Creation   II. Evolution   III. Destruction (Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal) – This song is a nice progression from opener to ending. With a nice middle. There is a lot going on with this song and if you are a guitarist or drummer you will really enjoy this one.
  9. Pledge Of Allegiance (Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums:Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)- an intense track. Osegueda pushes the bar on this one! This track has a really mind blowing fast riff that pulls the song together and makes you smile because of the intensity of it. I think this is geared to be a metal anthem and it does have its strong hooky chorus. Really digging this one. Makes me want to pull out my old Suicidal Tendencies records.
  10. We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only) (Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy & Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums:Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt) – closing this release is the Dio cover song “We Rock” with Tim “Ripper” Owens, Mark Osegueda and Chris Jericho rippin the song up, in a good way. It is nice how they weave other vocalist into the song and it is pretty cool to listen to this. Skolnick of course shreds this one. Nice arpeggios and great riffs follow through this solo.

 

Overall: Wow to really label this with something out of a 10 is tough. You can tell the artists put in their heart and soul into this one and has so much emotion and drive into it. A massive coalition of greatness all on one release. This is a simple overall vibe on this whole release, “Intensity, ferocity, vocal geniuses, guitar gods, and a madman behind the kit” 10 out of 10! I don’t think they could have done this any better than what they did in this release. They hit everything you would have expected out of the artists and it does have a great fluid vibe to it. Make Metal Allegiance part of your collection today! You will not regret it!

“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states Philip H. Aneslmo.

Mike Portnoy adds, “I could not be any more excited or proud of the Metal Allegiance album… it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of and hoped for & 100x more!”

From the blistering opening of album starter “Gift Of Pain” to the final notes of closer “Pledge Of Allegiance,” it is clear this collective have created something special.  The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.

D. Randall Blythe adds, “When Lamb Of God asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on ‘Ashes of the Wake’, it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it’s an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen – ‘Gift Of Pain’ rips! Play it LOUD!”
Website: www.metalallegiance.com
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Instagram: instagram.com/metalallegiance
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CD Review – Diamond Head – Diamond Head (Dissonance Productions 2016)

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The new release that was not to happen actually came to fruition and band founder Brian Tatler stated “I had no interest in doing another record but after working with Ras on the 2014 European tour that suddenly changed.  I wanted to make a record with him.  He’s a confident singer and he’s not trying to fill anyone’s shoes.”  What the self-titled release gives you a throw-back vibe but with a gritty singer. Listening to this release it really makes you listen to the lyrics and the song development. There is nothing thrilly about this release. It is a basic hard rock, riff driven and extremely strong vocally. I can understand by Tatler wanted to put forth the effort of a new release. Seems like a strong chemistry and the vocals indeed pulls everything together. At times the vocals can be overwhelming but it doesn’t pull the songs apart. I found that on the first run of listening to Diamond Head – Diamond Head I did not lose interest in it at all. It kept me wanting to hear what is next. After a few runs I found myself humming along with this release and that is a great thing. It has much potential to be a strong record and to continue to build the name.

What to expect from this release – RIFF RIFF RIFF RIFF RIFF RIFF AND MORE RIFFS!!! Hail to the Riffs! Plus vocally this is a masterpiece. I look forward to more releases with Rasmus down the road. I love that late 70’s guitar riff sounds its raw, enticing and it also reminds me of one of my favorite bands – RIOT.

Track Listing for Diamond Head:
1. Bones
2. Shout At The Devil
3. Set My soul On fire
4. See you Rise
5. All The Reasons You Live
6. Wizards Sleeve
7. Our Time Is Now
8. Speed
9. Blood On My Hands
10. Diamonds
11. Silence

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DIAMOND HEAD are guitarist Brian Tatler, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen, drummer Karl Wilcox, bassist Eddie Moohan, and guitarist Abbz.

The Ritualist – Hell’s Doom (2016 The Ritualist)

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In the current landscape of heavy metal, many bands focus on image, or having that perfect sounding recording, but most fall short on the total package. The Ritualist, featuring Chad Davis, the mastermind behind underground titans Hour of 13 and Night Magic encompass the sound, passion, and precision of the most skilled surgeon on the bands debut offering.  Chad is a metal workhorse, and a one man wrecking crew when it comes to his vision. Dude can flat out play the shit out of any instrument, and as is the case with Hour of 13, that is once again on display on Hells’s Doom. Continue reading The Ritualist – Hell’s Doom (2016 The Ritualist)

CD Review VREDEHAMMER – VIOLATOR (2016 INDIE RECORDINGS)

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Vredehammer-Violator-digitalfront-4000x4000.jpgVredehammer is back and with a furey. The second release and “Violator” is a true destructive release. This is an extreme thrash-fest from beginning to end. It is totally unrelentless, and listening to the talent involved in the making of this is really makes you smile.  These Norwegian fellas has a strong history of releasing phenomenal material. Their last release “Vinteroffer” whos was nominated for “metal album of the year” through the Norwegian Grammys.

Knowing the intensity of their last release and criticism of the last one the sophomore release would have to be hard to beat the bar that they have already created.  Make no mistakes “Violator” crushes their last release. The power section of the drummer keeps the music flowing and the riff masters on the strings bleed throughout. Vocally, this is iconically strong and constant. Creative lyrics and melodic lines reign throughout. It may be gravelly but it has that “Anselmo meets Blythe esque” kinda sound to it, which is nice.

Overall: Vredehammer’s “Violator” is a complete package of intensity, ferocity and top notched sound. A must add to your collection. 9/10  – ENJOY!

photo by Jorn Veberg
photo by Jorn Veberg

Track list “Violator”

1. Light The Fucking Sky
2. Spawn Tyrant
3. Violator
4. Deadfall
5. Ursus
6. Cyclone
7. Blodhevn 

CD Review – PRONG : X – No Absolutes (2016 SPV/Steamhammer)

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by JeffKiss

I have been a fan of Prong since I saw them open for Ozzy on the , No More Tears  tour, I wanna say in 1992. I had heard their single at the time Unconditional on a college radio station WKNC and was impressed when I saw them live that they were a 3 piece band. (This was before the internet, Google, and all that shit).  Since that concert I have bought all their albums. Some I like more than others. I think Carved into Stone is one of the best metal albums released in the past 10 years. Ruining Live although good, missed the mark with me so I was very anxious to see what the follow up album to that would be.

As a fan for close to 25 years I can honestly say that Prong has delivered a classic. The galloping opening riff of the first track Ultimate Authority sets the mood for the whole album. Without Words is a Prong classic with pounding drums, and the classic Tommy Victor crunchy riff. The opening riff of the title track has kind of an “Unconditional” vibe to it and delivers.

This album is pounding, it is pummeling, it is brilliant. The chemistry of Tommy Victor, Jason Christopher, and Art Cruz is great, as is the recording and the mix of the album. With X- No Absolutes Prong has released one of its best albums. Now expand the tour so I can see this in NJ!

You can listen to X- No Absolutes on Spotify

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“X – No Absolutes” track listing:

01. Ultimate Authority
02. Sense Of Ease
03. Without Words
04. Cut And Dry
05. No Absolutes
06. Do Nothing
07. Belief System
08. Soul Sickness
09. In Spite Of Hindrances
10. Ice Runs Through My Veins
11. Worth Pursuing
12. With Dignity
13. Universal Law (digipak bonus track)

CD Review MEGADETH – Dystopia (2016 Universal)

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megadethdystopiacd-300x300Ah the spice of life, new thrash to crush in the new year. MEGADETH drops on our laps this electrifying album.  MEGADETH has put out a few tracks leading up to the full release of Dystopia. From the first few tracks the media sang great praises. The addition of the newest members to the fold Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler (Lamb of God) put into this band a fortress of professionalism and credibility. As Jamey Jasta would call Adler “Calves of Steel” you just know that the power is there!

Diving into this release you get the vibe that this is one of those that are filled of political propaganda and thrash.  Well you would be correct. But “Dystopia” is not just your normal thrash. This release is powerful. Mustaine is on top of his game on this one and the wolves are set to feast. This has to be some of his greatest work to date.  His great lyrics control those path of the song and the main riffs which are phenomenal overwhelm the mind.  The thing that really excited me about this release is Kiko’s soloing. It is such a nice opposite sound of Mustaine’s. It is really smooth, melodic and mind-blowing. A perfect fit. It’s not just a chuga chuga shredding solo fest, its emotion and melody sewn and interwoven within. “The Threat is Real” gives you a nice setup for what the release is all about. The title track “Dystopia” is a nice metal possible mainstream song. It is mellower but make no mistake its not a sissy track. Some of the best soloing is in this track. “Fatal Illusion” is that track that makes you feel like you just fell back a good couple decades. Explosive and a nice moshing track. “The Emperor” bleeds Megadeth and great lyrics and is another one of those tracks you want to blast in your car. Plus you’ll make those faces you think Dave is making when he is singing it. “Last Dying Wish” is one of the most powerful tracks off “Dystopia” some great lyrics and the riffs are great to follow along with. Solo’s are blistering.

Overall: This is simple its a 9.5/10 without a doubt. I loved this release from beginning to end. “Its a blistering inferno unloaded to the masses”.

Megadeth, Dystopia Track Listing:

01. The Threat Is Real
02. Dystopia
03. Fatal Illusion
04. Death From Within
05. Bullet To The Brain
06. Post American World
07. Poisonous Shadows
08. Look Who’s Talking
09. Conquer Or Die
10. Lying In State
11. The Emperor
12. Last Dying Wish
13. Foreign Policy (FEAR cover)

EXUMER – Raging Tides (Metal Blade Records 2016) CD Review

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Exumer_-_The_Raging_Tides.jpgEXUMER – Raging Tides (Metal Blade Records 2016)

2016 is starting to pick up steam and the sweet sounds of thrash are starting to fill the air. A nice way to break in a classic band with new material is the German thrash band EXUMER.

Listening to this release is such a nice fall-back to the early thrash days. EXUMER fills this release with the way-back machine with the vibe of early Exodus, Slayer, Mortal Sin, and Overkill. It may have that classical sound to it but make no mistake, “this release is one that delivers a molotov cocktail to your skull”. It is unrelentless, there are no sissy tracks in this release. It’s an ass whipping over and over and over!

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One of the items that I enjoy with The Raging Tides is the clever lyrics. It is spit at you and pretty catchy. Kind of funny at times, you’ll get the vibe of what is coming up next. The guitars lines are what you would expect, strong riffs, and real thrashy. There are not a lot of solo’s in this release which is something that would take this release over the top, the solo’s that you get to hear are extremely great and memorable. What is missing in the soloing is made up with the thrashy riffs.

Conceptually and lyrically, vocalist Mem V. Stein has based the bulk of the record around human suffering. Specifically, he adds it is suffering “caused by torture or other means for political, religious, or personal gain for the individuals/organizations who inflict the pain. The album is called “The Raging Tides“, and the title represents the ebb and flow of human misery and despair around the globe.” These topics are obviously not born from a vacuum, rather they are essentially a constant in daily lives in 2015, both by way of the modern 24 hour news cycle, and document leaks and controversy via wikileaks or figures like Edward Snowden. Stein continues: “The lyrics I wrote were inspired by a wide range of books and articles I read, ranging from the investigation of tactics employed by the CIA, to Amnesty International reports on conditions in prisons (Song; Brand of Evil), and in Nigeria (extreme forms of human abuse – Song; Welcome to Hellfire).” Specifics details aren’t necessarily called out in the lyrics, rather the topics are clear for listeners who can read between the lines, so to speak. Another example is the track “Shadow Walker,” that touches on those who leave promising lives to pursue radical ideologies and even death, only to be deceived by those they follow for larger political and personal goals.

Overall : 9/10 . This release will be one you will want to check out. It is powerful, thrash at its roots and not a mellow track. Definitely one that will make you want to mosh around your house or beat the guy up in the passenger seat while you speed down the street blaring EXUMER head banging and pounding your fist in the air.Oh, and did I mention Rob Dukes busting out a track in “Hostage To Heaven”. Super bad ass! Plus the solo will blow your mind!

TRACKLIST – EXUMER – “The Raging Tides”

01. The Raging Tides
02. Brand Of Evil
03. Catatonic
04. Sacred Defense
05. Welcome To Hellfire
06. Sinister Souls

Exumer
Mem V. Stein – vocals
Ran Mensh – guitars
T. Schiavo – bass
Matthias Kassner – drums
Marc B. – guitars

Brimstone Coven – “Black Magic” (2016 Metal Blade Records) CD Review

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Remember the days of anxiously awaiting the release of a new album by your favorite band? Hearing an ad for the bands upcoming release on a station thBrimstone Coven - Black Magicat had the balls to play heavy metal and hard rock. That little taste lit a fire that would not die  until the release was in  hand. In a day where music, especially hard rock and heavy metal has seen the influx of hipster self proclaimed aficionados, where masterful writing and techniques of the past are blatantly ripped off, and everything has to have a label and fit perfectly into a sub genre that exsists or is made up to fit the steaming pile of dung……..Behold Brimestone Coven, and their second Metal Blade Records release “Black Magic.” Continue reading Brimstone Coven – “Black Magic” (2016 Metal Blade Records) CD Review

CD Review – Jim Florentine & Don Jamieson Terrorizing Telemarketers, Vol. 6 (Metal Blade Records 2015)

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Terrorizing_Telemarketers_Vol._6.jpgCD Review –  Jim Florentine & Don Jamieson Terrorizing Telemarketers, Vol. 6  (Metal Blade Records 2015)

By Dom Rini (Maximum Threshold Radio)

Don and Jim are back at it again with Terrorizing Telemarketers and giving you more of the knucklehead phone pranks. Just when you think you have heard it all they give you 17 new tracks of insanity.  If you have followed these guys in the past you are definitely in for a treat. Creative conversations between the telemarketers and Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. The tandem really do a great job twisting the conversations with the telemarketers. DJMonsterofficial.jpg

You will find yourself laughing intensely, especially with the track “Who Me?”, “Ferris Bueller”, “House Alarm”, “Good Day, Bad Day”, “Luke”, “Spastic Colon”, and “Mulejuice.”  I found it hilarious when they use rockers as their names ex. “Danko Jones, Troy Patrick Farrell and Richard Christie.” These guys are such cool guys!

 

“This is a simple thing, if you are familiar with these guys past works with Terrorizing Telemarketers than you have to get this one. It’s a no-brainer. You will find yourself laughing and how far they will go and how long the telemarketers can stay on the phone with them”

Overall – 10/10

CD release date is December 4, 2015

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CD Review – Ocean Grid – The Influence of Monsters EP

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by Dom Rini (Maximum Threshold Radio)

Ocean Grid are one of those bands that bring an impulsive and explosive attack. With a unique blend of melodic hardcore and creative lyrics.  This is one of those bands that if you are into the music of this generation of metal heads than this is right up your alley. With the sounds reminiscent of Memphis Mayfire, Miss May I, Sirens and Sailors, and possibly a little Hatebreed, just to name a few that floats within this EP it is really easy to get lost in the wave of this and that’s a good thing.

What I have noticed in this release is the two very distinct vocalist. The nice sweet vocals singing the melodic lines and then the destructive growls that slither its way into the song. Creative and doesn’t overpower the music and bring it down. Its a nice balance. “The band is extremely tight and the contrast between the vocals and the pounding of the others is really dynamic and precise. A winning combination.”

Overall: this is one of those EP’s that when it is released you need to jump on board and get this release. It definitely will make a great cruising CD.  9.5 / 10

 

Tracklist: Ocean Grid – The Influence of Monsters EP

  1. Introducing Monsters
  2. Mind over Monsters
  3. Their Influence
  4. PRERFTV
  5. Run From The Vices
  6. Welterweight
  7. Battle Tested

Members: Andrew Isler-Vocals, Dustin Kidwell-Vocals, Brad Kaufman-Guitar, Sam Scheuer-Guitar, Greg Gonzales-Bass, Zaky Nova-Drums

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IRONAUT – RELEASES SELF TITLED ALBUM – CD Review

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ironaut1Los Angeles, CA groove metal band rolls out this self titled release IRONAUT. What we have here is not your typical groove band. We have before us a band of top notch well seasoned veterans at the helm ready and willing to deal destruction for all who listen.

Listening to Ironaut give you that grooving Sabbathy vibe and great guitar and bass wheeling solos. You will be shaking your head in awe. I guess if you were trying to picture what this band sounded like without hearing them I guess you would have to think of if Lemmy was in Black Sabbath mixed with some Crobot, The Mentors, and Mothership. There is that stoner groove to it but it has a stronger tempo and does not drag down. One of the captivating sounds of this band is the vocals of Erik Kluiber whom really makes this trio sound heavier that what they are. Don’t get me wrong, they are heavy to start off but by Kluiber’s vocals it really pulls it together.

It is easy to give this release a 5/5. It has all the making to really help this band explode.  Great musicians, creative lyrics, and a fiery tempo. It’s not hard to really fall for this band.

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Tracklist – IRONAUT – “Ironaut”

  1.  Horned Goat
  2. Yellow King
  3. Acid Wash
  4. Atomic Voyage
  5. The Dead Look In…

Members- Patrick McHugh – Guitar
Erik Kluiber – Bass/Vocals
Ivan Najor – Drums

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Ironaut has been spawned from the primordeal ooze brewed from the cauldron of riffs conjured by Pat McHugh (formerly of The Sixth Chamber), then transmuted through the sonic rhythmic alchemy of Erik Kluiber (formerly of Overloaded/White Wizzard/Gypsyhawk) and Ivan Najor (formerly of Level).

Originally hailing from Chicago, Pat, along with native Detroiters Erik on bass and Ivan on drums, brings some ballsy Midwestern grit to the streets of Los Angeles.

Disciples of Doom, Stoner, Sludge, Hard Psych, Proto and Classic Metal, Heavy Prog, old school Punk, Thrash, Groove, high octane Rock and Roll, amp worship, drug/counterculture, altered states, cosmic jokes, cold beer, whiskey, weed, and loose women. This is their religion, and the streets shall flow with the blood of the nonbelievers.

Ironaut is on a mission to defy the confining boundaries of adhering to this or that sub genre, and pummel listeners with any and all conceivable means of heavy by balancing the raw and refined, fast and slow, old and new, visceral and cerebral, simple and complex.

Prepare your lungs and livers to behold the impending substance abuse of IRONAUT!

ESCAPE THE FATE – releases “HATE ME” today – CD Review

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etfESCAPE THE FATE – releases “HATE ME” today and is expected to do very well.

“HATE ME has a powerful blistering set of new sounding melodic hardness that will have you listening to it over and over again, and possibly breaking everything in your livingroom as well! ” An easy 9.5 / 10

Escape the Fate fans have something very promising with “HATE ME”, they really go out of their way to let it all loose and to really bring the true essence of what ETF is all about in this one. It is very evident that at the Cleveland Agora show yesterday when they played a new track the crowd went insane! That is a true sign that the masses are really going to eat “HATE ME” up.

ETF has stated that this record is one that they are extremely excited about and are really looking forward to the public getting ahold of it.

HATE ME Track Listing
1. Just A Memory
2. Live For Today
3. Remember Every Scar
4. Breaking Me Down
5. Alive
6. Get Up, Get Out
7. Hate Me
8. Les Enfants Terribles (The Terrible Children)
9. I Won’t Break
10. Let Me Be

Get “HATE ME” – iTunes

30-Oct New York, NY Marlin Bar @ Webster Hall
31-Oct Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
1-Nov Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
2-Nov Greensboro, NC Greene Street
3-Nov Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
4-Nov OFF
5-Nov Oklahoma City, OK 89th Street Collective
6-Nov Houston, TX Walters
7-Nov Dallas, TX Gas Monkey
8-Nov Austin, TX Dirty Dog
9-Nov San Antonio, TX Korova
10-Nov El Paso, TX Mesa Music Hall
11-Nov Phoenix, AZ Joes Grotto
12-Nov Las Vegas, NV Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel
13-Nov Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
14-Nov Hollywood, CA The Whisky
15-Nov San Diego, CA Soma

CD Review – DEATH DEALER – “Hallowed Ground” (2015)

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One of the most anticipated releases this year is finally here, and yes it is DEATH DEALER’s “Hallowed Ground.”  An intense release with magical moments that leave you in awe. “Hallowed Ground” is available on Amazon on Oct 16th.

You get everything promised with this release, you get shredding guitars, dynamic lyrics, an outstanding band chemistry and of course the vocal gymnastics of Sean Peck.  It is world-wide known that anything with Sean’s name attached to it is going to be powerful.  Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall make a great tandem with the guitars and really keep this release flowing.  One thing we here at Maximum Threshold can guarantee you, is that once you purchase this release and push play you will be happy as hell that you jumped on this one!

Tracks to check out: “Gunslinger”, “Plan pf Attack”, “K.I.L.L.”, “I Am the Revolution”, “Skull and Cross Bones”

Tracklist – DEATH DEALER – “Hallowed Ground”

1 – Gunslinger
2 – Break the silence
3 – Plan of attack
4 – Seance
5 – Ilega el Diablo
6 – Way of the gun
7 – K.I.L.L
8 – I am the revolution
9 – Total devastation
10 – The Anthem
11 – Corruption of blood
12 – Skull & Crossbones
13 – U666

Overall: This is a no-brainer. An easy 10/10. This releases straight up delivers. There is no sissy track on this one and it is constant, riff after riff and screams that will bellow in your head. Most releases you need to listen to it over and over to get the vibe, but with this one it’s not needed.  So if you are looking for something new, something powerful, intense, with ferocity,  massive guitar driven tracks, and great vocals make “Hallowed Ground” by DEATH DEALER part of your collection today!

Featuring members that previously worked with the likes of Manowar, the Dictators, Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden, Udo Dirkschneider, and Cage, the newly formed DeathDealer are a true heavy metal force to be reckoned with. And their over-the-top debut, ‘Warmaster,’ certainly proved this. Comprised of vocalist Sean Peck, guitarists Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolgnese, Death Dealer is setting out to convert the metal masses to their brand of manly metal. ‘The Death Dealer sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,’ explains Ross. ‘It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.’

Their upcoming second full length album is an uncompromising journey in to what heavy metal is all about. Furious riffs, overwhelming energy, screaming vocals, pounding bass and hard hitting drums all mixed together in 13 extremely well written tracks.

Fresh off of the Metal All Stars arena tour and several dates all over Europe, DeathDealer are primed to rock the world with their killer new album. Get ready to rock!

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CD Review – PLACENTA – “XV – Greatest Hits” (2015 Noizgate Records)

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PLACENTA – “XV – Greatest Hits” (2015 Noizgate Records)

Placenta are back at it with an extreme fan favorite. Delivering you some of the heaviest and most intense and at times “fierce” music for you. Placenta has forged together this new release “XV Greatest Hits” and a culmination of tracks that will pierce your ears are there for you.

Band traces is history back to 2000 and from the get-go was on a mission of destruction, one fan at a time. The blistering music that they put out made them a strong name world-wide. Building up a catalog of tremendous song was the easy part. To put the favorites all on one release had to be the difficult task.

Members: Sven Berlin – Vocals Michael Hoge – Guitar Axel Goldmann – Bass Daniel Martens – Guitar Tobi Stein – Drums

Overall: 9/10

LACENTA – “XV – Greatest Hits” Tracklist :
01 Evolution
02 Human Abyss
03 Attention Please: Official Hate
04 Fame By Name
05 Brutal: 5 on 1
06 The Shape Of Death To Come
07 Trendcutter
08 Brute Willis
09 All Things Runnable
10 I Ain?t No Horse
11 Bella Fruit Verona
12 Sretan Put
13 Tanzt
14 Schwarze Tauben Steigen
15 #Schön

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CD Review – QUEENSRŸCHE – “Condition Hüman” (2015 Century Media)

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QUEENSRŸCHE are back at it once again but with La Torre taking the lead on a full length release and the expectations are pretty high and the bar has been raised. For the most part everyone who has seen QUEENSRŸCHE since he jumped on board has given him the thumbs up and has accepted him wholeheartedly. At first there were many who were dedicated to the original lineup and that sound. But make no mistake with Todd La Torre ripping the vocals he has not let anyone down and has continued to give QUEENSRŸCHE a positive take, unlike the predecessor. The last release “QUEENSRŸCHE” offered the fans a glimpse into what the band was going after, and it wasn’t a new sound, it was the classic sound that made them who they are, too bad that release was so short.  “Whip is on fire on this one! The guitar god has spoken on this release!”

“Condition Hüman” comes at you with an older vibe but a really smooth and well orchestrated sound.The guitars and vocals are extremely prominent and the all-around sound is at its true best. When listening to Condition Human I got the vibe of the “Rage for Order” in a few of the tracks. The vocal arrangements are extremely powerful and lyrically top of their game.

 

Tracks to listen to “Arrow of Time” this track really sets the stage for this release. “Guardian” has that classic QUEENSRŸCHE sound to it. It could have easily been an extra track from “Empire” this has to be my favorite track off this one. LaTorre really does a great job at this one. “Selfish Lives” also has that classic vibe to it and will have you singing along with it. “All There Was” is a guitarist song. Some great riffs and the solo’s are really memorable. Its one of the more powerful tracks off this one.

Overall: With this being a release with Todd La Torre on it to deliver and the band continuing to forge on it is easy to give this one a 9/10. This is a great QUEENSRŸCHE release. It has the power to really stick in your mind and to listen to over and over again. There are a lot of little things added to this release in the recording that keeps you listening and paying attention to it. Would have really like to hear more heavier tracks, hopefully the next release will explode!

“Condition Hüman” track listing:

  1. Arrow Of Time
    02. Guardian
    03. Hellfire
    04. Toxic Remedy
    05. Selfish Lives
    06. Eye9
    07. Bulletproof
    08. Hourglass
    09. Just Us
    10. All There Was
    11. The Aftermath
    12. Condition Hüman

“Queensrÿche” sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.