Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights

speedealer

Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights
Rise Up and Fall Records
Release date: 15/11/2019
Running time: 30 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
9/10

Curse you, Speedealer! I had pretty much decided on my Top 10 albums for 2019, and then these guys turn up with this rocket fuelled bruiser of a record. The year had started off slowly, to be honest – but great new music has been arriving at a rapid pace recently. And just when I was about to bed down for a long winter nap, Speedealer turned everything up to 11 and ruined my plans.

The album is called “Blue Days, Black Nights”. It’s fast, crazy, adrenaline pumped rock’n’roll and it never stops pounding home the righteous sounds till it’s brief-but-beautiful 30-minute lifespan is over. At which point, I tend to just start again from the beginning.

The first song is called “Never New” and it smashes in, steals your whiskey and is gone in under a minute and a half. That’s reckless by anyone’s standards.

It ain’t all super-fast punk’n’roll though, there’s many a change of pace to be heard. “Rheumatism” and “War Nicht Genug” both feature riffs that are heavy and brutal. Elsewhere, in “Sold Out”, the band unleash a tortured performance of a song that would be a blues rocker, but is far too dense and violent for that phrase to fit snugly.

Never mess with Texas, goes the old saying. And these Texan boys do not fanny about AT ALL on this fine collection of tunes. Instead, “Blue Days Black Nights” will drag you along like an out of control stag party: full of booze-filled fun, ridiculous antics and dangerous detours. I’m deducting half a point for the terrible cover art, otherwise this one’s a killer.

FUN FACT: Speedealer used to be called REO Speedealer – which let’s face it, is a much better name – until REO Speedwagon got wind of it and issued a cease and desist. Anyone with a sense of humour would surely take that name as an homage, right? You’d think the miserable old bastards would’ve enjoyed being put back on the map.

What’s that? Ever Metal’s lawyers are on the phone? Court order from who? Oops…

Track listing:
1. “Never New,”
2. “Rheumatism,”
3. “War Nicht Genug,”
4. “Nothing Left To Say,”
5. “Sold Out,”
6. “Losing My Shit,”
7. “A Reckoning,”
8. “Shut Up,”
9. “Mainmast,”
10. “Blue Days Black Nights.”

Media:
speedealerband.com
wiki/Speedealer
instagram.com/speedealerband
facebook.com/Speedealerband
twitter.com/Speedealerband

 

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Anchor Lane – Casino

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Anchor Lane – Casino
R7 Music
Release Date: 31/01/2020
Running Time: 33:23
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10

Very few new bands come into the public eye with a fully formed and unique identity but it seems like Anchor Lane have just managed this very feat on “Casino”, their debut album. With a solid commitment to being road dogs, having supported the stellar likes of Cheap Trick, Tremonti and Eagles of Death Metal, alongside appearances at some very major festivals it’s obvious that these four young guys from Glasgow have the drive and work ethic to be in the big leagues. It also speaks volumes that, having worked with some of the best in the business, Wayward Sons/Little Angels/Gun/Waysted frontman and super producer Toby Jepson chose to make ‘Casino’ his next project and, with his brilliant ear for sonic enhancement and the bands songwriting skills, it’s a perfect match.

Kicking off with the fuzzed up, lurching beat of ‘Blood & Irony’ Anchor Lane certainly distance themselves from the million and one other new hard rock outfits out there and this slightly unhinged opener promises something different. Listening to the track is akin to being in the ring with Muhammed Ali at his prime; the jabs come thick and fast with the occasional flooring blow to the solar plexus. They follow this with single ‘Fame Shame’, shifting the emphasis to a snotty glam metal vibe that is a wild eyed and lurid stomp through Sunset Strip, careening though the speakers like an out of control motorbike in a china shop and laughing like crazy whilst doing it.

Another twist with the Louisiana swamp blues of ‘Voodoo’, a track as bewitching as its title, the track deftly mixing light touches with a chorus as thick as molasses. The titular ‘Casino’ is a heavy duty rocker that swings, making it impossible not to sway and move to, singer Conor Gaffney putting in a truly gritty and powerful vocal as guitarist Lawrence O’Brien lays down some truly funky licks and the rhythm section of Matthew Quigley and Scott Hanlon lock into a solid groove. The visceral modern blues of ‘Clocks’ once again highlights their great songwriting flair and versatility, marking them out as absorbers of ideas who mould them into something uniquely their own. Very rarely do you get a band this brave to push the envelope on a debut album and, whilst some might want to stick to a rigid formula, it speaks volumes that Anchor Lane show themselves to be true music fans, embracing these multiple influences. A lot of the success of the album is the sky-high production value that Jepson brings and he’s obviously a fan of the bands willingness to take risks, bringing a great guidance and cohesion to the whole.

The bands magpie-like ability to pull in great music from everywhere is seldom better illustrated than on ‘Stone Cold Hearted’ as it opens with a Portishead ‘Glory Box’ style intro but soon transforms into a Led Zep meets Bad Company drama-filled monster of a track, soaking in dynamics. ‘Shell of Me’ is a much more laid-back number, showing their softer, more introspective side perfectly and ‘Flatline’ throbs with an electric current, its singalong chorus underpinned by gut wrenching bass and drums and the howling feedback of the guitar.

Another frontman joins the fray in the shape of Black Star Riders’ Ricky Warwick, his voice giving extra weight to the gang vocals in the pounding ‘Dead Run’. The band really rip things up, led by O’Brien’s wild fretwork and this proves to be one of heaviest tracks on the album as it races towards its conclusion. The album closes on another slice of fresh and potent modern rock as ‘Honey’ glories in a jagged interplay between the vocals and guitar, its stop/start chorus certainly leaving an impression. Anchor Lane are certainly forging their own path and, with a debut as good as this, the sky is most certainly the limit. The arena tours beckon…

TRACKLISTING:
01. Blood & Irony
02. Fame Shame
03. Voodoo
04. Casino
05. Clocks
06. Stone Cold Hearted
07. Shell Of Me
08. Flatline
09. Dead Run
10. Honey

LINKS:
About
https://www.facebook.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/anchorlaneofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3FjgeETYrm0z34eh45RhA

 

 

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Lotty’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Lotty’s Top Ten Albums of 2019
By Lotty Whittingham

Hi Everyone – Rick Here. Before I pass you over to Lotty we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her continued hard work in 2019. As well as writing for us she also runs her own great Blog/Site (https://www.facebook.com/rockoutstandout/) but she continues to send us great album reviews, live reviews and interviews. Once again, she has not only given us a very interesting top ten but she has also written mini reviews for each entry as well as a good list of honourable mentions. Thanks Lotty

The end of the year is upon us and I must say there have been some brilliant releases this year. I have been particularly impressed with the amount of new bands that have released albums. This is reassuring as it means the metal/rock scene is still alive and well. From listening pleasures to albums I enjoyed reviewing; here are my top ten albums of the year.

01 Number #10 Sabaton10. Sabaton – The Great War

Kicking off my top ten is Sabaton’s latest historical account of “The Great War”. It’s no secret that Sabaton write songs based around historical battles and events whilst donning the camo trousers. “The Great War” looks at the different aspects from The First World War. The Swedish icons tend to produce sterling albums and this is no exception. I’ll admit I didn’t take to this album right away but after listening to it a few more times, it grew on me. From the booming opener ‘The Future Of Warfare’ to the touching ‘In Flanders Field’, the album takes you on a historical journey told through bombastic melodies. My personal favourites on the album are ‘Seven Pillars Of Wisdom’, ‘82nd All The Way’, ‘Devil Dogs’, ‘Red Baron’ and ‘Great War’. I look forward to experiencing these songs live next year.

https://www.facebook.com/sabaton/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LS0Z8fgiII


02 Number #09 Aephanemer9. Aephanemer – Prokopton

At the beginning of the year, I got an email from a guitarist to ask if I could help promote his band via a review and interview. After listening to their music, I was very keen to do so. Melodic Death Metallers Aephanemer are now signed to Napalm Records and they are gathering new fans by the second. I had the pleasure of reviewing their latest album “Prokopton” before they were signed and given the strong content from the record, I knew they would go far. The thing that sticks out on this album is the strong mix of Melodic Black and Melodic Death Metal; you can hear this within Marion Bascoul’s varied vocal style. The strongest examples of this can be heard in ‘Snowblind’ and single ‘Bloodline’. Amongst the prevailing growls and brutal musicianship, there is a poignant message in their sound. Prokopton means making progress. It’s a Greek word describing someone who practices stoicism in their day to day lives. You can see this within their powerful lyrics. I highly recommend this band to fans of Moonsorrow and Ensiferum.

https://www.facebook.com/Aephanemer/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggncUCeWVZo


03 Number #08 Eclipse8. Eclipse – Paradigm

I was happy to see the return of Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse this year via their latest release “Paradigm”. There were some strong single releases leading up to the release and from hearing those, I knew I needed to hear the rest of the album. I had the pleasure of reviewing it this year. In tough times, we need something to lift our spirits and “Paradigm” does exactly that. There is an eclectic selection of songs on this record; it wouldn’t surprise me if songs such as ‘Viva La Victoria’, ‘The Masquerade’ and ‘United’ were live show anthems already. It’s albums like this that prove rock is still alive and kicking.

https://www.facebook.com/EclipseSweden/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXBi0g9joC0


04 Number #07 Massive7. Massive – Rebuild Destroy

A few years ago, I witnessed Massive open up for The Treatment at The Joiners, Southampton. I remember being taken with their high energy and passionate music. Fast forward to the present and I can say I watched them headline the same venue with that same energy and passion. Talking to lead vocalist Brad Marr earlier this year, he mentioned the influences for the writing. “Rebuild Destroy” came from hard times they have had as a band. They used all this frustration and energy to create this no nonsense, straight up Hard Rock album and there is a fantastic collection of songs included. You have the party sounds on ‘Gettin’ Heavy’, the punchiness of ‘Bullet’, the rebellious ‘What You Gonna Do’ and the ballads ‘Face In The Crowd’ and ‘A Mile In My Shoes’. This is a Hard Rock gem that should be treasured and given your undivided attention.

https://www.facebook.com/MassiveOz/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSr-CjZh1nM


05 Number #06 Coronatus6. Coronatus – The Eminence Of Nature

I first came across Coronatus when I was sixteen years old, particularly, when I was starting to discover Symphonic Metal. I was attracted to the fact there were two different vocal styles taking the lead. Fast forward and in 2019 they released “The Eminence Of Nature”. Once I pressed play on this album, I was taken instantly by the striking vocals and grand musical arrangements.

Their important message is told through a great selection of bombastic melodies that encompass both folk and symphonic metal elements. It’s no secret that we need to work together and make drastic changes to ensure the future of our planet changes for the better. You hear this instantly in the lyrical content in the opening track ‘Planet B’! It doesn’t take much explanation what the lyric “no planet B, no more earth, only one chance” is referring to.

Other favourites on the album include the fun folk sounds of ‘Midsommar’, the haunting sounds of ‘Echo Of Souls’ and the gallant ‘Set Sail To North’. Highly recommended for fans of Symphonic and Folk Metal!

https://www.facebook.com/CoronatusOfficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmick4TQ0g0


06 Number #05 Bloodbound5. Bloodbound – Rise Of The Dragon Empire

Ever since I caught them on tour supporting Sabaton a few years back, I have been hooked on Bloodbound. Their latest tale “Rise Of The Dragon Empire” only reinforces my love for the Swedish Dragon Slayers. The album contains gallant melodies that will make you want to unleash your inner warrior and join the band on their noble quest. Those who have been fans of the band for a while may have noticed the development in their sound.

My personal favourites on the album are the title track, ‘Blackwater Bay’, ‘Giants Of Heaven’ and ‘Reign Of Fire’. The title track shows us Patrik Selleby’s brilliant vocal range, ‘Blackwater Bay’ is majestic, ‘Giants Of Heaven’ is a standard Bloodbound track that contains the elements I love about the band and the uplifting sounds in ‘Reign Of Fire’ give me hope when times are tough.

Unleash your inner dragon slayer and join them on their quest, you know you want to!

https://www.facebook.com/bloodboundmetal/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngOiPQvBGf4


07 Number #04 Beast In Black4. Beast In Black – From Hell With Love

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual listener, the name BEAST IN BLACK has been hard to miss. I was initially attracted to their straight to the point and no-frills Heavy Metal sounds through the strong content they produced. After hearing their latest release “From Hell With Love”, I knew instantly it was going to be at least top five material.
Like their previous album, it is no frills and no fuss; just solid sounding Heavy Metal. The record contains a great array of songs that will get you pumping and ready to go. Great examples of this get up and go energy can be found in ‘Repentless’, ‘Heart Of Steel’ and ‘True Believer’. I also like the eighties-esque sounds in ‘Sweet True Lies’ and ‘Die By The Blade’. It’s nice to have a break through the track ‘Oceandeep’ that shows us a different side to vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos, especially when it comes to his vast vocal range.

Like your Heavy Metal straight to the point whilst needing a get up and go? Give “From Hell With Love a whirl”.

https://www.facebook.com/beastinblackofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJooj3hdzQ


08 Number #03 Control The Storm3. Control The Storm – Forevermore

Control The Storm have been favourites since I caught them at a local show a few years ago, I likened them to Britain’s answer to Nightwish and after their hiatus and a few line-up changes, their sound is stronger than ever before and I still say they are the British Nightwish. The concrete content in their anticipated second album Forevermore is solid evidence of this.

Even though I could hear influences from Nightwish, I can hear instantly that they have their own sound. For the duration of this album, I am taken with the beautiful melodies that have a sense of empowerment. I know that some of the band members have been open about their struggles regarding mental health and there is strong lyrical content in the album describing perfectly what it’s like; “I’m trapped in my mind” from ‘In The Night’, “Feeling defeated, life will take its toll” from ‘Follow Me’ and “Now I’m at war with my inner peace” from ‘Chaotic Mind’.

The song ‘Chaotic Mind’ is a perfect embodiment of struggling with ill mental health and to keep on fighting through it all. This particular song is another that helped me through some difficult times this year.

With all these reasons in mind, this was the ideal album to open my top three.

https://www.facebook.com/ControlTheStorm/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SzIq8yc0T4


09 Number #02 Skillet2. Skillet – Victorious

I had heard of Skillet in passing, but it was only this year I managed to sit and listen to them. This came on the off chance when listening to a radio show and the song ‘Legendary’ came on. I was instantly taken with the power and passion in the song, so much so that I eagerly waited to give the album a try.

From start to finish, I was taken with the pumping, strong and empowering content that this album gave. When you listen to it, you realise the title is more than appropriate. There is a great variety of tracks that suit every mood under the sun. I know it is a cliché but it rings true in this case.

Highlights for me include the first pumping notes of ‘Legendary’, the sweeping title track, the bouncy rhythm in ‘Rise Up’, the poignant message about having someone there for you in ‘Anchor’ and the straight to the point sounds of ‘Never Going Back’.

Music fans looking for something different then give this album a spin and feel Victorious.

https://www.facebook.com/skillet/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DApP8dCZOdU


10 Number #01 Leah1. Leah – Ancient Winter

It’s very different to the rest of my list but when I listened to the relaxing sounds of this record, I knew instantly that this would be my number one pick. For “Ancient Winter”, Leah strips back her usual Symphonic Metal sounds for a earthier ambience. It’s within this album you can hear why she is referred to as Metal Enya from her fans.

‘The Whole World Summons’ and ‘Light Of The World’ begin the album and I was taken away to a far-off land instantly and it genuinely helped me forget my troubles for hours. This album highly encourages the phrase “dance as if no-one is watching”, which is what I found myself doing whilst listening!

Speaking of being taken to a far-off land, I thought of Dark Crystal and Lord Of The Rings when listening to the record. The earthy sounds are given to us through Leah’s haunting vocal work and some of the international names featured on the album. These include the stunning Pipes from Nightwish’s Troy Donockley, the quirky Hurdy Gurdy sounds from Cellar Darling’s Anna Murphy, and a few others. My personal favourites on this album are the hypnotic sounds in ‘Redemption’, the stunning rendition of traditional song ‘Gaudete’ and the merry arrangements in ‘Puer Natus’.

In today’s fast paced world, it’s more important than ever to step back and slow down. “Ancient Winter” helped me to do this; it made me to relax and take a breath. If slowing down is something you need to do, take yourself away with “Ancient Winter”.

https://www.facebook.com/LEAHthemusic/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do5LvwfqzSw


I would also like to give honourable mentions to the following albums:

A New Tomorrow – Universe

I really enjoyed the vast sounds of this album. I caught their live show a year ago and was really taken with them. Imagine Alter Bridge meets Foo Fighters and throw in Queens of The Stone Age and you get the sounds of A New Tomorrow. Their music matches the positivity and hope behind their band name. It’s albums like this that prove the rock scene is alive and kicking. I personally really liked the tracks ‘Golden Sands’, ‘A Million Stars’ and ‘Step Into The Wild’. The future for these guys is looking bright.

https://www.facebook.com/anewtomorrowmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvBMWARpHH8


Obsidian Tide – Pillars Of Creation

A few years ago, I reviewed Obsidian Tide’s debut EP and really took to the hazy sounds. Fast forward to the present and I got to review their debut album “Pillars Of Creation”. This isn’t just an album; it’s an experience that requires your undivided attention. It’s a journey full of unexpected twists and turns that I won’t reveal here, it’s recommended you buy the album to find out what those are. If this album doesn’t get the band swooped up by a big record label, I don’t know what will.

https://www.facebook.com/obsidiantide/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGk9Ad6bGbw


Crazy Lixx – Forever Wild

I am a huge fan of the bold and exciting sounds of eighties rock, I also have a huge admiration for modern bands bringing those sounds back. The appropriately titled “Forever Wild” by Crazy Lixx is the key to feeling free and wild. The songs contain sounds that make you feel like you are free and invincible; this is evident in my personal favourite tracks ‘Wicked’, ‘Eagle’ and ‘Terminal Velocity’. I also love the fun antics in ‘(She’s Wearing) Yesterday’s Face’. Feel free and Forever Wild with this album.

https://www.facebook.com/crazylixx/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXekI0LiBLA


Crystal Viper – Tales Of Fire And Ice

Crystal Viper are a new discovery for me this year and after hearing the strong sounds from “Tales Of Fire And Ice” I hope to see more of them. It’s a straight up, no nonsense album that delivers top class heavy metal sounds. Powerful vocals, finger blistering guitar work and thunderous rhythms; You can place a big tick by all of these items on this list of essential elements to create a Heavy Metal gem. There are some fierce tracks here such as ‘Bright Lights’, ‘Under Ice’ and ‘Tears Of Arizona’. They are definitely ones to keep your eyes out for.

https://www.facebook.com/crystalviperofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydVRuJdHgMg


Rotting Christ – The Heretics

As most of you know, Rotting Christ have been personal favourites of mine since I caught them headline the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock a few years ago. Their latest release “The Heretics” only upholds my admiration for their mesmerising music. The album doesn’t mess around as it opens with ‘In The Name Of God’ and the album keeps up the strong music from there. Highlights include ‘Vetry Zlye’, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Fire God And Fear’. What I like about this album is that it proves beauty can be found in the darkest places if you look hard enough. This was one of the things that drew me to the band in the first place.

https://www.facebook.com/rottingchristofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Bt38pbvlo

 

 

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Stew – People

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Stew – People
Ripple Music
Release Date: 11/10/2019
Running Time: 37:24
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
10/10

At the beginning of this year I had, what can only be described as, the absolute pleasure to review the “Hot” EP by this young band from Sweden. I gave it 9 out of 10 as I was so impressed and even stated in my review how much I was looking forward to reviewing the album once it was done.

Well, the album has now been completed and, as you can already see from the score I have given it, it’s an absolute stonker! But, to be fair, I already knew that would be the case!!

Formed in early 2017, the band hail from Lindesberg / Ӧbero in Sweden and is made up of the power trio of Markus Asland on bass and vocals, Niklas Jansson on guitar and Niklas Dahlgren on drums. Their own band notes state they play a “gritty and nostalgic fusion of classic rock and blues inspiration” and this just about sums them up perfectly.

I said in my review of the EP that the music enticed a “warm, fuzzy feeling of bliss and contentment” as you were transported back to the past and this album gives you that feeling once again….and more! Playing a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, this band is obviously heavily influenced by the sounds of the late 60’s/70’s era. And that is by no means a bad thing.

With groovy riffs, strong vocals (this guy’s voice is outstanding) and swinging drums, this is classic rock but with a modern twist. With a little bit of blues, a little bit of rock and killer guitars, these guys have nailed the sound of the 60’s/70’s with true musicianship.

With influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Free, Deep Purple, Grandfunk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Rory Gallagher and Spooky Tooth, they were always on to a winning formula, but they do it with a class that could easily put them up there with the best of the genre.

A quote from Classic Rock magazine regarding the EP stated that the music was “spewing embers of psychedelic wonder” and these guys would not have been out of place at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. They really are the perfect band to just chill out to.

Just like the EP the whole album was recorded live except for the vocals and solos and recording finished in just nine days! Something of an accomplishment!

When the EP was released Stew was an unsigned band (a sacrilege if you ask me as they should have been snapped up ages ago!) but I was extremely pleased to see that they have now been signed to Ripple Music and I know with the backing of a record label and the hard work they so obviously put into their music, this band will go places. They are still young and have many successful years ahead of them.

Its not very often I give a 10 out of 10, having only dished out a handful during my reviewing career, but this album certainly deserves it. In fact, it actually deserves an 11!

I am sooooo impressed with these guys that I will be following them very closely in the future and monitoring just how successful they are going to be. I am even going to recommend to Rick we add them to our “Bands We Follow” page on our site.

Keep up the good, no great, work guys and I hope to see you at a gig over here sometime! Now, THAT would just be the icing on the cake!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Right On Time
03. People
04. Newborn
05. Endless Journey
06. Play The Fool
07. Goddess
08. Afraid Of Getting Nowhere
09. Sweet And True
10. Fruits
11. Morning Again

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/stewsweden/
https://twitter.com/Stew13434878
https://www.instagram.com/stew_band/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6gQxEftIRnjg_nxDmThwQ

 

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SuidAkrA – Echoes Of Yore

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SuidAkrA – Echoes Of Yore
MDD Records
Release Date: 15/11/2019
Running Time: 50:41
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

We are almost at the end of 2019, with a new decade upcoming in less than a month, and I keep thinking to myself about the new styles/genres that will quickly appear and disappear like has happened in previous decades. I also wonder why Heavy Metal listeners are still so worried about the farewell tours of the mainstream bands, considering that we have plenty of new killer bands around the world. One other thing that I reflect on is how bands that were considered young a few years ago are now reaching, what can be considered, long careers and it is astonishing how they keep themselves alive and active. Within all of those questions the name SuidAkrA appears as a good example of what we will have in the near future.

The German Celtic Heavy Metal band SuidAkrA is celebrating 25 years of non-stop releases and tours. Instead of offering an easy and boring compilation album, why not record the classic and most famous songs again? With this in mind, they decided to ask their fans to choose 10 songs to re-record with a modern production but without losing the original spirit. But, they also had an extra gift for their fans and recruited former member Marcel Schoenen to record his original parts, increasing the original spirit of the record even more.

No matter from which album each song was originally released, the way that the band have worked this and the order they have put the songs in make the listener feel like they are listening to a new album. All the tracks connect to each other! If you like Celtic music then it is, obviously, the main influence here, but you can also hear Melodic Death Metal, similar to Dark Tranquility and even a touch of Black Metal but it is very well diluted in arrangements like ‘Hall Of Tales’. The beautiful and classic ‘Rise Of Taliesin’ (at least classic for me) comes at a perfect moment to calm down the listening.

I could spend hours describing each song, but they are all highlighted as favourites by the band’s fans and they received great attention during the re-recording process. I believe the band made the right decision to make “Echoes Of Yore”. If you have been a fan of SuidAkrA since the early days then you will enjoy this record. However, if you don’t know this classic German band, it is the perfect opportunity to discover the best of them and hear the great mix of heavy styles that the band incorporates over their Celtic music. After all, it’s not every day that a heavy metal group hits their 25th Anniversary

TRACKLISTING:
01. Wartunes
02. The Quest
03. Havoc
04. Morrigan
05. Rise of Taliesin
06. Hall of Tales
07. Pendragon’s Fall
08. Banshee
09. Warpipes Call Me
10. Lays from Afar

LINE-UP:
Arkadius Antonik – Vocals, Guitars, Orchestral Arrangements
Sebastian Jensen – Clean Vocals, Guitars
Tim Siebrecht – Backing Vocals, Bass
Ken Jentzen – Drums
Shir-Ran Yinon – Violin
Catalina Popa-Mörck – Flute
Bernhard Mahlmeister – French Horn
Robse (Equilibrium) – guest vocals on ‘Havoc’
Sascha Aßbach – Backing Vocals

LINKS:
https://www.suidakra.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Official.SuidAkrA/
https://www.instagram.com/suidakra_official

https://www.youtube.com/user/SuidAkrAoffical

 

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DarkTower – Obedientia

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DarkTower – Obedientia
Electric Funeral Records
Release Date: 06/11/2019
Running time: 41:38
Review by Victor Augusto
10/10

I often ask myself if it is possible that a band will offer anything new nowadays, after everything we know, and have heard, in Heavy Metal. Maybe I am being skeptical, but I don’t think we will ever hear innovation or something revolutionary inside music again. Despite that, I do believe it is possible to find ways to flee from “more of the same”. Following this path, I can mention Brazilian Melodic Black/Death Metal band DarkTower who have been conquering South America for more than 10 years touring regularly and releasing two great albums “…of Chaos and Ascension” (2013) and “Eight Spears” (2016). If these two albums showed to fans their huge technical ability, “Obedientia” comes with a new purpose.

Always inspired in chaos that rules the world, this time DarkTower have got their specific scenario from where they live in Brazil. An unstable country in terms of economy, governments and now, a nation split by political worship that makes them ready to kill each other, blinded by angry and foolish attitudes. No, you won’t hear any political statements like you do with Thrash Metal bands or the antichrist screams associated with Black Metal bands but you will hear all the darkness from their daily anger and suffering, which is very well elucidated by complex and heavy compositions. It is like you are hearing a soundtrack of the apocalypse. A non-fictional apocalypse; A real apocalypse!

The acoustic intro of ‘Punishment’ becomes heavier and epical until ‘Downfall’ devastates all of us with killer riffs, blast beats and screams about the mental maze of a lunatic who cannot think or act for himself due to religious dogma. Next track ‘God Above Nothing’ is the most aggressive song and it represents the church leaders, allied with politics, using the people’s faith to control and manipulate them. This religious theme actually represents exactly what is happening in the band’s country, where the slogan “God Above Everything” was used massively during the most recent political campaign. As I said before, do not expect specific names to be mentioned here, as the idea of “Obedientia” is to make clear how dangerous a nation that worships snakes and lunatics can be, no matter which side they represent.

The instrumental prelude of ‘Highland Ceremony’ explains the story behind ‘Winged Snake’s Communion’. It is about an old South American tribe called Cañari, who, in the mountains of South Ecuador, still keep their old traditions alive even after all the wars and changes in civilization. This song reflects an idea of the traditions Brazil has lost throughout the years. More songs make clear what the band wants to warn you about, like the chorus “I Won’t Kneel For You” in the title track ‘Obedientia’ and the metaphoric references of sculpted leaders when they say “Man of Clay” in the lyrics of ‘Praxis Against Ignorance’.

The main theme is brilliant and very well interpreted by vocalist Flávio Gonçalves with a Black Metal vocal inspiration but also with Death Metal power and the band follow him with the fabulous guitar work of Raphael Casotto and Rafael Morais who alternate insane riffs and solos and create a dense atmosphere. This is highlighted by the great and, sometimes, independent bass lines of Rodolfo Ferreira and drummer Rômulo Grilo increases the heaviness with numerous tempo changes, from slow cadences and percussion to extreme blast beats.

After ‘The Carnal Splendour’ which is the last act of musical violence, the calm and beautiful ‘…As the Obedient Marches to the Abyss’ closes the album! Epic, Powerful, Dark and, at the same time, realistic about the human living chaos!

Maybe “Obedientia” doesn’t bring anything new to listeners, but it is undeniable we are in front of a masterpiece. All the darkness and emotion in the music make the listener enter into this experience angrily. It feels like every detail, every single note and lyric has been studied to create a perfect match between all band members. Listen and appreciate while the obedient march to the abyss.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Punishment
02. Downfall
03. God Above Nothing
04. Highland Ceremony
05. Winged Snake’s Communion
06. Praxis Against Ignorance
07. Obedientia
08. Rites of Conscience
09. The Carnal Splendour
10. …As The Obedient Marches to the Abyss…

LINE-UP:
Flávio Gonçalves – Vocals
Raphael Casotto – Guitars
Rafael Morais – Guitars
Rodolfo Ferreira – Bass and Vocals
Rômulo Grilo – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.darktowerofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/darktowermetal/
https://www.youtube.com/user/darktowertv
https://www.instagram.com/darktowerofficial/

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Firebreather – Under A Blood Moon

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Firebreather – Under A Blood Moon
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running time: 48:54
Review by Alun Jones
8.5/10

You’ve got to hand it to the Swedes. They’re pretty damn good at whatever they turn their hands to. Cheese with holes in, chocolate, clocks… No wait, that’s the Swiss. The Swedes are the ones who are awesome at flat pack furniture and – most importantly for us – music.

Firebreather are a trio of doom-mongers from Gothenburg in Sweden. Comprising Mattias Noojd on vocals and guitar, Kyle Pitcher on bass and drummer Axel Wittbeck, these riff-lords are adept at creating massive, epic songs that are both brutal and beautiful.

The music pounds and pummels, but in opening track ‘Dancing Flames’, the churning riff becomes hypnotically entrancing! ‘Our Souls They Burn’ is unleashed with a super-heavy grind that’s underpinned by a powerful groove.

It’s hard to pick a stand-out or favourite track, though the relentless structure of the songs creates a vast tapestry of music that blends together. This is savage and also seductive, like the wilderness of their native Scandinavia. Hence, we get the thunderous beat of title track ‘Firebreather’ and the contrast of the slow rhythmic build and almost melancholic vibe of ‘The Siren’.

Repeated listens are definitely recommended: familiarity with “Under A Blood Moon” coaxes the songs to open up and reveal more treasures each time. The listeners’ mind can imagine patterns and shapes cascading, like watching flames burn and dance. It’s a solid album from Firebreather that only promises to grow and endure.

All this talk about fire-breathing brings back memories of my old mate Ronnie James Dio’s fascination with the Dungeons and Dragons board game. Back in the early 80’s, when he was fronting Black Sabbath, Ronnie was obsessed with it. He’d constantly badger the band to play it with him, which they did – begrudgingly.

Tony and Geezer amiably played along to humour their titan-voiced tiny singer. I recall one time though, when Bill Ward had really had enough of elves and dragons – he threw a huge pitcher of ale over the game. Ronnie was livid, Tony and Geezer were trying to stifle laughter. Especially when Bill kicked the table, banged his big toe and fell about screaming in agony, ripping a hole in his wife’s tights. Bill was always wearing his wife’s tights. I think they kept him warm.

TRACKLISTING:
01: Dancing Flames
02: Our Souls, They Burn
03: Closed Gate
04: Firebreather
05: We Bleed
06: The Siren

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/firebreathergbg/

https://www.instagram.com/firebreathergbg/
https://firebreatherdoom.bandcamp.com/

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…

I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.

A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.

To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.

Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.

I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall

LINE-UP:
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugue-529079680961495/
https://www.instagram.com/fugue_band/

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Def-Con-One – Warface

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Def-Con-One – Warface
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 19-06-2012
Running Time: 51:10
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Def-Con-One review first appeared in 2013

2012 was a storming year for great albums, but when I first heard “Warface”, from the UK’s Def-Con-One, it went straight into my top ten releases of that year. If you want brutal groove then this is the band for you and quite simply I see them as a modern day Pantera. Put together by the severely underrated Antton Lant (one time Venom drummer) this is about as much fun as you can have, whilst systematically feeling that you have had your insides kicked out of you by a size 12 boot!

Kicking off with an almost tribal drum rhythm, opener ‘Never Look Back’ sets the scene for what is an uncompromising fifty minutes of pure hardcore metal, with so much groove you will not be able to keep still. Apart from the staggering and heavy-as-shit drum patterns, from Antton, which pepper the album like a bad rash, Vocalist Davey Meikle is a real find. He screams and sings in equal measure with an evil ferocity that defies belief. Guitarist Johnny Hunter and Bassist Steve Miller cannot be overlooked. This is a real band, and one that requires all four members to collectively strip the skin from your face. March Of The Dead’, ‘Blood’, ’10 Bullets’, ‘In Death’ and the title track, the list is endless of tracks that deliver a hammer blow to your groin and with ‘Feeling Cold’ Def-Con-One have delivered one of the most hauntingly brilliant acoustic tracks I have heard for years. There is just not one dud on this album. Fantastically well produced by the band themselves, there really is no reason for you not to check these guys out.

Having finally witnessed them live at Hammerfest V, where they literally blew the roof off of the venue, you might have guessed correctly that I rather like this band and predict huge things for them. With album number two in the pipeline and plenty of upcoming gigs throughout the year Def-Con-One could not be a better name for this awesome band from Newcastle and I defy you not to like them.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Never Look Back
02. March Of The Dead
03. Warface
04. Hold On
05. Blood
06. Steeped In Pain
07. 10 Bullets
08. Feeling Cold
09. My Halo
10. Hit List
11. In Death
12. Give Me Strength

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/defcononehq/
https://www.instagram.com/def.con.one.official/

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Absolva – Flames Of Justice

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Absolva – Flames Of Justice
Rocksector Records
Release Date: 05/11/2012
Running Time: 51:47
Review by Rick Tilley
9/10

Hi Everyone. One of the previous places I wrote reviews for was US Radio Station Brutiful Metal Radio which closed its doors a while back and their website disappeared along with all the reviews I wrote! I thought it would be great if we could repost the reviews on Ever Metal so that they are not lost completely and, possibly, you can discover some great albums and bands you may have missed the first time around! Do bear in mind that line-ups may have changed and, in some cases, the bands may be no more but the albums created at that time are what is important so delve into the fairly recent path and have a read!

This Absolva review first appeared in 2013

What happens when your band is on the verge of breaking through and then the bass player gets asked to join metal titans Iced Earth? That is what happened to heavy rock trio Fury UK last year. Instead of replacing Luke Appleton, brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Appleton and drummer Martin McNee put that band on hiatus and formed Absolva, “Flames Of Justice” was their debut album released in the second half of 2012 and they hit the ground running faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. Fusing the heavy rock sound of their previous act with classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon “Flames Of Justice” is a blinding album. Joined here by bassist Dan Bate and lead and rhythm guitarist Tom Atkinson (who has since departed due to other commitments), Absolva aren’t completely retro though. There is enough of a modern twist to their sound to keep fans old and new very happy, a point proved by the size and diversity of crowds at their gigs.

“Flames Of Justice” kicks off with the screaming title track, and that alone leaves you in no doubt that Absolva mean serious business. Followed by ‘Hundred Years’, ‘Code Red’ (which is sure to become a live classic),’From Beyond The Light’ and ‘Breathe’, which thanks to Chris Appleton’s slightly Dave Mustaine style delivery could be a Megadeth song, in fact “Red Lamb”, Mustaine’s recent collaboration album with Dan Spitz would be a good reference point for Absolva. This is full of crunchy riffs, choruses that stay in your brain long after the album has finished, great solo and duel guitar work that fits the songs extremely well, a good variety of tempo and rhythm section of a very high calibre that ties the whole thing together beautifully. “Flames Of Justice” has been well produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Elliss, although if anything he hasn’t quite managed to catch the raw power that Absolva share on the live circuit. That is a pretty small criticism though for a band that really is set to keep the spirit of classic metal alive if they continue to produce work of this quality.

There is something strangely alluring about Absolva’s music. It feels very familiar, as if you have known the band for years, but at the same time it adds new and exciting flavours, a bit like a good wine, and that great mix has had me going back to this album time and time again to enjoy its contents. Another of the great bands on Rocksector Records you genuinely have to keep an eye out for Absolva because they are going places!

TRACKLISTING:
01: Flames of Justice
02 .Hundred Years
03: Code Red
04: It Is What It Is
05: Breathe
06: State of Grace
07: From Beyond the Light
08: Free
09: Love to Hate
10: Only When It’s Over
11: Empires

LINKS:
http://www.absolva.com/
https://www.facebook.com/absolva/

https://www.instagram.com/absolva/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Absolva

 

 

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