Reinforcer – Prince Of The Tribes

Prince Of The Tribes Album Cover Art

Reinforcer – Prince Of The Tribes
Scarlet Records
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 40:46
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Reinforcer have been going since 2015, with 2018’s ‘The Wanderer’ EP being all the world has had to judge them on so far. Whether the world needs another traditional Euro Power Metal band is always a matter of debate, as let’s face it it’s an incredibly crowded marketplace. For me the answer will always be if the music is interesting, well-delivered and makes me want to listen to more, then yes. These boys from darkest Germany have wisely equally balanced the more Traditional Heavy Metal with the Power Metal, which makes the appeal of this all-important debut record that little bit broader. How this works in practice is that although lyrically it’s classic Power pseudo-historical fare, musically the tone is moodier and darker than the usual major chord stuff you get from that genre camp.

First off, for a young bunch of musicians, this record shows maturity and polish well beyond their years, all wrapped up in a really well produced package. So often debut’s bring great songs with many years of work having gone into their writing and then squeeze them through a low budget production process that really lets the band’s work down, but this is not the case here. The sound mix is clear, crisp, fat and allows the instruments clearly and distinctively to stand out whilst keeping the organic cohesive feel of a band that know each other’s musical chemistry well. The song-writing also demonstrates richness and maturity, although I think we could have done without the verbal cheesiness of the intro to ‘Black Sails’. What stands out from the get go are Logan Lexi’s charismatic vocals. His voice has a deep power and richness that sounds like it, simply, should not be emanating from someone in their early 20’s. The downside of that youth is a tendency for his vocal melody lines to follow the music a little too closely, but that’s something that comes with experience and confidence and fuck loads of touring, so it’s a minor niggle as far as I am concerned and one that does not detract from the overall cohesive sound that they achieve.

Musically the tone is pretty consistent throughout, driven by harmonised guitar work and a pile-driving rhythm section – moody and mid to high tempo is the trend, until we get to the album closer ‘Z32’. This one is much slower, moodier and almost Gothic in its feel and ethos. Lexi completely changes his vocal approach being both softer and way more aggressive in his delivery and instantly turns what might have been just a run of the mill track into a haunting and heavily epic piece of work. It’s heads and shoulders better than anything else on the album, being heavy as the proverbial brick and brilliantly well-written, with that vocal performance absolutely stealing the show. If this is the direction of travel, then bring it on boys. This is an incredibly well-delivered album from a promising new band who have pulled off that most challenging achievement – making Power Metal sound new and fresh again.

‘Allegiance And Steel’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Prince Of The Tribes
02. Allegiance And Steel
03. Black Sails
04. Shieldmaiden
05. Coupe de Grâce
06. Thou Shall Burn
07. Hand On Heart
08. Another Night
09. Z32

LINE-UP:
Logan Lexi – Vocals
Tobias Schwarzer – Guitar
Niclas Stappert – Guitar
Marvin Fretter – Bass
Lasse Schmiedel – Drums

LINKS:

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Eisbrecher – Liebe Macht Monster

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Eisbrecher – Liebe Macht Monster
RCA Deutschland
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Running Time: 56:29
Review by Wallace Magri
9/10

So, here I am…a guy from Brazil, trying to write in proper English about a band from Germany that doesn’t give a shit about the rule that you should sing in English if you want to have your music noticed around the world.

By the way, I’ve just reviewed an album from a Portuguese band – named Grunt (check it out!) – and I said there that, even though they have some lyrics in Portuguese (yeah, in Brazil we speak Portuguese), I wasn’t able to understand a single word that they sang, but even so, I enjoyed it. And that doesn’t mean that I don’t care about lyrics, which I do, a lot.

But there are certain musical styles whose message behind the songs are not about WHAT is being sung, but HOW the speech intonation dictates exactly what the words should mean – even when you don’t have a German or Portuguese translator dictionary by your side. Vocals aren’t supposed to be only about semantics at all.

Listening to “Liebe Macht Monster”, Eisbrecher’s 8th album, I remembered what I’d said in my very first review for Ever Metal (Terminal – “Blacken The Skies”, check it out): Neue Deutsche Härte is the perfect Heavy music for the pandemics fucked up era that we live in, mostly due to the Teutonic power vocals, which lend grandeur to the melody and intimidates those who listen to NDH’s songs. Allied to that, the disturbing guitar riffs and Dark-Electro Industrial ambience fulfils the role of putting the listener into a trance allowing them to understand any kind of language through beats and melodies…at least while hypnotized by the song and dance thing.

Have you ever watched the movie ‘Midsommar’? If you did, you would remember what happens in the last ‘ladies’ dance’. That is what I am talking about here. If you haven’t watched the movie (which you should do), just listen to album opening track, ‘Es lohnt sich nicht ein mensch zu sein’, to understand what I mean: the organic drum beat combines perfectly with the synth’s bass tune and layers of gothic ambience that open space to the heavy guitar riffs to settle the tone of the music and then the vocal lines kick in to confer even more heaviness to the song as a whole. Even tough I don’t speak a single word of German; I am singing along to the mid-tempo chorus of that song right now! And the lyrics make sense to me, as a matter of fact.

Well, if you didn’t get into the same musical trance as I did listening to ‘Es lohnt sich ein Mensch zu sein’, and also if you don’t know what the hell NDH is, just read the following explanation about their music from Eisbrecher’s lead singer, Alex Wesselsky: “eternal bloodbaths between rock/metal and pop electro-industrial” (available on Eisbrecher’s website).

Eisbrecher have been around since 2003, releasing albums regularly and constantly growing their fan base in USA and Europe. In Germany, the albums “Die Höle muss warten” (2012) and “Schock” (2015) were certified gold and “Sturmfahrt” hit #1 in the German charts. They have also played on major European festivals, such as Summer Breeze and Wacken Open Air, as well as gigs with UDO and Scorpions and a bunch of tours around Europe.

And it seems like Eisbrecher is getting very busy during the COVID-19 lockdown, since they released “Schickalsmelodien” in 2020 (where they perform cover songs from German bands) and, only 5 months later, here I am giving my impressions on their latest release “Liebe Macht Monster”, that shows Alexx Wesselsky (vocal) and Noel Pix (lead guitar, programming and production) allowing themselves some experimentation, delivering a much more synth pop approach on ‘Systemsprenger’ and ‘Leiserdrehen’. On ‘Wer bin ich’ we listen to something close to what bands like Bring Me The Horizon used to play, in a very accessible musical outfit.

Die-hard fans don’t need to get worried about that unfamiliar approach, because “Liebe Macht Monster” keeps the traditional musical style heard on the previous albums from the Ice Brakers.  ‘Himmel’ relates to the Electro Gothic with magnificence. On ‘Dagengen’, Dero Goi, from the band Oomph!, shares lead vocals with Alexx on one of the best songs of the album.

‘FAKK’ and the title track are based on Neue Deutsche Härte’s heavy guitar riffs and powerful chorus, as can be heard on any of Eisbrecher’s back catalogue – that anyone, regardless of language spoken, is able to sing along to. Which takes us back to the main theme this review was based on.

Eisbrecher’s new album is definitely worth the listen, even though you may get a little lost on the language diversity. Just let your mind be guided by the heavy electronic beat and guitar riffs that are going to help you to find out your way into their Neue Deustche Härte world and, suddenly, it will feel like home.

‘FAKK’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Es lohnt sich nicht ein mensch zu sein
02. FAKK
03. Nein Danke
04. Im Guten Im Bösen
05. Frommer Mann
06. Dagengen (feat. Dero Goi)
07. Liebe Macht Monster
08. Sytemsprenger
09. Wer bin ich
10. Himmel
11. Kontrollverlust
12. Leiserdrehen
13. High Society
14. Es lebe der Tod

LINE-UP:
Alexx Wesselsky – Vocals
Noel Pix – Lead Guitar, Programming, Production
Jürgen Plangger – Rhythm Guitar
Maximilian Schaver – Keyboards/Programming
Achim Färber – Drums
Rupert Keplinger – Bass

LINKS:

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Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy

Ancient Curse – The New Prophecy
Pure Steel Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 57:48
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

Ancient Curse formed in 1985. Since then, they’ve always had the same line up of singer/guitarist Pepe Pierez (ex-Sons of Seasons), guitarist Gunnar Eixleben (ex-Riot Instinct). Bassist Thorsten Penz (G.L.A.S.S.) and drummer Matthias Schroder, and they’re still making great music today. They’re kind of Power Metal, kind of Proggy, and even though they formed way back when, they’re definitely not your typical 80’s band in any shape or form. Their ‘storm and stress’ phase emerged in the mid-1990’s, with one mini and two full-length albums. And now the guys from Bremen are making a return with 9 new heart thumping tracks in the shape of their new release, “The New Prophecy”, which I’m sure you will agree are unique and just amazingly good.

The album starts off with an interesting guitar section, before you get hit with full on powerful, rapid drumming, and just brilliant guitar riffs. I would describe their metal as speed metal meets Nordic, it has so much power behind it and the guitar execution is immense.

The seamless shift between tracks means the enjoyment of the album is continuous throughout with no let up. And their storytelling is superb. Track three ‘The Shadow’ could easily be used in a horror film – think nightmare scene and you’re there. I will add that this album is definitely not one if you’re suffering a hangover (no I wasn’t, before anyone asks!). The constant thundering drumming makes your head bang all the way through.

One thing that stands out, aside from the brilliant drums and guitar work, is Pepe’s incredible voice, which is not only crisp and powerful, but has variations which are enough to set the spine tingling. The backing vocals are also so complimentary to Pepe; they blend seamlessly together, and it just proves that, even after two decades, these guys have what it takes.

Track six, ‘One Moment Of Fortune’, starts off all nice and gentle, then there’s that head splitting drumming again, epic guitar riffs and, just when you think your head might explode, you suddenly go into slow, deep vocals. This is when you can perfectly hear Pepe’s vocal skills, it’s almost haunting. It’s like he’s the embodiment of the monster under your bed! This track is over 7 mins of pure enjoyment, it takes your through every emotion possible, starting gently, building up, going manic, and slipping back to dark and creepy! And the harmonising is brilliant!

Another track which will leave you in no doubt of Pepe’s skills is ‘Mind Chaos’. At 6 minutes plus, the guys certainly give you value for money! And here, Pepe’s voice shifts to almost whisper singing (if Phantom of the Opera ever gets a sequel, they need this track, it will give you goose bumps).

One thing that is evident across the whole album is the effortless way the guys blend together. The guitar riffs have you either playing air guitar or drift into your thoughts, usually just before you’re brutally awoken again by the drumming that could probably wake the devil!

Overall, I love the album and hope they guys don’t make us wait as long for their next album. They break the mould of the way metal should sound and are unique. So many bands just play what everyone else does, but here we have something different, something fresh, but powerful. It’s been a pleasure to review.

TRACKLISTING:
01. We Follow The Signs02. Fire And Ice03. The Shadow
04. Man Of The Storm
05. Hypnotize
06. One Moment Of Fortune
07. Forever Young
08. Mind Chaos
09. Prophecy

LINE-UP:
Pepe Pierez – Vocals/Guitars
Gunnar Eixleben – Guitars
Thorsten Penz – Bass
Matthias Schroder – Drums

Special Guests
Henning Basse – (Metalium/Sons of Seasons)Oliver Palotai – (Kamelot)

LINKS:
www.ancientcurse.de/
www.facebook.com/Ancient-Curse-417582438351759
www.twitter.com/ancientcursehb
www.instagram.com/ancientcursehb/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYAYn3kl25GlzJw0iQLXzg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6FsoxZ7ETwkzjAeRzs0On0

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SuidAkrA – Echoes Of Yore

Echoes Of Yore Cover

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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EMQ’s with FATEFUL FINALITY

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EMQ’s with FATEFUL FINALITY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Weil der Stadt, Germany based Thrash Metal band Fateful Finality! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Paddy for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, I’m Paddy, one of the two guitar playing vocalists. We are a thrash metal band that has played together since 2007 in this set-up.

How did you come up with your band name?

We actually had a kind of brainstorming to figure out a name for our band many years ago and with “Fateful Finality” we were finally satisfied. Ok, even though it maybe not the catchiest name to come up with, but we absolutely appreciate the profound and severe meaning.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We come from the South of Germany and aside of a quite established music industry, we are proud to have a pretty strong and faithful metal scene. According to that, we also have plenty of good metal bands around and nice festivals going on.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

After our last record “Mankind” (Fastball-Music, 09/2017) we have recently released two brand new singles off our upcoming album “Executor” (Fastball-Music, 10/2019). Both ‘Fire And Brimstone; and ‘They Breed The Dead’ are available as streams on Spotify and as videos on YouTube!

Fire And Brimstone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cszUyGyONg4

They Breed The Dead
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-LK-24_dx8

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the main bands we listen to are Machine Head, Lamb of God, Testament, The Haunted, Decapitated… to name only a few bands that perhaps were part of shaping our version of Modern Thrash Metal.

What first got you into music?

Personally my mom listened to a lot of music when I was a kid. Since the main genre was country music like Johnny Cash and such, the acoustic guitar was my first choice. And as the years went by and I started making music in a band my interests and needs evolved to what I do now.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Collaborating with other bands, especially the ones we appreciate, is what we see not just as a personal goal, but as a great achievement for us as a band. And of course we would target such a collaboration with bands that influenced us and that we admire for what they do. Again speaking of the guys from Machine Head, Lamb of God, Testament, The Haunted, Decapitated… and again, just to name a few.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Since we had the honour to be part of the legendary Wacken Open Air, we now aim to experience similar breath-taking festivals like Hellfest in France, Resurrection Fest in Spain, Nova Rock in Austria, Graspop in Belgium or of course Summer Breeze, which is based just about 2 ½ hours from where we live.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

So far there haven’t been any gifts from fans as I remember, but it was quite surprising when a female fan in the front row took off her shirt and showed off during a show.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you guys for your awesome support so far! Come to see us live, tell your friends about us and let´s have the time of our lives together!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Lemmy Kilmister

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

For me personally it is just a stunning feeling to be on stage, playing our songs and seeing people celebrating what we do. It absolutely overwhelming to experience how people appreciating what we created ourselves. I guess the down side of being a musician is we have the things that do not relate to making music like loading after the show 😉

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’m not sure how to realize it, but I would make it easier for talented bands (very subjective!) make a living by making their music, without being broke and burned out after only a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Right now I’m very into Decapitated’s latest album “Anti Cult”, but to mention an older record, I´d say The Haunted’s “The Dead Eye”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I think every media has its place in time and in usage. So for everyday and on the road I mostly use streaming services like Spotify. CD’s are still my main go to when I want to buy merchandise at a show or when I’m driving in my car. And when I really have a lot time I like to enjoy the ceremony of putting on Vinyl or Cassettes. …so it’s quite reasonable to own the same album multiple times 😉

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Beside the great experiences in clubs, pubs, festivals and on tour, I must say the most overwhelming show from my point of view so far, was Wacken Open Air 2016.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Actually we all have normal jobs beside the band life. So I guess without a band we would go ahead with our normal office jobs and try to find another way to express our opinions and creativity.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Simply my loving wife and my band!

What’s next for the band?

Main focus is on the release of our upcoming album “Executor” (Fastball-Music, 10/2019) and the corresponding shows, merch and videos.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We mainly have our music online on Spotify, but our videos get posted all over Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
https://www.facebook.com/Fateful.Finality.Metal/
https://www.instagram.com/fatefulfinality_official/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvWuj6dDg9uRrXK6ImG_uQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HTnD5b1haLgtDw5E00h39

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for having us for this interview! Best regards to all the readers. Feel cordially invited to listen and watch our stuff online and of course to come to our shows!

 

 

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EMQ’s with WARDRESS

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EMQ’s with WARDRESS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German 80’s Metal band Wardress! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are WARDRESS from Germany. We play old school metal. Founded 1984, split 1986 and started again 2018 as I / Alex (Guitarist) found some rehearsal room recordings on cassette in my cellar. Thought why not contact our original singer, finalise what we started plus write some new songs that sound like the old shit from the early 80’s but with a fresh sound?!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is no great story behind the band’s name, we just liked the song “Wardress” so much, that we felt it should be the band`s hymn. And simply, the band’s hymn should have the same name as the band, or vice versa.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany. The Metal Scene there is great. Many international artists travel here to do live shows so we have many opportunities to see cool Metal bands live. Small clubs close one by one. I guess that’s no difference to other countries and a shit development.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is the digital single ‘Dark Lord’ incl. killer remixes of our tracks ‘Wardress’ and ‘Mad Raper’ – 80’s reloaded if you like!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Obviously for writing music: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Dio, Manowar, Omen, Savatage…musicians: Randy Rhoads (guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Cozy Powell (drums)!

What first got you into music?

I personally listened to Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Eddie van Halen and Randy Rhoads. I wanted to be able to play guitar as they do, write music as they do/did, play venues as they do and have fun with bandmates, crowd….as simple as possible!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

See our main influences above – so any of those would be great!!!!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Metalheadz, Metalfest as they perfectly fit the style we play. If we think really big: Wacken or Rock in Rio – been told the crowd there is unbelievable!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A heavy wooden dead slaying rod with killer spikes and “Wardress” and all initials of the band members written on it! Scary! Caring fans offer us their girlfriends after the show haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Come to our concerts, buy our music, and believe in yourself and certainly not in what appears to be currently stylish or “in”!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

See the list of our main influences as musicians above – really hard to decide which one should be the one and only!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The moment when a concert starts and people go mad. I hate getting my gear back into the truck / car afterwards – real pain!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

They didn’t make Wardress millionaires yet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Can’t name one, must name some more…
Judas Priest – “Unleashed In The East”
Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden”
Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”
Dio – “Holy Diver”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl for home use, digital for to go, downloads are hard to store in the CD/Vinyl rack 😉

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Too many haha the list of bad gigs is far shorter…!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

What I do in reality plus having maximum fun being a musician in my leisure time!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our singer said he would invite Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Harvey Weinstein, Vladimir Putin and his Ex-Wife (However, he himself wouldn’t show up)!

What’s next for the band?

Sell thousands of albums and play more killer concerts for our fans and new fans wherever they are…..too much cliché??

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Youtube, FB, Insta, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play…
https://www.facebook.com/wardressmetal/
https://www.instagram.com/wardressmetal/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HorsemenFour

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Better ask whether “Snyder’s of Hanover” are real pretzels or junk food.

 

 

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Vikings – Far Beyond My Dream

Far Beyond My Dream Cover

Vikings – Far Beyond My Dream
A-Stereo-ID, Stuttgart
Release Date: 28/12/2018
Running Time: 57:00
Review by Mark Pritchard
9/10

A few weeks back, ‘Ever Metal’ gave me some options for bands to possibly review and one of the first to catch my eye was German band ‘Vikings’.

I have been listening to the album ‘Far Beyond My Dream’ on and off since I received it to help keep it fresh in my mind and I must say that it was a nice easy-listening session each time.

The fact the band is just a two-piece is amazing, meaning the amount of work put into making an album is that bit greater compared to bands with three or more members, but these guys have done a great job with this album.

From start to finish, this album has a high intensity, both with how the instruments are played and the vocals for each song, which are so good. I will say straight up that the singing by Georg Froehlich are above and beyond what I could even imagine and, when you package that with Pete Eisen on each of the instruments, you have a pairing that brings the metal right into your face and you will definitely end up headbanging during each playthrough.

I sit in my computer chair at my desk asking myself if there is a song that stands out above the rest and, to be honest, each song is awesome in its own way.

Here is the part which is not the easiest because it is time to give my ratings. It has been an absolutely tough challenge to find a favourite track from the album, but it wasn’t impossible and the song that stands out the most to me is track four, title track “Far Beyond My Dream”. The song is a top-notch title track, starting off with only vocals which then leads into the main song and my rating for the song is a huge 9 out of 10.

The rating of the album as a whole was a tough decision but after an arduous thought process, I am rating it as a 9 out of 10. It is such a great album and has been awesome to review and I would like to thank both Georg on vocals and Pete on guitar, bass, keyboards and drums for the opportunity to review this album.

Track List
01. A Glow In Your Hand
02. Down The Street
03. Before The Rain
04. Far Beyond My Dream
05. Avalon
06. Bloody Tears
07. Sand On The Lore
08. Shout My Name
09. Fly
10. The Joker And The Thief
11. All The Pain
12. Reaper Crew

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/TrueMetalRock
https://www.instagram.com/vikingsmusic.de
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClKeBAfUc_lm4vyBnqYvsfg

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

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EMQ’s with BLIND CROSS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Heavy Metal band Blind Cross! Huge thanks to vocalist Juan Ricardo for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello my name is Juan Ricardo. I am the lead vocalist of Blind Cross. Blind Cross was formed by guitarist Rocco Stellmacher after the break-up of his band Gorgons Eye. He started writing new songs and put together a new band with drummer Andy Korte and bassist Matze Horold from the band Double Action. After a long search for a vocalist, he had a conversation with Pure Steel records president Andreas Lorenz who suggested asking me if I would be interested… I had recently released records with Sunless Sky, Ritual and Wretch plus had a new album coming out from Dark Arena on the label. Once I heard the songs I was immediately impressed by Rocco’s use of melody and the overall classic metal sound of the recording and instantly said YES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Blind Cross was created by Rocco. He thought that in every person’s life there is a cross that we must bear… an event that shaped our lives… but this is a cross that no one can actually know or see… so it is a Blind Cross.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Well this is a two part question because I am from America and the band is from Germany. In America the metal scene is good, especially in the major cities like Cleveland where I am from… but overall it is about new style mainstream metal bands in America in general. Whereas in Germany, and most of Europe, the metal scene is considered better because they are still into traditional metal styles and have not changed as much with the current trends. So in Germany they are still into what people consider “True” metal whereas America is not…

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Blind Cross has completed our debut album called “Merciless Time” that is due to be released on July 5th. To go with this release we have finished two videos to promote the album. A lyric video for the lead-off track on the album called ‘The Hammer And The Nail’ and an official video to the first single off the album called ‘Bioluminosity’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I started singing in bands when I was 10 and eventually studied classical music and opera in college, so my first influence would be Luciano Pavarotti but as I became a metal singer my influences are: Ronnie James Dio, Robert Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, James Rivera, Geddy Lee, Freddy Mercury and Midnight of Crimson Glory.

What first got you into music?

I had always had a love and interest in music but my musical career actually began, like I said, when I was 10. My mom had friends who were in a Spanish band that was looking for a drummer and singer, and she mentioned that I could play… so in desperation they tried me out and I got the gig. I began my metal career in another odd way… I was in college and at a party singing when a group of guys approached me and complimented me and asked if I ever considered singing metal? I asked if they meant bands like Judas Priest? and surprised them by singing ‘Victim of Changes’ and was asked to join the band which eventually was called Stryker.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Wow! Anyone? I guess I would sing with Iron Maiden… Doesn’t everyone? If I had to have a second choice it would be to do a project with the members of Rush… They have been my favourite band since I first heard them in high school when they released the album 2112 in the mid 70’s.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

This is an easy one…Wacken in Germany! As a metal band this is almost everyone’s dream… but if I had a second choice it would actually be Prog-Power in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. Festivals are the big trend now world-wide, it’s hard to get fans to go to small shows but they will attend a festival. I’m actually an organizer of a festival in Cleveland for the label called Pure Steel Metalfest each fall on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

The weirdest gift for me is that people try to buy me drinks at every show… I don’t drink alcohol but as the singer in the metal band I don’t think people believe me. Every show someone will buy me a drink and after I tell them “thanks but no thanks” they will insist, so I will graciously accept them but I give the drink to a band mate or another fan.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

If I had one message it would be thank you. Thank you for supporting me and countless other metal musicians with their passion for the music. We are doing this because of them, they are the reason metal is alive and strong after all these years.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

This would be the man that was the greatest influence on me when it comes to my singing style in metal; the one and only Ronnie James Dio. It is my single, greatest regret that of all the amazing vocalist I have seen that I never got to see him perform live…

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being a musician… Being creative, the fellowship you have with the members of your band, I love travelling and seeing new places, I love meeting the fans and talking about music with them, their energy excites me and makes me want to be the best I can be for them… I do hate being away from my family for extended periods of time.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

If there was one thing I do not like it would be the dog-eat-dog nature of the business part of making music. Everyone realizes how difficult it is to actually make it in music, especially in metal… that leads some people to have the mentality of success at any price, which is unfortunate… making music should be about the joy and the love of music. I always try to help young and up-coming bands and that is why I am also an A+R rep for the record label.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Two albums changed my life…First was Rush – “2112”…It opened my eyes to what heights songwriting could reach, musicianship at its highest level…and Second was Rainbow – “Rising”… When I first heard ‘Stargazer’ I was in awe…Dio had so much power and passion in his voice, I knew I wanted to sound like that.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I have hundreds of each, but vinyl has a real place in my heart cause that’s what I grew up on and of course you would love the big cover art work…but honestly, I almost never listen to my vinyl anymore. Nowadays if I’m home I will listen to my CD’s cause I enjoy the sound quality…but if I’m working on music it’s on a digital format because all the recording studios I work at have gone almost completely digital… I see a time in the near future where all music will be sold entirely digitally.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Well I’ve done thousands of shows over the past 40 years so I think I will say three recent ones… Sunless Sky at The Priest’s Cave in Brno, Czech Republic in 2017…Ritual at The Full Metal festival in Niederjossa, Germany this past March…and Wretch at The Spirit of Metal festival in Hamburg, Germany this year. Hopefully I will be able to add a Blind Cross show to this list soon..!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

An athlete! I was a professional boxer at one time and have been running marathons since I was in college… of course that is if I could regain my youth. Even though I’m in my late fifties now, I’m still in very good shape but I would be retired… With music I can continue to perform for as long as people want to see me, my voice feels great.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone? President Barack Obama, Urban Meyer… ex-football coach of Ohio State University, Film producer Steven Spielberg, Horror writer Steven King and Boxing champion Felix Trinidad.

What’s next for the band?

For Blind Cross everything is wide open… Touring is of course a possibility, it may be too early to start thinking about the next record but in music you always have to be looking to the future.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Look for Blind Cross on Facebook or look up any of my projects on Facebook or Pure Steel Records website
https://puresteel-records.com
https://www.facebook.com/Juan-Ricardo-182768288403262/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa cake is… but judging from the name I’m going to guess a Cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

You’re very welcome and I want to thank you for this chance to share my music with everyone. Stay heavy, stay metal…!

 

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.

What first got you into music?

Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Beastö Blancö!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

None

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Guys, you rock!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Lemmy Kilmister!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Nothing, it is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

A fighter pilot!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee

What’s next for the band?

Songwriting for the first Album!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
https://lords-of-salem.jimdo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofsalemmusic/
https://lordsofsalemmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XGCOxZ4ivPlohLtOErsUV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t like ’em at all.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.

 

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Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

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Morbidfest
Coventry Empire
01/05/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
Photos by Daniel Stapleton

Contrary to what the name suggests, this wasn’t a festival, but a date on the EU and UK tour of four death metal stalwarts; Sadist, Atrocity, Vital Remains, and I Am Morbid. All four bands had prepared special sets for the show, and I was really looking forward to seeing what they could do!

My first impression of the venue was that the stage was a really good size. It meant that all the bands would have plenty of space to perform and it wouldn’t look too cramped, which is an issue with some venues.

There was a small, but excited audience gathered, and the atmosphere was already electric, and when the bands were playing, it notched up to awesome!

Sadist
Italian progressive death metallers, Sadist, were first on the bill, presenting their recently released album, “Spellbound”. Straight away they set the tone for the evening firmly to ‘brutal’, with lead singer Trevor Sadist coming out on to the stage brandishing a chainsaw menacingly in the air! The set was heavy and intense from start to finish, and considering they were the opening act, they really set the place on fire! Stunning guitar solos where backed up by a combination of solid rhythms, chunky bass, haunting keyboards and powerful screaming and growling vocals. I really enjoyed their set – what a great way to start!

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Atrocity
Next up were German outfit, Atrocity. They were going to have to put on one hell of a performance to follow what we had just seen though! They were also performing their most recent release, “Okkult”, which is the first album in a trilogy that they will be releasing. They started off their set at a fast pace, with some really good solos early on, which got the crowd going. Again, they were heavy as hell! The vocals were dark and growling, but for me they were far too low in the mix and you weren’t able to hear much of them, which was a shame. They were still really good, but, like I said, we had all been spoilt by the brilliant Sadist set, and they didn’t quite reach that height for me.

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Vital Remains
Our penultimate act of the night were American death metal veterans, Vital Remains, who were performing a special 30th Anniversary set for this tour. They were awesome, from start to finish. Musically so tight, showing their experience brilliantly, and the huge screams of Brian Werner sent the audience wild. They interacted so well with the crowd too and Brian Werner even did a bit of crowd surfing which was epic and not something I have seen before, so it was great fun! This has to be one of the best live sets I have had the pleasure of witnessing, and I really hope I get the chance to see them again soon.

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I Am Morbid
Started by front man David Vincent, and Guitarist Tim Yeung, both former members of Death Metal legends Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid played a set of classic material from Morbid Angel’s “Altars Of Madness”, “Blessed Are The Sick”, “Covenant”, and “Domination” albums. David Vincent is regarded as one of the godfathers of Death Metal, so it was guaranteed to go down well. It was intense from the first note, with guaranteed headbanging all round! The crowd lapped it up, and chanted MORBID, MORBID, MORBID, and the band interacted well with the crowd, which made for a great atmosphere. However, their set was marred with technical issues. They had to restart one song after a problem with the mic, and then in another they had an issue with one of the guitars, meaning that the guitarist had to switch to the back up. However, we did get treated to a pretty fine guitar solo from the other guitarist whilst this was happening – it went on for about 5 minutes! It is a shame that they had the technical issues really, because the rest of the set was spot on.

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All in all, I had a really great night, with the highlights being Vital Remains, and the blistering opening set from Sadist. I really hope I get the chance to see these bands again soon, as they were all top quality, and I recommend anyone who likes their metal firmly on the Death Metal side of things to go and check them all out.

 

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All Images by Daniel Stapleton of Overtone Music
http://www.overtonemag.com
A huge thank you to Daniel for the wonderful photographs.