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
www.overtonemag.com
A huge thank you to Daniel for the wonderful photographs.

EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

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EMQ’s with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL!

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German, Black/Doom Metal band Being “alive” Is Beautiful. Huge thanks to Christina Earlymorn 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 folks! My name is Christina Earlymorn and I play the bass and sing. I started the band in 2017 as a solo project.

How did you come up with your band name?

Back in 2017, I wanted to end my life. I wanted to jump in front of a train. I said to myself: Being “alive” is soooo damn beautiful… Let’s end this existence! Well. Then I was thinking that BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL might sound like a good band name for a depressive metal project. So, I began to write the music instead of killing myself.

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

I am from Germany/Bavaria (Munich region). Our scene is a mix between the South German metal scene and the North Austrian metal scene. It’s a small family like scene. Everybody kinda knows everyone and bands are helping out each other. I like it. We have thrash, death and extreme metal down here.

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

Our latest release is a long-player which is called “UNFRIEDEN” (un-peace). It was released on April 4th. We also released a music video to it called SELBSTFINDUNG (self-finding) and is ready to watch on YouTube!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prox60fhJQc

Who have been your greatest influences?

I am mainly a guitar playing girl. I started out 19 years ago on guitar. In BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL I only play bass, because we are a two piece band. Only drums, bass and vocals. No guitars.
But to answer your question, I have to say: Gorgoroth, Immortal, Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Bonamassa and Yngwie Malmsteen.

What first got you into music?

I was bullied over a very long time in school, plus abused by a Catholic Nun in elementary school for two years. My parents were always fighting at home and I had no one who cared/listened to me. After I listened to some Metallica, I knew what kinda sound was fitting to my soul and I wanted to play guitar. So, bullying brought me to Metallica, Metallica brought me to playing guitar and playing guitar brought me deeper into Metal music and different styles of music over the years also.

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

Zakk Wylde!

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

Too tough a question! I really don´t know. I always love to perform in front of people. IDGAF if it’s on the streets of nowhere, or if it’s at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood or at Wacken.

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

I have not received any gift or weird gift from a fan. But fans are writing how I helped them through rough times with my music via Email and Facebook. That´s GIFT enough for me!

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

Life SUCKS, but with our music it pretty much gets acceptable :-). (Wait until we drop our new Single 😉 The title begins with “Life Sucks, but our….” …you will see!) We want to be a shoulder for you to lean on with our music, when nobody seems to care, see or understands you with your depression, problems, frustrations, fears, transsexualism, loss of a loved one or cancer diagnosis, ETC!

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

Dimebag Darrell!

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

Playing my instruments, recording music and getting creative!
I hate the hole grid steps that are often installed to get up to the stage, because I fall through the holes with my heels. I’ve got to have two pairs of shoes with me. That SUX!

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

That talent would matter over the “if it sells, we support it” thing going on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Motörhead – “Bastards”

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

Vinyl!

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

Well, with BEING “ALIVE” IS BEAUTIFUL we haven’t had a gig yet, because it wasn´t planned to create a band and to play our songs live. So we rehearse a lot, to get to the right level!
With the other band, in which I play guitar (SUCKING LEECH) we play a lot of gigs. I can remember playing with SUCKING LEECH at Kaltenbach Open Air Festival. This is in the Austrian mountains. It was a good gig and a cool location! Otherwise I enjoyed playing the Obscene Extreme Festival with SUCKING LEECH back in 2017! The crowd was so intense!

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

I would probably kill somebody.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My man, a GWAR band member, Donald Trump, a Clown and Evel Knievel to jump over us!

What’s next for the band?

We will finish our Single that we wanna put out. We also want to get a music video done for it. And in between we will rehearse the shit out of us!

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

https://www.facebook.com/beingaliveisbeautiful/
https://beingaliveisbeautiful.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=being+alive+is+beautiful
https://www.facebook.com/earlyrocks/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“Jaffa Cake” always remembers me of Teal´c. My man is a huge Stargate SG1 fan! There is a Jaffar warrior named Teal´c and I think he may dig this biscuit cake, because it says “Jaffa”!

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

Thank you so much for the Interview! Keep on rockin´ – rulin´!
Greetings from Munich!
Christina Earlymorn // Being “alive” is beautiful

 

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Stahlmann – Kinder Der Sehnsucht

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Stahlmann – Kinder Der Sehnsucht
AFM Records
Release Date: 22/03/2019
Running Time: 40:16
Review by Dark Juan
7/10

Ich bin ein grosse Neue Deutsche Harte-fan…

Good afternoon, my loyal followers of the left hand path, defilers of all things holy and debauchers of all nubile womanhood; Unless you are a lady, then attractive manhood; Or vice versa; Or whatever the hell you want, really. I, the mighty, puissant and above all liberal Dark Juan cares not which set of genitals you prefer to play with, as long as you’re playing with some genitals (on human beings. Other genitals are just a bit wrong, chaps and chapesses. Of legal age and above all consenting! I will rain down great vengeance and considerable physical harm upon you if you are an abuser of a non-consenting person…) then you are following my gospel and I am content. You’ll be pleased to know that I am going to share my thoughts with you, dear children of the night. Again. You poor dears…

Stahlmann, you will be completely unsurprised to learn, are German. Their name means Steel Man. Yes, I know I’m insulting your intelligence, you there waving your hands about and going crimson faced with self-righteous rage. I don’t fucking care so do shut up. However, while you might be fluent in German and bullshit for all I’m aware, you ugly red source of all evil, other people reading this shit that passes for professionalism might not know German and have just been edified and educated, so wind your neck in. Twat!

Yes, sorry. There’s always one. Stahlmann are from Germany and play Neue Deutsche Harte, so fans of OOMPH!, Megaherz and Eisbrecher will immediately be soiling their bondage pants and lederhosen with sex wee glee. I know I have. This is why I have leather sofas. Stahlmann sound like a very enjoyable mix of these luminaries and Rammstein. You can’t listen to NDH without thinking of Rammstein. Mainly because most NDH bands closely follow the Rammstein model – militaristic drumming, at marching pace (‘Du Hast’ and their new single ‘Radio’ are perfect to illustrate my point) ultra precise, weapons grade guitar work, a thunderous yet utterly clean bass sound, a gruff, gut churning vocal in German and shimmering, elusive keyboard work. In short, if you like Neue Deutsche Harte, you’re going to fucking love this. If you don’t like NDH, you probably won’t and should probably go back to hiding behind your Bullet For My Valentine records. Fuck BMFV.

Stahlmann’s sound on this record, entitled Kinder Der Sehnsucht (Children Of Longing) is ultra precise NDH, leaning towards the poppier end of the spectrum like OOMPH! do. This however is not a bad thing as it makes for more melody than you normally get. More melody and less chugging. NDH has lots of chugging normally, which isn’t so bad, but it does make for a somewhat samey musical experience. Less chugging allows the music to breathe and there are some exquisite touches of keyboards, or an eighties reminiscent melody or a little but utterly wonderful bass riff to enjoy, hidden away amongst the violence. Mart’s vocals are reminiscent of OOMPH!’s Dero Goi at times, but conjoined in a sinuous, moist and disturbingly sexual fashion with Rammstein’s Till Lindemann’s singular deep throated rasp. I would come up with a disgusting fornicatory metaphor for this, but let’s face it, Till’s got me licked for that already. Combine this with the German language vocal and lyrics, and there are panties falling off teenage goth girls everywhere. I mean everywhere. If you see a quirkily dressed (in black lace and leather or latex from head to foot) young lady with her iPod (also black) walking down the road and suddenly stumble with her Hello Kitty knickers having found their way to her ankles, I GUARANTEE you she is listening to Stahlmann. You might think I am a fan, judging by this. You might be right. Kinder Der Sehnsucht is a good, solid record. It is unexceptional insofar as it doesn’t bring anything new to the genre but it is fun, heavy and well written and produced and I love NDH music anyway. And they look like a nice bunch of boys who are kind to their mothers, as well. They write good songs. Granted, I can only understand about one word in ten of the lyrical content, but they are delivered with conviction. My favourite tunes on the record are ‘Wahrheit Oder Pflicht’ which is an absolute slammer of a tune and most danceable indeed (to the absolute and shocked horror of Mrs. Dark Juan and our houseguest, the estimable and delightful Mrs. Leigh Jack, who were unfortunate enough to come across me doing the kind of spasmodic jerking that passes for dancing for me. They apparently were wondering what the noise was upstairs… Yes, I have friends. Sometimes they even visit…) and the paean to friendship that is ‘Die Besten’, which is that rare thing – metal reinforcing a positive message that doesn’t involve booze or drugs. At least in the first instance. In fact upon repeated listening to “Kinder Der Sehnsucht”, and liberal use of Google Translate, I have discovered an underlying theme to the record. That being the alienation and withdrawal of people back into themselves, despite having more information and more ways to communicate than ever before. Just call me Dark Holmes. Or Sherlock Juan. Anyway, this is an important message that needed to be shared and appreciated so I award bonus marks for social intelligence. Music with a message is always more groovy than music for music’s sake.

LISTEN TO STAHLMANN WHEN YOU’RE GETTING READY TO GO OUT AND GO AND GET DRUNK WITH YOUR MATES!

A finer message there surely cannot be. I’m following it to the letter and I’m going to ruin the evening of the entire town of Guemene-Sur-Scorff because someone has foolishly put on a karaoke evening at Bistrot De Louisa and they have It’s Been A While by Staind. Muahahahahahahahahahaha! Poor Guemene.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Das Patentierte Dunkle Juan-Blut-Splat-Bewertungssystem – If this is what it is in accurate German, then the English equivalent is being retired. Everything sounds better in German!) has been royally entertained by Stahlmann and awards them 7/10 for a fine, but ultimately not genre-busting record. It is well worth sacrificing some beer tokens for though!

TRACKLISTING:
01 Vom Himmel Veloren (Lost From The Sky or possibly Heaven. Google Translate isn’t clear on this and neither am I. I’m drunk, you see.)
02 Wahrheit Oder Pflicht (Truth Or Dare. I’ve seen pictures of these guys. I’ll take truth, please. I mean if you like boys, knock yourself out, though!)
03 Die Besten (All about your mates. Treasure them. Seriously.)
04 Neub Kebeb Fallt (Translate is INSISTENT that this song is about a dropped kebab. As tragic as this is, I don’t think it’s right. I hope the band corrects me and it is, in which case this is the best song ever!)
05 Kinder Der Sehnsucht (Children Of Longing)
06 Schliess Deine Augen (Close Your Eyes. Not fucking likely while you’re nearby, mate….)
07 Horst Du Wie Mein Herz Schlagt? (Do You Hear My Heart Beating? Curious question to ask a stranger…)
08 Regen (Rain. These chaps have obviously been to Manchester.)
09 Wen Du Gehst (When You Go) featuring the talents of Blue May Rose.
10 Sinnlich (Sensual. Filthy grooves. I am kind of glad I don’t understand German at this point…)
11 Die Besten AMIworx RMX. (I cannot fucking stand remixes. They are a lazy way of retreading tunes to extract more money from the punter. They are cynical horrible things. Normally with a shitty awful hip hop beat stuck over exactly the same tune and are almost invariably worse than the original song. That said, this one is tolerable. There are two benchmarks of remix quality and they are the dub remix of Scumgrief by Fear Factory which can tear you a new arsehole, and the remix of More Human Than Human by Rob Zombie which is dirtier than an entire convent of young probationer nuns I have personally repeatedly defiled and turned into my Harem of Baphomet. This song scores highly against that benchmark.)

STAHLMANN IST:
MART: Vocals, Programming
EUGENE: Bass
MARIO: Guitar
TACKI: Drums

LINKS:
https://www.stahlmannband.de
https://www.facebook.com/Stahlmann
https://www.instagram.com/stahlmann_official/

 

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Magoth – Zeitgeist : Dystopia

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Magoth – Zeitgeist : Dystopia
shagnART Music
Running Time: 61:01
Release Date: 09/11/2018
Review by Mark Pritchard
8/10

Roughly two weeks ago to the day I was surprisingly approached by the head of promotion for the company MetalMessage where METAL is the message and the message is LOUD! about the possibility of reviewing one of the bands under the promotion and the band that I decided on the opportunity of reviewing is the Black Metal band ‘Magoth’ who are based in Germany and the album I am reviewing is called ‘Zeitgeist : Dystopia’, in all honesty as bad as it sounds I actually have never heard of these guys and so when I was given this opportunity to review them I was entering the complete unknown, like visiting a new city for the first time and not knowing what to expect but at the same time I was excited to experience a new band which is why I agreed to review ‘Magoth’.

Before anything else I will say that this album is amazing to listen to, from start to finish this album is in your face, in my mind these guys are the literal meaning of intense, I have listened to a lot of albums that are intense but the intensity of these guys and this album brings it to a whole new level for me, this album is unrelenting throughout and after each song it doesn’t give you the chance to prepare for the next song and these songs aren’t just ‘oh yeah it’s a good headbanger’ this album makes you headbang, the first time I listened through the album I had no idea that I was headbanging so when I got a headache I was questioning why but since that first time the headaches are worth it because this album can’t be listened to without headbanging.

I will say that after each song with how intense these guys play I am amazed how they still have their arms intact because I don’t think any bands I have listened to have been as top notch and intense at playing than these but within the intensity you hear the screaming vocals which sound as if the Vocalist Heergott is right next to you and screaming it right down your ear, I enjoy listening to this album a lot and in this album of in your face songs there are a few that stand out to me but the one song that stands out the most and is my favourite from of the album is ‘The Fates Of Resurrection’, in previous reviews I have told how I like a little bit of a slow start to songs and this song gives me that for just a moment and then comes out at you non-stop, this song shows me that not only can they go all out but also at moments slow down even just for a little bit.

This album tells me that these guys didn’t just put the work in but that they went above and beyond it which makes me absolutely appreciate what they have done with this album, the guys in this band from left to right of the band picture are Shagnar on Lead Guitar, Heergott on Vocals and Rhythm Guitar, Widrir on drums and Havoc on Bass Guitar. Now it comes to my rating(s), I will be straight up and say that my rating for the album as a whole is going to be a respectable 8 out of 10 but separate to that my rating for the stand out song ‘The Fates Of Resurrection’ is 10 out of 10, I would suggest to anyone who loves black metal and metal altogether to hit these guys up, this is an amazing album and you won’t regret the chance of listening to this awesome group of guys. Below will be a few links for the band.

TRACKLIST:
01. Rise
02. Once Ylem Began
03. Sinister Forces Arose
04. Above The Sacred Lands
05. Zenith
06. Beneath All Venom And Void
07. The Fates Of Resurrection
08. Summoning The Apocalypse
09. Decay
10. When Tyrants Shall Fall
11. Solidified Ashes Awake
12. The Nemesis Of A Blaze
13. Infinity

Links:
https://www.magoth.de/
https://www.facebook.com/MagothBlackMetal/
https://www.instagram.com/magothblackmetal/
https://magoth.bandcamp.com/
Www.ebonizebooking.de/magoth
Www.soundcloud.com/magothblackmetal

https://www.youtube.com/magothblackmetal/
https://www.metalmessage.de/Promotion_MAGOTH.php

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Powergame – Masquerade

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Powergame – Masquerade
Iron Shield Records
Running Time: 48:16
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham
6/10

It’s no secret that Germany is home to some household names in Heavy Metal, Doro, Scorpions and Accept to name a few. Could newcomers Powergame join this growing list of legends? Judging from their latest release “Masquerade” it shows the band have the potential to do so.

Powergame went through some major line-up changes before they released their first demo entitled “Raw Heavy Metal” in 2013. This was followed by their self-released record “Beast On The Attack” in 2015. “Masquerade” is the latest to hit shelves and there is clear evidence of energy and enthusiasm within their sound.

First impressions of “Masquerade”? There is no questioning the band’s talent, dedication and energy. There are Iron Maiden-esque vocals, sharp riffs and solos on the guitars and pounding rhythms from the bass and drums. These are the key ingredients of the band.

All these promising elements are evident on opening track ‘Legion Of The Dead’.

The production of the album is very crisp and well put together, it gives the album the vibe that these songs should be showcased in larger venues to huge crowds, you feel like you should be in a stadium. For instance, the track ‘Final Warning’ contains a marching rhythm, some air guitar worthy solos and riffs, not to mention those dominant vocals would sit well within a stadium setting.

Even though the production of the album gives the songs a certain stadium vibe, the content within each track, at the moment, is fairly average. As much as one tried to get into the album and give it a chance, it’s not attention grabbing enough, but at the same time, you are curious to see where their sound could go. Given the production which makes their material sound huge and dominant, imagine what their sound would be like after some fine tuning. Bearing in mind, it is only their second release so there is still plenty of room to grow.

“Masquerade does have its stand out tracks though. The chorus of ‘For Those Who Died’ is memorable, it’s one of the tracks you listen to and remember instantly when you hear it again. The guitar work and vocals are two key ingredients that help make this happen. ‘Baptized In Fire And Steel’ has a ‘Run To The Hills’ vibe about it with its rapid guitar work and mosh pit worthy beat. There is no doubt that this track will go down well in a live environment.

Overall, there is unquestionable talent, dedication and hard work where the band are concerned. With these elements, the band can go far. “Masquerade” might be an acquired taste from many fans of the modern metal community. For some it can be an album they can crank up to the max or one they simply have on in the background whilst carrying on with daily tasks. That’s the listener’s decision.

TRACKLIST:
01 Legion Of The Dead
02 Lucid Dreams
03 Puppets On A String
04 Powergame
05 Final Warning
06 The Chase Of The Falcon
07 For Those Who Died
08 Baptized In Fire And Steel
09 Masquerade
10 Ghost Town
11 Blackout (Scorpions Cover)

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/powergame.heavymetal
https://powergameheavy.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUabefg2eEMXOUMErW6ElCg

 

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Brainstorm – Midnight Ghost

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Brainstorm – Midnight Ghost
AFM Records
Release Date: 28/09/2018
Running Time: 51:38
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

Being just over forty years of age but preferring a lot of the older bands, I was always late to the party where many bands were concerned. Brainstorm were one of these such bands. I first heard them one night when I was browsing through YouTube. They appeared as a “recommended bands” on the right-hand side of the screen so I thought I would check them. And I am glad I did. From the very first track I listened to, I loved them. They were just the sort of metal that I loved.

But, then they kind of disappeared from my radar.

So, when Rick sent me the new album, I just had to review it to see if they are still as good as I remembered. And they are!! But first a little history!

Brainstorm are power metal band from Germany (where else? All the decent power metal bands seem to come from Germany!) They were formed in 1989 (hence why I was late to the party with these guys. I was only 12!) by guitarists, Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, and drummer Dieter Bernert, and are known for playing a somewhat darker style of music than most power metal bands.

During their early years they built up a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearance. They signed their first record deal in 1997 and the self-produced album “Hungry” was released, to great reviews. Chart entries in many European countries followed and their intense live performances were catapulting them into the champions league of or metal, resulting in the band being asked to perform at many of the big festivals.

And now on to their new album “Midnight Ghost”. This is the band’s 12th studio album (man, I need to buy some of their back catalogue), produced by Seeb Levermann and recorded at the Greenman Studios. It was released on 28th September 2018 by AFM Records.

Although not a concept album in the strictest sense of the word, there is a thematic thread running through the tracks…the fear of ghosts, monsters under your bed, the bogeyman in your wardrobe and wild beasts in the night….all fears that many of us have had since childhood and this is all depicted magnificently in the cover artwork produced by Gyula Havancsak (who has also worked with the likes of Accept and Stratovarius).

This album has a sound that it bound to delight all power metal fans and was even a surprise for the five band members themselves. Says vocalist Andy P Franck; “It’s pretty unusual that musicians still get the shivers down their spines when they listen to the new material after a long and energy-sapping production. In this case, we can really say that all Brainstorm musicians are total fans of our new recording. Midnight Ghost is the album we want to be measured by in the future.”

From the anthemic opener “Devil’s Eye” to the driving “When Pain Becomes Real” to the punchy “Haunting Voices”, Brainstorm more than live up to the term ‘melodic power metal.’ They deliver the full range of their typical trademarks, awesome melodies, dynamic grooves and extremely heavy, pounding guitar riffs. The galloping drums that I so love are there too, and of course, magnificent vocals. One of the things that made me fall in love with this band the first time I heard them was Andy P Franck’s voice. Strong and powerful yet able to carry off a huge range that adds dimension to the band’s sound and this he still has in abundance!

All the tracks are fantastic in their own right but together they make up an awesome album that should be in any metal fan’s collection. Not only do they bring the power element that they are so good at, but there are elements of thrash, traditional and speed metal too.

Says Andy P Franck; “Midnight Ghost is faster, more melodic and at the same time also tougher than all our previous releases.” And I couldn’t agree more. Why stick to one genre or aspect of metal when you can combine many and achieve a sound like this?

I can’t fault this album really and I really don’t want to take it out of my car. But, alas, needs must for the next review!

All I can say though is, when are you coming to England guys!!?

TRACK LISTING
01 – Devil’s Eye
02 – Revealing The Darkness
03 – Ravenous Minds
04 – The Pyre
05 – Jeanne Boulet (1764)
06 – Divine Inner Ghost
07 – When Pain Becomes Real
08 – The Four Blessings
09 – Haunting Voices
10 – The Path

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://en-gb.facebook.com/officialbrainstorm/
https://www.brainstorm-web.net/site/

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Primal Fear – Apocalypse

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Primal Fear – Apocalypse
Frontiers Music
Release Date: 10/08/2018
Running Time: 50:10
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

I always knew that I was going to enjoy this album as I have been a fan of Primal Fear for as long as I can remember, the question was HOW MUCH was I going to like it?

Billed as “for fans of Judas Priest, Accept, Helloween, Gamma Ray and Iced Earth” (I don’t know about anyone else but that would sell it straight away for me), Primal Fear were first formed in 1997 but two of Germany’s most respected metal musicians; Ralf Scheepers, former Gamma Ray vocalist and bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner.

Their first self-titled album was released in March 1997, and in the following 21 years they have released a further 11 albums, becoming one of the most beloved and respected heavy metal bands around the globe.

Their last two studio albums, “Delivering The Black” and “Rulebreaker” saw them climbing the charts and earning even more critical praise than before and with the release of their new album “Apocalypse”, they have once again raised the bar in heavy metal to even greater heights.

Produced by Mat Sinner and recorded, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, “Apocalypse” brings together German power metal, elements of pure thrash metal and traditional heavy metal along with some 1970’s European hard rock.

Primal Fear had kind of fallen off my radar in the last few years. Reviewing newer bands, a lot of the time meant that a lot of the older ones had been temporarily resigned to the back seat, but I was glad this one dropped in my inbox.

So, the question that needs to be asked is, did this album live up to my recollection of them from albums gone by?

Simple answer is, YES AND THEN SOME!

The album opens with the atmospheric and apocalyptic title track, with its bell tolls and choral, almost chanting, vocals before it launches you headfirst into the rest of the album, which has a severe ‘in your face’ rock and roll attitude.

The album is classic Primal Fear, the galloping riffs, the frantic double pedals that add a sense of urgency and speed and Scheepers piercing high screams. Everything that got Primal Fear noticed in the first place.

This is hard, driving speed metal at its best, but has that Teutonic power/heavy metal sound that the Germans do best.

Stand out tracks for me include “Blood, Sweat and Fear”, “Hounds of Justice” (which I am aware that some reviewers did not like! But hey, we can’t all agree on everything can we?” and “The Beast”.

“Supernova” is the albums power ballad and shows the more theatrical side of Scheepers singing and “Eye of the Storm”, although not technically what I would class as a ballad, is a slower, more melodic offering, showing just what these guys are capable of.

“King of Madness”, the album’s first single, is probably the most radio friendly and is an absolutely stunning track. I would have bought the album purely based on this one track if I hadn’t received it for reviewing purposes. It’s a great advert for an awesome album.

We all know the story that Scheepers tried out for the Judas Priest job after Rob Halford left (the gig eventually going to Tim “Ripper” Owens!) but I, for one, am glad he didn’t get the job. Just think, if Ralf had joined Judas Priest, we might never have had the pleasure of a band like Primal Fear over the past 21 years!

The more I listen to this album the better it gets. I only wish I could have made it to the gig in London on 11th October, but maybe I’ll catch them next time, where I will definitely be down the front!

TRACK LISTING
Apocalypse
New Rise
The Ritual
King of Madness
Blood, Sweat and Fear
Supernova
Hail to the Fear
Hounds of Justice
The Beast
Eye of the Storm
Cannonball

SOCIAL MEDIA
http://www.primalfear.de/home/
https://en-gb.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial/
https://myspace.com/primalfearofficial
https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/4807?autoplay=true

https://tunein.com/artist/Primal-Fear-m152476/?autoplay=true

https://instagram.com/primalfearofficial

 
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