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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