Iron Angel – Hellbound

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IRON ANGEL – HELLBOUND
Mighty Music
Release Date 04-05-2018
Running Time 46:44
Review by Tsarina Wilson
9/10

Iron Angel is a band who formed back in 1980 but one that is very much still going strong, even though there have been some changes in line up throughout the band’s career to date and, with their sound and energy, I bet their live shows are something out of this world, leaving the fans just as much out of breath as they are.

The band was formed in Hamburg in 1980 and are known for the two classic eighties metal albums “Hellish Crossfire” from 1985 and “Winds of War” from 1986. The band have toured with King Diamond, toured South America in 2017, which was a great success and performed at Headbangers Open Air in Germany in 2015.

The band have now, finally, released their comeback album “Hellbound” through Scandinavian premiere rock label Mighty Music, and are looking forward to completing a North & South American Tour for the Autumn of 2018.

Started in the 80’s alongside bands like Judas Priest, Saxon, and Iron Maiden, they have had a long and successful career with a few changes in line up along the way.
In 2000 they went into the studio to record their album “The Rebirth” but before they could finish it then band member Peter Wittke sadly died in a tragic car accident. The band cancelled everything and remained that way for four years. In 2004 Dirk and Mike tried to recruit new members and worked on a new album for three years but couldn’t find the members they wanted to join them, so they decided to put things on hold again. As a parting gift to the fans they presented the EP “Back From Hell”, which was done in a different style than they had done before. Sadly, a couple of months after the split another band member, Sven Struven, died.

Today’s line up consists of Dirk Schroder on vocals, Robert Altenbach and Mitsch Meyer on guitars, Didy Mackel on bass and finally Maximillian Behr on drums.

They had a dip in their career around 2014, when Didy Mackel noticed there were a lot of people wearing Iron Angel T-shirts at a festival and got in touch with Dirk Schroder via Facebook. After getting together to chat, September 2014 was officially when Iron Angel were back rocking, and what a brilliant outcome for the fans. Without that initial contact we could have been denied such brilliant work and crazy speed metal.

Vocals by Dirk are just brilliant. They are gritty, powerful, and intense, almost storytelling. The guitar riffs are just insane, and the drums are crazy. I bet they are all shattered after each show they do, as it’s crazy how the hell they keep the pace up for one song let alone a whole show is beyond me, but they do and it’s no wonder they are the success they are today.

I must admit ‘Deliverance In Black’ has to be my favourite track. It’s non-stop all the way through. “Close your eyes for ever taste your destiny” – you must remind yourself these are not some young band in their late teens but slightly older than that, and with so much energy in their music, these guys make it sound so easy and effortless.
‘Blood And Leather’ must be about bikers as the lyrics “hear me coming, feel my roaring engine, chrome and steel my cradle and hearse” is definitely a biker’s chant if ever I heard one.

When I first took this review on, I listened to the first few minutes and thought ‘okay but now I need to listen to more and look into them more’, and what surprised me was just how addictive, to listen to, these guys are.

When I realised it was German Speed Metal, I was expecting screams and nothing else, but thank you guys! You totally and, yes, pleasantly surprised me! Yes, it’s fast, yes, there is a totally insane drum beat all the way through and yes, you will be in guitar heaven, but you hear every word and they don’t miss a beat from one track to the next. It’s almost like you listen holding your breath, get to the end and think ‘jeez now I can breathe.’

I seriously hope they come to the UK in the future, as I think they would be insane to see live.
TRACKLIST:
01. Writings On The Wall
02. Judgement Day
03. Hell And Back
04. Carnivore Flashmob
05. Blood And Leather
06. Deliverance In Black
07. Waiting For A Miracle
08. Hellbound
09. Purist Of Sin
10. Ministry Of Metal
SOCIAL LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/IronAngel.hh/
https://www.instagram.com/iron._angel/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqOnjTi-ZEK84JF9Roo1c_Q
https://www.facebook.com/mightymusic666/
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Pink Cream 69 – Headstrong

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Pink Cream 69 – Headstrong
Frontiers Music SRL
Running time : 44:24
Release Date: November 10th 2017
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
10/10

Wow, Wow just Wow! Not the usual start to a review but there are not many other words I can use. Talk about being blown away by both the album plus the live album recorded in Ludwigsburg in 2013. This band are just totally amazing, from vocals to guitar riffs to brilliant drums. They are the whole package.

David Readman (vocals), Alfred Koffler (guitars), Uwe Rietenauer (guitars), Dennis Ward (bass) and Chris Schmidt (drums) will have you headbanging wherever you listen to this album. Headstrong marks the 30th anniversary of Pink Cream 69 and you get a treat of a live album to listen to as well.

Pink Cream 69, a German based band were founded in 1987 by Andi Deris, Alfred Koffler and Kosta Zafiriou. They were later joined by Dennis Ward on bass and when then singer Andi Deris left the band in 1994 auditions resulted in the addition of Englishman David Readman. In 2001 guitarist Alfred Koffler was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia which effects his left hand, so Uwe Rietenauer was recruited to help Alfred on their live shows before becoming a full-time member of the band. Chris Schmidt would later become the drummer when Zafiriou departed in 2012.

Headstrong is the 12th studio album from the band and I have no doubt there are many more to come. Everything from hard rock to slower ballads, from crazy drums to totally mad guitar riffs that keep you wanting more and more. Vagrant Of The Night starts with some beautiful guitar playing which will remind you of Stairway To Heaven. You could just imagine a whole stadium of people holding up lighters and singing along at the top of their voices, then to add some brilliant guitar. My favourite has to be Walls Come Down. It is just brilliant, bang into it and none stop all the way through. The vocals and harmonies are just brilliant, guitar riffs to play air guitar to and a solid drum beat all the way though just make this track for me. I have to love the lyrics in Bloodsucker though, “back stabbing dirty rotten double-crossing mastermind“, mmmm, kinda think someone upset one of them, but again the guitar riffs in this are just brilliant.

Dennis Ward, an American bassist, also associated with Unisonic and Sunstorm amongst a few, is also the producer on this album and is obviously a perfectionist in what he does. Taking the album and listening to it in his car for weeks to make sure the listener gets the sound and feel of what this band is about, is important to him. Calling it “their new baby” it shows a level of perfection this man credits to in his work.

David Readman who is from Burnley in Lancashire in England and has many projects before becoming part of Pink Cream 69 including Voodoo Circle and Tank

This is a rock band that you can listen to all day and never get bored of, clear lyrics, great music and brilliant harmonies. There is just nothing to dislike about this album and I actually changed my review number. I’ll be honest, it was originally a 9.5 but have changed it to 10/10 mainly because I can’t give it 11/10. These guys have a wealth of experience between them, not to mention a whole lot of talent and I, for one, are hoping they come to the UK. I would love for them to put together a dvd of their videos as they are just pure entertainment.

Studio Album – Track Listing

  • Track 1: We Bow To None
  • Track 2: Walls Come Down
  • Track 3: Unite And Divide
  • Track 4 : No More Fear
  • Track 5 : Man Of Sorrow
  • Track 6 : Path Of Destiny
  • Track 7 : Vagrant Of The Night
  • Track 8 : Bloodsucker
  • Track 9 : Whistleblower
  • Track 10 : The Other Man

Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg 2013) – Track Listing

  • Track 1 : Special
  • Track 2: Talk To The Moon
  • Track 3: Break The Silence
  • Track 4 :Do You Like It Like That
  • Track 5 : The Spirit
  • Track 6 : Livin My Life For You
  • Track 7 : Wasted Years
  • Track 8 : Welcome to Night
  • Track 9 : Shame

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Primal Fear – Angels of Mercy

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Primal Fear – Angels of Mercy
Frontiers Music
Running Time: 1.15:45
Release Date: 02/06/2017
Review By Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9.5/10

I have been a fan of Primal Fear ever since I first heard Angel in Black many moons ago, so it really was a no-brainer when asked to review it. BUT, I really should have read the blurb about the album BEFORE I listened to it. Angels of Mercy is, in fact, a live album, and really one of my pet hates.

Now, I know there have been plenty of fantastic live albums over the years from Kiss Alive to Queen’s Live Killers to Live and Dangerous by Thin Lizzy, but they just do not appeal to me. Having listened to the studio albums first I have learnt the words and the music of the STUDIO version and this completely goes out the window with a live album, leaving me singing words they have missed out or omitting ones they have put in. (The ONLY exception to this rule is Kiss’s Strutter as the live version is the first one I heard and therefore my favourite.)

But, having said all that, this album kicks serious ass!

First, a bit of history.

Primal Fear, for those who don’t know (and if you don’t, where have you been living for the past twenty years?) are a German power metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Matt Sinner. Both men had been involved in the metal scene for a long time, Scheepers had previously been with bands Tyran Pace, FBI and internationally recognised band, Gamma Ray, before setting up his own Judas Priest tribute band Just Priest, which Matt and Tom Naumann helped him with. (Scheepers was also turned down as replacement for Rob Halford when he left Judas Priest, something I think, we, as metal fans, should be grateful for. Not only did Judas Priest gain a fantastic singer in Tim ”Ripper” Owens but we also got one of the greatest ever german metal bands.)

The band signed with Nuclear Blast in 1997 and their debut album “Primal Fear” was released on 1998, entering the German charts at number 48, one of the highest chart positions for a debut band in German metal, and they also toured with metal veterans, Running Wild and Hammerfall.

Their biggest mainstream success was with 2012’s album “Unbreakable” which entered the charts in no less than eight different countries and was the first time they hit the US Billboard Heatseekers chart, peaking at number 44.

Angels of Mercy is the band’s first live album since 2010 and is their first ever live Blu Ray dvd (I unfortunately don’t have this) and unleashes the best Primal Fear performances since the band formed, with a mix of power, ambition and enthusiasm, as well as their great talents as musicians.

Rewind a little back to 2016 which was a busy year for the band. Their eleventh studio album “Rulebreaker” was released and on the back of this, the band entered a world-wide tour that shattered all previously held records for shows played in one year by the band. And it was in a smaller venue in Stuttgart that Angels of Mercy was recorded.

With elements of pure thrash metal, traditional heavy metal and 1970’s European hard rock, the audio on this cd is clear and crisp and the production is fantastic.  If it wasn’t for the sound of the audience and Ralf Scheepers speaking in his very good English, you would be forgiven for thinking this wasn’t a live album at all.

The band’s energy is apparent, and it is clear they want the fans to have a good time just as they, themselves, do.  This is the first time I have heard them live and it has given me a hunger to actually see them perform at a gig. The set list is excellent, featuring a great mix of older stuff for the more seasoned fans and newer music for all the newbies. Gold star, also, for including my favourite Primal Fear track of all time, Rollercoaster (the first song I attached to my old Myspace page – remember them?)

The notes to the album state that “this live album offers a barrage of metal anthems in their full glory that will please any headbanger” and that is exactly what it is. It is traditional, balls in your face, heavy metal full of pounding drums and heavy guitar riffs and Scheepers voice just seems to get better and better.

This album really is a MUST for any metal fan and I, for one, am now looking forward to the new album Apocalypse, the band’s twelfth studio album, which is due for release in mid-2018.

In the words of the great band themselves….

……METAL IS FOREVER!!!

 

TRACK LIST

  • 1. Countdown to Insanity
  • 2. Final Embrace
  • 3. In Metal We Trust
  • 4. Angel in Black
  • 5. Rulebreaker
  • 6. Sign of Fear
  • 7. Seven Seals
  • 8. Angels of Mercy
  • 9. The End Is Near
  • 10. Rollercoaster
  • 11. The Sky Is Burning
  • 12. Nuclear Fire
  • 13. When Death Comes Knocking
  • 14. Metal Is Forever
  • 15. Fighting the Darkness

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

http://www.primalfear.de/home/

https://www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial/

https://myspace.com/primalfearofficial

 

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