Angel Heart – Angel Heart

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ANGEL HEART – ANGEL HEART
Mighty Music
Release Date 18-05-2018
Running Time 48:08
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
9.5/10

Most members of the band Angel Heart are part of the established Norwegian heavy metal band Highland Glory and have musical roots that go back to 1980’s hard rock such as Judas Priest and Queensryche. The group’s line up consists of the clean, crisp voice of Trine Elise Johanson, keyboards and guitars by Lars Andre’ Larsen, drums by Morten Faeovig and bass by Oystein Aaseby Pedersen, and together they make an amazing band. They released their debut album on 18th May 2018, the self-titled “Angel Heart”.

This album has lots of great qualities. Trine’s voice is just outstanding, so clean and crisp and just one of those voices you can listen to, close your eyes and drift off to another world. The guitar riffs keep you wanting more with every song and with a drum beat that has you playing air drums, what is there not to like with this album? It’s fun, it’s punchy, it’s emotional and it’s packed with energy from start to finish. Even if you’re not into rock music, this album is catchy and such a great listen.

The stereotypical rock music from Norway seems to have to an assumed persona of harsh looking and gruff sounding, but this is like night and day to what you think it is going to be. The intense lyrics of ‘She Is Strong’ chill you to the bone, and, being a mother myself this hit a chord with me. It is very much a girl power song, a real anthem to us ladies, and with power melodies “angel’s face and angel heart,” the intensity of the music brought a tear to my eye.

Then there’s ‘Rock Friends’. The guitar riffs that start this off are just amazing. And hey, we all have rock friends. I can see this being sung loud and proud at any concert about true friendships and being there for each other, and the lyrics “we’ll be friends until the end” sums up most rock friendships.

Worth the Wait? Yes, it has been as I can’t say one bad word about this album. It has everything you could want in a rock album; a knock out rock beat, amazing guitar riffs, and such outstanding vocals. The songs have so much meaning behind them, they are catchy, and you will know the words in no time. Rest assured you will soon be singing along with them at the top of your voice (and this is where I say sorry to my neighbours!)
It’s very rare to find an album where there isn’t at least one track you’re not into, not sure of or don’t like. Well, this is one such album as I love every single one of them. The listener is transported from Hard Rock to Soft in a heartbeat and without losing any of the enjoyment.

The last track ‘Sailing Against The Wind’ is very emotional, a story of loss but remembered always in dreams, compared to the rest of the album. This is an emotional roller coaster and if you have ever lost anyone special this will certainly hit home.
If this is their debut album, then I hope they are already writing new material for the next one as I will be waiting for it. Just brilliant!

 

TRACK LISTING
01. Burning Desire
02. Run Away With Me
03. I Don’t Need Love
04. Forever Free
05. She Is Strong
06. My Spirit Will Live On
07. Rock Friends
08. Worth The Wait
09. Sailing Against The Wind
SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/AngelHeartTheBand/

http://mightymusic.dk/
https://www.facebook.com/mightymusic666/

 

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Imperial State Electric – Anywhere Loud

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IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC – ANYWHERE LOUD
Psychout Records
Release date: 16/02/2018
Running Time: 74:58
Review by: Alun Jones
7/10

Live albums, eh? I’m not a huge fan. A lot of the time they’re just cynical exercises in fleecing fans, getting them to pay again for songs they’ve already got, and usually poorer quality, due to being in a ‘live’ setting.

There are exceptions to the rule, of course. Back in my days with KISS, the boys were struggling to step up to the mega bucks level after their first few albums. I proposed that they record a live album, in order to try and capture their incredible live show. That was what they were good at, see? The studio albums were good, but live – wow, those kids could rock. So eventually the four prima donnas came round to my suggestion, released “KISS – Alive” – and their superstar status was assured. Bang! Mega platinum seller, through the roof, KISS had arrived.

Thanks to me.

Which brings me to this live release from Imperial State Electric? Although it’s called “Anywhere Loud”, it could’ve been another KISS live album. It’s big, bold and brash in a very Seventies Rock kinda way. It’s almost like we’ve stepped into a time machine and arrived back in 1976. Not that I’m complaining – these guys are all about fun, over the top Rock’n’Roll – just how it used to be.

A whopping 23 songs, the album certainly doesn’t scrimp on the tunes. There are plenty of them, and the sound is reassuringly good throughout. Snippets of audience noise and banter, applause and well performed improvisations help keep the energy – and authenticity – pushing the meters to overload.

Outstanding tracks in this collection include the catchy riffs of “Apologize”, “Reptile Brain” and “Uh Huh” – plus there’s a hint of their punkier side with a blinding version of The Dead Boys’ “Sonic Reducer”. If you’re a fan of KISS, Cheap Trick and Blue Oyster Cult then “Anywhere Loud” is for you. If, however, you’re not a worshipper of Seventies Rock like those aforementioned bands, this release probably won’t change your mind.

Which brings me back to KISS? Of course the masks were my idea. Though originally, I’d planned on Peter, the drummer, wearing a samurai style number. So, you’d have had the Star Child, the Demon, the Space Ace and the Samurai. Pretty good, yeah? Except Peter changed his mind last minute and decided to be a cat, for fuck’s sake. And just look how that worked out!

 

TRACKLIST
01 It Ain’t What You Think (It’s What You Do)
02. Empire Of Fire
03 Déjà vu
04 All Through The Night
05 Anywhere Loud
06. Deride And Conquer
07. Apologize
08 Break It Down
09 More Than Enough Of Your Love
10. Just Let Me Know
11. Faustian Bargains
12. Holiday From My Vacation
13. Down In The Bunker
14. Can’t Seem To Shake It Off My Mind
15. Stay The Night
16 Redemption’s Gone
17. Uh Huh
18 Reptile Brain
19. All Over My Head
20. Sonic Reducer
21. I’ll Let You Down
22. This Is Rock ‘n Roll
23. Throwing Stones
SOCIAL LINKS:
http://www.imperialstateelectric.se/
https://www.facebook.com/imperialstateelectric/
https://www.instagram.com/imperialstateelectric/

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Kissin’ Dynamite – Ecstasy

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KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – ECSTASY
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 06/07/2018
Running Time 53:12
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

German Hard Rockers KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have been on the radar for quite some time now, over the past few years they have been earning the respect and recognition from fans and critics alike. They released a new album a couple of months back. It’s the appropriately named “Ecstasy” and it is more than safe to say that it is a new gem for the Hard Rock Community.

Long-time fans of the band are aware that Kissin’ Dynamite are well known for their solid discography containing tight vocal work, excellent riffs and solos creating outstanding melodies. Their latest release is no exception to the rule, in fact this is their best release to date.

When you are having one of those days where everything is going wrong or if you are simply feeling down and lost; there is a song for that. ‘I’ve Got The fire’ is one of those uplifting songs that will brighten anyone’s day, especially with its powerful chorus. Along with the empowering ‘You’re Not Alone’ these two songs are a great way to kick off the record.

“Ecstasy” contains an eclectic selection of tracks. You have the likes of the title track and ‘Superhuman’ that give you an instant energy boost with their rapid beats and passionate melodies. There are some sweeping, inspirational tunes within songs such as ‘Breaking The Silence’ and ‘Waging War’. There is sass in the track ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’. The ballads ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ contain that special something for the listeners to enjoy and appreciate.

The title track provides power and punch; the first few seconds make you want to go somewhere as fast as you can. It gives off confidence and supremacy with its upbeat melody and fast paced rhythm, particularly ideal for that important gym workout or training run for that vital marathon. Guest vocalist Anna Brunner (EXIT EDEN) emphasises this power with her passionate vocal work.

The song ‘Breaking The Silence’ can quite easily start a revolution with its line “Can you hear us? We’re here to break the silence.” This dominant melody inspires listeners with its marching beat, powerful vocals and excellent guitar work. The chorus sticks in your head for days on end after the first listen, that’s the power this track has.

Across their discography, there is one common occurrence: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE’s talent to create some beautiful ballads. ‘If Clocks Were Running Backwards’, ‘Fireflies’ and ‘The Final Dance’ are the ones that come to mind. It is more than safe to say that both ‘Still Around’ and ‘Heart Of Stone’ can be added to this list. ‘Still Around’ reminds one of BON JOVI classic ‘Always’ not just with the melody and beat but with the vocal work. The stripped-down ‘Heart Of Stone’ provides a stunning end to a truly remarkable album.

Conclusion? This album is a fantastic treat for the fans of the band, the Hard Rock community and anyone who is looking for something different to add to their discography. It is mandatory that you crank up the volume to this album and enjoy the passion that this record gives off.

 

TRACKLIST
01 I’ve Got The Fire
02. You’re Not Alone
03. Somebody’s Gotta Do It
04. Ecstasy
05. Still Around
06. Superhuman
07. Placebo
08. Breaking The Silence
09. Waging War
10. One More Time
11. Heart Of Stone
SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.kissin-dynamite.de/en/
https://www.facebook.com/Kissindynamiterocks/

https://www.instagram.com/kissin_dynamite/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAFZYLnN2-VUBzzAEjwrGSQ

 

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Rose Tattoo and Girlschool, Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, 8th September 2018

 

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Rose Tattoo and Girlschool
Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
8th September 2018
Review by Graham Horne

I arrived at the venue just before doors opened and there was already a queue of old rockers (I actually didn’t feel like the oldest one there for a change) starting to stretch its way down the road. I’ve not been to the Voodoo Lounge before and was surprised at how small and narrow it was. It was quite a nice bar (5 euros a pint, not bad for Dublin) and a seating area at the back, then a long narrow area to the stage. The stage is very small and there is no rear exit from the stage so all the artists and equipment have to somehow squeeze pass the punters, which seemed a bit of a nightmare for stage crew during change over.

Anyway, onto the bands. Up first were Girlschool who I have seen a few times since the heady days of ‘79. The band were on fire, kicking things off with ‘Demolition’, mixing the old classics, (and with a nod to Dio and Lemmy ) tracks from Legacy and Guilty As Sin. The years just rolled away for me and I felt like a teenager again. Listening to them playing most of their classic songs, ‘Hit And Run’, ‘Yeah Right’, ‘Race With The Devil etc, it’s hard to believe that the girls have been doing this for almost 40 years and they still look like they are enjoying it!

Now I have seen Rose Tattoo before (at Wacken) and thought they were good then, but in a small, tightly packed, sweaty pub they were amazing. This band are meant to be heard live. Starting off with ‘One Of The Boys, they played a good mix of classics such as ‘Rock n Roll Outlaw’, Assault And Battery’, ‘Butcher And Fast Eddie’, ‘Scarred For Life’, ‘Rock And Roll Is King’, and later tracks ‘1845’ and ‘Man About Town’, only pausing for Mr Anderson (swigging from a bottle of Stones Ginger Wine) to preach to the converted in between songs and deal with the odd heckler in the only way he can. By the time they got to ‘Astra Wally’ the crowd and band were sweating like a dingo’s dangly bits. It was hot in there I can tell you. They finished things off with ‘Nice Boys’, and then they were gone and everyone filed out with big grins on their faces, knowing they had seen a special gig.

Rose Tattoo Setlist
One Of The Boys
Juice On The Loose
Man About Town
Assault And Battery
Tramp
Rock n Roll Outlaw
Butcher And Fast Eddie
Once In A Lifetime
Branded
1854
Rock n Roll Is King
Bad Boy For Love
Remedy
Scarred For Life
Astra Wally
We Can’t Be Beaten
Nice Boys

Girlschool Links:
http://www.girlschool.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/GirlschoolOfficial/

Rose Tattoo Links:
http://www.rosetattoo.com.au/
https://www.facebook.com/RoseTattoo/

 

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Resin – The Cycle of Need

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RESIN – THE CYCLE OF NEED
Attic Records
Release Date: 13/07/2018
Running Time: 47:52
Review by Rick Tilley
10/10

Right, before I get started on this review, it’s fair to say I haven’t been writing so much recently. Actually running a website/page gives you very little time to do anything else and, on top of that, I’ve found out I’m tremendously OCD about everything that I do so it all probably takes twice as long as it should do! I love what I’m now doing but sometimes you want to get back to just listening to some fantastic music and writing about how it makes you feel so I’m going to do that more often from now on!

Coming to that decision has been made so much easier thanks to Leicestershire Grunge/Hard Rock band Resin, whose latest album “The Cycle Of Need” has punched a huge emotional hole inside of me. I’ve known these ‘guys’ for a few years now and have interviewed them on more than one occasion. They know that when I first heard them, I wasn’t at all sure about whether I actually liked them or not, if you want to use sub-genres then Grunge isn’t my favourite word, but I’ve stuck with them and watched them grow. In 2015 there were a few line-up changes and they released their “Persecution Complex” EP which was a big step forward in quality and now we have the new album!

“The Cycle Of Need” sees the introduction of violinist Emma Bennett (Cadence Noir) as a sixth member and I’d like to shake the hand of the person that decided they needed to add strings of a different kind because her inclusion in the band is an absolute masterstroke! If you add that this collection of songs are, far and away, easily the best thing that Resin have ever recorded then things are looking more than good. Resin have found their complete sound and I absolutely adore it. Their mix of Grunge, Metal, Hard Rock and Folk is a joy to listen to, in fact it’s haunting and the more I listen to this album the more it moves me. Yes, they have revisited a couple of songs from their first album but these recordings do them so much more justice they may as well be completely new compositions!

Dave Gandon’s vocals are superb and the lyrics are sung with such feeling that it’s difficult not to wipe away a tear when listening to them, whether that’s tears of sadness or anger! Resin can be very hard hitting one minute, some of the riffs here are huge, and then completely floor you with something so gentle and beautiful the next but nothing sounds disjointed or out of place. It’s not just Dave or Emma that excel though, every member has stepped up to the plate and delivered huge performances and the production, handled by Neil Hudson at Initiate Audio, has given Resin the massive sound they have always deserved.

I’ve listened to thousands of bands over the years and whilst it’s lovely to feel safe with the Classic, Power and Thrash Metal bands that I love so much, sometimes it’s amazing to hear something different and that challenges me on multiple levels. Arguably, Resin have come up with a sound that I personally don’t think sounds like anyone else and that’s not an easy thing to say in 2018!

“The Cycle Of Need” is a breath-taking achievement and one which Resin should be hugely proud of. When music can speak to the listener like this album has done to me and then I get to write about it, well it just proves I’ve got nearly the best job in the world. I say nearly because the only way it could be better is if I had written the tracks myself.

I urge everyone that reads this to buy or stream “The Cycle Of Need” and really digest what’s on offer. It deserves that level of commitment because the music has been written and performed with such passion. Awarding full marks to an album is not something I often do but never have I found it as easy as I have done here!

TRACKLIST

  • 01 Never Learn
  • 02 Monster
  • 03 Shitstorm
  • 04 Clouds
  • 05 Angel
  • 06 Burn
  • 07 Poison
  • 08 Open Heart Trauma
  • 09 Blood Of Angels (Bonus Track)

LINE-UP

Dave Gandon: Vocals/Guitar
Mark ‘Chez’ Roseby: Guitar/Vocals
Simon Yarwood: Guitar
Drask George: Bass/Vocals
Ryan ‘Sticks’ Hextall: Drums/Percussion
Emma Bennett: Violin

LINKS:

 

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Black Emerald – Hell Can’t Handle All of Us

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Black Emerald – Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us
Running Time 56.41
Release Date 10/02/2018
Independent/FATangel PR
Review by Tsarina Wilson
7.5/10

Black Emerald’s new album “Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us” is a high energy album which is gritty and definitely fuses many different genres together from Thrash to Hard Rock.

This three piece band has all the energy of much larger bands with strong vocals from Edd Higgs who also supplies some epic guitar riffs, more vocals from bass guitarist Simon Hall which are just as gritty and some brilliant drumming from Connor Shortt. Black Emerald are from Reading in the UK and after multiple line-up changes over the years have become one of the most successful bands in the area, and plan on playing in their home town on the same day as the album is released.

“Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us” certainly delivers on all fronts, it was mixed and mastered by Matt Bew and James Billinge of Whitehouse Studios in their home town of Reading (the sound is huge) and also has some special guest appearances with Craig McBrearty of Gutlocker providing guest vocals on the track ‘Life Of Anxiety’ and Andy Gunn of Remnant playing guest guitar on ‘Voodoo Princess’. The artwork for the album has been created by, the ever in demand, Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art!

The opening track ‘Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us’ leads you into a false sense of security with the almost doom like opening couple of minutes, then it  blasts into a brilliant guitar riff with great drumming and ‘BANG’ we are off and running and the energy is sustained throughout the album. Black Emerald give it 100% with numerous twists and turns and the gruffness of some of the vocals are brutal but certainly work for the band as is also shown in ‘Life Of Anxiety’ which stops so abruptly mid-song you think the track is over but no…it returns  with just as much power as before.

‘Voodoo Princess’ is certainly a story within a song as well as having a brilliant Funk Rock/Hendrix feel to it and with an awesome guitar solo this track keeps you wanting more. The nearly 10 minutes of ‘Jonestown’ shows all the bands abilities and energy, starting off with quiet and brooding vocals which build to a crescendo and then drop back again. It’s a very dark, slower track but with a strong message (If you’re familiar with the Jonestown Massacre of 1978 then it’ll make a lot of sense) and for me is one of the best tracks on the album; everything about it is just so gritty but strangely refreshing. Black Emerald don’t try to be like anyone else, they have a unique style and I hope they keep true to it. Final track ‘Revelations’ is almost the calm after the storm, after all the energy of the whole album this track is like a big exhalation of breath to calm you down!

Black Emerald and “Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us” won’t be to everyone’s taste but they are true to themselves which is what it’s all about! They are very powerful and I think if they keep this style then we will be hearing a lot more from them in the future. This band is unique and whilst each member of the band is individually so good, blending them together creates an epic sound, which I can only imagine must be immense on stage!

 

TRACKLIST

  • 01. Hell Can’t Handle All Of Us
  • 02. Life Of Anxiety (featuring Craig McBrearty of Gutlocker)
  • 03. Dr. Stein
  • 04. B.O.D.
  • 05. One For The Road
  • 06. Voodoo Princess (featuring Andy Gunn of Remnant)
  • 07. Drown In The River
  • 08. Sculptures To The Sky
  • 09. Figure On A Barbed Wire Cross
  • 10. Jonestown
  • 11. Revelations

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

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