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!

TRACKLISTING:
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

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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.

TRACKLISTING:
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

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Chasing Ghosts – These Hollow Gods

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Chasing Ghosts- These Hollow Gods
Mighty Music
Release Date: 09/02/2018
Running Time: 38:58
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

This band was formed by Lee Brueton and were influenced by bands such as Paradise, Lost, Moonspell, and, as a personal opinion, I can hear some London After Midnight, with its dark rock, moody yet clean and unhindered.

The band are made up of Nelson Cancini (vocals), Lee Brueton (bass/synth), Ashley Clark (rhythm guitar) and Harry Mitten (lead guitar). They guys were brought together to produce honest and unrelenting rock music. They were winners of Ubeat “Rock Act of the Year” 2016, which is one of the most celebrated emerging music awards. Drums on this album were provided by Gary Fuller.

This album was recorded by “Enter Shikari” engineer, Tim Morris, and has aired on over 50 radio stations worldwide. The track ‘Fallen From Grace’ became the band’s first official video featuring Pixie Le Knot, actress and contortionist from Game of Thrones, and it debuted on Amp’d TV, hosted by Kerrang’s very own Johnny Doom.

Chasing Ghosts have played at venues including The Camden Assembly, Proud Camden, The Craufurd Arms, and headlined the O2 Academy 2 in Liverpool. A European tour is planned for 2018 to coincide with their album launch in Copenhagen and festival dates are to be announced soon.

The title track was written about our role models, idiots and those we ultimately view as gods in family, religion, music and amongst celebrities. Those people we have devoted our lives to but have given nothing but false hope and disappointment back. Everyone has a “hollow god”.

The guitar riffs are sometimes almost haunting, the songs are lyrically very deep, dark and angry yet trying to get a message across and every element of this album, from the art work, production and mixing has been created by the band with no compromise. The songs are the result of blood, sweat and tears; hard work that has very obviously paid off. There are no gimmicks and no razzle dazzle, just pure hard raw rock with a story to tell. We all have dark days, loss in our lives, sadness and pain and times when we feel we are very alone, but this band have shown, in their own way, that we are not, others are there for us, and things can be turned around.

Don’t think just because the songs are quite dark that it’s all doom and gloom. This band really is great listening and, with the title track These Hollow Gods, it really makes you think of those people we put way up on a pedestal and give everything to but get nothing in return. The lyric “at what cost they came to us these hollow gods in which we trust” says it all.

The energy these guys have put into the whole package is just amazing and with the dark rock/goth tones they are well worth going to see. They are very much a dark night, candles on, just float off listening to some decent music, kind of band. They are not to everyone’s taste, but they are very refreshing in this day and age of plastic music that all sounds the same. These guys definitely don’t and that is yet another plus to them.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Everything Changes
02. This Fear
03. From Depravity
04. These Hollow Gods
05. Dark Skies
06. Fearless
07. Fallen From Grace
08. One Last Try

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