Archive for Hard rock

Epitaph – A Night At The Old Station

Posted in CD, Gig, Live, Rock with tags , , on 23rd May 2017 by izaforestspirit

Epitaph
A Night at The Old Station
Released 28th April 2017
Hard Rock/Prog-rock with jazz elements
Released via M.I.G Music GmbH

A Night At The Old Station’ is an acoustic live album from the German hard rock band Epitaph. It was recorded at the Old Station in Anderten, near Hanover, Germany. The set features a mixture of old and new material played using mostly acoustic instruments. Although full concert recording is available as a 2CD &DVD box-set, this review will focus of the promo CD version which features six tracks plus two enhanced live videos.

Two keys words – “live” and “acoustic”, are a good indication of the what you can expect from this release. I’ve never been to an Epitaph show but the live videos offer the next best thing. The use of acoustic instruments gives the songs a relaxed, more melodic feel which is only enhanced by the additional cellos, piano, keyboards and violin on some of the tracks. Take Looking For A Friend for example, it has that chilled out vibe to it. Then they speed things up a notch with One of These Days, a catchy hard rock ballad with a memorable chorus .

I recognized Love Child, having previously heard it as a bonus track on their most recent studio album ‘Fire From The Soul’. The acoustic version is far more laid back but it definitely has its charms. Then if you’re looking for a good tune to dance to then look no further than Ain’t No Liar, the longest but also the most catchy song on the CD.

Overall, this is clearly more for the die-hard Epitaph fans who wish to add this release to their existing collection. As with any live album, it’s no match for the real live show experience but it gives the offers the listener/viewer the next best thing.

3.5/5

Iza Raittila

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Rock Goddess – It’s More Than Rock and Roll EP

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , on 25th April 2017 by izaforestspirit

Rock Goddess
It’s More Than Rock And Roll EP
Released 19th May 2017
Heavy Metal/ Hard Rock
Released via Bite You to Death Records

‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’ is the new EP from the London-based hard rock trio Rock Goddess. The band originally started out in the 1980s during the NWOBHM movement in The U.K. They were on a long hiatus in the mid-90s before reforming again with the original line-up in 2013.

This is a short EP, just three songs but it is enough to give an idea of what Rock Goddess is all about. The title track is an anthem, or manifesto if you like, stating what these ladies trying to achieve with their music. Their message is simple: they play good, old-school hard rock full of catchy guitar melodies and sing-along choruses. This is what they have always done and what they do best. Back Off is all about the guitar riffs while the closing track We’re All Metal sounds like a homage to the band’s roots with some honorable mentions of the famous bands from within both the hard rock and heavy metal scene.

In summary, ‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’ serves as an (re-)introduction to Rock Goddess. It’s bound to please their old fans as well attracting some new ones, myself included. I can’t wait to hear more. Rock on, ladies!

4/5

Iza Raittila

Jupiter Falls – Faces In The Sand Part One

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , on 3rd April 2017 by izaforestspirit

Jupiter Falls
Faces In The Sand Part One
Released 24th March 2017
Melodic Hard Rock
Released via Broken Road Records

Faces In The Sand Part One’ is the third album from the British hard rock band Jupiter Falls. The band was formed in 2013 and they have released two albums and one EP prior to this.

I’m not entirely sure what the tag ‘melodic hard rock’ actually means. For me hard rock has always referred to music that is heavier than classic rock but not quite “heavy” or aggressive enough to be considered metal. On the whole it tends to be more radio-friendly and tends to appeal to a larger audience. As far as the genre classifications go, there is a very wide spectrum of bands that have been labeled “hard rock”. Jupiter Falls’s influences range from Guns’N’Roses and Metallica to Bullet For My Valentine so that doesn’t really narrow it down to any specific category.

After the first few songs it soon becomes apparent that these guys don’t really stick to just one specific style. Their music is very guitar-orientated and relies heavily on the use of twin-guitar harmonies. But as far as genre goes, what we have here is an amalgamation of various styles within both rock and metal. On the heavier, more metal end, we get tracks like Its Your Problem Now and Sickened in which you can hear the groove-metal tones in the guitars and particularly the bass. Then we have the classic rock -style, power ballads Call Me and Follow You representing the band’s more melodic side. The vocals on these two reminded me of the early works of an American post-grunge/hard rock band Creed. If there is one track that really shows off the skill of the guitarists and proves just how well the twin-guitar harmonies can work, it’s Voices. That song is by far the most guitar-centered as well as being one of the heaviest tracks on the album.

In summary, ‘Faces In The Sand Part One’ is a fine example of modern hard rock. I’m not a guitarist so I can’t comment too much on the intricacies of the riff work, but I can tell that these guys are really skilled musicians. Whether you’re a fan of classic rock power ballads, modern metal or hard rock there will be something on this album that appeals to you.

4/5

Iza Raittila

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow announces UK tour

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Rock with tags , , on 12th March 2017 by izaforestspirit

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will return to the UK shores in June 2017. The critically acclaimed guitarist and frontman will be playing a mixture of Rainbow and Deep Purple classics. This time he will be joined on stage by Meister Bob on bass, Blackmore Nights’ drummer David Keith, Stratovarius’s keyboardist Jens Johansson and singer, Ronnie Romero.

You can check out the tour schedule below:

For further details visit:

https://www.facebook.com/ritchieblackmore/

http://www.blackmoresnight.com/

 

Letters From The Fire – Worth The Pain

Posted in CD, Rock with tags on 6th March 2017 by izaforestspirit

Letters From The Fire
Worth The Pain
Released 17th March 2017
Hard Rock
Released via Sand Hill Records/ Cargo Records

‘Worth The Pain’ is the debut album from the American hard rock band Letters From The Fire. The band originally started out under a different name before changing it to Letters From The Fire in 2012. Since then they have released two EPs and gone through various line-up changes. This new release was produced by Kile Odell (Motionless in White, Failure Anthem).

I have to admit that I had some alarm bells ringing in my head at the mention of anything connected to Motionless in White. ‘Oh no,no… please don’t let this be metalcore!!’. Luckily, right from the first guitar of the opening track it soon became evident that I had nothing to fear. The opener Perfect Life is a good way to start the album with a mixture of melodic hard rock with some groove metal tinges in the guitars combined with Alexa Kabazie’s powerful vocals. So far so good… Mother Misery gives the listener a good indication of the singer’s vocal range as well as demonstrating just how well she is able to match her singing to the speed of the guitars.

Whether the song is melodic or aggressive, Kabazie is able to pour all emotion into her vocals, adding more emphasis to the lyrics. The slower-paced ballad Bruised is a good example of the band’s softer, more melodic side. In that particular track, the vocals have a certain sombre tone to them. Similar things can be said about At War, in which the guitars are shoved to a backseat replaced by a piano in the foreground accompanying the vocals. Then it’s back to the harsher, heavier and guitar-dominated hard rock from Control until the end of the album.

Overall, despite what the title might suggest, there is nothing painful about listening to this album. In fact I actually enjoyed it. At first, Letters from The Fire reminded me of Evanescence minus the Gothic elements. It’s primarily hard rock with little hints of groove metal and even pop music. 4/5

Iza Raittila

Blame Zeus – Theory Of Perception

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , on 4th March 2017 by Pieni

Blame Zeus
“Theory Of Perception”
Alternative Rock
Self-released on 4th March 2017

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Blame Zeus started out as progressive rock but have now engaged in a more straight-forward direction – less technicalities, same elegance. Maybe that’s why “Queen” wasn’t included in this new album (either that or they totally revamped it and renamed it, but I honestly doubt it). “Queen” was a song they introduced live almost a year ago, at the last gig with the line-up they had at the time, and I remember saying that whatever changes were on the way, that song sounded pretty much like the Blame Zeus we all knew. I’m glad I was wrong. Not that I didn’t like their original sound, don’t get me wrong! I just find it more interesting when a band has more than one side (if you’ve read my reviews before, you’ve probably seen me using the expression “diversity is the spice of life” more than once). And “Theory Of Perception” offers some heavy, feisty stuff (“Slaughter House”, “Miles”) contrasting with gracious melancholy (“More Or Less”, “Entertainment Clown”); the rough seduction of “All Inside Your Head” and the loose rock of “Redemption”; the weepy electric solo in “The Moth” and the seventies acoustic heartache of “Signs”. Twelve new songs with distinct traits but one in common – the strong but very feminine voice of Sandra Oliveira.
Tonight I’ll see how this works live. In the studio it works peachy.

4/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

New single and video from Soldiers of Solace

Posted in Misc., News, Rock, Studio Report with tags , on 23rd February 2017 by izaforestspirit

Last month the American hard rock band Soldiers of Solace signed with the German record label Rock’N’Growl Records. Since then the group have been spending lots of time in the studio working on their debut album which is scheduled for later this year.

In the meantime you can check out their first single ‘Cold As A Stone’.

For more details visit:

http://www.soldiersofsolace.com

https://www.facebook.com/soldiersofsolace