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Tales For The Unspoken – CO2

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 11th November 2015 by Pieni

Tales For The Unspoken
“CO2”
Thrash / Death Metal
Release: 11th April 2015
Via Raising Legends Records

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“CO2” is one of those albums you need to listen to more than once before you form a solid opinion about it. Not in the way that it will take a couple of times for the music to sink in, no; it’s just that there’s so much to it that you won’t be able to grasp it all at first. Tales For The Unspoken are not reinventing the wheel either, or even merging several opposite genres into a new one. They do draw influences from other styles – hence the creativity and richness of their sound – but the outcome is that dear ol’ mixture of thrash and death metal. And there lies the beauty of it: they stay within the boundaries of their genre and yet manage to stay original. Saying that the opening track, “Burned Alive”, has its aggression shaved off by the melody of its chorus may not appear that much of an originality nowadays, but once you hear how exquisitely refined it sounds, with guitarist Nuno Khan’s clean vocals, without compromising the aforementioned aggression, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Or the fluid guitar solo in “Soul For A Soul”. The groovy bass line of “World’s Biggest Lie” (which features Equaleft-Malone on lead guitar). And speaking of guests, there’s the stout participation of Miguel Inglês, also from Equaleft, in “I, Claudius”; the sharpness of Terror Empire-Ricardo Martins’ contribution to “Crossroads”; and the seduction of Joana Vieira in “Resilient Winter”. All of it immersed under an avalanche of riffs, spiced up with meticulous breakdowns. Never a dull moment with this “CO2”.

4 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Mind Driller – Zirkus

Posted in CD, Industrial with tags , , , , , , , on 19th September 2015 by Pieni

Mind Driller
“Zirkus”
Industrial rock
Release: 25th June 2015
Via Red Mutante

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A few months ago, Mind Driller released their sophomore album “Zirkus”. And even if they have stronger tracks here to name the album after, I find “Zirkus” a title more than appropriate – once you hear it, you’ll find yourself dealing with a circus of emotions. Three voices (two male and one female) singing in three languages (English, German and Spanish) is already an interesting feature, but the music itself is just as attractive. I know that “industrial” and “German” in the same sentence will automatically light a neon sign reading “Rammstein” in your head (and okay, I admit there are a few occasions when the sound is somewhat similar), but the general outcome of Mind Driller is more vibrant and melodic than the grinding beats of Rammstein. Like “Lüg Mich An” or “Ich Bin Anders”, with their rock-ish vibe and catchy choruses. And Mind Driller are also able to seduce you into a goth/dark wave realm, through songs such as “Deadworld” and “Memories”. Rich in details and variations, “Zirkus” is a thorough and intense industrial album, from which I highlight “M4R10N3T4”, the aforementioned “Memories”, “Escape” and “Together (Chapter II)”.

I’m not very familiar with the Spanish industrial scene, but after listening to “Zirkus”, I dare saying that Mind Driller – along with Killus – are among the top bands that country produces within this genre.

4,5 / 5

By Renata “Pieni” Lino

Lancer – Second Storm

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , on 25th May 2015 by mickbirchy

Lancer
Second Storm
Power/Speed metal

Release Date: 10 April 2015
Via Despotz Records

LANCER bring us something enjoyable and exciting with this new record ”Second Storm”.  Following in the footsteps of other Swedish giants such as Hammerfall and Sabaton, Lancer have made something that I have found to be captivating and fun.  With the same imagination that made the original metal sounds great, “Second Storm” is full of great riffs and fantastic melodies with influence taken from Iron Maiden and Helloween.  So before I go into any great detail let this be the underlying statement of this review. I love this record.

The album opens up  nicely with tunes like “Running From The Tyrant”, “Masters and Crowns”,  which are really catchy and fun tunes and outline what I love about this album.  It’s just fun. The riffs are fun, solos are fun and the tone is fun. It’s that old school sound that I’m partial to and I’m sure many other metal fans are too. The guitar work is great, with solos that make you want to air guitar the night away and riffs that make you want to headbang. I have a feeling that the band just wanted to make something that would fit in those early days of metal, with lyrics about tyrants, revolt and rebellion. Needless to say that it should keep old-school metal fans satisfied.

The next tune I feel is worth highlighting is “Aton”, a monster of a tune with a solid based riff and one killer solo. I think this maybe my favourite song on the record, with its twists and turns from being heavy and well balanced, to being wild and energised in the solo and, suddenly, moving to this smooth and mellow part like a ballad.  To say the least, it goes all over the place, but I feel this tune shows of the ability of the band. It just mixes all their best elements into one big tune. It really is amazing.

Another good point worth mentioning is the production quality. It’s pretty damn good, I mean it’s well balanced and fun to listen to.  I mean they could have made this guitar centric, which it sort of is, but it keeps everything together in one package.  The vocals are well defined and the bass lines are beautiful, all this framed by the great drum work.  Loving this sound so much.

In summary, I absolutely love this album. It feels like the sort of music I grew up with. If you’re a fan of Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray, or, you know, heavy metal – get this album, you will not be sorry.

5/5

Mick Birchall

Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Deluxe Edition)

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , , on 8th March 2015 by mickbirchy

Black Star Riders
The Killer Instinct
Hard Rock
Released: 20th February 2015
Via Nuclear Blast Records

So the second record from the old school rockers is here – “The Killer Instinct”, released on the 20th February 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, is the follow up to 2013’s “All Hell Breaks Loose”. The album is produced by Nick Raskulinecz, and recording took place in Nashville, Tennessee in September 2014. This is also the first BSR album to feature bassist Robbie Crane. The first single to be released from the album is the title track, “The Killer Instinct”.

The album is a refreshing change of pace from the first album, and it doesn’t seem to be as hastily put together. There is a lot of really nice tunes that are just easy to listen to. I wasn’t to keen on the production style of the first album, but here I think everything works, each song flows nicely in to the next and it’s just a really pleasant experience to hear. The riffs are tight and solos are easy on the ear. The music more emcompasses your head rather than penetrating your hearing. I just get lost in the sounds that this album makes. I bet this would sound amazing on vinyl.

I can’t really fault this record. The only thing I can think of is that, it’s a bit too familiar to older rock n roll, and all it does is remind you of all the bands that have been before. Not that this is really a bad thing, but it can be distracting if you are coming in to this record expecting something fresh and new. Also, some of the riff and solo choices seem a little lazy, but a few bad moments, not even songs, doesn’t spoil this for me. Genuinely all this paragraph was my nitpicking, not actual problems.

I have to say, if I were to recommend songs to sell you this album, the first would have to be “Finest Hour”. This is just a great upbeat rock tune that makes me smile everytime I listen to it.  It has a solid riff and a really catchy chorus. Also I’m really feeling the tune “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”, again a great little riff and it’s got a funky rhythm and again it’s really quite catchy. Also, since I got the “Deluxe Edition”, there are some really nice acoustic renditions of the songs on the album. “The Killer Instinct (Acoustic)” is actually better than the electric version, in my opinion.

In summary, this is a fantastic rock record that I don’t really have anything against. It’s better than the first album, full of great riffs and solos, it’s catchy and fun. Also I recommend getting the “Deluxe Edition” to get all of the bonus content, because the acoustic reworking is really nice. This has been my favourite album of the year so far!!

5/5

Mick Birchall

Black Star Riders: new album and UK tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on 9th January 2015 by Pieni

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Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the sophomore album by all-star Black Star Riders will hit the stores next month (on the 20th in Europe, 23rd in the UK and 24th in North America), courtesy of Nuclear Blast. Its title-track, “The Killer Instinct”, saw the light of day as a single three weeks ago, along with a lyric video:

The full track list is as follows:

1. “The Killer Instinct”
2. “Bullet Blues”
3. “Finest Hour”
4. “Soldierstown”
5. “Charlie I Gotta Go”
6. “Blindsided”
7. “Through the Motions”
8. “Sex, Guns & Gasoline”
9. “Turn In Your Arms”
10. “You Little Liar”

Also a UK tour is getting close, with Swedish legends Europe:

Mon 2nd Mar – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tue 3rd Mar – BELFAST Ulster Hall
Thu 5th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Fri 6th Mar – GLASGOW O2 ABC
Sat 7th Mar – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
Sun 8th Mar – LEEDS O2 Academy
Tue 10th Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wed 11th Mar – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Fri 13th Mar – MANCHESTER O2 Academy
Sat 14th Mar – WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Sun 15th Mar – EXETER Great Hall
Mon 16th Mar – BRISTOL – O2 Academy
Wed 18th Mar – BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Thu 19th Mar – NORWICH UEA
Fri 20th Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 21st Mar – LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire

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