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Jyrki 69 to release solo album

Posted in Misc., News, Rock with tags , , , , on 7th June 2017 by izaforestspirit

Good news for fans of the Finnish goth rock band The 69 Eyes. Their singer and frontman Jyrki 69 

has recently announced that he will be releasing his first solo album later this month. The record will be entitled ‘Helsinki Vampire’ and it is scheduled to hit the shops on 23 June 2017 via Cleopatra Records.

You can check out the track-listing and the cover art below.

01. Ad Infinitum
02. Versailles
03. Spanish Steps
04. Bloodlust (from “Sunset Society”)
05. Last Halloween (from “Halloween Hell House”)
06. Happy Birthday
07. Call Of The Night
08. Perfection
09. Close Your Eyes (from “Close Your Eyes”)
10. In Your Dreams
11. Sayonara (CD only)

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He has also released a video for the track ‘Last Halloween’. Here it is:

For more information visit:

https://www.facebook.com/the69eyes/

http://69eyes.com/

https://jyrki69.bandcamp.com/

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Wolf Hoffmann – Headbanger’s Symphony

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 11th July 2016 by mickbirchy

Wolf Hoffmann
Headbanger’s Symphony
Heavy metal, Neoclassical metal
Released: 1st July 2016via Nuclear Blast Records

After nearly twenty years Accept guitarist, Wolf Hoffmann has finally returned to his solo project work. Headbanger’s Symphony is an album that Wolf has been working on for a few years now, while on a break from Accept. This is a really beautiful record, whilst much heavier than 1997’s Classical, it still has a calm dignity to it and the simple beauty of the music is worth the price alone.

The sheer scale of the production on this album is absolutely massive. Everything feels big and you really can get swept away in the beautiful sounds.  Wolf’s guitaring is simply amazing as well.  The subtle little tonal shift and the quick quivers are simple yet really effective. There is absolutely no space wasted on this record. The Czech National Orchestra sounds simply divine with every passing second creating a near-perfect framework for Hoffmann to play with and he utilizes the time well.  I had to compare to anything it’s like the instrumental prog-rock of the the early 70’s, just in it’s imagination and the wandering spirit of the music. The whole album just feels epic.  Headbanger’s Symphony takes classic works of art and plays around with the ideas and the end result is a feast for your ears.

At the same time, the album will appeal to metal heads just fine as well.  Don’t think that this is some high brow art form.  At the end of the day it’s a musician playing around with ideas and with the music. There is plenty of energy and intensity to keep you hungry for more long after this is over.  It’s an album that will take your imagination to some strange and wonderful places. With great use of familiar classical pieces and blends that with contemporary metal for a greater experience than either could provide on their own. If you’re at all into symphonic metal music, you owe it to yourself to check this out. If you just want to hear what Wolf from Accept get’s upto away from the band, this is worth checking out.  Me… I’m just a music nerd so this was kinda up my alley from the get go.  

4/5

Mick Birchall

Tó Pica – Is This The Best You Can Do?

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , , , , on 10th December 2015 by Pieni

Tó Pica
“Is This The Best You Can Do?”
Metal/Rock
Released 30th September 2015
Via Premiere Music

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Tó Pica is such a veteran Portuguese guitar player that I’m surprised it took him so long to come up with a solo album. But then again, his involvement with other artists/bands is so extensive that the surprise may lay in how he found the time to do it…

First thing you need to know is that this isn’t a “guitarist’s album”, meaning you won’t hear intricate, overdone guitar pieces disguised as songs. Even “The Urge”, where the lack of vocals emphasizes the guitar, has a thick rhythm section and could belong to any top-notch metal band. And in the other instrumental song here, “And… Just Breathe”, the piano plays a bigger role than the guitar. So no, “Is This The Best You Can Do?” isn’t the reflection of a guitarist’s ego but a full band’s work; the solos have just the right measure of artfulness to show how skilled and talented Pica is.

Also, despite his experience dating back to I-don’t-know-how-many-ages-ago, this isn’t an old school album. Pica is a versatile and open-minded musician and so is the outcome of his work. From the more traditional “My Time Has Come” to the more alternative “The Tempest”, going though the whiff of prog in “Suspended Metamorphosis”, the inclusion of string arrangements in the acoustic “Taste My Blame” and the heartfelt emotion in the modern rock piece “Espelho” (mirror – my favorite), Pica and his friends bring you a dynamic mix of dashing songs. I can assure you the album title represents the sarcastic nature of the artist, not the traits of his work.

4,5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Tom Ussher – Open

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , , , on 25th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Tom Ussher
Open
Released 1st August
Metal
Self-Released

Tom Ussher is probably best known for his work as drummer for London punk band The CockRockets and as frontman for metal band Tyrian. Straying from those two projects, Tom recently completed work for his solo album Open which is set to be released next month.

The Call opens up the album with a gentle, emotive acoustic melody which walks alongside an equally emotive vocal passage. The use of piano and electric guitar that shortly follows adds a new level of emotion – one full of anger and sorrow, beautifully dancing in a stream of soulfully written lyrics and music. Tom magically combines screams and clean vocals together, entwining them throughout the song. Shatter drives the album down a nu-metal route, blending a hypnotic guitar passage with a more chaotic piano section. Tom’s powerful vocals become an embodiment of aggression tearing through the track.

Struggle brings back the use of the acoustic guitar that underlays the eagle-like soaring of Tom’s vocals, sewing them together creating a fabric of emotion. Stay Awake continues the level of emotion, only this time projecting it through a sorrowful piano medley. The vocals – and lyrics – contrast greatly in their sound, becoming something more angst fuelled and gentle at the same time. Feel ranged from the soft and mellow levels of Tom’s sound to the heavier side of the spectrum, stirring in the majestic sound of pianos with acoustic guitars and the heavier electric ones as well, allowing for the drums to carry the bulk of the song with finesse.

Live has to be one of the livelier tracks on the album, despite being a mostly acoustic piece with a drizzling of staunch vocals on top. The subtle hinting of electric guitar in the background add a beautiful touch of passionate ardor. The gentle whispers of piano during Take It All Away prove to be the soulful backbone of the track, supporting Tom’s easing voice. Sometimes is an interesting, containing a full monologue performed by Tom, speaking of a number of dark thoughts and what not. The piano medleys in Angel are much more intricate than the previous tracks, weaving an entrancing pattern of music with guitars and vocals, whereas the final track All the Best brings the emotion down onto a more melancholy feeling whilst incorporating certain elements of the previous tracks.

Straying from the music he plays in both The CockRockets and Tyrian, Tom has truly painted an image with his music and lyrics, while avoiding falling into the “acoustic act” category. The album has a little something for everyone, from fans of metal to lovers of acoustic music.

4/5

Nico Davidson

Tom Ussher online:

http://twitter.com/TheOnlyUssher