Τρίτη, 26 Ιουνίου 2018

Asteroid - III (2016)




Considering that Örebro blues rockers Asteroid have been fairly inactive since 2012, you’d be forgive for thinking they had gone ahead and called it a day. Now, nearly four years after their last release, the band is back with their best work to date, the aptly titled third full length, III (Fuzzorama Records), an album that’s heavier, slightly more experimental and more focused than anything else the band has released.

III begins with "Pale Moon," a shuffling jam that spends the majority of its time as an instrumental, with swinging drums and slide guitar riffs. Eventually co-vocalists Robin Hirse and Johannes Nilsson come in together with one harmonizing verse:


It’s time to lay down your guns, there’s nowhere left to hide
And the horse you used to ride won’t carry you no more, my son
Because the pale moon hides behind the clouds.


From there, the album dives straight into the deep end of heavy blues, with riffs that alternately recall The Beatles at their heaviest, and Pink Floyd at their most experimental. Hirse, handles the majority of the vocals with his raw, expressive baritone, and Nilsson fills in with a high, clear tenor. The interplay of these two stellar vocalists is one of Asteroid’s most distinctive qualities, and truly sets them apart from the rest of the Scandinavian blues rock pack. There’s fuzz and harmony aplenty, and song structures that build and twist upon themselves in captivating ways.

III really should be listened to as a whole, since each song feels like a mini-chapter in an intense novel. However there are clear standouts. The first is the double whammy of “Wolf & Snake,” and the immediate follow up “Silver & Gold.” The first song with begins with a slower, groovy bass line, and gradually builds through layers of reverby guitars.


In the end we are the same said the wolf to the snake, you and me we’ve been asleep, when everybody else had to stay awake.
Had to stay awake,


sings Hirse. The song speeds up from there and culminates with a sludgy breakdown as Hirse’s guitar solo calls from out of the void, very low down in the mix. “Silver & Gold,” is a short, shimmering, almost exotic song, with a Pink Floyd like opening riff, and gorgeous harmonizing from Hirse and Nilsson.

The album ends with its best song, “Mr. Strange,” the bluesiest, most straightforward and and best song on III. There’s plenty of mid-tempo, bluesy riffing that builds dramatically to a psychedelic guitar freak out crescendo. It’s a perfect ending to an album that isn’t just a return but a renewal. Asteroid is ready to go from simply being respected to being a dominant, genre-defining force in the scene.

Tracklist

01 - Pale Moon
02 - Last Days
03 - Til' Dawn
04 - Wolf & Snake
05 - Silver & Gold
06 - Them Calling
07 - Mr. Strange


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Σάββατο, 23 Ιουνίου 2018

Dark Side of the 80s (disc 2)




Dark Side of the 80s is a stunning double-disc set spanning the mingling sounds of goth rock, indie rock, and alternative rock. Standout cuts from Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Cure, the Sisters of Mercy, and the Cult round out some of the collection's more blackish desire while tunes from the Pixies, Talk Talk, and Killing Joke highlight the frigid shifts within new wave and college rock


Tracklist

2-1 –The Mission Tower Of Strength 4:36
2-2 –The Sisters Of Mercy Dominion/Mother Russia 6:57
2-3 –Iggy Pop Real Wild Child (Wild One) 3:32
2-4 –The Stranglers Peaches 4:05
2-5 –New Order True Faith 5:51
2-6 –Depeche Mode Personal Jesus 3:43
2-7 –Talking Heads Road To Nowhere 4:19
2-8 –The Teardrop Explodes Reward 2:41
2-9 –Talk Talk Today 3:15
2-10 –Bow Wow Wow Go Wild In The Country 5:20
2-11 –Black Sabbath Paranoid 2:47
2-12 –The Alarm 68 Guns 3:16
2-13 –Zodiac Mindwarp And The Love Reaction Prime Mover 3:41
2-14 –The Wonder Stuff A Wish Away 2:30
2-15 –Big Audio Dynamite E = MC² 4:22
2-16 –The House Of Love Shine On 4:02
2-17 –The La's There She Goes 2:42
2-18 –Lloyd Cole & The Commotions Perfect Skin 3:12
2-19 –Billy Bragg Sexuality 3:46
2-20 –Cocteau Twins Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops 4:09

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Τρίτη, 19 Ιουνίου 2018

Gatekeeper - East Of Sun (2018)





East of Sun is Gatekeeper's debut album, following a string of EPs and splits. The Vancouver band plays epic speed metal adding grit and velocity to the grandiosity of bands like Atlantean Kodex and Solstice. They enter a crowded field, with traditional and doom metal bands being a dime a dozen right now, but they manage to stand out.

Gatekeeper nail both "epic" and "speed" in their interpretation of metal, the epic side often slowing down into doom territory. The guitars nail double kick backed full tilt riffs and slower drawn out melodic doom with solos to match either style, be it aggressive fret-board pyrotechnics or mournful slow-burn lines. Vocalist Jean-Pierre Abboud is equally well suited to either style balancing technique and feeling. He shows great melodic and emotional range matching the flow of epic metal, but possesses a grit and "close to the edge" quality that's perfect when they speed things up but also works for slower passages backed by harmonized "aahs".

The deft merging of styles is matched by songwriting chops. Gatekeeper doesn't really do anything new but they write such great songs, jammed with sing-along choruses and ripping solos that they don't need to. "Blade of Cimmeria" opens the album with a rousing speed metal scream, immediately gripping the listener, then running through some of the faster material on the album, "North Wolves", and "Warrior without Fear". By the time they slow things down and get really epic on "Ninefold Muse", you're hooked.

The vocals sound great and the guitars have just the right crunch, but the mix robs the band of some of their hard earned epicness. The drums are too far back in the mix, and the master is too compressed to allow cranking it to compensate. The band deserves a better mix to really showcase their excellent material.

Still, it's a great album. Edge of Sun positions Gatekeeper as a strong band and is a hugely impressive debut, not to be missed by any fans of the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal.

Tracklist

01 Blade of Cimmeria
02 North Wolves (Revisited)
03 Warrior Without Fear
04 Ninefold Muse
05 Bell of Tarantia
06 East of Sun
07 Swan Road Saga
08 Oncoming Ice


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Παρασκευή, 15 Ιουνίου 2018

Agitation Free - 2nd (1973)




Agitation Free is a German experimental krautrock band, formed in 1967 by Michael "Fame" Günther (bass guitar), Lutz "Lüül" Ulbrich (guitar), Lutz Ludwig Kramer (guitar) and Christopher Franke (drums). They were initially called Agitation, a name they chose at random from a dictionary. The band had to change the name because another band with the same name already existed. Agitation Free was chosen based on a poster for a free show played in the early 1970s saying "Agitation Free" (meaning "free concert").
History

After losing guitarist Axel Genrich to Guru Guru in 1970 (Genrich having replaced Kramer the same year) and drummer Franke to Tangerine Dream in 1971, the band recruited Jörg "Joshi" Schwenke (guitar), Burghard Rausch (drums) and Michael Hoenig(keyboards). They released their first album, Malesch, in 1972 on the Music Factory label. The album was inspired by their tour through Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, sponsored by the German Goethe Institute. Later that year, they performed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

A second album was released in 1973, and guitarist Schwenke was replaced first by Stefan Diez, then Gustl Lutjens. The band disbanded in 1974.

Agitation Free reunited in 1998, with the 1974 line-up, and released River of Return in 1999. The band again reformed in 2007 for a series of concerts in Tokyo. In 2008, remastered CDs of their back catalogue were officially released, and in 2011 they released Shibuya Nights, recorded at their 2007 Tokyo concerts. In 2012, the band toured again to promote this album.


Agitation Free's 2nd stands as one of Germany's finest instrumental rock albums of the 1970s and a classic for fans of progressive rock and Krautrock. Despite the fact that the group had problems keeping its cohesion at the time, these troubles never affect the music. 2nd presented a daring blend of Krautrock-type extended jams, laid-back attitude, and experimentation. The music remains very psychedelic in nature, more early Can than Faust. The presence of acoustic guitars and bouzouki emphasizes the easygoing nature of the music, along with Stefan Diez's elegant guitar soloing, while occasional free-form passages keep things on the edge. The opener, "First Communication," is pure Krautrock and the hardest-driving tune. It belongs on every anthology of German rock. Michael Hoenig's synthesizer experiment "Dialogue and Random" provides an interlude before the two-part "Laila" kicks in. The latter juxtaposes prog rock and fusion jazz sections with beautiful audacity. Side B of the original LP is a lot quieter. Birds chirp at the beginning of "In the Silence of the Morning Sunrise" and the pastoral mood carries over to the nine-minute "A Quiet Walk." "Haunted Island" ends with a midtempo rock number featuring a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "Dreamland." Filled with Mellotron and guitar jamming, it has often been hailed as a highlight by prog rock fans who had a hard time digesting the less immediate material, but it's actually weaker than what came before it -- without lessening the appeal of this album.

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Τρίτη, 12 Ιουνίου 2018

Universal Hippies - Evolution of Karma (2018)





Influenced by classic rock,stoner rock and psychedelic rock,Universal Hippies started out as a jam band in 2016.
In their musical journey they combine musical elements from the East and the West,the South and the North.

Phenomenal second studio disc by this outstanding instrumental heavy guitar rock band from Greece featuring the brilliant, prolific, axe-master skills and musical vision of Stavros Papadopoulos. Includes 10 tracks of mega-awesome, dynamic, blues-based, sonic guitar rock music that defies gravity and lands with world-class excellence. Picking up where the remarkable first disc left off, the
Universal Hippies have produced an amazing instrumental heavy guitar rock musical document of epic proportions with the "Evolution Of Karma" disc.
Stavros Papadopoulos is a true, legit Greek guitar rock god. A solid man of rock on a mission to Keep the Rock alive who has honed and crafted his finest musical effort to date on the Universal Hippies: "Evolution of Karma" disc. The man is an excellent, string bending, six string animal riff:master, a veritable musical forceof nature who shines like the sun on this amazing disc along with his other killer
bands including Super Vintage, Hard Driver & Freerock Saints. All worth checking out if you heavily dig serious, bad-ass, killer, blues-based heavy guitar rock music.
On "Evolution Of Karma", Stavros has spread his musical wings with a vast amount of depth and maturity. There is an ancient musical wisdom within every track. The listener will feel like they have travelled to Jupiter and the stars above and have flown over the ancient ruins of Greece and beyond after listening to this stellar,
cosmic, mind-altering, instrumental power trio musical experience.
Universal Hippies feature the excellent kick-ass musical skills of Chris Lagios on Drums & Jim Petridis on Bass, both outstanding players who lock in and nail down massive grooves that rock solid to the core and together with Stavros Papadopoulos have created an amazing original musical style and vibe that defines true
instrumental power trio excellence.
The Universal Hippies: "Evolution Of Karma" disc was recorded, mixed and mastered to sonic perfection at Freerock Studios, Stone Groove & Mojo:Tone Mastering in Kavala City, Greece.
Complete with an awesome beautifully artistic cover, layout & design by Nyxian:Drift. Grooveyard Records is proud to announce the
release of this outstanding Total Guitar Rock disc that is Highly recommended to fans of David Gilmour, Wishbone Ash, Plankton and all other excellent blues-based, retro heavy guitar rockers on the third stone from the sun. Anyone who heavily digs and collects
serious guitar rock music needs to tune in and add this amazing disc to their music collection.
An incredible, timeless six string musical journey through space & time that defines brilliant original heavy guitar rock music artistry with endless scope, depth and vision.

Reach deep within and ask yourself what is the true meaning of our existence. Regardless of color or race, we are all human beings, evolving and moving forward. Travelling different paths through time and space, a profound progression of motion on a complex journey of life.
All organic & musical matter follows a course unique to itself. We are partly defined by this linear, plodding trajectory toward the unknown, toward what we imagine we do not possess.
But the unknown also lies within us and, in this way, perhaps we only arrive at a place which we did not know exists, unfolding outward forever. In Karma lies an invitation to Evolve.

Tracklist

1. Evolution
2. Wings of Pegasus  
3. Journey of the Impossible Hero
4. Ophelia's Dream 
5. Metamorphosis 
6. Road to Olympus 
7. Spiral Waves 
8. Harmonic Alchemy
9. Outskirts of Infinity
10. Karma 
       

Σάββατο, 9 Ιουνίου 2018

Gila 1971


Biography

The band formed in early 1969 and, with their new/experimental sound, they secured a considerable German fan base. Gila's original lineup was Daniel Alluno (drums, bongos, tabla, percussion), Fritz Scheyhing (organ, mellotron, percussion, keyboards), Conny Veit (guitars, vocals, tabla, additional keyboards) and Walter Wiederkehr (bass). In 1971, they recorded their début album Gila - Free Electric Sound[1][2] and disbanded in 1972.

In 1973, Veit reformed the band with a new lineup, and the same year recorded their second studio album, the krautrock/psychedelic folk Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.[2][3] In 1974, they disbanded again.

In 1999, a live album was released, Night Works, which was recorded in 1972 and was originally intended for radio broadcast.

Gila is the debut studio album of German krautrock band Gila. The album has the subtitle Free Electric Sound, and often the album title is written as Gila – Free Electric Sound.


Track listing

"Aggression" – (4:33)
"Kommunikation" – (12:47)
"Kollaps" – (5:30)
"Kontakt" – (4:30)
"Kollektivität" – (6:40)
"Individualität" – (3:36)

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Τετάρτη, 6 Ιουνίου 2018

Freedom's Children - Astra (1970)



Freedom's Children biography
This band reflects a tiny but fascinating and oft-forgotten scene of South African progressive rock, regularly omitted from prog annals and denied their part in music history. But in their time, FREEDOM'S CHILDREN were no less innovative than ATOMIC ROOSTER, EGG or COLOSSEUM and their 1970 release "Astra" was an extremely important if completely missed record. Luckily it was re-issued in 1990 and again several times. The original band included Julian Laxton's lead guitar (and inventor of his 'black box', a much mythologized sound-producing device), Nic Martens on organ, bassist/lyricist Ramsay MacKay, Brian Davidson's voice, drummer Colin Pratley, Harry Poulos on organ and vocals and Gerard Nel's piano. Many well-known musicians have played in the band over the years including Trevor Rabin, Mick Jade and Ken E. Henson.

Unable to legally work in certain places due to issues surrounding Apartheid, the band found it difficult to break through, especially outside their country but continued making strides in the 1970s. Undoubtedly their most important work and finest effort is "Astra", a spicy and exciting blend of heavy prog with plenty of psych and blues. The disc has been re-released as many as six times in varying degrees of quality, the last in 2004.

FREEDOM"S CHILDREN is one of the best of the hard-edged prog bands and a jewel in the South African prog crown, and is highly recommended to fans of the earlier, more intense heavy art bands.


- Atavachron (David)


Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aileen (2:01)
2. The Homecoming (6:19)
3. The Kid He Came From Hazareth (5:24)
4. Medals of Bravery (3:25)
5. Tribal Fence (4:12)
6.Gentle Beasts Pt. 1 & 2 (5:26)
7. Slowly Towards the North Pt. 1 & 2 (7:04)
8. Afterward (4:57

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Δευτέρα, 4 Ιουνίου 2018

Alpha Blondy - Apartheid Is Nazism (1985)





Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné; 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro,[1] Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Many of his songs are politically and socially motivated, and are mainly sung in his native language of Dioula, French and in English, though he occasionally uses other languages, for example, Arabic or Hebrew.



Tracklist

1 Afriki 5:03
2 Jah Houphouet 5:20
3 Apartheid Is Nazism 4:45
4 Idjidja 5:00
5 Sahel 4:06
6 Sebe Allah Y'e 4:43
7 Kiti 5:14
8 Come Back Jesus 5:30
9 Djinamory 4:39

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Παρασκευή, 1 Ιουνίου 2018

W.A.S.P. - Dying for the World (2002)




W.A.S.P. is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, who is the last remaining original member of the band. They emerged from the early 1980s Los Angeles heavy metal scene. The band's popularity peaked that decade, yet they continue to record and tour, making them one of the most enduring of the West Coast heavy metal bands. W.A.S.P. gained notoriety for their shock rock-themed image, lyrics and live performances. They have sold over 12 million copies of their albums.

W.A.S.P. was a prominent target in the mid-1980s of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), an organization that pushed for warning labels on recorded music. The band immortalized its fight with the PMRC on the song "Harder, Faster" from their 1987 live album, Live...In the Raw. Some of their most notable songs are "Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)", "I Wanna Be Somebody", "L.O.V.E. Machine", "Wild Child", "Blind in Texas", "Forever Free", "Mean Man", "Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)" and "The Idol", as well as their cover versions of Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" and The Who's "The Real Me". The band's most recent album, Golgotha, was released in 2015.


Dying for the World is the tenth album by W.A.S.P., released in 2002 (see 2002 in music). Dying For The World was Blackie Lawless' dedication to all those who perished in the attacks of the 9/11 events, especially heard on the 'Hallowed Ground' track.

The album was written and recorded in less than 12 months. This is very unusual as Blackie Lawless is a perfectionist, normally taking 2 years or more to finish an album and have it recorded


Track listing

All songs written by Blackie Lawless.
"Shadow Man" - 5:34
"My Wicked Heart" - 5:38
"Black Bone Torso" - 2:15
"Hell for Eternity" - 4:38
"Hallowed Ground" - 5:54
"Revengeance" - 5:20
"Trail of Tears" - 5:50
"Stone Cold Killers" - 4:56
"Rubber Man" - 4:25

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