Τετάρτη, 30 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Katatonia - Sanctitude (2015)





Katatonia are a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band started as a studio-only project for the duo, as an outlet for the band's love of death metal. Increasing popularity lead them to add more band members for live performances, though outside of the band's founders, the lineup was constantly changing, revolving door of musicians throughout the 1990s, notably including Mikael Åkerfeldt of the band Opeth for a period. After two death/doomalbums, Dance of December Souls (1993) and Brave Murder Day (1996), problems with Renkse's vocal cords coupled with new musical influences lead the band away from the screamed vocals of death metal to a more traditional, melodic form of heavy metal music. The band released two more albums, Discouraged Ones (1998) and Tonight's Decision (1999), before settling into a stable quintet lineup for all of 2000's. The band released four more albums with said lineup - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (2001), Viva Emptiness (2003), The Great Cold Distance (2006), and Night Is the New Day (2009), with the band slowly moving away from their metal sound while adding more progressive rock sounds to their work over time. While lineup changes started up again into the 2010s, Renkse and Nyström persisted, and the band continued on to release their ninth and tenth studio albums, Dead End Kings (2012) and The Fall of Hearts (2016). After touring in support of the album through 2017, the band entered a hiatus at the beginning of 2018.



Tracklist

01. In The White
02. Ambition
03. Teargas  
04. Gone 
05. A Darkness Coming 
06. One Year From Now 
07. The Racing Heart 
08. Tonights Music 
09. Sleepers 
10. Undo You
11. Lethean 
12. Day
13. Idle Blood
14. Unfurl
15. Omerta
16. Evidence  
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here

         


Σάββατο, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Camel - Mirage (1974)








Mirage is the second studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released on 1 March 1974. It features songs such as "The White Rider" and "Lady Fantasy". It is also a showcase for Andrew Latimer's flute, played in "Supertwister".

There are five tracks on Mirage, two over 9 minutes. Those two are multi-part songs: "Lady Fantasy" and "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider", the latter being about The Lord of the Rings. The album was released on Gama Records/Deram Records. Mick Rock shot the inner sleeve photo.

The album was voted no. 51 in the Top 100 Prog albums of All Time by readers of Prog magazine in 2014.



Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "Freefall" Peter Bardens 5:53
2. "Supertwister" (instrumental) Bardens 3:22
3. "The White Rider"a) "Nimrodel"b) "The Procession"c) "The White Rider" Andrew Latimer 9:17

Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4. "Earthrise" (instrumental) Bardens, Latimer 6:40
5. "Lady Fantasy"a) "Encounter"b) "Smiles for You"c) "Lady Fantasy"12:45

Τετάρτη, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Dixie Dregs - Full Circle (1994)






The Dixie Dregs are an American band formed in the 1970s. Their mostly instrumental music uniquely fuses hard rock, southern rock, progressive metal, and classical forms.
Full Circle is the seventh album by the Dixie Dregs. It is their first studio album in over a decade, 
since Industry Standard. It includes an instrumental cover of The Yardbirds song, "Shapes of Things".

Δευτέρα, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Wolfmother - Victorious (2016)






Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales, formed in 2004 by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross, and drummer Myles Heskett after four years of jamming and songwriting. The group currently includes Stockdale and drummer Hamish Rosser. Wolfmother released its self-titled debut album Wolfmother in Australia in 2005 and internationally in 2006. The album reached number 3 on the Australian Albums Chart and the top 40 in the U.S. and the U.K., and has to date sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Ross and Heskett left the band in 2008. Stockdale returned with a new lineup featuring Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth, and drummer Dave Atkins in 2009, releasing Cosmic Egg later in the year. The album reached number 3 in Australia and the top 20 in the US. After more personnel changes, the group released its third album in 2013 as Keep Moving, a Stockdale solo album. Later that year, Wolfmother returned as a trio featuring Peres and drummer Vin Steele for 2014's New Crown. The band released its fourth album, Victorious, in 2016.

Wolfmother has been categorised by various commentators within the genres of hard rock, including heavy metal, stoner rock, and psychedelic rock. The band is often compared to influential classic rock and metal bands from the 1960s and 1970s, including Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, and AC/DC. Frontman Stockdale has typically led songwriting for the group, although the material on the band's debut album was co-credited to Ross and Heskett. Stockdale also produced New Crown, performed bass on Victorious, and remains the only constant member of the band.


Track listing

All tracks written by Andrew Stockdale, except where noted.
No.TitleLength
1. "The Love That You Give" 2:38
2. "Victorious" 4:24
3. "Baroness" 3:15
4. "Pretty Peggy" 3:49
5. "City Lights" 3:51
6. "The Simple Life" 3:12
7. "Best of a Bad Situation" 3:07
8. "Gypsy Caravan" (written by Stockdale and Kram) 3:34
9. "Happy Face" 3:31
10. "Eye of the Beholder" 3:59
Total length: 35:20




        


Σάββατο, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Faith No More - The Real Thing (1989)





Faith No More (sometimes abbreviated as FNM) is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979.[1]Before settling on their current name in 1982, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men[1] and later Faith No Man.[2] Bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin are the longest-remaining members of the band, having been involved with Faith No More since its inception. The band underwent several lineup changes early in their career, along with some major changes later on. The current lineup of Faith No More consists of Gould, Bordin, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Roddy Bottum, lead guitarist Jon Hudson and vocalist/lyricist Mike Patton.

After releasing six studio albums, including their best-selling records The Real Thing (1989) and Angel Dust (1992),] Faith No More officially announced their breakup on April 20, 1998. They have since reunited, embarked on The Second Coming Tourfrom 2009 to 2012, and released their seventh studio album, Sol Invictus, in May 2015

The Real Thing is the third studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on June 20, 1989 by Slash and Reprise Records. It was the first major release by the band not to feature vocalist Chuck Mosley. Instead, the album featured Mike Patton from the experimental/funk band Mr. Bungle. On this album, Faith No More continued to advance their sound range, combining thrash metal,[ funkhip hopprogressive rocksynthpopcarousel music, and hard rock, along with what has been described as "a black sense of humor"



Track listing

All lyrics written by Mike Patton, except "The Real Thing" by Patton/Gould, "Surprise! You're Dead!" by Patton/Martin and "War Pigs" by Geezer Butler.
No.TitleMusicLength
1. "From Out of Nowhere" Gould, Bottum 3:22
2. "Epic" Gould, Bottum, Martin, Bordin 4:53
3. "Falling to Pieces" Gould, Bottum, Martin 5:15
4. "Surprise! You're Dead!" Martin 2:27
5. "Zombie Eaters" Gould, Bottum, Martin, Bordin 5:58
6. "The Real Thing" Gould, Bottum 8:13
7. "Underwater Love" Gould, Bottum 3:51
8. "The Morning After" Gould, Bottum, Martin 3:43
9. "Woodpecker from Mars" (instrumental) Martin, Bordin 5:40
10. "War Pigs" Butler, Iommi, Osbourne, Ward 7:45
11. "Edge of the World" Gould, Bottum, Bordin 4:10
Total length: 54:58

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Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Demons and Wizards (2000)





Demons & Wizards
are a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer. Schaffer writes the music and Kürsch writes the lyrics. The band's line-up during the recording of their first album in 1999 (Demons & Wizards) also featured Mark Prator, who was the drummer on a few Iced Earth albums, and Jim Morris doing most of the guitar solos, Morris also having worked with Iced Earth in the past. The personnel for the second album (Touched by the Crimson King), released in 2005, included Morris at lead guitar and Bobby Jarzombek on drums
The original goal of the band was to forge the different musical styles of both Iced Earth's dark melodies and Blind Guardian's powerful vocals into one sound. In fact, according to the musicians, the band name is meant to describe the two styles: the self-proclaimed demon-like themes and sounds of Iced Earth and wizard-like themes and sounds of Blind Guardian (the moniker "Demons & Wizards" was inspired by Schaffer's wife always referring to him and Hansi as "Demons and Angels". Hansi always corrected her, since he claims to "not be at all angelic", and that it is more properly stated "Demons and Wizards", in reference to Uriah Heep's album of the same name). The band met with a fair deal of commercial success, though not as much as either of their individual bands.

The idea for the band arose in the spring of 1997 when Kürsch and Schaffer wanted to make music together, after being friends for several years.

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength

1. "Rites of Passage" (instrumental) Jon Schaffer, Hansi Kürsch 0:54
2. "Heaven Denies" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:20
3. "Poor Man's Crusade" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 4:02
4. "Fiddler on the Green" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:56
5. "Blood on My Hands" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 4:45
6. "Path of Glory" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 4:59
7. "Winter of Souls" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:47
8. "The Whistler" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:15
9. "Tear Down the Wall" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 4:48
10. "Gallow's Pole" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:22
11. "My Last Sunrise" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 4:44
12. "Chant" (instrumental) Schaffer, Kürsch 0:48
13. "White Room (Cream Cover) (Bonus track for limited edition, vinyl, and Japanese releases)" Pete Brown Pete Brown, Jack Bruce 5:01
14. "The Whistler (alternate version) (Bonus track for Japanese release only)" Schaffer, Kürsch Schaffer, Kürsch 5:21
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Δευτέρα, 14 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Danzig - IV Vorschau (1994)





Danzig is an American heavy metal band, formed in 1987 in Lodi, New Jersey. The band is the musical outlet for singer-songwriterGlenn Danzig, preceded by the horror punk bands the Misfits and Samhain. They play in a bluesy doom-driven heavy metal style influenced by the early sound of Black Sabbath.


Track listing

All tracks written by Glenn Danzig.
No.TitleLength
1. "Brand New God" 4:29
2. "Little Whip" 5:10
3. "Cantspeak" 4:06
4. "Going Down to Die" 4:59
5. "Until You Call on the Dark" 4:24
6. "Dominion" 4:13
7. "Bringer of Death" 4:40
8. "Sadistikal" 5:07
9. "Son of the Morning Star" 5:04
10. "I Don't Mind the Pain" 4:45
11. "Stalker Song" 5:48
12. "Let It Be Captured" 5:16
66. "Invocation" 2:59


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Σάββατο, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Running Wild- Rapid Foray (2016)






Running Wild is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1976 in Hamburg. They were part of the German metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s. Over the course of their career, they have released sixteen studio albums, three live albums, five compilation albums, and six singles/EPs. Although their earlier releases contained Satanic themes and imagery, Gerald "Preacher" Warnecke, the guitar player of the band, was studying theology at the time and is now a pastor in Cologne.[1][2]

In 1987, the band released the album Under Jolly Roger, which was a switch to pirate-based and historical themes, creating and influencing the later named pirate metal subgenre of heavy metal in the 2000s in the process. While the historical lyrics were very superficial at first, the lyrics for later albums were intensively researched, by Rolf Kasparek in particular.[3]

After this album, from 1988 to 1992 (for the albums Port Royal, Death or Glory, Blazon Stone and Pile of Skulls), Running Wild mainly wrote historically based lyrics. In addition to lyrics about pirates like Calico Jack, Klaus Störtebeker, or the little-known Henry Jennings, the band also addressed subjects like the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Waterloo, or the colonization of the New World by the Conquistadors.[3]

On 17 April 2009 Rolf announced that Running Wild had split up. Their intended last show was at Wacken Open Air on July 30, 2009. It was recorded for CD and DVD release and appeared as The Final Jolly Roger on June 24, 2011. The split would prove temporary as they reunited in 2012. Running Wild played live for the Wacken Open Air festival in July 2015.

As of 2016, the band have released 16 studio albums, with their most recent being Rapid Foray.

Since the band's formation they have sold nearly 5 million albums


Track listing

No.TitleLength
1. "Black Skies, Red Flag" 4:44
2. "Warmongers" 4:29
3. "Stick to Your Guns" 5:08
4. "Rapid Foray" 4:47
5. "By the Blood in Your Heart" 5:27
6. "The Depth of the Sea (Nautilus)" (Instrumental) 3:53
7. "Black Bart" 5:06
8. "Hellectrified" 4:22
9. "Blood Moon Rising" 4:20
10. "Into the West" 4:34
11. "Last of the Mohicans" 11:11
Total length: 58:01



      
   

Πέμπτη, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2019

The Sonics - Here Are the Sonics (1965)





The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington that formed in 1960.[1] Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they have been named as inspirations to Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, the Fall, and other major artists.

The band performed several early rock standards such as "Louie, Louie", and "Skinny Minnie" as well as original compositions like "Strychnine", "Psycho", and "The Witch". Their catalogue is generally based around simple chord progressions, often performed with a speed and tonal aggression that was novel for the time, making the band a notable influence on later punk rock bands.

Track listing

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "The Witch" Gerry Roslie 2:41
2. "Do You Love Me" Berry Gordy, Jr. 2:19
3. "Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry 2:49
4. "Boss Hoss" Roslie 2:24
5. "Dirty Robber" (The Fabulous Wailers cover) John Greek, Kent Morrill, Rick Dangel 2:03
6. "Have Love Will Travel" Richard Berry 2:04

Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1. "Psycho" Roslie 2:18
2. "Money (That's What I Want)" Gordy, Jr., Janie Bradford 2:01
3. "Walking the Dog" Rufus Thomas 2:46
4. "Night Time Is the Right Time" Lew Herman 2:58
5. "Strychnine" Roslie 2:13
6. "Good Golly Miss Molly" John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell 2:09


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Τρίτη, 1 Ιανουαρίου 2019

Atlanta Rhythm Section - 1976 - Red Tape



Atlanta Rhythm Section
(or ARS) is an American Southern rock band, formed in 1970 by Rodney Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Dean Daughtry (keyboards), Robert Nix (drums) and J.R. Cobb (guitar). The band's current lineup consists of Daughtry and Justo, along with guitarists David Anderson and Steve Stone, bassist Justin Senker and drummer Rodger Stephan.

Red Tape Another early classic that is among their best work, Red Tape is quite different from the previous album or anything that had come before. As the band had played more live shows, they had developed an ensemble sound, and there was an effort to capture that sound on record. The result was like an ARS gig from the mid-70's-with a strong emphasis on their appreciation for the blues. The band had previously been combining pop and rock stylings. For this album they went with predominantly shorter, pop length songs-with one notable exception. The performances feature a harder rock approach than they had recorded before, with a sharp edged guitar sound prominantly featured. Released in 1976, the album features eight original songs. The album starts off with the rocking swing of Jukin' and only lets up once. Mixed Emotions and Shanghied use blues riffs to build a driving momentum through the first part of the album. The tempo varies but the intensity never lessens through the next few songs. The momentum continues to build through Oh What a Feeling and Free Spirit and reaches a crescendo with the one longer tune on the album-a standout remake of their own Another Man's Woman. This time it's electric and features extended soloing. Almost every Southern band had a signature anthem, but the case can be made that this one features the most musically diverse arrangement and the tightest playing-and may be the best of them all.

Tracklist

01 - Jukin' (Also Includes San Antonio Rose) (2)
02 - Mixed Emotions
03 - Shanghied
04 - Police! Police!
05 - Beautiful Dreamers
06 - Oh What A Feeling
07 - Free Spirit
08 - Another Man's Woman


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