7/28/2017

XII Boar return as Twelve Boar with new album

These days the news reached my inbox that a new album of UK Rock 'n' Rollers Twelve Boar is on the way. The band decided to re-brand from XII Boar to Twelve Boar and announced the release of their third effort "No Forgiveness" (this means that the band made one album each year - going strong in my eyes).

In the words of the band we can expect "brash, Motörhead-esque riffage, huge sing-along choruses and an overwhelming sense of fun injected into every song." So far they shared the artwork and new logo which reminds me of old C64 and Amiga Computer games - I loved that thing on first sight.

The cover of the new Twelve Boar record made by Rahadil Hermana, (c) by Twelve Boar, used with kind permission

‘No Forgiveness’ was produced once again by Chris Fielding and is set for release on Friday 8th September 2017.  Pre-orders are now available from the band at http://xiiboar.bigcartel.com.

Track Listing:
1.       Steppin' Up
2.       Golden Goose
3.       The Curtain Call
4.       No Forgiveness
5.       Elders From The Deep
6.       Snake On A Lead
7.       All the Heavy Griftin'
8.       Panama
9.       Hellspeed Truckin'

7/24/2017

CD Review: Counterfeit Culture - Deathwish (Melodic Metalcore, 2017)

A melodic metalcore release doing things a different way. I was surprised listening to this one.

Having looked through this blog I've noticed lately that there isn't any metalcore up yet. So as the chance came around to review this one I packed it with both hands since the description sounded promising. A band mixing metalcore with several influences like alternative was something I had not experienced before so I gave it a shot.

The cover of Counterfeit Culture's EP "Deathwish", (c) by Counterfeit Culture, used with kind permission

Summary

Of course there are the typical elements to be found - the bold sound, the heavy vocals and hard drums. But beside that there are a lot of variations and unusual things to be found. It starts with the way the songs are build - I've not heard metalcore songs with such a span of variation before.

It starts already with opener "Apothecary". The first half has only slight and softer guitar parts with it. The track turns and evolves to a more heavier piece of music. Anyway it's still different - the track remains a bit slower in terms of tempo and the vocals also provide change all the while.

"Second Soul"  starts out more metalcore typical but won't do so for a long time. The drums give a fresh whirl before things begin to become static. The whole pattern changes in the last third to a more slower formula. I like this for all the way the drums show that they can dominate a track at times and push it into a new direction every here and there.

The EP closes out with "X".  It mixes a rough edgy beginning just to move over to some soft notes. To me it's the most intensive song of the three-song-pack. It's a fine demonstration how to go a slower and more below-the-line attempt in a melodic metalcore song.

Preview Track and Purchase-Link

I've picked one song out of the release for you as a quick check out track. Make sure to support Counterfeit Culture with a purchase of the EP at the band's webshop. The EP comes out 1st August 2017. You can pick up the tracks digitally right now on all standard plattforms such as Apple Music or Spotify if you don't want to wait until August.


Contact Data

Tune in to the social channels of the band at Facebook or Twitter.

7/20/2017

Single Review: Mike Milan Dedic - Escape (Instrumental Rock,2017)

Shred guitarist Mike Milan Dedic presents a brand new track and it's a surprise to the reviewer. I never thought hat he would move on so much further with this release called "Escape".

The cover of Mike Milan Dedic's brand new release "Escape"

Summary

Heaving heard and reviewd his previous EP I was sure that more shred-oriented material would come along with this one. The new single "Escape" that comes as a one track download is a explosion of progress in my ears. It's much more song-oriented, there's more of a earworm feeling at times than on the first release which sounded more of a demonstration of the guitar playing abilities of Mike Milan Dedic. 

To me it's more of a rocking number that split's the dutys. The guitars take a good part of the sound but the backline of drums and bass also has their moments when they are able to shine for themselves.

The track feels much better, fresher  and sounds overall much more moving, diverse and changing throughout it's full duration. There's even time to relax at some  parts. A big step forward!  


Purchase-Link and Track Stream
Make sure to have a listen for yourselves. You can purchase and listen to the track at the same link (CD Baby).
 

Contact Data
Finally make sure to connect with this outstanding guitarist via Facebook to be notified of what's going on in the future.

7/17/2017

American Standards sends activating life message

"Every moment is a new chance" (Quote of the movie poster for 8 Mile)

Yes, this saying in fact comes of the poster for a rap movie but it brings my thoughts up to the point. Any given day is a something great if we're given it. But how should we use the time we get?

The chaotic hardcore/noise punk band American Standards out of Phoenix, AZ has given a great answer to this. The statement of vocalist Brandon Kellum touched with a dark yet activating message that explains the meaing of the video single that you can watch below: "Carpe Diem, Tomorrow" is about getting out of your comfort zone. Being open to new experiences and ways of thinking. Moving is living. You're not getting any younger and there will never be a "right time" so do something that scares the hell out of you every day of your life."

While the track may sound a bit vicious on the first listening it grew on me with every listen. In fact I think it's more of a special art to make a song sound like this. While it starts sorted it unfolds to the heavier side and it's spreading energy through various ways and passages. All the while the energy level is kept high and kicking pressing it's hard message with every word. Make sure to have a eye on the lyrics in the song description on Youtube.

If you like what you hear make sure to head on over to Bandcamp to listen to the full album "Anti-Melody". There's much more there to discover and the DIY band has put in lot's of energy to give you more food for thought this way.

A bandpicture of American Standards, Photo Credit: Jacob Reynolds

You can follow American Standards via Facebook or Instagram for all the latest information on upcoming shows etc.

7/10/2017

Tower Of Babel give razor-sharp preview to coming album

Some bands come around and you've never heard of them before and they surprise you with music blowing you away. It's been like this with Tower Of Babel for me.

This band features vocalist Csaba Zvekan (Exorcism, Raven Lord, Metal Machine), virtuoso guitarist Joe Stump (Raven Lord, HolyHell, Reign of Terror), bassist Nic Angileri (Exorcism, Jorn), keyboardist Maestro Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project) and drummer Mark Cross (Tainted Nation, Outloud, Firewind, Helloween, Metalium) and has released the first full track of the upcoming album "Lake of Fire".


The song comes along with great razor-sharp guitars that really nail the riffs. It's mixed loud and this adds a good potion of agression to the sound in my ears. The vocals are also standing out since they are held in a higher, lightly screamed yet clear way - something you don't hear everyday. It adds a great feel to the track.

It's surely a song for all the lovers of classic Rock 'n' Roll in the way of the 70's/80's. I had to think of early Axel Rudi Pell mixed up with ingridents of Yngwie Malmsteen while listening to this one.

Tower Of Babel will put out their album Lake of Fire on July 20th.
The cover of Tower Of Babel's upcoming record "Lake of Fire", (c) by Tower Of Babel, used with kind permission
Make sure to stay in connection with the band via Facebook so you won't miss out the next steps until the album will drop.

7/06/2017

Mathieu Bauer performs modern drumming in excellence

I'm always amazed to see today's drummer perform. Back in the day drummers in metal music for sure always had to perform with lots of power to properly give the beat to the music.

But these days the impression won't leave me that the level has improved a lot up to nearly infinity. What can be seen and heard these days that sticksmen show on their drumsets always sets me on fire. It's nearly impossible. Those people for sure most have spent many hours practising to gain the level they play on right now.

One of them is Mathieu Bauer who swings the sticks for modern metallers Brutai. He just recently put out a drum playthrough video for the track "Of Ashes" taken of the band's debut "Born". Just play click and you won't believe your eyes and ears what can be seen and heard:

Mathieu has recently been featured in Rhythm Magazine in the UK, and has been previously featured on Modern Drummer. The band he plays drums for is called Brutai and just played Download Festival and were nominated for 'Best New Band' for the Golden Gods in the UK.

They are signed to Fairwood Music publishing, home to David Bowie's music, and will be touring with Kobra and the Lotus later this year. Make sure to have a eye on Brutai's Facebook page for dates and all the further band updates.

7/01/2017

Powerless Rise release redemptive clip of feelings

Sometimes it's hard to let go of bad feelings. Music has often helped me in a redemptive way here. Somehow it free's up the soul of it's bad condition holding us down and preventing us of feeling better.

This clip here of the US female fronted Hard Rock group Powerless Rise helped me to get over such a gap so I thought it would be great to share this moment with all of you out there.

If you like what you hear and would like to have a copy of the song to carry on with you it's surely fine news to know that Powerless Rise has set up a free digital download of the single available from Soundcloud.

The video delivers a very expressive performance. I like the blue tone of the video. It expresses the state of mind with the visuals perfectly. It's all about depicting the tormented spirit and emotional roller coaster associated with heart break and tragedy.

A bandshot of Powerless Rise while doing the video for "Battered Soul", (c) by Powerless Rise, used with kind permission
The track is featured on the band's debut record “Set Sail” which is available on iTunes, Amazon, iHeart Radio, and Google Play among many other online retailers.  The album is also available for purchase as a download or physical CD at the band’s official website www.powerlessrise.com.

The band is already working on a new EP so make sure to connect with the band via Facebook.so you won't miss out on the further band activities.