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Aeons of Ashes - Shutdown

Noiseheadrecords

Release: 19 September 2014

Founded in 2013 and featuring members of featuring ex-members of renowned Austrian metal acts TRASHCANNED, EPSILON and DESICCATED. After creating quite a buzz with their very first live shows, their debut album "Shutdown" is now about to spread a fresh approach of Modern Melodic Death Metal all over the world.

Shutdown“ offers a variety of different styles and song structures, but comes together as a well-rounded entity in the end. The album begins with a spheric piano intro and ends with the piano outro of „Remember My Name“, the track that was also used for the band’s official story video and might be inspired by bands like Lamb Of God.
Monocracy“ (03), released as a lyric video, provides obviously politically inspired lyrics over a catchy in-your-face tune, both brutal and melodic. „Punchfuck“ (04) seems to add some freshness to Devildriver song structures and sound. ClearlyGame of Thrones referenced „Winter Is Coming“ (06) comes out as a very dense, dark, almost desperate song, while „As I Turn The Page“ (07) is both haunting and catchy.
Silence Will Fall“ (08), maybe the most athmospheric tune, appears like a breathing space before the disturbing yet intoxicating „File“ (9) and „White Lies“ (10) which could be mistaken for an unreleased Dark Tranquillity anthem. All in all a very ambitious and technically well-produced debut album that definitely might earn Aeons Of Ashes an impressive mark on the international metal map.

HMC

Bandcontact:
www.facebook.com/AeonsOfAshes


   

Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

NAPALM RECORDS 2014

The American author Mark Twain once said “Familiarity breeds contempt – and children”.

It’s a nifty quote that could be applied to Max Cavalera who, along with brother Igor, head the list of pioneers of Brazilian death-edged thrash metal. Max Cavalera’s literal children, of course, ended up getting involved later, but his musical offspring would be the multitude of bands that he helped establish. Each one of those bands became outlets for Max’s preferred style of songwriting. Naturally, with so much similar material being pumped out, there stood a case for familiarity breeding contempt. Regardless, fans of his aggressive, tribal metal have stayed faithful and his records continue to sell in their hundreds of thousands.

There are no prizes for guessing the content of this third Cavalera Conspiracy album. However, if you’d expected clipped, rapid-fire verses paired with choruses repetitiously bellowing the track title then you’d be a winner. However, there are a few little tweaks in Pandemonium that might surprise. Firstly, the album has quite possibly the ugliest cover art I’ve ever come across. Within, the music is marked with an especially haranguing, bleak tone and the emphasis is on more thrash, less groove so expect this to clash heads with early Sepultura material. In the words of Max, “This one is almost grindcore. I was really a dictator in the studio with Igor. So every time he’d go into the groove, I’d be like “Fuck the groove! Go back to the fast shit!” As a consequence it’s inherently evil and is much a case of love by force.

Marc Rizzo puts in a shift, throwing out fizzed chugs and lightning riffs like confetti and Igor’s got a few ear-plosions in store for us with a gut-punching bass drum. ‘Banzai Kamikaze’, in particular, is a crushing power play with a viscous construction that keeps you on your toes. Other leading lights are the fist-pumping glory of ‘Apex Predator’ and ‘Insurrection’. These are two of the most virulent, callous, putrid tracks from the band to date, and the powerful, anthemic smack of ‘Not Losing The Edge’ is little short of glorious. With Converge’s Nate Newton grabbing the bass from Johnny Chow there’s a stomping backline to drive the album forward with real attack and, as a bonus, he’s employed to howl out the echoing, enigmatic words of ‘The Crucible’ – a track that explores the tale of the witches of Salem.

Elsewhere, it’s very much a case of business as usual with ‘Babylonian Pandemonium’, ‘Scum’ and ‘Father Of Hate’ (which, being heavily-accented, amusingly sounds more like ‘Fucker Of Hate’) resorting to type. There’s also the Neanderthal charm of ‘I, Barbarian’ and ‘Cramunhao’ to deal with. Both are distorted to within an inch of their life and the former even employs a jarring industrial edge that simply falls flat. It’s not long before the similarity between tracks does become tiresome and you do find yourself gasping for change. They eventually oblige, raising their heads for the closing tribal pots-and-pans tub-thumper ‘Porra’. Fans of Soulfly should know the script, but this also employs a curious Manu Chao-esque vocal rip and has a danceable latino vibe that it returns to between the messy, gruff sections of grumbling, dissolute thrash.

Pandemonium isn’t going to blow your mind. It is way too predictable for that, which is a shame when you consider the exciting hardcore edge that Blunt Force Trauma offered. Fans, however, will lap this offering up and they should. Amidst all the familiarity, it has enough grunt to kickstart a pit all of its own. Under this particular guise, Max, Igor and Marc do seem to produce their best work.

John Skibeat

 


   

WICKED SENSATION - Adrenaline Rush

Produced By: Dennis Ward
Running Time: 52
Release Date: November 28, 2014
LabelLink: AOR Heaven

Adrenaline Rush“ is the fourth longplayer of the internationally assambled band WICKED SENSATION. Since original singer Robert Soeterboek suffered from some serious health problems and couldn’t sing on the new album, the lead vocals on the 11 new songs got handled by replacement singer David Reece (ex-ACCEPT, BANGALORE CHOIR). Even though the occasional comparisons with WHITESNAKE are history now, the band’s musical formula hasn’t really changed. WICKED SENSATION still deliver Melodic Hard Rock in the vein of VICTORY at the times of Fernando Garcia, PINK CREAM 69 at the times of Andi Deris and VENGEANCE. If this makes your mouth wet, then you have to check out “Adrenaline Rush”. The first three songs – the pushing opener “King Of The World”, the AEROSMITH-like “Same Old Situation” and the straight mid-tempo rocker “Misery” – should be enough to convince you of purchasing the album. And the further highlights “Blue Painted Sky”, “Angel In Black” (no BANGALORE CHOIR cover), “Andrenaline Rush” or the closing ballad “This Time” can be enjoyed at home. Even though not every song is of the same caliber, there is not one real filler to find on the by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, UNISONIC) sonically refined “Adrenaline Rush” which fits perfectly in the WICKED SENSATION discography and is highly recommended to any Melodic Hard Rock lover!

Marco Späth

http://www.wicked-sensation.com/

 


   

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  • Aeons of Ashes - Shutdown Noiseheadrecords Release: 19 September 2014 Founded in 2013 and featuring members of featuring ex-members of renowned Austrian metal acts TRASHCANNED,...
  • Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium NAPALM RECORDS 2014 The American author Mark Twain once said “Familiarity breeds contempt – and children”. It’s a nifty quote that could...
  • WICKED SENSATION - Adrenaline Rush Produced By: Dennis Ward Running Time: 52 Release Date: November 28, 2014 LabelLink: AOR Heaven „Adrenaline Rush“ is the fourth longplayer of...
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