The German titans return with their sixteenth studio effort entitled “Genesis XIX”. This is the first time in Sodom’s history that they have recorded as a quartet rather than a trio. Moreover, this is the first album to feature returning guitarist Frank Blackfire since the famous “Agent Orange” back in 1989. With his re-entry after almost thirty years and the merge with new blood in the roster, the expectations for this new release would naturally be higher than before. “Genesis XIX” features two new musicians, drummer Toni Merkel and guitarist Yorck Segatz as well.
Lacrimas Profundere trio has created an impressive collection of sounds in a compact album, maybe their most complete release up to date.
while I enjoy classic Gamma Ray as much as anyone, I’d go as far as to say I enjoy this more than anything that band has done is well over a decade, maybe even going as far back as 1999’s Powerplant…
I find some of the best bands in metal are those who are able to take strong influences from the genre staples, but instead of just imitating them straight up, they find ways to incorporate their own unique touches to help stand out from the pack, mixing together modern and classic elements to create something truly special
Gill’s songwriting, guitar playing and impressive vocals along with Hannah and Heather’s instantly recognisable rhythm section has produced a winning formula
San Francisco Bay Area Metal Masters VICIOUS RUMORS are on the road with their “American Punishment” tour with special guest Seven Witches and Power Theory from Sept 18 to Oct 14 in the United States! VICIOUS RUMORS just returned from crushing the European Festival circuit finishing over 40 shows in Europe this year! All of this is in support of the highly acclaimed Electric Punishment album that was released via Steamhammer/SPV in 2013. The band is currently on the road and halfway through their planned 22 date US tour that keeps the VR ball rolling at full force!! Big plans for South America are in the works for March 2014 as VR continues to show no mercy devastating crowds around the world!!
There were two artists that jumped out at me as I listened to their SPV/Steamhammer debut Kill Devil Hill. The first is the most obvious, Alice In Chains. Clearly Bragg is influenced by the late Layne Staley, however the music even has that slow groove that brought AIC into prominence back in the day.
Needless to say he has held on to that torch with immense and convincing quest to please his fans. In his long career he has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide, and is still good to have people like these who stick to something they believe in, even throughout the turbulent music business and digital era we live in now.
Let’s face it reinventing the wheel in this genre as with other genres like progressive metal can turn out to be quite a steep rise, so let’s just say that most of the songs on “One” follow the same structures in terms of melody, but have a decent amount of pace and up tempo shifts that make the album tolerable.