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VOID OF SLEEP - TALES BETWEEN REALITY AND MADNESS

AURAL MUSIC 2013

Release:        21-01-2013
Origin:            Italy
Length:           43:35


While the winter, snow and cold still fully blows around the house and summer finds itself more away than ever, a Void Of Sleep brings me back to the festival grounds.

While sauntering over the area together with dad, me and little cousin, we all have our own favourites. Dad off course is stuck in the 70’s and is heading for Black Sabbath and Hawkwind. I grab my chance to witness the mighty Cathedral for the last time and I am interested in Orange Goblin related styles. Little cousin is still exploring the later metal genre and discovers all sorts of styles and at the moment is fully into Alice In Chains, during the Layne Staley (RIP) period.

After a long and intense day the Italian Void Of Sleep is entering the stage and while I am enjoying their show, I am surprised to find both dad and cousin in front of the stage. In regarding to their personal musical interests of the day it isn’t strange that both are also enjoying Void Of Sleep. All aforementioned styles and influences are visible and hear-able in their music. 45 minutes of excellent pure doomed stoner rock with a thick 70’s sounds and attitude, modern slightly psychedelic influences and an accommodating sludgy groove.

The total age of our 3 generations at the battlefield expands easily Void’s lifetime, since they are united in 2010. After a 3-song show “Giants and Killers” in 2011 Void Of Sleep is ready to present their first full length show, existing of 7 songs in total during their “Tales Between Reality And Madness” tour. A thrilling and exciting tale between real doomy metal and the madness of 70’s rock.

At the end of the day 3 generations of rock/metal fans leave satisfied and happily the festival.

Woke up again after an excellent stoner doom rock trip. Let the summer and madness at the festivals enter my reality please ...

BLOODCORPSE




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STRYPER - Second Coming

Frontiers Records Release: 22 March 2013

Tracklisting: Loud N’ Clear; Loving You; Soldiers Under Command; Makes Me Wanna Sing; First Love; The Rock That Makes Me Roll; Reach Out; Surrender; To Hell With The Devil; Calling On You; Free; The Way; Sing Along Song; More Than A Man; Bleeding From Inside Out (New); Blackened (New).

Without a doubt, Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all-time, and certainly the most celebrated Christian metal band of all time. Comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1983, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as 'Soldiers Under Command,' 'To Hell with the Devil,' In God We Trust,' and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. But it was not until their 2011 covers set, 'The Covering,' that the aforementioned definitive Stryper was reinstated, as the band welcomed Gaines back into the fold.

The sixteen track new album includes brand new recordings of fourteen Stryper classics plus two brand new songs recorded for this celebrative Best of release.

Covering songs from the first EP of the band “The Yellow and Black Attack”, the follow up “Soldiers Under Command” and the following “To Hell With the Devil” along with two brand new tracks, “Second Coming” allows the youngest generation of fans of the band to become acquainted with the early band’s repertoire offering some over the top classic performances enhanced in the XXIst Century production techniques.

HMC


   

COVERED CALL - Impact

AOR HEAVEN 2013

Four years ago COVERED CALL delivered their very promising debut album, „Money Never Sleeps“, and played some strong live shows (a. o. at Sweden Rock festival). Now the band from Sweden finally delivers the somphomore album, “Impact”, with new bass-player Andy Loos (LIONS SHARE) and master class singer Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, BRAZEN ABBOT, STREET TALK) replacing Thomas Vikström on board. Musically nothing has changed as COVERED CALL still stand for classic Melodic Rock with powerful guitars and soft keyboards. Maybe the new songs are a little more AOR and due to the unique voice of Göran Edman they have a little different vibe. The highlights are the straight opener “Lorraine”, the colorful mid-tempo tune “Look Into Your Mind”, the guitar- and multi-layered vocal-driven “Hold On”, the thoughtful sounding “Nothing Last Forever” and the opulently arranged “Last Goodbye”. All songs are on a very high level and even after a few listens they don’t show any sign of wear. If you enjoyed the first COVERED CALL, then don’t miss “Impact”. And for the fans of Göran Edman it’s an essential purchase!

MARCO SPÄTH



   

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