August Burns Red's lyrical concept behind 'Guardians' became much more relevant than what the band maybe had in mind when starting work on the new album. Guitarist Brent Rambler describes the album title as addressing "a loose theme of being there for another person who’s reaching out for help. This individual who saves the day acts like a guardian." These guardians are more relevant than ever these days.
'Of Truth and Sacrifice' is heavy, aggressive and brutal. At the same time it covers moment of vulnerability and reflection. It's this mix, together with lyrics being far away from meaningless blablabla, that makes Heaven Shall Burn's 9th album to a 97 minutes experience. This record is more than only a carrier of music. It's a milestone for the band and Metalcore in genral. 'Of Truth and Sacrifice' lifts the bar and belongs to the musical diamonds in 2020 and beyond. Timeless.
Recover, Regroup, Return, Record - Neaena 'Neaera' is the great return of a band that used the years of absence to recover, regroup and return to record an album that is a statement of being back. What exactly this means for the coming months and years is what time will tell. In the meantime it's all about enjoying this sonic wrecking ball.
Heaven Shall Burn’s next album is already lining up in the pipeline but before releasing a new longplayer the band goes cinema. In nearly 90 minutes ‘Mein grünes Herz in dunklen Zeiten’ the film is about the band and life on tour. ‘Mein grünes Herz in dunklen Zeiten’ will premiere on February 19th in various... Continue Reading →
A while ago a music video went viral on YouTube, showing a band from Mongolia that merges Metal with Mongolian Folk music. Their name – The Hu, meaning ‘the people’ in their native language. The band got in the spotlight very quickly and still is talk of the town. With having released an album recently,... Continue Reading →
With Elbriot 2019 a successful era of a festival in the city of Hamburg comes to an end, at least when it's about location. Due to construction activities in the area and a permanent Harry Potter theater production at Mehr Theater! the area isn’t available anymore from 2020 onwards. However, the plan is to continue... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Canadian metalcore powerhouse Obey The Brave has their homebase in Montreal, Quebec and that's where they started their metal journey back in 2011. Since then the quintet released three full-length longplayers with 'Balance' being number four. The new album features nine songs and with a running time of 29 minutes, meaning the album isn't... Continue Reading →
(7/10) 2018 was the year when I took notice of Walkways for the very first time. The band got the opening slot for In Flames and toured with the Swedish metal powerhouse through Europe. I could witness the show in Utrecht and I have to say that the band from tel Aviv, Israel left a... Continue Reading →
(6/10) A new album is out and you could wonder what's new. 'Retribution Therapy' is Nine Shrines' first album, a debut that follows an EP entitled 'Misery'. The quintet, hailing from Ohio, US is inspired by the '90s and early '00s, which leads to song reflecting a fusion of Alternative- and Modern Metal. 'Retribution Therapy'... Continue Reading →
(8/10) Arrival Of Autumn, that's metal from Canada. This time it's neither the East Coast nor the West Coast that is home to a band. Arrival Of Autumn is hailing from Alberta. The five-piece powerhouse premiered in 2014 with 'Shadows', which was a self-released album that comprises of ten songs. After such a solid start... Continue Reading →
(9/10) US-based powerhouse Whitechapel premiered in 2007 with ‘The Somatic Defilement’. 12 years later the band is ready to release their newest album ‘The Valley’. As with the previous records also album number seven isn’t a happy one and doesn't include sing-a-long songs. It’s a dark and melancholic longplayer that contains a lyrical approach that’s... Continue Reading →