Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016 Top 20!

I'm a bit behind when it comes to reviews, but there's stuff on the way. In the meantime, here's my Top 20 of 2016!!

CROBOT – Fat City
MOTORGUN – s/t
DUNSMUIR – s/t
ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero
PALACE OF THE KING – Valles Marineris
BLINDSTONE – The Seventh Cycle of Eternity
SNAKE HEAD RITUAL – Ceremonial Thunder
PRETTY MAIDS – Kingmaker
BLACK MOUNTAIN PROPHET – Tales From The South
FUTURE ELEPHANTS? – s/t
INGLORIOUS – s/t
COLD TRUTH – Grindstone
KANSAS – The Prelude Implicit
DIAMOND HEAD – s/t
MAGNOLIA – På djupt vatten
FREEROCK SAINTS – Blue Pearl Union
NITROVILLE – Cheating The Hangman
GREG GOLDEN BAND – s/t
ELECTRIC RELIGIONS – Duality Of The Universe

THE DEAD DAISIES – Make Some Noise

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Rival Sons – Hollow Bones (CD)


Rival Sons just came out of the woods seven years ago and suddenly became this world wide phenomenon! I’ve seen them live a couple of times and they ARE an outstanding live band. I wasn’t sure if the new album was going to show the band was just a hype, like some other bands. Well, rest assure, the Sons are back with a twist. “Hollow Bones” shows the band putting on a new set of clothes. Sure they are still floating in their classic late 60s Zeppelin juices, but this album shows some really cool diversity, both regarding sounds and songs. The title track, part 1, kicks it off with some cool low octave guitars riffing about, while “Tied Up” sounds like something you’d hear in an old Bond movie, but with a heavy twist. There are some really ugly guitar sounds, which I really love when they melt into the sound and become something good. Like the wooly fuzz octave guitar in “Thundering Voices”. For lack of a more modern word, I’d definitely describe this album as damn groovy! Can’t wait to hear this stuff live. They HAVE done it again!
Janne Stark
Label: Earache
Country: USA

Year: 2016

Motorgun – Motorgun (CD)


Those of you who thought Brazil was only Angra or Sepultura, forget that. Yes, I know there are plenty other bands coming from Brazil, but this is by far the best retro style riff rock band I’ve ever heard from there! The band features guitarist/singer Bebeto Daroz, bassist Edinho and drummer Leo Mello. Fans of bands like King Karma, Badlands, Pride And Glory and Black Water Rising should definitely check this unit out. The album kicks off with the close to 7 minutes epic ”Heading For Tomorrow” where the band instantly kicks into heavy riff mode and Bebto proves he’s not only an outstanding guitarist, but also a class A singer! ”Rebel Souls” continues in a Pride And Glory southern drop-D style heavy crunch vein. This is catchy, groove oriented and heavy as fuck! Bebeto perfectly balances between bluesy licks and technical runs, without it becoming show-off. ”Back To Ashes” bursts in like a raging steamroller, but with a cool melodic chorus that gives the song a new layer, while ”Deliverance” has a cool slightly psychedelic touch to it. I won’t get into each song. Basically because all of the songs are frickin’ awesome! Not a single filler! Not a weak moment! Together with the new Crobot, top of the class of 2016!
Janne Stark
Label: Grooveyard
Country: Brazil

Year: 2016