Label: Ear Music
So it’s finally here, the debut Ep from Unisonic a band features former Helloween members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. The first time i heard the song “Unisonic” i was pretty excited and couldn’t wait for this Ep and later on the album to be released, after listening thru this Ep a few times i can’t say that i am as excited anymore. Sure i like what i hear but still.. i don’t know.
The Ep kicks off with the track “Unisonic”, wich i think reminds alot of how Helloween sounded around the Pink Bubbles Go Ape era, Kiske‘s vocals sound as good as ever before and Kai, well Kai knows how to handle a guitar and write power metal songs, enough said. This track is a really good up beat power metal track and i think its a good choice to choose this track to promote the album as it will more or less get all old Helloween fans interested in the band, it sure as hell worked on me.
After this we get the “My sanctuary” a basic radio rock track wich is pretty dull and more or less just fades away into the background, but it gets better, the demo version of “Souls alive” is next, a track wich is my favourite on this Ep, a track wich reminds of a mixture of Pink Bubbles Go Ape and early Avantasia stuff, hopefully there will be more tracks like this on the album, and last but not least we get a live version of Helloween‘s classic “I want out” recorded at the Loud Park Festival in 2011.
You can listen to the Ep for free on Spotify here.
Unisonic, My sanctuary, Souls alive (demo), I want out (live)
Title: Beyond Magnetic
Label: iTunes download
I have been a huge fan of Metallica since how long i can remember, and i still love em as much as i did in my early teen. My favourite period is the early stuff and up until 1986. But still think they deliver good stuff, so when they released this 4 track digital download Ep last week celebrating 30 years of Metallica, let’s just say that christmas came early for me this year.
The songs are previously unreleased leftovers from the “Death Magnetic” album from 2008, these are raw mixes but to be honest i think the sound of there tracks are far superior than to the final mix sound on “Death Magnetic”, it don’t have a too good sound, wich is a shame because the album is the best one Metallica have put out since the 1991 “Black Album”. But enough of that, let’s concentrate on the “Beyond Magnetic” Ep instead.
As said before, the Ep includes 4 previously unreleased songs from 2008, some of the tracks i can understand why they where left off of the album, but a song like “Rebel of babylon” wich is great and could easily fit in on the album without any problems i have no idea why they left off, there are far worse songs that ended up on the “Death Magnetic” album. A song like “Hell train” (lame title i know) reminds alot of the slower songs on Death Magnetic. “Hell and back” is a pretty basic Metallica uptempo riff-o-rama tune. Only track i really don’t like that much on this Ep would be “Just a bullet away”, i don’t know what it is but it just doesn’t do it for me.
The biggest shame about this Ep is that it’s only available as a digital download, as a recordcollector i love to own physical albums, always have and always will. So hopefully they will release it on Cd or Vinyl.
Hate train, Hell and back, Just a bullet away, Rebel of babylon
Artist: Year of the goat
Title: Lucem Ferre
Label: Van Records
I don’t think anyone with a smallest bit of interest in underground heavy metal have missed the hype of the retro occult 70’s-stylish rock that have been this couple of year with bands like “The Devil’s Blood”, “Ghost” and “Blood Ceremony” to name a few. So do we need yet another band playing that same theme type of music? Well, if it’s as good as this debut 12″ by “Year of the Goat” it’s more than welcome i think.
If you have heard the other bands i mentioned you know what kind of music you are going to get when you put this on your turntable. It’s doomy dark well played and just beautiful music that rips through your speakers from the first song to the last. The record have 4 songs wich one, the title songs is an instrumental one, and it have the same songs on both A and B side. The band just played their first live show a few weeks back and are right now in the studio to record its full length album, i personally can’t wait to hear it.
The first press of this 12″ was released in 275 copies and on white vinyl, it sold out fairly fast and now there is a second press out on purple (i think i was) vinyl.
Sida A: Of darkness, Vermillion clouds, Dark lord, Lucem ferre
Sida B: Of darkness, Vermillion clouds, Dark lord, Lucem ferre