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Death Alley – Superbia

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Death Alley
Album: Superbia
Genre: Proto-Rock, Prog-Rock, Retro-Rock
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: March 23, 2018
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Website: deathalley.nl

The Dutch Retro-rock outfit Death Alley is back in game. With their second album “Superbia”, the foursome brings some groove on your record player. The band wanted to evolve their style after releasing their debut “Black Magick Boogieland”. This came out pretty good since their Prog Rock influences come out more clearly now. In the opener “Daemon”, they combine dark grooves with hymnic parts á la King Crimson and their trademark riffs. In “Murder Your Dreams” you’ll hear elements of the members’ Punk Rock past. Unfortunately, the other side of the coin of having an own recognizable sound, is the danger of repetition. Sometimes you get the feeling, that everything sounds pretty similar. This does not necessarily have to be a bad thing since we all listen to our favorite records over and over again. If you’re looking for the darker little brother of the Hellacopters, you should give “Superbia” a spin.

Leechfeast – Neon Crosses

Author: Felix Hölter

Band: Leechfeast
Album: Neon Crosses
Genre: Sludge
Label: Dry Cough Records, Rope Or Guillotine, Hellas Records
Release Date: March 30, 2018
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Three years after their unholy split with legendary Meth Drinker, Leechfeast offer some new music that crawls through your ears like mud. One cannot even imagine how this piece of extremely slow, harsh and heavy music called “Neon Crosses” was born. Leechfeast let you suffer from their deepest, drone-like riffing containing steady and epic melodies. The vocals alternate between reverberant screams and deep clean passages, which create a sacral feeling. All in all, Neon Crosses is one of the must have releases in Sludge music this year. Get it and sacrifice some herb while listening to this record!

Killer Boogie – Acid Cream

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: Killer Boogie
Album: Acid Cream
Genre: Fuzz Rock, Retro-rock
Label: Heavy Psych Sounds
Release Date: March 9, 2018
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The summer is coming and what else could be better than hanging out in the park with some nice “Acid Cream”… uhm … I mean ice cream! Killer Boogie’s new record “Acid Cream” is the perfect soundtrack for both. The trio delivers extremely fuzzy Vintage Rock sound with a lot of groove. It doesn’t sound too far-fetched that the creative process behind this record was influenced by the one or the other drug. What’s good for Black Sabbath, can’t be bad for Killer Boogie. “Acid Cream” is a perfect mixture of 70’s Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock and Blues. If you’re on the hunt for a band that sounds similar to Radio Moscow and Fuzz, this record is just perfect for you.

Hypno5e – Alba, les Ombres Errantes

Author: Andy Seibt

Band: Hypno5e
Album: Alba, Les Hombres Errantes
Genre: Acoustic, World Music, Instrumental
Label: Pelagic Records
Release Date: April 6, 2018
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Website: hypno5e.com

Post-metal and Prog pioneers Hypno5e did it again… They released an album, that nobody would have expected. Not only, did they create 75 minutes of dreamy, pure, acoustic and intense music. The new album “Alba, les Ombres Errantes” is the original soundtrack to a film project Hypno5e mastermind Emmanuel Jessua brought to life, showing the places in Bolivia, where he grew up. A breathtaking visual that supports the music in a strong way, but the combination of both is the best way to enjoy it. When you liked „Tio“ on the previous release “Shores of The Abstract Line”, you will definitely dig this album. Prepare yourself for a journey of the mind!

Crossbones – WWIII

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Crossbones
Album: WWIII
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Nadir Music
Release Date: January 13, 2018
Listen & Buy: iTunes, Soundcloud
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Hailing from Albania, Crossbones are quite a big name in their home-country. Being active since the 90s, their new album “WWIII” shows typical influences from that era: Pantera-esque Thrash Metal riffs meet Black-Album-Melodies and vocals. Their mixture is far from being exciting, but their music is not bad and I would not skip it when somebody played it at a party. All in all, an album like a McDonald’s Hamburger: Tasty for the moment and satisfies a short-term need, but you still aren’t really full when you had it, dreaming of that home-made steak.

Eagle Twin – The Thundering Heard (Songs of Hoof & Horn)

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Eagle Twin
Album: The Thundering Heard
Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Southern Lord
Release Date: March 30, 2018
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Website: eagletwin.com

“The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof And Horn)” is the third full-length release by US Doom outfit Eagle Twin. Their sound combines “the power of the riff with the freeness of jazz”, as they state on their website, resulting in rather long, complex songs. The album consists of four of these monsters with a length of up to 14:22 minutes. A talent for powerful wordings, crushing riffs and their ability of creating a thick atmosphere and keeping it up during these long songs make this record an intense trip that sounds exactly like what you would expect when reading the album title.

Ministry – AmeriKKKant

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Ministry
Album: AmeriKKKant
Genre: Industrial
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: March 9, 2018
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iTunes
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Website: ministryband.com

Fans might be happy that Ministry are still around to record another album – everyone else will just shake their heads at the edgy-titled “AmeriKKKant”, which annoys the listener with samples on end and many “songs” that lose themselves somewhere between boring ideas and sound effects. Actually, the first half of the record feels like a 20-minute intro to an album that does not seem likely ever to come. They get back on track with the punky “We’re Tired of It” and the harsh but melodic “Wargasm” – all this is not enough to call this a good album, though.

The Shadow Lizzards – The Shadow Lizzards

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: The Shadow Lizzards
Album: The Shadow Lizzards
Genre: Retro-Rock, Desert Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Tonzonen Records
Release Date: February 23, 2018
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Website: theshadowlizzards.de

They prefer dark, hot and dusty places like the deserts of Southern California. Unfortunately, The Shadow Lizzards come from Nuremberg, Germany, but that doesn’t kill their groovy Desert Rock vibes at all. Another trio follows in the steps of Vintage Rock bands like Kadavar & Co. With their self-titled album, The Shadow Lizards release their first album after their formation in 2015. The band delivers a great Rock sound with fuzzy guitars, grooving drums and a lot of hammond organ action, the best part of this genre. The ten tracks of the record tick off every to-do list for perfect albums. You’ll get an instrumental opener with “Power On”, some songs to shake your hips to like “Breathtaker” & “Warzone” and last but not least a bluesy ballad – “Go Down”. Fans of old-school rock like Steppenwolf will like this record as well as Retro Rock newbies.

Owl – Orion Fenix

Author: Andy Seibt

Band: Owl
Album: Orion Fenix
Genre: Doom Metal, Ambient, Metal
Label: Temple Of Torturous
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Listen & Buy: Bandcamp
Social: Facebook

This will be the shortest review I ever did… Owl mastermind Kolf created a true masterpiece. Epic, deep, and brutally honest. “Orion Fenix” peels your skin off and overcomes with emotions that truly touch the core. This is true melodic Doom magic. Unbelievably thick and smooth at the same time. I bow down!

Blackwülf – Sinister Sides

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Blackwülf
Album: Sinister Sides
Genre: Grunge / Doom
Label: Ripple Music
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp
Social: Facebook, Instagram
Website: blackwulfusa.com

Blackwulf from Oakland are back with their third record, again released on Ripple Music. And what an album it is! Diverse, but not experimental, and fresh without being too modern. “Sinister Sides” is rooted deep in the sound of bygone decades, yet is not a simple copy. The opener “Gate Of Sorrow” breathes Alice In Chains (Singer Alex’ voice is similar to Layne Staley’s), the second song is a fluffy, light rocker, a non-kitschy ballad brings on the feels, and the rest is riffing like as if straight out of Birmingham. Awesome record, buy it and love it!