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The Watchers – Black Abyss

Author: Sammy Fröbel

Band: The Watchers
Album: Black Abyss
Genre: Heavy Rock
Label: Ripple Music
Release Date: March 9, 2018
Listen & Buy: JPC, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes
Social: Facebook
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The art of being a supergroup is to create something new out of the previous work with other bands. This is what The Watchers did with their second release “Black Abyss”. You can hear the influence of Orchid, Spiral Arms and Black Gates in every single note since the San Francisco/Bay Area-based foursome delivers heavy Rock riffs with a badass attitude. Unfortunately, The Watchers are not very innovative. Some dark moments here, a great guitar solo there, but all in all “Black Abyss” sounds like the typical Hard Rock album: a load of guitar solos, fat riffs and succinct vocals. The concept seems to work. The Watchers are touring all over the USA, together with bands like Saxon.

Crossbones – WWIII

Author: Tamino Freitag

Band: Crossbones
Album: WWIII
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Nadir Music
Release Date: January 13, 2018
Listen & Buy: iTunes, Soundcloud
Social: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter
Website:

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.