Monthly Archives: February 2013

Playlist 22/02/13

Scar Symmetry – Holographic Universe

Devin Townsend Project – Liberation

Martyr De Mona – Sever

Marty Friedman – Exorcism Parade

Fear Hate Destroy – Electrostatic Judgement

Crossfaith – J-Bomb

With One Last Breath – Until The End

Pain – Zombie Slam
Interview with Peter Tagtgren
Pain – On And On

RISE: SODOM – Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)

Young Classics – Don’t You Dare

We Came As Romans – Hope

Attica Rage – Killer Carousel

Chemicals Of Democracy – 1134

Triaxis – Under Blood Red Skies

Absolva – It Is What It Is

Arthemis – We Fight

Iron Savior – The Savior

Evil Scarecrow – War And Seek

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Playlist: 15/02/2013

Absolva – Code Red

Lordi – The Riff

Royal Republic – Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut

Stone Sour – Do Me A Favour

Bullet – Running Away

Treason Kings – With The Sun

Valous – Blistered

Attica Rage – Technofear

Austrian Death Machine – I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, Your Motorcycle

Anthrax – Anthem (Rush cover)

Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies

Alice In Chains – Would

Shadow Of The Sun – Rising

Pain – Zombie Slam

Roadrunner United – Enemy Of The State

Triaxis – Some Things Are Worth Dying For

Queensryche – Queen Of The Reich

9MM – Geh mir aus den Augen

Martyr De Mona – Memento

Halestorm – Freak Like me

FREE FALL – POWER & VOLUME

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      I first came across this band whilst scanning though the Metal Ashes of Phoenix radio show’s email inbox looking for new bands and new music that various record labels and PR’s send us. The surprise I got when I heard Power & Volume on the Nuclear Blast label mailshot was immense! I was expecting some of the hard-hitting metal that they often purvey, but instead I found myself shaking my imaginary hair in a virtual windmill whilst firing off some blistering air-guitar solos in accompaniment to a powerful and infectious track of classic rock influence, in particular UFO with a Bon Scott-esque vocal. I needed more!! Then came World Domination; with a tempo less frenetic than Power and Volume and an introduction that has AC/DC written all over it, it had me moving within seconds and cranking up the volume to annoy the neighbours. Plus, it received a favourable response after airplay on the show. And, I still needed more!! After much pleading and cajoling, and no few tears, (not really – this is just for effect,  (-;  ), I managed to get hold of the entire album. I was like the proverbial kid in the sweet shop.        

         This is an album of exceptional construction and passion that will appeal to lovers of the heavy rock and classic rock genres, (if you subscribe to the idea of the genre), and gives us the pause for thought along the lines of “this sounds like” and “where were they thirty or forty years ago”. This is not to say that Free Fall are trying to resurrect a sound long diminished in this era of extremes, more like a salute to those who brought forth the embryo of what we listen to in this day and age. Listen to the album and you can easily hear the influences of The Stooges, The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, some early Van Halen, a bit of Judas Priest, and I think there may be a little bit of the Scorpions thrown in as well.

      I often do a track-by-track review, and bore the ass off you with all the superlatives I could muster. This time, I just can’t do it to you with all that crap. This is an album of ten great songs! Every single one of them has something different to offer the listener; be it screaming guitar solos, thunder-like drumming, boogie-along basslines, throaty vocals, catchy sing-along choruses, or just toe-tapping, head-banging heavy rock and roll! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) And, I’m already pencilling this in as one of my top ten albums of the year as I believe it is that good! If I had to pick a favourite, Atilla would just about sneak it over World Domination. You can feel the passion and emotion that has gone into the making of this album; it is palpable through every note and every word. The only negative I have for Power & Volume is that ten tracks aren’t enough! I want more!

 

FREE FALL are:

  • Mattias Barjed – Guitars
  • Jan Martens – Bass
  • Ludwig Dahlberg _ Drums
  • Kim Fransson – Vocals

Power & Volume is set to be released on February 25th 2013 via Nuclear Blast, as a limited CD version incl. 2 bonus tracks, a black 2LP version with poster and limited edition Red and Gold LP’s plus a bonus 7” with poster. You can check out debut single Power & Volume by following this link:  Free Fall – Power And Volume 

 

For further information, go to:

facebook.com/freefallpowerandvolume | twitter.com/PowerAndVolume

www.nuclearblast.de/en/

 

James McPhillips

12thFebuary, 2013

Playlist 08/02/2013

Pteroglyph – Empathy

Threshold – Return Of The Thought Police

Mosh-Pit Justice – Posers Genocide

A Thousand Enemies – And Nothing Remains

Turisas – Battle Metal

Slash – Anastasia

Buckcherry – Gluttony

Girlschool – C’mon Let’s Go

Motorhead – Killed By Death

RISE OF THE PHOENIX – Destruction – The Hammer (Motorhead cover)

Free Fall – World Domination

Killswitch Engage – In Due Time

Evile – Thrasher

Slayer – Scrum

John No Arms – Viking Life

Kvelertak – Bruane Brenn

Paradise Lost – Fader

Rammstein – Ich Will

Halestorm – Freak Like Me

Enslaved – Riitiir

Dio – Don’t Talk To Strangers

Playlist 25/01/13

Def Leppard – Rock of Ages (2012 Re-work)

Devin Townsend Project – Liberation

Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies

Mosh-pit Justice – Blood Of The Tyrant

Pteroglyph – Excess

Bossk – Define

Man The Machetes – Neo-Cowboy

The Prophecy – Salvation

Def Con One – No More Hate

Audrey Horne – Redemption Blues

Storm Corrosion – Lock Howl

Cult Of Luna – I: The Weapon

Target:Renegades – How Awkward

Akarusa Yami – Life, The Venomous Way

Skarlett Riot – Faded Memory

Playlist 01/02/13

White Zombie – Black Sunshine

Narcotic Death – The Watcher

Iced Earth – The Phantom Opera Ghost

Therion – Midgard

Amberian Dawn – War In Heaven

Epica – Resign To Surrender

Delain – Day For Ghosts

Stream Of Passion – Wherever You Are

After Forever – Beautiful Emptiness

Winter In Eden – What We Leave Behind

Leaves Eyes – Farewell Proud Men

Midnattsol – Octobre

RISE 1: Apocolyptica – Seemann (Rammstein)

RISE 2: Therion – Summernight City

Amorphis – Summer’s End

Anathema – Kingdom

Anathema – Untouchable Pt. 1

Anathema – Untouchable Pt. 2