Interview by Miriam C.After 3 years of silence the premium German folk rock band Schandmaul is back with their new album “Unendlich” (translated in English “Infinity”) and as our interviewee states, the multi-instrumentalist of the band Birgit, Schandmaul “will be going on for a very long time…” Hi there, how are you? I hope you’re really fine!
This is Birgit answering, hi.So, Schandmaul, after the 2011 album “Traumtänzer”, is back with the eighth album “Unendlich”. How was its genesis? When you have started to compose it?
We started composing round about 2 and a half years ago.Why is passed so much time between “Traumtänzer” and “Unendlich”? Continue reading »
Label: Lava/Universal Republic
Review by Tony Cannella
As the holiday season approaches, Trans-Siberian Orchestra gets ready to embark on their annual Christmas tour/extravaganza. In conjunction with the bands holiday dates they have released a compilation album from all of the bands rock operas.
The cool thing about TSO has always been their wide-ranging appeal, from kids to parents to grandparents and of course metal fans. With “Tales of Winter” all six of their releases are represented in one neat 74-minute package. The band has included a long list of musicians/writers from founder Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli and Chris Caffrey among others. They have also utilized numerous female singers throughout the years on their albums and tours since their inception in 1993. Continue reading »
Review by Luisa Mercier
Last year in September, Anathema held a special event, a very special event: a concert with the Plovdiv Philarmonic Orchestra in the Roman theatre in Philippopolis, among ancient ruins. Now that event has been captured into “Universal”, the DVD recently released.
Upon watching it, I feel compelled to say that was one f the most mystical experiences of my life and one of the best shows I have ever seen because of the feeling and of course, the Anathema music.
The setlist is mostly comprised of tracks from the last two masterpieces “ We Are Here Because We Are Here” and “Weather Systems” plus some other songs from their recent past. Only “Fragile Dreams” is the witness of their past, coming from “Alternative 4”. The set was divided into a main one with the orchestral part, while the final 30 minutes are devoted to rock only with four pieces played in the usual way. Continue reading »
Interview by Tony CannellaThe Swedish metal band Amaranthe recently embarked on their first ever U.S. tour. They are out supporting their excellent sophomore effort “The Nexus” and have been showing the North American fans what they are capable of in a live setting. Recently, prior to their excellent show in Cambridge, Mass. two of the vocalists Elize Ryd and Jake E. were kind enough to take some time following their sound check to discuss a variety of topics. Here is what they had to say… The new album, “The Nexus” is out. Could you please tell us a little about it?
Elize: Yeah, this is Amaranthe’s second album actually. The first one was not released here in the United States, so for the U.S. market this is our first album. There’s a lot more of everything, I think, we took it a step further compared to the first one. We have a lot of different kinds of songs. We are very satisfied with the results and it’s been received very well. Continue reading »
Label : Cherrytree Records/Island Records/Universal
Review by Jesse StClaire
In today’s pop music, the bass is down low, the tempo is fast and the vocals are processed to elaborate extremes. With this environment, a slower, smoldering album like “Devotion” by Jessie Ware truly stands out and shine. “Devotion” for the most part, has a very stripped down production to let Jessie’s haunting voice shine through. The vast majority of the album are reserved mid-tempo songs with hauntingly beautiful vocals. The best example of this are the three kick-off singles, “Running”, “110” and “Wildest Moments”. They give a very clear glimpse at the album without revealing the true beauty hidden within it.
Another major theme on the album are songs with a 90’s retrovibe. Most noticeably “Swan Song”, “Sweet Talk” and the title-track. Continue reading »
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