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Album Review - The BuzzDealers - Blooming (2020)

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Need some Buzz? You came to the right spot. Here are The BuzzDealers! The quartet from Greek capital Athens have recently released their first album "Blooming": a 38-minute powerload of Blues -driven Garage Rock . Special guests on this album are background vocalist Sofia Kamina  and trumpet player Johnny Matto. Photo Credit: The BuzzDealers / Vasilis Delis My first impression of this album: I cannot stand still! The BuzzDealers are so moving they might even turn a cemetery into a great dance event. Heavily rolling Blues Rock is fed with huge bunches of Fuzz . Meanwhile, the good old Garage Rock attitude is displayed in a highly psychedelic way that creates colourful tunnels and spirals like calleidoscopes. The dance moves, their music makes me practice remind me of the Indie Rock phase around the Millenium. But it's not only the mixture of extremely cool styles that makes The BuzzDealers so special. The quartet plays their song with such confidence tha

Compilation Review: Dugu - Nausea Skeleton Abyss (2019)

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It's time for another compilation and for another premiere on MangoWave. Dugu (or Dugu666) are the first band from the Peoples Republic of China ever on my blog. The quintet has dedicated themselves to ultrafast Death and Thrash Metal . The music scene in China is a sphere I hardly have any knowledge of. That might be due to the reason that the social media I mostly use is not that easy to attain in China. Also, I hardly use Chinese social media. I think, I once had an account on Weibo, but that's it. Anyways, after Oi ! Band MiSanDao and Sludge / Doom Band Never Before here's another band from China I am getting to know: Dugu! Photo Credit: Black-Roos Entertainment EPK The compilation "Nausea Skeleton Abyss" is a 75-minute powerload of highspeed Thrash Metal with plenty of Death Metal influence. It contains all three cassettes the band has released before and is available via Awakening Records since November 2019. Recordings and production are rath

Compilation Review: Metralion - Quo Vadis / A Mosh in Brazil (2019)

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I was born in 1987. In the same year J.P. , Roberto , Alexandre  and Rica  founded the band Metralion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . All four of them were into Thrash Metal and that's exactly what you're hearing when you listen to their songs. Within the following two years, two albums were released: "Quo Vadis" (1988) and "A Mosh in Brazil" (1989). And then there was silence. Silence kept on for over thirty years. My Brazilian and other South American readers are invited to tell me whether Metralion are really sort of a legend for Thrash Metal or if they just disappeared silently. Photo Credit: Black-Roos Entertainment EPK Last November the two albums by Metralion were re-released as a compilation via Awakening Records . Thus, now we can listen to the full opus of Rio de Janeiros Thrash Metal band. That means more than one hour of fullspeed Old School Thrash Metal and nostalgia are available on CD now. My first impression is that the two albums wer

Album Review: El Tembleque del Barba - Responsabilidades Mundanas (2020)

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El Tembleque del Barba ("The Shaking of the Beard") are a five-piece band from Uruguay's capital Montevideo . Their style can be described as a mix of Blues Rock , Hard Rock and Milonga . Thus, there are two premieres on my review blog: this is the first time I am reviewing a band from Uruguay and also this is my first conscious contact with Milonga. The band's recent output is the ten-track album "Responsabilidades Mundanas" ("Wordly Responsibilities"). The selfreleased album can be streamed on YouTube. For digital copies you might have to contact the band via Facebook, Instagram or E-Mail . Talking about the music El Tembleque del Barba play, I might have a restricted view due to my lack of knowledge about the genre Milonga which is mostly to be found in the Eastern parts of the South American continent. So, please bear with me. I'm trying my best here. The musical backbone consists of heavily rocking rhythms and plenty of shifted be

Album Review - KNEI - III (2020)

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It's time to put on some comfortable clothes, open a drink if you like and come together for a big dance. KNEI from La Pampa, Argentina are reviving the Summer of Love with their new album "III". The five-track record was released last June and will be availabe for records lovers via Nécio Records this May. And I tell you, KNEI play the kind of music you really want to listen to on vinyl! Picture Credit: EPK from Nécio Records: Nicolás Foti / Retratos de Seudo Blanco  A bit more than half an hour of beautifully rolling Psychedelic Rock are to be experienced on "III". KNEI themselves call their style "Rock Psicopampa". Clean guitar, fuzzy and warm bass and heavily marching drums invite us on a gorgeous time travelling trip to the 60s. Right after the strong opener 'Vieja mujer (besos de otro días)' ('Old Lady (kisses from another day)' KNEI dive into the emotional slow jam 'Balada para una amiga' ('Ballad for a fri

Album Review: Parahelio - Surge Evelia, Surge (2020)

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Today we're taking a trip to La Rinconada, the highest situated town on our planet. The town in the Peruvian region of Puno is not too far away from the Bolivian border and got famous for its gold mine in the past. During the gold rush the population of La Rinconada rose up to 40.000. Many people hoped to become rich quickly and make a living in this town. But as things are in our free and capitalist work only few really could live up to their dreams. Instead, many people died in collapsed shafts and even more got ill from the lack of security against toxic substances such as quicksilver. Today, La Rinconada has less than 7.000 inhabitants and it has become a ghost town. The place is a symbol for a dream that has not been fulfilled. Poverty, disease and desparation are the images visible in La Rinconada which once should become a town of gold. Photo credit: Nécio records / Parahelio EPK Cover Artwork by Emilio Marmolejo Parahelio, a band from Lima , has written and produ

Album Review: Saturndust - RLC (2020)

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"RLC" ist the name of Saturndust's second long player which was released digitally in 2017. On May 08, 2020 the 47-minute album will be avalailable on vinyl via Nécio Records . Saturndust is a trio from São Paulo, Brazil who dedicated themselves to the exploration of black holes and the darkest spheres of outter space. The band consists of Felipe Dalam  - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizers, Guilherme Cabral  - Bass, and Douglas Oliveira  - Drums, Effects. Picture Credit: Saturndust / Nécio Records EPK The journey Saturndust are taking us on is not the one you might expect. We are not about to view flickering caleidoscopes of colourful images as on a typical Space Rock journey. Thisis the dark side of space. "RLC" makes us discover rutted landscapes of abandoned worlds and deserted planets. The sounds makes us travel through vast galaxies of sheer emptiness and inhospitable spheres. Saturndust play rough and heavy Drone Doom containing and experimental approa

Album Review: The Outsider - From ancient Gods and forbidden Books (2020)

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Hello there! It's Horror Monday! I received access to the new album by Mexican one-person Avantgarde Death Metal project The Outsider. That means 66 minutes of Horror and Symphonic Metal being available via Killsound Productions on April 24, 2020. The Outsider reinvented their avantgarde once more. Abandoning oriental motifs for the most part on the new album the project is presenting instruments and musical features of the pre-Hispanic era of Central America. Those are intertwined with Jazz passages, huge symphonic arrangements, choirs and brutal frightening Death Metal. The outcome is a brachial and beautilfully scaring listening experience. The setting relocates the listeners to the dark world of pre-Hispanic beliefs and religion. The Outsider impressively musick the fear of an apocalypse to come and pictographically describe the horrors of sacrifices for the ancient gods. It is a scary world the band shows us. But it is amazing how these gruesome images are presen

Album Review: Deathvalves - Slaves (2020)

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The Deathvalves were founded in the Greek town of Karditsa in 2006. Since then the quartet has released three albums, " Wild Rock'n'Roll Obsession " (2007), " Deathvalves " (2012), and " Dark Stories from the Past " (2016). For May 1, 2020 Deathvalves have announced their fourth longplayer "Slaves" which will be released on the label New Dream Records . On their new album Deathvalves present a bit more than half an hour of melodic Hard Rock , Heavy Metal intertwined with Rock'n'Roll attitude. The melodic patterns and motifs have a strong impact on the music of the album which gives it a certain air of Alternative Rock . Instruments, rhythms and an altogether rather positive harmony join a colourful dance as Deathvalves play their melodic but somewhat heavy songs. Convolving structures are often interrupted by heavily distorted riffing buildung up the momentum. Wrapping it up, "Slaves" is a solid and nice album.

Album Review: Shatter Brain - Pitchfork Justice (2020)

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The South Australian band Shatter Brain is a great example of what intense music can be created when opposites attract. The quintet from Adelaide can be regarded as some kind of super group consisting of vocalist Tom Santamaria , guitar players Matt Disosto  and Jack Hartley , bass player Pat Callaghan  and drummer Ryan Quarrington . So far have only released a Demo and a Split with Blunt Shovel . After their recent tour through Japan the band began with the recordings of their first longplayer "Pitchfork Justice". The album contains about 40 minutes of smashing, raw and powerful Metal. The musical backbone is a sheer force of Thrash Metal that mercilessly minces its way straight forward. Further, there are plenty of influences from Death Metal and Grindcore that add to the violent soundscape. But the most striking impact to the heavy and fast music on "Pitchfork Justice" comes from oozy and intense Sludge . With brutally speeding Thrash Metal and swampily

CD Review: Harry Gump - Four Chords Forever (2018)

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Lange, lange lag diese Review im Ordner der Ankündigungen . Der hauptsächliche Grund dafür, ist dass ich die CD von Harry Gump erst dann besprechen wollte, sobald ich das dazugehörige Buch gelesen habe. Ja richtig, es gibt ein Buch zur CD! Eigentlich wollte ich das dann im Urlaub machen, aber aus bekannten Gründen, war ich auch nicht im Urlaub... Wie dem auch sei. Heute haben wir die CD "Four Chords Forever" vom Wahl- Münchner Liedermacher Harry Gump vor uns liegen. Erschienen sind Buch und CD schon 2018 mit Unterstützung von 30 Kilo Fieber Records , True Trash Records sowie dem Never Grow Up - DIY Aktionismus Kollektiv. Beginnen wir mit der CD. "Four Chords Forever" ist eine Liedersammlung des bayerischen Folk Punkers . Das Album enthält zwanzig Titel. Die ersten zehn davon sind Home Recordings, die zuvor auf den Veröffentlichungen " Waterfront ", " We're all in this together " und " Lichter im Dunkeln " erschienen sind. Ha

Split Review: Hispanodelia (2020)

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The Southern and Central part of the American continents are fantastic breeding grounds for badass underground sounds and beautiful music off charts. This is once more proven by the recently released Split EP "Hispanodelia" which features six amazing bands from Latin America. Without further ado, let's have a look at the songs by: La Iglesia Atomica (Puerto Rico), Laura La Sangrienta (Peru), Yaatra (Argentina), Hoja Madre (Peru), La Sustancia Divina (Mexico) and Múcaro (Dominican Republic). 1. La Iglesia Atomica - The Art of Levitation (08:28) Puerto Rican band La Iglesia Atomica ("atomic church") was founded in 1990 and re-founded in 2016. On their Bandcamp site you'll find a ton of releases by the trio from San Juan. The pioneers of the Latin American Psychedelic and Stoner Rock scene open the split with a beautiful psychedelic jam called 'The Art of Levitation'. The song is a fuzzy and mesmerizing journey through space and t

Album Review: Spatial Moods - Nace un Ciclo (2020)

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"Nace un Ciclo" (Spanish for: "a cycle is born") is the fourth album by Limas Psychedelic , Experimental and Space Rock band Spatial Moods. The quartet from Peru presents a bit more than half an hour of mid-tempo music for space travellers and fans of psychedelic journeys. So far the album is only available via YouTube and Bandcamp (links below), but it appears to be most likely that it will be released as an LP via Nécio Records . The reason for my assumption is that Nécio boss Arturo Alonso Quispe Velarde  is playing the guitar for Spatial Moods. The other band membes are Jorge Apaza Frisancho  (guitar, vocals, keys), Manuel Villavicencio Sánchez  (bass) and Israel Tenor (drums). Together the quartet plays a stunning and very unorthodox form of Psychedelic and Space Rock. For one, the tempo of the five songs is much higher than in ordinary examples of these genres. Also, the influence of experimental parts is very strong. Spatial Moods experiment with diff

Single Review: Vera Revive - What it means to forgive (2020)

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Phoenix -based band Vera Revive recently released their first single "What it means to forgive". Tough Post Hardcore is mixed with Alternative Metal , melancholic harmonies and melodic leads. Inner conflicts about the act of forgiving and apologizing are wrapped up in a brachial soundscape between hoarse shouting and smooth vocals. The structure of the song reminds of a musicked inner monologue. Despite the content and the musical features Vera Revive's "What it means to forgive" does not sound like an Emocore revival. Readers of this blog might discover similarities to Australian band Without Belief . Hope to hear more from this great band soon. Vera Revive Online: Homepage Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Spotify

Künstlervorstellung: Ping Pong Punk

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Heute stelle ich mal wieder ein bisschen Musik aus dem sonnigen Schmalkalden vor. Die Band Ping Pong Punk gehört zum Umfeld von Ponyphone Records und ihr zweites Album wurde auch in Philipp Schwabes   Magnolia Sounds Studio aufgenommen. Mir liegen die beiden bisherigen Veröffentlichungen der Thüringer Band vor: "Klobürstenrevolution" (2015) und "Die Fassade bröckelt" (2017). Die Titel lassen es schon vermuten: es handelt sich um lupenreinen Deutschpunk . Rumpelige Rhythmen, minimalistische Arrangements, laute Stimmen und textliche Inhalte, die sich von Antifaschismus über Suff bis zum humorvollen Unsinn erstrecken. Für mich ist diese Musik unheimlich nostalgisch aufgeladen, weil sie mich an Zeiten erinnert, als mit dem Rucksack voll Dosenbier zu Jugendzentren oder Konzerten geeimert bin. Es kracht, rumpelt, drückt und schiebt. Ping Pong Punk spielen den Soundtrack meiner Jugend. Da bekomme ich direkt Lust auf ein Bier oder fünf. Schön finde ich auf beiden

Album Review: Awesome Grey - Hope (2020)

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Letzten Sommer sind Awesome Grey schon mal auf dieser Seite aufgetaucht. In meinem Konzertbericht vom 06. Juni 2019 bin ich ein bisschen auf den angenehmen und überaus sympathischen Auftritt der Würzburger Band eingegangen. Am Samstag, den 04. April sollte eigentlich das zweite Album "Hope" feierlich veröffentlicht werden. Der Termin wurde aus Gründen vorerst auf einen meiner zwei Lieblingstage im Kalender verlegt - auf den 08. Mai. Hoffen wir also, dass wir den Tag der Befreiung mit dem liebenswerten Trio im B-Hof in Würzburg feiern dürfen. Und nun möchte ich euch nicht vorenthalten, welche guten Gründe es gibt, sich dieses Album für den CD Wechsler im Auto, die heimische Stereo Anlage oder den Sony Walkman zuzulegen. Okay, bei letzterem weiß ich nicht, ob noch jemand sowas besitzt. Da ist zunächst die grundstabile Haltung von Awesome Grey zu nennen. Die Band bekennt sich strikt antifaschistisch und setzt sich für ein vielfältiges Miteinander und gegen repressive Str