Axl Rose is back, and so are Duff McKagan and Slash for a rock ‘n roll reunion everybody hoped for but no-one expected. Not in this lifetime, at least. We were there in Nijmegen. Continue reading
Time flies when you’re having fun so let’s saw 2017 into half…
The year started out with what might be Amy Macdonald’s best and most mature album so far. Under Stars shows the Scottish singer/songwriter has all grown up and is relevant far beyond This Is The Life. (RP – SftDS review).
Prisoner was an unexpectedly good album fueled by Adams’ divorce from singer Mandy Moore. The album has a nice pace and flows along very naturally. Don’t worry about us Ryan, we still love you (WRM).
Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos
With Hurricanes and Halos, Avatarium moves further away still from Leif Edling’s Candlemass-infused doom roots and sounds tighter and more convinced than ever (RP). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Balancing on the verges of jazz, avant-garde rock and classical The Necks take you down a very deep rabbit hole. Unfold is a perfect album to get lost in, and only ends when you feel that the end is there. (WRM – SftDS review).
Early this year Ex Deo returned to the fray to deliver a concept album about the exploits of Hannibal. Not the one from The A-Team or the beloved cannibal, but the Elephant Man. Or something. An unbelievably tight death metal record straight out of Ancient Rome. (RP – SftDS review).
The Bad Testament is a songbook made of a lifetime of bad decisions. Outlaw blues and brutally honest lyrics FTW, so you better believe it Roger Waters! (WRM – SftDS review).
I’ve no idea if this is the life I really want, but Roger Waters’ new album has been a long time in the making and does not disappoint yet. A very strong contender to top the list at the end of this year. (RP – SftDS review).
Goofy R&B fusion that comes in pints. Thats enough reason to get one right? It’s nice enough to put on as background music but is far more enjoyable when you’re able to understand Bruner’s honesty and heartache as dark humor (WRM – SftDS review).
Deep Purple is saying goodbye with a presumably last tour and album, and there are far worse ways to close off a career than with an album as strong as Infinite. A fine classic rock album and one of the better ones from latter day Purple (RP – SftDS review).
Arca’s search for some form of identity is intriguing. At times it is bombastic but it also comes to a standstill at the right moments. It’s punishing, yet beautiful. (WRM – SftDS review).
That’s it for now boys and girls. Be sure to check in every now and then and enjoy your summer holidays.
Wander Meulemans & Ralph Plug – 300617
Roger Waters has released his first new album in ages, and after a week and a half we’re finally able to ramble something moderately coherent about it. Here goes. Continue reading
With Infinite, Deep Purple releases their twentieth and likely last album before embarking on an extensive farewell tour. We take a look. Continue reading
Ex Deo returns to the fray after a temporary hiatus with their third effort, The Immortal Wars to show the world how to properly Roman-up your metal. Let’s take a look. Continue reading
Dutch metal band Shinigami just released their debut EP, and it’s a good one for fans of tight death and thrash metal. Here’s our review. Continue reading
Amy Macdonald has just returned with a new album, and a new album begs to be played live. We went to Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg to check it out. Continue reading