New Album Review #5: Justice – Access All Arenas [Live] (2013)

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Introduction

Justice seem to me like Daft Punk from a different universe. The two robots have definitely been an inspiration to them, as the similarities in musical style and stage performance are obvious. But they rather feel like two sides of a coin (like TwoFace’s coin) with Justice representing the darker, harder and more destructive half of the funky french currency; at least their first album (Cross). For their second Audio, Video, Disco they more or less abandoned their grungy, sound-mangling style and mixed Rock and Italo-Disco into an interesting and (depending on your expectation) satisfying record.

Generally, I am not the biggest fan of live album, as I get easily annoyed by the loud crowd reactions and a messed-up muddy sound. Read the rest of this entry

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New Album Review #4: Joe Satriani – Unstoppable Momentum (2013)

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Introduction

Joe Satriani, a man whose vibrant vibrato and spot-on guitar bendings I will always instantly recognize. As one of the few 80s guitar virtuosos he maintained a steady output of new solo material throughout his whole career, and successfully I might add. Thanks to that, he still is a household name in the guitar-loving community and released signature series of effect pedals, amps and guitars.

To be honest, I haven’t listened to all of his albums, but I’m very familiar with his style of instrumental music. His most distinguished skill is, that he can also, additionally to his amazing solo skills, perform Read the rest of this entry

New Album Review #3: Deep Purple – Now What?! (2013)

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Introduction

The new studio album by the legendary rock band Deep Purple is their first in over seven years. Their lineup has not changed since the 2005 album Rapture of the Deep, even though they have been known to exchange band members every other year in the past. But with every new face, there also came a new sound. This makes it rather easy to differentiate between each era, especially considering the singers.

Still, all of Deep Purple’s newer records somewhat failed to impress me, lacking the untamed energy and brutish, youthful power that made them famous. I had no high hopes for this album, Now What?!. But maybe Read the rest of this entry

New Album Review #2: Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep (2013)

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Introduction

Spock’s Beard, the American band with the most catchy/clever/lame name, has been prog-rocking it out all over the world for over 20 years now. However, especially after the departure of their main songwriter (Christian-)prog-icon Neal Morse, they were or maybe still are struggling make ends meet, both financially and musically. With the help of outside songwriters they continued to release new albums on a regular basis, but failed to maintain the momentum and success of previous works. Before the making of this album their singer and drummer Nick D’Virgilio left the band to pursue a more lucrative job, but Read the rest of this entry

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