Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
After the first listen to LEICHTMATROSE everything seemed to be crystal clear to me. Another American band who tries to make their own interpretation of a Depeche Mode sound to show us their version of timeless powerful music. But it ain’t that easy!
What came out is quite remarkable. LEICHTMATROSE give us an album full of varieties reaching from radio-compatible Pop songs to more emotional songs like “der mond trägt ein trauriges gesicht” or “vom esel im galopp verloren”. It always sounds good, the guys always have catchy riffs, an atmospheric guitar-sound and great melodies. All of this is supported by the intensive, charismatic voice of singer Andres Stitz, who gives the often included melancholic parts his own sign and who gives the riffs the needed intensity. Not every track sounds good from the beginning but the album develops quickly into an evergreen.