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
The 3rd CD of this band from Down-Under begins in a quite promising way – the first song Litany of Fear gives you the impression that they go the Swedish Melodic Death way, influenced by Soilwork, Dark Tranquility or Pain, where they added a bit of Prog and Metalcore. Indeed a lot of variety – acoustic parts, sick soli, a decent amout of clean vocals in dialogue with evil growls (e.g. Biomechanical), dressed up with a powerful, edgy sound. The track Freedom turns out pure ear candy, only in the middle of Purpose they got a bit too creative – first I thought there´s something wrong with my player before discovering ”no, that´s the song”... Headbangers will enjoy the grooves of Vengeance and Transcendence. After a pretty Old School Thrash orientated The Warning you´ll receive a Prog-instrumental Purgatory, then a tough Discord and the Entombed-inspired Redeemer wrap up this CD.
Basically nothing to be wished for – I just miss a personal touch, a trademark telling me ”oh it´s As Silence Breaks" to have the Australians stick out of the abundance of similar releases. But I´m sure those guys get this done, too.
1. Litany of Fear
5. Instrument of Vengeance
8. The Warning