The German heavy-metal quintet Iron Angel release the LP Hellbound on the 4th of May.
The first track to surface from the album – Ministry Of Metal will have you scrabbling for the faded leather jacket festooned in pin-badges as it spirals straight back to the late ’70s early ’80s with material that sounds as bustling with energy and melody as it did back in the day – which perhaps should come as no great surprise as back in 1980 a fresh faced group of musicians from Hamburg (Germany) emerged immersed in the influences of British heavy-metal and despite breaks, changes in both personnel and numbers in the band, appearing between 2000 and 2007 as a duo – the original vocalist – Dirk Schröder – remains to keep reigniting those initial embers and back again as a quintet – Ministry Of Metal demonstrates not only are those embers still glowing they are fully alight and burning fiercely.
As I type there is only one song around – Slow Sunday – though am led to believe later today a second track will be revealed.
A soft brush of blurred guitar washes through the room to the accompaniment of a layering of active drum-kit with the bass giving the track its anchor whilst a mesmerising and highly capable vocal floats as though an otherworldly presence as it transfixes the listener.
On the basis of only one song, which lasts just a tad over three minutes, I am already looking forward with eager anticipation to the second LP, never mind the, as yet unplanned, début album and anticipate Still Talk is a name that will rapidly become familiar.
Making a welcome return to the site after a two year absence in Mirror, I’m Not A Band, are discovered in a richer tapestry of sound than when last featured, though of similar singular disposition enabling them to create a space of their own in a crowded market-sector and the listener who enjoys nature finds themselves enticed by the expressive keys as those who enjoy stemmed loops and are tempted by the gloss of electronic-overdub whilst alienating neither approaches to music as the natural spaces of absorbing vocals and keyboard are given the room to breath and work their spell as are the vocoder and gadgets.
The German dark-electro duo Kraków Loves Adana will be releasing the LP Songs After The Blue on the 6th of April 2018.
Kraków Loves Adana
The first track to surface from the album, which is itself was released available as a single on bandcamp on the 24th – American Boy – is a mesmeric blending of electronica, instrumentation and vocal which was inspired as a result of a feeling of frustration… frustration with a world of societal disconnect and a sense of powerlessness by not being able to instantly correct those inequities.
Rather than turning those emotions in to a howling lament, American Boy, is a brooding darkness which, as the hypnotic composition unfurls, slowly pervades the listeners mind.
The German dark-electro duo Yeah But No release their début eponymous LP on the 10th of November.
Yeah But No
One is minded of graphene on hitting play as their music has a sense of immense tensile strength whilst simultaneously being of lithe flexibility.
The sixth of the ten tracks on the album (available on bandcamp) Sand exemplifies these physical properties, which they transpose to sound, as the dreamy vocal stretches across the room within an undulating pulsing bass which rumbles the sub-woofer from its anchoring.