AHAB Releasing The Boats Of Flen Carrig On August 28th

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AHAB have unveiled details behind their upcoming album The Boats Of Flen Carrig, out August 28, 2015 via Napalm Records. The cover artwork was created by Sebastian Jerke, who was also responsible for the latest album artwork from the likes of Zodiac, The Answer and My Sleeping Karma.

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The Boats Of Flen Carrig Track Listing:
01: The Isle
02: The Thing That Made Search
03: Like Read Foam (The Storm)
04: The Weedmen
05: To Mourn Job
06: The Light in the Weed (Mary Madison) (Bonus Track)

Jun 03: Out & Loud Festival – Geiselwind (DE)
Jun 19: Hellfest – Clisson (FR)
Jul 04: The Boston Music Rooms – High Wycombe (UK)
Jul 25: Ragnarock Festival – Langendorf (DE)
Dec 12: Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven (NL)

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Wacken Open Air 2015 Adds Kvelertak, Combichrist, Mushroomhead, Obituary, etc. To Perform

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Wacken Open Air has confirmed more bands for the 2015 edition, which will be held from Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany.

Kvelertak
Waltari
Combichrist
Noctiferia
Bembers
Mushroomhead
Skindred
Obituary
Morgoth
Karbholz
M.O.D.
Zodiac

They will join the complete list of confirmed acts:
Alkbottle
Amorphis
(special “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” Show)
Anaal Nathrakh
Ancient Bards
Angra
Annihilator
The Answer
Armored Saint
Asrock
At the Gates
Avatar
Baltic Sea Child
Bembers
Biohazard
Black Label Society
Black Spiders
Bloodbath
Blood Red Throne
The BossHoss
Butcher Babies
Cannibal Corpse
Combichrist
Cradle of Filth
Crossplane
Cryptopsy
Danko Jones
Dark Tranquillity
Deadiron
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exumer
Falconer
The Gentle Storm
Godsized
Grailknights
Ill Niño
In Extremo
In Flames
Judas Priest
Kärbholz
Kataklysm
Khold
Kommando
Kvelertak
Lord of the Lost
M.O.D.
Mantar
Morgoth
Mushroomhead
My Dying Bride
New Model Army
Noctiferia
Nuclear Assault
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Queensrÿche
The Quireboys
Rob Zombie
Rock Meets Classic
Running Wild
Sabaton
Samael
Savatage
Sepultura
Shining
Skiltron
Skindred
Stoneman
Stratovarius
Subway to Sally
Tears for Beers
Thyrfing
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Truckfighters
U.D.O. & Bundeswehr Musikkorps
Waltari
Within Temptation
Zodiac

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Stubb – Cry Of The Ocean

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With the profusion of proto-metal, stoner, psychedelic rock acts about the question is, do we really need another one? Zodiac, Blue Pills, Scorpion Child and a host of others are now joined by Stubb and their second full-length release Cry of the Ocean (Ripple). Everything fuzzed up, riffs repeated ad infinitum and laid back languid vocals it would seem that Stubb have all the ingredients to fit into the psych, blues locker and roll out success.

But there is a problem; at times it seems that all the ingredients are part of a formula. It is only by the time track four, ‘Sail Forever’ kicks in that the sense of individualism comes through, as Jack Dickinson’s vocals rise above his intricate guitar work. The ability to put together such involved work is on display on ‘Heartbreaker’, but Dickinson’s vocal performance this time is reminiscent of an off-key punk doing a ballad during the verses, however, when it kicks in it turns into a good track which displays the potential of the band. Stand-out track ‘Devil’s Brew’ has a sense of purpose to the blues tinged classic rock feel as Christopher West (drums) and Peter Holland (bass) drive the track along, though

Throughout this release there is no doubt of the potential in Stubb; but someone needs to sit them down, take that potential (and musical ability) and slap it into shape. At times they stray into early Pink Floyd, Iron Butterfly and Cream territory so much so that it might be best to take any albums they have of those acts away from them until they can work on their own sound, and Dickinson’s vocals range from bluesy to sounding like Roger Waters giving a lecture on life’s lessons.

Despite these criticisms, what Stubb have produced is a solid album within their chosen genre, with the final two tracks –‘Snake Eyes’ and ‘You’ll Never Know’ – showcasing what they can do when they focus. The space the seven-minutes plus of each track allows is enough to doff a cap at what Stubb might become. Overall, this not a bad release, but has too many flaws to make it an essential part of collections of fans of this type of rock.

 

5.0/10

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JONATHAN TRAYNOR

Zodiac- Sonic Child

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German based hard rock and blues band Zodiac are fairly new to the music game but are already getting some recognition for recalling classic sounds. Sonic Child (Prosthetic) is their third album and where they really start to find their footing.

The intro ‘Who I Am’ is interesting in that it encompasses all the different sounds and feelings the listener recognizes in the rest of the album. It falls nicely in between spacy and bluesy.

Although the songs in the beginning of the album are good, the group finds its real groove in the later half. ‘A Penny and a Dead Horse’ is more country, not only in lyrics, but also instrumentation. It eventually becomes more rock oriented. One can hear the Pink Floyd influence. “Good Times” is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s early work, especially in the lyrics. Vocalist and guitarist Nick van Delft evens sings “Good times, bad times.” Another blues trademark appears in ‘Just Music’ is where the obligatory “sold my soul” claim is made. Finally, ‘Rock Bottom Blues’ is exactly what the title suggests: a heartfelt blues song with hints of Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon.

Sonic Child is a great album for those looking for a newer blues influenced act to listen to. Zodiac are at an advantage in that they will attract both the hard rock and the blues audiences. 

 

7.0/10

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MELISSA CAMPBELL